November

Neutral Teal Cut Crease
Hello, Hello!
 
Wow, November flew right by! I’m sorry I have been so terrible about updating–I have been so busy with making videos and things. I am telling you–I am so fired up right now! There are so many things I want to do for you all on YouTube, it is ridiculous!
 
My last post was on this look, a Lady Gaga-esque Neutral Cut Crease. I love this look so much, I had to post some more photos hahaha!
 

Closed-Eye View

I now (finally) have a phone with great photo capabilities, so I can post pictures other than what you see in my videos. Before now, I have just used still shots from each video–but I like how this gives a little something different for blogging. I have a really great camera, a Canon Rebel XT, but it doesn’t show me in my viewfinder what I am about to snap! How stupid is that? You hear me, Canon???!!! heh But now that I have the iPhone, I will probably just post photos like this of each tutorial. If you prefer the still shots from my videos, please leave me a comment so I will know. I just think this is kinda nice…
 
Okay! Now, let’s move on to the reason for this super-belated blog post!
 

Wet N Wild Blues-Everyday Eye Tutorial

 
A few weeks ago, I started a little mini-series (you know how much I love those…) on breaking makeup rules. I started off with an Everyday Eye Tutorial showing how I usually apply my eye makeup. To show that this look works with just about any color combination, I decided to use the blue/gold stunner from Wet N Wild’s Greed Palette on my lid and Sephora’s My Favorite Jeans in my crease. I applied Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeshadow pencil in Sin as a base and highlight. I love the way this looks with my blue scrubs…
 

Pardon the Workday Face Grease!

 

It’s so fun playing with makeup, and since I do wear scrubs for work I like to really go bold with my eyes. So, that’s how this whole mini-series started. I have been breaking common makeup rules lately, and I decided to do a few videos showing you how I like to mix things up.
 

Pinky Purple Eye Look

The second video in this series was a Pinky Purple Eye Tutorial. I just love the look of pinks and purples blended together. I don’t know if you can see it, but these scrubs have purple and pink butterflies all over them. The Wet n Wild Baking a Cake Palette is perfectly coordinated with these scrubs, so it is getting a LOT of use. I decided to apply a shimmery blush and break the rule of having a light inner corner highlight in this tutorial, too. Have you ever heard of the “Tulip Method” for applying eyeshadow? Basically, you create the shape of a tulip on your eyelid: light center of lid with two dark splashes of color on each side. I love love love that look, and I did a loose tulip in this tutorial. If you would like to see a more “traditional” tulip, please let me know 😉
 
Now, onto the last tutorial–it is definitely my favorite.

I Love this Eyeshadow Shape so Much I Cannot Stand It!Darkened Inner Crease

In this Darkened Inner Crease Eye Tutorial, we really mix things up. I don’t know about you, but I have heard over and over again “You MUST have a light inner corner!” This is especially taught when you have smaller eyes, like me. So, I decided that rules are made to be broken–and here are my results!
 
What do you think???
 
I promise promise promise to be better about blogging. I will even make it a New Year’s Resolution come early 😉 To be honest, when I first began this it was just going to be a place to get more information on my YouTube beauty videos–but now I am thinking I will actually do stuff on here that doesn’t show up on my YouTube channel. An example would be product reviews. I get so into doing makeup tutorials that the new products I purchase never seem to show up unless I use them in tutorials. This will be a perfect place to show you new items, and I promise to start doing reviews on here using my original points system. It was a great idea, and I started with Salma Hayek’s Nuance Smokey Quad–and then I got so interested in filming tutorials that it fell by the wayside. So, I am definitely going to bring those back and even do some Face of the Day and Outfit of the Day photo entries. Do you want to see me rocking my scrubs?? heh Just let me know!
 
As always, I am so very grateful that you took time out of your day/night to spend a moment with me. I hope that you will check out my YouTube Channel and subscribe so you can get every video as it comes out.
 
One more thing! Here is the link for my November Favorites video! I got a lot of new (wonderful) goodies this month for my birthday, and I will be back soon to show them all to you.
 
What’s on your Christmas List?
 
–Cookie
 

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

Vivid Blue Cut Crease Tutorial, Vintageortacky, MakeupBee

Vivid Blue Cut Crease Tutorial

Hello, Lovelies!

 
I am so crazy about this look. I have been loving the cut crease tutorials on YouTube forever. You probably already know how much I love Cora, vintageortacky on YouTube, and my favorite looks are her bright cut crease tutorials. She is amazing! But, anyway, I never thought I could pull it off–I don’t have much lid space, for one. I think my eyes are just getting older or something, the skin is starting to hang in the weirdest ways! Ugh.
 

