F A V E S

Pretty potluck look: So I’m part of this potluck group here in Austin, the lovely Farheen added me to a group of distinguished and discerning women who have families and have wholeheartedly welcomed me into their group. I attended my dear friend Juvairia’s potluck this past saturday of a Mediterranean theme. I brought the falafel and fatoush (my fave Mediterranean salad) that we ordered from Arpeggio Grill because I did not have enough time to prepare these items myself. I really enjoyed Arpeggio’s food when I first came to Austin. It’s a nice place to find authentic Mediterranean and halal food. But lately, it hasn’t been the best. The falafel were too dry, and the sale was already dressed with the pita chips which made them soggy when we actually ate. I had hoped they wouldn’t kept them on the side like Peace Bakery does. Hindsight and all that, I guess.

It was a fun night, where awe caught up with what’s new in each others lives. Kids birthdays coming up, new babies on the way and therefore, gender reveal party coming up. Wonderful gardening stories shared and my eagerness to get out in my own garden portrayed. It’s like old friends of numerous years catching up on the daily. There is some truth to this new notion of Squad goals, or love. A sisterhood truly is invaluable and only after I moved away from my network of sisters in Edmonton, AB did I truly feel what this means for any female, of any age, anywhere in this world. It is truly invaluable.

I digress, the picture of me below is the look I created with the product image above. It’s hard to see the eyeshadow, but I put just the lightest touch the iridescent purple shadow of Fenty Beauty’s Galaxy palette in the center of my eyelid’s lower half, and along the lower rim. Wanted a hint of glam, but more a muted polished look. I found that the RCMA colorless powder did not sit nicely on the FlowerBeauty skincognito foundation. Even after blending over again with a damp Mikasa Beauty makeup blender sponge, it did not set nicely, it looked too textured and not smooth, like it usually does without finishing powder. I plan on trying it out with other foundations, to see if its an ingredient thing or a technique thing. By the by, the Skincognito foundation sticks by FLowerBeauty are on sale for $7.70 on their website! Finally, I can’t figure out the Stellar Lighting Systems Go Diva Selfie Ring Light and so¬† I have purchase a new lighting system necessary for proper photos. Stay tuned!

In the end the look was still what I wanted, a clean hint of glam, my own lashes, not falsies look. What do you think?

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U N N U D E

I picked up a couple new items from Walmart the other day, looking for some inspiration and the new highlighter palette by FlowerBeauty. I obviously did not get the palette because this Walmart didn’t have it yet. I was pretty disappointed, but I found a few other items I had my eye on. the Ardell Magnetic Accents lashes and opted for this beautiful HardCandy highlighter palette. I stumbled upon the L’oreal Crushed Foil¬†metallic eyeshadow in Diamond dust. Honestly this shadow is so pretty, it has an iridescent green tint as well as a kind of Burgundy undertone. It’s a crystal kind of finish and its just stunning. A little goes a long way! The magnetics lashes are amazing, they required a bit of fidgeting about in that I had to use a tweezer to get them to stay in place. You have to first put the top lashes to rest on your now lashes and then let the bottom ones join on via the magnets. They stay nice and tight and do not move, which is great once you have them the right place, but until then, its a bit annoying. It’s worth it for me though because then I do not have to deal with eyelash glue, which I don’t mind, but it does save time not having to deal with it. Definitely give them lashes a go! The picture below is an image of the look I created and on my YouTube channel you will find a close up clip of the look. Tutorial coming soon.

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