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Blush Collection | Swatches & Reviews

When I set out to try on and review my entire blush collection, I had no idea what I was in for.  To be honest, blush is probably the most forgotten makeup product in my collection.  I frequently forget to apply it.. and, with my naturally rosy cheeks, I rarely ever miss it.  So you can imagine my surprise when I realized what an epic collection I actually have.

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Blush Collection | Swatches & Reviews

I went through my entire collection, tried on each blush, and gave a review of every single one.  I included powder, cream, and liquid blushes in this review… so grab some coffee or tea because this review is on the long side.

Some of my favorites were expected, however a few favorites emerged that I didn’t see coming.  So if you’d like so see my blush collection and which shades and formulas work well and which ones don’t, then check out my full review…

Blush Collection | Swatches & Reviews

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The Best & Worst Foundation Brushes | Review

For someone who never even owned a foundation brush until she started doing videos for YouTube, I seem to have amassed quite a collection. For most of my makeup wearing days I just used my fingers.  Makeup sponges seemed to let me down, and a brush for foundation never even entered my head.  Of course, then I discovered my beauty blender and that changed the game completely…

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The Best & Worst Foundation Brushes | Review

Once I realized that there was a makeup sponge that could completely change my view of sponges, my mind opened to other possibilities.  Cut to today and I have collected more foundation brushes than I will ever need.  So I decided to try each of them, film it, and give a mini review of how I like them.

Many of them are from Real Techniques, because they are affordable and I just don’t have much luck with higher end makeup brushes.  That could be because, along with the price tag, my expectations are higher.  But, hey, if I can get something great at a great price, then I’m all for it!

So if you are interested in trying some foundation brushes, then here are the ones that worked for me, and the ones that didn’t…

The Best & Worst Foundation Brushes | Review

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Note: I should be getting my Artis foundation brush soon and will be doing a separate review/ first impression on that, so stay tuned!

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Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer Review

Sometimes us beauty addicts buy makeup products that we just have to have, and then they get lost in our makeup collection and never get used.  That is the story of me and the Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer.  I thought this could be the answer to my struggle to get my lipstick to last.

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Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer Review

Cut to months later and I had discovered liquid lipsticks and a need for a lip primer didn’t seem necessary.  So while I was cleaning out my makeup collection to film my makeup reviews (like my face primer review) I came across my lonely Too Faced Lip Insurance and decided to give it a try.  I used my favorite lip liner, MAC Soar, and went with a traditional lipstick in a great quality to see if I could get the most accurate results.

Here’s what happened….

Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer Review

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Have you tried a lip primer before, either the Too Faced Lip Insurance or a different one?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Setting Sprays for Long Lasting Makeup | Review

Last week I reviewed setting powders and confessed that I wear them everyday.  When it comes to setting sprays I do not have the same loyalty.  While face mists have been around for a while, makeup setting sprays are a fairly new phenomenon.  I think the hype around them has died down a little, but they’re still extremely popular in the beauty world.

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Setting Sprays for Long Lasting Makeup | Review

I have to confess it took me a while to jump on the setting spray bandwagon.  When I started this review I hadn’t even tried most of these sprays before.  While some of them surprised me… some in good ways, some in not great ways… I still don’t think that setting sprays are an essential part of an everyday makeup routine. I think they can be a good thing to have on hand for special occasions or days when you just really want to go all out.  But while I probably will use some of these sprays more often than I did before…  I would invest in a great setting powder first.

If you are thinking about trying a setting spray, then here are the ones that worked for me, and the ones that didn’t…

Setting Sprays for Long Lasting Makeup | Review

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First Impression: The Cream Contour Experiment

Even a makeup obsessed Starlet like myself has a few techniques they aren’t comfortable with.  For me, cream contour ranks on the list just below false eye lashes.  While I’m still trying to build up the courage to attempt falsies again (my past attempts were epic fails despite all the advice and tutorials I’ve watched), I decided to give cream contour a try.

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First Impression: The Cream Contour Experiment

I will admit that I’ve played with cream contour products before.  Mostly just a quick swipe or swatch, but never a full face of contour.  I decided I needed to get over my fear and just go for it… after all, it’s makeup, it will always wash off.

Since I was just playing around with the technique, I decided to skip the fancy filming set up and just set up the camera on my makeup table.  I hope you enjoy the laid back approach.

So here’s how my cream contour experiment went…

First Impression: The Cream Contour Experiment

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Final Thoughts: Since filming the video I have used the cream contour a few more times and I’m really liking it, especially for Spring/Summer.  I’m not as big a fan of the highlighter.  I have played with using a lighter shade of concealer (my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly) in place of the highlighter and I really like the effect.  I’m planning to try it with my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener as well.

Have you tried cream contour before?  Do you like cream or powder contour better?  Do you have any favorite cream contour products?

Are there any makeup techniques that you’re scared to try? Any that you’ve tried by just can’t see to master?

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Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge Review

I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long it took me to discover Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel.  She is a master makeup artist, and so lovely to watch.  So I was excited to pick up her book Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge to review it for my book and film review series.

