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Tutorial: Smoky Lemon Lime FOTD

22 Jan

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FOTD: Classic Makeup

30 Dec

 Sometimes you just wanna wear makeup without looking extremely made up. This is one of those looks…

SAM_03922The key to pulling off your own classic makeup look is to find neutral eyeshadows that complement your skin tone. Whether you’re ivory, caramel or mahogany complected, look for shadows that are within 2 shades of YOUR foundation or pressed powder. Use a combination of lighter & darker colors to create depth on your eyelid. Hey! If you prefer, you can even use your pressed powder as an eyeshadow. And finish does matter! While there’s nothing wrong with using frosty and/or shimmery shadows to re-create this FOTD, I believe that eyeshadows with matte finish will produce the most natural-looking results.  They tend to give you that airbrushed, flawless look that will make people question whether or not you’re wearing makeup. *cues Beyoncé* Here’s what I did to create my classic FOTD…

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FOTD & Review of TBN Blackened Violet

8 Dec

SAM_0373Two Christmases ago I purchased a few samples from The Body Needs’ Blackened Collection. I’m not a huge smoky eye girl, so I’m just now getting around to using them. I opted for loose shadow, but TBN also sells BV pressed into a 26mm pan or a “crush pot” – NOT to be confused with Coastal Scents’ “hot pots,” LOL! The sample size costs about $2 and is about 1/2 tablespoon of loose e/s encased in a 0.5 gram sifter jar. This is the perfect size for someone who is interested, but not willing to make a commitment to the full size product.

What’s interesting about BV is that it takes on a different cast depending on what color base you use underneath the pigment. See for yourself…

swatches of blackened violet over NYX jumbo pencils

swatches of blackened violet over black, red & white bases (using NYX jumbo pencils) – NO FLASH

Although the price & packaging of Blackened Violet are great, I was pretty underwhelmed by the actual performance of the product. I felt that I had to pack it on to get a decent color payoff and found that it had a lot of fallout.The color is so dark that you’ll need makeup remover or a wet wipe to keep from looking like you have dark circles under your eye or you got TKO’ed last night! I also discovered that blending out Blackened Violet will remove most of the shimmer, which is what makes it so pretty in the swatches on my hand. I even used a metallic base to help the shimmer translate, but the finished product was quite demure. For that reason, this s e/s was a fail for me (Overall score: 4). But if you’re in the market for a blackish-purplish e/s with a little bit of shimmer, then this may be the one for you. *kanye shrug* ONTO the FOTD…

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Halloween FOTD: Z-Kitty

9 Nov

HEY Y’ALL! I know it’s been forever, but this was my FOTD for Halloween 2013. One of my friends threatened bodily harm if I refused to share it with you, so here I am… late as hell, but obediently sharing 😉 This look is very similar to the  Zeta Love FOTD, so if you haven’t seen it, you can watch that video here. I did use different products to achieve the look below, but the general concept is the same. Enough chatter… onto the makeup!

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PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I started by applying a piece of tape to the outer corners of my eyelid, for a nice, crisp line. Then I applied CS Hot Pot in Cornflower Blue (a matte light blue e/s) to my crease. The Cornflower Blue served as a transitional color to blend the deeper shades of blue into my skin color. Next I applied the darkest shade of blue, Indigo, to my outer v. Then I faded the e/s from dark to light, going towards my nose. From Indigo into Electric Blue, Electric Blue into Cornflower Blue and Cornflower Blue into Powder Pink (which is actually a matte white e/s with slight pink undertone). I blended the upper edge of my crease using Oatmeal Tan (a matte camel e/s). BTW, all of the aforementioned e/s are matte ones, from the Coastal Scents Hot Pots collection (pictured below). Finally I used the frosty champagne e/s from the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional e/s quad in Canyon Stone to highlight my brow bone.

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OTHER DETAILS… I used NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip pencil in Espresso (820) & a matte dark brown e/s from my 88 warm palette to fill in my eyebrows. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal mascara in Glam Black on my lashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline & created a wing on the inner & outer corners using a tiny liner brush dipped in Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black.

FACE: For spot correction I used, Ruby Kisses 3D face creator in Level 11. Then I dusted a light layer of L’oreal True Match Powder in Nut Brown (C7) over my face.

CHEEKS: Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks & Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey on the apples. I dipped my finger into the frosty champagne e/s from the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional e/s quad in Canyon Stone to highlight the highest part of my cheekbones.

