Drugstore Makeup Haul /How I Got Makeup at CVS Almost for Free / Opal and Violet Eye Tutorial

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I always get so excited to get makeup basically for free. I’m here for drugstore makeup and I’m all for drugstore savings, especially when you’re on a budget. With amazingly affordable brands like Wet n Wild and e.l.f at the drugstore, there’s no reason to forego quality because you can’t afford high end makeup.

I found two intriguing products by e.l.f at my local drugstore. One inspired me to do this look, the Stardust Glitter Eyeliner. Both the name and the look of the product lured me in. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about opals, stars and starry astronomy related things, and of course, also glitter.

Stardust Glitter Eyeliner by e.l.f in Pink Opal. $4. ElfCosmetics.com, CVS, Target, etc.

It looks way cooler in person and has intense pink reflects. It looked amazing swatched and paired beautifully with the other new e.l.f product that intrigued me, the No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold.

E.l.f’s No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. $4 at CVS, Target, etc.

This product is supposed to be a no budge formula. Though both the liner and the shadow stick were very pretty, they both definitely creased on me throughout the day so I suggest using a very full coverage thick concealer with them as eyeshadow primer, like Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics or Shape Tape by Tarte.

Wet n Wild’s Megacushion Foundation. $7.89 at Target, CVS, etc.

At CVS, I used $5 of Extra Bucks, a 15% off coupon, and a $3 of $11 off makeup coupon, and I scored the e.l.f eyeliner and shadow stick for $1 and change. I was stoked. I then went back a few days later to get the Wet n Wild Cushion foundation with $3 Extra Bucks I still had.

Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Sun Glaze. $1.93 at Walmart, CVS, etc.

Since I ended up spending $10 on Wet n Wild makeup on the foundation and a lip gloss, I got $5 more extra bucks.

Brush Shampoo by e.l.f. $4 at CVS, ElfCosmetics.com, etc.

I then got $3 more at checkout so I went back and got an e.l.f liner brush and brush cleaner for a dollar and change. I haven’t washed my brushes in a hot minute so I’m looking forward to be getting the gunk out of them.

E.l.f’s small angled brush. $3.

Needless to say, it’s been a good week for drugstore savings for sure.

This look was easy to do but took tons of layering to get the pigment to where I wanted it. I haven’t used the eyeliner for its actual intended purpose, but I will give it a try. I began by priming my eyes with Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer.

Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer. $8 at Walmart.

I actually really like this for the undereye but for this look, a thicker more full coverage matte concealer would’ve been better.

Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo. $5. Ulta, colourpop.com etc.

I then used the shadow stick allover the second half of the eye. I cut my crease and filled the entire inner half of the eye with the eyeliner.

Essence’s Single Eyeshadow in Black as a Berry. $3.

I blended the two shades into each other to get rid of the harsh lines. I placed Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo on the outer corner and used Essences’s single shadow in Black as a Berry to line the lower lashline.

I would’ve liked the look to have more shimmer and glitter but I made the products work, and it’s good for an everyday glam kinda day.

What products have you scored at the drugstore lately?

Love & light!

Thanks for reading

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Festival Makeup: Glittery Crystal Teal, Cobalt, and Opal LookΒ 

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If I could live at Coachella, I might. Music, fashion, an excuse to go all out with your outfit and makeup, BeyoncΓ©, I mean.. What more could you ask for?! 

For my festival look I was inspired by desert tones, cacti, and starry skies. For those reasons, I used e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze, Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Bleached and Moonchild and Nyx’s Pigment, which is straight up glitter in peacock. 

Wet n Wild’s single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

 Though my festival look may not be as outlandish as other you might’ve come across, I feel that it’s more important to consider what will outlast the heat best and go with the most outfits, thus being the most versatile yet festival-ready look I could muster. 

Nyx’s Pigment in Peacock. $6.49 Ulta, etc. 

I considered going the bejeweled third eye route but I’m not sure how well this would outlast the heat, though of course, it would surely make for good photos. 

