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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Simple Smokey Eyes + Pinky/Nude Lips

Well well well...look who has an actual makeup look to post!
I decided to get a little glam & gussied up earlier this evening & figured that it was the perfect time to make a new post! I think this particular makeup is right on schedule for NYE & would make a great night out/party look. Below, you'll find a couple more pictures (in different lighting) & a product list/short guide to achieving this look.

Products Used:
Eyes - Chanel Illusion D'Ombre cream shadow in #82 Emerveille as a base, NYX single shadow in #25 Silver all over the lid, MAC shadow in Crystal in & above the crease/to map out the shape/direction of the eye makeup, shimmery black (Creep) from my Urban Decay original Naked Palette on top of the dark grey NYX shadow & on lower lashlines, Revlon single shadow in Bone on the inner corners & under the brow bone, unnamed shimmery champagne shade on the inner corners, Wet 'n Wild On Edge Longwearing Eye Pencil A251 Midnight Girl on waterlines, Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in Very Black

Lips - Prestige lipliner in 02 Shimmer, MAC lipstick in Angel, NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair
I like this lip combo a lot even though I've never been a huge fan of Angel lipstick. I still find the formula drying but can forgive it because I do love the overall effect & how plump it makes my lips look! I definitely recommend using a gloss of some sort over this lipstick regardless.

Until next time.

Joanna xo

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monthly Favorites: November

& we're back! It has been far too long since I last posted. As usual, I'm in denial about how quickly the month of November has passed me by! The year is winding down faster than ever & I figured I'd jump back into blogging with my latest favorites.

1.) The first on my list of faves is this cognac wallet that I picked up in the clearance section of Target. I don't often check out their clearance accessories but I'm happy I did this time because I've been putting this little guy to good use. I thought this wallet was a steal at $5 because it actually looks like leather, is well made & super functional. It opens up with a clasp & has slots for all your cards, ID & cash on the left. On the right (this is what really sold me), there's a pocket for your phone. I have a pretty big Droid & it fits perfectly into it (without a case). I love throwing this wallet in my bag or just carrying it by itself when I'm in a hurry. My cards, cash & phone in one place? Yassss please.

2.) Adidas Moves for her Her eau de toilette spray. I've been a fan of Adidas fragrances forever & they always seem to make me nostalgic! Whenever I visited family in Poland, my mom & I would haul some back home with us. I still have several Adidas faves in my fragrance collection & this one is no exception. I love the blue bottle & it smells like you just stepped out of the shower. I always tend to go for fresh/clean scents for day-to-day wear & this one is great to throw in your bag for a quick spritz. This little fragrance mini came in a set with a full sized version (which I gave to my mama).

3.) Moving on to my eos Lip Balm in Passion Fruit...Ok, I'm generally sort of on the fence about these (not that I didn't buy them all when they first came out) because they tend to be waxy. However, this one & the mint one are definitely my favorites overall. I've been reaching for this balm a lot since I ran out of my Softlips Cube. It does the job, smells nice & is moisturizing enough under lipstick.

4.) Next up is the Herbal Essences Naked dry shampoo...I love love love this stuff! When I first discovered Herbal Essences dry shampoos I was hooked. I immediately picked up the original formula because it smelled just like their signature shampoo (y'know, the one with the rose decals that was popular in the 90s & can still be found on shelves today). A couple months later, I received a sample sized version of this Naked (paraben free) dry shampoo & loved it from the jump. It volumizes, doesn't leave behind any white powdery residue & makes my hair look fresh & clean. The best part is that it smells like...Christmas. I guess I make that association because it contains peppermint oil. I think this is definitely the best smelling dry shampoo I've tried, & I've been through my fair share of bottles by different brands. It doesn't have that weird chemical scent that Batiste & Tresemme tend to have & makes me look forward to unwashed hair days. The scent lingers & the fact that it's paraben free is definitely a nice little bonus. The only thing I can complain about is that the bottle tends to get clogged. Once that happens, you can no longer spray it & you're left with a ton of product still trapped inside. This has happened to me before with other brands too, so I recommend keeping your receipt just in case & giving it a quick spritz in the store before you buy. Overall though, this has been a staple of mine since I first tried it.

