charlotte tilbury hollywood flawless filter review and swatches shade 4

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – Review and Swatches (Shade 4)

I must admit, I had never purchased a Charlotte Tilbury product before this buy. I just thought they were a little too overpriced, and nothing really ever appealed to me. And then, along came the Hollywood Flawless Filter – described by Charlotte Tilbury as “A Complexion Booster For Super Starlit Skin”, this product is, essentially, an illuminating soft-focus primer or glow booster, which doubles as a highlighter.

Says Charlotte Tilbury:

Darlings, this is a new REVOLUTIONARY category in makeup, a customisable complexion booster for super starlit skin in seconds! My Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 4 has the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. Featuring fabulous ingredients, it soft-focuses, illuminates skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.

The Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 4 is a neutral golden yellow for medium skin tones. Wear on its own or is suitable with Magic Foundation 6 Medium or Light Wonder 6 Medium.


• The ultimate high gloss, high glow celebrity-skin-filter-in-a-bottle! This was born on the red carpet makeup, inspired by technology, for real life, in real time that looks amazing on-screen or off.

• Smoothing airbrush polymers roll over your complexion for a poreless-looking, creamy finish.

• Glossy Oil is a lightweight moisturising oil that reflects and adds light to your face where you need it.

• Finely milled powders soft focus, makes lines and pores appear smoother which means it only ever looks as amazing in real life, as it does on camera.

• Porcelain Flower Extract is a brightening ingredient derived from a Thai flower with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to enhance microcirculation and brighten skin.

• Ideal for superstar-lit skin whether you want a subtle glow or a mega-watt complexion.


Fill: 30ml for $44

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Son And Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow – Review and Swatches

The Story

Truth be told, I’ve never really been into Korean beauty/skincare all that much. I just do what I can to make sure my dry skin keeps looking healthy and moisturized, as best I can.

However, I’d been eyeing the Son And Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow for ages on Sephora, and when I finally decided to spend $32 on it, of course, of course it promptly went out of stock.

So, then, last weekend, I was prowling around my local Sephora, looking for stuff to blow money on, when I came across a few boxes of this cream placed snugly inside the K-Beauty section.

Naturally, I picked one up without another thought, purchased it, and brought it home. And man, am I glad I did.

Says Sephora:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A lightweight, quick-absorbing cream that provides coverage, brightens the skin tone, and primes skin for makeup application.

Solutions for:
– Uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dryness

If you want to know more…
Introducing the secret to glowing, picture-perfect skin. Son & Park, the K-beauty brand that brought you the cult classic Beauty Water, has created a lightweight base cream that’s packed with flower extracts you’ll love, including lily, rose, and jasmine. This whipped cream contains pearl to illuminate the complexion and rosa damascena flower to help control sebum production. After using the filter cream, your skin will look brighter, smoother, and more even, as if you actually put a real life filter on it.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is free of artificial fragrance, petrolatum, benzyl alcohol, chlorphenesin, BHT, TEA, mineral oil, and talc.

You get 40g for $32.

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My Winter Skincare Routine for my very dry skin – it works!

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I have incredibly dry skin, and Cleveland winters do nothing to help that. Back in Pakistan, my skin was probably best described as combination skin; it even got a bit oily in the summers.

Here in the USA, however, it is usually drier than the Sahara, and painfully parched in the colder months.

So, to make sure I don’t get any lines, wrinkles, dry patches, cracked lips, pimples, and a myriad of other skin problems in the winter, I have devised this skincare routine to keep my skin looking healthy and hydrated. I have mentioned which products I use mainly at night.

Side note: I guess this goes without saying, but please drink water no matter what skin type you have. It does a ton of sh!t for your skin and body besides quenching your thirst. Thank you. PSA over.

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Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil - Review and Swatches

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil – Review and Swatches


Says Sephora about the ~ holographic ~ Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A makeup priming, holographic highlighting treatment oil powered by Josie’s quick-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and pore-smoothing priming pearls for boosted elasticity, glowy radiance, and makeup-ready skin.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dryness

If you want to know more…
Get a holographic moonlit glow with Josie’s weightless moonstone potion that highlights, primes, hydrates, and smooths. Argan-powered essential nutrients nourish and treat the skin while multicolored coated priming pearls illuminate and awaken your complexion. Easily transform any look with these iridescent drops: mix with your foundation for a perfectly dewy look, add a few to your lips for a glowing pout, or bring extra light to cheekbones with one single drop. The 100% Pure Argan Oil Light nourishes and hydrates while PhytoVie Defense®, a plant-based antioxidant, helps fight against skin-aging free radical damage and extends makeup wear. Lemongrass lavender essential oils enhance your mood and calm redness. Skin is left juicy, glowing, protected, and smooth. Let’s glow to the moon.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

You get a nice 50 ml bottle for a not-so-nice $48.

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The Body Shop Drops Of Glow Lustre Finish Creator – Review and Swatches


Says The Body Shop about the Drops OF Glow Lustre Finish Creator highlighting drops:

Meet your versatile new strobing obsession Drops of Glow Lustre Finish Creator. A one-stop shop for the girl on the go, you can use this clever blend on its own or mixed with your favorite beauty products for instant luminosity anywhere, any time. From giving your foundation healthy-looking radiance or going all dewy with your day cream, you are one drop away from lighting up your look. Highlight your cupid’s bow, get your cheekbones chiselled, accent your eyes by using as a topcoat to eyeshadow… the possibilities are endless.

  • Instant illuminating sheen

  • Light liquid texture

  • Pipette for easy mixing

You get 15 ml for $20, and these days it is on sale for $12!

