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Almost halfway to the final day!! I'm really proud of myself for keeping up this record! (Posting product reviews and write-ups, those I can do. I can churn those out in large chunks. Eye looks and manicures? ...yeah, not so much.) It really helped when I discovered that I had enough Sleek palettes to use a different one every day. I'm still not going to become a pressed-eyeshadow gal, but I'm beginning to really understand the appeal of larger palettes. In some ways it's easier to build a look from a small, pre-selected group of shadows - providing that any given shade will work well with at least two other colors in the same palette.
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Monaco is a good transitional / all autumn long palette. It's got the semi-pastel shades Kiwi Zest and Lotus Flower and Summer Breeze, along with Magenta Madness. Then there are Washed Ashore, Moor's Treasure, Midnight Garden, and Aquamarine to ground the looks a bit. It really is, to me, a more versatile, wearable palette than its sibling Curacao. I started to assemble the look, and intended to do something really simple. Three colors maximum.
...yeah, that so did not happen today. How is it that I start out putting together a simple look and almost without trying, end up using six colors???
(Pay no attention to the ginormous eyeshadow stash behind the curtain.)<ul> <li>Wet n Wild's Fergie eyeshadow primer <li>Sleek's Washed Ashore, whole lid <li>Sleek's Lotus Flower, inner 1/4 striped up along the crease <li>Sleek's Sunset, outer 1/3, vertical stripe and blended in <li>Sleek's Moor's Treasure, outermost 1/4 and blended out/up <li>Sleek's Midnight Garden, upper lash line <li>Sleek's Bamboo, browbone / orbital ridge <li>CoverGirl Exact Eyelights in Black Sapphire, upper lashes <li>Stila's Smudge Crayon in Smoke, brows </ul> <p>I could simplify this look by leaving Lotus Flower off, as well as using only Moor's Treasure or Sunset, not both shades. Bamboo could have been left off without too much impact, but the slight highlighting really does help my eyes not look quite so hooded. I do like the combination of Washed Ashore / a deeper red / Midnight Garden. I think that if I were to use Sand Walker (the medium-light tan) in place of Washed Ashore, I'd want to use Sunset rather than Moor's Treasure if I wanted an overall brighter look without being too "mid-late summer brights." Or, wear Sand Walker / Moor's Treasure / Midnight Garden for a slightly more elegant-but-still-casual look.</p> <p>CoverGirl's mascaras are not raved about as deep favorites, and while they do have people who dislike them, they don't seem to have a large rabid base of haters. I like their mascaras, though, because they're inexpensive, they provide good definition...and these Exact Eyelights provide faint hints of color without a full-on "colored mascara" effect. I have worn Black Ruby before, but hadn't tried Black Sapphire. Its a blue-black, or more precisely a blue-deep charcoal. It does provide definition, but not much in the way of length or volume.</p>
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