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

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

YouTube Beauty Guru Inspired Tutorial #2: Wildkatmakeup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, Lovelies!

In this Eye Makeup Tutorial, I continue my series paying homage to my favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus–this time recreating a look that Katherine (wildkatmakeup on YouTube) created. I love her, and I love this look! Its an Indian Bridal Look, using beautiful reds and golds–and lots of glitter (all of which are right up my alley).

Its funny, I remember exactly where I was when I found Kat on YT. I was having lunch at Don Jose Mexican Restaurant here in Sebring. They have wi-fi, and I was on my iPad looking for a wearable red eyeshadow tutorial. When this video popped up, I fell in love–both with Kat’s way of doing makeup and with this look. I immediately subscribed! Since then, her original tutorial has climbed to almost 90,000 hits! Wow. She deserves it, especially with this look.

To say that this is a bold look…well, that’s an understatement. Its a red glittery lid with black “v” accent–and a super-sheeny gold highlight. Kat used a lot of English products, which of course I cannot get my hands on, and so I decided to use colors I already had. I started with Milani’s I Heart You baked mineral eyeshadow, then I “reddened” it up (like my invented word?) with MAC’s New Fixation pigment. For the black “v”, I used the blackish-goldish-shimmery shadow from my Comfort Zone Wet N Wild palette. The highlight is MAC’s Vanilla pigment with a golden pigment shimmer on top (Golden by nb eyeshadow). I also patted on the red glitter from my Claire’s Glitter Palette. I used Lorac’s liquid eyeliner to line my upper lash line, Milani’s Liquiline in Black for waterline and tightlining. The lashes are Ardell’s Demi Wispies, my new favorite lashes. For mascara, I used the L’oreal False Lash featured in my last blog post.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. I was having a hard time figuring out what to do after my last tutorial, I guess because I felt like it was the best one I had done to date. After I uploaded it, YouTube invited me to monetize–and I was so excited until I found out that I still won’t get to choose my thumbnail images. I guess I have a way to go before I get full control. Oh well, that will give me something to aspire to! More and more people are finding me, and I am so grateful! I truly appreciate every view and every subscriber. So, thank you.

So much exciting stuff is on the way, I promise you. The most special video I have ever done (or ever will do) is coming up, I am just waiting for YouTube to let me monetize it. That sounds weird, but I am not going to keep ANY of the money from my channel. 100% of the money earned off this video, and any others that get monetized, will go to charity. Since its October, I bet you can guess which type…

Please, when that video comes out–share it with every single person you can.

Thanks so much!

 

–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

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
 
 
 

Nuance by Salma Hayek Review and Tutorial Video

Third Look, Nuance Smokey Quad

Hello, Lovelies!

 
This morning, I uploaded a triple tutorial using the Smokey Quad from Salma Hayek’s new Nuance line that’s in CVS. In the video, I mistakenly alluded to the fact that other drugstores may have her line, but you can only find it in CVS. Now that I have corrected that mistake, I have to tell you, this was the most challenging video I have created to date–it was such a bear to make! Along with my usual challenges (lighting, saying “ooookay, ummm, and absolutely!” entirely too often), I had FOUR children running around at the time! Ack! On top of all that, my cat just had a litter of kittens. Wow. What a day yesterday was! But, all in all, I am really proud of this tutorial. More than anything, I am (slowly) getting more comfortable in front of the camera. My nervousness is going away. Michelle Phan I am not, but with each attempt I come more into my own.
 
Such Cute Packaging!

 Okay, so enough about me–let’s move on to the Smokey Quad. Since this is my first formal review, I want to establish the rating system I will use from now on. I first thought of doing something cutesy, like rating in terms of Chocolate Chips since my nickname is Cookie, but I decided against it because it might be confusing. So, I will just use a 0-20 scale (but you can consider it up to 20 Chocolate Chips if you prefer). For eyeshadows, I will rate them in the following terms:

1. Consistency/Pigmentation: Up to 6 points. This, for me, is the most important factor when rating an eyeshadow–therefore, I wanted to give it the highest overall weight. Does this eyeshadow fall apart before I even get to use it? Does it have good color payoff? These sorts of things will fall into this category.

