Colorful Look Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners

Hi Everyone! I did this look a couple of weeks ago using just 24/7 eyeliners on my eyes. It is SUPER colorful and I had fun doing it, so I wanted to share with you. Enjoy!

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What I used:

On Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Liner: On inner third of eyelid and lower lash line

Urban Decay Radium 24/7 Liner:On middle of eyelid

Urban Decay Ransom 24/7 Liner: On outer third of eyelid

Urban Decay Junkie 24/7 Liner: On crease & outer two thirds of lower lash line

Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Liner: On top lash line and lower waterline

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

On Lips:

MAC Lipstick in Up The Amp

On Cheeks:

Benefit Hoola Bronzer under cheek bones to contour

MAC Coy Girl Blush on apples of cheeks and blended back toward hairline

On Face:

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in shade 4.0

Today is Mila’s 7 Month Birthday!!!

Hi Everyone! I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet… My daughter Mila turned 7 months old today!!! Boy, does time fly!

Her dad sent me a little video of her playing and smiling while I was at work & it made my day so I wanted to share it with you. The quality is not the best because it was taken on an iPhone, but I still thought it was super cute (though I might be a little biased).

Hope you all had a great day! xoxo 🙂

NARS: High Society Eyeshadow Trio Photos, Review, & Swatches

This NARS High Society Eyeshadow Trio came out was part of the 2012 Fall collection and contains three complimentary colors that are spot on for the trends of the season. The colors are  Lavender, Matte Forest Green, and Iridescent Amethyst. I was so excited when I got this in the mail and wanted so badly to love it because these were exactly the colors I was looking to add to my collection, but I am sad to report that this was one of my most disappointing makeup purchases. The quality was far below what I would expect from NARS… I kind of LOVE their makeup, but I was not a fan of this eyeshadow trio at all. At one point I finally got the color to somewhat show up, but then 2 hours later it was barely there! I included swatches and photos of the shadow on my eyes below so you can be the judge.
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Swatches…. Yikes! My hand looks reeeealllly dry here :-/

On eyes: Lavender all over eyelid, Amethyst in crease, & Hunter Green on lash line and outer corner of eyelid

The quality of this palette was so disappointing! This was extremely difficult to blend and I felt like the color barely showed up despite my best efforts. I tried different primers, a damp brush, several layers…What can I say? I REALLY wanted to like this and find a way to make it work, but it was just an exercise in futility. This retails for $45.00 and I would definitely recommend saving your money! There are so many other eyeshadows out there that provide better color payoff and smoother application, that you could pass on this without missing anything.

The Look : Green & Gold Eyeshadow Featuring theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1

This is one of my favorite looks using theBalm’s Shady Lady Vol. 1 eyeshadow Palette. I listed out the colors and steps below… Enjoy!

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Steps:

1. Prep eye with primer. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

2. Press all about alex eyeshadow on middle of eyelid with a flat eyeshadow brush.

3. Press jet setting jennifer into inner corner of eye area & inner 1/3 of eyelid and lightly blend in toward center to avoid harsh lines.

4. Apply jealous jordana to outer 1/3 of eyelid and lightly blend toward the center, then use a pencil brush (I used MAC 219) to really work it into the “outer v” of the eyelid so you get more concentrated color. Lightly blend into the crease with a fluffy brush like the MAC 217.

5. Use a smudge brush (I used Sephora’s smudge brush #11) to apply a concentrated line of jealous jordana to the upper and lower lash line. Start with a thin line at the inner corner, and gradually make it a little thicker as you move to the outer corner and connect it with the “outer v” line.

6. Apply luscious lani with as soft blending brush to highlight under the brow bone and soften the top edge of the crease.

7. Finish with your favorite mascara! I used LORAC Special Effects Mascara.

On cheeks: Smashbox Sunkissed Matte bronzer lightly dusted all over & MAC Melba blush concentrated on the apples.

On Lips: LORAC Couture Shine Lip gloss in Vintage with jealous jordana shadow pressed in the middle for a little shimmer.

theBalm: Shady Lady Vol. 3 (Giraffe) Eyesahdow Palette Photos, Review, & Swatches

Last but not least on the Shady Lady lineup is Vol. 3 (the Giraffe palette). There are 9 highly pigmented and soft shadows in this palette, with 6 colors that are meant to double as eyeliner (racy kacy, runaround rebecca come-hither heather, open to offers olwen, all the way annie, & guilty gwen). As with Vol. 1 & Vol. 2,  the shadows all have cute, flirty names and there is a great variety of dark, medium, & light shades to create a look complete with highlighting & contouring colors. As with other Shady Lady colors, these lasted very well, without showing signs of wear for 6-8 hours (paired with Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer).

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theBalm: Shady Lady Vol. 3

The Color descriptions from Nordstrom.com are:

– Lusty Lee: light silver.
– Envious Erin: metallic ivory.
– Racy Kacy: light, warm brown.
– Safe-Bet Annette: pearly pink.
– Runaround Rebecca: springy green.
– Come-Hither Heather: light lilac-silver.
– Open-to-Offers Olwen: true teal.
– All-the-Way Annie: soft purple.
– Guilty Gwen: black with silver shimmer.

I have a soft spot for bright blues, so open to offers olwen (very bottom left) is one of my favorites from this palette. It is a gorgeous teal with superb color payoff and a smooth texture. Also, all the way annie is a great color that is on point for this fall’s purple eyeshadow trend. It can be paired come-hither heather & guilty gwen for a gorgeous smoky eye.

The mirror and packaging are the same as the other 2 palettes – great sized mirror, and decent packaging. I like the different animal print themes, and despite the cardboard exterior, the palettes hold up better than I expected. All 3 of them went in and out of my purse for a couple of months and surely got tossed around in my giant bag, but still look pretty new! I love the colors in this palette and all shadow applied nicely, so I would definitely recommend checking it out. The palette retails for $39.50 and individual Shady Lady shadows retail for $16, so this is a great deal.