Archive | October, 2013

Halloween Makeup and Costume

29 Oct

Heeere’s what I’m doing for Halloween 2013 (hehe it rhymes)! I couldn’t find a minion to take a pic of my whole ensemble, but here’s the makeup and my red feathery hat. It’s obviously pretty dramatic, but it’s Halloween, the perfect time to embrace the inner raccoon in you.

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My attempt to show you more of my costume…unsuccessful 😦 I have on a flowy embroidered top with a tiered maroon skirt from Forever 21 that I love a lot (it matches my hat). I also have one of those coin scarves they sell at Renaissance Festivals (purple with gold coins) around my waist. I jingle when I walk! My main concern at this point is temperature…Minnesota isn’t kind to trick-or-treaters.

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Products used:

– Maybelline Color Tattoos in Tough as Taupe (purpley-taupe cream base) and Painted Purple (bright purple)

– Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Frigid (blue-toned purple)

– Lorac Pro Palette: Deep Purple, Nude, Mauve, White, and Black

– Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black and Nude

– Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Plumalicious

– Super Nail Glitter in Snow Cap

– Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

– Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Blush in Heather Silk

Tutorial:

1. Apply a medium purple base all over the lid and underneath the eye. I used a brighter purple base under the eye, but it’s up to you.

2. With a flat brush, pat a purple eyeshadow over the entire lid.

3. With a smudge brush, apply the same purple underneath the eye and connect it to the upper lid.

4. With the fluffy brush, add a darker purple or black shadow on the outer part of the lid to add dimension.

5. Highlight the center of the lid, the inner corner, and the browbone with a shimmering white or champagne shadow.

5. Blend everything out with a fluffy brush. Use a matte light purple to help blend the edges of the darker purple.

6. Line the upper and lower lashline with black kohl pencil.

7. Line the lower waterline with a nude pencil.

8. Apply a deep red lipstick and pat white glitter on the center of the lips.

9. Apply a lot of pink blush and add glitter to the cheekbones.

10. Mascara mucho and you’re finished!

I’m going to miss creating Halloween looks and looking at all of yours…’til next year, I suppose.

~Olive

Creepy Black Tears

27 Oct

Another Halloween look for you all! Quite simple to create and very creepy, especially if paired with white or red contacts, which sadly I do not have. 😦

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Inspired by this image, from 9gag so I’m not sure of the original artist:

I made a little boy fall off his bike while driving around my neighborhood today.

Be honest, how freaked out would you be if that showed up at your house demanding candy…?!

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I literally just painted my face white, colored in my eyelid with black, and watered down some black face paint, then let it dribble down my cheek. Easy-peasy and, if I’m being 100% honest, kinda fun. It can be messy and awful and still look suitably creepy.

Cheers all and happy almost-Halloween! Can you tell I’m EXCITED???

Today’s jam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Aabx80gV4

Because it was in the Supernatural Season 9 premiere and because it’s catchy as hell. 😀

~Olive

The Fault in Our Stars Book Review

25 Oct

Hmm.

Dare I say…overrated?

I was urged to read this book by countless (3) individuals, so I gladly gave in. The titled intrigued me.

I’m sure most of you have read or at least heard of this book, but I’ll summarize it quickly. Teenager Hazel is a terminal lung cancer patient given extra time by a miracle drug. When she meets Augustus, a survivor of osteosarcoma, they fall in love, but…

Just kidding. I won’t spoil it for you 🙂

The writing style did not grab me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of John Green and his youtube adventures, but I’m not a big fan of the way he writes. (No hate, honestly I’m just stating an opinion here.) But I persevered.

Besides the “deep thoughts” scattered throughout the book (I can attest to the fact that 16 year-olds don’t think like that), I liked it. The plot was fairly unpredictable (I’d already had the ending spoiled for me, sadly), the characters were likeable (what Hazel lacked in personality Augustus made up for ten times over), and the whole story was, apart from the introspective teenagers, very realistic. It didn’t over-dramatize the subject of cancer- it simply was. 

There’s not much more to say about this book, other than to give it a 2.5/5. It was an average read that didn’t leave much of an impact on me overall, but I did tear up a few times toward the end. I found myself sympathizing with Hazel and Augustus’s parents a lot more than the main characters themselves, but that might just be my big sister complex. Personally, I wish that Hazel had been less resigned to her fate as I think it would have made her more likeable, but that might just be me…

What did you think of this book? Are you excited for the movie?

~Olive

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