Monthly Favorites

October Beauty Favorites | 2016

I cannot believe it is already November! It seems sudden and crazy, but I am slowly and hesitantly transitioning from Summer makeup into Autumn makeup! Maybelline Fit Me Foundation: I know matte skin is popular during Autumn, but with my dehydrated skin, I appreciate a dewy glow when it comes to my base, and this very… Continue reading October Beauty Favorites | 2016

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Makeup Looks

Last Minute Halloween Makeup | Glamorous Black Cat

Happy Halloween! In case you have not yet noticed, I have an adorable cat (who somehow sneaks into all of my flatlays), so even though it is the least creative Halloween costume ever, I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial for this glamorous black cat Halloween makeup look! I tried to make… Continue reading Last Minute Halloween Makeup | Glamorous Black Cat

Other

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

Hauls, My Makeup, Reviews

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

Makeup Looks

Autumn Smokey Eye | Gold, Copper, and Bronze for Homecoming

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and I thougth I would mimic the beautiful warm-toned golds, coppers, and bronze shades in a metallic and autumnal smokey eye! This makeup look is perfect for a dramatic daytime look, a seasonal night out, or a breathtaking Homecoming look! My friend Melyna is so… Continue reading Autumn Smokey Eye | Gold, Copper, and Bronze for Homecoming

Monthly Favorites

September Beauty Favorites 

Happy October, everyone! I am so excited for all of the fall makeup trends this year and this past month, I have been gradually transitioning from my Summer makeup products to my Autumn makeup products. If you would like to know what products I have been using during September, then please keep reading. Urban Decay… Continue reading September Beauty Favorites 

Beauty Tags

“7 Deadly Sins of Beauty” Tag

No one is perfect, so today I thought I would prove that by doing this beauty tag in which I share some fun little facts about my makeup "sins." Enjoy! 1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive? My most inexpensive beauty item is the Wet n Wild MegLast Lipstick in… Continue reading “7 Deadly Sins of Beauty” Tag

My Makeup

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

My Makeup

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

Monthly Favorites

August Beauty Favorites | 2016

This month, my makeup routine has been more simple and natural-looking, and I have been incorporating more multi-purpose products into my daily routine. Keep reading to learn what I love about my top five favorite makeup items from August! Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara:  After hearing so many amazing things about this mascara, I tried… Continue reading August Beauty Favorites | 2016

Other

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

Makeup Looks, My Makeup

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

Reviews

Chanel Vitalumìere Aqua Foundation Review

Not everyone is blessed with naturally flawless skin, but fortunately, Chanel has blessed us with the Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, which easily creates the illusion of beautiful skin without looking like you have any makeup on! This luxury foundation costs $48 from Chanel.com, Nordstrom, Macy's, or Bloomingdale's and comes… Continue reading Chanel Vitalumìere Aqua Foundation Review

Makeup Looks

Everyday Summer Makeup Routine | 2016

Today's makeup tutorial is dedicated to my most worn look this past month or two, which includes fresh, dimensional skin, warm matte bronzer and blush, an intense glowy highlight, and easy shimmery eyes. This in-depth description of my everyday summer makeup routine is filled with lots of helpful tips and unique time-saving techniques, so keep… Continue reading Everyday Summer Makeup Routine | 2016

My Makeup

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

Monthly Favorites

July Beauty Favorites | 2016

During summer, several elements of my makeup routine change along with the season, and this month, there are five beauty products that have stood out to me for different reasons, so that is what I will be sharing! Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion: This is my favorite moisturizer for summer because it… Continue reading July Beauty Favorites | 2016

Other

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

Beauty Tags

Sun-Kissed Summer Tag

What is your go-to makeup product for a sun-kissed summer glow? I like to switch up my bronzers pretty frequently, but this summer, I have been loving the Wet n' Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in "Starlight Bronze." It may seem scary if you don't like shimmery bronzers, but it gives a glowy bronze goddess look, as… Continue reading Sun-Kissed Summer Tag

Wishlists

Makeup Wishlist | Summer 2016

  Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette: I have wanted this stunning peach-scented palette ever since it was first released and although I was unable to get my hands on it, I will not give up hope! It is supposed to be restocked within the next few months, and since I have no problem giving… Continue reading Makeup Wishlist | Summer 2016

Reviews

Tarte TarteGuard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Review

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Today is the perfect day to spend time with family and friends at the beach, the pool, or outside for a fun barbecue! But with all that time in the sun it is very important to protect your skin, so today I will be reviewing the Tarte TarteGuard 30 Sunscreen… Continue reading Tarte TarteGuard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Review

Monthly Favorites

June Beauty Favorites | 2016

My first month out of school has been both relaxing and busy, so I have found myself gravitating towards lots of easy-to-use, natural-looking products that provide a radiant glow for the skin and subtle definition for the features! Keep reading if you want to know all the details about my most-loved makeup products from the… Continue reading June Beauty Favorites | 2016

