“Wait, that’s all drugstore makeup?! I don’t believe you.”

That’s the common, slightly disdainful, rather surprised-sounding question I frequently find directed at me by my stunning, Sephora-queen friends, accompanied by their utter disbelief.

The answer to their inquiry, 9 times out of 10, is YES! This is all drugstore makeup!

{Just to clarify, when I say “drugstore makeup”, I mean drugstore makeup and random stuff I find on Amazon at 2 o’clock in the morning.}

Don’t get me wrong – I dabble in Sephora every now and again.  I have some Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter and lipstick, Laura Mercier contour powder and tinted moisturizer, Estee Lauder powder and eyeshadow, and, as of last week, MAC liquid lipstick.  Ipsy also drops off more makeup than I can actually use on a monthly basis (I am definitely not complaining, though).

Regardless, drugstore makeup is still my go-to.

It’s nice to feel fancy, whether that’s rarely, once in a while, or all the time.  That’s why I’m definitely not looking down on anyone who exclusively wears expensive, boujee makeup.  I understand that some people do it to mitigate the risk of skin problems, some do it because it feels good to get dolled up in the best of the best, and others do it for the passion they have for makeup.

I’m just here to let you all know about some of the cheaper, more easily accessible, extremely glamorous, high quality products I have rolling around in my cosmetics bag[s… thanks, Ipsy].

I actually entered a Sephora store for the first time in late 2016, and I think I’ve been in one about two times since.  Between that and the fact that my makeup arsenal has thrived off drugstore [and, more recently, Amazon] makeup since I was a 14 year old scene girl, it’s hardly shocking that my allegiance is mainly to the drugstore makeup aisles.

But I’m grateful that I entered the Sephora game pretty late and half-heartedly because I’ve found that beauty can be expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be.

Before I move into a discussion of my ride or die drugstore makeup items, I’d like to remind all of you that what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa — these are simply my recommendations and reviews.  We all look different from one another and have diverse make-up/skincare needs, so this definitely isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of a thing. 

For example, I’m a medium brown tone with some pretty dry skin.  My eyebrows and eyelashes are thick and jet black.  My lips are decently full, my eyes are large, and my jaws and cheekbones are atleast somewhat prominent.  My nose is a bit odd, and I truly have no clue what I’m supposed to do with it.  I don’t generally wear foundation or primer. 

With all of that being said, let’s get started.


Let’s talk about body hair.  More specifically, let’s discuss body hair removal… mainly, as it applies to women.

I’m actually seriously starving after my morning fight training, and usually I dash to my fridge for food the moment my post-gym shower has concluded.

AmaranthineBut today was different because a thought struck me as I shaved my legs in the shower just now, a thought that made me run straight to my laptop to write this blog entry.

Why is it even a societal norm for women to be hairless [aside from their mane, eyebrows, and eyelashes, I mean]?  Where did that idea even come from in the first place?

Men and women both have natural body hair, so how did it become such that females are “supposed” to make themselves appear hairless at all given times while men get to keep their body hair all-natural?

Well, while dealing with the annoyance that is running a razor blade over my knees about fifteen minutes ago, I came up with a literal “shower thought” theory:


Coco Chanel once said, “Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway.”


That’s a brilliant point, Coco.  But if I may, I’d like to make a minor correction to that statement:  Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.

The planet is our catwalk, and anyone can slay it if they really want to.

But, just in case you don’t believe me, here’s why you should embrace the world as your runway.


{This piece is geared towards people of any gender aiming for a society-labeled “feminine” dark grunge look}.


New age dark grunge.  Not just dark grunge – new age dark grunge.

It’s 2017, and most looks have developed into their crispest forms yet.  That’s why we’ve replaced glossy black lipsticks with matte ones – because dark grunge has evolved.  It’s still dark and it’s still grunge, but it’s also somehow more polished than it once was.

Maneuvering new age dark grunge is slightly strange, even for the darkest-souled among us, but here’s how to get it done.