Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Basic Bitch Eyeshadow Palette

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I bet you’re thinking…why did MAC just name a palette Basic Bitch? Don’t worry, I thought the same thing too. As a part of MAC’s Girls line, MAC released 6 limited edition “personality” eye shadow palettes. I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this is the most talked about one….the Basic Bitch palette.

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What’s in the palette: This palette is filled with 8 eye shadows, which range from shimmers to mattes, and a highlighter. This palette is filled with greys, plums and purples…perfect for a smoky eye! The highlighter in Love this bitch (lolz) is a frosted baby pink highlighter. Sly Girl & Tattle-Tale (probably two of my favourite shimmer shades by MAC) are micro-glitter shimmering shades. Hell in Heels & Gameplayer are your creamy mattes. Me, Me, Me, Ms. Personality, Big White Lie and Text Me Later are satin shades. The packaging is pretty sleek and includes a mirror.

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The Good: Even past the controversy, I love everything about this palette. Majority of the shades are gorgeous on my lids and the names are super fun! I’m assuming MAC believes that the average basic bitch (I feel so strange writing the B word on my very G rated blog, but you know that’s life) is one that wants to have a smoky eye all the time. The formula of these shadows and the one highlighter are super-duper silky smooth. It wasn’t powdery when I swatched them and I loved how they just glided on without any fuss. The opacity is pretty decent, although some shades require you to pack on the shadow, majority of the shades are pretty opaque.

The Bad: So you can probably tell by the swatches that the colour pay off isn’t the best for some of the shades in this palette. BUT I will say the shades which didn’t have full opacity on first swatch, were super opaque when I spritzed my shadow brush with Fix+ to foil the shadows. They looked incredibly gorgeous. But aside from that, this palette is pretty awesome! I can see the name of this palette being an issue for a few and I wish the name wasn’t SO big on the palette.

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 8.5/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Fashion Fanatic & Prissy Princess)

 

Review: Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in OG Lolita

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When I heard that Kat Von D FINALLY decided to introduce lip liners in her coveted makeup line, I was ecstatic! I’m completely obsessed with her liquid liners and lipsticks, so picking this baby up during the Sephora spring sale was on my to do list!

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I love wearing lip liners by themselves, especially in the summer because it’s a super simple way to give your lips a stained-lips look. I decided to pick up the shade “OG Lolita” because the lipstick version of this shade is probably one of my favourite to wear. It looked pretty online and I figured you can’t go wrong.

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What I love about the packaging of this product is the fact that I don’t have to sharpen the lip liner to get more product, all I have to do is twist it (I’m all about the easy way out with makeup). The colour of the shade resembles the colour of the lip liner packaging, which is also pretty awesome because if you’re on the go, you don’t have to waste time reading the package for the names or shades.

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When I first saw this in the flesh, I loved everything about it instantly. I promise I’m not being biased because this is genuinely one of the best lip liners I’ve ever tried. This product states that it’s 24 hour wear, water-resistant and super weightless when on your lips. It’s supposed to be super comfortable and not drying at all, so that you can wear it by itself or layer with other products.

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When I swatched this product, I was floored by how smooth it felt. It glided on my lips so smoothly and it didn’t dry them out. When I layered it with the Lolita lipstick, I was astonished by how gorgeous it looked together! Hit up my Instagram for pics (shameless promo). The shade is a matte dusty rose, which is a gorgeous nude for me! What I loved about this the most is the fact that I did everything throughout my day and NOTHING moved. The shade stayed intact and I didn’t even feel the need to apply lip balm. I’m so impressed by this particular shade that I cannot wait to pick up more of her other shades, she’s got like 30 of them to choose from! The colour is SO pigmented. If you need a new lip liner, THIS IS IT! It retails for $22 (CDN), which is a pretty decent price for the quality of product you’re getting!

Pros:

  • Weightless
  • Matte, pigmented
  • Smooth, not drying at all
  • Great price
  • 24 hour wear, water-resistant
  • Long-wearing, doesn’t move from your lips until you use makeup remover

Cons:

  • NONE

Rating: 10/10 

Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Fluidline in Waveline

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Let it be known: my world WILL be in shambles if all forms of eyeliners were extinct (as dramatic as that sounds, it’s the truth). Now you already know that black eyeliners are literally the only thing I wear (most of the time). So why would I venture outside of that colour you ask? Well…LOOK. AT. THAT. COLOUR!! Is it not the most beautiful navy blue you’ve ever seen? Clearly, this was a complete impulse purchase on my part.

