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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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 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.



The Closest Possible Dupe for my Favorite Beauty Product Ever! A Review + Swatches of the No7 Skin Illuminator

A while back, I did a post about my favorite beauty product of all time: Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in the shade Nude Radiance. 

I also mentioned that I have yet to find any perfect dupes of this product; I have some products that are similar, but not really 100% similar.

And then I met the No7 Skin Illuminator in the shade Nude.

Says Ulta:

No7 Skin Illuminator has multi-faceted light reflectors that instantly enhance your complexion, for a natural looking radiance.

How to Use

Use this lightweight illuminator in one of three ways to enhance your natural radiance and to immediately give gorgeous, luminous skin.

  • As a primer before applying your foundation
  • Mixed in with your regular foundation for added luminosity
  • Lightly applied as a highlighter to your cheek and brow bones


You get 30 ml of product for an economical $12.99.

Why I love the No7 Skin Illuminator in Nude

I love it for all the same reasons I love my Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. The No7 Skin Illuminator blends out to bathe the skin in a gorgeous dewy luminosity that is nothing short of ethereal.

There are 3 stated uses for this product (read above), and I like to use it the first way, as a primer before foundation. That is the same way I use my Burberry product.

I won’t go into too much detail about this product’s yay’s, because the reasons I love it are quite simple:

  1. The dewiness it lends my skin is unreal.
  2. It keeps makeup looking nice and smooth over it.
  3. It looks like a lit-from-within glow under foundation.
  4. The shimmer in this product is very, very minute, and finely milled.
  5. You get 30 ml for $12.99.
  6. Comes in a nude shade and a bronze shade to cover nearly all skin tones.
  7. The squeeze tube is very easy to use and control.

No7 Skin Illuminator vs Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

  1. Both products come in a nude shade and a bronze shade, to cover light and dark skin tones.
  2. Both products bathe the skin in a fresh, dewy luminosity. I wore the Burberry product on one side of my face and the No7 product on the other, and when I blended them out, I could not tell the difference. And I have a very observant eye.
  3. Both products keep my makeup/face/skin looking smooth and glowy.
  4. The shimmer in the No7 Skin Illuminator is actually as tiny as in the Burberry Fresh Glow; where the Burberry product has 100% finely milled shimmer, the No7 product’s shimmer is 99% finely milled.
  5. You get the same amount of product with both items, but the No7 Skin Illuminator is $35.01 cheaper than the Burberry Fresh Glow base.
  6. The Burberry packaging is better than the No7 packaging.


In the swatches below, Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base is at the bottom and the No7 Skin Illuminator is on top.

For some reason, the Burberry product would continuously blend out patchier on my arm swatch and as a result look relatively watery while the No7 Skin Illuminator looked relatively more creamy.

However, on my face, both had an almost exactly similar effect.

burberry vs no7

A comparison picture using a photo from my previous review of Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid base.


I believe that the No7 Skin Illuminator in Nude is a 95% similar dupe to the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, if not a 100% similar one. I love the No7 product so much that I have ordered 2 more of it already. Ulta has a promotion going on for the product where you buy one and get one at 50% off.

I highly suggest you try this illuminator. It is one of the best beauty products as far as value-for-money is concerned.

I really hope No7 doesn’t stop making it!






Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Review

Says Farsali:

DETAILS: Ideal for all skin types. Nut free product. USAGE: Ideal for daytime use.

SCENT: Pleasant uplifting citrus aroma.

First Impressions

  • Packaging: Sturdy, strong, understated yet beautiful. You have a 15 ml or 30 ml option with this one.
  • Dropper cap: Works well at dispensing product but since it is an oil based product, the serum tends to slide off the tip when you take out the dropper.
  • Smell: This has a strange scent to it. It’s not a sweet one. And it lingers until I put my makeup over this. It is supposed to be a pleasant uplifting citrus aroma but I do not really find it to be pleasant.



This has many uses according to the Farsali website. The website says it can be used as

  1. A daily moisturiser
  2. For hydrating lips
  3. To be mixed with foundation
  4. To revive dried cream products

Let me tell you how it went for me when I used it in each of the above listed ways.

