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      Review: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

      I remember encountering these for the first time at a Sephora in Singapore mid last year and getting a mini heart attack from excitement when I swatched them for the first time. Eyeshadow sticks really appealed to me because I’m a jetsetter and am always on the go, so I really like eyeshadows that don’t require much brush work and are creamy, pigmented and long-lasting.

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows

      So I purchased four shades, they were:

      • 03 Fuller Fudge (bronze chocolate brown with gold sheen)
      • 06 Mighty Moss (frosted moss green)
      • 07 Pink & Plenty (pink with golden sheen)
      • 09 Lavish Lilac (medium lilac with metallic sheen)
      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

      To sum it up: Out of the four I purchased, my favorite has to be the Mighty Moss, and my least would definitely be the Pink & Plenty. There are so many better eyeshadow sticks like Fuller Fudge out there in the market, and Lavish Lilac, although it swatches beautifully, translates a bit too ashy and grey on to my warm/neutral skin tone.
      Read on to see the products in more detail! 🙂

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows

      And the swatches…

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

      Individual Reviews

      03 Fuller Fudge

      This chocolate brown shade transfers quite smoothly on to the lids and is quite opaque at first swipe on the lids, so I was impressed. It did tug on my lids a bit but I didn’t mind. I liked using it on its own by applying it along the lash line and then using my ring finger to blend it outwards toward the crease, creating a subtle smokey look. But I also liked topping it off with a variety of bronze/brown powder eyeshadows, and it lasted throughout the day pretty well. It did crease a bit without eye primer, but its vibrance and longevity is definitely improved with the use of an eye primer (I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion).

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches fuller fudge
      I used this shade on top of a primer a couple of times when I was travelling through Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and I must say, its longevity pretty impressive as a base color. I forgot which powder eyeshadow I used on top of it to set it, but I remember it being quite vibrant throughout the whole day, fading only after the 8-hour mark, which is pretty impressive considering the crippling hot climate in the Middle East! (Should be noted that I don’t have oily lids, so I’m not quite sure how this would last on oily lids!)
      However, I just haven’t been reaching out for it too much for the past year, and I think it’s because there are so many other eyeshadow sticks/creams in this shade out there, and with much better quality. A current favorite of mine is the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze and its close second, the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon, which isn’t a dupe because it’s much more pearlescent and shimmery, but it does have a brown base color and it lasts so much longer even without primer, which makes it a better option for when I’m travelling.
      I think it’s just that I have a preference towards eyeshadow stick shades that have much more dimension. Fuller Fudge seems to be rather flat compared to other brown eyeshadow sticks/creams out there and while it’s great when mixed with other eyeshadow products, I really prefer using one product that makes it seem like I have a number of eyeshaow shades on my lids.
      For a list of dupes for this shade, check out this list from Temptalia

      06 Mighty Moss

      As I mentioned earlier, this is my favorite out of all the shades I purchased (although I think 12 Massive Midnight would be my favorite – if only they had it in stock!).

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches mighty moss

      When I was travelling in the Middle East, this was definitely the shade that I used the most. First, it is just flattering against my skin tone. Secondly, when paired with a dark brown powder eyeshadow in the outer corners, it creates the most beautiful sculpted green-eyeshadow look. The “green” isn’t that bright either, so it’s not intimidating.
      It applies smoothly and does not tug on the skin too much, although it’s not superbly opaque. I definitely had to swipe a few times to get the right opacity.
      Longevity is remarkable. Again, as tested in the Middle Eastern climate. I even forgot to use primer one time, but this surprisingly did not budge or crease until about the 6th hour mark when its vibrancy started to fade a tad.
      Since I still haven’t been able to find a shade like this that I really gravitate to, this remains a staple in my stash! Definitely my go-to green shadow base when I’m feeling… green?!

      07 Pink & Plenty

      Words cannot describe how much I hate this thing. Yes, hate is a strong word. So, why the hate? It literally gave me a migraine. LOL. No joke.

