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March 30, 2016

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

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I am in love with these Glow Kits (click here to buy). These are sold at Sephora, ABH website and wherever ABH is sold. They retail for $40 (USD) for each kit and come in two different editions, GLEAM and THAT GLOW. GLEAM appears to be more cool toned and THAT GLOW, warmer tones.

Initially, I thought they were a bit pricey, but now I think that they are well worth the money. The pans are bigger than I had expected. Each pan has 0.26 oz of product compared to their individual highlighters which are $28 for 0.32 oz of product. You’re basically paying $10 for a full sized highlighter. These are the descriptions of each shade as per Anastasia Beverly Hills website:

Sunburst – Bright, luminous gold with a metallic finish

Golden Bronze – Sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish

Bubbly – Rose champagne with a pearlescent finish

Dripping in Gold – Lavish gold with a vivid, reflective finish

The THAT GLOW kit in my opinion, is the better option of the two kits because they offer a wider range of colors from an opal to bronze to champagne to a true gold.

For a Makeup Artist, this is really a great deal especially when you compare it to similar highlighters like Becca Cosmetics which are $38 for 0.25 oz of product. Clearly, this is a steal.

Here are the swatches on my skin tone (NC44-45):

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PROS:

  • More product for your buck
  • MUA friendly
  • Highly pigmented
  • Wide range of colors
  • The consistency is smooth and not chalky
  • Works with almost any skin tone
  • Easy to carry around
  • Packing is really impressive

CONS:

  • Individual pans are not sold separately, so if you run out of one you may have to buy another kit
  • Bubbly and Dripping Gold can look relatively similar (although they are not)
  • May not be as affordable as getting their individual highlighters (So Hollywood, Rivera…)

If you’ve tried out this kit, or would like to, comment below.

Love,

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February 20, 2016

REVIEW: (Kaepop) Colourpop x Karrueche Collection

Karrueche and Colourpop teamed up to for this collab of Super shock shadows (eye shadows), Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks, Blushes and Highlights or Super Shock Cheeks as Colourpop calls them. The collection launched on the Colourpop website (click here) on February 4th and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Colourpop has been one of the few brands that though, haven’t been in the industry for as long as MAC and other brands, have gained my trust in the quality and affordability of their products. They are also one of the few companies that display swatches on ALL skin tones, and have proven to be the most true to color. I love Colourpop and I love Karrueche so it seemed obvious that I should get my hands on the collection.

  1. Super Shock Shadows (eye shadows)

There are four shadows in the collection, Wilshire (Mid tone warm peachy beige in a Matte Finish); Crenshaw (Warm saddle brown in a Matte Finish); Beverly (Deepened blackberry in a Matte Finish); & Sunset Blvd (Warm golden bronze in a Pearlized Finish), which retails for $20 as a set. There is also the option of getting them individually, which retails for $5 per shadow and you get 1 oz of shadow.

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PROS:

  • Colourpop shadows are usually very creamy
  • They have good pay off for the most part
  • Long lasting/wearing
  • The pearlized shadows are very pigmented
  • Good range of day to night colors
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • You have to seal the lids of these shadows every time you use them, otherwise they get hard and is not as pigmented
  • Beverly looked so promising, however, when I swatched it, it didn’t seem as pigmented as I imagined
  • The eyeshadow collection had 3 matte shades and 1 pearlized, it could have been 2 pearlized and 2 mattes as I much prefer Colourpop pearlized shadows than their mattes
  • Glo up (highlighter) and Sunset Blvd (eye shadow) are pretty much the same colors, and I just feel like each item should be different. I would just get Sunset Blvd ($5) and use it as both an eye shadow and a highlighter and save the $8

Ps. These shadows are best used with your fingers or a synthetic brush

2.  Glo Up (Super Shock Cheek)

There are 3 Super Shock Cheeks in the Kaepop collection, Bronze Me (bronzer), Flush’d (blush) and Glo Up (highlight). I got Glo Up and I must say that it is amazing. Again, all of Colourpop Super Shocks are so creamy and well-pigmented and Glo Up is no different. The website describes this color as “A rich gold with flashes of golden copper in a Pearlized Finish”, and I couldn’t agree more. These Super Shock Cheeks retail for $8 and it comes in 1.5 oz, so it is a little bigger than the eye shadows. I give Glo Up 5 stars.

