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Slayin’ on Singles: keeping your face and your bank account beautiful


I, self admittedly, am a makeup addict. While all makeup in general enthuses me my real weak spot is for lipsticks and eyeshadow, which is normally where I’m willing to splurge the most on, and very often do. But I am no fool and know that my bank account is finite, so I do the best I can to save money on my everyday essentials. I like to refer to this as:

Slayin’ on Singles

Get it? Like dollar bills? 

Anyway, here is my definitive list of makeup I use on the daily that can be obtained at your local drugstore/sometimes Target (depending on what stores you have in your general area).

#1: Foundation

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Listen here and listen good. Loreal’s True Match foundation is the bee’s knees. Prior to buying this, I was super nervous about using a more liquid based foundation, but I was wrong to be afraid. So very wrong. It goes on easily with a foundation brush and once it’s set with powder stays all day long. It comes in a great range of shades and has titanium dioxide sunscreen in it, so not only do you look fab, but you’re protected from that awful ball of fire in the sky as well. Go you!

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, or Walmart.

(also FUN FACT: I got ahold of some MAC foundation not long after I purchased this product. The formulas seem very comparable. Very.)

#2 Powder

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Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I was on a “let’s try some new beauty products” kick when I picked this baby up and boy am I glad I did. This powder has incredible staying power, doesn’t cake or dry out, and my favorite thing is that it’s available in translucent. I am a rather lazy person (on top of the fact that my skin color changes quite a bit from summer to winter) and color matching can sometimes be incredibly difficult. If you’re like me and would rather be sitting in front of your computer marathoning the Clone Wars for the 80th time, then that is some valuable time you’re missing out on. Bottom line, 10/10 would recommend. It’s fool proof and glorious. Go buy it.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

#3 Mascara

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Mascara has always been the one thing I’ve consistently had trouble sticking with. I would come across some brands that I would like, but it took me a very long time to find something I could really love, and that was also cost effective. That is until I started assisting with wedding hair and makeup and we had a mascara emergency. We needed a good kind and fast and my mentor suggested this. Loreal’s Voluminous Mascara is magic. It doesn’t clump and has a very simple yet effective brush. (None of that space age “will my eyelashes survive this?” shaped weirdness.)  It lasts all day long and while it isn’t water proof, I’ve had quite a few mental breakdowns and it didn’t run very much at all. I prefer it in the color Blackest Black.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

#4 Facial Wipes

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Let’s be honest, sometimes I’m so tired when I come home from work that I just immediately want to fall into a deep sleep until morning. That’s totally cool. You know what’s not cool? Not taking your makeup off before sleep. If you wanna fall straight asleep and do what’s best for your skin, wipe that makeup off with some quality Say Yes wipes. They have varying kinds (cucumber, blueberries, coconut, tomatoes) that focus on different aspects of your skin (minimizing irritation, relieving acne, hydrating, detoxifying) not to mention they smell great, and I can take my makeup off with one quick swoop. I would compare them to the Sephora brand face wipes if you’re looking for a pricier alternative, but these do the trick all the same.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, Walmart, even Ulta!

#5 Matte Lip Creme

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Aside from Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream has to be my favorite matte lip formula. It doesn’t dry out your lips, yet stays all day and isn’t a pain to get off at the end. Not to mention pretty much every color is a winner. Rome, Sao Paolo, and Stockholm are my favs. (Honorable mention goes to the Liquid Suede collection). Please excuse the display, customers at my local Target are monsters.

You can find this product at Target, some CVS’s, and Ulta.

#6 Moisturizer

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For a long time I skirted around getting a facial moisturizer. Why you ask? Mostly fear of the unknown I’d say. There’s so many products out there, how do you possibly weed through them all? Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Rescue  was recommended to me by a friend and coworker (Gabi u da bomb) and it is a quality product. It deals with my partially dry, partially normal skin beautifully and leaves my skin feeling so fly so fresh without it becoming oily. The product sizing is fairly satisfactory considering you only need the tiniest bit to cover your face and neck. The kind of fancy container makes me feel pretty damn fancy when I apply this baby, so bonus points.

