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?

This was actually harder than I thought it would be to write, because there genuinely aren’t that many trends that I dislike. And even if I do find a trend I don’t like, I have a hard time dissing it because I genuinely don’t want to step on anybody else’s vibe. Even if I don’t like something, it’s not my place to shit on it, you know?

Anyway, after scouring my instagram feed and the internet for a little while, I did find some trends that I’m not the biggest fan of. Again, if you want to rock any of these things, I promise I’m not trying to put down your style. They’re personally just not for me, and this is all in good fun!

Square-toed heels

Square Toe Strappy High Heel Sandals | Beyazura.com
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I’ve never been a fan of square-toed heels, to be honest. There’s just something about them that makes me think of colonial men and founding fathers. I also don’t understand the appeal of making your feet look more…boxy? Like, when I’m trying to dress my feet, the last thing I want to do is make them look more square. I’d pick a pointed-toe over a square toe shoe any day. I personally think pointed or rounded shoes just look so much more elegant and refined- what do you guys think?

Bucket hats

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I actually don’t really have a problem with bucket hats- I’m just not a huge hat person in general, and bucket hats are REALLY trending right now. I understand it goes with the whole Billie Eilish, Gen Z tomboy-aesthetic, but for me personally, whenever I wear a bucket hat I feel like a 4 year-old boy. If I am going to wear a hat, it’s going to be a beanie or a baseball cap, or something else more form-fitting and indie. There’s just something about that damn hexagon hat that I don’t vibe around with, thank you for coming to my TED talk. 

Pink & orange

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Pink and orange is apparently a trending color combo right now, and I have to say, I’m not a fan. I am definitely a more fall-toned and jewel-toned kind of gal: burnt oranges, dark grays, etc., so bright pink and orange is just not a color combo I’m drawn to. It makes me think of Bikini Bottom and kitschy summer aesthetics, and I honestly just don’t think it looks flattering on everybody. Then again, I literally wish it was autumn year-round, so maybe I shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion on what summery colors are “in” at the moment?

Mullets

Am I Seriously Considering Getting A Mullet In 2020?
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Let me defend myself by saying I think all of these women are absolutely stunning, I just really hate the mullet trend. First of all, I feel like a mullet isn’t a practical hairstyle to have long-term. What does it look like when you let it grow out- is your hair just really full and luscious on the top, and stringy on the bottom half? I have so many questions about the logistics of the mullet.

Polo shirts

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I will say, I like the color scheme of this outfit. Picture source: Pinterest

There’s nothing I can say about this one that’s worth trying to justify, I just flat-out think polo shirts are ugly. Maybe it’s because I associate them with being in middle school, but I truly just do not think they are flattering or fashionable AT ALL. I cannot think of a single person on this entire earth who I think could pull off a polo shirt. They look ugly on everybody. Case closed. 

Well, that felt awkward to write. Like I said, I really don’t like ragging on anybody else’s personal style, but these are the trends so far in 2020 that I just can’t see myself giving into. Do we share any opinions? Do you disagree with any of these? Let me know in the comments!

In the two or so years that I’ve been blogging, it’s been really interesting for me to see which articles get more traffic than others. I have noticed that the articles which do best are the same ones that I had previously googled a lot about myself, so I suppose it makes sense that the search engines would push people in my direction. Today I’m going to go over my top 5 most popular posts and show you how many views they have earned (as of 4/18, the day I am writing this. Since updating to a premium plan very recently, the traffic for these posts has gone up even more!) 


‘Should We Be Worried About Julia Zelg?’

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Views: 4,439

To date, this is my most-viewed article on my blog. Even though Julia Zelg is not a particularly famous YouTuber, she has still created a lot of conversation on the internet, and there is even an entire forum dedicated to covering her. When you search for Julia Zelg on Google, one of the first things that pops up is that thread, and right below that thread is my blog. With that being said, I think a majority of my views definitely come from people who are trying to find more information or drama about Julia, and that is only further pushing my blog up in the search queue. I think it says something very interesting about our culture that drama and ‘tea’ is what will garner content creators such as myself the most views, don’t you think? With that being said, I totally get it. I mean, the title of the article is literally ‘Should We Be Worried About Julia Zelg?’ I’m sure Julia has read the article, and even though it could be perceived that I’m shining a negative light on her in the piece, I genuinely really like her as a person (I’ve met her) and I really hope she appreciates the concern of her fans. I also don’t think I’m going to be covering any Julia Zelg news from now on, even though it brings me a lot of traffic, because I think too much media scrutiny on her could be damaging for her well-being (even if it is well-intentioned, like mine is.)


