Review: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in VINTAGE and SOFT-SPOKEN

Assalamualaikum, my beautiful ladies~!

Many of you who know me well (Hubs, family, close friends…cats) may know that I have a small fetish for lip products. I don’t think it is close to being a ‘problem’ per se, but I have tried going through all of them to throw or give some away, but my collection just seemed to grow bigger *wallet cries in Spanish*.

So anyway, in this post, I would like to review the not-so-new NYX Liquid Suede.

NYX Liquid Suede Vinatge Soft-spoken

I’ve finally succumbed to these after stalking them on Google and Instagram; thankfully for us living in Brunei, they are readily-available in Shop@LisaSarah’s at Seri Qlap Mall for less than BND$20 each. I ended up getting two beautiful shades that really reflect my personality–sometimes timid (the Soft-spoken) and sometimes bangin’ (the Vintage). I wouldn’t say there’s a huge range of colours for you to choose from, but there’s only so much of them that I deem wearable for my average days since my lip colour is already naturally deep-toned.

I realised the difficulty in describing how a particular lipstick colour looks like, so I’ve decided to refer to Wikipedia’s List of colours for everyone’s ease, including mine.

NYX Liquid Suede VIntage Soft-spoken 2

COLOUR

The Soft-spoken is just a lovely mauve shade with bluish pink undertones. It’s looking a bit peachy from my photos, but it’s actually close to Deep Puce from the Wiki link, and in my opinion, one of the perfect nudes out there.

On the other hand, ‘Mystery’ is the word that popped into my mind when I first saw Vintage. I would say it’s a mix of Falu Red and Brown Chocolate from my Wiki link, though *again* it looks brighter in my photo. It’s one of those shades that is not as striking as wearing a bright Violet or Emerald Green for lips, but it’s deep plum hue is just dramatic. Now, I’m not really a wearer of dark colours, but I’ve grown to love this end of the intensity spectrum for evening dates, and for when I’m feeling extra during the days (not for work, though. I don’t think my colleagues can handle it!), I’d put this on with minimum make-up elsewhere and I’m good to go!

NYX Liquid Suede Vintage Soft-spoken 3

LIKE LIPS OR LAYERS?

When first applied, these feel so velvety on the lips that you would initially thought you’re only massaging your puckers with the applicator. Once on, there’s a moment when you would feel a light tugging as the product sinks into the creases of your lips, then a little dryness is felt before you feel little to no product sitting on your lips at all. Be sure to apply lip balm before your suedes, though!

DURABILITY

I’ve tested these liquid suedes for quite a while now, and what I have noticed was how easily these transfer due to its creamy texture. They don’t dry off like matte lipsticks, so expect marks and stains everywhere–on your scarf, your cup, your burger, baby’s hands… I would put in a before-and-after photo of these liquid suedes on my lips, but I have a slight ‘stache problem right now, so yeah (like, you guys don’t have any…).

WORTH IT?

For less than BND$20, I would say that they are quite affordable, given the 4ml volume of each tube and how beautiful the colours show on the lips. You don’t need much for the darker colours to show but for the nudes and peaches in this NYX lip line, I would probably go overboard and layer them on my lips like cement just to cover them fully! However, I do love these liquid suedes and am hoping that NYX would come up with more shades that flatter the medium-toned girls out there soon!

 

Thanks for reading, ladies! More reviews coming your way!

 

Love,

Lizzy.

 

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My OTG Make-up Bag and Building Your Own

Ahh…make-up.

If diamonds are a woman’s best friend, then make-up is her secret lover. Make-up is my secret love. Well, not so secret anymore as I am about to share with you what I have in my travel make-up case!

Hint: I will put tips all over this post in case you would want to build your own portable make-up kit!

Being a muslim, it is imperative that one must perform their five daily prayers no matter how hectic their schedule. So, when I’m out and about, I would find a place to do my prayers and clean off my face with a swipe (or two) of my make-up remover tissue, and perform the ablution.

Make your life easier

The trick to having a clean makeup-free face before your ablutions is to not opt for make-up products with a staining effect, such as a lip or cheek stain. Waterproof ones are alright as long as you can be certain that your make-up remover can get rid of everything and not leave any residues. You may also choose non-waterproof products to make life easier, but living in a wet and humid country such as Brunei, your make-up may have the tendency to melt, so be wary of that, fellow make-up enthusiast! 🙂

Lizzy’s tip: Be VERY sure that the products you wish to use for the day can be easily removed with your chosen make-up remover. This is important as some make-up products (e.g.waterproof foundation) tend to create a layer between your skin and the ablution water. 

  1. A durable case that can be easily cleaned

My current make-up case is a black zipped IT Cosmetics bag from a set I got from Sephora. It is compact and slim, so it limits the number of things I can bring, which is a good thing in a way. Less make-up to remove!

Lizzy’s tip: When choosing your travel case/bag, make sure you are able to have easy access to the contents deep inside without having to waste time rummaging through your bag. A wide opening is key.

I like to change the contents every now and then so I don’t stick to the same three items over and over, so for a make-up addict/hobbyist/collector, it is a good way to go through make-up that you rarely use.

1. The first must-have in my make-up bag is, of course, make-up remover tissues. Any brand will do, but I have tried and tested (and loved!) the Bioré travel make-up wipes that you can get from Guardian. It removes make-up and dirt efficiently, though it may be less economical as a pack can cost around BND$3 for 10 sheets.

Lizzy’s tip: You can also go for the travel-sized make-up remover bottles (eg. Silkygirl has one) and bring along a small bag of cotton pads as an alternative to these wet tissues.

2. I love the Neutrogena gel moisturiser and use it everyday, but it would be weird to bring it along the huge tub it is packed in, so I got a bag of ointment containers (like the one given by clinics) and scooped some of my moisturiser into it. Best idea I’ve had.

Lizzy’s tip: If your skin tends to feel dry after your ablution, then a good moisturiser’s the answer! Apply some on your face just after your ablution and before you pray, then your face will be well-hydrated by the time you finish your prayers and ready for some make-up!

3. The next item is a face powder to unshine your shiny face. What I am currently using when I’m on-the-go is the Mac Blot Pressed Powder in Medium, but you can go for the ones that work best for your skin. You would be better off bringing along a powder that has some coverage to limit yourself from bringing a bottle of foundation in your bag (not a good idea.)

4. Depending on the type of powder I choose to bring in my bag for that week, I would sometimes bring along a stick concealer if my powder, like the Mac Blot Powder, has close to no coverage. The Revlon Photo Ready Stick Concealer is a real favourite of mine–so much so that I’ve gone through about seven sticks and counting! Stick concealers are super easy to use especially if you’re in a hurry; and this particular one is creamy and easy to blend, despite it being in a stick form.

5. You can skip this next one, but sometimes I do like to have rosy cheeks rather than looking pale for the afternoon, so I tend to have a blush and a small brush in my bag ready for any sudden need of a rouge.

What I currently have in my bag is the Balm’s Frat Boy Powder Blush, along with a small powder brush I got from the dollar store (Do not underestimate such a cheap item! It’s amazing!)

Lizzy’s tip: Sheer blushes are the way to go, because you wouldn’t want to spend extra time blending them out or taking them off if you applied too much. 

6. Last but not least, is lip products (and then some). Being such an indecisive person, I just had to have three different lipstick colours and a lip balm to complete (or jam-pack) my travel kit! The best is to choose a complementary red lipstick that can be build up, so you can have a wash of colour on your lips for the day and have a more striking look for the night.

Well, there you go, lovelies! Hope this post can give you some insight on what to have in your make-up kit.

Bye 🙂

 

Love,

Lizzy.