My latest love is the new By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm ($38, available at By Terry). By Terry created six perfect neutrals for lips in a tinted balm formula and every single color is perfect. The team kindly sent 2 and after seeing a few previews online I immediately ordered the other 4. I have all 6 swatched today. I think they’re great everyday kind of colors – basic staples without being boring.
The Hyaluronic Hydra-Balms are creamy and have a moisturizing feel without too much slip. Pigment is pretty good in coverage with medium level opacity. Formula-wise they have hyaluronic acid to add moisture and give the lips a full plump look. She also added a water gloss complex to give it a naturally glossy look. They do have a perfumed powdery rose scent but on me I feel like it fades within a few minutes (or my nose gets used to it).
Lasting power is similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom or YSL Rouge Volupte Shines. You will need to reapply every few hours but if you add a lipliner underneath lasting power is better.
I really love the colors she launched. I would love to see her add more shades to the line in the future too though! Maybe some more pink browns or toffee shades!
Shade 1 Sexy Nude is a light cool-toned nude, I thought this would be too pale but it’s really pretty on
Shade 2 Nudissimo is a light pink with coral tones, this is the only one I felt too pale for my skin tone, but if I layer it with a lip liner or another lipstick it’s perfect
Shade 3 Tea Time* is the perfect tan beige
Shade 4 Dare to Bare* is a pretty soft berry neutral
Shade 5 Secret Kiss is a brown pink (love this one)
Shade 6 is a berry red nude
Sexy Nude, Nudissimo, Tea Time on the lips also wearing:
I’m excited to share a look at some newness from By Terry today! She recently launched her new By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Beach Bomb for this spring-summer and it is beautiful. If you loved or own last year’s Sunny Flash Palette (which is still available, review here) I think you will also love this year’s Beach Bomb. The colors are perfect for that soft summery vibe and if you like super soft powders that have a nice glow and shimmer I think you’ll love the texture of this one.
Beach Bomb has four brightening CC powders. They’re soft illuminating powders with color and glow. They also contain rosehip oil to add moisture although I don’t really notice any added hydration. Below in direct sunlight:
Different lighting below:
Colors seem best suited for anywhere from fair to tan skin tones. If you are deeper than the darkest bronze shade in the palette I suspect the colors will be more highlighter versus blush colors on your skin. For my medium tan skin this is perfect.
Colors in the Beach Bomb palette:
Bright Sand a soft peachy sand glow (acts as a highlighter on my tan skin)
Peach Perfect is a peachy coral
Pink Sunset is a cool bright pink
Golden Bronze is a warm bronze (last year’s Sunny Flash is a bit more golden/yellow)
I love how soft and pretty the colors are! The shimmer in this year’s Beach Bomb seems a bit stronger and more glowy than last year’s Sunny Flash, but I still find the glow wearable and soft. Lasting power is pretty good and it stays put on the face all day for me. The palette has the signature By Terry Rose scent (has added fragrance). It is noticeable but isn’t too strong in my opinion, although your mileage may vary depending on how sensitive your nose is.
Bottom line I love it. I think it’s a really pretty option for spring to summer and versatile with the warm and cool tones.
The Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter has sold out most places but is still available right now at Beautylish. It’s a multi-dimensional highlighter that has a soft peachy rose gold shimmer to it with a very luminous glow. It’s not quite as metallic as the Becca Shimmering Pressed Perfectors but has that same soft texture and a similar vibe in how it catches the light and adds shimmer. On my medium tan complexion, it pulls warm and almost bronzey but still has enough contrast on my skin to be a highlighter color. If you’re lighter than me it will definitely pull more on the bronzey side. If you are darker than me I feel like the gold tones will be more visible.
It has a smooth application even though it’s quite shimmery. Lasting power is excellent and it stayed put without fading all day on me. As lovely as it is I don’t know that I would call it a must-have – you can get a similar effect with other brands.
