Soft and Romantic Make Up Look!

Hello beautiful people!

I hope you all had wonderful weekend’s, and that you’re spending this lovely Sunday relaxing!

Today I thought I’d share a make up look that I’ve been wearing A LOT lately.
Now, I love a winged eye and fake lashes as much as the next girl, it’s such an edgy and sexy look, but sometimes I really love wearing this kind of buffed out, soft and romantic look that makes me feel super pretty and feminine.

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This is a look I really love to wear when I want to feel super girly and really just enhance my natural features. My sister refers to this as “looking like a Fairy” whenever I do this look for her, because it’s just soft and sparkly and really beautiful.
I also figured that Valentine’s Day is coming up, and this would be a great look to wear out with your partner, or on a first date or even if you’re just hanging with your girlfriends ( or really just anytime, because it is so gorgeous).

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dscn3687For my Complexion I used:
– Becca blacklight Priming Filter to give my skin that radiant “lit from within” look. (This is just a sample but I love it and will definitely be picking up the full size)
– My trusty Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
– Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 1 Fair for blemishes and redness
– My holy grail Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade fair/neutral for under the eyes
– L’Oréal Infallable pro-matte powder through my t-zone to prevent shine
All of these products together make my skin look healthy and glowing without looking like I have a tonne of make up on.

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– Benefit Ka-brow in number 2 to create my something from nothing eyebrows
– Benefit Gimme Brow in the shade light to define the hairs that are there and all a bit of volume
These babies have changed my brow game hard! Benefit has really upped their brow products and I am so impressed.

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– Burberry Earthy Blush in the shade Light Glow to contour my cheekbones
– Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow in the shade light to add some warmth and glow to my skin
– Clinique blush in Peach Pop on the apples of my cheeks to add a girly and healthy pink flush to my skin

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– Urban Decay Primer Potion to prep my lids
– Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani eye shadow Palette
(Swatches from left to right : Pop, Bath Water, Steady, Anaheim, Zone and Punk)
I used steady all over the lid, with Anaheim and Zone buffed into the crease, outer corner and under my eyes. I patted a bit of Pop into the center of the eyelid to add a bit of glitter, and I used Bathwater to highlight the brow bone and inner corners of my eyes. Finally, I used Punk along my lash line to make my lashes look thick and add a bit of definition.
– For mascara I used Maybelline Lash Sensational and of course my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

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– Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in the shade Sable which is a really pretty rosey pink shade

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The finished look!! I love wearing this so much!

Let me know in the comments what kind of look you love to wear to feel pretty and girly.

That’s all for now my loves,
Until next time, xoxo
-Lo

Lazy Sunday Make Up Look

Hello beautiful people & happy Sunday!
I don’t know about you guys, but I love Sundays. You can be cozy and stay in all day, or you can run errands, or have brunch with friends – Sundays are just the best for so many lovely and relaxing things; including a lazy make up look.

This is a look I usually do on Sunday’s if I’m going to be leaving the house, and just want to highlight some of my natural features without all the contouring and winged liner (which I absolutely love, don’t get me wrong), but sometimes it’s just nice to have a “less is more” kind of day!

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This look is super fresh and pretty, but also super fast if maybe you slept in for a little too long, or you’re a mom on the go – or if you’re like me and just want to have a little something going on to run errands and do laundry!

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For my complexion I used:
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5 – to even out my skin tone
Urban Decay Naked skin concealer in the shade fair/neutral – for blemishes and under my eyes
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – I only used the bronzer from this duo to add a little colour to my face
MAC blush in the shade Warm soul – To add a little flush and shimmer to my cheeks
Laura Mercier loose setting powder – To make sure there’s no shine where I don’t want it

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For my eyes I kept it super simple and only used a few products:
L’oreal brow style definer in the shade brunette – To add some definition to my brows and fill in any sparse areas
MAC Teddy eye kohl – Just smudged along the upper lash line to add the illusion of volume
Covergirl Full lash bloom mascara Clinique bottom lash mascara – To make my lashes look as fab as possible
Rimmel Scandaleyes kohl kajal in 005 nude – I used this on the water line to make my eyes look bigger and more awake

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Finally for the lips I used Tanya Burr’s lipgloss in the shade Chic to add a nice natural juiciness to my lips!

