a little about eye makeup + a $100 Visa gift card!

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Morning, friends!

Today, we talk makeup. And more specifically, we talk easy, works-like-a-charm makeup. Because any amount of time we try to spend in the bathroom getting ready usually (or at least in my case – please tell me I’m not alone here!) involves one or more small people wanting a drink, laying on the floor crying, or painting their tongue with your nice, new eyeshadow brush.

More often than not, we do like to feel pretty – whether it’s running errands, the 15-minute sweep before dad gets home, or an elusive-yet-amazing date night. We want to look and feel our best for the ones we love, for ourselves, and frankly, because we’re sometimes just nicer people if we’re feeling put together and not crummy about ourselves. (can I get an amen?)

So. The lovely folks at Almay sent me some of their new products to try out (I know! what fun, right?!), and of all of the smart shade mousses and bronzers and things (the things that make your time in front of the mirror quick yet profitable!), my very favorite was the Almay Intense i-color bold nudes kit for green eyes. And because I love a good before/after eye makeup shot, I thought it would be to try one with my kit and share it with y’all! (Ryan was such a good sport as my photographer!)


Pretty sure I’m a dead ringer for Kate Hudson here. Minus the effortless laugh and hair toss, of course.


The great part is that the eyeshadow kit is practically foolproof. The packaging alone sort of spells out where to put what, but there are also step-by-step instructions on the back in case you need words as well.

(Below I did an ‘every occasion’ look on the left, and a ‘special occasion’ look on the right. Just a little heavier - an extra sweep or two with the applicator. Pay no attention to the ultra-close-up shot of my pores.)


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263 Responses

  1. Stacy L. 20 May 2013 at 1:55 pm

    For summer, a maxi dress, big earrings and flat sandals. Love how dressed up I look with minimal effort and maximum comfort!

  2. Ann 20 May 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Summer dress with just a little extra makeup. I’m lucky that my fiance loves the “natural” look :)

  3. Carey 20 May 2013 at 2:20 pm

    With 3 toddlers at home all day, I’m glad to just get a shower and clean shirt. Some easy peasy makeup would be AWESOME.

  4. Jaime 20 May 2013 at 2:25 pm

    My go to look is boyfriend jeans, a fitted blouse, statement necklace and wedges. I might even put on lipstick :)

  5. megan hutt 20 May 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Im a stay at home mama so dressing up for date night is the best! Definitely a dress or skirt, HEELS and pretty jewels. As for the makeup I love a reason to put on some bright lipstick or even false eyelashes.

  6. Sarah Clarke 20 May 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Now that I’m a Florida girl, my go-to move for date night is to throw on a dress! It’s affectng my makeup routine, too – I have to find brands that stand up to the humidity. While reading this post I was hearing The Lone Bellow in my head…”Green eyes and a heart of gold!” :)

  7. Susan 20 May 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I straighten my hair when I go out. It is a new skill for me, but it makes me feel more put together.

  8. Mami2jcn 20 May 2013 at 3:17 pm

    My husband likes me to keep it natural with just lip gloss. I like to wear sandals and a skirt with a tank.

  9. Ani 20 May 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I’m a PNW girl at heart, so date night still almost always involves a hoodie (but a *nice* hoodie!), and something that won’t get too wet from puddles at the bottom. If it’s not actually raining, I’m all for a maxi skirt or dress! I’ve been using the Almay for blue eyes, and I love it. I’ve also been using their sparkly black eyeliner for blue eyes. It’s sparkly! Just add some blush and a tinted lip balm and it is date night is so on!

  10. Erica Gladden 20 May 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Add a little va-va-voom with heels instead of my usual flats or sandals. Keep the outfit comfortable because looking uncomfortable is never sexy. Add a little extra blush, mascara, lip color, and heavier on the eye color, but still keeping it simple and natural.

  11. Sarah Robbins 20 May 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love taking the time to put on something fun- including jewelry that little hands won’t pull off!

  12. shandell p 20 May 2013 at 3:40 pm

    we don’t do it up too fancy around here :) but I do tend to wear just a little bit more makeup and take more time on my hair and outfit when we get a chance to go on a date!

  13. Mom C 20 May 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Change out of Tshirt , jeans, and sandals. Brush hair, freshen makeup (more blush, eye shadow), brush teeth, smile and away I go. Thanks.

  14. targetshopper 20 May 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Date night usually means a dressier outfit, heels, and more dramatic make-up along with big earrings. As I’m typing, I’m realizing that I usually dress the same for church as I do for date night. hmmm. :) I just like any excuse to get dressed up!

  15. Kstherine 20 May 2013 at 7:14 pm

    My last real date night was actually a date afternoon, but it was around Christmas-time to see Trans Siberian Orchestra and I got dressed up! Mini skirt, knee high boots and a fancy top! Actually got to do my hair and make up too! Obviously we don’t get date night too often.