You can find this product at Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

 

#7 Face Masks

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Short and simple: these guys are incredibly cheap and leave me feeling refreshed so you really can’t afford not to buy them. I’m definitely not someone who face masks every day, but it’s a nice treat once or twice a week. Picking these guys up is cost effective and making myself feel great effective.

You can find these at your local Walgreen’s.

#8 Eyeliner

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My number one eyeliner love in this life will always be Kat Von D’s tattoo liner in Trooper, but when times are hard, E.L.F’s ink eyeliner pen isn’t a bad alternative. The felt tip is a bit larger than KVD’s, but it stays on for most of the day without issue. It does lose it’s sharpness quicker than a normal eyeliner pen would (I would give it a rough 4-5 week estimate), but it’s also only three dollars so replacing it isn’t the worst.

You can find this product at your local Target.

#9 Concealer

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I have the worst under eye bags. The worst. But E.L.F.’s HD lifting concealer does a pretty good job of covering them up. Word of warning, the color they appear to be is often a little lighter than they actually are. For someone with bad under eye bags like myself, that works just fine, but the average person should keep that in mind.

You can find this product at your local Target.

#10 Highlighter

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If you’re looking for a cheap highlighter but, like myself, are a fan of variety, then E.L.F.’s Illuminating Palette is the one for you my friend. Each of the colors in this palette work great on their own, but are also really fab when used with each other. The thing I love about this palette is that it’s just the right amount of highlight. While I do love being extra, one of my jobs isn’t too fond of an incredibly extra highlight. These are more natural, and you can sweep them on your face and run out the door if you need to.

You can find this product at your local Target.


 

Well, that’s all for today folks! I hope this was informative and that you too can tackle beauty on a budget. Because let’s be real here, you need those new KVD lipstick shades. And that glorious Alchemy Palette.

Treat yoself,

TF

 

How to make Jyn Erso’s kyber crystal necklace

I could yell for days about how great every single second of Rogue One is, but the real focus here is Jyn’s necklace.

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The second Lyra whipped out that beauty, I was like “DAMN, I need that.” I mean, not only is it gorgeous but it’s a KYBER CRYSTAL. The strongest stars (and fashion statements) have hearts of kyber.

So here we are; my attempt at creating a Jyn inspired necklace. I say “inspired” because there are maybe like three pictures on the internet of said necklace and many (like the one pictured above) are not very detailed ones. So, needless to say, mine is probably not 100% accurate. A for effort though.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • scissors and pliers
  • magnetic clasps (for necklaces) in a tarnished gold color
  • 20 Gauge Wire in brown
  • black cording
  • a crystal (preferably one that comes with a setting already on it)
  • a brown bead (literally just one)

Obviously you can take any liberties you want here. I went with the brown wire because it looked more interesting to me than a gold or copper. Going back, I might’ve went for a thicker cording just because I’m paranoid about things breaking. Not to worry though, mine hasn’t broken yet. As far as cording length, I would recommend at least buying a yard, but the small package I bought was already about 3 yards. I got extra lucky with my crystal and Michael’s happened to have exactly what I was looking for. Also !!hot tip!! please shop at Michael’s every chance you get. They almost always have active coupons/sales on their app and when I went shopping for my supplies, I saved 8 whole dollars with their coupons. Seriously, they rock.

Step 1

Take the crystal and remove the larger ring that would connect it to any necklace with your pliers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely, but it’s a little too fancy for what we’re doing here.

 

Step 2

Measure about 2.5 feet of the cording and place the crystal exactly half way. About 1.5 inches above the top of the crystal, tie a loop knot. Here is where you’ll be placing your bead, but for now just leave it.

Step 3

Cut a few inches of brown wire loose and proceed to wrap it around where the crystal pendant and your cording meet. The goal is to encompass the entire loop at the top of the pendant and then some above it.

Step 4

Place the small brown bead (found in my vast and random bead box) above the knot you had previously tied. Then place an identical knot above the bead.

Step 5

Add your magnetic clasp! Feed the cording through the end of the clasping and tie a knot. Once pulled as tightly as humanly possible, cut the excess cording off. Repeat on the other side.

That’s all there is to it. You now have a necklace fitting of a rebel. Wear it well!

