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Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Urban Decay recently launched the Born To Run Collection, and I'm really excited to review the entire collection. This collection was designed to be universally flattering for any skin tone and any lifestyle. The collection has everything you need to create neutral or fun, bold looks. 

Born To Run Collection includes:


Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette $49 housed in a sleek, thin rectangle palette it also has a full-size mirror inside and the exterior of the palette has prints of travel destinations. I love the packaging it's like looking into someone's vacation photos. 

There are 21 eyeshadows it's a mix of matte, satin and shimmery finish. I love the shades in this palette it's got the perfect mix of colorful and wearable neutral shades. The shadows are highly pigmented, and the texture is velvety smooth with minimal fall outs. I used this palette 5-6 times, and the only shade I had issues with is Wildheart it went on a bit patchy it's still pigmented, but it's not up to par with the rest of the shadows in the palette. Usually, matte shadows tend to be more on the powdery side. However, this is not the case here I'm really impressed with the formula and how they performed. The shimmers are even better it applied like a dream thanks to the smooth formula, and it lasts all day long! 

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette


  • Breakaway- warm ivory shimmer
  • Stranded- pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer
  • Blaze*- light metallic with a pink shift
  • Weekender- light neutral beige matte
  • Still Shot- bright peach
  • Riff*-brown-nude matte with micro-sparkle
  • Good As Gone- deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer
  • Hell Ride- deep fuchsia matte
  • Baja- burnt orange matte
  • Accelerate- reddish copper metallic
  • Guilt Trip- smoky purple shimmer
  • Ignite- rose gold metallic
  • Smog*- deep coppery bronze
  • Wanderlust- forest green with gold micro-shimmer
  • Wildheart- bright fuchsia shimmer
  • Punk*- reddish-brown matte
  • Double Life- metallic rust
  • Jet*- black with deep shimmering purple shift
  • Drift- charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle
  • Radio-deep emerald satin
  • Big Sky- frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle
*Existing shades from previous launches.

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection lipsticks
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Born To Run Collection

Born To Run Collection Vice Lipsticks $18 the three limited edition lipsticks have similar travel destination photo packaging as the eyeshadow palette. I will be honest I was not thrilled about the shades at first even the neutral lipstick seemed too dark, but once I swatched the lipsticks, I was warming up to the mauve nude lipstick shade 66. The comfort matte formula really lives up to its name it's very comfortable on the lips, nicely saturated and it lasts for 3-4 hours before it starts fading. I love deep berry shades especially during fall and winter so Marfa will transition nicely into fall. The Metallic have a comfortable formula although it's a bit sheer the glitter is very fine, so it doesn't look over the top, and it's also long-lasting. But I'm not a huge fan of metallic lipstick so needless to say Ready? was my least favorite.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Born To Run Collection



  • Marfa- dark berry with pink micro-shimmer
  • Ready?- bright rose sparkle
  • 66- rich mauve-nude

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Marfa Vice Lipstick Born To Run Collection

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
Urban Decay Ready? Vice Lipstick Born To Run Collection

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay 66 Vice Lipstick Born To Run Collection

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray $15 this also has the same limited edition packaging as the eyeshadow palette and lipsticks. This setting spray was developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this groundbreaking, a clinically tested formula is suitable for all skin types, and features patented Temperature Control Technology. It actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. 

The travel size makeup setting spray keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours. The sprayer delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, it's non-sticky, and it doesn't settle into fine lines. This is great for all skin types especially if you have oily/combination skin I love using this spray during summer it really helps my makeup last all day long. 

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil 


24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $21 the two new shades and one cult-favorite (Lucky) are the perfect complements to any Born To Run eye look. I remember discovering UD eye pencils when I was 18, and it's been one of my favorite product since then the shade Zero is a must-have for me.

These liners are incredibly soft, and creamy so no need to tug your eyelids they glide on like butter and it's also waterproof. It's easy to smudge so you can use them as a base for your eyeshadow or create the perfect winged liner. I love all three shades I've been using them as a base for my eyeshadows it helps intensify the eyeshadows, so it's ideal for nighttime looks. The fun fact about the 24/7 glide-on liners is that its creamy for about 30 seconds then it dries down to a long-lasting finish.

