Thursday, April 28, 2011


Oooooh goshes! Today I reached 50 subscribers!! :)

Thank you, each and every one of you, for following me on this crazy thing called a blog.

I have plans to put together a give away package soon--it will be 100% vegan (of course), but I have to gather all of the items together. Maybe I'll even be at 100 subscribers before I get it all ready!

To indulge let you all a bit into what I was up to today:

Yes, the baby geese have arrived! It was a good day.

Edit! Oh, and perhaps I should ask: if you were going to win a vegan makeup-ey type prize, what kind of items would you hope for?! Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Madd Style Cosmetics: Candy Inspired!

Fellow Madd (Style Cosmetics) Model Beth Br00tality had an (awesome) idea that we all do looks inspired by....candy (!) this week. We all hopped on the candy train and chose our own candies to inspire us and our looks. I knew that I wanted to choose a vegan candy--even though back when I ate candy, I wasn't vegan (I've been vegan for just over 6 years and haven't have smidgen of candy in over 10)--and one of my favorites from when I was a kid were Maynard's Fuzzy Peaches! I especially liked this picture of them and used it for my inspiration...but that picture is copy written (as it should be! It's awesome!), so if you're link phobic (and for some reason don't know the glouriousness that are Fuzzy Peaches), they essentially look like this:

I wanted to use the same colours and the rounded shape of the colours in the Fuzzy Peaches in my Madd Style Cosmetics look. And this is what I came up with:

(No flash! Click on pictures for larger versions, as always!)

To find out more about how I achieved this look, please keep on reading. :)

To begin, the supplies you will need are as follows:

(NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"; The All Natural Face Shadow Primer in "Buff"; Gabriel Color Mascara in "Black"; Madd Style Cosmetics piggies in (top row) Strange Potion, Princess Buttahcup, Xray Spex, (bottom row) Peep Show, Boognish (*now discontinued*) and Dazzle Dust; a pointed crease brush; a small eyeshadow brush; a fluffy crease/blending brush.)

Start with a squeaky clean eye and begin by priming and then applying a base. In this first photo I have applied the All Natural Face primer to the center of my lid--I then blended it out with my finger to the entire lid. In the middle picture you see the NYX Eyeshadow Base applied and in the last picture it is blended out on the entire lid.

Grab some Strange Potion (an awesome duochromed pinkish orangeish colour) on a pointed crease brush (swirl the brush around in the inside of the lid to get the colour evenly dispersed amongst the bristles). Apply this colour to the inner eye up into the inner crease.

Then, using the same brush and the same piggie, apply it to the outer corner and up to the crease. In the middle picture you see the inner with the outer. And in the third picture, you can see that I joined the two colours in the crease but left the majority of the center of the lid "empty".

Again, with the same brush and the same pigment, take a bit of colour on to the inner and outer parts of the lower lash line.

Changing your brush, grab a small eyeshadow brush and dip it into Peep Show (a bright coral with *gold* sparkle!). Carefully apply this to the center of your lid--filling in that whole space that was left "empty". I gently blended the edges of Peep Show out into Strange Potion at this step as well.

Using that same eyeshadow brush, grab a bit of Boognish to apple to the "empty" center part of your lower lash line.

With a fluffy blending/crease brush, dip it into Princess Buttahcup (a pale and shimmery yellow) and apply it above the Strange Potion--starting at the outside corner and working your way in toward the inner part of the crease.

Then, using that same fluffy blending brush, dip it into XRay Spex (a lovely neutral colour with pink glitzy duochrome) and dust that below your brow and above the Princess Buttahcup. And using that same pointed crease brush, apply a bit of the XRay Spex to your tear duct area.

To get that "sugar" coated look, I took that same fluffy blending brush and dipped it into the ultra glitzy Dazzle Dust. All you need to do here is "pat" it all over your lid and a bit into the crease. To get the sparkle to stick, you could apply some kind of glitter adhesive to your lids (or maybe the brush?) first--but I find that Dazzle Dust is fine enough that it basically sticks around for as long as it should without messing around with it too much!

Apply some mascara and that's it! I found that my finished look didn't have quite enough "orange" in it, so I applied a bit more of the Boognish to my pointed crease brush and applied it to the outer part of my lid (on top of where the outer portion of Strange Potion used to be).

(No flash)

(With flash!)

I think my look could have had even more orange and yellow to it--but I liked the way the "rounded" Peep Show on the lid mirrored the very round shape of the pinkish/reddish colour in the Fuzzy Peaches.

