Friday, June 28, 2013

The Nail Collection Subscription Box Review - June 2013

The Nail Collection is one of the latest subscription service boxes. Nail polish subscription boxes always intrigue me because I'm curious as to how a company curates each month with different products and brands. 

The Nail Collection comes with 4 full-size polishes from either OPI, China Glaze, Essie, or Orly. They claim to have the "hottest" colours of the season every month. This means that each polish is from the latest collections of the curated brands. This also implies that a subscriber will never receive the same polish twice. 

Note that you do not get to see what is in your box before it is shipped and The Nail Collection does not cater or customize for any sort of preferences. Though per Ana (the founder), they may add a customization option in the future. The Nail Collection simply provides the latest colours and collections of the season. From what I've been observing on the blogosphere, each subscriber receives the same or with slight variation within the same collections. 

Upon its delivery to my apartment, I saw that the packaging was very minimal - a bubble mailer envelope and everything bundled up in black tissue paper with 4 full-sized polishes each individually wrapped in bubble wrap (which I thoroughly enjoyed popping).

WHAT I GOT: 





OPI Solitaire from the Bond Girl Liquid Sands Collection 2013 - textured white with silver shimmer 

Essie Using My Maiden Name from the Bridal Collection 2013 - periwinkle with fine fuchsia shimmer

Essie Bottle Service from the Neons Collection 2013 - creamy neon pink

 Orly Mermaid Tale from the Flash Glam FX Collection 2013 - dark green glitters with green holo circle glitters in a clear base (I've paired it over Maybelline Tenacious Teal)

Despite not being able to customize and choose what polish preferences I have, I do like each and every polish in the box. I have never previously owned any of these colours. Two solid colours and two "special" texture and glitter polishes are a nice combination of products. I've tried both Essie and OPI (both of which I enjoy) so I knew exactly what to expect in terms of formula, pigmentation, etc. Orly is a brand that is quite foreign to me and I don't even know where to find it in Canada. Both Orly Mermaid Tale and OPI Solitaire are my favourites as they are very unique in comparison to the rest of my collection, but I'll be sure to get use out of the others as well. 

I can't really tell you my customer service experience because I didn't really have one, but you can unsubscribe at the click of a button and Ana, the founder of the Nail Collection was very kind and responded to my questions within 24 hours or less if that tells you anything about it. 

To me, the absolute bottom line is the price. Pricing for Canadians is $30 per month + $14.99 for shipping + additional duties/customs by USPS. Given that this includes 4 polishes x $10 each (retail) is $40, I could probably buy 4 polish colours that I really want without the element of surprise for less than the price of the box. However, it's not always easy to find polishes from new collections which differentiates this box from others. The Nail Collection does ship internationally and if you live in the USA where the box originates you'd likely have lower shipping costs. 


I would recommend this box if: 
  • You want some new additions to your polish stash
  • You are an avid follower of the latest Essie/OPI/China Glaze/Orly collections
  • New collections are not immediately available in your country and you have no patience
  • You like surprises
  • The country you are living in charges ridiculous prices (upwards of $15 per polish) for new collections of China Glaze, Essie, OPI, and Orly (ex. Australia) 
What do you think of the Nail Collection? Would you subscribe? 

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** I received this subscription box for the purpose of doing a review. All opinions are 100% my own. **




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips / Show Off Lip Lacquer in Nova - Swatch + Review


UPDATE: The Rimmel Apocalips are officially available in Canada! They have NOT been renamed to "show-off" lip lacquers. Check out a Canadian drugstore near you! :) 


Being Canadian, I have been lusting over the Rimmel Apocalips since they've come out in the UK. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one through a swap, but sadly the Rimmel Apocalips are  not available in Canada. However, they are available in the USA under a different name, the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers.

I'm not quite sure of the Canadian release date for the Rimmel Apocalips/Show Off Lip Lacquers but I'm sure they'll eventually come out... If you can't wait...A solution? Buy online. I'm sure they must be available somewhere on E-bay. ASOS has them for $8.06 CAD + free shipping, so there's another option. 

