Friday, October 24

Claudia's Halloween Tag!

Do it if you dare. BOOOOOO! This time I did my own Halloween tag.


Spooky Questions:

1. How long have you been celebrating Halloween?
Since as long as I can remember. I have pictures of myself dressed up like a little ghost when I was about two or three years old.

2. What do you love about the holiday?
Truly everything! The crisp autumn weather, colorful leaves, hayrides, corn mazes, carved pumpkins, fun music, spooky decor, trick or treating, dressing up, hot apple cider, and the candy candy candy!

3. Do you still go trick or treating? Why, if so or if not?
I don't actually. I used to love it, and I still have good memories, but I prefer to celebrate in different ways now. I really do try not to eat too much candy.

4. What's your favorite Halloween goody?
Hot apple cider for sure!

5. Do you like to be scared?
No! Not at all. A little fun here and there; something like The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom is really awesome, but that's as scary as I like it.

6. What's your favorite Halloween icon: Ghost, Skeleton, Witch, Black Cat, Spider, Pumpkin, etc.?
It's got to be the witches and the black cats all of the way.

7. Surprise! You have unlimited funds to throw a Halloween party. Where and what would it be?
Oh my! I know that it's not a party, but I would want to go to Salem or New Orleans with my love. We would have a ball (and perhaps actually go to a ghostly ball) exploring and doing creepy fun things together. Like visiting graveyards, gallows, asylums, and real haunted houses.

8. Vampires or Zombies?
Vampires, hands down.

9. When you carve a pumpkin do you make it happy or scary?
Both! I like to mix it up.

10. What's your absolute favorite Halloween memory ever? 
Every year when late October would roll around my family and I would go to visit Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad in Mid Michigan. It's an authentic Great Lakes town from the turn of the last century, and for Halloween it's decorated in fun ways. We would go trick or treating, and explore the eerie village. They have the best Headless Horseman there too! Oh, how I do miss it.

Happy Halloween everyone; I tag all of you ghouls and ghosts out there.
Have a spooky holiday!
☠ Claudia

Wednesday, October 15

Look of the Month :: Fall 2014 :: October

I love October because of Halloween, and I always have fun doing something a little festive for it. So this year, I've decided to recreate the makeup from one of my favorite characters of all time: Aerith Gainsborough from Final Fantasy VII

She is just so brilliant! I love her look and her tragic story. Her electric emerald eyes embody her connection to Gaia, her name contains the same letters as earth, and the soft pink she wears reflects her nurturing kindness. Pure and loving, she has always been an inspiration to me.

For this digital face chart, I specifically pulled reference mostly from her Advent Children and Crisis Core looks. This is definitely something that can be repurposed for other feminine Halloween looks as well, like fairies and princesses. I even wear the makeup year-round because it's super simple, and it's a fun way to pay tribute to the pretty flower girl from Midgar.

The current look is:
O C T O B E R  2 0 1 4


Color inspiration:
Emerald green, light pink, desaturated maroon, black, and silver

Current motivation for the look:
 Aerith Gainsborough


Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 4

F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 4

M A R C H  2 0 1 4

A P R I L  2 0 1 4

M A Y  2 0 1 4

J U N E  2 0 1 4

J U L Y  2 0 1 4

A U G U S T  2 0 1 4

S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 4

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

Tuesday, October 14

100% Pure Black Tea Fruit Pigmented Mascara Review

 100% Pure Black Tea Fruit Pigmented Mascara - $21

So just like the Dark Chocolate Fruit Pigmented Mascara, my Black Tea Fruit Pigmented Mascara is going to be pretty similar. I received this one as a birthday gift as well, but it's a little different than the other one. It's actually taking me quite some time to get used to it.

Two coats of 100% Pure Black Tea Fruit Pigmented Mascara built up on the right side, in comparison
to two coats of my old favorite Maybelline Blackest Black Great Lash Mascara on the left side. 

I really want to love this mascara because it's all natural, cruelty-free, and vegetarian, but I'm having a very hard time so far. Overall, there are an even amount of pros and cons for both. I have been using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara all of my life and I really love it. Unfortunately though, it is made with harsh chemicals, and I found out that they test on animals. This of course is not good at all, and despite the fact that the mascara is amazing artistically, those are some pretty serious downsides.

The 100% Pure mascara is just not performing as good though. For some reason the Black Tea formula seems way different than the Dark Chocolate formula. The Black Tea one goes on way thicker and clumpier in comparison to the Dark Chocolate and Maybelline mascaras. It smells very nice though (much better than the Maybelline mascara), but not as dreamy as the Dark Chocolate one. It's like a soft fruity smell that disappears quickly. The wand is huge too, so I'm having difficulties applying it just right. I have to be cautious and build it up slowly. However, half of the time I'm not even happy with the results. I think I could get used to it over time though, like an artist getting used to new paints and brushes.

