Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso Review

I’ll admit brow gel isn’t necessarily something that I would consider an essential however, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I always enjoy using it and am grateful for it when I do have it in my makeup bag. In particular, I like the tinted ones as I use a lot of pomades and powders and they can help my brows look less blocky and more natural. I have tried a couple of brow gels in the past namely the Benefit ones so I was looking forward to trying one by Nyx – particularly as Nyx’s products are usually great…

The packaging is fairly simple, the tube is housed in a cardboard box with a plastic cover, it’s okay it does the job and doesn’t take up large amounts of room, there’s not much to say on the packaging front! The price is very reasonable, it’s only £7.00 so I can’t complain at that!

The Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara is described on the Boots website as the following:
No shame in wishing for a strong beautiful brow! Our foolproof tinted brow mascara helps your dream come true.

It sets tames and tints brows for natural-looking wear. Our dependable formula leaves brows feeling soft while maintaining complete control.

There are five shades to choose from so I wouldn’t say that there’s lots of choice, I have Espresso which is the second darkest shade – the darkest being pure black. There are two more brunette shades and one blonde so to be honest Nyx could probably benefit from including a shade suitable for redheads.

I personally feel that the wand on this product is very strange! First it’s very long and since the entire wand is coated in product it can be difficult to be precise with this, I have sometimes overaplied above or below the brow and had to clean up as it’s harder to control so bear that in mind. I also find that the brush itself is slightly wider than I’d like it to be, my brows are medium to thin in size so I need to be able to apply brow gel without making a mess, I find that the wider section of this is too wide for me, so I often have to use this at an angle and very careful.

The shade and undertones are actually decent for me though, on the brows this is darker than it appears on my hand but it is a medium to deep brown with slight warm undertones though on the brows it’s cooler thankfully! I do this it could probably be a little deeper in honesty however, like I said once this is on the brows it does look darker which is good for me since I used dark brown brow products.

I do find that this is good for making the brow hairs stand out however, I’m not too sure on control, on my more unruly brow hairs I found that this coated them but didn’t necessarily tame them like I wanted. Having said that, once the formula dries the rest of my brows do stay in place, there’s an ever so slight touch of crispiness but I’d expect that from a brow gel anywhere.

The crsipiness is minor and won’t leave your entire brows feeling tight, I also found that this is easy to remove at the end of the day as well so no need to worry about pulling your brow hairs out!

Overall, I do like this, I think that the wand could be slimmer and have a shorter handle but aside from that I have enjoyed using this this week. I’m not sure if I would repurchase, I do prefer Gimme Brow in honesty and I am keen to try other brow gels that are budget friendly to see how they compare but all in all, it’s not a bad product!

The Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara is available from Boots for £7.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, as always please leave any recommendations in the comments! I haven’t tried lots of brow gels so I’d be keen to get some ideas for which ones to try next.

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Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream Review

I like Boots Botanics, the brand is a reminder that you can find skincare products that work effectively and don’t cost the earth. Now I’m not telling you that all budget skincare is holy grail or that your expensive serum filled with famous ingredients isn’t worth it but sometimes you need something that will do a job and is cheep and cheerful. To me, that’s the Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream. I’ve tried a couple of expensive eye creams and though they were nice they didn’t blow me away, I’ve been plodding along with a budget one for a while and decided to try something new – enter this product.

I find the packaging of this actually very comforting. Packaging isn’t a dealbreaker to me nor is it something that necessarily makes me buy a product but something about the pale purple, the white and black and the straight neat font just makes me feel relaxed and safe. The price is pretty safe as well £8.99 for an eye cream is pretty good to be honest, especially one that feels nice on the eyes.


Though I’ve mentioned the external packaging, I am pleased to report that this is a squeezy tube. I’ve had eye creams in pots before and I’m not so keen on jars as you are constantly dipping your finger into the product and then wiping it on your face, the squeeze tube is much more hygienic plus it takes up less space!

Boots describes this product as the following:
When it comes to boosting the complexion, this eye cream nourishes. Infused with a cocktail of anti-oxidants extracted from the leaves of the Ginkgo plant. Used daily it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles and moisturises, for a more illuminated under-eye appearance.

