Tarte’s Blush Palettes are always one to pick up in my opinion. Tarte may not always be black girl friendly (ahem Rainforest of the Sea foundation AND concealer) but their blush palettes come through. Their newest release, the Tarteist Blush Palette, is no different.
tarte Tarteist Blush PaletteThe palette is portable and contains four shades from tarte’s Amazonian clay blush. Their Amazonian Clay bushes are great as they’re lightweight and pigmented. These four shades found in the palette are warm neutral and bold shades that make this the ideal travel buddy.
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The four shades are Live (a poppy coral), Laugh (a peachy coral), Love (a nude mauve), Dream (a soft fuchsia). My favorites are, of course, Live and Dream because I love a bold color. All of the shades show up on my deep skin without look pale or ashy.

I can’t wait to play with this palette a little more because I love the formula and colors in the palette. It’s available now at ULTA and Sephora.

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The highlighting trend has been poppin for a minute now and while I’ve dabbled a bit into it in the past, this year—for reasons unbeknownst to me—I’ve become a woman obsessed with highlighters! I say dabbled because I have oily skin and it’s easy for me to get shiny/ greasy, so adding something with shimmer can go wrong very fast.
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Now I’m the type of girl who will wear a mattifying primer, matte as hell foundation and top it off with a highlighter 😂. Below are a few of my favorite highlighters.

Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow & Hourglass Ambient Strobing Powder
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Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow ($46) is a beautiful highlighter on deep skin! This light-reflecting powder is a coppery bronze with warm undertones and a golden sheen. Picutred above is the holiday edition but there’s currently one available in the standard black Bobbi packaging (which I also bought just so I have a backup) (I told you I’m obsessed). I love applying it with this brush.

I bought the Hourglass Ambient Strobing Powder ($38, shade Euphoric) on a slight whim that was driven by hype. I fell into the internet OMGs and ran to buy it. I will say these are heavy on the sparkle. It is pretty glittery but it’s so beautifully subtle, I partially don’t care. I find that this is a great body glitter product so I know I’ll be dipping into this during the summer to highlight my collarbones and more. If you’re a fan of the Amrezy highlight, this isn’t for you. It’s subtle but noticeable.

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette & Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator – Gilded Honey
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Fact, I only bought the Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42) because Makeup Shayla kept using it after she went on the trip with Tarte and I really liked the way it made her skin glisten and I was sold. That said, I will say I was disappointed when I got my hands on it. There are three shades in the palette: two shimmery highlighters (Sunlight and Moonlight) and a matte setting powder (Filtered Light). Moonlight is by far the best option on dark skin as it’s a light-medium, peachy gold with a warm undertone. Sunlight is a light gold that has less pigment than Moonlight and should be used with a light hand or it can look ashy. Avoid Filtered Light like the plauge! It’s chalky and dry; it does not go on well on the skin.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey ($26) is a legend in the YouTube world! It’s constantly sold out status really intensified my desire and I’m surprised it took me so long to purchase it. The minute I bought it, I knew I’d love it. A caramel honey shade, this is one of my go to’s and I find myself reaching for it more than any of the others on this list. It’s a sheer powder that goes on smoothly and blends beautifully.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit HighlightersHonestly when this was first released, I didn’t really care for it. The swatches ABH was posting didn’t entice me and honestly put me off. It wasn’t until Sephora started stocking the full color collection in store when my curiosity was piqued (plus the Glow kit was sold out which in my world means I MUST GET IT NOW!) (damn me). I swatched the That Glow it at Sephora and ULTA and finally bit the bullet. So glad I did! This has four metallic powder highlighters that give an intense look which I like to apply using this brush. Where the Hourglass Strobing powders are subtle, these are intense. The That Glow Kit consists of

  • Sunburst: A bright, luminous gold with a metallic finish
  • Bubbly: A champagne rose with a pearlescent finish
  • Dripping in Gold: A lavish gold with a vivid reflective finish
  • Golden Bronze: A sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish

So there it is. What are some of your favorite highlighters?

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new neutrogena See Whats Possible
When Neutrogena reached out to ask me to participate in their See What’s Possible campaign, I knew I wanted to partner with them on it. Honestly, Kerry Washington could be selling me dog poo and I’d be all SIGN ME UP!

Just kidding! Sorta.

I love the message Kerry and the Neutrogena team are sending with this initiative.

Through thousands of hours meeting with women from Dallas to Taipei, Sao Paulo to Paris, Neutrogena® uncovered a universal truth – women are stepping back to examine what’s possible in their lives so they can pursue their dreams. -Neutrogena

It honestly hit close to home for me as recently I’ve been taking a look at my life, where I am, and what I want to do. More importantly, what I want to create. Not to get all super ~millennial~ on y’all but I’ve been reexamining what I do and what my purpose is. Some dreams change. All my life I wanted to be a lawyer. Then in college I decided to scrap that (for now?) and pursue a career in digital market/ social media. Now I’m looking at what I’m doing and thinking if now is the time I go ahead and pursue my dream. Even if I have NO CLUE how to go about it. Stay tuned.

“Challenge yourself. I want to always be having new goals. I want to always be giving my self new challenges, new things to reach for. I want to stay inspired. I want to be reaching toward things that will force me to grow.” – Kerry Washington

Always on a mission to create, innovate, and rethink what’s possible in skincare, Neutrogena has proven time and time again that you can create products that smell amazing while clearing acne. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel to hydrates skin while providing sun protection. With their Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreens you can have year round sun protection and proving that you don’t need greasy formulas to take care of your skin.

Going beyond their products, Neutrogena has partnered with the Girls Inc. organization, whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The partnership will support the Girls Inc. Experience, helping them bring intensive, hands-on, life-changing programming to more girls than ever before. This will ensure that each girl has the skills to build an independent future, and grows to be a competent and confident woman. I like you, Neutrogena, for putting your money where your mouth is.
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Check out the full #SeeWhatsPossible campaign here.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.

Recently I’ve revamped my skincare and in it, I’ve included the new White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask by The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder. Now as many of you may know, I started working for The Estée Edit back in January and this is one of those items I KNEW I had to have after learning more about it.
White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask by The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder
White Mud is a two-in-one mask and exfoliating treatment that’s meant to draw out impurities and remove excess oil and shine.

I like using it two to three times a week as it has jojoba exfoliating beads. The creamy-smooth white porcelain clay formula easily glides onto skin so you can use it as a regular face wash OR let it sit for about five minutes as a mask. My skin feels super smooth after using it without feeling dry. I love it!

White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask by The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder is available exclusively at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

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Disclosure: I work for The Estée Edit but I am not compensated to blog about them.