A Daytime Glam Eye Look: Neutral Shimmer

Hey there, beauties!

Today, we’re going ham on the glam (teehee) with this shimmery daytime eye look that is simple and fierce.  Who doesn’t love a little winged eyeliner and glittery eyeshadow every once in a while?  I think that this look is very appropriate for fall since it is made up of some gorgeous bronze shades, so I love wearing it during this season when my eyes need a little pop.  This look is really easy to achieve and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

First, I used my NYX Jumbo Pencil in the shade Iced Mocha to prep my eyes.  I blended the edges slightly to smooth out any harsh lines.

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Next, I patted Urban Decay’s Space Cowboy all over my lid with a damp brush.  This eyeshadow is the meaning of glitter.  Using a damp brush helps to intensify the pigmentation of the eyeshadow and reduce fallout.

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Afterward, I used the shades Naked and Buck from the Naked Palette and a fluffy brush to blend the previous shades into the crease.

Daytime Glam Eye Look

To deepen up the look a little more, I took the shades Whiskey and Password from the Naked Smoky palette and focused it on the crease and a bit of the outer V of my eye.

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

I then applied my L’oreal Liquid Liner and Ardell 117 Natural lashes along with using a mixture Urban Decay’s Thirteen and High from the Smoky Palette to highlight my brow bone and inner corners.

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

Daytime Glam Eye Look

And that, ladies and gents, is the finished look.  I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it was helpful to you!  I think that while this look is on the bolder side of things, it is still totally wearable for any kind of daytime event and isn’t overdone. Thanks for reading!



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Amber Lights | Warm Fall Eyeshadow

Hello, lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but during the fall, I LOVE wearing warm, sparkly shadows to embrace the season.  Amber Lights from MAC is a beautiful shade that does just that!  Since I love it so much, I have based this fall-inspired eye look around it!  This eyeshadow really brings out blue eyes, but also looks amazing on any eye color.  I highly recommend picking it up if you’ve been on the lookout for an autumn eyeshadow!  Let’s get into the tutorial!

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  1.  I applied Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie and Barcelona Beach to the crease of my eye.  This doesn’t have to be exact; I like to blend these shades out a little through the lid with a big, fluffy blending brush.  This will be the transition shade and make other shades easier to blend.
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Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow

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Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow

2.    Time for the star of the show –Amber Lights from MAC.  I applied this shade all over the lid.  I really packed it on so that it was very opaque and sparkly!

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MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow

3.    I then blended Makeup Geek’s Cocoa Bear through the crease for a warm, cranberry look.

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Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow

4.    To make the eye a little smokier, I blended Cocoa Bear along the outer edge of the lower lash line.

5.    Next, I blended Amber Lights in the middle of the lower lash line.

6.    I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with Urban Decay’s Thirteen.

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Urban Decay Smoky Palette – Thirteen

7.    To give my eye more definition, I applied Urban Decay’s Bourbon Eyeliner to the lash line and smudged it out.

8.    Lastly, I applied Sephora’s Outrageous Curl Mascara with Ardell 120 Lashes.

Voila!  This look is super quick and easy to do!  It’s perfect for this season and made me feel really festive and excited for fall!

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Amber Lights

I decided to pair this eye look with NARS’ Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil.

Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

I hope that you enjoyed seeing this fall makeup look!  Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried out MAC Amber Lights?  Are there any other amazing fall makeup items you love that I need in my life?

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Matte Lips 101 | Prevent Creasing and Flaky Skin

Hey there, lovelies!

With the Fall season coming up, I’ve been getting very excited about matte, Kylie Jenner-esque lipsticks!  If you have dry, chapped lips like me, you’ll know how much of a struggle it is to have matte lipstick look halfway decent and not settle into all the lines and flaky skin!  I’ve discovered a few things which make applying matte lipsticks SO much easier for me and today, I’d like to share them with you!


1. Exfoliate

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This may be the most important step!  If your lips are not exfoliated, the lipstick will make your lips look like a chapped mess.  I have a bit of trouble with flaky lips, so I regularly use Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which smells absolutely amazing!  Also, I make my own DIY lip scrub that is super easy to make and happens to smell wonderful as well!

2. Moisturize


Matte lip products will suck all the moisture out of your lips, so it’s very necessary to use some sort of lip balm before applying your lipstick!  This will prevent your lips from getting dried out underneath the matte lip product.  I absolutely LOVE Lush’s Ultrabalm and highly recommend it for anyone with dry, flaky skin!  This product can be used on the lips or any troubled, dry areas.  It’s very soothing and locks in moisture like no other product I’ve ever used!

