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Drugstore Blush Hack

20 Aug

I had an “a-ha!” (more like “doh!”) moment a couple weeks ago and had to share. You’ve probably already figured this out, but if you replace the little brush that comes with your drugstore pressed powder blush with a real brush–like a soft, luxurious one that comes in a set–your blush will look infinitely better.

I had a set of brushes laying around–I use the big one for my powder foundation every day, but the others were just stuffed under the sink. Sometimes I’d bring out the lipstick ones on special occasions, but for the most part, I ignored them. When my blush was looking streaky (and the brush was feeling scratchy on my supple cheeks), I got the idea to switch out the brushes. Success! You should try it, too. (But I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m the last person on earth to figure this out.)


Red Lips

4 Feb

I love the look of red lipstick. Matte, gloss, orange-red, blue-red–I love it all.

What I don’t love is how much work it takes! I’m not the kind of girl who even thinks to touch-up her makeup in the middle of things, so a pop of red on my lips usually only lasts as long as it takes to get through my first drink.

So, I’ve been experimenting a bit, along with asking friends for tricks of the trade.

Lots of folks swear by filling in their lips with a matching lip pencil first. I’m not a fan, because I usually end up with a ring around the perimeter of my lips.

I started using Maybelline SuperStay 10HR Stain Gloss. I put on a few layers and then apply my ‘stick. So far, this has worked best.

But as I was reviewing some of “for my face” pins, I came across this cute little tutorial from The Beauty Department:

I’m going to have to try it out!

Do you rock a bold lip? What are your tricks?

Socially-Aware Shopping

25 Jan

Sorry for my unexpected hiatus, everyone! I’m fine; just needed a bit of a break from blogging!

Scarlet lipstick by Make via

Scarlet lipstick by Make via

When I opened my inbox and found a link to this gem of a website, I was shaken out of my blogless stupor and inspired to tell the world all about it!

We See Beauty is a shop of products (beauty, design, print, film, and well-being) in which the sales go towards supporting cooperative development. In other words, a portion of the sales goes to the We See Beauty Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping out women-led, worker-owned organizations!

And it’s not just the business model that’s socially-aware: the products are, too. We See Beauty selects brands and artisans that produce goods that are socially responsible and in line with their vision of a cooperative movement.

Now that’s spending we can feel good about.

Olive Juice

2 Jan

You know how I make my own makeup remover?

Well, for those of you who, for whatever reason, would rather buy your makeup remover, you’re in luck! I just came across this product by St. Ives:

Moisturizing Olive Cleanser:



And here’s a close-up of the label for you:



Have you tried it? How do you like it?

Office Holiday Party

18 Dec
please ignore the clothes on the floor

please ignore the clothes on the floor

My office holiday party was over the weekend. I wanted to dress up, but as it was a work event, I didn’t want to get too glitzy. So I ended up with this outfit.

  • Dress: H&M (a Little Navy Dress is a great alternative to an LBD!)
  • Belt: vintage (thrifted)
  • Tights: Target (probably)
  • Shoes: Madden Girl (Macy’s)
  • Earrings: Erica Weiner via ModCloth  (switched out the hooks for surgical steel ones myself)
  • Bracelet: vintage (thrifted)

With the addition of a cardigan, my outfit was a little more demure than I would have liked (I interviewed for my job wearing almost the exact same thing), but it did the trick for a work function. Besides, I was focusing more on my makeup, which included a bold red lip*–something I’ve always wanted to pull off but am usually too scared to do (not pictured).

What are you wearing to holiday functions?

*We’ll talk more about this later.

Compliment-Worthy Skin

5 Dec
my mug

my mug

As I feel a period-pimple forming near my chin, I want to take a moment to celebrate the fact that several people complimented me on my skin last week! It doesn’t get much better than that.

I owe it to the things I put on my face every day:



Aside from my makeup remover, I buy everything I use at the drugstore, proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get compliments on your skin (or makeup)!

I’m a loner, Dottie, a rebel.

19 May

Benefit Cosmetics San Francisco

I snagged a sample of Benefit’s You Rebel tinted moisturizer (SPF 15) a while back and finally tried it out the other day. When I first dispensed it onto to my finger I thought, “Oh no, this is going to be an oily mess.” But after applying it, I was pleasantly surprised. I admit that I was having a good skin day (cha-ching!), but the coverage was amazing. Even more phenomenal, and probably the best part, was that it made the makeup I put on top of it look SO GOOD.

Here’s what I put on my face:
1. Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion for Sensitive Skin with SPF 30
2. Benefit You Rebel tinted moisturizer
3. Mary Kay powdered foundation
4. Rimmel London blush
5. Maybelline Falsies m

I skipped my Almay concealer for under my eyes, and probably could have skipped the powder foundation too, but it has become somewhat of a security blanket for me!

Some reviewers have mentioned that it smells bad. I actually thought it smelled really good! But when cosmetics smell at all, I get concerned that it might have added fragrance that will irritate my skin. I didn’t experience an issue, but then again, I only wore the stuff for a day.

I’m a fan of Benefit cosmetics. They really get the fresh, natural look that a lot of people—myself included—strive for, while still having some retro pin-up glamour injected (and their packaging– augh, I’m such a sucker). I think You Rebel is the perfect moisturizer for the winter when you’re feeling a little pale and can get away with using SPF 15 instead of something higher (you know, unless you’re skiing or something).