Monday, September 19, 2011

The Inaugural Eye Shadow Tutorial

Posted by iamglamourpuss at 12:05 AM
I've been asked many times to do tutorials. Honestly, I'm pretty goofy, which is why it may take me a while to dip my feet in to the video tutorial pool. But for now, I got some make-up I am excited about and decided this would be a great time to start working on photo tutorials. Now, I will take you all the way from the totally naked eye to a really gorgeous finished look.

Please bear in mind, I am always open to your ideas. It's the feedback from my readers that lets me know what I need to do for you! So feel free to let me know what you are thinking or what you'd like to see. Thanks!

So, let's get down to business!

Here are the products I used:

1.) Here I am without make-up. Yes, I completely lack eyebrows. Shocking, I know. That's just in my family's genes.

2.) While I am putting on my concealer, foundation and powder, I have Too Faced's Shadow Insurance already on my lids. Once I am done with the face products, the primer is set and dry. The next pressing issue is my lack of eyebrows, so I fill those in right away with Gosh's eyebrow pen and NYX brow pencil. Then I add the NYX, pearl base primer. I do this simply to even out the color of the lid.

3.) Here are the shadows I am using today. This is the Palette #1 by Paul and Joe. I've lusted after something, anything, Paul and Joe for some time now. I found a great deal on this and snatched it up!

4.) I take the lightest shade from the palette and brush it right beneath my brow. It creates a lovely, not too white, not too light highlight. Then I start placing that delicious peachy color across my lid. When I am placing color that I really want to "pop" on my lid, I use a brush, but I pat the color on, rather than sweep it across. The color is placed on in a more concentrated fashion and the colors end up being closer to what you see in the palette. A lot of times color becomes more of a wash when it is swept across the lid.

(It's really difficult to get a clear photo with your eyes closed.)

5.) Now, I start to add the dark brown. I start at the lash line and then I bring the color up and over towards my crease. Again, I am tapping the color on so I get the biggest color payoff. It's not super pretty or blended...yet.

6.) Next, I establish what I am going to do with my eyeliner. I usually grab an older one and lightly draw out how I want my liner to be (today, that was Barry M's liner pen.) I used Essence's eyeliner from the Fairytale collection that was out in the Spring.

8,) It's time to start tweaking the details. I go back over the eyeliner pen (with a new my upper lid. Then I blend out the lower line. I even take the time to blend out the eyeliner pencil on the lower lid too. I add my first couple of coats of Falsies Mascara. (I forgot to add that in my photograph of the products used.)

9.) Now I take a few seconds to make sure all of the tiny details are perfected. Make sure the liner is perfect. The shadow has to be blended flawlessly, I love to simply cannot do it enough. My quick trick for that is to run my finger across the crease and make sure the sharp lines and edges are gone. I finish it off with a couple more coats of Falsies mascara and that's it! Done and done!

(There are some subtle differences between these last two photos.)

I hope you have enjoyed this. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The JulieG Nail Polish Collection by Jesse's Girl

Posted by iamglamourpuss at 4:06 PM
In the past I have picked up a few items by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics. After I read another blog, I had to pick up the gorgeous nail polish called Firefly. It's really lovely and reasonably priced.

Well, I have a penpal and we exchange beauty products that we cannot get where we live. She most recently asked me to send her the color JulieG by Jesse's Girl. Once I started researching it, I discovered there was a great collection of colors coming out and it turns out that they were all done in conjunction with JulieG. These colors retail for $3.99 which is $1.00 higher than the regular polishes Jesse's Girl has to offer. BUT you can take advantage of the offer on their website and get all 8 colors for $25. I like a company that bundles products at a discounted price! (Jesse's Girl does this with a few other items too!)

I went ahead and placed an order. The shipping was fast and the products were superbly packed. It's the small details that can really make or break a shopping experience.

So, let's get down to the colors:

Left to Right: All Things Girly, Beauty Guru, Party Dress & Stiletto

All Things Girly is a really pretty, light peach color. Beauty Guru is a deeper color and is more of a light burnt orange, if that makes sense. Party Dress is a deep coral color. I've heard it described as a red, but I really wouldn't call it that. Stiletto is the perfect neutral for Fall. It's a beige with a hint of lilac undertones and it's got a beautiful silvery-shimmer.

Left to Right: Mermaid's Lagoon, Girls Night Out,
Fashion Friday & Cupcake Frosting

See below for a full description of Mermaid's Lagoon. Girls Night Out is a great medium-toned blue. Fashion Friday is a lovely purple with red undertones. And last, but not least, Cupcake Frosting is the perfect, girly pink. Think Barbie-pink, but a with a little more blue in it.

And if you'd like to see them all together:

But the breakout star of this show is Mermaid's Lagoon. It's very similar to the iconic Tiffany blue and it has the most beautiful golden shimmer to it. While I like glitter and glitz, this is nice and subtle, which makes it very wearable.

And last but not least, I picked up this really cool, discontinued nail polish for $1.50! It's called Confetti!

Overall, I had a great experience with my first order from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics and I cannot wait to try out all of these gorgeous colors!


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