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FOTD: Electric Lines

22 Aug


Note: These pics were taken about 4 hours after application, after I had run errands. Hence some shiny skin and faded blush. 🙂

I think this is a great way to add some color to your day without it being garish. It’s also a fool-proof method to trying out yellow eyeshadow! I really need to find a good, pigmented white eyeliner pencil. NYX Milk does give Buttercupcake the extra boost it needs to bring out its amazing color, but by the end of the day it just didn’t hold up as a liner base… It has too much slip and too many oils in it to keep from melting and sliding in the hot AZ summer.


Products Used:


Revlon Age Defying concealer in 002

Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily in 200 Nude

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5

Benefit Coralista



Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk (apply as liner where the yellow will go. Extend out past the eye corner.)

Sugarpill Buttercupcake (apply over Milk as liner on the top lash line) 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Electric (outer 1/2 lower lashline)

Sugarpill Afterparty (apply with a damp liner brush over UD Electric and extend the line out to match the yellow liner. It’s ok for it to be a bit smudgy since the yellow is so precise.)

Urban Decay Virgin (brow highlight)

Urban Decay Cannonball waterproof mascara (1 coat each on top and bottom lashes)



MAC Creme d’Nude

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Tanned




FOTD: Yellow, Black and Purple

9 Aug

No, I’m not describing the colors of a bruise in the title. It’s my FOTD (more of a quick Eye of the Day since I didn’t have time to grab a full face shot…) using Sugarpill and Urban Decay. ❤



Products Used:


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

Sugarpill Buttercupcake (Patted on with a flat brush to pack on the vibrancy)

Sugarpill Bulletproof (outer 1/4 of lid, crease)

Urban Decay Flash (Blended over the black, pulling the purple up a little farther past the crease to smoke it out and give the yellow a subtle purple contrast)

Urban Decay Virgin (brow highlight)

Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)

And…. NO MASCARA! Oops. I was in such a hurry to get to work I forgot to put it on. :/ Extremely unfinished looking eye makeup was the result.

BUT I do usually use Urban Decay‘s Cannonball mascara. It is amazing!

❤ Tia

Inspired By… Tron: Legacy – Quorra

3 Aug


I read an article online that said Tron:Legacy was not considered a successful sequel. To that i say: “…WHAT?!” *safety off, gun cocked* “What exactly wasn’t successful about this sequel?”

Haha, just kidding. 😀

But it’s no joke that I ❤ Tron:Legacy. I haven’t seen such a visually stunning and all-around satisfying movie in a long time – I saw it at least 5x in theatre, even driving over 45 minutes to see it at the gigantic IMAX screen (Over 2 stories tall!). The MAKEUP in that movie! The makeup artist for Tron also did the makeup for Sucker Punch (Ah, now it all makes sense!), and you can find all of her amazing info (and face charts!) on her blog.

For this look I broke out my Sugarpill once again and created a black and blue smokey eye that *doesn’t* look like I got punched in the face. Win!

Quorra is super sleek in her appearance; edgy, futuristic, yet more human than the Sirens and other programs. Her skin is still glowy, but not as reflective as, say, Gem’s skin is. I wanted the focus to be on the eyes for this look. Quorra has a similar color scheme to her eyes, and I just love how it looks – black and blue with a definite wing creating the ultimate blended cat eye.

Since I was headed to the office for the day, I decided to tone it down by ditching the cat eye element and going for a more simple, rounded shape.

Have you ever seen so much curl in lashes?? I didn’t curl my lashes before applying Cannonball and they still look like that. Amazing!

Products Used:


Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer

Revlon Age Defying concealer in 002

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Nude Light 4

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5

NARS Orgasm (blush)

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer (contour)


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

Sugarpill Bulletproof (patted onto lid, from lashline to crease. Try not to go above the crease.)

Sugarpill Afterparty (blended onto edge of black at crease, softening to line and creating a blue POP!  Also blended over inner third and outer third of Bulletproof on the lid to create a darker blue tint. Make sure you leave the middle of the lid completely black!)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Electric (outer 1/3 lower lash line. Blend it out slightly with Afterparty. Perfect!)

Urban Decay Virgin and Sin mixed (highlight – blend out edges of Afterparty, highlight inner corners, on brow bone)

Urban Decay Cannonball waterproof mascara (Best Waterproof Mascara Ever!!!)


MAC Fashionflower lipgelee


❤ Tia

Inspired By… X-Men – Pixie (Megan Gwynn)

31 Jul

This look was inspired by some artwork of Pixie, a mutant in the X-Men comics.



