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I am so excited to do this review of the Skindinavia makeup setting sprays.   I’ve been using them now for years and fall more in love with them every day.  They are the key to making your makeup last all day and night!

Setting spray is one of those beauty products that you don’t know you need and then once you use it, you will never do makeup without it ever again.   The purpose of setting spray is to keep makeup in place for an extended period of time.  With it, my makeup stays in place 10-16 hours.  If I forget to use it, I feel like I’ve just wasted my makeup, it fades that much faster.

Also, If you saw my posts my the concealer and foundation routines for 35+ skin, you know that this setting spray is one of the key elements in keeping my makeup looking fresh and prevents it from settling in fine lines.  Hello!  Who wouldn’t want that?

Product Details

  • size | .66 oz (travel size), 4 oz, or 8 oz
  • price | $11, $29, $39
  • packaging | bottle with spray nozzle with an extra long tube (so all of the product gets used)
  • formula | liquid, sprays in an ultra-fine mist
  • comes in three formulas: Traditional, Oil-Control, and Bridal
  • where to buy | beautylish. amazon . prime

Performance

Are all setting sprays created equal?  Heck no.  Which is why I’ve come to love Skindinavia’s sprays so much.

I’ve tried over ten brands of setting sprays and had mediocre results in terms of the product working, feeling too heavy on my skin, causing a reaction, or the packaging not spraying the product evenly.  Sometimes I think it’s great to experience products that are mediocre or even bad, because they make you appreciate the great products that much more.

I have honestly never used a setting spray that has even come close to the Skindinavia sprays.  The closest ones are from Urban Decay and guess what…they are made by Skindinavia (the formulas are slightly different).

Skindinavia’s sprays feel light on your skin.  It’s a very refreshing initial mist and once it dries down, the product feels as light as air.  It also makes my makeup feel lighter and fresher.

I’ve never had any itching (giant pet peeve), redness, or skin reaction with Skindinavia sprays.  I actually think they’ve kept my skin in better condition, because I’m not touching, blotting, or itching my skin throughout the day.

How It Works

According to Skindinavia, this is how their sprays lock makeup in place:  “Skindinavia’s patented technology forms a lightweight, breathable web working with your makeup that slowly releases over 16 hours. The timed-release evaporation retains moisture longer while also drawing heat away from the skin as it slowly evaporates throughout the day. The results are fresh, cool makeup for up to 16 hours.”

Which Spray Is Right For You

I primarily use the Traditional formula, because I have dry skin.  The Bridal version is great for a soft-glow focus (think flash photos), I just don’t love it in my t-zone, to be honest.  The Oil-Control is incredible for oily skin.  It gives a matte finish that lasts all day.  In the winter, the Oil-Control version makes my dry skin feel a bit tight, but I love it in the summer.

Also, if you tend to get breakouts around your jawline or hairline from makeup remnants, etc, Skindinavia’s Post Makeup Recovery Spray is amazing!  I just spray a little over the irritated area and by the next day, my skin is back to normal.  It has a really nice blend of zinc and copper, along with some other acne fighting ingredients.

Packaging

Another thing I love about these sprays is that the Skindinavia bottle has an extra fine mist.  It gently covers your skin in a sheer mist that is 100% heavenly (scientific fact) to spray.  It’s such a nice, luxurious feeling way to finish to doing your makeup.

Also, I love that the tube inside the bottle is extra long, so that all your product eventually gets sprayed.  There is zero waste, you use every last drop!

How To Use

Skindinavia recommends spraying in a “X” formation back and forth over your face, holding the bottle about 8-12 inches from your face.  If you hold the bottle too close, you’ll get a wet spray vs a fine mist.   I find that misting about 8 inches away from my face is best for me.

A wet spray will disrupt your makeup, leave droplets marks and wet spots, whereas a mist will settle gently and evenly and become one with your makeup.

If you read the concealer/foundation posts and watched the concealer and foundation videos, you know one of my all-time favorites setting spray tricks is to spray directly into my beautyblender then bounce that into my skin to “finish” the look of my base products.  This makes them look like skin, takes away any product heaviness feeling, and sets the base products for extra-long wear.

I have found that I like to spray into my blender, and then also do a generous spray of two to three “X” mists once I’m done my makeup.  You can see me spray it here in this tutorial. More is better for me when it comes to setting spray.  Just remember to hold the bottle at least eight inches away from your face!

