Pretty in Pink, Plum and Bronze, and Sea Otters!

A little bit of color!
“You can do it. Yeah, champ, keep moving that blending brush. You got this… YOU CAN wear COLOR! COME ONNNNNNN!”

Yes, these days, my internal makeup dialogue sounds like a boxing trainer talking sh*t from the sidelines.


(Not that I’ve ever boxed a day in my life… The closest I’ve ever come to a ring is enjoying Million dollar Baby. like Tabs was (RIP, buddy), I’m a lover, not a fighter.)

Put this in your “note to self” file next time you get worn out of wearing brows and beiges and the normal neutral fare: pink, plum and bronze. It’s so good, and depending on the intensity of your shades, can be surprisingly colorful but still wearable, too.

Loving this combo of plum, pink and bronze

I’m wearing the same Jane Iredale naturally Glam palette from the other day; I blended the dark bronze and the pink shades atop a plum eyeshadow base (MAC Prunella liner, which I buffed out all over my lids).


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You guys, don’t sleep on this palette. It’s not flashy by any means, but the a lot more I use it, the a lot more I fall in love with it, especially the glowing finish. It’s SO forgiving, and much appreciated by my experience lines.

The pink in this look also comes through on the cheeks by means of a peachy pink gel blush by Chantecaille (pricy but natural looking) and a pinkish violet lip from an Origins Lipstick called Va Va Violet.

Origins Va Va Violet
This lippie is not playin’ because the payoff is crazy intense — like MAC level intense! here I’m wearing it lightly dabbed on my lips for a stained effect, but it still looks pretty pigmented. I love how this lipstick’s pinkish violet tones complement the subtle pink and purple on my lids.

Note to self: remember THIS COMBO! It’s a good one!

Makeup worn in this look

BASE: IT Cosmetics Your Skin but better foundation + Skincare in Tan warm 41 and Tan warm 42.5 mixed together and applied to cheeks, nose and around mouth; Kevyn Aucoin incredibly natural Concealer in medium EC 06 dabbed onto select areas on cheeks and around mouth; sincere appeal bright Eyes tinted Eye cream under eyes

EYES: MAC Prunella Eye Pencil (worn as an eyeshadow base and a liner), Jane Iredale naturally Glam Eyeshadow palette (dark brown in outer half and pink on inner half), MAC Cork eyeshadow (crease), Lancome Lash Idole, Chanel kid Brow Pencil in Deep brown

CHEEKS: Chantecaille brilliance Gel Bronzer and delighted Gel Blush

LIPS: Origins Va Va Violet Lipstick

Hanging with my lady love

Just chillin’ with my sidekick!
Connor is home this week for spring break, so we’ve been hanging out a lot! Our new favorite thing to do in the morning is enjoy the live Otter Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium while we eat breakfast. I don’t know why, but drinking coffee and enjoying otters play and swim is the best thing ever.

We’re headed to DSW in a few because this child just keeps growing! I vow I just got her a pair of Nikes, and now they barely fit.

I’m also in the pursuit of a pair of low-heeled platform sandals, ideally in a tan shade.


I’ve made a decision it’s time to officially retire my collection of heels, which is a little bittersweet because I used to love them so much. I tried wearing a pair of Franco Sarto wedges the other day (they used to be my “comfortable heels”), and I realized — OH, hell NO! — there’s just no way. LOL! first of all, I can’t chase after a child in them, and second, they’re incredibly hard to drive in. Also, I can’t bend down! I’m done, dude. No more.

Your friendly neighborhood appeal addict,


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