Shades-Of-Bronze

Burying The Child - Feyre Fanfic

A Feyre character exploration fanfiction. Set post ACOMAF in the spring court, with Lucien for company. Warnings for discussion of mental health and grieving.

Burying The Child - Gen/K

History was once again repeating itself, but this time I was different; I would not make the same mistakes as I had before. I doubted I could even if I wanted to. Fate and its sick sense of humour had warped me too much for that.

“I remember when Tamlin first bought you those paints,” Lucien mused. “You sat in here all day for weeks, like a child with a new toy. It was very endearing, really.”

He sat across from me, lounging upon a daybed below a window in the gallery. His body lay splashed with sunlight, turning his hair a gorgeous shade of amber and his bronze skin, exposed by the open-necked shirt he wore, shone like clear liquid honey. One could mistake him for a god were it not for the signs of strain that recent events had carved into him, from his hollow cheeks to his nervous, restless fingers; The latter of which was really quite irksome.

“Stop fidgeting,” I quipped, frowning and biting down on the tip of my tongue. “I’ll never be able to get you right if you keep moving. Honestly, and you compare me to a child.”

“I do have a few years on you, fair lady.”

“That only makes it worse.”

Lucien managed to still himself for a rather pathetic minute before his forefinger resumed their tapping upon his thigh, but I made no comment. The back and forth bitching we’d developed when I’d first arrived at the Spring Court had now evolved beyond the antipathy and mourning we’d shared. He no longer held the death of Andras against me, and I in turn agreed not to speak of what had passed here whilst I was at the Night Court. This silent agreement meant we were both more comfortable in sharing quiet moments together, knowing neither would verbally assault the other. In a case of mutually assured destruction, we both knew the wounds such talk would inflict could scar us both.

“I can’t believe it’s only been a year since we first met,” Lucien said, his gaze fixed out the window at the surrounding gardens. “Only a year since we were all prisoners. Or, a year since we were able to admit to it aloud.”

He was breaching dangerous territory, but I’d long stopped being scared by it. It had only been two months since my return to Spring, and yet it was already apparent to me that no one save Tamlin and Ianthe thought the deal with Hybern was wise. Since the High Lord and his Priestess were out on a ride that day, I saw no harm in letting Lucien say whatever it was that was bothering him.

“Missing Amarantha, are we?”

“Oh, dreadfully,” Lucien said, playing along with a theatrical swoon. He laughed when I scolded him for shifting his position. Though I had come to see Lucien as an ally, I could never come to like his laugh. It always spoke of so much pain. “What can I say? She kept Tamlin occupied. He does so love to have an enemy.”

Finished sketching, I took up mixing up the colours I needed on the paint palette. “He’s a fool for choosing Rhysand as his new target,” I said quietly, struggling to get the right skin tone. There would be time to learn proper painting technique, if only I could survive the war. The past year had been spent fashioning me into a weapon, no time for games. Who I was had been carved into steel and fire and power, so that I was more a what than a whom to the world now. Beyond what I had briefly shared with Rhys, I had not known softness in a long time.

“If what you say about the Night Court is true, I don’t doubt it.” Lucien looked over at me, his metal eye as unnerving as ever. Still I had not dared to ask just what it allowed him to see, but I felt as if it could somehow discern the contents of my soul.

He chewed the inside of his cheek whilst I distracted myself with mixing paint, before he finally spoke, “You’ve changed so much, Feyre.” He smiled, but it did not reach his eyes. “I must admit, I’m impressed by who you have become. Even if Rhysand did not exist, I’d hate to make a foe of you. So forgive me when I say I am also in mourning.”

Cocking my head, I finally had the courage to look back at him. Did he speak of Elain now? “Mourning whom?” I asked. The smile he gave me hurt as much as the two months apart from Rhysand had. It spoke of pity, pity I could not bear.

“I am in mourning for a close friend. A friend I made under Amarantha’s rule. A human girl, who came here with childish anger, who could be made happy and placid by nothing more than paint. A girl who screamed and cried and didn’t know any better than to wander out at night on Calanmai, and who could fall in love even with a Beast.” He did not drop my gaze. “I grieve for you too, for losing her. I’m sorry you can’t be her any more.”

He’d spoken so softly, so quietly, that we both flinched when I snapped my paintbrush in half. Claws edged out of my knuckles, my grip too tight. I was still learning the depths of my new strength, though I didn’t care as anger flashed upon my tongue. “Don’t be,” I hissed, snatching a fresh brush and ramming it in the prepared paint to coat it. “She was a stupid, foolish little victim who knew no better.”

“That, fair Feyre,” Lucien said, back to looking out at the gardens, “is exactly why I mourn for you.”

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These are amazing highlighters for brown skin! (Top to bottom)

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped - This was probably the best purchase from this past summer. It is my favorite out of all the glow kits and in my opinion the most woc friendly. For $40 you get four highlighters! Which is amazing and they’re big in size! It is a great formula
  • Laura Mercier Face Illuminating Powder in Seduction - Such a beautiful bronze shade! Amazing on deep skin! Gives a beautiful glow without being over the top. You can intensify it with a little fixed plus. It is pricey but amazing quality. Retails for $44.
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze - Beautiful peachy bronze highlighter! Very pigmented on its own but can be intensified with fix plus. This product does has some fall out but it isn’t a deal breaker. Retails for $33.
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Gold Deposit - Gorgeous gold bronze highlight!  Very pigmented on its own but can be intensified with fix plus. This product also has some fall out but it isn’t a deal breaker. Retails for $33.
Instagram Frenzy

REQUEST: hi! can you write a blurb/imagine where dan is on tour and you post a really sexy/gorgeous pic of yourself on instagram and he goes crazy on twitter/in the comments showing you off (: xx

You look over the photo again before posting it on Instagram. It’s of you, sunbathing in Hyde Park in your bikini top and cutoff shorts with a lemonade in your hand and shades on. You look bronzed and glorious, and you’re hoping it will get Dan’s attention as it’s been a little hard to keep the spark alive since he’s been on tour away from you for months. You hit post, set your phone down, and go back to enjoying the sunshine and the park with your friends.

Not much longer later, your phone buzzes with notifications. You see that Dan has left a comment on your instagram photo and you open the app to see what it is. You’ve already gotten a few thousand likes and a bunch of comments, and after scrolling for awhile you find Dan’s. ‘Holy shit’ it says with the heart-eyes emoji next to it.

“Wow Dan must really like that picture you posted,” your friend says, laughing.

“What do you mean?” you ask.

“Look at his twitter. And his instagram page,” she explains.

