LOTD: Pretty Gold, Bronze, and Copper Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This look is something you could wearing during the day for a more dramatic look, or something you can wear on a night out! I love how bronze and copper looks together, and the copper makes my eyes look more brown!
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The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

So let's go ahead and BREAKDOWN how I achieved this look :)

First, I applied my foundation and primed my eyes with my NYX HD Eyeshadow Primer!

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Once I had gotten that all over my eye area, I took my MAC Indian Wood Paint Pot and smooth that over my eyelid.
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I took the bronze color below and place that right on top of the indian wood paint pot. 

The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

I took the yellow-y/gold color below and put that on the inner part of my eyelid and the inner part of my lower lashline. 

The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

I took the light, matte-brown color (lower left hand side) from this Tarte palette that came in the "Art of Giving" set. I blended that into my crease to soft the edges of the Indian wood and bronze color. 

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I, then, took this matte darker brown color (top right hand corner) and put it on my outer "v" area of my eyelid and ran it under the outer part of the lower lashline.

The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

To help blend and soften everything, I took this matte, medium brown and blended into my crease on top of the light matte brown. It just makes the makeup look a little more blended and uniform :)

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I use MAC's Blacktrack Fluid line (in the picture above with the Indianwood paint pot) and created a cat eye along my lashline. I then filled in the waterline with the eyeliner below. I believe it's from Covergirl, but the writing has smudged off of the packaging. haha.

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I applied my Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara to finish the eye makeup!

The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

 I contoured and bronzed my face with my Physician's Formula Glow Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil (phew what a mouthful!).

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And put MAC's blush in "blush baby" on my cheeks, slightly on top of the bronzer.

The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

And on my lips, I wore Revlon's lipstick in the color "Demure" (*this is one of my favorite lipsticks of all time!)

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Hope you guys enjoyed this look! :)

The beauty breakdown gold bronze copper smokey eye tutorial makeup

xoxo, Morgan 

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Pétanque, Galeries Lafayette, Saint-Chapelle

Thursday, March 27, 2014

By day 22 of my study abroad experience in Paris, we were back from Normandy and Brittany. The weather was much warmer (around 85 degrees!) in the city than near the coast. We continued to resume our normal routine and got pastries and coffee at Aux Castelblangeois and went to class. After class, our whole study abroad group participated in a game of Pétanque. Evidently, this game is a popular French game. It's similar to bocce ball. It was pretty hot and we were all still tired from a weekend away, so we weren't really into the game. After playing for a while, we stopped by the Carrefour to pick up things to eat for dinner, and then went back to the Cité Universitaire and ate dinner. This day was pretty uneventful just because we were still recovering from the exciting weekend.

After class on day 23, a group of us went to the Galeries Lafayette shopping mall. This is a huge, 10 story mall that features all kinds of designer brands. I've visited this mall in the past (before I studied abroad in Paris, I had visited Paris during the summer of 2011 for a couple of days) so I just walked around and looked. This mall is pretty impressive if you've never visited before, so if you're big on shopping, definitely stop by!

We walked around the mall for a couple hours and went back to the Cité Universitaire to get ready for the opera. We got all dressed up and headed over to the famous La Sainte Chapelle to watch a performance around 6:30 pm. The performance was a Renaissance-style concert, and featured songs the royalty of France would have listened to centuries ago. I loved this performance because it made me feel like I was French royalty! Definitely something you should look into if you ever visit Paris :)

After watching the performance, we wandering around Paris at night! So beautiful!


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the beauty breakdown la saint chapelle


After we finished watching the performance, we wandered the city and got late-night crepes. We walked around the Notre Dame, which is my favorite place to visit at night. I love how they illuminate the beautiful church. It literally looks like it came straight from a fairytale :) By the way, if you ever visit the Notre Dame, you MUST stop by an ice cream parlor called Berthillon. It's on the Île Saint-Louis (if you need to, Google it!) and try the salted caramel ice cream! That's the best one in my opinion :)

What do you think of this series so far?

Read my next post about The Academy of Beers and great eats in Paris!

xoxo, Morgan

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Normandy, Brittany, St. Malo, Omaha Beach

Monday, March 24, 2014

For days 19-21, my study abroad group and I went on an excursion to Normandy and Brittany. This was an optional excursion, and was an additional $300 to go on. This weekend was DEFINITELY worth the money though! This was easily my absolute favorite part of the whole experience.

On day 19, we all loaded up on nice charter busses and headed to Brittany. On the way, we stopped at Mont St. Michel. This place is magical. It's kind of hard to explain but it's close to the coast. When the tides come in at certain times during the year, the whole city and monastery (which sits on a mountain) is surrounded by water. This makes is kind of an island...kind of not. Look up information on this area if you're interested because it's a little difficult for me to explain. Anyways, we walked around the quant little city, which has only one main path up the mountain to the monastery on top. Once we got to the monastery at the top of Mont St. Michel, we got a tour. The inside was obviously magnificent, and the views were to die for!

