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L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara picture
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Best mascara ever! L’Oreal Lash Paradise

L'Oreal added a new product to their line, and it's the best mascara I have ever tried.  And believe me, I've tried dozens - from $4 to $30 a tube, waterproof and washable, I could never find my "holy grail" mascara.  Until now, my go-to products have been Jordana's Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara and Maybelline Volum' Express, "The Rocket".  I alternated back and forth between these two products, primarily because *they stay on!*  With…
Twenty Shades of Baked makeup palette
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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
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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…
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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,…
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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
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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…
Picture of eye shadow palettes
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Eye shadow addiction: high end vs. drug store eye shadows

Beauty products fascinate me, and especially eye shadows. I have a particular affinity (read: addiction) for eye shadows because there’s such a wide selection of colors and shimmers.  Over the past few years I have really started to appreciate certain characteristics of eye shadows.  My favorites meet these three criteria: So finely milled that they almost feel creamy Highly pigmented. If you’re new to cosmetics addiction, this basically means that they are loaded with color.…