I just got back from some serious mommy on the loose time. I went for the weekend with one of my sisters to go visit our other sister in another state. And I left all three of my kids with my husband. It was the first time since I had the littlest dude (14 months ago) that I’ve been able to spend a night away. As soon as I was away, I started feeling that old familiar feeling–you know the one. Mommy guilt. Luckily my best friend was there (via text) to remind me that all mommies need time to recharge their batteries! That helped me relax and I was able to enjoy my weekend. And boy, did I need it! I didn’t realize how badly until I’d had a few hours to myself. I had a fantastic weekend laughing and spending time with my sisters. And I feel relaxed, recharged, and ready for the week. The lesson? Taking care of yourself helps you take better care of everyone else. But I’m digressing! This is a topic for a whole other post.
A lot of people liked last week’s makeup post, which gave me enough confidence to introduce (da da da da! Trumpet fanfare) Makeup Mondays!
I have to give a disclaimer, though. As much as I love makeup, I’m definitely not an expert. I’ve only been really into makeup for about a year and a half and I’m still learning a lot about what works and what doesn’t. But learning together is part of the fun, right?
My eye look today is using my absolute most favorite eye palette: Vice 2 by Urban Decay. Another Urban Decay look you say? Indeed. You’ll learn quickly that I definitely have my favorite brands.
Even the case is pretty!
I love, love, LOVE this palette. I cannot express that enough.
And here’s the look. I got a wee bit sloppy with my crease, which I discovered after these pictures were taken. Oops. Don’t judge me too harshly!
This is another look I get a lot of compliments on. When I came up with it, I was originally trying to mimic Elsa’s makeup from Frozen. Yeah. You know you’ve got a makeup problem when you start trying to copy looks of animated characters. Anyhow, I didn’t quite capture her look and it morphed into something else. But that’s okay! I still love it.
Here we go.
I get equal amounts of Coax and X-Rated on my brush and apply to the middle of my eyelid. There’s just something about this combination that I like better than either shadow alone.
Next, I pat Betrayal on the inner third of my eyelid. Oh Betrayal. I love this shade.
VooDoo goes on the outer third of my eyelid and up into my crease. This is a day look, but you can definitely turn it into an evening look by adding in some of the black shades.
Once all those are on my lid, I blend it out pretty well. You don’t want it to look like there are squares of color on your lid, but you don’t want to over blend, either. If you feel like there isn’t enough color distinction when you’re done blending, just re-apply some (or all) of the colors to make them stand out a little more.
Last, but not least, I add just the tiniest bit of Shellshock to my inner corner. I also sometimes line a small amount of the inner section of my lower lid with it. You want to be really careful with this shade, though. Shellshock can take on a life of its own if you’re not cautious!
And ta-da! You’re done. I lined my eyes with purple eyeliner (Urban Decay’s 24/7 liquid liner in Retrograde). I’ve used black liner before as well, which is also very pretty.
I think this look is great on its own, but maybe you want to add a little more pizazz.
Try adding a little glitter liner. I love Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal glitter liners. I’ll confess, I feel a little silly sometimes for loving glitter liner as much as I do. I’m a 30-something mom of three and it doesn’t seem like I should be into it. It feels very adolescent. But I can’t help myself. And guess what? My husband lo-oves it. No joke. That, in itself, justifies my love of it and so I will continue wearing it.
And that’s today’s makeup look! I love how soft and pretty it is. If you don’t have this palette, you can find similar shades from other palettes and use those. That’s the fun of makeup—it’s all about playing around with different shades and coming up with something you love!