Seriously, how awesome is that?! Of course I had to pull out Dollipop from Sugarpill and do a look!



Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer (on T-Zone)

Dream Matte Mousse in Nude, Light, 4

Dream Matte Powder in Sand, Medium, 0-1

Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in 01 Tender Petal


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

Urban Decay Virgin (lid, highlight)

Sugarpill Dollipop (crease, outer V)

Maybelline Waterproof Ultra Liner in Black (upper lash line/wing)

Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil in Black (waterline, outer 1/3 of lower lash line)


NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Tanned


Inspired By… Avatar: The Last Airbender – Princess Yue

30 Jul

So I’m trying out a new series on here – “Inspired By…”! I’ve been looking for ways to get out of my mini makeup rut, and so I thought looking for inspiration in my favorite things would be fun. As I just finished watching the entire A:TLA, and the new series is coming out next year (Yayyy!), I decided to start there!

Princess Yue

First up is a look inspired by Princess Yue of the Northern Tribe!

Since Yue is a princess who is proper and obedient on the outside, but has so much going on inside, I thought I would go for something that looks pretty minimal when my eyes are open, but looks more dramatic when they are closed.

This is the eye look that I started with. I thought it was interesting to leave the gap in blue on the top lashline, transferring the blue instead down to the middle of the lower lashline. Doing that added something extra to the look, and made my eyes appear wider. Since Yue is super wide-eyed, I wanted to try to recreate that. I think it worked out well! But I felt like it needed something more… More blue! After all, she is from the mighty Northern Water Tribe. 🙂

In the cartoon, Yue has an obvious wing to her eyes, but I didn’t want to use any black liner for this. It felt like it would be too harsh. So I made the cat-eye effect with the shape of my shadow instead! I really like how this turned out! I think if I did it over, I would make the crease color extend to line up with where the blue on the lash line ends.


Revlon ColorStay foundation in Nude 200 (combination/oily formula)

Revlon Age Defying concealer in 002

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5

Physician’s Formula Happy Booster blush in Natural


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk

Sugarpill Tako (Matte white)

Sugarpill Afterparty (Bright blue)

Urban Decay Virgin – (The Naked Pallet= <3! Review soon.) (Highlight on the inner corners of the eyes and brow bones)

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara in Glam Black


NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Tanned


Sucker Punch: Babydoll

22 Jul

Babydoll (Emily Browning) from Sucker Punch

How could I not try to recreate this awesome look? Obviously, I look nothing like Emily, nor am I blonde… BUT I can pull of some killer pigtails when I have to, and I’m pretty handy with eyeshadow. 😛

Yes, I know I am crooked here. >_<

Messed up brows for the win!


Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight

Urban Decay shadows –

Sin (Lid)

Mushroom (Crease)

Mad Hatter (Outer V)

White Rabbit (Highlight)

Covergirl LashBlastLength mascara (This mascara is the wrong formula for my naturally long lashes.)

Maybelline Waterproof Ultra Liner in Black (Don’t let this get in your eye, it STINGS!)


MAC Blushcreme Pearl in Sweet William

Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in 01 Tender Petal


Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion

Revlon PhotoReady foundation in 002 Vanilla (One shade paler than my normal foundation)

Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5 (One-two shades paler than my normal powder)

BareMinerals face color in Warmth (Cheek contour)


MAC Angel lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Gaga I lipglass (dabbed on)


I think next time I’ll go for a stronger pink cheek (Maybe NYX Hot Pink cream blush instead of MAC Sweet William?). The first picture shows the cheek color pretty accurately, but I need to figure out camera settings that don’t wash me out.

I can’t wait to finish off my Ultra Liner and get another kind of liquid liner – this one dried out and got a bit clumpy, and it’s almost impossible to go over any line I make more than once, it either wipes the first line away or makes the line cake and crack when it dries. 

Summer Foundation Routine

23 Jun

Hello all! So summer in Arizona is miserable for makeup… Keeping it simple is what I recommend – then you don’t end up with your makeup completely melted off, and even if it melts off a bit, it’s not as noticeable and you can touch it up. The most important thing is to get a good foundation that will last all day, even through the sweltering heat. But it is more than that, since all of your makeup works together. So here I put together a walk-through of my current summer foundation/face routine.