I hope you liked this little tutorial and that if nothing else--you've been inspired to go find some Fuzzy Peaches to eat while browsing the plethora of awesome colours that are offered by none-other-than Madd Style Cosmetics!

Monday, April 25, 2011

EOTD: Madd Style Cosmetics "Reverse Watermelon-ey"

It's been a grey couple of days so I wanted to do something un-cloudy to cheer myself up. :) What I ended up with is sort of a reverse watermelon (or at least that is how I've been thinking about it!). Green on the lid with a pinkish color in the crease. Lots of fun and very not cloudy!!

(No flash)

(With flash)

Products used:
  • SoBe Primed and Proper primer
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"
  • Madd Style Cosmetics 3rd Wish (from the Sham ROCK collection) on the inner eye
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Ecto Cooler on 1st 2/3rds of lid
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Emerald" (from the Dark Crystal collection) on the outer 1/3rd of the lid and on the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Young Blood in outer crease (and outer eye)
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Janet (from the Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired collection) on the inner crease
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "White" (from the Up in Smoke collection) as the brow highlight
  • Gabriel Color Mascara in "Black"
And that's it! (Well, that was kind of a lot of colours, but still!)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Madd Style Cosmetics: Oz is Down the Hidden Track

Hi! *waves*

The other day I wanted to try pairing Madd Style Cosmetics's Hidden Track (described as a mustard brown color with a murky green duochrome) with Oz (a jewel toned emerald with multicolored shimmer and yellow glitter) to see what would come of it. I had previously done a tutorial combining Hidden Track with a yellow, but this time I wanted to pull on that green duochrome in it and pair it with a green. I quite liked the combination!

So, if you want to find out how I achieved this look:

(This was taken without a flash.)
(All pictures can be clicked for larger versions.)

Then please keep on reading.

To begin, gather all of your supplies!

(Gabriel Color mascara in "Black"; NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"; The All Natural Face Shadow Primer in "Buff"; Madd Style Cosmetics piggies in: 3rd Wish (from the Sham ROCK collection), Hidden Track, Oz and Tweaker; eye shadow brush; fluffy crease brush; smudger brush; pointed/domed crease brush; fluffy fluffy blending brush.)

As always, start with a clean eye and apply your chosen primer and then a base. Using my finger, I applied the All Natural Face primer to the center of my lid and then blended it out. Next, using the same method, I applied the NYX Eyeshadow Base on top of the primer and blended it out.

(I have some dry skin, as you can see, at my lash line. Not good, but I didn't know it was happening until I put the primer on!)

Taking 3rd Wish (available in this amazing collection!) on an eyeshadow brush, I applied it to my tear duct and into the first 1/3rd (or so) of my lid. Remember, as with all Madd Style's piggies, you want to "pat" these on to your eyelid. Avoid "swiping" as much as possible!! You'll lose the pretty glitter if you do that. With colours like 3rd Wish and Hidden Track, however, they're more so "shimmery" colours and thus can be swiped on, if you so choose. But I'm in favor of you all getting into the (good) habit of just always patting on your piggies!

Next, taking Hidden Track on the same brush, I applied it to the rest of my lid.

To blend these two together a bit better, I put a bit more Hidden Track on my brush and lightly patted it where you see the line between the two colours.

Now you're ready for your crease colour. I switched to a fluffy crease brush and got some Oz on to it (dip your brush into the pigment and then "swirl" the brush around on the inside of the lid to get the colour evenly distributed throughout the bristles) and apply it to the outer eye and pull the colour up into the crease towards your inner eye (follow the crease though, don't bring this dark colour in down towards your tear ducts or anything like that! And don't bring it in all the way into the inner part of your eye--that'll get a bit too dark and will make your eyes appear smaller than they really are).

At this point, we have something like this. Notice how the Oz is just kinda sitting there on the outside looking kind of awkward and unblended with Hidden Track? Don't worry, we're going to fix that!

Take that same fluffy crease brush and apply a bit more Oz to it. Then, put the brush on your outer eye and gently apply the colour to the outer-most part of your lid. Gently blend it with Hidden Track and you'll end up in a much better (and prettier!) situation.

For the lower lash line, take a smudger type brush and dip it into Oz. Then apply this to your lower lash line, but only bring it in about 1/2ish way from the outer corner.

When I got to this point, I decided the shape of Oz wasn't quite what I wanted. So, I used my magic...finger (!!) to clean up the edges and "erase" some of the Oz that went out too far in the outer corner. By the end of this, I had a more "rounded" shape.

