Old & New Halloween looks

H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N !

I decided to repost one of my favorite looks that I've done-
my Halloween look from last year.
PLUS, another Halloween look I did the other day!

Here's last year, 'Candy Corn'.

This was a dramatic & playful look.
Click here to see the full post & what I used!

This year,
I stuck with the same brand,
but attempted a different look.

I used:
Too Faced's Shadow Insurance
Sugarpill's 'Tako', Flamepoint', & 'Poison Plum'- lid
Covergirl Line Exact eyeliner
L'Oreal Lash Out mascara

Simple, but bright and Halloweeny :)
Which do you like best?

Hope you all have a safe & happy Halloween!


October Favorites!!

It's that time again!
Here are my favorite products from this month :)

1. Urban Decay B6 Vitamin- Infused Complexion Prep Spray
*not my picture

This stuff is the perfect last piece of the puzzle if you want your makeup to last
It's a fairly new pickup of mine,
but I'll have a full review of this bad boy soon.
Suffice it to say- it's awesome.

2. MakeupGeek 'Burlesque'
*pic from

Just like last Fall, I'm still obsessed with the wine-red, plum color.
This is perfectly expressed in MUG's shadow, 'Burlesque'.
Tons of pigmentation & a hint of sparkle!
See it used most recently by me here.

3. Foils & Metallics like Zoya 'Channing' & CG's 'Strike up a Cosmo'

I'm a sucker for sparkle anyway,
and these shimmering fall shakes packed with glitz make me swoon!

4. L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara
*not my picture

This is one of my most recent purchases, so I don't have a review on it yet.
Needless to say, though, first impression are that this bad boy ROCKS.
Cannot wait to share with you all.

What do you think of these products?
What were your favorites from October?


Skyrim Makeup Series- 'Markarth'

I want to take one quick break from all the Halloween-themed posts
and do another look for my Skyrim makeup series.
I'm really having fun with these series.
The possibilities are endless!

Today's post is about Markarth:

Markarth is one of the largest cities in Skyrim,
located in The Reach.
This is a remote city characterized by it's stone and water resources.
The city is composed of the working district on one side,
and the noble Nords on the other.

As you can see, the city is made up of rugged terrain like rocky mountains,
waterfalls, and valleys.
This is what I used as inspiration for my look :)
Here it is!

I used:
Too Faced's Shadow Insurance
Sugarpill's 'Tako'- brow bone
Urban Decay's 'Urb', 'Mildew', 'Money', & 'Lost'- inner to outer lid
UD's 'Prank' ,' Madness', & 'Haight' and SYN Cosmetics' 'Delusion- crease
UD 'Vanilla' -inner corners
UD 'Lost'- lower lash line
Covergirl Line Exact eyeliner
Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara

This is a pretty straightforward look,
despite the amount of shadows I used :P
It's nothing super fancy,
but I really enjoyed the color combo.
It's been awhile since I used so many UD shadows together,
and it made me remember why they're one of my 
ultimate favorite makeup brands.

What do you guys think?


PCC- 'Not So Scary'

I have another Halloween polish form Pop Culture Cosmetics for you today

Here's 2 coats of 'Not So Scary' over 1 coat of ORLY's 'After Party'.

'Not So Scary' is a black based crelly filled with small, neon orange hexes, medium neon orange, black, & neon yellow hexes, and neon red stars.
I really liked the contrast between the black & neon colors in this polish.
It felt like a really cool, Halloweeny mani :)

Brand: Pop Culture Cosmetics
Type: Crelly
Formula: Good!
Opacity (1-5): 2
Application: Okay, but you're definitely going to need to dig for those glitters :)
Price: $4 for a mini
Get This: no longer available :/


Who Doesn't Love a Cosmo?!

I have my first polish from China Glaze's Fall collection- Autumn Nights.
I've been eyeballing these bad boys for awhile now.
Despite offering them in my last giveaway,
I hadn't had time budget to buy any for myself yet :P

Here's a beauty and undoubtedly a new favorite of mine,
'Strike Up a Cosmo'.
This is 2 coats!


