Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Emerald City Space Needle Halloween Look Featuring Cargo Cosmetics

Happy Halloween, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have something fun planned tonight! I'll be taking my boys out trick or treating for a bit before retiring home and handing out candy to the youngsters visiting my house. It's arguably my favorite day of the year, and while it was rough getting here this month, I am so happy to see the day has finally arrived!

Because it is Halloween, today's post features a themed look for the holiday. While I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do for Halloween makeup initially, I was really inspired by Cargo Cosmetics' "Emerald City" theme this month. As much as I love a good nude eye look, I prefer to add pops of colour like greens on my eyes.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Seattle is the Space Needle, and I knew I had to add it to my design!

Of course, Halloween is the time when I feel the most comfortable breaking out of my normal makeup box, so why not go ahead and add a little green to my lips as well! I recently added two new green lipsticks to my collection just for Halloween. I don't feel particularly confident enough to wear them throughout the year, but I was more than happy to sport them in my Emerald City look!

Here is a closer look at my eyeshadow on my more "normal" side. I used the new Cargo Cosmetics Emerald City eyeshadow palette to create this look.

On my other eye went to Space Needle. I really wanted my eye to be part of the observation deck but first had to cover my eyebrow to have a blank slate. I ended up covering my eyebrow with stick glue and a coffee filter before loading up on concealer and foundation to (poorly) hide the seams. This was my first attempt of any makeup that can be considered special effects, and while it wasn't the most successful, it wasn't a total fail. It was a lot less noticeable from a distance, and my camera really has a knack at picking up the most minor details that even I can't see with my eyes. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in the shade Perversion to draw out my Space Needle. I knew my drawing skills were limited when it came to flat surfaces, but was this brutal! As much as I would love to pass this monstrosity onto my kids, it was sadly all me. At least my husband could recognize what it was without any prompting so I'm calling it a win!

For my lips, I really didn't want to take away too much from my fabulous Space Needle sketch (hahahahaha!) so I opted to do a gradient. I used Kiss New York Pro Celeste Matte Liquid Lipstick in Wicked Forest and MAC Cosmetics Deep With Envy lipstick until blending out into my foundation. While this isn't quite the type of lip gradient I would wear every day, it was a lot of fun to incorporate into this look!

While this look isn't perfect, I cannot deny that I had a lot of fun creating it!At the end of the day, isn't that really what cosmetics is about?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful Halloween!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Nail Art: Revisiting Designs from Previous Years

Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! It's kind of hard to believe that tomorrow is Halloween! This month has really passed me by, and I am a little disappointed that I've not had the time to create the nail art looks I had planned for Halloween. Of course, I was not prepared to be dealing with fires and evacuation over the past three weeks, and in the grand scheme of things, I am thankful to actually have a home to return to. I suppose this means I have eleven months to brainstorm lots of awesome ideas for next year! I still wanted to share Halloween designs on my blog, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to revisit looks I created over the years on my blog. I hope you enjoy them!

Putting this post together has really shown me just how much I like to create nail art designs utilizing spiders for Halloween! I think I need to either join a nail art challenge or just break out of my comfort zone on my own to add more variety.

This is all I have to today's blog post! Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Zombie Nail Art with China Glaze Happily Never After

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Sunday! It feels odd to me posting on the weekends since I generally avoid it when I can, but this month has been a little unusual to say the least. I had received the new China Glaze Happily Never After Collection immediately before evacuating from the Sonoma County fires. Unfortunately, it meant the collection would have to wait until life settled down. With Halloween upon us, I knew I wouldn't quite have the time to swatch since I just got back home, but I still wanted to do something fun with the collection. I was particularly drawn to the iridescent pink-grey shimmer, Sin-Derella, and I knew I needed to use at least that particular shade in a nail art look. When it comes to Halloween, I've had zombies on the brain a lot this particular season. I naturally had to go that direction to create my Halloween nail art look.

With the assistance of my UberChic Beauty Zombie Love-01, I was able to easily create my zombie-inspired nail look utilizing four of the shades from the China Glaze Happily Never After Collection.

I am loving this nail art look! And let's not forget just how important it is to find someone that wants you for your brains! Haha!

Base shade: Sin-Derella
Stamping: Lookin' Gore-Geous

Base shade: Queen, Please!
Stamping: Crown For Whatever

While this particular collection may have been released for Halloween, the colours can definitely by used throughout the rest of the year. I know I have nail art plans with Queen, Please! when winter arrives!