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches pink & plenty

      So, when I swatched this shade on top of my hand at Sephora, I did have to layer it up a bit to get the color to show up, but I didn’t mind because the gold sheen was so pretty amongst the pink pigment, I knew it would add a great dimension to my eyelids.
      However, little did I know, when trying to apply this to the lids (which I did the day after I purchased it) it isn’t that easy. Swipe after swipe, no color showed up on my lids. I pushed the stick against my eyelids even harder, and harder, and harder – and still no color, just bits of gold shimmer here and there, even after warming up the stick on top of my hand. After about 15 swipes I finally managed to get a little bit of color on my lids, but it was so sheer I decided to top it off with a light pink eyeshadow to match it.
      Minutes later I started getting a thumping headache, coming from my eyes. I immediately knew it was because I applied the shadow with too much pressure against my eyeballs!
      Never will I use this again. Terrible. Just. Terrible.

      09 Lavish Lilac

      This is just a “meh” one for me. Didn’t really tickle my fancy. When swatched on my hand, the mildness of the lilac made it very wearable and I really liked purple on my lids so of course I wanted to give this a try. 

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches lavish lilac

      However, after a few uses, I’ve just never really been satisfied. For some reason the tone of the lilac shade translates a bit greyish against my skin tone. I had to play around with various eyeshadow powders to help counteract the greyness in the shade. If you have a cool-toned light skin, this might work really well for you. Unfortunately it just looks way too ashy on neautral/warm skin tones.

      Final Thoughts

      Overall, I really like the shades Fuller Fudge and Mighty MossPink & Plenty is simply rubbish. Lavish Lilac is a beautiful shade, but would only work on cooler skin tones.
      But before I wrap this up I just want to point out a major flaw that I really didn’t like from these sticks: the packaging is terrible. I’m not sure if this only happens to the ones I have, which I purchased in Singapore, but the sticks would somehow detach from its base from time to time, causing it to slide out uncontrollably from the tube when I pop open the lid. See below:

      clinique chubby stick eyeshadows swatches

      This happened merely 2 months after purchase. And it’s not because I’ve been travelling with it because I’ve only travelled with two of the shades, yet all of them have at one point detached from its base.

      So, the product itself is great (except Pink & Plenty) but I’m just not too sure about the packaging.
      Have you ever tried these sticks? Would love to hear what your thoughts are!

      XO

      Skincare

      Haul: Lush

      Lush, oh, Lush! Every trip to Lush is like a trip to bath & body candy land. From the moment I step into the store, that very first sniff, I just have the urge to take every single thing home and experiment with them in my bathtub.

      This trip was actually planned (believe me, most Lush trips are not planned) as I needed to repurchase the Tea Tree Water toner, but what was not planned was all the other goodies that I purchased!

      So, of course I didn’t end up going to Lush just for the toner. I have eyes, and my eyes can see, and the store was filled with colorful funny-shaped things. I have a nose too, and my nose can smell all the wonderful mixture of scents that dance through the air of the store. But all of these items were actually repurchases (things I loved from the past!), except the pink clay thingy majigz.

      Read on to see the goodies I got:

      1. Lush Tea Tree Water Toner Water

      This toner was the main reason I had to go to Lush.

      I ran out of my daily acne-treating toner, the DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex, and wanted something much more affordable, and something that won’t actually sting my skin. I’ve been using the DDF for the past year but ever since I got pregnant my skin somehow stings every time I use the toner, probably because it’s too strong and my skin became so much more sensitive during this pregnancy.

      Then I remembered that I used to use this toner back in my college days when I had a tighter budget hehe. And I remember that it worked tremendously well for my skin, and that I loved how refreshing it feels to spray this on my face every morning before class.

      I’ve been using this for the past few days and am loving it! My acne is at bay, and it’s so gentle that it does not irritate my super sensitive skin. So glad I got this!

