NYX Lingerie Lipstick Review

Liquid Lipsticks for dry lips?

Here in Toronto, over the last few months NYX counters have been popping up at Shoppers drugmarts everywhere. I picked up a few things here and there but really, I have been waiting to get my hands on the Lingerie liquid lipsticks.

As someone with dry lips that took a long time to warm up to regular matte lipsticks, I have been unusually drawn into this particular range. I’ve decided it has to be the fact that the range is all variations of neutral colours and I have been on a neutral kick of late. When I stepped into shoppers and saw the range was not only available but on sale, I had to grab a few shades.

Before I get into the specific shades I want to give my overall thoughts. I am very surprised to be completely honest to how comfortable these are to wear. They are by no means moisturizing, but they do not dry my lips out. I have been wearing these with just some clarins lip oils underneath and they have been perfectly fine. I did not do any special preparations before wearing the shades. And I am very happy to report that they are forgiving to unscrubbed lips with dry patches.

Wear Test 

After wearing these lipsticks for over a week straight I have noticed a few things. If I only apply one coat of the lipsticks I will have to reapply after eating anything greasy. Otherwise the lipstick stay in tact far beyond a regular work day. With that said, when I apply two coats these lipsticks stay on regardless of what I eat. I’ve literally had the same greasy food (KFC) for lunch all week to make sure this was in fact the case with all 5 shades.

Lip Swatches

1.LIPL109 Corset- this is a very light pink based beige nude, however on my skin tone is clearly pulls more beige you really don’t see the pink base.

2.LIPL101 Honeymoon- This is a grey based taupe colour (very mushroom brown), this is definitely harder for me to pull off, maybe more so for the fall.

3.LIPL102 Embellishment- Is a grey based plummy purple mauve shade.This shade is going to be so epic for the fall, I can see this becoming a favourite and very trendy fall lip colour.

4.LIPL104 Ruffle Trim- This is a warm terracotta nude shade. This has become my go too everyday lip colour. This is a great shade for all skin tones.

5. LIPLI12 Exotic – This is a muted brick red with a brown based  that makes this the perfect everyday deep fall lip shade without going too dark.

Formula

I love the formula of these liquid lipsticks, they have a mousey texture that is tacky until it dries down completely. They all applied very easy and smooth, there not patchy and the wear time is exceptional. With the shade embellishment in the tube its a bit chunky but it does not affect application or the wear. It could just be my bottle.

Final Thoughts

I think its pretty obvious that I love these products. I think the formula is ideal for someone with dry lips who doesn’t want to worry about flaking. Two coats are perfect for someone like me that would rather not reapply. The price point ($11-$13) or if you get them on sale like i did ($7.99) is very reasonable and the formulation surpasses the price point. I give these a 8 out of 10, I would love to see them expand the shade range.

Feel free to leave a comment, let me know which shade is your favourite and if there is anymore colours I should pick up.

-xo

Shanique

Ever Realise You Have Too Much Stuff?

The Importance Of Organizing Your Space


In the beginning of June one random evening after work, I walked into my room  and it dawned on me just how much stuff I had. It just felt almost suffocating, I had all this stuff that I wasn’t using and clearly didn’t need and it all just had to go.

So here’s the thing, at least twice a year I always go through my clothes and donate things I no longer needed but I was never truly strict about it and that’s what had to change. I had to tackle more than just my clothes I had to do a complete declutter and organizing of my space. This is  what I did and how I did it, hope it helps you out

Closet 


My first order of business was to declutter my closet and get it organized. The goals for this section was to have pieces that were cohesive and work together that I loved and to have all aspects of my clothing organized inside my actual closet. As a person that does not like furniture, my goal was to have my closet set up in a way where I would no longer need my dresser and chest of drawers and instead get a desk with storage for my makeup collection.

Phase I- This was about  figuring out a way to get everything to fit in my closet and be organised. This prompted my very first trip to Ikea and the beginning of my obsession with that store. I opted for the algot system as it made the most sense for my needs. Once that was installed and ready it was time to tackle actually going through my clothes.

Phase II- This is where I had to be disciplined, I took out all my clothes, everything out of the closet, all drawers, all under bed containers. The mountain of clothes you are currently imagining, multiply that by 3 . I made myself a list of questions and criteria and if the item didn’t fit into these parameters then it just had to go.

