NYX Matte Lipstick REVIEW

Several Boots stores started stocking NYX products a few weeks back, and whilst good news for the makeup enthusiast that I am, it’s not so good for my poor wallet. Regardless I’ve picked up a  couple of items which I’ll review over the coming weeks. Today I’m reviewing two colours from their Matte Lipstick range: Euro Trash (politically relevant for us Brits?) and Tea Rose. In fact, it was the name ‘Tea Rose’ that inspired my photos for this post – I used a mixed herb blend tea which had small dried rose buds in it as a bit of decoration which I bought from Neal’s Yard a while back.

These lipsticks are priced at £6.50 each and to my knowledge only available online at Boots.com and in certain Boots stores across the UK. I would say that the packaging appeals to my aesthetic side due to the sleek black matte casing and contrasted white logo.  It’s also practical as it has a clear band around the middle so you can see the colour. Whilst in a shop it’s always best to swatch the colour on your hand to see whether you like it, this could come in useful if you have several of these swimming in your makeup bag, as it would make distinguishing between them easier. However, that being said, it does give the lipstick a bit of a cheap feel as if reminiscent of kid’s play makeup. Also, if you shake it, you can hear something moving about so it feels a little flimsy.


I bought two colours, (but I have my eyes on you Whipped Caviar), one within my comfort zone and one slightly on the borders. Tea Rose was the first one I picked up from the stand because I usually go for pinky mauve colours for my lips and this was right up my street. It’s not really baby pink, which I personally don’t always like wearing, but it’s not dark enough to be delegated only to nights out or special occasions. For some people perhaps this would be too dark for an everyday colour, but I think, especially with minimal eye makeup, it would look a mix of fresh and sophisticated. Euro Trash is something that I normally wouldn’t look at, simply because I thought that sort of colour wouldn’t suit me. However, the moment I swatched it on the back of my hand I knew it was coming home with me. It’s actually quite a hard colour to describe – it’s mainly brown, almost like a terracotta brown with subtle hints of pink. When I tried it on at home it was like my natural lip colour except more prominent. I feel like if you like the brown toned colours in the Kylie Lip Kits you’d like this colour quite a lot!


I would say this these lipsticks are not 100% matte, but I’m alright with that. Although not being completely matte may impact the longevity and the wear of the lipstick I think this means that they are not drying on the lips. They still have that small portion of moisture in the formula to still be able to apply smoothly and not to accentuate fine lines on the mouth. You won’t get the same wear time and transfer resistance as with a liquid lipstick, however, I got on average 4-6 hours before I had to reapply, (it varied due to factors such as drinking and eating). Whilst for some that may not be a long time, it doesn’t particularly bother me as reapplying the colour is very easy as it doesn’t clump or get patchy.

Lip Swatches: (Top – Tea Rose, bottom – Euro Trash)

Do I recommend these? Um, yes! For what you pay, you get great pigmentation, an array of colours to suit all skin tones, a decent wear time, and now, easy access. I’m in love with these two colours and when my funds have recovered from my recent splurge on a prom dress I’m definitely going to pick up some more colours. When I do I’ll make a swatch post, or tag them onto the end of this one.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this review, have a great week! Also look forward to my next post which will be on the newly available L’Oréal Nude Magique Cushion foundation! (Which I’m wearing in my selfie~)


Clio Kill Cover Concealer and Kill Black Pen Liner REVIEW


Just as a heads up, this post has a lot of pictures so it may load quite slowly!

Do you ever feel that mix of excitement and guilt when you purchase a haul? ‘Cause I do, and that’s what I felt when I recently spent more money than I should have at Jolse. I was super excited to get my hands on new products from Korea, but at that same time, my wallet was internally crying. I have to say though, my feeling of excitement were much stronger, (I’m a self-confessed make-up addict). I’ve decided to split up the items I bought into groups and this post is on what I bought from Clio Professional. And since the concealer kit had ‘Pro Artist’ in it, I thought it would be cool to use a gauche palette as a backdrop for my photos and swatches!

