Color Me Marsala

It’s official!  Pantone has released the color of the year – Marsala!  I personally am very excited to be in love with the color of the year this time around.  Reds, coppers, and golds are my all time favorite colors for makeup, so this absolutely makes my heart happy.  Marsala is a nice brick red/berry toned color.  Even though it seems like that would be a color best suited for the Fall, I know that it can be rocked all year long!


“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in
to its embracing warmth.”

Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

I wanted to compile some beauty related products that fit the bill (or pretty darn close to it).  So here are a few of my favorites!


  1. Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-finish Eye Palette $39 – I love the fact that Sephora partnered with Pantone to create almost a dozen beauty products featuring the color of the year.  I’ve seen tons of YouTube Beauty Guru’s use this palette, and the colors are truly gorgeous.  They are super pigmented, and it’s a very affordable option for trendy gals that want to show off their love for Marsala.
  2. Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Marsala $22 – although this color was hard to find since it’s being discontinued, there are still some floating around out there.  This shade would be perfectly paired with a simple winged liner, and beautiful barrel curls for a date night with your love.
  3. Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio $28 – this little baby is so beautiful.  This trio comes with two blushes, and one highlighter.  I think it’s perfect for traveling, and of course, perfect for a wash of rosy on your cheeks for a natural flush.
  4. Nars Blush in Seduction $30 – well hello, love.  I love me some Nars Blush, and this color is definitely something you should add to your collection…I need to as well!
  5. Loreal Infallible Le Rouge in Always Apricot $9.99 – this truly vivid lip color is bold and beautiful.  I love it’s lasting power, and is said to last up to 10 hours!
  6. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow #836 $21 – these shadows are on the expensive side for a single pan, however, it’s a super sized pan.  They are highly pigmented, and definitely something you should consider giving a go – you won’t regret it.
  7. YoungBlood Incredible Wear Gel Liner $21 – gel liner is my absolute favorite to use.  I love it as a shadow base, and of course as it’s given use – liner.  This color is fantastic, and absolutely something I plan to add to my collection.  It is perfect for blue, green, and hazel eyes!
  8. Essie Nail Polish – Mauves in the color Stitches $9 – Essie is my top choice for polish.  The color selections and formula just brightens my day, and makes me feel like I’ve always got options.

There are SOOO many options out there for beauty picks that fall into the Marsala category.  It wasn’t easy to pick what I loved the most because secretly I wished they’d all just magically appear in my makeup collection.  I am so excited to create some makeup looks with the color of the year, and cannot wait to share them with you!

What are some of your favorites this year that fall into the Marsala category?






Faux Curls

You probably noticed that my hair was curly when I filmed my last tutorial.  When I don’t come by that naturally, let me tell you.  My hair is very odd.  It’s like a mix between frizzy/sort of patchy waviness.  My hair is also the type of texture where it doesn’t hold curl without using multiple products, and I have cowlicks galore.  Needless to say, it’s pretty unruly and annoying most of the time.

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On days that I don’t either have the energy to go through the blow out process and straighten or use a curling wand on my mane, I turn to a few of my go-to products to help me create some faux curls.  I think a part of me has always wanted to have curly hair.  We all want what we don’t have right?  After much trial and error, I’ve finally narrowed down the products that work the best for my hair to give my otherwise frizzy locks some playful curls.


  1. Tresemme 2-hour Body Foaming Mousse – shake this product very well before dispensing, and dispense the product onto the palm of your hand.  For my length of hair I fill up my entire palm.  Then rub your hands together and flip your hair upside down and work the product into your hair from tip to root.  During this process I make it a point to really scrunch up my hair not only to begin creating the curls, but, to make sure the product gets on just about every strand of hair.  Once the mousse is evenly distributed I let my hair air dry for about 10-20 minutes.  I do my makeup, eat, check my e-mail, whatever strikes my fancy at the time.
  2. Lush Sea Spray – again, shake this little baby up really well before spraying onto your hair.  Spray the Sea Spray onto your hair in layers.  I begin on the top layer, then lift my hair up in sections to spray the undermost portion of my hair.  Trust me when I say a little of this goes a long way, so don’t overdo it.  This spray is going to give your hair tons of texture, body, shine, and an amazingly refreshing smell.  Once the spray is on your hair, again scrunch up those locks and you will notice an immediate difference in how well your hair holds shape.
  3. Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer – use this super awesome hair dryer with the diffuser attachment to ensure the best results for your curls.  Turn your head upside down and while scrunching up your hair with one hand, and drying your hair with the other you will begin to create lovely curls all over.  Once your hair is fully dry, flip your head upright, check out your success, and style to your liking.
  4. Tresemme 24-hour Body Finishing Spray – once you’ve styled your hair into something wonderful, finish it off with a light mist of this finishing spray.  I love that it’s light, but gets the job done.

