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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Antique Gold Tutorial

Howdy y'all!

As promised, I did a tutorial :) Yay! It was really nice to get back into the swing of things. I made it over my New Years Eve look, that can be found here:

http://stephienese.blogspot.com/2008/01/happy-belated-everything.html

I did switch the purple shadows for neutral greys and browns. I was going to wear this out during the day so I didn't really want to go too dramatic, though y'all know I will go out with dramatic makeup during the day :) I hope y'all like the tutorial!

The Look

FACE (Done before the video)
Studio Tech Foundation (190)
Studio Finish Concealer (ring finger)
Armani Micro-fil Powder (150)
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader

CHEEKS
Accentuate/Sculpt Duo - brown to contour (138)
Light Flush MSF - cheeks (188)

EYES
Blackground Paint Pot - all over lid (242)
Beige-ing Shadestick - lower lashline
Remotely Grey e/s - crease (224)
Antique Gold Relects Glitter - lid, dab then sweep! (239)
Rich Flesh e/s - lower lashline (219)
Showstopper e/s - outer lower lashline (219)
Rose Blanc e/s - inner corners (213) and highlight (227)
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Point Black Liquidlast Liner - upper lashline
Shiseido Mascara Base
Shiseido Lifting Mascara

LIPS
3N Lipstick







The Tutorial



As I mentioned in the comments in my last post, I recorded another tutorial on Monday. I did my "fairy eyes" from the comment response video I did a while back, you know about Ebay brushes and such. Technically, they aren't fairy eyes, but that's what I'm reminded of. So I just need to edit it. That may take a few days so be patient :)

In other news, I'm going to pledge for some business fraternities. Some of my colleagues from my leadership program suggested I join their sororities, but I really don't think I have the time or energy to put into the politics and drama of sororities, though I'm positive they are amazing and fun places to be. I mean, I'm in my last semester as a junior, so I feel like I've missed the boat to create and maintain lasting relationships in a social greek organization. I feel that joining and being involved in a business frat will not only look good on a resume, but broaden my network of professsionals. In the long run, I do think it will benefit me. Also, the pledge process, from what I hear, is geared more towards introducing the pledge to the activites a brother would be involved in, and also it will increase my abilities in teamwork, conflict management, goal setting, fundraising, etc. So I'm pretty excited. It means I'm going to have to manage my time better, work, school, and pledging (and my blog + videos of course). I am pretty sure I will pledge for Delta Sigma Pi, and perhaps I'll pledge for Beta Alpha Psi. I'm not sure if I'm going to be overloading on the pledge process with two frats.... we'll see. In any case, I'm excited.

While I love dating and whatnot, I find more satisfaction from artistic and academic achievements (maybe because I haven't found someone worth my time yet? that sounds mean I know, but true....). I'm starting up on playing the piano again, it makes me really happy :) and of course doing makeup makes me happy. I'm currently working with a good friend of mine on her makeup for her wedding, so we are figuring out a bunch of different looks to do. Its exciting :)

So life seems to be going well for me. I feel like I'm getting back on track. Also, this morning at 7:30 I went to a stress management lecture, and I felt great afterwards. Stress management is something I need to work on for sure. But I got a lot out of my lecture :)

Ok, I'm going to go back to studying. I hope y'all are having a great day!

Peace <3

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Out With the Old, In With the New

Howdy howdy! How are y'alls weekend going? Ok, I just sounded 100% country.... oh well :D

So this past week, I've pretty much tried to recreate looks that I've done in the past, but pairing it with my new hair color. I'm still undecided as to its future, I know for a fact that I'll wait a week or so before I try to dye it. Y'all won't want to see a balding Stephie.... I'll end up wearing wigs :)But while I have it, why not flaunt it (or attempt to)? Here we go, a few FOTDs to hopefully tide y'all over.