What is it?

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MAC cosmetics’ Fluidline liner in Waveline is described as a navy blue gel liner that has low levels of gold pearl infused in there (I know sounds super fancy). As you can see, it comes in a very generous pot (like most of their gel liners). Upon application, it’s supposed to feel silky smooth that gives off a soft finished look. It’s foolproof (you know that’s perfect for someone like me), long-wearing and the most important aspect of all gel liners….it’s smudge-proof! With one stroke of your brush, you are supposed to get the most opaque colour on your lids.

How long did I use it for?

Since August 2015 + counting.

First Impressions and thoughts?

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As I mentioned before, the colour itself was predominantly the reason why I bought this. Once I dipped my angle brush into the pot to get some product on, I already knew that I was going to love this. It glided on smoothly on my lids and didn’t feel dry at all. So for me, that was already a huge plus point. The colour was also so opaque that I literally contemplated wearing this every day. It was easy to apply and it didn’t smudge!

My Verdict?

If you’re going to purchase any gel liner, I highly recommend that you try this one out. This particular shade is wearable and gorgeous (& this is coming from a black eyeliner enthusiast). Every single claim is true about this product. I love the size and generosity of this product. Also, I need to mention the fact that I’ve had this for months and the gel liner has not dried out at all (A HUGE BONUS). It’s pro-longwear and I found that it literally did not budge/smudge until I used makeup remover to remove it. It was silky smooth and it glided effortlessly on to my lids. The formula was not drying on my lids at all! Another thing I really like about this product is that without any primers/shadows under it, you still get a pretty opaque line, which is completely budge proof (the swatches are done with no primer/shadow on the lids).

Price & Where can you buy it?

$20 (CDN) at MAC Cosmetics stores & retailers

Would I repurchase it?

THOUSAND PERCENT (also, I’m definitely picking up some other shades in the line in the next few weeks!)

Pros:

  • Smudge, budge proof
  • Opaque colour
  • Glides perfectly on the lids
  • Doesn’t dry out
  • Feels silky+smooth on your lids

Cons:

  • Nothing, Nada, Zilch!

Overall Rating: 10/10 (I cannot find a single thing wrong with this gel liner! If you’re on the lookout for a navy blue liner, then this is it!)

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All Your Beauty Questions Answered

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So I’ve been a completely horrible blogger & disappeared on you guys a little too many times now. I can list you all the reasons why I’ve not been blogging but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about a comeback! I’m back, I am. I swear. I won’t be blogging as much as I did before, but I will try to blog at least once a week, I promise. I have been trying a lot of different beauty products so there will be an abundance of reviews coming your way in the near future! Until then…I wanted to thank each and every single one of you for taking the time to read, comment, like, share, email (!!), and follow this blog…my blog. You’re literally the reason why I’ve decided to get back into the blogging game! Make sure to follow me on my various social media accounts to see what I’m up to on a daily basis (which are going to be listed at the end of this post).

Without further adieu….here are all your beauty questions answered!

