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Thank you Sephora, Milk Makeup, Dior and Tocca for the lovely spring goodies!

Hey everyone! I was chosen to get some stuff for free to try from Sephora!  The items are:


Milk Makeup highlighters in Mars and Supernova

Dior Pump and Volume Mascara

Tocca Stella hair fragrance

 

 

I have tried the Milk highlighters and swatched them on my arm as well as on both of my cheeks for you guys.  I really love both! They apply well and don't stay feeling sticky on the cheeks after application.  I think that Mars is great if you want something more natural/subtle, while Supernova is great for a sort of extra terrestrial feel Smiley Wink.  It was super hard to capture Mars in my photos though, but it is a sort of orangey color with a reddish shimmer (think Fireball by Urban Decay).  It looks super great and natural once on the face though!

 

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As for the Dior mascara, I haven't tried it yet but I opened it to check out the brush! I'm curious how it'll work for me.. I hope well! It doesn't look like other mascaras which I find myself using more often (think of an hourglass shaped brush with more dense bristles), but maybe this one will surprise me Smiley Wink  Photo in spoiler!

 

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EDIT: Just tried the mascara on one eye... Omg.. LOOK AT MY LASHES. One eye has nothing and the other has two coats of the Dior mascara (applied one coat, then waited about 10 seconds before applying the next- no curling or primer used). This is amazing, wow. Sorta in shock, and if this doesn't flake and go wild, this is my new HG.

 

 

And finally the hair fragrance! I got it in Stella and omg it smells so good.  I sprayed one spray in my hair and it's lingering with me and all I can smell! It's very feminine and floral, it's quite sweet too and I think it smells stronger than many of my regular perfumes.  I think this is something I'll spray onto my hair on windy days so the wind can lift my hair and spread the scent Smiley Wink haha.

 

Thank you so much for all of this Sephora! It really made me happy (especially with my low-buy and such lol).  

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Thanks for sharing your review @txcatx I am happy you love the products you received 🙂

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Wow! That mascara! I have way too much mascara but as soon as I can, I want to try it! Really nice results! @sabrinas Do you have naturally long lashes?

 

The hair mist also looks interesting, I've always wanted to try one but haven't actually jumped on it.

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@CRAZY4MASCARA Thanks! And yes I do have naturally long lashes so Im sure that helps me a bit too Smiley Tongue

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Supernova I like it! 

I expected it to be a very extreme cool toned highlight, but it was more subtle than I expected. It remained dewy all day without feeling sticky. Work appropriate iridescence.   

Also wearing Dior Pump and Volume Mascara - no flaking Smiley Happy 

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Oh my gosh I loooooove supernova on you.

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@moxiepancakes Your lashes look amazing! Also, Supernova and the purple lipstick you're wearing are the perfect pair. Smiley Wink

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Gorgeous!!! Could you let me know what lipstick you're wearing?? Its so pretty!

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It's Tom Ford Liam thanks @sabrinas

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Supernova goes so well with your complexion @moxiepancakes Your skin is so beautiful and glowy!

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So is the formula on the new diorshow the same as the other ones or what? Long time diorshow user here. I'm so into the overcurl brush that I'm not super enthusiastic about the new one. I mean I'll try it, but still.

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I was lucky enough to get this gratis and I'm so excited to try out some new products! Thank you, Sephora!

 

 

Here I have on the mascara, Milk Mars, and the Tocca hair fragrance (if only we had smell-o-vision). I love Tocca in general and Stella is no exception.  I really like wearing the fragrance in my hair because it's not quite as overpowering as traditional fragrance application yet I get a touch of the fruity-floral scent as I move around throughout the day.

 

I was surprised Mars had so much pink in it, but it's really pretty and I think that will make it more wearable for different undertones.  I really love a glossy look and am so happy that this one doesn't leave my face feeling wet or sticky. It's not overly glossy either - just enough to have a natural finish.

 

This mascara is drama, drama, drama (the good kind Smiley Wink).  This is only my first day wearing it but I am so impressed. It gives me a ton of volume and length and definitely rivals my favorite Chanel Le Volume and Stila Huge Lash.  I haven't had any flaking or smudging on my eyelids which is a huge deal for me because every mascara smudges on me throughout the day. I'm also really impressed that this mascara is so dramatic yet not messy in application at all. The creamy formula seemed to almost cling to my lashes so I got all the drama without the mess in one coat. These are just my first few thoughts. I'll update with Supernova and more thoughts as I get more familiar with the products. 

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@kso1225 You look sooo pretty. Mars is a great highlighter on you! Smiley Happy

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Thank you @trishavt! I'm so happy with it!  

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You look adorable @kso1225 Mars is super gorgeous on you.

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Congrats! That mascara is AMAZING! I want to check it out now. I can't believe there's no lash primer; it's insane! 

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I was lucky as well to receive the gratis. Thank you, Sephora! I'm very appreciative for the opportunity to test new products Heart

 

 

Warning: Picture overload (majority will be in spoilers so I don't crash BT haha)

 

The Tocca hair mist in Stella is completely new to me. I've never tried a hair mist, but when I read about the oils in here to help your hair out, I was sold. The scent is fresh yet warm at the same time. I'm not too fond of warm scents, but the floral notes are starting to come out. I'll have to experiment more with it, Stella is a strong fragrance and maybe 4 spritz were too much...

