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Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) […]

Recent Makeup Empties

Recent Makeup Empties

While I don’t go through makeup at quite the rate I purchase it, I come pretty close. There’s a bittersweet satisfaction in going through an entire bottle of foundation (I feel like I’ve really gotten the bang for my buck, even if I’m sad to […]

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

It took me a while to get into powder contouring. I stand by the statement that cream contouring is a little easier, because there’s something about a cream contour that blends into a natural-looking finish more easily. However, cream products can feel heavy on the skin, especially in hot summer months when makeup tends to melt off the face. The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour kit is a classic Sephora purchase, popular among the blogger-types and the day-to-day makeup fanatics. 

I don’t think I’ve ever used a powder formula quite like Kat Von D’s. The powder is buttery and smooth, but simultaneously very pigmented. These powders blend into the skin, and they’re somehow matte without looking or feeling powdery at all. The only problem with this kit is that I can’t use all of the shades on my face, but I use them on my eyelids instead of eyeshadow. They create a beautiful, natural look. I could never use the peach shade, “lucid” under my eyes, but as an eyeshadow it makes my eyes look bright and awake. Plus, the formula is so creamy and bendable, it’s a dream to work with. I use all of the contouring shades, but the middle shade “Shadowplay” is my favorite.

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This kit has a great mix of warm tones and cool tones, which makes it versatile for both bronzing and contouring. The formula is super pigmented, so it can help to tap the excess off the brush before applying the powder. I like using a fluffy brush with the warm-toned shades to bronze my skin, or a more precise brush with the cool toned shades to contour. I mix the contouring shades all the time.

I got the refillable contour kit, which I prefer because I use some shades more than others. “Levitation” is a beautiful powder that melts into the skin under my eyes, but all of the other powders are wrong for my skin tone. Even though I like using them as eyeshadows, I’m sure I’ll go through “Levitation” long before “Lyric” or “Lucid.”

Kat Von D Kate + Light Contour Kit

Even though this palette is expensive, I would say it’s worth the money. You get a luxurious palette, with super-high quality powders. Plus, the powders themselves last a long time. I use this palette regularly and I’m not even close to hitting pan. The fact that these powders make such great eyeshadows only adds to their versatility. Whether you’re a makeup whiz or just a beginner, you could definitely find a use for this palette.

 

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Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks have been in the liquid lipstick game since the very beginning. Almost every brand has a liquid lipstick formula now, but a few years ago Still was one of the only liquid lipsticks I can remember seeing on […]

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye sets the industry standard for stage makeup. It was one of the first makeup brands I was introduced to (beside MAC of course) when I started doing my own makeup for the theater products I participated in as a child. Most Ben Nye products aren’t for daily use. Not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they’re, say, fake blood or purple cream color. Stage makeup is made to last through hot lights and sweat, which makes a product like the Ben Nye Setting Powders ideal.

I usually opt for the Ben Nye Neutral Set, which is a colorless powder (comparable to the RCMA No Color Powder). I like to apply it lightly with a fluffy powder brush, or by pressing it into the skin with a powder puff for really bulletproof makeup. The powder itself is a little on the dry side, but I think that makes it ideal for oily skin. The Ben Nye powders give you a super matte finish, ideal for a long day (or a long night out). It’s hard to find a powder appropriate for humidity, but the Ben Nye powders are some of the best. If you have really dry skin, the Ben Nye powders may not be ideal. However, I do find it to be more comfortable than the Laura Mercier Powder (which I thought felt tight on the skin). You can also use the Ben Nye powder to set your concealer, or your whole face.

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

I also have the Ben Nye Translucent Powder in “Fair.” This powder definitely adds a little color and coverage to my face. Because I’m so fair, I usually prefer colorless powders. The Fair Ben Nye powder is a little too dark for me when I’m at my palest, but I do think it’s a pretty powder and I plan to use it all up.

