The newest addition to my contour kit family: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in light to medium. This was one of the more expensive contour kits that I was eye-ing before I picked up the TooFaced Cocoa Contour. During Black Friday, Anastasia Beverly Hills were having a huge sale and it was 40% off contour kits. I decided that I had to get the powder contour kit and I am so glad that I did. It normally retails for $40 but I manage to get it for $24!!
The packaging itself was very basic and thin (I was shocked at how thin it was). Even though it was very thin, it was very sturdy as well and the shades themselves are removable so you can refill them. I love this idea since I know that there are certain shades that I am going to use more than others and I like that I do not need to buy the whole new palette just for that shade. The only downside to the packaging is that there is no mirror, I think that a mirror will be a great addition to this palette.
The shades themselves are so buttery and pigmented. All the above was two swipes of color and the pigmentation is amazing. They also all go on extremely smoothly and I was extremely impressed with the quality of all these shades. They look amazing on and they blend out extremely smoothly and easily.
The above photo has all of the highlighting shades are that in this palette.
Vanilla: This is a matte highlighting shade which is a pale cream color.
Banana: This is another matte highlighting shade which a lot of youtubers love. It is a yellow shade which is amazing for the setting the under-eye area.
Sand: This is the only non-matte shade in the whole palette, it has a bit of sparkles in the shade (but not overwhelming and you do not look glittery if it is used) but it is described as a “radiant chiffon” color.
The above are all the contouring shades in the palette.
Java: This is a mocha looking color and does a bit of orange undertones.
Fawn: This is a true brown shade and there is no orange undertones and this is my favorite contouring shade out of all.
Havana: This is the darkest contouring shade and it is very warmed tone and has the strongest orange undertones out of all three shades. I do not use this color often as I do find that it makes me look a bit muddy.
Overall, I am so happy with this palette and I am so glad that I finally got my hands on it. It did not disappoint and I cannot wait to play around with it more. The shades are amazing quality as I mentioned before, they go on so smoothly and they are so easy to work with. The pigmentation is amazing and I feel like the powder contour palette is easier to work with compared to the cream contour palette so I feel like it is a great learning palette for beginners.
The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has to be one of the first concealers that I have ever tried. I found it at my local CVS when I was first experimenting with concealers and now four years later I am still using it! To be honest I never realized what a great concealer this was until I began trying other concealers and found myself reaching back to this one. It is extremely affordable, I found it at my local CVS for about $6.50 and there is always deals so usually I can get it at a even cheaper price. There are many beauty bloggers who called this concealer a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which retails for about $29. Personally I have never used the Nars concealer so I cannot compare to two.
I own two colors; light and medium. For myself, I find that the shade light works great as a highlighting concealer and on days where I want to step up my contour game I would use the shade light for under my eyes and on top of my nose. However, for days where I just want to cover up my dark circles I would stick to the shade medium. There are a couple of reasons why I absolutely love this concealer:
It is extremely creamy and I never have trouble blending it out. Usually, I use a damp beauty blender to blend it out and it comes out so smooth and I do not look cake-y at all.
Does not crease in my under eye area. With setting spray I find that this concealer pretty much lasts me a good eight hours, I can wear it and at the end of the day I do not see any creasing or dry spots.
The concealer is also very lightweight. It feels really natural on and I do not find it heavy or sticky.
The coverage is light to medium. It does cover up my dark circles decently well and it provides a brightening effect for my under eye area. However, if I do have a especially nasty red pimple it does need more layering – but the concealer is extremely buildable so that is not a problem.
There are a couple of downsides that I have found for this concealer:
The color range is quite limited; there is only six different shades compare to some other concealers which have about 26 different shades.
Not full coverage but as I mentioned before it is build-able but never to that flawless finish
Besides the limited color range, I think that this concealer works beautifully for everyday wear. It is affordable and is able to provide me with a smooth natural finish.
As everyone knows, I love colourpop lippies for so many reasons. They have a huge selection of colors and they are super affordable as well; lippies run anywhere from $5-$6. I had previously did a review for the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks and today I wanted to do a review on the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lippies. These were launched after the Ultra Mattes and although the color selection is not quite as extensive as the Ultra Mattes, it is quickly expanding and for good reason! These also retail for about $6 and you can find them on the Colourpop website!
I have three colors from the Ultra Satin line; the packaging is the same as the Ultra Mattes minus the fact that it says Ultra Satin on the tube. All the Ultra Satins dry to a semi-matte finish.
Barcuda: This is a deep rose color with warm undertones. I think that this is a great fall color.
Calypso: This is a mid-tone pinky nude color with warm undertones.
November: This was from the Kathleen Lights collection, and it is a mid-tone peachy pink color. I find that this color is a lot brighter than Calypso.
To be honest, I did not think that I would like these as much as the Ultra Mattes, since I knew that these were not transfer-proof and I love lippies that are. However, when I wore these colors I realized that I liked them a lot more than expected for a variety of reasons. The first main reason being that they are not as drying compared to the Ultra Mattes; I can wear these for a full day and they do not bring out the cracks and fine lines on my lips. When you first put on the lippies, they do have a tacky sticky feeling on your lips but it is not too uncomfortable and it does go away as the day goes on (not fully though). These are just as pigmented as the Ultra Mattes, I can get away wearing just one coat but I usually like the color more apparent so I wear two coats. As I mentioned previously, they are not transfer-proof and if you drink or eat anything they will come off, however they do not fully come off as your eating/drinking. The color does transfer a bit at a time but when I finished eating there was still a good amount of color on my lips (aka I did not find the need to touch up). Obviously the more you eat/drink, the more color will come off. Overall, they were extremely comfortable to wear (my lips did not feel chapped after wearing it for a couple of hours) and I wore it for a good eight hours and when I went home there was still a good amount of color on my lips. I cannot wait to try out more colors from this line!
Highlighters are definitely one of my favorite makeup items on the market. I love adding that glow to my makeup, so I am always on the search for a good highlighter. Becca is one of my favorite brand of highlighters because they are so unbelievably pigmented and the glow that it puts on your face is insanely bright. Two of my favorite highlighters from Becca has to be the cult favorites: Opal and Champagne Pop. I am pretty sure anyone who watches youtube has hear about these two shades, Opal was the shade that pretty much every youtuber was talking about and Champagne pop was created by youtuber, Jaclyn Hill. Well I have to say that these highlighters most definitely live up to their hype.
Opal was the color that I had wanted to try since all the youtubers were talking about it, but this was when I was just starting out with highlighters so I decided to get the travel size. I completely regret this since it is my most worn color. After trying out Opal, I knew that I had to try Champagne pop and I finally got my hands on it during the Sephora VIB sale. Becca packaging is super sleek and surdy and I can definitely bring these traveling with me without fear of anything breaking or it getting really messy.
Opal is a golden tone highlighter that looks super flattering on. I find that this highlighter is great for the day and night and it is extremely flattering on different skin tones.
Champagne pop on the other hand is a soft white highlighter with peachy undertones that compliment so many different skin tones as well. I find that Champagne pop is a great color to throw on for the day, super flattering and while it does provide you with the glow it does not over-do it.
Above I have swatches and they are both super beautiful highlighters with amazing pigmentation. I love the fact that these highlighters make you glow but they are not packed full of glitter. You can pack on highlighter for a even more intense glow but your face will never look extremely glittery (which is something that I dislike in highlighters). Becca highlighters are extremely creamy and they go on so easily! I highly recommend them as I have yet to find a highlighter that I love more than Becca’s.