2. Blendability: Up to 4 points. Does this eyeshadow play well with others? Does it take forever to blend out? Does it blend away as soon as I put it on? All of these properties fall into this category, and it is an important one in judging the overall quality of a shadow!

3. Range of Colors: Up to 3 points. This is extremely important in terms of rating a palette or quad. Are all the shadows needed in the palette? What have they chosen for a highlight color? Are there any matte colors? These are the things I consider when determining Range of Color points.

4. Packaging/Delivery System: Up to 3 points. For an eyeshadow, this includes things such as durability of the case, whether or not it comes with a brush, is the brush/applicator appropriate to apply the shadow(s) inside, etc.

5. Staying Power: Up to 4 points–and another extremely important category! What does this eyeshadow look like after a long day at work? Plain and simple, it could be the most beautiful looking eyeshadow in the world, but if it doesn’t stay on then its still a dud in my book.

Smokey Quad Show N Tell

Nuance by Salma Hayek, Swatches

Don't Know Why The Grey Is Here?

Nuance by Salma Hayek Smokey Quad Review

17/20
 
1. Consistency/Pigmentation: 4 out of 6 Total Points
2. Blendability: 4 out of 4 Total Points
3. Range of Colors: 2 out of 3 Total Points
4. Packaging/Delivery System: 3 out of 3 Total Points
5. Staying Power: 4 out of 4 Total Points
 
Okay, so 17 out of 20 isn’t too bad. I took off points for the first category because the darkest colors looked very similar when on my eyes. Also, the pigmentation was lacking in the pinky duochrome color. The product blended well on my eyes, but I would have liked to have seen a matte color or at least a better highlight option. The packaging is what really saved this quad, in terms of how I rated it–I am a sucker for great packaging! These colors also really stayed on my eyes! In fact, I really had to work to get the product off in between tutorials…

Tutoral Look #2

 
So, overall, I would recommend this quad if you need some unique options for smokey eyes. If you already have a good range of eyeshadows, then this may not be the perfect product for you. I have seen a lot of beauty bloggers and YouTubers say that they were disappointed in this quad, and really in the overall line, but I am not someone who has a ton of smokey shades so it was a good fit for me. I had no trouble at all finding ways to use this quad, either. That is always a plus, since I hate having to find other coordinating eyeshadows to make something work. If I were to use this quad for my everyday makeup, I would probably grab one of my matte white or flesh-toned eyeshadows for a brow highlight and be all set.
 
If you have this quad, I would love to hear what your thoughts are. How would you rate this eyeshadow? Do you like any other products from Nuance?
 
Per Request, I am listing the products used in all three looks…
 
Look 1:
Nuance Smokey Quad *pink, darker green, emerald green*
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
MAC 217, 239 Brushes
Sonia Kashuk Black Handle Blending Brush
Angled Brush *got mine at Michael’s Craft Store*
CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Gray Eyeliner
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Pigment
Coastal Scents Small Crease/Pencil Brush
 
Look 2:
Nuance Smokey Quad *darker green, emerald green, pink and purple*
MAC 226, 239 Brushes
Angled Eyeliner Brush *same one as in first look*
Fluffy Blending Brush *MAC 224 here*
Small Detail Brush *Eco Tools used here*
Small Crease Brush *Posh Brush from Drugstore*
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black
Milani Liquifeye Pencil in Black
Kiss #04 Lashes
Duo Lash Adhesive
MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Pigment
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
 
Look #3
Nuance Smokey Palette *purple, pink, darker green*
CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Grey Pencil
Angled Eyeliner Brush *same as in other tutorials*
Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush and Flat Shader Brush
Small Detail Brush *Eco Tools*
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
 
 
 
 As always, I hope that this was helpful to you…
 
–Cookie
 

My Journey (so far)…

Leopard Print Eye Tutorial

Leopard Print Eye Tutorial

Hello, Lovelies!

