My NYX Wish List

My NYX Wish List

I have been OBSESSED with Nyx since I first discovered it. The major beauty brand first grabbed my attention when a friend of mine started raving about their jumbo eyeliner for her Harley Quinn cosplay. After hearing her gush about it so much, I searched high and low when I was in America for it. Somehow, I just couldn’t find any store selling Nyx (to be fair, I was in Montauk and far away from anything bar a TJ Maxx). Fortunately, Boots started selling Nyx in Irish stores and though I didn’t get the eyeliner, I did get their coveted Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake and their Slide On Lip Pencil in Red Tape. Now the brand has hit Arnotts who are stocking even MORE products than Boots – heaven!

Here are the products on my wish list from Arnotts;

1. Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk


Obviously the first thing I’m buying is the Jumbo Eye Pencil! I need to get my hands on it. Not only will it be handy for normal make-up looks to help enlarge my eyes but it’s going to be SUPER handy for costume make-up and cosplay. I’m really excited to use it for outlining Chelsea smiles, mapping out features and highlighting prosthetics. A star buy at just €7.

2. Prismatic Eye Shadow in Girl Talk


First of all, how perfect is the name Girl Talk? Absolute favourite Prismatic Eye Shadow shade. I first saw it in Boots and was so tempted to buy it but I was an adult and bought my weekly bits instead. I’m so excited to finally purchase it so I can add a bit more oomph to my day looks and glitz like a disco ball on nights out. I think it would also make a really nice highlighting blush as well. For just €7, it’s a shade I need in my make-up collection.

3. Lid Lingerie Eye Tint in New Romance


Maybe it’s because Christmas is on the way or maybe it’s because I’ve a new found love for glitter, but I adore all of Nyx’s Lid Lingerie Eye Tint colours. My favourite is New Romance though because I know I can amp up my night make-up with it and the Prismatic Eye Shadow but I can definitely wear it over a nude eyeshadow for a little lift. After having a look in store, I can tell that it’s going to be so easy to apply and so handy for my make-up bag. Snag it for €7.

4. Concealer 3C Palette Light


Like most people, my face doesn’t just have spots and it doesn’t just have bags under my eyes – it has spots and bags and red marks and much more! The pink or peach concealer in this palette is great for brightening up the eye area and making tired eyes more awake. A yellow concealer is also handy if you have purple under eye circles or even bruising (I use a yellow concealer on my legs sometimes because I bruise like a peach!) The other brown shades in this palette will be great for contouring and hiding blemishes whether I’m pale or tanned. A definite must have at just €14.

5. Skin Elixir Balance


If you haven’t checked it out already, I’ve written up a whole post on why I LOVE anything with tea tree oil. I’ve a growing collection of masks and cleansers that have tea tree oil in them, so of course I really want Nyx’s Skin Elixir Balance. Many have said that it not only makes a smooth base before applying make-up but it has also helped clear up their skin and reduce reddening. It can be worn by itself or under make-up. For just €15.50 it’s a product I want to add to my tea tree oil collection!

6. First Base Makeup Primer Spray


I am a sucker for Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray but before I was skeptical of just how good a spray make up could be – anyone else remember those Dior aerosol foundation cans? But now that I’ve used it and loved it, I’m all for sprays to make my makeup easier! This spray is meant to make your face smooth and soft for long lasting wear and a flawless finish. I’ve heard only amazing things about it and for just €10, I’m sold.

7. Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Easy On The Eyes


I love neutral shades the most out of any colours for my lids. Greens, browns, golds and nudes are so easy to work with when you have blue eyes. I do wish I was more adventurous with my colours but I know for sure I’d get great wear out of this four colours for day and night looks. The Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Easy On The Eyes is a steal at €12.75.

8. Highlight & Contour Pro Palette


What make-up lover doesn’t want another highlight and contour palette? I’ve seen MUA’s like Glam And Gore’s Mykie rave about Nyx’s Highlight And Contour Palette Pro multiple times. It was Mykie who introduced me to this palette. She said it is the best one for pale skin because the white sparkly shade is one of the few highlights suitable for lighter skin tones. The browns are also cool shades which are great for pale skin. I’m trying to embrace my natural skin colour more these days so think this would help me get used to the whiteness! Grab it for €25.

9. Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam


I’ve been looking at a lot of products for my skin when I’m pale, but there’s nothing better to me than completely dolling myself up when I’m bronzed. The Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator can be used on the cupids bow, over cheekbones, or the décolletage. It can also be used all over the face for a glow but I plan on using it as a highlight and even a bit on my body. Just like how Cocoa Brown boss Marissa Carter uses her Goddess Oil, I’d put it on my shins and collarbones too. Pick it up for €10.

