Spring Fling – Seasonal Picks: Colorful Eyes with MUFE & MAC

Because I get tons of products in my subscription boxes I’m super picky about what I purchase for myself so I tend to add just a couple new items per season.  As we move closer to summer, I thought I’d share some more of my Spring picks.

Neutrals are great, but I’d been craving some pop of colors for my eyes.  I was particularly looking for some watercolor type shades that would bring out my brown eyes.

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Clearwater
 (Retail: $22.00)
Description:A long-wearing blendable cream shadow that can be worn alone or with other products.
I’d been searching for some cream shadows and heard that MACs were amazing.  This sea foam shade was so lovely it just called out my name. These paint pots are hardcore and when they say longwear, they mean it. I used this with a primer and even with my hooded, oilh lids it didn’t budge.  I layered other colors over it and still it did not move.  One of my favorite combos was to top Clearwater with Laura Mercier’s Fairy Dust Eye Shimmer in Crushed Lapis.  It gives this really pretty boho festival vibe look that isn’t too over the top.  Unfortunately, I think the Fairy Dust shimmers have been discontinued, but I think MUFE’s Star Powder in White Turquoise will give you a similar effect.

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Palette NamesPalette Swatches
ME-230 Peacock Blue, D-236 Lagoon Blue, S-404 Straw Yellow, I-544 Pink Granite, ME-512 Golden Beige, ME-930 Black Purple, I-918 Lavender, I-528 Pearl, and I-804 Golden Pink

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals
(Retail: $44.00)
Description: “A collectible, makeup palette with eight must-have Artist Shadow formulas and one blush in fresh, neutral, and softly colorful shades.”
I’d been lusting after this palette from Makeup Forever (MUFE) for a long time, so when Sephora had a sale for VIB members, I grabbed it.  These colors have a lovely saturation and include a nice mix of neutrals, brights and pastels.  I was surprised at how wearable the straw yellow shade was and the lavender looked amazing with my coloring.  Some of these colors may look a little intimidating, but they blend well and can work with a lot of different skin tones.  The two blue shades are so so gorgeous and I can’t wait to experiment with them in the summer.  If you want to try out color and not commit to an entire palette of bright neons, consider this one.  It includes enough neutrals and softer shades to give you lots of flexibility.

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Spring Fling – Seasonal Picks: LaliBlue Storybook Necklaces

I know I’m probably stating the obvious here, but in case you haven’t realized by now, I’m a bit of a shopping addict. I love finding fun, beautiful new things, but I’m poor with a tiny apartment so I need to limit myself to just a couple purchases per season. I’ve tried to search out really special items for myself, so I thought I’d periodically share some of my coolest finds with you all.

I stumbled upon LaliBlue’s Etsy Shop and fell immediately in love. As a children’s book writer and fairy tale connoisseur, her amazing assortment of handmade diorama necklaces depicting stories like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland spoke to me. These handmade pieces are amazing quality and are tantamount to wearable art. I just had to grab a couple for my jewelry collection.

Since this is an international purchase, I opted to save up a little and buy a couple at once to save on shipping.

It was tough not to just add everything to my cart, but I managed to narrow it down to my favorite three.
Necklaces
I thought I’d have some fun with the photos and pair a few with some books from my Fairy Tale Library.

Soldier CloseSteadfast Tin Soldier
Tin Soldier Necklace

(Retail: $33.55)
Storybook Quote: “All the soldiers looked exactly alike except one. He looked a little different as he had been cast last of all. The tin was short, so he had only one leg. But there he stood, as steady on one leg as any of the other soldiers on their two. But just you see, he’ll be the remarkable one…”
If you haven’t read Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, you really must. It’s the story of the one legged toy soldier in love with a paper ballerina. It’s sad, but so moving and one of my all-time favorite stories.

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Little Red Riding Hood Necklace

(Retail: $33.55)
Storybook Quote: “Little Red Riding Hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.” – Charles Dickens

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood? I fell in love with the sleeping wolf and the adorable diorama inside. Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not me, he’s way too cute.

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Alice in Wonderland Necklace

(Retail: $33.55)
Storybook Quote: “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality”
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories and has inspired so much of how I approach storytelling. There is a little kid in all of us that wants to fall down a rabbit hole and find a new, amazing world full of fantastical characters. I love the idea of being able to wear a bit of that magical wanderlust.

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These necklaces were so lovely that I couldn’t bear to hide them in my jewelry case, so I keep them in a little bowl on my dresser. They make me smile every time I see them. The cost is so reasonable for the level of craftsmanship. If you love fairy tales, I really recommend grabbing one for yourself. The shop also takes custom orders, so maybe once my own Fairy Tale book is out this Fall, I’ll order one about my own story.

If you have Ebates, remember that Etsy is one of the stores available there.
If you haven’t tried Ebates yet, it’s a great site for online shopping. You sign up for free, search for your favorite stores and use their links to go to the store website. After you purchase you get a percentage back of what you spend in your account. You can opt for them to mail you a check or send it to you through Paypal. If you do sign up, please consider using my affiliate link.
Happy Shopping!