I hadn’t done a Product Hit or Miss video in awhile so I thought since it is the end of the year I thought it would be great to do one. Also since it’s the holiday season, I included some of my wonderful Holiday Faves. Hope you enjoy the video and make sure to always subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven’t already and click like on this video as well please. Thank you everyone! Happy Holidays!
It’s been awhile since I posted a “Tips and Tricks” article so here’s some new things to try out for this month.
1. If your cuticles are constantly dry, especially since the weather is getting cooler, or if you have a tendency to get hangnails and you can’t go get a manicure as often as you want, a pair of cotton gloves and cuticle oil will help you out. You can get a pair at the drug store and apply some cuticle oil to your nails and around them and up your fingers. (I use citrus scented with real flowers inside.) When you’re finished, put on your gloves and let the oil soak into your nails and skin for atleast an hour. Your skin and cuticles will feel so much better after.
2. If you get headaches a lot or have a massive migraine but don’t want to take a lot of medicine, apply a tiny bit of peppermint oil to your temples and a drop on your forehead. Massage oil gently into your skin. In a couple of minutes, the oil and it’s aromatic healing properties will help that head pain disappear.
3. Here’s another essential oil tip. I love using essential oils for both their magical and healing properties. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, take a few drops of lavender oil and apply a drop to both of their wrists. Also place a drop on your chest. Massage in. Lavender provides, peace and calmness . Just breathe in the delicious fragrance and it will help calm you down.
4. If you want to wear highlighter but don’t want to spend money on a highlighter pan because you don’t know if you’ll like it or just don’t want to spend extra cash on one, using eyeshadow that is a shimmer will give your face and specifically your cheek bones a lovely glow. Some good shadows that I like to play around with include Sugarpill’s “Wink” and Storybook Cosmetics Wizard and Wizardry, “Jinx” and “Bewitched.” Pressed shimmer shadows work best. If you want a more intense highlight, a pressed glitter shadow will let you achieve that look.
5. This is probably the most important and helpful tip and trick on here!
If you find yourself really hot and sweating a lot, pouring a little ice cold water on your wrist will cool down the blood and stop your sweating and hot flashes. An ice cube will do the same thing. This trick also works if you’re having an ANXIETY or PANIC attack. The coldness will help STOP them dead in their tracks.
Hope these tips and tricks help you out or just make your life a little easier.
Sending love to you all. 💝🍒
Well Sugarpill has done it again. They’ve come out with a new makeup line that I was incredibly excited to get and when I did, it was fabulous! Yes I’m talking about Sugarpill’s “Oh Honey” palette created by one of my all-time favorite drag queens and talented singer/songwriter, Trixie Mattel.
You all know that I have loved Sugarpill for a long time, but one of the reasons why I do, which you may not know, is because of all the love and support they give drag queens and the LGBTAQ community. When I was at DragCon this year, I knew they would be one of the top booths I would see. They appreciate the beautiful art of drag and have worked with some of the fiercest queens besides Trixie such as Kim Chi, Ongina, and Laganga Estranja just to name a few. If you check out Sugarpill’s youtube channel, you can see tutorials that some of the queens have done which is very cool. Also if you have never seen any of of Trixie’s shows or don’t know anything about her, stop reading this right now, and go google her and watch her be absolutely hilarious and brilliant.
Now let’s talk about the brand new limited edition “Oh Honey” collection by my girl Ms. Trixie Mattel. First of all, the packaging is so adorable and screams Barbie doll and Trixie Mattel. It’s called “Oh Honey” as almost an inside joke that she says in her shows as well as her t.v and youtube show that she did with fellow draq queen and friend, Katya. Trixie loves Barbie, hence her last name being Mattel, and uses Barbie and the whole concept of Barbie as a huge reference and inspiration. Trixie is also extremely intelligent and knows the whole history of the Barbie doll. The eye shadow palette is a six pan palette that consists of three matte shadows, two frosted shadows, and one metallic shadow. They are all beautiful and they look beautiful on, even the frosted shadows which I’m usually very picky about. The eyeshadows are in the natural range so they are easy to wear on an every day basis. All the makeup names are in one way or another reference to Trixie or they have been mentioned in her acts or shows. Here are the names and descriptions of the eye shadows:
Oh Honey – (frosted shade) Pale Honey
Sidesaddle – (matte shade) Rich Camel color
Ponyboy – (matte shade) Deep Chocolate color
Dolly – (frosted) Champagne Pink color
All Star – (metallic shade) Duo-chrome Rose Gold color
Romy – (matte shade) Cinnamon Brown Color, (which by the way is the color of Romy White’s chunky lowlights from “Romy and Michelle’s Highschool Reunion, which was filmed at my high school. Just a little fun fact.)