5.) The e.l.f Lengthening & Defining mascara has been another favorite of mine this month. I first tried this stuff when I picked up their Disney Good vs Evil palette (coming up next!) because it came in the set along with an eye liner. It took me a while to start using it because I figured it was nothing special, but I actually ended up liking it. It defines my lashes just fine & isn't clumpy (no spider lashes here, hunty). I feel like it actually does kinda lengthen, too...I like the slim tube & throwing it in my makeup bag in case I need a touch upon the go. The wand itself is tiny & it's kind of messy when you first open it up and remove the applicator. A quick swipe of the brush along the opening of the tube does the trick, though. Not too bad for a $1 mascara.

6.) Up next is e.l.f Disney Good vs Evil palette. November was definitely a smokey eye month for me & I seldom reached for eye shadows other than these.There are 6 shadows in the compact: shimmery gold, shimmery brown, shimmery bronze, shimmery silver, satiny purple & a black. It also comes with a standard sponge tip applicator & contains a mirror on the inside lid. The actual compact is really cute & sturdy. The colors are pretty perfect for smokey eyes & versatile enough to create a number of looks. First, I liked to apply my Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Emerveille as a base. Next, I'd apply a bit of the shimmery brown onto the lid & crease. I'd also pop a bit of the gold shade closer to the inner corners (or in the middle to add a little something extra to my look). Lastly, I'd use a pencil brush to apply the black shadow to my top/bottom lashlines as well as my outer v. I'd finish off the look by dragging a bit of the black up into my crease for added smokey effect. I love having all 6 colors in one sleek palette. Definitely perfect to chuck in your makeup bag/for travel.

8.) I forgot to grab my EveryOne Coconut+Lemon body soap out of my shower so it didn't make the group photo, lol, but I wanted to make sure to mention it. I've blogged about these body washes before & continue to repurchase them. I tried a new scent this month & even though I'm not usually a fan of coconut, this just seems to work for me. I've been using this one as a bubble bath this month as well & can't get enough.

Joanna xo

Friday, November 7, 2014


The weekend is here! I've been feeling a little off this past week so I have no new makeup to post butttt I'm going to take the next day or so to get back on my feet. Now that I've got some pizza in my belly, I'm starting the next phase of relaxation mode by taking a long shower & doing my nails. Speaking of, I thought I'd include some past NOTD pics to inspire my mani tonight...plus I thought they'd be fun to look at.

Loving these bright manis! I'm obviously a creature of habit because the one glitter accent nail is still my go-to look.
Some simple black striping polish can make a huge difference. 

Of course I've got to end this post with a song from one of my favorite movies - Hedwig & The Angry Inch. If you know me personally, you're probably aware of my obsession with this movie/soundtrack, so this should come as no surprise. I discovered Hedwig in grade school, back when drag wasn't as prominent as it is today & it definitely inspired my interest in queens, makeup & love of all things glittery. Since then I've steadily converted everyone around me into a hedhead...*snicker* Anyway, to this day, there's no better song to get ready to than Wig In A Box. This is one soundtrack that has stood the test of time. You're welcome! Til next time!

I look back on where I'm from
Look at the woman I've become
& the strangest things seem suddenly routine
I look up from my vermouth on the rocks
The gift wrapped wig still in the box
Of towering velveteen!

Joanna xo

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monthly Favorites: October

Wow...I'm sitting here in disbelief that Halloween & the whole month of October are over! I feel like this entire year sort of slipped past me & I'm partially relieved (it hasn't been the easiest one), but now I feel like I'm scrambling to get all kinds of things done! Anyhow, I wanted to make sure to mention that just because Halloween has come & gone, doesn't mean that I'm going to stop doing fun looks. As a matter of fact, I have a few drag inspired makeup posts in the works & hope you continue to check back for them!