      2. Lush Rockstar Soap

      This was actually the first thing I grabbed when I got into the store because this soap bar has been my ultimate favorite since who-knows-when (seriously more than 8 years). I stopped repurchasing it just because it is so darn expensive, but every single time I hit a Lush store, I always end up with another bar of this.
      Lush has a shower gel called Snow Fairy, which they would only release during Christmas, that smells exactly like this, and it has been a routine of mine to buy Snow Fairy every time it’s available. The scent is so dear to my heart, it seriously is my number one favorite scent – I wish they would come out with a perfume or body spray of this scent!
      I will attempt to describe the scent by throwing these words out at y’all:
      • Bubblegum
      • Sweet but not overly sweet that it makes you want to gag
      • Slightly fruity
      • A tinge of vanilla
      • Candy shop!
      I love how softly this bubbles and lathers up, and leaves the skin very smooth after it is rinsed off. The scent also lingers for quite a while after the skin is towel dried.
      If I were to post another “Holy Grail” products post, I would definitely include this. Can’t believe I forgot to last time!

      3. Lush FUN Pink Soap

      This was the only product that was not a repurchase. 
      The first time I saw the display of FUN soaps, I was immediately reminded of my childhood favorite toy, i.e. Play-Doh! I took some time to play around with the mouldable soaps and fell in love with it. I bet kids will love it too!
      The texture is soft like Play-Doh but it crumbles up when you break it. However, if you start moulding it, it is pretty easy to shape and it won’t crumble, especially when it’s wet. 
      I love how multifunctional it is – it works as a soap bar, a bubble bath, a shampoo, a modelling clay, it even washes your clothes.
      The scent slightly reminds me of the Rockstar soap, just slightly. The scent is definitely not as strong as Rockstar. It has a muted sweet vanilla smell.
      If you have kids, or if you’re a kid at heart, definitely check this out at Lush stores!

      4. Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

      I was honestly most excited about this one because I used to love this shower jelly so much years ago. I stopped repurchasing because I simply had too many shower gels in my shower, and I didn’t have space. This time, I purchased it despite the fact that my shower is already overflowing with shower gels because I just love the scent so much, I can’t help myself! Hashtag. Selfcontrolissues.
      Shower jellies are basically soaps in the form of jellies. Like, literally, Jell-O jellies. Globby and wobbly and slippery (and sparkly) jelly.
      You can use this by either scooping out the whole thing and rubbing it on your wet body, to which it will lather up, or you can cut it into smaller pieces. I personally just prefer scooping out the whole thing and using it as a bar soap.
      What I love most about this is definitely the scent – cherries and coconut. Oh. Yeah. I really can’t describe the scent, you have to smell it for yourselves but it is so divine. It’s the right balance between sweet (from the coconut) and fruity (from the cherries). Oh, and it sparkles. But don’t worry you won’t walk out of the shower like a glitterball, it washes off easily. The sparkles are just there to sparkle up your shower experience. Nice bonus.
      Oh and did I mention this bubbles up when lathered on to the skin? It also leaves the skin feeling fresh and smooth. I love, love, LOVE this!

      5. Lush H’suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

      This was an old-time favorite which I’ve completely forgotten about. When I saw this on display, I was taken aback when I realized that this was a holy grail of mine years ago and that I’ve completely forgotten about it, it was probably back in my college days around 5 years ago when I last purchased this!
      I’m glad I saw this because I know my hair needs this right now!
      My hair has thickened a lot ever since I got pregnant, and I ain’t complaining. But it is a bit more difficult to control! I have lots of new baby-hair growing out of my scalp and they’re uncontrollable. My thickened manes have also been tangled up a lot, its texture is somehow a bit harsh (not dry with split ends, but just a bit gritty and not soft and smooth). 
      This treatment is an all-in-one treatment that moisturizes the hair and scalp, softens, gives shine, maintains hair color and is just loaded with vitamins and nutritious goodies for your scalp and hair.
      This has a very strong herbal-tea-like scent, but somehow soothing. I actually enjoy the smell.
      To use this, I simply apply this before getting in the shower, so I apply this on dry hair and cover my head with a shower cap. I let the product sit on my hair and scalp for about 10-15 minutes (sometimes even more), then wash it off in the shower and follow up with shampoo and conditioner as usual.
      I’ve only used this once ever since I got this, and now I remember why I loved it so much.