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I absolutely love the way this look turned out, and really you could wear this any day of the week because it really emphasizes your natural beauty – but I particularly like it for my lazy and lovely Sunday’s!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

 

Fun and Flirty Valentine’s Day Make Up Look!

Hello beautiful people!

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and wether you’re celebrating with your sweetie, spending the night with your girlfriends or going on a first day, I have a look that will make you feel fabulous and wow whoever you’re with!

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I wanted to create a look that was playful and flirty without being too glam, because then it can really suit any outing!
I went for a more natural eye look with some glitter and winged liner to add that flirty feel, with some really natural wispy lashes to play it up just a little bit more. I wanted my skin to be glowing and flushed, with a nice rosy matte lip which is transfer proof if you’re going to be doing any smooching this v-day!

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For my complexion I used:
Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in the shade 010 porcelain
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly for my blemishes
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Fair Neutral for under my eyes
Laura Mercier loose setting powder in translucent to set everything in place
Burberry Earthy Blush in No.7 to contour
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Bronze Light to bronze up my face
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in fetching to add a really pretty flush to my cheeks
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone to add that glow I was going for on the high points of my face

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For my eyes I used:
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette to fill in my brows
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette for shadows – I used baby all over the lid, with anaheim and punk through the crease and lower lash line, then I pressed a bit of pop glitter all over the lid to add some sparkle
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper for my wings
CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara for my top lashes
Clinique bottom lash mascara for the bottom lashes
I used some of the Tanya Burr Limited Edition false lashes that came in her advent calendar and unfortunately don’t have a name

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Finally for lips I used the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip colour in the shade devotion which is a gorgeous dusty rose that just added the perfect pop of pink for this look!

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I’m so happy with how this look turned out, and I’ll definitely be re-creating this on Sunday for whatever Carmen and I decide to do!

Let me know what you’re planning to do this v-day!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Top 15 of 2015

Hello beautiful people! and Happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s 2016, 2015 seemed to absolutely fly by!
I hope you all had a lovely and safe holiday season, full of delicious food and family fun!

I figured to start off the new year I would share my top 15 beauty products of 2015, these are all things I reached for over and over again last year, and I’ll definitely continue to love them throughout 2016. Although, I am quite excited to see all the new products that this year will have to offer!

Some of these are products I’ve already raved about here on my blog, so I’ll just give you the short version of why I love them, because otherwise this post will be incredibly long!

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First up is a product I was pretty late to the party with – The Beauty Blender ($28.00 CAD) literally changed my whole beauty routine in 2015. This magical sponge blends foundation into your skin without allowing it to cake or bunch, it just applies your make up so flawlessly and naturally that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything! Foundations that didn’t sit well on my skin when I applied them with a brush went on like a dream with this little guy. If you haven’t tried this, you absolutely need to, it will change your life!

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Choosing an eye shadow palette was really difficult, but when I went through my collection this Stila Eyes are the Window palette in Soul ($59.00 CAD) really stood out to me. This Palette is beautiful with a mix of mattes and gorgeous shimmers, with just the right mix of cool and warm tones. The formulation blends like butter and feels like velvet, they wear all day long, and you can create any kind of look you want! This palette would suit so many different skin tones and eye colours that I think it would be a welcome addition to anyones collection.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($46.00 CAD) was a highly talked about and popular product last year for very good reason. This is one of the most stunning highlighter’s I’ve ever used, but it’s definitely not for the person who wants a subtle shine to their cheekbones, because this baby is GLOWY. I like to use this on nights out, or when I want to feel really glam and sexy, but I also really like to use this as eye shadow! This is limited edition, so grab it if you can find it!

