Although the design of this product is annoying and the highlight shades are useless this is by far the best contour product I have ever used.
The deep tan shade on the left is smooth and warm in color. It works as a bronzer on me.
For contour I use the cooler tone on the right hand side. This is what I use down the sides of my nose and as a sharp contrast under my cheek bones. If I feel the color is too grey I warm up my face with the bronzer.
The really dark color at the bottom is what I use for under my jawline. I don’t use this anywhere else it’s just way to dark. A little goes a long way with this shade. Tread lightly if you are med to tan. BTW for reference I am a deep tan, MAC NC 42.
Now back to those highlight shades. They are useless. They are super chalky, not smooth, and not pigmented. They get in the way of the contour shades but I work around them.
Sephora has marked this on sale, it looks as though it is now a discontinued product. I’ve stalked up on this palette. Sad to see it go but I hope it gets redesigned for us darker skin girls.
Hey! If you suffer from dark circles like me I have some great items for you. These will color correct the purple/blue discoloration under your eyes, any scars and darkness around your mouth. After you color correct you can always add a brightener under the eyes for a dramatic finish. These holy grail items have never let me down.
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My favorite is the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Biscuit. This has a salmon/pink undertone that works well to color correct dark circles. Bonus- if you are a deep tan skin tone this will also blend well into the other parts of the face to hide scars and discoloration. The finish is natural and does not need to be set with a powder.
The L.A. Girl PRO Concealer is more dramatic option and best for ladies with a deep dark skin tone. The red/orange shade can counteract the darkest circles. You will need to use another concealer on top though. I would recommend an actual skin tone concealer and not just a brightener. You will need to hide the red/orange.
Last but not least I use this Bobbi Brown concealer that has a pink undertone alone. The shade matches my skin tone while the undertone counteracts dark circles. I can use this alone when I feel like using minimal product but with strong coverage. It is a bit creamy and thick so you will need to warm the product up before application. Just rub a bit in between your fingers and pat on. You will need to set this with a powder as it does crease.
For reference I am an NC 42 in Mac, Syracuse in Nars Foundations, and Golden Beige in Cover Girl.
I’ve done quite a bit of shopping with Kate Spade the in the last month. Surprisingly, I was never interested in the brand until recently. The delightfully overwhelming color palette has drawn me in.
The red tote, pink wallet, and orange badge/credit card holder are from the Kate Spade outlet in Livermore, Ca. and the jewelry is from
a Kate Spade stand alone boutique on Burlingame Ave in Burlingame, Ca.
The outlets were running a super sale at 75% off all handbags. The red tote came to $125!
The pink wallet was $79 at 50% off and the orange card holder came to $39 at 50% off.
Here are the gorgeous full price jewelry items I picked up. Oh well, I can treat myself. The Toucan necklace was $48 and the earrings came to $58.
What is your favorite thing about Kate Spade?
There will be a flash sale on their site tomorrow, 5/6 only until noon! I’ll be grabbing the Bahama Mama contour powder, some nail polish, timeBalm concealer, and a new blusher (not sure which one). What will you grab during the sale??
I’m headed to JCPenney after work to pick up a few Jonathan Adler decor items I purchased during their last lowest price of the season sale. It was such a score I can’t wait to show you what I got. On another note I also received an email from Sephora today on their weekend only promo going on at the Sephora inside JCP so I’ll be picking up a few things.
In case you didn’t receive their email here is what’s going on…
UPDATE: So I was able to place an order on Urbandecay.com on November 21. I received an email from Urban Decay saying the Naked 3 was now in stock and to place an order. I did so at 10:15 AM PST. A few hours later the item was out of stock and is still showing out of stock online. It’s 11/24 5:43 PM PST. Sign up for email on the Urban Decay site if you want to be the first to know when they are back in stock. Good luck!
What does it take for you to get naked? Not much for me. Urban Decay will soon release their Naked3 Palette. This new product is inspired by rose gold hues. The case is beautiful and the shades are more warmer. All brand new shades too! Would you buy this just to have it or can you see yourself using these shades on a daily basis? I’d like to hear your opinion below.
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I’ve heard this is set to release in December but I’ve also heard they are waiting for January. I wouldn’t be surprised if they release this on the Urban Decay site first and then waited to allow Sephora to sell it. If you want first hand access you should sign up for the Urban Decay email list.
*These images are from the Urban Decay website.
It took 4 layers of the Shark’s Cove to get an opaque finish then I added the Essie Lux Effects Glitter to the tips and finished it off with Seche Vite Quick dry.
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