Gotta Have It or Live Without It: Nyx Matte Lipstick

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a Gotta Have It or Live Without makeup review for ya tonight! It’s over the Nyx Matte Lipstick line (:

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When summer finally rolls around, that’s when bright, colorful makeup comes into play! I especially love experimenting with bold lip colors during the warmer months. But between the summer heat and humidity, drinking and eating, talking and laughing, swimming and sweating… it’s almost impossible to find a lip color that last through all of that. I had pretty much given up all hope on finding a lipstick that lasts and settled on just wearing basic lip balm all summer. Don’t get me wrong, lip balm is fantastic and I still do wear it everyday when I’m doing a lot less makeup. But for parties, nights out, and special events, I still need myself a great lip color that won’t fade, smear, or smudge! That’s where this Nyx Matte Lipstick line comes in (:

I had just recently used this lipstick line for the first time only about two weeks ago. I wore this gorgeous deep red color to my cousin’s wedding. I applied it before I left and tucked it away in my clutch ready to constantly reapply like I’d done with every other lipstick in the history of ever. But through pictures, eating dinner, chowing down on dessert, drinking, talking, and laughing, it never faded. That’s absolutely incredible, so let me say that again in case you didn’t quite catch that… THIS LIPSTICK NEVER FADED. Like, never. It never faded. Through out the whoooole night, it still looked as perfect as when I first put it on! Can we all just take a second and fan-girl together? I only reapplied ONCE the whole entire day. ONCE. JUST ONCE! And that time wasn’t really even that bad, I just wanted a little bit more color intensity for pictures. Other than that, I was free to forget about my lips for the rest of the night because I had no doubt it wouldn’t fail me! It was pretty magical. haha

Nyx Matte Lipsticks come in a cute, little black tube like you see above with a clear part so you can tell your colors apart. The thing I love most about this lipstick is that gorgeous matte finish it has. I love shine just like the next girl and the fun thing about this line is that, with the matte finish, you can build your lip gloss on top if you so please. But I didn’t use any gloss at the wedding and still got tons of compliments.

Final verdict? GOTTA HAVE IT! This isn’t even a “ehhh. it’s alright.” This is a 100%, head over heels in love, I completely, totally, and wholeheartedly NEED this product in my life! I have no idea how I survived without this being in my beauty routine before. haha Nyx Matte Lipsticks are available wherever Nyx products are sold and I picked mine up at Ulta for less than $5! I’ve only used it a few times, so maybe it’s too soon to claim this, but I’m pretty positive I’ve found my holy grail lipstick. Please, trust me on this, you NEED this in your life! Promise!

XOXO, Megan ❤

Ulta Products Review!

Hey, Everyone! If you read my shopping haul post that I did just a few days ago, then you know that I recently bought some fun, little things at Ulta. So, today, I wanted to give you a more in-depth post about the products I bought, including plenty of pictures! Let’s get to it!

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This is actually the same picture that I uploaded to my shopping haul post, but since I already tore off most of the packaging, I just wanted to include this one more time. These are the just the 6 little goodies I picked up at Ulta on Saturday. On the right is a Studio Basics beauty sponge and my plan for that is to actually go buy 4 or 5 more beauty sponges (there were a billion at Ulta!), gather them up, use them, and then give you guys a whole blog post just dedicated to that. I have a Beauty Blender from Sephora, but if any of you have one as well, you know they’re not cheap! Finding a dupe for that would be awesome, so I figured doing a post like that would be fun for all of us to kinda figure out together what’s good and what’s not! Also, if you haven’t checked out my Real Techniques Brush review, that’s what I did yesterday (:

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This is the Maybelline Fit Me blush in Medium Coral. This is a really gorgeous, dark peachy color with just a little bit of shimmer in it. But, as you can see, it’s quite pigmented! More than I was expecting! The swatch on my hand is actually just one brush stroke… insane, I know. I’ve been using Fit Me blushes for quite a while now and I’ve never seen another one have the kind of color payoff that this one does, so a little will go a long way with this! I’ve only used this twice so far, but I think this will actually make a really pretty bronzer  for contouring my cheeks, so I’m excited to give that a go. This color would look beautiful on you stunning girls with a darker skin complexion, especially with the added shimmer in there. But if you have more of a porcelain complexion, this color might have the tendency to look more muddy (kind of dirty) on you gorgeous girls, so be careful with that!

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This is the Nyx Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel and, ladies, I’m obsessed with the Butter Gloss line! And I’m not a big gloss fanatic, so it takes a lot to impress me! This goes on so smooth (like butter, imagine that) and the staying power is really great. I’m not constantly reapplying it like I am with most other glosses. Plus, the color is gorgeous and looks beautiful over matching lipstick. I also happen to think that the packaging is kinda cute and I’m a sucker for cute packaging! If you don’t have any Nyx Butter Glosses yet, I 100% recommend them! They’ve got a great color selection, plus they’re under $5 (:

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This is also another Nyx product. This is in their Matte Lipstick line and it’s in the color Eden. I haven’t actually tried this lipstick out on my lips yet because I feel this is something just a little more fancy, but I’m already crazy about this color! It’s a gorgeous deep red, which is actually a color that I don’t own yet! Most of my reds are bright, instead of deep and darker. This color is something that’s gonna look amazing on every skin tone, so give it a try next time you’re in a makeup isle! Cody is actually the one who picked this out for me too, so girls, it’s already guy proven (;

