Fuchsia Eyeshadow for Friday. Oooh yeah!

Doing makeup is like learning another language. If you don’t practice that ish, you’ll lose it. It’s a scientific fact. In attempts to hold on to my Spanish language, I go around tweeting en Espanol. I call it tweetando. Don’t go Google-ing that word because I totally made it up. When it comes to makeup, well…I’ve been playing around in it a lot lately. I can crank out a neutral eye in 5 minutes flat like it ain’t nobody’s business.

But vibrant looks? They take more time. Still though…I’ve been challenging myself to press it to the limit when it comes to these kind of looks. At the same time, I want these so-called vibrant looks to be work appropriate. Whether pink eyeshadow could be dubbed “work-appropriate” is debatable though. 😉

I used Milani’s Baked Eyeshadow in Must Have Fuchsia to get some pink-y goodness. Developed to use wet and dry, these baked eyeshadows require a bit of work to really get to the colors to pop. In fact, I tried them both wet AND dry and found that I like using them dry better. It took a bit of packing on to make the pink THAT pink. Or pank as some of us say. Bahahaaaa!

Oh, and for my lips?

I do a ‘whole lot of mixing in the beauty lab (ahem…bathroom) but this was by far the coolest lip creation I’ve ever come up with. I want a nail polish shade like this. And I want to dye a few of my locs this color. If I had a favorite color, it would very well be this one. And y’all are gonna hate me for it, but I used FIVE products to achieve that lip look. Check ’em below.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil
Milani Must Have Fuchsia baked eyeshadow (lid)
Make Up For Ever #92 (outer-v)
Laura Mercier Rosewood (bridge between crease & browbone)
Laura Mercier Golden Cream (browbone)
MAC Cosmetics liquid liner (way too jagged)
Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara

Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation
tarte Hotel Heiress bronzer
Bobbi Brown Brownie Shimmerbrick (throooowback)

Manic Panic Deadly Night
NYX Pink Caramel
Homemade lipstick of mine called No More 9-5
MAC Port Red
Some pink-y gloss of a bootleg brand. No really, I don’t know what the brand is.

I’m really trying to make more of an effort in doing my brows. I get them threaded every 2-3 weeks but when they start growing back they get all unruly. Most days I just straighten thm out with some brow gel but I want a cleaner look without them looking too sculpt-y. Still tryna find what works.

Shouts out to the pimple that decided to buy a plot in between my brows. Ugh.

Back in 2010 I did a super awesome pink eye that I want to revisit. Dang man. I missed when my hair was that short. Short hair just makes sense in this humid climate yo.


Any pink eyeshadow lovers in the house?

FOTD Friday: Blue Moon on the beach

So guess who actually put on makeup? Me! It’s been forever and I day since I put on eyeshadow. I don’t know what it is about makeup that has me obsessed  with writing and reading about it but not always wearing it. I mean, if you caught me in the streets, you wouldn’t even think I’ve been running a beauty blog for over 4 years. I am definitely not a walking advertisement for my blog. Which can be a good or bad thing.

Still. I don’t want to NOT wear makeup so often to the point where I forget how to actually apply it. That would be sad. And so I found these two shells on the beach and decided to scoop ’em up.

Do you see them?


Look a little closer….


 WOW! Don’t you wish every beach had eyeshadows poppin’ out of the sand?

I do. These pretty shells shadows are essence’s colour and shine eyeshadows. By the way, when I typed colour I actually said it in a British accent. 8)

Anywhoovers, at first swatch I found these shadows to be super pigmented and quite attractive.

(l-r) Blue Moon, Joyride to Jupiter

But just how well will they wear on the lid? I used Blue Moon and I didn’t have to do much work to get it to show up. It was anything but sheer. Not bad ‘at all. For the lippies, I used Stila Lipglaze in Foxy with MAC’s Vino lipliner.

Blu Moo shows up well in low light too.

You know you have too many tattoos when you spot one and say, “Oh wow, I forgot about you!” I spotted that tat on my wrist and memories flooded my mind.

Oh…before I float away again, Polo says hi.

 He’s not too bad. When he’s not running around like a maniac, he is quite delightful. Remember, I’ve never had a pet so this owning a cat thing is major for me. Keep the advice comin’!

Oh! You can grab those essence eyeshadows from Ulta and Ulta.com for a smooth $2.99 a pop. Check out some more of my essence reviews. This is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brands.

Ciao for now, darlings. Enjoy the weekend!!



You would think that I would have noticed my missing earring in those pictures. Nope. Didn’t notice until I posted these pics. I am such a clump of mascara. 8)




FOTD Friday: e.l.f.’s Bright Eye Beauty Book. Are you ready, class?