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PROS:

  • Really affordable for a highlighter
  • A lot of product for the price (1.5 oz for $8)
  • So creamy (very pigmented) and applies to the skin very well (not blotchy like some highlighters)
  • My favorite item in the collection
  • True to color (true gold highlight)
  • No fall out, or highlight going all over your face

CONS:

  • Same/similar color as Sunset Blvd

PS. I prefer to use my fingers to apply Glo Up, but a duo-fiber brush is good also

3. Ultra Matte Liquid lipsticks

There are three liquid lipsticks in the collection, Kae (a deep warm yellow brown), Rooch (a deepened russet wine), and Chi (a cool tone nude beige) and comes with its matching lip liners. These retail for $6 each and lip liners are $5 each. You get 1 oz of product which is really good for the price. Colourpop is known for their affordable liquid lipsticks which have really good quality however, in my experience the darker colors like Limbo and LAX have not been their best formulas. I must say that when I swatched both Kae and Rooch, Kae seemed fine but Rooch was very drying and the consistency was not smooth at all.  I didn’t get Chi, as I thought it would have been too cool for my skin tone.

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PROS:

  • I like that it had different packaging, the Kaepop Ultra Mattes have gold accents instead of the usual silver
  • Decent range of colors for all skin tones
  • Kae seems to have a better formula than its counterpart, Limbo
  • The matching lip liners is a good idea as you don’t have to search around for the matching liner

CONS:

  • I have to say that the lippies are my least favorites
  • The formula of Rooch is similar to LAX, its not smooth and it flakes in no time
  • I wish the collection had more unique shades as they have similar colors in their original line (Rooch is similar to LAX, Kae is a dupe for Limbo, Chi seemed to be an unique color though). Rooch and Kae are just too similar
  • Inconsistency with the formula
  • More everyday or day time appropriate colors should have been included as that’s what Karrueche is mostly seen wearing

PS. These work better when your lips are exfoliated before (lip scrub recipe here), and be very precise in your application of the darker colors especially

If you’ve tried anything from the Kaepop collection, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

Love,

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August 18, 2015

NUDE MAC lipsticks for medium-dark, dark skin tones

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I wear a nude/mauve lip almost everyday and for every occasion (see Instagram), that is,  if I’m not wearing Heroine (MAC). So I’m always in search of the next best nude, especially for my skin tone. I love nude lippies, I think its so versatile and easy to wear but I always have to be careful not to look like I’m dead or used chalk as lipstick, as nudes are so close to my skin tone.

If you are a medium, medium deep or deep skin tone, you should stick with more mauve shades of nude instead of the light brown nudes. Mauve tends to flatter warmer skin tones as it picks up the pink/orange undertones in the skin. If you can’t find the perfect nude lippie, or just looking for an everyday lipstick, then keep reading…

Fun facts about MAC Lipsticks:

– all are $17USD, $135 TTD

– long-wearing (especially with a lipliner underneath)

– highly-pigmented

– moisturizing

– over 186 shades

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1. Mehr- (dirty blue pink) this is a matte lipstick but its very moisturizing. The color is really amazing and can be worn everyday like all of these lipsticks. It is similar to “Twig” from MAC which has been my favorite for some years now.

2. Up the Amp (lavender violet) I am falling in love with this color more and more every time I wear it. Its amazing because at a glance it looks purple, but it really just gives a different gradient of mauve to me. I love this color, I wouldn’t use it for everyday, but I sure can use it to spice up any look for any occasion.

3. Cosmo- (pink coco) this is my least favorite of the 5. I think it’s a little lighter than expected, but its workable. It doesn’t make your lips look like chalk trust me. It gives an amplified finish, and I would not wear it everyday, though it is quite flattering.

4. Verve-  (muted brownish-plum) I am blown away by this lipstick. It is just perfect. I was getting tired of the same shades of nude/mauve but this is a must-have. Its a perfect balance between dark and nude. I love love love this color. I think it would also pair beautifully with Stone lipliner from MAC.

5. Fast play- (neutral pink) this is very comparable to ‘Amorous’ from MAC. It’s a deeper shade of mauve but I would so wear this everyday, or on those days where I just want to look different. What’s best about this color, is that it can be paired with any color and any skin tone. It looks flattering on NC 42-NC 50 skin tones and it gives a nice satin finish.

