I open my closet and start pulling out outfits that make me look like Priyanka Chopra in my head…cuz you know ain’t nobody like a desi girl.
It’s time to game plan. There are different types of outfits one can wear when going to a South Asian wedding event. If I know the bride/groom personally, then you best know that I’ll be rocking that lehenga or glitzy saree. If I’m a plus one for my parents (yes, it’s a thing), then I’ll taper the look down in a kameez or a glam saree.
Once I’ve chosen at least 3 outfits as options, I’m going to start taking MySpace-esque mirror selfies to see which one looks the bombdotcom…because….hello Instagram?
…and I’ll send them to my most trusted squad members….because the squad has to approve right? Also, they’ll most likely tell me if I’m too scandalous #noscandalizedauntieszone
Outfit done. Time to get my makeup on. Popular to contrary belief, I rarely know what makeup look I’m going for. Almost always, I’ll pick the lipstick I want to use and base my whole look around that.
Daaang, makeup did. Now to get my hair did…cue the Beyonce playlist now…#feelingmyself.
Hair did. Face beat. Now for the bling. For me, it’s all about the glitz…because I’m that extra.
Time to Instagram…it’s about that #OOTD life.
And now I’m ready to get into the car and head to the event! Peace out! See you in the next post! x
I will be the first one to admit that I cannot contour properly. You’ll always find me making fishy faces or staring at my Instagram feed trying to figure out how to perfectly contour. But what I will say is these 5 palettes have helped me big time. I know I’m SO late to the contouring game (but honestly, who FOLLOWS trends right? It’s all about making them) but here are 5 of my favourite contour palettes that work best for a novice like me!
- Sleek Makeup’s Cream Contour Kit in Medium: I picked this up at Ulta and I am in love with how simple and easy it is to use. It’s also the cheapest palette out of these and my wallet cannot be any happier!
- Urban Decay’s Shape Shifter in Medium Dark: This impulse buy ended up being one of my favourite UD purchases in a long time. This is perfect for travel because it has both cream and powder contour shades plus a gorgeous highlight shade!
- Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Palette: This is the holy grail of contour products. These powders feel like butter and blend perfectly on your skin. You can also use the lighter shades to bake!
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium to Tan: This was one of my first ever contour palettes I had ever purchased and I always go back to it. I love that it’s buildable and perfect for my skin tone!
- NARS Contour Blush in Paloma: This one is my favourite for everyday mainly because it’s super simple to use and it looks like I contoured without even trying (that’s how you’re supposed to rock this trend right? lolz).
I bet you’re thinking…why did MAC just name a palette Basic Bitch? Don’t worry, I thought the same thing too. As a part of MAC’s Girls line, MAC released 6 limited edition “personality” eye shadow palettes. I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this is the most talked about one….the Basic Bitch palette.
What’s in the palette: This palette is filled with 8 eye shadows, which range from shimmers to mattes, and a highlighter. This palette is filled with greys, plums and purples…perfect for a smoky eye! The highlighter in Love this bitch (lolz) is a frosted baby pink highlighter. Sly Girl & Tattle-Tale (probably two of my favourite shimmer shades by MAC) are micro-glitter shimmering shades. Hell in Heels & Gameplayer are your creamy mattes. Me, Me, Me, Ms. Personality, Big White Lie and Text Me Later are satin shades. The packaging is pretty sleek and includes a mirror.
The Good: Even past the controversy, I love everything about this palette. Majority of the shades are gorgeous on my lids and the names are super fun! I’m assuming MAC believes that the average basic bitch (I feel so strange writing the B word on my very G rated blog, but you know that’s life) is one that wants to have a smoky eye all the time. The formula of these shadows and the one highlighter are super-duper silky smooth. It wasn’t powdery when I swatched them and I loved how they just glided on without any fuss. The opacity is pretty decent, although some shades require you to pack on the shadow, majority of the shades are pretty opaque.
The Bad: So you can probably tell by the swatches that the colour pay off isn’t the best for some of the shades in this palette. BUT I will say the shades which didn’t have full opacity on first swatch, were super opaque when I spritzed my shadow brush with Fix+ to foil the shadows. They looked incredibly gorgeous. But aside from that, this palette is pretty awesome! I can see the name of this palette being an issue for a few and I wish the name wasn’t SO big on the palette.
Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).
