Review | TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter

13 September 2015

A year ago, the whole highlighting myself was so unnecessary to my make up routine, and even though I already owned a couple of highlighters myself, it was never a thing I would reach for daily. And well, that has totally changed now. After some extensive reading and researching, I learnt how much of a thing it all really is and how it can bring more detail to certain features on the face and how much more dewy it can make your makeup look too. The whole of the internet social media and blogs have been raving about this for ages so I had to give in to see what the hype was all about for myself. This is the first TheBalm product I have purchased and previously, only tried a sample from my Birchbox subscription so I wasn't too familiar with the brand before trying this.

What TheBalm Says:

An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The light-reflecting peachy pink hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features.

The product packaging has a retro look to it, and if I'm going to be 100% honest with you it was pretty off putting at first because it doesn't exactly look like something I would usually pick up (one of the beauties about this product in a way) so I wasn't really expecting much from this. I had come across it on online beauty stores and never thought much of it until Michelle from 'Beauty and the blog' recommended it a couple of months back. The colour of the powder is a golden honey, champagne hued shade and literally picks up a lot of pigmentation even when dabbed.

Dry swatch | Wet swatch
Application and longevity:

Now, if you're looking for a highlighter that will 'POP' then this is it. One swish over my cheek and its was already noticeable. It isn't either shimmery nor glittery, so it's just the right amount of reflection. I did attempt to build up the colour to see how it would look and my cheeks did look like disco balls, so a little definitely goes a long way with this product ladies unless that is the look you're going for. Not only can this be used as a highlighter but also an eyeshadow as it blends very well, however if it isn't blended in properly there is a slight chance you will look patchy. Prior to applying your makeup I would advise a pore minimizing primer as this highlighter everything (literally).

In terms of lasting all day, it ticked all the boxes. I have seen a lot of people complain about the price but how I see it, is you get so much for what you pay and after a whole month of my using it. it looks as if I haven't even touched it once. Compared to some well known high end brands, this one is value for money as you don't really need to retouch and the compact is full to the top.

Overall, Value wise, I think this will last me for ages (if I even do finish it) as the compact is full to the top and you only need to apply a small amount also. I totally understand what the hype over this product was and how for a whole month I had to search high and low to find it (Has now been restocked by many online retailers FYI), and it will most definitely be getting a lot of wear this upcoming autumn/winter especially!

The Mary Lou Manizer highlighter by TheBalm is currently priced at £17.50 and can be purchased from the following website Here (or Here)
What do you think about this highlighter? Have you tried it yet?

Review | Nars Pure Radiant Moisturizer

8 September 2015

As I am still on the search for a new foundation that will satisfy all my beauty needs, I decided to take a break from purchasing anything along that category and focus on the items I do have and maybe see if I would react differently the second time round. Guess what? That was the best decision I had made in a while (in beauty terms). I decided to start using my Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser as it was close to the expiry date and I didn't want it to go to waste without me giving it another try. I fell back in love with this so much I even decided to repurchase it asap before the current one even runs out! Let me tell you more below...

What Nars say about it:

Your skin – almost bare, but better. This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow. Skin is transported

When I first purchased this I decided to do it online and guess my shade. I had never used any Nars foundations and only had tried their bronzers and blushes and lip products. I went for the shade 'Cuba' which is for a mix of yellow and pink undertones (NC44/Cadiz FYI), but even though I had gotten the shade pretty much bang on, the shade closest to my match has a slight orange undertone which at times can be hard for me to work with, so I tend to reach for it mostly during the summer months when I am tanned. A pea sized amount is enough to cover a whole face and once applied gives a natural dewy look that can simply be mattified with some powder without your face feeling heavy.

In terms of texture, it is what you would expect a good moisture to feel like; silky but not runny and with a smooth application. What won me over about this product is that it stays on all day without your face looking cakey even after applying powder. This foundation is meant to be sheer coverage but it actually does the most,  I have used many other tinted and bb cream moisturisers and this one ticks all the boxes for me. Minor marks and imperfections that are visible on my skin didn't show up as much (some at all) and the best thing about it? No break outs!

(L-R)  Swatch and Blend: With flash and no flash

To sum it all up two bottles later, I'm sure thats enough to say that this is the best I have used, especially when it does more than it states. To me, the coverage does justify the price and also you only need a small amount for a full face coverage. This is definitely one of my grail products so expect to see this a lot in upcoming tutorials and posts! The tinted moisturiser comes in 11 shades and can be purchased from retailers such as Selfridges or House of Fraser for £29

Let me know if you have tried this or you are thinking of trying this x

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