‘Movie Meaning Monday: Is Coraline a Metaphor for Domestic Abuse?’

Shocktober: Coraline in North Kansas City at Screenland Armour

Views: 2,843

This was one of those topics that I had previously tried to research myself but could never find any information for, so I decided to go ahead and write my very own article about it. Apparently, a lot of other people were wondering the same thing about Coraline. Coraline is one of my absolute favorite films, and the more I watch it, the more I want to analyze it. In general, I absolutely love analyzing films, and I’d definitely like to write some more film articles in the future. I was really pleased that so many other people agreed with me about this topic, and I think there are several dynamic theories about this movie yet to be explored. It actually wasn’t getting too much traffic for a while, but in the last few months (around last September,) it randomly started to garner hundreds of views. To this day, I am very proud of this article. 


‘The Refreshing Elegance of John Maclean’

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Views: 2,756

This article is very special to me because it was the first piece I wrote to be noticed by a “famous person,” i.e., John Maclean himself. John Maclean is a makeup artist and YouTuber based in London, and if you’ve watched his videos before, you’re definitely familiar with his unique style, impressive vocabulary, and overall vampire-esque beauty. I wrote this article to praise him for his individuality and creativity, and by some magic, he noticed it and thanked me via Twitter. After that, like I said, this was my first article to get substantial traffic after being noticed. I received so much love from other John Maclean fans as well, so that was an amazing feeling! Even though I wrote this article so long ago, I’m still very proud of it and I’m very happy John now knows how much I appreciate his work. I’m also so grateful to him for giving me a platform and a voice to share my writing. 


‘Movie Meaning Monday: Is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang an Allusion to Nazi Germany?’

10 things you didn't know about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | The ...

Views: 1,733

Fun fact, on Nathaniel and I’s first date, I mentioned that I had written this article and he read it from start to finish right next to me. And then we had our first kiss about two seconds later, so that’s what I think about whenever I see this article pop back into my life (I know, it’s a terrible connection.) Like the Coraline article, this was a subject I did a ton of research on but couldn’t find a lot of other people talking about, so I decided to go ahead and write my own piece. Even though I think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a wee bit problematic, I actually really like this movie a lot because I grew up with it. Nathaniel thinks the article and my description is absolutely wild, since he hasn’t seen it in years. I can only imagine how somebody would feel reading that article if they had never seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I’m pretty sure my entire description of it sounds like a nightmare. 


‘Berrylook: A Brilliant Scam’

BerryLook Review: BerryLook.com Scam or Legit - NOI
FAKE!

Views: 859

My fifth most-viewed article is an exposé of the company Berrylook, aka NinaCloak. Basically, they’re one of those scammy overseas companies that advertises fake clothing, steals your money, and then sends you absolute shit (or nothing at all.) I’ve never been scammed by them, but I almost was, so I decided to write a warning piece to other consumers who may come across their deceiving ads. Based on my traffic and response, it sounds like a lot of people were almost scammed or unfortunately had terrible experiences with this fake company. I’m glad I was able to offer a voice to people to leave their experiences in the comment, and maybe, I could have even saved somebody from almost ordering from this fake brand. Always be extremely wary before you drop money online, folks! 


So, that’s my summary of my top five articles, traffic-wise! Maybe down the line I’ll post a summary of my top five articles I’ve ever written, if that is interesting to you. Let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe to my email list if you want to be notified every time I post! Thanks so much for reading.

