Unique Blog Award No 1

Hello, beauties! The beautiful Janah from Wander Summer nominated me for what I believe to be my first Unique Blogger Award. Everyone go check out her blog f you aren't already following her. She has amazing content and the prettiest dainty aesthetic ever. This award looks like so much fun and I can wait to get to it! Thank you so much for nominating me, Janah! You're a doll.

BLOG RULES:


 • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.

 • Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you.

 • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 bloggers for the same award.

 • Ask them 3 questions.
BLOGGER QUESTIONS:

1. What do you think is your most defining quality as a blogger and what sets you apart from other bloggers? Sometimes I feel like bloggers post because they want everyone to see what they write. Which that isn't a bad thing, but I write for me. My blog is for me. I love my blogging friends and I love when people read my posts and enjoy them, but the reason I write is for me. I suppose a lot of bloggers are that way but that's the only thing I can think that might set me apart. I think we all as bloggers love blogging and writing and I don't think any of us are necessarily doing anything better than another. 


 2. In your own opinion, what is the most unique characteristic of your blog? Hm. This is a hard one because again, I feel like we all love blogging and no one is better than another. I guess the thing that is the most unique about my blog is I post daily. Every single one of my posts are written with passion behind them, but I would imagine that's how every blogger writes their posts.


 3. If you can travel back in time, which generation would you returnto and why? (60s, 70s, 80s 90s) Probably the 90s because #NYSNC. Plus he earlier generations were not as open minded and I wouldn't be able to live without my best friend. 
MY QUESTIONS:

 1. What are you passionate about? 

 2. Sweet or unsweet tea?

 3. Do you think you have thick skin or are you more of a sensitive person? 
MY NOMINEES:

 • Lauren

 • Emma

 • Jade

 • Elsie

 • Anne

 • Kali

 • Joy

 • Brittney
That's all for today's post! Thank you all so much for reading and please be sure to check out all the blogs I linked above. Thank you again for nominating me, Janah! You're the best! 🙂 I will see you tomorrow! 

Summer Inspired Makeup Look- Collab With Iris Beauty Spot!

Hello, beauties! Today's post is a collab with Iris Beauty Spot! I only recently found her blog, but I love it! I love her blogs aesthetic! I know I say this about everyone, but I honestly think it's true. Her photos are beautiful and her content is amazing! She's active in the blogging community, as she reached out to me for a collab. She so sweet and fun to talk to. (And collab with.) so everyone go check her out!

This collab is a summer inspired look. And I took that as not like a fun, colorful, summer look, but a fire-y, hot, rich, thick look. That's what I think of when I think of a hot summer day. This is what I came up with.

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown
Ulta Clear Brow Gel


Eyes:
For the eyes I used the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I provided a picture of it below so you can follow along with what shades I used. 🙂

-First I applied Scotch Tape on the outside of my eye to make that defined line you see for the shadow as well as a guideline for the liner.
-I primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape in Fair
-I applied Bae all over there lid with a big, fluffy brush to set the lid and ensure the shadows blend evenly.
-I took Sandalwood into the crease as the first transition shade, then Henna, but I brought Henna onto the outer 1/3 of the lid and didn't take it as high into the crease, so Sandalwood is still peeking through the top of the crease.
-Next, I took a dab of Coco into the crease, making sure to blend throughly, but not losing Henna. I also applied Coco on the outer 1/3 of the eye, right over Henna.
-I cleaned up my inner-socket area with some Shape Tape and applied Fling to the inner 2/3 of the lid, blending it into the Henna and Coco on the outer part of the lid.
-I used Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper for the top liner and wings and Urban Decay 24/7 Water Line for the water and tight lining.

*Remove the tape*

Face:
-As per usual, I used Tarte Shape Tape in Fair to conceal, RCMA No Color Powder to bake, and ELF Illuminating Translucent Powder to set the rest of the face.
-I contoured with the Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit
-I bronzed with Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light.
-I used Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty.
-I used Blow Me Out from the Colourpop Birthday Collection with a little bit of Champagne Pop from Becca right on top.

Back to Eyes:
-I took some Sandalwood and ran it on my lower lash line.
-Then I took a slightly smaller brush and applied some Henna on top of that, but not from inner corner or outer corner like I did the Sandalwood. Only from the outer corner to like 3/4 of the way in. I also made sure to not bring the Henna as far out so you can get a nice gradient effect, just like on the lid.
-Next I took a tiny bit of Coco on a defined brush and put it on the outer 1/4 of the lower lash line.
-I put Moondust on the inner corner and browbone.
-I used Covergirl Lashblast mascara to finish off the eyes.