LIPS: I filled in my lips using NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip pencil in Nude Beige (857) & topped it off with Femme Couture Super Juicies Lip Gloss in Creamy Pink.

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Cattify Yoself Boo!

I did not record a video of the cattification process, but you can find a plethora of YT videos dedicated to this endeavor here. You’ll need a thin liner brush, some black cream or gel eyeliner w/ tremendous staying power & some black liquid eyeliner. I applied Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black to my nose using a liner brush. Then I dipped a sharpened pencil into the same eyeliner to create the whisker follicle dots. To create the whiskers I used Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Liner in Blackest Black. I purchased the blue leopard ears from Walmart for under $2 (last year). It came with a mask, but who needs that when you’ve got great makeup?! HINT: the time to buy Halloween supplies is the 1st week of November, so go make your preparations for next year. Por ejemplo, I nabbed an INCREDIBLE Mardi Gras-esque mask w/ peacock feathers & sequins for under $5. I’m not sure how I’ll use it yet, but the Mobilian in me just couldn’t say no.

FOTD: Terracotta & Teal

8 Jun

PRIMER/BASE: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce & Tangy (tangerine orange cream shadow)

SHADOW: I applied matte peach (from the Wet N Wild Greed palette) e/s to the innermost portion of my lower lid. I blended the peach into Black Radiance blush in Soft Honey; it’s a matte terracotta color. YES! you can use blush as eyeshadow. 😉 Then I used my Coastal Scents crease brush to apply matte blackened purple (from the WNW Lust palette) to my outer v. Finally I used matte camel (from the WNW Vanity palette) to highlight my browbone.

OTHER DETAILS… I used matte blackened purple e/s from the WNW Lust palette to fill in my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my lashes. I defined my upper lashline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black & my lower lashline in L’Oreal H.I.P. cream liner in Teal.

LIPS: Trendy Mauve lipstick by Lancome & Ruby Kisses Jellicious Lip Gloss in Cotton Candy

FACE & CHEEKS: Nada

FOTD: Rolling in the deep

6 Mar

This look incorporates three of my favorite things in life: blues, greens & the all important CUT CREASE! Enjoy… 🙂

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte green e/s (from the Wet N Wild Pride palette) over the my entire lower eyelid. To create the cut crease, I used my pencil brush to draw a line of matte navy blue e/s along my crease (Pride palette). I highlighted my brow bone area w/ matte peach e/s (from the WNW Greed palette) & used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to blend the blue into the peach. I used the sparkly white (Pride palette) to highlight the inner corner of my eyelids.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve + Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

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Hey Giovanni!

I washed, conditioned, detangled & air-dried my hair prior to twisting. I made about 18 twists using Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. These pics are of my 2nd day hair.

FOTD & Product Review: Spoiled Brat

12 Feb

If you’re looking for a festive (but not outrageous) makeup look for a hot date with your sweetie, please consider…

Click here to watch the video tutorial!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Pomegranate Punk (burgundy w/ gold sparkles)

SHADOW: I applied magenta e/s over my entire lower eyelid & smudged a bit of sparkly black e/s into the outer v to create a smoky look (both colors from the WNW Spoiled Brat palette). Then I used my pencil brush to apply frosty silver e/s (also Spoiled Brat) to the inner corners of my eyelids & matte peach e/s (WNW Greed palette) to highlight my brow bone area.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

LIPS: Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

CHEEKS & FACE: Nada

Product Review

Price:            1   2   3   4   5   6   7    ●   9

Packaging:   1   2   3   4   ●   6   7   8   9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   ●   7   8   9

        Overall score: 6

The Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat trio consists of a frost-finish silver, a matte-finish black w/ silver glitter & a magenta-colored e/s in a satin finish.  Although I did not personally purchase this palette (it was a gift), it only costs $3! And that’s the regular price… what a steal! I have nothing good or bad to say about the packaging (hence the score of 5). In terms of efficacy I could only muster a 6. Why? You can get sparkly black or frosty silver e/s just about anywhere, but the promise of pink is what draws most people to purchase this palette. Ironically, the pink one was the poorest performing shadow of this trio. It’s less pigmented than the other shadows, it shows up darker than it appears in the pan & it has a lot of fallout during application. I’m not saying that it’s not worth buying… just don’t expect to be amazed by this pink. The black & silver e/s are both very pigmented, so I would recommend this palette. However if you already own these three colors there’s no need purchase Spoiled Brat.

