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Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall is cozy and wonderful, a time of muted neutrals and warm coffee. I love the scents and colors of fall, from the outdoors to the indoors. And, of course, I love the scents and colors of fall makeup. Here are my fall beauty favorites: […]

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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Last Friday Night

Last Friday Night

Face Jane Iredale Pommist MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer Wet n Wild Photo Focus Powder Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce NARS Orgasm blush Becca Cosmetics Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow […]

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 the overall look of my makeup. It makes powder look dewy and fresh, like a glamorous second skin. I love the fresh smell and the hydrated feeling it gives my skin.

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

According to the website, the Jane Iredale Pommist is a “facial spritz with the added benefit of Pomegranate Extract, a powerful antioxidant and UV protector.” The Pommist does make my skin feel hydrated, even with makeup. I’ve never tried using it as skin care on its own. Generally speaking, I use the Pommist as a primer. It’s supposed to “conceal pores and fine lines.” While I don’t have large pores or many fine lines, I do think that it provided a good base for my makeup. My skin felt hydrated and fresh, and my makeup applies beautifully and lasted all day. I like using priming sprays to set my makeup, because it helps me prime without adding heaviness.

The one con of this spray is that the mist isn’t as fine as I would like. It isn’t chunky or blotchy, exactly, but sometimes the droplets are a little thicker than I would like. All in all, I like this spray a lot, especially for summer. It reminds me a little of MAC Fix+, but it smells like apples and it’s all natural.

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

What do you think of Jane Iredale’s products? I have only tried two things, but so far I’m impressed. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and come back soon!

 

 

 

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (review)

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (review)

I love a good drugstore concealer. I tend to be a little heavy-handed with my concealer (both in terms of application and my never-ending desire to purchase just one more concealer) so a budget buy is something I love discovering. The Wet n Wild Photo […]