It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer – Review & Swatches

Says Ulta about the It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer:


Why did IT Cosmetics create this product: To finally give women a gorgeous vitality glow in an innovative, anti-aging illuminizer creme, that is packed with anti-aging ingredients for a healthy lit from within glow that works on all ages! IT Cosmetic creator could never find a hydrating illuminizer that looks flawless on all skin types, including mature skin, and Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer does!

What is it: An anti-aging powerhouse for naturally pretty, lit from within skin! The IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer is all about the look of light, natural radiance and illumination. The formula is infused with skin-loving anti-aging and hydrating ingredients including peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and vitamins A, C, & E that work in harmony to hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin. The ultra-luxe Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush gives you airbrushed application exactly where you want it!

Who is it for: Anyone who wants a natural radiance and youthful silky, velvety skin with anti-aging benefits and wants to diffuse the look of pores, lines and wrinkles. Anyone who wants hydrating, brightening and anti-aging benefits to their skin. Anyone who wants to visibly improve the appearance of the skin. Anyone who wants to add light and to their complexion for beautiful healthy-looking skin!

Why is it different: This truly innovative formula contains ingredients such as peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, real silk and anti-oxidants that hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin while warding off free-radicals all day long. It gives you a healthy lit-from-within glow, that leaves skin silky, velvety and supple without settling into lines and wrinkles! It’s your perfect finishing step for the look of light, lift, illumination and natural radiance! Plus its formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalates.

You get 0.23 oz for $24.


The Yays

  • I love this illuminizer, plain and simple. It gives a beautiful dewy glow, devoid of visible shimmer or glitter.
  • There is no “color” as such; it is more of a dewy sheen so I believe this illuminizer will be suitable for most skin tones.
  • The dewy glow it gives can be blended out or built up, without really emphasizing the texture of the skin.
  • The creme is not the creamiest; which I actually like. It gives one more control over usage of the product, and one swipe of my finger gives me enough product to pat onto my face.
  • It has a sort of cream-to-powder finish which means it can easily be worn atop powder, without disturbing makeup underneath.
  • The glow lasts. I wore this highlighter for about 7 hours before I washed my face, and the product stayed in place, with the glow having faded just the teensiest bit.
  • The packaging is beautiful and comes with a mirror.
  • 0.23 oz for $24 is reasonable (about 6.8 ml). I would have liked a full 7 ml at least, though. But that’s okay.

The Mehs

  • I honestly don’t have much to add here; I suppose a downside is that the packaging is very shiny and reflective, so it can be smudged by fingerprints.


I use my fingers to pat this product into my cheekbones, and I blend it out with my fingers if I want a diffused glow.

Do I recommend this product?

Yes! It is such a pretty product, and for such a reasonable price. If you want a cream highlighter that gives a dewy sheen which you can diffuse or strobe on according to your mood, this product is a great contender.






Glossier Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter in Quartz

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I think Glossier is swiftly on its way to becoming one of my favorite brands.

The latest offering by them that I have tried is the cream-based Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter in Quartz.

From Glossier:

Skincare + makeup = Haloscope, the galaxy’s first dew effect highlighter. It’s a dual-delivery formula: the outer halo is infused with genuine crystal extracts for all-day enlightenment, with a solid oil core of vitamin-rich moisturizers for a hydrated, dewy finish. Expect an otherworldly sheen that’s never dry, never glittery. Comes in…

Quartz for a universally flattering, pearlescent highlight.
Topaz for a healthy, sun-kissed glow.

Size: .19 oz / 5.5 g

5.5 g for $22 is a bargain, if you ask me!

Yay, because:

  • Quartz is such a gorgeous pale, pale, pale gold with literally zero hints of glitter/ shimmer/stickiness. I apply it straight from the tube, and the first time I applied it I wanted to go crazy and cover my face in this, because it gave my skin the most radiant, healthy ~glow~.
  • Quartz is likely to suit light to medium skin tones more while Topaz is better for more tan or deeper ones.
  • Easy to apply straight from the stick and blend out smoothly with fingers or a flat foundation brush.
  • Lasted about 6 hours on me before showing slight signs of dulling down. I did apply a powder highlight on top, btw, to intensify the glow.
  • 5.5 g for $22 is great IMO.

Meh, because:

Honestly, I can’t think of anything bad about this product.


I apply it straight from the twist-up tube and blend it into and all around my cheekbones for the most beautiful lit-from-within glowwww.


Do I recommend this?




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Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

Kitten is arguably Stila’s most popular shade, and I was so disappointed when their liquid illuminator in the shade was discontinued before I could try it.

So when the new Heaven’s Hue Highlighter came out in this shade, I was like “OMG I need to have this!”

And so I had it.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A natural-looking, radiance-enhancing highlighter with a unique texture and a barely-there feel.

