Cookie Monster, Sesame Street, Makeup Tutorial, Candice's Vanity, YouTube, Morta By Mita, Makeup, Jim Henson

My Cookie Monster Inspired Makeup Tutorial!

Not too long ago, I saw this great video by my best friend, Candice’s Vancity that she did alongside fellow talented Beauty Guru, Morta By Mita. The video was about doing a Sesame Street inspired makeup tutorial and Cancide chose Abby Cadabby. I thoroughly enjoyed the video and it inspired me to do a Sesame Street inspired makeup tutorial of my own. My chosen character…Cookie Monster!

The reason why I choose this cutie is because I have loved Sesame Street, the Muppets, and Jim Henson since I was one year old. (Yes, even though Jim Henson created Sesame Street and they are technically Muppets, they are still considered to be a separate entity from the Muppet Show Muppets such as Kermit, Miss Piggy, etc.)

Getting back on track, one of the reasons why I like Cookie Monster so much is because of his childlike charm. Some people look at Cookie Monster as a bad role model, but I disagree. I never craved junk food because of him. Instead, Cookie showed me to go after what I wanted and to grab the bull by the horns!

But don’t think this huggable monster lacks empathy. I’ve seen him empathize with other people and Muppets when they have anxiety. Sure, Cookie has his flaws, but that helps me want to do better!

So, this leads me to the tutorial! In order to achieve his look, I needed to emulate his fur as well as a cookie. I wanted to do a chocolate chip cookie, but couldn’t find the right inspiration. So the cookie I chose was a Samoa.

I started out my applying eyelids with my Urban Decay Primer Potion. After that, I took the color “Low Blow” from Naked Heat Palette and applied it to my upper lid.

In order to achieve that black and white look that is on a Samoa Cookie, I pulled out my black and white duo eyeliner I got from Sephora back when they were celebrating Minnie Mouse. (I know, it’s old! I can’t believe I still have it, either!)

I applied the black one in diagonal lines across the eyeshadow and then applied the white one the same next to the black liner. I had to let them dry for about twenty seconds each time. I know, it doesn’t dry quickly!

I’m hoping I can clean that up a little at the end!

Onto Cookie Monster’s blue fur! I took my FaceCandy Atlantis Palette and chose the color “Vanished”, then applied it to the rest of my lid.

I decided I didn’t want to stop at the eyes when it came to his fur. So I took my Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit and chose the color “Orion” to highlight with.

Here’s the end result:

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did creating this look. Cookie Monster will always have a special place in my heart. Hey, I even have Cookie Monster pajamas from Kohl’s. That’s how much I love the little guy, even after all these years!

And remember: C is for Cookie! That’s good enough for me!

Urban Decay, Aphrodisiac, Aphrodisiac Palette, Makeup, Cosmetics, Makeup Tutorial, Review

Urban Decay “Aphrodisiac” Palette Review and Tutorial.

Note: I know Urban Decay has been the result of some (deserved) controversy recently due to one of their former employees. This review, however, has to do with the Palette, not the former employee and her disgusting behavior.

Not a lot of people seemed excited about Urban Decay’s release of their Aphrodisiac Palette. In fact, Urban Decay didn’t seem to place much faith in the Palette themselves, and it was quietly released in early August. I honestly don’t know why they spent so much time promoting their Born To Run Palette while there was hardly a peep about Aphrodisiac. Maybe it was because Born To Run didn’t do as well as they hoped, and they want to put their energy into making a better $50 Palette and not focus at all on promoting this one? Sounds like a poor business move, and that’s not me being rude to Urban Decay. I love their brand. I just feel like the lack of promotion for this Palette was a missed opportunity for both Urban Decay and makeup fans.

When I found out about this Palette, I was excited. I knew I wanted to do a tutorial. So, here we are. I got my Aphrodisiac Palette from Ulta and I can’t wait to see if I was right about it being a missed opportunity from Urban Decay or if they were correct in quietly releasing it. There’s only one way to find out!

First I started out by applying my Urban Decay Primer Potion to my lids. Then I followed this Makeup Tutorial from Pinterest, but with my own spin on it. Here’s how the Palette looked while still in the box:

And here’s how it looks out of the box. Pretty, isn’t it?

