ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Moonchild Glow Kit

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Moonchild Glow Kit Review & Swatch

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Moonchild Glow Kit
Price: $40 USD (my total = ~$77 CAD everything included)
Size: 6 x 0.15 oz

This palette took over Instagram a while back and was recently released. I was unknowingly waiting for Sephora to stock the palette – until I realized it was exclusive to the Anastasia Beverly Hills website. Anyways, I was able to finally pick up the palette after the restock and am ready to review it now. Continue reading “ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Moonchild Glow Kit”

NIOD – Photography Fluid

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NIOD – Photography Fluid Revew & Swatch

Price: $30 CAD
Size: 30 mL

 

Side stepping away from Sephora products I recently got into trying out photography fluids. These are products that you apply onto your skin and they create a reflective surface that reflects light in a way that allows your skin to look flawless in photos.


PACKAGING

The whole brand has a unique type of packaging that looks a lot like old school medical products. The photography fluid comes in a glass brown drop tip bottle that looks clean and ‘vintage.’ I did find that there was a little bit of product buildup on the lip of the bottle from taking the dropper in and out. Luckily as I use up the product I have noticed that it is not much of an issue anymore. Overall, besides the product buildup during the first couple of uses the packaging is simplistic and convenient – unfortunately the glass bottle does make it less travel friendly but great otherwise.

SL


PRODUCT

I will first explain what photography fluid is – it is priming fluid that incorporates ‘nano-prismatic’ particles that refract light and work to balance out the look of your skin tone and other imperfections. In essence it is a magical serum that makes your skin look amazing in photos. A couple of brands have created their own version and I have picked up this one and another from Hylamide.

The Noid Photography Fluid has a very liquidy and light weight consistency that smoothes onto the skin effortlessly. However, the liquidy texture does make spot application a little hard as it tends to slide around – however it is great for a quick all over the face application. The product blends smoothly over this skin – though I did notice a little bit of a patchiness – luckily I have noticed that patchiness does not affect the overall outcome too much (so a clean application is not entirely important). After a couple of tests I found it actually worked best for hiding dark circles and any hyper-pigmentation. As for fine lines and wrinkles it made a bigger difference on older skin (like my mother’s) in comparison to my own. Overall, this is a great product if you have an up coming event that will have a lot of photos being taken (ie. Weddings) as it will work to smooth out the appearance of your skin in photos. I have noticed the difference is not as noticeable in person – however it does provide a natural healthy glow to the skin that does work to make you appear more youthful. Do remember though that this product is NOT a skin care product that will fix imperfections it is merely just a ‘cover’ up product that will temporarily hide imperfections.

– SL.


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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY – Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY – Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector Review & Swatch

Price: $52 CAD
Size: 0.56 oz
Shade: Bright Now


PACKAGING

The color corrector comes in an interesting packaging, it reminds me of deodorant packaging. It is a white hard plastic, palm size stick with a swivel on the bottom that pushes the product up. The cap lightly clicks into place, but the extremely smooth surface makes it a little hard to remove the cap. I recommend holding onto the black swivel and pulling on the top while applying slight pressure. The swivel works smoothly and I have not had any complications. Lastly, the size and shape makes this colour correct a little less travel friendly than others. Overall, the look and feel of the packaging is amazing, besides the minor struggle when removing the cap, the packaging is unique and keeps the product safe.


PRODUCT

This colour corrector is a little different from others on the market. First, would be its skinny oval shape which works great for going over high points on the cheek. However, it makes reaching and targeting smaller areas a little more difficult as it is a little awkward to work with. Second, would be its texture/consistency, which is cream but also a powder. When you apply it to the skin it smoothes on like a cream, however when you use your fingers to blend it out it feels like a powder to the touch. This creamy powder texture makes the product feather light and blends easily into the skin. The texture also does not crease like creamy products would, which minimize the need to set the product with powder. As for pigmentation the product has light to medium pay off. The products are also a ‘hybrid’ style corrector which means that they have combined 2 types of correctors into one product. So they go as follows

            Bright Now: pink and lilac = dullness & dark circles

            Co(vert) Affairs: citron and lime = redness

            Getting Warmer: peach and caramel = hyperpigmentation

Overall, the texture is the highlight of this product as it is a creamy powder that does not require setting powder. It blends and smooths onto the skin effortlessly and provides your skin with a light and natural correction. It lasts a good majority of the day and is weightless on the skin all while avoiding seeping into fine lines. On the down side because it is a stick like format it makes delivering the product to spot correct a little difficult without a brush. It is more of a medium to large area colour corrector. These things aside it is a fairly easy product to use and would be a great introductory product to color correction.


SHADE

BRIGHT NOW

This shade is a combination of pinks and purples which work great to combat dullness in the skin. Its pigmentation is light which works to give you a natural brightening effect. This unfortunately was not strong enough to combat my dark circles however, it worked great on points I wanted to bring out, like the high points of my face (ex. cheeks and forehead).

