Purple Glitter Cut Crease

Hi! I’m back with more colors on my face!

I thought it was probably about time I posted again, and I have a super fun colorful look for you today! I had an 80s formal recently and decided that this would be the perfect occasion to put some wild colors and glitter on my eyes! This one is going to be very in-depth, so you might need to sit down, grab a snack, and get ready to read a lot!

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I think everyone knows by now that I’m a huge sucker for a good cut crease! I knew I wanted to use a lot of fun colors on my eyes and take a lot of pictures, and this is the one technique that I know will always look good. I’ve also been obsessed with purple and blue on my eyes, so those were the two colors I knew I absolutely had to use. If you want to recreate this look, or even just follow the technique I used, I’m going to tell you exactly how I got this half cut crease using my two favorite bright colors!

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First, I picked up my trusted Juvia’s Place Zulu palette. This palette has never failed me, and the colors are insanely pigmented! After laying down my base (Tarte Shape Tape, nothing new here), I started to pack on the dark purple (#1) with a small, dense brush to achieve the shape I was aiming for. I focused this color on my outer corner and then up into my crease, keeping it on the outer third of my eye. Once I had the shape and pigmentation that I wanted, I started to blend this color out with Single (#2) from the James Charles X Morphe palette, which is a softer purple-pink, and used a small fluffy brush to do this. I went back in with the dark purple to deepen the color, blended it out with Single, and repeated this until I achieved the look I was going for.

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Once I was happy with how the first two colors looked, I used Kittenfish (#3) from ColourPop’s “It’s My Pleasure” palette to blend the very edges of the eyeshadow. I used a big fluffy brush to blend (read my previous post about my brushes and techniques here!) and very little shadow. After I finished this step, I realized that I wanted to deepen the very outer corner, so I used Escape (#4) from the James Charles palette on a pencil brush. I didn’t use very much product at all since this color is so dark and pigmented, and I remembered to use my first shade to blend out any harsh lines. Once the shadows on my lid looked the way I liked them, I took out my ColourPop No Filter Concealer in Fair 00, which is just a white concealer, and cut my crease. I explain this process in another one of my previous posts, which I will link right here! I used a white eyeshadow to set the concealer then moved onto my lower lash line.

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I knew that I wanted to create a transition from purple, to blue, to white, so I dragged a mixture of #1 and #4 onto the outer third of my lower lash line using a dense flat brush. Then, I got a little bit of Brother (#5) from the James Charles palette, using a similar brush to the one I used with the purple shades, and started to blend it into the purple, as well as onto the middle portion of my lower lash line. I wanted a little bit of sparkle and brightness on the inner part of my eye, so I took Hello (#6) on a pencil brush and focused it on the inner third. To finish the eyeshadow up, I took my favorite highlight shade from Sephora, called Wedding Day, and put a lot of this on my inner corner (this is the single eyeshadow pictured below). It’s super glittery and bright, so it looks amazing paired with bright colors!

* Since buying this shade from Sephora it has been discontinued, but any shimmery white will work! There are some good highlight shades in the James Charles palette that would be perfect!

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I decided at the last minute to add some glitter to emphasize my crease. I used the Stila Magnificent Metal in shade Ballet Baby and a very thin gel eyeliner brush. I placed the glitter all along the line between the purples and the white from the cut crease, then stopped before it hit the darkest part of my eyeshadow. Once I put on some false lashes and mascara, this eye look was complete!

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That’s all I have for today! I think this combination of colors is absolutely gorgeous, and they are some of my favorite colors to work with. Please feel free to recommend different colors, palettes, and other products that I should try in my next post! Thank you for reading!

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How I Transformed My Hair from Brassy Blonde to Platinum

Hey there!