There you have it!  These 4 products have been my saving grace on days that I don’t want to actually do much with my hair, or just pull it up.  Let’s face it, messy buns can get a little old after a while – plus my hair tends to get heavy and it causes me to get a headache. #firstworldproblems

What are some of your go-to hair styling products?



Make Me Up Monday – Simply Sweet

Happy Monday, Loves!  It’s not usual that I’m excited for Mondays, but, after this weekend I think I’ll make this an exception.  Little Miss was sick all weekend (and still isn’t quite herself today) – fever, yucky nose and barking seal kind of cough.  The full meal deal.  It’s the beginning of a new week which means a few things.

  1. New beginnings – here’s to hoping that nobody else gets sick.  I’ve had my share of sickies between my family and my patients at work.  This year has been especially terrible for everyone.
  2. I’m bringing you a new series!  You know I love me some makeup, and I’ve jumped back into creating tutorials so from now on each Monday will feature a new look of some sort for you.  If you have suggestions or requests then comment below!

Since Little Miss was sick over the weekend I was pretty much a hermit with both my littles while the Husband had to work.  I don’t mind staying at home, but, I do mind not feeling 100% myself.  Call me crazy, but, even a light wash of makeup makes me feel more human.  So I put together a very simple look featuring some more of my favorite Makeup Geek Shadows that will surely make you feel put together in a matter of minutes!

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Products used:

  • Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream and Peach Smoothie – mix the two shadows together and apply into the crease in a windshield wiper motion really buffing the shadow out all over the mobile lid and crease for a wash of color to give some extra dimension to the eye.
  • Apply the same two shadows to the lower lid for definition using a pencil brush.  I like the Makeup Geek Pencil Brush.
  • Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma – using the tip of your finger apply this shadow to the inner corder of your eye and highest part of your browbone for a lift and highlight.
  • Milani Brow and Eye Highlighters in Matte Cream/Luminous – apply the matte side to the water line to brighten up your eye, and make them appear more awake and open.  This pencil is great for so many uses, and I love this one for days that I’m feeling extra tired, or maybe my eyes are a little extra pink/red from lack of sleep.
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie – I cannot express my love the these budget friendly glosses.  I love each one, and this color is the perfect “your lips but better” shade.  I think it really livens up the look, and it plain just makes me happy.

If you would like to check out how I created this look, then be sure to watch the video below!


Wisteria – A Makeup Tutorial

Since both of my kids were hanging out with their Nana and Papa over their Christmas break, the Husband and I took the opportunity to go out for a little date on New Years Eve.  I wanted to do something understated, but fun with my makeup so I whipped up this little number on the fly.

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I love the combination of taupe and lavender.  I was very pleased with the end result and am officially obsessed with ColourPop shadows!  If you haven’t used them before you’re missing out!  Check out the video below to see how I got this look, and below the video for a list of products used, and step-by-step instructions.

  1. Use any black shadow base, or shadow stick.  Apply the product all over the lid up to the crease.
  2. ColourPop Shadow in So Quiche – using your fingertip to apply this product will give you the most color payoff.  I can’t even describe the texture of these shadows, but, they’re amazing.  Apply this shadow over the black base up to the crease.
  3. Makeup Geek Shadow in Wisteria – using the Sigma E25 and swiping in windshield wiper motions to blend out the crease.  Harsh lines are a no no, so blend away!
  4. Makeup Geek Shadow in Beaches and Cream – Using the same Sigma E25 brush and same windshield wiper motions, apply this directly above Wisteria to warm up the look.
  5. ColourPop Shadow in Girly – using the Sigma E30 apply this shadow to the inner corner of the eye and the brown bone for a highlight.
  6. Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey – apply this balm stain all over the lips.
  7. Maybelline Color Elixir in Mauve Mystique – apply this lip color onto the lips.

What are some of your favorite color combinations for a makeup look?

P.S. Here’s a little gem for you….

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Gee….it’s a good thing I found a man that loves me despite my silly faces – and my blood shot eye no thanks to a sneezing fit lol.