Makeup Tutorial feat. Master Palette by Mario

Hello everyone!
Today, I’m going to share with you how I got this simple fall look using the new Master Palette by Mario along with swatches and a mini review of this product.
 Bear with me, as this is my very first try at a tutorial! 
Hope you all enjoy it! 

Here it is! Isn’t this the epitome of all your autumnal makeup dreams?!
This palette it made up of mostly shimmer shades with the exception of the three perfect matte shadows. As you can see, they are very pigmented, and oh so buttery! They blend like a dream. I absolutely love this palette!
Let’s play!
Starting with a bare face, I primed my t-zone with my Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment
Then I primed my eyes with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Before I got into the good stuff, I took the shade Foxy from my Naked 2 palette and applied a thin layer from crease to brow bone to help with blending later.

Now I’m ready for some color!
I took the orange matte shade called Isabel and blended that into my crease focusing mostly on the outer corner but slowly bringing color into the inner corner as well. I love how much warmth this color brings to the eyes!

Then I took Bronx, a gorgeous shimmery olive shade, and packed that onto my lids, making sure to keep it low and under my crease.
In order to bring a little extra shine to my eyes, I patted a little bit of Marina right in the center of my lid with my fingertips, then blended the edges with my blending brush.

Now that phase 1 of the eyes is finished, lets get started on the rest of the face.
This is currently my very favorite foundation concoction.
First, I start off with 2 pumps of the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation Concealer, Vanilla, 1.0 Fluid Ounce on my glass mixing palette (aka the bottom of a glass cup haha). 

Then I add a little bit of L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Makeup, Classic Ivory, 1 Fluid Ounce. This helps make my foundation a little lighter since the Milani foundation is slightly too dark for me without a tan, as well as bringing the perfect balance of matte and dewiness to the finish.  

Then…da da da daaaaa!!! 
I add 2 drops of my Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in the shade Moonlight.
(If you want to hear more about why I love these drops, read my Ride or Die post.)
ALSO, just realized these are BACK IN STOCK on Sephora! 
Get them before they’re gone!!!

After mixing all 3 of those together, I apply the mixture to my face using a damp Beauty Blender.  

Then I conceal and highlight with my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, blending it in again with my Beauty Blender.

Picking up both the white and banana powders from my Contour Kit by ABH with my Morphe E3, I set my under eyes as well as all the places I put concealer. 
I then set the rest of my face with my Maybelline Fit Me! Powder

Moving on to brows, I used the L’Oreal Stylist Definer Brow Liner along with my Benefit Gimme Brow to add shape, fill in sparse areas, and give volume my brows.
After finishing my brows, I went back to my eyes, adding more of both Isabel and Bronx. This gave me more shape and dimension.
I also took the shade Isabel on a small blending brush along my lower lash line. 
Then I picked up the shade 5th Ave with my Morphe M36 and applied that to my inner corners and as a highlight under the arch of my brow.
Now that the eyes are almost complete, I bronzed my face with MAC Give Me Sun! using my Morphe M527.

Finally giving my face some color and shape!

To finish the eyes, I curled my lashes and applied a thick coat of my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.
To highlight my face, I dipped my Morphe M501 into my ABH “That Glow” Glow Kit and covered my cheekbones, tip of the nose, and cupid’s bow.

YESSSSSSSSS that glow!

For blush, I used my Wet n wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle. This blush is a gorgeous shimmering peach shade that blends so easily and is only $2.99!

This look is almost complete! 
Time for lips!
For lips I chose my Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Teddy Bare. This is definitely a favorite of mine. They call it a cool, natural brown, and I agreed, but it definitely has a very flattering pink tint to it that makes a “brown” way more daytime friendly.  

I gave my face a quick spray with my FAVORITE Pure Bliss Makeup Setting Spray (which is only $11.95 and a MUST HAVE item! You need it!) and my look was complete!  

I had a really fun time putting this look together! 
Hope you all enjoyed it! 
Let me know if you would like to see some more tutorials and if so, what kind?!
Have a lovely day! xx

Friday Five

1. Mood. Obnoxious…? Maybe, but I’m totally 
feeling both of these looks right now! 

2. It’s almost the weekend, and I am definitely 
wanting to make these pumpkin pancakes again!

3. This was my favorite pin this week. Such a 
quintessential autumn dinner party. 
*heart eyes* 

4. Major DIY nail goals by Lauren Conrad.

5. I rediscovered this beautiful song: 
Humble by Audrey Assad. 

There you have it!

