6 New Contouring Products For Spring 2015

contouring products spring 2015

Contouring must be the most feared word in the makeup world. Once a well-kept makeup artists’ secret, it was made popular by the Kardashian sisters, who skilfully use it to slenderize, sculpt, and highlight their faces.

This technique can do wonders for your face, but it is not the easiest to learn. I still struggle a bit with it, and reserve it only for special occasions. But contouring is going to be a big trend this year.

Beauty companies want us to make contouring and highlighting part of our everyday makeup routine, and to help us get the hang of it have created lots of kits, palettes and chubby sticks in buildable, easy-to-blend formulas. Here are my favourite picks:

LAURA MERCIER FLAWLESS CONTOURING PALETTE ($50.00)
A very talented makeup artist, Laura Mercier knows the secret to everyday contouring is to be discrete. That’s why her Flawless Contouring Palette features five dark sculpting and light highlighting shades in delicate, buildable, and easy-to-blend creamy formulas that allow a flawless and foolproof application. Every single time.

KAT VON D SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE ($46.00)
An expert sketch artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits. To help you effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition, she has created the Shade + Light Contour Palette. It features three matte bronzers and three matte highlighters that capture the true hues of shadow and light. This allows you to create realistic shadows to recede facial features and impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension.

SMASHBOX STEP-BY-STEP CONTOUR STICK TRIO ($45.00)
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio provides a very easy way to contour your face. All you need to do is swipe the three chubby cream pencils where you want to shade, sculpt, and highlight your face, and then blend, blend, blend! The middle shade, bronzer, provides a smooth transition that eliminates the look of harsh lines for a flawless look.

BECCA LOWLIGHT/HIGHLIGHT PERFECTING PALETTE ($42.00)
Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette features a cream highlighter based off Becca’s popular Shimmering Skin Perfector to make your skin glow and a Lowlight Sculping Perfector to add depth and definition. It is said to work well on all skin types.

SEPHORA CONTOURING 101 FACE PALETTE ($28.00)
Sephora wins the award for cuteness. The Contouring 101 Face Palette features five contouring and highlighting shades that you can use separately or mix together to add definition and luminosity to your face. It also comes with a step-by-step tutorial to help newbies get the best results.

CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK SCULPTING HIGHLIGHT AND SCULPTING CONTOUR ($21.00)
Clinique’s offering could only come in a stick form. The Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight features light-reflecting optics to brings your best features forward, while the Chubby Stick Sculpting Countour creates the illusion of depth. Both sticks are creamy and longlasting, but must be purchased separately.

Are you into contouring? Will you be trying any of these products?

Wanted! YSL Volupte Tint In Oil

ysl volupte tint in oil

Tint in Oil must be the most unappealing name ever given to a cosmetic. To me, it conjures images of a greasy, oily pout. Yuck! Definitely not something you’d want to kiss!

Luckily, YSL Volupte Tint in Oil isn’t greasy at all. The formula is said to be lightweight and non-sticky, providing lots of shine and a hint of colour that enhances the natural beauty of your lips.

It is also infused with a blend of four essential oils – apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil – for deep hydration, ensuring that your lips stay in perfect condition all year long, even in the cold winter months.

There are eight shades to choose from:

Drive Me Copper (01)
Oh My Gold (02)
Undress Me (03)
Rose You (04)
Cherry My Cherie (05)
Peach Me Love (06)
Crush Me Orange (07)
Pink About Me (08)

I have my eye on that bright pink. The colour is very pretty, and it looks like it may be one of the most pigmented shades in this range.

YSL Volupte Tint In Oil retails at $32.00. Ouch! If that hasn’t put you off, you can purchase it at Sephora.

What do you think of this tint? Will you try it?