 


The Rimmel Apocalips in Nova is a vibrant barbie pink (kind of like Nikki Manaj Barbie Pink) with a satin-to-glossy finish. In person, I'm not that fond of this colour on me. On the lips, Nova is a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. I'd describe it the texture as a lip cream. The doe foot applicator is meant to pick up product with ease, but it lifts too much out of the tube making the product complicated and slightly messy to apply. One of the common complaints I've read about for this product is the scent. It smells of a combination of watermelon candy and plastic which I don't really mind because it isn't totally overwhelming and reminds me of jolly ranchers! 


Overall, I'm unsure if the Rimmel Apocalips/Show Off Lip Lacquers are for me... maybe it's just this particular colour. The formula is fairly lightweight, but it doesn't last any longer than a couple hours and the texture of the product kind of emphasizes dry areas on my lips.  However, the colour selection is bright and fun and the product itself is pigmented. I think this is a "to be continued" type of story... next time I'll go for a darker colour...if and when the Rimmel Apocalips Show Off Lip Lacquers ever get released in Canada of course...

Have you tried the Rimmel Apocalips/Show Off Lip Lacquers? What did you think? 




** I received this product in a swap. All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, June 24, 2013

OOTD #2 - Summer Chic + OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

I certainly don't claim to have any sort of sense of style but I do enjoy dressing up from time to time.  Exactly one week ago, a little meeting at an office in downtown Kitchener before class was the perfect occasion to whip on some heels and a dress.  Excuse my attempt to pose. I'm not quite sure how and I'm still figuring out how to angle my camera to take outfit shots. 


Daisy Dress: TOP SHOP (here) - $58 CAD // Shoes: Nine West (similar) - $30 USD on sale

The monochrome aspect of the dress makes me feel a bit grown up, while the graphic daisy print of the dress keeps it casual. The heels make my nearly 5 foot self feel tall and confident. I can't remember the last time I wore heels...all I know is that despite the height, they're hella uncomfortable. I'd prefer to to wear my Birkenstocks, but they're not exactly office appropriate. (I slipped back into my old reliable Birks when I left). 


And of course...my little pop of colour for the day. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape. I'm not sure why it's a "grape" colour. It seems to me like it's more of a mint. The muted pastel is subtle but cute! 

It's been a very long while since my last Outfit of the Day. Let me know what you think! Outfit posts - yay or nay? 



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Going BOLD with Maybelline via BlushPretty.com


Happy Hump Day everyone! I'd like to direct you to a guest post that I've written on blushpretty.com. It's quick little review of three Maybelline products (a lipstick, eyeliner, and nail polish) to amp up your look for summer. :) Alternatively, if you're lazy I've also posted it below: 


Yes, in the summer, less is typically more. However, an occasion always arises where a little BOLD is necessary. Vivid Lips, Strong Liner, and Show-off Nails? It seems like Maybelline's got you covered with three products and three easy-peasy ways to pack some punch into your summer style. Here are my thoughts on the three:


 Eye Studio-Master Duo 2-in-1 Glossy Liquid Liner in 500 Black Lacquer 
The 2-in-1 aspect of this liner refers to the peculiar little foam knob at the tip of the applicator. One side is meant to create a thick line, but you can turn it on its side to get a thin one. In theory this is great idea, but in practice I felt like the tip made it awkward to apply. Also, this stuff takes forever to dry so I have to patiently keep my eyes closed so that I don't get a black line on the top of my eyelid. On the upside, when I wear other liners in the summer heat, they either flake off (...ick!) or form a lovely racoon-esque ring around my eyes. Even though it's not advertised as waterproof, the intensity of the liner stays strong all day long. 

 

Colour Sensational Vivids Lipstick in 875 Vivid Rose
When they first launched, I remember seeing the Vivids line in stores and telling myself that I'd have to be crazy before I wore anything from the line. Boy, did Maybelline prove me wrong. After wearing this for the first time, I'm glad to say that I'm not crazy, but it was true love at first application. I've been blown away. It’s just…WOW. Wearing Vivid Rose makes me feel confident and a bit daring. It’s bright, fun, and neon with a slight glossy sheen.  The formulation is smooth and feels light on the lips, though slightly dying. Even if you're not into bright lip colours, you can sheer it out for a hint of colour. No matter what shades of lipstick you're into, I'd suggest checking these out. You just might surprise yourself! 


