Dupe for Skin Fetish 003

Pat McGrath, makeup artist extraordinaire whom you may recognize from her tiny thumbnail photo that, for years, was always printed next to her makeup advice in Allure magazine, has finally released the latest product to add to her ostentatious-yet-demure makeup line. Currently out of stock on her website and no doubt running low at Sephora, Skin Fetish 003, as it’s affectionately known, is a tri-part series … Continue reading Dupe for Skin Fetish 003

Undercover Skincare

When you think CIA, you think spies, code words, and hidden signals. What you probably don’t think of is… skincare. The beauty brand Skincential Sciences developed a skin treatment, called Clearista, that aims to soften skin, minimize dark spots, and eliminate wrinkles. So why would the venture capital part of the CIA, called In-Q-tel, want to fund Clearista? Do all those hours at the computer doing special … Continue reading Undercover Skincare

Foundation Lighteners: For the Fairest of Them All

Snow White might have been the fairest in the land, but I’m also guessing that bitch didn’t need foundation. If her alabaster skin needed some touching up, I’d tell her good frickin’ luck finding a foundation light enough for her pale complexion. As most girls on either end of the skin tone spectrum know, foundation colors generally hover around the medium range, leaving poor ebony … Continue reading Foundation Lighteners: For the Fairest of Them All

Curly Hair: The Complicated Basics

If you’ve taken a gander over at my makeup gallery or my Instagram feed (@brokendownbeauty), you’ve probably noticed that I got them curly, whirly, twirly locks. It takes a lot of time and effort to tame that beast, and, truth be told, it’s still a pretty feral one. I haven’t always been a curly girl, though. My fuzzy, wavy hair developed into full-fledged curls as I … Continue reading Curly Hair: The Complicated Basics

REVIEW: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lip

ColourPop Cosmetics, the brand made famous by Instagram, has recently released their latest product innovation: Ultra Satin Lip. Before I get ahead of myself, let me give you some context. ColourPop is the self-described “fast fashion” brand of the cosmetics world and beloved by celebrities abound (I’d mention Kylie Jenner, but I don’t want to. So I won’t). With eyeshadows and lipsticks around $5 and … Continue reading REVIEW: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lip

REVIEW: Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Collection

Ba bada ba ba ba ba baaaaaaaaaa!!!!! It’s here, people! Bite Beauty has officially launched their Amuse Bouche collection of lipsticks at Sephora! What’s bigger than this release is that it’s replacing their Luminous Créme Lipstick line. While the exact changes to this new line as compared to the Luminous Créme collection are a little vague, what we DO know about the new collection is … Continue reading REVIEW: Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Collection

Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t Let Them Seeeeee

Like the Frozen reference in the title? Well, if Elsa and I have anything in common, it’s that we like to hide things. For her, it’s magical powers. For me, it’s dark circles that make me look more like Kung Fu Panda. And switching out and old concealer for a new one can feel a lot like this: We feel you, Indie. Now, I don’t … Continue reading Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t Let Them Seeeeee

Estée Edit: Estée Lauder Wants to be Cool Again

When you hear Estée Lauder, you either think 1) I used that when my husband was coming home from war, or 2) My grandma used that when my grandpa was coming home from war. For the most part, Millennials, Gen Z, basically anyone under 60 leaves the beauty aisle without filling up their basket with the gilded, plastic, retro-but-not-in-a-cool-way, Estée-Lauder items. It’s NOT that they’re … Continue reading Estée Edit: Estée Lauder Wants to be Cool Again

Bite Beauty: The Lip Lab Experience

With Bite Beauty launching their new core collection of lipsticks, called Amuse Bouche, they will be forcing their former Luminous Créme lipsticks to shuffle off this mortal coil into the abyss of discontinued beauty products. As Amuse Bouche launches, however, the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in NYC is still currently whipping up custom tubes of lipsticks using the OG Luminous Créme formula. I was lucky … Continue reading Bite Beauty: The Lip Lab Experience

Origins Maskimizer: Don’t Fall For It

Time for a bitch moment, people. Origins, a brand I often use and who are known for their skin-friendly, gentle, good-for-you-and-your-wallet products, have just released their newest product “innovation”. Called Maskimizer, it’s a concoction that you spray on your face prior to applying a face mask in order to “enhance” (their words, not mine) your mask benefits and experience. Come on, Origins. A pre-mask primer? … Continue reading Origins Maskimizer: Don’t Fall For It