Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Halloween Tag

Halloween is without a doubt my favorite holiday. It has been since I was little. I may have even mentioned it a time or two on here. So, even though I'm just a lurker on YouTube, I couldn't help but jump on his tag as soon as I saw it. I snagged the questions off of Marianne's blog here

THE HALLOWEEN TAG QUESTIONS:

1. What is your favorite Halloween movie? Hocus Pocus. I watch it every year, sometimes during other parts of the year (I do it with Christmas movies too; I'm not just playing favorites to one season). I'm also a huge fan of Practical Magic and Sleepy Hollow. I watch those multiple times in a year, too.

2. At what age did you stop trick-or-treating? I was probably in my early teens. I don't actually remember, probably because even though I stopped trick-or-treating, I still dress(ed) up to hand out candy. It's kind of the same thing, right? Except half of the work because I already buy the candy I like. 


3. What is your favorite Halloween tradition? For the past six years my husband and I have thrown a Halloween party for our friends and everyone has a blast. It's not the stuffy costume party like Allison's parents have in Hocus Pocus, though. Three words: apple.pie.shots. Other than the party, though, my husband and I dress up (like I said earlier) to hand out candy. 


4. What is your favorite Halloween food/beverage? Apple pie shots? Kidding. Not really. I love apple cider. Something about it being America's historical drink of choice, plus the plethora of its availability in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions makes me happy. Other than that, I guess I would say Italian beef, which sounds weird, but it's usually what we serve at our party, so I've come to associate it with Halloween. 


5. Do you like going to haunted attractions? Yes and no. I loved when we went to a haunted corn maze and when we went to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA because they had seven different haunted houses and creatures based on which "country"/section of the theme park you were in, i.e., zombies in Italy, werewolves in New France, vampires in France, etc. But, I'm also a chicken and I have an incredibly exaggerated startle reflex. So, even though I know it's all fake and nothing will hurt me, I still jump and shriek like a five year old, much to my embarrassment and my husband's ceaseless amusement.


6. Vampires, witches or werewolves? This is such a hard question. Seriously. I love vampires. I've totally fallen for the Victorian portrayal of tortured souls and endless love wrapped up in merciless killing machines. However, I love witches, as evidenced by my ongoing love for Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic. I love Salem and studying the historical witch trials, too. Werewolves are cool, but they're definitely my least favorite. So, I'm going to cheat and say.... Vampires for novels and movies, but witches in a scholarly, real-world sense. 


7. What is your favorite Halloween candy? It depends. Usually some combination of chocolate and caramel or chocolate and peanut butter. So, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Twix, Milky Ways, etc. No Whoppers or Hershey Bars, please. I don't like the malt and I prefer smoother chocolate a la Ghiradelli or Godiva, because I'm a chocolate snob.


8. Do you decorate your house for Halloween? Inside and outside. We've had the interior decorations up since the last week of August. No joke. After Halloween, the macabre stuff goes away, leaving the pumpkins and maple leaves through Thanksgiving and then it's full-on Christmas for a month. 


9. Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, or Hayrides? We grow our own pumpkins. I haven't been on a hayride in forever, so Corn Maze! 


10. What are your plans for this Halloween? The day of we're handing out candy before I have to go to work at 11 pm and the next night we're having our annual Halloween party. 


11. What is your favorite Halloween TV episode/special? I'm actually quite partial to "All Halliwell's Eve" on Charmed, Season 3 Episode 4, where they travel back to the 1600s and meet their ancestor. However, I am also a fan of Catherine Bell's series on Hallmark called The Good Witch. (See, I really do have a thing for witches...) And I'm super excited that they're turning the TV-movies into an actual TV series in 2015!


12. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever held a seance or done ouija? Yes, I believe in ghosts. There's just too many recordings, pictures, videos, personal experiences, etc. to deny there's something else after death and sometimes people don't move on. I have never held a seance or played with a ouija board because that is just inviting trouble, in my opinion. 


13. What is your scariest Halloween experience? When I was little, like six or seven, we went to a historical farm for some Halloween event and one of the actors came up and grabbed me from behind. I think that's part of what put me off going to a lot of haunted houses, even though I know they can't touch you anymore. I still hate when people sneak up on me. 


Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finish Six by Christmas Update

In case you missed it, or want to compare photos, here is the original Finish Six by Christmas post.


As you can see, I finished the big bottle of Mario Badescu Facial Spray and have made a nice dent in the smaller bottle. Likewise with the Ralph Lauren Romance Body Mist. I should easily polish that off in the next month.