New Makeup Brushes For Spring 2015

The secret to a flawless application? Makeup brushes. Without the right tools, blending becomes a lot harder and the results just won’t be as great. This spring we have lots of new brushes to choose from to help us look our best. Let’s take a look:

Ecotools Complexion Collection

ecotools complexion collection

Revolutionize your beauty routine with our NEW makeup-skincare hybrid line — the EcoTools® Complexion Collection! Combining science and beauty, it’s designed with specific cuts for enhanced performance to maximize natural beauty and aid in common skincare concerns, like fine lines, dark circles and oily skin.

CORRECTING CONCEALER BRUSH ($4.99)
A duo-fiber blend of short, wavy bristles and long, straight bristles pick up and distribute powder or liquid concealer for a precise spot coverage of dark circles, redness or other imperfections. Compact bristles precisely buff and blend the product into skin for perfect airbrushed coverage.

MATTIFYING FINISH BRUSH ($8.99)
A unique duo-fiber design creates a flawless finish with either pressed or loose powder by blending long, straight bristles and short, wavy bristles. The short bristles pick up the perfect amount of product, while the long bristles disperse product evenly and smoothly for complete control and buildable coverage.

SKIN PERFECTING BRUSH ($7.99)
The straight and dense bristles are specifically designed to smoothly and evenly apply BB/CC creams, and the rounded edge of the brush is ideal for precise coverage around the eyes and nose.

EYE PERFECTING BRUSH ($6.99)
The brush features uniquely cut, rounded tip bristles that mimics the shape of a finger for easy application under and around the eyes without tugging sensitive skin or transferring oils from the hands. Designed with straight, firm and dense bristles, the Eye Perfecting Brush allows for optimal bending and coverage to take on fine lines and even the darkest of under eye circles.

You can also buy all the brushes together in a set for $20.99. It’s available at ecotools.

Real Techniques Bold Metals

real techniques bold metals

The Pixiwoo sisters have done it again. They have used their expertise to create a new range of brushes with fibre bristles and geometric handles that help brushes stay in place as you do your makeup. Rather than the usual rubber, the brushes are made of metal and look gorgeous in gold, silver, and rose gold. There are seven available:

100 ARCHED POWDER BRUSH ($25.99)
This domed-cut, powder brush sweeps perfectly across the face for flawless application of pressed or loose powders.

101 TRIANGLE FOUNDATION BRUSH ($23.99)
This brush is uniquely designed with 3 different sides for a flawless coverage. The largest of the three sides is ideal to cover large areas of the face. Use the cross-hatching technique to blend the product into the skin for full coverage. The 2 angled sides can be used for full coverage under eye, and for blending seamlessly around the nose. The pointed tip is an added bonus for spot coverage. Since the brush has 3 sides you can use 3 colors, and still blend flawlessly.

200 OVAL SHADOW BRUSH ($15.99)
It has a full, round shape for all-over eyelid application, and seamless blending of powder and cream eyeshadows. It can also be used for detailed highlighting of the brow bone.

201 POINTED CREASE BRUSH ($15.99)
It has densely packed, tapered bristles which helps to apply eye color into the crease for a more dimensional look. The firm tip is ideal for blending color along the lash line.

202 ANGLED LINER BRUSH ($15.99)
Ideal for precision application, it has firm, slanted bristles that hug the lash line for smooth, even application of eyeliner.

300 TAPERED BLUSH BRUSH ($23.99)
Highlights and sculpts across cheeks for a seamless finish. It easily allows you to build up colour as desired.

301 FLAT CONTOUR BRUSH ($25.99)
Ideal for contouring and sculpting, it has a dense, flattop head that creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up your favorite features.

Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes are available at Boots and Ulta.

Sephora Hide & Sleek Skinny Makeup Brush Collection

sephora hide sleek skinny makeup brush
Hide, shape, and contour the face with Sephora’s new brush collection Hide & Sleek Skinny. The collection features 3 brushes:

FOUNDATION RETRACTABLE BRUSH ($16.00)
This retractable makeup brush with synthetic slanted fiber bristles is ideal for contouring.

