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D.I.Y. Costume Ideas: Tim Burton Creations, The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, Whip It and Lisbeth Salander

With so many Halloween shops popping up, plus craft, vintage, thrift and donation stores around, it is so easy to throw together amazing costumes with little effort. Whether you need a killer couples thing, or for you and your bestie or something awesome for a singles get together -here are some of my favorites (with a few tips & tricks)!

Sally & Jack – The Nightmare Before Christmas

It would probably be easy to just run out an find this pair in a costume store, but in my opinion, those costumes are often cheaply made, too expensive for the crap quality, thin and drafty, plus it is so easy to pull this off yourself – if you are in a crafty mood.

Stop by a local vintage shop, Goodwill or Salvation Army, or raid your family’s giveaway-throwaway stashes.

If you are willing and able, for Sally, stitch together random scraps of clothing OR find a beige/taupe or brown sheath dress and go to work with some fabric markers (cheap and easy  to get at your local craft store).

Then grab some body paints/make-up and have fun making yourself up like Sally, remember Sally is always stitching herself back together – so nothing has to be perfect here.

Last step, grab an auburn wig (or temporary hair color) and a waterproof eyeliner marker pen adding stiching/seams to your arms, legs and face – this way you can avoid smudging throughout the night.

For Jack: Black pants and jacket, stripe them yourself with white fabric paint/markers – add a white tee and ta da! Suit done. For the bow tie, cut a little felt or other fabric into the shape and add a little flex wire weaved into or glued onto the back so that it stays in shape (cheap and available from your local craft store). Add a neck strap of the same fabric and some body/face paint/make-up (again, I recommend the waterproof eyeliner for around the eyes and face), and you’re complete!

The Corpse Bride & Victor

Victor is easy here, hit up a vintage store and find pieces to create your suit, add a bit of white and grey make-up to wash you out and slick your hair to complete the look.

For the Corpse Bride, search local second hand or discount stores for a flowing white gown and get ready to tatter it up! Take some scissors and cut a few slits and rip the gown with your hands.

For added effect take the dress outside to a well ventilated concrete or gravel covered area and using a lighter, carefully burn the dress where you want – it may/will catch on fire – which is okay, just watch the  flames and stomp them out wearing appropriate footwear.

Once that is done, or if you skipped that part, take blue, white and grey body paint/make-up (the same that you will use for yourself) and using a brush, buff a little color at a time on the torn, burned or natural edges of the dress. Dress done!

For the veil, stop by your local fabric store and buy a couple yards of white tulle or mesh fabric (really cheap to get) and make it up the same way you did the dress, then glue to a flowery head band.

 Final steps are all about the make-up (which you may need help with the get your arms and back) and of course grab a wig (or temporary hair color). Easiest thing is to follow a photo of Corpse Bride, but if you needed a little extra instructions there are YouTube tutorials available for her make-up!

Katniss & Peeta

Easiest costumes ever!! For both, green khaki cargo pants, black tees, black jackets, boots and a few extra props for Katniss would be a small backpack, plus her signature bow and arrows.

For Peeta: Mussed up hair, dirt make-up look and a little fake blood with a rip in his pant leg.

For Katniss: Very natural make-up and a little dirt look too, cream products will work best here. Check out my Katniss Signature Braid post here. You can also pick up a Mockingjay pin from Target 🙂

Effie

This is where you really need to hit up your local shops or family/friends closets for those crazy 80’s prom dresses! Add a bit of extra details to the dress/clothing if necessary, large flowers or other appliques (readily available at craft shops).

Then go crazy inventive with your make-up, first whiten your entire face then go bold! For staying power layer powder on top of cream blushes and eye shadows (and also your lipstick!). Avoid placing non-eye products too close to your eyes waterline. You can get also get Paperself lashes at Sephora to really complete the make-up. After all has been applied, powder – powder – powder!

Final step: Add a wig and fun hair piece!

Cinna

Soooo easy! Quality black clothing, a simple bead necklace and dog tag-type piece. Top it off with GOLD eyeliner!

Rick & Lori – The Walking Dead

I kind of hate Lori – so I would go as Rick! If you don’t mind the gender switch then so can you.

Opt for boots and jeans, covered with fake blood and dirt. Same goes for the shirt, plaid for Lori and if you can locate one, a Sheriff shirt for Rick, complete with badge!

Tip: On a flat surface apply some fake blood to the shirt/jeans, then spray with water  – so the blood bleeds off and disperses – as if you were a sweaty dirty mess and just killed off a half dozen walkers 😉 Avoid “hand-print blood” for a more realistic look!

Smudge a bit of fake blood onto your face for Rick and don’t forget his revolver to complete the look!

Add a fake baby bump for Lori and of course extremely natural make-up.

Walkers – The Walking Dead

Bloody up some old clothing or even shred and burn them (like I mentioned above for Corpse Bride). Pieced stringy hair and add some special effects contacts if you want.

Top it off by buffing grey, purple and flesh-toned body/face paint onto any exposed skin. Add some smudged red eyeliner for that creepy look. Remember to hollow your eyes and smudge some blood around the mouth and hands.

Lisbeth Salander – Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

Go pale! Black eyeliner over lids and waterlines smudged in that I don’t give a f&^! way. Grungy black hoodie, white or black tank, black leather jacket and black leather pants if you can, otherwise torn black-wash jeans. Black combat style boots are a must!

