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Update: 12/26/16

I don't know any other way to say this, but I'm going on another blogging hiatus. I'm trying (but failing) to stop collecting things and actually try and make an effort to use them. I also find that I say the same thing about every product I use again, and it's not making me want to write about products. If I have an epiphany about any particular product/type of products, I'll most likely be tweeting about it as 140 characters truly sum up my thoughts. (my twitter is @LexisGuide ) 
Until next time...


Today's post is about the crease color. This month I'm using the orangey brown color in the same Ulta palette that my base color is in. 
The Bad: The fact that I don't know what the shade is called. 
The Good: I actually love this color. It's a perfect warm for the crease and it blends nicely and it's buildable! 
So, this is a great color, Ulta shadows are either awesome or suck, so this falls into the first category!


Today's post is all about powder eyeshadow base. I use a matte color from my palette of the month, and this month my palette of choice is a mini Ulta palette that was part of a free gift. I'm using a taupey shade. 
The Bad: There's a bit of fall out, but then again I feel as that happens with any darkish color that I put on my lids. 
The Good: It's pretty pigmented! It also blends nicely, but it's not an insanely wow color. It's what you expect with a product like that.
Overall, it's meh, you technically can't buy this again, but Ulta shadows are pretty okay, so I'd grab one if it's part of a deal.


Today's post is all about cream base. This month, I'm still using the MAC paintpot in Chrome Angel.
The Bad: It does crease after a bit, and it's a bit hard to blend, so less is more and be very careful with layering to make it more opaque. 
The Good: I like how it overall lightens up my eyeshadow look, and makes my inner corner highlight more intense. 
Overall, I'm not so crazy about it, but I'm still learning on how to best make it work for me.


Today's post is all about the brow highlight. This month, I'm using the Anastasia brow duo in sand/camille. 
The Bad: Maybe I have a bad one, but I find that there's wood at either end of the product and once I've uncovered it, it's hard to avoid and it's pretty painful, but I make it work. 
The Good: It really does make the brows look amazing! I forgot how much I loved a brow highlight until I used this. Also, I may be dumb, but I didn't know that you have to use the shimmer side first, and then layer the matte overtop and blend. I thought it was one side or the other. Much better look when it's combined. 
Overall, it's clear that me and packaging don't see eye to eye...but the effect that it gives outweighs the bad, so I'll keep using this. Don't know if I 100% recommend yet, I need to use powder on my brow bone again to truly decide if it's worth it.


Today is all about the brow gel. This month, I'm using Benefit's Gimme Brow in the shade 5. 
The Bad: You have to wipe off a TON of excess product that builds up on the brush. Apparently it's supposed to lessen as you use it, but that hasn't happened to me yet. 
The Good: Packaging issues aside, I love how long lasting it is and I love how it can really tint and slightly fill in the brows. 
This stuff really completes my brow look and I'll put up with the annoying bits for a result that's amazing!


Today's post is about brow pencils. This month I'm using the Anastasia Brow Definer. 
The Bad: You have to have a steady and light hand when applying. If you accidentally press too hard, your brow is just gonna have to be extra bold that day. 
The Good: I'm using a color lighter than what I'd normally pick, and this effect creates naturally filled brows. I also happen to have a light hand, so filling in is a breeze. I also like the triangle/teardrop shape as it's easier to fill in. 
Overall, if you don't have much experience, it may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but it's overall an amazing product!


Today's post is all about eyeshadow primer. I'm using a sample of Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Eden. 
The Bad: I haaattteeeee sample packaging in general. It's more than plenty for one use, but you can't reseal them, so it just hardens the longer it's open. I also don't like how it's a guessing game with how much is needed. A little goes a long way, but when you squeeze too much, I feel like I'm wasting it. 
The Good: Besides the packaging fail, this stuff really works. It still keeps your eyeshadow on for a very long time. I'm not too sure about keeping my shadow matte as I pack on glitter anyway, but I'm not too fussed about it. 
Overall, I wish I had a doe-foot applicator to apply it and my opinion might improve...


Today's post is all about setting spray! I'm using the Coola setting spray this month!
The Bad: It doesn't last very long. 
The Good: It really keeps your makeup in place, I would wear it on hot days where I was all gross from the heat but my makeup was as I had left the house! 
Overall, I found it nice, but I'm not the biggest fan now that it's nearly used up and barely even makes it to my face...


Today's post is all about dat highlight! The more the better for me these days. This month I've been using Urban Decay's Sin highlighter.
The Bad: The price? It's on the expensive side, but in general, it's what a high end highlighter costs. 
The Good: THAT GLOW THO. Honestly it's a favorite around work, and when I put it on, I feel like it can compare to any Becca one. The highlight can be seen from space!
Basically, you have GOT to try this!


