My Life in Photos

This year has been an incredible whirlwind! I’ve started and finished school, started interning at my favorite skincare studio in Portland! Feel free to follow me on Instagram to keep up to date. I won’t be doing these types of posts very often, but I just wanted to take you along on this journey I’ve had the past few months. Enjoy!

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First of all, I started my Esthiology program! This is a screenshot from Drew’s Snapchat.


And made some amazing friends..


Drew and I went to the coast in the winter and it was WARM. If you’re ever in Seaside, check out the Ashore Hotel in Seaside. It was a spontaneous pick, but it turned out to be super comfortable. (Major bonus: It was a 3 minute walk to the beach!)


One of my instructors made my dream come true by giving me eyelash nails.

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I began interning front desk at The Portland Girl, my favorite skin care studio in Portland! This was me at The Portland Girl 1 year anniversary party. Watch my video here!

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We saw one of my very favorite bands, Geographer! It was surreal and amazing.


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I had the opportunity to do makeup for our Evening for Earth fashion show! It was a bit hard to see with all of the dim lighting, but I gave her a super golden glow.


Me and some of my Aveda besties all fancy for the event.IMG_0212 (1)

Drew and I went on a ridiculous hike. And I got a new tattoo!

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And most recently, I clocked out at Aveda for the very last time last Thursday. SO MANY EMOTIONS. School was great and all, but I’m going to miss my beauties most of all.

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I really hope you enjoyed this mashup of photos from my life currently!


Forgot your makeup bag? No worries! Here’s your guide.

So you’re unpacking your luggage at that super adorable Bn’B for the weekend, but you’ve realized something unfortunate: you left your makeup bag on your bathroom counter at home!

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve compiled my favorite High End and Drugstore items so you can rush to your nearest store and rest-assured you’ve got your shopping list in your hands.

Still preparing for a trip? Pin, Tweet, and Facebook share this post so you have it handy for when you head to the store!

Just call me your makeup shopping tour guide.


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Higher-end (Sephora, Ulta)

Face Primer

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer $31

I love the lightweight formula and it smells kind of like lemons!

Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion $31

Urban Decay Primers are heavy-duty-your-makeup-wont-move reliable.

Dior Glow Maximizer Primer $42

Okay, I know this stuff is quite expensive, but just go to Sephora and ask for a sample! It’s a 2-in-1 primer and highlighter! Seriously, your skin will thank you. Plus it smells heavenly! Oh Dior, you have my heart.


Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation $36

Gorgeous texture, reliable staying-power, and really blendable!


I reeeally recommend you grab Benefit’s box set How to Look the Best At Everything  $32 (they sell it at Sephora) because it comes with an awesome travel sized Hello Flawless foundation, setting powder, two concealers and a guide on how to use those things. All for cheaper than the price of one regular sized foundation! Perfect for plane travel and SO worth the money.

Eyeshadow Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer $20

It is super important to put on primer before you put on eyeshadow, but sometimes I use regular face primer for my eyes too.


NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base $25

I’ve done a few tests where I wear one eye with this primer and one without and it is crazy! At the end of the day, the side without the primer showed blotchy, creasy eyeshadow, and the side WITH the primer looked amazing! I’m sold on primers.

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Stila “Kitten” Eyeshadow  $18 very pretty shimmery nude pink color.

Urban Decay “Sin” Eyeshadow $19 champagne shimmer, and it makes your eyes just pop!


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner $22 (Sephora has sample size of this if you ask) Really easy to make a cat eye! And it doesn’t budge.

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $19

Like I have said before, Urban Decay works wonders for staying power. Not sure what they put in their eye products, but those suckers work. It does have a shiny finish when it dries.

If you’re afraid of liquid eyeliner (can be scary sometimes), they also have a gorgeously creamy 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil! $20


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil  $26 or NARS Lipstick $27

This stuff has a smooth velvety (duh) texture! And it lasts for a really long time. It’s luxurious.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip Stick $20

This stuff is EXTREMELY awesome for staying power! Seriously, you just put it on, blot it, let it dry with your lips kind of separated and it will stay on for hours and hours (and hours), even through eating and drinking!


Drugstore (Target, Ulta)

Face Primer

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer $12.99

I haven’t tried this one personally (I use higher-end ones normally) but it has amazing reviews!


Honest Company Face and Body Moisturizer $9.49

I completely swear by this moisturizer! It is refreshing and super important to have a moisturizer under your makeup for the best application. Skin lives for hydration!


Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Palette $10.49 or Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $5.49

Both of these are great! The Sonia Kashuk is thicker, kind of like a paste and the Maybelline one is more liquidy. Both are great but the Sonia Kashuk concealer stays put better plus has better pigmentation if you want to cover dark circles. The green square in that quad is for covering redness, just fyi, not for aliens. 👽


Rimmel 25hr Lasting Finish with Comfort Serum $6.99

LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff. Honestly, you don’t even need a face primer with this one because it has it’s own staying serum built in. Just set it with a powder (I like the Maybelline Dream Wonder $7.59 (tinted, so you can also use it as a foundation if you prefer powder) or Neutrogena Shine Control $12.19 (this is translucent so you can keep putting it on and it wont look cakey.)


e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder  $3.04

Yeah, That’s right. THREE DOLLARS. This stuff is a great alternate to those fancy kits. Just letting you know though, the blush is a little sparkly, but hey. It’s dang gorgeous. And a complete steal!


