2.25.2017

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette Review & Swatches

stila star light star bright highlighting palette swatches
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette
Price $39.00 for 0.5 oz.
Where to purchase: Sephora, Macy's

stila star light star bright highlighting palette swatches
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette

Product info:
Illuminate your inner light! Bouncy to the touch, Stila’s unique, radiance-enhancing highlighters are gossamer light and melt into the skin for a barely there feel.  Ultra-fine, light diffusing particles help skin look alit from within for a natural looking glow. Combine or wear alone and let your skin steal the spotlight this holiday season. 

Ingredients:
DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, MICA (CI 77019), DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL.  (+/-)  TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), CARMINE (CI 75470). <ILN C161012>   *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE 

stila kitten highlighter swatches
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette was love at first sight If you're a highlighter fan (who isn't? duh) then you should run to the store don't walk! This Star Light, Star Bright highlighter was a part of their 2016 Holiday collection. This palette is housed in a sturdy rectangular plastic compact with a mirror inside along with three stunning shades Bronze, Kitten, and Transcendence. The texture of these highlighters are very soft like butter, lightweight, and it feels bouncy to the touch it's absolutely stunning. It reminds me of the gelee formula it feels wet and creamy, but it's a powder it's quite unique. Although the cream to powder consistency wowed me however the pigmentation wasn't up to par. The shades Bronze and Kitten has great pigmentation, but the shade Transcendence lacked in pigmentation I had to go over it a few times for an opaque finish. All three shades lasted well throughout the day, and it wore for 9 hours before it started fading. And all three shades are medium to buildable coverage, so it's perfect for both daytime and night time looks. 

stila bronze highlighter swatches
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette
  • Bronze- A sparkly warm copper bronzy shade. It's very metallic and shimmery without the chunky glitters. I think this will look lovely on tan to dark skin tones on my tan skin it looks great gives me a sun-kissed glow but I have to go very light hand when it comes to the application, so it doesn't seem too orangy. This highlighter powder blends seamlessly I use my finger or my favorite Hakuhodo fan brush (featured here) to apply this highlighter.
stila kitten highlighter swatches
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette
  • Kitten- This is a stunning rose gold shade one of Stila's most popular shade, and I can see why it's lovely. On my medium tan skin, it shows up neutral not too warm not too cool I love the sheen radiant glow it gives me, but this can be a little dark on lighter skin tones. Also, It can be used as a blush topper which will look stunning! Kitten blended seamlessly it's very airy, and I love using this as an eyeshadow as well such a gorgeous shade this is my favorite out of all three shades.
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette
  • Transcendence- A beautiful cool lilac shade with a bit of glitter which I'm not a big fan of, I don't typically reach for pinkish lilac shades when comes to highlighter. However, this is a fun shade, and I think it will look great on lighter skin tones and since it's not very pigmented you can never go overboard with this it will give you a soft opalescent glow. This powder like the other two blended seamlessly and I love using this on the inner corner of my eyes as a bright pop of color, and it's a great way to add some a subtle color to a neutral look. 
stila star light star bright highlighting palette swatches
Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette

Overall
I'm a big fan of Stila Cosmetics I have been using their products for years, and I've seen the quality getting only better with time. I'm very impressed with this palette the formula is outstanding, and the sturdy packaging makes this highlighting palette very travel-friendly. Now, here's the part I don't like this is a Limited Edition palette so if you want this palette then check your nearest Sephora, Ulta or Macy's (still available online) for availability. Also, for those who wants to try just one shade out of these three Stila has got you covered with their new Heaven's Hue highlighter powders. You can purchase these powders in individual compacts it's now available at Sephora, Ulta, and Macy's

Which do you prefer the individual compacts or the highlighting palette? Please leave a comment below I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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2.20.2017

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips Review and Swatches

tom ford shade and illuminate lips swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips 
Automatic, Impulse, and Tantalize $60 for 0.12 oz. each
Where to purchase: Nordstrom, Beautylish

tom ford shade and illuminate lips review and swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips 

Product Info:
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips bring the play of light and dark, integral to Tom Ford's face philosophy, to color contouring. Two shades (one dark and one light) complement for shaping lips with high pigmentation in a velvet matte finish. Using the dual-ended applicator, featuring a sponge on one end and a lip brush on the other, both shades can be applied to create a subtle to dramatic ombré effect. The powder-gelèe formula features emollient oils and a blend of polymers that provide rich color release and adherence. Each color combination is designed to complement every skin tone.

