Recent Faves, Raves & Flops

Bonjour!!!

In the last few months of being the worst blogger in the history of bloggers, I have accumulated quite of bit of makeup and new products. Some being awesome finds and others not so awesome finds.
So let’s just jump into the goodies, shall we?!

Faves & Raves

Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation and Concealer
-While the mission to get this foundation was a pain in my ass( anyone that knows me, knows this story and I will spare everyone else the drama!) when I finally managed to get my hands on it, it did not disappoint!
This foundation has impressive coverage and a nice finish, it doesn’t make my skin break out and the price wasn’t terrible either.
My only issue is the colour selection. I had to buy a shade darker then I normally would because their lack of light shades was limited, so ladies who are more fair then I may have a trickier time finding a matching shade.

Nyx Strobe of Genius Palette
-My local Shoppers drug mart has recently become one of my favourite places. Why? Because it carries all kinds of Nyx makeup now, that’s why!!
This little gem is great for someone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on highlighters and still get a decent glow.
I mainly dip into the three bottom colours, the top few I wasn’t crazy over, but may work for other skin tones. πŸ™‚

Nyx Contour Palette
– Another steal from the drugstore! I thought I loved my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette till I met this little fella. You receive more colour options in Nyx’s palette and it’s cheaper. I may even like the formula just a smidge more in this one too.

Nyx Liquid Suede Lipsticks
– I am obsessed with these babies. Great colour pay off, long wearing and a fun shade range that would get any makeup junkie excited. So far, I own Stone fox ( a cool dark greyish shade), Amethyst ( a fun, bright purple shade) and Pink Lust ( a perfect summer fuchsia )
Tip: These lippies, like any matte lipstick formula tend to be a little drying, so make sure to moisturize your lips prior to applying them!)

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
-Love, love, love this for setting my under eye area. It totally reduces the amount of creasing I get with my concealer. It also brightens my oh so lovely dark circles. Thank you Nicole Guerriero for your infinite makeup wisdom and using this on your YouTube Channel and making me go out and buy this (among all kinds of other things).
My wallet hates you though…….

Too Faced Hangover Primer
– Now , I don’t know if it’s this primer or because my Clinique foundation is long lasting, but I really like this stuff and how my makeup looks/lasts. If anything, it moisturizes my face and smells like Pina coladas and who doesn’t want their face smelling so yummy?! πŸ™‚

Graftobian High Definition Color Palette
– In April, I got to have an amazing opportunity and a totally kick ass time doing makeup for Eastlink , during East Coast Music week.
My mom, being the best person she is, bought me this foundation palette. These are highly concentrated colours that range from the fairest fair to the darkest dark. I figured this would be a great opportunity to get some quality things that I could really use in my ever growing kit.
The foundations are great for use for photoshoots and video as they do not give flashback and they are long lasting & high coverage.
The only downfall is they are on the pricier side. Thank god my Momma loves me ❀

Flops

While I don’t have a ton of bad products for this post, I do have one 😦

Hourglass Strobe Powders
– I’m unsure if I’m just not using this correctly, but I don’t think I like it.
I thought for the price and the name, I would be blown away. But, my Nyx highlighters are better and half the price. 😦 So, needless to say I am disappointed. I will continue to use it though and hopefully change my mind. Or it will be lost in the clutter that is my makeup room.

And there you have it. Now go out and buy all kinds of stuff so I don’t feel so alone in my bad shopping habits.

Till next time,

Xoxo Gossip Girl…..

I mean, Nicole πŸ™‚

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Contouring & Highlighting for Dummies

(For the record, I am one of those dummies.)

Contouring and highlighting is something I have yet to completely master. However , I have been asked to write a post on the topic and I am going to try my darnedest to give you all the information I’ve got. 
Contouring is one of those things that if it’s done right, it makes a person’s face look sculpted, proportional and symmetrical.  

If it’s done wrong, one can look like a muddy, blotchy mess. This has happened many of times to me. I usually don’t realize this till I see myself in a picture after going all day thinking I look like the bomb.com!! Soo, sooo wrong 😦 
The tricks are to find the right products and tools to help you achieve those nice high cheek bones, small forehead, tiny nose and strong jaw line. 

And also to understand the basics of shadows(contouring) and light(highlighting).

If you want to disguise or make something look smaller or more sunken in, you contour (add shadows/dark colour) .
 If you want to bring out something and put emphasis on it, you highlight. (Add brightness/light colours) 
Pretty simple right?
If you understand this concept, you can contour and highlight your face. It just takes practise to make it look perfect! 
Since these techniques have become more common and more mainstream, a lot of companies have developed products for the everyday woman.
There are powder and cream options. It’s just personal preference on what you would like to use. 

I prefer to use creams first and then setting them with powders in similar shades. Double the work but double the pay off!!!! πŸ™‚

Recent favourites I have been reaching for are:
Cream – Stila Contouring kit, Maybelline Foundation Stick in Coconut, Maybelline Better Skin Concealers ( in fair or light)
Powder- Kat Von D Shade and Light pallet , NYX Taupe Blush( yes, a blush!) The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer. Besame vanilla brightening powder, The Balm Betty Lou Luminizer highlight powder and Mac’s soft and gentle.

  
Contouring and highlighting can be tricky because everyone’s face shapes are not all alike. I have an oval face. Meaning, it is more long then it is wide. I have deep dark undereye circles and I’m not a fan of my nose. The above  picture is generally how I cream contour. I apply my primer, foundation then my darker contour shades and light concealers.

Once you figure out what placement of colours works best for you, the next step is Key;

BLEND, BLEND, and BLEND Some more! When you think you are done blending, blend it again!  Whether you use brushes or sponges, it’s up to you! I really like Stila’s double ended contour brush and Real Techniques Beauty blender sponge. I also use a Mac contour brush I have had for years and the # has worn off 😦 

                                                                           

face shapes and a general guide to contouring


I hope this helps anyone that is nervous or someone who is not clear on how contouring and highlight works. I could ramble on and on with this topic, but I’ll spare you the torture and tell you to go to YouTube and watch tutorials on it. That is how I was taught. Practise makes perfect with this, so try it out. πŸ™‚