Blogmas Day 7: Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette Review

This palette has been causing lots of discussion in the beauty community, and now that I have got my hands on one I can understand why! Anastasia Beverly Hills has really outdone themselves this time. This beauty mega brand is most known for their amazing  products for eyebrows, so this palette is a welcome addition to their empire.

Let’s start with the packaging, its soft. IT’S SOFT YA’LL. It has this beautiful dusty pink velvet esq case, unnnhnnff, I love holding it. However if you are a person who is put off by certain textures (specifically ones that are similar to velvet) then maybe rethink purchasing this palette. The Modern Renaissance also comes with a dual end eyeshadow brush and built-in mirror, these are really wonderful because when traveling it’s a luxury to not have to worry about whether or not I’ll have access to a mirror or having to pack another brush.

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When you open up the palette 14 beautiful shadows that range from warm pinks, reds, and browns, to shimmery neutrals and ochre colors. I actually think this palette might be universally flattering… These shadows are as soft and velvety as the packaging, and while being beautifully pigmented they also blend like a dream.

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It wouldn’t be a review post if I didn’t show off some swatches! These were a blast to make and it was fun to see how easily these applied and how beautiful they were. Ugh, I might be in love.

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  1. Tempera: beige with an ultra-matte finish
  2. Golden Ochre: earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
  3. Vermeer: iridescent shell with a metallic finish
  4. Buon Fresco: antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
  5. Antique Bronze: metallic sable with a satin finish
  6. Love Letter: raspberry with an ultra-matte finish (possibly my favorite one of the whole bunch!)
  7. Cyprus Umber: dark coffee with an ultra-matte finishdsc00493
  8. Raw Sienna: neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
  9. Burnt Orange: deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
  10. Primavera: shimmery gold with an ultra-matte finish
  11. Red Ochre: sienna with an ultra-matte finish
  12. Venetian Red: crimson with an ultra-matte finish
  13. Warm Taupe: earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
  14. Realgar: brick with an ultra-matte finish

 

This palette costs $42.00, and i.m.h.o it’s worth EVERY penny- but then again I am a self-confessed make up addict…. But having said that this palette could create a stunning day look as well as a head turning night look. 15/10 would recommend.

XXOO

E

Blogmas Day 6: Slytherin House Inspired Look

So ever since the first book was printed all Harry Potter fans have wondered what house they would have been sorted in if they had gone to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When the Pottermore sorting hat quiz came out I took it so I would have the final ruling on which house I belonged in (I had never really known which house I fit into, I had thought that maybe I was a Hufflepuff). I clicked my way to my house, waited with bated breath, aaaand… Slytherin. What? I literally took the sorting quiz four times and every time it came out Slytherin. How could this be?!  I can’t be a bad person, I’m not evil.

So like the mega nerd I am I dove back into the books to figure out how I could have been sorted as a Slytherin. I came to the realization that yeah, I was a Slytherin, and that just because I had been sorted into Slytherin didn’t automatically make me a horrible person. Not all of the bad guys were in Slytherin (see Peter Petigrew, Gilderoy Lockhart, or  Quirinius Quirrell?!) Here’s the deal, Slytherin House is all about a deep desire for greatness, it’s about wanting to have power and having the ambition to go after it full throttle with no reserves. It’s about using whatever you have: resources, cunning, and sometimes having a willingness to break the rules if they help you get to where you want to be (gentle reminder that Harry Potter broke rules with a dependable regularity). These traits are value neutral, as are most of the other traits of the other houses (bravery, loyalty etc). A Slythern gives respect where respect is earned and due, they look out for their friends with a fierceness that can sometimes only be attributed to its rival house. As I write all of that I also don’t want to dismiss the negative things about Slytherin House- there are plenty of problematic elements in Slytherin house (I can address that in another post). But after doing some research by re reading parts of the series and reading the welcome letter written my JK herself on Pottermore,I felt a little better about the whole thing.

So that was an incredibly long introduction to my Slytherin Look (#hisshiss):

 

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GURL LOOK AT DEM LIPS

Lipstick: Witches Liquid Matte Lipstick by Kat Von D. Ya’ll. YA’LL I loooooo0000000oooove this lip. I actively try to find excuses to wear it because I feel like a goddess when I wear it and it LASTS LIKE ALL DAY.

