Easy Soft Glam Smoky Eye Tutorialย 

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I find myself doing similar eye looks on the daily even though I like to go out of my beauty comfort zone for my blog. I’m always asked the secret to a good smoky eye, so I decided to do the simplest prettiest one I do consistently, which is also easy enough for anyone to do. By the way, what they say is true, blending and a good fluffy brush are the keys to any smoky eye. 

Luxie 249 Blending and Shading Eye Brush

The Luxie 249 eye brush above is my current favorite, as I mentioned in my recent half cut crease tutorial with the Maybelline X Makeup Shayla City Mini palette. Morphe and Colourpop brushes are good inexpensive alternatives. 

Morphe’s M534 Deluxe Pro Blender. $6.

The quality of shadows obviously plays a role, but not as much as your brush’s quality as you can make an okay shadow look great with primer or concealer and a good brush and technique. 

I always start off by priming my lids with concealer. I use either Wet n Wild Photo Focus concealer, Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics, or Trick and Treat Concealer with Active Prooplis by Hey Honey. I love all of them for different reasons but I use Wet n Wild’s the most. This helps your shadow’s color pop and prevents it from creasing. 

Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer. My eye primer and nose contour standby.

I then usually set my lids with a matte bone or cream colored shadow. This helps create a blank canvas and also allows your shadows’ tones to come through. Additionally, it helps prolong your shadows’ staying power, especially if you have oily lids like me.

Rose in the Air palette by Wet n Wild.

The matte cream shade in the Rose in the Air palette by Wet n Wild. Most of the shades I used for the look are from this palette. I started off by dusting the bone shade allover the lid and then working the rusty orange shade into the crease. I took it all the way to the inner crease lightly but focused it on the outer edge.

I then used the orange brown transition shade above the orange rust color to instensify it and soften the edges. I decided on doing a solely matte look for once, as I usually do some type of shimmer on the lid, so I packed the cream shade in the inner half of the eye.

I went back and forth between the cream and the rusty orange to create a nice gradient. I then used the brown in the Maybelline X Makeup Shayla palette right under where I put the other crease shades and blended it into the other browns. I concentrated it on the outer edge to smoke it out and create a cat eye effect.

Maybelline X Makeup Shayla City Mini Palette. $9.99 at Ulta and elsewhere.

I really love how these browns paired together and the gradient effect. I also love how easy this look is to recreate. You can modify it with literally any colors. If you feel like you messed up the blending and you’re in a pinch you can always cover it up with concealer. If the damage is irreparable, then just clean it up with a makeup wipe and all will be good.

You can totally do this look with whatever tools and makeup you have, whether you’re a novice or an expert. 

I love you all and hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! 



Makeup Shayla X Maybelline City Mini Palette Review + Half Cut Crease Gold & Purple Tutorial

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Source: weheartthis.com. The City Mini Palette by Makeup Shayla X Maybelline 

I’ve been a fan of Makeup Shayla’s for a while and her collab with Maybelline has been on my never ending makeup wishlist since it came out.

The City Mini Palette by Shayla X Maybelline. 9.99 Ulta, CVS, & elsewhere

I have to be honest though, I’m not a fan of Maybelline eyeshadows even though I’m obsessed with their Fit Me line. In the past I’ve been disappointed by their chalkiness, lack of pigment, and lack of blendability. In the some eyeshadows look amazing but just don’t perform on the eyes. Forget all that because I’m not sure what wizardry Shayla came up with but she totally transformed whatever formula they had been using.

Source: pinterest. How sick is Shayla’s makeup?

Source: Maybelline.com. These shadows are so gorgeous and all so useful. 

My local drugstores stocked these products eventually, but at a snail’s pace. When I saw them I freaked out.

My heart did a somersault for Shayla and just because I could finally use them and create all the looks that started bubbling around in the makeup compartment of my brain. (an ever-growing one, much like my makeup wishlist.) 

The shadows couldn’t be creamier, which I love. The pigment and the color payoff are totally there. The blend ability is on point. The shadows are each very purposeful and you can totally tell Shayla put a lot of work and thought into it. 

As she mentioned in her introduction of the palette and tutorial on her channel, you can create anything from a simple daytime look or a sexy smoky glamorous look. That couldn’t be more true. I love palettes like these because they’re compact and complete. They’re perfect for people like me who hoard everything in their purse like a glam pack mule and who don’t have time to sort through ten palettes to get the ideal transition shade.

Source: Maybelline.com

I created a half cut crease look somewhat like the one Katy/Lustrelux did on her channel:

I like how she concentrated the darkest shades only on the outer corner of the eye. I extended the purple way into the second half of my eye. 

I might have to give Kathy’s techniques a go as I’m always into making my eyes look bigger. I think this look would create that effect. 

I primed my eyes with a hit of Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics. I’ve started warming up to it as an eyeshadow primer because I found it works well if you apply a small amount. (literally a dot or two) and buff it out with a wet beauty blender as it’s very concentrated and thick. I also dig that it’s anti aging. 

Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics. $24 on itcosmetics.com and elsewhere.

I was tempted to dip into a tamer transition color than the terracotta reddish brown in the palettes but I really wanted to do a look with only this palette so I applied the shade lightly into the crease. I was really impressed at how well it worked and I fell in love with the shade. I want a sweater in this color. 

I then went into the gorgeous purple shade, and used it to intensify the outer crease. Purple is Shayla’s favorite, and she sure did it justice with this pretty plummy royal shade. 

I then cut a half cut crease with Bye Bye Under Eye and went over the entire lid with the shimmery light gold shade. I went back and forth between the gold and purple where they meet to create a gradient. I initially applied both with a brush but then packed more on with my finger. Lastly, I added more with a wet brush sprayed with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. $15 at Sephora, Ulta, etc.

You certainly don’t have to do this, as the shadows are shimmery on their own, but I wanted a super reflective sheen. I went over the crease again with the brown and intensified the outer V of the eye with the black shade. 

I think this look would be bomb with the Colossal Big Shot purple mascara Shayla also created with Maybelline, which she is wearing below:

Source: Maybelline.com

I’m so happy with how the look turned out and will continue working on my cut crease skills. I’m so excited for Shayla and hope she continues to collaborate with brands or come out with her own products and makes more sick makeup. 

I can’t wait to play around more with this palette. By the way, this is kind of off topic but overall I think my looks have been looking more blended and diffused because of the Luxie 249  Blending and Shading brush I received in my Ipsy bag a last month. 

Source: Ipsy.com. I think this may have been an Ipsy Bag exclusive, but I found some on Mercari.com for $10. Similar brushes, which do the same job are available on Luxie website too. 

As Slayla would say, Strut and Slay.

Love and light to you all. I hope you had a relaxing and lovely weekend. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Halloween Duochrome/Opalescent Mermaid’s Tail Eyeshadow Look with All Affordable Products

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If you’re planning on being a mermaid for Halloween or feeling like you need a duochrome look in your arsenal read on for how to get this look! It’s not that difficult and I did it with all affordable products.

I have always loved Halloween makeup and FX makeup. I like the idea of becoming someone else for a night. Mermaids may or may not be real, but I like to think they are, and their tails are the inspiration for this look. I just picture the iridescent tails of the mermaids in the cove in Peter Pan shining in the moonlight or Ariel’s in The Little Mermaid. I think this look would pair beautifully with a lavender shell bikini. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒŠ

Lately I have been obsessed with duochrome shadows. I am truly becoming a duochrome junkie. I just want pretty shiny things like Ariel! Is that so bad? ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Photo from Disney.wikia.com.

This look was inspired by these two products:

Maybelline’s Waves of White 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow, above, which is a creamy white shadow with opalescent blue, green, and purple shimmer, and the brownish reddish eyeshadow with teal and duochrome reflects in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone Palette, below.

Image found in Pinterest.

The shade I used is the one swatched on the middle finger. By the way, according to many makeup blogs, it is a dupe for Mac’s Club eyeshadow below:

Image from beautyparfait.blogspot.com. The top swatch is the shadow without a base and the bottom is it with a base/primer.

It looks nothing like what how it does in the pan:

16.00 on Mac.com for a full sized eyeshadow single. 6.00 for a Pro Palette refill. (Not bad for if you just want to take it out for a spin to see if you even like it.)

