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NYX Beauty School Dropout Palette – Back To Basics

13 Jul

Beauty School Dropout Palette - Back To Basics

Hi beauties!

This past spring, I had the chance to attend an NYX Cosmetics event to celebrate the opening of their professional makeup store in the Vancouver area (read about it here).

One of the items in the goodie bag that NYX was kind enough to give out was the Beauty School Dropout Palette – Back to Basics.

I was pretty excited to receive one of these palettes as NYX has already released different versions of the Beauty School Dropout Palette, which have been very popular.

For this version of the palette, you get everything you need to create a basic makeup look. The palette comes in a foldout book with three sections:

  • The first section contains a mirror along with a day and night makeup illustration (natural every day look/dramatic evening look).
  • The second section contains a massive amount of eye shadows (35) in matte, metallic, and shimmery finishes.
  • The third section contains 3 blushes, 2 highlighting powders, and 2 contouring powders.

One interesting packaging detail is a plastic cover over the eyeshadows. At first, I thought it was a bit annoying because you have to lift the cover to get to the eyeshadows. I realized, though, it will protect all of the shades if the powder moves around as you start to use them.

The NYX eye shadows have good payoff and are easy to blend. The colors, which cover all of the bases in a contemporary way, include neutrals, rusts, and smoky shades.

Now on to the blushes, highlighting powders, and contouring powders. First, they come in fairly large pans, which means they’ll last awhile. The blushes are all the shades I like to use: peach, coral, and pink. The highlighters give off just the right amount of glow (they’re not over the top).

The two contouring powders are on the light side. This may be a drawback, if you have a deeper skin tone. However, you still may be able to use them as highlighters.

If you’re just getting started with makeup, this is a great kit. If you’re a makeup hoarder (like me), you’ll be in heaven!

I really wish that this type of palette had been around when I first fell in love with makeup, but I’m so glad I have this in my makeup stash now. 💕

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Make Your Summer Makeup Last with Setting Spray

14 Jun


Hi beauties.

I’m not a fan of super hot weather, and neither is any makeup I wear when the temperature is rising.

The best way I’ve found to preserve makeup is with a setting spray or mist that locks it in and extends its wear.

Here are a couple of makeup setting sprays that I’ll be checking out this summer to avoid “midsummer makeup meltdown.”

MAC Prep+Prime Fix+

MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ is a mineral-rich mist that can be applied to finish makeup (or refresh skin). It’s packed with vitamins and minerals as well as a soothing blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber.

With its lightweight texture, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t clog pores.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This weightless spray suits all skin types and features a patented Temperature Control Technology.

The sprayer on this setting spray is key. It delivers a mist that goes on so light, you won’t even know it’s there.

Makeup Forever Mist and Fix

This best-selling makeup setting spray creates a sweat-proof barrier and helps makeup last up to 12 hours!

The alcohol-free formula contains a complex to boost oxygenation and deliver a healthy-looking glow.

Imbue Skin Recovery Mists Imbue Goods Skin Recovery Mists

I had a chance last year to review a line of aromatherapy rose water sprays from a Vancouver company called Imbue Goods.

Their hydrating mists contain Rose Water, Vitamin E, and 100% natural, plant-derived essential oils. Besides being hydrating and calming, these multi-purpose mists can be used to set and freshen makeup. 💕

NYX Cosmetics Stripped Off Micellar Water

10 May

NYX Cosmetics Stripped Off Micellar NYX Cosmetics Stripped Off Micellar Water

Hi beauties!  Is micellar water part of your skincare routine?

Since NYX Cosmetics is one of my drugstore favourites, I’m excited that the brand is getting into skincare basics with their version of micellar water.

Like other cleansing waters, the Stripped Off Micellar Water from NYX contains micelle molecules to pick up impurities and makeup from the skin.

After using this cleansing water for a few weeks to remove makeup, I’m finding that I like the refreshing feel of it on my skin better than traditional makeup removers. Compared to regular makeup removers, the NYX micellar water feels more hydrating with no oily residue.

In terms of effectiveness, it does a good job of removing every day eye, face, and lip makeup with no irritation. If you apply a lot of eyeshadow/mascara, you may have to double up on your effort to remove all traces of makeup (although, this may be true for all micellar water products).

The real plus about the NYX Stripped Off Micellar Water is that the price is right! For under $10, you get a large-sized bottle of cleansing water (400 ml or 13.5 fl. oz.). Even better, a little amount goes a long way. 💕

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.