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This to That: Setting Powder and Powder Foundations.

Hello, friends! I hope that your day is going well today! This was supposed to be posted on Wednesday, but, alas, time got away from me. I hope that you enjoy it all the same, as we dive back into our makeup journey! Today’s post I wanted to go through all of my setting powders and my powder foundations, share my thoughts about them, and then discuss what I plan on replacing them with. ❤

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, mini size, translucent. $23.99. I’ve heard so many people rant and rave about this product, and I admittedly bought into the hype and purchased it. However, I cannot say that I think it lives up to the hype. It works okay, but I find that my skin is still oily after using it. I also feel as though you must use a lot of product in order for it to work. Their website says that they are cruelty free, but not vegan. Also, the design of it is such that unless you’re willing to cut open the top (like I was), you will likely waste a lot of product. This product is quite expensive, I didn’t care for how it worked with my skin, and it is not vegan, so no, I do not plan on buying it again. Additionally, I am trying to buy products with less plastic, and this product is pretty much all plastic. I scanned this one on the Think Dirty App and it was given a score of 8, which is considered dirty. I tried to scan each of these products on the Think Dirty app, and this was the only one that I found. So, unfortunately, this is the only one with a score!

Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation, Shade Olive 2. $32.99. I really adore this foundation. It gives medium to heavy coverage, which I appreciate. It is also vegan and cruelty-free. I currently have the shade Olive 2, which is a bit dark for my skin currently, I would probably do better with Olive 1. This product is also mostly plastic, so I would maybe buy it again, if I couldn’t find an alternative with less waste. I would definitely recommend the product itself, as it has served me well, and it lasts a very long time.

Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder. The one that I have is a sample size, so I don’t have a price on it. It was given to me when I went to Ulta for my birthday, a couple of years ago. According to Sephora’s website, the full size one would be $28.50. This blotting powder is okay, I don’t think that it’s life-changing, but it does the trick. It definitely gives a more natural, no-makeup makeup look. However, Clinique is not a cruelty-free brand, so I do not plan on purchasing this item again.

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder, in Shade Neutral Buff. $5.49. This powder works okay. I love that it is cruelty-free AND vegan, however, I feel like I need to put so much powder on to make my face a consistent shade. I think that’s amplified by the fact that this shade doesn’t quite work for me, which is, of course, no fault of the company. That being said, this powder doesn’t quite work for me. If I was ever in a pinch, I would buy it again, but this product is not one of my favorites.

Besame Cosmetics Violet Brightening Powder. $22.00. This product works SO well for lightening up your under eye circles, which, if you’re anything like me, is near impossible. I really like this powder, I just wish that the container was a bit bigger! From my research, this powder is vegan, but if you’re buying from Besame, just a heads up, not all of their products are vegan! I would definitely buy this product again, the only drawback being that is quite small, and is all plastic.

What do I plan on replacing these with?

I plan on buying Elate Cosmetics’ pressed foundation. What interests me about this powder is that you’re able to buy the compact and the powder insert, and when you go to repurchase it, you’re able to buy just the insert, and you can pop it into your compact. The compact is made of bamboo, and I enjoy that this product doesn’t contain plastic, as I’m trying purchase less plastic when possible. The foundation and the compact together is priced at $42.00, and when purchasing just the powder insert, it will run you $32.00. It is certainly pricy, but since I’ve stopped recklessly spending money on makeup, I feel okay about spending a little bit more, as my purchases are few and far between. It’s totally understandable that not everyone wants to spend so much on makeup, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad about not purchasing any of the products I talk about. I never want my blog to feel as though I’m trying to push products on you, I just want to share my life with all of you! Never feel pressured to buy what I mention! And the other way, too! If you LOVE any of these products, please don’t feel as though I’m judging you. Nothing is one size fits all, especially makeup, so some of these powders may be PERFECT for you! It’s all just my experience!!! I’d love to hear from y’all!!!

