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It's time for the first outfit post I've done in a while! And it's the first one since my "makeup made me fat" post. I had been obsessed with this dress since I first seen it at Hudson's Bay, and when I seen (my favourite blogger) Gal Meets Glam wear it, I knew it was time to commit. While it's a tiinnnnyyyy bit tight in the chest area, I'm so glad that I purchased this beautiful dress.  It's something that I will have in my closet for ages. 






Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Matte "It's Happening" // Shoes: J.Crew (similar here) // Dress: Denim & Supply

xoxo K

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Smashbox Contour Trio

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I posed a fun little GIF about these Smashbox Contour sticks on Instagram a while back, but I thought I would do a dedicated post about them.  They're something that was in the swag bag at Genbeauty, and I've really been loving playing around with them. I haven't heard a lot about these items in terms of cream contour sticks, that's why I thought I should share my experience using them with you.

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Smashbox, contour, cream contour, cream bronzer, cream highlight, makeup review

First off, because they are a cream, you need to make sure you apply this before any powder (rookie mistake I made the first time I tried them out).  Second, if you use a very mattifying foundation like I do, you want to apply this relatively quit after putting on your foundation.  It will drag and life the foundation in certain places if your foundation sets.

As you can see, the set contains a bronzer, contour, and highlight stick.  You would apply them in the same places you put a powder highlight (obviously), but because they are a creamy formula, you want to apply a bit less, because they will blend out more than powders do.

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Smashbox, contour, cream contour, cream bronzer, cream highlight, makeup review

I find that the contour shade is a gorgeous cooler toned shade, and works amazingly well at creating a natural shadow.  I've yet to find a contour colour that doesn't look overpowering on my super pale complexion, but this one fits the bill.

The bronzer one is also really flatting, on my complexion at least.  It's the most pigmented of the three, so it's easy to go overboard.  I generally do one to two stripes on each side of my temple.  It creates a natural, sun kissed bronzey glow.  It should be noted that none of the stick have a matte finish, and instead keep that creaminess to them.

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Smashbox, contour, cream contour, cream bronzer, cream highlight, makeup review

The highlight is a bit darker and yellow-ier than I would normally go for, so I often sub-in my Clinique Heafy Highlight instead for a cream highlighter.  It almost looks like a concealer on my complexion, and I find it slightly patchier than the other two to blend.

Overall, I really like this contour trio, and I think if you're looking for a really natural finish for the summer, then this set is a must-have.

xoxo K

Too Faced Passport to Bronze

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I'm a huge fan of bronzer.  Don't get me wrong, I love being pale, but experimenting with different bronzers can be so much fun.  It can transform your look, and it's perfect for those days you feel like you're verging on the pasty side.  I was so excited when I received the Too Faced Passport to Bronze collection, that people like Shaaanxo have reviewed.  Needless to say, it was one of the first things I started playing around with. 

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I've actually had two of these bronzers before, and the Pink Leopard was my go-to face product when I was in high school.  It's one of the few makeup items in my life that I've ever completely finished.  I used the pinkey-tones as a blush, the warmer browns as a bronzer, and I would use the three distinct colours as eyeshadow.  It really was the perfect, most versatile palette for people who don't want a ton of stuff in their collection.  

But naturally, as my love of makeup grew, so too did my love of bronzers.  I received the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil for Christmas last year, and it's been one of my go-to's everyday.  You can use it as the perfect transition colour for your eyeshadow, but of course, it works amazingly on the perimeter of your face.  I'll go through each of the bronzers in detail below! 

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As you may or may not be able to see, there are a mix of matte and shimmery products. All of the "Chocolate" bronzers (the Milk Chocolate, Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Soliel) are all completely matte. As their names would suggest, they are three shades of brown that vary between a light, medium and deeper shade.  These three are all quite neutral toned, meaning they would be great for contour as well.  I use the Milk chocolate one the most, as I'm super pale, but I have played around a bit with the other two.  

I absolutely love that Too Faced launched the lighter and darker tones so that different skin tones can all benefit from the amazing formula.  It's super smooth and creamy, and has very little kick-back.  It blends seamlessly into the skin, and starts out relatively sheer, but builds up quite quickly, so you may want to be light-handed. 

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The other four bronzers are all shimmery-esque.  They don't have any decidable glitter particles, which is nice.  I really love using these because when you get a tan in the summer, I always find that your skin develops a beautiful radiant glow, so it's nice to use products like this that mimic that look. 

