In case you haven’t noticed, unicorns have been having a bit of a “moment” lately. From (disgusting) Starbucks drinks to rainbow-hued makeup – this mystical creature of yore is making a  major comeback. This Wet n’ Wild Rainbow Highlighter is from the unicorn collection that the brand released last year. I missed out on that one, but this baby is still on sale at Ulta.

Shockingly, I find this highlighter to be very wearable despite its ethereal, fantasy vibe. It’s not the most pigmented highlighter ever but definitely more pigmented and sparkly than Glossier Haloscope, (a good example of a natural, everyday highlight).

Shades + Swatches

Wet n' Wild Everlasting Glow Highlighter

Wet n' Wild Everlasting Glow Highlighter

As you can see from the swatch above, it’s very sheer and blends seamlessly into my fair skin tone. This picture was taken in natural light, so you can actually see the sparkle.

I only bought one shade “Everlasting Glow” but it also comes in Unicorn Glow (a bolder rainbow), and Bronzed Glow which looks like a typical bronzey highlight.

Wet n' Wild Rainbow Highlighters

Photo Credit: Bustle


This budget baby retails for only $5.99 and is definitely worth the coin if you’re a highlighter junkie like me. The packaging could be better. It’s pretty basic with a clear plastic lid (no mirror), but to be honest, I don’t usually take my highlighters on-the-go with me during the day so I don’t mind that.


Formula-wise, it doesn’t wear as long as a more expensive highlighter like Becca or Anastasia but will definitely take you through a typical 8-hour workday with minimal fading. It looks a little powdery when it’s first applied but once it settles in, the natural oils on your skin dissolve any powder particles and leave a lit-from-within glow.

The Gist

In two words – “worth it.” The idea of a rainbow highlighter is so genius that I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before from other brands. I never expect a drugstore or budget beauty brand to lead the way in terms of innovative beauty trends, so I applaud Wet n’ Wild for this one. It makes me want to try more from them.

What are your favorite Wet n’ Wild products? This is the first thing I’ve tried from them since I was a teenager so I’m curious what Wet n’ Wild products everyone else loves.

Comment below, unicorns!


You deserve it. Soak in a hot bubble bath, do a full-on Korean skincare routine, cozy up with your favorite book or movie…this the shiz I live for.

These are my 5 favorite beauty products to pamper myself with after a long week at work.

Treat Yourself Beauty

A few of my favorite things …

  1. Lush Bath Bombs

    I only joined the “Lush cult” within the last couple years, but now I’m a total believer. Toss one of these babies in running water and sink into a multi-colored, fizzy, beautifully scented dream. My favorites are Twilight, Blackberry, and Dragon’s Egg. They’re all totally different but completely amazing.
    Note: I’ve ordered online from Lush a few times with success but I’d really recommend visiting a store for the full Lush experience, especially if you’ve never tried them before. If you’re a DIY-er I’ve seen some great DIY Bath Bombs here and here.

  2. Face Masks

    Really, any face mask will do. Skincare is really such a personal thing and what works for one person, may not work for another. Lately, I’ve been loving Korean Sheet Masks like this one from The Face Shop. You can also give the Sephora Collection masks a try. I’ve used a few and love the Pearl one in particular.
    I also love a good kitchen face mask like these tried-and-true faves from Pinterest. Personally, I love mixing extra virgin olive oil with honey to treat dry skin with acne (a confusing skin condition that I find myself with during the winter months).

  3. Body Butters

    You don’t really have to buy anything for this one because chances are, you have a really thick body lotion lying around somewhere. And to be honest, most of them will work fine for this. But when I get out of the bath, I like to slather on a body butter. You know the kind – those lotions that are too thick to wear on a normalday , but make you feel soft and luxurious once they sink in. Apply it anywhere you have dry skin – heels, knees, elbows and, hands. Seal the deal by putting on a pair of thick socks and your comfiest sweats.

  4.  DIY Deep Conditioner

    If you aren’t going anywhere for awhile, why not treat your hair to a mask too? I love slathering olive oil on my split ends and then throwing my hair up into a ponytail. You can leave it on overnight, but I usually wash it out before going to bed so my pillowcase doesn’t get all greasy.

    You can find some other great DIY Deep Conditioners here.

  5. Eat Your Antioxidants

    I probably don’t need to tell you that foods rich in antioxidants are great for your skin. And any “treat yo’self” day isn’t complete without a little snack. I like dark chocolate with a hot cup of green tea (the Yogi brand is my fave). You can also chow down on berries, almonds, smoothies or even an iced coffee. Coffee is an antioxidant too!