VIP Expert Eyeshadow Palette
The VIP Expert Palette in Paris Mon Amour has a mix of satins and mattes. I really like the combination of colors! It has a couple warmer shades that make for pretty layering but also has a good mix of neutrals so it’s not too warm. Colors include:
Satin cool brown
Shimmer baby pink
Shimmery soft peach coral
Deeper dusty matte brown
Darker bronze shimmer
Metallic sparkle gold (works as a topper)
Shimmery wine plum
Shimmery sandy taupe
The colors have a soft look to them but are easy to layer and blend. You can create a wide range of looks with this palette and I do think it’s one you can wear year round.
Look wearing a few other By Terry favorites (press samples have a * next to them):
Hope you found these swatches and makeup looks helpful! You can find most of the products online at By Terry. They’re also having a pretty good sale with some major markdowns on the By Terry Sale Page.
Quick note that the highlighter was limited-edition and has sold out most places by now. I was able to still find it at Beautylish as of this morning if you have it on your wishlist!
I took some time off the blog for the new year but regular posting will resume next week! Stay tuned for more beauty newness soon.
I’m so excited to share a look at the By Terry Summer Collection today! I received a few pieces as press samples and immediately ordered the remaining items online to try everything. If you like glowing luminous makeup, I think you’ll love what she launched for summer. There are a few skincare items as well that are part of the new product lineup which I haven’t tried yet but am dying to. Today’s post focuses on the makeup launches.
The Brightening CC Palette is a truly stunning glow palette with 2 highlighters, one luminous blush and a bronzer shimmer. The colors in the palette have a soft blendable texture. Everything is luminous and glowy but in a smooth non-frosty way. I do think the shades are different than the previously launched Brightening CC Powders, although they have some similarities. Palette colors are not labeled on the compact but according to the website, the shades include:
No 1 Champagne Blush a soft beige yellow shimmer (this is a tad more yellow than the Brightening CC Powder in Apricot Flash
No 2 Pink Petal is a soft glistening pink with tiny super fine micro sparkles (this one one warmer and deeper than Brightening CC Powder Rose Elixir)
No 3 Vibrant rose is a perfect fresh rose pink shimmer
No 4 Desert Sparkle is a soft golden bronze shimmer (more shimmery and slightly more golden than Brightening CC Powder Sunny Flash)
I would describe this as a softer variation of my beloved Becca Chrissy Teigen Palette (now discontinued). The By Terry Brightening CC Palette is versatile in the sense you can wear it on its own if you want an all over glow. Or you can layer onto your regular blush/bronzer for just a subtle highlight.
The Brightening CC Blush in Rosy Flash is a new formula in the By Terry lineup. It has a similar concept to the Brightening CC Serums in the sense that it has the same Optical Glow technology they use in their formulas. The Brightening CC Blush is essentially a sheer luminous liquid blush. It’s very natural on my medium skin. I can layer for more color, but blending it out gives a barely there glow. One pump is more than enough to apply to the cheeks. I find that if I could truly measure it, I’d probably say I only need 1/2 a pump to apply the product.
Living in humid Florida I don’t know how this will last once we are back in the outdoors on a regular basis. It doesn’t really have a powder dry down. It remains slightly dewy but not too dewy.
The Ombre Blackstars are among my favorite cream shadow sticks. There isn’t anything on the market quite like the ones from By Terry. They have the most beautiful pearl quality with high shine and gorgeous pigment. There are three new shades listed as limited-editions but I hope they consider adding them to the permanent lineup because I LIVE FOR these kinds of colors!
Immaculate Light is the perfect champagne shimmer with a tiny hint of peach
Rose Elixir is a light cool-toned pale rose shimmer
Sunny Flash is the perfect golden bronze
If you can wear shimmer on your eyes I think these are hands down must-haves. They have an emollient blendable texture long enough to blend or layer on the lids. Once they set they are pretty much budge-proof.
Swatches to other colors:
Tea to Tan Face and Body
Last but not least is By Terry’s cult classic Tea to Tan Face and Body Spray. It’s now available in a duo set and travel size. I don’t typically use self-tanners on the face because I have sensitive skin and feel I can only tolerate some on the body. Also many have a slightly thick feeling or leave a film on the skin which I don’t like. This is the first one I’ve tried that I really like.
