Karyn’s Video, Bobbie Ross, and Xsparkage Guest Look!

Happy Halloween!

 Hope you had a Happy Halloween, Lovely!

I sure creeped myself (and all my family and friends, to boot!) this year. I dressed up as Bobbie Ross in a playful tribute to Bob Ross, the famously calm painter. Think “Happy Little Trees”… LOL

So creepy, right?

I filmed a Bob Ross Tribute Makeup Tutorial, after Heather (Sokolum79 on YouTube, check her out for even more creep-tacular tutorials…) tweeted that I was the “Bob Ross of Makeup”. LOL! Its so funny–because its so true! I don’t know why I am always so Bob Ross Calm in all my tutorials. Its like I flip into “teacher mode” or something…

Ok, so one more for the road…

Like My Fro--or My Beard Best?

HAHAHAHAHAHA~ Ok, now time for something a little more serious.

Meet My Friend, Karyn

The video that I have been talking about all month is finally out! Yay!

Karyn, my amazingly positive and sweet friend, has been through the ringer. About a year ago now, I think, she found out that she had bilateral breast cancer. =( She’s since had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation–and almost the entire time with that same beautiful smile on her face. She is such an amazing person, and I knew that I wanted to do something special for her on my channel during the month of October. Originally, I hoped to film a makeup tutorial using all pink–but when she told me about ‘Look Good, Feel Better’-a division of the American Cancer Society that helps women, men, and children find ways to look and feel just a little better while undergoing all sorts of cancer treatments–I knew that I had to do something that would support this wonderful cause.

When YouTube invited me to monetize a few days later (isn’t it funny how things work?), I decided right away that all proceeds from my videos would be donated to this amazing program. I saw so many amazing all-pink looks coming out for the month, and I decided I would instead like to sit down with Karyn and shoot a video describing her personal story of what ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ meant to her. There were a few scheduling problems, to be sure, but on Sunday we finally managed to get it done–and I am so happy to now be able to share it with you! Karyn is a natural, I am telling you–she needs her very own channel. In her video, she tells you all about a makeup class she took part in, and then we show you all of the amazing beauty products that were donated and given to her. The lighting is not perfect, but I know that you will forgive us since its for charity and all 😉 Anyway, please please please watch this video! I would truly appreciate it, and also know that every single video you watch on my channel (except a few starring my little boy, I was thinking that would be kinda weird to monetize a video with him in it, kinda exploitive…) will help out this very worthy cause. I have learned through Karyn’s experience that cancer is more than just a physical situation–there is so much emotional stress involved: losing not just your hair on your head, but also your eyebrows and eyelashes and everything else…dryness all over, peeling/dry skin, it goes on and on. Its comforting to know that there are organizations out there that focus on this part of the battle.

Ok, so pleading over with. I only have this one last thing to share with you…

Vivid Blue Cut Crease

Thank you so very much to Leesha, who is Xsparkage on YouTube. You already knew that, didn’t you??? Anyway, Leesha chose my Vivid Blue Cut Crease Tutorial for Small Eyes as her Guest Look this week! Joy! I am so incredibly excited about this, and the comments have been so kind from everybody that’s been seeing it.

So, more people are finding out about me–which is so nice. I am almost at 100 Subscribers! Yay! When that magical moment happens, I will be announcing on my channel and on here who my 100 Sub Giveaway winner is! Just think, if you subscribe, it could be you! What am I giving away, you ask? All kinds of stuff! Kleancolors stuff featured in my last haul, MAC and Sephora goodies–I’m telling you, its worth subbing for… 😉

 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

–Cookie

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Peacock Masquerade-Inspired by Vintageortacky-Eye Tutorial

A Little Love Letter to Cora

I almost said “Hey Guys and Dolls!”, but I didn’t want to me all that much more of a Creeper 😉

Hello, everyone! The “Bob Ross of Makeup” (according to my friend Heather, Sokolum79 on YouTube) is here again with another makeup tutorial inspired by one of my favorite (actually my one VERY favorite) YouTube Beauty Gurus, Vintageortacky.

