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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Colors

When Inspiration Meets Bad Makeup...


Hey, it's happened to all of us... You get a great idea and when you try to execute your idea, your resources come up short!

That is what happened to me with this week's makeup look.
I was going to do a fresh and "springy" look featuring a favorite brand of mineral makeup.
Guess what?  The colors I selected were CRAP.  NO pigmentation, and they were uneven upon application.  It's like there was more "filler" ingredients than pigment!

Needless to say I went through my collection and threw out more than half of my colors, and have vowed NEVER to purchase from them again.  This was the 3rd time I had tried to create a look with this brand and got bad results. Not to mention this brand overcharges for SAMPLES.  I'm DONE!

THE GOOD NEWS is that I was able to achieve a look that I liked by adding in other colors from other brands, so I just turned a negative into a positive! :-)

(Next time I will happily return to using my beloved Rose Marie Shadows. THEY ARE AWESOME!!)

So, here is the finished result :-)  I added some cute rhinestones for accent.
Those can be omitted if you desire.

♥ Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk to lid and waterline
♥ Off-white shadow from brow to crease
♥ Purple shadow to crease and lower lash line
♥ Soft pink shadow to blend crease color up and out to lid
 ♥ Nyx Shimmer Roll on in Green to lid
♥ Black Shadow to outer V and crease
♥ Black eyeliner and mascara
♥ Red Cherry Lashes in 76's
♥ Rhinestones adhered with lash glue to lower lash line


♥ Nyx Powder Blush in Amber applied to apples of cheeks
♥ Coastal Scents Contour Palette
Dark brown shade used to contour cheek bones, temples, nose, and jaw.
White shade used to highlight center of forehead, under eyes, tip of nose, and chin.


♥ Nyx Round Lipstick in Ceto
♥ Nyx Round Lipgloss in Pinky Natural

Ultimately I was happy with the end result :-)  AND I got to make some room in my makeup drawer for more (and better) makeup ;-)

Thank you so much for visiting!  I truly love it when you do!

Colleen Watkins

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Seashore and Shimmer

For this week's makeup look I wanted to do something easy, bright, and fresh. Inspired by my daydreams of sitting on a beach somewhere with a Mai Tai and a terrible sunburn... :-(
(I KNOW!! It's terrible! I'm so pale I need SPF 500 and a protective tarp at all times!)

Anyway- I will pass on the sunburn, and move back on to my daydreams...

Aloha everyone :-)

Here are some of the tools used to create this look:


♥ Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk to lid and waterline
♥ Ulta Shadow in Naked from brow to crease
♥ Sugarpill shadow in Mochi to lid and crease
♥ Rimmel Shadow in Spicy Bronze from crease, gently blended out
to brow bone
♥ Nyx Roll on Shimmer in Sea Foam to lid
♥ A very light dab of Sparkleez Glitter in Ice Blue to lid
(adhered with a touch of Eyeshadow Sealer from LA Splash)
♥ Black Eyeliner and mascara
♥ Red Cherry Lashes in 138's


♥ Nyx Powder Blush in Mauve applied to apples of cheeks
♥ Coastal Scents Contour Palette
Dark brown shade used to contour cheek bones, temples, nose, and jaw.
White shade used to highlight center of forehead, under eyes, tip of nose, and chin. 
♥ N.Y.C Lipstick in Sugarplum
♥ Nyx Round Lip Gloss in Cafe Latte

Even though I'm not currently on vacation or planning one at the moment, these beautiful
colors put me in the right mindset. Hopefully it inspired you as well :-)

Best wishes to you! 
I hope you have a wonderful week :-) 
Colleen ♥

P.S.  Don't forget my Spring Giveway is still going on for another week.  Feel free to 
enter HERE.  Have fun and good luck! ♥

Colleen Watkins

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Giveaway! **WINNER!**

Hi Everyone!

I'm very excited to be presenting my first giveaway!
This giveaway is a way to say THANK YOU to all of my friends and fellow bloggers who have been incredibly supportive and encouraging of my blog.  I can't thank you enough!