For now, though, I wanted to spotlight a few of my favorite things from this past month so let's get on with it!

 1.) I've been liking this Ready Set Gorgeous concealer by Cover Girl. I bought it in Light & love it to brighten up my under eyes. I set it with a bit of my regular pressed powder & blam! Instant highlight action.

2.) Next up is this awesome INM Out The Door Fast Drying Top Coat. I had been putting off buying a topcoat for months after reading some horror stories/warnings about my usual Seche Vite (you can learn more about it & decide for yourself here). Either way, I'd rather have chipped nails than inhale toxic fumes so I picked up this one instead & haven't looked back since.

3.) Moving on to MAC's Crystal eye shadow. I've loved this for years & always go back to it. It was hard to get a good shot of this shadow but I'll do my best to describe it. It's sort of a light grey/purple hybrid & I love it to bring out my green eyes. It can be smoked out with dark greys/black or played up with purples. When I wear it I also like to pop a bit of MAC Vellum (white with a purple duo-chrome) in my inner corners for a little somethin' extra.

4.) I've been using this EO body wash (which I mentioned in a haul of sorts last month) & love it. It's safe, natural & contains no synthetic fragrances which is great because it's something I use every day. It smells like oranges which is always refreshing in the morning!

5.) As far as accessories, I've been wearing these little Love studs a lot lately. I picked these little babies up in the jewelry clearance section at Target, which I had never really paid attention to before.

6.) I've also been into these James St. James Transformations vids on YT. If you like drag & makeovers, this is perfect for you. Kinda makes me wanna re watch Party Monster...

Lastly, I just wanted to mention this amazingly sweet surprise I received from my best friend today! How cute is this little fire opal ring?! Thank you boo! I love it! ^_^ I also wanted to shout out the shop/seller of this ring - The Ombre Mouse/Lisa Klunk - for packaging it so nicely! Check out her shop here.

Joanna xo

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bloody Masquerade Part 2 - Torn Face Makeup

This is going to be a slightly quicker post than I had originally anticipated! As predicted in my previous Bloody Masquerae post, this look has - indeed - spread like wildfire this past month! I don't want to be redundant so I'm going to skip doing a full tutorial on this makeup (plus, it's actually pretty simple to replicate) but I will list some helpful hints below.
I think that this simplified version is perfect for beginners & still a really cool look for anyone wanting to slay at a costume party.

So here we go...here is the torn face makeup to accompany the flesh mask I made earlier this month!

To get this look...
- I took a white eyeliner pencil & held my flesh mask to my face. I traced along the outside of the mask to get my shape.
- I covered my brows with a combo of glue stick & translucent powder.
- Next I applied several layers of liquid latex on that white border I had created. I built it up slightly with one layer of tissue & waited for it to dry.
- Once dry, I peeled up the inner edges to make it look torn & give it dimension.
- I applied my regular foundation to my face and on the liquid latex.
- I used a dark red, black, bright red to fill in the wound.
- I used a sponge to stipple 2 kinds of blood on the wound (runny & coagulated - blood gel).

Don't forget to apply some liquid latex around the eyes (I skipped this step because my eyes are particularly sensitive to liquid latex) for an even more gnarly effect.

As long as the whole thing looks glossy & oozy, you're good to go. 

Final thoughts...
If I were to re do this I'd definitely use scar wax (which I ran out of this day) on the outer perimeter of the wound (rather than liquid latex). I prefer scar wax to latex and tissue because it is more seamless & can be more precisely manipulated.

Then, I'd seal the scar wax with a bit of liquid latex & do my paint job similarly to how I did it here. However, I would also apply scar wax around the eyes & peel it up a bit to look torn. 

It would also be cool to add a layer of liquid latex on the INSIDE of the wound to give that torn nasty flesh some more dimension. 
Anyhow...the overall effect is still pretty cool & this is definitely a memorable/effective gross out makeup to wear this Halloween.

