Topic: Makeup

The Beauty of BECCA Soft Light Blurring Powder in Golden Hour

Published in: Becca, Makeup, Product Reviews

I read about this guy somewhere a while back who said that he fell in love with SO MANY ladies on Instagram because of the Valencia filter…

You know, I can’t blame him, because that Valencia filter? Damn. Wow. It’s like the most glamorous, flattering light ever.

I can haz my own Valencia personal filter??

That’s sort of the idea behind the new $38 BECCA Soft Light Blurring Powder in Golden Hour — that’s it’s a portable, personal 24/7 photo filter.

Is it really transparent?

It’s part of BECCA’s spring collection, and the effect is supposed to be like basking in buttery, perfect twilight (but not the kind starring Edward and Bella). The 0.35-oz. jar is available now in BECCA’s permanent collection.

It’s a luminous loose powder with a satin finish that blurs pores and scatters light. BECCA calls the color transparent, but some folks say that they can see a peachy tint on very light and very deep skin. I like the way it works on my NC42 tan, but that’s something to keep in mind.

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Two New Ways to Hoola! Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzing Powder and Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

Published in: Benefit, Makeup, Product Reviews

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The new Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick and Hoola Lite Bronzing Powder

A true-life conversation between me and contouring…

ME: Will you please go away?


ME: *sigh*

I mean…I’m pretty sure that contouring has to fall out of favor and fade into the shadows someday, but it’s still going strong for now, especially at Benefit, and I’ve got the evidence for ya: the new Hoola Quickie Contour Stick ($28) and Hoola Lite Bronzing Powder ($29).

I think I mention this every 15 minutes, but I’m not a big contouring person (highlights for life, yo!). I gave it the old college try once again, though, with these new products because, well, you just never know, right?

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Swatches of the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick (top) and Hoola Lite Bronzing Powder (bottow)

I started with the Quickie Contour Stick…

Benefit Quickie Contour Stick

It’s a matte warm bronzed brown cream-to-powder contouring stick, and Benefit recommends that you can apply it down the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones and around the edge of your face, then blend it in with your fingers or a brush.

After a few go-rounds with it, well, let’s just say that I won’t be flipping over to #TeamContour anytime soon…

It’s kinda difficult to use, because the stick is wide and feels awkward when I run it under my cheekbones and down sides of my nose.

I always end up with waaay too much of it on my face, and then after I blend it in, I can’t really see any contouring effect at all.

I think there are few things going on…

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Before applying Hoola Quickie Contour Stick and and Hoola Lite

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Twinkle, Twinkle, You’re a Star! It’s Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Published in: Benefit, Makeup, Product Reviews

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The new Benefit Dandelion Twinkle nude-pink powder highlighter and luminizer

Has Benefit been hanging out with Hourglass lately?? Because their new pink highlighter totally looks like it belongs in the Hourglass Ambient Powder collection. It has a domed pan, a buttery/velvety texture, and I think it looks EXACTLY like an Ambient Powder on my skin.

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Twinkle, twinkle, little star…

It’s called Dandelion Twinkle, and it’s $29 and available now.

This pearl is fine!

Dandelion Twinkle has Ambient-esque fine pearl that softly glows. It’s subtle, which is kind of surprising to see from Benefit, because they like the bells and whistles, ya know? (But sometimes their products can go OTT IMO with the frost and glitter.)

I think Dandelion Twinkle is a nice surprise.

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I’m wearing Benefit Dandelion Twinkle on my upper cheekbones, on my temples and down the bridge of my nose

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You Gotta Be Cool With Warm to Love the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Palette

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews, Too Faced

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The new Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Palette

Is it just me, or is Too Faced completely obsessed with food?

I mean, I’m not hating at all. For the record, I am totally cool with this, but I’m just saying… It seems like all of their palettes have something to do with things that are delicious.

The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Palette has another cousin

Their new Peanut Butter & Honey palette is an offshoot of Semi-Sweet, from their Chocolate Bar collection, which has a shade in it called Peanut Butter.

So there’s the original Peanut Butter Palette, the Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette, and now this — the Peanut Butter & Honey Palette.

It’s $36 and available now at The Cheesecake Factory!

Haha! Kidding. 🙂 No, it’s available now online and at Ulta.

P.S. Are you hungry yet? I’m starved.

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It’s peanut butter honey time, peanut butter honey time!

Warm oranges and reddish browns

The nine powder shadows are all warm-toned, and there’s a lot of orange-brown and reddish brown action happening, which have been very popular makeup color themes over the past year or two.

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Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey swatches

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What I Wore Wednesday, Vol. 4: Springtime Taupe, Pink and Peach With the Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Collection

Published in: Jane Iredale, Makeup

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A springy makeup look with the Jane Iredale spring 2017 collection

I went outside today and felt the sun on my shoulders and my arms and my legs, and it was glorious! Spring. SPRING! It’s almost here, after what has seemed like the longest, coldest, wettest winter ever.

So, in celebration of spring’s upcoming awesomeness, I did a springy makeup look today using stuff from the new Jane Iredale spring 2017 collection, which is coming out on March 13th.

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The new six-piece Jane Iredale spring 2017 collection coming March 17

I don’t know much about the Jane Iredale makeup brand, but they’re a mineral makeup line out of the Berkshires in Massachusetts. They do very wearable, subtle colors (not quite as subtle as Bobbi Brown), and their new spring collection has an abundance of springy pinks and peaches with a teaspoon of taupe and plum.

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Jane Iredale Spring 2017 clockwise from the striped pan at the top: Peaches & Cream Bronzer Refill ($44), PurePressed Eye Shadow in Soft Kiss ($30), Lipstick in Susan ($25), Lipstick in Lisa ($25), In Touch Cream Blush in Candid ($27), PurePressed Eye Shadow in Pink Quartz ($30)

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Today I wanted dewy skin and light coverage foundation and concealer, which is basically what I wear when I’m not testing makeup for MBB. Most days, if left to my own devices, I wear light coverage instead of full-coverage layers, which is why I’ve got some freckle action happening today on my cheeks and around my eyes.

Featured products

Eyes: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Lots o’ Latte (as a base on my lids), Jane Iredale PurePressed EyeShadow in Soft Kiss (lids and lower lash lines), Zoeva Graphic Eyes Pencil in Mute (upper water lines), Zoeva Graphic Eyes Pencil in Taupe (lower lash lines), Urban Decay Urban Lash in HBIC Babies (outer corner of upper lash lines), Urban Decay Brow Beater Brow Pencil, Benefit Ready Set Brow Gel

Cheeks: Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Candid (apples of my cheeks) and Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream Bronzer (upper cheekbones)

Face: BECCA Backlight Primer (applied all over my face as a primer), Hourglass Vanish Foundation (applied very sparingly on my cheeks, nose and forehead, and patted in with fingers), BECCA Soft Light Blurring Powder in Golden Hour (on my forehead, down the sides of my hose and around my mouth) and Make Up For Ever HD Concealer (under my eyes)

Lips: Jane Iredale Lipstick in Susan

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I took Connor out for a couple of quick walks wearing this, and it felt good. I don’t think I looked like I just rolled out of bed, which is always a good thing, but I still felt like me.

How about you? What kind of makeup did you wear today? Did you do anything different? Try anything new? Inquiring minds want to know.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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