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!

 

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum Review

A couple weeks ago, I bought the Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum pen.  I have been looking for a good precision eye liner pen and this appealed to the “crunchy” side of me because it is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free, and “dermatologist approved”. It also appealed to the diva side of me, because it is not just an eyeliner pen, but also a lash growth serum.  That is why I didn’t mind paying almost $10 for it at my local Walmart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I have used it for a couple weeks, I am ready to give you my thoughts on it.  At first, I thought that it may become a must have go-to item for me.  I am sad to say, I no longer feel that way.

It started out giving me nice clean dark lines that were easy to control.  It continues to be fairly good at allowing me to easily make precise lines, but it is no longer dark and vivid and I find myself repeatedly going over lines to get them to look good.

I could understand this happening if I had not kept the cap on tight or left it laying or turned upside down.  However, I have been very careful to keep it standing up so the liquid is always at the tip, and I have always made sure the cap clicked tightly closed. I also have not noticed much, if any, increased lash growth.  Perhaps just a small amount in the very inner corners of my eyes.

With that said, I will not be repurchasing this product, and the quest for an awesome, precise, bold eyeliner pen continues.

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

L’ Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara Review

For the last few weeks I have been trying L’ Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara.  I had been wanting to try a tubing mascara for a while now, and this is the least expensive one that I know of.  I picked it up at my local Walmart for about $8.

For those of you who do not know about tubing mascara, the idea is that instead of just coating your lashes with color, this formula of mascara actually wraps around the lashes and dries creating a tiny tube around each lash.  It is supposed to be healthier for your lashes because it isn’t as harsh and it is supposed to be easier to remove, while still being water resistant.

It is a two step mascara.  Step 1 is a typical white primer.  This primer does a good job in my opinion, but it has a very strong smell, kind of like super glue.  I can get past it, but I really don’t like it.  You do not have to wait for it to dry to go on to the 2nd step.

 

The 2nd step is, of course, the tubing mascara.  I do not notice any particular odor with this, but I have experienced some difficult completely covering the white primer with one coat, and doing two coats seems to create an instant spidery effect, which is fine if you like that look, but I do not.  So I feel, you have to apply this super fast for optimal results.

Here is a picture of me with this mascara on the left and nothing on the right for comparison:

As you can see, this mascara doesn’t give much volume, but it does lengthen pretty well.  For me personally, defining and lengthening are more important than thickening or voluminousness, but everyone is a little different in what they want out of a mascara.  Personally, when I want super thick luscious looking lashes, I go for falsies, because no matter how many mascaras claim to be like falsies in a tube – they just aren’t!

One thing that should be important to all women is the ability to gently remove the mascara, because sleeping in mascara is a huge no-no (even though we have all done it at least once if we’re honest)!  This mascara will not come off easily with a makeup remover – and even splashing water on your face will not remove it….

It looks something like this after being splashed with warm water:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but if you then gently take your thumb and index finger and pinch your lashes, the tubes will  begin to slide off.  This alarms some women, because they think they are loosing lashes, but you aren’t!  Its just the mascara tubes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, this is a decent mascara, but I try to avoid buying L’Oreal products in general because L’Oreal tests on animals.  I DO love the tubing technology, so I will be trying another tubing mascara soon.  I believe the next least expensive is Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, which is $16, so look for a review on it sometime soon!

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