Our Wishlists

Often when you become an adult practical things come before the fun stuff. lol Hurray adulthood! Sometimes it’s fun to dream just because!  Here are our holiday wishlists.

Mel’s

Mel's wishlist

  1. Don’t Open Dead Inside Hoodie
  2. Eye Candy Lashes
  3. Pencil Me In Flats
  4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  5. Uhura Tee 
  6. Black Wig 
  7. Lip Tar
  8. The Mother lode from Urban Decay
  9. Tattoo Tee

Stephanie’s

Steph's wishlist

  1. Star Trek Retro Episode Posters
  2. Chicago Blackhawks Red and Black Flannel Infinity Scarf
  3. Fuel up, officer
  4. Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit: Essentials
  5. Pink Freeze: Eye Shadow x4
  6. Hold My Gaze: Eye Shadow x4
  7. The Avengers Poster – Set of 6 Movie Poster Prints
  8. Star Trek Retro Propaganda Poster Set

What’s yours?!

Cosplay with me: Makeup Removal

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Image courtesy of duron123 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Hey Everyone!

So a couple of weeks ago I talked about why makeup can really make a difference when you cosplay and I thought it would be only logical to next talk about how to take it off. I know you may think “It can’t be that hard.” But you’d be surprised! Especially if you’re using a bold color all over your body. I hope to provide a few tips with what to use in combination with your fave face/body wash that will make your life a little easier. 😉 This is mostly geared towards people who are just starting. Again, I’m no guru or professional so feel free to ignore everything.

Prep.

I know it may seem a little odd to talk about what you do before you even put the makeup on but it can make a world of difference when the time comes to wash it off. You’ll want to make sure you’re face is properly moisturized with what works best for you. This will help keep any bold colors from dying your skin an unwanted color. My moisturizer of choice is Argan oil and it works great for me. I haven’t had any issues with it.

A quality primer will also help guard your skin.  It’s another layer to protect your skin that also acts as a glue to help keep what you want where you want it. It’s pretty awesome stuff and if you’re worried over price, Elf makes a great one that is really reasonably priced.

Make up removers

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Image courtesy of Teeratas at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When I was first learning about makeup I totally thought makeup remover and face wash were the same thing. I have since learned they are not. (Who knew? lol) Makeup remover is there to, wait for it… REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP! Ok, joking aside, getting rid of as much makeup as you can before you wash your face will help in cleaning your skin and making sure you don’t dry your skin out scrubbing off any unwanted color.

Ben Nye makes a great remover but my favorite remover has to be olive oil. Yep, you read that right. Plain old olive oil. I know putting oil on your face may seem a little scary but this post explains the benefits of using it and how it helps your skin. 😀 I love it bc it’s something I always have around and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Exfoliate

This will help get the last of the makeup off your face to let your skin breathe. I tend to go for the ones with Salicylic acid in them. This will help deep clean your pores which is great for preventing break outs. It also helps get rid of any unwanted color that made it past the makeup remover. Go for a gentle exfoliater when possible. Too much can also hurt your skin and we want to avoid that.

Try before hand

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It’s super important to test everything out before the big day. I can’t stress this enough. Everyone’s skin is different and you’ll want to know what works best for you. It took me 4 tries to get the right combo for getting the green off my face. That came in super handy when I wanted to go out the same day but not green. lol Testing before also helps avoid any unknown reactions you may have. Sure the scrub gets all the makeup off but it also took off 5 layers of skin. Yuck. Or what works for you face doesn’t for your body.

I know it seems like over kill but it will really help in the long run. You’ll have less stress the day of, and be able to enjoy the whole experience. Plus you may find you can be bolder than you thought you could and try something new!

I hope this made sense and was helpful in some way! If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer!

Do you have a misshap with trying to remove makeup? Any tips to share?

-Mel

Pretty Face Painting

Mel: Just because Halloween has passed doesn’t mean we can’t get all fancy for the fun of it! Steph is the mastermind behind this one and I think I’m going to rock this tomorrow.

Stephanie: Before drawing on the wings of the butterfly, dust a base coat of whatever color shadow you’d like. That will be the “backdrop” of color for the wings. I used a shimmery pink (If you want the exact shades available at mac, let me know. I can share that). When drawing the wings, you can be as creative or as simple as you’d like. The only thing to take into consideration is symmetry. I used my black pencil for the wings but you could also use liquid liner. When you’ve drawn them on, pick whichever colors you’d like, that compliment the base color you used first, to add to the wings. Then throw some glitter at it (what, glitter and butterfly wings go hand in hand, right?) and you’re done!
The only thing you have to worry about is your child’s face starting to itch and smearing the makeup…

Last Minute Halloween make-up ideas

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Mel: I saw this awesome make-up idea online and could not find an original source for it. Since I’m not very good with this sort of thing (Steph can vouch. She had to help me paint myself green and still be pretty.) I asked Steph to see if she could whip something up.  I think she did a fantastic job! (Just click on the picture if you need a closer look.) (Steph: Don’t click on the picture for a closer look.  DON’T FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY.)

Steph: If you’re going to do eye makeup, the best thing you can use is liquid eyeliner with an eyeliner brush (I recommend MAC). Pencil can be a bit too soft, smudge easily and come out too thick for your liking. The eyeliner you buy at drugstores can be too hard to apply, simply because they’re usually wands that restrict how close to the tip of the applicator you can get (which helps your control when applying).
Each eye is shaped differently. So when you’re extending the line of black past the corner of your eye, just follow the natural curve of it. Otherwise the shape you make will look unnatural.
I’d also like to throw out there that i am not wearing any other makeup besides what I put on for this (plus I had a migraine earlier so that explains why I look so rough – shhh just go with it) which is actually a no no. Make sure all your other makeup (foundation, coverup, etc) is already on to avoid messing up your pretty artwork. You especially want a base coat of makeup on your lids to avoid any bleeding of the product.
On my left eye I tried something a little more simple (and only spent about five minutes on due to my baby waking up from a nap) which could be an easier alternative for you to try. I used my pencil for this, so notice it’s thicker.
And then I threw glitter at it all. Because glitter makes everything better.

Mel: How awesome was that?! Now if that wasn’t exactly what you need for Halloween, never fear. Follow me this way and see if there’s something else that may help. Like always if you see something you like just click on the picture and it will take you where you want to be.

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