Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Look
Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette Look

The new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (review) went up for sale this morning, and here are two looks featuring the new palette with quick step-by-step instructions.  Just to reiterate, as per the back of the palette: “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.”.  Here’s Urban Decay’s response (per Facebook): “A few shades contain a colorant that has not yet been approved for the use around the immediate eye area. However, this restriction only applies in the U.S.; in every other country where Urban Decay is sold, these shades are approved for use around the eyes. Bottom line? We didn’t want to limit the Electric Palette to eyeshadow. It’s an artistry palette with unlimited possibilities! How you use these shades is up to you. (And no matter where you use them, you’ll get insane color payout.).”

Look #1

  1. Apply Urban Eyeshadow to the lower third of the lid going horizontally across the upper lash line.
  2. Apply Savage Eyeshadow to the upper third to half of the lid (right before the crease), lightly overlaying Urban Eyeshadow to blend.
  3. Apply Slowburn Eyeshadow into the crease and blending above, towards the brow bone.
  4. Apply X Eyeshadow above the crease and along the inner tearduct to soften and blend out Slowburn Eyeshadow.
  5. Apply ABC Gum Eyeshadow on the brow bone and layer over the edge of Chaos Eyeshadow to bring everything together.
  6. Apply darkest shade in Brown Sugar Brow Box with an angled brush to define brows.
  7. Apply Scorch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to lower lash line.
  8. Apply two coats of Supercurl Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
  9. Apply Naked Skin Liquid Foundation (3.0 and 4.0) and buff into skin.
  10. Apply Naked Flushed Bronzer to cheeks to add subtle warmth, and then lightly dust Naked Flushed Highlighter to cheek bones to highlight.
  11. Apply Jilted Revolution Lipstick to lips and pat on Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss for a bolder look or apply Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss and mix in Streak Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss for a subtler lip color.

Look #2

  1. Apply Thrash Eyeshadow to the inner third of the lid by patting shadow into place.
  2. Apply Freak Eyeshadow to the middle of the lid and blend into Thrash.
  3. Apply Fringe Eyeshadow to the outer third of the lid and blend into the outer corner/crease.
  4. Apply Chaos Eyeshadow into the crease and blend above the crease.
  5. Apply ABC Gum Eyeshadow on the brow bone and layer over the edge of Chaos Eyeshadow to bring everything together.
  6. Apply darkest shade in Brown Sugar Brow Box with an angled brush to define brows.
  7. Apply Chaos 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to lower lash line, and then smudge Freak Eyeshadow underneath the eyeliner to brighten.
  8. Apply two coats of Supercurl Mascara to upper and lower lashes.
  9. Apply Naked Skin Liquid Foundation (3.0 and 4.0) and buff into skin.
  10. Apply Naked Flushed Bronzer to cheeks to add subtle warmth, and then lightly dust Naked Flushed Highlighter to cheek bones to highlight.
  11. Apply Streak Revolution Lipstick to lips.

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


COVERGIRL recently launched their Bombshell collection, which features new cream eyeshadows, mascara, and liquid eyeliner. They asked me to create a tutorial featuring some of the new products, so here’s what I came up with: a sultry, smoky eye that can be paired with a softer pink lip or a more intense, fuchsia-hued lip–depending on just how bold you want to go.

Beginning January 5th through January 25th, all COVERGIRL products will be buy one, get one 50% off at ULTA Beauty.  Plus, we’re giving away products from the COVERGIRL Bombshell collection with a $100 ULTA Beauty gift card!   COVERGIRL will be hosting a Twitter Party on January 6th at 9PM EST, so be sure to check that out!

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Products You’ll Need

  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast in Ice Queen, Ooh La Lilac, Platinum Card
  • COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel, Charcoal, Molten Black
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black
  • COVERGIRL LipPerfection LipColor in Bombshell, Darling
  • Flat, firm brushes for cream eyeshadow application
  • Small crease brush
  • Fluffy blending brush
  • Small eyeliner brush

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Monday, December 24th, 2012


How-to: Merry Makeup

This is my look for Christmas Eve :)  It is definitely similar to what I normally opt for over Christmas!  This year, I decided to use green eyeliner rather than green eyeshadow.  You could add glitter over the lid for added sparkle, too.

