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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Is This Your Foundation Answer?

Here is a big release from BAREMINERALS with their barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation ($30/10g @,, and their goal with this one is to #FREETHEFACE as in not have this feel like anything on the face. Ok, I’m down.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

5 Favorite Makeup Products for Highlighting

Strobing? Highlighting? Bronzing? No matter which you choose to do, they’re all hot now. Do you have a favorite? I find that highlighting/strobing 2 features max in any look is more than enough. I mean, you want to look natural, just better, and not completely fake.

Here are 5 that I’ve been using the past few weeks. Do you see a favorite?


1. LUNE+ASTER Moonrise Glow & Contour Bronzing Palette - $46 @ – this is a really serious highlighting duo. One side is the glowing bronzer and the other is the candlelight-effect highlighter. I’m really only into matte bronzers so I’ve been using both along tops of my cheek bones.

2. CHELLA Highlighter Pencil in Ivory Lace $18 @, – this highlighter has quite a cult following and I see why! It works under the eyebrow, along the cupids bow, inner corners of the eyes and more. No shimmer or glow here, which is nice when I’m not in the mood for it. There’s just something about this super light matte pink shade they call Ivory Lace that works with almost every skin tone.  

3. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Face Studio Master Strobing Stick in Medium Nude Glow - $7.99 @ – this has become my go-to for highlighting my cheekbones and inner corner of my eyes. This one seems to blend perfectly into my skin tone not really adding any color, just glow!

4. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Face Studio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick in Medium - $7.99 @ – why did it take so long for someone to come up with a duo-colored stick like this? Use the light side for highlighting/strobing and the darker side to define cheeks, contour the nose, and jawline.

5. PIXI BY PETRA Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey - $18 @ – I’m not a fan of any shimmer or any other effects in my blush (I’m a matte girl on that front too) so I’ve been using this like the Lune+Aster one, upper cheeks and under the brow bone.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Nyx Cosmetics Liquid Suede Vault

It’s been lippie heaven the past few months with brands putting out huge collections of their lipsticks. And NYX COSMETICS just put out the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault ($50 @ and actually this is the best idea yet – a set of minis of an existing lip collection, in this case, as the name says, the Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks.




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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Trend Alert - Cushion Foundations

While cushion foundations certainly aren’t anything new to the market, their popularity seems to come and go, interestingly enough. I think the first one I ever came across was from Stila and their Pivotal Skin Liquid Makeup SPF8 compact quite a few years ago.

Anyway, what I like about these is mainly the convenience factor. I mean, how many times have you toted your foundation bottle inside your bag? Ummm, never! Popular in Korea, these cushion compacts have been compared to something like a BB cream in a compact, which I never thought of. I mean, they have the tint, the SPF and usually quite a few skin care ingredients. So the benefits of a liquid foundation married to a BB cream inside a totable compact. Ok!

So what’s with the inside sponge? It stays put inside the compact and is able to give off the right amount of foundation when you dab it with another application sponge. I know, how was this ever thought up?

I wrote about this one a few months ago and the latest ones I’ve tried are from the AMOREPACIFIC line, which is, funny enough, a Korean brand. I always considered this brand just skin care, so I was surprised to see this from them. They have 3 different ones unique benefits:

Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($60 @, – contains bamboo sap to help with moisture and has a light coverage. Available in 5 shades.

Sun Protection Cushion SFF 30+ ($40 @ – contains Purslane (a major anti-aging ingredient) and plum extracts. No color.

Age Correcting Foundation Cushion SPF 25 ($80 @, – contains green tea polysaccharides, Green Tea Miracle and is a full coverage foundation. Available in 5 shades.



Are you into this trend? Let me know if the comments!

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Urban Decay Gets Razor Sharp with their Latest

My two favorite categories of makeup right now have to be eye liners and liquid lipsticks. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! And right now all the fall products are in full swing so you’ll probably see these Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliners ($22 @, from URBAN DECAY in the stores right now.

What it is: The ultimate liquid eyeliner that’s so perfectly precise, it’s crazy-sharp. Our intensely pigmented Razor-Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner lasts all day and comes in everything from lacquered creams to metallic shimmers. And the fine-tipped brush applicator lets you lay down sharp liquid lines – draw them super thin or thick and bold even spot-reapply with ease. Plus, Razor Sharp comes off easily with makeup remover for no-full remover (and no raccoon eyes!).


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Is This Your Fall Palette?

