Friday, December 30, 2011

My Night Out!

I went out to have dinner with my friend Atom yesterday and decided to glam things up! Here are a few rare pictures of me without glasses :)

Urban Decay Blackout, Urban Decay Creep, Urban Decay Buck, Urban Decay Naked
Maybelline Colossal Lash Mascara
Urban Decay Zero Eyeliner

Ardell Demi 101 False Lashes

MAC Whirl Lipliner
MAC Cherish Lipstick

Graftobian Creme HD Foundation
NARS Casino Bronzer, Super Orgasm Blush
Laura Gellar Portofino Highlighter
Laura Mercier Setting Powder

MAC and Sephora Haul!

I consider this to be a big haul because I spent $60 -cries-. However, most of you probably will consider it to be small since there are only 5 items, and we've all been jaded by those girls who put up a haul and have like 20+ items... yeah. That's not me!

I went out the other night to Sephora because my sister's lovely girlfriend Adrienne had given me a $20 Sephora giftcard a neighbor had given her,and she generously thought of me! :D Thanks Adrienne! So off I went, and I conservatively, ended up just getting these 2 things because I knew I'd be headed to MAC afterwards.

Without further ado, here are a few HUGE closeups of my precious Sephora purchases! :)

How beautiful is that lipgloss?

Benefit So Frisk Me Lipgloss $18:  It still bowls me over now, and it's been a few days. I absolutely love it. It's this gorgeous pink with shimmer and the sparkle is phenomenal, you can really see it on the lips. The wear feels amazing, it is not sticky at all!! It just feels nice. It's not one of those cold thin glosses, and it's not a goopy sticky lips-glued-together gloss. It's just a nice comforting gloss that feels like it's moisturizing your lips. I love this gloss! So happy I got it :) Thanks Adrienne!

Bare Escentuals Nude Beach Loose Eyeshadow $13: I have been wanting this for months now. I've seen it used in Pixi2woo's videos, Pinksofoxy, and a number of other gurus. It's just a gorgeous sand-colored shadow that seems to give a lot of shimmer and light, and brightens up any look. I haven't used it yet but I know I won't be disappointed!

Next up... MAC!

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline $15: FINALLY I got on the bandwagon with this. The thing is, I'm awful at doing it :( I don't know if it's the brush I bought (the angled liner brush from Sonia Kashuk- Target) but my hand is all shaky and wobbly. :'( Practice makes perfect?
MAC Cherish Lipstick $14.50: I actually really love this lipstick. It's a nice warm nudey browny color, and it looks fantastic with the lipliner I bought!
MAC Whirl Lipliner $14: I'm so in love with this pencil. As weird as it sounds, it might be the best thing I bought. I use it with everything now: my MAC Modesty lipstick, MAC Angel lipstick, MAC Cherish, even with the benefit gloss. I love the depth it gives to my lips. I just fill in the outer edges of my lips with this and it makes them look so much fuller. I love wearing it with MAC Angel because Angel is just way too bubblegum light frosty pink for me on it's own, and I really like pairing it with a darker pinky brown color on the outer realms to give it a different look. :) In love!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

False Lash Close-up

First let me just start by acknowledging that I am absolutely horrible at putting on false lashes. Now that that's out of the way, I can go on to say that doesn't stop me from loving them! I absolute love false lashes, they are so gorgeous. Unfortunately a lot of times for some reason false lashes look more glamorous in the package then they do on my eyes. The only lashes I've found thus far that I really like are Ardell Demi Wispies. They look kind of crazy in the package (although not as crazy as the regular Wispies which are huge) but they really flatter the eye. So my lovely friend Kristina bought me two pairs of lashes for Christmas <3:

Gorgeous, right? Unfortunately I think this is another case in which I think the lashes look better in the package then on me. I put together this "lash comparison" to help you see what they really look like on. Note, with the Demi's I definitely did a bad job applying, the inner corners are lifted up. That aside, look on:

What do you think? 

I get by with a little help from my friends

I got really lovely gifts from my friends Kin and Kristina this Christmas :) I'm lucky to have them as friends. Here's my small friend haul! <3

 Can you guess what this is?! :D

 The Urban Decay 15 Year Palette, Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss sample, and two pairs of Ardell False Lashes! 

 Excuse the fingerprints! It really does get noticeable.


I'm so happy! Thank you guys! Can't wait to do future tutorials and LOTDs with these gifts. It's a very beautiful Christmas :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Small Haul!

Hello world! :) I'm back after a bit of an absence and I have for you a small haul, only three items. I really love every single piece in this haul, and I would say they're all essential/basic clothing items.

Brandy Melville:
Brandy Melville was having 20% off 2 Fridays ago for their 1st Birthday! I had to stop in, and I picked up two things:
Black Fitted Tank/Cami $12
Cream Knit Sweater $48

I believe those were the prices before the 20% off, and after it was around $46. Not bad.

Forever 21:
Silver sequin mini-skirt $22.80

Look at that gorgeous shine! I'm definitely wearing that mini for New Year's Eve, and it fits spectacularly :) Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


So here's a before/after I did today! Every day for me is a before/after haha, for every girl it kind of is. But it was fun taking a picture of my bare naked face and then doing foundation, blush, lip color, etc. and looking at the difference.

I know this picture might support some guy's idea that makeup is unfair because it completely hides what a girl really looks like. And to tell the truth, they're right- some girls are SO good with their makeup and do so many tricks and techniques, that it really can completely alter their appearance. But for most of us makeup just allows us to look more presentable, polished, AND pretty.  I really don't care if people see my naked face. I'd prefer to wear makeup, but I'm not going to die without it. I think as long as you can have that happy medium and that balance, then you are perfectly fine. So guys, shut up. Everyone enjoy looking at this transformation haha!

