The Eye(lashe)s Have It

Few things haunt me more than my desire to have eyelashes that are actually visible to the outside world. Superficial? Maybe, but I don’t care. I love makeup and I love they way it can transform my entire outlook. Sometimes, all a girl needs to turn a crap day around is some bright lipstick (or lip stain, if you’re like me), a good mascara and a latte.

This look features:
Younique primer, liquid foundation in Organza, Moodstruck Addiction Palette 2, Moodstruck brow pencil & gel in Medium, 3D Fiber Lashes, lipstain in Skittish.
It Cosmetics: Bye Bye Redness & Bye Bye Undereye
Burberry: Effortless Eyeliner in black

Moodstruck Addiction Palette #1

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Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1 using Sincere, Swanky, Brassy and Zealous. Lips: Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lavish. Brows: Moodstruck Precision in Medium.

I am a straight up sucker for a good eye shadow palette – especially now that I know how to create looks. A few months ago, I was introduced to Younique … yeah, the one with that insane mascara. A fellow mom friend (thank you Ashley) shared photos of their palettes and I was sold. I started with Palette 1, which I used in the photo here. Quickly, I added Palettes 2 and 3 to my collection – I could not love them more!

For this look, I applied Sincere to my browbone and full lid then used Swanky for my lower lid, Zelaous for the outer “C” and Brassy for a pop of color on the inner lid. I love this look because it is dramatic enough to have fun, but also tame enough for the office. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to pose for selfies at their desk?

Check out the full collection (and TWO new palettes, which I will be reviewing soon) on my Younique page. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Younique’s Moodstruck Addiction 1 Palette is great for creating a natural or dramatic smokey eye. Just look at those pigments!

The shadows are very pigmented and go on smoothly with very little flaking. I apply with my fingers … when you are blind and uncoordinated as I am, your brush will often make contact with the mirror. What can I say, I am talented.

Make Up Forever – Sens’Eyes

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to find an eye makeup remover that doesn’t leave a greasy, nasty residue that makes it impossible to see for about 15 minutes. But, a few months ago I discovered Make Up Forever’s Sens’Eyes and it has been life changing.

With a few quick swipes, one pump removes all my eye makeup – even mascara. No raccoon eyes. And, no icky, greasy feeling. If you’ve been looking for a good and effective eye makeup remover, you owe it to yourself to try this.

Please bear with me and my amateur video hour. But, seriously, this stuff is legit.

A Lesson we can all Learn

When people ask me why I wake up so early, I say “I need time to chill” or “I like to move slow in the morning.” In reality, I wake up early to give myself time to put on my brave face or to curl my hair or straighten it. In other words, I wake up early to give a damn. Why? Simply because we live in a society where a girl who doesn’t take the time to paint her face or tame her hair is deemed as lazy or that she just doesn’t care about herself.

This is bull shitake mushrooms – sure, there are days when I am lazier than others or that I care more about how I look, but that doesn’t mean I view myself any differently or like myself any more or less. The video and song below from Colbie Caillat is my new anthem – why should I try to make others like me when sometimes I don’t even like myself. I need to remember to start there and care about that before I give a crap about what other’s think.

At the same time, sometimes I take the extra time for myself – because I want to feel a little more comfortable or to reassure myself. Sometimes, it is nice to spend a little more time or money on yourself, and that is totally okay – and, quite frankly, encouraged. After all, if you don’t spoil yourself, who will?