Review: Shiseido Aura Dew Highlighter

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m sharing with you a review of the Shiseido Aura Dew, which I bought on a whim last year. I was making an order on The Bay for some Shiseido products for my mom’s birthday last year, and I needed to spend a little more to get free shopping. The Aura Dew highlighters caught my eye, and after doing some research on the product, I decided to give it a try.

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THE BASICS

This multidimensional highlighter suspends ultrafine rose, silver, and gold Japanese pearls in a cushiony, transparent base that melds seamlessly with every skin tone. Its revolutionary texture ensures that this highlighter stays put for up to 12 hours without caking and can be easily layered over eye, lip, or cheek products without compromising color or adding weight. It’s available in three radiant shades inspired by Tokyo’s gleaming lights, so customizing your glow is easier than ever.

The Aura Dew highlighter is a multipurpose cream product for the face, eyes, and lips. It comes in three shades – Cosmic (Rose Gold), Solar (Gold). and Lunar (Silver). This is made in Italy, and retails for $38 CAD for 4.8 g. It can be purchased at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, and various department brands such as The Bay and Nordstrom.

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand

Hello, my loves! Today, I have a review of the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand. Earlier this year, Charlotte Tilbury released their Glowgasm collection, and this was one of the many products in the collection that caught my eye. However, being a product from Charlotte Tilbury, I wasn’t sure if it was worth the expensive price tag. In the summer, I had redeemed 2,500 Sephora points for a $100 gift card, and I decided that I wanted to use the gift card to buy this. Read on to see what I think of it!

Flatlay of Charlotte TIlbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand in Pinkgasm

THE BASICS

The Glow Gel contained in this product enhances the skin’s luminosity for a high-gloss highlight that plays with the light and stays dewy all day. Velvety silica has magical, soft-focusing powers, and sensorial oil gives skin a silky-soft feel. Lindera extract magically mimics the effects of light for a youthful glow.

The Beauty Light Wand is described as a wand that highlights the face, and is essentially a liquid highlighter or blush. Within the Beauty Light Wand range, the brand has two High Blushes and two Highlighter wands (one is their original Beauty Light Wand, which isn’t in their Glowgasm collection). The shade I own is Pinkgasm, which is a High Blush. This product retails at $50 for 12 mL and can be purchased at Sephora, Beautylish, Cult Beauty, and the Charlotte Tilbury website. The Beauty Light Wand is made in Italy.

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Review: Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow Duo

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m sharing my review of the Nudestix Nudies Blush n’ Glow set, which includes a blush and a highlighter stick. I’ve been wanting to try Nudestix ever since hearing Samantha Ravndahl and Mariah Leonard raving about the brand last year, and it’s a huge bonus that they’re Canadian!

Originally, I had my eyes on their stick eyeshadows, but I have a LOT of eyeshadows in my collection that I need to get through right now. Like, a lot. I have also been interested in trying out their face products, and since I couldn’t justify buying their eyeshadows, I decided to go for their blush and highlighter set.

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THE BASICS

This Nudies duo will give you that effortless, fresh, and youthful no-makeup makeup look. Go from the catwalk to the sidewalk with a touch of dusty-rose-nude blush and a pop of pearl highlight. Try them on your eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Nudies are multitasking, long-wearing, and effortless. They are dual-ended with a soft color balm on one side, and a blending brush on the other. This is a custom, all-over face color that softly kisses the skin with a matte or dewy, lightweight, and luxurious formula. Draw effortless nude color all over the face for a fresh, natural finish.

The Blush n’ Glow set includes a full size of the Nudies Matte Blush and Bronze All Over Face Colour in the shade Naughty n’ Spice and the Nudies Bronze & Glow All Over Face Colour highlighter in Illumi-Naughty.

In terms of price, the Blush n’ Glow set is a steal as it retails at $49, while the products included cost $35 each if you were to buy them separately. This set is made in Korea (surprising!)

Both of these sticks are meant to be worn on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. To be honest, I’m not really into multi-tasking products, so I pretty much only wear this on my cheeks.

Closeup of Nudestix Blush n' Glow Duo tin packaging

THE PACKAGING

I don’t know what I was expecting, but both of the sticks came in its own separate tin. In my head, I thought they would only come in tins if you buy them in singles. It’s such a fancy touch! You can tell which shade is inside by the sticker at the end of the tin, which is nice because you can identify which product to reach for without having to open the tin up.

The face sticks are dual-ended and come in a simple black tube. One side is the cream product, and the other side is a flat, dense brush that you use to blend the product out. You can tell which side is the product and which side is the brush, because the side with the cream product has the shade name on the cap. I will discuss the brush in detail in the performance section of this post, as I think it relates to the performance of the product in general.

I find this blush and highlighter duo to be a pretty convenient product to bring with you for touchups. The packaging is compact, and you don’t need to bring any separate brushes with you!

