This blog has been a verrrrry long time in the making but I am so excited to finally have it up and running. I hope to create something I’m proud! Without further ado – here’s my first blog post on my fancy shmancy little blog!I decided my first post should focus on something I’m really passionate about. It’s something I have really enjoyed writing about and photographing. I thought a post on the NYX store opening and all the goodies I received would be a cracking place to begin.
The World of NYX recently opened at the newly revamped Menlyn Mall and NYX goodie bags were promised to the first 200 customers in line. Being a huge fan of the brand I headed to the mall hellishly early with an equally makeup-obsessed friend.
We spent a good three hours in line waiting for the store to open but it was well worth the wait. A nice chunk of the Clicks store was dedicated to NYX products and I loved the selection of products you wouldn’t normally find in the small stands at your normal Clicks. Loads of new products were launched too and I was in makeup junkie heaven.
Some of the new products that were instantly on my must-have list were the Butt Naked palette (R475,00) which consists of fifteen eye shadows, four blushes, two highlighters and one bronzer. I love the practicality of this palette but I was quite disappointed with the colour payoff of the highlighters. A few shades of the Liquid Suede liquid lipsticks also caught my eye but when I swatched a few in store I found they took ages to dry and that is one of my pet hates in a lipstick. however, my friend picked up a stunning shade which looks beautiful and I’ve seen some on Instagram too so I think these deserve a chance.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
The goodie bag that I received was one I was super chuffed with. The goodie bag came with five products and a super cute lip shaped makeup bag. While the bag would be nowhere near big enough for me to travel with I find it’s a perfect size to keep in my handbag with some of my essentials.
Each goodie bag contained some different items but I was really excited with what mine contained. The bag included a Butter Gloss (R109,95), a Chunky Dunk chubby stick (R109, 95) , a dual-sided contour stick, a lip liner pencil and an eyeliner pencil. My wonderful friend also bought me one of the NYX highlighters for my upcoming birthday.
I’ve taken a few weeks to try out all the products to decide how I feel about them.
From the get go there have been two products that have really stood out for me. The Illuminator (R174,00) in the shade Enigmatic and the dual-ended contour stick which I got in the shade Medium. These products are just incredible! The highlighter is a beautiful, rosy pink shade that has just the right amount of shimmer. I love the effect this highlighter has on my cheekbones, it adds a beautiful glow but without being too in-your-face.
The Wonder Stick contour stick was quite a surprise for me as in the past I have really not enjoyed using contouring products. Before this contour stick I was using the Smashbox contour kit which I found a bit tricky to blend and more often than not I would just forgo contouring. The contour stick was also super affordable at R199,90 compared to the R650,00 spent on the Smashbox contour kit. The NYX contour stick was a breeze to work with. The darker contouring shade is a really creamy, light coffee colour that I think works perfectly with my complexion. I find it blends out best with my finger rather than a brush which I felt didn’t help much. The highlighter shade was also really nice for accentuating areas and I even like to use it as an eye shadow base.
FOR THE LOVE OF LIPPIE
The Lip Butter was quite a surprise for me because I really don’t enjoy wearing lip glosses usually but I found this one quite different from your typical annoying, sticky gloss. I got the shade Strawberry Parfait ( Is that name to die for or what?!) which is a really beautiful, rosy shade that smells absolutely divine. It didn’t last long which I think is quite typical for a lip-gloss but I was pleasantly surprised with it so I don’t mind applying it every few hours.
The Chunky Dunk stick in the shade Berry Mojito was such a letdown for me. I love the bright plummy shade of it but the colour applies as quite sheer and I didn’t enjoy the way it felt. It is as if my lips always feel damp and the colour would fade quite quickly. I think it left a fairly nice stain on my lips but I would rather reach for my Maybelline Baby Lips plum lip balm. It has the same sort of colour stain but it’s a lot more vibrant and moisturising.
The retractable eyeliner in the shade white is a really vital piece in my makeup bag. It’s vibrant enough that it really opens my eye up when I apply it to my waterline but it’s not too vibrant that it looks odd. It’s waterproof so it lasts quite long and I think it really makes a difference to any eye look.
The lip liner pencil I got came in the shade Hot Cocoa and it’s one of my favourite colours! It’s a dark brown/purple colour and it almost perfectly matches one of my favourite lipsticks. It applied really nicely to my lips and it was really pigmented. I like to apply lip liner to my entire lip and I found it really helped my lipstick last a bit longer.
NYX was a brand that I have always really liked, they’re not super expensive but their products are really nice quality. They’re worthy addition to any makeup bag! A few of their products have become absolute must haves for me and I really love what they add to my makeup routine!