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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Hey guys I'm back with yet another tutorial and another reminder to VOTE FOR ME ON MAKEUPBEE! There's only a few days left and I'm only like 20 votes behind. You have the power to make this happen so I really hope you sign up and vote. This will literally MAKE my year if I win this contest. You guys mean the world to me and I want this so badly for you guys.



VOTE HERE! 

Okay, now on to the tutorial. I did the Green & Gold look today. It's a bit late for Christmas but it could still be a pretty new years look, or just a fun look to try out if you're curious. Hope you guys like it and leave me any feedback or suggestions for future tutorials. I think I'm getting a little better at them.

 Thanks for reading & watching. Have a happy new years guys!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

First and foremost WELCOME and THANK YOU to all my new followers! I'm finally part of the 1K club! 1000 Followers!!!! This is me right now you guysssssss.


Every day I'm amazed by the love and support from my fans & followers. It's so surreal but it's the best and I'm SO thankful and appreciative - you have no idea how full of butterflies and sunshine my heart is. I want to be able to give back to you guys for everything you've given to me ... which brings me to my next point. I'm only 40 votes away from taking first place in the Makeupbee Holiday Look Competition. Remember - if I win you guys are getting a MASSIVE $250 Sephora Shopping Spree Giveaway but you must vote to enter. You guys have been pouring in with votes so far so THANK YOU!

Keep it up - ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO VOTE! 




And finally - I GOT A NICE CAMERA FOR CHRISTMAS Y'ALL! So I can now do proper tutorials for you guys. I intend to do lots of them. The first one is a glittery NYE tutorial based off my Keri Hilson look that I posted back in early December. Have a look, comment, rate and subscribe! I hope it's useful and as always - feedback greatly appreciated. I messed up a few times (I'm still a rookie at tutorials) but I'm learning from my mistakes and improving with every tutorial. Anything you guys wanna see next?

Hope you guys had a great holiday season and are looking forward to 2012! I know I am, but I don't know how it can top this amazing year! Love you all!

xo, Meredith Jessica

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Piggie Pals!
Thank you for all your love & support this year.

xoxo, Meredith Jessica

Friday, 23 December 2011

As I'm sure you've seen by now, I've entered the Makeupbee Holiday Contest look. And as I'm sure you're aware of by now as well, the first prize is $500.00. I've said that I would put that towards a giveaway - well it's time to put my money where my mouth is so here's the deal: 

If I win I will give $250.00 to the giveaway winner.
A Sephora SHOPPING SPREE!
 
First and foremost, I wouldn't be anywhere without my followers so it's SO important to me that I be able to show my appreciation for you guys. Being able to give back to you guys means way more to me than the money does. I will take my money and put half of it on a $250.00 gift card for the winner to spend on WHATEVER THEY WANT!!!

Here's How To Enter: By January 1st You Must ...

1. Follow me on GFC & Join Makeupbee (link) 
 
2. Like My "Green & Gold Holiday Look (link)" by clicking the LIKE button underneath my vote tally 

  (Not Facebook likes! These do not count!)
 
3. Post a comment here with a link to your Makeupbee profile & your e-mail so I can contact the winner


4. Optional!!! Post this on your own blog for an extra 9 entries! 10 chances total! If you do this, be sure to leave a link as well.

That's it! You're automatically entered in the draw for the $250.00! Even if you've already voted, leave me your info so I can count you in! Couldn't be easier. But remember, in order for this giveaway to be a reality, you need to vote! So help me help you win a Sephora Shopping Spree courtesy of Makeupbee. 

Winner will be chosen using Random.org after the contest finishes on January 2nd  

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

I'm taking a short break from my Game of Thrones series to do a stunning, smokey purple New Years Eve look inspired by the Selena Gomez music video "Love You Like A Love Song". I'm not really a fan of Selena or that song but her look in the video is too pretty not to want to try and copy. The look is really simple so anyone can wear this and feel like royalty, regardless of your makeup skill. Here's a close up shot of the eye so you can see how simple and stunning it is:

My favorite part of the look (besides the luxe lashes from Velour) is the gorgeous prismatic pigment on the inner corner of the eye. I'm always raving about the Annabelle Mineral Dust Pigments and this is no exception. This white shade is "Prism". Prism is a gorgeous diamond white loose pigment with light pink and purple undertones that plays well with any cool colored shadows. I used glycerine to apply it wet to get the highly pigmented sheen you see here. I faded it up into the purple on the lid and across into the purple on the lower lash line for that gorgeous gradient effect.


This look is really colorful and has a lot of impact, so play the rest of your face with subtle shades. The eye uses a mix of cool and warm colors so you can go either way with your blush/lips. I wanted to try a warm coral color on the cheeks and lips to keep me from looking to pasty, but if you wanted to pair this with an icy pink lip and a light champagne highlight on the cheeks, that would be beautiful as well.

Here's the original look - as you can see I toned it down a bit to make it a bit more wearable for a holiday party

I looked really herp derp in all my face forward shots so that's all you guys get for today, lol. If you'd like to see a tutorial for this look before NYE, let me know in the comment section below and I'd be happy to oblige. 

