Korean Skincare

w/the Princess Goomba

There's nothing more soothing or just plain appealing to the eye than a color gradient.  Effortlessly found in nature's sunrises and sunsets, they can be replicated with Microsoft WordArt in that cool wavy text...sometimes I catch myself just playing around with gradient layers in photoshop for no reason.  There's just something magial and unexplainable that draws you into a gradient...(and to relate all this jibberish to the actual point of this post) everyone should put a gradient on their lips and try to hypnotize the masses.  I used a bright matte pink liquid lipstick from Revlon all over my smackers.  Then applied a small patch of purple (NYX Liquid Suede) to the four corners and blended inward.  Finally I added a bright electric blue (same line of NYX) in a teeny dose in the very corners and blended to infinity.

 

Blushing Eyes

My favorite beauty trends (and functions of life, in general) are the "two-fers"-- basically anything you can make use of in two or more ways.  It's a beautiful thing, and when it comes to our pretty lil faces there are some products like lip and cheek stains, eyeshadow/liner stick majigs, etc etc yadda yadda that come to mind.  Some of them are good sounding new and shiny products that are a total flop, while others can really streamline your life and lessen the weight of your makeup bag that you have 15 different shades of lipsticks in.  I took to my regular ol blush palette and made a blush and used it as eyeshadow, and I liked what i saw!  Let me outline a few trial/error/how-tos on the look!--

1. Choose a very "pinky" blush (or even consider a pigmented pink shadow with some shine to it) Red eyes make you look a little too sad

2. Make sure you conceal your dark circles with like 50 shades of concealer.  Bouncing light from under your eyes will help this look to look light and airy- not scary!

3. Build up your look by applying your product in a circular motion at the corner of your eyes and work it onto your lids.

4. Lightly sweep your brush down in a "C" shape on the top of your cheekbones to connect the color from your lids to your eyes.

5. Pair with a fresh color lip and smile a lot :)

 


MY LITTLE PONY

Nothing feels as bland as having the same hair color or style for a few months ( or years ).  My family would disown me if I took a box of dye to the head, and with some small additions of blonde streaks and ombres I've survived, until now.  I want a change! But no commitment, duh!  I've always been jealous of the girls with pastel pretty hair-- and one day lurking on the internet I found the answer to my sadness of one-note hair-- THE WIG.  I found a pastel pink and blue wig with clip on ponytails-- very cosplay and kawaii!  I don't think I could find the guts to wear a full on wig other than just for photographs, but using the clip in ponytail is really fun! <3

 

DARK & BOLD: mix or match

The time has changed (it's dark by 5pm), your slutty halloween costume is pushed to the back of your closet and now the darkness sets in...for real!  But the thing to do, is to embrace it.  I start to paint my nails weird colors of olive green, I'm okay with eating soup more than once a week--- the time has come for the dark lipstick.  It happens about this time evey year, and I get excited for it in the midst of knowing i will have to drink from a coffee cup with a full lip of product that has a likely chance of smearing off in a horrific way.  Oh well, we all have our first world problems.  But today it's about pairing that dark lip you desire with a bold clothing counterpart-- and vise versa.  

 

FRESH FACED

  Watermelon Sweet:  A heavy green lid, rosy red cheeks and lips, and a healthy dose of freckles (real or artificially flavored) make this look hard to resist!  Take care in applying the noticeably colorful shadow, softening it as you get closer to the top of your lid.  I like a strong cat-eye with my classic red lip to pull it all together.

 

Watermelon Sweet:  A heavy green lid, rosy red cheeks and lips, and a healthy dose of freckles (real or artificially flavored) make this look hard to resist!  Take care in applying the noticeably colorful shadow, softening it as you get closer to the top of your lid.  I like a strong cat-eye with my classic red lip to pull it all together.

 
  Citrus Crush: If you're feeling bold (or really hot and delirious on a summer's day)  go wet and wild with this lemon and orange inspired makeup.  Cake on a thick line of bright yellow powder parallel to your top lashes (Go for a more graphic, linear application rather than softened and all-over the lid).  Add an orange or coral lip to complete the look.

 

Citrus Crush: If you're feeling bold (or really hot and delirious on a summer's day)  go wet and wild with this lemon and orange inspired makeup.  Cake on a thick line of bright yellow powder parallel to your top lashes (Go for a more graphic, linear application rather than softened and all-over the lid).  Add an orange or coral lip to complete the look.

POpsicle-Stained Lips

To get this look we're talking about today you have two options:  Eat approximately 3 red popsicles or put 3 shades of lipstick to good use for a similar effect (both options are advised and acceptable in the eyes of the Princess Goomba!).

1.  Exfoliate ya smackers real nice (try an at home little mix of brown sugar and some honey and scrub a dub dub)

2.  Prime!  If you wanna be super fancy use a lip primer (Too Faced has a great one called Lip Insurance).  You can also just dab on your concealer or foundation-- you just want a blank canvas to work from :)

3.  Find your favorite, most nude lip color you have.   I went through a phase so I had a few >.<  opt for a one that feels more matte if possible

4.  Now the real color!  Add a medium pink to the middle of your lips and gradually rub it out towards the edges of your lips.  You want it to look like a gradient, not a splotch of random color. Pick a more glossy type of lip color for this so that it stays in place on top of the matte nude you just applied before. 

5.  Once again dab color to the middle of your lips--this time in a bright and bold red!  Don't go too crazy here.  The smaller the amount the more it'll "pop!"

6. YAY! now u look effortlessly cool and ready for summer fun <3

 


TOTAL WHITE-OUT: GRAPHIC LINER

This time last year, white was entering into a hot-zone.  All I ever wanted to wear was white on white on white.  Come 2015, this idea has found it's way further into our hearts--and onto our faces!

Runways slapped heavy liquid-like white lines all over young faces, and it's transitioning well to IRL.  The  same consistency of actual liquid paper, these formulas give a bold, yet clean and simple effect that is uncontrollably eye-catching to passers-by.

Upon research how to apply this liquid gold, I came across images vastly different and to varying degrees of intensity.  Today I'll show you two options (One, a more practical daytime application; the later, a full "in your face" vibe).

White Cat Eye

What's more simple, timeless, and perfect than a strong winged cateye on a lady?  Idk, honestly.  But the same way of application with a white liquid liner-- freshens up the classic.  

For the look: I used NYX Liquid Liner in Blanc.  Ever-so carefully, begin dabbing the liner brush above your lashline in connecting dashes.  Prepare yourself, and swipe over the whole line from inner corner out, flicking it up at the end.  Cat eyes honestly take practice...and mostly...LUCK!

Double trouble liner

This look is a show stopper, so be prepared for a few head turns.  

For the look:  Start with your regular cat eye applied in black to your top lash line.  A cult-classic and my favorite kind to use for a heavy look is Kat Von D's felt tipped Tattoo Liner.  Apply mascara as usual and pick up your white liquid liner.  Start in the same sort of quick dash/dab technique as noted in the White Cat Eye how-to, and draw just under your bottom lashes.  Leave some space between your line and your lashes if you wish just follow the contour and shape of your eye.  Wing it out at the end, so it aligns just underneath your black top liner.