Sexy Kim Kardashian Smoky Eye

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Miss Kim K looks AMAZING here with her smoky eye, so I wanted to emulate her look.  Laura of So Far, So Chic has been telling me to do a smoky eye for a while because she thinks that the look would be great for my eye shape and something different than the bright colors that I generally do, so with inspiration like the above showing off a perfectly smoldering sexy look, how could I resist the challenge??

Makeup artist Kandee from youtube was gracious enough to go through a very easy to follow step by step tutorial of Kim’s exact steps to a divine smoky eye.

Products that I used to achieve the look:

Revlon PhotoReady foundation in 011 Cappucino -This disappears into my skin and feels really good!  My first time using it and I really wanted a good new liquid foundation.  It doesn’t show up as a silly ashy color in photos, feels super light, was easy to blend, and provides just enough coverage.  I have to give this product an A!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark as a finishing powder.

Nars blush in Taos

Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy face illuminator in Candlelit

-Revlon Colorstay Brow Enhancer in Blackened Brown/Taupe

-Too Faced Shadow Insurance

-Santee Color Intense Eyeshadow- This little palette was some super cheap $3 thing I bought at a beauty supply store because I liked the colors.  I figured with some primer on the colors might have a hope of showing up on me.  It actually worked out okay for doing this look, since I was layering on colors like in the video.  Used a metallic taupe color and a chocolate brown from the compact.

MAC Mulch Eyeshadow

-Smashbox Eyeshadow in Champagne

-Stila Onyx Kajal Liner

Diorshow Mascara in Black

-Victoria’s Secret Lipstick in Dusk

I followed Kandee’s easy steps for the pretty smoky eye for my Kim K. inspired look.  First I applied the Revlon foundation well with an Eco Tools foundation brush.  Then the blush and illuminator were applied followed by the eye makeup steps done in the video: champagne first in the corners, metallic taupe from palette, darker brown from palette, black eyeshadow by Mary Kay, Mulch by MAC, Stila liner, mascara then voila!  Great smoky eye.  I wanted mine softer than Kim did, but you can pile on a dark kajal liner to get a very similar effect to hers!  Have fun with it.

We went out for a night on the town, hitting up 2 clubs and 3 bars, garnering lots of attention at every single one.  My eyes were quite bewitching, apparently 😉

Do you like to rock smoky eyes?  What products do you generally use?

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Gotta be FIERCE

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The featured blogger today is M. Mcdermott of http://fiercebeautyandfashion.wordpress.com. Interested in being featured as well? Check here for more information.


1. Who’s your celebrity inspiration for hair?  Makeup?  Fashion style? (can be different answers for each)
As crazy as it sounds, my celebrity inspiration for hair right now is Niki Minaj.  I love the fact that she takes risks with her hair (though not all of them are good! LOL)!  I sometimes think of my hair as an accessory too and she definitely has fun with hers!  For makeup, I look up to Queen Latifah because her looks are always effortless and flawless!  Fashion is tricky because I take inspiration for all celebs, as long as it fits me and my personality.

2. What 3 makeup items can’t you live without?
My Mary Kay Liquid foundation is definitely one of them.  It has been the only foundation to date that gives me the sheer coverage I need.  Another one would have to be my Avon Extra Lasting lip gloss in Constant Coral.  I love the color and it does last most of the day.  My third item is definitely my Too Faced Full Frontal eyeshadow.  It’s a brown color with a little shimmer and it always brings out my eyes for a great natural look.

3. How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely accessory driven!  I sometimes base my whole outfit on a particular accessory I want to wear!  Though I’ve been a tomboy most of my life and will still rock my jeans and Reeboks when the feeling moves me, I can be a girly girl too with cute dresses and bold colored tops.  Regardless of what I wear though, it has to be comfortable!

4. Do you have a signature look or item that you are known for?
My funky accessories, especially my earrings!  My family and friends know how much of a fanatic I am when it comes to super huge earrings! I have hoops you can put your hand through! My fashion jewelry is currently overflowing out of a two section jewelry box and shoe box!  It’s so addictive!

5. What’s your favorite makeup trend of all time? favorite fashion look?
My favorite makeup trend is the smoky eye because anyone can rock that and there are so many different ways to achieve the look.  My favorite fashion look is denim!   Jeans have and forever will be the most versatile piece of clothing to me and will never go out of style!

6. What upcoming fashion and beauty things are you most looking forward to for fall?

I’m looking forward to the shoes most of all!  I love boots and though I live in Florida and can’t rock the thigh highs like I want to, I can still get some ankle boots that are cute an still hot weather friendly!  I’m also ready to try my hand at the sequins trend!  I love the new designs coming out and would be a great way to amp up my wardrobe.