Colour Show Nail Lacquer in 330 Tenacious Teal 
Last but certainly not least, the nail polish. My Dad always tells me that my fingers look like Smarties when I wear coloured nail polishes. I laugh and then take it as a compliment because I love it when my nails stand out. I gravitate towards neutrals in my everyday wardrobe, so coloured polish is a great way to spice things up. This particular polish in Tenacious Teal is like nothing I have in my collection. The blue-green depth of this colour whisks me away to somewhere I can feel the ocean breeze and laze underneath a palm tree. Back to reality, it'd probably look great with a tan even if I'm not on a tropical vacation. Tenacious Teal is opaque in two coats and has an impressive lasting power of 3 days with a top coat. 
 

I'm currently enjoying all three of these bold and beautiful products, as they're absolutely summer appropriate. Wear all three together or opt for just one. A little bold never hurt anyone! 

 Have you tried any of these products? How do you add a little BOLD to your summer look? 

BlushPretty is a Toronto-based beauty boutique that offers both beauty services (makeup/hair/eyebrow grooming/skincare), products, and workshops . I learned about BlushPretty through their yearly event The Beauty Board.  Oddly enough the founder of BlushPretty is also named Stephanie and I very much look forward to working with her on the BlushPretty blog! Follow BlushPretty through their social media links to get updates on the latest and greatest in beauty+more, plus future posts from me (:


Find BlushPretty: 
Website - blushpretty.com


**I received the products in this post for the purpose of conducting a review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.**


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How-to Glitter Gradient Nails

Nail art is intimidating. Even something as simple as the glitter gradient has taken me awhile to get the hang of....but I've finally semi-perfected it. It's more of a "scattered" gradient, but I like it that way :) 



Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat || OPI Tickle Me a France-y || Nicole By OPI Make U Smile (Justin Bieber)


Imagine your nails are split into thirds. 
  1. Apply a couple coats of your base colour until it's opaque. 
  2. Sparingly place a coat of glitter on to the top two thirds of your nail. 
  3. Concentrate a couple coats of glitter on to the top third of your nail. 
  4. Finish and seal everything in with a top coat. 
NOTE: 
  • Alternatively, you can first use a micro-glitter for the top two thirds and then apply something chunkier to the top third of your nail. 
  • The more randomly you place the glitter the better




Do you have any recommendations for simple nail art? Let me know down below! 


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Real Techniques Core Collection

FINALLY picked these up and I am beyond glad that I did. I got the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Your Base/Flawless Core Collection at the Blush Pretty Beauty Board from the Farley and Co. booth. Not only had I been lusting over these brushes since they came out in Canada, I also had a total enabler beside me...Christine of Little Red Bow, singing praises for these brushes. So, unable to find them at my local Walmart, I snatched up this set for $20. 


A few weeks later and these brushes have stood the test of time. I can tell I like a new purchase when I put it to good use for over a week. These brushes have stood the test of time. I like some more than others but for the most part, these are just as good as everyone says they are! The shape of the handle almost feels ergonomic and the bristles are insanely soft... I could just sit around and rub these brushes on my face all day long. 


Buffing Brush 
What I use it for - presumably, "buffing"/blending liquid foundation on to my face. This works wonders with any consistency of foundation, from something more thick like Lancome Teint Idole to extremely sheer like MAC Face and Body. I've found that even with the sheerest of foundations, this brush spreads out my foundations nicely rather than absorbing it. 
What I could use it for - Powder foundation. I have attempted to use the buffing brush with my Laura Mercier Loose Mineral Powder, but I prefer something bigger and fluffier.
Paired Products - MAC Face and Body, Lancome Teint Idole  


Contour Brush
What I use it for - Cream bronzer and/or cream blush. The precision factor of this brush is perfect for getting into the hollows of the cheek and placing blush right on the apples of the cheeks. 
What I could use it for - highlighting and cream contour products. Again, the precision factor of the brush is amazing for getting right on the cheek bone, apple of the cheek, or right under the cheek. 
Paired Products - Revolution Organics Cream Bronzer, NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic


