This Yves Saint Laurent Lip Discovery  set was available at a VIB Rouge Holiday event at my local store. I’ve rarely found YSL sets to be great value for darker skin or interesting enough to warrant purchasing one. So I was surprised that I was attracted to this year’s set – and it seems like a lot of other people were too, because it’s already sold out online. Maybe you’ll be able to find it in store, and here’s hoping it gets restocked.


I recently picked this palette up from for $55cad when it was restocked. I didn’t purchase it during the initial launch as I already had Too Faced’s Peach Palette (which I haven’t reached for in over a month). I also didn’t think I needed a palette that leaned so heavily pink.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

If you thought my skepticism for ABH products was unwarranted then you’ll definitely think the same of my skepticism for BECCA products. I just get an uneasiness about how many people tout Champagne Pop in spite of the fact that I’ve actually loved every product I’ve tried from her line, including the aforementioned Champagne Pop.

Anyways, I’ve been on this huge cream/bronzer/shine kick recently whereby I need every product that is luminizing. So of course I bought a Becca blush in Snapdragon.

I’m not a huge ABH fangirl. I don’t think most people need a 4 highlighter ‘glow kit’ and have been disillusioned by the number of Youtubers and IGers who seemingly receive her PR kits.

However, I am a true believer in her lip glosses. I love the only shade I have so much that it was 1 of 3 lip products I took with me on a month and a half trip to Asia. It was also the only lip product I actually wore in Asia.

The best thing about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes is their finish, they’re luminous and light-catching without being shimmery or glittery. I haven’t unfortunately had the opportunity to see whether the shade range for blushes is WOC friendly. One of my first blog posts was about the holiday palette which tbh I haven’t used since I got it.

Radiant Magenta however, is a completely different story. This colour is one of my favourites for a 5 minute face. It works with all of my nude/pink lip colours and because of the finish it never looks overapplied.

This is my first travel post on this blog and if you take a moment to look around at other posts you’ll quickly gather the type of person that I am. As such you should use the info that I’m not a budget backpacker to inform this review of our trek and how much it affects your interest in doing a trek like this. But I thought I’d do a review of the trek because I hadn’t seen much update in the past few years and I thought people similar to myself would want some perspective.

Roadside stop on the way to Kalaw