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I absolutely love this Full Lash Bloom mascara by CoverGirl ($8.00CAD). I reached for this every single day in 2015, over any high end mascara in my collection! This mascara volumizes and separates my lashes beautifully without flaking or transferring at all! Pick this up in your local drug store and give it a try because it is amazing!

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NUDESTIX lip + cheek pencil in Blush ($28.00CAD) has been my purse lipstick all year long. This is the perfect nude for everyday wear, it adds just the right amount of colour to your lips to compliment any make up look. The formulation is super long lasting, and incredibly smooth and creamy. I got this one as a birthday gift, but it’s definitely inspired me to want to try out more from this line!

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The Living Proof PHD dry shampoo ($27.00 CAD full size) is literally the most incredible dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It actually cleans your hair and absorbs oil and odour, this can extend the life of your shampoo for an extra day or two. it doesn’t leave a film on your hair or scalp, and it doesn’t weigh down your hair at all. It’s a bit pricey, but to literally make my hair look freshly washed on the third day after I’ve shampooed is incredible. This is the small size which is $14.00 CAD, but I’ll definitely be picking up the full size.

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The Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation ($45.00 CAD) is something you all know I absolutely love. This has incredible coverage, it’s got more of a natural/dewy finish than a matte one which I absolutely love. It lasts all day long, and doesn’t cling to dry patches or bunch up on the skin. It’s got quite a watery formulation, which means one pump will cover your whole face no problem, especially if you apply it with a beauty blender! If you’re looking for a new foundation, I would definitely recommend this guy!

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This is a product that’s fairly new to me, but it still get’s added to my favourites because it’s that amazing! The Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder ($46.00 CAD) sets make up without looking cakey or dry. This blurs imperfections and gives your skin a really natural flawlessness! The only downside is that loose powders are very hard to travel with, and very easy to knock off one’s vanity (yes, I’m speaking from experience) so be careful with this stuff!

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Again, this is a product I’ve gone on and on about, so I wont stay here too long. The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer ($34.00 CAD) completely replaced my NARS radiant creamy concealer in terms of holy grails. This stuff doesn’t crease at all, it’s got a beautiful creamy consistency so it blends out flawlessly. I literally can’t say a single bad thing about this product! Go and try it – trust me.

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This is something I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog before, and it’s the only skin care item in my 2015 favourites. This is the Saje Skin Fitness balancing toner for combination skin ($19.95 CAD), it’s a spray on toner made of a combination of natural essential oils, so you can imagine how incredible this smells. I use it morning and night, and have really noticed an improvement in the texture and look of my skin, it’s helped to soften and brighten while decreasing the amount of oiliness in my T-zone. I know Saje isn’t available everywhere, but if you’re curious to try out some really great natural skin care product’s, I would suggest taking a look at their website!

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The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow ($80.00 CAD) is definitely another holy grail product for me. This is a great duo for contour/highlight that I think would suit every skin tone. The contour shade is just muddy enough to add an incredible shadow under the cheekbones, and the light gold of the highlight shade just adds the most subtle and sexy glow to the cheeks. It’s definitely a luxury product – but if you’re looking to splurge I would definitely say this is worth the money.

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The Maybelline Brow Drama tinted brow gel ($10.00 CAD) is definitely hit or miss for some people, but I really like it. I find it helps to keep my brows in place, and defines the sparser and blonder hairs that you normally wouldn’t be able to see. This product doesn’t dry down crusty, and it lasts all day! The applicator is a bit weird at first, but you get used to it the more you use it.

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The Hourglass Ambient bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light ($60.00 CAD) is the only bronzer I used in 2015. It’s the perfect shade to warm up the face without being to orange, and it has swirls of the regular ambient lighting powder in it which makes it look natural and pretty on the skin. Again, a bit of a pricier product, but for pale skin like mine it’s really hard to find a good bronzer, so this is worth the money to me!

