I'm back!!! Current Makeup Favorites:

“Sometimes the greatest miracle is being able to face exactly where you’re at and say: This is where I am. No running, no hiding. There’s gold for me here and I intend to find it, no matter what.”

Hello my loves!!! It has been a while. After taking an entire year off from blogging, and honestly thinking I wouldn’t come back… I’ve realized how much I missed it. I wanted to apologize for my absence to those of you who genuinely loved this blog.

I’ve done a lot of soul searching.

A lot has changed in my life. And I realized just how much I was doing certain things because other people thought I should be doing them rather than because I genuinely wanted to. If any of you have found yourself in a similar place you know that simply ends up with you being miserable.

Creating a life the way YOU dream & envision it is so very important.

Fast forward to now ↬ I am in a much better place mentally. My business has grown, my relationship is incredible, and my family and I are healthy. Not much more you can ask for, right? I am focused once again and excited to be back to reviewing products - back to my roots. I’ve missed you all and thank you to those of you who stay in contact with me via my Instagram. You guys are truly the best.

So enough rambling! Here are a couple of my current favorite makeup products. Short but sweet; I haven’t been able to put these down!!

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Call it a quarter-life crisis, I’ve barely worn makeup for the past couple months. I fell out of love with makeup for a while there.

Although this product is not new, I fell in love with MAC’s Studio Fix pressed powder (Shade NC15). I love applying it with my Real Techniques Brush Crush brush (say that 5 times fast) 301 - it’s a flat, dense brush and I either buff the powder in for a lighter coverage or dab/press it on for maximum coverage.

This powder is intense. It can become a full coverage powder real quick. But I love how versatile it is! I have been wearing this - and only this - as my base (and concealer) for the past month or so. It’s easy. When I’m lazy, I slap this on and it covers what I need it to cover but I can keep it lightweight in other areas that don’t need the coverage.

I’d recommend a primer underneath, either a mattifying/oil control or a hydrating primer depending on your skin type to help with longevity. I definitely wouldn’t wear this for a full 12 hour day, it breaks down too much on my skin. But for most days, this does the trick.

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theBalm’s Take Home the Bronze bronzer in Oskar…. As you can see, he’s very loved, and dirty. I’m so close to hitting pan!

** These bronzers have been renamed! This shade is now Oliver **

I’m pretty pale. So it’s hard for me to find bronzers that aren’t too orange or dark. This one is perfect. It contours and bronzes, not too warm and not too cool. I try to use others in my collection and always, always end up adding some of this over top because nothing compares! It blends beautifully, builds up well and lasts all day.

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In this photo, I am wearing theBalm’s bronzer as well as one of the blushes that I’ll talk about next!

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bareMinerals Gen Nude blushes in That Peach Tho and You Had Me At Merlot.

I love these blushes. I found them at TJMaxx, girrrrrl!!! That was a good shopping day!

I can’t say enough about these. They are gorgeous, pigmented, sooo creamy and blendable, they last all day. They are just so good. The Merlot shade is the blush I am wearing in the photo above. It’s definitely made for much darker skin tones than I have, and I have to use the lightest hand ever, but it was such a pretty shade! I couldn’t pass it up.

I’ll be picking up more shades, that is for sure.

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I love Buxom’s glosses. I’ve said this countless of times but they are truly my favorite. This shade is impossible to photograph and I wish I could post a little boomerang video here to show you just how multidimensional this shade truly is… But you’ll just have to take my word for it. Buxom’s Holographic Full-On Lip Polish in Savannah is my absolute favorite lip topper ever right now. It is holographic, without a doubt. It shifts from the shade above to a gorgeous pink that I could not get to photograph for the life of me. It leaves the lips looking so juicy.

If you are unfamiliar with Buxom’s glosses, they do have a “plumping” formula that feels very cooling on the lips that some people may dislike but I enjoy (my boyfriend hates it lol) and it does have a slight scent. I definitely haven’t ever noticed plumping from any of Buxom’s products but I love them nonetheless. They just make good lippies. That’s all I can say!

That’s it for my current favorites! I hope you guys enjoyed and I hope that you’re as excited as I am that the blog is officially back!!! Please leave your favorites down in the comments below and leave any post recommendations that you’d like to see as well!

Love you all to the moon and back! xoxo.

Some of these products were sent to me by the company in PR. I am not being paid to talk about any of these products. Some links are affiliate links.

July Beauty Favorites - 2017:


"If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires."

- Horace Traubel




Hello darlings!

Here are my July beauty favorites! These are the makeup and skincare products I have been loving lately.


I struggled a lot with my skin the past few months so I didn't wear makeup as much as I usually do; I've found a few skincare products that saved my skin so let's talk about those first:


Drunk Elephant is a brand that I've quickly fallen in love with these past few months. They pride themselves on minimal, non-toxic ingredients and are said to be safe for even the most sensitive of skin. Their bright packaging is what first caught my eye when I found them in Sephora and their story is what made me try them. I'm so glad I did because I've been loving quite a few of their products! They are pricey so I'm slowly adding to my collection.

The C-Firma Day Serum ($80) is a Vitamin C serum made to brighten and firm as well as help with signs of photoaging. I tried this because I'm starting to see more and more sun damage pop up on my skin and I'd like to fade those spots as much as possible! This is a light-weight serum that absorbs quickly into the skin. It does have a funny little smell (not chemically) but that doesn't bother me much. It goes away once you've massaged it into the skin.

Although I haven't been using this long enough to say that I've seen amazing changes or anything... I've been enjoying it! I will update you guys as I continue using it.

Next up are two products from Dr. Jart. These were sent to me by the company (for PR unboxings follow my snapchat: @themakeupaffair) and they must have gotten the Bat Signal letting them know I needed them because I was recovering from yet another allergic reaction when these arrived and within two days, my skin was no longer dry, flaky and irritated! I was instantly hooked.

I am in NO WAY shape or form being paid to say that! I truly mean it.

Dr Jart Ultimate Hydro Gel review

Ultimate Hydro Gel ($39) is a gel moisturizer that is said to brighten and deliver long-lasting moisture. I can't agree with this more! I layered this on the areas that I had flaking, dry skin and let it just sit and soak in... As soon as it did soak in, I added another layer. This made such a huge difference! It's the only moisturizer right now that is helping calm that irritation down. Thank Goodness!

Dr Jart favorites

It has a seal to help keep the product contained as well as a little spatula so you don't have to stick your fingers in the product. It helps to keep it sanitary!

Dr Jart Ultimate Hydro Gel

You can probably tell that I've already put quite a dent in this! It's a gel based moisturizer so a little bit goes a long way and it absorbs quickly into the skin.

My other favorite from Dr Jart is the eye gel that is also part of this Hydro Gel line:

Dr Jart Hydro Soothe Eye Gel review

The Hydro Soothe eye gel ($42) became a quick favorite because of that gel formula! I'm very prone to milia on my eyes and cheeks and this is one of the only eye creams I've been able to use that doesn't cause them!


Dr Jart Hydro Soothe Eye gel

This also absorbs really quickly! If you have super dry under-eyes, this may not be enough moisture for you as it is super lightweight and not one of those thicker, more emollient eye creams you may be used to.

On to the makeup! :)


Benefit Brow product favorites

Benefit's brow products..... HOW have I never tried these before?!? I am obsessed!!! I will forever grab these before Anastasia's brow products from now on. They are that good. I'm trying out a few of their other brow products as well but these four are my current obsessions.

3D Browtones ($24) - This is an interesting product. It's a brow gel but it is meant to highlight areas of your brows. You want to pick up the shade that is slightly lighter than your brows and it will soften the look of darker brows or enhance lighter brows by adding dimension. I've been loving using this in the inner portion of my brows to keep that feathery, lighter look and to keep the inner portion from looking too harsh.

Ka-Brow ($24) - If you've ever used Anastasia's Dip Brow, this is pretty much Benefit's version of that... But in my opinion, it's better and easier to use. They describe it as a cream-gel and I think that's a perfect description. That stem coming out from the top of the jar is a small angled brush, I don't use it but it's actually pretty good quality! If you'd tried Dip Brow and struggled with it or completely hated it, try this! It's SO easy to use.

Gimme Brow ($24) - This has been a staple in my routine for years. It is a brow gel with microfibers that helps to add not only color to your brows but the fibers fill in sparser areas. It's just perfection. I love to use this on full-glam days all the way to no-makeup days. This helps to add texture back to your brows after filling them in. And on days when I wear no makeup, I like to throw this on to quickly fill my brows in without them looking too made up!

Precisely, My Brow Pencil ($24) - This is your Brow Wiz dupe! Dual ended, product on one side and spoolie on the other. This formula is incredible! It's not too dry, not too creamy. It lasts all day! It's the perfect brow pencil.

Next up are a few products from bareMinerals. I will start by saying that I haven't had the best experience with their products. Most were fails for me in the past but these are some new products they've recently released and oh my goodness, I am in love! These are phenomenal!!

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bareMinerals Combo Control Primer ($26) - I haven't been able to find a primer I've loved in a while. I've been testing out a few and they've just been okay. So when I first tried this, I wasn't expecting much... After trying for the past few weeks, I love it!! I tried it with foundations that have been breaking down quickly on me and I've seen a huge difference in how long they wear now. It controls my oils but doesn't accentuate dry patches like some combo primers have done to me in the past. It's a milky formula but feels almost like a moisturizer once you apply it and it absorbs really quickly.

bareMinerals Bare Pro Full Coverage Foundation review

Barepro Liquid Foundation ($34) - This foundation.... Man, was this a pleasant surprise. I absolutely hated the Pure Brightening Serum foundation so I was nervous to try this... But I love it! There are 30 shades available with varying undertones (THANK YOU BAREMINERALS!!!!). These two shades are Dawn and Champagne, both yellow undertones. I mix both for a perfect match because I am almost never one shade!

The claims:

  • Full coverage
  • Papaya Enzymes improves the appearance of skin texture over time.
  • 24-hour breathable coverage
  • MineralLock Technology that blends mineral pigments with natural lipids in the skin to lock in transfer-resistant coverage
  • Bamboo Stem extract for naturally matte, soft focus finish
  • Heat, humidity, water and sweat resistant
  • SPF 20

This foundation reminds me of MAC Pro Longwear concealer... If you're familiar with the texture of that concealer, it's super similar to this. It's full coverage, apply a very light layer to start with because it's very easy to go overboard and turn into a total cake face! The finish is matte but I can see why they say it has a soft focus finish because it's not totally flat. I will be testing it more to see if it transfers or not but so far, I'm loving it! It wears all day so I've been choosing this one for work quite often.

bareMinerals Barepro foundation

It comes with a pump that locks; awwwww yeah!!!!


bareMinerals Contour Palette review

Barepro Contour Face-Shaping Powder Trio ($34) - Another product I was pleasantly surprised by! These powders are super creamy and blendable. I've not only been using them to contour but I've also loved using them as eyeshadows!

bareMinerals Contour Palette Tan to Dark

This is the Tan to Dark palette. For contouring, I can pretty much only use the darkest shade. The middle one is too orange for my skin tone and the highlight shade is too dark so those two I use for eyeshadows.

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These are so easily blendable! I'll be picking up the lighter palette next.

Those are my favorites from July! Let us know your current favorites in the comments below!!





FTC: Some of these products were sent to me by the company. All opinions are my own.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Collection - Review & Swatches:


"You cannot use someone else's fire; you can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe you have it."

- Audre Lorde



Lengthy post warning!!!! Grab a snack! :)


Estée Lauder.... What comes to mind when you hear those words? I think..... Elegance. This is a company that has stood the test of time and has stayed true to their "look". From product to packaging, Estée is simply beautiful and elegant.