CHEEK CONTOUR BRUSH ($16.00)
This retractable cheek contour brush has a unique shape that allows it to reach all corners of the face and apply blush seamlessly.

LIP RETRACTABLE BRUSH ($12.00)
Create the perfect cupid’s bow with this brush.

The small collection is available at Sephora.

What do you think of these brushes? Are you going to pick up one or two?

6 Cushion Foundation To Try In 2015

cushion foundations

South Korea is a hub for cosmetic innovation. The latest trend to come from there is cushion foundation. That’s a liquid foundation, BB Cream, or CC Cream that’s presoaked into a sponge and is applied… with another sponge! The two sponges are kept separate so that there’s no contamination. Clever.

What’s so special about cushion foundations? Apparently, the saturated sponge releases only a small amount of product at a time, allowing you both to build up coverage and retouch your foundation as needed during the day, without it ever looking cakey! And the small compacts make them easy to carry around with you wherever you want. It all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Cushion foundations are all the rage in South Korea and the rest of Asia at the moment, and are slowly making their way into the US market. It won’t be long before they will appear in Europe too. If you’re curious to try them, here are a few options:

1. Laneige BB Cushion, ($34.00): this BB cream has a heavier coverage that can even out the skintone and hide small imperfections like redness and not-too-bad dark circles. But it still looks natural on.

2. Dr. Jart+ BB Bounce Beauty Balm ($48.00): the BB cream delivers hydration, tinted coverage, and SPF 30. Rather than a porous sponge, it comes with an elastic mesh dispenser that releases even a smaller amount of product for better control during application.

3. 3Lab Aqua BB SPF 40, ($95.00): the most expensive option I’ve come across so far, this cushion foundation, unlike the others, delivers a matte finish, making it more suitable for those with oily skin.

4. Hera UV Mist Cushion, ($45.00): one of the most popular cushion foundations in Korea, it delivers more product than most of its rivals, and yet feels very lightweight on. It also moisturizes skin and gives it a dewy finish.

5. Amore Pacific SPF50 Color Control Cushion Compact, ($60.00): its multitasking formula delivers broad-spectrum SPF protection, deep hydration, and complete coverage. Yet, it’s so lightweight you forget you have it on!

6. It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50, ($38.00): the sponge is soaked with a CC Cream that hydrates skin, provides some coverage, and delivers a dewy finish.

Have you tried cushion foundations or are you curious to?

10 Stocking Stuffers For Holiday 2014

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Have you almost finished your Christmas shopping and are now just looking for some cute and inexpensive stocking stuffers for your beauty obsessed girlfriends? Here are a few any girl would be happy to receive:

SWEET SNUGGLES CHOCOLATE VANILLA HAND CREAM (£2.00)
Dry hands? Pamper them with this cute hand cream for lovely smooth skin, whatever the weather. The chocolate and vanilla scent is delicious too.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION AMAZING NAIL COLLECTION (£5.00)
This set, which features six exclusive and bright nail polish shades, would make a great gift for any nail polish addict. Or you can give each of the polishes to a different friend. You’ll save money, and they’ll be happy to receive such a lovely gift.

SINGLE HAIR CHALK (€5.71)
This wash out, coloured hair chalk is perfect to create chunky highlights or a dip-dye effect. It is available in both blue and pink.

BATH & BODY WORKS A THOUSAND WISHES TRAVEL SIZE BODY LOTION ($5.00)
This moisturizing body lotion is infused with a with a festive blend of sparkling champagne, crystal peonies & almond crème. The mini size makes it perfect for the friend who travels a lot.

MINI WET WIPES SET (€5.71)
The set includes 3 packs of 10 refreshing hand and face wipes infused with jasmine and citrus fragrances. The packaging is cool and pretty too.

STUDIO LONDON COMPACT MIRROR (£3.00)
I love the cool and edgy design of this compact mirror. Definitely not something you’d be ashamed to take out in public for quick touch-ups.

