Thursday, September 3, 2015

Best in Beauty 2015: Contour Palette

Makeup contouring is a professional technique that can change everything from the shape to even the depth of your face. Whether you want higher cheekbones or a slimmer nose, etc. makeup contouring will allow you to achieve that. There are numerous products in the world created for this purpose, but what are the best ones right now?

"Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Contour & Highlight Palette" - This lightweight yet eco-friendly palette contains 12 unique shades that are great for contouring. As a cream-based palette, this is one of the greatest contouring mediums you will ever use. ($79.95 at Mehron)

"OFRA Professional Contouring & Highlighting Palette" - Created at the OFRA factory in Florida, this versatile makeup essential is perfect for contouring. Consisting of 6 shades, this amazing OFRA addition proves why it is one of the best of 2015. ($79 at OFRA)

"IT My Sculpted Face" - The art of highlighting and contouring can do so much for a face. It can balance the symmetry, as it can create definition. And one of the greatest contouring palettes of 2015 is definitely this one. ($38 at IT Cosmetics)

"AEsthetica Contour Kit" - With 6 shades to choose from, this palette truly delivers the art of facial sculpting. Contouring is an art, a process and this palette brings real glamour to your contouring routine. ($59.95 at AEsthetica)

"City Color Ultimate Contour Effects Kit" - This fantastic City Color addition includes the Contour Effects palette and the Contour Effects 2 palette. With 3 shades each, you will receive 6 in this special kit. ($29.99 at City Color)

"ULTA Contour Kit" - When it comes to simplifying the art of sculpting, defining, shaping, and molding; this fantastic ULTA addition really allows you to bring the art of contouring to life. On top of that, it is easy to apply and blends quite well. ($18 at ULTA)

Reader's Choice:

"Motives 3-in-1 Contour, Bronze and Highlight Kit" - After conducting a poll on not only my blog, but all over social media; you voted. As a result of many votes, you chose this amazing Motives addition as the #1 contouring palette of 2015. ($34.95 at Motives)

Social Media Choice: 

"Anastasia of Beverly Hills Contour Kit" - After an immense amount of research, I discovered that this gem to the world of beauty is the most raved about contouring palette all over social media. ($40 at ABH)

Originally posted on Examiner.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Best in Beauty 2015: Concealer

When it comes to color correcting, nothing beats the almighty concealer. It works to cover everything from acne scars, large pores, age spots, dark circles and uneven skin tone. Although it is similar to foundation, what makes it different is it's formula. More so the texture, as it is quite thicker than most foundations. It is also slightly more pigmented, so it works to cover an array of problematic skin issues that a vast majority of foundations do not. The question remains; however, what are the best concealers of 2015?

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Not only does this concealer work to obscure imperfections, it has an array of multi-action benefits and uses special technology to deliver long-lasting results that look and feel amazing. As a top rated concealer, this amazing beauty basic proves why it is also a best seller. ($29 at NARS)

Ellis Faas Concealer - According to Vogue Paris is one of the most influential makeup artists of our generation. What you don't realize is that her concealer is one of the greatest there is. If you are looking to use one of the best, this is it. ($40 at Ellis Faas)

Lancome Effacernes Concealer - Whether you are searching for something long-lasting or buildable, you cannot go wrong with this amazing Lancome addition. And although this product is marketed as an undereye concealer, it works amazingly for acne marks and age spots. ($31 at Lancome)

Motives Long-Wear Liquid Concealer - Some of the greatest concealers I have ever used are long-lasting. Whether you are searching for a pink, yellow or even a neutral undertone, this is definitely one of the greatest concealers out there. ($18.95 at Motives Cosmetics)

Dermaflage - When it comes to concealing systems, this one is realistic in terms of copyingg the human skin. If you use this system correctly, you can create actual human flesh over your scars and marks. How cool is that? ($60 at Dermaflage)