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In Conclusion

Skindinavia sprays are a makeup must-have for me.  I can not do makeup, mine or client’s, without one of them.  This is one of my few “no comparison” makeup items, because truly, nothing else compares to Skindinavia!

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My Gals.  My Homies.  My People.  How often are you washing your makeup brushes?  The general consensus among my friends is never…(hard gulp).

When I asked my friends why they weren’t washing their brushes more often, the three biggest responses were 1: time, it felt epic, like it was going to take forever  2: they didn’t what product to use to clean them and 3: they’d wash their brushes and there would be makeup still stuck inside the brush.

I’ve been using my brush cleaning method for so long that I’d forgotten that makeup used to get stuck inside the brush!  It’s so gross to find that makeup mixed with soap remnants stuck inside your brush.  I promise you, my method gently but thoroughly gets rid of all makeup, leaving your brushes looking as new as the day you bought them.

Why Washing Your Brushes Is Important

It’s important to wash your brushes because:

1 | Makeup applies better.  Dirty brushes create muddy, indistinct colors and streaky makeup. Think about if you mixed every eyeshadow you owned together.  You’d probably get a brown shade that looks like mud.  That’s what’s going on your face if you don’t keep them fresh.

Keeping your brushes clean will make doing makeup so much easier and faster, with better results.

2 | Brushes can harbor bacteria.  Imagine if you always applied makeup with your hands and never washed your hands.  YUCK.  That’s whats happening when you don’t wash your brushes.  Those germs and that dirt are going on your face, skin, and into your eyes.

The best, most expensive skincare in the world is a complete waste if you are brushing germs, bacteria, and old makeup into your skin and letting it sit there for 12 hours or more.

How To Save Time

Washing your brushes doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing full hour of cleaning.  Once a week, pick 3-5 of your brushes and wash them.  It will take less than five minutes.  By the end of the month, you’ll have washed all your brushes at least once.

Also, (if you are an all-or-nothing type person) my method gets them so clean that you won’t waste time rewashing the same brush.

Best Cleansing Products 

My golden rule for brush cleaning is to never use anything on your brushes that you wouldn’t use to wash your face.

This means no washing with dawn dish soap or other harsh cleansers.  They will strip your natural bristle brushes and dry them out.  Any remnants of soap will get on your skin.  No one wants dish soap sitting on their skin all day.

I use cleansing oil from DHC for my natural bristle brushes and beautyblender sponge and baby soap for my synthetic brushes.

Why: Brushes with natural bristles (squirrel, goat, etc) need cleansing oil to keep soft, just like your hair.   Synthetic brushes are man-made materials and don’t need oil to stay soft or keep their shape.

The cleansing oil gently removes makeup and hydrates the bristles so that they stay soft.  Baby soap is also gentle and effective at removing makeup.  It’s less hydrating than cleansing oil, but synthetic fabrics don’t need conditioning.

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How To Clean Your Brushes

Step 1 | Make sure your hands are dry.  Put one pump of cleanser into your palm.

Step 2 | Swirl your brush around in the cleanser.

Step 3 | Gently massage the cleanser into the center of the brush and all around the sides, working in a clockwise motion to make sure you get all the way around the brush.  Open the bristles and make sure that your soap has really gotten into the inside of the brush.  This is the key to making sure all the makeup dissolves.

Step 4 | * SUPER IMPORTANT * Set the brush down horizontally with the edge over the sink and let it sit there for 1-5 minutes.  This gives the cleansing oil or soap a chance to really dissolve every last bit of makeup.  Think about it this way, you don’t put a pot of water on the stove and expect it to instantly boil, right?  Soap and cleansing oils also need some time to work their most efficiently.

Step 5 | It’s time to rinse!  Using lukewarm water, hold the silicone mat in one hand and lightly run the brush back and forth over the bumps.  If you don’t have a mat, you can gently massage the bristles with your hands.  The mats are really affordable though and in my opinion, help get brushed cleaner vs hands only rinsing.  Continue to rinse the brush until the water runs clear.

Step 6 | Lightly squeeze the brush into a dry towel to get out any excess water.  Reshape the bristles with your hands if needed and lay the brush horizontally with the bristles hanging over the edge of the sink.  They need air to dry properly.  It’s also really important that they be dried horizontal or with the bristles facing down if you have a brush drying rack.   You don’t want any water to get in where the bristles are attached to the base of the brush as this can cause the glue to loosen and allows mildew and mold to grow.  So dry them horizontal or downward! I let mine dry overnight and then put them back in their storage containers.