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Xoxo,

I luv K-2SO 4ever

 

It’s one week until Rogue One and I’m celebrating with tacky Christmas ornaments

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We will not delve into my excitement over the movie because it’s just too much and would initiate a lot of incoherent rambling. Simply put, I AM EXCITE.

Anyways, each year I try to make an ornament or two to further clutter up my mother’s already highly cluttery Christmas tree. This year I made an ornament featuring K-2SO and one representing our fully armed and operational battle station; the Death Star. They took me around 2 hours total to make, not accounting for the time it took them to dry overnight. Let’s begin!

For K-2SO, you’ll need:

  • An clear plastic (or glass if you’re dangerous) ornament ball. They’re usually about a dollar at Michael’s.
  • A printer, printer paper, and scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • A small and thin paintbrush
  • Beads of your choosing
  • A hot glue gun
  • Fun ribbon trim (the more obnoxious the better, IMO)

For the Death Star, you’ll need:

  • A clear ornament ball, just like above
  • Grey, silver, and black acrylic paint
  • A thin paintbrush
  • A hot glue gun
  • Silver sequins

 

I started with K-2SO and sort of bounced back and forth between the two, but I’ll separate the two to avoid confusion.

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First, you’ll take one of the clear ornaments and remove the top. Then, you’ll find a suitable picture of K-2SO on the internet; I personally found a torso and head picture to look the best. I then cut the guy out and made sure he was able to fit into the bulb.

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After this test, I coated the inside of the bulb with Elmer’s glue using a small and thin paintbrush. This is what you’ll be using to make sure that K-2SO doesn’t move anywhere.

Once that is done, quickly but carefully place him into the bulb, the front of the picture facing out and into the glue. I made sure that the very bottom of his picture was towards the bottom curve of the bulb, so that the straight edge of the picture wasn’t so apparent.

Once he is placed in there, gently pat down on the entire picture to ensure that it is firmly pressed into the glue. I then went around the edges with glue to ensure that he stayed put.

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Now go get some rest, and leave this guy until the morning.

Good morning! How did you sleep? Cool. Let’s finish this ornament.

The inside of the bulb should be mostly , if not all, dry. It’s at this point that you can add your beads! What I used was a set of beads that I had laying around that I found to be pretty bright and festive. What you use is up to you, but I would recommend at least using a brighter sort of bead that will offer a good enough contrast to let K-2SO stand out.

I also filled the bulb entirely with beads because that is what I felt looked best, but I’m sure every bulb is different. Fill yours up half way, a quarter of the way, an eighteenth of the way, however you feel.

Now it’s time for the trim! I used a black pom pom fringe for this and simply hot glued it around the perimeter of the bulb. I found the best way to do it to ensure that it was even was to glue it down on the middle point on the opposite end of the bulb from the top loop. From there, glue around until you reach the top of the bulb.

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And done!

Now for our Death Star. This one starts with once again removing the top of the ornament, but instead of glue, dripping grey acrylic paint inside.

You should then tilt the bulb around until it is entirely covered in a smooth coat of the grey paint. This takes some time, and I used a paint brush and even a finger at times to speed up the process some. You will then let this dry overnight.

Once it is all dry, we’ll use some silver paint to add some detail and texture to the outside of the bulb. I used only the side of the paintbrush to get a weird line effect. I experimented a little and patted the silver paint nearly dry with a paper towel to add more texture.

I then hung the bulb on my fancy drying rack (two bottles of paint with a paint brush resting on top).

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When the bulb is dried, it’s time to add more detail with some black acrylic paint. I used a thinner paint brush for this, as I didn’t want the line work to be too thick.

I first painted a large black circle in the top right area of what would be the front of the ornament. I then placed a horizontal line along the center of the ornament. After this, I gave the ornament some time to dry. This took a lot of paint and I didn’t want to risk smudging it when I added the other details.

After it had a little time to dry, I added in some rectangular shapes. These were done fairly quick with no rhyme or reason. I was going for style here, not accuracy. Working from the center line, I would draw the rectangles up at random lengths. I would then meet the ends of those rectangles with rectangles coming from the opposite ends of the bulb.

