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Beauty Products & Reviews

Twenty Shades of Baked makeup palette

A breakthrough with baked powder eye shadows

In September I shared with you how much I hate baked powder cosmetic products.  I’m always seduced by their in-palette beauty, and yet their color payoff always disappoints.  Then recently, that changed - I had a breakthrough with baked powder eye shadows. Over the years I’ve bought, then returned or given away, many baked eye shadow products. The one I kept, despite what I considered lackluster performance, was the 20 Shades of Baked palette by…
Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains

Best drug store makeup products: Jordana Cosmetics

I love high-end cosmetics.  Brands like Benefit, Too Faced, and Urban Decay make me swoon! But, there are some smokin' deals to be had at the drug store, and today I wanted to shine a light on one brand in particular: Jordana. Never heard of Jordana? I'm not surprised.  I hadn't either, until a YouTube beauty blogger mentioned it in one of her videos and I went racing over to Walgreen's to see what the fuss was…

Beauty review: primer products – eyes, lips, face, and Ultimate Ozone

I love makeup - so why am I nonplussed by the entire “primers” category? Is it just me, or is the word “primer” a bit off-putting when it comes to cosmetics?  The concept is clear - just like with wall paint, makeup primers prepare the surface and make stuff stick.  With walls, I love that concept, but for makeup, it somehow doesn’t connect with me. I’m a believer in eyeshadow primer, for sure.  It’s quick…

Beauty Review: Wet N Wild Lipsticks

I'm going to keep this short and sweet: if you like having an outrageous choice of lipsticks in your collection, get to know Wet N Wild.  I got turned on to Wet N Wild lipsticks about a year ago by a YouTuber named Angie - her channel is called Hot & Flashy.  Angie does really thorough product tests and gives good recommendations, and last year she test drove a variety of high- and low-end lipsticks…

Obsessed with Ombre Nails

I've always been fairly traditional with my nails - no blue/green polishes, all nails the same color, and no fancy nail art designs.  I always love nail art on other people, but on me? Not so much.  That all seems to be changing lately, as I'm finding myself drawn to more interesting designs and bolder colors.  And this OPI ombre nail look, Cherry Bomb Ombre, has pushed me right off the boring nails bandwagon. Is…

I hate baked

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked or thought much about makeup. (That’s a real sign of how focused I’ve been on the new house!)  But last weekend I had some time to watch a few of my favorite YouTubers, including a review of some Hard Candy baked bronzers by Bailey B.  Her video led me to try a new product and I wanted to tell you about that.  But before I review the product itself,…

How to (and how often to) clean your makeup brushes

I never thought I would learn something from Buzzfeed. But according to this article, I really need to wash my makeup brushes more often.  Buzzfeed’s professional medical opinion (?) is that I should be washing them daily. That seems like a little much, no?  A bit of overkill there?  Nevertheless, they have a point… I should be doing it more often. After much research and detailed clinical study (i.e. Googling) about the best method for…
Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced

Product Review: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (original, not matte)

In mid March, one of my very favorite YouTubers, Emily Eddington, reviewed various palettes including this one: the new matte Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced.  During her review she compared it to the original Natural Eyes palette (same colors, but with shimmery finishes rather than matte), and it caught my attention, so I picked it up at Ulta over the weekend. I’m a sucker for high-end eye shadow palettes, but I never noticed this…

Skin Care Product Review: Rodan & Fields Reverse

I’ve tried a zillion skin care products with varying levels of success. My main concern skin care concern is age spots and freckles caused by sun damage, and the latest weapon in my arsenal is Rodan and Fields Reverse Regimen. Since my 20s I have had a nemesis on my left cheek.  It’s a fairly prominent age spot which has been removed three times - twice by liquid nitrogen and once by BBL laser, all…
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