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This is quite a decent swatch representing the cool toned brown it is
Okay this does not represent the actual colour well but oh well!
I recently found a counter for discounted NYX Cosmetics on my trip to Leicester. It was a House of Fraser outlet store which had Nyx, Lancome, Too Faced and many more brands for less. However I was hooked on to the NYX counter as its really really difficult to find one in the UK!

They stocked up everything from eyeshadows and jumbo lip pencils which are quite pretty I must say, but I did not get them as I have already ordered one in Soft Fushia which is supposed to be a sister to the very famous Nyx 'thalia' lipstick. So do try it out guys if you havent yet!

Coming to the point, I wanted to get quite a few shadows but was on a budget so just got one called 'Brown' as I wanted a similar colour from ages! Its a gorgeous unique cool toned brown, more like a 'cement' brown which works as a lovely colour in creating the gradiation effect in smokey eyes.

By cool toned I mean it has no chocolate brown or bronze undertones to it, it has more like pale yellow undertones which and its pretty light a colour hence will work amazingly to define the crease area without looking too garish. Its definately a dupe for Mac Soba or/and Mac Soft brown which I was eyeing from since a while but could not justify spending £10 on. I got the NYX one for about £3.50!

Obviously to create a gorgeous look like Rihanna's above you would need a bronze colour all over your lid but to create a gradual transition above the crease, a colour such as Nyx's Brown would be essential. Those of you's who were looking for a soft brown colour for less, this would be the one for :)

NYX Brown = Mac Soba/Soft Brown

This is quite a decent swatch representing the cool toned brown it is
Okay this does not represent the actual colour well but oh well!
I recently found a counter for discounted NYX Cosmetics on my trip to Leicester. It was a House of Fraser outlet store which had Nyx, Lancome, Too Faced and many more brands for less. However I was hooked on to the NYX counter as its really really difficult to find one in the UK!

They stocked up everything from eyeshadows and jumbo lip pencils which are quite pretty I must say, but I did not get them as I have already ordered one in Soft Fushia which is supposed to be a sister to the very famous Nyx 'thalia' lipstick. So do try it out guys if you havent yet!

Coming to the point, I wanted to get quite a few shadows but was on a budget so just got one called 'Brown' as I wanted a similar colour from ages! Its a gorgeous unique cool toned brown, more like a 'cement' brown which works as a lovely colour in creating the gradiation effect in smokey eyes.

By cool toned I mean it has no chocolate brown or bronze undertones to it, it has more like pale yellow undertones which and its pretty light a colour hence will work amazingly to define the crease area without looking too garish. Its definately a dupe for Mac Soba or/and Mac Soft brown which I was eyeing from since a while but could not justify spending £10 on. I got the NYX one for about £3.50!

Obviously to create a gorgeous look like Rihanna's above you would need a bronze colour all over your lid but to create a gradual transition above the crease, a colour such as Nyx's Brown would be essential. Those of you's who were looking for a soft brown colour for less, this would be the one for :)

Its always fun to recall the discoveries we made this year and those that actually worked for us. Mine are stated below.

E45 Body Lotion
- I used Vaseline religiously for years however I did not like the fact that my skin absorbed it immediately. This baby is lovely light moisturizer which helps in keeping skin supple and hydrates. Nothing can beat it for under £3!

Loreal Elvive Re-Nutrition Leave in fluid - I have mentioned this quite a few times and it is still my favourite. It is the king of all serums! It can be used on dry and damp hair and it effectively prevents dryness and frizz leaving a healthy sheen.

Body Shop Shea Karite Lip Butter - This stuff leaves a milky sheen on application but if you keep the lips pressed for a minute after application, it will be fully absorbed and will hydrate and repair lips no matter what they condition. It mends my chapped lips overnight!

Bobbi Brown Corrector - This stuff was my favourite concealer this year. With the correct peachy colour, luminous finish and super creamy texture, it was just made for my dry skin and was totally worth the £16. Trust me ladies you can ditch Mac for this!

Mac Studio Tech - I literally finished two of these in a few months! It replaced the mineral foundation I had been religiously using since years. Its provides model like skin perfect for photography and HD and its truely addictive regarding its full coverage and dewy finish. Two thumps up ♥♥ Ladies with dry skin, this is the product for you.

