June 12, 2016

Halloween Update 2008 - 2014

One of my favorite times of year is Halloween. I will go ahead and just show you guys a catalogue of the Halloween costumes that I have made for myself (or my sister in one case). These run from 2008 to 2014. I haven't gotten the pictures edited from this last year's Halloween costume, but I will get it up soon!

Hand sewn costume for my sister. This year I went as Sailor Pluto, but I can't find any of the pictures from the costume that I made.
 I think she made a good Alice even though we didn't add the omega necklace or the blood stains.

I am not sure if I added pictures of this one earlier, but it's here for good measure! I made the belt and the hair bow. A former colleague of mine made the arm warmers.

This was one of the lazier costumes that I made, but I really enjoyed it. I didn't really make anything (possibly glued some feathers onto the top, but that's about it). 

 

You have all seen the Minnie Mouse costume. I just assembled different pieces together for this one.


In 2012 I had two costumes. One was my planned costume and the other was just something that I threw together because someone at work called a meeting and encouraged people to come in costume (I was the only one in costume). I just went to Good Will and grabbed some things for this one. A friend of mine who is former military personnel was kind enough to lend me his tie.
 
  

 

This is a polka dot dress that I made so that I could go as a pop art version of myself. I had a fun time watching my students realize that I was standing right next to them in the hallway without them even noticing.


I made a bright red trench coat so that I could go as Carmen San Diego in 2014. I had the yellow scarf since 2009 and figured I could put it to good use by mimicking the original CSD outfit.


Breathing New Life into this Blog

Like the un-dead this blog just keeps coming back!

I decided that I would use the blog not only for information about my affinity for makeup, but also share the process of planning my wedding. Whether you know it or not, I love to sew (for example I recently made some night gowns, tunics, and dresses). When I started going through various bridal magazines, I noticed an excess of illusion mesh.


Exhibit A: Google Image Search result for the alleged "illusion mesh"

While it is the case that this fabric will only be beneficial for some fairer-skinned people, it is absolutely the case that it will not benefit me. I need something that is closer to my skin tone that won't make it ashy or conspicuously darker if I want that chic sheer look. I went to the Britex in San Francisco to see if they carried any and they were fresh out of colors that would match my skin tone. In fact, they had considerable trouble getting it back in stock. They suggested that I contact a lingerie company that makes nude colors for people with darker skin. This of course means a call to Nubian Skin, but lo and behold, they have people custom dye their fabric and it is not available to the general public. So I figured: what the hey? I already sew, I already paint, it shouldn't be that hard to dye my own fabric to match my skin tone. In fact: it shouldn't be that hard to make my dress.

So if you are following this blog now, that is in part what you are following: my quest to make my wedding dress (and bridesmaids dresses). You are also following to see a backlog of my Halloween makeup (oops).

November 23, 2012

Belated Halloween Update

So, I just wanted to go ahead and share the stuff I did for Halloween. I was a skeleton (tell me if you know the name of the artist whose fashion is replicated in this picture). Two days before I had gotten dressed up as Janelle Monae for a work social hour. skulletonblog blogjanelle Both of these photos have already been edited (unlike most of the stuff that shows up here).

June 2, 2012

Neutral Petticoat

Here is a look from yesterday. It was supposed to be a smokey dark and neutral matte look with a couple of pops of frost (inner eye and lower lid). I wanted something neutral so that I could show off the scarf that I got at an Ethiopian gift shop (you can see that other scarf from photos back in 2010). I just used Petticoat on the cheeks to give a nice sheen of color. IMGP1170 IMGP1168 IMGP1178

May 27, 2012

Bright Blue and Classic Dark

I've been MIA for quite some time haven't I!? Well I wanted to give an update of some of the looks that I've been doing. It's been a while and I hope that I will be able to get a couple more looks out this summer (but don't hold out hope). I've got a busy writing schedule that takes me all through July and then some. This look was made after Xsparkage's Hello Kitty packaging inspired tutorial. I shifted the look from purples blues and pinks to blues/reds, greens, and turquoise/pink. Unfortunately you can't see that because there was so much light exposure when I took the pictures. I used reflects transparent teal, several iridescent blues/teals (one was from Sugarpill as I recall), colors that were similar to blue-brown, and a matte bright green from MAC. IMGP1145 IMGP1144-1 IMGP1143 The other look I did was just a classic nude catwing eye with bold lips. My bold lipstick of course: Black. IMGP1074

February 3, 2012

Black History Month: Music

Long time no post. I just wanted to start off black history month with a newish artist who I really like. His name is Tinashé and he is from Zimbabwe, but grew up in London. I really like his song Zambezi which is a historical fiction piece about the colonial war between the British and the inhabitants of Rhodisia. This particular memory takes place at the Zambezi River (hence the title of the song).
I really love the mbira version a lot (some people refer to it as a thumb harp), but there is also the pop version too.



Enjoy!

I'll post some more makeup related things soon.

December 9, 2011

Lace Up Your Nails

Here is a quick update. I did this yesterday while doing data entry. I didn't get my makeup look because I was dealing with a crashed computer.

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Here is the youtube link that I used for this look. I changed a few things.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydgbh9Q29hs

Base Coat:
Milani Angel
Some old Gap polish (use vanilla plus a nude to get this color)
Diagonal:
Milani Sandman
OPI Warm and Fozzie
Sephora by OPI Gold and Copper Glitter
Black Lace
Miliani Black Nail Art
O RLY Top Coats.