Stash (pics)

Sooo….time for some updates.

But first….

Glad that you’ve jumped up on the bandwagon of make-up blogs, Ms. Riss!! I can’t wait to learn all the secrets and tricks of the trade from a professional like you!!

Okayyy….so after best friend left, I ran to MAC and picked up:

Some friggin’ Concealer….I have 1 fugly dark spot on my face that I am proud to announce is invisible with this stuff! My very first concealer. A special moment in a young woman’s life. *tear* LOL!

And then I got an eyebrow pencil. Scuse my moment but OMG, it’s like totally the best thing I’ve ever freaking come across! No seriously…..that pencil is the ish. It’s thin and the color is sooo close to my natural eyebrow color. I’m definitely mastering the eyebrows little by little. I’m so proud I could spit. Hehe…

And then I got another StudioFix compact because mine broke during an unfortunate incident at some hood-ass club. But I don’t even know why I purchased it because I’m staying away from face make-up for awhile. Except that concealer which actually looks okay alone. My skin needs a break. And I’ve gone back to my natural face care wash, toner and moisturizer.

Ohhhhhhhhhh……and my pigments came in on last Friday and I was so excited. I ordered 9 from miss lady off of Specktra (1165Cheryl….yall need to look chick up. She’s on point!). Her prices are extremely reasonable and she gives you an amble amount. I was so happy! And she hooked me up with one free piggie. I took a pic of some….

I absolutely love them! And then folx kept ravin’ about Vanilla pigment (which I forgot to order), but I got a sample from MAC when I picked up my other goodies. I am so excited! The Vanilla looks great on the lips. Anyone got any recs on some “must have” piggies for Women of color?

OH….here’s my FOTD for Thursday night’s awful.terrible.will never again go to that damn club experience:

Seee….and I know you can’t tell from this pic, but I was trying to go for some extreme cat eye look that I saw once and it just didn’t work out. I have to do some more practicing.

I ordered MAC’s FIRESPOT today!!!! From the Moothbathe collection. I know. I’m like 10 years late. ‘Bout time. I’ve been wanting that color forever.

Oh….I also purchased NARS’ Emmanuel. Did I mention that I am in LOVE with NARS’ colors. Why are they so beautiful?

I ran into a bump today while putting on some make-up. I’ve come to discover that virtually all of my colors are poooow….in yo face….see how purty my make-up is kind of stuff. Nooo, I don’t want that! I need some tone down colors and looks. Bad, like really bad. So I ended up wearing some boring ole’ Mythology and Vex and called it a day.

Boo and Boo’s Momma…I look boring and boring. HELP, I need some everyday pretty looks.

Deuces for now…..I don’t exactly know what else to buy in terms of products except a good mascara. I think I’ve hit a bump. Until I find some neutal looks, I’m going to be sad, depressed and withdrawn from MAC.

……my dramatic self. I know. The Academy Award goes to……………….

Eyebrows-the remix

Soooo, my best friend came to visit me and she really is one of the people who triggered that nerve for me to want to get into “make-up”. Just a few months ago I was this all-natural chick who made her own face care products and never wore more than eyeliner and some gloss.

But now….wooow, this really isn’t “me”. But then again it is, so…

Okay, lemme get back to the topic. LOL, I do that a lot. I could never be a professor. I’d constantly be going off on some tangent. And about myself at that!!

So, my bestest came and she has the BEST eyebrows. She does them herself and they are always so gorgeous. Always been envious of them. But yesterday she did mine for me and they came out soooo nice.

No fair!! Why can’t I do brows like that? She made it look so simple. And all she used was some MAC Eyebrow Pencil, some tweezers and that was it!! She talked me through what she was doing and promised me that I too could do the same thing. Only my eyebrow pencil from Milani wasn’t gettin’ it. So I added the MAC pencil to my list. I finally have an arch. A REAL defined and clean arch. So tried to do the same thing today….

Not half bad, uh? Defintely better than I’ve ever done. An actual arch, I can’t believe it!! I’m still not all that confident in the eyebrow world. I need to spend more time practicing. Oh….here are both eyes.

Hmmm, not too bad. They still don’t look as good as when my bestest did them. But I’m learning, taking notes and getting better.

She also had some concealer that I used to cover up a blemish that I had and it worked perfectly. So I added MAC’s StudioFinish concealer to my list and can’t wait to get some of that tomorrow when I get paid.

