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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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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IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation

IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation

Face, Product reviews
I have a confession to make. I've been wearing this IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation basically daily for months, and I never actually reviewed it. *facepalm* This will be the best-researched review I've ever written, as I've worn this foundation hundreds of times. This foundation is a powder foundation, but it has a teeny bit of a glow to it so your skin looks youthful and healthy. You can wear it alone or over a liquid foundation or concealer for more coverage. On its own, it's about medium coverage, but can be put on sheer and built up where you need it. The packaging is a thin compact with a mirror and secret brush compartment inside. The compact has a little iridescence to it, which I think is a nice touch. I've only…
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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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Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme and Lipliner

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme and Lipliner

Lips, Product reviews
Hello, lovelies! Marc Jacobs came out with a liquid lipstick (a bit late to the game, but hey, it's exciting), and I was so excited to try it. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love lipsticks, especially liquid lipsticks. You can imagine my thrill when I received an email from Influenster saying I was getting this voxbox. I've talked about Influenster before and I've gotten a number of voxboxes through them, but this was probably the box I was most excited for. If you want to sign up for Influenster, you can use my referral link or just go to their website. I don't get paid or anything, just more "impact score points" for the first 20 referrals, which increases my chances of…
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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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2017: Pare Down

2017: Pare Down

Lifestyle, Musings, Organization
Happy new year, everyone! I've been really missing blogging and making videos. I got lost in some work deadlines and hopped straight onto a plane for the holidays. I'll be back at home tomorrow night, and I'm aiming to pick up right where I left off. But before I get back into beauty, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the new year. I'm planning on making a video on my non-beauty channel about this, but while 2016 was a total sh*tshow, I really invested in my personal growth, and it paid off. I got a dog, [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5952,5951,5948,5949,5950"] I traveled (including a 30-hour trip from San Francisco to New York City and back to see the original cast of Hamilton), [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5946,5947,5958,5959,5956,5957"] I went vegan, [gallery…
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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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Opening Up + Updates

Musings, Videos
I know I disappear from time to time. I can't pretend I'm ignorant to the fact that my disappearances follow a pattern as well. I'm finally coming (fully) clean about what's really going on in those times. This video's a bit longer than usual, so here's a timeline: 0:20 An appearance by my dog (and my posting patterns) 1:25 Depression + anxiety 3:45 Other life changes - fitness and diet 5:35 Getting back on track 7:50 Coming back to videos + blogging 9:35 The Future 11:09 An announcement 13:00 Q+A? Ask me questions! https://youtu.be/c7N5BEgPzuY So... yeah. That's a lot. While I was filming, I 1) had no idea my dog was wandering around behind me (ha!) and 2) didn't realize the full weight of what I was sharing. I definitely distance myself…
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