Okay, I think I have made it clear that I may not have the best skills when it comes to makeup application or hair styling. However, it appears that I *can* put out a good zombie (*with help from a little tutorial, of course).
Nate decided that this year he wanted to be a zombie, I figured, “Surely, I can do that” and off we went to get supplies. We went to the local Goodwill and picked up a shirt, t-shirt and tie for $4.85. Score! Then went to Walmart and got a little $1.99 Halloween makeup kit & $1.99 white hairspray. Lastly, we went to a Halloween superstore & got fake blood and “Bloody Scab” for $6 – Total $15ish. Not too bad, considering how much some of those prepackaged costumes cost nowadays. *cough*$40*cough*
So, after negotiating that he could go trick or treating with his friends without me, I could take pictures of his transformation, we were ready to start playing.
My fresh faced kiddo pre-zombification.
After we sponged him white, I set it with some Three Custom Translucent Loose Powder so it wouldn’t melt away. It pained me, but, dang I couldn’t find anything else to use. He *so* didn’t appreciate my sacrifice.
I tapped on some black cream to give him the hollowed out eyes look. He even directed me at one point, “You need more over here”.
While his “scabs” were drying on his face, we went outside and sprayed his tousled, gelled hair white. Looking at himself, he said, “I look like the guy on “America’s Next Top Model, only with darker eyes”. Oh, please, Jay Manuel only *wishes* he looks as good as Nate. (*Biased, table of 1).
After blackening the scabs a bit, we added on the fake blood and let it drip drip down.
After he put on his outfit and we dripped it with blood, too, he was ready to go out into the night begging for sweet treats.
Overall, I was pretty please with what I pulled off, but the real prize is the fact that Nate declared it “Awesome!” and he had a great night. It can’t get much better than that.
“More” magazine, that is. I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute one of the beauty tips I have learned to their article, “5 Secrets of Beauty Bloggers”:
I am joined by Kari, Fab Over 40, Amber, Daily Makeover, Carolyn, The Daily Obsession and Risi, Palacinka Beauty Blog – great company, with great tips.
Let me know if you have tried any of these tips, or if you have any new ones for me – I’m always up for learning new things.
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I swear, this rainy, not rainy – just cloudy, oh wait, it’s 45 degrees, no, wait – it’s 74 degrees weather here in Oklahoma is doing a number on my skin – esp my legs. They are like itchy scratchy all the time, esp since I wear jeans over’em daily. Well, over the weekend, I had a chance to try a new body moisturizer from UK company, Rodial, called crème de la crème.
They say, “shea butter and vitamin E rich and nourishing body moisturiser, helps ?rm, hydrate and restore skin’s elasticity, instantly absorbed it gives a long lasting hydration and calms irritation or reaction caused by sun, cold and wind.” So, that sounds good to me and my crazy legs, and gave it a whirl.I gotta say that I really liked the way that it absorbed right in, and didn’t leave me feeling all heavy and greasy. But it didn’t absorb in so much that I felt like it didn’t do any good and that my legs were just sponges, either. Nice middle ground. I’m going to keep using and see if it helps keep the dry itchies at bay, but I wanted to let you know that I had tried it – esp since I am going to let you in on a secret.See, HauteLook.com, the online, exclusive, limited time only, sale shop is having a sale on Rodial today and tomorrow (October 19th and 20th, 2009). During the sale, members can pick up Rodial products anywhere from 45% to 60% off (regular prices), including the crème de la crème that I am trying out now. But, if you are not a member, don’t worry – I have a special invite code just for you – Click Here! – so you can try this stuff out, too.
Tomorrow there is an event in NYC at the Victoria’s Secret, on Lexington, for the launch of VS’s new fragrance, “Velvet: The Fragrance”.
Now, I don’t know anything about this scent, but the thing that caught my eye was the fact that you could get a makeover from the VS Beauty Supermodel Artist team – led by Polly Osmond. You might rememer when I met her backstage at the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show. It would be so cool to get a makeover from her, but, unfortch I’m in OKC and won’t make it. But, if you are in NYC, head over there between 2-4pm and pick up something from their Parfums Intimes Velvet collection (*required) to get your makeover from Polly.
In addition, the model Alessandra Ambrosio will be there for autographs (*with purchase, too), there will be a “Suprise Guest”, cake from Sylvia Weinstock and a chance to get a preview of the Heidi Klum VS Makeup Holiday Collection. So, since I don’t get to be there for all of that, you’ll have to come tell me all about it. Deal?
I just saw a new Smashbox product for pre-order on QVC that looks kinda interesting.
Actually, it looks like what would be spawned if Smashbox’s Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder and the Reign Collection Eyeshadow Palette had babies. It is a shaver delivery system for a base color and a contour color, with a protective seal to prevent the shadows from mixing – the Halo Eyeshadow Hydrating Eye Shadow (w/ Brushes 3 & 10).
They say, “A hydrating eye shadow with effective anti-aging benefits. The formula contains hydrogel technology, which helps retain moisture in the skin.” I can’t say anything, as I haven’t tried this, but I am intrigued by the whole “shave what you need” aspect. It’s supposed to give you more of the lighter color for your lid and less for the darker crease color. In addition, they are throwing in the two brushes you need for this affect for less than $40 (man, don’t I sound just like Lisa Robertson? Oh wait, she always says “For less than $1 a day”. Ha!)
This is currently on QVC’s site as Item #A92257, available for pre-order, as Advance Orders ship October 20th. It comes in 4 color combos and includes 2 brushes for $39.54 (plus shipping.)
Let me know if you try this out for yourself.