Today's post is all about that blush! This month I'm using an Ulta blush from their palette that they had in the summer. I'm not sure of the name, but it's a fairly natural looking pink!
The Bad: Sometimes it can look a bit too natural, so it's okay to layer on the color. 
The Good: It's very buildable and blendable, which are both lovely things in a blush!
So, it's not too bad. It's not my favorite, but I've had harder to work with. If it's in a palette/set, I'd give it a go!


Today's post is about that bronzer! I love using bronzers to truly bring warmth to my face, and this month I'm using the NYC Sunny bronzer. 
The Bad: It is a bit on the orange side, so too much applied is a bit harder to work with, so I find it best do go with a light hand and then build up the color. 
The Good: When the right amount is applied, it's a beautiful color and the price isn't bad at all! I also find that it stays on my face for a fair amount of time, which is another plus!
Overall, this gets a thumbs up from me! If it was physically possible to run out of this, I would definitely repurchase!


Today's post is about the powder I'm using this month, which is Rimmel's Stay Matte in Translucent. Powder can truly make or break a look, so here's what I think!
The Bad: When mixed with a dewey foundation, it doesn't work it's best. It's like they mix together to form normal skin. If the matte look is what you want, then the mixture isn't a good one. 
The Good: When paired with another satin or matte foundation, it works beautifully and truly stays matte all day. 
So, be careful of mixings with foundation and powder, if like products are used, it's the maximum result of the effect you want. This still gets a thumbs up from me!


Today is about setting powder, and although I finally have another setting powder to use besides the Ulta one I've been using, bare with me one more month before things get exciting. As I just said, this month I'm using Ulta's banana setting powder. 
The Bad: It's a color corrector, so if brightness is not what you're after, this won't give the result you want. 
The Good: I have been swearing by this product for months. It's been put to the test with my Ooh La Lift from Benefit, and it truly does correct the coloring and brightens under your eyes. 
I've always been impressed by this product, try it if you can!
PS: This week is finals week, so I'm using this little gap of time to catch up on posts and the rest of this week will be back on schedule!


Today's post is about the highlight concealer that I'm using this month, which is Benefit's Ooh La Lift. Which, I've been informed by one of the Brow Bar ladies at work, that it's not a concealer, but it's supposed to lift and brighten. 
The Bad: If you use this like an under eye concealer, like I do, it has zero coverage. I know it doesn't advertise nor have the formula to suggest that, but I like a fairly full coverage concealer under my eyes. 
The Good: It does brighten, a bit. Apparently I have nothing to lift, so I see why that hasn't worked, but it does brighten. It's also a great base for any correcting powder, so that's a make-shift concealer in itself!
Overall, it's not targeted for my needs, so I don't see a ton of benefits, but what is targeted for me does work, so there's that! I just don't see me repurchasing this in the future...


Today's post is about spot concealer. Moving down my makeup routine, I love stick concealers for covering up pesky spots. This month I'm using the Maybelline Coverstick in Light. 
The Bad: If your skin has texture, it will cling to it, but I find that applying the concealer next to the spot and then blending in, works best. 
The Good: I find it to be a pretty full coverage, or at least bring the redness down, which is always good in my eyes. I'm also finding that as I'm nearing the end of mine, I've been using it like a cream concealer and applying it with my fingers and then blending with my brush and I find this almost works better! But then again, my skin is greatly improving, so of course it is going to work better now. 
Overall, you get what you pay for. It's cheap and does the job.


Today's post is about foundation. This month I'm back to using my Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation. It's quite a mouthful, but it promises to act as a primer, foundation, and concealer. 
The Bad: I love how it's a matte finish, but if there is any dry spots on your face, it will cling to them. It's not the best look, so exfoliate/prime accordingly. 
The Good: I love everything else about this foundation! It stays on all day, and keeps my skin oil free until I take it off. I had thought it settled into my smile lines before, but maybe it was just my skin at the time. But I also love how full coverage this is. I apply this with a stippling brush, but even then, it covers most of my acne scars, which I think is amazing! 
Overall, this is a great foundation for anyone who wants to mattify their skin all day.


Today's post is about what primer I'm using this month. Benefit's Porefessional is a cult favorite in the beauty world and I've had a pleasure applying this for the good portion of a year now. 
The bad: As it is silicone based, all it really does is fill in pores, which I don't mind. Also, because of the silicone, it can be slippery, so try and keep this in your T-zone, or things can disappear, but even on your nose, use it sparingly. I find that applying it on the sides and the excess over my bridge works nicely. 
The Good: It really does what it says on the tin. I also like the slippery feeling, as I feel like it truly is filling my pores. 
Overall, give this a shot! Like I've been saying lately, trial/travel sized things are always great to dip your feet in the water about a new product. Benefit always has sets with the Porefessional in it, so it's a win win in my eyes.