(just ignore all those grey hairs...)

Watch My Latest Tutorial, Peacock Masquerade-Inspired by Vintageortacky, HERE!

Okay, so now we can discuss. I always knew that I was going to make a tribute video for Cora, and I can’t quite remember why I didn’t just do it first…oh wait, yes! It was because Wayne Goss’ tutorial covered the full face, and that seemed like a great place to start. I love Wayne, and I love a ton of other YouTubers, but Cora is just special.

The first YouTube video I ever saw of hers was back in 2009, I believe. I was looking to do the new craze, the Snooki “poof”–and I stumbled upon this beautiful girl with purple hair who taught me how to do it. I remember thinking how much she reminded me of my friend Alicia, and maybe that’s part of the reason she stuck out in my mind. I had no idea, however, that she was a makeup guru. It was not until I saw a news story out of our local affiliate in Tampa about a beautiful girl who taught makeup (named Michelle Phan) that I even knew of ANYONE teaching makeup on YouTube. What a novel thought! I never learned how to apply makeup growing up–my Mom was not interested in it at all when I was a teen and I had horrible acneic/greasemonkey skin. So, I learned on YouTube…

Thanks, YouTube!

I was watching a random tutorial one day when I saw a related video featuring Sailor Moon characters. The makeup was much more bright and colorful than anything I had ever seen–and then I realized it was the same stylish girl who taught me the “poof”! Score! I subscribed–and like I often do, I watched every video on her channel. I love doing that, do you? I really love watching from the first video to the last to see how the guru evolves, improves, etc. Cora is so…fun! She is super-talented, of course–but I love how she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She is comfortable in her own skin, and she also really encourages all of us to be ourselves. I have learned so many things from her: cut creasing, how to properly wear lip products, concealing, blending (you name it, really). She is also very forthright in her opinions, which I respect in a guru. Like most popular gurus, she does receive and review/use free products–but I have never once felt like it was fake, untruthful, or forced on me. And where some gurus tend to be boxed in recently, or tied to certain brands and products which can stifle creativity, Cora just keeps getting better. Anyway, I could talk to you all day about what’s wonderful about her–but instead, I will just link to her original version of Peacock Masquerade so you can decide for yourself 😉

Here are all the Products I Used:

-NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk *applied with Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Crease Brush*

– Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner in Super Black

– ELF Eyeshadow Brush, Maybelline EyeStudio Forest Fury, Inglot AMC 59, Bed Head Cyberoptics Green, Sally Girl Dark Green, Milani Teal Had Me at Hello, Maybelline EyeStudio Sapphire Siren, Sonia Kashuk Medium Eyeshadow Brush, Kat Von D Metal Orchestra, Up and Up (Target brand) Crease Brush,Bed Head Cyberoptics Purple, Sephora Single Eyeshadow in Tango Night, Sigma E40 Blending Brush

– Feather Lashes from Spirit Halloween (note: these are faux, I made sure before applying since Cora is adamantly and rightly against animal creulty/testing), Revlon Grow Luscious Eyeliner Pencil in Onyx, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Teal Rhinestones (purchased at Michael’s)

– On my face: Dinair Airbrush Waterbased Foundation in Natural Beige, ELF Translucent Mattifying Compact Powder

– On my lips: Milani Lip Flash in Flashy, Jordana Lipshine in Watermelon Juice

So, I hope that you are enjoying these tutorials paying homage to my favorite Gurus on YouTube. They have been a blast to create, and I have a few more coming. Before that, though, I will be filming the video I teased in a previous post–the one with my lovely friend Karyn for the American Cancer Society. We have been waiting until she is completely finished with radiation–and her last treatment is tomorrow! I am so happy that she will be finished and on her way back to total health. As soon as she is ready, we will get together for this very special video. I am so excited about it!