It appears to be a dull medium toned neutral greyish brown/taupe. You have to swatch it to see the magic beneath the surface.

Image found on 


It is also extremely similar to this shadow above and below by Prestige Cosmetics in Hocus Pocus. It goes without saying or swatching that it is amazing. I need to check this brand out as it’s one of those great underrated ones apparently.

Here’s a close up of the Hocus Pocus shadow. I need it.

Believe it or not, I actually found The 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in a bin at my local 99ยข Store. I’m not kidding. They have bins full of unloved lonely Milani, Maybelline, Wet n Wild, and other products on the regular. It’s worth a look. You can also pick it up here on Amazon for $10 plus $3.89 if you really want it. You might after seeing this swatch:

You can use any iridescent shadow you have at home. There are actually tons o great indie brands sell in awesome iridescent/duochrome products on Etsy. Here are some awesome opalescent ones by the brand Spectrum Cosmetics. Makeup Geek makes amazing duchrome shadows too. Honestly the list goes on and on.. You can even use a highlighter like Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skin Stix in Confetti. Here it is below: ๐Ÿ’œ

Photo by Temptalia.com

First I started by prepping/priming my eyelids with Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer. I then used the first matte bone color in Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening to set the lids. I then used the burgundy color and the taupey grey color in the same palette in my crease. 

Image from Wetnwild.com.

Those are the 7th and last colors in the palette, going from left to right.

I then used the same burgundy color to deepen the crease and all over the lid as a base for the duochrome color. After that, I used a little water to wet my finger and dipped it in the burgundy based color with teal duochrome I described before in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette.

It is the last color labeled “definer” in the second row. I tried wetting a brush with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray and that worked great too. Any setting spray will do.

I used the 24 Hour Color Tattoo as a inner corner highlight, over the other duochrome shadow in the inner half of the eye, and as a browbone highlight. I love it as a browbone and inner corner highlight. You can’t see the inner corner highlight much as the teal shadow took over. I still love the look overall.

Even though it’s bold and not a typical neutral look, I feel like it could work for so many occasions. If you’re into Halloween makeup you can run free with an eye look like this and do your full face in shimmery duochrome loveliness. A glitter liner like Stila’s or Urban Decay over the center of the lid would be pure wonder. Opal highlights would work amazing with it as well. I don’t own any, otherwise I would’ve went for it.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope it inspired a Halloween look or a fun night-out look! More Halloween fun to come, as the day is now upon us! 


By the way, if you haven’t caught up on your Halloween themed YouTube tutorials, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out Desi Perkins’, Nicole Guerreiro’s, and Nikki Tutorials’, plus so many talented underrated people. 

Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with love and light!


Daily Fall Staples; Minis + Chunky Knits

Daily Fall Staples; Minis + Chunky Knits

Maje short skirt

Jeffrey campbell boots
$225 – revolve.com

Jennifer Zeuner hoop earrings
$145 – shopbop.com

Isabel Marant ring
$240 – harveynichols.com

Burberry makeup
$39 – burberry.com

Colourpop eyeshadow
$30 – revolve.com

Illamasqua eye makeup
$25 – very.co.uk

MAC Cosmetics lip pencil
$17 – harveynichols.com

Maybelline mascara

Festival Fashion: Lingerie Inspired Ootd

Festival Fashion: Lingerie Inspired Ootd

Denim shorts

$13 – withchic.com

Ray-Ban round sunglasses
$230 – selfridges.com

Maybelline eyeliner
$7.68 – superdrug.com

Rose Gold; Hue of the Moment

Rose Gold; Hue of the Moment

Chi Chi mid calf dress

Valextra clutch

Pearl bangle

Rose jewellery
$68 – johngreedjewellery.com

Stila makeup

Burberry eyeliner

Tarte blush

Maybelline eyebrow mascara
$9.89 – veryexclusive.co.uk

Steel trunk

Feline Fashion

Feline Fashion

NLST charcoal gray dress
$265 – theoutnet.com

Kate Spade black slip-on shoes
$275 – neimanmarcus.com

Karl lagerfeld watch
$225 – karl.com

Stila mascara
$24 – revolve.com

Maybelline lipstick
$16 – nelly.com

Printable wall art
$6.70 – etsy.com