7 Shockingly-Good Shadow Sticks!

Everybody knows, eye shadow is super fun. But it can also be time-consuming, tricky, and a little bit much sometimes. Unless you experiment on the daily with colors and textures, you might just settle for a simple liner and lashes look, which is perfectly acceptable and entirely stunning on its own. But for those days when you want to add a little sparkle with the utmost ease, shadow sticks are where it's at! These babies are fool-proof and will take your makeup to the next level with a little swipe and smudge. Go for an intense emerald lid or a soft sweep of satin color, whatever tickles your fancy. There are so many options to choose from! And you'll never have to deal with the disastrous scenario of your eye shadow breaking in the pan. Grab some of these sticks for on-the-go glam and you'll be sitting pretty with your secret weapon of sparkle, shimmer, and shine! Click any product to shop it!


trèStiQue is all about ease and innovation. These shadow crayons come with built in smudgers to make application a breeze. With 12-hour long wear, a crease-proof formula, and beautiful blend-ability, it'll be hard to choose your favorite from their six super wear-able colors. But lucky for you, they also have mini-trios so you can mix and match and try out new shades. Who doesn't love options?! Click here to shop this product!


Do you love makeup but have sensitive eyes? Are contacts causing you to skip out on the shimmer? Fear not, Glamazons! Clinique has you covered! These lightweight, layerable shadow sticks come in 14 different shades to contour, highlight, and add a pop of color to any look. And you don't ever have worry about sharpening! Click here to shop this product!


For a more luxe option, Trish McEvoy is a must splurge. Encased in gold, these beauties are rich in color and have maximum staying power. 24 hours worth! These six shades can be used as a shadow or liner so you're getting two products in one. I'd say that's a steal! Click here to shop this product!


This best-selling shadow stick is a 3-in-1 product. You get the crease-fighting power of a primer, long-lasting effects of a shadow base, and vibrancy of an eye shadow all in one. Swipe on any one of their 14 shades and you've got a wonderful wash of color within seconds. Click here to shop this product!


23 shades of smoky goodness! Kick start your beauty routine with Laura Mercier's 'Caviar' Shadow Stick and you'll feel like a million bucks within seconds. Smooth application that lasts all day? It's fool-proof fabulous! Click here to shop this product!


Looking for color selection and affordability? Then you must try this cult favorite if you haven't already! Use these bad boys as a base, liner or shadow, the choice is yours! Made with mineral oil and powder, NYX knows that no one likes the fuss so this formula glides on easy so you can create any look from simple and sweet to bold and on fleek! Click here to shop this product!


With its creamy texture and waterproof formula, this long-wear cream shadow stick will be a staple in your makeup kit. There are 20 gorgeous shades to choose from including 4 nudes that are perfect for an everyday look. AND you'll breathe easy knowing your shadow won't budge, flake, crease, or fade for a solid 8 hours! Click here to shop this product!

Beauty Basics: Olive Me, Loves Olive You!

Bored of brown and black smokey eyes? Tired of neutrals? Why not try olive green? This earthy shade is perfect for fall and will give you just the right amount of color without being over the top. Green never looked so good! Wearable yet trendy, this natural hue warms up your look in a subtle yet bold way, and is sporty and sultry all at the same time — what a win! Want to rock an olive tone? Check out some of our top picks, and get inspired to test out the trend yourself with these beauty gurus! Click any product to shop it!


Beauty By JJ


How Brow It?

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your brows are your window frames — and you definitely want to keep the coverings on yours looking on point. I, myself, am basically bald in the brow department, so I've played around a lot over the years with all kinds of shapers and fillers, and I'm here to share my top picks with you. I, probably like most, have tried everything from powders to pomades, and a combination of all kinds, and my brow game continues to evolve as I discover new products. Check out what products get a thumbs up so far!


