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Powder Foundation Reviews.

Hello pretties. 🙂

So today I am going to review all the powder foundations I own which is basically all I use foundation wise. I find that powder foundation tends to be more long wearing, doesn’t come off unevenly and doesn’t enlarge the look pores of pores like liquids do, though everyone’s skin is different. I also have quite oily skin so most liquids tend to create too much shine and make me break out. Though I do love the lovely, glowy finish that some liquid foundations have and the feel of putting them on. Anyway here are some reviews the powder foundations I currently use.

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Foundations

Maybelline Mineral Power Foundation in Classic Ivory.

This foundation is great for everyday use and is a pretty good colour match though maybe just a touch too light for me personally. They don’t have many colours to choose from (literally just two- the other option is Nude 2) but if you’re quite fair the shade Classic Ivory should work. I find that this is a good, inexpensive foundation (around $17 AUD) for those no fuss days when you just want light- medium coverage (depending how much you put on). It lasts quite a long time (around 6- 7 hours). I couldn’t really see myself using it for dramatic, night time makeup or when contouring though.

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Rating: 7/10

Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation in Light Yellow 02. 

This foundation has such a smooth, silky finish and gives a subtle glow similar to the kind you get with liquid foundations. This is because of the nutrient rich minerals in it. It is around $40 AUD so is in the mid price range. I got the colour Light Yellow 02 which is actually a bit dark for me and really wish I got Pale Pink 01 instead which is their lightest colour. Though it still looks ok if I blend it right down to my neck and use bronzer with it. There isn’t a great amount of colours in the range- 4, but these would suit many fair- medium skin tones. It has SPF 17 in it which is great to know you’re protected, and it is quite long wearing (about 8-9 hours without needing to touch up). There is no mirror inside it but the actual top of the case with the writing is like a mirror itself, though does get smudged.  It is 100% organic.

Foundations antipodes

Rating: 8.5/10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder in B53 (Light) 

I love this foundation. I have been using this foundation for years as it gives me the right amount of coverage, is very long wearing, has such a beautiful texture/ consistency and is a good colour match. This is in the high end of price range at around $50/60 (AUD) but is worth it due to its ability to control shine, hide pores and blend evenly with your skin tone. It works perfectly for day/ night time makeup and I love using it when I contour. It doesn’t come off unevenly and leave you with patches when you blow your nose or rub your face like some liquid foundation does and  once again is very long wearing (hence the name double wear). There are 14 colours in the range which suit very fair- dark skinned people. It has a separate compartment for the sponge and mirror so you don’t have to worry about the loose powder getting all on the mirror. This is a great full coverage, matte foundation It has SPF 12 in it so provides protection against the sun. This is the loose powder version which they no longer sell but they do sell a pressed powder version currently.

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Rating: 9.5/10

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer (2 in 1) in 2 Alabaster.

This weightless foundation won’t clog pores and gives you a natural, matte, full coverage finish which lasts all day. The compact case is perfect to carry in your bag and is a pressed powder so it wont go everywhere. The sponge it comes with also provides really good application though I tend to stay away from sponges and use buffing brushes. There are 12 colours to choose from which suite very fair- dark skinned people. What I love about it is that it provides full coverage while still looking very natural and is just as good for both night and day time makeup. It is the most long wearing powder foundaton in the Clinique range. It is good for those with sensitive skin/ allergies as it is fragrance free. I like how there is a button to open and close it snap shut which makes it very easy to pop open. It says it is a 2 in 1 concealer and it does work well with concealing though if you have very noticeable scars or pimples I’d suggest using a concealer as well. I also still use concealer when I contour to create highlights in different areas. This is in the high end of the price range at $55 AUD but you won’t regret buying it as it is extremely good and ticks all the boxes.

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Rating: 9.5/10

Thank you for reading. 🙂

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Neutrogena Skin Care Product Reviews.

Hey guys.

So today I thought I’d review some Neutrogena products I recently got. They are The Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover, Rapid 2-in-1 Cleanser/ Mask, Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen and Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray.

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 1. Neutrogena Oil- Free Eye Make- Up Remover.

