Today I got an email telling me my blog auto-renewed. I was going to cancel my subscription, but instead I decided to put that $48 to good use and get back to something I love – sharing my thoughts and opinions with literally no one asking for them.

So, hello…again.

Maybe this time I’ll be a little more consistent – who knows? I sure will try! Somehow I know this thing makes its way around to people I don’t know, so I should probably go ahead and update everyone a little bit about the things that have happened since I last wrote in May.

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Biggest news: Buddy and I got engaged. For those of you that know me, it’s literally the only thing I talk about so bear with me on this since you’ve heard about it a million times. In true “us” fashion, he proposed on the London Eye during a wine tasting – which was one of our first dates the year before. Even after all of the wine…and there was a lot, I remember every detail. It definitely surpassed what every little girl dreams of in terms of the proposal moment. Our date is set for August 10th of this year and I truthfully CANNOT WAIT. If anyone would want a fully dedicated wedding post with details let me know! It’s basically the only thing on my mind every day…

This brings us to the most stressful thing I’ve ever had to deal with – applying for a visa. It is truly mind-boggling that I had to petition the English government to get married – literally my marriage is in the hands of someone other than myself. The control freak in me is absolutely screaming. After piles of paperwork (no lie I had to send off over 1,500 pages of our text history), more money than I’d like to admit, and lots of tears, I sent everything off. It’ll take about 12 weeks to process and return, so fingers crossed I’ll be back in London come May! When that time comes it’ll be serious wedding crunch time – and I’ll be starting my second visa process to be able to work and fully live in England with Buddy. I am SO ready for long distance to be a thing of the past. We also bought a house in England so I’m really becoming a full-fledged adult here. Which is oddly exhilarating and terrifying.

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Ok how freaking cute is he????!! I’m so lucky I get that man to wake up to every day.IMG_4838

When I’m not trying to plan an international wedding, I’m doing makeup. Truthfully I need to find a way to make a career out of this hobby. Being able to sit down and create something in any sense is quite honestly the only time I feel truly calm and content. I’ll add some photos of looks I’ve done recently – I’m really stepping out of my comfort zone with some color! I will definitely be creating more blog content based solely on makeup since that’s kind of how this whole thing started.

 

Truthfully, it’s just so therapeutic! If anyone’s looking to learn a thing or two – I’m your girl. I’ve always contemplated starting a YouTube channel as well.. let me know your thoughts on that because if people actually would want that kind of thing I’d be more than willing to put the effort into it!

Right now I’m in such a transitional period. Literally everything will be changing in a few weeks (new home, new country, no job, new friends to make) and sometimes it’s hard to sit back and really enjoy it. I have a bad habit of stressing myself out – it’s one thing I’m annoyingly good at.  Truthfully though, I have to be the luckiest person in the world to be given all of these new and exciting adventures. It’s almost like I’m getting a blank canvas – which can sound really overwhelming but I’m more excited than anything. I am making it a point to stop and relish in the fact that I am unbelievably loved and blessed – what more could a girl want?

Moral of the story: life is good – really freaking good. 

 

love, alexis

I’ll admit…Valentine’s Day isn’t really my favorite holiday. It’s this weird double-edged sword, ya know? If you’re single you curse every happy relationship while you binge eat chocolate and drink too much wine while watching some sappy rom-com. If you’re in a relationship, there’s so much pressure for it to be perfect that you constantly overanalyze everything your significant other says or does, all while eating an overpriced meal at an overpacked restaurant.

However you spend your day, chances are you’ll still want to look somewhat like a human. More specifically, if you’re like me, you’ll spend way too much time doing your makeup, only to end up being that girl drinking wine alone in her bed. Either way, I get it. It feels good to feel good. Now is not the time for my “you’re more than your image” rant, because even I know that when you feel like you look good, everything else just goes so much better.

So, I’ll leave you with this: more pictures of my face where I’m wearing way more makeup than your average college girl but loving every second of it…because it feels good. 

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Are you guys surprised this isn’t a warm-toned red look?! Because I am… Surprise! I can be versatile when I need to be! I figured I’d go with the cliché pink tones but still add my own dramatic twist because as you all know, I’m just a little extra 😉

I got the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette and as soon as I opened it I was inspired by this pink-y purple shimmer shade called Paranoia. It’s perfect because its not too pink to the point that it’s unwearable – in other words, you don’t feel like Barbie pink has thrown up all over your face. Great visual, you’re welcome.

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For those of you that aren’t familiar with different eyeshadow styles and techniques, this one is called a Halo Eye. Basically, you keep a darker color concentrated on the inner and outer corners of your eyes while you put a bold/shimmer/light/different color in between the two. I’m not sure exactly who named this because I feel 100% less angelic than normal whenever I wear this technique. I pretty much just end up feeling like a total badass who has some clue of what she’s doing with her face.

