Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose [Review]

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Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose (no. 05). This is a natural, long-lasting blush for lips and cheek. It glides on with the ease of a cream that then transforms into a powder with the heat of one’s skin. Not sure how this powdery feature will work on the lips.
It moisturizes the skin with a blend of rose, mimosa and sunflower waxes. Also, has a ‘Light Optimizing’ complex that adds radiance. The blush is not quite the best as a blush for my skin tone but could be used with a light hand as a pink highlighter. 

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. 

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula – review & swatches

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I purchased  this bronzer with the sole purpose of using it as a highlighter. It is absolutely gorgeous. I use is a few times a week. This bronzer is baked on a terracotta pan to create a beautiful domed product. Hula Hula gives the complexion a hint of bronzed color for a sun-kissed look. This bronzer appears to be shimmery or dewy but is actually matte so it does not make the skin appear shiny when applied. One just glows. This is gorgeous on tanned to dark skin. It is soft and blends easily into the skin. It typically retails for $9.00 and can be found almost everywhere even the grocery store. 

Swatches: Top photos with flash/bottom ones without flash.
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Sephora + Pantone Universe ‘Color of the Year’ – Marsala [review & swatches]

I’ve had this post in my draft folder since March and I figured it was time to post it. This is the second year that I picked up the Color of the Year blush/highlighter palette. This year Sephora and Pantone teamed up and released ‘Marsala’. Marsala is described as  “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”.  Marsala is an absolutely gorgeous color for a blush. Sephora has curated a collection of ‘Marsala’ inspired/themed products which is still up online here

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Marsala Cheek trio: Spanish Villa (2.9g), Coral Pink (2.9g) and Marsala (4.8g).

Once again another gorgeous palette. You can see my thoughts on last year’s Radiant Orchid palette. The blush and luminizers are very finely milled and a little goes a very long way. I think Marsala is perfect for every skin tone, anytime of the year. As with last year’s release this palette should be used with a delicate hand  as only the slightest tap of the brush is needed. It lasts 8+ hours, it applies smoothly and is very blendable. This year’s palette only has one repeat highlighter “Spanish Villa’. I really wished they had not repeated this shade and actually made an effort to be unique.  Unfortunately, this palette was limited edition and is no longer available but retailed for $26. I can’t wait to see that next year’s color will be.

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SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Radiant Orchid Cheek Palette – Review & Swatches

To celebrate the color of the year – Radiant Orchid, Sephora and Pantone have launched a  blush and luminizer/highlighter  palette. This was a part of my recent birthday haul.

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This is a gorgeous palette. The blush and luminizers are very finely milled and a little goes a very long way. Radiant Orchid will complement any skin tone, but one should be cautious as only the slightest tap of the brush is needed. It lasts 8+ hours, it applies smoothly and is very blendable.
The two luminizers Bridal Rose and Spanish Villa are gorgeous as well. I use them as highlighters since the concept of a luminizer is to lightly apply illuminating powder to the face. These are so finely milled and shimmerythat I find they work best accentuating the highpoints of the cheeks.
These are in an orchid ombre palette that is complete with a mirror. The only thing I do not like is that the pans are a bit smaller than their slots, are a bit crocked which I thin cheapens it a bit.

Retails for $26 at Sephora.com

Top image is courtesy of Sephora.com

Sephora Hello Kitty Haul

What would we do without Sephora and its awesome sales? I’ve been eyeing these Hello Kitty palettes for sometime now and have been waiting for them to go on sale. Each palette retails originally for $36 but were going for $11-$15 during the end of summer sale, plus I had a free shipping coupon so I didn’t have to spend $50.
I got the Hello Pretty Palette, Graffiti Eyeshadow and Blush Palette and the Shimmering Powder and Eyeshadow Palette.

So cute!!!!!!


First layers, I love the shadows and although this highlighter is very light I’m sure I can use it over a cream base.