I started with the shade “Sheets” and applied it to my upper crease.

I didn’t follow the tutorial by extending the shade to my outer corner because I’m not doing a winged liner this time; like I said, I’m putting my own spin on this. (Although the Beauty Guru looks beautiful in her video!)

I made sure to do what she said and build the color up while blending it in my upper crease.

After that, I took the shade “Beyond” and applied it just above where I blended the “Sheets” color.

Following her instructions, I made sure to build the color up and extend it so it matched the length of the color of my crease area.

I cleaned the edges a little with the color “Sheets” again and then went in with an angled makeup brush and applied the color “Whiplash” very tightly to my upper crease.

Here’s the result so far:

Afterward, I blended the color “Whiplash” like the Beauty Guru in the Tutorial said and here’s the result:

Here’s where I start to put my own spin on things. I then took the color “Addict” and applied it to my lid.

Next up I applied the color “High Fever” to my lash line. Man, this color not only broke easily, but it was difficult to apply! So was “Addict”! Still, the result is good.

Lastly, I applied “Glare” just under my brows.

And of all the photos, “Glare” wouldn’t focus! Figures!

Whoo! I needed to take one of my brushes and start blending or else I’d look creepy!

After finishing my makeup, here’s the end result:

So, was this a missed opportunity like I originally thought? Well, although I stand by my statement that Urban Decay should have promoted it more, I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a missed opportunity. The formula could use a little work. This reminds me of the Maybelline Lemonade Palette, only slightly better. That’s not what I expect from Urban Decay, though. I expect much better.

Do I regret my purchase? No. Would I purchase again? Yes. But would I recommend it? Only if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan like I am. If not, I’d say you’d probably still be happy with your purchase anyway, but this Palette isn’t going to be the next big thing to hit makeup shelves, either. So, if you skip it, then catch it when it goes on sale.

$30 honestly wasn’t a bad price for this, but I’d place this more at a $20 price point.

My advice to Urban Decay is to stop focusing on rushing out Palettes and start concentrating on the formula more. You’ve got the theme and packaging down (in my opinion), just take a little more time and appreciation on that formula and you should be all set!

Oh and…hire better employees!

So, what did you think of my review? Did you get the Palette? Did you skip it? Did my review help you in any way? I want to hear your thoughts, even if you disagree!

See you soon!

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I Tried the No Makeup-Makeup Look!

Today I’m going to get my eyebrows threaded. That means minimal makeup. I thought this would be the perfect time to do a tutorial on the “No Makeup-Makeup Up Look!”

I usually use my BB Cream, but it doesn’t match my skin. So, when I apply, I apply it everywhere, including my eye area so everything matches. Not today because I don’t want to get in the way of the threading. So, I’m going to use some sunscreen and then go in with my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.

Next, I covered up my pimples with Essence Colour Correcting Stick.

I then went in and applied my Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer with my Beauty Blender.

My under-eye circles needed covering. So first I went in with my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, blended it with my Beauty Blender and then mixed it with my Neutrogena Hydroboost Cover Stick. I blended that with my Real Techniques Diamond Makeup Sponge.

I thought that a tiny bit of eyewear couldn’t hurt. So, I started with my Urban Decay Primer Potion and lined my eyes with my black Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner.

I thought they could use a little color, not much. I went in with my Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette and applied the shade “Tiger’s Eye.”

I applied just a couple of coats of Better Than Sex Mascara. This is not my go-to mascara, but just like with Lash Paradise, I’m doing an experiment for a blog in a month. (Any guesses?)

A little color to the should do the trick! I applied my Sleek Blush in the color Flamingo. I ordered this blush thanks to the Beauty Guru, Kathleen Lights before it ever came to the states. If you ever get your hands on this beautiful blush, just know it’s very pigmented, so don’t swipe that brush too much or too hard!

Lastly, I sprayed on my Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Now, time for the lips!

I lined my lips with Real Her Liner and applied NYX Lingerie in Bustier.

It kills me not to do my brows, but, first world problems!

Here’s the final look!

