Confessions of a Makeup Addict

Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks

I've had four of the Nyx Liquid Suede Lipsticks in my possession for a couple of months now. I wanted to thoroughly try them out and give my thoughts on them.
Nyx Lipsticks Review
These lipsticks are described as soft, vibrant, waterproof and long lasting. These are a liquid to matte formula and I thought they'd be the same as the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams, but they're a little different. 
Nyx Matte Lipsticks
These are pretty opaque and glide on smoothly. The formula feels a little thicker and more mousse-y than the soft matte lip cream. They're also easy to apply and take a couple of minutes to set, so you have more time to clean up any mistakes. I don't find that I need a lip liner to get a smooth application.
These do have a pretty large doe foot wand.
Nyx Liquid Lipstick Review
I have 4 colors at the moment.
  • Tea & Cookies: Muted Rosy Pink
  • Life's a Beach: Bright Coral
  • Kitten Heels: True Red
  • Stone Fox: Gray with blue undertones
Nyx Liquid Lipstick Swatches

I chose these four because of how different they were from each other. However, I don't need to review them separately as I intended because they all perform the same. They all applied evenly, opaquely and smoothly. They aren't streaky or patchy. They're pretty long lasting and dry down to a matte finish.

Are they waterproof? 
Yes. Water does not remove them.
Are they smudge-proof?
Not 100%. After they're totally set, you can still smudge them but you really have to try.
Do they transfer? 
Yes. Not a lot by any means, just a tiny amount and it doesn't remove the color from your lips. 
Are they long-lasting? 
Yes. These wear for around 6 hours without fading if I'm not eating. Food, especially anything with oil will cause them to fade. They generally seem to fade in the center first so touch-ups are simple.

Lip swatches of some:
Stone Fox:
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Life's a Beach
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Tea & Cookies
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Overall, I recommend picking these up. I want to get more of the colors, for sure. They retail for $7 and you can usually grab them at Ulta when Nyx has their buy one get one 50% sale.

Do you own any of the Nyx Liquid Suede Lipsticks? Which shade is your favorite?

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Lather With Lavender for Mother's Day

*Products mentioned were given to me for review, free of charge. All opinions are my own & 100% honest.*
I rarely post on Sundays, but I just got this yesterday and wanted to share it with you asap because could there be a more perfect Mother's Day gift? 
Also, there's a giveaway.
Gift Set
The Lather with Lavender set is a set of 3 soaps that would make the perfect Mother's Day Gift. I know, Mother's Day is next Sunday, so if you're running a little behind, this is worth looking into. 
Natural Soap
As I mentioned, the Lather with Lavender Set has three soaps, all of which are infused with Lavender essential oil. This also includes a natural, wood soap dish that is gorgeous.
Lather with Lavender Set
The three soaps are:
  • Oatmeal Lavender
  • Rose Tangerine Lavender
  • Lavender Lime
Mother's Day Gift

These smell so nice and the packaging is so cute. I really think any mother would love these.

You can find them here: LATHER

Here's your chance to win a set for your Mom or yourself!
This giveaway will end on Mother's Day so don't miss your chance!

What are you getting your mother for Mother's Day?
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Say Goodbye to Pores with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder and Blush

*Products mentioned in this post were provided for review, free of charge. All opinions are my own & 100% honest*

To say I've become obsessed with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush would be a huge understatement.
Bye Bye Pores Powder Review
If there's one thing that annoys me to no end, it's my pores. They love to suck up my foundation and look awful no matter what primer I use. In fact, most of the "pore-filling" primers I've tried has actually made it look worse, which is really confusing. Despite having semi dry skin, my pores are so much bigger than I feel they should be. I've accepted that I can't get rid of them, so I've been on the hunt for a primer, foundation or powder that masks them. I finally found one.
It Cosmetics Pressed Powder Review
The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder does a wonderful job of camouflaging these face craters. This powder claims to instantly erase the appearance of pores and fine lines, and I think it does. It gives me an air-brushed look that I love. You hardly need any powder at all, which is even better since my skin is on the drier side at the moment. 
The Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is formulated with anti-aging ingredients, like peptides, real silk, hydrolyzed collagen, and Drops of Light Technology® that are optically blurring.
It's also talc-free and cruelty-free.
I've been using this powder pretty much every single day for the past week and a half and I absolutely adore it and 100% recommend it if you have any pores or fine lines that you'd like to blur.
Bye Bye Pores Blush
In addition to this, the Bye Bye Pores Blush is great. Some blushes can manage to sink into and emphasize your pores and fine lines, even after you've blurred them with your setting powder. That's where this blush comes in. 

