I Tried to Follow a Kristen Davis Makeup Tutorial – This is What Happened

Happy Sunday everybody!

I’m sure you’ve all seen the tag going around YouTube – beauty YouTubers are filming themsleves following other beauty YouTubers’ makeup tutorials. I decided to try it for myself, and I knew I wanted to use the pretty blue shades from the MorphexJaclynHill palette. So I did a little YouTube searching and found a fun tutorial from Kristen Davis that made following the eye makeup look easy. You can view it below!

Her look is gorgeous, right? I didn’t have all of the exact products she used (other than the Morphe palette of course), and the false lashes I had on hand were a bit on the dramatic side…. LOL. Here is my final result!



Don’t be fooled – the lighting makes it look a lot better than it actually was. I thought I looked like a drag queen (nothing wrong with drag except I don’t look good with this dramatic of a look… plus I want to look like a woman, not like a man trying to look like a woman).



How do you guys think I did? The glitter eyeshadow topper I used was not as intense as hers (I used Colourpop’s Alchemy, she used an actual eye glitter), and the lashes she used were a better length for her face than the ones I used.

I never adventure with bold blues because I feel like blues don’t look well on my skin tone or with my hazel eye color. Nonetheless, this look was fun and definitely out of my comfort zone! Who’s eyemakeup tutorial do you think I should try next?!

Comment below on how you think I did, and if you would like to see me attempt more beauty tutorials from YouTube!


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National Lash Day Eye Makeup

Hi beauties!

Apparently yesterday was National Lash Day, so to celebrate I created a gorgeous eye makeup look using the MorphexJaclynHill palette (WHICH IS AMAZING BTW). Anyway, here is the look I created, and a list of the colors I used to create it!

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I prepped my eye using the Essence Cosmetics I Love Stage Eyeshadow Primer (I love this one, and it just so happens to have a performance theme which is great!). Next, I used the e.l.f. Cosmetics cream blush from their Beautifully Bare collection in the shade Rose Blush, and rubbed it on my eyelids and in my creases to give my eyes a youthful peachy glow as a base for the other colors!

I then used the color Pooter in my crease, and buffed it from the inner v through the crease, to the outer v. I then added Faint to the center of my lid to give a shiney radiant color, and also added this color to the inner corner and slighly under the inner part of my lower lash line.

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I darkened the outer v with the color Buns, and also took what was left of it on my brush and buffed it through the crease and inner v as well. I brought Pooter and Buns underneath my lower lashes to complete the eyeshadow look.

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Since it was National Lash Day, I can’t fail to mention the mascaras I used! I used the Superhero mascara by It Cosmetics (which is one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used), and the Monsieur Big mascara from Lancome. I used the It Cosmetics mascara first for length and volume, and then went in with the Lancome one for more volume and definition.

For my eyebrows, I brushed them and filled them in with the Chella Beauty Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Cream, and then defined and filled them further with the It Cosmetics Brow Power brow pencil in the universal taupe color! Then I set them with the Essence Cosmetics Make Me Brow gel in the color Soft Browny Brows.

What is your favorite mascara? Did you do your makeup for #NationalLashDay?

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Nutcracker Week – Sugar Plum Fun Palette Review

Hi everyone! It is OFFICIALLY Nutcracker season, and since my Nutcracker performances are this week, expect some dance-related posts! I am so excited to be dancing in my Nutcracker, and I cannot wait to take photos in my costumes and share some Nutcracker history with all of you! Nonetheless, I figured I would start this week by sharing my review of my Sugar Plum Fun palette from TooFaced and HSN.


If you have no idea what this set is, please refer to my first post (TooFaced SugarPlum Fairy Makeup Set) to get an idea of what this set is and where to buy it. I was so excited for this set, and I am sure y’all are wondering if it lived up to the hype. This set included the Sugar Plum Fun palette, a full-sized 24-hour Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer, a full-sized Better than Sex Mascara, and a full-size Lip Creme in the shade Sugar Fairy.

Of course the packaging is to die for with the foiled writing and the beautiful fairy design! Upon opening the package, I was met with the palette and the three full-sized extras! I took out the palette and immediately looked at the back to the cute description on the back of the palette. Click the images to enlarge them and read what it says.

Inside of the palette I found the beautiful decor around the large mirror (which is amazing!). Then there are four quadrants of different eyeshadows that are curated to be worn together! The colors are pretty neutral minus a few glitters and the dark plum color. I swatched all of the colors below without using the 24-hour Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer that came with the set. I was disappointed that a lot of the pretty matte shades are so powdery that without a primer they are almost not noticeable to the eye. The first image includes the top two rows, and the second image includes the last two.

