Eyebrows on what?

Fleek.  Yeah, I have no idea what that means.  Pretty sure no one else does either.  Moving on.

Eyebrows are in.  Almost every makeup line has launched various brow products in multiple forms – pencils, pomades, gels, powders, and wax to name a few.  It can get a bit overwhelming.

The queen of brows is Anastasia Beverly Hills.  She has a salon in Beverly Hills (and other locations) and an entire line dedicated to perfect brows.  One of my favorite products of all time is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.  It’s a micro pencil that helps you fill in your brows without making them look like you’ve used sharpie.  It’s kinda magical.  Dramatic. I know.  There’s a reason this is a fan favorite. Trust me.  But at $21, it ain’t cheap.


I’ve been on the hunt for a “dupe” or a comparable product, at a lower price point. I think I’ve found it.  Almost.  Oh hello, NYX Micro Brow Pencil.


I’ve never been a fan of blatant knockoffs.  I mean, really?  But at half the price, I can’t really complain.  The NYX pencil is a little easier on the wallet at $9.99.  Annd, it’s essentially the same thing.  The only major difference is that it’s not as creamy as the Brow Wiz.  I have the color Taupe in both brands and they’re ALMOST identical.  Both have the pencil/color on one end, and the spooley brush on the other to brush your brows.  I wouldn’t say they’re twins, but they’re sisters. :) If $ wasn’t an issue, my pick would be Anastasia, only because it’s a bit easier to work with.  That being said, they’re very similar and I would definitely give the NYX pencil a try if you’re looking for an easy brow product, minus the hefty price tag.

Happy Tuesday! XO


Dr. Perricone. . .

I’ve always had problem skin. ALWAYS.  It’s annoying.  I have extremely oily, acne prone skin.  I have tried many (many) skin care brands and I am a big fan of Dr. Perricone and his products.  When he introduced his makeup line, I had to try it.  Yes, had to.


Perricone MD Perfectly Polished

I picked this up at Sephora using one of the gift cards I got for my birthday.  It cost $85, ($115 value) and  includes the following:

– 1 oz Face Finishing Moisturizer
– 0.3 oz No Foundation Foundation Serum
– 0.17 oz No Blush Blush
– 0.014 oz No Mascara Mascara
– 0.15 oz No Lipstick Lipstick


My thoughts:

Moisturizer: Love it.  Always have and always will.  This has been my go to moisturizer for years and years.  One warning though – if you are sensitive to certain scents,  you might find some of his products offensive.  Some of them (not all) do have a slightly fishy scent.  I’ve never  been bothered by it, but one of my friends brought this to my attention so I thought I would point it out.

No Foundation Foundation: I like this a lot.  It doesn’t provide full coverage like a typical foundation but does help in evening out the skin tone.  If you’re looking for a lightweight product, I would definitely consider trying this.  It helps with oil control and gives my skin a healthy glow.  They sell it on it’s own, so you don’t have to buy the whole kit.  The shade that comes in the kit is No. 2 light to medium, and it matches my skin tone perfectly.

No Blush Blush: If you like pink, then this is for you.  Having such a greasy face, I’m not a huge fan of creamy/liquid blushes because they just make me look shiny.  If you have dry skin, I think this would look really nice and add a dewy glow.  I can still use it, and it looks pretty, but I prefer powder blushes. :)

No Mascara Mascara: I was pleasantly surprised.  This is SUCH a good mascara! It makes your lashes full, plump and beautiful! I haver VERY sensitive eyes (oh hello, corneal ulcers – yeah – no fun) and this doesn’t make them sting or burn whatsoever.  LOVE!

No Lipstick Lipstick: Eh. I was recently given a tinted Burt’s Bees lip balm, and this reminds me of that.  It’s nice.  It’s pretty. Nothing spectacular.  It does give a shine to the lips and is moisturizing, but didn’t wow me.


This is the best picture I could get while wearing all of the products.  It’s my attempt at being artsy.  Yeah, I have no idea why my neck looks like that. Don’t judge.  Anyway, I think all of the products are great if you’re going for a super natural look. It definitely gives you the whole “your face, but better” feeling, which I can definitely appreciate. If you’re into natural looking makeup, this might just be for you.  Keep in mind. . .I love fake eyelashes and have fake hair. Really, what do I know? :)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! We made it to the weekend! (Almost!)


Hello, Gorgeous. . .

