Get the Look | Night Eternal – Makeup Tutorial Feat. ABH Subculture + Modern Renaissance + KVD Metal Matte

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Good Evening. Tonight we gonna be riding in a one-horse open SLAY! … I’ll go home…

I have another Holiday makeup tutorial for you guys. This one features a smoky purple lid with a hint of peachy warmth paired with a neutral lip. I wore this look to a holiday get together / birthday party Saturday evening. I had no real plan of what I wanted to do other than use purple and the Metal Matte palette from Kat Von D and this is where I ended up. If you want to see how I go this look, just keep reading below.

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Get the Look | Moon Green Awakening | Makeup Tutorial Feat. ABH Subculture + KVD Saints & Sinners

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Tis the Season to SLAY! And that is what we are doing today. I recently picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette and have been dying to use it in a look. I will be doing a full review of the palette soon.

For this look, I wanted to go green, sparkly and dramatic AF. This is the kind of look I would rock for a night out this time of year. So if you want to see how I got this look just keep reading below!

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Get the Look | Shadow Sun – Glittery Gold Fall Makeup Tutorial feat Kat Von D Beauty Saints & Sinners Palette

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Happy Saturday! A day late again. LOL. Apparently making a blogging schedule is more of a suggestion rather than deadlines. Anyway, today I have another Fall \ Holiday makeup look. This looks features a golden glittery halo eye that is perfect for those more glam holiday events… or a Tuesday if you are me.

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I’m still getting the hang of my new camera and working on my lighting situation so forgive the funky lighting and let’s get started! Well, Imma make me another cup of coffee and then we’ll get started.

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December 2016 in Pictures



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Happy New Year!!! 2016 is over! It was a rough year for pop culture and politics but how was it for you personally?

My 2016 wasn’t too bad at all really. I feel like a grew a lot this year,  a lot of personal development and what have you. I’m happier than I have ever been really. I feel like I have really found my niche in the makeup community, landed a little job in PR and booked some freelance makeup gigs.

My husband and I finally embraced a healthier lifestyle this year and love of the gym, particularly weight training. I’m looking forward to a new year with my little family continuing and improving our healthy lifestyle. We’ve also had a wonderful addition to our little household, my roommate, Chandra!

This year has shown me how great family is. Despite losing my Uncle this year which was pretty hard on my family, I feel like we are all a little closer. I’m so happy my brother and his wife visited this Christmas and we got to really bond and spend time together. I can’t wait for them to come back!

My husband’s family has been amazing too. Always there when you need them. I forgot what that was like honestly, they are so warm and welcoming.

Then there our friends, who are our family too. So many good times were had, despite the challenges each one was facing in their personal lives, with jobs and ailing family members we could still laugh and have fun together. I’ve never known so many truly good people who could be so selfless and caring no matter what was going on.

As far as resolutions go, I don’t have many other than to keep growing and improving my mind and body. Getting my house more even more organized and tidy (and keeping it that way) while moving toward a more minimalist lifestyle. I do also want to get better organized and scheduled with my blogging. Not procrastinating so damn much and to not forget who I am and my style when I do blog. I think was I little caught up in trends and keeping up with the Jones, I lost a little bit of my personal style trying to fit in kind of. Eff all that. LOL.

2017 is the year we love ourselves!

