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2011 Christmas Wishlist – 9 Beauty Buys I’m Drooling Over

November 9th, 2011 by Kelly 7 Comments

2011 Beauty Wish List

Okay so I’ll admit it – I’m kind of a “budget shopper.” I daydream about brands like Makeup Forever and Urban Decay, but I usually settle for drugstore makeup.  Lately I’ve been watching a ton of makeup tutorials on YouTube, and I’ve got quite a little list going – makeup that my favorite beauty gurus have recommended, and I am dying to get my hands on!

Here they are – the 9 awesome beauty buys I’m drooling over (and where I heard about them):

9. 15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection by Urban Decay ($55)

15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection

Everyone raves about Urban Decay’s eye shadows. I went into three different beauty shops around Halloween looking for the brightest purple eye shadow I could find. Without exception, whenever I asked an attendant for their brightest shadows, they pointed me to Urban Decay. I swear they all said the same thing, verbatim “Urban Decay’s shadows are SO pigmented!”. The 15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection has, in my opinion, the prettiest assortment of colors. Can’t wait to get this!

8. Hope Oil-free Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 by Philosophy ($38)

Hope Daily Moisturizer

I am 25 years old, and I have never bought a face moisturizer. Whenever I watch a makeup video, and the vlogger starts with a moisturizer, I cringe. I know my irresponsibility is going to catch up with me – but it is so hard to justify spending 40 bucks on something you can’t even see!

I’ve done a lot of research on moisturizers, and this is the one I want.

Most people know Philosophy for their “Hope in a Jar”, but being vampire-ishly pale, I want a moisturizer with SPF. This moisturizer is at least semi-affordable (compared to many other moisturizers), has a high SPF rating, and all the reviews seem positive and enthusiastic. Oh and almost all of the reviews say that it’s not oily!

7. Burning Palette by Sugarpill ($34)

Sugarpill Burning Palette

Sugarpill is known for their fun, bright eye shadows. It seems like every time I see a stellar makeup tutorial, they are using a Sugarpill eye shadow – and I am dying to get on board! I love the fiery colors in this cute little palette. Unfortunately it’s currently sold out on Sugarpill’s website :*(

6. Smokey Lash by Makeup Forever ($22) and
5. Tapered Blending Brush #224 by MAC ($30)

Smokey Lash Mascara Mac Brush #224

I didn’t group Makeup Forever’s Smokey Lash with MAC’s blending brush just because the pictures fit nicely together. I put them together because these two products are quite possibly the most commonly used tools by all of my favorite bloggers. As a bonus, the mascara comes in several shades, including purple!

4. Lennart Drawer Unit by Ikea ($14.99)

Lennart Drawer Unit by Ikea

This is pretty self-explanatory. Not strictly a beauty product, but as my makeup collection grows, I am in some serious need of organization.This three-drawer unit is sleek, well-sized and likely easy-to-clean!

3. Custom 4-Color Palette by MAC ($56)

Dream MAC Palette

I don’t think I could call myself a makeup enthusiast without ever owning a MAC eye shadow. You can build your own 4-color palette on MAC’s website. I just went there and cooked up this little beauty, complete with Carbon, Chrome Yellow, Lucky Green and Orange. The most important color here is Carbon – I frequently see this shade used in classic smokey-eye tutorials.

2. Skin Prep Anti-Aging Primer by CoverFX ($45)

CoverFX Anti-aging Primer

This one was recommended by Kandee Johnson, which is enough of an endorsement for anyone! Kandee says this product can be applied over moisturizer, and works to minimize wrinkles by plumping out the skin. I haven’t ever used a makeup primer, so I’m excited to try this stuff!

1. Finding Mr. Bright by Benefit Cosmetics ($27.99)

Finding Mr. Bright

The first time I ever went into a cosmetics shop with more than $20 (shamefully recently) I was turned onto Benefit products. I asked one of the makeup attendants for help with my unfortunately dark, blotchy under-eye area, and she expertly pointed me in the direction of Boiing concealer by Benefit. I use Boiing every single day – even if I’m not wearing any other makeup, it is the one product I absolutely MUST wear.

When I bought the concealer I also received a free sample of Benefit’s Pore Professional and Posie Tint – which are both incredible products. Benefit is three-for-three with me, and with that kind of track record (along with their adorable website and campy-but-cute product videos) I am drooling over “Finding Mr. Bright” more than any other item on this list (and ironically, this is one of the cheapest !).

Mad Hatter Makeup Tutorial

October 26th, 2011 by Caitlin 1 Comment

Looking to be the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland for Halloween? Here’s a fun tutorial based off Tim Burton’s rendition of the Mad Hatter.

Mad Hatter Makeup Tutorial

You will need:

  1. A dark pink eyeshadow. I used the pink shadow from Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled Brat Palette ($2.99 at Walgreens).
  2. A light purple eyeshadow and a generic black eyeliner (I can’t remember what I used, but they were definitely drugstore brand).
  3. White Halloween Makeup ($0.99 at Walmart, $2 at any Halloween Store).
  4. A bright orange eyeliner. I used Poppy by Prestige ($5.39 at Ulta).
  5. Red feathers  (a few dollars at the craft store).
  6. Eyelash Adhesive  ($3 at Halloween USA).

