Friday, March 30, 2012

Signature look March sayonara!

As we bid March an anticipated farewell, I thought I'd bring you my "signature" look.  We all have one - our go to, our comfortable t-shirt in makeup form.

Products! Rimmel soft kohl liner in black, MUFE smokey lash mascara in black, MSC Jubilee, Blueberry Waffle, Pisces, Thunder Snow and Double Rainbow, UDPP, NYX shadow base in white, visine, and baby wipes.

 Start out with a clean, naked face.  The baby wipes come in handy here, especially if you feel you need a little more than just a toner touch up.

Line your water line very lightly for a day look, a bit darker for evening.  Today I'm showcasing a day look, so I lined it light enough that it looks almost gray.

Next apply your UDPP and NYX base.  I like using a small concealer brush to apply my base.  This is where the baby wipes come in handy again - wipe your brush gently on a wipe to remove product so you can go about your other motions without getting product everywhere.  Do this with each brush you use.

Using an XL pencil brush, pack Pisces into the inner 1/3rd of your eye.

Next, do the middle 1/3rd of your eye with Blueberry Waffle.

Now pat the outer triangle with Jubilee.  Blend from the inside out with a large fluffy brush.

Blended!  See how some of the colors were a bit lost, though?

Take your Pisces and Jubilee, and a small pencil brush, and draw in the bare spots.

Much better!

Using the same big, fluffy brush, bring the Thunder Snow up to your brow as a highlight.

GENTLY blend it down.  Don't want to have to go back and fill in again.

Next, using your visine and Double Rainbow, make liquid liner.

Apply your liner and mascara!

Voila! A bright and airy day look that to me is as comfortable as PJ pants and fluffy socks.

Stay Madd, darlings!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A post that isn't makeup? GASP! I bet you thought I forgot how!

My actual blogging has fallen to the sidelines while my personal life became wholly satisfying, and then alternately, a burning pile of rubble.

Today, though, I can't not blog.  I learned recently of the most touching, worthy story, and the amazing company that stemmed from it.

Tim and Jill Wymore were normal.  Two people, brought together in love, and pregnant. Their first child, Hannah, was born in 2004.  Sadly, she passed a mere nine weeks later from a rare genetic disorder called Cat Eye Syndrome.

Their son Austin was born a year later.  Once again, their child was gone before his light had a chance to reach it's peak brightness.  Austin spent a precious 13 weeks with his family.  He, too, died of Cat Eye Syndrome.

The kicker? Tim and Jill are NOT CARRIERS.  This left two possible scenarios: A medical fluke, or an environmental contaminant that caused the genetic malformations.

From this avalanche of heartache, Tim and Jill worked tirelessly to make sure no other parent had to endure it.  They envisioned a business dedicated to making sure the environment one's family is raised in is as free from those possible contaminants as possible.  Spuds, Inc. was born.

Spuds, Inc. focuses on the use of potato starch as opposed to polymers and plastics.  This green company also goes the extra mile by ensuring that their products are safe - they are manufactured in the USA, where quality control is truly quality control.

The Wymore's story brings tears to my eyes for multiple reasons.  Not only because I know some of the agonies associated with having a child who has a chromosomal disorder, but because of their losses, and then the pride I have for being a fellow human being.  They're striving to bring safety to their fellow parents, they're living a greener life, and they're providing jobs for an economy that desperately needs them.  I'm proud to be a human being.

Check out their site, won't you?  Order and rest easy knowing that you've contributed to making the world a better place, both for your family and for others.

Monday, March 12, 2012

This is the end, my friend...

Pater Puerii and I have split.  We may not have been married, but this sure as hell feels like a divorce.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...

It may be too soon to make that joke, but if I don't laugh, I'll cry.

Today brings a look inspired by flames and water.  Enjoy!

Yellow, orange and red, lined with a sapphire blue.

 Products! Rosewater toner, MSC Ichabod, Kick Ass, and King Moonracer, UDPP, and NYX shadow base in white. Not pictured: Color Workshop pencil in Sapphire.

 After cleaning your face including your lids with the toner, apply your UDPP and NYX shadow base.  You want a light covering.

 Take King Moonracer and bring it from the inner corners of your eyes up, following your brow bone.

Next, follow the arc of King Moonracer with an arc of Ichabod, leaving just a triangular area of the outer lid bare.

Fill in that triangle with Kick Ass and blend all three lightly, using a windshield wiper motion.  Line your lower lash line with the blue pencil.

 Voila! a fiery but balanced look, suitable for your more dramatic moments.