Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

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I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara. It is the one makeup item which is completely essential as it frames the eyes, the one part of the face that other people see first and most often.

Although I adore my Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara, I believe I may have found a new favorite!

I recently picked up Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara.

It comes in an adorable black and pink tube – very feminine! The packaging is sturdy and compact, which is always good for tucking it into your purse.

The wand is curved, a shape I personally prefer as it helps to more evenly and deeply distribute the mascara to the lashes.

Now for the before and after:

As you can see – this mascara coats the lashes evenly and fully, leading to beautiful long lashes. I was pleased with the result. I did not notice any flaking throughout the day, and the lashes looked as good in the evening as when I applied it in the morning.

I enthusiastically recommend this product – a fantastic addition to your mascara collection!

You can purchase this mascara here for $27.

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe in 2022

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When I travelled to Paris almost ten years ago, I was captivated by the French way of selecting and purchasing clothes.

Because most citizens of Paris live in apartments, their closets are small. They focus on buying a few quality pieces (such as Chanel, etc.) which they can then mix and match, creating a variety of outfits.

This has always inspired me and establishes the concept for “THE CAPSULE WARDROBE.”

In this post, I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to create a capsule wardrobe in Fall 2022.

I want to first describe the benefits of the capsule wardrobe:

1) Overall, it saves money! You are buying a few quality pieces, which you can then pair for a large assortment of looks.

2) It saves SPACE in the closet! More room for your husband’s clothes – he will be very happy! I’m including a picture of my capsule wardrobe in my closet (below), which demonstrates what a tiny amount of space this occupies.

3) It is stylish – it is the Parisian fashion!

4) It’s amazingly portable – fewer clothes to pack for vacation!

Now, I’m going to show you – step by step – how to create this capsule wardrobe.

Step 1 – Choose your base color.

This base color is a neutral color upon which your entire palette is built and grounded. It is usually black or navy. I personally prefer black as it offers more versatility. More colors compliment black than navy, but you could use either.

Step 2 – Choose your accent color(s).

You will need to select 1-2 bold colors (non-neutral) to serve as your accent color(s). I personally chose red, but you could choose green, blue, etc. – the list is endless. This will serve as a “pop” in your wardrobe and will stand out.

Step 3 – Choose your tops.

Now that you have chosen your base color and your accent color, you will need to select 2-3 tops. Ideally, you should have some neutral colored tops (such as black, cream, etc.) as well as at least 1 top the same color as your accent shade (red, green, blue, etc.). It is also an advantage if you purchase a basic top which can serve as a casual top and a dressy top. You can dress up these tops with jewelry, a scarf, etc., and can dress down the blouse with blue jeans.

Step 4 – Choose your pants.

I usually advise sticking to neutral colors (black, cream, navy, denim) for the pants, but it’s not wrong to choose a pop of color for your pants as well. Blue jeans are essential to “dressing down” a look, or rendering it more casual.

Step 5 – Choose your dresses.

Like the tops, it is recommended to select 2-3 dresses to serve as a base garment. I do recommend that at least one of these feature the accent color. In particular, I love a little black dress. Plus – if there’s anything that is better than a little black dress, it’s a little red dress! Both are stunning and so versatile.

Step 6 – Choose your layers.

Layers are essential for fall. In many places around the country, the temperature may be 30 degrees (F) in the morning and 70 degrees in the afternoon. With layers, you can strip off or wrap up, as the situation requires. The ideal layers are cardigans, boleros, denim jackets. You can also “dial up” a look by layering with a blazer.

Step 7 – Choose your accessories.

Accessories are crucial for dialing a look up or down, rending it more sophisticated or more casual. Scarves and jewelry (such as pearls) tend to glamorize an outfit. A belt would also take a look to the next level.

I’m going to show you my own capsule wardrobe below, including all the looks I’ve created. You will shocked to see how many outfits you can create using this method:

Possible Outfits – White Top

Possible Outfits – Black Top

Possible Outfits – Red Top

Possible Outfits – Black Dress

Possible Outfits – Red Dress

SHOP THE LOOK

White/Cream Blouse:

***Please note: These blouses run large.

Black Blouse:

Red Blouse:

Little Black Dress:

Little Red Dress:

Blue Jeans:

Black Pants:

Khaki Pants:

White/Cream Cardigan:

Black Cardigan:

Black Shoes:

Money Saving Makeup Hacks

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With fears of recession looming, every penny counts

Makeup is no exception!