      6. Lush Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub

      Another repurchase, another old flare.
      I simply got this because I needed a scrub for my darkened underarms.
      Ever since I got pregnant, my underarms have gradually become darker and I’m not sure whether it’s the hormones, or weight gain, or whatever. I just really wanted to address that issue. So I’m glad I spotted this.
      The thing I love about this scrub is that once it is rinsed off it actually leaves a soft, moisturizing feel on the skin. Not oily or greasy in any way, but it just feels like the skin is being moisturized after being scrubbed off.
      Oh, and the scent? Divine.

      7. Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

      I totally forgot to include this in the photo because it was already in the shower!
      This one isn’t a repurchase but I’ve actually tried this in store a couple of times before but just never really got around to buying it. Never really felt like I needed it.
      However, ever since my stretch marks have begun to worsen, I really felt the need to slather on so much more product on them. I just hate seeing those stretch marks, they scare the daylight out of me!
      So when I saw this on display I just HAD TO.
      This actually eliminates the need to moisturize after showering because this sort of leaves a thin film on the skin after it is rinsed off, but it’s not uncomfortable at all. It actually feels like you have a body lotion on!

      What are YOUR favorite Lush products? 🙂 XO

      Makeup

      Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set in 310 Shock Wave

      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave

      Was so excited when I saw this at Priceline the other day, I immediately had to get one for myself!

      It’s basically a gel polish that does not require light, and it can also be removed with a normal nail polish remover. LOVE!
      And of course I had to get the pink one. By now I’ve lost count on how many pink polishes I have. I seriously can’t help it!

      Read on to see my first impression (and update) on the product.

      In the following image, I’ve only applied two thin coats on my fingernails, except my thumbnail – I’ve actually done four coats and one thick layer of top coat on my thumbnail so you can see the difference.
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      The polish itself does apply a bit streaky if used lightly. It’s better to apply one coat in one thick glob to avoid getting the streaks.
      Oh, and I love the brush applicator! It has a slight oval shape to it so it follows the shape of fingernails, which makes it so much easier to apply.
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      With four light coats, or two thick coats, of the pink polish and one coat of the top coat – my nails look so opaque and shiny! I love the glossy finish.
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set 310 Shock Wave
      Here’s the final look, up close.
      Will update you on how long they last in a few days!
      XO

      Final Verdict

      Update: 18 August 2014


      It’s been exactly two weeks since I first applied this, and here’s a picture of my nails:
      Can you believe those were the only chipping/signs of wear I had?!
      I’m an active person so nail polishes will usually only last about 4-5 days on my nails before they start to show signs of wear. 
      With this one, THAT was how it looked like after two weeks! I’m not sure how much longer it would last if I hadn’t removed it, I’m guessing it would still be able to last another two weeks. No kidding.
      The only reason I decided to remove the polish was because I had to review another nail polish.
      So, all in all, this set is definitely a 5/5 product for me, and I will be purchasing more shades for sure!
      Favorites, Makeup, Skincare

      July 2014 Beauty Favorites

      As we creep towards the end of July, it’s time for me to reflect on what I’ve loved using/wearing the most over the past month! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by, I’m 3 months away from giving birth – I can hardly wait!

      So, this month’s been a lot of fun – probably the best month I’ve had so far this year because I finally got to travel! After months of confinement due to pregnancy, which was literally eating my soul (you jetsetters out there will understand), I finally had an excuse to hop on a plane!

      I spent the first week of July in Sydney for the annual Hillsong conference (which was a blast!), and the second week at Mount Hotham. So some of the things I’ve been loving lately are those that I used while travelling, or new discoveries as I did some shopping with my mom when I got back to Melbourne!

