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Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy (Review)

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy (Review)

Up until, well, yesterday, I had super long hair. (Nothing weird, it didn’t go down to my kneecaps or anything, but it was quite lengthy). It was wavy and lovely at one point in time, but after a few processes too many it was undeniably […]

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

There’s something about Too Faced that draws me in every time I step into a Sephora–the super-girly packaging, the fan-favorite products, the on-trend colors… Too Faced always catches my eye. While it isn’t cheap, Too Faced is reasonably priced for high-end, high-quality makeup. My sister […]

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

My go-to foundation for the last 8ish months has been Diorskin Forever. This $50 foundation is a pretty penny (I got mine during a Sephora sale) but it’s one of the most beautiful foundation formulas I have ever tried.

First of all, my shade, Fair Almond, matches my skin tone flawlessly. This matte foundation is SPF 35 but photographs beautifully. Supposedly, it has pore-perfecting and blurring properties, and it’s supposed to improve the look of your skin over time. While I didn’t notice any major effects on the skincare side of thing, I did find that it made my pores look nonexistent (though I don’t have huge pores to begin with). I liked that it was medium-to-full coverage, because I could build it up for a special event or wear it lightly on a casual day. You don’t have to set Diorskin Forever with a powder, because it has a matte/powder finish, but you can for some extra staying powder.

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This foundation does have a slight floral scent, and it feels a little dry on the skin– that’s okay for me, because I tend to the oily side, but my mom tried it and thought it felt caked. I’ve seen it described as both lightweight and heavy in different magazine articles, so I think that is just a matter of taste. If you do have dry skin, I think you would want to pair the Diorskin Forever Foundation with a hydrating primer.

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever is one of my favorite foundations– it does make your skin look flawless, but not cakey. However, I didn’t rush out to repurchase it because a) it’s super expensive and b) it sometimes makes my skin look older, because it seeps into a fine line on my forehead. It doesn’t crease terribly in my smile lines, and most foundations do, but I have some foundations that crease even less. If you don’t have many lines, though, this foundation may be just right for you.

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

I think if you’re curious about the Diorskin Forever Foundation, it’s at least worth getting a sample from Sephora. It’s expensive, but it has a beautiful, long-wearing finish, and it’s definitely one of the best foundations I have tried. Even though I’m hoping to find a more affordable option, I did think the Diorskin Forever foundation is worth the price.

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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 […]