SS19 Makeup: Stick Highlighters

Highlighters in sticks is nothing new, and a lot of brands have those but I have noticed that it is a micro trend for Spring.  And it is a great format, quite frankly, and I can totally see why more brands are bringing one out!

Easy to use on the go, beautiful creamy texture, instant pick-me-up, glow giver. What is not to love?

custom backdrops

Chanel (NordstormSaks, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges and  Harrods.) have two shades as a part of their Spring collection Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick  in Transparent and Sculpting.

Clarins ( Selfridges,HarrodsEscentual.com,  Nordstorm,  Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman) have probably the coolest option, as you get a highlighter and a

Favourite Makeup Products of 2018

As promised, here is a feature about my favourite makeup  of 2018. It was supposed to be makeup and beauty but I am already almost on 1200 words so had to divide the feature into 2 parts. I’ve chosen the products that I love and used the most hence some of them may look a bit grubby but it does show that they are true favourites.

And by the way, you can also check out my favourite products of 2017,  2016 and 2015

Base

Rouge Bunny Rouge SERENE LIGHT Skin Perfector  (here). This is a slightly tinted primer which leaves your skin glowing and luminous. For my very dry skin it is perfect. It is a primer so barely gives any coverage but is great for adding radiance and creating that “healthy” polished look. I have used it on my wedding day, and used it up completely. Absolutely incredible! Gets big thumbs up from me.

 Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid SPF15 ( £34 from Harrods and from Nordstrom).

The “foundation” I loved the most this year. A very light and moisturising one, feels light on the skin, and gives a light (to medium) coverage. According to Chanel, it contains  a hyaluronic acid derivative and  a complex of cotton flower and white rose plant cells.  It has a relatively strong scent but I personally like it. Another thing I love about it is a chic and minimalistic tube. And SPF 15, of course.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Lift In a Tube. Dual Ended  Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer and  Brightener (in Light). I am not sure if the name of this product could be even longer. (From Selfridges and Sephora)

Long time readers will know how  I like only very light textures under my eyes hence I am such a fan of Touche Eclat (I’ve used many many tubes) and this Rouge Bunny Rouge gem. The same goes with this product, I did not use the concealer side at all. However, the Illuminator is incredible, I have almost used it up. It does not enhance the fine lines,  while reflecting the light which brightens the under eye area. Just don’t expect it to cover the dark circles completely, it is not the task of this product. I wonder if this Illuminator is available individually. It seems like there is one with the same name ( It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Light).

4 theBalm Balm Desert (review).

I feel like the next two products do not need an introduction, as I’ve been  talking about them non stop.  I am determined to use this bronzer/blush until I am completely  done with it. It sculpts and gives colour at the same time.  You get definition and a healthy glow with Balm Desert. I also love the finish, it is not matte but not shimmery.  Everything about it is great, including the cute cardboard packaging.

5 Daniel Sandler Watercolour in Golden Glow (review). 

It’s like a healthy post-holiday glow in a bottle.  A shimmery bronze which

AW18 Highlighters Guide

Who does not want a beautiful and gorgeous highlighter for the holidays season? The next few months will be mental for me in every area of life so I am really looking forward to the holidays, and the glow.

I’ve created a list of some of the highlighters that are on sale now, all of these are limited edition so don’t miss your chance to get them.

The High End Eye Candies

Chanel Le Lion De Chanel Illuminating Powder, $70  from NordstormSaks, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges and  Harrods.

Subtle golden shimmer and  Gabrielle Chanel’s personal emblem – a lion.

Dior Rouge Blush Midnight Wish, £34 from Selfridges

Beautiful glow and lots of little starts embossed.

Givenchy Mystic Glow Powder, $47 from Barneys

Ultra-fine mother-of-pearl with golden nuances.   Can be used both wet and dry. And how cool is that star? I am still a big fan of the Givenchy highlighter I’ve got a few years ago.

YSL FACE HIGHLIGHTER, $42 Barneys, Neiman MarcusBergdorf GoodmanHarrods, Selfridges and Nordstrom.

A cream in stick highlighter with two shades which is easy and quick to use.

Lancome STARLIGHT SPARKLE LA ROSE A POUDRER, $60 from Macys

It comes in a a 50’s French-inspired Bijou box – traditionally meant to house loose powders. Can be used dry for a subtle highlight, or  damp for

SS18 Foundations: YSL, Marc Jacobs, Dior and NARS

As usual, there are quite a few new foundations out for SS, so let’s take a look at some of them.

The shades shown are: B20 Ivory, Fair R150 – fair w/ pink undertones, Barcelona – Medium 4 – medium with golden peachy undertones and 80 Ebony – very deep with neutral undertone.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Tinted Moisturizer, from Neiman Marcus and  Saks.

This is the base I am personally mostly excited about as I am a huge fan of the Touche Eclat. I am also loving the promo image with Zoe Kravitz, obviously.

“Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Tinted Moisturizer is a skin-loving, all-in-one medium coverage tinted moisturizer with SPF 23 that evens complexion, eliminates dullness and smooths fine lines.  The finest pigments and ingredients that respect and care for the skin. The formula is oil-free, non-comedogenic, talc-free and dermatologist tested.  The coverage is buildable from light to medium”.

DIOR Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation, $52 from Nordstrom

“A 24-hour, ultra-fluid, water-based foundation blends full coverage with a lightweight formula to deliver a natural, matte finish that goes from day to night”.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, $49 from Sephora / £35 Look Fantastic

YSL Dazzling Nights Makeup Collection for Christmas 2017

Here is a preview of YSL’s Dazzling Nights makeup collection for Christmas 2017. It is actually all about the beautiful engraved packaging, and some of the products are from a permanent collection.

Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks (£28/$37) get a special edition cases. The shades available are: 1 Le Rouge,19 Le Fuchsia, 13 Le Orange,  52 Rouge Rose, 9 Rose Stiletto and 70 Le Nu.  They all have a satin finish.

Two shades of  La Laque Couture (£19.50/$28) nail varnishes  in the classic Christmas hues: 91 Red Lights and