Friday, December 31, 2010

NOTD: Teal Water Marble

Yesterday, I decided to try the water-marbling technique, and I thought I'd share with you lovelies. It was originally supposed to include silver, but my silver (Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Celeb City) didn't work for this technique.

What You Need:

  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in For Audrey (light teal)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Cuckoo For This Color (darker, shimmery teal)
  • Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat (base coat/top coat)
  • plastic bowl
  • water
  • toothpicks
  • cotton swabs
  • Vaseline
  • nail polish remover (I prefer the kind with acetone, but whichever one you like best will work)
  • a firm, skinny paint brush
  • toilet paper

(This was supposed to be more bullseye-looking, but I'm not very good at Paint.  Just focus on the lines.)
  1. Keep everything ready first, or (trust me) you will mess up your manicure trying to get everything.  That means opening the nail polish bottles, filling the bowl with water, and having everything in front of you.   I also like to cover the table with newspaper to catch drips.
  2. Apply base coat.
  3. Paint nails with one coat of For Audrey.
  4. Coat finger around nail with Vaseline.  Do this on one nail at a time, right before you start the marbling for that nail.  The Vaseline prevents the nail polish from sticking to your skin when you dunk your nail, so you can just wipe it off.  If you coat all the fingers first, the Vaseline will dry out.
  5. Now it's time to start the marbling.  You have to work quickly, or the nail polish will harden and you won't be able to drag your design.  Let one drop of For Audrey fall into the water.  It should spread out on the surface.
  6. Let one drop of Cuckoo For This Color fall into the water at the center of the circle formed by For Audrey.
  7. Alternate dropping For Audrey and Cuckoo For This Color into the water to form a bullseye.
  8. Once you have at least 8 rings of polish, it's time to start dragging.  Take a toothpick, drag it from the center of the bullseye to the edge.  Do this 4 times to form a star (as shown by the white lines in the diagram above).  In between each of those 4 points, drag 2 lines (as shown by the gray lines in the diagram above).
  9. If your toothpick is collecting too much polish, wipe the tip off on some toilet paper.
  10. Poke the toothpick down at the center.  This should attract the polish back towards the center.
  11. Now comes the fun part.  Lightly skimming the surface of the water, swirl the polish around until you create a design you like.
  12. Aim your finger over the part that you want to go on your nail.
  13. Dunk your finger, nail down, into the design.
  14. Swirl the toothpick in the water to collect the excess polish before you remove your finger.
  15. Rub the cotton swab around your finger to remove the excess polish.
  16. Repeat steps 4-15 for each nail.
  17. Using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover, remove any excess polish that you missed the first time.
  18. Dip the paint brush in nail polish remover and use it to remove excess polish around the cuticle and nail bed.  This works better than the cotton swab because it has a pointed tip.
  19. Apply top coat to each nail.
  20. Admire :)
And there you have it.  A simple (yes, compared to some, this is very simple) teal water marble.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Things I Love Thursday

Ohmyglitter, it's New Year's Eve!
While everyone else in blogworld is posting fabulous, sparkle-filled outfits, I'll be rocking jeans and a hoodie most likely, because my NYE plans are bowling and then dinner at my best friend's house.  Not that there's anything wrong with bowling and house parties...but I kinda wanted to get all dressed up, ya know?  
Whatever, my little issues are not the point of this blog post.
Wouldn't you like to know my point?

My point is, it's Things I Love Thursday!
And I know you're wondering, what is Things I Love Thursday?  And why does it deserve italics? 
Well stop wondering, because I'm about to tell you.  Things I Love Thursday is a weekly thingy where I will post random bits of nonsense that make me smile.  And maybe, if you feel like it, you could post things you love?  Eh, it's just an idea.