Double Wear has been one of my favorite foundations for many years. I also love quite a bit of their skincare but when it comes to their other makeup products, I haven't tried much; mainly because Estée is more high end and it has always been a huge splurge item for me.

When I received an email from the company asking to send me their new Pure Color Love lipstick collection, I screamed.... Literally, out loud, screamed!... I must have stared at that email, reading it over and over again for a good 5 minutes. Total shock!! I immediately told my mom and before I could even finish the sentence, I burst into tears.

I've been blessed to be contacted by a lot of companies, but this was by far the biggest. Not only because it is a behemoth brand but because I've loved and treasured their products for so many years. I've saved for months just to be able to afford one foundation.... And they want to send me an entire lipstick collection? It's an honor.


Before I begin, I will say that although these were sent to me, I am not being paid for this post - it is in no way sponsored. I will be 100% honest and let you know the pros and cons of these lipsticks.

There are 30 shades in the Pure Color Love line and they are $22 each. They come in a wide varity of shades and finishes; mattes, shimmers, chromes and cremes. The chromes are meant to be toppers and I will mention which they are as we go along with the shades.

But first.... Packaging!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Collection

Okay yeah, this is only the PR packaging but.... WOW. I had to include it in this post. I opened this, sat on my floor and CRIED. haha

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Love

The packaging is a gorgeous mirrored gold. Estée Lauder is etched into one side and each lipstick color is labeled nicely on the bottom with the color so it's easy to see which is which.

The lipsticks itself have a very unique shape.... Not my favorite. The hard edge makes it very difficult to get a clean application and I've been grabbing for lip brushes to apply rather than applying straight from the tubes, especially with the more dramatic/bright shades. I wish it was just a regular lipstick shape!

Here are the swatches - the left is with one swipe and the right is built up for full pigmentation.

Estee Lauder Blase Buff (100) swatch

Blasé Buff (100) is a peachy pink nude. It's not as orangey in person as it looks in this photo. As you can see, it's quite pigmented with just one swipe. It's matte but not drying at all!


Estee Lauder Raw Sugar (110) swatch

Raw Sugar (110) is a matte brown-toned nude. I grab for this a lot on days when I need a more neutral nude lipstick. It's a perfect shade to keep in your purse!


Estee Lauder Rose Xcess (120) swatch
Estee Lauder makeup look Rose Xcess





Rose Xcess (130) is a stunning matte berry shade. I'd recommend pairing this with a lip liner in a similar shade because it is slightly patchy on the lips.

Estee Lauder Strapless (130) swatch

Strapless (130) is a pretty mauve with a lot of shine. This is one of the creme formulas; they are a little bit more on the sheer side and feel extremely comfortable on the lips.


Estee Lauder Naked City (140) swatch

Naked City (140) is a creamy peach shade.


Estee Lauder Proven Innocent (200) swatch

Proven Innocent (200) is a pretty pale matte pink.

Estee Lauder Naughty-Nice (210) swatch

Naughty-Nice (210) is another matte pink, it's brighter than it looks in the tube but it's still very wearable.


Estee Lauder Shock & Awe (220) swatch

Shock & Awe (220) is a bright fuchsia pink. It's gorgeous!!!


Estee Lauder Juiced Up (230) swatch

Juiced Up (230) is a stunning matte berry/wine shade.


Estee Lauder Pret-A-Party (240)

Pret-A-Party (240) is a barbie pink.


Estee Lauder Radical Chic (250) swatch

Radical Chic (250) is a pinky coral. I don't wear pinks very often but this shade, I love!


Estee Lauder Sky High (260) swatch

Sky High (260) is a bright pink. It takes a little bit of building up and it's slightly streaky unless you wear a lip liner underneath.


Estee Lauder Haute & Cold (270) swatch

Haute & Cold (270) is another bright pink that I was surprised by! It's quite bright but I think it would look amazing on just about anyone!


Estee Lauder Hot Streak (300) swatch

Hot Streak (300)... Oh, I LOVE this shade!!! It's a bright blood-orange. It is matte, crazy pigmented. This is one of those shades that you'd wear with just brows and lashes. It steals the show, without a doubt.


Estee Lauder Bar Red (310) swatch

Bar Red (310) is a matte cherry red. So beautiful!!


Estee Lauder Burning Love (320) swatch

Burning Love (320) is your perfect matte red.

Estee Lauder Wild Poppy (330) swatch

Wild Poppy (330) is a unique shade to my collection. It's a rose/pink/peach... Ya'll know I suck at describing colors LOL


Estee Lauder Hot Rumor (340) swatch

Hot Rumor (340) is a bright, vibrant orange.


Estee Lauder Sly Wink (350) swatch

Sly Wink (350) is a pale peachy orange.


Estee Lauders Flash Chill (360) swatch

Flash Chill (360) is a sheer watermelon. I think this would be a great color for the summer!


Estee Lauder Pocket Venus (370) swatch

Pocket Venus (370) is one of the chrome toppers! It's a gorgeous wine shade with metallic shimmers.


Estee Lauder Rebel Glam (400) swatch

Rebel Glam (400) is a crazy bright and vibrant matte pink. This shade is so pretty and insanely pigmented!


Estee Lauder Love Object (410) swatch

Love Object (410) is similar to Rose Xcess and Juiced Up and falls right between the two with a slightly more purple hint to it.


Estee Lauder Up Beet (420) swatch

Up Beet (420) is a pretty matte deep purple. It's patchy when worn alone.


Estee Lauder Crazy Beautiful (430) swatch

Crazy Beautiful (430) is a "my lips but better" shade. Another one to keep in your purse!


Estee Lauder Hi-Voltage (440) swatch

Hi-Voltage (440) is a toned down, "wearable" purple. If you've been wanting to try a purple but are intimidated by them, I'd say start here.


Estee Lauder Orchid Infinity (450) swatch

Orchid Infinity (450) is a medium purple. It's pulling more berry in the photo than in person.


Estee Lauder Ripped Raisin (460) swatch

Ripped Raisin (460) is a sheer mauve with a high shine.


Estee Lauder Moon Rock (470) swatch

Moon Rock (470) is a chrome topper. SO unique! It has a blue/purple duochrome to it. It reminds me of Makeup Geek's Insomnia pigment.


Estee Lauder Nova Noir (480) swatch

Nova Noir (480) is a metallic purple.

Woo! Are you still with me?! Kudos if you are! All 30 shades of the Pure Color Love collection. If you are looking for full pigment, go with the mattes. Throw-on-and-go shades, the cremes. And for the fun, those chromes!

I'm a matte girl, all day. So those are definitely my favorite but I've enjoyed every shade so far. There isn't one I dislike!! The ones that don't go well with my skin-tone will be added to my makeup kit! The shade selection is on point and very thorough, I don't think there is any shade lacking here and the packaging is perfection. My only complaint is the shape of the lipstick!


What are your favorite shades? Let us know in the comments below!


Thank you again Margaret & Estée Lauder for this incredible gift!



Drugstore Foundation Review - Wet n Wild Beauty Photo Focus:

"Just for the record darling, not all positive changes feel positive in the beginning."

- S.C. Lourie


Hey loves! I love drugstore foundations. They just keep getting better and better! I picked up the new Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation from CVS and I've been testing it out for a few weeks now.... Here is what I think!

It is $5.99 at the drugstore.

The packaging:

It's beautiful! It is glass and the top clicks shut. The applicator is a spatula.

The packaging is beautiful. It is glass and the top clicks shut.

The shade selection leaves something to be desired... Fairly typical for the drugstore.

Wet N Wild Beauty Photo Focus foundation range

I've been mixing two shades for a better mix - Soft Beige and Soft Ivory.

Here are the claims on the website, "Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.

  • Featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photos

  • Tested under 7 light conditions with and without the use of flash"


This foundation has a chemically smell so if you are very sensitive to smells, you may not like it!

The coverage is medium to full. It's easy to go overboard and get cakey so be careful when applying! It's matte but not completely flat; there is a bit of luminosity to it to keep it looking more like skin. I like to apply it with a brush and then blend out with a Beauty Blender. A brush by itself leaves it looking too streaky/patchy so the sponge helps to even everything out and melt it into the skin.

It passes the flash photography test with flying colors! It looks GORGEOUS in photos. I'd have to say this foundation looks... Dare I say the best in photos? Better than any other foundation I've tried!

I don't know where they got magical unicorn tears to put in here but it works. The skin looks flawless! Both photos were taken with a flash.

Here is a little video of me applying the foundation as well as the other steps I take for a full face of makeup!

I have combination skin, acne prone and textured. I've been testing out this foundation for a few weeks and here's what I think so far....

It lasts for about 5 hours before it starts getting really dewy and breaking down on me. It looks AMAZING for those first few hours but after that, it looks terrible. But, in the foundation's defense - I've been only using one primer - MAC's Prep & Prime. I definitely need to start testing it with other primers to see if the longevity gets better.

I will also say that this is a foundation that seems to stay sticky/tacky on the face. No amount of setting powder changes that and it does transfer when you hug someone.

God, don't you just hate that?! Looking at them after you hug and seeing a smudge on their shirt? The worst!!!


So far, this is a foundation I will put on for photos or if I know I'll only be out for a few ours. I wore it for 12 the other day and by the end of the night, I look like a hot mess.

Despite the negatives, I love this foundation. The way it looks in photos.... You just can't beat that for $6!

I do wish it wore longer on me - so I will be testing it with new primers for the next couple weeks - I will keep you guys updated on my Snapchat (themakeupaffair)!


If there are any foundations you'd like me to review, leave a comment and let me know!



Juvia's Place Review & Swatches:


"When you look at your life and feel at peace because of changes you've made, that's recovery."


Hey gorgeous!

Juvia's Place is an indie-makeup brand - gone viral - known for their incredibly bright, pigmented and affordable eyeshadow palettes. They have awesome deals almost constantly! After seeing hundreds of posts on both Instagram and YouTube of rave (and some not-so great) reviews, I had to give them a try! I'm late on the bandwagon but... Better late than never! 

I purchased the bundle of three palettes - the Nubian, Nubian 2 and the Masquerade palettes. I don't believe this bundle is available right now but keep your eyes open and don't ever pay full price! They have different deals daily!


I will start by addressing some of the negative reviews I've seen about broken palettes and bad customer service. Although I can't attest to the customer service, as I thankfully did not need to contact them.. I will say that each palette was individually wrapped in bubble wrap and the entire package was also wrapped in it so they were very secure and safe! The palettes also shipped incredibly quickly and arrived in three days.


Each palette is a thin, bright cardboard packaging. They do not have a mirror.


Nubian Palette ($28):

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This is a small neutrals palette with a mixture of mattes and shimmers.

First Row:

The first shade is an iridescent yellow-toned shade, it's quite unique and I don't think I have anything else like it. It takes a little bit of building up.

The two middle shades in the top row are your transition & blending shades. They feel a little more on the dry side, as do most mattes from Juvia's but they are pretty pigmented and build up well.

The last shadow is a metallic champagne. It's insanely pigmented and almost feels like a cream eyeshadow to the touch.

Second Row:

This row was a surprise. In the palette it doesn't look as pretty as when it's swatched! Each shade is more on the metallic side and they are all very creamy and pigmented.

Row Three:

The last row are your darker browns. They are all quite pigmented! The last shade blends out incredibly well for such a dark shade.


Overall, this is a nice palette. I can't say it beats out my Makeup Geek shadows but they are a nice quality for the price and I've found myself grabbing for it often. There really isn't a shade here that I dislike or that doesn't perform well. They are all pigmented, blendable and long wearing.

Nubian 2 ($30):

Here's where Juvia's palettes start to get fun! You start to see those fun pops of color that Juvia's is known for.

