Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Who doesn’t love makeup?! Who doesn’t love chocolate AND makeup?! Finally the makeup gods at Too Faced have graced my eyelids. I’m probably the last person in the world to have tried the Chocolate Bar palette, but it was definitely worth the wait. Safe to say I’m beyond obsessed. Not only are the colors gorgeous, but it legitimately smells like chocolate. Come on now, what girl wouldn’t be in love?

If you don’t feel like spending the $49 on the palette, do yourself a favor and stop by Sephora just to smell the darn thing

Heres’s the quick simple look I created today using the Chocolate Bar palette

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Face: 

  • Becca Shimmering  Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in ‘NC 20’
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller in ‘Light/Medium’
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’

Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’
  • Lorac eyeshadow in ‘Cream’ — All over lid
  • Chocolate Bar Palette
    •  ‘Milk Choclate’ — Crease
    • ‘Semi-Sweet’ — Outer Corner
    • ‘Creme Brûlée’ — Inner Corner
    • ‘Hazelnut’ — Lid Center
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • NYX The Curve Eyeliner
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in ‘Chocolate’

Lips:

  • OCC Lip Tar in ‘Mein Herr’

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2 days into my “7 Days of Christmas” and I skip two whole days…forgive me! I’ve had so many things going on! Saturday was my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend so we had to celebrate! Between the beach, dinner, and Christmas party I just didn’t have time to blog, but I did miss it!

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So…this is Jack! I know he’s gorgeous, but he’s mine so don’t get any ideas! If there’s any advice I could give to anyone, date your best friend! It’s been working out quite well for us so far 🙂

We spent the day at the beach and it was the absolute perfect day for it! Views like this make me so thankful to live in Florida

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I’ve never been one to buy actual bathing suit cover ups, so I try to keep it cute and simple. I paired an orange crop top with a scalloped hem with my favorite white high-waisted shorts. And of course, the loves of my life, my orange and red Ray-bans

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After the beach, Jack and I had a fantastic dinner at a cute little bistro overlooking the river. The waitress surprised us with dessert and a card signed by the whole restaurant!

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To finish the night off, I stopped by my best friend’s Christmas party. Crazy to believe Sara and I have been friends for 9 years already…. hold onto the good one’s guys, they’re too few and far between!

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Sunday was a relaxing day with my dad, watching football and cooking dinner. Together we made this slow-cooking chicken with kale (and probably 15 other things). It was a delicious meal perfect for cold nights! If you have a dutch oven I really suggest just throwing things in it and setting it in the oven for a few hours. Basically a fool-proof dinner that won’t disappoint. IMG_8882 IMG_8883

If anyone has a Francesca’s near them, please go now!!! They have the cutest last minute gifts for the holidays (like this mug!) Rarely do I ever go inside without finding something absolutely adorable. They always have tons of sales and deals!

For all of my fellow Beyoncè lovers, hopefully you can understand how hard it was walking away from this

IMG_8885I finally did another holiday look, completely inspired by Christmas trees! While I love the classic glitter, winged liner, and red lipstick, it tends to get a little overdone. So, naturally, I just grabbed a bold color and did whatever came to mind. Using Morphe Brushes eyeshadows and MAC Fix+ I created this green liner look. It’s fun and festive while still being wearable. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take any excuse to wear a colored winged liner!

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If you’re looking for pigmented eyeshadows for a good price, check out morphebrushes.com! They have a ton of great products and good prices. The sales they have are unbeatable. The brush I used for this eyeliner only cost me 89 cents! I highly recommend this for anyone who loves makeup but doesn’t want to spend a fortune.

As always, thank you for reading! Have a great evening and I’ll talk to you all soon!

xoxo

Hello! Today was my first time ever going to our local farmer’s market in my hometown. If anyone knows me, they know I love food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. I’ve always seen those cute open air markets on TV but never knew there was one where I live. My mom has always been telling me how great it was, and I was definitely not disappointed. With about 100 or so different vendors, there were hundreds of things to choose from such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, soaps, jewelry…you name it, chances are they had it!

As we were walking past my mom’s favorite bread vendor, I saw the most gorgeous butterscotch pecan loaf. Seriously, this thing was covered in butterscotch chips and pecans and let me tell you, it definitely was as good as it sounds. Honestly, probably even better than it sounds.

Totally felt like Carrie Bradshaw walking around New York City for a minute, don’t judge.

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I don’t know where on Earth you’ll find colors like these, everything was so bright and cheery!

