Things I Bought That I Love: Urban Decay Eye Liner and Essence Lash Princess

I love makeup, but I’m pretty bad at applying it. For years, I swore by Avon’s Glimmersticks for eyeliner and whatever drugstore mascara I felt like buying and called it a day. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but, in recent years, I’ve grown restless trying to find a better eyeliner and mascara for my daily look—so restless, in fact, that I was strictly no-makeup for a bit. (I may return to it. Who knows?)

I found a few worthy contenders (including benefit They’re Real! Lengthening MascaraMaybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner; and ColourPop Crème Gel Liner), which were all great.

But now I’ve gone from great to OH MY GOD, which is the dream.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (in perversion) and essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara (in black) have become my go-to eye products and I’m so excited to have reliable products that actually last and look good on me that I had to gush.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Important things to know about my face before I dive in: I have hooded eyelids that tend to give me trouble with eyeliner on my top lid. Despite using matte primer AND a layer of nude eyeshadow, the eyeliner I typically put on my top lid is mostly gone by the afternoon.


I made it through an entire workday and subsequent holiday party without it wearing off! What kind of witchcraft…?

This eyeliner offers the smoothest application I’ve ever experienced. It goes on like I imagine smudging soot would, except this is more controlled and overall better (obviously). One of my biggest complaints with the Colourpop gel pencil liner was that sometimes the soft tip would break off when I was applying it (probably because I don’t have much finesse).

But this isn’t like that. It’s heaven on my MFing eyelids.



This is what the eyeliner looked like around 3 or 4 p.m. (nearly the end of my work day) and just before I left for the holiday party. I’m still very clearly wearing eyeliner! And you can see it! And it’s not all smudged! All good things.

This eyeliner is well worth the $20 (and the extra $10 for the sharpener, too).

essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

I’ve always wanted long, luscious lashes. Who hasn’t?! But, alas, my eyelashes are stubby and it is what it is.

There have been tons of different types of mascaras I’ve tried—mostly of the drugstore variety, but also a few that I’ve received from my Ipsy subscription, too—and none have ever really made an impression on me.

But I read about the essence Lash Princess mascara on Reddit. I saw a before/after photo of someone using it and desperately wanted to try it, too, and I was ultimately sold when I saw the price tag (less than $5!).

YOU. GUYS. I have eyelashes!

Here’s the brush:


Pretty straightforward (though I did nab two other types of essence Lash Princess mascaras that I’m eager to try, too).

The result is pretty good for me, though! The eye on the left (my right) has mascara; the eye on the right (my left) doesn’t.



Not bad, yeah?

It certainly makes me feel kind of luxurious, and sometimes that’s all that matters.


Although my makeup skills are not beauty guru-level, there’s something so satisfying about finding a product that works for you. I’m pleased! If you give these a shot, let me know what you think!



Friday Favorites #11



Technically, everything in my list this week is a DIY, but we’ll start with this from Momtastic—it’s a giant game of Yahtzee for the backyard! I’ve never seen anything like it, but the dice seem easy enough to make, and I’d kind of love the option of playing when I have family over.

In nail art


If loving nails intentionally painted to look like sprinkle doughnuts is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

In accessories


I love the look of this necklace, from the color blocking to the bow. Polka Dot Chair has a great tutorial to make your own using felt balls. So cute.

In beauty


While searching for ideas for what to get my mom for Mother’s Day, I found this citrus sugar scrub from from Delia Creates. The printables are probably my favorite part, but I also love that this sugar scrub is pink and smells like grapefruit, lemon, or orange!

What are your Friday favorites?



Friday Favorites #10

In home decor


Since my fiance and I have been looking at houses, I’ve been really into home decor and renovation ideas, especially from Pinterest. I love, love, love this look for an unfinished basement! Most of the houses we’ve seen did have unfinished basements, but I don’t exactly have the cash to really do anything about that at this point—so this look, from Bees Knees Bungalow, is a lovely reminder that your basement doesn’t need to be “finished” to be a great space.