3. Prime


When applying any sort of lip product, it is very helpful to prep your lips with a thin layer of concealer or just plain old face primer.  Lip primers also exist, but I don’t think they are necessary when some of the products you probably already own will do the trick!  This will make the lipstick last longer, show the true color of the product more, and make the application easier.  I like to use Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer or Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer.  You’ll be amazing at how much more smoothly the lipstick will apply with such a great base!

4. Line


Lining your lips with make the application of your lipstick SO much cleaner, easier, and more precise.  It will prevent any bleeding or smudging of product and also increase the lasting power!  I am using my L’oreal Infallible Lip Liner in Rose, but I also recommend Makeup Forever’s Lip Line Perfector, since it is clear and works with any color of lip product.  It’s absolutely amazing at keeping your lipstick in place and preventing any bleeding of product!  It really does perfect the lips!  I think it’s a great investment if you’re into lip products and want something to make them last all day and look amazing!

5. Conceal


 After applying your matte lipstick of choice (Some of my fave’s are Gerard Cosmetic’s Serenity and Kat Von D’s Lovecraft) using a concealer brush or any small, precise brush you own, sharpen the edges of your lips and clean up any mistakes you may have made with some concealer.  This will really finish off your lips and make them look perfect!  Again, I’m using my trusty ol’ Naked Skin Concealer with a BareMinerals Concealer Brush.

Thanks so much for reading!  What are some of your tips for flawless matte lips? (Yes, that rhyme makes me very happy)



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The Perfect Base | Natural, Everyday Face Makeup

Hi there!

Today, I’ll be showing you all the products that are my recipe to a glowing complexion that looks very natural and beautiful!  These products are perfect for an everyday flawless face. 🙂

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Step 1: Prime!


My ALL-TIME FAVORITE primer is Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer!  This stuff is absolutely amazing at smoothing out my skin and making my makeup last all day!  I don’t ever get oily when I use this primer and it also helps foundation not to cling to my dry, flaky patches!  I am using a sample size of this primer right now and I think it’s so adorable in such a miniature bottle. :3

Step 2: Conceal 🙂

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I am obsessed with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer!  It blends so smoothly and gives me full, but natural-looking coverage!  Also, I really love the bendy applicator!  It is great for precisely applying the product and it just makes me so happy!  It’s the little things, people.

Step 3: Foundation


For a natural-looking, lightweight product that still gives pretty good coverage, I have been loving Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream.  This stuff is amazing!  It has SPF and fixes any discoloration while still making me feel like my skin can breath.  This is my favorite BB Cream that I’ve ever used since it doesn’t dry out my skin!

Step 4:  Brighten

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To get my #HighlightOnFleek, I’ve been obsessed with Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlight.  This smells SO. GOOD.  I apply this to my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and also a little on my chin and bridge of my nose.  This makes me have such a natural glow and is super easy to blend onto the skin!  I’ve been using this product to really embrace the “strobing” trend recently. It’s also great to apply before -or even mixed with- foundation to give your skin that “glowing from within” look.

Step 5: Set

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I love Revlon’s Translucent Finisher to lock my makeup in place all day!  It has a sort of shimmer to it, which terrified me at first, but I actually really, really love it!  It doesn’t look shimmery on the skin and it won’t make your makeup look cake-y!

Step 6: Add Color and Dimension

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Milani’s Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar is a beautiful powder that can be used as a bronzer, blush, or highlight!  I love to use this as a blush that gives a nice, bronze-y, pinkish glow to my face.  It looks SO natural, but really bring some color and life back into my skin!  I love how hassle-free this product is since I can skip highlighting or bronzing if I want and just go straight for this since it can do everything!  It’s great if you need a multi-use product!

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I hope that you enjoyed seeing all of the products I use to get natural, glowing face makeup!  What are your favorite base makeup products?



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3 Editing Apps You Need | How I Edit My Blog Pictures

Hello, lovelies!

Today, I thought I’d share with you the 3 apps that I use to edit pictures for my blog (and other places, too)!  Before I had a camera, these apps made it possible for me to still have decent-looking pictures even with an iPhone.  There are so many apps out there that it’s hard to know which ones are good and which aren’t, nonetheless how to use them!  I hope this is helpful to you!  🙂

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1. Facetune.

