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Lancome Audacity in Paris Eye Shadow Palette
8/17/2017

Lancome Audacity in Paris eye shadow paletteThis Lancome Audacity in Paris eye shadow palette makes me feel so sophisticated. But not just that, the colors are all so pretty and not overly bold. So I feel pretty and made up without feeling like I've overdone it.

Again, I have to admit. It was the purple and rosy colors that drew me in. But all the colors are so great for every day looks, that I knew it would be a palette that I would enjoy using on a regular basis.

This versatile palette has a nice mix of matte, metalic, and shimmer eye shadow shades. You could really take this palette from day time casual looks to night time dressy looks.

In my photo of this palette, I forgot to replace the brush that the palette comes with. I took it out because I don't really love it. It is a fine brush, but I love my Ecotools duo eye brushes more for applying eye shadows.

Lancome Audacity in Paris lookThe palette has 16 different shades. (The reflection of this compact mirror makes it look double.) The mirror is large and very nice. However, I don't use the mirror much since I don't travel much. I'm usually at home doing my makeup in front of the large vanity mirror.

In the look I created here, I used the colors Zip Me Up (purple) and Exhibition (dusty rose) colors that are right beside to each other in the palette. I used the Exhibition shade for the overall lid color and Zip Me Up for the outer corner of the eye and a little into the crease.

I did use the color It List (matte black), the very last shade on the top right, as an eye liner, using my e.l.f. small smudge brush. I prefer to use black eye shadows for eyeliner these days because they don't tug on your skin like regular eyeliners do. And the powdery eye shadows seem to apply easier to the wrinkles around my eyes too! 😉

And finally for mascara, I used Lancome Definicils Mascara for length. And then layered Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara on top for volume. I find using a combination of lengthening and volumizing mascaras give me the best results.

For the lips, I used Laura Geller lip liner in Spice. It is a really hydrating lip liner that I use to fill in my whole lip color. It dries matte and doesn't smudge. The Spice color is one of my favorite nude lip colors.

So do you think you have the audacity to try this Lancome palette? I didn't think I did. I just put it on my wish list, and I guess Santa had the audacity to give it to me.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantics Eye Shadow Palette
8/15/2017

Naturally Pretty Romantics PaletteIt was the pretty, plummy, purples that drew me into this palette. There is a lavender shade, called Enchanting and a darker eggplant shade called Devotion. I also love the warm pink color called Romance.

This is volume 2 of the Naturally Pretty palette that I know and love. It is the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantics eye shadow palette. And romantic it is. The colors are soft and pretty. If you love pinks and purples, and florals, this is a great palette. It is full of matte eye shadows with a Transforming Pearl top coat to give a bit of sheen over top of any color.

My loyalty to purple, however, has not limited me from using the other beautiful colors in this palette. There are a few pretty warm, peachy-pink shades that I have used and gotten complimented on. Besides, it's fun to experiment with colors.

This palette can be used dry or wet. In this purpley look, I used it all dry. I used the dark purple Devotion shade as a liner. It didn't show up very much. I think next time, I will wet the small smudge brush before using the dark shades as eyeliner.

For the all over color, I used Enchanting. For the center of the lid, I used Romance. I used Lancome Definicils Mascara, followed by Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara.

I find purple eye shadows hard to wear sometimes because they can bring out the purple bags under my eyes. But the purples in this palette are very pretty and don't seem to call excessive attention to my dark circles.

I am also wearing It Cosmetic lip gloss, which I love because it has my favorite anti-aging peptides.

     It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantic

"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple" - from a poem by Jenny Joseph

Mossimo Off the Shoulder Blouse Purple
8/15/2017

Mossimo Off the Shoulder Top Purple

Did I mention that Target has been coming out with some cute clothes lately? I call the color of this raspberry. Raspberry has been my favorite color for a few years now. I know, call me an old lady. I love these purply lavendery colors. I even got raspberry-colored Nike Tanjun sneakers, which I love.

This top is supposed to be worn off the shoulder. But I don't know if I can tolerate wearing a top like that with all the cooking, cleaning, and childcare that I have to do. So I wear this top with the sleeves on my shoulders. And I think it still looks pretty like that.

I am 5ft 105lbs, and I got a size S. It seems to fit fine. I normally don't get flouncy poofy tops like this because it sort of balloons out the torso and makes me look even bigger than I am. So I think this top is most flattering on really skinny gals. However, I got it on sale last week for under $10, and with it being my favorite color and all, I love it.

Now, I've got that raspberry song in my head, "She wore a raspberry b'louse. The kind you find at a discount store".



