Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Review + Swatches

ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Hi everyone!

I know that this palette is definitely not a “new” item but I like reviewing “older” items as well – it reminds me and hopefully you guys to pull it out of your collection and remember why you purchased it in the first place!

ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium

I love the sleek packaging of this palette; it isn’t bulky or heavy – perfect for travelling with. It has a magnetic closure so you don’t have to worry about breaking the clasp. The pans are removable as well; if you want to put it in a Z-palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium

The formula differs slightly for each pan; the top left shade (Vanilla) is a sheer matte powder whereas the middle top shade (Banana) is much more pigmented and buttery in texture. The right pan (Sand) has tiny shimmers in it and is very buttery and pigmented. The bottom middle shade (Fawn) is also more sheer in comparison to the other two contour shades.

ABH Contour Kit Light to Medium

These powders are very blendable and look smooth on the skin without looking cakey or heavy. I like how they included a shimmery shade in there so you have a subtle shimmery highlighter instead of the usual all-matte contour kits. However, I feel that two of the contour shades are extremely similar and wish they had a different shade that would pull more bronze rather than red. I really enjoy the middle contour shade; it is perfect for nose contouring!

ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium
Left to right: Vanilla, Banana, and Sand.
ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium
Left to right: Java, Fawn, and Havana

In conclusion, I really like this palette and find myself using the top and bottom middle shades the most. I don’t think there is anything specifically special about this product but I do enjoy it and would recommend to someone who wants a nice contour kit to travel with.

Have you guys tried this contour kit? Comment below!

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Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer Review + Swatch

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another Too Faced bronzer review, if you haven’t seen my review of the Chocolate Soleil bronzer click here. These Too Faced bronzers have been revamped with new packaging however, the actual product is the same for the most part. I also purchased this from Winners (T.J Maxx) for about half off!

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer

I tend to reach for more shimmery bronzers during the summer time because it gives a nice glow on a sunny day out. I actually like the old packaging better then the revamped ones as they are very sturdy but very lightweight and have a pretty gold finish. They contain a nice sized mirror which is great. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer had a nice chocolate cocoa scent but this one does not have a scent at all – which I don’t mind. This bronzer has two shades side-by-side which you can use separately but I always mix the two, hence the blurred division between them.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer

I really enjoy this formula because it isn’t too pigmented; which I actually prefer for bronzers. I want to be able to gradually build it up and not worry about applying too much and then try to blend it out. It also blends out very easily without becoming patchy. This bronzer lasts the entire day with very minimal fading.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer
The lighter shade on the left, deeper shade in the middle, and a mix of both on the right.

The swatches have probably freaked you out and honestly I do not know why they swatch so orange and scary looking. This bronzer is slightly warm toned but it looks very natural on my fair neutral skin tone.

I really enjoy these Too Faced bronzers and would definitely pick up the Milk Chocolate Soleil next time.

Let me know which Too Faced bronzers are your favourite!

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Benefit Blush Bar ‘Cheeks on Pointe’ Blush & Bronzer Palette Review + Swatches

Benefit Blush Bar Cheeks on Pointe Blush & Bronzer Palette

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m super excited for this long weekend – great weather in Canada and lots of fun plans! Hope you all have an amazing long weekend!

I’ve decided to review this palette today because I’ve been reaching for it non-stop! This is the first cheek product that I have used from Benefit and I’m blown away! I’ve heard lots of good reviews on the famous Hoola bronzer and their boxed blushes but they are up there price-wise and I didn’t want to spend $40 on one blush. This palette is almost $80 however, it is an amazing value as you get FULL SIZE products; so technically your paying for two blushes and getting 3 free! My sister gifted this to me and I’m so happy she did because I had my eye on it a while back at Sephora!

Benefit Blush Bar Palette

The packaging is gorgeous! It makes me happy to use it every time, it also contains a nice large mirror and once you open the lid you get a whiff of this pleasant scent that is incredibly hard to describe but it reminds me of summer time. There is an empty space on the bottom right corner so that the brush can fit in there which is good if your planning on travelling with it.

Benefit Blush Bar Blush & Bronzer Palette

The blush textures are really nice; not too soft nor stiff, not too pigmented but pigmented enough. It’s a nice formula for light to medium skintones as the shades are all pretty light and I have to build it up on my cheeks – all except the Galifornia shade which looks good with just one layer. However, I love blushes that are buildable – it allows me to apply and blend it without having any harsh lines or too much color all at once. These are fairly long lasting as well – they last an entire work/school day.

The picture you see above is after a few weeks of using it so it no longer has the gold overspray. I don’t see the point of it anyway because it comes off after using it once and I don’t like chunky gold glitter on my blushes anyway.

