I’ve Been Having a Tough Time…

Hello, all of you spooks. I know I promised the posting schedule will be better, but stressors on the outside have made it nearly impossible for me to focus on my work. My best friend is getting married on Saturday, which led to a few conflicts that blew up into something way worse than it should have been. (Luckily, everything is all right for now.) My full-time job at a casino was insanely busy due to Memorial Day weekend, and I also work extra days straight due to the wedding coming up over the weekend.

A positive side, though: I’m finally starting my Sundays and Mondays off this week, which will leave me so much more time for hangs with friends and actual dates with my boyfriend. (We see each other every week, but I’m not sure that sitting at his house doing his laundry while he works is not the most romantic thing in the book.) Not to mention I worked early yesterday and got to spend the night with my boyfriend, our friend, and his mother.

With every bad, you have to find a positive; at least that’s what I’ve taken away from things happening in my life. You don’t have to be okay all of the time, but you also can’t dwell in the sadness and stay stuck. It’s hard for me to remember that still sometimes.

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and that you keep on trucking through the tough times in your journeys for happiness.

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!

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!

Welcome! (Featuring One of My Favorite Looks)

Hello, everyone! This is a brand new website and blog I’m creating so I may hopefully get to connect with you as well as share what I’ve been up to in my life. My name is Jessica, and I’m studying Professional Writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. But there will be more in my “About” page for you to check out.

I kind of decided to also get started with the plus size blogging I’ve wanted to do for quite a while (thanks to women like Tess Holliday promoting self-love and body positivity). Now, obviously bloggers normally take a nice photo with a camera, and I’m going to do that here. However, this was a spur-of-the-moment choice, and I loved this outfit, so you get an Instagram selfie.

I wore this outfit out a few weeks ago when the weather finally was nice here (though now you wouldn’t know it was warm once), and I’m in love with it! I never used to wear shorts or tube tops, but last summer I made the choice to say “Screw it” and expand my wardrobe. Here’s all of the components of my look (with makeup included):

  • Red tube top – Rainbow Shops (pretty similar to now-closed Fashion Bug, Forever 21+, etc.)
  • Shorts – also from Rainbow Shops (brand is Kenneth Lopez)
  • Sandals – can’t remember the brand, but I found them at Kohl’s randomly
  • Lipstick – Maybelline New York ColorSensation lipstick in “Nude Lust”
  • Eyeliners – Revlon Colorstay pencil on the bottom, e.l.f. liquid eyeliner on the top
  • Eyeshadow – NYX “Wicked Dreams” palette

Bit of a long post to get things started, but hopefully you guys will join me and enjoy the ride!