As you may have noticed I try things for weeks if not months before I say anything about them and usually get things weeks before they go on the market. I do not have any obligations or sponsorships with brands or even answer to magazine advertisers so I am 100% not shitting you when I say something sucks or something rules, even if they are given to me for free or whatever. Ok now that that disclaimer is aside, here is what is currently #NEW #FRESH #TRENDY at Sephora that live up to the hype. I just skimmed the “Just Arrived” section and have had all of these for months now so you can skip the hype or blog reviews. Here is the scoop. 

  1. This Bite Lipstick tastes amazing. It’s also hella moisturizing and safe (free of all the junk of parabens etc blah blah blah), mostly I love it because it tastes SO GOOD? Like the most delicious cherry lipbalm or something? I actually put it on when I’m hungry sometimes just for the flavor. It’s gluten free also, whoohoo.
  2. Bobbi Brown stick foundation is the wave if you have a lot of scarring or acne. It is hella heavy duty. Technically it’s not new, just repackaged, I believe. Maybe minor adjustments to the formulation, it’s just as good as it ever was. You can use this as a concealer (probably wisest, you don’t need heavy duty coverage 100% of the time everywhere, even with bad skin). But yes. One of the best foundations out there. Comes in a good color range too. They just expanded it into darker colors. 
  3. Margiela’s new fragrances are the only thing I stan for in regards to the brand besides Tabis. I like how sweet they are and the packaging is beautiful and the smell lasts a long time. 
  4. Urban Decay Electric Palette - I feel like this was made just for me. When I saw the press release it took me all about 2 seconds to call them up and beg for them to send me one to try out “for the readers”. SO PIGMENTED. I’ve been using it almost every day! I LOVE IT. SO MUCH. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. There’s not a dud in this. actually I don’t like the silver that much but the blue more than makes up for it. Best blue ever. Like, forreal. You know the Nars blue everyone loves but is disappointed by? This is that blue, but better. Sorry NARS, I love your concealers a lot tho.

- Arabelle

I want to get a non-drugstore foundation and concealer soon, and I was wondering if you had any you thought were good?

Asked by
2uglypeople

It depends on your skin type and the coverage you want. I am fond of Koh Gen Do foundation, NARS Sheer Glow, Bobbi Brown foundations, and MAC Face & Body. They all offer different finishes and coverage and work for different skin types. I don’t wear foundation very often (bb cream 5ever) but when I’m doing makeup for shoots I pack those. 

For concealers, I pretty much only use Dermablend Quick Fix for my blemishes. I have for years, I must be on my sixth tube. Eve Pearl salmon concealer on my eyebags. Though I do like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay concealer well enough, and MUFE’s concealers are hefty — I just prefer the stick and cream texture of Dermablends over the tube of MUFE. 

People have been asking me about my fave perfumes for a minute now, here are the ones I keep at my desk and wear on a daily/weekly basis. Not including the ones that aren’t out yet or over $200 because they aren’t really accessible imo. I can do a roundup of those at a future date if you’d like. Anyway, a breakdown. 
Perfumes: Tom Ford Noir, Calvin Klein Downtown*, Jo Malone Vetyver*, Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger*, MMM Replica Funfair Evening*, CDG Blue Encens, Balenciaga L’essence, Tom Ford Black Orchid, Dior Poison (vintage 1987 formulation)*, NEST White Sandalwood*, Camellia by Soap and Paper Factory*. 
I’m not going to go scent by scent describing the notes and story behind them all (I’m going to see Beyonce later today! I have to get ready!) but the notes in these are all similar. 
Bergamot 
Violet
Tuberose
Black Pepper
Nutmeg
Amber
Patchouli
Vetiver
Vanilla
I lean towards very intense perfumes, I don’t like light, airy, floral smells, I like leathery, oriental chypre formulations, noirs, more unisex perfumes. I think the exceptions to this would be Funfair Evening and Balenciaga’s, which are more powdery sweet and floral than the rest. If you’d like in depth reviews of any particular scent let me know! But here are my current frequent favorites.  High-res

People have been asking me about my fave perfumes for a minute now, here are the ones I keep at my desk and wear on a daily/weekly basis. Not including the ones that aren’t out yet or over $200 because they aren’t really accessible imo. I can do a roundup of those at a future date if you’d like. Anyway, a breakdown. 

Perfumes: Tom Ford Noir, Calvin Klein Downtown*, Jo Malone Vetyver*, Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger*, MMM Replica Funfair Evening*, CDG Blue Encens, Balenciaga L’essence, Tom Ford Black Orchid, Dior Poison (vintage 1987 formulation)*, NEST White Sandalwood*, Camellia by Soap and Paper Factory*. 

