Passion Flower/Purple Tulip makeup look

Wednesday 22 June 2011

After seeing the legendary and late Queen B Makeup's "passionflower look" (click here), I just had to replicate it! I loved the purple and rainbow colours and the way they looked together, so I did my own version of it, using similar colours but tailoring it to what I thought suited best. I also wanted to use my NYX San Paulo Matte Lip Cream (MLC), so I did for this look ;)
Here's how my version looked:
And the original look by Alejandra (QueenBMakeup):
For this look I used:
> UD Urban Defense Tinted Moisturiser in Bodyguard
> NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk & Yogurt
> Manly Palette - yellow, orange, red and purple eyeshadows
> MAC studio concealer in NC35
> UD Ink for Eyes in Zero (for liner & brows)
> UD Cannonball mascara
> Khuraira Brow Fix Gel
> UD Glide On Cheek Tint in Score
> Sleek blush in Pomegranate
> NYX Matte Lip Cream (MLC) in San Paulo

After applying UD tinted moisturiser in Bodyguard all over my face, I used UDPP on the eyelids followed by NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk, blending in with the finger. I followed Queen B's video tutorial for the rest, substituting with eyeshadow colours I thought appropriate from my Manly palette. 
For the cheeks I used UD cream blush in Score followed by Sleek Pomegranate blush.
I used my new NYX MLC in San Paulo for the lips, which I adore!

So here's how the look turned out:
The eyes:
The whole face:
I think it turned out pretty well and really love the tropical-ness of it, the colours looked even more amazing in real life =D
What do you think? Also let me know if you have any makeup suggestions you'd like me to try, I'm looking for some inspiration =)


NYX second haul, swatches & FOTD

Tuesday 14 June 2011

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So after my last NYX haul I was interested in trying other NYX stuff; namely the Jumbo Eye Pencils (esp in Milk & Yogurt) and the Matte Lip Creams as well as more round lipsticks. 

So on to the first of three; Jumbo Eye Pencils
I got one in Yogurt and x2 Milk coz I see myself using this more than any other colour, especially as white helps bring out the colour of any eyeshadow I'd put on top of it! 
Yogurt is a tan-beige shimmer that I've seen other MUAs on Youtube use as a base so I thought I'd try it out. On first impressions I don't think it appealed to me much.. My UDPP in Sin looks and feels tons better, but I'll defo give it a go in a makeup look soon to give a proper review. 
Milk however, at first glance (and use) impressed me coz it was a very pigmented white and blended pretty smoothly on the eye. The day I got it, I wore it by itself (no base) on the inner corner and spread out to the middle of the eyelid with a bit of grey (UD Gunmetal e/s) on the outer eyelid. By the end of the day it was still pretty much there, with just a little bit of creasing.
I love how it's a great highlighter and definitely see myself using this a lot more frequently!

The next in my haul are the NYX Matte Lip Creams (MLC). I got them in 2 shades; Addis Ababa (bright fuschia) and San Paulo (a rose-peach colour).
The MLCs are named after cities all over the world, Addis Ababa being a city in Ethiopia and San Paulo - Brazil. They're unusual cos unlike matte lipsticks they don't feel dry/tugging when going on the lips, more like butter, but unlike gloss it doesn't leave a shine (or stickiness!)
On opening the tube, the smell of caramel/toffee comes wafting out, which I personally love (for those who know me, I'm a sucker for sweet smelling products!)
I absolutely love the weirdness in texture.. it's not too drying either, so lips feel comfortably moist compared to wearing a lipstick and the colour payoff is pretty decent! I wouldn't however recommend putting a gloss on top as I tried to put one of my Sleek Pout polishes on top of Addis Ababa and ended up with it smearing everywhere and then with no trace of Addis Ababa! =(
Left: San Paulo, right: Addis Ababa:
swatches with flash:
swatches without flash:
I wore Addis Ababa the day I got this delivery along with the aforementioned Milk Jumbo Stick on the eyes and here's how it looked:
The bright pink attracted me, but unfortunately out of the two colours it does highlight dry skin much more! So unfortunately I'm gonna have to scrub my lips raw before I use this regularly.
I do hower love San Paulo 10x more, it's a gorgeous colour that I feel suits my complexion almost perfectly! It doesn't stand out too much but doesn't look nude, I love it!
San Paulo:
I'm seriously loving this colour and will be carrying it around with me from now on.

As for the NYX round lipsticks I bought, I chose the colours NYX, Femme & Louisiana.
NYX (left) is a shimmery golden bronze-orange colour, I bought it to give a 3D effect to matte or sheen lipsticks, especially red bridal lips. I'm happy with this colour as it's just what I wanted!
Femme (middle) is another coral colour I wanted, after my disappointment with frosty "Margarita" (click here). 
It's an actual coral-orange colour with a very slight shimmer and compared to the other two corals I own (Sleek Coral Reef and MAC VV Toxic Tale), it's definitely more orange toned than pink.
Here's how it looks on the lips:
Louisiana is a nice bubblegum pink colour that looks lovely and girly, with purple tones. It almost borders on the pastel side of pink but is slightly brighter, so it doesn't look too terrible on my pigmented lips. 
Compared to the other recent pink lipstick purchase (Sleek Candy Cane) it does however look more pink than Candy Cane which looks coral next to it!
And on the lips:
I also got a nice little freebie from this order on eBay from joyscosmetics for spending over a certain amount - an NYX Tinted Lip Spa (TLS) in Orange Passion. 
 See-through lid:
I actually really liked this, it does give a slight coral-y tint to the lips but not overpoweringly so. I use it usually at night if I'm honest with you, because of its moisturising properties and vitamin E, but I'd definitely carry this around with me for topup moisture as it feels great on the lips and looks nice and natural too. It has a slight minty tingle when applied to the lips too, which is nice and no stickiness. My only qualm with the product is that it's too soft; so when twisting down (or up) after use, it bends to the side, causing damage to the length of product.
 and on the lips:
All in all I'm happy with my order this time, especially the San Paulo Matte Lip Cream.. 
Do you own any NYX products? Which other products would you recommend?


Competition Winner!

Thursday 2 June 2011

It took me all day to check the entries, but I finally got there and used the random name picker from to choose a winner!

And the winner is: 

Congratulations hun, the package will be on it's way to you soon after I email you about your details!

I'd like to thank everyone who entered once again, a lot of you had up to 10 entries by blogging, sidebars, liking on facebook and tweeting, so well done! I'm really happy with the great response you've all given and hope you can take part again next time =) 

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