Things I Love
  • This random little bell I just found.  It's on a red ribbon, and it looks like it should be part of some elaborate jingling thing, but it's just a lonely little bell.  And I randomly feel the urge to jingle it every now and then.  And it makes me smile, and wish that Christmas didn't end so soon.
  • The blizzard we just had.  I love the look of everything covered in snow.  And I do mean everything, because we got at least a foot.  Considering it's the first snow of the season, it's not too shabby.
  • The water marbling I did yesterday on my nails.  I'll post pics later, once I get around to cleaning up the edges.
  • Twinkle lights.  I just love twinkle lights.  With their soft little glow, they make me feel all cozy inside.
  • Vaseline.  It's a little multi-tasking wonder, I tell you.  I may just have to make a post on the wonders of Vaseline.
  • The peacefulness of my house right now.  Everyone else is upstairs and I'm sitting here, typing away at the computer desk with the twinkle lights over the mantle in my peripheral vision.
  • Fuzzy slippers.  I think that if people wore fuzzy slippers all day instead of shoes, the world would be a much happier place.
  • Icing.  If you left me in a room alone with a tub of icing, it would be gone by the time you came back.  I mean, licked clean.  And there would be icing in my hair, on my nose, and possibly down my shirt.
  • Beanies.  I need to get me a beanie.
  • Fingerless gloves.  They're just perfect for texting while still keeping your hands warm.
  • The absolute cheesiness of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.  My sister just came down and started watching it.  It's a full-on cheesefest, let me tell you.
That's all for now, dear readers.  What do you love?

P.S. Oh hey, I just realized the acronym for Things I Love Thursday is TILT.  And the italics, they're tilting.  

Inspired By SpongeBob Squarepants, Look #3: Squidward Tentacles

Squidward Tentacles is SpongeBob's next-door neighbor.  He plays the clarinet and is constantly annoyed by SpongeBob and Patrick.  He dreams of one day having hair.

This outfit is made for comfort.  Start with a soft, chocolate brown dolman sweater.  Pair it with light-wash skinny jeans (these ones have little studded details) tucked into UGGs.  Add a braided belt and your favorite long necklace, and you're good to go!  This is very cozy, perfect for school, shopping...or clarinet practice!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Inspired By SpongeBob Squarepants, Look #2: Patrick Star

Patrick Star is SpongeBob's best friend.  He lives under a rock and...well...he doesn't do much.

This outfit is based primarily on Patrick's green and purple shorts.  Tuck a soft white v-neck into a flowy, abstract skirt like this one to perfectly capture Patrick's laidback attitude. I love these gorgeous green studs because of their purple glimmer.  Add green satin flats and black opaque tights to keep you warm, and a cute little starfish necklace on a long chain completes the look.  This look is fun and flirty, perfect for a first date.  

Monday, December 27, 2010

Inspired By SpongeBob SquarePants, Look #1: SpongeBob SquarePants

Of course, I had to start with SpongeBob himself. This little yellow guy is a happy, energetic talking sponge.  He works at the Krusty Krab flipping Krabby Patties and has a pet snail named Gary.

This outfit is a casual, laidback look perfect for school or shopping.  I used SpongeBob's basic color scheme of brown pants and a white top.  The brown cords give it some texture, and I paried them with a khaki shirt instead of white, but your favorite white button-down would do just fine.  Since camel is huge this season, I chose fur-lined camel boots with a tiny heel.  They're a lot cuter and cozier than SpongeBob's shiny black shoes.  Instead of his red tie, I chose I chose a chunky red beret to give the look a pop of color.  This look is simple and comfy.

Inspired By... SpongeBob SquarePants!

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he...
SpongeBob SquarePants!
If nautical nonsense be something you wish...
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
SpongeBob SquarePants!

I've decided to make a serious of outfits inspired by the characters of SpongeBob SquarePants.  You know, the TV show with the talking aquatic animals?  Everyone knows SpongeBob!  Each post will feature a different character, and an outfit based off of them.  I know you're all very excited.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Gifts!

This year I mostly asked for beauty products, so that's mostly what I got!

#1:  Urban Decay 24/7 Jackpot (Urban Decay, $39)
This is a set of 9 mini eye pencils, and one full-size.  The minis are Eldorado (gold), Whiskey (dark brown), Stash (dark greenish-gold), Mildew (deep, dark green), Electric (shocking bluish-teal), Ransom (bright violet), Binge (navy blue), Rockstar (eggplant purple), and Gunmetal (light gray with silver glitter).  The full-sized pencil is Zero (black).  So far, I've only tried the Gunmetal, Ransom, and Zero.  Gunmetal is very sheer, so I actually used it all over my lid, blending it with my Ecotools blend brush.  Ransom is a nice, soft purple, but it's not as bright as it looks.  Zero is the perfect black pencil, but I still prefer my Liquiline Blast for my waterline.  I'm so excited to use the rest of them, and I'll keep you updated when I do.  Check out Makeup and Beauty Blog for some great swatches.

#2:  Deborah Lippmann All That Jazz Trio (Deborah Lippman, $40)
This is a set of 3 Deborah Lippman nail lacquers:  Razzle Dazzle (a dark raspberry glitter), Some Enchanted Evening (a clear base with salmon pink glitter), and Lady Sings the Blues (deep blue with silver glitter).  I haven't tried any of them yet, so see Scrangie for some swatches.

