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Have you ever tried to dye your eyebrows?

I sure haven’t, I’m terrified of ever putting anything harmful near my eyes. However, i saw this trend in many articles (mostly about catwalk trends), done with both liquid lipsticks, colored mascaras and eye shadows and I decided I wanted to try it. I’ve read in many places that you can use a shade that matches your hair to dye your brows to make it look softer and more ‘natural’, but I don’t really think that pink or red brows would ever really look natural.. Well, ginger red brows would look natural!

If I was to follow the same logic, I should have just used a black or dark brown pencil, something I do already so it wouldn’t really be too exciting. However, if you’re going to wear a bright wig, or a wig that differs from your natural color, you should probably try to match it. This is often done with cosplay, where the characters have either blue, pink, red or any other colored hair and it would be “natural” for them to have brows in the same shade.

I looked through a whole bunch of pictures and decided on trying three different colors, with three different application methods.

Red

For this one I used two of the liquid lipsticks I have from Makeup Revolution. One was a bright red, and the other was slightly darker. I wanted it to look like the color had a bit of depth. I used an angled brush to apply the color, following the natural shape of my brows. It was a bit messy and I had to clean up the edges a lot with a smaller brush soaked with oil infused micellar water. The red was the first color I tried, I honestly should have saved it for last because it was so difficult to remove. I think it would look nicer if my hair was still as bright red as it was, now it’s orange-y brown.

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Blue

For the blue I used a eye shadow pencil. The one I had was from L’Oreal and it was in the shade Ocean Blue. One thing I hadn’t noticed was that it contains a bit of shimmer. It didn’t look bad but I wasn’t expecting it. The pencil is very soft so it felt and looked kind of like a pomade. It wasn’t the worst, but it didn’t feel too good after a while. The blue was also difficult to remove because this eye pencil is very pigmented.

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Gold

You wouldn’t have guessed that it was gold, right? My gold obsession lives on and I decided trying to have gold eyebrows would be like the best idea ever. It could maybe have been that if I had a liquid gold product. What I used here was a wet eye shadow brush and golden eyeshadow, the one from the 24k NUDES palette from Maybelline. The color didn’t show up too well on camera but it looked slightly metallic in real life at least. I think this turned out the worst out of the three and I would never try it again..

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All in all, I think colored brows would work if they had a purpose, like completing a cosplay costume or for festivals and whatnot!

Have you tried out colored brows before? Is it a trend you could have worn?

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I have never been the biggest fan of jewelry..

I was very active when I was younger so I hated wearing necklaces, I never got my ears pierced, I didn’t like wearing rings because I was always in the woods or out in the fields and I would just lose them. My love for jewelry has certainly only been present for the past few years and I have purchased a few treasured pieces that I just love wearing. I don’t wear jewelry every single day but I do love to accessorize whenever I’m going out, no matter what occasion it is for. I don’t care much for handbags, sunglasses, shawls, scarves or anything else so jewelry is the way to go for me.

When it comes to buying jewelry, I rarely spend a lot, I know I’m either going to break it or lose it either way so I try to buy as cheap as possible. I don’t enjoy mass produced either, so I mostly purchase handmade jewelry off of Etsy. It makes me feel better that I can directly support whoever created it. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing jewelry from other stores or people, I just do what I think is right. Anyways, here we go:

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Amethyst cluster choker (probably not a real crystal, it is really heavy though) and a faceted glass choker, both with velvet bands. These two are my favorites and I love wearing them. Chokers do make me feel slightly claustrophobic at times but they’re both so pretty that it doesn’t really matter. Both are from sellers on Etsy.

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A metal dream catcher necklace. I love wearing this, but I don’t wear it as often as I probably should. It has a tendency of turning around and that can be a tiny bit annoying when you have to turn it back again and again. I don’t really remember where I purchased this.

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A chunk of tinted glass (they advertised it as some kind of quartz but it’s just glass) and a crescent moon, both from wish! I’ve been really into moon jewelry lately, been browsing Etsy for new pieces but haven’t found any that I wouldn’t regret purchasing.

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A 9 piece ring set, purchased from wish for like a dollar! These are so cute and I love wearing all nine of them at the same time. They are of varying sizes so that you can have more than one on a finger (like this). I really wish my fingers were more slender and longer so that I could fit even more of them on.

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And lastly I have a gold plated ring that I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away in December, and a blue faceted glass ring, a replica from the anime series Black Butler. Blue is one of my absolute favorite colors so I couldn’t resist purchasing it.

So that was my collection, for now! I might purchase some more in the future, because I’m bound to either lose or destroy some of these eventually. (Hopefully not though because I love them all).

Do you have any favorite jewelry?

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If there is one thing that both confuses and intrigues me, it is the trends that beauty gurus pick up on, or create..

I always see articles about new things like “diamond nails”, mermaid this and mermaid that, “holographic” make up and god knows what, and I can’t ever seem to be able to jump on the same hype train as others do.

— But, that doesn’t mean I don’t try to recreate whatever it is, like a year after it was popular. I always let a few months pass by, commenting about how stupid something is, then I just end up thinking like “Screw it, I gotta do it now.” So that is how this series was born, I haven’t said it will be a series yet but there is a lot of things I want to try out. The only requirement for me though is that I would have to just use whatever I own, because I don’t want to have to go out of my way to purchase new make up items, I have so much that I need to use up. It is probably not a lot by others standards, but for me it’s more than I would ever need. ( I guess the Makeup Revolution Storage Chest I purchased is to blame).

