• LOTW- Chasing Life

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    Did anyone see the premier of this show, Chasing Life? It aired last week, and I have total mix feelings about it. This is odd, normally I know pretty quick if I am going to like something or not. But this show, I liked parts of it. I really disliked other parts of it.

    The show is about April (Italia Ricci), a twenty something reporter that is working her way up the corporate ladder. She lives with her widowed mother and her troublesome younger sister. It follows her life and her trials. Then an uncle, that is not well liked, had to break the worst news possible: April has cancer.

    The one thing that I LOVED about this show, was how they did April’s makeup. It is dramatic and brings all the attention to her eyes. Without being heavy. It actually is a pretty natural look. Talk about natural but better look!! It is soft and romantic; all while being totally day time wearable. Actually, I have been trying to perfect this look all weekend. Not only have I been able to nail it; I was able to duplicate it with my Too Faced- Chocolate Bar pallet!!! (See I told ya that this was the best pallet ever)

    MakeUp Needed (I linked these to Amazon if you want the exact product that I used):

    Step 1-
    Apply “White Chocolate” all over your eyelid; lash-line to brow.

    Step 2-
    Apply “Milk Chocolate” in your crease.

    Step 3-
    Apply “Salted Caramel” over your eyelid; the football shaped area from your lash-line to crease.

    Step 4-
    Apply “Triple Fudge” in a V-shape on the outer corners of your eye. You will do this by lining your lower lash line; then follow up into your crease. Take it in about a third of the way through your crease.

    Step 5-
    Apply the BB Cream to your face by stippling it under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead. Then blend with large circular motions. Be sure to blend under your chin and down your neck too.

    Step 6-
    Apply the bronzer under your cheek bones. When looking straight into the mirror, trace from the edge of your eye down your cheek till you reach just under your cheek bone. Then sweep it along the bone, to your hairline. Blend in with circular motions. Apply a small amount to your temples, blending in with circular motion. And finally, apply some along your jaw line.

    Step 7-
    Apply blush to your cheek bones. Starting at your hair line, sweep down your cheek bone (staying on the cheek bone). Be sure to stop no close then two finger widths to your nose. Then blend using circular motions, back up your cheek bone.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick, make sure that you cover your entire lip so no pink is showing through.

    Step 9-
    Then to achieve her shiny pouty look, apply the lipgloss on top.

    Step 10-
    Like always, last but not least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    There you go!! Let me know your thoughts. Do you like this look? Is this something that you would be able to wear out and about?


  • Chocolate Bar In Depth


    I just realized that, I had an intro to this pallet and a tutorial on it, but I never actually listed the colors or done any actual review on it. No idea how that happened. I guess in all my excited it just slipped my mind. That is how much I am loving this pallet!! Well no fear, I caught my mistake and here is my full review on all the colors/shades/and textures of this fantastic makeup.



    Starting on the top left corner, moving across the right top row, then going down to the middle far left color, moving across the middle row, then finishing up on the bottom left and moving across the bottom row. Make sense? Okay lets go……

    1. Gilded Ganache– A dark shimmery green-brown.
    2. White Chocolate– A matte white. This is my most used color, I use it as a base color to every look I do with this pallet. Even though it is a matte light color, it covers all the little veins on my eyelid creating a nice blank canvas.
    3. Milk Chocolate– A matte light brown.
    4. Black Forest Truffle– A dark shimmer reddish-brown.
    5. Triple Fudge– A very dark matte brown.
    6. Salted Caramel– A medium orange brown. While at first, I did not think that I was going to love this color, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
    7. Marzipan– A shimmery light brown, with a hint of pink. This looks great with Salted Caramel.
    8. Semi-Sweet– A matte medium brown.
    9. Strawberry Bon-Bon– A matte light pink. This was another color that I thought that I was not going to like, but turns out I really love it. It works well with ALL of the colors in the pallet.
    10. Candied Violet– This is a glittery purplish shade. Not one of my favorites, and it has the most fallout of the lot, but it is a really pretty shade. It gives the browns a nice little subtle color.
    11. Amaretto– A dark shimmery burgundy brown.
    12. Hazelnut– A medium shimmery brown.
    13. Creme-Brulee– A light shimmery golden brown. This colors looks amazing over anything, and with all the shades in the pallet.
    14. Haute Chocolate– A dark shimmery brown.
    15. Cherry Cordial– A dark shimmery red.
    16. Champagne Truffle– A light shimmery white with a tinge of pink.

