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Thanks to Lili, I was able to get my hands on a code for the Sephora Friends and Family Sale. I just bought a few select items that I knew I’d be able to use and enjoy regularly.
I recently posted a full review of this newly reformulated foundation from Lancome. I’ve been using the shade 450 Suede N, which is technically too dark and neutral for me. So while I have really enjoyed the formula, I hadn’t been using it as much since I finished my review. Since I had the 20% off code, I decided to go ahead and get a lighter, warm undertone shade. I haven’t given it a try yet, but if it is too light for my face, I plan to mix in some of 450 Suede N.
Nothing super noteworthy with this purchase. I haven’t owned this balm in a few years but decided to buy it again to get some more comfortable wear out of my matte lipsticks. One thing that’s important to point out is that the tin is hard to open. So if you know that will annoy you or you have any hand dexterity concerns, I’d skip this. UPDATE: Lili pointed out in the comments that this product does contain lanolin. So this is also a skip if you have an allergy or sensitivity to lanolin.
The Smith’s lip balm** is great to prep your lips before applying lipstick. It isn’t too slippery or too creamy and is only lightly hydrating. Because of this texture, it works really well without interfering with longevity or changing the finish of your color product. So matte lipsticks in particular wear more comfortably but still remain matte. Lately, I’ve been wearing more matte lipsticks because I love the colors of them, but I really prefer a traditional cream finish. I’m excited to wear my mattes more comfortably now that I have this back in my collection.
I totally forgot that LYS does all of their packaging in triangular shapes when I bought this. In the product images on Sephora, this looks like a standard flat tube. However, it is indeed a triangular tube that matches the shape of its foundation. I had passed on buying any of the other LYS products because I personally don’t like the shape. For those that do like it, this won’t be an issue but thought I’d point it out just in case.
The tube also feels cheap, which is disappointing. For this price, I was expecting something that felt a little more substantial. To its credit, it is one of the least expensive liquid highlighters at Sephora.
I’ve been shopping for a luminizer like this since the NARS tinted glow booster didn’t work out for me. It is actually harder than I would have thought to find one that doesn’t have alcohol or fragrance. The ones I have come across either have one or the other. I did try the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, and while it was ok, something in the formula irritated my skin. I still have high hopes for this, hopefully, the product itself works well.
UPDATE December 29, 2021: I’ve posted a full review of this product. You can check that out by clicking here.
The LYS Aim High Liquid Highlighter also comes in two other shades. If you want to see all three shades, I was able to find a review with all of them from Chelsea (glamgirlchelsea on YouTube) that you can check out.
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