Sunday, October 30, 2011

My 2011 Halloween Costume

When I was a little girl, I loved watching Mr. Dress Up on television every weekday morning.  Canadians of a certain age, I know you're with me on this.  But for those of you who don't know who Mr. Dress Up was, he's a man who lived with a puppet Casey and his puppet dog Finnegan.  Yes it sounds a bit strange, but believe me, it worked.  Anyhow, what I loved most about Mr Dress Up was his tickle trunk.  Again, I know it sounds weird, but stay with me here.   So he had this trunk full of costumes, and every day he would dress up in a different costume - and I loved it!!!

So my Mom started her own tickle trunk in our basement when we were young.  In it was a crazy mix of her old clothes from the 60's, her old wigs (my Mom wore wigs in the 60's), some homemade costumes, and those terrible face masks with the eyes cut out of them.  

So long story short, I credit Mr Dress Up for my undying love of Halloween.  It's the one day a year that's ok to dress up in crazy costumes.  And now I have my very own tickle trunk (minus the yucky, sweaty face masks) full of wigs (some of them I inherited from my Mom) and costumes.  And my kids, although they have no idea who Mr Dress Up is, love going through my tickle trunk, trying on all the costumes and wigs.

Now my husband, he's not anti Halloween, but he's just kinda neutral on the whole thing.  The very first year we were together I made him a blue lego man costume.  And he was a good sport and humoured me by wearing it.  I wish I knew where the pictures are, he probably threw them out!  Any way, his go to Halloween costume is Captain Jack Sparrow.  He was Captain Jack last year and he wanted to be Captain Jack again this year so I decided to go along with him this year and I dressed up as Angelica from On Stranger Tides (the Penelope Cruz character).  In terms of makeup difficulty it was super easy.  Just a dark smoky eye and nude lip.  I wore Velour Lashes in Are Those Real.  If it wear up to me I would have picked a more elaborate makeup based look that no one would even recognize me, but it's sometimes fun to dress up in matching couple costumes.

So here we are all dressed up for the Halloween party we were going to.  LOL, he's trying to make a pirate face ;)

Did you dress up last night?  What were your costumes?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Black Wedding Dresses

Vera Wang has designed some amazingly beautiful, BLACK wedding dresses for her 2012 collection.  Yes, I did say black.  Black wedding dresses.   hmmmmm.  What do you think?  Would you wear a black wedding dress?  I think they are gorgeous, and black is so much easier to wear then white.  I'd be willing to jump into a black wedding dress, but I'm not sure how many brides out there would dare to wear black.  Sarah Jessica Parker did back in 1997 when she got married.  God, she's always ahead of the curve isn't she!

Here are some pics of Vera Wang's 2012 wedding dress collection.  And tell me if you would honestly wear a black wedding dress!  I want to know!!!

Glow in the Dark Makeup

Glow in the Dark Makeup, yup, that's right, and just in time to get  your spook on for Halloween.

Make Up For Ever has recently released a new product called Fluo Night Black Light Pigment! ($31US for .10oz jar)

It's a transparent powder that will glow when exposed to UV light!  It can be worn alone on the face or body or you can mix it in to any product (like lipstick or gel eyeliners) to create very cool effects!  If you are a club kinda girl this would be so much fun.  I'm not a club kinda girl any more, BUT I think this would be so fun to wear glow bowling!  Especially since no one would be expecting it!  My daughters are wanting this big time!!!

But if your not the glow in dark face kind of person either, you could always try the new glow in the dark nail polishes that are out right now.  At Shoppers Drug Mart and Wlamart you can get glow in the dark polish by Wet n' Wild for a decent price.  Or you can try the OPI Spookettes line which I have and love!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kids Halloween Makeup

Hey Guys!

Here are my kids Halloween looks from 2010.  I've been busy doing adult Halloween makeup and my daughter's won't take it any more!

So starting tonight I'm going to be doing a new series of kid's Halloween makeup tutorials.  But until that's ready to go, I'll show you last years :)

And as every parent out there who has attempted to do Halloween makeup on their kids knows - kids don't like to sit still, at all.  So the name of the game is fast application, not perfection.


Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts



mummy (this one cracks me up!)



Ms Spider

Dead Bride

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Halloween

OK, so I think it's a given that you all know how much I love Halloween.  Favourite day ever!!!  So no surprise that when I was at Shoppers Drug Mart today and spotted these Sally Hansen Salon Effects Halloween, that I totally flipped out!  I'm loving them!!!

I bought these two for myself :)

But there are 5 patterns to choose from:

How cute are these little ghosties!?

Tokyo Lash Bar by Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura has created some wild eyes for their 2011 Tokyo Lash Bar.  Their inspiration was tribal and the results - are some pretty amazing and unique lashes!

Shu Uemura describes the lash line as:
"an expert in the art of false eyelashes, shu uemura's tokyo lash bar has established itself to be a hot and trendy beauty staple internationally. 

“ethnocolor-scope” features the beauty of intricate decorations inspired by artistic handicrafts. fashion your own eye d├ęcor just as traditional people once weaved and created their own exquisite crafts."

Tribal Patch $36

Green Folklore

Ethnic Charm

Oriental Arch $36

And these little ones are Mini Fancy Bonbon $32

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Urban Decay Glitter Body Art

I have one word to describe Urban Decay's Glitter Body Art - LOVE

Yes, I love, love, love their GLITTER BODY ART.

To make myself clear....

Glitter + Body Art = Love

 So beautiful!!!

This is what the kit looks like.  It comes with 5 beautiful shades of glitter, a Starlight glitter glue, a fan brush and...

 and these peel and stick stencils.

The back of the box show some samples of what the glitter tattoos look like.

The kit costs $35 US.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Stick On Makeup

Who came up with this stick on makeup trend?  I'm not sure who came out with it first,, I think it was the eyeshadow stickers.  What do you think of the trend?  Do you like the stick on makeup?  I think some of it is good, and some...not so good.

Stick on eyeshadow.  
I think sometimes good...sometimes not so good.  Can be a total hit or a major miss!

The stick on nail polish...I say amazing!  Thank you Sally Hansen! (and other brands)

Stick on eyeliners by Dior.
I'd like to try these out.  I like the concept.  I think it could be great for those who struggle with their eyeliner.  But does it stick on well enough, and how long does it last?  Is it hard to get off?  I'd like to research these more for sure.

OK, so I think these are the most out there of all the press on/stick on makeup.  Stick on lips.  I think these are awesome if you need a cool looking close up lip shot on a photo shoot.  But in real life, I think a lot of the patterns would look really odd at a distance....  BUT if you're the type who likes to push the boundaries in makeup, then I think these are great.  Totally depends on your makeup personality! 

Have your tried any of these trends or which ones would you like to try?  Let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  And one of the easiest ways to help support the cause is to purchase Think Pink products.

Here are some of my favourite Think Pink beauty products:

 OPI has released this beautiful Pink Shatter nail polish.  

 Etsee Lauder has a limited-availabilty Pink Ribbon collection.

 Clinique key ring with 3 shades of pink lipgloss. $6 for each sold will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Aveda will donate $4 for each bottle of hand relief sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Bobbi Brown will donate $10 from each lip set sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Essie in Raise Awareness.  Essie will donate a portion of the profits to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

 Sephora has a large selection of Breast Cancer Awareness products for sale.  Sephora will donate $1 from every pink eyelash curler sold.
Sultra (they have AMAZING hair styling tools) will donate $1 from each iron sold to the Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Origins will donate $5 from every jar sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.