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

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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

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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

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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!

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. 

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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.


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!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that I absolutely love makeup. Drugstore, mid-range, high-end; it doesn’t matter to me. I just love to collect makeup products, and I have a particular attraction to eyeshadow palettes. The more colorful, the better!

This is only a fraction of them. I definitely don’t have a problem.

Ironically, even though I love to buy colorful eyeshadow palettes from brands like Juvia’s Place and Jeffree Star, I usually do very normal, copper-toned warm smokey eyes. I used to love going all out with neons and brights, and creating super crazy looks, but now I prefer a neutral eye with a pop of color, at most. If that sounds like you, or if you’re afraid to branch out into Jeffree Star territory because you don’t think the colors are “wearable,” this is the blog for you.

*Disclaimer: I’m not a professional makeup artist and I’m also not sponsored by any of these brands.*

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Look 1 | Blue Blood Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Of course, we have to start with Jeffree Star’s Blue Blood palette. This was the first Jeffree Star palette I ever bought, and I immediately fell in love with the brand after trying out these gorgeous colors. Yes, there are obviously a lot of intense blues and shimmering greens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together a practical eye look. For this look, I wanted to fully embrace the winter scene and go for something shimmery and classic, while still adding in that pop of color. I used the shades “Priceless” and “Celebrity Skin” on my outer crease, then added a touch of the sky-blue shade, “I’m Cold”, to my tear duct. Alternatively, you could use a shimmery shade like “Entitled” to create an even more dramatic effect. 


Look 2 | Jawbreaker Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics

I also had to include the Jawbreaker palette in this article, because of course, this palette is the definition of drama and color. I will say, this palette is largely a collection of several different bright, rainbow shades, so there aren’t many “transition shade” options to create something basic and neutral. However, I managed to create this copper-toned look using the shades “Cone” and “Tasty” in my crease and “Snack” in my inner corner. You guys, I am OBSESSED with the metallic shimmers in this palette. You could create so many shimmery, elegant looks with these shades, regardless of if you choose to go neutral or colorful. This palette is truly a makeup lover’s dream.


Look 3 | Stacey Marie Carnival Palette | BPerfect Cosmetics

This palette was actually a gift from my mom for Christmas, so of course I was excited to give these colors a spin. My favorite thing about this palette so far is the pigmentation and the blendability- it’s so easy to blend the transition shades into the crease, and it’s truly a joy to use. My favorite color combo in this palette is “Shuffle”, “Guilty”, and “Liquor.” It’s a classic warm-toned sunset eye, and even though it may sound too colorful for some, it actually looks really flattering and classic. I finished off this eye look with a bit of glitter from a Colourpop palette, because you can never go wrong with glitter. 


Look 4 | The Jeffree Star Artistry Palette | Morphe 

I just picked this goodie up at Ulta today, so of course, I had to try it out immediately. This is very similar to the Blue Blood look I created: neutral browns in the outer corner with a bright pop in the tear duct. For this eye look, though, I was mostly inspired by Kylie Jenner’s YouTube vlog of her doing her makeup on Travis’ tour. If you watch her video, she does a very similar look with bright pink in the tear duct, and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. Yes, it’s a bit brave and colorful, but I still think it’s a relatively tame look when you take into consideration the other colors in this palette. Morphe, you never disappoint! Can’t wait to do a full review of this palette down the line.


Look 5 | The Zulu | Juvia’s Place

Look, I’m sorry, but I had to do another sunset eye. If you’ve never tried the Juvia’s Place formula, I promise you will be blown away by their palettes. These pressed pigments are creamy, pigmented, and easy to blend, and I also love the large pan size. Even though these colors may look wild, you can actually pull together several cohesive, classy looks using this palette. I’m looking forward to purchasing more Juvia’s Place palettes in the future, particularly, the Magic Mini and the Warrior II. By the way, most Juvia’s Place products are 60% off right now, so go treat yourself!

2019 has been a fantastic makeup year for me, filled with tons of exciting new additions and reviews here on my blog. Today, I’d just like to summarize all of my favorite products from the year, what I’ve used up, and what I’d like to continue buying in the future. I have a TON of products on this list, including my empty bottles, my favorite products, aaand my least favorite products. Rest assured, the favorites list is much longer than the least-favorites. 

It’s also noteworthy to add that I have mentioned many of these products before in other beauty reviews. If any of these sound familiar, that probably means I’ve written about it before.