Both the 100% Pure and Maybelline products are equally very black, so that's cool. They both stay put for 10 hours, without any budging or flaking as well. I've never tried exercising in them before though, because I don't wear makeup when I work out. So I'm not sure how they would both hold up to sweating and such. All is well though for a day at the office or a night out. They both stay curled nicely too, and I've tried the hair gel trick for both as well for a night out on the town. Just curl the lashes and then coat them with a safe, natural gel. Let the gel dry and then put on the mascara. The gel will not only hold the mascara better, but it will also help keep your lashes curled tight all night long. Give it a try for that special date night!

Just like the Dark Chocolate mascara, the Black Tea one is removed easily with a bit of water. It glides right off without any oil for removing any excess makeup. Which is quite nice, because the Maybelline one is messy when removed and has sometimes burned my eyes because of the chemicals.

Lastly, this 100% Pure product is very expensive for such a small amount. I understand that these are lovely ingredients, but it's half the size of the Maybelline one and five times the price! This concerns me about the plastic packaging (the paper that it comes in is unnecessary too) because eventually the tubes will be discarded. So from a waste standpoint, over time, the Maybelline product wins that round. It would be nice to learn how to make my own mascara perhaps in the future, so then I could reuse the bottle and wand after cleaning and sterilizing it thoroughly.

So I'm definitely on the look out for another good natural mascara in the future, because I'm trying my best to replace all of my traditional products with ones that are safe and good for me. As a makeup artist though, it's very important for me to find quality products that do the job right. Chemicals in mascara are usually very bad, cause the lash hair to become brittle, makes them prone to breakage, and stunts their growth. It's important to me that I switch over right away, and stop putting chemicals on my body. I know that there are good beauty products out there that work great and are great for you, so I'll definitely keep searching.

Cheers,
~Claudia

Monday, October 13

100% Pure Dark Chocolate Fruit Pigmented Mascara Review

 100% Pure Dark Chocolate Fruit Pigmented Mascara - $21

It seems like 100% Pure has become synonymous with my birthday over these past few years, and last time was no exception. I received some of their Dark Chocolate Fruit Pigmented Mascara as a surprise gift, and oh my goodness I am loving it.

Two coats of mascara built up on the left side, in comparison to bare lashes on the right side. 

I always wanted to try a brown mascara; especially now since I have silver hair. It goes wonderfully with it, and it's a softer look that perfectly complements any skin or hair color. It's more subtle than black, goes on very smoothly, and is easy to wear lightly or built up for decent volume. Also, it actually smells like chocolate, because it's made with real cocoa butter and cocoa powder. I was so surprised by how long the heavenly scent lingered too, and it lasted for about 4-5 hours before the smell started to fade. This is perfect if one has a lover that gets to be really close, because it's so intoxicating. Chocolate contains serotonin after all, and studies have shown that the smell affects us the same way. Yummy!

Unfortunately, it's taken me quite some time to get used to the large wand. As a makeup artist, it's very important for me to find quality products that do the job right and I've been using the same mascara all of my life. So it's hard to learn something new! It's like a painter getting used to a new paint brush. It's going to take some time. This mascara is worth it though, because it's made with the most beautiful ingredients. They're all natural, cruelty-free, and vegetarian. I'm trying my best to replace all of my traditional products with ones that are safe and good for me. Chemicals in mascara are usually very bad, cause lash hair to become brittle, make them prone to breakage, and stunt their growth. So it's very important to me that I switch over right away, and stop putting chemicals on my body.

One thing about this 100% Pure product is that it's very expensive for such a small amount. I understand that these are lovely ingredients, but it's half the size of my old mascara and five times the price! This concerns me about all of the plastic packaging (the paper that it comes in is unnecessary too) because eventually the tubes will be discarded. Of course this is still a problem with any product, but I still wish that the tubes were larger so that less packaging was used.

Lastly, this mascara stays put! I tested it for a full day, which was about 10 hours. I even accidentally rubbed my eyes because I had forgotten that I was wearing makeup, and it only flaked off a little. I was impressed! I'm usually good about not touching my makeup throughout the day, and even though I rubbed on my lashes it still lasted. What was most impressive though is when I went to take it off in the evening. It slid right off with a bit of water because it's more of a thick stain than a sludgy goo. I'm so used to a sloppy-chemical mess that I have to clean up afterward. I always get, what I like to call, Tim-Burton eyes when I take off my mascara. It's a hot mess, and pretty for Halloween but not so much for sleeping.

So I'll definitely be purchasing more of this mascara in the future, because overall I absolutely love it. Give it a try and spread the word. There are good beauty products out there that work great and are great for you. It's definitely worth it in the long run.

Cheers,
~Claudia

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