Romantic Brown Smoky Eye Tutorial Featuring Esqido Mink False Lashes

I love a diffused brown smoky eye. It is sultry and sexy yet a little softer than a tradition grey/black smoky eye. It is also amazing for bringing out those baby blues for your hot Valentine’s date… or night in.

Romantic Brown Smoky Esqido Eye Tutorial

If you don’t have hooded lids as I do than you can probably just skip the two matte shades in the crease and just use Burberry Midnight Brown in your crease. I can do this with lovely results as well but when I have the time I like to try and sculpt my crease as best I can to create the illusion of what’s not there.


I used Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation in S101, Clarins Instant Concealer in 01, and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, and the Lancome Rose Ballerine Blush on my complexion. Lips are Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald topped with Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss in Rahat Lokum.

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While I use false lashes on my clients on a regular basis I’m not usually a fan of them for myself but I am so in love with the Esqido Mink Collection Lashes. They are made using hairs that are collected during the natural shedding/molting cycle of the mink so no animals are harmed.  These lashes can be worn up to 25 times vs. the usual 3-4 times you get out of synthetic lashes.


The white and rose gold packaging is beautiful and really adds to the feeling of luxury these lashes offer.


I have the two most natural looking lashes in the collection; Little Black Lash ($39.00 on sale for $34 CAD) and Unforgettable ($42.99 on sale for $36 CAD). The hairs are so fine and soft and they are placed on a ultra-light flexible cotton band that makes them so comfortable to wear, easy to apply, and incredibly natural looking. My eyes look so much more defined and impactful without the fact I’m wearing falsies even being detectable.


Esqido was founded right here in Toronto, ON Canada. You can learn more on the Esqido Mink Lashes website.


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Eyes to Entice | A Heathered Plums Look from Elizabeth Arden

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I wanted to share with you this beautiful eye look that is inspired by Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Heathered Plums. I love this soft smoky eye that is a little different than the traditional grey and brown ones we usually see.

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Products used:

Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Heathered Plums ($32.00 CAD) 

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Beautiful Color Eye Shadow has a luxurious texture that is silky smooth. This buildable, long-lasting, crease-free formula brightens and lifts the look of eyes. Beautiful Color Eye Shadows are available as Singles and Duos and are featured in the new iconic gold and silver mirrored compacts. The Eye Shadow Singles feature a single sponge tip applicator, while the Duos include a dual-ended sponge and brush applicator allowing for versatile looks to be created. Beautiful Color Eye Shadow is available in 24 Single shades and 7 Duo shades.

Key Ingredients:

  • Retinyl Linoleate: our exclusive Vitamin A derivative gently, but effectively smoothes and firms the look of skin while reducing the look of lines and wrinkles.
  • Vitamins C and E: antioxidants help protect skin from environmental damage.
  • Advanced Pigment Technology: coats each pigment particle with a blend of silky silicone, Retinyl Linoleate and antioxidants for a luxurious, smooth feel. As the particles spread out over lids, they create a fine layer that sits atop eyelids instead of collecting in fine lines.

Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black ($30.00 CAD)

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Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara is a multi-dimensional mascara that immediately volumizes, lengthens and curls lashes while enhancing long term lash health with continued use. Powered by a potent complex of peptides, this clump free, flake free formula protects so lashes appear visibly longer See 3x lash volume in just 15 days. To achieve optimal results, pair with PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum.

Key Ingredients:

  • Peptide Complex: a potent complex of vitamin fortified Peptide Biotinyl-GHK and Panthenol conditions, strengthens and lengthens the look of lashes, increases volume and helps diminish lash loss.
  • Carob Seed Extract: protects and strengthens lashes.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eye Pencils ($23.00 CAD)

Long-wearing pencil for a soft, powder finish. This long-wearing pencil in rich colors gives your eyes definition and drama. Smudge tip creates a smoky look.

I’m also testing the PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum ($115 CAD) supports and enhances the look of lashes and brows at all three stages of their life cycle and provides key ingredients and conditioners to help maintain healthy-looking lashes and brows. The serum also helps shield upper and lower lashes and brows from future environmental assaults.

Developed in partnership with the world-renowned Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is clinically proven and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. The safe and easy-to-use formula is fragrance and colourant free and is suitable for contact lens wearers.

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is powered by an exclusive triple peptide complex and blend of Pro-Vitamin B5 and antioxidants. Innovative ingredients and benefits include:

  • Triple Lipopeptide ComplexTM – supports lashes natural life cycle so lashes and brows appear lush, healthy and revitalized.
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Pro-Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) – this vitamin blend fortifies, protects and revitalizes eye lashes for a healthy appearance.
  • Panthenol – conditions lashes and promotes lash flexibility and durability.
  • Vitamins A, C, E, ProVitamin B5 and Botanical Extracts – Help minimize breakage as lash conditioners fortify to help protect, revitalize and recover from environmental, chemical and physical damage.

 I will do a full review and update of my progress with the PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum at a future date.

Elizabeth Arden products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, Sears, London Drugs, Pharma Plus Ltd. and Jean Coutu.

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A Glam Look From Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Collection

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I wanted to share with you a glam look inspired by this Holiday Glam Look created by Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo. It is such an easy look to create and offers a big impact thanks to a statement red lip. Here is Rebecca’s look.

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The eyes were enhanced using Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Singles ($18.50 US/$24 CAD.) I didn’t have the Irridescent Pink eyeshadow to incorporate the modern touch of lilac into my look. I was also missing Golden Ivy. Instead my look took on a simpler take on the eye with Blonde on the lid and lower lash line, Shimmering Emerald on the outer corner and into the crease, and a very pale pink called Innocence on the brow bone and inner corner. On the lashes I’m wearing the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing Mascara ($24 US/$30 CAD) in Black.

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For the cheeks I applied the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush ($26 US/$35 CAD) in Sunblush which is a lovely rosewood shade with subtle gold flecks for a natural glow.

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Now for the star of the look, the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick ($25 US/$30 CAD) in Red Door Red. This baby packs a punch of pigment and makes lips look plump and glowing.

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The final look and swatches:

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Elizabeth Arden is available at most major department stores in Canada and the US including The Bay and Macy’s. You can also find it in Canada at some Shoppers Drugmart Beauty Boutiques.

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