Blue Mascara: Does it Work?

Blue Mascara: Does it Work?

Eyes, Product reviews
I got to try out a weird product: Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue Mascara. I know colorful mascara isn't new, and it might not be all that weird to some people, but it was definitely a more out-there, trendy thing for me to use. I was sent this mascara (along with an eyeliner) by Influenster. I've talked about them many times before, but they sometimes send me "voxboxes" with complimentary products for review. I'm not compensated for these reviews, and all opinions are my own. If you're interested in signing up, feel free to use my referral link. Note: this isn't an affiliate link, and I'm not paid when you click it. If you use it to create an account, I get points on my "impact score" that may increase my…
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2016 Favorites

2016 Favorites

Videos
I've finally got my favorites video up for 2016! I pared down my favorite makeup and skincare for the year. I could have added twice the number of products, but I wanted to show only what I used the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxx1Mz7bO2g   Products mentioned: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlight in Champagne Pop MAC Blush in Taupe Shape (for contour) Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Milani Coming Up Roses Blush in Romantic Rose NYX Brow Pencils in Taupe and Ash Brown Urban Decay Primer Potion Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Viseart Dark Mattes Palette Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner…
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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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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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Recent Favorites + Meet My Dog!!

Videos
Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I've posted, but I've got a good reason. We adopted a dog! I'll show her off in the video, but here are some photos... As you can see, she's been having a pretty happy life with us so far! I have a Vine account I was using to post videos of the other cute animals in my family, but now Maya's taken over. Head over here for some short clips of maximum dorbs. My boyfriend and I are going to share Instagram duties, so we just started one for her here. Alright, back to the point of this post. I've been reaching for the same products over and over again recently, and I haven't done a favorites video in FOREVER, so I figured…
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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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Video Update: Maybelline Better Skin Challenge + All About My Tieks!

Face, Product reviews, Style
Hi all, I put a few videos up recently and thought I'd put them up here in case you're not subscribed to my channel. First, I made a quick update to talk about my new job, video ideas, hate comments. Surprise guest = the snacks I eat in bed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5-nrDi8MQ Next, I took the three-week #betterskinchallenge with the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation, which I received from Influenster. Check out my journey and review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iu8A_IasV0 And by popular request, I talked all about my Tieks. I've been posting about these shoes since I got my first pair two years ago, and now that I've decided to add another pair to the family, it seemed about time to talk about why I'm crazy enough to spend so much on flats. You can also get…
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Winter Favorites 2015

Winter Favorites 2015

Seasonal, Videos, Winter
Hey, guys! I just got back from a sunny and warm vacation, so I figured with spring about a week away (!!!), it’s a good time to talk about my winter favorites. You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing monthly favorites. I figured that until I can post videos and blog posts more often, it doesn’t really make sense to spend so much time planning, filming, editing, and writing for my favorites so often when I could be spending that time making more reviews and other helpful videos. So, I thought that sharing my favorites every three-ish months might be more time-effective, and hopefully less repetitive. Let me know what you think. http://youtu.be/DND2UDGnE0A So, jumping right into skincare: Winter is where good skin goes to die. I have…
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October Favorites

October Favorites

Videos
So... I only posted ONE substantial post last month, and that was my September favorites. Needless to say, it was a tough month for me. I did a bad job scheduling my courses this semester, so I pretty much get slammed in the beginning of the week, and by the time I'm out of it, I crash. Every week. Luckily at this point my regular assignments are being replaced by long-term final projects, so I can at least have some control over my days now. I already have two more videos ready to go, and a third I'll be posting somewhere in the middle (Sephora VIB Haul coming up!!). Ok. No more excuses. I've got some great favorites this month. Watch them DANCE: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-g83mfCSo] I mentioned in my feedback…
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September Favorites 2014

September Favorites 2014

Videos
I had only a few favorites for September, but I just found myself reaching for the same things over and over again. Without further ado.... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSa16APukVg&w=560&h=315] Here's a little more information about each of the products I talk about in the video (or just the TL;DR version for those who don't want to watch the whole video!): MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 - I couldn't find the contact lens case I was using to save the extra product that comes out of the pump (explanation in my review of this concealer), so I went for using the whole pump and using the excess to spot treat and prime my lids. Then I could go without foundation or BB cream! Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (sample) - Ever since I…
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July Favorites

July Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi guys! You may have noticed my posts and videos slowing down a bit this past month, and that's due to my feeling ill for probably about half the month overall. But I've spent that time in bed planning out my posts for the rest of my time here in Virginia (only two weeks!?!), so hopefully I'll be back at it in full force this month! A lot of my favorites are combinations of things, so this looks like a lot of products, but once you group them up it's not too bad.   Garnier BB Cream Combo   I love the Garnier BB creams, and lately I've been loving the two different types (original and oily/combination) mixed together. I wrote a post about these last fall, so check that…
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Summer Ulta Haul!

Summer Ulta Haul!

Beauty hauls, Seasonal, Summer, Videos
Hey guys, I was able to get to Ulta last weekend (thanks to a fellow intern with a car and a love for makeup shopping), and I got... quite a few things. NYX and a couple other brands were 40% off, so I took advantage of that, as well as knocked some other items off my list. And if you don't feel like reading, there's a video at the end of this post! Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge https://flic.kr/p/qsA1r7 https://flic.kr/p/qqnqdC People have talked about this being a dupe for the Beauty Blender, and I just had to check it out for myself. I was able to find ONE in the whole store (full story in the video), so I'm hoping to do a comparison video with the three makeup sponges…
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