That's all I did for this look. I used an Illuminating moisturizer before applying any makeup for a dewy look. That just reminds me of swimming and suntan oil and just summer in general. Fling I used because it's a deep, rich, hot color. It reminds me of a humid summer day. I used the warm transition shades and brought in Coco to deepen up the look a bit, and give it some dimension. I love how Moondust as a yellow undertone because that just makes it a little more warm and summer-y to me. I used the combo of highlight because those golden, classic shades remind me of sunshine and I felt like it gave the perfect finish to the look, like a cherry on top.

I hope you guys liked this post. Be sure to head over to Iris Beauty Spot to see her half of this collab! Thank you all so much for reading, I'll see you tomorrow!

So, this happened….

Hello, pretties! Today's post is kind of spur the moment. The whole thing was kind of spur the moment. I've been having a hard time lately. I've just been really stressed and I wanted to do something for myself. I needed a change. So I did this.

You guys remember when I cute my hair. If you don't, you can recap here. Well, I added onto my hair journey. Check out my hair themed Pinterest board here to see what was going on in my head.

So when I was a teenager I always dyed my hair crazy colors with my friends. We would just buy a bunch of bleach and a bunch of colors and have a blast. Sometimes we would do multi colors, sometimes all one color, sometimes our whole heads, sometimes only sections. I've done pink, purple, green, blue, red, yellow, every color you can think of. I looked for pictures to show you guys but I only found a few, and most of them were from when I only had the under side of my hair dyed. Here they are. Compliments of my old myspace. Lol.

I also went blonde for a while. That was fun. Haha. Anywho, as you can tell from my Pinterest board for hair ideas, I was thinking color. I knew how to do it from my pervious experience. I knew I didn't want to color it all the way up to my roots because I don't want to have to worry about touching it up in a few weeks. So I was looking at shadow roots. (Basically where you have a different color ombré into your natural color near your roots.) Here's what I did.

I started by bleaching it. Since I had just cut my hair recently and I wasn't bleaching it all the way up to my roots I looked on amazon for a bleach kit. Bleach kits are essentially just enough bleach for a single use. I figured I didn't need to buy a huge tub of bleach and a bottle of developer because as I mentioned before, I had just cut my hair and wasn't even bleaching all of it. I found a Manic Panic bleach kit and sent the link to Nick and told him to order it and to pick a color of Arctic Fox hair dye and order that too. It all came in the mail a couple days later. Spoiler alert. He chose purple. Lol. I didn't think I would be able to get the back of my head very well because I can't see it so I would be able to ombré it, so I called my friend over. She started bleaching it from the bottom up so the unbleached hair (mainly the roots that I wanted to stay brown) wouldn't be effected by the hair that already had bleach on it falling down onto it.
We were on the last layer and we ran out… so I told nick to order another bleach kit. I had to wait 3 days for it to come in the mail but that was okay because I didn't look bad. I actually got compliments on it. This is was it looked like at that point.
Pretty good, I think! So my friend came back over once I got the second bleach kit and finished it up. It looked nice. Nick loved it. (He's always liked me blonde.) I left it alone for a few days. These are the only crappy photos I have of that phase of the transformation.
Then I took the plunge. I put the kids to bed and dyed it purple with Purple Rain from Arctic Fox. I know. I was a mess. Lol. I got all the dye off of my face and neck before it stained it but my left hand, it didn't get so lucky. (That's the hand I used to massage the dye in.) it's all gone now. Except my nails. Those are still purple. And here's the finished product:

I love it! What do you guys think? I hope you all enjoyed it post. Thanks so much for reading! I'll see you tomorrow!

Garnier Moisture Bomb Face Mask Review- A Collab With Erin! (Makemommyup)

Hello, lovelies! Today I'm FINALLY reviewing the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb face mask. I'm excited to say it's a collab with Erin from Makemommyup.com. Everyone stop reading this right now (of course come back to it) and go check out Erin! She has a fantastic blog about pretty much everything. There's beauty, there's mommy, there's fitness, it's like an all you can eat buffet, there's something for everyone! She is so sweet and relatable to what I believe to be a lot of my audience. She has fabulous content and photos. She's just all around a great blogger and person in general. So make sure you go check her out!

Okay, so for the face mask review- let's just go through it the way I would review a palette or something like that.

