BeautyBlogger Instagram issues (Help!)

I’m not a huge fan of Instagram, if there were a better photo sharing app I would use it. In late April I created an Instagram to share my make up (and follow other make up blogs) – I started to get some followers (got up to 100 by the end of it) and was pretty active on the account (liking and following). My account then was broken – none of my posts appeared in the tags and nothing I did really fixed it.

I then deleted that account and created a new one (stephtriesmakeup – this was about 2 1/2 weeks ago). A similar thing seems to be happening on this account – some (not all) of my photos do not appear in tags at all (no explanation there – I checked and none of my hashtags are broken) and I’ve noticed that once I hit a certain amount of likes (around 40 – this is a really small account) my photos vanish from tags. I’m posting a normal amount (about once a day) and not going on any sort of massive liking/following sprees. I also sometimes do not even use the app – this week I didn’t use the app for about 4 days (busy at work).

I’m mainly writing this post to see if anyone else has had this problem and what they did to fix it. It’s a little frustrating to have photos missing from tags, mainly because I’m a really small blog (and Instagram account) so I’m missing out on that exposure. Anyone who has been through a similar thing and has any suggestions (yes, I’ve rage shaked and reported it countless times – think they’ve banned me from the rage shake 😉 ) I’d be happy to hear them in the comments 🙂

Steph xoxo



Review: Nyx Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette ‑ Brights

Hey all! Sorry for my absence, with finals and new challenges at my job I didn’t have as much time to write a new blog post. But I’m back!

Over the past few weeks I picked up a few eye shadow palettes and one of them was the Nyx Ultimate Shadow Palette – Brights. I have so many neutral tone palettes I felt that I needed at least one bright palette in my arsenal. The palette comes with 16 shadows of all different shades of pinks, purples, greens, blues, and yellows. Theres a few shimmer shades in there as well as matte shades. The shimmer shades aren’t *too* shimmery – just a light shimmer, which I like. It runs for $17.99 at Ulta (which seems reasonable given how many different eyeshadows you are getting).

The palette swatches beautifully. The eyeshadows are so rich and pigmented – I liked Nyx before but this made me like the brand even more.  The packaging is a little…difficult. I had some issue opening it (and still do). I do wish that the colors had names (or even numbers) to identify them – it’s difficult to remember how I created a look because there are no names or numbers to identify the different shades.


I did two different looks with this eyeshadow palette. The first looks I used two of the pink shades and the shimmery red shade to create. I felt that the colors (for my ability level) blended out really nicely and weren’t difficult to use. There was very limited fall out as well.


The second look I went for a rainbow look. I used the yellow shade, two of the orange shades, a pink shade, and the purple shade to create this look. Again, the colors blended really well (for my ability level) and there was very limited fall out. This is my favorite out of the two looks (I absolutely love how this came out).

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Overall, for the price point and the quality I think this palette is a steal. I can see why it has such a high rating on – if you’re looking for a good bright eyeshadow palette at an affordable price I would recommend this one whole heartedly.

Steph xoxo


Review: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

I’ve been on the hunt for a good moisturizer for a while. My skin type is a little strange, I have very oily skin but it can also be very dry at the same time. For example, if I put any sort of make up on my nose it immediately starts to peel (I’ve tried primers, water based make up, and my nose still peels). My nose (and cheek area) have always been rather dry but also seem to be the oiliest part of the my face too. The skin in those two areas also has a rougher feel (versus the rest of my face) so there is definitely some hydration missing there. My face is also a bit sensitive and prone to break outs when it doesn’t like a product, so I’m usually cautious about what I put on my face. I had been using the Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Cream for a while however did not notice that it helped the dryness (I tried both the Oil Free version of it and the non Oil Free Version). So, I decided to try something new.

I was on and noticed that Peter Thomas Roth had a new moisturizer out. The name is a mouthful (Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream) however it claimed to give your skin a burst of hydration for up to 72 hours. It claims to help with hydration, uneven skin, dullness, and aging. I took a quick peek at Google Scholar to see if I could find any research specifically on Hyaluronic Acid’s effect on dry skin and couldn’t find much (though there is a bit of research on it’s effectiveness on skin rejuvenation in general). However, I’ve had success with Peter Thomas Roth products in the past (his Therapeutic Acne Sulfur Masque saves my life) so I decided to give it a try. I went to Sephora and bought it. The cost is $52 for 1.6 oz of product – it is a little pricey, however I usually spend a little more on skin care because of how sensitive my skin can get (there was one time I put something, can’t even remember what, on my face and I had an acne goatee for 3 months. Literally 50+ tiny bumps around my mouth.)

First impressions were that the texture of the cream was very light, it almost felt more like a serum than a cream. I took out what I thought would be a normal amount (about the size of a nickel) for my face and it ended up being way too much. Definitely with this product a little goes a long way. For the first 5 minutes it didn’t feel as if the product had sunk into my skin but after a few more minutes I didn’t feel the product on my face any longer.  After about an hour I felt my face (to see if it felt any more hydrated) and I was really surprised to find that the skin around my nose and my cheeks felt…softer! Not as smooth as the rest of my face but close! I’m going to try this product for 7 days to see how it stands up and if it causes any break outs.

I tried the product from last Sunday (4.23) to this Sunday (4/30). Throughout the week I did not see any new break outs (I had a few pimples already on my skin but the moisturizer did not aggravate them or cause new ones). I noticed that the area around my nose and cheek felt softer – I put on foundation a few times this week  and did not notice nearly as much peeling around my nose/cheek area as I usually get when applying foundation. So far (from this week) I really love this product. It’s giving my skin the moisture it needs and improving the texture of my skin as well. I’m going to give this moisturizer a full month to a final verdict (I figure 3 weeks is a good deal) however so far I really do love this moisturizer.

Have any of you guys tried this moisturizer? Tell me what you think in the comments!

Ingredients (from the Sephora website):

-Hyaluronic Acid
-Elderberry Extract
-Silk Proteins

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Saccharide Isomerate, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ceteareth-25, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica.

Steph xoxo

Oo Shiny!

Hey all, hope your week is going well!

I’m a huge make up lover but only as of recently – when I was in a not so healthy relationship I stopped wearing makeup because he didn’t like “made up” girls. However after healing and moving past those experiences I’ve rediscovered my love of make up. It’s amazing how much you can do with make up and what beautiful looks you can create with a few eye shadows.

The highlighter trend has been huge lately and admittedly I have never worn a highlighter before. I saw how gorgeous highlighter looked on most people but couldn’t find one that really made me go “Wow!”. However, I saw the Anastasia Beverly x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit collaboration on Instagram and immediately wanted to go to Sephora and get it. The colors in the pictures were absolutely beautiful – bright pinks and rich golden colors – and even if I decided I didn’t like the look of highlighter on me the colors looked beautiful enough to be used for eyeshadow.

I dragged Dan to Sephora to pick it up and I was incredibly excited for it.

The colors are really pretty – My favorite is Forever Lit – it really pops in the light.

Given that I’m new to highlighter I’m learning (lots of youtube tutorials) how to properly apply it to my face however I am so excited. I’ve already tried out Forever Lit and Kitty Kat – I love how the highlighters give a little more dimension to my make up looks. I thought they would be a too glittery but not at all. These colors are awesome.

Have any of you tried this Glow Kit out? What do you all think of it?

Hope the rest of your week goes well! I may post another time this week with a quick update on my life (or something else random).

Steph xoxo