Sunday, 8 June 2014

Full List of Nyx Stockists in Ireland

Nyx is awesome and recently launched in Ireland but for some reason it was pretty hard to get an answer on where it would be stocked leading to a irishbbloggers search party/mission. Some of you may have seen the stockist list by now but if you haven't it's down below. No Cork stockists for some unknown/stupid reason but hopefully it might happen in future....

Also for some Nyx recommendations check out my blog post here:

List was taken from


Friday, 6 June 2014

Nyx: What you need and what to leave

Nyx has just hit Irish shores and the hunt to find a stockist is on, it's like a treasure hunt just for beauty bloggers. While it only seems to be in a few locations currently I already have my list of recommended products and not so recommended products which I purchased in Canada and online through and
Also please excuse my photographs of products - some of these were bought before I had a beauty blog so there are no nice untouched pictures, however it does mean you are getting reviews from someone who is really familiar with the products.


Nyx blush in taupe

Agurably one of nyx’s most famous products in the beauty world (at least in Ireland) is their blusher in taupe. Used by youtube goddess, Nikkietutorials, it is a perfect contour colour for our pale Irish skin. There isn’t much to say about it quality wise – it’s what we expect from nyx – great pigmentation, smooth, easy application. As with all contours a light hand is best as if over applied you can look a bit strange. I’ve applied this with many different brushes, both synthetic and natural and it applies brilliantly with all of them. I personally prefer using it with my Blank Canvas Cosmetics F26 but most contour brushes will do. This is a picture of my second one which is why it looks so untouched. This product is a must buy – go grab it fast though, I have a feeling it will be continuously out of stock for a while.

Nyx blush in peach

Nyx blush in peach is actually a lot more pink than the name would suggest. It has good pigmentation and is very blendable – there really isn’t a lot to say about it – it’s a nice blush but has no amazing qualities – unless you don’t have any blush I’d leave it.

Nyx blush in chocolate
This was bought as a contour colour but is too brown for my skin. I wouldn't recommend buying this though because I think contour colours should be a bit gray toned and this is more red.

Heavy swatches of peach, chocolate and taupe

Nyx Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer

One thing I really love about NYX is the brilliant shade range. Their concealer  in “porcelain” is a perfect example of this. Pale enough for even my sister (who is literally a warmed up white) the concealer is a cream consistency which means it is really effective at covering spots (note – because it is a cream is does crease under eyes so I don’t recommend it for concealing dark circles.  It has great pigmentation and great staying power, especially when set with a powder.  It is my go-to concealer, another must have for your list.

Nyx eyeshadow trio

Nyx have a huge selection of eyeshadow trios – I got this one when I was in Canada, I remember being at the stall and having a such a hard time deciding which one to get, with my boyfriend at the time trying to hurry me up (we obviously broke up a little while after because no one comes between a girl and her make up!). I don't even know what trio I have because the packaging is so worn but it should be fairly easy enough to pick out. This is a brilliant palette for anyone – if it had a black in there it would be a brilliant dupe for UDs naked basics palate. The eyeshadows are brilliantly pigmented and blend together  beautifully. If you are looking for some basic matte brown eyeshadows then thgese are for you.

Nyx eye primer

If you are looking for an inexpensive, good quality primer then this is it. To use you barely dip your finger into the pot and smear the product out over the eye (be careful not to put on too much though, especially if you have a coloured one). I bought this primer in the colour “skin” but my sister has it is “white”. I bought mine from the internet and "skin" looked a lot more like my skin colour than the orange/brown colour it is. Disappointment about the colour aside this is a very good primer – definitely the best drugstore/phgarmacy brand concealer I’ve ever used, however if you are purchasing this I would recommend buying it in “white” rather than the skin colour because it is a good bit darker than it should be for pale skin and can look a big strange if you don’t cover it all.

Nyx soft matte lip creams

Amsterdam and Sao Paulo
These lip creams were my first experience of having a matte lip (besides putting translucent powder over my normal lipstick). In case you don’t know I am obsessed with matte lips – I think they look so classy and make bright colours really wearable. Nyx matte lip creams come in a variety of colours – all named after cities – the two I have are Amsterdam and Sao Paulo. These glide on like a dream and the applicator really helps with precision. They don’t have the best staying power – they do tend to come off after eating or drinking but a second layer can be applied over any patches easily enough. These are definitely not as drying as some other matte lipsticks but I wouldn't exactly call them moisterising. These aren’t a must have but if you do like rocking a matte lip then these are well worth checking out!

Amersterdam is a pink toned red – it starts as more of a true red but fades to a more pink toned hue after a while. If you are looking for a true matte red this isn’t it. Personally I would prefer if it kept the colour that it’s applied as because I’m not the biggest fan of pink reds but if pink tones are your thing then you will probably like this

Sao Paulo is a gorgeous natural pink which would be a great product to try if you’ve never worn a matte lip before because it will ease you into it.

