Friday, December 28, 2012

Evening make up - bright blue eyes and pale pink lips

There are soooo many options for make up when you're going out at night.   This look is bright yet dark blue eyeshadow with pale pink lips and some pink sparkle for your face.  This is definitely an evening look, not something that I'd wear during the day. 

Here are the products that I used:
Urban Decay primer potion for eyes
MAC eye shadow in Moonlit Reflection
MAC eye shadow in Peacocky
MAC eye shadow in Deep Truth
MAC eye shadow in Wonder Full
MAC liquidlast eye liner in Inky
Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero
Maybelline Falsies mascara
MAC Snob lipstick
MAC Lustre glass in Morning Glory
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (I have Pink Porcelain which is no longer available)
Make Up For Ever's Full Cover concealer
Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet foundation

 I brushed a pale sparkly blue across the middle of my eye lid.

I put a bright blue on the inner and outer corners of my eyes. (sorry for the blurry photo!)

I brushed a dark but bright blue in the crease of my eye, which gives it dimension.

I brushed a pale blue under the arch of my eye brows to highlight my eyes.
I use a fluffy brush to blend my shadows

I lined my upper eyes with MAC's liquidlast eye liner in a navy blue, which is a little hard for me since the skin on my eyes is getting loose.  If you're younger it will go on much more smoothly

I used Urban Decay's 24/7 eye pencil (black) to line the inside of my lower eyes.  I use it because it's waterproof, and it glides on without pulling on your skin.

Use a flat brush to smudge some of the darker shadow under your eye as well.

I forgot to take photos of me putting mascara on, but I'm sure most of you are familiar with that process.
Here's how the finished eye looks, closed and open.

I used a light pink lipstick, and a pink gloss

I added MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish to give my skin a little glow

Add your favorite jewelry and you're ready to go!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I know that I don't look too merry in this photo.  I was tired the night I took these and I think it shows.  But I still love the eyeshadow!
I hope that everyone who celebrates Christmas had a nice Christmas Eve and has a wonderful Christmas Day.  I'll be going to my brother's house to hopefully get a little visiting time with my nephew and niece before they're off with their friends.  They're both at the age where they don't want to spend much time hanging out with their aunts, so I haven't seen them for awhile.  The other half of my family, my Dad and other brother, live in Atlanta, so I won't get to see them.  My Dad was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, so I wish I could go visit him, but I think it's better to wait and maybe go when he's recuperating from surgery or having treatment, since he and my Stepmom may need help then.  It's very odd - six years ago, I got a call 3 days before Christmas telling me about a spot my Dr. had found in my bladder, which also turned out to be cancer.  It was very unusual for a woman my age to have that.  Fortunately mine was not invasive and was easily removed in surgery, but my Dad's is invasive.  He'll have to have a much more radical surgery, and we're still waiting to see if it has spread.  I'm praying every day that it hasn't.  I just lost my oldest cat, I don't want to lose my Dad, too.

All of those kind of things make me remember that life can change in a day, and not to take anything for granted.  Treasure the good things you have, and if possible, get rid of the bad.  Life is short.  Don't put off things that are important to you, and don't let the irritating things stay with you.  Kiss, love, and hug others, your pets, and yourself.

My next post will be a tutorial on how to do the look above!  Have a great day!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Silver eye shadow and gold lips

I couldn't let the holidays go by without doing at least one post on make-up for holiday get-togethers.  If you're reading this after the holidays, though, this is a look that you can wear any time of the year.  It's a  sparkly silver eye, and a dark gold lip.  It doesn't show that way in these photos, but the lip gloss that I have on is a metallic dark gold.

This is a close up of the finished eye

The products that I used:
Urban Decay primer potion for eyes
MAC pigment in Silver
Laura Mercier eye shadow in Smoky Gray
MAC eye shadow in Chill
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Zero
Maybelline's Falsies mascara
Vincent Longo Gel X lipstick - nude color MAC makes a sparkly gold lipstick named "Gel" that you could substitute for the lipstick and just put on a sheer gloss
MAC metallic lip gloss in Sun (discontinued).

The first step (after primer is put on and drys) is putting on sparkly silver pigment in the center of your eye lid
Next I used a Laura Mercier crease brush to sweep a medium dark gray shadow in the crease of my lid

Then I used a fluffy brush to blend the shadows

Then I put a matte white shadow under the arch of my eye brow

Then I blended again

I used a black eye pencil to line my upper eye lids

and my lower lids, as close to the inner eye as I could get

Last I used Maybelline Falsies mascara on the top of my upper lashes

Then I put the mascara on the bottom of my upper lashes.  I start near the lash line and wiggle the wand a bit as I move it toward the edges of the lashes

Last, I put mascara on my lower lashes
 And this is how the finished eye looked
Then I put on a nude lipstick and an old metallic lipstick I have that's dark gold.  With or without my black beret and scarf, I'm ready to celebrate.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My 10 most popular posts of 2012

The Independent Fashion Bloggers community asked us to create a post with our best or most popular posts from 2012.  It's always interesting to look at the posts I wrote that have gotten the most views.  Some I understand the popularity of, and others surprise me.

