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Rainbow eyes and Stacks

*EDIT from previous blog(s). Marie-The Longs Drugstore I went to was in Azusa, but I believe if you go to their website, http://www.nyxcosmetics.com, they have a store locator that will tell you which store around Northridge or Granada Hills carries NYX. I believe the Longs Drugs on Zelzah and Chatsworth in Granada Hills MIGHT have it, but call before you go to be sure. Let me know if you are still unable to find it, and I’ll do my research and find some places that sell NYX.

And sorry I forgot to mention where I got the overnight bag, in the midst of my excitement I forgot to mention that important detail! Sorry gals! :)

I bought the overnight bag from http://www.bagsbuy.com for $34.45, they have FREE SHIPPING, NO TAX, and FREE RETURNS. So basically the price you see, is the price you pay. No calculation needed! For the overnight bag I got, CLICK HERE. It comes in black, fushia, and periwinkle. Luggage.com has a better description as well as additional images you can see: CLICK HERE.

I will post my review once I get it, and of course pictures!

***ALSO*** For those who have emailed me for tips, etc., PLEASE include your name AND/OR email or MySpace page for a personal reply back. Some of you write under “anonymous” so it’s hard for me to get back to you other than on here…for the gal who wanted to know how to put on eyeliner, stay tuned! I will post that up soon! :)
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I received my stacks today (to put in loose powder or pretty much whatever you want):

They were bigger than I thought, but nonetheless, they hold a lot…

As you can see comparitively to the size of my hand:

Close-up:

I also got some mascara and lipgloss wands so that I can start doing make-up on people, gotta be sanitary! (im nervous!):

I got my Mineral Powder Flat Top Brush from Lumiere which I LOVE!

Here is what I call “gradient eyes”, this is usually how I wear my makeup everyday (using more of a taupe color instead of black which I used here). This is one of my favorite looks that I sorta invented for myself just messing around with makeup. I basically highlighted the whole lid, added more of the light color all over, and just shaded in the outside corners and outlined the top, the key is BLENDING, that’s the only way this look can be done is by blending! Harsh lines will ruin this look, so remember to always BLEND!

I played with more looks recently, I am really digging the “rainbow look”, obviously not for going out in public because it’s a bit TOO bright in real-life…but it’s a nice fantasy look for a photoshoot. These photos are un-finished, meaning it’s just eyeshadows that were used, no eyeliner, no mascara, just to see how they would look…

I WILL TRY AND GET SOME VIDEO TUTORIALS FOR YOU GALS, SO IT’S EASIER TO LEARN! STAY TUNED! :)

Where can I get NYX eyeshadows?

I love the NYX product line! If you do not have this in your state, you can order them online here on their website:

http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/

Or here: http://www.cherryculture.com/nyx

They have single eyeshadows (see above), as well as trio eyeshadows ($5.60 on cherryculture.com):

If you want to go for a silky, metallic finish, you can try the CHROME series ($5):

For PEARL loose powdered eyeshadow ($7):

Glitter eyeliner to sparkle ($4):

Or even a glitter palette ($7):

One satisfied reader!

Special thanks to the beautiful Miss Christiana…she went out and bought some of the products I suggested on this blog and tried them out and was happy with the results! She tried the heated eyelash curler, and she has a photo of her humongous eyelashes that really open her eyes! Check it out here: her blog

NYX Eyeshadows are really great because one stroke is already a lot of color, and they come in a variety of great, complementing shades. Other eyeshadows you have to cake it on to get the right amount of color you want. Eyeshadow palettes are also great to keep in your purse, in case you need to dash out to a dinner, or a party after work, you can switch up your colors with ease! Some palettes even have a blush and lipgloss combo.

Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay ($34)

Laura Geller’s “Face Folio” comes with pressed powder, concealer, mascara, eyeshadows, blushes, and more!($48)

Another palette great for the HOME is Sephora’s Blockbuster Palette ($36):

My favorite is the palette from SUGAR Cosmetics, it folds!

On a budget? Try Sephora’s palette, only $6!


CLICK HERE

If you don’t want to carry a big ‘ol palette in your purse, try these compact-sized eyeshadows by Pop Beauty called “Eye Cake”, CLICK HERE

“Your eyes are the windows to your soul…”

I think the most show stopping part of the face is the eyes. It’s what everyone looks at. When you have great shading and “eye-catching” eyeshadows (get it? haha), the more people have a tendency to look at your eyes. When I go out and someone compliments me on my eye makeup they want to know 2 things: What colors do I have on? And how did I do it?

