Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm Makeup with Pink Peony Swatches + Review

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I absolutely cannot stop talking about this beautiful weather we’re having. Heat may be for you, but crisp hoodie weather is for me! As we transition into another season changes need to happen in makeup. Cooler weather can bring about drier, more lackluster skin so it’s important to use something that will amp up the look of your face makeup. My biggest problem is that I need full coverage on my skin… so how can I get the best of both worlds – full coverage and matte, yet glowing? By pretending I’m a mixologist. Here’s how I’m using the Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm Makeup with Pink Peony($36.00 // Sephora).

Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm Makeup with Pink Peony is described as a “nearly bare tinted moisturizer that enhances (without covering up) your natural skin”. The ultra-hydrating formula has ingredients like shea butter, evening primrose oil, and muru muru seed butter to give your skin a moisturized, dewy glow while pink peony extra soothes the skin. This balm is ideal for normal-to-dry skin types which clearly doesn’t include me – but I made it work.

My skin is oily, sensitive and in need of full-coverage. Due to life, my skin is also pretty dull. To use the Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm Makeup I added a drop into my normal foundation and mixed it on the back of my hand, then applied with the beautyblender. Doing this seemed to work out better for me than applying the balm to my face and then going in with my foundation on top. I did find that I needed to touch up my powder once or twice (depending on activity) throughout the day but the balm worked how I wanted it to, which was to provide a bit more of a glow to my complexion. Lately I’ve felt like I’ve been “too matte” and this balm was the slight tweak I needed to fix that.

Below all 12 shades are swatched and I matched up best with 210 Chamois (I’m about NC/NW25 in MAC, depending on the formula – and I run neutral).

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Lip Products I’m Loving // National Lipstick Day + Giveaway!

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Who knew you could own a day?! Huda Beauty has officially made July 29th National Lipstick Day and it’ll also be the day she launches her newest lip product, Liquid Matte. I’ve never tried anything from Huda Beauty, but this product is said to be “revolutionary” … so maybe I’ll give it a peek 😉

In honor of this now official “holiday” I want to share with you a bunch of lip products that I’ve tried out this Summer that I’ve been loving. Some aren’t Lipsticks per se but neither is a liquid matte (technically).

Lancome Juicy Shaker Bi-Phase Lip Oil($21.00 // Nordstrom). A cocktail for your lips. Of course I’m on board. There are a ton of shades in the Juicy Shaker line, but for the most part they’re all going to come off the same on your lips. Some will have a bit more pigmented than others to leave a nice tint (like Wonder Melon) but really this product is just a nourishing oil to add shine. Shake and pop on your lips – the cushion applicator is perfect for applying all over without a heavy feel. I chose Wonder Melon for the tint, Mint To Be because I love the color/it helps boost teeth whiteness and Boom Meringue for the scent because YUM. Yes, these are all subtly scented but light and LOVELY.

Lipstick Queen Lipstick($25.00 // Nordstrom). Color changing lipstick. If I wouldn’t have seen a YouTube video on these shades I never in a million years would have bought them. Frog Prince is Green but when I wear it my lips turn the most gorgeous shade of berry and it also leaves a slight stain behind. Hello Sailor is Blue but gives my lips a subtle mauve tone, almost a deepening of my natural lip pigment. These shades will look slightly different on everyone due to natural lip coloring and pH levels, but they’re gorgeous and very moisturizing.

MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm*($20.00 // Nordstrom). I’m so happy for the Tendertalk Lip Balms now being in a tube! I’m not a potted lip product fan by any means but I did like the formula of the original Tendertalk balms. Application is easy with these sheer-to-semisheer lip products. Smooth, moisturizing… exactly what I want and need out of my makeup life.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Balm*($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). I am a big fan of IT Cosmetics but what you might not know is one of the very first products I fell in love with was the Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush. Recently they released the lip balm and it’s just as wonderful and does the same as the Lip Flush, but it’s in a rounded shape. This was first released in a set featured on QVC, but I hope we see the single available soon!

