Monday, 12 January 2015

Makeup Haul and Review | NYX, Mac, OCC and more...


Hiii! 

After an amazing weekend it's back to work! Wishing you all a great week with the hope that the weekend comes by very fast..lol

I feel like I haven't bought new makeup in a while (I shall leave the actual time frame undisclosed so that I won't be judged -_-) so I decided to do a mini-haul at the best online makeup store in Nigeria, BeautyRevNG. If you want it, they have it and on very good time with international releases too. 

Now I know I'm a little tardy to the pardyy with some of these products but heyyyy, I have finally gotten with it... 


Mac Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick



This lipstick is part of Mac's Retro Matte Collection. I will describe Retro Matte as super-duper-matte; think Ruby Woo. That was the inspiration for Mac when they released this collection. So if you are not a fan of Mac lipsticks, feel free to skip this one because it packs a MATTE punch! 

It is described as a "bright plum matte", I describe it as the pink lipstick to have for matte texture lovers. It reminds me a lot of Girl About Town, one of my favorites but in a matte texture which makes me love it even more. I have been wearing it almost everyday since I got it. 

It can be quite drying though so make sure to prep your lips with a scrub and balm before applying. I don't need to speak about it's staying power, y'all be knowing! Buy it at the Mac Store in the Palms or Ikeja mall. 

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze


The way this product has been hyped by black YouTube gurus, I have been itching to get it for ages with no luck. So when I saw it on the BeautyRevNG website, I was delighted and immediately purchased it-cost, N2000.

This product is a bronzer but is more commonly used as a contour powder. Ebony bronze is a dark brown shade with some gold shimmer which can be tricky when using as a contour powder. I think contour powders work better when matte.

I tried this out and yeah it was nice but I don't get the hype, still very happy with my Sleek contour kit, I don't see how this is any better but I will keep using it probably as a bronzer/blusher on those days when I want a slight flush of natural color on my cheeks.


OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie


This is the first product I am trying from OCC which has also been making waves in the beauty blogosphere. As you guys may know, I'm not big on glossy lip products at all, so I haven't been moved to purchase any of these lip tars. However the lovely people at BeautyRevNG gifted me this product with my haul.

Hoochie is a bright purple shade. reminds me very much of Mac's Up the Amp. It's finish is glossy but it applies really well with perfect opacity in a few swipes. As much as I don't quite fancy glossy producs, this lip tar is actually not bad, it is not sticky or gloopy and did not form particles between my lips (why I hate glossy lip products).

I discovered that there is a matte range of these lip tars though, yayy! Much more my cup of tea so I will be purchasing and trying them out. If you are interested in trying out these lip tars, BeautyRevNG stocks a decent range of here.

 NYX Soft Matte Cream in Copenhagen




NYX is a brand that I have read so many rave reviews about but I just have never gotten round to trying any of their products. I'm fixing up in 2015 though starting with their soft matter lipcream in Copenhagen. I saw this product on on of my favorite beauty blogger's instagram, Maryam Maquillage.  She is so gorgeous but that's a story for another day.

NYX describe their Lip Creams thus "Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish".

Many makeup brands have branched out into this "liquid lipstick" trend for a while not but this NYX one is the first I have tried and I love it! The brush allows for precision when applying and makes the application much smoother and even. When it dries out into a matte lipstick though, that's when the real magic happens. I almost could not believe it, so awesome! It was matte but not so drying so it might be one to try if you are looking to start trying out this formula of lip products. This lipstick lasted about 6 hours and it did not transfer, not to my wine glass or husband's collar..LOL! That gives it a top score from me.

Copenhagen is a deliciously dark plum shade, very similar to Mac's Media lipstick. I foresee it becoming one of my firm favorites pretty soon. Buy it here.

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk


Another cult favorite from NYX that I'm finally trying. This product is a creamy eyeliner that can also double as an eye shadow. It comes in a range of colors but Milk, which is a white shade is best known as the baddest eye shadow base ever liveth. Before now, I have been using Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base, but trying NYX Milk, I would say that they both have their strengths. UDPP works really well under shimmery/ metallic eye shadows  but Milk works well under both matte colored eye shadows. 

It creates a smooth and even base for eye shadow application and it makes the color pop, I will definitely recommend this product , buy here


LA Girls Pro Conceal in Fawn





This is the last product I picked up simply because I am a concealer addict. When you have terrible under eye bags, you don't have much of a choice :). These are the most popular drugstore concealers at the moment and I got it in the shade Fawn. 

I tried it under my eyes and it was a decent shade match. In comparison to Maybelline Fit Me (my current fave), this product offers more coverage. My dark circles were almost completely concealed (get at me if you know a product that provides 100percent coverage, please :D). I set it with my Ben Nye Banana powder and my dark circles were almost non-existent. 

It also brightened up my under eye area so it works very well as a highlighter if you were looking for one to try. I want to try a few more shades though (Toffee in particular) before I decide which is best for me.  You can buy a range of LA Girl concealers and other products here

Product Swatches


NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, N1600

LA Girls Pro Conceal in Fawn, N1000

Top: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen; Left: Mac Flat Out Fabulous; Right: OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie


Mac Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick, N3900


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, N2250

OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie

Which of these products has ignited the product junkie spirit in you?  


Peace and Love, 


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8 comments

  1. flat out fabulous is fab!!!! I am definitely adding to my want list

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    1. It sure is! You will be happy you got it :)

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    1. Yas! It is the star of the party really!

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  3. It's so hard to get a hold of these raved about products in the UK without forking out for extortionate shipping costs! So jealous loooooool

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  4. My friend swears by NYX- Copenhagen. I guess I'm going to have to give it a try too.

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