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I’ve never been one to buy in to all the ‘tag’ posts but when Aimee tagged me to do the Lip Product Addict Tag, I knew that I just had to do it. Why? Well, because I’m a self confessed lipstick hoarder of course…

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I mean who needs THAT many lipsticks for one pair of lips… Me, that’s who!

1. Favourite lip balm or treatment?
This has to go to my beloved NUXE Reve de Miel, a firm beauty blogger favourite. It is intensely moisturising and leaves your lips incredibly soft, supple and hydrated. I love applying this in the morning before work and in the evening before bed. You barely even need to top up during the day either it lasts that long. I have to give a quick mention to eos as I always carry one in my bag all day, every day in case my lips do start to feel dry. They are so cute in their little egg shaped packaging and they come in the most amazing colours and flavours.

2. Best eye-catching red?
Well this is an easy question for me… MAC Cosmetics Russian Red is my favourite red. It is a fabulous, bold, vibrant and totally stunning blue toned red that suits almost any complexion. It offers a matte finish and has the added bonus of making your teeth look super white.

3. Best luxury and best drugstore?
For best luxury, I’d have to choose MAC Cosmetics for the simple reason that I absolute adore the colour range and all of the different finishes that they have to offer. In particular, their matte finish is to die for. I love the simplicity of the lipstick bullet design and the gorgeous vanilla scent that you associate with all their lipsticks. There is a reason I have over 60 MAC lipsticks in my collection… I can’t get enough.
For best drugstore, it has to be the Revlon ColorBurst Matte and Lacquer balms. What a hit they were, right? Daring colours that you don’t really see in the likes of Boots and Superdrug with amazing formulas too. I have never been more impressed with a drugstore lipstick release than I was when they hit the shelves.

4. Best MAC lipstick?
Heroine. Heroine. Heroine. Without a shadow of a doubt, this has to be Heroine. It is a bright vibrant purple that quite literally is the most gorgeous colour, ever. Although it can looking a little daring and dark in the bullet, it transforms in to an incredible pink toned purple when it’s applied to the lips. I would wear it every day if I could… I absolutely adore it.

Others that I quite like… Girl About Town, Rebel, Ablaze, Up The Amp, Vegas Volt, basically ALL the MAC lipsticks.

5. Most disappointing product?
I really like MUA and I think the quality of their products considering the really low price point is incredible. When they released the MUA matte lipsticks, I was really quite excited. I really enjoy using some of their normal lipsticks but with matte being my lipstick finish of choice, I wanted to give them a whirl. I bought all the shades at the time and I was left feeling really disappointed as they applied unevenly and really tugged on your lips. They settled in to all of the fine lines on your lips and were just a disaster basically. They had a variety of awesome colours as well. Sigh… Not good, not good at all.

6. Liner – yes or no?
Hell to the yes! I love me some lip liner! Lip liner has this wonderful way of making your lips appear fuller, more prominent and it stops your lipstick from bleeding. I only have a very small collection of lip liners but I have one for every lipstick colour I need.

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Top to bottom: MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Lasting Sensation for my corals, MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Nightmoth for all my dark vampy shades, MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Cherry for all of my reds, MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Currant for all my vampy shades (you can never have enough vamp – okay?), MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Subculture for all of my nudes and Illamasqua Lip Liner in Titivate for all my pinks.

7. Best gloss?
I hate lipgloss. Does this make me a bad beauty blogger? I hate the sticky, greasy feeling of product on my lips. I also hate that feeling of fear when a big gust of wind blows and you know that your hair will end up stuck to your mouth. Urgh! There is only one slightly glossy product that I do enjoy and that is Soap & Glory’s Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Sticks as they are only slightly glossy and they feel really comfortable and light on the lips like a balm whilst adding a really subtle hue of colour.

8. Something extra…
NYX lipsticks are a relatively inexpensive favourite of mine… They offer an amazing variety of colours, there is quite literally something for everyone. The lipsticks are highly pigmented, creamy and some of them have great staying power. They always have great deals on the website too. I really need to get my hands on the macaron pastel lipsticks as they look incredible and they will be perfect for Summer. I remember the last time they had a B.O.G.O.F offer on the lipsticks, I went a little overboard and bought nearly all the lipsticks. You can see some of the shades that I purchased HERE.

What are your favourite lip products? I would love to know!

Have you entered my 1,000 Twitter follower giveaway to win products from theBalm, NYX, MAC, Superfacialist and Make Up Revolution? You can enter HERE.

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So yesterday I hit a massive milestone for my little blog and I now have over 1,000 followers on Twitter. How amazing? I literally cannot believe that that many people enjoy my beauty ramblings – I feel incredibly proud right now. What better way to celebrate than by giving away some of my favourite things at this very moment.

Here’s what is up for grabs;

1) All three of theBalm Lou Manizer sisters – Betty-Lou, Cindy-Lou and Mary-Lou.
2) A MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in the shade of your choice.
3) An NYX Powder Blush in the shade of your choice.
4) Two Make Up Revolution Palettes in Iconic 2 and 3.
5) The Superfacialist by Una Brennan Skincare Range for your skintype – Rose (moisturising), Neroli (anti-ageing), Vitamin C (brightening) or Tea Flower (purifying).