1.  How to apply lipstick is always popular.  I did one for fuschia in the spring, and one for red this fall, and both were surprisingly popular.  The techniques are the same no matter what color you're using, but here are links to both posts.

2.  Another very popular post of mine is How to do neutral make-up that isn't plain.

3.  This summer I played with blue eyeshadow a lot, since it's become popular again.  (For so many years it's been verboten.)  I did one look with some new blue eyeshadow that I'd gotten, and red lipstick.  It's turned out to be one of my most popular posts.

4.  Next is a post that I did for an IFB project, which was how to accessorize for summer.  Since it's always summer somewhere in the world, this continues to be popular, along with how to wear your hair for summer, another project post from IFB.

5.  The next post that's been popular isn't for everyone.  I like doing experiments with make up.  I saw some pink and blue eyeshadow on Pinterest one night, and decided I wanted to try my own version of it.  It's not an every day look, but it was fun to try out.

6.  One day I was searching information about my favorite mall, looking to see if they ever had fashion shows.  I discovered that on their web site they listed information on sales that their tenants were having.  I never knew that information was published, so I figured many other people didn't, either.  I wrote a post to let others know that they could find the same information about their local malls.

7.  Most of my popular posts are make up tutorials.  Not surprising since that's what I do the most posts about.  I have a few suggestions for anyone else who does these posts - if you're going to have close ups of your eyes, make sure they're perfect.  Pluck every stray eyebrow hair, because if you don't, someone will suggest it.  People will also suggest false eye lashes, but I think that's a personal preference.  Most women don't have time for them or aren't comfortable wearing them, so I don't normally show them.  To each their own.
One look that I did was with green and blue eye shadow, and I really loved the way it came out.  It's been one of my most viewed make up looks as well.

8.  My hair often gets dry since I color it and flat iron it.  One day I tried a Kerastase deep conditioner and my hair was so incredibly soft and smooth, I was thrilled.  I had to share that information.

9.  Mint was a very popular color this spring, so I wore a lot of mint or other green eye shadow.  I created one post where I wore mint and purple eyeshadow, and it still gets views.

10.  Last is one of my earliest posts this year, back in January.  This one is a more dramatic make up look, with eye shadow that looks black and white.  Looking over all of my posts I can see that I've come a long way - my photos are much better, and the whole process is much easier for me.

Here's a link to other posts by members of the IFB community:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sweaters and scarves to keep me warm, cozy and bright

 I don't like cold weather much, but I do love the clothes that I get to wear. Soft, warm sweaters, soft scarves in all types of textures, colors and styles, and boots of all types!  My sister and I went to see the movie "Flight" a few weeks ago.  I wore one of my favorite sweaters, a long cashmere cardigan in medium brown.  I decided to wear it with a blue t-shirt underneath, and a funky bright blue scarf.  The brown and blue looked so nice together. I wore a pair of knee-high, black suede boots, which you can't see very well here, since they blended with my black leggings. Although I'm not happy with my weight right now, this outfit looked good and that, of course, made me feel good.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn't give my condolences to all of the parents who lost children, and everyone who lost a loved one in Newton, CT. What happened is unbelievably sad and I can't imagine the grief that they feel.  I hope that this moves people to figure out what changes we need to make regarding mental health services and permits for assault weapons.  Both subjects need to be examined and so that we can make well-informed changes.

A loopy blue scarf kept me warm, along with my cardigan by BCBG

How do I use this?  Coat by Ann Taylor

Linking up today with Patti for Visible Monday.  Click  HERE  to see Patti's and others posts.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Would you wear it? Vol II

I had fun doing my last post about "Would You Wear It", so I decided to do another one.  If I can find enough interesting things, I'll make this a regular column.
My first item this week is a pair of polka dot draped front pants.  I've seen draped front pants a few times
recently.  I've got to say, it's something that  I wouldn't do.  Anything that makes my stomach, butt or hips bigger is something that I don't want to do. 

