While I have definitely used a lot of awesome makeup in my life, there are also a few products scattered here and there that I was not impressed by. Today I’d like to share with you some of the most disappointing makeup products I’ve ever used, from skincare to eyeshadow. It is important to note, however, that just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Everybody has different needs and preferences when it comes to makeup!

Acure | 100% Plant Squalane | $9.99

This product is a perfect example of something that doesn’t work for me, but may very well work for someone else. I’m not exactly sure what squalane is, but I can tell you this- it made my skin VERY shiny and oily. As someone who already has oily skin, this product truly just didn’t mesh well with me and left my skin feeling like I’d just rubbed olive oil all over it (not an exaggeration.) However, if you deal with exceptionally dry skin, this could be the perfect product for you! I have to say, I’m not giving up on Acure yet because I’ve heard great things about the brand, so I’ll let you guys know what I think of their other products.

Yuni | Yunicorn Celestial Jelly Daily Mask Cleanser | $9.99

This was another product I picked up on the same trip as the Acure serum, so in retrospect, not a great shopping day for me. I genuinely like the idea of this product, but I found the application to be somewhat nonsensical. You’re supposed to apply this product onto dry skin with dry fingertips, and then wet your fingers and spread the product around, but I always found that doing so wouldn’t allow the product to get bubbly or wet enough. It was a miss for me, but hey, maybe someone else out there will love this. 

Urban Decay | Eyeshadow Primer Potion | $13

You know, I genuinely wish this product worked out for me. It has great reviews, it’s loved by many, and by now it’s essentially considered a staple in the makeup community. However, I have to be allergic to something in this product because the last few times I used it in the past, my eyes developed a puffy, itchy rash. Obviously not everyone is going to have the same experience as me, but until I know exactly what ingredient in this product was harmful to my eyes, I definitely won’t be picking this one up again. I prefer to use a concealer as an eyeshadow base anyhow, as I personally feel like that is a better method for keeping your shadow looking pigmented and long-lasting.

POPBeauty |  Lightshow Eyeshadow Fire Fit | $14

I know I previously mentioned in another post that I was looking forward to using this product, but now that I’ve been looking at the swatches and thinking about it harder, I actually think this product was a miss for me. It would be one thing if this was a $5 eyeshadow palette, but for $14, I would have expected a little bit better color payoff and overall performance. I’m definitely going to try to keep using it, but in general, I really feel like the mattes in this palette were so chalky and underwhelming. 

That’s going to be it for today! I know this was a bit of a shorter article, but I suppose that’s a good thing, because it means the majority of the products I’ve tried have been a success. Have you guys tried any of these products yourself and had similar results? Let me know down below!

Since living in Boston and working almost full-time, my makeup routine and budget for makeup has certainly changed a bit! For one thing, I hardly wear any makeup at work, so a lot of the products I do pick out are more so designed to enhance my features a little bit and make me look awake, rather than a full-coverage glam beat. It’s noteworthy to add that while I wish all of these products were cruelty free (it’s an ideal I strive for,) L’oreél and Maybelline are unfortunately not cruelty free at this current point in time. With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy reading about some of the makeup I’ve been using lately from the drugstore! 

Lightshow Palette Fire Fit | POPBeauty | $12

I normally steer clear of drugstore eyeshadow palettes because I just don’t think they hold up to the more expensive ones (nor do I find the color stories interesting,) but this one just looked too beautiful for me not to try. I’d never heard of POPBeauty before, but since the price was decent and the entire collection of products looked adorable and clean, I decided to give it a go. As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of warm browns and oranges, and that’s exactly what this palette has to offer! The colors are gorgeous and the shimmers are especially stunning, but the mattes were not quite as pigmented as I had hope. Nonetheless, I’m definitely going to keep using it this fall and I’m glad to add it to my eyeshadow collection! 

Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in “Matte-Traction” and “Matte-ly in Love” | L’oréal | $11 each

I definitely don’t need another red lipstick in my makeup bin, but oh well, I really loved the look of these two colors. I think $11 for a lipstick is super reasonable, particularly since they all perform relatively the same and look all alike once applied on the lips. I was expecting these lipsticks to be a bit more matte, considering the names, but they still looked very flattering despite being a more cream-based formula. I also really like the packaging on these lipsticks: for a drugstore item, I actually think they look quite sleek and expensive. 

