Dramatic Makeup – Plum Smokey Eye

Dramatic Makeup – Plum Smokey Eye

Happy Thursday, folks! Today I have a fun post for you, which is my go-to dramatic makeup look! I love this look because it’s pretty easy and it pairs nicely with all different outfits, but it looks so good.

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I start by prepping my face with the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Creme, Benefit POREfessional primer, and E.L.F. Shadow Lock eyelid primer in pearl, as always.

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After primer, I color correct with the Maybelline MasterCamo Color Correcting Kit in the shade 100. I use the yellow tone under my eyes to cover dark circles and the green tone on any red areas and spots.

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Next I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser concealer to cover up all the areas that I’ve color corrected, as well as any other areas that are less red. This product is advertised as an under-eye concealer, but it works really well as a full coverage full face concealer as well.

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I blend out the concealer really well, and then set it with my NYX HD Studio Photogenic Setting Powder. I have a love-hate relationship with this product, as it works really well and prevents creasing but I don’t like the packaging and I have trouble using it. I tend to only use it for big, dramatic looks like this when I want my makeup to stay and look flawless.

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After setting my concealer, I go in with foundation. I used the L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover 24 Hour foundation in the shade 301. I love this foundation for long-wear because it’s light and only requires a small amount but is very full coverage and doesn’t crease.

Next up I do my eyebrows. I use a matte brown pressed eyeshadow with a small angled brush for my brows. My favorite is from an old Maybelline quad.

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And then I moved on to the eyes. For this look, I used my two favorite eyeshadow palettes, the Colourpop Mile High collection and the Covergirl TruNaked Nudes.

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I started by using the Colourpop shade Truth on my lid as a base.

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Next, I used the Colourpop shadow in Mittens in my outer corner.

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After blending that out, I used the Covergirl shadow Cocoa to pull the color into my crease.

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Next I used the Colourpop shadow Cricket on my outer lid.

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I then used the Colourpop shadow in LA LA, which is a coppery shade, in the middle of my lid. This was to bring in a warmer tone as well as some intense glitter.

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After covering the middle of my lid, I use the Covergirl shade Champagne on my entire lid, but focusing on the inner lid.

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Next I used Covergirl shade Buff to highlight my inner corners and brow bone and the shade Sable on the outer half of my lower lash line and waterline.

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After lining my lower lash line, I used the Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner to line my upper lash line and create a small wing. I personally like a smaller wing when I’ve done a lot of eyeshadow.

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After eyeliner, I curl my lashes and put on my Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I love this mascara because it gives me such beautiful long lashes that I don’t feel the need to wear fake lashes.

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And I’m done with eyes! Moving on to contour, I use the NYX Wonder Stick contour end to begin contouring under my cheek bones, chin, and forehead.

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I dot it on where I want it, and then blend it out with a flat topped buffing brush.

Next up I use the Hoola Bronzer in my Benefit Real Cheeky Party palette to add more warmth to the same areas I used the creme contour.

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I then use the Rockateur blush (also in the Real Cheeky Party Palette) on my cheek bones. This is my absolute favorite intense pink blush. It’s so pink and absolutely gorgeous!

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Now it’s time for highlighter! I start by applying the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in LI01 Sunbeam to all the places I’m going to highlight.

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Then I grab my NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette and use the bottom three shades in different combinations on different areas of my face. I like to layer these colors because it gives a very dewy finish.

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The last step is to apply my Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip liquid lipstick in Time Square! This is a gorgeous brown tone nude that stays for ever and is so flattering.

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And that’s it! If you liked this look or you want to see more makeup looks from me, let me know! I love makeup so I’m always willing to share (: Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you on Sunday!

 

Update! – My Health, Traveling, and Summer Plans

Update! – My Health, Traveling, and Summer Plans

Hiya friends. Sorry I missed Sunday, and this post is a bit later than usual! I’ve been sick since Friday and I was traveling so I didn’t get a post up. Whoops.

As you may know, I was in New Orleans last week. I was there for a church conference, and it was so much fun. I got to go to workshops on racial justice and youth ministry, attend voting sessions, and I ran a petition for the youth.

