Project Pan: THE RESULTS!!

Project Pan: THE RESULTS!!

Empties and purges, Product reviews, Videos
I'm finally back to report my results of the project pan I started back in March. Are you ready to see how it went? https://youtu.be/TnGZM2WeYh0 The Results Not many of these products had a very dramatic change, but I've learned in this process that it's really all about the details. I myself didn't even see some of the changes until I had the images side-by-side in my video editor. IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation in Light - I started with quite a bit of pan showing, and now it's pretty significant. I was expecting more progress on this one, but partway through I figured out that this powder breaks me out! Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - This blush is domed, so it's super hard to see, but I've been…
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My First Project Pan!

My First Project Pan!

Lifestyle, Organization
Hi! I'm so excited to share my first project pan with you. Back in the early days of Broke for Beauty, I used to do a series called "the makeup basket," or something to that effect (see the first one here). I filled a basket each month with products that weren't getting a lot of love and made sure to use them as often as possible. Then, at the end of the month, I'd do mini-reviews of the products. This is similar. If you haven't heard of project pan before, it's a commitment to hitting pan or finishing a handful of products. I've shopped my stash for some of my most-loved products that somehow have seemed to stick around in my collection for too long. I've also set an end…
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2017 Favorites (Cruelty-Free)

2017 Favorites (Cruelty-Free)

Favorites, Product reviews
What a year. I’m going to post my 2017 reflection and 2018 goals separately, but I’ll say right now that this year has been both challenging and rewarding in so many ways. I’m also happy to be spending my last night of 2017 at home making videos and writing instead of out partying. Woohoo! This year was an interesting year for me with makeup and skincare. I barely bought any makeup, instead doing one big purge in the middle of the year and another over the next couple days. I learned a lot about skincare and got quite a few products to try, but even then, I didn’t get all that much. This is the first year since I started to wear makeup that I spent so little. I feel…
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NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation

Face, Product reviews
NYX's Stay Matte but not Flat foundation has been a loved product in the makeup community for a few years. I grabbed mine quite a while ago, but I got caught up in other products and didn't get around to spending some time with it for a review. In fact, I think mine is so old that the packaging now looks slightly different. About the Product This is a powder foundation with a matte finish. The description for this product emphasizes flawless skin and a flawless finish, but doesn't provide more detail about what the "not flat" part of the name means. It comes in 25 shades, and I have the shade SMP02 Nude, the second shade from the lightest. A handful of the shades are available online only, so…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Empties #1

Empties #1

Empties and purges, Product reviews
Hello! I noticed while I was moving out of my dorm room that I had quite a few makeup items that I had used up or that I wanted to toss out, so I thought it would be a good time to write my first empties post! It's finally time to say goodbye to my tube of Diorshow mascara. I had mixed feelings about this mascara, but I was lagging on actually throwing it out. I don't see myself repurchasing this, at least not for the near future, as I'm still going to be on a student's budget for another year. Next I have two eyeliner samples from Clinique. They look like they'd have a lot of product in them, but they don't. All you get is the little bit…
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April Favorites

April Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hey, everyone! Things have been crazy this month with my thesis wrapping up and my classes coming to an end. In about two weeks I'll be graduating from undergrad! So, in my craziness this month, I didn't have a very consistent beauty routine. In fact, all of my makeup has somehow ended up stuffed into three different makeup bags that I've been having to dig through every time I want to use anything. Yikes! In the next couple of weeks I'll be packing everything up and deciding what to take with me to my internship this summer, so that should all be fixed fairly soon. Anyway, I managed to grab these products out of my crazy makeup bag system this past month... Makeup Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation This foundation…
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