Wednesday, 24 May 2017

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

If you're a long-time reader of Beyond Blush, then you might know that NARS was one of the first high end brands that I became enamored with. The love affair started with their powder blushes (Sin, Luster, Deep Throat), then their single shadows, eyeliners, Albatross, etc. Along with old faves, NARS has had some incredible new launches lately, and today I have their Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette* ($62 CAD) to share with you! 

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

Firstly, can we talk about this packaging? I have absolutely no complaints. The small palette has a full size mirror on the inner lid, and no unnecessary brushes were included. The three powders are embossed with NARS' logo, which I personally find just so aesthetically pleasing. 

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

To the touch, these powders have a fairly hard feel to them. Most highlighters that I've used (and I've used a lot!) have had a soft, smooth formula. Initially, I was a bit skeptical of the harder formula, but after using this palette a few times I'm in love. My brush picks up this powder beautifully, and offers a lit from within effect. You can also apply these highlighters wet for a more intense glow, but I personally don't ever tend to apply powder products wet. 

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

This trio of highlighters compliment each other beautifully, and can be worn together or separately.
Starting at the left of the palette, Rivage is a glistening pearl, Salé is a shimmering peach champagne, & Embruns is a beautiful metallic rose gold. I love swirling together Rivage and Salé for a cheekbone highlight. Rivage is the perfect brow bone and cupid's bow highlight. While Embruns is absolutely gorgeous, I think that I'll get more wear out of it in the Summer when I have a bit of a tan.
NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette

I first became highlighter obsessed when I discovered NARS' Albatross, and I've since used up the entire pan. NARS knows how to do highlighters well, and their Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette is no exception. If you're a fellow highlighter lover, then I think that this palette would make a great addition to your collection. 

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

One of the most exciting recent beauty collections (in my opinion) has been tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Collection. This collection is unicorn inspired, and I'm all about the unicorn trend! Today I'll be reviewing tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette* ($52 CAD), which I've been using everyday for a few weeks now. 

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

Originally I was going to review the entire Make Believe In Yourself Collection in a single post, but as soon as I started writing I realized that I had too much to say about this palette alone. First of all, just look at that packaging... I mean, are you serious tarte?! I just love the pink and blue mosaic tile on the lid of the compact. Once you open up the compact, you'll see a large mirror on the inside of the lid, and gold detailing around the powders. The shade names are written beside each shadow, which is a small detail that I really appreciate. 

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

This circular palette includes 10 eye shadows and 1 larger highlighter. These powders are all infused with tarte's famous Amazonian clay, as well as mineral pigments. 

Myth - The only matte shadow in this palette, this nude shadow leans fairly warm

Magic - Shimmery bronze, great pigmentation

Wings - Shimmery copper, this was the only shadow in this palette that I found a bit chalky, and the glitter was pretty chunky. 

Marvel - Metallic sage with incredible pigmentation

Trance - Shimmery taupe, silky smooth formula

Fairy - Metallic lavender, this is hands down my favourite shade in this palette! I love using this purple shadow on my lower lash line to bring a pop of colour to my look. 

Mystic - Silvery blue with a metallic finish

Dream - Shimmery turquoise

Crystal - Champagne shimmer, one of my faves from this palette

Pixie - Rose gold shimmer, so pretty!

Believe - Pearl highlight, can be used on the eyes or cheeks. This highlighter has golden undertones, and I think that it's really flattering on my pale skin tone. 

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette


tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

Even without a primer, these shadows last on my lids all day long. If you love yourself some shimmer and glitter, then I think that you'll love this palette. For a unicorn inspired palette, I was expecting it to be a bit brighter and more colourful, but to be honest these colours are better for everyday wear.

Have you picked up anything from tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Collection yet? I've been loving the entire collection, so stay tuned for my reviews on the rest of the unicorn inspired products!