I’m not going to go scent by scent describing the notes and story behind them all (I’m going to see Beyonce later today! I have to get ready!) but the notes in these are all similar. 

  • Bergamot 
  • Violet
  • Tuberose
  • Black Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Amber
  • Patchouli
  • Vetiver
  • Vanilla

I lean towards very intense perfumes, I don’t like light, airy, floral smells, I like leathery, oriental chypre formulations, noirs, more unisex perfumes. I think the exceptions to this would be Funfair Evening and Balenciaga’s, which are more powdery sweet and floral than the rest. If you’d like in depth reviews of any particular scent let me know! But here are my current frequent favorites. 

I’ve tried most colored mascaras on the market — Medua’s Makeup (review), Maybelline’s LE line (review) — and these two brands, butter London and Anastasia, have impressed me the most. I don’t have any time for awhile to do eye swatches of them but I’ve worn each of these for several days for at least 12 hours, and did not experience any racoon eye (even when I cried, and I can SOB), the colors are genuinely pigmented and noticable, the formulations are long lasting and straight up GOOD formulations that aren’t clumpy, need to be built a lot, etc like their competitors. I’m impressed. Powderdoom approved. 
Note: Beauty Brands is having a sale on butter London mascaras so they’re half off (now $10.98) — definitely worth a look. High-res

I’ve tried most colored mascaras on the market — Medua’s Makeup (review), Maybelline’s LE line (review) — and these two brands, butter London and Anastasia, have impressed me the most. I don’t have any time for awhile to do eye swatches of them but I’ve worn each of these for several days for at least 12 hours, and did not experience any racoon eye (even when I cried, and I can SOB), the colors are genuinely pigmented and noticable, the formulations are long lasting and straight up GOOD formulations that aren’t clumpy, need to be built a lot, etc like their competitors. I’m impressed. Powderdoom approved. 

Note: Beauty Brands is having a sale on butter London mascaras so they’re half off (now $10.98) — definitely worth a look.

Sephora Online Sale Picks

Sephora usually always has an online sale going on of mediocre products, but right now they have some excellent things up for grabs at prices I haven’t seen in ages. Grab backups of faves or try out luxury products for way less than you’d get any other time. Here are my personal picks from the sale — all things I have in my own arsenal. 

hi! i've been on the hunt for a semi transparent green lipgloss forever. think enid coleslaw. but NO ONE seems to carry/make them. Any suggestions? thanks <3

Asked by
saintjerome

You’ve come to the right girl, I live for weird lip colors.  

Illamasqua makes an intense lip gloss (it’s not semi transparent, but goes on shiny and opaque) in green called ShootMAC makes a sheer light green lustreglass called Spring Bean that is green in the tube but just adds a super subtle sparkly gloss to your lips, and adds a nice pop of color to whatever colors you layer it with. Here’s a post showing what I mean. 

Moving away from big brands though, I think you’ll find what you need from indie brands like Geek Chic Cosmeticsthis bright light green lip gloss is $2.50 right now and vegan. I have a few lippies by GCC and I like em a lot. They’re got a lime green lipstick, too. Morgana Cryptoria has a huge selection of cool lip colors (I’ve reviewed them before), here’s a dark green lip gloss you’ll love, and it’s $7.

Some other green lipglosses (I can’t vouch for their quality like I can the other brands mentioned though): this, this, and this, and this.

There! Plenty to choose from. :)

Favorite Summer Products: Bronzers, Sunscreen & More

Been getting some questions about Bronzer lately, and I realized neither of us have really discussed them so I thought I’d pull this guide together for you of our favorite summer products. 

Favorite Eyeshadows


I love cream formulas in the summer, so the L’Oreal Infallible is the go-to. I like the Maybelline 24-HR Tattoo Shadows as well, but the new releases are touch-and-go in terms of quality. Overall, L’Oreal’s version is better quality throughout, and there are plenty of shades. We’re both pretty into neutral shades in the summer — so Bronzed Taupe, Eternal Sunshine and Endless Pearl are fantastic. You can just use a finger and do an all over smokey eye with any of them, and it won’t crease throughout the day even if you have super oily lids. For a party look, or something a little edgier, you can use the Eternal Black Shade, some blended eyeliner, falsies or lots of mascara, concealer, and boom — you’re done. 

Also included are the MUFE Aqua Creams because they make great bases or shadows themselves, just like the drugstore versions. Super highly pigmented and crease resistant, I like these colors more than the drugstore new releases from the Maybelline and L’Oreal lines. I like purple & green smokey eyes with a bright orange or pink lip in the summer, it’s super fun and easy to do with these cream shadows. 

