FOTD: Locked Doors as Liner

locked doors linerIn her review of Hello Waffle’s Painted Flowers Collection, Pigmented Lips suggested that Locked Doors would make a great liner on people with pale skintones, especially with blue eyes. I am both pale and blue-eyed, so I decided to try it out! I needed a simple look for running errands, so I took my usual no-make up make up locked and added Locked Doors to it as a sparkly liner.

locked doors liner look Pretty, simple and low-key. Usually I like my liner darker, but if I want something less in-your-face this is nice.

locked doors liner shadowEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Locked Doors
  • Stila Bare (In the Light Palette)
  • Stila Kitten (In the Light Palette)
  • Darling Girl Superstar Serum
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Buxom Lash Mascara


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


  • Shiro Come Out Come Out

I started by priming my lids and applying a skintone matte base color. Then I mixed Locked Doors, a sparkly medium brown, with Superstar Serum and applied it as liner, including lightly on my lower lashline. I highlighted my tearduct with a sparkly white gold shadow and applied mascara. I did my usual foundation/concealer/powder routine and tapped some 1-Up, a peachy pink loose blush, out onto a mirror and applied it with my usual blush brush. I finished with Come Out Come Out, an apricot tinted balm.

Usually if I wear make up, I want it to be more visible, but I could imagine myself wearing this to work once I have a job that I can wear make up to. The sparkles in Locked Doors make my eyes look brighter for sure, but it’s not in any way bold. Work appropriate for sure.


Tutorial: Turquoise Shadow with a Cat Eye

TutorialToday I’m doing something new, and sharing a tutorial for my favorite look from my Painted Flowers collection review. This look combines white white and turquoise eyeshadows with a cat eye and soft pink cheeks and lips, which are some of my favorite things. In fact, it’s pretty much the same as the first look I posted on this blog. Be forewarned, this post is long and picture heavy. (You can click on the pictures if you want to see them larger.)

Tutorial Supplies Makeup:

  • White Eyeshadow (Hello Waffle Eat Me)
  • Aqua Eyeshadow (Hello Waffle Pool of Tears)
  • Turquoise Eyeshadow (Hello Waffle Moonlit Grin)
  • Eyeshadow Primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion)
  • Black Liquid Liner (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper)
  • Mascara (Buxom Lash Mascara)
  • Sparkly Pink Blush (Tarte Adored)
  • Soft Pink Lipstick (Tarte Pink Peony)
  • Foundation, Concealer and Powder or whatever face makeup you usually wear (MAC Face and Body in N1, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light)


  • Basic flat eyeshadow brush (Miscellaneous Eco Tools brush)
  • A small, slightly fluffy angled brush (ELF Defining Eye Brush)
  • A fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40)
  • A blush brush (Travel size Nars blush brush)
  • Whatever you usually use to apply your foundation, concealer and powder (Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Sigma E30)
  • An eyelash curler, if you use one (NYC eyelash curler)

For this look you’ll need three shadows, one white, one aqua and one turquoise. This time I used Hello Waffle’s Eat Me, Pool of Tears and Moonlit Grin, but I’ve used Shiro’s Cake!, Diamonds! and Steve in the past and they also work. You could even choose non-turquoise shadows and keep the basic placement. You just want to have a white and a lighter and darker color in the same family. (I put the exact products I used in parentheses, but you can use whatever you have on hand that’s similar.)

Tutorial 1Start by priming your lids. I put a tiny dot of primer on my finger, dab it onto the center of both eyes and then rub it in with my finger.

Tutorial 2Next, use your flat eyeshadow brush to apply your white shadow to the inner half of each lid. With loose shadow it is better to use a tapping or dabbing motion instead of a swiping motion.

Tutorial 3Now flip over your brush and use the back side to apply your aqua color to the outer half, fanning it up and out past the crease. You want there to be a tiny bit of overlap between the two colors in the center of your lid.

Tutorial 4Blend! Take your fluffy blending brush and blend the aqua in and down towards the white. Then use a windshield wiper motion to blend out the upper edge of the shadow. You want there to be a smooth gradient between the colors and no harsh lines.

Tutorial 5Next, put a little of your turquoise shadow on the narrow edge of your angled brush. Apply a thin line of turquoise in a C shape around the outer corner of the aqua eyeshadow. (I always need to raise my eyebrows to get the correct placement.)

Tutorial 6Blend some more! Use your fluffy brush to diffuse the harsh turquoise line you just made. Then take whatever shadow is remaining on your angled brush and apply it lightly along your bottom lashes. The color won’t show up very strongly, but there will be a bit more definition, almost like a shadow under your lower lashes.

