Behind the Scenes: Meet My Gear

Behind the Scenes: Meet My Gear

Tutorials and Tips, Videos
I've gotten quite a few questions about the gear I use to film and edit videos, so today I'm taking you backstage. In this video, I show you the gear I use most to produce high-quality videos and blog photos.  Disclaimers: I'm not posting this to brag or show off what I have. I've collected these items over the past few years and poured hours of research into each purchase. These are the items that work for me. I can't guarantee that these will all work for you. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something using my link, I get a small kickback at no cost to you.Please only buy gear that you think you'll use. If you're just starting out, I…
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Full Face of Makeup Samples

Full Face of Makeup Samples

Tags, Videos
I had a lot of makeup samples laying around, so I thought I'd make a fun video doing my whole face of makeup with only makeup samples. I had a blast filming it, even if my eyebrows ended up... not quite right. https://youtu.be/1UbNAAsDXvA Products used: Benefit Pore-fessional primer Kevin Auction The Etherialist Illuminating Foundation in Light YSL Touche Eclait concealer in No. 1 Cover FX cream foundation in N100 (for brows - fail!) Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Dark (for contour) Sephora Colorful Blush in No. 5 Sweet on You Benefit Watts Up Highlighter stick Urban Decay Primer Potion in Minor Sin NARS Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner Pixi Lash Booster Mascara MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara Dior Rouge Lipstick in Exuberant Matte Thanks for watching!
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Painting My Dog’s Nails (and a Chihuahua Birthday Party)

Painting My Dog’s Nails (and a Chihuahua Birthday Party)

Musings, Tags, Videos
I've been having a blast with my dog Maya lately. She's so sweet and mellow, and she's got a funny little personality. I wanted to give her a beautiful manicure, even though she's a bit of a nervous dog and doesn't like people touching her feet. But I'd say it was a (minor) success! Now up on my beauty channel... https://youtu.be/0kbAqGFZI6I I feel like this should go without saying, but in case any of you are worried about her, we did not harm Maya in making this video. She was a shelter dog and is naturally nervous. Pulling her foot away and trembling are totally normal for her when there's something new going on (and pretty normal for chihuahuas in general, tbh). We agreed before we filmed that if at any…
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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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1K BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY + Reading Your Comments

1K BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY + Reading Your Comments

Musings, Videos
FINALLY! I've been holding onto these items for a little while. I hit 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel a few months ago, so I grabbed a few items and then promptly got busy with the holidays, traveling, and work deadlines. But hey, now it's almost my birthday, and that seems like a fantastic time to give a present to YOU! I also wanted to take a moment to appreciate the awesome comments you guys leave me. I have enough trouble wrapping my head around the fact that people spend time watching my videos, but to actually stop and leave a kind note..? My brain is breaking! I can't tell you how much it means to me to read your positive comments. Truly. So check 'em out, and see what…
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Swatches: Kat Von D Lipstick Set

Swatches: Kat Von D Lipstick Set

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Hi! I was so excited to grab the Everlasting mini liquid lipstick set by Kat Von D during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale in November. This set contains 8 mini liquid lipsticks. I already had mini versions of Lolita and Lolita II as well as a full size of Ayesha, and I've fallen in love with the formula. These liquid lipsticks hold up through a whole day, and they don't change color over time. I find that while these don't dry out my lips (as long as I stay reasonably hydrated), they don't feel moisturizing either. To help make sure your lips don't dry out, I suggest putting on a lip balm for a few minutes and wiping it off just before you apply the lipstick. I love when brands let you try a range…
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Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color

Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Didya know that drugstore brands are coming out with liquid lipsticks like crazy now? It seems like everyone's looking for a matte, long-lasting lip. I've used a few high-end versions, and now I'm finally sharing a drugstore one with you! I was sent the Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color by Influenster. I've talked about them in many posts, but you can find the first one here. But of course, while I was sent these lipsticks for review for free, the opinions I'm sharing in this post are all my own. I was sent the shades Constant Toast and Keep Up the Flame. Constant Toast is a frosty pink, and KUTF is a bright red. These lipsticks are double-ended, with the color on one side and a balm on the other. The…
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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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DIY Eyelash Holder

DIYs, Lifestyle, Videos
Hi all, I realized that I posted this DIY video and didn't share it on my blog! Whoops! I was getting frustrated with the amount of clutter my false lashes were contributing to my makeup table--and I don't even wear my false lashes that often! It was crazy. So, I started looking online for a case to put them in, but they were all really small and only held 2-4 pairs. Basically, I was looking for something that would hold all my lashes together, but still let me easily grab a pair or two to pack into a makeup bag if I was going out or traveling. I was surprised to find literally NOTHING like that. I don't know why, considering those are some complicated expectations, but stay with me…
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Clarisonic Smart Profile Review

Clarisonic Smart Profile Review

Product reviews, Skin, Tools, Videos
Hey, guys! My review of the Clarisonic Smart Profile is finally up. It's lengthy, so I broke it up into segments. About the Clarisonic Smart Profile - 1:11 New Smart Brush Heads - 4:10 ...Secrets? - 6:11 Smart Profile vs. Other Models - 8:53 Final Thoughts - 11:59 https://youtu.be/xGbDXSCVcUk I hope you guys enjoy, P.S. Did you notice my new header? What do you think? :D  
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How to: Depot Makeup

How to: Depot Makeup

DIYs, Lifestyle, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
So many people have "declutter" on their list of new years resolutions. Depotting is a great way to declutter your makeup collection by removing pans of makeup from their individual compacts and placing them into a single palette. I went on a bit of a depotting craze over break, and I've finally put all of the footage together! The video has some instruction, but I wanted to put more detailed instructions and my tips in a blog post in case you want it. http://youtu.be/AmEG-j8C-bM That video definitely doesn't hide just how many products I depotted. I didn't even show the second palette with the blushes! As I was packing to go home back in December, I noticed just how many individual compacts I had, and how little I really used…
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