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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 […]

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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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. 

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it […]

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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(Almost) Summer 

(Almost) Summer 

Face:  MAC Fix + LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation  NARS All Day Luminous Foundation  NYX blush in Taupe and Away We Glow highlight in Moon Glow  Sephora Collection bronzer  Milani blush in Luminoso  Wet n Wild Precious Petals and I’ll Have a Cosmo highlights  Anastasia […]

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]

Nude Lipstick Edit

Nude Lipstick Edit

Nude lipstick is perfect for makeup fanatics and beginners alike, because of its versatility. Nude lips are always polish and lovely, and there are many shades of nude (from peachy tones to mauves) so they can be suitable for any skin tone. I have many favorites, and I plan on shopping for many more lips, but here are a few I have been loving as of late.


MAC Creme de la Femme: I use this lipstick constantly, paired with the MAC lip liner in Brave. It is a frost finish, but it appears only slightly shimmery on the lips. It not too glossy or flashy, but it isn’t totally matte. It’s lipstick, but it’s also just your lips but better. I adore it, and it’s my go-to mauve shade. I know I can rely on Creme de la Femme!

MAC Honeylove: Another MAC favorite is this true nude. It is beige (with a tinge of peach) but it doesn’t make my lips look dead. It is the perfect nude, because it can be spiced up with a gloss or toned down when worn alone. The matte finish is ever-chic (especially these days) and it’s another go-to.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail: I adore this lipstick, and I plan on buying more Lip Lingeries in the near future. It’s the perfect matte liquid lipstick for me, because it doesn’t transfer but it doesn’t dry my lips out either. It’s slightly sticky, but I don’t notice it unless I press my lips together (which isn’t something I do naturally). It’s comfortable and flattering (a similar color to Honeylove), but I am so impressed by the formula and price that I know I’ll buy more as soon as they go on sale at Ulta!

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar: I don’t wear this as often as I should, because it’s a lovely formula and it glides on easily. It’s a liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t dry down to a matte finish. It’s lightweight and subtle, and perfect for the non-lipstick-wearer. It’s very light, so I often layer it on top of other lipsticks (like ABH Pure Hollywood). I apply a deeper nude lip Pure Hollywood, with Melted Sugar on the center of my lips to produce a fuller effect. Easy to apply, easy to wear, and darling color. Too Faced is having a sale on their site right now, so I might seek out a few more shades.

Lace Detail, Melted Sugar, Honeylove, Creme de la Femme

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills made its name in the world by selling eyebrow products that upped everybody’s brow game. That being said, Anastasia Beverly Hills is more than a brow genius. ABH’s Glow Kit has received a lot of accolades from internet beauty gurus, and not […]