Branching Out: Beauty Brands

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In the past few months I have started trying beauty products from various different brands. They have been brands that I have wanted to try for a really long time but just never really got around to buying from them as I didn’t live near a Sephora or store that sold them. Buying online can be risky so now that I live near a Sephora it’s been much easier to swatch and test out the products in store before committing to buy. I’ve really enjoyed branching out and expanding my collection and I wanted to share some of the brands that I have recently added and have been loving.

Anastasia Beverly Hills. Everyone knows about ABH Brow Wiz, or her most recent popular release called the Dip Brow Pomade. When I was younger I had really full brows but once I discovered tweezers I plucked them into submission. I have been trying to go for the fuller brow look because it not only makes you look more youthful, but I actually just prefer it on my face shape. I caved in and purchased the Brow Wiz in Caramel and I am loving how easy it is to shape my brows, fill in any sparse areas and make them look clean and tidy whilst still looking natural. I completely understand why everyone hyped up her products so much because they truly are the best.

Josie Maran has an extensive range of Argan Oil infused products that are truly luxurious. She started out with her Argan Oil moisturizer which I have been using religiously (review here). I recently went out and picked out another product of hers since I enjoyed the moisturizing oil so much which is the Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil. I will have a review of this coming up on my blog in the near future.

Make Up Forever. Another brand that everyone knows and loves. Their HD products have taken the beauty world by storm and I have fallen in love with their newest addition to their HD line, their cream blush in #210 (review here). The formula is so creamy, pigmented and long wearing that I am lusting over almost every shade. They have really made a great first impression which has me wanting to try out more of their products. Next on my list is their HD foundation!

Last but certainly not least is Bite Beauty. I first heard about Bite on Makeup By Tiffany D’s channel because she raves about their lipstick in Fig all the time. I went on the Sephora site and was looking through their products and saw such amazing reviews on their High Pigment Pencils that I knew I had to try one. I then went and picked up the shade Corvina, a bright orange coral, and about a week later went and picked up another shade because I enjoyed the first one so much. Their products are made up of 98% all natural, food grade ingredients and are certified organic. You really can’t find anything better than that!

I think it’s good to branch out and give different brands a chance. You never know what products could surprise you and end becoming a holy grail item in your makeup collection! What beauty brands have you recently tried out that you have been loving?

NYX Cosmetics Haul

NYX Cosmetics Haul

 

A few weeks ago I made a NYX order and have been anxiously waiting for it’s arrival. I ordered online because there isn’t a very great variety of NYX products in the Target near me and all of their products are usually always opened and tested which it quite annoying. I have been wanting to get my hands on the butter glosses and lipsticks for such a long time that I couldn’t wait any longer to try them. All of the products came in a cute lace drawstring bag with the NYX logo on the side which I thought was really cute. I mostly got lip products but there are some blushes thrown into the mix as well.

NYX Cosmetics Haul

NYX just recently came out with some baked blushes and after seeing some swatches online I had to get a few for myself. The first one I got is in Wanderlust, a bronzey pink shade, and Foreplay, a dusty rose. I have been on a cream blush kick lately so I picked up  Boho Chic which is a cult favourite, and Tickled which in all honesty wasn’t what I expected. It has a ton of gold shimmers in it so I will have to see if I can work with it. I wanted an eye base that would mute out any discoloration on my lids so I went with the skin tone base. I am looking forward to trying that out and seeing if it will keep my eye shadow on without any creasing.

Next up is the lip products. As I mentioned earlier I have been lusting over the butter glosses and lipsticks so I picked up a few of each. For the glosses I got Peaches & Cream, Vanilla Cream Pie, Apple Strudel, Maple Blondie and Strawberry Parfait. These glosses smell heavenly! I seriously cannot get over how great they smell. As for the lipsticks I picked up Lollies, Sweet Tart, Fizzies, and Candy Buttons. These have no smell, sadly, but I am very excited to try these out!

Continuing on with the lip trend I picked up three of their Matte lipsticks in Tea Rose, Summer Breeze, and Hippie Chic. I thought Summer Breeze and Hippie Chic will be great Spring/Summer colours. In their Round Lipstick line I chose Femme, and Fig. Femme turned out to be a lot more orange that I expected, and Fig a bit darker. Now you can’t go lipstick crazy without picking up some lip liners so I got Nectar, and Plush Red. I certainly have enough lip products to last me for quite a while now and I can’t wait to start playing around with them.

What are your favourite NYX products?

 

The Coral Edit

Coral beauty products for spring and summer

Coral is one of those colours that a lot of people gravitate towards in the Spring and Summer months. When the warmer weather hits I’m all about bright, bold nails and lips and can’t wait to dig out my coral hued products.

I love rocking coral polishes on my toes. I love how the bright pop of colour looks amazing against tan skin (not that I can get one naturally). Right now I am rocking Carousel Coral by Essie and it is beyond stunning. For cheeks, I recently purchased this new product by Maybelline called Master Glaze in Coral Sheen. It’s a bright coral cream blush with flecks of gold glitter in it and really glistens on the skin when the sun hits it. Being pale I need all the colour I can get so this definitely does that for me.

I was never one to reach for coral eyeshadows but when I saw this beauty I knew I had to give it a try. It will pop really beautifully against any eye colour and the iridescence of this eyeshadow really makes your eyes sparkle. It’d be perfect for just a sheer wash of colour on the lid when you need a little pick me up. Last but certainly not least is lips. You really can’t go wrong with a coral lip. Corvina by Bite Beauty has crazy pigment and is super creamy and hydrating. It leans more to the orange spectrum than pink and really stands out and demands attention.

What are your favourite coral products?

Coral beauty products for spring and summer

Essie nail color in Carousel Coral | Maybelline Master Glaze in Coral Sheen | L’Oreal La Coleur Infallible in Pepsy Coral | Bite High Pigment Pencil in Corvina