Before I start my review, let me welcome you to the new home of Auxiliary Beauty! After years of swearing to migrate my post archive from Blogger to WordPress and purchase my own domain, I’ve finally followed through, and I’ll be making my old blog private in a week or two. Please bear with me… Read More ColourPop Lilac You a Lot Palette
Earlier this month, I placed my first ColourPop order in over a year. Like many longtime ColourPop customers, I’d grown tired of the brand’s constant new releases and discontinuations of older products. Last spring, I discovered my holy grail neutral eyeshadow: ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow in Truth, a satin-finish beige. I wore it almost every… Read More ColourPop That’s Taupe Palette
I’ve always had an affinity for the color yellow. Maybe it’s because my birthstone is topaz, or because yellow is one of the least popular colors and I love a polarizing underdog, or because mustard and chartreuse are surprisingly flattering to my cool-toned complexion, or because lemon bars are my favorite dessert and, fittingly, the… Read More Kitrinophiles Unite: ColourPop Uh-Huh Honey Palette
Having devoted the better part of a decade to studying Renaissance (we in the biz prefer “early modern”) literature, I perked up when I heard that Anastasia Beverly Hills had released an eyeshadow palette called “Modern Renaissance.” The palette came out in mid-2016 and started a warm-neutrals trend that, as of February 2017, shows little… Read More How Renaissance Is the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette?
It occurs to me that I was a little unfair to the MakeupRehab subreddit in my resolutions post. Yes, there are a few things I dislike about that community. I don’t think people should force themselves to finish or pan products they detest; all that means is that they neglect the products they do like… Read More Pan That Palette 2016: Nude ‘Tude Revisited
My face has emerged from the shadows! My previous post on theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude palette was devoted to swatches and mini-reviews of the colors. As promised, this post features four looks I’ve concocted since then, plus an alternate use that isn’t a look per se. I began by pushing myself to focus on the shades… Read More Experiments with theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude Palette (Part 2: Looks and Field Notes)
(Yes, I’ve been rewatching Arrested Development.) I bought theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude eyeshadow palette, a mostly cool-toned mix of neutrals, back in August 2012. It was my first eyeshadow palette, and still the only one I own. I’d spent all summer vacillating between Nude ‘Tude and Urban Decay’s recently released Naked 2, and I might never… Read More Not Quite Never-Nude: Experiments with theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude Palette (Part 1: Review and Swatches)