  16. Betsy 20 May 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t wear makeup day to say, so for date night I wear my bare minerals powder, blush and mascara. I never wear eyeshadow, I feel like I need a class in order to put it on! I love to get dressed up though and have lots of dresses and pretty tops for my hubby!

  17. Rachel 20 May 2013 at 7:51 pm

    if I get the chance to go on a date the summer, I’d choose a summery dress, style my hair a little more fancy, and wear a touch-darker makeup :)


  18. Susan Smith 20 May 2013 at 8:56 pm

    My go to date night look is casual, jeans, a nice top, pumps my hair out of a ponytail and mascara, eye shadow. foundations, lipgloss and blush.

  19. Liesel 20 May 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Anything other than sweats. Ha! Usually just jeans, and a top, plus some extra time spent on the face and hair.

  20. Diane 21 May 2013 at 12:10 am

    My go to date night look is a heavier version of my daytime look – mostly natural. I have a deep purple/eggplant eyeshadow I do very lightly for day, and it’s fun to make a bit darker for evening/date nights. Also, I might wear lipstick!! Woohoo!

  21. Julie 21 May 2013 at 5:59 am

    My go-to date night look would just be taking a little extra time to actually fix my hair and put on make-up. Nothing fancy.

  22. Aaron 21 May 2013 at 8:45 am

    Normal makeup with an extra swipe of mascara plus red lips! I love the red lip and it usually gets extra compliments :)

  23. Aleesa J 21 May 2013 at 8:49 am

    My go-to date night look would consist of things that I don’t get to wear on a daily basis, like a coral summery dress, gold strappy heels, full gorgeous make-up (preferably like Kate Hudson!), shimmery lip gloss and hair in a “soft swept up-do.” Oh and a cute clutch purse too (with no crayons, diapers, or matchbox cars in it!)

  24. Lisa N 21 May 2013 at 9:42 am

    Go-to date night. Depends on the date. ;) For sure adding some jewelry and a little extra make-up. A cute shirt that isn’t a t-shirt too.

  25. Ange H 21 May 2013 at 10:59 am

    My go-to date night look is soft and natural with a hint more eye liner and mascara and just a touch of sparkle with a bolder lip color.

  26. Samantha Daleo 21 May 2013 at 1:16 pm

    My go to is great jeans. Also make up for my eyes. I’m not very good at make up but my husband loves when I draw attention to my eyes.

  27. Urban Wife 21 May 2013 at 2:12 pm

    My go-to date night makeup look is (curly) hair down, Bare Minerals powders & bronzer, mascara and lip sheen. I need some help in the eyeshadow department!

  28. Michelle 21 May 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Day: dress with tights, flats, and a cardigan. Night: Lose the tights and cardigan, add heels, statement jewelry, and freshen up the makeup!

  29. Margot C 21 May 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Well, I’m married so (truth be told) date night is not what it once was; that said, I go for deep red lipstick and a pretty neutral “natural” style eye shadow (the palate that I have is in fact from Almay) and huge mucho mascara lashes

  30. Stephanie V. 21 May 2013 at 11:34 pm

    natural with focus on eyes – long lashes, good shadow, top liner only, fun, flirty outfit (usually sexy top with leggings) and boots or heels
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  31. Claire 22 May 2013 at 1:59 pm

    My go to date night look is natural with a little bit of shimmer and just a hint of smoky eyes. And maybe a tinted lip gloss if I remember!

  32. Aileen 23 May 2013 at 10:43 am

    I’ll wear a cute dress or skinny jeans and nice top. I usually put on a little more makeup and try to accentuate my blue eyes. Nothing crazy!

  33. Lisa Brown 24 May 2013 at 2:46 pm

    My go-to date night look is black flared slacks, nice top, stilettos, and a makeup look of a light smokey eye and red lip.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  34. Tanya Boerhave 24 May 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I like to combine my usual bright smokey eye with this new sunset look. The golden/orange color above your crease seems to work with many colors.

  35. Debbie B 25 May 2013 at 7:56 pm

    depends on where we are going – but i normally just wear jeans with my hair and makeup fixed nicely

  36. Sonya Morris 26 May 2013 at 4:52 pm

    My go to date night look is darker eye shadow with black mascara, lip gloss & my favorite outfit.

  37. Anastasia 26 May 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I’m pretty jeans and t-shirt most of the time, so I do the same for date night. I add some mascara tho’ :)

  38. Amy Irving 26 May 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I love a sandal, sheer button-up, and skinny jeans. Just enough to feel dressy but casual at the same time!

  39. Tuty 27 May 2013 at 9:36 am

    I’ve always loved the natural look as far as make up. So for date-night, I’ll put a touch of shimmering eye shadows, blush, extra mascara, and coral colored lip gloss.

  40. Dan R 27 May 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I just show up with my fine self. That’s all the ladies need. I break too many hearts when I dress up.

  41. Holly C. 29 May 2013 at 6:57 pm

    my look is natural look with makeup, though love a nice lip color. I love color blocking with skinny jeans and soft top and bold color clutch!