Now, you'll notice that Oz (in the inner eye) is kinda just floating around and isn't blended in very well. To solve that, take 3rd Wish again, but this time on a pointed/domed crease brush and apply it from the ducts up towards Oz.

Lastly, for the highlight--I used Tweaker on a fluffy fluffy brush and lightly applied it on the brow bone while also blending it down towards Oz to make that shift between Oz and Tweaker a bit more soft.

All that's left is mascara and it's finished!

(With flash)

(Without flash)

I think the golden tones in 3rd Wish played nicely with the golden qualities of Hidden Track. And Oz also has a bit of goldeness to it (because of the yellow glitter)--so all three colours jived together quite well (at least I thought so!). I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you have any questions or want further details about one of the steps, let me know. :)

Annnnd, if you have any Madd Style Cosmetics piggies that you'd love to see used in a future tutorial, just let me know in the comments and I will try to work your request into my next pictutorial.

Monday, April 11, 2011

EOTD: BeautyJunkee duplicate.

Yesterday I watched BeautyJunkee's Sunburst Eyes tutorial. Then when I was getting ready to go see Harry Potter (Pt 1)** and I decided to dupe it, since I thought it was so very pretty. I put my own twist on things (read: I made it vegan and glittery!) since I don't own any of the products that BeautyJunkee used. In her look she uses matte shadows only and I decided to glitter up my version just a bit (I don't actually own any matte reds or oranges, so I was strapped for options, really!). I also didn't have time to do a winged liner, so my liner is just basic.

**Harry Potter was NOT good. Granted, I have never read the books, but this was the first of the movies that I felt I could not follow without having read the books. I am sad I wasted 2.5 hours of my life in the theater!!

So this is what I did:

Products used:
  • The All Natural Face Primer in "Buff"
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics "Buttercupcake" on first 1/2 of lid--I also applied this all along the lower lashline.
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Ruby" (from the Dark Crystal collection) in outer 1/2 of lid and blended towards Buttercupcake--I also applied this in the outer 1/3rd of my lower lash line and blended it towards the Buttercupcake.
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Boognish" in crease
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "White" from the Up in Smoke collection in the ducts and as brow highlight
  • Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes in "Black" as liner
  • Urban Decay's 24/7 Easy Glide pencil in "Yeyo" in the waterline
  • Gabriel Color mascara in "Black"
And there you have it!

Check out BeautyJunkee on youtube--her videos are great. And as always--check out Madd Style Cosmetics (if you haven't already!). Mo just released a bunch of new colours and they're all freakin' AMAZING.

Monday, April 4, 2011

EOTD: Madd Style Cosmetics "Golden Greens"

I wanted to play around with a different pair of my new Quo flash eyelashes today! So I knew I had to do something with a liner. I also wanted to test out a Madd Style Cosmetics colour that I hadn't used yet, so Dr. Finkelstein (from the Nightmare Before Christmas collection) was up to bat!

Products used:
  • SoBe Primed and Proper as primer (and again, I had FANTASTIC results using this primer today! I don't know what it is, but the past two times I've used it, this product has been awesome).
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base "w/Pearl"
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Pisces on inner 1/2 of lid
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Dr. Finkelstein on second 1/2 of lid--also along the outer 1/2 of lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Tank Girl in outer eye/into crease--also along the outer most corner of the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Up in Smoke White as brow highlight
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Easy Glide pencil in "Zero" in water line and as top liner
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Up in Smoke Black on top of that liner (on the top lash line)
  • Gabriel Color mascara in Black
  • Quo #802 Flash Eyelashes

Madd Style Cosmetics: Shimmeryness of Lip Bombs?

A Madd Style Cosmetics fan over on the FB page asked a question the other day about how shimmery the "shimmery" bombs are. I decided to see what luck I'd have taking swatch photos of my bombs that *I* consider to be on the "shimmery" side. I realize that the ones I have taken pictures of are not necessarily still for sale, but I think they demonstrate a good spectrum of how "shimmery" Mo is talking about when she lists one of her Lip Bombs as "shimmery".

Of course, it's a rainy mess outside today, so this might not have been the perfect circumstances for photographing the bombs, however, I think I got some good shots!!

(All pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.)

I consider the "Gingerbread" bomb to be my most shimmery, and as you can see with the "no flash" photos, the shimmer is subtle. I also tried slapping these on my lips to display them that way, for these the flash was necessary.