The bottom layers.
All these shadows are very wearable night or day. I will do swatches of the individual palettes at a later date.

Review: Eyeko Tinted Cream

$15 for 1 fl.oz (at cherryculture.com)
This is a 3 in 1 tinted cream (bronze) product that can be used as moisturizer, an eye cream and an highlighter. It’s described as a way to give your skin a sun  kissed golden and achieve flawless skin. Basically it’s a multi-purpose cream bronzer which is very similar to NARS Orgasm Illuminator in consistency and ease in application.

L to R: Eyeko cream and NARS Orgasm

Review: Milani Baked Blush Collection Part 2

 Milani baked blush collection review Part 2,  check out Part 1
From top to bottom & left to right: #4 Terra Sole, #5 Luminoso, #6 Bellisimo Bronze.

# 4 and 5 are matte blushes with # 6 having a matte payoff too with glitter (all three are a bit dusty but these were heavy swatches). This is unlike typical baked blushes which are very shimmery borderline frosty. On my complexion these may come of ashy but with the right brush Terra Sole may work as a blush and the other two highlighters.
Stay tune for Part 3

My Blush, Bronzer & Highlighter Collection

My bronzer, blush and highlighter collection 🙂


Guerlain Meterorites TEINT DORÉ 03

MAC Blushes and MSFs


Rock & Republic- I have 9 of the 11 or 12 blushes 
( I want the others to complete my collection)


Blush (random brand and Black Opal) and Bronzer (NYC, Black Opal and Go)






Eyeko Bronze Tinted Cream

Milani review to come.
Two week’s ago WnW’s BOGO 1/2 off sale at RiteAid.
Nail polishes: #236 Lust and #234 Jade. These go for $1.99 and are 10ml while the Sinful Colors # 853 Cloud 9 was the same price and has 5ml more product. I decided to try these WnW Craze polishes and hope they are much longer lasting than the typical $.99 ones which chip in a few hours.

 This ‘City of Color Bronzer’ was $3.99 and since MAC’s Surf Baby beauty powder is sold out I decided to find a cheap replacement to soothe my wounds until I could get my hands on it. This in my opinion is too red to be a bronzer but makes a good plummy blush/ highlighter.

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Swatches: l to r- powder, sliver frost, mixed.

Birthday Haul Part 2

Sephora: The things I got (minus the free samples and a deluxe Too Faced Prime & Poreless Bronze tint) I have been eyeing for the longest time.
 Lash Stash Tarte MultipEYE, Sephora Advanced lash booster, Hourglass Film Noir, Tarte eyelash curler,
Blinc, MUFE Smokey Lash, Laura Mercier Full Blown, Too Faced Lashlight, Bare Essentuals Buxom Lash, Benifit BadGal Lash & Josie Maran Instant Natural
MUFE #92 the super pigmented gorgeous matte purple eyeshadow. 
I don’t know why it said powder blush on the box had I made a mistake? So I looked at the shadows and blushes (which have no #92) and the numbers missing from the shadows you can find in the blush section i.e #89 shadow; #90 blush; #91 shadow; #92 shadow; #93 blush etc… they are the same size, price and weight and probably are multi-use products i.e can be used for either eyes or cheeks.
Lancome Juicy Tubes I remember buying a Juicy Tube in Voluptuous Berry many moons ago (the first time I ever spent $18 for a lip gloss) and I loved it but apparently it’s been discontinued. This wasn’t the set I was longing to buy that one is gone but I just wanted some Juicy Tubes; these are hight gloss lip products and are not too sticky.
Guerlain Meteorites in Teinte Dore 03 (Golden complexion 03) Illuminating Powder. I’ve wanted this forever, I think this would qualify a my first true high end beauty purchase. It has a pleasant rosy scent which I can get use to, since I’m not a fan of fragranced face products. It’s so nice 🙂

Still waiting on somethings to come in so I can wrap up sharing my birthday goodies with you guys 🙂 I also have a couple of reviews coming up.