Fall Faces

I'm seasonally bipolar right now—literally loving all things north & south, hot & cold, flip flops & knee-high boots.

I'm still kind of in denial that summer 2014 is in the books and on the shelf but simultaneously super excited for fall.

Because this is a rather glorious time of year.

 The leaves are being show-offs, pumpkin spice lattes are so high in public opinion they could run for president, and the weather is the perfect natural habitat for Husker tailgating and small-town football games . . . half autumn, half summer = all AU-SUM. Ya like that? :)

Fall Makeup Ideas

 

And along with the changing scenery & the discounted bikinis, autumn is ushering in new makeup looks!  

From copper-y lids, bold brows & pale complexions to berry, oxblood & plum pouts.

Oh fall; I'm loving it all.  On that note, here are some makeup looks to get you inspired. 

 

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Fall Makeup Inspiration

 

When it comes to plum and oxblood lips, my favorite liner right now is Nightmoth by MAC. It's delicious and it complements so many different lip colors. Here are just a couple of the looks I've done with it.

Both are kind of faded ombre's, but this first one is paired with MAC's Saint Germain lipstick, which is a pale pink with almost lavender undertones, and then . . .  

Pretty Much Lipstick Ideas

 

. . . here it looks totally different with a nearly-neon coral (Suedeberry Velvetine by Lime Crime)! It also looks kind of different because I was in natural lighting for one and not for the other. 

 

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PS Tomorrow's Fancy Face Friday will be fall-ishly festive. See you then!

Anastasia Contour Kit

Hello, hot sauce! I'm working on a product review for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit right now. So far "all good things, all good things." :) I'm especially liking Banana for highlight (top middle) and Fawn for contour (bottom middle). 

It was sold out for the longest time, so as soon as I got the email that it was back in stock, I snatched it up on the double. Stay tuned for a pictorial and more on my review.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit


Fox of the Week

Women in perfectly tailored menswear . . . perfection.

Women in perfectly tailored menswear . . . perfection.

It's WCW again, and our Fox of the Week is the ever-enchanting Emma Watson.

I. ADORE. HER.  

She's strong, confident, intelligent (she's a recent Brown University grad so I mean . . . Hermoine!), beautiful, "ladylike," and classy, and I love how she's unapologetic without being loud—it's very refreshing and endearing. She seems like an incredible role model for young girls because she's very secure and comfortable in her own skin (as she should be), and that's my wish for all women. 

Check out this BuzzFeed list of Emma Watson quotes. She's the real deal. Here are a couple of Emma gems below.

Emma Watson Quote
Emma Watson Quote

 

Beautiful, brainy, and blithely ignorant of the fact that she's a stone cold fox . . . yep, in love.

 

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And this photo is pure magic. #heartbreaker #1,000pointforGryffindor

 

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Eat your heart out, Weasley. 

Inspiration

I'm a very visual person I think.

I love (and envy) people who are very lyrical writers or speakers—mostly how they can paint these very vivid and tangible scenes just by stringing together the perfect collection of words—but there are times where images and photos just resonate with me even more. 

I used to create mood boards all the time; it's kind of a habit that's morphed quite a bit over the years, but it's something I still like to do from time to time to get inspired, and I felt like throwing some visuals together again today soooo . . . here's just a small collection of whimsical pretties that I was drawn to today.

Happy Tuesday, toots!

 

 

Xx

Morning, Gorgeous!

It's Monday, and I was going to pretend to be one of those "Yay, yay! Let's conquer the day!" sorts to give everyone a little Monday mojo, but who am I kidding . . . I'm just hoping to survive the day too.  You know when you have one of those weekends where you feel like you need another weekend right after it to catch up on the relaxation bit? That.

I realize I've been a total slacker lately on the blog, so I apologize. Things have been so busy lately, as I'm sure they've been for everybody, but I'm getting back into the swing of things so let's get right to it.  

