I couldn’t wait to do an outfit like this; this is my go to autumn outfit. For the past few seasons I have been obsessed with burgundy but I always try to keep a balance as you can see in those outfits and I don’t go with more than 3 pieces in the same colour. Like I’ve said before in posts all you need is an ‘base’ for an outfit and my base in this case is the hat, bag and shoes which I can use to style in many different ways. In my opinion in every outfit there is an element to it that makes it ‘whole’ in this case it was the string choker which is beautifully handmade from Niki and you can check this and all her other chokers on her instagram here and if you quote ‘SIMPLYBYLOLA’ you will get one and the other half price!
(hat Urban Outfitters, choker Grad Chokers @instagram, jumper H&M, jeans Mango, shoes Hotter, bag Aldo, jacket Dorothy Perkins)
(hat Urban Outfitters, jacket Dorothy Perkins, top Topshop, skirt New Look, bag Aldo, shoes Hotter)
NYX Cosmetics is every make up obsessed girls dream – high end quality at affordable prices. Even though NYX was founded in 1999 (yep!) by Toni Ko who’s goal was to make a great quality product for everyone to afford; only recently everyone went crazy about NYX as few years back I doubt many people heard about the brand but right now NYX is going like storm with astonishing nearly 9 million followers on Instagram, new product launches often and NYX being available in most Boots shops in the UK now (finally)!
The first product by NYX that I tried was the Soft Matte Lip Cream; I was on a hunt for a liquid lipstick and I stumbled across the soft matte range on Feelunique, and the price of just £5.50 convinced me to try it. When I did try it I was impressed that the formula didn’t make my lips feel dry at all which was my worry about liquid lipsticks; on the downside to keep your lips looking good it needs to be reapplied every 1-2 hours hence why I used it up within two months nevertheless for that price it’s still good quality.
The next thing that I purchased was the gel liner as I always wanted to compare it to a pen liner and to be honest it’s probably my least favourite product out of all of them and my number one eyeliner is still the L’oreal Superliner which makes doing my wing eye super quick and easy.
The eye shadow base which I purchased when I got more into make-up and realised that primer/base is a very important part of the make-up as it will help it last longer and honestly it’s the best. I don’t use any high-end eye shadows so the formula isn’t the best and they’re not very pigmented but nevertheless with this base they stay on all day without smudging or creasing; it’s definitely one of those products that I will be re buying when it’s finished.
Next up is my favourite liquid lipstick; NYX Lingerie in Push Up is the most perfect nude shade ever that I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of and I’m trying to get my hands on the rest of the Lingerie collection as I personally found the formula of it even better than Soft Matte and it definitely stays on longer but Soft Matte has the advantage of being part of a wider range of shades to choose from.
The last few products I’ve brought on my lunch break (oops) in the newly opened Boots concession next to me. The product I was most curious to try was the Tame and Frame brow pomade to see how it compares to the Anastasia Beverly Hills one which I currently use and to be honest I would say it’s a great dupe for it if you don’t want to spend £15; the ABH dipbrow pomade in medium brown is the exact same shade as the NYX expresso one as when I used one on one side and one on the other you wouldn’t tell the difference between them. The only downside of the NYX one is that you need to use more product to get the same effect as you would with ABH when using less product. I started the testing the finishing powder by dropping it.. twice! So when I finally got round using it, I was a bit disappointed with this product as I don’t think it made any difference to the final look of my make up and the same goes to the matte blotting paper. They’re very thin so you have to use lots compared to some other ones I’ve used from a different brand which were thicker and one or two were enough.
This is only a very small part of the NYX Cosmetics range but if you’ve never tried any of their products I hope it helps you decide whether you want to try some products to summarise it’s a bit of a hit and miss with the products as some are better than others but now you know which ones are worth buying according to me!
I hope you enjoyed it and if you did make sure to also check out 5 high end beauty products;are they worth buying or not?
This was my first time attending Stylist live and to be honest I didn’t expect much, just some talks and a free glass of drink but to my surprise it was so much more than that! Straight away I got excited from the moment I saw the glittery sign outside which was definitely eye catching and instagram shot worthy. I’ve made the mistake of only going to the hours that I’ve had booked but there is so much to see and do that you should definitely go as early as possible and if there are free spaces for talks you can just walk into them. Between the four days that it is on for, there are so many different talks available so even if you’re not a fashion or beauty enthusiast I’m sure you would find something for yourself. Even though the talks were light-hearted there was some serious girl-power going on which I loved; women supporting each other and admiring each others work is rare these days. I think it’s important to create opportunities like this for women to learn from each other and give each other advice on how to make it in this male dominated world. Furthermore there were jewellery, food, lingerie, make-up and other stalls which offered special discounts and if that didn’t convince you enough, let me add that there was a champagne bar as well.
I had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Shirley Eniang who runs a blog Shirley’s Wardrobe since 2008 and Susie Lau Style Bubble which funnily enough was Shirely’s inspiration for starting her blog and now she was giving a talk with her so not only it shows to never give up because everything is possible but also it reminds me of the quote; work until your idols become rivals. Although their blogs and styles are very different they both share something in common; they were doing something they love and they got recognised for it and turned it into businesses and careers but it didn’t happen overnight or even within a few months, it took years of hard work and dedication for them to be where they are today. What I loved about both of those ladies was how they stayed down to earth and humble even though Susie has the most successful and widely recognised blog of that type and Shirley has nearly half a million instagram followers but that’s probably partly why they got so successful by staying themselves no matter what. Furthermore later on I listened to a talk by a lovely and bubbly lady Caroline Watson who’s a celebrity stylist and a business woman and she shared some tips and advice on seven ways to grow your business through instagram which is useful when you have a business or even if you’re doing anything freelance as then you’re selling yourself and instagram is a great way of showing your vision and encouraging people to want to work with you. At the end Caroline added that if you have a vision just keep going and follow your dreams as she recently launched a bag brand and she worked on everything by herself and not even her husbands sceptic view stopped her as she said don’t let anyone stop you, not even your man, or especially not your man.
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