This is my all time favourite eye makeup remover as it doesn’t irritate my eyes and removes make up so easily. You don’t have to sit there scrubbing it off it comes off within 2 wipes. It is oil free so won’t make you break out and contains aloe and cucumber that soothes the skin. At around $8 AUD it lasts around 2 and a half months if you are removing eye make up every day.

Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover

Rating: 9/10

2. Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Cleanser/ Mask

This product is great because it can be used as both a face mask and cleanser depending on how long you leave it on for. It should be left on for 5 minutes if used as a face mask. I use it as a face mask once a week as I already have a different cleanser and find it keeps my skin more clearer and smoother than it was without it. It is very refreshing and you feel very invigorated once you put it on. It contains saciliyc acid and natural clay minerals to help control oil and smells sweet though I can’t put my finger on what it actually smells like- kind of like clay haha. I love the feeling of using it and at around $11 AUD it’s very good value especially if you use it once a week as a face mask as it will last you forever.

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Rating: 7.5/10

3. Ultra Sheer face sunscreen

This sunscreen is 50+ so you can be sure it will give you the protection you need. What I also love about it is that it is oil-free won’t give you pimples. You don’t feel like you have put a tub of grease on your face after using it like some sunscreens haha. It can also be used as a primer underneath your makeup to make it last longer while also keeping you protected. It is described as having a water light texture which gives you a matte look so is great for matte lovers. I highly recommend this to anyone who finds that normal sunscreen causes them to break out. At around $14 AUD it is pricier than your average sunscreen but as you’ll only be using it on your face it will last ages.

 Neutrogena face sunscreen

Rating: 9.5/10

4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray

This sunscreen is actually clear upon applying which I found to be a really cool feature about it as this is unusual for sunscreen. It is not even a little bit greasy and it is really refreshing like spraying a cooling mist on yourself. It has a lovely weightless, clean feel and it is 30+ so isn’t the highest level of protection you can get but is still better than nothing. 🙂 It is 4 hours water resistant and won’t clog pores likes its face sunscreen counterpart. I love the feel of putting this on and how it is so easy to apply, spraying sunscreen is so much easier and quicker than wiping. It is $11 AUD and is an awesome product to add to your beach bag.

Neutrogena sunscreen body mist

Rating: 9/10

 Thank you for reading. 🙂

Megan. X

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My Favourite Moisturiser: Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream.

Hi Guys.

So I thought I would share with you my favourite moisturiser right now. It is called Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream. Antipodes is a New Zealand brand which uses 100% organic ingredients. Initially I was hesitant about using this as I have oily skin and was worried the nutrient rich ingredients would cause me to break out but I had nothing to worry about! It did not cause me to break out at all and if anything the blemishes on my skin cleared up more and my skin looked overall healthier. My fine lines were decreased and everything was more plumped and supple. The packaging is really nice and I love the black writing against the cream background. You definitely feel like you are treating yourself when you use it. The ingredients include avocado oil, manuka bloom and sweet almond and it smells almost good enough to eat. I would recommend this to anyone with oily/ sensitive skin and even people with dry skin though there are more richer moisturisers in their range for people with dry skin. This costs $49 AU and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with oily, sensitive skin who is worried about small, fine lines.

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Rating: 9/10

Megan xx

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Australis, Napoleon Perdis and IT Cosmetics Contour Kit Reviews.

So today I am going to review three contour kits- The Australis AC ON TOUR contour kit, IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face contour kit and Napoleon Perdics Ultimate Contour Palette.

Australis AC ON TOUR contour kit.

This contour kit is $16.95 from Priceline and is dubbed by some as a cheaper dupe to the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit. Unfortunately for me I found it did not meet these expectations. I found some of the browns to be quite muddy and unflattering. As well as this the highlighters were not very pigmented and did not stay on for long. The furthest brown to the right, below the darkest pink highlighter is my favourite bronzer as it does not look quite as muddy as the rest. You definitely have to be careful when putting the product on the brush and to only use a very small amount as too much can end up looking far too dark.

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Rating: 5/10

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face contour kit.