Since you’re already on Instagram, you head over to his profile. He’s reposted the photo of you with the caption, ‘How a trashbag like me got a girl like this I will never understand. Love you dear.’ You bite your lip and smile, hitting the ‘like’ button and commenting back ‘I love you too. Come home soon!’

After closing Instagram, you open Twitter to see what he’s tweeted. Again, he posted the photo, but with a different caption this time. ‘I’m dying to get home to this babe.Am I a lucky guy or what?” And again, you liked the tweet, but rather than replying, you decided to send him a text.

You’re on a bit of a rampage with that picture I posted aren’t you? You said.

Shortly after, your phone dinged with a response. You can’t really expect anything else when you post a picture like that. You got me all hot and bothered - I had to show you off.

Smiling, you replied back. Aww you’re sweet. Now come home so I don’t have to post pictures online to get your attention.

Soon, baby. Not soon enough because I want to see you immediately. But soon. He replied. You send him back the kiss emoji and set your phone down, grinning with the knowledge that your photo did exactly what it was intended to do.

Gouache Florals #3

I was aiming for a more Ravenclaw palette for this one but getting the perfect shade of brown instead of bronze got a bit frustrating. I’ll definitely be doing for Hogwarts house inspired designs for sure though. 

If anyone wants to suggest some specific flowers that relate to the certain houses then feel free! I’d love to know which flowers symbolise wit, bravery, loyalty and ambition. 

Gouache on blue stock

Ocean- BamBam (Day 62/100)

You can find my post explaining the 100 Day Drabble Challenge here

To read the other drabbles in my drabble challenge, click here

Prompt: Ocean
Member: BamBam x Reader
AU: Mermaid!AU

Word Count: 1638

This was requested by TheAnonie forever ago! There or may not be a Part 2 later~


“Hey, we’re gonna go get some food, we’ll be back in an hour, okay?” Mark said, ignoring Jackson who was pulling at his arm. BamBam nodded, not looking up from the beach towel he was laying on and hummed in acknowledgement as Mark and Jackson walked off.

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day which made it perfect for going to the beach and BamBam adjusted his sunglasses as he sighed happily. He was soaking up the sun and determined to become the perfect shade of bronze when a sudden shadow fell over him. He groaned angrily and opened his eyes, sitting up ever so slightly to see what was happening.

Of course, the beach just had to be busy on the one day he decided to come. A family of 4 adults and 5 screaming children had put up an umbrella and were now blocking any sun that BamBam once had. On top of that, the children could not be drowned out by his headphones which frustrated him even more.

He decided to get up and move somewhere else, making a mental note to text Mark and Jackson where he ended up. As he slowly got up, he looked around at the now crowded beach and groaned once more, cussing at his own bad luck.

As he walked down the beach, he stayed close to the shore, marveling at the ocean and how it seemed to change colors. There were areas of the beach that were pure sand, and others that seemed to have enclaves of rocks that children were climbing over.

It came to a point where BamBam began to aimlessly walk, and before he knew it, he was at the far edge of the beach with almost nobody around him. He spotted an enclave of rocks, and saw that they almost formed natural chair-like rocks.

He smiled, happy to finally have a place to be by himself and put down his things, getting comfortable. He felt bad for not being around the others, but sometimes it could be exhausting and he just wanted a day of peace and quiet.

After an hour had passed, BamBam woke up, slightly groggy and realized that he had fallen asleep. He looked around the grotto and noted that there was nobody else around. Thankfully, the sun was still high, meaning he couldn’t have been asleep for very long.

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anonymous asked:

What is your best makeup trick ?

F A C E:

  • Before applying any beauty products, hydrate your face with moisturizer. Don’t skip this step if you have dry skin.
  • Applying primer before foundation will even the surface of your skin, make your pores look smaller and your skin look smooth.
  • If you have combination skin, moisturize the dry areas and apply primer on the areas that get oily before applying foundation.
  • If you have a lot of red spots on your face, use color correcting concealers that come in mint green colors. Simply apply the product on the red areas using your finger or a makeup sponge and wait for it to dry, then apply foundation.
  • If your skin tends to get dry patches, exfoliate it at least once a week. It will remove dead skin cells and will make your skin smooth.    
  • When buying foundation, consider your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, choose foundations with oil-free formulas. If your skin is dry, opt for hydrating foundations. Foundations with hypoallergenic formulas are best for those whose skin is sensitive.
  • If your skin is dry, avoid matte foundations because your skin might end up looking flaky. Instead, look for products that have moisturizing and hydrating qualities.
  • When you’re in a makeup store and you’re trying to pick the perfect foundation shade, test if the shade is right for your skin tone by applying a little bit of it on your jawline. Don’t try to test if the shade is good for you by applying it on the back of your palm or your wrist because the skin tone of your hand differs from the skin tone of your face.
  • Does your foundation seem to look normal right after it’s applied but it changes its color/turns orange within an hour or when you go outside? It’s because it oxidizes, people with oily skin may experience this more often than those with other skin types. To prevent this, use a primer and stick to oil-free foundations. 
  • Once you’ve applied foundation, set it with powder. Makeup powders create a silky finish and minimize the look of pores and other small imperfections. It can also control face shine. If your face tends to get oily throughout the day, simply reapply the powder on the oily areas.
  • Does your makeup make your face look pale when you take pictures with flash? That’s probably because you’re using a foundation that is high in spf. To avoid this problem, avoid foundations that contain spf higher than 30.
  • Liquid highlighters are a lot more concentrated than powder highlighters; therefore, use them sparingly. 
  • Some people have a hard time blending out their contour. If you find difficulty with contouring kits, you can always use a foundation that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone as a contour. It is much easier to apply, especially if you’re a beginner.
  • Use translucent powder to prevent makeup transfer, it will set and mattify your makeup. A setting spray can also help you avoid makeup transfer.
  • Always clean your brushes after using them because they will transfer bacteria to your face, causing break outs.

E Y E B R O W S:

  • When doing your eyebrows, keep in mind that they should look shaded and soft, not like a straight, hard line. 
  • Before applying makeup on your eyebrows, brush them upward with a spoolie brush to enhance their shape. You can also enhance the shape of your eyebrows by slightly overdrawing them or applying eyebrow products on the sparse areas.
  • Always use products that match the color of your eyebrows; otherwise, they won’t look natural.
  • After you’ve applied eyebrow products, brush your brows with a spoolie brush to blend out the color and soften any harsh lines. You can also apply concealer to define them.
  • A clear eyebrow gel can be worn over an eyebrow pencil or powder to make those products last longer.
  • Are you trying to grow out your eyebrows? Forget about tweezing or waxing. It may take up to 15 weeks for your eyebrows to grow back fully so you have to be patient. While they’re growing back, you can use a tinted gel or a pomade to make your brows look more presentable.
  • Castor oil promotes hair growth so you can use it to make your eyebrow hair grow faster (you can use it on your eyelashes too).