With the current circumstances, I’ve had a lot of time to crack down and get some much-needed reading done. I’m the kind of person who loves to re-read books, so if some of these titles look familiar, that’s why! However, there are several new books that I’m super excited to dive into right now. I hope you find this article helpful and informative, and maybe, it will encourage you to pick up some new novels as well. *Side note: these are not all of the books I’m reading, just about two thirds of them! Altogether, I’m currently reading about sixteen books.*


Memoirs of a Geisha | Arthur Golden | Historical Fiction

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This is probably my fifth time reading Memoirs of a Geisha, and I can assure you it will not be the last. I LOVE this book. I remember the first time I read it was for a school project in high school, and though I dreaded the idea of a book assignment at first, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the story and devour the entire novel. I think one of the reasons I love this book so much is because of how much I identify with Sayuri’s sensitivity and empathy. It’s truly a beautiful, fluid, elegant recount of Japanese history, and I get a great deal of peace and clarity from reading these pages.


Slaughterhouse Five | Kurt Vonnegut | Satire, War Novel, Science Fiction

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I’d always heard of Slaughterhouse Five, but I’d never read it before now or even knew what it was about. However, about three weeks ago or so, I was in my boyfriend’s dorm room and noticed a copy of the book under his bed. He assured me I would love it and gave me the copy to borrow, and goodness was he right. It’s not a difficult book to read grammatically, but the subject matter and the themes are really deep and sometimes quite difficult to stomach. I laughed a few times throughout the book, but to be honest, I mostly cried. I’ve been touched so much by this unique, unexpected story, and I almost don’t want it to end. Highly recommended by me if you haven’t read it already!


Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips | Mystery, Psychological Thriller

Disappearing Earth: Julia Phillips: 9781471185861: Amazon.com: Books

I actually just finished reading this book a couple of days ago, and since then, I’ve been scouring the internet for forums, threads, and discussions about this incredible book. It’s a perfect combination of mystery thriller with soft, elegant storytelling, and unlike many mystery novels, it’s not gory or graphic at all. The story can seem a bit fragmented at times, but trust me when I say it all comes together beautifully at the end. The final chapter of the book absolutely shocked me, and I’ve been thinking about it (and searching the internet for discussions) ever since. I would recommend this book to all book lovers, crime junkies or not. 


The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu | Novel, Fiction

BBC - Culture - The Tale of Genji: The world's first novel?

I tend to be drawn to big books, so it’s no surprise I had to buy this giant 1300 page piece of beauty. Fun fact about this book; it’s believed to be one of the first (or even THE first) novels ever written. I’ll be upfront now and say this book isn’t for light readers- it’s translated from ancient Japanese, and it’s LONG AF, but I personally think the story is very interesting and beautiful. Considering the history of the novel and the amount of times it’s been translated, I actually find the writing to be very fluid and elegant to read. Essentially, the novel centers around a man named Genji and his intense mommy issues (and how that manifests in his love affairs.) So far, I’m a fan. Only about 1200 pages left. 


Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery | Novel, Fiction

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Although many people don’t know this, Anne of Green Gables is actually a part of an eight-book series that details Anne’s entire adult life, and even the lives of her children. Anne of Avonlea is the second book in the series, so it picks up right after Anne and Gilbert rekindle their friendship and become teachers. I love reading about the adventures and mishaps of our hero, Anne Shirley, so of course I am always excited to see where her story continues and flourishes. If I am correct, this is my third time reading the story, and I am just as interested now as I was the first time I ever picked up Anne of Green Gables. It’s a perfect, classic story, and I think everyone should read it at least once in their life. 


Sisters in Law | Linda Hirshman | Biography

Interview: Linda Hirshman, Author Of 'Sisters In Law' : NPR

This book is a little bit different than the other ones I’m reading, because it’s a nonfiction, biographical account rather than a whimsical story. I’m actually very interested in history and nonfiction pieces, particularly those centered around women, so I was really excited to pick up this book. I really enjoy a review on the back of the book that describes it as “gossipy,” because that’s exactly how the book feels. I love kicking my feet up on the couch and cracking open this book to see what Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor are up to, and I especially love the cultural and historical insight this book gives me as a woman. It’s truly a remarkable recount. 


The Tubman Command  | Elizabeth Cobbs | Historical Fiction

The Tubman Command: A Novel: Cobbs, Elizabeth: 9781948924344 ...

It’s a little known fact that I am a huge Harriet Tubman stan, as I have been since I read all about her in second grade. It probably goes without saying that I was absolutely thrilled when I came across this book over winter break in a local bookstore, and I had to buy it on the spot. I love that this story is historically accurate in several ways, but also adds a sense of whimsical and magical adventure. If you love historical fiction and strong female leads, I highly recommend picking up this book. 


