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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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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.

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!

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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!

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!

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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.

Other

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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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

Reviews

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

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

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