All About Brows!

I think almost all women have seen and know about brow defining pencils.  Many women of my generation grew up watching their mom “put her brows on” using this method.  I know I did!  I think that may be one of the reasons so many women my age do not use any brow definer – they think it is only for “old” women, and/or women who have little to no brow hair.  I, myself, thought this for a long time – until I tried defining my brows and saw how much it improved my overall appearance!

With that said, it can still be a bit of a process figuring out which brow defining method is the best for you.  Do you want very dramatcally defined brows, or a more natural looking brow?  Either way, your brow can be defined using the old standard brow pencil, or a plethora of other products.  The picture below shows my eye with some of the products I have tried.

Of course the first ever brow definer I tried was a pencil. It was ok, but I wanted to try and find something more natural looking. That led me to the Tarte brow mousse. For quite a while, I LOVED this brow look. I still do when I am wearing a very dramatic eye shadow look. However, when I am wearing a more neutral look, I felt this brow look could be a bit harsh and the focus became my brow, instead of my eye, which was NOT what I wanted. So I decided to try a brow shadow. I am kind of an odd ball, in that I have rather dark hair and rather light skin. This made it a bit tricky to find a shadow color that matched my hair color while not appearing too dark on my light skin. That is why I tried mixing some BFTE brown shadows.
Then, the other day, as I was browsing Milani products at the store (they were on sale!), I noticed they had a felt tipped brow tint pen.  I was intrigued, and since it was on sale, I decided to try it!  I am so glad that I did!  It is now my new favorite definer for neutral looks! I feel it really does define well, and even fills in my sparse areas without looking fake, and the color is not too dark, nor too light.  LOVE, love, love it!

What is your favorite brow product?  Do you like natural or dramatic looking brows, or like me, do you like both depending on the overall look?  Which of these products above do you like best on me??  Let me know in the comments below!

Wearable Fall Colors!

I made a look today using some pretty fall colors from BFTE.  I say this look is wearable, although many would probably want to majorly tone down the dramatic liner I did.  You know me, I always go dramatic.  haha!  Anyway, here is the look:

The lid color looks kind of orangeish here, but in reality it is gold. I tried to adjust the fill light and whatnot to get it to look more true to life, but it just wasn’t happening.  I think its time for a new camera.

Also, I wanted to share a picture of me with this look while wearing my glasses.  I have lots of people tell me that they do not bother with much eye makeup because they wear glasses and nobody can see it anyways.  I know that does happen to a certain extent, and some frames are worse about than others.  However, I wear my glasses pretty much all the time and let me just say – people certainly still notice my eye makeup.

Makeup I used for this look:

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
BFTE Autumn
BFTE Silver Maple
BFTE Guilty Pleasures
BFTE Full Moon Rising
Prestige Liquid Liner in Black
Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara

Face:
Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation in Ivory
Revlon Beyond Natural Blush & Bronzer in Nude

Lips:
Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon

 

What do you think of this look?  Let me know below!

Colorful eyes!

Happy Halloween!  This is not a Halloween themed look, but I will post a picture of one I did a couple days ago at the end of this post.  Right now, I just wanted to quickly share this colorful look with you, because I made a quick you tube video for it!  YAY!

 

I know it isn’t the greatest, but it’s a start!  Here is a close-up of this eye look and a list of the products used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup I Used for this look:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
BFTE Blueberry
Urban Decay Shadow in Ecstasy
BFTE Gem
BFTE Lavish
BFTE Whisper
Rimmel Liner in Ocean
L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil in Carbon Black
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara
Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer in Light
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 4.0

And here is my Halloween themed look:

for this look I used the following:

BFTE Cosmetics Tangerine (mixed with Mimosa on Lid)
ULTA Beauty Shadow in Mimosa
BFTE Dark Prince (in immediate crease)
BFTE Sinister Instincts (to blend out crease)
BFTE Full Moon Rising (highlight color)
Prestige liquid liner in Black
Urban Decay Cosmetics Big Fatty Mascara
Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer in Light
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 4.0
Urban Decay lipstick in Confession

Please let me know what you think of my video and both of these looks in the comments below!  Hope you all have a happy & safe Halloween!

 

My re-creation of Cora’s Peacocky!

About 2 years ago now, the super amazing Cora AKA Vintage or Tacky, created an awesome look she called Peacocky!  You can see it here: http://vintageortacky.com/2011/01/08/peacocky/

Today, I attempted to re-created her look.  Mine did not turn out anywhere near as amazing as her’s, but I decided to share it with you all anyway.

I pretty much followed Cora’s tutorial but substituted BFTE colors for the brands she was using, but for simplicity, here is a step by step chart:

Here is my fully complete look and here is another from the side, because I want you all to see me cute peacock feather headband.  LOL

I hope you all enjoyed this look and will go visit Vintage or Tacky!  She is my all time favorite makeup guru!