I wanted to focus on implementing color and sparkle to the look becauseI was inspired by bright festival colors and the sunset and dusky summery tones of the desert and starry nights, so I went with teal and navy and lots of opalescent glitter. 

Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Moonchild. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

I began by priming my lids with foundation, and used L’OrΓ©al Pro-Matte founation. I normally don’t do this, and instead opt for either primer or an eyeshadow base, but I’ve seen others do this step, so I thought, why NOT? 

I was blown away by the Mad for Mattes palette. Its peachy shade is gorgeous and called out to me from the moment I saw it. I seriously love every shade in the palette and every one of them is creamy, blendable, and very useful. 

e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze. $10 at Target, etc. 

I used the peachy apricot shade as my transition shade. I then dipped into my Lisa Frank bronzer to deepen up my crease and outer corner.

I patted the single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached on my entire lid. This has a sticky petroleum-jelly like consistency but is permeated with glitter in every way. The glitter is iridescent and reflects gold, blue, etc. I softened the edges of my crease and the transition between the glitter and warm tones with a gorgeous pinky peachy shade in an e.l.f Best Friend Eyeshadow duo called Peach Squad. 

e. l. f’s eyeshadow duo in Peach Squad. $3. Ulta, etc.

I love this shade and like the shadows in the made matte palette, it was creamy, blendable and dreamy as a crease shade. It lools much more salmon and pinkier n person than it does above, in my opinion. 

I then tapped some of the loose teal glitter pigment in Peacock from Nyx on my palm and grabbed some on a flat shader brush. I stuck it on to my lids pretty easily because the sticky Wet n Wild glitter was underneath.

Lastly lined my lower lashline with the cobalt blue single eyeshadow shade Moonchild by Wet n Wild and lined my water line with Nyx’s Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Blackberry.

I loved the final result and though it wasn’t exactly the looking I initially envisioned, I’m happy with it. 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope I helped inspire some festival / summery looks of your own. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ΅πŸ’ž

Have a beautiful fun-filled weekend, whether you’re at Coachella or not. πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

Easy Soft Glam Smoky Eye TutorialΒ 

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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! 

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Deep Burgundy Smoky Eye / Vampy Look Tutorial

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It goes without saying that I love fall and winter. One reason I do is because of the deep vampy smoky eyes and lips that are so reminiscent of the season.

Sometimes a bold eye and lip can clash, so I try to keep them in the same color family. I’ve really been liking smoky eyes with burgundy in the crease. 

This look was super easy. I used bronzer in my crease as my transition shade to begin. You can barely see it once the look is complete, but it adds a nice warmth. I used this one by ELF:

e.l.f.’s blush and bronzing powder in St. Lucia. 4.00 at Target and elsewhere. 

I then used e.l.f.’s Artistry Palette, below, for the rest of the look. I used the shimmery burgundy shadow on my entire lid and the second shimmery champagne shade in the top row in the inner half of my eye.

e.l.f.’s artistry palette. $10.80 on 

ebates.com.

This palette is not very well rated honestly, but I’ve gotten many looks out of it. I like the pigmentation and quality so I don’t really care about the ratings. The mirror is also huge, which is awesome. I used the medium brown tone in the palette in my crease, to intensify it.

I then cleaned up the edges and blended all the colors into each other/smoked out the look with a clean brush.

Wet n Wild’s Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize. 3.99 at Target & elsewhere.

To tie the look together I used a wine lip liner underneath this lippie, Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize, above, by Wet n’ Wild. 

I really like how the look turned out overall even though I experienced some fallout. For the price though, it’s not that hard to take a wet wipe and clean it up and do your eyes first. 

Love & light to you all and have a beautiful three day weekend! 

Fall Leaves / Fiery Sunset Eyes Tutorial

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Hello and happy Halloweek!

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying many treats an maybe a few tricks. I had fun doing this look as I love warm tones like rust, burgundy, crimson, orange, etc. I was inspired by fall leaves and fiery orange red sunsets to do this eye look & tutorial. 