Before I launch into pics, I need some help, skincare-wise. For some reason, my forehead has just NOT stopped breaking out since finals, which was in December. Its been over a month and my breakouts still have stopped. I'm not sure what its coming from, maybe continued stress or something... but I also know that since December, I was trying out that Zapzyt cream, and after I got my eyebrows waxed, I would break out. It would start to clear up then I'd get my brows done again, and my skin would go psycho on me. Perhaps my skin near my brows are more sensitive to the waxing after having used the cream? That sucks because I like to wax my brows instead of pluck them. Anywho, any advice on clearing the skin up? I stopped using the Zapzyt and started using some Clinique Acne Gel stuff that seems to work. I'm just afraid that after I get waxed, I'll break out. Maybe I should stop using acne creams/gels? Advice would be appreciated.

Another Try At Sultry Green

Please refer to this post for the list of items and comparison of my dark hair...
http://stephienese.blogspot.com/2008/01/gimme-more-makeup.html







N Collection

FACE
Studio Fix Fluid NC30 - (187)
Studio Finish Concealer NC20 - (ring finger)
Armani Micro-fil Powder - (150)
Sculpt/Accentuate Duo - brown for contouring, lighter color for highlight (138)
Light Flush MSF - apples of cheeks (188)

EYES
UDPP
Remotely Grey e/s - crease (224)
Rich Flesh e/s - outer v (224)
Modest Tone e/s - highlight (227)
Point Black Liquidlast Liner - upper lashline (SO hard for me to use LOL)
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Shiseido Mascara Base
Shiseido Lifting Mascara
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader (266)

LIPS
3N Lipstick







Everyday

FACE
Studio Fix Fluid
Studio Finish Concealer
Armani Powder
Warmed MSF - apples and blended out (188)

EYES
Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - upper lashline
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Carbon e/s - smudged over lashline and waterline (219)
Shiseido Mascara Base
Shiseido Lifting Mascara
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader - (266)

LIPS
Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm







I think my hair looks better wavy/curled with this color.. what do y'all think?

I'm inspired now to do another tut video... I'm not sure what to do though since its been so long. Anyways, when I wake up in the AM, I'll do a look, so give me some ideas, and I'll do one :) Good night and have a great rest of your weekend!

Peace <3

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Hair Color!

EDIT: OMG Heath Ledger is DEAD?!?!?!?!?! NOOOOOO, I loved his movies.... RIP Heath Ledger.

Howdy y'all!

Ok, last night my friend MyMy dyed my hair. We bought Matrix shade 8A - Medium Ash Blonde. I thought that since my hair is really dark, it would turn into a light brown color.... I was WRONG! It came out really light light brown, near strawberry blondish.... it's so hard to describe!!! LOL I dunno, hopefully my roots will fade so that it doesn't look that light, but it definitely is different.... I haven't made up my mind if I like it or not, but I definitely will work it out. I just thought I'd drop a note to let y'all know.

Btw, we purchased this hair color at a professional salon supply place. Her mom owns a nail salon so she's able to buy items from there. I'm not sure if it can be found at Sally's or not... sorry y'all.

Also, I did buy a few items from the N Collection. I bought:

Rich Flesh e/s
Remotely Grey e/s
Modest Tone e/s
1N l/s
3N l/s
Light Flush MSF
Warmed MSF

However I haven't used the MSF's yet. I loved the eye shadows. They are great for a nice neutral eye, as well as smokifying it. I did use some of my new products to a party last Thursday. I wore it to the Sigma Chi & Alpha Phi Alpha Black & White Party. So much fun! Damn, single life is AMAZING :) I wore all black and added some white accessories. I bought some new Michael Kors boots on sale, they are currently my fave at the moment.... this is before I dyed my hair, also for comparison...





FACE:
Studio Fix Fluid
Studio Finish Concealer
Armani Powder
Accentuate/Sculpt Powder

EYES:
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader
UDPP
Modest Tone e/s - all over lid (239) & highlight (227)
Remotely Grey e/s - crease (224)
Rich Flesh e/s - outer v (224) & smudged over eyeliner (219)
Stubborn Brown Powerpoint - upper lashline
Photograveure Technakohl Liner - waterline
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara

LIPS:
1N Lipstick



Now onto my hair... Hahaha ok, I've worn it for a day now. Its growing on me. I like how it's different from my old hair. I want to dye it more brown, but what do y'all think? Do you like it lighter or darker?

