Desert Wind

Stila’s  “in the know” palette is one of my favorites…

stila palette for look

Today, I wanted to show you a simple 4 step look.

stila collage numbered

Before you start, prime your lid with your favorite primer. Mine currently is NYX primer.

1) Cover eyelid using Desert

2) Put driftwood onto crease and blend

3) Apply 2-3 coats of mascara. I used NYX wonder pencil in medium on my water line. To highlight my brow bone I used the color wind.

4) Apply mascara to bottom lashes if desired.

stila look 7 done

You, my darling, are done!!! For my lips, I went with a nude lip and I used NYX rouge in orange.

I didn’t want to use any eyeliner because I wanted a very simple look.

Remember to get a look, you do not have to use the same products. You can use similar products to get this look as well!!



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We Are Ghosts

If you ever get a chance listen to James Vincent McMorrow’s song “We Are Ghosts”…

Happy Halloween

halloween outfit

T-Shirt: It was a gift

Coat: Roxy

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My look of the day:


Fergie Shimmer Primer

Star Crushed Minerals California Poppy on the Lid and Moondust on inner corner of eye

I used Miliani ready to wear pallete


bareMinerals N40 foundation

L’Oreal Perfect base

NYX Cream Rouge in Orange

milani pallet collage 2

I used the black color on the outer corner of my eye lid and than the 5th light gold color in my crease

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For my lips:

Lip liner = MAC in “Vino”

Lipstick = Milani Lipstick in “Sweet Nectar”

Enjoy Halloween!! Eat as much candy as possible, it’s the only time of the year it’s completely acceptable to buy a big bag of candy and get away with it!!




Pat McGrath is my makeup artist idol…

I was flipping through Glamour’s October magazine and they had an interview with Pat McGrath, who is an amazing makeup artist. She did the makeup for Dolce and Gabbana’s runway models. The looks were elegant, eye-catching, and completely inspirational.

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See what I mean? I absolutely love these looks!!!!!! (Hopefully the exclamation marks help express my excitement)

So, I attempted to re-create this look for myself:

glamour inspired makeup look two

The items I used were not D&G.

Face: NYX HD Fninishing Powder, bareMinerals foundation N40, Fergie collection shimmer in rose golden goddess, and star crushed mineral’s mauve-o-lous blusher

Eyes: Starlooks obsidian color eyeliner, NYX liquid eyeliner, Fergie cocoa riche creme eyeliner (lower lash line), NYX wonder pencil in medium, star crushed minerals golden peach all over lid to brow bone, and than olive pink in crease.

Lips: Cailyn cosmetics tinted lip balm in big apple and khroma beauty honey stick in “in the buff”.

Which makeup artist inspires you?



Cocoa Riche Rapunzel

Sometimes simple is amazing…

rapunzel 3 stamp

This look is so simple but amazing!

What I used:

rapunzel look

Sorry for the picture quality, the sun isn’t out…

From Star Crushed Minerals: Rapunzel Eyeshadow and Mauve-O-Lous blusher

From Wet n Wild: Fergie Collection-Shimmer Powder in Rose Golden Goddess (perfect for women of color), Cream eye liner in Cocoa Riche (creamiest liner I have ever tried and it has a very long wear time), and Shimmer Eyeshadow primer (this is a must have primer)

From NYX: Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Daiquiri and HD finishing powder

From bareMinerals: Powder foundation in N40 medium dark

rapunzel look 2

Rapunzel on the left and Mauve-O-Lous on the right

rapunzel look 3

Fergie Collection Shimmer Eyeshadow Primer

rapunzel stamp

Oh, I forgot to picture my Pop Lash Purple Mascara!! I am wearing Rimmel’s Pop Purple Lash Mascara and Makeup Forever’s Smoky Extravagant.

Hope you enjoy this look!!

Go to Star Crushed Mineral’s Facebook Page and tell her Etta sent you!!

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Coming up soon: My Fergie Collection haul

Classic Beauty {September Ipsy Bag}

Finally, my Ipsy bag arrived mid month versus the end of the month…

My Ipsy bag has finally arrived on time!!! The few months prior I was getting my bag a few days before the end of the month. Needless to say I was not impressed and I expressed my concern with an Ipsy representative and my bag actually arrived on time this month. I didn’t want to cancel because I really do enjoy my glam bag!

