Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall sunset eyes tutorial

Hey guys! Recently I saw a look created by the gorgeous Teni Panosian on YouTube (check out her channel here! ) that she called 'sunset eyes' and I knew I had to try and re create the look!

She used a trio of the new Makeup Forever single eye shadows which were SO pretty but I had to improvise and try to find similar colors in what makeup I had. This just goes to show that just because makeup gurus you love to watch use expensive makeup doesn't mean you can't create a look similar with the cheap stuff!

Here is her look:

So obviously we have very different skin tones but the colors still totally worked for me so I think they could work on anyone! Here is my version:

I added some winged liner for a bit more drama and my colors are a bit warmer than the ones she used, but overall I was pretty happy with the result! Ok here are the products I used:

  • I mixed Revlon colorstay combo/oily foundation with Loreal Lumi foundation to get a nice natural finish to the skin. Not too matte, not too dewy
  • For bronzer I used the Rimmel bronzer in Sun Light around my hairline, cheeks and jawline
  • To add a bit more contour I used the Illamasqa cream pigment in hollow
  • For blush I used Tarte 'exposed' amazonian clay blush
  • To conceal my under eyes and a few spots I used the Mac pro longwear concealer in NW20 and to highlight I used the Maybelline dream lumi pen in Ivory under my eyes and on the tops of my cheek bones in a V shape
  • To set under my eyes I used the Hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light and everywhere else I used my trusty coty airspun translucent powder
  • To add more highlight I used the Balm mary-lou manizer on the high points of my face
  • To fill in my brows I used the loreal brow sculpt stylist in blonde at the inner part and towards the middle/tail I used the anastasia brow wiz in caramel. I used 2 different products to get a bit of an ombre' effect. The camera didn't really pick it up well but in person it looked better I swear!
  • NYX retractable lip pencil in nude to line and fill in 
  • Mac 'Kinda Sexy' lipstick. My current favorite nude!
  • For a base I went with the Maybelline color tattoo in creamy beige (part of their leather collection) all over the lid and blended into the crease a bit
  • In the crease I used the warmest brown shade I could find (since I don't have a good orange shade yet) So I went with my Sonia Kashuk matte neutral palette and chose the "most orange" looking medium brown shade. 
  • On the outer edge and a bit in the crease I used a shade from my Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette. It's on the bottom row, fourth shade from the right, a deep matte plum shade. 
  • For the darkest brown I used the shade 'matte wood' from the Balm's Meet Matte Nude palette. I used this shadow close to my lash line and did not blend it past the crease.
  • For liner I used my Mally waterproof black pencil liner in midnight, smudged along the lash line and in the upper and lower waterlines
  • I then took my Stila stay all day liquid pen eyeliner to make the line more crisp and dark and add a wing
  • I use the medium and dark brown shades on the lower lash line to smoke it out a bit
  • For mascara I used cover girl clump crusher and added 'Kiss' false eyelashes (number 03) I love these because they aren't too long but still add drama.

So that's it! A smokey eye look perfect for fall with a mix of drugstore and high end products. Like I said, it is easier than you might think to find ways to recreate looks using more expensive items with what you may already own or cheaper drugstore options. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween tutorial: Pop Art comic strip girl!

Two posts in one day, whats the world coming to??

Just wanted to share a quick look/tutorial on an easy Halloween look you can rock this year: pop art makeup!

This is a very rough draft of what I plan to do for Halloween this year but I still wanted to write about it in case anyone else wanted to try it out!

What you will need:

  • Your normal makeup plus a BRIGHT pink blush
  • NYX jumbo pencil in Milk (or any white eyeliner pencil or makeup)
  • black liquid eyeliner
  • bright blue eyeshadow
  • bright red lipstick

  • Start with your normal makeup routine: foundation, concealer etc.
  • contour your face and add LOTS of pink blush. Seriously go crazy with it.
  • use the nyx milk pencil as an eyeshadow base and then use a bright blue eyeshadow on top
  • line your eyes with liquid or gel eyeliner
  • using a liquid eyeliner outline and fill in your brows to make them super black and full and slightly turned up on the inside. This is optional but it makes the emotion really pop. You can play around with the shape
  • add "expression" lines around the face with the black liquid eyeliner ( I did some around the inside of my brows, in the crease of my eye, along my cheekbone, nose, cupids bow, chin, and mouth)
  • line your mouth with black eyeliner
  • fill in with whatever red lipstick you have. Don't worry about messing it up you can go back over the black liner.
  • Add white pencil to the lips for a "shiny" look. I couldn't get mine bright white enough so I used white nail polish. This is probably terrible for you so I don't recommend it, but it gets the job done. 
  • Using the NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk go over your entire face with little while dots. Just press the tip onto your skin and twist and you should get a nice looking dot)

