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Best Contouring Duo!


Contouring is a thing that has always been around, but it has become especially popular in the last couple of years and we can see that brands have picked up on that. Every brand seems to be coming out with contour powders, contour palettes, contour sticks, you name it!

Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder light and Sigma Emphasize Contour F57


Before I go on I want to say that I am a big fan of natural, fresh looking skin. Especially when it comes to my everyday makeup. I like my skin to look even, glowy and fresh. That´s why I love subtle contouring, it can make your face look more chiselled without making it too obvious.

Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder light and Sigma Emphasize Contour F57


To achieve this look and use my dream duo: Kevyn Aucoin´s Sculpting powder in Light and Sigma´s Emphasize Contour brush.

I love Kevyn Aucoin´s sculpting powder for many reasons; Now it comes in 3 different shades light, medium and deep. Therefore, no matter what your skin colour is your bound to find a shade that suits you.
The formula is quite dry, but don’t let that fool you if you have dry skin, it applies very smoothly and blends like a dream.
It has the right tone to mimic the look of a natural shadow and it lasts a decent amount of time.

Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder light and Sigma Emphasize Contour F57


The packaging is also adorable, very sleek and classy and perfect to pop in your bag if you feel like you want a touch-up thought your day.
I have to admit It is quite pricey, you get 4g for £35, ouch! But it does last for ages!
I have had mine for at least four months know and I use it on a daily basis and haven’t even made a dent to it.

Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder light and Sigma Emphasize Contour F57


If you’re looking for a beautiful subtle contour to wear to work or to school this little bad boy is all you´ll need. In my opinion it’s a great investment!

The brush you use for contouring is equally as important as the contouring product itself. If you don’t have the right brush you can end up looking like you have dirt streaks along your face, and unless that´s the look your going for it doesn’t look great.

Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder light and Sigma Emphasize Contour F57


I have tried many brushes, but my favourite one has to be Sigma´s Emphasize Contour brush. The hairs on the brush are cut in a curved shape that fits perfectly and comfortably underneath your cheek bones. The bristles are soft and densely packed making it really easy to blend the contour, and very importantly its cruelty free!

Sigma Emphasize Contour F57


The brush is a bit big and heavy ,I do have to admit but it’s the best contouring brush I have tried so far.

Swatch Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder light



Let me know what’s your favourite contouring technique?
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Batiste Vs Colab


The first time I saw a dry shampoo I was amazed by the concept! I though it was the the lazy girls way to wash your hair, so naïve!

Colab Batiste


Although now I know that a dry shampoo isn’t an alternative to conventional shampoos it really can be a lifesaver sometimes.

Through the past two years more and more companies have brought out their own dry shampoo and its sometimes hard to find the right one for you.

Today I want to compare Batiste vs Colab.

colab

Batiste was the first shampoo I ever tried and provably one of the first to arrive to the UK market. Now Batiste is a well established brand, it makes dry shampoo in all different scents and sizes and has even started to branch out.

Colab on the other hand, is one of the newest additions to the dry shampoo family. This brand has grown very popular very fast thanks to the team they have behind, a model recommends, the Pixiwoo sisters, just to name a few.

But which one do I think is best?

Colab Batiste

I love batiste because it does the dirty work! When my hair has gone one day too long without a wash Batiste always helps my hair look cleaner, partly due to the formula being quite thick. Batiste does tend to leave white residue on your hair, which fades once you massage it thoroughly.

Colab has a thinner mist and doesn’t leave as much white cast as Batiste but I have to say it doesn’t do such a good job at covering greasy hair. On the other hand, I do feel it is a much better product if you want to add a bit of volume to second day hair.

So who wins this battle? I would say it´s a tie. Batiste is better for greasy hair days, and Colab is better to liven up second day hair.


Let me know which is your favourite dry shampoo?
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Tart Tartelette in Bloom Palette



I have lusted over the Tart Tartelette in Bloom palette ever since I saw it. Not only is the packaging adorable but all the colours looked lovely and I am a sucker for neutral eyeshadow palettes.



Tart Tartelette in Bloom palette
 


Tart Tartelette in Bloom palette

Getting hold of this palette wasn’t easy, I went to the QVC website on various occasion until I saw they were selling but unfortunately the Tartelette in Bloom palette was out of stock and only available on waitlist. If you sign up on the waitlist you will only be charged for the product if it becomes available within 90 days.


So when I received an email from QVC a few months later saying that my order had been shipped I was a pleasantly surprised.But enough story time, lets get into the review.



Tart Tartelette in Bloom palette

This is a beautifully packaged product. Very slick and slim with a huge mirror, making it the perfect travel companion, tried and tested!
The palette offers 12 beautiful neutral shades, with 3 of those shades being shimmers and 9 being matte.

The shadows are colour coordinated in three rows. The first row offers cool tone shades, the second row has more neutral shades and the third row offer warm toned shades. Making this palette very versatile and perfect for all occasions. 

Tart Tartelette in bloom swatches
First Row: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker and Smokeshow
Tart Tartelette in bloom swatches
Second Row: Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecraker and activist


Tart Tartelette in bloom swatches
Third Row: Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and Leader

The shadows have a bit of fall out, but they are very easy to blend, have good pigmentation and last all day.


I do have to admit that I never wear eyeshadow without applying eye primer first, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on how well they perform without a primer.


These shadows are scented very similarly to the Too faced chocolate bar palette, which is a bit weird but honestly I don’t mind.


Tart Tartelette in Bloom Swatches

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I personally love this palette, all the colours are very wearable. I can honestly can say that I would wear every single shade.


Have you tried this palette? Let me know what you think!



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