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Holiday 2017: What I’m Buying & Passing On

It’s my absolutely favourite time of the makeup year because the holiday collections are coming at us hard and fast! There’s always so much to choose from, and I usually end up making a shortlist (errr something longlist…) of things I want and what I’m going to pass on. Here’s how my list stacks up so far.

The “To Buy” List

KAT VON D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set

Starting off with the set I’ve already purchased – the Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set! I *loved* this set last year and was so, so excited to see that they’ve brought it back again this year. What’s even more amazing is that there isn’t a single duplicated shade from the previous year! I prefer minis because there’s no chance in hell I’ll be finishing a full sized tube any time soon. If you want to see swatches from this year’s line up, I’ll have a full video posted to my YouTube channel tomorrow.

Sigma Creme de Couture Eyeshadow Palette

This is another item I’ve already purchased and it’s currently in transit to me. The Sigma Creme de Couture palette will be my first foray into Sigma products, and it’s long overdue! This palette is actually a re-release from about five years ago. Back then, I had seen Leesha of xsparkage rave about this palette in multiple videos, but I had never pulled the trigger on purchasing it. Since it was limited edition, the palette eventually sold out before I decided to buy it. AND I WAS SO REGRETFUL! Several years passed, and they never restocked it, so it truly felt like one of the ones that got away. Imagine my surprise when, five or six years later, they’ve decided to re-release it! I couldn’t believe it – I’ve never seen a brand do something like this half a decade later! Of course I snatched it up and am eagerly awaiting it in the mail.

Too Faced Unicorn Survival Kit

This one is causing me a little bit of panic because I haven’t seen any kind of release date advertised anywhere AND the Too Faced Unicorn Tears lipstick is an Ulta exclusive item. So does that mean this will only be available at Ulta?? Either way, the Too Faced It’s available on Ulta.com now MUST BE MINE. I’ve been itching to get the Unicorn Melted Latex (which was only recently released on Too Faced‘s web site) and I’m dyyyying to see what that blue-ish-purple highlighter looks like!

UPDATE: It’s available on Ulta.com now! Go get it quickly because I don’t know how much stock they have and they sold out REALLY fast on TooFaced.com!

Too Faced Gingerbread Melted Matte

Ohhh yes! Last year Too Faced released a specially scented Candy Cane Melted Matte with pretty packaging, and this year they’re bringing it back in a Gingerbread version. I really love that they’re creating one new shade and throwing some scent and pretty packaging on it. It feels like a makeup Christmas ritual to me now, and I will be really happy to add this to my collection!

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Palette

This one isn’t actually released yet, but I did receive press information to indicate that this would be released with part of their holiday 2017 lineup. Does the makeup world need another chocolate bar palette? No, probably not. Am I going to get it anyway? Yes, absolutely. I’ll admit the colour assortment in this palette is very odd. I felt like it could’ve done with more pastel brights, but I’ll wait to reserve complete judgement until I’ve tried it out myself. Still, I have to keep my Too Faced Chocolate Bar family together right??

Stila Glitter & Glow Set

I’m about thirty seconds away from screaming bloody murder at this set. I WANT IT SO FREAKING BAD, and yet Sephora Canada has had it out of stock on their web site for going on three weeks now. Although it’s never actually shown up on the Canadian site, it’s readily available on the US side. I freaking LOVE the Stila liquid glitters and I have about four of them in the full size tubes. This set is great because it’s got six shades in mini format so you get a lot of bang for your buck. NOW IF ONLY IT WOULD COME IN STOCK ON SEPHORA.CA! ARGH!

Tarte Tartelette Toasted

Oh man, I want to get my hands on this one so badly too! The tarte Tartelette in Bloom came out of nowhere and slapped me in the face with how good it was, so I cannot wait to see how the Toasted palette is! The shades in this one are a bit more up my alley (although very similar to Urban Decay’s Naked Heat) so I’m super anxious to play around with them! This one should be out fairly soon!

MAC Snowball Collection

It’s been a long time since a MAC collection really drew me in, but holy smokes the packaging on the Snowball collection is beautiful! I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be picking up yet, but you can check out the entire colour story over on Temptalia.