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I had just sneezed… that’s why my eyes are red…. #allergylyfe

Eyes:

The eyeshadows I used are from Tartelette Pro in Profesh and Vamp, Makeup Forever in D308 Aquatic Khaki (Diamond) and D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (Diamond), and from the Moondust pallet Galaxy. My eyeliner is Kat Von D in the color Bukowski, and I honestly break this beauty out all the time, it’s a dark enough green that I can normally get away with it. On my lower lashes I used Too Faced Size Queen Mascara (remind me to write a separate post about this mascara, it literally makes my eyelashes look like falsies), and on my upper lashes I used Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Vinyl Couture for Summer 2016 in Excitement Green and this is one of my favorite mascaras because the green isn’t overpowering, this was one of those impulse purchases that I was SO happy about. I wanted to do something fun and glittery for the lid because I don’t normally get to wear makeup like this but I figured if I was in Slytherin I wouldn’t care what other people thought.

 

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Look at the TEENY OWL. I make no apologies.

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When people say to me: ‘Oh but you’re not evil, you can’t be in Slytherin house!’

What house do you identify with or have been sorted into? Let me know if you’d like to see me do makeup looks for the other three houses in the comments below!

XXOO

E

Blogmas Day 4: Holiday Glam Makeup Look

I know every beauty or lifestyle blog out there is going to be doing a post like this, but since I.M.H.O falls into those here we all are and to be completely honest I’ve been itching to play with some of my new makeup. I was actually initially going to do a “what I normally wear for makeup” post, but then I was a little heavy on the highlighter, and then I contoured a little more aggressively… and then well- I reached for one of my new red lipsticks. I would consider this an afternoon look, not quite light enough for an all day look, but definitely on the lighter side for an evening out or a dinner party (at least for me).

Here is the finished look:

 

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oooooo GURL, look at that HAIR THOUGH

Primer/Moisturizer: I sometimes skip this step to be honest. It’s not a malicious skipping, I just forget and by the time I remember I’m halfway through a failed cat eye. BUT I REMEMBERED THIS TIME!!! I am a make up junkie (I didn’t know if you could tell) and so I am of course subscribed to the Ipsy monthly box as well as to Sephora Play. I can’t recall which subscription brought me the Hey Honey 24Seven: Day & Night Revitalizing Cream but BUHLESS. I LOVE this product, it smells amazing and it makes my skin feel soft and well cared for.

Foundation: TBH I rarely use foundation, if I did I would have gone for a light bb cream or a light coverage foundation, but if I can get away with it I don’t like to put foundation on, today was a day where I got away with it.

Concealer: I use two different concealers, I use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair (I know everyone is SHOCKED) as well as the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in the lightest or the second lightest shade I can find. I start with the Age Rewind one because it’s a little easier to blend into my skin tine and sometimes that’s all I need, but today I needed to follow-up with the Fit Me Concealer. I apply them to my under eye, the corners of my nose, between my eyebrows, and then wherever I may have blemishes.

Contour: I first take the Lancome Le Duo Contour & Highlighter Stick in either Ivoire or Buff and carve away at my face like it’s a Thanksgiving turkey. After I blend it in I set it with one of the two contour shades in the e.l.f Contour and Highlighting Pallet. I find that when I combine these two products I get a natural enough contour, well as natural as a contour can look.

Blush: I used bareMinerals loose powder blush in Beauty. Literally everyone and their uncle should own this, it’s super pigmented so a little goes a loooooooong way, it’s super easy to apply and it gives you a naturally blushed look.

Setting Powder: I used the Too Faced setting powder in Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder, this lil’ beauty has SAVED MY ASS several times when I went a little too hard with the contour (I blame RuPaul, she gives me unrealistic beauty aspirations, like what a goddess). This leaves me looking flawless (if I say so myself and I do).

Highlighter: I am IN LOVE with the OFRA highlighter in You Glow Girl. I feel like an absolute goddess when I wear it, it’s super pigmented and is hell blendable so whenever I dust this unicorn sparkle onto my face I know I’m going to have an amazing day.