And don't forget, there's still time to vote for my look on Makeupbee. The grand prize is $500.00 which I'd love to share with you guys in a HUGE giveaway but I need your help!!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

You can check out my friends' looks here as well

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Hey guys, I'm back with another look for my Game of Thrones series. I have to start this post off by saying that this look is HEAVILY inspired by Josh aka Petrilude of YouTube fame. He is far and away my favorite beauty guru so I've always wanted to try one of his more artistic looks and the sun one was PERFECT for the House Martell look. I added my own little touches to it (glitter and rhinestones of course) and I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's nice to be thinking about the sunshine during these cold wintery nights so let this look warm you up!


The look is inspired by the rulers of the Dornish realm: The Martells, whose sigil is of a burning sun on a red shield, shot through with a golden spear.  



The 3D appliques are just crumpled construction paper and I surrounded them with bronze and red rhinestones. I REALLY wanted to do a javelin through my lips (like the sigil) but it wouldn't stay. That was disappointing because it would have been SO hot - but alas I have no costuming latex in my kit yet. I'm still really happy with the look. Fiery, no?


It was hard to really capture the look close up (I couldn't get close because of the paper in the way) but here's the best shot I got of it. You can see the rhinestones and gold highlights a lot clearer here. I've been ripping through so much gold pigment lately I could put the Donald himself to shame. I just love how reflective and pretty it is.


Well, that's all the pictures for this look. If you want to try the tutorial out for yourself sometime then just click this link and let Josh be your guide. He's my absolute favorite, so many great tutorials. See you guys next week for another Game of Thrones look. Muah!

AND DON'T FORGET!



Nothing would make me happier than to put the prize money towards an EPIC giveaway for you guys with multiple winners but I really need your support so sign up, sign in and vote!! Thanks for all your love & support as always.

Monday, 12 December 2011

So I've been in a huge makeup rut lately. To be honest I think it's a product of my month off and being really really intimidated lately by the incredibly talented bloggers I follow. Especially recently with all the incredible holiday looks people have been pulling out. Really, there are some days I feel SO inadequate I can barely even pick up a brush.

Anyways, to fight this slump I decided to go back to basics ... so I'm rebooting the very first series I ever did - The Game of Thrones Series. This is my niche and my comfort zone so I turned to it for some much needed confidence and inspiration. There are so many new characters I've come across while reading the series so I just had to add more looks. The first house I'm adding to the collection is House Tyrell - the golden roses.




This look is inspired by the house sigil: The Golden Rose. I wanted to play with the greens and golds on the eye and incorporate the red rose color on my lips. I think it turned out beautifully - what do you guys think?

I even went out and made my own golden rose headband to add some extra drama to the look. It's so beautiful, I wish it was acceptable to wear things like this all the time. To make your own version, just pick up silk flowers from the dollarstore, a can of gold spraypaint, some hot glue and a gold headband to attach the flowers to. Voila.




After I finished this look and uploaded it I thought to myself, you know what - this look is actually pretty Christmas inspired. The green of the tree, the red of the poinsettas and the gold glitter so famous this season.
 

Anyways, I've entered it in MakeupBee's Holiday Look Contest and the grand prize is $500.00!!!! I don't expect to win but ... all I want for Christmas is your support if you like this look. You can connect via Facebook or sign up and check out all the thousands of incredible makeup looks on the site which I HIGHLY recommend - even if you don't want to vote.


CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR MY LOOK


And don't think I wouldn't share the love of that $500.00! I've been dying to do another giveaway for months now but don't have the cash to front it. This would be the perfect chance to give back for everything you've all done to support and inspire me. 'Tis the season after all. Love you guys <3

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Welcome to the December installment of my blogger of the month series. Each month I will be recognizing and featuring someone who I believe to be a true talent in the beauty blogging world by displaying their work for you guys to see. I have included a interview as well as a gallery of their best work for the feature. And as a special treat, I commissioned an exclusive look for the monthly 'Pigments & Palettes Challenge'. The next blogger I've decided to feature is:



Dawnielle aka Dawn aka Siryn is a lady of many names and many more talents. She first contacted me a few months ago and expressed interest in being a part of my blogger of the month series. I'm happy to say that I've had a few chances to collaborate with her since and she's really pushed me and inspired me creatively. That's why I'm so pleased to be collaborating again and featuring her this month. It was a long wait to December but in the past few months I've seen her makeup skills flourish alongside her popularity. Pulling most of her inspiration from comic books, Dawn produces some of the most vibrant, colorful and exciting looks that I've seen. Her technique and blending is flawless and I really hope that you guys enjoy her gallery of work as much as I enjoyed putting it together.


THE INTERVIEW
 Getting to Know You: The Beauty Behind the Blog

Why did you start blogging?
A lot of my girlfriends kind of pressured me into it. LOL. Seriously though, they were always telling me how pretty my makeup was and it was mentioned that I should do something tutorial wise since a lot of them don't really know how to do makeup. I thought about it for a while and finally decided to start doing it. Not only for me as a creative outlet, but for all my girlfriends and other geek girls and boys out there who would enjoy my work and to represent us comic/scifi/fantasy geeks who love makeup!

