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–

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!

Mani Monday 10/8/12

Happy Monday! What better way to start off a new week than with a new set of nails!

This week’s mani is inspired by the short and now feature film “Frankenweenie”!  I loved the short film when it first came out and am so excited to see the full-length film. Tim Burton continues to inspire me in the realm of “what if” through his storytelling and design and I am a sucker for the “what if”.  Before I compose an ode to Tim Burton let me show you the nails!


The colors featured are Absinthe, Licorice, and Decadence and are all available from Avon.

Here are the three reasons why I go with Avon nail colors.

         1) The price.  Right now the nail colors are just $3.49 each

         2) The wear.  Let’s face it, I can make every nail enamel chip off in 1 day or less even the excessively expensive guaranteed to stay for weeks kind.  This stays on for up to a week for me even without a top coat.

         3) I sell it.  Okay there it is, I sell Avon and try all the products.

So I am hooked on the Avon nail colors.  If you want to be hooked too check them out at http://www.youravon.com/mharr.  Okay enough with the shameless self-promoting for tonight!  I will see you back here next week for another installment of Mani Monday!!