All products were bought by me, and my reviews are my own thoughts as usual~

Clio Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner – $8.48

Clio Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Concealer kit – $15.28


First up is the ‘Pro Artist Liquid Concealer’ kit which I got in shade no. 2, Lingerie which is recommended for people who use shade 21 for their foundation. The kit comes with the concealer, which is advertised on the box to have won the InStyle Star Beauty Award 2014, a pencil brightener and a pencil concealer. You also get a handy little sharpener!

The concealer is housed in really sleek packaging. I think the tube is frosted glass or very heavy plastic (sorry I’m not good with these things) and comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Everything comes in matte black box with some of the product’s claims and shades available. It is marketed as having:

  • Kill cover – to perfectly conceal blemishes and enlarged pores with a perfect matte finish without caking and dryness
  • Kill whitening (brightening on Clio website) – to transform skin from “dull and drab to flawless and vibrant” (sic) with niacinamide and liquorice root extract
  • Kill lasting – to ensure makeup lasts all day with sebum control power

The concealer comes in 4 shades:

2 – Lingerie

3 – Linen

4 – Ginger

5- Sand

I have to admit I wasn’t really sure what to think of this concealer. It definitely lived up to it’s kill cover credentials as it covered up my dark circles and any blemishes I put it on, however, I wasn’t sure about the colour. On me it was a tad too dark, meaning if I put it on top of my foundation I was left with patches of orange in certain light which isn’t a good look believe me. Maybe I got a dud or an old product because it doesn’t seem to match up to the official swatches… Regarding longevity and creasing I would say that it does last quite a while on the skin, for me it lasted the school day, which is probably due to it being a very matte finish. Creasing was minimal – but it depends on how much you put on. When I used ‘the triangle’ method of  applying my concealer there was quite a lot of excess product meaning the area under my eyes became almost tacky(?) and creased. But this was fixed by wiping off the excess and setting it with a powder. When I applied 3 small dots however, there wasn’t any creasing for a good 6 hours.

I would recommend this concealer to people with oily, oily combo or normal skin. The only reason I think this wouldn’t work so well with people with dry skin is that this product can emphasise flaking or dry skin. This is a high coverage concealer so anyone who wants to cover up discolouration or blemishes could use this, but if you have relatively clear skin and/ or don’t like wearing quite heavy coverage makeup this isn’t the best concealer out there for you. Despite the high coverage, it does feel weightless so if you are just starting to delve into concealer and want high coverage this is definitely more than what you would get from numerous pharmacy options. Overall I would give it 4/5 for oily skin and a 3.5/5 for dry skin!

Along with the concealer I got two pencils, a brightener and a spot concealer. The brightener came in a pale salmon / pastel pink colour and the concealer came in a shade darker than the liquid concealer. I didn’t like these two that much which is a shame as they could’ve been very handy to keep in my makeup bag. The pencil concealer was just too dark for me, but, it did have very good coverage (being able to cover up acne scars and small moles). The pencil itself was creamy and applied smoothly without dragging the skin. Even though it doesn’t match my skin tone I suppose that I could use it under my foundation because I don’t like throwing and/ or wasting products. The brightener had a different formula to the concealer and it was harder and took more pressure for the product to show up making me slightly apprehensive on using it under my eyes where the skin is very delicate. However, I see myself using this one more than the concealer, just because it worked for my skin colour. Had the concealer been the right colour I would have given it a 4 1/2 out of 5, and I would give the brightener a 4/5.

Here are the swatches:

From top to bottom – Pro Artist Liquid Concealer, Pro Artist Pencil Brightener, Pro Artist Pencil Concealer



The last item I got from Clio was the Kill Black Pen Liner, which, might I say, is my favourite eyeliner as of now. I wore this from 10am to 1am with my Etude House eye primer and by the end of the night it looked the same as when I first applied it.

What I first noticed about the pen was that when you shook it up and down there is something inside the compartment with the actual eyeliner fluid. Maybe this helps stop it from drying out or something?

