Sultry Purple and Gold Urban Decay Eyeshadow

This one was fun!

I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18) in Baked on the entire lid, then I blended Gravity from the outer corner of the eye to the middle of the lid. I lined the eyes with  Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Cream Eyeliner ($10.99) and liberally applied  Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20) to upper and lower lashes. To make the look extra fun, I also used my  OCC Lip Tar ($18) in Hoochie, a fabulous magenta-plum shade. I’m really into my new lip tars, I need more colors as soon as possible.

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For the record, I wish I was smiling here. It seems like my “verge of depression” face and my “I’m thinking about cupcakes” vacant look tend to yield the most flattering pictures. Next post, I promise more smiles.


Fun with eyeliner shapes

Drag makeup time!

One of my favorite man-repelling passtimes is doing drag-y vintage eyeliner. Here are a couple of shapes I tried today:

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Both of these looks use Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18) in Gravity, Last Call, and Baked, plus Urdan Decay 24/7 Pencil in flipside ($19) along the waterline. The black cream eyeliner is Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Cream Eyeliner ($10.99). I love cream liner because it’s easy to control and smudge like a pencil, but it stays like a liquid. I really like experimenting with different liner shapes, although I never stray from the wing. Maybe I need to branch out. We’ll see if I can handle it, I love cat eyes way too much.

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OCC Lip Tar Pro’s Pick Vol. 2 Swatches

I’ve wanted to try OCC Lip Tars for a long time, and the new Pro Pick set had a lot of colors I liked, so I finally bit the bullet. They’re typically $18, but this set had 5 shades for $49. I really liked 3 of the colors out of the 5, and even 3 of these puppies would have been more than $49 if purchased individually, so it was a good value in my book.

I found that these blended really well and they’re nice and opaque. I’ve read you’re only supposed to use a tiny drop of product and I ended up using too little at first and found it drying (as you can see below). When I added a bit more product, the finish became a lot glossier and more comfortable, although it’s nice to know that these can go matte if that’s what I want. The smell/taste is minimal, and the longevity seems good. I didn’t really put these to any stress tests tonight since I just got them and had to try them right away, but I did manage to get through a few hours and one drink without any horrible fade-out issues.

So swatches…

I had a hard time getting the colors right on these pictures, but hopefully you can get the gist of these colors on super pale skin. Since every skintone is different, I still encourage you to try these for yourself, especially since they mix so well and you can adjust as needed to match your skintone.

OCC Lip Tar Hoochie
Hoochie is a bold, blue-based sugarplum shade. I really like it, but it’s not for everyone. It seems like it would clash with a lot of skintones because it’s got such strong blue undertones. It also looks funny because this is when I didn’t use enough product and ended up dry (I didn’t realize the mistake until later).

OCC Lip Tar Hoochie and Pretty Boy
Then I mixed in some Pretty Boy in too make the color a little warmer and more wearable. Look how happy I am about Lip Tar!
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Same mix again, just close up.

OCC Lip Tar Kava Kava
This is Kava Kava. I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s definitely really light for me, but it’s growing on me in a 60’s nude lip kind of way. You know how I love 60’s makeup, and sometimes they did that kind of creamsicle orange-y nude lip back then. I’m going to have to experiment with this one.

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What I do like for sure is blending Kava Kava. This is what it looks like blended with Lydia. LOVE IT.

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This is Lydia alone. This picture seems the least accurate of all the swatches, so take it as you will. It’s a pretty mauve shade, I think it might be ashy on some people, but it’s sooo pretty if you can pull it off. You’ll be seeing this again on me in different looks, so the true color will hopefully be more obvious.

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Pretty boy. It’s really bright pink! I have a bunch of bright pink lipsticks, but I can always use another. I think this would look good on any conceivable skin tone.

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Pretty Boy with the metallic Iced mixed in. Iced is the one shade I could do without. I never really have much need for frost since it reminds me too much of the part of the 80’s/90’s that I DON’T love. I only used a little here and it does tone the color down a little, which can be useful I guess. A creamy white might look kind of gloppy and weird, so the frosted one isn’t bad, I just can’t see myself ever using it other than to fix a lip color that’s just slightly off. Definitely don’t use it on its own, either.

