Reviewing the Jouer Skinny Dip Highlighter and High Pigment Gloss

The matte lip trend has been going on for a while now, so I’ve started to look towards more satin or glossy lipsticks recently. The problem I always find with glosses though, are that they are just too gooey and sticky, with usually very little pigment. So when Jouer came out with their new “High Pigment Gloss” formula, I was intrigued to try them out and see if this would be a gloss I actually like.

About a month ago, Cult Beauty were having a promotion, that with every spend of £35 from Jouer they’d give a free Jouer “Skinny Dip Lip Topper”. I’ve always wanted to try their highlighters and new lip gloss out so I thought I’d go for it. I bought their Skinny Dip highlighter (£19) and a high pigment gloss (£17).

I was so happy when I got my stuff! BUT THEN THE WORST THING HAPPENED TO ME.

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DO YOU SEE THIS?! My poor highlighter was all crumbled and so broken… I did my best to press the fine powder back into the pan, so it still is usable but I was so upset :((((


The packaging is very light and simple. I’ve said many times that I dislike plastic-y packaging but I guess it means it would travel well (if it does break up into a million pieces, that is). The mirror is nice and of a good quality too.

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Skinny Dip is a really nice peachy gold that I think is quite unique. It definitely gives that radiant summer glow (that I crave, ALWAYS). It’s also pretty blinding! The whole day I was wearing this, my friends commented on how on-point my glow was.


Now for the glosses. They come in the typical Jouer packaging, which is very sleek-looking and I like that it’s different from any other brand’s tube. I bought two high-pigment glosses and was given a free lip topper. 

The consistency of the gloss is very different to anything i’ve ever tried before. Rather than being a thick, goopy gloss, it feels more like a liquid lipstick that hasn’t dried yet, with a bit more slip. I really like the consistency and how comfortable it is- you definitely don’t find yourself constantly trying to unstick your lips! 

The only downside I found with these is that they’re not very long wearing, and do come off very easily even when not eating or drinking.


Swatches with and without flash, from top to bottom: Sloane Gloss, Champs Elysees Gloss, Skinny Dip Lip Topper.

As you can see, the glosses do live up to the name of being very highly pigmented. Champs elysees has become my favourite nude gloss. Sloane is more of a deep coral, and looks just a tad bright on me. The Lip Topper is beautiful, and is a peachy gloss with gold glitter. I found it looked a bit too much when worn all over the lips, so I like to just put it on the cupid’s bow and bottom lip to give a juicy-looking effect. 


Overall, the highlighter is faultless and I love it so much! The glosses are pigmented and comfortable, but not long wearing. I like to pair them with a lip liner underneath to try overcome this and it seems to work! The lip topper is definitely pretty but is only a must have if you love the shiny lip look. 

Reviewing the Stila Cosmetics Heaven’s Hue Highlighter and Magnificent Metals Glitter Eyeshadow

So let’s cut to the chase. I. AM. ADDICTED. TO. HIGHLIGHTERS. And have a massive collection to prove it. But…. I can’t help buying new highlighters that have unique in terms of colour or formula, and so my collection keeps on growing!

I am a fan of the YouTuber, LauraLee and she always raves on about the Stila Heaven’s Hue “Putty” Highlighter and how much she loves it, so I decided to try it for myself!

As for the Magnificent Metals Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow, it’s another product that is constantly raved about, and since for some reason it’s banned in Malaysia (anyone know why?), I couldn’t wait to try it once I got to the UK.

Stila packaging always seems so cheap to me, and I always get a bit disappointed when packaging feels too light. Anyway, this is what the highlighter looks like, and I like that it comes with a mini plastic half-dome to protect the putty.

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Just imagine how satisfying it was for me to stick my finger in that.. The consistency is actually firmer than I imagined it to be, but it is definitely a ‘putty’ texture. Stila recommends using fingers, a sponge or a synthetic brush to apply it. I used my fingers and then my sponge, and both worked out well.

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I apologise for my crap uni accommodation lighting, but trust me this highlighter is beautiful. I would say that even though it is a blinding highlighter, it manages to look pretty natural due to the texture.

