FOTD: A Sparkly Coral Pink Look

coral bigI built this look around Hello Waffle’s Fey, a color that’s right on the border between peach and pink gold. I love it, but I’ve got it in a mini instead of a sample baggie and so sometimes I forget I own it when I’m leafing through my eyeshadows. But I’m glad I found it, because it’s just so pretty.

coral lookI love pinky peachy coral looks. Besides Fey everything else is pretty monochromatic.

coral productsEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Fey
  • Notoriously Morbid Shoes to Kill For
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black
  • Sephora Collection Black Lace Eyeliner
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Light/Medium
  • Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Mascara


  • MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation in NC20
  • Benefit Boi-ing in 1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • Blackbird Magic Trick Super Powder in Translucent
  • Shiro Gelato Beach


  • Shiro It’s Called Love

I primed my lids, then patted Fey, a golden peach with a hint of pink, all over my lids. I placed Shoes to Kill For, a hot pink, in the outer corner and blended it in until it was diffused. I put some under my lower lashes as well. I lined my upper lashes with black liquid liner and winged it out. I lightly lined my lower water line with pencil liner also. I did my usual face stuff and placed Gelato Beach, a bright coral pink blush, on my cheeks using a contour blush and blended it out with a clean blush brush. I finished off with It’s Called Love, a bright coral pink tinted balm.

As, I said before, I’m super happy with this look. Fey is just a gorgeous color and I really want to do better about remembering it. Do you have any colors you love but forget about?


FOTD: Locked Doors as Liner

locked doors linerIn her review of Hello Waffle’s Painted Flowers Collection, Pigmented Lips suggested that Locked Doors would make a great liner on people with pale skintones, especially with blue eyes. I am both pale and blue-eyed, so I decided to try it out! I needed a simple look for running errands, so I took my usual no-make up make up locked and added Locked Doors to it as a sparkly liner.

locked doors liner look Pretty, simple and low-key. Usually I like my liner darker, but if I want something less in-your-face this is nice.

locked doors liner shadowEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Locked Doors
  • Stila Bare (In the Light Palette)
  • Stila Kitten (In the Light Palette)
  • Darling Girl Superstar Serum
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Buxom Lash Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural In Light
  • Shiro 1-Up


  • Shiro Come Out Come Out

I started by priming my lids and applying a skintone matte base color. Then I mixed Locked Doors, a sparkly medium brown, with Superstar Serum and applied it as liner, including lightly on my lower lashline. I highlighted my tearduct with a sparkly white gold shadow and applied mascara. I did my usual foundation/concealer/powder routine and tapped some 1-Up, a peachy pink loose blush, out onto a mirror and applied it with my usual blush brush. I finished with Come Out Come Out, an apricot tinted balm.

Usually if I wear make up, I want it to be more visible, but I could imagine myself wearing this to work once I have a job that I can wear make up to. The sparkles in Locked Doors make my eyes look brighter for sure, but it’s not in any way bold. Work appropriate for sure.

FOTD: African Pygmy Kingfisher

pygmy kingfisher 1The next predatory animal my husband choose for my animal series is the African Pygmy Kingfisher. It’s so tiny and cute and adorable it’s hard to believe it’s a predator. It’s also super colorful, so this look was a lot of fun.

Pygmy Kingfisher closeup labelledI was definitely surprised at how wearable this wound up, given the colors of the bird.

pygmy kingfisher 2 I probably wouldn’t have chosen orange, purple and blue together without the inspiration, but I like it! I definitely see myself doing more bird-inspired looks in the future.

pygmy kingfisher shadowsEyes:

  • Shiro Team Rocket
  • Hello Waffle Mad
  • Hello Waffle Golden Stairs
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Ultraviolet
  • NYX Milk
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro 1-Up (I think. I forgot to write it down.)


