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15 Timeless Makeup Tips Every Girl Should Know | 12 Days of Christmas

I have drawn inspiration from my own personal experiences with beauty and my most iconic role models to assemble a lovely list of my fifteen most timeless and empowering makeup tips that I strongly believe every girl should be aware of. 

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A Rose Gold Makeup Edit | 12 Days of Christmas

There are so many things in life that make me truly happy and rose gold is most definitely one of them! With its effortlessly glamorous, feminine, and sophisticated undertones, this trendy yet timeless metallic color has gradually infiltrated into almost all aspects of my life, especially my makeup collection. To honor my signature shade, I have chosen six of my most loved rose gold makeup products to share with you in hopes of helping you add more of this perfect hue to your cosmetic bag.

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A Dreamy Makeup Wishlist and Holiday Gift Guide | 12 Days of Christmas

To celebrate and prepare for the fast-approaching holiday season, I have compiled a list of the most amazing high-end and drugstore makeup products on the market that I dream of one day trying myself and think would make excellent Christmas gifts. It can be challenging to find the perfect present, especially if happens to be… Continue reading A Dreamy Makeup Wishlist and Holiday Gift Guide | 12 Days of Christmas

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How to Achieve a Winter Glow with Dry Skin |12 Days of Christmas

As the temperature decreases, the dullness of our skin increases and many of us are left to embark on a never-ending quest to attain oh-so-coveted luminosity. Despite how it may seems, achieving the perfect glow that everyone dreams of is not impossible -- not even with the driest of skin or in the harshest of Winters. Just follow these five simple steps and you will completely forget that your complexion was once anything but luminous!

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Birchbox | Collective Review #2

Whenever I open up one of my brand new Birchboxes each month, I am filled with both excitement and intrigue at the thought of receiving five mysterious and personally-selected beauty products. I love reading these types of beauty subscription posts on other blogs because it allows me to vicariously experience those same feelings of curiosity and enjoyment, so today I will be sharing my thoughts on my past four boxes.

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Back to School Drugstore Makeup Must-Haves | Ulta Haul

This is such an exciting time of year; not only are our favorite beauty bloggers starting to publish long-awaited back to school posts, but, as of today, I have officially left for college! But before leaving, I went to Ulta and used up all of the gift cardes I have hoarded to purchase my favorite, tried-and-true everyday products as well as a few other products I have never tried before from my most-loved brands. Each of these products are amazing quality and very affordable, making them perfect to use on an everyday basis for school!

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Top 7 Travel-Friendly Makeup Essentials to Pack this Summer

Traveling with my family is one of my all-time favorite things to do -- we have been to Hawaii, France, Switzerland, and Italy, and all of them are equally beautiful and amazing. Regardless of my destination, neutral and glowy makeup that lasts all day is always on my itinerary, so today, I am excited to share my favorite travel-friendly summer makeup essentials!

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Summer Makeup Edit

Summer is my favorite season, not only because of the warm weather, the beach days, and the relaxation, but also because of all of the exciting makeup I am able to incorporate into my everyday beauty routine! Today I gathered six of my all-time favorite makeup products for summer, so I hope you enjoy reading about why I love them for this time of year!

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Birchbox | Collective Review #1

For today'a post I will be reviewing my past four Birchboxes! If you are thinking about purchasing a Birchbox subscription for yourself or gifting one to someone else, or are simply curious about the quality of some unique makeup products, then please keep reading!

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A Pre-Spring MAC Roundup

Caught in between the darker cool-toned matte looks of Winter and the fresh pastel looks of Spring, it can be challenging to move your makeup routine into the new season, but I have selected seven of my favorite MAC products to make this year's transition seamless!

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My Favorite Pink Makeup Products for Valentine’s Day | Shade Series

Happy Valentine's Day! Since today is all about love, I am continuing my Shade Series by sharing six pink makeup products that I love! If you want some last-minute Valentine's Day makeup inspiration or easy ways to incorporate more pink into your beauty routine, then please keep reading.

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Luxury Makeup Worth the Splurge| 12 Days of Christmas

Even though I will always be loyal to lots of drugstore products, I have recently fallen in love with several luxury makeup products that I think are worth the money!

