Full Face: Bright Colors & Dehydrated Skin

The Boyfriend requested a “bright surprise” for a recent date night and I delivered. I loved the balance of super bright eyes with pretty neutral lips (which is a favorite move for nights out so I can still eat whatever I want). This is not a tutorial, but I often get asked about which products I’m using so I thought I’d share a full product list for one of my go-to styles. These photos have not been edited in any way.


Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer

MAC Strobe Cream

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Makeup is Cool: A Cheesy Story

This is super cheesy and I didn’t really feel like I could share it with anyone directly, so it’s going here… I guess that’s what blogs are for. It’s about makeup.

Growing up, I was never particularly skinny or fat or pretty or ugly, I got picked on a lot for… I don’t really know. Being too average in the looks department I guess. I certainly wasn’t one of “those girls”. You know what I mean, flawless in the sixth grade with tan legs and perfect skin and eventually perfect makeup too, seemingly without a care in the world. I spent my whole life being jealous of girls like that, be it in magazines or in the hallways, in my yearbooks and in movies. I was never going to look like one of them – effortlessly flawless, clear skin glowing with confidence, and definitely looking like they have their shit together. That just isn’t me. Or at least, it wasn’t.

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Brand Highlight: ColourPop


The first launch from start-up brand incubator SEED Beauty, ColourPop Cosmetics is an LA-based, cruelty-free cosmetics company. Their current product line consists of their “Lippie Stix” lipsticks with corresponding “Lippie Pencils” as well as Super Shock Shadow eyeshadows and new Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters. I’ve got a few of each so keep reading for some swatches and reviews from this unique brand. (Prepare for lots of photos).

Since I have more lip products than anything else, let’s start with their Lippie Stix and coordinating pencils, $5 each.


I have to say, when they first arrived in the mail, I was immediately impressed by these lippie stix. The sleek packaging is unique and attractive, and makes these must-have shades super portable. The lids click into place so they’ll be safe in your purse/car/wherever, and nothing bad can ever come from an entire line of lipsticks with coordinating lip liners. That is not to say that all of the lip liners are identical to their lippie stix counterpart – rather, they were designed to complement and enhance each other (how cool is that?)

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Top Five: March Favorites

Another month, another top five! As the weather gets warmer, I’m slowly moving towards more playful looks and lighter products so here’s my top five favorite products for March!


Tarte “Lights Camera Lashes” mascara ($10) – For the last year or so, Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara has been my main man, but oh goodness, I think this stunning mascara from Tarte may have knocked Benefit out of first place. Aside from the fact that this one is actually easy to remove, the Tarte mascara is lengthening and volumizing without looking clumpy and makes my lashes look full and bushy in the absolute best way possible. Bonus: Tarte sells a half-size deluxe sample for half the price, which is one of my favorite budget beauty money savers. Mascara expires quickly so I always try to buy mini or deluxe sample sizes to save some money and waste less product.

Tarte Blush in Mirage – I hate to do this to you guys and talk about an LE product, but I can’t help it. This beautiful peachy pink blush was part of the “Pigment of Imagination” deluxe cheek set and is no longer available, but damn do I love this thing. It’s not a super unique color and there are plenty of dupes out there, but I am so in love with the stunning quality of Tarte blushes. Their blushes are super buildable but easy to sheer out too, so I reach for this for everything from “no makeup” looks to fancy occasions.


Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter ($18) – I got this highlighting pencil in one of my ipsy bags, and I reach for it constantly. I use it in place of a liquid concealer to highlight around my brows and also in my waterline to help open up my eyes a bit more. For ladies that wear glasses, defined brows are a must or they can get lost behind the frames, and for glasses with thick frames or lenses that make your eyes look smaller, a bright white or nude in the waterline does wonders for making your eyes look big and bright.

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood ($20, Macy’s) – This Macy’s exclusive is the perfect cool-toned peachy nude and I love the ABH liquid lipstick formula. It’s less drying than some others, but still lasts for hours. You can read more about ABH liquid lipsticks and some of my other favorites in my liquid lipstick product highlight post.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Singles ($5.99) – I love my Makeup Geek shadows, I love the price and the quality and that I can just toss them in a z-palette. There’s about 17 in my z-palette now, but I’ve been particularly drawn to two shades lately – Barcelona Beach, a matte medium sand that is absolutely perfect for filling in my brows and Cosmopolitan, a shimmery rose gold that makes for a killer inner corner highlight and smudged on the lower lash line.

Makeup Geek shadows in a large Z-Palette
Makeup Geek shadows in a large Z-Palette

Spring Fling: Natural Makeup

The “no makeup” makeup trend definitely isn’t new, but it’s pretty new for me (or at least, making it look good is new for me). The idea behind the “no makeup” look is a semi-flawless complexion with a few simple products to highlight particular features while ultimately looking like you are not really wearing a full face of makeup.

Come warm weather, this is a super versatile look that can fit almost any daytime occasion once you figure out which areas of your face you want to accentuate. One thing I’ve discovered can be a big help with such a natural look is to go a bit monochromatic if possible, using a contrasting shade to your eyecolor. With my hazel eyes, a peachy-orange look really helps them pop behind my glasses.


For me, the two main things to take care of for a look like this are brows and lashes. Since I wear glasses with thick plastic frames, it’s important to highlight my brows so they don’t get lost in my face, and my lashes to help my eyes look bigger and brighter. However, because this is such a natural look, I think it’s only natural to have some “flaws” showing or you’ll risk looking too made up; I usually skip the undereye concealer since I would rather cover up any blemishes/acne.

Here are the products I use for my warm weather natural makeup look (in order of application):

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – I am slowly becoming a complete convert to this cream over the seaweed mattifying day cream I was previously obsessed with. Since I’m going very light on the face makeup, it’s important to have my skin looking its best on its own and hydration is key. I use this cream before bed and before I do my makeup every day for soft, hydrated skin which also helps minimize creasing makeup in the under-eye area.

Budget Beauty Tip: The Body Shop often sells their creams in smaller jars advertising a 3-for-$10 deal (or $4 each). The full size of this cream is $18 for 1.7 oz. Buy the travel size/mini jars instead – three of them will net you 1.5 oz for a savings of $8 and it will be a bit more hygienic too since you won’t have to stick your fingers in the same jar for as long. 

Makeup Geek eyeshadow, Barcelona Beach – I use an angled brow brush and a tiny bit of this gorgeous matte shadow to fill in my brows before brushing in Benefit’s Gimme Brow tinted brow gel to keep them in place (I use the shade medium/deep).

Budget Beauty Tip: Got your eye on a gorgeous eyeshadow from MAC? Check out the Makeup Geek catalog for near-perfect dupes before you splurge – Marlena’s stunning shadows are only $5.99 for 1.8 grams compared to $16 for MAC’s 1.5 grams. Even the MAC pro palette refill pans will run you $10.

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