Month: November 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit



Hearing so many fantastic reviews on this palette and being an absolute consumer I finally gave in and got myself the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light to Medium. I held off buying this for so long as I’m not into a dramatic contour and I hate a powdery finish but this palette was so highly reviewed that I had high hopes it would be as good as it sounded. It sure is lovely, these shades are so pigmented and blend so effortlessly into the skin that a soft subtle finish can be easily achieved with the tiniest amount of product.

There are 6 pans of colour, all of which can be purchased individually to refill the palette, which is great, especially if like me you favour a few of the shades and won’t work through all the pans at the same time. The top row are highlighting shades, the top middle pan the ‘banana’ powder is by far my most used, for it’s brightening and under eye illuminating capabilities. The bottom row are the contouring and bronzing powders, the bottom middle pan, ‘fawn’, a grey toned brown is perfect for a classic shadow contour.

The palette on the whole is smaller than I thought it would be and I’m not in love with the packaging, it looks dirty straight away and would benefit greatly from a mirror, but it is small and thus easy to store and travel with.

I like how the highlighting shades are not to chunky so you can build up the intensity without having bits of shimmer on the face, I’m a big fan of halo highlighting for a healthy glow as opposed to a more evening look – note I have no evening social life so I have no need for a strong highlight, I’m certain if you were after that look you could achieve it by building the product up.

All the brushes I’ve used with this palette work great, so I wouldn’t say you need a specific type of brush, just whatever suits you, or whatever you use already with your powder products. I reach for my Bh Cosmetics 109 duo fibre brush for bronzing, swirling in either or both bronze shades lightly and then applying that to the high points of my face and it seems to deposit the perfect amount of product and add a nice amount of colour. I then use the bhcosmetics 108 brush in the ‘vanilla’ to set my face makeup if I’m after longevity with my base.

If you love to contour this kit is a must, if you are wanting to try contouring and highlighting, or if you are after a new setting powder I would still say yes to going for this, I am pretty sure you could not be disappointed.

If you have this let me know what you think of it, I now have the Lorac Pro palette in my sights, it’s a true addiction so don’t judge me. Thanks for stopping by and reading as always.

Nicola x



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Hey gorgeous people I hope you had a brilliant Halloween and Guy Fawkes night, this year seems to be flying over now and everywhere I look it seems Christmas is fast approaching, which is fantastic!

My post today is a ‘What I Wore’ for a family day out to Fremantle

The navy and white striped skirt and white cropped top are both from Dotti, I saw them hung together in the shop and loved them as an outfit. I’m also wearing flat white sandals from Forever New and a dark denim jacket also Forever New.

I used bumble and bumble hairdressers secret oil in my hair then curled it with my straightening iron, I ran my fingers through so it had a waved effect rather than tight curls.

My make up is NARS Sheer Glow Foundation MECCA, MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer Priceline, NARS Orgasm Blush MECCA, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light BOBBI BROWN and MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational Mascara Priceline.

Sophie is wearing the girls kinetic 3/4 leggings, t-shirt and zip through hoodie all from Target kids sportswear with her DC neon hi-tops.

The weather was a little overcast but we all had a lovely day. Fremantle always has free things to see and do for kids and lots of bustling street entertainment. I always feel like I’m on holiday when were strolling around, especially on a weekend when the markets are all set up. We’ve had brunch at a few of the cafes on the strip now and it’s one of my absolute favourite things to do. It’s hard to describe the vibe, but if you like vegan, or granola, tie dyed clothing or anything with a relaxed hippy type feel you would love Fremantle.

As always hanks for reading and I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you’re up to.

Nicola x