SOMEHOW…and I really don’t know *how* this happened…but there’s only TWO months left until A CROWN OF WISHES releases! Upload your pre-order receipt by March 14th to receive a 100+ page e-novella that is all about Maya and Amar’s first meeting. Those who pre-order will receive the novella a month early than its slated release date of 5/2/2017. And right now, A Crown of Wishes is ~$11 on lots of retailer sites including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Can’t wait to share it with you! In the meantime, take a look at the gorgeoussss cover for Death & Night, and the blurb!

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Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes. Discover how Maya and Amar first met and fell in love, and don’t forget the next Star-Touched novel, A Crown of Wishes publishes on March 28, 2017.

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So, I think my love for Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is pretty obvious. I shout about CARAVAL constantly because this story is AMAZINGGGG. If you haven’t pre-ordered it already, it’s available on Amazon, B&N and IndieBound! It’s sexy, decadent, and imaginative. It will change your dreams, it’s that good. In honor of her upcoming release (January 31st!!!), I came up with this look 🙂 I think it’s perfect for the holidays. It is a little challenging, but go slowly and it’s worth the effort. For this look, I only used the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette and the rose gold MAC pigment pot!

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  1. Prime your lids. My favorite is the Urban Decay Potion Primer in Eden. It makes the colors stick, and gives you a great payoff!
  2. Use Scotch tape to ensure a clean line with this look. Before you put it on your skin, rub it on the back of your hand so there’s not as much glue or else it can get a bit painful.
  3. You don’t have to use the MR palette, but I do think that rose/rust shades look best with this. I used the Venetian Red shade and swept this in a line above my crease. You want to make sure there’s space above the crease because you’re going to cut it later. Does that sound violent? Yes. Yes it does.
  4.  To add dimension to the eye, I took the brown shade (Cyprus Umber) and used this on the inner and outer thirds of my lids.
  5. Here comes the fun part! Time to cut the crease. With a bit of concealer and a small brush, carefully apply the concealer in a smooth line above your crease (essentially making a new crease).
  6. Go over the area where you applied concealer with a shimmery pearl color (I used Vermeer). Also add this to the inner corner of your eyes.
  7. On the outer third and center of the lids, apply a rose gold metallic shimmer. I used the MAC paint pot’s rose gold and patted this on lightly. To make the glitter color really stick, some Fix-It spray (or even a dab of contact solution on the brush) helps make the glitter vibrant.
  8. To emphasize/add dimension to the crease, use some gel eyeliner and lightly outline the outer third. Soften this with some black eyeshadow blended over where you put the eyeliner.
  9. Almost done, I swear! Now line your eyes, connecting the small line where you emphasized the crease into a cat eye.
  10. Line your water line and bottom lid. Smoke it out with some of the rust-red shade (I used Red Ochre), throw on a pair of falsies, and you’re done with the eyes!

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I had the chance to read WINTERSONG last year, and it’s one of my favorite debuts of 2017! Below is the summary from Goodreads 🙂 You can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or IndieBound!

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

S. Jae-Jones uses gorgeous imagery, and one of my favorite scenes from the books involves Leisl’s encounter with The Lorelei, mythological creatures similar to sirens and mermaids. I was so inspired by the scene that I came up with this look! Hope you enjoy.

What I used:

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How I did it:

  1. For the face, I just used foundation all over the model (hi cookie!) with a damp beauty blender.
  2. Next, I used the blue shade from the UD Electric palette over her lids, beneath her eyes, across her cheekbones and swept it up to the temples. After that, I went in with a navy shade and started stippling this across the original light blue color and applied this to her crease. I didn’t want this look to be precise, so if it gets messy, don’t worry. The Otherworld isn’t very neat or precise either lol.
  3. From there I started adding highlights with the silvery shade and used a damp brush to press the color into her temples, on her brow bone, inner corners of her eyes, on the center of her lids and on the tops of her cheekbones. I also did the same on her neck to create this ethereal mermaid/scale-effect.
  4. I finished up the eyes with a sloppy smokey eye by applying black shadow in an outer “V” (shape: >) and finishing with winged eyeliner and over-drawing the brows.
  5. From there, we started contouring, with a very dramatic contour in her cheekbones and beneath her collarbones.
  6. After that, I used the MAC pigment pots and dusted the silvery vanilla shade over her cheekbones and used the blue-brown to add shimmer to the contour spots. I also wanted the skin to look a little stressed, so I took one of the pink shades from the UD palette and applied this below the blue on her cheeks.
  7. Finished it up with very small gold accents above her brows and neck, applied false lashes, and voila!