Morocco is a matte orange. It takes a little bit of building up but I prefer shades like this to need to be built up so you don't go overboard too quickly. Although this shade is a crazy bright orange and may be intimidating to most, it's absolutely gorgeous!

Madagascar is like.... a poopy/puke brown. MY FAVORITE! haha if you've followed my IG for a while, you'd know I absolutely love colors like this!

Sheba is a bronze shade, crazy pigmented!

Yaa is.... SO PRETTY!!!! Oh my goodness, It's so metallic and pigmented.

Jezebel is a berry shade. I wish it was more pigmented! It's very dry and takes a lot of building up.

Zuri is a beautiful highlight for the inner corner/brow bone. It's creamy and pigmented. 

Cleopatra is a deep metallic blue. I don't wear blue shades very often but this is beautiful!

Nefertiti is a orange-gold. It's really unique!

Nairobi is a bright metallic yellow with a hint of gold.

Leyla is a very deep purple with some shimmers.

Kenya is a medium brown. It takes some building up to get full pigment.

Egypt surprised me with how pigmented it was. It's SO pretty!



I love this palette. Although the few mattes in here are a little underwhelming, pigment wise (when swatching), they wear surprisingly well on the eyes. Every shade is beautiful!


Masquerade ($35):

This is the most popular palette Juvia's sells. It's crazy bright, fun and colorful and was created with festival makeup in mind!

Now before I get into the eyeshadows, this does come in a small size. These pans are huge and you'd never go through them in a lifetime so if you want to save a little bit of money, the smaller size palette would be a good option! The large palette is $35 and the mini is $28.

For size reference, you can see here just how HUGE the Masquerade Palette is. The mini is similar to the other two in size.

Helloooooo mermaid!!!!! This row is insane!!!! All are metallic.

Chi is a deep ocean blue.

Mali is a light sea-green.

Dalia is a gorgeous blue-turquoise.

Zola is a turquoise, the most metallic out of this row.


Makeda is a bright metallic purple.

Zobo is a cranberry matte. You've need to work with this one.

Calabar is a metallic reddish cranberry.

Bori is a bright pink with gold flecks of glitter. It's a lot more pigmented than I thought it would be!

Giza is a shimmery cream color. I love this for the inner corner!

Burkina is a warm medium brown matte. Amazing for the crease! This one is really nice in pigmentation. Probably the best out of all the matte shades.

Cairo is an orange with a hint of red and gold flecks of glitter.

Ada is a warm red brown matte.

Dahia is a pale gold metallic.

Zulu is a matte warm brown with hints of orange.

Casablanca is a warm bronze and that looks and feels like a pressed pigment. It is insanely pigmented and its really creamy to the touch.

Fulani is a medium matte brown.

There is a reason this is Juvia's most popular palette. It is amazing!!! I absolutely love the bright colors. There isn't a bad shade in the palette. I've created so many different looks with this single palette. It's so worth the price!



I love all three of these palettes. I've been using them almost daily! My next purchase will the the Saharan palette, for sure! Although the mattes aren't the best matte eyeshadows I've ever used, they aren't bad by any means. And the metallic shades are insane. They are SO pigmented and so creamy!

Here is one makeup look I did using all three of these palettes:

Head over to my Instagram to see a video tutorial of this look!

Have you tried anything from Juvia's Place yet? If so, let us know your opinions in the comments below!


Current Favorites - March 2017:


"In life you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare amazing people who remind you why it's worth it."



Hey guys! How long has it been since I've done a favorites post?! Forever, it feels like. And surprisingly, I don't have a ton of products to share.

As many of you who follow my Instagram know, I've begun on the path of starting my own business and that has taken up much of my time - and money... So the makeup splurges are quite few and far between as of late. But these products are ones that I've been really loving so I wanted to share them!

If you are interested in more info on what exactly my business is, I plan to write a blog post all about it soon but in short, I will be back to taking clients! I'm renting a room in a salon and will be doing makeup, eyelash extensions and a bit of waxing. I will put a post up with photos as soon as I get the room 100% finished!

On to the favorites!

If you follow my Instagram, you know that I've been quite into bright eyeshadows lately... So of course it's fitting that I mention Sugarpill. They are the powerhouse of BRIGHT eyeshadows!

The swatches from left to right: Buttercupcake, Love +, Flamepoint, Acidberry, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Kitten Parade, and Candycrush.


I wanted to post a close-up of the two shimmer shades because I feel like the crazy bright mattes are what Sugarpill is known for... And the metallics don't get as much love as they probably should. They are SO FREAKING PRETTY! Kitten Parade is absolutely incredible as a lid shade.

I couldn't say enough about Sugarpill's eyeshadows. The pans are huge, they are crazy pigmented and bright. They blend easily, which can be difficult to find in such bright colors. They are just perfect.

Head over to my Instagram to see my latest posts using these eyeshadows!

Next up is Maybelline's Better Skin pressed powder. I've seen a bunch of positive reviews about it so after shattering yet another Rimmel Stay Matte powder (does that happen to anyone else? EVERY SINGLE ONE!)... I thought it was about time to try a new brand.

The mirror is HUGE! I also like that they include a sponge versus a powder puff.... I never use it but hey, it's nice to have just in case.

I can't even really tell you why I love this powder.... It just works. Nicely. My skin looks more flawless after I use this. And who doesn't want that?! It lasts pretty well over foundation. I do need to touch up at my usual times so I can't say that it holds oils any longer than typical but it's a beautiful powder!

I use the shade 10 - Porcelain.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer..... I won't talk about this much because it's been a favorite of mine for many years but I purchased a new one a month or so ago and fell right back in love with it.

Tarte's Shape Tape is phenomenal and I wanted to include that one as well but I find it very drying under my eyes.... And MAC's concealer has the closest amount of pigmentation but is a bit more hydrating so I've actually been grabbing for it more than my Tarte concealer!

I use the shade NC15.

... It's just one of those oldie but goodies that I will forever love.

Next up is.... Soap brows!!!! Have you tried this yet?!

There are tons of videos using this technique now but I will link the originator - Pixiwoo!

Essentially, you are wetting your spoolie with either water or fix plus and working some soap into the brush and then combing through your brows. Whether before applying product or after, it works both ways. I also love using this on days when I'm not wearing any makeup to get my brows in the shape that I want them. They stay put all day and I love using soap more so than any brow gel!

I know it sounds weird, but give it a try! The soap I use is from Amazon - the trick is finding a soap that is totally clear and doesn't leave a film over your brows. These from Amazon don't and they come in a three pack.

Anastasia's Liquid Lipsticks..... Another favorite I've mentioned before but I just can't get enough of them. I literally want to own every single shade. They are one of my favorite formulas. And I know that liquid lip formulas are so individualized and everyone has preferences but these are wonderful, in my opinion.

They are super pigmented, they don't dry my lips out too much or feel uncomfortable. They wear remarkably well and.... I just love them!

From left to right: Pure Hollywood, Naked, Catnip, Vamp and Requiem.

A little bonus random favorite... My Erin Condren Life Planner. I know... I know. I didn't ever want to get on the planner bandwagon but this planner is so freaking good. It's perfect for what I need!

I will include my referral link here - you will get $10 off your purchase. These are pricey planners but she ALWAYS has deals and coupons so don't ever pay full price! If you'd like a post more dedicated to planning, let me know in the comments below!

I didn't think I would enjoy using a planner this much but my memory is terrible and it has helped me to remember things so much better! The physical act of taking the time to write things down is definitely a game changer for me.

So those are my current favorites! What are some things you are loving?! Let us know in the comments below!



Suva Beauty Hydra Liners - Review & Swatches:

"Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone things."

- Christina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

Hey darlings! I'm finally back with a review and this one has been a long time coming!

Suva Beauty is a newer brand to the industry but man, did it hit HARD! It seemed like they became an overnight sensation on instagram and it's for good reason... They are incredible! From eyeshadows and cream bases to these Hydra Liners, they kick ass.

To test out the Hydra Liners, I only picked up a few shades and after using them for months... I can tell you that I will soon own every single shade... And probably an extra of each shade for my makeup kit!

These are $11 each and come in a few different "finishes" - UV, Chrome and Matte. The UV's are neon BRIGHT! The Chromes are metallics and the mattes... Well, those speak for themselves.

I picked up 5 shades, three UV and two mattes:

They come in clear jars. I love the packaging, it's simple and easy to see which shade you are grabbing.

Sea Nymph is one of my favorites. It's a matte - so gorgeous and pigmented!

Fanny Pack is one of the UV shades. It's a fun bright neon green!

Dance Party is a UV yellow... This one and the next are hard to photograph because they are SO neon! My camera struggled focusing on them.

Acid Trip is a UV orange. It's so bright and gorgeous! I've loved creating looks with this one.

Cherry Bomb is a matte blood red.

Here are the swatches! Aren't they stunning?!!

I will say there is a definite learning curve when it comes to using these. They are unlike most products. You need to add water or a setting spray to activate the product and turn it into liquid liner. It's easy to use too much (or too little) so it just takes some practice. I prefer to use a setting spray or MAC Fix + rather than water because I find that it lasts much longer! They wear all day long and don't smudge. I love them!!!

Here are some photos of looks I've done using these:

Here is a video of each shade swatched!


I highly recommend these liners. They are so beautiful and you can create some amazing creative looks with them! I plan to do some water color looks soon.

Love you guys!



Showing some Etsy love - JazzyGlitter:

Your importance is endless.


Hello my darlings! Today I wanted to bring focus to a store on Etsy that I bumped into (while spending entirely too much time browsing) and fell in love with.



JazzyGlitter is a shop with countless festival gems and glitters of all different varieties from color to shape/size. What really pulled me in was that these were different. Not the typical craft store glitter you find on most websites. I purchased  13 glitters and it took a lot of self control not to pick up the rest!


Midnight - black glitters in a few different sizes with a holographic shine, they pull green, red, yellow, blue - any color - you name it. This glitter is SO much more than a basic black! 

Twilight - a pretty multidimensional blue/purple glitter.

Barbie - exactly what you'd picture it to be! A vibrant pink glitter with beautiful iridescence.

Mermaid Mist - One of my favorites, I love the chunkier glitters and this one is SO stunning!! Mainly blue but with an insane iridescence.

Snow angel - a pretty white glitter with purple, red, pink and an almost green shine. This one is super unique!

Sorcery - This shade is insane! It doesn't look like much in the packaging until you start to move it around and see all it has to offer. Gold and blues but then green, turquoise, orange, gold, red... It's crazy beautiful.

Autumn Haze - This is another that doesn't look like much in the jar but it's very pretty. More subtle than the other glitters but nonetheless beautiful.

Cleopatra Gold - a very yellow gold, reflects of orange and red and green. I love this one for smokey eyes or even a basic neutral eye. On the inner corner, it's to die for!

Enchanted Elf - another chunky glitter! A base of green but with turquoise, white and blue hints.

Epiphany - a beautiful coral with pinks and golds.

Heavenly - another fitting name. A clear/white chunky glitter with holographic and iridescence. This would be perfect for a cool, snowy look!

Princess - a purple/pink glitter.

Unicorn Tears - this glitter is.... amazing! Ya'll already know I'm planning a crazy warm orange/red eye with this one! 

I love these glitters! Not only are they beautiful and unique but the price is right. Ranging from $3 to $5, you can also purchase sets of multiples! They shipped and arrived quickly despite coming from the UK.

Here are some looks I've done with these glitters so far:






Cleopatra Gold.






Enchanted Elf.



Check out JazzyGlitter! They are phenomenal! 

What are your favorite glitters? Let us know in the comments below!


Coloured Raine - Matte Lip Paints - Review & Swatches:

"I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they need constant attention and one day I decided I had better things to do."