In A Dark, Dark Wood | Ruth Ware | Psychological Fiction

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This is yet another book I’ve read before, but I loved it so much, I had to pick it up again. I’m really drawn to mystery novels and psychological thrillers, and this book in particular really pulled me and left me feeling amazed by the last chapter. I also loved the setting of the novel: a bachelorette party in the middle of the woods? Of course it’s bound to be a wild story. It’s not as creepy as some of the other mystery stories, but it’s still a great story that I enjoy getting sucked into. 


America: The Last Best Hope | William J. Bennett | American History

AMERICA: THE LAST BEST HOPE VOL. 2: William Bennett: 9781595550873 ...

Like I said before, I’m really interested in history and nonfiction, so I’ve been slowly but surely getting through this giant recollection of American history. I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of William J. Bennett himself, but this is an interesting book and I’m finding the content to be very informative. I feel like it’s really important to have an understanding of where you come from and what has shaped the modern times, and that’s exactly why I’m reading this collection. I’m especially looking forward to reading about World War II, which comes in the second volume. 


All The Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr | Historical Fiction

Amazon.com: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (9781501173219 ...

Admittedly, I bought this Pulitzer-prize winning book ages ago and just haven’t stuck with it (and then I forget what happened, so I start over!) However, I am determined to get through the book this time. It’s a beautiful, elegant, almost poetic fictitious story of two paths crossed during World War II, and I absolutely love the writing style. Interestingly, the short yet impactful lines actually remind me quite a bit of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing style. If you liked Memoirs of a Geisha, I guarantee you’ll like this story as well. They’re both gorgeous, fluid retellings of true history, with a storytelling twist. 


I hope you found this article helpful and informative! Maybe it will even inspire you to pick up a few new reads yourself during this awkward period of quarantine. Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments!

Given the chaotic nature of the world right now, I think we could all use something a little uplifting to read. Lo and behold, my spring Fab Fit Fun box at the perfect time for me to post a review! I can say right off the bat that I enjoyed almost everything I received, and I’m really looking forward to incorporating these items into my routine moving forward. Let’s get into it!


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Ribbed Sweater Coat | DONNI | Retail Price: $99

At $99 for the retail price, it probably goes without saying that this sweater was the real star of the box. I’m a huge fan of neutral staples, and this cardigan is a great transitional piece for the warmer months. I have to say, as much as I love it and have been wearing it every single day, I can’t understand why the original price is a hundred bucks! Like I said, I really love it, but it doesn’t feel like anything particularly special; it’s a simple, cotton sweater. Nonetheless, I’m really loving throwing it on every morning, and I think it’s definitely a piece that will stick with me for years. 


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PRO glow highlight & contour palette | tarte | Retail Price: $21

Y’all know that I love my beauty products, especially from cruelty-free, vegan brands such as tarte. I’ve been really into glowy, blushy, e-girl makeup lately, so I think this palette is really going to come in handy with my future makeup looks. Just from playing around with the palette a couple times already, I can already say I’m very impressed by the pigmentation and the smoothness of the highlights. I’m not too big on contouring because I’m terrible at it, but maybe I can find another use for the cream shades. Eyebrow pomade, maybe?


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Double Coin Necklace | Amber Sceats | Retail Price: $50

This double coin necklace perfectly fits my aesthetic: warm toned and minimalist. It’s also surprisingly heavy, which makes it feel so expensive and luxurious! However, I decided to re-gift this necklace to my mother because I’m already looking at another everyday-wear necklace to purchase for my birthday. That being said, I do think this necklace is absolutely gorgeous, and I know it’s going to look stunning on my mom. I’ll be sure to let you know her thoughts on the necklace after she starts wearing it.  


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Fast Food Leave On Conditioner | AG Hair | Retail Price: $24

Fab Fit Fun has been sending me a lot of hair products, and you know what? I’m not complaining. I absolutely loved the last two hair products they sent me- the AVEDA hair repair treatment and the Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This product comes in a generously large tube, and it smells absolutely amazing, like fruity sorbet. And most importantly, of course, it makes my hair feel super-smooth and soft. Especially since I bleach my hair so frequently, it’s really crucial for me to keep my hair healthy and moisturized. I’m looking forward to using this product when my hair needs a little pick-me-up!