#3:  NP Set in Pretty Presto (Target, $17)
This was a gift from my little sister; I don't think she actually knew how much I would love it.  This set is great for travel because it's so nice and small.  It includes 1 gloss, 1 mascara, 2 eye shadows, 1 blush, and a built-in mirror.  Both the gloss and mascara are mini.  I haven't tried the gloss yet, but it seems like a simple pinkish nude shade to me.  The mascara, however, I LOVE.  It's tiny, simple black, but it makes my lashes look absolutely amazing.  I haven't tried the eyeshadows yet, but they look gorgeous.  They are both shimmery, one gold, and one chocolate brown.  I can imagine a great smoky gold look with these, paired with my Bourbon UD pencil.  The blush is a nice, bright coral, but I just don't wear blush that much.  I would definitley recommend this kit because it's small enough for your purse, but it has everything you need for a rosy gold face.  I like Musings of a Muse's review and swatches.

#4:  Publishing Workman 365 Days of Shoes Calendar (a little calendar shop in the mall, $12.99)
I get a new calendar every year for Christmas--we all do, it's sort of a tradition in my house.  I really like this one because it's got a new, bright, full-color shoe picture for every day of the year.  I plan on using it for inspiration when I'm getting dressed in the morning.  And I just like funky shoes.

#5:  Ardell Fashion Lashes Starter Kit (Target, $5.89)
This one was another gift from my sister.  I don't usually use false lashes, but I suppose I'll try them for some big event.  I don't really have much to say about these because I haven't tried them or any other false lashes, to be honest.  I honestly don't pay attention to my lashes very much, just a little swipe of mascara and I'm good to go.  Who knows, maybe I'll fall in love once I try 'em!

#6:  Philip B. Lovin' Leave-in Conditioner
This was a kinda gag gift; I'm pretty sure it was a free sample/gift with purchase sort of thing, because it was really small. My mom gave it to me in the box it was shipped in, still full of packing peanuts.  It seemed like a big present, but it turned out to be this little thing.  I'm still happy, because I love anything that will make my hair look good, fast.  Oh, and it's recommended by Lucky Magazine.

Of course, my #1 gift was the Urban Decay Jackpot set, but I'm really excited about using the Deborah Lippman trio.  Merry Christmas, everybody!


I have HUGE news.  I mean, H U G E.  We're adopting a dog!!!  He's an adorable black lab mix named Fletcher.  Fletcher is an energetic 2-year-old who knows how to rock a bandana.  I am beyond excited, because I've wanted a dog since I knew what dogs were, and my sister and I have finally convinced my parents to get one.  Today, we went to the shelter to meet the dog and learn a little bit about it.  I chose this outfit mostly for its comfort, but also so I could try out...MY NEW URBAN-DECAY 24/7 EYELINERS!!! I got the Jackpot set for Christmas, and I couldn't wait to start wearing them.

OOTD:  This outfit was sooo comfortable, and kept me warm in the first snow of the season!

FOTD:  Jackpot!

  1. I lined my upper lashline with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ransom from the Jackpot set.
  2. I lined my lower waterline/lashline with Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
This was a simple eye, for a simple day, and the purple matched my sweatshirt perfectly.

NOTD:  I've still got the China Glaze Ruby Pumps on, and since Christmas is over, I stopped caring about it, so it's got some chips now.  I want to try some water marbling over Winter Break.

I was super-comfortable (in case you haven't realized that by now).  I mean, UGGs, my favorite jeans, and a nice, soft sweater.  We're going back to the shelter on Tuesday to see Fletcher again and try to walk him.  It was snowy and slippery outside, so today wasn't a good day.  Wish me luck, because if all goes well, we'll be taking him home that very day!

OOTD/FOTD/NOTD: Merry Christmas!!

This is a little delayed, from Christmas obviously.

OOTD:  I bought this outfit (except for the shoes and earrings) on Black Friday.

