Review & Swatches: Nars Matte Multiples in Altai + Anguilla

So If you don’t already know I love me some cream blush and contour. Its great for dry skin, provides more longevity then traditional powder products, and are generally super easy to blend. When I saw the new Nars Matte Multiples launched in Sephora Denmark a few weeks ago I knew I had to pick up a few to try. Although there are seven new shades in the collection we only received four of them so I grabbed Altai and Anguilla (41 Euros each).

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Altai is a great medium warm toned brown with a slight peach undertone. The pigmentation is insane but the texture is so creamy and soft which make it super easy to blend out. I love using it as a contour shade although its warm in tone it doesn’t pull orange or muddy on my skin. The finish is matte yet leaves a very subtle glow. As for longevity this stuff wears all day for me without fading or patching, granted I always use a primer and setting powder.

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Anguilla is a medium pink with warm undertones. Again the finish is matte yet isn’t drying and it gives a beautiful yet very subtle glow. The color payoff and pigmentation is really great and once again because of its soft creamy texture its easy to blend out for a more sheer application. The longevity was also fab with this one lasting all day long.

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THE VERDICT:

5/5 for these glorious creamy products. Great pigmentation, nice smooth and creamy texture for easy blendability and fabulous longevity.

I absolutely love these Matte Multiples and they are also multipurpose as they can be used on the lips (although I haven’t tried it ). I’m even thinking about getting my hands on a few other shades. Have you thought about picking up one or two of these bad boys? Which shade would you go for?

Hugs from Beauty Land

How To Highlight and Contour Like A Pro- Plus Tips, Techniques & Favorite Products

Hey Guys,

So about a week ago I posted my very first YouTube video featuring how I like to contour and highlight. So I thought it would be rather fitting to have an accompanying blog post to discuss different techniques and some of my favorite products. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it yet.

So firstly I think its important to discuss what exactly is highlighting and contouring when it comes to make up. When you apply your foundation (cream,liquid or powder), bb cream, tinted moisturizer, whatever it is you like, it can make the face appear rather one dimensional and flat. That’s where contouring and highlighting comes in. Its a great way to bring dimension and color back to the face and emphasize/recede points on the face. I made a little facial map of where I like to contour (the brown spots) and highlight (the light areas).

highlight&Contour MapSo when make up artists and the like talk about highlighting, simply put its a matter of accentuating the high points of the face so the cheek bones, brow bone, bridge of the nose, cupids bow (great way to create a more predominant pout), chin, and in between the eyebrows up onto the forehead. When it comes to contouring this is where one recedes concave areas of the face. So for example the hollows of the cheek (this is a great way to slim the face, or create accentuated cheek bones), the sides of the nose (great for straightening and slimming), around the temple/hair line, as well as the underside of the jaw line. The combination of highlighting the high points of the face and receding the “low” points of the face creates wonderful dimension but can also completely alter the shape of your face.

Now that we’ve discussed what contouring and highlighting actually means we can move on to the variety of products and techniques. Depending on your preference and skin type the products of choice and mode of application may vary.

Option 1: Highlighting and contour could consist of cream products only. This is a great technique for those with dry skin or who prefer cream products. In my video you can see that I use a creamy concealer (1-2 shades lighter then my skin)  under my eye area in a triangle shape down the side of the nose, up the cheek bone towards the tail of the brow. This is the first stage of highlighting. Not only are you concealing under eye darkness but by dragging the product over the cheekbone accentuates this area making it more prominent and contrasting to the natural hollows of the cheekbones. You can stop here if you like for a more natural look.

Option 2: To accentuate the highlight you’ve created already and recede areas you can continue with contouring. If you want to use cream products to do this then by all means. Try using a foundation that’s 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone, you might already have this in your stash (try looking at the shades you would wear in the summer). Otherwise the Bobbi Brown foundation sticks are great for this or the Sonia Kashuk Cream Bronzer compact. They are super easy to use as you can mark out exactly where you want to apply your contour plus they are super creamy, and easy to blend. For an extra hit of highlight you could add a bit of cream highlight (normally shimmer based) to the tops of the cheek bones. Once you’ve completed your highlight and contour using cream products you can either stop here without adding any setting powder (that is if you suffer from extreme dry skin), otherwise you can add translucent powder to your face to set everything in place so it doesn’t smudge.

sonyakashuk_creambronzer-1Option 3: To create an even stronger highlight and contour you can layer the cream products with powdered ones with corresponding shades. So use a matte bronzer/contour product where you placed your cream contour and a matte highlighting product to set the highlight so under the eye/cheekbone or where ever else you highlighted. To add a little extra pow to your look you can use a shimmer highlighter to further emphasis the cheekbones, but go light handed with these products so you don’t end up looking like a disco ball.

Once you’ve set the cream with corresponding powders you can stop here or go even one step further and add translucent powder to lock the cream and powder in place. I do however recommend that you go light handed with powder as it can easily create that dreaded cake face. If you feel you went over board spritz some of Mac’s Fix+ to refresh the skin and tone down the powder face.