The List    

  1. Is the item still in good condition (stitches, holes, stains etc)?
  2. Does the item still fit (tight, short,big)?
  3. When is the last time I wore the item (6 months or more per season and it has to go)?
  4. If I havent worn it recently, have I missed it?
  5. Does the item still fit my style?
  6. Is the item trendy or classic?
  7. Will I wear the item (where, when, with what)?
  8. If I saw this item in a store right now, would I buy it?
  9. Can I style the item in a multitude of ways?
  10. Is the item of quality or should I replace it with a more substantial option (basics)?

I used this list to go through all my clothing, and after I did this, the next day I went though it again. I think it’s so important to do this twice and really hold yourself accountable to this list. I had to let go of things that I was solely keeping because they where a gift and I literally never wore them. Sometimes the best thing to get your life in order its to let go of all baggage. Items that are just there and serve no purpose, let them go. If there are negative feelings or memories attached to them, get rid of them and never look back. If you don’t feel your absolute best in the clothes in your closet, they don’t need to be there and that’s the bottom line.

Doing this instantly showed me the things I actually love wearing and felt good in, the colours I like and what I actually need in my closet. Because I was realising all these things, I wrote them down in list, what I need and the colours I like that will guide my shopping so I don’t end up in the same position again.

Shoes Storage


I was always raised to keep my shoes in their boxes especially shoes I don’t wear everyday as a means of protecting them from dust I didn’t want  to not have that protection. However keeping my shoes in boxes kept me from wearing them because I couldn’t see them, so I went online to find a solution.

I was at work one day and it hit me, clear shoe boxes, I typed that into google and came across some at the home depot. Once I applied the same list I use for my clothes to my shoe collection I simply went out and got the number of boxes I needed. Clear shoe boxes are the best invention ever, my shoes are still protected from the dust but I can see what I have.

Makeup Collection and Storage


Surprisingly enough this was the easiest part as my taste in makeup has really changed over time and  they have expiry dates. The first thing I attacked was my collection of lip products as this was the largest part of my collection. Lip products have always been my favourite things to buy.I literrally got rid of two shopping bags of just lips products. If it was past it’s expiry date or smelt funky it went. If it was just a shade I didn’t care for I passed it on to someone who wanted it. After going through all my makeup I needed to change my current storage. My current storages were two plastic sterlite drawer sets that worked for a bit  but were not very functional nor were they very appealing to the eye. I decided on the Alex desk form Ikea with the Alex 5 drawer to store my makeup. Best decision ever, not only does it fit all my makeup and has room for growth, but it also meant I didn’t need a separate storage for everyday makeup on top of the desk like i had before with my dresser. It was functional, it was more aesthetically  pleasing, and it made for the perfect white background for product shots.

Overall deciding to really do  a serious clear out and get rid of things  I didn’t need and want (clothes, makeup,furniture etc) and replacing them with functional pieces has been the best. Not only is my space so much more organized,spacious and brighter, but within myself I feel more at peace and energized to get things done. I find it much easier now to sit down and get work done in my room, before I never would. I also just feel much better and just inspired and I can’t wait to see all the positive effects this will have on me.

If you have any tips and tricks on organizing your space or decluttering your closet please share in the comments. I am  currently trying to find better storage for my nail polishes that’s not wall racks so if you have any ideas for the let me know.

 

Team Lip Oils?

So I got rid of all my lip balms…

So I’m sure anyone that has crustasion lips like I did this past winter is holding onto their closet chapstick thinking I’m sick in the head. Now while that could still ring true there is reason to my madness.

So I don’t know about the rest of you out there in the world but living in Canada and going through Toronto winters, I had lip balms in every jacket, bag, pocket and crevice I could put one. So the fact that my lips always got really chapped had nothing to do with not having access to one at all times and using it, they just didn’t work or didn’t work for long.

I struck gold a few months ago back in march, when one of my favourite bloggers (Victoria from Inthefrow.com) posted about her favourite luxury lip balms and I came across lips oils. Of course my next step was to go into Sephora and pick up some lip oils. Two and a half months later I am happy to report, I am a completely convert and have replaced my lips balms with lips oils.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

The Clarins lip oils have made it to the top of my list as my favourite. These retail for C25 and I picked up mine from Sephora. These are my favourite because they have the thickest most comfortable formulation with the slightest tack initially that keeps them on for hours. They are so hydrating  and create  a protective barrier on your lips. If your lips are chapped, cracked or really dehydrated, these oils are perfect.