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You may have heard of this one before, but I think it deserves all the rave that it gets.   This app is basically photoshop on your phone except 100000 times easier to use!

I use the “smooth” tool to smooth out any pores or imperfections on up-close eye photos.  Since I have dry, flaky skin, this really helps me!

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I can also use the “patch” tool to cover up anything I don’t want in the picture.

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I can give more detail to my lashes or anything in the photo that isn’t quite as in-focus as I would like it to be with the “detail” tool.


There are many other amazing features on this app, but these are the main ones that I use. I try not to over-do the editing on my photos, just touch them up to look a little bit nicer before posting them.

This app costs $1 in the app store, but I think that it is totally worth it for how amazing it can make my pictures look and how easy it is to use!

2.  Afterlight.

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I love using this app for lightening up my photos and giving them more contrast.  I typically use this for Instagram photos, but it’s great for any dark pictures that I want to give a little more life to before posting!

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A way to simplify all of the editing steps in this app and make every picture I edit look similar is to use the “fusion” button in the filter section.


Once you click that button, it records any actions you take -even adding filters!


Once you’re done, press the “finish” button.  You then have a custom filter to put on every blog picture so that they all look uniform.  This saves me a lot of time!


I don’t normally use the filters for my blog since I like to have my blog pictures true to the actual color of products, but these are great for Instagram!  My favorites are Mulberry, Coral, Relic, and Bright Fire.

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If I want a cool layover on my picture to make it look older and more vintage, I go under the little filmstrip-looking section and select “Dusty”.  You can change the color of the dust from black to white and also change it’s transparency.  If I want a bright look instead, I head into the “Light Leak” section and select which layover I think would look the best.  I can change the placement of the light with the arrows and also have 7 different colors to choose from.

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If I want to add a border, there are tons of options!  To make this photo fit Instagram, I chose one that makes it square-shaped.


This app costs $1.00 and is available for Android and iPhones.

3. Photo Collage.


In order to fit my pictures into my blog’s featured image, I fill up a collage with pictures from my post and click the “Style” button.  I can change the border to the thickness I would like in the “Shape” section.

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Next, I select “Ratio” and choose the dimensions that I want my collage to have.  In order to fit my blog’s featured image, I select 2:1, but for this example collage, I played around with a few different ratios to see what I liked best.

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You can also add text to your pictures in this app if you like to do that for your blog pictures!  This is the best collage app that I’ve ever tried and the best part is that it’s free!

If you prefer to do your editing on your computer, I really suggest trying out http://www.PicMonkey.com, which is basically PhotoCollage on your computer instead of your phone!  It also includes some photoshop tools!

For an in-depth tutorial on how to use this website, check out Miss Remi Ashten’s video on how she edits her thumbnails for YouTube!  This video is what made me discover this awesome website and her video is very helpful in figuring it all out!  I used this website to make this post’s cover photo and Remi explains everything perfectly!

If you’d like to find some other awesome apps for editing pictures, MakeupByMandy24’s video helped me discover these and a few other great ones!

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this post was helpful to you!!  Until next time. ❤



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How I Apply Winged Liner | Products, Tips, and Tricks


Firstly, I want to say a huge THANK YOU, because I hit 300 followers today and can’t believe that so many of you decided to hit that follow button!  I’m so glad to have you around.  Please make yourself welcome here, in my little space of the internet. ❤

Today, I’ll be showing you all how I do my winged liner!  Winged liner is a skill that has always been extremely difficult for me.  It really is an art and takes a long time to master!  I never understood how people could possibly apply liner so precisely without getting raccoon eyes, nonetheless somehow manage to get both wings even!  It has taken me a lot of experimentation and I’m still figuring things out, but I feel that I have come up with a pretty good collection of products that I can easily use to get my wing “so sharp it could kill a man”, as they say. 😉  I hope that this post helps you if you’ve had the same difficulties with eyeliner as I have!

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I start off by applying a pencil liner along my lash line.  This makes it much easier for me to make sure that one side of eyeliner is not much thicker than the other.  I have more control with eyeliner in the pencil form.  I have been LOVING NARS’ Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, because it is super black and pigmented, easy to apply and doesn’t smudge.  Also, it twists out of the tube so you never have to sharpen it!  This liner costs $25.

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Next, to begin the wing-making process, I use my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush along with my Ulta gel eyeliner in Black, which normally costs $10, but is on sale for $3 right now!  I flick the brush from the outer corner of my eye upwards diagonally toward the end of my brow. I usually draw this line about 1/4 of an inch long.