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PERFORMANCE

I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about using a stick blush and highlighter. In the past, I’ve struggled with face products that come in stick form because I found the application process to be daunting. They’re always difficult to blend out, and I end up leaving a streak of colour on the face. However, I knew these had to be something special if everyone was raving about them, which made me curious to see whether these would be easier to work with compared to older cream formulas.

Close up of Nudestix Matte Blush and Bronze All Over Face Colour in Naught n' Spice

Naughty n’ Spice

Naughty n’ Spice is a matte dusty rose shade that I think goes well with a lot of skin tones. It’s the prettiest muted shade that goes well with any look too.

This shade is extremely pigmented, which could be a little intimidating for people who don’t like using cream products. However, the consistency is very creamy and easy to blend out seamlessly into a natural look, even with your fingers. It leaves a dewy finish on the skin, which my dry skin really appreciates. Overall, it gives my face a natural-looking flush, and I find that it’s a really perfect product if you want that no-makeup makeup look!

In terms of the brush, this was another aspect of the product I was quite hesitant about. Most of us know that the brushes that come with a product are usually not of great quality. On top of that, the shape of this brush is really small and has a flat shape, and I was worried that the brush would buff off the foundation underneath. I started off avoiding the brush completely, and only used my hands to apply the blush by rubbing some of the product onto my fingers and then patting it into my skin. This worked fairly well, but I felt like the shade wasn’t building up quite the way I wanted it to.

After a few uses, I finally decided to try the cream blush with the brush – it’s how we’re meant to use it, after all. I swiped the blush right onto my face, and then used the brush to blend it out in a stippling motion. I found that the cream blended up really well this way, AND my foundation was not disturbed underneath. The handiest thing is that the brush actually twists off so that you can wash it!

This blush lasts on my face for the entire day, and doesn’t cling to dry spots. It does look a little faded after a 12 hour day, but I like that it fades very evenly and not in a patchy manner.

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Illumi-Naughty

Illumi-Naughty is one of their Hilite + Glow sticks in a subtle pink pearl shade. I took about 100 photos of this, but it’s really hard to capture the duochrome nature of this. It just ends up looking like a glue stick!

I have to say, based on the swatches I saw online, this was not what I was expecting at all. It would classify this as a pigmented face gloss. At first I was pretty disappointed because I’m 100% a metallic highlighter girl…but I’ve since decided that I really like it! I don’t own anything else like it, and I love the glossy wet look it gives. It’s a subtle highlight, but my dry skin looks so dewy with Illumi-Naughty on the cheekbones!

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From left to right: Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush in Naughty n’ Spice and Highlighter in Illumi-naughty

The only thing I’m a little unsure about is the fact that the texture is pretty sticky, and it doesn’t really set quickly. Overall, I don’t mind this because the stickiness doesn’t negatively affect the performance of this highlighter, but I feel like people with oilier skin or people who live in a humid climate may not appreciate this aspect. Your body is already sticky enough in hot places, you don’t need a sticky highlighter on top of that.

Instead of using the brush at the other end, I apply Illumi-Naughty directly onto the cheekbones and then blending out the edges with my fingers. You can tell that it actually does take a bit of makeup (blush) off my face, because the stick comes away pink after I’ve swiped it onto my cheeks. However, I personally don’t think this is noticeable on the cheeks, so it’s not a dealbreaker for me.

Similar to the blush, I found that this wore away very evenly, and I feel like the sticky consistency actually makes it last longer. Due to the fact that it has a glossy finish rather than a metallic one, it doesn’t accentuate pores.

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SUMMARY

PROS:

  • Beautiful dewy finish
  • Gives your skin a natural flush and glow, doesn’t look dry
  • Easy to work with; formula blends out well
  • Lasts throughout the day

CONS:

  • Highlighter has a tacky feel and doesn’t dry down completely
  • Single sticks are pricey
  • Foundation takes off a little bit of blush underneath during application

Overall, these are gorgeous cream products with a creamy consistency that apply like a dream. They don’t really have any more highlight shades I’m interested in, but I am down for trying more of the blushes for sure!

ColourPop Jelly Much Eyeshadow | Review

Hello, my beautiful friends! Today, I’m writing a blog post all about the Jelly Much eyeshadows that I recently acquired. This is the first time I’m trying the Jelly Much formula, and the shades I own the shades Doves n’ Roses and Big Ego, which are both from the brand’s new Spring 2019 collection. While this review may not be as helpful if you want to know about the performance of each specific shade in this range, I think might be helpful if you want to pick up either of these particular shades or are curious about the formula in general.

I’ve been wanting to test out the Jelly Much eyeshadows since ColourPop first released them last year, but none of the shades were up my alley. What caught my eye about these the most was the texture. How freaking cool do these look?! Also, I’m drawn to anything makeup-related that has the word “jelly” in the name. After collecting makeup for so long, I guess I’m becoming more interested in trying makeup with unique formulas and textures.