To spruce this battle station up, I added the most holographic silver sequins ever. Seriously I wish I lived in one of these guys.

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Taking your glue gun, hot glue these babies around the Death Star at random. I did mine fairly sparingly, as I didn’t want to completely cover all of the paint work done on the bulb. I used about 20 sequins in total.

 

What a beautiful couple. (Side note: at this point I hadn’t added string to the tops of the ornaments to hang them, but it’s pretty simple and you can literally use anything you want to do it). Have all the fun dancing around with your ornaments and screaming about Rogue One like I did!ornaments

Merry Sithmas!

I made Lucille in less than 2 hours for less than $20, and you can too!

I convinced a friend to be Negan for a work costume contest and naturally put myself in charge of making his infamous weapon. Our lack of time required some quick crafting and allocating of materials (I.e. Lots of yelling and screaming at each other in Target). Hopefully though, you’re not like me and have a liiiiitle bit more time.

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For this dirty girl you’ll need:

  • A baseball bat (I used a foam one)
  • Fake barbed wire
  • Dark brown and silver acrylic paints
  • Water
  • A disposable cup
  • The paint brushes of your choice

To my surprise, I found a nearly perfect bat at a Five and Below for five dollars. (If you’ve never been to a Five and Below before, do yourself a favor and get there now. It is magical.)

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The shape and size of the bat were great, however the coloring was far too light to be Lucille. To make it darker, I placed a few squirts of the dark brown acrylic paint into the disposable cup and added enough water to fill up about a fourth of the cup. I proceeded to mix the paint and water together until it was largely just a very watered down version of the paint. The goal was to make a sort of wash for the bat that was just enough to discolor it, but not so that I was actually fully painting the whole thing.

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I did the first coat using this method, waited about 20 minutes, and then came back to do another coat. I ended having done about three coats in total.

In the midst of my painting, I realized that the paint mixture made the slugger logo on the bat vulnerable, so after the first two coats I proceeded to scrape the logo off. Doing so did scrape up the foam of the bat a bit but I figured with Lucille, the more texture the better!

While the bat was drying, I decided (since I was basically crafting on borrowed time) to paint the barbed wire quickly. The costume barbed wire I actually already had on hand from a previous endeavor, but you can find it here on Amazon for around six dollars (and it’s a Prime item, too!). The length was perfect for this project (it says 18 ft on the description, but that definitely wasn’t the case for me. I would say what I recieved was around 4-5 ft), so there’s no need to worry about cutting it. The color is great for a rusted look, however at the end of the day it is cheap costume wire and lacks the dimension needed to make it convincing. That is where the silver paint comes in.

Using the paint brush of your choice, lightly brush the silver over the entirety of the barbed wire. The goal is to give it a good amount of texture, so fully covering the original rusted color is highly discouraged. Basically, paint it as haphazardly as possible. You’re welcome.

This should give you:

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And after all of that painting, now we wait. In the meantime, check the bat to make sure the color is to your liking. If not, add a coat or two more. There are no rules here, who am I to tell you how to live your life?

Once all of our pieces are dry, now it’s time for some assembly.

Taking the barbed wire, wrap it around the end of the baseball bat starting at about 6 inches from the top and working your way up. There are once again no rules here. If you’re going for more of a screen accurate look though, be sure to wrap he wire more horizontally, crossing it every now and then, and leaving a piece more separate towards the bottom. When you’re done wrapping, try to tie the end piece and tuck it in for a little extra security.

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This wire had amazing staying power considering I did not wrap it around the bat as tight as I could have. That being said, I originally had plans in place to secure the wire with (my personal favorite) crazy glue, but after seeing how well it held on, decided against it. You do you though, and secure it if you must! If I had time, I probably would’ve gone ahead with it anyways.

Voila! Pee Pee Pants City.

On a side note, because this was for a work thing, blood and guts weren’t allowed. This obviously killed me a little inside, but I did put a good amount of thought into what I would do were the blood and guts allowed. This blood right here is pretty great for several different things; my favorite use being staining clothes, props, etc. (and it’s Prime as well!). I would’ve spattered a good amount of the blood around the end, even probably adding some darker red paints to it to really give it some dimension. If you wanted to add a few brains to the end, I highly recommend the Mehron 3-D Gelatin effects, which you can find here. It’s awesome, affordable, easy to use, and is, once again, Prime. Adding some of that to the barbed wire and painting it once it dried would have added the perfect amount of gore. Sigh. Maybe one day.

Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Enjoy that glorious weapon, but not too much.

Xoxo,

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s #1 Fan Girl

 

How to Make the Cutest Pumpkin Imaginable* (*BB-8)

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First, I want to start off by saying that I really am proud of this one mainly because it wasn’t a total disaster and most of this was constructed at a friend of mine’s pumpkin decorating party. Second, I’d like to state that for this I used fake pumpkins, although I’m sure if you’re brave enough, executing this with real pumpkins could be entirely possible.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • 2 fake white pumpkins, one being small and the other being at least somewhat larger (easily purchased at Target!)
  • A small pumpkin saw (available in most pumpkin carving kits. I imagine a really durable knife would also work)
  • A pencil
  • 2 paper clips
  • Orange, silver, and grey acrylic paints
  • Assorted paintbrushes, all up to your preference
  • A thick black Sharpie

Step 1: Constructing the body

First, I marked out BB-8’s circular markings on the larger pumpkin and placed some of the facial (?) features on the smaller pumpkin using a pencil. I placed about 6 circular designs on the larger pumpkin spread out and at random. The designs don’t have to be perfect or super accurate because mine definitely are not. When it came to the silver markings within each circle, I totally winged it.

Then you need a way to attach BB-8’s cute lil pumpkin head! Taking the pumpkin saw, I cut around the stem of the larger pumpkin until it was possible to punch the stem out.

Now you have this:

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Next you’ll take your two paper clips and bend them as pictured below, making them into sort of a feet shape:

Then, using all the strength you can muster, insert the paper clips into the bottom of the smaller pumpkin so that the “feet” you’ve created are facing outward.

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Then, carefully place the bottom of the smaller pumpkin into the hole you cut in the top of the larger pumpkin. You may have to bend the paper clips a bit to fit them in properly, but once they are in they should catch along the inside of the larger pumpkin. This ensures that the top pumpkin will stay secure and will not roll off.

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Step 2: Paint

Let me start by saying that this will probably be the most frustrating part of your journey, and I apologize for that. For whatever reason (and your pumpkins may be better than mine; I pray that they are.) my pumpkins did not take to paint very well. It took a lot of patience and quite a bit of layering, but totally worth it. 

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You’ll take the orange paint and fill in the outside of your circular patterns. I used the medium sized paint brush for this, but again it’s all up to your preference. There are no rules here, I hate rules. Then I took a combination of the silver and grey paints (the silver paint I used is too sheer on its own) and filled in the miscellaneous shapes I penciled in the middle of the circles with the smaller paint brush. I then painted in the circular band I drew at the top of the smaller pumpkin and filled it in with just the grey paint using the same brush.

Step 3: Detailing

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It was at this point in my construction that I realized that, as with so many other things, a Sharpie was going to be the saving grace of this droid. Using the large black Sharpie, I traced the outline of the circular shapes and silver patterns on the bottom pumpkin and drew on the remainder of the facial (?) features of the top pumpkin. I took some creative liberties here and went for more of a doodle-like look for the pumpkin as a whole, but obviously you can go for whatever look your heart desires. 

Here are some close ups of the finished product:

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I also included some shots of just the body, so you can get a feel for the spacing and placement of the circular shapes on the bottom pumpkin:

And there you have it! The perfect pumpkin to store your top secret maps in.

Til next time!

The Makeup Collection That We Deserve

About twice a month I pop into Walgreen’s for something; bagel bites, alcohol, foundation, you name it, but that’s besides the point.  Every visit includes a mandatory and thorough sweep of the entire makeup section. This week’s sweep brought something so great that I yelled and cried simultaneously for about 30 whole minutes. I then proceeded to empty my bank account.

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Gotham Girls: a collection of various makeup and nail products honoring Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Batgirl. Seriously take all of my money.While I have not bought everything in the collection (yet), I decided some swatches and reviews of what I’ve brought home are in order.

