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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 […]

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. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks have been in the liquid lipstick game since the very beginning. Almost every brand has a liquid lipstick formula now, but a few years ago Still was one of the only liquid lipsticks I can remember seeing on the shelves. It took me a long time to get on the liquid lipstick bandwagon, though, so I didn’t try the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks until this year.

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks helped me fall in love with matte, transfer-proof liquid lipsticks. Other ultra-matte formulas crumbled on my lips, or made my mouth feel dry. The Stila lipsticks are very matte, and very long-lasting. Of course, they do feel a little dry (most transfer-proof liquid lipsticks too). However, they’re lightweight, and they never crumble on my lips. These lipsticks are very pigmented, so you only need one swipe. The formula itself feels lightweight and liquid but dries down in seconds. With some liquid lipstick formulas, touch-ups make the lipstick crumble, but these Stila lipsticks can be re-applied throughout the day with no problems. Part of what appeals to me about the Stila liquid lipsticks is that the formula contains vitamin E and avocado oil, which I think helps to counteract the drying effects of such a matte finish.

Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

I have the colors Caramello (which is a beautiful nude, that I think would work on multiple skin tones because it has neutral undertones) and Patina (Stila’s iconic mauve shade). They’re both beautiful and unique colors, unlike any others in my collection. I usually wear Patina alone, but I occasionally wear a gloss with Caramello. The shade range includes swoon-worthy nudes and fiery reds. If I had an unlimited budget, I would buy them all for sure!

The Stila liquid lipsticks aren’t cheap, but there’s a reason that the formula is so iconic. It’s easy to wear, the colors are beautiful, and the packaging is luxurious. I think I bought my Stila lipsticks at Sephora, but you can also purchase them at Ulta. Stila also recently became cruelty free, which makes the brand more appealing to a wide variety of consumers.

Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)
Caramello, Patina

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Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It […]

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I […]

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit Me, Age Rewind, and Better Skin, but which Maybelline concealer is best?

Maybelline Concealer Swatches
left to right: Age Rewind, Better Skin, Fit Me

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This concealer is popular in the beauty community, which means it will probably show up in your Instagram feed or on Youtube if you consume enough makeup media. However, I have to say it isn’t my number one. It is creamy and medium coverage, but it will crease if you don’t set it. My eyes are sensitive, and sometimes if they are irritated from allergies or rubbing, this concealer will irritate them even more. I also don’t love the shade selection. I have the shade “Light,” but it isn’t as brightening as I like my concealer to be. I like that the Fit Me has shades for fair to deep skin tones, but only 7 options seems inadequate to cover the wide range of skin tones that exist in the world.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer: This was just meh for me: not bad, but not great. I found it to be drying, especially if you didn’t blend it in quickly. It could occasionally get cake on me, and I didn’t notice any skin-improving effects (despite the product’s claims). It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t repurchase this concealer.

And the winner is . . . 

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: As far as drugstore concealers go, this is the best I’ve tried to date. It is creamy, and I like the colors (though I admit the shade selection caters to light skin tones). The product dispenser is a no-fuss twist top, and I appreciate how easy it is to use this concealer. I find the Maybelline Age Rewind to be more comfortable than the other Maybelline concealers. The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer gets a lot of press, and with good reason. It is a medium coverage concealer with a great formula and an affordable price.

 

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Current Makeup Obsessions

Current Makeup Obsessions

It’s safe to say that I’m constantly falling in and out of love (but mostly in love) with makeup products.  At present, there are a few things that I’m dating consistently; they make me swoon on the daily, but I know they won’t fail me. […]

My Favorite Fall Lip Colors

My Favorite Fall Lip Colors

Fall has arrived! I’m a fall lover myself (hold the Pumpkin Spice Latte though, I’m not that basic). For me, this wonderful change in seasons has always primarily meant only two things: 1) back to school and 2) the opportunity to change up my look. […]

Best Beauty Buys from the Drugstore

Best Beauty Buys from the Drugstore

 

Whether or not you are on a budget, the drugstore has some great products to offer. I’m a big fan of the beauty section at Target, as well as the beauty section at Ulta. I’ve tried a lot of drugstore products over the years, and these are my absolute favorites. These are products that don’t just stand out as better than the drugstore—they’re products that I like as much as products from more luxurious brands. That’s why I consider them the best beauty buys from the drugstore.

Best Beauty Buys From the Drugstore

  1. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: I use this bronzer all the time. It is buttery smooth, and it smells like endless summer. If that isn’t enough to win you over, it is a great shade for fair skin tones like mine. It gives me natural warmth without making me look orange. It comes in two shades, and I have the lighter of the two. This matte bronzer can be used to warm your face, or for a soft contour. It is one of my favorite bronzers, period.
  2. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water: This is an essential part of my routine. It is my favorite makeup remover of all time, and it is great for correcting eyeliner/mascara mistakes. I sometimes use it alone as a facial cleanser, particularly on mornings when my skin is feeling dry. Just pour a little on a cotton pad, wipe it on your face, and ta da! Clean skin.
  3. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: This mascara is the blackest black, and it makes your lashes long and beautiful. I don’t use this mascara anymore because it made my sensitive eyes itch, but it was a go-to for years. The L’Oreal Voluminous mascara is a drugstore classic.
  4. NYX Slim Lip Pencils: I wrote about these lip liners in another post, and I stand by my assertion that they are the best lip liners under $5. They’re inexpensive, long-wearing, and creamy. I love the array of colors—I have peekaboo neutral, mauve, and espresso.
  5. Nivea Creme: This might be my favorite body moisturizer of all time. I’ve gone through a lot of different lotions (drugstore and luxury, scented and unscented) as well as body oils, but this is hands down my favorite. It is thick and creamy, with a light and fresh scent. It makes my skin feel super moisturized, even my dry hands.
  6. Maybelline MasterPrecise Eyeliner: This eyeliner pen is great for creating winged liner. I love the ultra-fine tip, and because liquid liners usually dry out, it’s nice to have one that doesn’t cost $25 to replace every three months.
  7. Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eyeroller: I know I’ve read about this in at least one fashion magazine, and I can say that I love it myself. The product helps to de-puff the sensitive skin under my eyes. The metal tip always stays cold, which makes it even more soothing on my puffy morning eyes (plus the cold helps to decrease puffiness). I like using it in the morning before I apply my makeup to make my eyes appear open and bright.
  8. e.l.f. HD Under Eye Setting Powder: In a battle against the Laura Mercier Translucent powder, this won by a landslide. This fine-milled powder feels light and comfortable on my eyes. I’m not sure how this would work if you wanted to use it for “baking,” but for setting your concealer it is excellent.
  9. Simple Micellar Wipes: I don’t like Simple Micellar Water as much as Garnier Micellar Water, but I love the Simple Micellar wipes. These wipes are gentle and easy to use on-the-go or after a late night.
  10. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil: I like that I can use this pencil as a base for a smokey eye, or as an eyeliner. I especially like using it on my waterline because it is creamy and easy to apply.
  11. Aquaphor: This has been a staple for me for as long as I can remember. Aquaphor is like a souped-up version of Vaseline; it keeps my lips soft better than any lip balm.
March Favorites: Beauty and Literature

March Favorites: Beauty and Literature

March was a great month (Spring Break, warm weather, Easter, what’s not to like?)  Over the past month, there are a few products that have stood out as exceptional and unique. First of all, I’ve been loving the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer gets […]