Smoky Eye Saturday: Wearable Smokey Eye How To

I’ve received a ton of questions/comments regarding my go to smokey eye.  I’ve been meaning to post a pictorial on this classic look for a while now, although, to be perfectly honest, it’s a lot easier than you might imagine.

Some people prefer to smoke out dark shadow from the lash line, but I find that wearing a dark shadow so close to the eyes can make them appear smaller and sleepy.  A smoky crease, on the other hand, creates a dramatic look without closing off the eyes.

Real make up artists tend to use a ton of different shadows for a smoky eye, but you really only need three: a mid tone lid color, a deeper crease color and a lighter highlight shade.  Any of these can be matte or shimmery, but I suggest steering away from shimmer everywhere.  I highly recommend this Wet ‘n Wild trio for beginners and anyone who likes the simplicity of having an entire eye look mapped out in one product.  (I often find myself kind of overwhelmed by all the options in a larger palette and end up reaching for trios/quads more often than not.)

1. Use clean fingers to blend tinted moisturizer (or base of choice) all over face, and prime eyes from lash line to just under brows.

2. Pack lid color all over eyelid.IMG_3435


3. Pat crease color into outer crease and blend inward, stopping above pupil.IMG_3437

4. Sweep highlight shade onto brow bone (under eyebrows) and blend downward into crease color; also pat onto tear duct.

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5. Spot conceal if/where needed, then apply powder using a large fluffy brush.

6. (Now would be the time for eyeliner, although I generally can’t be bothered.)  Sweep on tons of mascara.

7. Apply lip color, then sweep a shimmery blush from apples of cheeks upward along cheekbones.

Products Used:
Origins A Perfect World Tinted Moisturizer; Wet n Wild ColorIcon eyeshadow trio in Silent Treatment; *Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in Medium/Tan; NYX Mineral Set It & Don’t Fret It Matte Finishing Powder in Light/Medium; Ulta mascara; Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso; Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in Pinky Promise

What do you think of this look?

How do you feel about the format of this post?
Would you be interested in seeing pictorials of other makeup looks?

Please let me know in the comment section.

XOXO, T

*Product marked with an asterisk was providedfor review in an Influenster VoxBox.  All other items were purchased by me.

First Impression Friday: Too Faced Candy Bar Palette

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The Candy Bar Palette is a teeny little pop out palette housed inside an iPhone 5 case.  The palette contains eleven eyeshadows, a bronzer and a blush.

The shadows look beautiful in the pan, but the look I tried to create (using the bronzy-brown shades) lacked pigmentation and was difficult to blend.  Perhaps they’ll perform better over something like a NYX Jumbo Pencil.

The bronzer was too light for my skintone, and the blush pan is so small I didn’t even bother trying to fit a brush in it.

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If you’re curious to try this palette out for yourself, it’s currently on sale for $15.

Do you have this palette?
What do you think of Too Faced Cosmetics?

XOXO, T

Leighannsays Summer Beauty Giveaway

Gorg beauty guru Leighannsays is giving away an adorbs neon travel beauty bag full of summer appropriate beauty goodies here.Image

 

For every one of you who enters, I get two extra entries, which is pretty rad (like I really need any more makeup!)

Good luck.<br>XOXO, T

Glossybox Affiliate Program

You guys, I just got approved to be a Glossybox affiliate.  I feel like I just became a real live, fancy pants serious beauty blogger.  This means if you click here and sign up, I earn Glossydots, and if a certain number (I think five) of you make a purchase, I get a free Glossy Box to review for all of you.

For those of you who might not have heard of Glossybox, it’s a monthly subscription service that sends you five deluxe luxury beauty products in a pretty, little reusable box.  The price varies a bit depending on how long you’re willing to commit, but it’s $21 if you just want to try out one month.

What do you think of Glossybox?
Have you ever used this or any other subscription service?

XOXO, T

Good Reads Tag

I’ve been using Good Reads for a while now, mostly to find interesting quotes, but also to keep track of my progress through my ever-growing personal library.

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I’m not sure where this little five question tag originated, but I stole it from beauty and lifestyle blog Smoking Peaches, and I thought it would be fun to share with all of you:

1. What was the last book you marked as read?
Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2. What are you currently reading?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

3. What was the last book you marked as to-read?
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. What do you plan to read next?
Unfortunately, I’ve never been much of a planner, so I have no idea what I’ll read next.  (Do you have any recommendations?)

5. Do you use the star rating system?
Most of the time, yes.  However, (like Smoking Peaches) I do wish they’d change it to a 10- instead of 5-star rating system or at least allow half stars.  I’m hesitant to give out perfect scores more than very occasionally, but there would be more of a distinction between 8/ or 9/10 than there exists between 4/5 vs. 5/5.

6. Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
I have it set to 10 books, which isn’t as high as I’d like it to be, but I’m off to a pretty slow start this year (having finished only two books) and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

7. Do you have a wish list?
Of books?  Not really; I download (free) Kindle book samples from Amazon and use those to keep track of what I might be interested in.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
Please see my answer to the fourth question.

9. Who are your favourite authors?
John Green, John Irving, and Chuck Palahniuk are the ones I keep reading more from.  (I would include Frank Warren, but he’s less of a writer than a compiler, no?)

10. Have you joined any groups?
On Good Reads?  I honestly had no idea these existed.

I tag Christina from Life Being Girly as well as all of you. If you do this tag, please link to your post in the comments section.

XOXO, T

P.S. Please do leave me recommendations of what I should read next.