I’m going to list 5 quick money-saving makeup hacks:

1) You can use lipstick as blush.

Yes, you can!

In fact, in the early history of makeup, this was often done. It was called rouge, which doubled as both lipstick and blush. You simply dot a speck of lipstick onto your cheek, and pat it in the skin gently.

2) You can use brown or black eyeshadow as eyeliner.

This works beautifully, especially if you like a smudged look. Brown and black eyeliner is so versatile; this color is in almost every eyeshadow palette. In contrast, you can sharpen the eyeliner look by adding water to the eyeliner brush.

3) You can use concealer as eyeshadow base/primer.

This is one of the most amazing money-saving makeup hacks of all. Concealer, like the eyeshadow base, not only cancels out the purple or red undertones to the eyelid, providing a neutral canvas for the eyeshadow, but it also provides an actual substrate (like concealer) to which eyeshadow can bind. You can get 2 products for the price of one!

4) Drugstore foundation is your friend.

Drugstore foundation is wonderful and often underrated. It’s hard to beat L’Oreal True Match foundation or Revlon Colorstay foundation. No one will ever know.

5) Brown or black eyeshadow can double as a brow color.

Another fabulous use for black or brown eyeshadow! Truly a versatile product, as it can double as brow color or as eyeliner. You simply use a thin-tipped brush to draw in your brows.

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Il Makiage Foundation Review

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We’ve seen them everywhere – glowing ads on Youtube and Facebook for Il Makiage foundation, showing young women squealing with delight as the foundation disappears into their skin.

Is it worth the hype?

I actually purchased it a few months ago, in shade 020 (the lightest shade)!

The packaging of the Il Makiage “Woke Up Like This” foundation is superb and fancy, complete with a pump, which nearly always renders application less messy:

The foundation is of a thicker consistency – not creamy at all. This is personal preference, but I do usually gravitate toward creamy foundations as they are easier to apply.

I have assembled 3 photos below (before foundation, after foundation, and full face of makeup):

So far, so good, right?

You have to examine the close-ups to see the true story!

The problem is the consistency of this foundation. It is thick and applies unevenly. It forms unsightly patches on the skin and oxidizes, forming splotches of yellow and orange (see below):

This foundation, unfortunately, is not worth the hype. It is, in fact, one of the worst foundations I have ever used.

For a product breakdown of my makeup look, see below:

Foundation – Il Makiage “Woke Up Like This” in Shade 020

Powder Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 1-Fair/Pale

Concealer Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer in 1

Blush

Benefit Cosmetics Brightening Finishing Powder in “Dandelion” icon

Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer icon

Lips

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss in “Dolly” icon

Eye Look (see below)

Eye Look (products used):

Eyeliner Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper”

Eyeshadow BaseMac Painterly Paint Pot and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk”

Lid CenterColourpop Stone Cold Fox Eyeshadow Palette in “Magnetic Moon”

Inner + Outer LidColourpop Stone Cold Fox Eyeshadow Palette in “Fickle Fate”

Crease Colourpop Stone Cold Fox Eyeshadow Palette in “Enigma” + “Play it Coal”

Brow BoneColourpop Stone Cold Fox Eyeshadow Palette in “Dreamful”

Inner CornerColourpop Stone Cold Fox Eyeshadow Palette in “Dreamful”

Eyebrow Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Medium Brown”

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Colourpop Stone Cold Fox Palette Review and Swatches

Colourpop Stone Cold Fox Palette Review and Swatches

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In recent years, Colourpop has truly emerged as a leader in the makeup industry. Perhaps my favorite part of their line is their countless, large, and high quality makeup palettes – of every imaginable theme!

One of their newer palettes is the massive and lovely Stone Cold Fox palette.

It contains 30 well-milled eyeshadows. Although it does contain a few scattered warm shades, this palette leans mostly cool, with plenty of mauves, grays, taupes, and silvers:

The packaging is sleek – light and compact. It is actually quite thin, which works great to help fit into a makeup drawer!

Without further ado, let’s review each shade – shall we?

1) “So Fine”

This is a Cinderella shade – or, rather, perhaps a fairy godmother shade! It is a silvery baby pink, which would be ideal for the lid, inner corner, or brow bone.