Snow Leopard and Snow Bunny are great for paler skinned girls.  They both contain similar pigments, with pinks, taupes, and even a white-highlight colour.  They are really light weight and almost creamy feeling.  It doesn't cause any cakey-ness, and looks completely natural.  You can even take a tapered brush and focus on just one or two colours; you can use just the white as a beautiful highlight, or combine the far right two as a blush.  And like I said before, because of all the colours in these bronzers, you can always use them to create a multi-tonal eye makeup look in a pinch. 

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Sun Bunny and Beach Bunny are great for medium to darker skin tones, and I found I was reaching for these a lot more when I was fake tanning.  Sun Bunny is divided into two sections, really similar to the new Sweetheart bronzer, with both sides being quiet warm toned and shimmery.  Beach Bunny has 4 strips, similar to Snow Bunny, but with 4 warmer and darker shades.  Ranging from taupe to gold to deep brown, you can focus your brush on different sections to create different looks.  I find the four strips aren't as divisible as Snow Bunny, but it still creates a stunning look. 

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Overall, I absolutely love these bronzers. You definitely don't need all 7 bronzers, but I think that each one has it's own merits, and there are no difstipugable differences between them in terms of quality or pigmentation.  I would recommend getting at least one of the Chocolate bronzers for when you want a mattifying look, and another of the more shimmery-ones (The "animal" bronzers, as it were).  Which one you get depends on your skin tone, but there is bound to be a few in the range to satisfy your needs. 

xoxo K

June Favourites: Beauty Edition

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June Favourites time! I rarely do "favourite"-type posts, but I've switched around my makeup set up lately (so you can see in my previous post is), so I've been playing around with more products then I normally do.  I tend to get stuck in a rut with my makeup, so the way I've rearranged things have made it easier to rediscover favourites.  For the month of June, these are the items that I surprisingly wasn't using often, but have fallen in love with again. Keep reading to find out!

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

Face:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: I have never really given this palette much thought.  I really like the centre highlight shade, but with my super oily skin, I wasn't sure how to approach the other two shades.  I've started using the one of the far right as a bronzer, or adding it over a matte bronzer.  But more importantly, I've started using that first shade as a way to wipe my bake off.  This way, I get the long lasting power of my normal powder, but with the radiant look of the Hourglass one.  I had 3 complements on my complexion, of all things, by strangers at work.  I never get compliments on my complexion, but this power really does seem to be a miracle worker.  He is staying in this rotation!

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic, Sex on Fire
This blush isn't something I would have purchased on my own, but I was sent this last summer.  And omg it's so pretty! It leaves a really natural, almost sculptural look to the cheeks.  It's darker and browner then my other blushes, but seeing as how pale I am, I'm guessing this will be universally flatting.  If you have a CT booth in your local beauty store, give this one a swatch!

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

Eyes:

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Copper 
I love this for the mornings when I'm running late (what alarm? I swear I didn't hear anything).  A swipe of this gorgeous orangey-coppery shade looks amazing with blue eyes, and blends out seamlessly in seconds.  It's super creamy to blend, but it sets down, so it doesn't smudge at all. Totally want more colours!

Too Faced Peanut Butter Palette: I didn't play around with this palette as much as I would have liked to, but when you start work at 8am, you don't really have the motivation to do crazy makeup looks.  The few times I did use it though, I got so many comments! It's more pigmented then I would like, meaning it goes on really strong, but it's so buttery and looks stunning. It's now permanent in the range, so pick it up!

Inglot Custom Freedom Palette
As I'm typing this, I'm not sure why I included this product in my pictures.  I think I meant to grab the Lancome French Innocence palette, which I love and used a lot in the last few weeks.  This palette is nice, but I stupidly put in the my favourites without using it up. #bloggerfail

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

Honourable Mention

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant . . .Tooth Paste 
Random right? Completely. But I was sent this for review, and I actually really like it.  It leaves your breath so bloody fresh.  Almost tingly.  If you have sensitive gums, or get irritated by strong scents, I'd swear clear.  But hollllly, this tooth paste is like downing an entire pack of tick-tacs at once.  I don't notice any extra whiteness, but it's still really nice.

Hourglass ambient lightling palette, too faced peanut butter and jelly palette, ingot, charlotte tilbury blush, laura mercier caviar stick, monthly favourites

So what were your favourites for the month of June? I'm currently cooped up inside because I cannot stand the heat in July.  I can't wait for summer to be over, and everything to calm down again. 

xoxo K