In beauty


My latest Birchbox was full of several incredible things, including Harvey Prince Hello body butter. The smell alone is to-die-for.

In swimwear


It’s almost swimwear season, so I’ve been looking into getting a new suit I feel really great in. I’m head-over-heels with the entire selection at Modcloth (even if some of the suits are a tad pricey). This ice cream swimsuit is one of my favorites.



I recently discovered the blog P.S. I Made It. I love the way the blogger visually lay out their DIY tutorials—first with a collage, then with a very easy guide to accomplishing the craft. This tutorial for a “marble” tray caught my eye. It’s a really cheap alternative to using actual marble and, prior to this, I didn’t know a thing like “marble contact paper” actually existed. I found a cheaper alternative than the one the blog mentioned, and oh my god I’m excited about things like marble contact paper. Who am I?

What are your Friday favorites?




To All the Birchboxes I’ve Loved Before

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I love Birchbox. I post a photo of my box every month after I unpack it (see above and don’t judge me for the fact that some of them have poor lighting and possibly an overuse of the Nashville filter).

Unfortunately, my February 2015 box was lost in the mail (I’m convinced my mail carrier mis-delivered it, as she does all the time, and the person who got it kept it because WHY WOULDN’T YOU?). I spoke with my local post office about it and they said there was nothing they could do; I spoke to Birchbox about it and they said they’d either (1) get a replacement box in the mail to me right away, free of charge, or (2) reimburse me for the box I never received!

And so I kind of love them even more.

Truthfully, I’m probably not part of Birchbox’s target demographic. I’m not a makeup/beauty supply guru, not by any means. I buy my hair and makeup products almost exclusively from drugstores, Target, and e.l.f., even now that I’ve been exposed to the wonderful world of high-end beauty products. Occasionally I’ll order online (like for my Deva Curl hair products) or I’ll venture into Ulta.

Mostly, though, I’m cheap, and I can’t much tell the difference between a $20 or $7 mascara.

I also don’t wear much makeup, and even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t really know how or where to start. If I’m being honest, some of the time I don’t even use or try everything that comes in my monthly Birchbox.

But I still love it. Each box is an exciting, surprising little gift waiting for me around the 10th of the month! Birchbox has introduced me to the world of dry shampoos and long-lasting eyeliner and hair masks and Miss J and their incredible smelling Beauty line.

Thanks Birchbox! You’re rad.



100 Years of Beauty Video

I appreciate retro fashion statements, but I hate when women of color are excluded. This video provides a peek into hairstyles that women have worn throughout the decades, starting with 1910. I appreciate that these looks are appropriate for women with different types of hair, too! My favorite featured looks are from the 1940s, 1960s, and (of course) the 2010s.

Which decade has your favorite hairstyle?



Things I Bought That I Love: Burt’s Bees Hand Creme and Elephant Earrings

Recently, on a free lunch break, I ventured over to the bookstore on campus. I used to really love the campus Co-Op at UConn, where I went to school; they had a perfect combination of things I needed and things I never knew I needed but suddenly had to have.

Even though the college where I work is a little smaller than UConn, I was excited to see that the bookstore had a great selection of items. I walked out with:

  • Burt’s Bees Hand Creme: Every week, Bill and I spend some time doing manicures. No shame in our game, okay? It’s a really great bonding experience where I do our nails, and end it by using some Burt’s Bees lime-scented cuticle cream. I ran out of the cream, so I needed a replacement and this hand creme seemed like the perfect solution. I love the packaging, it smells great, and it leaves our hands feeling smooth.
  • Elephant Earrings: You can never have too many cute pairs of earrings. I love elephants something fierce, so I saw these studs and instantly knew I needed to have them. They’re so cute!

Tell me something you’ve recently purchased that you love!


Things I Bought That a Love is a recurring column inspired by Mindy Kaling’s blog