So there you have it! I’ll be using Lydia, Pretty boy and Hoochie a lot, experimenting with Kava Kava and shelving Iced. Still not a bad deal all in all. I think this set is definitely a good one to pick up, especially for the paler girls (although I think Pretty Boy, Hoochie and Kava Kava would be amazing on dark skin). So fine, it’s great for anyone.

Mani Monday: Blue Sinful Colors 80’s Confetti Manicure, Neon Tribal Nails and Orange and Blue Reverse Chevron Nail Art.

Backlog! Seriously, I am way too busy these days. In the midst of my hectic schedule, it seems the only things I ever think about anymore are makeup/nails, reading books and going to the gym. Does that make me a boring person? Maybe, but it also means that I’ve been adjusting the contrast and color balance on a few new nail art pictures instead of revising my paper that’s due tomorrow. Hooray?

I think this one turned out the best. I used Sinful Colors polish in Savage ($1.99) and in Cloud 9 to create a chevron manicure. Pretty straightforward, but I’ve gotta say that I love the polish. It’s super opaque and it’s so cheap! Pretty colors, too. The blue has a matte, rubber-y look to it on its own and gets a little darker when you add a topcoat. Something to keep in mind if you want a polish that can go matte or glossy.
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Next up is a crazy 80’s neon confetti nail using the same Savage polish as a base + the orange, purple and yellow colors from the The Rainbow Bright Nail Art Kit by NPW ($11.59)  for the dots. I’m bad at dotting, so the pen niba on these are really neon confetti manicureneon blue orange purple yellow dots nail polish sinful colors savage nail polish crazy neon dot manicure
And finally, a crazy freehanded neon tribal design that was really fun, but kind of messy. I’m still working on getting precise, but I’m sure it’ll come with time. It was still fun practice! For this look, I used every shade from the NPW Rainbow set, plus a fine nib Sharpie.
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Mani Monday – OPI Liquid Sand Mariah Carey Nail Polish Reviews

I tried out a few of the new Mariah Carey Liquid Sand Opi Polishes ($8-$10) over winter break, here are a couple of the shades. I’ll update the post as I try out the other two.

First up was “Get Your Number,” which is a very blue-based lavender  The finish is weird and gritty, but I do like it and it lasted a lot longer than similar textured matte polishes from the late 90’s. It’s rough, but not like sandpaper, more of a plastic velvet(?) I really liked the different glitter sizes in the polish and kept rubbing my fingers over the rough texture which was oddly soothing. Even so, the whole thing is a little gimmicky, so it’s not something I’ll be using all the time – more of a novelty polish. Still worth playing with.
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Next I tried the “pink” shade, “The Impossible,” which was more of a coral color. The glitter is really pretty here, which was a big selling point for me. I didn’t like this color as much as the purple one, though. I think the texture worked better with a shade that wasn’t quite as bright.

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Here it is under the flash, which is the only time the pink really picks up. The pictures without flash are a better representation of what it normally looks like unless you’re under really bright fluorescent lights.

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Just to see what would happen, I put a top coat over one finger. It took two coats to smooth it out, but the end result looked like a jelly sandwich nail.

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I actually liked this color and the rainbow glitter a lot better with the jelly finish, so I ended up doing the whole hand this way. So Sparkly!

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Sweet, Modern Pink and Emerald Valentine’s Day Makeup

I’m not a big Valentine’s Day subscriber, but I do love themed makeup. So today I did a soft pink and purple eye and modernized it with some very current, complimentary emerald green eyeliner.

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I kept the shadow light and sweet, using the pink shade from Stila’s Eye Shadow Set in Santa Monica Blvd ($12) on the whole lid and the purple from Stila’s Eyeshadow Trio in Afterhours ($20) in the crease. I lined the top lashline with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliner in Ransom ($18) and 24/7 liner in Flipside along the lower lashline and along the waterline. I used an eyeliner brush to pat the emerald green shade from the Stila Eye Shadow Trio over the lower eyeliner and finished the eyes with a coat of Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20)

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The cheeks needed to be warm and flushed, so I brushed Benefit’s Hoola bronzer ($28) on my temples, across the bridge of the nose and on the outside cheekbones, then I used a bit of Nyx Powder Blush in Dusty Rose ($4.99) on the apples of my cheeks. I also toughened up the look with some blue-green-gunmetal nail polish. It’s O.P.I. Nail Laquer ($8.00) in “I Have a Herring Problem.” Incidentally, it’s the color I wore to my wedding. Maybe I am a little romantic, after all.

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