Well...here we are. Another Subculture palette review. This isn't going to be a typical review though. I'm going to interject some thoughts that I've had on my mind for a while.
I bought my Subculture palette myself. So this is my own money, it wasn't sent to me. The color scheme is unlike anything I've seen before. It arrived in one piece and not broken thank goodness because shit happens. You never know.
It's well past time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. I've had a lot of skincare posts and campaigns lately and I love skincare probably more than any other "thing" or "possession" I have. I also love makeup though just as much, and sometimes that line gets a little blurred. Makeup was what started this blog and this journey so just wanted to clear that up.
This time we're gonna talk about a product that I've actually been using for months. I kept waiting for everyone to start talking about it but no one ever did really. Or not that I've seen. I've only heard it mentioned a few times here and there. It's the Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze powder bronzer. Baked powder to be exact.
I've not done a foundation review in a while so let's talk about a new "drug store" one I picked up recently. I'm gonna be the first to tell you that I am not the biggest fan of Covergirl makeup. Nothing personal at all it just never has worked out for me. There will however be a special place in my heart for my first compact (and piece of makeup) which was from Covergirl. So there is that.
For the past year, Natasha Denona has slowly and surely taken the makeup world by storm with her eyeshadows specifically. Then she went on to release, God bless her, special palettes like the Star Palette was released around the holidays I think. Now she's released the Sunset Palette. Which as you can imagine with the name, is just a dream for warm, foiled, summer makeup. The palette doesn't disappoint for the group that loves a warm eye. It's beautifully laid out and the palette itself is sturdy and lovely with it's copper/bronze casing
The next installment of my Snapchat Filter Series is the Galaxy Mask. This isn't one that everyone would choose I'm aware but to me it just looked cool. Granted unless you've seen the filter people might not know what you are. So keep that in mind.
Getting straight into it. I use Milk Makeup Holographic Stick as my base. Which is a duo chrome cream. This whole look is going to rely on duo chromes, gliter, and pressed pigment shadows. You could actually do a lot more glitter than what I did. I just don't like putting too much glitter all over my face because it can be quite scratchy and also hard to get all that off. So I kept it on and around the eye lid.
The shadows I'm using in this are actually called Galaxy shadows from JD Glow. Pretty much all the shadows I'm using are from JD Glow cosmetics.
So for the pink and lighter areas like down the center of face, the forehead, and the outer areas of the mask is Pink Opal. Pink Opal is on the lips mixed with some gloss. For the purple I'm using Haze and Anomaly. Anomaly is mainly on the lid and Haze is around the eye. Atomic Pink is the pink on the sides of the nose and on the lower lash line as well.
For the constellations and starts I used a white gel liner. When in all actuality I should've just used my Ben Nye Aqua paint. Which would've made all the constellations thinner and not as large as how mine turned out. Of course if you had a super opaque white liquid liner that would work wonderfully.
My brows are basically not that defined, I just lightly filled them in with a brush. For extra sparkle I used MBA Cosmetics pressed glitter in Amethyst Moon, which is just a purple pressed glitter. A loose glitter would look great and work well but also other shades of glitter would look really good and more like stars like MAC Reflects Pearl, Violet Voss Wendy, so on and so forth. If you wanted to be extra you could also use really small rhinestones as well, sporadically. I also used some NYX Vivid Bright liquid liners in a lavender and cobalt shade for more dimension and extra "stars".
This one is easy if you have the correct shades, you definitely need some sort of duo chrome for the base of the mask and then just shimmer shadows will work after that. So even if you just have a duo chrome pigment or eyeshadow, as long as it's over a cream base and a light shade, it should work just as good.
I definitely recommend using a gloss that either is 90's Clueless frosty or just a regular gloss and then mixing in a frost eye shadow.
So stay tuned for some more looks in the Snapchat Series!
I am in no way, shape, or form, an expert or pro at Special Effects makeup, makeup artistry, Halloween Makeup, or Body Painting. HOWEVER, the plus side of me being not a pro is that I know what it's like to be a beginner and wanting to venture past the face paints in the Halloween aisle at Walmart (not hating, because some of them I do use as a base). So really just in the last two years is when I started looking at other brands and places and figuring out what does the best for me. So I do have some tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way.