I’m back with a different kind of post than I normally go for! I know that my main focus for this blog is makeup (mainly eyeshadow), but I wanted to share my hair-care with you guys because I’m vey happy with the routine I have down! I’ve tried a lot of different products to make my hair super light and to get rid of the brassy color, and I finally found a few that work perfectly for me. Keep reading if you’re interested in how I went from a yellow-blonde to a white-blonde!

I started getting my hair highlighted when I was 13 and I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing that! I have an amazing hairdresser who knows exactly what I want my hair to look like, and she makes me the absolute perfect shade of blonde every time. Before this year, though, I used cheap shampoos and conditioners because I didn’t really think those would affect the appearance of my hair. Typically, a few weeks after getting my hair highlighted, it would start to turn brassy and yellow, which I didn’t like at all. I have very ashy hair naturally, so there was a huge contrast between the ends of my hair and my roots (which you can see in the picture on the left).

The picture on the right shows my hair looking a little brassy, but this was taken once I started to use a better shampoo and conditioner. My hair was less damaged in that one because I began to take better care of my hair. I think the color looked really good at that time, but I definitely still wanted to go lighter and more neutral. After both of these pictures were taken, I started to look for purple shampoos so that I could try to tone my hair, and it took me a long time to finally find a brand I loved.

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My roommate last semester let me try her purple shampoo by Joico, and I fell in love with their products! The color of the actual shampoo is dark purple, which is different from the lavender color of all the other shampoos I’d tried before. I used it a couple times just to get a feel for how it worked before finally going out and buying my own bottle. There was a sale going on at Ulta, so I decided to get the shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask by the same brand.

I don’t use these products every single time I wash my hair because I don’t need to tone my hair during every wash. I use the Pantene Moisture Renewal shampoo and conditioner , which makes my hair silky and smooth without ruining the color or tone of my highlights. After toning my hair, the color holds for a few washes afterwards, so I can go a while using my other shampoo. When I want to get the brassiness out of my hair and get it to be extremely light, though, I have a specific routine that I follow.

First, I wash my hair with the purple shampoo and leave it in for about 10 minutes. I typically do this while I’m in the shower, but I have washed my hair in the sink before and put it in a shower cap to let it set. Then, I wash out the shampoo thoroughly and put the hair mask in. This mask brightens my hair, while the shampoo tones it, so the color looks amazing in the end! Once the hair mask has set in my hair for about 5-8 minutes, I rinse it out and put the conditioner in. I don’t let this set in my hair for too long, and I normally leave it in for about 3-5 minutes. After going through my entire routine, I blow-dry my hair because it always ends up looking lighter when I do.

That’s it for my lightening-and-toning hair routine! I’m very happy with the products I’ve been using and I love how my hair turns out every time! It took a lot of trying different products to finally find some that work best for me, and I would recommend these to anyone who’s looking to make their hair icy-blonde. If you have any other products that you think I should try, please let me know! I’m always on the lookout for new hair products that will make mine even lighter and brighter!

Little Life Update

Hey guys! ♥

Sorry I’ve been absolutely M.I.A. lately! My fourth semester of college really caught me off guard and I’ve been crazy busy with school, my new job, and trying to get some sleep every once in a while. I haven’t had very much time to do my crazy eye makeup and get some posts up! I’ve been feeling really defeated because of my lack of time and energy to work on posting regularly, but I’m really trying to figure out some times to post a little bit.

I wanted to update you all on my life really quickly in between studying for the insane amount of tests I have in the next couple of weeks. Life has been hectic, but I’m hanging in there and still LOVE makeup as much as I did when I was posting on a more regular basis. I’ve done a few fun looks for different events that I haven’t written about yet, so I wanted to share some of those here!

#1. Sorority Formal

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Of course, the only selfie I took the entire night is one that I used on my Instagram story. Go figure! I really loved this look, though, and can’t believe how great it turned out! I used a few different palettes, including my usual Morphe 25C as well as the new James Charles Artistry palette. Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed with James’ new palette! I also did a half cut crease because, honestly, what’s new?? I toned my hair with the new purple shampoo I’ve been obsessing over too, so if you guys want to see a review on my hair care nowadays I can definitely do that!