Because I’m all about drama, you guys know that I had to take it up a couple notches and keep the darker tones in deep purples, namely Eggplant and Plum from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette.

How to create a simple Halo eye:

  1. Prime!!! I can’t stress this enough. If you want your eyeshadow to last and not crease, you have to prime the lid. I used a concealer and set it with a flesh colored shadow to cancel out any discoloration on my lids and get everything else ready.
  2. Transition shade: aka the lifesaver step. Take any medium shade – I always use some kind of peachy/neutral brown – and sweep it all in your crease and a little above it. This just makes everything blend out easier so you’re not stuck in front of the mirror for hours. Unless that’s your thing.
  3. Pick your shade for the inner and outer corners: I always end up going with a darker, more matte shade than I want in the middle, but you can use anything you want. Build the color up until it is as intense as you want. You have the option of connecting the two sides through the crease, but that’s up to you! (I’m pretty sure this is where the “halo” idea comes from). Just make sure you leave a blank space in the middle of the lid!
  4. For the middle color, pick something that either compliments or contrasts your corner shades. I love putting shimmery metallics in the middle because it makes the eyes seem so much bigger and more dimensional. Pro tip* If you want your metallic to really pop, get your brush wet and then pat the shadow down on your lid! It will give it the most beautiful reflect and intensity.
  5. Finally, you just have to blend it all out. Halo eyes aren’t necessarily as blended as other eye looks, just because you want to get the definition of actually having a bolder color in the middle. Just make sure you don’t have literal lines dividing your eye because that looks good on no one, sorry!

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Of course I added winged liner and lashes because I can’t help myself. But this is the general idea of it all. You can see the separate colors but they’re still somewhat blended – ignore my left eye okay, I’m not perfect.

*p.s. is anyone else’s favorite body part their collarbone? please let me know that I’m not the only one*

So, no matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, just know that you are loved by someone on this earth! Whether it’s your mom, dad, boyfriend, girlfriend, sister’s cat… you’re someone’s reason to smile and that’s a really powerful thing. Sometimes we get so caught up in who “loves” us that we seek that validation from another person. Right now, I want you to know that it is more than okay to just love yourself. Love the freckles on your chest, the way your top lip is bigger than your bottom, even love the way your thighs touch when you sit down. It’s OKAY to think you’re pretty. It’s OKAY to feel good about yourself when the world wants you to feel shitty. It’s OKAY to be so happy in your own skin that people’s words don’t mean a thing to you.

In the wise words of one of my favorite drag queens, Jinx Monsoon, its all water off a duck’s back

This Valentine’s Day I challenge you all to love those around you, but remember that you need to love yourself too. Treat yourself to another piece of cake, give yourself an extra compliment in the morning, and go throughout your day knowing that you are love.

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Elixir

So, here we are, my final fall finals week of college (god, even saying that is stressing me out). I have four tests, two papers, and an internship to balance but all I can seem to think about is Chick-fil-a and my incurable Starbucks addition. Naturally, in a way to procrastinate even more than I’m comfortable admitting, I grabbed some new products and decided to play around. I’m sure a ton of you are familiar with the brand ColourPop -ya know, the sister company of Kylie Cosmetics…? I’ve been obsessed with their lipsticks for months now and I finally decided to order some eyeshadows and highlighters & WOW GUYS. Seriously, these things are pigmented, creamy, and probably the most blendable shadows I’ve ever used.

Oh, and they’re hella cheap which makes them great when you’re a broke college student who already spends too much money on makeup 🙂 So, in case you were wondering, here’s what I ordered! eye_shadow_kit-_fall_2016_2_1024x1024

This is called the Zingara pack and it comes with Paradox, Elixir, Seeker, and Jinxie, all for just $18! Honestly this just reminded me 0f a huge glass of sangria so it was absolutely necessary that I purchased this. Elixir, the terracotta shade, is probably one of the most gorgeous mid-tone orange colors I have ever seen. Basically, what I’m saying is that you need to spend the money on these shadows people!!! Separately, they’re $5 each and come in different finishes that go from matte to metallic. Each one has a unique texture thats somewhere between mouse and creme but you’d need to touch one in order to know what I’m talking about.

I also decided to get two highlighters and two Lippie Stix which are also freaking incredible. The best part is that I only spent $42 dollars on all of this stuff…including shipping.

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The highlighter I used on my cheekbone and inner corner in this photo is called Wisp & it’s  probably the prettiest champagne gold/silver I’ve ever seen. It literally makes you look like you’re glowing and I mean who doesn’t want that?