    As you can see there is a huge range of colors and textures to work with. The possibilities are endless. All of the colors are so creamy, and they are so easy to blend. I am not sure if the cocoa powder in them melts with your body heat or what, but they seem to melt into a perfect consistency making them a dream to work with. And lets not forget the amazing chocolate smell that you get with this shadow. Even after using it everyday, I still LOVE that smell. If you only get one new pallet this year, I would HIGHLY recommend this one.

    What are you thoughts on this pallet? Did I miss anything important?


  • LOTW- Chocolatier


    I am so in love with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection. So the next few tutorials I will be using it, because I have yet to use any other makeup since I got it. Hehe. It really is a fantastic pallet, if you are looking for a great natural colored pallet. Many people like having some more “pop” of colors in theirs and I understand that. For me, personally, I like more natural colors; browns and earthy tones are what I typically wear. You can have a wide range of looks from those. Everything from light nude looks to dark smokey eyes. While this pallet has some pops, they are still in the earthy range.


    Today’s look will be quite simple using only this pallet (at least on the eyes). It will be a matte light look, very natural. We will only be using four colors: White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, and Milk Chocolate.

    MakeUp Needed:

    Step 1-
    Apply White Chocolate all over eyelid, from lash line to eyebrow

    Step 2-
    Apply Semi-Sweet to the outer third of your eye, from Lash line to crease.

    Step 3-
    Also apply Semi-Sweet under your eye, from your outer corner in about a third.

    Step 4-
    Apply Strawberry Bon-Bon in the middle of your eyelid, from lash line to crease. You are going to want to overlap the colors Semi-Sweet and Strawberry Bon-Bon a little so they are blended well and there is no line from the two colors.

    Step 5-
    Apply Milk Chocolate into your crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply your foundation in a stippling motion under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Then blend in with large circular motions.

    Step 7-
    Apply Bobbi Brown blush to your cheek bones, very lightly. Then blend in circular motions.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick to your lips.

    Step 9-
    Last and final step, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

    Super easy look, using very minimal product and giving you a fresh looking face. Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts or favorite colors to put together?

  • LOTW- Maleficent Inspiration


    Has anyone had a chance to see this yet? I am so looking forward to seeing it. Maybe I will take Tink out, and have a mommy-daughter date. It has been a while since we had one and I know that this movie is a bit to dark for the little girls.

    Today’s look is inspired by this movie. Those chiseled cheeks, those red lips, and the perfectly heavy lined eyeliner. While we will never have Angelina’s bone structure, we can copy this look. This look will be a bit more intensive than some of the other looks, but won’t be any harder to accomplish.

    MakeUp Used-

    • Black Eyeliner- Both in a pencil and in a gel
    • Mascara
    • MAC- Brule (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Omega (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Brun (Eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Shroom (Eyeshadow but we will be using as a highlighter for your cheeks)
    • MAC- CopperPlate (Eyeshadow)
    • Clinique Better than MakeUp (Foundation)
    • Too Faced- Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer)
    • Clinique- Sugared Maple (Lipstick)

    Step 1-
    Line both your upper and lower water-lines (that rim around your eye) with the black eyeliner.

    Step 2-
    Line your upper eyelashes with the black pencil as well. This will give you a guide for later when we apply the black gel liner.

    Step 3-
    Apply Brule all over lid, from lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 4-
    Apply Copperplate over lid, being careful not to go above the crease.

    Step 5-
    Blend Omega into the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply Brun heavily along both the upper and lower lashes.

    Step 7-
    Apply your gel eyeliner along the top lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your foundation all over your face by stippling it on (under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead) then blending with large circular motions. (I am on vaca and totally left this foundation at home. Please forgive me that it is not in the picture.)