Step One: Primer

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer Potion

This isn’t a primer for everyone, since it does contain silicone which can cause breakouts, but I do like how it fills in my pores and makes them appear minimized. Some people feel that primers are unnecessary, since they already put on a moisturizer, but it really depends on the condition of your skin and the type of primer you use. If you use heavy moisturizer and don’t have large pores, using a silicone-based primer may actually hurt the lasting power of your foundation. However, if you use the correct moisturizer and the right formula of primer, your foundation can last at least 8+ hours! During the summer, I notice a definite difference in the appearance of my pores if I don’t use primer on my t-zone. When I use this primer, they are far less noticeable.

Step Two: Foundation

Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily 200 Nude

Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily 200 Nude Swatch

Revlon ColorStay foundation is my favorite foundation of all time, and trust me, I’ve tried a lot of foundations. Revlon even made this highly-pigmented, long-wearing foundation in formulas for both Dry and Oily/Combination skin. I use the Oily/Combination formula and it’s never made me break out. The only drawback to this foundation is that it dries pretty quickly, so I apply it to one area of my face with a foundation brush, blend it out with my Sephora #55 brush, then move on to the next area and repeat. Once it dries, this foundation doesn’t really go anywhere for the rest of the day. Perfect for summer!

Step Three: Concealer

Dream Mousse Concealer (Light 2-3.5)


Dream Mousse Concealer (Light 2-3.5) Swatch

I love this concealer (As you can see, I’m almost out of it!) because it is really opaque – it covers up blemishes like nobody’s business – and it stays on all day. Because it’s in a pot, make sure your fingers are clean or use a brush, so you don’t get bacteria in there. Also, because this is a mousse, it’s ‘whipped’ in consistency, so you will need to blend it out a little when you apply it, since it’s thicker than a liquid concealer.

Step Four: Cream Blush


M.A.C. Sweet William Blushcreme Pearl

M.A.C. Sweet William Blushcreme Pearl Swatch

Ever heard that cream blush makes powder blush last longer in the summer months? Well, I’m happy to say it’s true! Apply it over your foundation (I don’t recommend applying it over powder foundation) with a stippling brush, slowly building the color; once you put on too much cream blush, it’s very hard to blend it out. So build it up to a medium-intensity – just a bit lighter than you want your blush to be in the end, since you’re going to apply powder blush over this later. After you’ve got the cream blush applied, set it with a little bit of loose powder (I use Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder in Light 01) so that your powder blush will be easier to blend over it.

Step Four: Pressed Powder

Dream Matte Powder (Sand Medium 0-1)

I’ve used up so many of these Dream Matte Powders! This is the one pressed powder that keeps my skin from looking oily all year long. The best trick to applying powder that I’ve learned is to take it on a powder brush and press/roll the powder into your skin. This will really set your foundation in the areas you need it to (for me, that area is the t-zone!), and then you can just brush the powder over the rest of your face.

Step Five: Powder Blush

Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush (01 Tender Petal)

Brush your powder blush over the cream blush, patting the color on and then blending it out. Remember you won’t need as much color since you already have the color of the cream blush, too! This will fully set your blush, and give you the perfect flush. Doing your blush in this order will make it last!

Step Six: Contour/Bronzer

Stila Bronzer (Shade 01)

Stila Bronzer (Shade 01) Swatch

I hit pan on this matte bronzer (as you can see from the picture), but there’s still plenty of it left. It’s the one shade that goes perfectly with my skin in the summer and the winter. It has never looked orange or dingy on me, like some bronzers can, and it doesn’t make me look oily (like shimmery bronzers do during the summer). I use this to contour, placing it in the hollows of my cheeks, temples, beneath my jaw line, and then blend it out so it follows the perimeter of my face for a nice slimming (yay!) and bronzing effect.

So there is my summer foundation routine! I hope it helps you during the hot days of summer. 🙂


❤ Tia




Anna Sui Bronze Glitter

22 Jun

When I saw this I knew I had to try to recreate it. I definitely wish I had some of MAC’s Reflects Glitters as they are sparkle to the Nth power, but I still really like how this look turned out. Take a look after the jump!

Anna Sui 2011

Anna Sui 2011

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FOTD: Fashion Flower

12 May

This look is SO spring! I am in ❤ with the colors, the pale, perfect features, and basically everything about this photo. Even though she kind of looks like the carefully prepared dead girl getting ready to float off into the depths of the ocean as her tribe looks on with sadness. *ahem* Moving on.

Loving the Fashion Flower Lipgelee! I decided to make a FOTD inspired by the colors of the Fashion Flower Collection.

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FOTD: Disney Princess Series – Alice

5 May

This face of the day is inspired by Alice from Alice in Wonderland. And the eyes are done completely with E.L.F. eye shadows! Enjoy!

Alice in Wonderland

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