LOL my friend MyMy did my hair at her house, and we had to go out to pick up her sister... so I had to be all ghetto and go out with a plastic bag on my head hahahaha



What the hair looked like wet.... My skin is so gross right now. I have no clue why I started breaking out again... stress.



Taken at around 6:30 AM today.



The flash makes it look a lot lighter...





So honestly (but not necessarily rudely) tell me what y'all think. I'm going to keep my hair like this for a few weeks or so just to let my hair get over being dyed, but do y'all like it light or dark? I'm off to study accounting! Have a great night.


Peace <3

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gimme More Makeup!

EDIT: Added Tag Video :)

Can y'all believe I've skipped all the collections since the Originals?!?!?! I just feel burned out from buying makeup. I have so dang much, I may end up selling a bunch of it. What have I been buying you ask? Clothes! Shoes! I'm so excited :) LOL not too much of it, but just a little with all the sales going on. Plus, I'm prolly going to buy a GPS system soon with my brother's discount at his job. I think I'm going to get a TomTom One XL-S. I don't want to pay more than $300 for one, but I want it to be good. Any suggestions?

I am looking forward to Fafi though. The A-Mei Collection didn't impress me at all. And the N Collections aren't really grabbing my attention besides the MSFs and maybe restocking my charged waters.

I do have pictures y'all! I'm sorry I don't remember half the products I used, but I will try.

"Sprite" Eyes LOL

FACE:
Studio Tech Foundation
Studio Finish Concealer
Armani Micro-fil Powder
Lilicent Cream Blush

EYES:
UDPP - all over lid
Greenstroke Paint Pot - from lid to crease
Bright Sunshine e/s - inner 1/2 of lid (239)
Bio Green e/s (my new fave green shadow!) - outer 1/2 of lid (239)
Beige-ing Shadestick - base for lower lashline
Atlantic Blue e/s - lower lashline
Shroom e/s - highlight (227)
Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - liner for upper lashline
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - liner for waterline
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader











Simply Classic

And before anyone asks, my top is from Express :) And the gray pashmina is from H&M, which is where I bought my pink leopard scarf from two posts ago.

FACE:
Armani LSF
Armani Powder
Studio Finish Concealer
Sweet William Cream Blush

EYES:
Ricepaper e/s - highlight browbone (227)
#7 Falsies
Blacktrack Fluidline - upper lashline (209)
Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - lightly over the band of the falsies
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader - fill in brows (266)
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara

LIPS:
Perfectly Pink Lipglass







Sultry Green

I did this look in under 10 minutes. I was in a rush to go clubbing with the girls, so I just wanted a smokey, yet subtle look using two shadows, the green and a highlight color :) Oh make that three, since I smudged Carbon into my lower lashline...

FACE:
Studio Finish Concealer
Studio Fix Fluid
Armani Powder
Prism Blush

EYES:
UDPP
Humid e/s - all over lid and blended carefully in crease (239 & 224)
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline & tightline upper lashline
Carbon e/s - into lower lashline (219)
Rose Blanc e/s highlight (227)
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader - fill in brows (266)
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara

LIPS:
Masque Lipstick











Sweeet School Girl

I did this for the first day of school. Nothing special really :) And yes I know my bra is showing, that top goes with the brown cardigan in the last pic, I just didn't put it on yet. Scandalous! LOL ;)

FACE:
Studio Finish Concealer
Studio Fix Fluid
Armani Powder
Sunbasque Blush

EYES:
Tete-a-Tint e/s - crease (224)
Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - upper lashline
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Typographic e/s - smudged over liner (219)
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader - fill in brows (266)
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara

LIPS:
Tenderbaby Tendertone

Done at around 10 or 11 AM





After 8+ hours at school...




I did my nails a few days ago, well I got my nails done should I say. I wanted to get leopard print tips, but the salon didn't have them in that day, so I went searching around at other shops and ended up with pink tips, with a silver line at the bottom, and a flower rhinestone thing on each ring finger. The sucky thing is that the salon I first went to called me the next day to tell me they got the leopard tips in :( Dang it!!!! Oh well, I'll get those on later. I haven't had fake nails on in over a year and a half. I don't usually like to get them because they ruin your natural nails, but its okay once in a while. In my opinion, almost everything is okay in moderation :)



I hope this update suffices for now! Have fun in class everyone :)



Peace <3

P.S. Here's my tag video :)

Monday, January 14, 2008

......

