Get Ready With Me! Evil Dead: The Musical

Y’all, I LOVED being part of this show. I have at least two more Evil Dead videos coming too! But first, here’s a Get Ready With Me video. I filmed this backstage before our last performance and I had a blast. Leave a comment if you have any questions! (Please, y’all…ask some questions. I want to make some new friends!!)

(also you can read some more about my experience in the show here)

Makeup Products Used:

Benefit the Porefessional Primer

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer

Benefit Benetint

Maybelline Fit Me! Powder

TheBalm blush in Palm Springs

Benefit High Beam

TheBalm Mary Lou-manizer highlighter

Elf Matte setting spray

Nyx Tres Jolie Gel Pencil eyeliner in black

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded

Urban Decay Naked Palette (Sidecar on the lid, Naked and Buck in the crease, Darkhorse in the outer corner)

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Naked 2 in the crease, Foxy on the browbone)

L’oreal Infallible shadow in Iced Latte (inner corner)

Ciate London Fierce Flicks black liquid liner

Benefit Bad Gal mascara

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retroglam mascara

Tarte Light Camera Splashes! mascara

Colourpop liquid lipstick in Bumble

April 2014 Favorites

  • My second round of monthly favorites! I don’t really have any pictures to add, though- should I start doing that, or should I wait until I can edit my pictures better?

Favorite Haircare Product: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product Plus Keratin
It’s probably still a little early for this one, but I’m already super in love. I made an Ulta order a week or so ago (full haul coming!) and they had this as a free beauty break offer with orders over a certain amount. I’ve read about this product a lot and was super excited to try it. So far I’ve only tried it straight out of the shower when my hair’s wet, and I can tell that it’s made my hair feel thicker and silkier. That’s a good sign! I’m going to keep using it, but hopefully it’ll be true love and not just a crush.

Favorite Skincare Product: Maybelline Babylips
This is a favorite, with a caveat. I’ve discovered that these lip balms get horribly gritty after you’ve had them for a while. But I love having a tinted lip balm with SPF handy in my pocket when I’m at work, and these are way cheaper than my beloved Fresh balms!

Favorite Face Product: Urban Decay Tinted Moisturizer
Initially I tried this out and put too much on and freaked out. It was a case of Oompa Loompa Face. Not pretty. I tossed it in a corner (literally) and sulked, trying to decide if I wanted to track it down in the correct shade or not. On a whim, a few months later, I tried it again and discovered I loved it! It’s thick but not too thick, truly moisturizing, and is paraben free. It’s a win!

Favorite Eye Product: Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne
I got this in my Ipsy bag and I adore it. It’s a warm rose gold champagne shimmer and it’s heavenly.

Favorite Lip Product: Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Adore
I already love the balm stains, but why this particular color? Because it perfectly matches my Great Movie Ride costume’s bizarre shadow of red. It’s perfect.

Favorite Scent: Bath and Body Works Beautiful Day
According to the website “Beautiful Day is a fragrance as beautiful as the perfect spring day with sun-kissed apple, wild daisies & fresh pink peonies.” I don’t know if I smell all that exactly, but it’s light and fresh and delightful. Spring in a bottle, basically.

Favorite Book: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
I didn’t really read anything terribly new this month, just some more Philippa Gregory novels, but lately I’ve been veering towards the Monstrumology books. They’re about a young boy, Will Henry, in turn of the century England, who serves an eccentric scientist who is an expert of monstrumology- the study of monsters. There’s three books, but apparently there might be a fourth coming out?

Favorite TV: House
I watched House a bit while it was on the air, but now it’s on Netflix, so P and I have made that our nightly TV show. I don’t know where we’re going from there- Supernatural? Psych? Parks and Rec? 30 Rock for the fourth time?

Favorite Movie: Shrek the Musical
Don’t judge, but oh my god, I love Shrek the Musical. I know. The theatre snob in me is crying too. But…Shrek the Musical!

Anything you’d like to recommend, or something you’d like to see on the blog? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

April 2014 Ipsy: Beauty Rocks

First of all, can I just say that I’ll be really excited when I have a computer that can run photo editing software? My netbook, Wilbur Robinson, is limping by on his last legs and it’s a miracle I can blog at all.

In any case, I adored this month’s Ipsy bag. The theme was “beauty rocks,” and I’m pretty sure I could come up with a pretty decent rocker chick look from this collection.

The Bag
The bag itself was mildly underwhelming, but the record print is pretty cute. It just doesn’t seem terribly sturdy.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet (full size: $20)
I have a couple of travel sized Urban Decay pencils in the normal glide on formula, but I didn’t even know about this velvet variation. The Google tells me it’s new. It’s supposed to be matte and warm toned, and is meant for smokey eyes. I’ve been using it pretty regularly to tightline my eyes and it’s glorious! No smudges, and my lashline looks thick. Perfect. Plus, Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands, so thank you, Ipsy!

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush (full size: $2.49)
This was another A+. You can never have too many shadow brushes, and this one is soft and doesn’t shed. I also got a 25% coupon code, but brushes aren’t a priority at the moment so I haven’t indulged. But I like the brush!

