Friday, August 28, 2009

MAC PHOTO REALISM WITH A TWIST

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The Photo Realism quad was obviously my favorite otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. I've been wanting to do a tutorial with is for a couple of weeks and kept just staring at them swatching them on my arm in all different orders, using different bases underneath to pop the color and still wasn't satisfied. Then the other Guru's on YouTube started coming out with their tutorials on this quad and I was really excited to see what they had come up with....pretty much the same ideas that I had had and the comments people were leaving seem to express the same frustration with this quad I was having. Don't get me wrong, some of these Guru's are my favorite!!! but I still was not inspired...until, I took the shadows out of the quad and put them in my palette I had with the starflash colors in them and BAMM inspiration!!! I guess that is cheating a little bit, but that's what being an artist is all about FREEDOM!!! So don't feel like just because you bought these colors as a collection or because they are in a quad that you are restricted to using those colors together. If you happened to go to a MAC store and had an artist use this quad on you let me know what their interpretation was???
BELOW:
LEFT: SHADOWS USED FOR THE ABOVE LOOK ON THE LEFT (Glamour Check is a Starflash Color)
RIGHT: SWATCHES FOR ALL THE PRODUCTS USED IN THE VID @ THE END



BELOW:

LEFT: ARDELL WISPIES AND LANCOME HYPNOSE MASCARA
RIGHT: CHANEL LIPSTICK IN VAMP (they make a nail polish in this color also)



HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!! THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

AMETHYST & PAPAYA FALL COLOR TRENDS

Coastal Scents has this awesome palette of the perfect colors for this fall, in a mix of shimmer, pearl and matte! It contains colors in nearly nude, to browns, taupes, peaches, pinks, rose and rich deep plums. This palette is an unbelievable $19 at http://www.coastalscents.com/
The first 3 blush shades from the left are matte, the 4th has shimmer and the last deep plum has a slight shimmer effect. The color payoff is incredible and they blend well creating very alluring looks from deep and sexy to light and ready for office day wear.

BELOW ARE THE SWATCHES FROM THE PALETTE & THE YOUTUBE VID:
LEFT: TOP ROW, RIGHT: MIDDLE ROW
LEFT: BOTTOM ROW OF SHADOWS, RIGHT: BLUSHES
CHANEL LIP GLOSS IN MIRAGE




Thank you all so much for following my blog. I hope you enjoy the Fall trends this season...the colors are sooo pretty and fun!!! Stay tuned to my youtube channel for more fall looks to come!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

MAC, MAKE-ART COSMETICS

I was soooo excited (I start out every blog with that sentence, lol) about the new MAC collection, more so than I have been with some of the ones in the recent past. I loved all the shadow, liners and loose pigments, but was a little dissappointed in the Lipsticks and the Blushes. I think there are much better Lipsticks and Blushes in the regular line. The other thing that I was a bit dissappointed/confused about, was that none of the 3 Artists collections were not on trend for Fall 2009, which is "Glam Rock". When you look at the clothing styles for fall, none of these are really cohesive with that vibe. They almost look more Spring/Summer to me. However, having said that....I am going to attempt to Glam these up for you on my YouTube Channel in some upcoming tutorials. I am doing a Glam Rock look today with Urban Decay. CHECK IT OUT AT
BELOW: RICHARD PHILIPS COLLECTION PALETTE : PHOTO REALISM



BELOW: MAIRA KALMAN COLLECTION




BELOW: MARILYN MINTER COLLECTION





BELOW: COCOMOTION PIGMENT W/ PAINTERLY, PAINT POT AS A BASE & FLUIDLINE IN SHADE



BELOW: FLUIDLINE IN WAVELINE & SHADE, LIPSTICK IN RUSSIAN RED


I would love to hear your comments and opinions on this new Collection from MAC......
THANKS EVERYONE!!!

URBAN DECAY FALL 2009 COLLECTION

Happy Friday!!! & Happy Glam Rock!!!

These are just a few things from the new Urabn Decay Fall collection. You can see by their marketing that they are on board with the Glam Rock theme http://www.urbandecay.com/ . I am sooo excited about this theme, as I was the Urabn Gypsy vibe that was happening in Spring, which is also still continuing for fall. I will be doing several looks from different lines to create these looks...some wearable and some over the top. Don't be scared....go for it!!!