That's pretty much it! You can use different colors, add tear drops, use red dots instead of white, there are lots of ways to make this look unique! I plan to add a bright yellow wig and maybe some tears on the big night (Halloween!)

Practice makes perfect so give this look a try before you wear it out to see what is easy and what you need to work on. Good luck! :)


On trend for fall: Dark lips

Hey guys! I've been busy this month so far doing my 31 days of Pink lips for breast cancer awareness month but it has been super fun! I've been rediscovering lots of old favorites in my collection that I'm excited to wear more. Here are a few of those looks: 

(click here to follow me on Instagram for day to day posts on these lipsticks!)


Anyway, todays post is all about dark lips for fall. Every year it seems like as the weather gets colder people find it appropriate to wear dark lipstick. Totally fine with me! 

This might be THE darkest lipstick I own...

It's a little patchy but I'm still working out the best way to get full color with this one. I think one coat, let it dry, then apply another. 

This is the NYX soft matte lip cream in 'Transylvania'

I don't own any good really dark lip liners (I'm going to get Mac's nightmoth soon!) so I improvised and found this to be a pretty good substitute: 

Jordana eyeliner in Eggplant. Yes this is an eyeliner but I haven't run into any problems using it as a lip liner for really dark lipsticks. The color is a very dark blackened plum. Above it is swatched next to NYX Transylvania. 

So what do you think of dark lips? Would you go out in public like this? I think they are lovely but I wouldn't wear it to church or anything haha. It really makes my skin look like porcelain which I kinda dig.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Favorites!

It's the last day of the month so you know what time it is...favorites time! 

I didn't make a favorites post for last month (oopsie doodle!) So I made sure to have plenty to add to this months favorites :)

I've been have REALLY awesome luck (knock on wood!) with my skin lately so I will start off with my skin care favorites:

Pixi Glow Tonic ($29.00 at

This alcohol free toner came into my life about 2 months ago and it has really been a game changer! At first I didn't really notice a difference but then I noticed little to no breakouts and this has been the main change in my skin care routine, so it must be this! This is for "normal to dry, dull aging skin" according tothe website. I've tried a lot of toners and this one really makes my skin feel fresh without over drying it. I like to apply this morning and night using these exfoliating cotton pads:

In the morning all I do it wash my face off with water only and pat dry, then use the glow tonic followed by my moisturizer. At night I use my cleanser and then use the glow tonic after followed by my night time moisturizer.

Simple Ultra Light Gel Moisturizer ($8.99 on amazon )

This has been my night time moisturizer for the past 2 months. Over the summer especially my skin gets very oily and this has been a life saver! It is a clear gel, almost like pure aloe, so it's very cooling and light on the skin. It is all natural and great for sensitive skin. I'm sure when it starts to get colder I will switch to a heavier night cream but for now this has been great for my normal/oily skin at night.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream ($18.00 at Ulta )

I ordered this eye cream a few weeks ago because I wanted something that offered more intensive moisture at night. During the day I use the cereva eye repair cream but this eye cream by Mario Badescu is great for night time. You only need the tiniest amount and it glides on smoothly around the orbital bone and keeps the eye area moisturized all night long. I wake up and the skin around my eyes feels soft and smooth and refreshed.

EOS shaving cream ( $3.99 at Walgreens )

This shaving cream is so good! I was a skintamates fan for years but I am officially sold on this stuff. IT doesn't lather up like a foam, its more creamy and moisturizing like a lotion. I have had WAY less irritation and bumps on my legs after using this to shave. 

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil ( $25 on Amazon )

This has been another leg skin saver. This almond shower oil smells great and is like an in shower moisturizer. You rub this oil all over your body and when it comes in contact with wet skin it becomes slightly creamy and milky in texture. You just rub it in and rinse it off and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. I love to use this on my legs right after I've shaved them and then apply another moisturizer once I'm out and all dried off. 