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion (full size: $78)
This is a great scrub. The cleanser itself is creamy but not too thick, and the grit is super super fine. And it smells like lemons. At the same time, it feels more like a regular scrub than a deep microdermabrasion, but it’s nice. And no way is it worth $78.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne (full size: $12.99)
THIS IS A WIN. This is my new favorite shadow. It’s a warm rosy gold shade of champagne, and I’ve found it looks bright and brilliant all day long when I layer over my beloved Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded. And there’s no fallout. I have no clue about this brand at all, but this shadow is a new favorite.

Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked (full size: $14)
True confessions: I’ve never used a lip liner before. I just don’t see the need! This pencil is really creamy and really pigmented, though, so I found I could put this on and layer a gloss on top without it looking odd. Will I buy a new lip liner? I seriously doubt it. But I don’t mind this one at all.

Sign up for your own Ipsy here!

Look of the Day: My Dress has Fish On It!

That is literally the first thing my students said to me today. And lo, she spake the truth. There is indeed a fish on my dress. Two, actually.

I needed a perky dress to get me through the day. Yesterday was my last day teaching my beloved theatre arts kids, and today is my last day for tutoring and my kindergarten afterschool class. It’s gonna be sad, yo.

Anyways. I’ll get weepy about it later.

Hair Tutorial: Quick and Simple Updo

(I did this on second-day hair.)

#1: Tease the crown of the head- I smoothed it out with a little bit of hairspray on a comb.

#2: Divide into three sections and braid each section loosely. I tied each one off with a snap clip instead of an elastic. You’ll see why.

#3: Loop each braid into a small bun and pin in place with bobby pins. Spritz with hairspray.

Honestly, I didn’t think I’d really like this. Mostly because I feel like updos make my head look too small for my body. Does anyone else have this happen? No? Just me? Okay.

Anyways, I liked this! I think it’s cute!

Verdict: Thumbs Up

Makeup: Get Ready: Night Out by NikkiPhillippi

Why did I do a Nikki tutorial so early?! I’m so intimidated. She’s perfect. Ack. Why did I do this?

Well, nervous hiccuping aside, I did this one. I think it turned okay, although my attempt wasn’t nearly as bold and luminous. I also was too scare to make my blush or contouring or highlighting as bold. I’ll get the courage at some point, right?

Maybe. Not counting on it.

Dress: Island Carnival dress via Modcloth
Tee: Old Navy
Leggings: Forever 21
Shoes: Blowfish Hortons

Covergirl and Olay corrector
Physician’s Formula Conceal Rx
Physician’s Formula powder in Peach Nude
Nyx blush in Pinched
NYC bronzer in Sunny
Hard Candy bronzer in Tiki

L’oreal Infallible shadow in Bronzed Taupe (brows)
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Hard Candy Top Ten Naturally Gorgeous palette
Hard Candy pencil liner in black
Urban Decay Supercurl mascara (sample from Ulta)

Mox lip butter in Pomegranate and Fig (Birchbox sample)
Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in Watermelon Twist

: Bath and Body Works Beautiful Day

Nail Polish: OPI I Juggle…Men (from the Femme du Cirque collection)

Outfit of the Day: Teen Girl Squad!

Ostensibly I purchased this dress because it’s school colors and it gives me something classier than a tee shirt to wear on spirit days. But really I purchased it because of the name.


Dress: Team Girl Squad Dress via Modcloth
Shoes: Keds (thrifted)
Leggings: Forever 21

Covergirl and Olay corrector
Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection concealer
Physician’s Formula translucent powder
theBalm blush in Hot Mama (Birchbox)

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Covergirl Shimmering Sands trio
Ben Nye liner in brown
Maybelline gel liner in brown
Maybelline Mega Plush mascara
Urban Decay mascara (Ulta sample)

Mox Pomegranate and Fig lip balm (Birchbox)
Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach

: Bath and Body Works Beautiful Day

Nail Polish: none

Outfit of the Day: Hello, Sweetie

Item one: for the love of mercy, someone teach me how to take pictures. All I hear is “use natural light!” but as you can see…I CANNOT TAKE A PICTURE THAT MAKES ME LOOK LIKE A DECENT HUMAN. So…yes.

I was in a big hurry, so scrunched waves it was for the day. Everything else I just sort of grabbed. I had a yellow belt to match my headband, but the stupid thing has a broken clasp, so my sister let me borrow her beloved Doctor Who belt (with a seatbelt buckle clasp!). I put it on and she stared at me for a minute before going “OH MY GOD YOU’RE RIVER SONG.”

So there we are.

Top: Cole Street Flat Blouse via Modcloth
Skirt: Forever 21 (thrifted)
Shoes: Blowfish Hortons (thrifted)
Headband: eBay
Belt: borrowed from my sister

Covergirl and Olay corrector
Maybelline Dream BB Cream
Physician’s Formula Conceal RX
Physician’s Formula translucent powder
Physician’s Formula Happy Blush in Natural

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barley Branded
Covergirl Shimmering Sands trio
Urban Decay in Last Call
Ben Nye eyeliner in brown
Sephora Electro Glitter Eye Pencil in Copper Electro
Almay Blue Eyes shadow (brows)

Fresh Sugar lip balm in Rose

Perfume: Harajuku Lovers Super G

Nail Polish: none! (I need to fix that…still…)