I know it's hard to see any sort of progress on the mascara and the concealer, but I figured I'd photograph them anyway. I've been using the concealer regularly since April, so it's got to be close to being finished. And I've already noticed a textural difference in the Cargo mascara. It seems to be drying out more and more, which is good, since the first few weeks it had a really wet formula, which I don't personally care for. I'm definitely most proud of the pan on UD Sellout! There wasn't anything and then all of a sudden BAM! Beautiful, silver pan. I showed my husband and he was less than impressed, but I knew you guys would be proud. I'm also quite pleased with the progress on the Maybelline Nearly There. I figure it'll probably last me through November at this rate.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOTD: Autumnal Bridal featuring the Lorac Pro Palette

Yesterday I posted my Bridal Beauty Inspiration post, and today I felt like recreating one of the looks for you. Since autumn is my favorite season, it was only natural that I picked the second "bride" picture/makeup. It centers around the gorgeous golds, browns, and garnet in the Lorac Pro Palette and I felt it was definitely appropriate given the season.

In sunlight.
In sunlight.
Indirect lighting.
Indirect lighting....and photobombed by my Cairn.
Products Used

It Cosmetics CC Cream in Fair

Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Ivoire under eyes and on blemishes

Cover Girl Clean Powder in 510 Classic Ivory

Lancome Blush Subtil in Miel Glace

It Cosmetics Brow Power pencil + Benefite Gimme Brow in Light/Medium

Lorac Behind the Scene Eye Primer

Lorac Pro Palette
  • Light Bronze on the inner half of the eye
  • Gold on the outer half of the eye and underneath the inner half of lower lashline
  • Cream and Taupe to blend out the transition/crease
  • Garnet in the outer corner and under the outer half of the lower lashline
  • Sable to deepen the outer corner
  • Nude and Cream mixed together on the brow bone and inner corner
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel, smudged out

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Black/Brown

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter in Pillow

It Cosmetics CC + Lip Serum in Laugh

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bridal Beauty Inspiration

Today I'm bringing you something a bit different. I was contacted by the lovely Carolyn from a new-ish wedding planning website called Loverly. Basically, Loverly is like Pinterest with the added benefit of being able to shop directly from its site, but it's focused entirely on weddings. They have everything from stationary to dresses to beautiful inspiration pictures. It's been seven years since I was a blushing bride, but that doesn't mean I don't get all girly at the thought of planning hypothetical weddings, especially when you have such an awesome site like Loverly.

Carolyn asked me to style the makeup for three dresses from their vast inventory (click here to see for yourself) and these are the three I picked. I hope you guys like them! 

David's Bridal
smokey navy bridal

For the first bride, I envision an urban sophisticate. Her wedding takes place at evening, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, either in a gallery or even a yacht club. She keeps the classic elements of a wedding dress, but it's sleek and modern. Naturally, her makeup has to be elegant, but not ho-hum everyday. 

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette
  • Soft Light on the lid
  • Warmth in the crease
  • Midnight in the outer corner and underneath the lower lashes
  • Noir to darken the outer corner
  • Sheer Joy on the brow bone and inner corner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

MAC Sculpt and Shape powder duo 

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Whisper


David's Bridal

Autumn bridal beauty


The second bride is a true romantic, blending together the magic of a Medieval lady with the beauty of nature. The delicateness of her dress is offset by the rustic, autumnal colors of her makeup, making this the perfect look for a country church wedding or a gazebo beneath blazing maple trees. 

Lorac Pro Palette
  • Light Bronze on the inner half of the eye
  • Gold on the outer half of the eye and underneath the inner half of lower lashline
  • Cream and Taupe to blend out the transition/crease
  • Garnet in the outer corner and under the outer half of the lower lashline
  • Sable to deepen the outer corner
  • Nude and Cream mixed together on the brow bone and inner corner

Lancome Blush Subtil in Miel Glace 

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

IT Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss in Naturally Pretty

Oleg Cassini

Classic bridal beauty

The third bride is classic, through and through. Getting married in a gorgeous cathedral, she channels her inner Grace Kelly. She pairs a princess ball gown with a timeless look, centered on winged black liner and red lips. Everything about her is perfectly sculpted,  but still soft, like the beautiful Hollywood icon-turned-real-life-princess. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  • Suspect all over the lid and under lower lashes
  • Tease lightly through the crease
  • Foxy and Bootycall together on the brow  bone and inner corner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NOTD: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

OPI's Every Month is Oktoberfest has got to be one of my all-time favorite nail polishes. Ever since it debuted in the 2012 Germany collection, I've picked this bottle up umpteen times in the store, only to discover it's Oktoberfest. Since I'm on vacation this week, I figured I could actually wear a dark color on my nails (my day job has a policy on nail polish, if you're curious. Only pale, neutral, conservative colors for me while working for The Man). 

It's a dark reddish purple base with what looks like reddish/golden shimmer in it. In indirect light, it's so dark that it looks black, but as you can tell from the bottle shot, it's definitely got warmth and dimension in the light. Oh, and please excuse the sloppy edges/cuticles. I was doing this in minimal light and I didn't realize how much product had pooled near my cuticles until it was too late. 





Update: 10/17/14

I re-did my nails and tried to be uber careful with them, but I still ended up flooding the cuticle area. I think it's just the formula. The first layer goes on rather patchy, so when you use a little more for the second layer, it ends up getting a little runny. I still love the color, so I don't really care.