I’ve always loved tag videos but never seem to remember to film them, so I figured why not just write one up on the blog? I searched for “Beauty Tags” on google, and this one came up on TheBeautySection.com – it seemed like a nice, well-rounded tag so here it is 🙂

  • Do you remember your first makeup item?
    • The first makeup item that I ever had (that wasn’t like kids makeup) was a lipstick sample set that my mom received from Clinique. It was a set of 4 tiny lipsticks – one was Angel Red or something like that, and then there were three different brown shades. It was like 1997 lol.
    • The first makeup item that I actually bought for myself was one of the benefit shell shadows. They used to have this little line of eyeshadows and lip glosses in the shape of shells; my mom gave one to me and then I bought an eyeshadow. I was about 12 or 13? It ended up in the wash, and I got in trouble for doing that and ruining my brother’s pants. I kept purchasing from Benefit though because there was a standalone Benefit shop in my town and I think for my mom it was girly enough for me to use in middle school, without being too “hardcore” of makeup like other department store brands would have been. Their original line of lip glosses, eye liners, and “Show Offs” eyeshadows were incredible. This was before Bad Gal Lash was released. I remember when Bad Gal Lash was released and how big of a deal it was in my grade because we all coveted it, and the popular girls were using it lol. I had no idea whatsoever what the makeup world was like; Wet N Wild and other similarly affordable brands were all I was interested in. My splurges would be like L’Oreal, and occasionally a Benefit lip gloss. I also remember when Benefit released cream shadows and eyeshadows for three different “types” of girls – the no makeup girls, the glam girls, and the drama girls. One of the girl’s names was Lana, but I don’t remember the rest. Anyways, the cream shadows, coincided with some lipsticks as well and they were amazing cream shadows. They had just repackaged their Show Offs, and were in the process of repackaging their glosses. That was in like 2004? Benefit has come a LONG ways, but I miss those old products. They were awesome and lasted forever. I made a “how I wore my makeup in high school” video, where you can see me putting those products on (those same products from like middle school and high school – aka old AF lol!)
  • Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
    • For me it’s all about fluttery, long lashes. My natural lashes are short, coarse, and very straight, so I don’t find I need as much volumizing in my mascara, as I’d like lengthening properties. Curling also helps. However ever since I started using RapidLash to grow out my lashes, I’ve not really cared all that much about curling my lashes because I’ve found RapidLash helps with that. My lashes have gotten much longer with RapidLash, so my usual lengthening mascaras create the most amazing fluttery lash effects now.
    • My favorite mascaras are Urban Decay Perversion and Too Faced Better Than Sex. I’ve found them to be the most black, they lengthen really beautifully with one to two coats, give just a little bit of volume, and then hold a curl really nicely without curling my lashes. I’ve actually just been taking to buying the travel sized mascaras from Sephora in those formulas because they last me pretty much exactly 3 months, and end up being the same price as a full sized drugstore mascara. I know people say it’s not worth buying high end mascara because you can get a better mascara for a fraction of the price in the drugstore. For the most part, I agree. However, I totally think high end travel sized mascaras are with it because I have never, not once, finished a full sized mascara before the expiration date, regardless of the price point. With the high end travel sized mascaras, you get way less product for the same money, but like… I just feel like I’m not wasting product or losing my money’s worth of product. So many high end mascaras come in travel sizes now, and a lot of high end retailers offer mascara samples so you can even get them for free. So yeah. That’s just my quick bit on mascara.
  • What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?
    • I used to be a full coverage girl, but I’ve been really loving sheer foundations recently. My skin has gotten less oily through my twenties (I’m turning 27 on August 23rd) so I’ve found that sheer foundations, which generally are in dewy formulas, have been working wonderfully for me over the last year and a half. Mac Face & Body is a great one, as is Mac Studio Waterweight. If I want more coverage, I use my very well loved, and ever so faithfully beautiful Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. It’s a tinted moisturizer, but has a medium to buildable-full coverage. It’s amazing! I’ve been using it as a daily foundation for years now and still use it a lot in the summer because it has SPF, it’s matte, controls oil, my skin loves it, and the color Nude matches me perfectly. Recently I’ve been using it as a medium coverage foundation, instead of building it all the way to full coverage, which is what I used to do.
    • I also sometimes just use concealer where I think I need it most (I use the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard), and blend it out with a Beauty Blender or Pixiwoo Sponge and find that if I set it with a powder it’s enough coverage for me.
  • Favourite high end brand?
    • I don’t think I can name an overall brand I love the most, since I use a different brand for almost every bit of my makeup. I think if I were to go qualify this answer by consistency – how consistently I’ve purchased something and repurchased it after finishing it – it’d probably be Mac. I’ve used a lot of Mac foundations (Studio Fix Fluid, Face & Body, Prolongwear, Studio Waterweight, Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, Studio Fix Powder), I used to always use the Studio Finish Concealer, I use my trusty Mac neutrals I’ve put into a palette ALL the time, and I love their lipsticks. I probably also have the most of Mac than any other brand. But it’s like I use Anastasia brow products and haven’t found anything that compares to them, so consistency wise, I could also qualify them as a favorite. The Nars eye primer is another that will never change in my stash. Becca’s highlighters are unmatched in their quality and look on the skin. Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, and pencil eye liners and liquid liners are favorites and I sort of never stray from their liners.
  • What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?
    • Tom Ford. It’s mostly because I can’t afford it. Same with Charlotte Tilbury. There are a lot of skin care brands I haven’t tried yet either. A more recent lemming would be Glossier products. There are a lot of prestige brands that I’ve tried one or two items from that I want to explore more as well – Armani, Givenchy, Cle de Peau, Guerlain.
  • Favorite drugstore brand?
    • Does Essie count? 😂 Much like my favorite high end brand, I go to each drugstore brand for very specific items: Maybelline Bad To The Bronze Color Tattoo, Covergirl mascaras (when I run out of my trusty UD Perversion and TF Better Than Sex), L’Oreal Infallible Shadows, Revlon lip products.
  • Do you wear fake eyelashes?
    • I used to wear individuals a lot, before I used RapidLash. Like almost daily. But I think my lashes really didn’t like the lash glue because I’d get weird gaps in my lash line where hair wouldn’t grow, or where the lashes were extra stubby. When I was first starting my YouTube channel, I tried to wear strip lashes and half lashes, but I could never get the hang of them so they never ended up being used as much as I thought I would use them.
  • Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
    • Brows. Lashes. Lips. In that order. Brows first, always, because my natural brow stops growing in an awkward place so I feel like my face is really unbalanced if I don’t fill in my brows. And to think – I thought brows were the least important thing when I started my channel!
    • Lashes are a quick way to just pull yourself together. And it makes it look like you tried just a little. So I always slap some on, even if I’m in a rush. Sometimes I’ll take the mascara to the car and put it on when I’m at a red light.
    • Lips – a quick gloss or sheer wash of color (whether it’s a tinted lip balm, a sheer lipstick, or a stain) also helps pull your face together.
    • Quick story – Jeremy Renner (who I love, and was totally an original man crush for me) used to be a makeup artist when he was trying to get into the acting business. I guess his reason was “if I could get on set somehow, I’ll eventually get some roles via connections I can make” or something along those lines. Anyways, he spoke about this in an interview once and said that “brows, lashes, lips” was the advice he had for women. That’s what he said to focus on. I totally didn’t believe him when I first heard this because I was still in my full-coverage makeup phase. As I’ve gotten older, and lazier, I’ve found that it’s totally true though. I’m also much more comfortable with my skin and with my appearance sans makeup now so this 3 minute makeup is perfect and totally makes sense to me.
  • What is your most cherised beauty product?
    • Probably my nail polish I made with Rescue Beauty Lounge. It means the most to me.