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I get tons of requests for a great foundation.  It’s probably the biggest question I get after hair color questions.  While I’m happy to share all my favorite foundations in this post, beyond the actual product, the technique is so, so important.

This post is all about the changes I’ve made on how I do my foundation in my mid to late 30’s vs my early 20’s. This technique gives me the medium coverage I like, without accentuating fine lines around my eyes or on my forehead.  As I said in the concealer video, I don’t mind aging, I actually really love it, but I still want to look my best and for me that means glowing and fresh!

Foundation Technique

1 | Skin Prep

Just like in my concealer technique post, skin prep is the biggest change I’ve made in my 30’s.  I love using a jade roller when I’m in a rush and the ZIIP device when I am working from home or have an event. It makes your skin look like you just got a facial.

Both help with lymphatic drainage, depuffing your face and bringing the contours back to your cheeks, while smoothing out undereye areas.

2 | Hydrate

After washing my face, I apply this toner/serum with my hands (no cotton rounds) and then apply eye cream and moisturizer. I noticed the toner helps my face stay more hydrated and the eye cream and face lotion helps to plump skin and create a nice, hydrated base for makeup.

This helps the makeup glide on and prevents dry patches that makeup can stick to and create unwanted texture.

3 | Primer

I used to really go either way on primer, like ehh if I’m moisturized enough then maybe I don’t need it?

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that certain primers can really help with smoothing out forehead lines and visible pores around my chin.

The key is to look for a primer that is thin and spreads easily, without a heavy, thick silicone feeling.  A thin primer gives me the smoothing I want, without this super blurred or facetuned look.

4 | Blending Neck and Chest

If you are lucky enough to not have any sun damage, you might be able to skip this step. I however, am fair skinned with sun damage on my chest.

The best way to blend my face makeup and make it look more natural is to apply a tinted moisturizer to my neck and chest. This gives a little color and smoothness to my neck, without any heaviness or visible makeup. I set with a setting spray to prevent the tint from transferring to clothing.

5 | Foundation

We are like, finally here, right gang!?  I know it seems like we’ve already done a zillion steps, but in reality the first four steps only take me about a minute or two to do before it’s time for foundation.

With foundation, I’ll apply one pump all over my face and blend.  Then, I spot touch up any places I feel like I need a little more coverage.  Applying this way saves me from doing two layers all over, which can accentuate fine lines on the forehead or around my eyes and mouth.

I also choose foundations with a more satin or dewy finish vs. a matte finish.

6 | Setting

Baking is a technique where you apply a lot of powder all over your face and let it sink in to stop foundation from moving.  It’s honestly a great technique on young, oily skin, but on dry or mature skin it just doesn’t work.  It will accentuate any little patch or dry area and makes lines look deep.

To set my makeup using minimal amounts of powder, I like to spray two pumps of setting spray directly in the round bottom area of my beauty blender.  I squish this in, then bounce that all over my foundation.  This will help set the makeup for 10-14 hours.  It’s one of my top secrets for bridal or e-com (online catalogue) makeup, where the models will be changing a 100 times a day.  I never share this secret, but heck, we are friends, so here you go.

After this, I’ll use a tiny amount of setting powder, my favorites are Hourglass Veil and Laura Mercier, on a pointed Wayne Goss brush.  I apply under my eyes at the inner corner, in the t-zone, around the sides of my nose, and at the corners of my forehead.

It’s important to use the most minimal amount of powder possible.  You’ll get the semi-matte finish you want, without a heavy look.

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This concealer technique really changed how my makeup looks!  After I turned 35, so many of my favorite products and techniques that I tried just didn’t flatter my skin anymore.  After switching to this technique, my makeup looks brighter and fresh again.  I use this on myself and on makeup clients in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

Concealer Technique

1 | Skin Prep

I now use either a jade roller for quick lymphatic drainage (a.k.a. depuffing) or the ZIIP Beauty device for drainage and long term collagen rebuilding (lifting).  I’ve found that even just a few quick rolls on each side really wakes up my eyes.  I tend to use the jade roller when I’m in a rush and the ZIIP device when I have a little time (I use it while I’m checking emails) or it’s a big event.  I find that the jade roller depuffs really nicely and the ZIIP depuffs and gives a bit of an instant skin tightening/lift.

