Fashion Set: Uhura

Fashion Set: Uhura

 


Mini dress
rotita.com

Black shoes
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George J Love man bag
$26 – yoox.com

Panacea hoop earrings
lastcall.com

Mac cosmetic
macys.com

Diving Into Cosmetics: Lipstick Part 1

Diving into cosmetics

When I left you last, I wrote about how my curiosity about makeup has led me to take small steps into the world of cosmetics. I’ve watched a couple of videos and read a few things and learned some terminology that I didn’t know before (You can read my previous post about makeup terminology). Those of you who aren’t makeup savvy like myself will learn right along with me and those of you who got your makeup knowledge down can help us out (seriously I need somebody, help!). Also in my previous post, I talked about how I wanted to focus on lipstick, nail polish, and-to add to this short list-eye shadow.  Let’s start with lipstick.

A few weeks back, I bought my first lipstick at a local beauty supply store, and only cost me .99 cents (yeah you read that right)! After wearing the color everyday to work for a few weeks, I’ve decided I needed more colors. Today, I headed back to the store and bought me a few more colors, five to be exact.

The lipstick is by Nicka K New York,  a brand that has been around since the 90’s and their prices for their products are really affordable, I mean really affordable.  The type of lipstick I bought in store retails on Nicka K.’s site for $1.49! Honestly I can’t afford makeup that costs $10 or more right now, so to discover this brand makes me extremely happy.

Today I went back to the beauty store and bought four more lip colors.  I just finished doing my first swatches and I tried each of my lipsticks on. All of five of these lipsticks are Nicka K New York Lipstick with Vitamin E. They are not matte, they’re very creamy. I tried all of these without a lip pencil (since I don’t have any).

First up is the first color that I bought Violet Red #807. It’s a pinkish red color. Pink is not my favorite color purple is but I do love this lipstick.

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Next is Bordeaux #905. It’s a reddish brown color.  My mom picked it out she has good taste.

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Next lipstick is Ruby Red #100. It’s an orange red. I like it there were a couple other reds that I was thinking of getting next time I go to the store so I can compare.

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These last two colors are nontraditional and I most likely won’t wear them to work but you never know.

First up is Smalt #999

This is a blue color. When I put it on my lips it first appeared purple but after a few times of going over my lips it came out blueish purple. My mom didn’t like this color she thinks it’s too dark, also she’s worried folks will make fun of me. I’m not worried about what others think. I like it though.  At least it matches my outfit.

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Last but not least and in honor of Friday the 13th, here’s Black #306:

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I like this one too, mom didn’t though she thought it was better than Smalt. Perhaps if I wanted to wear a black color to work I will have to get another lipstick.

And that’s it for now. I’ll be wearing these colors for sure and when I return to the store next month I’ll buy a few more shades. I want to get yellow and green lipsticks.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: Terminology

Diving into cosmetics

Last time I talked about my cosmetics background-or lack thereof-and experience. I have a lot of questions that need to be answered, most of which are about the words used when talking about makeup. For instance the words ‘matte’, ‘swatch’, ‘satin’ etc., what do these words mean? Today we’ll answer those questions and more as I discuss makeup terminology.

Let’s start with the basics:

Swatch: this is when the product-lipstick, eyeliner, nail polish, etc.-is rubbed onto the skin or finger in order to show the color or texture of the product.

Dupe: a lower product that’s similar or a copy of a higher end product. Both products can also be lower end or high end.

  • Low-end: those that are affordable or can be purchased at the drugstore.
  • High-end: department store or exclusive products.

Collection:  Set of makeup products from a brand that is out for a limited time. Usually associated with a theme or a sponsored event.

Haul:  Large collection of makeup shown at once, which has been bought over time or at an event.

e/s: eye shadow

e/l: eyeliner

l/s: lipstick

l/g: lip gloss

T/M: Tinted Moisturizer

FOTD: Face of the Day

  • A picture collage of eye makeup, blush and lip product used that day.

LOTD: Look of the day

  • A picture collage of the complete look

LE: Limited Edition item

MUA: makeup artist can also stand for MakeupAlley.com

MA: makeup artist

HG: Holy Grail, the must have product.

NIB: product is new in box

BOGO: buy one get one free

DC: discounted item

GWP: Gift with a purchase

Here are some product terms:

Matte: product doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter

Satin:  product is somewhat a matte but has some shimmer

Frosty: product is shiny or has a duo-chrome finish

Metallic: product is shiny like metal but not glittery

Bleed/Bled: a lip product that can leave residue on the outer part of the lip after wear

Fall-out: a powdery eyeshadow that transfers flakes and dust to other parts of the face

Chalky: product is powdery but its low quality and hard to blend

To “foil”:  using an eye shadow with a damp or wet brush in order to create a  more vibrant or pigmented effect.

“Runs”: This is when mascara is transferred under the eye area or down the face. This happens sometimes when a person wearing mascara cries.

