bronzer review

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This week I received the brand new BECCA Sunlit Bronzer Collection which was kindly gifted to me by the goddesses of BECCA themselves.

As we know BECCA do highlighters really well, I’m also a huge fan of their Multi-tasking Perfecting Powders. So my enthusiasm for this new Bronzer collection will come as no surprise. 

On opening the box I was greeted by the unusual Bronzed version of the distinctive BECCA compact. The reflective antique Gold feels super luxe and pairs perfectly with the glossy Brown housing of the bronzers. 
Inside each attractive compact resembles the silky sand dunes of the Sahara Desert! 
And much like the hot sand glistening under the beaming rays of the Sun, this creamy powder is laced with light reflecting particles that shine through. 

There are 5 shades available all of which are a neutral coloured bronze which makes them suitable for every skin-tone. The formula is a creamy powder which sweeps over the skin beautifully; used lightly they will give you a softly sun-kissed appearance, but layer the bronzer and you can achieved ‘just-stepped-off-the-beach’ skin! 

Here are swatches of all the shades - the top set were taken outside in direct daylight, the bottom set were inside by the window - subtle differences but I think it’s good to see how a product looks both indoors and outside.
With flash photography the product pretty much looked identical to the bottom image - a subtle glow. 

From left to right:
BALI SANDS - Soft Golden Beige, fair to medium skin tones.
CAPRI COAST - Warm Golden Bronze, light to medium skin tones. 
BRONZED BONDI - Medium Amber, medium skin tones. 
IPANEMA SUN - Medium Auburn Brown, medium to dark skin tones.
MAUI NIGHTS - Sienna-Kissed Bronze, deep skin tones. 

Tips for applying the bronzer;
Sweep in a C-shape motion starting at the apples of the cheeks and gliding upwards towards the temples. 

Each bronzer retail at $38 each and are available at Ulta and BECCA cosmetics.
They will also be available for purchase from Sephora on 25th April! 


REVIEW: Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette by Tarte 

Hello, everyone! I shall be doing a review over this beautiful yet simple palette by Tarte Cosmetics. It was part of a limited edition collaboration collection with one of my all time favorite youtubers, Bunny Meyer or Grav3yardgirl. I purchased this a while back when it first launched on Ulta’s site. Although I’m sure the limited edition lippies from this collection are absolutely gone, there are still palettes available for purchase if you’re interested!  Fair warning, this is going to be a pretty long and picture heavy review! <3

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5 Of The Best Essence Cosmetics Products

So if you’ve been reading Makeup Tips for a while you probably know about my long lasting love for Essence Cosmetics. The European beauty brand is filled with hundreds of great products at super affordable prices, some of which are staples in my daily makeup bag. Trying to choose just one of my favourite products, never-lone just five of them is like picking a favourite child, but after much consideration here are five of my favourite Essence products that you MUST try. 

Essence Eyebrow Stylist Kit

This is one of my all-time favourite eyebrow products and beats out so many high-end brands. I tried this on a whim and don’t regret it one bit, the colours are cool-toned (no need to worry about orange brows!) and the powders have just the right amount of pigment so you don’t overdo it. This is a staple in my makeup bag and for the price you simply cannot go wrong.

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Cate Tries To Photography: Highlighters/Illuminators

Today I am going to talk about highlighters. I have a ton of highlighters, and most of them I really love! A lot of them are affordable, which makes them even better, because while I love my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, I mean, I work retail. Inexpensive is always better.

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RMK Kaleidoscope Nuance Color 02 Translucent Coral Pink

A multitasking “smart” beauty powder?

I’m there. 

This powder is quite silky and creamy-feeling; like a pressed powder foundation or high-end blush more than the typical pressed or illuminating powders. Pigmentation is also similar to a pressed foundation and you get pretty good pay-off.

  • Swirl the bottom half together for a coral blush
  • Sweep across the top curve of the pan for a bronzer
  • Sweep along the central triangles for highlighting
  • Swirl all around for a luminous warm face powder

The cons? 

