Posts Tagged ‘makeup’

purrrrple.

Posted: August 8, 2011 in beauty, talk
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Well. I suppose anyone, by now, knows that I love tattoos, eyeshadow, music, and writing above all else. I have something else that I’m starting to feel very committed to, but I can’t put it out there just yet. You know how you get to a point (some people call it rock bottom, but I’m not talking about anything even remotely bad enough to justify the use of the term “rock bottom,” I’m just saying, you know, that point of no-more-excuses-this-has-to-be-done) and then it has to happen? Like quitting smoking. Something like that.

ANYWAY. Wow, ramble off-topic much? Good lord. The point I was making is, you already know what’s coming. A lovely eyeshadow look that I can’t wait to try, and something to do with a tattoo. BUT THIS TIME, IT’S BOTH! Ah, lucky us. Let’s start with a combination of ALL THINGS I LOVE: Megan Massacre, an artist from Wooster Street Social Club (Ami’s NY Ink shop), with a gorgeous purple eye that I can’t wait to wear (This photo is courtesy of mozfotostudios; see the photos through her blog and Facebook) at the release party for her Inked Magazine cover… NOW:

megan massacre courtesy of mozfotostudios

 

Gorgeous, right? Her, her tattoos, her makeup, her talent. I love multi-faceted women; more atypical women should be in our nation’s spotlight in ALL fields. Obviously I realize that not every woman looks like this and not every woman wants to, but it’s not makeup or tattoos or a pretty face that makes a woman multi-faceted and admirable. Intelligence, creativity, depth. It’s all beautiful.

ANYWAY AGAIN. Someone’s a rambling (wo)man this evening. The purple. I love it. And my sister drew this little dragon a long time ago and I want to get him as a tattoo:

dragon.

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I am definitely winning. It has now been TEN DAYS since I last smoked. If you’d have asked me ten days ago whether or not I’d make it to this point, that’d be a big, definite NO. And here’s something funny that’s come along with it… my face. The oiliness. It’s retreating. Have cigarettes been the culprit all along, or is it that I’ve gone back to using witch hazel as a toner… or both? Either way, I’m not complaining.

Every morning when I come into work, I have to readjust my chair depending on which shoes I am wearing. Yesterday it was nice and high because I was wearing nearly-5″ heels but today I am wearing flats, so when I sat down this morning my feet barely touched the ground… like elation, but chair-induced.

Okay, so I’ve been using this AMAZING powder that I got in an AMAZING sample kit from MAKE UP FOR EVER – it’s their HD Microfinish Powder and I adore it. Come to think of it, maybe this powder is the reason my oiliness is retreating… whatever. It’s a mystery I’m not inclined to solve. This powder = dusted silk for your face. As devoted as I am to foundation, I could seriously put this on solo and be comfortable going out. Total 12/10. I also got a sample of their Smoky Lash mascara – I love the depth of the black, but I find the mascara really drying and irritating. It flakes all over my undereyes (which is a big no-no for me; my dark circles make it imperative that nothing else of a bruised coloration ends up there) and makes my eyelashes feel dry and clumpy, not soft and feathery. Because the color is so great, though, I’d give it a solid 6/10. The third MUFE product I received was an Aqua Eyes eyeliner pencil in Mat Black – penned as an eyeliner “formulated to glide on effortlessly and withstand the most extreme conditions, it stays put on eyelids without melting for precise application and intense color throughout the day,” I have to say they hit the nail on the head with that one. Remember that scene in SATC2 where SJP buys the kohl eyeliner at the shoe shop in the market in Abu Dhabi? And then she totally smokes out her eyes and almost makes you forget that she’s aged at all? Yeahhhh, it’s like that. Aiden will always make out with you if you wear this amazing, smudgy, darker-than-dark eyeliner.