BrowFast Sculpt | Maybelline | $6

I’ve been meaning to buy a brow mascara for forever now, because I’ve finally grown my brows back in and I think they look much more natural when I use a mascara wand as opposed to a brush or a pencil. Although I really love this product a LOT and I think it’s so simple to use, I wish I had gotten a lighter color! My natural hair color is quite a warm brown, and the brow mascara shade I picked out is quite an ashy, dark brown. Nonetheless, for $6, I’m super impressed and I’m definitely going to keep using it because I love the formula. 

Matte Lip Stain in “Empower” | L’oréal | $12

Right behind a classic red, my second favorite lip color is a nudey pink. This time, I decided to opt for a lip stain formula and go with this one, also by L’oréal. I love this formula because it’s not too drying- something I pay attention to as the weather starts to get colder. There’s nothing worse (makeup-wise) than putting a drying lip stain onto your cracked lips! Because this lip stain is so soft and smooth, I think it could also double nicely as a cream blush. What do you guys think? 

MasterCamo Crayon Corrector | Maybelline | $10

I’ve always had very red, uneven skin, and since I’ve had luck with green concealers in the past, I decided to buy a new one. One of my biggest reasons for wearing such a heavy foundation in the past was because I wanted to erase my redness, but now that my makeup is on the softer side these days, I’ve found it looks more natural for me to just counteract the redness and then put a BB cream on top. I really like the spongy design of the brush, and I think it’s been doing a pretty good job so far! This is definitely going to become an everyday item for me. 

Lip Liner in “Brandy Wine” | wet n wild | $4

Last but certainly not least, I decided to pick out a dark lip liner that I could wear with my nude-colored lipsticks. I think that adding more emphasis to your lower lip and cupid’s bow can make them look more defined and rounded, which is why I decided to pick a color that may mimic a shadow of my natural lip color. I’m pretty happy with the color, and for $4 there isn’t much I can complain about. What do you guys think?

Note: I apologize if the formatting on this is a little wonky; WordPress just rolled out a new layout and I’m still getting used to it! 

Now that I have a job and a regular income, I’m so excited to start trying tons of new products again- from makeup and beauty to skincare and vitamins! These are all of the products I’ve been loving lately that have now reached the end of their life. You’ll probably notice a lot of familiar names, because I’ve mentioned several of these products before on the site. I hope you guys find this informative and helpful for your future summer picks!

Damage Remedy Hair Repair Serum | AVEDA

damage remedy™ daily hair repair | Leave-In Treatment to reduce ...

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me raving about this hair serum before. Because my hair has been bleached and color-treated so many times, I really have to rely on highly nourishing products to keep it looking healthy and bouncy. I received this product in a Fab Fit Fun box a couple of seasons ago, and needless to say, I’m sorry to see it go. My hair always felt like I had just visited a salon after I used this serum, and it didn’t feel too thick or sticky, either. I may very well go out and buy this product at retail price on my next Ulta trip. 

Vitamin C Face Wash | Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial ...

It’s no surprise I ran out of this face wash quickly, because what I essentially bought was the sample size of this product. I have to say, even though I really love the idea of Soap & Glory and I think their aesthetic is adorable, I’m not sure if I would purchase from them again. I’ve noticed that a lot of their products are highly fragranced and packed with ingredients, and when you have sensitive skin like I do, that’s not always a great combo. However, like I said, I really think the brand itself is super cute, and I do think their products would be perfect for someone out there- just not someone with my skin type.

Brush Bath | It Cosmetics

IT Brushes For ULTA Brush Bath Purifying Makeup Brush Cleaner ...

I feel like I mention this product every time I post a Product Empties article, and that’s because I go through this stuff like crazy. It’s a brush cleaning solution that works easily, quickly, and doesn’t leave my brushes feeling damp or stripped. Because I love to use so many different, vibrant shades on my eyes, I essentially have to clean my brushes every time I use them. This product allows me to do that in seconds, so cleaning my brushes doesn’t have to feel like a chore. The Brush Bath also has an extremely unique smell- citrus, perhaps, and it’s absolutely invigorating. This product is a must if you find yourself wearing a lot of eye products and constantly cleaning your brushes.