Completed my 10 day fast and my skin didn’t improve as much as I wanted it to. So I’m a bit disappointed. Ah well….can’t have it all, now can we?

Peace and Eyebrows, sistas….

Greenvious! (pics)

Hi gorgeous people!

I’ve been wonderful in the make-up department. Just doing as much learning, research and practicing as I can. I can still work on my blending, but it’s getting better since I now I have a blending brush! Yessss!! In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few goodies since I last made an entry. I got:

-Sonia Kashku (however you spell it) brushes….I love them!!
-Black tied….via Specktra sale
-Cranberry….via Specktra sale
-Loreal HIP black gel liner. It’s GREAT! Just as good as MAC’s. And I got it for only $4.99
-Milani’s Antique Gold. Interesting color
-Rimmel teal liquid liner….just for fun and crazy looks
-Milani liquid liner. This is what I used before Fluidlines. I got it again to do a crazy cat eye look.

So I think I’ve done pretty well at fulfilling my make-up wish list which is getting smaller and smaller. I’ve also ordered 9 pigment samples via Specktra. I can’t wait until they arrive!!

Today I’m bustin’ green and decided to do some green eyes. Something I’ve never done…..I used Eyepopping on the inner lid and Swimming on outer lid. And of course Vex everywhere else. Vex and Trax have become my favorite colors of all time because they are subtle, yet you can still seem them. Here’s the look that I call:

Greenvious

Okay….that’s the “in love” look. I’m not, but I’m lusting kinda hard because I had a fabulous date last night, but I digress!! LOL—here’s the thugged out look:

And of course….you’re gonna need some close ups, riiiiight?

Close dem eyes, guuuuuurl…..

And of course you need a full face look even though there’s too much light in this one.

I think I like the green look. I have another one called “Scream Green” but this to me is more fun. Scream Green is defintely an after-dark look. My face is still a HOT mess, ehhh….but whatever. Day 9 of my fast and it has been clearing up but not as much as I’d like it to. I’ll be patient. Still not wearing too much Studio Fix. I’ve only worn it twice in a week and a half.

Also, to those of you who have make-up blogs, please let me know so that I can add you to a list. Some list…..I don’t know how to make this Blogger stuff all pretty. But I’ll figure it out one day. I really enjoy reading some of you all’s things. It is really helping me.

Peace and have a Happy 4th (even though this is THEIR America….lol, sorry, that’s my Radical rant! Got a whole ‘notha blog for that!)

Bangin Resume & Brows (pics)

I have never seen my eyebrows look so good! Correction…..eyeBROW. I only perfected one. The other came out okay, but not as good as the first one. I’m somewhat proud of myself. And of course, I don’t have a “GOOD” quality pic to show of it (damn, I need to invest in another digital camera) but I have somethin’….

I’m not sure if you can really tell, but this is the BEST arch I have everrrr done. And I filled them in. I’m so proud of myself. I’m getting better. Nowhere near these MAC artists or—-well, you know what. Imma stop comparing myself to other folx. I’m doin’ the best I can. And you gotta start somewhere. So hey…..baby steps. Baby steps.

Yesterday I did a look that I called Bangin’ Resume. I had 2 meetings yesterday and was wearing a blue dress shirt, but didn’t want to do blue eyes. Nor did I want to do Doxical or some other boring neutral look. I wanted something nice—with some spice.

So along came—Bangin’ Resume which is nice enough to wear to work with an added kick. Of course the quality of this one isn’t the best either, but I’m sure you get the gist:

Of course you have to enlarge to get a better view. Not bad, eh? The colors used were:

Mythology on 3/4 of lid
Coppering on 1/4 of lid
Trax everywhere else

It came out pretty nice. I got a lot of compliments. My skin is slowly getting better. Day 5 of my fast and I’m energized and feelin’ great. I’m wearin’ a C-Shock look that I’m not gonna post pics of b/c I don’t feel too proud. My blending isn’t THAT good. People say they like it but ehhh…..I could have done better. I need a blending brush man. :( I really do.

Peace and Cream Color Base

Bangin Resume & Brows (pics)

I have never seen my eyebrows look so good! Correction…..eyeBROW. I only perfected one. The other came out okay, but not as good as the first one. I’m somewhat proud of myself. And of course, I don’t have a “GOOD” quality pic to show of it (damn, I need to invest in another digital camera) but I have somethin’….

