When I started taking in clients for makeup application I noticed the highlight and contouring trend was here to stay. Every client wanted to have a sculpted face, which I was happy to give them. My contouring and highlighting skills progressed tremendously with every client and they were very satisfied with the results, but somehow I wasn’t. I was happy that my clients were elated with their look, but I found the contouring and highlighting process to be a bit tedious to be honest. There was so much blending involved to ensure the face didn’t look to muddy and I was spending loads of money on different products as I just couldn’t find a “one size fits all” type of product. Now of course, we are all made differently and don’t have similar undertones, skin tone etc, but there had to be an easier way I thought to myself ( these are the questions that keep me up at night !).
I can’t believe August is over! Where did the Summer go? The only great thing about August coming to an end is that I can finally reveal my monthly favourites! I’m so excited about these products. I’ve purchased all these items and just love them so, obviously, I have to share with you all. There is one “Lust” item that made the list! Get ready cause I’ve been loving a lot of things this month!
EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream
This non – foaming, 24 hr moisturizing shaving cream is my new holy grail! I’m very prone to red bumps after shaving or waxing and I didn’t experience the bumps with this product. It’s probably because it’s loaded with natural conditioning oils and Shea butter! It left my legs feeling so moisturized that I could have done without applying any lotion, it’s that hydrating!You can use this product wet or dry. The best part is this shaving cream is made from recycled plastic so it won’t leave a rust ring in your shower. You can choose from Vanilla Bliss ( my fave), Pomegranate or Lavender Jasmine.
LORAC – 3D Liquid Lustre Top Coat
I’m always looking for new products that add Oomph! to the eyes. I have a lot of glitters and pigments, but I wanted something different. I read in Allure magazine that this product was the new “Must Have “for the Summer/Fall so of course I had to have it :). These 3D lustre top coat add intensity, shine and sparkle to any eyeshadow look. They can be applied as a top coat for your eyeshadow but also can be worn alone. I like to wear a nude eyeshadow look and add the top coat over it to get a more dramatic day time look without looking overdone. I just love it. I know I’ll get further use out of them come holiday party season. The only downside with Lorac products is that they only ship within the U.S and Sephora no longer carries their products in Canada. I was fortunate and had a U.S. address which I used to get these babies.
Korres Lip Butter
I’m a huge fan of lip balms and have them scattered everywhere in my home and office space. I bought this lip butter from Sephora, where it’s exclusively sold. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. The staying power of this product is on average to any other tinted balm I’ve tried, so about an hour, but what I really LOVED about this product was that my lips really felt moisturized and stayed hydrated for a couple of hours even after the tint wore off. This to me is worth the $12 price tag. This product has a thicker consistency so I like to apply it with a lip brush but you can use your fingers of course. I like to layer my application so I wear a neutral lip color like M.A.C blankety or creme cup and add the Korres lip butter on top. I love the shine it gives off. The only drawback about this product is the packaging. It’s a bit flimsy and I would have preferred the product in a tube as it’s more sanitary. I initially picked up pomegranate but now have all 4 colors.
Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radian Lotion
I’ve been using the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant lotion for a few years now. The packaging has changed, but it still has the same great formula. This lotion is super creamy, super hydrating, thick and non- sticky. It’s everything you need in a drugstore moisturizing body lotion. If you’re not using it, your missing out! Your skin will thank you. Yeah… it smells like Cocoa and it smells DEVINE!
L.A. Girl USA HD Pro Concealer
If you watch Youtube makeup tutorials, you’ll notice a lot of beauty gurus use these HD PRO Conceal tubes for highlighting and contouring. I was really intrigued so I ordered them to try them out first hand. I ordered creamy natural, beige, and bronze. I was somewhat impressed…let me explain. The formula is good, but doesn’t compare to my NARS or Benefit concealers when it comes to concealing dark circles. If you use them to conceal imperfections or dark circles, I recommend using a corrector first before applying this concealer. If you use these conceal tubes for the sole purpose of highlighting and contouring ( H&C) then you have a definite winner! They are very compact and obviously portable making them so convenient to throw in your makeup bag or in my case, my kit. I used them on almost everyone I worked on this summer to give a light highlight and contour and the result was flawless. I still used my Anastasia of Beverly Hills contour powder palette over the PRO Conceal to ensure the H&C didn’t budge. I’m so happy I ordered them. I definitely will be ordering other shades. If your new to the whole highlighting and contouring game definitely give this product a try. At $5.00 US you can’t go wrong.
Morphe M438 Pointed Contour Brush
I ordered this Morphe contour brush without any expectations. I just wanted to know what all the hype was about. Let’s just say my only regret is not ordering more brushes at the same time! This contour brush is AMAZING. It’s super soft and versatile as it can be used for contouring but also for applying setting powder under your eyes, blush on cheekbones and bronzer all over. It’s angled so it’s very precise at applying product exactly where it needs to go. I paid $10.00 US. I would compare the quality of the quality of this brush to my Sigma F25. I love this brush as well but I paid over $30 US for it. I definitely will be ordering a few more Morphe brushes.
e.l.f Studio Stipple Brush
I paid $1.99 for this synthetic brush from Winners. It was on clearance. It’s my go to foundation brush in my own personal makeup bag. I love it. You can buy it online for $3.00. You will use it over and over again as it’s super light and the bristles will not scratch your face like other cheaper priced brushes. The bristles are very soft and it evenly distributes my foundation on my skin. I’m not naive, I know this brush will shed at some point but my Chanel brush also shed for the first time last week. No biggie because at $1.99 or $3.00 I can buy another one and not feel guilty
I have a slight obsession with stationary! I own a few boxes of unused greeting cards and more than normal amounts of unused notebooks. I have no intent in mailing these cards out or writing in these notebooks. They’re so pretty so I collect them. Papyrus is a beautiful site and I shop from this site often. Papyrus.com offers a broad range of contemporary greeting cards, stationary , gifts and gift wrapping materials. They offer you the option to personalise any item. The notebooks are my favourite, especially the Kate Spade collection. I love how elegant they look on my home office desk. Just love it!!!
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
This is my 2nd time reading this book and I, most likely, will read it a 3rd time. I spent a good portion of my “glamping” trip this summer reading it. What a beautiful story about friendship, exile , separation and an everlasting love for ones home country. It’s a beautifully written novel that is cherished by many. I highly recommend this book as you will forever feel changed after reading it.
NIKE SportWatch + GPS GOLD LIMITED EDITION
I know this isn’t makeup or beauty related, but this gadget is a must for anyone wanting to set fitness goals this fall. This baby right here is at the top of my birthday list! Not only is it functional (tracks calories burnt, goals, pace and has GPS) but it looks really cool on and almost futuristic. Yes, I”m a gadget junkie and this baby here is coming home with me soon.
**STAY TUNED FOR MY NYX PRODUCT REVIEW **
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