Eyes: Begin by using a fluffy crease brush (I used MUFE #17S) and apply a red-burgundy eyeshadow (I used Inglot #450 Eyeshadow) into the crease and blending towards the outer corner as well. Next, apply a honey gold eyeshadow (I used Inglot #430 Eyeshadow) with a firm eyeshadow brush (I used MAC 239) on the outer two-thirds of the lid. Apply a soft, warm orange eyeshadow (I used Inglot #403 Eyeshadow) on the inner third of the lid. To highlight the brow bone, apply a shimmery beige/white eyeshadow (I used Inglot #395 Eyeshadow) just underneath the brow bone, then pat a matte beige eyeshadow (I used Burberry Trench) between the crease color and the brow highlight to soften the shimmer finish. Finally, line the lower lash line with a deep green/teal (I used MAC Junkie), and then apply a liquid gold eyeliner (I used Urban Decay Eldorado) to brighten and add sparkle.

Face: Prep face by moisturizing, then applying any face primers (I used Eve Pearl’s Moisturizing Primer). I applied a few drops and dabs of liquid foundation (I used Giorgio Armani Maestro) and blend out using a dense foundation brush (I used Hourglass’ Foundation Brush). Next, apply a natural blusher, which will depend on your complexion, with either brown or plum tones (I used Kevyn Aucoin Natura) with a soft blush brush (I used Bobbi Brown’s Blush Brush). Finish the look by setting with pressed or loose powder (I used Guerlain Wulong) with a large, bluffy brush (I used MAC 138).

Lips: Prep lips by keeping them hydrated prior to applying lip color–I usually have lip balm on whenever I’m not wearing a lip color, but if you don’t usually do this, try applying a lip balm 20 minutes prior (or more), then lightly blot off right before you apply your lip color. Apply a berry-red lipstick (I used Guerlain Gigolo) onto lips, and then lightly pat a shimmering gold gloss (I used Bobbi Brown Canary) on top for sparkle and shine.

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Sam, 14, Georgia | Sam is 14-years old, lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her mom and two (of three!) older brothers. She was born and raised in Georgia, but her family originally hailed from Illinois. You will find her busy meeting new people and enjoying teen soap operas/dramas (like Vampire Diaries)–and of course, she’s madly in love with all things beauty. When she’s not playing around with makeup, you’ll find her with headphones on listening to everything; from classical to rap, pop to heavy metal, and almost everything in between (though she favors rock!).

Halloween Makeup: Leopard
Halloween Makeup: Leopard

Halloween Makeup Tutorial:  Leopard

I have a quick Halloween makeup tutorial for you, and I promise it’s easier than it sounds. This was my first time doing Halloween makeup! My cousin, Nicole, was crazy enough to let me experiment with my makeup on her, so she will be modeling for us today.

What You Will Need:

  • Your Foundation/Skin Toned Eyeshadow
  • Matte Light Brown Eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s Naked, from the Naked Palette)
  • Matte Medium Brown Eyeshadow (Buck, also from the Naked Palette)
  • Matte Light Taupe Eyeshadow (Velvet Revolver by Too Faced)
  • Satin Grey/Brown Eyeshadow (NYX Charcoal Brown)
  • Matte Black Eyeshadow (NYX Black)
  • Black Eyeliner Pen (NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker)
  • Creamy Brown Eyeliner Pencil (NYX Brown Slim Eye Pencil)
  • Warm Light Brown Lip Liner (NYX Nutmeg Slim Lip Pencil)
  • Beige/Brown Lipstick (NYX Tea Round Lipstick)

These are just the colors that worked for Nicole and her skin tone. You can use whatever works best for you!

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: MAC Alice + Olivia Look

Here’s the tutorial on how to achieve this smoky look!

You will need the following…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: MAC In the Groove Purple Look

Here’s the tutorial on how to achieve this bold look!

You will need the following…