Brow drama & other looks

Sooo, I’m in a pretty bad mood. I went and got my eyebrows waxed…bad mistake.

I told the lady I just wanted to “clean” them up. No arching, no thin brows. I LOATHE thin brows on my face…and of course, what does she do? Takes off so muuuuuch hair from my brows. I burst in tears the second I saw. Yikes!



Some bad things have happened to face. Dermatitis, bad pimples, healing nose ring drama, LA smog induced pimples, swollen eyes, pink eyes in BOTH eyes at the SAME time….I mean, really. I’d rather go through all of those again at the same time than have my brows look like this.

Today was Halloween. Never been into this day. The faculty’s theme was “Pirate” which bummed me because I don’t think pirates are any kind of attractive or fun…but whatev. I put on a shirt, bandanna and some jeans. And of course this gave me the opp to play with make-up. I did….The next look represents how I feel about Halloween overall….I don’t know, it’s just never been my thing. I used:

L’Oreal Gel Liner in Black

Carbon on the lid

The red from MiLady on crease

Vanilla as a highlight

…and my new lashes which I didn’t put on so good. HA!


Speaking of Mi’Lady….which I’m lovin’ to learn, here’s a look I did the other day. I used Artifact Paint Pot as a base.

Now of course my Stud brow pencil doesn’t look that good, but look at how much thicker those brows are. :(

Wait a minute….can we focus on the fabulousness of my skin with that Tech and Fix +? Roomie Joy and I did a 3-step facial thing last night with some fab products and I’m lovin’ how my skin looks. I’m thinking of investing in some MSF. Dark or Deep Dark. I see that MSFs give you better coverage for a more flawless look. Didn’t know that! Thanks Scandalous Beauty.

The pic below was supposed to be on my face to really show off the pirate look, but Joy forgot to paint it on. This girl has some skills with the paintbrush. I’m getting into make-up art, but I could never do this. Hot! Carbon and Rondelle!



So I’ve learned:

1. To only let award winning estheticians touch my face. Seriously. No more quick fixes at nail salons. I need someone who specializes in brows. Either that or learn how to do them myself.

2. Stay away from acrylic.

3. You get what you pay for. $5 brow wax=jacked up brows. Makes sense.

4. Mistakes can lead into new creative ventures (my Mom & her motivational speech).

The End.

:(

Brow drama & other looks

Sooo, I’m in a pretty bad mood. I went and got my eyebrows waxed…bad mistake.

I told the lady I just wanted to “clean” them up. No arching, no thin brows. I LOATHE thin brows on my face…and of course, what does she do? Takes off so muuuuuch hair from my brows. I burst in tears the second I saw. Yikes!



Some bad things have happened to face. Dermatitis, bad pimples, healing nose ring drama, LA smog induced pimples, swollen eyes, pink eyes in BOTH eyes at the SAME time….I mean, really. I’d rather go through all of those again at the same time than have my brows look like this.

Today was Halloween. Never been into this day. The faculty’s theme was “Pirate” which bummed me because I don’t think pirates are any kind of attractive or fun…but whatev. I put on a shirt, bandanna and some jeans. And of course this gave me the opp to play with make-up. I did….The next look represents how I feel about Halloween overall….I don’t know, it’s just never been my thing. I used:

L’Oreal Gel Liner in Black

Carbon on the lid

The red from MiLady on crease

Vanilla as a highlight

…and my new lashes which I didn’t put on so good. HA!


Speaking of Mi’Lady….which I’m lovin’ to learn, here’s a look I did the other day. I used Artifact Paint Pot as a base.

Now of course my Stud brow pencil doesn’t look that good, but look at how much thicker those brows are. :(

Wait a minute….can we focus on the fabulousness of my skin with that Tech and Fix +? Roomie Joy and I did a 3-step facial thing last night with some fab products and I’m lovin’ how my skin looks. I’m thinking of investing in some MSF. Dark or Deep Dark. I see that MSFs give you better coverage for a more flawless look. Didn’t know that! Thanks Scandalous Beauty.

The pic below was supposed to be on my face to really show off the pirate look, but Joy forgot to paint it on. This girl has some skills with the paintbrush. I’m getting into make-up art, but I could never do this. Hot! Carbon and Rondelle!



So I’ve learned:

1. To only let award winning estheticians touch my face. Seriously. No more quick fixes at nail salons. I need someone who specializes in brows. Either that or learn how to do them myself.

2. Stay away from acrylic.

3. You get what you pay for. $5 brow wax=jacked up brows. Makes sense.

4. Mistakes can lead into new creative ventures (my Mom & her motivational speech).

The End.

:(

Make-up Thoughts

I’ve been having these crazy thoughts lately…..about make-up, in general.

Sometimes I’m envious….envious of those who work at MAC, those who have bangin’ ass photos of make-up they’ve done, folx with killa FOTDs.

