Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Review (Opal, Rose Gold and Champange Gold)

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The craze of 2014 was definitely highlighting. Yes, I admit I became victim of it too. Whether it’s a matte highlight or a shimmering glow, highlighting is what 2014 brought to everyone’s immediate attention. With the rave of doing matte highlights, such as concealer, there was also a huge portion of clients looking for that soft or dominant glow on the high planes of their face. That’s where pressed and loose shimmering highlighters come into play. Becca Cosmetics, an Australian brand, is one of the leading high end cosmetic brands with raved about products, especially highlighters. Their called shimmering skin perfectors and they come in a range of shades suitable for all clients no matter their complexion. In my eyes, Becca Cosmetics is one of the leading queens in highlighters, or at least currently.

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During the holiday’s last year, I decided to splurge on several highlighters from this brand to really see what the hype is about this brand. Their pressed shimmer skin perfectors run for $38 which isn’t bad considering the amazing product that’s in the compact. I picked up their top seller Opal (above image) Rose gold and their limited edition Champagne gold. I skipped out on Moonstone which is another popular shade for the reason that it’s pretty light. Opal is very comparable to MAC’s whisper of guilt limited edition highlight if you’re familiar. According to Becca, Opal is described as a golden opal pearl.

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Who doesn’t love Rose gold? Becca describes Rose gold as a softened gold with rose tones infused into it. This highlighter is definitely a must have if you like a bronzey glow yet softer than a bronzer. Sometimes a golden glow to the skin is great but I feel that this highlighter just goes the extra mile. I love wearing this on my cheek bones on rather than on other areas on the skin to highlight. I prefer contouring and pushing this highlighter a little on top and above to create an amazing cheek look! Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t see this baby!

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Who doesn’t love limited edition products? This Champagne gold beauty was limited edition during holiday of 2014 and when I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’ll admit I am a sucker for limited edition products, I mean look at the gorgeous imprint on the highlighter! Limited edition to me means they know how amazing it is so you can only get your hands on it for a limited time! This beautiful highlighter is a lot darker in comparison to the other highlighters that I have mentioned. The great thing about this product is that I have to barely tap my brush in this product to get the desired pay off that i’m looking for.  This highlighter is definitely not targeted for my specific skin tone therefore for all my followers who are a little deeper than me, try to find this!

Overall my opinion of the Becca shimmering skin perfectors is A+. I love the soft buttery texture, the ease of application and the instant gratification that they all deliver. The shade range Becca offers to their clientele is great, and I only hope they expand in the future. For application, I recommend taking a nice fluffy brush to lightly apply this all over the face. Good brushes to use with this these products are the Sigma F35 tapered highlight brush or the Sephora Pro collection #65 fanbrush .

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Sephora Haul

To make this blog post not super lengthy, i’m just going to sum up the past couple weeks for you all. I’ve recently changed employment and now reside at Sephora. Through working at Sephora, they heavily believe their cast of workers should try out as many products so that they all can give their honest opinions on them. So what does that mean for me? Well, I now have a couple more goodies to add to my makeup collection, all of which I’ve never tried or owned before. Let’s go ahead and get right into the goodies!

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Shiseido created this advanced protection for the face that is a sheer, hydrating, and oil free tinted cream that protects your skin from sun damage. This product claims to blend easily and give a healthy looking glow to the skin. This product contains Superveil-UV 360, which gives your skins surface protection, and Profense CEL which protects cells and helps inhibit enzyme activity which causes wrinkles and uneven skin tone. This product can be used as a makeup base and is water resistant!

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Introducing the newest scented lip treatment from Fresh Inc, Cherry tinted lip treatment! This is a hydrating treatment that protects, plumps and nourishes your lips with some color pay off.  This product contains reparative oils and waxes that give generous moisture.  It is also packed with Vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants and grapeseed polyphenols. This is a paraben free product and gives moisuture for up to six hours!

This mini sized Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover is suitable for any client, even those who have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses. This waterproof formula contains a lash-strengthening complex which has olive wood and flavonoid extracts. This is a paraben and sulfate free product. The last kick to this product is that it contains HydroSenn + which is a plant derived ingrediaent that is exclusive to Sephora. This ingredient leave the skin feeling very soft and comfortable after usage.

Introducing the newest cosmetic item from Benefit Cosmetics, their Stay Flawless 15 hour primer. This pro-longwear primer acts as a magnet to hold your foundation in place for up to 15 hours with still looking fresh/flawless. The product is a tan-translucent stick primer that you can apply directly to the skin and gives your foundation a natural looking finish to the skin. This is a paraben free product and it is best to close and seal the product after each usage so that it does not dry out.

Ahhh how I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Liptars!! If you’re not familiar with liptars, you should be! Liptars have the formula of a long wearing lipstick with the easy application like a gloss. You can apply this product directly from the tube but it is advised to use a lip brush for more percision. You must know that a pea size amount of this product is already too much for your lips. This highly pigmented lip color glides on easily to your prep’d lips giving off a beautiful ray of colors. These liptars contain blends of oils such as hemp and peppermint which give you a cooling and comfortable feel to the lips and also soften. The color above, NSFW is described on their website as a true balanced red.

I’ll admit, this is my first Makeup Forever product and I now think that I am hooked. This is the Makeup Forever Smoky (yes there is no e) Extravagant Mascara. This mascara claimed to add volume, length and curl, the three ideal claims we as consumers look for in mascara. This product claims to use 4D technology, uses a microdefining wax complex that coats the lash surface with ultrablack pigments. With one stroke, this mascara delivers long wearing rich black mascara with no clumping!! The shape of this brush is pear shaped, or hourglass shaped. Because of the shape of the wand, it allows you to get in close to the inner corners and coat those lashes we sometimes miss!

Wow, Marc Jacobs! You have now gained access to two of the products that are going to be released by Marc Jacobs via Sephora in two days, August 8th. First starting with the mascara, this is the Marc Jacobs Lash lifter gel volume mascara in Blacquer. This mascara claims to lift, lengthen, volume and curl. What more else could a girl ask for? Oh it gets better? The sleek, classy, black laquer packaging is what comes standard on all of Marc Jacobs new beauty line. Sophisticated packaging, amazing product, that’s great in my book.  Following the same packaging concept, I also was blessed to receive the Lust for Lacquer lip vinyl in No Regrets. Who couldn’t love a rich red gloss that can be sheer and opaque when layered?  The lip viny;s are champagne-grape infused, color drenched and lust worthy. These lip vinyls will come in 12 shades.

Check out my video on these products:

Sephora Haul!

I stumbled my way into Sephora yet once again initially looking for certain things but getting others, as usual. I initially went into Sephora looking to get some goodies for myself that I had been eyeing for a couple weeks. Turns out all the products that I placed on my wish list on my online account, they didn’t have in store. However, all of the holiday collections are already out on display in the store therefore I made it apparent to take closer looks, swatches etc. Throughout my whole shopping trip, I only got 5 products.

The products that I got my hands on are the following.

  • Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio
  • Smashbox Try it Kit
  • Too Faced Sweet Indulgence palette
  • Sephora Rouge lipstick in Hot Tango (red)
  • Sephora Maniac Mat (mat 04/1234A, deep plum)
  • Free sample of the Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Overall, pricey experience but great products that I am very interested in and will review soon. Are there any products in this haul that you would like me to review, swatch or comment on? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section 🙂