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Natural Eye, Face Contouring, and Bold Lip

17 May

After over a year of being out of commission, my digital camera is finally up and running! 🙂 No more webcam make-up pictures, hooray! Ironically enough, after taking a few photos of my make-up today, the flash washed out a lot of the shadowing, so I still took a picture with my webcam because it picked up on the definition of the contouring a little better. Regardless, I’m super excited to have my camera back.

Anyway, today I had the day off while my boyfriend was working all day and my son was at school so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to mess around with my make-up. After all, I haven’t really had time to play for a while now. Lately I’ve been watching tons of YouTube video tutorials, many of which are on the fast-growing trend of contouring your face with make-up. I’ve contoured before (not on a regular basis, and very lightly) but I really wanted to get in there with darker shades for a real result, and since I didn’t have anywhere to be and therefore didn’t have to worry about it turning out completely outrageous, I went for it! The top picture (obviously) was the picture I took with my digital camera. My contouring lines, brows, and even blush appear much darker in real life. The second photo taken with my webcam defines the shadows and highlights I created a little better. Everything I used is below the pictures. I really can’t wait to mess around with this more!


Eyes:
*Urban Decay e/s in Naked (crease)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (crease/brows/lower lash line)
*MAC e/s in Shroom (highlight/inner corners)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil in Yeyo (lower water line)
*Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black (outer upper lash line)
*Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black (upper lashes)
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (lower lashes)

Face:
*MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC25 (all over face)
*Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Fair (blemishes/under eyes/bridge of nose)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in NC20 (over concealer)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in C4 (over rest of face)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (temples, cheekbones, jaw line, sides of nose)
*Too Faced Candlelight Powder (under eyes, bridge of nose, chin, forehead)
*NARS Blush in Orgasm (apples of cheeks)

Lips:
*L’Oreal Automatic Lip Liner in Reds
*Bare Minerals Lipstick in Opulence

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5 Favorite Fall Nail Polishes

4 Sep

Here are 5 of my favorite fall nail polish picks! They all just so happen to be OPI, because that’s what I own most of. I know there are several other great ones out there, as well as several dupes for each of these, but these are the ones that I have and plan to use a lot of this fall. I would post my own swatches and photos, but I figured it wouldn’t be fair to the polishes since I only have my web cam to work with at the moment, and it certainly wouldn’t do any of them justice. What are your favorite picks for your nails this fall?

1. You Don’t Know Jacques by OPI

Arguably one of OPI’s more recent favorites, this dark, brownish-greyish taupe is a must-have polish for any nail polish collector! It premiered several years ago with OPI’s France collection, and has been so popular that it’s stuck around in their permanent collection ever since. Not only is it a staple shade, but it’s perfect for fall wear!

2. Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI

This is definitely high up on my list of favorite nail polishes ever! It’s an extremely darkened purple, which at times can look almost black. This was one of my first favorite purchases when I was an aspiring nail polish collector, and it has remained a favorite of mine ever since! If it’s a bit too dark for your taste, try out it’s sister shade, “Lincoln Park At Midnight,” which essentially looks the same but with a little more purple showing through.

3. Russian Navy by OPI

Another one of OPI’s most popular shades! Russian Navy is a deep, dark indigo blue with purple shimmer. It appears extremely dark at first glance, but once it catches some light the blue/purple hues come alive. Truly a gorgeous, sultry color!

4. Midnight In Moscow by OPI

Continuing on with the deep, dark variety, this shade is similar in make-up as Russian Navy, but instead of blue/purple, Midnight In Moscow reflects burgundy hues on top of it’s fairly dark, blackish base color. Mixing black and red into one shade? Hello sex appeal!

5. Jade is the New Black by OPI

Although this shade came out with OPI’s spring Hong Kong collection a few years ago, it will be absolutely perfect this fall! Jade green is one of this season’s “it” colors, which is exactly the kind of green this polish is. Although it is a vibrant jade green, it is still deep with grayish undertones that make it wearable for fall.

Spotlight On Fall 2012 Color Trends

16 Aug

Can you believe fall is almost here?! School has already started up for some, and will be coming very soon for others. Although summer technically doesn’t end for a little over a month, fall trends and fashions are already circulating to give everyone a head start. Bright pastels (such as salmon pink/coral and mint green) and neons were huge this summer and it appears the bright hues are carrying over a bit into this fall! While your typical dark browns, reds, and plums will still be popular, this year’s major “it” colors are much more vibrant than the dark shades with grey undertones that have been so in demand over the last several fall seasons.

I’m absolutely loving these colors! Vivid Orange and Lime Green in the fall?! Sounds crazy, huh? It also appears greys are going to be somewhat big this year, too. I’m really digging the royal blue and the jade green. What’s your favorite Fall ’12 shade?