As I’m writing this, I’ve recently used up all of these, except for the Wet N Wild one. I hope to be purchasing the Elate Cosmetics pressed foundation soon, and I will be sure to create a blog post reviewing it.

I know this may sound silly, but the more beauty products I use up, and the smaller my collection grows, the happier I feel. I have such bad buyer’s remorse, and I feel guilty for buying things that I don’t have great use for. I used to be such an impulsive shopper, and I feel like I’m still paying for it! It’s so great feeling like I’m creating a collection of makeup compiled with products that I can feel good about, and that I genuinely enjoy! It’s so wonderful to have just the products that you LOVE. Every time I use something up, I can’t help but think that when we end up moving, it’s one less thing we’ll have to pack up. This of course extends to other areas, like skincare products, clothing, and shoes, to name a few.

Thank you so much for reading, my dear friends!

And as always, if I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know!


Mattie Mae

Eco-friendly · makeup

Scanning my Lip Products on the Think Dirty App.

Hello, friends! A happy Monday to you all. I hope that this week is treating you well so far, and I am so excited to be writing this post today! Today’s post is a continuation of my makeup journey!

So, today I scanned all my lip products on the Think Dirty App. I attempted to scan a total of 66 lip products, and the app ended up recognizing 12 of the products. Some of the products themselves came up, but they didn’t have the shade that I owned, and I wanted to make sure that it was as accurate as possible, so I did not count them.

A little bit about the Think Dirty app: this is an app that was made to help people figure out what exactly is in their beauty products, and if they’re deemed “clean” or “dirty”. It gives you a list of the ingredients found, and if those ingredients are clean or dirty. Other users of the app are also able to leave reviews of the products, and you’re able to scroll through the app to find similar products that are better for you. And no, this post is not sponsored! Even if I wish it was…

Lip Products Found

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme, in shade Kiss Me Coral, 750. This app gave it a score of 6, which is considered “half n’ half”. Revlon is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme, in shade Ravish Me Red, 654. This app gave it a score of 3, which is considered “clean”. Revlon is not a cruelty-free brand, so, again, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again. It’s a real shame, because I really like this shade of red.
  • L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick, in shade True Red, 315. This app gave it a score of 8, which is considered “dirty”. L’Oreal is not a cruelty-free brand, so regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again. This lipstick is so nostalgic to me though, as it was my first red lipstick! I will miss it dearly once it is all used up.
  • EOS Lip Balm, Sweet Mint. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered clean. EOS is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • EOS Lip Balm, Blueberry Acai. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered clean. EOS is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • EOS Smooth Stick Lip Balm, Vanilla Bean. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered clean. EOS is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • Burt’s Bee’s Satin Lipstick, in shade Doused Rose, 513. The app gave it a score of 0, which is considered “clean”. Burt’s Bees is a cruelty-free brand, but as their brand name would imply, the majority of them contain beeswax. Beeswax is generally considered okay for vegetarians, but since it’s a animal by-product, it would not be considered vegan. I’m working on creating a makeup collection that is cruelty-free AND vegan, so I don’t plan on purchasing this again.
  • Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss, in shade Summer Twilight, 245. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered “clean”. Burt’s Bees is a cruelty-free brand, but as their brand name would imply, the majority of them contain beeswax. Beeswax is generally considered okay for vegetarians, but since it’s a animal by-product, it would not be considered vegan. I’m working on creating a makeup collection that is cruelty-free AND vegan, so I don’t plan on purchasing this again.
  • Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner, in shade Passion, 215. This app gave it a score of 8, which is considered “dirty”. Covergirl is a cruelty-free brand, but this lipstick contains carmine, so it is not vegan. And as such, I do not plan on purchasing this again.
  • Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast Chapstick. This app gave it a score of 9, which is considered “dirty”. Blistex is not cruelty-free, nor is it vegan, so I do not plan on purchasing this again.
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil, in shade Madeira. This app gave it a score of 5, which is considered “half n’ half”. Bite Beauty is cruelty-free, but this product is not vegan, so I do not plan on purchasing it again.
  • Buxum Big & Healthy Lipstick, in shade Amsterdam. This app gave it a score of 3, which is considered “clean”. Buxum is a cruelty-free brand, but this product contains carmine, so, alas, it is not vegan. Which is a big shame, because I looooooove this lipstick. When I was doing research on it, it was hard to find information on it, so I think it’s not even available anymore.