TRI-COSTAL BATH FIZZER ($3.00)
Drop these into bath water and stir to help dissolve fizzer. The four designs, shaped as a snowman, penguin, owl, and reindeer, are adorable. You will receive only one of them, and a random one too, if you buy online.

TOKYOMILK DARK TAINTED LOVE No. 62 HANDCREAM ($8.00)
A moisturizing hand cream infused with a dramatic fragrance that revels in the complexities of love, with warm notes of dark vanilla bean, sensuous sandalwood, provocative spices, and an unexpected kiss of sweet orchid.

HAPPY JACKSON LIP BALM STRAWBERRY (£3.95)
A lovely, strawberry flavoured lip balm that moisturizes your lips, leaving them soft and smooth. But the thing I love the most is the slogan: Queen of Awesomeness. How cool is that?

MODELS OWN STICKY FINGER SET (£6.00)
This fun set contains three nail polishes in white, pink, and red shades, and 2 sets of stickers that will allow anyone, even clumsy ladies like me, to create lots of beauty nail arts.

What do you think of these stocking stuffers? Wouldn’t they make great gifts?

New Holiday Collections 2014: Sephora Favorites & Sinful Colors

Hello gorgeous!

If you like gift sets and nail polishes, you’re gonna love the new holiday collections from Sephora Favorites and Sinful Colors. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Sephora Favorites

sephora favourites holiday 2014

Sephora Favorites sets are perfect for those who want to try lots of products from different brands without breaking the bank. The only problem is, which one to choose?

SUPERSTARS ($75.00)
This set contains:
0.003 oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
0.25 oz Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional
0.05 oz Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara In Jet Black
1.7 oz Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray
0.34 oz Chloè by Chloè Rollerball
0.4 oz Formula X Nail Color in Ignite
0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosè Tinted Lip Treatment
0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
0.16 oz Nars Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm
1 oz Smashbox Cosmetics Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light
0.016 oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner In Intense Black
0.05 oz Urban Decay Eye shadow In Sin

GLITZ & GLAM PARTY ESSENTIALS ($45.00)
This set contains:
0.1 oz Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Infrared Matte (matte true red)
1.4 oz Drybar Detox dry shampoo
0.5 oz Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad nail color
0.03 oz Laura Mercier Caviar Stick eye color in Rose Gold
0.049 oz Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish eye shadow in Metallic Dusty Rose
1 Pair of SEPHORA COLLECTION false eye lashes in Astonish
0.08 oz Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter in Luminous Champagne
0.035 oz Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Microfinish Powder
0.04 oz Lancome Artliner eyeliner in Noir

DRAW THE LINE ($30.00) ($79.00 Value)
The set contains:
0.028 oz Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear in Black Lace
0.01 oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
0.007 oz Kat Von D Deluxe Tattoo liner in Trooper (black)
0.01 oz Nars Cosmetics Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long Wear Eyeliner (black)
0.01 oz Deluxe Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner in Blacquer
0.02 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion and Rockstar

LASHSTASH ($45.00)
This set contains:
0.05 oz Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara In Jet Black
0.2 oz Buxom® Lash Mascara In Blackest Black
0.07 oz Clinique Dual Ended High Impact Mascara And Lash Primer
0.17 oz Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara
0.1 oz Kat Von D Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara
0.135 oz Lancôme Paris Hypnôse Drama Mascara
0.84 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
0.067 oz Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Dramatic Volume And Curl Mascara
0.32 oz Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara In Jet Black
0.08 oz Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
0.06 oz YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Baby Doll

GIVE ME SOME LIP ($25.00)
This set contains:
0.03 oz Urban Decay Mini Naked Revolution Lipstick
0.12 oz Nars Deluxe Orgasm Lip Gloss
0.07 oz Buxom Mini Full On Lip Cream in White Russian
0.02 oz Marc Jacobs Mini Lust for Lacquer in Kissability
0.05 oz Deluxe Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil in Meritage
0.20 oz Full-size Smashbox Be Legendary Gloss in Pout