I hope you've enjoyed today's nail post post featuring the new China Glaze Happily Never After Collection! It it a beautiful collection, and I am happy to be able to include it here on the blog!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Makeup Show LA Keynote Speakers

Greetings, dear readers, and happy Saturday! After a L-O-N-G travel adventure, I am finally back in California with my littles! This weekend will find me very busy as I attempt to catch up on blogging and taking my boys to assorted Halloween events in the area. It will jump start off to a busy week before I leave town yet again for next weekend. I have the pleasure of attending The Makeup Show in Los Angeles November 4th and 5th. This show is only open to professionals working or studying in the beauty or fashion industry. Last week, The Makeup Show announced their keynote speakers at the event, and I wanted to share the press release with you. Next weekend's show will include several distinguished speakers, so if you have the opportunity to attend, I strongly encourage you to do so! Now to the press release and the illustrious lineup!



An all-star lineup of makeup and FX artists that have worked with the likes of Cher, the Kardashians, and many feature films, gather to teach artists how to be the best of the best.

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 2017) — The Makeup Show LA, which will arrive in the City of Angels on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th, has announced this year’s list of Keynote speakers. This year’s show will not only give attendees the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and renowned artists in the world, but also get amazing discounts from top beauty brands including MAKE UP FOR EVER, Charlotte Tilbury, It Cosmetics, NYX Professional Makeup, Urban Decay, and more.  

Below are the legendary artists set to take the main stage:

Saturday, November 4th

   Danessa Myricks, Fidel Gonzalez, and James Vincent | “Redefining Success” 10:30 AM – 12 PM: With how much competition and opportunities there are in the industry and how quickly it changes, redefining the definition of success, by building better relationships and surrounding yourself with a talented team, is important. In this keynote, learn Why, What, When and How to build a portfolio, land better jobs and make your own mark in the ever-changing world of beauty.

    Rachel Goodwin | “Signature Style” 12:30 PM– 2 PM: Join makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, who has worked with clients such as Brie Larson, January Jones and Emma Stone, talk about creating your own consistent aesthetic and product selection.  She will share about her career and thoughts on what you can do in your own career to be memorable.

     Leonard Engelman | “A Career in Makeup” 2:30 PM – 4 PM: Leonard Engelman is one of the most renowned makeup and FX artists in the film and television industries. His work has been the standard of makeup and FX artists for over 40 years. In his first time on The Makeup Show stage, Leonard will lead you through his legendary career and offer advice, tips and tricks on all that you can do to create your own legacy and career in makeup.

    “The Makeup Show Town Hall” 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Join Monique Boyer, Lori Taylor-Davis, Susan Cabral-Ebert, Kevin James Bennett, and James Vincent in this all new The Makeup Show keynote. Attendees are invited to join our panel of artists and experts to discuss current topics, debate timely issues, present ideas, voice opinions, ask questions and have an opportunity to engage executives and artists and explore some of the hot topics in today’s makeup Industry.

Sunday, November 5th

   Kevin James Bennett | “Makeup Kit Breakdown” 10 AM – 11:30 AM: When it comes to building the perfect professional makeup kit and breaking down the ingredients in your favorite product, there is no industry voice more knowledgeable than Kevin James Bennett. In this first time keynote at The Makeup Show, the makeup master behind so many brands offers his assessment of what every artist should be carrying in their kit. He will review the essentials and must-haves for any makeup pro.

    Joyce Bonelli | “Making Up,” - 12 PM – 1:30 PM: Joyce is one of the most famous makeup artists is in the world, who has become a celebrity in her own right, thanks to her close ties with the Kardashians. As an artist, personality and entrepreneur, Joyce has made an impact on an entire world with her makeup aesthetic. In this first time keynote at The Makeup Show, Joyce tells the story behind her brilliant career, talks about the launch of her makeup line, and offers insight and inspiration on what you can do as an individual and still be successful.

    Dana Bomar | “Making Your Mark” 2 PM – 3:30 PM:  In this keynote, Melt Cosmetics’ very own CEO Dana Bomar will take attendees on a journey from behind the counter as a Nordstrom artist to an Instagram sensation in less than ten years. Dana will take the stage with James Vincent to share her own stories, offer advice for our attending artists and share her secrets for building your own successful brand and social media presence in the beauty industry.

The Makeup Show LA will also feature over 75 top beauty brands including Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsors TEMPTU and Crown Brush, Silver Sponsors Frends Beauty and NYX Professional Makeup, Supporting Sponsors MustaeV and Smashbox, and Contributing Sponsors Pinnacle Cosmetics and GLAMCOR. The Makeup Show LA will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday November 5th, 2017 from 9 AM to 6 PM at the California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St. LA. Tickets are available online and can be purchased at http://www.themakeupshow.com/la/tickets.