Blending Sponge $4.99

Just get this wet and you can apply your liquid foundation in a revolutionary way! It blends nicely and almost has an airbrushed look. Just make sure you really wring it out so you don’t water down your foundation!


L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner $8.99

This is a great alternative to a high end eyeliner because for the most part it stays on your eyes without moving. Not in the same way that the high-end ones work though, but again, a good cheap alternative!IMG_1162


I haven’t really found a brand of eyeshadow that I am absolutely crazy about (I gravitate toward my high-end palettes) but if you use an eyeshadow primer, you will be just fine with almost any shadow at the drugstore.


Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama $9.49 or L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara $5.89

Now here is where I get super excited about drugstore products! These two mascaras are absolutely incredible. They both give you really full voluminous lashes.

Fun fact: The L’Oreal Voluminous Original was the first mascara I ever purchased!


NYX soft matte lipstick $5.99

Creamy, non-drying formula that smells like cupcakes! How great is that?


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain $6.89

This one has amazing pigmentation and it goes on smoothly! It truly is matte and very pretty.

Well that’s all for now folks! I hope this guide has been helpful for you. There have been many times where I’ve found myself staring blankly in the makeup aisle without a helping hand so I hope this comes to mind when you are looking for new products to try!


Thanks for reading!


Nominated for an award! + interview

AH! I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Two Easles! THANK YOU! It’s times like this that make me even more passionate about my job. It’s so great being here, talking to you guys about things I love. Thank you everyone for the support you have given me in my little corner of the internet. You are all wonderful!


Without further adieu, here is an interview with the one and only Tiffany Fajen (that’s me), herself:

  1. What do you blog about? Do you sell anything through your blog or do you just blog?

My blog’s focus is beauty and fashion, with the occasional spotlight on local businesses in Portland, OR. I started out watching YouTube videos of beauty gurus way back in 2009 and since then I have started my own YouTube channel  and this blog to get my own ideas out there for you all to see! I want to educate my readers on new beauty and fashion trends and showcase my own interpretations on the fashion world. Currently I don’t sell anything, but I would love to make and sell clothing and jewelry..that may happen sometime in the future. :)

     2.  11 random facts about yourself?

I was born in Sacramento, California. 2 I am 5’ 10” tall. I married my husband at the age of 21 in the suburbs of Portland in July of 2013. I once babysat a goat named Copper. I can drive a manual (stick-shift) pretty comfortably. 6 I wear a cat-eye pretty much daily. 7 I drink black coffee. I volunteer at my church’s high school youth group. 9 I go crazy for some really awesome stationary. 10 The only detention I ever received was for too many tardies. (Senioritis, what can ya do?) 11 I love the smell of lavender.

  1. What is something you’ve been loving lately? Any new obsessions?

I’ve really been focusing on inner beauty. See my last post about that, I kind of rant a bit. ;)

  1. What is it you love most about blogging?

I love teaching others about my beauty routines and why I love the products I do. Seriously, when I’m in the beauty aisle in Target and I hear someone say, “I just dont really know where to start,” I’m there telling them all of my favorite things. I also just love taking fashion risks and I want other women to know that they can too! There is no such thing as a “hat person,” okay? Everyone is a hat person! Just try things you love.  I guess I kind of answered question 1 again, huh?

  1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

– Go to a real grown-up fashion show in Portland, London, LA, shoot, I’ll even aim for Paris!

– Work with an inspiring, uplifting beauty and/fashion community (magazine, product, etc.)

– Unlimited natural resources on earth (we humans kind of messed up in that category)

  1. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

All sorts of places! Runway shows, cute shops, awesome companies I follow on Twitter and Instagram, YouTube, and notions of my own train of thoughts.

  1. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?

I would love to visit England to go to London Fashion Week and explore. Heard it’s hip over there.

  1. If you have kids or pets? Tell me about your babies.

I don’t have kids or pets, but you will probably see Howard every now and then. He’s my husband’s family dog. He’s a Bichon Frise but he acts like a hard-to-get cat. Sassy little guy, we love him.

  1. What do you do for a living? Your day job?

Currently, I am only blogging and video blogging. I’m also in the process of teaching myself how to sew and I want to be involved in the fashion community here in Portland!

  1. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?

I give myself a little spa session! So I run a warm, deliciously scented bath followed by nail treatments, Netflix, and if I’m going out, I’ll take my time to do my makeup. :)

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Five years is a long time, but I see myself working as a blogger/voice for a company I stand behind. I also may have an online shop for clothing or jewelry that make. Blogging and video blogging would be my main job, but who really knows! I’m excited for whatever is in store! Oh, and I will have a dog.

Again, I am so thankful for the support here. And without saying too much, there are some really amazing things coming for this blog very soon!

I am nominating the following bloggers, so give them some love!

samantha la | wind-blox  | lauren goes to york

I would love to nominate your blog as well, so if you’d like to be mentioned, please comment below!

Nominees: Answer the eleven questions given to you by the person that nominated you. Please comment on this post with your link when you are done so I can see your answers! In your post, link back to the person/blog who nominated you and give a little thank you shout out. After completing the questions, nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers on the social media platform of your choice, and give them eleven questions of your choice. Notify your nominees of their nomination, and provide a link to your post so that they know what to do.

Happy blogging!