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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 […]

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy (Review)

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy (Review)

Up until, well, yesterday, I had super long hair. (Nothing weird, it didn’t go down to my kneecaps or anything, but it was quite lengthy). It was wavy and lovely at one point in time, but after a few processes too many it was undeniably […]

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

I’ve been impressed with e.l.f. Cosmetics in the past. It’s some of the lowest priced makeup on the market, but the line consistently releases on-trend products. The e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow pencil is more of a “staple” product. Brow pencils are a go-to for me, whether I’m wearing lots of glamorous makeup or hardly any at all.

The e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil is great for a few reasons 1) the colors, while few, are very neutral/versatile. I especially find that the taupe shade is great for different shades of blonde hair. 2) the e.l.f. brow pencil is widely available, 3) it’s only $2, and 4) it actually works. I am a bit of a brow pencil connoisseur, and while the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil doesn’t have the finest tip, it’s easy to blend through the brows with the spoolie. The formula is a little on the waxy side, which isn’t always my go-to (I often like more powdery-feeling brow pencils) but I really don’t mind it with the e.l.f. brow pencil.

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

Is the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow pencil the best on the market? Probably not, but at $2 it is a great option for anybody on a budget or in a pinch. I would especially recommend this brow pencil to makeup beginners, because it’s easy to use (and hard to make a mistake). But I’m not a makeup beginner, and I reach for this brow pencil all the time, so I can say I seal the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil with my stamp of approval.

 

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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 […]

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

There’s something about Too Faced that draws me in every time I step into a Sephora–the super-girly packaging, the fan-favorite products, the on-trend colors… Too Faced always catches my eye. While it isn’t cheap, Too Faced is reasonably priced for high-end, high-quality makeup. My sister […]

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 […]