I feel like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve worn makeup. First of all, it’s too dang hot to wear anything more than mascara, liner and lipgloss. I feel like anything more will melt off of my face the second I step outside. But alas, I just had to give this e.l.f. bright eye beautybook a try.

Glad to see that e.l.f. has the ingredients laid out for us to see. A must have for ladies and gents with allergies.

You can grab this beauty book and many others like it for a whooping $5. No, I’m kidding. $5 is not at all whooping for a palette of 12 eyeshadows. But is the quality up to par? Let’s take a look see here…

For $5 you’ll get 12 eyeshadows, a mini eyeliner and a double ended sponge-tip applicator. At first sight, the shadows look to be pretty pigmented. I am loving the range of colors and when I swatched it, they came out silky smooth on my skin.


To the left of the book you’ve got a little diagram and suggested eyeshadow placement and looks. Which will come in super handy for those new to makeup. But I’m pretty much a know-it-all and so I ignored the suggestions and got right to work. The minute I saw that purple shadow, I KNEW I wanted to use it. Right on the lid it went.

By the way, pay no mind to that scar in between my eyebrows. Like clockwork, I get this pimple every 2 months or so and I always go overboard trying to pop it and end up scarring my skin. Happens EVERY time. But we digress…

Despite really trying to pack the purple on the lid, it just wasn’t giving me the payoff I wanted. What gives? And I used a pretty good base too.

See how faint it looks? I went outside for some natural lighting and nope, it wasn’t my imagination. The shadows really aren’t THAT pigmented. Even if they look so in the palette.

Well, I take that back. The lighter and shimmery shades are probably the best ones in the palette. The one I used on my browbone dominates the look. I didn’t realize that I used so much of it. It’s aliiiiive. Can you see it?

I don’t care how long I live in Florida. I will ALWAYS complain about the humidity. Always.

Yeah. That’s that. I want to crank out a few more looks with this palette just to see what I can create. So far I can say that the neutral and lighter shades do fantastic at applying right on the lids. As far as longevity, despite not being as bright as I wanted it to the be, the purple hung around for the entire day. Impressive, no?

For $5, I don’t think it’s a bad palette. I wouldn’t call it a bright eye palette though, e.l.f. The only shade that really stood out was the vibrant purple. Still. It’s a great starter palette for those new to makeup or for the kids on a budget who want something new to play with. I love the “beauty book” concept though. That’s cuuuuute.

The books come in Bright, Smoky, Everyday and Natural. There’s a palette for everyone. You can get them online and anywhere e.l.f. products are sold. I’ve seen ’em at Target.

What do you think? Yay or nay to e.l.f.’s beauty books?

FOTD Friday: MAC’s Hocus Pocus is magical!

It’s been a while since a makeup collection has made me actually want to spend money. Which sounds horrible but between attempting to find financial security and feeling like I have enough when it comes to makeup, I’ve got to be really selective when it comes to bringing home new beauty stuffs. The MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection had me super hyped up.

While I only snagged a shadow and two glosses, I want to feature them individually. Because they are just that awesome. First up is The Makeup Girl’s Hocus Pocus.

Watch the magic behind this stunning shadow…

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Clumps 4th Anniversary: Giveaway! NYC New York Color palette & lip stain!

Words can’t explain how excited I am to be giving away one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. It’s funny because I didn’t think I would ever be a mega fan of NYC New York Color’s shadows. Back in the day, while their shadows were still affordable, they pretty much sucked when it came to  staying on the lid. The colors were not at all pigmented and were pretty blah. But oooooh, girl…have they stepped their game UUUUP! The IndividualEyes Custom Compact palette in Park Central is rockin’ my world.

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FOTD Friday: Super blue eyes

I haven’t worn blue eye shadow in forever. And I do mean forever. I was itching to do something pretty wild one Saturday. Which is crazy because all I was doing was going to the mall. I didn’t want to walk around with vivid eye shadow in the mall. But who cares. You only live once. 8)

By the way, does anyone else hate shopping as much as I do? I mean, I reallllllly hate shopping. If it’s not for beauty stuffs or gadgets, I could really pay someone else to shop for me.

But anyway, hit the jump to see the blue lids.

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FOTD Friday: My eyes…in 3D!

Happy Friday, gorgeous people! Today’s face of the day is brought to you by LORAC. Remember that time I reviewed one of their lippies? I’ve been having a LORAC love affair since then. The brand recently released a ton of hot new goodies. But they aren’t what you think they are. They are in 3D!!!

I know, right? You’re mesmerized too, uh? I know. Hit the jump to get a close-up.

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