FOTD: Signature Look with Magenta Lips

magenta signature bigAs I mentioned in my signature look post the other day, I’m really into light shadows with winged liner and matching cheeks and lips. Usually I got for rosy or coral cheeks and lips, but during my blog hiatus I was in the mood for something cooler, so I used magenta instead. I really liked it, but didn’t have time to photograph it, so here’s my recreation of the look for blog-posterity.magenta signature lookI used Fyrinnae’s Sexy Nerd on my lips, which coordinated really nicely with Shiro’s Potion blush.

magenta signature productsEyes:

  • Aromaleigh #lovenotfear
  • Hello Waffle 23
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black
  • Buxom Lash Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro Potion


  • Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd

This look was pretty much as basic as can be. I primed my eyes and then applied #lovenotfear, a shimmery pinky champagne, to my lids. I put a little bit of 23, a rose gold, in the outer portion of my crease and blended the two together. I applied winged liner and mascara and did my usual foundation, concealer and powder routine. I finished with Potion, a berry blush, and Sexy Nerd, a magenta lip lustre with a bit of golden shimmer.

So that’s it! Basic and pretty and I got a ton of compliments on it last time I wore it out. The type of thing I would have no problem wearing all the time. Plus, Sexy Nerd is so much fun, and it fades really nicely too, so I feel fine wearing it even for long days when I won’t be able to touch up.


FOTD: Sparkly Rainbow Eyeshadow

HW RainbowWhen I was working on my 1000 Likes looks, it occurred to me that since there were only seven colors, I could probably find a way to use all seven of them at once. Which I did. Since the collection’s pretty much a sparkly golden rainbow, that’s exactly what the look using all of the colors wound up looking like!

Rainbow 1I feel like I should be on my way to a pride parade.

DSCN6502Close up!



  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful


I primed my lids, as always. Then I made my rainbow, working from the inner corners to the outer corners. I started with just a little bit of Enabling, a coppery orange, at the inner corners, followed by 1000 Likes, a yellow gold, for the rest of the inner half of my lids. Next I placed Empty Wallets, an olive green, in a curved line outside of the gold. I used IMAM, a navy, for the outer corner of the lid. After that I placed One of Us!, a sparkly plum, above the navy, on the outer part of the crease. The upper line of all of these colors was super jagged and uneven and I used a clean blending brush in a windshield wiper motion to even it out. Once it wasn’t so harsh, I used 23, a pinky rose gold, to blend out the upper edge and highlight under my browbone. I applied Heavy Breathing Cat, a silver with a bit of gold sparkle, along my lower lashes. I lined my upper lashes with a thick line of black liquid liner, ending with a dramatic wing. I curled my lashes and applied mascara. I did my usual foundation, concealer and powder and finished the look with a peachy blush and a bright red-pink tinted balm.

I love this! I wasn’t sure it would come together, but it really did. The liner did so much to make it look cohesive and intentional. Plus, it’s just so much sparkly rainbow fun! How could I not love it? Since there isn’t any actual red shadow in this collection, I added it to my lips, which I think worked nicely. Have you ever felt the need to put an entire collection of eyeshadows on your face at once? How’d it turn out?

Hello Waffle 1000 Likes: Looks

1000 Likes Collage 3

One of Us!, 23, Enabling, 1000 Likes / Empty Wallets, IMAM, Heavy Breathing Cat

Yesterday I posted my swatches of Hello Waffle’s 1000 Likes collection. Today it’s the looks. Everything I did with this collection is sparkly and colorful and wonderful. I had so much fun with these colors. I even put them all on my face at once!

DSCN6121Look 1: Empty Wallets and 1000 Likes

1000 Likes look 1aI started by applying 1000 Likes to my primed lids. I used a tapered brush to apply Empty Wallets to the outer corners, layering it over the gold on the outer portion of the lid and up and outward past the crease. I worked it along the crease towards the inner corner and blended. Then I applied Pixie Epoxy to the center of the green area and patted some more Empty Wallets on top. I used a liner brush to extend the green from the outer corner along the lower lashes stopping before the tear duct. I put some gold in the inner corner, up to the end of the green on the lower lashline. Then I switched to a fluffy brush and used a tiny bit of gold along the top edge of the green and under the brow bone.

DSCN6523Look 2: Heavy Breathing Cat and IMAM

1000 Likes Look 2I used Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum to make an ombre gradient liner. First I mixed the serum with Heavy Breathing Cat and applied it to the inner half of my upper lashline. Then I mixed the serum with IMAM and applied it to the outer half, ending in a wing. Last, I combined the two mixtures and carefully went over the middle third of the line to blur the transition between the colors. (These two colors work perfectly for this silver and navy look as well.)


Look 3: One of Us!, Enabling and 23

1000 Likes 3

I primed my lids and applied a thick line of One of Us! across my lids and around under my lower lashes. Then I added another thick line of Enabling above it on top and under it on the bottom. Above that I added 23, going up to my brow bone, as well as in the inner corner. I blended the transitions between the colors. I lined my eyes with black pencil liner and smudged it out with a brush. I added a bit more of One of Us! on top of the liner, and finished with mascara.

DSCN6565Look 4: 23, IMAM and Heavy Breathing Cat

1000 Likes 4For this I used my now-standard Pixie Epoxy smoky eye technique. I primed my lids and patted on the pixie epoxy. After it set I applied 23 all over the lid and under the lower lashes as well. I used a tiny bit of Heavy Breathing Cat on a blending brush to smooth out the edges. Then, since I had some IMAM leftover on my mixing palette, I mixed it with superstar serum to use as liner on my upper and lower lashlines. As usual, I ended with mascara. It’s so easy to use 23 to blend out other colors (like looks 3 and 5 and this smoky eye with One of Us!), but it’s gorgeous on its own too, so I wanted to give it a look where it was the centerpiece.