'Strike Up a Cosmo' is a sparkling rose foil.
This reminds me vaguely of Zoya's 'Faye',
(hmmm, future dupe post?)
and is every bit as amazing!

Brand: China Glaze
Type: Foil
Formula: Awesome!!
Opacity (1-5): 5
Application: Flawless :)
Price: $7 
Get This: beauty stores, online, supermarkets like Kroger

What do you guys think of this?


Dark, Sultry look w/ Wet N Wild trio

So about a month ago,
I snagged another trio from Wet N Wild at my local CVS.
This one is a trio of black, white, and red,
called 'Three's A Party!'

Using the suggested areas for each shadow this first time,
(for simplicity & more mass appeal)
I did a look with it:


I used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
'Three's A Party!' trio
Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara
Maybelline 'Red Revival' & 'Plum Perfect 'lipstick
Lime Crime Carousel Gloss in 'Candy Apple'

This combo is nothing new.
In fact, I've used it at least two other times in the past year alone.
However, for this first time using the trio,
I wanted to use the shadows in their traditional spots.
As it turns out, I think the combo is sick
and looks super sexy ;)
Gotta love 'Candy Apple' with this look, too.
What do you guys think?!


Drugstore Haul

So in the past week or so,
I've accumulated some goodies from my local drugstore and market.

That's the new mascara from L'Oreal (can you guess what it is? :p
3 of the polishes from China Glaze's newest Fall collection,
a Covergirl lipstick,
and 2 new polishes from Covergirl's Catching Fire collection

Can't wait to try all these babies.
Have a good day, ya'll! 


PCC- 'Candy Corn'

I've got another Halloween themed polish for you
today from Pop Culture Cosmetics.
Here's 2 coats of 'Candy Corn' over China Glaze 'White on White'.

'Candy Corn' is a milky white base filled with orange and yellow
 square and hex matte glitters.
I find that polishes with a stark white base like this are some of the hardest to work with,
or at least they are for me.
I love the square glitters in this, though.

Brand: Pop Culture Cosmetics
Type: Glitter
Formula: Pretty good
Opacity (1-5): 2
Application: Okay, a little thick, but not too bad.
Price: $4 for a mini
Get This: their website


From the Vault- 'Every Month is Oktoberfest'

This is one of my all time favorite polishes-
it's on my top 10 list for sure.
This is from OPI's Germany collection last year.
I swatched it then,
& i'm swatching it again now because it's just too appropriate :)

Here's 2 coats of 'Every Month is Oktoberfest'!

Annnnnd last year's:

'Every Month is Oktoberfest' is a deep purple/blue base
with gold and red shimmer.

As you can see,
depending on the light,
this shifts from red to orange to purple.

Brand: OPI
Type: Shimmer
Formula: Great!
Opacity (1-5): 5
Application: Great!
Price: $9 
Get This: lots of places :)

A good classic that is timeless :)
I love it.


Halloween look #1

I really failed at creating any type of creative name for my look today

Thus, Halloween look #1 it is, 
as I fully intend on posting at least a second one before Halloween :)

I used:
Too Faced's Shadow Insurance
Sugarpill's 'Tako'- browbone
Sugarpill's 'Flamepoint' - lid
Urban Decay's 'Black Market' & 'Lovesick' - crease
Covergirl Line Exact eye liner
Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara

This is a simple but super bold, festive look.
Sugarpill has one of the best oranges ever,
so I knew I had to use it.
I've also been anxious to use 'Lovesick' from Vice2
because it's just a glittery, delicious shadow :)

What do you guys think?
Stay tuned for a bit more colorful Halloween look in the next week or two!


PCC- 'Hitchhiking Ghosts'

I have another, even more unique, Pop Culture Cosmetics
polish for you today- a glow in the dark baby!
... Which is more appropriate than ever with Halloween just around the corner.

Here's 2 coats of 'Hitchhiking Ghosts'.

'Hitchhiking Ghosts' is an alien, forest green crelly with medium teal & green
(some holo) circle & hex glitters scattered throughout.
It's a unique shade of green that I find perfect for Halloween.