    Step 9-
    We are going to apply quite a bit of bronzer, the look will be harsh and dramatic. You want to apply this just under your cheek bones. It will accentuate your cheek bones making them pop a bit. The darker the bronzer the more they will pop.

    Step 10-
    Now we want to highlight the tops of your cheek bones, again to help make those bone pop. Apply Shroom to the tops of your cheek bones. (The great thing about highlighter, is that you don’t need to go out and buy any additional product. Any light, slightly shimmer eyeshadow color will work)

    (Note- we are going to skip on the blush with this look)

    Step 11-
    Apply a dark red lipstick. Personally I like Sugared Maple.

    Step 12-
    Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    What are you thoughts. Do you ever wear this much makeup? Is this a look that you might wear on a date night out?

  • Chocolate Bar… For Your Face

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    Thanks to my amazing grandma, I was finally able to get my hands on Too Faced Chocolate Bar. YEA!!! I was seriously jumping in the store, so giddy to get my hands on it. She has to be the coolest grandma ever, I can always count on her to indulge my addiction. My grandma was happy to be able to give me a gift that I was so excited about. Even though, I think I may have embarrassed my kinda reserved grandma. Ohwell, I was that happy and excited. Like the two year old that I am; I ran home, washed my faced and began to play with this AMAZING pallet. (So I will fully admit and disclose that I am already a little biased. I love Too Faced; they can do no wrong and I love all the names of colors)

    First, lets start with this packaging. How incredibly cute is this box? I am so loving this. While all the Too Faced products are cute, this one takes the cake. Not only is the box adorable, the actual makeup tin is genius. It looks just like a chocolate bar. Fun!

    Next, when you open it, the makeup actually smells like chocolate. And not in that weird chemical way some chocolate scented items do. You know the ones that say they smell like chocolate, you open it up, take a whiff and are like in what universe is this chocolate. Nothing like that. It really does have a delicious scent. My hubby made the mistake of trying to get ready when I was in there playing with this for the first time. I was just standing there enjoying this amazing smell and my hubby looked at me with the strangest look on his face. When I finally got enough courage to look at him, he blankly asked what in the world I was doing. So yup made him smell my makeup too. I think, he thinks that I need a padded room and some serious help.

    Like all Too Faced products, they are incredibly pigmented. I have been in a MAC phase, and while I love MAC they are wonderful. I forgot how much more pigmented Too Faced is. So that first time, whoops a bit to much. Good thing it is just makeup and I could wash it off and start over. And even better, even with all this pigment, there is no fall out!! LOVE that!! All of the shadows are so creamy and dreamy to blend. There are no harsh lines when working with any of the colors, even the darkest ones in the set. It is made out of actual cocoa powder so I think that may have something to do with how blend-able it is.

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    The color names are to fun!! And they kinda make me hungry lol. I think that I am going to break this post into two posts, since it is already a small book. Come check in next week for a break out of all of the colors in this pallet!! They are totally worth their own post!

    Do you guys have this pallet yet? What are you thoughts? Do you have any other Too Faced makeup?


  • Yea For New Tools

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    MakeUp tools that is!!!

    Okay I am like a two year old. I know this, I can accept this, and I can even share this with you, while laughing at myself. For me getting new makeup related items is like Christmas. It is getting a new package to open, new toys to play with, and the moment that I get it I want to rip it open to test it out. Anyone else… {crickets}…. yea ok, maybe just me but I was totally excited to get some new brushes.

    ECO Tools is one of those brands that is always awesome. They are completely 100% cruelty free. The handles are made of bamboo so they feel great in your hands. You can buy them at any Walmart/Target or drugstore. Plus they are incredibly cheap, which in the world of brushes is a huge plus. I got my friends daughter her first set up of brushes (I think it came with 5 different brushes for her face and eyes) for about $15. Cheap AND good quality… LOVE it.