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The Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Lolita ($24.00 CAD) was my go-to stay in place lipstick all fall/winter. It’s the perfect deep pinky-brown shade that just adds real vampiness and sexiness to a look without wearing a dark purple or red lipstick. These have the most incredible formulation that just doesn’t budge at all once it dries down, they don’t ball up or flake off, and they don’t dry out your lips which is a huge bonus. I love to wear this on evenings out when I know I’m going to be doing a lot of drinking/eating – but with this baby I don’t need to worry because it will still be there!

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Last but not least is the NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade Anna ($39.00 CAD) This is another great lipstick for fall/winter because it’s a beautiful deep mauve shade which looks incredible with a really smoky eye. This formulation is creamy and smooth and definitely long lasting. Obviously not as long lasting as the Kat Von D one, but this is a good one to wear for a date night or night out with your girls. It’s incredibly moisturizing and feels really comfortable on the lips, I would definitely suggest picking one of these up!

That’s it for now my loves,
Sorry about my absence in December, but post’s should come more regularly now!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani Palette – Swatches and Review

Hello beautiful people!
I hope all you’ve all had a lovely couple of weeks, and I hope anyone who celebrated American Thanksgiving had lots of food and family fun!

Carmen and I got home from Florida a week ago, and are just trying to adjust to the cold weather here in Toronto! Unfortunately that means we also both ended up catching colds.
Our trip to Florida was so much fun! The weather was hot and lovely, and it only rained a couple of times. The wizarding world of Harry Potter is absolutely incredible, and Disney was just as amazing as I remember it from when I was younger.

Being slightly under the weather, I spent a lot of time this week cruising the internet for Christmas presents, but as we all do, (hopefully) I ended up buying myself a thing or two as well!
One of those things is the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani limited edition eye shadow palette ($70CAD)

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The packaging of this is absolutely stunning, super edgy and cute, which is exactly what I’d expect from Gwen Stefani. It it slightly pricier than say a Naked palette($64CAD), but you get 3 more shades in this, and the pan size is a lot larger than the Naked palettes.

This palette is honestly a dream, you get the incredible formulation of the Urban Decay eye shadows, with some sexy and fun colours that can only be associated with Gwen Stefani.
This has a lot of neutrals with a good mix of shimmers and mattes, but it also has the last row, which comes with some vibrant shades to play with as well.
I think this would be great for beginners or pros, and would make a really lovely Christmas gift if you have someone in your life you want to spoil, because you know they wouldn’t pick it up themselves. Or, you could just do what I did and buy it for yourself!

Onto the swatches!
First row, from left to right;
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Blonde : is a nice shimmery cream colour that would be great as a highlight or all over the lid shade.
Bathwater: is a beautiful pale gold, that again, would be great for all over the lid or highlight.
Skimp: Is sort of more satin than shimmery, and more peach than anything, just a great shade for so many things.
Steady: is a gorgeous rose gold shade that would be great blended through the outter corner or really just all over the lid as well.
Punk: I was really excited when I saw this shade, because I don’t have anything like it in my collection. It’s a matte chocolate brown, but it almost has red undertones which I find really unique, and makes an incredible crease colour.

Second row, from left to right;
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Baby: Is a gorgeous and super shimmery champagne shade that’s great for pretty much any eye colour, and compliments the shades in the rest of the row beautifully.
Anaheim: Is a really pale, matte, ashy brown that would be great in the crease or as a liner under the eye.
Stark: Is quite a cool toned brown and very pale, this would be great for a more matte sophisticated eye look, or even just used as a transition shade in the crease.
Zone: Another matte brown that again would be great blended through the crease to create depth for a nice smokey eye.
Serious: I like this shade because it looks matte but it’s actually a very fine satin finish, and it’s a lovely charcoal grey that could add some sexiness to any eye look.

