Makeup Haul: Limited Edition Kiko x Lovegrove Summer Collection

Gah! The words “Limited Edition” get me every time. I need to stay away from Instagram before it destroys me and my will-power completely. But for now, I have a few items from the beautifully packaged summer collection which was designed by Ross Lovegrove and inspired by wanderlust. It is all rose gold and elegance and I recommend you get your eyeballs on it, if not your hands.

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These are baked highlighting pearls (not too different it might seem from something lovely and much more expensive by Guerlain…) in the shade “Desert Moon” so I couldn’t resist. Throw in limited edition and I’m done for. I wish there was more than one shade in the collection, so I could justify owning more than one of these beauties. I haven’t used it enough to know for certain if it is compatible / comfortable with my excessively oily skin but I am happy to add this gorgeous little pot of goodness to my collection.

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With these lip oils, however, I have less gushing to get on…I just cannot figure how they are worth $14 monies. They smell and taste pleasantly enough (coconut, vanilla, and grapefruit are at the top of my list of flavors ideal for lippies) but they just don’t feel like anything special on the lips. And they most certainly do not LOOK like anything on the lips. The different colors are not detectable (not even by palest wrist swatch) and the shine dissipates within a few minutes and as beautiful as they look in that packaging, the goop on the inside should count for more, no?

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

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Review: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters $6.00 at Ulta.

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The short of it: These are pretty, soft, and not too glittery.

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The long of it: I love highlighters. In the store. On display. Swatched on the inside of my wrist. I cannot count how many times I have gone out of my way to touch the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Sephora. So good. But as someone still recovering from the ravages of acne, and as someone with uncontrollably oil skin, I cannot find a way to justify spending 38 monies on a product I’ll really only use regularly under my brows…

Highlighter is hard to work with on skin with pits and bumps from old acne and healing scars because all that luminosity only draws attention to the uneven texture. And adding what is essentially microglitter to skin that will, without fail (no matter what mattifying primer I shellac on in the morning) get slick before lunch is only inviting disaster. Strobing is not for me.

But makeup is one of my hobbies, and collecting beautiful products I don’t use as often as I should is one of my weaknesses, and while I will, no doubt, one day buckle to my own foolish desires and buy the whole lot of Becca highlighters, I have, in the meantime, been hunting for a set of drugstore highlighting powders with which to play.

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Enter Makeup Revolution, an affordable European brand newly carried by Ulta. There are three shades: Golden Lights which is yellow gold and wet-looking, Radiant Lights which is listed as “lilac” but looks way more like a subtle peach to me and it the most “wearable” of the three for me, and Peach Lights, which is an icy pink. At $6.00 a pop, these are more reasonably priced and while they are no where near as creamy as the Becca highlighters, these are still silky and pretty and worth the cost. You can get all three of these for way less than one Becca highlighter. They have decent lasting power, aren’t burdened with chunks of glitter, and have really good pigmentation.¬†They have a little fall out in the pan, but don’t dust all over your face when you’re attempting precise application.

Because Makeup Revolution is a drugstore brand, you can use Ulta coupons on these as well. And you should know by now Girl got her discount.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.