2013 Hippopotamuslee Highlights

I've never written a year-end highlights post but I figured maybe a little reflection was in order while enjoying breakfast for dinner. After all, I did post more this year than any other. My topics may seem to jump around quite a bit, but they always fall into one of six categories. Here are my favorite posts in each:


NOTW: Uneven Lengths + Simple How-To

Glitter Gradient Nail Art Tutorial

DIY & Crafts

WIP: Round One

Crochet Quilt Hexagons


Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Beyoncé!

Fatshion OOTD

Food: Savory

Comida Venezolana

Venezuelan Arepas Aprea de Dominó con Aguacate

Food: Sweet

Homemade Confectionery

Homemade Confectionery Chocolate Truffles

Get the Look

A Romantic Look with LORAC's GLOgetter Palette

Makeup Tutorial for a romantic look LORAC GLOgetter



Propagating leaf cuttings succulents

Aside from last week's Beyoncé inspired Get the Look post (super close runner-up to my fave!), I took a monthlong vacation from blogging. I can't say that was at all planned but it looks like it's becoming a yearly tradition for me. Something about the holidays rushing in makes me stall a bit and before I know it it's New Year's Eve! Next year I'll do better, I promise. Happy New Year!


Get the Look from Beyoncé's "Mine" ft Drake

Maybe—just maybe if you live under a rock, you don't know that Beyoncé released a surprise, self-titled, visual album at midnight on Friday the 13th. I was up, I freaked out, I downloaded it, I cried, and now here we are.

Her makeup in each video is absolute perfection thanks to makeup artist, Sir John B. I tweeted about my desire to recreate all of her looks and you guys encouraged me! So here's my take on the beautiful teal look from Beyoncé "Mine" (featuring Drake):


Beyoncé Mine ft Drake Makeup Tutorial - Eyes Open Beyoncé Mine ft Drake Makeup Tutorial - Eyes Closed
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This look was so easy to achieve! I'm not usually one for blue eyeshadow (I'm always saying that) but I really love how this turned out. It can also be toned down if you use a lighter hand and/or omit the blue base. That's actually something I might try because I think I'm just at that too fair-skinned to pull it off mark. To off-set the intensity of the eyes, I used Revlon Shine Lipstick in Honey Bare, which is a touch too peach for me. One day I'll find a nude that works!

Beyoncé's eyebrows are always awesome and a bit tamed-but-untamed, if that makes sense. I tried to emulate this by using short, heavy-handed strokes of product then applying a super light coat of black mascara to my brow hair. e.l.f.'s 3-in-1 Mascara has the perfect wand for this.

Products Used:
Milani Eyeshadow Primer in 01 Nude
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald
Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Blue Had Me At Hello
Red Earth Eyeshadow Single in GR098
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Pure White
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil in Turquoise
Jordana 12-HR Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Black Point
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
e.l.f. 3-in-1 Mascara
e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Medium

Beyoncé Mine ft Drake Makeup Tutorial - Products Used

Beyoncé Mine ft Drake Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply blue base (Edgy Emerald) over entire eyelid with finger.
Step 2: Apply mauve (not pictured—ugh!) to outer crease with blending brush.
Step 3: Pat navy blue (RC Crease) onto inner & outer eyelid with eyeshadow brush.
Step 4: Pat aqua/teal (RC Eyelid) onto center of eyelid with eyeshadow brush.
Step 5: Pat icy blue (RC Browbone) onto center of aqua/teal (RC Eyelid) with finger.
Step 6: Apply blue-black (LC Crease) to crease and blend with crease brush.
Step 7: Apply silver frost (LC Browbone) as highlight to tear duct with finger.
Step 8: Line lower lash line with turquoise eyeliner.
Step 9: Set inner 1/2 with green (GR098), outer 1/2 with navy blue (RC Crease).
Step 10: Tightline upper lash line with waterproof black eyeliner.
Step 11: Line waterline with white waterproof eyeliner.


I used inexpensive, easy to find drugstore products to help encourage you to try Beyoncé's look from "Mine" for yourself. If you don't already own Wet n Wild's Blue Had Me At Hello, I suggest you go pick it up ASAP. It's being discontinued and it's on clearance at CVS right now! The eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, too. Did you notice I went wingless in an attempt at authenticity? Aren't you proud??