Option 4: If your not a fan of cream products or suffer from oily skin then complete the same steps as mentioned above using only powder products. This pertains more specifically to contouring then highlighting. Add your cream highlight and set with translucent or light reflecting powder. Move on to your contour only using powdered bronzers and blend to your hearts content.

Now that we’ve got all of that out of the way we can move on to some of my favorite brushes and products to achieve both a natural or more made up look. When I highlight I like to use cream product specifically the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 to brighten the under eye area and cheek bones. My favorite way to apply and bend this product is with my finger. The warmth from your fingers heats up the products for an easier and more seamless blend. Its rare that I highlight the bridge of my nose or my forehead due to time constraints but when I do I still use my fingers. For extra highlight on the cheekbones I love Mac’s Cream Color Base in Diamonds and for a powder I’m obsessed with TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

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Now for contouring I prefer a brush. When I use a cream product I either apply it straight from the stick or if its in compact form I like to dip my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply. Its nice and tapered perfect for creating a sharp contour but also great for blending.

realtechniques_expertfacebrushrealtechniques_expertfacebrush-2realtechniques_expertfacebrush-3When I’m working with powdered products either to layer on top of the cream or on its own I swear by the Nars ITA brush. It has a great and unique thin rectangular shape which allows for extreme control of placement. It’s also wonderful for blending out.

nars_ita_brushnars_ita_brush-1IMG_2339Well guys and dolls those were some of my tips, tricks and techniques for contouring and highlighting. By no means are there any rules on how one should do this but rather a means of trial and error and ones own taste. Id love to hear about your favorite contour and highlight products, as well as some of the techniques you use so please do leave a comment 😀

Hugs from Beauty Land

Skin Care Empties & Would I Repurchase

Hey guys 😀

So I’m kind of trying to be on a no buy at the moment. That means trying to stop my self buying heap loads of new products especially skin care until the ones I have are all used up. I have so many products and they keep on piling in, thanks to my sister hooking me up with so many amazing freebies, so instead of letting them sit at the back of my skin care drawer I’m trying to use them up. Plus it feels great to finish a product, kind of feels like an accomplishment!! So I thought I would share some of my empty products and let you know if i’d be willing to re- purchase.

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Body Shop Honeymania Exfoliant Creme

I have to say that I’m a real sucker for body scrubs. I have uber dry skin all year round, especially on my legs and elbows so these type of products are a god send. I find some to be far too abrasive and rather uncomfortable to use and that’s why I love the ones from the body shop. Especially the Exfoliant Creme line. The scent was ok but nothing amazing. Loved how it scrubbed off the dead skin cells and left my skin moisturized.

Would I repurchase?

I would definitely pick up another one of these scrubs, maybe in another scent just to switch it up. But that’ll have to wait because at the moment I’m using the Pink Victoria Secret Warm and Cozy Body Wash and Scrub which is amazing.

Urban Decay Melt Down Make Up Remover

The urban Decay Melt Down Make Up Remover is the best make up remover I’ve ever tried. It removes every trace of make up and leaves the skin feeling super smooth and supple, never tried anything like it before. It has a really creamy texture and feels moisturizing on the skin.

Would I repurchase?

Hell yeah I would. I’m just waiting till I go to Cali in May to pick one up, or two 😀

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Nars Optimal Brightening Concentrate

I recently finished my Nars brightening serum. This is a great little product to use before your daily moisturizer to add brightness to the complexion without becoming a disco ball. The texture in smooth and the consistency is light so its rather pleasant to have on.

Would I repurchase?

I’m not sure to be honest, its a great little product but there are so many serums on the market at the moment and I love trying out new things so I think I’ll wait on this one.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40

I’m definitely one of those girls who tries to wear SPF on a daily basis even in the winter. I’m fair skinned with red head features like freckles so my skin is pretty sensitive to the sun. I mean i can totally get a tan, but it takes me a long time and I’m susceptible to sun burn if i don’t watch out. Plus i want to derail any skin damage while i have the chance. Really love the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40. Its light weight while moisturizing and protecting from those harsh rays.

Would I Repurchase?

I love Josie Maran and swear by her Argan Oil, among other great products, so I would definitely pick this bad boy up again. Unfortunately its not available in Denmark, and Europe in general, as far as I’m aware, so this will have to wait till I’m in Cali in May.

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Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal Eye Complex and Overnight Repair Serum

Lastly Ive used up the Dermologica Age Smart Eye cream and Overnight Repair Serum. OMG these two are the best skin care products I’ve ever used. The over night repair serum is a miracle in a bottle. I used it every night and in the morning I would see a dramatic difference in my face in terms of a smoother texture, and any scarring, redness or irritation from breakouts and the like drastically diminished. The eye cream is also a wowzer, light weight yet highly moisturizing.

Would I repurchase?

For sure the over night repair serum. There are loads of night oils/serums on the market and this is the best one. I’m trying to use up my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is good but definitely not as good as the Dermalogica. But once its up I’m going for it, even though the price is steep, its totally worth it. This one will also be a Cali purchase, so much cheaper than in Europe.

Well guys and dolls those are some  of the products I’ve used up recently. Have you used any of these, wold you repurchase them too? Otherwise what have you used up, anything you swear by?

Hugs from Beauty Land