Sunday, March 11, 2018


I la la looove my fireplace area in my apartment.

I have a bundle of firewood just waiting to be burned during the winter and all throughout the year I have holiday-focused decor flooding this slab of wood under my TV. I was so excited when I moved in because my landlord left the wall mount for a TV on the wall with all of the wiring pre-done. I never knew what minimalism I was missing out on by having my TVs sitting on console tables and past mantles!

Having the television up and out of the way has allowed my decor choices to shine. The photo above is my "year round" line-up. When there isn't a major holiday coming up, this is the stuff that I have hugging my media screen.

Items featured:
Cactus: old Target decor piece from Spring 2017
Starburst figurine: old Target decor piece from ~2016
Wooden star: old Target decor piece from Winter 2013/2014
Candles: Target Hearth & Hand Pillar Candle in 'Cardamom & Vetiver' (Grey) and Target Hearth & Hand Pillar Candle in 'Sugared Birch' (White)
Candleholders: World Market Natural Wood Pillar Candleholder
Vase: Target Hearth & Hand Textured Sack Vase
Greens/faux eucalyptus: IKEA SMYCKA 

I'm very, very tempted to put some faux white brick or subway tile over the slate surround on my fireplace but that's another project for another day. What do you think? Anything you'd change?


Hey there.

As I'm nearing my 25th birthday *gasp* I can almost physically feel myself growing and because of that, I'm spending most of my hours trying to figure out my next quarter century around the sun. This has led to me really trying to cut my spending although proving very, very difficult because I'm a definite shopaholic.. but.. I'm really trying. My makeup and skincare purchases have all but ceased as I attempt to use up everything I already own (which is a lot).

beautymunson is sad because of this lifestyle change.

Fret not. I am coming with posts involving products I already own and have experience with which, if you are like me, is really preferable when it comes to determining whether or not to buy a product. I can't afford to buy into the hype anymore— I need to know this will be something I will use all the way to the final drops.

Additionally, I've embraced my future homemaker status and really put all of my devoted spending dollars into my cute little apartment that I can only imagine leaving when I decide to quit the DC lifestyle completely and move far away.

Starring in this post is that cute little apartment that I mentioned.. well, a wall of it.

I recently installed some removable wallpaper as I am not yet a homeowner and plan to leave this apartment at some point. I have eyed removable wallpaper for a long time because of the obvious style it adds to a space that is probably lacking it (if you're renting) BUT man, the prices on some of this stuff is truly insane. Thankfully our BFF Target sells a very good brand, Devine Color, who has many different designs and patterns of this wallpaper. They aren't as quirky as some of the brands you'll find online but if you're looking for something simple, they should be enough.

I was torn between their white brick and their white shiplap patterns. I was fully leaning towards the white brick but my live-in boyfriend and both my sister and mother all preferred the shiplap. I didn't want to be trendy but since I take over my boyfriend and my place already, I figured I needed to give him the option he hated less.

This brings me to Target! I purchased two roll for my 00x00 wall and it was juuuuuuuuuuustbarely enough. I have some kind of air vent jutting out on the top of my wall and if that wasn't there, my wall would be average sized and the two rolls would not have been enough. One thing I learned while researching this stuff, make sure you buy all that you think you need and MORE at the time of original purchase so you can ensure you are purchasing the same LOT #. You can find the number at the bottom of the back of the packaging. This will ensure your colors are all uniform which apparently is a big deal says the angry customers in the comments on the product page on

I got my wall covered in about 45 minutes. It's suggested that you purchase a squeegee to make bubble bursting quick and simple but I had issues with my squeegee shedding its rubber on the texture of the wallpaper so my personal recommendation is to get a putty tool to use instead. Target sells those in the same aisle as the wallpaper so you shouldn't have any problems finding them. I own these.

What was initially difficult was lining up the roll STRAIGHT on the wall. I determined that my walls just aren't 90-degree angles and had some gaps I fixed at the end. I pre-measured the length of my wall and cut the rolls prior to getting them up on the wall to allow more movability(?) and flexibility(?) while positioning. The shiplap pattern is very simple to put up because you only have to match up the lines— however, some of the distances between the lines are not uniform. Weird. It's okay! You just have to cut the shiplap in the middle of the "piece of wood" and overlap a bit. The wood grain helps camouflage any signs of inconsistency in pattern.

