Screw ‘Seasonal’ Makeup!: New ColourPop Paraphernalia

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Don’t misunderstand me. 
I partake in doing my makeup ‘seasonally’ and I’m all for rocking bright hot pink lips and yellow shadows in the Summer time. 
What I don’t do, is avoid or discriminate against certain colors just because they don’t align with the current weather situation. 
With me? 
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Simple Makeup: The Perfect Neutral, Every Day Look (Full Face)

This look has become my go-to this month. 
I’m always down with something calm and neutral. 
Something that you can wear a n y w h e r e.

The office, a date, to run errands, school, an interview etc.
I can’t really think of any scenario in which the makeup wouldn’t work. 
It’s super simple.
Very basic.
Very neutral.
Nothing crazy.
Yet still enough winged liner and highlight to let everyone know exactly what you’re capable of, haha. It’s just spot-on for whatever, really. And that’s one of my favorite mental portfolios of looks; “The Universal” one.

As always – adjust and tweak as you like, and to your needs. 
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Winter + Spring? Sure, Why Not.

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Last week it was still pretty chilly and dropping into the low fifties at night but; here we are, the second week of February and it will be in the mid-to-high seventies for the rest of the week….and then will probably just ascend from there straight into Summer. WHAT?!

It’s left me confused, and the end result of that confusion is this dark chocolate Wintery smokey eye, with bright hot pink lips for Spring… Continue reading “Winter + Spring? Sure, Why Not.”

(Mostly) Matte Brown Smokey Eyes – No Liner Makeup

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To speak openly,
I prefer to be buried in matte brown eye shadows….

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Holiday Makeup: Black Glitter Smokey Eyes + Nude Pink Lips

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You can’t do the holidays without a dark sparkly smokey eye! 

I don’t play with black very often, but I can’t think of a better excuse for an extra black and extra glittery smokey eye than the Holiday time.

All of the products used to achieve this look are  H  E  R  E

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette – ES61 + ES62 (Transition)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (Crease)
MakeupGeek Shadow – Corrupt (Lid)
MakeupGeek Shadow – Bada Bing (Lower Lash Line)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue
MakeupGeek Pigment – Paparazzi (Lid)
ColourPop Cosmetics – I ♥ This (Inner Corner)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (Highlight Brow Bone)

Ardell Lashes Brow Gel – Dark Brown

House of Lashes – Iconic Lashes 
House of Lashes Lash Glue

Maybelline Lipstick #915 – Blushing Beige
Maybelline Color Elixir – Nude Illusion

P U B L I C  S E R V I C E
A N N O U N C E M E N T !

When doing a smokey eye like this, please don’t forget to keep the following things in mind:

• This can (and probably will) get messy. Keep your chill together, and just make sure to keep some makeup wipes handy to clean up any fallout.
• With looks like this, do your eyes first so that shadow fallout doesn’t ruin your foundation.
• The key to not looking like you’ve been punched in the face is to keep the dark shadow below your crease.
• Blending is key with black (or dark) shadows. Blend until you can literally blend no more.
• Every single smokey eye has a really ugly phase. This will look like a complete disaster at some point during your process. Do-not-give-up. Just keep powering through to the end and 95% of the time, it will just all come together.

This was a struggle for me.
I struggled through this.
I actually spent half the day thinking it was total sh*t. 
But I take it back.
I ended up becoming really fond of it.
Happy with it.
It’s only because this is out of my comfort zone. 
Black scares the living daylights out of me. 

Moral of the story;
Practice really does make perfect. 
Never quit.
Just “do”!

Winter Makeup: Vampy/Chocolate Look

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I woke up the other day craving chocolate in the absolute worst way, but since I can’t really shove my face full of Ghirardelli at 6 in the morning, I decided I’d settle for “chocolate inspired” Winter makeup instead. Plus I had a brand new, unopened lipstick that I wanted to wear, which I knew would go along perfectly with the whole “chocolate” concept.

The logic made sense in the moment because, chocolate.
l o l

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Go-To Holiday Makeup + Classic Red Lips

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Happiest of Fridays to everyone. 

I wanted to share with you guys my go-to holiday look this year. 
It consists of: 
Very neutral shadows, classic red lips, sharp winged liner, structured contour, and an insane amount of highlight, as per yoozsh. 

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Cranberry + Gold Fall Glam

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I’ve been in kind of a makeup rut lately.
It happens.
But I recently came out, finally!
It’s been happening gradually over the last week or so but, sure enough, we’re back…
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Bronze Fall Makeup: On The Rocks

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Well, we made it to Friday.
This week was a terribly long one.
Our dog has had diarrhea since Monday, poor little guy.
We “evaluated” our finances and tracked spending this month (shoot me).
We’re heading to Europe in 4 more days.
We’re incredibly short-staffed in my department at work.
I’m honestly amazed I found the time to even do makeup at all this week now that I’m thinking out loud.

a n y h o w

Bronze Fall makeup.
I dug out my “On The Rocks” shadow by ColourPop Cosmetics and I forgot how perfect it is for this time of year. It’s so buttery and perfectly sparkly.
Keep on reading for the full product breakdown used to get this eye look.
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Very Neutral Everyday Makeup – No Lashes

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This has been my main everyday neutral “go-to” look this fall.
It’s ridiculously simple.
It’s super toned down and soft (minus the liner).
It would look great on anyone and everyone.

I tend to still do a more “dramatic” cat kind of winged liner with this look sometimes, but that’s totally optional. Other times I do no liner, or smoked liner using a black shadow. Whatever tickles your fancy.

Everything you need to know is   H  E  R  E :

Updated foundation routine is HERE
Morphe 10B Blush Palette
Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop

MakeupGeek Shadow – Latte
MakeupGeek Shadow – Creme Brulee
Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette – Darkest Contour Shade
Maybelline Master Precise Liner Pen
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Ardell Brow Gel/Dark Brown

Maybelline Nude Lust Lipstick
Maybelline Caramel Infused Color Elixir