I will always have a special place in my heart for Bare Escentuals.  It’s the first cosmetics line I worked for.  I have a lot of fun memories working at the boutique. I recently went back to my store to say hi to some friends who still work there.  Of course, I couldn’t leave empty handed.  It’s been several years since I’ve worked there and I’m always interested to see what new products are available.  They are currently having a promotion where you get 3 products + a makeup bag for $45. Exciting!


I chose a Ready Eyeshadow Du0 in The Big Debut, The Well Rested CC Eye Primer and a Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Jazzed. I’ve  been a fan of the Ready Eyeshadows since the beginning. They’re just so pretty.  This duo has a champagne-ish pinky tone and a deep plum.  So so nice.  I wore them and loved how they look.


My favorite item has to be the primer stick.  It has caffeine in it which helps with puffiness.  I applied it all over my eyes (and under eyes) and it had an immediate cooling sensation.  It helped cancel out the redness and even out my skin tone.  It also created the perfect base for my eyeshadow.  No creasing! I have the greasiest face ever – this passed the test.

I’ve been looking for a bright pink lipliner – I love the color.  The texture is not as creamy as some of the other lipliners I have.  Not my absolute fave – but still definitely something I’ll use.  It is a perfect match for my Clinique Matte Peony Lipstick.  Not kidding. An EXACT match.

Overall, I was really happy I made the trip and picked these up.  I’m a bit sentimental when it comes to Bare Escentuals, but they really do have great products.

Happy Hump Day!



Naked v. Nude

I’m a sucker for drugstore makeup.  Sometimes it can be frustrating because it’s hit or miss.   It’s also annoying that you can’t try things out before you buy them.  When you are able to find a gem, it’s that much more exciting.  Oh hello, La Nude Palette 2.


There’s also La Nude 1, but #2 was calling my name.  It’s obviously a take on the Urban Decay Naked palette.  Annd, I love it. The Naked Palette is $54. La Nude 2 was $19.99,  but I had a coupon (duh), so it was $14.00.  Winning.


If I’m being honest, I do love the original Naked Palette. (There’s also Naked 2 and 3, which I don’t have. . .) The colors are so creamy, pigmented and go on like butter. You really can create any neutral/smokey eye look.  But, if you’re normal and don’t want to spend $54 on eyeshadow, La Nude 2 is a great alternative.  The colors are so pretty, and definitely not chalky or cheap feeling.  The verdict: If you’re looking for a neutral palette, this might be your new best friend.



Makeup Must Have: Eye Primer

If I had my way, I’d be wearing full glam makeup every day.  Every. Day. But that’s just not realistic.  When it comes down to it, I’d rather sleep than spend 45 minutes  putting on makeup and lashes.  Fact.  However, whether your makeup routine is 10 minutes, 10 seconds or non-existent, there is something I think everyone should have in their arsenal.  Eye Primer.


Eye primer is one of those miracle products.  It acts to control oil on the eyelids so you can avoid greasy eyes at the end of the day.  Not cute.  It helps your eyeshadow application and makes it go on smoother and brighter.  Primer can also act as a concealer, hiding any veins or imperfections on your eyelids.  It can also help you look more awake.  There are lots of brands to try, but these are a few of my favorites.  TIP: I’m no Susie homemaker, but you even make your own – click here – if you’re interested.  You should read Cara’s blog.  It’s pretty amazing.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Wet n’ Wild Shimmer Eyeshadow Primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

My absolute favorite is the Wet N’ Wild Primer.  It’s cheap and it works. It has a bit of shimmer – you don’t need to wear anything else.  Swipe some on in the morning with a little mascara and you’re off.  Perfect for when you want to hit the snooze button just one more time.  Done and done.

Seriously.  Try it.  It’s $5.

Happy almost Thursday!



Whirl & Soar. . .

I’m late to the party.  Again.  But for months, every time I work at MAC (literally EVERY TIME) numerous people come in and ask for the Kylie Jenner lip pencils: Whirl and/or Soar.  People are obsessed with her signature lip look.  While sometimes their popularity make me question the future of humanity – I finally gave in and got them for myself.  Obviously.  (Most MAC locations near me have been sold out for months. . .)



They’re very similar, but oh so different.  Both create the ever so popular “your lips but better” look.  Soar is more of a pinky tone, while Whirl is more on the brown/mauve side.


Whirl on the top. Soar on the bottom.