The view walking up to Mont St. Michel
The monastery at the top of Mont St. Michel
You can see how the ocean in the background! During certain times of the year, Mont St. Michel is surrounded by water!
The garden in the center of the monastery
Michael and I by the courtyard of the monastery
After our tour and lunch, we hopped back into the tour bus and arrive at our destination in St. Malo. St Malo is a really neat area because the whole city is surrounded in castle walls. It's literally an area frozen in history and has a ton of character. If you can make the trip out here, definitely try! It's such a fun little beach city and it was really refreshing to get outside of the busy city.
The sunset at St. Malo

The view while walking around the walls of St. Malo. The ocean here was is so beautiful! You can see they built a pool into the ocean in the background, complete with a diving board! 

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Walking along the walls surrounding the city on our first day in St. Malo.




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You can see how St. Malo is truly a "beach city". 
On day 20 of my study abroad experience, we got an official tour of St. Malo in the morning. We then got into our charter busses and visited the city of Dinan. This place literally looks like the city from The Beauty and the Beast. We walked around this city for a bit, got lunch, and headed back to St. Malo. This day was also Michael's 21st birthday, so I ran out to a local bakery and bought him a cake. We then got a HUGE group of us together and went out to dinner. We at a place called Cafe Simon, and got a preset meal. Preset meals are really popular in France, and they'll give you an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert for a set price.. you just have to pick from options they provide. There's usually 3-4 options for each course. I tried duck for the first time, which was really good! I liked this place because it was a fair price and good food. They also brought us complimentary macaroons :) To end the night, we all walked along the beach and watched as the tide came in.
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Some of my fav girls on the trip! :) Had a blast with these ladies. The picture is really grainy because it was actually pitch dark when we took this picture....we just held really still and had a long shutter speed :) haha

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Michael and Eric decided to jump in! haha

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Our group at Cafe Simon for Michael's 21st birthday in St. Malo

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He couldn't resist. Haha. You can kind of see my dinner, which was duck!

Day 21 of my study abroad in Paris was the last day of the excursion. We got on our charter bus and visited Omaha Beach on the way back. This was really fun for me because I'm a huge history buff. We got to see where the landing of D-Day was and saw all the war memorials. I took some sand back to the United States with me from Omaha Beach! They also a store where they sold vintage war memorabilia. I found a gun clip holder with a soldier's name on it so I bought it for about 30 euros and brought that back as well for my dad. He loved it :)

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Michael and I walking along Omaha Beach... We were looking for neat looking rocks and shells to take home with us as souvenirs!

Literally, this excursion was the highlight of my trip. Everything we did was incredible, and I would really like to visit again one day. So much history and it's really nice to see another side of France.

Would you ever visit these places?

Read my next post on Petanque (a French game), La Galeries Lafayette (HUGE department store), and Saint-Chappelle.

xoxo, Morgan

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Victor Hugo, Orangerie Museum, Club Rex

On the 15th day of my study abroad adventure in Paris, I had another lazy day. I was a little tired from all the festivities from Bastille Day (to read about Bastille Day, click HERE) so I basically went to class, visited the Notre Dame to watch a choir performance, and then made dinner back at the Cite Universitaire.

Day 16 was an interesting day because our travel abroad group visited the home of Victor Hugo, the author of Les Miserables and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). His home was cute and had a lot of art from Asia surprisingly!
A bust of Victor Hugo in the entrance of his home.

One of the walls in a room that was dedicated to Asian art.

A room in Victor Hugo's home that was filled with art from Asia!

Artwork in Victor Hugo's home that featured a scene from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. 


On the 17th day, the metro broke down on our way to class -__- We were almost an hour late but we were excused since it wasn't really our fault. After class, we met up with our study abroad group and we get a tour of the Orangerie Museum. This place is not a must visit if you're ever in Paris, but if you're interested in impressionist and post-impressionist art, this place is covered in it. Our group then walked through Les Jardin des Tuileries again and our professor talked about some of its history. One thing I observed while walking through the gardens was how many French people were sun tanning! They love a nice, tan complexion surprisingly! Also, lots of Parisians were out picnicking...summer in France is a great time for this activity. We finished the day by walking around the Le Marais area, which is kind of like a "Jewish" area in Paris. They have YUMMY falafel in this area, and if you ever visit this area, check out a place called L'As du Fallafel. This place is known for their falafel and it's pretty cheap too!

