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Beauty and Skincare Picks

It’s been a heck of a long time my people. So long that my 7 followers have probably gone down to three followers. The followers meaning my Mom, a random person from halfway across the globe, and the sweet older lady from church. The OG fans of PFB. Cut to my Mom saying “What the hell is OG?”

I find this app frustrating, but it is the best way to organize thoughts and pictures so here I am giving it a try again. Grad school is over after 3 years of anxiety and I am ready to once again play with makeup and spread the word about some of my favorite things. Like this gal:

Disclaimer: No one is getting a car, or anything for that matter. Unless you count witty banter.

So without further adieu, here are my favorite things.

First Aid Beauty

It started out with using the Pure Skin Face Cleanser, a thorough face wash that removes dirt and makeup. As you can see from the squeezed bottle, I use it all the time. It is maybe my second or third one.

Then I began getting smaller sizes in Birchboxes (I broke up with Birchbox btw, too boring) and a fantastic Sephora 500 point reward. The Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser has been my go to product for the summer. I give my face a wash with the other Cleanser then I follow up with this to really get into the pores and remove the grimy NJ air. The Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (part of the Sephora reward) has been like a little shot of hydration to my skin. I use it on place of moisturizer for the summer. The Coconut Skin Smoothie Primer Moisturizer is being used under my eye as it is a bit rich for my face. It smells like real coconut too 😍 That was also in the 500 point reward which was hands down the best reward I have ever gotten. Finally? The Ultra Repair Cream is perfect for my dry peasant hands AND it’s good for eczema too. Love this brand because it caters to sensitive skin. I’m curious to try their new Retinol Serum. 🤔


If you follow me on IG (giginessa13), you know that so many of my makeovers involve this brand and I seriously live for them. Well, them and ice cream. And coffee. Anyway because I am a Lip junkie I have included some favorite formulas and colors. The Ultra Glossy Lip in Aquarius (pinky nude), the Ultra Satin Lip in barracuda (deep mauve Berry) and London Fog a beautiful pinky red. Also included is the Blotted Lip in Drip and Lolly. Finally, my most favorite formula, the Ultra Glossy Lip this one is from their collab with Hello Kitty. Did I mention these are 5 and six dollars?!!!

I love so much from this brand but the only other thing I will mention is the She palette from the Karruche collab

Just gorgeous. And 16 dollars.

Screw Naked Palettes, ColourPop is wear it’s at. Here are some ColourPop looks

Next CliniqueI can’t get enough of the new Even Better Glow Foundation. I wear Ecru. It makes my skin soft and luminous without the obvious glitter. Also I do not break out from it. Hallelujah. I’m proud to say they have a wide range from shade 2 to shade 90.

I always love my Chubby Lash in Portly Plum (so many compliments when I wear that). It lengthens, separates, and bathes the lashes in a flattering purple tone.

Finally, my Extra Mild Liquid Soap that I use to take off my makeup at night. I hate the feeling of a wet face and hair in the evening. It wakes me up. This you can tissue right off. It’s supposed to be used as a soap, but I use it for makeup remover and soap and the world has not stopped turning. #rebel

Next up, a mousse for Curly hair from L’Oréal.

3.99 for a mousse that doesn’t weigh my hair down and holds my curls in place.

You know what also helps with that? This from R&Co

It’s a mousse texture conditioner! You can use it on a day off from shampoo but I use it every day and with shampoo. So expensive though, so thank God for my guardian discount angel hookup at a particular store that shall not be named. 🙏🏻🙌🏻

FINALLY, this setting spray from Too Cool For School

I got this on sale a K-Pop set from Birchbox. I never thought I’d like it because I was afraid of breaking out. I spray it before makeup and after to lock it in place. The smell is eh, but the feel is nice as heck.

Are you still with me? It’s 3:52 am in NJ. I need to sleep. Maybe I should do a favorites on chamomile tea, ambien, and counting sheep.

Till next time,

Smooches! 💋

p.s. This blog post better save 🙏🏻


Instagram vs Reality

I’m a makeup artist who rarely wears a great deal of makeup. Most days I run out of the house to get Smarshmucks without much makeup on at all (I bet you can’t guess that name. #slick). Many times I’m people watching, but sometimes I engage in conversation. When I tell people that in addition to grad school, one of my two or three jobs is being a makeup artist, I get a puzzled look. This is because I usually look like this:

Ok, picture non-styled hair. I’m not that brave to do no makeup AND scrub hair in this post. 

