NYX Cosmetics Hydra Touch Brightener (Radiance) Review:

Wow, what’s up with the mediocre reviews I’m reading on NYX’s Hydra Touch Brightener ($8.99) glamour babes?! This crayon, pencil, whatever you want to call it is great!

There are three shades all together; Radiance, glow, and luminous.

I happened to go with radiance which is a lovely shade of soft pink, perfect for fair skin.

The formulation is lightweight, super hydrating, creamy, smooth, provides good pigmentation, and blends well, making this easy to apply.

The water based crayon instantly illuminates while giving off a cooling sensation upon contact with skin.

NYX’s Hydra Touch Brightener is more of a pencil than crayon, you do have to sharpen it. I was wishing it was a retractable crayon like most of them are nowadays, less mess and effort.

I don’t recommend applying Radiance to the said areas as the back of the box advertises; cheek bones, bridge of nose, chin, forehead, etc…I tried this method and it really didn’t produce an illuminating effect, and I wasn’t digging the cooling sensation all over my face, it almost felt like a subtle sunburn. I get the term beauty is pain, but that’s just going a little too far for my taste.

Where you really need to apply this and you’ll noticeably see a difference is underneath the eyes and brows bones, see!

The Hydra Touch Brightener instantly covers dark circles, waking up those peepers immediately! The cooling sensation actually helps too if eyes appear tired and puffy, total awakening, I feel like a whole new woman, lol.

NYX’s Hydra Touch Brightener last all day, it does not smudge or crease into fine lines, I do happen to have a few, this is how I know, lol. I don’t care what the reviews say, this is totally looking into and spending a mere $9 on. And hey, if you don’t like what you see, you could always return it, it’s as simple as that, just save the receipt ;).

Stay beautiful! Xo.


NYX Plush Gel Lipstick (Karma Kiss) Review:

I hate that I have to come out and say this glamour babes, but, don’t waste your money on NYX’s Plush Gel Lipstick ($7), it’s just awful, and that’s putting it nicely.

The Idea that NYX was going for was a good one, I felt that it didn’t live up to its potential as described below:

“Play up your pout with a silky stroke of NYX Cosmetics’ Plush Gel Lipstick. Available in twelve totally vibrant shades, this lippie brings together an oh-so-soft feel and the high shine of a gloss. Drench lips in a wash of color for an instantly polished look anytime you crave a quick touch-up. Want a bolder finish? (Yes, please!) A second swipe is twice as nice.”

Sounds like an awesome lipstick right?! In reality, not so much.

The pros of NYX’s Plush Gel lipstick, it is in fact super silky with a nice slick gel feel, beautifully vibrant, and has a ton of shine providing a good amount of hydration to the lips.

The downside, sigggghhhhhh, as beautiful as the shade Karma Kiss was (warm fuchsia), the color did not hold for very long, roughly 30 min, and it began to bleed and feather all over the place. I looked like a walking hot mess and I didn’t even know it until I took a gander at myself in the mirror, the horror and Halloween isn’t here yet! Lol. I also really wasn’t digging the bad taste it left in my mouth, literally! If you thought hugging and kissing your grandmother who loves to bathe herself in Elizabeth Taylor Perfumes is hard to take in (still love you grandma!), think of that overpowering smell lingering on your lips……brrrrrrrr. Trust me, I wanted to wipe it off immediately, that’s all I tasted for the rest of the day, yuk, so gross. I was testing out the staying power of NYX’s Plush Gel Lipstick, and now I know, bad tasting lipstick does not pay to suffer, lol.

Karma Kiss will be returned to Ulta Beauty in exchange for an NYX Butter Gloss. They are just as plush, glossy, and hydrating as the Plush Gel Lipsticks, minus the perfumy taste and short lived wear.
Stay beautiful! Xo.


ELF Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder (fair/light) Review:

You know what’s the best way to rid of the Monday blues glamour babes?! Makeup! And, I think ELF’s Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder maybe the cure to turn that frown upside down!

This is another newbie that has been added to ELF’s Beautifully Bare line, and it’s described to do the following via their website:

*Creates a flawless natural look

*Provides light coverage and sets makeup

*Helps mattify skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines.