2 | Hydrate

A hydrated under eye area looks so much brighter and holds onto product better.  I love and use this DHC one.  Hydrating eye cream is essential for a concealer base it helps prevent concealer from clinging to dry patches.  It also helps minimize any fine lines.

3 |  Correct

I just did a whole post on the Becca corrector.  In short, it’s amazing because it corrects the blueish purple tones at the inner corner and under eye area.  I use so much less concealer because I’m not piling on three layers to get rid of dark circles.

4 | Conceal

The biggest changes I made to my concealer routine are:

  • Placement  |  I keep the product placement limited to my inner corner to my mid-eye.  I didn’t apply any product past the middle of the eye, so that it doesn’t settle into lines on the outer corners.
  • Quantity  |  I use the smallest possible amount of product I can, blend it out, then add more as needed.  These light layers help prevent creasing and product settling into fine lines.

5 | Set

Okay, this is another area where a simple switch has made a huge difference!! Instead of putting a ton of powder over the blended concealer (a.k.a. “baking”), I use setting spray, spritzed directly into my blender, squished in, and then set my concealer by bouncing the blender into my skin.  Watch the video if you want to see the bounce technique up close!

Then after using spray, if I still need a bit more setting, I’ll ever-so-lightly dust a soft-finish setting powder over the triangle.   Using the spray first eliminates the need for a ton of powder and gives your concealer and skin an overall softer appearance.

Results |

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That’s it!  I should also mention, this concealer technique works no matter what order you do your makeup in.  I generally do my concealer first, then eye makeup, then the rest of my face.  But you can do concealer after foundation as well if that suits your preference.

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My eye brow routine and favorite products for strawberry blondes has probably been one of my most requested videos and posts this year!  It took me so long to put this together because I felt like I hadn’t found that perfect combination of shades yet to match my darker brown brows to my colored light red hair.

I have tried at least 50 different brow products and countless combinations of them.  Every brow look was coming out either too red and fake looking, super muddy, or really dark.  I just never felt like I had the right combination to share until this now.

This tutorial is best for people who color their hair, like me, and are trying to match their natural brows to their new hair color.  If you are a natural redhead, you can skip using the darker color and begin step 1 with the caramel shades.

My Go-To Brow Routine for Strawberry Blonde Hair

1 | Shape

This step is so important!  This is where I went wrong for so long by trying to use Taupe or Blonde shades as my outline shade.  Once I found the pencil shade that matches my natural dark brown brow hair exactly, it’s been smooth sailing.  Getting a perfect match makes all the difference.

Creating the outline and shape of your brows allows you to make them even and fill in bald patches.  I over tweezed and had those super thin 90’s brows that were really popular.  My bald patches are finally growing back thanks to serums, but I definitely still have some sparse areas.

My brows are completely different shapes and sizes, so creating an outline helps even them out and give a nice sense of proportion to my face.

Important Details |

  • Pressure is really important with this darker shade.  I am barely touching my skin.  If you press too hard, the color will come out way too dark and unnatural looking.
  • It’s also important to only draw little lines that look like brows, instead of one continuous line.  Just think of drawing one brow hair, then pick up your pencil and draw another.  Practice on your hand first if you need to.
  • Start at the arch and fill in there first.  You’ll be surprised how much creating the tail of the brow first changes the look of your face.  Most people barely need any product at the beginning of the brow.  Filling in the arch and tail of brows first will help you get a much more natural look.
  • From the arch to the tail and the area right before the arch, I use horizontal strokes.  At the beginning of the brow, as you’ll see in the video, I switch to vertical strokes to mimic the way my brows naturally grow in.

2 | Red Tones

Now that my brows have structure, I start to add in the reddish tones.  I like the Anastasia Beverly Hills products because they have the most real-looking red shades.  Nothing is too warm or overly red.  I will take either the brow wiz, pencil, or occasionally dip brow (but it’s easy to go overboard with dip brow!) and start to add some brow-like strokes at the arch and then beginning of my brows.

I still keep the pressure light with the Caramel shades, to keep the overall effect soft vs bold.  Side note, using this soft pressure also means you use less product, so your brow wiz’s will last longer!

3 | Set

Brow gel helps keep the brows in place and makes the pencil products last longer.

