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EOTD: Shiro Halloween Pretties
Eyeshadow - Comments Off - October 13th, 2013

It’s that time of the year, when Shiro Cosmetics brings out the awesome Halloween colors. I used Pumpkin King and Ragdoll, which are really nice together.

Pumpkin King (in the crease), is a blackened copper packed with orange sparkles. Use a sticky base for extra sparkle action. Ragdoll (on the lid), a faded rust matte base filled with lilac and blue sparkles, is one of my favorite orange-y reddish colors. I used Tears of Retail Employees to highlight. The eyeliner is a metallic brown shade from Sephora, which I don’t think they make anymore.

I used Thing blush from Detrivore and totally forgot to put my lip gloss on before taking a picture. I wore this with Aveda Uruku Color Gloss in Luna.

Shiro has two new eyeshadow colors (a purple and a grey-red) and a new lipgloss (a burgundy) to add to this years Halloween collection. I must have them!

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EOTD: Phantom Window
Eyeshadow - Comments (3) - May 11th, 2012

It seemed like a good day to wear some softer colors, so I used two of my favorites from Silk Naturals. Phantom, the lighter pink color, is part of the Eyelights collection. According to their website, Eyelights are unique to Silk Naturals. When applied dry, they’re a silky somewhat sheer soft pearl texture. When applied over over a sticky base the base color deepens, and the highlights pop out to create a lit from within glow.

Phantom is a very light, almost sheer pearl pink with pearlescent golden highlights when applied dry. Applied over a sticky base, it blooms to a soft golden peach glow. The crease color is Defenestrate. Defenestrate (means to throw something out the window) is a reddish plum color with coppery golden highlights. I love this color! Definitely use a sticky base (like Pixie Epoxy) for best results! I used Kingslayer from Geek Chic Cosmetics to highlight. The eyeliner is Jordana Easyliner in Purple Fusion.

The blush is Concubine, from Detrivore Cosmetics. Concubine is a great color – a faded mauve color. It looks alarming in the jar, but just fantastic on skin. The lip gloss is Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Christmas Candy – a sheer raspberry with iridescent glitter.

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5 Things: Makeup Palettes
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun, Shopping - Comments (1) - February 1st, 2012

I love palettes. Since I’ve gotten so much into loose powder eyeshadows and blushes, I don’t use them as much as I used to, but I still really love them. Put it in a palette, and I’m especially going to be a sucker for it. This 5 Things is a list of the three palettes I HAVE, that I really love, and two that I WANT.

1. Urban Decay Ammo Palette is one of my favorites. It has ten eyeshadow colors, which are in my opinion some of the best UD makes. You can do both bright and more neutral looks with this palette, so it’s quite versatile.

2. Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Kit is my go-to palette when I want an all-in-one thing for travel, especially if the reason for the travel is something that requires more neutral colors (like work). I really love the soft, almost creamy quality of the colors in this set. This palette has four eyeshadows and two blushes.

3. The Cargo PlantLove Green Glamour Kit contains 18 eyeshadows, a mix of pearly colors and mattes. The colors are all very wearable and flattering. This palette is the one to grab when you’re not sure what you’re going to want to wear so you better bring ALL THE COLORS!

4. The Cowboy Junkie set from Urban Decay falls under the “don’t really NEED it but really WANT it” category. It has four eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a lipgloss and at $24 is currently A STEAL. I may give in and order it…

5. This Sephora palette of neutral colors is SO PRETTY. ME WANT.

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EOTD: Hello Kitty Day
Eyeshadow - Comments (2) - January 28th, 2012

My friend Luna at Toxid-Lotus issued a Makeup Challenge on her blog, so I decided it would be fun to participate. This week’s challenge is Hello Kitty. Rather than trying for classic hello kitty (which is white, red, and yellow to me) I figured I’d just shoot for cute and girly and see where I landed.

I decided to pull out lonely, forgotten makeup for this, so all the eyeshadow is Urban Decay. I have the Ammo Eyeshadow Palette, which in my opinion is still one of the best things they’ve done. 10 colors, all the best ones. This is often the only eyeshadow palette I’ll take with me if I’m traveling, because it’s so versatile. Hey, I should do a 5 Things Best Palettes post one of these days, hmmm…

Anyway. Today I used Shattered (bright green/blue shift) in the inner corners. Grifter (lavender with lots of silver microglitter) went in the middle part of the lid, as well as under the lower lashline. A dab of Last Call (plum punch) went in the outer corners. The black crease color is Oil Slick (black with silver glitter) and the highlight is Polyester Bride (white with silver glitter). I used a Milani eye pencil on the upper lashline.

With all this eye action going on, I used a soft pink powder on my cheeks. It’s actually one of the Hello Kitty MAC beauty powders, with a tiny bit of a Body Shop blush.

It seemed like bright fuchsia lips would be the thing, although now they seem a little clash-y. Oh well. The lipstick is Sephora Rouge Lips in Mr. Lover (R10). It’s a great formula and color, nonetheless.

Right now, I’m blonde. It’s not my favorite thing. I bleached my hair yesterday, and then decided I should get a haircut BEFORE re-dyeing it purple so the stylist wouldn’t have purple hands from the dye. She thanked me, lol, but I didn’t feel like sitting with dye on my hair for hours today so I’m still blonde. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel like doing it…

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EOTD: Predatory Topiary
Eyeshadow - Comments (2) - January 26th, 2012

I totally stole this EOTD idea! My dear friend Amanda from Karmic Dreaming told me she was wearing these colors today, and I realized I had all three in my stash! She was right, it’s subtle but pretty. WHAT IS IT? Detrivore Cosmetics’ Predatory, Topiary, and Mimicry. These lovely neutral colors would suit just about any complexion and make a nice, work-friendly look to boot.

