Friday, January 28, 2011

Lip Therapy

I don't know about you, but my lips get horribly chapped during the winter. Every time I tried to put any kind of color on my lips it would peal and just look horrible. My typical go to lip balm, Soft Lips, was not doing the job. I knew I wanted to get something, and then I saw a commercial for this, Vasaline Lip Therapy. It lasts so much longer than any chapstick I've ever used, and completely softened my lips in a matter of days! I put it on in the morning before doing my makeup, so by the time I get to my lips they are moisturized and ready.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/25/11

NOTE: please excuse my eyebrows. Thanks =)

Anyhow... here it is, my back to school look! This is very simple. The lid color is a mixture of a cool brown and gray, applied with a big, fluffy brush. The inner corner is a mixture of MAC's rice paper and vex. The crease is a slight bit of a dark maroon applied with a fluffy crease brush. Lastly, I used a cream color to highlight my brow and a small bit of rice paper at the highest point under my brow.

In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with going a little glam for school. Cool colors are a great way to do this without looking like you forgot to take your makeup off from the night before. A look like this can be amped up with winged out liquid liner or super smokey pencil. It can also be played down with no liner or a thin line of black or dark brown shadow along the top lashes. Simple changes can make a look so versatile.

I hope everyone had a great first day or two and an even better semester!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/24l/11

I was inspired to do this look after seeing this youtube video:

Of course, I don't have all the same shadows, brushes, or eye shape, so my look came out fairly different. However, I used the same techniques and I am very pleased with the outcome. As she said in the video, this is a great look for blue eyes. The red undertones of copper really make my eyes pop. This look is very sultry, but subtle enough to be a day time look depending on how how much makeup you like wearing at different times of day.

I also added black pencil liner to my top lash line, but smudged it out with the medium brown tone. I usually don't like my eyes without liner. It makes them look unfinished to me.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/21/11

I love doing a smokey eyes with very little black. Today I used dark greens from my Tarte Jewelery Box Palette, then darkened up the crease with a small amount of a charcoal black. I lined my eyes with Tarte's maroon pencil liner, then set it with a sparkly purple from the same palette. The pictures don't do this look justice. The shadow color is much more green and makes my eyes a gray/green/teal.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/18/11

This look was inspired by the following video:

Nikkietutorials on youtube is one of my very favorites. Not only is she very educational in regards to makeup, but she is so entertaining as well!

I used Nikkie's crease technique using cork, then varied up the lid by applying a mixture of wood-winked, satin taupe, and cork. The very inner eye highlight is rice paper. To make this area pop, I used a soft pencil brush and brought it up to meet with the crease. This technique creates such a cool effect and illusion to the face. By bringing the crease to the bridge of your nose you are slenderizing your nose, while the inner highlight brightens and enlarges your eye. This look does not have a brow highlight in order to not take away from the previously mentioned.

I also learned a new trick from xsparkage on how to keep your waterline liner all day in this video:

ps. I'm not naked! I swear! =)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/16/11

Recently I've really been trying to perfect the cut crease look. Slowly, but surely, I'm getting there. I really like how these colors made my eyes look almost green in a way, which was so much more apparent in person. The crease was mostly plumage, a looooooot of plumage, and a small amount of a brighter shimmery green from clinique. The lid color is a mixture of a bright, shimmery, iridescent pink from MAC, star violet, and cranberry. To make the look more dramatic, but still soft, I applied a black pencil to my water line, tight line, and very thinly along my upper lash line. Then of course lots and lots of mascara. I kept my cheeks and lips fairly neutral, with only a slight pop of pink on my cheeks, and VOILA!

Tip of the day: keep your cheek color further up, closer to your temples, for a more youthful look. It's like a mini face lift and putting too much color on the apples of your cheeks will age you.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/13/11

Not only do you get one look today...

but you get TWO!

Today has been a lazy day, but when I get bored, this is what happens.

The first look is a cranberry inspired look. A simple smokey eye using shimmery maroon colors and brown gel liner. Some Carbon from MAC was also used to darken up the crease.

Second is a funky neutral look. By using such basic colors in a more edgy style makes an everyday look a little more fun. The photo doesn't show it very well, but this look is actually a cut crease using Satin Taupe in the crease and Vex on the lid. The brown gel liner is brought up along the shadow, then blended out to create a soft gradient and dimension to the look.

Whenever you have some free time in your day, experiment with your makeup. Try different color combinations and techniques. You never know what you may come up with!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/11/11

I'm back at school now, and going out with friends as much as I can before school starts. I've been doing a lot of more neutral looks lately, so I thought I'd mix it up tonight. A few days ago I watch a video on youtube and it was obviously an inspiration, because my makeup turned out almost identical. Here's the video if you'd like to watch:

I used all different products, but this goes to show that you don't need exactly what is shown in a video to create virtually the same look. I

Monday, January 10, 2011

Completing my Checklist

Website: check
Domain name: check
Business cards: CHECK

Here they are my friends... my first business cards!

They are slightly smaller than I had anticipated, but that's ok! They're original and different, exactly what I was going for. Now I have to think of a creative way to display them so they won't disappear on a desk or counter somewhere.

If you'd like to display these in your shop or business, please contact me at

Have a beautiful day! =)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/6/11

outside - no flash

inside - with flash

Have you guessed the theme of this look yet? Only likely if you are from the bay area and are into hockey. If you haven't figured it out yet, this look was inspired by the SHARKS!! Yes, I am a fan. Not of every sport, not even most, juuuuuust hockey. This girl loves her to fighting on the ice! Anyways, I went to a game tonight and decided I should show some team spirit in my makeup. There color is predominantly teal. However, black, orange, and white appear on their jerseys as well.

I used a black base on my lid and to form the crease shape, then set it with a matte dark gray. The crease was blended out with a light, bright teal and the crease was built up with a dark teal and plumage (by MAC). The orange shadow was place above NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in Milk. I kept my face neutral, but balanced out my face by using darker matte tones.

me and (one of) my bestie(s)

My friend's makeup is very similar to mine with a lighter, brighter white highlight and a darker teal crease.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Look of the Day: 1/5/11

For some reason I've been on a neutral kick lately. This time I smoked out my eyeliner and even put some, well a lot actually, in my water line, which I never ever do, EVER. However, instead of using an angled brush to apply black shadow over the liner, I used a pencil brush to blend in the shadow. I also brought the black shadow into my crease ever so slightly. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe I have created my everyday basic look for the month! I tend to have one fall back makeup routine when I'm not feeling too creative.

Later today, after photographing this look, I went back and applied Makeup Forever #92 above the top liner in the same method as I had the black. It made the look pop a bit more and added a new flare to very basic makeup.

With such simple looks like this, it is so much more important to have a flawless face. Don't forget to contour and highlight! Something like this is also great with a bright lip, whether it be pink or red.