Makeup/Nail favs:

Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation ($12.99 at Ulta )

I was hesitant to try this foundation for the longest time. Not sure why really. I guess I was afraid of how sheer it would be. But this foundation is the perfect 'everyday, just running errands or seeing friends' foundation. It is very liquidy and I like to apply it with my fingers, so there is the added bonus of convenience. The coverage is sheer but build-able to medium. The texture is really cool in that it really does dry to a powder finish, so it's great for my oily/combo skin. 

Mac lip pencil in Dervish ( $16 at Mac )

I've always been a big fan of wearing lip pencils filled in as your entire lip color. They last a long time and you barely notice them on your lips. This is a great everyday neutral pink color that works great on its own or as a liner with lots of different lipsticks. 

Revlon Nail Polish in 'Vixen' ( $3.99 at )

(Disclaimer - these are NOT my nails haha. I'm not quite ready for the world to see my very mediocre nail painting skills)

This nail polish is my go to fall/winter color. Oxblood red is just so flattering on everyone and is a staple in anyone's nail collection. The formula is great too, 2 coats gets a streak free opaque finish and it lasts a lot longer than some more expensive polishes out there *coughESSIEcough*


Non-Beauty favs:

Bath and Body Works Fall candles (Warm Caramel Cider $22 at Bath and Body Works )

(disclaimer - these go on sale a lot and you can get them 2 for 22 for I'd keep an eye out for that!)

I looooove this scent for fall. Its very warm and slightly spicy and fills my entire living room with yummy fall smells. I recently had a few people over for dinner and when people walked in a few said "It smells like fall in here!" Which is exactly what I was going for :) I'm excited to get more flavors for the holidays! What took me so long to get on the candle bandwagon you ask? Well my husband can't smell. He is anosmic and literally can't smell anything so I just went without candles for a while. But they are back in my life in a big way!

Caramel Apple Sangria

Oooooooh man. I made this a few nights ago for a girls night and it was SO. GOOD. It literally tastes like you are drinking a caramel apple. It was super easy to make too! If you're wondering about the container it was from wal mart for about $20 and holds 2 gallons with a spout.

Here is the recipe:

Caramel Apple Sangria


2 bottles of white wine, you're choice. To make it extra sweet go for pinot grigio or riesling, to cut back the sweetness a bit use sauvignon blanc
5 cups apple cider
2 cups club soda
1 cup caramel vodka
3 honeycrisp apples chopped
2 pears chopped
2 cinnamon sticks


  1. cut the fruit and place in the bottom of your pitcher or jug
  2. combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks
  3. stir, stir, stir
  4. let sit overnight (or at least a couple hours)
  5. about 4 hours before serving, throw in the cinnamon sticks
  6. stir, stir, stir 
  7. serve chilled or over ice
  8. enjoy!
  9. **note: you could also save the club soda until right before serving. this would make the drink a bit crisper

Man Up! By Ross Mathews ($14 on Amazon )

This book is HILARIOUS. Such a fun and light hearted read. 


So those are all of my favorites for September! Hope you enjoyed this post and got some ideas to try out :)


Friday, September 26, 2014

Rediscovered love: Mac rebel lipstick!

Now that fall is here I've been going through my lipstick collection and re discovering lots of deep wine and berry tones that I absolutely love. One that I can't believe I haven't picked up in a while especially: Mac Rebel!

This lipstick is so unique and versatile. You can gently pat it on to your lips for a bright pink stain or wear it full on for a deep pinkish berry color, OR you can wear it over a dark lip liner such as Mac nightmoth for a much deeper purple look. So much potential! The formula is creamy and smooth and staying power is insanely good. Although, keep in mind that the longer it wears the less dark and more pink it will look. 

Here is a fall inspired look I did using Mac Rebel as the main focal point!

