Holiday makeup ideas: green eyeshadow

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And for the last difficult to easy, holiday makeup transformation, I take on the green eye shadow. Which after blue, is the hardest color to wear sometimes (blue eye shadow will forever be the most impossible color to wear!). Green eye shadow by itself is just not that fun.

Thrift Eye, L'ancome green eye shadow, Benefit Hello Flawless foundation, Benefit They're Real mascara, Urban Decay Glide on pencil, L'oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum, nye makeup, new years eve makeup, holiday makeup, green eyeshadow

Using a L’ancome sample palette for eye shadow that my sister gave me (came free with a purchase). Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation and mini They’re Real mascara. Urban Decay’s Glide on pencil. And L’oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum (the lipsticks in the Infallible line are THE best long wear lipsticks I’ve ever tried).

The trick here is that when you have an eye shadow that has a metallic tint to it, you can gently dip your brush in a little bit of water. This has a few positives to it – it intensifies your color, making it more rich and metallic, but also it makes the shadow last longer! I thought adding black eyeliner would also make the green more fancy for a night out, especially for a NYE party! In hindsight, I probably should have used a red lipstick instead of this dark plum one, but oh well.

Thrift Eye, L'ancome green eye shadow, Benefit Hello Flawless foundation, Benefit They're Real mascara, Urban Decay Glide on pencil, L'oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum, nye makeup, new years eve makeup, holiday makeup, green eyeshadow

Thrift Eye, L'ancome green eye shadow, Benefit Hello Flawless foundation, Benefit They're Real mascara, Urban Decay Glide on pencil, L'oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum, nye makeup, new years eve makeup, holiday makeup, green eyeshadow

Thrift Eye, L'ancome green eye shadow, Benefit Hello Flawless foundation, Benefit They're Real mascara, Urban Decay Glide on pencil, L'oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum, nye makeup, new years eve makeup, holiday makeup, green eyeshadow

Now…to figure out what I’ll actually do on NYE!

Holiday makeup ideas: purple eyeshadow

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Thanks for the great feedback on the other post – next, I thought I’d try an equally difficult color, purple! I used the same Nyx palette here to find the right purple.

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L’oreal shocking lengths mascara.

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara.

Purple alone looks like I got punched in the face, not quite the look I’m going for.
Thrift Eye, Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara, holiday makeup

I have this awesome purple liner in a Birchbox box a while back and have always loved it! So I thought the purple on purple would work well together. I also wanted to go with a berry color lip here to compliment the purple hues, I think it worked well together!
Thrift Eye, Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara, holiday makeup

Thrift Eye, Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara, holiday makeup

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Pink was a difficult enough color to wear, would you rock the purple eye-shadow instead? Maybe they aren’t your style? Wait til you see the next color I have up tomorrow!

Holiday makeup ideas: pink eyeshadow

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As the New Year approaches, I thought it would fun to play with some makeup again (you can see my past makeup tagged posts here) to explore some ideas on holiday makeup but also to challenge myself to use colors that are in my book, quite difficult to wear. So I will be experimenting with three different color eye-shadows, in this post I chose to use pink!

These warm colors are difficult to wear because it can easily turn into a look that says I’m wearing makeup for the first time or hey, I’m in the seventh grade wearing my mom’s makeup. Worse being that lately, I’m sooo guilty of wearing the same eye-shadow Monday through Friday for work! It’s a challenge to break out of your own box, but playing around with makeup is too fun to not experiment!

Here is my base face – foundation is on, under eye concealer applied, and eyebrows filled in a bit (if you’re dying to see me with no makeup, explore that makeup link in the first paragraph).
Thrift Eye

Sorry, had to capture this photo with my iPhone.
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, I used the far right color called Prune. Revlon Colorburst matte in Showy Flamboyante (heeey) #220. Benefit’s They’re Real mini mascara. And an older Urban Decay palette – I used the Half Baked.
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked

So as to try something new, I thought an exaggerated cat eye swoop just in the pink eye-shadow would be fun. But see how it looks kinda plain just as the pink color? That’s where adding the rest of the details really completes the whole look.
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked

Add a little bit of gold shadow to your lower lash line to get some contrast. A dramatic mascara makes your eyes pop. This one is new to me, I like to buy sample size mascaras at Ulta so I can find one I like without investing in a whole tube. Add and equally bright lipstick to compliment the eye-shadow and you’re set!
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked
Photos by Jorge Novoa

How do you feel about a pink eye shadow? Check back here soon so you can see my next color!

Gift guide for the responsible grown up

I feel like most wishlists I see floating around are more or less are things you’ll never really end up getting. I like to keep it super real on Christmas, and try to give people things I would enjoy receiving as well. The most expensive thing on here is probably the makeup or perfume. It doesn’t matter how much your presents cost, put some thought into making the receiver feel appreciated (like that one time I got a gift card to Hot Topic and I was like…..?)

All the items in guide are clickable! Hover over and click if you like!

holiday gift guide

–itunes gift card /google play gift card because they come in handy — A new book, reading is always good. This one is on my list — any Jo Malone perfume, they all smell like heaven — Urban Decay palette, maybe even the new coveted Naked 3! — Butter London nail polish because they are the best — anything Yes To Carrots — my favorite made in USA brand Splendid — Nars lip color –a fun pair of Happy Socks — best sleep ever, give a memory foam pillow — quirky Ikea bedding — beautiful Etsy prints, bonus points, give the frame too — Netflix subscriptions are always appreciated — useful and interesting magazine subscription — Gorjana jewelry which are always lovely and not crazy expensive — Moleskine notebooks to jot down ideas and dreams — Heifer International or Smile Train tribute gifts to help someone out in the world but also for those people who don’t need to receive another gift — CSA farm basket subscription, get local and fresh fruits and veggies — Rowan yarn for the crafter, the yarn to top all yarns — Govino “glasses” that are actually made of plastic but are awesome, I have two, and a few more would always come in handy for parties –

In the end, let go of the material world. I’m starting to see now that many of the best gifts are those that spark other ideas or cultivate interests you already have going on, but also valuable experiences that you’ll never forget, and some of those types of gifts don’t cost anything. Shoot, even offer to pay off someone’s library fines as a gift!

Halloween costume ideas: bloody ghost

I’m not typically one to lean towards the spooky costumes – I’ll leave the zombies, witches, and creeps to others. But I thought it would be fun to channel a ghost crying blood. If I still had my long hair, I would have made the perfect Victorian ghost – but I don’t, so I can’t. (sort of like when I wore this dress last Halloween!)With this costume, I also somehow end up looking like an Anime character that I can’t put my finger on!

Caution, keep fake blood out of your eyes obviously :)

Dress: Vince, thrifted (this one by James Perse is nice too!). My lipstick is actually a Benefit concealer!

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crying blood, crying ghost, bloody ghost, ghost costume, poltergeist costume, halloween costume,

Good luck walking around all Halloween with your eyes rolled to the back of your head though ;)