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Testing Beauty Blender Dupes | Makeup Sponges Review

It seems like the eternal struggle of the Beauty Blogger: to find Beauty Blender dupes.  It is the notorious makeup sponge to end all makeup sponges, but it is pricey.  So the makeup world is waiting with bated breath for an affordable option…..

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Testing Beauty Blender Dupes | Makeup Sponges Review, Sponge Lux, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I compared the Beauty Blender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, and while I still use both, the Beauty Blender still wins my heart.

So when the people from Lux Beauty contacted me about testing out their Sponge Lux Advanced Makeup Blending* sponges, I jumped at the chance.  It’s a set of 5 sponges in all kinds of fun shapes and colors.  I was excited to see how they compared to my original Beauty Blender, Beauty Blender Micro Mini, and my Real Techniques sponge. Here’s what I discovered…

Testing Beauty Blender Dupes | Makeup Sponges Review

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Have you tried any possible beauty blender dupes?  Do you have a favorite makeup sponge?

Don’t miss my comparison of the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques sponge, as well as my  Artis Brush Review, and my review of all my foundation brushes.

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Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin Review

A few weeks ago I did a review of a life changing book, this time I’m reviewing the sequel.  Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin is the second book that the legendary makeup artist came out with.  When it was released in 1999, I was so excited, I partied like it was… well, you know….

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Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin Review

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

As I said in my last reviewThe Art of Makeup was like the makeup appetizer, but Making Faces is the main course.  It delves into all areas of makeup is such great detail, and with a devotion unlike any other.

There are also makeovers in this book ranging from simple to over the top!  Ever wonder if Lisa Marie Presley could look like Marilyn Monroe?  This book answers that question.

I poured over the pages of this book more than any other.  I carried it everywhere with me, hoping that the inspiration would seep into my veins.

If a peek at Courtney Love as an (Everyday) Starlet doesn’t convince you to check out this book, nothing will.

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin Review Courtney Love

So would I recommend this book?

There’s a short answer and a long answer.  The long answer is…  HELL YES!

Have you read Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If there are any makeup/beauty related books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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The Best Brow Makeup For Blondes

I’m declaring 2016 the year of the brows.  It seems that eye brows have been getting a lot of attention this year.  There are heated debates about proper brow etiquette… should you leave them natural or make them up with high drama.  Any way you like to wear them, us fair haired and fair skinned Starlets have the hardest time finding brow makeup that works for us (and doesn’t leave orange caterpillars over our eyes).  So I’m testing out the best brow makeup for blondes…

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The Best Brow Makeup For Blondes Review

I went through my brow collection and tried on all of my brow products for you to give a full review.  Most of them were wins because I did a clean out of my brow makeup not too long ago.  Unfortunately I mostly had to get rid of drugstore brow products because they tend to look way too orange/yellow on my skin tone.  However, I think I’ve found some great brow products for us flaxen haired ladies in a range of prices from drugstore to high end.

I tried some brow pencils…. getting confused by the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil…. and possibly finding a dupe for my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in a Maybelline brow pencil

I tested brow gels from Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Milani.  And I’m comparing Brow Pomades from drugstore brands like Maybelline and Milani, to high end brands like Tarte and Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Here’s what I discovered…

The Best Brow Makeup For Blondes

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Don’t miss my light coveragemedium coverage, and full coverage foundation reviews

I also have reviews of my brighteners here, concealers hereneutralizers, primers, powders, setting sprays,  foundation brushes, blushes, and highlighters and bronzers

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Artis Brush Dupe? My Makeup Brush Set Review

No other makeup product seems to be as hyped as the Artis brushes.  They look like a hybrid of a spoon and a hair brush, are the softest things you’ll ever put on your face, and the makeup community is going crazy for them… although not as much for the hefty price tag…. So I know a lot of us makeup addicts are looking for a Artis Brush Dupe…

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Artis Brush Dupe? My Makeup Brush Set Review

It was only a matter of time before knock offs of these brushes hit the market.  So when My Makeup Brush Set contacted me to review their Aphrodite 10 Piece Oval Brush Set*, I jumped at the chance to try them out and see if they were a dupe for the Artis Brushes.

So I filmed a first impression of the whole set, and compared the large oval brush to my Artis Oval 8 Brush.  Here’s how it went…

Artis Brush Dupe? My Makeup Brush Set Review

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Have you tried any of the Artis Brushes or any dupes?  Are you obsessed or over it?

Don’t miss my Artis Brush Review, and my review of all my foundation brushes.

I also have reviews of my light coveragemedium coverage, and full coverage foundation…. 

….as well as reviews of my brighteners here, concealers hereneutralizers, primers, powders, setting sprays,  foundation brushes, blushes, highlighters, and bronzers.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Review

I’m all about saving money, but sometimes a high end makeup product is just too good to resist.  That was never more true than with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders… and especially the palette.  They are absolutely heavenly….

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Review

These powders come is a variety of shades and give you such a subtle glow it’s like you’re lit from within.

I seem to have collected almost all the shades (and my wallet is crying so I’ll have to wait on the one I’m missing).  I love some of them more than others, so I thought I would try a different one on each day so you can see how it looks on my skin tone.  Plus I’ll give a review of each so you can decided if any of the shades are right for you.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Review

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Have you tried the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders? Which one is your favorite?

Don’t miss my light coveragemedium coverage, and full coverage foundation reviews

I also have reviews of my brighteners here, concealers hereneutralizers, primers, powders, setting sprays,  foundation brushes, blushes, highlighters, and bronzers.