By the way here’s an interesting tidbit on fall leaves changing colors, “The vivid yellow and orange colors of fall leaves have actually been there throughout the spring and summer, but we haven’t been able to see them. The deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides the other colors. In the fall, trees break down the green pigments and nutrients stored in the leaves. The nutrients are shuttled into the roots for reuse in the spring..The red color is actively made in leaves by bright light and cold. The crisp, cold nights in the fall combine with bright, sunny days to spur production of red in leaves – especially in sugar maple and red maple trees. ” (Earthsky.org.).

Image from earthsky.org.

I bought the Milani Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows in the primary shade range after finding it in a discount grocery store near my house called Grocery Outlet. I was immediately attracted to the red shade in the palette and I already knew Milani has amazing products like their setting spray, their gel powder shadows, etc.

They purchase overstock merchandise and I’m totally fine with that because they’re awesome and have everything from pretty NYX blushes to tasty pumpkin beers.

The shadows came out in 2012 and it appears that it’s not being sold in stores other than Poshmark and Ebay. You can use any red, orange, and yellow shadows.

 Image found on vampyvarnish.com.

I began by priming my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes SPF 15.

Image from Smashbox.com. $25.00 on Smashbox.com, Sephora, etc.

It is honestly so good as an eye shadow primer as it is very high coverage for something with “BB Cream” in its title. Plus I love that it contains SPF 15, which is a nice bonus, and protecting your lids and under eyes from the sun is a must since that skin is so delicate. After priming I set the lids with a bone matte shade from my LA Girl Nudes palette. You can use any you have on hand.

I then used the bronzer in Elf’s Aqua Beauty Bronzer and Blush duo in Bronzed Peach, shown below, in my crease as a transition color. I love this duo and also used it for blush and contour.

Elf’s Aqua Beauty Blush and Contour Duo.$6.00. Elf.com, cvs, etc.

The first color I put down was the yellow in the inner half of my eye. I then dipped into the orange and placed it in the middle of the lid. I used the red in the crease and outer half of the eye. 

I blended all the colors into a gradient by sort of fading them into each other. I applied all of the metallic colors first with my finger and then patted more on with a brush I had wet with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

As most of you know by now, when it comes to makeup, I don’t mind being a little extra, so I added gold glitter and a wing. The glitter I used is the Color Icon Single Glitter by Wet n Wild. 

Color Icon Single Glitter in Brass by Wet n Wild. .94Β’ at Target. This glitter is stunning on its own on a bare lid.

The product I used for my liner was really inexpensive, but I found it very patchy so it’s not even worth mentioning. To be honest with you, the Milani shadows were also hard to work with and blend out. Despite these setbacks, I made it work, and I believe that working with all kinds of makeup shows you how to work around problems. Not every product can be as seamless as your favorites and that’s to be expected.

Nonetheless, Milani is still one of my favorite drugstore brands! 

Hope you all have a frightfully fabulous Halloween!

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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. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸŒŠ

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? 😭

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 

lifeisshortbuythemakeup.blogspot.com.

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 99Β’ 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: πŸ’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! 

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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!

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette Review + Purple Amethyst Fall Makeup Look: Petal Pusher Palette

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The Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection by Wet n Wild in Petal Pusher calls for a floral crown & dusty lavender scarf.

 

Whenever I discover a high quality affordable makeup palette at the drugstore I pretty much do a back flip. I was at my local CVS and I did my usual walk through the makeup aisles when I discovered the Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Petal Pusher by Wet n Wild. (To be honest I find it soothing to look at makeup, and when I’m stressed I take a walk expressly for this reason. It’s almost like looking at pieces in a musuem. There’s something zen about it.) 

Photo by jet.com

The smoky purple/amethyst look I came up with. Bold but perfect with a nude lip + for fall. You can get away with more drama for fall & winter. Plus who cares? Rock those deep shadows girl.