Examiner's Reader's Choice:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - You voted and out of many votes, you chose this amazing concealer as the best of 2015. Congratulations! ($29 at NARS)

"I love the Studio Conceal and Correct Palette by MAC. It is great for covering blemishes, under-eye circles, and great for contouring. I love it because you can use it in so many ways." -Havana Brown, SKAM Artist and DJ

Best in Beauty 2015: Bronzer

If you are searching for that healthy, sun-kissed glow without the sun than more than likely you will not only love a good bronzer, but appreciate one too. Bronzer is used to give your skin warmth, depth, and simply the obvious, natural looking color. The question remains, what are the best of 2015?

LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer - As one of the most world-renowned makeup artists to hit the beauty scene, Carol Shaw proves yet again why this brand delivers nothing, but greatness. What more is there to say? This bronzer is tantalizing in the best way possible. ($33 at LORAC)

Too Faced Soleil Bronzer - Fortified with cocoa powder, this chocolate treat will give you one of the greatest glows you can ever get from a bronzer. It is not only great for giving your skin that extra glow, but it is great for contouring too. Available in Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate; let the party begin. ($30 at Too Faced)

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess - Not only is this bronzer incredibly pigmented, but it is buildable and blendable, as well. And you don't have to worry about your skin appearing muddy or splotchy either. In fact, the irresitible glow produced by this bronzer is outstanding and every time you wear it, you will channel your inner goddess. ($37 at Estee Lauder)

Physicians Formula City Glow Bronzer - Whether you are searching for a product that is not only pigmented, but produces a color pay-off that is on fleek. Or you are looking for something that is free of parabens, gluten, and oil; then I think it's safe to say we have a winner. ($14.95 at Physicians Formula)

City Color Be Matte Bronzer - Some of the greatest additions to the world of beauty are modestly affordable and this product is an example of that. Not only is this rich powder bronzer work to achieve a natural yet vibrant looking glow, it is also great for contouring, highlighting, and even baking. ($4.99 at City Color)

Examiner's Reader's Choice:

Too Faced Soleil Bronzer - Are the best things in love really free or are they just natural? Are the best things made out of cocoa? Do the best things smell like chocolate. After many conducted this year's poll on and counting your votes, I think it's safe to say we have a winner. You chose this terrific Too Faced essential as the #1 bronzer of 2015. ($30 at Too Faced)

"I absolutely love the new Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzing Veil in Summer Days. Its really light-weight and it is perfect for summer to keep up that glow." -Amanda Breault

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I am the number one writer on Examiner

It is official, I am the number writer on for Beauty, for Makeup and for Pittsburgh. I have to say that I am extremely thankful, grateful and blessed by this honor.

When Yahoo Voices! closed in 2014, I was searching for a platform to write. I looked at several options and was accepted to quite a few, but felt a strong disconnect due to censorship and the fact that these outlets were looking for certain content that was simply not in my forte. When I discovered Examiner, I was quite reluctant as they rejected several of my articles at first.

Yes, at first Examiner rejected several of my articles; however, they believed me in enough to follow up with amazing constructive criticism. Truth be told, I never went to college for writing let alone journalism and literature. I have no academic credentials in the craft. I was a business major. I took maybe one course in writing. I knew I wasn't the most polished writer nor pristine content producer; however, I knew I had the potential to be eventually be, as anyone does.

As time proceeded, I garnered a huge appreciation for the power of the pen. I did a lot of reading and independent studying. Even went on Coursera and looked at the adult learning academic writing courses to see if I could learn something. After taking Examiner's vital criticism towards my content, I am now able to flush out multiple non-fiction articles in a matter of minutes. And now, I can honestly say that I am a whitelisted contributor, so I don't have to go through editors before publishing my content.

Amazing right?

And my content has been featured via news where it has been republished on Google, Bing and Yahoo! news platforms. I have learned to love writing, my writing and appreciate it more than ever. If I can do this, you can also.

Thank you Examiner for this honor.