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

I've never been someone that craves crazy volume in my hair. However, after chopping my hair off into a lob, I've come to appreciate some extra volume at my root. I've recently started using Oribe's Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, which is a brand new product from the luxury hair care brand!

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

I absolutely love this packaging! This bottle is fairly small, so it'd be great for travelling, or popping in your purse for touch ups mid-day. This product is quite easy to use - you can either pump it directly onto your hair, or first into your palm. I prefer to pump this into my palm first, and then use my fingertips to apply the powder to my roots. I usually use this powder on day 2 or 3 hair, after it's fallen a bit flat and can use some pumping up. After applying, my hair instantly has a boost of volume that lasts for about 24 hours. Unlike other root boosting products that I've used, this formula from Oribe doesn't make my hair feel gritty, dirty, etc. 

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

If you crave extra voluminous hair, then I definitely think that Oribe's Swept Up Volume Powder Spray is worth checking out. If you're used to volumizing powders that are gritty, then I think that you'd be really surprised by how silky this powder is. I've used a few products from Oribe and I've always been impressed. This is a luxury brand with a higher price tag, but I do believe that their products are worth the splurge, at least once in a while!

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Paul & Joe's new Daydream Believer Collection is now available, and today I have one of the three eye shadow palettes from the Summer collection to share with you! Paul & Joe's Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air* is a beautiful mosaic of neutral toned shadows, which is right up my alley!

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

 This palette has the cutest packaging! The striped blue compact is adorned with small flowers, and I love everything about it. The compact is made of sturdy cardboard, which is the norm for most of Paul & Joe's products. There's no mirror for this palette, but that's just fine with me.

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air is an absolutely stunning mosaic of neutral toned shimmery shadows. While this design is beautiful to look at in the compact, I don't think that it's overly practical to actually use. I find it hard to pick up only one shade with my brush, so my final shadow look winds up looking a bit muddled. If you're a fan of crisp lines and defined creases, this might not be the palette for you. 

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

The five shades in this palette are all formulated with finely milled shimmer. You get a light creamy beige, a soft pink, a pale gold, a metallic light brown, and a slightly deeper brown with gold flecks. After about 2 weeks of daily use, the shadows do start to blend together in the pan. 

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air Swatches

I absolutely love the packaging of this palette, and the mosaic design is just gorgeous. However, I find it really difficult to pick up the colours individually, so while the packaging is pretty, it just isn't all that practical. I really wanted to love this palette, but I don't think that it has won its' way into my everyday makeup bag. 

Have you checked out Paul & Joe's Daydream Believer Collection? What are your thoughts on mosaic palettes like this one?

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

I'll be honest, 99% of the time, I'm just washing my face with my hands and some cleanser. I have plenty face cloths, konjac sponges, etc., but when it finally comes time to remove my makeup at the end of the day, I'm usually pretty exhausted and don't feel like putting in any extra effort. However, I've been giving EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths* a try, and while I can't promise that these will become part of my daily cleansing routine, they've definitely proven their worth to me. 

ecoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

This pack comes with two muslin polishing cloths, made of textured organic cotton. To use, apply water and cleanser to your face as you normally would. Then, run the cloth under warm water, lightly wring out, and use the cloth to gently remove your cleanser. This cloth offers light exfoliation, so it's great even for those with sensitive skin. My favourite way to use these muslin cloths is to help remove clay face masks. I don't know about you, but I always find clay masks so annoying to remove. Once they dry, they can be pretty stubborn. I love these cloths because they're much more gentle compared to your average face cloth, but they help to lift off masks, especially in areas that are hard to get with your hands alone, like around the nose. 

EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

ecoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

You can toss these muslin cloths in the gentle cycle with your laundry, and hang or lay flat to dry. I really like having these on hand for when I do face masks, but they're also great for everyday cleansing use to make sure that you remove every last trace of makeup.

Do you use any tools to help cleanse your face? Have you tried muslin cloths before?

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