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Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge Review

First I have to say… I LOVE makeup.  I always have, and I love it more and more the more I use it and learn about it.

Second, I have to say that history was my worst subject in school.  I always find that ironic since I have such a fascination with Old Hollywood, but I seemed to have had bad luck with history teachers and could never get into it.

Cut to today, and I think I’ve found my favorite history book.

“This isn’t just about lipstick and eye shadow. Read this book and you will never look at makeup in the same way again.”- Lisa Eldridge

That really is the way Face Paint reads… as the most fabulous and glamorous text book EVER!

I mean that is a great way… and a not so great way.

On the one hand, it is an amazing book about the historic figures in makeup, where it originated, and the legends that made it popular.

On the other hand, the book doesn’t have much personality, so it can be a little hard to “get into” at times.  Feeling a little more like you’re in school… albeit and very pretty one.

“Painting on a red mouth has the uncanny knack of seeming to belong to antiquity and tradition whilst simultaneously appearing decidedly modern and daring.” – Lisa Eldridge

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re a fan of Lisa Eldridge on YouTube, then you’ve probably already read it… and you’ve got great taste.

If you’re a complete makeup addict (like me) who can’t get enough of everything makeup related….. or you’re a history/science buff who is curious how your favorite makeup products came to be, then HELL YES!

If you’re a makeup newbie who’s looking for tips and tricks to help you learn more about using makeup in everyday life, then not really.  I’d suggest you pick up Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin or check out some YouTube videos first.

Have you read Face Paint?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If there are any books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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Best & Worst Setting Powders for Face & Under Eyes | Review

I always wear setting powder… always.  I always have, and I probably always will.  At times I’ve worn too much… mostly back in my early days of makeup as a chubby, shiny teen.  In high school and college I had terrible skin and I packed on the powder to cover it up.  It probably didn’t work as well as I hoped it would.

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Best & Worst Setting Powders for Face & Under Eyes | Review

Ever since those days I’ve always felt like a good face powder is like my security blanket.  It covers my face like a layer of perfection… well, the good ones do.

So I decided to continue my makeup collection testings and reviews with my setting powder collection.  I started testing each one on the face and under the eyes.  Towards the end I decided to include some of the powders I have specifically for under the eyes.  I will admit I’m still on a search for the perfect under eye setting powder.  But after this review I think I’m a lot closer.  Here’s how the testing went…

Best & Worst Setting Powders for Face & Under Eyes | Review

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Note: I didn’t include my beloved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders because I’ll be doing a whole review of those in a separate post.  Stay tuned!

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Dupe? Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs the Beauty Blender | Review

It’s the age old makeup question: Is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge a dupe for the Beauty Blender?  I’ve seen makeup addicts get in heated debates about this topic.  So I decided to finally get some answers.

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Dupe? Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs the Beauty Blender | Review

I’ve been a long time fan of the Beauty Blender, and I never though I could love another beauty sponge.  I had been scared off from buying the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge because so many people (read: beauty gurus) argued that it wasn’t as good as my beloved BB.  But curiosity got the best of me and I decided to pick up a complexion sponge and find out the truth for myself.  Here’s what I found out…..

Dupe? Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs the Beauty Blender | Review 

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Contour Palettes Review | Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour vs Tarte Park Ave Princess

While sorting though my obscenely large makeup collection (I’m a beauty blogger… that’s how I justify it), I sometimes come across things that look similar or remind me of each other.  There not necessarily dupes, but they are comparable.  So after comparing the mothers’ of all contour palettes Anastasia Beverly Hills vs Kat Von D, I decided to put some other contour palettes to the test against each other.

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Contour Palettes Review | Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour vs Tarte Park Ave Princess

This time I’m trying the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour, a new drugstore contour palette, and having it battle side by side with an classic palette, the Tarte Park Ave Princess.  Here’s how it went down…

Contour Palettes Review | Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour vs Tarte Park Ave Princess

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Here is the side by side view… Maybelline on the left, Tarte on the right

Contour Palettes Review | Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour vs Tarte Park Ave Princess

Note: the photo doesn’t do the Maybelline highlighter justice, it it stunning in person.

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Mac Strobe Cream Dupe? The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter for Strobing

Here are Everyday Starlet we’re always on the quest for dupes.  So when I was organizing my makeup I happened to come across my Radiant Highlighter from The Body Shop.  I have used it for strobing before (is strobing still a thing, or is it over like fleek?)… so I got to thinking, could it be a MAC Strobe Cream Dupe?

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Mac Strobe Cream Dupe? The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter for Strobing

I had never actually used my MAC Strobe Cream before.  It was so hyped up that I purchased it in a MAC haul and then forgot about it.

If you actually compare the swatches, they’re not exactly the same. However, they both have a pink, cool toned glow.

Mac Strobe Cream Dupe? The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter for Strobing

So I thought I would try them both as strobe creams side by side to see how the compare.  Here’s what I discovered….

Mac Strobe Cream Dupe? The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter for Strobing

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Note: When I filmed this, I was looking at myself in the mirror and in natural light and I liked the Radiant Highlighter better.  However, in the photo, the MAC side looks smoother.

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