Subscription Box Review (and Mini Tutorial): Thanksgiving Makeup Using November 2016 Boxycharm

I decided to do my November 2016 Boxycharm review  a little differently. Instead of just reviewing each item, I thought I'd show you how they looked in a mini tutorial. I did my Thanksgiving makeup using all of the products from the box, and I must say, this might just be the best Boxycharm ever. … Continue reading Subscription Box Review (and Mini Tutorial): Thanksgiving Makeup Using November 2016 Boxycharm

Palette Review: Studio Makeup On-The-Go Palette in Cool Down (Boxycharm, November 2016)

Studio Makeup has done it again--they've created another palette that has quickly become my go-to for cool-toned eyeshadows. I received the Studio Makeup On-The-Go Palette in "Cool Down" in this month's Boxycharm (a full review of that box will be up next week) but I wanted to review just the palette here, since it was … Continue reading Palette Review: Studio Makeup On-The-Go Palette in Cool Down (Boxycharm, November 2016)

The Island of Misfit Makeup: Much-Loved, Forgotten Products (NYX Love in Florence)

Please forgive my overt reference to the classic claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer--the holidays are nearing and I have carols on the brain. If you haven't seen it, stop right now and do so. I'm sure it will play on ABC Family at least 238 times between now and Christmas. In one sad scene, Rudolph … Continue reading The Island of Misfit Makeup: Much-Loved, Forgotten Products (NYX Love in Florence)

Mascara Dupe!: Ulta Plush Drama Mascara and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

It's my first dupes post! I've been testing a lot of mascaras for the past month, and this dupe became so obvious so quickly: The Ulta Plush Drama mascara is a near-perfect dupe for the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. And to be honest--spoiler alert--I actually prefer the Ulta mascara just a bit more. A quick note … Continue reading Mascara Dupe!: Ulta Plush Drama Mascara and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

E.l.f. Haul Update #1: Beautifully Precise Multi-Blender Massager Brush, Illuminating Palette, and Perfect Finish HD Powder

Two weeks ago I posted my E.l.f. Haul, so this week begins the product reviews! I've had a blast trying out so many products from one of my favorite brands, and of course, I must start with the strangest-looking makeup brush I've ever seen. E.l.f. Beautifully Precise Multi-Blender Massager Brush ($12): When I saw a sneak … Continue reading E.l.f. Haul Update #1: Beautifully Precise Multi-Blender Massager Brush, Illuminating Palette, and Perfect Finish HD Powder

The Quest for the Perfect Primer: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer (Review)

I feel like I'm arriving late to the primer party. I've tried a few in the past--usually samples of Smashbox primers I received in Ipsy bags or Sephora Play boxes. I've always felt sort of "meh" about them. But I've had so much trouble recently with foundations sinking into fine lines, creasing, making my pores … Continue reading The Quest for the Perfect Primer: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer (Review)

E.l.f. Haul Additions: Review of Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

So last week I posted my recent E.l.f. haul, but since then, I purchased two new foundations, both very different, but highly recommended for my skin issues. After a week or two of using each, I can say that I love one, and truly despise the other like I've never despised a foundation before. With … Continue reading E.l.f. Haul Additions: Review of Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum