Holiday Red Smoky Eye Tutorial with Dream St Palette

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I haven’t stopped using the Colourpop X Kathleen Lights Dream St. palette all month and I have been visualizing several holiday looks since it arrived due to the alluring red, gold, and emerald shades. 

This look required much blending but any good smoky eye does. Other than that the application was very simple. The color payoff is intense and as I mentioned before in my emerald holiday eye tutorial, the shades are creamy, blendable, and very high quality. 

Though the red shade is bold, I think it’s stunning and pairs so nicely with a nude lip. I used the Aquarius lippie, also by Colourpop X Kathleen Lights. I then layered the Moonchild gloss from the Dream St. collection on top.

I knew from the beginning the star of the look would be the gorgeous red shade, Spark, which is described as a “matte neon red”. (

Image & recipe on (Peppermint Red Velvet Roll, yum)

I’m here all day for neon reds, like candy reds, Ruby Woo lipstick reds, etc. How good does this cake look by the way?

There are so many ways to use this palette but this has turned out to be one of my favorites. I’ve never done such a red eye look and I think a lot of people shy away from red for fear of looking sick but with the right transition shades and smokiness I think red eye looks are so pretty.

If you are really fair skinned, I suggest bronzing up the rest of your skin with a bronzing powder or contour cream a fair amount to complement the overall warmth your eye look will bring to your face and so you won’t appear vampire-esque unless that’s what you’re going for.

As usual I primed my eyes with concealer and did my eyes first to be able to clean up any fallout before doing the rest of my face. I began by using the first two shades in the first row as my transition colors in my crease. I mixed the two and focused them on the outer corner and used a fluffy crease brush.


I then packed the red shade onto my entire lid with a flat brush. If you see any specks of fallout, and I didn’t see too many, brush it off with a powder brush or wipe it off with a makeup wipe.

I used the shimmery gold shade Sweet Dreams, which is. “metallic soft champagne with a peachy pink flip” 

On my inner corner, on the inner half of the lid, and on my brow bone. I also used Moony on the brow bone for a little extra lifting. I recently learned from Desi Perkins’ YouTube channel that brow bone highlights should only be placed on the highest point of the brow, so in the arch, to lift the eye. If placed all over it brings the eye down. She says she learned it from makeup artist Patrick Ta so it’s legit.

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I packed all the shimmery colors on with my fingers as this has been working best for me. I learned that from Kathleen Lights. I feel like I might need to purchase a brush for the inner corner though as it’s never as poppin as I would like. 

That’s it!

I love a beautiful holiday red lip but since it’d be too much IMO with the eyes, I think a nudey pink or brown or even just gloss are perfect. Love how it turned out. 
What do you think? Any holiday looks you’re pondering on? 

Has the holiday shopping begun wearing you down? 

Love you all!

Blogmas: Colourpop X Kathleen Lights Dream St. Palette Review + Elfish Emerald Holiday Makeup Tutorial

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It probably won’t come as a surprise that I snatched the Colourpop X Kathleen Lights collab as soon as it became available or that I pretty much fell in love with it. I already knew I would before I even touched it as I loved the concept and the colors spoke to me.

Could this packaging be any more gorgeous?

If you’ve been reading my blog for even a week you’ve probably already noticed my affinity for both the brand and the beauty guru. I love them so. I’ll let you know why this collab is a must have and how to get the emerald elfish holiday look above!

The Dream St. Palette. Colourpop X KathleenLights collab. 16.00

I wasn’t surprised by how buttery and pigmented the shadows were as soon as I dipped into the palette. I’ve been a fan since of Colorpop’s lippies for a while. In fact, I was introduced to them by Kathleen Lights herself.

The Dream St. Queen. All PR photos Kathleen and of products are from & aren’t owned by me.

Binge watching her tutorials has actually taught me a thing or two about makeup products and introduced me to a whole new world of awesome indie and under the radar makeup. 

Colourpop is hardly under the radar though, as some item in the collab collection sold out within a few hours.
You don’t have to take my word for it though, as the palette I’m reviewing was rated 4.9 by Colourpop consumers. The palette offers both wearable warm tones, which practically everyone loves, as well as unique pops of color, which are both fitting for holiday looks as well as year round. 

It is truly dreamy and magical. The dreamy concept and theme was so well developed also, and I’m here for it all day.

On to the look!