Brigette Bailey draped front pants
photo from

 My "can't do" list includes drop-crotch pants. Oh no, no, no... I do not want to look like this.
Comme de Garcons drop crotch pants
photo from

 Cowboy boots are another trend that I find interesting.  I remember when they were somewhat popular in the "80's, I think brought about by the "Urban Cowboy" movie.  I would have worn them then, but not now.
Madden Girl boots - Sanquine
photo from

 I have worn a coat like this before.  When I was in college, my boyfriend's mom gave me a black one. At that point in life I was happy to have a really warm coat without having to buy it.  Now I care more about whether a coat is flattering, so I wouldn't wear one.  You?
Nau long stuffed coat
photo from

 This last item is something that I would at least try on to see how it looked on me.  I'm not big on rubber soles, but I do like the look of this so I may make an exception.  What about you?  Would you wear any of these items?

Doc Marten Sabrina open boot
photo from

Monday, December 10, 2012

Beautiful embroidered shoes for 2.00

I love unique things, and these shoes definitely fit the bill.  They have beautiful embroidery and beading on them, and a unique cut of the fabric.  And even better, I got them at the Goodwill store for 2.00!  These are just the type of thing that make me feel special when I wear them because of their beauty.  They may be at the bottom of my outfit, but women know how pretty shoes can make their day.  And in my opinion, things that make you happy also make you feel more confident and attractive.

This is why today I'm linking up with Visible Monday on the blog Not Dead Yet Style.  Click HERE  to see other blog posts for Visible Monday.

Have a great day, chickies!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Winter beauty tips and party looks

It's pretty much winter in the northern hemisphere, so for a lot of us the air is dry inside and cold outside. For many people this means changing your beauty routine because your skin is drier.  Not so much for me, though.  My skin remains oily all year-round.  
One of the blogging communities that I belong to asked us to do a post about our winter beauty routines, so this is mine:  the changes that I make are in my hair care and the make up that I wear.  Since it's sometimes too cold to let my hair air dry, I have to blow dry it more and it gets too dry.  So I need to do more deep conditioning.  My favorite deep conditioner is Kerastase Masqintense, but it is pricey.  I've tried various ones that are less costly, but haven't found one that I truly love.  A related product that I do love, however, is John Frieda's Clear Shine glaze.  I'm not sure that it actually makes my hair healthier, but it makes it LOOK healthier and feel softer.  After I dry it, Bumble and Bumble's Brillantine is another great product for giving my hair shine.

As for make up, in the winter I LOVE more intense make up, especially dark lip colors.  I definitely wear more make up in the winter, and I love that it doesn't get hot and wear off easily.  I use everything in winter:  primer, concealer, foundation, luminizer, blush, and the usual eye make up and lipstick.

The following "how to" is a nice option for a holiday party.  It has the stereotypical sparkly gold eye shadow with a twist - purple eye liner and a medium-bright lip color.  Here's the finished look with lipstick only, and further down I have a photo where I added lip gloss.  I do both, depending on my outfit and my mood.  

Here are the products that I used for this look:
MAC paint in Base Light (old)  
MAC eye shadow in Cranberry
MAC eye shadow in Vanilla
Urban Decay's 24/7 eye pencil in Lust
Maybelline Falsies mascara
Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer #4
MAC Cream Colour base in Hush
MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Speak Louder
MAC Lacquer in Fanplastico

this is probably a good example of why you shouldn't use products that are really old, which this paint is.  It didn't go on evenly like it normally would. 

 But I covered most of it up with powder eye shadow.  It looks like copper, but it was actually a color named Cranberry.

The third shadow I put under my eye brow for a highlight.  I used MAC's Vanilla - a matte off-white shadow

Then I used a fluffy brush to blend them all

Instead of using black or brown, I once again used a dark purple (similar to my last post )

I used Laura Mercier's smudge brush to smudge the liner a bit

Then put mascara on top and bottom lashes (after I curled my lashes)

 A little extra tip:  One way to make yourself look younger/better is to cover up redness in your skin.  The skin in the (very fine) crease from my nose to the corner of my mouth is usually redder than the rest.  Just by using concealer to cover this, my skin looks much better.  Technically you should use a brush - it would be more precise and use less product, but I usually just use my finger.

Another tip for winter, when skin can be dry and look dull, is to use a luminizer, mineral powder or highlighting cream or liquid.  I use a very pale cream from MAC across the top of my cheekbones.  Benefit's High Beam and Stila's luminizing foundation are also very good, as well as MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish.

Here's the finished eye (before I took the little bits of smudged mascara off.)  :-)

Lip gloss is a plus in the cold weather, as it protects your lips AND adds moisture.

Or just use a creamy formula lipstick, like MAC's cremesheen.

To see other blog posts about winter beauty routines, check out the links on IFB's site here