Monday, January 27, 2014

Make-Over Monday: Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Happy Monday my lovely princes and princesses! Today I'm showing a fun and bright way to wear the 2014 color of the year radiant orchid.

 I love purpley shades because they are so flattering on so many people so when I found out that Pantone picked it, I was pretty excited. For any of those who are unaware of what Pantone is, it's the Company in charge of making and distributing colors. Every year they choose a color to represent that year, and all the big fashion designers, make-up artists, and stylist make creations and wearable combos using the color.
This shade of purple is sort of like a lavender mixed with a fushia pink.
Examples of fun ways to wear this color:
The Urban Decay eyeshadow in Fishnet 
 Bite Beauty's Lip Pencil in Violet, Make Up Forever's Lipstick in 15 Pearly,
Revlon's Lip Butter in Gumdrop (for those who like more sheer lips),
and the Nicole by O.P.I nail polish in Love Song (limited edition by Selena Gomez)

There are so many more ways to wear this color so don't be afraid to experiment this year. In today's Make-over Monday I have created a bold eye look using that same Urban Decay eyeshadow in Fishnet as shown above. I patted the color on my lid and blended some other purpley colors in the outer V and crease to create a gradient affect. I did an Arabic-styled eyeliner shape and then applied false eye lashes to my top lashes and a fun purpley-blue pair of lashes to the bottom.

For the lips I actually used both the lipstick shades listed above. I first applied Violet all over my lips, then defined the outside of my lips with MUFE's #15 pearly for that nice ombred appearance. If this lip is too bold for you to pair with this eye you can always tone it down and use the Revlon lip Butter in Gumdrop. You can even go with a nude lip or a soft pink.

I hope you enjoy this look and I hope that I inspired you to want to give this color a try! I know I am pretty bold with all of these colors going on all over my face but you should take away maybe 1 or 2 aspects from this look and make it work for you. 
Maybe one day you can wear a fresh eye with just mascara and then play up the lips with this color. Or you can do the opposite and play up the eyes! 
Which ever you choose I would love it if you have fun with it and make it your own! 
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a magical Monday!
 Let's start the week off with some FUN! ;D

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wondrous Wednesday: Super Cheap Fake Lashes from Amazon!

Welcome to my Wondrous Wednesday where I tell you about amazing deals I get on some products! Today I am going to talk about these fake lashes I found on Amazon. I was browsing around looking for some inexpensive kits for make up artists when I stumbled upon these eyelashes. The deal was right here. For 20 pairs of eyelashes (10 full lashes, 10 natural lashes) the seller was charging $1.12. Which was a great deal so I picked up 6 sets and spent a total of $6.33 plus FREE shipping! 60 lashes for $6 AND free shipping??? YES PLEASE!!!!

I was so excited for this deal because I love wearing fake lashes and as a Make Up Artist this is totally something I would use on my clients as well. Unfortunately, the seller actually raised the price to $2.18, which is still very affordable for 20 pairs of lashes but it's not as sweet a deal as I got. Now I know it's pretty risky to get lashes online because you never know the quality you are getting, but since it was so cheap I was not expecting incredible quality. 
Now the lashes are actually pretty good quality because they are not stiff at all. They are light weight and easy to apply. However there is something about these lashes I do not like at all. Take a look:

As you can see in the picture, some of the lash bands are perfectly fine but then other ones completely separate.Now with my tweezers I pushed some of them back up and it went back to normal. On the lashes like the top right, that are very separated, you can't push them back together because it won't stay.
Now it's not a big deal to me when I am wearing them on myself because I can easily cover the band with tons of eyeliner. However, I would never put lashes like that on my clients.
Overall, I am still happy with the purchase, although this buy was the perfect example of Quantity winning over Quality. That is why I am forever going to love the quality and price of the Ardell Demi-Wispies. 

Thank you so much for reading my Darlings and as always have a Magical Day and make your dreams come true!!!! <3

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Tuesday Treasure: Real Techniques ENTIRE Brush Collection

Hello again, my lovely readers. I am extremely excited to share with you something amazing that happened to me today! Before I go into detail about what it is I want to share with you, here's a little bit of back-story.

I have loved and followed the Pixiwoo sisters on youtube for many years and I am a huge fan of all their videos. A few years ago when I found out that Sam had her very own line of make up brushes called "Real Techniques" I immediately wanted to try them and became a follower of her Real Techniques Website. I even signed my email up to receive daily notifications so I can learn about all her different brushes and deals. 