#2. EDM Concert

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So these are definitely not the highest quality pictures I’ve ever taken, but I knew I’d want to post them here so I made sure to have a couple! I did my own makeup for this concert, but I also did my friend’s makeup (who’s in the first picture with me). We both wanted to go for an icy blue look and I think both looks turned out amazing! I used the James Charles palette once again, as well as the Morphe 35V palette. I can’t stop using blue eyeshadows right now and this was the perfect occasion to be creative with my eyeshadow!

#3. Random Eye Look

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Okay, so there was one night that I didn’t have too much to do and I decided to play around with (you guessed it!) the James Charles palette. Obviously this one has become a staple in my makeup collection, and I’m pretty sure I use it every time I put any amount of color on my eyelids. I used my NYX Vivid Brights purple liquid eyeliner with a little bit of ColourPop “From the Valley” liquid eyeshadow on top to get a glittery wing. Then for inner corner highlight I had to use the ABH Moon Child Glowkit, and I used the shade “Blue Moon.” I’ve wanted to write about this look SO BAD but couldn’t find the time to write out an entire post, but if you want a more detailed description on this look, please let me know! I think it turned out so cool and so pretty!

#4. Travis Scott Concert

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I may or may not have wanted to include these pictures in this post just to rave about Travis Scott…that’s okay though, right?! It’s a little hard to see the colors I used on my eyes because I didn’t take these specifically for blogging purposes, but I used my Morphe 25C palette and used different shades of pink. It’s also a half cut crease, which is my new go-to look nowadays. I think my makeup turned out super fun and girly for this concert and I loved this look! I tend to use bold colors way more than neutrals, but I think pink is my new “neutral” color for eyeshadows. Incase you were wondering, by the way, Travis Scott was amazing!

I hope you’re not too annoyed with me for being a flaky blogger lately, but I promise that once my schedule calms down I’ll get some more looks posted! Thank you all for hanging in there with me! And I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the looks that I’ve done in the last couple of months! If there’s a specific look that you want me to post about more in-depth, don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know. Also, if you’d like to see different kinds of posts about hair care or skin care, I’ve been working on getting steady routines down and would love to share what I like so far. Once again, thank you for continuing to follow and support me! xoxo

Night Out Makeup Look

Typically when I leave the house at night, I tend to wear neutral colors on my eyes. My comfort zone has always been warm brown tones and not too much color, unless I’m blogging about it. Now that I’ve become more confident in wearing a little bit of color on my eyes, though, I’ve decided to incorporate more fun colors into my looks when I do decide to go out. I came up with this fun purple look the other day and I’ve been obsessed ever since! Keep reading to find out how I accomplished the look shown below.

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I started this look by packing the pink-purple matte shade from the Morphe 25C palette onto my outer corner, blending it inward. This palette is one of my favorites and I use it so much that I included it in my Best of Makeup 2018 post! I made sure to take a clean fluffy brush to blend out the edges and give the color a gradient effect. Then I took the dark plum shade from the Jaclyn Hill palette and packed it onto my outer corner where I originally put the previous shade. I packed on the color, blended it out, and repeated this process until I achieved the blend and pigment that I wanted. I needed to darken the look a little bit more, so I added a small amount of black from the same 25C palette to the outer corner and continued to blend that in with my other colors. It took me a while to get the shape and pigmentation I wanted, but all I had to do was keep packing shadows on then blend them out!

Since it had been a while since I’d done a cut-crease, I decided to do one for this look. I used Tarte Shape Tape, as I describe in this post, then blended the outer corner concealer out with my finger. I packed the same colors I used in my crease onto the outer half of my lid to make sure the eye looked gradient and cohesive, then packed the silver shimmer from the Morphe 35K palette onto the rest of my eyelid. I finished the look by using one of the highlight shades from the Jaclyn Hill palette, popped on some false lashes by Ardell, and used mascara to blend my real eyelashes with the falsies.