Work is driving me absolutely batshit insane today and I’m working through lunch, so I leave you with this:

You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. [Steven D. Woodhull]

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. [Antoine de Saint-Exupery]

In a continuance of my weeklong Harry Potter mania, I played with green. Well, I wanted to play with green, didn’t have enough green, and then called in the help of a friend, who brought me an ENTIRE BAG OF GREEN! Oh, the joy. Colors used are [base: Urban Decay Green Goddess], [innercorner: L’Oreal 936 Blackened Smokes Silver], [outercorner: Lorac Jade], [outercorner: Urban Decay Zero], [eyeliner: MAC pencil in black/Urban Decay Zero], [eyeliner: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in Loaded], [middleoflid: Urban Decay Graffiti], [waterline: MAC pencil in black/Urban Decay Zero], [mascara: Urban Decay Supercurl].

So here’s the beginning:

yes, i am as tired as i look! plain face.

And then we have to bring in the tools, so here’s my little brush basket of my favorite and most often used brushes, as well as the giant bag of GREEN, without which this post would not exist. The green smokey eye shown here took I think six brushes (or five? or six?), the products above, and five or ten minutes from beginning to end… but less than a minute to wash off completely so I could go to bed with the above clean face. 🙂 No makeup in bed! EVER! The day will never come that I am too tired or too drunk to wash my face before I go to sleep. Seriously. That’s so nast.

Okay, enough of that rant. Tools and green:

 

brushes!

bag of green!

So, Urban Decay Green Goddess to start, and that’s just on the mobile lid. Then I had the hard task of sorting through all the beautiful shades at my disposal to see which would blend best and easiest (I wanted this to take ten minutes or less!). The ones listed above made the cut, and so it began. I decided I wanted it to be moderately wearable, which to me translates into black eyeliner contouring the eye (which for me means ROUND!) on both lash lines and the water line, and then outwardly radiating shades of green, darkening in gradients from silver to black. I did not use a blending brush because it’s my humble opinion that a ring finger gives a much lighter touch and a much more controllable blending experience than any brush. I’m a huge fan of finger blending. It’s good shit.

Urban Decay Green Goddess and MAC black eyeliner pencil, only on upper and lower waterlines

Adding Lorac Jade to the outside

So here we go, ten minutes later and all done! I could totally rock this to see HP… too bad I’m team Gryffindor…

big green eyes

I have the answer. A co-worker gave it to me, and it IS the answer (second only to 42). If you have extremely oily skin, this is a possible solution.

A few notes: this is NOT for SLIGHTLY oily skin. This is NOT for COMBINATION skin. This is for people who can go through half a pack of blotting sheets in a day and still experience shine, and still have more oil to mop off their skin. This is for people who have oily skin to a definitively extreme extent. If you have normal, dry, or combination skin, this will dry your skin out to the point of flakiness.

These are the items you will need: a small tube of benzoyl peroxide (usually used as a spot treatment for occasional acne) and ibuprofen liquigels. Before trying this, I was already in the habit of using a thin layer of benzoyl over my face each night after cleansing to keep it clean and fresh; if you are not used to using this medication, keep in mind that it may cause excessive drying of your skin. You may also experience a stinging sensation over your face; I do NOT recommend this for sensitive skin.

Wash your face completely to remove all makeup, dirt and oil. Use warm water to open the pores, and pat dry. Cut the tip off one ibuprofen liquigel and squeeze approximately 1/2 of its contents onto your fingertips. Combine with a pea-sized dot of benzoyl peroxide. Mix together with fingertips and then dot over face before rubbing in. With time, this will gradually decrease your skin’s oil production (and may help clear up minor acne); allow at least a week for full results.

I started with this treatment just once a day, at nighttime before bed, and have gradually increased to using it at night and in the morning before I put on my makeup. A week ago, I was using up to 15 blotting sheets per day and still had residual shine. I had to use liquid foundation because I knew that any less coverage would melt off my skin with the oil, and I’d have to fully re-apply makeup at lunchtime. As of today, I am wearing only mineral makeup and have minimal, manageable shine through my t-zone, and I’m about to go to lunch without a touch-up.

As Charlie Sheen would say… WIN!