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

  • Lucky- dark metallic copper
  • Overdrive- deep green metallic
  • Double Life- reddish-brown metallic

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection
Urban Decay Born To Run Collection 

Final Verdict:

I think I haven't been this excited about an eyeshadow palette in a while I love everything about this palette from the packaging to the formula its perfection. I can see myself traveling with this palette since it has a great selection of shades and finishes so I can create a variety of looks with just this palette. I know we all have more than enough palettes in our collection, but this is a palette you don't want to skip out on! My top picks are the eye pencils, eyeshadow palette and the travel size makeup setting spray. 


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*Urban Decay Provided the Born To Run Collection for review purpose.

Rodin Mermaid Highlighter
Rodin Olio Lusso Mermaid Luxury Collection

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a lovely Rodin Olio Lusso event at the beautiful Veronica Beard boutique in NYC. At the event we got a sneak peek of their latest Luxury Mermaid Collection. Also, at the event, we met Donald Robertson, a very talented and hilarious guy who worked on all the beautiful illustrations on the packaging and products. He helped brought this collection to life, learn more about Mr. Robertson here.  

Rodin olio lusso:
Linda Rodin is a stylist of legend, Linda knows life on the runway and the red carpet, but her tastes are an homage to authenticity and personal style. When she couldn't find simple, satisfying skincare, she created it at home with essential oils and seeds she's gathered from market days in her beloved Italy. She was an early-bloomer in recognizing that essential oils left skin clean and dewy, and well nourished. Rodin olio lusso has grown beyond those first hand-blended potions given to models and movers.

But it remains in its simplicity. A core of 11 luxurious oils, and the faith that luminous skin, healthy hair and a bold lip are all a girl really needs. 

Rodin Mermaid Collection
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Collection 

Luxury Mermaid Collection:
Linda Rodin always believed that she'd been a mermaid in a previous life. Donald Robertson, her artist friend, and fellow-Pisces found inspiration in her fantasy and put his paintbrushes to work, and that's how this illustrious illustrator came to bring to life our Rodin olio lusso Mermaid Collection for radiant skin, glistening lips, and glowing cheeks.

I came home with a bag full of goodies! All the bags were hand painted by Donald Robertson I picked out the one with a mermaid in the blue ocean. It's such a cute little bag my daughter loves mermaids and blue is her favorite color at the moment, so she was pleased to hear that the bag was for her.

The Mermaid Collection includes:

Rodin olio lusso mermaid highlighter
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Powder


Mermaid Collection Luxury Illuminating Powder $50 A silky smooth gel powder illuminator and it's housed in a sturdy clear compact. The clear acrylic compact allows you to see the beautiful mermaid embossing. I had to pause for a moment when I saw the gorgeous illuminating powder I had a hard time touching it cause I didn't want to ruin such a stunning piece of art. At last, I did play with the powder I couldn't resist the urge to run my finger through the powder. 

Available in one perfect, ethereal shade- Siren, it's a swirl of champagne and icy lavender shade. On my tan complexion, it comes off a cool tone nude pink shade. The talc-free formula delivers seamless translucence and blends effortlessly into the skin. It contains exquisite micro-pigments that will capture and diffuse light. This powder is finely milled it feels very soft and smooth it's also highly pigmented it has a sheer, yet buildable texture. It has a metallic finish minus the chunky glitters you can either go for a light-hand application for a subtle glow or layer it for an high-wattage glow! This powder does not come with a brush, but you can buy the Kabuki brush from the collection. Although I don't prefer a kabuki brush when it comes to applying highlighters, I instead use a fan or small brush that way I have more control with the application. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Powder
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Powder


Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Kabuki Brush
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Kabuki Brush


