Makeup Empties #3


e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Deep Brown: unfortunately, I couldn’t use this up because I got it in the wrong shade. Deep Brown is too dark, Neutral Brown would have probably been the better match (although it seems to have a red undertone, and doesn’t look ashy enough for me, from the swatches I’ve seen) but I never got to try a different shade because I don’t like the formula of this pencil. It was so waxy, that it made my brow hairs stick together and look greasy. Due to the excessive waxiness, I can’t imagine it being long wearing. I also don’t think that this brow pencil was well thought out, the pencil comes to a point, but it isn’t Continue reading


Makeup Empties #2

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NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (x2): I’ve already reviewed these in my previous makeup empties, and in my post about makeup essentials. Since those posts, I’ve tried out two other brow pencils that I really like, both are fine tipped like the Anastasia Brow Wiz. While this NYX one is wider, and great for generally filling in, I prefer the fine tipped ones for outlining/creating the shape of the brows, and defining the hairs in the very front. I still love these, use them every time I wear makeup, and have two back ups at the ready.

Jordana Baked Eyeshadow in Vanilla Bean: unfortunately, I didn’t get to use this up, I accidentally Continue reading

My Makeup Essentials

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I consider my makeup essentials to be products that I can’t do a full face of makeup without. I might switch out certain other products depending on the look I’m going for that day, but these are what I always grab for, regardless of my daily makeup preferences. Some of these products, I’ve been using for years, and some I’ve only discovered relatively recently but don’t understand how I could have ever been without them. I might have tried some similar products here and there but ultimately, I come running back to my essentials either because they’re formulated better, easier to use, or just Continue reading


Makeup Empties #1

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NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (x2): This is one of my all-time favorite products. Before I discovered this brow pencil, I was using the Anatasia Brow Wiz, which was great, but far too expensive for so little product. I found that I was going through it quite quickly because the pencil was so fine that I had to use a lot of it to fill in my brows. I’m not one to only fill in sparse areas, I tend to do a full reshape. I used up 2 of those before I realized that it was madness ($21 a pop), and was on the search for something more reasonable, and just as good. Long story short, ever since Continue reading


7 Ways to Fake Glowy Skin

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Cleanse: If I wake up feeling like my skin is looking dull, dry, and tight, I’ll start off with a rich, nourishing cleansing milk/cream that contains beneficial oil(s) (read: not fragrant plant oils) like my DHC Cleansing Milk or Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk. They help to add some moisture back into the skin, and also prep it for moisturizer, and makeup. I avoid using foaming cleansers because they would just further dry out my skin. If I’m not pressed for time, I’ll mix in a few drops of oil with a hydrating mask, leave on for 15 mins, rinse off , then proceed to apply moisturizer.

Moisturizer (and SPF): Making sure that the skin is well moisturized is one of the first defenses against the dreaded cake face because Continue reading