BELOW:

Eye Shadow in Fishnet
Eye Shadow in Freakshow (new Fall)
Ink for the Eyes in Empire (new Fall)
LipStick in Oil Slick (new Fall)




Ink For Eyes
The creamy formula of this product makes it a bit difficult to be precise, even thought that is what all the product info claims. I think it works better using it and them smudging with the sponge applicator or using it like a shadow base. Sorrry Urab Decay..I still love you though!

Deluxe Eyeshadow
These are a collection of high-tech creamy powder eye color. The creamy formula feels like cashmere, blends beautifully, and delivers an even more intense burst of color than regular Urban Decay Eyeshadows. And, Deluxe hues have an even greater fill weight than the regular Eyeshadows - a generous serving.

Lipstick
Oil Slick: glossy black w/silver microsparkle This offers sheer-light tint of color

BELOW:

Colección de España http://www.opi.com/

OPI's Fall/Winter 09 Collection includes 12 gorgeous new Nail Lacquers, just released this week. (link above)

"Can You Tapas This", left & "Suzi Skis in the Pryenees"



Thanks again for visiting the blog. Please share any comments you have on any of the Fall 2009 lines from Urban Decay and the new OPI Collection!! Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

BRING OUT YOUR INNER FEMME FATALE

Femme fatale literally means "fatal woman" in French. It has sometimes been defined as "the kind of woman men want...but shouldn't have!". These woman are seductive and alluring, yet clever, a bit evil, and mysterious. Like Catwoman, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and Angelina in Wanted. Allure, mystery, and classy, dark glamour embody the femme fatale. You can become one too!

HOW TO:

  1. Speak in a low voice. Not creepy low, just attractive low. Practice some vocal exercises for a few weeks and it will become habit. Listen to Scarlett Johanssen speak for an example of this kind of voice.

  2. Wear dark, sexy, retro clothes. Not too gothic-looking, though. Think Angelina Jolie. Subtle, well-cut clothing that draws attention to you, but in a tasteful way. Stick to colors like black, maroon, and emerald green. Look for silk cocktail dresses, dark-wash, high-waisted jeans, expensive-looking, dramatic jewellery, and fishnet tights or better still seam and heel. Anything seductive.

  3. Hang out in mysterious places. Not sketchy or scary. Just unusual. Remember that when in interesting places, one meets interesting people. Try out an obscure, artsy coffee shop, clandestine night club, or unique antique shop.

  4. Be "one of the guys". This means means holding your own with the guys in their poker/pool/video games and occasionally winning. You'll earn respect and allure as a result. But don't lose your feminine side trying to hang out with men.

  5. Be mysterious. Don't let everybody know what you are feeling or what's going on. The very mystery proves to be the allure of the femme fatale.

  6. Find something unique to your femme fatale and work it. Some unusual interest, skill, accessory: anything!. Individuality contributes to that mystical allure.

  7. Wear a signature scent. But not wimpy little fruit-foodie sprays- something oriental or woody. It will set you apart; every time somebody smells it they will remember you and your aura. Better yet, go to the Body Shop and make your own blend. Sandalwood is a good start. Add something feminine, though, to balance it out. The last thing a femme fatale wants is to smell like a man.

  8. Do languid body postures like a panther in repose.
  9. Wear your hair in an extreme side part with Veronica Lake-esque waves. Wearing it in a dramatically short style is also a good choice. Stick to true, bold hair colors, like bright auburn, dark brown, or platinum blonde.

  10. Wear pale foundation, 'cat's eye' eyeliner, and red or maroon lipstick. Avoid glitter and 'teenager' makeup at all costs.
  11. Make guys wonder.
  12. Be smart and have good manners. Being beautiful with brains adds sex appeal.

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER.....

  • Be real. It's okay to follow a few of the tips, but don't go overboard.

  • Have an air of charm about you. It's not enough to just be withdrawn, quiet and therefore "mysterious". Mysterious human beings are also very interesting--they might know meaningful, famous quotes; speaking sultry, and a touch of aloofness; never being direct, desperate, or obnoxiously immature; you have a brain & you're gonna need to use it now; and always be classy. Never be obnoxious to downright trashy. Mysterious people don't stand for all that fake and commercial behavior.
  • Carry yourself at all times with elegance and poise; and remember every move you make from removing a glove to lighting a cigarette is capable of seducing men.
  • Never concern yourself with the moral preoccupations of society: a femme fatale is amoral; like the cat.

