A Big Bag o' Empties

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Nails, Product reviews, Skin, Tools
Woohoo -- it's time to review my trash! I've been saving up these empties for a loooong time. So this video is quite long. To help you skim through it, I put text on the screen so you can find the products you're most interested in. https://youtu.be/seC2TXfoa_w I hope you enjoyed all those reviews. I haven't done an empties post or video since 2014, I think... Oh, and if you're curious about my makeup, I'm wearing the same face as my recent FOTD post ;)
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First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

Beauty steals, Eyes, First impressions, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
I was SO excited to try these palettes. Juvia's Place is an indy makeup brand and they've had a ton of success from their Nubian palettes. You may have seen some hype surrounding their newest release, the Saharan palette. I only heard about it after I made my purchase, though, so I only have the first and second palettes. This brand is cruelty-free, and most of their products are vegan (these two palettes are). Their brushes are cruelty-free, so next time I need brushes I might check them out! Their palettes and colors are inspired by the people and culture of different places in Africa. I came across the Nubian I palette on Pinterest, and then realized I'd seen it on Jaclyn Hill's channel. I also got the Nubian II palette…
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NEW(ish): liner.designer by beautyblender

NEW(ish): liner.designer by beautyblender

Eyes, First impressions, Product reviews, Tools, Videos
Hi all, During the spring VIB/VIB Rouge 15% off sale, I thought I'd pick up something different. I ended up getting this new liner.designer by beautyblender to see if it could actually help me put eyeliner on quickly and flawlessly (or, at least with fewer mistakes!). The liner.designer is made of silicone so it can adapt to lay flat on your face. It's also that signature beautyblender pink! The case has a 5x magnifying mirror and a suction attachment so you can attach it to a wall or bathroom mirror. The mirror is helpful because it gives you a good view of what you're doing, but as you'll see in the demo, I ended up with slightly strange wings. I feel like this was because being so zoomed in made me lose the context…
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NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup"

NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup"

Eyes, Product reviews
Hi all, It's been a while since I've done a straight-up, old-fashioned review. I've had this NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup" for a long time and finally decided to commit to using it for a couple weeks and get some notes down. I was always on the fence about this palette, and after this, I've definitely seen some awesome qualities and some not-so-great qualities. This palette comes with 9 shades and a small sponge-tip applicator. There's no mirror, but the clear window lets you see what in it at a glance, which I like for when I'm shuffling through a bunch of stuff! I noticed after taking these photos that the back of the palette lists the numbered shades with the palette laying sideways... Oops! I took photos…
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Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara

Eyes, Product reviews, Videos
We've had a warm spell here in San Francisco, so I'm coming at you with a quick video in which I wear an entirely winter-inappropriate outfit. If my romper and bright pink lipstick will make the rest of you in the Northern Hemisphere weep, I'll do my best to make this post worth your while. https://youtu.be/5zRWNBjevL0 I always feel like mascara reviews make much better videos than blog posts because it's so much better to see the mascara in action and get a true before-and-after. Especially one like the one I'm reviewing today--Too Faced Better Than False Lashes (re: the post title)--because it's one of those 3-step systems with the nylon fibers. Basically, you put on the mascara, add on those white fuzzy bits, and put more mascara on top. The…
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Morphe Eyeshadows, Blushes, and Brushes

Morphe Eyeshadows, Blushes, and Brushes

Beauty hauls, Eyes, Face, First impressions, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Tools, Videos
Hello! I saw Morphe on Hautelook recently and decided to try out a few of their products. I got a brush set, a blush palette, and an eyeshadow palette. You can see me use these products for the first time in my video. https://youtu.be/V2kL7whjtes As you just saw, the brushes were just not what I expected. The bristles are much less dense than my other brushes, and the blending brush was shedding on me in the first use! The smaller eye brushes seem to be fine in terms of shedding, but those are a lot harder to get wrong. I still haven't tried the stippling brushes... I'm scared. I do like the variety of brushes in this set, though, and I think it could be a good starter kit for…
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Trying on 4 New Drugstore Products

