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Fake Bake Bronzer Compact + Kabuki Brush = FACE CONTOURING!

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I've been such a slacker lately! I've been neglecting the blog a little as Ramadhan has really taken its toll this month, but believe me I have so much to talk about! The problem is, after a hard days work in this unusually sizzling hot Summer, I've been getting home around 5ish and heading straight for bed! In fact, I've been struggling to keep my eyes open on the way in to work too!

Anyways, over the past couple of months I've had a fair few peeps ask me about how I contour and what products I use? Up until recently I was using Sleek's Contour Kit, however Fake Bake sent me their Bronzy Babe Bronzer Compact and Bronzing Powder Brush and they've really impressed me.


The Bronzing Powder Brush is essentially a Kabuki brush. Now I love my Body Shop Kabuki which is just ridiculously soft! However, the big issue for me is that it isn't really convenient or hygenic to carry around with me in my bag. Fake Bake provide a cap with theirs, so once you're done with it, you can cover up the brush and pop it in your handbag!

If like me, you constantly find your Kabuki liberating itself from your make up bag and having little adventures all over your handbag, you need to get yourself one of these! And yes, the zipper on my make up bag is bust. It's one of those things that I always say: 'Yeah, I'll buy a new one tomorrow' but then never do. I think it's been broken for a couple of years now...


So, after that little confession, on to the bronzer! The casing is leopard print on top and contains a mirror inside. I've never liked leopard-print, there's something very Kat Slater and tacky about it so that immediately put me on the back foot with it.

But, as the old saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover - no matter how garish that cover may be. I don't know about you, but I find it so disheartening to hear folk we come across in our daily lives judging others based on appearance. There's so much more to people than the way they look! Well anyway, I wasn't about to judge this poor little thing on it's cover, I wouldn't want to hurt its feelings!

Upon opening the compact I was quite surprised by the shade of it, it's pretty dark! Also there's a subtle gold shimmer running through it, but upon swatching it was barely noticeable. Using the Kabuki, I buffed this under my cheekbones - the colour is intense! It's extremely pigmented and actually looked like I'd gone overboard! Looking at the description:

"Bronzy Babe bronzing powder has triple pigmentation which means that, you need use less, it looks fresh and stays put for longer and in a generous sized compact with mirror, it will last for ages"


I now use this with a light hand and buff it in to the MAX and get something that looks a little something like this:


 As you can see, after all the buffing, it still looks pretty apparent I've applied a bit too much. With that being said, using this with Illamasqua's Blush Up Brush, it's perfect! With the Illamasqua brush, I find I have more control over the pick up of the product and the shape of the brush fits perfectly under my cheekbones.

I'm no expert in contouring, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually. I don't get all that much practice as I find that under my cheekbones it's quite hollow anyway, but a light dusting with the right brush really defines them- we're onto a winner! What with all the heat just now, I'm using the Kabuki for some desperately needed daytime powdering!

I couldn't find the Bronzer on the Fake Bake website, but I have managed to find it on the Hair Trade website for £15.99 LINK. The Kabuki can be found on the Fake Bake website and will set you back £9.99 LINK

Would I purchase the bronzer when it runs out? I think I'm on the fence about that, it's really long lasting which is a huge plus, but it is £15.99 and the Sleek Face Contour Kit costs just £6.49. I guess it comes down to whether you want longevity, and how much you're prepared to pay for it. If £15.99 is no big deal for you, bag it!

Have you used Fake Bake? What did you think? Any tips for a budding contourer like myself?

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