My Empties:

Superfood Cleanser | Pride to the People | $36

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: I purchased this face cleanser in NYC while on a short vacation with my mom and grandmother. Although $36 is pricey for a face wash, I bought it with the intention of it being a one-time souvenir to remember my trip. I bought this cleanser in mid-august, and now it has finally reached the end of its life at the end of October. It was a pretty good cleanser, and I’m glad I bought it, but it certainly wasn’t mind-blowing and didn’t improve the normal condition of my skin. That being said, it didn’t make it worse either, so I don’t have much to complain about. Because it was a tad pricey and it didn’t do anything incredible for my skin, I probably won’t buy another bottle, but I still don’t regret giving it a try! It’s a very gentle, natural formula, and I love the ethical goals of the company.

Perfect Finish HD Powder | e.l.f. | $6

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I use this powder every single day over my wet foundation, and as you can see, it is very loved. As someone with very oily skin, I rely heavily on powder to keep my foundation from breaking apart and getting shiny throughout the day. I love this powder because it’s affordable, long-lasting, and doesn’t my foundation look super cakey. Of course you could go for a high-end powder, such as the Too Faced Born This Way powder, but why not save your money and use something five times cheaper for the same performance? E.l.f. has rarely disappointed me in the past, and their setting powder is no exception to this.

True Matte Lip | Ohii | $10

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite red lipsticks I’ve ever used. This tube has lasted me FOREVER, and I’m so sad that it has finally run out. This lipstick is a liquid formula, and applies more like a stain than a cream. For that reason, it’s extremely long-lasting and stays on my face all day, which is something I appreciate as a lady on the go. For those of you who have never heard of Ohii, it is actually the official makeup brand for Urban Outfitters, so stop over there to pick up your own true matte lip! Ten dollars honestly isn’t bad for UO, and considering how great the product is, I consider that to be a really good deal.

Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation | Becca Cosmetics | $44

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I’ve tried a LOT of foundations in my life, particularly of the full-coverage, liquid variety. The Becca Ultimate Coverage foundation is by far one of my favorites, if not the favorite. The only downside is that it’s quite expensive, and now that I’ve used up my third bottle, I’m going to have to take a break until I have a better income. The pros of this foundation, however, are truly amazing if you can afford it! It’s extremely full-coverage without being greasy, it’s blendable, and the company itself is one of the more ethical high-end brands on the market. I know the bottle may not look empty, but believe me, I have reached a point of scraping the product out with a brush, just to savor that thin layer left. 

Continuous Setting Mist | Morphe | $16

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: Before using this setting mist, I always used a super cheap Ulta setting spray that basically pelted my face with giant alcohol droplets. It wasn’t a horrible spray by any means, but this Morphe one is SO much nicer and luxurious feeling in comparison. It feels like I’m standing in front of the ocean and a gentle breeze is blowing in my face, so you’d best believe me when I say I went ham on this spray. Even better, it does a great job keeping my makeup in place! I’d like to continue buying this product in the future, but this time around I think I’ll try the Morphe x Jeffree Star version. If it’s anything like the original, I know I’m bound to love it.

Soothing Face Primer | e.l.f. | $6

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I wish e.l.f. made mega-sized bottles of their primers, because they work like wonders for me and I whip through them like crazy. For only six dollars, this product does a fantastic job keeping my foundation in place and preventing a buildup of oil on top. As someone who struggles with oily skin, I rely heavily on this product every single day to keep my face looking fresh and matte. It’s also great for folks with sensitive skin, which is another condition I have to take into consideration when shopping for skincare. You could probably find an even better primer for $40, but if you have to start small, definitely start with e.l.f. 

Motion Lotion | Kevin Murphy | $27

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: Though this is not a makeup item like the rest, it’s still something I wanted to include in my collection of empties. I got this bottle of curl cream from a salon I used to work at, and I have to say, this is definitely one of the better curly hair products I’ve ever used. It does make my hair feel a tad greasy, but I used it adamantly because it really did a great job keeping my curls in shape throughout the day. I absolutely HATE frizzy hair, especially in the summer, so I used tons of this product in the warmer months to keep my curls looking smooth and shiny. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find this product online anymore, so I’m afraid it may have been discontinued. Kevin Murphy, please send me 10 more bottles of your Motion Lotion.

