In a New York minute everything can change...

I can't believe I'm about to do this, but in the name of trying to represent reality I'm about to post a photo of me with no make up on. None whatsoever. I'm fed up of being expected to wear make up all the time when I don't want to. I love make up, I do, but I want to have the choice of whether or not I can be bothered putting it on just to go get some milk from the shop.

I was sent some of the NYC cosmetics range to try out approximately one million years ago, and am only now getting around to doing my review. I remember really loving NYC make up when I was a teenager and seeing it stocked on the shelves in American super stores. It's now appeared across the pond and you can check out the full range in Superdrug and Gordon's Chemists.

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So here is my naked face. I've always struggled with acne and breakouts, and was totally fed up still having spots at the age of 24. Nothing at all seemed to work, no creams, no washes. Nothing. I've finally found some solution in the form of Dianette. Now that my skin is a bit clearer, I have way more fun putting on make up where as before I'd run and hide. I also often go out now with no make up on without much of a thought, which I guess is a combination of me having slightly clearer skin and also not giving a damn. Anyway, on to the make up!


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For the eyeliner flick I used the NYC High Definition Eyeliner Pen. I find eyeliner markers really good for getting a precise shape and point to the end, but I'm still to find one that's black enough for my liking and doesn't smudge. This pen helped me give great shape but it's still too light for me. I like mega black, crazy cat lady cat eye liner - so people who wear slightly more subdued eye make up might love this one.

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(I'd filled in my eyebrows by this stage)

I went over the black liner with the NYC Liquid Eyeliner which comes with a brush tip. The colour was much darker, and went on really nicely. The only problem I found was that it took quite a long time to dry which can be annoying if you're impatient like me. The brush was really easy to use, I've always avoided these kinds of liners before because I thought they'd be fussy.

I used the Sky Rise mascara, I was sent both Sky Rise and Show Time. I much preferred Sky Rise, I never use mascaras with thin brushes since discovering Benefit Bad Gal and then discovering that the pink tube of Models Own mascara is a complete dupe for it, but this skinny brush worked really well at giving good curl.

After putting on my liner I applied some of NYC's All Day Long foundation in shade Classic Ivory. I have a real problem finding foundations pale enough - but this actually did the job. At first I hated this foundation, I found it way too thin to cover my blotches and scars but after a few goes I realised it is actually build able and with an extra layer it transforms into a really lovely, light dewy foundation with pretty decent coverage. Also it's only £3.99 and I don't think you can argue with that!

Next I applied the, frankly quite wonderful, 16hour Lip Stain Pen in 503 Unstoppable Red. I'd actually bought two of these pens before and really liked them. I use a Max Factor pen sometimes but find it very intense and the tip not pointed enough. These have a really nice pointed tip, rich colour and they smell delicious. I'm not sure about the 16 hour thing, but I never expect cosmetics to last that long so it was hardly a bad point. I now have 4 of these pens and love them, they're so handy, much less fussy than lipstick and only cost £3.99.

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Overall I'd rate the NYC range very highly, I'm not particularly skilled at applying make up, and I don't like to spend too much money on something I might never use. All of the NYC products retail at under £5, the liquid liner was only £2.49 which is a complete bargain. I hope this was okay and not too long winded, I'm really no make up expert but I love playing around with it! Although I was sent these items, I wasn't paid or even asked to do a review of them, and have since purchased many NYC products because I really do think they're great. Anyway, thanks for reading! x

19 comments:

  1. you look stunning! i've actually never tried anything by nyc before!

    your acne story sounds similar to mine! im 25, and have the worst skin of my life and have been on diannette for just a month now. but it hasn't helped at all! im guessing i'll have to perservere, but it's seriously sucking! lol.

    Anyway great post and so so so brave to put up a no makeup pic I wish I had the confidence! xox

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  2. Great post - had never heard of NYC! Liking the sound of the liner as I don't like too dark a finish. Need you girls to show me how to put it on though...maybe a drunken FABB tutorial on Friday night? :)
    Glad to hear you've found the Dianette good. I didn't so changed to Yasmin and find it amazing....but apparently it's just the tiniest bit different to Dianette but that slightly different mix made all the difference for me.

    Oh and you look amazing with AND without your make up! Avril x

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  3. Really want to get my hands on those lips stains! you look beaut! xx

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  4. Your flick is so perfect! I'd like to join in on this drunk tutorial pLease! Anytime I do flicks it's so wonky that I look drunk.
    I went on Dianette, and while it caused other issues, it did clear up my skin like a magic pill. I've come off the pill now and my skin is actually hating me :( yours look so good! Lovely and pale and clear!

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  5. I love the NYC lip stains.
    Your naked face is a good face. I'm jealous!

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  6. You are so beautiful and I love this look. I'm a bit rubbish doing eye liner flicks but yours is perfect!

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  7. You look so pretty! I've put up with having acne since I was a young teen and it has always gotten me down. It's not just on my face though, it's everywhere else as well D: The docs have given me antibiotics which didn't do a very good job so I'm now going to go back and see if changing my pill to dianette will work :)

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  8. I love NYC cosmetics too, definitely in my pricerange! I'll be giving the eyeliner and mascara a try!x

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  9. You look gorgeous without makeup on!! I wish I could be that confident! :)

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  10. Lovely post, I am so glad to hear that there are other 24 year olds who dont have perfect skin. I thought the point of turning 20 was to be blemish free, I honestly wonder if i will ever have clear skin!

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  11. You look SO stunning! I've tried a few things from NYC before but I haven't had a look at their products in such a long time, I'm definitely going to have a look next time! xo

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  12. ooh I like the look of that lipstain. I have problems with my skin, it took some pretty strong tablets at uni and it cleared up but it's back again, so fustrating :(

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  13. Always beautiful, with or without make-up. x

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  14. Oh your naked face is great!

    Have you ever tried Lorac Front of the line pro eyeliner? It's super black and in pen shape! I'm in love with it right now... lol http://www.sephora.com/front-of-the-line-pro-P241307

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  15. your naked face is certainly a lot better than mine!! I may have to purchase some NYC makeup, I'm normally a benefit or barryM girl :)

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  16. Great post, thanks for posting a bare-face pic because I think it's great to encourage people to that we can live without make-up and it's not some kind of social 'faux-pas' (as some seem to think) to be seen without!

    Gemma
    www.instantlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I really want to try that foundation! looks so light and lovely!

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