E Y E S:

  • The easiest way to apply eyeliner is by tilting your head back and looking into the mirror. If you’re a beginner and it’s hard for you to apply the product, you can make dots along you upper lid and simply connect them. 
  • Does your mascara clump? Make sure that your lashes are clean before you apply it. If you apply mascara while still having some on from the night before, your lashes will most likely get clumpy. 
  • A blending brush should only be used for blending your eyeshadow. Don’t apply new eyeshadow with a blending brush, especially if it’s already been used because it’ll mess up your makeup.
  • Warm colors like browns and golds and shimmery shades complement brown hair and blue eyes the most.
  • Blondes with fair skin should choose shades like brown, bronze, silver, beige, gray and neutral shades.
  • You can prevent your eyeshadow from creasing by applying translucent powder. After priming your eyes, apply a little bit of translucent or loose powder on your eyelids using a powder puff or a sponge.
  • Fake eyelashes can be worn more than once. If you take care of them, they can last for a very long time. The first thing you need to do once you remove them is to remove the glue. You can do this by simply pulling at the glue until it begins to come off. It’s also important to clean the eyelashes with an oil-free makeup remover before you put them away. Keep your lashes in their original package to prevent them from collecting dust and bacteria. 

L I P S: 

  • If your lips are flaky, take a toothbrush and gently brush off the flakes. This will boost the circulation of your lips. You can apply some lip moisturizer after doing this to keep your lips hydrated.
  • Before applying your lipstick, use concealer to saturate the color of your lip lines and to make your lips look bigger. Apply it onto your lips and spread it a little over your lip line.
  • Overdrawing your lip line is the key in making your lips look bigger. Use a lip liner that matches you lipstick and apply it slightly outside the natural lip line. 
  • Apply some lip gloss on the middle of your lips to make them look fuller and plump.
  • Once you’ve applied lip products, apply concealer on the areas where you went over your lip line. 
  • Bright and deep lipstick colors compliment people with medium to dark skin the most. Try bright and deep reds, pinks, coral, shimmery peach lipsticks and lip liners. 
[DRABBLE REQUEST] BestFriend/Boyfriend!Vernon (G)

Requested by: @pearl-aqua-velvet
Prompt: When Vernon and you decide to part ways due to your commitments as rookie idols
Word Count: 3,087
Genre: Fluff, angst (admittedly a LOT more angst than fluff, I’m so sorry)
Warnings: None

A/N: I TRIED D: I’m so sorry if it’s not up to expectations, but I honestly did struggle a lot with this, writers block and all. So I had to seek inspiration from several sources: VIXX’s I Don’t Want to be an Idol, as well as the break up scene from Shut Up! Flower Boy Band to name a few. I feel terrible that Vernon’s not a member I’m used to writing about, but I promise I’ll keep improving!

wooed

Originally posted by lonexsamurai



There he is again.

You can’t help but watch him, the way he spits his raps flawlessly, the way he manages to blend in seamlessly with his members but stand out all the same, his fiery stage presence lighting up the entire studio, his charisma evident in every move of his muscle, and his eyes… Oh his eyes…

You are able to look at those piercing, beautiful golden-brown irises all day long.

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Seriously?

I know this isn’t the biggest issue with the garbage bin that is FR, but still relevant.

THIS IS LITERALLY BLACKFACE??? Scales in dark shades (obsidian, coal, bronze, chocolate) is literally blackface on dragons. Does this really need to be a thing??? First off, the gene is ugly as hell, and now it also promotes blackface. Great job, FR, just great. Thank you for letting us know you hate POC, I’ll remember not to buy gems from now on. 

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Yoongbum and his name

bronze, shades of Earth, green– sounds like Yoonbum’s clothes

So yeah, just a high school student who’s procrastinating from schoolwork  at the same time analyzing a depressed,mentally broken stalker who’s held being hostage by a sociopath and forced to play pretend as mother while being manipulated….

THE TIP-OFF: HIGHLIGHTING FOR DEEP SKINTONES

Celebrity Makeup Artist Nick Barose sheds light on strobing.

Lately, you may feel like everywhere you go, there’s a twinkle in your eye—and maybe a little bit of envy—from seeing everyone’s on-point highlight in action. Lancôme’s celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose shares his top tips and tricks for creating a luminous look on deeper skintones. JESSICA VELEZ

Why do you think highlighters are having such a moment?

“Highlighters are the easiest way to add dimension to the face on days you don’t feel like contouring. When placed on the high points of the face, highlighters catch the light in those areas, and the features become more defined in a neutral and subtle way. Not to mention that, with the right formula, highlighters are 100 percent effortless to apply and look beautiful in all types of light. The right highlighter will also look beautiful in photos.”

What are your thoughts on the strobing trend?

“It’s basically a new word for highlighting. With strobing, or highlighting, the goal is to look radiant and lit from within. The key is to start sparingly and build until you create a beautiful, natural highlight. A heavy application will result in a harsh glare, and that is never pretty!”

How are the Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighters different from any other?

“I love the creamy yet powdery texture, so it’s truly the best of both worlds. The fact that it’s creamy to the touch makes it easier to blend—but then once it touches the skin it has a luminous, velvety finish, and it’s never greasy. It provides just the right amount of versatile sheen for a variety of looks, beginning with a soft-focus glow. It can be layered for a more vibrant and intense look, which would be perfect for a nighttime look.”

What are the general highlighter shade rules for those with deeper skintones?

“Always pick the shade according to your skintone like you would a base color, such as foundation or concealer. It’s important to ensure the highlighter has the right undertone so that it blends seamlessly into the skin. This is where a lot of people go wrong, and often the highlight ends up looking too metallic or silvery with a white cast. In general, rose gold and bronzy tones are best for those with deeper skintones, like Rosegold Lights and Amber Lights. Gold Lights is also great for medium complexions.”

Let’s talk more about the Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter’s rose gold and bronze shades. Why do you think those shades are important to include, and what skintones and undertones work best with them?

“Highlighters are not one shade fits all. All of the different subtle undertones can either look fresh if the shade is correct, or fake if you have the wrong tones. The rose gold highlighter has coppery tones to it, so it works well on deep, dark skintones. Amber Lights is great for medium-deep to truly deep skintones; it adds a soft golden glow for a beautiful, fresh finish.”

What should those with deeper skintones stay away from, highlighter-wise?

“Stay away from a formula that is too silvery, frosty, or pearlized. It will always look harsh and very unnatural on dark skin.”