Basically, I just put a light orange color in the crease – I think Orange Soda from Anastasia Beverly Hills ($12) – and then used my finger and put Elixir all over the lid and ta-da! I didn’t feel like doing a wing because 1) I’m lazy and 2) I love the color so much I didn’t wanna hide it at all.

All I did was my normal makeup routine: brows, bronzer, blush, highlight, and lips! Okay, I know that sounds like a lot, but when you’re trying to hide from your responsibilities it doesn’t seem like enough. I could probably do my makeup for 3 hours and still figure out more things to plaster all over my skin, but that really shouldn’t be surprising by now.

And just to be clear: I don’t do this because I hate how I look without makeup. I’ve always been obsessed with creative things ever since I was little and since I have 0 artistic abilities with pen and paper, this is the closest thing I get to art, alright? Of course I have days where I’m insecure and want to hide an annoying pimple, but most days I just love to stand in front of the mirror and create new shapes and color palettes on my face.

People oftentimes think girls do their makeup to impress other people but lemme tell ya what… that’s not the case at all. I don’t remember the last time I wore my favorite grey-toned lipstick and got a compliment from a single person. But you know something? IT’S OKAY!!! Art is an expression of yourself and as long as you’re happy and content with what you’re doing, validation from others kind of just slips to the wayside and disappears. Of course I love when people admire what I do, but I don’t need it in order to be happy with myself. I think that’s a HUGE thing for a lot of girls to understand in today’s society. So many people are in desperation for validation, compliments, or even recognition that they think without it they are nothing. Well, I’m here to tell you ladies that no matter how many times people say your black lipstick looks bad, if you like it then you should wear it however often you want. {I may be biased towards black lipstick, but I mean who doesn’t want to feel like a cross between cat-woman and Avril Lavigne? No one? Just me? Okay, fair enough.}

Anyway guys, if you take away anything from this just know that A) it’s perfectly okay to do things for yourself even if other people don’t like them, B) Yes, it’s also okay to spend 45 minutes taking photos of yourself in order to get the best possible angle for your highlight, and C) Do whatever it is you do with so much passion and love that other people see it and want to become just as passionate as you are.

Until next time xoxo

P.S. It’s also okay to absolutely LOVE parts about yourself and its even more okay to want to showcase what you love. For me, it’s my eyes and lips so here they are in their full glory. Lemme know what you love about yourself!!! Let’s spread the self-love today 🙂

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May your foundation match your neck, your concealer be creaseless, & your eyeliner so sharp it could cut a man. Amen. 

 

As upsetting as the title of this post is to my mom, it definitely makes me smile. Totally feel like I’m rockin the 2014 era Kylie Jenner lip – two years later and it’s still my favorite. Original, I know. But the point of this all is that makeup is supposed to be what makes YOU happy!!! How cool is it that we get to literally create something on our face every day?!  The one thing that I constantly find myself falling in love with about makeup is the fact that there are no rules. Of course there are trends, I mean who doesn’t love a deep burgundy lip in the fall?? But you can go from wearing black lipstick one day to drawing on the freckles you always wanted the next and it is perfectly fine.

 

if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right

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The best thing about this eye makeup look is that it takes about 2 minutes and uses 2 colors.. how much easier could it get?

Naturally, I went back to something I’ve loved for two years – the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. This is an incredible palette to have on hand at any time – it has a great mix of warms and neutrals with the perfect balance of matte to shimmer shades. Here’s what I did (in I kid you not, 2 minutes):

  • Grab a big fluffy brush and dust Peanut Butter all throughout the crease. You can take this color as high as you want – I have hooded eyes so I like to bring it up past my natural crease in order to see the color when I’m looking straight on.
  • Next, I just took my finger, dipped it into this beautiful shimmer champagne color called Butter Pecan and placed it on the inner 2/3 of my eye.
  • To blend it all a little better, I grabbed the same fluffy brush and with no extra product blended back and forth on the outer portion of my eye to get a gradient going from brown to gold.

I swear anyone can do this!! So many makeup looks people post are absolutely stunning, but it can get a bit difficult for the every day girl to try and recreate a look using 13 shadows, lashes, liner, and pigments. I’m all about being a little out there (I don’t think you’ll find someone who likes grey-toned lipsticks more than I do) but something like this is so much easier for every day wear.

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While I L O V E liquid matte lipsticks more than half the things on this planet, they can get a little messy and take me a good 5 minutes to apply precisely. To get my perfect King Kylie shade, I took a MAC Cosmetics lipliner in the color Boldly Bare (by the way, 10/10 highly reccomend) and applied it all over my lips. Not only has this bad guy stayed perfectly in place all day, it doesn’t transfer onto any cups/food which is a huge bonus.