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This row is definitely the most fun!
Pop: Is a gorgeous, glittery pale peach that is honestly my favourite kind of shadow to wear all over the lid; because it’s just so feminine and gorgeous.
Harajuku: This shade is a really cute pale pink, with a bit of a frosty finish to it. I personally don’t like to wear pink eye shadow, but this could look beautiful on so many different skin tones. I think I’m going to try to use this one as a blush!
Danger: This shade is absolutely stunning, it’s such a deep and vibrant blue, I can’t wait to play around with this, especially with the holiday season upon us!
1987: This is another unique shade that I absolutely love! It’s a really rich gold, but it’s not super yellow, it just looks really pretty and fun.
Blackout: This palette wouldn’t have been complete without a matte black, and this shade has the most incredible pigmentation!

The formulation of these shadows has the exact same quality as the Naked palettes, super buttery and blendable without being dusty or having any fall out. The pigmentation carries a serious punch with these babies, it’s not patchy or stiff at all. These shadows last all day long as well, I honestly can’t say enough good things about this!

If you’ve been eyeing this, or know someone who would love it, I would 100% recommend getting it (and soon, because it’s limited edition).

That’s all for now my loves,
I’m still deciding whether or not to do Blogmas again this year, so keep your eyes open December 1st to see if it starts!

Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Fall Make Up Look!

Hello beautiful people!
Did you all have lovely weekends? I hope so! It was pretty cold and rainy here, but I still managed to enjoy myself!

now that fall is upon is, it’s the time for smokey eye shadows, matte foundation, and bold lips! Which is exactly the kind of look I put together to show you guys!
This is the kind of make up look I love wearing when the weather gets cooler, and the fashion gets cozier!

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For complexion I used:
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Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair 1 – for my blemishes
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in the shade Fair Neutral –for underneath my eyes
Rimmel Stay Matte powder
Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – To contour and highlight
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light – To add a bit of warmth to my ghostly skin
Hourglass Ambient Blush in the shade Luminous Flush – To add a pop of colour to my cheeks

For eyes I used:
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It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe – To fill in the sparse areas of my brows
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MAC eye shadows in Patina (all over the lid) and Satin Taupe (outer corner)
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Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper – To add slight definition to the upper lash line
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

For Lips I used:
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Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 107

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(Thought I’d throw a goofy one in)

That’s it for now my loves,
Let me know what some of your fall make up favourites are!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

An Afternoon At The Races – FOTD & outfit

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, let me know in the comments what you got up to!

Yesterday my family and I went to the local race track to bet on the horses for my dad’s birthday! This is the second year in a row we’ve done it, and it’s so much fun! We eat a lovely buffet lunch, dress up and wear fancy hats and scream like maniacs at the horses we want to win.
Since it’s an occasion to get a little glam, I thought I’d share what kind of make up look I went for, and what I wore with you guys!

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This is a photo of my sister Jen and I, she has a photo blog here on WordPress if you want to check it out!

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For my complexion I used:
Benefit the pore-fessional primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in the shade fair neutral for under my eyes
Collection lasting perfection concealer in the shade fair 1 for blemishes
Rimmel stay matte powder for the shiny areas
Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow to contour
Becca Shadow and Light bronzer to add a little warmth to my face
Becca with Jaclyn Hill shimmering skin perfector in Champagne pop to highlight my cheekbone
NARS blush in Almeria for the apples of my cheeks

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For my eyes I used:
Anastasia dip brow in Soft Brown for my brows
Urban Decay primer potion
Stila eyes are the window palette in Soul
Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper for my wings
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara
I also wore a few of the ardell individual lashes, but I forgot to photograph them *oops*

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For the finishing touches I used:
Bite Beauty lip pencil in the shade Sable
Urban Decay de-slick oil control setting spray

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I’m super happy with how this look turned out! Still glam, but not too much for day-time!

I didn’t manage to take a picture of my full outfit, but I wore this beautiful dress from Anthropologie I picked up a few months ago, and these cute little sandals I bought at a DSW in Cleveland a few years back!
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Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more posts like this!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo