Unicorns and Witches, Oh My!

A few weekend ago my friends and I decided to have a photo shoot! “Oh how vain of you!” my dear reader might say, but scoff not! This was a perfect opportunity to showcase some of my makeup artistry skills, for my Alexis to work on her photography skills, and for Katie to be our model and…look like a unicorn goddess? Fair trade I say!

Disclaimer: We are not models (obviously!) all awkward posing and facial expressions are our own. Please just look at the makeup and not anyone’s adorable! awkwardness.

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I love this picture! She looks so serene; like a unicorn caught unaware in the wilderness.

We started off with a loose idea of the looks we wanted to do, but once I got to Katie and saw the gorgeous cotton candy pastel wig masterpiece, inspiration struck! This look took the longest, since it was so intricate and mostly driven by one of those Greek Muses.

Foundation: RCMA pro foundation

Brows: I used the Elf Jumbo Pencil in Milk (my new favorite for EVERYTHING) and went over it with a BH Cosmetics gorgeous teal shade.

Eyes: Elf Jumbo Pencil in Milk as a base to enhance vibrancy of shadows. I went in with Elf marble shadows in a deep purple, cotton candy pink, and a midtone purple. The same eyebrow shade was used along the lower lash line to tie the colors together

Contour and Blush: BH cosmetics contour palette.

Lips: A soft application of Lime Crime lipstick in Centrifuscia.

Last minute inspiration: I used the Elf Jumbo Pencil in Milk and ran it along the lashes. I then ran the jumbo pencil along a clean spooly to get all the little lashes.

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Plums are for Fall!

It’s a bit cliche, but I’ve been yearning for fall! So a fall look is what I created! I think it really suits her actually. She said she never really wears these deep purple tones, but they look stunning on her! I hope she’s inspired to wear them now!!

Foundation: RCMA pro foundation

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil in Medium Brown

Eyes: Youngblood Cosmetics in Bordeaux, Czar, Topaz, and Black Opal. Makeup Forever’s gel liner, which is fantastic and will never come off. It will actually never come off, so you’ll have to wear it forever or just scrub a bit with waterproof makeup remover. The choice is yours.

Contour and Blush: BH cosmetics contour palette.

Lips: Lime Crime lipstick in Poisonberry (The perfect non-matte Fall lipstick!)

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Witchy Realness

I play with my face everyday, so I decided to exaggerate my everyday look! The fact that my everyday look is always winged liner and a smokey eye is a totally different story.

Foundation: RCMA pro foundation

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil in Black.

Eyes: Youngblood Cosmetics in  Gilded, Topaz and Black Opal. Makeup Forever’s gel liner, which is why I know it won’t come off.

Contour and Blush: BH cosmetics contour palette.

Lips: Lime Crime velvetine in Wicked.

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Serious Witchy-ness

Thanks for reading! Do you like to have random photo shoots with your friends? What looks should I do next?

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See you next time!!

Keratin Hair Extensions

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My hair just grew 18″ all by itself. Said no one ever. You better believe I paid a pretty penny for all these hairs! So many Dollhairs for these hairs. I got Keratin hair extensions, is what I am blabbering about. I have a blended ombre on my hair that I have spent months toning into as white a blonde as possible, which was perfect when it came down to getting these extensions, since it was super easy to color match. Also, since my ombre is blended with my natural color, I saved a ton on the price of the actual extensions because I was able to mix brown with the blonde.

20140507_210446Please excuse the blurry phone picture, but I really wanted to convey the length! Lookit them hairs!

Here’s what’s up:

Bleach blonde extensions have to be treated differently. Meaning they are going to be more expensive than any other color. Bleaching takes out the pigment in hair and as my blonde people know, this can take a toll on hair and often leave it feeling brittle. Now, that happens to hair that is still attached to the scalp and has natural oils helping to keep it healthy and shiny. Imagine what happens to hair that is no longer attached to the scalp and isn’t getting those nutrients. Straw city, ya’ll! Because of this, the hair requires more care to keep it looking like healthy hair. Which means the hair people are going to charge exponentially more.

From the consultation to the application it took about a week. I went in for the consultation, since I wasn’t 100% on getting extensions. I was between getting a digital perm and extensions, obviously extensions won. Dawn my (new) stylist went over everything with me, showed me the swatches of hair and explaining the cost/ process. I then gave her my information so she could purchase the extensions, which by themselves ended up being about $250. They arrived the following Monday and I was able to go in on Wednesday of the same week. The application took about 2 hours! I was expecting at least 3! There were two bundles of blonde and one bundle of brunet and they had these weird tabs at the end, which is the Keratin glue.

The application process is basically grabbing a thin strand of hair, wrapping the Keratin glue end around said strand, and melting the glue to the hair using what I would describe as a miniature hooked straightening iron. Totally painless! She applied them most of the way up my scalp, but not around the crown, so it’s super easy to hide the bonds.

I honestly do not feel them! They don’t feel heavier and I have mistaken them for my actual hair multiple times. The only thing that is kind of annoying is that I can’t put my hair in a tight topknot or pony because the bonds will show.

Hair $250

Application $100

Mermaid hair  worth $All of the Dollhairs

 

Shout out to Dawn at Hot Choppers Salon in Thousand Oaks!

It’s not you, it’s my schedule

It’s been ages since I’ve made a post! I apologize loyal subjects readers!

Everything has been super crazy, so I haven’t had time to really focus on my posts or editing my pictures like I’ve wanted. I just started all of these projects and I have to put off certain things in order to do other things.

Projected Projects:

  1. Finish Cleaning My Stupid Garage!

I swear this project has been going on since I moved into this townhouse. Never has a car been parked in that garage! There is all this random stuff ranging from Christmas decorations to office supplies. Old pillows threaten to smother those who wander and craft supplies laugh from their ever evolving piles. A few months back we had a garage sale and for the first time (EVER!) one could walk freely from one side to the other! However, the Divorced Women’s Club decided to have a reunion and my mums friend stayed with us for an eternity a little over two months. The week before my mum decided it would maybe be a good idea to clean everything, but with so little time cleaning became “shove everything into the garage.”

And then it was…

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2. Painting Furniture!

F-furniture? You mean, the kind you buy at a store and use for stuff?! YES, the very same!

I’ve always been interested in updating old things into new things or just a better state. I recently purchased an old Typewriter table in a gorgeous tiffany blue, but boy did the previous owner not know how to paint! It was streaky and the top was pretty beat up. I stripped the old paint (and 3 other layers under it!),  sanded, primed, painted, and sealed!

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“How cute am I?” says the table.

 SOLD!

Then I worked on this little guy!

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The top is a shade closer to minty green and the bottom is a gorgeous grey.

 

3. New Etsy and Storenvy Store!

Yes, this is happening you guys. I know you have been holding your breath (that is quite the shade of purple, dear). They’re still under wraps; I don’t want to shock the world until they’re tip top and ready to go! This is going to take a lot of work, but I so look forward to it!

 

All of this on top of full time work, school, and two soon to start courses.

If I keep working I won’t notice how poor I am, right? Tell me I’m pretty right!

IMATS 2014

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Can’t Wait for IMATS, Can You?!

My best friend and I are going to IMATS LA this weekend (thanks Lexy for the birthday present!). I cannot wait to load up on makeup staples to last me through the rest of the month year. I am going to compile my wishlist so I don’t go too crazy this year buying impulsively.  I’m going to stick to this list!

Who am I kidding I have no self control, but I’m a natural actress; play along.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tars $18

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Yaoi (Teehee)

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Black Metal Dahlia

(These names are my favorite ever)

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Well hello there!

As my first post, I think it traditional that I introduce myself! It’s too bad that I always find such things difficult.

“What’s interesting about you?”

“Tell us about yourself!”

No. That’s too ha-ard! Fine, I concede.

I have a few addictions. I’ll list them in a relevant and chronological manner.

1st Books! My first and longest love! I have well over a few hundred and not nearly enough bookshelves. My dream home would mostly consist of library space (Beauty and the Beast, anyone?).

2nd Fashion! Clothes, accessories, shoes, purses! How could you ever have enough? Designer, thrifted, handmade, you name it– I want to own it. A significant percentage of said dream home would have closet space large enough to beautifully display all my fashion treasures.

3rd Makeup! Third, because as I said this list is chronological. Within the past few years I have really delved into the crazy world of makeup headfirst! Ouch. says my wallet. All I want is a dream home with a huge room for my makeup collection (and a closet and a library).

Dream big right?

Just a tiny glimpse into my interests, you’ll have to stay tuned to learn more!

You know…if you’re into that or whatever.