TGIT: HTGAWM’s Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

I am sad to see this series come to an end, but today is my final TGIT look. Thank you all for reading and your lovely comments. I am excited to bring you a new series soon!

For my last look, I decided to do Annalise Keating (the INCREDIBLE) Viola Davis in How To Get Away With Murder. She is the main star and plays a law professor with all sorts of secrets. Is she good? Is she bad? The jury is out on that–but she is always flawlessly made up and I have known what I wanted this look to be for a while.

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

Annalise’s signature look is a dark smokey eye, fake lashes (in some eps you even see her taking them off at the end of the day) and her Tom Ford lipstick. I unfortunately do not have a Tom Ford lipstick because I am not as awesome as Annalise, but I made my own, more realistic version of her look (without all the fancy lighting you see here). I also chose a matte lip instead of a glossy one.

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

For the eye look, part of what makes it pop on Annalise is that the center of the lid is highlighted with a glittery silver. I used:

Urban Decay Vice Palette and the shades Black Market (for crease), Desperation (for lid) and Armor (highlight in center of lid). I marked these with an ‘X’.

Swipe on some mascara and skip the liner. Then add your favorite dramatic falsies. Mine are from Eyelure.

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

For the cheeks, I didn’t opt for anything too subtle. Instead I went for a light hand on a darker blush and some highlight. Annalise is not about only playing up one feature. I used:

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Lunch Money ($8)

Sleek Blush in Flushed ($7)

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

This lipstick is Clinique Lipstick in Matte Plum, with special packaging from a set called ‘Clinique Kisses’ and is a Macy’s Exclusive. You get 5 lippies for $25 dollars in the set and they full size!

TGIT How To Get Away With Murder Annalise Keating Inspired Makeup

And so I leave you with one more full face look and a quote I love from Annalise.

Happy TGIT!

xx Margo


Quick Review: Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel

Hey everyone, and happy Sunday/November!

I wanted to do a mini review of the new Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel after I just used it to wash my brushes. I have mixed feelings about it and I tried it with over four dozen brushes and powder/cream/liquid residue.

real techniques deep cleansing gel

The bottle is 5.1fl oz. so it should last a fairly long time. You only need a small drop per larger brush or three to four eye shadow brushes. I cleaned about 50 brushes (2/3rd of which are eyeshadow) and used maybe 1/4 of the bottle. Still, if you clean once a week like I do, you’ll be finished within a month and that breaks down to $2.25 per use of each $9 bottle, but your mileage will vary.

The scent is nice and clean and isn’t offensive. The bottle, however, is a really thick plastic and is annoyingly hard to squeeze when you are in the midst of washing brushes and your hands are wet.

Real Techniques says this formula is dermatologist tested to be gentle and has no alcohol or phthalates. But how did it really was my brushes?

This formula does EXCELLENT on brushes used with powder, whether that be powder foundation, blush, or eye shadow. It got those brushes squeaky clean in no time and very soft.

It performed decently with my brushes used with creamy products (think thicker concealers and Colorpop eye shadows). No complaints there. Clean and fresh but took some more rinsing.

What I am very annoyed about is that it seemed to not only NOT CLEAN my liquid foundation brushes, but sock the liquid deeper into the bristles. I had to go at those with another cleanser after and that really isn’t the point. Keep in mind that I use a RT foundation brush and it simply didn’t clean it and these are formulated to work with all RT brushes.

It did well with my IT Cosmetics brushes, ELF, and my RT powder brushes, but with liquid products, forget it. It wasn’t much help on my blending sponges (BB and RT) either.

Overall, I probably won’t buy this again. I picked it up at Ulta with a coupon and I will finish it up to clean my powder brushes only because I really feel they got clean and disinfected quickly. I am just not sure what is going on with the formula with liquid foundation and the bottle is too hard to use.

Thanks for stopping by! Have you tried this?

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I thought I would post about my really fun experience at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland and show you some pictures.

Disneyland has the Halloween Party nights in late September throughout October. The park closes at 6 or 7 and only those with tickets are allowed in (But you do get into the park up to 3 hours early to enjoy!). Once inside, you can dress up and trick or treat (I came home with a huge bag of candy) and many other surprises!

mickey's halloween party

Although Small World was closed, they did project really cute pumpkins and things on it!

mickey's halloween party

I absolutely love Halloween time at Disneyland. I love the giant Mickey pumpkin and all of the spooky treats around the park. Including food! They have fall themed as well as food specifically for the Halloween Party (Green Goo fries at Tomorrowland Terrace yes!)

mickey's halloween party

My other favorite thing about Disneyland at this time is the Haunted Mansion Holiday, which is decked out with Nightmare Before Christmas, which I adore. I must know every word/song to that movie by heart!

mickey's halloween party

As the party progressed, they had these light/image shows projected onto the buildings of Main Street with music to go along with it. This one was part of a Nightmare Before Christmas themed section.

mickey's halloween party

Mike and Sully were at Tomorrowland having a dance party, which was really cute to watch!

mickey's halloween party

I ate a TON of food that night, but my favorite treat was the pumpkin beignets!

mickey's halloween party

I didn’t dress up (it was a million degrees that night), but here I am in front of one of the cute Mickey ghosts. They also had an amazing fireworks show hosted by Jack Skellington!

