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How To: Silver Smokey Cat Eye

Jessica Palmer

I am so smitten with the look I did for a photoshoot this week with Nicole Cook (umm, by the way she is an AMAZING highschool senior --fashion-- photographer in NorCal). Luckily I had the sense to take pics of the look as it developed so I could make this tutorial for you! The funny thing is that it doesn't actually use any silver shadows in it...the hue is a result of the blending of the liner and shadows. Which I actually prefer because silvers often translate very blue on camera. This way you get the effect in a truer way. If you're not a fan of silvery shadow, then sub the black pencil for an espresso one and blend out with dark brown shadow instead of black for a more chocolatey neutral look. I worked from my Naked Basics palette and also a few shades from Makeup Geek (creme brulee, shimma shimma, and homecoming).

1. Prime your lids and dust on a neutral champagne or vanilla shadow all over your lid, the shimmery base will help when it comes time to blend.

2. Line your eyes, doesnt need to be precise.

3. Use a pencil brush (or your finger even) to blend and soften the liner.

4. Draw a V with your pencil to outline where your smokey cat eye will go. Make sure you open your eye first to determine how high up you want the line in your crease.

 

5. Use your pencil brush to blend and smudge the V more into the center of your eye, you essentially are focusing on the outer third portion of your eye. Dip your brush into black shadow as necessary to build the depth you are comfortable with. See how messy its getting? Trust the process and don't get scared! I like to do eyes first and skin second when doing looks like this.

6. Pat a shimmery taupe shadow all over your lid, smoothing out the seams of where the black shadow stops.

7. Dust a soft brown in your crease, bronzer works fab!

8. Highlight under your brow and in your inner socket.

9. Now for the clean up! This step is what adds the sharp angled edge to the look. Take a cotton pad with remover or makeup wipe and fold it so you have a straight edge. Swipe the edge in an upward angled motion.

10. Line your eyes. I love the sharpness of a gel or liquid for this look.

11. Add the flick of liner at the end for your cat eye. The awesome part about this look is that the sharp edge we created is your guideline, so its goof-proof!

12. Load up with mascara...bonus points and more drama if you toss in some lashes too! I used medium length individuals.

And there you have it! Isn't our model Lexy so lovely?!

 

 

We were going for drama so we paired her look with a bold punchy lip (Rimmel Kate Moss #12)...but a nude lip is a great option for this look!

 

Cheers to Seniors, Silver, and Smokey Eyes,

Scent and Memory: Holiday in Mexico

Jessica Palmer

Do you ever smell something and immediately you're thinking of a certain person, or time in your life? Sometimes the memory even surfaces before you realize what you're smelling, "What is that, smells like Christmas!" A diesel truck goes by and I'm mentally transported to Santiago, Chile. Coconut Lime Verbena body spray...I think of my sister. Chanel Chance Eua Fraiche and it's a hot summer night downtown with Andy.

If we naturally link scents with people or events, then why not use that to your advantage and be purposeful about your scent during important times?! Since scent is so closely tied to memory, I encourage my brides to pick a new unique scent for their wedding day (bonus points if you wear it on your honeymoon too!). All of the amazing emotions of the day get intertwined with that scent. And every time you bring it out (on a special event or anniversary) you'll be reminded of all those feelings of love, friendship, and celebration!

I do this in my own life, not just one my wedding day, but whenever there is something significant I want to remember. I recently had a birthday and we decided to celebrate by going on a cruise to Mexico! The perfect opportunity to make a scent-memory connection!

Jenn from Garden Apothecary was sweet enough to send me some birthday treats from her amazing product line. When I saw the Cacao + Cardamom Flower Essence perfume oil I just knew that would be the perfect scent for my Latina Holiday! Its like sugar and spice with a warmth. I made sure to apply it morning and night...Here is a peek into the memories my scent and I made on vacation:


I had never been to Catalina Island before so it was so great to visit a new place. We drove around in golf carts, visited the little shops, and ate ice cream. It reminded me of Sauselito a little!

Mexico was of course great! Full of shopping and delish local food! I even was surprised with a mariachi serenade for my birthday...wow! I felt so spoiled.

Halloween happened while at sea...and it was so thrilled that Andy let me paint his face! So much fun!

It's not a vacation in my opinion without some poolside sunshine.

I love getting dolled up and going out with my husband. More formal sit-down dining happens every night on the ship, so every night felt like date night! There was a vanity desk in our cabin, so doing my makeup and hair seemed extra fun and my Cacao roller ball fragrance made me feel vintage and swanky!

Of course, vacation always ends too soon...but I returned to amazing friends and family that wanted to continue celebrating, so I really cannot complain!

I think I'm going to bust out the cacao fragrance again at Christmas and add some more memories to that scent! What about you? What scents remind you of good times?

What if you wore the same scent on every date night...or found the perfect fragrance for your wedding...or graduation...or promotion...and the list goes on and on! You'd literally be able to bottle those memories. So stay tuned next week for my fragrance hall of fame top picks so you can find the perfect one!

And special thanks to Garden Apothecary! Jenn, your special scent helped make my birthday perfect!

Cheers to Memories, Mexico, and Scent,

7 Things We Are Certain Of

Jessica Palmer

Life can be tough. Circumstances can be shaky. Here is what we are certain of though...

1. Lipstick can cure just about anything.


2. But how we look on the outside does not define us.

3. Everyday is a fresh chance to be a new you. Is the day half gone and its been terrible so far? You can start your day over anytime you choose! I had a teacher in junior high say that all the time and it stuck with me...I use this pearl of wisdom regularly!