And that’s that, my friends! The app recognized 12/66 of my lip products, and of those 12, none of them I plan on buying again! This app updates quite often, so if it ends up recognizing some of my other lip products, I can do an updated version of this! Does anyone else get super overwhelmed when doing research about makeup brands? There are so many different things to consider, it can feel near impossible to find products that you feel okay with buying. And the thing is, I don’t know if I’ll ever feel 100% about any given product. All I can do is my best!

I averaged out my score for the lip products that registered, and I got a 3.5, which isn’t too bad, but regardless, I don’t plan on buying these again! I definitely wish that I could find more of my products on the app, but this is a start! I may even make another post after doing my own research on all my other lip products, and the ones that I find, if any, that are worthy of purchasing again. Creating a cleaner bathroom, one product at a time!

I hope that y’all enjoyed this post, and if I made a mistake on any of this, please let me know, and I will fix it!

Thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae


This to That: Bronzer & Contouring Products.

Hello, friends! Happy Friday to you all! Today’s blog post is the one that I promised in my last post… All about my journey to create a makeup collection that serves me, and the Earth, as best as it can.

I don’t utilize bronzer too much, I tend to instead apply blush with a very heavy hand. However, I do own a couple of such products. And I do enjoy adding bronzer to my routine if I am doing a more dramatic look. Bronzer is something that is certainly not one-size-fits-all, so finding the perfect one is all the more difficult AND important. And I am on the hunt!

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips: Vegas Strip/Light Bronzer. $13.49.

  • I’ve had this bronzer for longer than I’d care to admit. Middle school, maybe? I know that it’s bad to keep makeup longer than the recommended date, but I just can’t seem to get rid of items until they’ve been completely used up.
  • Physician’s Formula is a cruelty-free brand.
  • This product is NOT vegan, as it contains carmine. (Carmine, I looked up, is made up of beetles.)
  • The yellow/orange highlighter/bronzer combo is not flattering on my skin type whatsoever.
  • I’m trying to phase out all makeup products that aren’t cruelty-free and vegan.
  • I’m also wanting to move onto makeup products that are more clean and less wasteful.

Final Thoughts: I will not be buying this product again.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit: Medium. $40.00.

  • I’ve had this palette for around two years, I believe. I bought it at TJ Maxx, so I definitely didn’t spend that much on it.
  • Medium isn’t my shade, and I don’t know why I bought it. I think I was caught up in the glamour of brand-name makeup.
  • I don’t think I like cream contour. It doesn’t blend out how I’d like it to.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free brand.
  • This product IS vegan.
  • I’m sure that this product could be wonderful for people who do more intensive highlighting and contouring than I do, but for me, it’s just not something I find myself reaching for.
  • I will say that I’ve been mixing some of the shades and using them to fill in my eyebrows, which works really nicely!
  • I may not like cream bronzer/contour, but I really love cream blush, so I will say that I enjoy the blush that’s provided in this kit.

Final Thoughts: I will not be buying this product again.

Pur Epic Illusion Cheek & Contour Palette. $28.00

  • I’ve had this palette for a couple of years as well. I’m pretty sure it was a Christmas gift.
  • It features two highlighters, two contour shades, and two blushes.
  • I actually really like this palette. It has many uses, as I utilize the highlighter and the contouring shades as eyeshadow to create some really lovely natural eye looks.
  • Pur is a cruelty-free brand.
  • This product is NOT vegan. It contains magnesium stearate which is derived from pork. It also contains ethylhexylglycerin and tocopheryl acetate which can be sourced from plant OR animal sources, and I don’t believe that Pur states anywhere whether it’s one or the other.

