I have a bunch of products from the Estee Edit line by Estee Lauder and even though this line has been discontinued, I’m still seeing these products online and in some cosmetics stores. I thought I would review this bronzer if you happen to ever stumble upon it.
What you notice first about this bronzer is the gorgeous packaging; mirrored with a sleek subtle design – it definitely looks luxurious. The pan is huge and contains 16 grams of product, which is a generous amount. It had a spot where there was some glitter over-spray but I brushed it off since that has no effect or purpose on the actual bronzer.
There were two shade options and since I have a fair skin tone I went with the 01 Light/Medium shade. The color is not too warm nor cool-toned; it’s a nice neutral to warm shade. This looks incredibly natural and is not too pigmented so you don’t have to worry about putting a lot on at once but it is buildable so you can darken it up a bit. It blends out extremely well and looks seamless on the skin. I really enjoy this formula and the shade is super flattering as well.
The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light/Medium Swatched Once.
If you happen to spot this somewhere for a reasonable price I would highly recommend buying it! Have you tried any of the Estee Edit products? Let me know in the comments section!
Search “The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light Medium” on eBay.
If you are searching for an affordable highlighter that is pigmented, buttery, and is buildable to a blinding highlight then look no further!
I had seen this highlighter pop up a few times while looking at dupes for theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and I was intrigued. I ended up purchasing this and at around $6 CAD I wasn’t going to feel horrible if it ended up not working for me. (Seller link below – free shipping)
The packaging is plastic and does not by any means feel luxurious but it isn’t too bad as it is sturdy, compact and fairly simple. It comes with a nice sized mirror which I appreciate and contains 8.5 grams which is standard for a highlighter.
The formula is really nice; it feels soft but not too soft where you would get tons of kick-back every time you stick your brush in it. It can be blended out to give a nice subtle sheen to the cheeks or you can really build this up to look intense. The formula is forgiving to textured skin and doesn’t exaggerate texture or pores too much. There is no glitter pieces in this – just a nice shimmery glow.
W7 Glowcomotion Shimmer Highlighter Eyeshadow Swatched Once.
After doing more research this is comparable to theBalm Mary-Lou but this is much more of a pale champagne where as Mary-Lou is more golden. I really enjoy this highlighter and would recommend it – be sure to check it out if your in search of an affordable highlight!
Let me know what your current favourite highlighter is down below!
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I’ve been testing out a bunch of different primers lately. Sometimes I find myself using a hydrating primer for the perimeter of my face and then using a pore filling one for my t-zone. I’m starting to enjoy a hydrated/dewy skin finish but since I have crazy oily skin, I need that mattifying/pore minimizing for the t-zone.
This primer caught my eye because I’ve been struggling with somewhat textured skin recently. I get these tiny bumps that come and go. Perhaps I need to exfoliate more often? Anyways – while I sort that out I wanted a primer to smooth out my skin and this one claims to do just that.
It has a unique consistency – it feels like a hydrating gel formula with a touch of silicon but it becomes slightly tacky as you rub it in and will eventually dry down if you wait a few minutes. It makes my skin incredibly smooth and soft; foundation just glides effortlessly on top of this.
In terms of smoothing and pore covering, I’d give it a decent score of 8/out of 10 because it did a good job smoothing but it didn’t technically fill in my pores as well as other pore minimizing primers. It also claims to lengthen the wear time of your foundation and unfortunately, it did nothing in terms of longevity for me. My foundation broke down/separated around my mouth after about 5 hours or so; which is typical for me with regular primers.
If your looking for a smoothing primer, this is great however, this will not help with controlling oil or prolonging makeup – at least this was my experience with it.
Have you tried this primer?
Can be purchased at Sephora.
Would you believe it if I told you that this is the first glitter eyeliner that I have tried? So I don’t have much to compare it to however, this was my experience and thoughts on the W7 glitter liner.
I’m so glad that this has a nice thin, flexible brush. It allows you to place the glitters exactly where you want it to be and not look messy and all over the place. The glitters are mixed in with a gel formula that holds them together and I love that it dries down fairly quickly and stays where it’s put for the entire day; until you are ready to take off your makeup. However, if you do rub on this some glitters will fall off.
