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So Much Love for Roses

So Much Love for Roses

 Eyes:  Colourpop Lo Key Palette and Cloud Nine eyeshadow Mac Cosmetics Carbon eyeshadow Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner  Buxom mascara topped with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel, Pixi Contour Powder  Face:  MAC Studio […]

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 […]

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 are three things I look for in my mascara: length, volume, and a deep black color. Now, black-brown mascara can be flattering on certain complexions, and colored mascara has its time and place. But I love a mascara that separates my lashes, making them dark, long, and thick. Is that so much to ask?

The Buxom mascara is my favorite mascara to date. Just a few coats and my eyelashes are bold and beautiful. I can build it up to nearly false-lash level. The rubber wand separates my lashes beautifully, and the hourglass shape works wonders to provide volume and length. I adore this mascara.

The Too Faced mascara is similar; I’ve actually only used the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara (I’ll try the non-waterproof formula soon). This mascara has a similar wand to the Buxom mascara, but the Too Faced mascara has fiber bristles. I find that I generally prefer rubber bristles, but honestly these fiber bristles are great, too. This mascara stays in place through tears, and it gives you lush lashes.

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The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara took me by surprise; my mother gave me this because she didn’t like it for herself, as she prefers a brown mascara and the Bobbi Brown Smokey eye mascara is very black. Of course, I loved the dark charcoal hue. The wand on this mascara is precise, but it is also incredibly buildable. I love that this wand is small enough to coat every lower lash. I wore this mascara last night, and my sister asked if I was wearing false lashes. You can build this mascara up to intense length and volume.

I feel like I’m drowning in amazing mascara, but I have to say– I love it! What are your favorite mascaras? I enjoy trying new mascaras. 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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 the glitter and the price tag on these glosses and I was game to try them. Here is my Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches.

I haven’t heard much about Black Radiance as a brand, but it appears to be targeted towards black women, which is wonderful as many makeup brands don’t provide adequate shade selection for deep skin tones (particularly drugstore brands). The brand is also cruelty free, which is fabulous.

 

I bought two neutral shades, Romantic and Star Struck. I prefer Star Struck to Romantic, because it it is a little more glittery. I have to say that, for the price, you get a decent product. While the actual gloss is a thick and goopy, it isn’t sticky. The glitter doesn’t feel gritty, though it also isn’t quite as reflective as I had hoped. The lip gloss has a fruity smell, which is unusual but not overwhelmingly unpleasant. These two colors are pretty alone or over a nude lipstick. I think that, as far as drugstore lip glosses go, I prefer my NYX Butter Gloss. However, the NYX Butter Glosses are not glittery, so if you are after a glittery look you may prefer the BR lip glosses. My only real problem with the Black Radiance lip glosses are the applicators. Instead of a doe foot, these lip glosses have a brush applicator, which can get frizzy and messed up after use. (Remember the Kylie lip gloss drama? They’re those applicators). Overall, I give these lip glosses a C: They’re comfortable, glossy, and sparkly. They do the job, but the applicator is odd and they aren’t anything special.

 

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Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]