I’m not sure if you can really tell, but this is the BEST arch I have everrrr done. And I filled them in. I’m so proud of myself. I’m getting better. Nowhere near these MAC artists or—-well, you know what. Imma stop comparing myself to other folx. I’m doin’ the best I can. And you gotta start somewhere. So hey…..baby steps. Baby steps.

Yesterday I did a look that I called Bangin’ Resume. I had 2 meetings yesterday and was wearing a blue dress shirt, but didn’t want to do blue eyes. Nor did I want to do Doxical or some other boring neutral look. I wanted something nice—with some spice.

So along came—Bangin’ Resume which is nice enough to wear to work with an added kick. Of course the quality of this one isn’t the best either, but I’m sure you get the gist:

Of course you have to enlarge to get a better view. Not bad, eh? The colors used were:

Mythology on 3/4 of lid
Coppering on 1/4 of lid
Trax everywhere else

It came out pretty nice. I got a lot of compliments. My skin is slowly getting better. Day 5 of my fast and I’m energized and feelin’ great. I’m wearin’ a C-Shock look that I’m not gonna post pics of b/c I don’t feel too proud. My blending isn’t THAT good. People say they like it but ehhh…..I could have done better. I need a blending brush man. :( I really do.

Peace and Cream Color Base

Redssss (pics)

Greetings beautiful people!

So I went to MAC on Monday and remember how I was supposed to return Ricepaper and Orange? Ummm, I so didn’t. I instead exchanged them for Mythology and Eyepopping. I loooove both! I didn’t have the chance to play around with Eyepopping yet, but I’m in love with it. Why wasn’t I before, ZDazzle?

Hmmm, well, I’m on Day 3 of my fast and it has been the biggest challenge of my life. Seriously. Try not eating for 10 days in attempts to take better control of your eating habits and lifestyle. IT has been life-changing and I am considering a vegetarian diet (which I’ve done before and failed) after this cleanse. And I know it’s doing wonders for my skin, which I’ve mentioned before is going haywire.

I purchased 2 colors via Specktra—-Black Tied and Cranberry. Chick only charged me $12, so I hope they are in decent condition.

I’m getting my eyebrows threading today or tomorrow and will have a defined arch that will help me play with my brow structuring better. Yessss!

I tried a look today. The quality is terrible, but I think you get the idea:

The colors here are:
Mythology (lid)
Coppering (crease)
Vex (brow)
I’m in shock that I haven’t had food in 3 whole days!!!
…..nothing spectacular. I didn’t pack it on too much because I already have a red shirt, red flower and red earrings on and didn’t want to overdo it. No name for this one. Don’t plan on re-creating it…just something to do. And I defintely plan on purchasing some NARS or Urban Decay reds. I really like theirs.

I’m still not wearing any StudioFix and probably won’t until after my fast. Give my skin a chance to breathe, replenish and rejuvenate.

Taking your advice ZDazzle and going to invest in some pigments. Sample ones, fa sho. I don’t really know how to work with them, so Imma need to have a make-up artist show me how to do that.

And another question…is there a difference in size between regular pans and pro pans? How do you know what you have? Hmm….

Out for now. I’m going to play around with some C-Shock tomorrow for my friend’s Passion Party. So hopefully I’ll have pics for that.

Peace and Kohl Pencils.

Photo-less Thoughts

No pics today….although my eyes look absolutely beautiful (if I must say so myself…LOL).

I’m wearin‘ a turquoise shirt and so I’ve got on 3 colors….Big T, _____ and Vex. I really can’t remember the other color. Oh wait, Shimmermoss, maybe? Yeah…I think I have Shimmermoss and NOT Big T.

Hell, I don’t know. LOL….they look pretty good nonetheless.

I purchased 3 more colors…..went to the Ellenton outlet and was semi-impressed. Not much, but enough. I looked at my collection and realized that I have waaaay too many blues/teals. I have at least 5. That’s enough. I want more wines/reds/pinks and definitely some CRAZY colors. So I’m thinkin‘….

Eyepopping (thanks to ZDazzle!)
Fab & Flashy (I have Orange, but I’m returning it….)
Chrome Yellow
Black Tied (Always wanted a Black e/s)

….some more purples. I have Nocturnelle and LOVE it, but I want at least 2 more. ZDazzle, what do you suggest? I saw yo Color Purple pics!
…….and then I want some nice golds/neutral colors.

I’m so not sticking to my make-up wish list that I made for myself. Oh well….