This was one of the first ones I ever received and I looooove it. It is quite shimmery, I suppose?

Pink Poison has such an awesome colour to it. *swoons!!*

This one has the "largest" glitter in it as the gloss (also named Frankencake) it is based off a gloss that had the most awesome bigger specks of glitter in it. The glitter in this bomb obviously blinded my camera just a little bit--but on the street, people wouldn't think "WOW, GLITTER!"

Again with the colour pay-off! This one is one of my all-time favs.

Although I would consider this my most "shimmery"--even with a flash, you can see the the shimmer factor is subtle (and lovely!).

On the "less" shimmery side, is something like Poprock. There is still some "glitz", but not much!

I hope that has helped give you an idea of the shimmer factor in Madd Style Cosmetics's wonderful vegan lip bombs. They're all so smooth and moisturizing, you really cannot go wrong!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

EOTD: Madd Style Cosmetics "Smurf Eyes"

My husband keeps calling me Smurf because of the colour combo on my lids today. I like it and being called Smurf is...kinda fun?! :)

My Madd Style Cosmetics look started out like this, this morning:

And they've morphed a bit into this:

(I just extended the liner and added falsies--cause sometimes you just want to be extra dramatic on a Sunday!)

Products used:
  • SoBe Primed and Proper for primer (the top picture was taken about 3 or 4 hours before the second, and NO creasing! If only I could get it that consistent EVERY time I use it!!!)
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Sub Zero in ducts and as brow highlight
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas collection) on 2/3rds of lid
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Debaser on outer 1/3 of lid and on the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Space Oddity in outer most corner, into crease and on outer lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Time Warp applied as liner (mixing medium used: Aromaleigh Indelible Eyeliner Sealant)
  • Quo 803 Lashes (on bottom picture)

This was my first time playing with Sally. Why did I wait so long?!! It's such a pretty silvery blue!!

I've been tagged!

My lovely friend, Lizzy, over at It's a Geek Life, tagged me in a blog game! Since I'm fitting the desire to have a nap, I figure this will keep me occupied for at least the next...20 minutes! :)

The Rules:

Type the ABCs into your browser’s address bar and list the first website that pops up for each. No cheating! Use the first website that pops up in your address bar! After you’re done “tag” five of your bloggy friends to do the same!

G) (Don't follow this link unless you want to lose a bunch of money on crappy product that is never mailed)

Geez. Lots of those are about makeup! Ha ha. I guess I'm not surprised. :)

Tag! I'm not good at tagging people. But if you read this and you're curious to play along and find out what your ABCs are, that'd be neat! So I tag *you!*

Friday, April 1, 2011

Madd Style Cosmetics: Cut crease with Bubblegum Crisis and UiS Matte Grey

Cut crease looks have been a favorite choice of mine lately. Nevermind the fact that I tried to photograph a tutorial of this look the weekend before last:

(This look was featured in an EOTD I posted a few days ago. That blog will tell you all of the Madd Style Cosmetics products I used to achieve it!)

I realized halfway through that my camera was on a wonky setting and the pictures were blurry as heck. Thus, the tutorial was aborted. But then last weekend I decided to do a cut crease again, only I was more careful with how the pictures were turning out!

I like to do cut crease looks because they permit colour combination that wouldn't work quite as well if the two main colours were blended together (or they could work together well if you blend them in just the right way, or you could avoid blending all together just by doing a cut crease!). As my fellow Madd Model pal, Krissi, explained in a wonderful complementary colour explanation (which is part of an even greater colour series!!) over on her blog: using complementary colours can be tricky because they blend together into a white, brown, grey or black colour. The solution to this, I like to think, is the cut crease (although my orange and blue look is more to the complementary point than the pink and grey one that will follow with this tutorial). That way the Madd Style Cosmetics colours can stay distinct, bright, and the effect of putting them together really helps both to stand out like they couldn't with colours that weren't complementary. So, if you want to find out a step-by-step guide on how I achieved this look:

Read on!

First you will need supplies!

(Left to right: The All Natural Face Shadow Primer in "Buff"; NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White"; Gabriel Color Mascara in "Black"; Madd Style Cosmetics Pigments in: (t-l) Bubblegum Crisis, (b-l) matte Black (Up in Smoke collection), (b-r) matte Grey (Up in Smoke collection), (t-r) Love and Rockets; paddle style eyeshadow brush; pencil style brush; fluffy eyeshadow brush; pointed crease brush; extra fluffy blender brush.)

