Essence Pure Nude Highlighter Review

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Giveaway Package that I won.

I recently won a giveaway prize from Rossy at Ayr Galaxy, and this was one of the many products shown above – the Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter. You should give her a follow if you don’t already! [info in italics taken from the Essence website]

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

it’s like being lit from within! bring out your natural glow with this baked powder that has a slightly marbled effect. works on any skin tone and is perfect for adding a subtle shimmer to your face.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

This is a really great, budget-friendly, cruelty-free highlighter. I can see this working for a wide range of skintones.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

It has a pretty shimmer without being glittery. The above photo shows the highlighter heavily swatched, but it can be blended out for a beautiful, subtle glow!

Have you tried this highlighter?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I won this in a giveaway. Thanks Rossy!

My Highlighter Stash

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Since the Holiday Season is rapidly approaching, I thought I’d share my highlighter collection with you all, since the Holiday’s are a great time to sparkle and shine!

I’ll be showing you my highlighter stash and linking to the original reviews.

Highlighter Stash - Nyx, Essence and Kani Beauty

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Lavender Steel – I’d recently re-discovered this highlighter in my stash. Because it is so cool toned it is perfect for this time of year! Review is here.

Essence Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in Rose It Up – This is an oldie in my collection. If I don’t start to use it more, I’m going to de-stash it. I used to use it daily but as I added more highlighters to my collection, I kind of forgot about it. Review is here.

Nyx Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – Another forgotten gem in my stash. This is over two years old and will be de-stashed as I don’t like to keep liquid formulations around for a long time. Review is here.

Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter in Rose Quartz – this is the newest highlighter in my collection, it came in my October Petit Vour Box, very icy in tone, perfect for winter! Review is here.

Highlighter Stash - ColourPop, Soap + Glory, Nomad, Maison Jacynthe

ColorPop SuperShock Cheeks in Stole The Show – Another one of my favourite highlighters, so wearable! Review is here.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out Cheek Stick in Ice Shimmer – I won this in a giveaway back in December 2016, this is starting to dry out, so I will de-stash it. Review is here.

Nomad Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun – I never did a full review fo this one, but it is very similar in tone to the Maison Jacynthe one. It is super small, so great for travel! First impressions here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator in Sparkling Sun* – This is one of my favourite highlighters, it can be worn for a subtle glow, or for a full on glow effect. I probably use this one the most! Review is here.

Highlighter Stash - Mica Beauty, ColourPop

Mica Beauty Highlighting Powder in #3 – This one is super golden. I don’t use it often as a highlighter because it is so intense, but I do like to use it as an eye shadow! First impressions is here.

ColourPop SuperShock Cheeks in Butterfly Beach – I can use this one as either a highlighter or as a bronzer depending on how much I use / how much I blend it out. I tend to use this one more in the summer, as I’m super pale in the winter so it takes a lot of blending to make it work for me this time of year. Review is here.

Do you have any of these highlighters? What is your fave highlighter?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR products identified with *.


Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter Review

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

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Today I have a review of the Prismatic Highlighter from Kani Botanicals that came in my October Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

A lightweight, glowy highlighter balm that leaves a natural, radiant glow. Formulated with nourishing ingredients, it creates a subtle, radiant sheen. 

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

The Prismatic Highlighter is available in two shades, Rose Quartz (a cool toned pink) and Moonstone (light gold). I received the shade Rose Quartz.

This highlighter is great if you love more natural looking, glowy highlights. It is not super glittery, and it blends out really well. I’ve been using it a lot as an inner corner highlight, as well as a cheekbone highlight. The swatch below is without any blending:

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, *Butyrosepermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol (non-GMO Vitamin E), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77019), / Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Quartz. | *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for my Petit Vour subscription box.

Best of 2017 – Makeup

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Today I’m sharing my top makeup picks for 2017. These are all new to me products that I’ve tested out during the year, and do not include any old favourites. These products are the most used, and most loved additions to my makeup collection in 2017.

Best of 2017 Makeup

Masion Jacynthe Fluide de Teint / Fluid Foundation (PR Sample) – This is the perfect foundation for this time of year when my skin needs extra moisture as this is a hydrating and dewy finish foundation. I’ve been adding in a little of one of my paler foundations to get a perfect shade match for my winter pale skin. Reviewed here.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation – This is a great all year round foundation as it contains some SPF, and is lightweight, with what I would call a semi-matte finish (not a super flat matte). I have this in two shades (1.2P and 1.1N). I’d like to try the 1.1P next. Lately I’ve been mixing the two together to make the perfect shade for me! Reviewed here and here.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder – I use this powder to set my Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation, to make the finish is little less dewy, and to cut down on shine on my nose for other foundations. Reviewed here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminateur / Illuminator  (PR Sample) – I have this in the shade Sparkling Sun, a pale gold toned highlighter. It is great for adding a subtle glow to the skin. Out of all the highlighters that I own, I seem to use this one the most. Reviewed here.

Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer – This concealer works so well for the under eye area as it hydrates and conceals. Reviewed here.

Best of 2017 Makeup

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Pepper, Rhubarb, and Verbena – I’ve been wearing these lipsticks ALL THE TIME since purchasing my first one in the spring. The best lipstick formula I’ve ever tried. Reviewed here, here and here.