Pointed Foundation Brush 
What I use it for - not foundation. I don't like this brush for foundation.This is probably the brush I use the least out of the four. Other than the plush bristles, there isn't anything that stands out about this brush. 
What I can use it for - foundation, under-eye concealer, blending out cream highlighter, etc. 
Paired Products - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, Benefit Watts Up Highlighter


What I use it for - smudging eyeliner/eyeshadow into the upper and lower lashlines. The teeny tiny pointed end makes precision as easy as pie. 
What I can use it for - as a lip brush and for spot concealing, smudging eyeliner
Paired Products - Maybelline Vivids Lipsticks, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil 

Oh... and shout out to the black case. Since I don't really travel with my brushes too often, I thought I wouldn't use the case at all. However, it's really useful for hanging brushes upside down to dry after washing! 

I seem to have found good uses for 3/4 of the brushes in the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Your Base/Flawless Core Collection. The bristles are soft and the brushes are multi-functional. I love the way the handles are ergonomically friendly and flat at the bottom so that they can sit upright on my desk. I would definitely consider this a bargain buy. These brushes are generally inexpensive, but quite nice quality at the same time. 







My yearning for Real Techniques brushes is not over. I won't be able to control myself if I see the Real Techniques stippling brush, eye starter set, and expert face brush and have some money to spare. If you're in Canada, you can find Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman at Farleyco.ca or at Wal-mart (sets only).

Have you tried these brushes? Do you always use brushes the way they are labelled? 



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

May Wantable Co Makeup Box - First Impressions

The Wantable box is now available in Canada. For it's launch they generously gave the first 1,000 Canadians who signed up on their email listing a free box (I paid for shipping, taxes and duties). 

Wantable is yet another subscription box service and has two options. (1) Makeup (2) Jewellery. Though I like jewellery, I had seen many folks who had ordered the jewellery box disappointed and the quality of the jewellery seemed hit or miss. So after opting for the makeup box, I was prompted to complete an extensive customization box to help Wantable curate the box to my specific needs and wants. I was pretty picky, as I was curious what sorts of products Wantable would end up picking out for me. 



Saturday, June 8, 2013

BA Star Glitter and Glue


Playing with glitter makes me feel all giddy and girlish inside. The BA Star Glitter and Glue is a step up. Holographic, multi-faceted glitter is what makes this product crazy. 

What is BA Star Makeup? Straight from their website... "the #1 cosmetics brand for cheerleaders, dancers, competitors, and trend setters." Unfortunately, I don't think of myself as belonging to any one of these groups, but I did have a lot of fun testing their products. 

(1)BA Star Glitter Plus Glue (2)Stila love of the Ocean (3)Maybelline Master Duo Eyeliner (4)Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara



The Good: This glitter is CRAZY holographic. I want this in a nail polish. I get all sorts of green, blue, and orange within the silver and it looks awesome in the light. The glue portion is great at keeping it in place. Once I placed the glitter over the glue and let the glue dry, I rubbed my finger over the glitter and there was minimal fall out. 

The Bad: Applying this stuff is tough. I don't think I could use this product without getting glitter all over my face and everything around me. Using a brush definitely helped to alleviate from this, but glitter everywhere all over the place... and all over my face is not so fun. Good thing it washes off with ease. I'm fairly outgoing and open minded about makeup, but personally this glitter is not appropriate for daytime wear... or nighttime. Perhaps for cheerleading or halloween it would work well. 

Overall, this was an awesome product to test out. Girly, glittery, glamorous. Considering it's meant for cheerleaders and performers, I think it'd be appropriate for those sorts of people. I just don't think that it's something I would ever justify wearing on my face. However, since it's so cool, the glitters won't go to waste. If I'm feeling daring, this would look great as a liner just along the lashline. I'll also be trying a glitter-ed out manicure because the holo effect is so stunning. 

If you're interested in crazy glitter, Check out BA Star at http://bastar.com.

How do you feel about glitter for daytime? 

** I received this product for free as a member of Brand Backer for the purpose of doing a review. I am not being paid to write this post. All opinions are my own.**

Thursday, June 6, 2013

HAUL: International Giveaway Winnings, Swaps, and Snail Mail

Since I've moved to school at the beginning of May, it seems like all the mail I've been expecting likes to arrive when I'm not home. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit home (about an hour and a half away by bus) and pick everything up. In addition, I've been slacking on writing about my giveaway winnings and thanking all the lovely bloggers who hosted them. 