Final Thoughts: I will not be buying this product again.

What do I plan on replacing these items with?

I’ve been doing some research on brands that are vegan, cruelty-free, and low-waste. I don’t plan on purchasing any of these products until I’m completely out of the ones that I already own. I also don’t plan on buying all of these at once, because that seems counterproductive, but when I do end up buying one, I plan on making a blog post about which I choose! ❤

  • Elate Cosmetics: this is a brand that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile now. On their site, they say that they are cruelty-free, vegan, toxin free, gluten free, and sustainably made! I also really enjoy that you are able to buy refills for your containers once you have bought them! This is the shade that I plan to buy… They have so many other things that I want to try, so I’m sure that this will not be the last time they’re mentioned here.
  • EK Bare Beauty: this is a brand that I stumbled upon when looking for cruelty-free bronzers. Their bio on Etsy says that they are“low-waste, inclusive clean beauty.” Again, there are so many other wonderful products in their shop that I want to try when I’m in the market for some other products. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, low-waste, and all sorts of good stuff. This is the one that I’m wanting to try! It says that it’s a blush, but I think on my skin tone it’ll work great as a bronzer!

And that’s that, my dear friends! I will keep you all updated on this journey.

Thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae

Makeup Looks · Uncategorized

Minimizing my Makeup Collection.

Hello, my dear friends! I’m writing this post for you on another day that is just on the cusp of fall. And once again, it has me feeling very cozy and content.

I wanted to write a blog post today about minimizing my makeup collection. My makeup collection is decent sized, I would say. I think some people could view it as me having way too much stuff, and some people could see it and think it’s nothing! It’s just somewhere in-between, I think. I wanted to start another segment on my blog about my journey with not only condensing my makeup, but also what I plan on replacing the items with once they’re used up.

The categories I’m going to feature are:

  • Blush
  • Bronzer/Contouring Products
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow Singles / Eyeshadow Palettes
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss
  • Eyebrow powder/pomade/pencils
  • Highlighter

Makeup is so fun to experiment with, and I don’t think that I’ll ever not love it, but, I want to be more mindful in my purchasing of makeup. I want to still have fun products that I can play with, but I don’t want to have makeup that I don’t like or don’t use. I want to find the best of the best for each category of makeup, and I thought I’d take all of y’all along for the journey!

I’m one of those people that can’t seem to get rid of makeup no matter how old it is, or how unflattering it is on me. I hate getting rid of makeup when it can still be used! So, my goal for this is to use up all of the makeup products I do not care for, and replace them with items that are better for me, and better for the Earth!

I’m thinking as I do each makeup type, I’ll link them so that you can go read all of them through this blog post!

I’m really excited for this process, and I’ve been doing some research on different products and companies, and I’m so excited to share everything I’ve learned with all of you! This post is kind of the equivalent to a movie trailer, I suppose. A little teaser! I’m hoping to start our first segment of it on Friday, so look out for that!

Thank you so much for reading, my friends!


Mattie Mae

Makeup Looks

Playing with Makeup: Sunset Eyes.

Hello, my friends! Today’s blog is dedicated to a makeup look that I did yesterday. I feel like I don’t need to say that I’m not a professional makeup artist, but I will say it nonetheless. I will also say that taking photos of makeup is so tricky! Seeing your skin up close like that is sort of scary, haha. And moments like that are where I try to remember that not every photo I see on social media is the real deal. Some are very, very edited. And my skin is my skin, and for that, I need to love it!


I generally stick with this everyday makeup look, but I was feeling adventurous. yesterday. And scrolling through Pinterest gives you plenty of inspiration!

I did my face makeup the same as I usually do it, I just added a bit more product.

As for my eyes, I used my concealer as a base and then put translucent powder over it. After the prep, we’re ready for the fun stuff!

I began by putting a color similar to my skin tone on my eyelid.

