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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: […]

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) […]

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands (in case you haven’t noticed). I picked up the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation over a year ago, and I’ve been using it consistently ever since. At first, I was just so-so on this foundation. I’m not much of a powder foundation person; even though I like the mattifying finish, and that there’s just less makeup in general, I prefer the even-ness in my skin that it seems only a liquid or cream formula can provide. However, I really fell in love with this foundation when I started to use it as a setting powder. 

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation

When I’m wearing a luxury foundation, I find it hard to reach for a drugstore powder, even though I tend to use basic setting powders most of the time. I’ve been pairing the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation with the likes of Dior’s Diorskin Forever Foundation. I like that the Tarte powder is somehow both hydrating and mattifying, which makes sense because it is supposedly formulated with skincare benefits. I’m getting more and more into skincare with each passing day (I won’t be 22 forever, you know) and I love when makeup actually benefits your skin.

The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation claims to be medium-to-full coverage. I don’t think this is true, because there’s no way I could build this powder up to a full-coverage finish without looking like I was totally covered with cake. That being said, as a setting powder it is totally creamy and not cakey. It just melts into my foundation, adding a little extra coverage and plenty of staying powder. I recently hit pan on this powder, and while I’m usually feel accomplished when I finish a product, I know I’m going to be sad when I’m done with this one!

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation

The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation could easily be my holy grail setting powder to date. Of course, there are more affordable formulas that I like, but this one is just oh-so-creamy. Plus, it’s gentle on my skin, because Tarte’s products are formulated with top-notch natural ingredients. I know I really sound like I’m selling this one, but I can’t help it! I love it.

 

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Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

Concealer has many different uses: covering up dark circles, concealing blemishes, highlighting features, priming eyelids… the list goes on. Of course, you can use one concealer to do all of these things. However, because I’m a little high-maintenence when it comes to makeup, I tend […]

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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Special Effects Makeup Roundup

Special Effects Makeup Roundup

A few months ago, I took a stage makeup class with the theater department at my university. I loved experimenting with different techniques, and I learned a lot about special effects makeup (prosthetics, blood, scar wax, and more). Here are some of my favorite looks […]