Lips...Sealed

I promised a post about makeup that lasts all day, but I'm making like The Parent Trap and splitting them in two and worrying about the other one another day. So today's post is about lip products that stay. First, it's a slightly dramatic retelling of my on-again, off-again history with lipstick, and then I'll talk about some products that are worth their weight in gold.

 

As you may already know, I'm a big fan of risk-takers . . . and though I may not be exactly Randolph Dupree-status at taking risks in life, I definitely practice being a risk-taker quite a bit with makeup—particularly lipstick. Whether it's swinging for the fences on an off-beat shade, using a product (for not its intended purpose) as lipstick, or just breaking traditional color "rules," I think it's fun to put on my hypothetical black, spiked choker and go rogue on the ole' lipstick stash.

However, I'm not quite as impressed when my lipstick goes rogue on me, and it seems like whenever I have an all-day event—for which I depend on my makeup actually staying where I put it—I pretty much always fall prey to the tricks of the stick.

Step 1: Apply lipstick. Look delicious.

Step 2: Arrive with bells on.

Step 3: Dining, dancing, and general merriment.

And then, inevitably, I pass by a window, outside of which, I see a woman with the same outfit on. Moving in exact synchronicity with me. Except that she seems to have hired the Joker to do her makeup.

And then Step 4: The sudden, sinking awareness that this is no coincidence.

It's a mirror. This is me. My lipstick has taken up residence on my chin and only about half of it remains remotely close to where it was originally applied. I may as well have just opened my lipstick and eaten it.

Step 6: Dig furiously in purse for reinforcements. If I haven't come prepared, then it's a game of dodging acquaintances and/or finding totally natural and nonchalant ways to cover my mouth for the remainder of the night.

 

Having suffered through many a night of ill-fated, jaded, and faded lip color, I've come to the unfortunate realization that lipstick, try as it might, is not the good gentleman Rick Astley.

It WILL give you up . . . and let you down . . . and run around (all over your face) . . . and, I guess not altogether desert you because it will just smudge off in some spots and then leave patches of itself elsewhere, but it would look better if it altogether deserted you, so yeah, it still basically screwed you over so, in sum . . . lipstick is the anti-Astley. Damn, you, anti-Astley.

 

The good news is that my days as the mid-afternoon Joker have come to an end because I've discovered liquid-to-matte velvet lip products. If you're unfamiliar with liquid-to-mattes, they are usually in a lipgloss-looking tube, and they go on like a gloss but dry to a matte lipstick finish. Genius.

And even more exciting—they're pretty much becoming Cher Horowitz-popular (my blog needs a Clueless reference count) right now, so there are a lot of different options from super affordable to super "luxury."

I used to lean on Lime Crime's Velvetines exclusively, but now, I've also found a number of highly saturated matte lipsticks that are tried and true and will stain your lips so fiercely you couldn't get it off with a Tide To-Go pen.*

*No, you I'm sure you could, but then you're likely to perish shortly thereafter, so please don't Mythbusters me on that.

 

First is the brand-new lip line by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I love this brand—most popular for its eyebrow products—and I love these colors, and I love this product.

$20 each, and I believe there are 20 colors. Unfortunately, more than half of them have sold out on the ABH website, but they are still available on Macys.com.

Next, my bloody Velvetines. :) Beloved.

$20 at LimeCrime.com, and they come in 10 different shades.

Velvetines are incredible, and they come in such fun colors—these ones are definitely the most tame (I dare you to try "Black Velvet"), but that's to be expected when your founder and CEO looks like this.

 

Kat Von D recently came out with a new line of velvet matte lipsticks called Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, and they are divine. Color for days.

These bad boys are $24, and you can find all 12 colors at Sephora or Sephora.com.

 

Lastly, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and DINAIR Pucker Ups. They're similar in size, texture, and consistency, but somehow, NYX totally dominates in my mind. They offer a lot more color options, and they're significantly cheaper. (NYX always seems to save the day with affordable products that are also nice and high-quality.) And a limited inventory of NYX products is now available at Target, so snaps for accessibility!