Benefit Galifornia Gold Rush Dandelion Rockateur Blush
Left to right: Galifornia, Gold Rush, Dandelion and Rockateur
Benefit Blush Bar Galifornia Gold Rush Dandelion Rockateur
Left to right: Galifornia, Gold Rush, Dandelion and Rockateur

The Hoola bronzer is a nice shade that can be built up as well if you want a stronger bronzer. It is neutral in tone so it can be used as a contour shade as well which is nice. I was worried this was going to be too dark on me but it’s perfect once blended out.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This specific palette is a little hard to find now as it was limited edition but I went ahead and reviewed it anyway because Benefit has come out with the Cheekleaders palettes which include the same products but they have added a highlighter to each palette which is amazing! A highlight just completes this palette as it contains all three products that you use on the cheeks!

I highly recommend this palette and if I didn’t already have this I would definitely purchase the new ones!

What do you think of the Benefit face palettes? Let me know in the comments!

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Click here to view the new Cheekleader palettes!

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Review + Swatch

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I know that this bronzer has been out for a while now and everyone loves it but I thought I would do a review on it today to honor their release of new shades finally!

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

This bronzer is without any question my favourite from the drugstore, it is super buttery, blendable and smells amazing! It is fairly long lasting on my super oily skin and the color can be sheered out or built up depending on the look your going for.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

The only complaint I have about this product is the bulky packaging. It contains a weird sponge flat applicator which I’ve never seen before in my life and threw it out instantly. However, because they housed the applicator under the bronzer the packaging is quite bulky. I hope they reduce the compact size and get rid of that worthless applicator.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in “Bronzer”

I have their original “Bronzer” shade and I love the tone of it; it’s not too warm nor too cool. I heard from a friend that the “light bronzer” shade is super orange so I would watch out for that especially if you have a fair skin tone.

Love this bronzer, I have nothing bad to say besides the applicator and packaging. I will definitely be checking out their new shades of this formula!

What do you think of the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer?

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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer Review + Swatches

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I’ve been enjoying a bunch of Too Faced products lately. Not only are they good quality products but each time I use them it’s an experience of it’s own.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

I found this product at Winners (Tj Maxx in the U.S.). Too Faced recently changed their packaging and I got this product for more than half off! I actually really like this packaging; it’s gorgeous with the gold and the raised design on the front. It feels very sturdy and has a great mirror on the inside.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

This is where the experience begins: as soon as you open it up you get this amazingly rich cocoa scent that makes you think you just opened a box of chocolates. The powder is very silky and pigmented but not too pigmented where it would make it difficult to apply to fair skin tones. It blends really nicely on the skin and I always start with a tiny amount and then build from there.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer swatched once.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer built up from first swatch.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

The tone of this bronzer is more cool toned than I’m use to but I ended up really liking this shade on my skin tone. It creates more of a shadow and really slims down the face. The lasting powder is quite decent as well – it doesn’t fade away as quickly as most other bronzers, which is important for me because I have such oily skin and powders seem to melt off.

Overall, I really like this bronzer and I’m so glad I got this for such a good price! More Too Faced reviews coming up as I mentioned, I’m really enjoying their products recently!

What is your favourite Too Faced product?

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Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette Review + Swatches

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Hey everyone!

Long time no review… I’ve set up a plan and I will be returning to the 3 times a week schedule from today, so that’s really exciting!

Today I have this Tarte palette to review for you and you might be thinking that this palette is discontinued, however, from what I’ve read online this palette has 7 shades out of 10 which are the exact same as the volume 2 palette that Tarte has created to replace this. Also, I’ve seen this palette all over eBay and amazon so if your really wanting this you can still buy it (just make sure the seller is legit).

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette 1

This palette intrigued me because I love matte shades and this seems like a really nice multi-use palette. Starting off with packaging, I really like the inside – it has a golden frame and a HUGE mirror. It’s very sleek – I can see myself travelling with this.

This palette contains 12 shades which can be used for eyeshadow, eyebrow and contour/highlight. I can see this palette working for a variety of skin tones because of the shade range and varying undertones. For the shadows you get 3 lighter “highlighting” shades and 6 lid/crease shades. You also get 3 contour/bronzing shades with cool and warm undertones. I use them all interchangeably for eyeshadow since, for example, the dark bronzer is too dark for me to bronze with. The two shades: dunes and smoke are great for brows because they are cool-toned; I use a mix of both to fill in my brows.

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette volume 1

The quality of these powders are amazing! They are extremely pigmented and blend out so quickly and easily that it takes little effort to apply. The powders have a pleasant vanilla scent which is noticeable but not too strong. There is no fall out with these powders and they are not powdery. For whatever reason these do not swatch the best (below) they look a bit patchy and powdery but I assure you that they do not do that on the eyes. Now, on to the swatches!

Left to right: Journey, Stone and Solstice.

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Left to right: Dunes, Smoke and Sand.

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Left to right: Ember, Onyx and Instinct.

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Terracotta, Desert and Timber. (bronzer/contour shades)

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Overall, I highly recommend this palette! I reach for this almost everyday on it’s own or to compliment other colors in different palettes. This is my most used palette because it is so versatile. I would have my eye on the volume 2 if it wasn’t so similar to this one however, I could possibly purchase that one next if I hit pan on these which won’t take too long.