Today's post is all about the new things I'm using during and after I shower. It's a cheat, but the only thing I can get through "quick enough" is here's the one for this month: the Ulta Beauty Body Lotion in Nectarine Rose. 
The Bad: I am not the biggest fan of the smell (on the sweeter side, very close to the sweet peach palette if you have that), but thankfully it doesn't linger too long, or at least I get used to it after a few minutes. It's also slightly more watery than Bath & Body Works (my holy grail), so I'm not too sure that it keeps my skin soft for as long...
The Good: I hate feeling sticky after applying lotion, so because of the slight watery formulation, my skin drinks it right up. 
Overall, it's not bad. I definitely would get some in a sale, but I'm so darn picky with scents that I'll have to sniff out the best so I could like them slightly more.


Today's post is about my nighttime skincare products. It's all the same as last month: Dermalogica makeup remover, Neutrogena Scrub Cleanser, Urban Decay Mist, Murad Retinol, and Aveeno moisturizer.  There's not much to update. They're still working for me, slowly being used. I can't remember if I mentioned the Neutrogena scrub mishap, where I dropped it and the cap broke, so inconvenience aside, nothing to complain, add, or rave about.  I'm guessing that I'll be done the moisturizer at least by the end of the month, or even my scrub as well, so at least there'll be something new then...


The thing about skincare products is that they do go faster than makeup products, but they still take their time. I'm using the majority of the same products as last month, but I have switched up my morning cleanser. I'm now using the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser. 
The Bad: I'm so picky with the negatives, but I feel as if the dispensed amount is a bit too much so I feel like I might be wasting the product, but then again it's not super expensive and it's taking me a long time to even make a dent...
The Good: It doesn't completely dry out my face, which is a plus. I also don't seem to break out any more than normal, or have any reactions, which is also all good signs in my book. 
I don't have too much to say. I feel like I've tried better, but it's not the worst. A so-so product in my book only because I'm not overly wowed. As if one could be wowed by a cleanser...


Today is all about my hair care routine. Like I said on yesterday's post, I'm going to talk about anything new or different in my little updates. If any opinion about a product changes, I'll most likely say it on my empties list at the end of each month. Since I died the majority of my hair red about a month ago, I have some new products to add... It's all from Joico as it was recommended by my hair dresser, and there was also a buy two get one free deal, so I now am using a serum in my hair routine. I'm using the Color Infuse Red Shampoo and Conditioner and the K-Pak Repair Serum. 
The Bad: Besides the fact that it looks like there's been a bloody accident each time I wash my hair, I do get a bit impatient with the whole waiting a minute for the shampoo. It's a picky thing though, as the shampoo and conditioner both deposit color so it's as if I'm re-dying my hair each wash. The conditioner isn't as bad because I'm used to waiting with condi…


It's the first of the month! To save myself from repeating, I'll only mention the new things I've added/switched for this month. 
Hair: Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo Joico Color Infuse Red Conditioner Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Ulta Beauty Nectarine Rose Moisturizing Body Lotion Benefit Porefessional Primer Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation Maybelline Coverstick Concealer Benefit's Ooh La Lift Brightening Concealer Ulta Beauty Banana Setting Powder Rimmel Stay Matte Powder NYC Bronzer in Sunny Ulta Beauty Blush Urban Decay Highlighter in Sin Coola Setting Spray Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion Sample Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Benefit's Gimme Brow Brow Gel Ulta Beauty Eyeshadow Palette from Summer 2016 Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again  MAC Eyeshadow in Honesty MAC Pigment in Grape MAC Eyeliner in Lord it Up MAC Eyeliner in Designer Purple


Now that November is over, let's see the things I've used up over the past month:
Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Freesia  Sample Size of Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming  Sample of Urban Decay Original Primer Potion Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Striking Travel Size of Benefit's Lollitint


I am obsessed with lip products. I'm on the hunt for the best chapstick to keep my chapped lips at bay. I want the most wearable matte lip. Lip glosses are usually okay but you get my point. I tend to be experimental/with the season at work and at home I try and clear out (use up) the things I can't bring into work or they are so old that they gotta go...
For work this month, I've been using the Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner in Wine and I alternate between 4 lipsticks: elf Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Wine, Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Damned, Wet n' Wild Lipstick in Wine, and Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Lead the Way. 
At home, I first used the travel size of the Ulta matte lip cream in Striking, and now I'm onto the travel size of Benefit's Lollitint. Also, the Rimmel liner is super drying. 
The Bad: elf's stick doesn't fade the nicest, so it's not optimal for being worn for long amount of time. Also, the Ulta matte lip cream didn't fully bec…