Eyebrows: I am a full convert to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade.  This product is raved about by most if not all of the beauty gurus and with good reason! I love love love mine (in the shade Taupe) because it allows me to make my naturally blond eyebrows a little more pronounced and dramatic.

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Eye Primer: I used the Urban Decay in Minor Sin. I like to use this particular primer during the holidays because it’s a brilliant foundation for my shadows as well as just dandy on its own!

Eyeshadows: I used the eyeshadows from my new pallet from Tarte, I used the shades Classic, No Filter, Drama, and Minx. If you want to hear more about the pallete click here.

Mascara: Too Faced Bad Gal Lash, ugh- for me it beats out the Better Than Sex Mascara, I know. Heracy. But it costs less and does, again in my opinion, a better job in literally every way. If you want to venture into more of my thoughts and emotions click here to read more.

Here’s a close up on my eye (oooooo, ahhhhhh):

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got a secret, can you keep it?

 

 

 

I hope this was interesting/helpful/I don’t really know what, but I DO hope you enjoyed reading, and if you have any questions or if you have a favorite go to Holiday look feel free to leave a comment!

 

XXOO

E

Blogmas Day 3: DIYeing my Hair

I think we all have either personally gone through or had a friend go through dyeing their own hair an ‘unnatural’ color. I flirted with this a couple of time by dyeing streaks in my hair blue, purple, and indigo. I regret some things. One massive trend that has been sweeping the beauty, jewelry and whelp- pretty much every community out there is… rose gold. Yup, they even have techniques so that your locks can look like silky pink gold. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!!!!

To say that I have been solidly obsessed with this look for YEARS would be a massive understatement, but I worked a job in an office where that wouldn’t fly. But having made the transition into professional writer I now work in an ‘office’ where that’s more than okay (I use scarequotes because I work mostly from home so it’s not really an office office but I have an office at home and now I’m rambling, okay moving on). I wanted to save a little money (famous last words) so I turned to the vast information garbage can that is the internet and found thousands of rose gold hair tutorials. Holy guacamole, there were sososo many different ways to do one thing. To be honest I should have remembered this from my High School geometry class, but maths was never my strong suit so here we are learning the same lessons. I settled with a really great tutorial done by Justine Crawford. BLESS HER.

Link to her YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zAKYTlV4Ag

I ended up selecting this tutorial because it was simple to follow and Justine made the whole process (that’s sometimes cripplingly intimidating) manageable and approachable.

This is what my hair looked like before doing anything to it:

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oooooo gurll, look at then knock off bags under them eyes

So other than looking and being ridiculously tired (I did this at 1am I think, I know I know- I need to sort my life), I was ready to take the first step towards my dream hair. Since I have naturally blond hair I didn’t go through any lightening process, my hair (although you can’t really tell in this photo) has brassy undertones so I had the ~*gold*~ part down. My hair is also ridiculously thiccck, so I separated it into two layers. Since I had decided to attempt an ombre effect I tied up my fringe so I wouldn’t accidentally dye it. I made sure my hair was relatively clean and dry (both very important when using hair dye). You’re welcome in advance for the following photos, I am a magical unicorn.

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It’s probably a good thing this is blurry, it’s masking the sheer panic behind my eyes

Now that I had prepped my hair it was time to make my dye concoction. I did so by emptying out an entire bottle of conditioner (I used Head and Shoulders because it was inexpensive, just as long as it is a white conditioner whatever you use it’ll be fine).

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Look at how fabulous her hair looks. Ugh. Goals.

The dye I used was Jerome Russell Pumky Colour in Purple. I know this sounds weird, but this purple has kick ass pink and red undertones so when combined with my brassy blond hair it would ~~hypothetically~~ make a nice rose gold hair color (no spoilers here). The next step was mixing in the dye, I wanted my rose gold to be lighter than the shade in the tutorial so I only mixed a little into the conditioner, but a little went a long way and it ended up looking like this:

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The best part about this whole process is that it wasn’t damaging, it’s not an acid dye and isn’t tested on animals as well as being cruelty free- and it smelled great! I never thought I would say that about a dye! I painted the mixture onto my hair starting at the tips and then working my way up, all the while making sure that I wasn’t creating a straight line across my hair.

