Halloween Makeup: Silence is Golden

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I rarely do SFX makeup, I usually just draw out my looks. It can be pretty difficult working with the "extra ingredients". But now with YouTube, you can learn to do just about anything. That's how I learned about using tissues and liquid latex to create fake skin.

 I wanted to get really into the gory stuff and I started out with this "smile". I wanted to give the appearance of a Glasgow Smile that got pinned back together. Very sick and something that might be part of a Saw movie.

For this look I used the liquid latex and tissue paper to make layers of skin. After cutting open the new layers, I added some blood and safety pinned back the latex layers. This is something that isn't super difficult, but like most Halloween looks, it does require some patience.

MAC Paint Pot "Soft Ochre"
MAC  "Brule" (lid and highlight)
MAC "Saddle" (crease)
Coastal Scents Hot Pot "Deep Roast" (crease)
Inglot gel liner "77"
Black eye shadow from Coastal Scents 88 Palette
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade "Dark Brown"
MAC "Parfait Amour" (lower lashline)
Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes "Flirty"
NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation "Tan"
LA Girl Pro HD Concealer "Medium Beige" (under eyes)
MAC blush "Pinch Me"
Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector "Medium"
Ben Nye Liquid Latex
Ben Nye Thick Blood
Ben Nye Stage Blood
Inglot gel liner "77"
Red and blue eyeshadows

Halloween Time: Peacock Makeup Look

Monday, October 6, 2014

It's Halloween! Candy, costumes and treats! Oh my! 

photo credit: makeup101withh.tumblr.com

I'm kicking off my set of Halloween looks with this peacock-inspired makeup look. This look is about intermediate-level. It requires more patience and time than anything else. It took me a couple of hours to complete this but it was largely taken up by my eyebrows. I used the MAC face chart above as a reference point.

I covered my eyebrows so that the colors can look more vibrant without the distraction of an eyebrow.There are plenty of tutorials for covering your eyebrows that you can find on YouTube.  I barely used expensive products, which makes this look quite affordable. I used a Wet n Wild palette named "Venice Vixen" that's currently out for Halloween and it includes a great dupe for MAC "Electric Eel".

Products Used
MAC Strobe Cream
NYX Stay Matte not Flat Foundation "Tan"
NYX Concealer pot "Tan"
Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector "Medium"
Ben Nye Contour Powder "No 1"
Elf HD Blush "Headliner"
Elmer's Glue Stick (to cover brows)
Palladio Rice Powder "Natural"
Wet n Wild palette "Venice Vixen"- bright blue and "definer" shadows (limited edition)
Coastal Scents 88 palette- cornflower, green, black and light blue shadows
Sugarpill eye shadow "2 AM"
Inglot gel Liner "77"
TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara
Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes "Flirty"
NYX lip liner "Mauve"
NYX Round Lipstick "Thalia"

Add Some Color With Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup in "Gilt-y As Charged" and "Punked Up Pink"

I was given the chance to try out the Redken Color Rebel temporary color. I'll admit I was kind of hesitant because I have really dark hair and temporary colors usually don't show up well on it. But I decided to test it out by doing a couple of peek-a-boo streaks in the front of my hair. I didn't want to go too crazy since I had to be mindful of my job (darn it).

Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup "Punked Up Pink"
The color I tried was "Punked Up Pink". The color comes packaged in a cylindrical tube with a separate spongy attachment. You had to remove the cap and attach the sponge yourself. This was pretty messy (well for me at least!) and I advise for you to wear gloves because this does stain. It comes off but it took a lot of scrubbing. 

You select the section of hair you want to color and you apply it using the spongy-thingy (can't think of another name for it). Depending on how intense you want the color, you can keep layering it on. I layered it about three times since my hair color is dark. After applying the color, you have to brush it out to distribute and set the color. You can also use a blow dryer but I just brushed it out. One thing about this is that you have to brush it out pretty thoroughly since it does stiffen your hair a bit, creating tangles.

