Friday, April 30, 2010

Something blue, something new

And that something would be press-on nails.

Err... yeah my cuticles aren't pretty, but they couldn't really be pretty cause I've never taken care of them really. I don't like my fingers and hands getting greasy so I don't put anything on my hands.

Typing is extremely difficult with these cause these are so, so long, yet these are medium length. I just put them on an hour ago. I've used fake nails by this brand before and they stayed for about 2 days eventhough the package says 7 days. I am not that good apparently with the nail glue cause if you look close the glue does not seem to be evenly coating my nail. Gotta learn that still. Maybe then they'll stay better.

These are so pretty!

And this is the brand. Medium length nails. Ha! These are too long for me. Difficult to type, contacts would be impossible I'm guessing. Even my own nails seem to get stuck to jacket pockets and stuff so these will too, unless I'm too careful with these then...

Do you use fake nails? Acrylics, gel, press-on? What's your favorite?

PS. Check out the post from this morning below this post!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tutorial - For May Day party? A look by Glamour Doll

I remember always using the same two color pencils at my grandma's house when I was little. They were a purple and a turquoise-greenish that I thought went so well together. That is what this look reminds me of. Maybe the combination of those two colors is still in the back of my head as the best combination ever.

On Friday all the students in this country put on their overalls (yes, student overalls that are different for each major and different for each university) and party all night long. And on May 1st as well. I need a special look for that, and this is one of my options. I twitpicced about this last night and Lovely Violet asked me to turn it into a tutorial, which I then did. :)

Ta dah!

I only used Glamour Doll eyeshadows. Which reminds me I still haven't received my GDE order, eventhough it was sent before the Coastal Scents order that I got on Tuesday. They were sent a day before the CS stuff, with the same shipping system thing whatever it is. Stupid volcano in Iceland. :/ I really hope my order hasn't gotten lost...

I used Disco White, Island Chic, Glam Girl and Urban Trash.

I applied a primer and then NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil Milk.

Then some Disco White to the inner corner and tearduct.

With a fluffy (blending) brush I applied Glam Girl to the outer 2/3 of the lid.

Island Chic is an eyeshadow that I have not found a great way to use yet. I guess the shade is a little difficult with my skintone, so I'm still testing, but I think this is alright.

Applied Island Chic to the lower lash line with a pencil brush. That actually was a little too big for this use, but it's better for the crease.

Urban Trash, which is a matte black, to the crease only, not much to the outer corner, even though it kind of does go there a little bit, but that can be seen better from the picture below.

I used Ben Nye's black cake eyeliner.

Max Factor's False Lash Effect as mascara.

Then I put some black liner on my lower water line.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Modern day Cleopatra

Edit. 24.4.2010 Unfortunately all the comments on this post and a couple others have disappeared due to my mistake at IntenseDebate, the comment system I use. I had gotten so many lovely comments recently and then I had to mess up. I'm still a little upset about this.

I think I need to buy some more eyeshadows, because the only ones I use now are Glamour Doll Eyeshadows and my infatuation with them isn't going down because I ordered some more on Tuesday... Ooops. :D

As I wrote yesterday today's look is a little Cleopatra-inspired. Or not. :D

First I put Secretive in the inner corner, Summer skies to the middle of the lid. Then I took a business card and placed on edge in my outer corner and then added some Dusk so that I'd get an extremely sharp edge aligned with my lower lashline. Took Dusk up to the crease and blended it in with Summer Skies and Secretive.

Then I took Graffiti and lined my lower lash line with it, and with a sharp small brush I brought Graffiti up the sharp edge previously created by the business card + Dusk.

Such a shame that Secretive does not photograph properly!!! It is soo nice when applied but totally washed out in a photo. :(

After creating the wing with Graffiti I took a gel eyeliner and lined my top lash line and sort of connected that to the wing. Then I added some mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

If you want to do a look along the lines of this, I highly suggest that you have clean and strong eyebrows. If you normally don't fill your eyebrows in with eyeshadow or a brow pencil, with this look you kinda have to or else (in my opinion) you wont look as good as you would if you would have strong eyebrows. Then go with a rather nude lip and the entire blush palette does not have to be on your face. ;)

I have a rather square face so I like to bring the focus up to my eyes. I'm not a big fan of my jaw. I feel like I look a little bit silly if I have like a very simple eye with red lips because it doesn't really fade out my jaw, and I have gotten a lot of compliments about my eyes so I want the focus there instead of other places.

In natural lighting...

I added some Graffiti to the very outside part of the crease to add depth.