The “Oh Honey” palette also comes with it’s own blush which is the first blush from Sugarpill Cosmetics. It’s called, “Life Size” which is appropriate because the pan is very large and is a beautiful matte watermelon color which I’ve been wearing almost every day. The long lasting liquid lipstick that comes with the “Oh Honey” makeup is called, “Barbara” which has the scent of a honey-suckle and is Barbie pink with rose-gold sparkles in Sugarpill’s famous matte to sparkle liquid lipstick formula that sparkles more the longer you wear it.
The minute I heard Trixie Mattel was coming out with her own collection, I shrieked with joy. Before Trixie became a drag queen, he was Brian Michael Firkus a talented makeup artist, so he knows a lot about makeup, how to apply it, and can create different looks. He’s very talented in many ways. I definitely recommend checking out this palette, not just because it’s Trixie’s or it’s from Sugarpill Cosmetics, but because it’s also colors that you can wear every day, even if you’re not a “makeup person” or super adventurous when it comes to makeup. The shadows are also easily blendable. The blush is the perfect shade and the lipstick is so beautiful. Remember this collection is limited edition and if it’s sold out still, place your order with them as soon as possible so you’ll be the first one to get it, when it’s back in stock.
I couldn’t resist the urge to post yet another picture of my heavy metal sister Rhonda Burnett. As a new ritual, I should put a new makeup picture of her every week. Hehehe. The reason for posting about her again, not that I need one, is because of her incredible makeup look that turned herself into Maleficent. She looks absolutely stunning and if we lived closer I know we’d be doing our makeup together almost daily.
Enjoy another one of Rhonda’s wonderful makeup looks. I’m thinking of attempting this makeup job in the future. We shall see.
Even tho my makeup style is mostly vintage pinup and old hollywood glam, I love trying new makeup looks and doing different tutorials. I definitely rocked gothic makeup in high school, surprise surprise but at times I went a little too heavy handed with my black makeup. For my “Mrs. Freddy Krueger” and my “Gothic Halloween Beauty” shoot, I wanted to create a dark and smoky look infused with glitter and glam and I’m very happy with how it turned out. Here are the makeup products I used and how I applied them.
FOUNDATION: Marc Jacobs Re(mark)able, Ivory 10.
The first eye color put on my lids was the color ‘Vanity’ from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics “Beauty Killer” palette. After wetting a synthetic brush with my MAC prep & prime, I then applied ‘Black Rainbow’ also from the Beauty Killer palette over ‘Vanity.’ Wetting the brush and then dipping it into ‘Black Rainbow’ makes the black more intense without looking blotchy and makes the sparkle really pop. Under the brow bone. I used an eyeshadow color that I never use….. shimmery white shadow. I really dislike white shimmer shadow but it happened to work with this look. I used the color ‘Lily’ from my Models Own “Vintage Rose” palette which is a fabulous palette with eyeshadow like butter so atleast I was using a white shimmer from a palette I love. I applied it just underneath the brow bone and blended it out to give my shadow colors a nice gradation.
I love Stila’s metal metallic (Glitter and Go) liquid shadows and recently had purchased the color, ‘Molten Mignight’ which is black shadow with glitter. I used it as eyeliner as well as in the inner corners of my eyes and applied it with my finger to intensify it. The last eye shadow I used was Colourpop’s Super Shock shadow, ‘New Magic’ from the “Dusk Till Dawn” collection. These are one of the best glitter shadows I’ve ever used and they are cream and feel soft and bouncy while the glitter is mess free which I love. Again I used my finger to apply the beautiful white glitter barely in the inner corners of my eyes but not so I covered my Stila liquid glitter shadow. I used the white glitter closer to my nose. I then also patted ‘New Magic’ under my eyes, dragging it towards my cheeks.
OTHER EYE MAKEUP PRODUCTS:
The rest of my eye makeup included me taking a flat shadow brush and smoking out a little ‘Black Rainbow’ under my eyes. I also used my Urban Decay 24/7 waterline eye liner as my only liner in this look. I used my new favorite mascara, “Lights, Camera, Lashes” by Tarte and Anastasia’s “Dipbrow” in ‘Chocolate.’
LAST MAKEUP PRODUCTS TO COMPLETE MY LOOK :
You May not be able to tell in every photo but I did use blush and highlighter. For blush I used ‘Romantic” from Stila. For highlighter I changed it up a bit. For my highlight, I used ‘Wink’ which is actually a shimmer shadow from the “Feline Fancy” palette from one of my all time favorite makeup companies, Sugarpill Cosmetics. I can’t rave enough about them. For my lips, I used their brand new limited edition liquid lip color, ‘Trick’ which is a gorgeous witchy matte black color with metallic green and orange sparkles. It was the absolute perfect lipstick to complete this look.
