4.29.2017

4.28.2017

{what's in my} ipsy april 2017 glam bag!

So obsessed with the ticket motif of the ipsy April Glam Bag. Cutest ipsy bag ever, amiright?!

This month I'm especially loving the Ciaté London BAMBOO BRONZER Longwear Bronzing Powder in PALM ISLAND {perfect for fair skin}; the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in SWERVE; and the Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in HEAVY METAL #04 {this stuff is fire for summer}.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month {awesome deal IMO}, and consists of a collectible makeup bag {can also double as a clutch} along with 5 beauty samples that are customized to your personal beauty profile {which you can change/update at anytime}. I love getting subscription boxes, but don't have a ton of extra cash to spare, so I find ipsy to be the best value as each month's bags are adorable, the products are of fantastic quality, and their stylists are top-notch {and some of my fave beauty bloggers}. That being said, let's get to the bag!

April's theme was SIDESHOW {think carnivals}. Inside my bag was a deluxe sample of Ciaté London BAMBOO BRONZER Longwear Bronzing Powder in PALM ISLAND, full size Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in HEAVY METAL #04 {retail $14.99!}, deluxe sample of The White Company Seychelles Hand & Nail Cream, full size Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in SWERVE {retail $5.00!}, and a full size ADESSE NEW YORK Cupuaçu Butter Lip Balm {retail $24.00!}.

Y'all know that I live {and I mean live} for a rust-meets-bronze eye {especially during the summer months}, so I instantly fell head over heels for this Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in HEAVY METAL #04. Babes, this is one swipe of this bad boy worn over no primer and it slaaaays! I actually tried this product before in a different shade a few months back, and I adore it just as much {if not more} this time around! My favorite aspect about this product is the level of versatility it features due to the fact that it is, essentially, a loose pigment. Thus far, I've worn it two ways: on my eyes {mixed with a clear lip gloss and applied directly to the lids for a wet-look metallic eye}; and on my lips {mixed with, again, a clear lip gloss to create a metallic mouth}. It has looked lush every. single. way I've used it - and has left me craving more colors!

Since I will forever be all about the eyes, let's move onto Colourpop's Creme Gel Liner in SWERVE. Ladies, I am a huge fan of ColourPop products, so I have forever wanted to try this baby out {not sure why I never did, but props to ipsy for sending it my way!}. Swerve is a true onyx black that looks so incredible on light eyes. The pros? This stuff lasts. all. day. I'm talking never fades, never transfers, never moves. Additionally, the tip is super precise, so you get flawless application every. single. time. The cons? It has a tendency to catch on the eye during use; and it's prone to breaking. Is it a dealbreaker? I'm on the fence.

Given the fact that I change my nail color so frequently, I've become a total hand cream snob, so I was apprehensive about The White Company Seychelles Hand & Nail Cream. First things first, this stuff smells amazing - we're talking island vacay amazing, with an incredible mix of coconut, amber, and vanilla. I actually love this one. The texture is thicker than your average lotion, so it never leaves a runny/greasy feel on your hands; just a light protective film that leaves your hands feeling silky soft and moisturized. I'm not really sure why this is labeled as a hand & nail cream, because I don't feel like it did anything for my cuticles; but I still love it!


This product isn't new to me, as Ciaté actually sent me a full-size of this bad boy a few months back; but since I've never chatted about it before, now seems like the perfect time to share Ciaté London BAMBOO BRONZER Longwear Bronzing Powder in PALM ISLAND with you! I am a pale, pale gal, so I literally look like the walking dead without a bit of bronzer, and this one right here has become a fast favorite of mine. Though Palm Island is noted as a medium/dark bronze, I find that it adds a great touch of color to fair complexions, without leaving behind that dreaded orange cast. Out of all of the bronzers I've tried, this one gives the most natural-looking kiss of color in a matte finish that builds up from light to dark, so you can customize the intensity. I highly, highly, highly recommend this one babes!

Ooh girls, this ADESSE NEW YORK Cupuaçu Butter Lip Balm is giving it to me! I am a lip balm fanatic, but this one may just take the cake for giving the best results! Never, ever have I had a lip balm that left my lips feeling this soft and hydrated. I swipe one coat on, and I am good to go for hours. Yes, it's insanely expensive IMO; but it is amazing enough to justify the price. I may just need to toss out all of my other lip balms and replace them solely with this baby!


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4.27.2017

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Obvs blush and gold is my jam rn! I own this tank in like 5 colors, and need to buy more {so perfect for any occasion}; and Influenster was awesome enough to send me these Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops for free, and let me tell you, they are a highlight game changer - you need them in your beauty arsenal babes!


