Quick Look ~ Gold & Dark Brown


This quick look uses a broken Wet N Wild Trio.  (Tragic story – I ordered it online and the top shade was shattered when I received it.  I was refunded by the company but instead of throwing it out I decided to hold on to it and use the remaining shades.)

I think it is amazing at how pigmented these trios are – for under $3.00 they are a steal!  If you haven’t tried them or used them for awhile – go back and check them out.  I think you’ll be impressed!

The Trio is #334 ~ I’m Getting Sunburned

First off I started with my VS Pro Eye Primer, and then put the gold shade all over my lid and up into my crease.

Next I took the dark brown shade which comes out almost black on my fair skin and put some in the crease and blended it out.

Then I went back in with a bit more gold to balance it out and put just a little white along my brow line for a highlight since mine was smashed!

Next step was taking a wet liner brush and using the brown as my eye liner (seriously…doesn’t it look black!?!)

I also tightlined with it – after working the liner color into my lash line it sort of transferred to my lower waterline on its own so I finished the look.  (Confession…this is the first time I’ve ever tried this and kind of liked it.)  Finished with a couple coats of Maybelline The Rocket and the look is complete.

This is one of my new favorite looks – I’m not sure on tightlining again since it made my eyes pretty sensitive but the gold and brown combo was a fun look that I think will be making its way into my normal routine!

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Quick Look – Subtle Smokey Eyes


Today I wanted to share a quick eye look from the weekend.  I was going out with friends and wanted to experiment with this eye shadow quad from L’Oreal Colour Riche in Sultry Suductress.  I’m sorry a couple pictures are blurred and I took them before I put on mascara!  I’ll work on that for next time I do one of these! I wanted to share the look – since it was casual t-shirt and shorts night out at a festival I didn’t want to go too dramatic but wanted to do something fun.  First I started with a primer – I’m currently using up Victorias Secret Pro Eye Shadow Primer. Next I used the top shade up to my crease. The second shade (champagne) along my brow bone and then put a little purple into the crease.  Lastly, I used a wet flat liner brush with the bottom graphite color to draw in my eyeliner.  When wet the graphite shade comes out almost black.   Since it looked a little harsh against the lid color I used a smudge brush to soften it a little.   Finishing touch was a couple coats of mascara.

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I ♥ Summer TAG! (a non-video tag?!)

I love watching my favorite beauty vloggers on youtube!  One of my favorites is Ingrid @ missglamorazzi and she randomly creates tags.  I’ve never done a blog post tag before but this seems kind of fun and allow us to share some of our favorite products!

Now ~ On to the Questions! 🙂

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?

Since I’m so fair, I really like bronzers that help warm me up with out looking like an ooompa-loompa!  I have two favorites one is a shimmer and one is a non-shimmer.

Top (Shimmer) is e.l.f. in “Golden”  You can find this at Target for a whopping $3.00!  I did hit pan in May but it’s lasted me quite a bit longer than you might imagine.

Bottom (Matte) is a cult favorite Nars Duo in Laguna with Blush Orgasam.  I got the baby size since this was my first and so far really only high-end makeup purchase.  I found this at Sephora for $25.00.  Both are lovely but since it was more expensive its not one of my go-to everyday products.

2. You’re relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on? (Favorite summer drink)

This is a tough choice but I’ve narrowed it down to two main drinks an ice cold glass of James Arthur Edelweiss (Made in Nebraska!!!) or some moscoto like barefoot or yellowtail.

Or if I’m on vacation and find a bartender who knows what I’m talking about – a Rum Runner! 🙂

Non-Alcoholic – Crystal Light Raspberry Ice or Diet Mountain Dew!

3. Favorite summer lip product?

I picked 3 of my summer favorites that I’ve been wearing quite a bit.(Left to Right & Swatched top to bottom on my hand)

Maybelline Color Whisper in #65 Pink Possibilities

Clinique Chubby Stick in Plumped Up Pink (I think this was limited edition for Breast Cancer Awareness last fall)

Victorias Secret Brilliant Lip Shine Extreme in Sunset Strip

4. Pool or Beach?

Hands down…Ocean Beach!  If I could pick but since I live in landlocked Nebraska a its usually a River Beach that I find myself settling for if no beach vacation is in the plans (which is a majority of the time)!

5. Summer = crazy hair! What’s your must-have styling product?

My curling iron or a clip!  I have a natural wave in my hair and let it air dry most of the time between spring & fall because its thick and takes a long time to dry.  My go to is letting it air dry and then using my curling iron to put in some beachy waves!  If I’m feeling rushed or having a bad hair day my other go-to is using one of these big clips from Scunci with rubber grips in the inside!

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

Neither or fake tan!  Since I’m so pale, sun bathing always ends in me getting burnt and then it might change to a tan.  If I’m craving color I like Jergens Natural Glow.

7. Favorite summer nail polish?

I couldn’t pick just one!  I have a ton of polishes but here are two that I’ve already rocked a couple times this summer!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Posh Plum

Zoya in Gilda

8. Any summer traditions?

Mainly the few summer traditions I have are attending a couple family reunions and taking in local events like fairs and festivals.

9. Favorite summer scent?

I love body sprays – especially in the summer months.  I want to smell nice but don’t like a strong perfume.  I have recently fallen back in love with the seasonal scents by Victorias Secret .  I’m loving Pink’s Summer Daze (juiced citron & fresh pansy), VS Sparkling Citrus Dream (grapefruit & red lily) and VS Sunset Flower (Maguet & White Amber).  After typing those I’m seeing a love of citrus which I normally am not a fan of but these are light and airy scents that just feel like summer vacation to me!
10. Favorite BBQ food?

That would have to be a grilled burger from a charcoal grill!
11. What’s your favorite summer-proof product?

Blotting Papers – I have a beat up package from Boscia that lives in my purse year round!  They really do work for soaking up any excess oils and prevent you from having to “re-do” your makeup when you are on the go.  These came in super handy when I had two weddings last summer that were in the heat.
12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream summer trip!

No plans 😦 But my dream trip would be just a week long trip to Turks & Caicos!  Just kicked back on the beach and force myself to slow down and not be in a rush to get someplace or get something done!

I now tag all of you to try this!  It’s kind of fun!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!