Two Part Peacock Tutorial

Feelin' Peacocky?

Happy Friday!

How’s it going? I am having a lovely night, and I hope that you are, too!

So, I am up to 103 Subscribers! Yay! That’s so awesome–and it means that I FINALLY get to give-away all the groovy products I have been sitting on for months. I have been waiting and waiting to send somebody all this cool stuff–Kleancolor eyeshadows, Hard Candy Eye Defs and Gloss Pencils, L’oreal and Covergirl Mascaras, OneSweep Blushes–oh my!

My son, Nathan, is six years old. I think that he is the most amazing kid. When it came to choosing a winner for the Giveaway, I decided to let him choose because there was no way I was going to do it. I have been getting to know so many of my viewers both in comments/messages over YouTube and also on Twitter, it would just be sort of weird to choose. I mean, a part of me would want to choose a lovely that I feel is cool–and then the other part would want to ignore those people because it would be like cheating, you know? So, instead of writing 103 names down and choosing from a hat (OMG even at the thought!), I decided to let Nathan point to the winner. So, that’s what we did–and I have to tell you just how great this turned out. Nathan chose a 13 year old girl, her name is beverlyheld13 on YouTube, and you should be checking her out! She does great hauls and makeup/fashion videos–and she has really overcome a lot of challenges. Congrats, Beverly! I really hope that you enjoy this stuff, you sure deserve it! I can’t wait to see what you do with everything!

 

Okay…so onto this whole tutorial deal.

Pre-Peacock

So, I have been wearing this teal/gold color combo like its going out of style. I love gold eyeshadow in the inner corner, and I am always looking for interesting ways to wear animal prints–so this look was a fusion of two things that I love. I filmed several versions of this tutorial before Halloween, but every time I sat down to edit them I just wasn’t feelin’ it. The feathers either looked too big, too straight up and down, or too sloppy. Can I just say how hard it is to do eye makeup while filming?! LOL But anyway, I refused to give up. Finally, on October 30 I got it (pretty) right. When I was editing it, I made the decision to make it into two videos so that viewers who are not as adventurous (read: crazy) could just learn the beautiful teal and gold look.

 

This look was created using Wet N Wild Color Icon palettes in Vanity (Golds) and Bake-Off Contest (Blues), along with Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadows (Teals). The eyeliners are Jordana, Maybelline, and Hard Candy. I also applied mascara (Max Factor 2000 Calorie) to complete the look. Guess what I used to prime my lids? LOL You guessed NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil, didn’t you? Heh, you would be right if you did! 😉

Here is the Link for the First Video: When Wet N Wild & Inglot Intertwine – Part One – Eye Makeup Tutorial

And Here is the Link for Part Two: Peacock Crease – Part Two- Eye Makeup Tutorial

In this second tutorial, I show you how to map out and create these metallic gold peacock feathers that dance happily across the crease. I seriously wore this look at least ten times last month, which is a first for me–that’s how much I loved it. I didn’t even bother to change products or colors. The only change between any of the filmings was that I was originally using a liquid Wet N Wild Liquid Liner. I decided it dried too shiny, and I loved the more accurate precision of the Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Liner in Brown. Man, I love that little eyeliner pen. When I do swaps, I ALWAYS include one–usually in Ultra Black because it is shiny, something unusual in a liquid liner. Ok, sorry for the detour! haha The way to create this look is to first map out the general shapes using brown liquid liner. Then you go over with the gold, in this case Gold Rush Beauty Rush by Victoria’s Secret liquid liner. I used white eyeliner pencil by Wet N Wild, Glitter Rocks Pencil from Jordana, and Flip Side Liquid Eyeliner from Hard Candy to do the center of the feathers. Then I added two sets of lashes, just for fun 😉 The first set was Natural by Revlon, applied with Revlon Lash Adhesive. The second set was Ardell 305 Half Lashes. I originally used feathers for the second pair, the same way that I did in the other Peacock Tutorial (the one inspired by Cora, vintageortacky on YouTube)–but I had already thrown them out by the time I got this look right. I thought I would find some more at the Halloween store where I originally found them, but I was wrong 😦 Oh well, I still think it turned out pretty well!

What do you think???

–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

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

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Explosion in Forest Fury

See What You Can Do With A Crap Palette

Hello, Lovelies!

 
I hope that your Friday was better than mine! I have been living in the land of drama this week…
 
Between getting called in to the teacher’s office for my son’s handwriting, losing one of our new kittens *so sad*, and fighting other little fires at every corner–it has been a crap week.
 
Don’t you hate it when you see an ad for a new beauty product that looks so amazing that you just have to have it, only to find out when you go to use it that its not at all what you thought it would be? I know, I know-we are supposed to do our research before buying these things, but I just had to have this Forest Fury palette from the new Color Explosion line by Maybelline. Its hard to find a really beautiful chartreuse/lime green, and this one appeared to be everything I wanted and then some! I bought it using my CVS beauty bucks and everything…
 
Who am I kidding? This still doesn’t justify not doing my homework. It was an impulse purchase, plain and simple. I deserve my punishment, right?
 
So, I got it home and saw that it wasn’t what I wanted-but my local CVS does not let me return opened products (how in the world are some of you able to return these things? i have yet to figure this out!). I am stuck with this thing. Ugh! So, I guess I could have given it away…but why not just make this into an opportunity?
 
In essence, this is me making lemons into lemonade.
 
 
My goal is to update this post at some point this weekend with swatches and a review, so come back and check it out if you want to know the deets on how each shadow performs. I had all five of these palettes (and I soooo want to call them quads, but there are actually five eye shades in each: four eyeshadows and a sparkly “topcoat”), but I ended up giving my stepdaughter Kristen the neutral one. I didn’t love that one, but I just saw LovePeaceandLipgloss do a rockin’ tutorial using it! I guess that just goes to show that different strokes fit different folks.
 
I hope that you get a kick out of the video, I decided to call it “Crap Palette Eye Tutorial” because I basically outline how I work with a crap palette. Early on in my makeup journey, I learned how to work with what I had–and this palette kinda took me back to those days. The trick, I find, is to first apply the eyeshadow wet for higher color payoff. Then you can always go back over with a coat of the dry shadow to blend. I do this a lot with shades where I love the color but can’t stand the payoff, an great example is Electric Eel by MAC. I know a lot of people have really good luck with this eyeshadow, but I have to really coax it into working! Its so worth it for that color, and the lime green color in this palette is worth it too.
 
I love the way this tutorial turned out. I would love to hear what you think about it-do you own it? Do you have other shadows you have to really work with or are you beyond that? Do you really research every single purchase before you make it? If you do, you are a more disciplined shopper than me. I can’t resist a bright-looking color, just like I can’t resist cute packaging. 😉
 
Have a Yummy Day–or Night!
 
–Cookie
 
 
 

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