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Winter Skin Care Game Changers | 12 Days of Christmas

Winter is such a magical season for so many different reasons, but unfortunately, it does no favors for my dry skin. Over the past year, I have tried many different products to help hydrate and moisturize my face during the colder weather, and today, I will be talking about my top two favorite skin care… Continue reading Winter Skin Care Game Changers | 12 Days of Christmas

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Makeup Products I Am Thankful For

We all have so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving and all year long including family, friends, education, human rights, and health, but I thought it would be fun to round up some of the makeup products I am most thankful for to share with you! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: My natural… Continue reading Makeup Products I Am Thankful For

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Recent Repurchases & Reviews | Holy Grails

It seems as if there is an infinite amount of makeup products on the market and I love trying new ones, constantly searching for something even better. However, there are some products, both high-end and very affordable, that I consider holy grails because they are perfection, and those are the products that I will always… Continue reading Recent Repurchases & Reviews | Holy Grails

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Autumn Beauty Lineup

I am so excited for Autumn and all of the beautiful makeup looks that it brings along with it! This Autumnal edit is a collaboration with my best blogging friend, Sofia from Born to be Bright! I admire her and blog so much and even though I am obsessed with all of her makeup-related posts… Continue reading Autumn Beauty Lineup

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My Favorite Coral Makeup Products | Shade Series

Welcome back to the second edition of my Shade Series, in which I write about my favorite makeup products of a specific color. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my top peach products, and as you probably guessed from the title, today's post will be devoted to one of my favorite colors: coral! CHEEKS… Continue reading My Favorite Coral Makeup Products | Shade Series

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3 Makeup Looks Using 3 Products Each | Minimalist Makeup Ideas

Using dozens of makeup products can be really fun and creative, but sometimes we don't always have enough time or energy put on a full face of makeup and need something quick and easy to help enhance our own natural beauty. So in today's post I will be sharing three different minimalist makeup ideas that can… Continue reading 3 Makeup Looks Using 3 Products Each | Minimalist Makeup Ideas

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My Favorite Peach Makeup Products | Shade Series

One of the things I love about makeup is that I have the option to use any color I want, completely transforming the whole look, so I thought I would start a new series on my blog where I talk about my favorite makeup products for each color! Peach has always been one of my favorite… Continue reading My Favorite Peach Makeup Products | Shade Series

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Makeup I Am Bringing on My Hawaiian Summer Vacation

My parents and I are lucky enough to spend two weeks at our time share in Maui every summer and this year I am especially excited, so I thought I would show you all of the makeup products I am bringing with me this year! You'll learn about some of my favorite summer products, learn… Continue reading Makeup I Am Bringing on My Hawaiian Summer Vacation

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What’s in My Spring Makeup Bag? | Spring Must-Haves

Spring is probably my favorite season when it comes to makeup because it includes all of my favorite trends from dewy skin to peachy lips. Today, I am teaming up with one of my most favorite bloggers, Sofia from Born to Be Bright. She is an incredibly kind person who always goes out of her… Continue reading What’s in My Spring Makeup Bag? | Spring Must-Haves

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My Perfume Collection

Hello, everyone and thanks for reading! I've been wanting to share my collection of perfumes and fragrances for quite some time so that's what I'll be doing. Keep reading if you want to discover a myriad of wonderful-smelling scents! Lolita Lempicka "Sweet Perfume": This is my most special perfume because I actually bought it in… Continue reading My Perfume Collection

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5 Beauty Hacks I Actually Use

Hi, everyone! I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to schedule my post since it has been exactly one year since I created a WordPress account! I haven't actually been blogging that long, but one year ago today, I made a decision that changed my life in the best way possible! I want to… Continue reading 5 Beauty Hacks I Actually Use

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Best of Beauty | 2015

Happy New Years Eve, everyone! Today, I will be going through my very favorite makeup products throughout the past year that I have used most often and loved a little too much! If you were hoping to find a makeup look to wear tonight, then look no further because you can always use my Glamorous… Continue reading Best of Beauty | 2015

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Winter Lip Essentials | The Twelve Days of Christmas

  I love pretty much everything about the winter, except for how dry and chapped my lips are! In this post, I will be mentioning all of the products that my lips and I need in order to survive the winter! Exfoliators: Just like you would your face, exfoliating your lips is a great way to remove… Continue reading Winter Lip Essentials | The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Lippies and Lyrics| The Twelve Days of Christmas

