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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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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Foundation Samples Mini-Reviews

Face, Product reviews
Hi all, I've gotten a few foundation samples recently and decided to put them all to the test, and let you know which ones I think are worth trying out or buying full-size. Let's get to it! Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free - Light Beige https://flic.kr/p/wQe6ZM https://flic.kr/p/wQe2Z2 https://flic.kr/p/wQJNct This foundation is a terrible shade match for me (as you can see in the swatches), which is a shame because I absolutely love the texture of it. This feels like a true liquid-to-powder foundation that leaves a soft matte finish, and it sets almost immediately. I did put this on my face (dedication!) and it seemed like great coverage and didn't cling to dry or uneven patches of skin, but of course it's hard to tell when the shade was so…
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Sephora VIB Haul 2014

Sephora VIB Haul 2014

Beauty hauls, Videos
Earlier this month was my favorite makeup holiday of the year: Sephora's annual 20% off VIB sale. I take this shopping trip very seriously. I went armed with multiple lists and a friend. And when a few things I wanted weren't in stock, I went online and ordered more the next morning. However, you've probably noticed that this post is going up pretty late, considering how it's been about three weeks since the sale. I didn't actually get my package until a week and a half after I placed my order because Sephora was backed up, but they were really great about the delay and gave me 250 points. After that, I went through two attempts to film the haul and had to edit the video on top of finishing my first…
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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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August Favorites

August Favorites

Videos
Hello, everyone, and happy September! My August favorites are random and plentiful this month because of the move back to Pittsburgh for school right in the middle of the month. I know that I have been absent this past month as I adjust to graduate school, so thank you to those who are still here! These are my favorites this month: Makeup - Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette - MAC Blush Taupe Shape (contour) - Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak - Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - Mascara duo: Bobbi Brown Intensifying Longwearing Mascara + Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara - NARS Dolce Vita Set Skincare - MAC Fix+ - Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil - Stridex Maximum Strength Facial Pads Other - Target Goji Berry…
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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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Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings Review

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings Review

Eyes, Face, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
Hi all, I wanted to get a review up for this because I'm not sure how long it will be in stores! I've also been using all three of these products since I got the set, and I can't wait to share them with you. https://flic.kr/p/pvTG1K Shadow Insurance I'll talk about this product first, as I already had a full-sized tube and have been using this for quite a while now. Mine needed some shaking/mixing after I bought it, because a watery clear substance was coming out before the actual product. But once I got through that phase, this tube has lasted me a long, long time. This eyelid primer definitely makes my eyeshadow last longer, and it's nice and light so it has a very natural look and feel…
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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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June Favorites

June Favorites

Videos
Hi, everyone! I'm so excited to share my favorites with you this month! I don't know why, but I've been looking forward to writing this post. I think June just felt long to me. I also have quite a few new products to share with you! IT Cosmetics Bye, Bye Redness This was definitely my favorite of the favorites this month! It's a "redness neutralizing cream" that can act as a foundation or as a base to your foundation. I want to do a review of this product soon, so please let me know in the comments if you'd be interested in that (and if you'd like a demo as well)! L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Oil-Free I've been using this primer underneath my makeup most of the…
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