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Inglot Duraline (Review)

Inglot Duraline (Review)

As far as I know, Inglot Duraline is a one-of-a-kind product. I haven’t come across anything quite like it myself (though of course there could be a similar product somewhere on the market). Inglot Duraline comes in an unassuming clear bottle– the price tag is […]

Best Drugstore Pressed Powder

Best Drugstore Pressed Powder

The drugstore is full of makeup, but it’s hard to know what is a hit, and what is a miss. I admit, I haven’t tried it all (but I aspire to!) I tend to be hesitant with drugstore complexion products. I’ve tried plenty of good […]

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

My go-to foundation for the last 8ish months has been Diorskin Forever. This $50 foundation is a pretty penny (I got mine during a Sephora sale) but it’s one of the most beautiful foundation formulas I have ever tried.

First of all, my shade, Fair Almond, matches my skin tone flawlessly. This matte foundation is SPF 35 but photographs beautifully. Supposedly, it has pore-perfecting and blurring properties, and it’s supposed to improve the look of your skin over time. While I didn’t notice any major effects on the skincare side of thing, I did find that it made my pores look nonexistent (though I don’t have huge pores to begin with). I liked that it was medium-to-full coverage, because I could build it up for a special event or wear it lightly on a casual day. You don’t have to set Diorskin Forever with a powder, because it has a matte/powder finish, but you can for some extra staying powder.

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This foundation does have a slight floral scent, and it feels a little dry on the skin– that’s okay for me, because I tend to the oily side, but my mom tried it and thought it felt caked. I’ve seen it described as both lightweight and heavy in different magazine articles, so I think that is just a matter of taste. If you do have dry skin, I think you would want to pair the Diorskin Forever Foundation with a hydrating primer.

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever is one of my favorite foundations– it does make your skin look flawless, but not cakey. However, I didn’t rush out to repurchase it because a) it’s super expensive and b) it sometimes makes my skin look older, because it seeps into a fine line on my forehead. It doesn’t crease terribly in my smile lines, and most foundations do, but I have some foundations that crease even less. If you don’t have many lines, though, this foundation may be just right for you.

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

I think if you’re curious about the Diorskin Forever Foundation, it’s at least worth getting a sample from Sephora. It’s expensive, but it has a beautiful, long-wearing finish, and it’s definitely one of the best foundations I have tried. Even though I’m hoping to find a more affordable option, I did think the Diorskin Forever foundation is worth the price.

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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. […]

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 prom dress. In fact, my go-to lip color in high school was (you guessed it) bright pink.

While I don’t go for Barbie-esque glam on a day to day basic (though I have on occasion) I love incorporating a pink highlight. I think a soft rosy glow would suit many skin-tones (especially for those who share my enthusiasm for pink). However, it’s especially pretty on my porcelain skin.

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My favorite pink highlight to date is Becca Rose Quartz, which is very adequately named, not just for the pretty pan design but also for the subtle rose tint it gives your skin. The Becca highlights are unbelievably soft, and I feel like I use this highlight all the time and it never seems to make a dent in the pan. It’s well worth the price tag.

I also like the icy highlight of Makeup Geek Glitz. This light pink is ultra-reflective and cool-toned. I’m not sure how it would look on skin with an olive undertone, but on rosy skin it’s beautiful and bold, especially when you build it up. It’s also one of the more affordable options mentioned in this post.

Pink Toned Highlighters
Makeup Geek Glitz, JSC Princess Cut, Becca Rose Quartz, ABH Hard Candy

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Princess Cut is similar to Makeup Geek Glitz, but even more intense. Where the Makeup Geek formula is more glossy and reflective, Jeffree Star’s highlights are super-pigmented. They’re so soft that they almost turn creamlike in the pan, but are slightly chunky and glittery… but not in a bad way! JSC’s formula is intense, and perfect as eyeshadow or as highlight. Plus, the pan is enormous. You would have to bathe in it to use it all up.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills highlights are bold, reflective, and practically perfect. Starburst and Hard Candy are pictured here. Starburst is similar to Becca Rose Quartz. I have it in the Gleam Glow Kit, but it is also in the Sweets glow it. The pink color is soft, but the reflect is blinding. Hard Candy is duochrome, with a bronze base and a hot pink reflect. It’s unique and fun.

Pink Toned Highlighter Swatches
Becca Rose Quartz, ABH Hard Candy and Starburst,

The drugstore option on this list is Wet n Wild Precious Petals, which is a peachy-pink champagne shade. It’s shockingly soft and finely milled for its price, and it compares in pigmentation to the other highlights on this list. Of course, the packaging is cheap, but the pan is pretty, and so is the effect of the highlight (which can be bold or subtle, depending on your taste). Plus, the shade of precious petals is versatile enough to look beautiful on pale or deeper skin tones, which can’t be said for all of the highlights on this list.

Pink Toned Highlighter Swatches
Glitz, Princess Cut, Rose Quartz, Hard Candy, Starburst, Precious Petals

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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 […]