NYX Face Awards 2016

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Hey Guys!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to enter the NYX Face Awards contest, where you enter a video of yourself doing a makeup tutorial - spoiler alert: I did not make the Top 30. I didn't expect to make it to the next round. I wanted to, don't get me wrong but I knew with thousands of applicants, and such amazing talent out there, I wasn't going to cut it. I want to think I did it anyway to break out of my comfort zone and really test the waters of my capabilities. I'm actually very proud of the way my video turned out. This was the first time I had ever filmed myself, and edited a video. I had taught myself the whole process in less than a week. I'm surprised I even managed it. There were some obstacles, of course. For example, having to borrow a camera - twice, and then downloading a video editing program - which also meant I had to update my OS in order to run the program, and as well things like whether or not I'd have the time to finish filming/editing. There are many things I need to work on, but all those things will come with time and more experience with making videos. Regardless of the flaws you might find, I learnt a lot during this process and I'm happy I did it.

Now a part of the contest rules was to not show other products besides NYX/the sponsor products. But I did want to share with you guys the products I used, so I'm listing them here. Many of these things I use daily and absolutely love!

Primer - NYX Pore Filler
Foundation - CoverFX Cream Foundation in G50
Translucent Powder - Make Up Forever Super Matte Loose Powder
Bronzer - Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural
Blush - Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

Brow Pomade - Tarte Brow Mousse in Rich Brown (Great colour for those with black hair but shines brown in the sun, asian/oriental hair I guess?)

Eyeshadow Primer: Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
Eyeshadows: Limecrime Venus the Grunge Palette: Creation (dark orange)/Muse(brick red) and Tarte's Holiday Collection 2015 (not shown): Peach On Earth
Liquid Black Liner - Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara (I actually like the Lash Blast Volume better - the orange tube)

Lipstick - NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Exotic (not shown)

(FYI - All the links will lead you to their respective brand websites. You can find all these products at your drugstore, Shoppers Drug Mart actually carries many of these brands, or Sephora. Lime crime products are only available online)

As daunting as it is to be completely makeup-less on camera for all the internet to see, here is my first ever makeup tutorial, I hope you enjoy it! Let me know in the comments what you think.

xo, Karen

Be Flawless With Cover FX

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Contouring Made Easy With Cover FX’s Contour Kit

My favourite foundation and honestly the only thing I use on my face is Cover FX's cream foundation. Cover FX makes finding your shade easy and comes in a wide range of skin tones. They have three different undertones, P = Pink, N = Neutral and G = Golden, and the number represents the depth of shade; the higher the number the darker the shade. I'm G50 - the golden undertone is great for the yellow undertone in asian skin.

Cover FX's cream foundation has amazing coverage. It blends completely with my skin and hides all my skin imperfections, flawlessly.I use their cream foundation as a concealer to spot treat the areas I want to hide. For example, the dark circles underneath my eyes, my chin, and some acne scars on my nose and cheeks. I only use it all over for special occasions.

I have been using Cover FX for years now. I started using it because the foundation I was using before discovering Cover FX was causing me to break out where I didn't normally break out. A girl from university told me about Cover FX, I tried it and never looked back. Cover FX is dermatologically tested to not clog pores and is free of parabens, fragrances, talc, and a bunch of other stuff. It's ideal for those who have acne prone or sensitive skin. Not to mention it's cruelty free!

Cover FX released a contour kit which is only currently available online for Canada. Bryan went to New York recently and I got him to grab one for me while he was down there (I had to have it, of course!). You can find your contour kit by matching your shade with the range each kit comes in. There are 6 different kits that is based on undertone and depth of skin. For example, I'm G50, so my shade falls in the G medium Deep kit. In each kit you get 4 different shades you can use to highlight and define your facial features. It even comes with an instructional card - ensuring you get it right every time. Some of you may think contouring is time consuming and just added work to your makeup routine. However, often when you put foundation all over, it flattens your face, and washes you out. Contouring reintroduces shades and highlights back to your face, and enhances your features. The kit makes it easy to achieve this.

Above I'm wearing the cream foundation in G50 and have used the contour kit in G Medium Deep - I prefer a more subtle look, but you can chisel out those cheek bones more if need be!)

First impressions, I really like this kit. The consistency is the same as the cream foundation and blends super easily. The colour range I matched my skin tone to was bang on. The darker shades defines the cheek bones without looking muddy. Now, because you're working with a cream foundation, it does take a little longer to blend into the skin than using a press powdered bronzer. Having said that, if done properly, the application is much more even - less likely to be patchy, which bronzers can do. I will probably use this kit when I'm going out or for a special occasion. For me, it's too heavy to wear daily.

How to use: I suggest applying the cream foundation with a damp beauty blender sponge. The sponge helps blend the foundation with your skin effortlessly. You want to use the darker shades just underneath your cheek bones, your temples, underneath your jaw line and blend down the neck. With the lighter shade, you'll want to put it in the centre of your forehead, down the nose bridge, the chin, underneath your brow bone and the area under your eyes. The highlight shade can go on the high points on your cheeks, down your nose, and the brow bone. Set your makeup and mattify your look with a loose translucent powder all over.

Let me know if you've tried Cover FX's Contour Kit and what you think! Show me your looks on Instagram. I'm @kernh. Follow me!

Where you can buy these products I mentioned:

Cover FX Cream Foundation - Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart ($42 CDN)
Cover FX Contour Kit - Sephora ($48 CDN)
Beauty Blender - Sephora ($28 CDN)

The year is slowly drawing to a close! The next post I'll be recapping my favourite beauty products of 2015. So, look forward to that.

Until then,
xoxo, Kern.