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The shade I bought, “Kitten”, is described to be a champagne colour which is accurate. On me, it looks almost colourless as it is super close to my skin tone, but in a way I kinda like that.

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Now for the eyeshadow. I’ve been wanting to try these for suuuuuch a long time, and I was so excited to finally get my hands on them. I got the shades in “Rose Gold Retro” and “Kitten Karma” (what’s with Stila and Kittens??). When I looked at them in the tube, I was a bit disappointed as I thought they were very similar in colour, but once I swatched them you could clearly tell the difference.

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Top to Bottom: Rose Gold Retro, Kitten Karma (looks chunky in the pic but I think thats my fault as I didn’t stir it up as much).

Rose Gold Retro is a rose coloured cream with silver glitter. I think it would’ve better if the actual glitter itself was gold, but it is still very beautiful. Kitten Karma is a champagne coloured cream with silver and copper glitter. They both glided on very smoothly, with the glitter being very fine and not too chunky.

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Rose Gold Retro on the left, Kitten Karma on the right.

Stila says you could layer this on top of a powder eyeshadow, but I feel it’s so pigmented that you don’t need to! They don’t dry down straight away, so you do get time to blend them out so it looks seamless on.

Overall, I’m glad my venture into the world of cream products was successful on this occasion as I really enjoy using these products!

Below is just a pink monochrome look I did for a night out using the Rose Gold Retro cream shadow, and Colourpop matte pink single pressed eyeshadows. The lippie is “Chestnut” by GlamX cosmetics, and you can use my code GLAMXIMAN for 10% off on all their products! www.glamxbeauty.com

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Reviewing the Huda Beauty Lip Strobe and Summer Solstice Highlighter Palette

As soon as I arrived in London, I knew I had to make a trip to Harrods to get my hands on the Huda Beauty Summer Solstice Collection, which had just launched that day. Although I have no excuse to buy a new highlighter (you can read my post on my highlighter collection here) I was just so intrigued by the pink/purple highlighters in this palette.

I bought the highlighter palette from Harrods, which was priced at £40 (RM223). Definitely a splurge, but I had always wanted to try a Huda highlighter palette. Huda Beauty is sold in Harrods and Selfridges in London, but also on www.cultbeauty.co.uk which ships to Malaysia internationally. I actually got the Lip Strobe from Cult Beauty, in the shade “Boujee” which was £17.

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Looove the packaging!

Time for some finger swatches!

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From Top to Bottom: Mykonos, Copacabana, Malibu and Saint-Tropez.

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My favourite shades are definitely Copacabana and Mykonos, just because they are so unique! I know that Mykonos in particular may scare some people just because it looks so magenta, but the formula actually brushes on quite lightly so that it gives more of a purple sheen rather than a bright purple streak across the face. I’m not too keen on the cream formula in Saint-Tropez, just because I find it a bit too creamy when applied with my finger.

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This is what all the shades look like together on the face. I know my lighting isn’t that great, but I promise you that the purple is so soft and interesting!

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Now for the Lip Strobe…

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I’m a holosexual, so the packaging definitely appeals to me!

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This is what the shade Boujee looks like. It is very pigmented but it’s definitely not my fave gloss, as it is sticky, and it more glittery than metallic. I saw that Huda herself recommended blotting the lips after to make it look more matte, but I felt like it just took away colour and didn’t look that great.

All in all, a big YES to the highlighter palette and a NO to the Lip Strobe.

Reviewing the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation

So, I’m not really that into drug store makeup. Not because I’m a snob or anything, but I get so scared that drug store products such as foundations would give me a break-out, as it has happened before. However, I heard such rave reviews that the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless was a drugstore dupe for the MAC Studio Fix foundation, so since then I’ve been really wanting to try it. I actually can’t wear Studio Fix as it gives me really bad breakouts, and I was SO ANNOYED because y’all know how expensive MAC is!! So I figured, might as well try this since its waaaaay cheaper.

So I got this 30ml bottle from Guardian (a malaysian pharmacy) after not being able to find it ANYWHERE!!! For my Malaysian friends, I found this at the Guardian in BSC Bangsar.