Once I got my wall covered (for the most part), I used the little bit I had left to piece over any gaps. Again, the wood graining helps hide any spots that you do this on. I pieced over a LOT of gaps and you absolutely cannot tell and the wallpaper has not bubbled or peeled off on those pieces at all. Just be sure you are doing this project over a glossy or satin paint as the wallpaper will not stick on matte finished and you will risk ruining your paint job if you attempt to do so anyway!

I made this to act as a visual of what kind of "piecing" you may have to do with this wallpaper. This doesn't represent the exact gaps I filled (I had a looottttt more than this) but just know that it won't be perfect from the get-go.. you'll have to do some extra work at the end to really perfect the application!
If you're looking to buy this wallpaper or if you already have and have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below! I'll try to help you as much as I can :)

Monday, October 9, 2017


Happy Monday! I am here to share some photos and swatches of NYX's new In Your Element palettes in Fire and Metal. This post will be short and sweet.. here is the outside of the packaging:

and the two palettes side-by-side (SWOON)

Here is Metal post-swatch...

The Metal palette is not good. There are a few shades that are and I was dying over the shade second from the right but overall these guys are glittery, flaky and seal after just one finger pass. No good. This puppy went back to Ulta!


The Fire palette is sooooooo gooooooooooooooooood. If you're going to get some of these palettes, the Fire palette needs to be one. The first yellow shimmer (far right) is a bit lacking and the dark shade four from the left isn't as exciting as I expected it would be but the rest are buttery and beautiful.

I'm also interested in the Earth palette but it seemed too similar to Fire to make sense enough for me to purchase it. I bought these two palettes when Ulta was having a 30% off NYX sale so the price tags weren't too out of bounds for my wallet!

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Woooooo hoooooooo!!!!!

New and exciting release alert!!!!

I have TRIED Fenty Beauty— Rihanna's makeup line that released a couple of weeks ago. I LIKE it!

For someone who considers themselves in tune with the beauty community, this release came and went without me knowing anything of it. It wasn't until I kept seeing Instagram stories… and posts… and blog posts… and articles on the products did I quite literally get up and run out of the door. To Sephora I went!

I tried four of her products— her face primer, foundation (I know), and two "Match Stix".. one for contouring, the other for highlighting.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix in 'Amber' (top) and 'Porcelain' (bottom)
As someone who is not afraid to take advantage of Sephora's incredible return policy, I am proud to announce that I only returned one of these products. And it wasn't even because of the product, really but here I am getting ahead of myself…

Let's start off with the fact that I don't really need to introduce the brand. Everyone else has and if you don't know about Fenty Beauty, just give it a Google :) As for the products, I will begin with the moisturizing primer. As a "no foundation" kinda gal, I appreciate this primer because it preps my skin for foundation in ways that I didn't know it needed. It makes your face slightly tacky and ready to layer while moisturizes so you aren't scaly or flaky underneath that MATTE FOUNDATION!!!!

Woo hoo! I love Fenty's foundation! First off, I'm not the lightest shade. I am not even the SECOND lightest shade. I wear 120— the third lightest. How amazing is that?! The formula of this foundation is light coverage with a matte finish so my frecks get their time to shine while my oil stays under control. I have found that dotting the foundation around your face with your finger and then following up with a Beauty Blender is the best way to apply this product because if you go in with a sponge from the get-go, the sponge will absorb most of this watery foundation.

The foundation has a liquid-to-powder feel and is marketed to not need setting powders so you're able to go right in with Fenty's Match Stix. These multipurpose cream sticks come in many colors to be used as a contour, bronzer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow and lipstick. I purchased 'Amber' to contour with because it is unbelievably cool-toned. It's similar but slightly darker, cooler and much easier to blend out than Colourpop's 'Dove' Sculpting Stick. The second shade I bought was 'Porcelain', which appears darker than it applies. The matte shades that are meant for concealing/highlighting are pretty natural looking so if you like a super highlighted undereye, this is not the product for you. I really liked Porcelain but I felt my spending was getting a little crazy and Porcelain wasn't a drop-dead unique kinda deal so I let it go over the others.

I did not buy any of the shimmery highlighter sticks or powders because they were all intensely glittery and I just know I would have hated them on my face. When it comes to the ones I did try, they're great. I'm excited to see the future of Fenty Beauty (although the sneak peek of the Holiday collection looks…….. ehhhh….. but we will hold out to truly form an opinion).

