Category Archives: Makeup

5 Beauty Questions That Need Answers #QTNA

Why are the OG Naked palettes still $54?

The original Urban Decay Naked palette came out in 2011 or 2012 and I’m still waiting for it to drop in price. Maybe something is wrong with me but I don’t think it should be the same price as when it came out. The packaging alone doesn’t warrant it costing the same as the other ones. Naked 2, 3, and Smoky come in sturdy cases compared to the felt-covered magnetic case for the original. Continue reading 5 Beauty Questions That Need Answers #QTNA

Affordable Alternative: @realtechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Sponge ($6.00) available at Ulta, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other drugstores.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is legit.

I haven’t tried a bunch of beautyblender alternatives and I am a beautyblender junkie, but this is on par with that product. If someone came to me and said “$20 is too steep for a sponge.” I’d point them to Real Techniques.

 

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What’s Your Most Disappointing Product of 2015? #BuryMeMondays

What's Your Most Disappointing Product of 2015

Happy New Year!!! I hope you made it through the holidays and that the first few days of 2016 are treating you well. Today’s question is about your most disppointing product of 2015.

What beauty product fell short? Was it overhyped?  Was it a technological advancement that really wasn’t all that advanced? Was it something that wasn’t terrible, but just wasn’t right for you? Continue reading What’s Your Most Disappointing Product of 2015? #BuryMeMondays

For The Brows: @maybelline Brow Define + Fill by Eyestudio

Over time I’ve learned that filling in my brows gives my face a more finished look when it comes to wearing makeup. Whether I’m doing a full face or just some mascara and liner a filled in brow goes a long way. Since I like to fill in my brows I decided to take a break from my usual powder and give a more budget friendly product a shot.

Maybelline Define and Fill Duo Pencil

The Maybelline Define and Fill Duo is a pencil and powder in one product. You use the pencil side to define your brows and the powder side fill them in. The pencil side reminded me of more expensive products like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz because of the retractable pencil.

Maybelline Brow Define and fill duo on one eyebrow
There’s my sad, sparse eyebrow and there’s my happy, filled in eyebrow. Yay!

I found that this gave a relatively natural looking fill. I haphazardly made a few hair-like marks on my brows then filled in with the powder side.

The powder side is a bit tricky. I’m pretty sure the powder is in the lid so you’re supposed to unscrew the lid and the powder will deposit itself onto the little sponge tip and you apply it to your brows. You can also unscrew the lid completely, insert the pencil into the lid and spin the pencil back and forth so the powder gets on the sponge from the friction.

This stayed put most of the day and through a couple of accidental touches.

maybelline define and fill at walgreens
Photo credit: Walgreens.com

Maybelline Define and Fill Duo by Eyestudio ($7.99) is available at drugstores and whereever Maybelline New York products are sold.

 

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer – Vamp

Makeup Revolution Vamp Salvation Velvet Lacquer

Makeup Revolution, a popular UK brand, always seemed out of reach. Oklahoma is thousands of miles away from the UK after all. However, Makeup Revolution is now available in the US at Ulta Beauty so my longing is over. Continue reading Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer – Vamp

What Makeup Skill Have You Mastered? #BuryMeMondays

What Makeup Skill Have You Mastered BuryMeMondays

In a world with photographs of perfect makeup everywhere it’s easy to get down in the dumps because your skills may not be up to snuff. However, today that doesn’t matter. Today is the day you get to toot your horn because we’re all good at something. Maybe you can blend eyeshadow like nobody’s business. Maybe your winged cat eye is a force to be reckoned with. Can you put on lipstick perfectly every time? Let me know. There’s something you can do in your sleep and that’s dope. So no matter how big or how small, what makeup skill have you mastered?

What’s the Silliest Thing You’ve Done in the Name of Beauty? #BuryMeMondays

What's the silliest thing you've done in the name beauty #burymemondays

Confess! Confess! What’s the silliest thing you’ve done in the name beauty? Back in my relaxers days I’d would get an updo on a weekend and then sleep propped up just so in an effort to the keep the style intact until Monday. There’s nothing like nodding in and out of sleep hoping your bump or curls don’t get flattened.

So tell me a silly thing you’ve done in the name beauty. Did you let a friend dye your hair to save a buck only to have it all go wrong? Did you buy makeup for the packaging knowing you’d never wear it? Let me know in the comments.

Ever Elusive: Melt Cosmetics Blow and DGAF

Melt Cosmetics Blow DGAF

(Note: This is a repost from Nov 2014)

After months and months of waiting for Melt to restock some of their popular colors I was able to get Blow and DGAF this month. Blow is a pretty matte green and DGAF is dark matte blue. Unfortunately, DGAF is sold out again with no clear restock date. I suggest signing up for the Melt newsletter and pay attention to Melt’s social media accounts for any updates. Now, on to the photos.

Melt Cosmetics Blow

Melt Cosmetics DGAF

 

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Melt Cosmetics DGAF and Blow Swatches

Melt Cosmetics lipsticks are $19 and available at meltcosmetics.com

Gimme More Mattes: Milani Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks Photos + Swatches

New 2015 Milani Matte Lipsticks

First, let me say I had no idea that Milani was coming out with new lipsticks this summer. Last I heard new lipsticks would be out this Fall so it took me by surprise to see the display in Walgreens. In my excitement, I snatched up these 6(there are 8 total) with the quickness. Continue reading Gimme More Mattes: Milani Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks Photos + Swatches

OCC Lip Tar Tip: Use A Bigger Brush

Bury Me In Red Lipstick Beauty Tip OCC Lip Tar Sharper

I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars and if you love them like I do then you also know using a tiny lip brush to spread it around can be a pain. That’s where this tip comes in. Now this isn’t my idea. I just got lucky that I saw a video from @makeupbydenise on Instagram in OCC’s twitter feed so now I’m sharing it with you. Continue reading OCC Lip Tar Tip: Use A Bigger Brush