Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to Break Some Necks [Or My First Makeup Tutorial]

We just went out to an absolutely delicious dinner for Valentine’s day. The very few groups of single men (there were a few I promise), plus a very attractive man in the lobby wearing a full on suit managed to nearly break their necks as I walked by. More than pleased right now. Anyhow, I thought I’d give a makeup tutorial a whirl considering this look apparently worked so well, and didn’t take more than 15 minutes to do everything.

My roommate and I dressed (unintentionally) as polar opposites, though the whole effect was quite entertaining. She wore a tank and a loose knit beachy sweater, with some lighter wash soft jeans and her long brunette hair down, and no jewelry. I wore a red maxi skirt with black roses all over it (MINKPINK) and a black tank with a black dolman lace knit crop tee (Gypsy 05) with black heeled combat boots, a legitimate arm party going on (thank you ManRepeller), with this makeup… The tutorial after the jump.

Nothing too hard honestly…Let’s see how it turns out in writing though…

1. I used Urban Decay’s original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and the applied a base of pale pink eyeshadow from Smashbox called Flirt over my whole eyelid. Next I used a smoky maroon/purple Diamond Eyeshadow (shade #311) from Make Up For Ever , and applied it only to my lashline and built it upwards into a sideways ‘v’ (similar to < or > depending on the eye… I hope that makes sense to everyone).

2. Using Nars’ Limited Edition Arabian Nights palette (the purple pink – black shadow on the far left) I blackened that same V in the step above, but only on the outermost part of the V and dabbed it lightly up into my crease. From there I used my blending brush to smooth out all the lines from mixing colors.

[NARS Arabian Nights Palette – $45]

3. Apply a thin line of eyeliner (mine is Smashbox’s Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen. It’s a mouthful, right?) from the inner edge of your iris out a bit past your eye, making a small cateye. Repeat on the bottom except start from the caeye’s tip dragging it inward to your bottom lash line, and following it until you reach the outermost edge of your iris. Let me know if something needs to be clarified, I know it’s grossly complicated unless you’re actually doing it.

[Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen – $22]

4. Next I applied my foundation (which happens to be Benefit’s Play Sticks in ‘Spin the Bottle’. I love this thing), and added Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow in Techno Gold (it’s a stunning liquid gold that feels just like it sounds) to the inner corners of my eyes, and dabbing it upwards on my eyelid, and then outwards to meet my eyeliner. If you’re not willing to drop so much money on Shiseido eyeshadow, Make Up For Ever has a pretty good cream eyeshadow that would work just as well and comes in many more colors than Shiseido.

[Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow in Techno Gold – $25]

5. I also added a little bit of Nars Orgasm Illuminator, and then Finally (that deserves to be capitalized) Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in shade #45 .(It’s definitely a true blue-red, and I love the color payoff as well as the moisturizing quality. For lips MUFE and MAC are a tie for me honestly. This red doesn’t bleed. It has a tendency to smudge if you’re not being careful and drinking a little too much alcohol in one night *cough wasn’t me cough*

[Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in shade #45 – $19]

[Nars Orgasm Illuminator – $30]

6. And then mascara. Never forget that! I use Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash. I know most mascaras are made of the same stuff (whatever that may be, I honestly don’t want to know), but I really like the brushand the mascara even gets to the tippy tip tips of my lashes, which I love.

[Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara – $19]

Ta-Da! You’re done. I’m sorry it’s not perfect (or doesn’t look like it from my perspective anyway), but I do enjoy trying new things, and this vanilla latte isn’t going to work itself off!

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day,

xx

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Cupid, Can You Hand me The Merlot? Or Leave. Either Way.

that day is around the corner. I’m less than pleased, every year it rolls around, I re-decide that I’m the grouchy singleton. I’d like to think this year will be different though. I’m really happy where I am in my life, and with my friends. This year we’re going to a nice restaurant in Lansing called Troppo. Their food is amazing and I’ve heard their wine is even better. If I don’t have a looming exam I’ve already decided I’m dragging my butt with whoever wants to come with me to see the new movie “This Means War” with Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy (If you don’t remember, he was in Inception).

Then, we shall come home and I’m going to take a relaxing bath with a bath bomb, from Level Naturals, my new favorite brand for bath bombs and soaps, I should point out. And read a book. Always with a book in hand.

Level Naturals “Forest” Bath Bomb 6-Pack – $15

 

If I could, I’d be shopping too. For these lovely items I’ve been crushing on (get it, V-day joke?)

Eagle Talon Necklace in White Bronze – $50 from mdr74 (Moon Raven Designs)

Three Tone Pleated Skirt – $30 from Mikkat Market

Midler Platform Pumps from Jeffery Campbell – $165 at ShopNastyGal

 

No matter what you do, I hope your V-day is great, whether it be bonding with friends and a good book, or your man.

xx

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Failed Spring Rolls and Shopping Lockdown Gone Awry

Dear Readers,

I think I’m slowly dying for inability to go shopping. Really, seriously, I think it’s happening. On a side note, I don’t think my attempt at making fried spring rolls the other night helped me. They looked good, and tasted like mush. I am forever buying my spring rolls from now on 😦

I know I’m on shopping lockdown until spring break (3 weeks, WOO), but I may or may not have cheated this weekend when I went to Target to buy Valentine’s Day cards for my mom, dad and hair stylist…. I saw a hat. The most magical hat in the world, and I don’t do hats. I just don’t. I think I do now… It was only $15? Does that make it any better?

I’m trying to be responsible I swear, but I think I’m losing my mind a little bit. Once again, I blame the sad, crunchy on the outside, and soggy on the inside spring rolls. Really, this weekend/week has been quite full of fails and good things. I got my hair cut on Friday, see Ms. Witherspoon below. And then went to Ann Arbor to see a friend (he had the chance to be more than a friend)…. It was not so good. Nice guy, but he wouldn’t know how to make a move if it hit him over the head. and he’s a model/actor!!! You’d think he had an ego of some size to work with. No. And I just wasn’t that interested, he seemed to be lacking something… Oh, yes, a personality.

 

Sadly, my hair isn’t as naturally wavy, and my face is rounder and I can’t help but worry it makes my face look fat. But my roommate said it’s “edgy” (which is not a word in her vocabulary. She’s quite the little prepster you see, so I take it as quite a compliment).

More to come soon, I promise 🙂

xx

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Proud to Be A Woman… Right?

So, I was just over at a friend’s place taking a study break. He’s really quite attractive, and I had this realization that, Yes, I am attracted to him (I already knew that though), but I also get the biggest kick out of even just knowing I can seduce a guy. Don’t even need to actually go through with anything, but the knowledge that I hold that power in my hands is enough to put a little extra swing in my step.

So my question to the interwebs is, obviously while we women like to have power in some form, why is it that holding that particular power is so appealing? Because we know it’s the threshold to getting what we want (potentially)? Or is it less then that, just a more primal need to control who you’re with and knowing you can get who you want?

This guy friend and I are weirdly close, we have this relationship that isn’t anything like one I’ve had with a guy before. We are just friends but we’ve got this really open dialogue and everything else in between. In a healthy way, not a dirty one – jeez people, minds out of the gutter. But we also both know we’d never date each other. And yet, know when I walk into a room he’s looking at me. Such a surge of power. *cue my egomaniacal laugh* I should explain that I have a bit of self-esteem issues, so is this my way of re-compensating what I feel like I’m lacking?

Well, either way. He’s attractive and confusing but he’s a good guy, so I’m proud to say he’s my friend, no matter how confusing things may get with us.

xx

 

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