The nib itself isn’t extremely thick or thin, it’s sort of on middle ground, but it is capable of making both thin delicate lines and bold looks, (although with a bold look you wouldn’t be able to do it in one go). For some reason, there is a lack of waterproof eyeliner in the UK, someone please tell me why, so I had been using a pretty low end one from Rimmel with a  felt tip, and it was a chore trying to put eyeliner on so I didn’t bother using it every day. However, this pen made doing my eyeliner so easy, and unlike the Rimmel, the Clio pen liner is actually waterproof and doesn’t somehow transfer down my face.


Out of all the Clio items I got I have to say that I would recommend the eyeliner the most. Definitely on me it lasted more than the working day, and made application a dream. It remained very black all day, and even lasted on my lash line which is a first. As someone with oily and slightly hooded eyes, I think this is a superb eyeliner which is worth what it is cost and more. I would give it a 4.7 (very specific I know), with the 0.3 reduction only because it is not easily available in the UK.

You made it! I didn’t mean for the reviews to be so long, I just kept on typing and typing. Anyway, thank you so much for reading all of my rambling thoughts on Clio products and I hope you stick around for lots more reviews coming up very soon! Have a great Sunday afternoon!

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner REVIEW

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Hi everyone – today I’m going to review the cult classic Glow Tonic by Pixi! I’ve heard a lot about this product on social media but I’ve never gotten round to trying it. However, I was binge watching QVC one night and this came up, so I thought, why not? There were two options available, a 500ml version for £28 and a 2 x 250ml version which costed £30 (which I bought). On one hand I was slightly annoyed that it would cost me an extra £2 for the convenience of a smaller bottle, but I quickly got over it considering I wanted to take this with me when travelling. It arrived in under a week and I couldn’t wait to try it out and share what I thought, so let’s get started shall we?

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The Glow Tonic claims to “even out skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion” and “reveal healthy glowing skin” with clinically proven results. It states that it can be used with sensitive skin, is alcohol free and hypoallergenic.

Ingredients wise it looks pretty clean. Here is the full list:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.

Aloe vera and witch hazel act as anti-inflammatories whilst the 5% glycolic acid is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. I was also pleasantly surprised to see urea in there which helps the skin’s barrier function and is a good moisturising ingredient.

Normally I use Benton’s Aloe BHA Skin Toner, but with less than a quarter left I wanted to shake things up a little. Whilst I wanted to use the Pixi Glow Tonic both AM and PM, I hadn’t used acids on my face for a while, so decided to just use it once a day in the evening. After cleansing, I applied this with a cotton wool saturated with the product and gently wiped it over my face avoiding the eye area. The next day, as I always do, I applied SPF 50+ suncream by Eucerin (review) over my face and neck. Even though I’ve only used this toner for a week, and only in the evening, I have to say that I’m really impressed with what it has done for my skin. My Benton started refining the texture of my skin and calming it down, and the Pixi Glow Tonic is continuing that. Especially around my nose and cheek area my skin feels smoother and softer. I haven’t seen a vast improvement in the evenness of my skin tone, but when using this toner my skin doesn’t turn red or get irritated which may be due to it being alcohol free.

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Overal I think I would give this toner a 4 out of 5. I’ve only been using this toner for just over a week and I’ve already started to see some visible results which is a good sign. My skin is improving bit by bit, and I hope to see the results continuing long into the future. As a bonus, the toner smells divide and really helps relax you at the end of the day. However it’s a little pricey at £30, although you do get 2 and make a saving of £6, (each 250ml bottle retails at £18). It’s also quite hard to come by as it’s not available in the pharmacy and I’ve never seen it in any department shops. So would I recommend this? Definitely!

Just a reminder, if you use this toner, or plan on using it, you must wear adequate sun protection in conjunction as this is an exfoliating product. This means that the top layer of the epidermis is taken away leaving delicate live skin cells. This will make your skin more prone to sun damage so this is very important for healthy skin. This also goes for any product that is a chemical exfoliator!