St. Valentine’s Violets | Touchable, Kissable Valentine’s-Day Look

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, how tempted was I to put together some soft, romantic pink makeup? Oh….so tempted. I love those kinds of looks. That said, so many talented youtubers and bloggers are putting together gorgeous, romantic pink looks that I thought I might try something a little different: soft, easy, approachable Valentine’s Day looks featuring the color violet.

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Inspired by…Beatrix Potter | Part 2 | Garden-party day look

For the second look in this series inspired by Beatrix Potter and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (an inspiration suggested by the lovely roxina), I thought we could step things up a bit and try a look that I’d like to imagine wearing at a sunny garden tea-party, or wearing while I skip off to a lovely picnic in a sunny meadow on an early-spring day with a basket over my arm, like our bunny friend here…

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Inspired by…Beatrix Potter | Part 1 | Bronzed-peach day look

On the makeup board at Makeupalley, the lovely roxina–no doubt referencing my MUA handle–suggested that it might be fun for me to try a look inspired by The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, by Beatrix Potter. I actually found this color scheme really inspiring–thank you, roxina, for the suggestion! In this post, I put together a casual makeup look that I hope would be simple and easy to wear, but still polished and pretty.

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Cherries in the Snow | Part 1 | Satiny evening look

Hi everyone. By the time you read this, the Northeast U.S. will be blanketed in a fresh layer of snow. All this frosty white has gotten the phrase “cherries in the snow” stuck in my head. To try to work it back out again, I composed a few looks from my stash inspired by that idea, but with an emphasis on face-flattery and real-life wearability, instead of fantasy frost (fun as that is!).

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

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Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics | Northanger Abbey

In our final post in this Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought it would be fun to look at vivid pink-based shades in a different content. This time, instead of contrasting with white, the pink foil keys are contrasted with wheat–a neutral, grayish/brownish grassy shade:

Berry pink in a field of wheat.

Berry pink in a field of wheat.

(A more complete introduction to this series can be found here.)

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Inspired by….Penguin Hardcover Classics | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

For this post in the Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics series, I thought we might step away from the rosy, daytime wearability inspired by Middlemarch and hop down our own little rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

(A more expansive introduction to this series is here.)

To start, let’s take a closer look at the cover:

Flamingo croquet.

Flamingo croquet.

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(Intro) Inspired by…Penguin Hardcover Classics | Coralie Bickford-Smith

I have a very large makeup collection–or, at least, it seems very large to me. Does it need its own room? Um, no, not quite. But it does occupy its own little antique bureau in my bedroom. When your makeup grows beyond, say, a single shelf in the bathroom to occupy a whole cabinet of its own, then it seems safe to say to call it “very large.” At the very least.

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Hello everyone…

…and welcome! The idea that outer beauty reflects inner beauty–reflects the soul, even–is a cliche indeed. Yet I believe that this is true. In this space, I hope to reflect a bit on the pretty things we use to enhance our natural, physical beauty. But I hope not to forget that–as Audrey Hepburn is said to have observed–“the happiest girls are the prettiest ones.” With that in mind, let’s reflect on beauty together, and let the beauty of our bonding in friendship reflect on us. xo bunikins@mua

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