Ultra Pearl Mania in Nude and Pearl

Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania

 These are loose pearl eyeshadows. I thought I would use these all the time but I've barely touched them. They can be quite messy with a lot of fallout and the packaging is annoying because either barely any comes out or a whole load does! They are nice and pearly but just not for me I don't think....

Nyx black eyeshadow

Oh Nyx black eyeshadow, how do I love thee? The ultimate black eyeshadow, it has incredible pigmentation, is super smooth, doesn’t have a lot of fallout and is as black as a black page in a windowless room during a blackout. I use it for the outer corners of my eyes and as a powder eye liner. This is everything an eyeshadow should be, PUT IT ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST

Nyx Jumbo eye pencil in sparkle nude, cottage cheese, iced mocha and straberry milk
Nyx jumbo liner

There is quite a bit of hype surrounding nyx jumbo liners – which I don’t really buy into. They are good products but I don’t think they deserve the cult following they seem to have. I use mine as liners but you can also use them as eyeshadow sticks.

Nyx jumbo lipliner in burgandy and lipstick in hebe
Nyx round lipstick in Hebe
This I am on the fence about - it is very pigmented and goes on well but has a slight metallic finish which I'm not a fan of....that's personal preference though and the downside of buying online.

Nyx jumbo lip liner in burgandy

To be honest I haven’t used this product very often – when I got it I thought I would use it all the time but for some reason I just haven’t and I’m not sure exactly why. It’s something I always overlook in favour of other products which doesn’t bode well for it really, it’s forgettable


Nyx powder liner

One of the only NYX products I don’t like are their powder eyeliners. I bought them because I wanted a hazy liner so it would look like I wasn’t even wearing liner – I just wanted to give my eyes a bit of definition. For a liner the applicators are quite thick. These liners also have lots and lots of fallout  - I would give these a miss.

Nyx slide on liner in glitzy gold, nyx wonder pencil in light
Nyx Slide on liner in Glitzy Gold
Slide on liners seem to have a bit of a cult following however I am not that big a fan. They are nice liners but they don't stay one all day as claimed and are just a bit underwhelming when the product name is so long (the full name is "slide on glide on stay on and most definitely a turn on liner")

Nyx wonder pencil
These pencils will do three things: conceal blemishes, line lips against bleeding and brighten eyes along the water line and they actually do what they say they will which is rare in a beauty product. These come in different skin tone colours and mine is in "light"

Do you have any Nyx product recommendations for me? I'm going up the country next week to find a stand and raid it so I need to be armed with a big list to make sure I don't forget something...

Friday, 9 May 2014

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic Dupe

A dupe I found for Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic (as recommended by the incredible Caroline Hirons)

Just wanted to share the video because I don't think everyone who follows my blog necessarily follows my youtube....

Friday, 11 April 2014

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 like hold on and just....woah....

....because words cannot fully describe my love for this product. I quite like having a product for a while before reviewing it but sometimes one comes into your life and its love and first use and just why wait?! I ordered this from (among other things) when they were having an amazing 1/3 off French pharmacy brands, having never tried it before but being completely intrigued by it. I know a lot of beauty bloggers rave about the cicaplast lip balm and so I decided that a big huge tube of the balm would have to be a winner. I ordered this not even sure what I would use it for but it has become an instant must-have product for me. It works on EVERYTHING! I have had dry skin around my nostrils since I was about 15 and had used about a million different products (seriously 8 Hour Cream, E45, emulsifying ointment, hydraluron,  my beloved Image skincare hydrating repair creme) to get rid of it. No matter what product I used it stung when I put it on and it also only kept the dryness at bay so I would have to put more product on during the day resulting in a really strange glossy around and under my nose (sexy right?!).

Look at it, the big unassuming tube of amazing!

So one night I put some of the LRP balm around my nose and it didn't sting  and I was very pleasantly surprised but still dubious about the actual results it would deliver. Well damn my cynical mind because the next day my skin around my nose didn't hurt like it normally did and I didn't have to put some random ointment around my nose to protect it - it was just like a normal persons' skin! I don't even have to use this product every night - maybe every second night or so because it is actually fixing the problem not just covering it up!

I also used the balm on a burn I got from a curling wand (by the way can someone remind me to buy a heat protection glove because I have been meaning to for a few months at this stage and keep forgetting). It soothed the burning sensation straight away and while obviously it didn't make my skin good as new (it still hurt for a few days after and I still have the burn mark) it has sped up the healing time on the burn so so much. This is something I can say with almost scientific certainty and all because I've gotten burns from my curling wand before (it's a love-hate relationship) and they have taken so much longer to heal. I also burned the same area but on my other hand before and it honestly took a few months to completely heal and it hurt like crazy for the whole time!

I am so so impressed with this balm - normally I'm quite into science and basic chemistry because I like to know what different ingredients make a product work but I have no idea how this works so well, I think it must just be some French magic: either way there is no way I'd ever be without this product again.

