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Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks have been in the liquid lipstick game since the very beginning. Almost every brand has a liquid lipstick formula now, but a few years ago Still was one of the only liquid lipsticks I can remember seeing on […]

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye sets the industry standard for stage makeup. It was one of the first makeup brands I was introduced to (beside MAC of course) when I started doing my own makeup for the theater products I participated in as a child. Most Ben Nye products aren’t for daily use. Not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they’re, say, fake blood or purple cream color. Stage makeup is made to last through hot lights and sweat, which makes a product like the Ben Nye Setting Powders ideal.

I usually opt for the Ben Nye Neutral Set, which is a colorless powder (comparable to the RCMA No Color Powder). I like to apply it lightly with a fluffy powder brush, or by pressing it into the skin with a powder puff for really bulletproof makeup. The powder itself is a little on the dry side, but I think that makes it ideal for oily skin. The Ben Nye powders give you a super matte finish, ideal for a long day (or a long night out). It’s hard to find a powder appropriate for humidity, but the Ben Nye powders are some of the best. If you have really dry skin, the Ben Nye powders may not be ideal. However, I do find it to be more comfortable than the Laura Mercier Powder (which I thought felt tight on the skin). You can also use the Ben Nye powder to set your concealer, or your whole face.

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

I also have the Ben Nye Translucent Powder in “Fair.” This powder definitely adds a little color and coverage to my face. Because I’m so fair, I usually prefer colorless powders. The Fair Ben Nye powder is a little too dark for me when I’m at my palest, but I do think it’s a pretty powder and I plan to use it all up.

Speaking of “using it all up,” the amount of product that you get in these Ben Nye packages is pretty crazy. Most loose powders that you would purchase at Sephora have around 1 oz of product, but the medium package of Ben Nye Powder has 3 oz of product. Of course, the packaging is a little weird to use (I prefer round, bowl-like packaging with a small sifter) but it’s worth it for the great product.

 

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Special Effects Makeup Roundup

Special Effects Makeup Roundup

A few months ago, I took a stage makeup class with the theater department at my university. I loved experimenting with different techniques, and I learned a lot about special effects makeup (prosthetics, blood, scar wax, and more). Here are some of my favorite looks […]

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 […]

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

The Huda Beauty Lip Contours made quite a splash when they hit the market a couple of years ago, but I didn’t pick them up until they had been on a market for a few months. I’ve been putting them to the test for a few months,

These lip pencils can be used alone, or in pairs. The idea is that you use a slightly darker pencil to line the lip and fill the lip with a lighter shade, creating the illusion of a fuller lip. The pencils have suggested pairings, though they can also be used individually. While lining the lips with a darker shade isn’t a new technique, most products aren’t actually marketed for this use. As lip liners, the Huda Beauty Lip Contours apply creamy but dry matte. They’re very pigmented, and they glide on smoothly.

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

I think the best quality of the Huda Beauty Lip Contours is that they’re very long-wearing, especially when you use them all over the lips. The formula is very matte, so it feels a little dry on the lips. If you want a glossier finish, just apply a satin lipstick or a gloss over top.

I don’t love all of the recommended pairings, but I think the color range is beautiful. Of course, the range isn’t as wide as my all-time favorite MAC lip liners, but the colors offered are nice. A few different nudes (a more mauve nude, a warmer nude) and some bold berry shades. The only disappointment for me is that the “lip contours” aren’t really that different from a standard lip liner/pencil. While these were marketed in a particularly clever way, you’re still essentially just filling your lips in with a lip-liner. It’s an effective technique, but you could do it with any pencil.

I would say buy the Huda Beauty lip contours if you want a high quality lip liner, which can be worn as a matte lipstick. The pencils are all creamy and pigmented, and they last a long time because a little goes a long way. I think Huda Beauty makes great products, and I look forward to trying more of her line. 

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

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Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

Jane Iredale Pommist (Review)

Setting sprays and facial sprays are among my not-so-guilty pleasures in life. And the Jane Iredale Pommist is fabulous, because it’s sort of a facial spray and a setting spray at the same time. While I don’t think it prolongs makeup wear, it definitely improves […]

Anti-Summer Vibes

Anti-Summer Vibes

I love summer (and summer makeup) but sometimes you just have to break the rules– enjoy my totally non-summery look for this July! Face: Rimmel Stay Matte Primmer NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer e.l.f. finishing powder Pixi Contour Powder Milani […]

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (review)

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (review)

I love a good drugstore concealer. I tend to be a little heavy-handed with my concealer (both in terms of application and my never-ending desire to purchase just one more concealer) so a budget buy is something I love discovering. The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer might be my favorite drugstore concealer to date.

I love the Maybelline Age Rewind, which is super creamy, but sometimes that one stings the sensitive skin around my eyes. The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer is always comfortable on my skin, and it is just as creamy as the Maybelline concealer. I have the shade light ivory, which is perfect for my fair skin (especially because it caters to the pink tones in my skin, which I find many drugstore concealers don’t do). As far as concealers go, the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer checks all the boxes. It’s a solid medium coverage, so it’s great for any look. It also doesn’t crease much. I love how it makes my skin look, and I would highly recommend picking it up!

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (review)

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My Foundation Stash

My Foundation Stash

I’ve developed a foundation addiction. High end or drugstore, matte or dewy, cream or liquid: I love it all. There’s a certain satisfaction to having a perfect canvas, especially when it lasts all day. I’m also a sucker for foundation packaging, and I am a […]