BeautyAlong Challenge Maiden Voyage – Simple Everyday Look

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Hello lovelies!

Well the blog has been alive several weeks, but we are now going to have our first official BeautyAlong Challenge! As promised, we still start slow and simple, with basic tutorials to allow those with little or no makeup experience to get their feet wet with very easy, wearable looks. For those who are avid makeup fans, maybe the first few Beauty Alongs will help you revisit some basic skills, or teach you some new tricks you haven’t tried yet.

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Video Review – Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil

I feel late to the party on these, as they are so wildly popular that UD recently added 28 new colors to the line (yes that number is not a typo). Okay, to be fair, I had an understandable bias–I have yet to have found an eye pencil in my entire life that didn’t migrate on me. Even when I didn’t have the fine lines that age has blessed me with, with every liner I ever tried I had at least some minor form of raccoon eyes within a few hours, and pencils were the worst offenders. Makeup setting sprays helped, but never completely mitigated this, and I don’t want to wear a setting spray every day. So I only kept a few pencils around that I felt I “should” have, and no more–black, brown, white, and only recently a blue (because I am obsessed, remember?)–and rarely used them.
UD247PencilEnter UD’s 24/7 Eye Pencils (belatedly) to my life. I was curious, but resisted. I read so many amazing reviews, but it was only when they expanded the line so extensively that I knew I had to finally break down. Now, I am a proud owner of the Urban Decay Foxy Four-Way 24/7 Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set. For a not-so-low-low price of $39, there are 8 colors in this pack, all of which I could totally see using regularly. In particular, I am MAD for Deep End (blue! shocking!), as well as Delinquent (purple! double-shocking!) and Stash (earthy green-gold). And the big question: do they last without migrating? Check my video review to find out.

Everyday Natural Makeup Tutorial

Okay, clearly I don’t have the setup ready yet, BUT here is a makeup tutorial with some bad lighting for ya. Just what you wanted, right?

The goal was Everyday Natural Makeup, focusing largely on drugstore brands, in colors that are fairly universal. Depending on your skin tone, YMMV. Full products list below and in description. If you are new to makeup, this whole look can take as little as 10-15 minutes when you get familiar with it. So it is completely doable for a fresh everyday face! Continue reading