Now on December in pictures. Since, I’ve finished the 100 Days of Makeup Challenge I decided I will do a couple monthly post, one like this one which will consist of various things that happened through the month that I took pics of, and another that will be devoted just to make up. It will include products I have been loving and MOTD’s. Generally, anything beauty and fashion related with these posts will be more about lifestyle I guess. Anything non-beauty. Let’s jump in, shall we? The first thing I want to show you guys is how I decorated for Christmas. While I don’t mention it a whole lot (but hopefully will in the coming year) I love decorating and interior design. It’s my other passion. I love all things home design.
 photo IMG_20161223_221627_026_zpskycrarhv.jpgHere we have our entertainment center and the focal point of the living room all done up for the holidays. It’s a tad busy but I wanted to keep some of my other decor out this year to show my brother. Normally I would have less non-holiday stuff out. The following snapshots are done in a vignette style to show little nooks of decor that I feel tell a little story. My holiday day decor theme I try to stick to is a victorian Christmas using lots of gold, burgundy and soft dusty roses with hints of pale green.  photo IMG_20161210_224144_zps1dxjrgl3.jpgThese little iridescent glass trees are one my favorite decor pieces. They’re simple, yet so pretty and delicate.
 photo IMG_20161212_092905_zpsibq9hkcn.jpgOn the opposite of the shelf, I have my angel tree topper which was my grandmother’s tree topper. My tree is never large enough to fit it so she has her own corner of the shelf so she can shine because she is special to me.  photo IMG_20161217_122630_zpsphnw6eze.jpg
Along the vertical shelves, I had a section of sentimental pieces and some I just think are pretty. This nativity set belonged to my mom, it’s a vintage set from the early 70’s possibly late 60’s. While I’m not super religious or anything I still put these out yearly because they are sentimental and beautiful.
 photo IMG_20161220_215759_169_zpscgndtoco.jpgNext, up I have a few vintage glass balls hanging from ornament hangers from the 60’s. These were from my grandmother’s tree next to one of her vintage amber glass bowls filled with a selection of gold balls.
 photo IMG_20161214_220347_zpsf4wjjkbd.jpgOn this other hanger, I have an ornament from believe is from Cracker Barrel that looks like a victorian postcard. I collect these types of ornaments. Surrounding it are a couple more vintage porcelain pieces.
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 photo IMG_20161223_221423_561_zpsnedga0hl.jpgI also filled this amber mosaic hurricane candle holder with mini gold balls and a hand painted glass ornament with a cat on it on the hanger. And more little glass trees.
 photo IMG_20161223_221519_974_zpsweafiuii.jpgThe glittery cross is also special, Ross’s mother gave me for Xmas one year, I believe the second year we were dating.  photo IMG_20161222_133332_003_zpsugclyk9u.jpgNow for the tree. This year we used my roommates pencil tree which I love! It fits perfectly in the nook by the entertainment center on top of our trunk.
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That’s it for the decor, now onto other fun things!

First up we have my Pumpkin being a silly girl sitting on the dining table. She seems to think this is normal for a dog…
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But how could you be mad at this face?
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I also finally got my hair color corrected back to my natural shade after the Artic Fox red hair color debacle from Halloween. If you want a fashion color that lasts, check out Artic Fox. it’s hardcore. I was expecting it to fade like Manic Panic but noooo. I got most to lift using Dawn but I ended up having to go to my sister-in-law’s salon to get it corrected. She had to use a direct dye lifter with a volume 20 for 30 mins to get it to a pink shade that she could cover with color. She ended up using a violet red based Pravana Chromatic in golden violet brown I believe at the roots and melted it down into an ashy blonde to tone it because it was brassy as hell because I had colored it with a Feria blonde shade that turned bright gold. She then melted down into a blonde ombre using the Feria shade I had put in myself and she toned it by running some of the Pravana through it.I’m in love with the root color. I also had a few inches trimmed off.

I took this pic the day after I had it colored because we were heading to New Orleans to pick up my brother and his wife who flew in from Medellin, Columbia for 2 weeks to spend Christmas here! The first time he has been home in 3 years.

We spent a great evening in The French Quarter and had dinner at The Napoleon House before heading back to Alexandria.
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So, of course, I made him take a selfie with me! BTW you can check out his music and art here: Norot Art
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And a selfie with my beautiful sister-in- law Alejandra, a fellow beauty blogger among many other things. Check out her Instagram and blog here:

Mirrors in the Attic on Instagram

Mirrors in the Attic on WordPress

Over on her blog, she had curated bundles of makeup from around the world for us porcelain gals for sale, with tons more bundles coming soon so if you live in Columbia and have trouble finding makeup for pale skin, check her out!

We had a blast playing in makeup every day and discovering all the cool stuff she brought back from Japan! She even brought me some lippies from a brand called Glips based out if Medellin. I will have a review and swatches up soon.
 photo IMG_20161221_172242_249_zpse07igupo.jpgI had to get a pic with the hubby too since we were having photoshoot time in my backyard. Yeah, he’s THAT much taller than me.

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And Miss Pumpkin had to get in on the action!