Mossimo High Rise Skinny Destroyed Jeans in Black
8/15/2017

Mossimo High Rise Skinny Destroyed Black JeansMossimo High Rise Skinny Destroyed Black Jeans with Step Hem

I found these Mossimo High Rise Skinny Destroyed Jeans in black,  and they were just what I've been looking for for the Fall season.

A few years ago I used to love Target's clothes. They were well-priced and super cute and comfy. I don't know what happened, but they went through a phase where I wasn't too fond of their styles for a while.

Thankfully, just within the past few months, they must've upped their game again, and I've seen quite a few super cute styles there.

I'm 5ft and 105lbs and got these jeans in a size 0 Regular. That was all they had at the store. But online, they have these jeans in Short sizes. I wish I would've gotten that instead.

I know you can't tell in this picture because I'm wearing booties, but these jeans have a really cute frayed step hem. I think this fancy hem would have been more noticeable if the pants were shorter on me.

I actually wasn't sure how to deal with the longer hem. I didn't know whether I should tuck them into my ankle boots, or roll the hem to just above my booties? So I sort of did a combination of both. It ended up looking a bit scruffy. But I figured they were scruffy-looking jeans, so it seemed okay. But still, I would have preferred the shorter jeans.

I did get compliments on these jeans, and I am looking forward to wearing them all Fall and Winter!

I kind of feel like a Power Ranger in this outfit. Maybe I'll team up with Kimberly and Trini to destroy Rita and Goldar. 🤔  Destroyed jeans for the destroyer.


Frayed Step Hem

updated 10/4/2017

Mossimo Destroyed Jeans Step Frayed HemI was able to get a better picture here of the frayed step hem on these destroyed jeans. The frayed hem is where there is no finished seam at the leg opening. That allows the hem to fray and get stringy. The step hem is where the front side of the hem is cut shorter than the back. This prevents the hem from buckling at the top of the shoe and allows it to drape down the back of the shoe. These jeans have both, which I'm seeing everywhere now.

Pretty in Mauve
8/14/2017

Urban Decay Naked3 PaletteI have loved pinks for quite a while now. Call me girly or whatever, but I do love pinks, purples, and mauves. When the Urban Decay Naked3 Eye Shadow palette, full of mauve and rosy eye shadows came out, I immediately knew I wanted it. My favorite color is Buzz, a mauvey shimmer that is so pretty and  unique that I couldn't find a similar color of eye shadow anywhere.

I usually use the following colors because I think they create a unique and mauvey rose look that is great for daytime.

Limit: a nice medium-light transition color to put on the crease

Nooner: a medium rosy light-brown color that is nice to add to the outer corners of the eye

Buzz: a shimmery mauve (cool, dusty rose) which is so pretty as a lid color. I also like to use Burnout (a peachy pink shimmer) or Trick (a peachy gold shimmer) as the lid color.

Blackheart: A dark maroon with sparkles. I use this with a wet, e.l.f. small smudge brush as eyeliner

I think this palette is so unique because of the combination of mattes and shimmers that will give you a natural-looking pretty pink tone to your eye makeup. I usually go for a subtle and natural look for daytime, since I'm normally just out running errands.


          


Just to continue with the mauve effect, I used the Urban Decay Rapture lipstick.

For the eyelashes, I first used Lancome Definicils Mascara for length. And then I layered Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara over the top for volume.


Dainty Heart Bracelet for a Dainty Wrist
8/10/2017

Adjustable bracelet with rhinestone heartSpiritlele Delicate Crystal Heart BangleI was wanting a bit of flair to add to my arm. I have always loved bracelets but had to take a break from them while my children were of carrying age so as not to scratch them. Now they've finally become too big for carrying. And I figured I can get back to bracelets. Unfortunately, while wearing a fake Rolex, I accidentally bumped it against our 5 year old's face. At his height, he is right at "arm" level for me.

So I am relegated to wearing lower impact, light-weight, and smooth-finished arm candy. With my wrist being super tiny, I have to find bracelets that have clasps that can adjust way down. My husband got me this Spiritlele Delicate Crystal Heart Bangle Bracelet.

This bracelet is pretty inexpensive and not real gold or anything. I'm not sure how long it will last. But it definitely fits my tiny wrist. It has a chain at the end and a lobster clasp on the other end. So you can adjust how loose or tight to make it. Some of the other reviews said that they bought this for a child as well. But I still think it is lovely, and I will wear it everywhere.

I love how the bracelet has bars around each side. They do make it look a little like a bangle. I normally cannot wear bangles because my wrist and hands are so small, that bangles usually just slip right off. It is a really pretty and unique design for dainty wrists.

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