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4.26.2017

#makeupmess!

Blush Palette: e.l.f. Cream Blush Palette in SOFT {c/o} | Face Brush: e.l.f. Flawless Face Brush {c/o} | Mascara: Lancôme DÉFINICILS - High Definition Mascara in BLACK | Lipstick: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in PARK AVE PRINCESS | Eyeliner: L'Oréal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in BLACK | Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer in UNIVERSAL SOFT MATTE BRONZE | Eyeshadow Duo: JULEP Feels Like Velvet Full-Coverage Eyeshadow Duo in 5TH AVE & BROADWAY | Eyeshadow Brush: e.l.f. Blending Brush {c/o}

Spring things! So many pops of pretty for today's #makeupmess! Still obsessing over this e.l.f. Cream Blush Palette in SOFT - it looks amaze paired with this JULEP Feels Like Velvet Full-Coverage Eyeshadow Duo in 5TH AVE & BROADWAY. Also pertinent: this Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in PARK AVE PRINCESS is everything! Seriously the best your-lips-but-better nude on. the. planet.


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4.25.2017

{fashion folio} weekending

weekending
Top: BOOHOO Georgia Off The Shoulder Tie Woven Top in KHAKI | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Midnighter Large Messenger | Lips: tarte Rainforest of The Sea™ Color Splash Lipstick in PINK LEMONADE | Denim: MOTO Blue Ripped Leigh Jeans | Bracelet: Sole Society Signet Bracelet Cuff in GOLD | Hair: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray | Earrings: BaubleBar Zavina Tassel Drops | Shoes: Sam Edelman Willow Strappy Wedge Sandal in SADDLE SUEDE


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4.24.2017

NOTD: LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in Leave A Text

Two coats of LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in Leave A Text. Concrete Gray Creme.

I have received a lot of nail polish from ipsy in the...2 years {???} that I've been subscribing, but I think that Leave A Text may be my all. time. fave.

Ladies, this color is just exquisite - a rich, concrete grey creme that stands out in the sea of gray polishes available due to its formula, and depth.

This one is perfect in terms of application - it applies seamlessly and evenly with a brush reminiscent of the one seen in the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure bottles; plus it has built-in shine that makes it stand out on your tips. Loves it!


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4.23.2017

cloud nine

cloud nine
MINKPINK Cloud Nine Ruffle Dress in LIGHT BLUE.

Smitten with this little ruffled number rn! How perfect is it for summer?!


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4.22.2017

beachy


Basically obsessed with the beachy feel of this hair + makeup. Best hair extensions can score you locks like these!


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4.21.2017

#makeupmess!

Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in MOLTEN BRONZED {c/o} | Eyeliner: L'Oréal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in BLACK | Lips: L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in WHISPER | Bronzer: Lorac Travel Size TANtalizer Baked Bronzer | Lashes: Ciaté London Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara in BLACK MAGIC {c/o} | Brush: JULEP Eyeshadow Brush

Living for a bronze #eotd lately! I love using Lorac Travel Size TANtalizer Baked Bronzer {only $8.00 and lasts forever!} in the crease to deepen and add depth, then I apply e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in MOLTEN BRONZED for a really metallic finish that makes green eyes pop like whoa!

Ladies, if you haven't tried Molten Bronzed yet, you have no clue what you're missing - run out and get it now!


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4.20.2017

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Clearly feeling those 70s boho vibes this week. Happy Thursday babes!


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4.19.2017

Sephora VIB Sale // 15% Off!

Babes, the most wonderful time of the year has officially arrived: the Sephora VIB Sale! I've been VIB for a little less than a year now, and liiive for this sale because you score 15% Off all purchases simply by entering the code VIBSPRING at checkout!

The sale runs today through April 24, 2017, and just in case you need a liiittle inspo on what to buy, I'm sharing my need/want/must list with you {which includes a ton of my holy grail products}! Happy shopping ladies!

GIFT SETS


EYES


LIPS


FACE


HAIR


SKIN


NAILS


FRAGRANCE


What do you plan on buying?


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4.18.2017

{beauty board} lived-in liner

Kick clean, precise lines to the curb, and turn your attentions to the sultriest look for summer: lived-in liner. It's unfussy, playful, and ultra-sexy. Better still? It doesn't require the skills of a makeup artist to nail it!