      1. Eve Lom Cleanser

      This is currently my favorite nighttime cleanser, but because of its steep price I only use it when I’m wearing heavy makeup. On days when I’m not wearing makeup, I would cleanse using my morning cleanser (La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet with a Clarisonic if I’m washing my face in the shower, or Fresh Soy Face Cleanser if I’m washing my face in the bathroom sink).
      eve lom cleansing balm
      Eve Lom Cleanser
      I’ve only ever tried a handful of cleansing balms before, namely the Clinique Take The Day Off, The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser and the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel – but for me, none of them have been able to excel in both makeup removal and skin cleansing, they’re only good in one or the other. The Clinique one is a great makeup remover, but I still need to use a proper night cleanser afterwards. The Organic Pharmacy and SK-II are great cleansers, but doesn’t remove eye makeup as well as the Eve Lom.
      This Eve Lom cleanser is insanely good IMO because it:
      1. Removes and dissolves makeup, including the most stubborn mascara residue on the roots of the lashes
      2. Cleanses and nourishes the skin (does not leave skin feeling tight and dry afterwards)
      3. Exfoliates the skin (balm contains soft, little exfoliating granules)
      4. Hydrates the skin, and preps it well for skin care regimen 
      I love that this cleanser eliminates the need for double cleansing at night! So this is perfect for me as I’m super lazy when it comes to skincare these days.

      eve lom cleansing balm
      Eve Lom Cleanser

      Will do an in-depth review really soon, and plan to purchase the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm once I run out so I can do a comparison!

      Eve Lom Muslin Cloth

      I’d also like to acknowledge the muslin cloth for being so remarkable – it is unlike any other muslin cloths I’ve had.

      First, makeup is easily washed away from the cloth, compared to my Organic Pharmacy muslin cloth. Took forever for me to get rid of eyeliner and mascara stains from my Organic Pharmacy muslin cloth, but with the Eve Lom one, I just simply have to run it under hot/warm water, wash it for a bit, and everything’s gone! I don’t even need to use soap or detergent!


      Secondly, it exfoliates the skin really well without being too abrasive or harsh. It’s actually really, really soft. Major love!

      2. By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream

      I am constantly on the hunt for a great moisturizer, and am glad I finally found this cream!
      By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream
      By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream

      This is my current go-to nighttime moisturizer (night cream). The cold and dry weather is taking a toll on my skin, especially my chin area (where all of my breakouts are) which is super dehydrated and dry because of my acne treatment. I started using Cetaphil in late April/early May but the finish is somehow rather oily and greasy – it somehow doesn’t get absorbed into the skin and sort of just sits there on top of the skin.

      I started using this mid-June and haven’t stopped since! It’s the only moisturizer that’s been working well for me – it normalizes and hydrates my chin area really well but doesn’t over-hydrate the other areas of my face.

      It also doesn’t clog pores, I’ve never broken out from this product and I’ve been using this nightly for the past month and a half. My skin is very sensitive to products that clog pores – if a product is pore-clogging, next morning I will end up with clogged pores around the nose, and after a day or two, will break out around chin and cheeks. Didn’t happen with this one!

      The thick texture reminds me of Creme de La Mer, except this smells like a field of roses. Ooh la la! However, it doesn’t feel thick upon application because the cream has to be warmed up between fingers first to melt the product, similar to Creme de La Mer, and it has a very smooth finish – absorbs quickly, no greasiness or tackiness, but skin feels nourished and hydrated.

      By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream moisturizer

      By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream moisturizer
      By Terry Creme de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream

      I’m currently about halfway way through the whole pot (I’ve actually started using this in April, but stopped for a while when I had an allergic reaction to a medication and my skin got irritated – I had to use Cetaphil for a while) because I sometimes use this in the morning only in my chin area. As much as I love this, it hurts me that I don’t think I would repurchase this any time soon since it’s so expensive! I actually didn’t purchase this myself, I received this from a swap.
      By the time I finish this product it’d probably be Summer here, so I don’t think I would need a moisturizer this thick, will probably repurchase close to Winter. I’m currently eyeing the Murad Essential-C Night Moisture and Origins GinZing for Summertime! 

