Spring Cleaning Sunday: Dresser & Makeup Organization

Last weekend, my good friend Ashlee paid me a lovely three day visit.  I let her stay in my bedroom, and I slept in the spare room, which is even more of a disaster.  I used Ashlee’s visit as an excuse to wrangle my obnoxiously huge makeup collection and other assorted debris.

I (try to) keep the bulk of my makeup in the top two drawers of my dresser, but I end up accumulating a lot of clutter on my dresser top.  So my first course of action was to organize this excess back into the appropriate drawers.

I also have an antique mirrored vanity tray for holding my newer and/or most used products and to (try to) keep loose powder from ending up all over my pretty, Indian inspired runner.


I was able to clear enough space on top of my dresser to fit both my lamps as well as this acrylic sunglass rack and a small picture frame.  I’m making it a point to keep my clutter at bay by returning everything to its place after using it.

What do you think of my makeup organization/storage set up?
Please let me know whether y’all enjoy reading non-beauty posts, as a break from seeing my face all the time.


Smokey Eye Saturday: Wedding Edition

I mixed my Origins CC (which is a touch too light) with an e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer (which is a bit too dark) to come up with a pretty accurate color match.

After powdering lightly with NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat, I used the Balm Bahama Mama both to contour and as my eye crease color.  My lids are an e.l.f. Baked Shadow over Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast.

I then used a brown Milani Liquid Eye liner and applied several coats of Ulta Twisted Volume Mascara, and finished off with Milani Power Lip in Macaroon.

What do you think of this look?


FIF: e.l.f. Cruisin Chic Smudge Pot & Light Blush Palette

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but my local Super Target has a new e.l.f. display, featuring both blush palettes and several of their smudge pots.


I’m wearing e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic and the deeper matte pink from the Light Blush Palette.*



e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic
This went on looking super pigmented but kind of faded by the time I came home.  It’s such a pretty, kind of gunmetal-y shade that I want to figure out a way to make it work.  I’ll definitely be trying this again, either over a lid primer or as a cream color base.

e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette in Light
This contains four brand new blushes (or three blushes and a bronzer).  I already love the formula of their Studio blushes, and this palette is no exception.

What do you think of these products?  What’s your opinion of e.l.f. Cosmetics in general?

If you’re interested in these products, check your local Target or shop eyeslipsface.com


*I’m also wearing Origins Smarty Plants CC & Milani Runway Lashes Mascara

FIF: Wet n Wild Cashmere Lipstick & Brush With Destiny Blush

Now this is a 90’s lipstick I can get behind.  It’s kind of a sheer midtone brown, which is significantly more flattering than Milani’s.

Brush With Destiny
This is a pretty sheer, peachy color with golden shimmer.

In sticking with the brand, I’m also wearing the green browbone shade from WnW’s Comfort Zone palette, which is a long time favorite.

FIF: A Trio of Milani Products

Today’s First Impression Friday is on three of Milani’s newest products:


Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in 03 Florence
This went on looking really pretty–so pretty that I was willing to overlook the weird sticky formula.  I was ready to fall in love with this and sing its praises from the rooftops, until I noticed the glitter bomb of fallout down to my cheeks. (Can I even call this fallout?  More like grease-out thanks to its “ground-breaking gloss technology.”)

Milani Powder Blush in 01 Romantic Rose
This blush is really pigmented, if a bit powdery.  I love this shade, kind of a pinky nude.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in 61 Matte Naked
I love the idea od this mauvey nude shade, but it gave me straight up corpse lips. Like if I were playing a dead teenage hooker on SVU (which would be kind of amazing.)  That said, the formula is beautiful.  I def need to try a couple of the other, more normal shades in this line.  Matte Naked might work for you if you’re very fair and into the whole 90’s grunge revival thing.


Can you see that crazy oily glitter explosion?

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think of them, or Milani Cosmetics in general?


FIF and FOTN: Marsala Madness

Today’s First Impression Friday and FOTD will document my first shot at incorporating the new 2015 Pantone color of the year into my beauty arsenal. When Marsala was revealed as the COTY, I was initially unimpressed, thinking it was just a watered down version of oxblood, but now I might be in love this warm red.

Anyway, today I decided to try out Pur Minerals Soul Mattes palette and NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Burgundy.  This pinky-marsala look would be great for Valentine’s Day, although I plan on incorporating Urban Decay Coax.


Please ignore the creepy side angle; I’m strategically hiding a blemish on the opposite side of my nose.


Soul Mattes
This palette contains eight matte shadows ranging from pinks to marsala(s) to neutrals, with cheeky shade names such as Alter Ego (my favorite.)  This is the first Pur Minerals product I’ve ever tried, and the quality of the shadows is excellent.

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Burgundy
I’d actually never tried a single NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil before today, which may be surprising considering I have a dozen or so of their Jumbo Eye Pencils.  Burgundy is a rich, opaque, true Marsala shade that would be beautiful on a multitude of skintones.

What do you think of this look?
How do you feel about the color marsala?