How do you build a glow from a subtle sheen to a more intense radiance?

“For a soft and subtle effect, I place the highlighter underneath the tinted moisturizer or foundation, so it shines through. I sometimes also dampen a beautyblender or brush with the highlighter and dab it onto the skin for a sheer, veil-like effect. For a more dramatic look, I use a small brush and lightly tap it on top of base makeup and layer from there for more intense shine.”

What are your go-to application techniques?

“On deeper tones, the skin naturally appears to reflect more light. So I tend to control the application more than I would for someone with a lighter skintone. I use a smaller brush or mini beautyblender to dab the highlighter on top of the cheekbones, and usually that’s enough for a daytime look. But for more drama in the evening, or for an event taking place with dim light, I add highlighter onto the bridge of the nose, chin, and temples and then blend well. For nighttime, it is important to always start with foundation and then powder before layering highlighter on top.”

What makes the Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter and Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation the perfect pair?

“The Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation is more matte, so it’s a perfect way to control the shine on your face when adding highlighter. This ensures that the finished look looks fresh and not overly shiny, or even sweaty.”

What’s the most innovative way you’ve used a highlighter before?

“I’ve brushed highlighter over brows to add golden highlight and to soften darker brows. I also sometimes dab it on the center of dark lipstick to bring a bit of light and dimension to a dark lipstick look.”

SHOP LANCÔME >

PRODUCTS I’VE HIT PAN ON

I picked out five of my favorite products that I’ve hit major pan on to share with you guys.

+ The first is my most used Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Sin”. I purchased the single shadow a while ago when I ran out of the one in my Naked palette. It’s such a beautiful highlight / all over the lid shade, it lights up your eyes and makes you look much more awake.

+ Next is my most used blush, MAC’s “Well Dressed”. I’ve always been a sucker for baby pink but this shade has to be one of my favorites. I find that “Well Dressed” looks super natural, which I love.

+ Next is another MAC product, their Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. I love this powder because it sets make-up while giving a little extra coverage without being overly powdery.

+ The next product is the Victoria’s Secret Radiant Face Trio in “Head Turner” which has unfortunately been discontinued. Unlike most highlighters, this contains three different shades: a baby pink, light bronze, and light gold which combine to give off a beautiful warm glow.

+ Lastly is the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I’ve probably gone through at least five of these because they’re inexpensive and do a great job of setting and mattifying foundation.

Been thinking a bit today about my (possible) dermatillomania. It’s getting warmer out, which means I’ll be wearing shorts/ skirts more often, which means I’ll see my legs more, and have more opportunities to pick. I while ago I bought these cute edamame keychains thinking the pinching motion would mimic skin picking and help distract me. I love them and they’re cute, but I haven’t found them as easy to get distracted by as I would’ve hoped. So I went looking for a new stim toy today.

I found these handmade rings today and ordered one. I’ve recently been fidgeting with a similarly made bracelet at school and love the feel of it, so I think I’ll like this too. I want to find an unobtrusive way to carry it with me, probably as a necklace or on a keychain. They’re custom made and you get to choose your own colors. I chose two shades of blue and bronze. I wanted calming colors for mine.

The odd thing about my dermatillomania, most of what you read about it says people tend to pick when they’re stressed or anxious. I don’t feel like that’s the case for me, usually I’m just bored. Maybe if I payed closer attention I’d find a connection to stress, but I don’t see it yet.

As Golden As The Coast (12.6k) by darkerwings (tummyhand on tumblr!)

Summary: Elementary School Teachers AU in which Harry always seems to have paint chips in his hair, Zayn is scary, Liam is secretly optimistic, Niall owns a not-RV, and Louis is new in town.

Notes: This was my prompted work for the Spring Fic Exchange! Was such a fun prompt to write for, and I’m excited that I’ve now been revealed. The beautiful picspam you see above was done by the always wonderful and willing 2k15burritos - thank you again, pal, you’re such a dime & I appreciate the heck out’ve ya. Thank you vansandburberry for the wonderful prompt, you rock. Here is the original post made by hlspringfic, favorite & reblog it if you’d like! Please let me know what you think in the fic comments and with some kudo’s! 

[“Not much to be said for the gloomy skies they’ve got over there, when you’re as tan as you are.”

It’s true, Harry has managed to keep a good shade of bronze since he spent most of August down with his mom at home. He plucks out another glob of paint from behind his ear as he ducks his head, shrugging. “Never been much of one for doom and gloom, anyways.”

“No,” Louis says, and Lilly is poking him in the cheek, but somehow there’s an electric charge in the air. “Somehow I don’t think you are.”]

Bastards (Part 1)

I started this story when the MV came out but then I kind of lost inspiration. But now it’s back. But I can’t decide if there will be smut of not. Anyone wanna vote?

-Admin O

Part 2: http://kpopnlockit.tumblr.com/post/131191445267/bastards-part-2

cr: @blockbhive

It was raining. Not that you minded. You quite liked the rain, but it made it hard to focus. All you wanted to do was go home and curl up in your warm bed. The chair squeaked as you leaned back to yawn and stretch. The yawn was wide, but there was no point in covering your mouth. There was no one to be polite for. It was Friday night and your only company in the library was dead silence, which was doing nothing for your drowsiness. You stared blankly at the books scattered across the desk and sighed. That head start on your homework that you had been hoping for was not going to happen today.

You shoved your books roughly into your bag, irritated with your inability to be productive. You left with a huff, swinging your bag over your shoulder. It seemed that you flung the library door open with too much force as it slammed into someone on the other side. A male voice cursed loudly and you were suddenly scared to check how much damage you had caused. Peering hesitantly through the still open door, you came face to face with a clearly pissed off boy. He wore a dark denim jumpsuit and a white sweatband that pulled his black hair away from his face a bit. He was tall enough for you to have to crane your neck to apologize to him. He sucked on his teeth and gave you a look that said he was less than impressed. “Watch where you’re going,” was his only response before he walked away. You stood rooted as you watched him go. The sunlight caused his wrist to glint. You squinted and managed to make out the unhinged metal handcuffs that hung from his reddened wrist. You pointedly looked away in case he decided to glance back. Pretending that you hadn’t seen anything was clearly the best option. Whatever that you had just seen was trouble without a doubt. You made a mental note to never bump into him again.