I used Predatory in the inner corners and under the brow bone. Predatory is a frost pink satin color filled with white shimmer. It’s quite pale and perfectly lovely. Topiary, a light brown taupe with white shimmer (get it? Taupiary? I’m such a dork…) went in the outer corners. Srsly though, if you like taupe, you must have this taupe. It’s possibly my favorite. Mimicry is a darker taupe color with white shimmer, and I used it in the crease. It a perfect match to deepen Topiary for a perfectly blended look. I used a dark brown Jordana eyeliner (it’s called Brown Suede). You can’t beat these liners – cheap, long wearing and Made In The USA!

Today’s blush is Apocalyptic, also from Detrivore. Apocalyptic is a light pink satin blush filled with red and pink shimmer. It’s so pretty! The lipstick is from Sephora, the Glamour formula lipstick in Lilac Lyric 08. I like the semi-sheer, moisturizing formula but I’m not crazy about the fruity smell so I don’t wear it often. It’s a fun color though, when you want something pale pink but not opaque.

I keep forgetting to write my scent of the day on these posts! Doh! Today’s was OHWTO’s Serendipity Solid Scent. Serendipity is composed of strawberries, blackberries, currants, a breath of freesia, light musk, herbal sage, mysore sandalwood, and a bit of dank oakmoss.

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EOTD: Buttercream Sorbet
Best Of, Eyeshadow - Comments Off - January 19th, 2012

I ordered a new color in my last Persephone Minerals order: Blood Orange Sorbet. It’s FABULOUS! I don’t often fall in love with orange colors, but this one is super-pretty. I also ordered full sizes of Buttercream Bliss and Peppermint Mocha, and Divinity. I wasn’t really thinking about it when I ordered, but these all look really nice together too. Coordinated sets FTW!

Today I put Buttercream Bliss in the inner corners, and also under the browbone. Buttercream Bliss is a super-fab cream color with gold sparkle, and I swear it has a touch of pink duochrome. I used Blood Orange Sorbet in the outer corners. This one is described as bright orange with a slight red overcast & orange crystalina glitters. Srsly. This could be my new favorite orange color. The crease is Mars Crystal Power, duochrome shift from bright red to gold, with pink and gold sparkle. If you don’t have this color… you must be ordering it! The brown eyeliner is a Sephora pencil.

The blush is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Petticoat (it was limited edition). The lipgloss is L’Occitane Grenade (also limited edition).

I haven’t been doing my makeup as often lately, boo. Wintertime is hard for beating back the depression, so some days it’s a struggle to be motivated to do anything. But usually playing with makeup cheers me up, so I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing my makeup and blogging it. I think I did good today. *smile*

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EOTD: Softwash Mauvement
Eyeshadow - Comments Off - December 4th, 2011

I felt like playing with corporate cosmetics today, just because I haven’t in a while. I used MAC pigments in Softwash Grey and Mauvement, both from a holiday collection. I haven’t been tempted by this year’s sets, though I like the plum one. But I already have Grape, so there really isn’t any point.

Softwash Grey is a a cool-toned, blue-purple gray with a slight metallic sheen. I really like how metallic these pigments are. Mauvement is a bronzy taupe with a mauve undertone and champagne sheen. I used Sephora’s Aspen Summit to highlight. As much as I love my indie eyeshadows, I have to give props to MAC for making an excellent textured product in their pigments. They go on like butter.

The blush is Nars Luster, and lips are MAC Budding Beauty Lipgelee.

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Nail Fun!
Nails - Comments Off - October 9th, 2011

I’m trying to get back into the habit of painting my nails regularly, because I have a lot of polish colors, and also because I like it when my nails are painted. It makes me feel girly and pretty. :)

This color is OPI for Sephora’s Leaf Him At The Alter, which apparently isn’t online anymore – but there was still stock at my local Sephora store. It’s a great leafy green with a lot of silver and a bit of gold shimmer to it. I did two coats on a base coat, with top coat.

Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Others might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention.

Fingernails: What’s normal, what’s not

Your fingernails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration.

Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age. Fingernails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice:

  • Changes in nail color, such as discoloration of the entire nail or a dark streak under the nail
  • Changes in nail shape, such as curled nails
  • Thinning or thickening of the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Swelling or pain around the nails
  • Failure of nails to grow out

Fingernail care: Do’s

To keep your fingernails looking their best:

  • Keep fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
  • Practice good nail hygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. Learn more about roy williams clear nails plus here
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
  • Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.
  • Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

Fingernail care: Don’ts

To prevent nail damage, don’t:

  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Use harsh nail care products. Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

A note about manicures and pedicures

If you rely on manicures or pedicures for healthy-looking nails, keep a few things in mind. Stick to salons that display a current state license, and work only with technicians also licensed by the state board. Don’t have your cuticles removed — they act to seal the skin to the nail plate, so removal can lead to nail infection. Also, make sure your nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your procedure to prevent the spread of infection.

You might also ask how the foot baths are cleaned. Ideally, a bleach solution is used between clients and the filters are cleaned regularly.

It’s easy to neglect your nails — but taking some basic steps can keep your fingernails healthy and strong.

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