 

The Dior mascara intrigued me and scared me at the same time. My lashes need a waterproof formula to hold a curl, that's how troublesome they are. Sigh, short Asian lashes here. HOWEVER, the volume is spectacular that I can overlook my annoying lashes.

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The formula is wet and too clumpy right now, so the application isn't the best. But I did manage to salvage it a bit. It's not as 'oomph' as @sabrinas, but given what nature gave me I'm happy with the results. I do need to curl my lashes a little once the mascara dries. I typically need to do this if it's a non-waterproof formula. Luckily, no horror stories yet about my lashes falling out or sticking to my curler Smiley Tongue

 

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The Milk sticks are beautiful! I love the packaging, and the colours are unique to me. I'm surprised how pigmented Supernova is. It pairs well with Becca Prismatic Amethyst. On me, Mars is a true golden sheen. The pink shift is very subtle here, but it's noticeable once applied!

 

Here's Supernova and Mars in action

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Supernova with Becca Prismatic Amethyst on top. Just a hint of holographic purples and blues without looking crazy! I butchered the application and lost the hue of Supernova, so I added a similar powder on top to bring it back to full force.


Mars with Becca Champagne Pop on top. Without CP, it was way too subtle for me. I like a strong highlight hehe. Anyways, it was very difficult to find a Becca powder (my fav formula) to match Mars. CP had the peachy tones but not enough pink, so it's actually more golden here.

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Wow you look amazing! Supernova and Mars look equally beautiful on you @Melissa136 Smiley Happy

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Yayy thanks! I agree that the dior formula IS wet so you have to be super careful when applying!

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Everything looks amazing on you @Melissa136 Congrats!

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@fatimamummy@trishavt Thank you! The Milk sticks surprised me the most. I need to perfect my application with them Smiley Happy

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Congrat ladies.  Smiley Happy 

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I received gratis as well and want to thank Sephora, Dior, Milk Makeup and Tocca for the lovely gifts.

 

 

I have little exposure to the aforementioned brands with the exception of Dior (lipsticks) so it's a real treat to try out some new products.

 

I tested all of these products yesterday and again today so I could write and share a review that I felt did the products justice.

 

Milk Makeup:

Holographic Stick in the shades Mars and Supernova

 

Highlighters are one of my favorite products and I was quite happy to see this gift included two highlighters in unique shades that have become popularized thanks to the recent unicorn trend.

 

Colors: The shade Supernova is a lovely mix of blue and purple that combined form an icy lilac shade. I find that this color stands out from the plethora of lilac based highlighters on the market because of its it's unique balm like texture. This texture is also works well on those with dry skin, specifically in contrast to powder which can often accentuate dry patches of skin.

 

The shade Mars is a mix of light gold and iridescent pink, which results in a fascinating peach-like pink. This shade also works well as a blush or even lip product (I mixed this with a Marc Jacobs gloss to produce a nice coral).

 

Below are a few photos in the spoiler. I also mixed the two colors which resulted in a nice frosty pink shade.

 

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Application: This highlighter works best when applied to bare skin, or at most, when one is wearing a light application of foundation. The reason being that this product will pick up any traces of foundation, which makes it harder for the product to stand out on its own. An easy solution to streaky foundation caused by the direct application of this highlight is the use of a sponge or fingertips to lightly pat the product against the skin.

 

Durability: On both occasions I applied these highlighters in the morning and found that they lasted all day (8 hours of wear) without fading. Overall they have great staying power and Im curious to see how they perform in humid climate.

 

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Wearing Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in 'Mars'

 

Dior:

Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Mascara

 

Mascara is one of my least favorite products because I have short stubborn lashes that do not curl. I have invested in some of the more cost efficient (e.g: drugstore) mascaras and spent a lot on high end mascaras to no avail. Neither drugstore nor high end products have done much to lengthen my lashes. 

 

Application: I curled my lashes prior to testing this mascara and was surprised that it lengthened my lashes. I applied two coats and let the product dry. I then combed my lashes to remove excess product because it made my lashes look a bit heavy (clumpy) and re-curled them. Overall I'm happy with this mascara and will purchase it in a few months.

 

Durability: Curled lashes still going strong after several hours of wear!

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Tocca

Hair Fragrance in Stella

 

I'm familiar with the Tocca brand but have not taken the time to explore their product line so I was eager to test this out.

 

Scent: 

I sprayed some on the ends of my hair and on my wrist to get a good smell. I immediately noticed the strong smell of alcohol. After some time I smelled my wrist again and was happy to detect a sweet citrus and musk like scent, and the absence of the strong smell of alcohol which initially offended my olfactory system.

 

Durability: The fragrance slowly faded within six hours. However, my wrist still smells like the fragrance so it could be that this particular item is competing against the smell of other products I used when I washed my hair this morning. Overall, this is a great scent that isn't overpowering. That said, I do not consider this to be a "must have" when compared to the other items in my loves list.

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Congrats @trishavt You look lovely. Now I need Mars in my life, it is stunning! What lip colour are you wearing? 

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@fatimamummy Thank you! I'm wearing the new NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg lip tint in Éphélide. It's a beautiful berry color that I imagine will look very beautiful on you Smiley Happy The gloss wears off in a few hours but the berry tint doesn't wear off or transfer. 

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Oh my goodness, Mars is stunning on you!  

 

Thank you for the swatches of the milk holographic sticks - I've been wondering about the new shades!  Smiley Happy

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