Monday, December 26, 2011

Madd Style Cosmetics: Pin-up Inspired

Hi Everyone!!

December was an incredibly busy month for me--and thus I was only able to get one tutorial together to post. :( Between working my regular full-time job and the craziness that ensues with extra grading and exam time with my T.A position, makeup just wasn't allowed to be a priority (sadly!). Come January, though, I should be back to my two tutorials a month routine! :)

For this tutorial I wanted to try something different with my liner. The goal was to see if I could use some brush techniques to allow my Urban Decay 24/7 pencils to be used for winged liner! This look, accordingly, is heavily focused on the liner and the eye makeup itself is quite subdued, as you will see. The results were acceptable to me in the long run--especially considering this was my first shot at trying out this new liner. I hope you will enjoy the tutorial! If you want to see how I achieved the below look, please keep on reading.

As always, gather your supplies!

(Left to right: Too Faced Shadow Insurance; Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in "Zero"; Milan Power Lash in "Black"; Madd Style Cosmetics Pigments (clockwise from the top left): Honey Rose, Birfday Suit, Dirty Beats, Dirty Chai and the Matte Black (mine is from the Up in Smoke collection, but you can purchase it now in the Shade Short Stack); Slanted Eye Shadow Brush; Shader Brush; Pointed Crease Brush; 2 Angled Liner Brushes; Pencil Brush; Lip Brush; Barry M Lip Liner in "red"; and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in "Stalker".)

As always, start out with a squeaky clean eye area.

Prime your eyelids with your favorite primer. I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I put a small dab of it on a ring finger and then I rub my two ring fingers together and apply the product to my entire lid area (up to the brow) and down around the duct and whatever product is left gets run along my lower lash line. The product essentially "disappears" once it is rubbed in--as you can see on the picture on the right. By applying a primer it ensures that your pigments have an even canvas to adhere to and it helps to prevent any unsightly creasing throughout the day.

Usually at this point I apply a base to my lid--but because this eye look is quite neutral (except for the liner), I am going to skip the base step and proceed straight to pigments. To begin, take a slanted eye shadow brush (or your favorite brow highlighter brush). Dip it into a matte pigment that is the same colour as your skin tone--my go-to brow highlight is Madd Style Cosmetics "Birfday Suit". I begin by placing it right below the highest arch of my brow and then I blend it out to the rest of the brow bone area. Blend this colour down slightly toward the crease as well.

For my lid colour I also wanted to pick something quite light, but something with a bit more colour than "Birfday Suit". Luckily I *just* got "Honey Rose" and it was perfect for this occasion! "Honey Rose" is a matte light brown colour with a slight lean to pinkish. On a small shader brush, dip it into "Honey Rose" and apply it to your entire lid area. Be sure to take it up far enough that it blends into the "Birfday Suit" at the brow/crease area.

To help define the crease area, take a pointed crease brush and dip it into MSC's "Dirty Beats". You only want a small amount of this one--you don't want the colour to be all that noticeable, you're aiming for more of a "wash" of colour in the crease just to give your eyelid some dimension. Starting at the outer corner of the eye, place the colour (as you see on the picture on the right).

Then blend this up into the crease. Be careful that you don't let the colour "sag" at the outer corner of your eye--this will make your eyes appear droopy. Since my eyes are somewhat "moon" shaped, I have to be extra careful of this! You always want your shadows to be angled "upwards" toward the end of your eyebrow! In the middle picture you can see me using my pinky finger to help clean up that outer corner and to ensure that the colour stays at an upward angle and doesn't get droopy!

Switch to a clean fluffy blending brush (I forgot to photograph this one in my "supplies" picture!). You're going to want to diffuse "Dirty Beats" even more. Blend blend blend! Concentrate on taking the colour "up and out" at the outer eye, but make sure to taper it in toward the mid and inner crease.

Now for the liner! Take your favorite black liner pencil. I love the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils because they are quite soft and they don't tug on your eyelid as you put it on. Starting at the outer corner of your eye, make the wing. Just taper the line in as you move from the outer to the inner part of the lash line. Once you're happy with the shape, you're done! (In the future, I would make my wing a bit longer and thicker at the outer corner.) Don't worry if the lines aren't exactly "crisp" or perfect, we're gonna use some brushes and pigment to help with that!

Next, take a tiny angled liner brush. This one I am using is a bdellium tools "Green Bambu" brush and it worked perfectly! It is definitely my tiniest angled brush!! Starting at the outer wing area, smooth out the black liner and make the lines a bit more crisp. As you work on the outer corner, your brush will pick up some colour--and as this happens, you can work your way toward the inner lash line and use that colour to help taper the liner to "nothing" at the inner most part of your lash line.