I’m thinking about maybe posting a bit more about my religion (I randomly wrote a long, rambly post all about it last night but I’m never posting that LOL), but I’m not sure if that’s something you’d all be interested in. I’m really into religion and I like learning about other religions but that’s probably just me.

The only bad thing about my trip (besides the humidity…) was that I caught a cold halfway through. I tried to deny it and swore it was allergies, but nope! I have a habit of getting colds in the summer. I had to fly home with a head full of congestion which I do not recommend.

I really loved New Orleans. The culture was so amazing, and I tried beignets for the first time and they were to die for. I also heard multiple people speaking Creole which is such an interesting language! It was funny because my mom and I both know French and we would try to understand but it’s so different, yet sounds so similar.

Now that I’m home I have lots of time on my hands. I’ve been binge watching Netflix (I’m officially caught up on Shameless!) and rereading Harry Potter, but I’m getting bored. I have an interview tomorrow for an internship that I’m super excited about. I also leave for a trip to Boston in a month, which I cannot wait for.

So far this summer is turning out so great, despite being sick right now. That’s all I have for today, I just thought I would check in with y’all. I hope you’re having a lovely day, and I will see you on Thursday!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey y’all! I was tagged by the wonderful Brittney for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and here we are! Thank you so much Brittney for nominating me!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you!
  2. Answer the 11 questions they have given you!
  3. Tag 11 people!
  4. Ask them 11 questions!

Brittney’s Questions:

  1. What is the one makeup/beauty item you can’t live without? Definitely mascara. I’m currently using the benefit Roller Lash mascara, and mascara is the makeup product I always wear, no matter what!
  2. What is your zodiac sign? I’m an aquarius. I’m not sure I believe in zodiacs, but I do think I fit with a lot of aquarius traits (I’m quirky and weird and I don’t have great social skills).
  3. What is your favorite article of clothing? My favorite article of clothing is a blouse that I own. It’s a button down blouse with little succulents and cacti all over it.
  4. Are you a morning or night person? I’m definitely a morning person. I don’t like to wake up early necessarily, but I’m much more effective and productive in the morning.
  5. What is your dream job? My dream job is to be a social justice lawyer with the ACLU.
  6. What is your favorite place you’ve visited? My favorite place I’ve visited is definitely London. I’ve been to many countries and cities, but London holds so many good memories for me.
  7. What’s your favorite band? Young the Giant!
  8. Waffles or pancakes? Hmmm, depends. I like the pancakes that my family makes, but at most restaurants I prefer waffles. And Belgian waffles with ice cream is my all time favorite dessert.
  9. What is your favorite scent? I like anything fruity, especially cinnamon apple.
  10. iPhone or Android (or something else)? iPhone. My family is all apple, all the time.
  11. What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear in terms of phobias is outer space, but I’m also terrified of failure constantly.

My Questions

  1. What’s your favorite show to binge watch?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. What’s your go-to drink?
  4. Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?
  5. Do you have any hidden talents or party tricks?
  6. What is your favorite kind of blog post to write? To read?
  7. What is your lucky number?
  8. Where are you most productive?
  9. What do you do when you’re stressed?
  10. Do you like minty flavors?
  11. What is your biggest ambition?

My nominees

Janah

Chloe

Savannah

Angela

Veronica

Pamela

Lynn

I hope you ladies will consider doing this tag! I love all of your blogs, and I look forward to seeing your responses!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll talk to you all soon.

100 Follower Celebration – Q & A!

100 Follower Celebration – Q & A!

Hiya lovelies! Today I have a super exciting post for y’all, because I reached 100 followers a few days ago! I was so excited to see that my follower count hit 100, so I thought I would do a special Q&A to celebrate. These questions were left in comments on my blog, and if you’d like to see another, go ahead and leave some questions on this post and I’ll answer them in the future!

Thank you so much to all of you who have made it possible for me to get to this point, and thank you to all 100+ of my followers!

And now, for the questions…

From Veronica:

What are some things you especially enjoy doing in the summer?

I really like to swim in the pool, but my favorite part of summer is just hanging out! Not having any responsibilities is so great.

Do you have any summer goals?

I do! I actually wrote a post about my goals (see here!) but my big one this summer is that I want to read 10 books in 10 weeks. It’s going really well, I’ve already read three and it’s only been a week and a half!

