Pastel Makeup — Down another rabbit hole…

I am so suggestible. It’s really insane. One of the best things about living in a cable free zone is the limited exposure to commercials. Now Rimmel and Maybeline can’t get to me with their false promises of super long “falsie” mascara. I win, universe! (Ok, maybe no blogging after caffeine and sugar!)

But back to my point:

I was reading my favorite beauty blog and they did this whole post about using pastel in your eye shadow repertoire. See what I mean? http://thebeautydepartment.com/2014/05/soften-up/

I was inspired to try it myself!
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I dug through what I already had but hit a bit of a road block since I recently moved and really cleaned out my make up. I decided to run through the drug store and see if I could get anything on the cheap. What I came up with was this —photo 1 (12)


It’s great because it has so many different colors. It was fun to shake up my daily make up routine. I enjoyed trying new things without being too wild. It was a fun way to add a little color and a little fun into my outfit.

Check out my experiment:

First I tried the green… which I LOVED!

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Then the pink…


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Then the blue!

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I have to admit I kind of loved the blue because it had a really great like 60s vibe. Then I watched Funny Face this weekend. And was completely and totally captivated and inspired all over — check out Kay Thompson in Funny Face!

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As Maggie Prescott, she rocked — and inspired me to try the bolder version!

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Here’s some other people making pastels their own. If you are feeling brave, send me those pics!

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Color Panels For Slimming…

Who doesn’t love a good optical illusion? I mean as ladies we frequently use them to our advantage so that we can get the upper hand on all sorts of beauty issues — slimming the waist, contouring the face, and so much more!

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My dress here combines cleverly placed black panels and you guessed it POLKA DOTS!

There has been an increasing trend in the last couple of years to create slimming lines in dresses through strategically placed panels of dark color or inserts of color to create the illusion of curves. These dresses are fantastic on like three different levels!

1. Obviously, they are quite slimming… the black panels on the side basically take weight off of you…


2. The placement of the color panels and lines can add curves or accentuate the ones we’ve already got.


3. These dresses are actually quite modest and therefore, work and church appropriate BUT still totally fierce!

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This is a trend to get behind and invest in at least one nice dress that does this for you. Calvin Klein has made some nice ones. The one I am wearing at the top is from Vince Camuto. My mom and I got it on super sale at Nordstrom Rack, which like Marshall’s is home to the hit or miss phenomenon. You have to go in there open to the experience and hope that something speaks to you! Last night, for me — it was these sick gold arrow earrings that I will probably be rocking at the Beyonce/Jay-Z concert in a few weeks.

Anyway, embrace color paneling and get looking sharp!