- Brian Andreas

Hey all! Liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite makeup products. I wear them 99% of the time that I have makeup on and I almost never wear regular lipstick anymore. I've tried countless formulas from tons of brands and although everyone does have a preference when it comes to them, I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't.

With that being said, I will begin by saying this is a negative review. We all have our preferences so if you enjoy these liquid lipsticks, please do not take offense. I tried these every single way possible and they were terrible each time - for me. Before I get into the formula and why I dislike them so much, let's take a look at each shade...

Coloured Raine is a brand I discovered on Instagram after seeing tons of influencers wearing their liquid lipsticks... Every shade is, without a doubt, beautiful and unique; I swooned over nearly every color so when they had a Black Friday sale, I jumped at the chance to pick some up. I ordered 5 shades:

The left swatches are built up for more opacity while the small right swatch is one swipe of the applicator.



On the website, "Metallic champagne liquid lip paint that dries matte leaving your lips vibrant for hours. Won't budge a bit unless oil based product is used for removal."

I've been searching for a metallic shade like this so it was the first shade I tried on when I received these... First impression, the fragrance is strong-ish and my lips tingled a little - I'm extremely sensitive so right off the bat, I knew I probably wouldn't be able to wear this often. It is the only shade I purchased with a scent.

I applied a very thin layer and after a few minutes, rubbed my lips together to see how it felt and immediately it started flaking off on itself. The entire center of my lips was flaked off and removed. I tried again, waiting until it was fully dry before moving my lips at all and it continued to flake.



Raine Fever:


"Dark amethyst with purple undertones."

This shade is patchy, uncomfortable and wears off quickly.







"Dark rouge with purple undertones."


This shade looks near identical to Raine Fever. On the website they look different. The formula is close to Raine Fever in that it's pretty streaky  and wears off quickly but I'd say that this one takes more layering for opaque coverage.



As you can see, they are quite similar and on the lips you can't really tell the difference.






This shade is gorgeous but feels chalky and flakes off in the center within an hour or so of wear.






"Dark chocolate with subtle cherry tones."


This is my most liked shade out of the bunch, however it feels very uncomfortable on the lips and needs some layering for full opacity. It wears off the center of the lips within a few hours whether you eat/drink or not.




Here is a photo of Tootsie after two hours of wear. There is a shine to my lips because I had just started adding vaseline to remove it before I remembered I needed to take a photo. Some of you who follow my snapchat (themakeupaffair) may have seen it while I ranted about how it broke down on my lips super quickly. I was not eating nor drinking, simply taking photos for a makeup look and it was flaking and crumbling off after an hour.

The formula...

Trouble shooting - Trial and error, in an attempt to get a better application and wear.. No balm underneath, adding a balm underneath, lip liner, no lip liner, thin layers, thicker layers - I have tried literally every way possible and they all ended with the same result.

It definitely varies depending on the shade, as does the packaging which was a red flag for me from the beginning. It seems each shade is from a totally different batch!

As I've said, liquid lipsticks are my favorite so I don't think that I'm in any way, shape or form very picky when it comes to formulas. Sure, I have my favorites but I'm not one to be easily put off by texture/dryness, etc.... These are bad. And for $17..... Absolutely not!



My other complaint is the return policy is only 7 days... So by the time you receive them and are able to test them, you no longer have the time to return them for a refund.


I wanted to badly to love these... I'm extremely disappointed!! My only guess is that all the rave reviews on Instagram that introduced me to this line were bloggers and artists who have had these sent to them. 

I really, really dislike giving negative reviews but you guys know I will always be totally honest with you. I'll be trying to utilize them as eyeliners or otherwise give them to a friend.

Have you tried these lippies from Coloured Raine? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!


Glowing Skin For Textured/Acne Prone Skin:

"Find what you're afraid of most and go live there."

- Chuck Palahniuk

Hey loves!

Today's focus is a quick how-to on creating a glow to the skin without using highlighters!


We've all seen the dramatically highlighted women on Instagram. Glowing to the Gods. Love it or hate it, a "glow" can be absolutely beautiful and make you look more awake and youthful. But many of us don't want to go that dramatic - and more importantly for this blog post, most of us can't.

Highlighters can accentuate any texture on your skin like crazy and for those of us with texture, acne, and/or fine lines, we don't want ANY of that accentuated.

The trick? ......... Beauty oils! 

The oils I use the most often are Boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil or just plain Jojoba Oil (more affordable option) but there are hundreds to choose from on the market.

There are three ways I add oils into my makeup routine - During my skincare routine, before applying makeup, mixed in with my foundation as well as after applying all creams/liquids (before any powders).

Mixing with foundation:


I prefer liquid foundations and I always mix it on the back of my hand prior to applying. I find that this warms up the product a bit and helps give you a smooth application. Mix two to three drops of your oil to the foundation before applying.

This gives a luminous glow to the foundation. Dependent on the foundation and oil, it may lessen the coverage slightly so I always like to try different brands to see which mix is my favorite.



Not only does this give you a glow but if you are oily to combination, it may help improve the longevity of your foundation! When you add oil to the skin, it doesn't feel the need to produce as it normally would throughout the day so I typically find that my foundation doesn't break up as quickly as it usually would!

My favorite way to get an added glow is applying the oil over top of my foundation and concealer. This technique doesn't work with every foundation, some do get broken down by the oil and you'll find spaces that almost lift off of your skin but when you find one that works? Ohhhh, it is beautiful!

I apply about two or three drops to my damp Real Technique Sponge (beauty blender, drugstore sponge, whatever you want to use!) and dab the oil into the areas of my face that I want an extra glow.

Using an oil will give your skin a natural looking glow instead of using glittery/shimmer highlighters that will enhance the look of texture on the skin! Truly, I love doing this!

If you are nervous about using oils, check out my previous blog post! Never fear! Oils are your friend. :) 

Give it a try and tell me what you think in the comments below!


Melt Cosmetics - Dark Matter & Rust Eyeshadow Stacks:


"Just don't give up on me, on people, on yourself. I know people fill your holes with disappointments, but there's so much hope left to go around. Please do not throw yourself to the wild and let the wolves hunt you down. You were born a creature to be feared, to be valued, to be loved; not to be thrown away as if your parents raised you to be disposable. Trust me, you weren't brought to this planet to leave empty handed. You were meant to touch, to love, and to fight; to bring walls down, to repair your armor, and build your own castle. Life didn't teach you how to survive just so you can give up when it gets a little harder."

- Ming D. Liu, Stories I'll tell one day #81


Hello my darlings! Today's review is very exciting for me. Melt Cosmetics has been a brand that I've swooned over for a while now but never let myself splurge... After hearing one of my students (Hey Carla!!!) rave about the Dark Matter stack, I knew I had to get it. I've had it for months now and when they released the Rust stack, it was over. Another hole in my heart until I had it in my hands. These palettes - color wise - are so ME! Saying that I love warm, rusty tones would be an understatement. So I figured I'd include both in this review! Grab a drink and snack because it's going to be a long one!! I hope you all enjoy :)

For those of you unfamiliar with Melt Cosmetics, these eyeshadow palettes are magnetic circles that stack together. I absolutely love the packaging and find it so fun and creative. They don't take up a lot of room and easily fit in my vanity drawers so I appreciate that so much.

Another huge plus is that the eyeshadow pans are HUGE! With the Dark Matter stack, you get 3.57g of product total and Rust, 2.96 g... It bums me out a bit that you get less in one but I'm assuming it's because you are getting an extra eyeshadow in the Rust Stack.


Let's start with Dark Matter first:

My reviews on this stack are a bit mixed. You will see the swatch differences between this stack and the Rust shadows... I found that these eyeshadows were more on the dry side. Enigma (the red shade) more than all of the others. With that being said, I still very much love these shadows and find that they are very pigmented and blendable.

This stack comes with 4 eyeshadows - all matte - and retails for $48:



Blurr is the first and lightest shade. It's the perfect transition shade. Think - Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie - it's very similar to that! 



Unseen is the second and is sort of like a step deeper and warmer than Blurr. Unseen is an amazing shade for the crease. I love using this to warm up any eyeshadow looks while bringing a little bit of depth.


Enigma is the next shade and the one that I was the most excited about in this stack. As I've said it feels very dry to the touch and doesn't give that smooth, creamy feel that many loved eyeshadows do. I'm not sure if I just got an off formula or if they are all dry like this - if you own it, please leave a comment below and let me know how yours is! But I still really love this eyeshadow. It takes some building up for full pigment but overall, it's gorgeous.


The last eyeshadow is Dark Matter, a deep black. It's also a little dry but beautiful and very pigmented.



You'll see a big difference between these swatches and the Rust stack. I think the dryness comes through on these swatches. They are good but I do wish they were smooth and creamier.


Alright, the star of the show is the Rust Stack. Truly. This became my favorite eyeshadow palette within the first use. It is absolute perfection. From shades to formula, pigmentation to blend-ability. It. Is. Perfect!!!!

This stack comes with 5 eyeshadows - all matte - and retails for $58.

The first eyeshadow is Classic. A warm-ish yellow. I love using this as a base, to set my eyeshadow primer/base, and as a highlight shade. I usually prefer shimmer highlight shades for my inner corner and brow bone, even for the lid, but this gives a subtle highlight and it's really nice.




Next is Antique, a beautiful peach. Amazing for a transition shade!!! 



Rubbish... This shade may scare some, it's a mustardy brown. I'm obsessed! It reminds me so much of Bobbi Brown's Camel, another one of my favorites. I love those weird yellow/brown/dirty-ish looking eyeshadows! 


Rust is the next shade and when I first got this, I thought that Rubbish would be my favorite but the second I applied this to my eyes... I think I squealed out loud. If you guys had seen me apply this stack for the first time you would have either thought I was hilarious or crazy.... Maybe both... It's warm and buttery, it blends like a DREAM. I have no words for how beautiful this shade is!!! 


The last shade is Rott, a deep brown. It doesn't look like much in the pan but it totally completes this stack! Pigmentation is insane and it also blends super easily.



These eyeshadows are amazing. This is what I was expecting from a Melt Cosmetics stack. Buttery, creamy, pigmented and honestly, this stack made blending easy. You always hear people say that about eyeshadows but this is truly the first eyeshadows that I can say that with. Obsessed isn't a strong enough word for how I feel about this palette. I love it so much.


I love both of these palettes. It easy to see which is my favorite out of the two but I plan to purchase every other Melt stack, that's for sure. 

Here are a few makeup looks I've done using Dark Matter and Rust:



Dark Matter



I hope you all found this review helpful! Have you tried any products from Melt? Let us know in the comments below! What are your favorites? Any hate-its?!


Sephora Haul 2016:

“I used to have faith in fate, believed it would some day be us if I played the cards right, or if I tried hard enough to be someone worth searching for.

Then one afternoon, I sat there alone with a pen in my hand and bleakness in my heart, and the thoughts of you stopped providing comfort.

"You weren't elixir, but the plague I tried to avoid,” I said.“

I wish I could speak to myself a few years ago. I’d tell her to stop wishing on every 11:11 for a love so futile, to let go of someone who made her lose sight of her constellations and allowed her to see herself as a city night without stars.

I’d tell her that she was the universe he would never be a part of, and that will be one of the best things she’ll ever have."

- Ming D. Liu, Stories I'll never tell #135

Hello beauties! I placed an order to Sephora a few weeks ago and have been testing out all of the products I purchased so I thought it would be fun to do a haul and include little mini reviews of each.

I'll skip over the Caudalie Beauty Elixir because I've already done a review on that! Check it out here.


Next I picked up the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer ($45): I've loved this brand for years and have mentioned other products in previous posts.