Don't disregard how useful actual makeup can be. For instance the NYX Jumbo Pencils are really good bases and there have been several times that I've used NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil as a white base for my entire face just make sure you set it with powder though heavily because it is a cream, it will heat up and smudge and move. So when they go on sale for buy 1 get 1 half off or whatever at Ulta I jump on that. They're great bases for eyes but also good from an artistry stand point. Also my go to, ride or die, ace, number 1, thing I use for detailing is liquid liner and my preference is Ardency Inn Punker Liner that is waterproof. I have an affiliate code I'll leave it below if you want to use it in the future to save some money. They are so good to me they know how much I love it and keep me STOCKED. I believe I have 3 right now. Keep in mind I use it EVERY TIME I do a themed look for Halloween, Snapchat Filter or whatever. Plus liquid liner is the absolute best for Leopard or Cat looks. It makes life so much easier in my opinion. Another thing I really like is contouring, no matter what color you need, with eyeshadows and a tapered contour brush. Also for shading and bringing dimension to things you've drawn to make them appear to be "on top of the skin" it's easier to use matte eye shadows that you have and brushes to shade. A really good person to watch for stuff like this and all around general bad ass-ness for Body Painting and Makeup Artistry is Jordan Hanz. She does 31 days of Halloween tutorials, she's a stickler for details and she's honestly taught me so much because she explains why she does this and that. I'll link her youtube channel here.
What to buy. I'm gonna tell you if you're going into this as a person who's gonna do this more than just once a year buy some palettes. Get a Mehron palette. I have one that I got off Amazon from Mehron it wasn't expensive I think it was just $25 at most. It has 8 really good sized water activated paints. The second thing is a grease paint palette, or cream paint palette. Whether that is the Make Up For Ever flash palette, Color Wheels from Ben Nye are also a good choice and much less overwhelming and more cost efficient, iMagic also has a flash palette that I actually have as well and I have no complaints about it. It's available on Amazon and it's definitely the cheapest but looks dead on for the Make Up For Ever flash palette. I prefer to buy palettes that are primary and secondary colors which is bright colors like your basic blue, green, red. white, black. purple, so on so forth. Then if you want to get into flesh colored ones later you could but I'd rather buy those as singles or just use my RCMA palette. That's just me though.
Now if you aren't sure you'd use that and don't want to have palettes just kicking around not being used I recommend getting single paints from Frends Beauty by brands like Global Colours, Ben Nye, Kryolan, etc. They have plenty of options and you're probably looking at like a $7-$12 price for one single color. If you don't already know you can sign up for a free membership with them and always get 10% off your purchase (no I'm not affiliated, I just try to save you all some money). Also Snazaroo has even more afforable single paints and palettes on Amazon.
Water Activated vs Cream Paints. THIS..........took me a while to figure out my preference. I went for cream when I first started because I was more comfortable with that and I knew they would be full coverage. HOWEVER, I found that I prefer "water activated" paints much more because they can be very full coverage, the products lasts longer, and they dry down matte and don't have to be "set". You can also go over any patchy areas with a cream paint if you want more coverage. Or a lot of times you can "highlight" with a cream paint. Like if you painted you're whole face or body a cobalt blue, you could go over it messy like with a sky blue or a paler blue cream shade and that would bring your look from a flat one shade, to a more dimensional base without really having to do much like shading and what have you because you would already have that going on somewhat. It's all personal preference though, just remember to set the living crap out of cream paint with powder. Preferably a powder that is the same color as your cream paint. Just for that added color.
Reference Picture. Whether you're re-creating an artist's work (by the way always give credit for that, it's just polite), or a drawing, cartoon, comic book, what have you. Have a picture nearby, pulled up, so you can look at it quickly and look often so that you know you're on par with what you're doing. Also, it'll make it easier for you to find places or ways to make the look you're own if you want to change it up, if space is an issue. For example I just did the Bride of Frankenstein and I had a reference picture for the stitches but it didn't mean that I did every single detail like the picture. I made it my own by choosing to add in eyeshadows, a sculpted brows, ombre lip but still keeping to the traditional stitch line, screws on the temple and the major identifiers that signify that "yes, that is a Bride of Frankenstein look".
