Hello world!

Hello world!

My name is Amanda and this is my new beauty blog! All my life I have loved dressing up and playing with makeup- more than a few of my childhood teddy bears suffered from excessive applications of my mom’s blush and eyeshadow taken covertly from her vanity. When I was younger, I was in dance and though I wasn’t great at the actual dancing, I lived for the costumes and makeup used for performances. Of course, Halloween is possibly my favorite holiday because I love to create unique looks (hello, office costume contest winner!). About three years ago I got into buying up high-end products like crazy, and my family and friends have told me that I should share my enthusiasm for the transformative powers of makeup with others! I love to read and write, which lead me to graduate with a journalism degree in 2010. But here’s my secret- I’m thinking about switching industries to a career in makeup artistry. Shh! 😉 This is my space to create, play and share it all with the world. I love anything bold and colorful!

Winter weather is still hanging on, but spring product releases are everywhere. This quick look is my tribute, focusing on bright, spring pastel eyes. It was created with Kat Von D’s Esperanza palette (limited edition, Sephora exclusive). This is a great release packed with eight beautiful shades in a mix of pastels and brights with matte and shimmer finishes. I found it tricky to work with at first, but Too Faced Glitter Glue saved the day- it’s my go-to product for dealing with glitter fallout and powdery shades that appear sheer with my daily primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion Original.

Kat Von D - Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette

Products used include: eyes- Kat Von D eyeshadow from the Esperanza palette (Archangel and Selena), Anastasia brow powder, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion and Clinique High Impact mascara, lips- NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita (another fave!), skin- Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation. Soon I hope to post tutorials and full product lists for anyone interested in what I’m using (maybe even videos, who knows)! Anyone reading please let me know what you’d like to see. 🙂

Finally, I chose to call this blog “Create Something Beautiful Today” because every morning we all have the opportunity to do just that. I often think of my face as a blank canvas displaying beautiful yet fleeting art that will be washed away before bedtime. But creating beauty in life is not only about what we put on our faces, it’s about what we have in our hearts and minds. With a fresh face, we can create a beautiful life of our own choosing! I hope this blog will be a place where I can share my creativity and inspiration, and hopefully inspire others as well.

Dolce vita,

Amanda K