I started off by priming my lids as usual with concealer. I suggest using a high coverage matte one that does a good job of cancelling out any redness, pigmentation, darkness, veins, etc. so that you have a blank, even canvas to work on and the colors show up as well as possible.

To start off I dusted Shooting Star in the crease, followed by magical. They are described as follows on Colourpop’s website:

Shooting Star: matte soft golden brown

Magical: matte yellow peach

I then used the matte dark teal emerald in the palette, water bearer, in the outer corner of my eye to deepen up the look and smoke it out. It is described as:

Water Bearer: matte cool teal

I had to use those teal colors. Like Kathleen, I’m also a water bearer and happen to love aquamarine shades. It’s so funny to me that I’m living for this palette because the first shade of eyeshadow I started wearing was a matte teal color as smoked out eyeliner when I was going through my rebellious Avril Lavigne fueled phase at 13. Lol.

This painting is everything to a Water Bearer and moon lover. Available on Etsy for $45 by EHollaArt.

I placed the shimmery teal shade, mermaid boy all over the lid with my finger and sprayed it with a little of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

Illustration by Eugene Ivanov. Just discovered his astrology illustrations through Google and he’s awesome.

I used the gorgeous shimmery icy silver blue shade, Kaleidoscope in the inner corner and inner half of the eye. It’s such a unique color and I honestly don’t own anything like it, which is described as:
Kaleidoscope: metallic intense silvery nude

Lastly, I used Moony to additionally highlight the inner corner and brow bone, and it’s a satin soft baby pink.

I also purchased the Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child and wanted the other two but they were sold out and are now back in stock, so I better get on it. 

The Dream Team bundle is a steal at $15.

have been using Moony and Magical or some other color in the palette almost every time I do my makeup since I got it and I’m kind of worried I will use it all up so I have to get a back up. I also layer Moon Child ove every nude lip and I’m obsessed.
I think this look is perfect for the holidays. I named it an Elfish Holiday look and Elfish is also a name in the palette btw, haha.

Love you guys and I hope you enjoyed this review and tutorial!

❀️✨✨Love and light✨✨❀️

Blogmas: Gifts That Don’t Suck for Every Makeup / Beauty Junkie in your Life & Every Budget + Mini Holiday Rant

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It seems we’re nearing the madness-induced period of December when shoppers willingly wait in never ending lines and wear themselves thin trying to find the perfect gift for everyone.

They’ll brave fights for parking spots in jam packed parking lots (I’m talking to you Los Angelenos), and that’s not to mention decorating, wrapping gifts, sending Christmas or other holiday cards, and attending holiday themed events all while holding down a job.

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For some, the holidays signify the added pressure of hosting elaborate dinners and special gatherings. That means slaving over a stove and baking a menagerie of treats for a hungry and demanding load of customers who don’t pay, their own families. Though supposedly the holidays stand for merriment, warmth, and rejoicing, they can be downright stressful. 

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This is not such a high price to pay when you see the smiles on your family member’s faces however, especially the little crew. Some in contrast,  keep it low key and the holidays might be a quiet dinner between two. I kind of envy these types.

Perhaps the hardest part is indeed finding those perfect gifts for those particular people in your life who have everything, are hard to read, or maybe are themselves particular. I will be doing separate gift guides for spouses/S.O.s and pretty much every person in your life if my schedule allows. You may have already read my foolproof gift guide for your coworkers. Hope you enjoy this one and it helps you get through your gift list. I personally researched each product and/or brand to make sure it was highly requested, highly rated, and have used many of these myself.

Here are my suggestions for every makkeup/beauty junkie in your life:

Over $100

Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic. $129.

Hands down, the Mia Clarisonic system is widely approved as the best skin cleansing system. Beauty guru Tati aka Glam Life Guru swears by it. It seems to be effective indeed as bet skin is constantly glowing from within. Any makeup/beauty lover and his or her pores will thank you.


That Bling Set 7 Piece Limited Edition Brush Set by Morphe $99

Bling on the makeup junkies! Any one of them will obsess over this gorgeous brush set by Morphe. Well respected and touted by the beauty community, especially for their brushes and eyeshadows, it’s no secret why. Morphe makes incredible products at insanely great prices. If you don’t feel like dropping a Benjamin on this makeup fiend, consider these options below.