7. What drew you to blogging?  What blogs inspire you?
I actually started blogging when I entered a contest on Yahoo! Shine to be a Beauty Guru last year. I wanted to get back to my writing after my original life plan didn’t pan out and grabbed the opportunity.  Once I won that, I realized I can do this beauty blogging thing and it took off so fast, I’m just now catching up to everything!  So many blogs inspire me but to name of few of the ones I’m truly digging are Where Did U Get That (the photography and outfits are AMAZING!), grit and glamour (her personality and fashion sense is awesome!), and Yahoo! Shine (that’s my first blogging home and the community always inspires me!)
8. If you could trade looks with any celebrity, dead or alive, whom would it be?
It would have to be Alicia Keys.  She looks gorgeous in anything she wears while maintaining that urban swagger.  A tomboy-turned-girly-girl can truly appreciate that!

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Winter Proof Skin

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Sunday I decided to go to Sephora and browse around a bit with the intent to purchase some skincare goods. Even with my holy grail items such as the Big Girl Cosmetics Ginger Almond Body Butter, I am a product junkie through and through, always on a mission to add more to my stash. I hope that I never end up on that show hoarders with all of the beauty products I have! Wouldn’t that be a sight? “Woman found mummified in her home filled to the brink with Lancome, Kinky Curly, Nars, and Urban Decay (no pun intended, har har). Story at 9.”

With fall and then winter approaching, why not weather proof my skin?  First on the list was Carol’s Daughter Body Jelly.  After a long warm shower, I rubbed this on and mmph mmph mmph, I am loving the way that my skin feels!  I can tell that this body jelly will do wonders against flaky dry skin in the harsher cold months, so it is a worthy buy for those who suffer from that!  The ingredients are natural, such as Sweet Almond, Soy, and Jojoba Oils for smooth, glowing skin.

For the face, I was drawn to the Korres line of moisturizers.  I went in with the intention of getting the Yogurt Moisturizer and found myself drawn to the Thyme Honey Moisturizer instead because it said “real Thyme Honey acts as a hydro-regulating agent, ensuring optimal hydration levels all day” so that made sense for a cold weather approach!  I used it last night after washing my face with the African Black Soap and this stuff is AMAZING!!  With a tiny pea size, it covered my whole face, making it hydrated for 24 hours!  Smooth, soft, moisturized skin. I am in HEAVEN and can’t recommend that as a face cream enough 🙂

What’s your colder weather skincare routine?   Of course, it’s not winter YET (can’t believe it’s going to be fall soon) but a girl can never be too prepared!  Have to give our skin a fight chance, don’t you say?

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Caviar Dreams On A Cheese And Cracker Budget

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My new featured blogger is the super fly Danyell of Caviar Dreams On A Cheese And Cracker Budget here to share some of her ideas and opinions on beauty products and fashion.  Interested in being featured as well? Check here for more information.

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1. What are your top 3 makeup and beauty products?

I Adore Maybelline Dream Liquid Foundation In Dark 3, It Matches My Skin Perfectly! My Skin Is Flawless When I Use Maybelline. Beside Foundation I Can’t Live Without Blistex Lip Balm, Always Soften My Lips To Make Them Kissable. Last But No Least MAC Cosmetics Amber Lights Eyeshadow. My Favorite Eyeshadow So Pigmented And A Perfect Golden Color.

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2. Describe a perfect outfit to you.

The Perfect Outfit For Me Would Be Anything You Feel Confident In That Could Be A Basic Shirt With Sweats Or Heels With Skinny Jeans. It All Depends On The Person.

3. What is your fashion style?  What celebs would you say are your style idols?

My Fashion Style Is Anything I Feel Like Wearing!  I Don’t Categorize My Style, I’m Open To All. I Don’t Have Style Icons But I Do Enjoy Seeing What Rihanna, Rachel Zoe And Taylor Momsen Wear.

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4. What fashion lines are your favorite?  What beauty lines?

My Favorite Fashion Line Would Have To Be Betsey Johnson Because If Always So Fierce And Not Afraid To Be Different. Far As Beauty Lines I’m Open To All Since Companies Produce Items That Are Hit’s And Misses.

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5. If you were only stuck with ONE beauty product on a deserted island, what would that one item be?

If I Was Stuck On A Deserted Island I Would Have To Have Blistex To Make Sure My Lips Stay Moisturize In The Heat.

6. If you could change looks with any celeb, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I Would Change Looks With Jennifer Hudson. She Is So Curvy And Wears Is Well. Also Her Voice Is Amazing.

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SO FAR, SO CHIC – Miss Laura Wheat

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Let’s meet the fabulously fun Laura Wheat, the brains behind SO FAR, SO CHIC which is a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blog dedicated to all things, well, chic!

