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Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette

12 Feb

Hi beauties!

I’ve had my eye on the Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette forever, and finally picked it up during a Sephora VIB sale last year.

Three words about this palette: I’m in love. đź’ž

This pressed powder palette comes with a silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a travel-ready compact with a magnetic closure. It comes in five choices:

  • Naked–bronzer (medium bronze satin)/ highlighter soft pink-nude shimmer)/ blush (dusty rose w/ hint of shimmer)
  • Going Native–bronzer (medium-light bronze w/shimmer)/ highlighter (soft pink shimmer)/ blush (bright pink matte)
  • Nooner–bronzer (medium bronze matte)/ highlighter (pale nude shimmer) blush (dusty rose matte)
  • Sesso–bronzer (deep bronze w/gold pearl)/ highlighter (soft champagne)/ blush (deep mauve matte)
  • Streak–bronzer (pale bronze matte)/ highlighter (peachy shimmer)/ blush (bright coral)
  • Strip–bronzer (deep bronze shimmer)/ highlighter (golden shimmer)/ blush (deep mauve)

I chose the Naked version of the palette. With its highly pigmented formula, it’s perfect for all contouring occasions!

  • The medium matte bronzer works well on my fair skin, but it could also suit darker skin tones.
  • The highlighter is a soft-pink shimmer. The light-diffusing particles in the powder create a pretty glow with just minimal application.
  • The dusty rose blush is giving me color during the dull days of winter. For the summer, I plan on blending the bronzer and blush together with a kabuki brush for a deeper color.

Since the Naked version is on the rose (or pink) side, I’m now dreaming about the Streak palette which has peach tones. Maybe, this beauty purchase will have to wait for another VIB sale.

Clarins Limited Edition Face Contouring Palette

1 Mar

Clarins Face Contouring Palette

If you’ve been wondering about the state of contouring these days, one of Clarins’ spring makeup launches may have some clues.

The limited edition Face Contouring Palette contains long-wearing powders enriched with organic sweet almond oil, as well as an anti-pollution complex to protect skin.

The trio of matte powders comes in a chic gold compact with a large mirror. The universal shades, which represent a more subtle approach to contouring, are:

  • Highlighter (light beige) brightens dark areas.
  • Contour (medium brown) corrects and minimizes prominent areas.
  • Blush (soft rose) enhances the cheekbones.

While the highlighter is on the light side, the contour and blush are pigmented enough to define and sculpt, and add a healthy and pretty flush of color. The texture of the powders is also soft and blendable.

Contouring Brush

The star of the palette is the small angled brush that helps to easily define facial contours. The curvy brush, which has natural bristles, is tailored for precise contouring. I found that it easily fit the contours of my face and helped to sculpt the cheekbones area. I also used it to define the sides of the nose.

Using the Face Contouring Palette

  1. Apply the highlighter shade to the center of the forehead, upper eyelids, above cheekbones, nose, and the area just above lip and chin.
  2. Apply the neutral brown shade to the top of the forehead, sides of your nose, beneath the cheekbones and the sides of the chin.
  3. Apply the blush shades to the apples of your cheeks.

To make it even easier, the palette includes a handy card with instructions to make sure you get this subtle on-the-go style of contouring just right.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Budget Beauty Essentials: e.l.f. Cosmetics

29 Aug


Hello beauties!

Have you tried e.l.f. cosmetics yet?

I know there are a lot of e.l.f. fans out there. Count me in because this drugstore brand definitely proves that you don’t have to spend megabucks for high-quality beauty products. I also love the e.l.f. mission which is “to make luxurious beauty accessible for all women to play beautifully.”

If you love palettes and primers, here are two budget beauty essentials that you have to check out. With so many choices at low prices, this beauty brand is definitely going to test your inner makeup junkie will power.

e.l.f. Contour Palette

This no-fuss contour compact comes with a good-sized mirror and four pigmented colors designed for contouring, shading, sculpting, brightening, and highlighting:

  • The first shade is an off-white color for highlighting that blends well and provides just a touch of shimmer.
  • The second shade (next to the highlighter) is a brightening shade you can also use to cover imperfections.
  • The third shade is a medium bronze for contouring in your favorite areas.
  • The fourth shade is a deeper bronze (with no orange tones) for drama or darker skin tones.

TIP: Since the pans are smaller in this contour palette, use a smaller contouring brush to avoid picking up other colors.

What’s also clever about this palette is that the pans in the palette are removable. Turn the palette over and you can pop out the shades and mix and match them with shades from other e.l.f. palettes.

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Primer

I love primers and the price (under $10) is right for e.l.f.’s Mineral Infused Primer.

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