Friday, February 10, 2012

Favorite Dance and Fitness DVDs

My top faves / Ones I do regularly:

So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Tone and Groove

Dance Off the Inches: Hip Hop Party

Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: Slim Down

Discover Bellydance: Mystic Dance

Sensual Bellydance

The Bollywood Dance Workout with Hemalayaa

Tantric Toning Workout

Ones I have tried and liked but am currently too out of shape / uncoordinated to start doing regularly yet:

Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body

Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom

Ones that were fun and challenging when I first started working out but are now too easy:

Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease

Sunday, October 2, 2011

FOTD - Gold Topaz

NYX Eyeshadow Base in White
Inglot eyeshadow 371 (Matte robin's egg blue)
Inglot eyeshadow 477 (Matte neon green)
LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer/Base
NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose powder eyeshadow in Yellow Pearl
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Zero
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara in Black
NYX Matte lipstick in Summer Breeze
Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush lip gloss in Sweet Gleam
L'Oreal Bare Naturale mineral foundation in Light Ivory

inspired by this look by Mandy

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Inglot eyeshadow swatches

These were taken using Urban Decay Primer potion. My skin is a pale olive complexion. Click to enlarge.

with flash

without flash

376 is a very dark grey. Matte.

463 is like a light tan color. Faint shimmer.

390 looks like a taupe to me. Matte.

452 is a dark burgundy. Pearl.

409 is dark brown. Pearl.

46 is a very light iridescent pink. Pearl.

405 is an orange-y copper. Metallic.

360 is a dark taupe. Matte.

54 is like a purple-y greyish brown. Hard to describe. Looks more purple in the pan than on my arm. Pearl.

62 is a matte black with pink micro-sparkles.

412 is lime green. Pearl.

44 is emerald green. Frost.

49 is a goldish olive. Frost.

23 is a gunmetal grey. Frost.

356 is a very pale pink. Matte.

446 is dark purple with burgundy shimmer. Frost.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How to apply loose glitter to your eyelids!

I've been searching for a long time to find a good tutorial that shows you how to apply loose glitter to your eyelids, and finally I've found one! Check out this Candy Cane Eyeshadow Tutorial by xSparkage - if you skip to 05:30 on the timestamp, you can go straight to the part about using Eye Kandy Liquid Sugar glitter adhesive to apply the glitter.

I would also recommend checking out my previous post on foiling eyeshadows, as it uses a very similar technique, and some of the same principles will apply.

Update: I have some Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue on order. I will share my thoughts on it once I get a chance to try it out. Meanwhile, check out this Youtube video on the subject.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Top Favorite Youtube Makeup & Beauty Channels


(very adorable young lady)









(this channel is in Spanish)



(this channel is in Spanish)










(Spanish and English)






If you have a favorite makeup or beauty channel that isn't listed here, please feel free to drop me a note in the comments! I would love to check it out!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How to use NYX loose powder eyeshadows

How to apply or foil NYX ultra pearl mania or chrome loose powder eyeshadows

My experience with these eyeshadows has been that it's best to apply them wet, also called "foiling". Applying them dry is fine if you're using a good primer, but without a primer you may get a lot of fallout. Also, I just think they look much prettier foiled.

To foil them, you need to apply them with a wet brush. DO NOT dip your wet brush into the bottle. Just tap a little pile of powder out of the bottle onto a clean surface, or onto the back of your hand. What I like to use is a little plastic paint palette.

You can usually find these at any arts & crafts store. I have a small one that fits perfectly into my makeup bag.

I've also picked up a bunch of tiny spoons from a vendor on ebay. These are actually designed to be worn on jewelry, but I found that they're the perfect size to use with the NYX loose powder bottles. That way, you don't run the risk of dumping too much out of the bottle at one time. It works great too with the NYX chrome loose powder eyeshadows, which come in a shallow jar, rather than a bottle, so they're harder to measure out. For $4.99, you get 150 of these little spoons, it's a great deal.

Here is a lovely tutorial on foiling some NYX lime green loose powder eyeshadow. You can skip to 02:14 on the timestamp to go straight to the part that deals with foiling the shadow.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

(above taken with flash, without primer, on light olive skin)

1 - Yeyo
2 - Dime
3 - 1999
4 - Bourbon
5 - Lust
6 - Ransom
7 - Binge
8 - Deviant
9 - Electric
10 - Mildew
11 - Graffiti
12 - Baked
13 - Lucky
14 - El Dorado

Click here for the full UD 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil collection