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Imperial Jade Body Oil | Jabonería Marianella | Retail Price: $68

On the trend of luxurious hair and skincare, I was very excited to try out this gorgeous body oil. It doesn’t glide on as smoothly or easily as I would have expected it to, but maybe all body oils are just like that. Nonetheless, I’ve been really enjoying using it on my hands, especially since the weather is still a bit chilly and I’m trying to keep dry skin at bay. The smell is also absolutely invigorating, like fresh lemons, so I think it will be a lovely product to use first thing in the morning as a wake-up-call.


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Deep Sleep Body Cocoon | This Works | Retail Price: $40

Out of everything I received in my spring box, this is definitely one of my ultimate favorites. I wish this bottle was twice as big as it is! Not only does it smell amazing and cozy, it’s also so thick, creamy, and glides smoothly onto the skin. I’ve been really loving putting it on before bed, especially following a warm bath or shower. It’s one of my new favorite components of my bedtime routine, so when this tube runs out, it will be a very sad day. If you’re looking for a new bedtime lotion, I highly recommend this one. It works. 


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Set of 4 Silicone Straws + Brush Cleaner & Case | Chic & Tonic | Retail Price: $15

Per usual, Fab Fit Fun has come in clutch with a useful, low-waste product that I’m sure I will use for years to come. Last season, they sent me a reusable makeup-removing cloth, so I haven’t had to use disposable wipes since! I don’t use straws very much in general, but hopefully these silicone straws will reduce my plastic straw usage altogether. I’ve already used these straws with my smoothies, and I’m very impressed by how easy they are to clean and reuse! And, of course, the cleaning brush and the case are a nice touch. 


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Watermelon Energizing 2 Minute Peel & Polish | Purlisse | Retail Price: $7

This is the final item I received in my box, and even though I liked everything, this would be my least favorite item if I had to pick one. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it; I just wasn’t particularly wowed and don’t feel like it’s doing too much for my skin. I’m also not exactly sure what it’s supposed to be used for: A face wash? A mask? I don’t have a clue. Anyway, despite that, I will admit that it smells delicious and energizing, and I’m definitely going to keep using it (despite not knowing what exactly it’s doing.) 


Anyway, that’s going to be it for today! I hope you guys found this article helpful, and maybe, it has inspired you to sign up for the box as well. I’m not in any way affiliated with/sponsored by Fab Fit Fun, but I do recommend this box to anybody who loves beauty products and home decor. What was your favorite item from this box? Let me know below in the comments!

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.

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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!

Normally, I don’t like to spend too much money on my makeup products (especially right now, since I don’t have any disposable income, I have to be very careful what I choose to drop my money on). That being said, there are a handful of higher-end products that I absolutely cannot shake. No matter how broke I am, I will save for months to be able to afford these goodies. I hope this article is helpful for you in your own makeup endeavors!


True Velvet Lipstick – Velvet Ribbon | Lisa Eldridge | £26.00

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Should I realistically have spent £26.00 on another red lipstick? Probably not. But damn, I seriously couldn’t help myself when I watched John Maclean’s review of the Lisa Eldridge True Velvet lipsticks. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lisa Eldridge, she is a highly successful English makeup artist, business woman, author, and YouTuber, and her high-end lipsticks are constantly sold out. With that being said, I was so excited when I checked her website over winter break and saw that her True Velvet lipsticks were back in stock, so I did go ahead and order one on the spot! This lipstick is amazing because it has an actual velvet texture, and it has an absolutely gorgeous finish on the lips. Furthermore, it lasts all day when I wear it, so I really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. If you’re looking for a new red lipstick, I highly recommend this one. 


Insta-Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33.00

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog for a while, you probably know that I am a die-hard fan of the e.l.f facial primers. However, since my skin has been especially oily lately and I had some extra cash to spare over winter break, I decided to try out this super mattifying primer by Dermablend instead. Needless to say, I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve never used a product that had such a sticky, gooey texture before, but once you apply it to your face, the foundation sticks like a wonder. Of course, $33 for a face primer is kind of pricey, but if you also have extremely oily skin, I would say this product is totally worth it. 