Setting Spray | Morphe

Morphe Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Mist | Ulta Beauty

The Morphe setting spray is another “regular” product I purchase every few months or so. Because my skin is so naturally oily, my foundation starts to look really slick on my skin if I don’t use a good setting spray. Wet skin can sometimes look very flattering, but trust me, not in this case. I normally purchase the regular setting spray, but the one that I’ve used up this time is actually the pink setting spray from the Jeffree Star collab with Morphe. It worked just as well as the original, but I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artificial strawberry smell. I will be purchasing this product again, but this time, I’ll be sure to buy the original. 

Prep Rally | Drybar

Hair Detangler Spray - Prep Rally | Drybar

Last but not least, I have reached the end of the glorious Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This is normally not a product I would have bought for myself, but I received it in my Fab Fit Fun box (per usual with my hair care) and I absolutely love it. It’s no wonder Drybar has such a high, professional reputation- this stuff made my hair both look and feel fantastic. If Fab Fit Fun gives me the option to choose this product again in an upcoming box, I’m definitely going to take them up on that. I also work right next to an actual Drybar salon, which could be very dangerous for my wallet.

Anyway, those are all my product empties for the summer! I’ll be sure to update you guys on what else I’ve used up towards the end of the fall. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before, and what your thoughts were!

Admittedly, my collection of clean makeup is not as large as my collection of “regular” makeup, so I’m hoping that writing this article will boost my inspiration to explore even more new brands. Be sure to drop your suggestions for me down below as well!


Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty Lip Crayons Go Viral After Fans Discover They Have a ...
Source: Allure

Bite Beauty is a cosmetic company founded in 2011 by Susanne Langmuir. I received a small Bite Beauty lipstick as a birthday gift from Sephora, which makes sense because Bite is exclusively sold at Sephora. Their products are a little bit on the pricier side, but it’s surprisingly outrageous (usually unheard of for Sephora.) My mom tried the lipstick as well, and she was so impressed by the color payoff and the creaminess, she decided to go buy some of their makeup for herself! Bite Beauty more or less specializes in lip products, so if you’re looking for a new shade to rock on your pout, I highly suggest checking out Bite Beauty. You can also order from their website, if you’re not near a Sephora (and really, who needs to go to the mall in a pandemic?)


Lawless

Lawless Beauty Launch | POPSUGAR Beauty
Source: Popsugar

Lawless is another brand I came across while browsing Sephora a few months ago, so apparently, Sephora is a new hot spot for clean beauty brands! According to the website, Lawless beauty products are always free from potential carcinogens (cancer-causing bad stuff,) health-damaging ingredients, and their products are always cruelty free and vegan! I own one of their soft matte liquid lipsticks, and it’s genuinely one of my favorite liquid lipsticks I’ve ever used. It’s soft and luscious, and it smells amazing, like fresh berries and juice. That being said, their selection is not just limited to lip products: you can shop bronzers, blushes, eyeshadows and more! Their products are a little pricier than Bite Beauty, but it makes sense, considering you’re buying such a high-quality product. 


Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant Has Been Purchased by Shiseido for $845 Million ...
Source: Allure

According to their website, Drunk Elephant prides itself on creating “biocompatible” products. Basically, their hair care and skincare products are natural, fragrance-free, and avoid all toxins commonly found in other makeup brands. I own a small pot of their Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, which promises to strengthen and moisturize your skin. It’s a five-star product to both me and the general public, and I would highly recommend it if you’re okay with dropping a lot of money on skincare. One full-sized pot costs $68 (gasp), which is way, WAY out of my budget. I must have gotten this little pot as another free gift from Sephora or the like, because I know for a fact I wouldn’t spend $68 on a singular makeup item. Nonetheless, it’s a totally gorgeous moisturizer, and it works wonders for my skin.


