Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beauty Tag

Hello Lovelies,

I was recently tagged by the lovely Georgie at Bean's Beauty Blog to do a Beauty Tag. I have done the 
Would you Rather? Beauty Edition Tag before, which is similar to this one, so I have decided to just answer the questions I didn't answer in the Would you Rather Tag

If you fancy doing this Tag, copy and paste the questions and let me know when you have posted your answers.

Here are the questions.

If you had £500, would you spend this on clothes or makeup?
I would probably spend half of it on makeup and half on clothes, treating myself to some high end things I wouldn't normally be able to buy.

Bright nails or nude nails all year round?
I think I would choose bright nails, because although I love nude nails I don’t think I’d like to have them all year round. I love wearing bright colours on my nails especially in the Spring and Summer.

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one?
I like a really black one that separates my lashes and makes them look longer and thicker. I am loving GOSH’s The Secret Of Longer Lashes Mascara at the moment!

What's your ideal coverage foundation?
I tend to wear BB Cream or a light coverage foundation unless I am going for a night out and then I will use a more medium coverage one. I like a foundation to look quite natural.

Favourite High Street/Drugstore beauty brand?
I would probably have to say Rimmel, because I like several different products of theirs. I also think MUA are a really good affordable high street brand that means anyone can try out different looks without having to spend lots of money.

Favourite High End beauty brand?
I have to agree with Georgie and say MAC and Benefit.

Is there any makeup you can leave the house without wearing?
I don’t often leave the house without makeup unless I am just going to someone’s hosue. As a minimum I usually have BB Cream, Concealer and Mascara on.

What is your most cherished beauty product?
MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, I love this highlighter and use it all the time. I also love my Naked 3 Palette that I got a month or two ago.

Do you have a budget each month, or do you spend freely?
I don’t have a budget as such, but I try not to buy too much as I have lots of products I don’t use enough already!

How often do you shop for goodies - online or in stores?
Probably a couple of times a month, but whenever I am near a beauty counter or just a shop that sells things like that I can’t resist having a little browse.

Do you always use the same skin routine or do you like switching it up?
Although I know it’s not great for your skin I do switch up things like my cleanser, exfoliator, serum and mask depending on what I feel like, although I tend to stick to the same moisturiser and I love Premae’s Crème Balms, in particular the Harmony and Triumph ones .

If you could only buy one makeup brand forever which would you buy?
For high street I would probably say Rimmel and for high end I would probably choose Benefit or MAC.

Which brand has your favourite packaging?
I think Benefit’s packaging in gorgeous!

Which do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
Always foundation and then use concealer if I feel I need to.

What skin type do you have?

Name a makeup crime you hate.
I hate when someone’s foundation is a different colour to their neck and also really clumpy eyelashes. I use a metal eyelash comb every time I apply mascara and love it for separating out my lashes.

Quick Fire
Blush or Bronzer? Blush
Lipgloss or Lipstick? Lipstick
Foundation or Concealer? Concealer (I always wear this under my eyes)
Brushes or Sponges? Brushes
OPI or Essie? Essie
Lotion or Body Butter? Butter

I tag:
Hayley from Hay Sparkle
Sophie from La Vie Sophie
Emma from Emma's Treasures
Amy from Amy J Walters

And all of you! x

If you do this Tag, let me know, I’d love to read your answers and make sure you check out Georgie's answers here.

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Avène Soothing Hydrating Serum

Hello Lovelies,

I am always excited to try new skincare products, so when I saw Escentual were looking for bloggers to try Avène Soothing Hydrating Serum, I jumped at the chance and I am really pleased that I did, because it has definitely improved the look and feel of my skin.

I hadn't tried anything from Avène before and didn't know much about the Brand or their products. They are a French Brand that use Avène Thermal Spring Water in their products, which is known for its 'soothing and anti-irritating properties',  making them 'the ideal line for sensitive skin'.

This Serum is 'highly concentrated in Avène Thermal Spring Water' which  'provides an immediate calming effect' and also contains Glycerine that 'offers superior moisturising, suppleness and comfort'. Avène say this Serum will leave your skin with a 'velvety feeling' and with 'balance and softness restored'.

This Serum has a lightweight gel texture that feels really refreshing when applied and absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth. I have been using this for about 2 weeks now and I apply 2-3 pumps in the evening and then wait a few minutes for it to really sink into my skin before I apply my moisturiser. 

I have combination/oily skin and have had a few drier patches recently, but since using this they have gone and I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin, it now looks more even and feels much more hydrated. Sometimes products that aren't specifically designed for combination skin can make my skin a bit more oily than usual but this hasn't :)

The bottle is made of glass which I think makes this feel like a luxury product and the pump is perfect to make sure you get just the right amount of Serum. 