– SL.


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HOURGLASS – Ambient Lighting Blush

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HOURGLASS – Ambient Lighting Blush (Incandescent Electra) Review & Swatch

Price: $45 CAD
Size: 0.15 Oz
Shade: Incandescent Electra


PACKAGING

The packaging for the blush is very similar to the highlighters – the only differences are the colour of the finishing which is gold instead of bronze and the size is a little smaller. For more on the packaging you can refer to my previous review on the highlighters. Overall, the packaging is beautiful and functional – though you should be careful as it can get scratched when thrown into a makeup bag.


PRODUCT

The blush is a marbled combination of a blush and highlighter and they come in 7 different tones. The powder blush is extremely fine and soft making blending smooth and effortless. The blush has shimmer and glitter which give you that highlighting effect which looks natural and beautiful on the skin. At first I was worried about having the highlighter sit on the mid to lower part of my check (which would be highlighting too much) – however I found it to not be an issue. Some of the shades are not as pigmented as others so swatching in the store is recomended. However, the pigmentation is buildable but I would recommend that you be careful as it could look overly glittery turning you into a disco ball. Overall the blush is a great 2-in-1 product that gives a naturally flush glow to the skin with little to no effort, it also lasts for the majority of my day (I would not call it a long lasting product).


SHADES

INCANDESCENT ELECTRA

The shade I purchased is Incandescent Electra which is a peach tone with a champagne highlighter tone. The blush runs a little on the light side especially for my medium toned skin so I do layer it with a plain blush underneath to bring out the colour. However, there are other colours available that do show up better for example, Diffused Heat and Radiant Magenta. But besides the pigmentation the colour and look is very flattering on my skin and looks natural. Overall, this blush is easily one of my favourite especially because its quick and easy and looks great for everyday makeup.

* Side note: because the product is marbled each one is different – some may have more blush and some may have more highlighter marbling – it really varies.

– SL.


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Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

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YVES SAINT LAURENT – Touche Eclat Review & Swatch (2.5)

Price: $50 CAD
Size: 0.1 Oz
Shade: 2.5 Luminous Vanilla

Not sure why it has taken me so long to get around to this product because I have repurchased it a couple of times. It even has a place in my ‘daily’ makeup routine. So here it is – better late than never !


PACKAGING

I will first start with the aesthetics of the packaging– the luminizer comes in a gold, hard plastic (not sure) pen, which feels and looks luxurious as all YSL products do. The weight is not quite has heavy as I would wish but that is just me being picky. Functionality wise the product is dispensed through clicking the button and product gets pushed through the brush applicator. This is the part of the product which I have a love hate relationship with. I love it because 1 – it keeps the product sanitary and 2 – it keeps you from applying too much at once. However, I dislike the fact that it is hard to tell whether I have fully finished the product or not. Being cheap I would like to have the possibility of opening it up and grabbing out every last bit since there is not a lot and it is $50. Overall, the look and feel of the product are great and travel friendly – however the packaging makes it a little hard to tell when you have finished the product.


PRODUCT

I will first explain the product before breaking it down because I have seen many people use it ‘incorrectly.’ The Touche Eclat often gets misused as a concealer and it is not thick enough to be so. The Touche Eclat is a ‘luminizer’ – luminizers are more like highlighters than they are concealers. They will not give you coverage and instead is meant to be used on top of concealed areas to diffuse light a certain way and brighten your complexion. As for the Touche Eclat it is a brightening fluid that helps to give your face, lift and dimension. The product is thin and light weight which makes blending over other products easy and comfortable to wear. The luminizer does not have any shimmer or glitters giving you a natural looking brightening affect – especially to your under eye area. It sets slightly matte and lasts a full day (especially if set with powder). It also does not crease near the end of the day or become oily and greasy. Shade wise the Touche Eclat shades are not well represented on the sephora website and I recommend that you swatch them in stores. The product has a decent availability in shades and come in different undertones to match different skin types. I use the shade 2.5 which is ‘luminous vanilla’ which is a light tone with slightly peachish yellow undertones and this matches my skin well. Overall, it is a great product that will give a natural brightening affect to the skin without looking too drastic. Application is quick and easy and blending flawlessly (if the right shade is chosen). It also wears well throughout the day and I have not had any issues with it creasing or melting off my face (even through my travels in humid countries). It is definitely a great product however, I do wish it came with a little more product – as one does not last you a very long time (so use a light hand and do not use it like a concealer it will not give you much coverage). If you can – try to wait for the annual Sephora 20% off – I usually stock up a couple during that time.

*tip: use this as your last step before powder in your foundation routine – only a bit is needed to brighten out your skin if you have concealed your under eyes well. I use roughly one click each time for both eyes. I usually apply it to areas that I want to highlight (ie. under eyes and high points of my face)

– SL.


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