Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Bold Valentine's Day Look

Anyone who knows me knows I love vibrant makeup... Sometimes I border on Drag! Looks like this one do NOT intimidate me at all. I adore colour! If this freaks you out too much, but a soft gold wash on the eyes like my last Valentine's day look is not enough for you, I will post a moderate-intensity look soon.
This was the look I wore when I went to Sephora that one time before Christmas and accidentally bought a really good brush, which I used today for my foundation!

The inspiration for the colours is obvious...

 I had a little trouble with the lighting in this next photo...



Finally I put my Sugarpill to use.

Products used:

-Lancome Teinte Miracle in Bisque 7
-Makeup Forever HD Foundation #117 (mixed them together)
-Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in Bisque (under eyes)
-Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation in M40 (under eyes)
-Laura Mercier Matte Translucent Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder Shine Control
-NYX Mosaic Powder in Love
-MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Inglot Eyeshadow #66 (blended in crease, lower lashline)
-Makeup Forever Eyeshadow #92 (vibrant purple to crease cut-crease, lower lashline)
-Sugarpill Chromalust in Birthday Girl (bright pink used wet all over the lid)
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Virgin (browbone and inner corners)
-NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (waterline, to open up zee eyeballz!)
-Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in Black Glam (winged eyeliner)
-L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

-Inglot Sleeks Cream #89 

I hope you're inspired by this and try something new!

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Makeup: What Not to Do

So this is a crappy phone picture of me and my high school friend Kelsey.
Kelsey, Liz
 And another...
Liz, Kelsey
 One more...
Just Kelsey
We took these pictures about a year ago for a school project.
Long Story.

But I thought these were a good visual example of what NOT to do with your makeup.

1. Foundation should match your skin tone. It should not be 3 shades lighter, or darker, or more orange, or more yellow, or pink or ashy. If for some reason it does not match perfectly, use less of it and blend down to your neck a bit so you don't get that awful line at the jaw. Maybe try mixing it with your moisturizer for lighter coverage if it is not your perfect colour. And make sure the application is even, not splotchy and cakey. And go easy on the powder too. You only need enough to set the makeup, not to make your face a flat mask all day.

2. Bronzer is not face powder. If you want t look tan, caking layer after layer of bronzer all over your face just makes it look like you are wearing a mask. There has to be some contrast between the warmth of the bronzer and the tone of your skin to make it look like a sun-kissed glow. LIGHTLY dust it just under your cheekbones for a contour, and a teeny bit at the temples, around the hairline, and tops of the cheeks will make it look like the sun has naturally tinted your skin, not like you suffer from a pigmentation problem in your skin.

3. Blush is meant to give your cheeks a nice flush, not make your face the same colour as the blush in the pot. Using very little pressure, apply the blush towards the upper half of the apples of your cheeks (the part that pops when you smile) and sweep it back a BIT. Don't apply blush into your hairline, temples, jaw, or ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR NOSE. If you do not have rosacea, don't pretend you do.

4. When it comes to concealer, less is more. I am right there with you suffering from acne scars and disgusting dark circles. But layering on clumps of product will only draw attention to problem areas. Lightly dab a bit of concealer directly on the area (using a clean finger or brush) and blend the excess product around it so it fades into the rest of your skin.. Do not compensate for very dark circles by applying concealer that is too light for you. Concealer still lets some skin show through, and using a shade that is too light will make you look sick.

5. Use an eyeshadow primer.
Or I will find you.

6. Instead of smacking on as much eyeshadow as you possibly can then try to smudge it out, start with a bit of shadow and build up the intensity so you can blend as you go. It is easier to add eyeshadow than it is to remove it. I cannot stress BLENDING enough. And do not apply bright blue eyeshadow up to your eyebrow. You're going to scare children like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show. And easy with the black.Use a BIT at a time, and gently blend. Do not smear it all over your eyes. Come on. And if you have an intense eye look going on, please keep the rest of your makeup simple. USE BRUSHES.

7. Do NOT over-pluck your eyebrows. This is by far the WORST thing I see ever on girls and women. Start with your natural brow shape, and just clean up the strays underneath and MAYBE on top. No tadpole eyebrows, or super-straight thin brows, or rainbow eyebrows. And if you like to fill them in like I do, use a matte eyeshadow, not a pencil, in a few shades lighter than the hairs. The goal is to gently tint the skin beneath the hairs so that when light hits your face, your eyebrows do not appear transparent. Do this lightly and follow the shape of your brows, gently filling in any serious gaps.
No tattoos.