I had a lot of fun creating and wearing this makeup look. I hope you try recreating this look and try one or all of the products used. I’d love to see all of your spooky sex kitten looks.
I’ve been enjoying doing my spooky October posts and when my gal Sarah Mushenheim (lifewithlilred) asked to do a Halloween collaboration post, I was all too happy. Anything that has to do with Halloween makes me happy. Stay tuned for Sarah’s Halloween post coming soon as well.
The second photoshoot I did after my “Mrs. Freddy Krueger” was more of a “Spooky Sex Kitten” shoot with my custom-made vinyl cork screw boots, a black criss cross mini dress, and my sexy “bedroom wave” wig, (which by the way, I loved how I looked and wished my hair actually looked like that especially with that particular hair cut. We rotated taking both color and black and white/monochrome photographs. With my hair style and the dark makeup, I almost felt like a French or silent movie actress. I was felt very confident shooting yesterday which made it that more fun.
Since I wasn’t doing a typical Halloween shoot where you just dress up in any costume and stand there, I came up with the idea to utilize my Halloween decorations and props in each photo. I thought the juxtaposition would look really cool and give the pictures a spooky and edgy but beautiful look. Here is my GOTHIC HALLOWEEN BEAUTY set. Hope you enjoy my photos and post and comment down below about what some of your favorite costumes have been.
I’ve been asked quite a bit, especially when I used to work for the makeup department, as to what my favorite makeup brushes were and what are essentials tools to use for everyday makeup so I thought, why not post some of my favorite brushes and tools here? I use all of these items for everyday makeup looks and not just for photoshoots or special occasions. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t use ALL of these at once obviously, and I have more brushes and such in my makeup cart, but these are the brushes and tools that I use the most that work the best for me.
As far as brands go, there are many makeup brands that produce and sell brushes, sponges, etc., but these are the brands that I happen to really like that are also affordable. If another brand works for use, by all means use it. Hope these suggestions help you decide what to include in your makeup collection and what essentials you should have in your arsenal.
One Disclaimer: I love the Morphe brushes, not because they are trendy and a lot of youtube beauty gurus use them. I truly love how blendable they are and help you apply your makeup flawlessly. Their prices are right also and can be bought online at Morphebrushes.com as well as their stores.
FOR THE FACE:
Original Beauty Blender- By now pretty much everyone has heard of and tried the beauty blender and there is a reason for that. It helps your foundation go on flawlessly. The beauty blender sponges are a lot different than sponges you find at the drug store even though the cheaper ones are marketed to look like the original ones. Honestly in the long run, it’s better to pay the twenty dollars for the actual original beauty blender that will work better and last longer than the cheap knock off drug store sponges that don’t really work and make your foundation come out blotchy.
The only other makeup sponge that works well besides the beauty blender is the orange Real Techniques Sponge which you can get at Target and some of the drug stores but it’s not cheaply made like the drugstore brand sponges and works very well at applying your foundation beautifully.
Another essential tool to have in your makeup collection is a powder puff. You can get them pretty much anywhere and they are super cheap. They are perfect for blotting any excess oily or shine you make have during the day. They are easy to throw into your bag for quick touch ups.
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Big fluffy Powder Puff Brushes- A large fluffy powder puff brush is an essential in doing makeup. You can basically use whatever brand you want for this type of brush. It just depends on your preference, if you want it firm or soft, etc. This brush is good for your powders such as concealing powder, setting powder, and blush. I found my beautiful purple and rose gold brush online and my larger one is from the brand, Matto.
Kabuki Brush- I love kabuki brushes because the way the bristles are formed allow the brush to hold more of your product which is great because you end up having to use less. The best kabuki brush I’ve used is the one from Bare Minerals. I use it for my powder foundation such as my Bare Minerals and MAC studio fix. The bare minerals kabuki will last you forever also.
Morphe M510 brush- Great for highlighting!
Eco Tools Highlighting Fan Brush- I love the brand eco tools and you can find them at target and drug stores.
EYE SHADOW BRUSHES AND TOOLS:
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*These eye shadow brushes are super blendable and apply your eye makeup smooth and flawlessly.
Morphe tall blending brush M441
Morphe M443 shadow blending brush
Morphe Silver G26 shadow brush
Eco Tools Angled Shadow Brush- Perfect for adding crease colors
Shiseido Eyelash Curler- This is the best lash curler I’ve ever used! It is a little more pricey than curlers at the drugstore because it’s from Shiseido but it’s not crazy expensive it will last a long time and the refills barely cost anything.