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Pixi Glow Tonic (Review)

Pixi Glow Tonic (Review)

Toners noticeably improve my skin– that is, if I’m using the right toner. I’ve used different toners on-and-of over the years. Using some sort of toning treatment helps to keep my acne at bay, but if it’s a strong acne treatment it can irritate my […]

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve is arguably the most underrated lip color. It’s not quite nude, but it isn’t bold either, and it’s especially perfect for the winter months. I love the plummy undertones in these lipsticks, which are often marketed as “dusty rose” or “soft lilac.” Of course, […]

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

I do my eyebrows almost every day, even when I’m wearing minimal makeup. I have moderately full brows, but I like to define them with a pencil or pomade, and I love the look of feathery full brows that you can get with a gel. Like most of the beauty-addicted, I’m a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, but ABH is an expensive brand, and I’ve found that there are great brow products at a more affordable price.

First of all, the L.A. Girl Slim Shady Brow Pencil is fantastic. It’s more powdery than waxy, and the tip is super fine– it’s easy to create hair-like strokes that you can blend out with the spoolie on the other end. It’s only $6, which is a very reasonable price. Plus, it has ten shades, which is a wide range of choices.

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Even though the Pixi Natural Contour Powder isn’t really intended to be a brow product, I love using it to set brow pencil or pomade, especially if I’m going for a fuller brow. It makes my eyebrows look thick without looking blocky. It’s a little dark as a contour powder on my skin, but as a brow powder it’s perfect– it isn’t too finely milled, and the color is a nice neutral brown. Plus, the pan will probably last me a lifetime.

Last but not least is the Essence Make Me Brow. It has a little tiny spoolie that makes it easy to shape your eyebrows without making a mess, and it has little fibers that make the eyebrows look thicker (I would especially recommend this product if you have sparse eyebrows). This gel makes my brows feathery and sets them in place, but it doesn’t feel crunchy.

What are your favorite drugstore brow products? I love it when my makeup favorites are affordable. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and drop by again soon!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

I’ve been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for the past few months. I had dabbled in the waterproof version, which I quite like, before then, but I decided to give the original formula a try. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is a […]

Pink Toned Highlighters

Pink Toned Highlighters

Fish love the water, birds love the sky, and I love pink. Some things just come naturally. Everybody who knows me knows that this is an undeniable fact. I liked millennial pink back when it was just called “pink,” and once I sported a fuchsia […]

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (Review)

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (Review)

The youthful follies of foundation-collecting have given way (ever so slightly) to the adult pastime of skincare. Basically, I’ve discovered that having great skin is better than covering mediocre skin with makeup. Unfortunately, perfect skin (or at least exceptional skin) doesn’t happen without a considerable amount of effort and experimentation.

I’ve noticed a change in my skin over the last six months. I think this mostly has to do with having adult skin, instead of teenager skin. I’ve noticed a few fine lines (gasp) but mostly I’ve noticed that I have fewer actual pimples and more like clogged pores/texture. It’s definitely an improvement overall, because my skin tone is more even, but still leaves a little to be desired.

I’ve never found my perfect moisturizer, so I try lots of different ones. I like the feeling of gel moisturizers like the L’Oreal Hydra Genius moisturizer. I chose the “normal/dry skin” formula. When I lived in the desert, I liked using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer, but it wasn’t enough to combat the dry air. However, now that I’m in a more humid environment, gel moisturizers seem okay… when they don’t break me out.

I got little bumps, like little tiny clogged pores, all over my skin using L’Oreal Hydra Genius moisturizer. I’ve had this reaction before, when I used the Garnier Moisture Bomb. I have a friend who really likes the Garner Moisture Bomb, but for me it was skin-irritation-city. I also had a comparable reaction Clinique Fit Foundation, so I decided to do some investigating. I noticed that all of these products had alcohol as one of the first ingredients. I don’t have much of an issue with setting sprays, which usually are alcohol-based, but maybe that’s because there are layers of makeup protecting my skin. I’ve been avoiding alcohol in skincare, especially alcohol denat. (which seems to be a major culprit) and my skin has been doing better.

Have you ever had a bad reaction to a skincare or makeup product? I don’t think this moisturizer is bad, but it certainly wasn’t for me. I do, however, really like the L’Oreal clay masks. I used mine up, but I’m hoping to repurchase them soon.

 

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Red Eyeshadows for Fall and Winter

Red Eyeshadows for Fall and Winter

I love red eyeshadow year round; I’m convinced it’s always in-season. However, for the majority of the population, red eyeshadow season is somewhere between September and December. Though the season is well underway, it isn’t too late for me to mention a few of my […]

How to Save Money at Sephora

How to Save Money at Sephora

It’s that time of year again– if you’re a makeup addict like me, I don’t have to tell you. It’s the annual VIB/ Beauty Insider sale, so if you’re signed up for Sephora’s rewards program you either get 15% or 20% off (depending on your […]

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

This highlighter is a mini-miracle. Admittedly, at nearly $40 the price tag is hefty. $40 can buy you a lot in the highlighter world (basically a lifetime supply of e.l.f. baked highlights, or an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit). And while I wouldn’t say I like this highlight better than its counterparts from brands like Tarte or Makeup Geek, this highlight is unlike any other.

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

I think what makes the Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter most unique is that, whether you like a soft glow or an over-the top highlight, you will be impressed. I guarantee it. This highlight has no fallout whatsoever. It’s incredibly lightweight and smooth; it blends like second skin. It’s buildable, with a sheer color. I wear Shade 1: Golden Pink, because I like a pink-toned highlight on my pale skin. Shade 2 is beautiful on medium skin tones (and I’m sure on deep skin tones, as well, I’ve just never seen it in action).

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Swatches)

What’s amazing about this highlighter is that it catches the light perfectly. A lot of highlights have their own glitter, shimmer, or pigment, and while this one does have some shimmer to it, it does an amazing job of reflecting light. Even if you’re wearing a lot of this highlighter, it still looks somehow, somewhat natural. As an added bonus, it photographs beautifully.

 

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Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 […]