So I got some new Eye Kandy products the other day that I'm kind of excited about, particularly these little Eye Kandy sprinkle pigment pots. It looks like the stuff cartoon fairies are made of or like something you'd find in a 10-year-old's pencil bag that they're using as a makeup bag to hold like 12 Smacker's lip balms. Don't let that scare you, though, please. Some of these pigments are very wearable. I challenged myself to the scariest-looking one to prove my point. 

Jellybean EyeKandy Sprinkles

The color I used is called Jellybean. I just wet my brush and applied it all over the lid. It's nice and sparkly in real life; I can't wait to start doing videos so you can at least see the shimmery-ness that you only get when there's movement in light. :)

EyeKandy Sprinkle Pigment Pots


EyeKandy Sprinkle Pigment Pots


There are 60 different colors, and my favorite one is a light gold one Honey Drop. The Sprinkle pots are only $7.50 each so not bad if you want to add a little va-va to your voom:) Check out all the colors here if you're interested! 

 

Have a good one, sweets!

Xx 

Reminder

This morning, I don't have any beauty tips or advice to offer. I'm sure I'm just one of the many millions who woke up heavy-hearted this morning, still processing the news of Robin Williams' death. 

 

It's indescribably heart-breaking that someone who brought so much happiness to people for so many years was holding in so much sadness and pain. I'll always remember Robin Williams—besides, of course, as Peter Pan, Euphagenia, Dale Putley, Keating, Alan Parrish, Jack, Genie, Sean, etc.—as an incredible soul with an infectious energy and . . . I think . . . a little bit of magic that lit him from the inside out. 

 

So today, I'm just sharing a few ideas I hold close to my heart and a few thoughts that warm it.

 

Be Kind
Gratitude
Matthew 28:20
Neverland

 

 

Jeremiah 29:11

 

Robin Williams: Thank you for the laughs. I hope your spirit has found peace. 

Excess Baggage

Good afternoon, fairest of them all—or as I used to think it was, fairest of the mall. :) 

I'm on the last leg of the plague, I believe! In a good, I-wiill-survive kind of way! I'm over the horrid, achy, is-this-real-life, kill-me-now stretch, and now I'm entering into the just-a-regular-cold phase so with any luck, I'll wake up to just your average coughing and a runny nose situation in the morning (fingers crossed)! :) 

I apologize for my lackluster blogging performance through this sick spell, but it actually did inspire my next post: How to get rid of under-eye bags, discoloration, and puffiness (with makeup and otherwise). Definitely getting a lot of experience with that issue lately!

In other exciting news, I'm getting a new camera within the next couple of weeks, so better photos and, with any luck, video tutorials!! I'm pretty excited. 

Now off to work on this de-puffing post:)
Xx

Monday

Good morning and happy first week of August!

I apologize for neglecting my post for the past couple of days. I've been deathly ill—slightly dramatic, but by "deathly ill" I mean "coughing, sneezing, aching, and wallowing in self pity while spending most of my time unconscious on the couch, interrupted only by a few blips of consciousness to watch House Hunters and Criminal Minds."

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I've been OD'ing on vitamin C and trying to get a ton of rest, though, so hopefully I'll have this "cold" turned into at LEAST a "lukewarm" in the very near future. *fingers crossed*

I'm not fishing for sympathy, I just wanted to let you all know that's why I've been dormant here on Pretty Much for the past few days. My apologies!!

And a little reminder / inspiration I stumbled upon and felt like sharing with my beauties. 

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And another theme to carry with you. 

Radiate it & have a lovely day.

Fancy Face Friday + Celeb-Inspired + Fox of the Week

We are a society of multi-taskers—a tribe of brush-your-teeth-while-you-shower, work-while-you're-eating, Pinterest-while-watching-TV, meditate-while-you're-driving (with your eyes open, please) breed.

It gets to the point for me where, when I have a day off, I don't quite know how to unplug, sit still, and just BE. 