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    The first one that I got was the Skin Perfecting Brush. With it being summertime, I mostly wear BB and CC Creams. I find that other foundations are just to much. This brush is designed specifically for BB and CC creams. Let me tell you it made a HUGE difference in the application. Up till this point I was just using my foundation brush, and it was ok. This brush though, gives my face an airbrushed look to it. Plus the angled to it makes it so easy to apply the cream in those hard to cover areas (think corner of your eyes, around your nose). It gives great coverage, without having you apply tons of product. At only $8, it was a great find.

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    The other brush I picked up was the Custom Buffing Brush. This is one of those brushes that has always been missing from my makeup bag. Every where I look (online) makeup bloggers were talking about needing a flat headed brush. If you were going to use bronzer you needed one, if you used powder foundation you need one, if you applied powered on your face in any way you needed this brush. But I have not found one that I liked enough to actually spend the money on to add to my collection. UNTIL I saw this one. I know that ECO Tools always have wonderful brushes and it was only about $7. I figured it was time to add one. Yup, I should have known to trust my fellow bloggers. This brush makes applying powders a breeze. I really like using it to apply my bronzer and my setting powders. It picks up just a little product at a time, which is great for those of us who are a bit heavy handed; but it makes it so easy to build up the color. Another great find.

    I am so happy with these two new brushes to my collection. Have you guys tried either of these? What are your newest brushes? What is your favorite brush?

  • LOTW- Purple Smokey Eye

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    Everyone loves a smokey eye. I have touch on a daytime smokey eye (you can check out that look here if you have a moment), and most everyone is familiar with traditional smokey eye. Since the color of the season is Orchid, or as most of us call it…purple. I thought that I would so a purple smokey eye. Last week I did a green eye look, but purple is my favorite color to play with. I use it a lot in my looks, with my hazel eyes, it makes the green in them really pop.

    Materials Needed:

    • Too Faced Boudoir Eyes
    • Black Eyeliner- A kohl pencil
    • Mascara
    • Maybelline BB Cream
    • Bobbi Brown blush in Antigua
    • Bobbi Brown lippy in Pale Beach #15


    Step 1-
    Apply “In The Buff” all over eyelid; from lash line to eyebrow. This will give us a nice base (canvas) to work with.

    Step 2-
    Apply “Voulez-Vous” on your eyelid; from lash line to crease. You will want to start the color on the outside corner and work your way in, take it about two-thirds of the way in.

    Step 3-
    Apply “Birthday Suit” on the inner third of your eyelid; from lash line to crease.

    Step 4-
    Apply “Lap Dance” in your crease. You will use this to smooth out any harsh lines, and to blend everything together. Using windshield wiper motions.

    Step 5-
    Apply “French Tickler” along your top lash line.

    Step 6-
    Line your lower waterline with the Black Kohl pencil.

    Step 7-
    Apply “French Tickler” along your lower lash line; starting at the outer corner bring it in about a third of your lower lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your BB cream by stippling it onto the areas that need more coverage (under your eyes, around your nose, the area between your eyebrows, and your chin). Then blend in with large circular motions. I apply my BB Cream or foundation AFTER my eye makeup on darker looks like this, in case of fallout. While I have very little fall out with Too Faced in general, it drives me nuts when I get my foundation perfect, to then have it ruined because I have dark fallout that won’t just sweep off. 

    Step 9-
    Apply Bobbi Brown Blush in “Antigua”. You will apply a very light layer of this starting at your hair-line, and sweeping down your cheek bones. Then using circular motions blend it in. Then take the color up your hair-line towards your temples. You will want a very light blush, that will frame your eyes.

    Step 10-
    Apply Bobbi Brown Lipstick in “Pale Beach #15”. If you are going this heavy on your eyes, then keep the look balanced by keeping those lips a nude color.

    Step 11-
    Last, but never least, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. 

    This is a look that I wear often, when the hubby is taking me out. How about you? Is this something that you would wear, or is it a bit to dark for you? Let me know. Also let me know if there is a certain look that you would like me to talk about. 