As a daily moisturiser

In all honesty, my dry-sensitive skin does not take kindly to oil based products, at least at first. The first two times I used this, I seriously feel that the acne my face began sprouting a day later was due to this.

I kept using it gradually and I feel like my face has gotten used to it, kind of.

Despite my skin being dry, I do not feel like this requires any other skin care products to be used in addition to it; a toner only perhaps under it. It is very very hydrating and smooth and slippery; I would say it’s best to massage this into the skin and then let it sink in over the next ten minutes or so.

When applied initially, it appears very dewy/shiny/oily and if you have oily skin to begin with, I don’t know if I would recommend this.

Under my makeup, it makes my skin look very healthy and glowy, but even with my dry skin I need powder on top to make sure I don’t look like an oil bomb exploded on my face after an hour or so.

Personally I would not recommend a dewy foundation over this, unless your skin is Sahara-levels dry. Use a natural finish foundation, at best.

For hydrating lips

If you’re on Instagram, as I am , you will have seen most people use the Rose Gold Elixir for this purpose. I think it is very good used in this way and provides a great base for liquid lipsticks. Two thumbs up.

Mix with foundation

Farsali care itself recommends matte foundations for use here, and I followed those instructions. 1-3 drops are recommended and I used 2 with a matte foundation. This achieves a natural, satin finish which I quite liked but I don’t often use it in this way because, like I said, my skin doesn’t take kindly to oil based serums.

Revive dried cream products

THIS. Omg. Eyeliners and paint pots that have dried up on me, I’m coming for you armed with Farsali Care Rose Gold Elixir. Honestly, I put like 2 drops of this into a near-dried-up cream eyelid primer, like a month ago, and since then it has been going strong and applying smoothly. I would keep this serum and recommend it for this purpose alone.

Final verdict

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir suits me as a lip primer and for keeping cream products smooth and, well, creamy. If your skin is not sensitive to oil-based products, I think this would be a great all purpose product for achieving skin that is healthy looking all over. This has many interesting ingredients like 24k gold flakes, rosehip seed oil, and vitamins A and C, among others which work to achieve and maintain healthy skin with prolonged use.

While it hasn’t been the best for use on my face, I like that it is a multipurpose product. Personally I am more interested in trying the Unicorn Tears/Unicorn Essence from Farsali which is oil free.

For my face, I think I’ll stick to Glossier serums.



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NYX Eye Shadow Base In Skin Tone: The Perfect Replacement for MAC Soft Ochre

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Mini Back-story

So a while back, my beloved MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre dried up for good and I was devastated. It was the perfect eye shadow base for my skin tone and I really didn’t like the thought of spending more $$ for something that dries up so quickly. (Which is weird considering how irresponsible with money I usually am.)

Enter NYX Eyeshadow Base in the shade Skin Tone. Someone on my Snapchat recommended this as an alternative for Soft Ochre, and after trying it, I couldn’t agree more. 

The Yay

  • While this looks darker in the pot, it actually isn’t this dark applied on the eyelid and damn son, it makes eyeshades POP. 
  • Keeps my eyeshadow poppin’ from 12 PM to 10 PM (or whenever I choose to take my makeup off/ go to bed. The point is, with this thing on your eyelid, that shadow is there to stay. Keep in mind this is in cold weather, btw. And my kids lids are not very oily.)
  • Available in two more shades.
  • Totes inexpensive so value for money.

The Meh

  • You have to dip your finger or brush in the pot which isn’t so hygienic.


I use my fingers to apply this onto my eyelids.

L-R: NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin ToneTease from Urban Decay Naked 2 palette with NYX Skin Tone and without

Do I Recommend This?

You bet yo ass. If Skin Tone is too dark for you, there is a white and pearlescent white shade available as well.


Ulta, NYX, Target.

In Other News

I made these Teriyaki stir-fried noodles yesterday. They were really good.

Also, I finally finished The Crown and am now watching Outlander. Outlander is like a Harlequin romance novel come to life.