Friday Find: em Cosmetics Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick

Friday Find: em Cosmetics Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick

Contouring and now, strobing (basically, an emphasis on highlighting) is all the rage. To be honest, it’s not something that I do on a regular basis. If I’m going out at night or have a special event or appointment, I’ll … Continue reading




FOTD: Orange and Blue

FOTD: Orange and Blue

When it comes to makeup, I usually stick to neutral shades, gold/bronze or purples for eye makeup. So I don’t know what came over me last week. I decided to dig out the gorgeous Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Twilight, a … Continue reading




Ulta Haul Summer 2015 Part 2

Ulta Haul Summer 2015 Part 2

Recently, I posted about my Ulta mini-haul using my Ulta discount coupon. I showed you my Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover and my Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealer in Tahini. Well, I decided the shades didn’t work for … Continue reading




ipsy Prep School Bag August 2015

ipsy Prep School Bag August 2015

My ipsy “Prep School” bag arrived right on time this month, and I say it’s a really good one. First, I love the plastic makeup bag with the houndstooth print. Houndstooth says “back to school” for me. Years ago when … Continue reading




Mirabella Beauty Borrowed from the Boys Brow Collection

Mirabella Beauty Borrowed from the Boys Brow Collection

OK, I admit it. I have shirked my responsibility to my brows. They are neglected. I tweeze them, but that’s about it most of the time. I bought a brow gel a while back and put it somewhere and can’t … Continue reading




Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Mandarin

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Mandarin

I saved up enough points on ipsy and waited till there was a perk that I really wanted. Finally! Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in a gorgeous red called Mandarin. Woohoo! I adore red lipstick. And I have never tried any … Continue reading




Ulta Mini-Haul Summer 2015

Ulta Mini-Haul Summer 2015

I got the most recent coupon from Ulta in the mail a couple of weeks ago: 10% off most prestige and 20% off on everything else. Although I didn’t neeeeeeed anything – well maybe, just one thing, I couldn’t let … Continue reading




Friday Find: IT Cosmetics Celebration Powder Foundation

Friday Find: IT Cosmetics Celebration Powder Foundation

Back in the spring, I bought IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation, a full-coverage powder foundation that intrigued me. I had never tried a powder foundation before. Somehow, I never got around to reviewing it. I found it at the bottom of … Continue reading




Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector from YSL

Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector from YSL

A couple of weeks ago, I received a new duo from the Touche Eclat collection of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and Influenster, the blogger/brand organization: Touche Eclat Blur Primer Touche Eclat Blur Perfector both designed to enhance the look of … Continue reading




Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks: Bulletproof Beige and Bad Girl Bronze FOTD

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks: Bulletproof Beige and Bad Girl Bronze FOTD

Last winter, I picked up a couple of the Rimmel ScandalEyes eyeshadow sticks/crayons in taupe and brown matte shades. I mentioned Trespassing Taupe and Bootleg Brown in a post about my CVS haul, but I ended up liking them so much … Continue reading




Target Beauty Box: Back to College Honor Roll Fall 2015

Target Beauty Box: Back to College Honor Roll Fall 2015

A few months ago, I posted about my spring/summer Target Beauty Box. Recently, I found out that Target was offering two more beauty boxes for Fall 2015, each $5 including delivery. I chose the Honor Roll box. You have to act … Continue reading




Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hypershadow

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hypershadow

A few weeks ago, I got another unexpected gift from my dear friend in Ohio who definitely knows my taste in makeup! She’s the kind soul who sent me the Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek blush that I adore and reviewed … Continue reading




Shopping on “Skincare by Alana” and GIVEAWAY

Shopping on “Skincare by Alana” and GIVEAWAY

In February 2014, I got to spend almost a week in Phoenix staying at a resort that was right across the street from where I was conducting a market research project. I was thrilled to get out of snowy Massachusetts! … Continue reading




Ipsy Summer Lovin’ Glam Bag July 2015

Ipsy Summer Lovin’ Glam Bag July 2015

This month’s ipsy bag arrived this afternoon, Summer Lovin’. The makeup bag is cotton with an attractive, bright ikat print. So what did I get? Here are the goods: Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer, 0.11 oz./3.0 g, … Continue reading




Giveaway: butterLONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

Giveaway: butterLONDON Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

When I received the new makeup collection from butterLONDON (reviewed and swatched here) featuring the shade, Ladybird, a gorgeous tomato red, I fell in love with the Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon. I wished that I owned the entire collection of butterLONDON Bloody … Continue reading




Friday Find: Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal

Friday Find: Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal

Oh, why do things always get lost at the bottom of my makeup bag? Probably because I’ve got too much in there. But I went hunting in the bag and came up with Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal, this week’s … Continue reading




June 2015 Beauty Product Empties

June 2015 Beauty Product Empties

Thank goodness, June was a big month for me for using up beauty products, especially ones that I’ve had for a while. I look forward to recycling all these bottles and jars!     So here’s the scoop on what … Continue reading




Friday Find: Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color

Friday Find: Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color

I have waaaaay too much makeup. In spite of having decent storage for my makeup brushes, most nail polish, and my Milani shadow singles, everything else is stored rather randomly. So I managed to lose track of the Eddie Funkhouser … Continue reading