Love Beauty and Planet

New personal care brand, packaging fit Unilever's sustainable ...
Source: PlasticsToday

Definitely the most inexpensive of the bunch, I’ve been really loving Love Beauty and Planet lately. This company creates cruelty-free hair care and skin care products, and you can find them in grocery stores and drug stores everywhere! All of their products are naturally derived, making them a safe and healthy alternative for your hair. Particularly since my hair is color-treated, I rely on their shampoo to keep my locks looking as fresh and vibrant as possible. I use the coconut-scented shampoo, and it smells absolutely amazing once I scrub it into my hair. Not only are the products cruelty-free and vegan, they are also great for the planet, hence the name! All of the products are packed in recycled bottles, and their fragrances are ethically sourced.


I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative! Let me know if you’ve tried these brands before and what you think about them, too. You can also leave me recommendations for other clean beauty brands you think I’d love to try! Stay safe and healthy out there.

Summer is here, and so are my monthly favorites for June! I haven’t been really leaving my house much this month, because I sadly don’t have a job *yet,* so most of these favorites are things I’ve been using to improve my lifestyle at home. I hope you guys find this list helpful and interesting!


Health & Beauty | Love Beauty and Planet

Coconut Water Sulfate-Free Shampoo| Love Beauty and Planet

As some of you have probably noticed, I recently dyed my hair a very intense, dark red. I really love the way red looks on me, but the only downside is that red washes out so easily and quickly! That being said, it’s really important to me that I use a shampoo that is gentle and safe for color-treated hair. I’ve been really loving this shampoo because it is both of those things, and it’s also vegan and cruelty-free! I came across this bottle at Star Market on sale for about six dollars, so of course, I knew it was a no-brainer to give it a try. It smells absolutely delicious, and like I said, it’s not too strenuous or damaging on my hair color. I’ll definitely be buying this brand again in the future.


Apps | Boston T

Boston T Map - MBTA subway map | App Price Drops

It’s amazing to me that I’ve been riding the T for almost four years, and I had no idea that this app even existed. Because I don’t have a car, I have to rely on public transportation to get everywhere, and that can be really stressful when you’re a woman living on your own. I like this app because it helps me to have a better understanding of where the T is at all times, and that makes me feel so much safer when I’m traveling on my own. I imagine that every major city with a public light rail probably has a version of this app, so if you live near the city, I think having a public transit app is extremely useful and worth the space on your phone.


TV & Movies | Lenox Hill

Lenox Hill (TV Series 2020) - IMDb

I actually don’t really lean towards medical shows or movies, but when my housemate put this on in our living room, I actually got immediately sucked into it and heavily invested in it. Lenox Hill is an extremely popular hospital in New York City, and this particular docu-series focuses on three departments of the hospital: neurosurgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. It was so emotional and intimate at times- following the lives of select patients and doctors- and it was also extremely interesting from a scientific standpoint. If you’re looking for a new show to devour on Netflix, I really loved watching Lenox Hill and I was so sad when it ended. I hope they decide to produce a second season!


TV & Movies | Queer Eye

Queer Eye - Rotten Tomatoes

Speaking of shows to devour on Netflix, who else has been tearing through the newest season of Queer Eye? I love feel-good movies and television, so Queer Eye has been my go-to for the past few weeks. I like to watch this show while I’m working on my journal making process- it makes the tedious book binding go by so much faster when I have something to watch while I do it. My favorite episode thus far is when the Fab Five visits Marcos, the kind-hearted, hard-working Mexican immigrant who’s trying to launch his seafood restaurant. I seriously cried like a baby after his daughter came back to help him open the restaurant- anyone else?


Style | Tie-dye

IMG_5052

Like many of the other young folks right now, I’ve been really into the tie dye design and style right now. I recently bought a gnarly Grateful Dead-themed tie dye at my favorite thrift store, which I’ve talked about before, but I’ve also been really into bleach tie-dying clothes myself. In the summertime, it’s more important for me to stay comfortable than it is to stay stylish, so most days, I’ll just throw on a tie-dye t-shirt and be done with it. I’d also love to invest in some other tie-dye things, such as pajama sets, tank tops, etc. 


Health & Beauty | Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer | Ulta ...