Packaging:
Personally, I like the packaging. The ombré foil exterior gives it an expensive look while ensuring the serum inside stays where it's supposed to. I like the color selection. I think that paired with the pomegranate that's "splashing" into the frame of the photo on the front gives it a hydrating look, if that makes sense. It makes me think of water and liquid, seeing the image with the colors. On the back, there are directions written clearly and even picture instructions to help. I like how there's a little blurb about the product and claims that the company makes about the product on the back.

Smell:
I enjoy the scent of this mask. It's almost perfume-y, but not quite. I can't really place the scent, but it is nice!

Feel:
Okay, so this particular sheet mask has a lot of serum in the package that the mask is soaking in. I always thought that was a good thing, because I mean, who wants a dry face mask, right? Yeah, that's what I thought… Until I tried this mask. When I initially got it out, it was dripping and making a mess. I wish I would've been in the bathroom but I wasn't. I was sitting on the bed, Face Mask Friday-ing with Nick. So I get the damn mask unfolded and on my face after making a huge mess and the blue film that you have to remove is a pain to get off. So I'm sitting there, in my puddle of serum that dripped off of the mask and out of the packaging, (because I set it on the bed like an idiot) trying to breathe because the stupid mask keeps sliding down over my nose and mouth because there's so much serum on the mask itself that it just won't stay put while I'm trying to peel the blue film off. Eventually I take the mask off, remove the blue film and replace it. The instructions say to leave the mask on for 15 minutes. The whole 15 minutes I was either pulling the mask back where it needed to be, because it slid-once again, or wiping away serum that dripped onto my eyes or into my nose or on my lips. After the 15 minutes we're up and I removed the mask, I had a significant amount of serum left on my face. I didn't like the feeling of laying on my pillow with wet serum on my face. The next day my face felt slightly sticky and moisturized, but not very. I have gotten more moisture from the cheap Korean masks from eBay.

Overall:
It's an okay mask if you do it in the bathtub for a pamper night, rinse off the excess serum and moisturized after. And that's being kind. I wouldn't recommend this mask. I like the masks I get from Facetory a lot more and that's 4 masks for like $6. This product was $2.50 I believe. I won't be repurchasing this. I'll stick to my Sephora sheet masks!

And that's a wrap for this post. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Have you guys tried this mask? How did you feel about it. I would love to know! Also, make sure you head over to Erin's blog to see her half of this collab! And be sure to give her a follow while you're at it! Thank you guys so much for reading! I'll see you tomorrow!

Blogger Recognition Award No 3

Hello, lovelies! Today, I was nominated for his fun award by the lovely Stephanie Grace. Thank you so much for nominating me, Stephanie! Everyone knows I love Award posts. Lol. It's always an honor to get nominated. Everyone please go check out Stephanie's blog. She has an amazing beauty/lifestyle blog with quality content and beautiful photos. She's so sweet and definitely worth a follow! So go check her out!

The rules go as follow:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.

• Write a post to show your award

• Give a brief story of how your blog started

• Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers

• Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to and comment on each blog to let them now with a link to your award post.
 

 
So let’s get into this shall we!

I started my blog because I'm a wife and mom to two littles. My life is so chaotic between work, surrogacy, my marriage, and being the best mom I can that it's easy to lose myself. I decided I wanted to do something for me. I wanted something that I could escape to and that I was proud of and took credit for. I was thinking about it and asking myself what I really loved. The answer was makeup. I was on Instagram and I saw a beauty blogger that had her blog linked in her bio. I checked it out and thought, "omg. I could do this." And so I did. I started my blog and wrote and wrote and wrote. And of course at first I wasn't the best, and I'm still not the best, but I'm steadily getting better. I love that I can share my passion for beauty and have a wonderful community to support me and love me for it. So yeah, that's how my little blog got started. 🙂

Okay, two pieces of advice for new bloggers. First is consistency is key. When blogger first start out, they often ask how to gain followers and the answer to that is be consistent. Make a schedule for yourself. You can post everyday or every other day or three times a week or even once a week, but whatever you do, do it consistently. Readers want to follow blogs that they can depend on. They want to think, "oh yeah! It's Wednesday, that blogger is going to post at 1pm, yay!" You will gain quality followers the fastest this way. My second piece of advice is don't force yourself to write. People also want to follow Blog that they actually want to read, with quality posts. You aren't going to produce content that's as good if you're in a bad mood than if you're in a good mood. Write what you want when you want. If you find hay one day you want to write 5 posts, do it and schedule them to go up on the appropriate days. Then if you don't feel like writing on those days that you're supposed to post (because consistency is key, remember?) you don't have to. The best posts are written when you're happy and you're writing about something that you're passionate about. Then people can see the spark it gives your soul.

