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I am a huge fan of Milani shadows. They are long wearing and highly pigmented. The price can not be beat. I usually purchase the singles but the quads are very nice. One of my favorites, especially for redheads, is the quad in Autumn Earth. All the shadows are very pearly and a packed with pigment. There is a light beige shimmer. It is much lighter than the picture leads you to believe. Imagine a warm pearl. This looks amazing when worn under the arch of the brow. It creates an instant lifting effect. I use this shade sparingly under the arch with lots of looks. There is a rich forest green. This creates an amazing smoky eye that isn’t as harsh as black. The two “metal” shades are worth the $5.99 price tag alone. There is a pure gold shimmer and a pure bronze shimmer. These shades really make blue eyes pop. Dust a bit of the gold under the bottom lashline and your blue eyes will be complimented. I promise. This compact comes with an applicator. I never use it even though it isn’t horrible. One end is a sponge, the other a brush. I recommend this compact for any lover of shimmer and gilded shades, redheads, warm skintones, any eye color but especially blue, and gals with a tan.

I am a fan of Milani cosmetics. They are a great deal and are usually packed full of pigment. I’m not a huge fan of loose shadows because they don’t pack the pigment that I want. I like MAC pigments, but I don’t know if I would classify those as loose shadows. Anyways, Milani Loose Eye Shadows have a little brush built into the handle, they are kind of like those by Bourjois. This does keep the shadow from being too messy. It doesn’t spill out because of the shape of the container. Actually, the brush isn’t too bad. It doesn’t shed and is easy to use. I have Mint Sugar which is a pale lime shimmer. It is pretty sheer but packs a shimmery punch. These can be used wet or dry. I haven’t tried it wet because I thought it would make the brush messy. When used dry, I find that the shadow stays in place and wears fine. I’m not wild about the color but I don’t hate it either. It looks wonderful mixed with other greens like MAC Swimming and Urban Decay Mildew, it looks great with plums and roses such as NYX Hot Pink. I just don’t like the color by itself. It has a tendency to wash me out. These retail for $4.99 which I think this is worth it. You get lots of shadow. There are 7 other colors ranging from gilded bronzes to dollish pinks. These are sold at most drugstores and drugstore.com.

When the weather gets a bit chilly I start thinking a bit more “tropical”. I love deep berry lips in the winter but sometimes I just want this kind of look. I want to pull out the Pucci scarves and pretend I’m a drug lord’s wife. I want to be tan and I want killer eye makeup. To get Sophia’s look apply tinted moisturizer in your shade. I like Estee Lauder Daywear Plus Tint because it smells like cucumbers and that is sure to get you out of a winter rut. Apply concealer if needed. Apply bronzer if your skin is still sallow. I like Milani Powder Bronzer in Medium. It’s cheap and does the job. Fill in brows with a powdery brow pencil like Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Brow Pencil. Fill in brows and take the spoolie and brush them into place. Apply a nude shadow from lashline to brows, something like the lightest shade in Physcian’s Formula Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Canyon Classics. Take the shade to the right of the lightest and apply from lashline to almost the brow bone. Take the deepest shade in the compact and go from lashline to crease for a smoky look. Blend with an eyeshadow brush and apply more of the lightest shade on the brow bone if needed. Get a soft deep liner such as Givenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil in Black and line the top lashline extending outward in a cat eye motion. Line the bottom lashes too. Keep extending this line outward and upward but do not connect with the top line. This adds extra drama and flash. Love this look. Apply false lashes for a true Sophia look or tons of mascara. Cheeks are bronze. Apply more bronzer to the cheeks or a brownish mauve blush such as Benefit Dallas if you need “color”. Apply bronzer or blush with a large fluffy brush to avoid streaking. Lips are sheer and nude with hint of soft pink. Apply Origins Sheer Stick in Pink Lemonade to lips. Fragrance should be tropical, fruity, and floral. I am thinking of something like Ebba Miss Danielle Parfum Oil which is a blend of grapefruit and jasmine. Now it’s time to sip Mai Tais and listen to exotica and pretend a shipment is coming in on your old man’s yacht.