A highlighter is a product that is always in, whether it is summer or winter or any season, a little extra glow always cheers you up. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2018 Collection which has the star product called Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heat Wave is a limited edition highlighter released this summer. As per the official description, ‘This seductive all-over bronzer is endless summer. Smooths on as a soft sheen. Builds to a luminous pearl highlight.’
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heat Wave is a limited edition product and is part of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2018 Collection. The packaging of the Illuminating powder aka the highlighter is very beautiful, rose with pops of aqua. The product has a beautiful embossing and pan design. The highlighter is bright, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Estee Lauder powder gel formulations are one of the best and even this one is amazing. The formula is created using a unique Prisma technology which gives such a gorgeous glow. It is a tri-brid of liquid, powder, and gel. The finish is smooth and beautiful, delivering a soft sheen that illuminates the complexion.
If you are a fan of sparkle and shimmer, (who is not? Especially in the summer) this is a really nice option to try. And as this is a limited edition product, you need to check this out before it gets sold out. I can totally pull it off on the beach days or vacation. The formula on this highlighter is smooth to touch, finely milled, and very pigmented. In my opinion, this highlighter is not for daily use or something you can use every day if you are working in a conservative or office environment. If you’re looking for an everyday glow, this is not for you. Heat Wave has a very high shine frosty finish that’s very noticeable on the skin, so if you love intense highlighters, Heat Wave is just right for you. Some highlighters have a tendency to increase the visibility of pores and texture on the skin, I didn’t notice anything like that on my combination skin. It did not emphasize my problem areas.
For me, this will be a perfect addition to the highlighters when I need that extra oomph or hint of summer glow for a vacation or night out. It is buildable up to a true metallic highlight. For an even more intense glow, I wet my brush with a setting spray before applying the product. I think that Heat Wave would be best suited for most of the skin tones. For very light skin tones, it will be more of a bronzer and for light-medium to dark skin tones, it will be perfect as an illuminator. The staying power is really nice, applies and blends in pretty well. There is a fun amount of sparkle and this can also be used as a top up on the eyeshadow, as a highlighter or just as a fun eyeshadow. The packaging makes it even prettier to take along while traveling.
Guerlain Summer by Terracotta 2018 Collection has some really gorgeous products and all are focussed on that healthy glow and solar radiance. I have loved and collected few products from the past year’s collection which are treasured for their packaging and formula, and of course which I rarely use on special occasions to not ruin the embossing and just keep them as collector items for me. From the Guerlain – Summer by Terracotta 2018 collection, I have two products which I will be going into detail in this post, which are Guerlain Terracotta powder, in a limited edition called Guerlain Terracotta Route des Îles and Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum.
Guerlain Terracotta Route des Îles
Guerlain Terracotta Route des Îles is a Guerlain Terracotta powder in a limited edition called Terracotta Route des Îles. The packaging is luxurious, environmentally sound wooden pack (using wood from PEFC approved sustainably managed forests) contains a wide mirror and a two-tone powder block. There is a combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03, subtly iridescent, which naturally warms all complexions, and the it-color for summer, a slight gold shimmer apricot color, to illuminate the tan. The colors can either be blended together to warm the complexion and enhance the natural radiance of the tan or applied separately to achieve the desired intensity. On the skin, they meld together to form a buildable silky veil, so fine that the result is impeccable and remains so, all day long. The fragrance of the Terracotta powder takes you on a getaway. The ylang-ylang and orange blossom notes create the sensation of a cocoon. They are blended into tonka bean and vanilla notes with sunny facets that embody the essence of Terracotta. A note of white musk adds a velvet touch to this addictive fragrance. The senses are awakened, transported to a faraway land. Often copied but never equaled, the unique secret formula of Terracotta is reinterpreted in soft, vibrant colors. It retains the essential benefits of the legendary Terracotta bronzing powder: a buildable sun-kissed glow thanks to a comfortable and very fine texture for a naturally warmed complexion all day long.
A unique combination of pigments to banish dullness and set the complexion glowing. A formula which does not dry out the skin and offers long-lasting comfort. Mistake-proof application. To give a natural healthy glow look to the entire face, try the Guerlain secret: trace a “3” on the skin. Mix the two shades together in a circular movement and apply the powder to the face: from the forehead to the cheekbones and down to the chin to recreate the natural glow of the first sunbeams. Sweep the apricot shade over the cheekbones for even more freshness.
