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Julep Insta Filter Powder review

Makeup Reviews, Reviews


This powder launched in the same collection as the Cushion Complexion (review here) and the illuminating and mattifying primers way back in May/June. This was actually the first thing I received from the collection, and at first I was a little wary of it. I’ve seen many pictures of white setting powders and flash photography together (hint: it doesn’t go well).

I finally got around to testing as I went into summer and less willing to do a full face of makeup. Plus, my only other powder was loose and as I’ve learned before, traveling with loose powders is messy and a general bad idea.

So I brought this powder and the matching Julep foundation all throughout Italy, New York, and all the other places I visited this summer. I’ve been using it so much that I’ve got a pretty big dip in the pan now!

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Winky Lux whipped cream primer review

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So I tend to keep an eye out for gimmicky products. I mean, what do I want more: a product that looks cool or a product that works? Sometimes both, but I’m mostly looking for things that do their job.

That’s why I was incredibly skeptical of this product. I’d checked it out on the website before I received it as PR and was really surprised that so many people liked this product. After I got it, it took me forever to test it out because primer isn’t something I wear when I’m trying to get my makeup done quick and I was testing out two other primers at the time.

Here’s the thing about Winky Lux: they boast that their prices are affordable, when in reality they’re sort of a middle ground between brands like Colourpop and brands like Too Faced. The prices are actually quite similar to brands like Covergirl or L’oreal- brands that were once cheap but are now drastically raising their prices.  At $19, it was the cheapest in my collection featuring the Hourglass mineral veil primer ($19/3 oz or $54/1.01oz), the Julep illuminating and mattifying primers ($28/1 oz), and my all time favorite BECCA first light priming filter ($38/30ml).

However, $19 still isn’t exactly cheap, so how does this stack up?

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Test drive: Glossier priming moisturizer

Reviews, Test Drive


So a few weeks ago, I tested out the priming moisturizer by Glossier because I received a sample of it with my most recent glossier post.

However, as I sat down to write this post, I realized I didn’t have my camera with me that had all of my photos on it for this post.

Nice job me.

Luckily I had written down some notes about what I thought, so I was still able to write the review, but this post is a few weeks later than I expected. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on yet another product from this super hyped brand!

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Test drive: Sephora birthday gift

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Welcome to Test Drive, where I’ll be reviewing free samples, gift with purchases, or other forms of smaller makeup products. First up is this birthday gift available for Beauty Insiders, VIB’s, and VIB Rouges at Sephora. There are three available gifts, but I picked the makeup option from Tarte cosmetics.

First, I’m sorry to say that this is the only makeup option and it’s clearly directed at people with fair skin. It’s a light blush and a light liquid lipstick that clearly won’t work for anyone darker than a light-medium skin tone. I hope Sephora realizes this and makes two offering for makeup or a more adjustable option like a red lipstick and deeper blush that can be more universal.

I love Tarte and they’re one of my favorite brands, so I was excited when I saw this. Let’s take a look!

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Gone swatching: Burberry fresh glow highlight

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While I was in Milan, I did some swatching at a Burberry store. One of the things I decided to check out was the Burberry fresh glow highlight- a powder version of their popular fresh glow primer.

Like all Burberry products, the packaging was stunning, but I was curious. Does the product inside match the hefty price tag?

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Smashbox Color Corrector review

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I bought this about nine months ago, when I got my Beautyblender (review here) and the Smashbox Contour Sticks (review soon).  I’d seen some review of this somewhere (probably on allure which was my only beauty intake at the time) which was positive, so I saw it in store and decided to get it in the shade get less red (green).

At the time I…

A) didn’t have a lot of spots to cover

B) was using a more high coverage foundation than I use now

C) loved it.

All three of those things have changed.

I now use the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation (shade 1 Fair), have more red spots on my face to cover, and strongly dislike this color corrector.

It’s not as bad as the Essence one (swatch and short review here) but I think it’s unusable for other reasons.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick review

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Ever since I heard about Bite Beauty, I knew I really wanted to try one of their lipsticks. However I was tentative of buying yet another nude lipstick or another light pink. I wanted something different.

I didn’t want something as much of a statement as kale or as bold as kimchi. I wanted (as Bite Beauty put it) and edgy neutral.

The Edgy Neutrals line is a collection of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks featuring eight “nude” shades ranging from Honeycomb (a beige nude) to Molasses (a rich toffee). This line was clearly designed with a range of skin tones in mind, so if you’re someone who struggles to find a nude lipstick that works for you skin tone, then I would suggest trying out a shade from this line.

I picked out Cava, which is a wearable lilac named for the Spanish sparkling wine.

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Day 2: Milan

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Ciao from the heart of fashion, Milan!

I spend the day shopping, swatching-

-not that kind of swatch (though my brother did get a watch there), and eating great food.

I started out clothes shopping, then I had lunch with my family and the Martini Bar (highly recommend).

I went to the Burberry store and swatches some of their lipsticks (expect some mini review soon!) and tried on many pairs of outrageously high heels (sprained ankle? what? no).

I ate at Nobu for dinner, and am now going to bed and attempting to over come the jet lag.

Ciao bella!