Favorite Thing-October

Eek–October is over! How did that “happen”? My favorite thing from my October Ipsy bag…… 

Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed by The Balm cosmetics.  I am just calling this heaven in a bottle.  The color is a perfect peachy rose. The formula goes on super smooth. The matte is matte without being dry and flakey even after wearing for hours on end.  There is a hint of a chocolate-mint smell which is just my favorite thing.  I find myself wearing this every single day and I will be purchasing a few other colors to add to my collection! 

 Til next time my lovelies–

Birds of a Feather

Do you ever have those days when you set out to do one thing, but end up doing something completely different?

That is how this makeup design happened.

I gathered my ideas, listened to inspirational music, pinned images, sketched out the design yet during the application process something changed.

Something magically creative happened.

I love being in the moment and letting inspiration flow through me. I love the end result, looking at the finished product and finding out I like it just a bit more that my original idea.

Oh to be able to bottle these magically creative moments!!

For now I will have to settle for taking pictures to remember these moments by!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!

I love Halloween and as a treat for everyone I am unveiling a new monthly entry to my blog!

This new monthly feature brings me back to the foundation of my love for makeup which all began while I was in college as a Theatre major.  I enjoyed  my acting classes, but I adored the makeup classes.  Being able to design and create makeup for characters was just so much fun and I found that it is a great way to express your character without saying any words.

So without further ado or for those of you who did not immediately scroll to the pictures,  I bring you my


Fantasy Makeup Segment!

Products: Paradise Makeup AQ in Basic & Pastel palettes.

I thought a Day of the Dead look would be a great fit for today’s Halloween unveil!

I loved looking at the many images and interpretations of this makeup style.  Each interpretation is unique to the individual person and each were just so beautiful to look at.  I absolutely love when I can find ideas/looks where really there are no right or wrongs!
Wishing everyone a great and safe day today.

Mani Inspired Makeup

I have received many compliments and comments on this week’s Mani of the Week and I was inspired to design a coordinating eye makeup, because shouldn’t just more than a girl’s shoes and handbag match?  I say Yes!!

Before I show the eye makeup design, allow me to offer a guide to what you will be seeing.  Part of what I do as an Independent Beauty Consultant is to show people how to create and apply makeup designs according to their skill level as well as comfort level or lifestyle. I have created the following levels to help me assess what type of look my clients are looking for.

Level I:  may be for you if you are just starting to wear makeup or like a “light touch” or natural makeup look but still want to follow trends.

Level II:  may be for you if you have experience with makeup or like a “done up” look without being too over the top.

Level III: may be for you if your makeup bag is overflowing with all types of products or you are looking for a “clubbing” type look.

These levels in no way have any hidden meaning or define anything other the basic question of how would you like to apply your makeup today? Personally, I hop between them all depending upon the day, my mood, and which shoes I am wearing.  It all comes back to the shoes! :)My final disclaimer before I show the designs is this: I am not, I repeat NOT a photographer and am still searching for the best light in my apartment that does not make everything look yellow or extremely washed out.

Level I:

1) Sweep pale green eyeshadow over entire eye.

2) With dark purple eyeshadow create “C” in the crease to define eye.

3) Lightly line eye with black line and sweep lengthening mascara along upper lashes.

Products used:

Pale Green: Avon True Shadow Eyeshadow Quad in Fresh Cut Greens

Purple: Lancome eyeshadow in Trendy

Eyeliner: Avon Extend liner in black

Mascara: Avon Extend Extreme in black

Level II:

Follow the same steps as for Level I, just add more!!

The eyeliner is drawn out a bit more and gets thicker at the edge.

All of the products are the same except for the eyeliner and mascara.

Eyeliner: Avon Metallic Black Liquid Liner

Mascara: Avon Super Shock Max

Level III:

Again, same products however I used a wet application  and brought the pale green under the inside of my eye and the purple under the outside of my eye.  The eyeliner is drawn in a thicker line and totally around the eyes. I also added a white eyeshadow starting at the inner corner of my eye and into the browbone. For that additional oomph I added false eyelashes that have been cut down and applied to the outer lash section.

Additional products:

Browbone: Lancome eyeshadow in Flash

Eyelashes: False lashes from Sally’s

Here is what my final interpretation of this week’s Mani of the Week looks like!

Cheeks: MAC Oh So Fair

Lips: Mark Make It Rich in Royale







I hope you enjoy this look and let me know if you try it out! I promise my next look post will (hopefully) not be so wordy.  Remember that no matter if the eyeliner is wonky or the mascara is clumpy to God you are “wonderfully made” and utterly beautiful!