There’s a special comfort in discovering a beauty product that works for you, whether it be a mascara formula that doesn’t clump or the perfect nude lipstick that took years to find. I consider it part of my professional duties as a blogger to spend my days sampling and buying new products, stealing recommendations from friends, and testing them against what’s in my own beauty bag to find the best of the best in beauty. (Do they let bloggers write off testers on their taxes???) I’m very excited to share my 2018 favorites with you. Keep in mind, as I’m sure you already know, that every product has a different reaction on each skin type. What a friend described as a shine-free full coverage foundation on her, turned out to be a layer of slick no-coverage oil on me. While some products are universally spectacular (and many below are), some are best purchased according to your personal preferences! If you’re at a loss for holiday gift ideas, below you’ll find a plethora of beauty products at different price ranges that are totally gift-worthy. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and your own 2018 beauty winners! Read More
A look inside the magic of Glossier and its new pop-up shop in Chicago’s West Loop.
Glossier coming to Chicago feels oddly like a visit from the Pope. The New York-based beauty brand is globally beloved, but there are only two permanent showrooms in the world today, and they’re located in—guess where—New York and LA. After months of teasing, Glossier opened its first brick and mortar pop up in the Midwest, and even though its only temporary, it still feels like we’ve won some kind of prize. Read More
It seems that I’m late to the shit-on-Mary Kay party. The Mary Kay problem goes all the way back to 1963. For anyone not currently up to speed, I’ll give you the short version: There’s a makeup and skin care company that found its way around some legal loopholes (it’s structured like a pyramid scheme, but calls itself something different) by recruiting individuals to buy their products out of pocket, sell those products to their friends and then recruit those friends. Read More
I first discovered this costume idea years ago on Camille Styles. I’ve always wanted to try it, but something always took its place. This year, I decided it was time to go for it and make the costume my own. If you check out the original look, you’ll see that the makeup and hair are very minimal. After a few minor adjustments to the costume, I wanted to bring the bling from this costume onto my face and hair, and came up with this fun glitter makeup look. If you’re not into Halloween, this makeup also works for festivals, concerts or even a crazy fun Friday night. If you want to see more ideas like this one, check out camillestyles.com. Their costume ideas are easy to do and so much fun! Read More
This summer, think cotton candy pink, snow cone stained lips and greased lightening. Because the only thing more important than carnival food is the way your skirt falls across the Ferris wheel seat.
The original Beauty Blender is the number-one purchased tool at Sephora, and yet it has an ideal 90-day shelf life according to the company website. If you’re loyal to the Beauty Blender, that’s $80 of income each year FOR SPONGES. Let that sink in. It’s less wasteful than buying cosmetic sponge wedges in bulk at your local drug store, but no less costly. And let’s be real, there are more important things in life. Like puppies. Read More
The purpose of this blog is not to tell you that you are not good enough. You are exactly enough.
Make no mistake, this is a blog on the subject of beauty. Life and time have taught me the word ‘beauty‘ is not all encompassing, but it is transformative. Our world spins on exaggerated media, ridiculous politics and unattainable advertisements that preach under the promise of ‘a better you.’ I have allowed myself to be swept up in this mess and I feel it is my responsibility to set a better example for my brother and sisters, my future children, and my generation. This post is for them.