#1: Mad Love Glitter

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Let me start by saying that I have almost exactly the same glitter (previously put out by Walgreen’s as part of an Ursula Collection), so I wasn’t initially super inclined to buy it. That is until I saw the name. That combined with my undying love for the glitter I already owned prompted me to cave in. Not only is it the same vibrant glitter, but this time around they added a vanilla scent to it.  It smells and feels nice and I wish I was covered in glitter all of the time.

#2: Clown Princess Blush, Bronze, and Highlight

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Both the bronzer and the highlight have a nice matte finish, however the blush really steals the show here. Not only is it a perfect rosy pink, but its got a subtle sparkle to it as well. The highlight doesn’t seem to hold up very well, but the blush and bronzer have stuck with me through long work days.

#3: Catwoman Eye Palette

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I was pleasantly surprised by the pigment in this palette, well the first five colors anyway. The first three (the cream, tan, and beige colors) are perfect for a natural smokey eye and I have already made use of them on several occasions. The cream color has a sparkly sheen to it, a welcome contrast to the otherwise all matte colors. The teal, blue, and black were far less pigmented than anticipated and were also fairly streaky. It took a lot to get a solid line of each. The red and green towards the middle are wonderfully pigmented and add a really nice variety to the palette. I like having palettes that enable you to create more natural looks while also leaving room for some flair, and the color choices in this palette do just that.

#4: Harley Quinn Face Brushes and Catwoman Eye Brushes

These brushes were worth every penny. Not only are they amazing visually, but they really do their job well. The Harley face brushes have permanently taken their spot among my daily face routine. The fluffier one (pictured on the left) is now all I use for my foundation and powder. It provides an even, very blendable coverage. The Catwoman eye brushes, particularly the blender and eyeliner brushes, are precise, comfortable, and have cut the time it takes to do my eye makeup down considerably. Most importantly, after use these brushes still maintain their shape.

#5: Harley Quinn Beauty Book

Overall, this beauty book is amazing. Packaging, quality, all A+. It’s a welcome addition to my Wonder Woman beauty book.  There were Catwoman and Batgirl beauty books available as well, which I’m sure I’ll be back for at some point.

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Let me start by saying that Warped Mind (1st color) and Clowning Around (5th color) are the real MVPs of this palette. Warped Mind can be used for literally everything, but adds a nice shimmer to both neutral and bold eyes alike. Clowning Around is a sparkly orange-red that makes me want to have in your face eye makeup all of the time. Mistah J and Mallet (colors 8 and 9) were slightly disappointing pigment wise, but would still do the trick for a smokey eye using the other midrange colors in the palette. Crazed, Mayhem, Madness, and Trickster are all great for a natural eye and are a good combination of both matte and shimmer. Sometimes I have dreams about Trickster and I running away and starting a new life together. The brush provided is also great, though I’d recommend a smaller sized brush for anything other than blending. 

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The Mad Love (pretty sure they’ve named like 5 pieces of their collection with this at this point, but I’m not mad about it) blush is a wonderfully light pink that holds up fairly well in terms of wear. In my experience, it fades throughout the day, but doesn’t disappear completely. As for the other blush included, Playful, I felt that it wasn’t very pigmented to begin with and therefore did not hold up well throughout the day at all.

The Arkham Asylum eyeliner has a great color to it, but is also very smudgy. The smudge factor could be good or bad depending on your preferences. I personally enjoyed it for what I used it for; a nice smudgy and angsty dark eye. If you’re going for flawless eyeliner that could cut a man down, this is not for you girl.

The Hopeless Romantic lip gloss was something I was not prepared for. I expected a very sheer amount of coverage, possibly even less red than it appeared but holy wow was I wrong. It is just as red as it leads you to believe and has incredible staying power. 10/10 would recommend for slaying the city or smashing things with a giant hammer.

#6: Batgirl Makeup Case

So great, holds everything I bought from this collection (minus the beauty book), and is made out of a really durable material.  From what I’ve seen, there’s at least a Catwoman makeup bag made from this material, as well as Harley and Catwoman bags that are made from more of a cloth material. The cloth ones make great small purses; I’ve used my Wonder Woman collection makeup bag for several occasions. Because why have a boring purse when you can have an outrageous one?