  • I mixed my Revlon colorstay (oily/combo) in 200 nude with Loreal Lumi Foundation and applied it with my Sigma F80 brush all over. By mixing these two foundations I got great coverage and a finish that is somewhere between matte (colorstay) and dewy (loreal lumi)
  • Mac pro longwear concealer in NW20 to cover my dark under eye circles and a few spots and scars on my face. I pat this on with my fingers and use an Elf studo flawless concealer brush to further blend it into the skin
  • To powder I used the Coty airspun translucent powder on a Real Techniques due fiber face brush. This brush allows you to apply a VERY light amount. I used this all over the face and to set my under eye area.
  • For brows I used the Loreal Brow Stylist Sculptor pencil in blonde. GASP! I didn't use my brow wiz in caramel?? What is this world coming to. I applied a sheer amount of too faced shadow insurance along my brows just to allow the pencil to last longer.
  • I skipped bronzer cause who cares.
  • For blush I used my Clinique cheek pop blush in Berry pop. This is a fantastic blush to go with the mac rebel lipstick! 
  • For a base I used the Laura Mercier caviar stick in Amethyst. I freaking love that thing. I used a blending brush to cover my entire eyelid and lower lashline
  • Along my lashline I used Revlon eyeliner in blackberry and on the upper and lower waterlines I used my Mally waterproof black eyeliner.
  • For mascara I used Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. So good.
  • First I patted Mac Rebel onto my lips with my finger to create a base stain and then I just went in straight from the bullet and applied a generous amount. 

And that's it! Pretty simple look with a dramatic lip. Everything I used is very long wearing and can be softened for daytime or made more dramatic for night time with some winged eyeliner. Hope you enjoyed the look!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

New House Tour!

So I feel like it's finally time for a house tour! We have been slowly adding and changing things to get to where we want to be and there is still a lot of work to be done but here is what it looks like so far! 

I'll start with the good stuff: the makeup room/my office!

Thanks to Ikea for all the great storage and desk. As you can see I also have a collection of old cameras that I have sprinkled throughout the room. 

Living room/Kitchen:

This is a framed invitation to our wedding :)

Deck/Husbands office/Downstairs/gym:

My husband has a nice little collection of various nerdy things :)

This is our downstairs "media" room where we watch TV and movies

We are especially excited about this room. It is an unfinished room downstairs that we have turned into a weight gym! We mostly do the big 3 powerlifts so this is perfect. Thanks to my husbands parents for letting us have all this great equipment! 

So these are the main focal points of the house, we are pretty proud of it so far! We still need curtains and some art to fill empty wall space but things are coming along nicely!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Life updates & stuff I love for fall!

Hey guys! Ok this post is going to be picture heavy since it's just a general life update/recent purchases/fall stuff post :) 

We are getting nice and settled into the new house and I finally got my makeup room/desk situation done!

Here is a little before and after:

Aww yeah ikea.

The weather here is still pretty boiling hot most days but there have been some nice cool mornings that really make me excited that fall is right around the corner! Fall is my favorite time of the year and I really wish it lasted longer. Our wedding anniversary is October 12th so yeah, its def my fav time of year.

Fall food is pretty excited for a few reasons...the biggest being butternut squash soup! Specifically Atlanta bread company's version:

I mean, how delicious does that look!?

This was a wonderful brunch at a local place around town and the veggie quiche was really on point. End of summer/early fall is a great time for veggies!

This was a quinoa and ground turkey casserole that I made recently and it is packed with protein (good since we are lifting again!) and so delicious. We froze half of it to eat next week too!

Fall is also a great season for smells. Bath and Body Works is a dangerous place to be around this time of year...but I can't pass up their candle sales! They are normally $20 each but every once in a while they have a 2 for $22 sale! So of course I had to get some...

This candle...smells....ugh it's so good. Just get it. I also got the farm stand apple candle for something a bit lighter and fresh.

Another one of my favorite things about fall/winter is sporting darker lipstick. I recently ordered one of the Elf matte lip crayons in the color 'wine' and it is super pretty!

It's not really as matte as I expected but it's super creamy and easy to apply. I love that their lip crayons are smaller than jumbo lip pencils because they are way easier to apply. This could be even darker paired with a dark lip liner. 

Fall is also the start of boot season! I had a pair of shoes to return to Payless and they had their BOGO sale going on so of course I ended up getting 2 pairs of shoes...

I can't get over how cute these both are. They are comfortable too! I'm especially excited to wear the little cutout booties somewhere with some skinny jeans or a flowy dress. 

Thats all I got for now, I will hopefully put together a fall makeup look soon!