Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blush in Sex on Fire


When I went to LA recently, I was able to go to The Grove to see some lovely Charlotte Tilbury products in person. I went in to ask about the darker version of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow and ended up leaving with two other products. The one I will be reviewing today is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blusher in Sex on Fire. The center of the blush is a  slightly pinky but mostly plummy mauve while the outer ring is a light neutral pink. 

The claims include having Light Flex Technology to give off a luminous glow. There is also supposed to include "finely crushed pearls that smooth and buff the skin for excellent blendability and perfect colour uniformity." The blush retails for $40 and contain 0.28 ounces. 

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Empties, Repurchases, and Upgrades #1


Considering my spending habits, I'm surprised I finished anything besides mascara! I actually did have 2 tubes of mascara, but I've already mentioned the Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara and the L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof mascara a million times. 

I'm also backtracking to some upgrades of sample products to buying the real deal (or travel size)!


Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch - 
Sample
Repurchase: Maybe
I got this in some Sephora samples bag at least a year ago. I've used it on and off since then not because I don't like it, but because I don't normally wear primers. I loved how this product smoothed out my skin and made it feel, but I was so frugal with it since the full size is $37. It didn't seem to prolong the wear of my foundation (one of the reasons why I don't wear primer) though. I also have a Tarte primer that looks and feels the same as this one, but is slightly thinner. The Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is slightly thick and takes minimally more work to press/smooth into the skin, but I'm in a sleepy rush in the morning and so I would rather just skip this. If I were older and had more fine lines, I would definitely rethink purchasing the full size of this product. 

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Pressed Version - Deluxe Sample
Loose Version - Travel Size
Repurchase: Yes
I got a few of the deluxed size version of the loose powder throughout the years and it took me forever to finish them. Once I did, I knew I had to at least buy the travel size since it would last me a very long time. This powder creates such a smooth and poreless finish on my skin. It helps set and mattify (but not flatten) my face as well. The pressed version surprisingly is still as messy as the loose version because it becomes very powdery after you "break" the top layer. 


Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G40
Repurchase: Yes - but not now
Review: Here
I absolutely loved how I was able to control the coverage I wanted with this product. Unfortunately, it only contains 0.50 fluid ounces for about the price of a 1 fluid once foundation at Sephora. I know you only need a little bit (1-4 drops), but a lot of product gets wasted due to the lip of the container. It also gets stuck on the sides of the bottle and makes it harder to even scoop out. I really want to repurchase this in case I need to boost up the coverage of my foundations, but I can't justify it right now since I just bought 3 more foundations to try out. 

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil
Deluxe Sample
Repurchase: Yes (travel version)
I also got this deluxed sample size through a Sephora order. I wasn't really thinking about it since it seemed like the best value compared to the other $25 gift with purchase codes. I'm glad I took a chance on this! The sample size lasted about 3 months and then I bought the travel size. I actually just transfer some from the bigger bottle into the smaller one just in case I want to through it into my travel makeup bag. I learned from a Fresh SA that I'm supposed to just mix 2-3 drops into my moisturizer about 3-4 times a week, but I use around 4 drops almost every night. Even with my oily skin recently due to the hot weather, it doesn't make me feel oilier. I wake up every morning with beautiful looking skin and I couldn't be happier with this repurchase. 


Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
Repurchase: Yes (#2)
Review: Here
I probably used my original one longer than I should've, but it's a bit hard justifying the $20 at first. Then I realized that at least 7 months had passed and I loved every second of wearing it. I ended up using some Ulta points and got it almost for free! It plumps up my lashes so much and adds a bit of drama without false lashes. I could've gotten more uses out of this, but considering I regularly replace my mascaras around the 3 month mark, I really shouldn't be pushing my sensitive eyes. 

L'oreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Repurchase: Yes (#2)
Review: Here
When I first reviewed this product, I wasn't sure I was going to repurchase it since it only lasts about 3 months for me if I used it almost every day. After trying out Maybelline's version, I had to go back to this one. Maybelline's highlighting concealer felt very dry on my skin and made my undereye area look more dull. Physician's Formula also has a highlighting concealer from their Nude range that I also have. I really like that one as well, but something about this L'oreal version feels and looks better. 

 What products have you repurchased? Which ones did you skip?
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Review & Swatches: Life's Entropy Galaxy Glow Illuminator in Solar Flare


Life's Entropy Galaxy Glow Illuminators are liquid highlighters that illuminate the skin without looking greasy or glittery. Solar Flare is described as a rose gold color and it leans more warm and golden pink on my skin. The full sized product contains 16 grams / .56 ounces for $12 and the plastic packaging includes a pump. Samples of Solar Flare are $1.50 each, but come in a clam shell packaging. 

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Review & Swatches: Make Up For Ever Andreja Pejic Artist Palette (Pearl Beige, Pink Granite, Amber Brown, Celestial Earth)


Make Up For Ever Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You. Andreja Pejić Palette contains four eyeshadows - I526 Pearl Beige, I544 Pink Granite, I662 Amber Brown, and D652 Celestial Earth. This palette was released on July 16th, 2015 but by the time I wrote this review (August 24, 2015), but palette isn't available to purchase on Sephora's website anymore. Since none of these shadows are limited edition, I still wanted to post up this review!

MUFE Artist Shadows contain 0.07 ounces of product and retail for $21 each, but Sephora offers a "buy more save more" type off deal where you can get up to a $20 discount if you buy 3. You can also buy palettes that hold 1-3 shadows as well or you can just place them in magnetic palettes like Z Palettes. 

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Review & Swatches: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #127 / Y335 Dark Sand


Make Up For Ever recently updated their HD Foundation and I was able to get a deluxe sample of it through the Sephora website. That itty bitty bottle to the left is in shade #127 / Y335 and the original bottle I have is also in #127 Dark Sand. Make Up For Ever wanted to update their best selling foundation so that it would look amazing in person as well as in 4k technology. It also has hyaluronic spheres for time-released hydration while appearing invisible and natural looking on the skin. The Ultra Hd Invisible Cover Foundation contains 1.01 ounces of product and retails for $43.

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Review & Swatches: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona


Another day, another foundation review! This time, I'll be reviewing NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona and the color is for those with "medium skin tone with olive undertones". For color reference, I'm around a MAC35 (with more yellow tones), generally all Maybelline Foundations in Natural Beige, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Beige. The claims include giving full, but natural, coverage for 16 hours with just one drop. It contains 1 fluid ounce / 30 milliliters of product and retails for $48.
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