Sometimes I feel stupid spendin’ all this money on make-up. I could be donating money I spend to the school that I work at. I could be paying off my credit card. Or saving up for a ticket home for the holidays. Or for a new tattoo. Or for grad school. Or for the damn GRE to get into grad school!

Sometimes I feel excited! I enjoy looking at my pictures and seeing the designs that I’ve created. I get proud of myself.

Sometimes I compare myself to others….”Damn, I can’t do that.” “I’ll never be able to do this…..” I get rather defeatist.

Sometimes I want to pursue make-up artistry.
Sometimes I think I should just focus on grad school.
Sometimes I get mad for not being to afford the things I want.
Sometimes I get mad for wanting to spend money on things like this.
Sometimes I think I can do it.
Sometimes I think I lack the experience and references.
Sometimes I want make-up to be a hobby.
Other days I want it to be a fun career.
Sometimes I think I’ll never make it big if I did pursue it.
Other days I think I may be THAT bomb ass make-up artist.

…..crazy thoughts. But at least they are genuine. Can anyone relate?

I also did another MAC Halloween look. Just for fun.

I used….no face make-up.
No blush…
Revlon Colorstay Black eyeliner
Golden Lemon pigment
Pink Mauve pigment
Fix +…..I love this stuff with pigments!
Jellybabe Lipgelee….tis all!
….only took me a good 15 minutes.

Fab.
I certainly can dig it.

Color

*breatheeeee” Jill Scott’s new album has a song on it called “Breathe”…..I really only buy neo-soul and jazz albums. Random fact #15 about B: I HATE MAINSTREAM MUSIC.

Moving on again..the MAC jigsaw facechart inspired me. So I tried to do the same thing. Except I didn’t and ended up with something different. First I tried this ish on my hand.


Here’s the full face. It took at least an hour and you don’t even want to know how many colors I used. A LOT! I don’t feel like posting the 30+ colors I used. I had a great time diggin’ in the pigments though. I very rarely use them. And then I realized how fab the colors are when they are used wet. Loved it!
I used Picasa to make the colors a little more vibrant. I can dig it. It was a fun look to do. And I absolutely love Mattene’s Rapturous. I just have a hard time wearing it outside the house. HA!


Next Up….Rainbow Eye Attempt #3. Every few months I like to do a rainbow/parrot eye. It gives me the opportunity to play around with colors I hardly use and work on my blending skills. Yesterday my Fix + came in and after spraying some on my 242 brush and applying the pigments, I ended up with the most vibrant rainbow eye ever .


I can dig it….went to a Halloween volunteer gig and looked fab with all of my color. It was fun and people were in awe of my colors.

What exactly is Fix + for? I mean…what is its primary use? I haven’t figured it out but it works greeeeat with my pigments. I have a MAC class today. I’m taking my housemate Joy who, like me at one point, doesn’t even own any make-up. Yet she’s got that bomb ass Benefit eyebrow set. Joy is so pretty. She’s Japanese and has beauuuutiful features. Can’t wait to see how she’ll look with a little enhancement.

Peace beauties.

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!

Yellows and a Neuty

Hi beautiful faces!

Before I introduce my reviews and looks, I have to mention that MAC Pro has launched some gorgeous new colors. They are more along the C-Shock line: bright, vibrant and highly pigmented colors. I am in love with them all but unfortunately when I went to the PRO store in Orlando, they only had one of the ones I wanted. Let me introduce you kids to:

BRIGHT SUNSHINE!

Yesss…another yellow. If you’re like me and have found zero success in Chrome Yellow and Canary Yellow, this is it! MAC has done it. This yellow is magnificent. It is highly pigmented even without a base—so imagine how it looks WITH one. Now I know some of us may not be BIG on yellows…it’s not exactly a color that you’d want to wear everyday, but I’m looking to have a rather diverse traincase—and that includes non-traditional colors. Not to mention, neglecting to own colors like this feeds to the idea that darker skinned women can’t wear bright colors and I KNOW that ain’t true.

BRIGHT SUNSHINE, A color that MAC describes as a “Bright clean primary iridescent yellow”. As a frost, this color needs very little application to go on brightly. To prove this, I’ve done 4 swatches. 3 with bases. 1 without. The first 3 colors’ bases are:

(1) Urban Decay Primer Potion
(2) Gentil Lentil Shadestick
(3) Bamboom Paint
….and (4) is no base at all.

Wow….so, of course I had a hard time with lightning, but the last swatch looks just as good as the other three. My favorite base for this would be the paint. And I bet if you had a yellowish shadestick, it would pop like none other! So 10 points for Bright Sunshine….only available at MAC Pro locations.

Hmmm….and since we’re on this new launch of fab colors, let’s talk about one more. Blue Clam…similar to Electric Eeel but BETTER is a look I had done on me by one of the make-up artists. Aside from falling in love with this handsome cat, he also used the Delft Paint Pot (okay….these are FAB!). I don’t have a great close up but this is the finished product…me in all of my silliness.

