Tag Archives: Cosmetics

What are the Essential Makeup Brushes?

Makeup brushes on wooden table

While recently cleaning out my scary large makeup collection, I realized that somehow I had accumulated dozens of makeup brushes!  It was absurd since I only have one face and only apply makeup once a day!  I have not decided what to do with the ‘overage’ yet, but I have pared down which ones I […]

The Basics of Tightlining

Woman applying eyeliner

In case you are unfamiliar with the concept of tightlining, it is the method of eyeliner application that nestles the color right in between the eyelashes.  It gives the eyes a defined look without the makeup being too obvious.  It also makes the lashes appear longer and thicker, again without the obvious makeup look. The […]

The Five-Product Face

Woman applying makeup

It sounds almost unimaginable to some of us, a complete face with only five products.  But it is doable!  Here is a quick rundown of the five-product face.  It is great for travel, or for keeping in your gym bag or your desk drawer.  For realism, I do not count applicators or brushes as any […]

Four New Beauty Launches

Woman choosing makeup products

Have you been searching for something to liven up the same ol’ routine for the summer? Check out these recent makeup and skincare launches! They are a combination of new products and new brands! I was unfamiliar with the Wander Beauty brand until I spotted it on Sephora. They offer a streamlined variety of multi-tasking […]

The Great Foundation Search

Woman choosing foundation in cosmetics aisle

I have been on the search for a new foundation, and have recently discovered that there are more types than I thought possible! Sure, we all know about the traditional liquids, the more recent mineral powders, and the advent of the BB and CC creams. But there are even more types it would seem, and […]

Applying Blush Based On Your Face Shape

Woman applying blush

We struggle to find just the perfect shade of blush to give our faces that youthful flush without looking severely sunburned, but did you know that your application technique and placement matters too? We are not talking about contouring or strobing or anything too complicated. I am referring to applying the blush color based on […]

Brand Review: Sonia Kashuk

While the Sonia Kashuk brand does have their own website, the products are available exclusively at Target. The brand offers a full makeup line in addition to body and skin care products. Some of her best-known products are her unique makeup bags as well as her high-quality but affordable brushes. In fact, I love the […]

How Much Makeup is Considered Professional?

Woman applying makeup

If you look around almost any office, you will find all sorts of preferred makeup styles, from the basic minimalist wearing lip balm and possibly mascara to the one that looks ready for the runway with her contouring, her baking, and her false eyelashes.  But what amount of makeup is considered ‘professional’ enough? Obviously, that […]

Do 3-In-1 Products Really Exist?

Woman applying makeup

In my efforts to minimalize, I’ve been looking into the 3-in-1 concept. I am referring to the makeup sticks or pencils that can be used as eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick. The most popular version of this concept is NARS The Multiple. While I love the idea, and this product is well-loved, I’m not convinced that […]

What are the Types of Eyeliners?

Woman applying eyeliner

Just when you thought selecting a color was difficult enough, we also have the formulations to consider.  The combination can be staggering!  Let’s visit some of the basic eyeliner formulas and types. Pencil – The pencil type is usually the easiest to work with and the most straightforward to learn. The technique can vary widely, but […]