FOTD: Cherry Bomb

I have a confession to make: I only recently got into watching YouTube makeup videos.

I know, right? Where the hell have I been for the past five years?

The thing is (and I’m going to sound like a stuck-up bitch), most of the time I can’t stand to watch YouTubers, vloggers, whatever. I get super bored of hearing someone talk on and on. To me, it feels like a very one-sided conversation, and there are very, very few people on YouTube whom I enjoy watching makeup videos from. And even then, I might click away or at the very least, let my attention wander.

And the snobbiest blogger award goes to…

ANYWAY. One YouTuber I ADORE watching is Linda Hallberg. She’s a Swedish makeup artist, and no doubt you’ve seen her various makeup looks all over Pinterest. She’s such a chameleon, and once I found her videos, I was hooked. The looks she does are so creative, and yet she keeps the product list short, and her explanations succinct. She has more talent in her pinky than I do in my whole body.

Earlier this month, after having bought yet another palette that I don’t need, I saw this video and decided to do something similar, but with products I already own.

Most of her videos are in Swedish, but they all have subtitles. She does have a couple videos in English, but I actually prefer her Swedish ones. I don’t mind reading subtitles at all, and after watching pretty much all of her videos, I’ve even picked up a few Swedish words. ;)

If you’re watching on a laptop, click the CC button to activate the subs. On an iPad or tablet, there should be a button with three dots in the upper corner. Click that to turn on the subtitles.

fotd cherry bomb

Instead of a light pinky nude color she went with in the video, I chose a dark vampy red, which matched my hair perfectly. I hadn’t washed my hair in three days when I did this look, and it was super dirty by this point. I think it suited this look so well! Such rockstar. Much messy. Wow makeup.

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One of the benefits of very dirty hair is that it holds a shape very well. I mussed it up and it stayed that way. I had curled/waved it with a 1¼” curling iron about two days prior, and by this time it had a nice texture, especially for my slightly long bob. My s-lob. *ba-dum TISH*

fotd cherry bomb eye

Whenever I take pictures of my eye makeup, my camera will wash the colors out. Any tips and tricks, fellow beauty bloggers? Both my point and shoot and DSLR do this. Should I lower the exposure, use flash, what? In this picture here, you really can’t see the darker color I put in the outer corner, and believe you me, I piled it on.

fotd cherry bomb face products


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation – Chestnut Milk Parfait
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
BECCA Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder – Dream
NYX blush – Taupe
theBalm blush – Cabana Boy
Wet n Wild ColorIcon bronzer – Reserve Your Cabana
Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous

fotd cherry bomb products


NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes palette 07 – 3 Argyle Pink and 4 Rich Bronze
LORAC Pro palette – Deep Purple, Mauve, Espresso, Cream
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eyeliner – Perversion
Urban Decay mascara primer – Subversion
Urban Decay mascara – Perversion


Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick – Cherry Bomb

Who is your favorite YouTube makeup person? (I ABHOR the term “beauty guru,” btw. I can’t stand it.) I’ve noticed the majority of the people I follow aren’t American, which I suppose is telling, since they make up a big chunk of the market. What does that say about me?? Am I unpatriotic?!

Better Together: The Body Shop Green and Urban Decay Zodiac

Soon after I did the Deborah Lippmann Let It Bleed + Hard Candy Beetle combo, I wanted to use Urban Decay’s Zodiac in a similar manner.

better together notd the body shop green urban decay zodiac


I thought the dark green, gold, and blue sparkles in Urban Decay Zodiac would be enhanced by the dark green base of The Body Shop Green.

the body shop colour crush nails the body shop green urban decay zodiac

While it’s pretty, it didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to. I had hoped it’d be more like the Beetle + Let It Bleed combo, but there isn’t enough contrast between the two colors.

the body shop colour crush nail the body shop green urban decay zodiac 2


But it’s pretty anyway. It’s definitely more interesting with the addition of the multi dimensional glitter. I should wear Zodiac on its own one of these days.

Have you discovered any good combinations lately, nail polish or otherwise?

Mani Monday: The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish The Body Shop Green

When The Body Shop Colour Crush nail polishes launched, I immediately bought the one called The Body Shop Green.

the body shop colour crush nails the body shop green

It’s a dark forest green that matches the iconic color associated with The Body Shop stores. Apparently, this specific green was chosen as the store front paint for the very first store in Brighton, because it was the only color that would completely cover the mold in the rotting wood!

I quite like this green, even though by itself, I find it a little boring. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how I jazzed it up with some simple nail art!

As per usual, this is not what I’m currently wearing on my nails. (I haven’t painted my nails in over a month.) In fact, I took this picture in March!! One of these days, I’ll be caught up, I swear…

Red Lips District: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella

I haven’t posted a Red Lips District look for awhile! Since I recently (and finally) wrote about Sephora’s birthday gift, I thought I’d introduce you to the party girl of the duo, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella.

