FOTD: Purple Haze

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything on makeup, so here’s a new Face of the Day…I call it Purple Haze. Seems that purple has become my signature color this summer, so I’ve been playing around with all the purples in my collections. I wore a purple print dress to church today and came up with the look below. Remember, it looks like a lot of products, but as I have said before, my makeup takes no more than 15 minutes.

MAC Concealer – NW 45
IMAN Crème to Powder Foundation – Earth 3
IMAN Second to None Semi-Loose Powder – Earth Medium

MAC Blush – Loverush
Milani Baked Bronzer – Golden

Brow – Maybelline Master Shape eyebrow pencil – Deep Brown
Under-brow – MAC Concealer – NW 40
Highlight – MAC eye shadow – Arena
Waterline – Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Ransom
Lower Lash Line – Annabelle Smudge Liner – OHMYGOTH!
Upper Lash Line – MAC Fluidline Gel Liner – Blacktrack
Lid Primer – MAC Paint Pot – Groundwork
Inner Corner – Urban Decay – Skimp
Upper Lid – Urban Decay – Gravity
Transition/crease – MAC Folie
Crease – MAC – Shadowy Lady
Outer Corner – Urban Decay – Creep
Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara – Blackest Black


Urban Decay FOTD – Last Call

Yes, it’s been quite a while since I posted a blog about makeup. I’ve been busy talking about music and other fun things, but I decided to go back to beauty for a minute. First of all, FOTD=Face of the Day, for those of you who are new to the makeup lingo!

So…I’ve been “collecting” Urban Decay palettes for the past year or so. So far, I have the Rollergirl, I ♥ NYC, Naked, 15th Anniversary and Book of Shadows IV palettes. I probably get the most mileage out of the Naked palette, a collection of neutrals that can be toned down for daytime, or glammed up for nighttime wear. I tried hard not to get sucked into the Urban Decay palettes, because a few years ago, I was told by a Sephora employee that UD was for “really young” people, and at first I agreed with her. But after seeing a bunch of YouTube makeup gurus work some fabulous looks for even an “old” 40-something like me, I decided to give them a try. However, I never seemed to find the right color combinations for my traditional looks. So what did I do? Changed some of my traditions! I saw a great tutorial the other day from one of my favorite MUAs (MakeUp Artist), BeatFace Honey, who used a beautiful UD shade from the 15th Anniversary Palette – a beautiful teal called Deep End – and she dampened the brush before applying the color. WOW!! What a difference that technique made on the color payoff. Now this is not a new technique, but I see what a difference it makes on the bold shimmery Urban Decay shades, especially for my skintone. Now I know the trick!

Having said that, I decided to play with another UD color and wore it to church today. Since I was wearing a simple black and white dress, I decided to add a ‘pop of color’ (although I really dislike that overused phrase! lol). If you have any questions about the products or technique, or if you would like to see a video of how I achieved this look, feel free to post a comment. Here are the pictures and products I used. Enjoy!


MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural – Deep

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

MAC Studio Finish concealer – NW45


MAC Paint Pot – Groundwork (lid primer)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Last Call (lid)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Uzi (inner corner)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Maui Wowie (brow highlight)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

Revlon ColorStay™ Liquid Eye Pen – Blackest Black (upper lash line)

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil eyeliner – Carbon Black (lower lash line and waterline)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black


NARS Blush – Albatross (cheek highlight)

Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder – Afterglow


MAC Lipglass – All of My Purple Life (not shown in face shots, but here’s what it looks like… )

The finished face!!

No New Makeup! (Well…Um…But…)

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

Early in the summer, I declared a moratorium on new makeup purchases. Not that I had been buying so much, but now that I was much more comfortable in makeup application and had amassed a fairly diverse palette of shadows and blushes, I decided to focus solely on using what I had. The last major makeup purchase I had made was the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection, which I bought myself for my birthday. In fact, it was after THAT purchase that I decided on no new makeup. What made the decision even easier was my winning Tamara’s contest ( back in September, when I won a boatload of cosmetic goodies. There was so much good stuff in that package, I had to share it in a blog post, which you can read here.

So when I learned that Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows IV had come out, I declined. And I was okay with that. At $64, I really wasn’t trying to spend that kind of money on more UD. Though I love their shades, one of my pet peeves with UD (and some other brands as well) is that even though their new palettes may have “new” shades, I find them to sometimes simply be slight variations on an existing shade. HOW.EV.ER…what had happened was…I fell into the Black Friday trap and purchased Shadows IV ONLY because I got an email from UD stating that the first 1000 customers could order it for $44.00!! TWENTY DOLLARS off??? You can’t beat that with a stick, as my Momma used to say. There was NO WAY I was passing that deal up. So yeah…moratorium went out the window and I got my shipping confirmation last night! Book of Shadows IV will be in my mailbox next week (insert head nod!)

And then what had happened was…well…um…I was in Rite Aid the other day and they had a 40% off sale on Wet n Wild Color Icon palettes, which are dirt cheap ANYWAY. Who could pass up a $2.99 eyeshadow trio that was now only $1.79? I bought two – Spoiled Brat and Knock on Wood.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Knock on Wood

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Spoiled Brat

The Color Icon palettes are super fun and really pigmented, and I have not been collecting them as I should. So I had an obligation to buy them, righhht???

In all seriousness, I have not fallen off the No New Makeup wagon – I just couldn’t let these deals pass. My new goal is to get through the New Year without new makeup. The exception is if I get a Sephora or MAC gift card from some wonderful family member or friend! (wink). I do promise to do a tutorial for a Spoiled Brat look I’m trying out, and as soon as I get my Book of Shadows IV, I will post a video or blog review and show it off, er share it with you all!

Fall Favorites – Using What You Have

We know what the fall 2011 trends are – bold brows, jewel-tones, etc., etc…. But most of us already have all those items in our stash that will allow us to pull off all the looks we need for the fall/winter. Yes, it’s fun to buy and play in new makeup, but let’s take a moment to look at what we already have before we head to the makeup counters and makeup sites.

Here’s my video of Fall Favorites – using what I have!

Pearly Blue FOTD

I very rarely post a FOTD (Face of the Day), but I felt inspired. I recently posted my video showing off my amazing makeup prizes from the BeautyThesis contest I won a few weeks ago. In that package was a beautiful Stila “Precious Pearl” palette.

Stila Precious Pearl Palette-cover

Here are the products I used:


Sephora Primer

CoverGirl Natureluxe Liquid Foundation (Brazilnut)

Iman Second to None Semi-Loose Powder (Earth 3)


MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)

MAC Fluidline gel liner (Blacktrack) – upper lash line

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes (Blackest Black)

Stila Precious Pearl Palette (Beige-Gold and Deep Blue colors) – inner lid/outer lid

MAC shadows (Saddle, Carbon) – transition/outer corner

Urban Decay 24/7 liner (black) – lower lash line


MAC Blush (Sweet as Cocoa)


MAC Liner (Chestnut)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss (Nude Lustre) – great dupe for NARS Lipgloss in Giza, by the way

Hope you like the look!