I was curious to try this because my skin usually reacts well to glycolic acid, and well.... This brand just always pulls me in. I haven't been using it daily because it's pretty strong so I try to use it every other day. I can't say whether I like this or not yet... I'm not sure. I'll need to use it for a few months to really come up with a for sure answer.



The other skincare product I picked up.... 

Sunday Riley's Power Couple Duo ($85):

I've been absolutely dying to try both of these products from Sunday Riley and when I saw they had both in a nice sized kit, I just had to snag it! It contains the Luna Oil and Good Genes. Both are great sizes for a kit. Luna and Good Genes are 1 oz in the full size and in the kit, both are .5oz.. That may not sound like a lot but these will easily last you a few months! I'm so glad they made them large enough to really get a feel for them. Skincare products need to be used for at least a few months before you can really start to see changes (most of the time) so this is awesome! These both cost $105 for the full size so the price is on point too!

The Luna Oil is for use only at night and I've kept my Good Genes uses to night only as well. Apply Luna first and let that sit for about 5 minutes before applying Good Genes.... Let me tell you, I saw a difference in my skin within the first week of using these. I don't know if they put baby unicorn tears in here or what but I'm obsessed! My skin has been glowing. I've noticed so many more "good skin days" since adding this to my regimen and although they are both extremely expensive, I definitely plan on buying the full size of both.

This kit is an incredible deal!! 


I picked up the travel size of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light ($24):

I wasn't sure if this would look good on my skin tone or not so I thought the travel size was a much better option than dropping $50 on something I may dislike. It's .5oz of product and would probably last a very long time - I wish all companies sold travel sizes like this!


They have one other shade in this range and this is the lightest. It has definitely specks of glitter and it's quite warm. It's not a shade you'd want to use for contouring but it gives you quite the bronze. It's so much more pigmented than it seems! 




I'm a little too pale for this right now so I'll be saving this for when I get a bit more of a tan. It's beautiful though and adds a natural looking bronzy glow to the skin. It lasts all day and didn't fade after 7 hours of wear. 


Lastly, I went a little crazy in the Anastasia section of Sephora.. I already own the liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood and love it so I was anxious to try a few other shades. I also picked up two of the lip glosses. I want to get the Modern Renaissance palette but it has been sold out so that will be the next purchase hopefully!

I picked up three shades of liquid lipsticks ($20):

From left to right: Naked, Catnip & Vamp.

I absolutely LOVE all three shades. They are super pigmented and long wearing. I'm not very picky when it comes to liquid lipsticks, I love almost every one I try but this formula is one of the best in my opinion.



Naked is a great nude shade for my pale beauties, especially those with yellow/olive undertones who have a hard time finding pale nudes that look "natural" on them. Sorry, the only photo I have wearing this one so far is a crappy Snapchat picture. I love doing a slight ombre with a darker lip liner.





Catnip is a bright, vibrant pink and although I don't wear pink lip colors very often, I grab for this one a lot!

My only complaint with this one, an error in packaging: the sifter is not working properly and way too much product comes out with each application. I could have sent it back for a replacement but I hate doing that so I just try to scrape the product back into the tube before application.




Vamp is hands down one of my favorite lipsticks I own. It pulls very dark on me once it dries completely and looks more brown than red but it's so unique and it's incredible for fall! 



Last but not least, the lip glosses! Unfortunately I don't have photos wearing these yet but let me know if you'd like to see them on! ($16):

Undressed is on the left and Gilded on the right.

Undressed is a beautiful peachy nude and Gilded is a gorgeous gold metallic!

These are the most pigmented glosses I've ever used! They are slightly sticky but not too bad and pretty long-wearing for a gloss. I plan to purchase more shades for sure! 


So there's my haul! I hope you enjoyed it!

I recently placed an order to Forever 21 for some clothes so if you'd like to see that haul as well, let me know! As always, leave any post requests you'd like to see in the comments below!

Love you all.


Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

"You are not a simple work of art. You are the entire museum."

- Ming D. Liu


Hey lovers!

Today’s review is of Milani’s new(ish) Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation. They say this has both foundation and concealer in one.

The other claims:

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Lightweight & oil-free
  • Longwearing
  • Water resistant
  • Sweat-proof

I’m using the shade 01 Creamy Vanilla. This shade is the lightest in the range and I can tell you right now that the shade range sucks. I don’t know when these companies will realize that there are SO many more skin tones and undertones in the world. Needless to say, I almost always have to mix foundations and this one is no exception.


Alright so let’s start with the packaging, it’s nice. I like the ombre black to glass packaging and it has a pump so I’m all smiles on that one. You get 1 ounce of product which is pretty typical for liquid foundations.

My other complaint/confusion other than the shade selection is that on the site it says that this shade is for fair skin with cool undertones…. I’m sure you will see in the swatch below that it is VERY yellow…. Which should mean it’s targeted more for warm tones…. So this will definitely confuse most while shopping online for the correct shade. It looks very pink in the photo on the website. So I’m not sure what’s going on there. (I purchased mine at my local CVS.)


This foundation is $9.99 in most stores and varies in price online.

I’ve been absolutely loving this foundation. As I’ve said, I have to mix it with others to get a better match so that’s where things with my review go a little bit sideways.


The foundation itself is on the thicker side of a liquid foundation, it’s not very runny. The coverage is great, I agree with the claims of medium to full. It layers very well so if it doesn’t cover things initially, let that first layer dry and apply more in the areas you need it and it builds up beautifully.

My skin type is normal to combination and with just this foundation by itself, I can wear it for maybe 5 hours before it starts breaking down on my skin and looking not so cute. 


However, what I have been doing is mixing it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear for a better match and to improve the longevity and the two together are the dream team! The finish is stunning. Full coverage for sure, ya’ll know I go big or go home when it comes to coverage. I’m not a light coverage person. Either I’m wearing full coverage or I’m going bare-faced. 

Flawless foundation routine

My routine for the past two weeks has been mixing this and Double Wear on the back of my hand, letting it warm up a bit and applying with a Real Techniques Sponge (it also applies nicely with a brush). I apply one thin layer, letting it dry. Spritzing my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (see review here), letting that dry and then applying the second layer. I spray my face at the very end of applying all makeup to finish it off and it looks absolutely perfect. I’m obsessed with this combination! 

So anyways, I’ve really been enjoying this. I've noticed many more "good" skin days since I have been wearing this. I definitely prefer the mix more so than the foundation on it’s own but either way, I’d say give it a try.

I’m not sure how this would be for dry skin types; I could see it clinging to dry patches considering the formula so maybe try it and keep your receipt to return if it doesn’t work for you. Most stores are fantastic with makeup returns. 

If you don’t want something full coverage, it also mixes nicely with oils or moisturizers to thin out the coverage. Moral of the story is…. She plays well with others. Which is a win in my book. I’m the queen of mixing products, I swear. I need to just start my own damn makeup line! :)


Have you tried this foundation yet?! What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!




Caudalie Beauty Elixir

"No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell."

- Carl Jung

Hey loves! Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a product that has been the topic of some conversation lately in the beauty community and after hearing so many good reviews (and some bad), I had to try it for myself.

This is a toning mist made for all skin types - except dry. The claims:

  • Sets makeup
  • Provides an instant boost of radiance
  • Tightens the appearance of pores
  • Solution for: Dullness/uneven texture, pores and dryness


On Sephora’s website,Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary's famous elixir of youth, Beauty Elixir is formulated with grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to provide an immediate burst of radiance. The complexion treatment reduces dullness and is infused with toning rosemary, astringent mint, and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. 


Beloved by celebrities and makeup artists worldwide, the Beauty Elixir is the ideal priming base and setting spray between layers of makeup for a long-lasting and smooth finish. Perfect as an aftershave for men, the formula contains essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. The therapeutic scent is invigorating throughout the day and can be used mid-day at the office for an instant pick-me-up and in the evening to refresh your makeup so that it looks like you had just applied it.”


Man, do they know how to talk up a product! I’m sure you can see now why I was so curious :) 


As always, we’ll start with the packaging:

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Review

Beautiful! I love the frosted glass, it has a nice feel to it. Heavy and sturdy. 

The mist is absolutely perfect. Not too much, not too little. It doesn't leave splatter of product on your freshly applied makeup, which I am so appreciative of.

One complaint, the scent is strong. More so than I expected and I’ve never been one to be put off by fragrance in products. It’s not terrible, very spa-like but super intense. So if you aren’t a fan of strong scents in your products, this may be one that you want to avoid. Or try it in store to see if you’d like it.


The claims? Some I agree with, others not so much. But let’s talk about the ingredients first because that will tie in with some of my opinion.

  • Water - The most abundant ingredient in this product. Pretty typical for toners like this.
  • Alcohol - Ahhh, why must companies do this! Alcohol on your skin is extremely drying and overall just BAD.
  • Bitter Orange Flower Water - An ingredient commonly used in skincare, soaps, shampoos, etc. Used as a skin-conditioning agent as well as for fragrance. The methanol content can make this irritating to the skin.
  • Fragrance - Another additive that I wish companies would omit. As I’ve said, the fragrance is extremely strong in this product. And fragrance is a known irritant for many skin types.
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil - Antioxidant and antimicrobial. Also used for fragrance.
  • Potassium Alum - An astringent used for tightening or tingling sensation.

These are only some of the ingredients, overall I can’t say that this is a product that would improve your skin over time at all but can provide some of those claims above, but also beware of the alcohol and fragrance that could cause irritation for more sensitive skin types.

My routine, as mentioned in the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation review (coming soon!) - I like to apply a thin layer of foundation and let it dry, follow with misting my face with this Elixir and once that dries, applying one more thin layer of foundation for extra coverage where needed. At the end of my makeup, I finalize with another mist of this product.


I’ve been enjoying this. I wasn’t expecting much; I try to go into every review with a clean slate and no expectations, regardless of what reviews I’ve heard. I definitely have been loving my makeup more than I usually do. I agree that it sets makeup well - does it provide any additional longevity? Nah. I wouldn’t say that. But it does leave a beautiful finish and can be used the same way you’d use a Mac Fix+ type product. It tones down any powderiness and gives a more natural glow to the skin. Which leads me to also agree that it gives a boost of radiance. Absolutely.

Does it tighten pores? Nope. I don’t feel or see any tightening whatsoever but I’d say that with just about any product with a claim like that. Most don't.

I also don’t agree to it being a solution for texture… It’s the esthetician in me when I say texture is texture and no makeup product on the planet can tone that down. But it does help with dullness, again due to the radiance it gives.


Overall, I’ve been loving this. Do I think it’s worth the hefty $49 price tag? No. Would I repurchase…..…… Okay, maybe. :)

Have you tried this yet? If so, leave your opinions in the comments below and leave any recommendations for other finishing sprays you love!


Liquid Lipstick as Eyeliner?!

"Your heart is the light of the world. Don't cover it with your mind."

- Mooji

Hello beauties! How are you?

I love finding multiple uses for products. Blushes and bronzers for eyeshadows, gel liner as brow pomades, etc... My newest love is using liquid lipsticks as eyeliners! The formulas make it so easy to apply, super long lasting and totally smudge-proof! It's also a perfect alternative to those shades you own that may not have looked the best on you. Try it on the eyes and I bet you'll love it!

Lolita as an eyeliner makeup look with makeup geek

I used Kat Von D's Lolita as an example because a lot of people purchased the 2nd edition (it was a bad batch) and find that it does not go with their skin tone.

Kat Von D's Lolita as eyeliner

It's a more subtle look than using a black liner, which I love. This is an awesome way to incorporate fun colors into your look without it being super dramatic.... Try a brighter, more vibrant lippie for that drama!