Pucker Up Lip Stains are available in four colors for $20 each at airbrushmakeup.com, and NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are available for $6 each in pretty much any color you could possibly want at a number of retailers, including NYXCosmetics.com, ULTA and ULTA.com, and NastyGal.com.

I know there are a ton of other similar products that are popping up everywhere, but these are just the ones I recommend.

Speaking of which, one line I really WOULD NOT recommend at all is the Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color. Oddly enough, Their lipsticks really aren't bad—they don't go on super easily, but they are matte, and they stay put—but this Liquid Lip Color is pretty miserable. I bought it a few months ago because I really liked the color, but I used it on myself and on a friend recently, and it basically felt like Flubber mixed with honey and toxic sludge. Really hard to remove and really uncomfortably sticky.

 

I'm going to peace out here because this got so much longer than I meant it to be—so sorry! Also, I just re-read some of it, and I'm no longer making sense in any capacity so thanks for hanging in there, champs!

I hope you found this helpful if you've been a victim of under-performing lipstick...or if you haven't been a victim but you want to experiment with lipstick...or if you're just looking for some good brands with staying power...or if you had no interested in the subject at all but were just really bored and decided to see this through to the end. Bless your heart. :)

Good night, lovely.

Georgia On My Mind

"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." -Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy new year, sweetness! I hope the universe presents you with many new and exciting opportunities, and I hope God continues to guide you and bless you all.

So 2015 is off to an amazing start. My big sister Shannon got married this past weekend in Savannah, Georgia, and subsequently, my light-of-my-life nephew got a new dad!! He was officially adopted by her new husband at the wedding reception. :) I can't even begin to explain how happy my heart is after this past weekend, and I'm pretty sure everyone involved is still on cloud nine as well—in fact, the newlyweds are probably on many clouds, as they're flying off into the sunset en route to their tropical honeymoon right now. Lucky dogs.

Everything about the wedding was beautiful in so many ways. My new big brother and my bestie little nephew were puttin' on the ritz in their matching tuxedos and bow ties, and my sister was a stone-cold fox in her mermaid gown and art deco-inspired jewelry strutting through historic Georgia . . . beyond gorgeous. I feel like there's an opportunity for a hybrid word in there somewhere. Georgia-gorgeous? Georg-eous? 

Regardless, it was all so incredibly perfect, and amazing, and happy that it hurts—literally.

We woke up with sore abs from laughing so hard, sore cheeks from smiling so much, sore legs from dancing so much, sore throats from singing our lungs out, and sore egos from not-quite-nailing our parts during our impromptu flash mob (our sisterly gift to the bride). 


 

I do apologize for "wedding" my pants over here, but I can't get over it—therefore, it's going to be the inspiration for my next three posts.

Tonight is just a quick peek at the makeup route I took for my bridesmaid glam, then next on the menu, I'll post the look I went for on my stunning little sister's face as well as some more bridesmai-keup. After that, I'll be posting about some different stay-all-day makeup products for events like this—I'm pretty sure the eyeshadow primer we used on Shannon isn't coming off till she bears her next child. 

Without further ado . . . 

 

Bridesmaid Makeup

Shannon gave her bridal party these adorable pink silk robes, "which I absolutely adore" (Shannon & Rachel will appreciate that line), and we all wore them the morning of the wedding while getting ready, so for the sake of a proper reenactment, I get a free pass for wearing it all day (again). I love it so much.

Also, we took some jumping-on-the-bed pictures in them that I'm super stoked to see. Naturally, I'll share them as absolutely soon as poss.

 

 lips and eyes:

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Eyes: LORAC Pro Palette (Cream all over the lid and Taupe & Mauve for the contour
with Espresso in the outer V) & Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes

Lips: MAC Lip Liner in Brick, MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger all over, and MAC Toxic Tale in the middle.

MAC Brick, Toxic Tale, and Lady Danger

MAC Brick, Toxic Tale, and Lady Danger



More to come. Standy by. :)

XX

Hey, Sugarplums!

 

I'm working on some actual blog content for you (bet you didn't expect that!), but first, it would be weird not to acknowledge the fact that Pretty Much has been comatose for near-about a month, so I feel like we need to get reacquainted.