  1. How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice most days…but sometimes I forget at night (worst decision ever!)
  2. What skin type do you have? I’ve got combination oily skin.
  3. What is your current facial wash? Cetaphil (which is AMAZING).
  4. Do you exfoliate? Once a week! (Here’s my favourite exfoliater!)
  5. What skin care brand do you use? I’m a true Clinique 3-step believer. That’s been my constant go-to for years. You can read about my experience here.
  6. What moisturizer do you use? Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (& this is why I love it!)
  7. Do you have freckles? No!
  8. Do you use eye cream? Okay, so I use it here and there but not on a daily basis. Maybe this will be my beauty goal of this year!?
  9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Yes! Clean and Clear’s advantage acne spot treatment is literally the best thing ever created. Period.
  10. Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? Nope!
  11. What foundation do you use? I use a bunch depending on the event. For everyday: I alternate between MAC’s StudioFix & MAC’s Mineralize SkinFinish. For events/nights out: Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation or MakeUp Forever’s HD liquid foundation.
  12. How about concealer? MAC’s Mineralize concealer. Seriously, the best ever.
  13. Do you know your undertone colour? No…not really…should I know it?
  14. What do you think of fake eyelashes? I love the look of them but I don’t like wearing them personally.
  15. Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months? Yes, but I don’t think I’ve actually legit changed my mascara every 3 months exactly…
  16. What brand of mascara do you use? Ahh! I’m obsessed with Dior Show (read this to find out why). But I love trying different ones all the time.
  17. Sephora or MAC? Sephac (that’s my Brangelina name for Sephora and MAC).
  18. Do you have a MAC Pro-card? Nope….but they should just give me one now…(lol)
  19. What makeup tools do you use in make up application? I use a lot of them depending on which product I’m using. My go-to is MakeUp Forever’s Kabuki brush…it blends like a dream (does that even make sense? You know what I mean..right?)
  20. Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? Yes!!! NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base!
  21. For the face? I use a bunch of different ones depending on the look I want…but my go-to is Smashbox’s Colour Correcting Blend primer.
  22. What is your favorite eyeshadow (colour or shade)? Oh man, I have SO many. But if I had to choose, it has to be Urban Decay’s YDK (can be found in the Naked 2 palette).
  23. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both!
  24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Never…okay, I’m lying..on lazy days once…or twice…but my eyes are used to it now! 😛
  25. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? LOVE THEM! Especially if you’re using them for a particular event!
  26. Do you use mineral makeup? Sometimes!
  27. What is your favorite lipstick? AHHH! This one’s a hard one…but I cannot live without Kat Von D’s lipstick in Bachelorette.
  28. How about lipgloss? Not a HUGE lip gloss lover but anything by Laura Mercier is pretty good!
  29. What is your favorite blush to use? NARS Dolce Vita.
  30. Do you buy your makeup on ebay? Never have!
  31. Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes! You can find some really good dupes for some expensive brands!
  32. Do you go to CCO’s (cosmetic company outlets)? I’ve been to a few by Estee Lauder/MAC (Remember this haul?)
  33. Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? YES! Someone needs to teach me how to contour like Kim K.
  34. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Not always…only early mornings, if I’m rushing to get to work.
  35. Name a makeup crime that you hate? Unblended blush or over the top blush that does not look natural. Like WHY would you do that?
  36. Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? I love them all. But I tend to gravitate towards neutral shades more.
  37. Which celebrity always has great make up? Every celeb has had a fumble now and then…but I am obsessed with the way Beyonce does anything with her hair/makeup/outfit…(read here to find out why).
  38. If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use? This is a tough one…but it has to be any form of black liquid liner…(this one is my fav).
  39. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? YES! I really don’t wear a lot of makeup daily as often as you think (& I have a beauty blog..go figure?)
  40. Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? I mean, I don’t care if I look good or not…sometimes, you can’t be dolled up and it’s okay!
  41. In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? Can’t choose. Too. Many. Good. Ones. Are. Out.There.
  42. What do you think of Makeup?? Love Love Love (obviously).

Have an awesome day dolls! x

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Beauty Diaries: My Favourite MAC Products

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So if you don’t know this already, now you will: I am a certified MAC cosmetics addict! This was one of the first beauty brands I had ever used, when I got into makeup and I’ve continued to use their products until now. Although, they have their hits and misses, there are a few staple products from this brand that I cannot live without. Here’s a list of the products that are absolute must-haves:

IMG_4723MAC Penultimate Eye Liner Rapidblack

This is one of the best liquid eye liners I have ever used! The colour is opaque and the best thing about this product is the fact that it’s simple and easy to use. It’s designed like a marker with a felt tip that’s super easy to control. It takes me less than 20 seconds to line my eyes with this liner and I use it everyday!

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I know that a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with this product. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with this powder foundation. Since I have combination oily skin, this product keeps my shine at bay while giving me great coverage. This is one foundation I always end up using because it works great with my skin!

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This has to be one of the most unique pink coloured lipstick I have ever used or owned. It has a very nice gold sheen to it, which is what I think makes this product unique. The formula, as always, is great on my lips and I find that I reach for this particular lipstick whenever I am in doubt about what lip colour to use. I find it goes with any makeup look!

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MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural (Medium Deep)

If you must only purchase one product from MAC, then this has to be it! This is one of the best light coverage foundations I have ever used. I use this to set my liquid foundations as well as I wear this on top of BB creams. Since it’s light coverage, it’s not cakey and it sets everything perfectly. Plus, as the name says, it looks super natural and just blends with your skin!