NARS velvet matte lip pencil cruella

When I took the cap off to take a picture of it, the very first thing I did was drop it. I like to photograph my products before I use them, if possible. But, well. Life happens. #fail

NARS velvet matte lip pencil cruella swatch

Cruella is a matte, blue-based red. It has a great formula: applies easily without tugging, and creamy enough to spread around. It is a bit drying after a few hours, though! I also don’t like that I have to sharpen this; I really wish it were a twist up instead. For me, it’s not so much about wasting product (because I have so many red lipsticks already), I’m just lazy. However, the upside to sharpening is that you get a nice pointy tip again!

NARS velvet matte lip pencil cruella fotd

On my face.

This was the only picture I could salvage amongst many in which I look absolutely fucking miserable.

I had finished work early that day, and planned on coming home and adding to my already existing makeup. I really like it when you add red lipstick to an otherwise casual, lived in look. To me, it’s the ultimate cool-girl makeup.

Well, that day, I conveniently started my period while at work. By the time I got home, I was practically folded in half with pain from cramps. But I was determined to push through and get it done!

So, even though I look terrible, I decided to post this anyway instead of redoing it. I’m amazed at my dedication, I of the “oh, I’ll just do it later” club. This serves as inspiration and motivation for me, that I CAN just buckle down and get shit done, even if I’d rather be doing something else.

All in all, it ended up being not so much a “lived in” look, but an “almost literally dying in” look. But at least I would have gone down swinging!

cruella fotd products used


The Body Shop Moisture Foundation – 05
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Rouge Bunny Rouge Flawless Face Powder – Adagio
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eyeliner – Zero
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 225 Brownie & Clyde
Smashbox Muse palette – biscuit
Urban Decay Perversion mascara


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella

Another nice thing about this particular red lipstick is that it didn’t clash with my hair color. Ever since I dyed my hair red, I’ve noticed that certain lipstick colors that used to look fine, now look really bizarre on me. But this one still looks killer. Thank God for small victories.

nars velvet matte lip pencil cruella collage

Don’t buy this: Makeup Academy Stippling Brush

Generally, beauty blogs will egg you on to buy the latest and greatest. Limited edition? Girl, you need it, like, yesterday. Fresh-faced brand on the market? Immediate new HG (Holy Grail, I hate this term) products.

However, today I’m going to warn you about and deter you from a product I hated: Makeup Academy Stippling Brush.

Makeup Academy is a well-known and well-loved brand in the UK. In late 2014, buzz began that it was expanding to the US, to be sold exclusively at CVS. I saw a display of brushes at my local Longs/CVS around the same time, and since I’d heard such good things about the line in the UK, I picked up a stippling brush to try.

makeup academy stippling brush

It was about $16-$17, which is pretty spendy for a drugstore brush. Although I did use a 20% off coupon, I still had high(er) expectations because I could get a similar brush from Sephora for just a few dollars more.

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First impression: this thing is huge.

makeup academy stippling brush real techniques sigmaTop to bottom: Makeup Academy Stippling Brush, Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Sigma F50 Duo Fibre brush (travel sized)

Compared to the other stippling brushes I own, it was gigantic. The handle was thicker than most of the face brushes I have, and it was extra long as well. It took up a lot of room in my brush holder, and it felt a bit awkward to use, especially if I had to put on foundation without my glasses.*

*I am as blind as Mr. Magoo without my contacts or glasses, and putting on makeup takes twice as long because I have to be literally inches away from the mirror to see anything.

Additionally, this brush shed. A lot. It also bled black dye every single time I washed it. Overall, it was not my favorite brush to use. I regretted the decision to throw away the box and receipt, because otherwise I would have returned it.

Then, just months later, this happened:

makeup academy stippling brush broken

For a brush I didn’t use often, and therefore didn’t wash often, this is completely unacceptable. I’ve owned brushes that I’ve washed consistently for YEARS, and they’re still intact and happily applying and blending with aplomb.

I checked the time stamp of my pictures, and I bought the brush around September 2014. It fell apart around January 2015. Four months. I had probably used it less than a dozen times at that point.

It’s worth noting that the Makeup Academy line in the US is “created exclusively for CVS,” and therefore the product line-up is not the same as the UK’s. I personally do not have any experience with the UK line. There are scores of rave reviews, especially the Undressed palettes as being dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes.

However, as far as the CVS version goes, I skip over the brush display every single time I’m in a store. I have zero interest in trying any of their other brushes. I have yet to see any  actual makeup displays, but Hawaii is lame and often we do not get a full line up of any brand, high or low. I wouldn’t be very enthusiastic if I did stumble across it, though.

Have you tried any Makeup Academy products, UK or US? Based on MakeupAlley reviews, the BB/CC cream brush was just as craptacular, so at least I don’t feel like I got a dud.

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