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Review: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks

Hello, everyone! Today I’m talking about the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks, a review that is a long time coming. I never really hear anyone talking about these on social media, BUT these lipsticks have 1,000 reviews on the Sephora website with a rating of 4.5 stars, which means they are truly loved by a lot of beauty lovers! I’ve made it no secret on my Instagram that I am completely in love with these, but I’ve never done a detailed review of them before. They’re currently on sale at Sephora and have been for a while, so I want to let everyone know how great these are in case you want to get your hands on them!

I randomly tried these for the first time back in August when I saw that they were part of Sephora’s Weekly Wow sale. I knew absolutely nothing about these lipsticks at the point, but they were half price, and I thought, “A Bite Beauty product marked down by half? Heck yes, I am going to try this!” Since then, I’ve purchased 3 more of them whenever I saw them on sale. Buying four lipsticks from the same line is saying a lot about the quality of these, considering I usually only own two or three of any lipstick formula. I like to try a lot of new lip products but I don’t want to own 49,274,910 lipsticks, which means a lot of the time I can only buy one or two of from each line so I can try a bit of everything. However, these are too good to pass up!

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Review: ColourPop Salvaje Palette + 3 Looks

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the ColourPop Salvaje palette which was added to my collection in early January, but I had not had a chance to test it out until the last few weeks. I have to be honest, I don’t really keep track of ColourPop releases because they come out with new products at such a rapid rate that I find it overwhelming. This was one of the products I did not know existed until I was browsing their website, but once I set my eyes on it, it was love at first sight. I am 100% a neutral gal, but something about the tones in this palette caught my eye!

THE BASICS

The Salvaje palette is a limited edition palette that contains 12 shades in a mix of mattes and metallics finishes, as well as neutrals and colourful shades. It was released in collaboration with Becky G, who is a Latina singer. It retails for $18 USD and can be purchased on the ColourPop website. All ColourPop products are made in the US.

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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Rose Gold Liquid Liner

Hello, everyone! Today’s review of this pink product was not specifically planned to be released on the week of Valentine’s Day, but I think it kind of worked out for the best! I’m sharing a review of the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Liquid Liner in the shade Rose Gold, a product I’ve been interested since it came out last summer. The reason why I never ended up buying it until now is because I didn’t really think I would know how to fit it into most of my looks. Back in January, I saw that it was on sale at Shopper’s, so I took it as an opportunity to finally try it out. This seemed like it would give a gorgeous effect if it worked well, but for some reason I was a little doubtful!

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THE BASICS

The L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise liquid eyeliner was released as part of the Lash Paradise range, and comes in black and rose gold. It is made in the USA and retails at $9.99-$11.99 CAD for 1.5 mL. You can find it in all drugstores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, London Drugs, and Ulta in the USA.

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Review: ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette

Hi everyone! I don’t know what got into me, but around Boxing Day, ColourPop was having a sale and I purchased a whopping 4 ColourPop palettes! I’m trying to get reviews of the palette out now, and this is the first one. The Chasing Rainbows palette came free with my order, and I noticed that my friend Cleia from Always Cleia also got this free with her order. I though it might be fun to release our reviews together, so I suggested it her and she was game! Go see what she thought of this palette and the looks she created!

The Chasing Rainbows palette isn’t the type of palette I would normally pick up for myself – it’s so bright and colourful with not very many options for neutral looks (which I wear 95% of the time). As bloggers, we tend to review things that we buy and are excited to use, so I thought it would be quite interesting to do a review on it coming from a point of view where it was something I wouldn’t have purchased myself.

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Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing my review of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked palette. I usually try to use products for about a month before writing a review on them, but since this palette is limited edition, plus with the final weekend of the Sephora sale coming up, I wanted to get my review up sooner rather than later!

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette is the brand’s 2018 version of the Ambient Lighting Edit palettes. Hourglass has previously released four versions of the Ambient Lighting Edit palette during the holidays for the last few years, and everyone always goes crazy for them. I’ve passed on every one of them, even though I wanted them all. However, something in me snapped this year, and I finally decided to take the plunge on the new Ambient Lighting Unlocked palette. I already own the original three-pan Ambient Lighting Palette which I love, but have never tried any of the brand’s bronzers, blushes, or highlighters, so this was a really good way to try them.

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Review: Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette. This palette was released last August so I’m more than a little late to the game, but that’s okay! When this palette first came out, I really wanted it, but after sleeping on it for a few weeks, I decided I wasn’t going to get it. As pretty as the palette was, I know my own taste in eye looks, and I knew I wasn’t going to get much use out of a bunch of red-based shades.

Fast-forward to this July, and I saw that this palette was part of the Sephora Weekly Wow sale. At half the original price, I was happy to add the palette to my collection. I was still a little skeptical on how often I would use the palette, but at least I wouldn’t be paying full price for a palette I might rarely touch. Read on to see what I think about this palette that I was unsure about!

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