Sothys Paris Velvet Effect Lipstick in Rose le Pic (PR Sample) – This lipstick formula comes close to the perfection of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick. It is a very wearable rose shade that I’ve been wearing a lot. Reviewed here.

Essence Cosmetics The False Lashes Mascara – This is the best non-waterproof mascara I’ve ever tried. My eyes water easily, so most non-waterproof mascaras are a no-go for me. This one has everything I look for in a mascara – deep, dark, ultra black, volumizing, lengthening, AND hold a curl without flaking or running / smearing. I need to pick up a new tube asap! Reviewed here.

What were your most favourite products for 2017?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All PR Samples identified, the rest have been purchased by me. My opinion is my own.

Weekly Recap July 10th to 16th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and wanted to catch up…

Monday, July 10th – Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation Review

Thursday, July 13th – Maison Jacynthe Illuminator and Nail Polish Reviews

I’ll be continuing to post on twice a week, most likely sticking to Monday and Thursday blog posts.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure:  PR samples, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience.

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017 Unbox & First Impressions

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My May Ipsy Glam Bag finally arrived. This month’s bag has a summer theme.

Let’s see what I got this month! (Descriptions in italics taken from the Ipsy website)

Up first is a Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty Care

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017

  • Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one’s special! It’s made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

  • If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bare it all. Think: all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!

I love facial masks, so I was pretty happy to get this one. I have yet to try it out, so a review is still to come. According to the packaging, this product is not tested on animals.

Up next, is a five shade Island Life mini palette from Pacifica.


Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

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Today I’m reviewing the new Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder from Nyx. Here’s what it says on the Nyx website about this highlighting powder:

Light up your features with our new Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. Available in five glowing shades, this silky Powder blends like a dream for a fresh-faced look. Our breathtaking formulas light-catching pearls deliver a luminous finish that looks different from every angle. Brush this illuminating wonder along the highest points of the face – such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.

The five shades are Twilight Tint (white with blue duochrome), Lavender Steel (lavender with pink and lavender duochrome), Crushed Bloom (dusty rose with pink and blue duochrome), Snow Rose (white with pink and lilac duochrome), and Sythetica (pink with gold duochrome).

I decided to pick the shade Lavender Steel. Trying to capture the duochrome flash is really difficult with overcast February light – the photo on the right was taken in my bedroom window (between the glass and my curtains).

This highlighting powder is very soft and fine, you can build up the highlight to go from a subtle glow, to full on disco ball depending on your preference.

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

I really like this highlighter. I’ve been wearing it paired with my Super Shock Cheek blush from ColourPop in the shade Sticky Sweet. I’d like to try Crushed Bloom next.

Have you tried any of the Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders? Did you like them?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Weekly Re-Cap (Jan 9th to 15th, 2017)

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Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog posts in case you missed anything.

Monday, January 9th – Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Farmacy

Wednesday, January 11th – blog post went into outer space and never came back!

Friday, January 13th – Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker and the Glow All Out Highlight & Sculpt Cheek Highlighter 

Friday’s post was a re-write of the missing Wednesday post (Sexy Mother Pucker), combined with my planned Friday post (Glow All Out). Thankfully it didn’t take me very long to re-do.

I’ve been doing the Yoga with Adriene 31 day #yogarevolution, and so far I’ve managed to do yoga every day!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews.


Project Pan 12 – Week 6 Review

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Today I’m reviewing the 6th of 12 products for my Project Pan 12 collab with these lovely fellow bloggers:  Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom, and Stashy from Stash Matters, and Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Basically, the Project Pan 12 goal is to use up (or at least make a good attempt to use up) twelve products over the course of twelve weeks, and to review one of the products each week. After the product review, I’ll give a very short comment on the remaining eleven products just to account for whether or not I’ve been successful in using each of the products.

Onto the review! Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – deluxe sample size

Capture that sexy glow with our lightweight multi-functional illuminator. Use as a foundation base or over cheekbones décolletage or cupids bow for that refreshing luminosity that’ll have everyone talking.

I received this in a recent Ipsy Glam Bag, and really only started using it since starting the Project Pan 12 Collab. My favorite way to use this is to mix it into my foundation to give my skin an extra bit of luminosity. I really like this liquid highlighter. I’d actually like to try the sunbeam one which seems to be more of a silvery pink whereas gleam is more of a rose gold highlighter. I will probably end up buying a full size of either sunbeam or gleam if I manage to finish this sample. You only need the smallest amount for a subtle glow.

Update on the remaining 11 products:

Project Pan 12 Collab

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder – Used daily. Reviewed week 1 (here)

2. Essence Cosmetics Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in 01 Rose it Up – still using daily! Reviewed week 2 (here)

3. Organic Surge Perfecting Facial Polish – finished week 5! Reviewed week 3 (here)

4. Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation in Crazed (0N) – I finshed this week 5, and reviewed week 4 (here).

5. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – used daily, reviewed week 5 (here)

6. Urban Decay Mini Palette in Urban Vices – did not use

7. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mini Palette* – used 1x

8. Ren Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm – did not use

9. Sukin Rosehip Day Cream – used 1x.

10. Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in Cozy Sweater – did not use.

11. Atelier Cologne in Rose Anonyme – used 1x.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators:

Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Disclosure: I purchased all products except for those marked with * (giveaway win).