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Dior’s Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer ($42.00) is my all-time favorite highlighter. It is such a phenomenally flattering combination of soft gold shimmer with bronze undertones. I think this product works well on all skin tones, but it will flatter warmer skin tones moreso than cool ones–like, let’s say instead of being a full 10/10, cool tones might find it just 8 or 9/10!
What makes this highlighter so great is the formula of the Skin Shimmer. It is a finely milled pressed powder that creates a natural, glowy sheen that’s never over the top. I’m medium-toned with warm under tones, and I find it gives me mostly shimmer, perhaps a slight bit of golden color on the cheeks. It definitely does not bronze me or darken my complexion, so for those with lighter skin tones, this is not a product to fear!
I think it must be clear this product is fully endorsed and recommended by me, considering I repurchased it. My first one broke into pieces while traveling to Hawaii this past summer, and while I smushed it all and pressed it with alcohol… it’s just not the same when it’s all mixed together (because there was just no way to separate the broken mess into definable colors like it comes!). I was just waiting for Sephora’s big sale so I could break down and get it. And now I can say… all is well again!
(I really need to get my hands on the Rose Skin Shimmer, though!)
Clinique’s Blackberry Bloom collection for the holidays has a few stunning products definitely worth a trip over to your local Clinique counter! Particularly lovely is the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Blackberry Bloom ($29.50) (pictured above), which is a pleasant shade of muted raspberry-mauve. It’s not too warm or cool, making it ideal for all skin tones. It has low level pearl in it; no over the top shimmer, more like a sophisticated sheen. Black Coffee ($14.00) is a rich shade of warm brown with golden flecks in it. I think it would be perfect way to add definition to the crease paired with a nude shade all over the lid. All of the shadows had great texture and consistency; they were smooth, pigmented, and blended easily.
Along with these holiday products, Clinique has come out with Party Red, featuring shades of red and coordinating products for those bold red lips. Both the Butter Shine Lipstick in Parisian Red ($14.00) and Long Last Lipstick in Party Red ($14.00) are excellent choices for your perfect holiday pout. Parisian Red seemed more like a truer red than Party Red, which is just a little subdued and has more of a frost finish to it. If I had to pick one, Parisian Red is the one I’d lust over!
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OOKISA is a new hair care brand out there, and you may have seen some ads for their products, but the reviews are in short supply. I tried this at least two months ago, but I wanted to hold off on making a review until was actually available to purchase. What good is a product recommendation if you can’t buy it?! I was only able to get my hands on itsy-bitsy samples (enough for about three uses, which is about a week’s worth), but I was sooo in love with the results!
I washed with their Fortifying Shampoo ($27.95), then followed up with their Replenishing Conditioner ($29.95). Both products are sulfate-free, which is always a nice thing, but the scent is lovely. (I wish I could tell you more about the scent, but my memory fails me other than remembering it was pleasing.) See, the reason why I really loved this set of products was it actually allowed me to wash less often. Usually, I wash my hair every other day (day one, wash; day two, none; day three wash, etc.). By the end of day two, my roots are oily enough to be noticed. I found this product extended the life of my wash to day three (pretty much unheard of in my routine!). This alone made me go, “SCORE!”
I’d actually purchase a set right now, but I can’t seem to put more than one item into my cart at a time on their website, and the last thing I’m going to do is pay twice for shipping. Hopefully this is just a glitch on my end! At least you can get some samples off the site, though, for those interested in a little trial!
Eyes: UDPP, Milani Runway Eyes palette (Backstage Basics), Mac Silver Dusk pigment, Red Cherry lashes #46, L’Oreal Line Intensifique Liquid Liner
Face: Revlon Custom Creations (Deep), Mac Select Cover-up (NC45), Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Dark), HIP Blushing Crème in Tickled, Floral Affair Blush (Peachy Keen)
Lips: HIP Gloss (Precious), VS Sweet Talk (Peach)
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LUSH Rub Rub Rub & Yummy Yummy Yummy ($8.95 to $23.95) are two shower gels that recently came out. Rub Rub Rub’s scent can be compared to Lush’s Sakura bath bomb (which is a fresh, spring-blossom-day kind of scent). RRR is not just a shower gel, but more of shower gel meets shower scrub. It’s not a full-on shower scrub (it’s just not gritty enough), but the sea salt in it helps make this gel give you softer, smoother skin. I actually like that it’s got the lather of a shower gel, but some of the grit of a scrub, because I can still use my bath poof to lather up and get some extra exfoliation in.
Yummy Yummy Yummy is comprised mostly of strawberries, honey, and almond oil. I definitely can sense the strawberries in the product, but I wasn’t as impressed with the actual product. It is runnier than Lush’s other shower gels (and I’ve tried several!), and it doesn’t lather up as nicely as their other ones, either. I have seen some murmurings about the product separating, but I’ve had mine for over a month with no separation whatsoever. So as a shower gel, you’re better off with one like Flying Fox, but I found a better use for it–my hair. If you want a touch of strawberry smoothie scent in your hair, just shampoo your hair a little with this instead!