In an effort not to clog up this new blog, I am going to post a synopsis of my best videos so far. When I first started, I was just doing videos to respond to the YouTubers I really enjoy: namely, LovePeaceandLipGloss and LisaLisaD1. I did two video responses on my webcam to a Tag that Lisa sent around to everyone, it was called “If All My Makeup Disappeared, the Top 10 Beauty Items I Would Repurchase”. I loved the concept of this, it is so hard to pick only ten things! So, I sat down in front of my webcam thinking “Oh, now this will be so easy” and started talking. If you watch either of those videos, they are (in my honest opinion) terrible. They both look grainy because of lighting problems and being shot on a netbook webcam–and I was not used to thinking in opposites, so every time I tried to show a product I would move it in the wrong direction. So awful. But, you gotta start somewhere! To top it all off, I lost half of my video because the webcam stopped recording when my goldfish screensaver came on. LOL I guess that the better of these two videos was the second one, so I will share it Here.

I did not have plans to do much with my channel other than occasionally make a response to my favorite beauties until Kat (Wildkatmakeup on YT, a wonderful UK makeup artist/guru) put a link to my channel in one of her videos. I sent her a gift package of drugstore stuff from over here in the states, and she was so sweet to make a haul video featuring all of the products (Here is the link to her video). All of a sudden, I had subscribers! 22 to be exact! So, I just HAD to have some content…right? I did a response video for Kat thanking her and got to work planning videos.

My first tutorial was based on a winged eyeliner lesson I saw in Latina magazine. One of MUFE’s makeup artists said to draw a dot in between your lower lash line and eyebrow to start your wing for a really easy but dramatic cat eye. I started playing around with it, and I loved how it looked–so I decided this would be something really fun and unique to try for my first tutorial. There were, of course, a few issues–there are times where I am not in the frame and other little problems, but overall I think it was a decent start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOpeHtFfRTE

My next tutorial was special. I love purple, and this was a look I wore to my friend Ashley’s wedding. I never really get the chance to dress up, so getting all gussied up to go out was a treat. But even better, James actually got dressed up and escorted me (he hates anything having to do with the word “fancy”)! We had a really good time at the wedding, and I got so many compliments on my dress and makeup. I attempted my first Outfit of the Day and recreated the makeup in a Tutorial

For some reason, My Makeup Collection Video has been really popular, so I thought I would include it here for anybody that missed it. I will have to record a second one now that I am in my bedroom, I am using the same desk and most of the same storage–but I have a vinyl covering so that the “rip” doesn’t show. Yes, Boogie ripped a piece of my desk cover off. But, I know that as I grow and change things around further it will be fun to compare it with this original collection video.

My Coach Poppy Ad Inspired Tutorial was shot outside on my back porch. Its a simple makeup look featuring pink and yellow tones. I really liked the way this tutorial turned out, and it was definitely the highest quality video I had made at that point. It was the first video that I watched and felt really proud of. 🙂

On to my Plus Size Fashion Guide. I really wanted to do Fattie Fashion videos (Fattie=a term used to denote a beautiful girl over size 14). Bad. For so many years, I was ashamed of my body–and once I learned to just embrace who I was and started taking chances with my clothing choices, I learned that you really can dress to impress at any size. I’m sorry, but I do not feel good about myself wearing long T-shirts to cover my butt and belly with baggy jeans. It gives me no shape, it actually makes me look a whole lot worse (which is not good for my self-esteem!). I watched a video LisaLisaD1 did where she basically responded to some of her haters that said she dressed “too young”–and I don’t know, something in that video just gave me the final jolt I needed to make the video. I was honest about sizing, and although it was tough at first, I am still glad I did it. That video has been my most-viewed thus far!

After watching Cora (VintageorTacky) rock orange lips, I tried and loved it. I created a Simple Reverse Smokey Eye Tutorial outlining how I like to wear my eyes when wearing orange lipstick. It was over 100 degrees outside when I shot this video! Ack!

At the request of two of my friends (Deana and Kathy), I did an Airbrush Makeup Tutorial. They came over to my house that weekend and we played around with my Dinair system–I would have loved to have filmed this, but I was airbrushing them at the time. If you are in the market for an airbrushing system, I highly recommend Dinair. It is a bit pricey, and there are cheaper alternatives that you might want to research, but with Dinair’s systems you can mix colors and set your air pressure. For me, these options are deal makers.

