Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Favorites

In case you didn't know, I'm in a collab group on YouTube with a bunch of other amazing bloggers. I've put up my September Favorites on that channel. Be sure to subscribe to see more videos :)

In case you can't watch the video, here's a bit of information:

What I'm Wearing:
Top: Old Navy
Makeup: Wet n Wild Silent Treatment eyeshadow palette, Mac Black Line Pearlglide liner, Chanel Rouge Allure in Passion with Mac Sonoran Rain over top

Products Mentioned:
- Stila Lovely in London Palette
- Benefit Bella Bamba mini
- Sleek Blush in Honour
- Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Mascara
-  BeautyUK Metallic Sparks pencil (olive green)
- e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Coffee
- NYX Glam Shadow Stick in Rose Gold
- NYX Glam Liner in 24 Karat
- L'Oreal Le Gloss in The Mystic's Shine
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Ivory
- Estee Lauder True Color Sequins Gloss in Violet Rain
- Eslee Lauder blushes in Radiant Peach and Peach Nuance
- Sleek Eau La La Liners

What have you been loving this month?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kat Dennings Picture Tutorial

My friend Amanda wanted to know how to do a look like Kat Dennings has in these photos:

I decided to do a picture tutorial to help her out, and post it here for you guys! The pictures aren't great, I have to admit. They are a little blurry and dark, and in the flash photos at the end, the coppery color is showing up as really browny orange and it totally wasn't! Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

I started off by applying Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance all over my face. Then I applied the Physician's Formula Youthful Wear Foundation in Fair. Kat has more of a matte coverage with a subtle radiance underneath, so I figured this would be a good combo for that look.

I applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance and a shimmery cream eyeshadow on the lid. The cream eyeshadow is optional, but I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige.

I used the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette for the eyes. To make it easier, I will be referencing the eyeshadows as they are labeled above (1, 2, 3 and 4).

I first applied #1 to one half of the lid with a flat eyeshadow brush. I also started to apply it into the inner corner.

I used #2 in the upper crease with a pointed crease brush, and then blended out with a fluffy blending brush. This may take a few layers to get the desired opacity. Just be sure to blend the edges lightly; these shadows are very soft.

Apply a mixture of #3 and #4 into the outer lower crease with the same pointed crease brush, and blend with the fluffy brush. Again, this may take a few layers.

Use the same #3 and #4 mixture (more #3 than #4) on the outer bottom lashes. Be gentle in this area -- the shimmer can easily get into your eye.

Apply #1 into the inner corners.

Using Wet n Wild eye pencil in Black, I first used the pencil straight from the "tube" and applied a thin line to my upper lashline. Immediately after, I used an angled eyeliner brush to smudge the line out. This gives a softer look. I also used the brush to wing out the edge.

Using the same angled brush and what was left over from the upper lash line, I smudged the black liner onto my bottom lash area. I would not recommend putting this particular pencil directly against your skin there; it's not super soft and it will also create a really harsh line.

Apply mascara (I used Rimmel Sexy Curves in Black) and you're done with the eyes!

For bronzer, I used the Barry M Natural Dazzle bronzer and focused on contouring my cheekbones, forehead, and jaw. For blush, I used NYX blush in Terracotta, and kept it mostly towards the back of my cheeks. Highlighter is optional; I skipped it because the NYX blush is pretty shimmery.

The lip was pretty difficult to match on this, and even this combo will not look the same on everyone. I got it as close as I could on my skintone. First, I applied NYX lip liner in Nude all over my lips and followed by patting on Maybelline ColorSensational in Let Me Pink. It's important to pat this on instead of applying it strongly from the tube, if you want to match Kat's lip color. On top, I applied NYX gloss in Cosmo in the center of the lips for a bit of sparkle and shine.

And you're done! Hopefully you get a bit of Kat Dennings' famous pout going...

Monday, September 24, 2012

FOTD: Eclectus

This one was a wee bit out of my comfort zone, but I went for it anyway. No idea where I got inspiration for the shape from, it's not a style I'd normally do on myself. I did forget how finnicky the Sleek Acid palette can be, and this reminded me. I will probably do another bright look with the Ultra Mattes palette soon.

Thanks to Robyn for the color suggestion and Kathy for the look's name :)

- Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #120
- Mac MSF Natural in Light
 - Maybelline SuperStay Concealer in Cream
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Ivory
- Mac MSF in Semi Precious Crystal Pink
- Sleek blush in Honour (contour)

-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
- Sleek Acid yellow mixed with Inglot eyeshadow #60 on lid
- Sleek Acid neon green mixed with Inglot eyeshadow #385 in crease (neon green alone on lower lashline)
- Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow mixed with purple from Sleek Acid palette for outer crease and "liner"
- Sleek Monaco palette Sand Walker and Moors Treasure mixed on brows
- Matte white from Sleek Acid palette on brows and inner corner
- Wet n Wild pencil eyeliner in Black
- Revlon matte white eyeliner (waterline)
-Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

- Cover Girl Queen lipstick in Girly Pink
- Femme Couture gloss in Pink Flash

Friday, September 21, 2012

FOTD/OOTD: Dreaming of Metallics

Since my hair is red now, I've really been loving metal shades on my eyes. Today I felt like a bit of copper, so here's what I came up with. I am wearing violet contact lenses so that is why the close up photos of my iris look a bit off. This was a little less red toned in person but color correcting wasn't fixing the issue!

- Avon Smooth Minerals Foundation in Nude
- Mac MSF Natural in Light
 - Maybelline SuperStay Concealer in Cream
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Ivory
- Mac MSF in Semi Precious Crystal Pink

- Geo Medical 2 Tone Lenses in Violet
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- NYX Jumbo Pencil in Bronze
- Stila Lovely in London palette: Duchess on the lid and lower lashline, a mix of Tower Bridge and High Street in the crease and outer lower lashline
- Matte skintone shade from Sleek Monaco palette (Sand Walker on brows)
- e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner pen in Coffee
- NYX eyeliner in Silky Cashmere
- Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume mascara (Black)

- NYX gloss in Chandelier

Lastly, I have two outfits for you. The first is from yesterday:

Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Boots: Target (Tallulah Blu brand)

And today's:

Top: Macy's (?)
Skirt: Target
Flats: Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace: Charming Charlie