That night was a blast, and I hope that whatever you do tonight you have fun and stay safe!!

Boo! xo


TGIT: Scandal’s Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

Yes…it is that day again. And hang in with me here because this is the second to last look in this series. I am sorry I haven’t been posting much else…I have been crazy busy in all aspects of my life, which I am thankful for, but I do have posts lined up that I need to put together. Since I slacked on this series last week, this was on the top of my list.

For my last Scandal inspired look, I chose the fictional First Lady herself, Mellie Grant played by Bellamy Young. It seems many people are divided on their feelings for Mellie, but I tend to like her! She rocks skirt suits like no one’s business, is extremely smart (kudos to the show for actually demonstrating this), and always adds that perfect OMG moment to every episode.

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

Mellie’s day-today White House look is perfect brown liner and brows, rosy cheeks, and a nude lip. And that big southern hair which will never work for my hair. I tried to curl it for this look and it is so baby fine it fell flat in a minute. Sigh.

While this is understated, yet pretty, I tried to add something special to the eyes to make them pop in my take on the look.

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

For the eyes I used:

Makeup Revolution Run Boy Run Palette ($10): The sparkly neutral shades were perfect for this look and to make my eyes look bigger.

Covergirl Ink It liner in Cocoa In Cocoa Ink ($6): I made a cat eye with this liner and smudged it slightly. I also lined my inner rim.

Stila Smudge Stick in Gilded ($22): I went over the brown line with this golden liner and it really popped and looked like a pretty foil effect. Add your fave mascara and you are good to go!

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

For the face, I kept things very simple with a great base, blush, and contour.

Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation ($7)

Too Faced Beauty Balm (Sample Size): If you have any of these lying around…they make for a fantastic liquid contour!! I somehow have three samples from different orders.

Jason Wu for Lancome Blush (LE): Any dusty rose blush will do, but I just can’t stop reaching for this one!

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

I would assume that the First Lady needs a pout that lasts all day, so I chose my nude lip wisely.

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Tea With The Queen ($20): I am in love with the formula on these and this color is amazing!

If you watch Scandal, tonight is going to be a big night! If you don’t, I hope you enjoyed this look and I will leave you with another full face and my favorite Mellie quote.

Scandal Mellie Grant Inspired Makeup

You tell ’em, Mel.



TGIT: Scandal’s Abby Whelan Inspired Makeup

Thursday again?

Can you believe October is almost over? The months are just flying by! Today we bounce back to Scandal and one of my absolute favorite characters, Abby Whelan, who is played by Darby Stanchfield. (Side Note: Darby is a really cool follow on Insta if you like gorgeous vegetarian food pictures, when she’s not ‘grammin about her show).

Some background: Abby was/is/kinda still/only time will tell Olivia’s best friend and is now White House Press Secretary where she is a total boss at handling all the crazy situations thrown at her.

Scandal Abby Whelan inspired makeup

And no…I did not dye my hair. Just a little two second Photoshop fun. And to remind myself to not dye my hair this color. I may be a large percentage Irish, but I’m just not Irish enough for this.

I digress. Abby’s makeup is mostly neutral, but what I love is that she is always playing up her blue eyes with either navy or plum liner and matching mascara. It is understated but gorgeous, and obviously completely wearable for the workplace…considering she’s at the WH. Abby keeps it balanced with a soft nude lip.

Scandal Abby Whelan inspired makeup

For the eyes, I used:

Beautifully Disney L’Amour Mauve palette ($30): I used the lightest shade all over my eye and then deepened the crease with the brown. Any simple eye look will do!

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liner in Navy ($22): I used this on my waterline. Abby lines her full waterline but I am more comfortable with the outer third.

Marcelle Waterproof Eye Liner in Indigo ($11): Truly stays all day. The slight sparkle in this liner gives interest and I did an understated flick at the corner of my eye.

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Portly Plum ($17): I thought the plum was a fun contrast to the blue liner but still doesn’t read ‘crazy’, even up close.

Scandal Abby Whelan inspired makeup

What is cool about this look is that you can go as simple, as I did, or as dramatic as you want. I think liner in a color other than black always looks fresh.

Scandal Abby Whelan inspired makeup

To finish the look, I used:

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Mochi ($8): These blushes work best when used with a stippling brush.

NYX Pencil Lip Liner in Natural ($4): I lined and filled in my lips with this.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Nude Lust ($8): I just dabbed this in the center of my lips to create fullness and finish the nude lip.

Scandal Abby Whelan inspired makeup

And to finish, another full face shot (with my UP! t-shirt…love that movie) and one of my favorite Abby quotes from when she worked for Olivia. Olivia Pope and Associates got no rest!

Happy TGIT!

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: October 2015

As I move through my ’empty’ project, I feel really accomplished to finish things each month, so sitting down to write an installment of this series is always fun!

This month is mostly good again, I am happy to say!

the good the bad and the ugly october 2015

The Good:

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer in Aloe Soothe ($5-8): I received this free from Influenster but I will be purchasing again (in Spring/Summer). I was hesitant about a spray moisturizer, but this aloe scent smelled so so good for the summer and felt cooling on the skin. It leaves the perfect amount of moisture for Spring/Summer but I will be switching to my body creams for Winter. This spray lasted me about a month and a half with daily use all over my body. It also absorbs very quickly

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover ($9.50): This is the travel size, which I actually didn’t directly pay for since I got it in a GWP, but I love this stuff for its gentleness on my eyes but also being able to fully remove even waterproof liner.

Jack Black Lip Balm in Lemon and Chamomile ($7): I adore this scent! It is so fresh and yet calming at the same time. I love using a bit more for a night treatment. I can’t say enough good things about Jack Black balm.

NYX HD Concealer in Fair/CW 02 ($5): There seems to be a discrepancy since what I used to purchase as Fair in this concealer is now CW 02 so be aware. This matches my super fair skin really well and is also great as a subtle highlight. It is not full coverage. More light to medium but does not emphasize my fine lines. I have repurchased about four times now.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($5): Smells like fresh lemons and keeps my cuticles in shape like nothing else! Will repurchase.

Vaseline Instensive Care Spray Moisturizer in Aloe Soothe  Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover  Jack Black Lip Balm in Lemon and Chamomile  NYX HD Concealer in Fair/CW 02  Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

The Bad:

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Deodorant ($4): Not necessarily a bad product, it just didn’t work for me. I also think 48 hour protection is a ridiculous claim.

Mario Bedescu Oil Free Moisturizer (Full size $28): This is a sample packet I got a few uses out of. It really didn’t give me enough moisture and I wish it would have worked!

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($8): Compared to regular pore strips, these don’t pull out any extra junk and do not justify the price difference. I am trying to move away from using pore strips anyway.

Vaseline Instensive Care Spray Moisturizer in Aloe Soothe  Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover  Jack Black Lip Balm in Lemon and Chamomile  NYX HD Concealer in Fair/CW 02  Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle CreamThe Ugly:

NYX HD Eye Shadow Base ($5): Now…this is a product I really used to love. I liked the cheapness, the doe-foot applicator for on the go, and the nude/sheer color of the product. But this last repurchased…I think NYX changed the formula. It caused my shadows to crease badly and now smells rancid. It may be a fluke but I won’t repurchase.

Do you have any empties or have you hit pan on anything?

TGIT: How To Get Away With Murder’s Laurel Castillo Inspired Makeup

It is that time of the week again! Friday-eve, which means another installment of TGIT! I am really having a lot of fun with it, especially watching the shows each week and dissecting the characters’ makeup. (I even saw a Tom Ford lipstick on vanity of a character I will be doing in a few weeks!)

For today I was inspired by Karla Souza’s character, Laurel Castillo, who is in Annalise Keating’s law class on How To Get Away With Murder and now works for her as an associate of sorts. She started out really quiet, but is now starting to find her voice and confidence and I relate to her in that way.

Also…she rocks a hot pink lip brilliantly.

karla souza laurel castillo how to get away with murder inspired makeupLaurel’s signature look on the show is a very bold brow, neutral eye shadow and a vibrant pink lip. This is a great look for fall and can easily transition from office to after or school to a night out…just switch out a nude lip for this bright pink!

This look didn’t take many products to achieve. Simply start with your favorite primer, foundation, and concealer and remember to prime your lids as well!


For the eyes, I kept things simply with sparkly browns and powder liner:

Essence All About Chocolates Palette ($5): I used the top three shades in this palette (highlight, lid, crease) in the marked order to create a fast and simple bronze eye.

Lorac Pro Palette ($42): I used Espresso to create a soft winged liner.

karla souza laurel castillo how to get away with murder inspired makeup

karla souza laurel castillo how to get away with murder inspired makeup

Laurel’s brows are amazing!! I went much bolder than I usually do with my brow routine and that involved two products:

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow in Blonde ($18): I used a bit more than I normally do to make my brows fuller.

Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel in Medium Brown ($6): This gel is a little bit darker than I usually wear but it worked great for this look to put the emphasis on my brows. A little goes a long way!

karla souza laurel castillo how to get away with murder inspired makeup

To finish the look off:

The Balm Frat Boy blush ($21): I dusted this lightly on my cheeks for just a hint of color. I thought it was also appropriate, seeing as Laurel is in college.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Fuschia Orchestra ($8): This is the Lilly Pulitzer limited edition tube, but this color is permanent. One swipe across lips does the trick!


In total, the look took about ten minutes from start to finish and I think it might start to become a go-to look for me!

karla souza laurel castillo how to get away with murder inspired makeup

And just because you all know I like to be goofy, here is one more picture of the look and me channeling my inner Laurel (she tends to do the eye-brow squint a lot. Lawyers study hard and look confused about cases a lot…at least on TV). Also included is one of my favorite quotes from her from the episode where Annalise finally says her name right. Here’s to wallflowers!

Happy TGIT!