Blush Review
The shade I have is Naturally Pretty and that's exactly what it is. It's the perfect dusty-rose shade that just looks so natural and pretty. This was available in a TSV recently on QVC and I'm sure it'll be available again in the future. If you see it, I recommend grabbing it because it's really gorgeous and works just like the powder.
I definitely recommend these products. They do a great job of smoothing the look of pores and I love them.
Here's a picture of me from my Instagram wearing the powder:

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You can find more info at IT Cosmetics
Do you have a favorite pore filling primer that I should try?
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Youngblood Spring IntiMatte Lipsticks

*Products mentioned in this post were provided for review, free of charge. All opinions are my own & 100% honest.*

I have the Youngblood Spring IntiMatte Lipsticks to share with you today. There are three limited edition colors, Sinful, Flirt and Fever. These are infused with Vitamin E and emolients to keep your lips moisturized and to make application smoother.
Matte lipsticks spring
The tubes are black and very sleek. The packaging is really gorgeous and I love that the lids snap into place so you don't have to worry about them coming apart in your purse. 
Youngblood Spring IntiMatte Lipsticks
The formula on these is so good. They're extremely pigmented, opaque, and easy to apply. Like most mattes, there is a slight tug at first upon application, but is much easier to apply than other matte lipsticks I've used in the past.
Vegan Lipstick Review
From left to right:
Sinful is an intense berry-red that is seriously gorgeous.

Fever is a orange based red that I adore. It's going to be the perfect summer shade.

Flirt is a muted coral, almost a terracotta sort of shade. Absolutely perfect for spring and summer days.
Matte Lipsticks Vegan

These are beautiful shades for spring and summer and as I mentioned before, they're limited edition so make sure you grab them while you can.

As always, these are cruelty free.
They are also vegan as well. 

You can find them here.

Which of these is your favorite?

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Quick No-Heat Spring Hairstyles

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Garnier Whole Blends Review

I wanted to share some of my favorite hairstyles for the warmer months that don't involve heat tools. I rarely heat style my hair, because I want it to be healthy and hot tools can be damaging. These are a few hairstyles that I do when I want to leave my hair down but I don't want to spend a lot of time on it. I'll also mention a couple of variations that can be done for these hairstyles. 

I've been on a journey to grow out my hair. I want to keep it long and healthy, so I've been switching up my products to achieve that goal. 
Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Hair Care Honey Treasures Review

Before you do anything, you want to have clean hair.
So, I washed and conditioned my hair with the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Hair Care Honey Treasures Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask.

I actually did this the evening before, and I let my hair air dry. Before I went to bed, I threw my hair up in a bun on top of my bed, as I always do and that's our starting point.
Heat less hair styles

To be honest, the first day after I wash it, I'll leave it like this, because I don't mind the way it looks. Leaving it in the bun overnight leaves it soft and voluminous, with a couple of waves.

The next day, I'll normally do one of the styles I discuss below.

The first, and the one I consider the easiest and fastest is to twist your hair back on one side, or both if you choose. Obviously, you could do a braid instead of a twist, but I cannot manage to french braid my own hair.
No-heat spring hair

Hair Crown Tutorial
The next hairstyle is the fishtail braid. Any type of braid will work, but I personally like fishtail braids. It would be easier to see if I had lighter hair, but at the moment, it's a bit dark.
No-heat hair tutorial

fishtail braid
I like to use the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Hair Care Honey Treasures line because it helps to repair and restore damaged hair. It's paraben free and contains essence of royal jelly, honey and propolis extracts. It has a nice, light fragrance that isn't overpowering but smells amazing. It's really great for damaged ends. 

I found the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Hair Care Honey Treasures line at Walmart in the shampoo aisle.
The other Garnier Whole Blends Hair Care lines available are:
  • Hydrating Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk
  • Smoothing Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter
  • Refreshing Green Apple and Green Tea
  • Nourishing Avocado Oil and Shea Butter
  • Color Care Argan Oil and Cranberry Extracts
You can find more information about the Garnier Whole Blends Line here. Which blend would you like to try?
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