28 September, 2015

Ombre Teal Navy Eyeliner: Urban Decay

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I've got to admit that I haven't purchased any new makeup products in months (like... over six months). And it's not out of choice or because I want to declutter my belongings, it's actually because my economic situation has changed and those weekly beauty purchases are no longer possible. It has been a "blessing" in disguise and I'm not complaining. I do own too much makeup to be able to use it all up by myself. This has led me to rediscover products I had neglected and find new uses for some of my old favorites. So all of the products I used today have already been featured on the site before. Particularly the Urban Decay 24-7 Liquid Eyeliner in Siren which I showed last month.

22 September, 2015

Best Of: NARS Products

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If someone asked me what my favorite three brands of makeup are I would answer Illamasqua, MAC, and NARS. I've tried my fair share of NARS products and have featured many of them on this site. I've put together a list of my favorite products from the brand along with a brief explanation of why I recommend them. This is a good place to start if you're looking to get into high-end makeup or simply expand your repertoire of NARS products. Note: I apologize for the linty appearance of my makeup. The signature NARS rubberized packaging is infamous for getting dirty easily. I tried to wipe my items clean but the towelette left a lot of lint on them which ended up making them look worse. Might as well have left them dirty...

13 September, 2015

Siriusly Blue: Face of the Day

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Please forgive my lame puns (although there were worse contenders such as "Why so Sirius?", etc.) Here's a full face picture of one of the LA Splash Cosmetics Smitten Lip Tint Liquid Lipsticks I reviewed previously. Today's makeup ended up being an explosion of blue which is something I never thought I'd wear. Most people consider blue makeup unflattering and I always longed to find a shade of blue that wouldn't look jarring against my skin tone. I finally found them in products such as the Make Up For Ever #60 Navy Eyeshadow, Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze Eyeshadow, and LA Splash Sirius Lipstick (used today). Basically, I like navy, cobalt or royal blues on myself as opposed to sky or cyans.  

09 September, 2015

Bronze Summer Smokey Eye: Pixi First Impressions

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2015 has been a year of total accidental neglect for my blog and it's making me very annoyed and disappointed. Between traveling, moving, waiting for months to get Internet service, getting sick, work, school, etc., etc., updating my blog as often as I would like has become difficult. It could very well be that I used to be better at managing my time, but it just seems like it's one thing after the next. Anyhow, I was sent a curated box of Pixi by Petra beauty products during the summer and wanted to share my opinions with you since it was my first time ever trying their products. 

26 August, 2015

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Siren

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Siren ($19): I was not intentionally looking for a teal liquid eyeliner but I happened to stumble upon this gem at a Nordstrom Rack and couldn't leave it behind. (On a side note, those stores are amazing. Not just for clothes, but there's some really cheap high-end makeup there.) I had seen the Urban Decay liquid liners around and knew they came in a lot of beautiful alternative colors (navy, fuchsia, metallic grey, etc.) but I never particularly wanted one because I don't use colored eyeliners that often. When I do, I tend to make them myself using eyeshadow and a mixing medium. However, this was being sold for just $7 (drugstore price range) so I took it home with me.

24 August, 2015

Female Health: Feel Refreshed

Disclaimer: I received free product and payment for this sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine. 
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When the opportunity to write this post first arose, I thought it was really peculiar how I was immediately hesitant to talk about it because of its subject matter. That doesn't really make much sense considering this space is dedicated to beauty and lifestyle topics and my readership consists, mostly, of women who are 18 to 30 years old. I then thought that that, precisely, should be reason enough to write about it, to dispel taboos, normalize the subject, and hopefully eliminate embarrassment. So here's some important information about overall women's and vaginal health. I wish I had stumbled upon or thought to look these things up back when I was a teenager.

Stumbling Upon Dupes: MAC, ColourPop, NYX

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I think this is the longest hiatus I have unwillingly taken from my blog. I've been sans internet for a long time so I have a huge backlog of blog posts, messages, and online related tasks. These past few months have been an uphill battle in a lot of aspects. I've been trying to finish the blog's redesign which I started a few months ago. Anyhow, I was assessing my makeup collection recently and I thought I had some products that looked very similar to each other. I picked the ones I thought were the closest dupes and decided to share them with you. These include dupes for ColourPop Lippie Stix in Pitch (a supposed dupe for Lime Crime Salem), MAC Eye Pencil in Teddy, and MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

11 August, 2015

Face of the Day: Club Bellatrix

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It's time to mix up the makeup looks a little bit. Today's look is what I can best describe as magical vampy or colorful dark...? This is a nighttime look for me but I'm an advocate for wearing whatever you want whenever you want. I apologize if the pictures are grainy. I use natural lighting and took these photographs during the late afternoon. The star of the look is the LA Splash Smitten Lip Tint Mousse in Bellatrix which I used on my eyes and lips. I reviewed the lipstick recently, click here to see swatches. I added some gold/bronze glitter accent tears for a fun touch.