When it comes to mascara, typically I get along with anything. I'm blessed with nice enough lashes that are fairly long, but a little lacking in volume. That being said, I love anything that makes my lashes look full. I also haaattteeee waterproof formulas because they don't get off my lashes and I don't want to lose any of the ones that I got. I tend to avoid buying them at all costs, but since I am a makeup hoarder, I gotta try em all. This month I'm using The Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. 
The Bad: I hate how it can get clumpy and make my lashes a bit spidery. I have found that having one full coat, followed by a second coat where I pile it up on the tips of my lashes. Also, there is a prime time of usage, so the time before and after then isn't the most fun...
The Good: When I can get it to cooperate with me, I like how my lashes look and get a fair amount of questions of what I'm wearing. Since I always end up with generally the same mascara look, I judge …


Mascara primers were something that I was always skeptical on...until I tried Benefit's They're Real! mascara primer. I'm absolutely in love with this, and I'm conflicted because I want to finish it already so I can use other mascaras, but on the other hand, my lashes haven't looked this good since ever so it will be a sad goodbye...
The Bad: The size? I have been using the travel size so there has been many a time where I've dropped the wand all over myself by accident...any layering this just feels weird to me. One coat is all you need. 
The Good: Everything else! I'm glad my first primer wasn't white, like most, because it was very similar to the routine I had been doing. I typically layer up mascaras all the time, so this felt no different. Also, it really does wonders to prep my lashes. I feel that it separates them and lengthens a teeny bit, but I know for sure, that without this primer, my lashes don't look their best. 
So, if you see this and t…


Liners can totally transform a look. I admit, I do get a bit snobbish with my eye makeup because as you can see, it's full of the higher end things. My eyes are not particularly sensitive, but because I wear contacts and stuff, I tend to be on the cautious side with things that can go directly into my eye...This month's eye liners are both MAC, but two different finishes. Coffee is a straight up, eye pencil, whereas Bordeauxline is a powerpoint eye pencil. Application wise, they look nearly identical even though one is brown and the other is a purple brown...Bordeauxline is slighhtttlyyyyy smoother with the application, but only because it's softer, but let's get on with the pros and cons...
The Bad: With a softer pencil, you have to be a bit careful you don't press down so hard, or if you want a thick line then it's perfect....
The Good: I feel like they don't run easily or at all, sometimes it's still on my lids the next day...but my method of makeup re…


As you probably know, like the majority of makeup lovers, we love a good highlight anywhere it's flattering. That being said, I'm OBSESSED with getting a blinding highlight in my inner corner of my eye. The brighter, the better. This month I'm using MAC's pigment in Misty. It's a silvery white and makes my heart happy. 
The Bad: Finding the right brush that is dense enough to pick up color but is also able to feather the color out nicely so it's not so color blocked with the rest of my eyeshadow. I also don't use any glitter primer, so anytime I go to touch my eye, the color rubs off. 
The Good: The color itself. Everything else about it is a pain to get used to, but the color payoff is so amazing that I justify the good outweighing the bad. 
Overall, if you have a glitter primer, this may work a lot better and you'll most likely have a better experience with this product.


I have come to love my so called "topper" colors. The colors I add to an eyeshadow look that makes it a bit different. This month I use the darkest color in my Smashbox trio for my golden look and I use the Urban Decay eyeshadow Tonic for when I go for a more purple look. 
The Bad: The only bad thing is that the Smashbox color is a tiny bit hard to blend out, and only a teeny amount is needed because it's a bit too pigmented. 
The Good: Oh my lord, lemme just say that Tonic is my absolute favorite color. It's my mermaid color. Duo chrome wonderfulness. I try to convince everyone I meet that they need this color in their life. It's perfect for an all over lid look or a splash of BAM on the middle of the lids. Or under the eyes. Or for a highlight. Just everywhere really...
Overall, I've had a great time using these colors this month!
PS: Sorry for the like billion posts in a day. This thanksgiving break has been a blur with working and obsessing over the Gilmore G…


Today is all about the color that goes all over my lid. The true color of choice of my eyeshadow if you will... If I'm feeling a gold/brown shadow, I use my MAC pigment in Seasonal Cool to apply all over the lid and blend out my crease in the process. If I'm feeling purple, I use my MAC eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris. 
The Bad: I have absolutely no problems with Beautiful Iris, but the pigment is so intense with glitter that it's a major pain to work with it. Luckily, after having this for a few years, I know that less is best but it took tons of different methods to get along applying this. My current method is to use the pigment on the cap, if it's gone, I give the pigment a shake, and then I just tap my brush on the clear bit once or twice, and that's more than enough for color and minimum fall out. 
The Good: I know I always say this, but it's sososo important for products to blend well and I think these both blend nicely. The pigmentation is also great!


