Thursday Feature : FOTD

Rainy day today = minimal make up

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• FACE :
Olay Complete moisturizer
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation (220)
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette
NARS blush (Torrid)
Too Faced blush (Papa Don’t Peach)
ABH Illuminator (So Hollywood)
NYX Dewy Finish setting spray

• EYES :
ABH Dipbrow Pomade (Ash Brown)
ABH Brow Gel
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette (Laetus, Lazarus, Samael)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil (Smog)
MAC Fluidline (Blacktrack)
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

• LIPS :
Maybelline Babylips Balm
Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil gloss (Papa Don’t Peach)

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Makeup Monday : Too Faced Natural Matte

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This was one of my most used palettes last year (before I got my hands on the KVD Contour Eye palette, that is). The Too Faced Natural Matte eye palette ($36) is a great go-to for everyday no-makeup makeup looks.

• PROS :
– reasonably priced
– sturdy tin packaging w/ magnetic closure
– travel friendly
– great mix of neutral shades for day to night looks
– wonderful pigmentation
– smooth application, no fallout
– blends easily

• CONS :
– small mirror
– eye primer needed
– lighter shades may look chalky on darker skin tones

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• OVERALL :

My favorite shades are Heaven (all over lid and transition shade), Strapless and Chocolate Cookie (crease colors), Risqué and Sexpresso (to deepen crease and as outer corners).

I highly recommend this palette if you’re considering venturing into high-end makeup. The price point is fair and you’ll be able to mix and match the shades to create daytime and even smokey eye looks.

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2017 : Year Ahead Spread

I love this tarot spread! I’ve done this every year for the past three years and it’s always great to be able to look back and see how each card’s meaning/theme applied to its corresponding month (if at all).

For this spread I used my trusty Oracle Tarot deck by Lisa Chow. Here’s what in store for 2017! Clockwise from top.

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January : NINE OF WANDS (patience, perseverance, persistence)
February : JUSTICE (responsibilities, balance, fairness)
March : WHEEL OF FORTUNE (opportunities, destiny, change)
April : SEVEN OF WANDS (challenges, competition, perseverance)
May : EIGHT OF PENTACLES (honing skills, hard work, knowledge)
June : FOUR OF SWORDS (rest, relaxation, solitude)
July : THE EMPRESS (abundance, growth, productivity)
August : THE HANGED MAN (sacrifice, transitions, enlightenment)
September : SIX OF PENTACLES (prosperity, generosity, balance)
October : THREE OF PENTACLES (teamwork, planning for the future, rewards)
November : KING OF SWORDS (clarity, communication, logic)
December : TEN OF PENTACLES (family, abundance, security)

Theme for 2017 : PAGE OF WANDS (change, new beginnings, passion, creativity)

I also decided to choose two bonus cards, to support the theme of the year, from the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle deck by Siolo Thompson.

CLOVER – nurture
HUCKLEBERRY – resourcefulness

2017 looks quite promising, don’t you think?

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MMYuleChallenge [ 31/31 ]

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THE WORLD – How can I start fresh in 2017?

BURDOCK (tenacity)
THE EMPEROR (take the lead, self-discipline)
JUSTICE (strive for balance, make wise choices)

Yay, challenge complete!

This will most likely be the last tarot challenge I partake in for a while as I’m (we’re) in the midst of preparing for the newest member of our family to arrive – only about 6 weeks (give or take) to go!

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2016 Highlights

My best nine (well, technically 18) images from my IG accounts; @inkwitchery and @_beatnikbeauty.

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What a crazy year 2016 has been! Shall I make a list of the highlights?

• I turned 37.
• Husband turned 38.
• We found out through an ER trip & then a blood test that L has lots of food allergies. As a result I changed my diet (paleo/allergy free) completely for him!
• We got season passes to Knotts Berry Farm!
• I joined the Tea Coven and met/got to know an amazing group of witchy women!
• Made new friends.
• Let go of old friends.
• We sold our first home (bungalow479)!
• We bought a new home (bungalow2609) which we love in a quiet neighborhood.
• We moved during one of the hottest Summers I can remember!
• Found out I was pregnant after we moved (no wonder I was extra tired, ha!)
• Found out we’ll be having a 3rd boy!
• We celebrated C’s 6th birthday!
• We celebrated L’s 1st birthday (and C’s, too) at Legoland!
• I successfully breastfeed L exclusively for an entire year!
• I’m still breastfeeding L even while 8 months pregnant.
• Completed L’s photo a day/Project365.
• C started First grade!
• We celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary!
• I launched Inkwitchery.com and got back into beauty/makeup/style via IG (@_beatnikbeauty)
• We added a new gate/arbor to the house as well as landscaped the front yard.
• We’ll be celebrating all the major holidays in our new home.

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Whew! Who knew we would have such an eventful 2016? I certainly didn’t. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2017!

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