Again, I like Anastasia’s tones the most for brow gel, as the caramel shade is a perfect balance of reds and browns.  Also, the formula has a satin finish, which is important, as the satin mimics the look of a natural glossy brow hair.  You don’t want to get a formula that is too glass-like, glittery, or matte.

Anastasia Beverly Hills really nails the shades and product finish, which is why I end up using so many of her products.  Btw, this post isn’t sponsored (I wish it was!), I just truly think ABH has the most natural looking brow shades and textures.

4 | Create Hair

I like to create a few vertical hairs at the beginning of my brows.  I’ve found that this gives them a softer and lighter look.  It also helps even them out and make them look more similar.

I use the tiniest amount of dip brow to make these “hairs.”  I scoop a small bit onto the lid of the brow container. The amount is important to keep the brow stroke looking natural.

From there, I get enough to make a thin line and test it on the lid to make sure I don’t have too much product on the brush.  It’s important to use a brow brush that is super thin, but still has a nice amount of pressure.  The thin tip is important so that you can create a brush stroke that looks like real hair.

Starting at the base of the front of each brow, I draw a thin line from bottom to top.  I create anywhere from 2-4 brow hairs on each side.

I do the dip brow after the gel, because I found that any blending (from the gel brush) made the dip brow look muddy and I prefer the lines to stay crisp.

5 | Clean Up

This step is really important.  Clean up the edge of your brows with either an eyeshadow or concealer one shade lighter than your skin.  This makes your brows look really polished and helps keep the brow products in place all day.

Take either a bit of powder shadow or a concealer that sets to dry finish on a concealer brush.  Make sure you have only a tiny amount of product on the brush.  Using the thin side of the brush, draw a line directly below and then above the arch of your brow and then blend away from the brow.

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And … that is my whole brow routine.  I know it’s a ton of products, but because I only use a little of each, they last me forever.

In the video it takes me a bit longer, as I’m talking through each step.  In day-to-day, this brow routine takes me five to six minutes total. I’ve done it in one to two minutes in a complete rush.

Even if I’m only wearing a little foundation, concealer and bronzer that day, I always make sure to have my brows done, as it makes such a huge difference in pulling my look together.

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Brow Wiz | shades used: ebony + caramel

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Brow Gel | shade used: caramel

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Dip Brow | shade used: ash brown

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skin tone eye shadow | mac blanc type is a good pick for fair skin

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Ever since I discovered the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, I have been flat out obsessed with it.  I notice a huge difference when I use it vs. days I don’t.  It quickly camouflages dark under eye circles without making me pile on concealer.

In short, this corrector brightens the dark tones at the inner corners and underneath the eyes by reflecting light and adding a soft peach tone.

I wanted to do a quick demo video, as I’ve gotten a lot of comments and emails from people about applying the product correctly.

Product Info

  • comes in two shades: Light/Medium (best for fair-medium skin tones) + Medium/Deep (best for darker medium to deep skin tones)
  •  retails for $32
  • .16 ounce (I’m still on my first pot from 3 years ago!)
  • corrects and brightens darks circles and tones around the eye
  • can be used before concealer or on it’s own for lighter makeup days

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How I Use

I treat this product as a skin care product.  I apply my serum, then eye cream, and facial moisturizer, then tap this product on.

There are two KEY elements to the corrector really working perfectly for you.

1 | amount of product used – I gently tap my finger to the top of the jar, then lift.  I don’t press down.  I don’t pick up a ton of product.  You only need the teeniest, tiniest amount of product.  Whatever amount I pick up from that light tap is what I use for both eyes.  I tap a bit under each eye and then go back and blend.

2 | placement – I make sure that I only place the corrector where my inner corners and under eyes are blueish-purple.  When I first tried the corrector, I placed it like I would concealer, but that actually gives so much reflection and shine that my face and cheeks looked sweaty all day.  When I started placing it correctly, only on the blueish-purple tones that it’s mean to counter, I looked awake, not sweaty.

It seems like the biggest problem I kept hearing from people who had tried the corrector was that it was causing their concealer to crease.  When I told them how little I actually use and they tried decreasing their application, the creasing problem went away.  Less is definitely more with the Becca corrector!

Here is a quick video demo, I hope this makes everything super clear on how I use the corrector to hide my dark circles prior to applying concealer.

Video Tutorial

How to Hide Dark Under Eye Circles with the Becca Corrector - YouTube

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If you’ve been searching for the perfect eye cream, look no further.  This DHC one is hands down my most favorite eye cream, so this post is going to be fairly short and sweet.