IMG_4718MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom

I love this eyeshadow because it’s super versatile and the shade is absolutely gorgeous! The texture and formula of this shadow is awesome. You can use this as a highlight colour for your brow bones, cheek bones and your cupid’s arrow. As you can see, this is one of my most used eye shadows because it looks very natural on my skin and it looks pretty on my lids!

IMG_4705MAC Lipstick in Relentlessly Red

I bought this coraly pinky red matte lipstick colour on a whim and I’m so glad because I’m in love with this bold lip colour! The colour is pretty unique and it’s a matte lipstick, which is slowly becoming one of my favourite formulas I gravitate towards now. Everything about this lipstick is perfect, from the colour to the longevity on my lips!

IMG_4709MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in High Energy

Wearing lip liners on its own is slowly starting to become one of my favourite things to do. This particular lip liner is one of the creamiest liners I have ever used. Since it’s matte and pro longwear, I was surprised to see that my lips didn’t dry out at all. I love the colour. It’s a beautiful orangey bright poppy red, which is a perfect colour for a bold lip look!

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I have been obsessed with this nail polish for a while now. This has to be the perfect blush/nude coloured nail polish I have ever come across. It looks amazing with my skin tone and it literally goes with anything. The formula is creamy and opaque. You will most likely find this shade on my nails anytime you see me, since it’s my most used!

IMG_4710MAC Mineralize Concealer (NW 35)

I’ve tried my fair share of concealers and this has to be my favourite! I use it for my undereye circles, any discoloration and blemishes. The coverage of this formula is incredible and it’s not drying at all! I love the brush tip that comes with this liquid concealer but I use a concealer brush to blend out the formula. It’s not cakey and literally binds to your skin!

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Best. Lip. Liner. Ever! Seriously, I cannot even stress how much I love this lip liner. I wear this alone, I pair it with other lipsticks and it looks great! Everything from the longevity of this product on your lips to the colour is perfect! If you are looking for the perfect nude lip liner, then this is definitely it!

IMG_4712MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

I’m pretty sure everyone knows of this cult favourite lipstick! Ruby Woo has to be one of the best red matte lipsticks out there. I find that this shade works with pretty much every skin tone and it looks amazing on everyone! The formula of this product isn’t drying and the colour is incredibly opaque, which is why this is one of my favourite red lippies!

IMG_4704MAC Lip Glass in Pink Lemonade

I’m not a huge lip gloss girl, although I used to wear them a lot when I was younger; but this particular lip gloss is one gloss I reach for because it looks so pretty on my lips! It’s a coraly orange colour with shimmer so it’s perfect to wear on its own or layer on top of other lipsticks (which looks pretty great). I find that this is one lipgloss I use the most from my stash.

IMG_4708MAC Powder Blush in Blunt

This product is a new edition to my makeup drawer and all I can say is that it is quickly becoming one of my most used products! This powder blush is mainly used as a contouring powder. The reason why I love this is because you can control the colour to contour your face really well. One swipe of this shade gives you a natural looking contour, but you can also build it up for special occasions!

Happy Monday Dolls! x

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Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Lipstick in Angel

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Ever wonder which lipstick is perfect to pair with an ultra glam smoky eye? Well I had been on the lookout for the answer to this very question before I stumbled upon this particular lipstick. Now if you’re a die-hard Keeping up with the Kardashians fan, then you probably have heard rumblings of this lipstick. It was touted as Kim Kardashian’s go-to lip colour for her smoky eyes! And of course, being a Kardashians fan myself, I had to go ahead and purchase this! MAC cosmetics’ lipstick in Angel has been raved about for years. It’s described as a soft pink with a frosted finish. Like all MAC lippies, this one has a vanilla fragrance to it.

My Verdict?

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Best. Baby. Pink. Lipstick. Ever. Seriously, I’ve been using this for years and I always go back to this lipstick whenever I am unsure of what lip colour to wear (whether it be with a smoky eye or any heavy eye makeup for that matter). MAC lipsticks are my favourite because of the incredible formula they offer. This one’s formula is creamy and smooth. Which is perfect because it just glides onto your lips with ease. It doesn’t dry out my lips nor does it irritate my lips, which is a huge plus! The next thing I adore about this lipstick is the colour. It truly is an Angel-ic pink. It’s a cool toned baby pink with a hint of lavender to it. This colour looks fine on my skin tone, but I can see it being a little questionable for darker skin tones (always swatch lipsticks before buying them). Even though it says it’s a frost finish, to me it seems a lot creamier than other frost mac lipsticks. With that being said, the intensity of the colour is amazing! It’s opaque and you can definitely build the colour by layering. The finish has a definite shine to it as it is not anywhere near matte at all. The staying power is also pretty good. I did have to reapply at certain points, but that’s expected with most lipsticks. I love using this lip when I do a glitter eye or an intense smoky eye. I find that it really balances out the dramatic makeup really well. I also love the slight vanilla fragrance to it. At $19 (CDN), you really are getting a top quality product! Buy this if you are on the hunt for a pink lip you want to pair with an intense eye look! You can purchase this at any MAC cosmetics counter!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x 