REMEMBER COOL QUOTES:

  • Kurt Cobain's trademark quote "I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not."

  • "Nothing in life is to be feared, but rather, understood."

  • "When life sucks, it's your karma. When you do something about it, it's your mission."

  • "If it's wrong, than I don't want to be right."

  • "If a man knows everything about a woman, he loses interest in her."

  • "People in hell want ice water."

  • "Women marry men thinking they'll change and they don't; men marry women thinking they won't change and they do."

  • "I might not always like you but I'll always love you."

  • "Well, maybe you can save you & your lectures for a convention of people who like lectures."

  • "Carpe Diem. A Latin phrase for 'seize the day' (it means live like there's no tomorrow and you'll have less regrets)."

  • "Never reveal that you've taken a computer programming course."

Don't forget to check out the video's below to get the look to go along with your mysterious sexy alter ego. Leave me some comments on your thoughts about these ideas Do you agree, disagree or have anything that you think makes a woman a femme fatale? Who is your alter ego?





Thursday, August 13, 2009

NYX RUNWAY PALETTE'S

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I love these palette's sooo much I just wanted to swatch them really well and also recommend the Jumbo Shadow Pencil's that would be a nice complement with the palette. I would recommend using them as a base under the shadows. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see upcoming looks on these palette's and the pencils :)

JAZZ NIGHT PALETTE & SWATCHES



BELOW: TOP ROW (LEFT PIC), BOTTOM ROW (RIGHT PIC)


BELOW: JUMBO EYE PENCIL'S IN, MILK, OYSTER, PACIFIC & POTS & PANS



SECRECT WORLD PALETTE & SWATCHES


BELOW: TOP ROW (LEFT PIC), BOTTOM ROW (RIGHT PIC)


BELOW: JUMBO EYE PENCILS IN, HORSE RADISH, GOLD, DARK BROWN & ORANGE


NYX is an incredibly pigmented product for the price, I'm not sure how they get away with that, but we all love it. The Jumbo Eye Pencils are used best as a shadow base, (you should really own all of them) for a price of $3 you should be able to. There are a lot of beauty supply store that carry the product as well as a small section at Ulta. There are many websites that carry NYX as well. I will list them in the sidebar "Where to Find" section :) Thank you all so much for following my blog and for watching my video's.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

URBAN DECAY - FLIP SIDE & TWICED BAKED SHADOW LOOK - REQUEST

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Now then...This was a request I got from one of my subscribers on how to use the color Flip Side from the Urban Decay Palette. This color is very deceiving. It looks like it would be green on the palette and it actually swatches blue. You can see in the pic below. I also used it in the video where I did the Sexy Smokey Sparkle Party Eye. It can be found on this blog as well. You really have to apply it at least 3 times to get the color payoff. I will also be doing a reuest video on the Oil Slick color and how to use that. All the colors, including lip and cheek colors from the video are listed on the phot below.



BELOW: PRODUCTS USED FOR THE WHOLE LOOK





Please let me know your thoughts on this look or any opinions you have on this Urban Decay Palette or the colors used in this video. Or, maybe you use the Flip Side in a different way. Thanks again for your support and interest in my blog. I will be happy to respond to any comments or questions.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

JULY 2009 FAVORITES

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This was my first monthly favorites pick and it was a LOT harder than I thought it was going to be. Not because I didn't have favorites, but because I had so many and so many that I wanted to share with you. I also wanted you to know exactly why I liked the product so much. I made 2 Favs Videos and I think that is too many. Next time I think I will narrow it down to one video and then list any and all the prodcuts (that won't fit into a 10 minute video) on the blog. I want to share as much information that I can with you guys so that you can take advantage of any products that I have tried that truely do what they say they will do (in my opinion) without having to buy the product yourself first before you've had a chance to test it. There are so many products to choose from out there and you could waist a lot of time and money trying to figure out what the best products are. All I want to do is help you narrow it down the best I can. So here goes....:)
JULY FAVORITES :

LUSH

DREAM CREAM

Light and herbal body cream miraculously restores sore skin. This moisturizer helps you banish alligator elbows and impress that special someone with your baby-soft skin. Use a small dollop every night before bed and find your skin silky and comforted within days.

