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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 […]

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 […]

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to the online makeup world. The brand has a large variety of products, but it seems like only a few are really hyped. There’s the iconic Hoola bronzer (which is iconic for a reason) and the classic Benetint. However, there are other products in the line that nobody seems to talk about, but that’s not to say they aren’t great.

The greatest unsung hero of all, in my opinion, is the Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anybody talk about it online, ever. But I have talked about it with a fellow makeup-lover, who concurred: Dallas is beyond beautiful.

I admit, I was totally sucked in by the Cowgirl on the packaging. As a Nevada native, I’m a sucker for anything Rodeo-esque. I bought this blush a while back, when I was first getting really into makeup. I fell in love with it immediately, and I’ve been using it all the time as of late. I love the dusty rose hue. It’s actually marketed as a blush/bronzer, which is very accurate. It gives my skin a natural rosy glow, like a real tan or flush. It’s ever so slightly shimmery, but only enough to make me look luminous (not glittery or highlighted).

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

This blush has a lovely scent. I don’t normally like perfumed products, but the smell of this one is quite nice. The blush formula itself seems to blend right into whatever makeup is underneath it, and I think the color would flatter many different skin tones. You can use it to warm up the complexion all over the face, or just on the cheeks. You can even wear it as eyeshadow (I wear blush/bronzer as eyeshadow all the time, especially when I’m in a rush). Benefit’s Dallas blush is great for any type of look: something soft and natural, something warm and bronzer, something bold and glam…. I just love it!

 

What are your favorite Benefit products? Do you have any favorite products that nobody seems to talk about? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram, and drop by again soon.

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

I work in an art museum, and we recently had a huge anniversary event. Because the event was black tie, I broke out a floor length gown, curled my hair, and (of course) went full glam. I was so wrapped up in the excitement of […]

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good. I love Colourpop […]

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t new on the scene. In fact, it’s a bit of a drugstore classic. The entire Rimmel Stay Matte line is generally respected (the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I have never tried, is a staple for many people). I have repurchased the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, because in terms of bang-for-your-buck, it just works.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t “multi-purpose.” Truly, it has one job, and it does it– it just helps control oil. Obviously, if you have dry skin, this probably isn’t for you. I like wearing this primer with a hydrating, luminous foundation, because the primer controls oily shine, and the foundation adds dewy shine (if that makes sense). If I think my skin is going to get really oily, I sometimes pair this primer with a heavy duty powder. If you want to go ultra matte on a budget, this primer will do the trick.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Even though this primer isn’t a holy grail favorite, I do think it works. I like the consistency. Even though it mattifies your skin instantly, it still feels sort of like a lotion when you smooth it on. It doesn’t irritate my skin or break it out, and it’s a great starter product for somebody interested in experimenting with different primers.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

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L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

An avowed concealer junkie (and L’Oreal fan) I had to try the Pro Glow concealer. I liked the Pro Glow foundation when I first tried it, but over time I realized that it was breaking me out a little bit. I sometimes have this problem […]

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall is cozy and wonderful, a time of muted neutrals and warm coffee. I love the scents and colors of fall, from the outdoors to the indoors. And, of course, I love the scents and colors of fall makeup. Here are my fall beauty favorites: […]

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) but I occasionally enjoy balancing my neutral clothes with a bold eye look. And nothing says bold like hot pink eyeshadow.

Now, I admit, I don’t wear hot pink eyeshadow on the daily. If I was a drag queen, or if I worked at the MAC counter, maybe I would. But for an occasional night out, or when I’m wanting to channel my inner Barbie, I opt for hot pink makeup. Here are the Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows.

Pink eyeshadow is difficult to wear in general, especially on fair skin. If the pink is too subtle, you may wind up looking like you’re sick or tired instead. However, hot pink pretty much reads as, well, hot pink. There’s no mistaking it for a cold; everybody knows you’re making a fashion statement. However, hot pink eyeshadow can be hard to track down, because it is such an unusual shade.

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

NYX has a solid range of color in their Hot Singles Eyeshadow collection. The shade Wild Orchid is described as a “Satiny Red Pink.” I find it to be reminiscent of the tones in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Wild Orchid is definitely more of a pink than a red, but the red tones make it wearable, especially when paired with brown eyeshadows. The eyeshadow has a satin finish, so just a hint of shimmer.

NYX also makes a beautiful pink multipurpose powder. The Primal Colors are a line of powders that can be used anywhere on the face. I’ve occasionally used the shade Hot Pink as a blush (for theatrical makeup) but it’s a go-to for hot pink eyeshadow. Because this is a powder formula, it is pigmented, but not quite as creamy or bold as an eyeshadow. When working with such a statement shade, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I find that it’s easy to build up and blend, which makes it great to experiment (even if you’re shy about using a neon shadow). The NYX Primal Colors Hot Pink powder is very matte.

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows
Top to bottom: NYX Wild Orchid, NYX Hot Pink, Jeffree Star Star Power

The cream of the crop is Jeffree Star’s Star Power eyeshadow, which can be found in the Beauty Killer Palette. I really like this palette as a whole (I use China White on the regular), and if you’re patient you might be able to get it on sale, like I did. I love Star Power because it is the most matte and vivid pink imaginable. Basically, it’s my childhood dream come true. Jeffree Star makes vegan shadows that are comfortable on my super-sensitive eyes, with top-notch quality and blend ability. I honestly couldn’t speak any more highly of this eyeshadow!

The three shades are slightly different, which means that there’s room for all of them in my drawer. Sometimes, I even wear them together. I’ve also had my eye on Sugarpill’s Dollipop. I definitely don’t need it, but I may get my hands on it yet– I just can’t stay away from pink. One tip: if you use pink eyeshadow, be sure to wear a primer. Pink pigments can stain your eye a little bit. Any leftover stains will go away after about a day, but pink eyeshadow can leave your skin tinged pink.

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands (in case you haven’t noticed). I picked up the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation over a year ago, and I’ve been using it consistently ever since. At first, I was just so-so on this foundation. […]