Lolita packaging

So here is Lolita, keep in mind that there are other formulations of this so yours may look different than mine. This one was a bad batch and they are now selling the shade that it should be. You can use any liquid lipstick! If you'd like to see more looks using another shade, let me know! :)

Lolita swatch

I like to apply it to the back of my hand and then dip my brush in it. If you will be applying this to someone else or a client, make sure you put it on a palette to stay sanitary!

Brush for eyeliner

The brush I absolutely LOVE to use for applying eyeliner is the Morphe M160 -1/16. I get the perfect liner/wing every single time! Use whatever your favorite liner brush is and apply as you would any other liner.


Apply quickly because liquid lipsticks tends to dry and set much faster than a gel liner would but once it's on, it STAYS and looks vibrant all day long.

If you try this out, tag me in your pictures and hashtag #themakeupaffair! I would love to see your work! <3

What are your favorite multi-use products? Let us know in the comments below!!

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Life Update and Makeup Looks of the Week!

"To be brave, by definition, one has first to be afraid."

- Robert Harris

Hello my beauties!! I'm sorry I've been so MIA on here. Life has just gotten in the way, as it tends to do so I thought I'd hop on here and fill you in on what's been going on with me and also start a new series type thing that I'm going to be doing where I share my makeup looks for the week! I'm the most active on Instagram and that is where I post my makeup looks but I know not all of you have an account so hopefully you'll enjoy these!

Hmmm where to start?


If you follow any of my social media accounts, you've probably seen my debate on whether to invest in a new camera or not.. I've had a Canon Rebel T3i for the past year or so and it's fantastic.. But there were a few features that I've been wanting that this camera just doesn't have... Autofocus during filming for example.... The goal is to eventually, when I get brave enough, start YouTube. So I finally bit the bullet and invested in a beautiful new baby!

Sony a5100

The Sony a5100! Isn't she purdy?! The quality this gives makeup photography is phenomenal, it's very true to color and the flash is actually useable - and amazing. I am loving this camera and although it will take me some time to master how to use it and all the settings, I can't wait to provide better photos and soon, videos!


Next up, and the biggest news as of late..... A new job! I started training yesterday, I will be the part-time esthetics educator at the beauty school I graduated from! I am so excited but very nervous and there is SO much to learn! I am so thankful that it is part time so I can still dedicate days to TMUA. Being able to do it all at once is such a blessing!


So those are pretty much the biggest and most important things I wanted to share with you guys. I'm going to try to be much more consistent with my posts, I've been very uninspired lately so I hope that it will get better and please, if you'd like to see anything specific; whether it be reviews, makeup looks, diy's, favorites, etc... Let me know!


Makeup of the week!

I skipped wearing makeup for quite a few days this week. I've had cystic/hormonal acne lately and I wanted to let my skin breathe as much as possible!

Benefit Hoola in the CreaseMy easy, super quick go-to look as of late has been utilizing Benefit's Hoola bronzer as both a bronzer/contour shade and an eyeshadow! Throw this in the crease alone or paired with other shadows and it is so blendable and beautiful! This isn't the best photo of it but this is usually what I throw on days when I'll be staying at my boyfriends and don't want to bring ridiculous amounts of makeup with me.

My go-to, nearly every single day lip has been using ColourPop's Bound lip pencil with Wet N Wild's Bare It All matte lipstick. Sometimes I'll throw on a nude gloss but this is my current favorite nude lip and it goes with absolutely everything!


Easy makeup look 1

Another favorite easy, fast but beautiful look of mine! Throw a quick blending/transition shade in the crease, apply winged liner and lashes. Brows, bronzer and blush and then a fun pop of color on the lips!

My lips in this photo is a mixture of MAC's whirl lipstick with Amorous, another absolutely stunning lipstick from MAC.

easy makeup look 2

If you know you'll be out all day, pack black eyeshadow on your liner to keep it lasting all day long! And if you're wearing lashes, don't forget to bring the glue with you just in case one of the corners starts to lift up! That's the worst.


Makeup Geek makeup look 1Ending the week off, I just had to go at least a little glam! But this is also super easy to do! Can you see a trend here? It was one of those months where I was busy but also uninspired so I didn't want/couldn't put a ton of time into creative looks. Simple but pretty, that's been the goal.

A little more dramatic contouring with Benefit's Hoola, a gorgeous nude lip using that Bound lip pencil again with Motive's Flesh Lipstick.Makeup Geek Makeup Look 2 For the eyes, I used all Makeup Geek eyeshadows and that inner corner glitter is a random one I found in one of my makeup drawers! I'm pretty sure it's an old craft glitter, which I wouldn't recommend using on the eyes so if you can invest in some cosmetic glitters, I'd highly suggest that! Lit Cosmetics has GORGEOUS ones!

I used Peach Smoothie as a transition and blending shade. Cupcake in the crease and Bitten in the outer corner! Maybelline's Gel Liner and then go in with Bitten on the lower lash line and blend it out with Cupcake! So easy!


I hope you all have been doing well! Thank you for your patience, it's been quite a transition lately with so many things going on at once - thankfully AMAZING things - I am so blessed and I love you all so much! Let me know what posts you'd like to see in the comments below or on any of my social media! xoxo.

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Morphe Brushes Haul and Review:

"Look at the moon tonight. It's bright and filled with craters and imperfections but it's the master of the seas, the illuminator of the night, it brings comfort and burden, just like you who's having a dull moment. You're the moon in an empty space."

Hey beauties! I recently ordered a bunch of brushes from Morphe Brushes (I haven't tried their shadows yet but I plan to in the future) - I am constantly on the hunt for nice brushes at an affordable price! You can purchase Morphe brushes in kits or separately and I always prefer to purchase each brush separately because the quality is usually better in my opinion. I've purchased kits from other brands and they just never seem to be made as well.

There are a bunch of different brush lines and price ranges. So I picked up 12 in a few different styles to test out the quality in every price range.

Morphe Brushes & Blinking Beaute Haul
Morphe Brushes & Blinking Beaute Haul

I also picked up a pair of lashes from Blinking Beaute; if you'd like a review, let me know!

Morphe Brushes Review
Morphe Brushes Review

These brushes range from $1.99-$11.98!


Morphe Brush 1 - M160 -1:16
Morphe Brush 1 - M160 -1:16

The M160-1/16 Angled Taklon Liner brush ($1.99) - This brush comes in a few different sizes. The 1/16th size is the smallest and is perfect for lining the eyes and creating a wing. It is synthetic so it's awesome for gel liner!

Morphe Brush 2 - M160 -1:16
Morphe Brush 2 - M160 -1:16

I don't know how they only sell this for $1.99!! The quality is fantastic. It doesn't shed and it feels better than my higher end brushes.

Morphe Brush 3 - M160 -1:16
Morphe Brush 3 - M160 -1:16

I have always struggled to find the perfect liner brush. This became my favorite within one use. It makes applying liner so easy, especially for my fellow small-eyed beauties. I have a hard time finding brushes small enough; my liner ends up way too thick with most brushes and with this, you can create a line as thin or as thick as you want. It doesn't fray out at all and keeps it's shape throughout the entire application process. I need to buy a ton of these.


Morphe Brushes 1 - G29 Angled Liner
Morphe Brushes 1 - G29 Angled Liner

G29 Angled Liner ($4.95) - Another angled brush, this one is also synthetic and a little bit thicker than the previous brush.

Morphe Brushes 2 - G29 Angled Liner
Morphe Brushes 2 - G29 Angled Liner

This can be used for liner, smoking out/smudging liner and shadows or even for the brows. The quality is great! No shedding or fraying.


Morphe Brushes 1 - BK20
Morphe Brushes 1 - BK20

BK20 Angle Brow ($1.99) - On the packaging, this brush says B20 but on the site it's BK20 so if you're looking for it and can't find it, try the other name. This is the only brush I don't like and wonder why I purchased it to begin with. It's a boar fur and I have other angled brushes like this that I despise so I have NO clue why I got this... Maybe I meant to put something else in my cart.

Morphe Brushes 2 - BK20
Morphe Brushes 2 - BK20

These are so thick and rough feeling. I'm sure some people like using these but I just don't get it.

Morphe Brushes 3 - BK20
Morphe Brushes 3 - BK20

If you have thicker, full brows and need a brush to just lightly fill them in, this may work for you but mine are too thin to even attempt using this. I've tried using it for smudging liner/shadow but it's so rough that it hurt my eyes. I'll probably keep this for when I'm doing more special effects type makeup.


Morphe Brushes 1 - B75 Flat Liner
Morphe Brushes 1 - B75 Flat Liner

B75 Flat Liner ($2.99) - I wanted a flat liner brush for smudging/smoking out my liner and shadows, especially on the lower lash line. This is made really well, no shedding and it's firm but has enough give to smoke and blend out product with ease. This gets right under the bottom lashes really nicely.

Morphe Brushes 2 - B75 Flat Liner
Morphe Brushes 2 - B75 Flat Liner

You could also use this to carve out your brows using concealer!


Morphe Brushes 1 - BK19 Mini Oval Taklon
Morphe Brushes 1 - BK19 Mini Oval Taklon

BK19 Mini Oval Taklon ($1.99) - Another that says B on the brush but shows up as BK on the website. This is a synthetic lip brush.

Morphe Brushes 2 - BK19 Mini Oval Taklon
Morphe Brushes 2 - BK19 Mini Oval Taklon

Great quality and very dense so you can apply a nice amount of product quickly.


Morphe Brushes 1 - M562 Tiny Crease Blender
Morphe Brushes 1 - M562 Tiny Crease Blender

M562 Tiny Crease Blender ($3.99) - A tiny synthetic blending brush! Amazing for detailed work, cut creases and also perfect for those with small eyes.

Morphe Brushes 3 - M562 Tiny Crease Blender
Morphe Brushes 3 - M562 Tiny Crease Blender

Compared to a Sigma Blending E25.

Morphe Brushes 2 - M562 Tiny Crease Blender
Morphe Brushes 2 - M562 Tiny Crease Blender

Nice quality, no shedding and it blends eyeshadows beautifully.


Morphe Brushes 1 - M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff
Morphe Brushes 1 - M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff

M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff - Currently sold out and I can't remember how much this one was but only a few dollars. It's a classic goat hair blending brush.

Morphe Brushes 2 - M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff
Morphe Brushes 2 - M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff

No shedding, nice quality. It does fray out after some use but if you are familiar with goat hair brushes, that is normal.

Morphe Brushes 3 - M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff
Morphe Brushes 3 - M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff

Identical to the Sigma E25 and Sedona Lace EB09.


Morphe Brushes 1 - B79 Pointed Blender
Morphe Brushes 1 - B79 Pointed Blender

B79 Pointed Blender ($4.99) - A sable/goat blend, it has that tulip shape that I absolutely love for blending brushes. It fits in the crease and blends out beautifully! This one shed a hair or two during the first wash but I haven't had problems since.

Morphe Brushes 2 - B79 Pointed Blender
Morphe Brushes 2 - B79 Pointed Blender

Very soft and fluffy!

Morphe Brushes 3 - B79 Pointed Blender
Morphe Brushes 3 - B79 Pointed Blender

Almost identical to one of my favorite Sedona Lace brushes, the EB 15.


Morphe Brushes 1 - M330 Blending Crease
Morphe Brushes 1 - M330 Blending Crease

M330 Blending Crease (Originally $11.98 - Now $5.99) - A sable haired brush, extremely soft and amazing for blending. This is longer and more tapered than a typical blending brush.

Morphe Brushes 2 - M330 Blending Crease
Morphe Brushes 2 - M330 Blending Crease

This one sheds a tiny bit. The sabled hair brushes tend to shed a bit more in general but that is common with natural hair brushes versus synthetic. But these compared to other brush companies, it seems to shed a bit less!