It wasn’t long before you reached the shabby apartment you called home. You shared the place with your friend and classmate Hyuna and she was sitting on the couch with her feet propped on the coffee table painting her toenails when you stumbled in. Shucking your bag to the ground, you made your way over to her. “Get ready, we’re going out tonight,” she said without even looking at you. “I’m too tired,” you replied as you carefully sat down besides her. “I don’t care,” she sassed you. “I just spent the entire day studying in the library!” you complained. Not that you had gotten much done, but she didn’t need to know that. “It’s Ga-in’s birthday! You’re going!” she half-shouted, finally turning to look at you. You froze. You had completely forgotten about Ga-in’s birthday and instantly felt guilt wash over you. The cable box below the TV read 08:00. There wasn’t enough time to scour for a gift and get to the club on time for the party. You swore and headed for the shower.

Two sets of heels clacked as you and Hyuna tromped up to the club. Not even half an hour ago you had tossed back an energy drink and you were practically vibrating now. There was a line but you bypassed it, heading straight for the bouncer. Hyuna leaned up to whisper in his ear and not a breath later he ushered you in, Hyuna casually slipping a bill into his palm. Hyuna grabbed your hand before weaving through the crowd gathered on the brightly lit dance floor. You tugged the hem of your dress down to make sure your butt was covered as you squeezed past people. The whole club was vibrant with neon lights adorning the walls and vivid Japanese folding screens acting as barriers for booths. The DJ had his own alcove to your far left and right across from him was the bar made of a series of metal tables spanning the entire wall. Bottles on glass shelves made up the wall behind the counter, and you could see that the place was well stocked, carrying alcohol from various countries. Between the bar and the DJ was the dance floor, already packed with people blocking out the light from the huge white lighted tiles underneath them. Straight ahead was the VIP section with throne-like chairs and glossy black tables. You and Hyuna made a bee line for the group of seats occupied by familiar faces. Ga-in sat in the center, clad in her signature heavy black eyeliner and a matching tight black dress. After giving her a quick hug and wishing her a happy birthday, you demanded she tell you what she was drinking so you could buy her a bottle of it. A little expensive but considering you hadn’t remembered to get her a proper gift, it was the best you could do at the moment. “Whiskey,” she shouted over the music and you nodded, confirming that you had heard her. Hyuna slipped into an empty seat next to Narsha and began to chat as you headed for the bar.

Never having been to this club before, you thought it strange that the employees only wore black underwear under clear plastic dresses. Ga-in had chosen the place herself and her tastes were different so you simply shrugged it off. Pushing past people wasn’t easy and you had to resort to using your elbows to make your way through the throng. Once you emerged from the sea of people, you stopped dead in your tracks. Your heart flip-flopped when you registered that the bartender was the guy you had smacked with the door earlier. His hair was now neatly styled and there were no handcuffs in sight so you had to do a double take to make sure you were seeing correctly. After a few rapid-fire blinks, there was no doubt. He had changed into black clothes and adorned himself with jewelry, but there was no mistaking the cold look in his eyes. It was definitely him. You were obviously doing a real bang up job of avoiding him. You hesitated a moment longer before gathering the courage to approach the bar. Discomfort didn’t begin to describe what you were feeling as you found a spot on the counter to lean against.

When he finally noticed you, he made no indication of recognizing you. You silently thanked the heavens and ordered a bottle of Jack Daniels. He replied with a curt nod and let you know that it would be delivered straight to your table. VIP perks were a godsend at that point. The cash you pulled from your bra was slightly damp from the nervous sweat you had broken into. The speed at which you turned around with after paying was no joke. You sighed deeply before thrusting yourself back into the fray.

A female server in fishnets brought the liquor over not too long after you had settled into Hyuna’s lap due to a lack of seats. The girl handed everyone in the circle a shot glass and divided the whiskey evenly. You informed the woman that it was Ga-in’s birthday and she promptly poured her a second drink. That earned her a round of applause and some laughter. The server discretely departed and Narsha proposed a toast, after which the group cheered and collectively drained their glasses. Everyone chanted for Ga-in to chase her first shot with the second and she did with the help of Miryo forcing the alcohol to her bright red lips. There was another round of applause and you knew that Ga-in was going to be a complete mess later. You giggled at the thought, the fire in your throat slowly fading. Any remaining wariness about the bartender was quickly put out of your mind as someone mentioned buying the second round.

A warm fuzz began to settle over you after your fourth drink and the music seemed to call out to you. Ga-in was a ball of laughter tucked under her model boyfriend’s arm when you pulled Hyuna to the dance floor. She was slightly unsteady in her stilettos but you didn’t care, nearly toppling over her yourself. You pushed past the crowd and made your way to the center of writhing bodies. Not giving a damn about anything at the moment, you let loose in a fit of flailing limbs and gyrating hips. Hyuna gave you a grin before doing the same. You were still aware enough to pull down the hem of your skirt every time you felt it riding up too high. The music was good, the songs heavy with bass and fast enough to dance to with repetitive measures. The DJ knew what he was doing. A peek over at the DJ’s booth had you appreciating him more as he was a delectable sight. His hair was dark and styled into a sexy mess. His skin was a shade of golden bronze which highlighted his cherry red lips. He was shirtless under his white blazer and body paint was smeared across the sliver of visible chest. God bless the tight black pants that emphasized every ridge of his leg muscles and defined butt. Hyuna caught your line of sight and bumped your hip with her own before flashing you a wicked smile. You let your gaze linger a little longer before turning back to your friend. She grabbed your hand and spun you. You giggled gleefully and let the alcohol take complete control of you.

And then you saw him. You happened to look up, and when you did your eyes locked with his. He wandered along the edge of the dance floor with his hands clasped behind his back. His all black suit and slick hair gave him a bad boy look that had you intrigued. The fact that he had left the first few buttons of his dress shirt undone did nothing for your currently failing sanity. If not for the large red flower sewn to the breast of his suit jacket, he would have been completely out of place, far too overdressed for the atmosphere of the club. The corner of his lips turned up when you held his gaze steadily. Realizing that you had been blatantly staring, you hurriedly turned away. Embarrassment overcame you and you momentarily lost the ability to dance. Not that Hyuna noticed. While you were preoccupied, some guy with bleached hair had grabbed her. She was too busy grinding on him to pay you any attention. Not drunk enough to feel comfortable dancing alone, you returned back to the table. Glancing around you registered that the group from earlier had disbanded, remnants scattered throughout the room.

You sighed, feeling your buzz wearing off. You needed another drink. Skirting around the crowd, you returned to the bar. The bartender was still intimidating as ever and you simultaneously wished that he wouldn’t tend to you and that he would just hurry up and serve you already. You wanted to keep the exchange as short as possible. It took a few minutes for him to wait on the customers ahead of you, but he gave you a knowing smirk when he got to you. You piqued an eyebrow at that. Had he recognized you after all? “A mojito,” you ordered when he didn’t say anything. He went to work mixing your drink as you peeled cash from your sweaty cleavage. The man placed your cup on the counter and pushed away your extended hand full of money. You shot him a questioning look but he only slipped away behind the bar to serve the next person.