(PS I’m also reviewing Fashion Fanatic & Prissy Princess)
After hearing every single makeup junkie rave about this palette, I finally got my hands on it! When I heard that the infamous Chrissy Teigen teamed up with BECCA, I was excited. If you follow Chrissy, then you already know that this fashionista’s makeup is always on point…especially her cheeks! And the fact that she collaborated to create a palette that accentuates this feature for everyone is marvellous.
What’s in the palette: This palette includes two highlighters (Rose Gold & Beach Nectar), a blush (Hibiscus Bloom) and a bronzer (Malibu Soleil). It also comes with a built-in mirror and the packaging of this palette is ultra cute! The Rose Gold highlighter is obviously in a rose gold tone. The Beach Nectar highlighter is more of a light pink/peach highlighter. Hibiscus Bloom is a gorgeous satiny pink/gold. Malibu Soleil is your usual bronzer with a hint of shimmer.
(From Top To Bottom: Rose Gold, Beach Nectar (the one with the writing and heart), Hibiscus Bloom, Malibu Soleil)
The Good: OMG. The highlighters are beautiful on pretty much any skin tone! Both the highlighters are different from one another and can be worn during the day or night! I love how pigmented and buildable the blush/bronzer are. One of the main reasons why I love this palette is because of its versatility. Not only can you use this for you cheeks, you can also use this on your eyes. I used this palette and only this palette for one week straight and the results were great! Also, the formula of all these shades are incredibly smooth! They all glide on so well on to your skin and you can layer them without looking cakey. I found that all these shades look super natural on my skin tone and after having this on all day, the shades didn’t move or look overdone (score).
The Bad: As much as I love this palette, I can’t seem to understand the sizes of the blush and bronzer included in this palette. They’re significantly smaller in size compared to the highlighters. Although, I guess that because this is a “glow” palette, the highlighters are going to be the highlight of this palette (LOLz) but I would love if the blush and bronzer were the same size because my understanding is that I would use more of the blush and bronzer than the highlighter. But, that’s literally the only negative thing I found.
Final Verdict: If you love highlighters, Chrissy Teigen or makeup in general, then this palette needs to be yours! Not only is this pigmented to the max, it gives you the perfect glow without looking like you spent hours doing your makeup. But you better get it fast because this baby is a limited edition release!
Where you can get it: $56 (CDN) at Sephora or on BECCA’s website.
So if you read my post last month, then you already know how excited I have been to try Benefit’s Hoola Quickie contour stick. Seriously, I am not by any means an expert at contouring. In fact, I still don’t understand how it works. I won’t lie though, I have tried it out at different events because of this very product but I’ve never really been able to master it…until I tried THIS product.
Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a cult favourite. Anyone and everyone that knows anything about makeup has heard of that particular bronzer. When they decided to come out with a cream-stick version of it, I was beyond excited to try it. It’s a cream-to-powder formula which means that it goes on like a cream and it dries as a powder. Since it’s in a form of a stick, you just have to line the areas you’re trying to contour (hence the quickie part of the name) and blend either using your fingers, a brush or the Beauty Blender.
This soft matte bronzer has been one of my favourite products to try. I have to say when I tried this to contour my cheekbones, nose and jaw line…it worked like a charm. Never has a contour looked so natural in my life. It’s super bendable and the packaging is super cute. There’s no fragrance to it and I loved how easy it was to use. You can definitely build up the formula and layer with other products, if you’re looking to look super sculpted.
However, there is ONE slight issue. In a world where there are tons of different skin tones, I can’t see this working for my dolls that have a darker skin tone. In fact, it doesn’t really show up A LOT on my skin, unless I layer or build. But I like to use this for a natural looking contour, so it works out in my case. Although, I will mention…when I wanted to see if this can give me that Kardashian look, I found I was using a lot more product than any of my other bronzer/contour powder.
With everything being said, I do think this is a really good product Benefit has put out. Those who love the original boxed powders are going to absolutely love this because it’s easy to use, looks very natural and it’s very easy to build. Plus, it looks SO cute on your makeup counter. This product retails for $38 (CDN) at any Benefit counter!
- Cream stick dries to a powder
- Doesn’t irritate skin
- Soft Matte bronzer/contour, doesn’t look shiny
- Buildable and blends really easy
- Shade might be a little to light for darker skin tones
- You do end up using a lot of product if you have mid range skin tone