And the color is pretty intense! After one wash, it stayed pretty pigmented. I got my hair done at the salon the next day and the stylists couldn't believe I achieved this color without bleaching it. They were pretty excited when I mentioned this product. The color blended really nicely with my hair since I chose subtle sections and my hair is dyed burgundy. And because my hair is burgundy, the pink showed up more on the purple side which I loved since you all know purple is my favorite color. I'm considering using it again to do peek-a-boo streaks through my head to keep it work appropriate. It washes out after two shampoos depending on much you layered and on the porosity of your hair. But for a quick removal, there's Redken Hair Cleansing Creme. Also, rubbing on some Argan Oil would do the trick.

My hair after one shampoo
I would definitely recommend this product for those that love to experiment but only want a temporary fix. Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup will be available this month in October. So perfect for Halloween!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Beyonce Makeup Photo Tutorial

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

photo credit: Radar Online

So over the weekend, Jay-Z may have or have not announced that him and Beyonce are expecting a another baby. I quite frankly did not care about this news. I cared more about the makeup that Mrs. Carter was rocking. Such a cool look! Awesome for a party and even for the upcoming holiday season. Never too early to start brainstorming looks.

I recreated this look and it's super easy to do. I love the pink and the silver glitter together. I used loose glitter because I only had a gold liquid liner. Also, with loose glitter you don't have to layer as much and it comes out much better in photos. Check out the pictorial below to learn how to create this look.


1. Prime your lids and sweep a shadow similar to your skin tone all over your eyelid. Then, use a color slightly darker than your skin tone and blend that into your crease to give your eye definition.
2. Line your upper lash line with a gel liner, slightly flicking the corner. 
3. Starting from the outside in, line your eye as if creating a cat eye. However outline a little outside your lash line to create a small "gap". 
4. Since I used loose glitter, I first filled the "gap" with a glitter adhesive so the glitter can have something to stick too. This step isn't necessary if you are using a liquid liner. Then I layered a silver loose glitter over the adhesive. I neatened up the edges with the black liner and I exaggerated the tail of the cat eye to make it a little more dramatic.
5. Beyonce wore a pink lip to complement this look. I lined my lips with a pink liner and topped it off with a matte pink lipstick. 

Products Used:

Smashbox Primer
Urban Decay Naked Foundation Shade 8.0
LA Girl HD Pro Concealer "Cool Tan"
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder "Dark Tan"
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer "Medium Deep"
Tan eye shadow from Wet n Wild "Vanity" palette (lid color)
Coastal Scents Hot Pot "Oktoberfest" (crease)
Inglot gel liner "77" 
TooFaced Glitter Glue
NYX Loose Glitter "Silver"
TooFaced "Better Than Sex" Mascara"
Anastasia Dip Brow Gel "Dark Brown" 
Wet n Wild Brow Kit "Brown"
Milani Statement Lip Liner "Fuschia"
MAC Retro Matte lipstick "Flat Out Fabulous" .

Review: Makeup by One Direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

From the company:

"A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford."

Makeup by One Direction "Midnight Memories" Collection

Unless you've been living under a rock, you have heard about One Direction. The brand MarkWins, (the geniuses behind such brands such as Wet n Wild) have launched a limited edition collection inspired by several of One Direction's hits. I received the "Midnight Memories" collection. The makeup comes encased in a collectible tin. Sadly, mine got dented during delivery.

The "Midnight Memories" includes stencils, nail polish, lipstick, lip gloss, jumbo eye pencil, ,mascara and an eye shadow palette. For a collection aimed at a young audience, I wasn't expecting high-quality to be honest. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The shadows in the palette had a pretty good pigmentation. I swatched them without primer and they had great color payoff. They also were nice and satiny, not chalky at all. My least favorite item is the lip gloss and that's only because it was just too sparkly for my liking. Overall, this is a great collection for girls who are just getting into makeup. It includes nice colors that you can play with and they are pretty versatile.

The makeup will be distributed at the following locations and dates:

United States:
Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores -August 25th
Dillards- August 25th
Beauty Brands -August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th

The collections are not available internationally yet but will be soon! Go to the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection to stay updated!

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post.
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