      3. Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze

      Simple, easy and perfect on-the-go makeup item. 
      Just swipe, blend, and voila!

      Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze
      Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze

      This is perfect for travelling or when you’re in a rush. Just swipe this all over the lids (focusing on lower lash line) and blend upwards and outwards with finger. Makes it seem like a bit more effort was put into my eye makeup, although it was just one swipe of this!
      The product dries out pretty fast, so have to work with it pretty quick. It stays put all day and doesn’t budge or crease even without eyelid primer. However, you may need to prime your lids first if you have oilier lids.
      I featured this in my simple travel makeup bag post. I love pairing this with the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten!

      Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze stila kitten
      Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Amber Haze and Stila Kitten
      I’ve also been liking By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon but it’s too shimmery for everyday use. This one doesn’t have too much shimmer (or glitter) so it’s the perfect neutral, everyday bronze/brown base.

      4. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten

      I raved about this product here! So I’m not going to go into much detail with this one.

      stila kitten
      Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten

      stila kitten
      Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten – Close Up

      I simply love it, and it’s currently a makeup staple!

      5. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 13 Sand Beige

      This is simply the best highlighter I’ve ever encountered thus far. The quality of this product really does justify its price.

      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige

      First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the packaging? Ooh! 

      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige
      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige

      It comes with a beautiful, cream velvet pouch.

      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige
      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige – Velvet Pouch

      Inspired by the way a seashell radiates light, this powder adds a natural luminosity wherever it’s applied. Cle de Peau claims that it uses “innovative light-diffusing technology to define contours and illuminate your complexion“, and it really does live up to its claims. 

      The powder is made up of a prism of warm colors, namely pinks, creams, reddish bronze and taupe. When blended together it creates the most amazing luminosity on the skin.

      I seriously hate (and hate is a strong word) highlighters that appear streaky, chalky and too apparent! So I really appreciate the quality of this powder for being so finely milled that even the “glitters” are not too apparent when they melt onto the skin.

      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige
      Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige

      I usually apply this on the tops of my cheekbones before blush, and on the bridge of my nose and my chin. My flat and dull-looking face immediately looks so much more radiant and awake.

      The best thing is, it never looks streaky and it won’t look like I’ve applied a highlighter in purpose. With some highlighters, you can definitely see where the line between the skin and the line where the highlighter starts is drawn. However, this highlighter is able to blend seamlessly with the skin, it’s very subtle and people won’t notice you have a conventional “cheek highlighter” on your skin, it radiates a lit-from-within glow. Unlike most highlighters, this does not sit on the skin and slip around, spreading glitter all over the face, throughout the day. This nicely melts into the skin, thus creating the dubbed “lit-from-within” luminescent glow.
      It comes in four shades, and mine is in the shade 13 Sand Beige and it is the warmest out of four shades.

      Runner-ups are for my favorite, most natural looking highlighters are Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight and Soap & Glory Glow All Out!

      6. NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

      I no longer bring a powder foundation in my makeup bag, this is the only powder I bring wherever I travel. I also don’t bring huge powder brushes anymore, a slim Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush is all I bring to apply this product only on areas I’ve used concealer on. So I basically use this powder to set my all my concealing and it makes it stay put all day, and smooths out the tackiness/greasiness of the concealer or foundation.
      On minimal-makeup days I just use Cle de Peau concealer on areas that need to be concealed and this setting powder.

      NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

      NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

      The finishing feel on the skin is very akin to Make Up For Ever HD Powder and Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator, but this one has tiny micro shimmers in it to help luminize the skin, which makes it amazing for the undereye area. I really like those ones too, but prefer this one because it’s pressed, and the packaging is very slim and travel friendly. It comes with a pouch and a slim puff.
      So sleek and beautiful!

      Hope you all had a fun July! Can’t believe we’re halfway through 2014! XO 🙂