Face Of The Day: Shades Of Orange

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being” – Hafiz of Shiraz
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I often used NARS Persia eyeshadow as a transition shade but I’ve never made it the focus of an eye look before. This Memorial Day weekend is blessing us with glorious weather and I decided to do a quick orange eye just because. I even wore lashes! This was a super simple look and it wore perfectly for the whole afternoon. Click below for a list of products used. Continue reading

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops: A Review

“One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.” – Victor Hugo

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Cover FX custom cover drops

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Wearing the CCDs in N110 mixed with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue and concealer. No powder or blush.

Once in a blue moon you come across a makeup product that is life-changing in the true meaning of the word; a product that is so ingenious you wonder why nobody thought of that before. Enter Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops. I’ve waxed poetic about my love for this brand before but this has to be far and away my favourite thing the brand has brought out.

Custom Cover Drops (CCDs) are drops of pure pigment that allow you to fully customize any of your liquid-based beauty products. They can be mixed with facial oils, primers, moisturisers, serums, other foundations, and the list goes on and on. If it’s liquid, mix away!

Cover FX suggests adding 1 drop for sheer coverage, 2 drops for medium coverage, 3 drops for full coverage, and 4 drops for total coverage. I don’t think I’ve ever tested a product as thoroughly as I have this one. I’m typically N100 in Cover FX products but I purchased N110 in the drops as I primarily got it to mix with all my foundations that are far too light for me. I shudder to think how they would still be languishing in my foundation graveyard if these drops hadn’t come into my life. For example, I’ve tried the drops with argan oil (give a gorgeous dewy glow), with Caudalie’s mattifying moisturizer, with Bare Minerals’ Complexion Rescue (finally gives me the coverage I crave) and with my fave- Murad’s Invisiblur. There hasn’t been a single product the CCDs haven’t meshed well with. I’ve finally been able to wear my YSL fusion ink foundation because of the CCDs and I feel like I have so much more versatility in my face makeup. No longer will  I have to have a “Summer shade” and a “Winter shade” for my foundations and I’m planning on getting the drops in N90 for my foundations that are too dark for me. The CCDs gives my skin a gorgeous and flawless but natural finish and I couldn’t be more pleased with them.

Like all other Cover FX products, the CCDs are fragrance, paraben, gluten, and mineral oil free so don’t worry about them negatively affecting your skin. I’ve had the drops since the day they came out and I would happily pay more than their $44 price tag.

My one and only complaint about them is that the opening of the bottle needs to be much smaller as leaks can occur if you don’t make sure it’s tightly sealed before shaking the bottle. My bottle looks a mess right now because the leaks have accumulated around the opening. I would also love it if Cover FX would come out with a resealable mixing palette so I don’t have to waste the product left over when I mix up my concoctions.

However, that’s a minor quibble and I would run, not walk, to snatch this up. Cover FX have always been great at giving us a wide range of colours for all undertones so I’m sure there’ll be a colour to suit your needs.

The Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops are available at Cover FX and at Sephora for $44.

Are you intrigued by this product? Let me know in the comments below!

Nana Adomah

Collective Haul ft. NARS, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Kat Von D, Cover FX, Smashbox and more!

“You’re either in it for the long haul or you’re not” – Crystal Gayle

I filmed a haul video over on YouTube and wanted to share. Look out for reviews on a lot of these products soon!

Nana Adomah

Cover FX Contour Kit: A Review

I’ve been pretty vocal about my general dislike of contour palettes. I really don’t think that the average, non-make up artist needs a palette with three or more different shades of contour. I think I was just tired of people bringing me that picture of Kim Kardashian and expecting that they would automatically look like her with a bit of contouring and lashings of banana powder. I’ve also been generally unmoved by the numerous contour palettes on offer as they tend to ignore us darker-skinned women. However cue Ginuwine’s “Differences” when I laid eyes on this beauty. My whole life has chaaaaaanged since you came in….”

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Sturdy cardboard packaging.

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Colours included in the the N Deep kit.

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Kit includes a handy “how-to” guide.

 I’ve been a huge fan of Cover FX since I first came across the brand 3 years ago and I have a few (unpublished smdh) drafts waiting in my post editor. I was all about their cream foundation for a couple of years until I transferred my affections to their liquid foundation. The Canadian company focuses on face make up only and they do their job fantastically well. They produce stellar products without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, etc. etc. Look out for a “Brand Focus” post on the brand very soon.

Now onto the contour kit: the kit comprises of three shades of their cream foundation in N60, N90, and N120 in addition to their illuminator in “Candlelight”. The contour kit comes in 6 shades for very fair skin all the way to deeper skin tones. I wear N90/ N100 in the cream foundation so the contour kit in “N Deep” was perfect for me. I can highlight with the N60, contour with the N120, illuminate with candlelight and use N90 as a foundation in a pinch (or mix it with the other colours to tone them down).

The creams are very full-coverage so a little bit goes a long way and the cream dries down to a very natural finish. However, those of you with very oily skin will want to use a good mattifying primer to avoid grease face.

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True colours of the creams in the contour kit after the top layer has been rubbed off.

The contour kit comes with numbers so you can easily follow the “how-to” guide included with the kit. I was apprehensive about how orange #4 looked when I first opened the kit but the true colour of the shade was revealed once I rubbed off the top layer.

Cover FX Contour kit on dark skin swatch N Deep

Outdoor and indoor swatches from L-R: N60, Candlelight, N90, N120

The contour kit retails for $48 and this is well in line with the price of most high-end contour kits around. It initially reminded me of the Laura Mercier contour kit but I like that this kit is specifically tailored to my skin tone. I can easily use each and every shade in one application and that alone makes if very worth the price tag.

It’s so refreshing to see a well-thought out product that doesn’t seem to be a desperate money grab these days so I’m thankful for this kit. It’s already available on the Cover FX  and Sephora websites and look for it in Sephora stores from this week onward.

Contour palettes: yay or nay? Let me know in the comments!

Nana Adomah

P.S. Check out these swatches of the other contour kits I found on the Sephora website:

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