If you have plans to attend The Makeup Show LA, please let me know so I can say hello! If not, be sure to follow me on social media as I share details from the show next weekend.
Until next time, dear readers, I hope you enjoy the weekend!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quick Face of the Day Post with Cargo Cosmetics, Ittse, and Gerard Cosmetics

Happy hump day, dear readers! The day has run away with me, as have all the days now that I am out of town, and I'm posting this later than I had planned. I'm heading back to the wildfire devastation in California, and while I am looking forward to getting into some semblance of a routine, I am a little apprehensive about seeing the damage in person again. I have been immensely thankful to have the option of taking my children away from the situation, if only for a little while. While I've still been keeping track of the evacuation statuses and reopening of areas, being physically removed has helped my mental state tremendously. It certainly won't be easy being back, but I feel more rested and better prepared to emotionally handle the havoc the fires have caused my community.

As I attempt to keep things as normal as possible, I wanted to share a post sharing my face of the day. Here is my look from the high elevation of Crested Butte, Colorado!

Cargo Cosmetics: You Had Me At Aloha eyeshadow palette
Ittsē: Run the World Illuminator
Gerard Cosmetics: French Toast Lipstick

As I was shoving things in a suitcase, I grabbed a full cosmetic bag and the closest eyeshadow palette to toss in the mix. It didn't really hit me until I opened it to do makeup that I had grabbed a Hawaiian-inspired palette while visiting the snow-capped mountains. While I realize there are spots in Hawaii that do see snow, I generally think of warm weather and the beach. I was rather amused at how this worked out and naturally had to snap a photo with the snow in the background for the previous photo.

Being away from my light setup and having to make do with less than ideal lighting outdoors was trying, but you can hopefully still see the look I created easily enough. It is a great everyday look that is so natural!

And that, dear readers, concludes today's super short post! I hope you like the natural look I've shared and don't mind my ramblings about life back at home!

Until next time, have a wonderful evening!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

CPNA Beauty Find: BioRepublic SkinCare Face Masks

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Happy Monday, dear readers! I am still out of town staying with the inlaws due to our evacuation due to the wildfires in Northern California, but I am still attempting to keep posting material on my blog. It's definitely not easy being away from home and my normal routine disrupted! I had tried out the products I will be sharing in this post just before the fires broke out and thankfully had my photos on my computer! Let's jump on in!

Today's blog post features another brand I discovered while attending Cosmoprof North America this summer. Inspired by Korean skincare products, BioRepublic SkinCare founders Paolo Mentonelli and Justin Hong wanted to bring the ease and convenience of the sheet mask to American consumers that had not yet reached US stores. At the time, Korean products were made with ingredients Americans did not want to use on their skin, and Paolo and Justin set out to create their own line of masks that were more in line with American preferences. BioRepublic SkinCare masks are cruelty-free and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates or triclosan. I had the pleasure of trying out two of their mask offerings and wanted to share my thoughts about them with you. Let's check them out!

No More Years
Eternal Radiance Biocellulose Sheet Mask

I don't know if I have the words to even describe just how much I loved this apple anti-aging mask!
Upon opening the package, three layers come out of sealed foil pouch: an outer layer that is akin to tulle, the biocellulose mask itself, and the another outer layer of perforated cotton.

This biocellulose mask is thicker than the commonly seen papery/baby wipe-type masks, but it is not so heavy that it can't stay on the face while you are up and about for the 15-20 minutes it stays applied to your face. In fact, this particular paragraph was typed out while I was wearing it! If you aren't familiar with biocellulose, let me attempt to explain the texture to you as it does seem odd if you aren't used to it. If you will, try to imagine tough gelatin that has been thinly sliced. It has then soaked in a serum that has a thin gel-like consistency. The combination of these two textures makes for a unique, almost cooling sensation on the skin. The mask conforms easily to the curvature of your face, and it stays in place.*

While you are waiting, you might as well put something good in your body as well!

*While this was certainly a fun photo to take, I don't recommend eating something that requires large bites. The mask does not stretch out when you do this and just comes off your chin.

Even after just one use, my skin looked brighter and felt so soft! For best results, BioRepublic SkinCare suggests using this mask type two to three times per week, and based on my single use, I can believe it will make your skin look great with consistent use!

This mask is recommended for sensitive, dry, or combination skin types. My skin is definitely sensitive, and I am happy to report I had no issues at all with this mask. I also have combination to oily skin, and I didn't find it to be too heavy for my skin.

