Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Feelin' in a Peacock Kinda Mood

This weekend was just a peacock weekend for me. I guess I just felt a burst of bird energy. Vintageortacky's Cora had done a peacock mask look during Halloween and I thought I would try it out. The next day, I did a much simpler look using the same colors. Since I did them within days of each other, I thought I would put them into one post. So, here it is!

Please ignore the untamed eyebrows. I wasn't planning on posting this until now. Inspiration by Vintageortacky.

My other peacock interpretation. Products that I used: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, NYX Jumbo Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green, Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero, MAC False Lashes Mascara, BH Cosmetics 88 Color Standard Shimmer Palette.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How To Spot Clean Brushes

When using brushes for multiple different things in one look, spot cleaning is your friend. You don't want to get the last color you used mixed into your new color. You also don't want to deep clean them in between each use. A happy medium for this is SPOT CLEANING! It's easy and you can use the brush almost instantly after being cleaned. There are recipes out there for DIY cleaners, but I haven't really tried any of those. I just use a store bought (Clinique) cleaner which does magic. Here's how to do it.....

Find yourself a brush cleaner that works for you.

Before being cleaned.

Get a towel or T-shirt and spray some cleaner on it. Then swirl your brush around in it until it's cleaned.

After being cleaned. Brush- Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Smokey Bronze

A few days ago I decided to do an inspired look by a magazine cover. That didn't work out too well, so I transformed it into this. It's a more daring look that isn't super dark. I didn't use very many products which makes it a lot easier to achieve on your own. Of course, don't go out and buy it because I used it. Use what you have and make it your own. Now, onto the pictures!

Products Used:
-Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in #12
-Sleek Oh So Special (my favorite palette in the whole, wide world!)
-Random brown drugstore liner
-mark. scanda-lash mascara

I have some tutorials planned for next week, so keep checking in! I hope you guys have a fantabulous weekend!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Birchbox

Last night I got my November Birchbox and right now I'm thinking it was probably the best one yet. The Zoya polish I got is kind of amazing (just saying), the perfume smells as if it belonged to a princess, the shimmer cream is really festive, the bracelet is something I could see myself wearing on a regular basis, and the mud mask is something I've never tried before. The only thing I found I didn't have a use for was the paper coasters. They are adorable. I just don't have a need for coasters. I've had this polish on since I pulled out of the box, but I don't think the picture gives it much justice. The color is so beautiful and it gives off hints of sparkle in the sun.
Shade: Izzy

Vanille Insensee Cologne Absolue by Atelier Cologne, Borghese Fango Active Mud, LaROCCA Skincare Champagne&Shimmer Supreme Creme, Zoya Nail Polish in Izzy, Two Paper Dolls Ampersand Coasters, BaubleBar bracelet.

For more info on Birchbox, go to my post here.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Apple Pie Decorated Cake

Over the weekend, my sister and I worked on a cake with one of our friends to make a birthday cake for our littlest sister. She loves pie and made a club for it with one of her friends and named herself president of the pie club. We thought she would go crazy for a cake that looked like a pie, so that's what we ended up doing. It turned out adorable and we had a fabulous time making it. Here are a couple pics of the end result.

Bottom two layers are confetti cake. Inside, pie is Oreo cake. Marshmallow fondant. (All homemade.) We covered the "pie crust" in chocolate powder to make it look more like baked pie crust.

Apple-O's for "apples".


Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Few MAC Shadows New to Me

About a week ago, I purchased some new MAC shadows. One was for my Fall Formal dance that night and the other two were ones that I've just been dying to try. I got Scene (satin), Mythology (lustre), and Cranberry (frost). At first, I thought Scene was a matte, but it turns out it does have a little bit off a glow to it. That was the only one I was not really impressed with. It seemed to be a lot alike Blackberry from MAC in the sense that they are both a bit chalky and dull. (I did use it for my makeup at my Fall Formal.) Otherwise, I was really happy with what I got!

Mythology, Cranberry, Scene

Here, the two MAC shadows I used were All That Glitters and Scene. In the crease, I used Scene mixed with a matte black. For liner, I used a Maybelline gel liner. I also layered a matte white over All That Glitters on the inner corners.