Considering I’m such a heavily-invested makeup lover, it might come as a surprise to many of you that I’ve never tried the famous Butter Bronzer before now. I think part of the reason why is because I always loved to look as pale as possible when I got into makeup- particularly when I was going through my weird goth phase. However, even though I still do enjoy looking pale, I’ve found that bronzer does help to sculpt out my face a bit and make me look somewhat more alive and beachy in the summertime. It also smells absolutely amazing, as I’m sure most of you already know! I can’t get enough of this bronzer, and I’ve started recommending it to everybody.

I hope you guys enjoyed this article and found some inspiration from my monthly favorites! Have you been trying out any of these trends? Let me know in the comments.

In general, I’d say I’m a pretty all-or-nothing person. I’d rather wear a full face of makeup and do the whole shebang or nothing at all, but sometimes, I just don’t have an hour to spare painting my face. Particularly in the humid summer heat, when I’m with my boyfriend, or when I’m simply just lounging around, there doesn’t seem to be any point in loading on the foundation and powder. I already have quite oily, sensitive skin, so putting on tons of makeup on a daily basis isn’t exactly prime for my skin, either. 

IMG_3377 (1)

Anyway, today I’m going to guide you through how I personally do my makeup in around ten minutes. It doesn’t feel (or look) as glamorous as a full face beat, but it gets the job done for me!

No matter what day it is, even if I decide not to wear any makeup, I will always apply moisturizer in the morning and evening. I used to think it was silly to do so, since my skin is already so shiny and oily, but I actually feel like constantly moisturizing has helped to combat my acne a lot. Right now, I’m using a couple of moisturizers by Soap & Glory. I use the ‘For Daily Youth’ moisturizer in the morning, and ‘The Fab Pore’ in the evening. If you are also interested in using those two products, keep in mind they are fragranced and may not be ideal for all skin types!

The next step for me is to prime my face. Priming only takes two seconds, and doing so will prevent the minimal makeup I’m wearing from sliding around or wearing off throughout the day. The primer I’m using right now is the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer, and I’m really impressed with how it works. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I’ll probably buy it again because I think a good primer is a reasonable investment. I just coat my face with a thin layer of this primer, and that’s all I need to keep my face looking fresh all day.

When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of foundation, I’ll usually opt for spot concealing instead. My face does have a few acne scars after years of cystic acne, so I like to even out my skin tone by using a bit of concealer in those areas. The current concealers I use right now range from tarte Shape Tape, a classic, to cheaper alternatives, like the Covergirl TruBlend concealer. I should probably use a color corrector as well to combat some of the overall redness, but I haven’t found a brand that I’m satisfied with yet. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments.

Brows are one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine, and I also think it’s the step that really cements everything. Because my brows are so short and sparse, it really makes my face feel clean and pulled together to throw on a couple of good brows. Right now, I’m using a reddish colored eyeshadow to fill them in, and that’s it. I don’t really go in and conceal them unless I’m planning on doing eyeshadow and face makeup as well, so I can skip that step for now.

Sometimes I’ll go in with a little liquid liner and give myself a little wing, but other times, I’ll just use some brown eyeshadow and apply that to the other corner. I don’t like to add a lot of liner to my eyes unless I’m wearing shadows as well, because I think eyeliner alone makes my eyes look tiny, so I try not to go too ham with the pen. Today, as you can see, I went a little bit over the top. Of course, I also follow that up with a couple of quick coats of mascara. In particular, my go-to is the Covergirl Lash Blast mascara, because I’ve been using it for years and I really appreciate the intensity of the color. 

The last two steps for me are a few coats of lip balm, and a few good spritzes of setting spray. Setting spray will lock my makeup into place and keep it from fading off, and lip balm, of course, will help keep my lips hydrated and shiny throughout the day. I’m using Morphe setting spray right now, but I have to say, I’m not a fan of the pink bottle they released with the Jeffree Star collection. I like that they tried to go for a strawberry scent in theory, but I honestly think it just smells like cough medicine.

Anywho, that’s how I do my makeup in about ten minutes! I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative. Let me know what makeup you’ve been loving lately in the comments below.

IMG_0385.jpg

Apologies for being a bit behind on posting! Life has been crazy with all the turbulent changes in Massachusetts, particularly with moving home and trying to sort out the rest of my education. Luckily, I’m currently on spring break anyway, so I’m trying to dedicate extra time to writing and other creative projects. As you know from clicking on this article, these are all my product empties in March. Several of them were purchases I made over winter break, so four months isn’t too bad for a shelf life! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. 