Then, I broke out the sparkles! I used the yellow from the Sephora: Star Catcher palate, and put that all over the lid.

And then over that, I put on a beautiful gold glitter

I chose to use the Star Catcher palate for the rest of the colors as well. I used an orange for the crease, and added just a touch of pink to the outer corner, although I don’t know if you can see that much in the photos.

I was feeling extra fancy and decided to put some of the orange onto the bottom lash line as well!

I didn’t add any eyeliner to this look, but I did heap on the mascara!

And then to finish the look off, I used Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick, in the shade Lolita.

This blog post isn’t mean to be a tutorial exactly, but I thought I’d explain what I ended up doing for this look!

Again, I’m not a professional, but it’s really fun to play with makeup!


Thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae

Crafting · Eco-friendly

Sewing Stories: Reusable “Cotton” Pads.

Hello, friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful Monday so far! I had a lovely weekend, which was, of course, too short. A wonderful, simple, little weekend. Going to lunch with my friend Tenley at Ponder, wandering around an estate sale, and SEWING!

I’ve seen so many different DIY’s for making these little “cotton” pads, but I thought I’d share my experience. In everything I do, I’m quite utilitarian. Food? Tasty, but not pretty. Home decor: Useful first, cuteness last. (I know, shocking!) And sewing… As long as the stitches keep things together, I’m fine. Pretty stitching is not my top priority.

I find these pads to be pretty darn cute, but that’s mostly likely because I find everything small to be adorable. I’m sure that someone who is better at sewing could make these even cuter, but I think that all in all, they turned out pretty well! They did what they were supposed to do — remove makeup!

Materials Needed:

  • I used terry cloth. If you have any old towels that are getting a little dingy, you could use those as well.
  • circle stencil. This can be all sorts of things, get creative! I used a small glass, but you could choose so many different things. A cookie cutter, an old jar, or even the bottom of a shampoo bottle! Whatever you choose, make sure that it’s just a bit bigger than your desired size, because you’ll lose a little material from cutting and sewing.
  • Some paper, for said stenciling. I recommend reusing some recycled paper for this step! I used the paper that came attached to the fabric.
  • Pins, for two different steps. Very important!
  • Sewing needle, or a sewing machine. (I sewed this by hand. A sewing machine is on the top of my want list, though…)
  • Thread. I used a thread that was close to the color of my cloth, but it could also be cute if you chose a contrasting color!

Okay, friends! Here we go!

Step One. I used my stencil to make a circle on the piece of paper. I suppose some people may be able to free-hand this, but I wasn’t taking any chances! Once you’ve traced it, cut it out!


Step Two. After you cut out the stencil, pin it to the fabric. I also pinned the fabric to itself so that it wouldn’t shift at all, as shown in the below picture.


Step Three. I cut out the circles two at a time. You could do more or less, depending on how thick your fabric is.

Step Four. Depending on how thick you want these to be, you can do varying layers of fabric. I chose to do three.

Step Five. I sewed all three of the pieces together! There are so many ways that you could go about this, but I just sewed all the way around the little circle, nothing fancy. If you want to speed up the process, you could definitely use a sewing machine.


Step Six. Remove any loose strands and snip any excess fabric.

Step Seven. Remove your makeup! Yay!


Thank you so much for reading, my friends! I had such a fun time with these. They were SUPER easy to do. And they worked like a charm, too!

Happy crafting!


Mattie Mae

A Journey into Self-Love

Putting on my Face: My Everyday Skincare and Makeup Routine.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I wanted to continue our little head-to-toe journey. I started out with clothing and I wanted to do skincare and makeup next! I hope y’all enjoy! And please, let me know some of your favorite makeup brands and tips!

I will say upfront that I am an Amazon associate and as such, I will earn money from qualifying purchases, with no extra charge to you!  That being said, I am not here AT ALL to try and force products on you. I just wanted to show what I use in case you guys were in the market for new products. I also wanted to share some tricks that I’ve learned from my time wearing makeup.