My crease shade is from the same Smashbox palette that I mentioned yesterday. This color is almost a bronzer shade. my brush picks up a lot of color and doesn't hold onto it so I think theres a lot of fall out but it isn't that bad. 
The Bad: How easy the pigment breaks but it doesn't look like I've made much of a dent. 
The Good: It blends beautifully and the color lasts too and it's a true pigment. 
Overall, I can't complain too much. Like I said, the kickback of the color scares me but it's not as bad as I play it out to be...


Powder base. I'm starting to think I didn't exactly think through this one "one day for each thing/type of thing that I'm using this month". If you don't know, I am a makeup hoarder. Always have been, but ever since working at a makeup store it never hit me that I was that bad. That being said, I have sososo many eyeshadows that I have no idea what to do with them but just layer as many as I can on my face at once. So why not put a powder shadow base on top of a cream one? Also just so you know, with my system, I use my palettes for base, crease, and "topper" colors. Base vs crease is kinda easy cause of the whole pigmentation/bleandability comparison, but I guess whatever I choose for the topper color will be compared as well...ANYWAY, this month I'm using a Smashbox trio for my palette of choice. The trios themselves are exclusive to this kit, and therefore I'm assuming the colors are exclusive as well. The trio has an ombre effect so ther…


Today's post is about the cream base I'm using this month. I'm still learning about how to use it, but I'm getting better. Let's see the pros and cons of the MAC Paintpot in Chrome Angel.
The Bad: It's white as white can be, as an all over base, it's way too intense. It also tends to crease after a few hours. 
The Good: When sheered out, as a little goes a long way. It's perfect to lighten up any shadow that may be too dark on it's own. 
Basically, I've seen this being used instead of primer as this acts like a primer, and it's best when used sparingly or under darker eyeshadow.


Brow highlights are life changing, let me tell ya. I used to put a shadow for a brow highlight religiously, then got lazy with it because I was all about my inner corner highlight. Now the brow highlight is back in action and this month (and every month) I'm using the Anastasia Brow Duo in Camille/Sand.
The Bad: Each side used separately isn't cute. It needs to be used together. If not, it either doesn't blend right, or is too light/intense. 
The Good: When blended, it makes your brows look 10 times better and more professional. I also suggest using it before the brows are filled in to minimize mess. 
Overall, I blimmin love this stuff and I'm hooked, get it if you love that highlight anywhere you can get it.


To go with yesterday's post, today's is about eyebrow gel! This month I'm using the Maybelline Brow Drama. 
The Bad: I personally don't see a bad in this with my brow needs. The only thing I can think of, is that the ball tip is nice, but if you don't go over it with a spoolie/brow brush, things can be both messy and crispy. I've always brushed through my brows before and after product goes on it, so I can shape them to my liking, so it's not a problem to me. 
The Good: The price obvs, it's a drugstore buy, so it won't be too harsh on the budget. But I like the color pay off. I've used this way before I started filling in my brows and this was also a perfect transition product. My brows stay in place once I brush them where I want them, so I can't swear that this thing does miracles but I think it does the job just fine.


Brows are more crucial to a look than you think. Up until the summer, or whenever the whole huge Benefit brow relaunch thingy happened, I barely put anything in my brows. Occasionally I'd set them with gel. I had thought my brows were enough and didn't need to be filled or set, until I started to fill them in and set them...This month I'm using one of the many versions of the Ulta brow pencil. 
The Bad: Since it is the first actual pencil product that I've used to fill in my brows, it's a very hard product. I see it as a bad thing because I feel like nothing is actually being filled, but then again I have a very light grip so maybe it's a good combination...Also the spoolie isn't the greatest. It's on the smaller side and I prefer a bigger one. 
The Good: The price, obviously, but the color ends up blending in fairly easily with my brows, not too cool or warm, which is a plus. 
Overall, it's a meh product, I've tried better and I'm sure I'l…


Eyeshadow primer is a girl's best friend when she finds the right one. Let's talk about Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion.
The Bad: Well, this particular one is in sample form and mine is slightly (mostly) dried out, so application is annoying. 
The Good: It's my favorite eyeshadow primer that I've tried. I always say this stuff makes your shadow stay on until you want it off. No joke, I always tell this fact, but I honestly have tried it out for a full 24 hours and man oh man does this stuff work. I woke up looking the same as when I went to bed. I swear by this stuff. Just buy the travel size or full size, the samples ain't worth it.


