Sunday, September 25, 2011

Don't, Don't You Want Me?

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the most Wearable Sin I plan on doing in this series, Lust. I wanted ALL of the looks to be a bit more... Editorial. Like something you'd see a model wearing in some High End fashion magazine like Vogue Italia. I ended up opting for something classicly sexy, like a smokey eye and cat Eyeliner. And False lashes that my Mama couldn't even tell were there. XD Either the lashes are that damned good, or I did a fine job blending my own lashes in.

In doing this I discovered that I NEED to practice my nose contouring more. >.<






Before my wardrobe change. :) The lighting in my room was so perfect...


My older sister told me I reminded her of Snow White for some reason. I laughed and said "Psh. If Snow White were kick ass."


 


In these last three pictures... NO I am NOT naked/topless/etc. :)


 
Products Used:

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Matte Eye Shadow Primer
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer
Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette
Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette
Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara
Random Falsies Bought Off Ebay
Revlon Brand Eyelash Adhesive
Covergirl Instant Cheek Bones Contouring Blush in Refined Rose [the middle color]
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Porcelain Ivory [Light 1] (Which is, get this, still too dark for me]
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder, Oil Control in Classic Ivory 510 and for contouring Soft Honey 555
Milani Crystal Gloss for lips in Secret
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Blackest Black
EcoTools travel sized eyebrushes. :) I loves me mah EcoTools!
Coastal Scents Baby Buki brush (whom I have affectionately named Boo-kee. I'm soo creative!"

And finally: A kickass corset from OrchardCorset.com

You'd never be able to tell in pictures, that in person, my foundation is actually two to three shades too dark/orange for me. LOL. I didn't want to use a Matte foundation with this look because I wanted a dewy looking finish that I wouldn't have been able to achieve otherwise. I also missed using my Dream Liquid Mousse. It was my go-to foundation for QUITE a while.

I was initially going to do a juicy red lip with this look... but I think it would have taken away from the drama of the eyes and made the look overwhelming and unpleasant to look at. So I went for something semi-nude, I think it's a much nicer alternative.

Also, initially in the plan for this look was normal-not-winged-eyeliner. Clearly that plan changed. As I was looking at my eyes in the mirror, with normal every day eyeliner(no lashes applied yet either) I decided that there wasn't anything remotely special about the look... so I started playing with winged eyeliner, the shape, the length, the width... Finally I came out with a thing-ish but dramatic cat-eye.

Top it off with thick black falsies, and I was in love! The lashes made my eyes look wider, the colors[maroon, hot pink, and gold] made the icier toned blues in my eyes pop out- atleast in person. It didn't translate to well into the pictures.

Also, instead of using my normal Eyebrow pencil, I actually used three matte eyeshadows- a red, a brown, and a tan. They're darker than usual and not as strong as I like, but it worked out in the end.

After today's look, I was comparing this to how Envy turned out, and I'm contemplating revisiting Envy. It's an option, I suppose. Anyways, let me know what you guys think! :)

Until next time...

Loves!
Anna

Friday, September 23, 2011

Good News My Friends!

My brother moved out!

... Wow. No. That's not the news I was talking about.

What I'm talking about is this: A few months back, you'll remember I was griping about how I needed to find a desk, a lamp, a chair, and storage and how freakin' exensive it was going to be.

What does my brother moving out have anything to do with this? Drum roll please!

He gave me his desk! Can a girl get a whoop-whoop? That's a hundred-some dollars I no longer have to worry about! Now all I have to worry about is lighting, chair, and storage! :)

More good news! I ordered a pair of boots from Payless on the 15th and they FINALLY got to my house while I was at work! Luckily mom was here to sign for them. They're absolutely perfect. And comfy! Goodness. :) They're perfect for fall. If you guys want I'll post up pics of them.

Continuing on with the good news theme, I uckled and ordered a new palette on the 15th as well- I was feeling the need for retail therepy. I went and bought the "Original 88 Palette" from Coastal Scents. It'll be fun to have some new textures to play around with. I'm getting sick of staring at Shimmery shadows. XD

I think I'll bite the bullet and buy a MAC foundation over Christmas... Sometime. But as of right now, I'm looking for some Glitters and Glitter Adhesives. I'm excited to work with Glitter too. First time EVER for that. I'm currently scowering eBay and Amazon for good deals and reliable sellers.

Anyhoot! Time to go to sleep. XD Nighty night guys!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm Just a Little Green...

... With Envy.



So... I'm introducing my very first makeup series. :) Say hello to the Seven Deadly Sins. This is the first of seven sisters, Envy.