Tutorial 7Now it’s time for eyeliner. I always start by drawing a line as close to my lashes as I can starting at the inner corner, then going back over it along the very base of my lashes to fill in any gaps. Then I pull the edge of my lid taut and draw the lower edge of my wing, starting at the end and connecting it to the line above my lashes. I draw another line above this, starting at the end of the wing and ending where I want the liner to connect to my previous line and fill in the little triangle at the outer corner.

Tutorial 8Lashes! Curl them if that’s something you do, and apply mascara. I applied mine to the upper lashes only. Once you’re done with your eyes, clean up any fallout and do your foundation however you usually do. (I do mine like this.)

Tutorial 9Now it’s time for blush. I very lightly dab my brush into the pan so I don’t pick up too much. (If I’m using loose brush, I tap a tiny bit out onto a mirror and tap my brush against the mirror to pick it up.) Then I tap the brush above my cheekbones. The two pictures show where I start and stop applying my blush. If I apply it unevenly, I blend it out with a clean blush brush.

Tutorial 10Last comes the lipstick. I chose a soft, natural pink so it doesn’t compete with the turquoise. I have no special technique for this, I just swipe it on my lips straight from the bullet. Then you’re done!

Tutorial lookI really love this look. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors for spring (and also my favorite color for anything in general), and this is probably my favorite way to wear it. It’s also one of my go-to eyeshadow placements, so you could follow the same steps using any set of coordinating colors. Just replace the white with the lightest, the aqua with the medium shade and the turquoise with the darkest.

Was this tutorial helpful for you? Would you try this look? I’d love to hear about it if you do!

Hello Waffle Painted Flowers Collection: Swatches

Painted Flowers bagsToday I’m reviewing one of my very favorite collections, the Painted Flowers collection from Hello Waffle. The Painted Flowers Collection is based on Alice in Wonderland (which I love) and has a mix of cheery springy colors and dark moody colors. It’s only available in the spring each year, but the best sellers (which I believe are Eat Me, Animate Chess-Piece, Dormouse and Gryphon) are available year-round. The collection originally consisted of fourteen colors, but three have been discontinued (Mad as a March Hare, Deepest Fears and Golden Afternoon) and one has been reformulated (Moonlit Grin). I’m including all the original colors and the original formula of Moonlit Grin in this review.

As always, swatches are over Urban Decay Primer Potion on the top/left and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on the bottom/right. The top picture is taken in indoor natural light and the bottom one in direct sun.

Painted Flowers colorsThe light colors: Eat Me, Animate Chess-Piece, Mad, Golden Afternoon, Pool of Tears, Moonlit Grin and Beneath Oxfordshire.

Painted Flowers darksThe dark colors: Dormouse, Locked Doors, Mad as a March Hare, Gryphon, Rule 42, Deepest Fears and Hearts.

Eat MeEat Me: “Light satin white with a pink sheen.” This is a very pretty soft white with a pinky golden sheen. It’s fairly sheer over primer, but makes a great highlight shade.

Animate Chess-PieceAnimate Chess-Piece: “Pale dusty pink sheen with a touch of violet.” This is a sheer soft pink with a cool sheen and a bit of sparkle. When the light hits it the violet comes out and it’s super pretty. I would make a gorgeous one color look with a bit of black eyeliner.

MadMad: “Shimmery orange peach that leans copper with a gold undertone.” This is a surprisingly soft orange with a peachy tone to it. To my eye the sheen is more of a reflective white than a gold.

Golden AfternoonGolden Afternoon: “Sparkly golden yellow.” This is a bright sparkly yellow. It’s interesting because even though my camera didn’t really capture it, the sparkles are silver, not gold, which is unusual for a sparkly yellow. It becomes more goldenrod over a sticky base.

Pool of TearsPool of Tears: “Light blue with golden shimmer.” This color is gorgeous. It’s an aqua blue with golden sparkle. The sheen is incredibly strong over Pixie Epoxy. It’s probably my favorite blue I own.

Moonlit GrinMoonlit Grin: “Medium blue-green shimmer.” This is the original formula, not the reformulated version she’s selling now. It’s slightly greener than Pool of Tears, with a blue sheen instead of a gold one, but the two colors are incredibly similar, so I understand why she changed this one. The new version is a darker teal with purple sparkles.

Beneath OxfordshireBeneath Oxfordshire: “Vibrant forest green shimmer.” This is a beautiful shimmery dark green. Pixie Epoxy really brings out the shimmer and brightens the base color.

