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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Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Didya know that drugstore brands are coming out with liquid lipsticks like crazy now? It seems like everyone's looking for a matte, long-lasting lip. I've used a few high-end versions, and now I'm finally sharing a drugstore one with you! I was sent the Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color by Influenster. I've talked about them in many posts, but you can find the first one here. But of course, while I was sent these lipsticks for review for free, the opinions I'm sharing in this post are all my own. I was sent the shades Constant Toast and Keep Up the Flame. Constant Toast is a frosty pink, and KUTF is a bright red. These lipsticks are double-ended, with the color on one side and a balm on the other. The…
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Cheap + Easy Glitter Lips for Halloween

Cheap + Easy Glitter Lips for Halloween

Fall, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
Wow, Colleen's doing a Halloween post? Well, kinda... I've never really gotten into Halloween, except for the candy when I was a kid. Now, I supposed I'd be excited for a costume party just for the fun makeup. So today's post and video are about getting awesome glittery lips without the mess and expense of glitter glue and loose glitter. Does it look exactly the same as if you went through all that trouble? Not completely. But does it still look cool? Yep. I got these glitter singles from Wet 'n Wild a while ago and used them on my eyes a couple times (including in my first 2-minute transformation video). But being the lipstick-lover I am, I naturally began to wonder how these would work on the lips. The…
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Suave Professionals Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo

Hair, Product reviews
I've taken a bit of a break recently. I'm planning on making a "catch-up" video soon, and I'm getting back on my planning game for more blog posts and videos to come. I'm noticing a sort of cadence in my posting frequency, and I want to try and always stay ahead of the inevitable breaks that need to happen due to my job and personal life. Anyway, I'll leave the rest of that to my next video! Today, I want to share a dry shampoo with you. I have an intense affair with dry shampoos because I always forget to shower at a time that works for my hair. I shower at night, but if I don't leave enough time for my hair to air-dry, I end up with a very itchy and flaky…
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TMI Review: Baby Foot Molts my Feet

Product reviews, Skin
I think this is my grossest review yet. Somewhere in the depths of the Internet, I heard about this amazing foot mask that basically makes your feet molt over the span of a week. I walk to and from work every day, so my feet were getting gnarly. I was even starting to feel physical pain as my dry, calloused skin rubbed the bottoms of my shoes. It was time for a MAJOR pedicure. I was ready to peel off all my skin and start over... I purchased my Baby Foot mask for about $15 on Amazon, and it's on Prime, so I got it in a couple days. As I waited for it to arrive, I read a ton of reviews and saw so many reviewer photos of their feet completely peeling off.…
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Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Beauty hauls, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
I'M LOVING THIS WEIRD LIPSTICK TREND. Also, I love starting all my blog posts with all caps... Lots of brands are coming out with bold, crazy lipsticks. Now it's easy to get them from the drugstore, too! I grabbed a few shades of the new Maybelline Loaded Bolds collection, and some new shades from the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick collection. I also had Stone Fox from their original shades too. Here are the Maybelline shades I got... Left to right: Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige, Wickedly White, Chocoholic, Violet Vixen, and Sapphire Siren Gone Greige is a beautiful nude-but-not-boring shade. It's a true matte and goes on really pigmented and smooth. It will definitely be my most-used of the bunch. I've been looking for a "greige" lipstick and this one is excellent (and…
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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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MAC Chris Chang Collection

MAC Chris Chang Collection

Beauty hauls, Face, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer, Videos
Hi all! I purchased a few items from the MAC x Chris Chang collection a few weeks back when it first came out. And now I finally have a video trying it all on! Here's what I got: Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Lipstick in Cloud Gait (Lustre) Lipstick in Plum Princess (Matte) Lipstick in Vermillion Vee (Matte) https://youtu.be/OER5zbUP-kg I had so much fun trying on these bright colors! As of this posting, the collection is still available at MAC's website. Did you try any of these bold shades? Anyone brave enough for that yellow?
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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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DIY Eyelash Holder

DIYs, Lifestyle, Videos
Hi all, I realized that I posted this DIY video and didn't share it on my blog! Whoops! I was getting frustrated with the amount of clutter my false lashes were contributing to my makeup table--and I don't even wear my false lashes that often! It was crazy. So, I started looking online for a case to put them in, but they were all really small and only held 2-4 pairs. Basically, I was looking for something that would hold all my lashes together, but still let me easily grab a pair or two to pack into a makeup bag if I was going out or traveling. I was surprised to find literally NOTHING like that. I don't know why, considering those are some complicated expectations, but stay with me…
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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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