Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit

Milani Brow Kit Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit

Have you tried Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit? This affordable kit has been compared to Anastasia’s brow powder on Makeupalley (where it’s is currently rated a 4.6!) I’d been eyeing it for a while and now that I’ve finally tried it, I must say, I’m impressed. CONTINUE READING…

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss


If you have pigmented lips like me, you know it can be hard to find glosses that actually show up. All through high school and for the first year or two of college, I was a lip gloss fanatic. So many times I’d find a great color, but it would just look clear on my lips. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss was one of the first glosses I ever tried with enough pigment to change my lip color. CONTINUE READING…

Boots No 7 Lifting and Firming Foundation SPF 15

Boots No7 Lifting Firming Foundation13 Boots No 7 Lifting and Firming Foundation SPF 15

[box]The Boots No 7 website states that they do not test on animals; they have a pool of thousands of human volunteers who test their products. Boots No 7 is a UK-based brand manufactured in the EU, where animal testing of cosmetics has been banned since March, 11 2009. However, Boots No 7 is not currently on either the Leaping Bunny or PETA do-not-test list. I will update once I have more information.

Update 11/04/12: While I’ve long believed Boots No 7 to be cruelty-free, I’ve heard claims they may not be. The bottom line: I just don’t know for sure. For that reason, I’m opting not to purchase from Boots No 7 until they become listed by the Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Update 11/20/12: You can read more at Boots No 7 Animal Testing Policy Details.[/box]

I first became interested in this foundation after hearing rave reviews on numerous Youtube channels, first from Ginabinawina99. It’s supposed to be high quality at Target price and has been compared to Chanel Lift Lumiere. CONTINUE READING…

HG: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

Burts Bees Replenishing Pomegranate Oil Lip Balm HG: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

I’m constantly applying lip balm throughout the day. If I don’t, I’m liable to end up with super dry, cracked and peeling lips. I drink tons of water and exfoliate regularly, but it’s just how my lips are. So, over the years I’ve tried many, many lip balms and have a handful of reliable, go-to favorites. Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil is one of them.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

NYX Matte Lip Creams 1 NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams When it comes to lip products, traditional lipsticks have never worked well for me. Even moisturizing formulas tend to dry out my lips and they never last more than an hour or two. For everyday, tinted lip balms are my lip product of choice (and usually, it’s Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil). So, when I heard about NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - and their promise of long-lasting silky matte color – I knew they might be for me. I tried one, loved it, and by now I’ve managed to end up with five shades: Stockholm, London, Tokyo, San Paulo, and Antwerp. CONTINUE READING…

Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Brulee

Wet n Wild Brulee with text2 Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Brulee

As I’m writing this, Wet n Wild Color Icon Single in Brulee has an average rating of4.6 on MakeupAlley (with 279 reviews!) Actually, if you search for all eyeshadows with 100+ reviews, this comes up on the first page. So I’m not alone when I say Ilove this shadow. CONTINUE READING…

Cruelty-Free Shampoo: Nature’s Gate and Kirk’s Natural

Cruelty Free Shampoo Cruelty Free Shampoo: Natures Gate and Kirks Natural

When it comes to shampoo, I’m not too picky. I just want it to clean my hair without totally stripping it of moisture. And, of course, I don’t want animals harmed in its production. Two products that fit (well, actually – exceed) the bill are Nature’s Gate Biotin Shampoo and Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Shampoo.


HG Status: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

LM Mineral Powder 2 HG Status: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15


Update 5/7/13: Laura Mercier is no longer cruelty-free.

Laura Mercier states they are cruelty-free and I have no information to indicate otherwise. Gingerrama has a great post showing Laura Mercier’s responses to animal testing inquiries (she calls their reply “exemplary” and I have to agree!) However, they are currently not on PETA or the Leaping Bunny’s lists, so I don’t have confirmation of their animal testing stance from an independent party. I will update if/when I learn any additional information. Laura Mercier is manufactured by a Stafford, TX-based company called Gurwitch Products.

I’m really excited to write this post, because Laura Mercier is one of my favorite brands, and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder is one of my all-time favorite products. This powder has been a staple in my makeup routine since I first tried it, about two years ago. I’ve gone through probably 3 or 4 of these by now… it’s such a versatile, multi-use product. I’ve used is as a powder, as a foundation, cheek highlight, eyeshadow, under eye brightener, and concealer.

OK, back to the review… I have three shades of this powder which I tend to mix: Real Sand, Natural Beige, and Rich Vanilla. CONTINUE READING…

Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

I’ve heard many raves about NYX pigments. I don’t know what their official name is – they’re called Loose Pearl Eye Shadow on NYX’s site, but I’ve also seen them listed as Powder Pigments and the packaging says Ultra Pearl Mania. Regardless, they’re essentially pigments, and have been called dupes for MAC’s. So I decided to see if I could mix up a dupe for MAC Melon.

I used NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eyeshadows in Nude, Mink, and Oro. Here they are swatched individually with MAC Melon.

Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania Mac Melon Swatches Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

L-R: NYX Nude, NYX Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Mink


Inglot Freedom System Palettes + Swatches

Palettes Full Inglot Freedom System Palettes + Swatches

Swatches and close-up photos of my Inglot Freedom System Palettes

Palette 1

Inglot Palette Full 1.3 Inglot Freedom System Palettes + Swatches

Inglot Palette 1 Eyeshadow Swatches Inglot Freedom System Palettes + Swatches

L-R: 107R, 101R, Matte 337, Matte 328, Matte 318