I just wanted to drop a quick note for y'all :)

I can't believe classes start today. It feels like the break just flew by, but I had SO much fun this winter break. I definitely won't forget it LOL

I'm going to be taking 15 hours again, hopefully I can pull up my GPA. I got a 3.6 for my first semester which isn't really THAT bad, but I still want to do better. I know what I have to do, and the minimum amount of effort needed to get my grade up. You know how it goes, you are lined up in the beginning of the semester to get a 4.0, but as the semester progresses, you slip up a little.... let's not do that this time :D

Anyways, good luck everyone. I have some pics to upload which I'll do later tonight after class. Have fun :D

Peace <3 ,
Stephie

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I Love Parrot!!!!

Even though I haven't been posting much, I have done a few hauls in the past three weeks or so. For starters, I did this look a couple days ago when I went out with one of my best friends. Parrot is such a gorgeous color, as many of you know. Someone once described it as similar to Steamy, and it does look like that in the pot, but when applied on your skin it is in its own realm. I can't get over how gorgeous Parrot is, and I'm glad I bought a back-up. I planned on swapping it on makeupalley, but I am just going to keep it :)

Warning: My skin is DISGUSTING right now. It must be stress or something because I broke out all over my t-zone, like majorly! But it's going away now, so hopefully things will calm down so my skin will haha

FACE
Armani LSF 5.5 - (Armani Blender Brush)
Armani Micro-fil Powder 2 - (150)
Global Glow MSF - contour (168)
Gold Spill MSF - highlight (136)

EYES
UDPP - base for brow bone (ring finger)
Greenstroke Paint Pot - lid base (ring finger)
Parrot e/s - all over lid (213)
Atlantic Blue Pro e/s - outer v and outer half of crease (217)
Bio Green Pro e/s - inner half of crease (217)
Rose Blanc e/s - highlight (227)
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader - brows (266)
Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - upper lashline
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Shiseido Mascara Base
Shiseido Lifting Mascara

LIPS
Tenderbaby Tendertone Lip Balm
Masque Lipstick













Peace :]

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy Belated Everything!

Howdy everyone!

I'm sorry for not updating, and I need to apologize in advance right now because this entry isn't going to be makeup related or picture heavy. Oh and I probably will make a bunch of grammatical errors, but I just wanna vent and talk straight...

Here's the deal, I understand the frustration from some of y'all about me not updating. I used to get that way with other blogs that I read, but after going through what I'm going through, I understand some people's lack of updating. Life right now is busy, and while I do have some down time, I usually am exhausted or lack inspiration to update. I do check on the comments, just to see what's going on, but can some of you guys just cut me a little slack? It's not like I'm purposely blowing y'all off, I just need a breather. I need time to LIVE life.

I'm sure y'all wonder what I'm doing. From the last entry I posted and deleted, some know that I ended things with my boyfriend of two years. That was the longest relationship that I had been in, and the most serious considering that I started to date him when I was 17 and I'm 19 now. This is the FIRST time in my life where I have had the chance to go out and actually be single. I can actually go to clubs, on dates, or chill with my friends without someone badgering me about it 24/7. If anyone out there knows how that feels, how freeing it feels, HOLLER!

Like some know, I was dating a new guy, nothing serious. I haven't heard from him in a few days, and while it bums me out, I think its okay. I haven't been single, independent, in forever. When I was 17, I didn't even have a drivers license and my parents were really strict. Compound that with a controlling boyfriend and that gives you NO life, no experiences to learn from. So now I have the chance to go out, have fun, make mistakes and learn from them.

I finally went to a club a week or so ago. I had been to one with my ex and a couple of his friends on my 18th bday, but we ended up standing there, doing nothing. I didn't know how to dance, and he didn't either. But I went out with the girls, got my groove on, and had a blast! Pictures to come later...

