Plum Smokey Eye for Smoldering Nights Out!

plum smokey eye

Why a Plum Smokey Eye?

Who doesn’t love a smokey eye? I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us can surely appreciate one, even if we aren’t up to rocking them all the time.  I love a classic black smokey eye as much as the next girl, but sometimes I like to jazz it up with a twist!  Cue the colors: I opted for plum this time, and decided to add a pop of glam with a bright gold along the lower lash line.  I LOVE how this came out, and I hope you all enjoy it too!


Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino 
Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation, Tawny
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC MSF Natural, Sunpower
LORAC Pro Palette, Espresso
NYX Blush, Cinnamon


MAC Eyeshadow, Deep Damson
L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
BH Cosmetics, Take Me to Brazil Palette
LORAC Pro Palette, Gold


NARS Lip Lacquer, Eros


Sigma Brushes

Plum Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial Here:


COCOTIQUE’S New Beauty Box is Beautifully Delicious

IMG_3438 So if there’s anything I love as much, if not more than makeup…it’s scents.  Especially aromatic and delicious smelling scente.  As soon as I opened this box, this COCOTIQUE box, Beautifully Delicious, immediately filled the room with the most beautiful scent.  If first impressions are everything, then this box is bound to impress.  I decided I would document the unboxing in photos before I go through each product with you on video, so here goes!

I hope you all enjoyed! Be sure to stay tuned for the video unboxing and review!


The DELICIOUS goodies



Smokey Cat Eye for a Valentine’s Night Out


Hey guys! I know it has been a while and I have seriously missed blogging so much! I am so happy to finally be able to get this post up, because I loved this look and I think it will work for a lot of you regardless of skin tone and eye color! I got to use a to of my favorite products, but also threw in some new products that I am really enjoying.  Milani’s Sangria lipstick, MAC’s Beautymarked and MAC’s Cranberry eyeshadows are among the newer products that I got to play with for this tutorial, and I have to say I’m sold!  Want to see them in action? Here’s the video:


Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino
Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation, Tawny
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, Sun Power
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso



Maybelline Color Tattoo, Pomegranate Punk
LORAC Pro Palette, Sable
L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
MAC Eyeshadow, Beautymarked
MAC Eyeshadow, Cranberry


MAC Lipstick, Double Shot
Milani Lip Liner, Sugar Plum
Milani Lipstick, Sangria
NYX Lipliner, Never


Sigma Brushes

smokey cat eye

I usually (pretty much always) prefer and go for the nude lip, but I actually really love the way Sangria works with the eyeshadows I used. Yay, for trying (and most importantly, liking) new things! I hope you all will try this look out.  You can swap out the eyeshadow colors to give this sultry smokey cat eye a different effect every time.

I hope you enjoyed the video and had an amazing Valentine’s Day no matter who you spent it with!


Get a glimpse into what I think about beauty and self esteem

beauty and self-esteem

“The mission of my blog and my life really, is to showcase the complexity and creativity that is an inherent part of being a woman. Through my writing and through featuring other creative women, I hope to awaken something in my readers who are lacking meaning and purpose in their lives. Further, I strive to provide a place for storytelling, for women to share their inside out beauty, what they’ve learned about themselves through adversity and what makes them feel beautiful.” GG from All the Many Layers


Hey guys!

So I know this is the first post by me of its kind, but I assure you it is the first of many.  I know I spend a lot of time talking about outer beauty and how to enhance it, but I truly do believe that all the outer beauty in the world is secondary to a truly beautiful mind and spirit.  When GG asked me to do this feature, I was honored and overjoyed! I am so happy to be able to share with you how I have come to be confident and self-reliant when it comes to valuing myself and my appearance.

I am really excited to start to open up about everything I have learned in my life about being a woman who has always felt different, and learning to come to terms with and accept that.  I can’t wait to begin to share how I have grown to be confident in my skills and passions as I work towards achieving my goals!

I hop you enjoy the feature, there will be more content like this coming soon.



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Full proof DIY Cold Cream recipe for hassle free waterproof eye makeup removal!

Hey guys! So I know makeup wipes are all the rage, but at upwards of 7-8$ for 25 wipes? That’s less than a month worth of wipes, and I’d rather have Netflix with that fee. So, while I was a student in college, I discovered that Cold Cream and baby wipes work just as well if not better and I have been using them ever since!

DIY Cold cream

Cold Cream cuts right through the toughest waterproof mascara formulas for tug free makeup removal in the blink of an eye (pun intended).  The baby wipes—the unscented kind for sensitive skin—are much more affordable, and work really well to wipe away the cold cream and product.  This duo has become a central part of my regimen and I highly recommend it to anyone who has trouble with waterproof eye makeup removal!  The skin around your eyes is super sensitive, and tug and pull only accelerates the natural aging process.  Since I’m a DIY kind of girl, I started looking into a possible DIY Cold Cream recipe I could try, and I finally found one that I really enjoy.


1 TBS Jojoba oil (carrier) 7 TBS pure vegetable shortening (not lard) 10 drops lavender oil (you could also use chamomile, but I prefer lavender for its soothing properties)


in a small saucepan, over low heat (or in a double boiler if you have one), warm the shortening and Jojoba oils together until both have completely melted.  Remove from heat, and allow too cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Then add your lavender or chamomile oils, stirring slowly until the mixture thickens and turns opaque.  When you have finished, pour the mixtures in a jar and close.  A jar is ideal because it keeps out the air, thus preserving the mixture.  While you do not need to refrigerate the mixture if you use a jar, you should try to finish the product within a 6-12 month period.   Depending on the room temperature of where you are mixing your cold cream, the amount of time you spend may differ.  To speed up the thickening process, you may stick the mixture into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or less depending.  Prep and mix time should take no more than 2 hours!

How To Use

Take a little bit of cold cream and rub it on you eye, being sure to work it into your lashes to remove waterproof mascara or wherever you need to.  Then, when you can feel the cosmetic product loosening, use your baby wipe to clean away excess.  Follow with your regular face cleansing regimen.  This cold cream recipe and baby wipe method is  sure to impress!

I hope you enjoyed! I know it’s been a while since I posted a DIY entry so I really wanted to get this up.


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