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Behind the Blog and the Makeup |25 Facts About Me

Makeup is one of my greatest passions and it is part of who I am, but at the end of the day, when I take my makeup off, I am still the same person. In light of this, I will be sharing 25 facts about myself - the face behind the blog and the makeup!

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Announcement: Blushing Blondettes

Hello, everyone! I have a special announcement to make today on Makeup By Makena. My three best friends and I have created our own beauty and lifestyle blog called Blushing Blondettes!

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Best of Beauty | 2016

Hello, everyone and happy New Year's Eve! Today is the day, we have all been waiting for 0 my Best of Beauty for 2016! I will be sharing ten of my most favorite drugstore and high-end makeup products for the entire year, so keep reading! BeautyBlender: This is definitely my top favorite from the entire… Continue reading Best of Beauty | 2016

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Winter Makeup Edit | 12 Days of Christmas

Eyes   Sephora "Faux Fur Jacket" Eyeshadow: As you can tell from all of my makeup tutorials, I love warm-toned eyeshadows, but I do try to incorporate more cool-tones into my routine for winter, and this taupe shade with cool bronze undertones is very nice! I really enjoy washing this color over my lid for… Continue reading Winter Makeup Edit | 12 Days of Christmas

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My Favorite Underrated Beauty Bloggers & YouTubers

Watching beauty videos on Youtube and reading beauty blog posts is one of my favorite things to do and although I absolutely love the famous beauty influencers like Jaclyn Hill, I also love other bloggers who are equally talented, but far less well-known. For my 8th day of the Twelve Days of Christmas, I will… Continue reading My Favorite Underrated Beauty Bloggers & YouTubers

Makeup Looks, Other

Day-to-Night Makeup for the Holidays | 12 Days of Christmas

During the holidays, we are constantly busy - running errands, spending time with family, and getting dressed up for special occasions all in one day! However, completely redoing your makeup in the middle of the day for a different event it is not realistic, so I am going to teach you how to transition your… Continue reading Day-to-Night Makeup for the Holidays | 12 Days of Christmas

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Lippies and Lyrics | 12 Days of Christmas

Last year, I came up with the idea of creating a post in which I write about my favorite lip products and songs for the holiday season, and since Christmas is all about traditions, I will also  be doing my Lippies and Lyrics again for this Twelve Days of Christmas. Grab some festive snacks, and… Continue reading Lippies and Lyrics | 12 Days of Christmas

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10 Tips for Makeup Shopping | 12 Days of Christmas

With last minute holiday purchases, shopping for makeup can be stressful, especially when you are obsessed with beauty and find yourself wanting to buy everything in the entire store! I have compiled a list of my top 10 tips to ensure that you are pleased with your pretty products! Read Reviews Regularly: Always, always, always… Continue reading 10 Tips for Makeup Shopping | 12 Days of Christmas

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4 Halloween Makeup YouTube Tutorials You Can Recreate with Drugstore Products

Regardless of if you love scary or pretty costumes, Halloween is arguably the best opportunity to be creative and have fun with makeup, and this year, beauty YouTubers have done just that! I have rounded up four of my most favorite Halloween makeup tutorials created by my favorite YouTubers, providing tips on how to recreate… Continue reading 4 Halloween Makeup YouTube Tutorials You Can Recreate with Drugstore Products

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Beauty Q&A | Celebrating 200 Followers by Empowering other Bloggers

Two weeks ago, I reached 200 WordPress followers on Makeup By Makena and as a way to celebrate, I thought I would do a beauty Q and A. But this is not just any Q and A... As a way to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who has helped me reach this milestone, I… Continue reading Beauty Q&A | Celebrating 200 Followers by Empowering other Bloggers

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My Everyday Essentials | Makeup Products That I Use No Matter What

As a makeup lover and beauty blogger, I truly enjoy trying new makeup products and experimenting with different looks on a daily basis, so I almost never do my makeup the same way twice, no matter how similar the end result may be. But regardless of how much my eyeshadow, bronzer, and lip colors change, there… Continue reading My Everyday Essentials | Makeup Products That I Use No Matter What

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Makeup Products I Will Repurchase | Summer 2016

Whenever Summer rolls around, I always feel rejuvenated and inspired to try different makeup products and change up my day-to-day looks, but in the midst of all the fun experimenting, there are five beauty products that I have been consistently loving this summer and will be sure to repurchase as soon as they run out!… Continue reading Makeup Products I Will Repurchase | Summer 2016

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I Heart Spring Tag

 Favorite Spring nail polish? My favorite nail polish for Spring is definitely Nicole By O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in "Sweet Daisy"! These types of peachy pink coral shade are pretty much my signature color when it comes to nails and this one is so pretty and fresh for Spring! O.P.I. has really nice quality polishes and… Continue reading I Heart Spring Tag

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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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My Top 5 Neutral Everyday Lipsticks

One thing that I believe every girl needs is the perfect everyday neutral lipstick for her skintone. One that she can always count on no matter what else goes wrong that day... So this morning, I thought I would start off your day on a pretty and positive note by sharing my top 5 everyday neutral… Continue reading My Top 5 Neutral Everyday Lipsticks