 

 

  • How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?
    • I don’t actively shop for makeup anymore. I don’t look forward to every payday in order to go directly to Sephora and spend my budget fully (because stickers guys). Usually I do a big Sephora/High End/Drugstore makeup haul when I know there’s something I’ve run out of and need to pick up a backup, or if I have some sort of event to prep for. My most recent haul was during the last Sephora sale and I went and picked up my entire travel beauty set. Similarly, I went to the drugstore in the beginning of summer to look for brow products because I wanted to re-do my brow routine. I generally also can’t pass up an amazing deal, so about a month ago, I found some super discounted items (Urban Decay Perversion Liquid Liner for $5???) at Nordstrom Rack.
    • I think my next legitimate haul will be to try out Glossier. I’ve had my eye on the brand for like a year now and am now ready to bite the bullet. I’ve now been in the habit of planning out large purchases so I don’t have a specific timeline for these big hauls (“every 2 months” for example). Whenever I can budget it in (I bought a car last year, and had to enroll in health insurance), have enough products I’ve used through or destashed, and whenever I’ve researched enough to go buy products I feel like I can be happy with, is when I end up hauling things.
  • Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 
    • It’s definitely always been budgeted, but recently it’s been much more strict. I’m trying to be as minimalistic as possible in all facets of my life. Makeup was the first thing to make that transition. I went from for sure being somebody that just loved to shop, because I love makeup. I still love makeup. I love everything about it. However, I just don’t need that much and can’t justify continuing to spend money like I used to when I have other responsibilities now.
  • Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
    • Always! That’s got to be the most satisfying bit of shopping for anything – scoring the best deal possible!

