Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Party Highlights

First of all I would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Halloween!  I for one love Halloween and it’s one of the things I really miss living in Germany because it’s not really celebrated here.  In very recent years some villages have slowly been catching on to it a bit but nothing at all like back in North America.  In order to help ease the pain of the homesickness that plagues me all through the fall season the Captain Canada and I decided to start hosting our own Halloween party.  So last week we got to work decorating, carving pumpkins and my friend Johanna and I got together to get all the baking done.  By the way, Johanna is not only a master cookie decorator and a truly talented artist in general, but she also painted the Sugar Skull in the slide show.  I also included a picture of my crazy Halloween Candy Corn eye shadow that I wore today (yes mom, I did in fact wear orange & yellow eyeshadow out and about  and to the grocery store today).

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In case anyone was wondering, my costume “The Not So Fairy” and Captain Canada’s “Lego Man” costume were both homemade.  I made my own tutu skirt with tulle and ribbon, my wings were made out of old metal coat hangers and tights, and I also did the cut outs on a plain black t-shirt to make my skull shirt with the help of a YouTube tutorial.  It’s not pictured here but there is a rib cage all down the back as well.  As for the Lego Man, we found the perfect blue overalls to pair with a basic red t-shirt at an auto supply store here in Germany, purchased some yellow rubber dish washing gloves and made the head out of chicken wire and paper mache. I’m sure you can imagine that the Lego Man was a huge hit and everyone couldn’t resist trying it on for a little photo opp.  All in all we had a great night, with wonderful friends and rather tasty food if I do say so myself.  I look forward to teaming up with Johanna and co-hosting next years party.  I only have a year to come up with some costume ideas for the Captain and I.  Eek!

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One or the Other Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Product Hoochie to do this tag.  If you’ve not checked out her blog already, then I highly recommend you click the link and head on over.

Blush or Bronzer?  Bronzer

To be honesty I generally don’t use either.  However in past months I found myself reaching for bronzer much more often than blush because I just haven’t quite found a blush that I’m totally smitten with.

Lip gloss or Lipstick?   Lipstick

I am not a lip gloss fan because more often than not I find them to be really sticky and I just tend to dislike a glossy finish on my lips.  So it’s lipstick for me, mostly in a matte finish.  My favorite shade is MAC’s Russian Red.

Chapstick or Lip butter?  Lip Balm

I have been a huge fan of Labello lip balms (they are Nivea in North America) and tend to keep one of them in my bag for on the go application.  However, about a month or so ago I discovered Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing lip balm and it is my new go to lip balm.  Since it’s in a little jar, I usually keep it on my nightstand and apply it before bed and right after I shower in the morning.

Matte or Sparkle Eye shadow?    Sparkle

While I like both and feel there is an occasion for each, I have just had a difficult time getting my hands on good quality easily blended matte shades.  The eye shadow I use most often would be Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (On & On Bronze in Europe) with Pomegranate Punk coming in at a close second.

Gel, Liquid, Cream or Pencil Liner?   Gel

I’ve experimented with all of them except cream eye liners and I have found that I’ve had the best luck with the gel formula thus far. I don’t line my eyes often but when I do I reach for my Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner in brown.  While I love how a nice black cat eye looks on others, I’ve yet to master the technique.

Foundation or Concealer?   Concealer

I am really funny about foundation and even moisturizer for that matter, as I do not like feeling as though I have much if anything on my face.  Admittedly I don’t think I’ve found the right foundation yet.  So I am more prone to applying a bit of my MAC Studio Sculpt concealer rather than a foundation.

Liquid or Powder Foundation?  Powder

As I mentioned above I have foundation issues, namely liquid & cream foundations.  Rather than going for a liquid or cream I like to use my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus.  I find it provides me with a nice light coverage while helping to combat sheen.

Neutral or Statement eye?  Neutral

I typically will do a neutral eye so that I can get away with wearing my red lipstick.  Although, lately I’ve been experimenting with incorporating some bolder, more vibrant colors in the mix.  In fact I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of some Sugarpill shadows that I ordered.

Pressed or Loose shadows?  Pressed

I’m still a makeup novice to perfectly honest so I just find the pressed shadows to be a bit more user-friendly, travel friendly and not to mention much less messy.

Waterproof or Non Waterproof?  Non-Waterproof

For instance, I just can’t be bothered with the battle that ensues when trying to remove waterproof mascara.  Right now I’m quite liking the Maybelline The Mega Plush mascara in brown (Falsche Wimpern Feder-Look Volum Express in Germany)

Brushes, Sponges or Fingers?  Brushes & Fingers

I use brushes most often but depending on the product I will sometimes use my fingers.  I’m really loving the Real Techniques brushes lately.

Powder, Cream or Liquid Highlighters?  Powder

I exclusively use MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle as a highlight.  I’ve not used any liquid or cream highlight products yet but I’m especially curious to try something in a cream formula like Illamasqua’s Gleam in Aurora.

I tag the following ladies:   Beauty GeekBucket List PublicationsGlitter She WroteMae’s Beauty ReportsNail AlchemyPainted Nails & Baking ScalesSakura LovelyThe Silver Nail.