The formula is very luxurious, soft, buttery, and the perfect shade which is not orangey or too light, the perfect amount of tan to warm up the complexion and give a healthy sun-kissed glow. The formula blends in beautifully into the complexion. The staying power is great as with all the bronzing powders from the house. I am a fan of Guerlain bronzing powders since last decade, even before I started this blog and every new release from the brand makes me more excited. I have used this limited edition bronzer few times and already in love.
The summer has just started and I do use the Terracotta Bronzers all year round. I have repurchased the permanent shade 3 few times and is a regular part of my daily look and as my skin is medium tan, it works as a bronzer for the whole year and also as an all-over powder on the days I have the most tan in summer. The formula never emphasizes my imperfections and does not cause any irritations or breakouts as with all the Guerlain products I have used till now. As this is a limited edition powder, I highly recommend you to check this out before it is sold out.
Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum
Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum – Eau de Toilette captures in a perfume all the freshness and subtlety of its mythical Météorites. Another distinguishing feature of these little-multicolored powder pearls, which reveal the beauty of every woman, is their delicate violet fragrance. Thierry Wasser, Guerlain’s master perfumer, reworked the violet in all its facets: from its green notes to its woody base, and even its powdery accents. The fragrance opens with apple for a fruity, slightly sharp note, while rose and violet fuse in a floral bouquet which is delightfully revealed through sensual white musk.
The fragrance comes in the same round bottle as Terracotta Le Parfum, with the beautiful addition of a silver-colored spray nozzle and a pearly pink cap. The textured paper label reproduces one of the symbols of the Meteorites range: the garland in the powder pearl colors enhanced with hints of silver.
I would say this is the most exciting launch and an answer to all the fans of one of the most famous and loved product – Guerlain Meteorites pearls who have been wishing and wanting a fragrance which smells like the powder. As a part of my regular ritual to touch up my face with the Guerlain Meteorites pearls, the first part has always been to smell it, and now that the fragrance has come in a bottle, I am so excited every time I use it.
The fragrance classification is powdery, fruity, floral, perfect for the spring and summer. Top notes are bergamot, apple note, green notes. Heart notes are rose, violet. Base notes are white musk, woody notes. The fragrance is soft, gentle, pleasant powdery scent of violet. The top notes come are bright in the opening which gives freshness, which transforms and reveals tender violet into creamy-powdery violet which does smells likes the meteorites powder. I do feel it is on the sweeter side, not overly sweet but there is the presence of sweetness. The fragrance is not over-powering and can be used as a daily fragrance and even for work. The longevity is over 8 hours on my skin and the sillage is very close like it is made to enhance your skin as is the Meteorites Powder Pearls. I am really enjoying this scent, it is bright, fresh, pleasant, soft, ethereal and feminine.
Guerlain – Summer by Terracotta 2018 collection and Guerlain Meteorites Le Parfum are available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue. Just to mention again that Guerlain – Summer by Terracotta 2018 collection is limited edition and I highly recommend you to check Guerlain Terracotta Route des Îles which I have been really in love these days.
I will first start with what and why of hydration for any skin type. From skin hydration, your mind may first think of dry skin or skin lacking the hydration causing it to be dull or lifeless. But if you have ever experienced dehydrated skin, with your skin being a combination, normal or oily, you might know there is a big difference. Dehydrated skin is a condition of the skin that might come and go, based on external factors, like your diet, stress, or season but in case of dry skin, it is a skin type and not a skin condition. I believe all the skin types need hydration and it depends on the skin type, what kind and quantity of hydration are best suitable for it to maintain and improve its state and condition. There is an in-depth article explaining the difference between dehydrated and dry skin here if you are interested to read more. I am going to talk about the hydration power duo from Sisley Paris, one is a new launch and other is from existing skincare collection, Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Serum, and Sisley Paris Hydra-Global.
Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Serum – Anti-Aging Hydration Booster
Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Serum – ‘Anti-Aging Hydration Booster is the first fundamental daily step in reinforcing the skin’s power of auto-hydration. To boost the skin’s intensive natural hydration, it acts on the 3 key stages of the water cycle by using the power of key ingredients of natural origins. Meticulously selected by the Sisley laboratories, two new ingredients, Blue Agave Yeast Extract from Mexico and Carob Seed Extract make up the heart of this serum. They target the production of hyaluronic acid (a key molecule in hydration) in order to retrain skin to conserve water. In effect, it naturally rehydrates it from within, re-infusing it with suppleness. The Hydra-Global Serum also promotes water circulation in the epidermis. By supporting the creation of an “airtight barrier,” water loss is minimized and long-lasting retention of water in the skin is better optimized. Re-hydrated from within, the skin looks more beautiful and lastingly hydrated and supple. It’s fresh, delicate and light texture leaves a bare-skin sensation allowing daily skin care to be applied immediately. A veritable sensorial experience.’
Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Serum is a new addition to my skincare routine since last month and I have been really enjoying using the serum. The time I get a pump of this serum on my fingertips, the delicate fragrance, kind of herbal in simple words, a blend of Sage, Lavender, and Marjoram essential oils gives way to a fresh and relaxing experience. One pump is enough for my face and I take another for my neck and decollete. The texture is very smooth, looks like a gel but is refreshingly creamy. It soaks into the skin fairly quickly. I have been using it day and night for five days in a week for almost a month and love the results. My skin is a combination but it does experience dehydration time to time, when I am in a period of stress or due to hormonal reasons or during the season change. It was the perfect time to start texting the serum during this seasonal change and then continuing till now in almost summer. The serum is light-weight and does not leave any residue after application, the fragrance fades away after application. My skin is more supple and feels moisturized. There are no dry areas on my skin, but it all looks more even and plumped I would say. Another word I would like it to describe is my skin looks and feel healthy. At first, I was not feeling easy to start testing it as I am prone to congestion and I am very careful in choosing the products for my skin type, but this one is a winner. I totally agree, it is suitable for all skin types and pertains the amount of hydration that your skin needs, not less and not more than that. I have experienced no breakouts or congestion from this product. My skin looks radiant and evener.
Sisley Paris Hydra-Global
Sisley Paris Hydra-Global – ‘Intense Anti-aging Hydration is an intensive hydrating, anti-aging skincare product designed to provide a comprehensive solution to the phenomenon of skin dehydration. Hydra-Global moisturizer works with the serum to restore the skin’s natural moisture balance and restart hydration functions deep within the epidermis by maintaining a continuous level of hydration. Apply the cream-gel texture morning and night to the face and neck after applying the serum.’
This is a very lightweight cream-gel moisturizer that I use after using my Hydra-Global serum. I do feel the Hydra-Global serum sets a beautiful base to make the skin more acceptable to the added benefits and hydration from this moisturizer. I massage it in circular motions on my skin including the neck and decollete area. It soaks into the skin pretty fast and perfects to seal all the benefits from the Hydra-Global Serum with added benefits of Hydra-Global into the skin. Both the products do work really nicely in harmony giving the optimal amount of hydration that the skin needs and the results are beautiful, radiant, long-lasting hydration making the skin supple and plumped with fewer wrinkles.
The delicate fragrance of the Hydra-Global Collection from the blend of Sage, Lavender, and Marjoram essential oils gives way to a fresh and sleek olfactive signature for this rehydrating duo makes it a relaxing experience to use and apply. Both the products are really worth checking out if you have any type of skin and do feel there is lack of hydration whether it is occasional or regular, there might be early signs of aging, or it may be due to any environmental or hormonal factors like stress, fatigue, wind, pollution which disrupt and weaken skin’s natural hydration mechanisms.. As per my belief, hydration is the key to maintain and improve any kind of skin condition, and when the hydration is provided in the amount that the skin needs, the skin will definitely appreciate it giving you the most beautiful and radiant results.
Dior makeup, under the creative vision of Peter Philips, is always up with the most unique and most fun launches. There are new launches for base makeup and some really fun new tools for eye makeup. They are like a dream come true for a girl, to play with bright and beautiful colors this summer, and fun packaging you will love to show off. Let me come straight to the exciting new launches.
Dior Backstage Pros Airflash & New Backstage Buffing Brush
Dior Backstage Pros Airflash is the first spray foundation (CAD $78) by Dior and is inspired by backstage makeup techniques. It has an ultra-fine mist which gives the perfect air-brushed finish to the complexion. It has light diffusing pigments instantly smooth the skin for a radiant complexion. The ultra-fine and ultra-fluid texture offer buildable and custom coverage, The formula is water-resistant and stays true to color over time. The formula is comfortable to wear and stays on pretty well for over 10 hours.
