Contouring on a Budget

Over the past few months contouring seems to have gained quite the popularity and more and more brands are coming out with a bronzer and highlighter combination, made just for contouring. Although I don’t really go all out when it comes to contouring, I do like to use a bit of bronzer and highlighter to define my cheekbones and sometimes I’ll add a bit of  bronzer to my temples. I guess you could say I’m sticking to the basics but I just don’t feel the need to use tons of make up to reshape my entire face and I’m definitely too lazy as well. But to each their own, right?

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However, I’ve tried a few bronzer, highlighter and combinations during the past few months and here are my favorite high street ones because I’m a student on a budget. I feel like all of these make a great and most importantly cheap alternative to the high end options or if you’re just starting to dip your toe into the deep ocean that is contouring and you are looking for somewhere to start.

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Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer

First up is this lovely combination, which is the priciest option, but it does come with two different bronzer shades and a gorgeous highlight. I really like the fact that this offer you a lighter and a darker bronzing shade because this way you can use either of them or just mix them both. On some days I use the darker shade for contouring and the lighter shade for bronzing and on others I just mix the two of them up. I feel like this is such a great product, which doesn’t just look incredibly gorgeous, but it but works beautifully as well. The two bronzing shades are not overly pigmented and really matte, which means it’s okay if you don’t have a light hand, you won’t end up with just two brown streaks either way. The highlighter shade just adds such a soft, subtle and warm glow to your skin, I’ve really been obsessing over it. All of the shades blend like a dream! What more could you want?

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Bourjois Delice de Poudre Duo

One thing I adore about this little duo is the look of it. It looks just like chocolate and it smells divine. Now, I can’t quite figure out what it smells like but it smells so so so good! Obviously this isn’t that important because what are you gonna do with a bronzer that smells great but sucks otherwise, but it definitely adds a little plus. Even though this probably looks a lot a like the Kiko one to anyone, that’s not really into makeup, for me the two differ quite a lot. The Bourjois bronzing shade isn’t entirely matte unlike the Kiko bronzer. While the Bourjois one is definitely more on the matte side it does contain some golden glitter particles and is a bit more pigmented than the Kiko one. It does blend perfectly as well, as long as you don’t use too much product. If you look at the two highlights they seriously couldn’t be any more different though. I would describe the Kiko highlight as a light shimmery champagne colored shade, that contains a lot of golden glitter particles. In contrast, the Bourjois one is definitely darker and more of a matte rose gold highlight. Both are beautiful and I guess it all depends on your preferences.

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Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick

Makeup Revolution came out with a line of blush sticks, which consists of 4 different shades, and each is available in a matte and a sheer version. I’ve gone for the matte version of Malibu for contouring and the sheer version of dream, which makes an excellent highlighter. The great thing about these is that they are really travel friendly as the packaging is quite handy and you won’t need a brush to apply these. I just use my finger to dot ht product on where I want to have it and then I blend everything out. Simple as that! These are really great for when you’re in a rush but still want to add a bit of definition to your face!

I can definitely recommend all three of these options but they all differ quite a bit, so it really does depend on your preferences. All three are really easy to use, travel friendly and budget friendly. Though I can’t really pick a favorite the Kiko one is the one I use the most because in general I often prefer a powder to cream and I like that it offers me two different bronzing shades.

Thanks for reading!

xx

Sophie

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It’s a Love Hate Kinda Thing

No matter where you look everyone one seems to be loving the Bourjouis Rouge Edition Velvets at the moment. Naturally I had to go and give them a try and even after trying it out for a while I’m still torn. I like them but I don’t love them nearly as much as everyone else seems to and I will tell you why.

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So first off I really like the packaging. It’s small and sturdy and fits into very purse. Plus I think it’s nice that you can pretty much already see the color you’re gonna get. But it has the weirdest smell. Thankfully that doesn’t last really.

The one I bought is in the shade 08 Grand Cru, which is a beautiful shade of a true red. The product comes with a doe foot applicator, which should make the application quite easy. So I don’t know if it’s just me but I think it’s quite hard to apply. I’ve read everywhere that they are so easy and just a dream to apply but that didn’t really happen for me. When I applied the first layer it was quite sheer, which is totally okay, but when I tried to build up the color it would rub off some of the color already on my lips, so I couldn’t get it even. It just looked pretty bad. Now I don’t know what the reason is, so I tried it again and again and sometimes it really does apply quite evenly, especially when using a lip balm beforehand but for some reason I can’t achieve that every time.

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Whenever I can get it to work I love it. The color is stunning and it lasts really long. Not as long as my Sephora Cream Lip Stain but it comes in really close. What I really dislike with this though is that you have to be super careful when you apply it because it stains so much and it’s quite hard to get off once its on. So if you apply this really take your time and better not mess up because it will stain on your skin and it will go everywhere.

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So in general I can only describe this as a love hate kind of thing. I don’t know why I’m having such trouble with the application because every one else describes them as so creamy and easy to apply. I didn’t really have that experience and I thought it was quite hard to get an even color on my lips. If I do manage do get it right though I love it! It looks stunning and it’s long lasting. It feels nice on the lips as well.

Have you tried these? Am I the only one who isn’t loving these as much?

XX

Sophie