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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to the online makeup world. The brand has a large variety of products, but it seems like only a few are really hyped. There’s the iconic Hoola bronzer (which is iconic for a […]

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

I work in an art museum, and we recently had a huge anniversary event. Because the event was black tie, I broke out a floor length gown, curled my hair, and (of course) went full glam.


I was so wrapped up in the excitement of the even that I can’t remember the details of what all I wore. However, I know that my eyeshadow was mostly the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette, with a cocktail of black liners and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Night Sky Sparkle.


I also wore my favorite foundation for events, the MAC Studio Fix Fluid, which doesn’t seep into my smile lines (which is a rare feat for a full coverage foundation) and it wore all night long! Of course, I primed and set, but still, I danced and sweat a lot, and my foundation still looked great when I got home!


I’m also wearing MAC Crème de la Femme lipstick and Brave lipliner, which has been one of my staples for years. I paired the Anastasia Beverly Hills concealer with the L’Oreal Pro Glow concealer for a hydrated but super full coverage look.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good. I love Colourpop […]

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

I love a luminous, hydrating primer, despite the fact that I don’t have dry skin. There’s something beautiful about a hydrating, glowy base, especially if the primer has some blurring properties. Even though a silicone primer will give fill in your pores more, you can […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

An avowed concealer junkie (and L’Oreal fan) I had to try the Pro Glow concealer. I liked the Pro Glow foundation when I first tried it, but over time I realized that it was breaking me out a little bit. I sometimes have this problem with L’Oreal foundations; they give me little bumps on my skin. But I digress. Here’s my review of the L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

Overall, I like this concealer. I know in Jaclyn Hill’s recent video (and if you’re enough of a makeup junkie to read this, I’m guessing you saw it) she said that the Pro Glow Concealer stung the skin under her eyes. This concealer does not sting under my eyes at all, which is sort of unusual (a lot of drugstore concealers sting under my eyes at some point or another). So that’s good. I do find this concealer comfortable, and its dewy, perhaps even hydrating. It’s wet enough that I would say it needs to be set with powder, at least on me. I actually usually mis it with a thicker concealer because of the color.

Because I’m very fair, I bought the lightest shade in both the foundation and the concealer. But weirdly enough, the lightest shade in the concealer is darker than the lightest shade in the foundation. This actually sort of bugs me, because you never want your concealer to be darker than your foundation… that’s just not a good look. Your foundation and concealer can be the same color, or your concealer can be lighter. But a darker concealer… it just doesn’t make sense. Of course, you can make it work by mixing concealers or using a lighter setting powder, or if you’re lucky the shade range works for you.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)
The concealer is swatched on the left, the foundation on the right.

I think this is a good product, but because of the shade range I probably won’t repurchase. I enjoy trying drugstore foundations and concealers, but because my skin has been off lately I’m trying to use better quality makeup.

What are your favorite concealers? Drop by again soon, and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall is cozy and wonderful, a time of muted neutrals and warm coffee. I love the scents and colors of fall, from the outdoors to the indoors. And, of course, I love the scents and colors of fall makeup. Here are my fall beauty favorites: […]