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Showing posts with label contour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contour. Show all posts

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick Review & Giveaway!

Color correcting may be all the rage for 2016, but lets not forget that contouring and highlighting ruled 2015 and hasn't gone anywhere. I have a set of these myself already so I figured I could do a give away for my followers! The winner will receive all 4 brand new perfection sticks 2 with boxes and 2 without (I can't find the other 2 boxes): Fair, Medium, Tan and Deep.

These perfection sticks make it much easier to draw your contour lines to get that chiseled to perfection look and the lighter colors are perfect for highlighting the under eye. You can also use these to conceal any blemishes or redness; a real multitasker. 

To enter the giveaway:
*US ONLY* Ends March 25th

1. Follow me on Instagram @beautyandablog
2. Tag 3 friends in the comments
3. Post the picture on Instagram and hashtag #beautyandabloggiveaway

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lorac Contour Kit

Hey babes, just a heads up! Ulta is having an exclusive pre-sale for all platinum members. So if you're a platinum member and have been wanting this contour kit, now is your chance! They have a limited supply so hurry while supplies last! The actual release for everyone will be 6/14 and they will be releasing in store on 6/28!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

e.l.f. Brushes Coming Soon

3 new beautiful brushes coming in March; one for contour, blending, and brows! These drugstore companies are really stepping their game up! No other details yet but I'll keep you updated! Their brushes normally go for around $3 so lets hope they kept that price point for these beauts. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit

For those of you that have heard Anastasia Beverly Hills is coming out with a cream contour kit, here are some swatches! What do you think? I would need the light/medium palette for my skin tone and I absolutely love the colors! They look super pigmented and blendable as well. I'm really glad they made one for each skin tone, though. I love when they have a range for every person's needs. They are $40 each and they will be available February 17th!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Game Changer!

Can we all agree that Anastasia Beverly Hills changed the contour game with her contour kit? Okay, but THIS is really the game changer. Like I can't even contain my excitement! How many of you have seen your MUAs or YouTube gurus with this contour book? It will be available to the public on February 10th for a super limited time! Please lawwdddd don't let this sell out before I get my hands on it. Like what?! Is this real life? How many of you are also excited about this? It retails for $100 which isn't a bad price for this and from what I've seen it's pretty big! But OMG!

EDIT: ABH changed the price from $100 to $150. I don't know how a company can just change the price after already releasing the announcement but okayyyy. I mean I feel like $100 was reasonable and $150 is a little pricey but is anyone still interested after the price increase?


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Step by Step Highlight & Contour

A couple days ago I posted about highlight & contour products. Okay, so you have the tools, but what now what do you do with them? A lot of you may have questions on how to achieve a contoured face. I know you have all seen the crazy looking images out there with the harsh lines of bronzer and highlighter all over the face, but how many of you actually know what it's for? That's why I'm here to help!
Below are two images of Nicole Guerierro with her face highlighted and contoured before blending. These images were screen shot from her video How To Highlight and Contour where she shows you the left half of her face in drug store products and the right half of her face in high end products. Please note that people highlight and contour many different ways, so this is not the only way to highlight and contour, it's just a good reference.
For those of you that don't know, highlighting is a technique to accentuate specific areas of your face and to help bring specific areas forward whereas contouring is the opposite. Contouring is to almost hide certain areas or push them back. It is basically a way of creating the illusion that your face is exactly how you want it to be (i.e. high cheek bones, smaller forehead, smaller nose) So what are all these lines of bronzer and blotches of highlighter all over her face?
First, let's start with the bronzer. The 3 lines on the sides of her forehead, once blended, will make her forehead appear smaller than it is. The lines down the bridge of her nose will make her nose appear slimmer than it is. The slanted line in the middle of her face going from her ear to the middle of her cheek is to make her cheekbones look higher and her face look slimmer. The lines on her jaw and chin, as shown in the image of her side profile, will make her jaw appear more chiseled and if she has a double chin, it will make the illusion that there is no double chin. 
The highlighter on the other hand, as mentioned above, are the things you want to stand out. The spot in the middle of her forehead is to accentuate that part of her forehead. The line of highlight (or concealer) down the middle of the bridge of her nose is to make it look like that is . The triangular shape underneath her eye is to conceal dark circles and make her under eye area appear bright, making her look more awake. The highlight line just under her cheek bone is called a reverse contour, not everyone does this, but this is to make your cheek contour stand out and look more defined. The small spot on her chin is to make everything kind of go together. If her chin was all bronzed out, it would look a little odd. You need to balance your face so highlighting your chin gives you that balance. 
Quick tip: When using bronzer, be sure it's a matte bronzer and not a shimmery one. A matte bronzer is meant for contouring. A shimmery bronzer will make your face just look muddy and your face will appear more full, giving you the opposite effect of contouring.
Thank you for viewing :)
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Year Of The Contour

