NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review and Demo

Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

Review Time!  Finally, I have my review of the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now, really testing it out. So if you wanna know my thoughts on the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, just keep reading below.

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Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit Review

Makeup RevolutionHappy Friday! For today’s post, I wanted to review the Makeup Revolution Retro luxe Matte Lip Kit. I have it for a few months now hanging out in my collection so I figured it was time to share some thoughts on it, cause I have a few.
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“A little bit of retro, a little bit of luxe” Makeup Revolution says. Yeah, retro what? and very very little luxe.  I picked up this lip liner and liquid lipstick kit to try out because I love trying out new and affordable liquid lipsticks, I got the shade Echelon because it looked like a nice browny mauve toned nude. The shade is nice but the nice pretty much ends there. The only redeeming thing about this kit is the lip pencil which is fantastic so essentially I paid $9 for a lip pencil which by the way doesn’t match the liquid lipstick by any means.

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The Breakdown

The packaging looks nice, but it’s plastic and really cheap feeling. I didn’t expect it to be fancy though. Just had hopes for a decent product.
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Like, I said the lip liner included is great. it’s smooth, soft and pigmented. While it doesn’t match the lipstick at all, it’s a nice shade as is.
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Let’s talk about this liquid lipstick. I can honestly say it is one of the worst ones I have ever tried and I have tried quite a few. Makeup Revolution claims it is long wearing and not drying. BS! Within 30 mins it was peeling, crumbling and flaking right off. It dried down yet still felt grossly tacky on the lips, like if you rubbed a glue stick on your lips. So gross. It leaves such an unflattering dry texture on the lips. It basically is everything you DON’T want in a lipstick.
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The Swatches

Oddly enough swatched the liner and lipstick match in the picture below but it’s not the case.
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Now for the liquid lipstick. Look at that texture. It’s so bad. It immediately began flaking away once it dried. BTW excuse my over lining there. LOL. I was playing around. I hate that this product was so bad because I love the color.
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The Verdict

Don’t waste your $9 on this and just get one from Wet N Wild instead for less. This was by far the grossest feeling lipstick.

On a side note. I’m not sure how I even feel about this brand, to begin with. I have an eyeshadow palette from them, the Affirmation palette and a traditional matte lipstick and I enjoy them but I don’t think this brand has an original product. EVERYTHING is a copy of a high-end product, down to layout and packaging. Just seems kind of shitty so I think I am done purchasing from them. Why support a company that can’t make original quality products when there are so many other great brands that do. How are they not being sued left and right anyway?

What do you think of this lip kit? and of Makeup Revolution on a whole? Let me know below.

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e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Full Face Palette Review.

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Good Morning. Today’s blog is a day late because I am a goof and had my days mixed up. Go me.

Anyway, today I have a review of the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette and I have a look at the end I did using this palette. So let’s get started.

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Favorite Highlighters for Pale Skin + Recommendations – High-End Edition

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Hey, Beauties! Today, I want to talk about highlighters. I have been reviewing so many lately it feels like so I wanted to gather up my favorites in my collection, especially the ones I feel like work best for pale skin. I ended up having so many I wanted to talk about I had to divide the post up into editions. In this one, we’ll cover all my high-end favorites plus some I’d recommend that I don’t own currently but have tried, and some I want to try. Also, let me know your favorite highlighter in the comments.
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So let’s get started, shall we?

First, I want to start by saying, there are no rules here with makeup. These are just my ideas on what I think suits my skin tone which is very fair. It doesn’t matter what you skin tone really if you like it, wear it! Most of these can work for any skin tone. I don’t stick exclusively to these shades either. It depends on my makeup, these are the ones I gravitate to most often and would recommend to anyone on the hunt for a good high-end highlight for fair skin.

Not all the products here are strictly highlighters, some are more of illuminating primers, and some are illuminating finishing powders.

Starting with the liquid products.
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I just posted a review of this little guy from Marc Jacobs Beauty called the Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter. This one is kind of unexpected for fair skin I think because it has such a golden undertone but when either mixed into foundation or worn well blended into the skin, it gives the most beautiful warm glow to the skin. This one is incredibly universal and I think could look amazing on every skin tone.

