Simple Smoky Eye via Refinery29

I don’t know about you, but the elusive “Smokey Eye” is something I am always trying to exact, update, and ultimately master like a MAC counter pro. Though I am quite pleased with how my rudimentary skills have progressed, as early attempts left me looking like I was in a bar fight. I, nevertheless, still clock in about 15 or so min achieving the perfectly blended charcoal lids. Soooo not ideal, especially when you’re racing to make it to happy hour before 7:00. This godsend of a video has completely transformed how I approach a quick smoke. There are two steps… yes, that’s correct TWO steps, and it only takes mere minutes to complete. I tried it last night and I couldn’t be more pleased! Here you go, courtesy of Refinery29

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I suggest using my favorite beauty goods to acheive your look:

1. Gareth Pugh for MAC Technakohl eyeliner $19, in Graphblack.

This liner smudges oh so easily into a perfectly effortless smoky eye, every girl needs this in their make up kit. I only wish they carried it in more colors like pastel purple or green, to use as a day-time eye enhancer.

2. NARS Night Series Eyeshadow $23, in Night Clubbing.

First of all I am completely obsessed with the entire ‘Night series’ line from NARS, from glittery nail polishes to pigmented shadows I love and want everything in this iconic collection, and this shadow is no exception. The key is in this shade’s versatility, as with most NARS shadows, you can completely change the look you achieve by using more or less concentrated shadow on your brush. Easily enabling many shadows to smoothly transition from your day time “go-to”, to your night time stand out.

3. DIOR Diorshow Iconic Mascara $28, in Noir.

I typically do not like spending over $25 for mascara, but this stuff is the real deal. It’s not my daily wear mascara (usually I wear benefit) but this is my night-time va va va voom lash staple. Curl your lashes then slick on 2 coats of this black as night mascara and you are good to go with a gaze that will break hearts (and hopefully will get you a few free drinks too).

Enjoy your night out you sexy smoke-eyed vixen!

Bling for Spring a la BaubleBar

In honor of Bauble Bar‘s first “Birthday” (yesterday), I decided to load up the e-cart, and splurge on some great jewelry for spring [note: I often tend to fill up an e-shopping cart, and upon “checkout”, I  painstakingly *try* to edit it down to a bold piece and a mainstay.. if I’m good…IF ]. This time I was good.

Though it’s not quite here yet, spring is my absolute favorite time to go overboard in pastel and really indulge in the art deco-esque colors, 50’s structure and silhouettes, and feminine nuances -esp in the details, illustrated by that era. These adorable and *wallet friendly* spring picks are what I’m loving from Bauble Bar.