Prime + shine: Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Primer

I’m always on the hunt for a great primer.

Over the years I’ve collected my fair share of primers, from both drugstore and luxury brands. Truthfully, I’m not too picky when choosing one for my makeup, as very rarely have I come across a primer I haven’t liked. With that being said, since most seem to work for me and my skin type, very rarely will a primer really impress me.

Until now.

I received the Stila Lingerie Soufflé’s Skin Perfecting Primer (C$47) about a month or so back and was instantly struck by how beautiful the packaging is. Typically with primers they come in some form of a squeeze tube, however, this one is housed in a stunning glass jar in the shape of a star with a jewel-encrusted lid with the brand’s name on top. Definitely impressive.

Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Primer

This primer, available in two tones (illuminating and bronzing), has a variety of functions to give you the perfect makeup application.  First thing you’ll notice when you apply this is how refreshing it is on the skin, thanks to its whipped gel formula. In fact, it contains over 70 per cent water making it a nice treat on your skin (it also has some natural botanicals thrown in for the most comfortable wear… seriously, it’s so refreshing!).

As for the actual priming factor, this product has light-refracting pearls which add a natural-looking glow with a blurring, skin-perfecting effect. You’ll notice that once you apply your foundation over top it will go on so smoothly. Sometimes with primers you will feel a tackiness to the skin, but not with this one, it literally makes all your other beauty products just glide on the skin.

Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Primer and Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows

Stila also offers a foundation in the Lingerie Soufflé’s Skin Perfecting line as well if you want to complete the set. I have not tried it, but I believe that the formula is very similar to the primer.

Now, since we are on the Stila topic, I just have to mention that one of my all-time favourite beauty products ever came out with some new shades. I absolutely love the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows (C$31) and they recently released some new shades. Although I truly believe that everyone and their mom should have Kitten Karma in their collection, if you have blue eyes like me, then you’ll probably love Tulip Twinkle, which is a rosy pink shade, with some sparkle of course!

Stila Glitter + Glow Eyeshadow

If you aren’t familiar with the Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadows, they are a liquid eyeshadow with a doe-foot applicator allowing you to intricately apply incredible luster and shimmer to the eyes.  If you are a fan of glitter shadows but find that they look way better in the pan than on the lids, then you’ll love these since you can really pack on the shine. Best of all, they dry down to a comfortable wear (not gritty), and since it’s a liquid product, you won’t have any of that annoying fall out.

I was already impressed with the Glitter & Glow shadows, so I knew I would love their new shade Tulip Twinkle, what really impressed me though was how much I loved the primer. Like I said, very rarely will a primer blow me away, but I have to say that this one has instantly become a new highlight for me when applying my makeup. I love the way it makes my skin feel and my foundation look. So both are totally a win-win!

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow pink swatched

Have you tried any of the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows? What about Stila’s new Lingerie Soufflé primer?

Please note, I received these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

 

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Floral fixation: Three Mother’s Day items from Avon

In a bind over what to get mom this Mother’s Day?

I remember when I was a kid my mom would order Avon items for us all the time. As I grew older, I started to explore other brands, but Avon will forever be that OG brand of skincare and makeup that reminds me of my mom.  That’s why today’s post is just perfect for Mother’s Day.

Avon Mother's Day gift guide Avon Iconic Blooming Blush Palette

Avon has a number of different affordable options available to gift mom this year. My favourite item, hands down is their new blush palette, the Iconic Blooming Blush Palette (C$14.99), which features four cheek-friendly shades in a slim palette. Open the lid to reveal four blushes, all embossed with a beautiful floral design. At $15, this palette is incredibly affordable and would pair well with other Avon items or even flowers to gift along with this.

If you’re looking to keep it strictly to makeup, then I highly recommend you pair the blush palette with their Iconic Lipstick in pink (C$12, on sale for C$6!). This lipstick comes in the cutest packaging and leaves you with a shimmery frosted pink shade that is super flattering on the lips. This lipstick is also super buttery to wear and will instantly become mom’s favourite shade.

Avon Iconic Lipstick in pink

Finally, you really can’t go wrong with a fragrance. Complete the set with Avon’s Flourish Honey Blossom Eau de Perfum spray (C$30, on sale for C$19.99!).

This perfum comes house in a beautiful floral bottle and has notes of apple blossom, lively honeysuckle nectar, and radiance vanilla orchid.  It smells like the start of summer and every time mom wears it she’ll instantly think of you.

Avon Iconic Lipstick and Honey Blossom perfume

The best part, for me, about Avon products is the nostalgia that my mom used to order us Avon as a kid, and with these stunning items, you can really help celebrate that it’s come full circle with the brand.  Not only are these products truly beautiful in person and applied, but they are also super affordable to pick up.

So get on your local Avon seller and order these ASAP, I know your mom will love them!

What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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The big glow: Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm collection

Looking for an out-of-this-world glow? Then you need to take a look at Charlotte Tilbury’s Glowgasm collection.

Glowgasm, which came out earlier this spring, features three Beauty Light Wands and a face palette.  The collection is designed to give you an ethereal glow that radiates skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty light Wand

The Beauty Light Wands (C$50 each or available as a set for C$132) aren’t new to the line, but Tilbury released three new shades for this collection. These are a liquid highlight/blush product that is in a squeeze tube which you can apply to your face either with your fingers or directly from the rounded brush. The three shades are Goldgasm, a golden highlighter aimed to give you that soft-focused, candle-lit glow; Pinkgasm, a glowing high blush designed to give you rosy pink cheeks; and Peachgasm, which delivers pinky-peach colour to the cheeks with a wash of a sun-kissed glow.

I did find all three colours to be quite similar in shade and also expected them to be a bit more shimmery on the skin.  The applicator makes it super easy to apply these to the cheeks and cheekbones since your squeeze them to allow the product to be dispensed in the sponge. I’m used to an out-of-this-world highlighter, but these are more of a subtle touch, which is great for those who don’t wear highlighters often or are looking for a more natural, flushed look. Since these are a liquid formula, they are perfect for summertime since I tend to gravitate more towards creams and liquids since they are more comfortable to wear on the skin as opposed to powder.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand tip

If powder if more your jam though, then you need to look into the Glowgasm Face Palette (C$95), which are two stunning palettes filled with two highlighters, a blush, and a bronzer for the ultimate cheek palette.

First off, this palette is stunning to look at. The outside of it features a beautiful crystal appearance and inside the products are designed to be eye-catching when opened. I received LoveGasm, which is the darker of the palettes. As for the powders themselves, there is a soft champagne (Light It), a rose gold highlight to layer up with (Glow It), a rosy blush (Pop It), and a neutral cocoa blush to contour (Bronze It).

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette

Compared to other face palettes I own, I do have to say that you may want to go in with a heavy hand when using this. The powders are very sheer, which is great if you don’t want to go too overboard, but I found I had to really get my brush in there in order to see the colour on my skin. I think what they were trying to do with this palette is give you the effect of a filter, so it just subtly makes your skin that much better.

For those CT diehards, I would recommend purchasing both a Beauty Light Wand and the palette to really layer on the glow. I found I didn’t get the most blinding highlight from this collection, but that’s okay since that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I think that this collection is perfect to have since it gives you more of a refined, everyday kind of glow that really will never go out of style.

Charlotte Tilbury GlowGasm collection swatched

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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