Above you can see me working through all of the stages of dying your own hair: phase one: okay this is going well, everything is fine. Phase two: everything is NOT fine and oh good gawd what have I done I look TERRIBLE. Phase three: *in a Hugh Jackman voice from Les Mis* what have I done sweet Jesus what have I done?! If you can’t tell this is my least favorite part of the whole process. I let the dye rest for 30 minutes and then hopped into the shower to rinse it all off, I made sure to run water over my hair until the water gathering near the drain ran clear.

Here are some shots of the finished look and color!

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this is the look of sheer relief

I am SO incredibly happy with how this turned out, I wanted something subtle but still noticeable, and to save some money and somehow I did all three! Since this dye is semi permanent it will fade away in between 5- 30 washes (kinda like how the cable guy will be at your house between 9pm and 4pm) so who knows, maybe I’ll dye it all rose gold! For now I am psyched that it turned out as well as it did. Phew!

XXOO

E

Blogmas Day 2: Holiday Makeup Haul

So, my birthday was in November which I have come to appreciate more and more because those who are close to me know the quickest way to my heart is a gift card to Sephora or Ulta. Add that in with the fact that HOLIDAY MAKEUP COMES OUT LATE NOVEMBER/EARLY DECEMBER and I am the happiest penguin on the iceberg. So I figured I would do a small haul post (because let’s be honest who doesn’t love a haul?!) and give you some of my honest reactions to the products. Heeeeeeeereeee weeeee gooooooooo!

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LET’S BEGIN

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1.Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Mistletoe

Okay, so I am OB.se.ssed with Bite Beauty. Their lipsticks are beautiful creations, and this one just so happens to be their Holiday Kiss Collection color in Mistletoe! While this lipstick isn’t a matte finish (the current popular finished look for lips these days) I don’t even care! Why you ask?? Because this lipstick is incredibly hydrating and loooooong lasting. It has a pleasantly citrus smell (which honestly is amazing) and is gluten-free, and made with natural food grade and organic ingredients as well as being petrochemical free. So not only do I feel good about how my lips look with this beautiful blue red, but I also feel good about where my money is going.

2.Bite Beauty Multistick in Macaroon

Another product from Bite! (Can you tell where I spent most of my time?) This is one of their new multisticks that can be used as a blush, eye shadow AND lipstick so really this little beauty is a triple threat. Now, while I ADORE Bite Beauty the one thing they don’t have is a liquid matte lipstick, but never fear because the formula of the multistick makes it look like you are wearing a matte lipstick! The catch? THERE ISN’T ONE! As always this lipstick (that’s what I use it for primarily) is super hydrating and the shade Macaroon is a perfect flirty neutral for my skin tone and coloring.

3.Bite Beauty Multistick in Mochi

Okay, so I’m not even sorry that I bought two multisticks at the same time. I am IN LOVE with this red, think Peggy Carter from S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m not sure what else I can say without sounding repetitive, so I’ll just say that if you are in the market for a comfort matte red lipstick this one is pretty much universally flattering on all skin tones and is well worth the investment.

p.s. It’s also made without any parabens, sulfates, or phthalates so there’s that amazing gift Bite has given the world of beauty products.

4.Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Raspberry

So this beaut is a lip tint that, again, is mind blowing. MIND BLOWING. This is one of the seven shades offered and it provides the hydrating full lip coverage that you want in a lip tint without the peeling that can sometimes accompany this sort of beauty product. The shade of raspberry gives me a sophisticated look without being ‘too dramatic’ (there is no such thing but if you are like me and have a job to go to it’s for sure workplace friendly). It has Argan Oil and vitamin E so your lips feel super loved and cherished, which if we’re being honest with our collective selves we need because Winter is the season of cracked and dried out lips in need of TLC.

Tarteist™ Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

Good GAWD YA’LL.