As many of you may have noticed, contouring kits and tools have become a huge hit this year. Almost every makeup company is coming out with them, including some drug store brands! And they just keep pouring out! Here are most of the contour kits that are available ranging from $12-$50.
NYX Wonder Contour Stick $11.99
For being so affordable, I'm surprised I haven't heard much about this product since contouring it the latest thing. Unfortunately I don't have much to say about it because I haven't personally tried it and haven't heard any reviews on it. So if you've tried it, comment what you're experience was with it!

Sephora Contouring 101 Face Palette $28
This palette looks pretty interesting to me. This is another one I have not heard many reviews on which I suppose is because it's pretty new to the market. But at $28 it's not a bad price.
NYX Contour Kit $30
This palette I'm a little iffy on. It's NYX, which means it's a drug store brand, yet it's $30. But let's do the math: the palette is $30 and it has 8 shades (that are interchangeable) that means each individual shade is $3.75 which honestly is a great deal! Plus the palette is re-usable so I guess you're getting a pretty good deal on this!
LancĂ´me Le Duo Stick $36
This is a dual-ended highlight and contour stick with 5 different shades to choose from. These don't really speak to me, but it's pretty much the high end version of the NYX Wonder Stick I mentioned above.
Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Kit $36
This palette is so pretty! You get a bronzer in Park Ave Princess, highlighter in Champagne Gold, and blush in Posh all in one and it is just such pretty colors. This really appeals to me and I was afraid it was limited edition and thankfully it's not!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit $40
Anastasia, you started it all! This was one of the first contour kits on the market that everyone had to have and now because of this one palette there are tons similar to it! This is the high end version of the NYX palette. It is $10 more and only 6 shades instead of 8, but from what I hear about this palette, it is amazing blazing!
Becca Lowlight/Highlight Palette $42
So we all know that Becca's blushes and highlighters are bomb dot com, so maybe their contouring creams will be just as good. The only downside to this is that it only comes in one shade which is pictured below.
Smashbox Trio $45
Oh my goodness, give me! Jaclyn Hill raved about these contour sticks and now I need them in my life. They just seem so convenient, especially for traveling. The set includes a bronzer, a highlighter, and a contour as well as a sharpener!
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour $45
This is pretty much the palette version of the trio sticks. So if you aren't really gravitating towards the sticks and want a palette, this is for you! It also comes with the angled brush as shown in the image.
Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette $46
This palette has soooo much hype right now. I've heard this is better than the Anastasia contour kit but shhhh! You didn't hear that from me. I definitely have my eye on this palette, but I don't think I would get any use out of the darkest shade because of how fair I am. But this is a very popular contour palette at the moment. The shades it comes with are as followed:
Light powder in Lucid (pinkish nude), Lyric (yellow beige), Levitation (soft peach)
Sombre (true taupe), Shadowplay (soft brown), Subconscious (deep brown) 

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Palette $48
The good thing about this palette is that it comes in 11 different shades so there is a wide variety of colors to suit each person's skin tone. The somewhat downside is that this says it is just a "touch up" palette. I haven't heard too much on this palette so I'm not sure how true that is and I don't know if it can be used as a true contour palette, but it's definitely great for on the go to touch up your contour and highlight throughout the day. This palette includes:
Skin Foundation Stick, Corrector, Creamy Concealer, and a Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette $50
This palette is personally too dark for my complexion, but for all you deep toned women out there, this is perfect for you! It's definitely on the pricey side, but I know there aren't a ton of options out there for darker girls unfortunately. But the price might be worth it for you if you're having a hard time finding a contour kit to fit your needs. This palette includes Contour #1, Contour in Medium #2, Deep #3, Highlight #1, and Highlight #2
Do you have any of these contour kits? If so, which ones and what are your thoughts on it?!
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Friday, January 2, 2015

New Products for 2015

Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette
I seriously love any Lorac shadows because they're always so pigmented. I have actually been eyeing the original Unzipped palette for awhile and now I want this one as well! Whyyyyy do they do this to us? Just take all my money, Lorac. I haven't heard about a release date yet, but I'll be sure to update you once I do!