Here's a shot of it in action in the dark.

No matter how I tried, my poor camera could not capture a clear picture
for the life of me.
Either way, you can obviously see that it glows in the dark &
looks ghostly cool!

Brand:  Pop Culture Cosmetics
Type: Crelly
Formula: Pretty good
Opacity (1-5): 3
Application: Good. A little gloopy, but no digging the glitters out- which is always a plus :)
Price: $4 for a mini
Get This: it's not longer available on her website :/

What do you guys think about glow in the dark polishes?


Creepy Jack

I don't often do stamping because i'm just not very good at it,
but I do like stamping.
So, I decided to attempt to use a couple stamps from my new Winstonia plates.
Here's what I came up with:

This is 2 coats of Zoya 'Thandie' with Konad black stamping polish
& Winstonia plate W116
I like that the stamp is smudged a little
and that the topcoat made it run some-
it looks even creepier to me that way :)

Anyway, that's my stamping for the month, probably
I may have a go at another one; we'll see.


Lost on Lombard

I've got a great, simple Fall polish for you today.
Here's 2 coats of 'Lost on Lombard ' from OPI's San Francisco Fall collection.

'Lost on Lombard' is a medium, dusty red creme. 
It's not quite as bright as it looks in the picture.
It screams Fall to me,
and I'm thinking it will be a good base for some Christmas stamping, too.

Brand:  OPI
Type: Creme
Formula: Great!
Opacity (1-5): 5
Application: This goes on beautifully!
Price: $9
Get This: large beauty stores like ULTA or certain large supermarkets

I liked this polish.
It's simple,
but it a different shade of red than I own already.
So all in all, a winner.
What do you think?


Halloween Glitter Gradient

So I purchased a black & white glitter from Maybelline awhile ago,
but i've been saving it for the Halloween season to swatch :)
I found a look on Pinterest with a similar glitter used as a gradient 
over an orange nail, and I knew I had to recreate it.

Here's my attempt!
I used 2 coats of Sally Hansen 'Sun Kissed' as a base
and 'Clearly Spotted ' from Maybelline for the gradient.

'Clearly Spotted ' is a clear base filled with all sizes of black & white
circle and hex glitters.
It's from Maybelline's Color Show, 'Polka Dots' collection.
I figure all these little black & white polishes
are dupes of Lynderella's 'Connect The Dots'-
but I still like it.
Plus, it's only like $6,
so- there's that ;P

The gradient itself is kinda crappy,
but i rarely do nail art...
so when I do, it's mediocre at best.
I still liked this, though :)
What do you guys think?


Tinkerbell Inspired

Today is my daughter's 2nd birthday!
She's in love with fairies,
so naturally we are having a fairy themed birthday party for her.
In honor of that, I decided to play around with a fun little Tinkerbell inspired look.

This looked much cooler in person than on here.
You could see the full effect of the dusted green on my cheeks 
& around my eyes.
It just looked better, humph.

Here's a super crappy pic of the mediocre design I did on my cheeks:

This design was fairy-like to me?
Eh, they're not symmetrical at all on both cheeks
(which drives me crazy),
but it was just for fun.

I used:
Too Faced's Shadow Insurance
BFTE's 'Envy'- dusting around eyes/face
Victorian Disco 'Yoda's Yoga Mat' - browbone
UD's 'Damaged ', Sugarpill's 'Midori ', & BFTE's 'Green Apple '- crease
 VD's 'The Fett'- outer crease
Lime Crime's 'Seahorse Discourse '- lid
UD's 'Stash'- inner corners
Covergirl Line Exact eyeliner
Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara

Face: UD 24/7 Eyeliner in 'Graffiti'
& Lime Crime's Uniliner in 'Lunar Sea'

I also at one point attempted to use my UD Heavy Metal gold glitter eyeliner 
in the inner corners of my lids too, if you see some weird, dark area in the first picture.
That didn't translate well, either.

All in all,
I actually really liked this.
It was fun and whimsical.
What do you think?
How would you have done a Tinkerbell look?