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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The 4 BEST HACing Palettes!

Highlighting and contouring with makeup is all the rage but which palettes do it best? Here are four that are cutting-it for me right now.


KEVYN AUCOIN The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining - $59 @

SMASHBOX Step-by-Step Contour Kit - $45 @ and

KAT VON D Shade + Light Contour Palette - $46 @

COVER FX Contour Kit - $48 @

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Best Makeup Pencil Sharpeners

After running this feature on Smashbox’s new eye liners and seeing all the makeup sharpeners I owned, it got me thinking. What makes for a good one? As in, what makes for a good makeup pencil sharpener or what makes for a good anything really? After trying and playing with products for the past 12+ years, I think I have a bit of expertise when it comes to specific topics and what makes for a good something.

So I decided to start a new on-going feature called …


and in these features I will discuss what I think makes for a good product or way of doing something beauty-related.

This first one will investigate what I think makes for a good makeup sharpener, so let’s get to it!!

What Makes for a Good Makeup Sharpener?

Like the ones shown in this picture I took of the ones I own, they all fill a purpose. Since there is no set size for any pencil for lips or eyes, you will probably find yourself having to own quite a few different ones.

If you are just going to invest in one or two of them, here is what you should look for in a good one. I like a duo sharpener like this one from Pixi Beauty I recently featured. Also, since I don’t have a trashcan next to my makeup table, a case that surrounds the sharpener to catch the shavings is also convenient. And with all the ones I’ve tried, that small pokey thing to poke color and shavings away from the blade is totally underrated. Believe it or not, only some include this pokey thing.

Here are some good ones that can get you by.



  • URBAN DECAY Grind House Double Barrel Sharpener ($10 @
  • JAPONESQUE Dual Sharpener ($10.99 @
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Dual Antibacterial Sharpener ($4 @
  • ULTA Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener ($2.50 @

But if you really want the best of the best, I’ve tried a bunch and these ones below are the best as they meet the key criteria:

  1. Should be able to sharpen two different sizes; so make it a duo, please.
  2. Should have a blade-cleaning pick with it. This is so useful!
  3. Should be encased to catch the pencil shavings.


So do you have a favorite makeup pencil sharpener? Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review+Swatches - Kevyn Aucoin The Expert in Bloodroses

His body may be gone from our Earth but his spirit and vision live on through his namesake makeup collection. The KEVYN AUCOIN line just re-launched one of his favorite lip colors, Bloodrose, and in the vein of the dark lip look, this one fits right in. The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses is the definition of smooth decadent dark red basic lipstick. $34 @

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A Stroke of Super Shadow

Kevyneyepencil2_3The Brush Stroke Eye Powder Pencil by KEVYN AUCOIN is a beauty breakthrough for the peepers. This mineral powder can be used dry or on a moistened lid so you can go for a subtle or intense look. On one side is the pencil and the other is a pony hairbrush for pro use. And this shadow is long lasting and doesn’t crease even on the oiliest of lids so it’s perfect for warm weather. I’ve been wearing Pink Sunset, a delicate rose, which makes my blue eyes appear bluer, but this hue will look great on all eye colors and is a super summer shade. $27 @ ~Randi

Monday, May 21, 2007

Another 2-in-1

I have always really liked the KEVYN AUCOIN line. The sleek packaging and quality are really up there. So I pretty much knew I was going to like the Liquid Lipstick. Kevynliquidls_2 Yes, they are a little pricey at $27 a tube but it’s a lipstick AND gloss in one. The brown-y mauve color of Dollphine really put the final touches on a sophisticated look last Saturday night. Very supple formula. My only complaint would be the brush quality. Otherwise, this is a near perfect product. Get yers @

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