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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 […]

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 practically swears by the brand, which is playful and fresh without screaming “I’m for teenagers.” In fact, I would argue that a number of adults (or at least pseudo-adults like me) consider it a go-to brand.

I’ve sampled a variety of Too Faced products over the years, but a standout for me is the Too Faced bronzers. I often prefer a subtle, neutral blush, and I love using the Snow Bunny bronzer for a warm glow. I apply it to my cheeks, my forehead, and sometimes even my nose. The pink undertones give my porcelain skin a natural-looking tan, like I’ve spent a day on the beach or the slopes. It makes me look healthy and fresh.

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzers are iconic, because they smell (and taste, should a little powder float into your mouth) just like chocolate. While some of Too Faced’s scented products gross me out a little (I can’t get over the fake candy smell of the Sweet Peach Palette), the cocoa powder-infused bronzers have a natural, yummy chocolate smell. I use Milk Chocolate Soleil, a matte bronzer ideal for fair skin. You can use it for a soft contour, but admittedly it has more of a warm tint. The Chocolate Soleil and Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzers are good for deeper skin tones–I love that this range has shade variety.

 

What are your favorite luxury bronzers? I’m such a bronzer fiend– well, I suppose I’m just a makeup fiend in general. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and Happy New Year!

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 […]

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve is arguably the most underrated lip color. It’s not quite nude, but it isn’t bold either, and it’s especially perfect for the winter months. I love the plummy undertones in these lipsticks, which are often marketed as “dusty rose” or “soft lilac.” Of course, […]

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 bestseller, and possibly the brand’s trademark product. From what I understood, people who love makeup love this mascara– but so do people who aren’t so makeup-crazy.

The packaging of this mascara is beautiful; it’s a perfect pink, thick and heavy but still easy to use. The wand is fat and hourglass shaped, with bristles. It can be a little difficult to navigate because of its size, but that’s what makes the mascara effective.

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I have mixed feelings about this mascara. Over time, I came to like it more, which is unusual with a mascara. Generally speaking, mascara is best when its fresh, but I liked this one as it got a little dryer in the tube. There’s no doubt, it gives your eyelashes tons of volume without much effort. However, I’ve never had a mascara crumble so much! I find that it flaked off throughout the day, and sometimes it even smeared because of the oils on my skin. 

If this mascara works for you, that’s fabulous: it does work wonders for the lashes, and I know a lot of people like it. However, I probably won’t repurchase it, because my Buxom mascara has a similar effect, but with none of the flaking/smearing.

 

What are your favorite mascaras? Do you like high-end mascara, or do you prefer to shop at the drugstore? Be sure to subscribe and follow me on Bloglovin!

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 […]

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 […]

How to Save Money at Sephora

How to Save Money at Sephora

It’s that time of year again– if you’re a makeup addict like me, I don’t have to tell you. It’s the annual VIB/ Beauty Insider sale, so if you’re signed up for Sephora’s rewards program you either get 15% or 20% off (depending on your beauty insider level). Sephora doesn’t have sales often, so this is kind of a big deal for the beauty addicted (and for those who just like saving a few dollars).

Of course, the easiest way to save money at Sephora is to joint the rewards program and shop the sale! However, I’ve found there are a few additional ways to get good value for your money.

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

  1. Samples: If you shop online, you can always select three free samples. Plus, there’s usually deluxe sample available (be sure to check your email for updates on these, but you can also find them on the “offers” page of the Sephora website). You can also ask for samples in store! It can be a little intimidating, but I’ve always found that the consultants in-store are very happy to help. There’s no limit to how many samples you can receive, and it’s a great way to try new products, especially foundations. Whenever I’m in the market for a new foundation, I try a few samples. Usually, I find one that I like (and a few I don’t), which helps me decide which to buy.
  2. Weekly Wow: Recently, Sephora started doing a weekly sale called “Weekly Wow,” when a handful of products go on sale in stores and online every Thursday. Usually the products are about 50% off, which is a great deal. Because I like shopping for makeup, I keep an eye on the Weekly Wow specials to see if there’s anything I’ve been itching to try that’s marked down.
  3. Beauty Insider: As I said before, the Beauty Insider membership (which is free) allows you to shop Sephora sales, which happen twice a year. Plus, you get emails about specials, and a birthday gift! Every purchase helps you accumulate points, which you can spend on some pretty darn cool rewards.
  4. Return Policy: Sephora has a very generous return policy. Within 60 days of purchase, you can return anything, even if it’s been opened/used. Obviously, I don’t think you should take advantage of this policy (e.g. buying a face cream and using it for 60 days until you need a new one, then returning it). However, it’s saved me a few times, like if a product irritates my skin. Don’t be afraid to bring something that you really hate back to the store.

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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 […]