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Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it […]

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

The LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation makes a lot of claims, even just in the name. At just $9.00, the LA Girl foundation comes at a price everybody can afford. The LA Girl Pro Concealers, from the same line, were very […]

8 Contour Products for Fair Skin

8 Contour Products for Fair Skin

When you’re pale, it can be hard to find the perfect contouring shade. I find this is especially true with powder products. If a powder product is a little too warm, I look orange; a little too cool-toned and I look muddy. It’s easy to end up looking like you have dirt on your face, when you were trying to look sculpted. While I’ve had my bad days with different contour products, I’ve managed to find these  8 contour products for fair skin.

8 Contour Products for Fair Skin

  1. Tarte “Chisel”: This shade, found in the Pro Glow to Go palette, is probably my favorite contour shade ever. It is warm-toned, but it still looks natural, and the formula is so buttery and smooth. I wish it came in an individual pan!
  2. Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector: Another super flattering color, this cream product blends out like a dream for a your-cheekbones-but-better look.
  3. NYX Blush in Taupe: It took me a little while to figure out how to use this blush, which is best suited for the palest of pale skin. Sometimes I even had to pair it with a bronzer to warm it up to suit my complexion! This blush is truly taupe, but it creates a shadow that looks like, well, a shadow– not makeup. It’s the best contouring product I’ve found from the drugstore.
  4. Hoola Bronzer: Depending on how pale you are, you could even go for Hoola Lite. But I find that this neutral bronzer creates a lovely contour. It isn’t too cool toned, but there isn’t even a hint of orange in this powder. I prefer it to contour rather than to bronze, but it definitely warms up your skin without looking too fake.
  5. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: This matte bronzer is such a beautiful contour shade. It gives my skin a bit of warmth, while sculpting. I find that it is especially buildable and bendable.
  6. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette: These powders aren’t all suitable for fair skin, but the first two colors (Sombre and Shadowplay) are lovely. These powders are very pigmented, so a little goes a long way! As a bonus, the packaging is beautiful.
  7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit: While the colors in the powder kit didn’t appeal to me, I quite like the colors in the lightest of the contour kits (Fair). There are several highlighter shades, and three great contour shades. I can even use the darkest of the shades on special occasions!
  8. MAC blush in “Harmony”: I’ve only just started to use this product, but it is beautiful so far. The formula is very bendable and buildable, and it gives a natural but beautiful contour.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter in “Stunner” (Review)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter in “Stunner” (Review)

I love the Tarte highlighters; I’ve tried many highlighters, and the Tarte formula is one of my absolute favorites. The formula is smooth and finely milled, and there is a range of colors that I think would flatter many skin tones. I’ve found that the […]

Best Mascara 2017

Best Mascara 2017

I adore mascara. Whether my makeup look is subtle or glamorous, nothing polishes it off like mascara. I’ve never liked false lashes (they’re just too heavy and uncomfortable for me) and because my lashes are long already, I find that mascara flatters my eyes. There […]

My Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List

I’m done with school (for now) which means that there’s no such thing as summer reading– in fact, I’m probably enjoying my final free summer, which means that I want to fill it with as much reading as possible. I took a trip to the bookstore to compile my summer reading list.

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The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis: I’ve already started this one, and though I’m less than 100 pages in, I’m already hooked. The story follows two characters, Darby and Rose, who are separated by over half a century. Darby moved to New York in the 1950s, and Rose (in 2016) becomes fascinated by a crime in which Darby was implicated. It is part mystery, part love story, and I just can’t wait to read more of it.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: Another book about New York, this stood out to me because it is a story about a girl who is the same age as me. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the plot: but I know it is about a 22 year old girl working in an elite restaurant in NYC, and the “education” that follows. I suspect it will tug at my heartstrings, and I’m excited to read a coming-of-age story about a character in her twenties (as such stories often feature teenage protagonists).

 

fullsizeoutput_3e81The Fates and the Furies by Lauren Groff: The back says this is a “deeply satisfying novel about love and art,” so I’m looking forward to diving into this novel (which was a National Book Award finalist). The story centers around Lotto and Mathilde, a glamorous married couple who appear to have a dynamite relationship (but the back cover suggests that there is more to their marriage than meets the eye). I’m sure this novel will be beautifully written.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: I’m interested in this novel, because it deals with the challenges of writing a story about somebody you know. Franny Keating tells her lover, author Leon Posen, about the unusual circumstances of her childhood. Posen writes a successful book based on Franny’s life. I don’t know what comes next, because I haven’t read the book, but I’m curious to read about how Patchett portrays the complicated issue of selling a personal story.

 

I love having so many crisp new books to read this summer! What are you hoping to read? Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Makeup setting sprays are a holy grail product, in terms of making your makeup last all day (or all night). Nothing keeps my makeup on like a setting spray, and I’ve even gotten my mother and sister addicted. There are many different types of sprays […]

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealer is my most-loved makeup staple. I’ve tried so many over the years, and I’ve finally landed on a few favorites. Summer often brings light makeup days, so it is the perfect season for an easy wash of concealer and flip flops. However, I still […]

Warm & Smokey 

Warm & Smokey 


Face:

Benefit Pore-fessional

Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation 

Tarte Confidence in a Compact foundation, Amazonian Clay blush in Vibrant, Amazonian Clay highlighter in Stunner, Shape Tape Concealer 

Clinique Acne Solutions concealer 

MAC Pro Empasize powder and Harmony blush 

CoverFX Bronzer in Sunkissed 

Skindinavia spray to set 

Eyes:

Colourpop pressed eyeshadows: Running Late, I Owe You, Get Out, Note to Self, and Cloud Nine

Makeup Geek eyeshadows Vintage and Unexpected 

 NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner 

Buxom mascara 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (this step isn’t necessary, I just did it to waterproof my mascara) 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade 

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax 

Lips: 

MAC liner in Etcetera and lipstick in Blankety 

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

I adore Anastasia Beverly Hills; their highlighters and eyeshadows are some of the best I’ve ever tried. But Anastasia Beverly Hills is best known for its brow products. ABH is the reigning makeup brand for brows, in part because it was the first brand to […]