Buy separate brushes for artistry and special effects like blood or whatever. This isn't exactly necessary it's just my preference that I find has made things easier for me. I buy actual art brushes and I also buy separate sponges. I get the sponges on the stick in the craft section even. They make for really great "texture looks" with water activated paints. The synthetic artist brushes work really well with fake blood but it's almost like a putty so it can ruin a brush if you aren't careful to wash it pretty quickly. I don't use these brushes for blending or shading with powders just when I'm dealing with water activated paints or sfx products like blood, dirt, mud or whatever.
Using adhesive. I apply adhesive with a disposable wedge sponge. If I didn't have liquid latex or something I've used eyelash glue several times and it works really well for minor things. It's not gonna hold very heavy things but for my Pearl Mask I used eyelash glue and it done well. Liquid latex is a bit more stout. If you are allergic to latex you can use gelatin, makeup wax, spirit gum. Some people use Elmers Glue or white glue. To each their own I guess. Also when using it, try to work in small sections. For instance if you want it to look like skin is peeling or whatever take tissue paper and tear it into little pieces, then glue it and then paint it. You may have to add glue over top of it before you paint it. For textured looks or building up features like more prominent cheek bones, or a large swollen bruise use torn cotton and work in layers: glue, apply, glue, apply, glue, apply till you get the shape and height that you want.
Don't be afraid to use blood. Blood is very cool to work with and it can take an "ok" scary/gory look and turn it into a more detailed real like effect, that looks far more detailed and complicated than what it actually is. The best thing I ever bought was Ben Nye Thick Blood that I got from Frends Beauty, it's very much like a jam/putty texture and I love it. I also use regular ol' vampire blood from the halloween aisle at Walmart when I need a thinner blood to run, or splatter, or whatever. If you don't want to go that route another thing that I used to do is start with a black shadow for the center of the cut or whatever, then use a burgundy shadow around it to show irritation to the skin, then start adding red liquid lipsticks in different shades, red cream lipsticks to add different texture and then glosses to give the bloody effect and it worked just fine.
So those are all my tips. I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween. I'm gonna leave some of my fave looks from this year at the bottom. Enjoy!!
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So, I know that people have been re-creating Snapchat filters as makeup some. Nikki Tutorials has done some, I seen in Glamour where a whole fashion show used Snapchat Filters as their makeup inspiration. I thought it was so cool, and even though I'd done a few in the past I really wanted to step it up though for Halloween. Mainly because, these would be so cool for a group of friends to do for a party or maybe an at work theme for you and your co-workers to do for Halloween if you get to dress up. A lot of them are really easy to do. So I wanted to do this, then I asked my friends to let me make them into some filters as well, and then I tagged some of my makeup friends to try it too.
So I'm just gonna start with the actual ones I done for Halloween, not the ones I had done previously. My first one was the Blue Butterfly mask filter. I actually went a little extra though and bought some blue butterflies to stick on my face. Which made this super easy. Plus they were super inexpensive, I got them off ebay.
So for the blue mask. It was so easy and you didn't have to be really careful and detailed with it. I used Ben Nye cream paint in blue with a regular wedge sponge and applied it all over the face as the base. Then I set it with Neptune shadow from Makeup Geek.
The mask also has a super highlighted and shiny look. so I used a few different duo chromes. Starting with the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick which is a duo chrome it self. I went over it with Makeup Geek duo chromes in Sugar Rush that has a teal duo chrome, and then Black Light duo chrome that has a purple-y blue duo chrome. I mainly went around the edges and then down the nose with this.
Around the eyes is super smokey with black shadow. Not precise at all. Just very blown out. I actually already had a shadow on so mine doesn't look as black as I wanted but I did use Corrupt from Makeup Geek over top of it. Plus, I added lashes. I didn't even worry that much about brows. I kinda defined them some just so they wouldn't get lost but I didn't sculpt them.
