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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Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Face, Product reviews
I was way too late to try out these Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo highlight powders, but at least we’re here now! I’m a huge fan of the brand. They have amazing lipsticks and highlighting powders. Plus, they’re cruelty-free.  A lot of new products have come out from Wet ‘n Wild recently, such as their liquid lipsticks. I have quite a few highlighting powders already so I dragged my heels when they came out with this line. But, I knew I’d snag one eventually, and I had a hard time deciding which I wanted. They have a great range of six shades that seem geared towards all skin tones. I eventually picked up the shade 321B Precious Petals. I justify this purchase because it's rose gold, and I didn’t have any…
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Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Give Me Mocha

Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Give Me Mocha

Lips, Product reviews
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Wet 'n Wild (they make great stuff, they're affordable, and they're cruelty-free!), so when they came out with the Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks, I was eager to try them. I'm pretty picky with liquid lipsticks, so I only grabbed one in the shade 925B Give Me Mocha. Color and Comparison to Other Lipsticks This lipstick is a brownish pink. For some skin tones, this could be considered a nude shade. Immediately this shade reminded me of Kat Von D Lolita, and even the VIB Rouge exclusive Stila liquid lipstick in Firenze. Lolita (top) is a bit more reddish, and Firenze (middle) is more on the pink side. Give Me Mocha is definitely more brown-based. But on the lips, it's very similar…
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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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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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Holiday Red Lipsticks on a Budget

Holiday Red Lipsticks on a Budget

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Videos, Winter
Hello, everyone! I'm back at home and enjoying the pre-holiday craziness with my family. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some amazing, affordable red lipsticks--from bright to sultry, shiny to matte. With holiday parties and family gatherings, you're bound to need more than one (or at least that's what I tell myself when I see how much lipstick I have)! http://youtu.be/Bak7sSkBscA   Products Mentioned: https://flic.kr/p/qw7dMK Covergirl Lip Perfection Pencil in Passion Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva Rimmel Lasting Finish Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil in Wine https://flic.kr/p/qeykph L'Oreal La Laque in I Laque You A Lot (shine) ELF Matte Lipcolor in Rich Red (matte) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red (shine) Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sunset Siren…
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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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CVS Haul | June 2014

CVS Haul | June 2014

Beauty hauls, Videos
Hi, guys! Very exciting times--I made a video to show what I got at CVS yesterday. I know it's not perfect, and in fact I'm super nervous posting it knowing that there are obvious flaws, but we've all gotta start somewhere, right? Please watch, enjoy, and let me know what you think! I definitely want to keep at it and get better, so suggestions are welcomed. First thing on my list for next time is to fix the lighting... Next is to find some better video editing software while I'm away from home this summer (I'm rocking iMovie 2010 here after getting used to Adobe Premiere Pro). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU2algRRKM0?rel=0&w=560&h=315] In my haul: Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic (wearing in the video) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Candied Toffees…
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