You can see my full review here: Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Review
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This next product is more of an illuminating primer, also with a warmer undertone but to as golden as the Marc Jacobs. The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in the Radiance formula gives a more subtle warmth to the skin and looks great on its own without makeup. I love using this in combination with a pore filling primer on the t-zone under my foundation. You can also mix this one with a foundation to add some glow. The warmth of the Laura Mercier is just right for fair skin tones but like the Marc Jacobs, it will work for most anyone.

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On to the powder products, particularly illuminating powders, meaning they work more as a finishing powder rather than full on highlight. These add a radiant “Lit from within” kind of glow.
 photo 20170505_085259_zpsqz5jnjiu.jpgThe Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are simply stunning, They are subtle but they do something magical for the skin that makes them worth the price tag in my opinion. I haven’t found a powder that replicates their appearance or quality. (there are some very similar products out I will discuss in the next post)

This first shade is called Dim Light, which is a neutral beige. Probably the most universal of the Ambient Lighting Powders. I like to use this one more around my outer part of the face as a finishing powder. It’s a just right shade.
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Next is Diffused Light which is a warm pale yellow shade that can brighten up the skin beautifully while giving a natural radiance to the skin. There is no shimmer to these really, or glitter. They just glow. If a powder was skin like, it’s these. I love using Diffused Light under the eye area to brighten.

 photo 20170505_085334_zpsbqr1baxr.jpgEthereal Light is a cool translucent white. It’s sheer enough that you don’t look like a ghost when you use it, you don’t get that chalky look white powders can give. This will enhance porcelain skin tones and give them a healthy glow like no other product I have found in the US anyway. I have tried a Japanese powder that was very similar but was a bit more matte.
 photo 20170505_085313_zpsjpadqsre.jpgThis shade called Iridescent Light I believe is one of the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders and was launched in the Ambient Lighting Edit Palette before the Stobe Lighting Powders were launched.

Iridescent Light is a pale pink powder with a soft highlight. The Strobe Lighting Powders are very understated. They are a mature and elegant highlight. This shade is stunning on pale skin.  photo 20170505_085326_zpsi32kws0h.jpg

My next favorite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit. To be honest, the other Glow Kits just didn’t appeal to me despite their banging high impact glow, I felt like one out of the four shades would work for me and would just be a waste of money, Then they launched the Moonchild Glow Kit.

 photo 20170505_085546_zpsjju85v8s.jpgThe Moonchild Glow Kit is all cool tones and shimmery duo chromes. It’s insanely pretty and is amazing on deeper skin tones too. I have a full review here: Moon Child Makeup Tutorial Feat. ABH Moon Child Glow Kit + Tarte Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette
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If you saw my review of the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Palette, you know I am in love. You can check that out here: Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette Review

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I use all four highlight shades in the palette but these two are my favorite for pale skin.

Strobe is a pearl highlight, with a slight champagne undertone and gold micro glitters. I mean micro, micro. It’s not super metallic, just a pretty highlight.  photo 20170328_163003_zpsqlyqn4zl.jpg

Stunner is a paler golden/champagne opalescent with a subtle pink shift. It’s that poppin bright metallic shine kind of highlight that is so glam and gorgeous.
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These are products I have swatched and or tried out, just don’t currently own but I know they will work great for fair skin.

First up is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light, which is a subtle lavender pink. It works great for brightening yellow undertones and really can enhance porcelain skin tones like Ethereal, and Diffused Light. Narrowing down to picking one of these would really depend on you undertone as Diffused Light and Mood Light can offer a slight color correction.
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Next up is the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette. I talked myself out of purchasing this one because I have the Moonchild Glow Kit and a couple of the Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders and just don’t need this one. But! It’s a gorgeous palette and great quality. I have played with it a few times. It is so good on all skin tones.
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The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops are simply amazing. They are like liquid metal. I really need to invest in them. I swatch them every time I go into Sephora and fall in love. If you want an insane, glow for the gods highlight, check these out. Celestial and Blossom are my favorites.
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The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pressed Amethyst is unbelievably pretty. The only reason I haven’t purchased it is because I have something almost just like it but I still want this one. It’s unique and just gorgeous.  photo Screenshot_20170504-034205_zpskck8b76e.png

