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Showing posts with label highlight. Show all posts
Showing posts with label highlight. 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

Monday, February 9, 2015

New From Too Faced

Too Faced just keeps rolling out the new products and I am not complaining! These products are part of their Summer collection. They're coming out with a new eyeshadow palette called "Sugar Pop" with colorful shades and a beautiful matte Blackberry color. They're also coming out with a new trio of powders called "Selfie Powders" which is supposed to give you a "filtered" look such as the filters on Instagram.

Sugar Pop Palette
You can find this gorgeous, colorful palette here:
Rock Candy, Strawberry Ice, Peach Fuzz, Macaron, Sugared Violet, Bubblegum, Malted Milk Ball, Blackberry, and Blue Raspberry

Selfie Powders

You can find this product and more information here:
L to R: Sunrise, Totally Toasted, Moon River

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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.
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Glisten & Glow: Highlighters

I've been obsessing over highlighters lately. I decided to pick a few up and I'm so pleased with my picks! I'm sure many of you love a good glisten on your cheek bones so if you do, be sure to check some of these out. 

I've heard tons about Mary-Loumanizer by The Balm and they had a 50% off sale during the holidays so I decided to grab Cindy-Lou also since it's said to suit fair skin better than Mary-Lou does. Personally I like Mary-Lou better, but the pigmentation on both of them is absolutely amazing! I see why everyone is always suggesting this brand of highlighters.

I originally wasn't planning on getting these bad boys (L- Pink Glow, R- Bronze Glow), but I am sooo glad that I did because now everyone is after them and they're sold out everywhere! These are my first beauty products from Bobbi Brown and I am literally in love. I mean, seriously, look at how pretty they are! I think the bronze glow is more pigmented than the pink glow, but they are both just so pretty. I'd say the pink glow is probably more for people with fair skin and the bronze is more for people with a darker, olive complexion.  The price on these weren't bad either. at $45 a pop, I think it was a steal!

This was a last minute impulse buy, but then again what isn't anymore lol. The highlighter doesn't look that nice while packaged, but on the skin it is gorgeous! Perfect for someone with a tan or olive complexion.

Oh, Chanel. *insert emoji with heart eyes*. If you know me, you know I'm absolutely obsessssseed with Chanel. Absolutely, hands down, one of my favorite brands for anything - handbags, shoes, beauty, etc. But this, THIS, is just perfection. It is said that is was created with inspiration from diamonds and feathers and dear lawwwdd did they capture that. It is a pearly, iridescent highlight that is just to die for. I'm so sad this is limited edition, I don't ever want to run out of it! The price on this is a bit steep, though. I had to justify myself spending $70 on a highlighter, but I think it was well worth it!

Top (without flash) Bottom (with flash)
L - R: Mary-Loumanizer, Cindy-Loumanizer, BB Pink Glow, BB Bronze Glow, Burberry Gold Glow, Chanel Camelia de Plumes


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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*