Kim Kardashian West launching KKW Beauty with Creme Contour and Highlight Kits

The modern day queen of contouring is finally entering the beauty industry with her own line of cream contour products. Kim Kardashian West will be releasing the first product of her new line, KKW Beauty, at the end of this month. The contour kits, officially titled Creme Contour and Highlight Kits, will included two dual ended cream sticks and a dual ended brush and sponge applicator. The first cream stick includes a matte highlight shade on one end and a shimmer highlight shade at the other end. The contour stick is similar but includes two contour shades on either side.

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Upcoming Collection: Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

The Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette will release in May 2017. The palette will retail for $46 USD and will be available wherever Becca Cosmetics is sold. The palette is limited edition.

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen is collaborating with Becca Cosmetics on face palette and I couldn’t be more excited! Summertime is right around the corner and this palette is sure to help you get your glow on! The collaboration includes three new shades and a fan favorite (New Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil, New Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Beach Nectar, New Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom and Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Rose Gold). Is this on your list? Keep reading for more pictures!

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Upcoming Collection: MAC Cosmetics Year of the Rooster Limited Edition Collection (Chinese New Year 2017)

The MAC Cosmetics Year of the Rooster Limited Edition collection will release January 12th at select MAC locations. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Dillard’s.

The New Year celebration doesn’t stop after the Times Square ball drop on January 1st! The Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching and MAC Cosmetics is releasing a limited edition collection commemorating 2017: the Year of the Rooster. Check out some pics below of the special exterior packaging of some of your favorite permanent products!

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MAC Cosmetics 2017 Chinese New Year Limited Edition Collection: Year of the Rooster
Face
Prep + Prime Natural Radiance in Radiant Pink, $42

Eyes
Eye Shadow X 9 in Year of the Rooster, $32
Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, $21​

Brows
Eye Brows in Brunette, $17
​Eye Brows in Lingering, $17

Cheeks
Powder Blush in Fleur Power, $23
Powder Blush in Dame, $23

Lips
Lipstick in Peach Blossom, $17
Lipstick in Dangerous, $17
Lipstick in Russian Red, $17

Review: Viseart Highlight and Sculpt Palette

Oh Viseart, how I love thee! Seriously you guys. If I could purchase all of the palettes from this spectacular brand, I would. They have all the pigmentation a gal could dream for! Back to the review at hand – Viseart recently launched a highlight and sculpting palette that has everything you need to snatch your cheekbones! I grabbed it at The Makeup Show Dallas and I’ve been crushing ever since. Want to see it in all its glory? Scroll for more!

As a non-makeup artist, I tend to buy a ton of products and throw them in my Alex drawers and call it a day! But for so many MUAs, purchases depend on whether or not that product 1) can be used for multiple purposes and / or skintone and 2) will it fit into my kit both in the sense of does it match the quality of my existing products and is it small enough to carry so that I’m not breaking my back trying to make this schhmoney (*Cardi B voice*). 

If that is at all similar to what’s going on in your head right now, you probably have already heard of Viseart. If not, allow me to make the introduction! Viseart produces palettes that cover everything about the face. Their “larger” (I use these terms loosely because the palette will still fit in the size of your palm) palettes contain 12 shades of either lipstick, foundation / concealer, or eyeshadow. They also have six-pan palettes with blushes for every skintone and this highlight / sculpting palette which I’m getting to. 😉

Enough raving about these beauties, I’ll finish with my strongest point. I’ve not had the success with pigmentation on brown skin with any other brand that I’ve had with Viseart. Especially among their matte shadows. The colors you see in the pan you will see on your face – even for my brown beauties. So often we will see colors that look great in the pan, swatch beautifully, then fade on application when blended. Viseart shadows don’t do that. They stay put and you can wash that color along its merry way and it will stay strong! 

The same goes with this palette. The sculpting shades are buttery smooth and the deepest one is my new go-to contour shade. It’s neutral – so not cool enough to make me look ashy and not warm enough to make my face look bigger instead of smaller. The middle shade is pretty much a match to my skintone so another one that I can use to either set my foundation / concealer or use as a base for my shadows. 

The highlights in this palette are beautiful! Even the pink in the middle warms on my skin rather than looking cool and off balance. It also doesn’t flash back in photos which is a first for my skin color and a cool highlight! And you already know that the gold shade and I are going to have a ton of fun!

Upcoming Collection: MAC Cosmetics x Taraji P. Henson

The MAC Cosmetics x Taraji P. Henson Limited Edition Collection will release online September 6, 2016 and in select stores September 8, 2016. International release date TBD.

​This is one of those announcement’s that truly speaks for itself. The world’s most recognized cosmetics brand teaming with one of the hottest African American actresses in the game. The significance of this is unparalleled! I’ll be supporting at release, will you? Keep reading for full collection details. 

Taraji P Henson MAC Cosmetics Highlight The Truth

Mineralize Skinfinish – Highlight The Truth ($33 USD)

Taraji P Henson MAC Cosmetics Taraji Glow

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Taraji Glow ($33 USD)

Taraji P Henson MAC Cosmetics Strip Me Down Lipstick

Lipstick – Strip Me Down ($17 USD)

Upcoming Collection: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ‘The Surreal Edit’ Limited Edition Holiday 2016

The limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Face Palette will release Holiday 2016. Release date and time TBA.

Hourglass has some of the most timeless beauty products that give you that ‘glow from within’ glow. Sometimes, that’s all you need to make people stop and stare. And Hourglass is making sure we stop and stare at THEM this holiday season with the release of a collection of all new shades in a limited edition palette. Oh, and did I mention the packaging has a marbled design? Fancy, huh!?