Hesitating, you didn’t know whether or not you should pick up the drink or not. You had watched him make the drink, using the bottles on the shelves behind him and other ingredients that he had been using for the other customers. Unless he planned on poisoning the entire club, there was no way he added anything extra to your mojito. Still, something felt amiss. Why would he give you a free drink? Was it an apology from earlier? Chewing on the inside of your cheek, you took the cup and shot the bartender another look. He was paying as much attention to you as Hyuna was. You decided not to question it and slid into the seat that Ga-in had been sitting in earlier. The music had shifted to something slower and sultry and you couldn’t help but take note of how the female servers had flocked around the DJ as you sipped on your cocktail. It didn’t taste off in the slightest, so you figured it was safe to drink. Feeling the short hairs on the back of your neck stand suddenly, you immediately sat up straight and searched for the source of your discomfort. Scanning the venue, you landed upon a familiar set of eyes.

The man in the black suit was staring you down from his perch at the bar. His uniquely shaped lips were still upturned in a cocky smirk. Unease shivered up your spine but you were captivated. You were always a sucker for the mysterious ones. Taking another swig of your drink, you pointedly looked away. After waiting a moment, you glanced back to find that he was still watching you. His smirk broadened into a full blown smile and he raised a hand to wiggle his fingers at you. Your eyes widened and you turned your head sharply. Heat crawled up your neck into your face. Were you being flirted with?! You resisted the urge to slap yourself. Was this really happening? Another gulp of your mojito allowed you enough time to process the situation. A boy showing interest in you was something completely foreign to you. You had no clue how to react. But you didn’t have to.

He was in front of you when you tried to sneak another peek. Startled, you recoiled as he leaned down a little closer to you. He smiled wider at your reaction. You willed your heart to stop racing. “Can I buy you a drink?” he asked, his voice deeper than you expected. Clearly not thinking straight, you didn’t even think before you answered “Yes.” It was only after you had replied that you realized that you were still holding your cocktail. You were sure that you looked like a fool until you saw that your cup was actually empty. When had that happened?

He held out his hand and you shyly took it. His grip was firm and his large hand enveloped yours with radiating warmth. You didn’t know what came over you to make you so bold as to hold a stranger’s hand. But for some odd reason, it wasn’t uncomfortable. You shuddered when his breath tickled your ear as he leaned down to ask you your name. The bass in his voice stunned you once again. He said his name was P.O after you gave him yours. It was clearly an alias and you wished that you had thought to use a fake name. But you weren’t thinking straight anymore and your ability to speak coherently was slowly fading. It was only one drink, why were you so tipsy? Usually your tolerance was so high you could drink everyone under the table. P.O pulled you along to the bar where you requested another mojito from the scary bartender. He now gave you an eerie grin from behind the bar which still unnerved you through your fog. It seemed that P.O knew the bartender well enough that he didn’t even have to verbalize his order before he was off to whip it up.

Hyuna and Ga-in were nowhere in sight when you searched the dance floor for them. After you had gotten your drinks, you and P.O headed back to the table to engage in some small talk. The alcohol coursing through your veins had made you brave, brave enough to giggle at the handsome boy’s silly jokes and forget that you were an awkward turtle with the opposite sex. He subtly placed a hand on your bare thigh and you knew for sure that he was flirting with you. It was so thrilling that you didn’t even register that your vision was staring to go blurry at the edges. By the time you were halfway through your second drink, you felt like you were floating. Your mind was screaming at you to slow down but when P.O raised his glass in a toast you couldn’t refuse. He drained his cup and you did the same. You had to rest your head on the back of the chair to relieve some of your lightheadedness. Vaguely, you could hear P.O ask if you were okay. You slurred a nonsensical answer. Not two minutes later you were unconscious.

anonymous asked:

First time jeongguk says I love you to Taehyung in pick me up buttercup au? Please please please

“I love you.”

It comes out just like that, simple and easy and not at all planned, if he were to be honest.

Taehyung stares expectantly at Jungkook, whose face seems to be stuck somewhere between extreme fear and surprise. 

Is this…a trick to get me to talk?

Jungkook’s messy hangul is straighter and blockier than usual, perfectly spaced as if he were an elementary schooler using a handwriting practice workbook with its lined squares and all. It’s near formal-like, and Taehyung can’t help but choke out a quiet laugh when his soulmate shifts his eyes skittshly from side to side.

“Nope, I’m totally serious,” Taehyung chirps, and Jungkook fiddles furiously with his pen.

It’s just. Um.

His pen pauses a breath away from the notebook, unmoving.

“It’s too early, right?” Taehyung supplies, and Jungkook nods furiously. “That’s okay, you’ll learn to love me. We’ll just go slow, that’s all.” He winks, and Jungkook near jumps in his seat.

Slow. Yes. Slow is good, Jungkook writes carefully, still not looking at Taehyung, even when the elder continues his cheery monologue on cats and their mating habits. His soulmate is hardly listening, Taehyung notices, face twisted in some sort of intense concentration.

But still, he smiles.

-

Taehyung loves a lot of things.

He loves dogs. Cats. Birds. All animals, really. He loves the way the sun sets over the horizon and the pretty shade of bronze of Jungkook’s hair when the moon hits just right. He loves his friends, his family, Seokjin-hyung’s perfect coffee and Jimin in general. Taehyung loves easily and he loves freely, and he knows without a shred of doubt that he loves Jungkook, whether or not he may turn out to be a Demi.

He’s not really hurt that Jungkook doesn’t say it back. Taehyung loves easily and he loves freely, and he knows it. Doesn’t mind it. Doesn’t mind that Jungkook doesn’t return the sentiment, because though the younger can’t see it himself, Taehyung knows. Because in truth, Jungkook doesn’t even have to say it at all. 

It’s not hard to see the signs. The way Jungkook wordlessly crushes an EXO cd under his heel for him when Jimin dared contribute to their sales by buying it as a prank Christmas gift. That one time he stalked Taehyung in a jealous rage after seeing him with Hobi-hyung (which is a bit unhealthy, really, and he shouldn’t have it enjoyed it as much as he did). Even when he doesn’t immediately try to shove Taehyung off the bed when the elder is disturbing his sleep. The signs are all there.

But in all seriousness, it’s also the little things, like the way he cringes from skinship but lets Taehyung hang all over his back without complaint; how he’s horrible at responding to texts but will unfailingly send stupid memes and words of encouragement before Taehyung’s exams; when he thinks Taehyung is still asleep and brushes a firm kiss on his forehead every morning before he leaves for class, regardless if he were late or not.

