Two Holiday Looks with the Naked 1 Eyeshadow Palette

Friday, December 26, 2014

I hope everyone who celebrates had a very Merry Christmas! I had a relaxing time with family back in the 'burbs. Take a look at the two looks I created with Urban Decay's original Naked eyeshadow palette.

Review: W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Matte Multi-Use Colorstick in 'Dusty Rose'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

After I blogged about a huge haul, I was contacted by Pharmaca to see if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their natural beauty products. Of course I jumped at the chance! I wanted to learn more about the brand W3LL PEOPLE, so I was sent the company's Universalist Matte Multi-Use Colorstick in the color Dusty Rose for review.

Check out my photos and thoughts below!

Let's Talk Eyebrows Part 3: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade 'Soft Brown' Review

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oh hey, guess who tried the famous Dipbrow? This girl! Even though the product has been around for about a year, I'd been waiting for Anastasia Beverly Hills would release more shades of the brow pomade. After tons of swatching at Sephora, I picked up a new shade, Soft Brown, which is a pretty good color match for me. This review will probably prove more useful for girls with thicker brows like me, since I don't have to fill in my brows too much.

My First Haul

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recently, I was inspired by Ashley from That is All to check out some products from the brand Acure. In my search for websites that sold the brand, I stumbled across and took advantage of a great sale they were having to scoop up a bunch of stuff!

Review and Swatches: NYX Round Lipsticks 'Snow White ' + 'Pure Nude'

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My local CVS just started carrying NYX products, so I decided to pick up a couple lipsticks from the classic Extra Creamy Round lipstick line, 'Snow White' and 'Pure Nude.' Take a look at what I think!

My New Makeup Brush Cleanser: Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today's post is a short and quick one: A new favorite product to wash my makeup brushes!

Review + Swatches: Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet, Suedeberry + Pink Velvet

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Well hello there — long time no blog! I know, it's been a hot minute (three months to be exact). I had some life changes where things got a little hectic for a second, but I'm back!

I'm going to restart this blog with a review of the best lip product ever: Lime Crime's Velveteen liquid lipstick.

A UK Drugstore Beauty Haul

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My friend Emily is in London for a few months for work and very graciously offered to pick up a few things for me from Boots! I was so excited and immediately zeroed in on brands that I can't buy off ASOS, like the Barry M nail polishes, Collection and MUA.

Emily's mom recently came back from visiting her and was able bring over the goods. I'm really impressed with the products so far. Check out my mini reviews.

Let's Talk Eyebrows Part 2: Hourglass vs. Smashbox Brow Crayon Pencils

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Since my first eyebrow product post back in January went over really well, I've decided to keep it moving with a Part 2: a review of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ($32) and how it compares to the my go-to, the Smashbox Brow Tech To Go ($27).

Take a look!

Purple Glam for Prom with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I recently watched NikkiTutorial's "Colored Glamour" look and was inspired to create a similar look with the newest palette in my collection, Too Faced's Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection Palette The palette is $49 and comes 16 eyeshadows in a mix of matte and shimmer shades. I scored mine on HSN for a STEAL: $29 got me the palette, a full-sized Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer, and free shipping! Unfortunately that deal is now over.

Take a peek at the first look I created using this palette.

How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I have a lot of makeup brushes! I tend to rotate between my brushes so I feel like each one gets a good use, but that means I have a lot to deep clean. I've read tons of tutorials on the best techniques and products to wash makeup brushes, and I'm now ready to share my tried and true method.

Timeless Dramatic Eyes Featuring Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes Palette

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Today I have a classic dark matte look to share featuring my newest palette, the Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes Palette (see my initial review here). The key to this look is to use some sticky tape or Post-It notes to get those clean angles near the wing of the eye.

Take a look!

Review + Photos: Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette (LE)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

You know my blog name so you know of course I had to pick up the limited edition Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ($40). Once I found out that makeup god Wayne Goss had consulted on it, I was SOLD. This weekend, I played with it for the first time and I am in love. From the shadows I've tested so far (see look below), these shadows are super blendable and pigmented.

Take a look at close-up photos and my Cara Delevingne-inspired hazy brown eye look using the palette below!

UPDATE: I have a darker classic eye look up on the blog using this same palette as well here.

The Travel Diaries: Makeup Products I Brought to SXSW

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Last week, I went on a work trip to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Interactive and Film Festival. I made sure to pick out items that would last from 8am until well past midnight. Below I break down the items I brought on my trip and review my favorite item.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Review

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

There's been tons of studies that have concluded that aluminum in antiperspirant is linked to serious health conditions, so I've been trying to find a good aluminum-free deodorant. I've tried just two in the past: Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant ($5.99 for 2.25 oz) and Arm & Hammer Essentials Solid Deodorant ($2.99 for 2.5 oz). Neither really cut it for me, unfortunately, and I don't like the concept of crystal roll-ons. After those fails, I went back to my old Dove antiperspirant.