10. Makeup Artist Train Case

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I need something to hold all these fab products in – so why not get the Makeup Artist Train Case? It may look small but it’s almost like Mary Poppins’ bag. The sturdy case has four shelves in it with a big lower section to store even your favourite fake tans. For someone like me who just keeps buying more and more make-up, it’s definitely a product worth investing in for just €84. Similar cases of the same quality can be almost twice the price so nab this while it’s in stock!


My Top 9 Costume Make Up Artists On Instagram

My Top 9 Costume Make Up Artists On Instagram

I’ve been trying my hand at costume make-up for about a year now but my interest was sparked many moons ago. Halloween has always been my favourite holiday for as long as I can remember (next to Christmas, of course) because I get to go mad with my make-up and no one judges you. I love festivals for this reason as well! Any excuse to lash on glitter or put a vat of liquid latex on my face, I’m all for it.

But my ideas don’t come out of no where. There are some amazing make-up artists out there who inspire me daily – I’m a screenshot demon with these geniuses! Every look I do has been inspired in some shape or form by these MUAs below. With Halloween coming up, check out my top 9 SFX MUA’s to follow on Instagram.


1. Glam and Gore

Instagram / @mykie_

Glam And Gore’s Mykie is someone I’ve been following for a few years now – you could even say she was my first influence into SFX. Just like her name suggests, she has some gorgeous glamorous tutorials as well as plenty of gorey, bloody tips and tricks for costume make-up. She is one of the most diverse and talented (if not the most talented) SFX MUA I follow on Instagram. She also has a fab YouTube channel.


2. Jordon Hanz

Instagram / @jordanhanz

Jordan Hanz is another SFX MUA I have looked up to over the years. Like Mykie, she does both beauty looks and costume looks. What I love the most about her looks is that she uses stuff you wouldn’t even think of using. She was the artist that introduced me to using hot glue guns (a cosplayer essential) for make-up looks. Obviously, you’re not putting hot glue on your face but just check out her Ice Queen tutorial on her YouTube to see what I’m talking about.


3. Goldie Starling

Instagram / @goldiestarling

Where do I even begin with Goldie Starling? Real name Angie Davis, she puts in a massive amount of effort into all her looks. My favourite is her American Werewolf inspired look (above) because of the process of it all. It took time and effort but proves that hard works pays off. But she’s not all about spending hours on looks – she has some beautiful looks that seem intricate but are actually really doable. Check out her YouTube for more.


4. Made Yew Look

Instagram / @madeyewlook

Made Yew Look’s Lex is one of the top body paint artists out there. Her make-up technique is so good that she’s able to trick the eye flawlessly. She also is a barrel of information about how to use basic SFX make-up and has dedicated a video on each product on her YouTube channel. Like Glam And Gore, I’ve been following her for a few years now and I haven’t looked back. Her looks are always interesting and innovative.


5. Rosie Mudie

Instagram / @rosie_mudie

I’ve only been introduced to Rosie Mudie recently. It was while I was creeping for a quick idea I found her. What first caught my eye about her was her gorgeous skeleton look. She features a lot more beauty looks on her Instagram than costume looks but shows how easy it is to create costume looks with basic make-up products.


6. Tumbling Cosplay

Instagram / @tumbling_cosplay

Jessica doesn’t have as many followers as the rest but her work is astounding and I can see her number growing rapidly soon. She reached out to me on Instagram when I posted a Deadpool look with some super helpful advice. I have been struggling trying to master the Marvel character’s face for so long and she gave me a few pointers on how to better it. Most of her looks are heavily gore based and are so good you will start to question if they’re real or not.


7. Powdah

Instagram / @powdah

Marc Clancy aka Powdah is one cool dude. The quality of his work rivals that of a professional film make-up artist’s work who been in the business for decades. Another Instagram I’ve only come across recently, I’ve really enjoyed having a creep through his work. Be warned though, his Instagram is not for the faint hearted! Prepare to see some seriously gruesome work.


8. Voodoo Barbie Doll

Instagram / @voodoobarbiedoll

If ever you want to feel plain, look at Nicole’s Instagram. I am in love with her looks because she’ll take something already beautiful and vamp it up even more. Her Harley Quinn look is a great example of this. She also takes things that are not typically attractive looking but makes them sexy, like with her pirate look. What I love the most about her work is the amount of glitter she uses – I’m a sucker for a bit of sparkle!


9. Pompberry

Instagram / @pompberry

Fernanda Machado is one gorgeous gal. She recently revealed that she had shaved her head – something I truly admire. Like with drastically changing her hair style, she is also incredibly brave with her looks. She was a finalist in the Nyx Face Awards this year and it was at the ceremony that she revealed her new ‘do. Fernanda chose to shave her head for her final video for the competition just to prove how dedicated she is to her art. If you haven’t seen her video about her Nyx experience and shaving head, definitely check it out.