I’ve been trying some new Dior products recently, and one of my favorites so far is the oh-so-popular Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond.  I have heard beauty bloggers rave about this powder as a highlighter for years now, so I decided to go ahead and try it myself.

Amber Diamond features five different shimmery colors: an almost-white, light champagne, bronze, rose gold, and peachy gold.  You can use these shades individually or mixed together.  I like that this powder offers a variety of different colors depending on what you are looking to use it for.  I like using this as both a face highlighter and eyeshadow.  The bronze/rose gold colors are gorgeous on the eyes, and the almost-white is great on the inner corner and brow bone.  All five colors work nicely for a face highlighter.

The formulation of this powder is really great, and the colors are a perfect balance of pigmented and sheer, since you don’t exactly want your highlighter to be entirely opaque.  The lightest two colors are hard to see in swatches on my fair skin, but they do look just as nice as the others.  The bronze and rose gold colors look extremely similar when applied.

Amber Diamond comes in Dior’s classic navy blue compact casing.

The Diorskin Shimmer Powders contain 10g/0.35 oz of product and retail for $45.  Dior products are expensive, but with 10g of this I know it will take me an eternity to use up.  This product is available wherever Dior makeup is sold… I found mine at Nordstrom.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this powder and will be getting a ton of use out of it this summer!  What is your favorite face highlighter?

xx, Allison

I’ve been trying some new Dior products recently, and one of my favorites so far is the oh-so-popular Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond.  I have heard beauty bloggers rave about this powder as a highlighter for years now, so I decided to go ahead and try it myself.

Amber Diamond features five different shimmery colors: an almost-white, light champagne, bronze, rose gold, and peachy gold.  You can use these shades individually or mixed together.  I like that this powder offers a variety of different colors depending on what you are looking to use it for.  I like using this as both a face highlighter and eyeshadow.  The bronze/rose gold colors are gorgeous on the eyes, and the almost-white is great on the inner corner and brow bone.  All five colors work nicely for a face highlighter.

The formulation of this powder is really great, and the colors are a perfect balance of pigmented and sheer, since you don’t exactly want your highlighter to be entirely opaque.  The lightest two colors are hard to see in swatches on my fair skin, but they do look just as nice as the others.  The bronze and rose gold colors look extremely similar when applied.

Amber Diamond comes in Dior’s classic navy blue compact casing.

The Diorskin Shimmer Powders contain 10g/0.35 oz of product and retail for $45.  Dior products are expensive, but with 10g of this I know it will take me an eternity to use up.  This product is available wherever Dior makeup is sold… I found mine at Nordstrom.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this powder and will be getting a ton of use out of it this summer!  What is your favorite face highlighter?

xx, Allison

Today’s Nail of the Day is Pacific Blues, a new limited edition polish from Maybelline’s Summer 2013 collection.  Pacific Blues is a bright medium blue cream that makes a great statement color on the nails for summer.  
natural light, 2 coats

When I saw this in store, it reminded me of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, one of my favorite blue polishes of all time.  I decided to pick up Pacific Blues to see if the two were dupes, and not surprisingly, they are!  If I had to note a difference between the two, I would say Maybelline Pacific Blues paints a smidgen darker than Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.  Sidenote: I wonder if Maybelline and Sally Hansen are owned by the same company, considering the name and shade similarity seems like it could be a copyright issue otherwise?


Between the two, I prefer the Sally Hansen shade.  I found Maybelline Pacific Blues to have a more difficult consistency.  It is thick, and doesn’t spread easily.  The formulation of the Sally Hansen color is much more easy to work with.

Maybelline Color Show polishes retail for $3.99, and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polishes retail for $2.99.  Sally Hansen Pacific Blue can be a tricky one to find, I remember talking about it a couple of years ago and getting a lot of messages about finding it.  In case you are striking out, Pacific Blue is available on Ulta’s website!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Today’s Nail of the Day is Pacific Blues, a new limited edition polish from Maybelline’s Summer 2013 collection.  Pacific Blues is a bright medium blue cream that makes a great statement color on the nails for summer.  
natural light, 2 coats

When I saw this in store, it reminded me of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, one of my favorite blue polishes of all time.  I decided to pick up Pacific Blues to see if the two were dupes, and not surprisingly, they are!  If I had to note a difference between the two, I would say Maybelline Pacific Blues paints a smidgen darker than Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.  Sidenote: I wonder if Maybelline and Sally Hansen are owned by the same company, considering the name and shade similarity seems like it could be a copyright issue otherwise?


Between the two, I prefer the Sally Hansen shade.  I found Maybelline Pacific Blues to have a more difficult consistency.  It is thick, and doesn’t spread easily.  The formulation of the Sally Hansen color is much more easy to work with.

Maybelline Color Show polishes retail for $3.99, and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polishes retail for $2.99.  Sally Hansen Pacific Blue can be a tricky one to find, I remember talking about it a couple of years ago and getting a lot of messages about finding it.  In case you are striking out, Pacific Blue is available on Ulta’s website!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

It’s been a long time since a high end collection as caught my eye, but Dior’s new Bird of Paradise collection for Summer 2013 had a product I couldn’t pass up: the Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo in Coral Glow.

This bronzer/blush duo comes with a mini kabuki brush and features a light and dark shade of each color.  I really like this, as it allows you to mix how light or dark you want your bronzer or blush color to be.

The bronzer has some orange in it and I was afraid it may be too orange on me, but with a bit of a tan on my skin, it works!  The blush is more of a warm pink than a true coral, and I think the color could work on any complexion.  If you want an even warmer blush, you can mix the bronzer and blush together for an orange-pink tone!

The formulation of this powder is exquisite: super smooth, pigmented, and blendable.

Bronzer, Blush, Bronzer and Blush mixed together 

The Nude Tan Paradise Duo is encased in shiny silver packaging with a quilted detail on top.  I love it!

The mini kabuki brush included is extremely soft, though I don’t know how much I will be using it with this powder, as I tend to use less dense brushes for my bronzer and blush.

Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duos retail for $56 and are available at Dior counters and online now.  As expected for Dior, the price tag is hefty, but if you are looking to splurge on a new face powder, I don’t think you will be disappointed with this one!

Are you loving any new products for Spring/Summer?
xx, Allison