GryphonGryphon: “Muted bluish-gray taupe.” This is a light, silvery taupe. The base is a reddish brown (as you can see on the primer side of the swatch), with a bluish silver sheen over the top. It’s nice enough, but I feel like Hello Waffle makes a lot of colors similar to this.

Rule 42Rule 42: “Dark blue-ish grey shimmer.” Over a sticky base this is such a rich steely blue-grey. It’s weird that the primer side of the swatch is showing up quite as sheer and reddish as it is, because it doesn’t look like that to me in person. In person it’s definitely sheerer than it is over Pixie Epoxy, but it retains its bluish color. It’s behaved well when I’ve used it in looks over only primer, so I’m not quite sure why it’s swatching so poorly.

Deepest FearsDeepest Fears: “Dark gunmetal purple.” This is such a pretty shimmery grey-ish medium purple. It’s distinctly cool toned, with a steely dark silver sheen. It’s a shame it’s been discontinued because it’s gorgeous. It looks amazing in the crease with a lavender shade on the lid.

HeartsHearts: “Blackened red with red shimmer and red highlights.” This color is amazing over Pixie Epoxy but a little disappointing over primer alone. On a sticky base it’s a purpley blackened red with a bunch of shimmer. Over primer it becomes a sheer burgundy and the shimmer pretty much vanishes.

Mad as a March HareMad as a March Hare: “Reddish brown shimmer.” This is a rich reddish brown, with a bit of a coppery sheen. I’m not a huge fan of browns in general, but the red in this one makes me really like it. It’s a shame she doesn’t make it anymore.

Locked DoorsLocked Doors: “Dirty brown with gold shimmer.” This is a sparkly golden brown. Over Pixie Epoxy the sparkles are quite dense. I think this color makes my eyes look super blue when I wear it.

DormouseDormouse: “Pale sparkly taupe.” So much sparkle! To me this color looks like a light tan, not a taupe, and it’s chock full of silver sparkles, even over primer. Despite the sparkles, it makes for a good transition color on my skintone, and I wound up using it in three of the looks I did for this collection.

Overall Thoughts: As I said at the beginning, I love this collection. All of the colors are stunning over Pixie Epoxy and while a lot of them are sheerer over primer, in many cases that actually makes them easier to wear, because they’re not so in your face. I love the balance of the collection between the bright and deep colors, and I’m sad that the three discontinued colors aren’t a part of it anymore, because it makes it less rainbow-y. (Although I did snap up minis of them when Christine announced that they would be discontinued.) Golden Afternoon I could easily replace with another yellow, but Deepest Fears is one of my favorite cool purples and Mad as a March Hare is my favorite reddish brown. I think reformulating Moonlit Grin to make it more different from Pool of Tears is smart and I’ll probably pick up a jar of the new formula along with minis of the rest of the colors I don’t have. This is the only collection that I’ve wanted to upgrade all of my samples to bigger sizes, and I think that says a lot.

I love the variety of looks you can make with these colors. Tomorrow I’ll post five of them, a couple wearable neutral looks, a couple bright cheerful looks and one dark and moody look. I’ve also put together a tutorial showing how I made one of the looks, so stay tuned for that too!

You can find the looks here and the tutorial here!

FOTD: African Pygmy Kingfisher

pygmy kingfisher 1The next predatory animal my husband choose for my animal series is the African Pygmy Kingfisher. It’s so tiny and cute and adorable it’s hard to believe it’s a predator. It’s also super colorful, so this look was a lot of fun.

Pygmy Kingfisher closeup labelledI was definitely surprised at how wearable this wound up, given the colors of the bird.

pygmy kingfisher 2 I probably wouldn’t have chosen orange, purple and blue together without the inspiration, but I like it! I definitely see myself doing more bird-inspired looks in the future.

pygmy kingfisher shadowsEyes:

  • Shiro Team Rocket
  • Hello Waffle Mad
  • Hello Waffle Golden Stairs
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Ultraviolet
  • NYX Milk
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro 1-Up (I think. I forgot to write it down.)


I started by covering my entire eye area with NYX Milk pencil and blending it out with my finger. Then I applied Mad, a light yellowy orange, to my mobile lid. I used a tiny brush to carefully apply a thin layer of Team Rocket, a bright pink-toned purple, to the outer part of my crease. I blended carefully. Then I highlighted my inner corner with Golden Stairs, a peachy gold shade. I lined my upper lashes heavily with Ultraviolet pencil liner, a super bright shimmery blue. I lined my lower waterline as well, stopping before my tear duct. I curled my lashes and applied mascara. I did my face like usual, with a peachy blush and a light orange tinted balm.

