Dior Addict lipgloss & lipstick

Dior Addict lipgloss & lipstick

I’ve been massively into pink lips these past few weeks. This means that I’ve been busting out every shade of pink lipstick in my collection. Today I’d like to focus on some of my more high end products in this very particular category. Last year, Dior reformulated their Addict lip line and I decided to try some products when there was a discount on.

 photo Diorlipstickgloss1_zpsxjftltyf.jpgDior Addict Lipstick 976 Be Dior
Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss 765 Ultradior

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3x Chanel products

3x Chanel products

High end make up is something I only buy on rare occasions: as a treat to myself. I prefer buying budget, drugstore and mid range make up, as I feel their products are as good or even better. Truth be told, shelling out the big bucks for a Chanel, Dior or YSL make up product is the ultimate treat and today I am showing three such treats that I purchased in the past 1.5 years. They are all by Chanel and they are all gorgeous.

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NYX lip gloss, lipstick & butter gloss

NYX lip gloss, lipstick & butter gloss

Just recently the Douglas around the corner from my house reopened and now includes some new brands. Apart from high end brands Bobbi Brown and Benefit, we now also have NYX! Excitement abounds as NYX is a great brand, but so hard to get a hold of. Back in the make up days of yore, I owned quite a few of their products, but over the year, I replaced them with different products. So I found myself ready to explore their current line in more detail now that I have it at my finger tips. I decided to start off by testing out some lip products.


NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss 129 Beige
NYX Matte Lipstick in MLS11 Tea Rose
NYX Butter Gloss in BLG11 Maple Blondie

To make sure I tested out the product line to a sufficient extend, I ended up buying a lip gloss, a lipstick and one of their infamous butter glosses. I am into dusty rose lip shades at the moment, so that’s why I opted for those colors mostly. The lip gloss and butter gloss retail for €6.99 each. The matte lipstick for €7.49. Not too expensive, but not necessarily cheap either. These products fall into the medium segment when it comes to make up purchases.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss 129 Beige

The first product I picked up is this cult favorite lip gloss. I remember when, back in the day, everyone raved about Beige lip gloss by NYX. At the time it was hard to get a hold of it: it was nearly always sold out. So I had never tried it. When I figured out this product would look nice with the lipstick I was eying up, I decided to give it a shot.

The packaging is quite simple. There is a small decoration of a bow at the top of the lid, which isn’t necessarily my cut of tea, but it’s not very bothersome either. On the back you can find the ingredients of the product: a plus as most brands don’t list these on their products. The product comes with a fluffy applicator which isn’t necessarily doe foot shaped, and holds just the right amount of product. I like that, as too much product on the wand, will only lead to over application.

The color of this product is a lovely dusty rose shade. It gives a tint of color to my lips, but not too much. A true, my lips but better type shade. Texture wise this is glossy, but not overly sticky. It feels comfortable on the lips and wears for a few hours, but needs to be reapplied after a drink or some food. Swatches on my arm and lips as well as full face pictures can be found below.

NYX Matte Lipstick in MLS11 Tea Rose

I used to own a NYX Matte lipstick before, but I found it to be a color I hardly wore, which is why I ended up giving it away. This color is much more up my street and performs as well as the one I owned previously. When it came to this lipstick I knew what to expect and it didn’t disappoint.

The packaging on this lipstick feels a bit cheap, but works alright. I like how you can see the shade in the middle of the lipstick and it feels sturdy enough. Ingredients are again listed on the bullet itself and you get a fair amount of product. The color is again that dusty rose shade I love so much. It is a very warm toned pink: a hint of brown, combined with hints of purple and pink make this a pleasant mix of color on the lips.

The texture and wear of this lipstick are fabulous. You may have to reapply half way through the day, but only if you’re having an intense meal that requires a lot of lip action like taking a bite from an apple or anything like that. The formula is very comfortable and hardly drying on the lips. As for the gloss, swatches and full face pictures can be found at the end of this blog post.

NYX Butter Gloss in BLG11 Maple Blondie

The reason for this purchase was EmilyNoel83 from BeautyBroadcast on Youtube. She raved about this butter gloss shade for some time and that’s what made me curious. I already own another one in Vanilla Cream Pie and I wanted to try more as I like it so much. Since I find the shades in this range to be very close together, I opted for this peachy tone to see whether it would work.

Like the other two products, this also comes with the ingredients printed on the packaging. Just like the Mega Shine Lip Gloss this has doe foot like applicator that has some product on it, but not too much. The shade is a peachy pink, which I think could make a great, easy to wear lip color for summer.

