Because we could all use some espresso on a Monday morning, amirite?
I did this look last week, so for once it’s not terribly old. Yay, timeliness.
Pulled out my oft-neglected LORAC Pro Palette for this look. While I love the colors and the even mix of mattes vs. shimmers, I find the shadows to be too powdery. They puff everywhere upon brush pickup, and I have to carefully pat them on to avoid too much fallout. Yes, they blend easily — but they’re also prone to over blending into muddy nothingness.
Still, I really liked the way this look turned out. The halo eyeshadow placement really suits my eye shape.
I also experimented with a ring light I bought for my DSLR. It took a bit of finagling, but it’s pretty easy to set up and start shooting. However, I use a Canon, and for some reason it’s programmed to not fire the external flash (ring light in this case), when the live view option is on.
I always use live view with the monitor turned around so I can see my goofy face before I take a picture. But now, I have to frame up, turn off the live view, then hope for the best. I’ve been taking way more pictures now because of this.
The first picture is with natural light only. This one is with the ring light, turned down low:
It made my skin look yellower, so I fiddled around with the color balance on both photos so they look about the same-ish. It does pick up the eyeshadow color better, though. And in some pictures, my highlight was POPPIN’.
I’ll keep playing around with both the ring light and Photoshop for color correcting. If you have any tips and tricks for me, do tell! I’m currently taking an intro to Photoshop class online and so far I’m really enjoying it!
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry
Hard Candy So Baked bronzer – Tiki (as highlight)
Freedom Makeup eyebrow pomade – Ebony
LORAC Pro – Espresso, Taupe, Mauve, Cream, Pewter, Nude
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Gavi
The ring light works really well for product pictures, though! The only thing is, I have to shoot at an angle so it doesn’t flash back on the cheese board that I use as a background. Haha!
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.
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.
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*
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.
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
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?!
Though it may not look like it, I downsized quite a bit from this collection. Mostly, I depotted a lot of palettes and only kept the colors I like.
As I went through my eyeshadow stash, I started weeding out a few more, mainly from my Z Palettes. I’m thinking about getting rid of my theBalm Shady Lady palettes as well, because in the years that I’ve had them, I’ve probably only used them once or twice each.
theBalm Shady Lady theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 theBalm Nude ‘Tude
Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Urban Decay Naked
Wet n Wild Color Icon Comfort Zone
Sleek i-Divine Storm
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes 30 The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes 06
Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever quad
Pixi Shades of Taupe quad
Sonia Kashuk duo 25 Bite the Dust
Jouer duo Chocolat/Peach
Wet n Wild Color Icon Smoke and Melrose Wet n Wild Color Icon Walking On Eggshells Wet n Wild Color Icon Silent Treatment
Urban Decay Deluxe in Adore Urban Decay Deluxe in Frigid Urban Decay Deluxe in Fishnet Urban Decay Deluxe in Ruthless
The Body Shop Baked to Last in 01 Copper The Body Shop Baked to Last in 02 Moonstone
Urban Decay Moondust in Zodiac
Wet n Wild Color Icon single in Brulee
Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eye Shadow in Esmeralda
Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Hair Color in Teal Tornado Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Hair Color in In The Pink
Kat Von D Missy Kat Von D Tequila Kat Von D Agatha Pink Kat Von D Meditation Kat Von D Galeano Kat Von D Frankie Kat Von D Razor Gray Kat Von D Stryker Kat Von D Hard Luck Kat Von D Speed Blue Kat Von D Babe Kat Von D Peggy Kat Von D Tijuana Kat Von D Glock Kat Von D Lucifer Kat Von D Leather Kat Von D Peanut
Smashbox Girls Night Out Trio (minus cream eyeliner) Smashbox trio in On Stage Smashbox trio in Viewfinder Smashbox trio in Shutterspeed Smashbox duo in Contour Smashbox duo in Blend
L’Oreal HiP duo in 510 Electrified
Too Faced Fresh Linen Too Faced Vintage Violet Too Faced Midnight Too Faced Velveteen Bunny Too Faced Pebbles Too Faced London Fog Too Faced Tufted Suede Too Faced Chinchilla Too Faced Coffee Bean
The Body Shop Colour Crush 360 Gold Rosemance The Body Shop Colour Crush 205 Caramel Flirt The Body Shop Colour Crush 210 Bronze Bliss The Body Shop Colour Crush 115 Be My Clementine The Body Shop Colour Crush 305 Berry Cute The Body Shop Colour Crush 320 Grape Expectations The Body Shop Colour Crush 201 Melt My Heart The Body Shop Colour Crush 225 Brownie & Clyde The Body Shop Colour Crush 260 Golden Cinnamon The Body Shop Colour Crush 240 Gorgeous Gold The Body Shop Colour Crush 310 Berry Cheeky The Body Shop Colour Crush 615 Fig Leaf
The Body Shop eye shimmer in Emerald
The Body Shop eyeshadow in 41
Cream, stick, pot eyeshadow things.
Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 01 White Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 03 Grey Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 04 Taupe Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 05 Beige Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 07 Brown Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 08 Gold Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 09 Kaki Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 10 Green Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 11 Turquoise Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 13 Marine Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 14 Violet Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 15 Purple Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 16 Glitter Black Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 17 Black
The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner in Brown
e.l.f. cream eyeliner in Black
Be a Bombshell eye base in Submissive
Urban Decay cream eyeshadow in Rehab Urban Decay cream eyeshadow in Suburbia
Stila smudge pot in Kitten Stila smudge pot in Starry Night
Shiro Cosmetics I Survived the Apocalypse (And All I Got Was This Awesome Eyeshadow) Shiro Cosmetics Cheshire Cat Shiro Cosmetics I Tried
Shiro Cosmetics Hodor Shiro Cosmetics Mother of Dragons