If I had to give this collection an overall rating, I’d give it a solid 8.5/10 Crime Fighting Vigilantes. For drug store makeup that is on the cheaper side, the packaging and (for the most part) pigmentation is incredible. If you’re looking for something on the funner side to spice up your daily routine (and maybe even get some sass going), look no further than the city of Gotham.

Well that’s all the time we have for today folks.

Xoxo,

Gossip Gotham Girl

 

 

How to be Pokemon #25 (but #1 in all of our hearts)

I transformed myself into a Pikachu in just under an hour, and you can too!


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Step 1: Apply your foundation and dem brows. I normally do this before any makeup I ever do, just because I’ve found that insanely pigmented makeups usually stay longer and look better with nice and smooth coverage underneath (and good eyebrows).  My personal foundation fav is the L’oreal True Match foundation. It’s on the cheaper side and is amazing quality, which allows me to look great while also dropping loads of cash on eyeshadow palettes, which brings us to…

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Step 2: Get the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette. Haha, just kidding. (No but really if you can find it, you should do it. It’s the most versatile palette I’ve ever used!) For this look, I’ll mainly be using that palette, however the colors are fairly basic and shouldn’t be too hard to find a dupe for.

I first applied eyeshadow primer (any kind will do), and then placed the golden color “Legend” all over my lids, with a touch of “Fran”, a bright yellow,  in the inner corner (Don’t worry, it will get lots of love later). I then went over the crease of my eyes with the color “Analogue”, and then darkened the inner crease with “Harpsichord”. It looks like a hot mess initially, but once we get to the blending stage, it will just be hot.

Here I am with what we have so far:

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Step 3: Eyeliner for days. I was going to go with my classic wing, but I said “Let’s wing it!” (pun intended) and decided to do something a little more complicated.  And that’s how lightning liner was born. For this, I used the liquid liner from my Wonder Woman collection beauty book, but honestly any liner that can give you the right amount of detail will work. I do highly recommend a liquid though, whether in pen form or brush form. I always find it looks cleaner and lasts longer. I followed the general shape of the beginning of Pikachu’s tail at the end of my normal wing. I also took this as an opportunity to use “Skulls” (a sparkly white pictured a ways below) to blend out the top of my eyeshadow and to place under my lower lash line to make my eyes appear bigger.

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Step 4: Contour for your life. Here I did not by any means do a traditional contour. Instead I wanted to amp up the yellows, reds, and contrast of Pikachu’s face. I placed “Fran”on the center of my nose and blended it up into the center of my forehead. I also fanned it out towards my temples and added a dash of it to my chin as well. Using my Wonder Woman beauty book, I placed the color “Grace and Power” along my cheekbones. To simulate a softer look for Pikachu’s cheeks, I applied the color “Emancipation” (right above “Grace and Power”), on the apples of my cheeks in a circular motion. I highlighted my cheekbones and the tip of my nose with “Legends” and placed “Skulls” along my under eyes and forehead to make the high points of my face pop.

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Step 5: I know girl, you look ridiculous! It’s cool, we’re going to go to Blend City a little later. Let it be for now.

Step 6: Add that cute little nose! For this I used the liquid eyeliner from Step 3. Place it on there very carefully, for you don’t want it to end up being too big.  Mine ended up being even larger than what I was going for.

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Step 7: Blend City (and Lipstick Town). To mute the colors slightly, I took my everyday face powder and buffed my contours out with a large powder brush. For my lips, I used “Adora” from the Kat Von D lipstick collection and topped it off with a sparkly red gloss (the Tink one from the Beautifully Disney collection, RIP).

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Step 8: Find a cute yellow outfit. I picked up this yellow Forever 21 dress from Goodwill and it was perfect, but you do you! Yellow pants, a yellow skirt, yellow scuba diving equipment, whatever works.

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Step 9: The finishing touches. I got this Pikachu ear and tail set from Amazon for fairly cheap. I will eventually put a wire into the tail so that it can stay up independently, but for now it works.

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So there you have it! Flip a coin. If tails, be the cutest thing ever. If not, still be the cutest thing ever.

xoxo, Gossip Pika