Speaking of Japanese goodies! How cute is this?! I’m kinda obsessed with Gudetama, just a silly little lazy egg.
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Look at that butt! I can’t even! I love all things Sanrio.

For Christmas, that evening I cooked a big dinner for all our friends and family but didn’t take a single pic… But I had a house full of friends and family until New Years.
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We had the most beautiful sunrise on the 30th. My photos couldn’t do it justice. My brother and I were, of course, awake, sitting outside talking after staying up all night. We did that every night, just gossiping and talking until daylight.
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This is just a shot of Lake Pontchartrain heading out of New Orleans after dropping my brother and his wife off at the airport.  We stayed the night in a room with them on the 30th driving down that evening, procrastinating the drive because it meant they were leaving. Driving to New Orleans at night while listening to Agents of Oblivion is something everyone should experience.  Seeing nothing but pitch black out the passenger’s side window, knowing there is nothing there but swamp and darkness.

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We headed back home on the 31st. We got home about noon, took a disco nap and headed out to The Brewhouse for the New Years Eve party.
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Much fun was had in our fancy dress clothes!
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My husband was even invited up by the band, Mojo Killjoy to sing Black by Pearl Jam and nailed it!

This was one of the best Christmas’s ever. I wish my Aunt could have made it from Dallas but she was too sick, we missed her.

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Red Water. A Dark Holiday Makeup Tutorial Feat. ABH + KVD


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Twas the night before Christmas and all the house Type O Negative was playing… and this is not your average Holiday makeup.

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You guessed it, today I have a dark and sombre Holiday look for you guys using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and the Kat Von D Serpentina Palette. The inspiration for this look comes from the Type O Negative song, called “Red Water” which to me captures perfectly that melancholy undertone that creeps up this time of year when we think the loved ones we’ve lost and how Christmas was as a child. It can be quite depressing around Christmas, in those quiet moments everyone’s gone to bed and you’re up finishing in the kitchen or wrapping gifts. In those quiet moments, we think, we remember, and nostalgia takes hold. Whether you’re spending the Holiday all alone or surrounded by loved ones, you still feel it to some extent.

I’m very fortune this year, I have my whole little family home for the first time in 5 years and I’m hosting Christmas dinner also for the first time. I’m so happy everyone will be home. My brother and his lovely wife came up from Medellin, Columbia! His wife Alejandra is a fellow beauty blogger among many other amazing things, check her out here:espejosenelatico.wordpress. and over on Instagram @@mirrorsintheattic

Speaking of nostalgia, I’m currently sitting on the couch typing while Star Trek is on TV and my brother is assembling his new Star Wars Lego set and talking about our favorite Christmas when Mama got us all those Star Wars toys and we had a Light Saber battle in the backyard.

Anyway, back to the reason you’re here, the makeup! I went hella bold with a softer red fading into a deep black smoky eye. I included 3 lip options ranging from neutral to bold to full on black.  If you want to see how I created this look, just keep reading below.

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Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

I used shadows from the Anastasia Beverly Modern Renaissance Palette and the Kat Von D Serpentina Palette for this look. I just got my paws on the Modern Renaissance palette and I’m having fun with it for sure. Definitely a palette worth checking out. I’ll have a full review with swatches and looks coming soon.

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Kat Von D Beauty Serpentina Palette

We all know my love of the Serpentina palette and in case you didn’t check out my review: Kat Von D Serpentina Review + Looks

Let’s get started with the look, shall we?

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Anastasia Modern Renaissance

Jumping in first with the ABH Modern Renaissance, I took the shade Tempera as a base all over the lid and to the brow bone. I’ve already primed my eyes and did brows as usual.

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For primer, I used the ELF Eyeshadow Primer and ABH Dipbrow in Taupe to shape my brow the adjusted the color using a combination of Warm Taupe and Cypress Umber (deep warm brown) from the Modern Renaissance

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Moving on to the transition, on a large fluffy brush, I took the shade Warm Taupe throughout the crease area and right above almost to the brow bone. The all the way to the brow bone on the inner portion. I wanted lots of depth.

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust

Next, I grabbed the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Rust and applied it as a base all over the mobile part of my lid below the crease.

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This step doesn’t make a difference in the long run, I was experimenting.

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On a flat shader brush, I packed Red Ochre all over the lid.

