My Top Contouring Picks

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Contouring products are everywhere — it wasn’t just a 2014 trend! It seems like every beauty brand has their own contour/highlight duo or palette. How do you know which ones to try? If you’re like me, you want to try EVERY product out there. Unfortunately, that would make my wallet cry. I can’t claim to have tried every product, but out of the many I own and have played with, these are my favorite products that grace my face almost every day.

tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer in park avenue princess

This is $24 well spent. I’ve been using the same product for months and it barely looks like I’ve made a dent in it. tarte always wins at industry trends, and the sculptor take sthe cake in contouring sticks. The color is so beautiful on my skin — not too bronze, not too taupe. It has a very subtle shimmer and blends so easily. I sometimes use the slenderizer brush that tarte released at the same time, but I mostly use my Real Techniques sponge. Applying and blending the cream in is seriously foolpoof.

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Light

 Since I purchased this little gem last month, I haven’t used any other concealer to hide dark spots, under eye circles, and to highlight my face. The texture is so silky, but not so creamy that it doesn’t make me look like an oil slick. I squeeze a blob of product on the back of my hand, and apply it with a skinny, flat concealer brush, and blend with my sponge. Plus, if I covered up the label, you wouldn’t be able to guess that it only costs about 8 bucks.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow

The color name “Glow” is so accurate for this blush! At first, when I dot it on your cheeks, it looks so bright and almost neon. It blends so smoothly and seamlessly into my skin, and looks like a natural flush. $6 is an outrageous price, especially considering that it compares to higher-end makeup, like stila Convertible Color.

tarte Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer in park avenue princess

Another park avenue princess favorite! I can’t get enough of this iconic tarte shade. After I have completely blended in my contour cream, concealer, and blush, I sweep this highlighting bronzer on my cheekbones. I then use my concealer and flat brush again to draw a line under the bronzer, and blend. My cheekbones look flawlessly sculpted like Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. Okay…maybe not that sculpted.


What are your favorites?

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Beauty By The Ounce: Lip and Cheek Stains

Recently, I had a conversation with my mother about how much money women spend on cosmetic products. We, as beauty consumers, often overlook the ratio of cost to product. We may elect to spend less money upfront, but in return are getting much less product. For this study, I analyzed the cost to product ratio of lip and cheek stain hybrid products. The list is in order of the least to greatest cost per ounce. Keep in mind that all products are not the same formula or type of formula, but produce similar results, which is why I chose to compare their cost to product ratio.


Sephora Collection Colorful Cheek Ink Gel – .67 oz for $14 – $20.89/oz

NYX Cream Blush – .23 oz for $6.99 – $30.39/oz

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush – .16 oz for $6.99 = $43.69/oz

tarte cheek stain – 0.5 oz for $30 = $60/oz

Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stan – .40 oz for $30 = $75/oz

Clinique Chubby Stick Cream Colour Balm – .22 oz for $22 – $100/oz

Becca Beach Tint – .24 oz for $25 – $104.17/oz

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee – .18 oz for $22 – $122.22/oz

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color – 0.2 oz for $29 – $145/oz

Stila Convertible Color – .15 oz for $25 – $166.57/oz

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks – .13 oz for $29 – $223.08/oz

MAC Casual Color – 0.08 oz for $22 – $275/oz


The price difference between the first and last product is astronomical! As consumers, it’s important to see how much money are are spending, and in turn, how much value we are giving to a specific product.

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Wish of the Week 9.24.15

This week, I’m lusting over so many products, but here are my top picks.

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Though not a new product, NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder ($10 for .28 oz)  found its way on my radar and I really want to try it. It looks like it could be a dupe of Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, which is a highly coveted product. I love NYX Blotting Powder for its performance in making my skin matte. I always use it over my foundation.

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I remember when Soap & Glory was sold at Target! Now it’s at Sephora, and I’m happy I can rack up points on S&L purchases. I have dry skin, especially in the fall and winter months, but I love summery, fruity scents. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream ($15 for 10.1 oz)  sounds like it will be the best of both worlds! The scent is vanilla musk and lime. Mmmm!
Photo from @LushStirling on Twitter.


I’m so flipping excited over Lush’s new products! Since Lush Oxford Street opened and debuted 200 new products exclusive to that location, I’ve been searching Instagram for glimpses of them. Finally, we have a small taste of those new inventions in the states. The product I’m most excited about is Lush Rub Rub Rub Solid Body Scrub ($9.95 for 4.5 oz). I’ve used the original RRR that comes in a black pot, but this new version is now an easier-to-use solid bar. Those who love thr original formula should not fear though — it’s still available! The scent of the original RRR is so beautiful and delicate, made with jasmine, mimosa, and orange. I hope the new solid scrub has the same scent as the website claims it does. The blossom design on the bar is also so beautiful. Lush always wins with their product designs.

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Closeup: Makeup for the Selfie Generation

Do you read the NY Times? Today in the style section, an article entitled “Makeup for the Selfie Generation” was published. I love reading about makeup and cosmetics in the news, especially the times. For those who haven’t read it, the article discusses this trend of HD makeup and makeup created specifically with your iPhone camera in mind.

With New York Fashion Week finishing up, it makes sense why camera-ready makeup is being talked about. The models were constantly being photographed, and not only does their wardrobe have to be perfect, but their hair and makeup does too, and not just in natural light. As we all know, our foundation could look flawless in our dimly lit bedrooms, and when we step outside, it looks melty, too warm, too cold, or too sparkly. Companies are now testing their products not only in different lighting, but through different camera lenses.

What is HD makeup anyway? According to WebMD, (yep, WebMD apparently has makeup tips!) HD makeup covers blemishes, cover up imperfections, and contain either mica, silicone, crystals, or quartz that reflect light and make the product really flattering in the camera’s lens. HD foundations usually have a demi-matte finish, but are also somewhat hydrating as to not make your makeup cakey or flaky. I like NYX High Definition Foundation, but Make Up Forever also has a very well liked one and powders to match.

As Rubin says in her article, warm tones aren’t always the most flattering, especially when it comes to your makeup, photographed. To sculpt my face for photos, I look for a gray-brown shade that looks like a true shadow. I use Smashbox Contour Kit (exclusive to and Sephora) because the colors are beyond gorgeous. The shades (contour, bronze, and highlight) work so well together and look natural on the face. The highlighting shade also lacks shimmer so I don’t look shiny in pics.

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How about for your lips or eyes? For lips, I find that matte crayons and lipsticks look best in pictures. This prevents too much light from bouncing off the product and making your face look shiny in its path. MAC matte lipsticks are great and look oh-so flattering in photos. I love wearing a bold, neutral red lip in pictures. Try MAC Ruby Woo. Ruby Woo-hoo! 😉 For eyes, keep the shimmer at a minimum. Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes are wonderful for photos due to the lack of shine.



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