Like I mentioned before, I MIX ALL my eyeshadows, not because you have to, that’s just how I am. I love all sorts of colors and I love experimenting with the mixing of colors to achieve one really awesome color that just ‘pops’ on my lids. The trick is to really know how to blend and shade correctly and evenly. Trust me, it’s not that easy.

And believe me, you DO NOT have to spend a lot on make-up to get the look you want. I know there are girls out there who live on MAC Cosmetics, and that’s fine (because I love MAC myself), but $14.50/eyeshadow can be a bit steep for some. You can find (or make) similar colors to that of MAC at your local drugstore. I love NYX Cosmetics because they have tons of colors and their eyeshadows are only $2.99 a pop, so you can get a lot if you have $20; and that’s how much ONE MAC eyeshadow is including tax and they work just the same!

I do what I call, an eyeshadow test, I place layers of different colors on my hand and BLEND them together to see how they compliment one another. Of course it’s different on your hand than your eye, but you wanna see how they look overall blended.

Here are simple steps to applying eyeshadow:

1. It is very important to use an eye primer, or eyeshadow base because that holds your eyeshadow in place and prevents creasing. (see below, Laura Geller’s Spackle Trio)

2. Use an overall highlighting eyeshadow to widen and brighten up the eye (try Revlon’s Colorstay eyeshadow in “White Whisper”, $6), apply this ALL over the lid all the way up to the brow bone.

3. Then apply the LIGHTEST color of eyeshadow on the inner corner of your eye. What I mean by lightest color, is when you are trying to achieve the “gradient effect” (see picture above), if you look closely, I actually have 3 different colors. You want, light, medium, and dark shades (in that order) on your lid.

4. Apple the MEDIUM shade from almost your inner corner of you eye, all the way to the end of the lid.

5. Take your darkest shade using an ANGLED eyeshadow brush and BLEND that shade with the medium until it looks almost one color from the outer to the inner part of the lid, but can still see the medium and dark shade separately.

For the pic above, I used Revlon’s “White Whisper” as my highlighting base, Flirt Cosmetics “Limelight” as inner corner and medium shade, and an unknown brand black sparkly eyeshadow as my dark shade and blended it together. And voila!

I really like these 2 eyeshadows, they are both Sephora brand, I don’t know the names of the colors, but it’s a gold shimmer, sparkly color, the one that is open, is a CREAMY eyeshadow which I recommend to wear UNDER another eyeshadow if you plan on wearing eyeliner because it’s super hard to put eyeliner on a cream eyeshadow as it is just gliding everywhere. (Sephora, $10)

Another thing I love, is this cream eyeliner palette from Sephora ($15), it’s a 4-in-1, and has 4 different eyeliner colors to match a majority of outfits. Has silver, black, goldish-brown, and army green. It’s also perfect for your purse or traveling.

Once you are done with eyeshadows and eyeliner, the next step is MASCARA. I love L’oreal’s Telescopic Mascara ($6-9), it lengthens your eyelashes a lot so it looks like you ARE wearing fake eyelashes, or Sonia Kushuk’s “Lashify Waterproof Mascara” ($7.99, see below), it even comes with a handy eyelash comb! To “lengthen” your eyelashes, first comb out all your eyelashes (I like Sonia Kushuk’s eyelash comb/eyebrow comb combo), and then use a CLEAR mascara (gel-like almost), this is a great primer for eyelashes and helps your mascara glide on easily avoiding the annoying CLUMPS. Apply a couple coats of your mascara, and then from the very TOP of the eyelashes only, apply several coats, making your eyelashes look “longer”.

And what completes the whole eye than a pair of false eyelashes to really widen your eye and get everyone talking about how beautiful your eyes are!

As you can see, I got these from Sally’s Beauty Supply ($4 a pop). It’s best to get them here because they have quite a selection from normal lashes, to runway, to high fashion, what ever look you are going for, you can find it at Sally’s. Target and other drugstores have a very LIMITED selection of eyelashes simply because that’s not a specialty store and only carry certain items.

Get the “invisibands” eyelashes because they have invisible bands so it looks flawless as if you are not wearing any fake eyelashes. Be sure that once you have applied your lashes, that you put black eyeliner along the band to finish the look!

If you are new to putting on eyelashes, try Sonia Kushuk’s “Leading Lady Eye Set”, $12.99 at Target.

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