Speaking of “using it all up,” the amount of product that you get in these Ben Nye packages is pretty crazy. Most loose powders that you would purchase at Sephora have around 1 oz of product, but the medium package of Ben Nye Powder has 3 oz of product. Of course, the packaging is a little weird to use (I prefer round, bowl-like packaging with a small sifter) but it’s worth it for the great product.

 

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Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

The Huda Beauty Lip Contours made quite a splash when they hit the market a couple of years ago, but I didn’t pick them up until they had been on a market for a few months. I’ve been putting them to the test for a […]

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

Setting sprays and facial sprays are among my not-so-guilty pleasures in life. And the Jane Iredale Pommist is fabulous, because it’s sort of a facial spray and a setting spray at the same time. While I don’t think it prolongs makeup wear, it definitely improves […]

My Foundation Stash

My Foundation Stash

I’ve developed a foundation addiction. High end or drugstore, matte or dewy, cream or liquid: I love it all. There’s a certain satisfaction to having a perfect canvas, especially when it lasts all day. I’m also a sucker for foundation packaging, and I am a firm believer in “different foundations for different situations.” A night on the town just requires a different foundation than a day running errands. Here’s a look at my foundation stash. 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: I don’t love this foundation, but I don’t hate it either. The shade is a little dark for me in the winter, but in the summer it’s spot on. I love how easy to apply this is, and it sets down nicely with powder. While it isn’t exactly long-wearing, it handles summer heat and humidity really well. Plus it’s easy to apply. Overall, I like this and I’ll use it up, but probably won’t repurchase because there are other foundations I like more.

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation: I loved this foundation so much I actually just finished the bottle. The shade was a little too dark for me, so I had to mix it with a lighter shade, but I can definitely remedy that problem. It’s medium-high coverage with a natural finish. I always set it, but it wears well through the day. Just a solid pick, especially for the price tag.

NARS All Day Luminous Foundation: I’m on the fence about this one. This foundation is very thin and lightweight, and I think it works best when you only use a little. You can easily build it up to full coverage, and it still feels lightweight, but sometimes it sinks into my fine lines when I apply a lot. A little goes a long way, so you get the bang for your buck, but it just isn’t my favorite.

L’Oreal Pro Matte: This might be the best ever drugstore foundation. It just makes my skin look so matte and beautiful. It doesn’t sink into my lines or crease. I think it perfects pores and it doesn’t have to be set with a powder. It may not be ideal for dry skin.

L’Oreal Pro Glow: I love this one, too. It gives the skin such a glowy look without being too oily. I do like to set it with a powder or mix it with a more matte foundation, to ensure that it doesn’t sink into my smile lines. It’s also nice mixed with the Pro Matte for a satin finish.

No7 Lift & Luminate: This is one of my favorite foundations. Ever. It is so hydrating, and I think it would be perfect for every season. It just makes my skin look so healthy and luminous; it somehow perfects my skin without making it look like I’m wearing too much makeup. It’s the most versatile foundation in my drawer; I could apply a little with my fingers for a day at the beach, or powder it down for a glam night.

My Foundation Stash

Diorskin Forever: This foundation is the epitome of luxury. Pore-perfecting, natural finish, long wearing… the list goes on. The price tag is hefty, but this foundation is an all-time favorite. It even lasts all day without setting powder. It doesn’t sink into my fine lines, and it’s just so beautiful. I would recommend getting a Sample from Sephora to try this one out; that’s what I did, and I fell in love and purchased a full size.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid: I recently acquired this foundation, so I’ve only used it a few times, but so far, so good. It doesn’t sneak into my smile lines. I can set it with a powder for a hardcore finish, but it is still long-wearing without powder. The shade range is huge and the price tag is moderate; it may become an all time favorite.

My Foundation Stash

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Another Summer Weekend

Another Summer Weekend

Face: LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation mixed with NARS All Day Luminous Foundation elf Finishing Powder Jane Iredale Mineral Powder in Suntan Pixi Contour Powder NARS Orgasm blush Jeffree Star Cosmetics Princess Cut highlight Eyes: Eyes: L’Oreal Silkissime eyeliner in Cobalt Jeffree Star Androgyny palette Buxom […]