Morphe Brushes 1 - MB23 Round Blender
Morphe Brushes 1 - MB23 Round Blender

MB23 Round Blender (Originally $11.98 - now $5.99) - This is a classic synthetic blending brush! Made really nicely, dense and amazing for blending.

Morphe Brushes 2 - MB23 Round Blender
Morphe Brushes 2 - MB23 Round Blender

No shedding!

Morphe Brushes 3 - MB23 Round Blender
Morphe Brushes 3 - MB23 Round Blender

Very similar to the Sigma E40.


Morphe Brushes 1 - E22 Pointed Blender
Morphe Brushes 1 - E22 Pointed Blender

E22 Pointed Blender ($6.99) - Synthetic bristles, absolutely amazing quality. Densely packed! I love this for hooded eyes because that point fits perfectly for blending in the crease.

Morphe Brushes 2 - E22 Pointed Blender
Morphe Brushes 2 - E22 Pointed Blender

This is one of their newer brushes and I definitely need to pick up some more from this line!


Morphe Brushes 1 - E27 Pro Round Blender
Morphe Brushes 1 - E27 Pro Round Blender

E27 Pro Round Blender - Also currently sold out, I believe it's the same price as the previous brush. Fantastic quality, I love using brushes like this not only for blending but for also applying my paint pots!

Very similar to the Sedona Lace EB 13.


I am so impressed with these brushes! Now I can see why they are so raved about. The quality for the price? Unbelievable! Check out Morphe's site to see their wide range of brushes and if you've tried their eyeshadows, let me know if you like them!

*I purchased these products with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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Heat-Proof, Sweat-Proof, All Day Wear; Full Face Makeup for All Skin Types - Part 1 - Prepping the Skin:

"The universe did not breathe star fire into your bones just so you could burn yourself out over someone who treats you like a cigarette break. Hold out for the person who treats you like the sun. Because that is who you are."

- You Are The Sun to Someone; Nikita Gill

Hello my loves! I have been SO busy lately and between long hours and the warmer weather, I've been trying to perfect an entire full face routine that can last all day through just about anything... And I'm pretty sure I found it! This should work for any and every skin type which makes it even better!

* I have normal to combination skin, however I will add in products for dry skin as well!

Let's start with priming! Get ready to hear lots of "long wear" when it comes to these products :)

As requested, this will be broken up into two parts. The first is prepping and priming the skin, preparing it for all this long wear makeup and the second part will be eyes, lips and face!

Heat-Proof makeup - priming

Priming is key, no matter your skin type. Cleanse and moisturize your skin first and then go in with your primers! These three are my holy grails right now and work amazing together. This will be perfect for normal to oily, and if you have dry skin... The next photo is for you!

Benefit's Porefessional: A pore minimizing primer. Pat this into areas of your face with larger pores you'd like to hide. Patting motions will help the product sink in better!


tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer: A silicone primer that helps to smooth small imperfections. This holds my oils really well! I'd suggest a more moisturizing primer for those with dry skin.


Smashbox Primer Water: This is a priming and hydrating water. This doesn't prime my skin well enough on its own but used in conjunction with other primers, I love it! You can also use this to foil eyeshadows!



bullet proof makeup for dry skin tips

For my dry skin babies, you'll need as much moisture as a base as possible. This will not only help the foundation look perfect and prevent dry patches, but it will also help your skin to maintain moisture throughout the day. Apply your favorite beauty oil and let it sink in for 5-10 minutes before or after you apply your primers. Also a moisturizing spray can work wonders, MAC's Fix + is a perfect example but I've also found that this Smashbox Primer Water adds a nice amount of moisture as well. Use the oils and a spray together and your skin will be prepped for foundation!

Smashbox Primer Water or MAC Fix +

tarte's Maracuja Oil (sample size): This oil is so versatile! From moisturizing the skin and hair to reviving gel eyeliners! I can't be without this!!


Boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil: Tons of benefits from the skin from protection against free-radicals, firming, brightening and hydrating. I absolutely love this, although those with oily/acneic skin should be careful and use this sparingly! When my skin is extra dry/irritated, I'll use this mixed with my moisturizer at night. Great for dry skin!



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup. priming the eyes

Eyes are very similar to the face, priming first is SO important! Even when I'm not wearing shadows, I still prime my eyes to prevent any mascara from smudging or running throughout the day.

Lorac's Behind the Scenes Eye Primer: This is the sample size I've received with my Lorac Pro Palettes. This is a nice primer, it has a little bit of pigmentation to it to help cancel out slight discoloration or veins on your lids. I don't think this would last the longest on super oily lids!

$21 for full size

MAC's Paint Pot (in Painterly): Paint Pots are a must for me and are usually the only primers I use. The others above, I occasionally grab for but I love these so much. Painterly is perfect for my skin tone, it cancels out any discoloration and leaves the perfect base for any eyeshadows. It keeps shadows on all day and I'd say this would be good for just about anyone! If your lids are more on the dry side, apply your moisturizing eye cream 5 minutes before; I've found this can be slightly drying at times.


NYX Eyeshadow Base in White: I've used this for years! It's basically the jumbo eye pencil in milk, except in a pot form and for some reason, this works better for me. Once it sets on the eye, it doesn't budge and because it's white, your eyeshadows really pop! Also, the consistency leaves the shadows clinging on for dear life and they last all day :)


Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion: This formula is anti-aging but I love just about all of them! Some have pigmentation to cancel out discoloration and they all seem to hold up pretty well on even the most oily of lids. I keep these simple sizes in my kit because I know they are always dependable.

Pricing ranges on size and amount of product. You can purchase sample sizes, full sizes as well as kits of a few primers in one!



I can't stress enough the importance of prepping the skin! Starting with a fresh, clean base and applying products that will help not only to keep your skin moisturized and healthy, but giving you that flawless base to apply your cosmetics on. You will see a world of difference when you take the time to prep first!

Now that your skin is all prepped for makeup, give it one more spray with your Fix + or Primer Water and let's jump into the fun part :)

See Part 2 here!

Heat-Proof, Sweat-Proof, All Day Wear; Full Face Makeup for All Skin Types - Part 2 - Eyes, Lips & Face:

Did you miss Part One?! See it here!

Alright, my loves! Let's get into the fun part. The makeup! This routine is what I use when I'm going to events, concerts, weddings; anywhere I will be out all day, especially in the hot sun and need to know that my face won't look like a hot mess at the end of the day. This is tried and true, my absolute favorite routine for an all day flawless face!

Heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - foundation

The game changer and inspiration for this entire post. Loral's Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. Yes, all skin types can use this! It's a very matte finish so if you prefer some dewiness, the next photo will help you with that. But this foundation lasts for days, I swear. The hottest, most uncomfortable weather and this holds up better than any other foundation I have ever used. Not even exaggerating. Again, if you have dry skin - make sure to let your moisturizers and oils sink in before applying this! As long as your skin is properly hydrated and primed, this will be fantastic for anyone.

Loreal's Infallible Pro-Matte: A full coverage matte formula.... This is VERY matte and unless mixed with oils, liquid highlighters or moisturizers, is not very natural looking. Something to keep in mind! But man, does this baby stay put!! I have not found any other foundation that looks as good as this one does at the end of a busy day.


Beauty Blender: A $20 sponge?! I know. I was a sceptic too. But this is magic. I don't know how they do it but it gives such a flawless finish! Run this under water until it grows to it's full size and squeeze out as much water as possible! You can use this with liquids and powders! There are different colored Beauty Blenders for different uses: black for bronzer/self-tanner & white for primers and moisturizers! Dot your foundation on your face or apply to the back of your hand and dip your Beauty Blender in, bounce it all over your face and your foundation will blend in seamlessly.



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - for dry skin

If you prefer a more dewey look, you can try mixing the foundation with either a liquid highlighter or a dewey foundation. The highlighter on the right is one I received in a Memebox but it works just like the BECCA liquid highlighters. And the Maybelline Matte & Poreless is super dewey (don't let the name fool you) and also mixes really well with the Loreal foundation. Mix in any of your favorite liquid luminizer or dewey foundation!

Memebox Highlighter: No longer on the website and I can't find it anywhere!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless: See my review on this! Absolutely love this foundation but not very long-wearing on my skin!



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - concealers

Long wearing concealers are a must! High-end or drugstore, find your favorite. These above are my go-to's. Make sure you set them with a powder afterwards!! Use a concealer lighter than your skin tone for the base of your highlight.

*** Apply all cream products before ANY powder products to prevent cakiness!! ***

MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer: A holy grail of many, and for good reason! This is SO pigmented. It's a thick consistency and covers dark circles like a dream!


NYX's HD Photogenic Concealer: A drugstore concealer that covers really well! It doesn't last forever on me but I like to mix this with others for maximum coverage when needed.


Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer: This has been said to be a dupe for MUFE's Creamy Concealer. I haven't compared the two but I believe it! This can stand up against high end concealers, easily. One of my go-to's! I wish the shade range was better but if you can make it work, this is fantastic.


Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: Another go-to of many! I have this in a few different shades and not only use it for under the eyes but on blemishes and discoloration as well! Hate the packaging, love the product.



heat-proof, sweat-proof bulletproof makeup - highlighting and contouring long lasting

For an all-day highlight and contour, layer creams with powders! Use a cream contour and highlight with a beauty blender for a natural contour and set those with your highlight and contouring powders. This will set those cream products and they will work together to last literally all day!

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio: This kit is expensive but amazing for travel. It's slightly difficult to blend out, I tried a few different brushes/techniques before getting the hang of it but these are great for layering for long wear. And the stick form makes it so easy to place the product right where you want it, especially when it comes to contouring!


Anastasia's Contour Palette: I don't absolutely love this. I'm going to try more contouring palettes but this one is okay and I do like that you can pop out the shades to replace any or even build your own kit on the website depending on your skin tone (super helpful for mua's)... I think there are better quality powders in the industry but this is what I've got at the moment. Leave me your recommendations in the comments! I'm looking for new ones to try :)


Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in Coconut 355: Using darker foundations are a nice option for contouring and foundation sticks are super easy to use! This one pulls a little too warm for my liking but because it is a foundation, it blends like a dream and it stays put. I almost prefer this to my Smashbox Trio!


bareMinerals Mineral Veil: These setting powders have been loved by many for years and for good reason! They are so finely milled, smooth and easy to apply. They set makeup beautifully and come in a few different finishes depending on what you're looking for. Apply this with a powder puff or your beauty blender for an airbrushed, bright look under the eyes!



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - blushes

Long wearing blushes can be hard to find, especially in the drugstore. Unfortunately I only have high-end ones to show you in this post but if you have found long-lasting drugstore blushes, let us know in the comments below! You can also layer cream blushes with powders for an even longer wear-time.

tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes: Holy grail blushes for so many, these are incredible. Pigmented and all day wear, easy. They come in tons of beautiful and unique shades. The ones photographed above are from a holiday kit so the packaging is smaller than the full size products.


MAC's Blushes: Not all MAC products are worth the hype.. But I have absolutely fallen head over heels for their blushes over the years. They are just good. Really good. A million shades and finishes to choose from, some are more long wearing than others but they are holy grails for me and I always grab for them when I need that flawless face to last all day and night.


NARS Blushes: Another absolute love of mine. Some think that NARS blushes aren't worth the hype but I do! I love them SO much and Dolce Vita is one of my favorite blushes of all time. They are pricey but worth it, in my opinion. The shades are beautiful and they last all day long on my skin!



sweat-proof makeup - highlighters

Oh highlighters... This is a newfound love for me. I struggle with texture on my skin most of the time so highlighters are not usually my friend, as they accentuate any lumps or bumps you may have. But on good skin days? LAWD, I love a good glow. I'm just now getting more into this world so I don't own many but these two are holy grails, one high end and one drugstore - both will last all day long!! Layer liquid with powder to pack even more of a punch.