First of all, getting good pictures of your lips is a lot harder than it looks.  Also, I might have discovered that I have a mustache.   The plan was to take some full face pictures wearing the lipliners.  Taking pictures of yourself  is just so ridiculous sometimes.  I gave up on trying to take the perfect picture. Sooo, here I am on a typical weeknight – sitting on the couch with my computer, my cat and lots of lipliner. :)





Both of these can be paired with any nude lipstick.  I’ve been wearing them alone with a bit of gloss.  The verdict: I love these.  They’re perfect for everyday and you don’t need to use anything else with them which makes your life easier. You probably don’t need both.  If I had to pick one, it would be Soar.  It’s just so pretty!  If  you are looking for the perfect nude lip, (and if you can find these) definitely give them a try.



Wicked. . .

I’m not talking about the musical.  I’m talking about the NYX Wicked Lippie Lipsticks.

In January (I know, I’m a little late) I went to the NYX Unveiled party.  It was amazing. The best part of the party however was the gift bag. OMG.  It had more makeup than you could ever want.  It had EVERYTHING.  A makeup junkie’s dream come true.

Wicked 1

I can’t possibly talk about everything at once.  Bright lipstick is really popular and on trend at the moment.  I figured I’d start with that.  There are 12 colors total.

1) Betrayal 2) Scandalous 3) Trickery 4) Wrath 5) Sinful 6) Stone Cold 7) Immortal 8) Mischievous 9) Risque 10) Power 11) Cold Hearted and 12) Envy


These are not every day colors.  Obviously.  They’re SUPER bright and metallic.  They’re fun.  If you are a makeup artist these would be a good thing to have.  At $6 each, they won’t break the bank.  The most wearable color is Power – the lighter purple shade.  You could almost get away with wearing it on a normal day.  Almost.  They’re very creamy and moisturizing.  Some of the colors are not as opaque as the others (Envy is SUPER pigmented), but overall the color payoff is amazing.


If you’re looking for a bright metallic lipstick, definitely give these a try.  I personally don’t think I can pull off metallic purple. Actually, I know I can’t.  If you can – DO it.


I sent my sister some of the pictures of me wearing the lipsticks.  Her response: “Did you makeout with a smurf?” Enough said.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! It’s almost Friday!



And so it begins. . .again.

I’m baack! I took a (long) break from blogging.  There are several reasons, but mainly it’s because that I’ve been working as an artist for a company again and didn’t want any issues with regard to their social media policy.  Also, I just wanted a break.

It’s Spring and I feel like it’s time for me get back into the swing of things.  Time to come out of hibernation. Literally. Well, sorta.  I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning, this blog included.  I have gone through and kept the posts which are the most important to me – and got rid of the rest.  I wanted to start with a (somewhat) clean slate.

The following post was originally published on December 9, 2013.  I am keeping it, because it’s probably the most honest thing I’ve written.  It’s the reason why I sit at my computer and write, and pretend that people are actually interested in what  I have to say. :)

Happy Spring! xo

One of the most important people in my life once told me, “Stop resisting who you are.  Once you do that, everything else will fall into place.” So, here I am.  A lawyer who loves (I mean really LOVES) makeup.  I have worked as a lawyer and a makeup artist for years, and I love doing both.  People call me crazy, but I like to own it.  I love being in the courtroom, as much as I love applying false eyelashes.  It’s my thing.  It’s who I am. 

I have been watching makeup tutorials and reading other makeup blogs for a long time. To find out the latest makeup trends, and to see women from all over the world is just well. . . awesome.  I love to read about different ideas, cultures, and to get a glimpse into the lives of everyday women. One of the many things I’ve learned, (besides the perfect smokey eye) is that beauty isn’t just about how you look, but how you feel. Unfortunately, there are so many negative forces in the world and on the internet.  As women, we should be empowering each other, not tearing each other down.  Makeup can make us appear beautiful to the outside world,  but all the makeup in the world can’t mask who you really are in the inside.  

We should be inspired by the beauty that we see everyday, all around us and in each other.  One of my inspirations is my younger sister. She is beautiful (on the outside obviously, but more importantly on the inside) and has fun just being herself.  The quote, “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. . .” by Ellen Degeneres (one my sister’s favorite people) reminds me of my sister’s remarkable ability to be happy with who she is (regardless of what anyone else says or thinks) and pretty much says it all.  

We all want to be beautiful, and it means something different to everyone.  So, whether it’s learning a new eyeshadow look, or about the best drugstore mascara, the idea behind each video/post on this blog will be the same.  Do what’s right for you, and what makes YOU feel beautiful, no matter what.  We’re all beautiful in our own unique way.  Don’t let anyone ever convince you otherwise.  

After years of an internal struggle, and not wanting to put myself out there, (in more ways than one), I have decided that it’s time.  I’m not sure what’s changed, but I’m ready.  It’s time to stop resisting who I am, and let everything else fall into place. . .