I laughed out loud at this by myself for a minute.

I laughed out loud at this by myself for a minute.

. . . and I'm multi-tasking again right now because this very post is the stone with which I will hit three birds—my Fox of the Week look, my Celeb-Inspired look, AND my Fancy Face Friday look.

In my defense, I'm doing it so that I can get off my computer and go have a date night with my main squeeze :) So really, I'm just being resourceful, right? 

 

Olivia Wilde

 

Olivia Wilde, last week's Fox of the Week, is a makeup daredevil, and I absolutely eat it up. I was going to recreate the entire look, but since her eyes are very played down here, I didn't think that was fancy enough for Fancy Face Friday so I've come up with something that's half-celeb-inspired, half-Fox-of-the-Week-recreation, and ALL Fancy. Get you some. :)

 

MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum 

MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum 

I adore this lipstick. It's MAC's "Candy Yum Yum," and I will be posting the rest of the product details tomorrow, but for now, I think it's about time I back away from these glowing, magic boxes on my desk. :) 

Have yourself another beautiful, summer Friday night, beauties! Soak it up.

Take a Bow

We've safely arrived at another Friday!! Let us join hands and rejoice!  *confetti rain*

I will post a Fancy Face Friday look later this evening, but for now, a few wishes from the internet to usher you into another glorious, golden summer weekend. 

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Get it, girl! :)

The Devil Wears Pigment

Happy Thursday, y'all :) One more day and then, in the words of the one and only R. Kelly,  "it's the freakin' weekend, baby; I'm about to have me some fun." But first, a product review.

 

Today, I would like to tell you the tale of the eyeshadow that I didn't want to buy.

Once upon a timesuck on Pinterest, I stumbled upon a pin touting this L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow pigment in Amber Rush as "miraculous." 

The caption said something like, "This is the perfect eyeshadow! It's flattering for every eye color! It casts different shades based on your eye color! This eyeshadow is amazing. It saved my marriage. La la la."

(I might've overdone it with the marriage assertion, but it definitely smelled like the handiwork of an overzealous new L'Oreal employee.)

Unfortunately, I'm already one of those people who is easily persuaded by fancy claims and 2AM infomercials—hence my book collection of "Secrets Hospitals Don't Want You to Know." Basically, I'm one of those consumers that corner-cutting big wigs in marketing conference rooms love.

But over the years, I think I've curbed my gullible ways—or at least I try to be more of a savvy spender. Therefore, I sought out this eyeshadow with Grinch-like skepticism. 

 

I moved through the L'Oreal section with that "too-good-for-you" strut with which one would walk in 7th grade past a group of cute guys—excuse me, I'm super busy and important and popular and stuff and please don't notice that I love you.

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I've fallen prey to far too many makeup purchases that were ushered in with sterling reviews, but upon application, were underwhelming, at best.

In a nutshell, I know that old dog and pony show. I've bought too many pretty-packaged products that fall short. They're the Justin Biebers of cosmetics—pretty to look at . . . but basically just a waste of space . . . and should return to wherever they came from . . . immediately. 

 

So I'm strolling through the aisle nonchalantly with my nose in the air, and then I see it. 

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And I try not to look directly at it because, of course, there's a chance the makeup gods are sharks who can smell that gullible, good-little-capitalist vulnerability when you want a product, and then they target you and suck you right in. Just a working theory.

I have a gap in my schedule so I suppose I can evaluate you now.

Impress me.

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If I'm being honest, I fell in the love with the shade as soon as I saw it. I'm a sucker for rose gold so the "playing hard to get" was just more of a mental process to ensure I didn't make any rash decisions, but when I tested it on the back of my hand, I already knew it was game, set, match.

Like a trampy little club-hopper, I grabbed it, took it home with me, and wasted no time getting it on. (Too far?)

The verdict? I love.

Here's what it looks like on my green eyes. It's more shimmery in real life, but as I've said before, shimmer often gets lost in photos.