In terms of activities, I love to watch feelgood nostalgic movies like Harry Potter (always) or read a fantastical book that takes me way out of my everyday life. The absolute best thing? Go to bed early and catch up on my beauty sleep!

What are your favorite things to do when you’re de-stressing or treating yourself? Are there any beauty treatments you do on a regular basis?

I’m particularly interested in DIY stuff lately since it costs less money. If anyone has a good beauty recipe, comment below!

Related: 15 Steps to Self-Care

When it comes to drugstore blushes – Milani kills it. Their famous “Luminoso” blush is a beauty blogger favorite. Although the peachy tones in that one didn’t work for my coloring, I thought the quality was top-notch. When I spotted these beautiful Milani Rose Blushes at Target, I was eager to try them out.

Milani Rose Blushes

The rose-patterned compacts come in 4 flushed shades – Romantic Rose, Coral Cove, Tea Rose, and Blossomtime Rose. Since coral blushes are hit or miss for me, I decided to give Romantic Rose and Tea Rose a try.

Milani Rose Blushes

Milani Rose Blushes – Romantic Rose (top), and Tea Rose (bottom)

As you can see, they apply sheer which makes them pretty goof-proof for everyday wear. Even if you’re super fair-skinned, you’re unlikely to have a blush mishap and apply too much. If you have darker skin, you may need to layer these to build up pigment.

For just $6.29 a pop, these are definitely a bargain. The formula reminds me of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes ($29). They have no glow or shine to them, making them ideal for oily skin types. Plus, they last pretty well through a typical 8-hour workday.

Shade-wise, I find myself reaching for Romantic Rose a bit more often since it’s more neutral and goes with more looks. Tea Rose is definitely a bit brighter and girlier, a great pairing for pink or blue-red lipsticks.

Obviously, the rose pattern makes them feel perfect for the upcoming spring season and I like the look of them on my vanity. The compact doesn’t have a mirror in it which I’m okay with since I’m unlikely to re-apply blush throughout the day or on-the-go.

I picked these up at Target but Amazon sells them too.

What are your favorite drugstore blushes? I love finding beauty bargains at the drugstore but I don’t have many drugstore blushes! Comment below with your faves. <3

Until next time, stay rosy peeps!

I’ve heard a lot about E.L.F. over the years but surprisingly didn’t purchase anything from the brand until recently. I always knew they were a “budget buy,” but I didn’t realize how cheap they were until I looked. These matte lip colors ring in at just $1.49 a pop, a quarter of the price of its drugstore competitors like Maybelline and L’Oreal. The shade range and matte finish drew my attention and I picked up 4 from Check out my full E.L.F. matte lip color review below!

E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors

Shades from left to right: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red


E.L.F. Matte Lip Color - Sharpener

Handy pop-out sharpener on the end!


I have to admit, this formula doesn’t compare to more expensive brands. I don’t hate it – I just don’t love it. It’s super waxy and feels a little too thick and occlusive on the lips for my liking (and I wear standard drugstore matte lipsticks all the time, so I’m no stranger to the matte lip feel).

That being said, the waxy formula means it’s not as drying as other matte lipsticks on the market. Of course, the flip-side of that is that it’s not as pigmented either. That may not be a bad thing, depending on your tastes.

I’ve mentioned this before – but there seems to be a trend, or rather, a misconception in the beauty world right now that high pigment = high quality. This isn’t always the case and for everyday use, I tend to prefer sheer finishes in a lot of my cosmetics because they’re easier to build up and I’m less likely to make a mistake.

But I digress – I like my lipsticks fully loaded, pigment-rich, and matte as hell. Yes, they’re trickier to apply, but it’s the one makeup item that I like to go all-out with (hence the name of this blog). These E.L.F. matte lip colors are not as pigment-rich as I’d like them to be, but they are matte and I enjoy the shades that I tried.

Speaking of the shades…

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color Swatches

Swatches from top to bottom: Wine, Mulberry Maven, Cranberry, Rich Red


A deep red/mauve hybrid true to its name.

E.L.F. Wine

Mulberry Maven

A cool-toned plum, a softer alternative to the vampy lip.

E.L.F. Mulberry Maven


The least pigmented of the bunch – swatches like a dark red but applies like a sheer pink.

