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. 

07 August, 2015

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Feminist

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ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Feminist - $5: Dark and vampy lipsticks are difficult to master. A lot of formulas are either dry or patchy (or both!) ColourPop Cosmetics has gotten a lot of attention over the past year. I'll admit that when I placed this order, their selection wasn't as vast as it is now and Feminist was something I sort of threw in my cart in order to reach the free shipping threshold. I had seen swatches of it online and it looked pretty nice.  I was hopeful to see if I could find a good dark purple lipstick. Here are my thoughts on it in case you're interested in a color like this one.

06 August, 2015

Ruby Red Lips & Winged Liner

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Classic red lips and winged liner. To be honest, I don't wear that combination much. Not because I have anything against it, but because I own way too many eyeshadows and colorful products to afford not to experiment with them regularly. I did like how this turned out and it gets done pretty quickly. Plus, I used a lipstick I hadn't used in a really long time which is MAC Ruby Woo. This color is a cult classic and it's very beautiful but the formula feels quite dry. I hadn't used it in a while and I guess I had forgotten but I had to tug at my lips to apply this. I love the retro matte finish but I'd rather work this something like NARS Dragon Girl which is creamy, easy to apply, and achieves the same effect.

03 August, 2015

Back to School Skincare Routine

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Sadly, my classes will be starting again in a week. August and September typically mark the back-to-school period for most people. Generally, you want to put your best face forward at the start of a new semester but that can be hard after the summer holidays. Sun damage from the pool or beach, overindulgent dinners during vacation, and irregular sleep schedules can wreak havoc on your skin. So besides getting the typical notebooks and supplies, picking up some skincare products during your back-to-school shopping is a good idea. Try to do this a month before your classes resume (or at least two weeks before) so you give the products a chance to work and deliver visible results. Through Neutrogena's SolveMyAcne.com website you can receive a customized skin care routine based on your skin's characteristics and needs. Not only are all of Neutrogena's products easily attainable at Target stores, but they're also affordable and student budget-friendly. 

28 July, 2015

Face of the Day: Ocean Breeze

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Hi! I'm back from an unexpected hiatus. After finals I got caught up with moving, redesigning the site's layout, and other things so  my blog went to the backseat. I'm still making some tweaks to the layout but for the most part I'm back to posting more regularly now. Today's look was achieved using only Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. I reviewed several shades from the brand recently, they're really good products. Only $6 each, check them out! I really like how this turned out. Ocean Breeze is a great way to wear blue eyeshadow.