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Changing My High School (Beauty) Life for the Better

By Makeup Morsels, Teen Contributor

Makeup Morsels is a pseudonym, and if that seems a little bulky, just call her MM! She resides in California and on her last year of high school. She has black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin (think NC15), and often has people tell her she looks like a corpse! She’s guilty of having a slight obsession for both sunscreen and lipstick (both of which she says she needs to stop hoarding). You’ll typically find her stalking drugstore aisles for bargains or lurking around high-end makeup counters to window shop. MM also enjoys cooking (and eating), food photography, reading, and exploring the world of makeup. Check out her blog, Makeup Morsels!


Changing My High School (Beauty) Life for the Better

Over the past few years, I’ve tried a lot of different things with my makeup and beauty routine. From maximizing my limited morning time to making up the game of “pet the brush because I don’t have a dog” (only kidding!), I’ve come across several tips and tricks that I still use today. I spent a lot of high school figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t, so today I bring you three tidbits of wisdom that changed my high school beauty life.

Nail polish. By the time junior year of high school rolled around, manicures were my go-to activity in times of stress. Neatly painting polish required that I hold the brush still. Holding the brush still required that I take a deep breath, calm down, and remind myself that the world was not going to end if I couldn’t figure out a Calculus problem. In fact, after a quick 10 minute polish session, I would return to my homework and sometimes experience a moment of epiphany. A useful tip: quick drying top coats such as Out The Door ( 4.99) speed up the process tremendously.  Just to clarify, I’m not implying that painting your nails is going to deliver epiphanies or get you straight As (that would be nice, wouldn’t it?)!  What it will do is give you a breather before you go back to tackling those math problems and hopefully cheer you up.

Skincare. These days, my makeup of choice is often no makeup at all (give or take a couple of exceptions, see below for more details). The reason I feel comfortable walking out the door with nothing but sunscreen and moisturizer on is that I simply don’t need foundation. While I’m no skincare guru and can’t give you the magical recipe for good skin, what I do suggest is that you think about your specific skin type (is it oily, dry, sensitive, combination?) and read up on skincare bloggers with similar skin issues. Removing your makeup every night is always a good bet, as is wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep (I’m still working on that last one).

Under Eye Concealer. Quite honestly, I don’t think I could have gotten through the past three-and-a-half years without this stuff. On days when I’ve accumulated enough sleep debt to look like a panda that’s been walloped in the eyes, a dab of concealer does wonders. I instantly look 10 times more well-rested (when in fact, I am about to fall out of my chair), and friends no longer ask me if I’m okay because I look”disheveled and kind of like a corpse.”  Because my dark circles tend to have a purplish cast, I like to use salmon-toned concealers to neutralize the shadows, concentrating the product on the inner corners of my under eyes. My holy grail dark circle concealer is from Skin Food ($12.99), which does the trick without appearing overly orange on my pale skin.

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I can usually find a shade that matches well enough within a range, because I am not on either extreme end of the spectrum (neither really, really fair or deeper in complexion), but I do find many warm options tend to run yellower than my particular skin tone needs. I also find that I’m in-between light-medium and medium, so I often have to mix to get the right shade or use the lighter liquid and a darker powder (or vice versa).

— Christine

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 2)

Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 2)

This post includes the remaining four shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.), which are a cream/gel eyeshadow that’s supposed to yield 24-hour wear without creasing or fading and have intense color payoff.  I reviewed the formula itself here in part one.

  • Pomegranate Punk is a darkened red-burgundy with a shimmery finish. It has good color payoff and a creamy consistency. It’s similar to Benefit Stiletto. It’s slightly less red compared to MAC Idyllic. MAC Artifact seems similar, too, perhaps browner.
  • Tenacious Teal is a medium-dark blue with a silvered shimmer. It has great color payoff and applies smoothly. I’m not sure where they were going with the name, because there’s really no teal to speak of. It’s bluer than theBalm Open to Offers Olwen. It’s slightly lighter than Urban Decay Haight.
  • Too Cool is a bright metallic-finished white with subtle cool undertones. It has excellent pigmentation and a smooth feel. There are several white eyeshadows that are similar, depending on how you like your white, but it’s not a unique shade. Because it’s so pale and light, though, it will make a great base and make your eyeshadows pop more.
  • Tough as Taupe is a mauve-tinted gray with neutral-cool undertones. It’s opaque and feels very smooth. Though I don’t have it, it seems like it would be similar to MAC Stray Grey. MAC String-a-long may also be similar but I don’t own it to tell you how similar. Urban Decay Bust is browner. theBalm Come Hither Heather is lighter. MAC Interior Life is slightly darker. NARS Delphes is similar.

Please see this post for my full review! 🙂

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 2)

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Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a violet purple with a subtly shimmered finish. It’s cooler-toned compared to MAC Violet. It’s warmer than MAC Parfait AmourInglot #379 is cooler-toned. Inglot #439 is more red-toned.

The reason it’s so special to earn a separate post is actually because it’s significantly under-performing compared to the other nine shades in the range.  I didn’t want this one shade to drag down such a good product (long-time readers may remember that I prefer to review shades individually because of small differences that impact the overall rating).  It suffers primarily from poor color payoff; it’s sheer and applies unevenly as a result.  It has a drier, less creamy, texture compared to the other shades as well (which likely contributes to the uneven application).

What product is visible after the initial application is still intact after twelve hours (which is how long I tested this particular shade).  There was no creasing or smudging, and it looked as faded as it did when I first applied it–that lack of pigmentation gives it this faded, washed out look.  The unevenness of the color makes for a patchy base, and the drier texture made blending and applying product on top more difficult. It still maintains the overall wear of the range, but it lacks in the pigmentation department.

8.5
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
79%
Total