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Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 […]

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to the online makeup world. The brand has a large variety of products, but it seems like only a few are really hyped. There’s the iconic Hoola bronzer (which is iconic for a […]

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good.

I love Colourpop as a brand. While there have been a few misses, I’ve been consistently impressed with the most recent product releases. The pressed powder shadows are basically mind-blowing. I have also been a little in love with the Alexis Red x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo. This sturdy little cardboard compact contains two shades, a true gold highlight and a warm matte bronzer. Even though warm bronzers sometimes look orange on my skin, this one just blends in like a nice tan.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

The formula is so creamy and smooth, bendable and buttery, etc. etc. It feels very luxurious (even though the price is very affordable, especially now that the duo is on sale). I love using it on my eyes, too. The warm bronzer shade is perfect as an easy crease transition, and I use the gold on my eyelids. It’s a little too dark as a highlight shade on my face, but the formula is great nonetheless.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

I just wanted to mention this A+ product before it disappears. I think that you could use this bronzer, which feels very high-end, on a variety of skin tones from fair to medium. I love Colourpop and can’t wait to see their new releases, and maybe purchase some new products in the future. Colourpop is going to be in Sephora this holiday season, which is an exciting step for the brand.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

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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 […]

August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]

The Pale Girl’s Guide to Bronzer

The Pale Girl’s Guide to Bronzer

Summer is in full swing, but late July and early August don’t bring natural tans for everybody. Or, if you’re like me, you are tanner than you were in April, but that’s not saying much. You could even be the type of person who has a tan body but a pale face, which probably means that you have been diligent about your SPF (your skin will thank you later). Maybe you’re a porcelain-skinned beauty who longs to be bronzed. Whatever the case, the pale girl’s guide to bronzer will help you figure out how to achieve a summer glow (without looking orange).

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  1. Finding the perfect shade: If you are fair skinned and on the hunt for a good bronzer, make sure that you swatch them on your arm. Use the inside of your wrist to get an idea of how the bronzer will look on the fairest part of your skin. If it looks orange, back away from the bronzer, because it is not meant for your skin tone. If you are shopping at the drugstore, and you don’t have the option to swatch, opt for the lighter shade if possible. The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer comes in multiple shades, as do some of the bronzers by Rimmel and Wet ‘n Wild. Choosing a lighter shade may seem like a no-brainer, but if you are ambitious and want to look like a real beach goddess, you may be tempted to reach for a darker hue. Keep in mind that a too-dark bronzer will look unnatural (and not cute) on your skin, but a bronzer suited to your skin tone will boost your color for an appealing natural glow.
  2. To shimmer or not to shimmer? That is the question: Some bronzers are matte, others have a shimmer or sheen to them. I personally like both types of bronzer, but they can have a different effect. This video from Sephora helps outline some bronzer basics, and it cites the ever-important rule that a glittery bronzer is not going to make a natural contour color.
  3. Bronzing isn’t contouring: I love bronzers, but I am not a huge contouring fan. When I do contour, I rarely use bronzers. A matte bronzer can be used for a soft contour, but I prefer to use my bronzer to create a sun-kissed glow. I blend bronzer on my cheeks (either under or instead of blush) and on my temples and jawline. If you go a little crazy and end up getting some bronzer on your forehead or chin, just blend it in. One of my absolute favorite bronzers for a natural glow is the subtly shimmery Too Faced Bronzer in the shade “Snow Bunny.” It is marketed as the bronzer for a perfect winter glow, but I plan to use it all year round.
  4. Bronze your neck: Once your face is beautifully bronzed, make sure you remember to blend a little bronzer onto your neck. If you forget this step, you may end up with a tan face juxtaposed against a white neck. I love using the Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon bronzer in Ticket to Brazil to bronze my neck, and sometimes even my chest.

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Benefit’s Dallas Bronzer

Benefit’s Dallas Bronzer

Benefit’s Dallas bronzer/blush caught my eye because of the cowgirl on the package. A native Nevadan myself, the Western world of cowgirls, cowboys, boots, and horses appeals to me. It is a dusty rose blush, but I like to use it more like a bronzer. […]

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

With each passing day, winter is further behind us. The changing season requires a few changes to your makeup bag, like a darker shade of foundation for those of us who get tan. Summer makeup is all about a natural, radiant complexion. Here are my tips […]