WANDER BEAUTY | Wandress Dusk to Dawn Blush & Highlighter Palette Review

Product review and swatches of a travel-friendly face palette.

There is something to be said about the way a little bit of blush instantly adds life to your face. That’s why, no matter how quick or simple I want my look to be, I always throw on some blush. One of my favorite palettes to use for that is the Wander Beauty Wandress Dusk to Dawn palette.

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There are three reasons why I love this palette: the size of the overall palette, the shades of the products, and the finish on the skin.

The palette itself is pretty small; it’s just a bit larger than the palm of my hand. That coupled with the fact that it has a mirror makes it ideal for travel. Since Wander Beauty makes products with travel in mind, it makes sense.

Inside the palette are three shades: two blushes and one highlighter. Personally, I can wear all of the shades, but the highlighter is pretty gold. So, it may not look great on lighter skin tones. My favorite way to wear these blushes it to put the darker pink right on the apples of my cheeks and blending it out with the lighter peach shade, which I then dust over my nose for a naturally flushed look that works well with mostly any look. Since the palette includes a highlighter, it makes a great all-in-one face palette for when you’re traveling or on in a rush and don’t want to grab multiple products.

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The other thing I love about this palette is that all three of the products leave the skin with a soft glow. As I have mentioned a million times recently, I love a dewy base. By adding a blush and highlight with a soft sheen, as opposed to being glittery or metallic, it further makes my skin look radiant without being metallic or obviously highlighted. I also prefer this finish to matte blushes because the glow makes my skin look healthy and youthful, which is nice when the air is cold and dry.

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I highly recommend this palette to anyone who wants a small, travel-friendly blush and highlight palette. Yes, the rectangular pan sizes require a smaller blush brush, but I don’t think that it takes away from the palette in any real way. The products are long-lasting, blend well and are convenient to take on trips or to have in a gym bag.

If you’re interested in grabbing it, this palette is available on the Wander Beauty website. Other travel-friendly Wander Beauty products are available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

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ColourPop | Haul Follow-up Reviews

Full face of ColourPop products reviewed.

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I am finally back with the update to my ColourPop haul! I have finally given all of the products enough of a test to know my full thoughts… (Make sure to check out swatches down below after the reviews).

No Filter concealer in Dark 42

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This is a decent concealer. If you want a hydrating formula, this isn’t it. It is pretty matte, but I still felt like I always needed to set it with a light powder. I don’t think there is anything really wrong with it unless you have dry undereyes, but I would not repurchase it. I found myself just wanting to use it to get it out of my collection,

No Filter Foundation Stix in Dark 175W

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Here’s the bad news: I really, really, REALLY hate this as a foundation. I tried it several ways– different application techniques, primers, etc. In every instance it felt heavy and greasy all over my face. The good news? It works GREAT as a cream bronzer. The color ended up being a shade too dark, and the undertone too red for me so it worked in this way (🙏🏽). I wouldn’t recommend it as a foundation, but if you want an affordable cream bronzer, this is it. I may actually repurchase it for that use specifically. Surprise surprise. 

Best in Brow Kit in Dark Brown |includes Precision Brow Pencil, Brow Boss Pencil, Precision Brow Colour & Brow Boss Gel(not pictured)

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This kit was mentioned in my Best of Beauty 2018 countdown, so it’s no surprise that I love it (unless you’re new here- welcome!!). The products all work really well, and the price is really good. Moving forward, since the cream Colour is going to way outlast the other products, I will probably only re-purchase the Precision pencil because it is less fuss when I travel or to just throw in my bag.

Crème Gel liner in DTLA

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At first, I loved this liner. It was creamy. The payoff was great. It stayed all day. And best of all, no sharpener required. The downside to this product (like many other ColourPop products) is that is dried out super quickly. Once that happened, it would tug and pull on the lid (and subsequently break) and the payoff wasn’t that great on top of shadow. I thought I had found my new favorite navy liner (aka favorite period), but alas…. the search continues…

Jelly Much Shadow in Sweet Dreams

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This is another item that dried out super quickly (and yes, the lid was screwed on tightly). I only used it a few times before it got too dry and clumpy. Before that, it was a gorgeous cream, glitter option that mimicked the look of the Stila glitter shadows, and was easier to apply (less fallout) than my Marc Jacobs cream. Ah well…. I think they would be a good option for festival season since they are affordable and perform well when fresh. However, only buy them if you don’t plan on using them months later once they are open.

Crème Lux Lipstick in Cinnamon

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This lipstick really surprised me. Initially, I really did not like it. It felt dry and was rough to apply. After one or two uses, the formula seemed to get creamier. It started to glide onto the lips like a satin-finish lipstick, but would then dry down to an almost budge-proof matte. It did not quite have the staying power of a liquid lipstick, but it was insanely more comfortable, and wore down more evenly. Two thumbs up. 

Well, there you have it folks. Of almost a full face of ColourPop, it was basically a 50/50 split on products I liked versus the disappointments. What are your favorite ColourPop products? Let’s chat in the comments below.

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Lux Lipstick
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No filter Foundation & Concealer
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Gel Liner
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Brow Kit

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Best of Beauty 2018: Briogeo Rosarco Milk

We’ve made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty 2018 countdown. I’ve saved my favorite product for last. It’s an actual miracle worker.

Of all of the beauty products I loved in 2018, there is one that actually performs miracles: the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray.

My hair is both a gift and a curse. It is ultra thick (so thick that my scalp won’t dry for days if I don’t part my hair when air drying), highly porous, dry, and a random mix of curls and tight coils (with a few random straight strands strewn throughout). Because it is so porous, it gets dry insanely easily.