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick*($17.00 // Sephora). UD covers all the bases with their #LipstickIsMyVice launch. Just in Wende’s Ten Top Picks I found 6 LOVES. How is that even possible?! Swatches here.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Plumping Gloss*($14.00 // ULTA Beauty). I don’t use the term “ride or die” lightly, but this gloss is something I refuse to run out of. Slightly tingly, moisturizing and even plumps a bit. Swatches here.

Estée Edit Cocobalm*($22.00 // Sephora). Since I first tried this balm it’s been a Summer staple. The Cocobalms are moisturizing, slightly tinted and have a subtle coconut fragrance. That scent always screams Summer to me and the rounded packaging makes them handy to keep in your bag or even your car. Original review here.

Too Faced Melted Metal($21.00 // Sephora). These babies were around before any of the other brands decided metallic lips should be in. My shades of choice are Melted Metallic Peony (metallic dusty rose, shimmer finish) and Melted Metallic Debutante (metallic apricot rose, shimmer finish) mostly because I thought they’d be the perfect fit if I needed a Summer metallic lip. I love how the Melted lip colors stay on decently, have nice pigment and basically just POP!

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick($18.00 // Nordstrom). Because I was so happy with my metallic Summer lips I wanted to get a more neutral tone to wear in the Fall. The praise has been high for the Jouer Liquid Lipsticks and I settled on buying Praline which is a pretty pink champagne metallic. It’s still metallic but not overdone.

Nudestix Skin Glossing Pencil*($24.00 // Sephora). Nudestix products are known for multi-tasking and this particular one is great for highlighting as well as wearing on the lips. It’s sheer and lightweight but perfect for toting along to touch-up your entire face.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). These liquid lipsticks stay on SO well and Crush is my latest purchase. A beautiful, neutral mauve for Fall – perfect for day or night wear. When you put the Nudestix pencil over-top it’ll gloss it up which looks amazing with a smokey eye.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick($8.99 // ULTA Beauty). It’s been a struggle to not go out and buy every single one of these. They have a nice, even pigment and feel comfortable on. My faves are shown below and swatches are here.

Sleek MakeUP Lip VIP Lipstick*($8.49 // Sleek MakeUP). Great, bold Summer selection with super pigment. These mattes are comfy to wear, last well and are a wee bit cheaper than the Covergirl mattes!

Of course as I was writing this up I thought of even more I love from other brands, but I think you get the idea 😉



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Full Face Highlight Tips feat. The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder

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Regardless of how wearable it is we’ve all thought about doing that full face highlighter only challenge. There are so many different colors of highlighter out there that it shouldn’t be too hard to find a shade that would work well for your eyes, face and lips. The Estée Edit by Estée Lauderhas several products in their line that will help you achieve that full face of highlight in the most subtle, fresh-faced way possible.

Beam Team Hydrate + Glow($42.00 // Sephora). Skin prep! All skin types can use this as a lightweight, daily moisturizer that subtly illuminates – leaving behind a soft, golden-beige glow. I’m oily in my t-zone but still found Beam Team to be wearable for me when I’m not going for a completely matte look. Apply the moisturizer all over the face and then use the cream highlighter in the cap to accent your cupids bow, brow bone and bridge of the nose with even more glow. Note there is a slight fragrance of coconut and bergamot but I didn’t find it to be strong or overpowering. Unfortunately only one shade is available and it’s described as a light to medium shimmering beige.

Flash Illuminator($28.00 // Sephora). Add color! This non-sticky formula will take strobing your face to a whole other level. Use shade 01 Spotlight (pearly white) for a soft-focus highlight, 04 Day Light (a rosy hue) for a pretty blush of color on your cheeks (or your lips, if you’re doing that full face thing) and then use shades like 03 Sunlight (warm terracotta) and 05 Nightlight (bronzy glow) to bronze/contour/shade (or as a shadow, if need be… we are going full face, after all!). There is also another shade not shown here, 02 Morning Light(golden glow) which would work well for highlighting or a golden wash of color. A little bit goes a LONG way.

Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder ($32.00 // Sephora). Game, SET, match! There is only one shade of this powder available in the shade Heat (golden-peach). For the full face highlight it’s perfect for setting the look but if you’re just into a regular glow then dust this lightly (because pigmented) over cheekbones or anywhere you like to feature. The formula is a half cream half powder that is pearlized, highly pigmented and gorgeous.

The products are swatches below on bare skin (no primers):

What products would you use if you did the Full Face Highlighter Challenge?

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Introducing The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Makeup Swatches + Review

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Do you break the rules? Do you take risks? Then The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder (available at Sephora) wants you! Estée Lauder is a brand you’ve heard of, a beauty empire, and now it’s got a younger sister with a lot of attitude. Check out some of the products from The Estée Edit and dare to wear your faves 😉 Just kidding… anyone can wear this line 😉 Check it out!

Cocobalm($22.00 // Sephora). Cocobalm is the newest launch from Estée Edit and it’s available in five shades each with a satin finish. The two shown here are Coco White(sheer white) and Coco Berry(sheer pinked berry).

The packaging very different. The product is held in round, clear, squeezable “tubes” with a silver cap that pops off. You squeeze out a bit of the color and smooth it on your lips. I found the formula to be thick-ish and slightly sticky, yet not uncomfortably so and very moisturizing. The finish on the lips is super shiny with a slight coconut fragrance. I personally love that, but if you’re not a fan you’ll want to pass because it doesn’t immediately fade (but will after a bit).

The coconut scent comes from the coconut oil in the product which feels nourishing and soothing. We all know how amazing coconut oil is at doing all the things. 😉

The Barest Contour Lip Liner($20.00 // Sephora). When you want that fuller looking lip but don’t want the injections you contour and play like you have it. This liner is available in six shades and 02 In the Flesh is shown. This shade matched perfectly to give my lips a bit of a thicker look as well as evened out the areas that were off and little smaller. I basically got the perfect lip shape quickly and easily. It also stayed on quite well through the day.

The Barest Blush($28.00 // Sephora). Four shades of The Barest Blush are available, all said to have a “Radiant Finish”. 03 Purr Pink is shown below and it’s a beautiful pop of a happy, medium pink shade. The pale, icy pink splash of color on the right is unfortunately just an overspray. The color is gorgeous in it’s own right but the pale, icy part gave it a nice pop. I’d love to see it released again with the pale color going the whole way through to mix with the deeper color or to use alone as a highlight. This blush had wonderful pigment and lasted on my cheeks all day long.

The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick($22.00 // Sephora). I loveeee me some quick and easy shadow sticks to use as primers for my eyes. Even better? Kohl in the title. A match made in heaven?! YAAAAS! Ten shades are available and I have three shown here in 02 Frost Bite(pearlized green/gold/grey), 05 Jaded(pearlized olive gold) and 09 Spiced(pearlized garnet).

If you follow me on Snapchat you’ve already seen how well these stay on my arm, but I didn’t touch on how well they stayed on my oily eye lids. They apply with a nice pigment and are easy to blend out a bit. Once they set they’re there for the long-haul. I personally found that these wore well on their own as well as with a shadow on top of them… even without the use of a secondary primer underneath.

Metallishadow Crème + Powder($25.00 // Sephora). Three shades of the Metallishadow Crème + Powder are available but the one shown is Aquanova which is described as a “highly pigmented teal cream shadow with teal/peacock loose pearl”. Alone both of these products perform well and have a nice pigment… but when they’re worn together they stand out as one, in-your-face deep teal eye color that lasts all day on my oily lids.

It’s safe to say I’m a major fan and wouldn’t mind picking up literally everything else to try out. Up next for me purchase wise? Scarlet Eclipse Metallishadow Crème + Powder… I can’t even control my life without it. SO pretty! What would be on your wish list for The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder?

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