Wet N Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick – Does it ‘MegaLast’?

People familiar with the beauty world know how liquid lipsticks blew up over the past year or two. Not only is there competition in the mid- to high-range brands, but even drugstore formulas are competing with the best. (This tends to make shopping for one much harder than it needs to be, at times.) So, how do they all measure up to each other?

This week, let’s break it down and take a look at Wet n Wild’s newest launch, their MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick.

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Oh My Dolly with NYX Lip Lingerie in “Corset” ombre

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Makeup Playlist Faves #4 – “I Want a Woman” by RATT


Oh, man. I love me some Ratt ‘n’ roll, especially when it’s vanity time. Picking two 80’s songs in a row was totally unintentional, but that music is just the best when I plan on looking sharp and fierce.

RATT is one of those bands I happened to discover on my own when I was about fourteen. “Round and Round” was on one of those old Monsters of Rock compilation CD’s, and I loved their sound ever since. They have such a bluesy, yet edgy sound to them which stands out among the other bands of the decade people tend to think about first.

The whole Reach for the Sky album is probably my favorite album of theirs overall. The music is so memorable and well-written; I think even people not too fond of 80’s metal could at least respect the musicianship on it.

Thanks for checking out today’s track, and I’ll see you on Monday.

Neon Makeup Tutorial (With Product List)

Greetings again, my favorite ghouls! Today’s post is going to be all about how I did this colorful, glowing look a few days ago including the products/colors I used as well as the brushes I used for application.

To avoid a long and cluttering post, I have posted each aspect of my face as a separate page. So all you have to do to navigate is click the pages below.

Enjoy!

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Story Time: Makeup Time with Kaine and Lydia

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: for the most part, I hate children. The sounds of them screeching or crying drive me up the wall and into space with discomfort and anxiety. I never plan on being a parent because I can acknowledge that not-so-pretty part of my personality.

Despite all of this, my nephew (Kaine) and niece (Lydia) taught me a valuable lesson the one time I ever tried doing my makeup with them around: I give their mama a ton of credit.

Makeup time can be stressful enough (even moreso when you decide to do winged liner that day). However, I figured I would be a nice auntie and invite the kids to watch some cartoons up in my boyfriend’s room while I got myself ready to go out shopping; I figured it would be a somewhat calm experience bonding with the kids.

I was wrong.

Lydia was pretty calm; all she wanted in life was to watch some Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol on YouTube. Kaine was the handful, as good of a soul as he has. He wanted to help me, which was kind of him, but his idea of “helping” was emptying everything out of my travel bag, trying to open things, and asking what every single thing was and if he could open them. (Even better, the PS4 controller died, so he kept grabbing it when he wasn’t allowed to and bugging me to make YouTube work again.)

Long story short, I messed up my eyeliner horribly and felt so frustrated that I ended up wiping everything off of my face and going out natural. I saw their mom later on and asked her how she ever does her makeup in peace with the kids around. Her answer? “I lock myself in the bathroom. That’s my quiet time.”

I love the kids, so please don’t think I don’t. The experience just gave me a much deeper appreciation for all of you moms out there who do your makeup and do it well. Props to all of you mamas.

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…

Way too thick.

I filled them in entirely too thick, and this is how it turned out compared to the photo on this post (featuring me singing and looking goofy). Looking at brown blobs on my forehead that I almost can’t differentiate between caterpillars or turds pains me. Wrong color, wrong technique, wrong size…WRONG. Oh man. It could always be so much worse, but it’s still so painful. Product comparison comes right now:

  • Then: NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in “05 Dark Brown” basically just smeared over my brows to make them way too thick and flat
  • Now: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in “Black” paired filled in just right paired with Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in “Dark Brown” cleaned up either with a makeup wipe or concealer before any other makeup application

What kinds of eyebrow horror stories do you beauty ghouls have to share? Post them in the comments, and let’s have a few giggles together!

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 pick 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.

Have a comparison:

Then: Nothing. Just the foam applicator rubbed over my eyelids. (They were, obviously, never rubbed far enough up or out now that I can barely see a hint of eyeshadow in the older photo from 2010.)

Now: While this photo on the right is from this past June, it’s still a recent example of a much better eyeshadow job, which also happens to be a super well-blended smoky eye look! Color schemes always vary, but I always use the same brushes and techniques…

  1. My finger to blend out my eyeshadow primers
  2. L.A.B. Squared “Just Blending In” Brush for base shades and most transition shades
  3. Makeup Academy #315 Crease Brush for deeper crease and outer edge shades as well as finer blending
  4. e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyeshadow “C” Brush for lid shades
  5. Makeup Academy #311 Smudger/Detailer Brush to apply thin lines of shadow on lashlines (about 1/2 to 3/4 of the bottom line)
  6. e.l.f. Cosmetics Concealer Brush for any loose pigments such as glitter/shimmer
  7. Sonia Kashuk #31 Precision Pencil Brush to apply inner corner color/highlight (though it can also be used to smudge liner and lower lashline shades)

Shitty foam applicator vs. six brushes that I use most of (if not all of) the time. Sure, it takes a lot more time, but it is so worth it.

What should my next “Practice Makes Perfect” be for you guys? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you for some music on Friday!