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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Boo! October is officially here which means it's the most wonderful time of the year, Halloween season! I absolutely love Halloween and getting dressed up, going to parties, seeing what everyone goes as. It's just so much fun and I don't think you ever grow out of it. My only complaint is that in most cases you only get to go out as one thing. Well, the great thing about being a beauty blogger is that Halloween lasts for the whole month and you get to try out tons of different ideas.


This look is something I put together way back in June while I was trying to do a copy-cat version of one of my all time favorite looks, which is the Volcanic Lightning Storm look by Ronnie of Bows and Curtseys. I'd always wanted to try it, but I also wanted to put my own spin on it so I darkened it, gave it some dramatic gradient brows, glitter liner and dark lips. Well, by the time I was done I looked like something of a Disney Villainess so I figured that I'd put the look in layaway and bring it out at Halloween time as makeup for a Maleficent costume. Here you can see the original and my inspired version side by side:



I adore how smokey and seductive the original one is and I wish I could have captured more of that essence in my recreation, but I also really love how sinister mine turned out with the dark lips and brows. I think my version would be an amazing compliment to any witch costume or sexy sorceress type costume as well, even a Black Widow costume might suit this look. Anyways, here are some more close up shots of the eyes & face:




Obviously at the time I wasn't planning on this being a Halloween look or else I would have put together a costume & wig combo to go along with it, but personally I think this makeup would be perfect for a sexy Maleficent Halloween costume. You could even switch the silver lid color for something green if you wanted:



Here's the tutorial if you're interested in trying it out for yourself this Halloween season:



Stay tuned for more Halloween costume & makeup suggestions and feel free to leave any requests in the comments section below. Happy Halloween (month)! 



Thursday, 3 October 2013

Hi everyone. Today's look/tutorial is actually a recreation of a look that was originally done by fellow beauty guru ilovemyaddiction (check out her Facebook Fan Page here). I've been a fan/admirer of her work for a while now and when I saw this look posted on Makeup Geek's idea gallery I just had to try it out for myself. I didn't have a tutorial or product list to go off, so what I used and how I created the look is probably a little different from her version. I included the original photo in the post below so you can see what I used for the inspiration. Imitation (with credit) is the sincerest form of flattery.


As with pretty much any recreation I've ever done, the original version is always more sophisticated & subtle, whereas my versions tend to crank up the color and drama. I just can't help myself! My style lives to be loud. Anyways I think it turned out beauitfully and I loved wearing this look so much I didn't even care how intense it was (I actually wore it out to the grocery store because I'm fierce like that). It's so beautiful and uses such an interesting combo of colors that I really think you'll enjoy this tutorial so come on in and take a look at some of the pretty pictures!




This is the original look by ILoveMyAddiction. Not quite as colorful, but still smokey and sensational. Be sure to check out her Facebook page and show her some love. She's seriously talented & inspirational!


And here's my tutorial on how I achieved the recreation. Enjoy:


Whose work are you loving these days? xo, Meredith Jessica