4. Knowing how to do something properly is very powerful! And while an expertly executed smoky eye may or may not land you Ryan Gosling, it will boost your confidence and make the day seem brighter!

5. Everyone deserves to have their moment to shine. You may not be a celebrity, but you can feel like one once in a while! (That's where we step in!)

6. Others actions can affect us, but ultimately your personal choices will be the rudder that steers the ship of your life!

7. You can always count on being able to tag along with us! Beauty Adventures are best shared with a friend...and sometimes a little pretty is the perfect escape!

Cheers to Circumstance, Certainty, and New Chances,

 

Making Time for Beauty: The 20 Minute Routine!

Jessica Palmer

It's fun to get dolled up, but let's be honest: thats tiring and unrealistic on a daily basis! My reality is that I love to sleep, and often (always) chooze the snooze button and rarely have more than 30 minutes in the morning. And truthfully, even when I have more time, there are other things I'd rather do. Spending lots of time getting ready is so fun once in a while, but not everyday. Maybe that's just me though? What about you?

 Well, either way...here is my typical morning routine! None of the pics are filtered...this is painful reality blogging here folks! Haha...enjoy!

 

Wow! Yikes, here I am in my jammies...I'm in LA right now for work and crashed at a friend's house. First thing I do is put on my Clinique All About Eyes serum because I almost always am SUPER puffy! I brush my teeth while I wait for it to absorb. I hate artificial sweetener, in fact it's even hard for me to chew gum (so I rarely do!) because I can taste it in everything...I can't even use normal toothpaste anymore because of the aversion. Weird.

I comb my hair, add dry shampoo if needed. I just washed it last night so this is fresh hair. Part as desired, spray 12 Benefits on it...which I am obsessed with now (thanks Ash!)...makes my poor damaged hair look decent and smells amazing. Today I curled just the ends quickly and dragged my fingers through it for a soft subtle wave.

Today, I'm taking it easy and catching up on blogging and emails...so I am keeping my face super simple. On any other day I'd probably add a layer of foundation on top of the BB Cream and opt for a bright lipstick...I am obsessed with this concealer in the bottom left pic...it's the Maybelline FitMe! So affordable and covers so well! I rarely put anything on my eyes...lashes yes, and I currently have lash extensions with a few individuals on top...I've found that when I focus on complexion, I can do far less on my eyes...when pressed for time, it's always better to spend the time you do have on your complexion...

My new favorite bronzer: NYC SmoothSkin in Sunny...under the cheeks, jawline, neck, and forehead.

Blusher (I used a WetnWild one today and LOVE it)...but I did use Dior's brush to apply it, they still make my favorite shape of cheek brush out there! Filled my brows. Quick tip for a natural brow: I sometimes use a fluffy angles shadow brush. The fluffier the brush, the less amount of product it picks up, so you get a lighter effect! One quick swipe and my brows are very lightly filled without looking sharp! Tinted lipbalm from Flower Cosmetics (Drew barrymore's new line!), skipping the bold lipstick today since I'm not really headed out.

I absolutely adore this initial charm bracelet from Ashleigh! Wedding rings of course and orange studs! I have to have a couple of accessories even though I'm staying in!

Voila! Simple, fast, and easy! I snagged this sweater and top at the PacSun outlet in Pismo on the way down here! They were $6 each! I love the sequined mustache and it says J'adore on it too...how cute!

Ok, so I know I'm not reinventing the wheel here...but I hope this shows you that with a little time, focusing on a few key things can have a big payoff! What's your everyday routine? how long does it take you? Making time for beauty is important, but there's no need for us to pressure ourselves and schedules into thinking we need hours to look good.

 

Cheers to Makeup, Mustaches, and Making Time For Beauty,

 

DIY: Makeup Bag & Clutch Makeover!

Jessica Palmer

So between my frequent thrifting and the fact that I have a hard time getting rid of anything...my pile of makeup bags, clutches (or anything for that matter!) that need a little face lift are in abundance! If you have an old clutch or makeup bag that needs an update, a few cheap items...some things you probably already have at home...should do the trick! Here's how I did it!

    

  

Here's what you need:

1. Your bag to recover...I find that something with sharp anges (like square or rectangle) work best, anything with a rounded edge will be a bit more difficult

2. Printed duct tape...you can find this at any craft store! Pick a print or colour you like. I snagged mine at the dollar tree!

3. Hot glue gun, needle nose pliers, scissors

4. Any old earrings, brooches, or headbands to add pizazz!

 

Align the tape on the top outer edge and wrap around the entire bag until you end up back where you started. Then cut with scissors. I like to do the top and bottom first, so I can see how many pieces of tape will be needed for the middle. That way I don't end up having to trim at the bottom, I just layer them. Start with each new piece of tape on the same side each time so that bag has a seam down only one side.  

  

My makeup bag had an ugly heart shaped plastic thing that I wanted to remove and replace. If yours doesn't, no big deal...you can also use the pliers to add a charm or ring et cetera.

I used an old earring to replace the charm. An old earring or necklace piece would work amazingly!

 

Glue anything you'd like to your bag! I had a studded headband and some bows that I used. This neon green tape really looks like duct tape...so the clutch has an urban vibe that I loved! I noticed that the other prints had a smoother texture and looked a little more refined. So pay attention to your tapes when you pick one out. I honestly like both textures and finishes!

 

Here's how mine turned out! I did two small makeup bags and one clutch...I then remembered that my friend Malisa gifted me some super cute craft tape with a floral print so I did another makeup bag and added the bow headband to it! I love how they turned out!

Give this a shot and let me know how it turns out!

Cheers to DIY, the Dollar Tree, and Duct Tape,