What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag!? Bases Edit (part two)

Hello world!

So, this is the second part of my bases edit (i.e. primer, foundation, powder, blush, bronzer, and contour)!  This is where I recommend certain makeup products and maybe a few tips to help zee makeup last longer because who doesn’t want long-lasting makeup!?  Well, I know I sometimes take my makeup off in a few hours, but I don’t want it slippin’ and slidin’ everywhere!  Here we go!

P.S. these are only recommendations!  Never feel like you have to go buy or use a product because someone says to get or use it!

Primer: I don’t always use a primer– silly me, I almost always forget *dohh*, but I love the Laura Mercier (I will abbreviate her beautiful name to LM) foundation primer.  I specifically use the Original formula, but if you have dry/dehydrated skin, I would recommend the Hydrating formula.  If you have oily skin, I would definitely recommend the Original formula (Note: get the original formula if you like more dewy/fresh or satin finishes) or the Oil-Free formula.  I sometimes use sunscreen as a primer because it’s like hitting a target with two stones– I refuse to say “killing birds…” because I’m sincerely against animal cruelty.  You guys know the phrase I’m talking about, right?  Anyway, the LM primer doesn’t have a silicone texture (refer to the Benefit Porefessional) and feels almost like a moisturizer.  For a drugstore option, I would definitely recommend the L’Oréal Lumi Magique Primer because it’s similar in texture, but almost half the price of the LM primer.  Another drugstore option would be a drugstore sunscreen of your choice!

Foundation: in the first part of this edit, I’ve already recommended the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (I use the shade N123) because it has a beautiful satin finish!  I’ve yet to find a drugstore option *sigh*.  For a more matte finish, I would recommend the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (I use the shade 2W2 Rattan).  This foundation is long-lasting as long as you apply very thin layers (use about half to a full pump) and use a beauty blender to sheer out.  A drugstore option would be the Revlon ColorStay Makeup Foundation (I use the shade 300 Golden Beige).  The Revlon foundation range also has two types of finishes for dry or oily skin– I use the one for oily skin.

All the foundation options I’ve stated have finicky reviews, so do a little research before purchasing!  Also, the options I’ve given all have a wide color range! Woooo!

Powder: I use a powder all over my face because I have oily skin, so I use the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (I use the shade Medium).  This powder will set my foundation and give me an “airbrushed” appearance because it is finely milled and buttery soft (LUUUV THIS), but is about $50 USD.  A drugstore option would be the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (I use the shade 53), but this beautiful powder is not sold in the US; however, I bought mine on Amazon for about $15-20 USD.  It is also finely milled and buttery soft *wins*.

Blush: I use every brand in every color whether it’s from the drugstore or high end, but for longevity, I use Tarte’s blushes.  This one is based on personal preference!

Bronzer: For a medium-toned gal, like myself, I use Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer (drugstore: Soap and Glory’s Solar Bronzer– also good for light/medium skin tones).  For those who can’t find a shade that suits them due to lack of variety, I would definitely recommend the Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzers.  Though, I can’t find a drugstore option for these… maybe The Body Shop Honey Bronzer?

Contour: I can’t help myself… here comes a holy grail product!  The Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in the shade Medium.  Enough said for that option, but I can’t find a drugstore equivalent *sad, but cute puppy dog face*.  For those with darker complexions, I will keep on the look-out for you!  Unfortunately, I have to do a little more research before I can truly recommend a product for those of you with tan-dark complexions.  Nevertheless, I still love you guys, but give me a little more time ^__^ heh!

FINALLY, this post is complete!  Let me know if I’m forgetting anything or if you guys have recommendations for me to try!  I hope you guys are having a wonderful day, afternoon, pre-evening, night…wherever you are and I will speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,



What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag!? Brushes Edit

Hello world!

This August, I am going to Canada for a week!  How exciting (yaaas)!  I wanted to show you guys and gals all the bits and pieces I have concerning makeup.  This entry seems fit since this is a beauty blog, of course!  So, I’m going to break it down by category (i.e. brushes, bases, eyes, and lips) and give you a mini review of each product; however, I’m going to split this up by category or else this would be a massive entry and take forrrrr-ehhh-vuur to read.  Heh!  I’m going to post a picture along with every entry– don’t worry, gal!  Here we go!