Setting spray is something I've yet to really experiment with. I've heard what's the best of the best, but me being me, I have yet to put the best to the test. Instead I've tried the not so best. This month I'm using Ulta's setting spray. 
The Bad: The spray is very...wet. I've used one type of spray before this and it was more toward the mist type. I feel like it takes a while to sink in and even then I'm not sure if it keeps my makeup in place for very long. 
The Good: It's price? At least it's worth a shot. 
I hate to be so negative, but setting spray is the one thing that I'm not 100% completely sold on so until I try the best (aka Urban Decay's setting spray), I won't be convinced that this stuff is life changing.


Today's topic is one of my favorites. I was convinced that people were nuts trying to find the best highlight. I never saw the point at least for my skin type as from time to time, my skin ends up looking like I constantly do the highlighter challenge...but beware, for the power of the highlight is so strong that one you start, you cant stop. This month, I'm using the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Highlight in Opal. 
The Bad: Maybe it's because I was told that you should apply all liquid/cream things and then powder. This seems as a very subtle highlight. Unless this is supposed to be some primer....which it would do it's job....
The Good: It's still a freaking Becca highlight and therefore always amazing. No matter how the strong the highlight, It's a pleasure to apply and blend.
Overall, get your hands on any Becca highlight you can, but I got this particular highlight in a set for $20 and both the powder and liquid versions of Opal (and the set also comes in …


Today's post is all about blush. Either you love it or hate it. Blush is something that seems scary, but once you get the hang of it, you fall in love with it. Or at least that's what happened to me...This month I'm using an Essence blush. 
The Bad: It's super pigmented. Usually, that's a great thing, but for me it only makes it harder. Just one tap and you've got more than enough color to put life into your cheeks. 
The Good: It blends amazingly! Also, if you apply such a little amount, it could be used to build up color if you need it. 
Overall, for 2 bucks, it's worth it. Maybe the shade I have isn't the best time for first blush wearers, but it definitely helps hone in on my blush application skills...


Bronzer is my bff. It puts life into my face. It helps conceal the fact that my foundation is too light. Once in a blue moon it sculpts the ish out of my face. If you're being creative, it also serves as a great transition color. Let's here all about Nars' Laguna bronzer. 
The Bad: It's not as pigmented as I like and I prefer a bit warmer of a bronzer. I just got this because I gave into the cult hype.
The Good: Since it's not crazy pigmented, it blends great and is buildable. I can see this being a great contour color if I could ever bother. 
Overall, I say trial size is best to see what purpose this color can give you.


For someone who prefers a matte finish, with specific highlighted areas, powder is massively important. That being said, I still cant find a powder good enough for my needs. This month I'm using the Maybelline Fit Me Powder. 
The Bad: Plain and simple, this is basically like highlighting my entire face. This is pre-dewey vs matte finishes and it's also a few years old...I tried to revive it with alcohol and for a long time it was basically a loose powder that looked like a pressed powder, the excessive powder pickup has slowed down, It generally keeps my face area powdered for a bit, but the nose is still like an oil slick. 
The Good: The price? It's drugstore so it's not crazy expensive, but I've also tried better powder for cheaper. This just doesn't fit my skin type so I don't want to keep banging on all the bad... but for multipurpose's sake, it would be a great subtle highlight!
Overall, I most likely won't buy this again/recommend it to anyone wi…


Today is all about setting powder. Who knew such a thing was so crucial in a makeup routine? I sure didn't... This month (or every month since the summer really) I tried this handy little thing called banana setting powder. Up until the summer, I had just used a setting brush to apply the powder I already was using on the rest of my face. Since this setting powder was part of an Ulta palette, I thought, why not? Well, actually I thought, what am I supposed to do with banana powder???
The Bad: Is there a bad to this? Like at all?? MAYBE the one thing bad is that banana powder isn't right for everyone? Or that just by itself it won't perform miracles? All I know is that I am blessed with not having terrible bags/dark circles under my eyes. What I look for is something that will brighten under my eyes. And banana powder does just that, because the yellow cancels out the dullness. 
The Good: If fixing dullness is your issue, this stuff will become the next best thing since slice…


Today, is the day where I talk about my highlighing concealer. The one product I'm surprisingly critical on. This month is the Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting concealer.
The Bad: It still leaves a hint of blue under my eyes. It's fixable with power to set, but for someone who doesn't particularly need blueness covered, it surely stands out when it's not. 
The Good: I like the twist up packaging. The brush is nice too. Packaging aside, it does have a medium coverage and blends beautifully and truly does highlight. 
Overall, I like it, not the worst but not the best.


