July 3, 2014

My New Hakuhodo Brush - A Dupe for MAC 217! + My New Diet

A few weeks ago I placed an order with Hakuhodo for this lovely brush--their J5523, a dupe for the MAC 217 blending brush.  It costs $18.00, so it's cheaper than the MAC 217.  The bristles are goat hair, so if you're vegan, this isn't a good brush option for you, but otherwise this brush is excellent--actually blends out color better than the MAC 217.

Bottom: Hakuhodo J5523.  Top: Mac 217.

Appearance-wise, the Hakuhodo J5523 differs in the length of its handle; shorter than MAC brushes.  Feels softer though, and effortlessly blends out even the harshest of lines easily.

Oh, and for the record, my MAC 217 is actually clean--Sugarpill eyeshadows have permanently dyed the bristles, however.  Bad, bad!  I'm trying to figure out how to get it out now without damaging the bristles...

My New "Diet"

For over a month now, I've been following a different "diet"--something you may be aware of if you follow my instagram.  I recently switched to a vegetarian lifestyle because I was just so tired of eating meat, and I couldn't be happier with my decision.

Since going vegetarian, I've felt pretty good--I don't feel deprived, I'm eating a ton of vegetables and fruits, and I've been getting more interested in cooking my own food (I'm a terrible cook, btw).  Eating out is a bit interesting, but I've found ways to find meatless dishes.  Eating at any fast food establishments is pretty much a no go now though.

Also, I've lost some weight as well, which is cool since I'm not counting calories or trying to restrict my food intake :)

Last weekend I made this really yummy pasta bake.  I layered pasta with a mix of quinoa, vegetables, mushrooms, alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese...tasted great!  Even my husband ate it, which is a miracle since he lives on pizza and Twizzlers...

Had any good noms lately? :)

June 26, 2014

How I Re-Use My Old Eyeshadows!

Two years ago I bought my first (and only) palette from BH Cosmetics, called their Party Girl palette.  It served its job well, but after learning more about makeup, I began disliking its cheap, powdery texture.  For about a year it sat in my closet collecting dust, but I kept hanging onto it because I thought "I could re-use this somehow..."

Well now I figured out how to!

Rub some eyeshadow onto your finger and rub it onto paper or a canvas to create a soft, colorful background for your drawings.  The color does need to be built up, but it does create a nice effect--reminds me of the really soft backgrounds I'd see in Fushigi Yugi manga :)

I've been slowly working on this drawing for a while now--can't actually complete it though because I ran out of brown and black markers.  Grr!  I'm not even sure if the same brand is still available at Michaels, but I'd really like to get this finished someday.

How do you you re-use your old eyeshadows?

June 24, 2014

Etude House Makeup Tutorial [VIDEO]

Last week I created a smokey makeup look using Etude House makeup -- specifically the Etude House Play Color Eyes palette and the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint.  The colors are atypical for me (I rarely go for any gold or warm tones), but I like how it came out!

In this video, I used the Play Color Eyes So Chic Play palette.  In previous videos I used the So Hot Play palette, which features a bigger variety of colors.  Still, the So Chic Play palette is quite versatile; you can use it for simple, everyday look, or try something smokey like this.  I especially like the glitters.  The colors seem a touch more pigmented than in the So Hot Play palette.

Anyways, if you want to see how I created this look, simply click on the video :)  I have something a bit more...theatrical coming up this week.  A colorful skull look.  I haven't done a proper skull look in a while!
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