I like the glass packaging except for the fact that it has no pump 😦 I had to awkwardly and carefully pour out a little on the back of my hand and dip my beauty sponge in, which was annoying as I actually ended up using more product than I needed.

Now, the hardest part for me was trying to find a shade, especially as it was hard to do this in the pharmacy plus with the testers also had NO PUMPS!

I ended up buying the shade “Soft Tan”, as it had a nice yellow undertone to it. At home, I compared this with my Too Faced Born This Way foundation in “Sand” and my NARS ADLW foundation in”Stromboli”. I actually think “Soft Tan” was the perfect shade for me, as it was a good middle between the two foundations I already had.

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Top to Bottom: Fit Me foundation in Soft Tan, Born This Way in Sand, ADLW in Stromboli

This is after using a beauty sponge to apply it.

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And this is what it looked like with my makeup completed.

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Price: I bought this for about RM35 (an estimate because I lost my receipt!) but I found online that it retails in the US for $7.99. I think that’s amazing, as you get 30ml which is the same amount as my other foundations.

Application: The consistency of the foundation was more liquid-y than my Born This Way, but not as much as my ADLW. I felt like the amount I poured on the back of my hand was way more than I needed. I used a beauty sponge and it did well.

Coverage: The coverage is medium to full, as my complexion was definitely more even but a few darker acne scars did show through. I think you can definitely build it up though without it looking cakey. Maybelline claims that this refines pores and I do agree that my pores did look smaller whilst wearing this.

Finish: This claims to have a natural, seamless finish, to which I do agree. Despite the name, I don’t think the foundation is too matte (like the Re(marc)able foundation was) and I liked the way it made my skin look healthy.

Layering: The foundation layered well with powders on top.

Does it last?: I did wear this foundation the whole day, and took pictures every few hours to show you how it help up.

After 5 Hours:

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After 8 Hours:

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This is 8 hours later, after blotting with tissue once. I feel like I was less oily than when I tried out the Marc Jacobs foundation. I actually think the foundation did a good job, especially since I was in the sun a lot.

VERDICT: would I buy it?

I actually really enjoyed this foundation, as the shade matched me perfectly and I enjoyed the natural, healthy finish. It also did not break me out, which was a relief for me! If you have combination/oily skin I think this would do a great job for you, at a really good price.

Reviewing the Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

As someone who hasn’t found their holy grail foundation yet, I was eager to try out the sample of Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate I received with one of my Sephora packages. I’ve seen that this foundation has gotten a lot of mixed reviews and was interested to see what it was really like.

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I got this little sample card from Sephora Malaysia, which included satchets of 3 shades: Bisque Light, Beige Medium and Honey Medium. As someone with a medium skin tone with olive/yellow undertones I knew bisque light was gonna be just too light for me, so decided to try the other two.

As a reference, I’m the shade “Stromboli” in the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, and “Sand” in the Too Faced Born This Way foundation.

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I swatched Honey Medium on the left and Beige Medium on the right. It’s quite clear that the yellow undertone of Honey Medium matched my skin tone a lot better, but I decided to do half of each shade just to see.

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Honey Medium on left half, Beige Medium on right. Beige Medium was definitely too light!

It’s quite an obvious difference between the two. Beige Medium was slightly too light, and made me look so ashy! Honey Medium was still a little light for me, but blended with my skin tone much better.

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This is after I applied Honey Medium to both sides. I initially used my fingers to spread the foundation to my whole face before dabbing with a beauty blender to make it look seamless. This foundation claims to cover the whole face in as little as one dot, and I must say I do agree! The sample I got was definitely more than one dot, but I didn’t need much to cover my whole face. The foundation did dry quite quickly though, so you really need to work it in fast.

Price: Although I only tried a sample, I managed to find out that the retail price is $55/RM250, which is a steep price for foundation. However, if it only takes one drop for a full face, then it should be worth the price and last a long time. 

Application: On the site it says it works best with a buffing brush, but I hate using brushes for foundation, and found that fingers+BB worked really well without being streaky.

Coverage: This is definitely a full coverage foundation. I do have some acne scarring on both my cheeks, but I feel like it covered the scars and uneven pigmentation really well. It really did make my skin look flawless!

