Handwritten on my brows…

Okayyyy, because I’m off from teaching this whole week, I have enough time to be a serious “wannabe model”.

So….as most of you know, MAC released the Matte2 collection a few weeks back. I only got Signed Sealed and Handwritten. And that was before I realized the collection was perm. I figured these two colors would be great for the crease. I haven’t played around with them much. It wasn’t until I saw Yum’s beautiful brows until I realized that maybe I should try shadows on the brow.

Sooo….first I took out my concealer and cleaned up my under-brow area. I also brushed my brows like mad. They are sooo curly.


And then….with the 266 brush I applied Handwritten on the brows. Not in any sort of form or fashion. I started filling in empty hairs and then creating a better arch at the top. I didn’t really know what I was doing and I really think that perhaps my brows look TOO thick.

Please, viewers, readers, pros, newbies, stalkers
….tell me what you think.

And because I’m a mess….I decided to get all made up so I put on some:
Studio Tech
Warm Sand blush by Fashion Fair (still embarrassed to have this but who cares, lol!)
Feline Kohl Power on the waterline
….and sloppily applied MAC in 3D’s Wondershine.
It looks a mess in the rest of these pics so please ignore! HA!

….and then I got all dolled up in my favorite wrap!. I’m diggin’ the brows a bit. I think that perhaps this color is a bit too light. So I may need to get something darker. And WOW, that concealer really does make me look….”brighter”.
I’m sorry….Fashion Fair or not, I love this blush! I just hope I’m putting it on the right way. Am I contouring? Someone help!
Why do the brows look damn good when I make this face? Any other face and they just look…..aight. I want them to always look THIS good. But uh oh…I got the Tyra foundation thing goin’ on. I didn’t take it to the hairline. Ahhh well…you live and learn.

Me and my ankh. I heart photography.
LOL..my bra strap is showin’.
Make-up porn. Heheheeee…
Soooo….there’s my experience with that.

Make-up Hypocrisy

I’m a mess.
I’m forever vowing that I will never do this and never do that in regards to make-up and I always end up going there.

Remember when I said I would never wear face make-up?
*glances at MAC StudioTech*

I said…”Only people’s Mommas where lipsticks!”
*glances at Mattene Rapturous*

I vowed to never wear bright colors!
*smiles at Bright Sunshine*

And the latest….I said I was leaving my brows alone. I got impatient and fed up with trying to perfect them.

Until I applied Handwritten with the 266 on my brows.
They ain’t on Yummy’s level yet but damn they look good. I mean…they look really good.

No more saying what I’m going to STOP learning or trying to practice.
No more make-up hypocrisy.
….and I’ll post pics soon of brows. Yummy, you’re the inspiration!

Mi’Lady

So of course, most obsessed MAC fans know that the Antiquitease collection as dropped. I can’t say enough how much I love living in LA (and probably for this reason alone) because they have 2 MAC counters, a store and a PRO store in a 10-mile radius. So fortunate. I stay goin’ to the PRO store in West Hollywood because they have the best customer service and of course they get new collections a week earlier.

So I played around a bit and Mi’Lady’s beauty caught my attention. Some of the other colors did but I was realllly likin’ this one. So I purchased the damn thing only to find out it has waaay too many sparkles for me. I’m not a fan of sparkles and glitter on the eyes. Hence the reason why I don’t even look at Swimming e/s anymore. Glitter bothers me!

But I played around with it a bit and put the colors on top of Artifact paint pot. Still not likin’ it. The colors blend well together but….I don’t think it’s for me. A little disappointed too because I’ve thrown away my box and receipt so I can’t return it.

And yes, my application is a bit messy because I was just experimenting. Maybe Mi’Lady will be one of those colors that I grow to love.

We shall see. I’m staying away from Antiquitease lip stuffs. They all look a bit blah to me. I haven’t been too impressed with these past few MAC collections. This in a sense, is a good thing. A break in purchasing will allow me to perfect my skills in the skin and application and eyebrows and eyelashes area. LOL, I got a loooot to work on. Someone share some tips, recs or something with me. What’s goin’ on in your make-up/beautification life?