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1} Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in BLACQUER 42 {$25.00} A crayon liner is your BFF for this beauty look. This particular one is my favorite because it gives you 15 seconds to smudge it up before it sets. Plus, it comes in about a bajillion colors!

2} MAKE UP FOR EVER 212 Medium Precision Smudger Brush {$25.00} For a truly I-slept-in-my-makeup look, you're going to want to use a smudge brush and your fingers. Fingers help you blend; a smudge brush helps you to clean-up/smooth edges.

3} Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in BLACKEST BLACK {$8.99} Volume is always a good idea - whether it be for hair {micro loop hair extensions} or lashes. This bad boy right here is one of the best mascaras on the market for big, beautiful, voluminous lashes - and you can't beat that drugstore price!

4} Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in AMARETTO SWIRL {$26.00} To balance your smoldering eyes you want a subtle, nude lip - this one moisturizes like a balm but gives intense color payoff that will flatter a multitude of skintones.

5} Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio {$62.00} Since you're heavy on the eyes for this look, you want to go light on the rest of your face. This palette is bomb for that purpose - leaving you with a radiant, ultra-natural finish!


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4.17.2017

NOTD: OPI Infinite Shine 2 Icons Nail Lacquer in Funny Bunny

PRESS SAMPLE
Three coats of OPI Infinite Shine 2 Icons Nail Lacquer in Funny Bunny. Soft White Creme.

When I reached for Funny Bunny, I had my hopes set for a rich, white creme; what I wound up getting was a soft, sheer white creme - but you know what? I still love it.

Funny Bunny is one of those shades reminiscent of a French mani {which feels every bit as necessary for spring as fusion hair extensions}, with a slightly higher amount of opacity. Though it is a thin / sheer formula, it's rich - building up quickly and beautifully with no runny-ness. If you're a fan of white nails but don't always like how stark white polish can be, this is the one for you!


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4.16.2017

happy, happy easter!


Happy, Happy Easter, bunnies!


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4.15.2017

christy

christy
Zadig & Voltaire Christy Cami in ECRU.

How sassy would this be paired with tape in hair extensions for date night?!


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4.14.2017

butter LONDON Renew Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Collection Swatches + Review

A few weeks back I shared swatches of the butter LONDON Refresh Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Collection, but guess what? butter LONDON actually released two mini sets in partnership with PANTONE for 2017, and today I'm bringing you the second - also known as the Renew Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Collection. While the REFRESH collection consisted mainly of cremes {with one lone shimmer}; RENEW is mainly shimmer {with one lone creme}. Out of the two collections, I'd say that I favor this one; but I'll let you be the judge!

Fruit Dove is a Pink with Green Shimmer. Babes, there is so much visible green shimmer in the bottle of this one; but on the nail it's legit invisible. And the so-called pink? Not here ladies - this is 100% deep mauve. Despite being vastly different than what I was expecting, I'll be honest: I absolutely love this shade. Though not a bright, it reminds me so much of a berry smoothie, and who doesn't love that for summer?! Formula was fabulous - it feels a bit like a texture polish when you apply it, so it dries fast; but, it's easy to even it out. This is 2 coats.


Sheepskin is a Nude Creme. Getting right to the point: this color is weird. Though described as a nude creme, in the bottle I thought it leaned yellow, so I didn't really know what to expect; then I applied it to the nail and discovered that it is a nude creme. But a weird nude. A foundation nude, if you will. The type of nude that would actually look pretty in the form of clip in hair extensions; but doesn't translate well in the nail department. Truthfully, this color does not work for me; but I could see where it kinda sorta maybe would look okay on someone with a darker skintone. Bizarre color aside, the formula here was fab, falling just shy of one coat wonder territory. This is 2 coats.


Rose Gold is a Shimmering Bronze. I'm not really sure why they called this one Rose Gold, because it is a bronze-y copper all the way, and I absolutely adore it. I mean, who doesn't dig bronze evvvvverything for summer, amiright?! This one is super thin/sheer on coat one, but builds up to a beautiful opaque shimmer-fest with an extra swipe. Loving this baby! This is 2 coats.


Moss is a Shimmering Warm Green. Truth: Based on how the color looked in the bottle, I wasn't super excited to try Moss on for size; but it actually looks far better on the nail. Not repeat-wear better; but not horrible either. IMO Moss would be best described as a peridot shimmer due to the golden/yellow undertones, which sound pretty, but read as murky on the nail. The formula here was good. Considering this is a v light shade, I didn't expect it to build to opacity so quickly; but it did. My main frustration is how sheer it is at the tip. I've found that shimmers {especially light ones} have a tendency to be v translucent at the tips, but it still bugs me. My second frustration? Staining! This one leaves a yellow stain on nails, and that is so not okay. Out of the entire collection, this is my least favorite - I dislike it even more than Sheepskin, and that's saying something. This is 2 coats.