Next up, I used Tarred black lip liner from OCC to darken the the outer parts of the lip. The only blue lip color I had was Bondi Beach from Ofra which is a bit brighter of a blue. So I needed a darker lip liner to make this work. However, if you have Echo from KVD that would be perfect.
I used Ardency Inn Punker Liner for the two little butterflies that I drew myself. Use my code "LOVEMASCARA" for $$ off your purchase if you want to. Then I just glued on the butterflies for the final 3d effect.
This was super easy. I love messy looks that don't require a lot of thought, or precision with them because it's very hard to mess those up. You could use blue paint from Walmart Halloween section even. I get my Ben Nye paints from Frends Beauty because they offer so much for SFX, not just Ben Nye. They have Mehron, Kryolan, Temptu, etc. So depending on how much you want to invest you could get a few colors, a color wheel or even entire palettes. Sign up for their free membership and you get 10% off your purchases.
So stay tuned for more Snapchat Filter Makeup and if you re-create any then feel free to tag me because I'd love to see it! My Instagram is @lovemascara and my Snapchat is: loveandmascara follow me on there as well, I do a lot of tutorials and mini reviews.
I hope to see you try some of these and keep an eye out as I add to the series through out the month.
It's football time in Tennessee!! Time for parties, cookouts, and tail-gating. Which means you, my friend, are gonna need makeup that will hold up through all the festivities. So I'm bringing you some sweat-proof, cheer proof, food proof, drink proof, etc makeup that will last you to the after party.
First up you're gonna want your base to be prepared for a full day of talking, cheering, hugging, possibly fighting (just kidding that's bad sportsmanship), and so on. So I would choose a great basic moisturizer with no extras and for that I go with Sanitas Oil-Free Moisturizer. This works for all skin types including dry. It's not going to add extra oil to your foundation or change the finish of it and that's why I like it.
Next is primer, obviously. However, picking the correct primer is essential so there are two that I'm gonna include. First is the Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer if you have combination/oily skin. Second is the Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer if you have normal, dry, or noticeable pores and texture. I don't recommend it for the oily skin types because the silicone in it can cause the oil production to be more noticeable in my opinion.
For foundation I have two as well. For combination/oily and also normal skin I would go with ABH Foundation Stick. It's super light weight. It's a drier formula that doesn't get super dewy or transfer and it's good medium but build-able coverage. For those who need more coverage I would totally go with the Milani 2 in 1 Conceal and Perfect foundation. It super full coverage and it looks beautiful. It's quite thick in formula but it covers nearly everything so you won't have to touch up near as much and you won't need a ton of concealer either.
Speaking of concealer there's really only one I recommend and that's the Lancome Effacernes Waterproof concealer. This is specifically for the under eye but I would think it could be used on the rest of the face as well. It's waterproof and it does not budge guys. It's not thick and cakey, it looks beautiful. I recommend this for anytime you need your concealer to do work for you all day long.
For powder I really recommend baking and for baking I only use RCMA No Color Powder. It's the best, it's affordable, and by baking your makeup it just locks it in even more and makes it nearly bullet proof.
For eye shadow primer there are a couple I like which is Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer and the Benefit Stay Don't Stray eye primers. For glitter I use the NYX Glitter Glue. I think game day's are always appropriate for glitter, by the way. As far as shadows go I like super pigmented shadows that won't have fall out as the day goes on, so you don't have to worry about cleaning it up all the time. So Makeup Geek is my first choice and then Juvia's Place.
For liner definitely get a smudge proof and waterproof liquid or gel liner. I love MUG Immortal Gel Liner, Ardency Inn Punker liquid liner (my code LOVEMASCARA will get you 15% off), and Colour Pop Swerve gel liner. I don't recommend crayon liners or putting it in your water line because it'll end up in the corner of the eye in no time flat. If you are going to do that though take a mirror and the liner with you because you will need to touch it up often.
For mascara use a smudge proof and preferably water proof one (keep in mind that waterproof mascara is quite hard on lashes so I don't wear it unless it's an event). My fave is the L"Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous mascara.
