Thursday, July 26, 2012

Amber Turquoise Multi-Layered Necklace

Hi everyone,

Here is a necklace that I made this summer, which I have been wearing a lot lately: 

I used up the odds and ends in my bead and jewelry making boxes to come up with this eclectic mix of turquoise, amber, glass beads, silver, brass, feathers, and random charms. It's a fun piece to wear with some hoop earrings and lots of bracelets.

Here are some more pictures of it:

Does anyone else enjoying making jewelry? 

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pops of Color - Fun Summer Look that Lasts

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I wanted to share with you another favorite summer look that I've been wearing this season.

This season is all about beautiful pops of color. The items detailed in this look have been summer favorites for me because they not only give the right amount (pops) of color without overdoing it but do a good job holding up in the summer heat and humidity. 

Products used for this look: 
  • Tarte Amazonian clay eyeshadow palette - Colors used:  shimmering plum - on whole lid, shimmering bronze - used on the inside part of the top lid layering over and then blending into the plum to create a gradient, & shimmering sand - to highlight the tear duct and bottom inside of the eye and to blend the shadows in the crease 
  • Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner in golden plum - I used this to line the top lash line as well as the bottom, which you can see in the second picture.
  • Tarte Amazonian 12 hour clay blush in Glisten (peachy pink) 
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in fair to light
  • MAC MSF Natural in Light Medium - I use this to set the tinted moisturizer.
  • Chanel  Soleil Tan De Chanel -I use this to lightly contour my cheek bones.

The picture below was taken with my camera phone under cloudy lighting conditions. The blush looks really pretty in different lighting and has a pretty gold sheen to it so a highlighter isn't necessary. It really does last throughout the day.

What are some of your favorite/essential summer products?

Thanks for looking and sharing!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Quick and Easy Every Day Fresh Face Look

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite looks (and some products) that I use on a daily basis. These are the products that I use when I just need to look fresh, radiant, and natural and need to get ready quickly, without much fuss.

Products used and their application:

  • Physicians Formula Intensive Wrinkle Corrective Eye Cream - This is great for removing puffiness and diminishing dark circles and dryness/dullness around the eyes.
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 - I use it in the shade fair to light.
  • NYX eyeshadow in Flamingo - I apply this all over the eye lid. It is a great neutral color that goes well with both cool and warm tones. (not pictured)
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara  (not pictured)
  • MAC blush in Cubic - This blush is a neutral pinkish brown color that doubles as a contour color. I find that it's hard to overdo it with this blush, so it always comes out looking very natural.  (not pictured)
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl - I lightly dust this on the tops of my cheek and eye brow bones to give a soft highlight to those areas.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Quick and Easy Waterproof Beach Party Look

Greetings everyone! 

Sorry that I haven't posted in awhile. Summer has been a busy time for me, but I promise to post more. Here is a quick and easy waterproof beach party look that I created. A great look for a pool or beach party as the products should hold up under humidity and a little bit of water.

Here are the products that I used for this:

- Physicians Formula 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer with spf 15
- Milani body bronzer cream
- NYX cream blush in Glow

- MAC paint in Bare Canvas on entire lid
- Kryolan Aqua Color in Turquoise Green/Blue (lining the top lid and winged out) and set with Bare Escentuals Weather Everything liquid
- NYX eyebrow wax pencil to set brows
- Tarte waterproof mascara (Lights, Camera, Splashes!) 

- Milani crystal lip gloss in summer baby

Friday, May 4, 2012

Summer is Almost Here: Quick Post About Chanel's Bronzer Soleil Tan De Chanel

I am so excited for summer! With that in mind, I knew that I needed to check out Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel for the warmer months as I have been reading nothing but great reviews about this as a mutlitasking bronzer/contour. It's been a hard product to come by over the last year, so when I saw it in stock at and the hubbers gave the ok for me to order, I knew I had to give it a try. It arrived today:

I plan on getting a lot of use out of it this weekend and hope to put a look together shortly for the blog. I'm interested to see if it's as great as everyone says it is!

Do any of you own this and like it?


*Disclaimer: Please note that all products used for this post were all purchased by me and that I have not been compensated for my viewpoints which are purely and genuinely my own.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tutorial for Makeup Look 1-Burgundy Smokey Eye

This next post is about a makeup look that I put together today called Look 1- Burgundy Smokey Eye. I hope you enjoy and find my images and tutorial detailed below helpful for recreating this.