 

I know I've abandoned my post (literally), and I'm so sorry, (then again, I think we were all in desperate need of a Ross-and-Rachel style temporary break after my crazed Halloween frenzy). 

The reason I've gone AWOL is because it's been a pretty crazy month, both at work and at home.

In addition to the usual glorious chaos of life, I've recently taken some sage advice from Aaliyah and adopted a "new position, new position" at work, so that's claimed a lot of extra brain capacity.

Also, Kyle + I are very excited to call ourselves new home-owners! (almost) "Finishing touches" seem to be taking forever, but we will be in in just a few short weeks! It seems we're growing up. Didn't see that one comin. And along with the house comes a brand-spakin-new makeup lair! Pictures to come. 

So in short, all of my creative attention has gone to new projects (weddings, babies, house, work). I've missed the blog so much, though! So I'm attempting to squeeze out whatever creative juices I have left in my brain to pour into my cozy corner of the worldwide web. Slightly graphic—sorry if that created a weird visual.

 

Life has been moving obscenely quickly lately, but at the same time, life has been so good to me, so I'm very, very grateful. Good energy all around. I just always think it's important to make time, no matter how little you have, for the things you enjoy and the stuff (people, passions, spirit) that's important. 

That's all for now. I had my poor Keurig hustling so hard today to keep me awake, and I do believe my BCC (blood coffee content) undoubtedly topped uncharted territory—caffeine, how I love you—but now, sleep is desperately trying to seduce me, and I don't think I have the willpower to deny it, so I'm officially surrendering.

 

Good night, loves.
Xx

 

Lazy Lazarus & Miscellaneous Things

Hello, honey drops!

It is blustery as all hell outside today, but what is REALLY BLOWING MY MIND is that it's already November!! I feel like I just started adjusting to the fact that it's not summer anymore! Time, you sneaky little devil.

Really quickly, I just want to apologize for my absentee-ism this week. I started off October super strong with roughly ninety-million different costume makeup looks, and then I kind of pulled a Lindsay Lohan: rode that success for as long as I could, gradually faded into obscurity, and now I feel like I need to do something actually worthwhile again, so this is my "Lazarus Rising" moment. I'm back from the dead. 

And speaking of the risen dead, I hope everyone had a frightful and delightful Halloween. My 31 costume makeup looks for my countdown to Halloween has come to an end, and everyone is probably breathing a sigh of relief as that was starting to be a little much, I'm sure.

If you're not sick of them yet or if you missed them altogether, you can click on the gallery below for a recap!

 

So Halloween was a great time, and if you saw my day-of Halloween day post, you already know I had no idea what I was going to be, and if you're curious about whether I was able to whip up something makeup-y and crazy, my costume reveal is going to be super disappointing. 

You'd think that after all that makeup I did all month long I would've gotten some sweet makeup inspiration for an awesome Halloween look, right? 

Wrong. I actually went as Clark Kent.

I did 31 makeup looks for the 31 days of Halloween . . . all kinds of makeup . . . all colors of makeup . . . all makeup, everywhere, all the time . . . I was a makeup machine . . .  and then I end up going as a dude. Classic Jessi.

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But onto more interesting things, the winner of the Drop-Dead Gorgeous Halloween Face-Off was my little pregnant sister :) So she gets a little swag bag full of samples of some my favorite makeup products. 

I'm Here for the Boos

It's here! And I've had such a busy week that I still haven't bought any candy or even . . . found a costume. *hangs head in shame*

I know you're probably like . . .

 

. . . since I've been on this month-long costume marathon binge, but now I'm fresh out of ideas.

So that kind of backfired. 

 

 

Anyway, I have nothing of substance to say regarding any makeup or beauty tips, so I'll make like the headless horseman and cut myself off here. (ya like that? :) )

I just wanted to wish all my "boo"s a Happy Halloween! 

OH MY GOTH

Bloody hell; I think we've got us a contest goin' on. :)

I've talked to several boo-tiful (<- how cheesy & cliche was that?) specimens who want to try their hands at some glam, gory, and gorgeous costume makeup looks, and I WANT TO SEE THEM ALL because I'm greedy like that. 

