Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sparkly silver eyes without the party look

Lots of women wear metallic silver shadow to evening events, and recently I wondered if I could use it for a day look without looking odd.  Of course, art and beauty are subjective, what looks bad to one person looks beautiful to another.  When I read other site's tutorials for "bright" eyeshadow, I'm usually left wondering where the bright color is. Obviously I'm not a very conservative person when it comes to style or color.  So, my idea of conservative eyeshadow may or may not be someone else's, but I came up with something that I liked.  And it's pretty simple and fast, too.
I started with eye primer, as usual.  Then for my silver I used MAC's Electra as my lid color.

For my crease color,  I used MAC's Meet the Fleet, a dark blueish gray.

Even though it looked dark in it's container, when I put it on it was much lighter than I expected, so I applied a few layers to build it to the darkness that I wanted.
MAC's Meet the Fleet powder
The last shadow was my highlighter under the arch of the brow, which I don't have a picture of.  I used a shimmery white shadow like I normally do (Stila's Moonlight).  Then I lined the upper lid with a dark grey.

Even with pencil liner, I still like to draw a line up and out from the edge of my eyes to give my eyes a visual lift.  This next photo is a little darker than the others, but that's just the overall photo itself.

When I use pencil for lining my eyes, I often like to smudge it with either a Q tip or a smudge brush

And last is mascara for top and bottom lashes.  Be sure to get the tiny little lashes in the corners and your bottom lashes.

L'Oreal Telescopic mascara for tiny lashes

I was pleased with this look - a nice metallic silver sparkle without looking like I was going to a New Year's Eve party.  The key was using the dark blueish gray in the crease to balance the sparkle.  I finished it off with a bright fuschia matte lipstick, Rebel from MAC, one of my all time favorites.  If I wanted to tone down the look more, however, I'd use a nice pinky-beige or a light berry lipstick instead of fuschia.

I forgot to get some pictures of just the finished eye, so I'll add those a little later.  For now, here's the look I got:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Vests instead of jackets

Have a winter coat already, but still looking for something different for cool weather?  Or live in a climate that doesn't require a long-sleeved coat, but just a little something to keep you warm?  Try a vest.  Click on the tab above for Fashion to read my post and look at pics, or click the link below.;pageID=5353379737355732319

Friday, November 25, 2011

More sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Aside from what I've already posted about my own jewelry sale and Benefit's sales, I thought I'd share a few others that I've heard or read about.

1.  If you have back problems (like me) you may be interested in Relax the Back's 15% off everything sale that runs this weekend.  Also they have Buy 2 Tempur Pedic pillows, get 1 FREE!  This offer ends on January 31st. No code is necessary for either of these sales.  Just click the link here:

2. Starbucks online store has deals, too! Cyber Monday only! Free shipping on all orders over $10 with code CYMN11SH.
Get to their online store by clicking this link:

3.  From Gaiam, the wellness people:
Save 10% off + Free Shipping & Returns on any order (excludes clearance items)! Use code AFLOGOAFALL10FS. Offer ends 12.05.11, Inc

Holiday deals and gifts from Benefit Cosmetics:

Get a free high beam mini with $35 order. Enter HLDYMINI at checkout. Offer valid 11/22 - 11/28 11:59p PST.

Get a free full-size thrrrob with $90 order. Enter HRTTHROB at checkout. Offer valid 11/22 - 11/28 11:59p PST.

Get FREE US standard shipping through Thanksgiving weekend. Enter THANKS at checkout. Offer valid 11/23 - 11/28 11:59p PST.

Click to shop! //

Sale in my Etsy shop all weekend!

Get 20% off anything in my Etsy shop now through the end of the day on Monday, November 28th.  Use  coupon code Givethanks20 when you're checking out to get the discount.  For those of you who aren't familiar, I design and make jewelry.  I use Swarovski crystallized elements for most of it, and sometime Czech glass beads and dichroic glass.  I also make personalized picture pendants, which are usually on a plain chain, but I can make them on a beaded necklace as well.  For that type of necklace, you send me a digital picture file of whatever you want me to make a pendant frame, and tell me what color you want for the chain and pendant frame.  I have silver, gold and copper plated items, and a few specialty frames that are sterling silver.  Of course sterling silver always costs more than the plated silver.  I'm happy to substitute sterling silver or gold filled chains for an additional cost.  If you want that, send me a message through Etsy's convo system, email me on Facebook or post a comment for me here.
I have lots of beautiful things in a variety of colors as well as clear crystal and white gemstones (perfect for December weddings).
I'm happy to be sending one of my creations to a client in Ireland tomorrow!
I have an Etsy shop, and a Facebook page, where you can look at photos of all of my items and also contact me by email there to order something.  Here are the links to both along with a few pictures of some of my favorite creations.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all of the photos on this page!