8. Eyeliner. Aye-aye-aye. If you like dark eyes, do us all a favor and blend the blackness. Black eyeliner in the waterline can be very flattering if it is blended into the lower lashline well. You want smokiness, not a harsh line under your eye. It makes dark-circles more apparent. For liquid liner, start with a thin line as close to your upper lashes as possible, THEN create the shape/wing you want. Rather than tracing a long line, use short strokes for better precision. No liquid liner on the bottom. To make bottom eyeliner last longer rather than melt down throughout the day, lightly blend some similarly-coloured eyeshadow over it to set it in place. Be careful if you have sensitive eyes; do not put eyeshadow inside the eye, only under it.

9 Mascara is one of the best accessories to your face available. Eyeshadow and eyeliner are pointless without it. But PLEASE, for the love of all things beauty, do it properly! Don't glop on layer after layer of the gunk expecting flawless "volume". Your lashes should look separated, not like 4 thick black triangles stuck to your eye. When you open the wand, twist- don't pump- to get product into the bristles. Pumping will dry out the mascara and make clumping inevitable. Lay the wand at the base of your lashes, and gently wiggle it up towards the tips. Do this a few times, ensuring the lashes look like lashes and not a black stripe. Comb through them gently without clumping. Clumping is bad. Do not apply more product over a dry coat of mascara because it will cause clumping. Do not layer over mascara you had on yesterday because it will cause clumping. And get yourself a lash curler so you don't feel compelled to use as much product to shape your lashes. Replace your mascara every 3 months; no need to spend 20 bucks or more on something so disposable.

10. Dear Lip-Liner-Lady-At-The-Mall... You are setting a terrible example for EVERYONE. Lip liner is a great thing to have. But pressing it into a hard line around your mouth and filling your lips in with a pale lipstick is a tragedy. Use natural-looking colours that flatter your skin. Dark colours make small lips look smaller, so shy away from super deep browns and plums. They can be aging anyway. Use light, short strokes to trace the natural shape of your lips; you are not a drag queen so do not over-draw! Use the pencil to softly fill the lips in so the next thing lasts longer...

11. Lipstick is another great thing we use to enhance our lips. Using a lip brush to apply it over the lip liner will help with precision and even texture. NO BEIGE LIPS. They make you look DEAD. Ugh.  Try to keep the product away from the edge of the lip liner to prevent bleeding. Lip liner will help the colour last longer on your lips, but don't feel like you need to do it every day for pretty lips. If you like, you can just use....

12. Lip gloss is a pretty simple product. It comes with its own fool-proof applicator and is sheer enough for one colour to flatter a LOT of different skin tones. But don't overdo it! Glopping on layers of gloss will make your mouth look sticky and gross. Opt for a bit of shine to enhance your lips, not a mask of grease dripping down your face. Eww.

If you've managed to stick with me this long, I commend you.

This evening, my sister's boyfriend attempted to do her makeup. And while he was a little lost on the concept of eyeliner, he did a way better job than about half the women I see. At least he understands that less is more.

Aside from a minor eyeliner-across-the-eye mishap, this is not bad for someone who did not know what foundation was before today.

There's Matt behind Sam!! Great job :)
So just bear these tips in mind the next time you're looking at that picture of Snooki taped up to your mirror, with that bronzer-weapon at the ready. Have fun! Be you!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Simple Valentine's Day Look

Hello viewer! (Singular)
Valentine's day is in a couple of weeks and I figured it would be a good idea to upload a couple different looks here.
This one is just a soft, daytime face that is easy to do and does not take much to do well.

My face
Why not add a cute bow for the occasion?

Some closeups of eyes and lips...

My eyes

Where my nose would be

My mouth

Products Used:

-Lancรดme Teinte Idole in Bisque 7.
-Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation in M40 (under eyes)
-Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, just under eyes and t-zone, the rest of the skin should be glowy and fresh
-Laura Mercier Radiant Creme Colour in Polished (pink blended on my cheeks, pearl colour blended on top of my cheekbones for a highlight)

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Inglot eyeshadow #30 (white-gold on the browbone and inner corners), and #07 (shimmery gold, applied as a wash all over the eyelids and blended into the crease)
-MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow for eyebrows and upper lashline
-L'Oreal Carbon Black Mascara

-Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in #160 Fifth Ave. Fuchsia blended over lip balm with my finger to make it look like a stain...great trick for kissing!

Hope someone somewhere likes this and tries it out!!

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Monday, 23 January 2012

Yellow Lips?!