There is a very fine gold shimmer in the bottle which mixes into the liquid when you shake it up. The full size comes with a spritzer while the travel size does not. For the full size I spritzed product on a brush and then applied to areas I want more color.
Once it’s on the skin I am pleased to report I didn’t experience any color transfer to the clothes. It stays put pretty well. It has a lovely summery scent I can’t put my finger on. It almost smells like gardenia and tiare maybe?
Overall I think the collection offers some really lovely products to brighten one’s look and certainly one’s mood these days. While you might find similar options in your current stash, I do think the CC Palette is really lovely and one I’ll be reaching for frequently this upcoming season. I can’t get enough of the new Ombre Blackstar colors, hoping they’ll be permanent because they’re truly lovely!
You can find the By Terry Summer 2020 Collection available now online at By Terry. I ordered a few things from their website and shipping was relatively fast. They also have some nice deluxe samples with purchase (there are different options depending on how much you spend). A few items have started to appear online at Beautylish and Space NK.
The By Terry Brightening CC Palette and Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadows were provided for review. Other items purchased by me.
Holiday season is here and it’s this time of year that I’m all about the glow. So many of you loved the glowing holiday makeup looks from past seasons so I’ve put together some new ones for more ideas and inspiration! As a lover of all things glowy I’m thrilled to partner with By Terry to give you a closer look at their new Starlight Rose CC Serum and Starlight Rose CC Powder. Both products are beautiful for that natural glow from within kind of effect.
For me the best way to add a natural glow is to start with a good base. I like mixing in liquid luminizers into foundation to add some radiance and color to my look. I also sometimes will use a shimmery fluid and apply all over on top of moisturizer but under foundation for a healthy glow. The key is to find something that has the perfect amount of shimmer with a lightweight feel so if you layer it with your skincare and foundation, it adds glow without being too heavy. The By Terry CC Serums are perfect because they they have a fluid lightweight texture and nice velvety dry down so it lasts all day and looks like skin but better.
Her classic Brightening CC Serum is a glowing base that comes in four color options to add radiance and color correct the skin in the most natural way possible. I’ve used these for years and although quite a splurge a bottle lasts me a very long time. This time of year I love Sunny Flash which adds warmth and glow to my skin. I either mix it in with foundation or use it as a subtle bronzer. It brightens up the skin to give it some life!
Each year she has a special limited-edition color of her CC Serum and this year’s is Starlight Rose. This is a soft rose with subtle gold shimmers infused to brighten the skin. It contains rosehip butter which helps the skin regeneration process and hydrates as well. It’s sheer when blended but is easy to build up with fingers on the cheekbones. I like using this as a primer under foundation. It’s truly stunning and if you splurge on one fluid luminizer this season, I think this is the best option.
To add more glow as a highlight the Starlight Rose CC Powder has three colors pressed into a beautiful mirrored compact. The colors have a soft radiant shimmer to them with what By Terry calls “soft focus micro spheres” to blur skin and smooth lines. I find it adds a really pretty highlight to the cheekbones or anywhere you want added highlights. There’s a glittery overspray to add a festive quality to it. Underneath you’ll find three finely milled pressed shimmering powders that make the skin glow.
Below Left: with overspray, Right: powder underneath
Longwear Ombre Blackstar
To brighten or define the eyes the Ombre Blackstar has been a long-time favorite. These are among the longest lasting cream shadow sticks I’ve tried. Bronze Moon has been a staple for as long as I can remember loving makeup! It was one of my first By Terry purchases when I discovered the brand. (Also available as a mini in this Starlight Rose Best of Set which I think is super cute.) Blond Opal is the perfect highlighting color. For the lids either Misty Rock (shimmering purple) or Frozen Quartz (lighter shimmering cool rose) are gorgeous picks. I love Black Pearl for a smokey eye and the color also doubles as a liner if you use a detail brush to smoke out the lash lines. I like these for on-the-go options because they’re easy to apply and blend with fingers or intensify your look to take it from day to night.