Joanna xo

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NOTD: Halloween Nails

Here's a mani I did last night. It's perfect if you have no special nail brushes/tools because the Frankenstein monster accent nails/spider web can be done with a basic black striping polish. I know I know...the Franken-nail has been done, but I always seem to do it at least once during this time of year. It's super cute & easy so I can't seem to resist.

Sally Hansen polish in Slick Slate (dark grey)
Sinful Colors polish in Happy Ending (shimmery green)
Sinful Colors polish in Mystery Moonshine (glitter polish) - I feel compelled to mention that this polish blows - plainly put! No matter how much I shake it or work at getting glitter particles on my brush, they never end up on my nails. It's a pity, because the confetti-like little sparkles would be really pretty if they'd show up!
LA Colors Art Deco striping polish in Black
INM Out The Door Super Fast Drying Top Coat

On a totally unrelated note...I've been listening to John Newman all morning (yeah, what else is new?) but still can't get into that Calvin Harris collab (Blame). Just sayin'...Alright...ending this sad excuse for a post with some music. :D

Also...can we just take a second to appreciate this performance (living for that energetic dancing haha)...This Rudimental collab never gets old. Plus, that shot of Ella Eyre singing along in the audience gets me every time. K, gonna go bounce around while I clean. Hahaha.

Joanna xo

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bloody Masquerade Part 1 - DIY Flesh Mask

Now that October is finally upon us, I figured it was time to really play with some gory gross-out makeup. I've seen a few versions of the bloody masquerade mask done several different ways, so I decided to try it out & put my own spin on it. I had a feeling this look was going to be the new "zipper face" (in other words, done to death, haha) but was surprised to find that there aren't as many tutorials of this look as I thought! That being said, I hope this mask/makeup is fun to look at & inspires some spooky costumes (& maybe a few nightmares) this season! Below, I've included some instructions (accompanied by photos) to demonstrate how to make this mask as Part 1 of my Bloody Masquerade look! Some of the steps are very straight forward & simple so I did not photograph every part of the process (if I did we'd be scrolling 'til the end of time haha).

Another cool thing about making this mask is that you can customize it to fit your needs & costume requirements. For example, rather than making it into a masquerade mask, you could simply attach it to your face with some spirit gum & add some blood, making it look like you wore someone else's face to the party! The possibilities are endless, so let's just get started!

What you'll need:
- Simple mask of your choice
*Note - I chose to use a mask made out of a flimsy "satin" material so that it would more closely resemble flesh. You can use a plastic one, but I thought it would be a bit too stiff & not as realistic!
- Liquid latex
- Nose & scar wax
- Lotion of your choice
- Foundation that matches your skin
- Makeup sponges
- Cream makeup (I used red, dark red, brown, black & grey)
- Theatrical blood
- Glue gun
- Craft feathers (or any misc. embellishments you may have laying around)
- 1 Chopstick or skewer
- Black Sharpie marker

In this photo you can see what I started with up close. This mask was the cheapest I'd seen at any shop & cost me $1.49.

1.) Alright, so the first thing you want to do after you choose your mask is coat it with a layer of liquid latex. Again, I chose to work with a very flimsy mask so I wanted to make it a bit thicker & sturdier. I chose to use this kind of mask, rather than a plastic one, because I felt that it'd look more realistic. The finished product flaps a bit like skin would. If you use plastic, you can skip this step I suppose.
My mask had some wonky eye holes. So, with a pen, I drew out a new shape for the eyes. Next, I cut out my new eye holes with some scissors. You can get creative in this step, cut the mask to make it look more jagged, whatever you want! I chose to keep it simple & stick to the original shape of the mask so that the look wouldn't lose its "masquerade" feel.
After that, it was on to the liquid latex. I applied quite a thick layer with a brush. You can use a blow dryer to speed up drying time.

2.) After my first coat of liquid latex dried, I used a makeup wedge to apply another thin coat of latex to my mask.

