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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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!

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!

Other

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!

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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.

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!

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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