Despite how much I think the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Prismatic Amethyst is, The regular Shimmering Skin Perfectors really don’t do it for me. Not for $38. I know these are a cult favorite, especially Champagne Pop and Moonstone but they just seem generic to me. I have a million shades like them. I will say that if I were to pick one I would go with Pearl or Moonstone. The reason I am including them on my list here is because they are soooo popular. They do offer a nice shade selection.
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The Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter is such a pretty middle of the road glow. It’s not too much, not too little. Thin easy to blend formula. It’s a classic.  The Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter is a really unique product. A matte liquid highlighter. It’s brightening and pretty on the skin. I would recommend these to someone who doesn’t want to fuss much with their makeup.
 photo z_zps36a8kc7o.pngNext is the Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter. I love the texture of these and the iridescent shine. They remind me of Colorpop. I can’t help but lust over these every time I am in Sephora.
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These next few products I want to test out for pale skin. They look gorgeous! I want them!!! Have you tried any of them? Let me know!
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I hope you guys liked this type of post. I am planning a drugstore edition and a post all about blushes and bronzers and a revised contour post for pale skin.

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NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Review


Holo Everybody, it’s me, Christine Anna! Today, I have a quick review of the Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. I meant to get this up yesterday but I went to bed super early and was so sleepy, I couldn’t concentrate to even talk makeup.

I picked these up a couple months ago and hadn’t really had a chance to play with them until recently. I have two shades out of the five shades in the collection. I have Snow Rose and Lavender Steel. photo 06 cookiesonme_zpszzqan3th.png

These powders are great if you are wanting to get in on the duo chrome highlighter trend and what a good affordable option.


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The Breakdown + Swatches

I picked up the two of the lighter shades in the collection that are gorgeous for pale skin. The duo chrome is hard to show in a photo but the reflect on these is awesome. They are smooth, no glitter or metallic shine, just a dimensional glow.  They have a more wet shine rather than metallic. It’s the closest we can get to a holographic highlight. photo 07 cookiesonme_zps5t6mzyrl.png

The powders are silky and soft, the pigmentation is buildable and beautiful. Great quality for the price point.

They are also a versatile product, you can use them to highlight, on the eyes and on the lips to give a cool effect to your lippies. You can wear them subtle or built up for a bold color shifting shine.  photo Mermaid Awkward 89_zps90g9umcw.png

Snow Rose is described as a white base with pink and lilac duo-chromatic pearls. This one is a dupe for Pink Heart from the ABH Moonchild Glow Kit. This shade is very wearable for every day but still maintains that duo-chromatic feel without looking too over the top.

Lavender Steel is a little more outside the box but is still a stunning shade, similar to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst, and Amethyst from the Alchemist Palette.  Nyx describes this shade as a soft lavender with pink and lavender duo-chromatic pearls. photo 20170310_003317_zps9iv1uwfg.jpg

Other shades in the collection include Twilight Tint which is a white base with a blue shift similar to Blue Moon from the ABH Moonchild Glow Kit. Crushed Bloom is a warm dusty rose with a contrasting blue reflect and lastly, is Synthetica which is a very warm pink based powder with a golden shift.

The Demo
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For the look here I used Snow Rose on the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, on the cupids bow and on the eyes to add dimension.

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The Finished Look
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The Verdict

These guys are fab and at $8 each how can you not give these color shifting beauties a try. Release your inner unicorn, mermaid or whatever. I’m enjoying this halo/duo chrome trend because it reminds me of a synthetic cyberpunk kind of thing. I mean if I could look like I have cybernetic skin I am all for it.  photo heartsMermaidhearts 393_zpsissq4hl4.png

*I purchased these with my own money, opinions are my own!

Want more Highlighter Reviews, check out the links below!

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette ReviewAdd heading (5)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit Review, Swatches and Looks. Add heading (1)


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