Makeup Looks

Glowy Bronze Drugstore Makeup Look for Summer

Summer is the perfect time to pull out those beautiful bronze shades for both your skin and your eyes, so today, that is what I will be helping you do! This makeup look involves natural skin, glowy and bronzed cheeks, and a unique wash of metallic color on the lids! Are you excited, because I… Continue reading Glowy Bronze Drugstore Makeup Look for Summer

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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

Dupes

MAC “Velvet Teddy” Lipstick Dupe

"Velvet Teddy" is one of MAC's most popular lipstick shades and there is a good reason why! It's is a beautiful matte deep-tone beige that looks good on lots of skintones and is perfect for that everyday "my-lips-but-better" mauvey-brown nude look! The only problem is that MAC "Velvet Teddy" costs $17, which is why I wanted to… Continue reading MAC “Velvet Teddy” Lipstick Dupe

My Makeup

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

Reviews

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette Review

I am so excited to be reviewing the Champagne Collection Face Palette, a limited-edition collaboration between the amazing brand BECCA and the even more amazing YouTube beauty guru and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill! I have been dreaming about this beauty ever since Jaclyn first started talking about it and the second (literally the second) it… Continue reading BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette Review

Monthly Favorites

May Beauty Favorites | 2016

Hi, everyone! I am so happy that my final exams are over and that I can finally start to relax and spend more time with my family and friends this summer! I hope you had a great May and I'm sure you can tell that my May was filled with lots of Spring-appropriate products that… Continue reading May Beauty Favorites | 2016

Makeup Looks

Warm-Toned Rose Gold Eyeshadow | Eye Makeup Look for Spring 

Today's post is dedicated to this beautiful rose gold eyeshadow look that is filled with lots of warm-toned colors and perfect for Spring and Summer days wherever you are! After priming my eyelids, I applied the Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow Pencil in "Champagne Toast", a metallic pinky beige, all over my eyelids to… Continue reading Warm-Toned Rose Gold Eyeshadow | Eye Makeup Look for Spring 

My Makeup

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

Reviews

Too Faced “I Will Always Love You” Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush Review

Have you ever found a makeup product that you were simply in love with? Well, today, I will be reviewing my all-time favorite blush and I hope that you have the opportunity of falling in love with it, too! It is perfect for Spring and Summer and everything in between, so I hope you find… Continue reading Too Faced “I Will Always Love You” Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush Review

Beauty Tags, Other

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

Monthly Favorites

April Beauty Favorites | 2016

Hi! I hope you had a lovely April! I know I really enjoyed trying out a lot of new beauty products, especially ones from the drugstore, so that's what I'll be talking about today... Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Double-Ended Foundation Brush: The first thing I've been loving this month is this very dense and… Continue reading April Beauty Favorites | 2016

My Makeup, Other

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

Other

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

Beauty Tags

All About Eyes Tag!

Hello, lovelies! Eyes are one of my very favorite things when it comes to doing my makeup, so I thought this All About Eyes Tag looked like fun! Enjoy! What eye cream or serums do you use?  Right now, I'm not actually using any eye creams or serums. I just use my regular face moisturizer… Continue reading All About Eyes Tag!

Monthly Favorites

March Beauty Favorites | 2016

Once again, I can't believe how quickly March has passed and I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter and beginning to a brand new season! So, if you would like to learn about the top five beauty products I've been loving this past month, then keep reading! Milani Baked Blush in "Luminoso": Glowy peach blush?… Continue reading March Beauty Favorites | 2016

Reviews

Sephora Favorites “Paint It Pink” Value Set Review

  Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day with lots of good food and people! In case you have a few minutes to sit down and fulfill your daily dose of beauty, then I hope you'll enjoy reading my review of the Sephora Favorites "Paint It Pink" Value Set, which is… Continue reading Sephora Favorites “Paint It Pink” Value Set Review

Makeup Looks

Blake Lively Inspired Makeup Look for Spring

  Hey, everyone! Today I will finally be doing a makeup look inspired by Blake Lively's look at the premiere of Green Lantern. I promised I would do this a few months ago in my 5 Celebrities Who Always Have the Prettiest Makeup post, but I wanted it to be perfect. Since today is officially… Continue reading Blake Lively Inspired Makeup Look for Spring

Makeup Looks

Get Ready With Me: Transitional Neutral Matte Look for Winter and Spring

Today I'm going to be doing a Get Ready With Me type of post because I'm going shopping with my mom for a dress and taking her out to lunch!  I decided to call this a "transitional" look because it is very winter-appropriate, but also really great for spring, so it's perfect for the next few… Continue reading Get Ready With Me: Transitional Neutral Matte Look for Winter and Spring

Monthly Favorites, Other

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

Beauty Tags, Other

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!!!

Other

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

Other

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