What has been inspiring you this week!
Leave a comment down below!

Hope you’re having a great week!

Pumpkin Pancakes!

Hello everyone! 
Today I wanted to share with you guys a SUPER quick and easy recipe for some fall inspired pumpkin pancakes.  Well, kind of a recipe…box mix + my own additions to make them not so traditional. This gluten free recipe is both healthy and sweet! If you are in the mood for stepping up your brunch game without spending all morning in the kitchen or breaking the bank, then keep on reading!!

While meandering the aisles of Trader Joe’s last night, I came across this adorable box mix that I could not pass up. (“You can have your (pan)cake and eat it too” haha) I decided I would make them this morning, but add some other ingredients I already had in my kitchen. But first, make the batter…
The box explains to first preheat your skillet on a medium-low heat. Then in a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 egg and 2 Tbsp of melted butter (or oil). If you are vegan, you could switch out the egg for applesauce, but today I decided to go with the egg.

Then add 1/2 cup and 2 Tbsp of water.

After that, gradually mix in 1 cup of the pancake mix. Batter should be lumpy, do not over mix.

Then to make it a little more interesting, I added 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips.

It smells amazing, so I know it’s going to taste good. In that case, I wanted to add some things to make me feel good about eating pancakes. I already had a jar of premixed seeds (equal parts) containing ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and ground chia seeds, so I added 1 Tbsp of the mixture to my batter.
Ben is way better at the actually cooking part than I am, so he prepped the hot skillet with some butter and poured the batter.

A little reminder while waiting for them to cook…

Once they were browned and cooked throughout, he placed them on the plate and I lightly sprinkled them with powdered sugar.

Now with the table prepped, we are ready to dig into these delicious pancakes! 
(The recipe makes about 5 good sized pancakes which was plenty for us. I was full after 2!)

To finish them off, drizzle them with maple syrup, add fresh fruit, or put peanut butter on top, which is what I went for. I mean, come on, what doesn’t taste better with peanut butter?!
I hope you all enjoyed this recipe!
 If you try it, let me know what you think!
 Also, what other ingredients do you add to your pancakes?

Ride or Die

Hi Everyone!
One of my favorite YouTubers, Jaclyn Hill, made a Ride or Die tag, or challenge, that has been going around recently and I thought I would do a blog version.
(Watch her original here.)
Ok, so in this challenge, I will be listing my very favorite…ride or die…makeup products in all of the categories she selected in her original tag.  She described it as the ONE product in each category that you would choose to use for the rest of your life if you could only have one. It’s actually such a hard challenge! 
I’ve been thinking about my choices for a bit now, and while some of the decisions were difficult, I 100% stand by the choices I’ve made. These are my most loved products for sure.  Let’s get to it!
1. Primer
For primer I chose the Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer. My skin tends to be more oily and somewhat acne prone, so the salicylic acid and mattifying properties are ideal for me. I have found that it sits nicely on the skin and keeps my oil and shine at bay, while helping my makeup last all day.  I am almost out of my second tube and will definitely be repurchasing this ride or die item. #lifesaver
2. Foundation

My sister actually recommended this foundation to me a while back, and it is truly amazing! The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation provides medium-full coverage while not looking cakey or feeling heavy. Your skin still looks like your skin, but FLAWLESS! I have shades 101 and 103 so I can mix them to make my perfect shade depending on how tan, or not so tan, I am. The best part about this foundation is that it only costs $12.99! Totally affordable.

3. Concealer

I first purchased the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer because Tati, The Glam Life Guru, said she loved it, and I always trust her. It’s really great at concealing my dark circles while also brightening my under eye area. The sponge applicator provides a quick and easy way to get the job done beautifully.
4. Mixer

Disclaimer*** This was not a category for this challenge but I HAD to put it in!

This magical highlighting potion is unbelievable! It is like straight liquid metal! Now these Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops can be used in so many different ways, (like as a normal highlight, on the eyes or inner corners, in the center of the lip, etc.) but my favorite way to use them is to add 1-2 drops to my foundation. I know, I know, that sounds crazy, like I will look like the tin man or something, but I promise you, it looks SO beautiful.  It’s the best kind of “glow from within” look.  I have them in the shade, Moonlight.  Unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment, but I will let you guys know as soon as I see they have come back in stock! Worth every penny!