Okay, so before I begin I want to address that if you were to type the name of this palette into youtube or google you would find hundreds of reviews and the opinions seem to be split down the middle as to whether or not this pallette is worth the hype it has received. I find that the Tarteist™ Pro is a lot like fried pickles- you either really love it or really hate it. I happen to fall in the first group of people, but if you are in the latter then that’s totally fine!

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This palette boasts sixteen matte eyeshadows and four new shimmer metallics, and for my skin tone and coloring (tres pale with neutral undertones) it’s sheer perfection.

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The initial impression this palette is luxury and glam, like I feel like Adele preparing for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ve also swatched the shadows so you can see them in action:

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Ya’ll have no idea how gratifying it was to peel the stencil off.
  1. Classic
  2. Vintage
  3. Chic
  4. Indie
  5. Innocent
  6. Fierce
  7. Profesh
  8. Bold
  9. Whimsy
  10. No Filter
  11. Mod
  12. Edgy
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  1. Smoked
  2. Vamp
  3. Drama
  4. Punk
  5. Ethereal
  6. Glam
  7. Minx
  8. Trendy

Overall I think that this palette is totally worth the price, and while there is a little fall out from the eyeshadows I would ask what eyeshadow doesn’t have some sort of fallout (other than liquid or creme but then that’s a totally different ball game). I love that the shades vary from understated neutrals to edgy glam colors that would elevate a day look to a night out look in under 5 minutes (well, maybe not for me but maybe for someone who was better at makeup haha). I think Tarte has once again created a knockout product that I look forward to using in my daily make up routine.

 

XXOO

E

Blogmas Day 1: ~*Festive Nail Tutorial*~

HAPPY BLOGMAS!!!!!

 

So I know I’ve been M.I.A for a whole month, and for that I am sorry. My life for the past month has honestly been bumpy so I took the time needed to focus on my mental and physical health (more on that in a later post), but I’m back and much better now! So as a present I am attempting Blogmas (insert cheering crowd here). I’ve never done anything like this before so I thought it would be great to try as well as a good way for me to get posting on a regular schedule again. So, without further delay, here is my very first Blogmast post!!

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Okay, so anyone who is even remotely associated with my being knows I’m absolute trash when it comes to my nails, as in there have been weeks where I changed my nail color ever day. I have an addiction and I’m fine with it *hugs nail polishes.*

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My nail fixation actually started my Senior year of College, I was writing a thesis and that, added with several other things, I frequently felt like my life wasn’t my own and I wasn’t in control- enter red nail polish. I began to paint my nails red as a way to control something in my life (in reality I was actually in control of a lot of other things but I was in a place where I couldn’t see that) and one red turned into three turned into ten turned into 20….. you get the idea. Painting my nails has become a ritual that I can do whenever I’m feeling stressed or my anxiety or depression surfaces (yay self-care!), its a little quiet part of my day where I do something for myself. I know this may sound silly to some people, but it helps me so there you have it! SO- for my very first post, I thought it was fitting to do a Holiday nail to start off the season on the right foot.

Products I used:

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth

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Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Dream Sequins

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in On Pines and Needles (545)

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O.P.I Nail Laquer in Big Apple Red (528211)

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Ultra- Wear Top Coat

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Tools: Fine Grain Emery Board from Flowery, Cuticle Pusher, Wooden Detail Stick (tbh I made this title up because I don’t actually know what it means…), Fine Point Paint Brush, and a Beat Up Old Beauty Blender.

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It’s blurry, I know. My camera threw a fit…

Step one: If ya have nail polish on your nails obviously the first step is to remove it, and then wash your hands with a gentle soap. Then I like to soak my nails for ten minutes in warm water in order to soften the cuticle and ready the nail beds.

Step Two: Next I gently push back my cuticle and give them a trim if needed. I also like to massage a little coconut oil into the cuticle and nail bed just to keep them looking fresh and smelling tropical. I also use my nail filer to reshape the nails and smooth out the edges a little.

Step Three: So, as you may or may not know, some nail polishes can stain your nail which is a total bummer and isn’t great for your nail. So before I even crack open a bottle of polish I reach for a base coat. Normally I like to keep brands together, so if I’m using O.P.I I’ll use the opt base coat, and likewise with essie or Sally Hansen. My nails have been a little unhealthy recently (thanks November- your overall health directly affects your nail health, fun fact). So I reached for my Sally Hansen Maximum Growth polish which helps promote healthy nail growth.

