Inspired Makeup Monday | Water & New Beginnings

Hello Friends!

For those who do not follow me on Instagram (I mean, REALLY, you should be following me on Instagram. We have QUITE the time!) I have been complaining about being sick for about 3.5 going on 4 weeks with bronchitis.


Because of this I haven’t been as active as I wanted to be…HOWEVER! I did push myself to try and get a look out today because 1) I miss painting weird stuff on my face 2) I’m tired of being sick in bed 3) I was excited for this series so DANG IT if I let coughing my brains out ruin my fun.

The Creation


The Inspiration

I really wanted January to be a month of new beginnings. I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions (I personally don’t believe in that). I’m talking about a reminder for new growth, to celebrate how far we’ve already come, and to cut away the things that no longer serve us. I’m not talking about a new diet or changing credit card carriers, I’m talking about listening to your soul and taking stock of what you actually want - and going after it fully.

Water has been used to symbolize cleansing, new birth, life, and healing. I chose to forgo the turquoise waters for something a touch more sinister. Cleaning out the muck and grime of your former life is not easy, actually it’s poop-your-pants scary. There are uncharted places you’ll have to go, turbulent waves, dark and stormy depths you’ll have to explore. That’s where true healing and true birth begins. In the stuff you don’t want to do, in the things you’re afraid to do, in the things that are less relaxing than sitting under a palm tree.

I promise you it’s worth it.

What uncharted waters are you planning on exploring in 2019? What dirt are you washing away? What are you healing this year? I’d love to know.

The Products:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills - Subculture Palette

  • Wet N Wild - Mega Cushion Foundation Light Ivory

  • Colourpop - No Filter Concealer - Fair Neutral

  • Morphe - Eyeliner Pencil - Pool Side

  • Essence - Extreme Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil - BlackLove

  • Makeup Geek - Single Eyeshadows - Dragonfly, Pegasus, Secret Garden, and Epic

  • ELF Cosmetics - Glitter Eyeliner - Seafoam Green

  • Tarte Cosmetics - Maneater Liquid Liner

  • Jouer Cosmetics - Skinny Dip Palette

  • NYX Cosmetics - Strobe of Genius Highlighter Palette

  • MAC Cosmetics - Bold & Bad Lash Mascara

  • Shop Miss A - AOA Studio - False Lashes in Amelia

  • Jouer Cosmetics - Long Wear Lip Liner - Nude

Inspired Makeup Monday: 2019 and New Beginnings

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the first Inspired Makeup Monday of 2019. I know…I KNOW! This seems so basic but I can’t even begin tell you how excited I am to continue on this journey with you all in the upcoming year.

The Creation



I am beyond inspired to make this year the best year. I am so glad for all of you who have joined me on this ride and I hope that all of your goals are accomplished quickly and with ease.

Tell me, what are some of your new year resolutions?


I started out by applying my base with my PÜR Cosmetics Beauty sponge and filling in my brows. I then highlighted with my concealer as I would typically, but before setting my face I sketched out where I wanted my 2019 to go using that same concealer. I then powdered, contour, bronzed, and highlighted before doing a simple brown smokey eye - lining my upper and lower waterline with a black liner and my lash line with a liquid liner.

I used the same liquid liner to outline my 2019 balloons and sketch on my other balloons. I filled in the balloons with the Jouer Skinny Dip Palette and brushing a light coat of Diamond Dust glitter shadow on top and in my inner corners. Finally I lined my lips, filled them in with liquid lipstick, mascara and lashes and the look is complete!

Products Used


  • Urban Decay - All Nighter Foundation

  • Urban Decay - All Nighter Concealer

  • Colourpop - No Filter Powder - Fair

  • Wet N’ Wild - Contour Duo - Dulce De Leche

  • The Balm - Bahama Mama Bronzer

  • Ofra - Rodeo Drive Highlighter

Eyes / Design

  • Jouer - Essential Matte and Shimmer Palette

  • Jouer - Skinny Dip Palette

  • NYX - Epic Ink Liner

  • POP Beauty - Eyeliner - Sooty Black

  • MAC - Bold and Bad Lash Mascara

  • The Bold Face Lashes - Go Get Em False Lashes

  • Shop Miss A - AOA Studio Brow Pencil - Medium Brown

  • Benefit - 24-hr Brow Setter


  • NYX - Liquid Suede Lipstick - Stone Fox

  • ELF - Lip Liner - Deep Brown

Holiday Gratitude Challenge & Giveaway Day 1: Life Happens In The Moment

Hello Friends!

I’m so excited for you to be here and to partake in this free gratitude challenge!


Today’s Prompt:

Where are you? What are you doing? And why is it ultimately good?