What do you think about this palette? Have you tried the Volume 2? if so let me know down below how the other 5 shades are!

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Click here to check out the Volume 2 on Sephora!

Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette 2

The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer Review + Swatch

The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light Medium

Hello again!

I have a bunch of products from the Estee Edit line by Estee Lauder and even though this line has been discontinued, I’m still seeing these products online and in some cosmetics stores. I thought I would review this bronzer if you happen to ever stumble upon it.

The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light Medium

What you notice first about this bronzer is the gorgeous packaging; mirrored with a sleek subtle design – it definitely looks luxurious. The pan is huge and contains 16 grams of product, which is a generous amount. It had a spot where there was some glitter over-spray but I brushed it off since that has no effect or purpose on the actual bronzer.

The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light Medium

There were two shade options and since I have a fair skin tone I went with the 01 Light/Medium shade. The color is not too warm nor cool-toned; it’s a nice neutral to warm shade. This looks incredibly natural and is not too pigmented so you don’t have to worry about putting a lot on at once but it is buildable so you can darken it up a bit. It blends out extremely well and looks seamless on the skin. I really enjoy this formula and the shade is super flattering as well.

The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light/Medium Swatched Once.

The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light Medium

If you happen to spot this somewhere for a reasonable price I would highly recommend buying it! Have you tried any of the Estee Edit products? Let me know in the comments section!

Search “The Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer 01 Light Medium” on eBay.

W7 Chunky Bronzer Review + Swatches

W7 Chunky Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I have loved almost every product I’ve tried from W7; they are affordable and meant to be dupes of high end products. From the look and name of this W7 product I think it is meant to be a dupe of the Clinique Chubby Stick – which I will be doing a review on soon.

I like the convenience of a cream stick bronzer because I can just draw it on and blend it out with a sponge/brush. Also, I find that when I layer a cream bronzer under my powder bronzer it looks more natural because the cream blends out seamlessly.

The packaging is light weight and compact which is travel-friendly but it definitely looks cheap. The product is very creamy but feels slightly greasy and doesn’t blend out nicely. It looks patchy and I felt the need to go in with more product only to get a uniform look which wasn’t happening. The color is a bit orange but I like my bronzer to have some warmth – so I didn’t mind that.

W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze swatched multiple times.

W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze

W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze blended out. You can see the patchiness once blended out.

W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product – even though the price was very reasonable it just isn’t a product that I would reach for again.

Do you like using cream bronzers? If so – which one(s) would you recommend?

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MAC Mineralize Foundation Review + Swatch

MAC Mineralize Foundation

Hello everyone!

I know that this review is on a foundation but my review will be based on how it works as a cream bronzer (hence the darker shade). I have been wanting a long-wearing cream foundation to layer under my bronzer so that my bronzer can last more than just a few hours and I think I have found the perfect product!

MAC Mineralize Foundation NC35

After applying my primer, foundation and concealer, I apply this to the areas where I would bronze. I then set my entire face with translucent powder and then follow up with a powder bronzer on top and continue the rest of my routine. This product melts so nicely into the skin; it looks incredibly natural. It has a hydrating/satin – almost dewy finish that I like in a bronzer because it gives me a healthy glow. It is suppose to be long-wearing (8 hours) and I definitely notice that my bronzer is lasting all day with minimal fading. This product is also non-acnegenic and dermatologist tested.

MAC Mineralize Foundation

The packaging is sturdy, comes with a mirror and has a sponge underneath the product so it is definitely travel friendly.

MAC Mineralize Foundation NC35

MAC Mineralize Foundation nc35

Overall, I really enjoy using this as a cream bronzer; I may even get this in my own shade to use as foundation but I’m not sure how it would work because I have a very oily skin type and this is targeted towards dry/mature skin.

Have you tried this (or any Mac) foundation?

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Laval Salon Delux Bronzing Powder Review + Swatches

Laval Salon Delux Bronzing Powder

Hello again!

When I saw this bronzer on eBay for only $4 I was extremely curious to try it out! This came in two different shades; Medium and Dark, I will be reviewing the Dark Matt shade.

Laval Bronzing Powder

I have tried an eyeliner from this brand and I liked it so I was expecting this bronzer to be decent in quality. The packaging is very simple; it is similar to the NYC Smooth Skin bronzer. The packaging isn’t luxurious at all but it contains a good mirror. This compact contains 11 grams of product which is a very generous amount.

The product itself is very silky and blends out well but does kick up powder when you put a brush in it. The lasting powder is average; about 5-6 hours or so with some fading. This shade has a red hue which isn’t noticeable in the swatch below but it somehow complements my skin tone (fair neutral). It does not contain any shimmer but has a satin finish.

Laval Bronzing Powder Dark Matt

What is your favourite bronzer?

Search “Laval Bronzer” on eBay or Amazon.