Tarte’s limited edition 

treasure box collector’s set.$59

This set is a luxury quality version of the makeup set of every little girl’s dreams. I remember getting “kid’s” makeup sets for Christmas that smelled like fruity candy and plastic and I loved it. I would love this even more. With a palette full of pigmented intensely creamy shadows, effective blushes and bronzers to sculpt out the cheeks, a limited edition lipstick, and the other goodies in the set you can literally create an infinite array of looks all year round.


Morphe’s 39A Dare to Create Eyeshadow Palette. $32.

This incredible palette offers limitless possibilities when it comes to makeup looks. Anyone eyeshadow obsessed will happily get a lot of use out of this palette.

Fenty Beauty by Rhianna Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette. $39.

Any makeup lover knows Fenty came out with an amazing beauty line and has eyed this palette up and down. Everyone has enough mattes in their collection so these fourteen shimmery metallic shades are the perfect complement. It’s perfect for creating out of our galaxy holiday looks. 


Too Faced is My Life Set (Online Only). $25.

These Too Faced favorites are tried and true by makeup lovers everywhere. Any Too Faced fan, avid beauty guru, beginner, or someone wanting to get into higher end beauty would welcome this set into their collection. 

Colourpops’s All I See is Magic Pressed Shadow Palette. $20.

There aren’t enough good things to say about Colourpop IMO. They are affordable, cruelty free, their products are unique and amazing, pigmentation and blendability is insane…I could go on. 



Wet n Wild’s Limited Edition Beauty Blockbuster Set. $9.99


Wet n Wild’s MegaGlo Highlighting Palette. $14.99.

If your makeup loving friend does not own either of the above products, believe me, you are about to make him or her very happy. Everything in the blockbuster set and the highlighting products set has rave reviews for good reason. Killer price and amazing performance is basically unbeatable IMO. Wet n Wild kills the drugstore beauty game.

I hope this list helps a little to cross some names off your list!

Though it goes without saying that love makeup and fashion I think it’s important to remind myself about why we even celebrate Christmas. If you celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or even if you don’t really believe in anything, we can all agree that we all need a little love and loving your neighbor as yourself never hurt anyone.

For Christians, the birth of Jesus is supposed to be celebrated, but we often clutch material ideals so closely and hold societal norms in such high regard that this becomes blurred over the years. 

It’s easy to forget. I think doing a good deed or two this holiday season might be just what I need.

Thanks for reading, love you all!


Blogmas: How to Deal with Common Awkward Holiday Gathering Mishaps

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Are you attending your boyfriend’s parents’ holiday gathering for the first time? Do you anguish over the questions that are almost intrinsic to holiday gatherings? (How’s school? How’s your job? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Why don’t you have any kids yet? Why aren’t you married yet? Etc. Etc.) 
I know I do! All I want is to eat my pie in peace! I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.

It seems that I’m far from the only one concerned with these conundrums. Here are some great and funny articles I found about how to make the most of the holidays and seeing yourself out of unpleasant situations on BuzzfeedEventbrite, and

I decided to weigh in on these issues as well and here’s how I suggest you deal with these very common and annoying awkward holiday situations:

Attending an S.O.’s family’s gathering for the first time
Not only are you meeting new members of the family and seeing the whole clan together for the first time, it will take place in a holiday themed setting so stakes are higher. I’ve been there and survived this scenario once or twice. 

Whatever you do don’t ask intrusive questions, criticise or embarrass your S.O., or bring up politics or religion. That goes for every gathering! 

Do dress up and do your best to look your best. That means no old sneakers or two day old greasy hair. Shower, choose an attractive outfit, and highlight your best features. 

Also, it doesn’t hurt to gift your host or hostess with some wine or a nice box of candy everyone can share. 

Smile and be courteous and if asked an intrusive question, shake it off with a vague answer. For example, if asked “When are you getting married?” you can say, “When the time is right.”, “I don’t feel equipped to answer that quite yet.”, etc. That takes the pressure off you and your S.O. and provides no real time reference.
The aunt or uncle who won’t stop asking you about your job, getting married, having kids, etc.

Just as I mentioned above, provide a vague answer such as “When the time is right”. Also, gently see yourself out of the conversation or guide it to general topics. For example, ask the person about him or herself. Another option is to remark how lovely the food is and to switch the conversation over to food and/or ask for a recipe. Remember, you don’t have to answer any questions or even feel obligated to attend a gathering where you feel pressured, anxious, and on an emotional rollercoaster.