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It was still super warm here in Florida but wearing tank tops and shorts in December just feels so wrong. I paired this thin sweater with some high-waisted silk shorts and called it a day.

  • Top: Francesca’s Collection
  • Shorts: Target
  • Necklace: Target
  • Bracelets: Alex & Ani
  • Shoes: Gianni Bini

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Today my little brother had his very first party! Sadly, here I am on a Friday night talking about the social life of a 13 year old from my bed at 7:30 p.m, but that’s besides the point. The theme (of course) was “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” so he picked out this Rudolph face with blinking lights

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And like any good Floridian winter, my sister and I ended it with an afternoon by the pool. I’d take a bikini over a snowsuit any day.

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You can still enter to win my favorite holiday lip combo! All you need to do is comment on any one of my “7 Days of Christmas” posts with your favorite holiday lip color and instagram name and follow me on instagram @alexisdecarufel_makeup. You have from now until Christmas day! The winner will be announced on December 26th and receive your package days later.

Thank you & have a great evening, xoxo

Only 7 days left until Christmas! Can you believe this year has gone by so fast?! I know I’m a little late to do the “12 Days of Christmas” that I was originally planning to do, so we’ll just go for the 7 Days of Christmas. This “mini series” I will be doing will be a little look into my life up until December 25. I’ll be posting little bits and pieces of everything from makeup, outfits, recipes, and anything else I do during the day. Read all the way through for a special chance to win my favorite holiday lip combo!

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In the fall and winter, if I’m not wearing an oversized sweater, there’s a 99% chance I’m in some kind of plaid. This short sleeve boxy-cut top is from Forever 21 (%15.80). It’s super light and silky so it’s perfect for layering or wearing alone. I’ve been super into chunky jewelry so I paired it with this gold necklace from Target ($12.99).

Our tree randomly fell over and broke, crushing half of our ornaments yesterday. Today, we picked up a brand-new 9 foot Frasier Fir tree and decorated…Christmas round #2

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Do you really even know anyone who actually enjoys putting lights on a Christmas tree?!

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And tree #2 is done! If my mom was a holiday, it would totally be Christmas. She’ll strategically place each ornament on a branch and rearrange it ten times until everything is just right. (Funny story… One year she let my brother,sister,and I decorate and after we went to bed she redid the entire thing to make it just the way she wanted) It turned out gorgeous though!

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Two of my favorite ornaments: Lipstick tube… you probably could have guessed that one! and a Day of the Dead skull, one of my mom’s absolute favorite things.

With all the cookies I’ve made this season it’s amazing no one has actually mistaken me for Santa Claus (or maybe it’s my lack of gray bear and always sunny disposition). But really, we have SO. MANY. COOKIES. Today’s were a childhood favorite of my mom’s, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!

DSC_0964…sadly there are as good as they look. I should probably stay far, far away from these.

Now for the fun parts!

I’ve had this eye look in my head all week long and wanted to try it on someone other than myself. So thanks mom, you’re the bomb! I wanted to use a silver pigment I got from MAC a few years ago with a bold blue winged liner. To me, this screams winter. Green and red aren’t the only Christmas colors!

DSC_0976To start out, I used a really light taupe-brown color to slightly blend in the crease to give a little bit of dimension.

get-attachment-4.aspxNext, taking the MAC pigment in “platinum”, I added layers and layers on the eyelid. It doesn’t show up well in this photo, but the silver is ridiculously pigmented and metallic.

get-attachment-3.aspxFinally, I took NYX Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in “extreme blue” and built up a thick wing. The color gets way more intense the more layers you add, so I would definitely recommend waiting 30 seconds between coats to get the most payoff.

I absolutely love this look, the blue eyeliner is so unexpected but totally festive. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of black winged eyeliner and was in desperate need of something fresh.

****** I was really feeling the whole silver theme, so I grabbed a cheap drugstore eyeliner and went to town on my lips. Call me crazy but I kind of love how it turned out… ******

Don’t worry though, you won’t be seeing me wear this out in public any time soon.

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Here’s the best part of this post….the GIVEAWAY! There’s no doubt a bold red lip is always in style, but around Christmas I find myself wearing it more and more. For one lucky winner, you will receive:

  • NYX Cosmetics Lipliner in “Dark Red”
  • NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Monte Carlo”

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To be eligible for this giveaway you must:

  • follow me on instagram at alexisdecarufel_makeup
  • comment on this post with your favorite holiday lip color & instagram name!

The winner will be picked at random on December 26th and I will ship you your presents!

