Leave it to Ulta to get hip with the matte lipstick scene by creating their own Matte Lip Cream collection. Consisting of ten of the most wearable shades on the color wheel: nude, light pinks, bright pinks, vivid red, deep red, wine, and even blackberry. I picked up four colors during their Buy 2 Get 2 Free sale plus a $3.50 coupon. Do the math aaaand wellll… I made out like a champ. Read More

I have not addressed this issue publicly yet, I mean I’ve barely even said it out loud… so while we’re on this topic, let me just come clean. I have an insatiable addiction to fan brushes. Not just any type of fan brush, I steer clear of the small thin ones although I’m sure they fulfill their purpose. No no, I want ‘em big, the bigger and fluffier the better. February’s maven box made my dreams come true by revealing a brand new addition to Julep’s ever growing brush collection. Read More

I’ve got lots and lots of pretty pictures of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LIP COLOR OF THE YEAR. Yes, the year! Jeffree Star released a limited edition matte liquid lipstick in shade 714; a beautiful neon, pastel, peachy-coral. Instagram went nuts the moment it was released, so much that people have demanded for 714 to become a permanent addition to his velour liquid lipstick collection. Read More

I know what you’re thinking. “You’re so pale, why the hell didn’t you get the Light kit?” Well, let me explain. I studied @naye0na’s swatches thoroughly before making a decision on which kit to buy. The very first thing I noticed was the Light and Medium kits have 4 colors in common – Banana, Cream, Nude, and Cinnamon. Upon further inspection of the Light kit, I realized Vanilla would have been a nice highlighter for my skin tone but I know I would have never used Cool Pink. Then I took a deeper look into the Medium kit and boy it was love at second sight. That Warm Coral shade belonged on my cheeks, this color alone sold me on the whole kit. 47 minutes later I finally got through checkout and waited anxiously for this baby to arrive. Read More

It’s been one week since I turned on my computer. Five weeks since I’ve checked my email. Seven weeks since I’ve logged on to girlgeniuss.com. 117 days since my last post. What once seemed like second nature to me now feels like a distant memory. Waking up, checking my email, scribbling a to-do list, hours upon hours of shooting product shots and writing reviews, a couple more hours of editing, posting, promoting, tweeting, socializing. Squeeze a meal or two in there, and then back to bed. What happened to me? What have I been doing? Read More

I walked into BJ’s and leaned on the customer service counter when my phone lit up and prompted me to “Pay with Touch ID”. I looked up at the man helping me, grinning from ear to ear, and said “You guys have Apple Pay?!” I kid you not, he had no idea what I was talking about; has he been living under a rock since September 9th? I had the feeling there were a lot more stores that are now ready for Apple Pay so for the rest of my day I made sure to ask. Whole Foods, yes. Target, yes. Party City, no. My last stop; Ulta. I asked two young girls at the register and again, neither of them knew what Apple Pay was. Sensing the world was falling into oblivion at the brink of technological advancements, I felt the need to educate the unaware. This fool-proof guide explains what exactly Apple Pay is, step-by-step instructions on how to set up and purchase, and what stores/apps are participating. Are you ready?! Read More

You worked so hard during Summer to up your biceps and flatten your six pack just to cover it all up in 50 degree weather, huh? Well the cool temperature is here to stay for the next five months so take my advice and make the best of it. This Fall/Winter we’re focusing on layers. Whether you’re headed to the mall or spending the day in the city, layer your favorite pieces to create a unique statement. If you pair a statement piece, say for example a leather jacket, with different layers and colors each day, no one will notice you’ve worn it three days in a row. It helps to stretch out your closet so you’re not constantly thinking you need new clothes. Read More