Thursday Feature : FOTD

Rainy day today = minimal make up


• 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


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



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.


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 ]


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.


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 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.


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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