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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Favorite Lid Brushes

My two favorite brushes that I use to apply eyeshadow on the lid area...are not actually lid brushes! Of all my beauty items I think the thing I have the least of is brushes. I often get so excited about new eyeshadow and lipstick colors I neglect building my brush collection. So I am always on the lookout for good quality brushes that are inexpensive.

Right now I am loving the 1/2 Loew Cornell 270 Maxine's Mop (actually a paintbrush) and the Makeup Geek Mini Concealer brush. They are both flat shader brushes great for packing on color and are around 5 dollars. I like the Maxine Mop for when I want to do an all over wash of color. The bristles are dense but soft and I also think this would work great for large eyes. I got mine at Michael's, but I think you could find it at most craft stores. The MUG brush is great for all eye sizes and I really like it for more detailed work. I use this brush to apply paint pots and other cream products quite often too.

I have heard the mini concealer is a dupe for the MAC #239 but I am not positive because I don't own it. I own for the most part Sonia Kashuk and ELF Brushes, along with some miscellaneous Sephora ones and paintbrushes. To me, if it works and is of good quality, that's what is most important. Not a high-end price tag. That's not to say that I wouldn't like more MAC brushes: I would love some! But it's also nice to save money :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Random Post is Random

Hello! What a hectic week! Every year at work we do a fundraiser for JDRF (Juvenille Diabetes Research) and have been working on the preparations for that. We always make hair clips and accesories to sell as well as all the flyers and stuff. At the end of the month we also have a bake sale, car wash, and cut-a-thon. So yeah, a bit busy.

Sweet flower clip I made! I used fabric scrapbooking flowers, a button, a ribbon, a clip, and hot glue! We also made headbands from recycled t-shirts and rhinestones.

I wanted to post a look I did a few days ago. I reminds me of a Hawaiian sunset!

Products Used:

  • Palladio Herbal Eye Primer
  • Makeup Geek Mandarin
  • Makeup Geek Chickadee
  • MAC Samoa Silk
  • MAC Brown Down
  • MAC Vanilla
  • Urban Decay 24/7  liner in Demolition
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Electric
  • Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Peace
  • Ardell Falsies
  • Cargo Better than Waterproof mascara
  • Anastasia Soft Brown eyebrow pencil
  • Rhinestone from Michael's

And...one more random thing: I got a really cute pedicure! What's more relaxing?

I LOVE mint this summer!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Purple and Yellow Look with Tutorial

If you really want an eyeshadow combo to pop, use colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example: have you ever noticed the Christmas colors red and green look awesome together? That's because they are complementary colors! I decided to do a look with purple and yellow because I received Sugarpill's Poison Plum eyeshadow in the mail a week ago and have been itching to use it! So here's the LOTD (look of the day):

First you want to prime your lid ( I used UDPP) and apply NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk. I used a small shader brush to blend it over my entire eye area.

Then, use a piece of scotch tape to get a sharp, clean line. I put it on my shirt and pulled it off a few times so it didn't tug at my skin. The skin around the eyes is delicate.

I next used an angled eyeliner brush to apply Sugarpill Poison Plum to my crease. Once this is done you can wipe off the brush  and blend the color upward a bit.

I used a blending brush with a little bit of the color Wisteria by Makeup Geek on it to blend the shadow upwards and get rid of any harsh lines.

Using a flat shader brush, pat on a matte bright yellow color. I used MUFE 02.

Apply MUG Mandarine (or any bright orange color) to outer corner and blend into yellow using MUG Chickadee.

Use a fluffy brush to apply a matte white color to browbone and use to blend out the purple more if needed. You can also add a little matte black to the crease with a small crease brush to add depth at this point, just be sure to blend well. Fill in brows, add liner and mascara.

I then used my angled eyeshadow brush to apply Poison Plum to my lower lash line. I cleaned off the brush and also used it to apply a little of the matte yellow to the inner third under my eye. Blend these colors well together.

And voila! I used makeup remover to get rid of any fallout under the eyes (it sometimes happens with such pigmented colors) and applied a little concealer under my eye. I used the Coastals Scents Camo Quad in Light. So how was that for my first picture tutorial? Hopefully that was helpful and if so I will post more looks in this format.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fiery Eyes

This is an interesting look for me. Normally when I wear colorful makeup, I stick with cooler colors. They are opposite on the color wheel of my brown eyes so they really pop! But I thought I'd try something a little different this time.

