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Colourpop Where The Light Is – KatleenLights Set

As if I’m not already obsessed enough with Colourpop products, they really know how to keep pulling at my makeup heart strings with each new release.

Along with an amazing new range of highlighters about to launch, Colourpop has just released a new 4-pack of their Super Shock eyeshadows called Where The Light Is. Those of you who are familiar with Youtube beauty personalities, Colourpop has collaborated with a popular Youtuber named Kathleen Lights to design this palette. And if you’re a sucker for warm colors like me, you will LOVE this set!

Check out review/swatches of my other Colourpop shadows HERE and Lip Products HERE 

Colourpop Where The Light Is KathleenLights Set

SHOP Where The Light Is Set HERE

 Featuring 2 matte and 2 shimmer shades, the color palette is perfect for glowing summer looks. The consistency of the formula is the fluffy cream/gel consistency Colourpop have become renowned for and best applied with fingers to begin with and blended out with a fluffy brush.

Colourpop Where The Light Is KathleenLights Set

Glow is a true vanilla shade. I love that it’s matte as I prefer matte shades to highlight the brow bone versus shimmer shades.

Cornelius is a mid tone peach/brown which is perfect for a transition color in the crease.

KathleenLights is a super pigmented bronze with gold undertones. It goes on like butter and distributes crazy amount of color.

Blaze is the second shimmer shade in the kit and it’s a muted khaki with gold undertones. Perfect for a soft smokey eye.

Colourpop Where The Light Is KathleenLights Set

Going by the name of the box set Where The Light Is, I can understand why they selected light matte and softer shimmer colors. That said, I almost wish the darker color Blaze was a little deeper in shade to create more of a contrast and intensity so this set would be perfect for daytime looks as well as night time…but I love Colourpop products too much and I’m happy to compromise and throw in an additional black matte shadow or black liner in there from my own stash ;)

Again, at $5 per shadow pot, this box set is $20. Colourpop delivers within the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Look out for their highlighter range which is due to launch any day now. They’re gorgeous!!

What do you guys think of this set? Have you started your Colourpop collection yet? xx

 

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

Apparently there’s a liquid blush shortage…at least that’s what I found out when I had this bright idea of purchasing a fuss-free liquid formula that I could effortlessly smooth onto my cheeks and be done with it. There are plenty of cream and stick formulas on the market but not so much in the liquid form I was after.

Closest I could get to what I had in mind was YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush and now that I’ve used it for some time, I definitely have a new favorite.

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YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush for Lips & Cheeks

These babies were released last year but it wasn’t until recently that I started looking for a product like this so I never really paid any attention to them before. The genius about this formula is it doubles up as cheek and lip color which is a bonus considering I would have bought it even if it was just blush.

I was after a healthy peachy glow so I went with No:7 Corail Affranchi which is a gorgeous coral shade with peach undertones.

Shop YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush HERE

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush No:7 Corail Affranchi

The formula is quite creamy so it’s still not as “lotion-like” as I was hoping but it’s also not solid like pot/stick formulas. I particularly wanted something light and fluffy in texture so it would smooth onto my skin without interfering with my foundation or whatever base product I had on. I must say this Baby Doll formula did the trick as it blends effortlessly with a light touch.

It has a spongy doe-foot applicator and hugs the lips quite comfortably when used as lipstick. Opacity is sheer at first application but it is buildable. Considering it doubles up as lip/cheek product, I’d rather have the option of building it up than to have to sheer it away.

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YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush No:7 Corail Affranchi

There’s no shimmer or glitter but it does leave a healthy sheen on the skin. It sets within minutes and I haven’t had any issues with it moving around when I use it as a blush. It’s not as long-wearing on the lips as some other liquid lipstick formulas but lasts for 3-4 hours with a built up application.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush comes in so many gorgeous shades. Now that I’ve tried it and quite impressed with the formula and wear of it, I will definitely go back for more colors.

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YSL Baby Doll (0.33fl oz bottle) retails at $40 and well worth the price tag considering a little goes a long way and being a multi-use product ;)

Have any of you tried this product? What are some of your favorite liquid blush formulas? xx

 

Festival Beauty Essentials

Yesterday I did a festival fashion post but of course, fashion and beauty usually go hand in hand. Sweltering heat, exposure to the sun, drinking and partying can all take a toll on our skin and our usual makeup tricks may fail…drastically.

So I put together this Festival Beauty Essentials post so you can breeze through your day/night without worrying about your face. These products are also great when you’re on vacation.

Festival Beauty Essentials

The most important thing when attending long haul festivals/outdoor events is hydration – both for your body and your skin. I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to drink plenty of water but our skin still needs an extra helping hand in terms of moisture and protection.

FOR THE FACE

Although everyone should do what they feel comfortable with, it’s best to keep base makeup to a minimum. SPF protection is very important and a tinted moisturiser with a high grade SPF will not only protect the skin, but it will give just enough coverage to even out skin tone. If you feel you have problem areas such as pigmentation, acne scars or dark circles under the eyes, spot treating these areas with a long wearing concealer will keep your look fuss-free.

Setting sprays come in very handy on occasions like these. Rather than applying and re-applying powder which could end up very cakey and uncomfortable, spray the face with a long wearing setting spray and you won’t have to worry about your makeup moving or wearing off for hours.

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Laura Mercier Oil Free SPF20 Tinted Moisturiser / Tarte Amazonian Clay SPF20 BB Tinted Moisturizer / Urban Decay Naked Skin SPF20 Beauty Balm / NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer / Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

ADD SOME COLOR

Natural looks are easier to manage on outings like these but thanks to the amazing formulas, you can add as much or little color to your look as you wish. You just need to look for the magic words: Long wearing. A simple smudged eyeliner/shadow stick along the top and bottom lash lines, paired with your favorite mascara in a waterproof version will ensure your eyes are on point at all times.

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Nudestix Magnetic Eye Stick / Clinique Chubby Pencil / Urban Decay Triple Threat Pencil Set / Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof

Same thing goes for lips and cheeks. A multi-purpose long wearing stain will add a gorgeous flush of color both to your lips and cheeks. Best thing about these type of products is they’re buildable so you can re-apply to intensify the color for night time or leave it as natural as you wish.

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 Becca Beach Tint / Technicolor Lip&Cheek Tint / Estee Lauder Courreges Lip&Cheek Ball / Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip Cheek Oil

JUST IN CASE

And of course it’s always good to be prepared without having to carry half your makeup kit around with you. A small pack of oil blotting papers, makeup remover Q-tips, a pack of facial wipes and pure water spray will keep you looking fresh no matter how hard you party.

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Sephora VitaminC Blotting Paper / Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes / Sephora Targeted Eye Remover Swabs / Evian Face Mist

 

 What are some of your beauty tips and tricks during festival season? xx