3.) I waited for my second layer of latex to dry before I moved on to this step. Here, I've prepared my scar wax & some hand lotion. I rubbed a bit of lotion on my hands (don't use too much or your wax will be too slippery) & scooped some wax out of the container. I rolled it into balls & flattened them. Then I began placing them on the mask. I continued to build up the wax until the whole mask was covered. Then, I applied a bit more lotion to my hands to smooth out the wax on the mask.
*Note: Using scar wax on the mask gave it a bit more weight & made the surface appear more "skin like".

4.) I applied another thin coat of liquid latex on top of the scar wax.
5.) Once the final layer of liquid latex dried, I applied a foundation that matched my skin tone to the mask with a foundation brush. You can use a sponge for this step.
6.) I powdered the mask with Ben Nye's translucent setting powder. You can also use your regular setting powder for this step.
 7.) Now, for the brows! This part is a little tricky. Make sure you WAIT until your mask is dry to do this step! Draw in some brows with cream makeup using short strokes to emulate real brow hairs. You don't want to use a brow pencil for this step because your mask will still be a bit soft. Using a pencil will essentially stab the "skin" of your mask. So, using a stiff angled brush & cream makeup works well & keeps the brows on the surface rather than digging into the "flesh" you've made.
*Note: Don't freak out if your brow game isn't on point here. You're wearing a flesh mask covered in blood, after all!
8.) I took my handy Ben Nye Zombie wheel (cream makeup) and used a dark red around the mask & eye holes.
9.) I deepened the red with black cream makeup (once again painting around the mask in various spots and the eye holes). I also added fake blood at various stages. Looks cool even when it dries!

10.) After the blood dried up a bit, I used a true red to go over certain spots to make the skin look a bit irritated.
11.) Powder the cream makeup to set it. I used a translucent powder by Ben Nye.
12.) I happened to have some old Mardi Gras masks laying around, so I cut off some of the feathers and glued them to the back of my mask with a hot glue gun. You can buy feathers at a craft store. You can also add gems or whatever else you want to your mask in this step.
13.) With a black Sharpie marker, I colored in one chopstick & attached it to my mask with hot glue.

14.) Apply blood of your choice to the mask. If you don't have gel blood, use regular costume blood & reapply it before you go out for the night.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 

Please check back for Part 2 of my Bloody Masquerade look which will feature makeup to accompany this mask!!

Joanna xo

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monthly Favorites: September

This month has been sort of slow - as far as favorite beauty products are concerned - because I've been focused on coming up with Halloween looks, shopping compulsively for fall clothing & doing very basic every day makeup (what can I say, I'm a creature of habit!). But, as always, I do have a few products to spotlight & chit chat about so let's jump into it!

1.) The first thing I've been loving lately is this retractable lip liner by Jordana in the color Cabernet. This is an awesome deep red wine color that pairs well with several of my favorite fall lipsticks. I've actually worn this on its own as well & it looks just as beautiful. I have to say, I wasn't expecting much when I bought this (gave it a whirl because it was on sale at Walgreens). I was convinced that it'd be waxy, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it applied easily, was very creamy & didn't bleed.

 Jordana Easyliner for Lips Retractable Lip Liner

2.) Next up is another Jordana retractable liner in Sea Green. I picked this up thinking it'd be a fun alternative to standard black. I liked the idea of a deep green liner to play up my eyes & add an unexpected pop of  color to an otherwise simple makeup look. Once again, I was not disappointed. This applies smoothly & stays on for quite a long time. I like to use this beneath my waterline (along my lower lashlines) for a little pop of color.

Jordana Easyliner for Eyes Retractable Eye Liner

L: Cabernet R: Sea Green

3.) Next is MAC's Riveting Rose lipstick. I believe this came out with their "Jeanius" collection a few years back. Whoops, hopped on that bandwagon pretty late... Better late than never, right? Anyhow...I do love this color, especially for the fall. It's a deep red-berry color with a plum/purple frost. It isn't as dark as it appears in the tube and, when applied lightly, looks more red. I've paired it up with the aforementioned Cabernet liner by Jordana & they make a pretty nice combination.

