Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's Aliiiiiiiiive!

Yes, I have pulled a Frankenstein the day after Halloween and am back from the dead!

While I should be apologizing relentlessly for my extended absence, it was a much needed break and I feel refreshed and excited to be blogging again. I have also moved to Winnipeg not long ago, and even started a new personal blog to record everything and anything interesting in my new life. You can check it out if you'd like by clicking right here!

I'll have a new post on this blog sometime next week or so.

It's good to be back :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lizard Within - Special Effects Makeup & Contacts

Hey guys! Sorry for the major absence, no other valid reason other than my life got busy and I did a bunch of stuff apart from makeup, and just didn't have the time to update my blog.
I've missed my awesome readers!
Anyhow, I'll get right into it. This reptilian look is actually a contest entry I came up with for Clearly Contact's Get Creepy for Cash Contest, of which the first prize was $1000. It was held around Halloween last year, and the only requirement was that you featured a pair of their special effect contact lenses in your costume. The good news: I WON!
Here's the look:

Products used:

- Mehron scar wax
- Ben Nye spirit gum
- Black face paint (the cakey kind, mixed with a bit of moisturizer)
- Ben Nye gel blood
- Sugarpill eyeshadow in Midori, Bulletproof and Love+
- Coastal Scents 88 pallette
- Stila eyeliner in black
- Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara in black
- MAC lipstick in Hue

I will be doing a video tutorial for this look around Halloween this year. Keep an eye out for it!

It's good to be back :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

TAG, You're It! - Makeup Questions

Hey guys. Long time, no post. Sorry! I honestly haven't had much inspiration makeup-wise as of recent, and have only been wearing very minimal makeup (foundation and mascara) on a daily basis. It's easy, lightweight and I can be done and ready to go in like 2 seconds...okay a little longer than that but you get the idea :P
So it's almost 5am here and I cannot for the life of me fall asleep. I browsed the internet for something to do and came upon this makeup survey, similar to those silly ones I use to fill out on MySpace (and still occasionally do on my Facebook...I know I know, no one reads those but they pass the time) and thought I'd fill it out. On that note I'm making this a tag, and invite anyone and everyone who'd like to fill it out to do so as well! If you do, leave a comment below linking to your page so I can check it out :)
Right, onto the questions!

How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I think I was 14 when I started wearing eyeliner and mascara, and around 15 I started using eyeshadow as well. I didn't even touch foundation until I turned 18 or 19.

Who taught you to apply makeup?
Myself. I am my own teacher, however various YouTube gurus have taught me some pretty useful tips.

What's your favorite eye makeup look to wear?

Hmm, this one's a tie. As much as I love to sport super vibrant and dramatic eyeshadow I also love a crisp, clean winged eyeliner on a bare eye.

What's your favorite makeup brand?
Another tough one! Sugarpill is fantastic, and so is Glamour Doll Eyes. As far as drugstore brands go, I really enjoy Annabelle's eyeshadow pigments.

Do you wear foundation on a daily basis?
Mostly, but only if I'm going somewhere.

Have you ever worn false eyelashes?

Yes and I love them, however my eyes are so bloody rounded that the typical full ones tend to lift super easily shortly after I apply them. I only ever had luck with demi's and half-length lashes.

What makeup do you wear everyday?
Foundation and mascara. 

Do you prefer high end brands or drugstore?

I like a mix of both. I believe you can find absolutely fantastic products at the drugstore as well as in department stores. You just have to really do your research and compare things before you buy.

What color are your eyes?

Very green.

What color of eyeshadows make your eyes pop?

Purples and pinks have the best effect on enhancing my eye colour. I find black makes the green in my eyes look brighter.

Do you use makeup brushes? What brand?

I use a combination of Crown brushes and Quo brand brushes.

Do you prefer lipstick, lipgloss, or neither?

Hmm. This depends. I really love light-coloured to red lipsticks, however anything darker than a candy-apple red I just cannot pull off. Lipgloss is either hit or miss with me; if it's too sticky, I can't wear it no matter how much I like the shade. If I had to choose though, I'd pick lipstick.

What's 1 makeup product you cant live without?
Foundation. Every artist needs to start on an even canvas.

Why do you wear makeup? 
Two reasons. First, when I was a teenager I never thought twice about my skin in the long run and didn't take very good care of it. I have a bit of acne scarring along my jawbone and on my forehead in small areas that I like to cover up, along with some pretty much permanent under eye circles (had them since I was a kid, plus weird sleep patterns don't help). Second, to enhance my facial features; I love how just a bit of eyeliner or some interesting eyeshadow combinations can really define your eye shape or brighten your entire face, for example.

Glitter or no glitter? 
Heck yes! But not too much :)

What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Oh god, where to start?? I'd say the worst would be that dark lip liner with nothing else on the lips. GAH! Just what is attractive about that? On the subject of drawn-on things...Badly drawn-on brows. I'm not against drawing on your eyebrows, but if it looks like your makeup is by Crayola I'm not intrigued.

Sponge or brush for applying foundation?
Both are nice, however I'm better with a brush.

Pencil, gel or liquid eyeliner?
Gel! It's so versatile.

Favorite era of makeup?
50's-60's looks were so elegant and timeless.

Finally, a tip you wish everyone knew:
Use an eyeshadow primer/base! I know it's simple but there are some people that don't use one and their eyeshadow ends up splotchy and uneven, plus it's a pain in the behind to blend out colours without it. If you don't have anything try using a liquid foundation mixed with the tiniest amount of translucent powder. It will make a world of a difference, trust me. 
Well that was my makeup tag. Again feel free to comment with a link to yours, I'd love to read your own responses to these questions!

Till next time <3

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rainbow Brite: Contest entry for Glamour Doll Eyes

Hey guys, long time no post (well it's only been a week, but still) I've been super busy with work and just general life stuff. Oh well, time to play with makeup!

Glamour Doll Eyes is currently holding a contest for the month of March, of which the theme is your favourite cartoon. Growing up I was fascinated by Rainbow Brite, who I could probably pinpoint as being my root cause for being attracted to bright and bold colours. You can also enter the contest as many times as you like, so who knows what else I'll come up with! I'm thinking a Smurfs theme :)

Anyways, here's what my first entry looks like:

With flash:

I honestly wish I kept track of what products I used, as I basically grabbed random things and put them on, haha. I do know however that the eyeliner is Glamour Doll Eyes "Fabulous" eyeshadow and "Techno" eyelight glitter in the outer corner. 

Good luck to anyone who's entered the contest!

Glamour Doll Eyes site: Click here.
Enter the contest via their Facebook page here!

Till next time <3

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