AVAILABILITY: ULTA and Nordstrom.

PRICE: $19.00 for the 4PC Mini Set; or $10.00 per each full-size bottle.


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4.13.2017

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Chambray + white denim will forever be one of my favorite summer combos - especially when paired with a pink lip and nail + mermaid-esque hair {human hair weave}. Happy Friday Eve babes!


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4.12.2017

march 2017 empties!

I have wanted to try ALTERNA hair products for forever, but I was always put off by the price; so when I spotted the ALTERNA Caviar Repair "Try Me" Kit {$24.99} I absolutely had to grab it - and let me say ladies, this is a hair game changer. The Repair "Try Me" Kit is geared towards taming dry/damaged/frizzy hair {all of which my hair is prone to}, and includes 3 mini products to get the job done: the Caviar Repair Rx Instant Recovery Shampoo {$49.00}, the Caviar Repair Rx Instant Recovery Conditioner {$49.00}, and the Caviar Repair Rx Re-Texturizing Protein Crème {$35.00}.

For me, the shampoo and conditioner lasted for 6 washes, and the Protein Cream lasted for about 9 washes {because you only need to use a small amount}. From the first day that I used this system, I saw a huge difference in my hair {especially around the crown of the head, where flyaways and frizz are always visible}. My hair was smoother, softer, and shinier giving it such a healthy look. The fragrance is subtle, but long-lasting {you can smell it on day two!}. I've never been a girl who can go days without washing her hair; but with this system I can skip a day here and there, and my hair still looks good. As for the Protein Cream...I love it! It's v lightweight, and you only need to use a dime-size amount on strands to get killer results. This system also works great on human hair weave - after my experience, a friend of mine used it on her extensions, and it didn't damage them at all! DEFINITE RE-BUY {I've already bought full-size versions of all 3 products!}.

Let me introduce you to my holy grail undereye brightener/concealer: the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in FAIR NEUTRAL {$28.00}. Ladies, prior to finding this bad boy I had a problem with undereye brighteners/concealers oxidizing mid-day, leaving a pink cast under my eyes that was unnatural and unflattering. I finally decided to ditch the drugstore products and try this one, and it has been perfection since day one. I don't bake {in the kitchen, or my face}, but this stuff stays in place for 12+ hours with no settling into creases or fading. I apply this daily - underneath my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and on my chin and forehead {blending it out with a damp beauty blender}; but since so little is required during each use, I can get at least 3 months out of each bottle, and that is so worth it! DEFINITE RE-BUY {I'm on my second tube}.

I live for dark, sultry fragrances, so when I saw that TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection - Tainted Love No. 62 Rollerball {$22.00} featured notes of dark vanilla bean, sandalwood, orchid, sparkling citrus..., I thought it would be perfect. I was wrong. Babes, this one was such a letdown. Yes,, the scent itself is super sexy, but it fades so quickly {we're talking a couple of hours or less}! While the staying power was bad enough, I also had a huge issue with the rollerball itself. With more than half the bottle filled with product, the rollerball basically stopped working, so I had to shake it for a few minutes to get it to release anything, which was just frustrating to do when you're trying to get ready for work. NOT a re-buy.

Back at it again with the Neutrogena products! Last year, on a whim, I purchased Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Stick in JUICY PEACH {$8.99} because the color looked bomb, and I have never looked back. This is my second tube, and it will so not be my last. If you're looking for moisture with a kick of color, I don't think you can beat this one. It glides on smoothly and really hydrates parched lips; but it also gives the prettiest hint of color and shine. The Juicy Peach shade is basically a pale nectar with subtle silver shimmer throughout, that really enhances your natural lip color. My one ish {you knew there had to be at least one, right?!} is that it's not very long-lasting, which can be kiiiind of frustrating; but since I love the color and moisture, I'll suffer in silence on that front. DEFINITE RE-BUY.

If you're a fan of Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara in BLACK, chances are that you will L-O-V-E Ciaté London Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara in BLACK MAGIC {$22.00} c/o. Like Better Than Sex, Wonderwand features a big, hourglass-shaped brush that easily coats every lash with a blackest black hue that brings eyes to life while lengthening and volumizing. Though not waterproof, I do find that this one does take a liiiittle more effort to remove at the end of the day, which isn't a dealbreaker, but something to take note of. My big problem with this product? It doesn't last. I used this for a few weeks, and found that one day it had just all dried up, and had to be tossed. Definitely not something you should experience with a $22.00 mascara, amiright? NOT a re-buy.