Nominations:

1. Ella May Garrett
2. Starring Pamela
3. Angela
4. Carol
5. Cheila
6. Lauren Ellen
7. Hannah
8. Kali
9. Crystal
10. Brittney
11. DontGiveAJam
12. Miriam
13. Titanium
14. BlushOffTheHaters
15. The Emma Edit

And that's all for this award! I hope you all enjoyed this post and be sure to check out Stephanie's blog! Thank you all so so much for reading! I'll see you tomorrow!
 

The Cramm Award No 1

Hello, friends! Today's post is a new award post! Joy nominated me for the Cramm Award. Thank you so much for nominating me, Joy! Everyone go follow her blog because she's fabulous! She's a beauty blog with amazing photos and great content! Plus she so sweet, so everyone check her out!
Let me tell you more about the creator: the Cramm Award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm. Make sure to check out her blog after reading this.Rules

 1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person who nominated you 

 2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well.

 3. Answer your challenge question

 4. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question.
3 things that motivate me to write my blog

 1. Motherhood. I want to show my kids that you need to do what makes you happy, no matter what. Despite the fact that we have a chaotic schedule, I still blog because it makes me happy. 

 2. I love writing. I always have. Even when I was a teenager I would write poems about my anguish and hard times. English 101 was my favorite class in college and I actually ended up with a 99.7 in that class.

3. It's mine. After becoming a wife and mother, I found myself so devoted to my family that I feel like I wasn't there for me. I lost myself in my family. I'm not saying I'm not still devoted to my family. They always come first. No matter what. But I realized that for them to have the best wife and mommy, I need to do things for myself too. I need to be happy too. That's what my blog is for me.
3 people that motivate me to blog

My husband is number one. He's my best friend. He shares in my celebration of hitting blogging milestones, too and gives me his opinions when I ask for them. He doesn't read my blog and I kind of like that. Not that I don't want him to read it or I'm hiding anything, but it's nice to just write and not have to think about how anyone is going to react to it. Number two is my blogging friends. They know who they are, but they're nothing short of amazing. They always lift me up when I'm feeling nervous or self conscious about a post. They always have kind words. I love them. And third is the youtubers I watch. When I watch them playing with makeup or talking about makeup, I see myself. The excitement and life in their eyes makes me want to show someone that same passion that I also have for makeup. 

Challenge question

Ashley’s challenge question is: “What is your favorite genre of movies, why and what is your favorite movie belonging to that category? [Mine is fantasy and/or psychological thrillers]"

 My favorite genre of movies are love stories. The sappy ones that make you cry and re-evaluate your own love life. The ones that are so cliche that it's almost unbelievable that the situation really happened. 
I love those kinds of movies because I'm a hopeless romantic. I believe in true love like Cory and Topanga or Rebecca and Uncle Jesse. I really believe that those cliche once in a lifetime situations and feelings happen and I think it's beautiful. 

My favorite movie is obviously The Notebook. That movie is so beautiful and full of passion. I remember the first time j saw it. I was beside myself. My feelings were overwhelming. I couldn't wait to have that kind of love. And now here I am, living the dream. ❤️

My challenge question is: What is your favorite genre of music and why? If you were lyrics to a song, what line of lyrics would you be and why?

I nominate 

Beauty Siren
Jasmine
Mia
Tonya
Brooke Clarke

I hope you all enjoyed reading my first Cramm Award post. I had so much fun writing it. Thank you again, Joy for nominating me. I love this award! Everyone please check out all the blogs I mentioned in this post and I promise you won't regret it! Thank you all so much for reading. See you tomorrow! 

 

Surrogacy Saturday No 9

Hello, pretties. Today is my 9th installment of my Surrogacy Saturday series. When I last left off, the doctors had just discharged me from the hospital on a Sunday and they told me I could carry on my life normally with no fear of going into labor before my appointment on Tuesday. I knew it was coming though…

