Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trying to put a little Happy in your Halloween…

I know a lot of my readers are on the East Coast and my heart goes out to you!  I was a New Yorker for 16 years (we just moved to Cali in April) and it’s devastating watching the footage of the city that was once my home in such dire straits.   I hope you’re safe and you can still squeeze in some Halloween fun into your dark days. I collected a few of my favorite Halloween images to bring some smiles:


Happy Halloween, Bingers!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Makeup Tutorial: 8 Easy Steps to Creating Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Makeup

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Sugar Skull seems to be the costume of choice this Halloween and with a few products and tools from Sephora, Amazon, and your own makeup kit you can easily pull off this look! What’s going to make your Sugar Skull prettier than everyone else’s? You’re going to be a good girl and listen to me when I say don’t use Halloween makeup and grease paint! It looks faded and it doesn’t last! My makeup literally lasted a night of pizza eating, excessive drinking, and schlepping up and down heart-attack hill (our driveway).


 All photos courtesy of Ben Hughes. Thanks Ben!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Revived from the Archives: The Horrors of Halloween (…I’m talking about my skin obviously)

Since Halloween is upon us, and I know better than anyone how much your skin can take a beating during these times of extreme makeup (I’m not proud to say that after my run-through of my Day of the Dead makeup Wednesday, I woke up yesterday to an angry, hiding-like-a-coward-under-the-surface pimple), I wanted to revive this post from Halloween past.  I made some updates to ensure I’m arming you with the best weapons to battle the terrifying oil fields that threaten your skin when you are most vulnerable…

The only thing scarier than Maria in this picture from last Halloween is imagining the damage the cheap makeup did to her skin. I was lucky enough to escape the grease paint (just saying those two words out loud clogs my pores) last year with my bad kitty costume. But this year, I am dressing up as a Lichtenstein Girl and Maria intends to cover my face and decollete with grease paint and other synthetic poisons.

I had a heart-to-heart with her about this yesterday:

Me: So, I don’t suppose you have any sensitive skin Halloween makeup you can use on me?

<<Maria gives me a blank stare>>

Me: Yeah, um, I’m a bit worried about breaking out from that cheap drug store stuff

Maria: (after another lengthy stare) Janna, you just need to prepare yourself for a breakout.


Maria: I’ve tried gentle, natural Halloween makeup in the past and it just doesn’t stay put, and it doesn’t have the same pigment as the cheap stuff.

I’m still reeling from our conversation. There has to be something I can do!!  First thing first, I ordered a Mineral Halloween makeup set from Elegant Minerals.  Maria has many doubts and won’t make any promises about using it, but she’s willing to give it a try. That’s worth the money for me. (2012 UPDATE: MARIA WAS BEYOND RIGHT.  THE ELEGANT MINERALS SET WAS A JOKE.  WE ENDED UP THROWING IT AWAY AFTER SEEING HOW IT BARELY SHOWED UP AFTER THE FIRST SWIPE)

“DAY OF” PREP: I will prep my skin by giving it a mild exfoliation with CosMedix Pure Enzymes Exfoliating Mask and then a nice moisturizing, nourishing mask like Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask .  I will then use a soothing, anti-irritation, anti-redness moisturizer like Skin Medica Redness Relief Calmplex and prepare my skin for battle with my new favorite primer Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer.

POST-EVENT: The second I say my last goodbye Saturday night I am running to the bathroom to cleanse my skin. First I will take my makeup off with EVE LOM Cleanser and tons of  Cotton Clouds. Then, I will cleanse with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and my Clarisonic Skincare Brush(which I never use anymore since my skin is so sensitive, but this is an emergency situation).  I will complete my regimen with a soothing spritz of Fresh Rose Marigold Tonic Water, and massage in my soothing, balancing Decleor ‘Aroma Night’ Neroli Essential Night Balm (which is like a spa service in itself).