  • Shoes:  black, open-toe heels(T.J. Maxx).  Basically, my go-to black heels.
  • Bottom:  black liquid leggings (H&M).
  • Top:  Floral Contrast Hacci Top (Wet Seal, $19.50).
  • Accessories:  round drop earrings that I've had forever--I'm not sure where they're from, but they're like layered circle-thingies that are light gray, dark gray, then silver; a silver ring with pale pink rhinestones that I got as a Christmas gift from my friend (Forever21).
FOTD:  Smoky Shimmer

  1. First, I primed with my CoverGirl concealer.  
  2. I used my Ecotools shade brush to apply a shimmery gray (1) all over my lids from the Shany Brights palette.
  3. I used the Ecotools crease brush put the darker gray (2) over the outer corner, and then used a windshield-wiper motion to blend it into the crease.
  4. I used the pearly-white (3) shadow to highlight my inner corner with the smudge brush.
  5. I lined my lower waterline/lashline with CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Black Fire.
  6. I dabbed NYC Liquid Lip Shine in Au Naturel on my lips for that whole smoky eye/neutral lip look.
NOTD:  Still got the China Glaze Ruby Pumps with minor tip wear :)

That's all for now, I'll try to post today's look later.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Delayed Amazon Mini-Haul

Merry Christmas everybody!!
The festivities have finally died down, so I'm finally getting around to writing this.  This post should show you how much of a procrastinator I am:  I got the Amazon gift card for my birthday (October), I bought the stuff on Black Friday (November), and now I'm finally reviewing it (December).  Let's get started...

#1:  Shany Super Shimmer Eyeshadow Kit ($14.95)
I'm sure this looks familiar.  I use it pretty much every single day.  I absolutely love it.  I bought this when I had just entered the world of eyeshadow, and I was originally considering the famous Coastal Scents 88 Palette, but I wanted something that would be better for travel and fitting in drawers, so this kit looked perfect.  The colors are great for layering because they start out semi-sheer if you're just sweeping (which is good if you don't want a dramatic look), but if you stipple it, you get a more opaque wash of color.  Of course, they're shimmery, but it's not disco-ball glitter.  The separate palettes aren't named, so I've given them names to make it easier.  The one on the left is the "Brights" palette because it has brighter colors (see that bright blue and the hot pink?).  The middle one is the "Neutrals" palette because it's mostly earthy brown tones, perfect for creating neutral looks.  The one on the right is the "Cool" palette because the colors are mostly blues, greens, and purples.  This kit has everything you need for smoky, neutral, bright, dramatic, and deep looks.  There's light colors for the highlight, bright colors for the lid, and darker colors for the crease.  My only complaint is that the Neutrals palette has multiples of the same color, but that's not much to complain about, right?  It's actually down to $9.95 now, so I would totally recommend it.  Seriously, ten bucks for 36 colors!  

Another important part of my beauty arsenal, my EcoTools set.  I use these every single day.  They are eco-friendly, with bamboo handles, taklon bristles, and a cotton/hemp case.  The brushes are actually labeled, in case you couldn't figure out what to do with them.  The big one all the way to the left is the blend brush.  I don't actually use this one that much because it's too big to fit in the Shany shadows, but it's useful to brush over the entire lid to blend colors together, or to sweep away fallout.  Next is the crease brush.  It's pretty simple, and you use it in a windshield-wiper motion to apply color to the crease.  In the middle is the highlight brush.  This is perfect for the browbone and the inner corner.  To the right of that is my most-used brush, the shade brush.  It's smaller, so it fits perfectly in my Shany kit, and I use it to stipple color on my lid.  All the way to the right is the smudge brush.  I use this to apply shadow on the lower lashline or around the inner corner in a V-shape.  The 6th piece of this set is the case, with the built in mirror.  I haven't been on vacation anywhere since I bought these, so I can't tell you how sturdy it is yet.  This kit is an absolute must-have for eyeshadow lovers like me.

I haven't actually used this yet, so I can't tell you much about it.  It's a deep green, almost teal color.  Check out All Lacquered Up or Scrangie for some swatches.  On ALU, it looks greener, but Scrangie's swatch is bluer.  I'll let you know what I think once I try it out.  

That's all for now, I'll post some style of the days for today and maybe some review on my Christmas gifts!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

OOTD/FOTD/NOTD: Ready for the Holidays

WARNING:  I am extremely pissed right now.  Like, beyond anger.  I'm hoping that writing this will take my mind off my pissedness right now, but if this post is abnormally snappy, I apologize in advance.