The “Pass” List

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

I can’t quite put my finger on why I’m passing on this palette. I love the crazy ornate packaging, I love KVD‘s eyeshadow formula… and I’ve seen swatches of this palette and it looks hella pigmented and gorgeous. BUT… there’s something about the eyeshadow layout that just isn’t speaking to me. I don’t feel especially inspired about this combination of colours, so I think I’ll just take a pass on it… for now.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Set

So while I’m passing on this set because I already have two of the shades (Halo and Celestial), I actually think you should pick up this set if you have none of the shades. I freaking LOVE the Cover FX liquid highlighter formula – it has one of the most beautiful finishes I’ve ever seen and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.I’m so glad Cover FX has put out this set because it’s a great way to get access to several shades at once since the cost of this set is equivalent to the price of a single full size bottle!

Too Faced Bossy Lady + all of the items with agendas

I found the whole Too Faced Holiday 2017 collection kinda meh to be honest (which really saddened me). I’m not a paper planner person and I’m so not interested in planner decorating either, so this entire range of products just left me feeling deflated. Although it seems they’ve started manufacturing their holiday palettes in the US again and I believe the quality is markedly better, I just don’t see the point in picking up these sets when I’m super not into the planners. There is, of course, repetition amongst the eyeshadow shades year over year, and since I own the last three years of holiday sets, I don’t really feel like these have anything new to offer me. Instead, I’ll dump my money on the Unicorn Survival Kit and the other items that seem unique to me!

Tarte Blush Bliss Palette

There’s a few things with the palette I’m a bit iffy on. First of, I love the colour selection – those shares are right up my alley… BUT – they’re all too similar. They are way too same samey and I’d like some variety if I’m going to be purchasing a blush palette. Number two… there’s no bronzer. And I realize Tarte hasn’t put in a bronzer since the Off The Cuff palette (which is my freaking favourite), but ever since they did that, I now expect them to put in a bronzer. I bring my Off The Cuff palette with me everywhere I travel, and a large part of that is the variety of shades plus the bronzer it houses. Number three… I think Tarte is still outsourcing their holiday products to China and I’m a bit tired of the quality inconsistencies… so this is just a pass for me.

The “I’m Not Sure” List

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette

Oh man, I do not know what to do about this one. I have a few ABH palettes that I absolutely love, and there have been a few times where I’ve really kicked myself for not getting some of their limited edition items. However, if this palette is made with the same formula as the Subculture palette (which I did not like and promptly returned), then I want nothing to do with it. So yeah… not sure about this one.

And that’s about it! Phew, that was a long list. Of course, there’s other things I’ve considered, but I think this post was long enough and was really focused on the items that caught my eye the most this holiday season. I’d love to hear what you’re going to be picking up or ignoring this holiday makeup season!

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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo (Review & Swatches)

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo

There are some products that are just so mindblowingly beautiful that I just HAVE to have them, no matter what the price tag (for example, Guerlain’s Flocon Enchantees)! I first saw these Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo on my beauty blogging buddy Shawna (see her post on these here) at an event many months back and was immediately enchanted. The insane reflection on her cheekbones was killer!

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo

So what is it? It’s a liquid highlighter that comes in a dropper style tube. Cover FX makes a few shades (I reviewed the shade Moonlight earlier this year) but the shade Halo is by far their most unique shade in the range. They’re billing this as a “holographic, multi-dimensional” product, but we all know by now that unless you can see rainbows, it’s most certainly NOT holographic.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo

(Although the package certainly tries to lead you to think that it actually is holo!)

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo - swatched
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo – swatched

The product initially appears quite white, but it shifts to a lavender, blue, silver – it’s absolutely gorgeous and extremely ethereal looking (which is a quality I’m always looking for in makeup products as I love that kind of fairy aesthetic).

Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo (natural light)

On the cheekbones it’s truly something else. These shots were taken in natural lighting so that I could attempt to capture just how beautiful it is.

Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo (natural light)

Shawna remarked in her post that said she couldn’t believe how many people came up to her and commented on her highlighter when she wore it. And she was bang on. I wore this to an event last night and EVERYONE I talked to asked me about what was on my cheekbones. Considering that I often wear “irregular” coloured highlighters (I’m a big fan of Anastasia’s Moonchild and Kat Von D’s Alchemist), I was surprised that people chose to comment on this highlighter instead of the greens, purples and blues I’ve worn in the past. But I guess that’s a testament to just how much this one stands out!

My favourite way to apply this is with my fingers. I’m not a huge fan of using fingers for my makeup in general, but it does work best for this highlighter in particular. I’d drop a blob on the back of my hand, dip a fingertip into it, and then pat a few drops onto my cheekbone. Then I’d take a clean finger and pat along my cheekbone to blend it out. I found two layers of this is what looked best for me. I did try it with a brush because I liked the shade Moonlight with a duofiber brush, but I found it just didn’t have the right amount of oomph when I did it that way (plus it blended out kinda funny with a brush).

In terms of whether or not this is worth your money… I’d say yes. This is a VERY expensive product in my opinion ($52 CAD/$42 USD), but I feel like it’s truly unique. There’s a TON of product in the bottle, so you needn’t worry about running out. If you’re balking at that price tag though… do what I did, and buy it during a Sephora sale. I picked mine up during the April sale, but there’s another one coming in November!

The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops can be purchased on sephora.ca for $52 CAD and on sephora.com for $42 USD.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (Review & Swatches)

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

I’ve had this review sitting on the backburner since I took the product shots in January. Why? I don’t actually have a good reason for that other than that makeup never seems to cease being released and there’s always some other enormous launch out there to cover. And these Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops? They’ve been out for a while, so they’re kind old news, right?

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

But, I was recently reminded how epic these seemed to be when they were first released when I saw my friend Shawna of Spill the Beauty sporting the brand new Halo shade while we were at a beauty event. She looked amazing, and I was suddenly reminded of the fact that I had a sample size of their older Moonlight shade from a previous Sephora order.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

I have a very mini, but generously portioned, size of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drop in Moonlight. It’s on the paler side of things in their range of shades. This is billed as “imparting a soft, silver glow”. Which you would NEVER KNOW from the colour selection item on the Sephora, or even by looking at the jar. I mean… we’re all agreed right? That looks rose gold? It’s not just me?

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight - swatch
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight – swatch

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK! In swatches, Moonlight is flat out blinding. This is shockingly bright – almost electric really. Silver? Almost. I do see more of a rose gold shade on the edges of the product where it curves around my arm. That center portion though? Full on silver goodness.

Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight
Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

Despite the shocking swatch, it actually goes on the cheeks surprisingly softly. I suppose by most people’s standards a reflective surface isn’t soft, but given what the swatch looks like in comparison, this looks REALLY soft.

So while it LOOKS soft in these photos, I think, but it’s not really IRL. And that’s not a negative either. It’s an aggressive, but beautiful highlighter. Its reflectiveness was far surpassing my beloved BECCA highlighters and for the first time in a long time I found myself wondering “is this TOO much highlighter?” (Real talk: no, it’s not!)

Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight
Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

Yes, it’s aggressive. Yes, it’s “loud”. And yes, it’s completely and utterly beautiful. It has an ethereal quality to it – that “I’m a fairy!” look that I’ve been searching for in a lot of products for a very long time (I’m looking at you Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal! *spits*).

I think we know I love this product by now, so let’s just chat about how to actually use it. I only used this as a cheekbone highlighter as I’m not interested in mixing it with my foundation. I found I liked it best when used with a medium sized duo fiber brush. I used the dropper to apply it to the back of my hand and then dabbed my brush in it. Wiped it off quite a few times on the back of my hand, and then applied it to my cheekbones. It’s not the easiest product to blend either, so start with very little and then build as it’s pretty easy to get harsh lines. (Try your finger maybe? I hadn’t thought to do it until I typed this review out.)

Is this worth your money? Look, no one can answer that question for you (for ANY makeup product on the market – we all have our limits) – these highlighters are insanely expensive ($52 CAD/$42 USD) and even I’m balking at that price tag. But after having used Moonlight and loving how it looks, I am 100% buying Halo… when it’s on sale.

The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops can be purchased on sephora.ca for $52 CAD and on sephora.com for $42 USD.