Sample Extravaganza! Testing First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream

I have a lot of samples.

Every month I accrue new skincare, makeup, and fragrance samples that are rarely used–the exception, of course, being occasions when I’m going out of town and need products that adhere to TSA-friendly sizing guidelines. I’ve decided┬áto turn my cluttered drawer of samples into proverbial lemonade by using it as fodder for product reviews. First up is the much-hyped Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty.

At $12.00 per 2 oz, my .06 oz sample holds a street value of $0.36

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EYELINER WEEK: Dual-Winged Liner

We’ve reached the end, my friends! The final post of Eyeliner Week (yes, I own a calendar and I know this took a lot longer than a week, but I already apologized, so there’s no need to harp on me) is upon us. To bring this blessed event to a close, today’s post will demonstrate another option for wearing the many colored liners I recently featured. As the title would suggest, we’ll be tackling dual-winged liner today. Dual-winged liner is two lines super-imposed on top of one another (as opposed to double-winged liner, which is a different animal altogether). It’s surprisingly easy, so let’s jump right in. Make an awkwardly unphotogenic face and let’s do this. Continue reading

Eyeliner Week: Colored Eyeliner

I have previously mentioned how, as a child, my folicular and sartorial choices were a regular source of embarrassment to my family. In addition to my odd taste in hairdos, I combined some colors, patterns, and textures that didn’t, in a traditional sense, “go together.” I was pretty well known among elementary school teachers, daycare providers, and family friends for my penchant for stripes, florals, and neons. Mind you, this was the early to mid ’90s, and get-ups like this where considered normal; you had to be pretty unique to stand out in a sea of day-glo crop tops and swishy wind breakers. The point of all this exposition is that I have long been a fan of color and makeup, and so you should probably trust me when it comes to recommendations for colored eyeliner. Below are some of my favorites, as well as two looks I created using exclusively colored liner. Stay tuned for the final post of Eyeliner Week: a tutorial for dual-winged liner that will feature (you guessed it) more fun, colored eyeliner! Continue reading

I Spend All My Lunch Breaks at Sephora (WARNING: Swatch Overload)

I spend an unreasonable amount of time at Sephora. I go there on lunch breaks, I pop in after work, I find any and every excuse to play with new products and explore fun colors. It’s like Build-A-Bear meets Disney World for aesthetically-minded grown-ups.

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