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I love how this look turned out! I’m so happy that I’m figuring out new ways to add some color into my makeup for nights out. I usually stick to wearing warm neutral tones when I leave the house, but nowadays I’m starting to become more confident with wearing color. This look is perfect for a night out, paired with a nude or dark lip and a bold cheek highlight. It did take quite a bit of blending, but the end result is gorgeous and I can’t wait to incorporate more colors into my eye looks when I go out on the weekends!

Best of Makeup 2018

Last year was an insanely great one for makeup lovers! Between the much-needed expansion in foundation shades, to the tons of new palettes released, to some of the best collaborations, it was an amazing (and expensive!) year for everyone invested in the beauty industry. There has been so much makeup to try out and review that it can be a little overwhelming, but there is truly a product for everyone nowadays!

Personally, I have grown a lot in the last year with makeup. A year ago I never thought I would have a beauty blog, but now here I am! I spent the last half of 2018 trying to capture my creativity through eye looks, and teaching others about eye makeup and its application. I’ve learned a lot about makeup and what I love about it in the last year, which I reflected on in my previous post, “Why Do I Love Makeup?” I’ve gotten more confident in trying crazy colors on my eyes, as well as in doing makeup on other people. Last year was one to remember and appreciate, so to give a shoutout to 2018 I collected my ten favorite beauty products that I used all year. These are the staples in my makeup collection, the ones I can’t live without, and the products you’ll probably recognize from previous posts of mine!

Face Products

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1. Real Techniques Beauty Sponge

The most important parts of makeup application are the tools you use, so my first favorite product is obviously going to include my #1s. I’m obsessed with the Real Techniques Beauty Sponge because it makes foundation and concealer blend into your skin so effortlessly and naturally, without leaving streaks or patches. You can also use your sponge and a little loose powder to set your face, which is what I do most days to avoid shininess. In addition to this amazing little sponge, I’ve also been obsessed with the Real Techniques face brushes and decided they deserve an honorable mention.

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/miracle-complexion-sponge?productId=xlsImpprod5960824

2. Maybelline Superstay Foundation

I used this foundation for the majority of 2018 and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! It absolutely covers everything but still manages to look like real skin. I really believe this foundation is magic in a bottle and I’d recommend everyone to try it out! You can put a little bit onto your sponge and make it look super natural, but then add a little more and you have a true full-coverage foundation. This formula lives up to its name and it’s definitely one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve tried.

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/super-stay-full-coverage-foundation?productId=xlsImpprod17161541

3. ColourPop Highlighter in “Flexitarian”

Just from glancing at the picture of this highlighter, I’m sure you can see how bright and shimmery this product is. I use this on my inner corner almost every time I do my eye makeup and I don’t think I’ll ever stop! It’s super easy to apply and blend into your skin as a face highlighter too. I’ve found that you can use a brush for a more natural highlight, but use your finger to get some crazy shimmer on your cheekbones. And for the price, this product just can’t be beat!

Buy here: https://colourpop.com/products/flexitarian

4. Morphe Setting Spray

I’ve been searching for the perfect setting spray since I started doing my makeup, but could never find one that was exactly what I wanted. Most setting sprays are harsh and leave water marks on your face, but this one will never do that. It comes in an aerosol can so that the product sprays your face evenly and gently, and it makes your makeup last forever!

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/continuous-setting-mist

Eye Products

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5. Jaclyn Hill Palette by Morphe

It’s no secret that this palette is the most-used in my collection. You can tell just by looking at it that I use it like crazy! It’s the perfect palette for any type of look, whether you want a very neutral look or a pop of color. The shadows are extremely easy to blend and the shimmers are super pigmented. If you haven’t already tried this one out, I recommend you get around to purchasing it in 2019!