The packaging is simple and the color of the tube shows you the color of the product. That’s quite handy and it’s also fairly true to color which is a plus. This product is quite gloopy and sticky, much more so than the Mega Shine Gloss, but that is also what makes this stick to your lips a lot better. I find this survives straight up until lunch time (in my case that’s 6+ hours!), before it needs to be reapplied.

Beige, Tea Rose, Maple Blondie

Swatches of all three products show the different textures and finishes these three products give. Beige is clearly a bit more opaque than Maple Blondie, whereas Tea Rose goes on smoothly in one swipe to give a good dose of color. The butter gloss is a tad more shiny than the Mega Shine formula, but you do get more color in return in the Mega Shine Lip Gloss. But these shades don’t really mean anything unless I put them on.

Natural lips
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in 129 Beige
NYX Matte Lipstick in MLS11 Tea Rose
Mega Shine Lip Gloss over Matte Tea Rose
NYX Butter Gloss in BLG11 Maple Blondie

My lips are naturally quite pigmented. It will pop up through most nude lip colors unless the product has really good coverage. As you can see all products alter my lip shade. The Mega Shine Gloss really establishes a ‘my lips but better’ look, whereas the Butter Gloss freshens it up a bit. Tea Rose is beautiful shade which is very versatile and a perfect: I want a neutral, but with a bit more oomph kind of shade.

Beige – Tea Rose – Maple Blondie

Full face, the effect of the Butter Gloss is the most subtle. Followed by Beige, which just makes my lips look healthy and juicy. Tea Rose is matte as you can see and I feel the color lifts my complexion and adds a bit of interest to my face.

I think it is safe to say that I am very pleased with these purchases. I would highly recommend all three of these products depending on the type of look you’re going for. My favorite has to be Tea Rose as it is such a nice neutral shade that I can wear with tons of different looks.

What NYX products would you like me to review next?

Dior Addict Gloss Fastes

Dior Addict Gloss Fastes

For the longest time I had a Dior Addict lipgloss on my wishlist. Mainly because I adore the packaging. But spending more than 30 euros on a product that I wasn’t sure I was going to wear (I wear lipgloss next to never), I never actually gave it any serious consideration. However, when a high end drugstore had a 40% discount on on all lip products I decided to give the selection a browse. I spotted this seemingly standard looking gloss from the Dior 2015 Spring collection and fell in love. Here’s why.

Dior Dior Addict Gloss Mirror Shine Volume & Care in 154 Fastes

The gorgeousness that is. This gloss normally retails for €31.50. I picked it up for less than 15 because on top of the discount I also had a 5 euro gift voucher that I still had to spend. To say this was a steal, for Dior anyway, would be an understatement. This product was limited edition for Dior’s Kingdom of Colors spring 2015 collection.

The lipgloss comes in this mirrored silver packaging. It was a pain to photograph as I couldn’t find an angle on which my camera would pick up on the prettiness that is. The box itself is not why this product is worth your time of course. It’s the inside that counts. So let’s have a look.

The gloss is as tall as the packaging it comes in. At first glace this looks like a standard pink color. But when it comes to this gloss, looks can be deceiving. The packaging of the gloss itself is one reason this product had been on my wishlist. From the button like handle at the top to the embossed name along the side: you’ll know you’ve bought yourself a luxurious lipgloss the minute you lay eyes on this.

In this picture you can see the color a bit better, but it still doesn’t do it justice. The gloss itself actually has little color to it. The color you see in the tube comes from the thousands upon thousands of tiny flecks of sparkle. Now I am usually not one to favor sparkly lip colors but it is not my intention to wear this full on. When I spotted this, I figured this would make a very wearable and handy gloss that could spruce up matte lip colors. Especially nude lipsticks look best on me when they have some shine to them and so this gloss, paired with a nude lip is really my intended wear.

The product comes with a brush tip applicator. To my surprise the product only adheres to the little brush and not to the actual stick. That’s a plus as my hair usually gets caught up in the stick which makes for a messy ordeal. The brush tip is quite small but I love how that makes it easy to get a precise application.

Again, on the applicator the color of the gloss appears to be a peachy pink tone, but again this is not what it will look like on the lip. Before we move on to swatches I thought I’d try to capture the sparkle of this lipgloss.

Above you can see the product in regular daylight. Only a hint of sparkle is visible. But when you hit it with a flash, like in the picture below, the myriad of shimmer becomes visible. It has a silvery tone to it, but if you look closely you can see that the flecks sparkle in tones of pink, blue and gold. This is what made me like this gloss instantly, as it is something quite different from your usual sparkly lipgloss.