P.S. I do have some recommendations for higher or lower end items depending on your budget. You know I gotchu! (:

For bases

1. Real Techniques Buffing Brush: one of the best brushes I have for applying foundation (this comes in second after the Sigma F80 flat top kabuki, which would be the higher end alternative).  I’m bringing this brush because it does the job, no biggie.

2. Real Techniques Powder Brush: this brush does not shed; however, it does move my foundation quite a bit.  Any suggestions on a good, large powder brush that does not shed one bit?  I’ve been meaning to try the Rae Morris brush 22 powder brush, but it’s a steeping… wait for it… $83 USD (https://www.beautylish.com/s/rae-morris-brush-22-pro-powder).  Yeah, it’s still in my cart *sighs heavily*

3. Clinique Blush Brush: soft, yet it sheds quite often.  I find myself picking off the little hairs stuck to my face more often than I wish, but not so much that it drives me bonkers.  It’s more affordable than big brand names, but an alternative would be the Morphe M105 brush <— that brush sheds too, but a fraction of the price!  It has quite a small brush head, so it fits nicely on the apples of the checks.

4. e.l.f. Small Tapered Brush: in my opinion, this is the best brush to apply highlighters and set underneath the eyes since it’s quite small and comes to a tapered point.  The best part about this brush is the price point… $3 USD!  I still can’t believe that.  It’s such a steal, feels quite soft, and never over does the highlighter application.  I don’t know if I would call it my “holy grail” brush, but it’s creeping up there.  I can’t seem to find a higher end alternative, but it’s more like I don’t want to search for one.  Sue me.

For eyes

5.  Real techniques Base Shadow Brush: I use this for more of an all over the lid application and for minimal blending eyeshadows (eyeshadows that are so buttery, they blend themselves *cough cough* Lorac eyeshadows).  This brush is similar to the MAC 217, but the brush head it’s a tad bit smaller.

6. Sigma F40 Tapered Blending Brush:  typical blending brush for softer edges.  This one is also a staple, “no biggie” kind of brush, though it blends eyeshadows like a dream.  I cannot find a cheaper alternative for this brush, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

7. Make Up For Ever 250 straight brush: this is another typical straight eyeliner brush that every beauty enthusiast has.  I love this brush to create a subtle winged line that I cannot create with a liquid felt-tip liner.  I have not found an alternative for this one, but I’ve been meaning to try   the Sigma E11 eye liner brush (http://www.sigmabeauty.com/e11-eye-liner/p/E11PARNT).  I do like the handle on the MUFE liner brush because it’s wooden… I’m a sucker for pretty brush handles.

I hope this entry wasn’t too long and easy to read!  I hope you guys enjoyed this read and I’ll speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,


I’m finally going to do this! Here I go…

Hello world!

My name is Coohleen (pronounced COOL-LEAN) and this is my first ever blog post!  I’m super excited to actually start this blog because I’ve always wanted to express and share my feelings, opinions, and advice– advice if you want to take it, that’s all up to you!  The whole reason I’m starting this blog is to not make my way into the beauty world and all its glory, but to share a part of my journey with all of you.  Since it’s my first ever blog, “all of you” meaning anyone who’s interested in reading what I have to say. Heh!

I’m finally at a point in my life where I want to start a new chapter filled with beauty, adventure, laughter, and a sense of living unapologetically.  I want to start this new chapter of my life with opening up to those who are willing to listen because I’ve spent a lot of time afraid; I was afraid of being laughed at, judged, overly criticized, and the list goes on and on…  This time, I’m putting all my fears aside, tearing down those walls ridden with insecurities, and giving myself the best possible shot to make a difference.

I really want my blog to be personal to me and to all of those who can relate.  I will be posting content about things I love to do, to eat, to talk about, to laugh about, etc. so I will be posting about beauty ( mostly reviews and recommendations about skin care, hair care, and makeup), advice about life (family, friends, love…), food, and of course animal memes!  Who doesn’t love a cute cat meme and/or a meme about a dog loving his/her companion!?  I will be posting every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday!

I hope you guys enjoy all that I have to offer and I’ll speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,