Beauty Bakerie So Icy Illuminator Review:

Beauty Bakeries So Icy Illuminator ($32 for 0.46oz) left me feeling a wee bit freezer burned glamour babes. And by freezer burned, I mean frosty and glittery. It was a little much for my taste.

I thought the illuminator was going to be more pearlized when I went by the swatches online. Turns out, it is not.

Iced is a luminous (blinding) white highlighter that has hints of micro fine pink shimmer with a frosted finish. Indoor and Outdoor swatches.

I felt like a walking snow globe as I wore this shade of winter wonderland. I was sparkling from head to toe, and not in a flattering way really. Wearing the So Icy Illuminator made me feel kiddish. Like I was trying too hard to create a incandescent glow. The sparkles is what makes the glow look overwhelming. There was too much churning going on in that tiny ice cream inspired container. I think it would have been a successful treat if that part was taken out of the formulation.

I could deal with a frosted finish. It can sometimes come off as pearlized, depending on the intensity, but those two together only produced a massive glitter bomb on my face. I definitely think that this illuminator is targeted for a much younger crowd.

Complimenting all skin tones. The super finely milled loose powder formula is lightweight, highly pigmented, comfortable to wear, not so easy to apply, blendable, buildable, and has a smooth silky texture.

The loose powder makes a mess of everything. The directions seem pretty simple on the lid. Tap top, open slowly.

Okay, Yup, I followed as directed, and as I tapped ever so gently, illuminator started to shimmy its way outside the lid, and upon opening it, a lovely plume of highlighter dust emerged. Sparkles, sparkles here and there, sparkles, sparkles, everywhere! Including myself. Applying Beauty Bakeries So Icy Illuminator with a brush was no easy task either. The kickback gets allover. Is this an expensive party popper gag that I don’t know about? Lol. It sure felt like it. I found using the flat end of a blending sponge helped prevent a lot of fallout to occur during applications.

The color payoff is alright. I got about 5 hours of wear time before it fully faded away. I did not re-apply. I have an oily t-zone and the shimmer only enhanced my shine, which is something I can do without.

If throwing a glitter party is one of your favorite things to do, then you can grab a pint sized So Icy Illuminator at Asos, Forever21, and BeautyBakerie.com.

I’ll be there. Watching the fun unfold…….That’s if an invitation is extended my way. Hint, hint, wink, wink.

Stay beautiful! Xo.

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Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder Review:

 

Happy September glamour babes! Summer may have left us, but that doesn’t mean we have to close up shop and pack away the highlighters. Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder ($36 for 0.42 oz) is one of those highlighters that shall be a fall favorite of mine. The glow is unbeleafable! Lol. Fall humor. I crack myself up sometimes.

Inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Out of the seven shades, I picked Lucy and Brigitte.The shades seemed a little more unique to me than the others (Audrey, Dorothy, Marilyn, Grace, and Sophia).

Lucy- doesn’t have any splaining to do with this warm rosy highlight. A hint of golden shimmer was added to give America’s Sweetheart dimension.

Brigitte- ooh la la. Oui, Sil vous plait! For this warm champagne highlight with a beautiful pearlescent peach undertone. C’est magnifique!

Infused with Jojoba oil, the formulation of the powders are smooth and buttery. They are finely milled, highly pigmented, comfortable to wear, blendable, buildable, apply evenly, flatter all skin tones, and have a satin pearlized finish.

The glow is not blinding. It gives off a more radiant and incandescent look to skin. I love it. You can easily manipulate the powders too if you want to create a subtle glowing appearance. I usually use a less denser brush for highly pigmented highlighters. The brush picks up just enough color to do so.

The color payoff is excellent. Lucy and Brigitte performed gorgeously for 9 hours with no fading whatsoever.

And the Oscar goes to…….drum roll please…..Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders!

Your leading ladies are available at Dermstore, Dolls Kill, and of course GerardCosmetics.com.
Be sure to check out their Labor Day sale. Use Code LABORSLAY and enjoy 50% off site wide! 

Happy shopping!

Stay beautiful! Xo.

