Look: Kat Von D Metal Palette

Well, for this look, all I know for the shadows is that I used the ones from the Kat Von D Metal Palette. I never wrote down which ones, but luckily there is a limited amount in there. It’s very blue. Not sure if I like it that much, but here it is…

KVD Metal Orchestra Palette Look (2)

KVD Metal Orchestra Palette Look (14)

For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Yaby PP silver & blue, KVD Metal Palette, Mystery Kohl Power (liner), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Chanel Tweed Pink
  • Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte #1

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Look: Easy Browns for Stress

I did this look the week I started my masters program last semester, so needless to say, I was super stressed. I didn’t want to take that much time on my makeup, so I decided to do some easy browns. For me, it seems like browns are the easiest to work with, and they take me the least amount of time. And of course, like Denny would say, brown is always a winner!

Easy Browns for Stress Look (7)

Easy Browns for Stress Look (15)

For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Yaby PP browns (base), SMH shadows, NARS Mekong (crease), NARS Night Star (highlight), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (liner), UD 24/7 Underground (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: NARS Love Joy + NARS Albatross (highlight)
  • Lips: Partial Nude l/l + Young Think l/g

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Look: Pink & Blue

This is a slightly older look that I forgot to post! I think this look is better in concept…the middle looks too gray I think. But the pink on the lid makes the look less bold, and blue tends to be quite bold. It’s a nice combo that didn’t come out looking purple. And oh, how I love frosty pink lips!!! :-)

Pink & Blue (2)

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Fresco Rose PP (base), Ego (inner lid), Smashbox Flamingo (middle lid), Moon’s Reflection (outer lid & above crease), Deep Truth + Contrast (crease), Solar White (highlight), Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink (liner), Blooz Kohl (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Gentle mineralized blush
  • Lips: Madly Creative l/s + Take A Hint Tendertone

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Look: Chameleon

I call this one chameleon because that is what it looks like to me! It’s like it could change color depending on how you look at it…like a duochrome nail polish! It’s got greens and teals and golds… Whoa! I loved how it turned out :-)

Cameleon

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Yaby PP in greens (base), SMH Olive Branch (inner lid), SMH Fresh (middle lid), Bottle Green (outer lid & crease), Nylon (highlight), Bobbi Brown Ivy Ink (liner), Exceptionnel mascara
  • Cheeks: Superduper Natural mineralized blush
  • Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque #77 + Nice Mix Up l/g

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Look: Notoriety w/ Some Glitz

For this look I used the MAC Notoriety Quad. I added some NARS Mediteranee and some Reflects Copper Glitter to make it more shimmery. Unfortunately I don’t think the camera picked up on the glitter much because it’s so fine. Oh well. I rarely use the reflects glitters and I thought it would be fun. I did this look on a Sunday when we were going to Roy’s for my sister-in-law’s birthday. It was very ME because it’s bright, colorful, and dramatic! :-)

Notoriety with some Glitz Look (2)

Notoriety with some Glitz Look (16)

For this look I used

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), Notoriety Quad: Skintone 2 (inner lid), Rich & Earthly (middle lid), Notoriety (outer lid & crease), Skintone 1 (highlight), NARS Mediteranee (inner & middle lid), Reflects Copper Glitter (middle lid), NARS Mekong (crease), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (liner), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Notable
  • Lips: Buzz lipglass

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My First Award Tag: Beautiful Blogger

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Wow! My very first award tag: The Beautiful Blogger Award! I’m so honored :-) My new MUA blogging beauty friend MusicalHouses nominated me, which is so exciting! I have to post 7 random facts about myself…so here we go!

  1. I grew up all over the place. I was born in Wichita, KS, moved to Birmingham, AL when I was 4, moved to Pleasanton, CA when I was 7, back to Birmingham when I was 9, to Tucson, AZ when I was 14, up to Sacramento, CA when I was 15, then down to LA for college when I was 18. I’ve been in the LA area ever since.
  2. I hate to travel. Literally hate. I hate leaving my comfort zone, my stuff, and my house. I’m a total homebody! I feel no need to see the world or visit anywhere. I have been to Europe, Canada, Hawaii, and Israel though.
  3. I’ve recently become a nail polish junkie! I have nearly enough polishes to wear two different ones every day of the year…and that doesn’t count making different colors by layering! I know. I am bad.
  4. I hate to cook. I think I’m terrible at it (though my husband disagrees and says I’m just lazy, which might also be true). I pretty much never cook.
  5. I ran the 20th, 21st, and 22nd LA Marathons. In addition, I’ve done 3 18-mile runs, 6 half marathons, and countless 10 and 5K races. Ahhh my running days… :-)
  6. I was the valedictorian of the first graduating class at my high school. My transcript had no flaws: straight A’s from freshman through senior year (well, before freshman year too). My parents always told me to do my best, and I guess that was always A level work :-)
  7. I play the flute and piccolo. I was in the band from 5th grade all the way through college. Though I don’t play regularly anymore, I used to be pretty good at it if I do say so myself :-)  I played in honor bands and everything. I even met my husband in the UCLA marching band (he plays drums)!