In the swatch you can definitely see that this gloss is highly sparkly. Both of these pictures were taken WITHOUT flash. The gloss here looks like crushed gemstones suspended in a sticky liquid. The gloss is thick, but not too much. It has a good balance between liquid and thickness making this easy to apply.

On the lips this gloss is also very comfortable. I have owned many other super sparkly glosses in the past. Most of the time you can feel the particles in the gloss: as if you have sand stuck to your lipgloss. That is not the case with this. It actually feels smooth on the lips. Because it is sticky but not too much this gloss has some good lasting power. Especially for a gloss, I am impressed: it survives a cup of tea and lasts a good 2-3 hours.

On its own the color leaves a strange milky wash on my lips. It will not be a gloss I will be wearing on its own all that quickly. But as I said my plan was to put this over a nude lip. So the second lip swatch I make was of a thin application over MAC’s Velvet Teddy. All I did was apply a bit to the middle of my lip and then dabbed it across my lips for a more subtle effect.

And I think it is a winner! The texture is nice and comfortable and it turns any flat matte lip color into a more interesting shade. Now I just have to make sure I wear this, so I have decided to put this on top of my vanity so I always have it within reach. I’m afraid that if I tuck it away in a drawer I will never see it again.

What do you think of this lipgloss? And do you prefer lipstick or lipgloss?

Top 10 favorite lip products

Top 10 favorite lip products

It’s finally here! I taped this last week, but I didn’t have time to edit it. I did have some time yesterday so here it is: my 10 favorite lipglosses & lipstick including swatches. Enjoy!

Products mentioned:

– MAC Cremesheen glass in Richer Lusher
– NARS Dolce Vita
– Bourjois no. 49 Rose Pacific
– Benefit So Frisk Me
– Maybelline ColorSensational Cremegloss in Stellar Berry
– MAC Cremesheen in Ravishing
– E.L.F. Mineral Lipstick in Barely Bitten
– Benefit Rocket Pop
– NYX Round Lipstick in Watermelon
– Maybelline Colorsensational in Pink Hurricane

What is your favorite lip product?

Make up collection: lipgloss

Make up collection: lipgloss

Despite being sick I’ve decided to take a few pictures of my lipglosses. I actually wanted to do this in a video and swatch a few on my hand (my favorites), but I will do that during my vacation when I’ve got more time and am looking and feeling better again. The first three pictures feature my favorite lipglosses. The last three pictures feature lipglosses that I have, but don’t wear regularly or not at all.

So let’s start with my favorites, again within this batch I have more favorites, which I will show in a video some time soon in which I will include swatches.

Catrice: Light my Fire & Forbidden Apple (Alice in Wonderland Collection)

Benefit: So Frisk Me & Dancing Queen

Sephora: Fresh Peach Shimmer & Miami Pink Reflex

Maybelline: Naked Star, Pink Petal, Stellar Berry

Revlon: Papaya, Premium Pink, Stellar Sunrise, Platinum Petal

NARS: Dolce Vita

MAC: Richer, Lusher (cremesheen glass)

Bourjois: Framboise Magnific, Rose Pacific, Brun Exotic

Sephora: clear plumping lip gloss

E.L.F.: Trendsetter, Night Owl

Too Faced: Don’t Hate Me

Max Factor: Ivory

So those are my favorite/ most used lipglosses. I keep them separately in an easier to reach place. My favorites are definitely the Bourjois Rose Pacific, NARS Dolce Vita, Benefit So Frisk Me and MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher.

Essence: Sun Club in Summer Cherry, Pick me Up, Super Girl

HEMA: Jip & Janneke light pink & fuchsia

Bourjois: Rose Charismatic, Transparent Oniric

Sephora: The Red Shiny

NYX: Orchid

Revlon: Just Bitten Lipstain in Twilight

Duwop: Lip Venom in Twilight

NYC: Soho Sweetpea

HEMA: (can’t find a number, nor a name)

E.L.F.: Plumping Lip Glaze in Champagne, Lushious Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Tart & Caramel Candy

Eyeko: Liptastik Glossy Lip Pen in Raspberry (don’t know for sure)

Sephora: Lipstick Pencils in Coral Glow & Vinyl Raspberry, plumping lipgloss in number 05 & 07

Etos: Longlasting lipgloss, ultra shiny lipgloss

Sephora: Bronzed Beauty

So those are the glosses I hardly ever wear, or which I don’t wear at all. It may seem weird to keep products you don’t wear, but for some of these I just like the packaging. Or it’s a product that I only wear on one occasion and I keep it for those specific occasions.

Q: What’s your favorite lipgloss?