estee lauder victoria beckham morning aura illuminating creme review and swatches

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Morning Aura Illuminating Creme Review and Swatches

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The Story

The Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham collection was initially released as a limited edition collection last year, and it was re-released this year with a few new additions. One product that was a part of both collections was the Morning Aura Illuminating Creme.

I didn’t buy this creme initially because, um, IT COSTS $95 FGS, and one does think twice, thrice, or maybe twenty times before dropping that kind of dollar on a product, no matter how great it may be.

The best description of this product can be taken from Sephora, where it says:

What it is:
A hydrating cream that’s part moisturizer and part brightening primer, containing micro-pearls to illuminate and brighten the skin.

What it does:
Moisturizing cream is formulated with micro-pearls to brighten and illuminate the skin for a fresh, lit-from-within look.

What else you need to know:
“Morning Aura gives my skin a fresh morning glow. Both a moisturizer and a brightening primer, it is my secret antidote for lack of sleep or a busy day.”—Victoria Beckham

Suggested Usage:
-Apply at any time to visibly brighten your look.
-Wear it on its own or under makeup as a luminous primer.
-Use it midday to refresh your look.

You get 48 ml of product for the reasonable price of $95.

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Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint – Review & Swatches

My friends. I have a new love. It is the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint!!!

This baby is available in 5 shades on Sephora, where it is described as:

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

What it is:
A whipped water-gel makeup and skincare hybrid with broad-spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen.

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

If you want to know more…
This skincare and makeup hybrid combines the sensorial texture and all-day hydration of skincare with the buildable coverage of makeup. It’s infused with a rare Asian fruit extract, whu zu yu, to provide a healthy-looking, shine-free glow.

Research results:
In clinical tests:
– 93% of women showed an instant increase in moisture

You get 30 ml of product for $39.

The shades

The shades for this are totally bizarre. They are 3.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, and 9.5. I got 5.5 Beige for my light-medium skin tone. The shade suits my NC20/C2 skin tone quite well, but oxidizes on me a bit which makes me think I should have gotten 3.5 instead. Oh well. Next time. Coupled with a highlighting concealer, this shade is quite suitable. Plus, most foundations oxidize on my skin, so.

The yay

  • Now listen. Your girl is all about full coverage and flawlessness and all. And this is a skin tint which means it is supposed to be lightweight, which it is. Despite being lightweight, this tint has beautiful medium coverage! It sinks like a veil into the skin and covers a lot of minor blemishes while still making the skin look naturally glowy and healthy.
  • It has a lovely silk-like texture, and application is smooth and creamy and dreamy.
  • It does not accentuate dry areas and is actually very moisturizing on my dry/sensitive skin.
  • It is perfect for days when you want to let your skin breathe but still look polished.
  • 30 ml for $39 is a bit pricey but not bad, as the product really does perform well for something that is supposed to be lightweight.
  • SPF 20

The meh

  • Packaging is really crappy. Like it is housed in a cheap little plastic jar and when you open it, most of the product sticks to the inner lid (that thing between the lid and the jar that most beauty products in a jar have).
  • Shade range is bizarre and limited.
  • This product may not do well on oily complexions.


I use a Morphe M439 (BEST FOUNDATION BRUSH EVER) to buff this into the skin using light, round motions.

Ignore the red splotch on my arm; I burned myself frying some food. 

Do I recommend this?

For breathable, medium coverage that looks dewy and healthy, yes. I do.



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Estée Lauder Face Favorites!


Today I want to share my favorite foundations and concealer from Estēe Lauder. I love all of these products and they are some of my all-time favorite base products.

(products placed on Martha Stewart Living Magazine March 2017)

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup


Says Estée Lauder:

Proven 24-hour staying power.

The same long-wear makeup you love, now proven to last even longer. Looks flawless and natural.

Feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear.

Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes.

Lasts through heat and humidity.

This foundation is matte and is supposed to have medium to full coverage.

I have this in the shade 1N2 Ecru. It is a beautiful matte foundation, and has coverage that starts out as a medium that is still able to hide most flaws, to a full, flawless finish. The shade range has warm, cool, and neutral tones. 1N2 is a little lighter/more neutral than my warm NC20 skin tone, but it does help neutralize the yellow tones of my skin. I think after this bottle finishes, I will try the shade Desert Beige.

