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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 […]

Almost Summer 

Almost Summer 

I’ve been super busy this month, so I haven’t posted in a while. But here’s a summery going-out look I did a few weeks ago. I can’t remember everything I used, but I know the lips were a sample of MAC’s Creme de Nude (which […]

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my cheeks regularly. Here is my easy contour and highlight routine: 

Highlight with concealer: I love using a light concealer to highlight under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and the center of my forehead. My favorite concealer is the Tarte Shape Tape, which comes in plenty of shades. I also love the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, and I’ve been enjoying the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer.

Cream vs. Powder: There’s no right or wrong formula, and I often alternate between cream and powder. Some people even use both at the same time, for a dramatic and long-lasting look. I like a blended contour. A powder formula is nicely applied with a dense brush and blended with a fluffy brush, or you can apply it with a blush brush. I like to apply cream contour with a concealer brush, then blend with a buffer brush or a beauty sponge. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzers have a bendable formula, and there are several shades for different skin tones. I like the Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. The Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector is my favorite cream contour product, and it is a beautiful neutral shade that can work on many skin tones. But find what works for you, and stick to it!

Order Matters: Apply cream contour on top of liquid foundation, before powder. Apply powder contour products after your foundation has been set with a powder. This ensures maximum blend-ability and a long-lasting makeup look.

Apply with a Light Hand: You can always add more contouring, but it’s always easier to start with a little product, blend, then add more. Over time, you’ll know how much to use. One way to get rid of excess product is to tap your brush on the side of the sink or compact before you apply it onto your face.

What are your favorite contouring products? I like contouring palettes, too, but only two products are necessary for a complete contouring look. Leave your comments below, subscribe and follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can […]

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It […]

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX is one of the trendiest drugstore brands, with some great products. While I can’t advocate for the whole line, there are a few gems (the lip liners are amazing). I tried the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam, which didn’t really impress me, because it was a little glittery and not as metallic or reflective as I had hoped.

When NYX released the second round of NYX highlighters, the Duo Chromatic Highlighter and the Away We Glow liquid highlighter, I hoped they would be everything the Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator wasn’t. And overall, I have to say, they were.

The Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter has a bit of an odd applicator, because it is a doe-foot applicator. I would really have preferred a squeeze tube, because this highlighter actually makes a beautiful primer. It can be applied all over the face for a very dewy glow (like super radiant) or on top of foundation as a liquid highlighter. The only problem is that it dries down pretty quickly, so you have to make sure that you blend it in right away.

The Duo Chromatic Highlighter in Twilight Tint is undeniably cool. It’s white with blue reflect. There’s no glitter but you can build it up to a pretty intense highlight. It gives you that ethereal glow, but it’s not the most wearable highlight. I know that there are only a few occasions when I would reach for a blue highlighter, but I like that this highlight let me try out the duo chromatic look without spending $40. The formula is very lightweight, with almost no kickback, and it is finely milled. For the price, I think that the quality of this highlighter is very good.

Away We Glow, Duo Chromatic

What are your favorite highlighters? The NYX highlighters, especially the Duo Chromatic Highlighters, are some of the best from the drugstore. Leave your comments below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!

 

 

 

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I bought two Black Radiance lip glosses at Target a few months back, because I was looking for glittery lip glosses to send me into summer. While I should probably just break down and purchase the famous Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, I saw […]

(Almost) Summer 

(Almost) Summer 

Face:  MAC Fix + LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation  NARS All Day Luminous Foundation  NYX blush in Taupe and Away We Glow highlight in Moon Glow  Sephora Collection bronzer  Milani blush in Luminoso  Wet n Wild Precious Petals and I’ll Have a Cosmo highlights  Anastasia […]

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I have enjoyed using this product regularly, so here is my NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review.

The NARS All Day Luminous foundation has a very thin consistency: it isn’t exactly a serum foundation, but it is thin like a serum. One or two pumps is enough for sheer coverage, but I can usually get a medium coverage with 4-5 pumps. I like how lightweight this foundation is: it feels like nothing, and it’s definitely a “your skin but better” product, so I’m sure that I will like it even more in the summer. The only problem is that it can get cakey with my BareMinerals pressed powder (for some reason, that foundation/powder combo doesn’t work) and it does seep into my fine lines and crease if I apply too much.

In my opinion, the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is a less-is-more product. I like it best when I apply 2-3 pumps and no powder on top, on more natural makeup days. I also use it to mix with other foundations: for some reason the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation makes full coverage foundation more natural looking on the skin.

My favorite aspects of this NARS foundation are its lightweight feel, its beautiful packaging, and the fact that one bottle lasts forever. Because it is difficult to build the coverage without creasing, it isn’t my holy grail foundation. I also had some trouble finding a perfect shade match. I have the shade “Goji” but it is a little bit too light on me. Nonetheless, this foundation is a beautiful luxury item that I will definitely continue to use (even if I don’t repurchase).

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

What is your favorite high-end foundation? Have you tried any NARS foundations? Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram, and comment down below!

How to Get a Smooth, Luxurious Shave on a Budget (Harry’s Razor & Shave Cream Review)

How to Get a Smooth, Luxurious Shave on a Budget (Harry’s Razor & Shave Cream Review)

Usually my blog posts are makeup-oriented (though I occasionally delve into skincare). But today I wanted to talk about my current bath & body obsession, which is a Harry’s razor and shave cream. In the past few weeks, I’ve used these products and a few […]