Can you see how it sort of hangs down? Anyway, I thought this look was off-limits to me for the longest time. Those of us with small eyes usually keep our eyeshadow pretty low to avoid that “I don’t know what I’m doing/on my way to the circus” kind of look. But, after watching Cora’s last Sailor Moon inspired tutorial (did anybody else really enjoy that whole series? I loved it), I decided that I was going to figure out a way to make the cut crease work for me.
 

On the first try, I went darkest shade first–just like most people do it. FAIL. By the time I added the lighter colors, I was up to my brow in dark blue shadows. The key to getting this look right when you have smaller eyes is to map it out with your lightest crease color going on first. You want to leave some space for a highlight, but when I started out with the sky blue and worked my way down to the crease everything applied much more beautifully. It takes a little more “back and forth” blending, but it works.

In a previous post, I told you how I was trying to make the Maybelline Color Explosion palettes work. Here is a picture of the blue one featured in this tutorial. It is #20. Blue Blowout.

After applying Too Faced Shadow Insurance and scotch tape from lower lashes to the end of my brow, I started out with the matte light blue shadow, blending it with my MAC 217 brush above my crease to almost my brow. I then went into the glittery darker blue right across from the sky blue, using a MAC 226 to begin carving out the crease. Then I used my Maybelline Define-A-Line in Navy Blue to create the cut crease. I traced an arc right above my natural crease (lifting my brow as needed). Then I blended it all together until I got the gradient I wanted. Next, I added my favorite bright highlight, the white/blurple duochrome from Kat Von D’s True Love palette. Super simple.

Here is a peek at the lid color

After that, it was all about figuring out which lid color to use. I have been wanting to use the magenta shade from my Sleek Acid palette for a while, so after applying NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow in Milk I patted that on. On top of it, I dabbed on some matching glitter from Claire’s (have I mentioned how wonderful this palette is? I am going to do a comparison between it and NYX when I receive it from HauteLook…). Then, it was just a matter of adding some flirty lashes, in this case Ardell’s 105 full lashes–and of course, doing waterline/tightline/mascara.

I am definitely going to send this look to Cora. I sent her a tweet with a photo, and she told me to send it even though I had originally used L’oreal mascara. She is against companies that test on animals, and I didn’t know until after I filmed this that they do. So, I refilmed it using MAC’s Haute & Naughty mascara. 😉 I want everything on my end to be the best that I can make it before I send it.

I am also going to add this look to MakeupBee, which is a really neat site if you haven’t seen it. People upload their different makeup looks, and some of it is so beautiful that it makes me want to cry. Seriously. These ladies and gents are so talented. I told you before how I was comparing myself to other people, and MakeupBee sent me home with my tail between my legs for about a week! haha A lot of the amazing talents on Beautylish and YouTube are on Makeup Bee–and its a neat way to see what a whole bunch of people are doing at once. It can be daunting to try and find new gurus to watch on YouTube. And on Beautylish, there are so many people uploading their videos that it can be hard to watch them all. Same thing. The neat thing about MakeupBee is that you just see the finished look at first, so you can browse really easily. Check it out if you want to see amazing artistry. These people give the big YT gurus a run for their money!

I wanted to say just one more thing about YouTube, MakeupBee–and makeup in general. This is supposed to be fun! From my last post, you can tell that I was getting a little too wrapped up in getting noticed and all those things. I don’t know about you, but I am a person who firmly believes that energy is everything–as in, we are all basically little clumps of energy and what we emit matters because its what determines what we get back in. I notice this all around me, when I am in a good state of mind things just seem to roll more smoothly-but when I am anxious or stressed I seem to meet with obstacles. I wasn’t letting all this be fun, and I can tell as I look over stuff from a few months ago. Its just different somehow. I was always trying so hard to make a lot of material so that people would find it in searches, trying to post it everywhere, trying to “get noticed”. LOL But, at the end of the day, it was too stressful to call it really fun.

This look was pure fun. I think that you can see it all over my face. Of course, I hope you enjoy it–but even if not its okay because I sure as hell did. I pimped this eye makeup around all day, I didn’t even rip the lashes off which is really something for me.

Ok, so I have blabbered enough for one post. Please let me know what you think about this tutorial/look! I will let you know FOR SURE if I end up on VintageorTacky!

Best Wishes,

–Cookie

Purple and Blue Faux Cut Crease Tutorial–Anxiety!

Hello, Lovelies!

What a fun tutorial this was! I think I am definitely getting better. What do you think?