Finish: This is an oil-free foundation meant for oily skin. I asked my sister what she thought of my foundation, and she actually said she thought it looked too matte, and that she didn’t like how fake my skin looked! I think this is definitely a foundation for special occasions rather than everyday wear (unless you like the super matte finish). It was obvious I was wearing makeup, unlike more natural foundations such as the Too Faced Born This Way.

Layering: My sister actually said to me that she felt like my highlight and blush didn’t look as well-blended as it usually would, and that it looked like that rather than melding in with the foundation, it just sat on top of it. I think it did look better once the way went on and my natural face oils (sorry if that sounds gross!) mixed in with the foundation.

Does it last?: The foundation did not fade the whole day BUT I did notice that my skin was way more oily than usual. I thought that was super weird for an oil free foundation. I do find however, that if I wear a super matte foundation I produce more oil than usual. Is that normal?!

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Above with my face of full makeup. I’m wearing the GLAMX beauty Bourgeoisie eye palette, Bae Day Blush and Deity highlighter. You can use the code GLAMXIMAN for 10% on glamxbeauty.com ! I’m also wearing the Velvet Vanity liquid lipstick in Peach Perfect (I wrote a review on Velvet Vanity so go check it out!)

VERDICT- would I buy it?

Although I love how flawless it made my skin look, I wouldn’t buy this foundation if you had combination or dry skin. I think it just didn’t mix with my weird skin type, but would definitely work for those with a super oily complexion, or if you wanted to cover up acne/acne scars.

Colourpop Cosmetics Pressed Shadow Palettes

I am a big fan of Colourpop Cosmetics. I would even say that they were the brand that really got me into makeup, and started this whole addiction! I love that they are an affordable brand with good quality makeup, and that they always come out with new and fun collections and collabs.

I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on their newest pressed eyeshadow palettes- the Blow Me Away palette from their Nectar Spring collection; the Sonya Esman Gemini By Night palette; the iluvsarahii $aucey palette and 4 of the shades from their new summer collection.

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I made this order after they released their “Yes Please” 12 pan eyeshadow palette, and so my order was really delayed, along with many many other customers, which is normal after a big launch. I am always impressed with the Colourpop customer service, and got a prompt reply after I complained. They also sent in an apology note with my package and included two sample size Ultra Satin Lipsticks in “London Fog” and “Dopey”. I thought it was a nice touch!

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“Blow Me Away” Palette

This palette is from the ‘Nectar’ launch of the Spring ’17 three-part collection. I think this was my favourite from the Spring ’17 collection, and I really enjoy the pressed blush and highlighter duo from this launch too.

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I think this is a really fun but wearable colour combo. I must say, the ‘nectar’ colours can border on being a little neon, but I actually really love how bright they are. I have no issues with the quality of any of these shadows, but be warned that the two nectar colours do have some kick back.

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Natural light

From Top to Bottom: Take a Break (Satin), Issues, Centerfold and Slim Fit (All the rest matte)

Sonya Esman “Gemini By Night” Palette

When Colourpop released this collab I honestly had no idea who Sonya Esman was… but I like the colours she created for this palette! I think its definitely very wearable and could be worn everyday for sure.

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All of these shadows are very smooth, and the pigmentation on that rosey copper shade is BOMB. I would even buy this palette just for that shade because it’s just soooo pretty!!!!

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Natural light

From Top to Bottom: Golden Gate Bridge (Matte), The Hidden Hills (Satin), Manhattan Coffee Run (Matte), Moscow Sunrise (Metallic)

iluvsarahii “$aucey” Palette

I feel like this launch was sooooooo hyped up! Every single beauty guru I follow was talking about this launch and selling it so hard. I watched loads of reviews on the palettes and lipsticks from this collection, which made me really wanna try a palette. I bought this palette as opposed to the “Chic-y” one as I wanted to venture out into more cool-tone purple shades.

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I loooooove this packaging though

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I really love the colours in this palette, but had some issues with the shade “Heavy Glam”. It wasn’t as pigmented as the rest of the CP shadows I’ve tried, and the glitter was a bit chunky when I finger-swatched it. I was super disappointed about that, as it was one of the shades I was most excited about!