Makeup is something that seems to cause a lot of divide. I want to say first and foremost that I don’t think that one needs makeup to be or feel beautiful. And some people do not feel confident with makeup on and that is absolutely fine. It’s totally your choice. Do what makes you feel happy and confident.

For this little post, I wanted to detail not only the products that I use, but how I use them.

Rose hip oil

Rose hip oil is something that I’ve only recently started using. I’ve seen so many people online using it and I wanted to try it so badly. I always thought that I had oily skin, but as I get older, I’m realizing that my skin is more dry than anything. Especially this past winter, it got so bad. I hated it, because when I put makeup on, my under-eyes and even my eyelids were all wrinkly and dried out. This has been something that has been SO helpful. I’ve been trying to stay extra hydrated so my skin doesn’t get that bad again. The bottle also says that it’s meant to fight wrinkles and fine lines. It also says that it helps with the appearance of scars. And I’m such a sucker for packaging, I hate to say it. The bottle is so cute with the dropper and  little roses it has in it! One feels extra glamorous when using this.

Pond’s Cold Cream

After I’ve let the rose hip oil melt into my skin, I’ll moisturize with the Pond’s. It is very moisturizing and also so good for sensitive skin. My skin for the past six months has been reacting to almost every makeup and skincare product. I tried out a new moisturizer and was broken out on my cheekbone for about a month. I’m already on my second little container of the Pond’s and my skin is so thankful. It’s so exciting being able to find out products that work for you. I’m such a picky person when it comes to such things, I want to keep trying new products until I find the most magical product. This Pond’s might just be it. I will say that after you put the cold cream on, you will want to take quite awhile before putting on your makeup, otherwise it’ll all just slide off. Unless you’re using it for a makeup remover, which it also does, quite well! I use the rose hip oil and the Pond’s twice a day, in the morning before putting my makeup on, and then right before I go to bed. My skin has never been softer!


I’ve been using this same highlight for around a year now. The same exact one, it hasn’t run out yet! I know that you’re supposed to change them out every so often, but I just keep them until they absolutely run out… I still have so much left! And it’s so cheap! It’s meant to be a highlight, but I use it as a blush. I love wearing a lot of brush and tend to go a bit overboard on it. I put it on where you would put blush and where you would put bronzer, because I don’t really think bronzer suits me. I also make sure to add a little extra on my nose because I think that is so dang cute! I like that putting on blush acts as a somewhat more subtle contour. It also adds a bit more color into the cheeks, which is especially nice when you’re as pale as I am.


I have just started using this foundation. Before this one, I had used the Too Faced: Born this Way foundation. I really like that this one contains SPF in it, because as someone who is quite pale, I burn VERY easily. I like a very natural coverage, and I find this foundation really does wonders. I usually apply foundation more like a concealer than an all-over foundation. I make sure to focus it on my eyelids, my under-eye circles, and any spots that need any extra lovin’. I generally like keeping my face very natural and letting some freckles peak through. I feel more me when my skin isn’t totally flawless. However, I must say, I do love having some extra help with my eye-bags, ha! I definitely recommend going to a makeup counter to find the perfect foundation match. Try as I might, I can’t seem to be able to match my foundation on my own. I’ve ended up with many bottles of foundation that do me absolutely no wonders. You also end up using so much more product if it doesn’t perfectly match because you have to drag it all over your neck/any other part that doesn’t match.

Blush brush

I’m not a fancy makeup guru or anything, so I use this sculpting brush for a little bit of everything. I use it for foundation, blush, and also on the rare occasions I use bronzer or highlighter. I think this brush is a super great one because it is useful for so many different purposes. I prefer putting on foundation with my hands, so this is really the only face brush that I use. I know that may be slightly controversial, but I find that my hands work in product better! It’s really important to have a brush that’s soft, because otherwise, when applying blush to your face, you’ll end up wiping off all your foundation. Also, it sure as heck doesn’t feel good using scratchy brushes!