NEXT MORNING: Fingers crossed, I will wake up without a single clogged pore.   If I wake up congested I will sit rocking in a corner for a few hours crying, then apply my Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.  If “congested” actually means “breakout,” I may end up having to book an emergency facial, pop a couple leftover miniature Snickers in my mouth while brainstorming my makeup-free costume for next year.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Sexy Black Kitty, Meow!

Sometimes I have the worst luck…  Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube).   It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief  of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndiefeaturing myself,  Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).

So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”).  Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks.  You should definitely check it out here.

After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Don’t Feel Like Going Full-On Costume for Halloween? Give Your Talons a Little Spooky Instead!

For those of you who don’t intend to dress up for Halloween… Well, normally I would have you burned at the stake but I guess I’ll be a little more tolerant this year and let you creep by with some crazy ass nail art  or Halloween-inspired polishes. (Please Note: If you are attending my Halloween party, this exception does not apply.)

British cult brand Illamasqua’s US Nail Art Ambassador Fleury Rose created these DIY nail art designs to get your talons ready for fright night:


EVIL EYE — Products Used: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorn ($14), Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorch ($14) and Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish Serenity ($14) (top coat optional)                                         Tools Needed: Dotting tool like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10), tooth pick

1. After applying base coat, paint nails with two coats of Scorn black matte polish. Allow nails to dry for 3-5 minutes
2. Pour out a small amount of scorch onto tin foil. Dip the large end of a dotting tool into white polish and dot onto nail. Repeat step 3 times on each nail.
(Pro tip: if polish gets stringy, pour a fresh puddle of Scorn onto foil and continue process.) Allow white dots to dry 3-5 minutes.
3. Pour a small puddle of Serenity onto foil. With the small end of a dotting tool dip into rubber blue polish and dot in the very center of each white circle. Repeat on each nail. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes
4. Dip the point of a tooth pick into Scorn and gently dot a tiny black point into the center of each eye.
5. After drying add optional top coat for a shiny finish, or stay matte.


Products Used: Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish Aorta ($14) and Illamasqua Nail Varnish Boosh ($14), Illamasqua Precision Ink Scribe 0.06 oz  Tools Needed: Small brush like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10)

1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats of Aorta and let dry 3-5 minutes
2. Dip small brush in Boosh, and paint a tiny triangle at the top of the nail. This will create the bow of the lips.
3. Next, paint an oval shape in the center of the red nail to create the opening of the mouth.
4. Allow to dry for 5 minutes (Pro tip: Allowing polish to dry before drawing on nail is very important, or you may smudge the whole thing and ruin your design!)
5. Draw on fangs and lip highlight with Precision ink in Scribe. Precision ink can be layered over its-self to create desired opacity of white.
6. Allow precision ink to dry 3-5 minutes and apply Top Coat.


WITCHING HOUR  —  Products Used: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Phallic ($14)Illamasqua Nail Varnish DWS  ($14)Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scorch 0.5 oz and Illamasqua Nail Varnish Blow  ($14)  Tools Needed: Small brush like included in the SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Art Set ($10) and a disposable sponge

1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats o. After applying Base Coat, Apply one thick coat of Phallic. (Pro tip: Do not worry about getting this layer completely even, it will add dimension to the sky we are creating!) 2. Allow this layer to dry 3-5 minutes. Dip the small brush in Blow and create a tiny crescent moon. Next dot on very tiny stars with the tip of the brush.

3. Allow to dry at least 5 minutes.
4. Pour out a small puddle of Scorch, then a small puddle of DWS next to it so they are touching.
5. Dip the corner of your makeup sponge into the polish so you get a little of each color on the sponge. Gently dab on clouds.
6. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes, and apply Top Coat

If these designs are a bit too advanced for you but you still want to add a little festive fright to your nails, try ORLY’s new Spellbound trio that features chunky Halloween-inspired glitter and adorably sinister names:

ORLY Nail Polish in Monster Mash ($10)


ORLY Nail Polish in Right Amount of Evil ($10)

ORLY Nail Polish in R.I.P.

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