I Am Magic Full Coverage Foundation | Juvia’s Place | $20

As someone with oily, textured, and sensitive skin, I am always looking for a new full coverage foundation to try. I was especially drawn to this one because of its low price point, and I was really impressed by NikkieTutorials’ review of the product as well. Even though the tube looks small (it is), a little drop of this product goes a long way. I’ve been using this foundation almost every day for the past three months, and it’s still got a bit of product left in it! It probably goes without saying, but I will definitely order another bottle of this foundation once I officially run out of my current tube. It’s affordable, it works incredibly, and the shade range is inclusive for all skin tones.


Insta Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the e.l.f primers for years now, but I decided over winter break that it was probably time for me to expand my horizons a bit. I was initially surprised by the consistency of this primer- it feels like putting a lip gloss on your face- but I came to love it immediately and started using it every day. If you also struggle with oily skin, this is the perfect primer for you. It literally makes your foundation stick to your face like glue, and the mattifying qualities help to prevent me from getting shiny throughout the day. The bottle isn’t completely empty yet, but it’s getting there. I’ll definitely be sure to buy it again in the future!


Gentle Cleanser | Differin | $11

I’m a pretty adamant face-washer, so I go through cleansers more quickly than any other product. Lately, I’ve been using the brand Differin on my skin. My mom bought me a few of their products for Christmas, because my skin was absolutely atrocious and my forehead was popping up with cystic acne. The formula for this brand is definitely very aggressive, and my skin even went through a pretty intense ‘purging’ period, but it’s definitely been clearing up over these past couple of months! My skin at this current moment looks great, with only a few little blemishes here and there. Everybody’s skin is differen(t), but for me, this brand is really doing the trick to combat my acne!


Redrum Liquid Lipstick | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $18

I’ve tried quite a few red lipsticks in my life, and this one is up there in the top three with Lisa Eldridge and Ohii Cosmetics. I got this lipstick in the rainbow Equality bundle, which means I only have the sample size, but I have efficiently used it down to the last drop. The sturdy applicator helps me to make clean, crisp lines, and the lipstick manages to stay on my lips all day without any signs of smudging. Being a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, it’s definitely a bit out of most people’s price range, but I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (if you’re looking for a great-quality liquid lipstick). Because I don’t have a paying job, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to buy it again for a while, but I’ll definitely order it again at some point in the future.  


Stay All Day Liquid Liner | Stila | $22

RIP to my fourth tube of this amazing liquid eyeliner. If you struggle with making your eyeliner look clean and perfect, I promise this is the perfect product for you. The thick yet precise felt-tip makes it easy to use and navigate, and the pigmentation of the black is extremely opaque. It is a bit pricey, but if you wear liquid eyeliner every day like I do, it’s honestly worth the investment. I can’t afford to buy more of this eyeliner right now, but the good news is, I have a cheaper dupe lined up next. 😉 


Matte Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | $8

This is yet another fabulous liquid liner I have sadly come to the end of. I bought it a few months ago after realizing the Stila liner was a bit too pricey for me at the moment, and while they aren’t exactly the same, they both do the trick for me. The brushes are different, for one thing, and this liner may be a bit more difficult to use than the handy felt-tip I love in my other liners. Nonetheless, once you get the knack of it, using this liner is easy peasy. Even better, the tube has lasted me quite a while, so I know that I can stretch this product out and make it last for four months, at least. I will almost definitely be buying this again, unless I somehow find an even cheaper and even better alternative. 


Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner | Thayers | $11

If you’re an OG reader, you probably recognize this product as being one of my all-time favorites. Seriously, I’ve been using this stuff twice a day for what feels like forever, and I continue to be happy and amazed with the results I see on my face. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also makes my skin feel incredibly soft and acts like a primer/base for my foundation. Also, a little goes a long way- I’ve been using the same bottle for months and months on end. It probably goes without saying, but I am definitely going to be purchasing this again once I use up that last little bit. I’ll probably go for the rose petal bottle again, though the rest of the scents sound equally fresh-smelling and lovely.

