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Currently Reading

Currently Reading

I’m not usually juggling multiple reads at once, but because of my busy school year and traveling, I currently have multiple books on my shelf, so to speak. Here are the books that I’m currently reading. Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge: […]

Current Makeup Obsessions

Current Makeup Obsessions

It’s safe to say that I’m constantly falling in and out of love (but mostly in love) with makeup products.  At present, there are a few things that I’m dating consistently; they make me swoon on the daily, but I know they won’t fail me. […]

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters are incredible. There’s no way about it: they are the best highlighters for that super metallic glow, at least of the highlighters I have tried (and let me tell you, I’ve tried a lot). These highlighters are so richly pigmented, the pans are enormous, and the colors are diverse. I bought the two lightest shades, Ice Cold (an ultra-white highlighter) and Princess Cut (an icy pink) but I’ve got my eye on Peach Goddess.

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The Jeffree Star Skin Frost highlighters are a soft powder formula. If you want a natural looking glow, you might be able to achieve it with this product if you use just a tiny bit. But in all honesty, these highlighters are really intended for more ambitious glow-seekers. Apply a little of the highlighter and you are glowing, but if you apply a lot you will basically be visible from an airplane. I’m a highlighter fiend, so I love the intense glow.

Ice Cold is very light; it is one of the most intense white highlighters I’ve ever come across. It’s bold and beautiful, but I’m not sure I would recommend it for deeper skin tones. On my fair skin, it gives me the frosted look I like.

Princess Cut is a little more subdued, but if you layer it on it still packs a punch. I love that this highlight can look soft or bold, depending on how much you wear. I also love the color; it’s the perfect soft pink.

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The Jeffree Star Skin Frost highlighters can also be used as eyeshadows. Sometimes I mix both Ice Cold and Skin Frost on my face. Overall, these highlighters are high quality, a great value (you get so much product), and just flat out fun to wear. What are your favorite highlighters?

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Jeffree Star Skin Frost Review

The Ordinary Skincare Review: The Perfect Skincare Line for Twenty-Somethings

The Ordinary Skincare Review: The Perfect Skincare Line for Twenty-Somethings

If there’s one thing my mom taught me, it’s to take care of my skin. I’m not the kind of girl who falls asleep with her makeup on– not once, not ever. I wash my skin religiously, moisturize, and apply SPF every day. However, that […]

Silver Lining 

Silver Lining 

For this smokey eye, I used black and brown shadows including the Naked Basics Palette from Urban Decay. I also used the black shade from the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack and Colourpop’s Tink eyeshadow. But any black and brown shades will do! The most […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation caught my eye a few months ago, and since I have fallen in love. It didn’t take much to win me over; both of these foundations do exactly what they say they will. They are long-wearing, medium coverage, and just all around gorgeous. To date, they are the best foundations I have tried, which is amazing because they are so affordable.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L'Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation: This foundation makes my skin look beautiful. It almost has a powdered finish. I still often add a pressed powder on top just to make it last extra-long, but it never looks cakey. This foundation is very matte, with medium to full coverage, but it doesn’t seep into my fine lines or cake up, and it lasts for such a long time. This is definitely a go-to for me. The first time I wore this foundation, my mom looked at me and said “your skin looks amazing!” I wear the color 101, the lightest shade, and it matches my skin perfectly. This foundation is so reliable; I know if I apply it, it will stay fresh all day.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation: The whole “glow” thing frightened me a little, because my skin tends to lean towards the oily side. However, this foundation is perfect for me because it is glowy, but it dries down. So it doesn’t slide around my face all day long; in fact, unless I apply too much around my smile lines, it doesn’t even sink into my lines. This foundation has a much thinner texture than the Pro Matte, but it is just as good. I think the Pro Matte might be a tiny bit longer lasting, but unless you’re planning to wear your foundation overnight (which I don’t recommend) the Pro Glow will last through your day! I wear the shade 201, and it’s a perfect match for my fair skin. I think if you are looking for a glowy foundation with moisture, you might have to look elsewhere, but if you have normal or oily skin, or you live in a humid climate, you’ll love the L’Oreal Pro Glow.

These foundations are amazing, even though they are totally different. They don’t break out my acne prone skin, and they can also be mixed for a finish that is somewhere between matte and luminous. The textures are different, but the packages and price (both of which are very convenient) are quite similar. I picked mine up at Ulta, because I always have a coupon, and I haven’t found any foundation I like more than these.

 

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My Ranking of Jane Austen’s Novels

My Ranking of Jane Austen’s Novels

Last semester, I took a single-author course for my English major on Jane Austen. I’ve read most every page Austen has written (okay, that might be an exaggeration, but I studied a whole lot of her works, even some obscure ones and partial drafts.) They’re […]

3 Best Red Eyeshadow Palettes

3 Best Red Eyeshadow Palettes

Red eyeshadow is hot right now, and I love the trend. A beautiful burnt red hue is a beautiful alternative neutral. It can be the darkest shade in an eyeshadow look, used in the crease or on the outer corner. Or it can be an […]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation was a major release for the brand that grew out of a monopoly on the perfect eyebrow. While bigger brands, such as Bobbi Brown, Tarte, or M.A.C. offer multiple foundation options, ABH just has one stick foundation. Stick foundations have been trending in past months, and Anastasia Beverly Hills never fails to keep up with the latest.

When the ABH stick foundation first came out, it received mixed reviews. I heard more negative reviews than positive about this foundation, but I wouldn’t say it is a bad foundation. It’s moderately priced, and there’s a large shade selection. It’s a medium coverage foundation: I apply a lot of foundation, right from the stick to my face. I’ve tried applying just a few stripes then blending it in, but I think it looks better if I apply it all over my face then blend with either a brush or a beauty blender. It never becomes full coverage, but it is a nice soft matte finish.

Right after I apply this foundation, I like it. I don’t love it, it doesn’t give me flawless doll skin, but it gives me a nice base. My biggest problem is that it isn’t as long lasting as I like. It wears for approximately 4-6 hours, and then it starts to disappear. If I put it on right before dinner, it still looks good after dinner. But if I put it on at the beginning of the day, by the end of the day it has totally disappeared.

If I were to give this foundation a letter grade, I would say it’s a C. It looks good, and it doesn’t irritate my skin, the price is decent, and there are many shades. Still, it doesn’t give me that “wow factor” that I hope for with my makeup.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

I think I would like to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Sticks. Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation? What do you think of this product? Comment, follow, and check out my social media!

Nars “Orgasm” vs. Milani “Luminoso” Blush Comparison

Nars “Orgasm” vs. Milani “Luminoso” Blush Comparison

Arguably the most (in)famous blush, NARS “Orgasm” is a cult favorite. Milani “Luminoso” is often hailed as a dupe, but it is also considered a favorite by many beauty addicts. Chances are, if you clicked on this post, you’ve heard of them both. First of […]