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/jh2-jaclyn-hill-ii-palette

6. 25C Palette by Morphe

I might have a slight obsession with Morphe eyeshadows, but I’m sure that’s nothing new to you! I recently fell in love with this palette for it’s brown tones, but also found that I can’t stay away from the pops of color. I’m a huge fan of warm-toned eyeshadows in my everyday life and this palette catered to my needs big time. It has become one of my most-used, up there with the Jaclyn Hill palette.

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/25c-hey-girl-hey-artistry-palette

7. Zulu Palette by Juvia’s Place

This. Palette. Wow! I hadn’t used many bright colors before I purchased this, but once I bought it I was drawn into the world of crazy eyeshadow looks. Almost every time I create a look incorporating some kind of crazy color, you can be sure that this palette was involved. I give all the credit to this palette for sparking my interest in colorful looks and I’m so happy that I found it!

Buy here: https://www.juviasplace.com/collections/eyeshadow-palettes/products/the-zulu-eye-shadow-palette?variant=42973304661

8. Stila Magnificent Metals

It’s no question that these were the biggest trend of 2018. I’m not sure if I could name more than a few people in my life who haven’t tried these, and everyone who has loves them! With so many different color choices and varying levels of glitteriness, you just can’t stay away from these guys! Every time I want to do a fun look for going out, I pop one of these onto my lid and I’m ready to go. This is another one of those products that you just have to try; I promise you’ll love them!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/glitter-glow-liquid-eyeshadow?productId=xlsImpprod15311017&_requestid=4171221

9. NYX Glitters

Alright, so I’m obviously a glitter-addict. When I have a big event to go to, like a formal, I reach for these loose glitters. They’re beautiful and extremely easy to apply, and they last for the entire night. These take a little bit more effort and focus than the Stila Magnificent Metals, but they’re definitely worth it when the look is complete!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/metallic-glitter?productId=xlsImpprod17451075

Lip Products

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10. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors

I’ve tried a decent amount of lip products this year, but I still go back to the same one. The formula and color selection of these liquid lips are hard to beat, and they’re super affordable! I’ve been using these for years, but I really started to try tons of different shades throughout 2018. These are some of the best lipsticks on the market right now and I can’t wait to try even more colors!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/ultra-hd-matte-lip-color?productId=xlsImpprod13541029

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This concludes my favorite products from 2018 and trust me when I recommend every single one of these. I tried out a lot of different products throughout the year, but these are the ones that I knew I couldn’t leave out. I’m so excited to try new products and improve my skills in the upcoming year, and to hopefully continue to teach all of you a little something about makeup. Thank you for supporting my blog in 2018, and thanks in advance for continuing to read and support in 2019! It’s going to be a great year for makeup!

Vibrant Purple Eyeshadow

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I’m gonna be completely honest with you…I’ve never been super into purple eye makeup. I’ve always loved pinks and blues in terms of using vibrant colors, but I’ve never really tried doing a completely purple look on myself. In the last few weeks, though, I’ve started trying out different shades of purple and the results have been so great! Keep reading to see how I accomplished this look that you see right here.

One of my favorite palettes that I’ve been using everyday has been the 25C Hey Girl Hey palette by Morphe. It has so many wearable warm tones for everyday looks, but also has a few pops of color. I wanted this look to be as vibrant as I could make it, so I used the matte magenta shade in the palette as my transition. Since this color is a lot brighter than my normal transition shades, I started with very little product on my brush, building up the color while making sure to blend it out on the edges.

I know I mention the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place in most of my posts, but I can’t help it! The colors in that palette are insane! I used the dark purple shade to deepen the outer corner then continued to blend it into the magenta shade I used earlier. To make my outer corner even darker I added a little bit of the dark plum shade from the 25C palette, which made this look exactly how I wanted it to! This look took a lot of blending, so if you try to recreate it make sure to take your time. I blended these shades onto the outer 2/3 of my lower lash line as well.