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Then blended Red Ochre into the crease, marring it with Warm Taupe.

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Jumping over to the Serpentina palette from Kat Von D, you know I went for Bloodmilk!

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I packed Bloodmilk all over the lid with my finger actually to get the most from the shadow. I wanted a true blood warm blood red shade.

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Next, I took Ankh into the outer portion of the lid to create some depth and more drama. I went back and forth with Bloodmilk and Ankh until I was happy with the transition.

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With ELF Cream Liner, I added a short (for me) wing that is most flattering on my eye shape. Every eye is different so the wing should be done to flatter the eye.

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I, for example, have hooded eyes so I need a shorter wing or else the overlap of skin would distort it, but since a good bit of lid still shows I can go thicker with the line.

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I set the cream liner with Ankh and smudged out the wing on the outer portions so it flowed into the eyeshadow.

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Then I added even more of Ankh to the outer corner of the eye to really make it deep and smoky.

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On the lower lashline, I took Red Ochre once more on a small blending brush and smoked out the lower lashline heavily.

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I tight lined my upper and lower waterline with Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eyeliner in black.

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Then I smudged it out with Ankh and added even MOAR depth!

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On the inner corner, I used a combination of Primavera (warm golden champagne)  and Vermeer (Frosted very pale pink). I used a combo to create a more neutral shade.

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I finished off the eye with another combination of the L’oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Voluminous Superstar Mascara By L’oreal Review and Demo

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And that is the finished eyeshadow.

Moving on the rest of the face, I have listed the products I used below with any relevant reviews and commentary.

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For primer, this has been my go to lately. I used the Laura Mercier all over my face and the Estee Edit in my areas that need some pore filling and oil control.

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer + Radiance


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Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick


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I did a little color correcting since I was using such red based eyeshadows to take down any redness on my skin. I used the pale green shade and a bit of the green on my cheeks where I have rosacea and around my nose and chin that are always red. If you’re interested in a post on color correction let me know in the comments!

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NYX Cream Highlight and Contour Palette in Light

Next, I did a little cream contouring with the NYX Cream Highlight and Contour Palette. I used the lightest palette in the range. I think it’s called Fair/Taupe. I do the cream contouring under foundation for a more “natural” appearance. Let me know in the comments if you would like an updated contour routine.


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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Classic Ivory

For foundation, I used L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation Review + Demo

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly

For concealer, I used Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly. Review coming soon.

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Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent

I set my undereye and baked with Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent

Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder Review + Demo #LockItRevolution

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Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana

I set the rest of my face with Wet N Wild Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana because it is so pale I can use it and a finishing powder.

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Kat Von D Beauty Shade+Light Contour Palette

For contour, I used Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. I used a combination of all the contour shades and the shades Levitation and Lyric to swipe away the bake and brighten my undereye.

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I used Diffused Light from Hourglass under my eyes and Dim light on the higher points of my face. Then used Luminous Bronze to warm up my complexion.

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For blush, I used a combination of Baby Love and I Will Always Love You. Placing Baby Love from Too Faced further back in a draping technique and I Will Always Love You closer to the apples of my cheek.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe Review

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Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Gold Bar

Then I hit the high points of my face with Wet N Wild Mega Glow Highlighting Gold Bar and that finishes up the face makeup.

Now let’s move on to the 3 lip options and how they look with the makeup.

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First up and most neutral is NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken.

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken

This is probably the most wearable option of the bunch, and what I would wear if I were going to a family function.

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Option 2
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I decided to try Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned with Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira in the center.

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Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned


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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

I liked this combo a lot but perhaps it was a bit too much with the eyes.

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Sooo I went with black! Hey, it’s a neutral shade.

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I used Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Pitch Black.

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Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Pitch Black

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Yeah, always back to black. I would wear this one for going out for sure and probably will this evening to an annual Xmas eve eve jam at a local pub.

Which lippie do you prefer?

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Happy Solstice! and I hope everyone is having a wonderful time right now and are surrounded by love and warmth.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram for the day-to-day life of a Beauty Blogger and Makeup Challenges, Facebook, for blog updates and makeup LOLs  Pinterest for inspo and current obsessions, Bloglovin and Twitter for updates!

Bee Beautiful. Bee You.

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