Taehyung can see it easily in the moments spent just holding each other in the dark, can hear it in the gentleness in which Jungkook’s tongue curls around his name, can feel it against the back of his neck in the form an a soft, contented sigh. He can taste it easily against his lips, breathless and yearning and louder than any words he can possibly hear.

But when it does come, the softly breathed phrase, somewhat stuttered and unsure right before they step off the 200 meter high platform and into the abyss below, when the words do eventually come, Taehyung feels like he’s on top of the fucking world.

He learns two things that day.

1) Jeon Jungkook is a pretty romantic guy,

and 2) One should definitely not try to make out with their soulmate whilst bungee-jumping. Ever.

A Proper Education: Epilogue

Rating: Mature

Pairing: Kylo Ren / Rey

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4


In their time as lovers, Kylo Ren taught her many lessons—but this one, Rey finds, is the most important: there is no room in a warrior’s life for a weakness like love.

She reminds herself of this on a warm spring morning, when she visits Ben for the first time in three years. The war is long over, and the galaxy has known peace for two decades. She and Luke defeated Snoke, but not without cost; her master now lies beneath a cairn at the first Jedi temple, and Rey walks with the uneven stride of someone with one robotic leg. The First Order was vanquished and scattered, its remnants forced to the fringes of the Unknown Regions—in no small part due to the efforts of General Organa, Finn, Poe, and many other Resistance fighters.

She returns to the island once every few years, to pay her respects to her master, and to visit Ahch-To’s only inhabitant. Ben lives in the old underground temple, and he drinks fresh water from the moisture collector Luke constructed half a lifetime ago. Rey knows that he keeps a vigil by his uncle’s grave every sunrise, sometimes for just a few minutes, sometimes for hours, but he never says anything to the dead man.

This is where she finds him today, sitting quietly beside Luke’s resting place.

“Hello, Ben.”

He looks over his shoulder and nods. “Rey.”

She takes a seat on the grass next to him. Reaches out and places her hand on the sun warmed stones that make up her master’s cairn.

Ben will turn fifty at the end of the year, and his age is beginning to show. Silver streaks through his dark hair now, crow’s feet perch at the corners of his expressive eyes, and frown lines bracket the mouth that taught her the pleasure of kissing.

“How’s the academy?” Ben asks.

“Busy,” Rey says.

She’s been teaching Force-sensitives how to wield their powers for the better part of twenty years, but lately she’s been feeling restless. Ready for a change. Half a lifetime stranded on Jakku gave Rey an appreciation for travel, and teaching a new generation allows few opportunities for exploration.

“I think I’ll be handing the reins over to Voss soon,” she says.

Ben looks at her, clearly surprised. “Are you sure about that?”

“I’m always sure,” Rey says.

“Don’t I know it.” Ben smirks—and how is it that, even after all these years, that expression still makes her want to kiss him?

They sit together and watch the sun rise over the blue ocean, casting its rippling waves in shades of bronze.

“How long will you stay this time?” Ben asks.

“A week,” Rey says. Any less and she’ll hate herself for the next few years; any more, and she might never leave this island.

She takes his hand in hers and gives it a gentle squeeze. “After I help Voss take over, I’m going to visit Kashyyyk. Then maybe Dantooine. After that, who knows?”

“Hm,” Ben says. “Are you sure that rust bucket will get you there?”

“There’s no finer ship in the galaxy than the Falcon,” Rey says, bristling. “You should know that better than anyone. It made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs—”

“Twelve,” Ben says.

“Whatever.” Rey squeezes his fingers again, suddenly nervous. “I could use a co-pilot.”

He frowns, staring at his uncle’s cairn as if the secrets of the galaxy might be written on its stones. “My place is here,” he says.

Rotting on this island, endlessly atoning for his sins in isolation. Only one thing might persuade him to leave, but Rey refuses to give it to him.

She stays for the promised week. Except for his daily treks up the hill to mourn Luke, Ben remains by her side. They spar, share meals, drink Corellian wine, and fuck like two youths in their prime.

The night before she’s set to leave again, Ben kisses her breast, right over her heart, and says, “Marry me.”

He asks every time she visits. And every time, it’s more and more difficult for Rey to find the simple word no.

“I can’t,” she says.

“You won’t,” Ben corrects, but he doesn’t seem angry or disappointed. Merely unsurprised.

“Why do you keep asking?” Her refusals tear at her conscience, and Rey wishes he would stop forcing her to voice them.

“Why did you stay on Jakku for nineteen years?” Ben asks. “Even when you knew, deep down, that no one would ever come back for you?”

“Hope,” Rey whispers, blushing. “Love.”

“Well there’s your answer,” Ben says.

She kisses him goodbye the next morning, a sweet farewell that she can still feel on her lips long after the Falcon has left Ahch-To. It’s not enough to sustain her heart for another three years, but it will have to do.


Author’s Notes: Thank you so much @reylotrashcompactor for being the best cheerleader, editor, and friend throughout this process! And I’m sorry I made you cry with this ending. >.>

Readers’ responses to this story have made it so much fun to write, and I really appreciate every comment (and gif reaction) I’ve received!

More Reylo coming soon. :D

Eyeshadow for Brown, Hazel, Blue, Green and Grey Eyes

Brown eyes? Blue eyes? Green eyes? Hazel eyes? Grey eyes? Either way I’m a believer in the theory of: Love something? Wear it! There are no rules when it comes to makeup. However if you’re wanting to really enhance a certain feature certain colours and techniques can help. Generally the most flattering shades for your eye colour are ones on the opposite side of the colour spectrum.

It’s important to note that these shades don’t just have to be worn as eyeshadow! Experiment by wearing them as eyeliner or mascara. If you’re scared of bold shades try using them in sheer formulas like creams or liquids and blend them in with your fingertips. 

If you still struggle with finding your perfect eyeshadow shade to compliment your eyes try a kit specifically designed to your eye colour and examine the shades in them, otherwise purchase one! Many drugstore brands do them and the quality is often quite good.

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Everyday Make Up

My everyday makeup consists of over ten products. For some, that may be too many products for everyday but I’ve become accustomed to wearing this much makeup on a daily basis. My everyday makeup consists of a mix of drugstore and high end items. It is best to first explain my skin type before I go on. Everything I use is tailored to my skin type so that my makeup looks a certain way throughout the entire day. I have combo oily/normal skin. I’m oily in my t-zone and normal everywhere else. I don’t have any issues with dryness.

