Friday, October 31, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Makeup Looks


This week I have posted four Halloween looks with the four ELF Cosmetics Halloween Beauty Books that they have in Target stores for just $6.00 each! Each book gives you 8 eyeshadows, one pair of falsies, one liner pencil, and a lipgloss color. If you are running around looking for last minute costumes and need a good makeup set, you'd be better off buying these books than those other cheapy costume sets. Here's a roundup of the four looks and reviews I've posted this week.

Enchanted (tutorial)


Diva (tutorial)


Vampire (tutorial)


Wicked (tutorial)

ELF Wicked Halloween Beauty Book - review & eye look

Today I have the ELF Halloween Beauty Book in Wicked to review, this is available on their website and in Target stores for $6.00. This book is very dark and perfectly wicked! The book includes one set of basic false lashes, these are nice but not very dramatic, the glue is not good so I recommend using a different brand of lash glue so your lashes won't fall off. There are 8 eye shadows from champagne to green to black, they all have a soft texture and good pigmentation. I found most of these shadows needed a primer or color base to show true to my swatches, the purple and green were the toughest to build up pigmentation. There is also a double ended sponge applicator, black eye liner pencil (that works better as a lip pencil than an eye pencil), and an amazing black lipgloss that smells like sweet cream. Overall, I like this book for the dark and vampy looks, but I really wish the two main wicked colors had more punch.









Here is a look I created with the ELF Wicked Halloween Beauty Book, I initially did the look in the book, but it looked so much more tame than my Vampire look, so I went off the script and did a structured eye look with extreme contouring and crazy brows. I LOVE it! :) I have multiple villains as inspiration, but mainly I wanted strong beautiful eyes with a dark and wicked surrounding.


To start, I used the ELF Eyelid Primer all over the eye area and below the eye. I used the included black eyeliner pencil to outline the eye shape I wanted, I used the black shadow to set all the liner and fill in the outer wing. I packed on the green shadow where I wanted it, and patted a tiny bit of the golden champagne shade on top of the center area of the green shadow for some dimension, I also applied it to my brow bone. I mixed the orange, purple, and brown together and lightly applied it to my undereye area for a sunken unhealthy look. I used the light grey under the inner corner of the eye, and I used the dark grey to contour my inner brow and nose bridge area. I used the black along my hair line, to fill in my brows and the messy strokes above my brow. I redefined my black liner around the eye shape I created with a waterproof black liquid liner. To finish off, I used waterproof black mascara on the lashes, applied some dramatic lashes, and waterproof black kohl liner on the waterline and tight line.

On the lips. I used the black liner pencil from the beauty book to over draw my lip shape, and sharpen the cupids bow, and point the bottom lip shape. I used a black lipstick all over and dabbed some of the green shadow on top of the lips to match the eye look. I cleaned up the lip borders with concealer and a fine lip brush.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

ELF Halloween Vampire Beauty Book - review & eye look

Today I have the ELF Halloween Beauty Book in Vampire to review, this is available on their website and in Target stores for $6.00. This book is very vampy with dark tones and pops of red. The book includes one set of basic false lashes, these are nice but not very dramatic, the glue is not good so I recommend using a different brand of lash glue so your lashes won't fall off. There are 8 eye shadows from white to orange to deep red, they all have a soft texture and great pigmentation. I found these shadows all wear great with a basic primer, but even more amazing with a dark cream color base. There is also a double ended sponge applicator, black eye liner pencil (that works better as a lip pencil than an eye pencil), and a cherry red lipgloss that smells like sweet cream. Overall, I love this for vampy smokey eyes, this is a good book to pick up at Target.









Here is a look I created with the ELF Vampire Halloween Beauty Book, I tried to follow the look on the book cover while using all 8 shades, and I love how it turned out. This look is so fierce and very vampy, honestly, it was so heartbreaking to remove, I wish I could have worn it all day (but as a blogger, I had more makeup work to get done).



To start, I used the ELF Eyelid Primer and applied a layer of the ELF Smudge Pot in Hit The Town for a dark cream base color to make the shadows look deeper and darker. I started by using the white shadow on the brow bone and inner corners to highlight. Then I used the dark brown shade in the crease, and the light grey shade at the inner crease to meet the white shadow at the inner corner, lastly I used the dark red shade at the outer v for dimension and winged it out past my eye shape for a more dramatic look. On the lid I started with the red shade on the main lid, with the orange shade between the lid and the crease for a smooth gradient of color. I applied the burgundy shade to the outer lid to blend into the dark red on the outer crease area. For the lower lash line I used the light orange on the inner area, the orange on the middle area and the burgundy on the outer area to meet the dark red I had in the outer v area. Finishing off the look, I applied waterproof black mascara and a strong wing with a waterproof black liquid liner, also applied a waterproof black pencil liner on the waterline and tight line. For the brows I used the dark wax from the ELF Brow Kit in Dark, and set it with the dark brown shadow. For extra effect, I used the white shadow as a highlighter on my face for an immortal look.

On the lips I went all out. I used the black liner pencil from the beauty book to over draw my lip shape, I applied the ELF Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Carpet to the inner lip areas and a black lipstick to the outer areas, I also used the red lipgloss from the book to get a shiny look. LOVE!



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Autumn Pumpkin Nail Art - NYC Metro Girl e-Magazine October 2014 issue

I'm so excited to share the Autumn Pumpkin Nail Art tutorial that I created for my second feature in the NYC Metro Girl e-Magazine! Click the magazine to read the new October 2014 issue:



You can also find me in the previous September 2014 issue where I share 7 Autumn Beauty Trends:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ELF Halloween Diva Beauty Book - review & eye look

Today I have the ELF Halloween Beauty Book in Diva to review, this is available on their website and in Target stores for $6.00. This book is more bold than the Enchanted book, but not too bright and bold, I think it stays in the realm of "Diva" very well. The book includes one set of basic false lashes, these are nice but not very dramatic, the glue is not good so I recommend using a different brand of lash glue so your lashes won't fall off. There are 8 eye shadows from white to gold to charcoal, they all have a soft texture and great pigmentation. I found these shadows all wear nicely with a basic primer. There is also a double ended sponge applicator, black eye liner pencil that is too hard and dry to use comfortably, and a hot pink lipgloss with blue and pink glitters (!) that smells like sweet cream. Overall, I really like this book, it's very versatile for so many Halloween looks from princess to villain to specific characters, and the quality is great for $6.00. If you're doing a last minute costume (like I am), this is a good book to pick up at Target.









Here is a look I created with the ELF Diva Halloween Beauty Book, I tried to follow the look on the book cover while using all 8 shades, and I love how it turned out. This is the type of look I would wear in real life, so not only can you bump this up for Halloween, you can reuse this book throughout the year.



To start, I used the ELF Eyelid Primer and applied the white to the brow bone and inner corner. Then I used the soft brown shade in the crease as a transitional color, the darker pink in the center crease area, and the light coral in the inner crease area. I put the gold on the main lid and used the blue to create a winged out effect on the outer corner. I applied the dark charcoal shade on the outer most part of the crease, outer corner, and wrapped down to the outer corner of the lower lash line. For the lower lash line I used the gold shade on the center area, and the light grey taupe on the inner area to meet up with the white I applied in the beginning. I finished off with black waterproof mascara (no lashes so I wouldn't lose the gold pop of color on the lid), black liner on the waterline and tight line, and simple/soft drawn in brows.

On the lips I tried the hot pink gloss alone, very pretty pink, and on top of the ELF Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round for a super hot pink bold lip.




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