E.L.F. Cranberry

Rich Red

Not exactly “rich” but definitely red – pulls slightly pink on me as most cool-toned reds do.

E.L.F. Rich Red

In terms of wear, these lipsticks don’t last any longer than your typical bullet lipstick nor any less. I’m not too bothered by it as I’m used to reapplying lip products after lunch anyway. On the plus side, I’ve noticed that these E.L.F. matte lip colors fade evenly without patchiness or dryness. I suppose that could also probably be attributed to its waxy formula.

The Gist

Overall, I’d recommend these lippies to anyone on a budget who wants to try a matte lip. They won’t be ones I reach for every day, but I have found myself getting a fair amount of use out of them this past holiday season.

I personally prefer the Maybelline Matte Lipsticks or the L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks for their formulas. They’re a bit more drying on the lips but pack way more pigment. If you have a few extra bucks and are a die-hard matte lipstick girl like me, maybe try those instead.

Hope this was helpful! If anyone has tried E.L.F. and has any recommendations from the brand, comment below. I’m a newb so I’m eager to try the best the brand has to offer.


Guys, this post is a long time coming. The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro was on my wishlist for ages before I finally bought it. When I saw they released some new shades, I knew the time had come. Check out my Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow review below!

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow

A little background…

Liquid and cream eyeshadows tend to be hit or miss for me. I have oily eyelids and usually need primer and several layers of powder shadow if I expect my eye look to last more than 5 hours.

However, I’d had luck with the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome which is basically a drugstore dupe for the pricier Stila liquid eyeshadow. I had my eye on the Stila one for awhile but bought the Maybelline one to see if it was the kind of thing I’d like. I actually wound up liking the Maybelline one so much, that I sort of forgot about these Stila eyeshadows until they released some exciting new shades and were featured by the front door at my local Ulta.

Speaking of price…

The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows ring in at $24.00, more than I’d typically spend on a single shadow. Especially considering the Maybelline one is only $10 and I was perfectly happy with it.

But the little spending demons on my shoulder (I have demons on both shoulders, the angel quit years ago) won me over. New Year’s Eve was days away when I first purchased these, so I justified them as necessary for my glittery NYE look.

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow


These eyeshadows come in two formulas – a glittery, show-stopping sparkle and a more metallic, satin cream. I’m pretty sure Stila didn’t market these as everyday shadows but for $24 a pop, you better bet I’m going to get my money’s worth. The metallic cream formula works much better for this purpose and I’ve already worn the famous shade “Kitten” to pieces.

The glittery shades are a little tougher to pull off in the daytime without looking “extra” but of course, you do you.

I find the finish to be truly unique. I thought I was happy with the Maybelline one – and sure, if you want to try something like this out without biting the $24 bullet, I’d totally recommend it. But these Stila shadows take the shimmer to a whole. nother. level.

The best part for me is that they last all day and all night. It feels super wet when you first apply it and stays moveable just long enough to blend it out. Then it dries down to a smudge-proof finish that feels like any normal shadow.

I’ve tried them alone, underneath and over powder eyeshadows and it doesn’t make a difference. They apply beautifully no matter what. Although, keep in mind that a few of the metallic shades are pretty pigmented and will likely cover up whatever eyeshadow you have on underneath.

I should also mention that I have pretty sensitive eyes and haven’t had any issues with glitter fallout or getting pieces stuck in my contacts – which has definitely happened with the glitter shadows of yesteryear.

To be fair, I haven’t noticed that the Stila shadows last any longer than the Maybelline ones so it could just be that the industry, in general, has discovered some amazing long wear liquid shadow formula.

It’s also worth noting that I haven’t noticed a difference in longevity between the two formulas – both the glitter and metallic shades last forever.


Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow

Shades from top to bottom:

Smoky Storm (Glitter)
Rose Quartz (Glitter)
Kitten (Metallic)
Grace (Metallic)
Jezebel (Metallic)

The Gist

Yes, these beauties are expensive. But if you want to add a little something extra special to your makeup collection, I can’t recommend these enough. They’ve already made it to my 2017 favorites.

Like I said, I think the cream shades are more wearable and therefore probably more worth the coin. Given that they’re liquid, I’m curious to see how long they last or if they dry up. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated.

Do you guys wear glitter on your lids? Let me know your favorite products in the comments below. I feel like I’m exploring a whole new world of eye makeup looks here!

Glow on, peeps. <3

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Jezebel

Wearing Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Jezebel


Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro

Full look wearing Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro