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GLAMOROUS VALENTINE’S DAY MAKEUP

Here is the tutorial for the look I posted a couple of days ago. 
This is a beautiful shimmery eye, teamed with a cat-eye liner for that feline sultry look!

As promised, here is a list including links to the products used:

My Base (done off camera)
Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser
UK: 65ml http://bit.ly/1ZmM5je
UK: 250ml http://bit.ly/1ORjrW4
US: 2.5oz - 8.4oz  http://bit.ly/1Q8iqdc
Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1nHgb54
US: http://bit.ly/1ULifnv
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
UK: http://bit.ly/1TjkKg8
US: http://bit.ly/1NReJD9
Eyes:
MAC Soft Orche Paint Pot
UK: http://bit.ly/1QKiMYQ
US: http://bit.ly/1QKiT6t
MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow 
UK & EU: http://bit.ly/1NxrzdL
US: http://bit.ly/21EUCSA
E25 Round Top Blending Brush - Blank Canvas Cosmetics USE DISCOUNT CODE: SHONAGH for 10% OFF
http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/e25-round-top-blending-brush.html
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Milk
UK: http://bit.ly/1PAKCoA
US: http://bit.ly/1me6eLB
MUD Eyeshadows 
*Pomegranet
*Canvas
*Semisweet
*Bronzed
http://www.preciousaboutmakeup.com/makeup/mud-eye-colour-compact-1
MAC 239 Flat Shader Brush
UK: http://bit.ly/1R38iTF
US: http://bit.ly/1nHiRQa
MAC 219 Pencil Brush
UK: http://bit.ly/1nNUcKz
US: http://bit.ly/1nHkbCC
Shadow Shields
UK: http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/shadowshields/shadowshieldstheoriginal/
US: http://www.shadowshields.com/product/shadow-shields/
Peaches & Cream Loose Pigment - Secret http://shop.fabulousmakeup.co.uk/makeup/loose-eyeshadows/secret
Peaches & Cream Loose Pigment - Wow http://shop.fabulousmakeup.co.uk/makeup/loose-eyeshadows/wow
E27 Mini detail Brush - Blank Canvas Cosmetics - Use DISCOUNT CODE ‘SHONAGH’ for 10% OFF http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/e27-cute-mini-detailer.html
Becca Champagne Pop
UK: http://bit.ly/1HCWg0f
US: http://bit.ly/1j52v1C
Crown Brush C207 Sable Angle Liner
http://www.crownbrush.co.uk/c207.html?acc=758874998f5bd0c393da094e1967a72b
F10 Small Socket Blender - Blank Canvas Cosmetics http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/e10-small-socket-blender-new-synthetic-version.html
Kryolan Pro Liner - Black
UK: https://uk.kryolan.com/product/proliner?ref=products/eyes/eye-liners#black
US: https://us.kryolan.com/product/proliner?ref=products/eyes/eye-liners#black
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes (24/7) - Perversion  
UK: http://bit.ly/21EV4jK
US: http://bit.ly/1IXfMpl
SHU UEMURA Eyelash Curlers
UK: http://bit.ly/1UEfzsa
US: http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/product/4935421350853,default,pd.html
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara UK
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_154614000099_-1US: https://www.toofaced.com/p/mascaras/better-than-sex-mascara/
House Of Lashes - Noir Fairy
http://houseoflashes.com/products/noir-fairy
Face: 
Benefit Hoola
UK: http://bit.ly/1ZBULV4
US: http://bit.ly/1UgGglU
Zoeva 127 Luxe Cheek Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/127luxesheercheekbrush/
Nars Orgasm Blush
UK: http://bit.ly/1R3i4VJ
US: http://bit.ly/1R3imvE
F15 Blank Canvas Contour / Highlight Brush Cosmetics http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/f15-small-contour-highlight-black-bristles.html
MAC Subculture Lip Pencil
UK: http://bit.ly/1NncGFW
US: http://bit.ly/1UeqwjF
Natasha Denona Wooden Rose Lip Gloss http://www.natashadenona.com/en/products/products/lips-cheeks/lip-glaze/lip-glaze/wooden-rose 

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They make some of the best gourmet Swiss chocolates.

Of course, if you would like more famous Toblerone or Nestlé chocolates, which are less gourmet but just as quality, I’d be happy to accommodate you.

Free international shipping on purchases of 600 CHF or more.

(( Just a mun note: Läderach is a chocolate lover’s wet dream. Go to one of their shops if you can. Good memories from visiting Switzerland – )) 

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Not to mention, Swiss chocolate is the highest quality chocolate in the world with a long tradition and culture!

I made 1.683 billion CHF from chocolate just last year and that’s only my profits – !

Also! Before you say anything, France, I am not a chocolate whore.

(( link for statistical info, you have to download ‘The Swiss Chocolate Industry in 2013’ pdf though. ))

More Hot Sweets: Bon Bon Suisse

 

We managed somehow to dismantle our tandem into about 457 pieces distributed between two soft  suitcase- sized “backpacks” that we thought Lufthansa would accept as our ordinary luggage, or at the very least only “bicycle parts”.  Humbug!  Only $200 each way for one bike. With fuel prices rising daily, they are getting smarter than we thought and told us we were lucky they didn’t charge us $200 apiece extra for two bikes.  Gone are the days of simply flying around the globe with our tandem as regular bags.  

Perhaps as karma for even imagining that we could get by from San Francisco to Geneva without extra charges, Lufthansa left half our bike (one bag) in San Francisco.  Now, jet lagged in Geneva, how much do they charge for a unicycle, we wonder. We join our Santana Tandem group and discover we are lucky.  Others are looking dismayed at their smashed cases, their untracked missing bikes and their lost luggage. We are assured that the other half of our bike will be delivered to our hotel tomorrow.

We rally with the other seventy some tandem teams in a pair of very nice downtown Geneva hotels and later, promenade to the Edelweiss for an “authentic” Swiss evening.  Basically, we have packaged raclette, huge amounts of noise, sardine-can like crowding and I think, if we could see or hear over the other sardines, a 15-foot long flugel horn concert followed by an 18-bell cowbell recital.

But our first days shake down ride, after reuniting the 457 pieces miraculously back into one tandem bike and struggling to figure out the routing on a bike GPS, will follow Lake Geneva down to Nyon and a complete immersion course in Swiss Enlightenment Age history.  Joyfully, the weather is lovely, the bike works smoothly, I am able to navigate following the pink tracks line on our GPS.  We find our way there and back to Geneva for a wonderful immersion in the school of chocolate opened especially for us at Stettler, “Chocolatier Depuis 1875”. 

Brownies last week and premier Swiss Chocolates this.  Arriving at the chocolate factory, opened on Saturday just for our group, we are greeted with the requirement that we must suit up in specially provided hygienic cover-ups.  It’s comical to see a bunch of fit cyclists wearing brightly colored cycling shirts and Lycra shorts devolve into lumpen plastique proletariat.  We are required to put on white plastic overcoats which soon become like saunas as we sweat our way through the chocolate factory, wearing blue surgical booties, white masks and white fabric hair coverings that look like shower caps and the overcoats.  There are probably enough cycling surgeons in this group of 173 riders who feel relatively at home in this garb.  There are probably enough of the rest of us who feel squeamish because we only see these costumes when we’ve been rolled into an OR on a gurney after a biking accident. 

In either case, once dressed, we then enter the inner sanctum of chocolate to meet the beans planted then imported from Africa and South America, the curing and refining process, and the steps between the bean and the delicacies produced here in the factory.  We are introduced to the history, technique and preparation and tasting of about a dozen different types of chocolate truffles, bon bons, paves du Geneve, marzipan and myriad exquisite shapes including a 65 kilo trophy and small chocolate “go ahead” or “flip flop” covered in crabs. All drenched in melted dark chocolate, dripping as we are inside our plastic gowns. Hmmm.  Yum.  Hot feet.