Mermaid Collection Luxury Kabuki Brush $25 A luxurious white cashmere synthetic brush it's housed in a sleek high gloss bright white base. This brush was designed to apply the Illuminating Powder. Like I mentioned before I usually don't prefer such a big brush for highlighters, but I think this brush would be great for powder foundations. It's very soft, compact and fluffy, so it does a great job at buffing out products. I've been using this for touch ups I keep mine in a small pouch. I wish it came with a bag/pouch or a top so the bristles would stay nice and clean. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Liquid
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Liquid

Mermaid Collection Luxury Illuminating Liquid $50 The glass bottle come with a pump, and it has cute seashell underwater theme prints. This illuminating liquid is formulated with an exquisite blend of microfine, light-reflecting optics to give skin a beautiful glow. This is a liquid version of the illuminating powder. However, this is much warmer than the powder its a warm champagne gold shade. I love the weightless, blendable texture it's suitable for both face and body.  I like to mix liquid illuminators with my foundations it's my favorite way to work with liquid highlighters. The formula is much lighter than the other liquid illuminators in my collection. It's not runny, it has a fluid consistency due to the oil base, but I don't find this being an issue. It looks quite intense when swatched, but once you mix it with your foundation, the shimmer is so subtle it gives you a glowing sheen. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Lip Oil
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Lip Oil


Mermaid Collection Luxury Lip Oil $30 A luxurious, lightweight lip oil in a universally flattering shade. The lip oil has a serum-like non-sticky consistency. It's very nourishing, and it has a high gloss finish. This lip oil can be worn on its own or over a lipstick. I like to pair this lip oil with lipliners since most of the lip liners have a matte finish so this oil keeps my lips hydrated and glossy. I think the lip oil will flatter all complexion it's a nude shade with gold shimmers and it has a hint of a warm undertone. This lip oil is formulated with vitamin E, sunflower oil, olive fruit oil, safflower seed oil and jojoba seed oil. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Body Oil
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Body Oil

Mermaid Collection Luxury Body Oil $90 This is probably my second favorite product from the Mermaid collection. The body oil comes in a beautiful bottle adorned with seahorse, seashells, and sea kelp prints. It's one remarkable tri-phase body oil formula gold, clear, and aqua that nourishes and moisturizes skin while leaving it silky. A blend of sunflower, sweet almond, olive and sea buckthorn oils contribute to the skin-softening, rejuvenating benefits of this formula, in addition to Omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin attract hydration to moisturize skin, and a blend of two-lightweight, glide-enhancing ingredients leave skin feeling silky smooth. The sea kelp and Sambac body oil smell of intoxicating jasmine flowers. You can also mix the liquid illuminator with the body oil it looks incredible on the skin. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Collection Swatches
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Collection


All the products in this collection are very rich in pigmentation, and the consistency is silky smooth. I went a little heavy on the swatches so you can get an idea, but the illuminators can be sheer or layered to build up the coverage depending on the application. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Collection
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Powder


I have very few cool tone highlighters in my collections, but I still wanted to compare the Rodin Illuminating Powder to a few highlighters from my collection. Laura Mercier Devotion looks quite similar compared to the mermaid illuminator, but it doesn't have the hint of champagne undertone like Siren.

  • Chanel Camelia de Plumes (Limited Edition)
  • Rodin oili lusso Luxury Mermaid Illumnating Powder
  • Laura mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion & Devotion
  • Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Liquid
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Liquid


I also wanted to compare the Liquid Illuminator to a few of my favorite illuminators- Marc Jacobs Dew You (review here) and Algenist Champagne Luminizing Drops. The Rodin liquid illuminator is unique regarding both the shade and texture. 

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Liquid
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Mermaid Illuminating Liquid

Final Verdict:

This collection screams summer I love that it's a small collection seems like it was carefully curated. The beautiful underwater-themed illustrations and embossing on the products and boxes are so pretty it's making it very hard to toss out the boxes. My top picks from the collection are the Illuminating Powder, Liquid Illuminator, and the Luxury Body Oil

Rodin Mermaid Collection is exquisite, and if you can splurge on one thing from the collection, I would highly recommend it. This collection is now available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks

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la mer bronzer 2018
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

La Mer 2018 Limited Edition Soleil collection features a gorgeous bronzer, and two shades of Lip & Cheek Glows. I always loved the look of La Mer bronzers from their previous collections, but I never purchased it cause most of them seemed too light for my tan complexion. This year when I saw the bronzer, I immediately fell in love with the embossing and the shades. I told myself if it didn't work for me as a bronzer I can still make it work as a blush. 