W7 Metal Flash Metallic Glitter Eyeliner swatched in the color Glitzy.
The glitter is super fine and reflective – the shade Glitzy is a nice gold that looks slightly silver when the light hits it. There are two other shades and after trying this out I’m definitely going to look into buying them! I love applying this to my inner corners – gives any plain eye look that extra sparkle and lasts really well! Overall, I’m super impressed and would recommend this product.
Have you experimented with glitter liners before?
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It’s still pretty chilly and dry where I live so I thought I would squeeze in one last review that is relevant to winter. I have done a review of the lip balm from the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour line a few posts ago and I have expressed my love for it especially this winter season! So I thought I would follow up with these two – one of which is a hand cream and the other is their original Eight Hour cream.
Starting off with the hand cream, this is a really nice non-greasy formula that sinks into the skin and helps a lot with dryness. However, the smell is super strong and unpleasant and noticeably lingers on until it dries down. I really enjoy the formula and would recommend this but if you are sensitive to strong smells, I would skip this one.
The original Eight Hour cream is meant to be used on dry hands/cuticles, to shape brows, to add shine to the cheeks, used on hair, lips, face, etc. So there are quite a few ways to use this product, I’ve even read how it helps to heal wounds and burns. The first thing I would like to mention is that this isn’t a traditional “cream” formula. It feels more so like an ointment or a very thick gel. The smell is beyond strong and rather medicinal. In saying that, this stuff is amazing at healing the skin and protecting the skin against the harsh winter months. It creates sort of like a “second skin” that sticks to you and helps repair any damage. I really can’t recommend that you use this as a hand cream because it’s too thick/sticky however, if you have a cut, burn, or a rash this stuff is amazing!
What do you think about the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour line?
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As I’m writing this review we are having major snow/freezing rain in Canada! On that note, I thought that a lip oil review would be suitable for today’s post.
I have wanted to try a lip oil for a while now and had my eye on the Clarins’ one and was about to purchase until I stumbled upon this one by Etude House on eBay. The packaging looks almost identical and the name ‘honey’ made me think of a sweet nourishing formula. I decided to give this one a try and at only $10 CAD (Clarins’ lip oil is $25 CAD) I really wasn’t going to lose much if I didn’t enjoy it.
Upon applying the product I noticed the applicator and again, this looks identical to the Clarins’ applicator. It picks up a good amount of product and allows for quick even application. This has a pleasant sweet scent and it feels great on the lips! Not heavy; but a nice light-weight oil that has a gorgeous shine (as oils do!). I have applied this on top of lipstick and lip liner however, that was not a good idea because oil tends to rub off any traces of makeup however the shine is so gorgeous and long wearing while still comfortable that I wanted it to work. Now, I will mostly use this at night or on no makeup days or at least no lipstick days.
All in all, this is a good product and I currently have used most of it up and plan to finish and repurchase for next winter. Item contains 7ml of product and contains expiry date on bottom which I appreciate.
What do you think about lip oils? What is your favourite one?
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Hello! How are you guys?
Unfortunately my week has not been the best – been sick since Wednesday and today I forced myself to get up and start getting back into my routine. So, for today I thought I would review this mascara – this is an old favourite. I first discovered this when I got it in a Gift With Purchase (GWP). From there on I’ve been using this interchangeably with my other mascaras.
This mascara reminds me of the L’Oreal Voluminous Original but a little bit better because the formula does not flake or smudge at all. This mascara stays on really well which I appreciate because there is nothing more annoying then seeing little black flakes under my eyes. This is not the waterproof formula as I tend to stay away from those because I pretty much pull out all my lashes trying to remove it at the end of the day.
The brush is really nice at combing out your lashes and makes it easy for an even application so you don’t end up with a bunch of clumps. It also curls my lashes and holds the curl for an entire work day which makes my lashes look longer however, this doesn’t do much for length – mostly volume.
What is your current favourite mascara?
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