Jen Gerard, Gerard Cosmetics, Makeup, Stalking, Domestic Violence

My Interview with Jen Gerard

I was ecstatic when Jen Gerard agreed to an interview with me. Jen has not only built a successful cosmetics line but is also a beautiful woman on the inside and out. I love how she not only cares so much about what she puts out in her line but her own customers as well. I see her interacting with her customers on social media and is very personable and down-to-earth. Success has not gone to this wonderful woman’s head!

I also wanted to say that this meant a lot to me on a personal level as well. Jen is someone who I consider a friend and someone who I trust. Jen has helped me out of a situation that I can never repay her for except a million thank you’s because she did so out of the goodness of her own heart. (Nothing illegal or “bad” was done on my part. Jen helped me get out of something I was NOT supposed to be involved in and again, I owe her all my love and gratitude.)

So, take it from someone who was bullied all of their school years, there are good people out there in the world, like Jen, who want to help and who expect nothing in return. Take a note from Jen and do something nice for someone in need just because it’s the right thing to do! It might do more good than you think!

Back to the interview, it was so much fun interviewing her and I hope you get to know her a little more and if you haven’t already, try our her killer makeup!

1. What made you decide to go into cosmetics in the first place?

After I started Whitening Lightning, we started making cosmetic products the first year. I saw an opportunity to do some things a little differently than they have been done in the past and just decided to go for it. Our lip glosses and Brow Bar to Go quickly became super popular and it was actually one of our YouTubers that came up with the idea to start a standalone cosmetic line. I thought it was a great idea and we came up with the name and launched a year later.

2. When did you realize you had finally “made it”?

I remember being at a beauty convention in New York our first year and running into influencer after influencer that had a well-used tube of our nude lip gloss in their purse. They all said it was their favorite. We even got a few calls and text messages from people who lost their tube on the trip and needed an immediate replacement. I think that was the moment I knew we were really onto something.

3. What has been your most popular selling cosmetic item to date and why do you think that is?

Definitely the HydraMatte and gold bullet lipsticks “Iced Mocha” and “1995.” They are perennial favorites for all skin tones.

4. Do you have a favorite influencer you’ve worked with or do you love them all but in different ways?

I don’t really have a favorite. I will say that I have been blessed to make some very amazing relationships with some very amazing people who happen to be influencers. I really see them more as my family and love watching someone start from the beginning and become a major force in our industry. I truly love them all!

5. Are there any misconceptions about you and/or Gerard Cosmetics as a brand?

I am sure that there are but I really try not to focus on that. I try to spend my time spreading love to our customers and throughout the beauty community. There is so much that brings us together when it comes to makeup.

6. What is something about you that you’d like your fans to know more about you that you think they may not know?

We are very passionate about delivering a top quality product and top-notch service to our customers. I have had plenty of companies interested in acquiring the brand but I have stayed independent in order to make sure that we are in control of achieving that goal. We realize that our brand would be nowhere without the people who have supported us along the way and there is just no way I can let them down.

7. Finally, what does the future hold for Gerard Cosmetics? Do you have any big collaborations and/or releases you’re working on? I know you released a beautiful lipstick recently!

We have so many awesome things in the works. We are trying some things that have never been done before. We recently released “Slay Away the Day “Makeup melting balm in three great scents: peach, rose, and lavender. This product is a game changer. It removes all types of makeup in an instant and conditions the skin at the same time. It’s in a squeeze tube so it’s also sanitary which I love. I’m so proud of this product.

Thank you very much, Jen! It has been a pleasure getting to know you over these past few months and I’m thankful that you took the time to let me interview you. I look up to successful women such as you and see you as a great role model. I wish you nothing but continued success both in your personal and professional life!

You can visit Gerard Cosmetics here, their Twitter here, Facebook here, Instagram here, and subscribe to their YouTube Channel here.
“Two-thirds of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former partner and around 40% of males were stalked by an intimate partner or acquaintance”.
Before we go, Jen wanted me to talk about an issue that’s not only close to her heart but mine as well. That has to do with domestic violence and stalking. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline,
“nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 and 10 men in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner in the course of a year.”

“Repeatedly receiving unwanted telephone calls, voice, or text messages, was the most commonly experienced stalking tactic experienced for both female and male victims of stalking. (78.8 % for women and 75.9% for men.)”

For more information on these statistics and more, click here.

