FOTD: Changeling

I haven’t posted a makeup look in ages. In fact, I haven’t created one worth documenting in ages either. I did this waaaay back in April. Whoops.

This look started out with the intent of using TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling, but the name of the shadow and its incredible color shift kind of took over and it evolved into this.

Aaaand I just realized that I never did post pics of that gorgeous eyeshadow! So, here you go:

TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling

topshop chameleon glow changeling

Looks mildly interesting in the pan. Reddish with a green shift. Okay, what makes it special?

Feast your eyes:

topshop chameleon glow changeling swatch

How pretty is this?? It has such a delicious, delicate iridescent sheen, and that color shift! I don’t have anything else like this in my stash. It is utterly unique.

Come a little closer:

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FOTD: Espresso

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!

Face

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)

Brows

Freedom Makeup eyebrow pomade – Ebony

Eyes

LORAC Pro – Espresso, Taupe, Mauve, Cream, Pewter, Nude
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara

Lips

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!

Inventory, London 2015/2016 – Eyeshadows

inventory london 2015 eyeshadow palettes

Palettes

Pixi Shades of Taupe quad

LORAC Pro

Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral mattes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Smoke and Melrose

Sonia Kashuk duo 25 Bite the Dust

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in 01 Bronze (doubles as a bronzer)

inventory london 2015 eyeshadow singles

Singles

Smashbox Muse Biscuit

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing
Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird

Kat Von D Lucifer
Kat Von D Leather

The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow in 220 Chocolate Linger (I use this more as a contour than an eyeshadow.)

inventory london 2015 eyeshadow pencils

Eyeshadow pencils

Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 03 Grey
Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 04 Taupe
Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 05 Beige

I very foolishly bought ALLLLLL the Sephora jumbo crayons one year during their Friends & Family sale. These are the only three that I really use.

inventory london 2015 loose eyeshadows

Loose shadows

Shiro Cosmetics I Survived the Apocalypse (And All I Got Was This Awesome Eyeshadow)
Shiro Cosmetics Cheshire Cat
Shiro Cosmetics I Tried

Shiro Cosmetics Moon Prism Power
Shiro Cosmetics Doge
Shiro Cosmetics F Bomb!

Shiro Cosmetics Nightfury
Shiro Cosmetics Aurora Borealis

Barry M Dazzle Dust in 51 Mushroom

Shiro Cosmetics Baker’s Boy
Shiro Cosmetics Remake
Shiro Cosmetics Mockingjay
Shiro Cosmetics Beyond the Fence
Shiro Cosmetics Star-Crossed

Shiro Cosmetics Lingered in Twilight
Shiro Cosmetics Riddles in the Dark
Shiro Cosmetics Alkahestry
Shiro Cosmetics Mother of Dragons
Shiro Cosmetics He Loves His Hammer

I really ought to branch out to other indie brands. I’ve had my eye on Aromaleigh, Hello Waffle, Phee’s Makeup Shop… But that’s rather counterproductive to DOWNSIZING. Ahem.

inventory london 2015 loose eyeshadow samples

Loose shadows samples

Shiro Cosmetics Gift of Toadstool
Shiro Cosmetics It’s Mine. I Licked It.
Shiro Cosmetics Hodor

Shiro Cosmetics Extermination
Shiro Cosmetics Rebellion
Shiro Cosmetics Dammit Moon Moon

Shiro Cosmetics Shinigami (Haha, I realized I misspelled the label.)
Shiro Cosmetics TARDIS
Shiro Cosmetics Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon

Shiro Cosmetics Farewell, Wherever You Fare
Shiro Cosmetics When the Thrush Knocks
Shiro Cosmetics King Under the Mountain

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.

fotd cherry bomb 2

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

Face

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

Eyes

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

Lips

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?!

Inventory – Eyeshadows

Okay. Here’s a big one.

eyeshadows jan2013

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.

eyeshadow palettes thebalm jan2015

theBalm Shady Lady
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3
theBalm Nude ‘Tude

eyeshadow palettes large jan2015

LORAC Pro

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary
Urban Decay Naked

Wet n Wild Color Icon Comfort Zone

Sleek i-Divine Storm

eyeshadow palettes small jan2015

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

eyeshadow singles compacts jan2015

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

Stila Kitten

Wet n Wild Color Icon single in Brulee

Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eye Shadow in Esmeralda

Jouer Caramel

Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Hair Color in Teal Tornado
Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Hair Color in In The Pink

eyeshadow singles z palettes jan2015

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

Urban Decay Aquarius
Urban Decay Woodstock
Urban Decay S&M

Urban Decay Sellout
Urban Decay Mushroom
Urban Decay Scandal
Urban Decay Baked
Urban Decay Sidecar
Urban Decay YDK
Urban Decay Gridlock
Urban Decay Suspect
Urban Decay Smog
Urban Decay Bordello
Urban Decay AC/DC
Urban Decay Rockstar
Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister
Urban Decay Flipside
Urban Decay Jinx
Urban Decay Radium
Urban Decay Haight
Urban Decay Loaded

Urban Decay Black Palette Cobra
Urban Decay Black Palette Barracuda
Urban Decay Black Palette Black Dog

Urban Decay Stardust Moon Spoon
Urban Decay Stardust Diamond Dog
Urban Decay Stardust 54
Urban Decay Stardust Retrograde
Urban Decay Stardust Atmosphere

Wet n Wild Color Icon single in Nutty

MAC Love Lace

Smashbox Serpent

NYX brow powder duo in Taupe/Ash

Smashbox Muse palette Chocolate
Smashbox Muse palette Coffee
Smashbox Muse palette Rose Gold
Smashbox Muse palette Biscuit

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 shadows jan2013

Cream, stick, pot eyeshadow things.

eyeshadow pencils jan2015

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

cream shadows jan2015

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

loose shadows jan2013

Loose eyeshadows.

loose eyeshadows shiro jan2015

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

Shiro Cosmetics Rebellion
Shiro Cosmetics Baker’s Boy
Shiro Cosmetics Star-Crossed
Shiro Cosmetics Mockingjay
Shiro Cosmetics Remake
Shiro Cosmetics Beyond the Fence

Shiro Cosmetics Riddles in the Dark
Shiro Cosmetics Lingered in Twilight

Shiro Cosmetics Alkahestry

loose eyeshadows misc jan2015

Urban Decay Asphyxia
Urban Decay X

theBalm Overshadow in No Money, No Honey
theBalm Overshadow in Work is Overrated

Benefit 24K Nugget

Barry M Dazzle Dust in 51 Mushroom

eyeshadow misc jan2015

Red Earth Rosalind

The Body Shop Iced Body Powder in 01 Apricot

I’m almost done with these! Excite!

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