1. What is the first beauty-related memory that you have? What drew you to
beauty/makeup/fashion?
peel-off nail varnish, powder puffs and perfume. I also loved the sets of plastic
lipsticks you could get back in the day. The picture shows me, mum’s mascara
in-hand, having dragged a chair up to her chest of drawers in order to get my
paws on her makeup!
I always loved pretty ladies in frilly dresses and anything girlie. After seeing
flamenco dancers on holiday I asked my nan to make me a material flower to
wear in my hair. At Busch Gardens in Florida I wanted my picture taken with the
women wearing old-fashioned dresses as their costumes.
2. Name the celeb (dead or alive) that you would trade looks with and why.
There are loads of beautiful women who I admire. I love Joanna Lumley. Goldie
Hawn was absolutely gorgeous when she was young. I think Jessica Biel is
striking. Eva Mendes always looks amazing… But I wouldn’t want to trade looks
with anyone I don’t think – the thought scares me. Like plastic surgery that
makes you look like someone else! I’d rather just be me. I wouldn’t mind Jennifer
Aniston’s hot body though!
3. What’s your favorite makeup trend? Fashion trend?
I love black liquid liner flicked out in a chic cat’s eye. Sixties-inspired looks always
appeal to me, although pale lips rarely work in real life.
My favourite look to wear is a waisted dress with a skinny belt and heels. I’m
noticing a trend for retro-style sundresses at the moment, which is cool as I’ve
always loved that look. Eva Mendes always rocks a great retro frock! I
have a thing for narrow cropped-leg trousers and jeans. Very Audrey Hepburn.
4. What’s your least favorite makeup trend of all time? Least favorite fashion
trend?
I cannot understand why anyone would want a weirdly fake-tanned face. I just
don’t get it! I’ve no problem with fake tan but it needs to be subtle and enhancing,
not orange and ten shades darker than your normal skin colour! Orange faces
also seem to get paired with pale lips and frosted eyeshadows… Did I mention I
hate shimmery eyeshadow on the brow bone? Stop at the crease! Please stop at
the crease!
Fashion-wise, I can’t bear the recent batch of 80’s-inspired florals. I like proper
80’s prints on cotton dresses, but not these grim dusky pink patterns on
disgusting stretchy dresses and tops. They suit no-one! So unflattering.
(<–NOT Laura)
5. Quick, stuck with only one beauty item for the rest of your life, what would it
be? A specific lipstick, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, etc.
It would have to be mascara, because my lashes are so pale. I liked Clarins
Wonder Perfect Mascara until the tube went all clumpy on the outside. Clinique
mascaras are always good in my experience, also Dior Show, although it’s damn
expensive. I’ve never found a budget option that I’m happy with for thickening my
lashes. Answers on a postcard please…
7. What makeup brand is your favorite? What fashion brand is your favorite?
I like Laura Mercier for quality products and flattering colours. I use so many
other brands though, it’s difficult to just pick one.
The clothes I’d like to own aren’t really within my price range! Reiss always
has lovely pieces but it’s expensive. I like H&M for the surprise gems that
occasionally spring up in their shops.
8. Are you more a handbag girl? makeup girl? clothing?
All of the above! My absolute weakness has to be shoes though. I have so many
pairs and I cannot stop myself from buying more. There are always other pairs I
need for a particular look I’m envisaging! I used to ask mum if I could sleep with
new shoes next to my pillow and I still feel that kind of excitement when I get a
particularly fabulous pair.
9. What 3 words best describe your style?
Different every day.
*Read more of Laura’s daily fashion and beauty thoughts at SO FAR, SO CHIC

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Driving Me Plum Crazy

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Well, more violet actually.  I am in LOVE with the lipstick in this photo and have been on the hunt for a couple of days for a compatible shade since I can’t read what the exact lipstick is:

Is that not just DIVINE?  It’s so cool and totally different from the normal light pink that I see the average lady walking around with.  For my own sanity, I MUST have some gorgeous violet lips.  It is my favorite color anyway, may as well partake!

To create the look, I’ve purchased the following from Sephora and will review them when they arrive:

-Make Up For Ever’s new line of lipstick called Rouge Artist Intense in color #14 (Pearly Dark Violet)

-Sephora Collection Lip Attitude in the color Audacious Violet 11

Hopefully one of these two will do the job so that I can regain my wits!  Must have, must try, so much want! Lol

Is there a makeup look or product that just drove you wild, made it so that you just HAD to have it?  Dreamed about it, blogged about it, dare I say cried about it?  What was it?  Did you ever get it?

Right now there are awesome things on sale for 75% off at Sephora! So go ahead and check it out because they may have that beauty find to help you create that look you’ve been lusting after 😀

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Bourgie Buys

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So in a previous post you guys commented and tweeted about your favorite low-cost yet effective drugstore finds.  This time around, with noses in the air, let’s get bourgie!  By that I mean, what are your snobby must have purchases, the designer skincare/makeup/hair products that you REFUSE to deviate to a lower cost item for?

For me, it’s perfumes.  I may have a body splash every now and again from Bath and Body Works, but best believe that the perfume game is on and proper 🙂  When I’m feeling happy and the sun is shining, I’ll break out with DKNY Red Delicious (smells of ripe sweet red apples, as you’d imagine by looking at it) or maybe Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue (clean fragrance with a touch of tartness). To exude quiet sophistication and femininity, I adore Prada Infusion d’Iris (a soft, light floral that begs to be worn on Park Avenue as a lady who lunches).   For pure sex appeal and feeling undeniably ravishing, I am a fiend for Dior Addict, truly addicted.  I was hipped to that scent by my girl JayBendy and have been hooked since first sniff.  Those are a couple of the many perfumes loitering my vanity.

So do tell, what are your snobby buys?  What MUST be designer, must be high end, MUST be top notch?  OR what are some high end items that you are just dying to have?  We’re waiting to hear, darling.

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