Summer Update

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When the year started, a friend of mine told me 2014 will be one of the busiest years of my life. The project manager in me immediately told them that this wouldn't happen; but with wedding planning, an intense work schedule, condo hunting AND all my side projects (including this wonderful blog), I am now starting to realize that they were right.

Not that I'm complaining because I'm truly grateful for all that I've achieved at 25-years-old and am super excited about each of the things mentioned above, but it does get a little hectic and overwhelming as I have to divide my time each day to make sure I take care of everything I need to get done.

After working non-stop for the last 7 months I finally took a little vacay to New Jersey with family to celebrate my cousin's wedding. It was nice to spend quality time with her before she got married, and great to see all my other cousins and introduce them to James. I decided not to take my laptop so I could get away 100% and truly just enjoy being offline.

It's good to back home and at work. My blog is now 2-years-old, which is exciting and a bit hard to believe. I really hope to get back into the routine of writing regularly again; there are so many drafts that I need to complete. I also have some fun campaigns that I'll be launching soon, stay tuned!


Lately I have been taking the "minimalist" approach to makeup, where I just wear mascara, maybe eyeliner, blush, bold lips and I'm out the door. It was nice to re-explore colour and eyeshadows again while at my cousin's 3-day wedding. I got a lot of compliments on the three looks I shared on my Instagram, so I thought I'd share what I used to create each look.

Day 1: Subtle Smokey Eye


Products used:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, shades "Trick" (all over the lid), "Factory" (edges), "Nooner" (crease) and "Strange" (brow bone and tear duct)
  • Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner by Eye Studio, shade "Black"
  • Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara
  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick, shades "Verve" and "Amorous"
  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette for blush and bronzer

Day 2: Grey, Gold and Green Smokey Eye


Products used:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Ammo Palette, shade "Mildew" (all over lid)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette, shades "Half Baked" (lid), "Smog" (edges), "Gunmetal" (crease), a hint of "Creep" (crease), "Virgin" (brow bone and tear duct)
  • Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner by Eye Studio, shade "Black"
  • Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara
  • NARS Blush, shade "Orgasm"
  • Rimmel London Colour Rush Balm, shade "All You Need Is Pink"

Day 3: Deep Grey Eyes, Red Lips


Products used:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette, shade "Creep" (all over lid and neatly smoked around the crease)
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, shade "Strange" (brow bone and tear duct)
  • Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner by Eye Studio, shade "Black"
  • Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara
  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick, "shades "Russian Red" and "Ruby Woo"
  • NARS Blush, shade "Super Orgasm"

Hope you enjoyed reading more about each look! If you decide to replicate it, please tag me @summerxskin or #summerxskin so I can see it. 
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