Go easy with highlight unless you are incredibly dry with no texture issues at all and then...go hard if you want. I find that as the day wears on the more intense highlight can look and while that's cool it can also magnify pores. So I would go with a subtle highlight, if you want to highlight at all mind you. I would probably use Laura Mercier Baked Highlight in 01. You could also go for a matte highlight which doesn't "glisten" but still gives that "lifted" effect and use Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam.
As for bronzer/blush/contour. Use whatever doesn't oxidize on you and keep it pretty neutral. Again though, baking will really help lock in things like contour and what not. It's never a bad idea to take a brush so that you can blend out any patches you make get from touching your face in despair or stressful times during the game, etc.
For lips you can go two ways, 1). liquid lipstick that is a neutral color that when it fades off (cause it will) it won't look nasty or crumble while you scream at your team from afar. I recommend Tarte Nameste or ABH Stripped possibly. 2) go for a sheer tint that will wipe off easily but never noticeably. For this pretty much any of the Lancome Juicy Shakers would work, the YSL Tint Oils are also good or pretty much any tinted balm or sheer lipstick. However keep in mind if you are out in the heat, balms or lipsticks will melt. Even liquid lipsticks get more messy and even more liquid in hot packaging.
Remember to set your face, even if you don't think you'll need it, just do it. I like Ben Nye Final Seal, Blue Marbel Setting Spray and also the Urban Decay setting sprays in All Nighter and Chill. If you're super dry and get very patchy I would choose Chill from Urban Decay. Some of my oiliest friends though swear by the All Nighter and the Ben Nye. Blue Marbel and also Green Marble is often what drag queens will use and lets face it they're always fierce.
So as for makeup that's all I can offer you but whoever you're cheering on be safe and have fun!
Last week Ardency Inn sent me an awesome package of everything up above. They also made me an affiliate with them which I'm very honored that they wanted to do that. Basically I just wanted to give you an overview of their products because I've been using them for about 2 years and I really do love them.
I honestly don't even know where to start. So I guess I'm gonna start with what I know the best which is their eye shadows. They are Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment shadows aka: super intense. I have 5 shades all together. My favorites being Royal and Rose Gold. Royal is a gorgeous Royal Purple. It's a true purple not so dark that it looks black. The shade Rose Gold is a darker rose gold in my opinion with not a ton of pink in tone. The other shades I have are Peacock (duochrome of teal and red brown), Copper, and Sunday. Copper needs no description its straight up copper a light toned copper. Sunday is a true gold. All of these are wonderful, I've not been disappointed by a single shadow yet from them.
Next Punker Liquid Liner. I was running out of mine so I'm so glad they sent back ups. Not only is this a waterproof but it's jet black and very pigmented. Some liquid liners are not as opaque black they're almost sheer or too thin in liquid to where they run on you. So this doesn't budge, it makes a fierce wing, and I also use this in artistry for detailing or drawing for costume makeup or sfx makeup because this gives you a lot of control. It's also more of a matte black finish and not shiny black. Which I like.
They sent 4 Modster Supercharged Eyeliners. The colors are: black, gold, blue, and brown. I definitely wanted black to use in my water line. Everyone talks about how great it is in the water line. I find it is definitely the creamiest for the water line but it doesn't stay there. So if you're gonna use it for that then take it with you for touch ups much like you would with other eyeliners.
Next is the Modster Big mascara. I actually really like this! Typically I don't like many mascaras. I do like this one though. The brush is curved and quite big but I like how it builds up the lashes. I have short, thin lashes and this isn't clumpy or messy at all, at least for me.
I have two Modster lipsticks in shades: Valentine, and Love Cat. Valentine is a great warm rose neutral shade. Love Cat is a classic red. They feel great. As with any lipstick you'll need to re-apply as the day goes on but I love them, they're very pigmented and creamy, which is all I ask in a lipstick really.
Lastly I have a loose pigment in Friendly Fire. It's a white duo chrome sparkly shade. I love loose pigments, this is no different. It has a sifter which makes life so much easier. I'm SUPER pumped for this.