I love this month’s glam bag:

september ipsy bag

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Cailyn tinted lip balm in “Big Apple”, It’s So Big Mascara, Starlook eyeliner in “Obsidian”, Butter London nail lacquer in “La Moss”, and NYX eyeshadow in “Nutmeg”

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Sent out a sample of Michelle Phan’s “Em Cosmetics”

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This is one of the life palettes from Em Cosmetics. This is the “Career Life” themed palette.

Let me pump the breaks with ya’ll for a minute. I love eyeshadow, I mean seriously love eyeshadow, but each “Life Palette” retails for $75. The palettes are big  it comes equipped with 6 eyeshadows , 2 lipsticks, and one blusher. It is separated into 4 quadrants and it looks like it has infinite possibilities but I don’t know about the $75 price tag. I looked through some reviews on the Em Cosmetics website and quite a few were reviews from people that were sent the product for free. As of now, I don’t know whether these palettes are truly good or not and everyone is different. If you have bought and tried one of the Em Cosmetics life palettes what do you think of it? I really want to know if it is good or not.

Moving along, here is the look I created with this months glam bag:

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I am absolutely in love with the tinted lip balm from Cailyn cosmetics! It is such a vibrant red. The mascara didn’t really impress me though. I still prefer Makeup Forever’s Smoky Extravagant mascara.  I already love Starlooks and NYX so it was no surprise that they were great quality products. The item I am most excited to try this month is the butter London nail laquer! I have been wanting to try one out for so long but other things always caught my eye when I went into the beauty stores.

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On my eye I used the NYX, Em Cosmetics sample shadow (the darkest brown color), and Starlooks Obsidian eyeliner.

Ipsy is definitely worth the try for only $10 a month!!

Did you enjoy your beauty subscriptions this month? What was your favorite product?

Lavender Eyes & Red Lips

Lilac eyes and red lips is my new favorite look. Can you blame me?

lilac eyes and red lips

Red and purple have always been two of my favorite colors. I didn’t think much of pairing these two colors together makeup wise until…

teen choice awards

Photo Courtesy of: ( Because I am Fabulous )

I saw my woman crush, Kerry Washington, wearing the combo at the teen choice awards. No, I didn’t watch the award show but people were raving about her look the next day. She is gorgeous and respectable! Can you blame me for crushing?! Her dress was on point for the awards show and was designed by Stella McCartney.

I tried it out myself, and I LOVE the look!

lavendar eyes n red lips

If you want to try it out, here is what I used

lilac eyes look 1

Lips = Bite Beauty lipsticks, Vidal & Pomegranate, I layered the colors so that I could create a pink undertone. I put Vidal on first and than Pomegranate.

Eyes = Star Crushed Minerals eye shadow in No. 11 Starry Pink and I used the lavender color from my “Dark Shadows Crimson Amulet” Palette which was created by NYX with inspiration from the movie “Dark Shadows”.

I applied the starry pink first, because again, I wanted a pink undertone to my lavender color.

What do you think of the look? Would or will you try it?

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Do not forget!!

My Star Crushed Minerals Giveaway it is international!! If you win, you receive a $20 gift card and you could have your hot little hands on that gorgeous starry pink color!!





Blog Family Appreciation Giveaway {International}

Hello My Loves,

I have reached a milestone for my blog. I have reached 100+  followers and I am so thankful to you for making that possible.

So I thought to myself “Self, what can you do to show that you appreciate their support?”


Here is what I am giving to one of you:

Giveaway 1

Giveaway 2

giveaway 3

As you may have realized from previous blog posts, I am a big NYX fan!! Their products are affordable and the quality of them is high.

From NYX I am giving away (1) Matte Lipstick in “Pale Pink”, (1) HD Eye Shadow Base, (1) Trio Pallet in the colors “Sway with Lola”

Next is (1) Milani Easyliner in “Charcoal”. Please note, charcoal is a gray color.

Finally, (1) Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in “Berry Bomb”

Note that this giveaway is open internationally and I will be sending it in a padded envelope. (Do not fret, I will bubble wrap the products as well)

After you have “OOO’ed and AHHH’ed” enter by clicking the Rafflecopter link below. Thanks so much for you continued support and good luck to each and every one of you sugar pops!!

****All entries will be verified before products are sent and this giveaway is for bloggers and vloggers only****


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P.S. Men, do not be put off by the fact that this is makeup. If you have any woman in your life (daughter, girlfriend, wife, blah blah blah) ENTER!!!


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