  • LOTW- Green With Envy

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    LOTW- Green with Envy

    This week, lets play a bit with some color. We have done a “Pretty in Pink” look and a “Golden Goddess” look. Both were very pretty, but they didn’t really let us play with very much color, since they were both more natural looks. Green is a color, that looks good on everyone. It will flatter blue eyes, it will make brown or hazel eyes stand out, and it will really pop making a striking statement on a super fair redhead. So, lets play!!!

    Materials Needed:

    • Green Kohl Eyeliner
    • Natural at Night- Too Faced Pallet (see review on this here)
    •  Big Eyes- Maybelline Mascara (see review on this here)
    • CC Cream- Studio Gear (see review on this here)
    • Bronzing Powder- Wet N Wild (see review on this tomorrow!!!)
    • Forever Young- LUSH Cosmetics (see review of this here)
    • Truffle Tease- Maybelline Lipstick (see review of this here)

    All of the products that I am using in this tutorial have all been reviewed by me!! Pretty cool!! You can click on any of the links to see my thoughts on each of the products being used.

    Step 1-
    Line eyes with the Green Kohl eyeliner.

    Step 2-
    Apply Spotlight all over your lid. From lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 3-
    Apply Full Moon on the inner third of your eyelid.

    Step 4-
    Apply Night Fever on the outer third of your lid. From the lash line to crease.

    Step 5-
    Apply Moon Stone in your crease and slightly above. You will want to start on the outside of your eye moving towards your nose, you will want to bring that about two thirds of the way into your crease.

    Step 6-
    Apply the CC Cream cream to your face. Stipple in on under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and in between your eyebrows. Then blend in using circular motions. Always be sure to end your blending by using downward motions.

    Step 7-
    With the green of the eyeshadow, I am not a huge fan of using bright or pink blushes. I like keeping everything else very neutral and natural. So keep things simple with just a little bronzer and highlighter. Brush the bronzer on the hallows of your cheeks, about a third of the way into your face from your hairline, up along your hairline to your temples.

    Step 8-
    Apply a tiny amount of LUSH Forever Young just above your cheek bones. By having the bronzer under and a little bit of highlighter above you will make your cheek bones look a little more pronounce without a whole lot of effort.

    Step 9-
    Apply your lipstick. I like the nude line of Maybelline’s The Buffs.

    Step 10-
    Last but certainly not least, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

    Now step back and admire how gorgeous you are. People will be “Green with Envy”. Do you like playing with different colors? Is green a color that you would wear out and about?

  • LOTW- Golden Goddess

    LOTW- Golden Goddess

    LOTW- Golden Goddess

    With spring and the warmer weather I was inspired. This week’s LOTW (Look Of The Week) – Golden Goddess. I thought that we would do something fun, natural and a will give you a subtle glow. There is nothing prettier then a fresh face.

    MakeUp Used:

    • MAC Eyeshadow: Brule, Woodwinked, Shroom
    • Urban Decay Naked 2 Pallet- HalfBaked
    • Physicians Formula- Black eyeliner
    • Maybelline Big Eyes- Mascara
    • Studio Gear CC Cream
    • BellaPierre Sunshine- Bronzer
    • Maybelline The Buffs Sin-a-mon- Lippy

    I know I know, it seems like a really long list of product used this week. And it is, I realize that. But I promise you that it is no more difficult than any other look. I did try to use a mix of high-end makeup and drugstore finds. One day, soon-ish, I will do a look all on drugstore finds. Maybe.

    Step 1-
    Cleanse and moisturizer your face. MakeUp always looks best on a clean face.

    Step 2-
    Apply Physicians Formula eyeliner, in black, to both upper and lower lash lines. Trick here is to only line the outer third of both top and bottom. This will give the illusion of wider, more innocent eyes. (I was really excited to try this product, and am looking forward to reviewing it for you.)

    Step 3-
    Apply MAC Brule all over the eyelid, lash line to brow. Everyone asks why I do this. I like having a uniform canvas to work on. It is just a great flesh tone matte color.

    Step 4-
    Apply MAC Shroom onto the inner third to half of both eyes. If you want the other colors to pop a bit more, you can apply this to the entire eyelid lash line to crease.

    Step 5-
    Apply MAC Woodwinked on the outer third of both eyes, again lash line to crease.

