Mauvelous – a Makeup Tutorial

Oh it’s so nice to be back in the swing of things.  I have really missed filming videos, and cannot wait to share what I’ve got up my sleeve!

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I love to do simple looks, but love to amp up those looks with a little bit of sparkle as sass.  I love the Too Faced Everything Nice Palette to accomplish that.  It’s got a beautiful array of colors to choose from, and is perfect for everything from very simple looks to very sexy and smoky looks.  I chose to do something fun, with a little sparkle for the holidays.  Whether you’re looking to amp up your normal routine, or wear something a little more festive for parties and get togethers, this is makeup look is for you!

Products used in order:

Too Face Everything Nice Palette (no longer available in stores – check ebay and amazon if you don’t already own it).
Sigma E60 Large Shader.  Use this brush to sweep the color Turtle Dove all over the lid, and up to the brown bone for a matte highlight.
Sigma E25 Blending Brush.  Use this brush in windshield wiper motions to first apply the color Fawned of You into the crease.  Using the same brush, apply the color Be You to the outer third of the lid and into the crease.
MAC 239 Flat Shader Brush.  Use this brush to apply the color Mauvelous all over the lid going no further than the crease.  Be sure to pat the shadow on as opposed to sweeping so you don’t experience fallout all over your cheeks.
Sigma E25 Blending Brush.  With no extra product, use this brush to blend out any harsh lines.
Sigma E30 Pencil Brush.  Use this brush along with the color Secret Lovers to fake a winged out liner in the outer corner of each eye.  This will create a very soft appearance, but still give definition to the eye.  Then using any leftover product on the brush, sweep it below each eye on the lower lid.
MAC Alluring Aquatic Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line.  Line your upper and lower water lines with this liner.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara.  Put a few coats of this awesome mascara on those lashes.  The more the better!  Keep in mind, if you are a lover of falsies, then by all means put those babies on as well!
Makeup Geek Rounded Blush Brush.  Use this Brush and the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer that’s in the Palette to contour your cheekbones, forehead, nose, and jawline.
Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush.  Use this brush along with the blush color in Papa Don’t Preach and sweep the color onto both cheeks for a natural flush.
Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter Brush.  Use this brush along with Inner Light that’s in the Palette and sweep in along the highest points of your cheekbones, above the highest point of your brows, and your cupids bow, and the tip of your nose for a natural glow.
Tarte Lip Gloss in Cannes.  Use this gloss, and lather up those beautiful lips for a semi-sheer look!

See?  Super simple, and the end result is beautiful on anyone!
What’s your favorite go-to Holiday makeup look?

Jumping for Joy – and a few new changes.

There are some major changes going on around here if you haven’t already noticed!  I’m currently in the process of rebranding this little Blog space of mine.  It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now and never really knew where to begin…yay for being indecisive.  After consulting with my Husband for a long time, and using his big technical brain for a bit, Begin with Jenn was born.


I wanted to bring new life into the changes that have been going on behind the scenes of this Blog.  When I started the Wannabe Housewife two years ago it was because I wanted to document things ranging from my family, food, and all things fun.  Over those two years it morphed into more of a beauty and lifestyle Blog that I became very proud of.  Somewhere in between those two years I was given an amazing opportunity to start my own skincare side business which has allowed me to be at home more with my family which is what I’ve always wanted.  The Wannabe Housewife was such an amazing stepping stone in my life, and has given me countless positive opportunities that have helped this Blog grow into something I never thought it could.  I’ve learned a ton along the way, have made handfuls of friends and business partners along the way, and have been given something I never even knew I needed – you.
You will notice some changes happening over the next week or so – please bear with me during this process.  That being said, although the Wannabe Housewife is coming to a close, it’s never to late to Begin with Jenn.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and yours a VERY Happy Thanksgiving from the Marcum Family!

November Ipsy Glam Bag

Y’all know me.  I love me an Ipsy Glam Bag.  This months bag completely blew me away!  I don’t think I’d ever loved every single item in my bag until now! 


  • Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive – seriously I’m sure I didn’t need another eyeshadow base, but, let’s get real…it’s pretty fantastic.  This base is highly pigmented, is long lasting, and is great on it’s own too!
  • Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Eyeliner – this liner is perfect for the Holidays, or anytime you want to amp things up a bit.  It’s black, it’s sparkly, and screams FUN!
  • J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint – holy pigmentation!  I’ve never been one to be drawn to lip paints, but I’m SO happy that I got this in my bag this month.  The color has so many variations it’s crazy.  You can do a light flush of pigment on the lips to create a stain, or really pack on the color to create a deep wine red.  
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray – well who doesn’t need a great hairspray?  This hairspray is great to put shine and protection back into your hair all while keeping the style all day long.  It smells great, and will definitely be making an appearance in my purse for any touchups throughout the day.
  • Temptu S/B Highlighter – I love this little highlighter.  It’s a great highlighter for the face and body.  I love me a great multitasking beauty product.  Just dab a few drops onto the back of your hand and and gently pat some onto the highest point of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, your cupids bow, above your brows, and to your brow bone and your face is perfectly highlighted.  Add a few drops to your body lotion for a little luminous effect that will give your body that perfect glow all Winter long.

If you would like to get your own Ipsy Glam Bag each month check the site out here!  For only $10 a month you can’t beat it!

Favorite Christmas/Winter Books for Littles.

This time of year really just gives me more of an excuse to cuddle up more with my family under a blanket and read some books with both of my kids flanking my sides.  They love to be read to in general, but, they especially love Christmas/Holiday themed books.  This year I’m doing something a little different with them, and cannot wait to see their excitement!
I’m sure by now you’ve all seen the 25 days of Christmas books for kids sort of like a fun version of an Advent Calendar.  I decided to do this for them this year because I know they’ll love it, they’ll be super excited to open a gift each day, and it allows me to throw a little education in the mix…especially for Ryderman who is still working hard on his reading skills :).


This book is absolutely at the top of my list for my two munchkins this year.  I love pretty much all of Nancy TIllman’s books.  The illustrations are beautiful, the stories are heartfelt and pretty much always bring me to tears (in a good way).  Pretty much any book by Jan Brett will be perfect.  I particularly love this one, this one, and this one!  We are addicted to Where the Wild Things Are as well.  Not really a Christmas/Holiday themed book, but, we’ve literally gone through 2 of them because they get so worn out.  It’s time for a new one.  Of course we can’t forget about the Grinch, a little Charlie Brown Christmas, and definitely the Night Before Christmas.  
We are always looking to add more books of course, especially since I need 25 to wrap and hide so they can open one each day….help!  What are some of your favorites?  And any “I can read” book recommendations as well?