I notice how Boots draws attention to the ingredients within this eye cream, this does contain Ginko extract however, it does also contain alcohol which isn’t great for a skincare product. I have noticed though that this does appear to be paraben free if I go by the ingredients so that is a positive.

When you first swatch this I will admit that it doesn’t look very appealing! On the Boots website it does mention how colour may vary due to the ingredients so that is interesting. I also find this to have an interesting texture, it’s not quite a cream and it’s not a lotion, instead it has almost like a slight gel texture to it which makes it feel quite soothing and cooling on the under eyes which I like!

When you apply it, it gives the skin this illuminated appearance, I’ve not fully blended it in the photo above so it looks very wet and glassy looking which is more toned down once it’s on the skin. I do feel like this calms my eyes as well as hydrates which is important since it’s hayfever season so my eyes have been very sore lately!

So how does this compare? Compared to other budget eye creams I feel that this is more hydrating, it also doesn’t irritate my eyes like the other one and it leaves my skin looking more radiant. Compared to high end, I don’t feel like this measures up to the radiance level of Origins however, this calms and soothes the skin more so there are bonuses! I think I would repurchase and recommend this to those with dry, textured undereyes. I will most likely try some more eye creams though as it’s nice to have a change!

The Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream is available from Boots for £8.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this eye cream and of course please leave any recommendations in the comments.

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly Review

Concealer is a bit of an odd product for me I must admit. I’m extremely;y reliant on it for under my eyes and it’s indefinitely a staple for me however, I find concealers very hard to find. Formulas can differ from ridiculously runny to so thick that you feel like there’s a layer of oxygen between your makeup and your face so I do tend to find it difficult to find one that works well. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has been on my wishlist for quite some time now (we’re talking years) so I’ve been super excited to test this over the last couple of weeks – here’s my thoughts.

Nars is of course a high-end beauty brand so it’s not surprising that the concealer is housed in this thick branded box. It always makes me smile a little bit when I compared high-end packaging to budget packaging, I mean really we’re talking about a box but suddenly you whisper the word Nars and the box seems so more appealing, funny isn’t it? The price is less amusing, it’s not awful and pretty reasonable for a high end product the concealer is priced at £24.00 for 6ml which is quite a lot I will admit compared to volume, however, a little goes a long way with this one.

On Look Fantastic, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is described as the following:
Achieve a smooth, flawless complexion with the NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer; a long-wearing, buildable formula that helps to create a softer, more even finish.

Fortified with innovative light-diffusing technology, the lightweight, ultra-hydrating concealer blends effortlessly onto skin, delivering medium-high coverage and natural-looking colour to minimise the appearance of fine lines, imperfections and signs of fatigue. Expect a fresh, dewy complexion with restored luminosity. Crease-proof, non-drying and complete with a wand applicator.

Non-comedogenic.

Free from alcohol, parabens and synthetic fragrances.”

Starting with the shade range, on Look Fantastic I can see eighteen shades available so Nars is definitely more inclusive than the average concealer brand that usually offers only three shades. I have the palest shade Chantilly which is the exact same as Collection’s new 0 shade so to me the pale end of the spectrum is good. I do feel like there could probably be more deeper shades, I notice that even the darker shades all look quite warm toned online and I’m not seeing many ashy shades so maybe something for Nars to work on.

This concealer has a wide doe foot applicator, the rounded tip means that you’re not in danger of stabbing yourself anytime soon however, it does mean you can’t be as precise as you may want to be. Personally, I like the applicator, I feel that it picks up a decent amount of the product and it’s easy to work with. What is interesting is that you can see the texture of the concealer, it’s not overtly runny which I like however, it’s not ridiculously thick either, it’s a the perfect in-between.

The finish is as radiant as you would expect, more so than other concealers that I’ve used in the past. What really stands about to me about this one is how natural it looks. I have a lot of texture under my eyes caused by milia so often concealers can cake up and make my undereyes look unnaturally dry which can make me look more tired! This one glides over the texture and leaves a smooth even finish behind, the radiance means that my undereyes definitely look brighter and my face looks healthier and younger!