I actually bought this palette quite a few weeks ago (if not a month or two ago), but I had so many other reviews to punch out first, this is my first chance to cover this palette! Honestly, though, I think it was almost better for me to wait so that I could have ample time to try out as many of the colors as possible. Today, I’m going to guide you through all of my thoughts about this palette, from the performance of the pigments to the longevity of wear. 

Image result for jeffree star artistry palette
Photo: Ulta.com

First of all, it’s important to establish that this is not really a Jeffree Star palette; it’s a Morphe palette in collaboration with Jeffree. Morphe is usually not as pricey or luxury as the Jeffree Star brand, but the quality of the products is still really impressive and high-grade. The only thing I’m not a fan of regarding Morphe is their recent formula change- their Jaclyn Hill palette recently became NON vegan after being vegan for about three years, and they didn’t think to notify their customers about the change in formula. So I definitely thought that was a little shady.

Anyway, let’s talk about the palette. I bought mine at Ulta for $35, along with the new pink Morphe setting spray for $18. It’s definitely not cheap makeup, but like I said, the quality is consistently amazing and I also really loved the color range. I like that you can create plenty of neutral looks using shimmers and browns, but you also have the ability to create some more creative, colorful eye looks, such as the one I’m wearing below.

IMG_9693.jpg

For the eyeshadow look I’m wearing in the picture, I actually used a combination of the Jawbreaker palette and the Artistry palette. The formulas were definitely a tad different (Jawbreaker is a bit dustier,) but altogether, all the shades were highly pigmented, easily blendable, and absolutely gorgeous on the eyes. Purples are especially hard to work with, but I didn’t have any problems using these two palettes. There was quite a bit of fallout in the pan, but honestly, that doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers other people. I would rather my eyeshadow be pigmented and have fallout than not have an fallout and barely any color payoff, if that makes sense.

The only other negative I feel about this palette pertains to the lighter, shimmery shades. I have to say, even though the mattes were very brightly pigmented, these light shimmers were NOT cutting it for me. In fact, I even have drugstore shimmer shades that perform better than these Morphe shimmers. I was a bit shocked that they were so lackluster, considering Jeffree Star is all about the glitz and the shine, but I don’t know if that’s so much his fault as much as it is Morphe’s. I will also say that the shades that didn’t perform very well were pressed MUCH harder into the pans than the other shades, so maybe it was just a manufacturing error that made them perform so poorly. Nonetheless, I probably won’t be reaching for those lighter, glittery shades too much, unless I want to wear a really subtle highlight. 

I liked the setting spray as well; I’ve used Morphe setting sprays before in the past and I’ve always loved them. I wasn’t crazy about the strawberry scent, it was a bit too artificial for me, but I think the pink packaging is absolutely adorable. 

Anyway, my final thoughts about this palette is that it’s pretty good, but it’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever reached for in my life. That being said, I am very happy I decided to buy it, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with it more in the future. What do you guys think about these colors? Have you tried the palette yourself? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve been wearing makeup since I was in middle school, and since then, I’d say I’ve picked up a fair amount of tips and tricks. I’ve certainly also gotten much better at makeup over the years, just due to the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time familiarizing myself with my face and what makeup looks best on me. That being said, what works for me may not work for you. Always do what feels the most natural and fitting for your own face, no matter what the makeup “experts” say.

Anyway, today I want to share some tips with you about how I elongate my eyes and make them look a bit bigger. I LOVE wearing eyeshadow, so of course I want it to be visible despite having hooded eyes. I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful to some capacity!

IMG_8516.jpg

This is a pretty standard makeup tip, but it’s especially helpful to us folks with hooded eyes. Every time I apply my eyeshadow, I follow the same basic pattern of applying a light shimmer in the inner corner, a medium transition shade in the center, and a darker shade in the outer corner. This trick works because it makes your eyes look wider, brighter, and generally more elongated (obviously, if you did the colors in the reverse order, it would have the opposite effect. Also, you’d look like a raccoon.) I prefer to use a cream or white-colored shimmer rather than a matte, because I personally think it makes my eyes look even brighter. I also drag the eyeshadow all the way up to my brow bone, because otherwise, all the work you did on your shadow is going to be covered by the lid!