Price: RMK is not cheap in Singapore, and this pretty powder costs $79 a pop for 7g. Definitely higher end.

Skintones: The range of skintones where all 4 usage shades will show up nicely is limited to the medium-ish. For everyone else, usage is more limited.

If you’re very fair, the highlight isn’t light enough and it might also be a little too dark swirled all around as a face powder. As a soft bronzer and a blush though, this would be perfect as it’s not too muddy or dark, and the peachy undertones are flattering.

If you’re tanner, obviously the contouring color won’t show up well, but you can use it as a beautiful highlighter and illuminating all-over powder because the texture is not chalky and there are enough warm pigments to brighten the skin.

Kaleidoscope powders are limited edition for Spring 2014, so if you’re keen check outh your local RMK counter to try it on yourself! The other illuminating powder is a lighter one with pastel blue, pink, white and beige triangles. It’s a better match as a face powder for my skintone (mac n2-3 ish) but that one can’t be used as a multitasking powder, so perhaps note worth the price-tag compared to this one.

Thanks to SoTrenDIY & Boxycharm for sending me these products among some other beauties this month! 

My two new favourite products are these gems by Too Faced cosmetics! 
Here we have the best matte Bronzer ever, called ‘Chocolate Soleil’ in Medium / Deep.
Two reasons I am in love with this bronzer over any other is because firstly it doesn’t contains any light reflecting pigments - which is a pet hate of mine due to how they sit on my skin. 
And secondly, it smells like Chocolate!!!! It contains Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder which is what gives it that scent. 

It’s not excessively pigmented but is very buildable. It may be too dark for pale skins, but if you have a tan this would be perfect! You can be safe in the knowledge that a small swipe of this bronzer is not going to leave you with an orange face. 
It doesn’t disintegrate as soon as you swirl your brush into it either, which is fab as I find a fair few products seem to do this; leaving you with having to tap off excess pigmented powder either into your lap or over your floor! 

As I mentioned, this bronzer is totally matte. So, if like me you suffer with break outs or bumpy skin, this product won’t highlight those issues like a lot of bronzers tend to do. Anything with shimmer in will reflect light off of uneven skin, drawing attention to it. 
So that is why I always search for the matte products where possible, and usually it’s a struggle to source a completely shimmer-free bronzer. 
Look no further - this is the one!!! 
The only thing you have to watch out for are the chocoholics, who will try to lick your face if you’re not careful ;) 

Next, we have the ‘BETTER THAN SEX’ mascara! I think they could be right..
One of my other pet hates in makeup is when it comes to using a brand new mascara. They always seems too fluid when you first use them, and that does zero for your lashes. 
Only after a couple of weeks your mascara becomes perfect, and this is because air has got to it and the substance starts to thicken slightly. This makes it glide on your lashes leaving behind more product, and in essence making them appear fuller and thicker. So, it’s safe to say that I’m not a fan of the ‘change-over’ between mascaras. 
Until now…. 
Too Faced have got the formula perfect from the-off! 
It is more dense in texture, and straight away from the first swipe over my lashes they appear fuller and thicker. 
Too Faced suggest you apply two to three coats for real voluminous lengthy lashes, and when you do you are in lash heaven!! 

It doesn’t crumble or smudge on me, and lasts until I remove it in the evening. This mascara is not waterproof, so it comes off like a dream. 
I only wear waterproof mascara when it’s really necessary as I dislike the laborious task of removing it. 

Too Faced have really outdone themselves with these two products, and I will be using these for the foreseeable future! 


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!


e.l.f Baked Bronzer in St. Lucia: I like this product but I don’t think I would repurchase it.  Its not really that pigmented so I don’t use it as a bronzer.  I use it for more of a face powder when I just need a little color.  It has a little bit of a shimmer but not an overwhelming amount.  At only $3 its not a terrible product but I’ve heard much better things about their normal bronzers.

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Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder, Blush and Bronzer.

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