Swatched on top of NYX Milk pencil (flash photography)

FOTD: 80s Baby!!!

12 Dec

It’s flashback time! What did you love about the 80s? My favorite 80s phenomena (in no particular order) are:

  • NEON COLORS (obviously)
  • Molly Ringwald movies
  • Pre-surgical Michael
  • Pre-crack Whitney
  • Slouch socks!!!
  • Stirrup leggings
  • Ghostbusters
  • Fast Times @ Ridgemont High
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Prince
  • Fat Luther

Ahhh… as fun as that was, I know you didn’t come here to reminisce, so let’s talk about makeup! 🙂 For this look I used NYX Cosmetics Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange Zest Pearl… NOT to be confused with Orange Pearl (see Thanksgiving FOTD). They appear similar but Orange Pearl (left) is a coppery, metallic orange, whereas Orange Zest is (right) a peachy orange speckled w/ gold glitter. Orange Zest is very sparkly w/ TONS of glitter fallout. The fallout doesn’t bother me enough not to wear it, but if you’re wearing a full face that day (concealer, foundation, etc.), you might wanna do your eyes first. NOTE: Milk was used as a base for these swatches, but they are extremely pigmented, so any flesh-colored base would work just as well.

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange Zest Pearl. I used my crease brush to apply matte fuchsia e/s to the crease & blended that upwards into matte peach e/s (Wet N Wild Greed palette). Finally I used matte plum purple e/s (from the Wet N Wild Lust palette) to deepen my outer v.

   

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy brow wax & CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & Maybelline Volume Express “Falsies” Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with”The Deep End” waterproof cream liner by Sephora. I also used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010for light to medium complexions).

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

CHEEKS: I used Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks & Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey on the apples.

LIPS: Carmex + L’Oreal H.I.P. lip gloss in Inviting

What are your favorite 80s moments/ trends/ music/ phenomena?

FOTD: To Egypt

6 Dec

Modern-day athletes have been known to smear eye black across their cheeks to keep the glare of bright stadium lights from impairing their vision. This practice can be traced all the back to Egypt, where they wore thick dark eyeliner to reduce the glare of the sun. Although glamorous chicks like us employ hata blockas to do that job, we can still appreciate the beauty of Egyptian inspired makeup.

This look was RIDICULOUSLY simple. I only used 2 different eyeshadows. The “Egyptian flair” comes from winging the tips of my eyeliner. If you haven’t already, you should consider purchasing a cream or gel eyeliner (black) & a good liner brush. Kohl pencils are great, but they won’t give you the boldness of a cream liner. This look can also be recreated using black liquid liner, but the drawback with that is that you can only use it on your upper lashline. Liquid eyeliner + your waterline = frustration & black tears all over your cheeks.  Just don’t do it to yourself, LOL!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yellow

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Yellow Gold pearl. Finally I used matte camel e/s (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette) to highlight my brow bone.

    

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy brow wax & CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & Maybelline Volume Express “Falsies” Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I winged my upper lashline & defined my waterline using Wet n Wild cream eyeliner in black.

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

LIPS:  COBigelow lip gloss in Pink Mint (from BBW)

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SN: I’ve been rocking the same curly fro since last Tues or Wed! Most nights I sleep in about 8 twists at night. Some nights, my curls have stayed intact without even having to re-twist. In the morning I just separate fluff & go. I love the volume & the ease of this style. Giovanni & I are deeply in love & yet I’m dreading hairwashing day… LOL! What’s your wig doing this week?

Thanksgiving FOTD

25 Nov

I haven’t done an Autumn inspired FOTD yet, so I felt that Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to embrace the colors of this season… ENJOY!

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PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange pearl. To create the cut crease, I used my pencil brush to draw a line along the crease of my eyelid in shimmery, dark green e/s (from the Wet N Wild Snow Sprite palette). Then I used my Coastal Scents Italian badger hair crease brush to blend that line & fade the dark green e/s into a lighter shimmery green (Verdigris by Ulta). Finally I used matte camel e/s (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette) to highlight my brow bone.

   

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy brow wax & CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & Maybelline Volume Express “Falsies” Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline with Wet n Wild cream eyeliner in black & my waterline with Ruby Kisses HD gel liner in “green shimmer”.  I also used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010 for light to medium complexions).

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

LIPS: E.O.S. Honeysuckle Honeydew lip balm + Liplicious lip gloss in Brown Sugar