Spoiled Brat Palette Poppy Eyeliner

To get your DIY Mad Hatter Makeup, start by coating your face in a very thin layer of white Halloween makeup. Apply the purple eyeshadow on top of your lids and the pink eyeshadow under your lids. Fade/blend it at the edges. Take your white face paint and apply a little to your eyelashes with your fingertips. If you have white mascara, that would work well too.

Use the poppy eyeliner and some of the pink shadow together as lipstick. I recommend filling in your lips with the orange pencil and then blending some pink shadow on top. Take some more of the pink shadow, and apply it messily to your cheeks. Apply a bit of black eyeliner to your front tooth (if you dare!). Remember the Mad Hatter is totally creepy, so you don’t want your makeup to be flawless.

Mad Hatter Makeup

Finally, use some eyelash adhesive and fix one large, red feather to each eyebrow. As for the little hat, I made mine, but I’ve seen them for sale at Halloween USA, or there are some excellent DIY top hats on Etsy!


DIY Cheshire Cat Makeup

October 26th, 2011 by Kelly 11 Comments

Hey cat lovers! Going as the Cheshire cat this year? I found some awesome, inexpensive makeup items that work perfectly for the Cheshire cat – I only spent $20 on the makeup for this look, and aside from the white face paint, everything is completely transferable to everyday makeup! There is a video of me creating this look at the bottom of this post!

DIY Cheshire Cat MakeupI’m not sure if you could get the Ben Nye makeup at Halloween USA, but I got mine at the local costume shop. Apparently Ben Nye is the company that makes all of the cheap Halloween makeup, but they also have higher end products, which is what I used for my DIY Cheshire cat makeup. Here is a list of everything I used:

Azalea pressed eyeshadow by Ben Nye (bright pink) – $8
Royal Purple pressed eyeshadow by Ben Nye – $8
White Cream Makeup by Ben Nye – $4.50
Wet ‘n Wild Black Liquid Eyeliner – $2.99Ben Nye Pressed Eyeshadows

I also used some of my everyday makeup tools, such as my Eco Tools brush set and a white eye pencil for tracing in the smile.

Here are the steps:

  1. Trace the outline of the smile using the white cream and a fine brush, or a white eyeliner. I traced along my upper lip for the top of the Cheshire’s mouth and then about halfway between my bottom lip and chin for the lower half of the Cheshire mouth. The bottom of your lower lip will be the line where the Cheshire Cat’s teeth meet.
  2. Take a powder brush and the pink Ben Nye eyeshadow, and apply all over your face, except in the mouth you traced and in your eye sockets (where you will be applying the Royal Purple).
  3. Take a smaller brush (I used a blending brush) and apply the pink to the smaller areas of your face, such as around the traced mouth and on your nostrils.
  4. Clean the pink shadow off your small brush, and apply purple from your eyebrows all the way down to about 1cm below your lashes.
  5. Use the Ben Nye white cream to fill in the mouth. I used a small, firm, angled brush.
  6. Finish the look with your black liquid eyeliner. You’ll want to trace around the mouth and add in teeth. Paint the tip of your nose black, and extend a few lashes out on either side.

As a finishing touch (I forgot to add this) you could add little dots of black below your nose. You could also take your small brush and add purple to your cheeks, as if adding blush, to add some dimension to your face.

Anyway, I hope you liked this tutorial – and happy Halloween!!

DIY Cheshire Cat Makeup Tutorial

And here is the video!

Icy Frozen Makeup Tutorial!

October 23rd, 2011 by Caitlin 2 Comments

Video number two is done! I filmed this weeks ago and we only just got around to editing today. Anyway, here it is – a super easy and affordable DIY frozen makeup tutorial!

As always, the blog version is below the video. Enjoy!

For this look, I used a whole hodge podge of products from my makeup drawer. Basically all you need to worry about is having the following:

  1. Elmer’s Glue or Eyelash Adhesive
  2. White tube of generic Halloween face paint
  3. Various shades of blue/silver eyeshadow
  4. A foam sponge brush, preferably round, not triangular (but either would work)

Here is the frozen look that I created:

Caitlin's Icy Frozen Makeup Tutorial

(Sorry that picture’s a little fuzzy – it’s a still shot from the video tutorial).

To achieve this look, you’re going to start by building up a little glue around your face, close to your hairline. Add some into your eyebrows, tousling the hairs around so they kind of spike out.

Next, you should mix a little bit of blue into the white Halloween makeup, and dabble it around your hairline and jaw. Be sure to stipple it in toward your face.

Then take your sponge and dab white Halloween makeup all over your face. You want your face to look cold and drained of color, so you want to apply enough to get the warmth out of your skin but not so much that you get an opaque, clown-like layer. Make sure to coat your lips.

Next, dab a little of the white Halloween makeup into your lashes. You can kind of coat the lashes by putting a tiny dab of white makeup onto your thumb and forefinger and pinching together around your lashes. Try to get some tiny globs on the ends, so it looks like there is ice or snow in them.

Almost done! Take some various shades of blue and silver eye shadows and blot them on and around your lips, trying to blend the colors with the white that’s already there. Blend a very faint amount of blue around your nostrils as well.

As a finishing touch, you can take that same white Halloween face paint and add small globs around your hairline and on your eyebrows.

Also, I didn’t do it in this video, but you could add some baby powder or temporary white hair dye into your hair to make it look frozen as well.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!