Which of these do you like? Did your favorite MAC lippies make the list?

Love,

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July 13, 2015

Review: June beauty favorites

I have been obsessed with these products lately, so I just had to share them with you. These products have made my makeup routine easier and it’s worth the money.

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation ($39USD)

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My shade: Tan Deep Honey

YAY: The best part about this foundation is that it provides sun protection, it has buildable coverage and it feels very light weight. It has non-chemical sunscreen filters and fragrance free so it is great for those with acne or acne prone skin. It also provides a powdery finish for normal to oily skin. And because of its buildable coverage, I wear it as a BB cream as well as a full coverage foundation. The most popular shades are Fair, Ivory (both excellent for very light skin tones), Light, Tan, and Tan Deep. Light Medium is slightly peach while Medium has a yellow tinge that requires careful inspection in daylight to ensure it matches well. The darkest shade (Deep) is slightly orange but you can work around it. This is a must-have.

NAYIt is pricey; sometimes it can be difficult to blend

2. Artist Couture by Angel Merino in Mermaid Fantasy ($26.99USD)


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YAY: This shade is one of the best highlighters I have ever seen. Its turquoise shimmer gives it its unique look. It is long-wearing and the shimmer can be intensified by Fix + spray. I also use this as an eyeshadow as well. The color is payoff is great and a little goes a long way.

NAY: It is pricey for a small amount

3. MakeupGeek Eyeshadow pan in Mermaid ($5.99USD)

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YAY: I can’t begin to express how much I love MUG eyeshadows in general and Mermaid is no exception. The quality is amazing, and it looks good on any skin tone. It’s so creamy and can be intensified with Fix +.

NAY: You would need a Z palette for an e/s pan

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills contour refill in Carob ($14USD)

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YAY: I had been searching for the perfect contour shade for medium to dark skin tones without that muddy look. This refill is not only the perfect shade but it is long wearing and a little goes a long way.

NAY: You would need a palette to store the refills

5. LA GIRL Pro Conceal in Orange ($5USD)

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YAY: These PRO Conceals are very much comparable to the Prolong wear concealers. It is full coverage and very creamy. This corrector in particular, helps get rid of hyperpigmentation and dark circles, and a little does go a long way because it is very pigmented.

NAY: The packaging can sometimes make you lose a lot of product

6. Smashbox Photo Finish primer ($36USD)

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YAY: This primer is life!! It really keeps your makeup on all night, tried and tested! It also creates such a smooth base which makes makeup easy to apply. It doesn’t clog your pores like some primers and isn’t oily. It works especially for rough skin textures.

NAY: It’s pricey

7. MAC sized to go pigment in Rose ($10USD)

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YAY: These pigments are out of this world pigmented and the specs of gold and rose gold throughout this pigment is insane. I only use a little at a time and it goes along way. It works just for a pop of color and is great for prom and special events. Depending on the angle and lighting, you might see several colors coming out of this one pigment. I also love this cute size because I can take it everywhere and it fits snug in my kit.

NAY: Pigments can be a little messy

8. The makeup bulle($14.95)

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YAY: This product is a must-have for makeup artists as well as makeup enthusiasts on the go. It blends from cream to powder in an instant and because it fits snug on your finger, it makes getting hard to reach corners, easier. The texture of the bullet is similar to the Beauty Blender so you know the quality is great. You just pop it on your finger and blend. The size is also pretty universal so no need to worry. Quick and simple; the price isn’t too bad either considering you would have it for a long time.

NAY: You may need to dampen it a bit to blend creams

9. House of Lashes in Siren ($9USD)

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YAY: HOS lashes have awesome quality because they’re made with 100% human hair. It’s so wispy and flirty but at the same time it looks really natural. You can wear these for any occasion and with the right glue, it lasts all night long. #LASHGAMESTRONG

NAY: For lashes, they can be pricey, but it’s worth it trust me

10. Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($30USD)

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YAY: I saved the best for last. OMG, THIS IS THE BEST SETTING SPRAY EVER!!! I used this for the first time at 2pm, I went outdoors until 7pm and then went to a concert and got home at 2am and makeup didn’t crease and I didn’t look oily at all. I was so surprised because not even my Fix + spray or Model in a Bottle does that. This spray is amazing and I would highly recommend it.