Stay All Day Eyeliner | Stila | $22.00

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I have been using this eyeliner since I first started wearing makeup in 8th grade, and to this day, it’s one of my favorites. If you struggle with making your eyeliner precise, I would highly recommend this product for its precise, pointy felt tip. It’s also very opaque, so a little bit of product goes a very long way (something I appreciate when buying expensive makeup). I’ve been going strong with the same tube of eyeliner since August, so for $22, there isn’t really much for me to complain about. 


Brush Bath | IT Cosmetics | $20.00

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This is a product I received for Christmas a few years ago, and since I started using it, I have NOT been able to stop buying it. To be honest, before I tried this product, I probably never would have gone out of my way to buy it, but it really is phenomenal. To use this product, all you have to do is spray it into your brushes and wipe off the excess shadow with a towel. That’s it! It works amazingly and quickly, and it helps me ensure that all of my brushes are as clean as they can be. Even better, one bottle can usually last up to a full year, so it’s a great investment for me. 


Full Coverage Foundation| Becca Cosmetics | $44.00

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Lastly but certainly not least, this was my die hard favorite foundation for about two full years. Unfortunately, I had to stop buying it for now because it’s so ridiculously expensive, but it’s extremely high-quality and it applies like a dream. If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation that will last all day and keep you looking snatched and popping, this is the foundation for you. Of course, it does come with a hefty price tag, and if I’m being totally honest, the bottle does not last as long as I would like it to (then again, I did use it every single day). Nonetheless, it’s a solidly great foundation with a great shade range, so if you have the money to spend, I highly recommend Becca Cosmetics.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a makeup hoarder. And in case you didn’t know, Hi, my name is Sarah, and I’m obsessed with buying makeup!

Now, my makeup consumption has been much more frugal lately, because I don’t have an income at the moment and I can barely even afford to buy toothpaste. The last makeup purchase I made was over winter break, and as you may have guessed, it was the Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation and the Magic Mini palette. I have been consistently blown away by Juvia’s Place in the past, so I was super excited to get my hands on these two items. Additionally, they were both relatively affordable. The foundation is only $20, and the palette was only $25. Considering the amazing quality, I consider $20-25 to be a pretty fair price range.

I’d been meaning to try this foundation for forever now, because I’d heard that it’s extremely high-coverage and great for evening out the skin. As someone who deals with sensitivity, occasional cystic acne, and redness all over my face, I knew this could definitely become my new holy grail. Some other important info to know about Juvia’s Place is that they are 100% cruelty-free and most of their products are vegan as well.

Now, I know this bottle may look small, but trust me when I say a little bit of product goes a long way. Because the product is so thick and full-coverage, you really only need a couple drops to cover your entire face seamlessly. The shade I am wearing is “Maricao,” which is for very light skin with peachy undertones. I’d say this shade is a pretty close match to my skin tone, if not just a little bit too warm, but I still think it’s a fairly good match. There are 42 shades in this foundation collection, so trust me when I say you are guaranteed to find the perfect color for you!

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with this foundation. Like I said, it’s very thick, but that’s something I appreciate and look for in my face products. It’s definitely very matte, so if you deal with dry skin, you may want to pair this foundation with a very moisturizing primer. Because my skin tends to be on the oily side (I start to get shiny after the four hour mark), I paired it with my mattifying Dermablend sticky primer. I definitely still have to powder my face throughout the day, but at least there isn’t any creasing or patches of red skin poking through. Overall, I’d give this foundation an 8/10, and I think I’ll definitely purchase it again.

Now, let’s talk about the Magic Mini eyeshadow palette, which retails for $25. I first came across this palette after watching a NikkieTutorials review a few years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with the colors (especially that gorgeous orangey-brown shade, Nana). As you can see, the color range in this palette is extremely colorful and diverse, but it’s still possible to create “normal,” neutral eye looks. My personal favorite colors to wear on my eyes are copper-toned warm smokey oranges and browns, usually with a shimmer in the inner corner. With that being said, I’ve definitely been reaching for this palette 2-3 times per week. Not only do I love that medium brown shade, Nana, I’m also obsessed with the light pink shimmer shade, Osun. Together, they look absolutely stunning on the eyes.

