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Feline Frenzy: The Cat Eye

I’ve always loved the winged cat eye look, but recently it seems to have really gotten popular which is awesome. I saw this chart of different style cat eyes on Pinterest and I thought it was pretty cool.

Quick tips for creating the perfect cat-eye:

  • I personally use MAC Blacktrack Fluidline and their #266 thin angled brush. I think it’s super easy to control and create a thin line and build from there.
  • Use small strokes to create your line rather than trying to line the entire length of your eye in one swipe. This will give you more control.
  • A great tip I learned recently was to draw your wing first. By doing this you know exactly where and how far out you want to go.
  • I have a bad habit of stretching my eyelid out, this can distort your line when you let go. Keep your eyelid relaxed so your line looks natural along with the curve of your eyelid.
  • For a more dramatic look, connect your wing from your upper lash line to the corner of your bottom lash line and continue to line your lower lash line.
  • Be sure that your line you create is right up against your lash line. You don’t want to be able to see any eyelid between your liner and lash line. If you notice a spot, go over the line again with more product, focusing on the lash line.
  • If your wing you create turns out too thick or messy, take a q-tip dipped in makeup remover to clean up your line.
  • Practice, practice, practice! If you don’t get it right the first time, keep at it! You’ll get the hang of it.

How do you create your cat-eye? Which product do you use and love?


Mila Kunis Inspired Look: Dramatic Smokey Eyes

I think Mila Kunis is beautiful. I saw this one photo of her floating around Pinterest and I thought it was mezmerising. I thought I’d do a similar look tonight for the fun of it. It’s pretty dramatic and sharp. It’s definitely more of an editorial look and not something I’d wear out, but I think it’s pretty cool.

Products Used:

MAC eye shadows in: Moth Brown, Black Tied, and Solar White

MAC Fluidliner in Blacktrack

Dior Show Extase mascara

Ardell false lashes

What do you think about this dramatic look? Would you wear this look out or tone it down for a more classic smokey eye?

Adele Grammy Inspired Look: Claire

My friend Claire has really been wanting a red lipstick. Today she bought one from MAC in the shade Russian Red as well as picking up their lipliner in Brick. When we got back to my apartment and I prepared to do her makeup, I tried to think of a good look to pair with a bright red lip. I was originally going to do a purple look on her eyes, but that would have been too much with the red lips.

I thought of Adele’s makeup at the Grammy awards this year and did a look inspired by that. I changed it up a little and did more of a smokey eye on the outer corner of her eyes instead of Adele’s bold cat eye.

My blanket of hair needs some layers!

Sexy red lips!

pretty Claire!

Fancy picture from Instagram, I thought this filter really brought out the colors.

Products used:

Smashbox Photofinish Primer

Nars liquid foundation

Nars blush in Sin

MAC So Ceylon Mineralize Skin Finish

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Urban Decay Primer Potion

MAC Solar White eye shadow

MAC Rice Paper eye shadow

MAC French Grey eye shadow

MAC Black Ties eye shadow

MAC Russian Red lipstick

MAC Brick lip liner

Maybelline Great Lash masacara

Ardell false lashes

Doesn’t Claire look awesome? I am hoping to be posting a few more looks over the next two weeks including one inspired by Zooey Deschanel. Are there any specific looks you’d like to see? Let me know!

What do you have?

Lately I’ve found myself having some low days where I feel sorry for myself. I get caught up in thinking about all the things I wish I had. The situations and circumstances I wish were different. The places I’d rather be.

These thoughts of wishes and wants and what if’s get me no where, they never get you anywhere. They perpetuate the funk you’re in and blind you from seeing what you do have.

Last night and this morning I was in one of these funks. As I was driving home from the store this morning, out of the blue an internal voice seemed to whisper, “Think about all that you do have. Think about all the things that make you so lucky. You have no reason to be sad.”

Now, obviously this seems like simple advice and it really is. Sometimes we get so bogged down in our own anxious and negative thoughts that we don’t appreciate the things that bring us happiness and that keep us alive.

When I heard the whisper in my head, I actually felt like I woke up from the funk (Versus logically recognizing I should be thankful for what I have, which often doesn’t make these funks go away.). I looked around on this overcast day and thought to myself, “Wow! I am so blessed and so lucky to have so many wonderful things. So what if a few things are out of sorts?”

I won’t go on and list all that I have and all that I want, but I wanted to recognize how lucky I am. Things will never be perfect. We just have to take what we have to work with and make the best of it.

Now, of course I expect to have more days where this said funk kicks in, but today I kicked it out.

Take five minutes out of your day today and tell yourself why you’re lucky and focus on what you have. It’s bound to improve your mood even just a smidgen. ^_^

The only chart you’ll ever need.

My fiance came across this chart a few weeks ago. He called me over to look and half-jokingly said, “Read it, live it.”

“Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.” – Baz Luhrmann