I do have fine lines under my eyes so I do find that this can crease ever so slightly – sorry Nars it’s true however, it doesn’t crease as bad as most of my other concealers and since this one doesn’t dry it’s easy to just blend with your finger to correct this. I will also admit I haven’t tried baking or using setting powder so that could deal with this issue anyway.

And the longevity? If you overblend with a beauty blender you will end up lifting the product away from the skin so I like to apply this using the applicator and then using my fingers to blend. I usually find it stays on for the day with maybe a small amount of movement but nothing crazy. What I do love is how this never looks cakier throughout the day and how it doesn’t oxidise! It stays the same shade all day long.

Overall, I really really like this, I do need to sort out the creasing issue but aside from that it definitely ticks all of my boxes. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase repeatedly just because it is expensive but I will admit it’s a great concealer and if you can afford it I’d highly recommend giving it a try!

The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly is available from Look Fantastic for £24.00.

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Maui Moisture Thicken and Restore Bamboo Fiber Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I’ll admit haircare – shampoo and conditioner in particular may not be the most exciting part of my beauty routine however, I am genuinely excited to talk about the Maui Moisture Thicken and Restore Bamboo Fiber Shampoo and Conditioner. Why? Because I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about Maui Moisture (A Brash Attitude especially) and I’ve been enjoying using these products for the past couple of weeks, thoughts below…

Starting with the packaging the bottles are colour coded so nice and easy to tell the ranges apart. I’m hit and miss witht he packaging, it’s quite bulky so takes up a lot of room on the side of my bath, I also find it very hard to squeeze the product out. On one hand this means I don’t use too much at once which I’m definitely guilty of, but on the other hand it is is tricky and I imagine when the bottles get low it will be harder. The shampoo and conditioner are not the cheapest they retail for £8.99 per product at Boots so that will add up over time however, they are great products.

The shampoo and conditioner are described on the Boots website as the following:
Aloha to silicone free Maui Moisture for chemically damaged hair – made with 100% pure Aloe Vera Juice as its first ingredient! The next big thing in haircare, Maui Moisture takes out the bad to leave more room for the good. Fine, brittle hair?
Your hair will love our Thicken & Restore + Bamboo Fiber collection to strengthen, densify and revive.

Unlike most shampoos which start with deionized, chemically treated water as the main ingredient, Maui Moisture starts with a unique blend of 100% Pure Aloe Vera Juice as the first ingredient, followed by Coconut Water. (We use Aloe Juice to cleanse and to provide extra nourishment & moisture to the hair.)

Inspired by the beautiful Hawaiian Island, we have 5 different ranges for all hair types and textures to nourish, revive, strengthen, quench and restore – all with gorgeous tropical ingredients and fragrances to send your senses soaring.”

Bonus points for the ingredients, they utilise aloe vera juice, coconut water, thickening bamboo fibers, castor oil and neem oil. They are also vegan friendly and free from silicone, artificial colours, mineral oils, ALES and sulfated sulfates.

I really like the smell of these products, this particular range smells almost similar to apples, it’s a fruity, sweet scent that leaves my hair feeling really lovely.

The main thing about these products for me is how they leave my hair, in the shower I feel like the shampoo really cleans my hair and the conditioner stops it from drying out so my hair never feels stripped or squeaky clean. When I dry my hair I have noticed that my hair looks thicker however, thickening haircare usually leaves my hair very frizzy and incredibly dehydrated, it also usually affects my scalp a lot too. I’m pleased to report that none of these things have occurred my hair genuinely looks thicker but without the side effects so I attribute that to all of the oils.

I’ve also found that despite being rich in oil;s this doesn’t turn my hair instantly greasy either, the warm weather means that my hair is naturally more oily at the moment however, I don’t feel that these products made that worse which is always a bonus!

The bottles are also generous with size, usually I will have to pay a few pounds for 100ml which I’ll go through very quickly whereas this lasts a lot longer so I would say they are cost effective.

Finally is the repairing, I will admit that my hair isn’t necessarily damaged but it does really need a trim as I have a lot of split ends, though these won’t replace a haircut they have made my hair malt significantly less which is always great!

Overall, I’m impressed, these are quite hydrating so I imagine if you have damaged hair then the moisturising one will be particularly great. If like me do you do have fine hair and want volume without the dryness give these a try, you may experience a small amount of coarseness however, your hair won’t feel stripped or damaged – I would recommend and repurchase!