Today's post is all about those spot concealers. I've been using these for a long time, way before I started to really use foundation. That being said, I still use the same few drugstore ones. I like the stick kind for spot concealers because it's what I've always done and using a liquid spot concealer is just weird to me. Anyway, this month I'm using the Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer. 
The Bad: It can be a bit too drying, so putting it over actual scabbing (ew) is a no-no, but to cover up the red, it's hard to avoid. 
The Good: I do find that this covers the red, like it says on the tin. I wear it with a lighter coverage since I blend with my stippling brush, but it's buildable and probably more so if it's patted in with your finger. Also, for desperate times come desperate measures, and I've used this several times for a foundation, so yay for multi-use products!


Foundation is usually the one thing people are picky over, but for me, I'm not that fussed. My collection is usually an eclectic mix of drugstore foundations that are rejected from my sisters. This month is a mix of the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation with the L'Oreal True Match foundation. I mix, because the color of either is too dark or too light for my skin tone. 
The Bad: The mix of the foundations gives a super dewey look to my skin, and I also apply it with a beauty blender, but I'm not crazy about a super dewey look so that's what it's a negative. Also, the true match truly matches to your skin, but with the darker Maybelline color, it makes my face a shade darker than my body. Also, the L'Oreal foundation is a pour foundation and sometimes I can pour too much.  The Good: They both blend beautifully and give a medium coverage, which is typically what kind of coverage I like, and since it's dewey, it doesn't bring out my dry patches. Also…


Let's talk about the primer I'm using this month. Or just about primers in general...This month I'm using the Maybelline Blur and Smooth primer. Get this, it's supposed to blur and smooth your face for a flawless makeup application!
The Good: I love how it blends out. I think (?) it blurs my skin, but to be honest, I never see that big of an improvement with primers, probably because I don't use enough...
The Bad: So I know what you're thinking. "If it does what it's supposed to do, why ain't you raving about it?". Well, like I just said, I have no idea if I'm using enough, I'm probably just sheering the primer out so I never see that big of a difference. If I want to be picky, the consistency is much more watery than the Porefessional, so it probably has no silicone in it, so that's a pro or con in itself depending on what you want in a primer. For me, the wateryness is a problem because if I'm in a rush to get ready (99% of the…


Today's post is all about the rest of my skincare...
Soap & Glory Rich & Foamous Body Wash: I mean what can you say about a body wash other than how it makes your skin feel and what it smells like? This stuff makes my skin oh so soft and smells like maple sugar, I'm in love!
Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub: It's part of the same "range" as Rich & Foamous, so the smell is the same and it does an even better job as leaving soft skin! Once a week use is all you need so this stuff lasts a long time.
Bath & Body Works Body Cream: My holy grail body cream. I always go back to this in between trying other lotions, just in case I find something better if that's possible! It's the perfect combination of smelling great, hydration, and sinks into the skin amazingly!
Fresh Sweet Vanilla Frosting Hand Lotion: I surprisingly really like this! The smell can be a bit much on the sweet side, but I typically use this in increments of pea-sized amounts. Too…


Night time is when I load up on the pampering on my skin, let's see what's on the list this month:
Dermalogica Pre Cleanse: Never have I tried a makeup remover more powerful than this. It breaks though waterproof. Incredible. Still struggling with the perfect amount and the whole oil thing is a bit messy but overall I've been in love for a long time. 
Neutrogena Deep Clean Shine Control Daily Scrub: Since I use this at night, I can't comment on the shine control, but it does amazing for the gentle scrub. 
L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask: I haven't used a scrub mask before, and I'm not too sure the double scrubbing in a row is the best thing, but my skin feels and looks great! Only complaint is that it gets a bit much to take out of my hair...
Urban Decay B6 Prep Spray: (see yesterday's post)
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum: I had a prescribed retinol for my acne a few years back and me oh my I forgot how great it makes my skin feel. If you haven't figured it ou…


I'm getting more and more into skin care each day, see what I use in the morning:
Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser- It's not my favorite, but only because it feels like it might slightly dry out my skin and that it doesn't clean my skin, but there hasn't been any more spots than usual, so it must be doing something...
They're Real! Remover- I am the worst with taking off my makeup, but this does the trick. I have the travel size, and I know it's crazy expensive, but a little goes a long way
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray- I wasn't a believer of mists until I tried one. I still don't know the exact effect it has on my skin, but I'm hooked and feel like my skin needs this! Downside is again the price...
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen- Sometimes I try things just to try things. I think because of the sunscreen, it feels a bit thick, but it sinks into my skin quick enough. The SPF is an added bo…


I'm not fussy with hair care, but let's see what I got:
Shampyou Mimosa + Jasmine Shampoo- The idea of this shampoo is cool, you create the perfect mix of what you want in a shampoo. In reality, it took me a few times to get the perfect amount. I'm so used to having a pump that gives the perfect amount so when I don't have one, it's always a guessing game. For this shampoo, the more the better. The scent isn't overpowering but I find that my hair soaks up the shampoo, so the more I use, the better. 
Pantene Repair + Protect Conditioner- I've used this for years, it's a go to, not only for the price, but for how nice it makes my hair feel. 
Not Your Mother's Unscented Dry Shampoo- I love the original, tried out the unscented, still love it. Doesn't make my hair stiff, takes out the shine, works like a charm!


