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Wearable Berry Lipstick 

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

I don’t usually go for berry lips, but the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Lover has blown me away. I love this lipstick! It is unbelievably long-wearing (like 12 hours, with eating) and super comfortable. The color itself is a berry toned […]

So Much Love for Roses

So Much Love for Roses

 Eyes:  Colourpop Lo Key Palette and Cloud Nine eyeshadow Mac Cosmetics Carbon eyeshadow Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner  Buxom mascara topped with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel, Pixi Contour Powder  Face:  MAC Studio […]

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealer is my most-loved makeup staple. I’ve tried so many over the years, and I’ve finally landed on a few favorites. Summer often brings light makeup days, so it is the perfect season for an easy wash of concealer and flip flops. However, I still go full-out glam, and I like knowing that my concealer will stay put all day.

The Glossier Stretch concealer is a wonder: it is a little tub of moisture. The dewy, almost oily (but in a good way) formula glides on easily with a finger. You can set it with powder, should you choose to wear a full face of makeup. However, I like using it alone on days when I’m wearing hardly any makeup at all. It conceals my dark circles but blends seamlessly into my complexion. It’s like a second skin.


The Tarte Shape Tape is the best concealer of the decade (which is about as long as I’ve been wearing concealer). I adore this formula; it is full coverage, blendable, and nearly crease-free. I wish it was just a little more hydrating, but it isn’t drying at all. A little goes a long way (but you can cake it on, too, if you want). I love this formula, and it comes in an incredibly wide shade range. I can’t envision a better concealer! It is life-proof.

I have also been loving the Wet n Wild Photo Focus concealer. While this concealer isn’t as unique as the other two, it certainly is a budget-friendly option. It has replaced the Maybelline Age Rewind (at least temporarily) as my favorite drugstore concealer. It is somehow creamy, natural, and full coverage all at once.

 

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A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

I adore Anastasia Beverly Hills; their highlighters and eyeshadows are some of the best I’ve ever tried. But Anastasia Beverly Hills is best known for its brow products. ABH is the reigning makeup brand for brows, in part because it was the first brand to […]

Almost Summer 

Almost Summer 

I’ve been super busy this month, so I haven’t posted in a while. But here’s a summery going-out look I did a few weeks ago. I can’t remember everything I used, but I know the lips were a sample of MAC’s Creme de Nude (which […]

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I bought two Black Radiance lip glosses at Target a few months back, because I was looking for glittery lip glosses to send me into summer. While I should probably just break down and purchase the famous Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, I saw the glitter and the price tag on these glosses and I was game to try them. Here is my Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches.

I haven’t heard much about Black Radiance as a brand, but it appears to be targeted towards black women, which is wonderful as many makeup brands don’t provide adequate shade selection for deep skin tones (particularly drugstore brands). The brand is also cruelty free, which is fabulous.

 

I bought two neutral shades, Romantic and Star Struck. I prefer Star Struck to Romantic, because it it is a little more glittery. I have to say that, for the price, you get a decent product. While the actual gloss is a thick and goopy, it isn’t sticky. The glitter doesn’t feel gritty, though it also isn’t quite as reflective as I had hoped. The lip gloss has a fruity smell, which is unusual but not overwhelmingly unpleasant. These two colors are pretty alone or over a nude lipstick. I think that, as far as drugstore lip glosses go, I prefer my NYX Butter Gloss. However, the NYX Butter Glosses are not glittery, so if you are after a glittery look you may prefer the BR lip glosses. My only real problem with the Black Radiance lip glosses are the applicators. Instead of a doe foot, these lip glosses have a brush applicator, which can get frizzy and messed up after use. (Remember the Kylie lip gloss drama? They’re those applicators). Overall, I give these lip glosses a C: They’re comfortable, glossy, and sparkly. They do the job, but the applicator is odd and they aren’t anything special.

 

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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Review 

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Review 

Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer has blown up the internet over the past year, and first things first: I’m a believer. I use concealer almost every single day, but nothing compares to the Tarte Shape Tape for me.  I have two colors in this concealer, one […]

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette Review

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’ve been infatuated with this eyeshadow palette since I first saw it. A Youtube favorite of mine, NikkieTutorials, was wearing the eyeshadows in one of her videos, and I thought “my gosh, what is she wearing on her eyes?” I had been looking for the […]

What You Need to Know about Eyeshadow Primer

What You Need to Know about Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow primer is a crucial first step to creating a beautiful eyeshadow look. Not only can primer help make eyeshadows appear more vibrant on the eye, eyeshadow primer also makes eyeshadows last all day long. Most importantly, eyeshadow primer prevents eyeshadows from creasing on the lid. So if you are struggling with eye makeup that never seems to last past lunch, here is what you need to know about eyeshadow primer.

There are many different eyeshadow primers out there: there are primers for to glitter, primers for plain ‘ole eyeshadow, primers in tubs, and primers in tubes. It all depends on your style and budget. I admit, I don’t have a lot of information about budget eyeshadow primers: all of my favorites are from mid-range brands: Too Faced, M.A.C., and Urban Decay. For years, I wore the M.A.C. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (though another popular primer choice is the Paint Pot in Soft Ochre). I love this product; it kept my eyeshadow on through school or through musical theater productions. The Pro Longwear Paint Pots last for years, and they provide a full coverage base for eyeshadow. It can even be worn alone on a light-makeup day in lieu of eyeshadow, because it provides just enough coverage to mask any discoloration on the lid. This is a thicker eyeshadow primer than the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Though similar in color to the Painterly Paint Pot, these are much thinner formulas. The Too Faced Shadow Insurance is even a little oily, whereas the M.A.C. Paint Pots are more like a paste. With the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion a teeny tiny dot is enough to prime both of your eyelids.  Eyeshadow primer can be applied with a brush, or even with your fingers.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes are iconic and popular. Their larger palettes (Naked, Naked2, Naked3, and Naked Smokey) are arguably some of the most coveted palettes in the game. But are they worth the hype? I was interested in purchasing the Naked3 palette, but I was […]