I admit that I’m wary of these huge generic-looking looks-like-it-was-bought-as-the-99cent-store eye shadow palettes like this one shown here. But I did find a small, “woooow,” slip outta my mouth when I opened it!

I mean the name, Fall Into Frost Palette (#35F), is just so fitting for right now, not to mention the colors inside, they all just whisper fall. This one comes to us from MORPHE BRUSHES and it’s my first try of the brand ever.



This 9” x 6” palette contains 7 new matte shades and 28 metallics, so 35 colors in all and for $22.99 @ That’s 66 cents a shade! Count me in. And check out the quality of the shadows on my fingers! I guess it really is true that we mostly pay for packaging when buying a product these days as I can think of a few brands off the top of my head where the quality doesn't meet these and theirs usually cost double. 

What look would you create with this palette? Let me know in the comments!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Is This Your Holy Grail Liner?


This MAYBELLINE Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner in Black ($7.99 @, seems to be residing between a liquid liner and a pencil liner. It’s part of their fall collection and I don’t think this color could be any blacker!

This is probably the closest to an overall Sharpie-look of an eye liner I’ve ever come across – the liner tip and pen-like case and even the color on the skin. And what I like about this most is that I can choose from a thin or thick line across the lid.

And this didn’t bleed at all, which is a very important trait to me, and lasted an average of 8 hours before starting to wear off.

Some may find this one a tad difficult to wield as the tip is rounded instead of pointed, which I mentioned above. This works fine for me but I found that I had to draw a medium to thick line by default because of the shape, so if you’re a novice, you may not want to start with this one.


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

5 Beauty Tools You Need

ARTIS Elite Oval 7 ($65 @ – A new addition to the brand, this one is a little bit smaller than my beloved Oval 8 so it's a tad easier to maneuver and I've almost exclusively been using it to applying my liquid foundation these days.

2. BEAUTY BLENDER Sur.face Simple ($30 @ – known for their cult-favorite sponges, I’m really hot on this palette to mix my Cover FX Cover Drops with its medium, tap out some mineral powders out of their tubes, or play around with some different creams to create a new shade for my lids or face.

3. MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Lash Separator ($10.50 @ and CVS stores nationwide) – I recently broke my Holy Grail lash separator but glad I found this one in its place. It is curved the same as your eye so easy to quickly run it through lashes.

4. URBAN DECAY Iconic Eyeshadow Brush ($24 @, – if you get one eye brush in your collection, make it a great one like this. It’s the perfect width and length and can handle a lot of different products.

5. REAL TECHINQUES #301 Flat Contour Brush ($21 @ from the Bold Metals Collection – this short, compact, and dense brush is great for applying liquid or cream foundations, blush and bronzers.

And I think I'm ready to add one of these to my Holy Grail list! Yup, it's the MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator. I had one just like it on my list but this one is less expensive than that one and easier to get hold of. As you read above, I was ready for a new one so help me welcome MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator to the Holy Grail list of beauty products! What's on your list? 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Your Answer to Long-Wearing Eye Color

I recently decided to count my eye liners. I know, I know, I don’t know why either as I’m not really into counting my makeup! Not sure if I should be embarrassed or happy but adding up all my liners including shadow sticks, liquid liners, and lip liners, I have 168. In this day-and-age of makeup collecting, which  seems to be a thing now, I’m not sure if that is even considered a lot! What do you think?
Anyway, 3 I will be adding to my collection are these from NUDESTIX. I think these Magnetic Eye Colors ($24 @, came out last year or at least some of the colors did but I’m glad I came across them.

What it is: A 3-in-1 eye shadow, eye liner and eye primer that’s super long-wearing, waterproof, eye shadow pencil that provides intense color in satin and matte finishes, precise lining, and primes lids for all-day wear.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Why You Need to Try These Lipsticks

It seems like all the major brands are putting out huge lip collections these days! And MAKE UP FOR EVER is jumping on that bandwagon too with their Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22 @ The collection is 15 Matte Finish Lipsticks (color name begins with the letter ‘M’) and 30 Satin Finish Lipsticks (color name begins with the letter ‘C’).

What It Is: 45-show stopping shades packaged in new signature packaging and available in two simple, but beautiful finishes – 31 lustrous creams and 14 velvety mattes. The range only features the best reds, nudes, pinks, berries and artistic lipsticks, providing everyone with the most flattering shades for their skin tones.


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