NAY: The price, but its totally worth every penny

I hope you enjoyed my June favorites, comment below which are your favs or anything you would like me to review next…

Love,

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April 25, 2015

COLOURPOP: WHERE THE LIGHT IS REVIEW (KATHLEENLIGHTS)

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I was so excited to receive these eyeshadows in the mail. Kathleenlights is one of my favorite Youtubers as well as Colourpop is one of my favorite eyeshadows, so it was just perfect when they came together to create this foursome. Overall, I’m in love with these shadows, all of Colourpop super shock shadows are very pigmented, long-wearing and is very velvety, so it came as no shock that these were just the same. My favorite color from the collection is Kathleenlights, it is just gorgeous on any skin tone and flattering for any occasion. Here’s a review of these shadows, which might I add, is $5 for one, total of $20USD. I mean its a win-win situation. Click here to buy.

1. Kathleenlights– this pearlized color is the most gorgeous blend of bronze, copper and gold. I have worn it in the daytime as well as the night and it is flattering all round. This color can be worn everyday, bridal looks or for special occasions. A lot can be done with this color and I’m noticing that the more I experiment with it. As most of Colourpop Super Shock Shadows, it is better to be applied with your fingers as it gives better pay off that way. One swipe is all you need for this stunning color. The only thing I can say about this color is that it is an exact dupe for MAC “Amber Lights”, so I’m not sure if that was intentional or what. Although, I’m not complaining because Amber Lights is $16 and Kathleenlights is $5.

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2. Blaze– this is a metallic color, and as most metallics I have my reservations because of the tremendous fall outs and sensitivity to flash photography. HOWEVER, this shadow does not have much fall out but you do get some flashback, not a lot with flash photography. There are specs of silver sparkles in this shadow, it is a beautiful gold color. I do believe that this color is similar to “So Quiche” from Colorpop, So Quiche has more pink metallics and Blaze has silver metallics, but the base color is similar.

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3. Cornelious- this is such a perfect shade of taupe is not even funny. I would usually use taupe from the Lorac Pro palette, but this one has better pay off. I use it as a transition color, but it would be pretty as a base or even a lid color. Its super creamy but still maintains a matte finish.

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4. Glow- I think this is a really versatile color, I’ve never seen any color like it. Its like a great mixture between white and cream (like a creamy vanilla). Its great for the inner corner or base or my favorite, the brow bone. I think this color is too light for tan skin tones, however you can make it work. It is a matte shade but its creamy, and also whats great about it is its versatility.

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Overall, these eyeshadows are such a great buy as you can use it for any occasion. Golds and coppers are flattering on every skin tone so you wouldn’t have to worry about if it would look good on you. The packaging is not the best as its a bit bulky to store in your makeup kit, but if thats not an issue for you, then I’d highly recommend this foursome. Colourpop is one of the best shadows I’ve seen, other than Makeupgeek Cosmetics, and they’re a affordable and long wearing.

If you love this foursome as well, comment below 🙂

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March 14, 2015

Review: Anastasia Contour Cream kit (medium)

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I had been in search of a great contour kit that had several contour shades and that I can use on different skin tones. I wanted a cream contour particularly because I have dry skin and I think that creams are easier to achieve a more sculpted look as the pay off is heavier than powders. So after much research, I decided to indulge in the Anastasia Coutour Cream kit in medium. Should you get it or leave it? Well keep on reading…

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This kit comes in 6 shades (as pictured above), which are mostly a combination of warm and cool tones. I would use warm coral as a corrector and I have to say it is very comparable to my holy grail for hyper-pigmentation, MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in peach lustre. My contour shade is chocolate, but if I wanted something more subtle, I would use cinnamon. Also, I use banana under my eyes and my cheekbones because it gives me a very natural highlight. Even though the color can look very intimidating in the kit, Banana blends really nicely, especially when I use Ben Nye Banana powder to set it.

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PROS:

– The consistency is very creamy, and it is super blendable. It works best with people with dry or even normal skin types.