I'm gonna leave some pics below of me wearing some of the products. You won't be able to really tell with the mascara but hopefully other things you will. Some products I haven't gotten to use just yet but I will, trust me.
Here I'm wearing Copper on the lids and Valentine on the lips.
Here I'm wearing Modster Supercharged liner in Black and it's smudged out.
I'm using Punker liquid liner for that ferocious wing you see right there.
I used Punker liner for the drawing and also Royal eyeshadow for the purple in this "Suicide Squad" Joker look.
I used the Punker liner for the detailing and drawing of this "torn comic book" look.
Here I'm wearing Rose Gold shadow in the center of the lid.
This is basically all Royal shadow with some glitter over top.
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So I've already talked about the new Benefit launch of brow products in the last couple weeks. I did a more in depth review of the Ka-Brow product. So I'm not going to talk to heavily about that. I did get the Goof Proof pencil and the 3d Brow Tones though and I wanted to discuss both of those with you. For reference all 3 products are $24 each. There are roughly 12 products in the whole collection including tools, brushes and all.
First up lets talk Goof Proof pencil. This pencil on first glance is like a prettier version of the ABH Brow Definer. BUT on closer look it's not exactly angled, it's more diamond shaped kinda as opposed to triangular, with the longer part being the tip of it. I'm gonna get straight to it and tell you that I like this a lot. I think I like it a bit more than the ABH Brow Definer to be honest and I never thought I would say that. This is SO easy to sculpt the brows with where as the Brow Definer is so easy to fill the brows with and give some shape too but not harshly sculpt. This deposits color easier and the shape of the pencil stays pretty thin so it literally GLIDES on the skin. Where I feel like after the Brow Definer has been used quite a bit you have to work harder at getting it built up or shaped the way you want it. Now in saying that, I know this is called the Goof Proof pencil but I have gotten a little crazy with it and made mistakes, it's easy to clean up and it boils down to me not paying attention really. However, it does make brows easier and it's super quick and easy to blend out or clean up but just note it will very easily deposit color where you don't want it if you aren't paying attention. So I use shade 5 just like in the Ka-Brow. There are 6 shades so ideally I would like to see more shades but whatever. I think it's a really good product none the less. Plus the packaging for this entire collection was inspired by "magic wands" and lets just say...I have a Gryffindor scarf in my closet. Soooooooo.......well done Benefit, Well done.
Next up is the 3d Brow Tones. Now these come in 2 shades. I got shade 2 because it was lighter and I heard that if you wanted it to be more noticeable on the brows, to get the lightest shade (2) even if you have really dark hair. So that's what I did. It is noticeable, don't get it twisted it is noticeable when close up. Which you wouldn't want it to be noticeable far away. In pictures of close ups of my eye makeup I see it better than when I look in the mirror. I don't mind how it looks, I just don't feel that it makes it look any more dimensional or more natural looking which is what I've heard several people say that it does. Perhaps it does for them and that's awesome, for me however I don't view it as a game changer or really that much of a help. I like it and I'm gonna keep it but it's something that I sometimes forget to use or that I don't give much thought to. So it's neither here nor there for me. I think it's a very cool concept but it's just not "up-ing" my brow game for me like I thought and hoped it would. Also seeing as I got the lightest shade and it's just noticeable enough I'm guessing the darker shade wouldn't have been noticeable hardly at all in which case I would've been very bummed.
Lastly is the Ka-Brow which I've talked more in depth about in a previous post, which I will link here, so I'm just going to update you on it now. I still don't like the brush but I took some scissors to it and it's vastly improved. I still think it's great for sculpting a brow with a lot of detail. I prefer the Goof Proof to the Ka-Brow personally because it's easier to work with and easier to blend, but if you really want a pomade/gel/cream brow color I would still recommend this one.
So that's it. These are available online and in store at Sephora and Ulta. Remember to use Ebates and get you some cash back on your purchases, if you don't know what Ebates is I'll link that post here.
Promo codes for Sephora:
Till Monday July 11th, you can get 5 samples instead of 3 at check out and a medium goof proof is one of the options
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Code: Sparkle for 1 Summer Essential mini choose 1 of 4 options with a $25 purchase
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