To use Airflash, shake well for 5 seconds before use. Spray onto the Dior Backstage Pros Buffing Brush. Then apply in small circular motions to the face, gently dabbing onto areas that require more coverage. Spray more onto the brush and apply as needed depending on how much coverage is required. The shade for my medium tan skin tone I am using is 501- Dark beige which I feel is a little dark for me but it going to be good for summer when I am more tan than usual. The formula is amazing, I like how smooth and comfortable it is. The wear time is great, the finish is semi-matte yet radiant, I mean it is not dewy but does gives beautiful radiance, looks very natural air-brushed on the skin. The coverage is medium and easily buildable to full. Another plus point is that it is water resistant, I am definitely going to put this to test on the beach days or poolside gatherings.
Inspired by the backstage makeup techniques, the Dior Backstage Buffing Brush (CAD $60) has reinvented foundation application with fibers of unparalleled density and quality for an even complexion and buildable coverage. A new shape for controlled application and a second-skin makeup result in a single sweep. It needs to be used in circular movements from the center of the face outwards.
Diorshow 2018 – Diorshow On Stage Liner
Diorshow On Stage Liner ( CAD $35) is the first Dior liquid eyeliner with an ultra-flexible felt tip to effortlessly recreate eye looks straight from the runway. Inspired by the Backstage, Diorshow On Stage Liner is the first liner with a hybrid tip that combines the ease of a felt-pen with the suppleness of a brush. Its fine tip allows for freer application, guiding the line to flawlessly recreate Dior runway looks in a single stroke. Diorshow On Stage Liner comes in an ultra-shiny vinyl black and 14 shades of intense, pure, saturated, matte or pearly color. The ultra-pigmented and waterproof formula is available in 3 intense effects – vinyl, matte and satiny – to dress the eyes in spectacular lines for extreme 24-hour* wear.
The felt-tip does help in a precise application and I am impressed with how intense the colors are. The formula dries quickly and there is no smudging during the day. The staying power is good, I had it intact at the end of the day. The colors are really fun and I am looking forward to matching them with my looks and outfits.
Diorshow 2018 – Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara
Since the time I first used the Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara, (CAD $37) I am in love with it. My full review of the mascara is here. Dior has taken it a step further and released the squeezable effect in 4 vibrant, ultra-pigmented shades to create colorful combinations and instant oversize volume. To use the mascara, give the flexible tube two or three squeezes to make the formula ideally fluid and generously load the brush with product. Apply in a zigzag to coat lashes from root to tip and achieve extreme volume instantly. The Diorshow Pump’N’Volume elastomer brush combines a rigid wand ensuring stable and precise application, and flexible spikes that are ever-so-gentle on lashes. The Diorshow Pump’N’Volume ultra-volumizing formula procures a unique, soft sensation thanks to a high concentration of waxes and elastic powders, the source of the seemingly expanded lash volume. The formula remains creamy down to the last drop, and the ultra-volumizing effect maintains its impact. The mascara is available in limited edition of 4 new neon shades: Purple Pump 160, Blue Pump 260, Coral Pump 640 and Pink Pump 840.
The mascara can be used as a single color or multiple colors to create some unique fun looks, like one color on bottom lashes and other on the upper. Or just a hint of pink or blue on the lashes gives a beautiful finish which is sophisticated yet fun. The new vibrant shades are pigmented and do give a beautiful volume along with the color.
Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof
Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof ( CAD $37) is the same formula and effect in the waterproof version of the Diorshow Pump’N’Volume reviewed here. For all loyal wearers of waterproof makeup, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof reconciles extreme volume with no-run wear. As with Diorshow Pump’N’Volume, women observe +100% more volume** on lashes for extreme volume results with spectacular staying power. The Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof elastomer brush combines a rigid wand ensuring stable and precise application, and flexible spikes that are ever-so-gentle on lashes. While the decrease in thickness between classic and waterproof mascara can be disappointing, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof maintains intense volume with a higher dose of wax than classic Dior waterproof mascaras. The mascara is easy to wear and use, stays on well for a whole day, does not smudge.
Diorshow 2018 – Diorshow All-Day Brow Ink
Diorshow All-Day Brow Ink (CAD $34) is the first “tattoo effect” tinted brow ink by Dior for instantly full, lastingly shaped brows. ‘Eyebrows are no longer a detail. Perfectly defined, intense yet natural looking, brows are the indispensable finishing touch to high-impact eye makeup. To combine perfection with a natural, authentic, and long-lasting finish, Dior has invented a tattoo-effect eyebrow ink that dyes the skin beneath the brows.’