  42. Erika 3 June 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Usually a little black dress, some cute earrings, and eye-liner. I’ve never tried Almay before so this would be fun!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  43. sharonjo 3 June 2013 at 11:27 pm

    My go-to look is pretty casual–capris or jeans with a simple top, maybe a denim or khaki jacket. Makeup is simple, but I do like to do some shimmer eyeshadow if I’m going out at night. Thanks!

  44. Wild Orchid 4 June 2013 at 10:42 am

    My go to look includes eyeliner, mascara, and lipgloss. I like to put the focus on my eyes.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  45. BusyWorkingMama 6 June 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Actually, you do have a resemblance to her! She had the benefit of airbrushing galore, I’m sure! Your eyes turned out really pretty. My date night look usually involves a smokey eye and some red lipstick.

  46. Amy Tong 7 June 2013 at 2:34 am

    These are some awesome eye shadows. Gorgeous color and looks so nice on you. My go-to date night look would be something light and simple. maybe with a pop of lip stick color and some fun eye colors too. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  47. Ashley 10 June 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I try to keep it simple and touch up my makeup and dress up in something a little nicer. ashaldridge at gmail dot com

  48. Danielle Lindquist 12 June 2013 at 4:08 am

    Mine is pretty casual, some nice jeans a shirt and cardigan along with some nice sandals or flats. I like to use natural colors with my makeup, usually browns.

  49. Jennifer 13 June 2013 at 4:00 pm

    honestly, my husband and I traded out date night of dressed up for date night on our bicycles… so usually my get up is with two braids, shorts, tank top and cute tennis shoes…

  50. Andrea 14 June 2013 at 9:51 am

    My go-to date night look has to be a smokey eye. and a cute little black skirt and red top my husband loves. ;)

  51. Kelly D 14 June 2013 at 2:32 pm

    My go to date night look is usually a dressy blouse, jeans, sandals, jewelry and light makeup such as mascara and lip gloss.

  52. Jennifer Harriman 15 June 2013 at 2:28 am

    I like jeans and usually a black too since it will go with any shoes and eye make up. And thick mascara :)

  53. Elizabeth Ray 15 June 2013 at 2:43 am

    A bit of eyebrow powder (Chemo left me mostly bereft of eyebrows.The powder makes a hugge difference!) light foundation and perhaps a light lipstick. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of eyeshadow. (I’m nearsighted in one eye and far sighted in the other. Eyeshadow seems to exagerate the perceived appearance of different sized eyes.) That said, I keep trying Hey, I didn’t give up on eyebrows. maybe I’ll find something in shadow that works out okay for me.

  54. Michelle Tucker 15 June 2013 at 3:40 pm

    My go to date night look is neutral eyeshadows, mascara and usually a slightly darker lipstick.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  55. Suzanne Lewis 15 June 2013 at 9:21 pm

    My date night look is simple and mostly natural looking, except I play up my eyes: falsies, mascara, liner, eyeshadow.

  56. Jennifer C 16 June 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m pretty plain so date night clothes for me is just clean jeans and a decent knit top. Usually not tennis shoes though.

  57. Sarah L 16 June 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I like to be myself when I go out so I just use a bit of eye shadow, blusher and lip gloss.
    Thanks for the contest.

  58. Lauren Harmon 16 June 2013 at 3:06 pm

    My go to date night look includes a “natural look” make up, I use concealer, powder, blush, and a highlighter to define my face and then use a light color eye shadow… finished with a sweep of lip gloss and a heavy coat of mascara on my lashes to make ‘em flirty and I’m ready for the evening! It’s my hubby’s favorite look and the absolute easiest for me to do. :)

  59. Rachel S 16 June 2013 at 3:40 pm

    It depends on where we’re going, but I always like to play up my eyes with violet eyeliner and sparkly shadow.

  60. Kathleen 16 June 2013 at 5:17 pm

    My go to look would be purple eye shadow, black eye liner and a bold lip color

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  61. Julie Simpson 16 June 2013 at 10:50 pm

    My go to especially since I just began dating after 8 years is a great tailored black blazer, dark jeans or black lined pants, a lightly sheer blouse pink or white. Being s makeup artist and 49 with good genes thank god , the mineral makeup after my fab primer, smoky eyes light blush on Carmel skin and a pale lip.

  62. Crystal 21 June 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I don’t really have a go-to date night look. I tend to just go a little more elaborate on my usual makeup routine, and wear whatever I’m feeling awesome in that day!

  63. Charlotte 24 June 2013 at 5:44 am

    Definitely something cute and classy to wear with heels. I try to find new hair styles to try out to change it up a bit. A girl can’t forget her accessories either!Then I usually put on a little bit more makeup than usual, especially with my eyes to make them stand out when he’s glazing into them underneath the stars. Haha jk but that does sound nice! I make my eyes a little darker, and add a light shadow just below my brow line. That’s how I change it up from day and night makeup. I love wearing Almay Intense I-color trio for browns 021, and Baby lips moisturizer with a touch of lip gloss.


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