An everyday look I’ve been loving and what I’m wearing in this post:
I’ve found my perfect Holiday Glow with By Terry – overall lots to love with the Starlight collection. I think the Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum is the perfect luminizer to add an all over sheer glow to the face without being too shimmery. It makes the skin look radiant and blends in beautifully.
You can find all the By Terry products featured online at Byterry.com.
Many thanks to By Terry for partnering to sponsor this post. Gifted items include the Starlight Rose CC Serum, CC Powder, Sunny Flash CC Serum, Ombre Blackstar in Blond Opal and Misty Rock, Nude Expert Foundation, Lip Expert Shines.
By Terry launched 32 new shades for the lips in a Lip-Expert Shine and Lip-Expert Matte ($34 each for 3 g/ 4 ml). The color range for both formulas is perfect for the person who wants a classic no-fuss kind of lip. They give the most beautiful classic Parisian chic kind of vibe. I’ve been a long-time fan of her tinted lip balms but the only lip color product I’ve truly loved from her line is the Terrybly Velvet Rouge in Lady Bare. The new Lip Experts have completely won my heart. I have the review split into two parts since there are so many colors it’s taken me a while to test, swatch and edit the photos. Today’s review focuses on the Lip-Expert Shine.
These are liquid lip vinyls but act like a high pigment gloss. They’re packaged perfectly in a twist tube that has a little snap when you close it. Applicator is a sponge tip with a unique shape to help give you precise application.
Some of the colors are sheerer than others but in general they can cover the entire lip, have a soft glossy sheen, are not sticky and aren’t thick. They have a nice hydrating feel, just like a gloss. Finish is very comfortable with the prettiest soft sheen. Lasting power is pretty average – on me I thought they might fade/slide off easily because of how soft they felt. They do stay put as long as I don’t drink or snack, color fades on the lighter shades quicker within a few hours. Deeper bolder shades seem to last longer.
Four of the shades are available in both the Shine and Matte formula so you can alternate finishes in Vintage Nude, Rosy Kiss, Red Shot and My Red. I’ll swatch them side by side in my Matte feature, but for now here are swatches of all the Lip Expert Shine colors. All lip swatches done on bare lips. For skintone reference my skin tone is a Laura Mercier Flawless Finish Foundation in Buff, Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere in Latte and NARS Radiant Finish Foundation in Punjab.
Shades 1 through 8:
1 Baby Beige – is a neutral cool beige
2 Vintage Nude – is a deeper medium brown beige
3 Rosy Kiss – is a perfect medium light rose pink cream
4 Hot Bare – is a medium rose brown
5 Chili Potion – is a chili brick orange
6 Fire Nude – is a soft red pink
7 Cherry Wine – is a deep wine cherry red
8 Juicy Fig – is a plum purple, this is one of the few that applied streaky
Below, shades 9 through 16:
9 Peachy Guilt – is a perfect peach
10 Bare Flirt – is the prettiest soft pink peach nude
11 Orchid Cream – is a cool-toned orchid pink
12 Gypsy Chic – is a hot deep pink
13 Pink Pong – is a bright pink
14 Coral Sorbet – is a bright coral
15 Red Shot – bold warm red
16 My Red – bold classic red (on me Red Shot and My Red pretty much look the same)
These are among the most lightweight soft glosses I’ve tried. There is a heavy lipstick kind of scent to them but it does start to fade after a few minutes. With the small precise applicator I do find I have to swipe back and forth and layer a bit to cover my entire lip, but it’s not something I mind. Alone these are perfect swipe and go kind of glosses. To extend the wear I’ve added a lip pencil underneath and then applied the gloss on top.
These have a soft finish so if you’re into the full coverage lip vinyls these might be too natural looking for your taste. I like that they’re natural but not too natural. Some of the lighter colors do seem to have a sheerer finish than the bolds but I can still get very good coverage where my lip is covered entirely.
I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite shade. Bare Flirt is easily one of my favorites because I love neutrals. I do love shades like Rosy Kiss because finding a neutral-cool pink rose that isn’t too blue is hard for me to find. Peachy Guilt is also fun, especially for summer and I think Hot Bare is such a nice neutral that isn’t nude.