Kiko Milano Spring 2.0 Natural Colour Highlighter Review:

My first Kiko Milano purchase was a success glamour babes! I am in love with their cosmetics. The limited edition Spring 2.0 Natural Colour Highlighters ($20 for 0.31 oz.) are stunning!

I might have to add a few more pieces of this collection to my very own. Kiko is having a huge sale right now (50% off), making it the perfect excuse to buy more make-up. Lol.

Product Description:
Formulated with Moringa seeds and infused with a green tea fragrance.

I can’t stop inhaling these highlighters! They smell so good. Is there something wrong with me? That statement doesn’t sound right. Lol. Whateves, I’ll own it. Makeup is my new aromatherapy.

This well-researched product provides high-definition make-up that brushes on smoothly and easily.
A concealer with additional highlighting properties has been incorporated into the center of the highlighter and fashioned in the shape of the “pause” symbol. Blending the two different textures creates a lightweight, natural effect that adds light while concealing imperfections.

The designer Ross Lovegrove created the practical pearl white compact featuring the KK logo on the top and a handy internal mirror. The compact’s original design with its references to a woman’s fluid, sensual movements is truly elegant and refined. The raised surface provides a new tactile and visual experience and makes it easy to find the compact in your purse (travel friendly alert!).

Iridescent Champagne is a soft gold/pale cotton candy, baby pink highlighter.

Iridescent Rose is a rose gold/ cool lavender highlighter.

The baked formula is lightweight, has a smooth texture, comfortable to wear, easy to apply, easy to blend, nicely pigmented, color catches on to the brush efforlessly, can be layered, suitable for all skin tones, and has a pearlized finish.

I like that these can be used as part of your everyday makeup routine. There’s just enough shimmer to create a beautiful, natural healthy looking glow that lasts for up to 8 hours. I really do enjoy makeup that requires no touch-ups in between the day. It makes life just a little bit easier for us goils. I mean, women do run the world after all.

You can still get your hands on the Spring 2.0 Collection at KikoCosmetics.com

Are you getting anything!? There’s a big sale going on….hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

Do share!

Stay beautiful, xo.

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Review:

You gotta try these NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders (available at Ulta and NYX Cosmetics for $8.00 each) glamour babes, they illuminate your features beautifully.
Available in five shades (Snow Rose, Twilight Tint, Lavender Steel, Crushed Bloom, and Synthetica) the silky powder blends like a dream for a fresh-faced look. The formula’s light catching pearls deliver a luminous finish that looks different form every angle. NYX is speaking truth. Apply this lightweight, buttery soft highlighter along the highest points of the face so you could see what NYX is talking about-such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s bow. Now marvel at the duo chromatic glow in which you created. 

Out of the five, I purchased Snow Rose and Twilight Tint. I thought these two shades in particular had unique hues, and would be flattering on fair to light skin tones.
Snow Rose is a white base with pink and lilac duo chromatic pearls.
Twilight Tint- is a white base with blue duo chromatic pearls. 
I know this is going to sound corny, but I felt like a Disney princess wearing these shades, lol! Wanna know which ones?! Sleeping beauty and that chick from Frozen. You know, the one that sings let it go, and everything she touches turns to ice. What’s her face??? Ah! Elsa. Totally felt like an ice queen as I wore Twilight Tint. Snow Rose and Twilight Tint are breathtakingly enchanting. Depending on how the light hit my face, I loved seeing the icy white base shift to a soft pink/lilac or an icy blue. These duo chromatic powders truly live up to their name. 

Apart from the formula being lightweight and buttery smooth. It is also finely milled (kickback alert!), has gorgeous pigmentation, it’s easy to build up, and blends well. 
I did notice a little fading, but after 8 to 10 hours of wear that’s bound to happen. My face still had the stunning effect of a duo chrome highlighter, only softer. 

Bottom line- I would most definitely recommend NYX’s Duo Chromatic Illuminating powder to just about anyone who loves to strobe. They are so pretty to play with, and are currently on sale at Ulta. Yep, it’s that time again, BOGO! Yay! All you need to do is click on the pink and my site will link you to the rest. Sale ends 5/14.

Happy hauling!

Stay beautiful! Xo.