Practice Makes Perfect #3 – Eyebrows

Filling in your eyebrows is probably one of the most difficult skills to master when improving your makeup artistry skills, so it’s a given that even the best makeup artists started off with badly drawn/filled in eyebrows in the beginning. NikkieTutorials with her “sperm” shape brows is a shining example that always makes me laugh whilst also reminding me that improvement is always possible.

My eyebrows have never been horrible; they are naturally thick and never necessarily needed any makeup over them. (They still don’t, to be honest). But I wanted to learn how to do eyebrow makeup anyway if I ever pursue some sort of side career as a makeup artist. So I practiced on myself. And the results were…well…

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Makeup Playlist Faves #3 – ‘Kitten’s Got Claws’ by Whitesnake

Happy Friday, everybody, and thanks for checking out another song that gets me pumped for vanity time. This week’s pickĀ is yet another throwback for the week, this time to 1989 and (in my opinion) one of the better bands to come out of the 80s hard rock era.

David Coverdale is one of my absolute favorite lead vocalists even in the present. After singing for over 40 years not only for Whitesnake, but also for Deep Purple, his voice is still incredibly solid in the present. The band’s music alone is confident and sexy, which helps the confident vibes flow while I’m getting ready to go out for the night or just tackle the day ahead of me. (Not to mention this is just an awesome speeding song when you’re driving, as well…but I never said that.)

Oh, and the photo in my header that was the hint for today’s song? I’m wearing it in my photo from this past summer! That is a photo of my Whitesnake bandana which is tied up almost pin-up like in my hair. Think it makes a pretty cool background, too.

Anyway, keep rocking everyone, and see you all again on Monday!

Practice Makes Perfect: Eyeshadow Application

This week’s “Practice Makes Perfect” post is kind of going hand-in-hand with Monday’s post about my teenage makeup routine. Since I primarily focused on my eyes then, I had more eye makeup than anything else in my little (at the time) makeup carrier. Did I really know how to apply the makeup with tact, though? Absolutely not. As I also mentioned in my last post, I had no tools other than my trashy little foam applicators to use before I finally invested in some brushes.

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Teenage Makeup Days…The Horror

Saying that I “did my makeup” growing up is a loose statement; I pretty much only had a three-step process that REALLY didn’t look great. (That is also a very loose statement right there.) Not to mention that I had an extremely experimental period (albeit very brief) in junior high with way-too-chunky Egyptian eyeliner. Even once I got better, though I never reached the point of looking cracked out, my look took absolute zero skill.

A while back, I decided to recreate my look in high school and even my early days of college the same way I used to it back then. That meant no brushes, no eyeliner tricks, no foundation, no mascara…pretty much nothing except for three items. Ready for the big process reveal?

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Makeup Playlist Faves #2 – “Bitter Rat” by Kore Rozzik

Welcome back to my Makeup Playlist Faves! This week, I decided to feature another band that I’m friends with who are absolutely talented and going places (though slowly, but surely). Kore Rozzik is a raw hard rock/heavy metal band hailing from Queens, NY, and they will actually be on the road over the next couple months or so. If you like what you hear, make sure you catch them at Dirty Dog Bar on March 17 for SXSW, Stanhope House April 28, and at Rocklahoma May 26-28!

Can’t make it to a show? Have some links to their online pages and show them some love with your “likes” and follows!

Practice Makes Perfect: Winged Liner

“The formula for success is simple: practice and then concentration, then more practice and more concentration.”

When you scroll through beauty videos on Instagram (as I often do using that “Explore” tab), sometimes they make you think that those makeup artists with the perfect looks were always that talented from the beginning. However, I always find it to be a good thing when you can look back through older photos and realize just how much work you had to put in in order to enhance your skills. This is why I wanted to create this new category for myself. (Pay no mind to the awful brows on the photo on the right, since it was just one of THOSE days.)

I could begin with the “smokey” eye (more like the muddy eye) going awry, but that’s for another post. I just have to laugh and cringe a little at my eyeliner, since I’d recently began experimenting with winged liner at that time. I never quite steadied my hand then, so holy wobbly lid line that didn’t even make it down to the upper lash line!

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My Go-to Skincare Ritual (Featuring Some Vegan Goodies!)

Greetings again, all! And hopefully you’re all having a happy 2017 so far! I like to think that all of us make statements like we’ll make 2017 our year, but I hope to make that statement a truth. I have worked hard for the past year and a half to improve my quality of life slowly, but surely, and I only intend on trying to get myself where I want to be in other parts of my life which could use some advancement. Keeping my page updated is one of those, and I have been hard at work with my nose and pen in my three-ring binder drafting up new stuff for you guys; it feels great to be back.

Today, I want to let you all in on my skincare routine that not only works well for combination, sensitive skin, but that also leaves out all of that animal testing crap many of us do not enjoy about the beauty industry. While most of the beauty products I use on the daily are not necessarily vegan, I do my best to incorporate some amazing vegan products into anything involving beauty so I can share them with all of my vegan friends.

With that, let’s get into it! (I also split this into sections/steps for your enjoyment and ease.)