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After this thin, little flick is made, I take the same brush and gel and, starting from the top point of the flick, draw inwards, thickening up the wing. I also use the gel to sharpen up the liner along my lash line.  I clean up the edge with a small brush and some concealer.  Any little, precise concealer-type brush will do.  Mine is by Posh. 🙂


To get that super sharp flick, I then take a liquid liner and ever so carefully flick out the very tip on my liner.  This part is the trickiest for me since liquid liner is so easy to mess up with.  One wrong move and you’ll look like a panda, which is why I only use liquid liner for the very point.  Mine is from L’oreal.


Aaand, we’re finished!  Doing all of these steps makes it much easier for me to make each eye even and sharp.  I hope this has been helpful to you!  What are your favorite products for winged liner!  Do you struggle with it, too?

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How I Fill in My Eyebrows | My Natural, Everyday Brow Routine

Hi there, gorgeous people:)

Today, I’ll be showing you how I fill in my eyebrows every day!  I picked up these brow items in an Ulta haul recently and I have fallen in love with them!  I feel like I have found the dream team of brow products that are super quick and easy to use.  If there were a recipe to get your brows on fleek -whatever fleek is-, it would be these products. 😉

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Before I begin, have you entered my contest to win a MAC lipstick of your choice? If you haven’t, I’d love for you to join in on the fun. 🙂

Onto the brows!  I start off by using my Anastasia Brow Pen in Universal Light.  This thing is absolutely amazing at making hair-like strokes that look real.  This product fills in my brows very naturally and I recommend it to everyone!  It costs $21, but I think it’s totally worth it!


I start by filling in the upper arch part of my brow and then drawing a line on the bottom of the inner part of my brow, lightly blending upwards.

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I next use Maybelline’s Brow Mascara in Blonde to hold my brows in place.  This costs $7.99 at the drugstore and I think it’s one of the best gels I’ve used!  Don’t be scared by the brush, it’s actually much easier to apply than you would think!

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If I really want a bold brow, I then go in with Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe with my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush.  I only do this step if I am going all out and don’t do this on an everyday basis.  I like the look of the pomade when I am taking eye pictures because it really ups my brow game!  This pomade costs $18 and is a great product to have, especially if you have sparse brows!  A little goes a LONG way, so it will last you forever!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my everyday brow routine!  I love all of these products and highly recommend them!  Thanks so much for reading!  What brow products do you use?

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Naked Smoky Tutorial | Bold Eyes and Bold Lips

Hello, beautiful people:)

I am absolutely obsessed with Urban Decay’s new palette, Naked Smoky!  If you would like to see a full review and swatches of all of the shadows in this palette, I happen to have already done one -how convenient! You can check it out here. 😉

I decided to create a simple, smoky look with winged liner and a bright lip!  My camera loves to focus on my nose in pictures instead of on my eyes, so if anything is slightly out of focus, I apologize!

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I started off by applying the shade Combust all over the lid area and up to the brow bone with Sephora’s Crease Brush.  This shade similar to my skin tone so it will not be visible; it will just aid in helping the rest of the shadows blend more easily. Next, I focused Whiskey more on the crease of my eye with the same brush. I’m not fancy enough to switch out brushes for every shade. 🙂

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I then used the fluffier end of the brush that comes in the palette to apply dagger along the crease and outer v, deepening up the Whiskey shade that I added previously.

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Next, I used the shade Thirteen all over the inner to middle part of my eye lid, inner corner, and brow bone with my Sephora concealer brush to really make my eyes look brighter and make the dark colors pop more.

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I used the smaller end of the brush from the palette to smudge Black Market along my upper and lower lash lines.

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Lastly, I applied the shade High to my brow bones and inner corners with the same concealer brush for some nice sparkle.

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I lined my eyes using Ulta’s black gel liner and a Zoeva’s 317 wing liner brush along with L’oreal’s liquid liner to really flick out the edge and make it super sharp.  I applied Covergirl’s Waterproof Mascara to my upper and lower lashes to blend them with my falsies -Ardell’s Natural 105 Lashes.

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I paired this eye look with a bold red lip, because I was feeling extra fancy.  This eye look is so neutral that it would look amazing with any color, including purples and nudes!  I used NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Cruella.  I love the formula and pigmentation of these Lip Pencils -they are matte, but still very creamy and not drying at all!


I hope this tutorial was helpful to you!  Thanks so much for reading!