Step Four: Now it was time to slap on the first coat of color, I went with On Pines and Needles for my color, it’s honestly one of my faves.

Step Five: Immediately realize that you have to pee and regret not doing it before you started.

Step Six: Apply second coat of polish.

Step Seven: Here’s the fun part, in order to get a really thick and super glitzy glitter nail take a chopped up Beauty Blender (or one of those white foam wedges) and you paint the glitter polish onto the wedge.

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I chose Dream Sequins because I love the copper glitter and I think it compliments the green well without screaming THIS IS A GLITTER NAIL. Next you dab it onto the nail and repeat this process until you have the amount of glitter you want. Tip: this should be a quick process otherwise the nail polish will become tacky and the nail may become lumpy when you dab at it with the sponge.

Step Eight: Once I had achieved the coverage I wanted I used the brush that came with Dream Sequins and places a thin coat over the top to smooth it all out.

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Step Nine: Wait. This, I think, is the hardest part. I suggest watching a show or listening to music. Drying times will of course be affected by the tyoe of nail polish used as well as how thickly the coats were applied.

Step Ten: I took the fine tip paint brush and dipped it into the Big Apple Red, and without breathing, placed dots at the base of each nail except for the accent nail.

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Step Eleven: Wait for the dots to dry. This is going to take FOREVER depending on how large/ thick the dots were.

Step Twelve: Finally I slap on a coat of the Ultra- Wear Top Coat from Sally Hansen and try not to touch anything while it dries and hardens. *sings All I Want For Christmas is You*

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XXOO

E

 

Eye Shadows to GAG over (but like in a good way)

So, here’s the dealio, we all have brands that we hold in our hearts above all of the others *coughs*KatVonDBenefitCosmeticsBiteUrbanDecay*coughs.* Sometimes the loyalty even extends to type of makeup within a brand,  one thing is for sure- when you walk into a Sephora (or an Ulta) typically people don’t beeline to the store’s brand cosmetics. Have ya ever wondered why? Until very recently I intentionally shied away from buying the Sephora brand for reasons that weren’t specific. In fact I practically ignored their existence because how could the Sephora lipsticks hold a candle to those made by Bite or Urban decay?

Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attatched.

Just kidding but I couldn’t resist. One fine October day I walked into my Sephora and asked my fave Sephora Guru which brown lipstick I should invest in. Ladies, gents, non binary pals- I cannot express how amazing a resource the beautiful people at Sephora are, seriously one day I walked in, and asked to be transformed into a unicorn. Anyway, after showing me some of the Kat VonD liquid lipsticks (I’m a big fan) she brought me over to the Sephora section and pulled out a dark warm brown with gold and copper flecks in it. Now normally I tend to go for a matte lip and tend to keep the glitter on my eyes but I trusted her and thank all of the gawds I did because she introduced me to what is now one of my favorite lipsticks of all time (I panic stocked up because what if they suddenly run out of it or stop making the color. I know I have a sickness). The best part? This little blessing in a tube is only $12.50, so compared to other prices it’s a total steal! So I bought my first Sephora brand lipstick just over a month ago (Magnetism 27 Ugh I would marry this lipstick if it was a person) and on my most recent trip to Sephora I thought I would beeline past my usual stops and head straight for the Sephora display in the back corner.

Y’all.

Y’ALL.

These eyeshadows are AMAZING. I picked up four of these beauties and each one is stunningly pigmented and has a silky texture AND is hella blendable. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?!!

Coffee break N°299

This is the one I lovingly refer to as my ‘work horse brown.’ While it’s a more heavily pigmented shade it blends out and stays right where I want it to. The color has warm undertones so it makes blue eyes (like mine) pop. This shadow plays really well with others but can also function as the main diva.

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Watermelon falls N°287

This pink is really neat because it builds beautifully so I can have as soft or dramatic a look as I want to, the shimmer on this metallic is refined and I never thought I would consider a metallic pink as one of my go to shades but here we are.