This contour kit was around $55 from Sephora and I definitely do think it is good. The lady in store suggested it to me as a good palette for fair people so I thought it would be a suitable choice. The 2nd darkest bronzer is definitely my favourite as it is not too dark or light. I have used the darkest one but would suggest using it very sparsely as it is quite dark and a little product goes a long way. I think the darkest one is more suited to olive skin. The two lightest browns are very light and do not show up much on my skin I only really use them when I’ve accidentally put too much highlighter on and need to tone it down or help face it out. The ‘pearlescent’ highlighter to the right is my favourite as it gives a really flattering glow but the other one I don’t really find much use for and is more or less a translucent powder as it does not show up much on my skin. The colours I do like stay on the whole light and do have good pigmentation. Overall I like this contour kit but I am not in LOVE with it as I only use one of the browns and one highlighter really regularly. Still, I am happy I have it as part of my collection.

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contour kits IT cosmetics swatch 2

Rating: 7.5/10

Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette

While this contour kit is small it definitely is brilliant! This is my favourite contour palette and the highlighter is the best highlighter I have ever used by far. My friends also own it and say the same thing. It really gives you that perfect, subtle glow you want from a highlighter. It is also very build able to give a more glam, noticeable look as well. The bronzer is great and is good for both night and day makeup. The blush is lovely and is kind of this pink- peach, warm colour that it very flattering to many skin tones. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has fair- medium skin and though it is quite pricey at $65 it is definitely worth it. There is only three colours but I find that that is all you need and the size is GREAT for travelling and fitting in a small bag. My only issue is that I wish there was a bit more product in it. As you can see from the photos I have almost gone through it!

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contour kits napoleon perdis swatch

Rating: 9.5/ 10

Megan X

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How To Contour and Highlight.

Hello.

I thought I would do a contouring and highlighting post as I recently became a qualified makeup artist so feel confident enough to show you. There are so many ways to contour and highlight. It is something which is different for everyone and it is all about experimenting and finding out what’s right for you. This is just how I do it.

This is the look I created:

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Products and tools

There are many products for contouring. You can use powders, cream and liquids. Many people like to use liquid concealers or creams to contour if they use a liquid foundation and powders if they use a powder foundation. For me I usually use a liquid concealer to highlight, a powder foundation and a powdered bronzer, blush and illuminator, however for this look today I wanted to use a liquid foundation because I got a free tester and couldn’t wait to put it on. Some good powder products are the Australis AC On Tour Contour Kit, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and the Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette. Anastasia Beverly hills also has a cream contour kit and Mac Prolongwear Concealers are great liquids which can be used for contouring and highlighting.

You can buy brushes specifically for contouring however I find normal bronzing brushes work just fine. A buffing brush or beauty blender is essential when using liquid products as you want the colours to blend together nicely. A fan brush comes in handy when applying powdered illuminators as well.

How to:

1. Apply primer and foundation all over you face.

2. Begin the highlighting process by using a concealer a sahde or two lighter than your foundation. I use the Mac Pro long wear concealer in nc15. Apply this to the middle of the forehead, along the bridge of the nose, onto the middle of the chin, beneath the eyes all the way down to just under the nose and above the cheekbones. You can use a photo such as this one to guide you and it is a must for the first few times you try to contour and highlight.

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3. Suck your cheeks in and apply a dark contour colour 3 or 4 shades darker than your foundation using a just beneath the cheek bones. I create an imaginary line in my head and stop where the outer part of the iris is when I look straight ahead. You can also use this colour at the edge of the forehead around the hairline and blend.

3. You can contour the nose and eyes by taking a small brush (an eye shadow brush will do) and applying the contour along the side of the nose and up to the eyes just above the crease and blend. I tend to just put it on the sides of the nose as I find it doesn’t suit me beneath the eyes but you can experiment and see if it looks good. I sometimes use a lighter colour around my nose than I do on my cheekbones (about 2 shades darker than my foundation) but for this look I used the same as I did on my cheekbones but only a very small amount. Don’t be worried if it is a bit too dark at first as you can use your buffing brush to blend it and layer foundation on top to make it look more natural.

4. Now for the cheeks. You can either brush your blush onto the whole apples of your cheeks or stop it where you took the dark contour colour. I prefer to stop it where I take the contour colour but you can also take it a bit further dependant on the look you want to create.

5. Illuminator time! This is my favourite part as it ties the whole look together and really makes the skin glow. Take the fan brush and lightly dust the highlighter on the top of the cheekbones, across the bridge of the nose, beneath the brows, on the middle of the forehead and on the chin. You can also dab a bit on the cupids bow using a small brush.