I was honestly surprised at how well this turned out. The lid colors were lighter than I expect them to be, but that actually helped balance out the super bright liner. Plus now I know a type of super cute bird I’d never heard of before! Have you ever done bird-inspired make up? What’s your favorite bird?

FOTD: Animate Chess-Piece and Doge Challenge

Doge and Animate Chess PieceNext up in my set of IMAM sample challenge looks is Shiro’s Doge and Hello Waffle’s Animate Chess-Piece, suggested by /u/tippyx. These are two of my favorite colors, but they’re actually quite similar. They both fall into the pale pink-toned sparkly neutral category. So I paired them with a super bright pink lip!

doge and animate chess piece lookPretty and simple. I love looks like this. Sparkly pale eyeshadow, black liner, rosy cheeks and bold lips. I think this is the way to get myself to actually wear my bright lip colors.

Doge and Animate Chess Piece shadowsEyes:

  • Shiro Doge
  • Hello Waffle Animate Chess-Piece
  • Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer
  • Buxom Lash Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush


For this I primed my lids and applied Animate Chess-Piece, a sparkly pale pink with a violet sheen, all over my lid. I put Doge, a slightly darker champagne pink, in the outer part of my crease and up to my brow. I blended them together, even though they’re super close to the same color. I lined my eye with a black gel pencil liner, curled my lashes and applied mascara on both my upper and lower lashes. I did my face make up like usual and used a berry color gel-stick blush, which I rubbed in with my fingers. I finished it off with Visual Kei, a bright pink lip lustre, applied with the doe foot.

All in all, I love this look. I wouldn’t have thought to do a look like this with two eyeshadows that are so similar in color, but it gives it just a bit more depth and interest than a one color wash, so I’m glad I did! Plus, I’m slowly acclimating myself to bold lips. Progress!

FOTD: Classic Look with Super Bright Lips

Eat Me and BelieveToday I wanted to wear a bright lip color, so I went very simple and classic on the eyes. Just a little white shadow and black liner. My original plan was for classic red lips, but this color caught my eye. I don’t wear it enough, but I really like it.

Eat Me and Believe lookI’m pretty sure this is the brightest lip color I own. It’s kind of red, orange and pink all at once.

Eat Me and Believe ProductsEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Eat Me
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Anti-Aging
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Buxom Lash Mascara


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


  • Lush Believe

So this is so simple it barely needs an explanation. I primed my lids and did a wash of Eat Me, a shimmery white. I applied winged liner and mascara. I did my usual make up and put on a coral blush, with a bit more on the apples of my cheeks than usual. However, I applied to much, so I added some more setting powder on top. I applied the lipstick (which is liquid), blotted, applied again and tidied up the edges. Somehow I wound up with some in my eyebrow. I removed that. Lip products are not my forte.

I wanted something quick and easy and a bold lip color is an easy way to do that. Plus, I discovered this looks great with glasses. When the bolder/darker lip colors I ordered get to me, I imagine I will do more lip-focused looks like this one.


FOTD: Reddish-Brown Smoky Eye

DSCN4065 Today I let my husband suggest my make up and he chose a shiny brown smoky eye, so that’s what I did. I’m kinda glad he suggested it, because smoky eyes are not my usual thing, so it’s nice to stretch myself outside of my comfort zone. I really like how the reddish-brown looks with my red glasses, though. reddish brown smoky I kept it light, so it’s pretty wearable, but it took a lot of will power to keep myself from adding a swipe of eyeliner at the end. DSCN4041 Eyes:

  • Hello Waffle Mad as a March Hare
  • Hello Waffle Bach
  • Shiro Doge
  • Stila Bare (from the In the Light Palette)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Roach
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara


  • MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Tarte Exposed Blush


I primed my lids, then sloppily applied a reddish brown eyeliner all over my mobile lid and along my lower lashes. I blended it out with my smudge brush. Over the top I put Mad as a March Hare a slightly shimmer red-brown. I blended out the crease using Bach, a copper, and applied some along the lower lashes as well. I used a matte skin-colored shadow to blend out the transition shade. Then I applied Doge, a light pinky-tan highlight shade, in the inner corner and along my waterline. I curled my lashes and piled on the mascara. My face make up was the same as always, with a pinky-brown nude blush and With Eyes Unclouded, a brownish red tinted balm, on my lips. I’m glad my husband pushed me to try this, cuz I think it turned out well, but isn’t what I would have chosen on my own. I really love Bach and was glad to use it again, even though I’ve finished up my Musicians collection review. (Swatches from it will be up tomorrow and looks on Friday.) I’m slowly getting used to smoky eyes, although it’s still weird to me to not have a discernable line of liner along my lashes.