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Girl night out N°216

Hnnnnnghhhh. It looks as if I have gold filigree painted onto my eyelids. This is truly one of the most amazing and beautiful eyeshadows I own. I’m over the moon about this shimmer shadow.

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Lucky penny N°220

A truly stunning shimmer eyeshadow with neutral and warm undertones. This eyeshadow plays well with others and can also steal the show if you layer it up a lil.

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(Please forgive the scratches, they are from my nephew. Who is a cat.)

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Here’s what I’ve learned- Sephora makes bomb eye shadows- they are super high quality and DARE I SAY IT (spoiler, I do) out perform some of the name brand shadows. Each shadow pot contains 0.07oz of shadow (compared to others that’s pretty beefy) and they’re self-contained so you don’t have to worry about buying a container for them. The bottom line is Sephora wouldn’t put out a product unless it could compete with and beat its competitors, these eyeshadows (and the lipstick) prove it IMHO. So next time you are in a Sephora take a walk on the wild side and see what hidden treasures lie within the Sephora Collection.

 

XXOO

E

Veil – The Future of Modest Sportswear Review

By a show of hands, how many of you know of a website called Kickstarter? If you actually raised your hand bless you, if you didn’t take your chair and go. I’ll wait.

So, I was going through the new Kickstarter projects when I came across a project called Veil – The Future of Modest Sportswear. I don’t know about y’all, but I like to workout in leggings to avoid flashing the gym my underwear as well as to avoid chafing (thick thighs are great for leg presses but not so great when it comes to shorts that ride up), so the idea of a modest workout top was very VERY inviting. I like to work out, I like to sweat and feel the power in my body, what I don’t like is when I can feel someones gaze as I sink into a squat or run on the elliptical. Don’t get me started. If you look at a lot of the workout wear that is available, a great deal of it shows a lot of skin, or clings to the body in a way that doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination. Now, please don’t read this as I don’t think that type of clothing is okay to work out in, on the contrary whatever you prefer to workout in is great. Whether its form-fitting or a little on the looser side it really doesn’t matter and heck, who am I to tell anyone what or what not to wear. Going to the gym can already be an intimidating thing without the worry of not wearing the ‘right’ outfit. Long rant cut short- wear whatever makes you happy, who cares what other people think. I digress.

When I workout, since I typically wear leggings my booty is out for the world to see (not literally but pretty much- you know what I mean) and some days I’m into wearing my leggings with a cute top, and other days I don’t want to show as much. Enter Veil (remember I mentioned them 84 years ago?). Their mission is simple: to make athletic clothing for women that is modest as well as functional.

Here is their mission statement from their website:

The vision started in December of 2013. We live in a technology driven world from athletic apparel giants all the way down to the work-force. It’s a new day and age where advancement is customary.

Athletic companies have been producing weather performance gear for decades now. Fire fighters and astronauts have specially crafted suits to help them overcome the roughest temperatures and conditions. Technology is shifting rapidly throughout the apparel industry and we believe that the world of modest-wear needs it too.

At Veil, we promise to continue to bring innovation to the table and revolutionize the way women wear the hijab and modest apparel. Our vision not only encompasses the need to make modestwear more comfortable and functional, but to motivate and inspire women around the globe to follow and accomplish whatever goals they dream of.

Our pioneer development, the Cool Dry hijab, is simply the most advanced and unprecedented hijab in the world. Countless hours, days, weeks, and months were put into the Cool Dry and modest activewear projects – and the rest is history. Learn more on Kickstarter and see how we continue to make worldwide headlines.