The Maui Moisture  Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fiber Shampoo and Conditioner are available at Boots for £8.99 each.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried anything by Maui Moisture, so far I’m really impressed!

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Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip and Liner in Revved Up Red Review

I remember when Benefit first launched these lipsticks, they were presented in a metal case which was around £20 for all of them at the time and bloggers left right and centre were receiving them and putting them to the test. Though I like an ombre lip I’ll admit that I’m not skilled enough to be able to pull it off so anything promising to do the hard work for me is worth a try right? I’ve been testing this a couple of weeks and I’ll admit it’s not what I expected, read on for my thoughts…

Let’s take a look at the packaging, this is a mini sample that came free with a magazine so it is slightly different but it is reminiscent of the They’re Real Mascara and They’re Real Eyeliner Pen so it makes sense for the brand. I do like the artwork though I did think the lips looked strange, personally I find that ombre lips work better if they’re more subtle but that’s just me. The travel size of this is worth £10.50 but since it takes a while to use up a lipstick you get plenty of product for your cash – I would advise testing the travel size first to see if you like it.

The Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip & Liner in Revved Up Red is described on the Boots website as the following:

Get fuller-looking lips in one easy stroke wherever you are, with They’re Real! Double The Lip mini in Revved-Up Red. This lip liner & lipstick in one features a Custom Teardrop Tip that grabs and defines your lip line and fills in lips with complementing colour for the appearance of volume and dimension. This semi-matte lipstick comes in neutral to bright shades for visibly fuller, sexier lips.

91% said lips look visibly fuller & sexier*
92% said it grabs & defines the lip line*
8-hour longwear lipstick**

*consumer panel survey of 110 women after 1 week.
**instrumental test on 20 panelists.”

A quick thing to note is the lack of testers for this product, personally I feel that 110 women is far too little to use to generate a product claim, I also think that 20 people again is a minute pool so I am dubious about that, I think it would be better to remove those bullet points and stick to the description personally but that’s just me!

As you can see the lipstick is split so a third of the lipstick is the part for filling in your lips and the top part is the liner. The colours doo look very different when you look at the lipstick this way however, I found that once you apply them both together they are indistinguishable so don’t worry about that!


The shade is both bolder and paler than I envisioned which is quite surprising. I looks very bold in the tube but when you apply it has more pinky red tone to it which translates onto the lips. You can see where I pressed down on the left to build up that red shade but I was surprised to see that this was pinkier than I had anticipated. I was also expecting a matte or satin finish so the texture and finish surprised me.

As you may be able to tell the formula is very balmy and slippery, I personally found thsi a little off-putting for several reasons. Firstly, the formula of the entire thing is slippery which means that the lip liner function doesn’t work too well. I didn’t notice any bleeding but it did feather slightly and I struggled to get a crisp line. With a lip liner they’re typically drier to hold the lipstick in place but that’s not the case with this.

I also found that the formula sat on the lips but didn’t sink in like a balm, it emphasised any texture even after exfoliating my lips and move around more than I would have liked which gets me onto my next point. This is a red lipstick and red = obvious smudging! With a colour as bold as red you need the lisptick to stay on the lips so to choose a glossier balmy formula struck me as a strange choice.

This is the product on me, personally I found that it looks darker in the centre of my lips even though I used the liner on the outside! You can see that this hasn’t made a terrible mess however, it isn’t perfectly even, I struggled to get this formula to stay in place and the slippery texture meant that getting a crisp line was impossible I also found the tip of the liner to wear down much quicker than the rest of the lipstick so bear than in mind!

Bonus points were that the lipstick smells nice and isn’t as harsh as a true red or blood red but even so I didn’t find this to be flattering on me.

My overall thoughts are that this is just a gimmick, from the slippery formula to the built in lip liner which isn’t a lip liner at all – this just didn’t deliver on what I expected and I found it harder to work with than necessary. Personally, I wouldn’t purchase or recommend, it’s a nice idea but the final product doesn’t really make sense for the purpose to me. I think if you are on the hunt for products that will make your lips look larger then invest ina  lip liner it will save you a lot of time and look better in the long run!