I won Sammi of MaterialGurl88's Birthday Giveaway back in April. Sammi is an absolute sweetheart and despite a ton of issues with shipping nail polishes, the package got to Canada safe and sound. I got the International Prize Pack, a bunch of Australian goodies. I received Saavy Nourishing Lip Liners in Rose and Brick, Chi Chi Nudes Palette (Urban Decay Naked Palette Dupe), Ulta3 Lipsticks in Coral Reef and Harem Pink (Matte), Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss in Polka, and Australis Mint Conditioning Lip Gloss. Along with these, she sent me a ton of packet samples including a Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream which I really, really enjoyed. 


Tean had a small international giveaway and unfortunately I'm not sure why I can't find her blog. She sent these Lush goodies all the way from the UK. Pictured is Lush Vanilla Body Lotion in Dee-Lite, Massage Bar in Shimmy Shimmy, and something star-shaped I don't know the name of... :( (LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO!). Anyways, I also did a swap with Tean and she sent the two together (see below), so the entire package was sooo yummy when I opened it! 


Natalie of Cooking Quidnunc is one of the few food blogs I follow. Around March/April, she hosted a Torie and Howard candy giveaway. These little organic candies come in pretty metal tins. The tins looked full when I took the photo but I've pretty much cleared them out. Omnomnomnom. The flavours are Blood Orange/Honey, Pear/Cinnamon, Pink Grapefruit/Honey, Pomegranate/Nectarine...all delicious! 


As mentioned above, I did a little swap with Tean Mauricette and requested all the luxuries that you UK bloggers have that I can't get my hands on as a Canadian. As per my wish list, there's Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium, Rimmel Apocalips in Nova, and Natural Collection Blusher in Peach Melba. Also, she threw in four of 17 mini lip glosses and a Soap and Glory Hand Food. 


She also threw in a few other goodies including packet samples and jewellery. I was happy to see a foreign snack. Revels are something I have yet to try. :) 


All of these are not half as interesting as some of the international products I received. The remainder of my mail is Revlon Selects Revlon Lash Potion Mascara, Cosmetics Mag NYC Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss and Big Bold Curl Mascara, Neutrogena Birthday Gift Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and Beach Defense Sunscreen, Sample Source Vidal Sassoon Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. 

All in all, I'm glad to have gone home for a weekend. There was so much stuff I needed to pick up and now there's so many things that I'm looking forward to trying. I've decided to use my school address so that I receive things faster. :) Again, thank you Sammi, Tean, Natalie, Torie and Howard, Revlon, Cosmetics Mag, Neutrogena and Sample Source...for keeping my mailbox full and giving me the opportunity to try all these wonderful things! ... I'll probably have my own BEAUTY giveaway sometime soon. So... stay tuned! ;) 

Want me to review something that's pictured here? Feel free to request it down below! Have you won any giveaways lately? 


**I received ALL of these products for free thanks to many kind individuals and I was in no way compensated to post about any of these goodies.**


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

May Favourites & What's In my Weekend Makeup Bag?

May is a transition month. In May, I moved from home (Scarborough/Toronto) to school (Waterloo). Not to mention, the weather is messed up... a glimpse of beautiful sunshine and then rain and now tropical rainforest level humidity. My weekdays consist of school and weekends are a combo of farmers market, cottages, the beach, and visiting friends. Busy, busy, busy, as per usual. :)

This past weekend I went home. (1) for my Grandma's birthday (2) to visit my parents (3) to pick up the massive amounts of snail mail that need to be reviewed (giveaway winnings, revlon selects, hair products, free samples, swaps, etc). I also have to study for my first two midterms coming up this week-- accounting case analysis and finance-- so going home was a great distraction. wooohooo! 