 <3 TKP

Time to let it go. . .

I have trouble letting things go.  And I don’t mean just makeup.  Luckily, this post isn’t about my personality flaw.  It’s about makeup.  Trust me, it’s much more interesting.

I have the first eyeshadow I owned.  It’s glittery, (CHUNKY 80’s glitter) purple and by caboodles. I know you remember that brand.  Yeah. I think I’ve had it since the 6th grade.  It has made it with me through high school, college, law school and it’s still in my drawer.  Why? I have no idea.  Now it’s just for nostalgia.  I haven’t used it in at least a decade.  Now I kinda want to. . .just cause.  But I won’t.

I get asked all the time, “how long  am I supposed to keep makeup before it goes bad?”

So here’s the general rule about keeping makeup: use your best judgement.  When in doubt, throw it out.  If something starts to smell weird, look weird or not act the way it’s supposed to, toss it.  Liquid and cream products grow bacteria much easier, so be more cautious with those.


 photo 1

If you use the same mascara everyday, toss it after a few (3-4) months.  It’s not worth risking an eye infection.   This is why I try not to buy expensive mascara.


photo 3

Like I said before, if it smells weird or looks weird, toss it.  Lipglosses kinda gross me out after while because you put the wand on your  mouth and then put it back in the tube.  A haven for bacteria.  If you use it everyday, get rid of it after a few months.  If you don’t use it all the time, just monitor it and make sure it’s not getting funky.


photo 2

If you use clean brushes, I think you can keep these a lot longer.   Again, same rule applies.  You should be able to tell if something needs to go bye bye.  Just remember, the main goal is to avoid spreading bacteria and giving yourself pimples or an infection.  Brushes hold bacteria, which can transfer from your face/eyes onto the products and vice versa.  So clean your brushes often!  I like using my Beauty So Clean to santize the products occasionally.  If you keep them clean and take care of them, you can keep them for as long as you feel comfortable.

photo 4

See, I wasn’t kidding. I’ve had this thing FOREVER.  Like I said, I have a hard time letting go.  I should probably work on that. Although, maybe I’ll keep it.  One day it might be considered vintage. :)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

<3 TKP

Just my luck. . .

I don’t want to jinx myself or anything, but I’ve been known to have a little bit of dumb luck.  I’ve been on gameshows (and won), I’ve called into radio stations (and won), and I play slot machines (and win!).

Last week, I found out that I won a beauty blogger contest through Birchbox and I couldn’t been more excited! I was one of a handful of beauty bloggers chosen to receive, review and write about a brand new product before it launched.

Introducing. . .

The Beauty Protector Protect & Oil Argan Oil Hair Serum. 

There’s always a dilemma when you get sent products to review.  You hope that the product is good, because it just doesn’t seem nice to bash something that was given to you. (Don’t get me wrong, I’d totally do it. . .I just wouldn’t be happy about it. 😉 )  Well, let me just tell you. . .this stuff is AMAZING.  Phew!


I have been using it the past few days and have really noticed a difference in my hair.  I have been following the instructions and use just a few drops in my wet hair before styling.  My hair has never been softer or shinier.  I have been wearing my hair straight, which is something I rarely do because straight enhances the dry frizz!  Even though it’s an oil, it’s not overly greasy and does not weigh my hair down.  As well as having an oily face, I have an oily scalp (go figure) so I’m always nervous about putting more oil on my skin or hair.  I use this all over (from roots to tips) and I don’t look like I need to take a shower. WOO. I’ve recently become a big fan of Beauty Protector.  Click here to read about the detangler I’ve been using.


I’m very particular when it comes to smells.  I don’t like anything overly perfumy (that’s a word, right?) or too strong smelling.  I’m terrible at describing scents, but it has a clean earthy scent that is not overpowering.  It smells good to me!  If you have color treated hair or hair that is dry or frizzy, I would definitely give it a try.  It doesn’t say it’s for a particular hair type, but I would imagine it would work for everyone.  I myself have fine, color treated hair.  If you want to give your hair some added shine without weighing it down, this might be for you. It also says it’s supposed to protect against heat and environmental damage.  BONUS!   It’s not available just yet, but keep checking the Birchbox site.

Being a beauty junkie I have used a lot of hair products including serums and oils. This is definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried.  So, if you’re looking to pamper your hair, I say. . .go for it. :)

And ps. . .I wasn’t lying about my random luck.  Fingers crossed it keeps up 2014.



Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this review/post.  I was sent the product to try.  All opinions are my own, and I always tell the truth. Duh.


<3 TKP