Thanks so much for reading, hope you all are having a fabulous day! xoxo

…For Christmas cookies! Forget your diet this time of year because I guarantee you will find yourself surrounded by delicious cookies of all kinds. I cannot tell you how much time I spend in the kitchen around the holidays, it’s just such an important part of the season! Whether you make the traditional sugar cookie or something fancy like these FANTASTIC 7 Layer Bars, enjoy yourself! Every now and then we all need to indulge in something sinfully delicious and these cookies definitely fit the bill. So, turn up some Michael Bublé and get in that kitchen!!!

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What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded coconut

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.  Melt butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs. Spread evenly in greased 13 x 9 inch pan

DSC_09002) Pour whole can of sweetened condensed milk over graham cracker crust. If the nuts are not already chopped, do so now! I used pecans but feel free to use anything you like! The best thing about these bars are that they’re completely customizable — add or take away whatever you want!

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3) In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and then sprinkle generously over the condensed milk. That’s all there is to it -the absolute easiest and most delicious cookie bars you will ever have!

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4) Just pop these in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes and there you have it! Perfect 7 Layer Cookie Bars

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Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! I have some great holiday looks coming up so make sure to check them out!

And as always, be sure to follow me on instagram: alexisdecarufel_makeup OR alexisdecarufel (personal)

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Thank you so much to Inner Beauty Diva for nominating met or the Liebster Award! This is an awesome way to help and promote fellow bloggers and I’m honored to have received a nomination.

The rules for the award are the following:

1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2.Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3.Copy & Paste the award to your blog.
4.Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 3000 followers.
5.Inform them of their nomination by leaving comment on their blog.

Here are my answers to Inner Beauty Diva’s questions:

1. Who inspired you with your fashion or makeup?

My biggest inspiration would have to be any kind of high-fashion editorial look. I am all about the over the top liner and lipstick but also love keeping it simple every now and then.

2. What beauty product would you take on vacation and why?

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Push-Up Liner! I have could not go one day without this liner, it always creates the most perfect cat eye.

3. What’s your go look for winter going out with friends?

Lately I’ve been loving really rich, dark reds and burgundies. Those dark shades just scream winter to me and instantly make me feel glamorous.

4. What is your favorite holiday movie?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Not only is that my favorite holiday movie, it might be one of my all-time favorites too.

5. What are you most looking  forward to about Christmas?

Since I live away from a majority of my family and friends, I’m beyond excited to spend a couple weeks at home relaxing with everyone I love.

Thanks so much again for the nomination! Check out http://innerbeautydiva.wordpress.com she has some great posts!

Now I nominate:

http://dianareese1.com

http://withallmyaffection.com

http://sarahlovesmakeup.com

https://glitterandglosss.wordpress.com

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Thank you guys so much for your love and support throughout everything! xoxo

Today I created a look (almost) entirely using the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette and absolutely loved it! Instead of going for a heavy wing like normal, I winged out the eyeshadow itself and added a small black wing for a little bit extra. There’s no way I could have gotten rid of the black winged liner completely ya know…

I’ve been loving shimmery lids, and just shimmer in general so if you keep up with me you’ll be seeing that a lot in the near future! Let me know if you have any questions!

Also, as always, please follow me on my instagram (alexisdecarufel_makeup). Sometimes I’ll post things on there that I won’t do full blogs on so feel free to look! Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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Products Used: 

Face –

  • Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin 01 Canvas
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
  • NYX Dark Circle Concealer 02 Light
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer 210 Fair
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Petal
  • Bare Minerals Concealer in Well-Rested
  • Chanel Pressed Powder 30 Naturel
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dazzled
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Eyes –

  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Lorac Shadows – Taupe in crease, Lt. Bronze in inner corner, Espresso on outer corner
  • Urban Decay Shadows – Habit in crease, Rewind in outer third, Ambush in center
  • Benefit Magic Ink Jet Black Liquid Eyeliner
  • Lorac Cobra Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Brow Wiz in Chocolate

Lips –

  • NYX Lipstick in Tea Rose
  • Mac Lipstick in Myth
  • Benefit Sugarbomb Lipgloss

Hello beautiful people! Over break I had the chance to really work with my Lorac Pro palettes on both my sister and myself. I wish I had better pictures of Savannah’s makeup, it was gorgeous in person! If anyone would like a more in-depth explanation of anything, just let me know! 🙂 DSC_0794

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DSC_0779  I also recently picked up the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ($38) and it is beyond gorgeous. If I didn’t already over do it on the highlighter, you better believe I am now!
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