As I was going to sleep last night, I was thinking about what I could do for my readers for Halloween. I was contemplating doing the normal looks that EVERYONE does. Witch, Zombie, Pirate... etc. [Though I think I will be doing atleast the pirate... and maybe a zombie, simply to tackle my fears of them.] But I reasoned with myself that you guys could go *anywhere* and watch/read tutorials about how to achieve those looks.

And then I fell asleep...

While I was dreaming I saw seven women walking towards me. I had NO idea who they were or what they were doing in my dream.

The first one, Envy, stepped forward. She had Green hair and slightly green skin and her eyes were like Emeralds. She wore a green Victorian style gown. She leaned down and said, "who do you Envy most?"... Then I woke up and realized who those women were. They were the Seven Deadly Sins.

You better believe, basically right after I woke up I started planning out each look, and executed the Envy look.

And now that I sound like some version of a Whack-O... Lol!

All the looks I'm going to do can be used for Halloween/Costume Parties. If you guys want, I'll even do a Wearble version of each look, after I've completed this series.

And now:

The look.







So there it is. :) Tell me what you guys think okay? I want- no. Need to hear from you all. :)


Next up will be Lust. Ohh smoldery.

I'll probably have that posted by friday night, latest would be saturday morning.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I'll have a How To video up soon.

Love,
Anna

Covergirl's Clean Liquid Makeup Foundation Review...

Alrighty, I was asked to review the foundation I use, nine times out of ten, on myself and others. :) So I figured I'd knock that out!

I have two shades of this foundation, in two different types. If that makes sense.

Here's what they look like:


Green label means Sensitive Skin, this is 205 Ivory

Blue label means Oil Control. This is 505 Ivory.

This is 555 Soft Honey

There are three colors for the labels. I only have two. The colors are Green for Sensitive Skin, Blue for Oil Control, and Brown for Normal Skin.

These are swatches. They are on top of primer, and they clearly aren't dry yet. Or set with a powder...
From Left to right:
555 Soft Honey, 205 Ivory, 505 Ivory

These are the swatches, dry and set with powder.
Left to right:
555 Soft Honey, 205 Ivory, 505 Ivory

My personal shade is 505 Ivory [with 510 Classic Ivory as my setting powder. I'll explain why I use two different colors momentarily.]. On a previous model of mine I used the darker shade, called 555 Soft Honey.

This foundation comes in three different types: Oil Control, Sensitive, and Normal Skin. I feel that the color range is pretty good as well. Each type comes in twelve different shades. Admittedly, they should always look into offering more shades. Because they don't have enough light shades, and they sure as heck don't offer enough dark shades. What are women of color supposed to do about foundation?

Normal Skin:
"Clean Makeup's water-based formula, with good-to-your-skin Noxzema ingredients, lets your skin breathe, goes on easily, and blends perfectly, so the world doesn't see makeup, just the look of great skin. Also available in Sensitive Skin and Oil Control formulas"

Sensitive Skin:
"Clean Makeup’s formula lets your skin breathe, goes on easily, and blends perfectly, so the world doesn't see makeup, just the look of great skin. Our Sensitive Skin formula is fragrance- and oil-free, helping to minimize irritation and redness for those with delicate skin. Also available in our Normal Skin and Oil Control formulas"

Oil Control:
"With our Clean Oil Control Makeup, you'll get all the shine control you want, without the drying coverage you don't. Our Clean foundation is made with ultra-light oil-absorbers that control oil, plus gentle conditioners that help prevent dryness." 
- Product descriptions from the Covergirl Website, http://www.covergirl.com/

I use the Oil Control version and find that it does what Covergirl says it should do. I actually find that when I take my foundation off, my skin actually looks ten times better than when I put my foundation on. What girl or boy doesnt want their skin to look smooth, glowing and over all AMAZING even when they aren't wearing a stitch of makeup? Can I get a whoop-whoop? Way to go Covergirl. The Anna is impressed.

As for coverage, I like a fuller coverage, because I generally don't use concealers and when I do, I find that they have a hard time covering the darker freckles I have under my eyes and on my forehead. So the coverage of this foundation is a fail for me.

The texture/finish of this foundation is Matte- which I LOVE. I hate satiny finish foundations. They don't last as long on my skin, and if I want my face Dewy looking, I will add the shimmer myself. :)

The wear on the foundation is AMAZING. I put it on when I wake up after I wash my face and moisturize and put my primer on, and when I take it off at night, before bed, I'm only slightly shiny in my T-Zone... which is awesome.

Awesome because I have very only skin- especially in my T-Zone and by the time I'm ready to take my makeup off, I usually look like I just dipped the front of my face in a pool of water. That look is not cute, Honey. Nope. 