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And, last but not least, we’ve got some falsies! These are the Ardell lashes in Glamour. I’m not a fan of Ardell lashes at all, but I thought I’d give these a go. I find that this brand tends to fall apart suuuuper quickly and you can actually see in the bottom picture that the lash bent out of shape just by me taking it out of the package. Not impressive. I only managed to try on one lash before I wanted to take it off because I hate them so much! These Glamour lashes looked so horribly fake on me that I didn’t even bother putting them both on. I wish I would have taken a picture for you, but honestly, I just wanted this caterpillar off my face, because that’s what it looked like. So, basically as soon as I’m done writing this blog post, those babies are goin’ in the trash! Luckily, these weren’t expensive at all (I believe less than $5), so I’m not really missing out. When it comes to falsies, I always recommend getting a more high-end brand from a trusted company. That way you know they’ll work and you’re getting your money’s worth.

So, that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I hope you’ll go out and get some of these products to try out yourself! Not those Ardell lashes though. Don’t get those. haha Thank you so much for hanging out with me today and I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow!

XOXO, Megan (:

Shopping Haul!

Hi, Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend with warm and sunny weather! It was 80 degrees and sunny for me and I was seriously LOVIN’ it. I love winter, but I’m glad to see it finally go! Anyway, I spent Easter Sunday celebrating (and eating tons of delicious food!) with my family and friends, but on Saturday, my boyfriend and I went shopping. My main intent was to find a dress for cousin’s wedding in a month, but of course, I picked up some other goodies along the way (: Check ’em out!

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I defiantly did some damage at the mall, but this isn’t nearly as much as I usually get! I think because I was so focused on finding a dress, I didn’t really spend much time looking for other things. But I made sure to hit up my favorite stores (hellooooo, Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe!) at the mall and then we drove over to Ulta. I don’t know about you ladies, but I can NEVER walk into Ulta without buying something. EVER. It’s physically impossible for me.

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I didn’t go all out or get anything too major, I just picked up some makeup goodies that I stumbled upon in the store. I got a Real Techniques foundation brush, a Studio Basics beauty sponge, Nyx lipstick, Nyx Butter Gloss, Maybelline blush, and a pair of Ardell lashes. I got everything for under $20. I plan on doing a waaay more in depth blog post about all these products later this week. I’ll do some swatches of the blush, and lip products, and give ya’ll a review on the brush, beauty sponge, and lashes, so stayed tuned for that!

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These two t-shirts are my Forever 21 purchases. I know, I can’t believe this is all I got either. haha But I’m a complete sucker for basic t-shirts, I’m obsessed with them! These were only $3.50, so of course I couldn’t pass them up! The gray is a large and the mint green is a medium. I haaate tight fitting clothes (like, HATE tight fitting clothes), so I always get shirts a size or two up. I also love to layer and tuck my shirts in, so the bigger the better. I’m actually a small, but I rarely ever buy shirts in a small. I’ve worn the gray one already and I love it! So comfy!

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I’m not typically a fan of Wet Seal. It’s kind of a hit or miss for me. I decided just to give it a quick walk-through and I’m so glad I did! You guys are not gonna believe it… guess how much these jeans cost. Just guess. $5. I’m not even kidding you. FIVE DOLLARS! You bet that I had a total girl moment and squealed from joy. It’s SO hard for me to find jeans that fit. I’m around a size 2, I’m 5’2, and I don’t wear jeans unless they’re loooong. Dragging on the ground long! I don’t know why, that’s just how I’ve always like my jeans to fit. These are size 3 and fit me perfectly! Plus, just between you and me, it makes my butt look amazing. hahah Love ’em. 

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Besides my $5 jeans, this was my favorite purchase of the day! I tried on every dress in Charlotte Russe, and just didn’t seem to find one that I loved. So when Cody and I were walking out to leave, we walked past this dress that was hidden, which was why I didn’t see it before. I had been looking for a basic black dress, so that I could dress it up with fun jewelry and this maxi was perfect! It fits me like a glove. I have about 5 or 6 weddings to go to this summer and this will work for most of them. My little miracle dress!

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This is the jewelry (they were both also purchased at Charlotte Russe) that I picked out to go with my black maxi. I don’t know why, but I’ve always preferred the look of gold, as opposed to silver, when wearing black, so I wanted to find something gold-based. One of my favorite colors to wear is cobalt blue (it’s so universally flattering on everyone!), so finding a necklace and bracelet set with that color in it was a cherry on top! The blue really stands out against the black, it looks really pretty together! I plan on trying this outfit on for ya’ll here soon so you can see the complete look. If you ever need a dress for a more formal occasion, I 100% recommend Charlotte Russe! I’m positive you’ll find something there that won’t break the bank! My maxi was only $35 and both of my jewelry items were under $5 each. (: 

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So, that’s my complete haul for you guys! I hope you enjoyed this and be sure you check back in with me later this week for an in-depth Ulta haul review and an Outfit of the Day kinda thing with my black maxi and jewelry! Thank you guys so much for spending some time with me today and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan (: