Makeup Organization – Detailed Pics

Depending on who you talk to, my makeup collection is big. To others, it’s small. No matter what size it is, it was messy and unorganized. I could never find exactly what I was looking for and it drove me nuts. I’d tried everything to cut down on the clutter, but finally broke down and bought the IKEA ALEX drawers allowing my dream of organization to become a reality.

In case you are wondering, the dimensions for the Alex drawers are:
Width: 26 3/8 ”
Depth: 18 7/8 ”
Height: 26 “


Check out my makeup storage video and new office area I’ve been redoing.

Tricks For Perfect Eye Makeup: Shadow Shields

Once upon a time in a magical place where unicorns make rainbows, Michelle Villanueva was hard at work coming up with an invention that would revolutionize the makeup industry. As the sole founder and CEO of this OMG-it-makes-so-much-sense-how-did-I-not-think-of-that?! product, she found a way for even the best makeup artists to save time in the creation of their look.

Michelle came up with SHADOW SHIELDS.



Shadow Shields do exactly what the name implies – they shield your face from getting fallout all over the lower lid/lash line area. If you are new to the world of makeup, I would suggest running to your nearest Sephora or wherever they are sold (check the site above to verify locations) and stock pile them like they were gallons of water and you were preparing a fallout shelter.

Even the most seasoned of artists turn to these, using them in the creation of their fancy smoky eye at a variety of celebrity-infested events. Three small pieces of adhesive stand between you and the perfect eye makeup. Pull off the end pieces or go ahead and take all three off for a little extra staying power. This works so much better than a piece of tape or wasting beauty powder to protect you from fallout. I like to apply them, do my makeup, add my eyeliner, and then dispose of them – all the while creating the sharpest corners of my liner EVER!

NOTE: When you apply the product under your lower lash line, try to make it as close to the lash as possible. It will feel awkward at first, but before the first eye is complete, you will have forgotten they are there.

This saves time when you have to knock out 10 smokey eye looks and have very little time before a big event. This even works perfectly if you are a n00b, trying to figure out the ins and out of the makeup world, giving you the confidence you need to look amazing. I don’t know how I ever survived without them.


Disclaimer: This review contains a sample product sent to for consideration by PR. This site does not offer paid or guaranteed reviews, only honest opinions of the products tested. 

Maybelline Falsies Mascara – Love to Hate it?



I want to start off by saying I was impressed with the buildability this mascara had for my lashes. I found out about product from reviews I read on Luuux, which led me to videos on YouTube. There doesn’t seem to be an in between with this product. You either love it or hate it. I didn’t think twice about it because I have multiple mascaras that I adore…until I saw it on sale in Target. I figured, meh, why not?

Taking into consideration the issues people had with this mascara, I felt like I was educated enough to use this product and be successful. I think the end results were promising, but only with a few tricks.

Most people said this mascara was too wet – which is very true. The Twilight Volturi mascara is also really wet, making it more difficult to apply. The wetness did not make me happy, but I solved this problem by letting the wand sit out for about 30 seconds before applying it to my lashes. This cut down on the clump factor. By the time I worked on the lower lash line, the consistency was perfect.


Again, trying to avoid the clump factor, I started at the root of my lashes and used the wand (which I LOVE), twisting it up VERY SLOWLY, until I reached the tip. If you take your time with this mascara, the results are what you want. If you don’t – well…you’ll look a hot mess. If you find that some of the lashes stick together then go back with a spooly and they should come apart with ease.

I could see my lashes looked much longer and fuller when the product was applied SLOWLY. There was a noticeable difference to the fullness of my lashes and I got compliments, believe it or not.

With all the wholesome goodness that comes with this spectacular price tag (less than $10 USD), I found removing this product to be a pain. If I touch my lashes, they feel like I’ve coated them with something on the same level as modeling clay. When I’m in the shower or washing my face in the sink, I like to take my nail and almost strip the mascara off the hair. It makes cleaning my face easier and I don’t come out looking like I was a starter for the Baltimore Ravens. With this product, not only does it not strip off the lash easily, I found it didn’t want to come off ever easy when my Yes to Tomatoes was introduced and would stick to my nails.

Overall, I would give this product 4 out of 5 or a B in terms of ease of usage. I will use this until it runs out because I love the end result, but you really have to take the time and apply it. This is NOT your grab and go mascara. I would definitely not recommend applying this stuff in the car! I’m used to my MAC Opulash or my YSL Faux Cilis that cost two to three times as this one. You get what you pay for.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Don’t Stop Believin;” by Rachel & Finn (Glee: The Music Vol 1)

Just Bitten by Revlon

I am sitting at my computer once again, watching the days to my summer vacation dwindle away. I am supposed to be editing my novel right now, but I think out of sheer terror of rejection (I KNOW I WILL be rejected and that’s part of the process) I just can’t seem to still write those query letters. I have a video rendering right now so I figured before I pushed myself into my writing and editing, I’d go ahead and write a review on a product that left me pleasantly surprised.


I’d seen lip stains everywhere, but honestly they never struck me as something I’d want to try. Until one of my followers (I follow her as well) from twitter @dmarieimages posted a link to a blog she wrote reviewing various drugstore lip tints.  I followed the link and was intrigued. I knew from reading her blog, I would only be interested in buying the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm.
I still wasn’t sold on them, but at least the next time I made my way to a place that sold Revlon products, I would look at them. I ended up buying Twilight and Gothic. Twilight is a deep plum-ish red type of color and Gothic is a gorgeous dark red. At first I thought the names would be better if they were switched, but only because I associate the word Twilight to the Stephenie Meyer vampire world. Let’s be honest – it’s the ONLY reason I bought that color. When I put the color on and photographed it, I can see the deep red colors that look similar to arterial blood.

Initially, I didn’t know what to think.
It looked like a marker on one end and chap stick on the other.
I had an idea of what to expect from the blog I read, but I wanted to formulate my own conclusions, nonetheless. After making sure my lips were smooth, I gave it a try. I took to outlining my lips with the stain as if I were coloring a picture in a coloring book. I always outline before I color – to me it looks prettier that way!
A word of caution if you are going to use this – TAKE YOUR TIME – it’s a stain – once it’s on your skin, it stays unless you feel like exfoliating the area. This stain has a pretty good staying power.
With my lips outlined, I began to color in between the lines. The pen felt wet and kind of cold against my lips which surprised me. It felt like I were painting water on my lips, but the color did not move. I even touched my finger to my lips thinking I would be able to wipe the stain off. Not a chance. I guess it was a good thing I liked the colors. I attempted to rub off the stain after about three hours to paint on the Gothic color, so as you can see the Gothic and Twilight look somewhat similar even though they are not similar in reality.
If you are looking for a matte look, skip the balm and go like this. The stain will last a few hours (both times I wore this I didn’t do a lot of talking so the real test will come when I get back to work next week).  When you turn the tube and add the lip balm, you can see the amazing work of this product. The addition of the balm transforms this lip stain into the most amazing $9 lip product I have seen yet. The balm really moisturizes your lips leaving them silky smooth and shiny. I had all but lost my faith in drugstore brand makeup because it never stayed on my face and I was spending more money to replace the products faster, but Revlon has won me back.

The major downfall I see to this product is that the balm wears off quicker than the stain. Your lips will stay that color, but they lose their shine quickly. Have no fear! Throw on some of your favorite chap stick and save what’s in your tube for the initial application!

If you happen to see this product, I would recommend getting it. You are getting a lot for the $9 price tag. Have you tried this product?

music note While writing this, I was listening to “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire

Purple Sunset

  So I was looking for a new background for my desktop and I came across this picture. Isn’t it gorgeous? Don’t you just love it when you go from being completely unmotivated, to seeing gorgeous makeup looks in everything?

Maybe it’s just me, but since I started doing this YouTube makeup gig, I catch myself staring at people’s lids.

Take for instance, my husband…he has gorgeous eyes, and if I ever thought I would get away with it, I would totally give him a makeover! Of course I can’t get away with it, so that’s the end of that conversation!



  • MAC Studio Moisture Tint: Medium
  • MAC Refined Golden Bronzer
  • MAC MSF: Medium


  • Anastasia Brow Powder: Brunette
  • Benefit Speed Brow


  • UDPP
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil: Milk
  • Almay Bright Eyes Pencil
  • MAC Nylon e/s
  • MAC Satellite Dream e/s
  • MAC Violet pigment
  • MAC Sketch e/s
  • MAC Soft Brown e/s
  • MAC Shadowy Lady e/s
  • MAC Fig 1 e/s
  • MAC Naked Lunch e/s
  • MAC lilacky powerpoint liner
  • MAC Feline eye kohl
  • L’Oreal Carbon Black Liner Intense
  • YSL Faux Cillis Masacara: black


  • NARS Sin Blush


  • Nivea Kiss of Moisture
  • Urban Decay Paranoid Lip Pencil
  • Urban Decay Sellout Lipstick

I can only hope you love this look as much as I do!


