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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 […]

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

There are two types of people in the world: those who are willing to spend their entire paycheck on makeup, and those who are not. Just kidding… kind of. I know that not everybody is makeup-obsessed like me, and that for some, it’s just not […]

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t new on the scene. In fact, it’s a bit of a drugstore classic. The entire Rimmel Stay Matte line is generally respected (the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I have never tried, is a staple for many people). I have repurchased the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, because in terms of bang-for-your-buck, it just works.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t “multi-purpose.” Truly, it has one job, and it does it– it just helps control oil. Obviously, if you have dry skin, this probably isn’t for you. I like wearing this primer with a hydrating, luminous foundation, because the primer controls oily shine, and the foundation adds dewy shine (if that makes sense). If I think my skin is going to get really oily, I sometimes pair this primer with a heavy duty powder. If you want to go ultra matte on a budget, this primer will do the trick.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Even though this primer isn’t a holy grail favorite, I do think it works. I like the consistency. Even though it mattifies your skin instantly, it still feels sort of like a lotion when you smooth it on. It doesn’t irritate my skin or break it out, and it’s a great starter product for somebody interested in experimenting with different primers.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

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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 […]

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:

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Color in Lover: I love this color for fall. It’s neutral, but instead of a peachy or pink nude, it’s more of a mauve. I like that it’s a subtle color, but it’s a little darker and cooler. Plus, the formula is amazing, long-wearing and comfortable. I want to get more colors in this line!

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CK One: I adore this fragrence, which *technically* is a cologne. It was a hip and happening unisex scent in the 90s, and I love how it smells. I prefer something fresh or musky to something sweet, so I tend to gravitate towards more masculine scents anyways, especially for fall. There’s something about this scent that makes me feel cozy on a cool day. Plus, I’m all about the 90s, and this scent was a 90s icon.

Fall Beauty Favorites

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack: These eyeshadows are beautiful, buttery, and great for sensitive skin. They blend like a dream, and every single shade screams fall. Every eyeshadow in this palette is matte; there’s Blurr, a warm cream shade, Unseen, a warm brown, Unseen, a brick red-brown, and Dark Matter, the blackest of blacks. Versatile enough for a beauty guru and simple enough for a beginner, these eyeshadows are amazing. If I had to pick one palette to use every day, this would be it.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes: I love these brushes. The long, sleek handles, the fluffy bristles, the price point… they’re perfect. The perfect combination of functionality and beauty.

Diorskin Forever Foundation: This foundation is so beautiful. The shade Fair Almond matches me perfectly, and the formula is just right on my acne-prone skin. My skin is normal, perhaps even a little dry, but I live in a humid climate so I get a little oily. I would say this foundation is a medium coverage, natural finish, but it’s somehow so complexion perfecting. I don’t have to set it with powder (though I usually do). It’s my favorite for any season, but something about the satin-matte finish is especially nice for autumn.

 

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Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) […]

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands (in case you haven’t noticed). I picked up the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation over a year ago, and I’ve been using it consistently ever since. At first, I was just so-so on this foundation. […]

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

Concealer has many different uses: covering up dark circles, concealing blemishes, highlighting features, priming eyelids… the list goes on. Of course, you can use one concealer to do all of these things. However, because I’m a little high-maintenence when it comes to makeup, I tend to use different concealers for different things. Recently, my go-to concealer for covering blemishes has been the Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer. 

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

I got this concealer when it was on sale at Dillard’s (which was totally random). My skin was breaking out a lot at the time, so I was thrilled to find something that would help me a) hide my pimples and b) help get rid of my pimples. There’s nothing worse than your makeup aggravating a breakout, and I was hoping that this concealer would help me keep my skin under control.

First of all, it’s worth saying that this concealer does help with acne. If you have bad, cystic acne, it probably wouldn’t make much of a difference. But if you just have a few blemishes, dab a little of this concealer on. It dries very quickly, so you have to blend it out immediately, and I find that it blends out best with my fingers. Even though it’s a little annoying that this concealer dries so quickly, that’s part of what makes it effective in drying out blemishes. The formula contains salicylic acid, which is a well-known acne-fighting ingredient.

This isn’t a miracle product that will transform your skin, but it’s better than any other concealer for acne. Instead of just hiding your pimple, it helps take down some of the redness and swelling. So by the end of the day, your skin is looking better (and, perhaps more importantly, not worse!) I would never use this concealer under my eyes, because it would be way too drying and uncomfortable. But for it’s intended purpose, you can’t beat it! Plus, a little goes a long way, so you do get your money’s worth.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

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Recent Makeup Empties

Recent Makeup Empties

While I don’t go through makeup at quite the rate I purchase it, I come pretty close. There’s a bittersweet satisfaction in going through an entire bottle of foundation (I feel like I’ve really gotten the bang for my buck, even if I’m sad to […]