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The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 Review and Swatches

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 in Bright Glow and Peachy Glow – Review & Swatches




The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 Review and Swatches

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 is described on the site as below:

Our Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 PA+++ goes beyond a CC cream, it will revive your skin with a healthy-looking glow. This multi-tasking formula illuminates, minimises the appearance of pores, reduces shine and moisturises for 24H – making it a great pre-foundation primer. Non comedogenic and dermatologically tested it’s suitable for all skin types.

•SPF 20 PA+++

•Choose from 3 shades

•Minimises the appearance of pores

•Reduces shine

•24 hour moisture

Apply before foundation or wear alone.

This cream retails for PKR. 3490 (I believe this is the price, I am not 100% sure what the tag in the shop said; sorry!) and you get 25 ml of product. It is available in three shades: Bright Glow (for light skin), Peachy Glow (for light to medium skin), and Warm Glow (for Dark Skin).

In the US, it retails for $22.

I have the former two shades.

The Yays

  • These Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams creams contain an SPF of 20.
  • Despite The Body Shop stating that these are for certain skin tones, I find Bright Glow to be a wonderful brightening base on my tan skin. It washes my skin with a subtle, healthy glow which is great for no-makeup days.
  • Both creams give my skin a radiant look, though Bright Glow gives a more dewy one.
  • Both Bright Glow and Peachy Glow are great primers, and I find my makeup lasts longer and creases less when worn over The Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams.
  • Worn alone, they last for about 5 – 6 hours before “slipping” a little, and worn under makeup, they make my makeup look fresh for 1 – 2 hours longer than it does without these creams.
  • Despite my dry skin, these creams give me some amount of moisture, which is great in warmer weather.
  • They do not have an oily base; in fact they feel like a silky “layer” of product when applied, so they would be good for oily skin, too.
  • 25 ml is a good amount of product.

The Mehs

  • While Bright Glow actually does brighten up my face, Peachy Glow really does nothing in the way of correcting my skin; in fact it looks a bit orange on me.
  • They do not sink into the skin; when I wash my face I can actually feel these creams coming off.
  • I think PKR. 3490 (or $22) is a bit much for a product that is not much more than a good primer.

Do I recommend The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20?

I really liked Bright Glow as a brightening, glowy primer. I would recommend this to people of all skin tones, as I felt this didn’t give me a “white cast”; rather it imparted more of a luminous veil to the skin.

If you have normal/oily/dry skin, and are looking for a good primer on no-makeup days or to wear under makeup for making it last longer, Bright Glow is a good (albeit a little pricey) option.


The Body Shop US (in stores and online) and The Body Shop Pakistan.



Benefit High Beam – I finally gave in!

The story

I read about Benefit’s OG highlighter High Beam nearly 10 years ago, in a book about makeup from Vogue (or maybe it wasn’t by Vogue? I don’t know 🤔), and ever since then I have been obsessed with the acquisition of that ✨ ~dewy glow~✨  that runway models have.

Over the past 9+ years, I have purchased an amount of highlighters that can easily be categorized as a sh!t-ton, but never did I ever go back to the one that started my obsession – until now.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A satiny-pink, liquid highlighter to add a subtle glow.

What it does:
Create a radiant, dewy complexion for an ethereal glow that is perfectly alluring on all skin tones with this iconic, high beam highlighter. Use it as a spot highlighter over makeup or wear it underneath makeup for subtle luminescence.

Beauty tip:
High beam is the ultimate go-to product for strobing. Dot and blend high beam where light would naturally hit your face (the cheekbones, browbones, down your nose, and on your cupid’s bow) for a beautiful, glowing complexion.

You get 10 ml of product for $26.

The yay

  • Really, why did I arrive to the party this late? This liquid highlighter is beautiful. It is so finely milled that I cannot see even a hint of shimmer or glitter in there. And the glow is the definition of dewy. I mean, when they call it the “supermodel in a bottle”, I think they are 💯 % keeping it real.
  • It applies beautifully. I need the tiniest 5-6 dots along my cheekbone to get that glow going. I pat it into the skin (pat, not rub or swipe, is the best policy with liquid and cream highlighters) with a flat foundation brush, or my Vera Mona sponge, or my fingers, and it diffuses into the most natural, healthy yet bright radiance immediately.
  • I was always worried this might look too ashy or silvery or cool against my tan skin tone but honestly, it doesn’t. It blends out into a pearly glow, with minimal hints of pink, which looks very lit-from-within.
  • Lasts about 6-7 hours on my face before fading. I don’t think that’s bad, and that is the product without a powder highlight on top.
  • I was initially not happy about the 10 ml of product served up by Benefit, but their website has reviewers stating the bottle lasted them ages so I guess 10 ml is good. I still think Benefit should move it up to like 12-13 ml at least.
  • The bottle! 😍😍

The meh

  • This doesn’t work well swiped on because it will move your foundation underneath.
  • I did not like how it looked worn over face powder.
  • $26 for 10 ml is pricey to me. (So watch out for their friends and family sale!)


I dot this along my cheekbones (very little is needed for a good, healthy glow), and blend it out with my fingers, a flat foundation brush, or a sponge.

Do I recommend this?

Yes. It is an exquisitely pretty highlighter. (Though I am sure most people have it by now, considering how late I am to the show. 😒) Though deeper or warmer skin-toned individuals may want to try this first to make sure it does not show up as too white or streaky on them!

Available at

Sephora, Benefit, Ulta.



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