Product | DHC coQ10 eye cream

Size | .88 oz (most eye creams are only .5 oz)

Price | $39

Packaging |  Plastic tube (squeezable) with screw cap.

Texture | medium/thick cream, spreads and blends easily.

Years I’ve Used | 4.5+ years

Shop Online | dhcdermstore . amazon

Why I Love It |  It brightened my skin in about three weeks.  The skin around my eyes was looking a little dull and sagging.  I started using the cream without any expectations, as I tried many of “meh” eye creams before.

I was so surprised when I looked in the mirror a few weeks later and saw that the skin around my eyes was noticeably brighter and firmer.  I dug a little deeper into the benefits of coQ10, as the skin around my eyes was s much bouncier and healthier looking than the rest of my face.  Now, I also use coQ10 “lotion” all over as my toner and serum.

coQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that we naturally have in our body.  It starts to decline after age 30, which is why it’s important to start adding it into your anti-aging skincare routine.  coQ10 helps prevent future skin damage from the environment, firms skin and fine lines and helps promote collagen in the body.

This cream brightens the skin around my eyes.  My skin glows from the inside out.  The tone and texture of my skin looks like it did 10-15 years ago.  Some wrinkles are inevitable, the smile lines around my eyes are definitely still there.  However, in the last 5 years that I’ve been using this cream I don’t think they’ve gotten significantly deeper and they have definitely gotten softer looking, which is saying something as I approach 40.

It should be noted that extreme dark circles and bags are generally due to a combination of genetics, sleep deprivation, diet, and water intake.  The only way to address these is by increasing circulation, sleeping more, eating “clean”, and drinking more water (which I understand is oddly the most annoying advice on the planet).  Jade rolling really helps with circulation.  I just want to be realistic that no topical eye cream will eliminate dark circles and purple or blue tones under the skin.  But this eye cream does brighten the skin and area over the dark circles.

This eye cream causes zero irritation for me, it’s really gentle on my sensitive eyes.  It also doesn’t cause my mascara or eye makeup to move or smudge.

The texture is the perfect weight and so hydrating, without being greasy at all!  My under eye area looks hydrated and healthy.  Concealer blends easily and looks smooth.

In Conclusion | The DHC coQ10 eye cream is the only eye cream I’ll use.  I try everything I can get my hands on as a beauty blogger, but I always go back to this one.  This is truly the best eye cream I’ve ever used and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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This is part 4 of my swatch posts for the Topshop beauty relaunch.  The new range is absolutely gorgeous!  This post covers their highlighters, face and eye gloss (!), bronzers, and blushes.

I took SO many photos that I had to divide this post up into four parts:

Part 1 | Foundation . Concealer . Powder

Part 2 | Lipstick . Lip gloss . Lip Liner

Part 3 | Eye Shadow . Shadow Sticks . Eye Glitter Shadows . Brow Gel

Part 4 | Highlighter . Face Gloss . Bronzer . Blush

Product Details

If you aren’t familiar with Topshop beauty, it’s a full line of products: primers, foundations, concealers, blush, highlighter, eye shadows, brow products, lipsticks, bronzers and powders.  The line is priced just above drugstore prices but below mid and high-end brands.

The best part of the line is that the products DELIVER.  The quality is so good that it rivals or beats high-end brands.  Most of the line is produced in Italy (known for producing high-end makeup formulas) and the pencils are produced in Germany (known for producing the best pencils).

Price | The entire range is priced between $13-$22 USD.

Packaging | The relaunched line has sleek metal and black packaging.   The packaging feels luxurious and high-end, with a nice, moderate weight.

Cruelty-free | The entire line is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, which is super hard to get.  This means no product or ingredient was tested on animals at any point of the production process.

Shop | You can shop Topshop Beauty online or in some stores.

Swatches

Before we get to the photos, full disclosure, the lighting in Topshop was not great.  I will add more as my order comes in and can take photos of my shades in better lighting.  But I wanted to get the full range so that everyone can find their shade.

Additionally, the links below are all my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase using this link, at no additional cost to you.  I ask that you please use these links if you found this post helpful, as it helps support future blog posts.  Thank you!

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Glow Powder, $16, available in 3 shades. (sunbeam not pictured)

Texture | baked highlighter, can be applied wet or dry.  Smooth powder and very pigmented even dry.  Wet will produce maximum intensity.