Trying on 4 New Drugstore Products

Beauty hauls, Eyes, First impressions, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Hi all, I grabbed a few new things and thought I'd do a combo first impressions and try-on video. I got Wet 'n Wild's eyeshadow palette in Coming in Latte, Illumi-naughty concealer pen in Posing Nude, Velvet Matte Lip Color in Hickory Smoked, and Maybelline's Color Tattoo Crayon in Barely Beige. Check out my first impressions and wear for day 1: https://youtu.be/gTVDQYWayhw I wore a couple of these products on the second day, just to see if I felt differently about anything. The concealer looked better, but I still prefer the tried-and-true Maybelline version. I think if you're on a budget and aren't too picky, this is a great option, though. I wore the Color Tattoo Crayon alone without a primer, and by the end of the day it was clumped up…
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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

Eyes, Product reviews, Videos
Hi, guys! I’m finally getting settled into my new apartment and I'm getting ready to start my new job on Monday. Exciting stuff! In the meantime, I've been going through my makeup for things to review. This post comes in text and video form, so scroll below the video if you'd prefer to skim. http://youtu.be/v4RFECruuZ8 This concealer has quite the name: the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer with collagen and vitamins C and K. Basically, this is the IT Cosmetics concealer that comes in the tube instead of the jar. This concealer is described by the company as: An award winning anti-aging, treatment concealer that delivers highly pigmented perfect coverage, anti-aging technology to help treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discoloration, conceal dark circles, age spots…
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball: Review and Tutorial

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball: Review and Tutorial

Eyes, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
Hi all, It's been too long. I was sick as I was moving, ran around all over the place to get furniture and set up the new apartment, and then got sick again. After two weeks of this second illness, I'm finally feeling like I'm in the clear. You can hear in the video that my voice is slightly too deep, as I filmed it last week when I was still coughing a lot... but I was desperate to get something out to you guys! I went to Sephora on a whim recently and got a few samples of eyeliners and skincare to try out, and I decided to check out Urban Decay's new summer products. When I saw that most of their new eyeshadows are duochrome/have some sort of shift to…
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L'Oreal La Palettes 1 & 2 Review

L'Oreal La Palettes 1 & 2 Review

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
Hey guys! I was able to find these new L’Oreal La Palette nude eyeshadow palettes at Target a couple weeks ago, so I wanted to do a quick review while everyone is starting to talk about these.  I have both of the available palettes—one is warmer-toned and the other has cooler, purple-toned shades. These have 10 shades each are $20 each at Target and most drugstores, but I’ve heard that Walmart has them for $15 each. I definitely suggest that you check for deals at your local drugstore, because these are a lot more expensive than what you usually see, but you mostly see BOGO half off, which only helps you if you’re getting both.  Anyway, I talk about these palettes and show live swatches in my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jChi1ts-a6Y In…
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NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
Hey, guys! The purchase I made that got me the sample of the new Benefit Roller Lash mascara was the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette. I've been using it for a couple weeks now, and I have some mixed feelings about it so far. The palette is $79, which is quite an investment for a palette this size compared to similar palettes. But I'd heard amazing things about these shadows: they can be used wet or dry, they blend well, they're pigmented. I loved that this palette has such a nice range of shades, covering your basic neutrals as well as including a couple of unexpected colors. This palette also comes with a brush--and a good one, too. It's their wet/dry brush (I don't know the specific name, but that's the gist),…
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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (2/27 RELEASE)

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (2/27 RELEASE)

Eyes, Product reviews, Videos
Hi everyone, Somehow I lucked out with a sample of the soon-to-be launched Benefit Roller Lash Mascara! I was at Sephora on my birthday (yes, ON my birthday...where else would I spend it?) and was given the sample as I was checking out. The woman who gave it to me said it was because I'm VIB Rouge, but I think non-Rouge members could still be able to get a sample if you find the right person and ask very nicely! Anyway, my first question when I got the sample was, "How does it compare to They're Real?" I talk about that in the video below... and show you the mascara in action. But first, here's what's on the box: "Super-curling & lifting mascara" "Hook 'n' Roll brush patent-pending hook design…
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