Look at that glow!!!^^^

5. Under Eye Setting Powder

For my under eye setting powder I use 2 shades from The Original Contour Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I dab my brush into both the matte white shade and the banana powder and gently press the product under my eyes and on my t-zone.  This combination helps set my concealer so that it lasts all day, and it helps prevent creasing.

6. Face Powder

This. powder. is. so. beautiful.
Maybelline kills it again with their Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder. It’s so lightweight while providing coverage for hours. I love how it makes my skin look matte and poreless without draining the life from my skin. 

7. Contour Powder

For contour, I use the same ABH palette I use for setting my under eye. The middle shade on the bottom row is the perfect contour shade for my skin tone. It blends beautifully and has just the right amount of coolness in it’s tone to create the perfect illusion of shadow. Keeping that contour sharp!

8. Bronzer

My ride or die bronzer has to be Give Me Sun! by MAC. The goof-proof application blends so nicely, there’s no need to worry about it looking splotchy or uneven. Something about this product always makes me feel more beautiful, like a (subtle) bronzed goddess.

9. Highlighter

Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm Cosmetics is truly one-of-a-kind. It looks very tame in the compact, but when applied to the skin, it gives quite a glow without accentuating any texture on the face. A hidden gem that I highly recommend!

10. Blush

My all-time favorite blush is Spell Bound by Makeup Geek. It is a light salmon color with a matte finish that is incredibly easy to blend. It’s the perfect everyday blush that brings a youthful sense of life to your cheeks.

11. Eyeshadow Palette

I don’t have many eyeshadow palettes, but the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani one takes the cake. I’m sad to say this was a limited edition item and is no longer for sale, but I figured I’d still share what I like about this one in case you see something similar. First of all, I love the packaging! It has a huge mirror in it that I use on the daily. Secondly, I love the variety this palette brings. It has mattes, satins, and shimmers while also containing neutrals and pops of color. The 3 shadows in the middle of the palette are amazing crease colors. And for color, the deep burgundy, rich blue, and Egyptian gold are just stunning. It has a little bit of everything.

12. Eye Liner

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is my go-to liner when I need a perfect wing. It has a super fine brush tip for clean and easy precision. It’s long lasting satin finish is great for both everyday and dramatic makeup moments. I don’t know what I would do without it!

13. Mascara

I have tried several mascaras, and I love many different ones for different reasons. But IF I could only choose ONE…I would have to go with Roller Lash by Benefit. It does everything a mascara should do: keep a curl, lengthen, separate, and volumize. The best part about it is that after you apply it, it doesn’t move! It doesn’t transfer under my eyes or under my brow bone AND it doesn’t flake! That’s a winner in my book.
14. Brow Product

This one is an oldie but a goodie. The Gimme Brow by Benefit is the one thing I use on my brows every single day. It’s a tinted gel that helps define my brows while also locking the hairs into place. The real reason I use it though, is because the gel also contains tiny microfibers that help my brows appear thicker. It works wonders for my brows!

15. Lip Liner

The Jordana Easyliner Lips in Rose Crush is my perfect pinky nude shade. I can wear it under literally any lipstick, or just on it’s own under a gloss or a balm. It’s cheap, long-wearing, easy to apply, and effortlessly beautiful…what more could you want?

16. Lipstick

This ride or die product is fairly new to me, but has quickly become a favorite in my collection. This Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M by Milk Makeup is my perfect “your lips but better” shade. This long lasting lipstick has a semi-matte finish while still being very moisturizing. You can always find this product in my bag.

17. Lip gloss

I have had quite a long relationship with this gloss, and I STILL LOVE IT. Every time I am wearing this gloss, my friend, Melissa, comes up to me and asks me, “What is on your lips?!” And it’s so funny because every time it’s the same thing…Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Sophia. It has a slight pink shade to it with mega high shine. I am obsessed with the tingly, plumping feeling that lingers on my lips and makes my mouth feel oh so fresh throughout the day. It’s perfect on it’s own, but I also put it over a simple lip liner or lipstick to complete my look.

18. Liquid Lipstick

My favorite liquid lipstick has to be Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II. This thing is no joke! Sooooo long wearing! It’s still there and going strong after eating and drinking! Amazing. I chose Lolita II because of it’s warm terracotta, nude color, which I think is so flattering. Even if you don’t want to spend the money, you should go to Sephora and put one on and see how it lasts!