Have you tried any of these products before? Thoughts?


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4.11.2017

{fashion folio} date night

date night
Top: TOPSHOP Rouleau Satin Camisole Top | Bangle: Marc Jacobs Icon Cuff Bracelet in SILVER | Highlight: KAT VON D Alchemist Holographic Palette | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Despina Strappy Sandal in BLACK SUEDE | Ring: Karen London 24K Gold Plated Stone Ring in MOONSTONE | Bangle: Marc Jacobs Icon Cuff Bracelet in GOLD | Necklace: BaubleBar Aimee Y-Choker | Nails: OPI Infinite Shine 2 Icons Nail Lacquer in CAJUN SHRIMP | Denim: MOTO Rich Indigo Raw Hem Jamie Jeans | Lashes: Lancôme HYPNÔSE - Custom Volume Mascara in BLACK


Full lace wigs will give you hair for days; KAT VON D's Alchemist Holographic Palette will make you glow like whoa! There is no better combo for date night, amiright?


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4.10.2017

NOTD: Formula X The Colors Nail Polish in Majestic

Two coats of Formula X The Colors Nail Polish in Majestic. Inky Navy Creme.

When it comes to nail polish, I L-O-V-E navy blues, so I had to snag Majestic when it went half off in *cough*January*cough* {yes, it has been sitting in my stash since then}.

Like with all Formula X releases {seriously ladies, this line is bomb!}, Majestic does not disappoint. While it does lean towards the thin side {unlike these lace front wigs which are 100% lush}, it never attempts to corrupt your cuticles, and builds quickly and beautifully, leaving behind the shiny, plasticized finish that I've come to expect from Formula X. If you like them dark, you can't miss this bad boy!


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4.09.2017

basic

basic
Feel The Piece V Layer Tank in WHITE.

Nothing beats a good basic once the temps start to rise - feeling this beauty and it's slightly retro aesthetic. How perfect would it look paired with flares + stick-straight strands {human hair wigs}?


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4.08.2017

links à la mode: the IFB weekly roundup {april 6, 2017 edition}

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Inspiration galore. From redecorating one's work place to finding the perfect spring jacket, these bloggers are providing you with major essentials to get you through the changing season. Clear out some time and make room for tips on staying inspired and standing for a cause…in style, of course!

Links a la Mode, april 6




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4.07.2017

{glossies made me do it} Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush


Another month, another dose of beauty inspo! For those of you who don't remember, Glossies Made Me Do It is a monthly feature I partake in with Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag and Ashley of Happy. Pretty. Sweet. wherein each one of us selects something {a recipe, a book, a lace frontal hairstyle...} from a monthly magazine {glossy}, and try it for ourselves {made me do it}. Find out what glossies made me do for April; and visit both Lauren and Ashley today to see what glossies made them do!


Cheers to Glossies Made Me Do It for feeding my makeup habit! I've been dying to try Benefit blush for forever, so when I spotted the oh-so summer apropos Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush in the Sexy This Second piece {written by Lauren Balsamo} of the April 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine {page 78}, I put the release date on my calendar, and counted down the seconds until I could click Buy It Now!

GALifornia, which retails for $29.00, is the latest shade to hit Benefit's boxed blush line-up, and I've got to say: I think it may be their most gorgeous yet! As a Cali girl, I love the inspiration for this particular blush-meets-bronzer {not to mention the retro fabulous Haight-Ashbury box}; but it's the color itself that just gets me! If you're loving the monochromatic nectar look that is everywhere rn you will so be feeling this baby!

The color payoff here is seriously beyond, adding a stunning peachy pink sunkissed glow to your complexion. I have fair skin, and this shows up beautifully on me; but I think it would also work well on warmer skintones depending on how heavy-handed you are during application. This is a v buildable product, so you can customize it to your liking - going natural or hyper-flushed. My one qualm is that the gorgeous gold you see in the pan is an overspray detail - meaning it disappears with each use. As someone who loves to glow, I kind of wish the entire pan had that gold in it, and not just the top layer; but it's still bomb - in fact, I'm going to go so far as to call it the color of summer 2017.


Something to mention, the scent is unreal - a lush vanilla meets pink grapefruit that I literally want to bottle and spray all over my body. True story. Seriously Benefit, can you release it as a perfume?


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