What does your blog name mean, and how did you come up with it? 
Well the Siryn in Make Up by Siryn is my nickname I've had since I got on the internet at the age of 16 or 17. Siryn has been my favorite super hero since I was 12 or 13 (She's an X-Men character and the daughter of Banshee of the X-Men). Something about her just really stuck to me. The red hair, the green eyes, the Irish accent, the sonic scream, she was everything I wanted to be lol. I have a special place in my heart for characters who don't get a lot of love.


What are the three most important things for people to know about you? 
1. I'm a super geek. LOL. My specialty is comics, X-Men in particular. Not many can match me in that category haha. I've been collecting comics since I was 12 years old and have a few hundred thousand. Yep. I'm hardcore! I also have a nice original art collection as well as comic book statues and collectibles.
2. I'm a costumer. I make and create my own costumes (sew, etc). It's my other hobby that I'm pretty passionate about. I don't make things for others though. Sorry! www.facebook.com/SirynVonSteam
3. I'm also a part time filmmaker in an independent film company called Division 83 Studios. We don't have anything to show yet, but are working on some amazing things! www.facebook.com/Division83Studios

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? 
I'm an excellent singer. It's actually something that I was pressured into going into as a career by a ton of people (I had a friend try to drag me to American Idol auditions, but I wasn't having it! lol), but I don't care for how that industry does things sometimes. I still love to sing though! Maybe one day I'll go for it!


Describe your beauty philosophy in a six word sentence
Always do what makes you happy.

What would you say you're most known for in the beauty blogging world?
My comic book inspired looks.


If you could design a makeup look for anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Lady Gaga. She's an amazing person and performer and is definitely not afraid to go all out and be different. I thinks she'd totally be down to rock some comic book stuff!

What's your biggest personal achievement to date (blogging or otherwise)?
Probably my blog. I've never had so many people support what I do before in my life and it's made me feel really special. Thank you everyone!


What was the first look you did and what do you think of it now? 
My first look was a Dark Beast inspired look and honestly I dont' really care for it. lol.

What's one question you want to ask to next month's beauty blogger? 
Do you follow these so called beauty trends or do you march to the beat of your own drum?

What is one particular beauty era that you think reflects you the most? - Marla, November
I don't think there is one, but if I had to choose one, maybe the 80s. They definitely were not afraid of color! (and I'm a child of the 80s so it's all relative :P)
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FIVE FAST FAVORITES

1. Favorite beauty blog/website?
http://www.temptalia.com

2. What's your favorite source of inspiration? 
Comic Books!

3. Favorite thing in your kit (if you could only choose one!):
My MAC Brush #217 blending brush.

4. Favorite look that you've ever done? 
MPhoenix. That is the one look that I've done that I'm super proud of because of how beautiful it came out.


5. Favorite song to dance to when nobody's watching?
I don't really dance to songs since I'm a singer. BUT if I had to choose, it would probably be Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode. (They're my all time favorite band!)
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THE PALETTE CHALLENGE

And finally, here's the Monthly Pigments & Palettes Challenge - "Snow Leopard", a look created exclusively for Pigments & Palettes, inspired by the following picture and color scheme below.


THE LOOK



If you would like to be blogger of the month, or would like to nominate someone contact me at pigmentsandpalettes@gmail.com

Monday, 5 December 2011

HELLO HELLO! Oh my god, I can't believe how long it's been. I've missed blogging so much but I've been incredibly busy with Teachers College for the past month and had no time to breathe let alone blog. But all crazyness aside, I'm happy to say that I'm back with a beautiful look for you guys that I'm really very proud of.

As of about three weeks ago I re-discovered the song "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson and I went on an absolute BINGE. Like, I went nuts and could NOT turn it off. Anyways, I was really inspired by the video for the song where Keri embodies beauties from across the eras. My favorite look was her Donna Summer Disco Look. I totally identify with the over-the-top glitz of day-glo disco wear and anything that glitters is good with me. So after a month long hiatus I wouldn't dare keep you waiting any longer, here's the look!


SWOON! Look at those lashes. They are probably my favorite part. The doe-eyed lashes borrow inspiration from 60's icons like Twiggy, but the shimmer and shine of the lid updates it to the Dawn of Disco. Anyways, I used a combination of matte, metallic and glitter shadows to produce this ultra-glam effect and I think it's SO pretty. This pewtery-bronze glitter compliments blue eyes beautifully but would look SO rich against brown eyes as well.

Since I was recreating Keri's look I went with a fuchsia lip and obnoxiously pink blush but I think this would be divine with a red lip and some gold based highlighter on the cheeks for a beautiful Holiday Party look. Would anyone like to see a tutorial for that?

Here's a full face shot of the look:



Here is Keri's version of the look for comparison (sorry for the atrocious quality, blame Youtube):


And for all you Pretty Girls out there, here's our anthem to send you off - check out some of the other amazing looks Keri sports in the video. 

Thanks for visiting, I've missed you all dearly and I look forward to catching up on all your posts!


DON'T HATE ME 'CAUSE I'M BEAUTIFUL!