Packaging | round compact.

Glow Pot, $16, available in 2 shades.

Texture |  cream product, spreads fairly easily, very pigmented.  Sets to a dry touch finish.

Packaging |  glass pot with lid.

Glow Liquid, $19, available in 2 shades.

Texture |  smooth liquid, spread easily, very pigmented.  Sets to a dry touch finish.

Packaging |  glass container with dropper.

Chameleon Highlighter, $19, available in 1 shade.

Texture |  smooth powder with micro glitter.

Packaging | square plastic compact with mirror in lid.

Shop | Glow Powder . Glow Pot . Glow Liquid . Chameleon Highlighter

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Glass Ultra Gloss, $14, available in 1 shade.

Texture |  meant for eye lids or as a highlighter.  Smooth gel, spreads very easily, gives dewy finish to eye lids or cheekbones.

Packaging |  plastic squeeze tube with lid.

Shop Glass Ultra Gloss.

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Bronzing Powder, $19, available in 2 shades.

Texture |  smooth powder, silky to touch, pigmented.

Packaging |  black plastic container with flip top lid.

Shop Bronzer.

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Powder Blush, $14, available in 6 shades and matte and shimmer textures.

Texture | silky, very smooth powder, finely blended.  Nice balance of pigment but still remaining sheer, like a true cheek flush.

Packaging |  square compact with mirror in lid.

Shop Powder Blush | matte . shimmer

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I hope this post was helpful!!  I will do a try-on post and full review when my order arrives and then I’ll link that post here.  Topshop does not allow returns on opened or used cosmetics, so you definitely want to get the right shade.

Leave me a comment below what you favorite shades are!  I want to hear what you think.

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This is part three of my swatch posts for the new Topshop Beauty relaunch!  This post covers their chameleon eyeshadows (a personal favorite product) and the shadow sticks, eye glitter shadows, and brow gels.

I took SO many photos that I had to divide this post up into four parts:

Part 1 | Foundation . Concealer . Powder

Part 2 | Lipstick . Lip gloss . Lip Liner

Part 3 | Eye Shadow . Shadow Sticks . Eye Glitter Shadows . Brow Gel

Part 4 | Highlighter . Face Gloss . Bronzer . Blush

Product Details

If you aren’t familiar with Topshop beauty, it’s a full line of products: primers, foundations, concealers, blush, highlighter, eye shadows, brow products, lipsticks, bronzers and powders.  The line is priced just above drugstore prices but below mid and high-end brands.

The best part of the line is that the products DELIVER.  The quality is so good that it rivals or beats high-end brands.  Most of the line is produced in Italy (known for producing high-end makeup formulas) and the pencils are produced in Germany (known for producing the best pencils).

Price | The entire range is priced between $13-$22 USD.

Packaging | The relaunched line has sleek metal and black packaging.   The packaging feels luxurious and high-end, with a nice, moderate weight.

Cruelty-free | The entire line is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, which is super hard to get.  This means no product or ingredient was tested on animals at any point of the production process.

Shop | You can shop Topshop Beauty online or in some stores.

Swatches

Before we get to the photos, full disclosure, the lighting in Topshop was not great.  I will add more as my order comes in and can take photos of my shades in better lighting.  But I wanted to get the full range so that everyone can find their shade.

Additionally, the links below are all my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase using this link, at no additional cost to you.  I ask that you please use these links if you found this post helpful, as it helps support future blog posts.  Thank you!

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Longwear Eye Crayon, $14, available in 10 shades. (8 shades pictured – not pictured: Underdog, Neat)

Texture | extremely smooth glide, set within 60 seconds for longwear.  Blendable for that minute until set.

Packaging | chubby crayon with cap, must sharpen.

Favorite shades | Art Club . Realm . Dark Horse

Shop Longwear Eye Crayon.

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Chameleon Eye Shadow, $16, available in 4 shades.

Texture | smooth, silky shadow with micro glitter particles.  These shadows are the Bees Knees, my friends.  There truly is not other product like them, they give the coolest duo chrome color flip, while still looking sheer and wearable on the eye.  I love them!

Packaging | domed shadow in an individual black plastic container with clear lid.

Favorite shades | Wax and Wane . Evolve

Shop Chameleon Eye Shadow.

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Glitter Eyeshadow, $14, available in 9 shades.

