Wednesday, July 30

Secret Garden

Beauty is something we talk so much about, but know so little. What is beauty? Who is beauty? Why is beauty important? How can we accomplish beauty? No one knows the answers to any of these questions, because beauty is not one thing. It's everything. It's nothing. It's subjective. It's not tangible. So why do we care so dang much about it? Why does it define us and what we do? Why does the halo effect actually work as a power of persuasion? Why does this subjective thing matter more to many employers than our resumes? These are the questions I ask myself and others around me all the time.

To be honest, I'm not a beauty blogger. I don't claim to know more about products, old or new, than anybody else. I know for a fact that I've probably tried a zillion products that have claimed to do something and failed. I know for a fact that I've tried very few products that work for me, and continue to work for me day in and day out without failing or falling short on their promises. What I can also tell you for a fact is that nothing is going to be as good or as bad for your overall beauty and health as the food you put in your body. Read Eat Pretty if you don't believe me. She knows what she's talking about, and this book changed my life.

Having said all of this, when I am asked to team up with a beauty brand, my answer is always, "yes". Do I think I will finally uncover the truths about any of the above questions? No, but I am always fascinated by trying out new looks, and seeing a new palette of eye shadow colors or a vial of vitamin C that claim to solve puffy eyes, dark circles, and world conflict make my heart race a little-just like the way the smell of Italian leather does. So, alas, when BA Star Makeup (who I've worked with before here) wanted to collaborate again with their Tropical Eye Shadow palette and glue eye shadow base, I of course said, "yes". 

When I received the sample of what is most certainly the brightest eye shadow I have ever owned, I was a little terrified to try it on for fear that I would look like a Toddler in Tiaras' "star", but I was shocked by how gorgeous it was. First, I put the glue on my eyelids so the eyeshadow wouldn't crease and it would hold all evening. Then I mixed the silver and green together for a base color-using just silver for the inner corners and under the lower lashes for a highlight. Then I filled in the crease using a light hand with the purple, and then I came back in to add some depth with a very very light sweeping of the hot pink. After I was finished, I added a thick line of Stila Smudge Pot eyeliner in Black (love the product), two swipes of NYT's Doll Eye Mascara in Extreme Black, a quick lick of NARS Schiap lipstick, and some Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in Bisque and I was ready for the day & the night.

{Eyeshadow & Eyeshadow Glue: c/o BA Star, Top: Ruby & Jack, Lipstick: MAC in Schiap, Eyeliner: Stila Smudge Pot in Black, Mascara: NYX in Extreme Black, Tinted Eye Brightener: Bobbi Brown in Bisque}

So right now BA Star is offering 2 lucky readers a shot at a free Tropical Eyeshadow Palette and Shadow Glue--all you have to do is comment below and either tell me: what color you think you would use the most or what color you think you would use the least!
This post was sponsored by BA Star, but all opinions and photos are my own.


  1. You did an amazing job presenting the product great pictures you look pretty.

  2. Really an amazing palette, great colors!


  3. Beautiful pics, so lovely. Love your lipstick. :)
    Fashion Happenss

  4. Wonderful photos!


  5. Great post sweetheart...Thx for sharing..:-) ! Kisses dear, have a good evening! xo

  6. love your make up so much!

  7. I love the eye shadow palette.. the color I wud use the most wud be pink and the least would be the blue one.. great giveaway xo

  8. Great pics!!!!!!!!

  9. Beautiful make-up dear!

  10. You are so good with the makeup. Stunning pictures! The colours look really pigmented too.

    ♥ Cassandra,

  11. Lovely post, you right... what is beauty? its a great question and one that varies from one to the other. You look gorgeous.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog

  12. that's quite pretty :)

  13. That makeup is so are so beautiful

  14. You are very beautiful.Great makeup dear

  15. Wow ,looks amazing! Great Work <3


  16. Nice blog and sharing, I wish you to have a happy day~ =D

    (A Growing Teenager Diary)


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