My usual “I tried” look is not much more:

(Foundation, blush, mascara and a strong lip). 

But today I had a conversation with a gentleman about makeup, particularly Instagram styled makeup. I explained my appreciation for the art form, but how I would never leave the house that way. This is mostly because I’m just not comfortable; however, I was looking for an excuse to procrastinate and put my nervous energy to good use. )I start the second two classes of my four classes summer tomorrow. Ay yah yahhhy.)

So here is a heavy makeup look I created and I will list the products below:

This is the amount of product I used


❣Beyond Perfecting #9 Neutral. My summertime tan color. Usually I’m a 4 in the winter, 6.5 in spring/early summer, and now 9 after a tan. 

❣Chubby in the Nude: Clove as contour. 

❣ Dark blush in elf quad

❣Shadows: purple from NYX on lid. Mystery, transforming pearl on lid from itcosmetics, fate nd desire blended in. 

❣ Maybelline waterproof mascara

❣ Urban Decay vice lipstick in Moshpit. 

Verdict: Too heavy. I think I will stick to my usual. FYI Moshpit is an awesome lipstick. I will wear it alone, without competing eyes to throw it all off. 

Till next time. 💋 Smooches!

NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer =Got You Glowing

I’m confused. I’m the girl who needs her foundation oil and fragrance free or her skin freaks out either immediately (bumps) or after a day or two (cystic acne). Yet for the last week I’ve been using a concealer made with coconut oil and nothing. has. happened. Nothing. Infact, my skin looks better and has less clogging overall. 


Oh, and I’m using it as foundation. Yes that’s right, it’s madness! Let’s have a look see:


I’m currently using shade 4 which is a touch dark but I feel so pale this winter that I don’t mind. Shade 3 is too perfect and I feel like I look anemic or I may pass out from the vapors. 

This tube of concealer is $6.00 at Ulta. A little goes a long way, so I have a feeling it’s going to last a while
I can’t tell you why this is working out for me, but it is. Maybe the cold weather is making my skin need oil? If you’re dry, try this out. If you are combo/oily keep it minimally applied. I think applying this under the eye is not enough and it is not super flattering. However, as a glowy foundation it rules. 

Check it out:

Makes dry skin happy! Now if only the cold would stop pissing me off. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Ten days until Valentine’s Day!


Well, that’s a bit much.

Valentine’s Day may not be tons of fun, but you know what is? 


A new, seasonal lipstick from Kiko Milano. If that packaging isn’t adorable enough, look at the inside:



It’s heart shaped ❤️. 

This lipstick is only 7 bucks and it is the plum lipstick of Kiko Milano’s Endless Love collection. 


(Btw I’ve now included two old-people references in this post. The young millennials are going to be so lost.)

This super fun lippy (ew, did I just write that?) comes in 6 shades. The one I chose is Passion Plum. I love it because of the subtle gold flecks mixed in. 

Let’s see how it looks:


(You can see a bit of the sheen)

Pros and Cons time!


  • Affordable 
  • Adorable packaging
  • Beautiful shade (Passion Plum)
  • Non-drying.
  • The packaging! 😍😍😍


  • I don’t think they have a shade like this all the time 👎🏻 It’s easily the prettiest shade in the whole store. 

Happy Valentine’s Day in advance, and may we all find:

(Another old-people reference)

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

New Chubby Stick Foundation From Clinique!

I’ve been waiting for these to come out for some time now. Any of my makeup artist friends know that I am a fan of crayons and anything portable, also lipsticks, lipgloss, shadow palettes, ok fine. I’m a makeup addict. But what I love more than makeup is makeup that’s convenient. 

I present:

Clinique Chubby in the Nude foundation Stick

(Record scratching sound). Yeah, that’s the name. Can’t say it’s a winner. Not to be offensive, but don’t go googling the product by its name. It’s a little scandalous. 

My personal name I would offer for this is Fuller Foundation. But alas, I do not work for marketing. 😏

Annnnnyway, let’s look at a few swatches. 