I was at Barney's, and I couldn't resist myself especially when I heard they only had one left in stock. I ended up buying the bronzer right away, and since the Lip and Cheeks Glows were sold out in store, I came home and placed an order right away. I love all things peachy/coral shades I can't get enough of it! I've purchased this two products back in May, and I've been using the products since then so today I'm going to review both of them. 

La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018
la mer bronzer 2018
 La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

The packaging is very summer appropriate the pearly white, and the reflective rose gold compact is simply stunning. It's got a luxurious feel to it, and it's also very lightweight and travel-friendly. 

la mer bronzer 2018 swatches
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

la mer bronzer 2018 review and swatches
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

The Bronzing Powder is infused with nutrient-rich Miracle Broth. The silky pressed powder creates the look of a glimmering sun-kissed glow. The shades blend perfectly to highlight and define the contours of the face. Skin looks radiant with a warm, illuminated glow. This powder has three shades of light tan (bronzer), light pink (blush), and a warm champagne shade (highlighter). The bronzer is almost the same shade as my skin tone, so if you're tan like me, you can make this work however if you're darker than me it would be best to skip this bronzer. The bronzer is not dark enough to contour, but it does add some warmth to the skin. I like to swirl my brush on the bronzer and highlighter shade and focus on my cheekbones, and then I swirl the brush all over the compact and apply it on my cheeks. I love how it looks on my skin it adds the right amount of color for the everyday looks. Up until a few years ago, I was not that into bronzers cause it can be a bit over the top sometimes. I did find a few shades that are flattering on my skin, so now I'm more open to playing with bronzers. 

If you like a light wash of color with a radiant glow, you'll really like this one. I think it will look amazing on lighter complexions since the bronzer doesn't have an orange undertone. It has a silky, soft, blendable texture. The bronzer has a lovely scent it reminds me of their hand cream I like the smell since it's not too overpowering. 

la mer 2018 bronzing powder
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

Ingredients:
Talc, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate,Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polybutene ,Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate ,Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder ,Water\Aqua\Eau ,Zinc Stearate,Malachite,Tourmaline ,Tocopherol ,Isopropyl Isostearate ,Ascorbyl Palmitate ,Glyceryl Oleate ,Caprylyl Glycol ,Isododecane ,Calcium Carbonate ,Trimethylsiloxysilicate ,Tin Oxide ,Lecithin ,Glyceryl Stearate ,Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer ,Hexylene Glycol ,Fragrance (Parfum) ,Linalool ,Citronellol ,Geraniol ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Coumarin ,Benzyl Benzoate ,Limonene ,Phenoxyethanol , [+/- Mica ,Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) ,Iron Oxides (Ci 77492) ,Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) ,Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) ,Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) ,Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) ,Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) ,Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) ,Red 6 (Ci 15850) ,Red 30 (Ci 73360) ,Ultramarines (Ci 77007) ,Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510) ,Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510) ,Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288) ,Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289) ,Carmine (Ci 75470) ,Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) ,Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) ,Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)

la mer cheek and lip glows swatches
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

Surprisingly the Lip & Cheeks Glows was a huge hit it sold out quickly, and it was tough to find both online and in store. There are two shades available 01 Coral Glow and 02 Pink Sands. The blend of glowing pigments suspended in nourishing oil gives skin a quick hint of healthy color. Infused with nourishing Miracle Broth, it adds a sheer, buildable flush of color to lips and cheeks as it visibly refreshes and renews delicate skin. I was very excited to try this, but once I got to play with Coral Glow, I wasn't sure if I really liked it as much as the bronzer. First of all, it looks horrible on my lips it's shows up as a very pale shade of peach. I do like the glossy, creamy texture but I wouldn't want to use it on my lips. It looks gorgeous when swatched on my arms I wish it looked like that on my lips. With that being said, I do like to layer it very lightly on top of cream/stick blushes it adds a healthy glow to my dry cheeks which I can appreciate. If you have oily skin, I'm not sure if that method would work for you. Coral Glow has a refreshing minty scent, and upon licking my lips, I discovered it has a sweet taste which is always very pleasant. 