Now I've only got like two negative things to say about this product. I don't know if it's the formula itself or if it's the packaging, but I have massive issues getting the product out of the bottle and onto the back of my hand. I have to use a cue-tip to get it out. Though I noticed with the Sensitive Skin version, the product pours out pretty easily. So I think it is the formula variation between Oil Control and Sensitive Skin.

My last Con is this: I would prefer a pump despenser over an open bottle like what they have now. Simply for hygiene's sake.

Long story short: I give this foundation a 9 out of 10, and I will be buying again. :)

If you guys have any questions/concerns/requests feel free to Email me at StefferudA@aol.com --No. Spam. Please. :)

DISCLAIMER: I bought these products with my own money, for personal and client use. They were NOT sent to me by the company for review consideration.

Now then, the reason why I use two different colors when it comes to foundation and powder is this:

I find that 505 Ivory is way too pink for me, but 510 Classic Ivory is too yellow! So I use 505 Ivory as my foundation, gag over how baby pink I look, and then set it with 510 Classic Ivory for that perfect customized skin color. :) simple as that. [these numbers are only relevant to the Oil Control types]

One more thing before I go:

I did my nails today. I'm trying out a new brand [the brand itself is not new, but I've never used them before. :)]

I call it... Strapless French Kiss.


I got so excited about how pretty it looked... that I forgot to clean up my cuticles and shtuff before I took pictures... XD

Anyways, the products I used are:

Base & Top Coat: Sally Hansen's Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat
The Cream finish blue is Pure Ice in French Kiss
the Sparkles on my ring finger and thumb is Pure Ice in Strapless.

Hense: Strapless French Kiss. [Oh so sexy.]

Anyways, that's all for now guys.
Love you guys, and thank you for taking the time to read my long rambling post! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Contest Entry and an Update.

So! For the longest time there was noooo posts from me. I apologize. I had sooo many ideas for this blog that none of the posts I wrote made any sense what so ever. So I decided to give it a break and come back when I FINALLY had something that would make sense.

And today I come to you with a few photos from my very recent [September 6, 2011] Contest entry for Lime Crime's 1950's contest.

My inspiration was a bit of Marilyn Monroe and Rosie the Riveter[who's from the 1940's... I know.]

Here's some pictures:



Makeupppp!! It's a classic look and so simple basically everyone can do it. ^^
Foundation, mascara, and eyeshadow: Cover Girl
Eyeliner and Eyebrow Pencil: Maybeline
Lipstick: Revlon[Wine With Everything]


Boo-doo-bee-doo BOOP!


This last one is just because I felt like showing my dog off. ^_^
So that's that. ^^ Wish me luck.

Moving on!

I am MASSIVELY behind on Nails of the Week and Look of the Week. So! We'll get that out of the way.
Forgive me for not taking a lot of pictures of my makeup recently... or even taking mildly okay pictures... >.<


Foundation: Cover girl in Classic Ivory
Lipgloss: Milani
Cheeks: Cover Girl mixed with a gold eye shadow dusted over it
Eye shadow:
Hard Candy's baked Eyeshadow in SuperNova
Various other purples out of Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette.
Eyeliner: Maybeline's Eyestudio Gel liner in Blackest Black
Mascara: Maybeline's Collosal Lash in Blackest Black
Eyebrow Pencil: Maybeline's brow pencil in Light Brown [I cant remember the specific name of the product, but I remember the color. The Pencils are bright red. ^_^]
Just as a Side note: From now on, unless stated otherwise just assume the eyeliner is Maybeline's Gel liner and the Mascara is Cover Girl's Lash Blast.


This look was me being lazy. Nothing but my eyes are done, and you can SO tell. XD
the dark purple eyeshadow is Hard Candy's Baked Kal-eye-dascope in Supernova
The gold colors and the pinker toned purples are all out of the 88 Shimmer Palette from Coastal Scents.


Boy... I sure do like my purples dont I?
Eyeshadow: Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette
Lips:  Carmex medicated chapstick.
Cheek: Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer palette- a mix of various pinks, and then matted down some with Hard Candy's Welcome Matte powder.
Foundation and setting powder: CoverGirl's Clean Foundation in Classic Ivory


 I've made it a new goal of mine to stop using so much purple in my looks. >.> I didnt realize just how much I used purple until I put these pictures up.
So! From now on, no purple, unless it's an accent type color. Sorry all these looks are so similar. I'm actually a whee bit ashamed.

Alright, so I'm off for now to work on another blog post for y'all! Keep an eye out for Messy .vs. Sleek!