After using this I really want to try some other things from the Avène range, especially the Thermal Water Spray and Cleanance Mask.

If you are looking for something to help soothe and balance your skin I would definitely recommend Avène Soothing Hydrating Serum especially if you have sensitive skin. You can get this from Escentual here and at the moment it has 15% off  and is only £14.45 for 30ml! 

Have you tried this or any other products from Avène?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

1st Birthday Giveaway - Win a MAC Lipstick

Hello Lovelies, 

Miss Nyss Beauty Magpie is a year old today!

I can't believe it has been a whole year since I posted on Miss Nyss Beauty Magpie for the first time. I've really enjoyed the last year, especially meeting some lovely people and doing things I never thought I would like attending my first Bloggers Event earlier this year (which you can read about here). I am so thankful to everyone who has supported Miss Nyss Beauty Magpie over the last year whether you have been a follower since day one or have only just started following.

To celebrate Miss Nyss Beauty Magpie's First Birthday and as a thank you to you all I decided to hold a Giveaway.

I am giving one of you the chance to win a MAC Lipstick of your choice (from their permanent line).

To enter just complete the steps in the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This Giveaway is open to UK entrants only.

If you are under 18 please make sure you have parental permission because I will need your address if you win.

I will be checking entries and any false entries will not be counted.

The winner will be picked at random and notified by email and on Twitter. If I receive no response within 48 hours another winner will be picked.

I may have to order the Lipstick if I cannot get to a MAC counter and will let the winner know when I will be able to post it to them when I notify them they have won.

Any questions just ask :)

Good Luck :)

Nyss x

Thursday, 27 March 2014

A Little Beauty Haul

Hello Lovelies, 

I recently went for a shopping trip with Hayley from Haysparkle and Dee from Dee's Beautiful Life and I have already posted about what I bought from Lush here, but today I wanted to share with you the make-up bits I treated myself to. 

  No girlie shopping trip would be complete without a visit to MAC and after swatching lots of beautiful things I decided to get the Limited Edition Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick, which I have been wanting for a while. It is a gorgeous shade of red with a frost finish and the packaging is different to the usual black packaging, which I think is nice. The proceeds from the sale of these lipsticks go towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, so if you buy one, not only are you getting a gorgeous lipstick you are also helping a good cause. :)

In MAC I was also colour matched for their Pro Longwear Foundation and left with a little sample in the shade NC15, which I am looking forward to giving a try. 

We spent a while browsing the make-up stands in Superdrug and I spotted this MUA Luxe Palette in Pretty Edgy. I have wanted this palette for a while after seeing a couple of reviews of it, but my local Superdrug never has it in stock and it was only £8 so I couldn't resist getting it. The case is black with gold studs on the top, with a large mirror inside and the eyeshadows are gorgeous. I'm really looking forward to experimenting with this. 

I also got some MUA Matte Lipsticks in the shades Pouty Pink, Wild Berry and Scarlet Siren. I already had one of these in the shade Peachy Keen and really like it, so I thought I would try some of the other shades. Hayley recommended Wild Berry and I have already worn that shade a couple of times and love it. These are only £1 and an absolute bargain! If you haven’t tried them yet then make sure you do!

Have you tried any of the things I bought? What do you think of them?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

A Small Lush Haul

Hello Lovelies, 

Last week I had a lovely day shopping with Hayley from Haysparkle and Dee from Dee's Beautiful Life and although I hadn't planned on buying a lot I did end up getting a few bits. I love reading haul posts so I thought I would share with you some of the things I bought. Today I am going to share with you what I got from Lush. They have an Easter Collection at the moment and before we even went there I knew I wanted to try some things from their Easter Collection. 

Straight away I was drawn to the Bunny Bubble Bars, they smell like Lush's Creamy Candy Bubble Bar which I love and I couldn't resist getting two.

 Bunny Bubble Bar  - £3.25

I also got a Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb, that smells quite like Lush's Snow Fairy, so I had to try one.

 Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb - £2.95

The Dragon’s Egg Bath Bombs aren't part of the Easter Collection, but I haven't tried one before and I really liked the smell of them, so thought I would give one a try. 

 Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb - £3.25

I wanted to get the Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars, but when we went they had sold out. Luckily when I went back to Lush a few days later they were back in stock so I got some then. These are like the Bubble Bar Wands and are reusable so I think are really good value for money. They have a kind of tropical scent and I can't wait to try these.

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars - £5.95

If you haven’t seen Lush’s Easter Collection then next time you are near a Lush Store make sure you have a look!

What are your favourite things from Lush's Easter Collection?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x