I started by covering my entire eye area with NYX Milk pencil and blending it out with my finger. Then I applied Mad, a light yellowy orange, to my mobile lid. I used a tiny brush to carefully apply a thin layer of Team Rocket, a bright pink-toned purple, to the outer part of my crease. I blended carefully. Then I highlighted my inner corner with Golden Stairs, a peachy gold shade. I lined my upper lashes heavily with Ultraviolet pencil liner, a super bright shimmery blue. I lined my lower waterline as well, stopping before my tear duct. I curled my lashes and applied mascara. I did my face like usual, with a peachy blush and a light orange tinted balm.

I was honestly surprised at how well this turned out. The lid colors were lighter than I expect them to be, but that actually helped balance out the super bright liner. Plus now I know a type of super cute bird I’d never heard of before! Have you ever done bird-inspired make up? What’s your favorite bird?

FOTD: Tiger Stripes!

DSCN2557A while back I asked my husband what kind of eyeshadow I should wear. His answer? Tiger stripes! So… I put tiger stripes on my eyelids. Then, whenever I would ask him what I should do with my make up, he would give me an animal. So I told him he could choose five animals and I would do a little series of them. He decided to stick to predators. So this is the first in my series of predatory animal themed make up looks.

Bengal Tiger CloseupI wanted the white/orange transition that’s so pretty on tigers, so I used a white gold closest to my lashline, and then orange all over the rest of the eye space.

Tiger EyesTriple wing! I figured this was the most wearable way to do stripes.




  • MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro Revive Blush
  • Hello Waffle Fauxlivia mixed into the blush


I started by applying NYX milk on my lid and then smoothing it up to my brows with a finger. I applied a tiny line of Hello Waffle’s Pachelbel, a shimmery white gold, right next to my lashes. Then I applied a thin layer of Notoriously Morbid’s Comic Relief, a matte orange, all the way up to my eyebrows. After that, I blended Shiro’s Steve O’Lantern, a sparkly darker orange, across my crease and down to the edge of the white. After this, the white wasn’t showing up as much as I’d like, so I dabbed some more NYX milk right next to the lashline in the middle of each lid and patted some more Pachelbel on top. Then I lined my upper lashline with black liquid liner, being careful not cover up the white too much and winging it out in the corners. Then I very carefully drew two more lines parallel to the first wing. After I was done with the eyeliner, I didn’t look feline enough for my liking, so I applied a thicker than usual line of Pachelbel along my lower water line and inner corner, and I blended it up from my inner corner to the start of my eyebrow along the inside of my nose. My face stuff went on as usual: foundation, concealer and powder, but I didn’t have a blush that was orange enough for the tiger vibe I was going for, so I mixed a little bit of Hello Waffle’s Fauxlivia eyeshadow into Shiro’s Revive blush, to get a sparkly orange blush. Then I finished everything off with mascara and a sheer orange tinted balm.

I was so happy that I actually successfully pulled this off. I had tiger stripes on my face, but in a way that was surprisingly wearable. A bit out there, but not too much. If I ever have a need to dress up as a tiger, I would totally do this again. Also, it was what kicked off the whole set of animal themed looks, which I’ve been having a ton of fun with. Plus it’s fun letting my husband choose the animals for me!

FOTD: Soft and Pretty Date Night Look

DSCN6318This is the make up I actually wore on Valentine’s Day. It’s soft and pretty and classic. It has the same vibe as my wedding make up, although there are a few differences (no pink eyeshadow and rosier cheeks for my wedding). But still, I love it. I feel so pretty, and it brings back good memories. The perfect Valentine’s combo.

Soft and PrettyI love black winged liner so much. It’s kinda nice to let it be the centerpiece for once.


  • Shiro Doge
  • Shiro Wildflowers
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro 1-Up


I primed my eyes and swept Doge, a sparkly sheer champagne, from my lid up to my brow. I added Wildflowers, a sparkly light pink, to the outer corner and added black winged liquid liner. I curled my lashes and applied mascara. I did my face make up as usual, with 1-Up, a pinky-peach blush. I finished with It’s Called Love, a reddish pink tinted balm.