What it does:
Bouncy-to-the-touch, this unique, radiance-enhancing highlighter is gossamer-light and melts into skin for a weightless feel. Ultrafine, light-diffusing particles help skin look lit from within with a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow.

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

What else you need to know:
Shade Descriptions:
Kitten: Stila’s iconic shimmering nude pink brightens and illuminates
Transcendence: an opalescent pink for a bolder, ethereal glow
Bronze: creates a radiant, sun-kissed glow

The Yay

  • This has a lovely bouncy and smooth feel to it, and a finish that is cream to powder, but more on the cream side.
  • Kitten is a beautiful shade, almost unusual even though it is described as a nude pink. I think this would suit all skin tones.
  • It blends out smoothly with minimal shimmer and looks so dewy and glowy on the skin.
  • Even under powder, it maintains a strong glistening sheen that isn’t sticky at all. If I were to repurchase this, it would be because of this reason!
  • It can be used subtly or layered for a strobed look.
  • You get 10 g of product for $32. Not bad, I say.
  • It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin.
  • It didn’t emphasise my pores.
  • Lasted for about 5-6 hours under my makeup before I took it off. I don’t know if it’s the weather or my skin, but these days makeup tends to “diffuse” on my skin after 4-5 hours, making it look more naturally glowy. I’m not complaining.
  • Available in 3 shades.

The Meh

  • May slide off early on very oily skin or in very humid weather.
  • May be pricey to some.
  • Kitten is a bit warmer on my skin than I thought it would be. Not a big deal, but ok. I’ll live.


I use my fingers to apply this and blend it in. I have yet to use it with a highlighter brush, because I feel my fingers do the job well.


Do I recommend this?

It’s a nice highlighter, but it’s not something I think one must have. If you have some extra money to spend, I suggest you go to your local Ulta or Sephora and swatch this or the other two shades it is available in, and decide if it’s worth a buy. However, if you just got into highlighters and want a cream-powder one, this is a splendid option to consider.

I like it, but I’m not sure of a repurchase.


Ulta, Sephora.

Check my Instagram for a moving swatch of this highlighter! 

I’m Back! With Another Highlighter Review! (Or, Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora: The Review)

Hi guys! I’m back! Or, at least, I’m trying to be back…

So the reason I’ve been MIA for ages is simply because I’ve been a bit busy since I moved to the US! Yep. I moved here to be with my husband and for the past 2 – 3 months, I’ve been settling down and kind of getting used to being here, being away from home, all that ish that comes with a big move like this one.

Howeverrr, I am now going to try and blog regularly because I have A TON OF STUFF I want to share with you guys! I’m going to start that off today by reviewing something from a product category that is dear to my heart: highlighters.

Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora

Illamasqua’s Gleam highlighter in the shade Aurora is a luxuriously creamy highlighter in a beautiful champagne shade.

As per Illamasqua:


Gleam in Aurora is a lightweight, iridescent cream texture is the ideal go-to for easy, instant highlighting. The sheer, pearlescent pigments contain skin boosting Vitamin E and Mica Mineral, which provides the translucent silky quality of this cream compact. For an alluring, natural glow that lifts and highlights both face and body.

6.5g / 0.3 OZ
price per 10g £27.69


The Yay

  • Aurora is beautifully creamy and pigmented. There is no visible shimmer, it is just a gorgeous dewy, luminous glow.
  • Will likely suit all skin tones because of the gold undertone.
  • Great for strobing and fantastic on its own or under powders.
  • It has great staying power. Once you’ve strobed it on, it is there to stay.
  • Lasted 5 – 6 hours on me in fall weather. I think that’s a good amount of time for a cream highlight.
  • Can be built up.
  • A little goes a long way with this.
  • The Gleam highlighter is available in two shades.
  • Cute packaging.
  • 6.5 g is a good amount of product for the price.

The Meh

  • A bit pricey.
  • Not very easily available everywhere.


I use my fingertips to strobe this along my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.

Do I recommend this product?

If you are looking for a cream highlighter that lasts a good while and looks glowy, not shimmery, and can be built up, this is a great option, though it is a bit on the pricey side at $28.

I, personally, love it and I believe this is great for someone who is not really into cream highlights but needs a good one, just in case, ya know.


Illamasqua for $28. If you live in Pakistan, order it through Facebook pages such as Indélath or International Makeup In Pakistan.

MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer

Happy December, everyone! The holiday season is here, and we all know what that means – shimmer/glitter/glow galore! (I hope we all know and agree that this is what the holiday season means.)

So, in true holiday spirit, I bring to you yet another highlighter post. This time I’m reviewing MUA’s Luxe Highlight Shimmer, which is part of a  cream-based highlight, blush, and bronze shimmer series.

This product is a 9 g stick of cream highlighter that imparts a beautiful pale gold glow to the skin.


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