(I did this quickly at Sephora. There are more shades, but this is Alabaster, Chamois, Clove and Beige. *Insert funny adjectives before each name. I kinda forgot them). #bloggeroftheyear. 

My shade is #7 which is the Capricious Chamois. That is the third shade from the lightest and it has golden undertones (but not super yellow). 

Here’s how it looks under my eyes, on my nose, and covering a blemish on my cheek. 

 Your eyes do not deceive you, that is a picture of Yanni photobombing me. It was drawn by my talented friend, Hermes Almeida. To be technical it is a picture of Yanni, Rev. Run and Prince Charles in Run DMC gear. Long story, but it’s kind of awesome. 

First Impression Pros and Cons:


  • Lightweight
  • Creamy
  • Good coverage 
  • Oil free


  • Does not fully cover undereye area but it does a decent job. 
  • The product name. That name!

Retails for 24 bucks (department store pricing) but Clinique is always a safe bet for sensitive skin so it’s worth it. 
Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

MUA Professional Brush Cleansing Balm 

Goats are the coolest. If you doubt that statement, google “baby goats” and take in all the cuteness:

And hello, goat cheese!

(Now I want goat cheese)

What you may not be aware of, is that goat’s milk makes for an excellent makeup brush cleanser. 

Yes, but don’t go to Whole Foods and drop a five dollar bottle of G-milk on your brushes. Consider this brush cleanser instead:

Picture from CVS.com

While I’m not sold on everything from MUA, I think this brush cleanser is amazing. It does the job quicker than Beauty Blender brand and it costs less. ($10.00 without coupons or sales). Plus it’s solid, so it’s easy to travel with.

 Let’s look at more from CVS.com:

How about some ingredients?

I bet your wondering how this smells. Well, definitely not like goat, goat milk, or goat cheese! It has a clean perfumed scent that just smells fresh. 

It cleans brushes in a flash, and if you have any white-haired brushes, it gets out every trace of makeup. 

It makes sense that stubborn makeup stains stand no chance against a balm made from a stubborn animal’s milk.  All of this may sound weird, but trust me. It’s not baaaaaaad

I’m lame.  

Till next time!

Smooches! 💋

Burt’s Bees New Lipstick: It’s the Bees Knees!

It’s about time that Burt graduated to a real lipstick. It started with lip balms, then lip tints, then lip crayons, and now grown-up lipsticks. Hallelujah! Welcome to the present Burt’s Bees. 

These lipsticks are 100% natural. That’s right my crunchy friends, you can now wear a natural lipstick at a reasonable price. Personally, I’m not obsessed with using natural products. I’m actually drinking Diet Coke as I write this post. I may as well be doing lines of Sweet N’Low. #BadExample

Let’s have a look:

* Picture from Ulta.com

Of the 12 colors I own three: Lily Lake, Brimming Berry, and Magenta Rush. (Sunset Cruise and Fuschia Flood were returned because they were a bit light. Oh yes, and these colors aren’t as dark as they seem so keep that in mind.)

Magenta Rush is deep pink. It’s a better choice for those who can’t wear the Fuschia Flood color. Lily Lake is a beautiful mauve lip tone, perfect for every day. Brimming Berry is a Berry red and it has gotten me the most compliments. 

Let’s talk pros and cons:


  • Very moisturizing
  • Pretty pigments
  • Low price ($8.99 without any coupons)
  • 100% Natural


  • Not a long lasting lipstick
  • Still more like a highly pigmented balm as opposed to a traditional lipstick 
  • Packaging is bulky and weird.

It’s what’s inside that counts:

*From Ulta.com

Ulta coupon hack: Buy 1 of these lipsticks at $8.99 with an Essence of Beauty Lipliner at 1.49 and use the 5 dollar off a 10.00 purchase coupon. I kinda did that a few times 🙊. 

As I mentioned earlier, these colors appear dark but go on a little lighter. That being said, if you are like me you’ll want to choose the three colors I selected. You know, if you have moderately fair olive skin, dark hair, an addiction to Diet Coke, and a talent to make any situation awkward. Or just maybe the first two in that list. 

Till next time!

Smooches 💋