Now, grab a clean angled liner brush and dip it into a matte black MSC pigment. Again, starting at the outer corner, you're basically "pressing" this on top of the pencil to help set it and to also help smooth it out and to make it even more black. Then, with a bit of the product still on your brush, sweep it along the outer 1/3rd of your lower lash line, keeping as close to your lashes as possible.

Switch to a pencil brush and dip it into MSC's "Dirty Chai". Apply this to your duct area and blend it up slightly into the inner crease and along the inner 1/3rd of the lower lash line.

To keep with the emphasis on your outer corner, apply mascara to your upper lashes. Then, apply it to the outer 1/3rd of your lower lashes as well! This might get kind of "goopy" so use a nifty lash/brow comb to help separate them. (The comb I have is metal (and awesome) and it is from my Royal and Langnickel Silk Green Line brush set.) The picture on the right is actually *before* I've used the comb.

Your final look should be something like this!

To make it even more "holiday" and "pin up-y" apply red liner to your lips and fill them in with OCC's Lip Tar in "Stalker"! That will really REALLY help to complete the look!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!! I had a lot of fun with it. :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

XMas Eve EOTD: Sugarpill. Madd Style Cosmetics, OCC and Brazen Cosmetics

Happy Holidays to you, my lovely readers!

Yesterday I had to work and I wanted my eyes to be festive. Given my most recent Sugarpill order, I knew that I wanted my holiday look to include the ever lovely (and amazing) Goldilux!

So I came up with this look:

Products used:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a primer
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base in "White" for a base on the lid
  • Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in "Yeyo" to line the lower lash line and the waterline
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Rocky" applied to the crease
  • Sugarpill "Goldilux" applied to the lid and blended up into "Rocky"
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Birfday Suit" as a brow highlight
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "3rd Wish" applied to the duct and inner 2/3rds of the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Emerald" applied the outer 1/3rd of the lower lash line
  • Madd Style Cosmetics "Afternoon Delight" applied to the waterline
  • A little bit of Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes in "Zero" applied to the outer 1/3rd of the upper lash line and on the outer 1/3rd of the lower lash line (really close to the lashes!)
  • Milan Power Lash in "Black" for mascara
Then, to pump up the volume for a small gathering I had at my house after work, I added some red lips! (It also helped to round out the "Christmas-y" feel!)

On the lips:
  • Madd Style Cosmetics Lip Bomb for pre-moisterizing
  • Barry M lip liner in "Red"
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in "NSFW"
  • Brazen Cosmetics Passion Pot Lip Glaze in "Razzle Dazzle" to gloss it up
On the cheeks:
  • Gabriel Color Blush in "Petal" on the apples of the cheeks
  • The Bomb highlighter in "Mary Lou-Manizer" applied above the blush'

And that completed the full look! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sugarpill: My Black Friday order!

I knew a few months back that I wanted to save up all of my Black Friday shopping pennies to get a few things from Sugarpill. And save, I did! Now...for me to share with you how I spoiled myself! :)

There are so many reasons why I am a huge fan of Sugarpill. Their bright colours, wonderful packaging, BIG sizes (I mean BIG, people! Their loose eyeshadow, or "chromalust", come in the HUGEST jars--if you're used to typical 5g jars from mineral companies--you will be amazed at the size of these babies, I promise!), and just all-around awesome quality of products are the first things off the top of my head! My first order was back in March. For that first order I bought all of the pressed shadows that were vegan (and a few of their chromalusts). Shortly after making that order, Amy (aka: Shrinkle) announced on the Sugarpill FB page that Tako (SP's matte white) and Bulletproof (their matte black) would soon be vegan, too!! I knew I'd have to have them, eventually--so those were my prime objectives for my Blank Friday Order.

I ordered on November 25th and my order arrived (in Canada) on December 20th. This is what it looked like and what was inside!!

The signature Sugarpill box. It's as adorably adorned as everything you'll find on the inside!

The small (and personal) touches are always appreciated! Sugarpill invoices are always signed with a "Thank you" note from Amy!

Piiiiiink paper! Everything is always wrapped up nice and tight so your items won't be bouncing around in the inside of the box.

And here are the goods! I neglected to take pictures of the "extras" below my purchased items. A nifty postcard was included--one side of it features the wonderful alt. model, Apnea! A sample of another chromalust and a teal Sugarpill sticker were also included in my package.

And here is everything all pretty and lined up. Sugarpill's packaging is a-FREAKIN'-dorable. Gosh. I always keep the boxes--for what? I do not know. It sure seems like a crime to throw them out though! I know that much. Anyways--enough about the boxes! I ordered Bulletproof and Tako, as I had planned. Then I picked up (photographed left to right): Absinthe, Hysteric, Birthday Girl, Tiara and Goldilux.

Here is what Bulletproof looks like:

(Unlike the bottom of the chromalust jars, as you'll see later, the stickers on the bottom of Bulletproof and Tako do not specific that these items are "vegan". I am wondering if maybe this is because Sugarpill still had a stock of "old" stickers before the shadows themselves were converted to being vegan? I do not know, but their website does list these two colours as being vegan!)
And up close:

Tako's packaging is the same, of course.

And it looks like this, up close:

I swatched them, on my bare skin. The results are quite amazing, especially for bare skin swatches! I am used to pressed matte blacks being somewhat "stiff" and kind of "unruly" to work with--but not Bulletproof! It was smooth and silky! It did take some building up, but if you had a primer and a base on I can imagine that it would be black black black! Tako was creamy in texture as well and did not take as much "building up" as Bulletproof. It's an amazing matte white, what you've heard is true! I cannot wait to play with these in some looks!!

Moving on to the loose eyeshadows that I picked up...

First up, Absinthe! Absinthe is a lovely lovely acid green colour with WONDERFUL sparkle. The ingredients of each chromalust are printed on the bottom of the box. The bottom of the chromalust jars come with nice stickers that display some basic information.

Here's Absinthe up close, with no flash:

And again, with a flash:

(AMAZING, right?!!!)

While photographing this one, I wondered how it would compare to my other Sugarpill green: Tipsy. Here's a comparison shot, in case you are wondering which one you need first (because trust me, you need both of these)!

Hysteric is a super lovely purple. It photographed a lot "bluer" than it is in real life--it leans much more to the "pink" than you see in the following pictures.

Here it is with no flash:

(See the green flecks in it? Neat, yeah?!)

And here it is with the flash:

Like when I was photographing Absinthe, I wondered how Hysteric would compare with Weekender. Now. Imagine Hysteric pinker and imagine Weekender less royal blue--and then you'd have a better idea of the true colours for both of these. They're really nothing alike, as you can see, and again--I would say they're both necessary for your collection!

Birthday Girl! At first I couldn't decide if I wanted Decora or Birthday Girl--but I figured I have more pinks that look like Decora than ones that look like Birthday Girl, so I went with the lighter pink for this order. Birthday Girl is a super super pretty pink--the website says that it has fuchsia sparkle--but what I noticed was that it was goldish (which I LOVE, gold should be in everything as far as I'm concerned!) in sparkle.

Here is Birthday Girl up close (without a flash):

And here is Birthday Girl with the flash:

Tiara next! If you're ever in need of the brightest sparkliest silver, I am pretty sure that Tiara would NOT disappoint you.

My lighting started to die at this point, so this "natural" light photo does not do Tiara's amazingness justice:

But. The flash helps!

(Ooooooooooooo the glimmeryness!!)

Then, came Goldilux. As I mentioned, gold should be in everything, and I am quite convinced that Goldilux might be one of the most wonderful things I have ever laid my eyes upon. For serious.

Again--my lighting was not the best, so this shot with no flash might not impress you as much as you should be impressed (trust me)!

But with the flash...BAM!:

Like with the pressed shadows, I swatched these on my bare arm. The texture of all of these loose eyeshadows is simply amazing. They're sooooo finely milled and soft to the touch. They pretty much glide on like vegan-butter. You know, if you're in the habit of gliding that stuff on...:)

Do I recommend these products? Yes, of course I do. They are absolutely wonderful and I am so excited to get to play with them! Do I plan on purchasing more Sugarpill products in the future? Well, thank you for asking--yes, I sure do! Especially since a little birdie told me (and the whole internets) that Sugarpill has some new pressed products up their sleeve. I do not know if their new pressed shadows are vegan, but I am hoping that at least a couple of them are! I also need a few more of the chromalusts because...well...I just can't resist.

I hope you enjoyed seeing where my pennies went.

Have you tried Sugarpill? What is your favorite pressed shadow? What chromalust can you not live without? What are your favorite combos? I want to know!

Friday, December 2, 2011

OCC Lip Tar: Queen

I recently just got a whole bunch of OCC Lip Tars. All of OCC's products are vegan and cruelty free. I have a few of the OCC makeup brushes and LOVE them. Now I'm mildly obsessed with the Lip Tars. I snagged my most recent order of them up while they were on sale a while back and so far I'm really enjoying them! I have a nice little collection now (13 in total!) and today I decided to play with one of OCC's newest ones: Queen.

Here is a crazy-up-close picture so you can bask in all of the wonderfulness.

Pretty awesome, huh?!