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My Eyeshadow Diagram

So, Tellie asked me to make a quick diagram of my “eye makeup” because she was confuddled about where to put what color. I was kind of surprised she asked me because I don’t think my technique (lol) has evolved that much, but here is a general sketch of how I do things ‘round these parts. Here are my eyes. As you can see, I have just a little bit of lid space. It’s pretty fun to add different shades and levels of haziness (more on that later) right above the crease, but for the lid space, I observe the rule of thirds. By the way—I tried so many times to make a video demonstration of this. It was really hard, and I had to wash my right eye three times before I gave up trying because it was itching so damn much from all the soap. So, I did it some other day. YER WELCOME. When I was starting out, I would shade in the inner third with a darker color as well, but …

Helping Each Other Out: Blogging How-To’s

Blogging has grown into such a different monster from what it was when I first found out about it. It used to be every nerd’s outlet but now most of it’s sort of been an extended arm of PR and advertising. When I started blogging, it was kind of really easy because you didn’t have to think of content; you just wrote whatever came to mind. Blogging these days, however, requires a little bit more forward-thinking. I’m still trying to understand the blogging world now, but I have found a lot of helpful people whenever I read my feed. I thought I should compile them all here, in case you’re hankering for some help setting up your super cool new blog, but don’t really know where to start. THE BASICS — Blogging for Newbs by Lipstick With Some Sunshine (pretty basic, straightforward & concise) — How to Start a Beauty Blog by Lily Pebbles — An earlier version of How to Start a Beauty Blog by Lily Pebbles — The Luxola Guide to Starting a …

Make That Face Monday: Day to Night Eyes with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

OK, so here’s a commitment I’d like to make: tutorial every few Mondays. The reasons for this are many-fold (get it? As opposed to just two-fold?), but let’s just say that I want a bit of a variety~ when it comes to makeup posts on here. Reviews are freaking awesome, but you know, what’s the point of hauling and swatching when no one can even see how you use the stuff? Will you learn anything new from these tutorials? Probably not. But you get to see me make a fool out of myself. For this week’s MTF Monday, I have a haphazard eye tutorial where you can upgrade a day look to a night look using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I think it’s useful and I take you step-by-step through it all. I hope it’s an OK video. Let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement. I promise I won’t take offense, just as long as you don’t be a douche about it. I’d love to do close-ups but my camera …

Depotting My Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

Or, who ever thought this genie bottle packaging is any good for anything, ever? The Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer was my first eye primer. It’s been with me for about a year, and I love using it. If I can get the product out, anyway. It’s shaped like a vase, and the applicator is a doe-foot sponge (like a lipgloss’) and I just can’t be bothered to contort the wand through the opening and maybe scrape a thin layer of product. If I’m lucky. Often, I’m not so I use my Benefit Lemon Aid or NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (whew!). Anyway, I read this post by Neon Rock Rose eons ago and decided to do it myself. Once I found a glass pot to put the product in, I set right out to work. That and a really, really sharp blade is literally all you need. You just cut it across like so, but be very, very careful. Cutting stuff’s usually not a problem for me. I do a lot of that …

Make That Face: A Tutorial for a Warm & Colorful Neutral Eye

STEP ONE: MAC Paint Pot Rubenesque all over lid, apply with fingers. Paint Pots are kind of like cream shadows, but they dry to a shimmery, creaseless finish. They are a good alternative to primer. Since my look will be a bit warmer, I enlisted the help of Rubenesque instead of my usual Etude House Proof 10 or Benefit Lemon Aid as my peachy gold base. STEP TWO: bareMinerals Ready 2.0 The Scenic Route (white) in the center of the lid, apply with MAC 239. The lighter shade from one of my favorite eyeshadow duos, Breathtaking, is described as a “golden snowflake” color. It registers white but has a beautiful golden sheen when applied to the skin. I’m looking for a nice gradation so I patted a bit of this lighter shade onto the center of my lid. It’s a bit less orange than Rubenesque. STEP THREE: bareMinerals Ready 2.0 The Scenic Route (green) in the outer corner—apply with Marionnaud Pointy Brush—and crease—apply with MAC 217. The other half of The Scenic Route, Spectacular, is …

EOTD: Something Out of Nothing

Here is today’s EOTD featuring the Avon True Color Quad in Sandy Corals (reviewed here) and my new favorite weapon, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus 12! I have practically no relationship with mascara, because I never understood how to use it. Every time I tried one on, my lashes would look the same and I’d end up with black brush imprints on my lid or under eye area. I never knew I wanted lusher lashes until now! Luckily, my mom had an extra bottle because of a sale purchase a few months ago. So now, I have my own. 🙂 It’s got a two-sided applicator, one side a comb and the other a coil. I haven’t used it all that much to master application, though. There’s a slight blue-grey tinge to it that I don’t mind and actually enjoy quite a bit. It’s also a fibre-based formula, which has fibres that stick to your lashes, helping to elongate them. At first, I thought they were hairs from my mom’s lashes! Here’s my whole FOTD, …