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The Best Bronzers for Fair Skin

Summer is here and that means one thing, we all want to get that JLo glow without getting too Donatella Versace.  So if you’re a pale gal, and want a natural bronzed glow, then I’m here to help…

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The Best Bronzers for Fair Skin

Finding the perfect bronzer when you’re fair skinned, especially if you’re more cool toned than warm, can be a huge challenge.  You want to look naturally sun-kissed, but not orange.

For many years now I have been embracing my pale and skipping bronzers altogether.  But I’ve rediscovered my desire for a Summer glow.  So I decided to go through my bronzer collection and see which ones worked and which ones were a fail.

I tried some old favorites like the Physicians Formula City Glow Bronzer in New York, The Body Shop Bronzing Powder Light MatteToo Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil, and Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pop in Nude Pop.

…And some classics like Nars Laguna Bronzer .

As well as some first impressions of newer bronzers like the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light.

Here’s what I discovered…

The Best Bronzers for Fair Skin

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Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Dupe | L’Oreal Infallible Pro Contour Palette Review

Sometimes drugstore dupes just jump out and slap you in the face.  But others sneak up on you when you least expect it.  That’s exactly how I felt when I discovered a possible Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Dupe….

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Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Dupe | L'Oreal Infallible Pro Contour Palette Review

When the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow palette came out the hype was off the charts… and I jumped right on the contoured bandwagon.  I really do like the palette, but I’m not in love.  I think the name and the packaging may be my favorite things about it.  The sculpt is more of a bronzer, and the highlighter is pretty, but not necessarily BAM.  I wanted to fall for it, but we have remained just friends.

Then I started hearing about the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Contour Palette, and I decided to jump on that discounted bandwagon.  When I got it home I noticed that the shades looked similar to the Film Star.  I knew I needed to investigate.

So is the L’Oreal a drugstore dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury?  Check out my side by side makeup battle to find out…

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Dupe | L’Oreal Infallible Pro Contour Palette Review

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Note:  I filmed this right before my first attempt at false lashes video, and the whole time I was editing that video I couldn’t stop staring at the Pro Contour highlight side of my face… totally BAM!

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My First Time Applying False Lashes | An Epic Fail

Even the most experienced makeup lover has obstacles to overcome.  For some it’s mastering the perfect cat eye, for some it’s a contoured cheekbone… for me, it’s false lashes…..

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My First Time Applying False Lashes | An Epic Fail

I don’t know why, but my whole makeup wearing life I’ve just never been able to apply falsies.  It’s not just my skill.. it may be my face.  I’ve had professional makeup artists try to apply them to me and they usually end up a mess.

With my wedding quickly approaching (OMG only 2 more months… I’m panicking so I’ll try not to think about it too much… great now I’m freaking out… I’m going to my happy place… I’m at my makeup table… just breath… okay back to lashes), I decided this was the ultimate time to finally defeat my nemesis.

So did I finally master falsies?  Watch and find out….

My First Time Applying False Lashes | An Epic Fail

Do you wear false lashes? Which lashes and glue are your favorites? Any tips?

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The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin Review

I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a little Starlet.  I’ve always seen it as a beautiful artistic outlet.  So when I was in high school and I stumbled across The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin, I knew I needed it in my life….

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The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin Review

The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin Review

At the time, I had no idea who Kevyn Aucoin was, but when I opened the pages of The Art of Makeup I knew I had to know more.  I devoured this book.  Like Carrie Bradshaw once famously said about buying Vogue instead of dinner, “I found it feed me more.”… side note, I believe that was the Sex and the City episode where Kevyn Aucoin made a cameo.

The Art of Makeup was Kevyn’s first book.  I have all of them, and I’ll be reviewing each, but I wanted to start at the beginning with his first.

First of all, this book only comes in paperback, which can be a bummer for some hard core collectors.  It’s the size of a coffee table book, with gorgeous images to boot, but I know some would prefer decorative books in hard cover.

This book gives an glimpse into the mind of a legendary makeup artist who was gone too soon.  It’s more like a brief intro than a full on biography.

This goes for the makeup as well.  Each type of makeup has a chance to shine, but there is no in depth information… just amazing images.

We also get a few makeup application tips, some makeup looks by era, and a quick glimpse at Kevyn’s legendary makeovers.  But nothing to involved.

Then comes the portraits.  These are pure inspiration.  Its a collection of famous faces that Kevyn has made up.  I can’t tell you how many times I tried to recreate the look he gave Naomi Campbell, which is Bombshell all the way.

The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin Review, Naomi Campbell

This book is was inspirational to me in so many ways.  However, it’s not his best book.  The two books that followed were much more detailed and informative.  I think of this book as the appetizer to his 3 course meal of makeup inspiration.

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re a makeup junkie like me, or you’re into 90s supermodels and style, and you can get your hands on a copy, then HELL YES!

If you’re looking for more of a book of makeup tutorials, then I’d look for Kevyn’s other books…which I’ll be reviewing soon, so stay tuned.

Have you read The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If there are any makeup/beauty related books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

…and speaking of gorgeous models, here’s a video from Mode Media with tips for model off duty hair…

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Battle of the Lash Primers Review

I’ve been slowing organizing my makeup collection.  When I come across a makeup product that I only have two of (which is rare since I have a ridiculous collection), I like to challenge them to a duel and battle them side by side.  So when I discovered my Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer and my Lancome CILS Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base I knew I had to do a lash primer review….

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Battle of the Lash Primers Review

I’ve been testing mascaras for a while now (stay tuned for an epic mascara review coming soon), but I realized I only had the two lash primers… and that I rarely ever used them.

So I decided to battle them out, one on each eye along with my favorite mascara, the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara, and see which one (if any) is worth the extra makeup step.

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