To “stipple”: using a duo-fiber stippling brush with a foundation to create an airbrush look

Palette: a set that includes various colors of eye shadows, lip colors, or blushes

Resource: How to Learn Makeup Lingo

 

Finally, here’s a list of makeup brands that I’ve heard of:

Nicka K New York

MAC

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)

Victoria’s Secret (VS)

Urban Decay (UD)

Covergirl (CG)

NYX

Maybelline

Loreal Paris

Revlon

Avon

Estée Lauder Companies

Max Factor

Mary Kay

Carol’s Daughter

Iman Cosmetics

TYRA (Tyra Banks’ cosmetic line)

 

And that’s all for now! A few weeks back I bought my first lipstick and this week I’m about to go buy a few more. I’ll tell you all about it in another post. Have a great weekend!

P.S.

I just found this resource:

Introduction to Makeup Artistry for the Beauty Professional

Now I’m not going to be a beauty professional, but this looks like it has a lot of topics to cover and will help newbies like myself. I’ll take a look at it this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: So many questions

Diving into cosmetics

Cosmetics or makeup as it’s also called, I’ve always been curious about it. I enjoy watching fashion shows or videos that show models-ladies and gentlemen-having their faces painted in a creative masterpiece.  It’s a part of our culture and it’s history goes as far back as about 5,0000 years ago.

Though I was curious, I didn’t see the point of makeup.  What was the point of going through the hassle of putting all this stuff on your face only to go through the hassle of taking it off? Why do you put on concealer, blush, and all of that other stuff? Why are crimping your eyes? What exactly does an eyeliner do? I could never see the difference it made.

For the majority of my life I’ve never worn makeup.  I couldn’t afford it and the very few times that I was able to buy cheap makeup didn’t make a lasting impression on me.  There have only been two times in my life where I’ve worn makeup. The first was in middle school, I was in sixth grade and I decide to try on my mom’s makeup and go to school with it on.  Nobody noticed anything different about me and it took me a bit of time to take it all off when I returned home.

The second time was when I was in my twenties (I can’t believe I’m saying that) and my mom and I went to the mall.  One of the stores was having an event and at one of the booths they were doing free make overs.  When I did my makeover, I learned from the makeup artist that I really didn’t need to wear a lot of makeup.

After that, makeup wasn’t even a thought. I just went about my daily life scaring folks with my makeup free face and nobody bothered me. And I never have understood the fascination with seeing a celebrity without their makeup, I mean really what’s the point? Some look the almost the same without it and then others look drastically different, what’s the big deal?

I’ve got so many questions about makeup.

What’s is it about makeup that we put it on almost everyday and some of us sleep with it on?  What is the proper way to apply lipstick, what is it made off, why do people use that crimpy looking thing on their eyes, why do you have to put on layers, how many shades of red are there, why do you have a makeup bag, what is it about makeup that we love it some much?

Well starting this year, I’m going to find the answers to these questions and more.

My curiosity has finally gotten the best of me and this year I decided that I would wear makeup.  I won’t be putting on concealer, blush, or eye shadow, let’s not get crazy here.  I’m starting out with lipstick and nail polish.  I’m on a budget so I won’t be doling out cash to buy a whole bunch of stuff, one thing at a time if you please.  I hope to document my journey of learning more about makeup on here so bear with me as I dive into the world of cosmetics.

Pop Culture I Holiday Gift Guide

13 Terrorific Cosplay Ideas For Halloween

Halloween will soon be upon us and if you still aren’t sure of what to don as your costume, I have thirteen terrifying ideas that will meet your needs. Behold!

1. Queen Katrina (Vamp)

In this vampire 80’s flick, Grace Jones plays Queen Katrina, leader of a group of vampires of a club in a shady part of town.

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Queen Katrina

2. Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)

This costume is simple, sleek, and lovely.

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She’s making a costume for you!


3. Elvira (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark)

This mistress of the dark is definitely a great costume option. And remember 13 Nights of Elvira will run on Hulu starting October 19th! Hooray for unpleasant dreams!

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4. Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful)

You won’t melt on halloween while wearing this costume! You can choose between the original or the new version of the outfit to wear.

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5. Hela (Marvel Comics)

The goddess of the dead will definitely appreciate if you cosplay as her on that ghastly evening.

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6. Michonne (The Walking Dead)

Halloween might mark the return of the undead so why not be prepared?

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7. & 8.  Frankenstein’s Monster  (Frankenstein) & Bride of Frankenstein (Bride of Frankenstein)

A classic choice for a horrifying day.

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9. Mad Hatter (Alice In Wonderland, Batman Franchise)

It’s not my birthday but it may be yours on Halloween so go all out and celebrate with this wonderful insane idea for a costume!

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10. Cheetah (DC Comics)

Do it for the hunt…and because it’s Halloween!

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11. Eric Draven aka The Crow (The Crow)

Because we all need an undead hero on Halloween to stop the bad guys. R.I.P. Brandon Lee.

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12. Nancy, Bonnie, Sarah, and Rochelle (The Craft)

This would be a fun group project and you get to freak people out. Just keep an eye on whoever cosplays as Nancy okay?

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13. Carrie (Carrie)

Fake blood covering your head and dress…need I say more?

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There are so many ideas to choose from and I can’t list them all, but these thirteen should help you get the ball rolling so you can figure out who or what to be. If anyone has more suggestions, go ahead and share in the comments!

Have a wonderful, safe, fun, and terrifying Halloween!