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Bright artificial light- See that chunk?

 

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Natural light

From Top to Bottom: Heavy Glam (Satin), Chic Happens (Matte), Lit (Metallic), Razy (Matte)

Summer ’17 Collection

I ordered 2 satins and 2 metallics from this collection. I saw swatches from Thatgirlshaexo and mesijesibeauty and picked out the ones I liked the most. All of the shades were of good quality except for “Two Piece” which was a little patchy. “Ready or Yacht” has a bit of kick back in the pan.

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From Top to Bottom: Two Piece (Satin), Tiny Tangerines (Satin), Ready or Yacht (Metallic) and Board Shorts (Metallic).

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Just wanted to show the large empty palette I got. I think it’s really cute and nicely holds my pressed powder collection. The two columns on the right are the first ever pressed powder shadows that CP released, and did not mention them in this review. I organised them into collections rather than shades/finishes.

 

Everyday/Hospital-Appropriate Makeup Routine

I don’t always wear makeup everyday. It really depends on my mood, how much time I have and what I’m doing that day. I also don’t always wear makeup to hospitals, especially if its just for an hour or two. However, I always feel that makeup just makes me look and feel more put-together, and it takes me maximum 10 minutes to do.

Believe it or not, I actually googled if there were any GMC guidelines on makeup for doctors and there was nothing besides info on dress codes, so I took it upon myself to share what makeup I feel is appropriate in a professional medical setting.

The Base

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As with any makeup, it all begins with a good primer. I have very combination skin, so I use different primers depending on the hydration of my skin that day. I use the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter for days where my skin is very dry, or if I want an extra glow. On oily days I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and on mixed days I use the BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. As you can see the photo finish and poreless primers are deluxe samples I got from Sephora, but they’ve lasted me a while since very little is needed.

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On most days I don’t wear foundation, and just use the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. I use the shade “Sand” (as with most foundations) and have been enjoying this as it has spf and is lightweight. I usually mix this with a drop of the Iconic London Illuminator in “original” as i like the way it brightens makes my skin more radiant (plus on hospital days I don’t wear highlighter).

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If I know I have a long day ahead or if my dark circles are really bad, I conceal with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer in “Medium Neutral”. As you can see, I don’t do the ‘concealer triangle’ on an everyday basis, and just put a little bit and blend it out with my beauty blender. I’ll then set my under eyes with a bit of the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

The Eyes

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I think brows are essential in framing the face, and I’m lucky enough to be blessed with pretty thick brows. When doing my brows, I just define the shape a bit more and fill in sparse areas rather than colour them in. I use the it Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil to shape and fill in, then set them with the Benefit Ready, Set, Brow Gel.

I like my brows lightly shaped and thick.

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I don’t wear eyeshadow on a day-to-day basis, but do use my Tweezerman Eyelash Curler and Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes waterproof mascara. I’ve always had a hard time taking off waterproof mascara, but I’ve been using a Sephora sample of the Too Faced Mascara Melt Off dissolver and it’s been working really well. I just directly apply them to my lashes, rub them gently between my fingertips, then wipe off with some makeup remover. It saves me from furiously rubbing my eyes!

The Lips

For everyday/hospital environments, I usually like to wear a pink-nude. I find that brown-nudes tend to look too dark on me and can sometimes wash me out so I tend to stay away from them. I generally like to wear matte lipsticks during long days, but lately I’ve also been loving satin and glossy finishes. My fave nudes are (top to bottom as in photos):

  1. Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip in “Times Square”
  2. Velvet Vanity’s Matte Lip in “Fluorescence”
  3. Sephora brand’s Outrageous Plump Effect Gloss in “05”
  4. Colourpop’s Matte Lippiestix in Parker, I usually pair this with their lip liner in “Brink”
  5. Colourpop’s Matte Lippie to Go in “Crack Me Up”, it’s a lippiestix and liner in one
  6. Laura Mercier’s lipstick in “Rosewood”

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Swatches are in the same order.

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This is the finished look. Wouldn’t you say this is the face of a responsible, friendly and professional-looking medical student?!