Both the Beauty Brick Palette in Ultra containing purple tones by LA Girl and the Petal Pusher palette by Wet n Wild caught my eye. Neither are new products, but I’ve been wanting to do a blown out fun fall amethyst purple smoky eye. (Could I have used any more adjectives in that sentence? Probably.)

Pic by Ulta.com. 7.99 at drugstores. Next purple purchase on my list. πŸ˜‰πŸ’œ

The reasons I opted for the Wet n Wild palette were the cheaper price (4.99 vs. 7.99) and the LA Girl shadows didn’t seem to have the same pop. They looked slightly chalky and dull, compared to the shades in the Wet n Wild palette. 

Palette with flash. I had to show off how good these shades are.

That might have been due to packaging, and I’m still going back for LA Girl’s Ultra palette to test it out for myself and anyone interested. You guys know I love LA Girl, (Here is my review on their nude beauty brick), so I don’t mind taking a gamble, and you can’t really judge a shadow by just looking at it. 

I can’t get over how pigmented every shade is, how metallic the shimmery shades are, and the overall color payoff for the price. If you’re a beginner, don’t hesitate to check out Wet n Wild! Don’t sleep on their awesome makeup.

The shimmers in the Petal Pusher palette attracted me the most. I somehow managed to use them all in the look I did and was not at all mad about it. In fact I am living for these shades! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ The deep shinmery plum purple shade, blue purple shimmery shade, and rosy purple shimmer are my favorites. I used every color in the look except the grey color.

I primed my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes, which is really more of a concealer and I have been loving it. I also love Wet n Wild’s Photofocus concealer to prime my lids. I then used the bone shade in my LA Girl Beauty Brick palette in nudes to set the lids. In the crease I used the third shade down in the first row/left column of the Petal Pusher Palette, which says ‘crease’. That is so cool because it makes it a no brainer for beginners, and if you follow those prompts, you’d get a cute look.

Photo by Ulta. 24.99. Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It’s what I used to prime my eyes. I find it works perfect as a concealer and primer. It’s meant to be used as an under eye concealer as well.

I used the Smashbox concealer to highlight the brown bone as well. On the lids I used the second shade on the left column imprinted with the word ‘eyelid’, which is a lavender. I then used the bluish purple shimmery ‘definer’ in the same column in the outer corner. I went back to the lid and went in with the rosy purple with the word ‘eyelid’ in the right column. 

I then lined the lashline and outer half of my eye with the deepest plum purple shimmery shade called a ‘crease’ shade in the right column. I made a kind of cat eye. 😸

I finished off the look with mascara and a nude lip. I used Wet n Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color nude lipstick in Bare it All topped with LA Girl’s Glazed Lip Paint in Whisper. They are 1.99 and 3.99 respectively. 

I already knew I would love the palette’s quality and colors because I have the Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may recall my green smoky eye/ festive holiday look & tutorial I did with the palette. Here is that palette below:

Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone. Also 4.99. Love both palettes with a passion. I’ll be using this for festive holiday looks and smoky eyes this fall and winter on repeat.

On Wet n Wild’s website the description of these palettes mentions that they’re enriched with macadamia nut oil and a special silicone base to ensure pigmentation and longevity. How amazing is that!?! In their own words, 

“These eyeshadow collections feature eight dynamic and vibrant shades with high pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color! A jet-milled base and silicone technology deliver longwearing, stay-true color for hours of crease-resistant wear. Enriched with Macadamia Oil, each shadow provides continuous moisture that improves the appearance of the delicate eye area. The shade combinations can be used together for a daring statement or individually to bring a pop of color to your look.

Wetnwildbeauty.com

Thank you Wet n Wild for continually improving the quality and standard of your products and offering them at an afforable price! I don’t know how you do it but I love you for it. Additionally their products are cruelty free, another reason to buy their products. I am not sponsored by the way, I just get excited about good makeup products and brands and want to share it with my awesome readers.

Thanks for reading and can’t wait to see all the smoky fall cat eye looks to come this season. 
Love and light to you all πŸ˜ŠπŸ’„βœ¨