Texture | Smooth, highly pigmented powder base, with thick bits of glitter.  This glitter is slightly heavier and eventually will fall a bit on to cheeks, even with a glitter glue primer (can’t really fight against gravity).

Packaging | black plastic square, with clear top.

Favorite shades | Rocket Man . Poolside . Amaze . Trip . Rare

Shop Glitter Eyeshadow.

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Brow Definer, $14, available in 4 shades (only 3 are pictured).

Texture | pigmented smooth gel, sets to dry and slightly stiff.  Topshop employee told me it held her brows up all day and has a super strong hold!

Packaging | thin tube, amazing micro brush.

Shop Brow Definer.

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I hope this post was helpful!!  I will do a full review soon.  I wanted to do swatches first, because Topshop does not allow returns on opened or used cosmetics, so you definitely want to get the right shade.

Leave me a comment below what you favorite shades are!  I want to hear what you think.

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This is Part 2 of the Topshop beauty relaunch swatch posts!  Topshop just relaunched their beauty line and it’s absolutely stunning.  I wanted to do some swatches because I couldn’t find any online.  I’m lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, where we have our very own Topshop store, so I stopped by and started swatching.

I took SO many photos that I had to divide this post up into four parts:

Part 1 | Foundation . Concealer . Powder

Part 2 | Lipstick . Lip gloss . Lip Liner

Part 3 | Eye Shadow . Shadow Sticks . Eye Glitter Shadows . Brow Gel

Part 4 | Highlighter . Face Gloss . Bronzer . Blush

Product Details

If you aren’t familiar with Topshop beauty, it’s a full line of products: primers, foundations, concealers, blush, highlighter, eye shadows, brow products, lipsticks, bronzers and powders.  The line is priced just above drugstore prices but below mid and high-end brands.

The best part of the line is that the products DELIVER.  The quality is so good that it rivals or beats high-end brands.  Most of the line is produced in Italy (known for producing high-end makeup formulas) and the pencils are produced in Germany (known for producing the best pencils).

Price | The entire range is priced between $13-$22 USD.

Packaging | The relaunched line has sleek metal and black packaging.   The packaging feels luxurious and high-end, with a nice, moderate weight.

Cruelty-free | The entire line is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, which is super hard to get.  This means no product or ingredient was tested on animals at any point of the production process.

Shop | You can shop Topshop Beauty online or in some stores.

Swatches

Before we get to the photos, full disclosure, the lighting in Topshop was not great.  I will add more as my order comes in and can take photos of my shades in better lighting.  But I wanted to get the full range so that everyone can find their shade.

Additionally, the links below are all my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase using this link, at no additional cost to you.  I ask that you please use these links if you found this post helpful, as it helps support future blog posts.  Thank you!

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Cream Lipstick, $14, available in 25 shades.

Texture | creamy with a demi-satin finish.  Some shades were more opaque and some were a bit more sheer. Smooth application.

Packaging | sleek black metal, with Topshop embossed on the side of the tube.

My favorite shades | Tell . Macaroon . Mink

Shop Cream Lipstick

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Matte Lipstick, $14, available in 21 shades.

Texture | matte and more dry than the cream formula, but did not pull or skip on my skin.  Smooth application.  light feel.

Packaging | sleek black metal tube with Topshop embossed on the side.

My favorite shades | Dial . Beguilded . Diary . Beat . Dreamy

Shop Matte Lipstick

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Longwear Liquid Lipstick, $14, available in 25 shades.

Texture | smooth liquid formula.  Full color with one swipe.

Packaging | square plastic tube, black plastic lid with wand applicator.

My favorite shades | Boss . Changeling

Shop Longwear Liquid Lipstick

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Blush Lipstick, $14, available in 6 shades.

Texture | sheer lipstick, very smooth.  Gives lips a hint of color.

Packaging | sleek metal tube with cap.

My favorite shades | Decoy . Shoal

Shop Blush Lipstick

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Chameleon Lip Gloss, $16, available in 4 shades.

Texture | smooth liquid formula.  Sheer with micro glitter.  Feels smooth, not grainy.  Not sticky.

Packaging | square plastic tube, black plastic lid with wand applicator.

My favorite shades | Flashy . Epaulette

Shop Chameleon Lip Gloss

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Longwear Lip Pencil, $12, available in 10 shades.

Texture | smooth gel, glides on easily, dries to matte.

Packaging | pencil, must be sharpened.

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