Once I was happy with how I blended those two shades, I decided that I wanted to cut my crease. You can find an in-depth tutorial on how to do this in one of my earlier posts, which I’ll link right here. I do this a lot when I went the shimmer shade on my lid to really pop! After I cut my crease, I packed on the shade “Faso” from The Magic Mini palette by Juvia’s Place, making sure to blend my earlier purple shades with this shimmer on the outer corner for a seamless look. I finished this by using a pink highlighter on my inner corner and adding some mascara.

I’ve really been into using colors that are out of my comfort zone lately, and with enough blending and creativity, the results are amazing! Purple has always been one of my favorite colors, but I’ve been too nervous to put it on my eyes. Now I know how cool purple tones can look and I’m excited to play around with even more shades like these!

If you like purple eyeshadow looks, you’ll love the look I did on my sister using the Zulu palette, which I’ll link here! Make sure to check out all my other super colorful looks, like my rainbow eye and another super colorful one, and be sure to send me any type of look you’d like to see me try to recreate!

Why Do I Love Makeup?

The question often gets brought up of why I love doing my makeup so much. A lot of people think that makeup is used to cover up, which it can be. People also think that makeup is a way of impressing people, which can also be true. I don’t do my makeup for those reasons though. I started really thinking about why I enjoy putting on my concealer, highlighting my cheekbones, and putting crazy colors on my eyes, and came up with a few reasons to explain why I do this. So here are some reasons why I’m absolutely in love with my makeup.

  1. Makeup is my therapy. Let me tell you, being a college student is not easy. Between constantly studying, writing papers, and trying to maintain good grades there is a lot of stress that builds up. That’s not all I worry about though. There’s constantly something that I need to be doing on campus, whether it be within my sorority, a club, or just maintaining a social life. There is always some kind of drama or craziness happening on top of that, so there’s even more to stress myself out about. I’ve never been the type of person to handle extreme stress well. I’ve learned that if I have a little bit of extra time, it’s incredibly beneficial for me to sit down, turn on some music, and do my makeup. I do this as much as I can, but there’s not enough time in my day to throw on some eyeshadow every time I get overwhelmed. Even planning out looks that I want to try and watching tutorials seems to get me to relax and chill out for a little while.
  2. Makeup gives me a huge boost of confidence. I’m not saying that I’m not confident without makeup on at all! Most days I don’t even wear makeup because all I do is sit in class for the majority of my time. When I do wear makeup, though, I feel really confident about how I look. I put a lot of time and effort into my makeup and I love being able to show that to everyone around me. It’s so much fun when I do my eyeshadow or wear a bold lip and people notice. I get so happy when people compliment me on my makeup, and it really does boost my confidence a lot! Or maybe my ego, but we won’t talk about that…
  3. Makeup is my way of being creative. Growing up, I always wished I was better at drawing, painting, or some other form of art. I tried so hard to be even remotely creative, but that was just not me. When I started playing around with makeup I learned that I was actually good at it! I watched a lot of tutorials when I was younger and started trying out different eyeshadow techniques. Fast forward to the present and I think I might have a clue what I’m doing! Makeup is my way of being artsy and creative, which you can probably tell by the crazy-colored looks I’m addicted to putting on my eyes.
  4. Makeup just plain makes me happy. The happiness I feel when I get a package from Ulta in the mail is indescribable. I get so excited to try out all my new products and create different looks with them. Makeup is just one of those things that brings me so much joy, and I wish I could tell you how much I enjoy using my palettes and my glitters and my lipsticks. Every time I have an event to go to, the first question that comes to mind is how will I do my makeup this time? I am beyond obsessed with trying different products and coming up with new techniques.

As you can tell (and probably already know by now) I have a huge passion for makeup. I believe that it’s an outlet for people who need a boost of confidence, who want to showcase their creativity, and who love to try new things. I’m so happy I found a passion like this, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with the world!