Golden Door: Gilded Mask of Champions

Spas might be great, but most of us don’t have the time to visit them on the regs. Who am I, Christina Aguilera? This diva has shit to do, people. I recently went to a spa, and, while I enjoyed the experience, I found my Type-A side wanting to take over. What is that? Why are you putting it there? What was that sound? I … Continue reading Golden Door: Gilded Mask of Champions

REVIEW: Better (and cheaper) than GlamGlow

If you’re a girl with pore issues like myself you’ve probably already tried (and fell in love with) GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment. This stuff is great because it packs a load of effective ingredients to degunk your pores. GlamGlow’s Super Mud (aka the one in the white jar) exfoliates with a slew of acids of both the BHA and AHA varieties, meaning it can get … Continue reading REVIEW: Better (and cheaper) than GlamGlow

Looxi Beauty: The Highlighter to Rule Them All

Highlighting is the new trendy trend finding its way to the interwebs these days, and, I gotta say, I’m way more on board with this trend than full-on contouring. Contouring involves WAY to much time, effort, product, and you really can’t contour your face without also doing your neck, décolleté, head, shoulders, knees, and toes. It’s a slippery slope, people. Slippery slope. Highlighting, also known … Continue reading Looxi Beauty: The Highlighter to Rule Them All

Urban Decay’s New Vice Lipstick: Business Behind the Beauty

As you’ve likely seen, Urban Decay has released their new line of lipsticks, with over 100 shades in 4 types of finishes. All I can say is, WOW. Well done, UD. Well done. While beauty bloggers abound are sampling, swatching, and raving about this magazine full of sweet lipstick bullets, they aren’t focusing on this line introduction as a fascinating business move by UD. Urban … Continue reading Urban Decay’s New Vice Lipstick: Business Behind the Beauty

Sun Bum: Your Sunscreen Savior

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sunscreen fiend. I have fair skin and melanoma runs in my family, so I’m always applying, applying, applying! In addition to applying, I’m always SEARCHING. Yep, it feels pretty much like that. I prefer to use a sunscreen that has a mix of physical (mineral) as well as chemical sunblocks, because my research has shown that that … Continue reading Sun Bum: Your Sunscreen Savior

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