OOTD:  I really regret not wearing this yesterday, because it's actually a good holiday outfit, and I went caroling at the local senior home yesterday.  Oh, well...
On top I had an off-the-shoulder gray sweater from Abercrombie & Fitch, with red lettering on it.  I wore a white tank top under it because bra straps aren't allowed in my school.  Down below (hehe) was my Studded Medium Wash Skinny Jeans from Aeropostale, tucked into my Classic Tall UGGs in Chocolate.  This outfit was warm and cozy, perfect for a windy day like today.  :)

FOTD:  Warm Neutrals

This is one of my go-to looks.  It's a simple combo in warm brown tones, starring my Shany palette of course.
  1. I started with my usual CoverGirl concealer as primer.  
  2. I used one side of my EcoTools petite shading brush to apply a light taupeish color (1) from the Shany Neutrals palette to the inner half of my lid.
  3. I used the other side of the brush to pat on a darker, shimmery brown color (2) on the outer half.  
  4. Using the crease brush, I applied the brown (2) in, of course, my crease.
  5. I used the smudge brush to put the gold (3) on my inner corner.
  6. I put my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon on my lower lashline.  Urban Decay 24/7s are an industry favorite, and Bourbon is this amazing brown with gold flecks in it.  Sometimes, I use it as a shadow because it's that smooth!  Plus, it does not wear off, no matter what.  Urban Decay is more expensive than your average drugstore eyeliner, but it's definitely worth the money.
Annnnnd, that's it!  It makes a really nice, warm eye look, with just a hint of shimmer.

NOTD:  still rockin (around the Christmas tree) the China Glaze Ruby Pumps

Monday, December 20, 2010

OOTD/FOTD/NOTD: Black n' Blue

Today was one of those ohmygod-i-have-nothing-to-wear mornings.  It was not pleasant, but I suppose it turned out okay.  The theme was black and blue (sounds painful, huh?  I guess that fits because I did my first plyo workout yesterday, and my quads would be screaming in agony right now if they could).

OOTD:  Sporty Blues
The main piece of this look was an old Nike zip-up jacket from my tomboy phase that I recently found.  It's got black sleeves, black trim, and black side panels (I'm not really sure what to call them.  It's the part on your side that goes from your armpit to your hip.  This jacket has a slimming effect because the side panels are black).  The rest is white except for black and blue stripes over the chest.  Under that I had a gray tank from New York & Company.  I had on black sued boots pulled over Bullhead Solana Extreme Skinny Black Jeans from PacSun.  I was too tired to think about accessories :( ...I also didn't notice the yellowish splotch on the front of my jacket until I got to school

FOTD:  Smokish with a Pop of Blue

I really like the way this eye look came out.  I bought this SHANY Super Shimmer Eyeshadow Kit, which is a set of three eyeshadow palettes from Shany.  I use this kit in most of my posts, so I'll have a picture in each labelling which colors I used from it (see those little numbers?).  I'll probably post a review eventually, along with my Ecotools 6-Piece Eye Brush Set.  Basically, theres a "Brights" palette, a "Neutrals" palette, and a "Cool" palette (those are the words I'm using to describe it, because Shany doesn't give any of them names).  So, here's what I did.

  1. I use CoverGirl TRUConceal Concealer as a primer (I bought the wrong shade so I can't use it as a normal concealer).
  2. I used one side of the petite eyeshading brush to apply a bright blue (1) from the Cool palette on the inner half of my upper lid.
  3. I used the other side of the brush to apply a dark, shimmery gray (2) from the Brights palette over the rest of my lid, blending it with the blue.
  4. I used the angled crease brush to blend some of the gray (2) into my crease.
  5. I used the smudge brush to apply the bright blue (1) in the inner corner of both my upper and lower lashline.  The pop of blue really brightens your eyes.
  6. To add some definition to the lower lid, I lined my lower waterline/lashline with CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Black Fire.
Overall, this was kinda smoky, but light enough for daytime, with a bright pop of blue, and it matched my outfit pretty well.  

NOTD:  China Glaze, Ruby Pumps
I got this from Sally Beauty Supply on Black Friday (I also got a free mini flat iron, which is perfect for my bangs!).  I absolutely love love love this color.  It's so festive and perfect for Christmastime.  It's a deep, glass-flecked red.  With two coats, you get a lighter, almost like a dark pink color.  But at 3-4 coats, it turns deeeeeep.  I am absolutely in love with this color.  IN. LOVE.  

That's all for now, I'm going Caroling for Key Club tonight at the local senior home!

Just a Lil' Opening Note

Well, hello there :)
Welcome to my brandy-new blog, TheSparklist.  Pronounced sparkle-ist, not spark-list.  Got it?  Good.
I’m hoping this blog will be basically a daily log of my life, focusing on makeup and outfits.  Pictures will be rare because my camera hates me, sorry about that.
Well, let’s begin!