Parade Yourself: #MACHalloween

Get inspired as M∙A∙C brings you inspired looks to take Halloween from ghoulish to glam. Check out what the artists have come up with this year and let me know in the comments which ones are your favorites!

Harlequin Doll
(this one didn’t have a name or demo video, but it looks like that, right?!)

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by Lyle Reimer

Zombie
by Matt King

Day of the Dead
by Marissa Jade Willinsky

Egyptian Goddess
by Schuron Womack

Black Cat
by Tu Dang

Ice Queen
by Lacie Dawn

Watch M∙A∙C Artists in action! Visit the MAC YouTube channel or website for demonstrations how you can conjure up these freaky-chic looks at home!

Pier1 Imports Halloween Glam Gift Guide

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Yesterday I made the mistake decision to walk into a Pier1 Imports store after my doctor’s appointment. I’ve been seeing peacock things shared from there lately and wanted to check them out in person. Lo and behold… HALLOWEEN. I knew they had cute stuff but I never know how much fun stuff they had also! The cutesy sayings people are so into on places like etsy and Pinterest? They have em. And they have em pretty. I bought a few things but my wish list… it is strong. Check out my picks below!

  • Painted Stemware($9.95 // Pier1 Imports). Crack me up for days with this. I love the sayings “Drink Up Witches” and “I’m Here for the Boo’s”. All things I’ve said, but year round and sometimes different words that aren’t so PG.
  • Glitter Skull Set($6.95 // Pier1 Imports). How cool to put in a bowl or to dress up a Halloween table? I mostly bought these for photo staging purposes but they’re seriously going to be fabulous for the boo-tastic holiday as well.
  • Shimmer Pumpkins($8.95 // Pier1 Imports). Who doesn’t want their entire house to shimmer with pumpkins?! This is the perfect way to add bling to your decor without the husband getting mad that it’s getting too girly up in there.
  • Skeleton Hand Serving Bowl($79.99 // Pier1 Imports). Perfect to hold party beverages, candy, shrunken heads… whatever.
  • Eat Up Witches Appetizer Plate Set($24.95 // Pier1 Imports). I almost bought these but two of the four in the only set left were broken (so it was on clearance) … again… LOVE the sayings!
  • Pre-Lit Brooms($49.95+ // Pier1 Imports). I just think these look so pretty either out on the porch or even indoors. I’d personally like to see them all the time so they’d be in the kitchen.

They had so much more available in store you wouldn’t even believe it. Check out the pics below and make sure you stop in to see everything in person. The website gives a list of deals and coupons going on at any given time so keep that bookmarked for your shopping trip!

What is on your Pier1 Halloween or Fall wishlist? Or any wishlist?! Make sure if you love Pier1 to follow them on Instagram. I live for those posts!

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China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour Nail Polish Swatches + Review – Halloween 2014

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China Glaze has really delivered with their Halloween 2014 Collection entitled Apocalypse of Colour. Featuring five nail polish shades and one glow-in-the-dark top coat this collection will make it easy for you to decorate your nails with colors inspired by Halloween, with names inspired by the undead.

Rest in Pieces(A sheer base with random sized hex and bar glitters in gold, silver holo and black). I’m going to go all “hometown football girl” on you and say that besides this being a fun Halloween glitter this is a great football season glitter for Pittsburgh Steelers fans 😉 I found I had to work to get the black glitter to go on the brush and then maneuver the placement on all the glitters a bit, but in the end it looks like quite the nail party. Below is three coats over a bare nail.

Don’t Let the Dead Bite(A milky, pale sheer base with red hex and bar glitters saturated throughout). This one was perhaps the most interesting to me in the bottle. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but the sheer base color ended up working well with it and the different sized glitters settle at different densities, which is pretty cool. Below is three coats.

I Love Your Guts (A flat, blood red – almost raspberry shade with black speckled glitter. Textured, matte finish). The formula on this was perfection! One coat coated each nail completely and I love the dried down finish!

Getting to Gnaw You(A black base with copious amounts of copper orange glitter). The formula was a little thick so on the first coat I was a little worried… but after the second coat it ended up settling down and looking flawless. Love this one!

But of Corpse(A flat, apple green with black speckled glitter. Textured, matte finish). The formula on this one was a little thinner than I Love Your Guts so two coats was absolutely necessary. Depending on how thick you paint, you may even need three.

…and, of course, what China Glaze Halloween celebration is complete without Ghoulish Glow (which is a glow in the dark top coat)? It was insanely hard to get a decent pic of it glowing clearly, so apologies for the blur. I just have it painted on bare nail but you get the idea 😉

As much as I’m not a fan of Zombie type movies I’m obsessed with this Zombie-esque collection! My faves are I Love Your Guts, Don’t Let the Dead Bite and Getting to Gnaw You. What are yours?