There really aren’t too many products that can hydrate my hair, and keep it feeling soft and moist (not greasy or oily) for more than a few hours after it is washed. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk spray is on the short list… aka is the entire list. Whether damp or dry, this leave-in conditioner imparts a moisture that penetrates my strands and keeps them feeling soft and hydrated way longer than any other product I’ve ever tried. Like, insanely soft.

My hair never feels soft, even fresh out of the shower. It’s like water just goes right through the hair shaft without touching it. Once I spray the Rosarco Milk, it immediately gets soaked up and seals itself in. It leaves my hair feeling good, looking shiny and smelling heavenly.

My only qualm about this product is how fast I go through it, but honestly, I don’t think it can be helped because of the amount of hair I have. I’ve already repurchased it twice this year, and am down to the last few drops. As soon as I’m out, I will be reordering it. I don’t think I will ever bother trying to find something else to replace it in my haircare routine because it’s really just that good.

What are your favorite hair products? Any miracle workers?

Well guys, we made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty products! I sincerely thank you for sticking with me to the end. Of all the products I mentioned, were there any that you’ve put on your list to try in 2019? I’d love to know!

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Best of Beauty 2018: CoverFx Perfect Pressed Powder

As the final makeup product in my Best of Beauty 2018 product, this one really stands out to me. It was my most used product of all of them, this entire year. It’s one I think every makeup wearer should keep in their purse.

One essential product that I think every Makeup wearer needs is a good pressed powder to blot oil or touch up throughout the day. The CoverFx Perfect Pressed Powder is my all-time favorite for this.

This powder, though pressed, is ultra fine and has a soft, silky texture that perfectly smooths and mattifies the skin. Even more than the Hourglass Veil, I can always count on it to never be cakey or chalky. Using the included velour puff (or even a small face brush) the powder just goes on evenly and melts into the skin, which is perfect for mid-afternoon touchups on the go.

As the final makeup product in my Best of Beauty 2018 product, this one really stands out to me. It was my most used product of all of them, this entire year.

What was you most used makeup product of 2018?

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Best of Beauty 2018: Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss in Beso

Less than seven days left of my 31-day countdown of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products in 2018. Today’s spot goes to a lipgloss that acts more like a lipstick.

2018 was the year of the glow for me. Contrary to the “everything matte” movement of 2017, I wanted my entire face to look healthy and dewy, including my lips. So, I found myself leaning heavily towards lipgloss year-round as my go-to lip product of choice.

Since I already mentioned one lipgloss in the Best of Beauty list, you may be asking: “Why do you have two HG lipglosses? They are lipgloss. How?” If you’ve ever tried to go into an Ulta or Sephora to ask for lipgloss, you know that you can get anything from crystal clear, to metallic gold, to iridescent blue, to solidly opaque red with plumping technology… and everything in between.

The Buxom gloss that I mentioned early on this month is a sheer rose color that slightly plumps the lips. On the other hand, the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine in the shade Beso is a way more opaque gloss whose pigment is comparable to some of my traditional bullet lipsticks, but with tons of shine.

For most of my makeup looks and daily activities, the mauve shade of this gloss is perfect for most occasions. It’s not too bright, but not quite a nude either. I keep it in my purse as my go to if I forgot my lipstick, or if I just don’t feel like trying to decide on a color. Additionally, the wear time on this gloss is pretty good. I can definitely have it on for a few hours before having to reapply it.

What were your favorite lip glosses in 2018? Do you prefer sheer or more opaque colors?

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Best of Beauty 2018: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz

2018 was the year of great beauty discoveries for me. So instead of just doing the top 18 of 2018, I’m using the entire month of December to give you the deets on all of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products that I picked up this year. From makeup to personal care, I’ve got you! One product for each day. Today’s product gives the ultimate dewy highlight and is perfect for mid-toned complexions… not too gold and not too icy✨

2018 was the year I really got into highlighters. Of all of the single highlighters that I’ve tried, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz has been the most natural, wet-looking highlighter (on my complexion) that I have found.

I got this highlighter as a part of the Mini Macaroons set that Becca offered this holiday season. While I enjoy the other shades, this is the one I consistently reach for. It is the perfect champagne color that looks completely natural on my skin (Opal is a bit too gold, and the other colors are rose and purple shades).

Besides the color, the texture of this highlighter is amazing. It blends gorgeously into the skin without emphasizing texture, and gives it a dewy, wet shines that makes my face look radiant and not at all metallic.

I will definitely be purchasing the full-size of this highlighter once I inevitably finish up this mini size.

What is your go-to highlighter?

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Best of Beauty 2018: Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner

In the ten plus years that I have been wearing eyeliner, I’ve tried dozens of them. This one really stands out.

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Eyeliner is something dear to my heart. Before I knew how to shape my brows or began looking for the right foundation shade, I was wearing black eyeliner. For years, if I did nothing else, I was wearing eyeliner. I got so good at it that I would apply winged eyeliner on the train on my way to school (to the shock and concern of my fellow passengers… no one wants to watch a kid stab themselves in the eye on their way to work).

So, when I say an eyeliner has made my HG list, it really must be amazing because I’ve tried dozens of them. The Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner in Black List, is a Holy Grail for me.

The Ink is a potted gel formula in an inkwell pot (that looks super cute on my desk btw). The gel is an ultra-black gel cream with a super smooth, easy to apply consistency. Once it quickly dries down, this liner does not budge. I know that even if the rest of my face melts off, my wings will stay in tact all day. (I will caution that it will transfer if you rub your eyes, but I don’t often do that.)

If you are looking for a good gel liner, that you apply with a brush, this is a really good one. With so much product in the pot, it will last you quite a while as well.

What is your favorite way to apply eyeliner- Pencil, liquid, gel? Let’s chat!

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