Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DIY Mermaid Scale Blush

Hello, Lovelies!

I shattered my favorite blush a couple weeks ago by dropping it on the counter, and just now had some time to fix it. The mixing broken makeup with rubbing alcohol trick has been floating around for ages, but I've added my own twist onto it today.

I've used loofahs before to add mermaid scales in nail art; I figured it would work just as well for blush! I've made a little tutorial below so if you shatter any makeup compacts (although I hope you don't!) you can kill two birds with one stone by fixing it + adding in some mermaid magic to your favorite makeup.

See you later mermaids~

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Eye Makeup w/ Jeindeer

Morning everyone!

It's finally warming up enough to ditch those heavy winter clothes, and I wanted to celebrate by whipping together a simple springy pastel makeup look.

All the products I used are shown below, minus an e.l.f eyeshadow primer that somehow escaped the pile. I'd completely stopped curling my lashes months ago, due to a mix of laziness, losing my curler, and never buying a new one. Then a couple weeks ago Jeindeer (UK), (Germany), sent over their eyelash curler for me to try out. As curlers go, it's pretty basic, but it's made me realize that I should have never dumped my curler, curled lashes are really the cherry on top of any makeup look.

See you next time~

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Splat No Bleach Color Designed for Brunettes

Hello Lovelies!

I've been chasing the perfect dark purple hair dye for about a year now. After a couple hits and misses I'd finally settled on using Schwarzkopf Ultime in Amethyst Black, I've used that shade three or four times now.

 A couple days ago an ad for Splat's new line of hair dye caught my eye, it claims to be designed with brunettes in mind and promises bright colors with no bleach.
I knew there was no way in hell my hair could go to a bright purple, but it would at least be a fun experiment in my quest for the perfect inky indigo. I went with the shade Midnight Amethyst.

The picture on the right is the before, I'd gone about 4 months from my last dye job so I was working with about 1.5 inches of natural root. 
The left is after, I snapped that picture real quick before running into an anime convention, I apologize for the shoddy driver's seat selfie. I was cosplaying Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service (also the main reason I touched up my hair color, haha).

This is an incredibly pigmented dye, which I should have expected from the no bleach needed slogan. So needless to say this stained horribly; it was worse than any dye I've used before.

I was not a smart cookie and skipped putting Vaseline around my hairline and on my ears, do not follow my example! It also took ages for the water to run clear while I was rinsing the dye out, probably three times longer than usual. But it definitely gave an impressive color payoff, it's a lovely dark purple. It looks even better in sunlight, the purple really pops. I was shocked that the dye had no scent to speak of, it was almost truly scentless. 

I'm planning on re-purchasing this depending on how the color holds up, I'll update this post after a couple washes and let you know how it's doing.

~Edit~ 3/15/17

This has gone through about six washes and I'm not impressed. My roots a.k.a virgin hair still have a dark purple tint, but the rest of my hair has completely reverted to what it was before. After the first wash there was a huge difference. Even though I washed with cool water this bled horribly and did not have any lasting power. I won't be using this again, I'm definitely going back to my tried and true Schwarzkopf Ultime in Amethyst Black.

See you later~

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rainbow Unicorn & Rose Gold Makeup Brushes

Hello, Lovelies!

It seems like the two top trends that are battling it out at the moment are mermaids v.s unicorns. The latest I've seen are these mermaid tailed brushes, and although they are drop dead gorgeous, I think the clunky handles push them into the impractical zone.

These brushes have got the best of both worlds, they've got magical unicorn horn twirled handles, and you can actually hold them comfortably!
A lovely gal from the site To Save emailed me a couple weeks ago about reviewing some products from the site, and I just had to pick these amazing brushes.

They have synthetic bristles, and you can definitely tell they're plastic by the feel, but when it's 5.87 for a set of twelve, you won't hear me complaining.

They pick up pigments easily and are amazingly soft; I especially love the eyeshadow brushes.

I also chose this 'lil rose gold kabuki brush. I always seal my makeup with a loose powder and this is just the brush for the job. The bristles are super dense but soft and distribute loose powders perfectly. And the cherry on top is this guy is only 4.87! If you want to check out this site, click here.

See you later~

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy (belated) Valentines Day!

Wet n Wild French White Creme
Zoya Jules
China Glaze Strawberry Fields
Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger
Wistonia W315

Friday, November 18, 2016

Inspiration comes from strange places

Hello, Lovelies!

Lately I've hit a huge nail art block, if you follow me on Instagram you can see all of the swatching and stamping I've posted in the past couple of weeks, not a lick of freehand in sight. I did just paint a simple flower design I've yet to post, but that's about it :(

I've been so busy with work, moving, the holidays, and life in general that I haven't been spending nearly as much time online as I used to, I was getting most of my ideas from sites like Tumblr and Pinterest, or even just browsing clothing shops or Amazon. Some of my best floral designs are based off fabric prints I saw on Ikatbag or dresses off of Amazon, or Stylewe.com. I've also found some great inspiration from prints on bags, like  this small bag.
I decided to go through my past mani pics on Picasa and put together a collage inspired by some girls communion dresses, to try to break me out of this boring spiral of plain swatches. If you look at something with nail art in mind you can plan out a mani design from some pretty strange places.
For instance the sheer lace on the sleeves of the white communion dress below would be a great base for a mani, you could leave the base of the nail sheer and then stamp or freehand white detailing for the lace and build it up as you go down the nail.

Or going off the dress below you could use that 3D gel technique that was really popular a couple months back and instead of going with the usual sweater design, mimic the lace and pintucks of the skirt of this first communion dress. On a different note, the model really reminds me of the white queen from the new version of Alice in Wonderland, she's got that dainty hand gesture down pat.

I'm also starting to pin things to my nail board that aren't necessarily nail art; anything and everything that might look cute when turned into nail art, so then when I'm having a block I can just go through those pins and have a design already laid out for me. How do you come up with inspiration for your art? Or just how do you stay inspired in general?

See you later~

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thrifted OOTD

Hello lovelies!

I thought I'd try a different kind of post today, I've starting hitting up the thrift shops and good will bins more often as of late, and this dress was one of my favorite pieces from my last haul. The shoes are an old pair I thrifted years ago, and the belt is actually off of Amazon, the vendor sent it over for me to try out.

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