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette Holiday 2016 The Surreal Edit

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First Impression: Tarte Cosmetics x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette

I typically don’t purchase from Tarte Cosmetics because they rarely create base shades that match my skintone. Some of their formulas are to die for, but if I can’t find foundation to match my skin, what’s the point? I was so excited when they announced their collaboration with makeup artist and beauty guru @makeupshayla: a contour palette for medium/dark skintones. I was super intrigued so I purchased it and now that I’ve had a chance to swatch, I wanted to share my initial thoughts with you guys. Keep reading for more! 

Before I get to swatches, I just need to remind you (and me) that this is a contour palette and face powders are created differently than eyeshadows or highlighters because they have a different purpose. The goal of a face powder is to blend into the face so it looks natural, it’s not meant to be a different color than the skin or stand out in any other way. 

When I first swatched this I had to remind myself that the point of this was to sculpt my face in a way that looks natural. Therefore, the products needed to match my skintone. So when I swatched, I needed to look for shade matches (one shade lighter and one shade darker) than my natural skintone. 

With that being said, here is the Tarte Cosmetics x MakeupShayla contour palette!

Based on these swatches, I was incredibly skeptical about how it would perform on my face. I was thinking immediately about the lack of pigmentation, but I had to stop myself because this is exactly what I need to contour my face. I don’t need some crazy rich, dark brown to contour. I need a greige brown that is subtle enough to look natural and will blend well into my liquid foundation without looking patchy. And that is exactly what #4 does. 

The only shade that I was just shaking my head at was the blush (#5). This did not even swatch, so I don’t know if it was my finger or what, but it was not having it! I’m going to use this as much as I can this week on top of different foundations and concealers so I’ll find the best combo for my skin. 

Back to positive things, I love that the pans are magnetic and are interchangeable. I’ve got several single highlighters that I can easily swap out with some of these if I want to travel with this as my “face palette”. That’s more appealing to me than a Z Palette which I have nightmares about traveling with!

If you guys are interested in seeing some pictures of this product in action on my face, let me know in the comments below!

Upcoming Collection: MAC Vibe Tribe Summer 2016

MAC Cosmetics Vibe Tribe Summer 2016 Limited Edition collection is coming soon. Exact release dates will be published when this information becomes public. 

Holy tribal print Batman! Look at the design on the upcoming MAC Cosmetics Vibe Tribe Summer 2016 Limited Edition Collection. Makes all my tribal print dreams come true! As with all summer collections before it, MAC really takes the opportunity to let loose with some funky designs during the summertime. Just take a moment to appreciate that geometrically printed powder design. Sigh! Check out more pictures below!

MAC Cosmetics Vibe Tribe Summer 2016

Image credit: @katerinu Instagram

Upcoming Collection: MAC Cosmetics x Chris Chang for Poesia

The MAC Cosmetics Chris Chang for Poesia collaboration will release May 2016 in the USA. June 2016 release date for international locations. 
Lipstick —
Cloud Gait- vivid teal
DDDevilish- Fuchsia
Gold XIXI- Golden Yellow
Plum Princess- True Plum
Vermillion Vee- Orange Red

Cream Colour Base —
Peony Pavilion- pink
Rich Coral- true coral
Sock it Xiqu- lavender

Eyeshadow —
Electric Mandarin- Bright Orange
Mu Mu Bloom- pink
Pale Pipa- Teal
Royal Woo- Yellow

Other Items —
Black Track Fluidline
Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Pressed Powder

MAC Cosmetics Chris Chang Poesia

Unknown image credit via Instagram.

MAC Cosmetics Chris Chang Poesia

Image via @trendmood1 on Instagram.

Get The Look: Top 8 Contouring Eyeshadows for Brown Girls

Ok, so it’s really nine, but who’s counting when you are sorting eyeshadows!? Below, I’ve listed by top eye contouring shades for brown girls. I’ve yet to come across a palette that has everything I need so I’m forced to provide you with shades from a handful of different brands (NYX Cosmetics, Looxi Beauty, Makeup Geek Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics) to bring you eye contouring combinations for warm, neutral, and cool skin undertones.

If you eye lids are darker than your face color, I’d suggest lightly patting a concealer that matches your face color over your lid before you apply any shadow. This will help even out your canvas and give you a clean slate to work on. The concealer will also act as a primer to help your shadow last all day without creasing or fading. The ONLY concealer that has consistently worked on my eyelids is the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. It gives an absolutely flawless, full-coverage finish to my lids. When I have a tan, I will mix it with a little bit of MAC Pro Longwear Concealer to ensure that the color always matches my natural skin tone.

For each combination, I selected a brow bone highlight shade (left) that can also be used as a inner corner highlight to make the high points of your eyes stand out. The middle shade is meant for all over the lid and slightly up into the transition area. These lid shades should match (or be very close to) your natural skin tone. Lastly, I’ve included a contouring shade on the far right. This color can be used very lightly in the transition area of your eyelid (where you can feel your eye socket bone) to give it slight definition. You can also deepen this color on the outer corner/outer third of the eye to add some depth there as well.

If you are interested in any of these shades, just click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding site for purchase. All NYX and Looxi shadows are $5. Makeup Geek shadows are $6. MAC shadows are $16 (or purchase the pan separately for $10). The Looxi and Makeup Geek shadows will require you to have a magnetic palette for storage. Let me know if this is helpful to you guys! I love reading your comments!

Warm Neutrals.

Neutral Neutrals.

Cool Neutrals.