Now I have to nominate and tag 7 more bloggers to recieve this award. Here are my nominees:

I chose 3 nail bloggers and 3 beauty/makeup bloggers! I don’t know if they’ve received this award before (probably since they’re all much bigger blogs than me), but hey, nominated more than once isn’t a terrible thing :-)

Look: So Pretty I Forgot Mascara

Like I’ve said before, doing my mascara is my least favorite part of doing my makeup. Sometimes I procrastinate doing it by doing my hair first, getting dressed, or anything else first. This day my mind must have been distracted by something else because I completely forgot to go back and put on mascara. I realized my mistake half way to work :-( Oh well, I guess it was such a bold look that I didn’t notice! :-) What’s your least favorite step in your beauty routine?

Forgot Mascara (3)

Forgot Mascara (15)

For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), Stars Makeup Haven Powder Room (inner lid), SMH In a Bind (middle lid), SMH 1492 (outer lid), SMH Smoke & Mirrors (crease), Guilty as Sin (highlight), Bobbi Brown Black Ink (liner), Feline Kohl Power (waterline), ….
  • Cheeks: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit mineralized blush
  • Lips: Buoy-o-Buoy lipstick

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Look: New Years Eve Dark Eyes

We went to a friend’s New Years party – it wasn’t wild or anything, but the dress code was “semi-formal,” so we got some nice clothes on and I decided to do a really dark eye look. It’s really a classic smokey, but ultra dark. So naturally, I did lighter on the lips. It was a good look for me because I felt sexy and confident, my lips were easy to reapply with or without a mirror, and I wasn’t self conscious about my lips fading while I drank, ate, talked, etc. The evening was a lot of fun!!

NYE Smokey

NYE Smokey (8)

For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Yaby PP black (base & smudged under lower lid), Kat Von D Lucifer (whole lid), Typographic (smudged above crease), Knight Devine (smudged above crease), Pincurl (highlight), Bobbi Brown Black Ink (liner), Chanel Exceptionnel mascara
  • Cheeks: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit + NARS Albatross (highlight)
  • Lips: Chanel Mystic l/s + YSL Rouge Pur #1 l/g

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Look: NARS Essential Eyes Palette

This is a great palette if for no other reason than it has Galapagos and Thunderball :-) LOVE those colors!!! When I told the lady at the NARS counter that I wanted Galapagos, she said she didn’t have it and I must have shown visible signs of disappointment because she immediately said “but wait, I have THIS” and pulled out the Essential palette. Since I didn’t have any of the colors in it already and it had the color I wanted so badly, I thought SCORE! Has that ever happened to you?

I must have run out of space on my camera the day I did this look because there aren’t a lot of pictures…sorry about that.

NARS Essential Eyes Palette (2)

NARS Essential Eyes Palette (15)

For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), NARS Essential  Eye Palette: Nepal (inner lid), Ondine (middle lid), Thunderball + Galapagos (outer lid & crease), Night Star (highlight), Bobbi Brown Black Ink (liner), Feline Kohl Power (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit mineralized blush
  • Lips: Shu Uemura BG 956 + Lip Fusion Summer l/g

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Look: Matching with Orange

Orange can be a difficult color to match with. Since I got the NARS Mediteranee e/s duo, I wanted to wear it. So I chose a nice outfit with brown and decided to pair it with some brown shadows with gold highlights. I really like the end results. I know that orange eyeshadow can be a very bright color for some people to pull off, but if you can do it, I think you should!

Matching with Orange (2)

Matching with Orange (15)

For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Yaby Pearl Paints in orange (base), NARS Mediteranee (whole lid), NARS Mekong (outer lid & crease), Smashbox Oyster (highlight), Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink (liner), Plushlas mascara
  • Cheeks: NARS Love Joy + NARS Albatross highlight
  • Lips: Pink Grapefruit lipglass

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