You can find the By Terry Lip-Expert Shine out now. Review on the matte versions to follow as soon as I can swatch/edit all the colors. I’ve been testing them for weeks now and really like them for a comfortable lightweight matte.
I have a roundup of mascaras and primers I’ve tried over the past few months. A few I’ve already reviewed but thought a comprehensive lineup post might be more helpful. My top three tried-and-true have been Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme, L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof and Chanel Le Volume Waterproof. Since I have straight lashes waterproof works best to hold curl after using a lash curler and also helps prevent smudging in humid weather. I’m always looking to try new ones to volumize and define. Often times I find mascaras excel in one or two areas but rarely hit all the marks for volumizing, adding definition, holding the curl, no smudging, no flaking, and being easy to remove. So please keep in mind I’m super picky and have difficult lashes.
Mascara + Primer Roundup in today’s post includes:
The new Le Volume Revolution de Chanel Mascara has a chubby brush that is 3D printed. It’s designed to give volume in a single stroke. I initially thought it would be identical to the Le Volume, but when I tried each one on each eye, side by side and the Le Volume Revolution does indeed give significantly more volume and intensity with one stroke. With the regular Le Volume I layer a couple times and brush it on to apply to get intensity. I do this with most mascaras. I think the new Le Volume Revolution de Chanel is excellent – I didn’t experience any smudging or racoon eyes, but of course your mileage may vary depending on how oily your skin is under the eyes. It was easy to remove with their Gentle Bi-Phase Makeup Remover. If this came out in a waterproof formula eventually I think I would love it even more. When in doubt, I really just prefer waterproof formulas in general. To sum up, the new mascara is great. It volumizes, doesn’t clump, stays put and is a true black.
By Terry Lash-Expert
This By Terry Lash-Expert Mascara is one of the most highly rated mascaras of the year. It has a wand you can twist to control how much volume/intensity you want applied. I reviewed this formula back in the spring and gave it an ok review since I preferred the L’Oreal and Tom Ford for holding the curl. Since then I’ve been experimenting with it more and find that for me this works best when layered over a waterproof formula. This is a trick many of you have shared with me to apply a waterproof version first, then layer with a more volumizing formula on top. This makes this version work for me 100%! I’ve tried it over the Maybelline Total Temptation and L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof.
NARS Climax Mascara
NARS Climax Mascara is the latest from NARS. I used to love their volume formula that was discontinued years ago. I stopped using their mascaras after they discontinued it. This one gives mega volume and doesn’t smudge on me although several of you have reported it does. I think your mileage may vary, but this one gives me good volume without any clumping. The bristles are well separated in this brush which makes it less prone to clumping for me. I do think the Chanel Le Volume Revolution de Chanel gives more volume with one stroke. However you can build it up with the NARS without caking it on.
Glossier Lash Slick
I could not resist the cute pink Glossier Lash Slick tube for this one. It has a rubber applicator with larger gaps in between the spikes. I think this is a decent formula. It defines, lengthens and darkens the lashes nicely. It doesn’t give as much volume as other formulas do, but for the price I was pleased. It did not smudge on me and it held the curl pretty well. (Case shown is by The Daily Edited.)
All the mascaras lined up so you can see the length of brushes:
In summary, my top three are still the top three. I think the Chanel Le Volume de Revolution is a winner for fall, but I’m really hoping it will come out in a waterproof version eventually. By Terry works when combined with another waterproof version. And for a mascara primer I still think this isn’t essential but I’m smitten with the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Base formula.
For those who missed my previous roundups, my favorite removers and tools:
That wraps up my fall mascara rotation review. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any formulas you tried! Mascara can be so tricky, it’s truly hit or miss depending on your lash type and length. Mine don’t hold the curl and are naturally straight so what works for me might not work for you if you have fuller lush lashes!
Press samples include the NARS Climax and Chanel Le Volume Revolution de Chanel. I also purchased the Le Volume Revolution de Chanel on my own so I have two.