01- Honey, is the one I tend to use the most as a lip balm under other lip products, overnight and while i get ready in the morning. I personally do not think it smalls or taste like honey but it smells divine regardless.

02- Raspberry .smells like raspberry and is my most used as it was the first shade i got and I wear this on its own a lot as it offers a slight pink tint which I have loved all spring and now into summer.

03-Red berry, which is the best smelling of the three shades as well as the one that offers the most colour payoff. This has definitely been my most reached for shade for when im not wearing makeup or very little. It just makes your lips so juicy and so comfy.

YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil

The YSL lips oils definitely make you feel so fancy, they hands down have the best packaging (yes it matters lol ). These are a lot lighter in texture and they do not last as long on the lips as the clarins oils but I still love it. The are perfect for spring and summer, especially when you don’t want or need that thicker layer of moisture. These retail for C36 so they are the most expensive of the brands this post will cover, but I think there worth it especially if you grab the brighter shades.

03- Undress Me is my most recent pick up from this line, it’s one of the lightest nude shades. For my trips this spring I wanted a nude shade that would be perfect for the beach and just really casual and this was perfect. If you’re looking for colour payoff this is not the shade for  you.

08-Pink About Me, was actually my first shade I picked up and my first lip oil. This has amazing colour payoff. I should note, that because this formula only last so long, the more you  apply the oil the more pigmented the colour becomes on you lip, it basically leaves a stain behind after the oil dissipates.

A slight downside to the stunning packaging of these oils is if you’re not careful with the wand the product will pool around the rim and leak. Now I’ve not experienced this personally but a friend of mine that I got into these lips oils as well, has had one leak and ruin her makeup bag so do be mindful of this.

Lancome Juicy Shakers

Finally is my newest acquisition in the lip oil department as they only recently became available to me here in Canada and these are the cutest things for summer. The juicy shakers I think have the best, softest, cushion most amazing applicator that makes you want to just sit and pat your lips with them non stop. I love that they look like little margarita shakers, I love the  packaging it’s almost impossible to spill ( I have tried) and the colour payoff is the best of the three brands. I currently only have one shade but I’ve been loving it for the three weeks I’d had it,  using it almost everyday and I’m already eyeing some more shades for summer.

Apri-Cute is a stunning orange colour, in the bottle it looks to have some shimmer but they do not translate on the lips. The colour is stunning and your lips look so juicy. The formula is very light and comfortable, with that said this last the least on your lips. But who cares, there so darn cute I don’t mind pulling it out, shaking it up and applying.

If you where eyeing any of these oils or your like me and was just tired of lip balms that don’t work, gives these a look you wont regret it, they are my best discovery this year so far. If you so, leave me a comment let me know what you think and let me know if there is any brand or shade I need to get.

Links to things mentioned 

Clarins

YSL

Lancome

inthefrow

Skylar Skin

Forever Flawless Serum

A few months ago, I think it was the end of November I met Brittany from Skylar Skin.She came into my work to talk about the new line we were carrying, which was the Skylar Skin: Flawless by Friday: 5 Day Detox System. I was really interested with this line because of the ingredients they used and the price point. Let’s be honest companies make you pay for good ingredients and I really appreciate it  when I can get great ingredients for a reasonable price. I think Skylar Skin does an amazing job at delivering quality products for a reasonable price.

I say all this to say I was not so patiently waiting for the release of the the Forever Flawless serum ever since that day when Brittany told me about it. When we finally got them in store  a few weeks ago I snatched up a bottle and I’m so in love with it .

The Forever Flawless serum comes in at  100g for  $40-44 CAD depending on weather you pick it up online from skylar skin or in-store  at Trade Secrets.I think, and I’m sure lovers of high end skin care would agree, is surprisingly reasonable prices when you compare it to similar serums on the market. I appreciate that in store the box is sealed so I don’t have to worry about people getting there grubby hands into the product.

Claims:

The serum comes with the following claims to treat  :

  • fine lines and acne
  • improves uneven skin tone from scarring and texture
  • Also improves dullness,oiliness and blackheads.

