As much as I love makeup I love skincare just as much. It’s important to me for me skin to be on point because I don’t want to feel like I have to hide behind makeup. With that being said I recently got on a glycolic acid kick. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that has potent power for the skin because it has a small molecular structure. This allows it to penetrate the skin better than other AHAs like lactic or citric acids. Glycolic acid is a popular beauty ingredient that’s been around for quite some time. You may have heard it mentioned as part of a chemical peel at a dermatologist but there are many lesser strength at home variations as well.
The main beauty purpose of Glycolic Acid is as an exfoliate. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, allowing fresh new skin to show. This makes it great for brightening dark spots, anti-aging prevention and helpful for those with acne-prone skin.
Okay, so who doesn’t want breathless, amazing skin? No one. So when I was fortunate enough to try out some Palmetto Derma products, (Retinol & Peptide Infused Lifting Eye Cream, Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum, Intensive Hydration & Firming System), I was super stoked! Lets face it, when we look good, we feel great.
I’m a product junkie makeup enthusiast and I enjoy buying new products as often as possible. To feed my addiction without killing my wallet l look out for any opportunity to save on products without sacrificing on quality.
Like many beauty enthusiast, I’ve tried and loved some Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, but I’m not so in love with their price. So I set out to see if I could find a dupe (less expensive but equal in quality) for their eyebrow pencil. Although traditional manual sharpen eyebrow pencils are NOT my typical brow product of choice, its good to have at least one on deck. They are super handy for when you are doing your makeup on the go (imagine trying to slay with some brow powder on a crowed moving train in the morning, NOT happening). So when I came across the L’Oreal brow stylist pencil I immediately knew I had to try it. Like the Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil, it comes with a spooly on one end (crucial to preventing Nike check Instagram eyebrows) and in three shades to match different hair colors.
Last week I broke down the best five contour palettes and several people emailed me asking how to actually contour. I have a video tutorial on natural contouring but if you want more of a defined noticeable contour for the whole face than this is the tutorial for you. For this tutorial I used my CoverFx cream contour kit but you can use any contour color or highlight that you already have. Cheekbones
1. Using a contour brush or your finger, apply the contour product, starting from the ear gently blending towards the direction of your mouth stopping half an inch before the mouth.
2. Next apply the highlighter directly above your cheekbones going down to the apples of the cheeks.
Something is just so appealing about big, bright eyes and thankfully, you don’t have to be born with them to achieve them! Be prepared to hear continuous compliments on your eyes after reading these game changing tips!
Contouring has been a makeup technique of the pros forever, but has just become super mainstream over recent years (big thanks in part to the Kardashians). Whatever your makeup level, contouring and highlighting doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you are new to contouring it’s never been easier to get started thanks to many new contour kits out on the market. There are also tons of resources online on how to contour (I even did a video in the past on how to do a natural contour). Ready to give it a go?
Keep reading to see my top five contour palette choices for people new to contouring!
1. Sleek Contour Kit: This was my first contour product ever way back when. To this day I still often keep it in my makeup bag, although I prefer cream contour products now. I like to use this sometimes to set my contour or give my cheekbones a nice “pop” with the shimmery highlight color. This was also one of the first contour kits that provided deeper shades for woman of color.
2. Marc Jacobs Contour Kit: Also a very beginner friendly palette. This is another powder contour product that is similar to the Sleek kit. Unlike the Sleek, this palette is more of a matte finish and uses “light filtering” technology to flatter and prefect the skin.
3. CoverFx Contour Kit: If you’ve been reading Fancy Francy for a while than you know my love of this new contour kit. I posted this picture of me wearing it and also did a full review. I love this product and think it’s great for anyone from a beginner to a more seasoned makeup user. The best thing about this kit is that all the products are cream and extremely blendable (the key when it comes to contouring).
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: Okay okay, I know this is suppose to be the best kits for beginners but I think beginners can tackle this kit as well. Don’t let the six shades scare you, this kit is totally useable even if you’re not a makeup expert. The kit comes with 3 shades for contouring and 3 shades for highlighting, all of which are blendable and can be used year round as your complexion changes. My favorite thing about this kit is that items are removable and refillable!
5. Kat Von D Contour Kit: Last but not least, the Kat Von D Contour kit is another one that may look tough on the outside but is super umm sweet? on the inside. Similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit this kit has six powder shades for contouring and highlighting. Between the two kits, I would say this one has better shades for deeper skintones.
While all of these kits have their unique characteristics that make them great, any one of them contain everything you need to start emphasizing eyes, cheekbones, and noses. So don’t be scared, give one (or all) of them a try and come on in to the contour club!
Shop your favorite ones below:
Have you tried any of them? What is your favorite contour kit?
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I’ve teamed up with NYC based jewelry company Amy O, to host a fun after work “sip n shop” party in their NYC showroom. If you’re in the NYC area on 5/7 come enjoy complimentary refreshments and signature drinks while shopping spring and summer jewelry must-haves. I’ll also be in attendance to help you pick the perfect items to suit your wardrobe! Lastly, all attendees will be entered in for a chance to win giveaways throughout the night.