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!

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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

My Makeup

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.

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!

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!

My Makeup

Top 7 Travel-Friendly Makeup Essentials to Pack this Summer

Traveling with my family is one of my all-time favorite things to do -- we have been to Hawaii, France, Switzerland, and Italy, and all of them are equally beautiful and amazing. Regardless of my destination, neutral and glowy makeup that lasts all day is always on my itinerary, so today, I am excited to share my favorite travel-friendly summer makeup essentials!

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!

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.

Other

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!