Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Moving Makeup Essentials

Hello there - I just thought I'd make up a quick post about my favorite products that got me through basically our first month here at the apartment after moving.

Now, yes, I have been here for almost 2 months now, but most of my makeup is still in storage or hardly used because of the craziness that was graduation.

I do have products added to my everyday clutter, but this is the barebones of it all, minus primers.

Because I forgot them.

Let's start with the face! Oh and please excuse my awful swatches. All done in natural light.

First off, I had been living off of these Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers.... basically, concealer on crack. I could use these as eyelid primers and concealer. I have SX02 and SX03. So, winter and summer shades. HA. I love these as they are going to probably outlive me and there's something in the ingredients that dries up my blemishes fairly fast.

Next are my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I use this to set my under eye area and brighten what needs it. Along with my Ambient Lighting Palette, where I use Dim Light as a sort of bronzer [no joke - THAT pale.] and Incandescent Light which is a great subtle highlighter, brow bone highlight and inner corner highlight. I don't even touch the darkest shade, which I will probably pass along to my beautiful [and darker toned] bestie as I can see this would be amazingly gorgeous on her.

I've been loving the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Not too matte, but not luminous, I'm in shade 02 Fair. I'd definitely repurchase once I run out. Honestly, this is even a little too light for me now that summer is here, which is a huge shocker as I'm usually the lightest shade in every range. I like to set it with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder.

OOOh and then we have my Shiro Cosmetics Cheekbones Contouring Powder in Burn the Heart Out of You. IT'S SO PRETTY. I know loose powders can be a little bitch at times, but I love working this powder into the cap and softly carving out my cheeks. Most days, I can just get away with this as a blush as well since it's so rosy toned.

I got this Frat Boy blush from The Balm a while ago in a Birch Box I believe, and holy shit it's still going strong. I wear it nearly everyday and still no pan. It's a gorgeous color though that would look good on anyone.

Now for lips and brows!
These lipsticks were impulse buys and they're alright. Maybelline Sensational Lipstick in 705 Blushing Bud, 655 Daringly Nude, 235 Warm Me Up. I usually just like to mix two or even all 3 together to create a custom shade that's easy to wear and wears off well.

And a new product for me because my ABH Brow Wiz bit the dust right after move in, and right after I successfully finished both brows[!!!], is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe. Very much comparable and a decent color. And my trusty ol' Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear.

Wee! Eyes, my favorite.

This Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara is insane. So good. Like Better Than Sex good. Also I had picked up these MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liners in Squid and Black Walnut. Very nice and surprisingly I think I like Black Walnut  more than Squid, which is super duper black.

Also my faves from Kat Von D, her Shade & Light Eye Palette, Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck [which broke again, but I'm just using it as is now.... working fine!] and my ride or die Tattoo Liner in Trooper. In the LE packaging. Thunderstruck is the best inner eye highlight ever.

Tattoo Liner, MAC Squid, MAC Black Walnut, Thunderstruck

So that was it, that's what kept me decent looking during the move. =]

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Chapters...


I'm [almost] a college graduate!!!!

Although I am done with classes, I don't graduate until Friday and I have 2 shows for my portfolio on Thursday. But does this feel great or what?!

Just thought I'd pop on... seriously hoping to get back to the blog after Friday.

But today I picked up the new Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette. The Modern Renaissance palette.. and it's amazing and you need it.

And Jeffree Star's Rose Matter liquid lipstick is bomb as well.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April 2016 Empties!

Well, Sean and I are moved into our new apartment. Nothing is really put away though. Haha, we are both pretty good and procrastinating.

These are my April empties...

You'll have to excuse the quality and mess in the photos.. took these with my phone as we were packing crap up.

Body stuff! I tried this Hempz Sugar Scrub. It was okay. It smelled super yummy but sugar scrubs aren't my favorite. I used this jar up super fast because I love really scrubbing my skin good. Once again, I have an empty Ocean Salt Scrub from Lush. It's one of my favorites. Also from Lush, this African Paradise Body Conditioner. I like these types of in shower moisturizers more in the winter time but I just wanted to use this up. I think I liked this scent better than the rose scented one. 

Next up, this wallflower from Bath & Body Works... I can't remember what scent it is. But it was okay. This photo just reminds me I have to go find my wallflower soon. I like having a little night light in the bathroom! Also from B&BW, this Sparkling Pear Riesling candle. UGH it smelled SO GOOD. I wanted to drink it. I love scents that are like peach or pear.

I'm pretty much done with this Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Nail Polish. It was a nice top coat but it took for fucking ever to dry. I also tried the liquid Dew The Hoola Bronzer by Benefit. I actually thought it looked pretty decent on me! I just used it around my hair line and to give my cheeks a tiny bit of color and I may just buy it this summer. Not surprising, but I finished an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. I've already repurchased it. 

