NYX The Smokey Shadow Palette and NYX Girls Polish

September is here.

This means the summer is over people!!

No more heat until next July so what can we do?

Embrace the winter months, that’s what!

I like to do this by changing up my make up look, I stick to the vampy, dark colours because let’s face it, winter is slightly depressing.

So how do I reflect winter in my make up?

With the help of NYX of course.

(All you summer lovers don’t fret, click HERE for my last NYX review on how to achieve an easy summer look)

First let’s talk about how to do this via eyeshadow.

The Smokey Shadow Palette – £8.00*

Another one of NYX newest products.

The Smokey Shadow Palette contains 6 complimentary eyeshadows for the easiest of smokey eyes.

Funnily enough, although I’m a makeup lover, I really am more about my lipsticks then my eyeshadows, if I do use eyeshadows I stick to bronzes and golds, so this palette was something very new to me.

I tend to shy away from smokey palettes due to an inherent fear that I will end up looking more like a sad panda then a smouldering vixen but when I received this palette I gave myself a pep talk and began experimenting.

I was actually surprised at how easy it was to create a smokey eye with this palette, as all the colours are complimentary you can’t go wrong with any two or three of the six shadows you choose.

I started off by applying the matte black shade all over my lid, then I layered the metallic purple over it and then the glitter slate colours for some sparkle, I then added the white shade on my brow bone, the smallest bit of the beige gold on my inner tear duct and the dark blue on my lower line.

The result…

I think this gave me a great beginners smokey eye! 

For the more intermediate of eyeshadow wearers this may be a bit basic for you, but for those of us who wouldn’t know where to start with smokey eyes, this palette is PERFECT!

All the work is done for you, all you need to do is blend which is super easy because of the soft formula of the eyeshadows!

What I would say is definitely use a primer with these shadows to get the best bang for your buck but I have to admit, I’m quite pleased with the result!

Don’t forget to add lashes for more oomph!

So now we have the face down, what next?

Let’s move onto nails!

NYX Girls Polish in Fig – £3.00*

Now I have to admit, I normally only wear two types of nail colours either nudes or darks, so Fig was right up my street.

A deep blue purple with the subtlest of silver flecks.

You get 12ml of product with these nail varnish (10ml with Barry M and 7ml with Maybelline Color Show) which is quite a lot for £3.00.

The brush is skinny which I thought would initially be a problem but this allowed for a less messier (than normal) application for me.

I only needed to apply two coats of this for opaque colour which is also impressive!

These varnishes come in a staggering array of shades so for those of you who aren’t too down with dark nails in the winter, do not fret, NYX hold a shade for you!

All in all I have loved using these products that NYX sent me, for such an inexpensive brand their products are really something to sing about, from their bronzers and lipsticks to their eyeshadows and eye pencils!

I have several products from NYX including lipglosses, lipsticks, correctors and blushes and I can say that I adore them all!

If you haven’t ever tried any of NYX products I definitely hope I’ve given you something to think about and if you have then you already know why I feel so privileged to have won the opportunity to be NYX Cosmetics UK Blogger of The Month!

Thanks NYX Cosmetics!



  1. September 16, 2013 / 14:00

    Every time I try and do a smokey eye look I end up looking I have a pair of black eyes. Which might I add is the complete opposite of what you have done. This look is perfect on you girl xxx

    • September 18, 2013 / 11:43

      Thank you my love although I am the same Callie! This is the first time it has ever looked good! Makeup win!! xxx

    • September 20, 2013 / 19:04

      Thank you love! It's a Topshop Lip Crayon called Suspect!

  2. December 2, 2015 / 23:03

    Gorgeous makeup on you!

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