It took a while for me to build up the courage to try filling in my brows with any kind of product that required I use a brush, but after so much buzz about products like Anastasia Beverly Hills' DipBrow Pomade kept making their way around the vloggersphere, I had to suck it up and give it a go. I started with the DipBrow, and have tried a few others, but the ones I've found to have the best staying power and most realistic look are the DipBrow (the reviewers weren't lying), Tarte's EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse and NYX Cosmetics' Tame & Frame. Click any product to shop it!


I almost always have a brow powder in my makeup bag for quick and easy touch ups. They work great as a filler, if you do it right. I've found that using a powder, especially if you don't pick the right shade for you, can yield cartoon-y looking brows, and unless you're into that, then you have to be pretty cautious about the amount you're putting on your brush or whatever tool you're using, and how evenly you're distributing it. It's a bit more tricky to smooth out and even a powder than it is with other brow products like gels or pencils. The three powders I love most are The Balm Cosmetics' BrowPow, which blends very nicely with hairs and looks pretty natural, Guerlain's Eyebrow Kit also delivers a close-to-flawless brow powder experience. What I love about the Guerlain Eyebrow Kit is that it comes with four separate shades for blending, making it much easier to match your natural hair color and  create highlights. Lastly, e.l.f. Studio's Eyebrow Kit is a great, budget-friendly, option that gives more expensive products a serious run for their money. It comes with a pigmented wax and a powder to shape and fill brows to your liking, which is basically a nice 2-for-1! Click any product to shop it!


My first ever foray into filling in my brows was with a pencil. I felt like it was the least intimidating vehicle for a novice like myself. Over the years, I've tried so many different pencils and crayons and pencil/crayon/spoolie combinations. What I've discovered along my journey for fuller brows is that I love basically anything brow-related from Benefit Cosmetics— especially their Instant Brow Pencil. It's almost, dare I say, fail-proof? It's super easy to apply and lasts pretty much all day long. Most importantly, it looks natural as can be. Another great pencil that delivers natural-looking brows and has staying power is Maybelline's Brow Precise, and at a whopping $8, it doesn't break the bank. It comes in a few different shades and is so worth trying if you're new to the brow game and want to test out a good pencil option. Charlotte Tilbury's Brow Lift is a super amazing, 3-in-1 tool that shapes brows, lifts them and helps to define. It's the perfect lazy glam girl product for flawless framing. Click any product to shop it!


I've found that creams and gels, and their mascara wand-like delivery systems, are great for a thicker, luscious brow experience. These kinds of products a perfect when trying to achieve a fuller frame for your eyes and are easy enough to work with. First up for review is Bobbi Brown's Natural Brow Shaper. This combination cream/gel controls and shapes unruly brows, all while filling them in and defining them. It dries into a powder-like finish and doesn't leave your brows looking stiff, and according to the the folks at Bobbi Brown, this product can be used for temporary root touch-ups! Benefit Cosmetics' Gimme Brow is a definite industry favorite in this category, and all those expert MUAs can't be wrong. I've tried it. I love it. It's long-lasting formula is water-resistant and smudge-proof, and most importantly, it delivers natural-looking, thicker brows. Finally, Chosungah 22's Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker rounds off this batch of creams and gels, and probably has the funnest packaging out of all three. Bright exterior aside, the product within it is pretty amazing. With just a few simple strokes, this creamy brow mascara provides fullness and definition. It's water and sweat-resistant, and lasts an incredible 24 hours! Click any product to shop it!


If you're not using a multi-purpose product that will help to shape and sculpt your brows, you'll most likely be looking into something like MAC Cosmetics' Brow Finisher or Anastasia Beverly Hills' Clear Brow Gel. Both these products work wonders when in comes to taming those rogue hairs and helping them stay in place. I prefer to use MAC's Brow Finisher before putting on any defining powders or pomades, or going over my brow with a pencil. The Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills is meant to be applied after you've already filled in your brows to help hold the hair and filler in place. Joey Healy's Brow Structure Clear Set works similarly to the Clear Brow Gel, but I've found that if I have too much product on the wand, it tends to lift off some of the product on my brow, so don't overdo it or you'll remove everything you're trying to set. When used in the right amount, and applied with a delicate hand, it works like a charm. Click any product to shop it!