So I present to you the: 

All you have to do is send Pretty Much your photo one of two ways

  • On Facebook, just send Pretty Much a message with your photo, or 
  • On Instagram, hashtag your photo with #PrettyMuchFaceOff 

The winner will be announced on Halloween and will get a little swag bag full of samples of some of my favorite beauty products. 

 

I can't wait to see what you all come up with! Now go make a face! 
Xx

Full-On Monet

Morning, guys, and happy Hump Day! 

If you recognized the title of today's blog post to be a line from "Clueless," then you are totally hero status today! :) 

I chose that title because it seemed especially relevant to the costume look I did last night.

Admittedly, it was a bit of a half-assed effort. I had already showered but was feeling pretty restless and wasn't really in the mood to continue watching the snotty 21-year-old that was on House Hunters.

So I sauntered into my lair to try my hand at some Wicked Witch makeup. Pretty tame. Pretty standard. I'll share it nonetheless. 

Be warned, it's a full-on Monet.

What's that? 

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 A full-on Monet :  when . . . 

The green is really splotchy, blotchy, and uneven. I guess doing your makeup in a dim room isn't real helpful.

 

 

I noticed the splotchy-ness in the pictures right away, so I did a little more blending, so it was . . .

 

 

I kind of wanted to go into the bedroom to approach Kyle just to be like . . . 

But I feared it would be far too similar to this exchange . . . 

. . . or worse . . . 

 

In terms of the makeup, it could've gone better; it could've gone worse.
But hey, "at least I didn't skin a collie to make my back pack."

Sugar Skulls

What's up, sugar? :) 

A few of my friends came over the other night for wine and general merriment, and one of the girls had sent me a screenshot of a sugar skull Halloween makeup look from Pinterest and encouraged me to do it. I told her to bring her face to me, and I would.

Done deal. 

We had a little too much fun with this one, and a few glasses (okay, fine, bottles) of wine in, we thought it would be a good idea to go into our bedroom and try to scare Kyle with this at about 12:30 am. He was none too thrilled. 

Also, I had Keri take the pictures herself so there were a few hilarious mantle-worthy outtakes littered throughout my photos that I refuse to ever delete. 

We wanted to incorporate some fake blood, but I didn't think it went with the pretty pinks in Keri's look so I did another one on myself later on.

And yes, after we were finished, we just sat on the couch like this and talked for the rest of the night. Pretty standard girls night, right? :)

Fancy Face Friday

Praise and thanks giving; it's another Friday night in October. <3

Just a heads up, Fancy Face Friday this month is probably most likely going to be costume makeup turned up to 11. I hope that's okay with you guys. 

On the menu for today is Maleficent and random mermaid. I decided to lump them together since they both required green skin, which isn't really something I often sport. 

I put my falsies on really lopsided and sloppy—slop-sided, if you will—so I could barely keep my eyes open, they just felt so heavy on me. Try to look past it :)

Mermaid Makeup

Have a lovely weekend, my pretties!

Black Swan

Who's going a little cray with this Halloween costume makeup business? 

Guilty as charged, but in my defense, having a makeup blog, a deep love for October, and not much in the arena of "self restraint" makes for a pretty rough combination.

I had a request for Black Swan costume makeup, and I was super stoked to try it out.

I did the White Swan and the Black Swan, and the Black Swan was by far the creepiest thing I've ever done to my face (aside from my stint with headgear braces—gonna take a lot to top that one), but O-Mar Epps was it fun :) 

Without further ado . . . 

I need to quit saying this, but I WISH YOU COULD'VE SEEN IT IN REAL LIFE!! Glitter city up in here, (and yes, it was a b* to clean off—I'm still scratching glitter off my neck). The photos just aren't cutting it. My brows were gold, my skin was iridescently glittered, my contour was a gold shimmer eyeshadow, and therefore, my entire face was sparkling like a dang Cullen—felt like a walking chandelier. 

As I've said before, shimmer/glitter always gets lost in photos, much to my dismay, but still, it was pretty fun. 