China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour is available for a limited time at beauty supply stores, Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta for approx. $7.50 MSRP (give or take depending on locations, sales and discounts).

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Everyday is Halloween Limited Edition Sets

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LAUNCHES “EVERYDAY IS HALLOWEEN” COLLECTION, FEATURING UNDERGROUND DRAG QUEENS THE MISFITS

NEW YORK, NY (October 2013) – For Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Halloween isn’t just a holiday– it’s a lifestyle! Right in time for Halloween, OCC unearths Everyday is Halloween, a limited edition collection composed of four makeup sets that feature a mix of new products, “resurrected” faves from OCC’s past, and best-selling classics! Each set is coordinated by OCC artists to be utilized either for wearable, every day looks or more dramatic applications! All products in the sets are full-sized, they include a Lip Tar™, a Nail Lacquer, and two pots of a colour (including Loose Colour Concentrate and Cosmetic Glitter), to be used on their own or together for an array of looks. Two of the sets feature brand-new releases: Loose Colour Concentrate in ‘Atlas’ (golden champagne shimmer) and Nail Lacquer in ‘Just The Same’ (deep blue velvet shimmer).

David Klasfeld, CEO/Creative Director, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics had this to say about the Everyday is Halloween collection: ”Halloween is certainly my favorite holiday, and I think most makeup artists and enthusiasts can say the same. Working with The Misfits on this project is amazing because they’re men and women of every background and style — exactly our target audience.”

Everyday is Halloween launches Friday, October 18th, 2013 exclusively on OCCMakeup.com and at the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics boutique in Manhattan for $42.50 USD each.

“The Scream Queen” Set
MARION: Rose Beige Neutral (Lip Tar: Matte) DATURA: Pink Lavender Sheen (Loose Colour Concentrate) OVERLOOK: Deep Plum Shimmer (Loose Colour Concentrate) PHANTASM: Pastel Blue Metallic (Nail Lacquer)

“The Venomous Vixen” Set
PAGEANT: Beauty Queen Pink (Lip Tar: Matte) AUTHENTIC: Vivid Metallic Copper (Loose Colour Concentrate) BURNING: True Coral Shimmer (Loose Colour Concentrate) CHIMERA: Opaque Metallic Mint (Nail Lacquer)

“The Madcap Madame” Set
PRETTY BOY: Super Rich Fuschia (Lip Tar: Matte) CHERRY BOMB: Fuschia-Leaning Red (Loose Colour Concentrate) MAGENTA: Bright Pink/Purple (Cosmetic Glitter) JUST THE SAME (NEW!): Deep Blue Velvet Shimmer (Nail Lacquer)

“The Adonis” Set
CLEAR: To Prep and Rehydrate (Lip Tar: Primer) ATLAS (NEW!): Golden Champagne Shimmer (Loose Colour Concentrate) GOLD: Bright Yellow-Gold (Cosmetic Glitter) CRUISING: Antique True Gold (Nail Lacquer)

About OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS: Founded in New York City in 2004, OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS started out as a trade secret: a pro-only range of products available only at the most exclusive industry-only Professional Makeup emporiums. In a time when many cosmetic companies make the claim that their products are “Cruelty Free” simply because Animal Testing has become unfashionable and less cost-effective, OCC felt it was necessary to raise the bar on this issue. We pledge never to use animal-derived ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and more) in our products and accessories. Founder David Klasfeld is still directly involved in the formulation of all new products and as a makeup artist himself is sure to always bring the latest trends in colour to the market. www.occmakeup.com

About THE MISFITS: Founded in Philadelphia, drag queens Porcelain, Misty Maven and Omyra Lynn have each performed all over the country. Between them, they have guest starred on reality television shows including VH1’s Big Ang, and have amassed cult-like followings across social media platforms including YouTube and Instagram. They are currently based on the West Coast

MAKE UP FOR EVER Halloween Looks – Tricks and Treats From Gatsby to Ghastly!

Make Up For Ever has shown several amazing Halloween looks and I’m really excited to share the face charts and breakdowns with you all, just in case you need a little inspiration this All Hallow’s Eve!

Masquerade

Vampire

Zombie Girl

Wicked Witch

Fairy Princess

Gaga

Gatsby

Also, if you are lucky enough to be near a freestanding Make Up For Ever Boutique or a boutiques within Sephora they are offering makeup applications to add artistic flair for any look. These services are offered starting October 25th through November 2nd (see flyer below – click to enlarge).

Trapped Fairy Halloween FOTD + a $100 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway!

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This Halloween Coupons.com challenged a group of bloggers to create a fabulous look of our choosing using a gift card to one of four beauty stores (mine was Sally Beauty Supply) to purchase products to design whatever we wanted! All we had to do was shop, use some coupons (yay, savings!) and create!