Dupes, Other, Reviews

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer VS. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | Dupe

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is $29 (for 0.22 oz) from Sephora and Ulta and the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is around $7 (for 0.23 oz) depending on which drugstore you buy it at. NARS offers 10 shades to choose from including two travel-sized shades ($12 for 0.05 oz) and Maybelline has six different shades. As… Continue reading NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer VS. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | Dupe

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February Beauty Favorites | 2016

  Wow! I cannot believe February is almost over! Even though I felt like I literally just talked about my January Favorites, I managed to throw together five of my most-used beauty products from this past month, so I hope you find this helpful! Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Leather 24 Hour in "Creamy Beige":… Continue reading February Beauty Favorites | 2016

Hauls, Other

Collective High-End Beauty Haul

Welcome back to Makeup By Makena! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! Since the start of 2016, I have done some serious shopping not only at Sephora, but also at MAC and Lush. I had a little beauty shopping spree for my birthday a while back and I went to the mall… Continue reading Collective High-End Beauty Haul

Makeup Looks, Other

Makeup of the Day: Soft and Feminine for Valentine’s

Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I thought I would show you the makeup look I came up with because it is very soft, glowy, rosy, feminine, and day-time appropriate, making it perfect for Valentine's Day! PRODUCTS USED L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in "W5" Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer MAC Prep + Prime Pressed Transparent… Continue reading Makeup of the Day: Soft and Feminine for Valentine’s

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No Mirror Makeup Challenge with Izzie Cristina!!!

  Hey everyone and happy Friday!  A few days after Jaclyn Hill uploaded her No Mirror Makeup Challenge, my friend Izzie came over to my house to hang out. We both love makeup and so I thought it would be fun and silly to to try out the No Mirror Makeup Challenge for ourselves. She… Continue reading No Mirror Makeup Challenge with Izzie Cristina!!!

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Follow Me on Instagram!

Hi, loves! I recently created a brand new official Instagran account for my blog called makeup_by_makena! I used to link a different account, but that was for my my personal photos and I want this one to be professional and only for makeup.  For some reason, it won't work when I try to add the… Continue reading Follow Me on Instagram!

Monthly Favorites, Other

January Beauty Favorites | 2015

Welcome to my very first monthly favorites post! I'm so excited to finally have the opportunity to share with you a collection of the five most used and loved beauty products of my past month. Let's hop right into it now! BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in "Spark Plug": I have wanted this "dusty pink petal"… Continue reading January Beauty Favorites | 2015

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New Year, New Tradition: Monthly Favorites

Goodmorning, everyone! I am very excited to announce that this year, I will start sharing my monthly beauty favorites with all of you! So many of my favorite beauty  YouTubers and bloggers share their favorite products each month and I always enjoy learning what they've been loving. I have wanted to do monthly favorites on… Continue reading New Year, New Tradition: Monthly Favorites

My Makeup, Other

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

Other, Reviews

BECCA “Champagne Pop” & Champagne Glow Palette Review

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had an amazing New Years and that the start of 2016 has been just as lovely as you are! Today, I will be doing an in-depth review on the ever so popular "Champagne Pop" Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector by BECCA Cosmetics as well as the Champagne Glow Palette. As you… Continue reading BECCA “Champagne Pop” & Champagne Glow Palette Review

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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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My Christmas Day Routine | The Twelve Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone and welcome to the Twelfth Day of Christmas and the last day of Beauty Blogmas on Makeup By Makena! Like yesterday, this post will be about how my family and I celebrate this very special day of the year... I honestly feel so greatful and fortunate for my family and I hope… Continue reading My Christmas Day Routine | The Twelve Days of Christmas

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My Christmas Eve Routine | The Twelve Days of Christmas

I don't know what Christmas Eve is like in your family, but in mine, it is just as important as Christmas Day! I thought this Eleventh Day of Christmas would be a wonderful opportunity for all of you to get to know me a little bit better, so I decided to give you a glimpse… Continue reading My Christmas Eve Routine | The Twelve Days of Christmas

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The Ultimate Christmas Tag | The Twelve Days of Christmas

  For this little post, I combined some different questions from all the different versions of the Christmas Tag! Hope you like learning a little bit more about me and I'd love it if you left some comments so I can get to know you all more! When do you start getting excited about Christmas? To be… Continue reading The Ultimate Christmas Tag | The Twelve Days of Christmas

Other, Wishlists

December 2015 Makeup Wishlist | The Twelve Days of Christmas

Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette: This palette retails for $45 and I personally like it a lot more than the original all-matte Tartelette palette. Unlike that one, this one has a couple beautiful shimmery shades and is more warm-toned, which I like. I can definitely see this baby in my near future! Laura Mercier Translucent… Continue reading December 2015 Makeup Wishlist | The Twelve Days of Christmas

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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