My most challenging tutorial/look thus far has by far been my Leopard Print Eye Tutorial. I made it at the suggestion of my friend Lourdes–I was looking for a challenging/unique look to send to Cora for her ongoing Guest Blogger section. I sent it, but I never heard back from her–so I am guessing it was a Fail–but either way, I am so glad I did this video. I never thought I would be able to pull this off, and I know that its made me a better makeup artist. Sometimes you really have to push your limits to get better. I am going to keep trying to get on Cora’s website, too, by the way. If I am anything, I am persistent! 😉

This Nicki Minaj VMA Drugstore Tutorial was so much fun to make! I attempted to wear the wig the entire time, but I was still on the porch and it was too hot. LOL

Smokey Fall Makeup

This Smokey Fall Makeup Tutorial is my best work to date (in my opinion, of course). I filmed it in my bedroom, with my new lighting setup (thank you JazzieBabyCakes!!). Its a simple smokey eye using Inglot shadows and bright red lips. Two years ago, I was afraid of red lipstick–so I think this really shows how far I have come both as a makeup artist and really just overall. My philosophy this past year has been to find situations that I would have said NO to and just go for it. Just having a YouTube channel, when I have always been so reserved and afraid to put myself out there, has been great for building my confidence and moving into new territory. I am so proud of this video. 🙂

 

Neutral Eyes with a Pop of Color Tutorial

 

This Pop of Blue Eye Tutorial features the eye look I am wearing in the haul video. I first saw this look in Lil Wayne’s 6 Foot 7 video, and I have been wearing it like its going out of style! Again, I think this really shows how far I have come in a short time–it is much more professional looking than my previous tutorials.

So, that’s been my YouTube journey up to this point. Its not a bad “body of work” for only being on for a month or so! There are still plenty of things I want to improve–and I would love to hear your suggestions. My goal has always been to make videos that are helpful–and having a high quality product is an important first step. What is it that you look for in a makeup tutorial? Do you prefer a closer image, like in my last two tutorials–or would you rather I zoom out so you can see my entire face? Do you prefer that I show each product as I go, sort of how I did in the Smokey Fall Tutorial? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

As Always, Have a Yummy Day!

–Cookie

Blog, Haul, and Contest News!

Photo From Nicki Minaj Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

Donning a Blonde Wig for the Nicki Minaj VMA Drugstore Tutorial

Hello, Lovelies!

Welcome to my Blog! I am so excited that its finally up and running. I am going to post all of my tutorials, along with bonus goodies that you can only find here–so make sure you check back often!

I have to tell you, I have really caught the “YouTube Bug”. If you go back and watch my Introduction video, you will see that I originally only planned on doing a tutorial every few weeks! Wow. I have really exceeded that goal! 😉

I am all set up to shoot videos in my room now, and my lighting is just about right. I have really noticed a difference in my last two tutorials. I also completed my fist haul video, which was exciting. Hauls and reviews are some of my favorite videos to watch on YT, and I have been dying to make one so I am glad that it finally happened. Here is the link to that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJEGwI5esn8

So, now for the best part–a Giveaway!

As of right now, I have 53 amazing subscribers! I am so excited about that, and I am planning on doing a Giveaway when I reach 100. The products will be from a brand featured in the haul video, Kleancolors. I am going back to Crush Too this weekend to purchase the prize, which will be worth approximately $50. With products averaging around $3, it will be a lot of loot! If you aren’t yet subscribed, you will definitely want to visit my channel at http://www.youtube.com/cookiefarrer and subscribe for your chance to win. If you are already a subscriber, thank you! The only thing left for you do to is to share my channel and videos with your friends that love all things beauty so that you will all have a chance to win! As soon as I reach the 100 subscriber mark, I will randomly choose a winner–then, I will contact him/her over YouTube for a mailing address. If I do not hear back from the first winner within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a second winner just to make sure its fair.

Good luck!

–Cookie

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