The Lip and Cheek Glows are very sheer so it won't make a great blush it's just a glossy, hydrating balm for the lips and cheeks. I did do a heavy-handed swatch so you can get an idea of the shade. I just can't justify the lip and cheek glows for the price there are much better options out there. 

Ingredients:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene , Petrolatum , Squalane , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Octyldodecanol, ,Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate , Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride , Synthetic Wax , Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate , Paraffin , Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline , Algae (Seaweed) Extract , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal , Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil , Sodium Gluconate , Copper Gluconate , Calcium Gluconate , Magnesium Gluconate , Zinc Gluconate , Tocopheryl Succinate , Niacin , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder , Water\Aqua\Eau , Tocopherol , Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate , Lecithin , Sorbitan Oleate , Acrylates Copolymer , Tocopheryl Acetate , Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer , Isododecane , Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate , Caprylyl Glycol , Trimethylsiloxysilicate , Saccharin , Silica , Calcium Sodium Borosilicate , Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate , Synthetic Fluorphlogopite , Menthone Glycerin Acetal , Polyethylene Terephthalate , Tin Oxide , Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate , Limonene , Benzyl Benzoate , Fragrance (Parfum) , [+/- Mica , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77492) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) , Red 27 (Ci 45410) , Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) , Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380) , Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200) , Red 21 (Ci 45380) , Orange 5 (Ci 45370) , Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)

la mer bronzing powder 2018
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

la mer bronzer 2018
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

la mer bronzer 2018
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018

I wanted to compare the La Mer bronzing power to a few of my favorite bronzers. As you can see, for the most part, all the bronzers have that hint of glow and shimmer. That's what I prefer when it comes to bronzer. I'm not a big fan of contouring my face unless it's a traditional party or occasion then I will go to town with my makeup haha! But for every day looks I like a light bronzer that will warm up my complexion and give me a healthy sun-kissed glow. 

  • Hourglass Cosmetics Radiant Bronze Light
  • La Mer Bronzing Powder 2018
  • Givenchy Les Saisons 3 & 4 ( Review here)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola
la mer cheek and lip glows
La Mer Soleil De La Mer 2018


la mer bronzer 2018

Makeup Details:
  • Mac Face and Body Foundation
  • Nars Creamy Concealer (Review here)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder 02
  • La Mer Bronzing Powder 2018
  • Tom Ford Glow Stick Highlighter
  • Chantecaille 20 Years Anniversary Eye Palette & Jasper Eye Liner (Review here)
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara
  • Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss (Review here)

Final Verdict:

I really like the bronzer so far, I purchased mine a few months ago, and I find myself reaching for it quite often. I'm glad La Mer mixed the blush and highlighter shades with the bronzer if it wasn't for that I don't think I would've purchased it. Because of those two shades, I was able to mix it all together and use it as a bronzer and blush. I wouldn't necessarily say it's a must-have cause Summer is approaching I will get darker, and I doubt I would be able to use this as a bronzer then.

As for the Lip & Cheek Glows if I knew it would be so pale on me I would've skipped it entirely. I think it depends on the person if you're someone who loves a sheer and glossy finish you'd like the glows. For me, it's certainly a miss, but since I purchased it and used it, I will have to try my best to make it work and get my money's worth. 

