Sunday, June 29, 2014

What's In My Bag | Scotland Makeup

This week, I'll be travelling to Scotland, and I thought I'd share the makeup that I'll be bringing with me!  I'm trying to travel light (even thought this doesn't look very light!).

Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Urban Decay Naked 1 Brush
Urban Decay Naked 2 Brush
Maybelline Eyeliner Brush
Unbranded Blush Brush
Unbranded Spoolie
Studio 35 Double-Ended Angled and Rounded Brush
Sonia Kashuk Dome Brush
Unbranded Eyelash Curlers
Sonia Kashuk Pencil Sharpener

Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
NYX BB Cream
Alison Raffaele True Concealer
Nars Orgasm Blush
Naked Flushed Palatte
Benefit Watt's Up!
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
CoverGirl Clear Mascara
Clinique Sample Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Rimmel Scandaleyes in 003 Nude
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Bourbon (review)
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in Brown
Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara
Maybelline The Falsie's Mascara
YSL Glossy Stain in Beige Aquarelle
Nars Lipgloss in Chihuahua
Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
TopShop Pink Lipgloss
MAC Lipstick in Crosswires

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FOTD | Senior Portrait

Hello, lovelies!  Earlier this week, I was photographed for my school's senior portraits.  I kept my makeup pretty simple, as I did not want to be seen as "too done up", but I tried to accentuate my blue eyes.  And I apologize for the crappy iPhone selfies!

Neutrogena Primer
NYX BB Cream in 01 Nude
Alison Raffaele Concealer in 1
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer
Benefit Moon Beam Highlighter
Nars Orgasm Blush
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent
Clinique Eyeshadow in Pecan (eyebrows)
CoverGirl Mascara in Clear (eyebrows)
Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray

Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Nars Nepal Eyeshadow (reviewed here)
MAC Amplified Eyeshadow
MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bootycall Eyeshadow (highlights)
Rimmel Scandaleyes in 005 Nude
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in Brown
Benefit They're Real Mascara

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in 401 Aurora

Let me know if you have any questions about the look or any of the products used!

Monday, June 2, 2014

May Favorites

I don't have many May Favorites, because I did tend to use a lot of different products.  I usually use several products consistently, but I really mixed it up this past month.  This list is mostly new things that I've just discovered or old things that I dragged back out when I was changing things up.

Marc Jacobs Lolita Palette
Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum
NYX BB Cream
Nars Orgasm Lip Gloss


Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Goals

Hello, lovelies!  This blog has gotten brushed to the side for long enough!  Life got super hectic, but this summer I have a more mellow schedule, so I should be able to post more.  Often, when I write things down, I am more likely to do them, and when I post things online, I feel held accountable for them.  So consider this my Summer To-Do List, and consider yourself my accountability partner!

My June To-Read Stack
General Goals
1. Read more
2. Write more (journal, letters, blog posts, etc.)
3. Travel
4. Spend time with the people I love
5. Spend time doing things for myself

Blog Goals
1.  Post once a week
2.  Take better pictures
3.  Monthly Favorites
4. Post an occasional OOTD or lifestyle post
5.  Write more reviews

Comment below with your summer goals, and we can try to hold each other accountable!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Skin/Hair Care Target Haul

So recently, I seem to be running out of everything all at once, so I went to Target to pick up the skin and hair care products I've been needing!

Up & Up Nail Polish Remover Dip-It
Catwalk Curls Rock Leave-In Moisturizer
IceBreakers Sours Mixed Berry (OK, I know it's not beauty related, but who can resist?!)
Up & Up Nail Polish Remover Pads
Bed Head Moisture Maniac Shampoo and Conditioner
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen
Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Let me know if you want a review of any of these products!  Some are old favorites, but I'm trying some of them for the first time!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Hello, lovelies!  I thought an Empties post would be fitting because that's what this blog has been lately--empty!

Maybelline The Falsies Flared
Allison Raffaele True Concealer in 001

Skin Care:
AcneFree Face Wipes (x4--I use these  A LOT!)
Almay Eye Makeup Remover
Crest 3D White Toothpaste (x2)
Skintimate Shaving Cream

Bed Head Control Freak Shampoo and Concealer
Nexxus Frizz Defy Shampoo and Concealer
(I went through a shampoo/concealer testing phase.  It's really nice to start getting all the bottles out of my shower!)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

FOTD | Prom

Last weekend I went to my school's prom.  I decided to base my makeup off of this look by Tanya Burr:

I changed up a few things to suit myself better, and I loved how my makeup turned out!

I don't have a close up of the eyes (everyone got to my house like 15 minutes early--eep!), but you can get the general idea.

Prep and Set
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Nars Primer Potion
Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation
Allison Raffaele True Concealer in 1
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Nars Orgasm
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer
Benefit Moon Beam

Clinique Eyeshadow in Pecan (brows)
CoverGirl Clear Mascara (brows)
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Buck, Sidecar)
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Booty Call)
Rimmel Scandaleyes in 005 Nude
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Benefit They're Real Mascara

NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in 126 Plush Red

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January Favorites

Scruples Creme Parfait Volumizing Styling Foam
Urban Outfitters Blue Velvet Nail Polish
Real Techniques Powder Brush
MAC Sakura Blush
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash

Let me know if you want reviews of any of these products!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cleaning My Collection

At the end of the year, I thought I would do myself a favor and clean out my makeup.  I haven't ever done this on such a big scale, so I have a lot of old makeup.