Illamasqua Bronzer Duo in Glint and Writhe - I actually wasnt very fond of this when I bought it. However this was one of those products that I rediscovered recently and have been addicted since then. I have even started hitting pan on it which is pretty unlikely for me to do so on cheek products. It is perfect for those of you's who hate pinky-red blushes as it imparts a true bronze glow and it comes with a complimenting peachy colour which makes a gorgeous sunkissed highlight.

Boots Lip Liner in Caramel - I love wearing this matte lipliner all over the lips lightly for that hint of colour. Its a browny red hydrating colour and truely compliments my skintone well. The matte colour gives the appearance that I am not wearing any lip product, which I actually like :) Quite a bargain when boots are doing 2 for 1!

Mac BlackTrack Fluidline - I used to despise wearing eyeliner before only because I could never get it right. This gel liner makes life much easier and lines the eyes with precison. The ink black colour is a bonus too and can be used to creat anything from subtle to dramatic looks. This pot will last you a lifetime and it totally worth every penny.

Epicare/Spring it - This spring hair remover tool is just the best in town for facial hair removal. It pains much less than threading or waxing and removes hair in minutes. It leaves a smooth finish on the skin and no dark shadows too. I used to struggle to remove hair using a tweezer before but no more. I dont know how I lived without this!

Eyeshadows - As far as shadows go I did find quite a few this year that really worked for me. Some of them being Mac's Texture, Warming trend, Club and Nobility.

What were your beauty favourites this year?

Feel free to do a post on this or simply comment below :)

♥ 2009 Beauty Favourites ♥


Its always fun to recall the discoveries we made this year and those that actually worked for us. Mine are stated below.

E45 Body Lotion
- I used Vaseline religiously for years however I did not like the fact that my skin absorbed it immediately. This baby is lovely light moisturizer which helps in keeping skin supple and hydrates. Nothing can beat it for under £3!

Loreal Elvive Re-Nutrition Leave in fluid - I have mentioned this quite a few times and it is still my favourite. It is the king of all serums! It can be used on dry and damp hair and it effectively prevents dryness and frizz leaving a healthy sheen.

Body Shop Shea Karite Lip Butter - This stuff leaves a milky sheen on application but if you keep the lips pressed for a minute after application, it will be fully absorbed and will hydrate and repair lips no matter what they condition. It mends my chapped lips overnight!

Bobbi Brown Corrector - This stuff was my favourite concealer this year. With the correct peachy colour, luminous finish and super creamy texture, it was just made for my dry skin and was totally worth the £16. Trust me ladies you can ditch Mac for this!

Mac Studio Tech - I literally finished two of these in a few months! It replaced the mineral foundation I had been religiously using since years. Its provides model like skin perfect for photography and HD and its truely addictive regarding its full coverage and dewy finish. Two thumps up ♥♥ Ladies with dry skin, this is the product for you.

Illamasqua Bronzer Duo in Glint and Writhe - I actually wasnt very fond of this when I bought it. However this was one of those products that I rediscovered recently and have been addicted since then. I have even started hitting pan on it which is pretty unlikely for me to do so on cheek products. It is perfect for those of you's who hate pinky-red blushes as it imparts a true bronze glow and it comes with a complimenting peachy colour which makes a gorgeous sunkissed highlight.

Boots Lip Liner in Caramel - I love wearing this matte lipliner all over the lips lightly for that hint of colour. Its a browny red hydrating colour and truely compliments my skintone well. The matte colour gives the appearance that I am not wearing any lip product, which I actually like :) Quite a bargain when boots are doing 2 for 1!

Mac BlackTrack Fluidline - I used to despise wearing eyeliner before only because I could never get it right. This gel liner makes life much easier and lines the eyes with precison. The ink black colour is a bonus too and can be used to creat anything from subtle to dramatic looks. This pot will last you a lifetime and it totally worth every penny.

Epicare/Spring it - This spring hair remover tool is just the best in town for facial hair removal. It pains much less than threading or waxing and removes hair in minutes. It leaves a smooth finish on the skin and no dark shadows too. I used to struggle to remove hair using a tweezer before but no more. I dont know how I lived without this!

Eyeshadows - As far as shadows go I did find quite a few this year that really worked for me. Some of them being Mac's Texture, Warming trend, Club and Nobility.

What were your beauty favourites this year?

Feel free to do a post on this or simply comment below :)

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