Review: NYX Blush in Taupe

NYX Blush in Taupe. The former holy grail of NikkieTutorials. So of course I needed to check this bad boy out. So off I went on the search for this beautiful contouring shade.

After searching a few stores here in the Netherlands I finally found a store that sells NYX Cosmetics and that is Douglas for my Dutchies over here.

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The packaging is very simple. The package is shiny black with a see through top. And on the back you can see the shade and the ingredients. Once you open the blush you can see that there are little pyramids (?) pressed into the blush.

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Here you can see the blush without flash (top) and with flash (bottom). You can definitely see that the colour with flash is more brown gray than the picture without flash. One the picture without flash the blush looks like the wrong colour for my skin.

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Now it is time for some swatches. I first but a base on my face starting with foundation, concealer and powder. After that I quickly put some eyeshadow and mascara on my eyes. And lastly I filled in my eyebrows. Everything was done except for my contouring, blush and highlight.

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As you can see the colour is very present. This pigment is good on the skin. The swatch on my arm was a bit disappointing because I had to keep adding product before I finally saw result. I was very happy to see that wasn’t the point when I added it onto my skin.
The contour right now is very strong. Time to blend and soften it.

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I blended the contour here into my skin going up. The blending went very easy and didn’t leave any streaks or went patchy.

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Conclusion.

I really like this contouring shade. I’ve been using this product for about a month now and I really like it. The colour suits my skin and if you want to intensify the contour you can by adding a bit more product and it still looks really good. It’s also a very good product to contour your nose.
Overall conclusion. I’m very happy that I bought this bad boy. And thank you Nikkie for recommending this blush.

 

Love, Yara

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Review Beautyblender + cleanser

The sponge under all sponges. Thé Beautyblender. The little pink sponge that swells up under need the tap.

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A few days ago I ordered my first set of beauty blenders and a cleanser at a Dutch online shop. When I opened the package the two beauty blenders and the cleanser were packed together. Only the two beauty blenders were packed in a separate tube.

So enough blabing. Let’s open this bad boy up.

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First thing I took out of the box was the cleanser. The cleanser comes in a 150 ml plastic pump bottle. The packaging is very simple. On the front it has the Beauty Blender logo and on top/under the logo it says ‘modernize the way you cleanup. Blender cleanser, the ultimate make up sponge cleanser’. Than next to the logo it has a little banner that says: ‘great for makeup brushes, too!’ So if you ever sun out of baby shampoo to wash your makeup brushes, you can use the Beauty blender cleanser.

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On the picture above you can see the pump of the bottle very well.

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On the back you have the instructions to use the cleanser. The ingredients are also mentioned on the back.

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Ingredients: water, laurel glucoside, peg-7 glyceryl soyate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, fragrance.
The cleanser feels like a gel and once you apply it to the sponge it foams a little bit. Once you rub the cleanser in the sponge you can see the sponge getting a bit white. This is the foam of the cleanser. And once you put it under need the tap and squeeze the sponge, the cleanser takes off the make-up. You can repeat this step again if you think the sponge isn’t clean enough.

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One the back of the packaging off the sponge you can see the steps of how the sponge works. It also says what kind of products you can use with the beauty blender.

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This is how the sponges look when you take them out of the container. Very bright little egg’s.

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Time to wet it.
Hold it under the tap and squeeze a few times. You can see the egg grow in your hand. Once it doubled in size, shut the tap of and squeeze one last time to get all the excess water out of the Beauty Blender. Than you can either use the blender just like that or put it in a dry cloth and squeeze even more water out of it. I like to use it without the cloth step.

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As you can see on the left is the Beauty Blender full of water and on the right it’s the dry one.

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This is my face without make-up. I do not have an even skin. There are a few blemishes and some redness in some arias. (I also didn’t pluck my eyebrows for a very long time in this picture so ignore the bushy eyebrows)

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This is my face with one layer of foundation. The foundation I used was the MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Flawless in the shade Light Ivory 40. It is a very build able foundation. But it can look very cakey once you apply too much. You can see it give a very even blank canvas. I still need to use concealer under need my eyes to cover the blue.

The beauty blender blends the foundation really good into the skin. There are no streaks of foundation. It doesn’t clutter up in corners of your face and it doesn’t look like you put on make-up. It still looks like skin.

Conclusion.

I love the Beauty Blender. I’ve been using it ever since I bought it. It blends your foundation seamless into the skin. It also cleans very nicely. The cleanser is good. It does the job very well. And because of the pump application you don’t use a lot of the product. So it’s very economical. The price is definitely worth it. I can definitely say that this Fluorescent Pink Sponge is the best sponge under all sponges. And if that means I have to pay a little bit extra to get the great result you get while using this. I definitely would.

Love, Yara

Sleek Blush – Rose Gold

Thé dupe under all dupes of expensive products. Sleek Blush in Rose gold. A gorgeous warm pink blush with a golden undertone.

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The packaging is simple. Matt black with shining black letters. The box is a perfect size to hold in your hand.

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The ingredients. Pretty basic if you ask me. But what I also see on the list is: Dimethicone. What that means? Silicones. An ingredient that makes the product last longer but it can also block your pores if you are susceptible for it. So watch out if you are susceptible for it. Don’t use it everyday and if you use it, know the consequences off the product.

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Fits perfectly in my hand.

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The colour, the golden sparkle, the black complementing the blush. It is just gorgeous.

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One swipe from the blush directly on my arm. The pigment is good. It fades really well into my skin and leaves a little bit of a gold sparkle.

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Here you can see a better swatch. The pigment really pops here and if you look a bit better you can definitely see the gold sparkle.

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And here you can see the product on my face. You need to be careful with loading up your brush. The pigment is really strong and if you don’t watch out. You will look like a doll.

 

Conclusion:
The blush is very pretty. The pigment is amazing. The golden sparkle is to die for. Beautiful blush for a good price.
You can buy the blush online at SleekMakeUp.com. The blush on the Sleek website is €5,49/£4,49/$6,99 excl. Tax.

Love, Yara