405 creation's Etsy shop

405 Creations Facebook Fan Page

Title jewelry for dogs, this example, MACH agility title necklace

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Have fun with your eye shadow colors

If you would like to use more color when you apply eyeshadow, but aren't sure how to make it look right, here's a tutorial for you.  First I want to write a disclaimer - I'm not a cosmetics sales person, or a make-up artist.  I use certain brands like MAC a lot, but I don't receive any compensation from anyone.  I just enjoy doing make-up.  I learned from my mother when I was young, I've read beauty magazines for years, I've gotten advice on techniques from make-up artists, and I enjoy passing it on.  I don't always do a perfect line with liquid liner, and I never brush the clumps out of my mascara because I don't want to pull on my skin (once you get into your 40's you become very careful about the skin around your eyes). I can't afford to get my brows done every 3 weeks, so sometimes they're a little grown out in the photos.  I'm not conservative - I like bright make-up and having fun with it.  I assume my audience is regular people who are just looking for make-up ideas or to get a little more comfortable applying their own make-up.
So, on with the fun...  Generally I gravitate toward similar colors when it comes to lipstick and eyeshadow (I have more berry colored lipsticks than I should have), so my favorite colors are usually in the same color range, & they compliment each other.  For this experiment, I opened my eyeshadow palette and just picked 2 colors that I liked.  The first was a pale, sparkly pink powder and the color right beside it was a bright purple.  The pink was my lid color, and I used the purple in the crease of my eye.  I brushed the pink across the whole eyelid.  It took about 3 coats because it is a pale color.

MAC "swish"

Next I added the purple in the crease.

MAC's Purple Haze

After these I added just a dab of gold shadow in the center of each upper lid.  It's not easy to see at first, but it adds just a bit of glimmer to the overall look.

MAC's Honey Lust

Next I added a teal green in the inside and outside corners.  In retrospect I should have used a smaller brush than the one shown.  This big fluffy one covered up more of the pink and purple than I wanted, so I had to go back and add a little more purple to the crease.

MAC's Newly Minted

The look so far....

More purple added in crease and colors blended
Adding highlight under brow arc
Stila's Moonlight shadow

Next I lined the upper eyelid with a dark teal pencil.  I like soft pencils that don't pull on the skin very much.  The ones that I use the most are MAC's Powerpoint and Kohl pencils, and Urban Decay's 24/7 ones.  I've heard great things about Make Up For Ever's Aqua pencils as well.

MAC's powerpoint pencil in Tealo

Next comes curling your eyelashes, not nearly as hard as it looks..

  It's as simple as opening the top, placing it against your eye and making sure that the eyelashes are between the rubber grips.  Just don't get too close to the eye or you'll pinch your skin.  If using an eyelash curler makes you too nervous, ask someone at a make-up counter to show you.  Now putting on mascara - your choice of brand should depend on your eyelashes - short, long, thin, thick.  I use a volumizing formula because I want more thickness to my lashes.  Therefore for me, the best applicator brush is thick.

First I close my eyes and brush the wand up the upper lashes.  I start near the base of the lash and brush up, wiggling the applicator a bit to get the mascara into every lash.  If you accidentally get mascara on your lid you can take it off with a Q tip with a tiny bit of make-up remover on it.  Next I open my eye and do the same thing on the other side of the upper lashes.

Last I used L'Oreal's Telescopic mascara that has a little ball wand to get at the lashes in the corners, the lower lashes and the small lashes.  You can also do this by using the tip of a regular mascara wand.

If the clumps bother you, you can separate them with a mascara "comb".  I've never been bothered by them.

Choose a pink or medium berry shade of lipstick and you're ready to go.  I used MAC's Plumful.  I think the more that you experiment, the more comfortable you'll be mixing and matching colors. The most important thing is that you like and feel comfortable with the looks you create.  I view cosmetics like art supplies, and my face is the canvas.  I create what I think is beautiful, not what others do.  Some days I don't love my creations, but most days I do.  That's life.  Beauty still is in the eye of the beholder!