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Dew you & Fantasy

Marc Jacobs Beauty new Coconut Fantasy Collection has launched, and it includes:
Since I love the original Dew Drops, I decided to purchase the new Coconut Gel Highlighter in Fantasy, ($44 for 0.8oz) and today I'm going to review both of the gel highlighters. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops is a lightweight, coconut-infused gel highlighter that can be applied to the skin directly or added to foundation or primer for a universally flattering glow. A little goes a long way: This gel highlighter builds for the ultimate sheen, and the sensual, golden-peach hue flatters all skin tones with warm radiance. It’s formulated with five forms of coconut and provitamin B5 to help hydrate and nourish skin. 
  1. Coconut alkanes: Help with longer wear
  2. Coconut milk: Deeply hydrates
  3. Coconut water: Provides refreshing electrolytes
  4. Coconut polysaccharides: Help condition 
  5. Coconut fragrance: Lightly scented
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Dew you & Fantasy


Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighters are housed in a thick, frosted glass bottle with a white cap and a pump dispenser. I like the packaging, the pump is very easy to control you can dispense just the right amount of product. However, I did notice the products seem to dry up at the nozzle so I like to wipe that way before pumping out more product.

The highlighter has a gel-like consistency, it's very creamy, and it glides on the skin easily, but it sets very quickly, so you have to work a little faster. These are highly pigmented, and it has the most beautiful micro shimmers so you can mix the highlighters with your foundation for a luminous glow. My skin is pretty normal these days with some dry patches, and even though the highlighters can cling to the dry spots it doesn't emphasize on fine lines or large pores. If you have oily skin you can use this only on the cheekbones or any other areas you'd like to focus on instead of mixing it with your foundation. If you have dry skin prep with a hydrating primer, and a foundation that has a dewy finish since, the gel highlighters are a bit drying. Dew Drops highlighters have a blendable formula, I like to use my fingers to apply the product, but you can also use a beauty blender or brush to buff out the product. Dew Drops is a great base for powder highlighters, but I don't like to layer highlighters cause I don't find it flattering on my textured skin. If you're a fan of intense highlighter you can definitely pair it a powder highlighter. Once this highlighter sets it will stay put all day long, and it's also transfer proof. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Dew you 


Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter $44- this is described as golden peach, but on my complexion, it pulls more champagne gold than peachy gold. I love this shade, and I think this will look great on fair to tan skin tone. I prefer using this highlighter with my foundation I use a small pump and mix the products really well. It gives me the ultimate sun-kissed glow! I also like to use this on the inner corner of my eyes, and browbone. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Fantasy

Marc Jacobs Fantasy Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter $44- it's described as warm rose tone, and on my complexion, it shows up coppery pink with a golden sheen. I was very excited to see Marc Jacobs launching a darker shade of gel highlighter. I get very tan during summer so this will be perfect during the warmer months. Fantasy is highly pigmented, and it has an intense metallic finish so I use a very small amount cause a little goes a long way with this highlighter. This shade might not be the best option for very fair skin tone since it does run a bit coppery. If you have light to medium complexion you can use this as a bronzer to warm up the skin and a radiant glow. However, it's the perfect highlighter for a brown girl like me!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Dew you & Fantasy

 Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew you Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter & Algenist Luminizing Drops

My liquid highlighter collection is pretty small, but I did find a close dupe in my stash. Algenist Luminizing Drops in Champagne is very similar in shade wise, however, it's much lighter in texture, and it's slightly warmer than Dew You. MJ Dew You seems to have a hint of cool undertone when compared next to the Algenist Champagne Luminizing Drops. I like them both, and it's nice to have options so I wanted to compare this two side by side so you can have an idea. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Fantasy & Tom Ford Illuminator Fire Lust

I also wanted to compare Fantasy to one of my favorite Tom Ford Illuminator in Fire Lust. Fantasy is definitely warmer, and it has a metallic finish with a golden sheen. Fire Lust pulls more peachy with ultra-fine golden shimmer. 

Final Verdict:

The new limited edition Fantasy dew drops is a total hit! It's just as good as the original gel highlighter. Both shades are very flattering on my complexion, and it truly gives me a beautiful lustrous glow.

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops has that wet skin-like finish which is just what I prefer when it comes to highlighters. The silky smooth texture, rich pigmentation, and the longevity of these products definitely make them a winner. 

