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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.

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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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Drugstore Dupe? Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips vs Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Review

You can’t have a drugstore dupe conversation without hearing about the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips vs the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.  They look similar, and the names are almost identical.  Yet I rarely see any evidence of this dupe-dom (yes I made up my own word)….

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Drugstore Dupe? Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips vs Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Review

So I decided it was high time someone did a side by side comparison of these two highlighters and set the record straight.  Here’s what I found out….

Drugstore Dupe? Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips vs Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

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Contour Powder for Fair Skin | Drugstore vs High End

I don’t know how I lived before contouring.  I know I did, but lately it’s become a bit of an obsession.  However, it can be tricky for us pale Starlets to find a contour powder for fair skin that makes it look like we have a naturally sculpted face….

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Contour Powder for Fair Skin, Drugstore vs High End, NYX HD Blush in Taupe, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light, review

I mostly use contour kits…. and I’ve even gotten into cream contour.  However, I rarely ever use a solo contour shade.  I’ve had the NYX HD Blush in Taupe in my makeup collection for a while.  It’s supposed to be the ultimate contour shade for fair skin.  I also picked up the new light shade of the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder because I’ve heard such great reviews.

Even thought these are clearly not dupes, I wanted to see how they compared. The results actually surprised me…

Contour Powder for Fair Skin | Drugstore vs High End

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed Dupe | Milani Blush in Romantic Rose Review

As I mentioned in my recent epic blush review, I’m not much of a blush girl.  I like it, I just don’t LIVE for it.  I don’t think I had actually fallen in love with a blush before… that is until I found Exposed from tarte.  It’s a soft neutral shade made in blush heaven.  So you can imagine my skepticism when I heard that there was a Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed dupe at the drugstore.  I had to investigate…

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Drugstore Dupe, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed Dupe | Milani Blush in Romantic Rose Review

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed Dupe | Milani Blush in Romantic Rose Review

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Drugstore Dupe? | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner vs Maybelline Eye Studio

Since the dawn of time… well since I started getting into makeup, and it seems like nothing existed before that… I’ve been hearing that the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner is a drugstore dupe for the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner.  In my naïveté, I just took that to be a fact.  However, I decided that that theory needed to be put to the test…

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Drugstore Dupe? | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner vs Maybelline Eye Studio Review

When I started to get up the nerve to try a cat eye with a flick, I did a lot of research and decided to try a gel liner… looking back that’s like trying to learn to drive on a car with a stick shift (something else I attempted, but that one I could never master).  I discovered that many people were saying that the Bobbi Brown liner was the ultimate, but that the Maybelline Gel Liner was a dupe.  So being the thrifty Starlet that I was, I grabbed the Maybelline.

We had a good run, the Maybelline and I, and I got very comfortable with a cat eye.  But then I discovered pen liners, especially my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo liner and I never looked back.

Over the years, I somehow acquired the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner… although I don’t really remember buying it… but I was so enamored with my pen liners that I barely touched it.

Well, I decided it was high time I find out the truth, and see if the Maybelline is really a Bobbi Brown dupe.  So I tried them both on, one on each eye, and battled them out side by side….

Drugstore Dupe? | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner vs Maybelline Eye Studio

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The Best Lip Liner | Mac vs Urban Decay

When I first started learning about makeup, the lip liner was an essential part of any makeup collection.  Then the love affair faded and you rarely ever heard about them.  Then came Kylie Jenner, who did for lips what her sister Kim Kardashian West did for butts.  We all had to have ours bigger and plumper.  So the lip liner made a comeback and we all rejoiced with an over lined pout….

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The Best Lip Liner, Mac vs Urban Decay,MAC Lip Pencil vs Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in a Battle of the Lip Liners Review

I rediscovered my lip liner addiction along with my new love affair with liquid lipsticks.  They’re a perfect combo… long lasting, and you get a perfect lip shape.

I’m actually looking for the perfect red lip color for my Old Hollywood themed wedding and I decided I wanted to see which lip liner lasted longer, my beloved MAC lip pencil, or the Urban Decay 27/7 Glide On Lip Pencil.

So I put one on one side of my mouth and the other on the other side (harder to do than I thought)… and here’s what I found out…..

The Best Lip Liner | Mac vs Urban Decay

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Highlighters Collection | Swatches & Reviews

Who doesn’t want to be a glowing goddess?  I know I certainly do!  That’s why I seem to have collected a large array of highlighters…

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Highlighter Collection | Swatches & Reviews
Even though I don’t have as many highlighters as I have blushes, I still seem to have a few in my collection that always get overlooked.  So I decided to got through my collection and try on each one to figure out which ones are my favorites. Here’s my full review…

Highlighters Collection | Swatches & Reviews

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Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme Review & Swatches

Everything old is new again, and metallic lipstick is no exception.  I was obsessed with metallic lips from the time I discovered makeup until recently when I started beauty blogging and fell in love with the matte lip trend.  I’ve always felt that metallic shades give the lips more definition, make them look fuller, and can make almost any shade of lipstick more flattering on the skin…

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Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme Review & Swatches

I’ve started seeing metallic lip colors come back on trend recently with the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Metals Collection.  They only have three shades, they are always sold out, and they are over priced because you are really just paying for the brand name.  All that, and I’ve heard from reviewers that they’re very drying on the lips.  I haven’t actually tried them myself, but they just don’t seem worth the trouble.

So when I saw that Milani had add a metallic line to my beloved Amore Matte Lip Cremes, I just had to collect all 8 shades.  I swatched all of them so you can see each shade on, and I gave a vlog style review to see how the lip creme held up throughout the day.  Here is my full review…

Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme Review & Swatches


Have you tried the Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Cremes?  Which shade is your favorite?

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Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush Review & First Impression

Every once in a while a new product comes along promising to change to world as we know it.  For the beauty community, the latest hype is about the Artis Brushes.  They look more like a combination of a spoon and a hair brush.  They’re very expensive, and they are hard to get your hands on because the hype has made them backordered and out of stock everywhere.  However, I was finally able to get my hands on one…

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Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush Review & First Impression

Since these brushes are pricey, I did a lot of research before making my purchase.  I watched countless YouTube reviews, and the general consensus is that the Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush was the best of the bunch.  I decided to try that one to see if I wanted to invest in any other sizes. I literally opened the box as soon as it arrived at my door and filmed this review.  So here is my first impression…

Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush Review & First Impression

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