SYMPATHY FOR THE SKIN

Vanilla-almond custard soothes thirsty, angry skin. At first glance, Sympathy for the Skin lotion looks like vanilla bean custard. Slather it on and your body heat reacts with the vanilla to release delicate wafts of sandalwood and subtle undertones of almond. Substantial but not greasy, Sympathy replenishes parched, weathered skin to a state of glorious touch-ability with almost edible ease.


MARILYN HAIR TREATMENT HAIR MOISTURIZER

Moisturizing treatment to soften and brighten blonde hairChamomile, lemon and saffron brighten blonde hair. Use it regularly and get fairer hair. Linseed mucilage results in softer tresses and fresh, organic lemon juice adds a ton of shine. If you always wanted to be a "natural" blonde, here's how to go about it.


BIG SHAMPOO

Lemon-lime margarita shampoo adds shine and body to fine hair. The difference between a hefty, healthy hairdo and a lot of limp, lackluster locks? It's this saucy, sassy, salty shampoo! BIG combines shine-enhancing citrus juices with the beautifying, hair-buffing impact of sea salt and genuine sea water for a body-building regimen your fine hair won't sweat over. Good things can come in small packages, but for body-boosting boom you can't beat BIG!


CYNTHIA SYLVIA STOUT SHAMPOO

Last call with a lemon drop to give hair tons of volume and shine. If you have fine or frizzy hair, make friends with Cynthia. This shampoo's special recipe includes organic Irish stout and lemons. The stout adds weight to hair and smooths cuticles, while lemons give amazing shine.


FEATHER HEADBANDS

These are really popular right now and you will see them at almost every store you go to. It doesn't matter what the price is..just make sure it's not too big. Sometimes they can look a little ridiculous. For example, a feather, a jewel and a flower all on the same band. Go for a more simple look and you can wear it with more things. TIP: spray the feathers with a bit of soft hold hair spray to keep them looking neat and straight.


JULY FAVORITES FOR THE NAILS

ORLY NAIL POLISH & RIDGEFILLER

Orly Ridgefiller, Orly Nail Polish in French Manicure, Orly Nail Laquer in Liquid Vinyl, Sephora for O.P.I. in Underwater Fantasy from the Angles & Venus Collection



JULY FAVORITE BRONZERS & ILLUMIATING POWDERS

STILA illuminating finishing powder - gold


BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICK & MATTE POWDER BRONZER IN DEEP






JULY FAVORITE BRUSHES
SONIA KASHUK CREASE BRUSH & ANGLED LINER BRUSH (NOT PICTURED YET)

This crease brush is my favorite not only because the hairs are perfect and compact as well as soft, but it has two different grips you can use to use for different looks. It's one of those you have to feel to understand. The next time your in target, check out the Sonia Kashuk area and they have brushes on display that you can touch and feel. The angled liner brush is great as well. I get more comments about that brush than any other. It is a must have and is relatively inexpensive. Coastal Scents has one and I am sure you can find it from other companies.

BOBBI BROWN "ALL OVER BODY" KABUKI BRUSH

The softest, most luxurious brush imaginable. The new All Over Body Brush is the perfect companion to the Shimmer Brick for the Body. It's designed with ultra soft bristles that feel amazing on the skin and offer sheer, even application.


JAPONESQUE PROFESSIONAL TOUCH UP TUBE SET


Five Essential Brushes In a Sleek Compact Case. Encased in a black, sleek tube designed for portability and protection. It contains five brushes essential for keeping makeup flawless throughout the day or night. This set includes a foundation brush, a lip brush, two eye detailers and a blush/powder brush. All brushes feature a short matte wand for superior control. A great multi-tasking set ideal for the purse, desk drawer or as a gift.

JULY FAVORITE THINGS FOR THE LIPS

PERFECT NUDE LIP BY NARS


Lipstick in Bel De Jour and Gloss in Greek Holiday

MAKEUP FOREVER EXTREME SHINE LIP GLOSS &
TOO FACED LIP INJECTION (not pictured yet)

(hot pink, no color labled on the tube....sorry)

Thank you all so much for your support and interest in this blog. Please leave me any comments, questions or requests and I will be happy to respond. If you have an opportunity to try any of these products and like them, or if there are some that I have not mentioned that are your favs....let me know!
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