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Tom Ford Stavros Lipstick: Swatches and Comparisons

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Friday, February 05, 2016
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Some time ago, Tom Ford released their Lips & Boys lipstick collection consisting of unique colors named after men. This collection received a lot of attention in the beauty community because of the uniqueness of the shades, specially considering it is a luxury brand and those tend to be more conservative. You can find grey, frosts, metallics, oranges, and magentas as well as regular colors such as nudes, pinks, and reds. The Lips & Boys lipsticks are smaller than regular Tom Ford lipsticks, but they also cost less ($35 vs. $55) which means it gives more people an opportunity to try the brand. I personally can't afford their full-sized lipsticks and am satisfied with the size of the Lips & Boys. Even though $35 is still a lot for a lipstick, I know that it's enough product to last me a really long time. Anyway, the color I had always been after is Stavros, a violet-toned grey with a light frosty finish. Tom Ford releases small quantities of this shade and it is currently unavailable online, but I was able to snatch this up during last year's Black Friday sales.

Face of the Day: Everyday Petunia

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
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Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a good week so far. We've made it to February already! I wanted to post this quick Face of the Day because I am looking for recommendations for new brow products. I'm looking to buy something different from my usual Anastasia DipBrow Pomade. Although I still love it, I'm looking for something that won't dry out as quickly. I've owned my ABH DipBrow for about a year and a half. That's definitely a long time, but I'm bummed that there's still a lot of product left but it has become very dry and flaky. I know a lot of people have this problem and there's a popular method for "fixing it" but it's a very temporary fix and it dries again very quickly. 

Ethereal Untitled: Face Canvas Series

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Monday, February 01, 2016
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Hi, everyone! I hope your weekend has been productive and/or fun so far. Today's post is the second installment of my Face Canvas series which I started this month on January 7th. That first post has a more in-depth explanation of what this new series is about. Basically, the idea is to showcase the inspiration sources of some of my makeup looks and color schemes. I am often inspired by wonderful artists from around the world and would like to give them more exposure through my blog as well as inspire you to explore makeup in a more self-expressionistic manner. This particular eye look was inspired by the ethereal tones in Jacob Jugashvili's Untitled XXII.

Ghoulish Bae: Makeup Look

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Hello! I hope you're all having a great 2016. I regret being a bit absent from all blog related activities. I've been busy with back-to-school and a few others things. This is my last undergrad semester, though, so I'm very happy about that. I posted a picture of this makeup look three weeks ago (jeez!) on my Instagram (shameless promo). I have a serious backlog of pictures I need to write blog posts for. I'll probably be tackling it this weekend, but if you want to see pictures beforehand then follow me on IG since I'm more active there.

Blue Frosty 90's Makeup Look

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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There are many makeup trends that have stayed in the nineties (with good reason) such as scary thin sperm-shaped eyebrows, frosty lips, and icy blue eyeshadow. Ironically, I'm channeling the latter today. This makeup was done somewhat ironically for a 90's party but I ended up really liking it. I was late and had to run out the door so I had to take the pictures before my hair was dry or before I had even put on lipstick. Sorry! That's been happening a lot lately. Anyway, hope you like the glitter and frosty eyes. :)

Mine At Last: Kat Von D Lolita Lipstick

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
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As you've probably seen on social media and on many blogs, the craze for Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita ($20) shows no signs of dying out. I knew I wanted it since I saw how good it seems to look on pretty much anyone but after seeing it on a friend in person, the "want" became more of a "need." I know now there are two versions, I and II, with one being more orange than the other. I don't have the peachier version of Lolita but it looks so pretty that I wouldn't mind owning it. :)

Kitschy Faerie: Makeup Look

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
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I just noticed that this is the second pink makeup look I've posted in a row, it seems I am in a pink kick this year. I discovered I really love how a light eyeshadow color looks against jet black eyeliner. The problem with this pairing is that the contrast makes any imperfections in your eyeliner become extremely obvious so you must be really careful. I decided to go sans foundation because a) I'm running out of foundation and b) I'm trying to let some blemishes  and acne scars breath (they were cleverly disguised by freckles, ha!) I hope you like this look!

Farnese Early Morning: Face Canvas Series

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Thursday, January 07, 2016
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I am currently working on queuing some blog posts for 2016 so I don't know if this post will go up before or after I have already started this series on Instagram so I will explain it anyway. Ever since I started this blog I have stressed the importance of makeup as a form of self expression and personality. I used to have this "weekly" series called Try It Out Thursday were I tried some "unconventional" colors, products or techniques. I love using colors and have eyeshadow palettes full of greens, purples, blues, and pinks. The inspiration for my color schemes comes from different places and sometimes it's from artists I follow. Since I wanted to bring something like the TIOT series into 2016, I decided to start the Face Canvas series where I will occasionally post makeup looks I've created along with the images that inspired them. Some of these looks will be traditional wearable looks and others will be more experimental.