However, I have never purchased her brushes online because I hate paying for shipping. Then one day an Ulta opened near me so I had to check it out. Happily, I stumbled upon "Real Techniques" there and I picked up this amazing value set of Brushes called "Sam's Picks." For $30 the collection had 6 brushes, 4 face brushes and 2 eye brushes. 

I was so happy with this purchase! Not only was it an incredible deal but the quality of the brushes were amazing! They are very soft and just dense enough to blend product flawlessly! The bristles do not shed at all and washing them is a breeze! It was easily the best purchase I have ever made on any make up brushes ever! 
Now as great as that all sounds, that is not why I am making this post. The news I wanted to share with you is how blessed and lucky I feel to have received this email on December 17th 2013. The email reads as follows:
 "Congratulations Jennie!
You’ve been selected as a winner in the Real Techniques email segmentation sweepstakes, and have won the 2013 Real Techniques brush line!

To accept your prize, you will need to complete the attached “Acknowledgement of Eligibility” form and either email the final form to (private email.blah), or fax to (Private-blah-blah) . Once we receive this document, we will be able to send you your brush.

Congratulations again!

Your Friends at Real Techniques

**Failure to respond to notification, to provide phone number, or to respond to follow-up call or claim prize when required may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner "

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Magical Make-Over Memories: Rapunzel Make-Up Tutorial That Sadly Never Happened

Welcome back to my blog my fellow Princes and Princesses! I apologize for not posting as consistently as I said I would. I need to get used to keeping all my blogs active so just give me some time to get used to it. 
Today I want to tell you about this Make-Up Tutorial that I had recorded but never edited or posted onto YouTube! This is an old Make-Up look I had done way back in 2011 when the Disney movie Tangled was still new and very popular! Watching the Film in theaters was so fun and it easily became a new Disney Film Favorite! So I decided to film a Make-Up tutorial on how to create Rapunzel's naturally radiant, wide-eyed, freckle-faced, everyday Make-Up look.

Unfortunately when I was going to edit the video, somehow the file that the video was stored in became corrupt and I was never able to open it. When I decided to re-film it, that's when I found out the bad news; My camera had been stolen. From then on, my desire for filming make up tutorials had come to a halt. It's not until this last Christmas Holiday (2013) that I finally got a camera again. The Lovely Prince in my life purchased a camera for me as my Christmas present! I am so grateful to him for the gift and I will put it to good use!  

Anyways, about the Make-Up look, Since it was so long ago I don't remember all the products I used anymore but I will write down the steps on how to Achieve Rapunzel's look using whatever products you have at home. SO please continue to read:

    I photoshopped my eyes green to see if I could pull it off as well as Rapunzel!

1) Prep the skin with your skin care routine and be sure to use a very hydrating moisturizer.
2) Prime the skin if needed for your skin-type and move onto your base.
3)Apply a Tinted-Moisturizer, BB Cream, CC Cream, or Light-weight Foundation that has a Dewy Finish. You can also conceal whatever areas of the skin that need more coverage.
4) Apply a cream blush onto the apples of the cheeks in a rosy, pinky shade. 
5) Apply a setting powder of your choice that suits your skin-type. Just make sure that it doesn't mattify the skin too much (If you have dry skin then feel free to skip this step).
6)Apply an eyeshadow primer if needed and use a matte all-over skin-tone color from the lid up to the brow bone. Then apply a crease color a few shades darker than your skin-tone to define your eyes. Make sure this color is matte as well. Follow this shade along the lower lash-line as well to further define the eyes. If you want you can also apply a shimmery highlight color to the inner corner and the center of the lid.
7) Now line your eyes with a dark brown liner. I used a gel liner from Smashbox but feel free to use a pencil or liquid. Blend out the liner to soften it and set it with a matching eyeshadow. 
8)Apply tons of Mascara on the top and bottom, and for more drama apply false lashes that are longest in the middle of the eye for that round eye effect. 
9) Line the inner rim of the eye with a skin-tone color to make your eyes look brighter. You can use white if you want but it won't look as natural. 
10) Do your eyebrows as you wish, just make sure they are neat and in place and NOT too dark or defined.
11) Use a powder blush that has a bit of a sheen to it to set the cream blush from earlier.
12) Use a hard, taupey pencil (usually brow pencils work best) to draw freckles onto your nose and cheeks. I already have freckles so I just made sure that you could see them more. 
13) Then apply a glossy natural lip color that has a pinky hue. 

Now you can go out into the world with your Natural, Dewy, glowing skin and feel like a Princess!!! Hope you at least enjoyed these photos and try this look out for yourself! 
Have a Magical Day and never stop dreaming!!!