Makeup Looks, Other

Glamorous Holiday Makeup Look | The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time of year to go all out, whether it's for decorating the house, cooking a gourmet meal, dressing up in a fancy outfit, or simply doing a full face of makeup. This tutorial will show you the steps needed in order to create a glamorous and festive makeup look perfect for… Continue reading Glamorous Holiday Makeup Look | The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Makena’s Stocking Stuffer Picks | The Twelve days of Christmas

  Stocking stuffers are an adorable and creative way to give a loved one a thoughtful gift and are ideal for someone who is as in love with makeup as I am! This post will be dedicated to giving you all some fresh ideas for last-minute beauty-related stocking stuffers and will incorporate options for all… Continue reading Makena’s Stocking Stuffer Picks | The Twelve days of Christmas

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Winterlicious Tag | The Twelve Days of Christmas

  Favorite winter nail polish? Personally, I love a nice french manicure for Christmas because it's simple, elegant, sophisticated, and matches with everything. But, if I had to pick an actual nail polish, I would go with Essie's "Plumberry". It is a stunning "creamy berry red with hints of plush pink", which is perfect and… Continue reading Winterlicious Tag | 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 Haul: Merry Christmas to Me| The Twelve Days of Christmas

Welcome back to Beauty Blogmas 2015! In today's post, I will sharing a few of the makeup items I have gotten these past few weeks in preparation for the holidays! As always, let me know if you would like to see an in-depth review on any of these products! Beauty Blender: As you may know,… Continue reading Holiday Makeup Haul: Merry Christmas to Me| The Twelve Days of Christmas

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My Favorite Holiday Makeup YouTube Tutorials |The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hi, lovelies! For my second day of Beauty Blogmas, I decided to share several of my favorite makeup tutorials that my favorite YouTubers have done. These are all perfect for the holidays in my opinion and I hope they give you some inspiration throughout the month! Of course I have to list like five hundred… Continue reading My Favorite Holiday Makeup YouTube Tutorials |The Twelve Days of Christmas

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The December Tag | The Twelve Days of Christmas

Happy December, beauties! You know what this means: Beauty Blogmas 2015 has offically started here on Makeup By Makena! I thought doing the December Tag would be the perfect way to start off, so let's hop right into it! What do you love most about December? Well, Christmas, of course! I love the special time… Continue reading The December Tag | The Twelve Days of Christmas

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Happy November 30th, everyone! This year has gone by so quickly and now it's almost Christmas time! Yay! As you probably know by now due to my obsession with Jaclyn Hill and many other amazing people, I absolutely love YouTube and am fully aware of Vlogmas, in which YouTubers make new videos everyday throughout the… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Cute Ideas for Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Boo! Did I scare you? Today, I'm going to be sharing some of my personal favorite ideas for for Halloween Costumes! If you're like me and aren't really into those scary costumes, then keep on reading for some of my more glamorous and girly, last-minute, budget-friendly costumes! Stylish Characters from your Favorite TV Show: This… Continue reading Cute Ideas for Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

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100 Followers & 100 Thank You’s!

When I woke up this morning and checked my blog I was beyond excited to see that I finally got 100 followers! When I first started my blog around 6 months ago, I remember screaming with excitement when I got my very first follower! I know 100 followers may not seem like a lot to… Continue reading 100 Followers & 100 Thank You’s!

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Hello lovelies! In my recent Poll (please share your feedback if you haven't already!) I asked all of you which product you wanted me to review and the Urban Decay "All Nighter" Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray tied for first place! If you want to know more about my opinions on this product, keep reading! Sephora describes… Continue reading Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

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I Heart Winter Tag| Beauty Blogmas 2015

Do you like the cold? Where I live, 55 of 60 degrees is freezing and even though it can be a little uncomfortable if I'm not wearing a jacket, I do like Christmas day to be a bit colder because then it feels more special and holiday-like! I like the snow every once in a… Continue reading I Heart Winter Tag| Beauty Blogmas 2015

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My First Q & A Post!

I want to start off by expressing my appreciation to all of my amazing followers for reading and supporting my very own little blog! I also want to send a big thank you to everyone who was kind enough to ask me questions so I could do this exciting new post! I literally could not… Continue reading My First Q & A Post!

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Ask me Questions!!!

Hi, everyone! I am so happy with all of the feedback I am getting and want to thank everyone for helping me get 50 followers! I know this isn't a lot compared to people who have millions, but I truly appreciate each and every one of you! Since I can't do a give-away, I thought… Continue reading Ask me Questions!!!

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My Favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus

1) Zoella: Zoe was the very first beauty guru that I ever subscribed to and is still my favorite. Even though she is not a professional makeup artsist, she is still very talented and creates easy looks that almost everyone can do! She has the most amazing personality and does some very fun non-beauty videos, too!… Continue reading My Favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus

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Hello, World!

    Hello, World! I am Makena, a 17-year-old girl who happens to be enchanted by the world of makeup! I love the feeling I get each morning when I am doing my makeup and I love how it has such a powerfully positive impact on the way it makes individuals of all ages feel. Although I am not… Continue reading Hello, World!