Cucumber Breeze
Soothing Fiber Sheet Mask

For those of you that are familiar with sheet masks, the Cucumber Breeze sheet mask is of similar design as others on the market. The sheet mask itself is made of a biodegradable fiber, and it is soaked in a serum designed to sooth stressed skin and improve the complexion. While the previous mask was sandwiched between three layers for protection, the Cucumber Breeze mask does not have any added layers and is just folded onto itself. It unwrapped nicely and rested in place on my face for 20 minutes. While the sheet mask does conform easily to the face, it doesn't quite cling as well as the previously mentioned biocellulose mask.

The Cucumber Breeze mask felt really nice on my skin, and it left my face with a lovely glow! It definitely felt soothing on my face, and I had no issues with it causing redness or making me break out.

I have really enjoyed testing out these masks from BioRepublic SkinCare! There is definitely a part of me that wishes I had waited to try them as my skin is in desperate need of tender loving care after all the smoke/pollutant exposure in California and the dry air here in Colorado! That being said, I definitely have the brand on my radar and will have to pick up more to give my skin the pick-me-up it desperately needs. Between these two masks, I have a slight preference for the No More Years
Eternal Radiance Biocellulose Sheet Mask because I liked how well it adhered to my face, although both these masks are fabulous. You can't go wrong with either of them! I have an eye on a few of the others and hope to try them out soon!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Color Box: Special Edition Rainbow Box

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Greetings, dear readers! I am really excited to be sharing this post with you today! If you're not familiar with The Color Box, let me fill you in! It is a quarterly collaboration project (usually) between five indie nail polish makers and five bloggers. Bloggers and makers are paired up to create their own individual polish with a designated color theme for the quarter. The polishes are then packaged together into one box and sold together for a limited time. This particular quarter is extra exciting for two reasons. First of all, rather than a single colour, this box consists of SIX polishes (rather than the usual five), each capturing a shade of the rainbow. As if that wasn't awesome enough, I was selected to be one of the bloggers to partner with an indie polish maker to design a polish! Not only am I excited about my own addition to the box, all the other makers and bloggers knocked it out of the park for a truly stunning selection of shades. Let's jump in and check them out!

Autumn Serenity
Made in collaboration with yours truly!

A burnt orange linear holo with bronze and teal flakies

I know I'm biased, but I love this colour! Orange is a great shade any time of year, but we naturally had to go with a burnt orange for the fall. The formula was fantastically smooth and easy to work with. Shown here with two coats plus top coat.

Cupid's Bow
Made in collaboration with Amanda Loves Polish

deep oxblood jelly with multichrome red and purple shimmer and holo flakes

Deep reds are so great for autumn, so I'm happy that the red went this direction. The formula was perfect and applied so easily to my nails. Shown here with two coats plus top coat.

Golden Sunsets
Made in collaboration with Sammy Gail's Nails

A vibrant yellow based creme with scattered gold and multi colored shimmers

If you're looking for a great yellow shade, this one is sure to win you over! While the colour is on the sheer side and requires more coats, the formula is on point! Yellow shades are notorious for their "meh" formula, so if having a great formula means having to add an extra coat, it's so worth it! Shown here with four coats plus top coat.

The Marching Titans
Made in collaboration with Queen of Nails 83

A deep green jelly base with red to gold flake green shimmer and copper red to green UP pigment shimmer

This beauty is incredibly pigmented, and I love this rich shade for autumn into winter! I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat, but those that paint with a heavier hand may find they can actually get away with one coat. Some of the flakes initially wanted to hang off my nails, but they pushed back up onto my nails easily.

Manna's Mighty Masterpiece
Made in collaboration with Manna's Manis

A bright azure scattered holo with green-to-blue flakies and purple shimmer

If you're needing a break from more traditional autumn shades, this one is a good option. The formula was a little on the thicker side, but it still applied easily for me with two coats to opacity. I also added top coat for these photos.

End of the Rainbow
Made in collaboration with xoxo, Jen

A royal purple with a pink to purple/blue shift, purple metallic flakies, and sparse silver holo microglitters

Instead of including a blue, indigo, and purple polish in the rainbow box, the organizers opted to skip the indigo and end with a purple hue. The formula is a little on the thicker side, something I've come to expect from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, but it still applies easily to the nails. I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat.

This special edition of the Color Box will be available for preorder starting Friday, October 20th (that's tomorrow!) through Friday, October 27th. It can be purchased at The Color Box website located here.
Please note that this is a preorder, and orders will ship approximately two weeks after the close of this preorder period. Also, with the exception of the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shade, End of the Rainbow, the polishes are exclusive to this box.

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