April and May 2017 empties

Seeing as we’re already halfway through June, I’d better get these up now-ish.

This will most likely be rambly and boring, so feel free to click away. *shrugs*

April empties

e.l.f. Shine Eraser blotting papers – I could have sworn there used to be 50 sheets per pack, but now there are only 30?? As a result, I’m going through these faster than before. Also, now that it’s summer, I’ve been using 3 sheets a day.

Nature Republic Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Collagen Solution – I like these gel masks more than paper ones. They feel more substantial and soothing. I enjoyed this one and have one more that I need to use before I leave!

Jouer lip gloss in Sunset – Just tired of this one. I don’t use lip gloss much anymore, and I have no feelings one way or another about this.

Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – It’s okay. I know there are better spf moisturizers out there, but I’m kinda cheap when it comes to skincare. Mostly because skincare ingredients etc. intimidate me.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry eau de toilette – It’s a sweet, one-note fragrance. I liked it, but I bought it only because I used to work there and needed to wear a company fragrance.

The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 05 – FINALLY DONE WITH THIS MOTHERFUCKER. This foundation just wouldn’t die and I started to really resent it. It’s been discontinued, but I wouldn’t repurchase it if it were still being sold. It wore horribly throughout the day, looked greasy, and clung to dry patches. Blech.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – HG status. I will forever repurchase this hand cream. Again, the scent is not for everyone, but it is the best hand cream for my perpetually thirsty paws.

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FOTD: Panda Eyes

No clever product-name-as-post-title today. A couple weeks ago, I decided to do a full-on panda smokey eye, just for fun.

I very rarely line my waterline, as it makes my already tiny eyes look extra beady. But it does make my eyes look chocolate-y brown.

Also, I blended out the black with a bit of bronzer. This is a trick I picked up from Viola of Killer Colours. It prevents the black from blending out to a weird grayish blue, and instead makes the black look extra black.

I added some faux freckles to keep the vibe casual and a little undone.

Wearing a full-blown smokey eye like this definitely makes me feel sexy, so here is a gratuitous, try-hard model pose:

*smolders*

Face

The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
BECCA Dual Coverage – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
NARS Laguna/Deep Throat
Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
NYX Eye and Eyebrow pencil – Taupe, Brown (for freckles)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

KIKO Long Lasting Stick – 20
Viseart Neutral Matte – 9
Benefit Hoola
Too Faced Vanilla Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

tarteist lip paint – Birthday Suit

FOTD: Oh, Put It On

I’m still not on board with liquid lipsticks. Nevertheless, I had to pick up this one when I saw it at Target. It’s hard to find new color releases here.  So, fellow Hawaii makeup addicts, Target has quite an impressive selection of NYX products, including the new NYX Liquid Suede colors. ;)

Oh, Put It On is a deep, almost-black purple. I think it makes enough of a statement on its own, as all dark lips do, so here is my go-to pairing: almost nada on the eyes and face.

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Palette (The Sculpting Powder – Medium, Celestial Powder – Starlight, Matte Bronzing Veil – Desert Nights, Pure Powder Glow – Aurora)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Peppered
Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
NYX Liquid Suede – Oh, Put It On

FOTD: Soft Grunge

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Remember how I said that I’m not very creative on my own, but can recreate tutorials with moderate success? Prime example coming right up!

This look was guided by the much better-looking and more talented Karima McKimmie:

I love grungy looks. The idea that you can look fierce while being a bit disheveled, a bit undone, a bit… un-pretty, is so up my alley.

That being said, I think my look, and by extension, Karima’s, are “pretty” interpretations on the grunge subculture. For a more accurate depiction, check out Sam of Pixiwoo’s tutorial:

I swear, Sam totally owns ANY look she ever attempts. She’s the ultimate badass.

Me, in comparison? I’m not so much grungy as I am just grubby. Womp womp.

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I did put eyeliner in the lower waterline, like Karima did. However, I have yet to find ANY pencil eyeliner that will stay in my waterline. So, by the time I finished my makeup and sat down to take pictures, it had slid off and gathered into little boogers at the corner of my eyes. So sexy.

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – 52 Vanilla
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Light/Medium
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 220 Chocolate Linger (as contour)
Sleek MakeUP blush – Suede

Eyebrows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Viseart Neutral Matte – 8, 12
Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette – Ecliptic
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Demolition
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara

Lips

NYX eye pencil – Taupe
NYX High Voltage lipstick – Flutter Kiss

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Incidentally, I broke the lipstick. I twisted it the wrong way, and the bullet has separated from the mechanism that pushes it up. The only way to get it out now is to turn it upside down and shake it. Annoying!

FOTD: Halloween 2016

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So! It’s Halloween. I did a thing on my face.

This was my first time using water-activated face paint. I bought it at Target. I was surprised to see it’s made by WolfeFX cosmetics, a well-known theatre and stage makeup brand. It was only $2, so I figured it’d be a cheap experiment.

And, err… This happened. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be exactly. Some kind of sloppy broken doll look, maybe?

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The Good

I do like how the tiny, doll-shaped lips turned out, though. Maybe a bit smaller on the lower lip would be better. Took a lot of finagling with a Stila liquid lipstick that I never use. I also found the face paint to be relatively easy to use, and blend.

The Bad

The red blush, however, refused to blend. I tried begging and pleading, even bribing. But once it went on, it refused to budge. Stubborn bugger. I also don’t like the sloppy line work for the cracks. I should have used a finer brush.

The Ugly

Dem brows, tho.

In all seriousness, I think the overall impact of this look would have improved had I bothered to do something with my hair. And maybe a neutral backdrop so you don’t have to see my living room behind me, ha. The white face paint should have continued down my neck as well; the floating head effect is quite distracting otherwise!

I’d like to try this again with my usual face color, and use the white face paint as an accent to make the cracks look more realistic. Also, more gray shading!

In conclusion, I know this isn’t the best Halloween makeup out there. It isn’t even the best that I could have done. But it was getting late and I was rushing to get it done so I could take pictures and wipe it all off before walking the dog this afternoon, ha.

If you’re at all curious what products I’ve used to create this weird thing on my face:

Face

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle – Chestnut Milk Parfait (yep, I used foundation and then covered it up with white face paint. Superfluous step)
WolfeFX Water Activated Makeup – White
Sleek MakeUP Ultra Mattes v2 – Pillow Talk
e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black
NYX blush – Red
I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts highlighter – Goddess of Faith

Brows

e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black

Eyes

e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black
Sleek MakeUP Ultra Mattes v2 – Noir, Thunder

Lips

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso

This is going up super late, at 8PM HST! It’ll be November 1st by the time anyone reads this. So: I hope you’ve all had a fun Halloween! I’m staying in tonight because I’m boring. Also, I have no similarly unemployed friends who could go out on a Monday night. But mostly, I’m boring.

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