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How to Save Money at Sephora

How to Save Money at Sephora

It’s that time of year again– if you’re a makeup addict like me, I don’t have to tell you. It’s the annual VIB/ Beauty Insider sale, so if you’re signed up for Sephora’s rewards program you either get 15% or 20% off (depending on your […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 would probably be pretty on medium skin tones, too, though I am sure that the contour shade is too light for deep skin tones.

I opted for the Pro Glow to Go instead of the Pro Glow Palette (which I’m sure is fabulous) because the Pro Glow has several highlighter shades that are too dark for my skin. If your skin tone is darker than mine (and it probably is, because I’m very fair) it would be great for you. Tarte makes high quality products, and I have heard great things about the Pro Glow Palette. I’m sure it is excellent!

Tarte Pro Glow to Go (Review & Swatches)
Chisel, Burst, Gleam

There are three shades in the Pro Glow to Go Palette. My favorite shade is “Chisel,” the contour shade. Oh my goodness, this contour shade is amazing. It might be the best contour shade I have ever tried. It is pigmented and creamy; often contouring products are powdery, but this one is so smooth. And the color is perfect; it’s slightly warm, but it still looks very natural on my skin. I want this in a giant pan!

The two highlighters have very different textures, but they’re both good products. Gleam is my favorite, because it is more buttery and cool-toned. Burst is a champagne shade and a little powdery, but it applies smoothly on the skin. Burst is also especially fine-milled. I often mix the two shades on my cheeks.

This palette is such a great product; the two highlighters are lovely, and I think they would be flattering on many skin tones. And the contour shade is positively divine– seriously, the best I’ve ever used. I adore Tarte, and I highly recommend this palette. It isn’t too expensive, because it is travel size, but that makes it perfect for everyday use or traveling. The packing is also very high quality (the mirror is actually quite large). I just have so much love for this palette!

Tarte Pro Glow to Go (Review & Swatches)

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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 […]

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

I’m a huge fan of the lip exfoliating trend. Three years ago, I couldn’t have told you what a lip scrub was. Did they even exist? Who cares: they’re the perfect fix for a chapped lip girl like me. I’ve sampled a few different lip […]

Battle of the Stick Eyeshadows

Battle of the Stick Eyeshadows

Stick eyeshadows are a like cream eyeshadows, but better. Most cream eyeshadows come in a pot, but instead these stick shadows come in a handy pen-like container. The eyeshadows themselves lie between an eyeliner and a cream shadow: the packaging makes them more like an eyeliner with a fat tip, but the formulas are creamy and blendable like a shadow. I like to apply them straight from the tube, then blend with my fingers. I tried out several different stick eyeshadows, which are great for a hot August day (or any time of the year) to see which would win the battle of the stick eyeshadows.

Kiko Cosmetics Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Violet: This color is vibrant purple and fabulous. I loved swiping it on my eyelids and blending with my fingers for an easy but colorful look. However, the “long lasting” claim is a falsehood. This eyeshadow never wore for more than a few hours on my lids, and it creased horribly (even when I primed my eyelids before using the eyeshadows). Even though this product is more affordable than others on this list, I would rather save my money and buy something nicer because this wasn’t an effective product.

Make Up Forever Aqua-Matic Waterproof Glide-on Shadow in ME50: This beautiful eyeshadow glides on and stays on. This was one of the best stick eyeshadows I tried, because of its staying power and slight shimmer. I like the shade well enough, but I wish it was more of a warm-toned brown rather than a cool-toned brown. I also had a good chunk of this eyeshadow break off while I was applying it, which was disappointing. Overall, though, this is a really nice product.

Sephora Collection Shadow & Liner in Secret Boudoir: Honestly, I don’t like this as an eyeshadow because it creases. However, I use this neutral hue all the time because it is a great liner for the lower waterline. I like using this shadow stick to clean up my brow area. The pencil-tip makes it easy to sculpt and highlight my brow bone. Even though this eyeshadow didn’t work the way I expected it to, I love using it for entirely different reasons.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Beige Doré: This luxurious shadow was a splurge for me while I was visiting France, but it is less expensive in France than here in the U.S.A. This eyeshadow is creamy and moisturizing. It blends over the lid luxuriously, then settles in and stays put all day. It doesn’t crease at all, and the Beige Doré hue gives the perfect hint of gold shimmer without any chunky glitter. The slanted applicator makes it easy to apply without breaking off the tip of the eyeshadow. This is one of my favorite eyeshadows (definitely my favorite stick eyeshadow) and I use it all the time. The only major disappointment for me is that Chanel does test on animals, and isn’t a particularly sustainable company in other respects (as far as my research shows).

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Nude: Though the color wasn’t for me (it’s glittery and I’m not much of a glitter girl) the formula is great. It doesn’t crease, and it is long lasting. Because I didn’t like the color so much, I handed it off to my sister, who loves it. I also love using the same product in the color Black Bean to line my waterline.

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The Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow is the winner, but the Makeup Forever Aqua-Matic was a close runner-up. Both of these products are excellent, but the Chanel applicator and the color selection are what makes the Chanel version slightly superior (in my opinion).  For a more affordable, drugstore option, the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are great products.

 

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Summer Fragrance Guide

Summer Fragrance Guide

I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with perfume, but the summer of 2016 has brought me not one but two ideal fragrances. Both fragrances are perfect for summer (but I am looking forward to wearing them year round). Shopping for perfume these past few months has […]