Saturday, 30 September 2017

Fall Vampy Makeup Tutorial 2017

Products Mentioned
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Monday, 18 September 2017


KKW Beauty Powder Contour & Highlight Kit retails for $52 USD and contains 30 grams (1.04 oz) of product. I live in Montreal, Canada, so I paid about $86.54 CAD. It's claimed to be buildable and easy to blend.


I really like the color of the packaging. It comes in a big and the contour kit also has matching box that it comes in.
  • 2 matte contour shades (15 grams of product / 0.52 oz )
  • 2 shimmer highlight shades (layer both for intense glow) (15 grams of product / 0.52 oz )
  • Dual-ended brush (angled brush for contour and rounded brush for highlighter)
I got the kit in Medium and wasn't sure if the shades will complement my medium/deep skin tone but surprisingly most of them worked well. I loved the yellow/gold highlighter! For shade reference, I'm in NC40-NC42 in MAC. 
  • Highlight I - Soft Yellow Gold
  • Highlight II - Champagne Pink
  • Contour I - Warm Honey
  • Contour II - Natural Tan 
From left to right: Highlight I, Highlight II, Contour I & Contour II
Overall Impression
I think it's a good kit but it's overpriced. I wish she didn't include the brush because I really didn't like it and I doubt I will be using it in the future. As for the contour and highlight shades, I do feel like the highlight shades are better. They apply beautifully and blend well. 
As for the contour shades, I do feel like they don't blend as well as I expected them to especially with the brush that comes with the kit. I noticed applying with the brush just made it look patchy but the contour shades ended up working well with my other brushes. There's also a lot of fallout with the contour shades and a lot of the product gets on the brushes. 
I do regret paying this much for a kit especially since I had to pay shipping but I've been using it a lot lately. I doubt I will be using the brush though.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation Demo/Review

Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation is claimed to be a full-coverage weightless liquid foundation. It retails for $44 USD ($53 CAD) and it's available in 20 shades. I received a lovely PR package from Becca Cosmetics with 5 foundations and I swatched all the shades and filmed a review using the shade Café.

Here's a demo and review of it. I also tested it out for 6.5 hours. I have combination/oily skin and for shade reference I'm in NC40-NC42 in MAC.
Product Claims
  • Full Coverage
  • Weightless
  • Ideal for all skin types 
  • Formulated with a balance of 21 percent pure pigment and 22 percent water
  • Enriched with high concentrations of pigment and water—achieving coverage without the cake 

    Here are the swatches the following 5 shades: 
    1. Bamboo - dark tan beige, yellow/golden undertones 
    2. Fawn - dark tan beige, warm/red undertones
    3. Café - light tan beige, neutral to warm undertones
    4. Amber - deep tan, warm/red undertones  
    5. Maple (previously Tobacco) - dark golden, neutral to warm undertones
    Here are some of the foundations that match me well: Shade ReferenceI don't own any MAC foundation but I should be around NC40-NC42 in MAC. Click here for my blog post with list of foundations that are good match for my skin tone.
    MAC NC40/MAC NC42/Indian/Pakistani/Brown/Deep/Tan Skin
    If you have oily skin, you will love this foundation. I have oily t-zone and I was quite impressed at how I didn't look oily by end of the day. I've tested it out for 6.5 hours in this video but I've also tested it out for 12 hours and got the same result. If you have dry skin, then I'd recommend getting a sample before buying it because it can feel slightly drying.  
    It's very pigmented and long wearing. It provides a great coverage but I personally don't like to build it up too much because it can easily end of looking cakey. It has a natural finish and it photographs well. It doesn't cling on dry patches but can feel slightly drying.
    Photo with flash 
    • Finish: Semi-matte 
    • Coverage: Medium to Full Coverage
    • Wear time: I tested it out for 6.5 hours in the video. I have oily t-zone but I noticed I didn't look oily by end of the day. I've also worn it at work a couple of times and the foundation looks good by end of the day and I was quite impressed by that.
    Photo taken without flash after 6.5 hours
    • Application: I prefer applying it with beautyblender but I also liked the application with stippling brush. I do recommend using less product but it can easily end up looking cakey. Also, I do recommend applying a hydrating primer or a lot of moisturizer before because it can feel dry sometimes. In the video, I used Becca Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base on one side and noticed the application was better and I had a luminous glow, which I love.