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Last Friday Night

Last Friday Night

Face Jane Iredale Pommist MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer Wet n Wild Photo Focus Powder Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce NARS Orgasm blush Becca Cosmetics Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow […]

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 […]

Warm & Smokey 

Warm & Smokey 


Benefit Pore-fessional

Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation 

Tarte Confidence in a Compact foundation, Amazonian Clay blush in Vibrant, Amazonian Clay highlighter in Stunner, Shape Tape Concealer 

Clinique Acne Solutions concealer 

MAC Pro Empasize powder and Harmony blush 

CoverFX Bronzer in Sunkissed 

Skindinavia spray to set 


Colourpop pressed eyeshadows: Running Late, I Owe You, Get Out, Note to Self, and Cloud Nine

Makeup Geek eyeshadows Vintage and Unexpected 

 NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner 

Buxom mascara 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (this step isn’t necessary, I just did it to waterproof my mascara) 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade 

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax 


MAC liner in Etcetera and lipstick in Blankety 

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

The Wet n Wild highlighters are probably the most sought-after drugstore highlighters. These highlighters, particularly the Precious Petals highlight, put Wet n Wild back on the map for me. A brand that formally represented the super-cheap makeup of my childhood suddenly became one of the the […]

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. […]

Why I Love MAC Lipstick

Why I Love MAC Lipstick

Some people are raised on peanut butter and jelly, or fried chicken, or spaghetti. Others will say they were raised on rock ‘n’ roll or classical music. I was raised on MAC lipstick.

My love affair with MAC lipstick started at an early age—I got my makeup done at the MAC counter for the first time in middle school, because I was performing in theater productions and needed stage makeup. I suspect I had been sampling my mom’s MAC lipsticks long before that, though, so by the end of high school I had decided they were the greatest lipsticks on the market.


Are MAC lipsticks the end-all-be-all of lip products? I’m not sure, but I haven’t found any that I like more. MAC lipsticks are consistently great; granted, different shades and finishes wear differently (there’s just no way that a frosted lipstick is going to feel the same on your lips as a matte color), but they are all luxurious and long-wearing (especially when paired with one of MAC’s lip liners). MAC lipsticks are exceptional because they are just enough of everything; they last long, but they aren’t so long last-lasting that they are drying; they feel moisturizing, but they don’t feel so moisturizing that they dissipate in a matter of minutes; they are creamy, but not so creamy that they smudge all over the place. They are perfect paired with liners or gloss, or on their own. There are over 200 shades (and that’s just their normal lipsticks).  I can’t speak to MAC’s liquid formula, but I love my classic MAC lipsticks for daily use or special occasions. They are only $17 per lipstick, which is cheaper than most of the brands at Sephora. Plus, with the Back to MAC program, you can get a lipstick for free at any MAC counter in exchange for any six empty MAC containers. I know I personally always find myself going back to MAC Whether I’m looking for a cute pink, a subtle nude, or a vibrant red, MAC lipsticks have never failed me.