These are issues both Jen and I know all-too-well. Jen’s story is not mine to tell. As for mine, that’s for another blog. We want you to know that many domestic violence shelters are in need of basic things many women have at home such as clothing, toiletries, makeup, laundry detergent, diapers and wipes, and so much more. Why do domestic violence shelters need makeup? Because a lot of women either have jobs they still need to go to in order to provide for their families so they can afford a new place, or they need to be able to get a job in order to finally find a place they can call their own. Donating cosmetics items such as foundation, concealer, blush, (all in a WIDE variety of shade ranges) as well as mascara are all very much needed. (This website gives a good list on what to donate.)

Also, to find your shelter nearest you, please click
here. Thank you and God Bless.

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Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette Review

Recently, Maybelline came out with a Palette called Lemonade Craze. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical about this one because I tried their Palettes The Nudes and The Blushed Nudes and hated them. I tried over and over to make them work, but I was never able to. I finally had to get rid of them. (If you liked them, please let me know because I’d love to know where I went wrong!) But, this Palette not only looked perfect for summer, but kind of looked like a nice dupe for the Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette! (That may just be me, though! I might want to put that to the test in a future blog!)

I decided to go for it and ordered it from Ulta. Once I had the Palette in my hands I immediately got excited! Maybelline, don’t disappoint me again!

As you can see we have the colors Sherbet, Citrus, Berry Ice, Strawberry Lemonade (which is covered up by the label), Ice Pop, Old Fashioned, Sunnies, Lemonade Craze (which is also covered by the label), Coral Punch, Sugar Coated, Main Squeeze and Sweet Tea.

Here is what the inside looks like untouched:

Next, came the swatches. Getting excited! I swatched Sherbet, Citrus, Berry Ice, Strawberry Lemonade, Ice Pop and Old Fashioned.

Yeah, not only is it not very pigmented, but you barely see most of them! Worst of all….

Wha???? I swatched Citrus and THIS happens?! Not cool! Oh well, we’ll deal with that later. On to the other swatches.

I swatched Sunnies, Lemonade Craze, Coral Punch, Sugar Coated, Main Squeeze and Sweet Tea.

These swatched much better. They’re not super pigmented or anything, but it’s much better than the first batch of swatches, that’s for sure!

Now, as I’ve said before, I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to makeup. I still watch and follow makeup tutorials. So, since this looks like a dupe for the Thirsty Palette (in my eyes, anyway), I decided to follow a tutorial from one of my favorite beauty Gurus, Candice’s Vanity!

I started out using the shade Sunnies. It looked much better on my lids.

Next, I took Ice Pop and blended it in my crease:

Once again, it looked a lot better on my eyes than it did on my arm.

I decided to try Coral Punch after that. This is the result:

As you can tell, I blended out Ice Pop more because I hadn’t been following the directions as closely as I should have. So after I made that correction, I applied Coral Punch. Not too pigmented, but it honestly does look a lot better than it did when it was swatched.

So, this is part of the blog where I admit to being wrong about this Palette being a possible dupe for Thirsty. Still, Candice’s tutorial is a lot of fun and I want to finish it. Even though the next color she uses is a pretty blue called Splash. I decided to use Citrus. You know? The busted one!

Wow! Despite it being busted (still not happy about that, Maybelline) that came out looking really pretty! Also, I believe I can still use it. There are ways to fix broken shadows, after all! I realize they look nothing alike, which is why I’m admitting this isn’t a dupe after all, but you work with what you have.

Candice took the color Quench and put it in the inner corners of her eyes. I did the same with the color Lemonade Craze.

Not bad. Not bad at all. I had to swipe the color a few times with my brush so it would show up. But the payoff was worth it.

The color Candice used under her bottom lashes was Splash. Again, I didn’t have anything close to that. But I decided to wet my brush like she did (I sprayed my brushed with my Smashbox Photo Finish Prime Water) and used the color Main Squeeze.

I really liked the way that came out. So far I’m not nearly as disappointed as I was with the swatches!

Filthy Rich was applied in the middle of the lid after that for some glitter. I love glitter, so that was a good move on Candice’s part! (But, I must say, the whole video is a gem!) I used the color Sugar Coated and just like her, used my finger to apply it.

It actually looks a bit better in person. With that being said, there was some fallout. But overall, I was pleased.

