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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 […]

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 on one makeup item at Target just feels wrong.

Pixi’s most iconic product is probably the Glow Tonic, which is a toner (so skincare, not makeup). I hear good things about the brand as a whole. The quality ingredients might up the price, but they also make for a good product. The description of the Pixi Contour Powder on the Target website says that it has “peptides, multi-vitamin complex, aloe versa, super fruits and coffee extract.” Sounds fancy, right?

Oddly enough, I actually use this product the most in my eyebrows. It’s the perfect neutral shade to fill my brows. I like using it in conjunction with a brow pencil, to set everything in place and really make my brows full-yet-natural. The texture isn’t too finely milled, and there isn’t much fall-out, so it’s good for this purpose. I actually like this the most for its versatility. Because the shade is a neutral, medium brown, I can use it for my brows, for a contour, or for a crease color of eyeshadow.

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Swatches)

Obviously, the purpose of this product is for contouring. There’s only one shade, and everybody knows one shade does not fit all. On a really dark skin tone, it wouldn’t show up, and it’s admittedly a little dark even for mine (but with some blending and a light hand, or perhaps a tan, it works just fine). It’s a pretty neutral color, and it is bendable with nice ingredients, though, so overall I would say it’s a solid product. However, by the time you’re paying $20 you might want to go ahead and just splurge for Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer (which I prefer) or purchase a MAC pro palette refill pan at $17.

 

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Last Friday Night

Last Friday Night

Face

Jane Iredale Pommist

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Powder

Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce

NARS Orgasm blush

Becca Cosmetics Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

Eyes:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Brow Gel

Pixi Beauty Contour Powder

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Poison eyeshadow (from the Androgyny Palette)

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter

MAC Prussian Blue eyeliner

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Buxom mascara

NYX Twilight Tint highlight

Lips:

NYX Soft Spoken lip pencil

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea lipstick in Beach Babe

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

Setting sprays and facial sprays are among my not-so-guilty pleasures in life. And the Jane Iredale Pommist is fabulous, because it’s sort of a facial spray and a setting spray at the same time. While I don’t think it prolongs makeup wear, it definitely improves […]