best pressed powder

ALRIGHT YOU OILY FUCKS SIT DOWN SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO MAMA BECAUSE IVE GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU

SUMMER IS COMING AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS: A T ZONE SO FUCKING OILY YOU COULD GREASE A PAN WITH IT. SUMMER SKIN I ONE UP YOU WITH THIS: 

YOU SEE THIS? THIS MOTHERFUCKER WILL S A V E YOUR T ZONE THIS FUCKING SUMMER OKAY? 

WHEN DO YOU USE IT? WHERE CAN YOU USE IT? HOW CAN YOU USE IT? 

ANY MOTHAFUCKIN WAY YOU WANT THAT’S WHAT. 

THIS BITCH IS TRANSLUCENT 

THE FIRST TIME I OPENED IT UP I WAS LIKE HEEEELL NAW THIS IS GON MAKE ME LOOK LIKE A MOTHERFUCKIN GHOST MY BROWN-NESS WILL NOT APPRECIATE THIS SHIT - I WAS FUCKING WRONG THIS SHIT DUSTS ON AS IF IT WEREN’T EVEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE 

THE INSIDE LOOKS LIKE THIS: 

AND IT’S THE REASON I MOTHERFUCKING EXIST RIGHT NOW 

PACKAGING? FUCKIN CUTE NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE 

PRICE? a little expensive tbh bUT WORTH IT I PROMISE GET YOURSELF A COUPON AND WORK THE PRICE DOWN BC THIS BITCH IS WORTH IT 

FORMULA: SLAP MY TIDDY AND CALL ME BEYONCE BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST PRESSED POWDER IVE USED TO. DATE. 

ME BEFORE: OILY AF PUT ME IN A BOTTLE AND SELL ME ON A SHELF FOR PAN GREASING OIL GALORE 

ME AFTER: SEAMLESS. FLAWLESS. I AM A GODDESS. OIL? WHAT OIL? I AINT NO OILY BITCH ANYMORE 

Moral of the story: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder. 

Get it. 

10

Too Faced Cosmetics La Belle Carousel Review and Swatches

Every year or two, there is a holiday gift set that is so jaw-droppingly good that you just HAVE to buy it. 

This year, my pick is Too Faced La Belle Carousel, an uber-cute kit shaped like one of those cardboard candy-boxes, filled with 6 detachable panels containing:

3 eyeshadow quads

2 blush and bronzer duos, and

a small tube of Better Than Sex mascara

First off, it’s fantastic value. It’s USD49 at Sephora. You get 12 full-size shadows (I say full size but at 1.6g each, you’re getting MORE in each pan than a full-size MAC shadow), 2 x 8g of blush and 2 x 4g of bronzer. 

That’s incredible value in most cases, but when you consider the fact that Too Faced has some of the best pressed powder cosmetics in the business (ultra smooth, pigmented shadows and silky bronzers and blushes), it’s downright mind-boggling. 

But I’ll just let the swatches speak for themselves. 

There were only a couple of shades which were so-so. Santa’s Boots is a glittery black but the glitters don’t show up or stay well even though the matte black is smooth enough. And Sugar Plum Fairy is quite crumbly and needs a good base to stay on nicely even though it’s beautiful once on.

The best thing? It’s an impressive gift for someone special (or yourself), OR you can split it into 6 little gifts for 6 of your gal pals. Versatile!

Brushes 101

FOUNDATION

- Foundation brush

Gives the most coverage because it places the foundation right on top of your skin
- Synthetic flat/round top kabuki brush
Gives medium coverage because it blends in the product into the skin usually by circular buffing motions
- Duo Fibre/Stipple brush
Gives very natural coverage, usually works best on lighter foundations

CONCEALER

- Large eyeshadow/Paddle brush
Ideal for putting on concealer to larger areas like the under eye and bringing  it down on your cheeks for a highlight.
- Small eyeliner brush
Surprisingly the best brush to cover up things like pimples. Precision is key to it: putting on a concealer around the blemish will make it look least noticeable!
- Tapered synthetic kabuki brush
A good brush to blend out under eye concealer that gets into the inner corners because of the tapered top



POWDER

- Larger powder brush
Quickest, easiest way to evenly apply powder all over your face. Using this for high coverage mineral powders will sheer it out a little and make it more natural looking. 
- Duo Fibre/Stipple brush
Super natural looking but won’t work the best on pressed powders because it’ll cause fall out.
- Precise tapered brush
Best for setting under eye concealer or precise areas like your T zone.
- Kabuki brush
Best for the highest coverage especially if it’s dense!

