Elizabeth Arden Rose Illumination Highlighter Review

I’m loving rose gold anything lately. I like it in eyeshadow, jewelry, nail polish and, most recently, I love it as a highlighter.

My friend Prissy, from prissyandpink raved about the Elizabeth Arden Rose Illumination Highlighter. She said that it was gorgeous and that I needed it! In proper fashion I went out and purchased one for myself…and boy was she right! Its gorgeous.

The packaging is a shiny, rose gold compact with a generous mirror. It doesn’t look like much in the pan, just sort of pinkish, but swatch it and it comes to life! It catches the light “just so”. There is something about it. It just illuminates everything it touches, namely my cheek bones, nose and once in a while my brow bone and inner corner if I’m feeling frisky that day.

It is a limited edition product so get to your Elizabeth Arden counters right away if you want one. Its such a fabulous product that maybe they will bring it back. It needs to be permanent, it really does!! Thanks Prissy, as always you were spot on!!


I purchased these products and as always these are my own, honest opinions.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review

I have been wanting to try The Balm’s famous Mary-Lou Manizer for well….forever.  They don’t carry The Balm at my Sephora or any other stores in my area as far as I know.  I lucked into an overstock purchase at Marshalls though, and was able to get it in a kit with some other things for $9.99.  What a deal!  It pays to check Marshalls and TJ Maxx once in a while.  You never know what you might find.

Back to the highlighter/illuminator.  The short of it is that I love Mary-Lou Manizer.  First off, the packaging is the cutest thing I have ever seen.  The Balm has the BEST packaging of any company, in my opinion.  Anyway, it has a girl with her mugshot on the front.  You open the compact up and it has a generous mirror.  The highlighter itself is gorgeous.  It is an intense highlighter so if you are skiddish about that, then this might not be the product for you.  If you want to shine, this is for you!  Shine on girl!! Its such a pretty, intense shimmer:)  You can use it on your cheeks, cupid’s bow, nose and eyes. Its color is white gold with a hint of beige.

It retails for $24 for .3oz and is oil and paraben free.

Although Sephora sells some The Balm products, this one is not among their offerings.  I don’t know why, but when I looked it was not on the site:(  You can get Mary-Lou Manizer from beauty.com, nordstrom.com and thebalm.com .



I purchased this product and was not compensated for this review.  As always, these are my own, honest opinions

Review: Too Faced Candelight Glow Highlighter/Illuminator

I’m always excited to see what Too Faced is going to release next.  I was not disappointed this season.  They released a lot of fun things, but my favorite of the bunch was the new Candelight Glow highlighter.  What can I say? I love it!

As you would expect from Too Faced, the packaging is just too cute. It has a chandelier on it and they have also embossed a chandelier on the product to match. How cute!

The product is actually two different highlighters. One is a white gold and the other is a pale pink.  They both give you a beautiful luminescent glow. They have just the right amount of shimmer, but no chunky glitter.  Yea!  You can use them separately or mix them if you like.  They both look beautiful on the cheek bones, nose, cupid’s bow and eyes.  To sweeten the deal you are getting both of these highlighters for $29.  That is a good value for two high end highlighters.  You are usually looking at paying around $30 for just one highlighter shade.

You can purchase this product at www.toofaced.com, sephora and sephora.com, ulta and ulta.com and anywhere Too Faced products are sold.



I purchased this product and was not compensated to feature this product.  As always, these are my own, honest opinions.





My Favorite Bronzers and Highlighters

Its that time of year again, time to bronze and glisten:)  I love Spring and Summer.  Hope you enjoy this video of my favorite ways to get that healthy glow.

So what are your favorite bronzers and highlighters?  Do share!!


Disclaimer:  All items were purchased by me.  I was not paid to mention or review these items.

Review: Maybelline Spring 2012 Bouncy Bronzers and Illuminators

Maybelline has launched their Spring 2012 collection. It includes 2 Bouncy Bronzers and 2 Illuminators.

The bronzers come in two colors, Glistening Sun and Sun Glow. I did not like the Bouncy Bronzers. They have a little shimmer, which I didn’t find bothersome, but what I didn’t like about them was that both of them had a strong orange undertone. Not flattering!! Bronzers should look natural. I love the “bouncy” formula as far as texture. The bronzers are not long wearing. Just like the bouncy blushes, they have about a 4 hour wear.

The Illuminators are really good for a drugstore formula. They come in Ray of Gold (yellow) and Blissful Pink (pink)  They are not as finely milled as a high end highlighter.  They are a little chunky and they have some micro glitter.  The yellow one looked flat out yellow on my skin.  It is not a golden color.  The pink one has a really pretty hue to it.  I liked it. If you don’t want to put a lot of money into an illuminator, this is your product.  They run around $9.

So, what do you think?  Have you picked them up and if so, what are your thoughts. If not, are you going to add these to your collection?  I’d love to know!!



All items were purchased by me.  I was not paid to mention or review these items.


Christy’s Wish List for Sephora’s VIB 15% Off Sale

I do love a good sale.  Of course 15% is not as good as the 20% that Sephora does for their VIB’s around November/December, but it still makes me pretty darn happy!!  Here is my wish list.  Please comment and let me know what your wish list is!  I’d love to hear your picks!!!



My Wish List:

Nars Orgasm Nail Polish

Lancome Color Design Palette in Bronze Amour

Lancome Color Design Palette in Kissed By Gold

Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette

Sephora + Pantone Lipstick in Tangerine Tango

Sephora+ Pantone Blush Duo in Coral/Dessert Flower

Nars Blush in Cactus Flower

How To Contour and Highlight With CoverGirl Concealer and Illuminator Sticks

Hi guys! Thanks for visiting ididmyface.com. I wanted to share a tip with you. You can use CoverGirl concealer and Illuminator creams in a tube to highlight and contour your face. It gives a really natural look. Watch the tutorial below! If you decide to try it, let me know what you think about it!

Hope your having an awesome day!!!


All items were purchased by me. I was not paid to mention or review these items.


I picked up two of Tarte’s new releases from their Spring 2012 launch.

I found the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation to be buildable with a light weight feeling, providing medium to full coverage depending upon how much you layer. Its very blendable and looks lovely on the face. I do recommend the foundation. It is long lasting and did not oxidize on my skin. It has an SPF 15 and is marketed as a “smart foundation”, adjusting to your skin type due to the Amazonian Clay. It retails for $38 for 1.7 oz of product. You can purchase it wherever Tarte products are sold.

I was not a huge fan of the Maracuja Blush and Glow. I wanted to love it, I really did, but the ratio of blush to luminizer was ridiculous. I got the shade “Candlelight” and the luminizer just did not highlight for my fair NC 20 skin. It did give a pretty glow to the foundation when mixed in with it. The blush is really beautiful. I wish they would sell it in stick form like Nars does with their Multiples. That would be awesome and I would buy them all! Although I love most of Tarte’s products and even love the blush part of the “Blush and Glow”, I cannot recommend this product due to the poor performance of the luminizer. It retails for $32 for 1oz of product. It is a Sephora exclusive. I just don’t love the luminizer as a highlight and at this price point, I think you would do better with Nars.

Disclaimer:  All items were purchased by me.  I was not paid to review these items.