Dark Grapes

I don’t know how I’m doing so many updates. Things have been slow at my job, so I’ve had the time. I created a new look yesterday called Dark Grapes. It was all in good fun. Check it out:

Okay, so here it is with opened eyes.

Closed eyes….

Okayyy, I hope you’re ready for what’s next to come because it is a bit shocking!
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Craziness, riiiight? But I like it! I really do. I was initially just doing the eyes, but I was like, “What the hell…” and dabbed some Grape pigment on the lips for fun.

But I have to admit….I like it. I was bored last night while packing up my apartment and started playing around. Damn shame that I have to get in the car to take pics with my cell phone. LOL, I know I’m a mess.

But I do believe this is an interesting look. I didn’t go anywhere with it on….the Purple lips is a bit too much for. The eyes—perhaps, but the lips. Ummm, I ain’t THAT bold.

I used:
UDPP (my BFF!)

Milani Shock
MAC Nocturnelle
MAC Grape pigment
MAC Vanilla pigment
MAC Trax
MAC Platinum pigment
MAC Blitz&Glitz fluidline
MAC Stud brow pencil
Loreal Volumious mascara
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner
Jordana dark brown lip pencil
Burts Bee’s lip balm (or lip chap like Saaphyri says!!!)
MAC Who’s That Lady lip gelee

That’s a helluva lot, uh? I didn’t do any StudioFix and will continue to not wear face make-up for awhile. My skin is looking a lot better and I think it’s because my disuse of StudioFix.

Tis it for now.

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

Eyebrows-attempt 1

I pretty much have the WORST ones ever. They were never good to me. Too thick, too curly and sooo unmanageable. And the sad thing is, I have YET figured out how to make them look good. I get them threaded on a regular but of all of my threading/waxing/tweezing experiences, I have only had ONE good one. The other ones have been “Ehhh…..it’ll do.”

Ugh, so silly me…..my entire life I thought that women with impeccable eyebrows were born that way! But nooo…..a great deal of ladies fill in their brows. I didn’t know that!!

Sooo, I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Milani’s Eyebrows Pencils and so I’m definitely going to get hip to that.
In the meantime, however….I’ve just been playing around and learning how to fill them in with a lipliner pencil. LOL, ayyyy…..don’t laugh. A sista has limited resources. I gotta work with what I got, yo!
Sooo, I tried to fill in the brow to the left. It’s waaaay too thick, right? But that’s definitely the shape that I’m looking to get. I’ve studied eyebrow structuring and have learned that the highest arch should be perpendicular to the end of my nostril. Or somethin‘ like that…..

And so I tried the same thing with my design Doxical and it didn’t come out AS good, but better than how my brows normally look.

Aaaand, here’s my attempt on BOTH brows. Ugh, not so good.

I’m thinking I’ll find better success once I actually use products that are FOR eyebrows. LOL….I’m really just playing around for now. My goal is to not be so dependent on getting them done. My best friend does her own brows and they are gorgeous. Sometimes we get too caught up in having someone do ours and then we look like hell until we can get them done again. I only want to go to my threading lady for re-definition of my arch, but I definitely want to maintain them myself. Imma get there!!

Here’s a full look shot with filled in brows and Doxical. No Studio Fix….remember, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to wear it all this week. Ugh, but I’m definitely detoxing next week because my skin has been terrible lately. You can’t tell in this pic, but it looks like I’m having some allergic reaction or somethingoin‘ on….I would just DIE if I were allergic to MAC.

…….too terrible to even think about.

Doxical

So guess WHO went to the MAC store 2 days ago and walked out empty-handed?

ME!!!

…..and it was so difficult. I went in the store and played around with C-Shock and absolutely LOVE the colors. So so soooo much. One of the Make-Up Artists was sooo nice and he helped me decide what colors to get WHEN I get the money. As much as I am starting to love make-up, I need to be more responsible with my money. I am now broker than broke because of my impulsive MAC runs. Welllll, you live and sho nuff learn. I tell ya that much.

So anyway…..I’m decided to buy only one MAC brush right now. And that’s #224. I keep hearing great things about it. It’s $28….that’s a lot of dern money just for a brush. And I’ve been doin‘ pretty well with my watercolor brushes, so I ain’t ‘gon fix what ain’t broke. ‘Gon work wit what I got and chhhhhyeahhh…..go from there.

I found a pic of myself that I took on New Year’s Day before I went to some party:

You’ll have to click on it to see the eye make-up. I’m feelin‘ the design and will re-create and name it soon. Pretty HOT colors. Wait….here’s a close-up.

Not bad for a beginner, uh? I love the gold. Defintely gotta do this one again.

…..sooo, while I found so much success with parrot eyes, I have to keep in mind that designs like that are JUST for fun. As much as I’d like to, I can’t go walking around everyday with 6 different colors of make-up on my eyes. Sooo I’m in the process of finding everyday looks. Something subtle, but noticeable enough that you can still say, “Hey! Her eyes look nice.” And so I did a tri-color look from my MAC drawer using:

Amberlights for the lids

Trax for the crease
…..and Vex for the highlight (or some call it the browbone)

…..these colors are absolutely BEAUTIFUL on my skin. I love it. And they look so well together. Trax alone is the best dern color in the world.

Here’s what I created:

Do you see the three colors? (remember you have to click on the photo to get a better view) I lik it!! And look how good the colors STILL look even after I spent 2 hours out in the sun at the beach…not only was I in the water, but I was sweatin’ somethin’ serious out there and the color is still on.

Here’s what it looks like after I got all cleaned up and refreshed my face:

And one with a smile….

And how ’bout JUST the eyes?

Noooot bad, hmmm? I could have blended a little better, but not bad at all. I think this is a great “everyday” look. I shall call this look: DOXICAL!!!!

…..I’m also noticing myself feeling like I HAVE to put on my Studio Fix everyday. This is exactly what I did NOT want to do. I’ve always indulged in my beauty without enhancements, but I don’t want to become dependent on it and feel like I NEED it. I think that’s a problem. I should feel just as confident without make-up as I feel WITH it. That’s really important to me.

So to bring myself back down to earth…..I’m not wearing any foundation this upcoming week. Which shouldn’t be too hard.

Parrot (rainbow) Eyes-attempt #2

YES!!!

I think I’m doing better with my parrot/rainbow eyes….I’ve posted my pics on Specktra.net to get some feedback from some of the users, and everyone seems to have liked what I did. I got some advice to use Blacktrak Fluidline instead of Blitz & Glitz, and I concur with that. It’ll give me a BOLDER look.

Ohhh, I’m soooo happy and proud of myself. I’m learning, I’m learning…..my blending is gettin’ better too.

Here are some pics:

I don’t too much know about this one, but some folx are saying that they like how the eyeliner goes alllll the way out like that. Hmm, I don’t know. And pleaaase don’t even LOOK at my eyebrows. In fact, let’s move on—next pic! LOL

This is the same thing with my eyes open. Not bad, not bad, uh? Oh yeah—click ON the pics for a better view.

You know, because I can be crazy a times….

From the car to the shuttle…..lookin’ to the side.

Aaaaand, my close-up. Not bad!!!

And, of course….every look that I post I have to provide the products:

MAC’s Trax, Vex, Amberlights, Swimming, Electric Eel and Blitz & Glitz Fluidline

Revlon’s Colorstay Eyeshadow

And Loreal HIP’s Purple “whatever it’s called”.

Thaaat’s iiiiiit!!