BRONZER

- Small contour brush
For precise contouring and a real chiseled look.
- Angled contour brush
Recommended for beginners in contouring because it’s less dense than a contour brush and bigger so it’s more forgiving and natural looking.
- Powder brush
Best for all over bronzing; the fluffier the better, and the smaller, the more precise.
- Small duo fibre/stipple brush
Best for cream contouring

BLUSH

- Blush brush
Your typical blush brush. Applies product softly.
- Duo fibre/Stipple brush
Looks very natural and perfect for blushes that are super pigmented or bright/dark in color.
- Precise tapered brush
For a more precise application of blush, it might be harder to use if you’re a beginner.

HIGHLIGHTER

- Duo fibre/Stipple brush
Natural, all-over glow application of highlighter on larger areas of your face.
- Precise tapered brush
A little more intense (also depends on the highlighter you use) than the duo fibre but gives a more precise application.
- Eyeshadow blending brush
Perfect for a super precise highlight especially for the bridge of your nose and cupids bow, or if you don’t want to accentuate your cheekbones too much but still want a glow.

EYEBROWS

- Angled eyeliner brush
For filling in the eyebrow. Natural bristles are usually harder and more precise. 
- Flat defining brush
Perfect for defining the inner corner of your brows for that natural ombre look or to use concealer afterwards to define and clean up the eyebrows!

EYESHADOW

- Fluffy blending brush
Ideal for all over shadows, applying transition shades in the crease and to use a clean one to pick up eyeshadow fall out.
- Blending brush
In my opinion the most necessary eye brush. Perfect for applying all over lid color, blending in crease colors as well as outer corner shades and to blend out edges for a flawless fadeout.
- Pencil brush
Precise application especially for darker shades in the outer/inner corners, highlighting the inner corner, and smudging shadows on lashline.
- Eye shading brush
Packing on eyeshadow shades onto the lid, as well as highlighting the brow bone.
- Angled eyeliner brush
For applying gel eyeliner. Also works amazing for adding the darkest part of a cut crease look. As well as packing on darker shades to upper lashline for a more smudged, natural eyeliner look.
- Small detail brush
Perfect for inner corner highlights and applying eyeshadow under the lower lash line.

I always get asked to show my makeup collection, and since I can’t fit it all into one photo I’ll make a series of photos that way I can describe everything without getting overwhelmed and forgetting half the stuff. I’ll start out with the boring stuff primers and setting powders since I don’t have as many of these as I have other things, and these are one of my most boring purchases in my opinion haha.Okay, so starting from the bottom left.

 Elf body glow- not a setting powder so idk why it’s even in this drawer, but idk where to put it since I never really use it and this is one of my emptier drawers, its a shimmery bronze powder, looks nice on your chest area haha.

Elf HD powder- Very nice, comparable to mufe and any other high end HD powder for only $6, totes recommend 

Laura Mercier Setting powder- its meh, kinda over priced, nothing special. You can totally find a cheaper alternative that does the same thing.

Urban Decay Naked ultra fine powder- It was a random impulse buy awhile ago, don’t use it much but its VERY nice for you under eye area or setting your face, its so lightweight and ultra fine that it feels like nothing on your face, recommend if you are looking for a nice lightweight new setting powder!

Elf Tone correcting powder- Haven’t used this stuff in awhile, but I used to use it for days I didn’t have time to do my makeup but wanted to brighten up my skin or in the summer when my skin got a bit red from the sun, I swirl a brush in there and then apply it onto my face, really evens out your skin tone and brightens complexion.

Revlon photo balm- pretty nice, makes skin look picture perfect esp on camera, 10/10 would recommend for selfiers.

Make Up Forever HD powder

Urban decay naked skin powder - (in the little purple bag) It’s the new pressed powder they came out with which is AMAZING btw.

Nars translucent crystal powder- its ehh, nothing fantastic or really necessary.

MAC mineralize skin finish natural- Current fave

Maybelline fit me matte - its okay, nothing special

Sonia Kashuk loose powder- really nice drugstore loose powder

KVD Pressed powder- not too bad, a bit too full coverage and matte for my liking.

Lancome powder- been a favorite for many years, it would probably go into my HG items

Sonia Kashuk pressed HD powder- just as good as the NARS one, also much cheaper and is very pretty packaging wise ( came stamped with a cool croc print)

Rimmel stay matte- BEST drug store pressed powder imo

NYX angel view

NYX honey dew me up

KVD lock it primer

Too Faced Hang over primer (fave)

Lancome La base

Lancome la base pore filler

smashbox primer that I never even opened yet

St. tropez gradual face tanner.

Let me know what you want part two to be!:)