Day 18 on my study abroad in Paris experience was a normal day... until the sunset. This night in particular, we decided to go to a notorious club called Club Rex. It's supposed to be a big hot spot in Paris. A group of us decided to go, so we fueled up on some wine and headed out. We got to the club around 11:30 pm and were then told it didn't open till 12. We ate food while we waited and then headed inside when it opened. It was, of course, empty, so we asked the bartenders when more people would come. They told us 1 am, but when 1 am rolled around, we were still the only ones there...weird. We asked again and they told us 2 am so we waited again and you guessed it... still empty by 2 am. We left around 2:30. I have a feeling it was because we went out on a Thursday night. Here, in the United States, college students typically go out on both Thursday and Friday. But obviously that's not the case. Overall, out of all the clubs and bars I visited in Paris, I wasn't super impressed because they were just like the bars and clubs here. Not really too different... well except the nights they are busy!

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Even though we were the only ones in Club Rex, we still had fun! :) 



I will be adding pics for this post in the next day or so, so come back and check them out :) And don't forget to let me know what you think of this study abroad series!

Keep reading! In my next post, learn more about my excursion to Normandy and Brittany! This weekend was easily my favorite weekend of the whole trip!

xoxo, Morgan

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Bastille Weekend, The 14th of July, Eiffel Tower

In France, their "independence day" is July 14th. Luckily, I was in Paris to experience this celebration while I was studying abroad in Paris! On the 13th day, you could tell the city was buzzing in preparation for the next day. Because of this, Michael and I had a lazy day. We got breakfast and took it over to the park off of Rue du Faubourg. Here, we watched a caribbean band play music for a while, which was quite entertaining. Later that day, we met up with our friends from the Cite Universitaire and had our own bbq! This was really fun and we just sat and picnicked for a while. This is what most Parisians do on their free time. They like to picnic, smoke, eat cheese and wine (which is excellent in France, of course), smoke, and enjoy each others' company. I love this type of lifestyle :)

After eating and hanging out for a while, we went to a local bar in Paris. I, unfortunately, don't remember the name of the bar :( but it was a typical bar. We caught a cab later and came home late!

Finally, the day was here....Bastille Day! We got breakfast at McDonald's because all the other local businesses were closed since it was a holiday. We then stopped by the CarreFour, which is a grocery store here, and loaded up on provisions for the day. We picked up wine and snacks and then took all that and a blanket over to the Eiffel Tower. In the grass by the Eiffel Tower is where everyone sits to watch the fireworks. Our teacher told us there would be thousands of people there! So Michael and I went early to get a good spot. We got lucky and got a spot that was in the center of everything! There was a show before the initial fireworks, and then around 9:30 pm or 10 pm, the fireworks started. It was one of the coolest fireworks I had ever seen! They also lit the Eiffel Tower up so it was oh so pretty and SPARKLY :D

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Our spot in front of the Eiffel Tower was great! Look at the flag in the middle of the Eiffel Tower...very cool!

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You can see how the fireworks illuminated the Eiffel Tower. 

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They coordinated the lights on the Eiffel Tower and the fireworks with the music playing! By the way sorry for the poor picture quality again! It was difficult to take a picture with so many things going on and I didn't have the best camera at the time!

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Look at how pretty the Eiffel Tower was!
Overall, one of my favorite days of my study abroad program in Paris, France. Just as a side note, if you're ever in Paris, visit the Eiffel Tower during the day AND at night. They turn the lights on at sunset, which in Paris during the summer time, is very late. Usually, the lights would sparkle at 10 pm, 11 pm, 12 pm, 1 am, and 2 am. I believe these are the times. I know they go off every hour, on the hour, after sunset. Definitely check them out because they are amazing!

Have you ever seen the Eiffel Tower sparkle? Would you ever visit for Bastille Day?

Let me know if you have any questions so far and what you think about my study abroad series! I'd love to hear your feedback :)

Keep on reading!! My next post is about visiting Victor Hugo's house (the author of the Hunchback of Notre Dame), the notorious Club Rex, and L'Orangerie Museum!

xoxo, Morgan

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Opera Garnier, La Sylphide, Angelina's

Sunday, March 23, 2014

On Day 10, we walked around Chatelet and Les Halles after class. Here, they have lots of shops and fun things to look at :) To go here, you literally just get off at the metro stop labeled Chatelet and Les Halles. This was another exciting night for me because we attended the play, La Sylphide. I've never seen a play before so it was exciting to see this one in particular because it is one of the world's oldest, romantic ballets. It was truly beautiful and a new experience because since it was a ballet, there was no dialogue. Instead, the dancers acted out all of the emotions with their expressions and movement. The ballet was at the Opera Garnier, which is one of the most famous and well-known opera houses in the world. If you visit Paris, look up tickets and see if you can catch a play! It's well-worth it. This was also included in our program!
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Michael and I got to dress up for the occasion! This was taken inside the Opera Garnier. 

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This is a huge chandelier that was above the seating area. 

