30th Oct


Subscription boxes are nothing new but this one is extra glossy and flossy. If you’re like me,  you pretty much only care about the beauty products in a sub box. If so, GLOSSYBOX and you are gonna get along reeeaaal nice. GLOSSYBOX sends you 5 full-size, luxury beauty products a month for $21, putting it in […]

29th Oct

Wake Up For Makeup Turns 2

Thank you for celebrating Wake Up For Makeup’s 2nd birthday with me. It means so much to have had you here all this time. I would have written it had no one read, but the fact that people do read it, well my heart is just overjoyed. If you’re here reading this blog, you’re so […]

23rd Oct

Fall Lip Colors

 1. Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Cherry Bomb / 2. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Motorhead / 3. OCC Lip Tar in Blackened Dahlia / 4. BITE Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Barolo  / 5. Sephora Cream Stain in Endless Purple / 6. NYX Butter Gloss in Devil’s Food Cake & […]

19th Oct

Happy 2nd Birthday Giveaway!

As we approach the 2nd birthday of my child, blog, Wake Up For Makeup, my gratitude for you all is immense, unending and indescribable. It is because you read what I put here that I am fulfilled. My heart is full because you make it so. If I could give something to all of you, […]

18th Oct

6 Halloween Makeup Ideas

Halloween=makeup artist crack. I fantasize about my looks months ahead of time and enjoy designing each character, every step of the way. Here are 6 looks I created this year-one for every kind of girl! Match your personality to the makeup below! If you’re wickedly glamorous and just a little creepy: Maleficent If you’re fantastically plastic and botox […]

17th Oct

Halloween Makeup Removal with Olay Fresh Effects

Every Halloween, the equivalent of the Super Bowl for makeup artists, I do some pretty extensive makeup. Makeup that involves, glitter, bright pigments, feathers and lashes galore! The question I get asked most, second only to “how long did that take you?” is most certainly, “how do you get that all off?!” I always answer […]

16th Oct

Beauty for Breast Cancer

“And are you doing your self exams?” As women, we hear this question at every annual lady appointment. It is a question we should be answering ‘yes’ to each and every time. I resolve to confidently answer yes and I hope you will too. We cannot afford to neglect early detection of breast cancer, knowing that 1 […]

15th Oct

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are a newer product in Revlon’s impressive Colorstay line.  I’ve been a long-time fan of Revlon’s lip products so I had pretty high hopes for these bebes. I adore the Lip Butters and the Balm Stains, both of which over-deliver in terms of drugstore lip products. So did these bring it? Read on… […]

14th Oct

Pumpkin Spice Makeup

Pumpkin Spice Recipe Makeup Geek Shadows Cocoa Bear in Crease Cosmopolitan on lid Mocha at outer corner Shimma Shimma on inner corner LORAC Cream Eye Liner in Black Ruby, winged out slightly L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Milani Color Statement Lipliner in Spice Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Peachy Dream […]

13th Oct

Sonia Kashuk Contour Stick Review

I have tried a handful of cream contouring sticks, none of them ever quite right. I’ve tried stick concealers-which didn’t blend seamlessly enough, Tarte’s The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer which was way too orange and shouldn’t be considered a contour product, in my opinion, and cream foundations that while effective, weren’t quick enough for daily […]

07th Oct

BITE Beauty Matte Lip Pencil in Rhubarb

Fall is such a perfect time to try out new makeup looks, colors and trends. I’ve been noticing a pretty strong 90’s lip trend, matte mauves and brown-toned lip colors. You can thank Kylie Jenner for some of that. Oh hey, check out this tutorial I did, inspired by her overdrawn lip look that some internet […]

06th Oct

Temptu Airbrush Review

My adventures in airbrushing continue with the Temptu system and their line of silicone-based foundations. In a previous review and demo, I showed you the Belletto Studio machine, paired with their water-based foundations. I loved the ease of use of that machine, but the finish of the makeup was a bit dry and too porcelain […]

30th Sep

Yes-You Can Sell Used Makeup!

Do you have a makeup graveyard? It’s that sad little wasteland of products you used once, or in some cases, never. It’s the blush you went on a few dates with, thought you really liked, but now he/she just doesn’t do it for you. It’s the of-the-moment, must-have palette hottie you had to grab before they were all gone, then […]

27th Sep

Billion Dollar Brows Review

Go grab a mirror. Look at your eyebrows. If someone were to offer you money for them, how much would you say is fair? $100? $1000? $1 million? Certainly not 1 billion, right?! Well, that’s all about to change. I got to review a brand that was totally new to me-Billion Dollar Brows. Y’all know […]

27th Sep

bareMinerals 6 Steps to Gorgeous

Those that know me well probably choked on their coffee when they saw ‘bareMinerals’ in the title. While I’m not a huge fan of the mineral powder foundation, bareMinerals still makes some pretty great products beyond that dirty-feeling powder. The bareMinerals 6 Steps to Gorgeous set is a great deal for 6 products-3 being full-size versions! I’ll break […]