Most of these eyeshadows are better applied wet and with a great eyeshadow primer or base on. I have found my favorite shades to be Metal Petal, Tutus and Tiaras, and Magic Fairy. They are the ones I reach for the most, and they give a better color payoff then some of the other shades. The 24-hour Eyeshadow Primer is good, but it doesn’t work as well as I hoped. I’ve found drug store eyeshadow primers to work just as well, if not better, than this one. But I will end up using the whole product because I am always using eyeshadow primer.

The matte lip creme in Sugar Fairy has to be the biggest disappointment in this set. I know with gift sets companies like to keep the color scheme neutral, however, this set is Nutcracker themed. And in the Nutcracker, there is no “Sugar Fairy”, the character is the “Sugar PLUM Fairy”. This formula for the lipstick does not sit well with the texture of my lips. Instead of applying smooth, it applies patchy and doesn’t make one cohesive color. It is also so creamy it smudges super easily. I wish they included a PLUM shade in a matte or semi-matte finish because it would make more sense with the set theme (**cough cough SUGAR PLUM cough cough**), and because the darker color is better for winter. This color is nice, but for something this light, the formula falls apart on my actual mouth. I am going to try to apply this lipstick using different lip primers and techniques and see if anything else works. But straight on the mouth, this lipstick is not great.


As a whole, I would give this set a 3 out of 5 star rating (0 being the worst and 5 being the best). It is ok for a gift set, and for the price (I paid their special doorbuster price of $49 plus free shipping) it is definitely worth buying and checking out for yourself. Some of the shadows require a bit finessing to get them to apply evenly and smooth, and the lipstick may work better with your lip texture than it does with mine.

Nonetheless, if you’re a sucker for packaging and you love dance/ballet/theNutcracker you will be over-joyed to receive this set. It is so fun, and is very festive for the holiday season. This set is also a wonderful gift idea for the beauty-lover in your life, or for someone who is just starting to play with makeup and eyeshadow who wants a neutral set to experiment with. I will continue to play with it, and definitely use it for my Nutcracker performances this weekend! ❤ I will be posting looks and Nutcracker photos on my Instagram, so make sure to follow me @julias_leaps_of_faith!

I hope you enjoyed this in-depth review and have fun playing with your holiday makeup!

Until next time, Happy Nutcracker season!

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Bye for Now Ipsy Subscritpion

I am so sad to be writing this post. I decided I am going to stop my Ipsy subscription for now. I love Ipsy as a service, and they have great customer service representatives who are always more than willing to help fix any problems. As a whole, the business is an AMAZING one. However, I feel like after a year and 8 months (March 2016-November 2017), I’ve been receiving many of the same products, many products in similar colors they already sent me, products in colors I’ve specified in reviews I did not like, or repeats of products I already own. If you’ve noticed, I’ve stopped reviewing my glambags on here because I have not been very excited about the last few bags I received.



Furthermore, I feel like I have so many of their little bags that I am actually running out of room in my makeup drawer because of it! I love the little bags because some of them are SO CUTE and perfect to throw in a purse. But the bags are hit or miss. Many times, the designs are strange or not cute and I don’t really have a use for it after I’ve opened it to see all of my products for the month.

Nonetheless, Ipsy has introduced me to many new products I love, which led me to go out and buy full-size versions myself! I am very satisfied with my time as a customer, and like I said I will be back to Ipsy eventually! But for now, a break is much needed.

In the meantime, what are your favorite beauty subscriptions? Do you like Ipsy? Which other one’s should I try?


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Ipsy #BossBabe September Glambag Unbagging

Hi everyone!

As promised, I am going to show you what I received in my September glambag from Ipsy! I am so happy with this month’s bag, and I appreciate the badass black bag design!


Included in this month’s bag were the following products:

  1. Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Angled Shading Brush 207
  2. Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  3. Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey
  4.  Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Eyeshadow in Toasted
  5. NEOGEN Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water – Rose

I have to say, the blush duo and the eyeshadow are very pigmented! I’ve tried both products on my face, and they lasted great through an 8 hour period. Here are swatches.


Top swatch is Toasted and the bottom swatch is Peach Honey

The mascara is AMAZING! I mean, I really wouldn’t expect anything less from Tarte. I have had great luck and experiences with the Tarte mascaras I’ve tried through Ipsy. The NEOGEN cleansing water is also an amazing product! It smells great (a natural floral scent just like roses), and it does a great job breaking through my makeup from the day! Finally, the Luxie brush is so nice and fluffy, and it is great for blending eyeshadows through the crease (I love my crease brushes!).


This bag was great and included a lot of functional products for me. I am SO excited for the October bag, since last year’s October design was the CUTEST ever!! ❤ The fall glambags are my favorite, and I can’t wait to see what’s next as the fall proceeds!

What did you get this month? Are we bag twins? What was your favorite product?


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