The next thing I do to make my eyes look even more elongated and cat-like is apply a very long, thick winged eyeliner. The trick with this is to start in the middle of your eye, rather than right in the inner corner, as doing the latter will make your eyes look even smaller. I know doing a wing may seem complicated or scary to some, but once you find a tip that works for you and you practice regularly, you’ll be a pro at liquid eyeliner in no time! Similarly to the illusion of the eyeshadow, winging out your eyeliner in a cat-eye shape will elongate your eyes and make them look even bigger and doe-like. 

When I was in middle school and high school, I always wore a thick bottom eyeliner in my entire eyeliner. As you can see…this was not my look.

IMG_8414.JPG

Anyway, I realized about halfway through college that the most I can get away with is a little bit of eyeliner and mascara in the outer corner, but not much more than that. As you can see, going completely bare on my lower lash line and using a light concealer on my under-eye area really elongates my face and creates the illusion that my eyes are bigger than they actually are. If you do decide to use some color or eyeliner on your lower lash line, try applying it directly below your waterline and putting a white eyeliner in the lash line instead. 

Lastly, on the topic of elongating your eyes and making them more shapely, I would suggest opting for wispier lashes instead of a thicker, more dramatic pair, so that they don’t cover up all the hard work you just did on your eyeshadow! Additionally, something that works for me is to cut them and just apply them just on the outer corner, rather than across my entire upper lash line. Not only are they much easier to apply this way, you’re basically doubling the amount of eyelashes you have for free! It’s a no-brainer. 

Those are my top four tips for how I make my hooded eyes look bigger! Obviously, I’m not a beauty guru and you should do whatever feels right for your face, but this is just what works for me. I hope you found this article helpful, and I’d love to know if any of these tips helped you. 

Gold Peach Brown Mood Board Photo Collage.jpg

I have to say, behind fall, spring is one of my favorite seasons. Maybe I’m a little biased because I’m a spring baby, but I absolutely love the softness, beauty, and ethereal feminine energy of springtime. It’s an important time for growth and reflection, and a reminder that change in our lives can be a beautiful thing.

This spring, I’m really embracing the combination of bright pops of color with softer, neutral tones. I’ve also already picked out some of the items in my Spring Fab Fit Fun box, so I’ve decided to incorporate those items into my mood board as well. Starting with the color palette, as I said, I’m feeling very connected to traditionally feminine colors, such as bright pinks and soft peaches. While my personal wardrobe is still very neutral and somewhat minimalist, I love adding a pop of color in my makeup. This spring is going to be all about berry lips, lots of pink blush, and lots of highlight, thanks to the Tarte Tartiest pro highlight palette.

In regards to fashion, I am receiving this fabulous ribbed sweater coat (which normally retails for $99) in my Fab Fit Fun box. I think it will pair nicely with the outfits I already have, and also, potential outfits I would like to buy in the future. I don’t really have any disposable income right now, but just for fun, these are some of the clothes I’ve been looking at on ThredUp. I like staples that are both practical and fashionable, so I was immediately drawn to these stripy flats. I also really loved this blue dress, but again, I’m not trying to spend money where I shouldn’t. Maybe when graduation gets a little bit closer, I’ll think about splurging on a nice, girly, floral dress.

For jewelry, I picked out this set of two gold necklaces in my spring box (I promise this isn’t a FFF ad), so I’m looking forward to dressing up my outfits with that. Even though I have neutral-toned skin and I can theoretically wear whatever colors I want, I’ve always leaned much more into warm-toned clothes, makeup, and jewelry- such as gold and rose gold. I’m thinking that I needed a new staple necklace anyway, because the silver one I’m currently wearing has been giving me a rash on my neck. It’s not super flattering to walk around looking like you have 5 hickies, trust me.

Anyway, that’s essentially my spring aesthetic in a nutshell! I’ve never been someone to keep up with trends, even when I was a fashion major, so I honestly have no idea what the “actual” spring colors/trends are. Nonetheless, I’m feeling really good about this season, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of my looks with you on instagram. Also, of course, I’m looking forward to reviewing my spring FFF box in the next few weeks. Updates to come!