You can enter HERE – a Rafflecopter giveaway.

This is an international giveaway and entrants must be 18 or over to enter or get permission from a parent/guardian. Any entries from Money Supermarket or any other sites similar to this will be excluded. All entries will be checked and verified by myself and a winner will be picked at random using Rafflecopter. It ends at midnight on 31st May.

Good luck everyone! 🙂

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NYX Powder Blush in Desert Rose – £6.00.

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NYX are one of my favourite budget brands and if there is one product of theirs that I know I’ll never be disappointed in, it’s their powder blush. I adore their pigmentation, staying power, affordability and the massive variety of colours on offer. During my latest NYX haul, I opted for the Desert Rose powder blush which unlike Mocha (which I reviewed a few months back) actually has a name that matches it’s colour. Desert Rose is a fabulous deep dusty rose pink with the smallest (and I meant smallest) amount of shimmer. I am always so impressed with the quality of NYX blushers and they have the ability to rival some of my favourite high end blushers from the likes of NARS and MAC Cosmetics (and that’s saying something) but for a fraction of the cost. Desert Rose is highly pigmented and blends amazingly well. You only need to use a small amount of powder and a light hand to achieve a gorgeous deep warm pink glow to your cheeks that stays put all day. The powder itself is soft and buttery which helps it to blend in to the skin like an absolute dream. Like all NYX blushers, Desert Rose comes housed in the standard NYX curved square packaging and the powder itself has a stunning raised quilted pyramid type pattern that I happen to really like. I cannot get enough of NYX and their blushers lately – I’ve already got my eye on a few more shades that I need (not want but need). They offer 23 shades in total which leaves you completely and utterly spoilt for choice and they retail at £6.00 each which in my opinion is an absolute bargain. Who can complain at that? Not me, that’s for sure!


Do you own any NYX blushers? What is your favourite shade?

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk – £5.00.

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When it comes to highlighting your brow bone, it quite literally doesn’t get any better than this Jumbo Eye Pencil from NYX in Milk. It is a gorgeous, soft, creamy milk white (hence the name) coloured pencil that you can use for a number of different eye related jobs; a base for eyeshadow, to line your waterline and of course, to highlight the brow bone. It is incredibly easy to apply and blend without being remotely greasy on your eyelids. I reach for this eye pencil daily to highlight my brow bone as nothing does the job of giving me pristine looking eyebrows quite as well. I draw a thick white line under my eyebrows and then use a flat concealer brush to blend and line my eyebrows. It helps create crisp, bold and clean looking eyebrows that are perfectly outlined. It also makes an incredible eyeshadow base as it is white, it makes the colour of every eyeshadow pop making them bolder/brighter. You get more intensity from your colour and it works as well as most high end eyeshadow primers at keeping your eyeshadow intact but with some extra oomph in the colour department. When it comes to the waterline, I would suggest using with caution. You only need a very light hand as the pencil is so thick and soft, you can definitely over apply and easily at that. Whilst using a white eyeliner pencil can work wonders on tired eyes, you don’t want to over do it and end up looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights. I love NYX and I think the majority of their products are incredible value for money and I have to say that the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is one of my favourite products of theirs. They come in such a wide variety of colours but Milk always comes up trumps as it is so versatile and it only retails at £5.00. What a bargain?!


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NYX Shine Killer – £12.50.

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As all you readers know, I have very oily skin so means that I try a great number of different primers to see which one works best for my troublesome skin. The latest primer I’ve tried is this one from NYX called Shine Killer. How could I not purchase it? Shine Killer, what a name? It instantly draws you in. Oily skin + Shine Killer = WINNER – right? Erm, well not quite!

Shine Killer is a silicone based primer which I found really similar to Maybelline’s Baby Skin. They both come in the form of a clear gel and both work in exactly the same way. It starts off as clear gel but as you begin to rub the product in to your skin, it dries into a nice matte finish leaving your skin feeling unbelievably smooth like velvet. You don’t need to use an awful lot as a little really spreads a long way. Silicone based primers are meant to be great for oily skin but so far I’m left uninspired with the ones that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot). I must admit that they do create the smoothest canvas for your make up to sit on top of but in terms of killing shine, they’ve all failed massively so far. When it came to using Shine Killer, I thought I may of found the one as my skin looked and felt great but I’d barely gotten to work from my house before my face started to look greasy and needed some serious blotting. There was quite literally no oil control whatsoever. There are some good sides to silicone based primers and that is that they blur large pores and imperfections like you wouldn’t believe and they do create the perfect smooth canvas for make up. I quite like to team a silicone based primer with my all time favourite Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and the results are great. The cream like primer controls the oil and hydrates my skin where as the silicone primer handles hiding the pores and smooths the texture of my skin. I certainly wouldn’t use NYX Shine Killer alone again as I found it pretty darn disappointing which is quite sad as I really do love NYX products – they’re usually spot on. I’m still on the hunt for a really good silicone primer that works on its own. Will I ever find it? We’ll see…


Have you tried Shine Killer from NYX? How do you find silicone based primers?

Have you entered my 100 Bloglovin’ follower giveaway to win products from MAC Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics, La Roche-Posay, Bioderma and The Body Shop? If not, you can enter HERE.

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