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Best masks to reduce redness
Best Masks To Reduce Redness & Soothe Irritated Skin

I've always suffered from redness, and to top it all off, I also have very sensitive skin. Oftentimes, my skin tends to flares up unexpectedly it can be from the food I had, sudden change of weather or a new product I've tried. I used to try to solve the issue by using various products at once, but it only made things worse. After a lot of trial and error, I figured out what works for me especially when my skin is breaking out or inflamed. I use these masks all throughout the year, and it continuously helped my skin during both Winter and Summer. Whenever my skin is irritated I like to give my skin a break and go for my simple fail-proof skincare routine. I start with a gentle cleanser, then a soothing mask, followed by a serum, hydrating moisturizer, and a nourishing oil. In the morning I skip cleansing I just wash my face with cold water then I like to use an essence/mist, serum, and moisturizer with SPF. This routine has worked for me every time, and if I keep up with this routine my skin goes back to normal within a week or so. 

I also want to share a homemade mask I used to use back when I was in High School, and to this day I still find it very helpful. Keep reading to learn more about the best soothing masks to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin. 

Ren Evercalm Ultra Comfort Rescue Mask Review
Ren Evercalm Ultra Comfort Rescue Mask

Ren Evercalm Ultra Comfort Rescue Mask $38 for 1.7oz- This mask is ideal for sensitive, dry, rosacea, and eczema prone skin. It's formulated with ingredients that help reduce redness, dry patches, itchiness, and soothe inflamed skin.

It's instructed to apply a generous amount onto clean skin, leave the mask on for 10-15 min. Gently remove the mask with a damp cloth or cotton pad. This mask has a velvety mousse-like texture it's very easy to use. Once you remove the mask, it leaves a thin layer of oil which acts as a moisturizer. It has a faint chamomile scent it lingers on for a few minutes it's doesn't bother me I find it quite soothing. I like to apply a thick layer, and it takes about 8-10 min to fully sink in, and by 15 min it dries down completely. It doesn't tingle or tighten your skin while it's drying it's very effective cause it instantly soothes my skin. It calms, hydrates, and plumps my skin within a few mins, and it leaves my skin feeling ultra soft and smooth. This mask works like a charm for dry patches and redness which are some of my skincare concerns. I highly recommend this mask to those with severely dry, and dehydrated skin. I also love the lightweight packaging, it's very travel-friendly, which is why I always like to travel with this mask. 

Key Ingredients:
  • White Mushroom Extract: Soothes pain and itchiness and diminishes the look of swelling and redness.
  • Beta-Glucan: Supports skin’s natural immune and barrier functions. 
  • Arnica: Reduces the appearance of redness and inflammation.
Full Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Olus Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Butyrospermum, Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Algae Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Lactobacillus, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Fragrance*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Panthenol, Carbomer, Vaccinium Vitas-Idaea (Lingonberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Cocus Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Magnesium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Malachite Extract, Albatrellus Ovinus Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Glucose, Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leat Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

*100% Natural Fragrance

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask Review
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask $24 for 2oz- This mask is great for all skin types. It's a deeply hydrating mask that helps nurture, calm, and rejuvenate distressed-looking, dry skin. This mask targets redness, dryness, dullness, and uneven skin texture. This face mask’s soothing formula blends a duo of protective oats—colloidal oatmeal and Avena sativa oat bran—with botanical antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients to help repair the look of skin. The fast-acting mask relieves dry, distressed skin in only 10 minutes. 

This mask comes in a small tube at first you might think it's not a lot of product, but a little goes a long way when it comes to this mask. I discovered this mask years ago, and since then I've repurchased this product many times. This is formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, Bisabolol all of which helps hydrate and soothe your skin immediately. It has a creamy texture with tiny specks of oats, but it's still very easy to apply and rinse off. The tiny particles aren't strong enough to exfoliate the skin since it's very soft in texture. It also has a light calming oatmeal scent with a hint of vanilla which lingers on for a few mins before disappearing completely. After cleansing, I like to apply a thick layer of this mask, and I leave it on for 15 min then rinse off. I love using this mask in the morning cause it helps with dry patches. It's a great way to prep your skin for makeup application. It doesn't leave any residue behind, and it really helps with blotchy, dull, and dehydrated skin. It also does an amazing job soothing itchiness and rashes. 