Hard Candy's Tiki Bronzer: This isn't a bronzer.... Why they named it one, we may never know. But this is a stunning highlight without any of those chunky shimmers and I cannot believe how long this wears on the skin!


BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone: Any BECCA highlighter is pure gold, pretty much. All the shades are stunning and Moonstone is perfect for my pale babies. When you want that WA-BAM highlight... Go with BECCA. They have a bunch of different formulations from liquid to cream to powders but they are all incredible and insanely long-wearing.




Setting everything with a translucent powder is so important, especially on hot days! I usually like to apply this right after my cream products and before I add my powder contour. I've found that my contour can look slightly patchy if I don't set that cream with a translucent powder first.

Coty's Airspun Powder: An oldie but goodie. This is a great powder that I know I can always fall back on. No matter what I'm currently trying out or using, this is one I will always grab for. It's also absolutely amazing for "cooking" your concealer and carving out your contours. Available at Walgreens & CVS.



bullet proof makeup - setting sprays

One of my biggest tips/tricks, is to set everything throughout your makeup application. Using a setting spray will lock everything in and when I layer products with these setting sprays, it not only helps the lasting powder on everything but it also melts into the skin and makes the powder products look much more natural on the skin. This will also add that extra moisture for anyone with dry skin!

Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray (1 oz size in photo): A fantastic setting spray! You can spray this all over your face at the end of your makeup application to lock it all in for all day wear. They also make other formulations depending on your skin type.

$14 or 30

Smashbox Primer Water

E.l.f. Mist & Set: Comparable to the Urban Decay sprays. This is an amazing setting spray!



bullet-proof brows

Let's talk brows! Again, long-wear and layering - so important! Whether you use high-end or drugstore, layering different types of products will lock everything in for all day wear.

Anastasia Dip Brow: This can be a love it or hate it type of product. Some people can't live without it and others just don't understand the hype. It's a brow pomade that you apply to your brows with an angled brush. Using a very light hand and a tiny amount of product, this can do wonders! It takes practice but I've grown to absolutely love it. This is insanely long-lasting too!


Truly, if you can find a gel eyeliner that would match your eyebrows, they work just as well as Dip Brows! Also, NYX has come out with a formula very similar in their Brow Gel product. This has a dryer formula than a gel liner but they do the trick just the same! Maybelline's Eye Studio Gel Liner in Brown is fantastic as a brow product, if it matches your brow color.

Anastasia Brow Wiz: The brow pencil of all brow pencils. These are fantastic (but the NYX pencil is a dupe!) and definitely worth the money, in my opinion. You get the pencil and spoolie so it's perfect for travel and it's also very long wearing.


NYX Micro Brow: I won't go too into detail on this here, check out my full review! This is a definite dupe for the Brow Wiz!


You can also add a powder on top as well! As the finishing touch, lock it in with a brow gel.

Billion Dollar Brows Clear Brow Gel: One of my favorite brow gels. It sets your brow products without moving them around or removing any product. It accentuates the hairs slightly, which can help when applying a powder or dip brow type product. Sometimes those can make your brows look fake so combing through with a brow gel at the end can bring them back to life.


Milani's Brow Shaping Clear Gel: This is a great brow gel and super affordable!



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - eyeshadows

Eyeshadows are definitely your preference and of course there are tons that last all day, but Makeup Geek shadows last forever and a day on me so those are my most recommended for all-day wear.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans: My absolute favorite eyeshadows ever!!! So pigmented, blendable and long wearing. Check out my reviews, hauls and swatches!

$5.99 for regular shadows and $9.99 for foiled shadows.


sweat-proof makeup - eyeliners

Long lasting eyeliners... These can be difficult to find! I'm always on the hunt for more options but these are some of my favorites.

Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners: These bad boys do not budge!!! They come in a ton of different colors and.... I kind of want every single one! I can't rave enough about these. The fun shades would be awesome to play with for music festivals or events!!


NYC's Liquid Eyeliner: This can go head-to-head with any high end liquid liner. And beat most of them. It's super dark and pigmented, it's insanely long lasting and it doesn't run or smudge on me throughout the day. It has a brush tip that can take some getting used to but this is holy grail status for me. It's just great.


Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal: This comes in a few different fun shades as well as that perfect nude for the waterline. This black is super dark and I always keep all the shades in my personal collection as well as my kit.



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - mascara

I'm not huge into wearing waterproof mascara but on days when you'll be outside for long periods of time, whether that be during summer events, parades, festivals, concerts, etc... Waterproof is a huge help! It will also help keep those beautiful lashes of yours curled for a longer period of time.

Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga: This is a mascara that I had to use for a while before I loved it. But now? It adds amazing volume and nice length without clumping up the lashes. It lasts all day and doesn't smudge!

Almay's Get Up & Grow: Where are my Estycare followers at?!? This was one of my first reviewed and raved about products when I first started blogging. Repurchasing this was a trip down memory lane for me. I love this mascara. Period. It's amazing and although it's been really hard to find in my area lately, I will always love and use this!



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup - long-wear lip colors

Last but certainly not least, the lips!! These will be your preference as well, we all have go-to long wearing lip colors but these are some of my absolute favorites.... Yep, only some! I'm a lip product junkie... You'll want to find long wearing lip liners to layer with long wearing lipsticks or liquid lipsticks. Layering is key, have you noticed that trend yet? That just locks pigment on top of pigment and keeps everything lasting as long as possible. Although lip colors are the most difficult to maintain throughout the day, these are your best bet!

Apply a lip balm before you begin applying your makeup. Once you finally get to your lips, they will be moisturized and ready for any lip color you want to apply! Dab off any excess lip balm and then go in with your lippies.


ColorPop Lippie Pencils & Stix: Some of these are more long-wearing than others! Most of the lipsticks aren't too long wearing, you'll want to go with the matte formulas for the longest wear and the lip pencils are great as well. I wanted to include these in the post because the Lippie Stix are very travel friendly and easy to throw in a purse or clutch.


NARS Audacious Lipsticks: I know, these cost an arm and a leg and you're probably thinking... "Really, Marie?!?" but listen... These are worth the splurge. The formulation is perfection and the shades are out of this world beautiful. They last forever on the lips and are super comfortable!!


Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks: These are long lasting, fun and with a bright color selection. The application method is easy for travel and I think this is a good alternative to those who aren't used to the feel of liquid lipsticks. These stay feeling pretty moisturizing for quite a while!


OCC Lip Tars: Not travel friendly. At all. But these are some of the most fun shades you will find in the industry and they last for a very long time on me, especially the dark shades!


Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks: My love for these is so real. One of my absolute favorite liquid lipstick formulations. The packaging is adorable and the shade range is incredible (and growing)! I'd recommend bringing a lip balm or gloss with you if you plan to wear these all day, as they can feel a bit uncomfortable after 4-5 or so hours. But these are the best. Insanely long wearing and so incredibly pigmented! You don't even need a lip liner!


Lip Liners:

Milani's Colorstatement Liners: Some of my favorite lip liners ever! These aren't the most long lasting when worn alone but layered with lipsticks, they help to keep everything in place for hours.


NYX Retractable Lip Liners: Not to be confused with the slim pencils that most people rave about, for whatever reason that formula just doesn't last long on me! But these ones do! They are retractable, super pigmented and so creamy! Perfect for layering or wearing on their own.


Rimmel's Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner Definer: I love these! They are so creamy and pigmented and super long wearing. East End Snob is my favorite pink shade! You can wear these alone and I love throwing a gloss over top as well for a super easy but pretty look.


Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil: These last forever on the lips! The shade range is beautiful and when I need a lip liner that won't budge for hours, these are the ones I reach for! Layer these with a lipstick and you will be good to go for the entire day!


Applying a gloss or lip balm over a liquid lipstick can effect the wear-time! A definite must to remember!


Give your skin one last spray with the setting spray and you're all set!!

Whoo! That was a long one! These are my tried and true, tested and much loved products that I know I can depend on. I hope this was helpful to you and please leave any questions, comments or your tips and tricks below!

*Some of these products I have received for free. Most I have purchased with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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NIA Cosmetics Haul, Review & Swatches:

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

Hey dolls!

I have a haul and review of some products from a company that you may not have heard of yet! NIA Cosmetics. The owner Irenia reached out to me to try some of her lip products (they were sent to me for free, with no other compensation and I have chosen of my own volition to talk about these lippies and share them with you)!

These are described as lip glosses, they come in a pot and can be applied with a lip brush. These remind me a lot of OCC Lip Tars except they are hand made using absolutely no harsh chemicals!

NIA Cosmetics - Packaging & Ingredeients

We'll jump right into the shades!

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy 1

The first shade is Fantasy.

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy 2

This is a gorgeous iridescent light blue.

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy Swatch 1

It's super pigmented and creamy. A tiny bit goes a long way!

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy Swatch 2

The reflects in this are stunning! When I see this shade, I think of mermaids.


NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire 1

The next shade is Sapphire.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire 2

This is a deep metallic blue.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire Swatch 1

It's hard to get the full effect in photos but this has a beautiful sheen.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire Swatch 2

This shade is so unique!


NIA Cosmetics - Majesty 1

Sticking with the blues! Next up is Majesty.

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty 2

Who's bold enough to wear this shade?! :-D

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty Swatch 2

I know.... There aren't words for this one, right?

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty Swatch 1

Blue isn't exactly the easiest color to pull off but man, is this absolutely beautiful.


NIA Cosmetics - Naked 1

NIA Cosmetics - Naked 2

Naked is a gorgeous metallic nude.

NIA Cosmetics - Naked Swatch 2

The shine and reflectiveness of this shade is incredible.

NIA Cosmetics - Naked Swatch 1

So beautiful!


NIA Cosmetics - Nia 1

NIA Cosmetics - Nia 2

Nia is hard to describe. It's a medium pink with a gold sheen, however the gold isn't as apparent once on the lips.

NIA Cosmetics - Nia Swatch 2

Nia is one of my favorites!

NIA Cosmetics - Nia Swatch 1

This is a beautiful every day shade.


NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto 1

Let's tone it down a little, here is a classic red shade! Stiletto is perfection.

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto 2

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Swatch 2

These are totally true to color. What you see in the pot is what you get on your lips.

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Swatch 1

This is such a great, classic every day red shade.


NIA Cosmetics - Fuego 1

Last but certainly not least, my absolute favorite shade! Fuego.

NIA Cosmetics - Feugo 2

You have to see this one in person to get the full effect. Pictures do it no justice!

NIA Cosmetics - Fuego Swatch 2

This is pure pigmented, saturated color!

NIA Cosmetics - Fuego Swatch 1

Isn't she stunning?!?


Lip swatches:

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Lip Swatch


NIA Cosmtics - Majesty Lip Swatch


NIA Cosmtics _ Fuego Lip Swatch 1


If you'd like to see any other shades on the lips, let me know!

These are so fun and unique. I love how pigmented they are and although having to apply with a lip brush isn't exactly travel friendly, I found that the wear time was surprisingly long with these. The matte shades laster longer than the shimmer/metallics and the day I wore Fuego, it even lasted through a greasy meal! They feel nice on the lips, not too heavy. Similar to a lip gloss but more pigmented and long wearing.

These cost $10 each and will last you literally a lifetime and a half! Check out NIA Cosmetics website, they have tons of shades to choose from and Irenia is adding SO many more!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Which shades do you like the best? Let us know in the comments below!

*I received these products for free. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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