Rose gold has had a moment in the world of beauty. It’s a universally flattering color that makes my heart flutter! A while back, I used a pink semi-permanent dye from L’Oreal’s Colorista line to give my lightened brown tresses a wash of rose gold. I loved the results! Kristin Ess is a celebrity hair stylist who is everything I hope to be– she is Lauren Conrad’s stylist if that says anything. Her affordable hair line is available at Target and I am a DIE HARD fan. You can read my thoughts on her Shampoo & Conditioner here. Fast forward to her latest release (which has been so difficult to track down due to its selling out). The Rose Gold Temporary Tint is a spray applied to hair in the shower for a wash of pink that lasts the weekend.
Milk Makeup is by far the coolest makeup brand out there. All of their products are meticulously curated to give the most minimalistic and editorial vibe. Their packaging is right in line with the product collection, as well! I have never tried anything from the brand, mostly because of the higher price point and unfamiliarity with the product performance, but I have always been so drawn to its aesthetic. I would describe it as Glossier, but punchy. That being said, their Friends and Family sale began yesterday (6/11) and is currently over. With the offer of 25% off purchases $35 or more PLUS free shipping, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to dig into the brand’s beauty portfolio. As an added bonus, I got some gifts with purchase that have me super excited! Continue reading “Milk Makeup’s Friends & Family Sale 2018: What I Ordered”
Anastasia Beverly Hills has been releasing the most gorgeous highlighting palettes. From their beautiful neutral tones to their ethereal Aurora and Moonchild renditions, I think the brand has been consistently delivering amazing collections for a variety of beauty-lovers. After lusting over these stunning palettes for so long, I impulsively ordered the Aurora Glow Kit from Sephora when it went on sale for $20USD during the VIB sale. With the additional 15% off and free Flash shipping (Rouge perks!), I was able to score this baby for less than $20 without even leaving my house.
Can we talk about the generous pan size for a moment? These things are huge. I appreciate the “fair” pricing from the brand as a whole. I put fair in quotes because it’s still a high end brand and its pricing certainly reflects that.
I love the variety of colors in the kit. For someone who likes to play around with makeup and creative looks, this is great! The only shade I probably have something comparable to is Luna, which is a pearly-pink shift. I think that these colors would work well on many skintones upon first glance.
The one thing I was disappointed in was the fact that this palette did not come with a mirror. While at the sale price, I don’t mind this, I’m a little shocked that it sold at $40 original price without the mirror.
I am so sorry I went out of order here according to the palette, but from left to right I have finger-swatched Spectra (lavender with magenta shift), Eclipse (peach with warm golden shift), and Luna (pearl-pink).
From top to bottom, I swatched Spectra, Eclipse, and Luna.
The formula to me seems very soft and creamy – the powders glided over my skin like butter. They are also highly pigmented upon first glance, making them appear more as “casts” of color than highlight.
Here’s the second row finger-swatched, from left to right: Lyra (tangerine with very gold shift), Orion (icy blue), and Helia (yellow-green with golden-champagne shift).
These three shades performed the same way as the first row did.
From top to bottom: Spectra, Eclipse, Luna, Lyra, Orion, and Helia.
For $20USD, this is a wonderful palette to add to your collection. I would say all of these shades, except maybe Orion (icy blue) could be made “wearable” as a cheek highlight. Even so, all of these would be great for eyeshadow or transformer shades.
On my warm-medium complexion (I wear MUFE Y365, Maybelline Warm Nude, and Too Faced Natural Beige for comparison), most of the shades worked. The icy blue and purple came across almost grey on my cheeks, but could definitely be made to work for an editorial look.
I would LOVE to add Moonchild to my collection, but I think I’ll be patient and wait for her to go on sale, too.
Also — apologies for not including any wear test photos. My skin has been breaking out in dermatitis thanks to the lethal combo of pollen and pet dander, so I don’t really want to put things on my face right now. I will definitely be playing with these in the future, so keep an eye out for an updated post and for subsequent Instagram shares.
Updated with photos on 4.26.18
Subtle Lavender-Pearl Shift: Spectra + Luna
These are very smooth powder highlights. If you have texture ( I have a dermatitis breakout right now so I definitely do), this won’t emphasize your dryness or bumps but rather creates a soft iridescence.
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