Cicaplast Baume B5 ( 100ml) purchased at   Price: £11.45/€13.80

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Controverssue: The Rise of the Flogger (Facebook Blogger)

Controverssue is an awesome (!) word to describe a controversial (in blog terms) issue

-Flogger (n) Someone who goads you into buying something, usually illegal or of little value

-Flogger (n) A "blogger" who has ammassed a huge number of followers by hosting giveaways and posting pinterest-type pictures on their Facebook page, barely writing any posts (any of which are positive reviews of products they've been sent) yet calling themselves a blogger.

So this may be a bit controversial but it is something which has both puzzled and irked me for some time. This post does not intend to point the finger at any one person, I'm sure everyone who has a blog does it in their own way and that it would be boring if everyone took the same route. I could be completely wrong with what I will say here, or maybe its just jealousy (and I will fully admit that part of it is), or maybe you agree with me - either way it is a subject that I find intriguing and one I would love to discuss...
Recently I have noticed a new trend of Facebook pages for "bloggers" being set up. These pages all have the same format: a girl posts pictures that are found on pinterest/tumblr/we heart it with a caption like "so true" or "love these shoes" and gets an enormous amounts of "likes" which in turn leads to them getting more followers. They also host regular giveaways providing you like and share their photos (another effort to become more well known and amass more coveted "likers").

Is there a problem with this? No, but it is something that annoys me for a number of reasons:

Firstly these girls don't seem to blog much, if anything. They appear to exist solely as a middle man between pinterest and the general public.
Posting pictures of fashion and accessories without accrediation infringes on the people who actually put the time and effort into picking out the clothes and taking the pictures in the first place. It can also make it seem like it is the bloggers' own style/work when for example only a pair of shoes is shown being worn  - this is taking credit for another persons work by not stating where the picture is from.
Any blogs or Facebook posts they do write seem to be glowing reviews of products they have been sent, sometimes without mentioning that they received the product for free.
They host multiple competitions which you can only win if you like, share and comment on their photos and probably name your firstborn after them just to have a chance at winning.
It takes away the recognition of the huge amount of work other beauty and fashion bloggers and vloggers do writing honest reviews (I don't include myself in this obviously given that I don't post regularly and my blog isn't exactly one of the best out there).

Look I can copy and paste pictures too! - took me all of 30 seconds!

It is a different thing entirely to have a Facebook page to go along with a blog- this is just a good way to stay in touch with people who read your blog and gain other followers interested in your actual opinions as opposed to just being interested in winning a competition. Also of course bloggers will also post pictures from pinterest or tumblr on their facebook but the difference is in the ratio of the amount of pictures of other peoples' work to their own work - floggers seem to have much more posts featuring someone else's work without accreditation than their own work.
Is this just jealousy talking? Perhaps a little - these floggers gather a huge number of followers in a very short amount of time, a number that I wouldn't dare to dream of ever garnering. They get sent lots of free products and get invited to press releases. They seem to be able to do this with very little work (at least from my perspective).

Maybe most people enjoy these type of pages and I am in a minority and the obvious solution is not to "like" these pages and just let them get on with it but I did want to write my opinion and maybe get other peoples perspectives on this type of "blogger".

Is this a new direction you think blogs should take? Do you like seeing pinterest-y pictures on your timeline? Do you think I'm just jealous? Let me know down in the comments - I'd love to hear your thoughts....

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Ur Makeup Beauty Sponge

Hello lovely peeps - today I wanted to write about the Ur Makeup Beauty Sponge. Ur Makeup is the brainchild of make up artist Nicola Graham which currently sells some make up accessories but will be launching more products in the future...(watch this space!)

Sponge being taken for a ride on my bunny :)

The first thing that struck me about this sponge is the colour. While most sponges are bright colours this one is flesh toned – this may seem like something super menial to notice but I really like it because it looks more professional and mature than a bright pink blob for if you were doing someone else's makeup, however they do have a multitude of colours on their website if you prefer more eye catching tools. For me I quite like bright colours but if I was doing makeup on an older person I would definitely go with the flesh toned colour.

This sponge works really well – it really blends foundation into the skin and helps to make it last longer. Much like a beauty blender it has a rounded bottom and a pointed top to help you get into all the hard to reach areas on the face. It's pretty hard to describe how well a sponge works but I have been saving it for use on all my big nights out since I got it because I find that it gives a more flawless coverage than my brushes so that's a pretty really good sign.

The sponge is really great but if you have a sponge you are currently happy with I wouldn’t bother getting it and throwing away your current one; however if you don’t have a sponge or need a new one then I would definitely recommend trying this one out – at €4.00 its much cheaper than its counterparts and works just as well (AND it's currently on sale for €3.20)

You can purchase Ur beauty at and while you're there you should check out their silicone mascara wands (review coming shortly) and their gorgeous mini brush sets which would be PERFECT for traveling or make up on the go.

This product was sent to me but this review is 100% my honest opinion :)