I so badly want to send this tutorial to Cora (Vintageortacky on YouTube). Man, I love her–and it would be so amazing to be picked as one of her guest bloggers. The only problem is, I used a L’oreal product in this tutorial! Eek! They animal test, which she is rightly adamantly against. I don’t know whether to send this to her or not…

I am going to be totally honest with you. Sometimes I get so nervous thinking about entering contests and things. I did the leopard print tutorial specifically to send to Cora, the whole look came about because I was asking my friend/co-worker Lourdes for some ideas for unique eye makeup. When she presented the idea, I was like “oh man, there’s no WAY I can do that!”–so I had to do it. I started playing around with looks, learning how to draw leopard print from YouTube and such–and then came the look. It took me hours to film! The neighbor was sawing, the kids were running around like crazies, the dog was barking, and to top it all off Kristen (my wonderful stepdaughter who was sick at the time) coughed and sniffled through the entire thing. Not so professional, huh? I trudged on, though, and after editing and trying to come up with a blog post for the first time ever–off it went.

I spent the next 48 hours in a state of full-on panic. I checked Cora’s blog every five minutes…literally. I agonized over every little detail. I rarely watch my own finished tutorials, just once through to make sure its as good as I can possibly make it, but in this case I watched that video at least 20 times. I picked every little detail apart. What ended up happening, and what has been happening off and on ever since, is that I doubt my abilities and my talent a lot now. For a while, I stopped filming at all. I guess I just felt like I wasn’t good enough. I started on Beautylish, which I love–but it made it even worse. Everyone, it seemed, was better than me. I would watch their lovely videos and read their posts and blogs–and suddenly I just felt really ashamed of myself. What was I even doing, having a YouTube beauty channel?

I began on a quest to let people know about my channel by myself, which I know may be weird since I was doubting my abilities and all–but I think I was really on a quest for validation. I guess I figured if more people found me and subscribed, I would somehow feel better about the whole thing. I don’t know. I started posting in every topic in forums, started linking every post to my channel and blog–it was insane.

Somehwere along the way, I lost the whole reason I started. When I did my first video, my son watched it five times–saying how good I did and that he was proud of me. I felt proud of myself. Isn’t that what this is all about? I can look back over my videos, and in just a few short months I have really gotten better both at makeup and at the actual tutorials themselves. I am growing. That’s really what I want this to be about.

As of this moment, I have 68 subscribers on YouTube. Think about that–SIXTY EIGHT people actually want to see my videos as soon as they come out. That is amazing! What is there to ever be anxious or nervous about? If Cora ends up liking this video, maybe it will show up on her blog, who knows? If not, I grew in making it, and one day something else might catch her interest because I will get even better as I go. I just want everything RIGHT NOW. LOL

I am only kidding. It is a labor of love, doing makeup tutorials. It takes quite a while to film, edit, and upload–then all the accompanying work of making stills, blogging, descriptions, tags…but that’s not to say I am complaining. I actually like doing all of these parts, and the comments that I get that are so kind from my subscribers are all icing on the cake. When someone sees a tutorial and likes it enough to recreate it–well, that is the highest compliment you can ever get. Its funny, even though I can watch the final edit of a video and point out tons of things I think I did wrong, I can also tell that there’s a lot more I am doing right. There is still plenty I need to work on, first and most important being that I need to find a way to let more of my personality shine through in my tutorials! In this video (a tag from VividlyChaotic on YT, who is great), you can see how I am always laughing! That’s me. Why it is that I don’t *yet* come across this way in my makeup tutorials, I have no idea. Maybe I am still nervous? I just want it to be ‘right’ so badly! haha These tutorials and looks are like my little babies, I want them to be perfect and to encourage people. If I can do it, anyone can, believe me! Makeup was always so intimidating to me, and I think that’s why I have taken all of this on. I was always the girl that couldn’t draw in school, I have certainly never been confused with an artist. You should see how long it takes me, how long I have to practice, just to do a certain makeup look. I can see the shape I want in my head, it just isn’t easy for me to translate it onto my face! Its the challenge of it that drives me forward. I am about as far out of my comfort zone as one can go. I guess that’s the point, really.

So, I am off to edit another video. One part of me feels like it may be too similar to this tutorial to post, feels like its not “pefect enough”. But the other part of me, the one I know will win out eventually, knows that it might just help somebody. It might further clarify how to cut the crease when you have small eyes. That’s what I have been working on lately. I have never claimed to be a Guru, I am just interested in doing good makeup. Who knows what this weekend’s videos will bring…I have been wanting to work on doing more colors in one look, something with up to like five or six colors blended beautifully. I’ll start on that once I perfect the cut crease. 😉

 

–Cookie

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