tom ford shade and illuminate lips review and swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips 

Today I will be reviewing Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips in Automatic, Impulse and Tantalize. If you haven't seen my previous sneak peek/first impression post with the complete swatches of Tom Ford Spring Collection 2017 check it out here. The packaging of these lip duos are the same size as their blush compact, and it comes with a dual ended brush. There is a total of six shades I purchased three I decided to play it safe and grabbed two nudes and a pop of color. These lip duos are very creamy in texture, and it's highly pigmented. Although these lipsticks have a matte finish, they're not drying on the lips, and it doesn't settle into the lines. I love how lightweight these lipsticks are, and it's so velvety and silky in consistency. I also love how the shades were put together you can create an ombre lips by applying the darker shade then dab the lighter shade in the middle you can actually play with these lip duos and get creative with it. 

tom ford shade and illuminate lips review and swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips 

I've noticed the nude duos are more matte than the bright ones so if you have very dry chapped lips I suggest priming your lips well before applying the lipsticks. I must admit I was skeptical at first cause I don't really like to use a lip palette, but to my surprise, I've been using these non-stop ever since I purchased them. I prefer using the lip brush than the sponge, and I like to use a lip liner with these lip duos I find layering it helps these lipsticks last longer. These had worn for 3-4 hours before it started fading and the bright shade did leave a light stain behind. 

tom ford automatic shade and illuminate lips swatches
Tom Ford Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips
  • Automatic- It's a pale beige nude and a brown nude shade. 
tom ford impulse shade and illuminate lips swatche
Tom Ford Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips
  • Impulse- It's a light pink nude and a dark mauve shade. ( my favorite!)
Tom Ford Tantalize Shade and Illuminate Lips
  • Tantalize-  It's a peachy nude and a bright, warm coral shade. (love this one too)
tom ford shade and illuminate lips swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips 

tom ford shade and illuminate lips review and swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips Swatches

Overall
I'm a big fan of Tom Ford lipsticks, and I really like these lip duos the colors are coordinated perfectly, and my favorite ones are Impulse and Tantalize. All though I'm used to the traditional lipstick bullet I don't mind carrying and using these lip palettes, and it's very easy to apply with the mini brush. 

What are your thoughts on the Shade and Illuminate Lip Duos? Did you pick anything up from the Tom Ford Spring Collection 2017? Please let me know in a comment below I love to read your picks. 

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2.17.2017

Wanderbeauty: Wanderlust Powder Foundation, Retractable Brush & On The Glow Bronzer Review and Swatches

wander beauty wanderlust powder foundation swatches
Wonder Beauty
Where to purchase: Sephora

wander beauty wanderlust powder foundation review and swatches

Product info:
An innovative, hydrating, ultra-fine powder foundation with globally sourced, skin-loving ingredients that glide on and last all day. Wanderlust Powder Foundation provides full coverage with an incredibly natural-looking finish. The lightweight and ultra-fine powder absorbs excess oil and minimizes pores without ever looking cakey. It’s infused with aloe leaf extract to moisturize skin and restore suppleness while hibiscus flower extract evens out your skin tone and increases the look of your skin’s elasticity. It blends seamlessly with a flawless, natural-looking finish that never cracks. Wear it alone with the included anti-microbial rubicell applicator for full coverage, or layer on top of liquid or cream foundation to mattify skin. 

Wanderlust Powder Foundation and On-The-Glow Bronzer in Capri/Candle Glow are the two products I've been enjoying lately. First up is the Wanderlust Powder Foundation there is a total of five shades available:
  • Fair
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Tan
  • Deep
I have the shade Tan which is a bit light for me, but the last shade is Deep and that will be too dark so I had to make it work hopefully Wander Beauty will add more shades in the future. Another Wander Beauty product that has a nice little twist on the packaging this compact comes with a mirror, powder puff and a lid that covers the powder, so it's less messy. I do use the powder puff sometimes,  it's very soft, and it does a great job at applying the foundation. The texture of this foundation is amazing! It's very soft, silky and velvety it's finely milled, I just love the consistency of this powder. This powder foundation is lightweight with a buildable coverage, and it has a matte finish, but it doesn't get cakey throughout the day or oxidize. If you have normal skin, you can get away with using just this powder foundation. It covers my dark circles, and it evens out uneven skin tone. I use this mostly under my eyes to set my concealer since it a lighter shade it works out perfectly, but sometimes I use a fluffy powder brush and lightly dust this on my T-zone which is where I tend to get oily. And since it has oil controlling properties it helps keep the oil at bay. This powder isn't drying, and it's very long lasting it literally kept my makeup in place all day. Wanderlust Powder Foundation is enriched with skincare ingredients, and it's also oil free, Paraben free, Phthalate free, Synthetic Fragrance-free, Talc-free, and Cruelty-free. 