Makeup Forever 50 Shades of Grey
I personally have not read the books or seen the movie, but this collection is said to be based off of the actual makeup they used for the set of the movie. How cool?! Plus MUFE quality is always according to many people! This collection is already out, so go hurry before they're gone. The collection is limited edition!

Real Techniques Metal Brushes
I'll admit, I'm interested in these brushes because they're very sleek and pretty, MUCH better looking than RT's old brushes, but the price? Really? For those prices you can get MAC brushes. Are they worth a try? Ulta is already carrying these so go check them out if you're interested!

Kat Von D Contour Palette Shade & Light
Contouring is becoming more and more popular now and I feel like many people are starting to come out with contour palettes. This one looks interesting and I feel like there are shades that would suit my fair skin tone. But the darkest one I would never touch because it would be too dark on me.

E.L.F Skincare Line
Say whatttt? For as cheap as the products are, I actually think the quality is half decent. So I'm actually excited they came out with a skin care line. I want to do some more research on what ingredients they used, but I'm excited to try it.

Maybelline Pastels
Just in time for Spring to arrive! Pastel lipsticks from Maybelline. I have a feeling these are going to be a huge hit just like their Matte lipsticks. I've heard they're on the shelves right now! Have at em, girls ;)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highlighting and Contouring: Make-up 101

Make-up works wonders! If worn properly, it can hide all the right angles and bring out those that you want to accentuate. Highlighting and contouring has become extremely popular in the world of make-up artistry. Let's first explain what highlighting and contouring is. Highlighting is making certain areas of your face lighter to bring those features forward and bring attention to them, whereas contouring is making areas darker to set back and retract attention from those areas.

I have to admit, I feel like I'm putting on war paint or Indian paint when doing this because before the makeup is blended, it looks like a bunch of harsh thick lines all over your face. It looks super funny at first, but once it's blended it looks FAB! Truthfully, many people say that contouring gives the illusion of plastic surgery, altering parts of the face to look smaller or bigger. Who would want to go through plastic surgey when you can just contour?! Here's an example showing why I feel like I'm putting on war paint:

She looks gorgeous after the makeup is blended in! But the before picture can be a little intimidating if you've never contoured before. Don't be alarmed!

Above I mentioned contouring and highlighting can make you look like you've had plastic surgery, below is a picture that you can  tell there is a difference in the facial features. The end result gives her a slimmer face because of the contoured cheeks and her nose looks a lot smaller. Incredible, right?!
So how do you achieve this look with highlighting and contouring? Well, for starters - get the right products. There are a million different products out there that you can use, but the ones I use are NYX matte bronzer powder for the contour and I use my NYX HD Photogenic concealer in beige (about two shades lighter than my skintone) for my highlighter. I set my highlight with NYX illuminator powder in Ritualistic. These are all drugstore products for all you bargain beauties!

But I'm starting to dabble in the high end makeup, so I will update once I use those products. I heard MAC Pro Longwear concealer is great for highlighting so I might try that next! In any case, there are tons of products to choose from, you just have to find the ones that work for you. There are both liquid and powder highlighters, illuminators, and some people just use concealer. For contour they have cream and powder products. I'm always overwhelmed when going to get makeup because there are SO many options! But just do some research to see which one you would like best! Or if worst comes to worst, do some trial and error. Makeup is all about practice and trying new things, so don't be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone or your normal, everyday make-up look.

There are tons of tutorials on YouTube for contouring, but as far as where to put the highlight and where to put the contour, below is a guide for you. Highlight under your eyes, the center of your forehead, down the middle of your nose, cupids bow, middle of your chin, and under your cheek.

To contour, I do my cheeks, the sides of my chin, each side of my nose, the sides of my forehead, and I know this picture doesn't show it, but I also do the top of my forehead near my hair line.
I hope I made this easy enough for you to follow. If you have any questions please email me at

*Note: I do not own any of these photos*