Did swatches of colors on my Gentil shadestick and they came out lovely. What a great shadestick!! I would rather not invest money on tons of shadesticks b/c mine seems to work well with the colors I have now…..and UPDD does not ever fail me.

Ummm, what else? So I figured out another way to maximize my collection without going bankrupt: Buy used products. Well, used shadows, at least. Some folx sell their brand new/gently used items on Specktra for cheaper prices. That’s right up my alley.

I’m fasting for the next 10 days and I’m hoping that it will clear up my skin. It honestly has NEVER looked this bad. I don’t know what’s goin‘ on. I’m getting dark spots out of no where and such unevenness. I’m drinking as much water as I can and have high hopes that this detox/fast will help me in the skin department.

Tis all.

Peace and Fluidlines.

Blue & Passion (pics)

Wooooop! I’m excited because I got some new colors. *doin’ a dance* So excited. It’s about time because it had been a long looong loooong almost 2-3 weeks since I’ve purchased my last color. So thrilled. So, here’s what I got…

Orange (might be going back)
Ricepaper (also might be going back)
Big T
Romping

Nocturnelle
Coopering

…..and I purchased some color from Milani that is similar to Firespot.

…..no one has Firespot and I’m sooo saddened because I REALLY want it.

So yeah, I don’t like how Orange feels….doesn’t go too well on my eyes and Ricepaper (WTF was I thinking?) I went a little overboard so instead of exchanging them, I may return them. IF I have THAT much will power….which I doubt I do.

——–Oh, wait. I also got an eyebrow pencil with Milani that is wonderful!! I’m doing so much better with my eyebrows!!!!———-

So I tried 2 new looks which I’ve named Blue and Passion. The quality of the pics are terrible because I used my camera phone, so please beware—for some reason the enlargement of these pics make my face look like HELL. I’m not even lyin’…..my skin ain’t as good as it normally is, but it certainly doesn’t look as terrible as the damn Sidekick makes it seem.

So……the colors from Blue are all MAC colors which include:
-Electric Eel on lid
-Tilt on crease
-Vex on browbone (yall know I love my Vex up there)
…..this was a BOLD, in yo face…..”check out the chick with the loud ass blue eyeshadow on” kinda look. And of course, I rocked it, loved it, felt confident, got compliments, and smiled at the hatas alllll at the same time. For some reason, I really don’t care what people think about my eyeshadow. I got some funny looks yesterday, but I shrugged it off and came strollin’ anyway.

Not too bad, uh? Here’s a pic with closed eyes….

Here’s a full face pic:

Now remember……my skin is NOT THAT BAD! I have to keep reiterating it because enlarging this picture depresses me. LOL!!

Okay, sooo passion–I absolutely love. I went and played around with C-Shock colors again yesterday and not only can AFFORD to get the entire collection, but I’m just not in love with all of them. Eyepopping…..ehhhh. Fab & Flashy…….ehh. I mean, I like them. But I’m not tryna go bankrupt tryna get them. I’d rather go bankrupt for something I REALLY want. Ahem, like Firespot from the Moonbathe Collection.Anyway…..Passion’s colors include:
Big T-inner V
Swimming-middle
Romping-outer V (I freakin’ love this damn color!!!!!)
Nocturnelle (liner)
Amberlights-crease
Vex (you know it…..browbone)

…..this is what I got:


*screams* My faaaaace!!! Ugghhhh, I swear I don’t look THAT bad. And of course, I may be being overly critical, but I’d admit if my face looked like I had a flesh eating disease. But it doesn’t—so I don’t know why my phone has to exaggerate to the 194th degree. I’m not wearing any Studio Fix—-remember? I’m trying to ween myself off of foundation. Don’t want to become too dependent on it and feel like I have to wear it every day.When I first got into make-up—-it was supposed to be eye make-up designing. And of course, that entails the WHOLE face (obviously I didn’t know that before) but still….my focus is the eyes.

Ohhhh shooooot……I went in Sephora yesterday and checked out NARS Exhibit A and Taj Mahal blushes and that Taj Mahal is GORGEOUS!!!! Exhibit A is nice, but it looks a little orange. I’m defintely going to have to indulge in that some day.

And then I checked out Urban Decay’s Heat which is a RED (okayyyy, I thought for the longest that red shadows didn’t even exist!) that I absolutely love. I’m going to go back and get it one day. It’s intense. More intense than NARS’ Emmanuel.

So yeah….that’s that!