With a flash...

For some reason in some of the pictures the wing does not look straight, but it pretty much was almost in a 45 degree angle... Now it just looks curved and like it would be 'pulling' my eye down from the outside corner... :(

Are you feeling the power of Cleopatra? What do you think of the look?

PS. There is a poll for you all to answer, so please answer it if you haven't already. Thank you!

Also I got a formspring. Link to it can be found from the top of the blog page. Next to my Twitter link.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Recreation - oranges and pinks/reds

I saw this post by Phyrra and I told her I'd do something like that on Tuesday, as in today.

I used Jailhouse Jumpsuit by GDE and a matte pinkish red eyeshadow (nr. 545) by Grimas.

To the lower lash line I used GDE Dusk mixed with NYX trio eyeshadow Rock&Roll palettes gray eyeshadow. I guess I could've used a purple like Phyrra or just simply a black, but I wanted to use something else this time.

I lined my eyes with MUS black gel eyeliner.

Also the lower and upper waterlines (or tightline), whatever it is. What is it by the way?

I will fix the lower waterline before I leave... with a pencil eyeliner. So much better for that.

The lowest picture I took in natural light. The rest I took when I was standing by the window, but with a flash and the cuisine-program. The more closer it gets to summer the better the pictures turn out... :D Otherwise I'd with it would be a snowy winter for the whole year!

What do you think?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tutorial - How I shape my eyebrows

I cringe sometimes when I see eyebrows. Completely shaved off + drawn in and weird shaped eyebrows freak me out. No one, I mean no one has eyebrows naturally in the shape of a half circle. Well I at least haven't seen anyone and I doubt there are many if there are. I don't think uneven foundation even bothers me as much as crazy eyebrows...

This is the way my eyebrows are naturally. They were not this dark before. Many, many years ago I had them dyed a little because I was competing in dance every weekend or every other weekend. I was quite blonde then too, but they weren't over the top dark or anything. But there was a significant change in color in the before and after color.

The dye has been gone for a looooooong time now but my eyebrows stayed that color. I noticed my hair has gotten darker from the really blonde years without me dying it. I have actually never dyed my hair completely, only gotten some light highlights, and that was 6 years ago last time.

I use this pencil. I tried using an eyeshadow, but I just could not get that to look right. I don't like it. I like using a pencil. When I have the cap off I always put it to the end of the pencil and because I use it daily the end eventually looks like that.

I start from the inner part of the eyebrow. With a light hand I fill in the gaps.

I use a spooly brush to brush my eyebrows before and after I put the eyebrow pencil. I pick my eyebrows like every third/fourth day. I extremely rarely plug eyebrows from the top, that's my natural arch and I like to keep it that way. If there is a stray eye brow hair really far from the eyebrow I take that off, but that's it. From the top picture you can see that I could plug those out, but they honestly are not that visible from a distance. Only when I put a camera 15 cm away from my face and take a picture. ;) I don't want to brush my eyebrows down with the spooly at all. Or even horizontally. I brush them up and out.

To see how your eyebrows should look you can place the spooly brush next to your nostril and starting from there you can follow the brush to the point where it hits your eyebrow line. That is the starting point of your eyebrow. As you can see, there are some random hairs on the right side of my brush, but I wont pick those off, cause very easily you can end up picking too much. And since I'm far from a unibrow, I don't bother with it.

The highest part of your eyebrow you can figure out by keeping the spooly brush by your nostril and then moving it to go through your iris and up to your eyebrow.

Then keep the beginning of the brush by your nostril again, and move the brush to the outer corner of your eye and follow the brush to your eyebrow. That's where your eyebrow should end. As you can see I don't have long enough eyebrows so I use the pencil to fill in my eyebrows and lengthen them to the appropriate length shown by the brush. I realize my eyebrows are not that short so I could go about my daily business without making my eyebrows longer, but I like to make them longer, it's only like 5mm or so of a difference. I could still continue that eyebrow in the picture but since I don't do this measuring with the spooly brush everyday, I kind of know already where my eyebrows should start and end I kind of estimate it and today I could have continued my eyebrows by a couple millimeters, but it's all good.

Some people use the spooly brush to lift all their eyebrows directly upwards and then trim them to a certain length (and then brush them back), but I don't do that. I never did and I don't really feel like doing that either. Take your pick.

I don't use any eyebrow gel or anything like that to keep my eyebrows in place. When I brush through them after using the pencil they kind of stay in place for the day.

What do you do to your eyebrows?