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I Heart Fall Tag

First of all I just want to wish my loved one’s as well as all of my fellow Americans residing on the East coast well as you weather this storm, stay safe and know that you are in my thoughts.

I’ve been seeing a lot of people on YouTube doing this tag and I thought I would take part as well.  I would also like to tag some of my fellow bloggers here on WordPress:  Beauty GeekBucket List PublicationsGlitter She WroteMae’s Beauty ReportsNail AlchemyPainted Nails & Baking ScalesProduct HoochieSakura LovelyThe Silver Nail, and Yoonanimous.

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  1. Favorite Fall lip product?  I wear MAC Russian Red a lot but I’ve also been throwing MAC Viva Glam III in the mix as well.
  2. Fall Nail Product?  I generally gravitate toward darker richer colors, but the Fall is perhaps the best time to indulge in them.  Right now I’m wearing Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance (dark fuchsia glitter suspended in a black jelly base) but a few others that I think are nice for this time of year are A England Camelot: a jelly true black, China Glaze Evening Seduction: dark eggplant purple, Inglot O2M Breathable 647: a super rich purple burgundy with a subtle hint of gold shimmer, OPI Espresso Your Style!: shimmery chocolate-brown with gold shimmer, Zoya Envy: highly pigmented yellow based dark green.
  3. Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?  I am not a Starbucks fan and very rarely if ever go there.  However, I did enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte I had last fall while visiting family in NYC.  So since I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one of those I would have to say that.
  4. Favorite Fall Candle?  Yankee Candle – Harvest & Iced Pumpkin.  However, anything with a cinnamon scent will do.
  5. Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory?  I really enjoy being able to wear cozy hoodies and my Neff cupcake beanie again.
  6. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?
  Haunted hay ride of course.  I’ve not encountered any of the three here in Germany.  Back in Michigan though you can find them all over during the month of October.
  7. Favorite Halloween movie?  I can never just pick one of any genre when it comes to movies, I am way too much of a movie fanatic.  So here is a list of some of my favorites; Sleepy Hallow, Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow, Hocus Pocus, The Monster Squad (I’m aging myself right?),  Silver Bullet, Creepshow, Beetlejuice, Stephen Kings It, Christine, Interview With A Vampire, and The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Halloweenie just to name a few.
  8. Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?  Candy Corn, Caramel Apple Suckers (both of which I miss terribly).
  9. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?!  The Captain and I hosted our Halloween party this past weekend and I dressed up as the “Not So Fairy.”
  10. What is your Favorite thing about Fall?  The sunny crisp weather, the scent of wood burning in all the fireplaces to keep warm, the colors, Halloween, pretty well everything.

On a side note I wanted to mention that Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance is on its way and will no longer be available once supplies are exhausted.  So if you’ve been coveting a bottle of this dark, glittery, moody awesomeness then get on it as soon as possible.  Otherwise you can perhaps get your fix by getting your hands on a bottle of Revlon’s Facets of Fuchsia, which is a great affordable dupe.

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Halloween Matte Flakie Madness Nails

I decided that I wanted to do a little Halloween inspired manicure, but then I remembered how I completely and totally suck at nail art.  Nicht so gut für mich.  So I did a little digging around in my collection and after much deliberation I came up with a nice combination that turned out pretty great if I do say so myself.  The top coat I chose because I was inspired by my super cute niece, Bry’s love of matte top coat.  Yay for awesome nieces that love nail polish and Reese’s Peanut Cups!

Without further adieu…

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Products I used:

  • Essie: Sensitivity Base Coat
  • Kiko: Frozen Nail Lacquer 06, 2 coats
  • Zoya: Myrta, 2 coats (on ring fingers)
  • Zoya: Chloe, 1 coat
  • Essie: Matte About You Top Coat

So glad Bry helped me rediscover my Matte About You top coat.  I for one, love the effect it has when applied over the shimmery Myrta and the flakie Chloe.  I will have to experiment with layering it over other shimmery and glittery colors.  Anyhow, I have busy week ahead of me so posts will most likely be less frequent than normal and will definitely be much more short and sweet, my apologies for that.  Captain Canada and I are hosting a Halloween party this Saturday so there is a lot of prep, including but not limited to cleaning, decorating, finishing costumes, carving pumpkins, cooking and baking.  Things should be relatively back to normal next week, not to mention that my Sugarpill order from Beautylish should have arrived by then as well.  I’ve been not so patiently awaiting it’s arrival.  In the meantime, I will try to get up some short little posts similar to this one in between tedious chores.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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20% off Tarte Cosmetics

I just found out that Tarte is offering 20% on their site as well as free shipping on orders over $40.  However, none of their sale items or any of their value kits or Holiday 2012 gift sets are included, so be sure to read the fine print.  This promo runs until 11:59 ET on October 21, 2012.  Just enter “TREAT” into the promo code box at the checkout.  What better time to give one of their much acclaimed Amazonian Clay Blushes a try or to stock up on old favorites as well as any Christmas gifts you may have in mind.

On a side note, I was wondering if anyone has been finding my little discount / promo alerts helpful?  I greatly appreciate and value your feedback.  After all, you are in fact the very best resource I have to find out how I can best improve my site.  So please comment below and share your thoughts.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

*Tarte does not offer international shipping unfortunately.

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