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Inika Day-to-Night Palette + New Mascara Fave

Oh boy, do I have a new line for you. Have you heard of INIKA Organic?

INIKA was launched in 2006 with a singular mission: to create beautiful makeup without questionable ingredients. Based out of Melbourne, Australia, INIKA products are 100% natural and over two-thirds of the range is Certified Organic. Made from the finest botanicals and minerals – chosen for quality, tested for purity and checked for safety. All products are cruelty-free, toxin-free, vegan and environmentally friendly. INIKA’s philosophy is to create beautiful, healthy, high performing makeup that gives you a flawless look. And yeah, I think they can confidently stand by that claim!

So, my initial interest in INIKA sparked when my girl Lisa told me their BB Cream and mascara were tops in her book. Now, I trust Lisa’s opinions something fierce, so I set out to try some for myself.

The funny thing is that they have been out of my shade of the BB Cream, so I haven’t tried it yet! However, that didn’t stop me from trying some other products from the line, namely the Day-to-Night Eye Palette, the Baked Mineral Bronzer, and the Long Lash Mascara.

Now, you know I love my Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel (just search the name in my sidebar and you’ll see…), HOWEVER, there has been an issue with the product being out of stock most places. Now, the Per-fekt team has assured me that the mascara is not being discontinued, but I don’t know exactly what’s up. And hey, I’m always game to try a new mascara.

HOLY EYELASHES you guys. This mascara is insane! Length, volume, no smudging, no flaking. It is a dream and I might be breaking up with Per-fekt. Take a look for yourself.

Yeah. That’s ONE COAT. And I’ve been using it for about a week now and no weird issues have popped up. Obsessed is an understatement.

But that’s not all. Have you seen this limited edition Day-to-Night Eye Palette, pictured above? Bronze, chocolate browns, warm pinks and plums, oh my. Now, I’m a neutral/cool-toned gal, and these colors are not what I usually go for, but they actually work on me, so both warm and cool-toned types would love this one.

Coupled with the mascara and the Baked Mineral Bronzer in Sunkissed, I was digging on this look. (The palette comes with this awesome booklet with many different looks to achieve with the shades – this one was the sunset smoky eye.) Also, the Sunkissed bronzer is very subtle with no sheen or sparkle, and I would imagine would work on many skin tones, including very fair.

The lip color is On Pointe lip stain by Au Naturale Cosmetics, which I will be posting some of my favorites by Au Naturale very soon! Oh, and also, since I didn’t have the BB Cream to try, I used the Vapour Luminous Foundation Stick in 115, which is catapulting to the top of my list lately. (Don’t you love when you find a foundation that matches your skin tone exactly? AND IS IN STICK FORM? #praisebe)

All in all, I really love all three of these products, but man, the mascara is beyond. For real. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a holiday gift of the mascara and the palette and have fun creating all sorts of looks!

INIKA is carried at The Choosy Chick, which carries some of my favorite brands out there. If you are feeling the need to pull the trigger, use the code WHOORL to get 10% off your purchase. As always, hit me up with any questions in the comments!

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Odds and Ends

1. All the holiday magic women create during this time of year? Yeah, it’s killing us.

2. Dear fellow parents of insatiable readers, this is the best gift idea ever.

3. How the Republican tax overhaul would affect you. This is so helpful.

4. Oh hey there, sir! Guess what? No one wants to see your penis!

5. I understand that might be hard for you to process, sir, so here’s a list of things to do at work besides showing your penis to coworkers.

6. My holiday party look is nailed down.

7. I love this calendar. I mean, the design is a little extra, but pay no attention!

8. For my MUN lovers, what a lovely gift to receive when you spend $300! Now might be the time to stock up on your skin favorites.

9. The colors in this palette are sooooo good.

10. Here’s what it looks like when you fry your eye in an eclipse.

11. So now your gluten sensitivity might not be caused by gluten? OMG, if you need me, I’ll be eating a pizza. #cantkeepup

12. Did you notice the elbow on Time “Person of the Year” cover? “She too is a victim of sexual harassment but was there anonymously, she said, as an act of solidarity to represent all those who could not speak out.”

13. Finally, the truth comes out in regards to caramelized onions.

14. Last but certainly not least, I’m all about the holiday gifts on this week’s Selfie episode. Kristen and I dish all of our favorite gift ideas for adults and kids alike!

image credit: Hülya Özdemir

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My Go-To Holiday Look

Oh, how I envy those of you who switch up your cocktail party makeup looks – maybe a bold lip one night or a smoky eye the next. Me, on the other hand? I almost always go for the same look, and it’s ALL about two things. Skin and lips.

It’s all about the skin, my friends. Your skin is your canvas, and I want mine to look as flawless as possible. On a night out, I am more apt to use a medium-to-full coverage foundation to get that smooth, lovely look. As for lips, you guys know how I roll…I always jump the chance to rock a red lip.

Here are the products used in the above photo.

Kjaer Weis Foundation in Paper Thin – When you are wanting a fuller coverage that still blends like a dream, look no further than Kjaer Weis. You guys, this foundation is everything. I used it briefly a year or two ago, but was wearing the wrong the color that was too light for my skin. When Melissa at Citrine told me that Paper Thin was the shade I needed to wear (always listen to Melissa!), I tried it out, and she was SO RIGHT. This shade just melts into my skin, and it’s like a bonafide airbrush. Makes my pores disappear, covers redness, yet leaves the tiniest glow on the skin. Just look at the photo! This foundation is gold, I tell ya.

Oh, I like to apply this with a damp beauty blender, just gently pressing it into my skin, in a stippling manner.

W3LL PEOPLE Concealer in Light – My all-time favorite concealer. Covers, but doesn’t crease. Amen.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Embrace – This is the most gorgeous pale shade of pink. Barely there. So pretty.

Rituel de Fille Ash & Ember Eye Soot in Sigil – This champagne shade worn all over the lid brightens up the eyes. I pat a bit extra right onto my lid above the lash line to give it a bit more shimmery oomph.

Jane Iredale Mystikol Liner in Onyx – I always apply this gel liner to my top lash line only. (I don’t put any liner nor mascara on my bottom lashline/lashes.) This liner is easy to apply with a liner brush (I use this one), and it lasts all night long.

Antonym Lola Lash Too Mascara – This has been a nice alternative to my beloved Per-fekt, which has fallen off the face of the earth.

Kjaer Weis Lipstick in KW Red – My favorite red. I’ve talked about it ad nauseum. SO MATTE. SO GOOD.

Jane Iredale Lip Pencil in Crimson – I like to put a little bit of this liner on the outer corners of my lips to give a bit more definition and dimension.

On my way out the door, I’ll dab a tiny amount of powder on my T-zone, throw my lipstick in my clutch, and I’m good to go! Happy holidays!