Eyelashes and skin

Soooo, for once in my make-up life, I actually stuck went to the mall and swiped exactly what I said I was going to swipe. That’s the first. I tend to loose my damn mind in Sephora, but yesterday I only got the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. However….on my way out, I took a peek at fab NARS blushes and I’m not too big on Crazed.

A lot of ladies in the Beauty of Color forum on Specktra.net seem to think that
Crazed (NARS defines this color as a Raspberry red with shimmer) is just absolutely fab. A little too pigmented for my dark skin, I think. And far too pink.

However, I so fell in love with Outlaw (defined as rose with shimmer). I think that may be my next purchase. But really no purchasing of any more blushes until I learn how to correctly apply. Ohhh, I love NARS. Why oh why is that brand so f-ing expensive?

…..okay, I’ve gone on a tangent once again. I’m diggin’ the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. It’s still giving me a crimp and not a curl but not nearly as bad as the others ones do.

And I loooove my MAC green gel cleanser. It is really clearing up my skin something wonderful. And not too drying. I’m excited about that. Bad skin really depresses me.

I’ve also gotten Fix + coming to me in the mail via a Specktra sale. Can’t wait to play around with that!


Halloween is Comin’ Up….

Soooo I tried some new stuff yesterday and actually had the balls to post it on Specktra’s FOTD page. *gulp* Everyone and their pro skills and then little ole me. Ahhh well. I liked the look so we’ll see what other ladies think.

Here’s what I used:

UDPP—my mofo BFF!
Rubensque as a base (sp)
Acid Orange pigment
Off the Radar pigment
Carbon e/s
Vanilla pigment
Plush Lash mascara (okay, I’m diggin’ it…)

And here’s what I got…..(let’s see how bad Blogger will F up the photo placement!)

Okayyy….so not too bad, uh? I could have blended a little better but what good would this blog me if everything I did was absolutely PERFECT? Hehe….and I swipped some NARS Taj Mahal….just a little…on my checks and I love it!

Let me know what yall think. Don’t be nice. Be honest.
But hey…if your honest is raving my new look…heyyy, I can dig it. :)

Ummm, also, need some help in the eyelashes department.
Has anyone ever used a Shu Uemura or Shiseido eyelash curler? Hmmm, I am seriously thinking about investing in one of these. The prices aren’t too steep….$16-$20 from Sephora. That’s not too bad. I tend to get that 90 degree angle when I use my drugstore curlers. It’s awfuuuuul. So we’ll see about gettin’ that. Hopefully today.

Peace and beauty, my loves!

My stash

My stash…an over-due post showing what I’m workin’ with—terms of make-up that is. Hehehe.

I knowwww, it’s nothing compared to all of the other make-up folx out there but let’s keep in mind that I just started purchasing MAC in June 2007. That and I ain’t bankin’ like that to be spending a crap load of money on make-up. Not when I got student loans to pay back. HA!!!! But I digresssss….here we go.

This is where the make-up and jewelry section lives. It ain’t too jazzy because I’m only going to be staying here for a year.

This is my collection of eyeshadows. The majority are MAC, you see that one NARS (I’d have more but damn they’ll break yo wallet!) and 2-3 are Milani.

I invest in a mess-load of samples 32 to be e exact. I forgot to shoot a pic of them. The 3 purchased that I have purchased though, I love with a passion. Especially Vanilla!

The only 2 blushes I own. And I know….that one of the right is Fashion Fair. And of course someone gave me that because no one under 30 purchases Fashion Fair. LOL, just kidding. But seriously….I actually really like that color.

The brush collection. Need to upgrade. MAC SE brushes are…..um, not as good as the real thing. I wish someone would have told my ass that before I went out and purchased it them.

The lippies. My lip exfoliant stuff isn’t showing but that’s a MUST every night. See that Wondershine? Loved that stuff so much, I bought a back-up.

Bases and liners.

The only MAC face stuff I use.

Pencils and liners. I hate the way this Blogger picture thing loads so my apologies f or it lookin’ like a hot mess in this post. Blogger is pretty terrible in the picture uploading.

Soooo…that’s pretty much it. I’m missing my “tools” department and MAC paints and some other products, but I think you get the idea. I’m gettin’ there!