BEFORE and AFTER Pictures for Look 1- Burgundy Smokey Eye

 Products Used to Clean and Prep Skin for Look 1 - Burgundy Smokey Eye

Here is a listing of the skin care and other products that I used in preparation for this look:
(Going from top left clockwise)
  • Nutra Sonic Essential 4 Speed for Face and Body used to clean and exfoliate my face
  • Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm for my dry lips
  • Kiss my Face 8% Alpha Hydroxy lotion to use after cleaning and exfoliating my skin with the Nutra Sonic, Alba Botanica Coconut Milk Facial Wash, and Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel.
  • Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil, which is used after the Kiss My Face lotion around dry areas (eyes and nose)
  • Alba Botanica Hawaiian Coconut Milk Facial Wash, which is used with the Nutra Sonic
  • Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel, which is used as my toner after my face is washed

Makeup Products Used for Look 1- Burgundy Smokey Eye

Here is a listing of the makeup products that I used for this look:
(Going from top left and working across)
  • Urban Decay NYC Palette (Colors used: Snatch (peach with glitter) in corner of the eyes, Last Call (burgundy wine color) over most of lid, Rockstar (dark plum) on outer part of lid and in part of outer crease, and Perversion (matte black used to darken liner)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide - On Eye Pencil in Perversion (blackest black), which was used to line the top lid and water line of bottom lid and Rockstar (dark plum), which was used on top lid as a line on top of the Perversion.
  • NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in HDF 01 Nude and HDF 02 Soft Beige (I mix these together because I am in between colors at the moment with coming out of Winter)
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller - This thing is a miracle worker!
  • NARS Illuminator in Orgasm
  • MAC FIX+, which was used for foiling a mineral shadow as detailed further below
  • NYX Blush in Taupe, which was used as a contour for my cheeks
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 15 in NW20 used as my general concealer to hide any blemishes and redness around nose.
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash to fill in and arch eyebrows
  • Ben Nye Pressed Colour Palette in ESP-954 Glam Shadow Palette, which is a great palette of basic matte colors. (Colors used: Shell as brow bone highlight)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - as my eyeshadow base to prevent creasing
  • The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, used as a highlighted on my cheek bones after finishing my face to make them pop more
  • Ardell Fashion Lashes in 106 black
  • Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (Colors used: Naked used as base shadow for this look)
  • MAC Play on Plums Mineralize Eye Shadow, which I lightly foiled with the MAC Fix+ on the Sigma SS224 brush and brushed into the crease of each eye to add some sparkle and blend everything together.
  • Aromaleigh Pure Rouge Blush in Verve on my cheeks
  • ELF Glossy Gloss in Ballet Slippers on my lips
  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Clear-White for the eye lashes
  • Not pictured: Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara (love this stuff!)

Brushes and other Tools Used for Look 1- Burgundy Smokey Eye

Here is a listing of the brushes and other tools I used for this look:
(Going from top to the bottom)
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for applying NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation
  • MAC 165 for applying The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
  • ELF Fan Brush for dusting eyeshadow fall out off of my cheeks and face
  • ELF Stipple Brush for applying Aromaleigh Pure Rouge Blush
  • Sigma SS168 for applying NYX Blush in Taupe as a contour
  • Sigma SS224 for applying MAC Play on Plums Mineralize Eye Shadow in the crease
  • Sigma SS239 for applying Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette's Naked as base shadow for this look
  • Sigma SS275 for applying Ben Nye's Shell as a brow bone highlight
  • Sigma SS266 for applying Urban Decay NYC Palette's Perversion (matte black) over Urban Decay's Perversion (darkest black) eyeliner
  • MAC brush (no numbers as they have worn away from so much use) for applying Urban Decay NYC Palette's Snatch (peach with glitter) in corner of the eyes, Last Call (burgundy wine color) over most of lid, Rockstar (dark plum) on outer part of lid and in part of outer crease.
  • iD Bare Escentuals Max Coverage Concealer brush for applying MAC Studio Finish Concealer
  • iD Bare Escentuals brow brush for applying NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
  • Tweezerman tweezers for cleaning up stray eyebrow hairs
  • Not pictured Q-Tips used to clean up any mistakes

Here are two last images of this look.

A close up of the eyes:

And another full shot of the look:

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my first tutorial!


*Disclaimer: Please note that all products used for this post were all purchased by me and that I have not been compensated for my viewpoints which are purely and genuinely my own.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Welcome Post

Hello, and welcome to my first post! My name is Dana. I have been wanting to start a space online to post makeup tutorials, reviews, as well as post and discuss other things that I enjoy such as fashion, crafting, cooking, photography, hula hooping, knitting and much much more as this world is just such an interesting place of things to share!

Hopefully you find this just as an interesting and fun place as I do.

Thanks for taking a look around.