    Step 6-
    Apply Urban Decay Naked 2 Pallet in HalfBaked into the crease and slightly above it. By applying Woodwinked, which is slightly darker than HalfBaked, you will achieve the benefits of a smokey eye. Even though it is a very light golden look.

    Step 7-
    Apply Studio Gear’s CC Cream on face. I stipple it on with a foundation under my eyes, around my nose, in between my eye browns and on my chin. Then using circular motions rub it onto the rest of my face. And blend, blend, blend. I am LOVING this product and the more that I use it the more that I am in love with it. It is a go to staple in my bag now. If you want to see my full review, check it out here.

    Step 8-
    Apply BellaPierre Starshine Bronzer. You will apply it across your cheek bones, like blush, up along the hair-line to the temples. If you are comfortable with bronzer then gently sweep some across the top of your forehead again next to your hair-line, on the tip of your nose and under your chin.

    Step 9-
    Apply your lippy. I personally don’t like to use a liner, or lip primer. But my lips absorb the lipstick like no other. So if yours tends to bleed or migrate then you might want to a liner. If you do line your lips first, then fill in your lips with the liner before you apply your lipstick. This will give your lipstick something to hold onto, and make it last longer. I used Sin-A-Mon from Maybelline’s The Buffs line. I did a review on it a few weeks back, and my love of this line has only grown. I am now the proud owner of all the lipsticks in this line. (Truffle Tease is still my favorite, but with this being such a light look, it needed a bit stronger lip color.)

    Step 10-
    Last but certainly not least, curl your eye lashes and apply your mascara. I love Maybelline’s Big Eyes. It is a cheap drug store find that works better than any expensive brand that I have purchased. Please see here as to how to apply mascara.

    See no more difficult than any other look. Just mixing and matching more products. Hopefully, it was easy enough to follow along. During the spring and summer months, do you wear a lighter makeup look? Or are you the same makeup year round? Do you use a bronzer at all or is strictly blush? Let me know your thoughts.

  • LOTW- Pretty In Pink

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    So I am thinking that I am going to start a “Look Of The Week” aka LOTW. Thoughts?? Yea I think it is the best idea every too. I have to admit I am kinda, ok really excited, about it!! Ready? I know I am. Let’s go….

    This last weekend, for Easter actually, I did a pretty pink look. Very spring is here type of makeup. My girls whenever I do a pink look call it “Princess” makeup. Apparently pink makeup = princess. I am okay with this.

    Here is what I used:

    • Black Kohl eyeliner
    • Sephora  eyeshadow pallet
    • Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara
    • Maybelline Baby Skin primer
    • BellaPierre Mineral Foundation
    • Bobbi Brown blush in Pink Peony
    • Maybelline lipstick in Nude Lust

    Step 1-
    Okay I always do my eye makeup first. This way if I end up with lots of fall out, clean up is easy and I don’t have to worry about ruining my foundation. Line your upper and lower waterline with the black pencil.

    Step 2-
    Apply Cream all over the lid, from lash line to brow. Apply Dusty Rose on the outer third of your eyelid, from lash to crease. Last, apply Desert into the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 3-
    Apply Maybelline Baby Skin to face. You only need the size of pea for your entire face.

    Step 4-
    Using a big fluffy brush, apply the mineral foundation. Start by stippling it on under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. The using big circular motions, apply it to the rest of your face.

    Step 5-
    Using a blush brush apply the Bobbi Brown to your cheeks. The great thing about this blush is, even though it looks kinda over the top bright pink, it apply’s really nicely and you can build the color easily. A good tip on how to determine where to apply it is to not go closer to your nose then two finger widths. You want to stay on your actual cheek bone, brush up the bone all the way to your hairline and up your temple. You want the blush to frame your eyes.

    Step 6-
    Apply your lipstick.

    Step 7-
    Last but not least, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. Please see here as to the best technique to apply it.

    A very simple, yet pretty spring look. What are your thoughts? Do you equate pink makeup looks with Disney Princesses? Is this something that you would wear or do you stay with more natural colors? Let me know.


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