Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LA // Palm Springs

Outfit Details:
Similar straw hat
Similar heart sunglasses
Kate Spade "Splash Out" straw clutch
Rory Beca "Mento" blouse

I'm currently in Los Angeles! Bobby, Miku and I are staying with my bff Kimbly, and we're all heading out to Palm Springs in a couple of days, for my friend's wedding. I've never been, so please let me know if you have any recommendations. Follow along in real time on my snapchat (keikolynngroves) and my instagram.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Makeup Monday Tutorial: How To Dramatize Your Smokey Eyes

Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Cool Neutral x 15 Eyeshadow palette  (colors used: "Black Tied" - lid, "Pearled Earth" - crease, and "Flounce" - blend)
MAC "Stars n Rockets" eyeshadow (purple on inner eye)
MAC "Freshwater" eyeshadow (blue on lower outer lashline)
MAC "Blacktrack" fluidline
MAC "Smolder eye" kohl
Smashbox "Heartbreak" blush
MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo lipstick in "Oxblood"

As soon as MAC sent over their MAC Cool Neutral x 15 Eyeshadow palette  to me, I knew I wanted to create a tutorial with it. I'm a longtime fangirl, so a box from MAC is an extra special treasure. But with my last tutorial being dedicated to a daytime smokey eye, I didn't want to go completely neutral. The only logical solution was to go with my old mainstay, the smokey eye with purple and blue accents. You might not realize or remember this, since you're all more used to me in a bold lip with liquid liner, but I used to wear a variation of this look on an almost daily basis. I love the way the purple and blue give off this oil-slick sheen when layered over the black liner - it adds a little something special to an otherwise pretty basic smokey eye. Want to learn how to recreate this? Follow my step by step tutorial!

1. Prep your eyes with primer.
2. Using a damp brush, pat "Black Tied" on your eyelids.
3. Sweep "Pearled Earth" (silver) in the crease, softening the edges of the black.
4. Blend out with "Flounce" (soft pink).
5. Smudge "Blacktrack Fluidline" over your lower lashline.
6. Take this time to blend all of the dark edges until they're softer and diffused, using [dry] black tied shadow.
7. Apply "Stars N Rockets" (purple) over the inner lower lashline, tear duct, and then pull it through the inner crease.
8. Apply Freshwater on the outer lower lashline.
9. Line your waterline (top and bottom) and lashline with "Smolder" eye kohl and add mascara. Done!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Weekend Link Roundup

(Photo from my instagram; sticker via Pink Olive

- How the Queen spends Mother's Day - a cute video worth watching.

- Speaking of Mother's Day, this mug and this stamped spoon and coffee set are making their way to my mom, who is equal parts mom, grammy, and coffee lover. Check out Milk and Honey Luxuries on Etsy for more great, handmade gift ideas!

- My newest makeup obsession.

- And speaking of royalty (this time, for real) - there's a new baby princess!

- Fascinating time lapse videos of beauty retouching.

- I fell in love with this dress, tracked it down in store, and made it mine!

- I want to go to there.