Colloidal oatmeals are rich in beta-glucans, proteins, vitamin E, fatty acids, which helps reduce skin inflammation and stimulate collagen production. It also has anti-aging and reparative properties. The fats contained in oatmeal also add to its emollient activity, which can improve the itch of dry skin. This has been my go-to mask for many many years especially during the period when my skin flares up. This is definitely one of my must-have skincare product. 

Key Ingredients:
  • Colloidal Oatmeal: Helps calm and soothe dry or distressed skin. 
  • Bisabolol: Helps soothe and calm skin. 
  • Shea Butter: An emollient rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids; helps moisturize and protect the skin barrier. 
  • Sea Buckthorn: A botanical extract rich in antioxidants, helps calm and condition skin. 
Full Ingredients:
Water, Colloidal Oatmeal, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Lactobacillus Ferment, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Edta, Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Vanillin, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Zingiber, Officinale Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask Review
Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask


Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask $21 for 5.11 oz- A soothing and hydrating clay mask that absorbs oil and calms skin irritation, promoting pure, healthy skin. It's a hypoallergenic anti-dust and detoxifying cleansing line featuring Bitter Green-5 complex that helps discharge toxins. The 5 complex is made up of wheatgrass, kale, celery, cabbage and broccoli extracts. Last year, I was sent a few products from Skinfood to try, and the word "soothing" caught my eyes promptly. After cleansing, apply a thick layer onto the face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes or until skin feels tight. Rinse off with warm water in gentle massaging motions. 

This mask comes in a plastic jar,  for the price, you get a great amount of product. The consistency is rich and creamy with small luffa bits which are not too harsh on the skin. I stopped using gritty exfoliators a while back so, I was a bit hesitant about this mask, but after using it once I was sold! I've used a lot of clay masks, but this is slightly different from the rest. As it dries, it doesn't tighten or feel uncomfortable like other clay masks. My skin is normal at the moment, and since this mask gently exfoliates the skin I like to use this once a week. It has a minty scent it's a bit strong for my liking, but it dissipates quickly. I love using this mask when I'm breaking out, and my skin is dull, irritated. It leaves my skin feeling smooth, refreshed, it also helps reduce redness and diminish pimples. 

Kaolin clay is ideal for oily skin, it absorbs excess oils, and it can help balance the oil production. It gently exfoliates and detoxifies the skin without causing any redness. I would highly recommend this mask to those with normal to oily skin types. 

Full Ingredients:
Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Dipalmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit Powder, Hydrated Silica, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Honey Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Gnaphalium Leontopodium Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide Np, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide Ap, Xanthan Gum, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide Eop, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex.

Best mask to reduce redness
Best Masks To Reduce Redness & Soothe Irritated Skin

best mask to reduce redness
Best Masks To Reduce Redness & Soothe Irritated Skin


As I have mentioned, I also like to use a quick homemade mask that my mom had taught me when I was a teen. For this mask you'll need honey I like to use raw organic honey my favorite brand is Wedderspoon 100% Raw Premium Manuka Honey which you can find at Wholefoods. I like to mix one tablespoon of honey, and yogurt. Leave it on for 10-15 min then rinse off. This mask is very nourishing it instantly soothes and gives my skin a healthy radiant glow. 

Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce redness, clear out acne, soothes inflamed skin while leaving you with hydrated, silky, soft skin. Yogurt has lactic acid which helps remove dead skin, tightening pores, prevents breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. It's highly moisturizing, and it gives you a radiant glow, it's also great for healing sunburn. This is a very quick, but effective homemade mask. Please be sure to do a patch test before applying this mask to the rest of the skin. 

These are my tried and tested masks that help reduce redness and inflammation. If you're someone who suffers from red, itchy, dull, dry and sensitive skin I would highly recommend these masks. 

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