Brush Bath | IT Cosmetics | $18

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This is now the second bottle of Brush Bath I have purchased, and it’s definitely an iconic staple in my makeup drawer. I can’t be bothered to remember to wash my brushes every week with soap and water, so instead, I clean my brushes directly before I use them with this spray. It does a great job removing any residue of old product, so it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort on my part to clean. The bottle also lasts forever- about twelve months- so it’s not even really a hefty investment to make. If you’re looking for an effective way to clean your brushes, this magical bottle is the way to go.

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Product Favorites:

Blue Blood Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $52

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: To me, Jeffree Star palettes are a novelty item that I absolutely love to collect. I do, of course, wear the makeup itself, but I also love to buy his makeup just to have it. The packaging is absolutely stunning, and it looks so beautiful sitting up there on my desk. Call me a weirdo, but sometimes I take this palette out and open it just to look at it in amazement. Being a Jeffree Star palette, the color payoff and performance is obviously amazing too, and there are so many creative looks I can make with it! It’s certainly a bit of an investment, but like I said, I view Jeffree’s makeup like an artisan collector’s piece. I promise you won’t be disappointed with this palette. (By the way, at the time of writing this, Jeffree has not released his Shane Dawson palette yet, but I’d like to order that one as well closer to the holidays!). 

Jawbreaker Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $58

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: Going off of Blue Blood, of course I had to buy Jawbreaker as well. There’s something about this palette that is absolutely fascinating to me, and similarly to Blue Blood, I just can’t stop taking it out to stare at it! Although the colors may look impractical to some, I’ve actually used almost all of them in my eyeshadow looks. My favorite colors in this palette are Fuck, Snack, and Orange Juice, which are all very warm-toned colors. Even if you’re not into doing crazy, avant-garde makeup looks, there are still a lot of practical eye looks you can create with both Blue Blood and Jawbreaker. I’m not a makeup artist by any means, but if you’d like me to post some practical makeup looks using these colors, let me know!


“Sparrow” Matte Liquid Lipstick | Lime Crime | $20

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I know there are a lot of conflicting opinions about Lime Crime as a brand (their owner is shady and some of their products are allegedly not safe), but I can promise you that this liquid lipstick is both safe to use and stunning in application. I think that blood orange is a universally flattering color on all skin tones, and this particular shade is so rich and satisfying to me. Of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, I think Lime Crime has the softest consistency and the best appearance on the lips. It doesn’t stain my lips as much as the Ohii lipstick, so this one is much easier to take off my lips before or after a meal. The way some people have a signature perfume scent, “Sparrow” is my signature lip color at the moment. 

Body Souffle | Human + Kind | $18

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This body lotion is actually a surprise I received in my fall Fab Fit Fun box. The consistency of this lotion is super creamy, and the smell is a unique, fruity concoction that I’ve never smelled before in a lotion. It’s truly a unique scent, and I love that the company producing this lotion is also all-natural and cruelty free. If you’re not into really strong, fruity scents, you might not like this, but I personally love how invigorating it is. Good job, Human + Kind, and good job Fab Fit Fun, too!

“Rose Petal” Witch Hazel Facial Toner | Thayers | $10.95

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: I firmly believe that each and every one of you should incorporate witch hazel into your skincare routine; specifically this one. Witch hazel is like a renaissance man of skincare- it helps with acne, skin sensitivity, inflammation, sun damage, and it works as a natural primer! The particular variety of witch hazel I buy from Thayers is the rose petal version, but there are three other scents that you can try as well. I use this stuff constantly, morning and night, and it does a really wonderful job keeping my skin feeling soft and fresh. I can’t say it’s made my acne disappear, but my skin does feel significantly softer after using this on my face. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite skincare products for folks with sensitive skin.

Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair | AVEDA | $30-40

Average Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This is another product I received in my Fab Fit Fun box which I have continued to use frequently. As someone who has been regularly color treating my hair since early high school, my hair could definitely use some extra love and attention. You know that amazing softness your hair possesses after you leave a hair salon? That’s exactly how this product feels if I apply it after a shower and let my hair air dry for the night. I swear my hair has never been so unbelievably soft, luscious, and bouncy, so I once again commend Fab Fit Fun for picking some awesome products this fall. I’m looking forward to my winter box, which bills December 3rd and should arrive some time at the very end of the year.