The formula is rich in high-intensity pigments that imperceptibly color the skin in a single sweep. The beveled applicator lets you precisely define brows and makes it easy to fill in bare spots. The ink formula is rich in waterproof polymers, ensuring a 36-hour impeccable finish that doesn’t move or fade, yet wipes off easily with makeup remover. It is available in three shades – light, medium, and dark, for every eyebrow color. I have been using it since last few days, the finish is very natural and the applicator is great in just having the amount of product that is not over, I mean just the amount you can either build up or just be satisfied with and not overdone. If you have seen me in my Insta stories where I usually share my work looks during weekdays, you might have noticed I prefer very natural brows and this has been a really nice addition. It does not look I am using anything but my brows are natural, more-defined, and beautiful.
Dior Backstage Pros Airflash, Dior Backstage Buffing Brush, Diorshow On Stage Liner, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara, Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof, and Diorshow All-Day Brow Ink are available from June 2018 at Dior Counters, BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Holt Renfrew, and Nordstrom.
Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection for Summer 2018, Nicolas Degennes took inspiration from Africa’s multicultural richness, its powerful colors and scents and the African positive state of mind. The colors in this collection are celebrating African Earth where natural elements get a special sun-heated tint. From beigy shades to more intense ochre and khaki tones. The products and shades in this African Earth Collection magnify every complexion, in the most authentic way. you will see in the pictures and swatches below, the mix of ethnical patterns and warm colors.
The time I reviewed Givenchy Bouncy Highlighter – African Light Gold, I love how it performs, apart from being a beautiful work of art and design, the formula is so unique and jelly-like. The shimmering glow it provides really accentuates the complexion and looks amazing for outdoors as well as indoors. In Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection, there are two new shades of Rouge Interdit Vinyl and a new shade of Khol Couture waterproof.
Givenchy Les Saison 2018 African Rouge Interdit Vinyl
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl is medium color lipstick formulated with black rose oil for ultimate shine, impactful color, and a plumping effect. The unique formula is infused with black rose oil, a rare and precious active ingredient that delivers extreme moisture and comfort to the lips for hours. It is combined with a silicone resin that forms a shiny, thin, and supple film on the lips’ surface for a second-skin feel. Lips are left with a “vinyl” radiance and a filling effect: lips instantly appear fuller, smoother, and denser. Each high-shine color blurs away all the lips’ tiniest imperfections and reflects the light, and its slick case features a metallic, satin ribbon design that’s inspired by the House’s fashion designs.
I reviewed Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl last year in details here, the formula is one of my favorites. It is very moisturizing, sheer and easily buildable, very comfortable to wear. It does not accentuates lines and never makes my dry lips drier, in fact after the product has worn off, I still feel moisture on the lips. The lipsticks have a beautiful shiny finish. The lipstick can be used as a soft stain or layer it up for more intense effect. The two shades from the collection include No 17 and No 18. No 17 is a golden burgundy shade and will really look great on many skin tones. No 18 is a raspberry red.
Givenchy Les Saison 2018 Khol No 8 African Bronze
Givenchy Khol is one of my favorite eyeliners for its pigment-rich, long-lasting, and smudge-proof formula. The khol is enriched with intense color pigments. Its long-wear formula resists humidity and glides seamlessly onto your lids. Its retractable pencil means the application is precise and fast, and its comfortable and smooth texture allows for all-day wear. The array of colors interplay with the seasons to define eyes year round.
Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner 01 black and 02 chestnut are my daily go-to eyeliners from Givenchy which I reviewed in details here. The texture is smooth and creamy and once it sets, it lasts a really long time. The new African Bronze shade is really wearable. It is a khaki shade with golden pearls, designed to emulate the African earth, vegetation, and sun. I love the family of green for my eyes and this khaki is one of the most beautiful shade I own in green after my khaki eyeliner from Chanel which was also a limited edition, I will update the exact name of it if you need. The golden pearls do not make it even a less intense shade of khaki but give a beautiful finish. It is easily buildable and the formula is great for even sensitive eyes like mine. I have been wearing it non-stop and have already shared my looks on my Instagram stories here. Make sure to follow me if you want to be up-to-date with the new launches and swatches of them on my face.