Products I used:

Eyes:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Felt-Tip Eyeliner + Serum
  • BFTE Olive Drab
  • BFTE Gem
  • BFTE Spellbound
  • BFTE Big Ego
  • BFTE Autumn
  • Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express
  • Kiss Lashes

Face:

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum
  • BFTE Mineral Veil in Transparent
  • Clinique blush in Sunset

Lips:

  • Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Mega Melon

Stuff & Nonsense & I need opinions!

I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on some things, that will probably end up not being so quick. haha!

The first thing is in regards to my youtube channel.  I am still working on finding an affordable video editor.  It turns out that Windows Movie Maker isn’t all that bad of a video editor, and I could use it in a pinch, but I still want to get something that allows me to fast forward the boring and repetitive parts of makeup application. So in the meantime, I have been trying to do some quick eye videos, but the problem is – I am so blind without my glasses. I generally use a hand mirror & apply my makeup single handed. I haven’t found a way to apply my makeup without the hand mirror either being in the way of the video camera or making weird reflections with the lighting, etc. I’m not sure what to do about that. I don’t even own contact lenses anymore, because I have such severe chronic dry eye, my eyes just wont allow me to wear them for hardly any length of time at all. Perhaps long enough to make a video, but I don’t know. I really want to get lasik, but that probably wont be happening anytime soon. Anybody have any ideas or suggestions??

Second, I wanted to tell you all just a little about the brushes I bought and am trying out.  Some of you may know that Ulta occasionally will send a coupon in the mail to their “ULTAmate Rewards” members for 20% off.  I got one of those last week.  I also had $6 worth of rewards points accumulated.  I have been eyeing the “Real Techniques” brushes by Sam Chapman, which are only sold online and at Ulta.  So I thought this was the perfect time to go ahead and get them!  I bought the starter kit and the core collection.

These retail at $17.99 each and with my 20% off and rewards, I got both sets for just over $24 including tax!  So far they are mostly fabulous!  I will do a detailed review on them soon!

Ok, the last thing I feel like talking about tonight is eye brows.  There are only a couple things that I find difficult to do when it comes to makeup, but brows are one of them.  I have tried various brow pencils, brow mousse, and brow powders/shadows.  So far, I seem to much prefer the mousse and shadow over the pencils.  That aside, though, I am having some difficulty picking the best shade for me.  My complexion is on the fair side, but my natural hair color is dark brown.  I feel like my brow hairs are so dark that they are almost black.  Therefore, when I pick a brow powder or shadow that is dark brown, I feel it looks unnatural, because you can see how much darker my brow hair is than the powder in my sparse spots as seen here:

However, when I choose a darker shadow, I feel that it also looks unnatural in contrast with my pale skin tone, as seen here:

(Please forgive the crappy makeup in the last picture, I was just messing with colors, so I wasn’t trying to be neat!)

It occurs to me that the dark color may just be shocking to me simply because I am not used to it.  However, I would like some opinions!  Which do you think looks better?  Do you have any shade/product suggestions for me?  Please leave them in the comments below!

Also, while I am asking for opinions, I want to know which blog background you all like best:

 

 

 

 

 

or the current retro blocks?

Anyway, I am going to try and get a new tutorial posted tomorrow!  Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

Dreamy Green

Today I created this dreamy green look using my Urban Decay Book of Shadows III redux NYC palette, which I recently purchased for a great price during the Friends & Family sale.  I decided that since I haven’t yet got my youtube videos going, I would make this look into a step by step tutorial for you all.  Please let me know in the comments below what you think of this type of tutorial!

Products I used:

Eyes

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Urban Decay Mildew
  • Urban Decay Smog
  • Urban Decay Sin
  • Urban Decay Rockstar
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara
  • Femme Couture Brow Shadow in Dark Brown

Face

  • Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer Potion
  • BFTE Mineral Veil in Translucent
  • Clinique blush in Sunset

Lips

  • BFTE Eye & Lip Primer
  • Urban Decay Lipstick in Confession

The 80′s Called!

I created this 80′s inspired look using BFTE shadows.  To create the purple color on my lid, I actually applied Whispe (which is a awesome cream colored looking shadow with a violet-blue duochrome) over Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Pomegranate Punk. I then put some Lava Mama (hot pink) in the crease, blended it out, and added some Seafoam (muted aqua/teal) above that.  Then I used Whisper again for my brow & inner corner highlight.  I smudged some aqua/teal liner on the lower lashline, black liner on the waterline, and finished with Mascara. I have been using L’Oreal Beauty Tubes Mascara.  I will do a full review on it later.  I am generally happy with L’Oreal products, but I try to avoid them because they test on animals.  :(

On a side note, I am continuing to work on getting my youtube video tutorials going and really appreciate everyone’s patience with that!

Full Makeup list for this look:

Face:

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer Potion

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 4.0

Eyes:

Femme Couture Brow Powder

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Maybellene Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Pomegranate Punk

BFTE Whisper

BFTE Lava Mama

BFTE Seafoam

Rimmel Soft Kohl Liner in Black

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black

gG EZ EyeLinerPencil in True Blue

L’ Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara in Black

Lips:

BFTE Eye & Lip Primer

Urban Decay Lipstick in Confession