I love this look. I tried taking pictures of it on Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t do my make up until after dark and they just didn’t turn out. I love the pairing of black winged liner with a pink-red lip. It’s still classic, but reddish pink lips instead of bright true red makes it feel more romantic. Plus, if you’re comfortable with winged liner, this look is super quick and easy. Perfect for when you have a date but not a lot of time to get ready. What make up do you wear on dates?

FOTD: Red and Purple Halo Eye

DSCN5681Next week I’m going to be the guest blogger over on Toxid Lotus, where I’ll be posting ideas on how to use red eyeshadow. This is one of the looks that I did, originally intended for that post, but it didn’t quite turn out how I planned and wound up looking too similar to another one I’d already. So it goes here, as a red eyeshadow post preview! I was inspired by Celadon Alley’s totally awesome red and purple halo eye, but it just didn’t come out as red as I wanted, I think because my hooded lids ate all the color.

red and purple halo eyeSee! Lots of red on my eyelids! It’s just hiding when my eyes are open.



  • Shiro Unforgettable
  • Shiro Heart Attack
  • Shiro Shinigami
  • Shiro Cake!
  • Stila Wind (from the In the Know palette)
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Darling Girl Superstar Serum
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Kat Von D Tattoo liner
  • Benefit They’re Real mascara
  • Maybelline Great Lash


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty


For this look, I primed my eyes, then applied Unforgettable, a sparkly red, to the middle half of my lid, extending it just past the iris. I added a line of Heart Attack, a magenta-red, on either side of the center dot and traced it carefully in the crease above as well. Then I used a pencil brush to place Shinigami, a darker purple, in the inner and outer corners. I blended all three together, so there were no harsh transitions. Then I carefully added a dot of pixie epoxy to the center of each lid and patted more Unforgettable on top to bring out the sparkles. I mixed some Heart Attack with superstar serum and used it to line my lower waterline. I lined my upper lashes with black liquid liner and applied mascara to both sets of lashes. I applied a little bit of Cake!, a shimmery white with just a hint of red tones, to the inner corner and inner part of the lower lashline. I used a matte peach eyeshadow to highlight below the browbone and to blend out the edges of the darker colors. There was a lot of fallout, so I cleaned it up before I did the rest of my face make up. I used a red blush and applied Who Swallowed a Star, a bright pink-toned red tinted balm, over the top of A Girl and A Cat, a deep purple tinted balm.

I like the way this turned out, it just wasn’t what I thought it would look like. But I’m loving all the red shadow looks I’ve been doing, and I’m super excited for next week’s guest post. A week from today!

FOTD: Hello Waffle Purple Gradient Liner

DSCN2126Hello Waffle makes amazing purples with gold shimmer. I took three of them from the Persinette Collection (which is only available during the summer, except for the best sellers, which are year round), mixed them together with Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum and made a gradient liner.

Purple Gradient Liner It turned out so pretty! I didn’t want to take away from the liner, so I didn’t wear any other eyeshadow, and I kept the rest of my face simple.

DSCN2146I’m not 100% sure I used the correct proportion of superstar serum and eyeshadow, because the color wasn’t quite as strong as I would have liked, and I definitely got it all over my eyelashes, but all in all, I’d say it was a success. DSCN2170Eyes:


  • Smashbox BB Cream in Light
  • Shiro 1-Up blush


I started by tapping out three tiny piles of eyeshadow onto the mirror I use for mixing, and placing a drop of Superstar Serum next to them. I mixed Silk, the lightest color, into the serum first, and painted along the inner third of my lashline using a pointed eyeliner brush. I repeated this with Ethereal Voice for the middle third, and Cravings for the outer third, which I also flared out into a wing. I then mixed a bit of Silk and Ethereal voice and blended the transition between the two, and did the same for Ethereal Voice and Cravings. The goal is to make a seamless line, with no obvious transitions. Then I applied BB cream, mascara, blush and tinted lip balm and called it a day.

I’d seen the gradient liner idea several places on the internet, but this was my first time trying it myself. I think it’s really pretty, and I want to try it again with colors that are more different from each other.