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Review: Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

From left to right: Audrey, Lucy, and Marilyn


If you’re anything like me, you love a good  highlighter.  I’m particularly obsessed with shimmery ones.  Gerard Cosmetics has recently launched three beautiful skin highlighters which they call Star Powders.  They are made in the USA and each contain 12 grams of product.  Ingredients include mica, jojoba oil, magnesium stearate, and kaolin.  The packaging also states that they may contain iron oxides, and titanium dioxides.  Star Powders come in three different shades: Audrey, Lucy, and Marilyn.  Use the code cassie for 25% off of everything on Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lightning.

  • Audrey is described as a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine.
  • Lucy is described as a rosy highlight with a hint of golden shimmer.
  • Marilyn is described as a golden luminous powder.

Each Star Powder is extremely gorgeous and has an excellent sheen.  I love the fact that there are three completely different shades for light, medium, and dark skin tones.  They are also long-wearing.  I applied Audrey to my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose before work–around 6:30 a.m.– and it was still going strong when I took off my makeup around 10:00 p.m.

Overall, I’m really impressed with these highlighters.  Out of the three shades, Audrey is definitely my favorite just because it’s the lightest and most flattering on my light to medium skin tone.  It’s a champagne tone which is usually the type of highlight I gravitate toward.

Swatches from left to right: Marilyn, Lucy, and Audrey (With flash)
Swatches from left to right: Marilyn, Lucy, and Audrey (Without flash)
Swatches from left to right: Marilyn, Lucy, and Audrey (Without flash)

Review: Makeup Eraser


So I’ve had this product for a few weeks and have just gotten around to trying it out.  It’s a soft, pink cloth that claims to be able to remove 100% of makeup with just water.  At first I was pretty skeptical but after trying it out, I’m happy to say that it actually works!  I did a test where I applied a few layers of products to my face and heavy eye makeup and this cloth was able to remove everything without any problems.

It’s really easy to use, gentle on the skin, and makes makeup removal a breeze.  All you do is drench the Makeup Eraser in warm water then start to rub off your makeup in circular motions.  You can then flip the Eraser over to the long nap side to exfoliate.  The Makeup Eraser can then be washed as needed–it’s washer and dryer friendly.  I definitely recommend this product because it will save you tons of money on makeup remover and cotton pads and it’s good for your skin since you’re just using water and no chemicals.

Front side used for removing makeup (Without flash)
Front side used for removing makeup (With flash)
Back side used for exfoliating (Without flash)
(With flash)



Review: Loving Tan Bronzing Mousse in Medium

Personally, I love a good tan.  It makes you look healthier and slimmer.  However, I’m not a fan of tanning beds or laying out in the sun since it’s so harmful to your skin and your health.  A great alternative to achieving a nice tan is using self-tanning products.  I recently tried Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Medium and it’s a great product.  Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse is available in three shades, Medium, Dark, and Ultra Dark.  As with all products it has pros and cons.


  • Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse has a nice scent.  Oftentimes self-tanning products have an unpleasant smell but this one is nice.
  • It provides a natural-looking tan.  Some self-tanning products give you an orange look, but this one provides a natural looking olive color because it contains DHA and Erythrulose.
  • It’s long lasting.  I applied this on Saturday and it has lasted five days so far.  Supposedly it will last up to 10 days if you keep your skin moisturized.
  • It dries fairly quickly after application.
  • It’s Organic and contains natural ingredients.  It’s also free of parabens and alcohol.
  • It contains an instant bronzer that gives an instant color boost and acts as a fool proof color guide to show where the product has been applied.


  • It doesn’t come with a mitt. (**However, use the code beautybycassie and receive a free mitt with your purchase)
  • You have to move pretty quickly when applying the product because it dries fairly fast and can leave streaks if you’re not careful.
  • It can feel a bit tacky after application but it goes away within a few minutes.
  • You have to avoid water or perspiration for six hours after application so the tan can develop.
  • To maintain the tan you have to avoid swimming pools.
Left: Before application. Right: After 6 hours of development time. Pictures taken in outdoor sunlight.
Left: Before application. Right: After 6 hours of development time. Pictures taken in outdoor sunlight.

As you can see Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse gave me a natural looking bronzed look.

Overall, I do enjoy this product.  It’s not my favorite self-tanner just because you have to work quickly during application and I’ve gotten better results with Tarte’s Brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja face and body self tanner but it does a nice job nonetheless.