– I love the medium kit especially for makeup artists as it gives you a wide range of shades to choose from. Even though it is medium, I believe that theres a contour shade for most skin tones in there. There is also the light and deep kits which I think was a really good idea as there are so many ranges of skin tones as it appeals to everyone.

– It is very pigmented and stays on all day. These are really true to color and therefore can give you that sculpted look you’ve longed for. I know that people with darker skin tones have a harder time finding that perfect contour shade and one that would be visible on the skin. If thats you, then this is the right palette for you as it is heavily pigmented, a little goes a long way.

– The versatility of this palette is beyond amazing. I use this kit for everyday as well as for a more glam look. The consistency of the creams are very buildable so you can achieve whatever look for your occasion.

CONS:

– A few shades, particularly Banana I find can be very drying. And as I use it under my eyes, thats not so good. I am now forced to use the highlight shades with Fix + or water to achieve a more dewy look.

– It can be a bit expensive. You get 6 shades for $40 but trust me its worth it.

So if you are thinking about getting this kit, you definitely should. Its versatile, blendable and super creamy. It might be expensive and some shades are drying but it will last a long time and you can always use a wet beauty blender.

If this review helps, don’t forget to share, comment and like if you like.

Love,

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February 19, 2015

Colour pop Super Shock Shadow review

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Firstly, I was soo excited to receive these Super Shock Shadows in the mail. They are all great quality, HIGHLY pigmented, and a cross between a shadow and a cream eye shadow as it feels like velvet to the touch. I think these shadows play games with your mind as they might look like one color but then you see other colors secretly appearing. The packaging is also very amazing and each order comes with a handwritten note, which I really enjoyed. The instructions stated that you should seal the shadows tightly to maintain the vibrancy of the shadow. They retail for about $5 (USD) each, which is amazing and can be found on www.colourpop.com. (all photos are taken with flash)

1. Get Lucky

This color is my favorite out of all the colors, if I can even choose. It is just your classical gold shadow with such a bold metallic sparkle. I feel like this would be my go-to color for day and night wear.

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2. Drift

This is just the most beautiful shade of garnet I have ever seen. This shadow has hints of black as well as some purple and pink, which combines to make it such an amazing eye look mostly for nighttime.

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3. So Quiche

Wow. Words cannot even express the amazingness of this shadow. It is can look like a bronze metallic shadow at first, but watching it closely, you notice the purple and pink specs that are dispersed throughout this shadow, all blended together to make this amazing color. It adds this futuristic touch to the eye and can be used to pop any makeup look.

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 4. Hammered

This shadow is a combination between bronze and gold and can be used as the perfect lid color. It has hints of pewter and olive green, bronze and gold specs throughout the shadow. It is really perfect for a night look coupled with a black or gold dress.

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 5. Roulette

This eyeshadow is beyond pigmented. If you think you like MAC Carbon, this eye shadow will have you second-guessing. Due to intensity of this black, it almost tricks your eye into thinking there are hints of navy in there. It is soo highly pigmented and such a deep black matte color, it only screams of one thing—the perfect smokey eye. This also would be a great outter V shadow, but a little will go a long way.

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6. Dare

I can understand where this shadow gets it name, as it is a bold and daring purple. With hints of pink within the vibrant purple, but you have to be careful with the execution of this color. This color reminds me of disco lights, but I dare you to wear it.

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 7. Envy

This super dark color is a combination of a black matte and pink and purple fairy dust. It is the perfect medium between Roulette and Dare, and because of its super black base, it would be suitable for nighttime glamour.

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 8. LA LA

I absolutely adore this rose gold color, as it is high intensity and can pop any eye look. It reminds me of melted jewelry in a pot and I can see myself using this everyday, especially in the inner corners of the eye.

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Which ones are you fav?

xoxo,

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January 28, 2015

Make-up kit must haves in 2015 (Basics edition)

Even if you’re not a pro makeup artist, and you’re just starting to get the hang of this whole “makeup thing,” then this post is for you. When starting your makeup kit you want to look for beauty items that are easy to work with, economical, and versatile. Here are the makeup items every woman needs to add to her kit in 2015:

1. BB CREAM/TINTED MOISTURIZER

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My recommendation: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer/ Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream

Find yourself a good BB cream that works for your skin type and add it to your makeup kit. BB creams work well on any skin type especially if you’re not a pro at blending foundation.