Pros:

  • Creamy, smooth, soft
  • Opaque buildable colour
  • Decent staying power
  • Pretty colour, creamy shiny finish
  • Doesn’t dry your lips out

Cons:

  • Might be a bit too light for darker skin tones

Rating: 9/10 (This is my go to baby pink lip whenever I do heavy eye makeup or heavy contouring. One of the best baby pinks out there!)

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Fashion Diaries: My Holiday Lunch Party Ensemble

Recently, I had to attend a Holiday lunch party and decided to do a little blog post on my ensemble. I had a blast putting this whole look together and had a lovely Holiday lunch party with my coworkers.

Outfit

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I wanted to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn (she is one of my style idols), so I decided to go for an all black outfit. This way my accessories, hair, and makeup would be the focal point of the ensemble. I wore a black long-sleeved elastic waist dress from Forever 21 (this is one of my favourite dresses to wear because you can dress it up or dress it down depending on your accessories and makeup). I paired the dress with black leggings since I wanted to go for a neutral classy look.

Accessories

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I wanted to incorporate the colour green into my ensemble and figured the best way to do that would be through my accessories. Since gold was my main accent colour, I decided to go with a gold and emerald statement necklace (which I got from Ardene). I went with two rings, a dainty rose gold bow ring from Kate Spade (well because everyone knows my obsession with bows) and an emerald cocktail ring, which matched perfectly with my necklace. I added a woven brown belt to match my shoes and to accentuate the waistline.

Shoes/Purse

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Since I wore leggings, I opted for mid-calf brown slouchy boots, which I got years ago from Costa Blanca. They were comfy and perfect for my ensemble! Since it was a Holiday party, I wanted to also incorporate the colour red somehow (which I did through my lips as well). So I decided to go with a red Michael Kors quilted/studded crossbody purse (which my mom was generous enough to let me borrow for the day). As I mentioned that gold was one of my main accent colours, so the gold detailing on this purse was a perfect match for my other accessories.

Hair

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I went with one of my favourite go-to hairstyles at the moment, curls! Here’s a tutorial I did earlier on how you can get the perfect curls using a wand.

Makeup

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I went with a bold red lip so that meant keeping all other parts of my face neutral so that everything was balanced out. Below you will find a list of products I used to achieve the look I wanted and I’ve also shown you how to get the subtle smoky eye look I did!

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The Subtle Smokey Eye look using Urban Decay’s Naked Palette

1) Apply an eyeshadow primer all over your lids (I went with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion).

2) Apply a base colour all over the lids (I went with Tarte’s Smoldereyes in Champagne).

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3) Take the shade Buck and with a crease brush apply to the outer corners and blend it into your crease.

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4) Take the shade Toasted with a flat shadow brush and apply all over the lids.

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5) Take the same crease brush you used earlier and dip into Hustle and Darckhorse; and apply only to the outer corners of your eyes, smoking it in circular motions into your crease.

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6) Take the shade Darkhorse with a liner brush and line your lower lash line as well as your upper lash line.

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7) Take your favourite black eyeliner (I used Urban Decay’s Zero) and apply to your waterline as well as line your upper lash line (from mid-lid to the outer corner).

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8) Take a liner brush and soften the line by tracing the line you just created.

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9) Take the shade Virgin and Naked and apply to the brow bone.

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10) With a clean crease brush, soften any harsh lines.

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11) I wanted to define my eyes a little bit more so I took a gel liner (Marc Jacobs Liner in Blacquer) and decided to do a mini winged line.

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12) I finished the look with two coats of Maybelline’s Big Eyes Mascara!

And this was my whole ensemble at a recent Holiday lunch! Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season and find some inspiration from my look for any of your upcoming parties! Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr for all the latest updates on this blog!

Happy Weekend Dolls! x