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I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye

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How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | MainelyKeating.com

If you’re a military spouse, you know that this is the time of year for military balls. Spouses spend a lot of time preparing for an important night like this from the ballgown to the shoes to the accessories. Then they spend hours searching Pinterest for the perfect hair and makeup to complete the look. For any major special occasion like this, I always tend to go for a smokey eye. A smokey eye is an easy way to step up your everyday makeup to take it from day to night in a flash. And the best thing about a smokey eye is that it doesn’t always have to be black (crazy, I know! I really thought smokey eyes were always black).

For my chosen gown this year, I’m debating between a brown smokey eye and a maroon smokey eye. I still have some time to figure it out, but for this tutorial, I’m going to show you a brown smokey eye because it’s so universal. A look like this doesn’t just have to be saved for a nighttime event. It’s natural enough to be worn during the daytime without being too over the top. And with that said, it’s perfect for those who want a more subtle smokey eye that pops, but isn’t quite so dramatic as a dark, black smokey eye. So let’s get started!

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | KeatingBartlett.com

START WITH YOUR BASE.

This tutorial is solely focusing on your smokey eye so be sure to do your entire base beforehand. Currently on my own face I used a primer, two different foundations, a concealer, highlighter, and bronzer. My entire base is complete  and ready for some eyeshadow!

*Be sure to use an awesome primer for your eyelids to lock the eye shadow in place! You wouldn’t want it melting off at some point during the night.

LAYER #1:

The way I was taught to do eyeshadow (especially smokey eyes) is to do it in three layers. I learned this in high school and have been in love with the process ever since. Mainly because it’s super simple and easy to do. You don’t have to be a professional to get a great smokey eye. The first layer is just under your eyebrow and should be the lightest of the three colors. I typically use a very pale tan if I’m doing a brown smokey eye like I am today. If I’m using blacks, then I’ll make a first layer a shimmery white.

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | KeatingBartlett.com

LAYER #2: THE EYELID

Next we have the eyelid. Since I’m doing this for a nighttime event, I chose a gold base for this smokey eye. If you’re using it for a daytime look then you can either stick with the gold or use a lighter shade of brown or tan. Whatever works for you! Use this color to completely fill in each eyelid.

LAYER #3: THE CREASE

The last step of the eyeshadow is the crease. This is where your darkest shade will go. As pictured above, I chose a pretty dark brown for this area of my eye (this is also one of my all-time favorite eye shadow pallets. If you don’t have it already, you should definitely add it to your makeup collection!). Using and eyeshadow brush, I take this color and just go back and forth along that crease. This color should be in between your first and second layers to give it that smokey look.

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | KeatingBartlett.com

MASCARA & EYELINER.

Once you have all the eyeshadow on, complete your look with your favorite mascara and eyeshadow. I start with my eyeliner. For a smokey eye, I’ll do a slightly thicker line on top to make my eyelashes look a bit more full. On the bottom, I do a suuuuuper thin line. You do not want to do the bottom too thick otherwise you’ll end up with raccoon eyes and no one wants that!

Like my foundation, I actually do my mascara in two layers with two different mascaras. Why? I’m not really sure. But the two I use together look amazing so I use them both every time. I’ll do a tad bit of mascara on my bottom lashes too, but definitely do not overdo it!

As a last finishing touch, I take a white cream eyeshadow and put it on the inside of my eyes and add a nude lip to balance it all out. And voila! You’re done!

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | KeatingBartlett.com

Now that you have the perfect smokey eye, you obviously want it to stay in place throughout the night. This time last year, I finally decided to get contacts and since then, it’s been challenging to keep my eyes from drying out throughout the day. I’ve tried multiple contact brands and even switched to the one day wear contacts. But halfway through the day, my eyes are left feeling dried out. It’s super important for me to have a great product with me to keep my eyes happy through whatever it is I’m doing that day. That’s why I always add Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes to my bag.

Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ is designed for those who suffer from dry eyes. Each bottle contents over 220 -drops and provides up to 12 hours of comfort, allowing you to enjoy your day without the hassle of having to constantly take care of your eyes. Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ is even preservative free and contains a purifying filter that keeps out bacteria. It’s the perfect addition to your bag if you suffer from dry eyes like I do.

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | KeatingBartlett.com

Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ can be purchased at your nearest Walmart location. There are two different versions: Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes and Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom to cover any type of eye problem you may have. If you go to the Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ website, you can get $3 off your purchase with this coupon! Don’t let dry eyes ruin your smokey eye!

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye | KeatingBartlett.com

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