Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tutorial - GDE Halloween Set 2

A look with GDE Halloween set 2. 

(I feel like I haven't written about anything but GDE lately, but what can I say, lot's of interesting stuff happening in that company! :D )

The finished look.
First I put on eyeshadow primer. Then Satan's Sheets-eyeshadow under my brow and in the middle of the eyelid. In retrospect, putting Satan's Sheets eyeshadow at this point is not really necessary, the effect wasn't what I hoped. You'll see what I mean later in this post.


I placed Infectious wet to the inner part of my eyelid. I used a basic eyeshadow brush, like this, it's the top one.


You can still kind of see Satan's Sheets in the middle, but not really that much after I put Undead to the outer part of the lid. First I applied it wet, and then I added some more dry. I used a brush like this, the third one from the bottom.

Undead is a little difficult. I don't know what it is, but it is a little difficult to use. I'm not sure if I use a wrong placing technique, wrong base or what, but Undead, for me, is not an easy color to use. I'm planning on trying different things that can I get it to work better for me.


Blending done at this point. Still a little Satan's Sheets visible, but I had hoped that there'd be more, which is why I added some more Satan's Sheets to the middle of the lid after blending. To ease the blending, I used a matte skin colored eyeshadow.


Then I put Teenage Witch with a wet eyeliner brush like this. I used the topmost brush. I took the pictures in natural lighting, we had some clouds so some are a little darker than others when the sun was blaring into my apartment through the windows... I haven't edited any of the pictures' colors, only added the text and resized them.


I focused on the lower lash line with Teenage Witch, and then what was left on my brush I placed to the top lash line. I didn't feel like lining the whole eye so I left it to the middle. Also I continued the lower lash line with Teenage Witch to the edge of Undead cause I like the effect. I blended them together just a little, very, very little.


I added a little more Satan's Sheets under my brow with a fluffy blending brush.

I like using a matte skin colored shadow to clean up any mess that there possibly is. It also helps blending a lot. For cleaning up mess, I like using a rather dense wide brush like this one on the bottom of the pic.



And there you have it. The first look with the Halloween set 2. I did another look, but I'm posting that later cause I gotta go study for my exams!

What do you think? Hope you like it! :D

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eye of the Day and some GDE swatches

I've been extremely busy lately with school work. And it's still continuing. I have 4 exams next week, so I wont be posting much anyway. I already wrote on Twitter that I'm taking a break from that. I guess I'm taking a small break from my blog too. So wish me luck! :)

This is an Eye of the Day from last week.I've taken lots of pictures of my makeup, but I just haven't had the time to post any on here.



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Recently I ordered the Halloween set 1 from Glamour Doll Eyes. I also ordered the Halloween set 2 as well, and I was waiting for it to arrive before posting swatches, but I still haven't gotten the set. (Was shipped Sept. 25th.) :(

But here's a look that I created with those shadows. 


FrankenGlamour in the inner corner. Bruised! on the rest of the lid.


Graveyard in the crease. Zombie Date Night (eye light) on Graveyard.


I also put Zombie Date Night on the eye liner. 


And here's a "map".


And another picture. 


And finally the swatches. These are on NYX's white eyeshadow primer.

From left to right: FrankenGlamour (gorgeous!!!), Bruised!, Graveyard and Zombie Date Night

(Graveyard is matte, even though it looks like it'd have some shimmer/glitter on the swatch.)

 

Hope you like them! 


What do you think of the looks and the shadows?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Behind the scenes - Brushes

These are the ones that I use in makeup application.

Brushes.

Let's start with face brushes.



First is my newest addition to my collection. A contour/blush brush by Duroy. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this. It's a little difficult to use. I don't know how to use a brush like this, at least not for contouring. I use it for blush,

Second is a random cheap powder blush. Better for contouring
Third is the liquid foundation brush for the random times I use a foundation brush, that really is not worth paying the 4-5€ it cost. It's awful. I rather put liquid foundation by hand.


Then it's time for the blush brush I used before. I've used this for years and still use it. It's by T.LeClerc.

The kabuki is what I used daily for mineral powder foundation. It's awesome.

Then on to eye brushes.

These are my blending brushes. Two on the top are from Coastal Scents. I'm very happy with them. Like some say CS brushes stink, mine didn't after the first wash. Not much shedding either. In fact, none of my brushes has ever shed much, or too much.

The third one is my oldest brush used for blending. It's fantastic to add the highlight. It places shadows wonderfully on the lid. I use it to clean up mess with a skin colored shadow when needed. It's very dense and precise eventhough it's not very small.


Eyeshadows brushes next. 
The second one from the top is probably my oldest brush. One that I got 10+ years ago. Last year I bought a dupe of it, but it wasn't similar. The 'dupe' is the very first one. Both are by Duroy.

The third one is by Make Up Store. It's number is 105. One of my most used brushes. Awesome to place shadows on the lid.

The third brush from the bottom is great for placing shadows too. I also often use that to put shadows to the bottom lash line.


5th and 6th brushes are from Coastal Scents. A pencil brush and a round top brush. Use them in the crease a lot.

Liner brushes!

First and third are from Coastal Scents. I use them a lot with gel liners.

The second brush is by Duroy and it's my newest liner brush. This brush is so ridiculously precise! Very thin too! Wonderful with Ben Nye's cake eyeliner.


The third brush from the bottom is by far my favorite brush ever! It is perfect! Perfect for cake eyeliner. I cannot live without this brush! So amazing!

The second from the bottom I use to put matte black eyeshadow on pencil and gel liners to make the liners stay better. It's small and precise.

The last brush is a little too flimsy for my taste for eyeliners. I rarely use it.

Then on to my newest purchase. Basically I bought these because of the handle color! I love this color!


The brand I guess is Casualle Visage. I just got these the other day. Used them today for the first time. There was some shedding but nothing major. I guess I'll use the first brush for placing shadows and the last one for blending and placing highlights...



What are your favorite brushes?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I cannot believe my luck!

I took part in a Twitter giveaway a while ago.

The giveaway was organized by Orly Beauty.

And I won. They had several contests during the day, one in every hour and I won. You had to be the 200th retweeter of one message. Though I got to admit I was not the 200th retweeter, the first winner hadn't obeyed the rules, so she was disqualified and that made me the winner. Which makes me even more lucky I guess?

I am so excited, I cannot wait to get the prize. The prize is the Orly Cosmic FX nail polish collection! I've already seen some swatches of it on people's blogs and I'm so, so excited to get this collection!

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I cannot wait!!! 

Then some fashion opinions or something. 
I. Want. This. Dress. 

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It is so gorgeous! 

Now if only I'd have Halle Berry's body... Hey, I'm working on it!