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Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

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Milani Baked Blushes are a thing of beauty. Their marbled look and textured shimmer make them the cheap version of the coveted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.

Luminoso has been a favorite of mine since I discovered it. I wasn’t sure which color to try next and then Mac’s Warm Soul had a spotlight moment on the interwebs. Berry Amore is supposedly a dupe for Warm Soul so I decided to try it out instead since it is the more affordable option.

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Soleil Tan de Chanel

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This is the ultimate in luxury when it comes to cream bronzer.  Coming from Chanel, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be opulent to use and after hearing several other bloggers rave about it I had to buy it.

When I first swatched it in the store, I was discouraged by how orange it appeared on my fair skin.  After blending it in it seemed to look better, but I wasn’t sold yet.  This is supposed to be a universal complexion bronzer and the girl working the counter reassured me that it would work with my skin tone.

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I tried it first with my angled contour brush, which made it difficult to blend and distributed the product unevenly.  Worst of all it still looked orange!  Blending it more with my brush eventually rubbed all the cream off and definitely did not bronze my face.

BEHOLD. BEAUTY BLENDER TO THE RESCUE.

After failing with this product various synthetic and duo-fiber brushes, I tried applying it with my trusty Beauty Blender.

And it was magical…as is applying most liquid/cream products with the Beauty Blender.

First, I apply my foundation and then I use the side of my Beauty Blender to stipple some of this bronzer on to my cheek bones, forehead and anywhere I would normally contour.  It looks radiant and super natural–like my skin, but better and more sun-kissed.

Now that I have perfected the technique for applying it, this is one of my favorite products. If you have dry skin I would definitely recommend this product because the creamy texture blends easily into skin and gives an almost dewy, luminous finish.  The price is a bit steep, but you get a lot of product and an incredibly beautiful finish if you learn to work with the product.

-Jules

Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup

With her constant stream of selfies, images of Kylie Jenner’s makeup are all over the place.

Here is my interpretation of some of her most frequent looks and products you can use to achieve the same effect.

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Matte Skin– Kylie’s skin tends to look matte and flawless.  L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation provides a very matte finish and can be built up to medium coverage to deliver that flawless and pore-less look.

Contoured Cheeks– Typical of the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie’s cheeks tend to always be contoured.  To achieve a similar effect use your favorite contour shade (mine is Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer) and the Nars Ita Brush to carve out the hollows of your cheeks.

Graphic Liner– Graphic black eyeliner and a dramatic cat eye are staples in Kylie’s selfies.  I like to use Maybelline Line Stiletto in Blackest Black to create a sharp wing.

Full Lashes– Of course, full, thick lashes are another must have to get Kylie’s makeup look.  L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara is my current favorite to achieve super dramatic lashes.  I wrote a more in depth review here.

Dark, Full LipsLorac Alter Ego Lipstick in CEO is a beautiful dusty rose lipstick that delivers that 90s, vampy look.  Kylie’s lips are always full, dramatic and dark.  This lipstick formula is very nourishing and smooth, yet dries matte, which looks great in pictures.

-Jules