What We've All Been Waiting For

Monday came and that night there was a bad thunderstorm. I remember being so uncomfortable that night. I couldn't sleep. Nick was up late watching Flash on Netflix and that irritated me even more because I told him how bad I was feeling and he knew I hated the show. It wasn't his fault but I knew something was happening. I barely slept all night. I woke up at about 6 and just got up for the day because I was starting to be able to time the contractions and I knew this was it. I was pacing my living room and trying to get ready for my appointment. I tried to eat a yogurt because I knew I would need my strength for labor but I just couldn't eat. I gave it to Bella instead who happily spooned every bit into her mouth. We packed bags for the kids and brought my hospital bags because I told Nick this was it. I wouldn't be going back home without having the baby first. We dropped the kids off at Nicks moms house and realized we forgot the diaper bag at home. I was irritated and in pain and frustrated riding back home to get the stupid diaper bag. I needed to get to the hospital and I knew it. My doctors office was about 30 minutes away and sitting in the car was so uncomfortable. I timed my contractions as we drove, holding Nicks hand and breathing through the contractions. By the time we got to the doctors office my contractions were about 4 minutes apart and pretty intense. Nick dropped me off at the front and parked the car by himself because we were running late. (Because of the stupid diaper bag. Ugh.) I got up to the floor and into the office. As I was signing in the receptionist asked me what was wrong. I told her I was having contractions about every 4 minutes and she told me she was going to tell the doctor and they would take me back next so I wouldn't have to wait behind all the other pregnant women. They took me back and did all the normal stuff, I peed in a cup, they took my weight and blood pressure. I remember I was having a contraction while the nurse was taking my blood pressure and she told me to breath because I was making my blood pressure high. She didn't know I was in labor. That irritated me for some reason. I went back and the nurse told me to undress from the waist down and sit on the table and cover up with the drape and the doctor would be in shortly. The doctor came in and was checking the baby's heart rate and measuring my belly. I had a contraction in the middle of that and I was trying to turn onto my side because I had back labor. The doctor was telling me to stay still and still trying to get the measurements. I didn't understand that because she was about to be born and I was telling him that but whatever. He asked me if this labor "felt different" and I said yes. And in my head I thought, "well I've told you I wasn't in labor all the other times my contractions have been consistent and I was right so why wouldn't I be right now?" He checked me and told me to go straight to the hospital because I was 7cm. We waited for him to write up my paperwork. I was breathing through contractions and leaning on nick in the walkway beside the doctor while we waited. The doctor asked me if I wanted an epidural and I said no. I remember him chuckling as he wrote something, I'm guessing that he was writing that I didn't want an epidural. He gave us the papers and we were on our way. I had nick call the agency to give them the update and the doula as well as A and D. Everyone headed to the hospital. The front desk lady told me to take a seat and she would get me a room. There was about 5 other women that I suppose were waiting for inductions or csections because they didn't seem to be in labor. I told the nurse that I was 7cm about 30 minutes ago and in active labor and if she didn't want to watch this baby be born in the lobby then I need a room. I had one within 5 minutes. Haha. I got in and they gave me an IV and put me on the monitor(I had to stay on constant monitoring because I'm a VBAC mama.) Then everyone started showing up, A and D and then my amazing doula, Rebecca. She worked her magic and showed nick how to help my back labor by squeezing my hips. And she taught me how to rock my hips to alleviate some of the pain. She dimmed the lights and put some essential oils in a diffuser to calm me. It worked so well. It's also amazing what your body does for you. Did you know, when you're in transition, right before you start pushing, your body gives you about 30-45 minutes with no contractions so you can rest and get your strength back up to push? It does. I remember this happening to me. I want to go into my thoughts on all that but I'll save that for another post. Anyway, they checked me again and said I was at 9.5, basically 10 but I had a little Lip of cervix left. I remember texting everyone like crazy because our PBO (pre birth order) wasn't finalized yet. My amazing agency jumped in the car and sped to the judges chambers and had him sign it before babygirl came into the world. They told me they had faxed it over and we were good to go. A few minutes later I felt like I needed to push. I told the nurse and she called in the doctor. She checked me and said my cervix was good but baby was high up and I needed to labor down. She guessed it would be like 20-30 minutes before I actually started pushing but she would "stay close". She also broke my water. I stood up to have the next contraction and my body automatically squatted and started pushing. I remember thinking, "okay, she's about to be born. I can't stay standing up because she will fall on the floor, but I can't open my mouth because if I try to talk I'll scream from the pain and the last thing I want to do right now is lose control." So I army rolled into the bed, the nurse was taking my blood pressure, Nick was squeezing my hips and Rebecca was fanning me with a little patient out reach kinda binder. I pulled the gown up and opened my legs and hoped someone saw her coming out. Remember, all of this happened within one contraction, which only lasts a minute at its longest. I was holding onto the bed rail and hanging my head over the side because I felt like I was going to throw up. I remember actually saying, "no." Because everything was happening so fast and it was all out of control and for some reason I thought if I physically told it no that it would all stop. It didn't. Haha. The nurse looked down and saw her head coming out and started freaking out and saying, "stop pushing, stop pushing!" At that point, baby girls head was out. She pressed the nurses button and frantically asked for anyone that was qualified to deliver a baby, whether it was my doctor or not. She told Rebecca to go pick up the phone on the wall and hit a certain button to call the NICU because I was only 35w6d. I was trying my best not to push but my body just did it. She came out onto the bed. Ava Elizabeth was born at 2:17pm on Tuesday, February 23rd 2016. She laid there crying for a minute before the doctor came in. Everyone was relieved and excited about the new baby. I remember everyone telling me how pale I was. I think it was just from being in so much pain and so out of control that I thought I was going to puke. They took her to the warmer and everyone followed except the doctor, who was trying to rip the dang placenta out, and Nick, who was rubbing my head and telling me how good I did. I remember looking over at her and A and D and tearing up because this was the moment I had been working for for so long. Those smiles and ooooo's and ahhhhh's and looks of wonder. That's why I did it to begin with. I'm so glad everyone was with the baby, but it was so nice to have Nick there. I needed someone, too. I moaned and groaned pretty loud while the doctor was trying to deliver the placenta. Eventually she got it. I hadn't torn or ripped at all. I asked if I could take a shower and they asked if I felt up to it. I obviously said yes and I was in the shower about 15 minutes or so after she was born. I felt like a new woman! Like I hadn't even had a baby less than a half hour ago! I felt like I could run a marathon!! I stayed in the shower for a while, as that's my comfort mechanism, feeling the water on me makes me feel better. I got out and everyone said I looked so much better and normal again. They brought me food and some ibuprofen that they made me take. I had nick go get me some fried chicken too. They moved me to the postpartum ward and Nick went home to the kids and called me and we talked for a while about the surreal event that took place that day. And eventually we both drifted off to sleep.

