Testing Beauty Hacks: Removing NARS Sticky Coating

Testing Beauty Hacks: Removing NARS Sticky Coating

Tutorials and Tips
I was reorganizing my makeup the other day and noticed that some of my NARS compacts had gotten sticky. Like, covered-in-glue sticky. That's what I get for storing them on top of my makeup storage instead of in it. A quick search online told me that this happens with compacts that have a matte coating. While the smooth, rubberized finish looks and feels great when you buy it, it gets dirty fast and over time the coating begins to break down. Leaving you with a sticky mess. Through this research, I found a hack: Wipe the compact down with rubbing alcohol. It removes the worn coating, which leaves your compact shiny, but removes the sticky problem. The blog posts discussing this hack showed some convincing before-and-after photos, but these were all…
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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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2MT: Fall Colors

2MT: Fall Colors

Fall, Seasonal, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
It's been a long time since I've done a two-minute transformation, so I thought it would be fun to do another one with fall colors. By coincidence, I ended up using all matte eyeshadows. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKJhPuHlJd0 The music in this video is by an awesome independent artist named Jasper Sawyer. Check out his YouTube page for all his music! I've linked to his channel in the video description. As for the products, well, I used quite a few: Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation in Ivory Nude NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla beautyblender Anastasia Brow Pomade in Soft Brown Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder in Dim Light Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Milani Coming Up Roses Blush in Awakening Rose Becca Highlighter in…
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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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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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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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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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DEAL ALERT: NARS Dolce Vita Trio

DEAL ALERT: NARS Dolce Vita Trio

Beauty steals
Hello! I was perusing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale last night and came across the "Beauty Exclusives." Uh oh. Of course, all of the brands had amazing sets, but NARS and MAC had the best, in my opinion. I came across this trio and put it into my cart immediately. [caption id="attachment_1932" align="alignnone" width="380"] Image from Nordstrom.com[/caption] This is the NARS 'Dolce Vita' Lip & Nail Set. Yes, you can now get their top-selling neutral as a nail polish, and apparently it's limited edition for the fall. Also, it's perfect. That nail polish. I've had the lipstick on my list for a while now, and while I don't love lip glosses, I've been curious about NARS' recent reformulation. Maybe this lip gloss will convert me into a full-on lipgloss lover. And…
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Blush Dupes?

Blush Dupes?

Comparisons, Face, Product reviews
Hi everyone! I thought I'd give you all a quick post about these blushes. Since spring is coming along we'll soon be turning back to our coral-pink blushes, and every spring you see everyone talking about NARS Orgasm and potential dupes for it. I have a few of the common claimed dupes, so I thought I'd see for myself whether these really do look the same. [caption id="attachment_1400" align="alignnone" width="480"] Top to bottom: NARS Orgasm, NYX Pinched, ELF St. Lucia duo, Milani Luminoso[/caption] NARS Orgasm First, let's look at NARS Orgasm. This blush is sheer, with a coral-pink base and golden shimmer. It's a little difficult to build for me on the cheeks but it's a beautiful color. NYX Blush in Pinched This blush is more pigmented and has a…
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Fall Blushes

Fall Blushes

Face, Fall, Product reviews, Seasonal
Hi, everyone! Since you guys seemed to like my fall lips post, I thought I'd do the same thing for blushes and nail colors, too! So look out tomorrow for the nail colors. Let's get to the blushes... The "goes with everything" neutral https://flic.kr/p/qbcvEM I wrote a post about this Milani blush because I love the color, texture, and packaging of it! A mauve blush is great for fall because they're usually not necessarily warm- or cool-toned, so you can reach for it any morning knowing it will look great. I also love this brownish blush, NYX in Cocoa. It gives the cheeks a little color but can look much more toned down than a bright color. A natural pink https://flic.kr/p/qb6bgj Some might argue that there's no room for pink…
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