MAC Riveting Rose lipstick

On lips: Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Cabernet + MAC Riveting Rose lipstick

4.) Since I've been doing a bunch of Halloween looks lately, I was going through my regular makeup removing wipes like crazy. To save a few bucks, I decided to stock up on these cheap baby wipes from Dollar Tree to use instead. So far, they've been working out perfectly. I don't use these directly on my face, but have used them for my neck, hands & to spot clean my brushes. They're also great for removing swatches when I'm testing products. Total steal compared to what I pay for my regular wipes. Plus, they're unscented & non irritating.

5.) Lastly, I decided to include a fragrance I've been loving. I admit, I bought it only about 2 weeks ago but figured I'd sneak it in because I've been wearing it almost every day since then. For those of you who aren't familiar, this is the Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy perfume. I'm still surprised at how much I love this stuff & how great it smells on me. I used to wear Fantasy (pink bottle) back in high school but it was way too sweet to wear on a daily basis. I still have it in my collection but never really reach for it.

By comparison, I'd say this one is a bit more sophisticated & fruity. Although, I still consider this a warm scent. It has become sort of a fall staple of mine already & I've been getting a lot of compliments whenever I wear it, so I figured I'd toss it in.

'Til next time, ghouls. Check back with me this week for more Halloween looks & as always - thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram & check out the Halloween looks I've posted so far!

Happy October!

Joanna xo

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


After yesterday's cute kitty post, I wanted to go in a completely different direction with my makeup. Sooo, tonight I bring you some ghost/ghoul/creeper-in-a-dark-alley action! Hey, when in doubt for Halloween, be as ugly as possible, I guess! Haha. I didn't have a particular idea in mind tonight, but this was still decent practice for future looks. For me, this kind of trial & error is really the fun of it, so I figured I'd share what I came up with.

Side note...I am so excited that the weather here has started to cool down, though! I swear I woke up with a spring in my step! Ahhh, crisp fall air...we meet again. Makes me all the more excited to post. ;)

Products Used:
Ben Nye Zombie Wheel (black/grey)
Ben Nye Bruise Wheel  (dark purple)
Mehron Clown White 
MAC eyeshadow in Print

Joanna xo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kitty Makeup + Bonus NOTD

 1.) Ribbon wrapped wire kitty ears. 2.) Black & orange bow headband 3.) Fluffy hot pink/silver kitty ears

Headbands with animal ears, giant sequined bows, mini witch hats & even googly eyes are a busy girl's best friend come Halloween! They make for instant costumes & are always a fun way to feel festive, even if you can't go all out. This year, I was inspired by the Halloween headband selection I found in Target's dollar section. I ended up buying 3 and decided to do looks based on each. The first in the series is - you guessed it! - a simple kitty makeup to go with the ribbon wrapped wire cat ears I picked up.

Headbands like these will normally set you back about 8 bucks at costume shops & Halloween stores, so I was pretty thrilled to stock up for cheap! I've accumulated quite a few of pairs of cat ears, devil horns & everything in between, but I'm loving the quality & versatility of these.

& away we go!

The look:

Products Used/Helpful Hints:
*Note: All of the makeup mentioned below was applied over a thin layer of my regular foundation.
Mehron Clown White cream makeup - Used for the white/highlighted areas. I applied it with a fluffy brush and then blended with my finger. As you can see, I applied this creamy white makeup to the middle of my forehead (blending upward), down my nose, above my upper lip & on my chin (blending outward).
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Nude Glow - Used on darker areas of the face such as the hairline, jawline, sides of the nose, cheekbones & around the white areas near the mouth. Instead of this product you can use a slightly darker (1 or 2 shades) foundation or a BB cream.
Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo - I used the matte bronzer to blend & deepen the darker areas of my face & to intensify my cheek (& other) contour.
Ben Nye Rainbow Wheel cream makeup - I used the black to draw on some fluffy brows, line my eyes, draw in the nose & outline the mouth. I did all of this with a thin angled brush. Don't have cream makeup & an angled brush? No problem. You can line your eyes with a liquid liner instead & use a well sharpened pencil to draw in the details.
Fantasy Makers Lipstick in Black - I used this to fill in my top lip.
Wet 'n Wild Lipstick in 525D Retro Pink - for my bottom lip.
Ben Nye Neutral Set powder - I patted this on my face carefully to set.

