With the influx of snail/bee serums, BB creams, and cushion foundations into the North American market I’ve started to come across more information on Asian beauty. An industry that was previously overwhelming to me has become a lot more accessible.

I found this guide to Korean contouring on Reddit (makeupaddiction). A couple girls tried their hand at it and I was intrigued as to how it would look with my features.

Disclaimer: This look features an abysmal lack of Korean products.

A quick guide to ‘Korean Contouring.’ Source: http://www.refinery29.com/korean-contouring-tips#slide

After having tested the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit I decided that I wanted to try something with more usable colours for my skin tone. Meaning, not 3 highlights and something with less orange.

I briefly considered the Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kitthe Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, and NARS Contour Blush. I didn’t think Smashbox’s was versatile enough for the price, Kat’s had too many highlights and NARS didn’t have an appropriate colour for woc. Having never used cream contour I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try the Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette, so I picked it up. It’s $50USD or $60CAD, and available at Sephora.  

laura mercier flawless contour palette

MAC Warm Soul Mineralized Blush is a favourite of many (lighter skinned folk). After years I was finally motivated to pick this colour up because Tiffany from MakeupByTiffanyD mentioned it once more. It looked especially promising as a very natural flush of colour based on the WOC I spotted on Google.


I recently stopped by the drugstore and was pulled in by the siren call of lipsticks on sale. Included in my haul was the highly recommended Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry. While I’ve heard a lot about this colour I wanted to see how it would look on dark skin.

The popular comparison I see on fair skin is between BITE Rhubarb and Revlon Sultry. When I got home and swatched it I saw a similarity between it and MAC Captive. Continue reading to see how these ‘dupes’ played out on darker skin.

We’re bringing back an old “favourite” today, NARS Orgasm. I got this as part of the Sephora Superstars gift set last year and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since.

When I started getting really interested in makeup in high school NARS was one of the brands I remember everyone touted (as they still do of course). The ‘must-have’ “universally flattering” product recommended to me, both online and by my fairer friends was NARS Orgasm. You can imagine young me’s disappointment when I went into Sephora, swatched it, and saw a mess of sparkly light pink.

It was one of my first realizations that there weren’t enough good recommendations for dark skin.

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Natural lighting

WOC of the world rejoice. Finally a colour of the year that won’t result in people saying “it’s just so vibrant against your skin tone.” We’ll need to make sure to stock up on all the “nude” lipsticks and ‘girl next door’ blushes that will result from Pantone’s colour of the year in Marsala. (Italian wine, not a misspelling of the Indian food Masala as I originally thought).

On the internet the colour is being applied to many different shades quite liberally.

Here’s the colour as Pantone described it:

Marsala Colour


Dose – 20mg everyday but 40mg on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This month was a roller coaster of emotions.

My skin was looking pretty damn clear, I was riding a high and then I did two things to mess it all up. I tried to incorporate an AHA because I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I tried on like six lipsticks at Sephora.