I LOVE this foundation. The finish is beyond beautiful; it is truly my-skin-but-better. It covers literally all of my blemishes and gives a natural, healthy radiant but matte look. The staying power is fantastic, this lasts all day. The longest I have worn it has been 10 hours, with minimal oiliness at the 6/7 hour mark.

The only flaw with this is shade selection; they offer so many (this could also be a pro) that it is hard to choose a shade.

With this, a little goes a long way but blending has to be swift as this dries quickly. Also, if you have dry skin, moisturize underneath this, I would say.

Note: This does not come with a pump, but I got one for it from MAC Cosmetics, which fits the bottle perfectly!

Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup


From the site:

12-hour wear. Natural-looking. Long-wearing.

This soothing liquid-creme makeup is designed to camouflage all skin imperfections, including surgical and acne scars, tattoos, birthmarks, sun spots and varicose veins. Helps protect with SPF 15.

I was told about this by an amazing MUA when I went to New Jersey. This foundation is the most full coverage product I have used to date. I honestly believe I didn’t know what full coverage was until I met this baby. On a good skin day, this can be used in place of concealer and you’re good to go.

Again, I adore this product. The coverage is fantastic. It is matte, lasts forever (longest I wore this has been about 9-10 hours and again, oiliness was minimal), and mark my words: you need a very small amount to work with. You can build it up, but please don’t start with a huge amount unless you want to look cakey.

I have this in the shade 1N3 Creamy Vanilla, and the flaw here is that shade selection is very limited. But this shade is a good enough match for my NC20 skin.

This also dries quickly and is not very forgiving on dry skin, so blend and moisturize well, I would say.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer


The company says:

Looks flawless. Lasts 15-hours. Feels comfortable, never dry. Stays seamless, without creasing.The lightweight creme formula creates the perfected look of flawless skin and lasts all day. Transfer-resistant, color-true, with medium buildable coverage that won’t slip, slide or melt away. Luminous finish.

Infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy. Oil-free. Water, perspiration and humidity-resistant.


To start, choose a concealer shade that matches your foundation or is one shade lighter.

For best results, we recommend applying concealer after applying your foundation.

Use Double Wear Concealer with Concealer Brush 5. Swipe concealer to back of hand, then with brush smooth on over desired area. Blend well.

Targeted concealing techniques: For darkness around eyes, go with a slightly lighter shade than your foundation. For puffiness, slightly darker. For uneven skintone, wear the same exact shade as your foundation.

I have this in the shade Warm Light. Like the two products above, this concealer offers matte, insanely full coverage which is easy to go overboard with, so I use it sparingly and build it up. It also lasts about 8-10 hours on me before I take off my makeup.

This concealer is perfect for highlighting and concealing the under eye area, and gives me a fresh, wide awake look in a minute. It does not irritate the eye area at all, and also makes a great eyelid primer.

It is also not forgiving on dry patches, and is a bit liquidy and dries quickly, so I moisturize beforehand and blend it well.


Top to bottom: Estee Lauder Double Wear Flawless Wear Concealer (Warm Light), Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Makeup (1N3 Creamy Vanilla), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup (1N2 Ecru)

Final thoughts

I will keep it short and to the point: these three products offer phenomenal coverage, a naturally radiant finish, and are very long-lasting. I recommend all three. I also advise going to a Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s, or Dillard’s to find your perfect match should you wish to purchase them.


Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Estée Lauder online.




Summer Pink: Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Blushing Creme

So this summer I’m really into matte, bright but muted pinks. And luckily for me, a relative recently gave me an Estée Lauder gift set which contained three Pure Color lipsticks. My favorite out of the three was shade no. 55, Blushing.

Estée Lauder has this to say about their Pure Color Long Lasting lipsticks:

Color so incredible, it leaves your lips wanting more. Maximized impact. Magnified vibrancy, dimension and brilliance.

True Vision™ technology takes ordinary color and makes it extraordinary. You’ll love the spectrum of fade-resistant, long-lasting shades, from sublime to vivid.

Enriched with lip-loving ingredients, including apricot kernel, shea butter and murumuru butter that leave lips soft and creamy smooth.

Each shade comes in the lasting, seductive finish that suits it best: satin Creme or lustrous Shimmer.








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