Ingredients:
Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, PDimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Water, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

wander beauty pixel perfect retractable brush

Product info: 
A sleek brush with soft, dense, and high quality, two-tone synthetic bristles that sweep on a flawless finish and maximum coverage. 

Wander Beauty Pixel Perfect Retractable Brush is perfect for those who likes to touch up during the day. The packaging had a little issue I'm not sure if it's the one I received is faulty but it's a little loose like it can pop out at any giving moment. This brush can be used to apply a cream, powder, or liquid products to buff, blend, and stipple on the face or body. The bristles are synthetic it does blend out product seamlessly, and it's a perfect travel-friendly tool. I don't do a lot of touch ups with powder throughout the day I prefer using blotting paper, instead of powder, so I end up leaving this behind. Although it's very loose, I didn't notice any shedding, but I hope they will fix the packaging issue soon.  

wander beauty on the glow bronzer capri/ candle glow review and swatches

wander beauty on the glow bronzer swatches

Product info:
A dual-ended, multitasking bronzer and illuminator stick that creates a natural-looking tan and glowing look all year round. Each On-the-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator features a Candle Glow Illuminator shade that brings a golden glow to any complexion with HD pigments that blur skin imperfections. 

Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Bronzer has two shades Malibu/Candle Glow and Capri/Candle Glow. I received the shade Capri, both of the shades come with the same Candle Glow illuminator. Capri, it's a gorgeous, cool tone bronzer that suits medium to deep skin tones. And a highlighter Candle Glow illuminator it's a luminous gold shade. I love their on-the-go products it's a perfect multitasking product, and it's very easy to apply. The consistency of this product is very creamy it glides on effortlessly and blends like butter. I love how this bronzer looks on me it gives me a natural sun kissed glow, and I think this will look stunning on lighter skin tone as well. I find this bronzer/illuminator very hydrating due to the Hyaluronic Acid being one of the ingredients, so this will be ideal for those with dry skin. Some of the key ingredients are Vitamin A, C, and E, Collagen which helps with firmness and elasticity to the skin. On-the-glow bronzer lasted about 6-7 hours on me before it started fading. You can check out their website they demonstrated how the shades would look on different skin tones and different ways of applying this product. 


Ingredients:
Bronzer
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Glycereth-8 Hydroxystearate, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Arachidyl Propionate, Squalane, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propionic Acid, Water (Aqua), Hexylresorcinol, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Illuminator
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Glycereth-8 Hydroxystearate, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Arachidyl Propionate, Squalane, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propionic Acid, Water (Aqua), Hexylresorcinol, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)

wander beauty wanderlust powder review and swatches

Overall
The Wanderlust powder quickly became one of my favorite due to the matte finish If you have oily skin, you'll love this powder. The bronzer has the creamiest texture ever! And it's so easy to apply perfect for a busy mom like me. I'm loving both of these products the brush not so much since I don't touch up during the day I end up not using it much. Have you tried any Wander Beauty products yet? Please share it in a comment below I love to read your picks. 