  • What type of product do you buy the most of?
    • Either eye primer, skin care (cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, toner), brow pencil, or mascara. They all seem to be used up at the same rate.
  • Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?
    • There are a few. I’ve decided not to talk about them anymore because they’re not worth my time, and the “free” publicity (lol, from my tiny corner of the internet) they’d get by me mentioning them. So yeah. Next question!
  • Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?
    • I feel like almost everything is paraben free now?
    • Sulfates (especially in shampoo) I don’t really mind. I know I should. But I don’t.
    • For skincare – my skin hate Benzoyl Peroxide.
  • Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?
    • hmmmmmmmmmmmmm probably Sephora. Since I don’t think “the internet” counts lol.
  • Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?
    • I stick to what I’ve got, for the most part. If something is getting a LOT of hype, or if I feel like my skin is lacking in something (like extra hydration) I’ll try something new. I usually end up back to my routine though. Like I know I want to try Glossier skin care because of the hype. But the serums and such that have been going around that get hype? I don’t really care about them since I feel like I’ve only seen 50/50 positive reviews (unicorn serum, anyone?)
  • Favorite bath and body brand?
    • Lush!
  • If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
    • …probably Mac. If I had to choose. Because aside from the Nars eye primer, everything else I mentioned in my “favorite brands” answer, I could find a suitable replacement for at Mac.

  • What brand do you think has the best packaging?
    • Maybe Hourglass? I like how sleek everything looks. Rani Cosmetics (Eshani’s makeup line) has the prettiest for sure. Nars has great packaging for minimalist sake. Chanel is always classic. I find Becca’s powder packaging functionally great because there’s a bit of grippy rubber that keeps the compacts from sliding around too much.
  • Which celebrity always has great makeup?
    • Since I’m into minimalism, I’ve found the “no makeup makeup” that most models wear (like Kendall Jenner) to be perfect for me at the moment. For more drama, I like Victoria Beckham’s look, and probably Kim Kardashian’s everyday look.
  • Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
    • I used to try to do the forum thing but I just didn’t have the time. I do have a YouTube channel though 🙂
  • 5 Favorite Beauty Gurus
    • Pixiwoo, The Anna Edit, Sharon Farrell, Karima McKimmie, Lily Pebbles 🙂
    • Pixiwoo for their genuine, legitimate, professional makeup experience, advice, and techniques. Sharon is another that was a working, legitimate, professional makeup artist so I love her advice as well. And I know “professional” can basically mean anybody who’s been paid to do wedding makeup – but I mean like really really really legitimate “fashion week multiple times” professional. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a makeup artist that hasn’t done that work, doesn’t want to do that work, or hasn’t had the opportunity. I just feel like “makeup artist” has become a loose term, as of late.
    • Anna, Karima, and Lily are my more go-to “relatable” girls. They’re on the true blogger/beauty editor spectrum where they’ve tried and tested so much on their own, and have really found a way to relate that advice in a simple, accessible way. Again “youtuber” is a loose term now (like technically I’m one, right?) but I find their advice to be genuine, and not too influenced by who they’re paired up with. They also don’t seem to partner with EVERY opportunity (or at least don’t make it obvious) so their reviews and advice feel true.
  • Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?
    • I do. As I’ve gotten lazier, I’ve definitely found them to be the best products for an easy makeup day!
  • Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
    • Yes. But I’m clumsy in all parts of my life so, no surprise!
  • Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
    • Always
  • How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
    • One. Or none. Usually just a hair oil after I wash my hair. I don’t blowdry or style at all. It’s 30% for the health of my hair, 70% because I just can’t be bothered.
  • What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
    • Foundation, usually.
  • Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
    • I did once, but realized that I wasn’t the person to pursue a professional makeup career so that was a very small, very quickly dead dream.
  • What do you love about makeup?
    • You can do anything with it, and be anybody, and feel any which way, and express everything. It can give you power, it can help you love yourself, it can connect you with so many others and help you make friends (I know I’ve made some amazing friends because of YouTube and makeup). Anybody and everybody can use it. There are no rules – it’s completely up to you. It’s magic 🙂 On more than one occasion it’s cheered me up, it’s been there for me when I was bored, or sad, or lonely. It’s a hobby and a passion and I really do love everything about it. My relationship to it has changed over the years, but it hasn’t changed how much I love to play and create and express and change and enhance with it.

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