2) “Trip”

If you are looking for a subtle, barely-there pinkish taupe, this is the shade for you! It also contains silver sparkle. Suitable as a crease shade or all-over lid shade.

3) Lux

A creamy shade with rare silver sparkle, “Lux” is quite pigmented. It is ideal for the lid or brow bone.

4) “Dreamful

“Dreamful” is a truly gorgeous snow white color, with abundant silver sparkle. The hue works as a lid color, brow bone, or even inner corner color. However, one downside is that this one is quite powdery.

5) “I Dig It”

“I Dig It” is a silvery glitter taupe. Beautiful as a lid color.

6) “Mystery”

A glittery mauve – again, an ideal lid color!

7) “Stranger”

“Stranger” is a natural-looking crease color – a light taupe which is slightly darker than “Trip.”

8) “Quarry Days”

“Quarry Days” is a matte warm-toned taupe, deeper than “Stranger.” Another great crease shade.

9) “U Rock”

“U Rock” is a cool-toned matte gray. Excellent crease shade.

10) “Magnetic Moon”

“Magnetic Moon” is my favorite shade in this palette! A glittery silver, this shade packs a punch in terms of pigment and has an almost foiled appearance. A stunning pop of color in the center of the lid!

11) Enigma

“Enigma” is a light warm-toned taupe. A crease color, for sure!

11) “Ghost Town”

“Ghost Town” is a deep, cool-toned taupe crease shade, with hints of mauve and plum.

13) “Stone Age”

Lighter than “Ghost Town,” “Stone Age” is a light mauve crease or lid shade – stunning on green eyes, I must say!

14) “Hard Place”

“Hard Place” is a mauvy bronze – best suited as a statement lid shade.

15) “Sediment to Be”

A pewter shade – ideal for the lid. This color reminds me of a moon rock!

16) “Rumor Mill”

“Rumor Mill” is a dark matte gray – best for deepening the crease or outer corner.

17) “Baby Doll”

“Babydoll” is a silvery taupe with a hint of mauve.

18) “Gneiss Guy”

I expected to love this shade but didn’t! A reddish mauve, “Gneiss Guy” contains glitter which is far too chunky and suitable only as a lid topper.

19) “Gravity Hill”

“Gravity Hill” is a deep matte mauvy plum – best for the deep crease or outer corner.

20) “Truffles”

“Truffles” is probably my second favorite in this palette – it is a highly unique shade. It’s a matte taupe infused with silvery blue sparkle.

21) “Bould Type”

A light matte grayish taupe.

22) “Caving In”

Silvery taupe with a touch of mauve.

23) “Fascinated”

Light matte grayish taupe. Useful as a subtle crease color!

24) “For Granite”

Deep brownish plum doused with delightful pink sparkles!

25) “Play It Coal”

This mauvy plum shade also contains pink sparkles, similar to “For Granite.”

26) “Fickle Fate”

This matte shade is a marriage between eggplant and plum. Suitable for deepening the crease or the outer V.

27) “Cult Classic”

Matte grayish brown. An outer V shade, for sure!

28) “Rock Bottom”

This is your classic matte black shade. It works to deepen the crease or outer V – and could also serve as an eyeliner shade.

29) “Drama Mama”

Probably my third favorite color in this palette. This shade is a mix between rich cocoa brown and eggplant. I love it for the outer V.

30) “Obsidian”

This shade is very similar to “Fickle Fate,” only darker and leaning more towards brown than eggplant or plum.

Now, for side-by-side swatches…

First Row:

First Row (L to R): So Fine, Trip, Lux, Dreamful, I Dig It, Mystery

Second Row:

Second Row (L to R): Stranger, Quarry Days, U Rock, Magnetic Moon, Enigma, Ghost Town

Third Row:

Third Row (L to R): Stone Age, Hard Place, Sediment to Be, Rumor Mill, Babydoll, Gneiss Guy

Fourth Row:

Fourth Row (L to R): Gravity Hill, Truffles, Bould Type, Caving In, Fascinated, For Granite

Fifth Row:

Fifth Row (L to R): Play it Coal, Fickle Fate, Cult Classic, Rock Bottom, Drama Mama, Obsidian

Overall, this is a fantastic addition to your eyeshadow palette collection which lends itself to a delicious variety of cool-toned looks!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Stone Cold Fox palette review and swatches!

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