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January + February Makeup Favorites

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and this year I want to try and incorporate new ideas. I want to start doing different projects and build more consistent and creative content. One of the many plans I have, and thought it would be fun to do, is to share the products I’ve been using a lot each month. I love watching this type of video on YouTube, so I decided to change it into a blog format. I’ll try to make each review a bit more concise since I have quite a few to show you.

Elf Cosmetics Contour Palette 

Ever since contouring became a thing, I’ve been wanting to try it out. I’m not really a professional when it comes to makeup, but I do like learning more about it and using different techniques. I tried contouring with cream products first because I felt the finished result was more noticeable and it was easier to manage and blend. I never really thought about using powder products after that. It wasn’t until by accident I bought this Elf Cosmetics Conturing Palette thinking it was a cream palette. This happens when you don’t read the label! 

Since I already had bought it, it was time to put it to good use. I ended up really happy with it. This product comes with 4 shades, 2 for contouring and 2 for highlighting. It has a cool tone brown powder, which I use to do the contouring, and a warm brown for bronzing. There is a pinky beige shade that I use sometimes to set my concealer since it’s close to my skin tone. Also, there is a pretty white shimmery shade for highlighting. 

Overall, I’m happy I got this product. It’s moderately pigmented and easy to blend. I like to build up the product in order to get that natural look. I noticed there is some fallout when I dip my brush, but nothing crazy.

Sephora Collection Lipstories Lipstick

Over Christmas I got the chance to stop by Sephora and have a look around. I had been waiting for that moment ever since I saw that they added more brands to their range of cosmetics and beauty products. Whilst at the store, my attention was caught by this big stand that contained all 40 shades of Sephora’s Lipstories Lipsticks. Yes, 40 different shades in either matte, satin, or metallic finish. What blew me away even more was the price, $8. I couldn’t let pass this opportunity and got 3 shades for myself: Tan Lines (a cream nude), Yum Yum (a cream burgundy), and Take A Spin (a metallic soft pale pink). 

I like the idea behind this range of lipsticks. I may not always have a lot of makeup on, but I do carry with me a lipstick. Thus, each lipstick has a sort of meaning to me. It’s not just the way it suits me or how it makes me look, but also counts the moments and different situations in which I’ve worn it. Each lipstick has a distinct photo in it’s package that is linked to the shade. For example, Yum Yum is a burgundy color and it’s package has a photo of chocolate chip cookies because usually during wintertime/Christmas/fall, we tend to use more shades like this one. 

As a short summery, I love these lipsticks. They are very pigmented and creamy. This range appeases to all likes with various different colors and finishes. As for duration, I think they pass the test. They are quite long lasting.  The other day I used Take A Spin for going to the movies (yes, yes I did wear a metallic lipstick for watching a movie haha) and it lasted even after eating popcorn and drinking Ginger-Ale. 

Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I usually have two mascaras open and ready to use. One for everyday use and the other for special occasions such us going out. My go-to mascara was Maybelline’s Colossal Volume Express Mascara, but after constant use it was time to get a new one. 

I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to these products because if I had to use only one makeup product in my life, it would be a mascara. Therefore, I’m constantly looking and getting some just in case I run out of one. I had purchased Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara literally 2 years ago, but hadn’t used it so I thought it was only appropriate replace my old mascara with this one. Seriously, it was kept in my makeup bag sealed and everything. At first, I thought it would have most likely dried after such a long time, but to my surprise it wasn’t. 

The brush is round and it’s bristols are packed very close together, allowing you to coat your lashes without them sticking together. The formula is great, not too dense so that it doesn’t get flaky. The overall effect was that it made my eyelashes look longer and fuller, like they had doubled in number and length. It lasts a long time, all day and afternoon, without having fallout or stain in my lower lid.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

I’ve rediscovered the love I had for this product. When I first got it, I was expecting a strong and flashy highlighter because that was what I was looking for at the time. I didn’t swatch it at the drugstore, I just simply went for it blindly. Instead, I got a pretty golden liquid illuminator, a toned down version of what I had in mind. I wasn’t disappointed at all, because I found good use for it. 

I think this product is quite versatile. I use it in three different ways. Sometimes, I mix it with my foundation to get a glowy complexion. Other times, I place it on the high points of my cheeks before applying a light to medium coverage foundation to get a natural bronzy glow. Moreover, there are days when I use it as a base for a powder highlighter to stick to and get an additive effect. 

This product is great for a natural look because it illuminates your face, it doesn’t highlight, but rather adds a healthy glow, a bronzy aura to your makeup. It doesn’t move my foundation when applying over it and it allows the foundation to stick to it when I place it before. Since I’ve been all over natural makeup looks recently, it has been an awesome go-to product.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think!

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