COOLA Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30 | Review

Ever since I first tried a sample of COOLA Suncare's Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 in one of my beauty subscription boxes, I have fallen in love with the brand's high quality  products and everything for which it stands.

Hauls, My Makeup

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!

My Makeup

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!


Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

The one-of-a-kind makeup collaboration we have all been waiting for is finally here and I am so thrilled to be able to share my honest opinion with all of you!


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!

My Makeup, Reviews

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!

Makeup Looks

My Actual ‘No-Makeup’ Makeup Routine + Additional Steps

Although it is no secret that I love a full face of makeup, I also love to wear makeup in a way that looks as if I am not wearing any at all! My goal is that you learn a few new techniques and different options for confidently applying makeup in the most minimal way possible, truly enhancing your natural beauty!


Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette | Review

Ever since it first launched over the Summer, the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette has been one of the most coveted eyeshadow palettes, and after dreaming about it for months, I was finally able to purchase it!


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!

My Makeup

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.


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

Beauty Tags, Dupes

How Much Does My Face Cost? High-End Vs. Drugstore Makeup | 12 Days of Christmas

Hello, everyone! I have always thought it would be fun to do the 'How Much Does My Face Cost?' Makeup Tag, but to add my own twist, I am going to be creating a glamorous everyday look using only high-end poducts on one side of my face and only drugstore products on the other side of… Continue reading How Much Does My Face Cost? High-End Vs. Drugstore Makeup | 12 Days of Christmas


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

Beauty Tags

The Christmas Beauty Tag | 12 Days of Christmas

 Merry Christmas!!! I hope you and your families had an incredible day and I am so grateful for each of you who read my posts! Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine? I am always nice with my skincare routine, and even though it is fairly simple, balancing my acne-prone skin… Continue reading The Christmas Beauty Tag | 12 Days of Christmas


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


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review | 12 Days of Christmas

Today, for my 2nd day of Twelve Days of Christmas, I am going to be reviewing one of my favorite lip products for Winter: the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color! These are $7-9 depending on where you buy them and can be purchased at any drugstore or at Ulta. One of the best aspects… Continue reading Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review | 12 Days of Christmas

Monthly Favorites

November Beauty Favorites | 12 Days of Christmas

Welcome to the first day of my 12 Days of Christmas 2016! Last year, I wrote 12 beauty and/or holiday-related posts on my blog throughout the month of December similar to Beauty Blogmas, and that is exactly what I will be doing this year, so please let me know if you have specific requests! To kick… Continue reading November Beauty Favorites | 12 Days of Christmas

My Makeup

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


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


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


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, 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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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