They've Got Moxie

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Moxie FOTD: Rihanna-esque Clean Neutrals With a Kick!

I love me some 
Ri-Ri! She's got some drool-worthy style and her makeup is always flawless. Most of the time she's rockin' a cleanly blended look, fairly simple, a dash of color here and there, topped with her signature cat-eye liner and faux lashes. 

Don't get me wrong, I love when she sports a bright or dark/edgy smoky eye, but let's be real, you'll look pretty odd meeting up your Boo for a walk in the park looking like you stepped out of her S&M vid! With that in mind, today I dolled up in some natural shades, added some spice with a bit of bright yellow, and was on my way...

What I Used:
-Base MAC Painterly Paint Pot (from lid to brow)
-Brows MAC Dipdown Fluidline (for definition) & Swiss Chocolate eyeshadow (for a more reddish tone)
-Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Ambition swished, NOT packed from the inner crease to the brow bone
-Crease MAC Tete-A-Tint eyeshadow
-MAC Canary Yellow eyeshadow packed on the inner third of the eye
-Upper Liner MAC Boot Black liquid liner
-Lower Liner Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Ambition on the inner half, MAC Knight Divine on the outer half
-Lashes Maybelline One by One Waterproof Mascara & MAC faux lashes in style #2
-MAC Face & Body Foundation, set with Invisible Set Loose Powder
-MAC Well Dressed Blush
-ELF Glossy Gloss in Berry Blush

Here's two of the many pics of the red-headed beauty flaunting natural yet amped up looks:

Remember neutral doesn't always have to be boring!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

(Cue the False Lashes) My, What Big Eyes You Have!

Have you ever thought to yourself, "mannn, I just spent a good amount of time on my eye makeup, but what the heck is missing?"

Seriously, take the extra time you are using to blend a bazillion shadows into oblivion and pop on some faux lashes. Lush lashes are the perfect way to amp up your look!
(taken with flash) I took this prior to blending the faux lash band with my own lashes using
Ardell Lash Magic Blending Mascara, so you could see how I "flip" the middle part up a tad to open up the eye more. 
When I'm feeling like I want an EXTRA oomph I double them up-yes-I double stack them (I tend to do this with my bridal clients. When the right pairs are stacked, you get lashes that flirt with the whole room every time you blink!) 
As for the eye products I used:
-NYX Eye Shadow Base in Natural (from lid to brow)
-Brows Dipdown Fluidline (for definition), Cork eyeshadow (for filler)
-Highlight just swished on some MAC Invisible Set Powder (there was already tons of shimmer going on!)
-Crease MAC Club eyeshadow
-Lid NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean, set with MAC Old Gold Pigment
-Inner Lid a mixture of MAC Gorgeous Gold and Forgery eyeshadows
-Upper Liner NYC Liquid Liner in Black
-Lower Liner Graphic Brown Fluidline, set with MAC Old Gold Pigment, defined with Contrast eyeshadow
-Waterline MAC Humid eyeshadow
-Lashes Maybelline Waterproof One by One Mascara and Red Cherry Faux Lashes style #600

In the future I'll have to post on my favorite lashes out there and how I apply them (I promise you'll be able to pop 'em on at a stoplight! -you shouldn't if you're driving of course *wink,wink*) I've seen tons of awesome posts using everything from toothpicks to tweezers, my method's a smidge more straight forward I assure you! Happy lash batting!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


(please excuse this repost if you read it the first time, it was deleted when I was trying to fix my feed)
Alright guys, perhaps one day I will be able to shellac the west wing of my home in mirror tiles, or accent it with OVERPRICED furnishings from places like Z Gallery, but until then, its safe to say I have NO shame being a BALLER on a budget!

I needed somewhere to stash away my skincare products, nail polish, cleaning supplies, and just stuff you don't need everyone that comes to checkout your new room to see, i.e. feminine hygiene shhtuff... Also, I don't have much extra room in my quarters, so I couldn't dedicate a wall to anything. I needed something that could store a bit, but stored it in height, not in width, like the shape of lingerie drawers, like the one pictured down below, but less "Mariah Carey" looking (no offense if you enjoy her music or her taste in uber girly things). Mind you the lingerie drawers in the collage below cost about $450 at their cheapest!
Behold, my Inspiration:
When I redid my room, I tried to make it as lofty looking as possible. I'd describe its decor as a "Rock Glam Modern" bedroom hahahh, I'm serious if you Google that, the images are drool worthy. Its walls are black, the furnishings are red, and there are hints of white here and there, topped off with a sexy damask-ish fluffy ginormous rug layering the floor like carpet.
So my end result was this:

Lovely right???? ...just nod... Let me show you how I created it for a grand total of about $95, a crap load of patience, and annoying meticulousness. Most def, the look for less!
What I used:
The steps I took:
1. I assembled the Helmer from Ikea, thank goodness I love putting stuff together because it came in million pieces. Check out this great YouTube timelapse showing all of the drama, I love the beer/wine bottle next to him on the floor!
2. Instead of building all 6 drawers I needed the last set to be tweaked with a tad so I could fit a couple of products upright. I took the tallest product and figured I had to combine 3 drawers as you can see to the right.    -------->
3. Once the body was assembled, I waited to add the drawer fronts since I needed to shnazz them up! I used the mirror tile panels I purchased from Kit Krafts. I sliced them up with a X-Acto knife, leaving room to use a hole puncher for the drawer handles to be screwed on.
4. Once all that jazz was done, I carefully applied the panels. I honestly thought it was going to be easy, but I was sooo wrong, I might as well have applied them tile by tile! I had to slice them up in even smaller panels to make sure they lined up right and when I got to the larger drawer I had to cut many of them down to singles in some areas!
5. After spray painting the handles black so it wouldn't look like a filing cabinet, I screwed them on and added them to the drawers. For the larger drawer I only added 1 handle in the middle and mirrored up the rest. I used epoxy to hold the 3 door fronts together and then reinforced the back a little more with Mighty Putty.

I hope I've inspired at least one of you to try making your own GLAMified drawers. These totally beat keeping everything in those plastic pullout drawers, plus I hate how they aren't easy to keep clean!


Just when I was frustrated enough to delete my whole blog and start over else where, it seems that my feed/xml/cache/whatever the hell was wrong with Blogger was fixed as of yesterday...

I apologize for all of the "test" posts! I'm bummed I had to delete 2 posts (and their comments) trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with my feed, I will be reposting them right after this one. To go along with the bad luck I've encountered with the technology in my life, my iPhone, aka my CHILD, has passed on to a better place after falling victim to water damage... WAHHHH! So my contacts are gone and I'm missing out on everyone around me's newest obsession: Hanging With Friends. DOUBLE WAHHH! I'm holding out on an upgrade until the 5 hits the market.

On the bright-side I'm back from a long Lake Tahoe getaway (one of my fave locations), so I'm feeling refreshed and enthused to get back to work and blogging!

Coming up (in no particular order) is the long over do start of my blog sale, Thank You Giveaway of Goodies, blog award post and some glam iKea hacking...don't be a stranger now!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

mother f-in testtttttttttttttttttt

sorry guys, something is up with my feed I've had to delete 2 posts so far...ugh!!!