The Benefit They’re Real! Double The Lip & Liner In One Travel Sized Mini Revved-Up Red is available from Boots for £10.50.

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Beauty Brands That Excite Me

Last month I spoke about the beauty brands that don’t typically excite me, so today I thought it would be fun to do a positive post talking about the brands that do excite me. I’m not going to say that I love every single product from all of these brands but to me, these brands offer something iconic, something reliable and are unafraid to innovate and constantly push the creative boundaries. These brands are the ones that always make me sit up in my seat and look for reviews on their latest launches, here they are!


1.  Barry M

I unintentionally included a lot of high end brands however, Barry M is one high street brand that I really love. I haven’t always enjoyed every single one of their products however, they constantly try new things which I really admire. The Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints are my holy grail of nail polishes, I also like a lot of their lip products particularly the Matte Me Up Lip Kits which were excellent. From the iconic Dazzle Dusts to the growing range of cheek products, Barry M consistently delivers which is why I find it such a a great brand.

2. Benefit Cosmetics
I will admit Benefit definitely milk it a little bit, for example I found the brow ranage to be a little excessive. Having said that, I really like the Benefit cheek products. Hoola is a fantastic bronzer and I also have a cheek palette which has Dandelion, Coralista, Sugarbomb and Rockateur inside and I genuinely love each blusher. Definitely a fan of Benefit and I’m always keeping my eyes out for new releases.

3. Glossier
I’ll admit I was on that Glossier bandwagon before they even landed in the UK (though I didn’t import any products). So far I’ve used up a Milky Jelly Cleanser which I did enjoy, I also have one of their Cloud Paints which I’m very excited to try. There’s a lot on my to-try list but I like how Glossier has a very distinct brand and regularly listens to customer and influencer feedback – social listening done right!

4. Illamasqua
For me Illamasqua are hit and miss, there’s been some products that have blown me away and some that just haven’t worked for me – usually though the products are a good match for me and the quality is always there. Out of every beauty brand, Illamasqua is the epitome of innovation and creativity, I love how the brand actively tackles social issues as well as creating products for customers from all walks of life – a genuinely diverse brand with an astounding portfolio of premium products.

5. Lush
I love Lush, thee products are a little pricey but having said that the ingredients are always high quality and ethically sourced which is great for the environmentally conscious. Thee bubblebars always leave my skin incredibly soft as well as providing a moment of true relaxation, plus can we talk about the swirling colours and amazing scents?

6. MAC
I’m just going to come out and say it – MAC release waaaaay too many collections and I struggle to keep up! Having said that the products are always high quality and there’s always lots of interesting shades and formulas. Again, I like how MAC experiment a lot with textures, shades and finishes, they’re not afraid to try something different and I love that.

7. Nars
I don’t own a lot of Nars simply because of the price but what I do own I do like. Nars is one of those brands where when I try a product in store it always impresses me, the quality is definitely there and I like how they make a lot of different shades and colours for their products so there is truly something for everyone.

8. The Body Shop
Bodycare never excites me as much as makeup but I do like The Body Shop. I’ve gone through countless body butters and the skincare and makeup are usually pretty great too. The brand is comfortably mid-range so you can treat yourself without spending an absolute fortune and it’s rare for me to absolutely loathe a product from the brand.

9. Urban Decay
A firm favourite of mine I’ve had at least seven Urban Decay palettes though I have parted ways with some of them now. Urban Decay just often seem to get it right, there are some products I’m not keen on however, I love how the brand is constantly trying new things and experimenting with different shades. Urban Decay also strikes me as very trend conscious usually jumping on all of the trends in beauty but without compromising on quality.

10. Vichy
Vichy is a skincare brand that truly excites me because my skin loves the products. I like how Vichy have lots of different ranges to suit different types of skin and I find their products to be particularly hydrating. I adore the Aqualia Thermale serum and their latest Mineral Plumping Booster left my skin looking radiant.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, I’d love to know in the comments which brands excite you plus any recommendations! I’m always on the hunt for new brands to test out.

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No posts this week!

Quick note, there will be no posts going live this week, this is because I’ve actually had a friend over for the weekend which is when I usually write content.

Have a great week! Posts will be going up as usual next week (week commencing 16th July).

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