This one is for you, Kyle.
Kyle is my boyfriend who loves Spongebob Squarepants and bright colours very much.
Notice the new, yellow addition to my blog over there to your right?
Inspired by Kyle's quirky and bright personality is this unusual lip-focused look, if ya wanna call it that...

We all live in a yellow submarine
Because of the lighting in the pictures, my skin looks a funny colour and my lips look like duck lips.... But they're yellow so it's all good.
...And they were aaalll yellow
I don't see any reason why lips cannot be a colour other than pink or red or things like that. I like to have fun with colour, and while this may not be your ideal lip for school, you may want to try it out to wear to some kind of sporting event where the team colours are, oh I don't know, BLACK AND YELLOW.... <3 PCHS.
Moving on. People with a lot of redness in their skin might want to consider trying a colour other than yellow for this. Yellow will make redness look even worse. So will green.

Products Used:

-Lip Smackers Vanilla lips balm (I wiped most of it off once it soaked in)
-NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk (any white pencil would do, applied all over the lips)
-A mix of clear lip gloss, a small chunk of white eyeliner, and a whole bunch of powder from the following eyeshadows:
  1. Inglot #60
  2. Inglot #474
I just scraped the eyeshadow with a concealer brush and mixed it on the back of my hand with the gloss and pencil to make a kind of lipstick. I then applied it with a lip brush. The end!

 I had a lot of fun with this, and I hope you all try something like it in different colours. Who says you need to hunt down some expensive European company for yellow lips? Add some polka dots while you're at it.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Sephora Brush Set!

For Christmas, my mom got me this travel brush kit from Sephora...

Merry Christmas Lizzie!
 It contains 5 brushes.

1,2,3,4,5, everybody in the car so come on let's ride!

Powder Brush
Powder Brush handle

The powder brush is about the same size as the average blush brush. The reason I really like this size for a powder brush rather than the usual jumbo brush is because I can easily apply any kind of powder to crevices of my face; particularly around my nose. The fact that it is flat enables me to gently pat the powder on then blend, rather than brush it all over my face and potentially smear my foundation at the same time... The bristles are very soft.
Eyeshadow Brush
Eyeshadow Brush handle
I have a similar brush like this from Sephora, but with a red handle. The bristles are very soft, and I LOVE it for packing on colour. I specifically use it for pigments because it helps disperse the product smoothly onto the skin, and for super bright colours. It also helps blend out the edges so nicely. I honestly wish I had 10 of these.

My mom says "Waddya need so many brushes for! You only have two eyes!"

Smudge brush
 This smudgie brush works very well for smudging out creamy eyeliners on the upper and lower lashes. It is also useful for applying darker or coloured eyeshadows to those areas. This one is not itchy like many smudge brushes are.
... and handle
 This might be my favorite brush of the set. It is fluffy, soft, yet firm. This is the best brush I have for blending out eyeshadow in my crease. I can also apply medium-dark colours to my outer corners. Blending is an extremely important part of eyeshadow application, and a good brush is just as important. I actually LOVE it.

Angled liner brush
 This brush is pretty versatile in terms of detailed application product. It is great for lining the eyes with gel or liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow, and for filling in the brows. I also like it for creating a cut-crease or double-winged eyeliner. The bristles are smooth and firm.

 This retails for 42$, though my mom says she paid much more than that. Sephora says it is an 88$ value. Overall, I think around 50-ish is reasonable for 5 brushes. The handles are fairly long for travel-size. It is a really nice kit for beginners.

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MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

I was on a mission.
...and then I got sidetracked by this awesome colour.

After years of seeing it used in makeup tutorials, I finally decided to purchase satin taupe eyeshadow from MAC.
MAC satin taupe eyeshadow
I expected a taupe-grey colour similar to Urban Decay's mushroom, and while they look different in the pan, they apply similarly. Satin taupe has more of a mauve kind of undertone to it, and its finish is satin-shimmer. Mushroom is darker, more grey, and much more shimmery, so it looks lighter when applied.

Here it is!

Colour payoff is really nice, but I generally don't reach for my MAC shadows as much as some of my other favourites. That may change now.
Swatch with flash
Swatch without flash

The only thing I had trouble with was that this colour faded a bit by the end of the day. I sometimes have this problem with certain MAC shadows. And yes I used primer!

Overall, this colour is very pretty and would suit practically any skin tone, depending on how you use it.
I got the refill pan at MAC for 13.50$.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

New Inglot Setup!

Before Inglot became popular on YouTube, I become clinically dependent upon their delectable shadows.
Seriously. I bought one or two new colours ever couple of weeks.