Onto this post’s trend

I was just mindlessly googling when I stumbled upon this, seeing very washed out eye looks with dull or pastel colors — or on the other side of the scale, bright teal and glitters, and I thought it looked rather cute. Most of the looks were purely greens or blues, or with a tiny bit of purple or yellow, but the “tutorial” I found made use of pretty much every one of the single pan eye shadows I have (which are like the purple, the blue and the green shades, all from H&M). Here’s what it says:

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The mesmerizingly pretty looks on the fashion runway at Marc Jacobs, Rachel Comey, and Jill Stuart are a brighter, dreamier take on the dark and smoky standard. Here’s how we’re pulling it off: Apply shimmery purple on the inner halves of lids, blue on the outer halves, green just below the eyes, and gold at the inner corners. (Eye primer helps.) Blend with a fluffy shadow brush; liner and mascara optional.

They probably intended for this to be a soft, pastel-ish look, but I can’t help but to go for bold colors whenever I can. I also probably could have blended the colors better but the sort of color block look is something I really enjoy, so it is what it is!

What I did was to first apply the purple shadow, then I took a blue eye shadow stick on the outer corner, trying to make it slightly like a wing, I applied a slightly darker blue eye shadow on top and blended it towards the purple. I then took the green shadow under the eyes, blending it up into the blue to try to further make it look like a wing. And last, but not least I applied the gold shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, trying to follow the “tutorial” as closely as possible.

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I think it came out pretty good! Maybe not the same way that the tutorial intended but at least I used the right colors. It could have been softer, could have been more sparkly, could have been better. I guess what matters is that I am happy with it.

I don’t know if I would ever wear this look, maybe to a concert or something similar but definitely not every day! I can understand the appeal of the mermaid look, it’s very beautiful so I guess it’s safe to say that…

This was a total success. √

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What is on my vanity?

July 24, 2017 — 18 Comments

I have always been fascinated with how others do things, and I always love reading posts about storage and whatnot. I did one of these posts back in December, you can click here for the link to that. A lot has changed since then, I used up most of my Lush products, decided it was too expensive to repurchase any of them and ended up finding a lot of affordable skin care. Now my mission is to find cruelty free replacements for a lot of it so I can stop feeling bad about using the products that I do. ( I also keep a lot of stuff in the bathroom, I just prefer to keep my make up here since the lighting is better).

Top shelf: My Lush scents, the Smuggler’s Soul body spray and the 10ml perfume dropper bottle. Also contains two decorative gold bottles and a silver buddha figurine.

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Main space: Going from left to right there is a flower crown, my hair brush, a pair of scissors, a headband sort of thing to keep my hair out of my face, my mirror with my choker necklaces draped over it, paper tissues, a box with cotton pads, a toner spray, dry shampoo, hair gel, a victoria’s secret body spray, the makeup revolution storage chest, a deodorant, a body lotion, a night cream from Korres, the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water, Simple micellar water, L’Oreal age perfect toner and a Garnier micellar water.

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The storage chest: I used to keep my make up in other containers but this storage chest is perfect. The labels are a bit hard to read but I have basically been able to fit everything into most of these drawers. A few are still empty but that doesn’t matter, I’ll find something to fill them up with eventually.

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Junk drawer: Not really junk, but that’s usually what people call their miscellaneous drawer. Whenever there’s a sale I tend to buy a lot of skincare and keep it in my stash for later use. I also stock up on cotton pads, q-tips, toothpaste, conditioners, make up bags and whatnot. I currently have three make up bags in my drawer and I haven’t even used two of them yet.

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So that is what I currently keep on my vanity! I could probably have reorganized it all but I think it works out fine the way it is. If I moved the storage chest to the left, I couldn’t keep anything on top of it because the mirror gets moved around a lot and that would suck. What do you keep on your vanity? (If you have one, of course).

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After I dyed my hair red and left in a “blonde” piece (honestly it has a golden sheen to it, and it makes me look like a parrot at times), I wanted to experiment a bit with the gold shade from the Maybelline 24k nudes palette. I honestly feel like anyone could look good with some gold on their eyes, especially deeper skin tones, so I guess it would be universally flattering? I honestly wish I had a bit more melanin just so I wouldn’t be so pale all of the time.

Anyways, the eye shadows are all from the 24k palette and I truly feel like I get to use a lot of the shades in there for a lot of different looks so I’m feeling more and more that it was worth purchasing. I’m really happy that this palette wasn’t kind of a dud like how the other nudes palettes have been so far. (Sponsor me, Maybelline? Just kidding!) I used the gold shade, a more coppery shade and a deep brown. I wanted to do a black smokey eye, but I don’t think my skin tone would suit that with me being so awfully pale, the contrast would be too strong. and I would probably struggle with blending it out.

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When it was time to put on a liner, I realized I had thrown out the last little stump of the black liner that I had, so I had to improvise. I found an angled liner brush and used my IsaDora Hypo-allergenic mascara to line my eyes. It was a tiny bit flaky and dried really fast so it took some work to get an acceptable line. It wasn’t the best formula to use as a liner so I wouldn’t really recommend to anyone to use it as such. I tried using a black shadow and some setting spray at first but it didn’t really show up at all so it was my last resort.

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Overall I was pretty happy with how it turned out, though I could have made the outer edge look a little bit better, maybe more of an oval shape instead of trying to make it look like a wing.

Have you experimented with any make up looks lately?

♥ What I used

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One: Maybelline 24k NUDES palette. The lightest shade all over the lid, the gold shade in the inner third of the lid, the coppery shade in the middle of the lid and the dark brown on the outer third/smokey wing.

Two: Mesauda Milano 4Ever Brows Micro Pencil in “Cinnamon”.

Three: IsaDora Hypo-Allergenic Mascara in “Black”.

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Four: A small eye shadow brush

Five: An Eco Tools fluffy crease brush

Six: An Eco Tools fluffy blending brush (technically a “large eye brush”)

Seven: An angled eye liner brush. This also works great for brows!

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