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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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Do you have any favorite setting powders?

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I also have reviews of my brighteners here, concealers hereneutralizers and primers

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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Do you use either of these sponges?  Which one is your favorite?

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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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The Best Primers For Sensitive Skin

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with primers over the years.  On the one hand, I love how smooth they make my skin, how much easier they make foundation application, and how long lasting they can make my makeup.  On the other hand, many of them make my skin red and irritated… and some even make my skin… gasp… break out.

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The Best Primers For Sensitive Skin Review

So I went on a quest to find the ultimate primers for my overly sensitive skin.  I tried on each primer, and used the same foundation, and powder each day so I could get a scientific review of how each primer looked under makeup.  Here are the results…

The Best Primers For Sensitive Skin

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Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look

Confession time: One of my guilty pleasures is watching Total Divas on E!.  Since Paul is also a wrestling fan, I see a lot of these ladies.

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Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look using mostly Kat Von D Beauty vegan, cruelty free makeup for an everyday glam look

My favorite Divas are the Bella twins… and they’re obviously popular with fans because they’re getting their own spin off, Total Bellas.  Both Brie and Nikki Bella are stunning, and unbelievably in shape… so watching the show is great motivation to work out!  I’ve noticed in several episodes that Brie’s makeup is so stunning.  She frequently wears a chambray shirt, with mauve and pink, natural, yet flawless makeup.  I’ve been dying to recreate it.

Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look using mostly Kat Von D Beauty vegan, cruelty free makeup for an everyday glam look
Screenshot from Total Divas on E!

Since Brie is very earth friendly, I chose to use mostly Kat Von D makeup, which is vegan and cruelty free.

Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look using mostly Kat Von D Beauty vegan, cruelty free makeup for an everyday glam look

Here’s how I got the look…

Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look

Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look using mostly Kat Von D Beauty vegan, cruelty free makeup for an everyday glam look

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Brie Bella Total Divas Inspired Makeup Look using mostly Kat Von D Beauty vegan, cruelty free makeup for an everyday glam look

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The Best & Worst Full Coverage Foundations Review

This will be the final review in my foundation testing series, and I just may have saved the best for last.  I love a good full coverage foundation… something not too heavy, not too light, but juuuust right.  I was actually surprised that I didn’t have as many full coverage foundations as I thought.  Although in reality, you really only need one great one.

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The Best & Worst Full Coverage Foundations Review

To keep my testing scientific and accurate, I tried to keep things consistent by using the same primer (my favorite Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure ), and the same face powder (the Clinique Blended Face Powder ).

Here are my full reviews of all of my full coverage foundations, how they look, how they feel, and how they hold up throughout the day….

The Best & Worst Full Coverage Foundations Review

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The Best & Worst Medium Coverage Foundations Review

If you’ve been following along with Everyday Starlet then you know I’ve been testing my makeup collection, trying on each product, and giving a review.  I went through all of my foundations and decided that I had way too many and I really needed to split up my collection into coverage.  I already shared my lightweight foundations, and now I’m reviewing my medium coverage foundations.

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The Best & Worst Medium Coverage Foundations Review

To be honest, when I split up my foundations by coverage, I expected the medium coverage category to be the largest.  However, I didn’t have as many as I thought I did.

I kept tried to keep things consistent by using the same primer (my favorite Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure , although I’m working on testing primers next), and the same face powder (my longtime favorite the Clinique Blended Face Powder ).

Here are the ones I loved and the ones I’m not crazy about.  My results may surprise you, I know they surprised me…

The Best & Worst Medium Coverage Foundations Review

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