Kat Von D- Shade & Light Contour Palette Review

Sunday, 8 March 2015

I have been itching to get back into makeup related posts (so apologies in advance, this will be a rambly one), this palette was first on a long list of items that I have been loving this past while. Well, I guess I just gave it away didn't I? I am completely in LOVE with this palette. It has seriously stolen my heart and secured a permanent spot on my everyday makeup organizer (which, let me tell you, there is quite the line up for).

There has been a contour craze lately, not only makeup junkies like myself are totally loving this trend, but it has leaked into more of the mainstream "everyday woman" as well. Everyone wants that chiseled, defined face shape, and makeup companies are definitely responding by coming out with contouring products, from powders to creams. Personally, I prefer to work with powder contour products, I think it is a much simpler and quicker process, and it tends to have more longevity than cream products which can smudge and transfer throughout the day. 

It was really important for me to find a palette that was pretty user friendly, something that blended out beautifully so I don't have to sit there and buff the product on for half an hour to get it to blend in, and I wanted something that looked natural. Don't get me wrong, I love a good contour, and for a night out, in very dim lighting you can definitely rock a strong contour; but for the everyday woman I prefer something that doesn't put down a ton of pigment and looks soft. After playing with this palette, I can tell you that you get exactly that, very build-able pigment that you can wear day and night and achieve your desired look. Okay okay enough blabbering, lets check out the palette. 

Lets talk packaging. This palette is sturdy, sleek, not to mention gorgeously edgy (as you would only expect from Kat). It has a huge mirror inside, and 6 shades (3 contour and 3 highlight). The only downside is that the shades cannot be replaced. I tend to favour a couple of shades more than the others, and you can't replace them individually. Otherwise, the packaging is on point! 

You have 3 contour shades:
Sombre: a cool ashy toned light brown, beautiful to contour the hollows of the cheeks with, it will give you the true effect of a more slimmed, defined face
Shadowplay: a warm toned light brown, perfect for an all over bronze of the face to add warmth and colour
Subconscious: a deep cool toned brown, anyone with a medium to dark skin tone could use this for contouring, or if you want a stronger contour 
All of these shades are matte, they blend beautifully, and they can be used separately on the face or together. Personally I love to warm up my face with shadowplay and then contour with sombre for an overall blended dimensional effect. I love that these powders go on more sheer, and they can be built up for a more dramatic effect. Even the darkest shade, subconcious, comes off lighter when applied sheerly and deepens up the more you layer it on. 

You also get 3 highlight shades:
Lucid: A pinky cream shade
Lyric: A yellow toned shade
Levitation: A peachy shade
All 3 of these shades are matte, but what is so magical about these powders is that they still have a beautiful glow to them, they do not make the face look flat (as some matte powders can). If you have any texture on your face and glittery highlighters are not flattering on you, or you simply like a more natural effect, these are for you! I love lyric for setting my under eye concealer, and lucid for highlighting the high points of my face.

As if that wasn't enough, this palette also doubles up as an everyday eyeshadow palette. I apply one of the highlight shades all over the lid, inner corner and the browbone, and then a contour shade in the crease for total face definition, skip all that eyeshadow and still make your eyes look bright, big and defined- yes please! 

Enjoy looking fab with this palette! 


Skinny Starbucks Drinks (that aren't "skinny")

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

What girl doesn't love their Starbucks? Whether its one of those push-the-snooze-button-five-times kind of mornings, or if you like a little afternoon pick me up like myself during a long school day, these drinks will not throw you off your healthy life path.

I used to be a "skinny vanilla latte" kind of girl myself, but honestly with more research into those chemically artificial syrups (bleh) I decided that I didn't want to have to sacrifice my health for a few cut calories. What's a girl to do? Well, I started testing out new drinks, and after a few little mishaps, I found a couple of keepers!

#1 Venti Iced Green Tea (with no syrup)
This super refreshing cold beverage is a whopping 0 calories! With a little kick of caffeine coming from the green tea it is my perfect afternoon treat for a warm day (however I will admit that I am guilty of having one in the dead of winter, no judgement). Green tea has a bunch of health benefits for you including cancer fighting antioxidants, oh and it increases your metabolism- win! If you did want to get it with the syrup, I would go half on the sweetness or simply add your own natural form of sugar. I personally think it is perfect on its own.

#2 Tall Non-fat Cafe Misto with 1 pump vanilla
If you love coffee, this is a great drink for you. Half coffee- half steamed nonfat milk, 60 calories, its also cheaper than your standard latte. I like to cut the bitterness of coffee a little, so I add a pump of vanilla syrup (at 20 calories a pop) for a total of 80 calories for this drink. Definitely not breaking the bank here, its warm and delicious! An Americano misto would also be a great alternative, with espresso shots instead of the coffee.

Let me know what your favourite Starbucks drinks are. I have heard in the summertime they make a peach green tea- yummmm!


Welcome back Beautyxpress0!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Oh hello there beauties! Did you miss me? I sure missed you! As the good ol' pals we are, lets skip all the chit chat and get right to it. I have returned to this happy little place I call my blog after a solid 5 or 6 months of being away. I had to take a little time for myself to handle some health issues that came up late in September. That, and being in my last year of uni stretched my time out pretty thin, and time I did have was spent with loved ones. I had a lot of time to reflect on my life and where things are going, the track I am headed on, and I have been focusing a lot more on taking care of my health. Along with my continued love of beauty, I decided that when I came back to my blog I would come back with a fresh look and new ideas. As my life evolves and changes, naturally, so does my blog. I am back with a fresh new design, clean, simple, and something that really represents my personal space right now. I will also be venturing out into some new content. Along with my continued love of makeup, skincare and the like, I will also be posting here and there about health and my lifestyle. My goal is to post once a week, taking things a little slower and easier this time around.

I can't wait to chat with you soon! 


My Favourite YouTuber

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

As you have probably heard if you are reading this, I am taking a leave from my blog due to some personal matters and health issues I am currently dealing with. But I did want to leave you with some great entertainment while I am gone. I also wanted to share with you my favourite YouTuber of all time (and they happen to be the same person!). She is incredibly sweet, kind, confident and not to mention insanely stylish and fabulous, and she happens to be my sister, Deema Laura. She recently started a channel on YouTube click here that is about fashion and a lot of other fun beauty things. She is amazing, fun, talented, and has the kindest, most loving and wonderful personality. She has always had a talent and passion for fashion, since she was so young, and I always knew she would have some part of that in her life. I have been having so much fun watching her channel grow and I'm sure she would love to see your beautiful faces there. She is my go-to person for anything related to fashion, whether its a shopping trip or help picking out an outfit for a date night, conference, or girls night out. She always makes me look fab, and now she can help you all too! I also learn so much beauty stuff from her, and she has made some videos on things like skincare and makeup. I can't wait for you all to check her out, tell her Beautyxpress0 says hi :)

Hope to chat with you all again! Until then,

xx Beautyxpress0

For her twitter click here
For her YouTube channel click here


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hello beauties,

I am sad to say that due to a few personal matters, I am going to be taking a leave from my beloved blog. Thank you so much for reading, those of you who have commented and read weekly it has meant so much to me! It has been such a wonderful hobby, I have had so much fun, and I hope to be back in the future :)

Yours truly,