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I haven’t had this much fun with a makeup look in a lonnnnnnng time. Somehow, we are only SIX months away from the release of A CROWN OF WISHES. It’s absurd. This book demanded so much of me. It’s very different from The Star-Touched Queen because, like siblings — which I think is an accurate description since ACOW is not a sequel, but it’s own standalone —  they may have grown up side by side but they wanted different things out of life.

I think I rewrote ACOW at least 4x, but maybe that’s just part of my process? I’m beginning to find out that I have to write at least 2 drafts before I know what the book wants to be, which usually leaves me with a hefty 200,000+ words of NOT A BOOK. Which is fine. Most of the writers I know usually cannibalize the parts that didn’t make it into a draft and use it elsewhere. I realize how gruesome that sounds. Now you cannot say that I never warned you how writing is a harrowing profession.

Without further ado, a makeup look inspired by the glorious cover (all thanks to the genius over at MacMillan: Danielle Fiorella!) Since this summer’s trend seems to be the dramatic cut-crease, that’s the look I imitated on my model.

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  1. Prime the eye (especially if you have oily lids, like me) or pat concealer over the eyelid and set it lightly with translucent powder. If you’re worried about eyelash fallout, pat a generous amount of loose powder beneath your eyes, so you can sweep it all off at the end. With a look as exact as this, I really think tape is helpful if you’re just starting off with makeup.
  2. Above your natural eyelid crease, sweep a lime green shadow starting from your inner corner. If you’re not sure where to put this line, just look in the mirror for where you’d want the green to show up when you’re looking at yourself straight on, and draw there.
  3. Layer the green! On A CROWN OF WISH’s cover I noticed shades of lime and teal, so I deepened the lime green with a teal color. Blend, blend, blend! Make sure that you’re leaving the center of the eyelid free of makeup.
  4. This is where you get the “cut” look. With a small brush and some concealer, carve out a new eyelid crease. Notice how the colors look super sharp now?
  5. Pat over the concealer with gold. You can go as shimmery as you’d like! The more pigmented, the better, but be sure to stay in the space that you created with the concealer.
  6. I decided to pat some silver eyeshadow over the gold, but that’s up to you and entirely optional!
  7. Define the space between the two colors with some black eyeshadow. Work slowly and blend it out. You want this to look like a shadow gradient on the colors, not a sweep of black.
  8. Line the eyes! This is where the tape becomes very helpful because you’ll notice that the colors are all separated at the edge of the eye. I think a dramatic wing suits this look best. If the black isn’t as pigmented as you want, use different eyeliners. Start with pencil and go over it with liquid eyeliner until your’e satisfied with the pigment.
  9. On the bottom lashline, repeat the green layering process — start with lime, then teal. Black looks a little heavy handed with this look, but do you!
  10. Top it off with lipstick and you’re done 🙂

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Hi!

Last week, EW revealed the cover, synopsis and first chapter of A CROWN OF WISHES. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here! I could not be more humbled by the response the book got, and I am so so so thankful for your enthusiasm! This book is wildly different from THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. If TSTQ is the book of my heart and homage to my childhood stories, then A CROWN OF WISHES is the book of my dreams. It’s less of a fairytale and more of an adventure. If you want to sneak a peek at some of the things that have inspired me lately, all you have to do is peruse my Pinterest (sorry not sorry that 30% of it is Fawad Khan because omgthatmanisbeautiful). And if you haven’t already, you can add A CROWN OF WISHES on GoodReads right here!

And last, today (June 27) I’m on Reddit participating in an AMA! So if there’s anything you want to know, or if you’d like your future predicted or what have you, please find me there and ask away!

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