Skin Ink Multi-Masking Treatment Mask

Only a matter of time for a skincare company to come out with a customizable sheet mask, right?  

We all have different skincare needs and, frankly, our own needs can change not only with seasons, but from day-to-day depending on climate, our activities, our cycles, etc…  

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I love that these masks – while not 100% customizable in the sense of whatever ultra-specific permutation you need – allow some freedom to mix between the lower jaw line and the upper face, two broad areas that often are doing different things. Instead of countless variations, there are only nine combinations you can create…but that’s 8 more than just any ol’ sheet mask!

I love seeing the continued innovations, and the taking-a-nod-from-overseas beauty by companies NOT originating there – I’ve been going on about Asian skincare since the 90’s, when I was in my later teens, so for me, it’s like a miracle the US and other countries are FINALLY following suit.  “Porcelain doll” skin has been on my radar my whole life and with the consistent drive for cutting-edge that comes from the East, it’s a lot easier to come by these days.  

Clearly Bronzed

Where was this when I was ballroom dancing! In ballroom, bronze is not only “beautiful” but begrudgingly a “must-do.”  If you want to be taken seriously – and I’m not exaggerating – you better believe you need to grace that floor looking like a golden goddess.  Pale skin is NOT in, much to my own dismay.  Protesting the fact won’t get you anywhere. . . 

Trust me on that.

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Enter – years too late (*insert expletive here*) – this phenomenally, brilliantly clear Hydra-Mousse from Tan-Luxe. It apparently delivers exactly what it claims to, minus all the horrendous “side effects” of a traditionally brown-dyed solution.  

Now I can’t be too hard on the brown-tinted selections out there – they DO make it easier to see and smooth out mistakes.  BUT…the prospect of using a self-tanner and NOT having overly-orange skin where you’re drier, OR clothing, sheets, and expensive costumes that have decided to tan along with you. . .well, that’s pretty damn fabulous.

I mean, dancers everywhere can rejoice finally.  No more brown streaks, overly glowing elbow, or horrific scent (thanks a lot, DHA!) It isn’t inexpensive necessarily but then if you’re saving on cleaning bills (and not freaking out about warming up and starting to smell funny!) this might be for you!

Gothiness – Halloween Macabre, By Illamasqua

Leave it to Illamasqua to hold a Halloween course… I can’t say MAC wouldn’t either, but Illmasqua isn’t just edgy – a la MAC – it has a deeper, subterranean, curiously-otherworldly vibe.  Always.  To manage a full-on scare for your Fright Night revelry, they’ve got you covered…

Remarkably, the creepy harlequin-clown work (pictured) is a lot harder to achieve than one might think at first glance – try doing performance makeup even just once, and you’ll have an idea.  The deconstructed, paint-peel look reminds me of an abandoned, antiquated-Venetian mural (or maybe a mask from Carnivale that got left behind to gather dust through the centuries…) – I’d love to see the array of products used to create it, a plethora no doubt.  (PS, I can’t stand clowns, but I can appreciate the work done here!)

Anyway, you needn’t want this kind of facepaint to join in the fun – whatever form of haunt you take, sin you prefer, or wickedness you’re aiming for, I’m sure Illamasqua can help you achieve the desired eerie effects (don’t forget, your tools will matter as much.)  The course is only $67 too, which is a lot less steel than I’d have expected. For the best day of the year EVER?  Yeah, it’s worth it!

 

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Spring / Summer 2017 – MAC Sneak Peek

MAC has always been a fav of mine – for performances, it’s hard to beat the incredibly cool array of products, colors and finishes…and honestly, it is just such and innovative and funky brand.

Here were are just at the front end of Fall, and less Autumnal, more Spring / Summer is cropping up (isn’t that the ay, though – Fashion works on the same, seemingly quirky timeline!)  

Britishbeautyblogger recently posted about what’s coming for 2017 – Keep in mind that there is ALWAYS something new – a new collaboration, color, collection, whatever! – from MAC.  But she shares a lot of photos of new stuff that you might want to keep your eyes open for next year…so check out the link above to see what’s new.

Apparently it’s everything from colored mascaras, to fancy gilded powders, colorful palettes, and some magic thrown into the mix… 

 

 

Cobwebs

All I can say is, I’d be running around in this gown (at home, of course) if I could get my paws on it!  ❤ 

Given the description, I’m not entirely sure whether it is an illustration or a real piece (trust me, I’ve inquired!) *lol*  It’s effectively more body jewelry then it is a “dress” but my Pagan heart is in full swoon wither way.

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I mean, golden cobwebs?!  How incredibly vampilicious.  I feel like it’s nigh impossible to outdo Morticia or Lily but this is teetering on the verge of spotlight-stealing.  Personally, I’m totally head over broomstick.

 

Kinetics Solar Gel – Goldy and Jet Black

I passed by this review on ChicProfile and loved the look of these two polishes!  Off course I adore black but some don’t come out quite as beautifully as this one!  

Kinetics Jet Black has a gorgeous, glossy opacity and is a true, non-blue black.  L ❤ VE.  It’s inky and divine on its own, though (as ChicProfile shows) it can also be fun with a glittering topcoat.

I happen to love Goldy because it really concentrated – there is nothing more annoying than buying a glitter lacquer that has nary a speck on the brush when you go to use it! (I’m exaggerating, but you know what I mean – some “glitters” are totally watered down, making for a very sparse coat…or a multitude of them in effort to get the effect!)  Goldy is nicely packed with a solid dose of large hexagonal glitter, and teeny, tiny spots.  

On the two polishes are beautiful.  A little bit punk, definitely fashion forward, and fun for winter!

Golden Wings

I loved this image from @nyxcosmetics – talk about a perfect way to do a holiday look, @_makeupbyjenna!  What I love most about it is that she didn’t just add a wing of liner, she paired the gold with coppers and brows to do a contoured degrade effect (I’d like to write that properly but have no idea how to get the accent aigu – anyone know?!)  This is the perfect way to make a statement…or to bring out your inner pinup!

She highlighted under the brow bone and filled her brows to maintain a polished overall effect – really gorgeous.