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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 […]

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

I’ve been impressed with e.l.f. Cosmetics in the past. It’s some of the lowest priced makeup on the market, but the line consistently releases on-trend products. The e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow pencil is more of a “staple” product. Brow pencils are a go-to for me, […]

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 face makeup from the drugstore, but my skin is sensitive so I’m always a little concerned that something new, especially from the drugstore, will set off a breakout.

I was sent the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder ages ago, then I re-purchased it myself. I like the color porcelain for my fair skin. This powder is light enough to set foundation, but has enough coverage to wear alone on a light-makeup day. This might be my favorite pressed powder ever– the salicylic acid in the formula helps control break-outs, and while matte this powder doesn’t feel drying on the skin. It’s long-wearing, with a unique texture that is blendable but not powdery. I don’t know if this would be suitable for dry skin.

The Wet ’n Wild Photo Focus Powder is creamy and lightweight. It’s more powdery than the Maybelline formula, but this also makes it more suitable for different skin types. It’s great for setting my concealer, but also my whole face. It doesn’t add coverage, but it sets and mattifies, and because of the lightweight texture it works well with lots of different foundations (even foundations with a matte finish). Plus, it’s made to be flashback resistant.

 

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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 […]

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, the shade names and colors vary, but I think they’re all beautiful. Here are some of my favorite mauve-toned liquid lipsticks.

Perhaps the most iconic mauve lip is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina. The Stila liquid lipsticks apply thin, like paint, then dry matte and don’t transfer. It feels dry on the lips, but it doesn’t get crusty or difficult to re-apply throughout the day. I think Patina would suit a number of skin tones.

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

I love the Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink formula. It’s my favorite liquid lipstick formula, which is sort of crazy because it’s so affordable. These lipsticks are comfortable, matte and totally transfer proof, but they don’t look or feel dry. The color “Lover,” which is pictured here, was sent to me for testing, but I actually purchased another Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink myself. I’ll probably buy more, too, eventually. I couldn’t speak more highly of the formula! It smells sweet, almost like frosting, which all Maybelline lipsticks do. I don’t love the strong smell, but it’s a small price to pay for the beautiful product.

The Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme lipsticks were some of the first drugstore liquid lipsticks that became popular. The formula is actually similar to that of the Stila liquid lipsticks: matte, transfer-proof, and dry, but not too crusty or flaky. The color Adorable is more nude than plum, and very neutral.

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks
Maybelline Love, Stila Patina, Milani Adorable

What are your favorite mauve lipsticks? I like wearing all of these lipsticks on their own, or layered with gloss. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and drop by again soon!

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

I do my eyebrows almost every day, even when I’m wearing minimal makeup. I have moderately full brows, but I like to define them with a pencil or pomade, and I love the look of feathery full brows that you can get with a gel. […]

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 prom dress. In fact, my go-to lip color in high school was (you guessed it) bright pink.

While I don’t go for Barbie-esque glam on a day to day basic (though I have on occasion) I love incorporating a pink highlight. I think a soft rosy glow would suit many skin-tones (especially for those who share my enthusiasm for pink). However, it’s especially pretty on my porcelain skin.

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My favorite pink highlight to date is Becca Rose Quartz, which is very adequately named, not just for the pretty pan design but also for the subtle rose tint it gives your skin. The Becca highlights are unbelievably soft, and I feel like I use this highlight all the time and it never seems to make a dent in the pan. It’s well worth the price tag.

I also like the icy highlight of Makeup Geek Glitz. This light pink is ultra-reflective and cool-toned. I’m not sure how it would look on skin with an olive undertone, but on rosy skin it’s beautiful and bold, especially when you build it up. It’s also one of the more affordable options mentioned in this post.

Pink Toned Highlighters
Makeup Geek Glitz, JSC Princess Cut, Becca Rose Quartz, ABH Hard Candy

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Princess Cut is similar to Makeup Geek Glitz, but even more intense. Where the Makeup Geek formula is more glossy and reflective, Jeffree Star’s highlights are super-pigmented. They’re so soft that they almost turn creamlike in the pan, but are slightly chunky and glittery… but not in a bad way! JSC’s formula is intense, and perfect as eyeshadow or as highlight. Plus, the pan is enormous. You would have to bathe in it to use it all up.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills highlights are bold, reflective, and practically perfect. Starburst and Hard Candy are pictured here. Starburst is similar to Becca Rose Quartz. I have it in the Gleam Glow Kit, but it is also in the Sweets glow it. The pink color is soft, but the reflect is blinding. Hard Candy is duochrome, with a bronze base and a hot pink reflect. It’s unique and fun.

Pink Toned Highlighter Swatches
Becca Rose Quartz, ABH Hard Candy and Starburst,

The drugstore option on this list is Wet n Wild Precious Petals, which is a peachy-pink champagne shade. It’s shockingly soft and finely milled for its price, and it compares in pigmentation to the other highlights on this list. Of course, the packaging is cheap, but the pan is pretty, and so is the effect of the highlight (which can be bold or subtle, depending on your taste). Plus, the shade of precious petals is versatile enough to look beautiful on pale or deeper skin tones, which can’t be said for all of the highlights on this list.

Pink Toned Highlighter Swatches
Glitz, Princess Cut, Rose Quartz, Hard Candy, Starburst, Precious Petals

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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 […]