Playing around: Mary Kay At Play pencils for colour correction and contouring

I was never really into colour correcting until recently.

Lately, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to notice that my skin’s red undertones have been coming through in certain areas of my face. This includes around my eye area, my nose, and a little on my cheeks. Although I don’t colour correct that often, I will pull out my favourite green cream product to help reduce any rosiness on my face if I’m doing my makeup for a night out. Because of this, I was super pumped to receive Mary Kay Cosmetics’ new Mary Kay At Play Makeup Sticks.

These crayons (C$17 each) are available in four different formulas for colour correcting, highlighting, and contouring.  There’s two contouring sticks (Get Sculpted 1 and Get Sculpted 2), a highlighting stick in Rosy Glow, a colour correcting stick in Wipe Out Redness (the green one), and a colour correcting stick in Ditch Dullness (the purple).

Mary Kay At Play pencils
Mary Kay Cosmetics At Play pencils

I’ve chatted about colour correcting and contouring/highlighting on here before, but it’s a simple method to help cancel out any imperfections and sculpt the face. The colour correcting sticks are used to help tone out red and dull areas on the face.  This can include blemishes, rosy cheeks, or redness around the nose (the green one), and help brighten and wake up your face (the purple one).

For contouring, the most important thing to remember if you are using a cream contour, is that you apply this over your liquid foundation (make sure you don’t set it with a powder before using this). For a subtle contour, select a shade that is one or two shades darker than your foundation; for something more defined, choose a shade that is three shades darker than your foundation, and don’t forget to blend it all in! For the photo below, I actually did everything underneath my foundation and then used a damp sponge to blend it.

Mary Kay At Play Pencils swatched for colour correction and contouring

I really like these and find them super handy. The only thing I would have done differently with this collection is swap out the rosy highlight for one that was more champagne toned, as I find that to be a little more suitable for all skin tones.

At C$17 a pop, I think Mary Kay priced these affordably so you can just pick and choose which crayons you need in your collection. I feel like most people have some sort of redness on their face, so I highly recommend picking up the Wipe Out Redness for sure.

Do you colour correct or cream contour/highlight?

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Plump & circumstance: Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss wands

I’m not a huge fan of lipgloss.

Maybe it’s because I love colour that actually looks like colour, or maybe it’s the tell-tale feeling of stickiness, I just have never been a gloss girl… Until now.

Okay, so I’m not fully a glossy person, but I’ve been really digging Dior Beauty’s new Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss. Available in eight shades, with six of them being new to the line up, this gloss contains collagen micro-spheres to penetrate lips to plump and shape them, while also providing 24-hour hydration. Dior says that these increase your lip volume by 29 per cent and they are a hyaluronic lip treatment to stimulate collagen production and reshape the lips, at the same time, softening fine lines and wrinkles within 15 days.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss

I received seven of the eight shades and although some of them look very bold (coral and purple), they are all quite faint when you apply them, giving you a slight wash of colour.  When you paint them on, they have a mint flavour, which feels pleasant and like your lips are getting fuller.

There are two finishes to choose from, glossy and holographic. I actually like the holographic more since I feel like it’s a really pretty finish and it makes your lips look larger than just the gloss. You can wear them by themselves or over a lipstick; in fact, they are designed to be layered over the corresponding Lip Glow To The Max Balm, which I’ll be reviewing shortly.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss wands Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss swatches

These retail for C$42 and if you are a gloss girl, I highly recommend picking one up. My favourite shade is the Holographic Purple since it’s such a light colour and really makes your lips look stunning and full. As for actually making your lips look fuller, I find that glosses in general help to achieve this, so I’m not sure if it’s actually working, but I like how they have the claim (even if it’s only 29 per cent), and the mint definitely helps to trick your brain into believing that your lips feel bigger.

The price is high for a lipgloss, but I recommend picking one up since it is such a pretty finish, your lips feel moisturized, and best of all, it isn’t that sticky, which is a lot coming from me. Plus, you know, it’s Dior, and anything Dior just makes my heart skip a beat, so there’s that :p.

Have you picked up any of the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Glosses? What were your thoughts?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Sweet nothings: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk

If there is one thing I love shade-wise, it’s nudes. From nude blushes to lipsticks to eyeshadows, I am all about a natural, glowy look. So it comes as no surprise that when I first laid my eyes on Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk collection, it was love at first sight.

To accompany the incredibly popular Matte Revolution Pillow Talk lipstick, the luxury cosmetics brand unveiled a Cheek to Chic blush and an eyeshadow palette in the popular shade. I managed to get my hands on the Luxury Palette and it’s everything I ever wanted it to be.

 Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk

 Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk

The Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk ($66) contains four complementary shimmer and matte eyeshadows that are designed to give you a romantic look. There’s a champagne pink, a matte dusky rose, a soft matte brown, and a rose gold sparkle.

This palette is so wearable and is truly the perfect everyday palette that can totally transition into night. Since the shades are all neutral it is universally flattering, meaning that anyone can wear it. The shades go on creamy and blend out nicely. My favourite combo to wear it is with the champagne pink on my lids with the soft matte brown in the crease. From there, I’ll layer the rose gold sparkle over the champagne and either use the same matte brown in the crease or the dusky rose.

 Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk swatched

I think the palette is truly a staple since the shade range in here is so wearable. If you are looking for a pretty impactful glitter, this doesn’t really give you that, it’s more of a subtle effect (even when I sprayed my brush). I don’t necessary mind thiat since the palette isn’t designed to give you a noticeable sparkle, it’s more of a subtle, I woke up like this, but didn’t, kind of look.  You can also check out my IGTV to see how I created this look with the palette.

If you are looking to pick up one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palettes, then I highly recommend this one since everything in here is so wearable and truly flattering. Just pop on a liquid liner, some mascara, and falsies, and you are all set for your eye look.

 Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk swatched

Do you own any Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palettes?

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