As usual, I used up an Urban Decay B6 Complexion Spray... I always say I'm gonna try to go without it once I use it up to see if it makes a difference, but I am using up a travel size and have a full size on the way. It's just so habitual that I just love it. Next is this bottle of Bioderma. I love this stuff. I should have saved the bottle, and am now kicking myself because I didn't save it. If I can ever find the same bottle, I'll keep it. It was a nice pump. I finished off this Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. It took me a while because I love my Rodan + Fields system. I didn't find this did anything miraculous for my skin. And finally, The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. I. did. not. like. this. AT ALL. This took me a long time to use up as well, because it just wasn't my favorite. I hated that I had to technically cleanse my face after using this. The one I'm using now, I don't have to if I don't want to. 

Also, sorry for the orientation of this. Since going purple, I've been trying out different purple shampoos and conditioners and what not. This Joico Color Balance Conditioner in Purple was okay. Same with the Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo. I may go back to Ulta to see what else they have, BUT now I live within walking distance to a Sally's. I found this brand called Overtone on Instagram and decided to try it out. I got this Vibrant Purple Weekly Treatment and a matching Conditioner in the travel size [I also have a full size conditioner]. The conditioner is okay, I'm still gonna use it to see how I like it but I may repurchase the Weekly Treatment. 
HOWEVER.... this whole fucking tub barely was enough for me to use on my whole head. I suppose I should have had damp hair when I applied it but it gave me a good boost of color. Maybe next time I will take a before and after picture. I'm just trying to make it until the beginning of June to re-color. So, yes on a repurchase, but hell no for a weekly treatment. haha
I used up this John Frieda Color Glaze in Clear. I still like this stuff, I remember using it in high school when I had brunette and red hair. Back when they actually made the glaze for redheads... And also this Bumble & Bumble Bb Straight Blow Dry Cream. I've had this deluxe sample size for a while because I only really use it when I have kinks from my pony tail in my hair already and just want to blow dry them out and smooth down my frizz. I may have another sample but if not, I'm going to purchase the full size. 

Again, apologies for the orientation of this photo. I used a Polyjuice Potion Bath Bomb from Fortune Cookie Soap. SO GOOD. My favorite scent from them. More Cotton Rounds from Walgreens. Always repurchased. And Precision Tip Q-tips. My faves!

Even a few days into the new place, I have my May [WHAT] empties going. How is the year nearly halfway over already??? 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Graduation is hard.

Guys... it's only the end of week 2 of school and I want to crawl into a hole forever.

Why the fuck am I moving in the middle of my last quarter of school?!


new work:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March empties!

Well I'm a POS for not blogging all break until now... just a few days before I go back to school. Hopefully for my last quarter but if I can't find an internship, I'm a little fucked.

Anywho, here's the crap I've used up this month. This year I'm saving my makeup empties to see how much I actually use in a year..

Still working on getting a youtube channel up and going, let's hope I have the balls to publish anything soon!

So, as always, cotton rounds. They're my fave. I pretty much just buy any brand of them as long as they come in a 3 pack or something. Also I'm throwing away this Secret deodorant, which smells amazing, but after a couple of days, I noticed my pits were itchy and even flaking. So no thanks. 
This Crest 3D White Luxe toothpaste was good, I'd repurchase. I used this before while getting ready for my wedding and I think it whitens but doesn't leave me sensitive. A Bath & Body Works hand soap in A Walk in the Woods. It's kind of a heavy scent, but I ended up loving it! 
And finally, I have used up a whole Fortune Cookie Soap hand sanitizer in Polyjuice Potion. Honesty this is the first one I've ever used up because I get so many in the soap boxes and from various orders. This one smells amazing. AND IT GLOWS IN THE DARK. AND IT HAS GLITTER. AND IT'S FROM A HARRY POTTER COLLECTION. It just was made for me. This scent from FCS is amazing... I used to have this stupid body glitter spray from I think, Old Navy, that was kinda pineapple-ey and I had that when I was in middle school and I love the scent. It's so nostalgic for me.  FCS says the scent is a mix of orange, grapefruit, strawberries, melon, peaches and kiwi and a touch of sugar. I still say pineapple, but if they just don't want to admit that, it's okay. Hahaha Definitely a repurchase... actually, I think I'm going to just place an order with them tonight from the Polyjuice Potion collection. Seriously it's amazing. 

So oddly I'm slowing down on the candle front, but whatever. I used a Bath & Body Works Wallflower in some scent I can't remember. I never save the tags. I usually just buy spa like scents or anything fall and pumpkin oriented. Also from B&BW, this candle in Thankful which is chestnut and clove. Smelled super good. Very Autumn. I'd buy again. OOH and then, this candle which was way too overpriced but I have it because I registered for it for our wedding at Macy's. Illume Talisman Tin Metallic Candle in Chanterelle Moss. I guessed on the scent because I love the jar. It smelled amazing. And surprisingly burned pretty decent. It looks like there's a lot more left than there is. I'm definitely cleaning this one out and using it for something pretty in our new apartment. 