* I filled in my little cat nose with a random no name pink eye shadow. You can also use a lipstick.
* Apparently, I couldn't be bothered to put on mascara (whoops! I totally forgot) but I'd recommend a coat or 2 and even some dramatic falsies or half lashes to finish the look!

In keeping with today's kitty theme, here is my NOTD (which is actually from this weekend). I used LA Colors polish in Sea Foam & Sassy+Chic leopard nail stickers.

Thassall folks! Until next time!

Joanna xo

Friday, September 26, 2014

Soft & Subtle Night-Out Makeup

Earlier tonight a sweet friend took me to dinner for my birthday so I figured I'd share the look I created for the occasion! I'm still working on the quality of my photos and wish that the camera captured my everyday looks a bit better, but hopefully in due time I'll master taking close up shots of my lids.

The Look:

Products Used:
Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance Primer
MAC eyeshadow in Maid Of Honor (Royal Assets palette many moons ago!) on the brow bone.
MAC eyeshadow in Crystal on the lid (not passing the crease).
MAC eyeshadow in Vellum on the inner corners.
MAC shadow in Parfait Amour on the outer half of the lids/bottom lashlines
MAC eyeshadow in Nocturnelle in the creases, upper lashlines & outer 3rd of the lower lashlines
MAC eyeshadow in Carbon on the outer 3rd of the lids
CoverGirl LashBlast 24 HR Mascara  in Very Black (top lashes)
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Very Black (bottom lashes)
L'Oreal lipstick #800 Fairest Nude
Rimmel lipstick #060 Independent


I paired my wire wrapped crystal necklace (made by my bestie and jewelry designer The Forest Door) with my 42in. rose gold Lisa Taubes chain necklace. I've had my Lisa Taubes necklaces for years now (in various lengths) and never get tired of pairing them up with other jewels. They're perfect for layering and make every outfit feel more elegant.

*Back to more Halloween looks tomorrow! 


Let's end it with a little 90's goodness!

Gonna find me somebody
Not afraid to let go
Want a no doubt be there kind of man
You came real close

Joanna xo

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Colorful Skull

Today I did a look that was inspired by a makeup artist I saw on Instagram a while back. I've been looking for the reference photo but can't find it for the life of me. I don't think I followed her makeup look exactly because I lost the reference photo so I took some creative liberty & put my own spin on it to fill in any gaps in my memory. Overall, I think this is a fun look for Halloween. Hope you enjoy.

Products Used:
Wet 'n Wild ColorIcon liners (Black & White) - to draw out the basic shapes.
Maybelline Color Tattoo #50 Edgy Emerald - to fill in the eye area.
Mehron Clown White+Ben Nye red cream makeup - for the pink areas.
Mehron Clown White - for the teeth.
LA Colors Sandcastles Palette - I used the teal color to fill in the eye socket.
LA Colors Pink eye shadow - (from an old palette) to set the pink cream makeup.

Joanna xo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's my birthday...

Today has got me in a super reflective mood so I decided to come on here and wish myself a happy damn birthday (if only to remember this day & motivate myself to keep up my page!). I know this is a makeup blog but...

After the past year of struggles, I'm ready for some new beginnings & I welcome them with open arms. As much as I dread getting older, I'm looking forward to what this upcoming year has in store & I'm counting my blessings every day. Today I feel especially blessed to have my loved ones around me & to have woken up to birthday texts, comments & phone calls. I can honestly say that they have made my only birthday wish (to be happy) come true this year.

Here's to what I hope will be a fantastic year full of happiness, creativity & tons of fucking makeup.

& please check back for more makeup this week! 

 Joanna xo