Then I've been dating the beast, and we had a lot of fun with his friends. New Years Eve was a blast, and though I didn't spend it with the beast, I had fun. Pictures will come later as well. I've actually been able to let loose, and I'm learning how much is too much and how much is too little for me.

One more thing I think I need to address, for those who I added on myspace, don't think you can just go on there and insult me because I won't take name calling from anyone. Listen up, New Years Eve is a night to have FUN, and just because I was having fun and joking around doesn't make me a slut. I really don't care much for name calling, but seriously, if you are some kid 15 year old who hasn't lived life whatsoever, don't be calling me a slut (I have nothing against my younger readers, just this one kid who decided to judge me). People like that make me want to delete my blog!!! Argh!!! Ok enough of my frustration...

So that's what I've been doing, just having fun. I really am fine, and I appreciate all the well wishes and support from y'all. I do miss writing on here, and I'm sorry if I've been missing. To some degree, I kind of feel like I'm losing myself, but I'm guessing its a phase that I hope I'll get over. This breakup hasn't been easy for me, in that I lost a big part of my life simply because I didn't feel any love for him anymore... it makes me think that I won't ever find true love, no matter how idealistic that idea it. I think my dreams are totally unrealistic, and it's hard to get over them since they drove me for so long when I was young... but hey we all go through it I think. And I've had a great support system with my friends, family, and y'all. So thank you all! I will try to get back to y'all soon. With pics and whatnot... I haven't even been wearing my makeup recently, just my liner and mascara because you know how important I think eyes are hehehe... Ok I changed my mind, I will end up posting a pic or two... Here it is!

Here's my FOTD from Dec 30th, my dad's and sister's birthdays. You see, I did keep y'all in mind, otherwise I wouldn't have taken the pics... I just planned on posting them later lol... I don't remember all the items I used, but I'll take a shot at the eyes.

EYES
UDPP - base
MAC Bio Green e/s (Pro color) - all over lid (239) .... this is a gorgeous color! I did a pro store haul as well, I'll have to take a pic.
MAC Humid e/s - outer v and crease (217)
MAC Beige-ing Shadestick - base for lower lashline
MAC Newly Minted e/s - lower lashline (219)
MAC Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - upper lashline and waterline ... I was lazy to use another liner on my waterline.
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara
MAC Ricepaper e/s (I think) - highlight (227)



Before I got dressed up and did the hair....


Curled the hair...


My New Years Eve FOTD:

FACE
Armani LSF & Powder (Armani Blender Brush)
MAC Emote Blush - contour (168)
MAC Lilicent Cream Blush - apples (136) .... did a haul or two, will post later...

EYES
UDPP
MAC Reflects Antique Gold (from Originals collection) mixed with MAC Gel Mixing Medium - All over lid (242) .... it was really hard to work with!
MAC Fertile e/s (I think) - crease (217)
MAC Shroom e/s - highlight (227)
MAC Engraved Powerpoint Pencil - upper lashline
MAC Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Shiseido Mascara Base & Lifting Mascara

LIPS
MAC Hyper Chic (from Stylistics)







My good friend Alan & I... Do I seriously look like a slut in this picture, since that kid thought I did? Obviously if y'all think I'm loose like that, you don't know me. NYE is a time to have fun, and I don't regret anything since I didn't do anything to regret!



Alright, I need some dating advice... damn this dating business is so annoying! The last time I went out with the beast which was Thursday I think, he told me he'd call me... and he hasn't. I prolly should forget about him, huh? I mean he didn't even call or text to say happy new years :( I think I should just enjoy being single for a while, I think deep down I was hoping for something more, but he told me a few weeks back that he didn't want a girlfriend because he has other priorities at the moment..... I should forget him huh? Note: I've been on 5 dates with him I think....

Oh well. My New Years Resolution, besides not spending so much on MAC!, is to stop taking life so seriously. To enjoy life instead of overanalyzing every situation. It's something I think I need to fix, and I plan to do that for the New Year!

Happy Belated New Years everyone! I hope this update suffices for a little, but I hope to come back to y'all in full force again. Thank you for the support!