What I’ve learned

Okay, so I’m back!

This is going to be a picture-less post. I want to list my top 10 lessons/findings since I’ve been on my little beauty blog hiatus. Here we go….and please if you have any tips, suggestions, proposals….please help a sista out!

(1) Leave the eyebrows alone. I’ve decided to leave them the hell alone! At one point I got obsessed with trying to get “the perfect brows”. I really don’t care anymore. They aren’t perfect and I’m fine with that. I’m sick of trying to make lines and color them in and create arches and all of that mess. It’s time consuming and rather unnecessary to me. So no more drawing brow lines. I am learning to tweeze them myself—which I think is going rather well. But aside from tweezing every once in a while and trimming them, I’m leaving them alone.

(2) Time to learn how to apply blush. I really don’t know how! Call me crazy but once upon a time, I thought blushes were only for non-Black women. Silly me! But now I’ve discovered a whole new world of blushes via NARS. Beautifuuuuul. I copped Taj Mahal from a friend and now I’m peering at Crazed. Exhibit A is fab too. These colors are nice and all but I need to learn how to correctly apply blush. And MSF. I still don’t know what that stuff is for.

(3) Don’t be anti-foundation. I tried foundation. Then I gave up on it. Well, now I’m hip to it again. I think I’ve found something better. MAC StudioFix is the devil in powder foundation form. StudioTech is better. And now that I’ve found the correct shade….I find myself really liking how it looks on me. Sometimes. I don’t ever want to get to the point where I wear foundation everyday. I know it sounds crazy, but I really have no problem with my skin in all of its flaws. And it’s not like I have a busted face. I don’t mind my LA smog-created pimples. I wish they’d go away but I think it takes too much time to conceal them and my uneven coloration. I have really accepted my skin in its natural state. So foundation on only special occasions.

(4) Time to invest in MAC skincare products. This whole make-up thing is fun for me, but also very difficult. I used to be an “all natural” girl in terms of skincare products. But noooow, I’m stepping outside of the box. Wow. So, for the past 5 years or so I’ve been using Black soap, Aveeno (so not all natural), jojoba oil, cocoa butter and other natural oils that my Mother has made. I got a sample of MAC’s Green Cleansing Oil and my face loves it. It’s amaaaazing. And LA smog pimples are starting to go away because of it. So it’s time to go with what works. And so far it seems to be MAC skincare products.

(5) Find the perfect neutral look. I’ve played around with different colors and I’ve liked my findings. But I want the perfect neutral eye. So off to research what other brown ladies are doin’.

(6) Tame the eyelashes. They are getting a little less unruly but not where I want them to be. That and find a fab mascara that gives me amazing lashes. PlushLash is pretty decent but I know there is something better! And false lashes are fun but I want to create lengthy and full natural lashes.

(7) Create a portfolio. Just for fun. I want to have pictures of all of my looks with the products I used. For no reason. But since I’m into this make-up thing right now in my life, it would be nice to show something for it—-besides entirely too much money in products.

(8) Don’t get too caught up in MAC lippies. I know, they are beautiful. We can all attest to that. But them mofos cost too much money. I’ve become spoiled now and don’t even look at non-MAC lip products. It’s time to head back to Walgreens, CVS and other drugstore brands that were just as good before I distracted. I so blame MAC in 3D’s Wondershine.

(9) Blend like a mofo. And keep blending like a mofo. Because, to me, it truly is one of the most important make-up rules.

(10) Go make-up free at least once a week. And not on a bum day either. I want to continually reinforce how beautiful I SHOULD feel without the use of products. And prove to the world that I can be fab with or without make-up.

G

So ghost!

Scuse me and my absence. I have made it to LA safely and working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Nativity Catholic School. I am a librarian, tutor and basically run around here doing whatever needs to get done. It’s very rewarding, but very difficult. I am extremely homesick and miss East coast living like something crazy.

But I needed to do this. Sooooo, no regrets.

Anywho, my Dad is supposed to be sending me a laptop, since mine broke prior to me coming so hopefully when I get that, I’ll be able to do more updates and show my discoveries. Can’t say that I have many but still…

Peace, blessings and pretty faces to you all.