I have been super obsessed with sheet masks. I get the Mask Maven subscription every month which is just awesome and full of crazy sheet masks. I'm not gonna go over all of these, but all of these minus the Gold Radiance Mask came from that subscription service. The Gold Radiance Mask sucked balls. It was from a Fab Fit Fun box I believe and it came with 2 masks. It was one of those jelly sheets and it sucked big ol balls. That's all. 
That little Blueberry Mask Pod was awesome. Very calming and smelled amazing. I got 2 or 3 uses out of it. The Honey Essence Mask was good, obviously smelled like honey which I hate but it made my skin feel great. The Lotus one was my most recent one and it also smelled wonderful and made me look nice and hydrated. I also really enjoyed the Charcoal Collagen Essence Mask; anything charcoal I pretty much like because I know it's supposed to be great for acne prone/oily skin. 

AH this Victoria's Secret Smoothing Scrub Wash smelled amazing. It's in the Shea scent. This is a fuck yeah repurchase. Maybe not this scrub wash because it didn't really scrub anything, but this scent is just.... amazing. I have the body oil and the lotion and I need more. It's so light but noticeable. I found it because I was at my mom's house spending the night and I took a shower and just used whatever lotion she had around and it was in this scent and I was immediately in love. 
I got this Macadamia Professional Dry Shampoo in a Birch Box I believe and it was okay. Smelled nice, worked well, I think if I ever see it at Marshalls or something, I'll buy it. 
Ugh, and the star of these empties. Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo. Holy shit, this is the best dry shampoo I've ever used. No joke. The scent lingers in your hair for days and I usually only need to use this once and I'm good for another 2 - 4 days. And it just adds this gorgeous volume to your hair. I bought this travel size just to try out and now that the Sephora sale is just around the corner, I'm getting the full size. It's expensive but I love using it especially for date nights or more "special" nights/days when I'm not sitting around the house watching Bates Motel. 

These Baby Tender Baby Wipes suck so bad I couldn't even finish the pack. I like using wipes to clean my fingers while I do my makeup in the morning and then to clean around my sink. These just super sucked. These Hand & Face Wipes from Essential Everyday were good though. I will just repurchase any wipes like these at the store. Not worth saving the money on $1 baby wipes. 

OK.... the Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night sucked. It was nice and thick, but just felt wrong on my face. Like, made my skin crawl, even kinda burn and made me break out. I just needed to get it off of my face whenever I would put it on. Same with the Supergoop Setting Spray. I had high hopes for this sample, because I'd like to find a nice setting spray with SPF for the spring and summer.. but nope. This stung and felt like I had sprayed heavy duty mosquito spray on my face. 
I used up my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus. It was a tad too dark for me in the winter, but I just wanted to use it up, so I would focus it on the perimeter of my face. I used up the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer. I liked this when I first bought it, but as I used it up, I don't like it so much. I'd buy it in a pinch though if nothing else was available. I used a Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara sample. I like it, but I don't know if I'd ever buy a full size. I wanted to love the Lancome Grandiose mascara. I LOVE the wand. Love the curve and it made it so easy to get every little lash but I just didn't like the formula. And finally, an Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear. This is my new go to for brow mascara. I love the wand. And I've already repurchased.

Whew, I don't know why I felt so chatty this time, but I hope you made it through.

On to April, moving and graduation! [with hopefully an internship thrown in]

Monday, March 7, 2016

Another one of these posts.

Once again, I have promised myself that I will blog more. But I haven't.

Also I told myself I'd start a YouTube channel by now, but I haven't.

I have videos filmed, one edited and 3 sitting here staring at me.

Life is just insane right now.

I am for sure graduating in June, I'm just about to finish my Winter quarter at school.

We are moving in May.

I am just so stressed. But I need to continue and truck on.

I'm realizing my portfolio for graduation just may end up being a book full of gloom.

But I'm loving some of my new work.

If you want, feel free to check out my [work in progress] photography website here.

I swear I am working on the beauty posts!

Friday, February 12, 2016


Well, here I am again realizing how bad I have fallen off of the blogging train.

There is so much going on lately.

I'm currently trying to find time to film videos for YouTube, which scares the shit out of me. I'm so nervous to start posting them, but this is also something I want to do.

I am also on track to graduate at the end of June. So school is insane right now, and I'm only in Portfolio PREP classes... not even the regular Portfolio class.

I'm not sure how I will survive till June, but I have to. I need to get out of that school.

I am currently sitting in a hotel room with Sean up in Duluth. I'm pretty excited to go exploring tomorrow for new photos. Every 2 weeks, I need to show 20 photos for my port prep class. I notice how little I shoot in the winter, because I am a baby but the photos I've seen from other photographers from the North Shore have been so amazing that it's totally inspired me to come up here. It's also a huge plus because it's Valentine's Day weekend. And although I don't really give a shit about Valentine's Day in general, it is now the anniversary of Sean proposing to me. =]

Hopefully we'll see a fox sometime this weekend! Would totally make this anniversary more special.

Anywho, also we are trying to find a place to move to, which is not stressful at all and I definitely don't feel like exploding every minute of the day from all of this.

Oh and I need to be more constant with my blog.

Let's all hope for balance!