NYX Ombré Blush Review

NYX ombre blush NYX ombre blush in Strictly Chic review today!

This is a newish launch from drugstore brand NYX, and features a range of powder blushes that tap into the ombré trend, i.e. color shading from darker to lighter. These cost $10 each at Ulta.

Review: I love NYX as a brand, but this is not one of their better products. I picked this up in Strictly Chic, which is a light coral shade. My first disappointment was that there’s no color shading to speak of – while this has several different hues in the pan, in goes on as just one shade. Said shade is extremely pretty, but the pigmentation is SO light that I had to apply several layers in order to get decent color payoff.  This is described as a buildable formula, but it’s too much so – I shouldn’t have to apply several layers (on my already fair skin!) just to get a basic flush. I also found the staying power to be alright but not fantastic. I will say that once on, it looks fairly natural and rests well on the skin.

Overall, the NYX Ombré Blush is a pleasant but unexceptional product that feels like it should be around $6 or $7, and I would not say is worth the $10 price point. You get a lot of product, but the color payoff is minimal. If buildable powder blushes are your thing, this is a decent product. Otherwise, I recommend the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blushes, which cost $8 and while they’re slightly more difficult to apply, are far more pigmented – my favorite is the Candy Coral which gives a rosy, gorgeous flush – one swipe of any of these babies delivers all the color you need.

Today in Beauty: Kendall Jenner for Estée Lauder and Hugo Boss Deep Red

Kendall Jenner Limited Edition “Restless” for Estée Lauder, in their Pure Color Envy Matte range. This is, alas, no longer available, though some of their current shades are similar, (try “Volatile”), but it is gorgeous. A bright, poppy orange-red that looks frighteningly vivid when you first apply it but dries down to just a prism of gorgeous color. I LOVE this shade and will be sad when I’ve used it all up (however it is fairly drying so not the perfect lipstick).

Hugo Boss Deep Red – I’ve been using Scentbird (not a sponsored link) for a couple months to try out new perfumes, and this was May’s scent. I like a good deal, though still too sweet for my taste (I swear my skin turns all perfumes sweet no matter their undertones). A “spicy” scent that’s a blend of flowers, californian cedarwood, mysore wood and vanilla.

Goodreads: Beauty Posts I’m loving this week


Goodreads Beauty Posts this Week

The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion, but cosmetics are easier to buy – Yves St. Laurent

I swear I didn’t intentionally round up all the L beauty bloggers, y’all, it just happened. Here’s a weekly roundup of beauty posts I’m loving this week.

~ Oly at TLVBirdie has a glorious and simple four-ingredient coffee scrub that I am going to make this weekend because it’s everything I’ve been looking for. Homemade coffee scrub

~ Laura at Lelore blogged about some favorite gold-shaded or gold-containing beauty products. I’m obsessed with Drybar’s Gold Conditioner. Because Gold 

~ Lauren at Cup of Jo is having a green beauty giveaway through July 31st, featuring one of my favorite brands, C.W. Basics. Go. Green Beauty Giveaway

~ Laura at Bright and Beautiful has five beauty products she’s loving, including my favorite Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick and a gorgeous Bite Beauty coral lip pencil. 5 Beauty Products

~ Lara at The Glossarie’s review of this Rose Clay Konjac Sponge has me swooning. One Love Organics Konjac Sponge

-Love Amber

Best Drugstore Products – Primers

Best Drugstore Primers L'Oreal Magic Lumi and Hard Candy Sheer Envy
Whenever possible, I love to buy drugstore products, since so much of the beauty industry is a scam bent at separating us from our hard-earned bucks. I’ve gradually shifted more and more toward high-end skincare as I’ve come to prioritize that and explored that world more and more, but as far as makeup goes, there’s certain products there’s no need to ever spend more than $10-$15 on. Primers are one of these.

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3 Makeup Products I Want To Try This Summer: NYX Honey Dew Me Up and more

3 Makeup Products to Try this Summer NYX Honey Dew Me Up

1. NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer. Y’all should know I’m obsessed with skincare, so a makeup product that doubles as skincare is a dream. NYX is one of my favorite drugstore brands so I’m excited to try this.

Description: “In addition to prepping your face for even, long-lasting makeup, NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer is loaded with good stuff for your skin, too. Like naturally antiseptic honey, collagens to strengthen skin, and gold flecks for added radiance. Wear it alone or under moisturizer and makeup for the perfect everyday glow.”

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer

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Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder Review

Like many other beauty bloggers, I have an ongoing love affair with Soap & Glory products – they’re so beautifully packaged, fairly affordable, and such high quality! I don’t know a girl whose heart doesn’t light up with covetous “must have” feelings just looking at their bright pink packaging and vintage lettering and labeling. It’s almost too good to be true that products that are so cleverly presented, that look good enough to EAT, are also worth keeping around for actual use.

But so it is. And so far, this is my favorite Soap & Glory product tried so far. Highlighters are a tricky business because so much depends on personal taste – I, for example, don’t like the famous Benefit Watts Up, so revered in the beauty sphere, because I tend toward natural-looking, day makeup, and discovered I had no tolerance for obvious sheen on my face. I wanted something that would give a gorgeous natural glow without imparting any kind of sparkle.

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