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Almay intense i-color collection

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This month I was asked to collaborate with Refinery29 and Almay to promote the Almay Intense I-Color Collection, which was kismit, because I have been eyeing these shades for quite some time.

Almay has always been a favorite line of mine, since the products are always sensitive skin friendly, and VERY easy to use.  This is a makeup line that wants to make makeup application easy, and I love them for it. 
The shades that were sent to me were for blue eyes, and I was instantly impressed with the color selection. Normally I tend to stay away from brighter blues, but I instantly fell in love with the build-ability of the eyeshadows. You can take these bright colors and create a multitude of different looks.  The eyeshadows are buildable, so you can go from sheer to intense with just a few strokes. 


For daytime I loved the nude shades that were easy to blend, and worked well for any event.  If you are trying to use the colors for everyday errands, than simply use a single application for a sheer wash of color.  For a more intense work look, layer one or two applications to build the color to a more sophisticated intensity. 


For nighttime, I loved that they invite you to try a deep, gorgeous royal blue. This is a color that I normally don't recommend...but I fell in love.  The blue is soft and sheer, so it looks stunning when layered on top of a black eyeliner.  Perfect to up the ante on your normal smokey eye. You can't overdue the intensity, which makes it perfect for a softer version of the bright eyeshadow color trends.  

Samples of Almay Intense I-Color collection were provided by Almay.
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The Perfect Smokey Eye

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Get the Smokey Eye

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Whether you’re stepping up your makeup look for a special occasion or just looking for an extra pop of sex appeal for date night, we’ve got the 411 on how to create the perfect smokey eye in just eight quick and easy steps. Before we begin, here’s the recommended tools you’ll need, all from one of our favorite beauty companies, Urban Decay:

  • Urban Decay’s Shadow Primer Potion 
  • Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in the shade, “Perversion”
  • Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow in three shades; “Sidecar”, “Snare”, and “Desperation”
  • Urban Decay’s Good Karma Shadow Brush, Good Karma Crease Brush, and Good Karma Blending Brush
  • Urban Decay’s Big Fatty Mascara Now that you’re fully armed with your beauty tools, here are the steps to perfect that smokey eye.

Step 1 Use the shadow primer to prime both eyelids. Apply a small amount to corners and just under lower lashline.

Step 2 Use the Glide-On Eye Pencil and sweep a medium line across the upper and lower lashlines slightly winging the pencil up and out at the corners. Smudge the liner slightly with a brush or cotton swab.

Step 3 Using the Good Karma Shadow Brush, sweep the color “Sidecar” across the entire lid.

Step 4 Using the Good Karma Crease Brush, use the color “Snare” and blend from the middle of your eyelids to the corners always blending upward and into the crease of your lid.

Step 5 Using the Good Karma Blending Brush, take the color “Desperation” and sweep into the creases and outer corners of the eye. Also sweep a small amount of the shade just under the lashline.

Step 6 For highlighting, once again use the Shadow brush to sweep the shade “Sidecar” across the brow bone and inner corners of the eye.

Step 7 Now take the blending brush, remove excess shadow first, and then use the brush to blend the three shades together, erasing any harsh or obvious lines.

Step 8 Finish the look with several coats of Big Fatty Mascara Pair this look with your favorite holiday party dress or give it rock n roll edge with a great pair of skinny jeans and black motorcycle boots.

Either way, your eyes will be commanding the attention in the room from the moment you walk in!


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