Here’s the final look!

I’d say overall, this is a win for Maybelline! Even though it was such a bummer having a busted eyeshadow after swatching it, I’m still happy with my purchase and would recommend it. Just proceed with caution.

While I still prefer my higher end brands overall (for the most part), this would make a nice addition to any makeup lover’s Palette collection!

Like I said a few times, this wasn’t a dupe for Thirsty, but I might still compare the two. If you bought Thirsty, be sure to leave me your comments and tell me what you thought. Also, if you bought this Palette, did you like it as well, or were your results different?

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I learned how to do a cut crease from CC Suarez

I’ve mentioned on this blog more than once how much I love drama channels, but I have not talked about nearly as much how much I love beauty and fashion. Not too long ago I discovered a fabulous beauty guru named Chelsea Suarez (her Channel name is CC Suarez) and she has taught me a lot about makeup!

Not too long ago I watched this video of hers and learned how to do a cut crease with my eyeshadow. I wanted to show you all how Chelsea inspired me to do the following look with a cut crease. Just to let you know I’m not copying her look and I still very much consider myself to be a beginner. If you want to watch a pro (and why wouldn’t you?) watch her. This look is inspired by her. So, let’s get down to the look!

I decided to use my Urban Decay Electric Palette.

I then went with the shade “Gonzo.”

Here’s what my eyes looked like after applying “Gonzo.”

After that, I did my crease with the shade “Chaos.”

Here’s my look afterward:

I know, it’s messy, but I cleaned it up afterward.

I then used my Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer on both corners of my lids and left some room in the middle.

I then went back over with the color “Gonzo” and put the color “Thrash” in the middle by patting it with my finger.

I also redid my crease with the color “Chaos.”

And here’s the final look!

Remember, I’m only a beginner. Even though I’m 31, I’m still learning. I plan on following more tutorials soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my other favorite Channels such as Gadgetbeat30, Candice’s Vanity, and Harleyjennmua and Keren Joy!

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The Atlantis Face Candy Palette Review

On June 12th, 2018, the Cosmetics Company Face Candy released the Atlantis Palette. Many people referred to this as their version of the Tarte’s April Fools Day Palette. (On April Fools Day of this year, Tarte acted like they were going to release what looked like an aqua-themed Palette, but it turned out to be an April Fools Joke that backfired.) Once this Palette was announced on Twitter, I knew I had to get my hand on it!

I wanted to do an honest, first impression review along with some swatches of this Palette. Below are the first set of swatches. The colors I have on are Whitecaps, Ripples, Oceanic, Stormy Waters, Abyss, Deep Sea, Poseidon, & Tsunami.

As you can see, Whitecaps and Ripples didn’t swatch very well, while the rest did.

The last row I swatched were Tidal, Swell, Vanished, and Empire.

Tidal swatches OK, but the rest swatched beautifully.

I then decided to test these babies out for a full-on look. My base was Whitecaps. As you can see here:

Despite it not swatching very well, the color went on nicely and was very pigmented.

Next, I wanted to line my upper and lower lashes with the color Poseidon. Here’s the photo:

The color went on nicely and I was very pleased. The color glider on nicely and I didn’t have any problems with it.

Next I decided to do one side of my lid with the color Swell. This color was a little more difficult. Yes, it was very pigmented, but also a little messy. I had to take a tissue to clean up some of the smudging. Other than that, I was happy. Here’s the before picture.

On the other side of my lid I went for a darker color. I went for the color Vanished. Once again, it was very pigmented, but easy to mess up, and I had to clean it up slightly with a tissue. Here is the before picture.

Over my lid I went with the colors Oceanic and Ripples. Same issue, same cleanup.

It looks a little messy right here, but I was able to clean it up, finish my makeup, and here’s the final product:

For $14, I was very pleased, even if it was a little messy. I will definitely be using this again and it was worth the money. I’m glad that Atlantis and Hush got together to sell this Palette when Tarte made that April Fools mistake!

Tarte, I love you, but the April Fools prank was not a good one! If you do decide to come out with the Palette you “teased” us with, you’ve got some competition!

I wanted to thank Bridgette for inspiring this look! Be sure to follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her YouTube Channel!