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2.11.2017

Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2017 Collection Shade and Illuminate Lips & Cheeks Swatches and Photos

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips and Cheeks 
Where to purchase: Nordstrom, Beautylish 

Top Row: Automatic, Impulse, Tantalize
Bottom Row: Possession, Nikita, Saboteur

Tom Ford launched a new collection featuring six Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60 for .12 oz.) and two cheeks ($80 for .49 oz.). When I first saw the pictures of the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips I thought they were eyeshadow duos but once I discovered they're lipstick duos I actually liked the looks of these, and I was very intrigued. I found the Shade & Illuminate Cheeks similar (color wise) to an earlier TF collection which contained two powder blush and highlighter duos Softcore and Stroked. I purchased three out of the six lips duos, and I decided to pass on the cheek duos. Keep reading to find out which shades I've bought and swatches of all six lips and two cheeks Shade and Illuminate duos! Review here

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips swatches and review
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips

Product Info:

SHADE AND ILLUMINATE LIPS bRING THE PLAY OF LIGHT AND DARK INTEGRAL TO TOM FORD'S FACE PHILOSOPHY TO COLOR CONTOURING. TWO SHADES, ONE LIGHT, AND ONE DARK, COMPLEMENT FOR SHAPING LIPS WITH HIGH PIGMENTATION IN A VELVET MATTE FINISH. USING THE DUAL-ENDED APPLICATOR, FEATURING A SPONGE ON ONE END AND A LIP BRUSH ON THE OTHER, BOTH SHADES CAN BE APPLIED TO CREATE A SUBTLE TO DRAMATIC OMBRE EFFECT. TOM FORD'S POWDER-GELEE FORMULA FEATURES EMOLLIENT OILS AND A BLEND OF POLYMERS THAT PROVIDE RICH COLOR RELEASE AND ADHERENCE. EACH COLOR COMBINATION IS DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT EVERY SKIN TONE.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips
  • Automatic- A very pale nude and a brown nude shade.
  • Impulse- A pinky nude and a dark mauve shade.
  • Tantalize- A peachy and a warm coral shade.
  • Possession- A light pink and a bright fuchsia shade.
  • Nikita- A cherry red and a dark burgundy shade.
  • Saboteur- A bright purple and a deep berry shade. 

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips swatches and review
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips Swatches

I love how there's an option for everyone here in this collection it will cater to nude lipstick lovers as well as bold and bright lipstick lovers. These lip palettes come with a dual mini brush a sponge applicator and a well-functioning lip brush. I noticed a few different finishes here it's a mix of velvety matte, satin and creamy finish. The texture of these lipsticks are amazing it felt very silky and soft also each, and every one of them are highly pigmented. I love how you can create an ombre effect with these duos if you saw the campaign shot of the model wearing what I believe is Saboteur it looked absolutely stunning! 

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Cheeks
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Product Info:
SHADE AND ILLUMINATE CHEEKS BRINGS THE PLAY OF LIGHT AND DARK INTEGRAL TO TOM FORD'S FACE PHILOSOPHY TO COLOR CONTOURING. THIS DUET OF HIGHLIGHTING AND SHADING CREAMS IS DESIGNED TO MAKE DIMENSIONAL COLOR CONTRASTING OF CHEEKS REMARKABLY SIMPLE. THE PEARLESCENT, HIGHLIGHTING SHADE BRIGHTENS AND DRAWS LIGHT TO SKIN TO AMPLIFY CHEEKBONES. THE VIBRANT BLUSH TONE DEEPENS AND DEFINES FOR THE PERFECT FLUSH OF COLOR. EACH COLOR COMBINATION IS DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT EVERY SKIN TONE. THE SUPER SHEER SHADE AND ILLUMINATE FORMULA BLENDS EASILY ONTO SKIN, DESIGNED TO WORK WITH EXTERIOR LIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT AND SHADOW NATURALLY.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Cheeks Submilate
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

  • Scintillate- A light champagne and a light peachy shade. 
  • Sublimate- A soft light pink and a light berry shade. 

tom ford shade and illuminate cheeks review
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Scintillate Cheeks

tom ford shade and illuminate cheeks scintillate
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Sublimate Cheeks

tom ford shade and illuminate cheeks review and swatches
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Cheeks Swatches

All though I like Tom Ford cream products I had to pass on these two reason being they're not as pigmented as I expected them to be. I have a hard time working with cream blushes it seems to fade away rather quickly on my oily combination skin. The texture felt very light and creamy, and I can see this giving you a youthful glow, but I'm not sure about the longevity about this one. 


For me, I couldn't pass on the lip palettes, and I'm glad I didn't they're really worth looking into. The Cheek duos not so much. As I mentioned before I purchased three shades Automatic, Impulse and Tantalize which I will do a detailed review on shortly Review here. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed this quick sneak peek. What are your thoughts on the new TF Beauty Spring 2017 collection? Have you checked them out yet?

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