This is not a sponsored giveaway, so that means I've purchased these items on my own for the intention of awarding one lucky winner with some beauty treats that I hope will make your day!

The items in the giveaway include:

The Coastal Scents 88 Shadow MIRAGE Palette.
This is a beautiful assortment of neutrals and jewel tones.  Something perfect for every day!

The Coastal Scents Blush TOO Palette.
This large blush palette features 10 blushes in a variety of shades!

The Power Play Lip Color Quad.
Perfect for those of us who like our pink and red lips! :-)

Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner in JET (black).
One of my favorite liquid eyeliners!

ALSO included in this giveaway is a set of 4 eye shadow brushes!  A medium shadow brush, a small shadow brush, an angled shader, and a small rounded detail brush.  In addition, there are 2 surprise freebie items for your enjoyment :)

Please enter to win below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS Becky!! Look for my email!! :-)

Thank you everyone for participating! Please stay tuned for more exciting giveaways to follow!

Terms and conditions:
1. Please do not enter if your intentions are to unfollow at the end of the giveaway.  This is a giveaway intended for my loyal friends and fellow bloggers that have supported me and my blog. Thank you :)
 2. This giveaway is open internationally, and one winner will be selected.  Must be 18 years or older, or have parental permission to participate.
 3. This giveaway is sponsored solely by myself.  Meaning these items were purchased by myself for the intention of hosting this giveaway.
 4.  The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize.  If the prize has not been claimed within that time frame, a new winner will be selected.  Once the winner has claimed their goodies, your prize will be mailed within 48 hours (business days only).  I will notify you when the item has been shipped and provide you with tracking information if applicable.
 5.  This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook in any way.
 6. All entries will be verified for accuracy.  Any false entries will be disqualified.
 7.  I am not responsible for damage to items during shipping. I can attest that all items are brand new, and in perfect condition prior to shipping.
 8. Your information will not be sold or shared. No purchase necessary.  Good luck!

Colleen Watkins

Update to my Bloglovin account!

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Hi All!! Apparently there has been some confusion regarding my bloglovin account. There were TWO!  The first one was a really old one that pulled from my old blog platform that I no longer use.
If you would like the correct one, please click the link above.

I'm so sorry for the confusion.  Trust me- I'm just as mystified as the rest of you!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Inspired by: Old Hollywood Glam

For this week's makeup look, I wanted to do something inspired by old Hollywood glamour. 
I've been seeing a bunch of it pop up lately, and I figured I would play with the concept
and put my own Vanity and Vodka touch to it. :-)

I used a really fun MUA palette for this, so if you have this palette,
let me know what you think!

The shadows came from the beautiful MUA Dusk Till Dawn Palette.

For this look I did a gradient contoured eye. When I see photos of this look, it is beautifully matte in finish.  However- I combined both shimmer and matte shadows to complete the look.


 ♥ Nyx Jumbo pencil in Yogurt to lid
♥ Ulta shadow in Naked from brow to crease
♥ MUA Shadow #4 (deep beige) to crease
♥ MUA Shadow #5 (shimmer mauve) to blend and diffuse crease color
up and out towards brow bone
♥ MUA Shadow #2 (deep silver) to outer v and crease to add contour
♥ MUA Shadow #1 (shimmer vanilla) to lid
♥ MUA Shadow #6 (shimmer steel blue) to lower lash line
BLUE?  Yes. Blue :-)
(I'm just having fun here, and I wanted a pop of color!)
♥ NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to waterline
♥ MUA Shadow #3 (shimmer white) to set the water line
♥ Black eyeliner/ mascara
♥ Red Cherry Lashes in #47's


♥ Ulta Shadow in Afterglow


♥ Be A Bombshell gloss in Hot Mess
Usually this makeup style calls for a very matte red lip color.
I'm deciding to switch it up for the heck of it and go with a pigmented gloss :)

      I always love to play with makeup genres and their interpretations.  This is a really classic look that I added a little personal twist to.  I hope you've enjoyed it and maybe found a bit of inspiration :-)

Thank you so much for visiting! I truly love it when you do!
Have a beautiful day ♥

Colleen Watkins

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