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NYX Taupe – New Formula HD Blush vs. Old Formula Powder Blush

Ahh, NYX Taupe blush. It’s a bit of a cult favorite and I’m in on this one! I discovered NYX’s Powder Blush in Taupe probably two years ago and since then, it’s been a real favorite of mine. And not just a favorite blush or favorite contouring product, oh no. This product is one of my all time favorite makeup products and I consider it a necessity. It’s a fantastic, affordable contouring product for fair skin! Due to it being a taupey-greyish color, it doesn’t look orange on pale skin as many other products do so it’s basically a pale girl’s dream come true.

As you may have imagined, I didn’t take the news super well when I realized this blush was being discontinued. Why would NYX do something so cruel to all of Taupe’s adoring fans?!

I was glad to hear it was being reformulated but still was a little upset that one of my favorite products had been changed at all. But I bought the new HD version of Taupe anyway to give it a try and to compare the two products!

Here we see the two NYX Taupe blushes side by side! The new NYX HD Blush in Taupe is on the left side of the screen while a very well loved and busted up, old NYX Powder Blush in Taupe is on the right side.

New NYX Taupe HD Blush vs. old NYX Taupe Powder Blush
New NYX Taupe HD Blush vs. old NYX Taupe Powder Blush

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Review

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit  has been flying off the shelves since it’s release so you can only imagine my joy when I found this kit at my local Sephora at a time when it was sold out everywhere.

I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I’m ashamed that I haven’t reviewed this product sooner but now I can at least say that I can do a pretty thorough review.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Top Row L-R: Vanilla, Banana, Sand. Bottom Row L-R Java, Fawn, Havana.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

With flash. L-R Java, Fawn, Havana, Sand, Banana, Vanilla

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Without flash. L-R Java, Fawn, Havana, Sand, Banana, Vanilla

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Overall opinion: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is a great asset in any makeup collection. The colors blend easily and hold up well on your face throughout the day. The base colors in the kit my not be well suited for those who are very fair or very dark but with the soon release of 21 new shades, it will be easy to select colors that work well for your individual skin tone.

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My very first post plus my face makeup routine!

I’ve had a few requests from users on /r/makeupaddiction to do a tutorial of my face makeup so here we go!

First off, we always want to start with a nice, clean slate. I usually wash my face at night using the oil cleanse method and follow that with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I also use Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir 3-5 times a week and it has helped dramatically with these dry, flaky patches that seem to plague my face lately. In the morning I will wash my face with a wash cloth and warm water, apply my CeraVe and then apply a layer of sunscreen. Wait about 15 minutes or so for it to set then I’m ready to get started with my makeup!

Here’s my bare face. My skin isn’t too bad but it can always be better, right? First things first though, apply a primer!DSC_0026

Today I’m using a Beauty Blender to apply my foundation. Beauty Blenders need to be used damp so I hold the sponge under running water for about 15 seconds then squeeze out as much of the excess water as possible. I pour a little of my foundation onto the back of my hand, dip my Beauty Blender in it and then apply it using a stippling motion. DSC_0037

Foundation, check!DSC_0043

Next I apply my concealer. Today I’m using my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer that I got recently and I love it. The coverage is great and it gives me the least problems with creasing of any concealer I’ve used.DSC_0054

And just like my foundation, I’m going to blend it using my Beauty Blender. Under eye circles, be gone!DSC_0069

Now we’re going to contour! I’m using Illamasqua’s Hollow and a Sonia Kashuk flat top sculpting brush. I’m going to apply my contour product before my highlight to avoid muddying up my highlight.

Cheekbones and jawline.DSC_0070

Jawline all the way to under your chin.DSC_0075

Forehead and nose too! My whole face contour pre-blending. Pretty, pretty!DSC_0082

After blending! I usually use a Real Techniques stippling brush to blend my cream contour.  When blending your contour product, be mindful to keep your motions pretty contained so you don’t end up with contour product all over your face. On your forehead, blend it upwards into your hairline. Under your cheek bones, keep your motions pretty precise while ever so slightly blending the product upwards (A tiny bit. Really. Just to soften the line.) and into your hairline again. Under your jawline you mostly want to blend in a downwards motion.DSC_0100

Moving on to highlighting! You want your highlighting product to be a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone. If you’re pretty pale you may be hard pressed to find a product in a shade that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone soo I just use white. Here I’m using Illamasqua’s Skin Base Lift in White, applying it with a Sigma F60 and blending it in with my Beauty Blender.DSC_0126

Hair up for a better view.DSC_0129

All blended in!DSC_0141 DSC_0147

If you’d like to set your face with some powder, now would be the time to do it! Use a light hand under your eyes though. The more product you put under your eyes, the more likely it is to crease and no one likes that shit.DSC_0151

Sometimes I like to top off my cheekbones with a little bit of Benefit’s Watt’s Up for a little more glow. I usually use my finger to very gently blend it  in.DSC_0160

Add a little bit of blush and ta-da! All done. At least for my face makeup, that is.DSC_0173


And here is it with a full face! A little heavy but what’s new? This amazing lipstick is NYX Shocking Pink, by the way. Their matte formulas are incredible. DSC_0251