I am pulling my second late night to produce content for this challenge. My day today wasn’t great and it wasn’t terrible. I was feeling cranky, low vibe, and aggravated. I caught myself thinking mean thoughts about others over silly things that I know deep down don’t matter. I wasn’t feeling very grateful during my gratitude challenge.

But then I recorded the audio for my video today and somehow I reminded myself about what it means to be grateful each moment - to live life moment to moment. Basically, I used my own challenge to teach me my own point. The irony isn’t lost on me.


“Now, Cara, why another mug?!”

Well, for one, I like drawing random things on my face. And for two it’s my favorite way to practice mindfulness. There are few things that bring me the same amount of joy as my morning coffee or my bedtime tea. When it’s too hot I’m forced to be patient. When it’s the perfect temperature I have to force myself to pay attention to it in order to enjoy every drop before I eventually forget about it and it’s too cold to drink. There is only one moment in time it’s the perfect drinking temperature and I intend to be present for every second of it.

Giveaway Rules and Details

If you want to get on top of winning $112 worth of The Established bath, body, and skin care products you better head on over to the BackPorchPoet Instagram and start partaking in the challenge prompts. We can’t wait to see you there!

Inspired Makeup Monday: Two Parts of A Whole & Upcoming Giveaways!

Hello Friends!

Today’s Inspired Makeup Monday has a lot to do with duality. I saw an amazing art piece of the Sun kissing the Moon as a couple and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

There is a little bit of Sun and Moon in all of us, I think. We all have a little polarity within - but that’s the spice of life I guess.

The Creation:


Product List:

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac Palette

NYX Epic Ink Liner

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Grande Cosmetics Grande Lips HydraPlump Liquid Lip Honey Ginger

Upcoming Giveaway/Challenge

Hey there! Gratitude week is on its way here at BackPorchPoet! Be sure to follow me on my Instagram to see 5 days of #HolidayGratitude and if you participate with me, you could win an assortment of The Established Bath, Body, and Skin Care goodies including Body Cream, Luxurious Soap, and other skin care essentials!


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Inspired Makeup Monday: Stress Relief with Yogi Honey Lavender Tea

Hello Friends!

Today’s Inspired Makeup Monday is a little different than usual. I’ve been creatively drained and not being as consistent as I should be. One could say that I’ve let daily stressors get the better of me…

When pacing around my living room yesterday, trying to think of what I was going to create, I decided to make myself a cup of tea.

Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea is one of my favorites. It’s a reminder that sometimes the simplest things bring us joy - a cup of tea, playing with makeup, and having the luxury to do boht.

With ingredients like chamomile, lemongrass, and lavender - it’s a go to before-bed treat.

What is a small part of your day that brings you joy? I’d love to hear about it!

The Creation:


Products Used:

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Concealer

Shop Miss A AOA Studio Pressed Powder Porcelain

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Medium Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Nomad Cosmetics Antilles Palette

Juvia’s Place Magic Palette

NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink Liner

Shop Miss A AOA Studio Alexis False Lashes

Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara

Shop Miss A AOA Studio Sugar Liquid Lipstick

Shop Miss A AOA Studio Diamond Gloss Gypsy

Shop Miss A AOA Studio Diamond Gloss Glam

NYX Cosmetics HD Blush Taupe

Lottie London Blush Crush Justin


Inspired Makeup Monday: Grateful for Coffee


Hello, Friends!

Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Gratitude is Always in Style is just what it sounds like - a bunch of my favorite things interpreted into makeup looks. Thanksgiving is rolling around in North America and winter holidays after that. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get inside my own head so what better way to break out of the funk than to be thankful for the little things (and big things).


I don’t think I need to tell any caffeine addict what it feels like to have that first cup on a cold morning. Now, you might be saying, “Hey isn’t caffeine bad for anxiety and stuff?”

The answer is yes and you’re not my real dad so THERE!

All jokes aside, coffee has taken hold of my morning routine and is the most enjoyable part of my morning. If it’s an addiction, I’m ok with that. I’m thankful to have a ritual to center me and propel me into my day. Yes, the adrenaline rush to my nervous system is nice, but that morning mug has an even greater impact on my psychological well being. It’s taking the time to care for myself, to partake in something I enjoy, and to push me into my day.

No one notices the eye twitch anyway.

The Creation:



ELF Cosmetics: Gel Liner: Black

Jouer Cosmetics: Skinny Dip Palette

Nomad Cosmetics: Berlin Underground Palette

Gourmande Girls Cosmetics: Pour Notre Reina Palette

Shop Miss A: AOA Studio: Fat Lash Mascara

Kleancolor: Sculpt and Glow Palette

Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

Ofra Cosmetics: Rodeo Drive Highlighter

Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

ELF Cosmetics: Liquid Lipstick: Praline

What is your favorite part of your morning routine?