Sephora’s Mystical Blues

I don’t know why Sephora sends me these catalogs other than to torture me! I did thumb through it and stopped short of the first couple pages because I loved the drama this look created. I don’t think I do “recreations” very well, but I still loved how it looked. I loved it so much, I decided to pull out what I had and gave it a try.

I had to change up everything Sephora recommended you use, simply because I don’t own it, and I have no intentions of buying it anytime soon.

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  • Sephora Tinted Moisturizer in Light
  • MAC Golden Refined Bronzer


  • UDPP
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk
  • Coastal Scents Creative Me #1 Palette – CM09
  • Coastal Scents Creative Me #1 Palette – CM07
  • Coastal Scents 88 Palette – TOP ROW 2nd to last column – light brown
  • Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette – turquoise 6th column
  • Clarinda Cosmetics Treasure of the Sea pigment (the owner is updating her site I believe)
  • MAC liquid last liner: Blue Herizon
  • L’Oreal Carbon Black Liner Intense
  • Pixi Eye color sealer
  • Ardell Gisele lashes
  • MAC Feline eye kohl
  • MAC Plushlash: Plush black



Brushes Used:

Anyhoo, I hope you like this look. It would be Fierce at night for dinner or just going out 🙂


Smurfs Makeup

To achieve this look you will need to grab some whites and blues in various shades. I am using the Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer palette but just use what you have! I applied my Sephora Tinted Moisturizer, Bronzed with Milani Sunset Duo: Sunset City Bronzing side, Mineral Power Bronzer, and set my face with MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium.

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For your eyes you need:

  • UDPP
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil: Milk
  • CS Shimmer Palette Shadows 1:1, 1:2, 5:5, 6:8 (if you don’t know what that means click on link for picture)
  • MAC Contrast
  • MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter: Citrus
  • MAC Dazzlelash: Dazzle Black
  • Ardell Demi Luvies


Blush: CS Blush palette – bright pink 2:4


  • Suds-n-Sass Jelly Balm: Sunkissed
  • MAC Subculture lip pencil
  • Rimmel Birthday Suit
  • Coastal Scents Lip Smacks: Odyssey

Plumeria & Lavender – Be My Valentine Makeup

This entire look was triggered by the happy arrival of one of my Valentine’s presents from Nick. He wanted to get me the traditional flowers and such but I am so into my makeup I just said get me the Ben Nye Grand Lumiere palette and so it was…

Click on pic to go to site where I
purchased this amazing palette from!
Plumeria & Lavender


  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW 15
  • MAC Lightsweep Shadester Sculpt and Shape Powder
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish: Red Head
  • MAC Studio Fix N4

Eyes (ALL MAC unless noted)

  • Painterly Paintpot
  • Nylon (highlight, tear duct)
  • Scene 1 (lid)
  • Ben Nye Amethyst (crease)
  • Beautiful Iris (blend above crease)
  • NYX blue/black/purple glitter cream (bottom lid)
  • Blacktrack fluidline
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Zero
  • ZoomLash ZoomBlack
  • Ardell lashes – 117
  • Fix+


  • MAC Dollymix


  • MAC Hush Hush Tendertone
  • MAC Popmode Lipglass

Reviewing L’Oreal Lineur Intense – Carbon Black

Reviewing L’Oreal Lineur Intense

So I totally suck at applying liquid liner – or I did! That is until I bought this product. I am trying really hard to find products that I can make a part of my daily routine. Everyone made a huge deal about the MAC Penultimate liner that came out recently, but I am trying to not spend so much money on MAC right now.

Product: L’Oreal Lineur Intense – Carbon Black
Price: $8.50
Brand: L’Oreal
Where to Buy: CVS, Walgreens, Target, Wal*Mart – anywhere L’Oreal is sold
Rating: 5 out of 5 NAT’s

This liner is AWESOME! I can’t believe how easy and smooth this stuff applies. If you have ever wanted to have winged out liner for your favorite pinup look then look no further. You don’t have to pull your eye to make this apply smoothly. I noticed I still do out of habit, but I just put my hand there more than actually pull.

The staying power, once dry is amazing. In the mornings it’s always windy in Southern MD and the cold of this winter makes my eyes tear up. Since wearing this liner, I am not having to worry about it going anywhere.

In other words…GO GET IT! If I can make this work then SO CAN YOU!

Questions…Because I’m Curious…
  1. What type of liner do you prefer (liquid, gel, cream, pencil)
  2. What is favorite color and brand of go-to liner for everyday use?


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