Creme De Menthe and Cocoa is currently running a contest sponsored by Shu Uemura entitled The Chocolat-Donna Looks Competition.  The concept is to create a chocolate inspired makeup look! How fun AND delicious!

This is my entry...inspired by one of my favorite adult beverages!

My inspiration: The Grasshopper
But who thinks the word "Grasshopper" exquisitely beautiful?  Um... maybe a starving bird or I put my twist on it, and henceforth this look is called Creme De Menthe and Cocoa! SO SHALL IT BE DONE!

First I applied my foundation, concealer, powder, and brows (don't want to bore you with the details!).

Then... EYES:
♥ Vanilla shade under the brow down to crease.
♥ Volcano by Nyx to crease.
♥ Spicy Bronze by Rimmel London to blend Volcano up and out.
♥ Sage by Pure Luxe Cosmetics to lid. It's a perfect shimmery mint color!
♥ Matte black shadow to outer V and crease to add depth and drama!
♥ Black shadow and sage used to line lower lid.
♥ Black eyeliner to upper lid and water line.  Mascara.
♥ A giant pair of flirty lashes by Red Cherry in WSP.

♥ The 2nd shade in (bottom row) on this versatile Coastal Scents Palette!

♥ MUA Lip Boom in It's a Situation. It's a deep berry color that is rich and perfect for fall!

                                                            It turned out quite lovely!
                                                                 I hope you like it!

                                                           Ivy was really impressed!

If you would like to vote for this look, you would make me blush!! :-) The link is HERE and even though I won't fall apart if I don't win, I just love to participate and see all the amazing entries! Incredible!

Thanks for visiting!!  Hope you have a beautiful day :-)  Now I'm craving chocolate...
Colleen and Ivy

Runway Makeup- Anna Sui

I was thumbing through my latest issue of Glamour Magazine, and found this amazing runway look from Anna Sui's Fall Collection that was featured earlier this year.  I think it's stunning.
Runway looks are a little out of my norm, so it's even more of an excuse to give it a go and have some fun!
Getting out of my comfort zone is an excellent opportunity to flex underused muscles! I hope you like it!

After I completed my foundation and brows:

♥  Nyx Jumpo Pencil in Pacific to stencil out lid shape.
♥  Velocity shadow from  my Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette applied to lid  :-) 
♥ Then I added some mascara, delicate lashes (Ardell 120's), and black liquid eyeliner.
♥  Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk to waterline, and then dusted on Sugarpill Tako shadow to set it.
♥ Then added a tiny circle under my iris in Velocity.  Voila!

The rest of the look just called for contouring of the cheekbones, and barely if any lip product.  I just used E.L.F lip stain in Nude Nectar.

I wanted super sleek hair to match the runway look as best as I could.  Living in Arizona in the middle of monsoon season, that is absolutely impossible!!  My frizz cannot be tamed!  However, I was recently sent the most amazing hair straightener from, I couldn't wait to use it for this! is an online beauty company based out of San Francisco, California. They offer a wide range of beauty products ranging from skincare, cosmetics, body and haircare to customers worldwide. They have an extensive site that is very user friendly :-)
Check out this straightener!

This particular model is the Cortex Platinum Black series.  It features tourmaline, ceramic, ionic plates, adjustable heat, on/off switch, and the outer texture is a powdery soft feel so it glides easily through your hair without getting caught.  I've used this to create curls, waves, and flips- and it's effortless.  The results are amazing.  This is my new favorite styling tool.

Thank you again for visiting my blog :-) This week's look is a bit outside of the box for me, but I love how it turned out.  Hope you like it, too.  Don't be afraid to take risks with your makeup.  Sometimes we can create amazing things when we least expect it!

Colleen & Ivy

Director of  the Vanity and Vodka Creative Team

Sugarpill Heartbreaker

I finally got my hands on the elusive Sugarpill Heartbreaker palette!! It had been sold out for a long time, so I was excited beyond measure when I got the notification email that it was BACK IN STOCK!  Sweet!!  SOLD!

...And now it is mine, and I will dream of beautiful color combos, and I will store it in a magical crystal display case, and I will never ever say anything hurtful to it!  My sweet Heartbreaker... I will take great care of you.
                        Let's play!

♥ Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
♥ Instant Age Rewind Concealer
♥ Translucent powder

♥ Rimmel Pencil in Hazel
♥ Nyx Cake Powder Brunette

♥  Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk
♥ Sugarpill shade in Mochi/ inner corner
♥ Sugarpill shade in Velocity/ outer corner
♥ Sugarpill shade in 2am/ lower lid eyeline
♥ Sugarpill shade in Acidberry/ lower lid inner corner
♥ Ulta Eyshadow in Naked/ browbone highlighter
♥ Nyx Jumbo pencil in Milk and Sugarpill shade in Tako to waterline
♥ Black Eyeliner/ Mascara
♥ Red Cherry Lashes #523
Blue Lenses from
♥ Nyx Blush in Dusty Rose
♥ Smashbox Gloss in Fame

There are so many great color combos with this palette! You can wear the colors very dramatically, or tone them down for a very wearable day look.  This won't be the last look you'll see from me using this palette ;)

I hope you like it!!  I ♥ Sugarpill.  I truly, truly do.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!