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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 […]

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 […]

Best Mascara 2017

Best Mascara 2017

I adore mascara. Whether my makeup look is subtle or glamorous, nothing polishes it off like mascara. I’ve never liked false lashes (they’re just too heavy and uncomfortable for me) and because my lashes are long already, I find that mascara flatters my eyes. There are three things I look for in my mascara: length, volume, and a deep black color. Now, black-brown mascara can be flattering on certain complexions, and colored mascara has its time and place. But I love a mascara that separates my lashes, making them dark, long, and thick. Is that so much to ask?

The Buxom mascara is my favorite mascara to date. Just a few coats and my eyelashes are bold and beautiful. I can build it up to nearly false-lash level. The rubber wand separates my lashes beautifully, and the hourglass shape works wonders to provide volume and length. I adore this mascara.

The Too Faced mascara is similar; I’ve actually only used the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara (I’ll try the non-waterproof formula soon). This mascara has a similar wand to the Buxom mascara, but the Too Faced mascara has fiber bristles. I find that I generally prefer rubber bristles, but honestly these fiber bristles are great, too. This mascara stays in place through tears, and it gives you lush lashes.

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The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara took me by surprise; my mother gave me this because she didn’t like it for herself, as she prefers a brown mascara and the Bobbi Brown Smokey eye mascara is very black. Of course, I loved the dark charcoal hue. The wand on this mascara is precise, but it is also incredibly buildable. I love that this wand is small enough to coat every lower lash. I wore this mascara last night, and my sister asked if I was wearing false lashes. You can build this mascara up to intense length and volume.

I feel like I’m drowning in amazing mascara, but I have to say– I love it! What are your favorite mascaras? I enjoy trying new mascaras. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Makeup setting sprays are a holy grail product, in terms of making your makeup last all day (or all night). Nothing keeps my makeup on like a setting spray, and I’ve even gotten my mother and sister addicted. There are many different types of sprays […]

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 […]

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.

 

What are your favorite drugstore lip glosses? Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!

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 Blush Stash

My Blush Stash

For a girl who doesn’t love blush, I sure have a lot of blushes. While I’m not excited by blush the way I am by, say, highlighter or lipstick. However, I wear blush most every day. I love nude blushes, particularly blush-bronzer crossover shades. But […]

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Christmas is upon us, which means I can break out some of my favorite deep-red lips. Cherry red is lovely, but I leave that to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Taylor Swift. I’m all about the deeper, darker, berry reds.

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I talked about two of my favorite dark red lipsticks, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Motorhead” and MAC “Studded Kiss” in another post. Between these two, I have a slight preference for the MAC lipstick because it is a little creamier. The Kat Von D is a beautiful red-purple color, but you have to make sure your lips are moisturized before you wear it, because it’s very drying.

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Left to right: Creature, Studded  Kiss, Motorhead, LAX

My other favorite holiday reds are Colourpop “Creature” and “LAX.” I use both of them with the “Creature” lippie pencil. LAX and Creature are both dark purple reds, but LAX is a liquid matte lipstick and Creature is a matte lippie stix. Creature might be my favorite of all of these colors: it is super dark, with a  purple undertone, and it is so creamy yet matte. LAX is just as pretty, but sometimes it gets dry and crumbles.

 

What are your favorite red lip colors?

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MAC “Studded Kiss”
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Colourpop LAX
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Kat Von D “Motorhead”
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Colourpop “Creature”
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

One of my current foundations is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation. It doesn’t look cakey, but it does conceal most of my skin’s imperfections.