First day of the month is always treated as a fresh start to me, so what better way to kick off my daily blogs than starting on the first, especially when it's my favorite month!
Here's the list of all the things that I'll be using this month: Shampyou Mimosa + Jasmine Shampoo Pantene Repair + Protect Conditioner Not Your Mother's Unscented Dry Shampoo
Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Benefit They're Real! Remover Dermalogica PreCleanse  Neutrogena Deep Clean Long Last Shine Control Daily Scrub Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask
Soap & Glory Rich & Foamous Body Wash Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub Bath & Body Works 24-Hour Moisturizing Body Lotion Vanilla Frosting Fresh Sweet Hand Lotion
Maybelline Blur+ Smooth Primer L'Oreal True Match Foundation + Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation Rimmel Hide The Blemish …

Where Have I Been?

Hello people of the internet who stumbled across my blog. If you didn't know, I'm Lexi and I am a makeup junkie. I cant get enough of it, so working at a makeup store was the best and worst thing that happened to me. I am also a creature of habit and I am simultaneously a hoarder and an anti-hoarder? I love to use up things and I'm constantly cleaning and clearing out and reorganizing. Add that to the makeup obsession and ever growing collection, it leaves with a person who loves getting all the makeup she can cause it's beautiful and she's just gotta try it all..but she also has to use it all so nothing gets left behind and everything gets properly used up so she gives fair opinions about it. From about Christmas to Summer, I collected quite a bit, and tried a lot! Then I got into a rut, where I didn't want to keep trying everything cause I had enough to rotate and nothing was being used up. So I switched up my blog posts and then got into a deeper rut when I f…

New To My Collection: 9/4/16

Take a look at a few things I've added to my never ending collection of all things beauty...

Sun Beam: A lovely liquid highlighter from Benefit

They're Real! mascara, Porefessional primer, Posietint, Fake Up concealer: All a part of a Benefit gift, how cute are travel sizes???

Weekly Catch Up: 9/3/16

Here's the things I've been watching, reading, and listening to over the past week!
Watching: Nothing too particular right now, I'm still watching my subscription box. There's nothing on TV that I've been wanting to watch, and no new movies that i've seen. If it counts, I've been listening to my dad rewatch old GoT episodes...
Reading: Again, nothing that I've legitimately read in a while. School is back in session, so I haven't thought about it much. When I get a handle on my new schedule, I'll find something!
Listening: Now this may seem boring as I can't get enough, but I'm still obsessed with Ariana Grande, even more now that she's with Mac Miller. I've been listening to the Dangerous Woman album along with The Way. Also all of the music Michael Buble has been releasing is amazing. Nobody but me is my jammmm.

The Impression: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

I recently finished up a lip balm (I know, how could I keep track of it, it's still a mystery to me) and I was very eager to start another. Long ago I bought this Burt's Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus for some unknown reason other than I probably needed another thing to use my coupon...regardless, I have it and I wanna use it.
Packaging is standard and basic, but effective. I'm more interested in how I felt about using the product. First off, the color pay off was darker than I expected, but I feel as if it's fitting for fall, so my timing was perfect! As for hydrating my lips, I couldn't be happier! I'm not saying it's the best lip balm I ever tried, but it doesn't make my lips drier with each application, which means it must be doing something. 

I'm very happy with this, and when you love how a lip product feels, you want to keep using it.

The Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

So this is one of those finished sample reviews where the product lasted a max of 6 days, but I fished it nonetheless.
If you recall my impression of the Naked Skin concealer by Urban Decay, you would know that I didn't see the big fuss over it. After using it for a week, see if my opinion changed.
The packaging was standard for a liquid product. There is always more than one application in the sample, but a terrible seal, so the product always has a chance of drying out.
When I first tried the concealer, I used it for redness coverup. Second time round, it was right before I left for the beach, and used it for a highlighting concealer under my eyes. It was actually high coverage, but the light seemed a bit too light for my liking. After my beach trip, I used the medium light color and medium color under my eyes again, and although it was fitting with my tan, I still think my Rimmel concealer is the best for under the eyes.
So basically I need to find the right color for myself and I …