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Mixing My Liquid Lipsticks

Mixing My Liquid Lipsticks

Tags, Videos
Long time no see! I was going through my footage recently and I found something I filmed a couple of months ago. I'm not totally sure how that happened, but every once in a while I find something I started to make and then forgot about. /shrug I've been in a purging mood lately, and I'm working on a series of decluttering videos to cover all that. I haven't totally finished my makeup declutter, so you've got some time to prepare for some good ol' organization porn. In this video, I decided to take stock of my liquid lipstick collection while joining the trend of mixing a type of makeup together and wearing it. Yeah, I know, that trend is super old now, but I was excited to do it…
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My 4  Favorite Hair Tools and Treatments

My 4 Favorite Hair Tools and Treatments

Hair, Product reviews
I have color-treated hair, which means that I have to be extra nice to it. I have naturally strong hair, but getting it to the white-blonde that I have now can take its toll even on the healthiest head of hair. There are a few hair tools and treatments I use to keep my hair as healthy and damage-free as possible. They can help you keep your hair healthy, too, whether you color it or not. Heads up - The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links, which means that if you use my link to make a purchase, I get a small commission at no cost to you. I appreciate the support to help keep this blog running, but if it makes you uncomfortable, you can look up…
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Hanacure All-in-One Facial

Hanacure All-in-One Facial

First impressions, Product reviews, Skin
I'm jumping back into this blog with an interesting review. (By the way, I just posted a quick lil video about my absence on my channel, so check it out if you haven't seen it already.) If you haven't heard of the Hanacure All-in-One Facial, it's a face mask that's often dubbed the "zombie mask," because it pulls on your face until you basically look dead. The before and after photos are a good time, if you're interested. This mask is marketed as an anti-aging multitasking product. It's meant to lift, tighten, brighten, and diminish wrinkles and pores. I took a look at the ingredients and saw that there are a lot of extracts and a handful of other ingredients like caffeine and niacinamide. (Side note: be careful using this…
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Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Eyes, Face, Lips, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
Today I’m going to finally share my thoughts about the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette. I’ve had this palette around for a long time and realized I never posted a review! The details $32 from Sephora’s website Cruelty-free and vegan 4 x 0.05 oz/ 1.53 g Holographic Shades in Emerald (green), Saphyre (blue), Amethyst (ultra-violet), Opal (pink) Packaging This palette has some of the coolest packaging of any palette in my collection. It’s a white and iridescent triangle with an embossed A design. It’s cardboard but feels reinforced because of the plastic coating. It has a magnetic closure that really stays shut. Inside, it has a mirror and a smooth matte covering around the pans. It feels similar to something like NARS or ELF packaging but doesn’t pick up…
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4 Steps to Instantly Elevate Your Blog Photos

4 Steps to Instantly Elevate Your Blog Photos

Tutorials and Tips
One of the key things that sets new bloggers apart from the hundreds of similar sites out in the blogosphere is clean, high-quality photos. Yet, a top piece of advice that’s often given to new bloggers is: “Don’t invest in expensive equipment until you’re in the swing of things.” Conflicting advice like this is always frustrating, especially when you’re starting out and every decision feels like a make-or-break moment for the future of your blog. Here’s the thing. You do need high-quality photos when your blog requires visuals. And it is smart to be savvy with your money until you know that a) your blog proves its worth with decent traffic and maybe a little income, and b) you actually enjoy blogging and have enough to say about the subject…
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Project Pan: 1 Month Update

Project Pan: 1 Month Update

Lifestyle, Organization, Videos
It's been a month since I started this project pan, so I thought it was about time to check in and see if there's any visible progress. In my video, I reflect on some of the positive and negative aspects of this project so far, and I compare the product photos live. https://youtu.be/w3T7LB0dqr8 In case it was hard to see in the video, here are the photos side-by-side. IT Cosmetics Foundation Milani Blushes Too Faced Bronzer NYX Eyeliner Bobbi Brown Eyeliner Naked Palette There's been a little progress! It's so satisfying to look at the photos and see tiny differences I would never have noticed had I not gotten the evidence. If you do a project pan, whether you have a blog or not, I highly recommend taking photos so…
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Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
The Electropop palette from Kevyn Aucoin caught my eye when I was shopping at Sephora last month. The color selection is just gorgeous. I’ve been using it a lot lately, so let’s dive in. The Details Retails for $57 at Sephora 12 pans at 1.5g/0.05 oz each Cruelty-free but not vegan (carmine is an ingredient) Limited edition, apparently… It was released for holiday 2017 but is still around There are two product claims I could find for this palette, both on the box the palette came in (the same descriptions are on Sephora's site with slight variations). First, about the palette: Dramat-eyes like a pro to create endless 3D chromatic eye looks and editorial effects - from a light, sheer shimmer to a high, metallic opaque finish. These electro chrome…
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Roundup Review: Peter Thomas Roth Face Masks

Roundup Review: Peter Thomas Roth Face Masks

Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Skin
Hi! I got this Mask-a-holic set of Peter Thomas Roth face masks in VIB Rouge sale haul a couple years ago, and since then I’ve been using these and taking notes. This post has been in the works for a long time, but it kept getting punted month-to-month as new products or topics came up that I wanted to write about instead. I also wanted to make sure I gave these products enough time to write a thorough review of each one. Cruelty-free status Part of why I put off this post is that the company is in a grey area in terms of their cruelty-free status. The consensus seems to be that they’re not, but I wanted to include their full statement from their website in case you’re interested. Peter Thomas…
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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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Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Eyes, Fall, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer
I'm finally coming at you with another review, this time for the Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions palette. There are four different Obsessions palettes, but this one stood out to me because it has a great variety of colors and is closest to what I normally like to wear. The Details Retails for $27 at Sephora and Huda Beauty's website 9 x 1.3g (0.05 oz) eyeshadows Cruelty-free (and after some digging, I found that the company responded to someone's comment on their website about the Obsession palettes being vegan, but take that as you wish) Here's what Huda Beauty says about this line of mini palettes: A range of compact eyeshadow palettes, expertly curated by Huda herself, offering beauty lovers a complete day-to-night eye color wardrobe. Each Huda Beauty Obsessions…
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Sephora 2018 Birthday Gift: BITE Beauty

Sephora 2018 Birthday Gift: BITE Beauty

Lips, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
My birthday’s tomorrow, so now is a great time to talk about Sephora’s 2018 birthday gift! I love BITE Beauty, and I was so happy to find out that they’re cruelty-free (the other birthday gift option is Glam Glow, which unfortunately isn’t cruelty-free). I have a few lipsticks that started with minis just like these—one from when I was VIB rouge and a duo from one of their holiday collections. I’ve since expanded to a couple full-size lipsticks because they had a VIB Rouge exclusive and a couple limited-edition shades that caught my eye. This little set comes with two different lipstick formulas and a couple lip care samples. Let’s take a look! Lipsticks: Amuse Bouche in Chai on the left, Matte Créme Crayon in Glacé in on the right.…
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Tartelette Flirt Palette

Tartelette Flirt Palette

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
Hey, how 'bout a blog post review instead of a video today? ;) Spoiler alert: Today’s review is a rave review. You may remember from my VIB Rouge Sale haul this year that I snagged this little eyeshadow palette for my then-upcoming Thanksgiving trip. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I continued to use it when I got home, then took it on a pre-Christmas visit to see my Dad, and so on… I had to force myself to pick up other products again after a while! So let’s talk about what I like so much, yeah? Packaging I have ZERO complaints about the packaging for this product. It’s slim, light, and fits in just about any small space you might have when you’re packing a suitcase or gym…
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