We just decorated our Christmas tree today and I'm definitely in the holiday spirit today , so I came up with the super cute idea of writing a post in which I share my favorite holiday lipsticks and glosses as well as my favorite Christmas songs! I'm so excited to share this unique and fun post… Continue reading Lippies and Lyrics| The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Holiday Makeup Review| Tarte “At First Blush” Deluze Amazonian Clay Blush Set

This time of year is one of very favorites, not only because I get to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the holidays, but because brands are now starting to release their holiday collections! The other day at Ulta, I saw the Tarte "At First Blush" Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set and immediately… Continue reading Holiday Makeup Review| Tarte “At First Blush” Deluze Amazonian Clay Blush Set

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Drugstore Makeup Essentials: The Perfect Starter Kit for Beginners

The more I became obsessed with makeup, the more high-end products I've been trying. Even though I love all the high-end products I've tried and think they're completely worth the money, I also think that inexpensive drugstore makeup is just as amazing. Here are my top ten holy-grail drugstore makeup products that I use on… Continue reading Drugstore Makeup Essentials: The Perfect Starter Kit for Beginners

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What’s in my Makeup Bag? |Autumn Edition|

Hello, everyone! Today, I will be doing another collaboration with the lovely Sofia from My Style Pages! She has the most amazing blog with tons of fun beauty, fashion, and lifestyle posts! She's such a kind and genuine person and if you're looking for some quality blogs to follow, then go follow her right now!… Continue reading What’s in my Makeup Bag? |Autumn Edition|

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Follow Me on Bloglovin’!

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let all of you know that Makeup by Makena is now on Bloglovin'! If you have an account, then I would love it you followed me! Let me know if you're on Bloglovin' so that I can keep up with all of your amazing and beautiful posts! Click here to check out… Continue reading Follow Me on Bloglovin’!

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My Essentials for a Stylish Workout

Let's be real for a minute... I don't actually "work out" that often. During the school year, I'm always so busy stressing over homework and when I do have some free-time the last thing I want to do is exercise. This summer, however, I would like to exercise more. And when I do have to have to participate… Continue reading My Essentials for a Stylish Workout

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My Favorite Summer Makeup Products!

Hello everyone, today I will be doing a very special post! This is a colab I did with the wonderful Sofia from My Style Pages! She has a wonderful, high quality blog with very unique and intersting beauty-related posts! I would defintely encourage all of you to go follow her and check out her matching… Continue reading My Favorite Summer Makeup Products!

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My Bathroom Beauty Organization

Hi, everyone! I hope you're all having a great week! This post is a little different from usual ones, as I will not be talking directly about makeup. Insstead, I will be showing all of you how I organize my beauty products in my bathroom medicine cabinet. So, this is my amazing medicine cabinet! For… Continue reading My Bathroom Beauty Organization

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What’s in my Bag?

Hello everyone! I wanted to start off this post by saying that Caitlyn or "Cosbaldestin" from "kissandmakeupxoxo" reached out to me and suggested doing a collab! She has such an interesting, creative, and all around wonderful blog, so I am so excited to have this opportunity. I have always wanted to do a "What's in my Bag?" post, so I… Continue reading What’s in my Bag?

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2015 Spring Makeup Must-Haves!

Dewy Skin: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation Colorful Blush: Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”, NYX Cream Blush in “Natural” and Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in “Pinched” Sheer Peachy Lip Gloss: Elle lip gloss in 08 from Kohl’s Shimmery Nude Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo Matal in “Barely Branded”, L’Orea; Infalliable eyshadow in “Amber Rush”, and Revlon Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow Palette in “Skinlights” Connect… Continue reading 2015 Spring Makeup Must-Haves!

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DIY Makeup Brush Organization

First, you need a medium size container to put your brushes in. I got my vase from Michael’s for under $5. Then, you need to get something to fill your vase with. I used the Colorfill vase fillers from Michael’s, but you could also use beads, sand, or coffee beans. Now comes the fun part!… Continue reading DIY Makeup Brush Organization

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Best of Beauty | 2014

L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush ($8): This is one of the most beautiful, pigmented, and long-lasting eye shadows I have ever tried. The metallic yet neutral rose gold-beige color looks amazing on all skin tones and it's really high quality. The only downside is that there is some fallout, so make sure to… Continue reading Best of Beauty | 2014