6. This final step is really optional and simply increases the definition in the cheekbones. You can add three dabs of concealer beneath the bottom of the contour colour and blend it in, adding foundation if needed.  This just gives the cheekbones that added definition.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 What I used:

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fan brush, brozning brush, blush brush, buffing brush, eye shadow brush, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in nc15, Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in nc20, Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette, Napoleone Perdis Auoto Pilot Primer.

P.s I just want to say that I didn’t really like the Mac Pro Longwear foundation which I used for this as it made my pores look bigger and came off unevenly after a while, the Pro Longwear concealer is fantastic though.

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Dewy And Matte Skin Explained.

If you’re like me you might get confused sometimes with some of the beauty terms out there. “Dewy” and “matte” are two terms I was constantly hearing about when I first got into beauty but which were not explained enough. Knowing this I decided to do a post which explains the difference between the two and what each means for your skin. How can you create a dewy or matte makeup look? Read on to find out…

Dewy skin

Dewy skin is glowy, youthful, soft, supple and fresh. It has a subtle, luminous shimmer and is usually associated with spring time and people like Miranda Kerr. People with dry skin are lucky in a sense because they get to use dewy foundations and other makeup products. Dewy makeup products usually come in cream or liquid form though there are some powder dewy products out there. People with oily skin should refrain from using dewy products as the moisture in these products can cause them to break out. This certainly won’t happen to every person who has oily skin and many people will be fine using dewy makeup but if you break out often and want to play it safe it is best not to use these. Instead you can use a powder foundation (mineral foundation is best) with an illuminator or highlighter. These will be your best friend for achieving that dewy, fresh look and can be used regardless of your skin type. It should be used along the top of the nose, around the eyes, on top of the cheekbones, beneath the brows and in the cupid’s bow (this is the part just above the top lip and between the nose- another term which is constantly thrown around in the beauty world). You can also use it across the forehead and around the chin for an even dewier look, though if you find shine gathers in these areas already it’s best not to. If you have dry skin and find that your liquid or cream foundation and illuminator is not enough you can use dewy primers and setting sprays as well.

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Matte skin

Matte skin is that flawless, polished, airbrushed, doll- like makeup look that you often see on the red carpet. Think Dita Von Teese and old school Hollywood movie stars. Matte skin is typically achieved with powdery makeup products. So if you have oily skin the best way to achieve a matte look is to use powdered makeup products with shine control properties in them along with a suitable skin care regime. There are also matte primers and setting sprays available if you want to mattify your skin further and find that your shine won’t go away. If you are prone to dry skin and want a matte look but still moisturizing properties with your makeup you can use an oil- free tinted moisturizer with a matte foundation powder on top as well as a matte setting spray. Under eye concealer will also help for both skin types in achieving that flawless, matte look.

Dita Von Teese at Cannes 2007 by Mireille Amphillac. CC by SA 2.0

Dita Von Teese at Cannes 2007 by Mireille Amphillac. CC License by 2.0

Which one do you like better, matte or dewy? comment below 🙂

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How To Choose The Right Bronzer, Blush And Highlighter For Your Skin Tone.

Bronzer

There is a general rule that bronzer should me no more than one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. But to help you out here are some shades which are suited to the three main skin tones.

Fair skin

Peach, slightly rose or honey coloured bronzers will flatter fair skin beautifully.

Medium Skin

Golden, bronze or rose- toned bronzers will give medium skin a lovely, heathy glow.

Dark skin

Cinnamon, chocolate brown and copper bronzers with subtle shimmer will look beautiful on those with dark skin.

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Blush and highlighter

Blush is something which needs to be picked out right as you can risk looking sunburnt if you go too dark and washed out if you go too light. Here is a general guide of colours suited to different skin tones.

Fair skin

Light pink or peach blush with a light champagne highlighter will compliment fair skin nicely.

Medium skin

Rosey pink and deep peach blushes with pale golden or warm gold highlighters will give medium skin a nice pop of colour.

Dark skin

Rose to deep orange blushes with gold highlighters will look lovely on dark skin.

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Thanks for reading. 🙂

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