Ingredients

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Hyaluronic acid (2%)
  • Glycolic Acid (5%)
  • Alcohol Denat
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Lactic Acid
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract juice (20%)
  • Hydroxyethcellulose
  • Citric Acid
  • Malic Acid

For some reason when I first tried the serum I was surprised by the texture, probably because in the bottle it looks like water, but it does  in fact have  a thick serum like texture. I really like the ease of application you get from the pipette, you simply dispense s few drops onto clean hands and press it into the skin. Initially it feels tacky but it absorbs quickly and the tackiness goes away. Due to the glycolic acid in this serum it is recommended for night time use only and it’s important that sun protection is used during the day.

I have dry skin and I suffer from eczema and I was so impressed with how moisturized my skin felt after application as well as when I got up the next morning. I’ve had a really stubborn spot of dried texture skin on my right cheek for a few months now and it’s gone. I really credit the smooth texture of my skin and the disappearance of the dry patch  to this serum. I do not suffer from acne and never have but I have been traveling a lot recently and got one small blemish while in Miami and it literally dried it up in around two days. I feel as though the serum has definitely boost my moisture levels, calm the onslaught of blackheads I usual deal with and made my skin look and feel plump and full. I also have a co worker who is in love  as well with this serum.She has super oily skin,is  prone to breakout and has more mature skin than I do and she too swears by it. So I think it’s safe to say all skin types can benefit from this product. If you’ve never used a serum before which was me a year ago, heres a great one to try.

The only con I’ve found to this product is how fast you go through it. I was shocked to see the dent I made in the product after my first four uses (literally 3-4 drops per use), with that said I think the performance and price point makes up for it. This product gets my stamp of approval. Definitely stay tune for more reviews from this company, there are some mask I’ve been eyeing up.

You can order from the Skylar skin website skylarskin  or pick it up in Trade Secret stores

What I did for my 23rd Birthday 

As a soul that lives to travel, that has become the norm for my birthday over the years.With that said no two trips are the same and this year was no acception. This year I opted for a family trip to Florida to some of my favourite places for some fun and sun.
Here are some photos from the last few days of what I got up to on this trip… First stop was Miami 

views from balcony-miami
First night out in Miami
beach coverup from Boohoo.com
morning of my birthday
waffle- IHOP
bikini- aerie.ca

Nothing beats spending the day on the beach in Miami , but my birthday wouldn’t be complete without dinner.

Dinner at Tony Romas

Co-ord: forever21

Bag: Guess 

Sandals: Rainbow 

drinks with my Mom

So thankful for my family and living to see another year, Miami’s been amazing, now off to Orlando for the rest of this trip.

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

It’s that time of the year when everyone is off on vacations, typically to a place that hot, and so travel essentials are a must. As I am currently in between  trips i though what a perfect time to share my top  beauty travel essentials.

 As I have just come back from a trip to Jamaica and I’m  currently packing to leave for Miami, why not get into the products that will see me though all this hot weather.

 First up is the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream- I bought this on a whim a few days before my trip to Jamaica and OMG was it perfect. I have dry skin but Jamaica is hot and this just had the perfect amount of hydration and absorbs very quickly.The best part of this as a travel essential is that makeup applies so smoothly over the moisturizer and I can skip a primer.

Paired perfectly with that is the eye cream from her , which has replaced the two I usually use at home, after all one that gets the job done and travel size is more than enough when you got heat to deal with.


                             The real MVP of my travels is the Bareminerals complexion rescue tinted gel cream in spice .So here’s the thing, I’ve had this since November and have used it and love it but something happens when this gets in the heat.

                             First Jamaica and now Miami,this applies so easily ,with your fingers it simply melts into your skin . It’s light weight, and the finish is so natural and flawless plus the coverage and added sun protection, talk about perfection.

                 What ever you though you knew about this in the winter, forget it and try it in these summer months.

Finally as a ride or die Banana Boat fan since I was little ,I don’t leave for sunny vacations without it, I fell in love with the sunscreen oil spray last summer in Punta Cana and it’s in my bag this year as well. I just love how my skin looks and feel while using it and I tan fast without burning, can’t ask for more. With that only being SPF 15, when I’m not tanning I use the sport power stay SPF 50. No matter your race or complexion use sun screen , skin cancer does not discriminate.

Anyways, just though I’d share my travel partners with you all as I know it’s vacation season, try them out and let me know if they work for you too and comment any recommendations for me to try,I too will be flying a lot more this summer .