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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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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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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Colourpop at Sephora: Golden State of Mind and Polite AF Sets

Colourpop at Sephora: Golden State of Mind and Polite AF Sets

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
Hi, friends! I got my hands on a couple of the Colourpop products that launched at Sephora back in November, and I’m so excited to finally share my thoughts with you. I’ve wanted to try some of their products for a long time, and it’s so much more convenient to do so now that they’re at Sephora! All of their products are cruelty-free and reasonably priced. Let’s dive in! Golden State of Mind Palette This palette caught my eye because it’s full of gorgeous shimmers and glitters. I don’t have a lot of very glittery eyeshadows, so I knew this would give me a lot more options in my collection. This palette sells at Sephora for $22, but as of this writing it’s on sale for $18. You may be…
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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

Eyes, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
I grabbed theBalm's Meet Matt(e) Nude palette for a steal at Nordstrom Rack recently. It retails for $42, and I got it for $14.97. It also appears on Hautelook from time to time, so you can definitely get this for less than retail. About the Palette This palette contains nine matte eyeshadows. It's cruelty-free but not vegan (carmine is one non-vegan ingredient I can identify on the packaging). This is a typical cardboard palette with a magnetic closure. It has a great mirror in the top, which is a nice surprise! The pans in this palette are a great size. The whole palette is 25.5g, so each pan is about 2.8g. You have more than enough room for any eyeshadow brush, and each pan still has a bit of space…
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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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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak

Face, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
I'm always a fan of compact, multi-use products, so it was inevitable that I would try one of the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes. It comes in six different shades, and I chose Streak because I liked the warm, coral-toned blush. Packaging I love how sleek yet sturdy this packaging is. It's similar to the packaging for the Naked Basics palettes, but it's a thin, hard plastic instead of a slightly rubberized finish. It also has a magnetic closure, which most of the Naked and Naked Basics palettes don't have. There isn't any wasted space in this palette. There is a full-size mirror in this palette (a lifesaver when traveling), and the pan takes up the entire compact. You get 0.49 oz of product, which is quite large. This makes…
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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

Face, Product reviews
Hi! I've been using this product for some time now, but I finally got around to posting a review. I've reviewed a few IT Cosmetics products, but Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream is definitely a very close second to the Celebration Illumination foundation (only because I use the powder foundation much more often). This product is a color-correcting cream that you can wear alone or underneath a regular foundation. I've found this product to be so pigmented that I normally wear it alone. It's thick, creamy, and buildable. However, it can be difficult to blend, especially if you accidentally use too much. This pot is very small, so the sticker shock is high when you see what you're getting. Take a look at the size of this pot compared…
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Milk Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M.

Milk Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M.

Lips, Product reviews
I've been hearing about the brand Milk for a long time, and I finally decided to pick up their mini lipstick in C.R.E.A.M. To be perfectly honest, I've kind of stayed away from the brand because it felt like Sephora has been pushing it like crazy, both via email and in the stores. I'm always wary of something that's being over-the-top marketed out. I don't know what changed my mind (it was probably because I was in the "little things" section by the checkout), but I decided to pick this up. I was attracted to the brown tone and convenient size. I feel like the shade is pretty unique, and I couldn't think of any lipsticks I have of the same color, which is really saying something! The packaging claims…
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Blue Mascara: Does it Work?

Blue Mascara: Does it Work?

Eyes, Product reviews
I got to try out a weird product: Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue Mascara. I know colorful mascara isn't new, and it might not be all that weird to some people, but it was definitely a more out-there, trendy thing for me to use. I was sent this mascara (along with an eyeliner) by Influenster. I've talked about them many times before, but they sometimes send me "voxboxes" with complimentary products for review. I'm not compensated for these reviews, and all opinions are my own. If you're interested in signing up, feel free to use my referral link. Note: this isn't an affiliate link, and I'm not paid when you click it. If you use it to create an account, I get points on my "impact score" that may increase my…
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A Big Bag o' Empties

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Nails, Product reviews, Skin, Tools
Woohoo -- it's time to review my trash! I've been saving up these empties for a loooong time. So this video is quite long. To help you skim through it, I put text on the screen so you can find the products you're most interested in. https://youtu.be/seC2TXfoa_w I hope you enjoyed all those reviews. I haven't done an empties post or video since 2014, I think... Oh, and if you're curious about my makeup, I'm wearing the same face as my recent FOTD post ;)
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First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

Beauty steals, Eyes, First impressions, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
I was SO excited to try these palettes. Juvia's Place is an indy makeup brand and they've had a ton of success from their Nubian palettes. You may have seen some hype surrounding their newest release, the Saharan palette. I only heard about it after I made my purchase, though, so I only have the first and second palettes. This brand is cruelty-free, and most of their products are vegan (these two palettes are). Their brushes are cruelty-free, so next time I need brushes I might check them out! Their palettes and colors are inspired by the people and culture of different places in Africa. I came across the Nubian I palette on Pinterest, and then realized I'd seen it on Jaclyn Hill's channel. I also got the Nubian II palette…
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