Thanksgiving / Holiday Festive Makeup Look with All Affordable Products

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Today I was in a festive mood so I decided to put together a Thanksgiving / holiday themed look.

I’ve been playing around with Milani’s Bella Eyes Gel Powder shadows for a while and I’m really loving the formula. It’s creamy, very pigmented, and the shimmery shades are very reflective.

The cream one, Bella Ivory, is perfect for the inner corner, below.

Image found on Milani Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Ivory

They come in a large variety of shades including those below:

Photo from $4.39 on & elsewhere.

The bronze shadow and the cream one are my favorites. I used the bronze one, Bella Copper, below, on my entire lid today. 

Milani’s Gel Powder Shadow in Bella Copper. Image from Perfect for fall.

The look was actually super easy to do but does require a lot of blending and patience. Make sure to start off lightly with your shadows and build the intensity gradually or it can be easy to create a mess that’s barely fixable. 

The good news though, is that wet wipes fix everything, and you can always start over. As Tati, one of my favorite beauty gurus recently said in a video, “It’s just makeup!” I began by priming my eyelids with concealer. I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer, below.

Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer. 3.99 at Walgreen’s & elsewhere.

I then used the third medium brown color in e.l.f.’s Golden Goddess eyeshadow quad, below, labeled “crease” in my crease.

Image from Love this quad. Their review 


I used the second shade, labeled “lid” to soften up the edges all along my crease and allover the lid.

Here’s a quick tip: to get more pigmentation out of these shadows, crush a corner and use the loose powder packed onto the lid wherever you want the most intensity. 

On the outer corner I used the last shade, a dark chocolate to intensify it and smoke it out into a cat eye shape.

I also used a definer brush to smokoe out the lower lash line with that same shade.

I sprayed Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray onto my index finger, and packed the Milani Gel Powder shadow I mentioned before onto my entire lid. Here are swatches of the shadow below:

With flash.

Without flash.

With flash.

Without flash.

In the inner corner, I used e.l.f.’s Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold, below. I think it’s best to dab this on with the applicator, which is like a lipgloss or liquid lipstick doe foot applicator, and then tap it in with your finger.

e.l.f.’s Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold. 4.00 on & elsewhere.

I also spread this onto the inner corner of my lower lash line and I really like how it brightens the eyes and pairs with the coppery tones. For mascara I used a sample of Diorshow mascara I recently received and I actually really liked it.

Wet n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick in Missy & Fierce. $4.69 at Target & elsewhere.

To finish the look I felt a red lip was the best way to tie it all together. I used Wet n Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Missy & Fierce. I think this is such a perfect true red and looks great on all skin tones.

I love all these products and recommend them all to you. You can use any brown toned shadows and shimmery copper to do a similar smoky eye. I think this look would be perfect for a holiday party with your family, dinner party, work party holiday party with friends, almost any holiday outing!
Hope you are having a lovely Veteran’s Day weekend! (Thank you to all our vets and military families for your sacrifices)


Happy pre-holiday preparations!

Love you all!

What are your thoughts on makeup looks for the holidays?

Feeling Festive / Holiday Makeup 

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I’m obsessed with my Wet n’ Wild Eye Candy Holiday palette! I gifted it to myself because why not? I highly recommend this holiday makeup set if you’re still scrambling around for a stocking stuffer or small gift. It’s a steal for 3.50, on sale, & you can find it at your local CVS. 

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I give Wet n’ Wild extra points for making cruelty free makeup. It goes without saying that they’re awesome for making high quality, highly-pigmented, unique eye shadows at an affordable price point. This palette contains two gorgeous green shades, which I used in this look, along with a lovely deep shimmery chocolate shade I’m dying to try with the pretty complementary shades in the set. 

The only color I didn’t use from the Eye Candy palette is from Elf’s Artistry palette, and is a bright green on the outer corner and crease.

It seems they made the palette with two looks in mind, one neutral brown smoky eye & one green smoky eye, somewhat like mine. I’m no makeup expert, but I’m pretty sure the palette also contains a duochrome on the green side. I’m in love with it. It has brown and purple undertones and looks deep emerald in the pan. I used that color for the outer corner. I used the lighter green on my lid and the deep forest green in the crease.

The lipstick I used shown above, is also by Wet n’ Wild. It’s their metallic creamy lipstick in Cashmere. Love it. My bronzer/highlighter/blush is Wet n’ Wild’s Megaglo Illuminating palette. The foundation I use is NYX’s Matte not Flat foundation and the concealer I use is Elf’s Under Eye Highlighter and Concealer. I use the same ones every day, except when I’m bumming it, in which case I just use BB cream. The Eye Candy set comes with a cute little eyeshadow primer and two lovely metallic eyeliners. I used the green one a bit in on the mid lid & bottom lid.

That’s my Christmas Eve look! I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m becoming more and more of a makeup freak. I blame Youtube and all you vloggers I adore; I love it!

Merry Christmas!