Jungle Woman

Are You Ready to Go Into the Wild?

Heh

I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged, I have just been so crazy busy filming/editing/uploading YouTube videos. I am having so much fun right now, it’s ridiculous!

So, what have I been uploading? Let’s work in the reverse order, since I love my latest tutorial so much. I called it “Jungle Woman” when I was saving it, but that didn’t feel descriptive enough–so I just went with Neutral Cut Crease with Teal Eyeshadow Tutorial. It IS a Neutral Cut Crease with Teal, but it is also quite a bit “Jungle Woman”. LOL It is not for wimps! This look will definitely get you noticed, trust me. I wore it to Taco Bell here in Sebring, with hilarious results. Just in case you have never been to Sebring *and I don’t blame you a bit!*, for about six months out of the year we double in population–due to all the “snowbirds” (a loving phrase used to describe old people that flock down to Florida for the winter months) coming down. So, of course, the roads get clogged and lines are long at places like Taco Bell 😉 I got a LOT of strange looks, which I love–but if you don’t like that sort of attention, I highly suggest you skip this look! Well, you know, after you watch the video and admire my creativity haha

A More Wearable Look?

If you are not into being a Jungle Woman, might I suggest this requested Burgundy Look? One of my subscribers, a sweetheart named Joanna, asked me to do a burgundy eyeshadow tutorial. When I asked, she said that she enjoys more wearable looks, so I decided to do a full face makeup tutorial featuring burgundy and gold fall colors. I actually stunned myself with this one! Look at me, I am gorgeous! Thank you, Joanna–your suggestion made me look fantastic hahaha I have never used burgundy before, believe it or not, and so this was a ton of fun to experiment with!

I’m also sporting this look in my October Favorites video, which is actually a combination video of (of course) my October Loves and a Swap Haul that came from my new friend, Rebecca. Man, this girl has FANTASTIC TASTE! I really suggest you check out her Blog because if it is anything like the stuff she sent over to me, I am bookmarking it 😉 Can I just say how lucky you ladies are over in the UK??? You guys have Sleek and Max Factor. In fact, I don’t know how I am going to go back to American mascaras now that I have Max Factor 2000 Calorie! It is amazing! I need to do what I did with that L’oreal False Fiber and show some Before/After photos of this stuff, it is unreal!

So, what is coming?

So many, many things! I have been filming and editing like crazy, and all that’s left for me to do is upload now. I have a few Tags that I’ve done, and I am sure they will be up any day now. If you enjoyed my latest (Jungle Woman haha) tutorial and want to see a full list of products, I will be happy to do that for you–just let me know.

Meoooow!

Until Then, Keep Smiling!

–Cookie

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Evolution

Basic Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hello, Lovelies! I am currently working on a mini-series all about smokey eyes. This first Basic Smokey Eye Tutorial was requested by my friend Jessica! We were talking about some of the more advanced tutorials, like the Leopard Print Eye Tutorial, and she was saying that she would really enjoy learning how to do something more wearable. This is what I came up with…

Wearable Eyeshadow, Who Woulda Thunk It?

This was supposed to be a two-part miniseries, with the second video featuring a darker, more sultry smokey eye using darker bases to pull out a different effect from the same Ulta eyeshadows. Great in theory, awful in reality. I didn’t like the way it turned out both times I filmed it, it was a little bit too Avril Lavigne (no offense, I love her look actually) and a little bit too little of what I was going for (read, Kim Kardashian). Isn’t that always the way? 

Smokey Eyes + Glitter = My Kinda Look!

Flash forward a few days. I have learned that if I just let a video go sometimes, I benefit from it in the long run. I was playing around with smokey eye looks before work last week when I came up with this glittery smokey eye look. Its so me, its not funny! LOL

Gunmetal-Blue Glittery Smokey Eye

This one was a breeze to edit, which is always a plus. I take it as a sign that it was meant to be. 😉

 
So, on to the evolution of my channel…
 
YouTube has very kindly invited me to monetize my videos. I actually went back and forth a little bit over whether or not to do it, I mean, I never really set out to make money off video views. In the end, I came up with a really cool solution! You can see by the ads now displayed in most of my videos that I did monetize–but I am not going to keep any of the money, at least for the time being. For the rest of 2011, and who knows how far beyond, all of the money is going to go to an organization called Look Good, Feel Better (a division of the American Cancer Society whose mission is to help women, men, and children affected by cancer to find ways to look and feel good while they undergo treatment–and lose their hair, etc). This organization is close to my heart, they have really helped a close friend of mine as she undergoes radiation (she’s in her last week, though! yay!). We are about to film a video showing you some of the products cosmetic companies donated, as well as some of the tips she learned in her class–and I hope that you would be so kind to share it with your friends and family. The more clicks this video has, the more money raised for this wonderful cause! It is completely free! I will let you know how much money is raised, and of course, if I ever stop donating it or choose another orgranization I will always be upfront about that, too.
 
My channel will be evolving in other ways, as well. After much observation, and much honest soul-searching, I have decided to slow down a bit. I am going to be more about quality over quantity, to be honest. Not everything I film will be uploaded. LOL I want to bring you quality makeup tutorials, and I already have so many ideas as to how to up the “entertainment value” of my tutorials. I have noticed that my best tutorials are the ones in which I don’t over-explain…I find that I talk way too much at times, even though it has never been my intention to do so. I am also not going to film just because I feel like I need to, as in feeling like I have to come up with something every single weekend or because I have a few free minutes. I will be bringing you more hauls and plus size fashion videos. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.
 
Above anything else, I want you to know how much I appreciate you watching my videos–and reading this blog. It still blows my mind that over 70 people actually have an interest in my thoughts on makeup! I am loving getting to know you both on YouTube and over Twitter! Every single day, I learn something new–and its my goal to share what I know, especially as it changes, with you. YouTube has a huge, incredible beauty community–and that you would take the time to watch, comment, and subscribe…well, that’s just amazing. So, thank you. I see all of this growing into something truly special, and I am so thankful for all of you letting people know about me. It blows my mind, really.
 
Be Blessed, Always
 
–cookie

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