MOISTURIZER


I begin with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. I use different moisturizers for different seasons because skin reacts with the change in weather. In the winter, my skin is much drier than it is in the summer so I use a more intense moisturizer during the winter. I use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 in the winter and it keeps my skin from feeling tight and painful. In the summer, a moisturizer like this however, is too heavy for my combo skin. The Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion contains no SPF so I mix Shiseido’s Urban Environment Oil-Free SPF 42 with it. The Shiseido sunscreen is very sticky on its own so mixing my moisturizer with my sunscreen helps it to spread more easily. If you use it on its own, you’ll realize that it’s hard to spread all over your face and leaves a sticky residue on your hands.

PRIMER

I have tried a lot of my primers, but I always come back to my Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer. Once again, because I have oily skin, I tend to reach for products that do not clog my pores and helps keep oil at bay. This primer has mattifying properties and it fills in your pores. Tea tree oil is known for its disinfecting and soothing properties, a great alternative for those with acne prone skin. Tea Tree oil reduces the redness of pimples and helps to minimize them. The Body Shop has a great range of tea tree oil products. Their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion is one of my favorite moisturizers but I haven’t had the time to repurchase it yet, so I’m sticking with my Cetaphil for now. 

FOUNDATION


My current everyday foundation is the L’oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Mattefoundation in the shade 102. This is my absolute favorite drugstore foundation. It is my Holy Grail foundation. The texture is light and smooth. It says it lasts up to 24 hours. I’ve never worn it for 24 hours, but the foundation does last at least 10 hours without breaking down on me. This foundation is especially suited for those with oily skin. It keeps you matte, without looking flat. The finish is a demi-matte, so there is still dimension left to your face. This foundation has worked better for me than many high-end foundations. Keep in mind, I’m a Sephora VIB Rouge so I have tried a lot of high-end foundations.

The collection comes in 12 shades, which is not as great a selection as CoverGirl foundations, but it isn’t the worst. I used to mix shade 101 and 102 because 102 was still a bit darker than my skin tone, but I realized that mixing the foundations compromised the finish and longevity of the foundation. In order to make this foundation work for me, I add two drops of my CoverFX Custom Cover Drops in G30 and mix it together with my finger. Then I dot the foundation on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and blend it out with my Beauty Blender.

If you’ve never heard of these drops, they are absolutely amazing. The Custom Cover Drops itself is not a foundation. It is a pigment that you can mix with absolutely anything to create a tinted moisturizer, a full coverage foundation or a colored primer. Basically, if there is skin care that you like, you can add these color drops to your skin care. It eliminates having to wear an extra layer or two of foundation on your face. All you need is two to three drops, and you’ll get medium coverage. If you want fuller coverage, use more drops. This is a God Send because I have so many foundations that I love but the color is never quite right. These drops have stopped me from throwing my foundations out.

CONCEALER


For concealer, I use Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light Sand. It is my favorite concealer from the drug store. The consistency is very light and never settles into my fine lines. If you’re wondering why I would worry about fine lines at the age of 21, it is because I have a wrinkle under my right eye from excessive rubbing over the years. I grew up as a swimmer and chlorine would irritate my eyes so I spent a lot of time rubbing my eyes. Now, I’m paying for it at 21.

POWDER


For powder, I switch between a couple of powders, some drugstore and some high end, but lately, I’ve been using my new Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder and it is amazing. It reminds me of the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. The MUFE powder is a lot finer than the Laura Mercier powder but it leaves a white film on your skin whereas the Laura Mericer Powder is more of a very light beige tone. A little goes a long way with this powder, which is great because high-end products are expensive. Makeup is an expensive hobby, to be honest. I use a flat kabuki brush and stipple the powder all over my face after my foundation has set.

BLUSH, BRONZER, & HIGHLIGHT


For blush, I am using my Benefit Cosmestics Sugarbomb Box O’ Powder.I’ve been using this for over a year. This is more of a cheek highlight than a blush. It adds the lightest pink sheen to my cheeks and it is beautiful when the light hits it. It never looks heavy, but it does look a bit powdery sometimes. (However, all powdery cake face makeup can be fixed with MAC Fix+).

For bronzer, I use Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil. This bronzer comes in three shades - Milk Chocolate, Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Since I’m so pale, I use the lightest shade to bronze and contour. I pop this in the hollows of my cheek, follow upwards around the edges of my face on either side of my eyes, on my jawline and on my hairline. I’ve tried a lot of bronzers and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil line is one of my favorites because it isn’t orange like a lot of bronzers. Because of my skin tone, orange bronzers are very obvious so I stay away from them.

For highlight, I’m using the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter in Champagne Pop. This just came out in stores a few weeks ago and I love it. It’s basically MAC’s Soft and Gentle but better. Soft and Gentle is a beautiful highlight but it adds too much color to my cheekbones, making my face look much darker than I actually am. It’s not to say the Soft and Gentle isn’t a great product, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re as pale as I am, then the Soft and Gentle may not work for you. The Becca highlighter however is much lighter but still has that beautiful sheen to it. It is easily one of my favorite highlighters.

EYESHADOW, EYELINER & MASCARA


The products I use for my eyes change everyday but the colors do not. I typically stick with a very neutral eye for school and work. Lately, I’ve been using my Too Faced Chocolate Bar for my eye looks. I take the color Marizpan and pop it all over my eyelid and add depth to my eyes by blending Milk Chocolate in my crease. I deepen my eyes by adding Triple Fudge in the outer corners of eyes.

For eyeliner, I use the Dollywink Liquid Liner in black. The Dollywink liner has a brush tip so it makes it easier for me to create my wing. It is one of my favorite eyeliners. It’s dark and easy to use. It took a bit of getting used to when I first started but once I got the hang of it, I fell in love with it. I have repurchased this product at least five times.

For mascara, I use Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara in black. I opt for the waterproof formulation because my eyelashes are often weighed down by any mascara that isn’t waterproof. Waterproof formulas are much drier, helping lashes to stay up better. I never buy high end mascaras because I don’t think it’s necessary. Drugstore mascaras are amazing, so there’s no need to spend triple the money on a mascara when you can buy one that does the same thing at the drugstore.

EYEBROWS
For my eyebrows, I use my Holy Grail Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite. Granite is more of a grey color. I have black hair so I use grey instead of brown. Makeup artists suggest using brown for your brows, even if you have black hair but I find that grey looks more natural on me than brown. I line the edges of my eyebrows with the brow wiz, then I brush the products upwards to fill my eyebrow with an eyebrow brush. I naturally have a good amount of hair for my brows, so I don’t need a lot of product. I’ll have a separate post going in detail about how I do my brows. This eyebrow pencil actually has a spoolie but as you can see, mine broke off. Because I’m horrible.