19. Setting Spray

Favorite setting spray ever: Pure Bliss Setting Spray. My boyfriend actually bought me my first bottle for my birthday last year and now I’m on bottle #3…or was it 4?…Anyway, I love this product. It’s so underrated. I don’t ever hear people talking about it. I have used both MAC Fix + and the Urban Decay All Nighter and I prefer Pure Bliss! It makes my makeup last even through a long day of dancing and it just melds my powder makeup beautifully on my skin, making even layers of makeup look natural. If you’ve never tried it or have been looking for a setting spray, click the link and buy one now! Just do it! It’s only $11.95! I promise you won’t regret it.

20. Perfume

Perfume was the hardest category for me because each scent has so many memories attached to it, but I finally chose Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. It has lingering notes of coffee, orange, cedarwood, and patchouli. I love that I can still smell the perfume on me at the end of the day.

There you have it! Those are my ride or die products! I challenge any of you fellow bloggers to share what your ride or die products are too. Or even if you’re not a blogger, just comment and tell me what are some of your favorite products are. I’m always searching for the next best thing! xx

Current Infatuations

The make up drama of the 1920’s.
‘Tis the season of baking.

Lace and leather.

Is it bad I already want…?

Not one but two dreamy homes.   
The blush and burgundy combo.
Obsessed with these  candles.
These are perfect for fall.

Subtle, yet still glam, fall makeup look.

If you’re feeling crafty

This made me laugh.

Rose gold French manicures!

Preparing to perform this.
Tried a sample…and now I need it.

The simple reminder that I am deeply loved. (Check out this Book  I’m reading.)

This girl can sing!

Check out these makeup hacks.

Help this amazing woman make another album.

Long-line, camel colored coats. Still looking for the perfect one. Any suggestions?!?

This awesome cover of “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.
Ride or  die.
My boyfriend shared this gem of inspiration.
And if you have not watched Stranger Things on Netflix…you’re missing out.

For Your Splendor

In the process

In the waiting

You’re making melodies over me

And your presence

is the promise

For I am a pilgrim on a journey

You will lift my head above the mighty waves

You are able to keep me from stumbling

And in my weakness

you are the strength that comes from within

Good shepherd of my soul

Take my hand and lead me on

You make my footsteps and my path secure

So walking on water is just the beginning

Cause my faith to arise, stand at attention

For You are calling me to greater things

You will lift my head above the mighty waves

You are able to keep me from stumbling

And in my weakness

you are the strength that comes from within

Good shepherd of my soul

Take my hand and lead me on


how I love You

how I love You

You have not forsaken me


How I love You

how I love You

With you is where I want to be

(Bethel Music, Shepherd)

Over the past few months, I have thought a lot about how I love Him, and why I love Him. 1 Corinthians 13 gives a challenging description of love, and the very first thing God says love is, is patient. Just as God is infinitely patient with me, I am called to be patient with Him because I love Him. 

He promises to work for my good. 

His hope does not disappoint. 

He will never leave or forsake me.
He knows way more than I do…and what is best.

The list could go on and on.

As much as I want to be patient and wait on the Lord, I have to trust that all of those things He said are true, even when it doesn’t feel that way in the moment. 

I want trust and faith to be like breathing. So necessary. So vital. So easy. 
I’ve found that the times my faith has felt like that, are the seasons in which everyday I long to basque in His presence. 

This past year has shaken my faith, but I am confident it was only to strengthen it for His glory. My roots have tasted new soil and my branches have been pruned so much, but only to prepare me for the new fruit only He can produce in and through me.  

“I’ll grow up strong and beautiful all for Your splendor, Lord.” 
(Christy Nockels, For Your Splendor)
I write this to challenge myself (and you) to treasure and long for more time with the Lord. To soak up His word and meditate on it day and night, realizing that it gives life. To want Him, and more of Him, and never get enough. To sing and pray and read without getting distracted, but to give myself fully to Him as He deserves. To be a lover of His presence. To have the Holy Spirit produce a supernatural amount of His fruit in my life for His splendor. To gain more wisdom and knowledge of God and His promises in order to love and trust Him more. And may that trust produce patience in me for wherever I’m headed next on this adventure.