I really like how this look turned out but I had a hard time getting good pictures of it because the lighting was bad. So this is one of the only decent pics I could get, and I had to brighten up the photo a lot. I was inspired by the colors of fire and tried to stick with yellow. orange and red. I used scotch tape to get the clean line and shape and attached some rhinestones I got from Michael's for added flare. I decided not to do false lashes because it was already pretty dramatic.

Products used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • MUG Burlesque
  • MUG Razzleberry
  • MUG Chickadee
  • MUG Yellow Brick Road
  • MUFE 03 (matte white)
  • Urban Decay Blackout
  • Urban Decay Half-Baked (bottom lash line)
  • MAC Down Brown (fill eyebrows)
  • Palladio liquid liner black
  • Maybelline Blackest Black Great Lash mascara
  • Jewels from craft store
  • Anastasia brow wax

On a nerdy note, these colors also remind me of Gryffindor ;)  I was so excited when I passed by Barnes and Noble the other day and saw a poster advertising J.K. Rowling's new book! It's totally not related to Harry, but she's still an amazing author. Let's see if lightning strikes twice!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Go To Look

Hello again! My look of the day is one I do often. I'm not saying I wear this everyday or anything, but when I want to look nice but am not feeling creative this is one of my go to looks. Honestly, my everyday look is not that exciting as its usually just my foundation routine, blush, mascara, and a nude lipstick or gloss. So yeah, this look would make for a better post!

Don't mind the awkward half smile lol!

Products used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot
  • MAC Melon pigment on lid
  • Milani Rich Java eyeshadow in crease and under lower lash line
  • MAC Ricepaper on brow bone
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
  • Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara
  • Anastasia brow pencil in Soft Brown
  • Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Palladio Rice Powder in Natural
  • Nars Deep Throat blush (one of my favorite ever blushes!)
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink
  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer (lightest shade)
  • Lorac Nude Beach lipstick (if I only had one lipstick this would be it!)

It's a pretty easy look to achieve overall. I also wanted to post a pic of my nails I did the other day. I'm terrible with polish so it was stickers again! These ones are Sally Hanson. I can't remember the the name but I love how cheerful and summery these look!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tardis Inspired Makeup

Let geekery and makeup unite! Doctor Who is one of my favorite shows and waiting for the new season this fall is agonizing! I was inspired to do this look after reading some articles on the BBC website. I have to admit I love the "new" Doctor Who best (meaning the the 2005 reboot) but I still enjoy some of the classic Tom Baker episodes as well. Thanks to my dad for having me watch 'The Ark in Space' and 'The Androids of Tara'!


  • Palladio Herbal Eye Primer
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk
  • MAC Platinum Pigment, inner third of eye
  • Urban Decay Polyester Bride, tear duct area
  • Urban Decay Ransom mixed with MAC Deep Truth, outer third and crease
  • MAC Contrast, outer V blended into crease
  • Unknown white matte shadow mixed with Mac Blanc Type on browbone and to blend
  • MAC Freshwater under lashline and to blend the middle of the lid
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
  • Cargo Better than Waterproof mascara
  • Ardell Accent Lashes
  • Urban Decay Buck to fill brows 

I even went a bit timelordy with the outfit! I wore blue and white and wore my pocket watch necklace.

For the rest of my face I did the usual foundation routine and wore a mix of Benefit Coralista and MAC Peaches for blush. For the lips I applied NYX Pumpkin Pie Lipstick and one of my Stila Lip Glazes (I forget which one).

Ahh Eleven... I love him but I miss Ten sometimes

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Water Sign-Pisces Inspired Look

Hola again! Inspiration hit me so I guess it's two posts this week! I was playing around with eyeshadows the other day and realized I hadn't done a look with blues in awhile. I really wanted to use my MUG Shimmermint shadow as well because it's such a gorgeous color but I haven't really experimented with it much. So this is the look I came up with:

The ocean colors reminded me of my astrological sign, Pisces. I realize this is not the most wearable look but I wanted to get creative. I think it might be fun to do another astrological look but we'll see! I'll play around and see what I come up with!


  • MUG Shimmermint
  • MAC Freshwater
  • MAC Deep Truth
  • MAC Contrast
  • MAC Moon's Reflection
  • MAC Blanc Type
  • MAC Vanilla
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Sabbath
  • Cargo Better Than Waterproof mascara
  • Anastasia Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
  • MAC Lipstick in Blankety