If you do go, remember, pay attention to your feelings and take care of yourself. Avoid arguments at all costs. Take a deep breath and be the bigger person should a touchy subject arise.
Avoiding party guests who monopolize your time and/or talk too much

This might be the only time during a holiday gathering to break out a little white lie. I’ve been the sounding board for some seemingly never ending monologues. I won’t call them conversations as  that requires two people. Clingy party guests who don’t know when to shut up have apparently not learned this as they won’t let you get a word in edgewise.

 Here’s when to say, “I forgot something (charger, present, anything!) in my car! Be right back!”, or if that doesn’t work say you have to excuse yourself to the bathroom or have a terrible headache and make a break for it. 

When a fight ensues.

Whatever you do, do not fuel the fire! Tensions are already high and expectations have already been blown. The last thing you want is to sever family ties with certain people forever.

Try defusing the fight by reminding everyone about why you’re gathered to begin with. If all else fails, leave before you get involved. 
When you receive a gift you honestly do not like or a regift

Regardless of whether or not you like the gift, thank the person. The thought really does count. Avoid making any promises about using or wearing the gift of you aren’t actually planning to. Instead make a vague remark such as, “How thoughtful!” which conveys your gratefulness without making any claim to liking the gift. 

That concludes my suggestions on how to deal with awkward holiday situations! If you have any suggestions of your own or any funny awkward family stories, please comment below.

Thanks for reading and I hope your holiday gatherings at straight out of a Hallmark movie! (I mean that in a good way)


Blogmas: 5 Gifts your Coworkers will Actually Like

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Though I’ve skipped a few days due to my crazy schedule, I’m going to attempt blogmas anyway. Just like with gifts, it’s the thought that counts right? Everyone on your Christmas gift list could benefit from extra love around the holidays, but that doesn’t have to mean emptying your bank account. Simple yet elegant and thoughtful gifts are best for people you work with. 

Here are 5 gifts you can’t really go wrong with:


I don’t know anyone who will say no or “I don’t like it” to wine.

If you want to make the gift a little more special you can create your own wine label for your intended recipient on

No matter who you’re trying to impress, be it your boss or your favorite coworker, you can’t go wrong with wine. Find out whether he or she prefers white or red win casually (this may require some snooping around) and you’re good to go. If you can’t, go with a happy medium, RosΓ©

A Massage, Spa, Hair Cut/Color or Hair Treatment

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There’s nothing like a day  all to yourself and a massage, spa treatment, or cut/color is the perfect excuse. Many people would happily go for a new hair color or an expensive facial but they deny themselves the luxury due to the shock of dumping that much money.

Everyone needs some TLC. The holidays can be hectic and at times may make everyone from the evidently overworked to the most happy go lucky people feel stressed and worn down. A gift card to a massage or other pampering treatment is an easy gift and a way to show you care about a coworker. makes it easy to give the gift of treating yoself.

3. World Tastes Box

World Market has such unique easy gifts like World Taste boxes from around the world. Tasting the offerings in the box is like going on a mini vacation. Some cool ones include World Tastes France, World Tastes Japan, and World Tastes Australia. Some delectable treats in the World Taste Italy box shown above include Casa Giulia Sicilian Orange Marmalade, Lazzaroni Amaretti Cookie Snap, Regioni d’Italia Trofie Pasta, and Regioni d’Italia Basil Pesto. I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for pesto and would love to try everything in that box. 

For gifting choose a country based on where your recipient has had favorite vacations or find out what type of cuisine he or she likes. 

4. Tickets to Recipient’s Favorite Team’s Game or Favorite Musician’s Concert

This is pretty a much a foolproof gift. The only way you could screw this up is if the tickets are for the wrong team or artist. Make sure to get it right which should be easy enough. 

If you’re unsure you can find pretty much anything by stalking around their social media a bit.

How sick is this Riri ensemble by the way?

This is probably the fastest and easiest way to make your coworker smile.

5. Makeup kit or grooming kit

Tarte’s Limited Edition Treasure Box Collector’s 

What woman wouldn’t want a limited edition makeup set replete with goodies like those above? No one, unless she doesn’t wear makeup. If so, a grooming kit would be a great gift and the same goes for any male coworker. 

Essential Burt’s Bees Kit

No matter who we’re talking about, we all have to groom ourselves at some point. Make the gift nicer by choosing a luxurious gift bag or adding some good chocolate. (This goes for any gift really unless you’re giving chocolate). 

The Winston Set by Harry’s

I hope this helps give you some ideas to knock some gifts off your list. 

Happy gift giving!