This was my former setup.... It consists of one large empty Inglot palette without slots for the pans, and two CD cases that I taped a magnetic sheet to. Pale neutrals in one case, dark neutrals in the other, and colours were in the huge one (which is now discontinued! WHY?!).

Inglot squares, large circles, small circles; Makeup Forever 92; Urban Decay

To avoid continuing on with my addiction, I finally decided to purchase the Freedom System palettes!!!
That way, I have no place to put new eyeshadows unless I save up to buy a whole new palette.

Well anyway, here they are! I already had the eyeshadows.

They look messy.... it just means they are well-loved!
BoomBoom! BoomBoom! BoomBoom! BoomBoom!

Now now, I can't have photos napping on the job.... must fix this

 What I really like about these palettes is that you can arrange the colours any way you want, which often inspires makeup looks for me.
They can be rearranged, but the magnet is so strong that I had to  use a nail file to pop them out... Which resulted in some tragic gouging of heavenly eyeshadow.

The pigmentation of the matte colours and matte-with-sparkle-but-no-shimmer colours is very unique... Over ordinary primer with an ordinary brush, they may seem mediocre depending on the particular shade. But layered over a suuuuper thin, well blended out creamy base, the pigment just grabs on for dear life and literally shakes with vibrancy! I find them easy to blend.

The shimmer/frosty colours are breathtaking.
I can't even discuss it.

493: Lighter matte lilac in real life with a bit of sparkle.
439: Deep purple with cool blue shimmer
28: Icy blue with silver and blue shimmer
371: Ridiculous matte electric blue
473: Matte teal-turquoise with a golden sparkle

474: Lighter, smooth matte yellow with gold sparkle
60: Mustard, similar to Chrome Yellow by MAC with a golden sparkle
59: Lime-yellow-green that walks all over every other lime green I've ever had
58: Slightly dark matte grass green with gold and green sparkle
06: Olive with golden shimmer

07: Light shimmery gold with peachy undertone
405: Shimmery peachy bronze
406: Shimmery toasty bronze
409: Yummy shimmery deep bronze
402: Medium shimmery plum colour, good for blending out purples

361: Light, matte peachy pink like a pink rose petal
407: Coral with gold shimmer
51: Vivid, matte carrot orange
495:Matte red hot pink with gold sparkle
74: Matte deeper magenta with peachy sparkle

Gorgeous colours! There is something for everyone, trust me. By now I've been in the store over 40 times and covered my arm with every colour in there!!! So go in, have fun, their eyeshadows are only 10$ each compared to the 13 something at MAC, with almost twice the product.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Fun Purple Nails

For Christmas, I got my very first crackle-style polish!
Welcome, Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Ink Splatter.

Ink Splatter

I decided to pair it over a not-so-pale purple, because I didn't want too much of a contrast with the black. I used a Forever 21 nail polish. I can't find it anymore, but I believe it is called Love&Beauty Magenta. It is a gorgeous purple that is lighter than Makeup Forever #92 eyeshadow.
Silly comparison, I know.
Love&Beauty Magenta?

The Sally Hansen black overcoat is pretty matte somehow, but I used topcoat to make it shine. The splintery black areas are thinner and more sparse with a thin layer, and larger with smaller cracks if you use a thick coat.
Obviously two coats would not create a very nice effect.

Just thought this was a nice nail look for winter. Cooler tones, not glittery or too crazy. Hope someone out there tries this out!

The Forever21 polish retails for 2.80.
The Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat is under 10$.

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Makeup on Sammy

Sam does not like to wear makeup.
But I convinced her to let me attack her face for her grad photo about a month ago. YAY! I love my sister.
I wanted to keep it simple because she likes her gorgeous natural look, and I like how it turned out. I would have made it even lighter if it weren't for my uncontrollable urge to make her over. Plus I had flash photography to consider.

Isn't she cute, trying not to laugh at me!

What a cutie

Products Used:

-Cover FX Skin Prep
-Makeup Forever HD foundation #110
-Benefit Boi-ing concealer #01
-Laura Mercier Universal translucent powder
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer Park Avenue Princess
-Nars Blush Orgasm

-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk (inner corners)
-Inglot #351 light cream (inner corners, eyelid, browbone)
-Tarte Bronzer (blended in crease)
-Urban Decay Twice Baked (outer crease, lower lashline)
-Revlon Colorstay black eyeliner (upper lashline)
-Inglot #65 sparkly black (on top of eyeliner upper lashline)
-Maybelline Black Colossal Mascara

-A bit of Inglot Sleeks Cream #89 (sheer, coral peachy shade)

Hope you enjoy!

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