From Sage:

If you could meet your favorite band or artist, who would it be and why?

Hmm, this is hard. I have a lot of favorites, but I would probably have to go with Panic! at the Disco. I have a friend who met them and she had a great experience, and I would love to meet them as well. I have a feeling they would be incredibly nice and I would want to pick Brendon’s brain about songwriting.

From Elsie:

Do you have a favourite celebrity? If yes would you meet them if you could or do you think it would ruin the obsession?

My favorite celebrity is probably Alexis G. Zall, who is a youtuber and actress. I would definitely like to meet her! I want to be her best friend/date her lol. I don’t think it would ruin the obsession at all, it would just change the relationship.

And how do you feel looking back on your first blog post?

I’m proud of my first post! I think it captured my personality really well and was a nice introduction to who I am and what to expect from this blog.

From Audrey:

What’s your current favorite outfit?

I’m not sure I have a favorite at the moment! It’s been really warm here (like 110 F), so I’ve been spending a lot of time in tank tops and spandex shorts and laying under the fan. I have gotten a lot of new clothes recently, and I’ve been loving off-the-shoulder tops!

And that is all the questions I received! Thank you to all the lovely ladies who sent me questions.

Before I go, I do have an announcement! Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, June 21) I will be at a conference in New Orleans until Sunday (June 25). I will have posts going up but they may be posted at weird times and I won’t be able to engage with y’all as much. I’ll have a post on the trip up soon as well!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a lovely Tuesday!

Baking Lemon Bars + Thank You!

Baking Lemon Bars + Thank You!

Hello my loves! Today’s post is a recipe for amazing lemon bars. Recently I’ve been having a craving for something baked, and I’ve definitely been wanting something fruity. During the summer baked goods can be a little overwhelming, but I think that fruity desserts can be super refreshing and delicious during hot months.

I used this recipe, which was incredible. This post will include the recipe as well, but if you want the original there it is!

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

2 lemons

4 eggs

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Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius, or the 4th gas mark.

2. Combine butter, 2 cups of flour, and a half cup of sugar.

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3. Press the dough into the bottom of a non-greased, non-lined 9×13 baking pan.

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4. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes. I baked mine for about 18 minutes. Remove when the dough is firm and golden-brown. Allow to cool.

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5. Combine remaining flour and sugar.

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6. Add eggs and beat well. It’s important that your egg is whisked very well so that it is evenly distributed throughout the filling.

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7. Next, juice your two lemons fully. Make sure that there are no seeds in your mixture, and then whisk again.

8. Pour the filling mixture over the cool crust. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, and then allow to cool again.

9. Allow to cool slightly before dusting with sifted powdered sugar.

And that’s that! I absolutely love lemon bars, and this recipe is amazing. Perfect balance between sweet and tart. It’s also really easy to make!

And now, I need to thank you all because I recently reached 100 followers on this blog! I would like to do a Q&A as a celebratory post, so if you’d like that leaving some questions on the comments of this post and I’ll answer them soon (:

My Everyday Makeup Routine

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Happy Thursday loves! Today I’m bringing you a really exciting post, which is my everyday makeup routine. I wear a variation of this look most of the time when I wear makeup. I will sometimes change up my eyeshadow or lip color, but this is pretty standard for me!

I start by moisturizing with my Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream, which I apply to my entire face. I then apply the Benefit Porefessional face primer to the areas of my face where I have large pores, and the E.L.F Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer to my eyelids.

 

Next, I use the Maybelline MasterCamo Color Correcting Kit to correct and conceal. I use the yellow tone under my eyes to hide my under-eye circles and the green tone on areas of my face that are red and patchy. Then I use the lighter of the two concealer colors to cover up the yellow and green.

 

After concealer, I use the L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation. I love this foundation because it’s lightweight and you only need a tiny bit to cover your whole face which is super great for day-long makeup.

 

For my eyebrows, I use an old Maybelline eyeshadow quad which has a nice dark brown powder. I use and angled brush to apply the color to my brows and shape them a bit. Then I use a little spoolie to distribute the color more evenly and help my hair fall into place better.

