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Anine bing green plaid blazer

Anine Bing Madeline Plaid Blazer

Fall Fashion trend 2018

Hello, Fall! I'm beyond excited that fall is finally here well, I should say almost here cause New York weather is quite bipolar. Ok, enough about the weather let's talk about this gorgeous new Anine Bing blazer I recently purchased. I purchased it a few weeks ago, but I was waiting for the weather to cool down. I love the oversized blazer trend, but since I have a wide shoulder and a fuller bust I can't really pull off the oversized look so, I sized down and bought the size- M. It still felt roomy and slightly oversized yet structured just the look I was going for! 

Top- Madewell Blazer- Anine Bing Jeans- Denizen Bag- Gucci Shoes- WhoWhatWear (old) 



Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Swatches

Laura Mercier recently launched a few new products, and since some of you asked for swatches, I thought I would feature them all in one blog post. Today I'm going to review:

Blush Colour Infusion $30 each for 0.2 oz.
Lip Glace $26 each for 0.15 oz.

First up are the new blushes there are 10 shades to choose from, and it comes in two different formulas- soft matte and pearl sheen. The blushes are rich in pigment and have 10-hour wear, it has sheer to buildable coverage. The weightless, silky smooth texture helps to blend out the products seamlessly. 

Soft Matte Shades:
  • Rose
  • Chai 
  • Ginger 
  • Strawberry
  • Kir Royale

Pearl Sheen Shades:
  • Sangria 
  • Pomegranate
  • Fresco 
  • Peach
  • Grapefruit

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion 

I received 3 shades:
  • Peach- a sheer light coral with a golden undertone and it has a shimmer finish. 
  • Rose- rose pink shade with a soft matte finish.
  • Sangria- plum berry shade with a cool undertone and it has a shimmer finish. 

Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion $30 packaged in a sturdy mini compact. I love blushes, and I'm always looking for new ones to try. These blushes are silky smooth I love both finishes, and the weightless formula delivers a sheer wash of color that looks very natural and not overdone. 

I really like the shade range there are soft neutrals to vivid pops of colors to choose from. The shades are also great for all skin tones my favorite is Peach- it reminds me of Nars Orgasm, but a wearable version without the chunky glitters. I always have issues with blushes fading away within an hour or so, but these stays put all day long! All three blushes look great on my tan skin complexion. I have been rotating Rose and Peach for the past few weeks these two are perfect everyday blushes. 

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Peach
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Peach

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Swatches
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rose

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Sangria
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Sangria

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion Swatches
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Review
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

Laura Mercier Lip Glace $26 Housed in a sleek clear tube with a doe foot applicator. There are 26 shades, and the shades range from nudes, pinks, berry, mauve, coral, and red with cream and micro-shimmer finishes. I have six shades to review:

  • Baby Doll- a shimmering pink.
  • Opal- a coral shade with gold micro-shimmer. 
  • Sparkling- a shimmering light peach.
  • Bare Blush- a cool tone mauve. 
  • Bare Baby-  a light pink shade with micro-shimmer.
  • Cosmic- a clear gloss with shimmer.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace swatches
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

The Lip Glaces aren't new cause I remember purchasing the shade Baby Doll years ago. These glosses have high-shine, sheer to medium coverage, and it has a unique blend of moisturizing, anti-aging, antioxidant and plumping ingredients. The nonsticky formula helps with the even application,  and the thick creamy consistency wears comfortably on the lips. I sort of became a gloss junkie over the past few months, and I tried so many glosses from various brands. This along with Urban Decay glosses (review here) are probably my favorite glosses at the moment.

These glosses are long lasting I get at least 4-5 hours of wear before it starts to fade. The color payoff is quite opaque except for Cosmic- it's a clear gloss with beautiful shimmer. The glosses smell delicious it reminds me of marshmallows/sweet vanilla I don't find it very overpowering but if you're sensitive to scents keep that in mind. I didn't notice any plumping effect, but the brilliant shine can give you a fuller pout especially if you slightly overline your lips with a lip liner and top it off with the Lip Glaces. My favorite shades are Sparkling, Bare Baby, and Opal.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Swatches
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder review
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder $38 the iconic Translucent powder now comes in the luminous glow! I'm a huge fan of the original setting powder it's what I use to set my concealer and t-zone. The new glow powder sets makeup for up to 12 hours of luminous weightless wear. The powder is pearl infused, so it gives you a beautiful, healthy looking radiant finish. This is a no flashback formula, doesn't settle into fine lines, crease or emphasize on pores. There are two shades- Translucent and Radiant Deep. The Glow Powder has a champagne hue with fine micro-shimmer, and due to the ultra smooth formula, it doesn't cling to any dry patches. 

I have combination oily skin with large pores so I was a bit unsure of how it would look on me. I definitely won't recommend you set your entire face with this powder. I like to lightly dust a mattifying powder on my t-zone and use the Glow powder on my cheeks focusing on the areas I would like a healthy glowing finish. You can also dust the glow powder on your collarbones or shoulder. 

I used to be a fan of all things matte, but this year my skin has been totally unpredictable, so I started experimenting with my makeup routine. I stopped using powder foundations to set my foundations instead I opted for a lightweight translucent powder. I focus it only on the areas that are oily, and I was thrilled with the result. This new glow powder is right up my alley I just have to be light hand with the application and focus on suitable areas.


How to apply Set up/Set down:

Set Down:
  • Use the original Translucent Loose Setting Powder to set down makeup to reduce the look of unwanted shine and texture.
  • Using Laura's Velour Puff, press and roll the powder onto the desired areas, including the forehead, lower cheeks sides of the nose, and around the mouth, chin, lower jawline.
Set Up:
  • Use the Glow Powder typically where the skin is naturally smooth or where you want to catch the light. 
  • Using the Glow Powder Brush, apply powder to the areas you want to set with luminosity, including the temples, cheekbones, apples of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and cupids bow. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier also launched a new Glow Brush $38 it's designed to apply the powder evenly all over the face. The curved shape is designed to fit the contours of the face, and it helps sweep powder smoothly and effortlessly.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Final Verdict:

Laura Mercier products are classic, simple yet elegant that's what I most love about the brand. The new blushes are just that, and it's my absolute favorite! The wearable shades range is perfect for all skin tones. The Lip Glaces are also something I would highly recommend.

As for the Glow Powder, it might not be for everyone I feel like it depends on how you much glow you prefer. The powder contains micro-shimmer, so it creates a soft, subtle glow to the skin. I know a lot of people with oily skin shy away from anything glowy, but I live for a dewy, luminous glow! 

Lip Glace, Blush Colour Infusion, and Translucent Loose Setting Powder are now available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus

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*Laura Mercier provided products for review purpose.



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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

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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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