**Note: The UiS collection is now sold out, BUT, Mo *just* released a new colour, Touch of Grey, that would work MARVELOUSLY with Bubblegum Crisis in this look! And don't fret if you don't have the UiS matte Black--any matte black will do!

Plus, you'll need a clean eye:

To begin, I prime my eyelid. My primer of choice, lately, has been The All Natural Face primer in "Buff". I rub my finger in a circular motion around on the product and apply it all over my eyelid (from lid up to brow bone and a bit on the lower lash line). The product you see here on my finger is the amount I apply to a single eye.

Next I apply my base. The NYX Eyeshadow Base is quite soft, so I usually just "touch" the product with my finger and the amount on my finger after that touch is the amount that I apply to the center of my lid. Then I blend it out to the rest of the lip (around my inner eye and a bit down on my lower lash line) and up towards my brow bone.

Some people start their cut creases with the crease colour, for this tutorial, I began it with my lid colour. You should try it both ways to see which you prefer! I have an easier time getting the two colours separate and crisp when I do the lid colour first. So, taking my paddle style eyeshadow brush, I dipped it into Madd Style Cosmetics Bubblegum Crisis. To get the product distributed among the bristles, I then swirl the brush in the lid of the pigment to help get the colour packed on my brush. Then I pat the pigment on to my eyelid. Patting is important, no swiping!! I kept this colour fairly low on my lid and only blended it slightly out above my natural "crease" (or where that line is on my eyelid).

Next, I took my pencil-ish brush and dipped it into MSC's matte Black pigment. With the same swirling the brush around in the lid practice, I distributed the black pigment evenly on the brush. Then, starting on my outer-most crease, I draw a line following my eye socket. Yes, it's very black, but don't worry--you're going to be putting a light colour on top to help blend it out. (You could even skip the black, but when I'm going for a stark difference between my lid and crease colour, I like to deepen the crease by putting a black underneath it--as I also did with the orange and blue look of the aborted tutorial!). Notice that I concentrated most of the darkest black in the outer eye and as I get towards the inner eye, the black is lighter. To make this happen, don't apply more black pigment to your brush on that first line that you draw across from your outer to your inner crease. Then, once I got to the inner crease, I went back over towards the outer crease and blended the black out slightly towards the brow bone.

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Using the same pencil-ish brush, I drew a line down from my outer crease to the outer most edge of where my top and bottom lashes meet at the corner of my eye. With the pink that is on the outer corner of the lid, you can round out that point, if you want, or you can leave it--it's up to you and what kind of look you're going for!

I rounded that point out a bit, as you can see on the left hand picture here. But I didn't round it too much. I also took a bit more black pigment on the brush and brushed it along the outer half of my lower lash line. I taper that line as I get towards the middle of my eye so that I'm not left with a thick black line all along the bottom of my lashes (not the look I was going for this time!).

Next, I took a fluffier eyeshadow brush and dipped it into MSC's matte grey. Just as before, I swirl the brush around inside of the lid of the pigment to help get that colour evenly dispersed. Then, with the colour on one side of the brush, I flipped the brush over so the colour would be applied more towards the outside edge of the black and less on the line that divides the black and pink. Apply as much of the grey as you need to in order to cover the black and fade out that harsh line between the black and your brow.

The help blend that line out, you can take even more matte grey pigment on your brush and lightly brush it along the line. I also took some grey pigment and applied it over the black on my lower lash line.

To help blend out your inner crease, I like to take a colour that is similar to the crease colour, but lighter. For this look, I took Madd Style Cosmetics Love and Rockets (a wonderful white with a blue duo-chrome) and applied it to a pointed crease brush. Starting in the inner crease, I blended it into the grey towards the middle of the crease and then down towards the tear duct area.

At this point, I had something like this:

Lastly is the brow highlight. Taking an extra fluffy brush, and Love and Rockets (again!), I lightly dusted it along my brow bone.

Apply some mascara, and it's done!

I hope this inspires *you* to try out a cut crease look of your own! I'd love it so much if you did and then emailed me a few pictures of your look (dslrbbt at gmail dot com)! Or better yet, post them over at the Madd Style Cosmetics fanpage on Facebook!! :)

If you haven't already checked out Madd Style Cosmetics, NOW is your perfect opportunity because Mo is hosting a rockin' April Fools Weekend Sale! Head on over to the facebook fanpage to learn more about the crazy awesome deals that are happening RIGHT NOW!