Alyssa Edwards Palette | Anastasia Beverly Hills | $45

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: This palette is a bit different than the other ones I’ve talked about, because a majority (if not all) of these colors are pressed pigments instead of eyeshadows. The difference between pigments and eyeshadows is that the former is usually much more intense in color payoff and intensity, making it ideal for very theatrical, bright eye looks. I was not disappointed at all when I used this palette, and that bright pink shade in the top row is one of my all-time favorite pressed pigments. Keep in mind if you do decide to buy a pressed pigment palette that temporary eyelid staining is very common, especially with pinks and reds! 


Product MISSES:

Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen | Blue Lizard | $15

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: For months, I scoured the internet tirelessly to find a sunscreen that was cruelty-free, ethical, and wouldn’t clog up my pores and cause acne. This sunscreen seemed to be working alright for the first few days, but by the end of the week I had tons of new acne popping up on my face. If your skin can handle sunscreen without breakouts, this product would probably be fine for you, but mine is unfortunately way too oily as it is. I’ll continue to stick with liquid foundations that contain SPF as a way to get my sun protection, and of course, I will keep using my witch hazel toner to protect from sun damage as well. If you guys know of any facial sunscreens that probably won’t cause acne, let me know below!

Cake Pop Lippies | Beauty Bakerie | $14

Average Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I’ve mentioned the Cake Pop Lippies before in another beauty review, so I’ll try not to beat a dead horse by bringing it up again. In a nutshell, I found these lipsticks to be overpriced, chunky, and difficult to apply. I was a bit shocked by how small they were, considering I paid $14 each for them, and the packaging was essentially just a flimsy cardboard that would get destroyed if it touched by water. That being said, I did think the shade range was beautiful and I love that Beauty Bakerie has an established aesthetic for their brand. Perhaps I’ll try some more of their products in the future, but I’m not banking on it.


Hydrating Face Primer | e.l.f. | $6

Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆

My Thoughts: Lastly, I was not too impressed by this hydrating face primer by e.l.f. I usually enjoy their primers, as many of you know, but this one just wasn’t cutting it for me. The consistency was very slippery and oily, and kind of felt like that packet of oil that comes with instant ramen. It did not look good on my skin once I rubbed it in, and my pores felt so clogged, I immediately had to wash my face. I guess if you have super dry skin, you might like this, but even then it looked way too shiny and wet to me. I would say save your money and try another e.l.f. primer, as there are so many better ones to choose from for the same price. 

Anywho, that’s the complete list of my product empties, favorites, and misses. I had so much fun putting this list together, and I’m looking forward to reviewing more products in the future! What do you guys think of this new review layout? What would you like to see me review next? Let me know below.

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Since I’ve been at school, I haven’t really prioritized buying new makeup or wearing super complicated makeup looks to class. Partly it’s because I don’t have much time or money, but it’s also because my tastes are changing constantly. I used to love shaving off my eyebrows and doing bright, avant-garde makeup looks, but I now I prefer doing a much more simple, classic face of makeup. I’m especially really into warm-toned looks and red lips right now, which is perfect for fall!


This isn’t exactly a tutorial, and I’m obviously not a beauty guru, but I did just want to show you what an average full face of makeup looks like for me right now. These are all the products I’m using, in order of application:

-e.l.f. Soothing Face Primer | $6

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Ebony” | $21

-L.A. Girl Inspiring Brow Kit in “Medium and Marvelous” | $9

-Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer in “Light Ivory” | $12

-BH Cosmetics Crystal Quartz Brush Collection | $29

-Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette | $38

-NYX Matte Liquid Liner | $7.50

-Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara | $9

-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Liquid Foundation in “Soft Ivory” | $6.50

-e.l.f. Perfect Finish HD Powder | $6

-Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Quirky” | $15

-Morphe Continuous Setting Mist | $16

-Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick in “Sparrow” | $20

As you can see, there’s a fairly good mixture of drugstore and mid-range products in there. I only shop products that are cruelty free, so drugstore lovers, take joy in the fact that e.l.f., Covergirl, and Wet n Wild are all safe options!