BB cream is easier to use than foundation, and its pretty easy to blend. You can rub it in with your hands alone, which is almost like you’re applying lotion to your face. Some BB creams even have SPF and are waterproof which is good for just a little extra coverage if you’re going to the beach/outdoors. [It] also has buildable coverage, which means, if one day you want some extra glam, just add two layers of BB cream and it will almost give you a full coverage foundation effect. Overall, I love BB creams  because they are versatile and is a must-have for every beginner makeup kit.

2. EVERYDAY NUDE LIPSTICK

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♥ My recommendation: MAC lipstick in Twig/Amorous 

You want to have an “Everyday” lipstick in your makeup kit. One that you can rock to work or school and that is glam enough to wear to a wedding or function. For me, MAC lipstick in Twig or Amorous gives me that versatility. Find a nude color that compliments your skin tone, one that you can blend into any outfit or any eye look. Some nudes are too pale on certain skin tones, and others are too dark. Find one that it looks like you’re wearing lipstick but not really. (Click here to see my fav MAC lipsticks right now)

3. BLOTTING PAPER

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My recommendation: Clean & Clear Hello Kitty Oil Absorbing sheets

Blotting paper is another make-up kit essential, especially if you have oily or combination skin. These ones particularly by Clean & Clear does a really good job at absorbing all the excess oil throughout the day. They lightweight, so its good to throw in your kit or even your purse and just whip it out whenever you need a touch-up.

4. FLAT TOP KABUKI/BUFFING BRUSH

My recommendation: ELF Powder brushReal Techniques Buffing brush

(Click the name to see where to buy it) When it comes to choosing a brush that you must put in your kit, these are by far my favorite brushes because of their versatility. I am not the kind of girl to have a hundred types of brushes in my bag, but I will have one that does practically everything. These brushes are by far my most used brushes as the shape of the brush allows it to apply foundation, apply blush, concealer, setting powder.. anything you want, a flat top kabuki/buffing brush can do.

5. MASCARA (mini)

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♥ My recommendation: Too Faced Better than Sex mascara (mini)

Mascara is a beauty essential as it can add dimension to any eye look, whether night or day, work or school. It makes the eye pop, and it can do things to your face that no other beauty item can do. I carry around a mini mascara in my makeup kit, mostly because of the size. This mascara in particular is great for top and bottom lashes, and with just one coat you can see great results, so theres no need to take around 100 mascaras, this one does the trick. It saves time, money and space in your kit.

6. LIP BALM

♥ My recommendation: EOS lip balm

Lip balm is definitely a must-have, for obvious reasons. You want to find a lip balm that is free of harmful chemicals, but moisturizing to your lips. EOS lip balm is particularly my fav, because its a Shea butter base, which is really moisturizing and doesn’t have all that harmful chemicals they put in makeup. You always want to make sure that your lips are well-moisutized, especially before applying lipstick.

7. A NEUTRAL PALETTE 

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♥ My recommendation: Wet n’Wild Trio- Walking on Eggshells

There are tons of neutral palettes out there, but this one has always been my favorite. I can’t get over how cute it is firstly, it fits in almost everything. The range of colors is really good because it has a champagne color (base), a darker color (crease), and a pearl color (highlight). This palette is very versatile and is good for any occasion. You can even double up and use the pearl color to highlight your face and the darker color to fill in your eyebrows. It even comes with a double-sided applicator, which is good for any beginner.

8. SETTING POWDER

♥ My recommendation: ELF High Definition Powder

This is by far my favorite all round setting powder. The versatility of this product is incomparable. I use it to set my under eye concealer as well as to set my foundation. I add a little to my eye lids, even if I haven’t applied primer, and it works just as efficient. It holds your makeup in place and it works well with oily/combo skin types as it takes away the shine. It doesn’t add color to your face, so it just sets and mattifies the foundation or whatever you’ve applied to your face.

9. BLUSH SHEETS

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♥ My recommendation: ELF Shimmer sheets

Blush sheets are more convenient than taking around a blush palette or a blushing powder. The sheets won’t break and mess up your purse, its handy so you can just throw in your purse without having to find a blush brush. Its compact and easy to use as you can just swipe it on your cheek and head out the door. You can even use it as a eye shadow if you wanted to. All round, the ease of this product over a blush powder makes it a beauty item that every woman should have in her kit.

