A Quick EOTD with the Master Palette by Mario

Work is a little crazy lately—I've been transitioning into a new role—but I still wanted to take a moment to show you a look I recently came up with using Anastasia Beverly Hills' Master Palette by Mario. it's out of stock online—sorry!—but you may still be able to find it in stores. If you happen to see one, consider grabbing it. It's beautiful. I think of it as a neutral palette with a twist—in addition to your standard browns and golds, there are some stunning, earthy shades including an olive green, and even a slate-blue. To me, it's unique without being too crazy.

In this look, I used a couple of the matte shades in my crease, and created a shimmery spotlight look with some of the darker shimmer shades.

A look with Anastasia Beverly Hills' Master Palette by Mario.

The colours apply, blend, and last beautifully. I really like how this turned out. What do you think?

Have you tried this palette? Do you regret missing it? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

Quick Review: Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer - Shade 01 Golden Pink

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer.

The beauty world has been having a moment with highlighters. My hunch is that Jaclyn Hill started it. I confess that the disco ball/highlight on fleek/light my face from space trend is not for me. In addition to looking unnaturally strange (I'm not a robot), I find over-highlighting emphasizes the texture on my skin, which I really don't need. So because I'm not 22 years old with skin like a baby's bum, I tend to reach for highlighters on the more natural end of the spectrum. Being as fair as I am, I also prefer highlighters on the pale side.

Make Up For Ever's new Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer comes in two shades, 01 Golden Pink and 02 Golden. Golden Pink is the shade I have. It definitely has some cooler tones and emits almost an icy purple sheen, yet it still manages to look like rose gold on the skin. I like! Golden is a darker, more golden shade for darker skin tones.

If you're a fan of the Jaclyn Hill or NikkieTutorials look, this will work for you, but you'll need to use a denser brush and build. If you prefer to go more natural, choose a fan brush, use a light hand, and blend, blend, blend. It's still not as natural or delicate-looking as my Laura Mercier Matte Radiance, but the effect is still very pretty—and it's unlike any of the other highlighters I own, most of which lean gold or champagne. This one most definitely looks pinker on the skin, which is great for my fair, cool-toned skin, and works wonderfully when I want a cooler-toned look.

In many ways, it's similar to Make Up For Ever's Pro Bronze Fusion—the compacts and the pattern stamped on the product are identical. It's considerably less subtle than the bronzer, however. While the bronzer melts into the skin and nearly disappears, Pro Light Fusion definitely looks like makeup. If there's one place where this highlighter fails, it's that the name is misleading—I wouldn't call it undetectable. That's either a good or a bad thing depending on what you like, right?

Here's a closer look.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer in 01.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer, swatched.

Highlighters are notoriously difficult to photograph—at least for me—because of the way they're meant to interact with the light. These photos mute the colour and shimmer a tad, but I hope they at least give you a sense of how this product makes the skin glisten—it's not quite metallic or wet-looking, and it's definitely not glittery. It's a shimmering glisten that can be either more or less delicate depending on how much you apply.

You'll find Make Up For Ever's Pro Light Fusion highlighters at Sephora.ca for $48. You get nine grams of product.

Have you tried these highlighters? Do they fit your highlighter game? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration.

Quick Skincare Review: IQ Natural Clarifying Daily Care Set

IQ Natural Clarifying Trio.

Skincare reviews are hard—mostly because skincare is so personal. Thinking that what works for one person will definitely work for you is like saying, "My friend wears a size-seven shoe, so a size seven should work for me too!" You need to carefully consider your own skin type (talking to a professional can help!) and go with a customized routine that contains, at minimum, a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Feel free to mix and match skincare concerns if you feel you have a variety of needs.

With that in mind, I'll do my best to tell you how this skincare set interacted with MY skin, and you can decide whether it's worth a try!

My skin is really quite fun: I get oily on the nose, but I seem to get dehydrated elsewhere. My skin gets easily irritated and red, AND it's acne-prone. That means I have to try to control shine while staying hydrated, and combat acne without irritating or stripping the rest of my skin. It's a challenge.

When a rep from IQ Natural, a natural skincare company, contacted me and recommended the Natural Clarifying Daily Care Set (travel-sized) for my skin, I figured, "Why not?" My skin has come through a season of nasty breakouts and has calmed down, so I thought it would be safe.

Here are my impressions:

Make sure you're on board with natural ingredients before you give this a try. I've never been committed to natural ingredients, and I'd never used natural skincare before this, so there were a couple of thingsthat I found a little off-putting.

  • One, the scent of the cleanser. I can't quite describe it—a little like medicine, but minus the alcohol. I didn't particularly like it, but fortunately it didn't last.
  • Two, the consistency of the moisturizer. Have you ever made frosting, but added too much milk and had it go too soft? It's kind of like that. I find it sits on the skin longer than other moisturizers I've tried, and takes awhile to absorb. I can only assume this has something to do with the natural ingredients.

I think this will work better on younger, slightly oilier skin. IQ Naturals has a couple of acne lines: One "regular" line, and one for mature skin. I think I'd prefer the mature set. The cleanser in the regular set, while by no means nearly as harsh as most other acne products out there, did leave my skin feeling a bit tight. As a whole, the set was fine, but I feel I need more hydration in my skincare.

This is a nice enough, basic set. Nothing really "wowed" me, but the cleanser removes all gunk and makeup, the toner doesn't sting, and the moisturizer (when it sinks in), leaves my skin feeling reasonably moisturized. The products didn't irritate my skin, and seemed to neither eliminate or irritate/cause breakouts.

Overall: If your skin is normal to oily, you're not sensitive to scents, your acne isn't too severe, and you're committed to natural skincare, consider giving this a try.

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.