I also have an original peacock look coming up. I have been perfecting it for a few weeks now, and I am hoping to get it done sometime this week. I also have other odds-n-ends to catch up on, swatches and things–and I want to do a review of the new Wet N Wild Limited Edition Baked Eyeshadows I recently bought. Fantastic colors, even better price! Ahhhh, so much to do!

One last thing…

Thank you so much, Beautylish, for featuring my video about Rockin’ the Metallic Trend this weekend on the front page of your site. There was some negative feedback from it, from stating that it lacked clarity (and here I thought I was always over-explaining things!) to calling me an amateur. Well, hmmm. I am sort of an amateur, I guess. I am pretty new to YouTube, and there are still plenty of things I am working on! I got really upset about it yesterday, but then I took an honest look at the video–and it wasn’t perfect. I am not yet on the level of a lot of the gurus on YouTube, I am still on the D-List, ya know? But every time I do a video, I improve–and I know that’s what really counts. Go back and watch any great guru–they all started out just like me. That’s what moves me forward, knowing that as time passes and I get better I will become on par with people like Heather and Cora (hopefully!). Any negative comments or tweets will only propel me faster–and every subscriber and kind person that enjoys my work only makes me want to work that much harder. I am now sitting at 80 subscribers! Wow! Thank you so very much, everyone!

–Cookie

Today, Featured on Beautylish!!!! Plus, the Missing Tutorial

Hello, Hello!

Today is a very special day, Jasmine from Beautylish contacted me and told me that they were going to feature my Navy, Gunmetal, and Glitter–Rock the Metallic Trend Tutorial on their site–and today is the day! What’s even more special about that is that today is the Beauty Social, out in Cali, and I think a lot of people are going to check out Beautylish that may have never seen it before. Plus, its a Saturday! I am so stoked, and I am going to be honest with you–I cried like a little baby when I got her email. What a dork, huh? It was just…its such an honor. People like Cora (vintageortacky on YT), Leesha (xsparkage on YT), and Katherine (wildkatmakeup on YT) are meant for that thing…but me??? I am so new to all of this, and I just couldn’t believe it. I hope that people see it–and I hope that they enjoy it! haha That would suck, if nobody watched it! LOL The image YouTube picked really sucks. LOL

Ok, so now on to the missing tutorial.

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

That picture cracks me up. Its basically the only still shot I can find on my latest tutorial, the second in my two-part miniseries on smokey eyes. This is the Smoldering Brown and Gold Nighttime Smokey Eye video, and I am so glad that it is finally uploaded. It took so many tries to get this look just right, mainly because the eye quad I was using isn’t the most pigmented thing in the world–and the colors are all pretty similar. Seeing as I have already made a Crap Palette Eye Tutorial, and I already promised my viewers in the first part that I would use the same palette in the second tutorial (and I am obsessive anyway, determined to make it work), I worked it out. I would usually never spend this many hours on a concept, but I just couldn’t let it go. Those of you who know me “in real life” know I am like that, it’s usually very good as I am a very determined person, but sometimes I stress myself out with it a little too much! Anyway, the past is the past. Its up now, and its all good. I will get some swatches and close-ups on here ASAP.

We just adoped a new puppy dog, his name is Hank and he is a pug. I am so happy about him. I miss my first pug, Pop Tart, dearly–and even though they are not the same, he reminds me of him in a way. So now we have two rescued dogs, Frank and Hank. I will add a picture of them together once the dust settles. I have already bathed the new dog, Hank, once–but I am off to do it again. He was at Animal Control here in Sebring, so there is no telling what he went through (or what he rolled around in haha). He stinks. LOL Hank the Stank 😉

Ok, I am off to get lunch for the kids and then to re-create Cora’s Peacock Mask. I am so excited! Have you seen it yet??? Here is a link if not, because its amazing. I am gonna play around with products I have and see what I come up with. If I get it right, it will be my next inspired tutorial–so I will keep you posted!

Pork and Beans,

 

-Cookie

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