Look 5: The entire collection! Enabling, 1000 Likes, Empty Wallets, IMAM, One of Us!, 23 and Heavy Breathing Cat.

1000 Likes 5I made a rainbow on my face! I primed my lids and put a tiny bit of Enabling in the inner corners, then 1000 Likes until the middle of the lid. Next I added Empty Wallets, and curved the line of shadow up and in a little bit, to follow the angle of my crease. I did the same with IMAM. I added One of Us! above the blue in the outer corner. I blended the upper line of everything using a clean brush, then went over that with a bit of 23. I applied Heavy Breathing Cat to my lower lashline. I finished with a super heavy line of winged liquid liner and mascara. (This look is so much fun, it’s getting its own post tomorrow, to show off all the rainbowy goodness in more detail.)

1000 Likes LooksEven though the collection only has 7 colors, I had no problem at all coming up with five looks. They’re just so easy to mix and match! Which look is your favorite? I think number 2 is my favorite (I always love gradient liner), but number 5 is the most different from anything I’ve done before, so it’s the specialest.

Hello Waffle 1000 Likes: Swatches

DSCN6364 My next review is of Hello Waffle‘s 1000 Likes collection. This is a little collection with only seven colors, which Christine created to celebrate getting 1000 Likes on Facebook. The collection feels appropriately celebratory to me, cuz it’s pretty much a rainbow with gold sparkles.

Swatch time! As always, Urban Decay Primer Potion on the top/left and Pixie Epoxy on the bottom/right. The top picture is in indoor natural light and the bottom one is in direct sunlight.

1000 Likes SwatchesIt’s a rainbow! 23, One of Us!, Enabling, 1000 Likes, Empty Wallets, IMAM and Heavy Breathing Cat

2323: “Rose gold shimmer, more on the rosy side. [Christine’s] favourite from this collection!” This color is great. A nice rosy pink with a yellow gold sheen, which combine to make it look almost peachy. Over primer it’s more sparkly, and on a sticky base the sparkles form more of a sheen. It’s beautiful either way.

One of Us!One of Us!: “Dark mauve/plum with golden shimmer.” This is a really pretty plum, a little bit on the reddish side. The shimmery seems gold in some lights, but more coppery in others. It needs a sticky base for all of the shimmer to really shine. (I used this over pixie epoxy in a smoky eye with 23 to blend out the edges a little bit ago. It was stunning.)

EnablingEnabling: “Copper with gold shimmer.” This is a coppery orange with a strong metallic gold sheen. It has great pigmentation with or without pixie epoxy.

1000 Likes1000 Likes: “Dark gold shimmer.” Yep. It’s a dark gold. A little bit orangey. Very metallic. The warm orange tones make my blue eyes absolutely pop.

Empty WalletsEmpty Wallets: “Dark rich green with gold shimmer.” I see this as an olive green with a strong gold sheen to it. None of my pictures came out as green as it seems to me in person and I’m not sure why. It’s a little sheer without a sticky base.

IMAMIMAM: “Dark navy with gold sparkles.” IMAM is named after /r/indiemakeupandmore, the subreddit that brought me into the online indie community. It’s a dark navy blue with golden sparkles. Over pixie epoxy a strong metallic blue sheen comes out, which is gorgeous. Over primer it’s sheerer and less sparkly. It pairs beautifully with Heavy Breathing Cat.

Heavy Breathing CatHeavy Breathing Cat: “Golden silver shimmer.” This color is interesting in that it’s both silver and gold. It’s a steely silver base with golden shimmer mixed in. It performs well even without pixie epoxy.

Overall Thoughts: This is such a fun little collection! It’s colorful, but not too bright, and the golden sparkles running through the colors helps to tie everything together. The darker colors are a bit sheerer over primer but super shiny and opaque over pixie epoxy, and the lighter colors all work equally well over both bases.

I had so much fun making shimmery colorful looks with these! The looks’ll be up soon, like usual.

Check the looks out here.

FOTD: Sparkly Plum Smoky Eye

DSCN5197Over on Reddit, /u/kangarew4258 posted a tutorial on using a glitter fixative to do a smoky eye. She did hers using a gorgeous blue shadow, but I was in the mood for something a little less intense, so I went with plum. Both of the colors I used are from Hello Waffle’s 1000 Likes collection. It was so easy and turned out so well! This may well become my go-to smoky eye technique, and I’m definitely going to try it again with a brighter color soon.

plum smoky eyeI love it! I think is my favorite smoky eye yet.

DSCN5221It makes for great glasses make up too.



  • Hello Waffle One of Us!
  • Hello Waffle 23
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Lorac Behind the Scenes primer
  • Sephora Collection Black Lace eyeliner
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer in 1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • Tarte Exposed


  • MAC Viva Glam V

Obviously I followed the tutorial for my eyes. I primed my lids and patted Pixie Epoxy on top and waited for it to get tacky, then I patted One of Us!, a sparkly plum, all over my lid, up slightly past the crease so it would show up when my eyes are open. I used a pencil brush to put some on the lower lashline as well. Then I used a round blending brush to blend 23, a rose gold, along the edge of the plum. I applied some on the lower lashes as well, but I don’t think that was in the tutorial. Then I added black pencil liner and smudges it out with a brush and finished with mascara. The rest of my face was pretty standard, with a double does of undereye concealer.

This was so simple to do. I love using a darker color on the lid and a lighter one to blend out, and the pixie epoxy makes all the sparkles show up, but since it’s just covered by one shadow, it doesn’t make blending hard. I am going to use this technique again in the future for sure. I see myself doing this in lots of different colors.