Cue the Black Swan . . . 

I don't know that I did it justice because I think the real thing is more intricate (and quite a bit blacker), but I had a blast doing it. #longliveHalloween

Hope you enjoyed it, loves! If you have any ideas or requests, feel free to leave a comment below! 
 

Xx

Hey, Doll Face!

Ready for some super simple doll makeup?

Right off the bat, I'm just gonna tell you I was going to use white face paint to create some shiny spots and look really porcelain, but I wasn't feeling QUITE that ambitious. Plus, I've got the entire rest of the month to amp up the drama so I'll just use that as my excuse.

Crucial to the look: False lashes on top, drawn-on Twiggy-style bottom lashes, high-but-SOFT-curving brows, Barbie pink lips (accentuating the cupid's bow), and two prominent circles of blush. 

I want to do another style of doll makeup (more of an exaggerated porcelain doll) as well, but I'll save it for later. :) 

Key Products:  Red Cherry False Lashes, EyeKandy Sprinkles in Tootie Fruitti, MAC Candy Yum Yum and Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color in 924A HyperPink

 

Have a wonderful day, doll face! 

Wonder Woman

Long live Halloween!! I've got more costume makeup ready for your viewing pleasure.

My sister currently has a small human nesting behind her belly button, and she's been feeling a little sick lately so—since she's quite a wonderful woman in real life (and since I wanted to steal some sister time)—I decided to dress her up like Wonder Woman on Sunday. 

Wonder Woman Makeup

Pretty much a dead ringer, right? :) 

Thanks for letting me steal your face, Rae! 

Wonder Woman Makeup


Costume Makeup Continued

What do a corpse bride, a lion, and a pinup girl have in common?  Not much, if I'm being honest. But NOW they do because they share a post on my blog. Hey, look at that. 

Let's get stahhted. :)

Inspiration . . .

Execution: 
(minus the blue hair)

Corpse Bride Makeup

Also, my poor friends were probably terrified when I snapped them this photo. 

I also think I look somewhat similar to the Genie from Aladdin. 

And then, I toned the brows down JUST a bit (but still used the exaggerated kind of comic-strip-y shape for this (super easy) lioness look. 

Lion Makeup

My liquid liner supply took a beating after those first two looks.

Then on to my pinup girl look. 

Pinup Makeup

If you're wondering why the lighting looks different, then a) You've got some eagle eyes on ya—kudos for noticing, and B) I always try to use natural light whenever I can, and this was a little later on in the day. It's also to blame for the lower quality of these shots. 

Fancy Face Friday (on Steroids)

To the Aaron Samuels of the world, I'll help you out . . . 

It's also Friday, and that's rather exciting in itself. :) 

Today's post is going to be pretty short and straightforward (and slightly weird)—it's that Queen of Hearts costume makeup look I promised you. I did it earlier in the week and forgot to post it. #offwithmyhead

I've posted a rendition of this before for a bachelorette party, but it wasn't all that crazy, so I went a little harder on this one. 

I look a little "wild-eyed and crazy" because (well, obviously, I'm dressed as a mad-woman, but also because) I looked like a harlequin/clown when I smiled because of the turned-up-to-11 lips and crazy eyebrows. I must suffer from bitchy-resting-face because I look pretty evil—as evil as a person whose face is painted into a heart can look anyway. Also, I made my eyebrows point upward so that always helps with the villain factor.

Also, queens wear mini top hats, apparently. You'll have to excuse my makeshift costume. It's a pretty sorry excuse for royal garb.

And instead of "painting the roses red," I legitimately painted my eyebrows red for this.  

And again with the no-smile. ICE COLD!

I kind of want to do a mad hatter makeup look because it would require me to go totally balls to the wall and get super color crazy, but I might hold off on that because I feel like I need to get out of the Alice theme. I just wanted to do a couple of looks quick since it's so whimsical and Halloween-y. 

I'll post product details on this Queen of Hearts look (and the Alice look from earlier in the week) later, but I don't quite have the time right now because I'm late, I'm late for a very important . . . high school football game. :)

Happy weekend-ing!

Xx