And that's where I'll stop for today. I'm sorry this was so long, I just felt weird breaking it up into different parts. I hope you guys enjoyed this. Thank you all so much for reading! I'll see you tomorrow!!

“Mother of the Birthday Girl” Makeup Look

Hello, beauties. As all of you know, my daughter, Bella had her 5th birthday last month. We went to Chattanooga and spent the night. This is the makeup I wore to dinner.

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown
  • Ulta Clear Brow Gel

I used the Tarte x Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette for my face and eyes.

Eyes:

  • I used TF Shadow Insurance to prime my eyes
  • I used scotch tape to create a straight edge for shadow and liner
  • I went in with Big Baby all over to set the primer
  • I used Natural Peaches as my initial transition shade
  • I put Dogman in the crease as well, but not as high as Natural Peaches. I also brought this down onto the outer 1/3 of my lid
  • I got a tiny bit of Sippy Sippy on a more dense blending brush and made sure to tap off the excess because the glitter mostly came off when I did that. I took that on the outer 1/3 of my eye and a little into the crease, but I didn't take it as high as Dogman
  • I cleaned up my inner eye socket area with some Shape Tape in Fair because these shades are dark and pigmented. It's easy for you to look like you have a black eye while blending these shades out.
  • I wet my brush with a little water and used #SFS on the inner 2/3 of my lid, blending it into Sippy Sippy
  • I used KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper for my top liner and wings

*I took off the tape at this point*

Face:

  • I used Smashbox Primer Oil to prime the face
  • I used the Shape Tape Concealer again, under the eye lashes and to conceal blemishes
  • RCMA No Color Powder to bake
  • ELF Illuminating Translucent Powder to set the rest of the face
  • TF Cocoa Contour Kit to contour
  • Sweet Tea from the palette I was just using to bronze. I made sure to go light handed with this because it's very orange if you don't
  • Does This Thing Really Work? from the palette for blush
  • And of course Gator Wings for the highlight

Back to Eyes:

  • AfterI waited away the bake, I went on the lower lash line with Dogman then Sippy Sippy closer to the lash line and only on the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line to match the lid
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline for the waterline and tighline
  • Gator Wings for the brow bone and inner corner highlights

Lips:

  • Bare Minerals liquid lipstick that I got from the Play! By Sephora box last month. I forget the line it's from but it's in the shade Swag

And finish with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray!

And that was all I used! I hope you guys liked this post. I have really been loving this palette again lately. Do you guys have this palette? What do you think of it? Thank you all so much for reading! I'll see you tomorrow!