This brand was sold where I used to work and I really grew to love it. It’s certainly not going to give you the longest or thickest lashes, but I really love the natural look it gives. I’ve always preferred a black mascara as opposed to a lighter one. I know that some people really love a brown mascara because it matches better with their eyelashes and eyebrows. Again, it all depends on personal preference! I also curl my lashes most days, making sure to be extra careful not to rip out any. It never gets any less scary!

Brow pencil

My eyebrows and I have been through thick and thin — literally. They’ve been good, they’ve been bad, and they’ve certainly been ugly. They’re quite dark and thick naturally. I keep them fairly natural, I pluck the middle of them and I also pluck any stragglers that may be around. Finding the brow shape that we feel best in is such an important thing. I know that when my brows are unkempt, I feel unkempt as well. My brows are naturally quite dark so I don’t fill them in too much, mostly just the tail of them. My eyebrows are also quite thick, but for whatever reason, they’re not terribly long. So I draw them on to be a bit longer as well. I’m not an expert by any means! Nor do I spend much time on them!


For those that knew me in high school, they’ll remember my red lipstick days. I still love me a good red lipstick every once in awhile, but now I lean towards something more natural. I really like pink for lipstick, something that’s just a shade or two different than my natural lip color, be it lighter or be it darker. I really like this lipstick because it feels extra moisturizing. I’m such an obsessive chapstick user that this is super helpful to me. I like to have a chapstick in pretty much every room of my apartment. If I want to get extra fancy, I’ll go for a red but this is perfect for my everyday makeup. When I want a super duper natural look, I’ll apply lipstick, then put on chapstick over it, and then blot that off. 

Eyeshadow brush

Again, I am not fancy at all when it comes to makeup, so I use this brush for all my eyeshadow looks. I just make sure that my brushes are soft enough that they don’t disrupt all my makeup that’s on my skin. I also make sure to wipe them off in-between colors so I don’t end up with a huge mess on my eyelids!


As I’ve said probably a million times, I like my makeup to be quite natural. Which is quite a change from how I used to be. I used to not be caught dead without heavy eyeliner and red lipstick. Which is so funny because now whenever I put eyeliner on, I feel as though it doesn’t suit me at all! Which is why I tend to stick to eyeshadow if I’m feeling like adding a little something extra. If I wear eyeshadow I usually stick with a dark brown in the crease and a lighter color on the lid. I like beige or glitter for the lid. Usually a light gold one works best for me. I like choosing colors that make my eyes pop. I have blue-green eyes, so I like browns, golds, and even sometimes a purple. I remember going to the Clinique makeup counter the summer before I went into seventh grade and the woman put purple eyeshadow on me and I was so amazed at how green my eyes looked. Everyone can wear whatever eyeshadow color they want, but if you want your eyes really to pop, look towards the color wheel!


Another case of, “WOW! This packaging is adorable.” It works so amazing though. I like this one in particular because it has a slight purple tint in it which helps with lightening the under-eyes. I used to use powder on the entire face because I was worried about getting oily, but nowadays I only put powder on the places I feel really need it, my eyelids, my under-eyes, around the nose, and my chin. Otherwise, I just let my skin hang out and do what it wants. And let me tell you, it feel so much better than putting tons and tons of powder around my face. Again, some may feel differently! Which is okay! Makeup is a wonderful way to express ourselves!


Another little tip that I have is to look towards your family. You may not have family that look 100% like you, but it can often be quite helpful. For example, I look to my mom for makeup inspiration. She is naturally much more tan than I am, but we have similar eye color so I take inspiration from her eye looks. She’ll use some dark green eyeliner on her eyes and it looks quite striking. I’ve tried it a couple times on myself and I really enjoy it!

Makeup can be a great thing to play with, and some people get SO creative with it! I love scrolling through Instagram to see what looks people are able to come up with. I may not be quite at that level (YET!) but I enjoy makeup all the same!


Mattie Mae