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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HOURGLASS – Ambient Lighting Palette

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HOURGLASS – Ambient Lighting Palette Review & Swatches

 

Price: $70 CAD
Size: 0.116 oz/shade
Includes Shade: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, & Radiant Light

Continuing with the highlighter series I decided to pull this palette out to do a review. When I first started to blog I already wrote a review on this product but in the single version so here’s an ‘updated’ review and my thoughts on the extra shades.


PACKAGING

In classic Hourglass fashion the packaging is very luxurious looking and feeling. The palette comes in pretty much the same style of packaging as the single powders with the reflective finished plastic. The closure and material are sturdy and solid making it travel friendly- and like last time I have personally travelled with this palette and have had no issues with it breaking or opening. The clasp clicks into place and is easy to open. Overall, the packaging looks great and feels great, in addition it also is travel friendly with a decent mirror on the inside.


PRODUCT

This palette consists of 3 shades which I will review individually below. The powders are very soft and fine allowing them to apply smoothly and blend easily. The texture is amazing and feels barely there which is perfect for anyone who dislikes using powder. Also as I mentioned before, highlighters will either help you hide imperfections or it could bring out imperfections in the skin (so use them carefully) – I found that this highlighter did not do that as much in comparison to others. This makes it a great introductory highlighter to try, especially because the powders also give a very natural glow to the skin helping it look fresh and healthy. Finally, the powders wear very well comfortably throughout the day and lasted me a full day at work with little fading. Overall, yes the powders are on the higher end but the texture and quality are worth it. Also I found myself using very little and have had the product for almost over a year now and have barely made a dent so it will definitely last you a while.


SHADES (left to right)
DIM LIGHT

First is Dim Light which is the shade I reviewed last time. It is a neutral peach beige which blends well into my yellow toned skin. For this shade it depends on your skin tone as it works best for a medium to dark skin tone – it looks extremely subtle and gives you a naturally light highlight. Unfortunately, if you are on the lighter end it may come of a little dark for your skin and I would not recommend you to use it as a highlight – maybe more as a setting powder. This shade is also a little hard to describe look wise but I would say it looks like a mix of a shimmer and matte kind of powder but does not come off chalky. There are no glitters so a plus for those who do not like glitter particles in their products. Lastly, the product gives more of a blurring effect than a light bouncing highlighting effect.

INCANDESCENT LIGHT

Second is Incandescent Light which is unfortunately exclusive to the palette so it is not available in the single format. This shade is the lightest in the palette and is the shade that looks the most like a traditional highlighting powder. This shade looks white based in the pan but is more of a pale champagne tone which helps to blend seamlessly into your skin. It is a shimmer power with a light amount of glitter particles (nothing too overwhelming). However, because it has a champagne tone the highlighter may not work well for extremely fair skin types unless you prefer a warm highlight. On the plus side it worked well to reflect light in areas that I wanted to hide (dark under eyes) in photos. Finally, this shade works well for my skin tone as a highlighter but may not work out well for cooler skin tones and extremely fair skin types.

RADIANT LIGHT

Last shade in the palette is Radiant Light which is a golden beige toned highlighter. This shade is a lot like a glowy bronzer instead of a highlighter. Like the Incandescent Light it is a shimmer and glitter formula that is also not too overwhelming. It is great for achieving a sun kissed look especially for the summer time. Personally, I found myself using this shade the least out of the 3 as the other 2 looked best for my skin tone (both during my pale and tanned seasons). This shade also runs a little on the orange side so it makes it a little difficult to work with. Overall, it is still a beautiful shade but sits a little too much on the orange end for my light-medium skin tone – however it will give you a beautiful finish to a bronzed look.


OVERALL

This palette is a little on the pricey end however, if the shades all suite your skin tone and work well with the looks you are trying to achieve (natural glowy looks) then I would recommend it as quality and quantity are both decent . However, because the palette runs on the warmer and deeper side it is mainly best for medium to dark skin tones – as they may come off a little muddy looking on lighter skin tones. On the plus side if all the shades work for you it is a palette worth investing in as it will last you a while and above all give your skin an amazingly natural and healthy glow.

– SL.


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BECCA – Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

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BECCA – Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed | Pearl Review & Swatch

Price: $46 CAD
Size: 0.25 oz
Shade: Pearl

Becca highlighters have had amazing reviews and have been recommended by many – so I chose to try the popular pearl shade in the ‘pressed’ (powder) formula.  The highlighters are available in 3 formulas: pressed (powder), poured (cream), and liquid.


PACKAGING

The highlighters comes in a sleek matte finished compact with an aluminum finish in the center – which I thought added a nice element aesthetically. The product is a kind of oddly shaped so I found a little difficulty with opening it smoothly but it was not a huge struggle. The closure clicks when closed and does not open easily so this highlighter is fairly travel friendly. Overall, I like the packaging both look and feel wise and have not had any major issue with it yet – also the mirror is a good size.


PRODUCT

The shimmering skin perfector pressed is a powder highlighter that still feals creamy because it was formulated with liquid to bind the powders together. This gives the highlighter a smooth application which is important because a ‘unsmooth’ application would stand out and not look good. I found that the shimmer/glitter particles were a good size and nothing too ‘unnatural’ but will not make you a disco ball. However, with that said I would say that this highlighter (especially the Pearl shade) is more of a stronger highlighted looked – much like the glam looks you find on instagram. It looks amazing for a heavy look however I would recommend either a different shade or brand if you are more into a subtle highlight. As for longevity I found that it definitely faded throughout the day – comparatively faster than other highlighters but it still look decent. Finally, I wanted to mention that though the Pearl shade looks very white in the pan, it does not look chalky or too white on my yellow toned skin. But if you still do not like the white tone they also have a gold or champagne tone available which would give you a warmer glow to the skin. Overall, I liked this highlighter a lot especially for photos or heavier makeup days it gives my skin that picturesque glow.

– SL.


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