Spotlight On: Ombre

22 Jun

Ombre is a french term that refers to the gradual change in shade of a color from light to dark, or from one color to another. In the past few years, ombre has been popping up all over the beauty and fashion world and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down! I’ve rounded up the posts I’ve made on the three most popular ombre trends; hair, nails, and fashion. What is your favorite ombre trend?

*Ombre Hair Color
Usually having your roots be a totally different color than the rest of your hair means you need to get to the salon, but thanks to the ombre hair coloring technique it’s become a trend! So many people are sporting this look right now, and it is huge among celebrities. It makes your hair appear to be longer, and in some instances naturally sun-kissed.

*Ombre Nail Design
Ombre is an easy way to add some extra punch to your nails without having to worry about intricate designs, stickers, and other nail design add-ons.

*Ombre Fashion
The ombre trend doesn’t end with just hair and nail styles, its gaining popularity in the fashion world, too! Its a great way to add length and color to an outfit or article of clothing in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Ombre Fashion

22 Jun

The ombre trend doesn’t end with just hair and nail styles, its gaining popularity in the fashion world, too! Its a great way to add length and color to an outfit or article of clothing in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Check out some examples below!

I am absolutely obsessed with this dress. Its the epitome of ombre, having transitions in not only color but texture, too! It goes from blue to silver to peach, and small sequins to larger sequins to feathers! So stunning.

The dark navy blue to white ombre on this gown makes it appear longer and adds to the flow of the bottom.

This sequin dress flows from red to gold and back to red again! A different style and take on the ombre look.

I adore these ombre tights, and will definitely be looking for them when fall/winter season comes back around! Ombre leggings would be super cute, as well, and both will help elongate your legs!

Scarves are a super trendy accessory, so an ombre scarf is just perfect!

I love this ombre bandage dress. The gradient of color is perfect!

This maxi skirt is perfect for an ombre design. Putting the purple, being the darker color, on the bottom makes it appear almost dipped dyed and really accentuates the long length of the skirt.

Ombre Nail Design

13 Jun

I love ombre nails, hands down. In fact, I think I wear this on my nails more often than I paint my nails one color. It’s an easy way to add some extra punch to your nails without having to worry about designs, stickers, and other nail design add-ons. There are several different types of ombre designs for nails. Here are some examples and variations. *Note: Many of the pictures I found on Pinterest, and weren’t linked to the original website. I do not intend to take credit for these images or infringe anyone’s copyrights. Please let me know if you see something that is yours, and I will give proper credit or take down the image!

1. From Pinky to Thumb

The easiest way to achieve an ombre nail look. Choose a single color, and on each finger paint a different shade of that color, ranging from light to dark or dark to light. For example, if you were using blue, you could use the following colors: baby blue, sky blue, mid-tone blue, true royal blue, and navy blue. Photo Credit: Glitta Gloves

2. Vertical

Go from light to dark, or dark to light, from the tip of your nail down to your cuticle. You can go from light to dark within a single color, or create a gradient transition between two or more colors. An easy way to achieve this look is to take all of your colors and paint the gradient on a sponge, about the size of your nail, and just press it onto your nail. Photo Credit: Latina

3. Horizontal

Similar to the vertical design, only going from side to side rather than top to bottom of your nail. Check out the steps in the above photo for an easy way to get this look. Photo Credit: Hey, Nice Nails!

4. Glitter

You can do glitter gradients either by the color of glitter, or by creating a diffused glitter look like in the above photo. It’s easiest to use a glitter that isn’t very compact so you can build the amount of glitter up to the tip of your nail. This can be done over a color, or can be a great way for a subtle yet dressed up look on an unpolished nail. Photo Credit: The Polished Perfectionist

Ombre Hair Color

13 Jun

Usually having your roots be a totally different color than the rest of your hair means you need to get to the salon, but thanks to the ombre hair coloring technique it’s become a trend! So many people are sporting this look right now, and it is huge among celebrities. It makes your hair appear to be longer, and in some instances naturally sun-kissed. Here are some examples and variations. *Note: Many of the pictures I found on Pinterest, and weren’t linked to the original website. I do not intend to take credit for these images or infringe anyone’s copyrights. Please let me know if you see something that is yours, and I will give proper credit or take down the image!

1. Dramatic (Dark to Light)

Perfect display of ombre here. The gradient of color is perfect!


Ashlee Simpson sports dramatic ombre hair- black roots and blonde ends.

2. Subtle

Ombre doesn’t always have to be the transition between two totally opposite colors, as Lauren Conrad displays above. She’s blonde all-over, with subtle lightening of the ends.

3. Colorful

Blonde fades to hot pink, hot pink fades to lavender! Ombre can be done on just the tips, too.


I absolutely love this look, and the colors are gorgeous. It’s a great way to add some color to your hair without totally going overboard! Check out a tutorial for this type of look at The Beauty Department.com!


Blonde fades to a peachy-orange color. Gorgeous!

4. Reversed (Light to Dark)

Most times, ombre hair color goes from dark to light. But you can do it the complete opposite, too!