 

I use two eyeshadow palettes/collections for my eyes. The first is the Colourpop Mile High kit which I love. I use Truth on my entire lid with a fluffy lid brush.

 

Next, from the Covergirl trunaked Nude palette, I apply Cocoa, a matte brown into my outer corner and crease with a buffing eyeshadow brush, and blend with a blending brush.

 

I also use Sable, from the same palette that is a matte black with a wide angled brush to line my upper lash line. I also blend this out a bit with the same blending brush.

 

Up next I curl my lashes and use the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. My lashes are long but they stick straight out, and so this mascara is perfect because it gives my lashes a boost and helps them hold a curl.

 

And here’s my finished eye look!

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Next I contour, blush, and highlight. I use the contour powder from the Maybelline MasterContour palette with a flat topped contour brush under my cheekbones, on the high points of my forehead, and under my jaw.

 

Then I use the Benefit Dandelion blush with a fluffy blush brush on my cheekbones. I love this bright pink for summer because it gives me such a nice glow.

 

For highlight, I use my Nyx Strobe of Genius palette, which I’ve reviewed here. I use the bottom right color, which looks kind of golden but actually goes on a nice bright white highlight. I use a very fluffy highlight brush to give a super dewy look.

 

And here’s my finished face look.

 

The last step of my everyday makeup look is lipstick! Recently I’ve been wearing the Revlon Balm Stain in 001 honey.

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And here is the completed look!

 

I love this look because it’s light and still looks nice and put together. I feel comfortable wearing this look to school, parties, or out with friends.

What are your essentials for your daily makeup routine?

Mini Memoirs – An Introduction and Overview

Mini Memoirs – An Introduction and Overview

Hey y’all! Today I’m bringing you something brand new and very exciting! I have decided to start a new series, called Mini Memoirs. This is going to be a collection of stories from my childhood to help you get to know me.

I thought I would start by just telling you an abridged version of My Life Story. Later on we’ll get to The Big Stuff, and I’ll go on to more in-depth stories (:

I was born in Iowa City, Iowa. Not Ohio, nor Idaho, definitely not Indiana. Nothing against those other states, but I was born in Iowa, and I’m proud.

5If you don’t know anything about Iowa, don’t be alarmed or embarrassed. There’s not much to know. It’s very midwestern, all corn and pigs. It’s pretty conservative, but my town was fairly liberal.

I lived in a beautiful house with my mom, dad, little brother, and two cats.

When I was three, I started going to church. I met my best friend there, and we introduced our families. We’ve both been through a lot in the last fourteen years, and even though we live almost 2000 miles apart, she’s still the one thing connecting me to the place where I grew up.

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At four, I began ballet classes. I took some baby dance classes before then, but real ballet started at four. I had begged my mom to let me do ballet for a year before she let me. I don’t think she thought it would become a thing for me. If only she could see where I’d be in ten years.

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When I was six, my family packed up and moved to California. I had no idea what moving meant or where California was. I’d been there before, we had family there, but it was just a place that was a long plane ride away.

Although I missed Iowa, I grew to love my new home. We live in the Sacramento area, and our town is a perfect little bubble. Everyone wears expensive clothes and drives expensive cars and gets 4.5 GPAs.

I don’t love it here anymore.

It is a nice place to grow up, and I have lived a privileged life. I’ve gotten to visit several European countries, and I’ve been to over 30 states.

My childhood was pretty perfect, except that I was pretty consistently bullied and an outcast. I was considered very weird, and I struggled because of that. By the time I was nine I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder, and I developed clinical depression in the sixth grade.

Since then, my life has been measured in mental illness. In eighth grade I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. In ninth grade it was severe clinical depression. In tenth grade I was medicated.

I have never let myself be defined by those illnesses. I embrace them, they are a part of what makes me, me. I see a therapist every Friday afternoon, and each evening I take two little pills. It’s just a part of me and I wouldn’t choose to do it over again without them.

High school has been pretty hard on me. My body is weak and I have missed more school in the past three years than in all previous years combined. But I work hard, and it pays off. Many of my friends have just graduated, and in a year, that’ll be me.

I’m really excited to see where my life is taking me, and I can’t wait to take you with me. Thank you for reading, and I’ll talk to you soon.