Glow on the go

Enhancing and illuminating my cheeks is my favorite makeup-application step so it’s no surprise that my highlighter collection is constantly growing. I just discovered Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Highlighting Stick and it has become the perfect addition to my makeup bag! I’ve always been constantly on the go; but this year has been a completely different kind of busy with international travels every other month. I’ve gotten packing my to-go makeup bag down to a science. I need items that not only travel well but can also be applied quickly and easily. Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Highlighting Stick is a mistake-proof highlighting stick for adding precise pops of glow anywhere & anytime. In this case, I’m coming to you from the Greek Islands! Folegandros to be exact. When I’m traveling, I don’t even bother with eye-makeup so I have to make extra sure that my complexion products are on point. Luckily for me (and my photos!), Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Highlighting Stick’s super-refined pigments reflect light in such a beautiful way that it leaves a soft focus retouched effect. Perfection!

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Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | Review

Woohoo we’re halfway through the week! Today I’m sharing with you one of my absolute favorite products – woohoo x2! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, I use them in almost every video and I am forever recommending them. They reflect light in the the most subtle, natural looking way and leave a soft-focus finish to the skin – leaving you looking absolutely flawless! A couple years back I purchased the Ambient Lighting Palette and that’s where my love affair began. Hourglass is a bit pricey but not only are they worth the money IMO, these powders are baked so they really last forever! I’ve barely made a dent in my first palette and since then I’ve bought a couple Ambient Lighting Blushes as well as the limited edition Ambient Lighting Edit. Being a true believer in the brand and product I was so excited to receive the new Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders on my doorstep, thank you Hourglass!!!

I’ve been using Incandescent Strobe Light in my latest few videos and now that I’ve properly researched the product a bit I realize I incorrectly described the new powders in a recent video. For some reason I was thinking that these were the same as the OG Ambient Lighting Powders and that “Strobe Lighting Powders” was just a classification of the new four shades.. wrong! They’re a new product all together! The original Ambient Lighting Powder is a finishing powder which is why I apply it at the very end of my face routine to illuminate certain high points of my face.. they create a very beautiful, polished, soft-focus glow; they are not a highlighter. The new Strobe Lighting Powders are somewhere in-between that and a highlighter – they’re designed to sculpt the face with light, creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural-looking highlight which is exactly what I was getting at when I was rambling about these powders on snapchat last week. For those of you that missed my snaps, I was demonstrating how and where I apply my Strobe Lighting powder. I apply it to the apples of my cheeks (not my cheekbones where my highlighter goes) to create a lifted, sculpted appearance as if I got my cheeks done. I’ve been getting so many compliments about my contour lately and I have to say that I haven’t changed my contour technique or routine at all.. I must have unintentionally been strobing! We’ve seen all the viral strobing videos using gobs and gobs of highlighter but I have to say that this is true strobing! I’m not knocking highlighting because I use these and still apply a highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones – I just wanted to distinguish between the two. I think these will be especially great for women that have a bit of imperfection to their skin; shimmers and highlights accentuate these imperfections but with the Strobe Lighting Powder’s concentrated ultra-fine mico-pearl particles will reflect light in a subtle, glow-from-within type of way. No metallic finish.

These four shades are universal for all skintones so there is no wrong selection – it all comes down to personal preference. I’ve been using Incandescent Strobe Light which is a light pinky-beige and I just realized that it was originally in the Ambient Lighting Palette! No wonder I gravitated towards it immediately -_- I need to hide it so I actually experiment with the others. Iridescent Strobe Light is an illuminating pink, Euphoric Strobe Light is a pearlescent beige (neutral), & Brilliant Strobe Light is a light yellow golden shade.

Hourglass also just released the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor, a dual ended sponge that allows you to precisely apply your powders and sculpt the high points of your face. The edges and tip are perfect for the bridge of your nose and cupids bow!

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Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators | Review & Swatches

Hello my loves!!! Sorry for the delay on this post, I know I mentioned on Instagram over the weekend that it would be going up that day. We hosted Friendsgiving on Sunday so that ended up occupying a lot more time than I thought – I actually still have to hand-wash all of my china as soon as I finish this post. *cries*

I’ve been wanting to try out Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey for the longest time but it’s always sold out when I actively look or I forget to check when I’m at the store. I finally scooped it up as well as the other illuminator shade, Ballerina. While I absolutely love both, I have to say that Gilded Honey is the bees knees – no pun intended! I don’t own it so I can’t give a definite comparison but it reminds me so much of MAC Whisper of Gilt with it’s super smooth and metallic finish. I’m obsessed! Finger swatches definitely appear more metallic than with a brush but it is so buildable! It really wears like MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish (again, like Whisper of Gilt!). I love to mix golden and pink highlights so I picked up Ballerina as well, still a near opaque metallic swatch like Gilded Honey but not as bold! I like to wear Gilded Honey along my cheekbones with Ballerina on top just at the very peaks and then also my cupids bow & down the bridge of my nose.

I would jump on them online while they’re still in stock as it wasn’t the easiest to get my hands on Gilded Honey! I had to buy one online and one in store. As of the time I’m posing this.. they are both at Ulta.com!

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