Sunday, February 28, 2010

natural smokey eye tutorial

I've had a few of requests for a smokey eye tutorial. I've resisted because I don't want to be one of those narcissistic bloggers that post pictures of themselves all the time. But then I was like, whatevs, give the people what they want!  I call this a "natural smokey eye" because it's not as dramatic as it could be....P-town doesn't have a lot of functions that require a dramatic smokey eye :)

1. Prep: Use a light moisturizer or primer around the whole eye area.  Then do the foundation/concealer thing.

2. Next, fill in the brows (Bobbi Brown says this is the most important step everybody skips!) and highlight the inner corner of the the eye and the brow bone.  For this step I use the revlon brow enhancer. I love this product.  I also use it to highlight my cheek bones and the middle of my cupid's bow. Sorry, this one's kind of a crap picture.

3.  Because this is a "natural" smokey eye,  my next step is to apply eyeliner.  Applying eyeshadow after softens the eyeliner.  If you want a more dramatic look, apply eyeliner last.  I have lined the whole upper lid and lined the inner rim of my lower lid (I learned this week that that's called water-lining). I used an angled eyeliner brush and the eyeliner is stila smudge-pot in black. For those of you who are new to water-lining, it is easier if you use a straight brush.

4. Next, is eyeshadow.  I use two complimentary colors (Bare Escentuals wearable plum in light and dark), one lighter and one darker. I'm using plum because I have green eyes and purple brings out the green. For blue eyes, shades of brown work best.  For brown or hazel eyes, the world is your oyster!!  OK, so apply the lighter shade over the whole upper lid, meeting at the highlighted brow bone.  I also sweep some under my bottom lash line, this looks good and also sets your eyeliner to keep it from smudging.


5. Now apply the darker shade along the crease of your eyelid and along the upper lash-line.  The two should meet at the outer corner of your eye. I also use an angled eyeliner brush to sweep some of the darker color along the outer part of the lower lash line. Again, for a dramatic look you can be much more heavy-handed in this whole step.
6. Last is the lashes.  Curl your upper lashes and apply mascara to both the upper and lower lashes. If you want to go over the top sexy, get some falsies.  I won't go into how to apply them here, that's a whole other tutorial :)

Compare this to the first photo....whoa!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I'm a lucky woman.

Look what Kman suprised me with yesterday!


(yep, now I'm bragging)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Girl's Soccer in Ghana

The Guardian has a great article today about how some communities in Ghana are using soccer as an incentive for girls to stay in school.

If your attention span is like mine these days,  here is a link to a good summary of the article: Ghanian Girls Bend it Like Beckham

and yes, it is my evil plan to link you to trashy feminist blogs  :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fun in the Big City :)

Kman passed his oral exams on Friday (yay!) so to celebrate we had a weekend of relaxation in the "big city".  We got a nice hotel, ate some yummy food, saw a good movie, and of course went shopping.

Look at the dress I scored for half off at anthropologie:

I love the graphic design of it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Perfect Poached Eggs

I love poached eggs because no oil is required to cook them.  They are light and fluffy and you can control how hard the yolk is.  That being said, I have never mastered poaching eggs at home.  It's always turned out to be a big mess.  Yesterday I saw this tutorial on and decided to try it.  It worked perfectly!!  I am so excited that I can finally poach eggs at home.  The key is to put a little vinegar in the water,  I had never heard that before.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately....I've been a busy woman!