NYX Total Control Foundation | Review

I posted a mini haul earlier and this foundation was on my must try list. I wasn’t sure if I would love it because it’s consistency is quite liquified but I thought I’d give it a try.

It states that it is buildable coverage and one can build this up based off of how many drops you smooth over your skin. I took some pictures from 0 foundation to 3 layers of the foundation.

I love that this is so universally usable in coverage. There are days I want a barely there look and definitely days I want to be completely covered up. From left to right; starts with no foundation, 1 drop of foundation and finally a full 3 drops of foundation.

Retailing around $16 CAD is totally budget friendly for the quality that you get. A little goes a long way, and therefore you get more for your dollar. It lets you play with your look and vary on how you want to look for an individual event or day. It doesn’t leave you oily and it caused no breakouts for my acne prone skin – huge bonus.

Overall, I’d give it a 5/5 thumbs up.

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Mini Beauty Haul

Ok ok I know I just posted I was saving money, but I went to my local drugstore and got too excited for these products and went ahead and purchased them. I only got 3 items but I’m still very happy.

 

On the left is the Smashbox Cover Shot: Softlight Palette ($35 CAD), and on the right is NYX total control foundation ($16 CAD) and Lingerie lip ($9 CAD).

Let’s start with the eyeshadow palette. I’m a big neutral girl, and as dark as I go is with brown tones. I saw this and thought it was perfect for me.

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I feel like for $35, getting 8 shadows that are good quality and versatile are well worth it. IMG-2142

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I’ll do a look with this soon.

As for the NYX lingerie lip, I got the colour ‘pushup’. It’s very neutral for me and really compliments my skin tone right now. The NYX website describes it as: ” Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes…each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.” Um, sounds amazing.

 

Last, but definitely not least the NYX foundation. I’m not sure the acutal name for the colour as I cannot find it on the box to save me, but its code is TCDF07 – I’m fairly light with a tan right now. So its a light beige roughly. The site description is: “From sheer to full, your ideal coverage is just drops away with our new Total Control Drop Foundation! Fine-tune this velvety, matte foundation with the included dropper. Simply adjust the number of drops until you create the look you’re feelin’ today. Want more coverage? Add more drops! Buff expertly using the TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION BRUSH for a seriously smooth finish”.

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I love that this gives me coverage options. It totally suits me, some days I want that #nomakeupmakeup look and some days I love my full coverage.

Overall I’m really excited to try these products out and do some looks with them. If you’ve tried any of them let me know what you think!

Throwback Favourite

I recently repurchased an old favourite, my Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (seriously only $11 CAD). Its super light weight yet manages to cover anything I need it too, all while making me look so refreshed. It is very affordable as foundations go and is convenient to pick up most places. It also has a pump which I love, so easy to proportion the amount of foundation used. It’s description states: “Our first liquid foundation that visibly reawakens and illuminates skin with a radiant glow and a flawless, natural-looking finish. Visible anti-fatigue effect. With peptides and a Vitamin Moisturizing Complex.” and it’s very true. Definitely one of my favourite drugstore finds.

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Out the Door in 3 Minutes

Sometimes we wake up late and sometimes we just seem to run out of time but we need go-to’s to feel put together in a hurry. I have broken it down to a 3 minute routine with only 3 products. It is my essentials – mascara, concealer, lipstick – that’s it.

I used the Clinique High Impact mascara, which feels light but makes your eyelashes look beautifully long and natural.

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Then my all time favourite concealer, boi-ing by Benefit. It’s super creamy and high coverage, so I place it under my eyes to lighten the dark circles, and over a couple of blemishes. I find even with acne-prone skin, this concealer doesn’t break me out and allows for my natural skin to be more prevalent while covering some blemish areas.

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Finally lipstick. I love this colour, I got a sample from Sephora of this Marc Jacobs lipstick in the colour berry rouge. I will be purchasing the full size once this is complete. Love the smooth and easy application, and it doesn’t dry your lips out so there are no cracks and flakes.

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The final product, is as follows. You can still see some under eye area but that’s the point, we do not need to look flawless. It’s about enhancing what we love most in ourselves, and feeling confident. And it helps that this routine is under 3 minutes. img_8603

Ready In Under 5 Minutes//Full Coverage

So as touched on before I’ve been having some anxiety and depression, I’m also unmotivated some days to wear any makeup. There is also the side of waking up late and having no time to get ready.

So here is how I get ready in under 5 minutes WITH full coverage.

  1. Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free Moisturizer
  2. Mix L’Oreal Youth Code BB cream and Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation (about 2:1 ratio)
  3. Touch of bronzer to eyelids as eyeshadow, and overall on hallows of cheeks and upper forehead to lightly contour (currently using my older mac one)
  4. Add Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara
  5. Setting spray of choice (mine is NYX matte finish)

 

Especially in winter moisturizer is essential, then mixing a full coverage foundation with a bb cream leaves skin dewy, moisturized and fully covered. Doubling up bronzer as an eyeshadow also cuts down on time but still adds a little depth to your look. The mascara I use is killer, and adds length and volume and then simply just set it with a matte spray (oily skin = too much shine without matte).

This hands down is how I look put together with almost no effort on my rushed days and bad days.

 

Review: Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

Back to the good, reliable drugstore mascaras. I do love the high end ideas, but for me mascara is mascara – I struggle to spend over $20 on it. I picked this little beauty up at Winners for about $7 CAD.

I like my lashes to be dark, thick and long. This does it for me. The only downside is that’s about 2 or 3 coats in. Which is fine by me, but if you have sensitive eyes may be an issue.

I also find it doesn’t clump instantly which is a huge bonus, and does last most of the day. It is not however waterproof – so no tears. But this does make it very easy to take off. I do my regular makeup remover wipes and some cleanser and problem solved; mascara gone.

Overall I give it 4/5 thumbs up.

Simple Fall Look

Red lip? Check. Winged liner? Check. Warm eyeshadows, and a glow? Check and Check.

This is my simple fall look, still slightly sun-kissed but ready for the fall season.

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First I wash my face, and prep with my Neutrogena Moisturizer that’s oil free.

Then for the eyes I use small pieces of tape to define a winged edge from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. I used my Walmart branded Natural Eyes palette which is always extremely pigmented and worth $8 CAD. You can use any palette I just used a light brown as a base and layered on the outer corner some darker browns and blended it all out with a shimmery taupe.  I then go in with my Estée Lauder Idealist face primer to minimize pores. And today I decided to use an old favourite, my L’Oreal True Match in Classic Ivory (N2).

To finish up I use my lovely Marc Jacobs sample (216, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and dust some MAC bronzer over my nose, forehead edge and cheek hollows. To complete the look on my cheek bones I lightly apply highlighter, this one is Lumi by L’Oreal.