Wednesday, July 16, 2014

City Color Contour Kit Swatches and Review

I have been wanting to get a contouring kit for awhile and while I was at Generation  Beauty City Color had one for sale for $5, normally $7, and I thought why not? I tested the kit out and I really liked the texture of the pressed powders and thought at $5 it was a bargain. I mean, yes I have a matte bronzer and a highlighter I like but I thought I would like to have just one kit to use for traveling or just in case I cannot for the life of me find what I need. Because you know those beauty lovers/bloggers that have the nice organization system for all of their makeup, yep...that's not me. I do have a system but I cannot for the life of m keep up with it. So good makeup kits are my boyfriend. 

I know when I first look a look at this kit I was just thinking meh the whole time. I mean, I thought the contour was too dark and I would end up looking like I got some dirt on my face but I did like the bronze color as it is very matte. As for that highlighter, no it isn't ghostly white on the skin, unless you really pile it and and just don't blend at all. It just gives a nice subtle shimmer to the skin 

I wanted to show you all how the colors looked side by side on my skin. I wanted to exaggerate the highlighter a bit because it just wasn't translating well on camera but it does blend to a sheer shimmer that looks better in person, I promise. I just really like how matte the bronzer and contour color are. I am almost obsessed with it. I really think this kit is good for a beginner at contouring. It really helps give me an even more angled look with a couple swipes to my jawline and at the hollow of the cheek. Blending is super easy and I use my elf flat top studio brush which works great because I really hate using a fluffy brush to blend out on my jawline because it tickles. I do find myself reaching for other highlighters as the one included can seem a little too subtle for some nighttime looks but is perfect if you just want a slight glow for an everyday daytime look. One other thing I dislike is that it just has a magnetic closure and can pop open easily but if I do travel with it I will probably end up rubber banding it shut. 

Overall I really like this kit and I think it's a good investment in my collection. I would definitely buy it again if I don't find something better. But really, at $7 I can bring this with me on a vacation and not have to worry so much about loosing it but I really hope I never do loose it. I hope you enjoyed my input on this and if you think you found another good contour kit let me know! I'm always looking for some good contouring items. 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Nair Clay Hair Remover Review

When I first started shaving my mom made me use this horrible loud electric shaver from the 1960's or 70's because she was so afraid of me cutting myself. I was desperate to ditch the huge clunky machine so I thought it would be a good idea to start using Nair. The smell was horrible but somehow I thought I won the war against my mom and her pleads to leave my armpit and leg hair alone. Flash forward to now, I have switched to razors but now I wish I listened to mom and never started shaving at all. Well, not really. But it is such a pain to keep up with it and and getting my knees shaved is the biggest struggle ever. 

I spotted this spa clay at Big Lots and decided that maybe, just maybe that the formula and scent has gotten better. Though I have never seen so many steps for a depilatory in my life. I felt while applying the cream on my skin the pink spatula was pretty dang useless. 

I do like that it comes with a sponge to dip in the jar and spread it on your legs but then you have to rinse it off and you still get some of the product on your hands and it still stinks but thankfully not as much as it used to back when I first started using it. 

The texture of the cream was very thick and stayed on my legs without slipping. It did feel a little bit tingly as I left it on my skin but I used to get that feeling with the creams before. 

These two added steps were some wipes to prep the skin and a moisturizer to apply after you get out of the shower. I let the moisturizer wasn't very effective and that just using a little aloe gel or an unscented lotion would be good enough. As for the wipes, you only get two. Two. I don't know what they were thinking but there are way more than 2 applications in that jar. the wipes were a bit on the oily side so I think it was to moisturize and soften the hair before application. I think a little dry oil on the skin would be good enough as a substitute. 

So it got most of the hair off my skin but there were patches where my fur was like "Uh uh! I'm staying right here bro!" and it took some extra effort to rub it off or I had to resort to shaving a tiny place I missed. But I miss places when I shave all the time anyways so that is no big deal. What I don't like is how fast it still grew back. I remember it not growing back as fast before maybe taking 2 days to grow back in but I had dark stubble with this the next day. what was the point of taking longer than shaving and all these steps if it was just going to grow in dark polka dots the next day? 

What I did notice was that all of the hair around my knee was gone and stayed gone for a pretty long time. I am super afraid to nick myself while shaving and I always have peach fuzz around my knee. I would definitely switch to just using any depilatory around my knee then shaving the rest off. To me the extra time would be worth it to not have hairy yeti knees. 

Overall this whole thing reminded me of how much I hated the smell of this stuff but then opened my eyes to just using it on my knees exclusively to just make my life easier. Would I ever repurchase this again? Not this formula, maybe one of the original ones but not this. I don't think it is very effective at taking off all the stubborn hair on my legs and my hair isn't even that thick.