Yep.  I have A LOT that I needed to throw out.

Ten Beauty Pigment in Twinkle Twinkle Shimmer: never worn.  I'm not even sure where I got this/why I have it.
Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow in 30 Rose Tints:  This was my first makeup love, but I haven't worn it in at least a year (probably more).  It's quite old, and not up to my standards anymore.
Revlon Perle in 040 Brushed Copper:  I got this when I first found out copper-toned shadows make blue eyes pop.  It had tons of fall out, and was soon replaced by Urban Decay's Suburbia.
Lip Smackers in Coca Cola Cherry: This stuff was OLD and GROSS.
Rimmel Lasting Finish in 010 Ditzy: An old dance lipstick.  I used to wear bright pink, but I wear bright red now.
?? Green Apple Mint:  Another oldie.

Covergirl Wet Slicks in 350 Shimmershell: This stuff was just old.
Maybelline Full 'n Soft:  I don't even think they make this anymore, but I really loved it.
Maybelline Unstoppable in Espresso: I hated this stuff.  (Read more about that here.)
Covergirl Exact Eyelights in 710 Radiant Sapphire:  Why did anyone let me purchase blue eyeliner to wear on a daily basis in 6th grade?  This stuff didn't even work well.
Revlon Colorstay in Cocoa:  OK, if we're being honest here, the only drugstore eyeliner I truly love is the Rimmel Apocalypse.  Most of the other stuff, like this, don't even apply on the eye without RUBBING to the point of my eyes hurting.
Maybelline Unstoppable in Onyx: (Read more about this here.)
Maybelline Expert Wear in Velvet Black: (Read more about this here.)
Maybelline 015 Born With It: Again, just super old.
Maybelline Great Lash:  My mother loves this stuff, so she gave this to me when I started wearing makeup.  I haven't touched it in years.
Wet n Wild Natural Wear in 106:  This didn't suit me and was super old.
Covergilr 545 Persian Pink:  Another old dance lipstick.

Covergirl Trio:  I've lost the name of this.  I used to wear this all the time before I got the Naked palate
Covergirl Eye Enhancers:  I've lost the name of this, as well.  Don't worry--I never actually wore this out.  This was  part of my dance makeup, but I have a better blue that I use now.
Ten Beauty Pigment in White Frosting Shimmer:  Again, no idea why I have this.

Well, there's all my old makeup gone.  It actually feels really nice to have all that stuff that I hadn't used in ages out of my stuff.  I now have room for more makeup!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Product Review | Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

It's been a long time since I've done a review.  Too long.  A while ago, I went into Ulta for the first time ever.  It was a magical experience.  One of the products I picked up was the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 110.

I have been in love with this foundation ever since I first put it on!  It is full coverage, but it is not cakey in the least.  It is super pale, which is amazing.  No one ever makes foundations that are quite pale enough for me.  I have been wearing this without a primer to test it, and it has ticked all the boxes--and then some!  Because of my oily skin, I need a foundation that will stay matte.  This one does!  Unlike other foundations I usually use, this one has a dewy finish.  Uh oh.  Usually that means my face looks like one big greasy, shiny mess.  But this foundation (especially when paired with Rimmel Stay Matte powder) does not have that effect.  It's actually kind of nice to have a dewy finish for once.  I have to be careful to not apply too much, because I find that when I apply too much, it tends to get greasy.  It also tends to fill in creases (such as fine lines on the forehead, so I have to blend it out whilst applying.  This stays on all day and it doesn't slide off.  (It even made it through a gym session.)   Also, it's from the drug store, so it's quite cheap.  One thing I don't like about this foundation is that there's no pump dispenser and the bottle doesn't squeeze out.  This means that most of the time I end up pouring out too much foundation and wasting it.  Overall, I think that this foundation will be a staple for quite sometime.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Top 5 Nail Polish Colors for Winter

Well, my first ever blog post was "Top 5 Nail Polish Colors for Summer" (read that here).  Now, about 6 months later, I feel like I have grown so much as a blogger and makeup lover.  I decided to repeat that post, but chose shades that I love in the winter time.

L-R: OPI Russian Navy, OPI You Don't Know Jacques!, Nars Disco Inferno, Essie Vested Interest, Sally Hanson Xtreme Wear 370 Black Out
OPI Russian Navy:  This is an amazing navy color (who would've thunk it?!).  I really love blue, so this is my go-to winter blue.

OPI You Don't Know Jacques!:  This looks really brown, but it ends up being a taupe-y, neutral on the nails.  I love a good neutral every now and then.

Nars Disco Inferno:  I got this in my stocking and couldn't wait to put it on!  It is a shimmmery, silvery iridescent color.  This is what I have on my nails right now!  (Spoiler:  I'm writing this and scheduling if for later.)  I thought it would be a fun, festive nail polish for the New Year.

Essie Vested Interest:  Ever since my friend gave this to me for my birthday, I have been OBSESSED with this.  It is a burgundy color.  The deep red is so gorgeous.  Plus, Essie nail polishes are so well-formulated.

Sally Hanson Xtreme Wear 370 Black Out: Sometimes, you've just got to go with the classic black, right?  I grabbed this because at Halloween it was the cheapest black nail polish I could find.  I will definitely be purchasing more nail polishes from this line!  It stays on so well, and is very chip-resistant.

I hope you liked this post!  What is your favorite nail polish for the winter?