• Beauty Philosophy: Parabens

    Paraben use in all manner of beauty and personal care products has become a hugely controversial subject lately – and, I feel, for very good reason. Peer-reviewed studies have conclusively determined that there are links between parabens and certain breast cancers and have shown that parabens act similarly to estrogens once absorbed into the body. […]

  • LOTD: Gunmetal Grey with Naked2 Palette

    I seriously can’t get enough of my Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette! It may just wind up being the first palette I hit pan on for every shadow. And I absolutely plan to pick up a backup during the next Sephora or UD friends-and-family sale. I decided on a sleek outfit today with some dark […]

  • LOTD: Soft Brown Shaded Eyes

    I’ve come to find that this method of applying shadow (basically, in a soft gradient fading up from the lashline to the brow) is particularly flattering on my large, prominent eyes. I can definitely pull off this sort of smokey look without seeming like I was punched in the face, and it actually helps to […]

  • LOTD: Smoked Out Purple Eyes

    I was really feeling a purple eye today, with a bit of a smoked out feel to it. I even planned my outfit around the fact that I wanted to do purple makeup! Starting with my skin, I used my mixture of Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Fair and Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream […]

  • LOTD: Green Accented Eye

    After loving the effect my application of shadows had yesterday, I decided to do something similar but insert a pop of color with some peach and green shadows and teal liner. First I moisturized my skin with Garnier Skin Renew Daily Moisture Lotion. I used Fusion Beauty IllumiCover Luminous Concealer in Light under my eyes, […]

  • LOTD: Matte, Slightly Smokey Eye with Naked2 Palette

    I had some Srs Bzns to take care of today, so I wanted something that wasn’t too in-your-face, but also wasn’t too natural either. To me, what’s the point in wearing make-up at all if your ultimate goal is for it to look “natural”? If you don’t want people to notice your make-up, why bother […]

  • LOTD: Bright, Berry Lips

    Today I wanted to have a go with a gift from a co-worker: MAC Lipstick in Rebel, a fabulously bright berry satin color. (Nevermind that MAC describe it as a “midtone cream plum” – this is most definitely a bright berry!) Starting with my skin, I used my mixture of Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream […]

  • LOTD: Brown Smokey Eye with Naked2 Palette

    I’ve been caught in a whirlwind of YouTube videos lately and have found a few that gave me some new ideas for ways to use my Naked2 Palette. The ones that draw me in all seem to be smokey eyes in some shape or form, but I’ll try to come up with some other eye […]