Scary right? This one is obviously me at my absolute worst and me at my absolute best haha so don't take it too seriously. But it's interesting isn't it?

And finally, a picture of me with what I honestly believe is my closest doppelganger!
I know I'm kind of flattering myself by saying I look like Roxanne... she's freaking amazing haha. Seriously, she is the hotter one out of us. There's kind of a similarity though! Similar doggie noses :D

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sephora Spark-Tacular Top Coat

I've written about this polish before, but I feel my past pictures have been inadequate. Here's a direct, side-by-side comparison of what one coat over a clear, unpainted nail looks like, and what two coats looks like.

1 coat

2 Coats

I like both looks. Sometimes 2 coats can look a little cluttered, like in the first picture, but it can also look really really pretty and rainbow-tastic, like in the bottom picture! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Most Comprehensive Breakdown of Different Eye Makeup Looks/Techniques you could ever Find, Want, or Need!

1. The Gradient Effect: This is probably the easiest and most popular smokey eye. It is very easy to do, and is my own personal go-to. The look basically starts with one color and goes from light to dark, from the inside corner of the eye out. There's a really gorgeous gradient effect that happens with this type of eye makeup, and it just looks chic and amazing.

2. The Cut Crease: This is for the advanced makeup enthusiast. The Cut Crease is a technique in which the crease is "cut" sharply with a contrasting eye shadow color to give it that really dramatic defined crease. There is usually always dramatic sharp liner to go with it, and the makeup is very angular.  

3. Light on the lid, Smokey in the Crease: This isn't as graphic as the Cut Crease, but it is similar. The Cut Crease is different because it is a specific sharp cut between the two colors, and it is angled in a certain way. This is much more blended and smokey. You see this look with a lot of matte colors.

4. The Graphic Shape: Graphic shapes are also for the adventurous makeup lover. This makeup is just really cool. It's eye makeup that has a huge focus on shape, and really has a pronounced cut. This type of look is usually a combination of really well-done, sharply drawn eye shadow and eyeliner. Sometimes it is just eyeliner.

5. The All-Over-Smoke: This look is smokey everywhere, with a focus on just one color.

6. The Black Smokey Eye: Self-explanatory. The Classic Smokey eye.

7. Dark on the bottom, light on top: Gossmakeupartist says there are really only two types of Smokey Eyes. One that goes from light on the inside to dark on the outside (the gradient effect) and one that is dark on the lid and blends upward to nothing. That's this.

8. The Eyeliner Overload: This is basically intense eyeliner. It really makes the eyes look striking, and the variations are endless. The examples here show really smudgy sultry thick black liner, a bit of an all around winged liner, and really messy black liner.

9. The Double Wing: This is your classic top liner, but with a twist. This involves the bottom eye shadow or line winging out to parallel the top liner. There is usually a light color between the two in order to emphasize the juxtaposition. 

10. The Sharp Angle: This is an eye shadow shape that ends very sharply. It adds a lot of drama and is commonly used in Arabic makeup or Arabic-inspired makeup. This look is often achieved using the tape method.

11. The Hilary Duff: The Hilary Duff is what I like to call the thick smoked out bottom shadow look. It's Hilary Duff's signature look, and it really adds a sexy smokey bedroom look to the eye.

12) The Lily Donaldson: The Lily Donaldson is what I call Lily Donaldson's favorite eye makeup, or at least the makeup look makeup artists most like her to wear. It's a look that goes all the way into the nose bridge area. There's a lot of detail work going on in the socket, and the shape is much more oval. There is also a lot of eye shadow rimming the bottom line.

13) The Adele: Everyone seems to love seeing Adele wear flicked out eyeliner. Literally every magazine cover she is on has her wearing some variation of that look. She looks absolutely gorgeous in it, so I have no complaints!

14) The Victoria's Secret: The Victoria's Secret is a look that is so effortlessly beautiful, sexy, and angelic. The look focuses a lot on complexion, but in terms of the eyes it's all about doe-eyed lashes and lots of them, gentle mid-tone contouring in the crease and socket area, gorgeous light champagne gilded-lids, lots of highlighting in the inner corners, and perfect brows. The best Victoria's Secret Makeup I have ever found on YouTube is featured in the third example, and her name is Alli from Makeupbyalli. She is so beautiful she honestly looks like one of the VS Angels.

15) Foiled Again: This eye shadow technique is all about making your lid look glazed over and gorgeous. Foiling is a technique in which you wet pigment with either water or mixing medium and apply it to the lid, thus achieving a "foiled" look. Not all these examples are strictly "foiled", some of them just have fine shimmer or glitter, which creates a similar look.

16. Glitter Gorgeous: Jam-packed glittery eye makeup.

17. The Bold and the Beautiful: Color! Gorgeous neon hues somehow come together nicely in these brazen looks. The Queen of Color, xsparkage, is featured several times in the following examples.

18. Cat's Eye: There seems to be some disagreement about what exactly "cat's eye" eye makeup is, because when I did my research I came across a fairly broad spectrum of images. So let's just call this the wing/flick eyeliner/eyeshadow look shall we? 

Special thanks to every person who contributed an image to this post. It would take me way too long to try and track down the source of all these images, but I really don't mean to lift images or steal other people's property. Clearly I did not make any of these looks. If you happen to stumble upon this blog and want credit, please leave your name and tell me which image(s) are yours and I will be happy to include that information. Thanks to the gurus who I watch everyday, several of whom are featured in this blog. Off the top of my head, they include:
Jessica Harlow