Buckle up. This is the beginning of something great.
I loved that here was a company looking to create a modest active wear that wouldn’t make me look like a potato, but would still offer me the coverage and wouldn’t restrict my movement. Veil is doing something revolutionary, not only do they offer sizing from xs to 3xl (workout wear in larger sizes is too often poorly designed), but one of the tops comes with a fitted scuba hood that acts as a replacement for women who wear a headscarf. I don’t know if you can tell a this point, but I am completely head over heels for this company.
Here are a couple of images taken from their Kickstarter of their two new products:
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I own two of this particular top and I LOVE them.
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As soon as I got my workout tops in the mail I threw one on and went to the gym to put it through its paces. The length is perfect for total coverage (no more worrying about my leggings suddenly becoming transparent mid squat) and it isn’t too snug around my hips and bum (this is frequently where I struggle most with things not fitting, again don’t get me started). The fabric was light enough that when I started to sweat like the animal that I am I wasn’t too hot, but it still kept me warm after my workout on my way home.
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 Now don’t panic, now you don’t have to be a Kickstarter backer to purchase one (or more) of these tops! Veil is now available to the public, the Veil Spark Half- Zip will set you back $54.99, and the Veil Running Halo Hoodie will take $58.99 from your money pot (because everyone keeps their money in a pot in the cupboard, right?) Veil delivers what they promise: a beautiful, modest, functional active top that caters to women across the boards. My recommendation? Treat yourself to one of their tops, heck buy multiple! I’m already looking to get another one because I love them so much.
So thank you Veil, for creating something that will change the active wear market for the better. Thank you for designing a product that when I wear it to the gym I feel comfortable in my own skin and powerful. Thank you for seeing a need and instead of ignoring it, addressing it with a beautifully designed product.
Check out their Instagram for even more inspiration!
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The Best Eye Pencil

  1. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Demolition

For those who know me or have read this blog before know that I have a complicated with eyeliner. Like- I envy anyone who is able to create flawless winged looks ( have a friend whose abilities are like otherworldly I don’t know how she does it, however I take this as a sign that witchcraft is real and that it can be used for good and evil depending on the day). I DIGRESS. This deep matte brown is perfect for blue eyes because the warm undertones in the pencil really make any color blue pop. I decided to test out the 24/7 aspect of the pencil by wearing it to work on a day where the temperature reached 80 degrees farenheit and it didn’t smudge at ALL. Praise all of the gods. This pencil is the easiest eyeliner pencil I have ever used and I’m already planning on returning and buying the same style pencil in other colors.

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IMHO: A must have for any person wanting to have flawless eyes from beginner to expert.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

My New GoTo Mascara

Ask anyone who wears makeup the question “which mascara would you recommend” and you’ll probably be surprised with how people are so devoted to a particular brand or style of mascara. When I had just started out on my ~~*makeup journey*~~ I thought mascara was one size fits all, the only choice being whether I wanted it in black or a dark brown. Boy was I wrong. I now own enough tubes of mascara that they have their own section in my makeup storage (I have a sickness but that shouldn’t be new information at this point). With so many choices: Colors (black, blackest black, black brown, brown, blue, green, purple, pink, white), lengthening, volume, lash separation, wand bristle shape and density- I mean COME ON, how is anyone supposed to choose without becoming overwhelmed?! Through a lot of trial and error my go to tube of mascara has been the Too Faced Better Than Sex tube, and for my every day makeup I think I’ve been exclusively using this particular brand for three years. But recently I was finding that it wasn’t doing it for me anymore, and perhaps that I was ready for a change.

I waltzed into my local Sephora and was lucky enough to talk to one of the wonderful women who work there who knew a lot about mascaras. I basically told her that I wanted something similar to the Too Faced tube I had come to love, but at the same time something different- my literal words were “take me on a magical journey,” and she did. I wanted a volumizing mascara that wouldn’t smudge during the day, that wouldn’t flake off of my eyelashes, and that would look good with just one coat, but wouldn’t clump if I chose to layer up for a more dramatic look.

She directed to me to what I now refer to as the best mascara I have and will ever own: BADgal Lash Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics. I’m already a big fan of the company as a whole and how they approach cosmetics, but this mascara ya’ll- holy guacamole. This particular tube of mascara will set you back $19.00, however I think it’s an amazing value for what you’re getting. The packaging and design is simple and minimalistic, which was a welcome change to some of the more elaborate and confusing mascara designs out there. It stays in place after application (weird I know, but masara that smudges all over your face is annoying and tbh shouldn’t be happening), as well as comes off easily when I go to remove it at the end of the day.

In my humble opinion (HA see what I did there?!?!) this is a win all around and if you are someone looking for a mascara that turns your eyelashes into falsies then this is he one for you!

My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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