Have you tried any products that I didn't include in this post? I love seeing everyone's opinions on this line because it seems everyone has a different thing they like and don't like.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Welcome to my first feature of Bite Beauty on Beautymunson! I had been slowly building up a collection of Bite products when they released their Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks. Not a LIQUID lipstick, a liquified lipstick. Do you remember where we all used to be before the liquid lipstick trend? Here!

I bought my typical, mid-Pink aka 'Èclair', a fun red-orange aka 'Flambé' and a deeper (and my go-to) red aka 'Braised'.

I really like these. One of the reasons I really like this product is because of the gel-like texture and the easy application. The product is very thick and luxurious, which is nice because the colors stays on your lips and doesn't travel outward. 'Braised' does feather a bit so I would recommend a liner with the deeper colors.

Now, would I say to wear your hair down and drive in a convertible rockin' 'Flambé' on your lips? No. But I recommend that anytime? No! I hate convertibles! They're always ruining my hair and makeup. Windows up, AC on— please.

If you want to try out the formula of this product without owning full sizes, Sephora has a holiday set out that features four minis including 'Flambé' and 'Braised' for only $22!!!

I'm all for a good, budge-proof liquid lip but I'm excited to see brands come out with different formulas alongside them as well.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


I grabbed four of Makeup Geek's newest lip products— their Showstopper Creme Stains in various different shades the day that they dropped. The packaging is so sleek and beautiful that I couldn't stay away! Unfortunately, I don't like the product inside of the packaging :(

But let's get some photos out of the way first...

and here are my four shades swatched on the lips:

Starting with just the base shades, I do like them. I didn't expect to like 'Foxtrot' and do. Same with 'Do-Si-Do' and 'Twerk' is just light enough to really show it's color well. I thought 'Flamenco' was going to be deeper but it's still a pretty red. I love the dancing theme of the shade names, too.

Now we can get into the obvious. The formula is horrific. I'm so confused by this product and I'm begging people to help me understand them because they are lightweight, yes. They're lightweight because they are so thin and streaky on the lips and once you get enough on your lips to make the color even, the product gets thick and cracks (see: Do-Si-Do)

They don't "stain", either.

I'm very sad with these :( I'm going to pair them with liners so I can get SOME wear out of them but ultimately on their own, they are not the best on the market. Stick with eye products, MUG.

Did anyone else pick them up ASAP? I would LOVE to start a discussion on them so I can understand them better. Since they're stains, I wouldn't expect that they're "supposed" to be layered over liners but if someone knows something I don't, my ears are open.

Have an awesome week!

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Well, well, well…

Here we go again with another Kylie product. That doesn't suck. I saw the promo pictures for this product and felt like I could really do some fun things with this palette and it is comprised of shades that I don't feel like I already own (for the most part...). It was a recipe for success! I managed to snag this last week whilst in the middle of a manicure. It's okay. My nail technician knows of Kylie and her cosmetic brand and was just as excited as I was that I was able to purchase it.

This is the Royal Peach palette. It was $45 and has 12 shades in it. This palette also comes with a very decent blending brush.

I love the elongated layout of this palette and the mega-mirror. But the best part? The shadows are magnetized loosely in the palette meaning they can easily come out and be put into a Z Palette. My palette isn't even put together anymore!

There are lots of reddish peach shades in the Royal Peach palette. Thankfully, there are also some solid transition shades. 'Sorbet' is a pale orange, very similar to Makeup Geek's 'Peach Smoothie' and 'Sandy' is a warm mid-toned tan very similar to Urban Decay's 'Beware'. The poppy shades in this palette are 'Royal' a matte, bright blue, 'Mojito', a metallic yellow-green and 'North Star' which is a metallic lilac that is very close to Anastasia Beverly Hill's 'Macaroon'. There's enough excitement in this shade range to create many different looks without getting bored.

Here are two looks that I've created with (almost) all of the shades in the Royal Peach Palette.

Sorbet and Sandy thru the crease with Mojito on the inner/lid -- Duke and Crush on the lower lash line blended out with Cinnamon

'Sorbet' and 'Crush' on the crease and outer third, 'Seashell' on the center with 'Queen Bee' on the inner third -- 'Duchess' on the lower lashline and winged on the upper lash // had to pair this look with the @makeupforeverofficial Starlit Powder in '02' on the inner corner 

In all, I am very pleased with this! Kylie's products are becoming very trustworthy at this point and I can't wait to see what sector of makeup she journeys into next.