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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 […]

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 […]

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 the even that I can’t remember the details of what all I wore. However, I know that my eyeshadow was mostly the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette, with a cocktail of black liners and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Night Sky Sparkle.


I also wore my favorite foundation for events, the MAC Studio Fix Fluid, which doesn’t seep into my smile lines (which is a rare feat for a full coverage foundation) and it wore all night long! Of course, I primed and set, but still, I danced and sweat a lot, and my foundation still looked great when I got home!


I’m also wearing MAC Crème de la Femme lipstick and Brave lipliner, which has been one of my staples for years. I paired the Anastasia Beverly Hills concealer with the L’Oreal Pro Glow concealer for a hydrated but super full coverage look.

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 […]

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

I love a luminous, hydrating primer, despite the fact that I don’t have dry skin. There’s something beautiful about a hydrating, glowy base, especially if the primer has some blurring properties. Even though a silicone primer will give fill in your pores more, you can definitely get a more naturally perfected look from a lotion-like primer, such as the Milani Prime Light and MAC Strobe Cream.

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

First of all, I really like both of these primers. The MAC Strobe Cream is a classic primer that packs in the hydration while providing a glowing finish. The product itself feels thick and moisturizing. There is a bit of a sheen to the lotion itself, but when you apply it to your skin you don’t end up looking like Edward Cullen. It pretty much rubs in and just looks like you’re very hydrated and luminous. I don’t think it does much in terms of making your makeup last way longer, but it is a beautiful base for any foundation because it makes your skin look healthy. You can also wear it alone to brighten and lift your natural skin.

The Milani Prime Light is a little less expensive than the MAC Strobe Cream (but only a little bit per ounce). This product feels more like a primer and less like a lotion. The formula is thinner, though it has a similar color and luminescence. I find that this one is less hydrating, but more pore perfecting. I wouldn’t wear it without lotion underneath, because it just isn’t hydrating enough. However, I use it all the time. I find that it adds a blurring and glowing affect that works under any foundation.

What is your preference between these two products? I think they’re both great, even though they are definitely different. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram and come back soon!

 

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 […]