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Just like any other Juvia’s Place palette, these colors are extremely creamy and highly pigmented. Because the colors contain so much rich pigment, it’s not uncommon for the red-toned shades to stain the eyelids after wearing them. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I like to put that out there for people who aren’t super familiar with pressed pigments and how the dyes react with the skin. Nonetheless, it’s totally harmless, and it’s fairly common to notice some staining on the lids. 

Ultimately, I’m really happy with these two purchases. The foundation especially has been a lifesaver for me these past few weeks, because it covers everything from blemishes to dark circles. And, although the bottle is quite small, it’s fairly inexpensive and a little goes a long way. I’m also really enjoying the eyeshadow palette, and I can’t wait to make even more fun looks with it in the future. Maybe I’ll even branch out into the greens and blues, if I’m really feeling crazy! 

I’m a little tight on money at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get around to buying more makeup closer to summertime. What would you like me to review next? Let me know in the comments!

As I’m sure most of you know by now, reading is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. 80% of the time, I have a novel in my bag with bent-down pages stashed between school assignments. It’s a great way for me to focus my energy, relax, and take a break from the regular strife from life.

Today I want to take a chance to reflect on some of my favorite books that I enjoyed in middle school, high school, and even college. No matter what your age is, I’m sure you’ll love some (if not all) of these books!


Matched Trilogy | Ally Condie | Dystopian Fiction

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When I first started writing this article, the Matched Trilogy was the first book series to pop into my mind. I first read this novel when I was in sixth grade, which was around the same time I began to think more critically about the dystopian reflections and problems in our own society. This book in particular was a spectacular wake up call to these issues, while still remaining intertwined with a beautiful life story. To sum it up, this book has a little of everything: romance, dystopian drama, and even a little hint of mystery. Even though it’s been a few years since I’ve read the book, I’m sure I’d love it just as much today as I did when I was younger. 


Sammy Keyes | Wendelin Van Draanen | Mystery

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Without a doubt, the Sammy Keyes mystery series was my absolute favorite treasure in middle school and high school. Even as a senior in college, I think these books are phenomenal and such a joy to read. Sammy is quirky, brash, and extremely smart- three traits that I believe make her a great role model for young girls (and all readers in general). Take note that there are eighteen books in the series, so you’re an adamant reader, this is the series for you. Even just writing this, I’m already welling up with nostalgia and thinking about starting up the series again. It’s an action-packed, deliciously well-written collection of tales, and I truly think there’s a place in everybody’s heart of Sammy Keyes. 


Little Women | Louisa May Alcott | Fiction

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I’m a big fan of the classics, particularly novels that center around strong (yet sensitive) female leads. Additionally, the release of the Little Women movie this past year, the story is getting even more attention and love than usual. Although a fictional story about four young women in the mid-1800s may not sound too exciting, it’s actually extremely interesting and endearing. As an ambitious young writer myself, I felt a particular love and appreciation for the feisty Jo March. 


Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery | Fiction

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Similarly to Little Women, Anne of Green Gables is considered a classic example of literature, particularly with feminist notes. I truly believe that everyone should read this book at some point in their lives, regardless of age and gender. Anne Shirley is a spunky, strong, and entertaining female lead, and I immediately felt inspired by her after reading the series (yes, there are seven more subsequent books!). I would also recommend checking out Anne with an E on Netflix, if reading just isn’t quite your thing. The story is amazing in both print and on the screen.


Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens | Mystery

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Where the Crawdads Sing is actually a book I read last year in a book club, but the story has always stuck around with me. This novel is a breathtaking example of a true coming-of-age story, and I enjoy that it curates both a male and female perspective. Although a large portion of the book is the mystery aspect, it also incorporates elements of romance, family, and even environmentalism. Although it’s heartbreaking at times, it’s a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to everybody who loves books. 


Memoirs of a Geisha | Arthur Golden | Historical Fiction

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Lastly but certainly not least, I have a very special place in my heart for this book. The first time I read it, I was in high school, and it absolutely changed my life. Have you ever read a book that destroyed you in the most beautiful way possible? That’s precisely how I feel about Arthur Golden’s gorgeous writing and fictional recount of Nitta Sayuri. Sayuri is a celebration of highly sensitive people, of beauty and grace, and notably, the celebration of womanity. It’s truly a vibrant look into a fascinating chapter of Japanese history, told through the voice of a genius storyteller.