As much as I love all of the gross and gore that Halloween inspires, I like to use it as my one time out of the year where I can glitter bomb the heck out of myself. Because I’m not usually so glitzy, I don’t want to spend a whole lot of money creating a look that I’ll wear only one day out of the year. My look is done using products from my own stash with a few newly purchased extras on the side.

A fairy is pretty mainstream. Beautiful… ethereal… so I twisted it up a bit. You’re trapped in a tower and you’re a fairy… so you’re going to look a little haggard and a little gaunt, but still fabulously glittery and luminescent. Beautiful….even through your smeared cry face… This is so easy to achieve.

For the look above I made my face slightly paler by using Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal. I already had this on hand and it’s pretty light, plus it’ll hide everything so I don’t need to use an additional powder or foundation. I was able to apply this easy with my finger tips.

For a slightly hallowed out eye look as well as contouring around the face and cheeks I used cream eye shadow in Focus from the Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette. I applied and blended with my finger tips. I also used this same palette for eye shadows and the light ivory shade was my face highlight on the cheeks, nose and cupids bow. I also used the purple shade in this palette for my eyebrows. MAC Prim & Proper Blush was used lightly on the cheeks.

For the eyes, I primed all over and around using Urban Decay Primer Potion. I used a silver shade (The True Death) from the Tarte for True Blood Palette at the inner corners and then used Palladio Eye Shadow & Liner Herbal Crayons in Icicle (a Sally Beauty purchase) to create a base for the glitter liners. For glitter liners I alternated with Femme Couture Eye Drama Liquid Glitter Eyeliner in Chain Reaction, Envy & Rockin’ Rose(all Sally Beauty purchases). I finished off the look with eye lashes from the Ardell Lashes Villians Collection – Cruella de Vil and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

On my lips is simply LUSH Latte Lip Tint with a dab of Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Balm in the middle for dimension.

What are you dressing up as this year and what makeup from your stash will you use to get the look?

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Scaring Up Cute On Halloween With LUSH!

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This Halloween it’s easy to keep your bathtub looking both adorable and spooky with these limited edition picks from LUSH!

Pumkin Bubble Bar ($5.95) – no, I didn’t spell that wrong! That’s how the little guy is named! Not to be confused with Mumkin, Pumkin creates volumes of yummy smelling orange bubbles with an earthy and fresh aroma.

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb($5.95) – This bath bomb is totally yum and fizzes green and pink into your bath making an awesome raspberry shade! The sultry patchouli & black pepper oil will keep you feeling wicked and relaxed all at the same time. I previewed shots of this in action on Instagram!

Demon in the Dark Soap ($7.95) – Don’t be scurred!  There isn’t a demon living in this soap and the use of it won’t turn you into one, but the minty goodness of it all might have you feeling slightly wicked. Wrapped in black wax (which you remove before you use, duh) this soap is packed with spearmint and peppermint oils as well as apple juice (doesn’t get much more g-rated than that) to stimulate and cleanse the skin. Yummmmm!

Ceridwen’s Cauldron Bath Melt ($8.45) – This is amazing for sensitive skin to sooth away irritations and bring on relief. After a soak with this bath melt your entire bod will feel soft and relaxed. Truly a witches potion (thanks, girl!).

Pick up any of these spook-tacular LUSH items (and MORE!) at your local LUSH retailer (find US locations here) or online at lushusa.com.

Happy Halloweenie!!

Hey peoples! Happy Halloween! I know it’s tomorrow, but weekends get hectic so I wanted to post this while I had some time.

Jeff and I rarely ever go out, let alone go to a Halloween party. But this year our neighbors and longtime friends were having one and were enforcing dress code. We dug out the ol’ costume box and managed to unearth something presentable. I just went as (as the bag says) a “Divine Witch” and Jeff went as a “Ho Nun”. I can’t even post pics of his without rating this post with a triple X. Clearly he’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal but that’s why I married him!

Anyway, I picked the costume I did because I really wanted to vamp up my makeup. I’m usually extremely neutral but JUMP at the chance to bust out my trusty red lipstick.

Here are the results:

The host Tanya (left) and I (right) towards the end of the night

Here are a few looks I did of just when my eyes were done and then my full out face look:

The lips are red enriched cremestick liner with Cockney lipstick (both MAC)
The eyes are Urban Decay Vorpal (silver from AIW BOS), UD Perversion (BOS III), and UD Zero liner. Not gonna lie, I put it right over my makeup from that morning that I posted previously lol I contoured my cheeks with MAC Darkly My Dear blush (SO excited to use that one without having to be careful).

What did you do for Halloween? Did you stay in a cuddle with a scary movie or party it up?? Costume? I wanna hear ALL about it!!!

PS ~ What was your Halloween mani? I didn’t have time for anything fun, but I used China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y for something seasonal 😉

PPS ~ I put that MAC liner all over my lips and it SURE DID stay on ALL night of me dancing and eating and drinking!!! YAY!