So yes…I encourage you folx….who are into the bright colors to check out MAC Pro’s new line. I think you’ll fall in love just like I did. However, a lot of the great colors are already sold out so I guess us unfortunate non MAC Pro membership folx are outta luck, uh? So sad….I’m tryna get a membership myself. LOL, somehow!!

Kay kay….before I go, lemme drop you a Neuty aka….a neutral look that I created and topped off with MAC in 3D’s Wondershine.
What I have here is:
-Woodwinked on lid
-Antiqued on crease and lightly blended up
-Vanilla pigment on crease

The MAC in 3D Wondershine has a dark brown lip liner from Jordana (my favorite cheapo brand) but I was considering puchasing a Lipglass liner….but who knows. How the freak are you supposed to sharpen those mofos? I love the color nonetheless and am going to go check out some more today.

And Reno, mama….this Wondershine close up is for you. You said it was TOO bright, but don’t let the color of these MAC 3D lippies fool you. They look bright in the their bottles, but they really are very sheer. But sheer enough to where it shows up. And I’m workin’ on snappin’ shots of my baby traincase so you can see what I’m “workin’ wit” (lol)—but it ain’t much so don’t be shocked. And MAC Pro stores…..nothing less than heaven. It’s amazing! Peace and pigments, loves!

….oh and have I mentioned how uploading pics on Blogger is AWFUL! Am I the only one who has these problems?

Two looks

Okay, I got some madd updates for ya this entry. It’ll be a week and a half before I head out to LA….my internship is over. I have no classes and I feel like I am lacking so much purpose in my life right now. Post-graduation nerves, I’m assuming. The only thing that is making me feel better is make-up. And I’m in mofo Tallahassee…this place only has a MAC counter. No store. I hate flippin’ counters…..anywho this is what I have.

Fiiirst, the look I have here has no name. Here are the products I used:
That yucky Hush Color Cream base…oh, ignore that Antiqued eye shadow….and this is a palette I created:
-Woodwinked in inner lid
-Sketch on outer lid
-Humid on crease
-And Bamboom as my highlighter
I loooove this combination. It’s gorgeous. This is what I came up with. Let me know what you think:

Uggghh, as usual, ignore the brows. I have yet to return to perfecting them. Skin is getting better…thank the Lord for that.
This picture is arranged on my blog a little funny, but here is the look in its entirety. I’m wearing Elaborate Lip glass. It’s aight….too much glitter if you ask me, but it was a cheap outlet steal.
I looove that palette. It’s a nice everyday look. Humid is dark enough to where it tones down the Woodwinked and Sketch…I don’t know. I love Sketch. I think it’s such a lovely “Outer V….or outer lid look”.
And now introducing another look that I did using greens. I used 3:
Eyepopping….some Milani green (ugh, can’t remember the name!) and Humid. Whoever suggested that I get Humid, I loooove you. It is gorgeous and goes on beautifully.
All of these pictures are gonna look crazy because I was having a wonderful morning this particular day, so you’ll have to excuse my silliness. I don’t know…..I’m really feelin’ greens these days.

Eyepopping was on inner lid, that Milani green in the middle and I used Humid as an outer V and blended all 3 colors up. I didn’t do a highlighter. After my consultation with an artist yesterday, I discovered that I don’t need a highlighter when I do crazy looks like these. The space between my crease and brownbone is like a mile away. I have so much space. Color on the lid, crease AND browbone is too much for me sometimes….has anyone else realized this?

Heres’s a better “far away” look. Ohhh….and ZDazzle, can you guess what’s on my lips? It’s that wonderful Wondershine from the MAC in 3D line. Yes, it’s wonderful and I don’t mind the color payoff being intense. It’s dark enough for me. I love this color A LOT!
What do yall think? Thoughts?
Oh…I’m loving my new MAC brushes. They seriously were worth the money. My blending is 10x better and that 242….I don’t know how I survived without it!

Arabian Lights AGAIN!

Hi pretty faces.

I know Specktra’s new look is all pretty, but I’m not feeling it for some reason. The navigation is all jacked up to me. Ah well…

I played with pigments this morning. Melon and Maroon, to be exact. I don’t know what it is about me, but I love looks that have half and half of gold/burgundy. I have a look called Arabian Lights and I mistakingly ALWAYS mimic it. Helllllloooo, can I be more creative?

How good can a make-up blog be WITHOUT a decent camera? LOL, one day I’ll upgrade, yall. I promise.

Not a very clear picture….but my eyebrows don’t look too bad, uh? I’m learning, yall….I’m learning!

Ahhh yes. The “innocent” look. I’m going to head home and play around with some more pigments, colors and work on my brush usage because I still don’t know how to work with them THAT well. Oh, and another thing—I’ve got 2 empty slots in my MAC 15-palette. Drop me 2 must have colors and I’ll run out today and get them.

Peace.