My summer face is typically pretty natural. Here are my weekend travel essentials and (beauty) things I've been loving in May: 


  1. Eco-tools Blush Brush. Fluffy, large and versatile. I use this brush for everything BUT blush. Day-to-day I use this brush for setting powder and then the same brush for my bronzer. See review HERE
  2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I'm loving how the synthetic bristles of this brush don't absorb too much of my liquid foundation. 
  3. MAC Face and Body in C3. A teeny tiny sample that lasts forever. Something about this sheer, yet buildable foundation adds the most wonderful natural glow. The finish is very skin-like, though the colour is a little dark for me. 
  4. Benefit Erase Paste. Perfect for covering up dark circles, the mini-sized version is perfectly compact for travel. 
  5. NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic. I love the dewy finish that this stuff provides. See review HERE
  6. NYC Sunny Bronzer. I've found that this super hyped products lives up to the reviews. It's matte and not too orange, giving my face a nice warm glow. 
  7. Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent. Summer means oily skin. The Rimmel Stay Matte powder is my skin saviour. I use it to set both my face and eye makeup. 

  1. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP. No brushes required, I can just swipe this shimmery champagne colour onto my lids with my eyes closed. 
  2. Kona Kare Essensual Lip Butter in Chocolate Mint. Smooth lips are seasonless and these and Kona Kare offers moisture+deliciousness in one lip balm/butter. See review HERE
  3. Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus. This doesn't offer enough moisture on it's own but the sheer yet deep red tint packs a punch and adds a little colour. 
  4. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero. Smudging this liner against my upper lash line adds a nice bit of definition for a natural eye look. See review HERE

  1. Hair Ties (Misc). Having a hairy sweaty mop on my head is no fun. Pulling my hair back is the best way to cool down in the summer heat. 
  2. Quo Eyelash Curler. I'm not a huge fan of mascara, so curling my lashes is the best way to add oomph and definition. 
  3. Tweezers. I can't go anywhere without tweezers. My eyebrows are really bushy and it's nice to neaten them up a bit once in awhile. 
  4. Essie Turquoise and Caicos. My polish of the summer. See swatch and review HERE.
It may seem like a ton of products, but these all fit nicely into a makeup bag. I end up using as little as possible when I'm away from home, so I always end up overpacking. 

What are your plans for the summer? Going anywhere special? What essentials do you bring with you? 

Monday, June 3, 2013

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic

HOW TO LOOK (and feel) SUMMER FRESH = CREAM BLUSH. I got the NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic during my March Beauty Swap. I played around with it a bit when I got it, I thought it was... meh... then it got lost in my sea of products. At the beginning of May I picked it up again and my thoughts have certainly changed. 


The NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic can be found at www.nyxcosmetics.ca for $10. I believe Rexall sells it for a comparable price, though you may be able to find it somewhere else on the interwebs for cheaper. 


The colour? A pale pink with silver shimmer. This is more on the neutral side of things. It reminds me a lot of Benefit Dandelion. I've read reviews where the shimmer bothers some, but to be honest they're so tiny that I don't even notice it on my face.*The swatch above is not true to colour.* The cream is quite sheer, so you'd have to build it up quite a bit to get it to that pigmentation. I would definitely NOT recommend this to those with anyone with a medium-to-dark skin tone, unless you're simply looking for a product to provide you a dewy finish but little to no colour. 

This product is easy to apply. You can use your fingers OR a brush. I prefer to blend this on my face with the Real Techniques contour brush. On it's own, I find this cream blush to be just as long lasting as any powder (2-3 hours). The only difference is that I can layer a powder over top of the cream to make my cheek colour last longer. 


It may not look like it in the pan, but Boho Chic has the most gorgeous glowy finish. After blending, the product is almost invisible with a slight pink tinge. However, the dewy finish that it leaves makes my skin look incredibly fresh. The finish of the blush reminds me a lot of Lisa Eldridge's look for Jessica Biel (see HERE). 

That being said, the fact that it is dewy also means that it is sticky. Not lipgloss sticky but if stickiness on your face is not your thing then you'll probably want to steer clear of this product. It's most certainly not cream-to-powder. It's more cream-to...cream. 


The Verdict? I really like this product for a fresh-faced, natural look and it eliminates my need for any highlighter. Boho Chic is a simple colour, but there are brighter ones like Red, Orange, or Hot Pink which I'll definitely consider picking up in the future. 

What's your secret product for fresh/dewy/summer skin?