My Makeup

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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My Makeup

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.

My Makeup

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!

Monthly Favorites

November Beauty Favorites 2017 | 12 Days of Christmas

For the past two years, I have been celebrating the holidays on Makeup By Makena with The 12 Days of Christmas by writing a total of twelve beauty- and holiday-related blog posts throughout the month of December. Today marks the commencement of this special tradition, so like always, I will be writing about my most-used and loved… Continue reading November Beauty Favorites 2017 | 12 Days of Christmas

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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.

Makeup Looks

A Thanksgiving Makeup Look

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! Today is definitely one of my favorite days out of the entire year because it revolves purely around family and appreciating everything you have been blessed with. Another thing in my life that I am grateful for is makeup, so I took some time out of my day to share today's look with you!

Monthly Favorites

September & October Beauty Favorites | 2017

Since I started college, I have been wearing less makeup than usual and instead of going for my typical 'natural glam' look, I have been opting for light and fresh makeup looks instead! If you ever find yourseld needing a quick routine or some high quality 'no makeup' makeup products, then I highly suggest you keep reading!

Beauty Tags

How Much Does My Dad Know About Makeup?

My obsession with makeup affects all aspects of my life, which means that my family and friends end up having to hear all about my most recent blog post idea and that one over-priced eyeshadow palette I have been dreaming about.  Luckily, my loved ones are very supportive of this passion, and my dad was nice enough to take one for the team and take part in this fun little makeup challenge! So if you would like to know how much my dad knows about makeup or are in the mood to laugh, keep reading!

Reviews

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.

Monthly Favorites

August Beauty Favorites |2017

August was a very eventful month for me and my most-worn makeup products reflected the transition from my Summer break to my first few weeks of school.  These five favorites are all very multifaceted -- simple enough for everyday while still staying glamorous!

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!

Makeup Looks

3 Looks, 1 Palette | Jaclyn Hill x Morphe

Ever since trying it for the first time, the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette has been the most inspiring part of my makeup routine, pushing me outside of my comfort zone to create an array of looks. Today, I will be teaching you step-by-step how to create three completely different eyeshadow looks with this one amazing palette, perfect for transitioning from summer to autumn!

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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!

Hauls

European Drugstore Makeup Haul

A girl on a mission... That is the phrase that would have best described me while I was desperately scouring the streets of Paris for any sign of drugstore makeup... I hope you have as much fun reading about all of my affordable and exclusively European makeup purchases as I had choosing them!

Reviews

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!

Reviews

CHANEL Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in “Scintillance” | Review

I have always wanted one of Chanel's cream eyeshadows and when I was in Paris, I bought the brand new CHANEL Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in “Scintillance”.

Monthly Favorites

May Beauty Favorites | 2017

If you would like to know which makeup products I have been loving lately, then please continue reading. Each of the products are effortless and easy-to-use, yet pull any look together in a flash!

Hauls

‘Breakfast at Sephora’ |Paris Makeup Haul

To celebrate my high school graduation, my incredible parents took me on a family vacation to Europe...After spending many hours drooling over the infinite isles of makeup at Sephora, I finally decided to purchase a few luxurious items to add to my growing collection.

Reviews

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette | Review and Comparisons

I have been lusting over the brand new NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette ever since it first popped up on the Just Arrived section of Sephora's website and finally decided to purchase it...

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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!

Reviews

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!

Monthly Favorites

January Beauty Favorites | 2017

I hope your 2017 has been off to a wonderful start! This month, I have been loving very natural makeup looks, especially for school, using products that enhance my features and almost look like I am wearing nothing at all.

My Makeup

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!

My Makeup, Reviews

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

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

Other

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

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

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

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