Favorite Blushes 

Chi-Chi do you have any favorite blushes right now??

Why of course! :> This is an eternal favorite of mine that I have mentioned before on PD, but the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy is my go-to blush color, especially during the summer. Other than that, in my La Femme blush palette I created, the colors I gravitate to are Russet and Golden Sunset

Favorite Bronzers  

I love contouring, so I have a generous collection of bronzers from all price points. Totally obsessed with bareMinerals bronzing powders, you need so, so little and they bring warmth to my neutral skin without looking orange or dead. This balance is VERY HARD TO ACHIEVE. I’m also way into the Tarte Waterproof Bronzers, they are good for fair skin and are matte to boot. And of course, I’m always a fan of the NYX line of blushes & bronzers and they have a lot of different shades and finishes in both matte and shimmery. 

Favorite Lip Products 


There are so many good lip products out right now! I’ve set aside my Lip Tars for the moment (though I wait with bated breath for the Lip Gloss releases from OCC) for Stila Color Balm Lipsticks, and basically the rest of their current lineup — their Stay All Day Lipsticks DO NOT BUDGE, and their After Glow Lip Colors glow in the dark and are absolutely fantastic looking besides that. I want them all — definite wishlist material. I’m including standby summer fave Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Pencil for the moisturizing, glossy, pgimented formula and it’s new competition the Nars Lip Pencil, which has similar formulation which just a different shade range. 

Revlon also released new lip butter shades, so those are obviously instant favorites. 

We’ll do another guide soon — this should be a good jumping off point though. Have a rad day cuties.

Rly into these new Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors!!! Bought a few today &#8212; SUPER pigmented, a nice color selection, cheap ($2.99) with doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss but it&#8217;s a liquid lip color and dries into a very pigmented stain (think of the MUFE Aqua Rouge). You certainly need well moisturized lips before applying or else it will look super flaky. Definitely pick some up. 
I&#8217;m wearing Back to the Fuschia. High-res

Rly into these new Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors!!! Bought a few today — SUPER pigmented, a nice color selection, cheap ($2.99) with doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss but it’s a liquid lip color and dries into a very pigmented stain (think of the MUFE Aqua Rouge). You certainly need well moisturized lips before applying or else it will look super flaky. Definitely pick some up. 

I’m wearing Back to the Fuschia.

I'm coming over to new york from the uk next week and was wondering if there were any drugstore brands/products I should def check out? Feeling pretty overwhelmed by the amount of stuff on offer! Thank you in advance you are both angels xo

Asked by
ro-zap

Sure thing! It depends on what drugstore you’re in, if you can get to an ULTA while you’re visiting, definitely go there because there will be more brand selection from both drugstore to luxury brands and they’ll have harder to locate products. Keep an eye out for NYX, Milani, Wet n’ Wild, Revlon and Maybelline specifically. Here are some products we’re both way into right now: 

Eyes Wise: The drugstore creem eyeshadows are definitely interesting — pick up some L’Oreal ones, and try out Wet n’ Wild 6-pan eyeshadow palettes, too. Wet n’ Wild also has great, cheap liquid eyeliner, as does Milani. And L’Oreal has some great mascaras. 

Cheek Wise: Skipping foundation because neither of us are fans of any drugstore base makeup products at the moment (our faces, unfortunately, break out whenever we try any new formulations from the drugstore…). However, there are plenty of nice blushes and bronzers. Keep an eye out for Maybelline Limited Edition Baked Blushes and grab ‘em if you can, and if you see a NYX stand — definitely grab up some blushes. 

Lips Wise: There are so many great drugstore lipsticks out right now, really you’d be hard pressed to find a poor formulation. I find myself most loyal to Revlon colors, but Wet n’ Wild has stepped up their lipstick game too, and there are a bunch of new Maybelline colors released because of summer. So honestly, try out whatever you want!! I Here are some of our longtime favorites. 

Other shenanigans: Here are other random stuff that you should be on the lookout for — all are favorites, comparable to high end counterparts. 
Whew! Hope that helped!  Have a nice visit in the U.S.A my friend. 

do you have any recommendations for a white eyeliner (either liquid/gel/cream eyeliner)? bonus if it's long-lasting/oily-lid resistant, thanks!

Asked by
acuteyoungmom

I think Illamasqua’s Precision Ink is your best bet, it’s fabulous. Temptalia has a list of several pencil ones if you’re interested in those. Budget friendly wise, Sephora has it’s own white pencil, but I can’t speak for the quality.