GIVE ME MORE LIP ($59.00)
The set includes:
0.05 oz bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Speak Your Mind (bubble gum pink)
0.01 oz Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
0.07 oz Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino (vibrant magenta)
0.04 oz Buxom Mini Full Bodied lipstick in Menace
0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment
0.03 oz Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
0.10 oz Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw
0.09 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush (medium rose brown)
0.09 oz Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Armour
0.025 oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil
0.08 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube
0.068 oz Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion
0.14 oz Stila Stay All Day® Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl (medium pink nude)
0.06 oz Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody
0.04 oz Tarte Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Flush
0.05 oz Too Faced Cosmetics La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly
0.16 oz Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick

PERFUME SAMPLER ($60.00)
This set contains:
0.06 oz Burberry Brit Sheer spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.04 oz Chloé Chloé spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.06 oz Elizabeth And James Nirvana Black spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.06 oz Elizabeth And James Nirvana White spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.05 oz Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.06 oz Gucci Flora By Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia dabber (Certificate redeems for 1.6 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.05 oz Lancôme La Vie Est Belle spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz L’Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.03 oz Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez For Her spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz Prada Candy spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.04 oz Thierry Mugler Alien spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Refillable Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.05 oz Tom Ford Black Orchid spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
0.03 oz Versace Bright Crystal spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)

COLOGNE SAMPLER ($60.00)
This set contains:
0.06 oz Burberry Brit Rhythm For Men spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.03 oz Jean Paul Gaultier “Le Male” spray (Certificate redeems for 1.3 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz John Varvatos John Varvatos dabber(Certificate redeems for 2.5 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.06 oz Gucci Guilty Pour Homme dabber (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.06 oz Lacoste Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Noir dabber (Certificate redeems for 3.3 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.06 oz Gucci Made To Measure spray (Certificate redeems for 1.6 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz Paco Rabanne 1 Million spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.06 oz Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Night dabber(Certificate redeems for 1.6 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz Ralph Lauren Polo Red spray (Certificate redeems for 2.5 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.03 oz Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Pour Homme spray (Certificate redeems for 1.35 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
0.05 oz Yves Saint Laurent L’homme spray (Certificate redeems for 1.3 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
Faux leather toiletry case

The sets are already available at Sephora.

Sinful Colors

sinful colors holiday collection 2014

Sinful Colors is not just dreaming of a snow white Christmas – it includes a dash of silver, purple, green, a mélange of gorgeous blues, hints of gold and stunning glitter. Dreamy shades and illuminating textures mean there’s something for everyone on the list this season:

HOLIDAY FAVES
Gilded: a transparent shimmer with gold & red
Ice Dream: cerulean glitter with a translucent silver base
Let’s Talk: royal purple
Out of this World: perfect silver with swirls of glimmer
Pine Away: metallic glittering tree green
Red Eye: metallic holiday red
Snow Me White: the snowiest white
Sugar Sugar: a candy cane, red-hot red

BLUES & HINTS OF GOLD
All About You: a sheer shade glimmering with gold
Cinderella: an illuminating pastel blue
Endless Blue: a deep wave of cobalt
Gold Medal: the perfect metallic gold
Hottie: clear azure blue twinkling with silver
Ice Blue: soft indigo exploding with silver sparkle
Midnight Blue: the deepest blue indulgence

DECKED WITH GLITTER FLAKES
Decadent: dazzling red metallic flakes
Galax-Sea: magical green flakes
Holiday Rebel: green & red flakes laced with black
Twilight Twinkles: brilliant flakes of gold
Unwrap Me: decorative black & red flakes

OPALESCENT TOPPERS
Bring It Sheer: sheer icy green shimmer
Outta Space: sheer red shimmer

Each nail polish costs only $1.99. They are all exclusively available at Walgreens.

Do you like these collections?