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Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review

Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review

Hi babes! Today I'm reviewing one of the most influential, hyped makeup products of the last few years: the Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit. ABH was one of the first brands that created high quality contouring products geared at "casual" makeup lovers rather than makeup artists, and this pro series contour kit is incredibly popular. When contouring was at its peak a few years ago, this palette was constantly sold out, and for good reason: the colours are versatile, the powders are neutral in undertone, and the blendability and pigmentation is amazing.

If you're pale like me you can use a light hand and blend them out, or you can use the product more heavily if you have medium skintone. In sum: instead of having one or two shades that suit your complexion, like with most contouring kits geared at professionals, you will be able to use all of these powders if you have light-medium skintone. This makes it worth its €54.90 pricetag (available at Planet Parfum in Belgium).

Let me demonstrate the awesomeness of this contour kit.

Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review
Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review

The ABH pro series contour kit offers six contouring and highlighter powders (which I prefer to cream products). In the top row, the three highlighter shades: Sand (neutral undertone, matte finish), Vanilla (warm, yellow undertone, matte finish) and Banana (neutral undertone, satin/sheen finish). In the bottom row, the three contouring/bronzing products: Java (red based brown, flattering on cool skintones, matte), Fawn (a lighter beige-brown with neutral undertones, matte) and Havana (yellow based brown, matte). All of these are finely milled, buttery smooth and easily blendable. 

How I like to use these: Vanilla + a bit of Sand to set my undereye concealer, Fawn to contour the bridge of my nose + a bit under my lip to create a "fuller" look, Java in the hollows of my cheekbones to emphasize my cheekbones, Java or Havana along my jawline to make my chin more defined, and finally Banana along the bridge of my nose, in my inner eye corners, in the cupid's bow and along the top of my cheekbones, and Havana in the crease above the eye and along the lower lashline. Havana also works nicely as a bronzer. I can't stress enough how lovely all of these are in use, and this is what they look like in use:

Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review
Beauty: Anastasia Beverly Hills pro series contour kit review

I should have blended my under-lip contour a bit better, but let's ignore that. Honestly, I don't think I've ever had a better result sculpting and contouring my face. The result is not overdone, very natural and acceptable for daytime, but my features are emphasized and flattered. Once again, results show that high end makeup is absolutely worth your money if you buy wisely - you just do not get this type of result, this ease in use with budget products, in my experience. If you buy cheaper, it's always so much harder to get the same flawless end result because you have to blend more or build up colour more, and with contouring the more you have to "work" the product, the more splotchy your end result will be. Also, the Banana highlighter is pretty much the perfect subtle highlighter for people who want a really natural effect.

Gorgeous product, total must have. Get yours at Planet Parfum!

Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim

Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim
Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim
Outfit: rainbow striped polo
western boots, cropped denim
Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim
olivia burton watch
Outfit: rainbow striped polo, cropped denim
 blazer: vintage - striped polo top: Uniqlo x Lemaire - denim culottes: Zara - western boots: Zinda - cross body bag: Mango - watch: c/o Olivia Burton

Rainbow stripes are one of the most obvious trends for spring 2017, and it's obvious why. Stripes are a classic either way you spin it, and if you add some multi-color fun to the mix, you've got yourself a stylistic hole in one. This Uniqlo x Ines De La Fressange polo sold out in the blink of an eye when it hit the highstreet, and I have zero regrets about pouncing on it. How cute is that little collar? Also, after seeing (and falling in love with) La La Land, I'm obsessed with all things yellow, so this top fits right in.

My bangs were giving me some trouble this particular day, though - rain and wind do NOT a recipe for great bangs make. So just ignore what those wisps on my forehead are doing here and focus on how cute my top is. Deal?

Peace out!

Beauty: H&M Strobing Palette review

Beauty: H&M Strobing Palette review

Another day, another highlighting product review. I hope you're still as into the trend as I am! As much as I love a matte look from time to time, this end of winter/early spring weather makes me want to turn around my beauty routine, go back to something dewy, glowy, fresh and easy. Highlighting is the BEST way to brighten up dull or sallow winter complexion with minimal effort, and allowing your skin to breathe. 

I spotted this limited edition Strobing Palette at H&M's beauty counter, and its six cream highlighters made it impossible for me not to swatch away. After swatching I fell in love (ugh I never learn), and although I walked away that first time (the last thing I need is more highlighters), I returned a week later because I couldn't put this palette out of my head. Since it's just €15, I allowed myself to go for it. And now I can review it for you guys, so enjoy!

Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap

Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap

Review: Zaful swimsuits

Review: Zaful swimsuits

Hi guys! If you're on Facebook, you have undoubtedly spotted those Zaful FB ads. Gorgeous babes in super cute swimsuits, what's not to like? Well, for one, Zaful has been getting some mixed reviews. I've heard of long shipping times and low quality, but also very positive impressions of customers. I have quite some experience with Asian webshops (as a blogger, it sort of comes with the territory), so when Zaful contacted me for a collaboration, I figured I could do an honest, thorough review of my experience with Zaful to help you guys decide whether to take the gamble!