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.

Illamasqua Vintage Metallix In Courtier



The Story

So I really wanted a nude cream shadow base, and after a bit of Googling, decided to get this one from the Illamasqua outlet in Dubai Mall. The end. (Side note: How great are Illamasqua?! I hope they open up an outlet in every city of every country in the world. *sigh*)

Illamasqua states:


Vintage Metallix eyeshadow in Courtier provides a metallic cream-gel texture that provides long wear and comfort. Smudge resistant and long lasting formula. Apply with your fingers or an Illamasqua brush

NET WT. 5ml e 0.18 FL OZ
price per 10g £23.00

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Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation In Shade 03

First things first, I apologize for not being able to post much since the start of September. Been a bit busy.

Ok, let’s get on with the review, shall we?

I love Illamasqua. Adore the brand. Perhaps it’s their products, perhaps it’s the way they market their products, but there is just something so gothic and beautiful about the brand. I’ll always be an emo goth at heart (read About), and I’ve dreamed of owning Illamasqua products since I began my love affair with makeup, many, many years ago. (Okay, it hasn’t been that long. But still.)

So, when I was in Dubai, I knew I couldn’t leave without visiting the Illamasqua outlet in Dubai Mall. I quickly googled a list of products that I thought might be good for purchase, hotfooted it to the outlet, bought the items, and left the mall a happy camper. (The SA at the outlet was a total sweetheart, btw. I wish I could live there. I want to work there. I want to own Illamasqua. Ok, end of rambling.)

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 03 is described as:


Our award-winning Skin Base Foundation in shade 03 is the go-to choice to create a flawless complexion every day. This lightweight, easily blendable foundation is suitable for most skin types and smooths, softens and conditions thanks to skin boosting Vitamin C and E. Tested in HD environments, this foundation also provides the ultimate skin realism effect and with 26 shades to choose from, finding your perfect match has never been so easy.

30ml 1FL OZ
price per 10ml £9.00

illamasqua skin base 03

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Dubai Haul

Recently, I was in Dubai for a short while and tried to get some beauty shopping in before I left.

These are the things I bought. I’ll review them in the coming weeks but if there is something in particular you’d like me to review first, feel free to let me know.

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