I have recently become a huge fan of @NYXCosmetics since their products became available at the @LOrealUSA employee store. When I first began exploring the brand I started using their eye shadow/eyeliner pencils. I love the bright colors they offered and how easily they applied and blended. The texture is more of a cream but they even worked well with powders from other lines.
In my last beauty binge, Winter 2017: blog post here, I saw several lip, eye, face collections from the brand. I was totally drawn to the packaging, bold lip colors and city names. I knew I had to have one....I didn't know I would leave with five!
The first City Set to catch my eye was, Bangkok. This kit featured a bold lip in my favorite color, purple! The packaging looks like the lipstick is a high shine gloss but they are actually a long lasting matte formula. Each set contains four powder eye shadows, a blush, highlighter and a matte lip color. There's also a mirror for easy application, all you need a brush for your eye and cheek products. The @NYXCosmetics packaging makes these convenient for travel or for any girl on the go.
So once I had them all home, the question was what do they look like on? I started with Bangkok for my first wear. I watched a few tutorials to see how other women were using this palette, an the final looks ranged from mild to wild! I knew from the boxes these colors were not for the faint of heart but I wanted to start slow. Initially, I experimented with a daytime look then once I gained some confidence using the palette I went a bit bolder. Check out my images from the Bangkok set below and how the look appears indoors and outdoors.
I have been having loads of fun playing with @NYXCosmetics City Sets and have cracked open Moscow and Santiago in the past month. Each box takes me on a unique adventure and I've received compliments when I wear anything from this collection. Leave your comments about the brand, my pictures and your favorite city below!
. As a @Sephora Beauty Insider, each year I get my choice of one of three FREE beauty sets to celebrate my special day. Two of the three sets are offered in the store and online and one is an online exclusive. I prefer to walk into a brick and mortar store as I like to see what other beauty products are available and if time permits, I'll get a FREE makeover for my birthday.
Last year I got a @MarcJacobs lip set that I loved, this year it was a tough for me to decide which complimentary set was coming home with me. Skin care and make up sets tend to have that effect on me ;) My in store/online options were either a @TarteCosmetics set which included a lip paint and 12 hour blush OR a sorbet and radiance serum by @Caudalie. Just for good measure, I checked out my online option, @GetJackBlack offered the guys a skincare duo. This information made for an easy elimination so I was down to two!
I have always been told by my Chanel beauty analyst that "having great skin is better than having great looking make-up". Serums, can be critical to great skin but alone can be quite expensive while lipsticks and blush are usually more affordable, so I went for the @Caudalie set. It's a brand I have definitely heard of but never tried so I figured this complimentary set could serve more than one purpose. A few weeks ago I received a summary of all the goodies that I received from @Sephora and this one really stands out!
Last month, I received an email from @ELLEmagazine stating I would be receiving something special as an Elle Inner Circle member. Occasionally members receive FREE beauty gifts including new products and favorites from brands we know and love.
There was no word on what this shipment will contain but knowing @ELLEmagazine it's something awesome! I made sure my mailing address was current and received an update on their Surprise Giveaway last week. I can't wait to see what samples are included this spring's surprise and will share all the juicy details once it arrives. Check back soon for pictures and a full review, until then comment about which products your dream beauty box would include!
My FREE @ELLEMagazine Inner Circle box arrived late April and as I expected, there was something awesome inside! As a way of thanks, @ELLEmagazine teamed up with @Maybelline to let us try their NEW @Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes. I received two lip colors, #575 Brown Blush and #540 Peach Buff.
Brown Blush is perfect for after hours and Peach Buff is great for day time looks or when you really want to play up your eyes. Both long lasting lipsticks are rich in color, apply smoothly and have a formula that doesn't dry your lips out like most mattes. I'm typically a gloss girl but recently converted to mattes when I fell in love with Rich Ruby also made by @Maybelline. Each of the colors are great options for an effortless spring look.
Special thanks to @ELLEmagazine and @Maybelline for these gifts!
As an @Influenster blogger and @Maybelline maven, I was estactic to learn I was selected to receive a FREE @Maybelline Colossal Big Shot VoxBox! My shipment arrived earlier this month and I will trying this mascara and the bonus product while celebrating this Christmas season. The extra volume from the Colossal Big shot mascara will ensure I "lash like a boss"!!!
Look for post Christmas and New Year's Eve/Day pictures in the upcoming weeks. I'll also be sharing a complete review as well and welcome your comments about the @Maybelline brand and this colossal product!
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