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This was the view from our seats. We sat in box seats, which gave us a great view of the entire stage and opera house.

I really appreciated being able to experience this play in the Opera Garnier. This is something I'll never forget! :)

Day 11 was "typical" day in Paris. We got our morning pastry and coffee at Aux Castelblangeois, went to class, and got lunch after at a place called Morry's. It's also along Rue du Faubourg and they have AMAZING bagels. I loved the bagel that had fresh slices of salmon and cucumber on it! It's similar to a Subway but for bagels. You can assemble your own toppings or pick a "pre-assembled" bagel. We also walked along the open air markets in the area. At the Bastille metro stop, you can find open air markets that sell fresh fruits and veggies and used/vintage goods. This is typically where we bought our produce (particularly the cherries and peaches, which are especially fresh and tasty) because it was cheap! We then went and walked around Les Jardin Des Tuileries again, and stopped by Angelina's pastry shop. This place is absolutely legendary and is supposedly the favorite pastry shop of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. Fancy! Overall, a little overrated, but I had to try it! The cake, mille feuille, is what they're know for, along with macaroons of course! Oh and you can't go to Angelina's and not try the hot chocolate :)
Angelina's Pastry Shop Macaroons
Here's what I got! Sorry for the poor picture quality!

 The following day, on day 12, we had another relaxing day. We got a "4 cheese pizza" from a cafe which included cheese like blue cheese and camembert cheese. It was definitely one stinky pizza and not what I was expecting when I ordered it! That night, we walked along the Seine, which is absolutely incredible at night. The Notre Dame is to die for and is literally magical. If you walk further down the Seine a mile or so (walking in the opposite direction of the Eiffel Tower) you'll come across where all the locals hang out at night. There's tons of salsa dancing, swing dancing, smoking, drinking, and laughing. There were even rap battles! Venture out and try to find these one night! They're really interesting and you feel like a true Parisian :) Be sure to bring a blanket, wine, cheese, and crackers so you can comfortably hang out :)

Hanging out along the Seine River

Playing a game while hanging out along the Seine :) 


Let me know what you think of this series so far and if you have any questions! :)

Read my next post! It's about Bastille Weekend (France's Independence Day! It's insane!!)

xoxo, Morgan

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Palace of Versailles

Day 9 was an excursion day. This was included in our travel abroad package! I had been looking forward to this the whole trip so I was excited to finally go. We took the RER there, and from the center of the city, it was a 30-40 minute trip (a good time to have a quick nap! haha) Walking up to the Palace of Versailles was amazing. The gates were gold and out front was a statue of the Sun King himself. On of the professors who lead our program took us around on a tour of the palace.
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You can see how crowded this place was even on a weekday! This was the view walking up. The Palace of Versailles is absolutely massive and quite a sight!

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Look at those gates! The whole place was LITERALLY dripping in gold. I'm obsessed. One day my house will look like this ;)

While at the Palace of Versailles, we of course walked through the Hall of Mirrors. We also got to see where the king himself and Marie Antoinette slept. This place is super ornate and honestly makes Le Louvre look dull. Everywhere you looked there was beautiful art and gold...even on the ceilings!


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The Hall of Mirrors 

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Look at that set up! I couldn't imagine eating off of that. haha. 

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A massive hall in the Palace of Versailles that showed all the battles of France. 

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After walking around in the Palace of Versailles for a couple hours, we went and got lunch with our group. We got crepes of course! We needed the carbs for what was next...

Thank goodness we wore running shoes this day because we went into the "backyard of the palace". The Palace of Versailles literally sits on acres and acres of land. You could literally walk for miles and still be on the property. It's literally insane how far the gardens stretch. They're absolutely beautiful and we went on a nice day. I noticed a lot of Parisians just walking their dogs around the grounds (how cool!). Besides wearing running shoes and fueling up on carbs, be sure to bring water! It's super expensive to buy and they don't have any water fountains.
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One of the beautiful views on the ground of the Palace of Versailles

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One side of the Palace of Versailles! Seriously this place is massive.

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Even the garden is super ornate!

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Another angle of the ground at the Palace of Versailles.
We walked around the gardens for HOURS. Needless to say, we were exhausted. Also, if you get the chance, visit the domain of Marie Antoinette. It's a couple miles from the main palace but this is a little "safe haven" Marie Antoinette would retreat to when she felt overwhelmed. Unfortunately, Michael and I made the trek ALL the way out there and it was closed :( I hear it's a really fun place to look at too! So be sure to check the hours before going!

Also, be sure to devote a full day when visiting the Palace of Versailles. It's definitely worth it, trust me :)

Have you ever visited the Palace of Versailles? What did you think??

In my next post, I'll talk about the Opera Garnier, La Slyphide, and eating at the famous Angelina's!

xoxo, Morgan