A Darke Kind of Beauty: Spring Palette and brushes.

I did some serious splurging for spring, but I had too. I wanted to do purple eye-shadow for spring but the colours I had were way too dark, so off to Sephora I went. I wasn’t impressed with the silver/grey I got from their line of eye-shadow products. Too much sparkle and not enough matt. I have *very* large eyes and hooded eyelids. I need matts. Urban Decay didn’t have anything I liked either, but Kat von D did, so after doing some research, I picked up her PLUM palette. All I can say is holy shit. These are rich colours that are very pigmented and creamy, but there’s quite a bit of ‘fly away’. I’ve found patting the shadow on is the best way to apply and because it’s so pigmented you don’t need a lot. What’s really cool about this palette is that instead of colour names on the bottom of the container it has what you use the colour for. Very helpful. Also, the palette is in the shape of a coffin! Seriously adorable.

She has three others; SAGE, RUST, and SMOKE. I think each are perfect for the other seasons.

My second big splurge was on brushes. The eye-shadow applicator I normally use was rough so I got some new ones. I love E.L.F brushes. They’re so soft, and I now own a kabuki brush. Not sure what I do with it, but I like the fact I can tell people I own a kabuki brush.

The last brush I bought in my splurge was bloody expensive; a foundation brush. $41!

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It’s so worth it. I don’t use my fingers to apply foundation (well, not since the 80’s) and the sponges don’t seem to spread the foundation evenly and get dirty and mucky too quickly. Putting foundation on with the brush not only spreads it more even, but I use less with a brush. I now have three that are strictly face brushes; one for foundation, one for powder and a third for bronzer. I expect this to grow when I get some highlighter and blush, and you can’t have makeup brushes without makeup brush cleaner. Brushes are incredible to use, but you need to clean them. I used to do it once every few months; usually when I changed eye-shadows, but I found this little beauty cleaner and I’m going to do them once a week.

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A Darke Kind of Beauty: Tools of the Trade

I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I love playing with makeup and nail polish. So much so, that I’m looking into an esthetics course at the college here.  For a while, I was a little embarrassed to admit I liked it. As if it were some kind of ‘girlie’ weakness. Then I thought fuck them. They don’t like it, too bad. I love working with eye shadows, eyeliners and all that fun stuff. I change my eye shadow and lipstick with the seasons (yes, I really do) and I’m a huge fan of home-made facials. Recently, I’ve found nail art and have watched several YouTube videos on how to do it, and I thought, if I liked this stuff, surely there are others who do too.

So let me introduce you to my newest acquisitions.

First, some, nice, Gothic colours. Dark purple eye shadow and yes, that’s red eye shadow. The original picture didn’t get the pigment right, so I had to adjust it. That’s pretty much the way it really looks.

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Duo from Make Up For Everyone. Single from Urban Decay

Some new nail polish. O.P.I. from the bargain bin. Close to 75% off. I’m going to use purple, black and pink for my first water marble attempt. Not sure what that is? Heh . . . wait and see.

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And these are the first of my nail art tools. I just need some beads, glitter (yes, I said glitter), and striping tape.

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I’m also going to keep up with my 50 Shades of Red Nail Polish on Instagram. There are too many reds and not enough time.

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