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And these photos below can vouch for it looking phenomenal on blue or brown eyes too!

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If you're sitting there like . . .

. . . they are just random girls on the internet who post their eyeshadows online like me. :)

 

I am really liking this pigment. It's a shimmery cream eyeshadow that goes on very smoothly and very vividly. I haven't had any creasing problems with it like I normally do with cream shadows, but I DID use a primer with it.

Bottom line: This little gem is a jack-of-all-trades because I think it's universally pretty—it should look good on anyone. Plus, it's $7 so it couldn't hurt to try, right?? 

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Have a wonderful night, my loves!! 

Double-Winged Liner

Having a fab Wednesday, are we, bloglets? As promised, I'm posting some more ideas on how to amp up your eye makeup game using double-winged liner. I think it adds just a little bit of an edge to the classic cat-eye so I've been doing it more often as of late. Pretty fun. 

As with pretty much all things makeup, there are several ways to do this.

Ready to be a wingman? :)

 

One strategy for the double-winged liner look is to wing out the top lash line AND the bottom lash line with liquid liner WITHOUT connecting the two. You'll come up with something like this. 

Double-Winged Eyeliner Ideas

Your top and bottom liner colors don't have to match, but just for the sake of contrast and visibility, I did black on both the top and bottom. I drew mine completely parallel, but you can also shorten the bottom wing and curve it downward, which creates for the bottom lash line what the cat-eye does for the top lash—a bit of an illusion of a fanned-out eyelash. 

BONUS TIP: When drawing parallel wings, I like to keep the bottom wing slightly shorter than the top wing to ensure the focus is still on the top lash line, which lifts your eye up and out. 

 

Another way you can double-wing it is with stacked liner.

I love doing this, and the cherry on top is that it's rather simple :) All I did here was draw my black cat eye with some black liquid liner, and then I just used a crystallized gold liner and drew an identical line just north of that. And by north, I mean above, not on top of. Think of it as STACKED, like in Tetris, not OVER TOP OF like a topcoat of nail polish.

I wish it was more intense in these pictures because, in real life, it's very noticeable, but as I've said before in my photography makeup post, you lose shimmer in photos. *Sadness*

Double-Winged Eyeliner Ideas

For this look, you WILL want to use two different colors of liquid liner because if you use two of the same color or two that don't have much contrast (like dark purple and black), you're obviously just going to come away looking like you just have really thick liner, and there will be no double-wing effect.

Also, the key here is in making sure the liners are completely parallel so it looks intentional, sharp, and modern, not sloppy.

 

Finally, if you didn't see yesterday's post, I achieved the double-wing yesternight by creating a separation between my cat-eye liner and the cut crease I built with my eyeshadow.

I call this one the "negative space double wing." And by "I call this," I mean "I just made that term up so I'm GOING TO START calling this the 'negative space double wing' because that negative space (the area without any liner) is what accentuates the double-wing."

Again, the trick is to keep the wings parallel. I apologize; in these open-eyed photos, you can't really see the "bald" area because my lashes are kind of in the way of the cut crease. 

Double-Winged Eyeliner Ideas

Also, I realize the eye picture on the bottom isn't great quality. I had to zoom in pretty far after the fact so we lost some picture quality, but I hope you can tell that the shadow doesn't go all the way down to the wing in the outer corners. That empty space is going to create the illusion of that double wing.

Go spread your wings!

MOTD

Happy Monday, sweet peas! All I've managed to come up with for today is a quick MOTD. Epic wedding weekend has ended, but now recovery mode has commenced. 

Today, I did a gold MakeupGeek sparkle all over my lids with a violet crease and MAC's Be A Lady and Be Fabulous on my lips. 

Tomorrow, I've got an Olivia Wilde makeup recreation look for you, along with a few tips and tricks.

Please forgive my horrid lack of ambition today. I blame the bride & groom. Sweet dreams, dollies!