I started hearing great things about the high-end Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant ($14 for 2 oz). After reading tons of reviews, I bit the bullet and popped into Sephora to pick one up about two months ago. I'm ready to share my thoughts!

Shopping My Stash Post #1: L'Oréal HiP Studio Secrets Shadow Duo

Sunday, February 23, 2014

As I'm trying to reign in the makeup "collecting," I'm starting a new series on my blog called Shopping My Stash. I've seen these circulate on YouTube and other beauty blogs, and I think it's a great way to rediscover an older item in your makeup collection and put it to good use. 

As I've been on a copper eyeshadow kick lately, I checked out some of the oldest eyeshadows in my collection, the L'Oréal HiP Studio Secrets Duos (retail $8.25). I have about six of these duos lying around. Most of the shades I have are now discontinued, but I found one duo that has a current dupe still in the HiP Studio Secrets collection. 

See pictures and swatches below, as well as some fun GIFs of the eyeshadows in action!

Physicians Formula 'Natural Nude' Shimmer Strips + 'Sexy Eyes' Eyeshadow Quad

I popped into CVS last week to see what was new at the drugstore. CVS was doing a 40% off sale on all Physicians Formula products and I had a PF $5 off $15 CVS coupon so I decided to stick with that brand for my shopping haul. I spent $12 and change for a new Shimmer Strips palette and a Sexy Booster Oh So Sexy Eye Shadow Quad, which is a great deal. One thing I always say is "never pay retail for drugstore beauty items!"

Check out my swatches and first impressions below!

My Sultry Valentine's Day Look Featuring the LORAC PRO To Go Eye/Cheek Palette

Sunday, February 16, 2014

We had a great Valentine's night at home on Friday. Laurent made seared sea scallops and steamed lobster tail and we ate lots of drunken goat cheese and chocolate cake! Even though we were staying in, I decided to get glam with the LORAC PRO To Go Eye/Cheek Palette ($38), which I've been loving lately.

Check out my sultry Valentine's Day look below for pictures and a full list of all of the products used!

Photos, Review + Application Tips: Japonesque's New BB/CC Cream Brush

Monday, February 10, 2014

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush ($30)

This week, I was browsing Ulta's site because I had a 20% off coupon when I spotted a couple new brushes from Japonesque. I have three brushes from the company and I'm a big fan of all of them because they're well constructed and offer unique brush designs.

The new brush that really interested me was the BB/CC Cream Brush ($30).  There were no reviews on the Ulta page and I couldn't find any blog reviews, so I decided to be the guinea pig and share my thoughts.

See what I think of Japonesque's new BB/CC Cream Brush below!

Blush Review: NYX Powder Blush 'Terra Cotta'

Saturday, February 1, 2014

NYX Powder Blush in Terra Cotta ($5.99 for 0.18 oz)

NYX powder blushes are great quality blushes. They come in tons of colors (many of them dupes for NARS and other high-end brands), last pretty long, and blend beautifully onto the skin.

Terra Cotta is one of the most unique blushes in my collection. See what I think of Terra Cotta below!

Review + Swatches: L'Oréal Infallible Eyeshadows 'Gilded Envy' + 'Always Pearly Pink'

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Eyesahdows Gilded Envy and Always Pearly Pink ($7.99 for 0.12 oz)

L'Oréal Paris recently added six new permanent shades to their (amazing) Infallible 24HR eyeshadow line. Since I've had such good luck with other Infallible shadows, I picked two up! I spotted the new 'Butterfly' display at my local Bed Bath and Beyond. The shades that caught my eye were Gilded Envy and Always Pearly Pink.

See swatches and an Eye of the Day featuring Gilded Envy and Always Pearly Pink below.

FOTD: A Natural Winter Look Featuring Cream Products

Monday, January 20, 2014

During the cold and dry winter days, I prefer to reach for my hydrating cream products. For today's post, I'm sharing a recent (natural) Face of the Day featuring items I recommend for those blustery winter days. 

Let's Talk Eyebrows: My Current Routine and Favorite Product!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I was born with some pretty thick brows! See how I perfect them below.

Skin Care Brands I Want to Try in 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Skin Care Brands I Want to Try in 2014

Skin Care Brands I Want to Explore in 2014:

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5 Makeup Brands I Want to Try in 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Makeup Brands to Try in 2014

Check out the five makeup brands that I'm most excited to try this year!

YouTube Made Me Buy It Post #2: Drugstore Mascara Edition

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My second 'YouTube Made Buy It' post features drugstore mascara recommendations from Tati from GlamLifeGuru and Emily from Beauty Broadcast.
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