Is this $6 finishing powder worth buying and trying???

Yes! I can confidently say that this face powder makes a world of difference on ones complexion especially those with combination/oily skin, like me!
FYI: To really blur and soften skins texture, use ELF’s 3 in 1 makeup base underneath their finishing powder. Skin that looked flawless, looks even more flawless!

I hope that make sense, lol. If not think Photoshop and filters, get the picture? Awesome!

ELF’s Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder is housed in a sturdy plastic reflective silver compact that has a secret compartment inside stashing away a powder puff for when you need to powder your nose, and it has a full size mirror.


There are four shades to choose from that should work for everyone’s skin tone, fair/light, light/medium, medium/dark, and dark/deep.

I usually favor the shade light-medium when it comes to ELF Cosmetics, but the powder looked a bit yellow when testing it out, so I opted for fair/light instead, and it surprisingly matched up perfectly against my complexion. I love powders that don’t produce a chalky, ghoulish, Casperish appearance after application, and this one doesn’t!

ELF’s Finishing Powder has a silky formula with lightweight coverage providing a subtle tint of color without an SPF, making it very comfortable to wear and easy to use. Use the makeup sponge that comes equipped in the compact or a blending brush, and apply the powder all over the face in circular motions, it’s as simple as that! I used ELF’s Blending Brush, which created flawless, even coverage, along with long lasting wear, zero clogged pores, and no breakouts. I didn’t have to powder my nose or nothing all day when wearing this, my skin stayed beautifully matte for 8 hours strong. 

Did those frowns get turned upside down?! I sure hope so, ELF’s Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder is totally worth smiling over.

Stay beautiful! Xo.


Girlactik Beauty Heaven’s Dust Angel Gold Review:

Hello, hello glamour babes! I’m so excited to talk about Girlactik Beauty’s Heaven’s Dust in Angel Gold. This is another cruelty free/vegan makeup company I found through Instagram that you simply must follow, their makeup is beautiful. If you don’t believe me you can always check out a Duane Reade near you and scope out the goods for yourself (wink). I am such a sucker for packaging especially ones that are girly and pretty like Girlactik’s.

How pretty and detailed is that lovely little damask box?! So cute, right?! I’m getting off topic, let’s focus on what’s inside the box, Heaven’s Dust, and boy is it heavenly, I can hear the angels singing right now (harps playing in background), lol.

Angel Gold is a soft shimmery peachy gold powder with small flecks of green, purple and gold sparkle.


The formulation of the powder is finely milled, loose, light weight, and silky producing a soft iridescent shine when applied, and is compatible for all skin tones. You can dust this shimmering highlighter powder on your décolletage, shoulders, and even your face, giving skin a lustrous glow. Girlactik ain’t kiddin when they say “This dust is like having crystals on your skin, it’s very glam in a sophisticated way!” Their description of Heaven’s Dust is on point! I loved seeing my skin glisten in the light.


The faint crystal effect felt magical, like I was Cinderella being transformed into a princess, thanks Girlactik Godmother, now where’s my Prince Charming?! Lol. I would not wear this powder as an everyday highlighter, I deem it more appropriate for night time, or for a special occasion, you know, weddings, birthday parties, happy celebrations. Heaven’s Dust is a wee bit sparkly for the office, unless you’re trying to go for the fairy sprinkled a little bit of pixie dust look, by all means go for it, I support your creativity, I’m only saying it was a little much for me.

To my surprise when opening Girlactiks clear sturdy container there was no powder puff that came equipped. I did not mind this, I never use them, too much product collects on the puff making a huge mess and waste of a good highlighter powder.


I prefer a powder brush to produce concise and even applications, granted there is some kickback due it being loose, but it’s not as bad when using a powder puff. Remember my trick, tap the container on a hard surface to bring the product back down into the container.

The wear of Girlactiks heavenly dust lasts a good solid 8 hours before the sparkling shimmer dims down, not bad at all for a $19 (4.50g/0.16 oz.) container of pixie dust, and a little goes a long way, so this should last you awhile.

So far Girlactik Beauty has won me over, I’m excited to see what their Face Glow and Star gloss has to offer, reviews to come!

Stay beautiful! Xo.