 

I’m always open to hearing suggestions on what you guys would want to see, so don’t ever be afraid to reach out! Again, please click the link at the top and follow my instagram account and keep checking back in here to see what I post next!!

 

XOXO lex

Summer is here!

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Can I just tell you all how much I’ve missed this?!?!? With school and everything else going on I had zero time to put into this and I definitely didn’t want that to happen. But I’m also not gonna half-ass something I love so much because that’s not me, not at all. After finally getting some time and being super inspired by summer colors, I decided it was now or never. I fell in love with this look I found on Pinterest and even though I have nothing on this gorgeous model, the makeup didn’t come out half bad.

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I’m seriously thinking about starting up my Youtube channel again, so if any of you would like that to come back, please let me know! I’m still not sure what people want to see – tutorial based posts with in-depth steps, or just an overview of what I used & where. So once again guys, let me know!!! So much of this is based off of feedback I get from people so I really depend on your opinions!

Face Products: 

  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation shade 3W1 Tawny
  • Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer shade 10 Fair
  • Loreal Hydra Perfecte Translucent Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder shade 5 Bali Brown & Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Sahara Sunset Highlighter

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If you can’t tell, I’m a little more obsessed with highlighter/glow than I ever was before. Something about it just screams summer time to me! Skin has a natural luminosity so I love products that mimic that. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is an absolute must for me! I swear it helps your makeup stay on longer and it gives the most natural “glow from within” look you could imagine.

Eye Products: 

  • MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Lorac eyeshadow in Buff – all over lid
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzer – upper crease
  • Lorac eyeshadow in Gold – buffed in crease and outer lid
  • Lorac eyeshadow in White – brow bone highlight
  • MAC Pigment in Vanilla – inner corner highlight
  • Loreal Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Stila Glamoureyes Mascara
  • Brow Art 23 powder in Taupe : Any kind of brow powder would be fine. The brows are meant to look more natural and less sculpted than I usually prefer them. However, I don’t recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder, there isn’t enough color payoff for the price

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Lip Products:

  • Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy
  • Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Hot Coral

You could use either a hot pink or coral for this look, or really any lipstick color you’re comfortable with. But, you know me, I like to make things complicated so I layered both on top of each other.

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I hope you guys like this look half as much as I liked putting it together! I swear I’ll be better about posting on this! I didn’t realize how much I would miss it & talking to all of you! As always, thank you so much for your support and for those that keep reading these posts and sharing them. It honestly means so much to me that I’m able to share some of what I know with you! Let me know if there’s anything you would like to see next!

xoxo

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The other day I got the chance to do my gorgeous friend Nicole’s makeup. I’m waaaaaay more confident in my ability to do my own makeup so I was naturally a bit nervous. However, I was pretty obsessed with the way it all turned out. It’s no surprise I grabbed the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette… I really can’t put this thing down. The colors are so warm and easy to blend that it is literally impossible for me to stay away.

As you can see Nicole has pretty darn flawless skin and RIDICULOUS eyes/cheekbones. For someone like me, it’s so exciting being able to play up someone’s features so naturally I was over the moon to enhance her already beautiful face. The eye technique I used (darker matte colors in the outer/inner corner and shimmer in the center) gives the eye dimension and makes them appear bigger/more awake. This is a great tool to use if you want to play up your eyes for any occasion with almost no effort.

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Products used:

Face:

  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifyng Powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in ‘Incandescent Electra’
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’

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Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’
  • Lorac eyeshadow in ‘Cream’ – all over eyelid to set paint pot
  • Chocolate Bar Eyeshadows
    • ‘Milk Chocolate’ – all throughout crease from inner to outer corner
    • ‘Semi-Sweet’ – pack on in inner and outer corner and connect through crease
    • ‘Milk Chocolate’ – blended on top of everything to reduce harsh lines
    • ‘Creme Brûlée’ – on the center of the eyelid, blended into ‘Semi-Sweet’
  • Lorac Pro Palette Eyeshadows
    • ‘Sable’ – used to deepen up crease
    • ‘Espresso’ – applied to very outer corner to add dimension
  • NYX ‘The Curve’ eyeliner
  • Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in ‘Taupe’

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I hope you all love this as much as I do! It’s such an easy look to achieve and instantly makes any eye look more dimensional. Don’t be afraid of dark shadows in the inner corner – they can work! Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more of! I’m thinking of starting up my YouTube channel again so let me know if you’d be interested in that!

Also, please don’t forget to follow me on instagram at alexisdecarufel_makeup! I tend to post more on there than anything. Thank you all for your continued support! xoxo

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

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!

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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

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