10. EYEBROW PALETTE

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♥ My recommendation: ELF Brow Kit

Beauty items such as these are versatile and easy to use. It comes with an easy to use applicator, which makes filling your brows a breeze. There is a gel and a powder, and it comes in different shades. You can sculpt your brows using the gel first, then you set them in place with the powder. This retails for about $3-5USD which is actually quite a steal. If you’re just getting started with shaping and filling your brows, then this is the perfect starter kit.

What are some of your beauty items that would make it to this list?

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January 8, 2015

5 MAC products I cannot live without

I know finding the right products at MAC that actually works will require a lot of money and time. When I had only dream about wearing MAC makeup, I didn’t know what to buy or how to even ask the makeup artists what I wanted. Thus, I’ve compiled a list of MAC products that I simply adore that is not overrated and worth the cost. These are really the products I cannot skip in my makeup routine. What’s your MAC must-haves?

1. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($21USD)

I absolutely adore this product. I have to admit, I only bought it because of the hype. After using it for the first time, I fell in love. This is a multi-use product; I use it to make sure my entire eyelid is one color before I put on eye shadow. It keeps the eye shadow from creasing and keeps your eye shadow in place all day (trust me, I’ve tried it).

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2. MAC PREP+PRIME Skin Refined Zone Treatment ($22USD)

*Sings* I have big pores and I cannot lie. Every time I wear makeup, I end up seeing my pores first and then my makeup. A MAC MUA referred this product to me for people with big pores. I used this just before I put my makeup on the areas where my pores show the most (T-zone), and it has tremendously helped. It also will mattify your face, so is good for oily skin. I even prefer this to the Benefit POREfessional, which I used for several years. All round, this product is a savior, especially if you live in humid areas.

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3. MAC PREP+PRIME Highlighter in Peach Lustre ($26USD)

Seriously, I cannot live without this product! If you have hyperpigmentation, then you need to get this product. It cancels out the grey/dark areas around your eyes and mouth and sometimes, I wouldn’t even add concealer. If you want to conceal your under eye circles or simply even your skin tone, then this is the highlighter for you. I use this under my foundation and my skin looks flawless.

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4. MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Global Glow ($32USD)

This by far is the best highlighter I have EVER used. I would always see these girls on Instagram with their highlighter on fleek (leave that word in 2014), and I could never get mine to look like that without looking like a walking glitter glue. It has gold and bronze pigments with hints of champagne. This highlighter will compliment any skin tone and I seriously wear it everyday—it’s that amazing!

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5. MAC PREP+PRIME FIX+ ($22USD)

Everyone raves about the Fix+ Spray, and I’m about to rave about it again. This. Spray. Is. Amazing! I’m not sure which I love more, the smell or the multi-uses of this spray. I use Fix+ for almost everything in my makeup routine. To intensify eye shadow colors, mostly metallic colors, before and after I put makeup on, or added to my foundation to look more dewy. All in all, it is a great multi-use product that works amazing and is worth the hype. And well, it smells like roses.

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6. MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($19USD)

I know I said 5, but I could not help but mention this concealer. I am a NC45 and this has been the best concealer that I’ve tried so far. It really does a good job at hiding my under eye circles. It has yellow undertones, along with the consistency of this concealer makes it perfect to use on the top or under your brows and under my eyes or even on my lids. It’s does not prevent your eye shadow from creasing, if its one thing it might make it crease. So use it with a primer or Paint Pot if you’re gonna use it to even your eye lids.

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Love,

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November 23, 2014

DIY Lip scrub

Wearing lipstick can be such a good thing but a pain to take off. Here’s a quick and easy lip scrub that will remove your lip color or heal chapped lips, and add some moisture back to those lips. You’d need:

-1 tsp brown sugar (white would not be as effective)

– 1 tsp honey

– coconut oil (optional)

Combine ingredients together and apply to an old toothbrush or cloth and scrub lips until the lip color is removed. Rinse and pat dry. Your lips should feel soft and kissable 😉

If you tried this easy DIY to take care of your lips, comment below or post a pic using the #thatkhadineproject on Instagram or Twitter.

Love,

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