The first thing I do before I start applying makeup is to put on some music or a new episode of the Vanished podcast, if one is out. Lately, I’ve been really into John Denver, and his music seems very fall-themed, so that’s who I’m listening to today. I like to do my eyes before my face, because I tend to smudge up my foundation if I do it vice versa (oily skin problems). I’ve been using e.l.f. primers for as long as I can remember, because they work pretty well for the price and there are a large variety of primers to try. So far, I’ve tried the soothing face primer, the poreless face primer, the blemish control face primer (didn’t love that one), and the purple one, which I cannot remember the name of. I’d have to say the soothing face primer is my favorite so far, because it doesn’t carry a weird scent and a little goes a long way.

I shave off the tails of my eyebrows, because I prefer to cut them out into a new, more arched shape. I’ve been using this exact pot of ABH dip brow pomade since ninth grade. It has NOT dried up, ran out, or changed in consistency in any way. I am literally blown away that this has lasted me six years without even hitting pan yet. Ladies and gents, go out and get yourself a pot of Dipbrow pomade. After I use the pomade, I go over the gel with the darkest powder from the L.A. Girl brow kit, and that keeps my eyebrows from getting shiny throughout the day.

Then, I carve my brows out with a Covergirl concealer. I used to adamantly use Tarte Shape Tape, but it started to get a little too pricey for me and I switched to this one. I have to say, the consistency and performance is very similar, and I hardly notice a difference. For $12 instead of $27, I’ll take it any day. I also use this concealer as an eyeshadow base, as regular eye primer tends to make my eyes have a puffy allergic reaction (cough, Urban Decay Primer Potion). 

For my eyeshadow looks, I tend to follow the standard rule of putting a medium color on my lid, a light shimmer in my inner corner, and a darker color in my outer corner. Obviously, you can apply your eyeshadow however you want, but this is just the pattern I like to follow with any three colors I use. I love the Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe because the colors are extremely practical, while still giving you a lot of room to be creative and have some fun. There are so many looks you can create with these colors! They also perform very nicely and blend like a dream, which is helpful for when you’re working with multiple colors at a time. For my eyes today, I used the shades “Beam”, “Creamsicle”, and “Hillster” to create a lovely fall sunset look. 

I’m not too picky about my liquid eyeliner, as long as it’s opaque and gets the job done. I used to buy the Stila liquid liner, but again, it got too expensive for me and I had to downgrade price-wise. To be honest, I actually like the NYX liner better than the Stila one. I find it easier to use and the tube tends to last a lot longer. Just a little wing today, nothing fancy.

I don’t wear false lashes anymore because I think they make my eyes look smaller than they already are. Instead, I just apply a couple quick layers of mascara to my upper lash line, and that seems to do the trick. My tube has bite marks in it because this cap is literally impossible to open, so just keep that in mind if you decide to buy this mascara. With that being said, the mascara works pretty damn good, so I’ll probably buy it again.

My absolute favorite foundation is the Becca Ultimate Coverage foundation in the shade “Linen”, but sadly, (again), it’s way too expensive and the bottle does not last long enough for me to justify buying it repeatedly. If the foundation lasted me four months at least, I’d keep buying it, but I can hardly get through two months before I have to drop another $44 on one bottle. That’s why I decided to try drugstore foundation instead, and I picked up this foundation by Wet n Wild at Target in September. It’s not a terrible foundation, but I don’t love it as much as I love my Becca one. It smells quite a bit like paint and it never really dries down completely, so my face starts to look really oily after about four hours of wear. That being said, it’s a perfect color match for my skin, so I’m going to keep using it until I run out and try something new. I always apply my wet foundation with this microfiber velvet sponge by JUNO & Co., because it completely erases my pores and makes any foundation look airbrushed. I’ve bought about five of these sponges so far, and I can’t get enough of them.


I don’t wear any concealer over my foundation, because I think it looks too cakey and I tend to break out more easily. My next step is to pat over my foundation with some e.l.f. finishing powder, which brings down the shininess. This powder, as you can see, is very well-loved and will definitely be purchased again. After powder I fluff on a little bit of blush (oddly, I can’t find this shade online anymore?), and then I spray on an even coat of setting mist. The last step is to apply my lipstick, and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the shade “Sparrow” from Lime Crime for months now. The color payoff is absolutely dreamy, and I think the shade in general is just extremely flattering and unique. I look forward to putting it on every day.

On average, I would say it takes me between 30 minutes and an hour to do this look. I’ve been wearing makeup since middle school, so I’ve gotten pretty used to doing it quickly. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions about these products as well, as well as some new makeup suggestions for me to try! Let me know down below what you think.

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