If you don’t have them yourself, add some fake piercings (nose, lip and brow) and tapered goth earrings. For a cool night: Add black or grey finger-less gloves, slouchy knit beanie and scarf.

Top everything off by getting a black bob wig and cutting it into an asymmetrical short-banged look and a leather backpack, if you need it.

Babe Ruthless – Whip It

Can you roller-skate?!? Then pull out your old skates, add green tights, a green skirt and top or dress, iron on a few killer patches and maybe paint on your alter ego name across the back. Grab some elbow and knee pads, plus a green helmet.

If you can’t find a green helmet, look for a green beanie and tack on star patch. Add some crazy socks and make-up, eye glitter and all!

Tip: If you do plan to skate, you are awesome, but take along some flats too 🙂

There you go, just some last minute ideas that are easy to pull off with a couple hours of craftiness! 

p.s. don’t forget to enter my giveaway by Halloween night!!


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Nails: A French Twist… Imperfect Chevron Tips

Just a quickie today… I have seen this look pop-up recently at a few fashion/style events and am loving it. I say it is a modern take on French tips, but what I really love is that it is super easy, chic, great for Fall/Autumn and doesn’t have to be perfect!

  1. Your favorite base coat.
  2. A single coat of clear or sheer skin-toned polish. 
  3. Grab your favorite Fall nail polish and swipe it across the tips, at your desired angle. 
  4. Top with your favorite top coat!

 

So easy! Warning, you will get nail polish on your fingers, but you can shield the sides with small pieces of tape or just clean up with a q-tip and polish remover.

Pardon the crappy photo quality. 

What’s on my nails:

  1. Essie “all in one base” multi-treatment base coat
  2. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength no chip nail color in “Flawless”
  3. Tip Color: “Status Update” (Birchbox and Color Club® Custom Collection – from the September Birchbox – review coming soon)
  4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

 

 


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Keeping your skin hydrated through the seasons…

It is one of the most common questions and complaints I hear… your skin is getting dry, chapped, flaky, taught and irritated as the weather cools down.

The reason this happens is simple, the humidity drop or becomes non-existent. Your skin has to contend with the cool air and wind outside, and the dry air inside. When you’re outdoors/indoors the dry air is actually drawing the moisture out of your skin, attempting to hydrate the environment around you, but luckily there are plenty of ways you can fight off the parched skin feeling.

  • Drink MORE water – Keep your body hydrated from the inside out.
  • Avoid drying cleansers – Opt for cleansers that say cream, oil, gentle, extra moisturizing, hydrating and 24 hour moisture.
  • Switch to a more gentle exfoliant – It is important to exfoliate regularly for healthy skin cell turnover and appearance, and while instinct may tell you to abandon your exfoliant, that would only make skin appear dull, and dead-dry skin more obvious. As always for exfoliation, ensure you follow up with proper moisturization.
  • If you do not already, use an oil before your moisturizer at night – Apply the oil to your body while you are still in the shower or immediately after, without letting your skin dry. The same goes for your face, apply (a non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) oil) after cleansing to slightly damp skin. Oils help lock in moisture. Follow up with your normal body and face moisturizers.
  • Cool down your shower – I know, I know, who doesn’t love a hot shower in the Fall/Winter, but long showers in hot water are a serious no-no for your skin. The hot water, especially for extended periods of time, breaks down the lipid barrier in your skin – meaning it is damaging the fatty-moisture layer in your skin. Take a shorter warm shower and be sure to follow up with proper moisturization.
  • Continue to apply SPF Moisturizer- Enough said. It does not matter that the sun is hiding behind the overcast or snow clouds.
  • Embrace the scarf (and gloves) – They are fashionable and protect your skin from the cool wind.
  • Consider adding a humidifier – As stated before, the humidity (moisture in the air outside and) indoors has dropped, so investing in a humidifier helps put that moisture back into the air.
  • Switch to a thicker/heavier moisturizer – Try a body butter or cream, as opposed to lotion. If your face can handle a heavier non-comedogenic moisturizer, definitely try one. If it can’t, boost your current face moisturizer with a serum or oil.
  • Use primer day AND night – Yes, as in foundation primer. It works great in cooler months too – not just when you want to avoid your make-up melting off. Using an oil-free foundation primer during the day adds a barrier sealing in the moisture in your skin from the cool air and wind outside. Using the primer at night, after cleansing and apply your facial oil/moisturizer, adds a barrier sealing in the moisture and products, from the dry air indoors.
  • Use a nail treatment – Just as with your skin, your nails also have it rough in the cooler months. Use a nail oil, or vaseline, and a strengthening nail protein polish treatment or base coat.
  • Pamper your feet – After your shower, apply a foot cream and your favorite socks, to keep your feet hydrated and soft.
  • Find your Super Lip Balm – Enough said. Oh – lips need to be exfoliated too! Avoid licking your lips, the enzymes in your saliva that are used to breakdown food will only dry your lips more.
  • Ditch products with alcohol – This should be done year around in my opinion. Opt for alcohol-free toners, treatments and cleansers.
  • Bring out the foundation – No need to stick to the lightweight tinted moisturizer, unless you really want to. As always, allow your moisturizer to sink in for a few minutes and add a primer for more skin protection.
  • Mist throughout the day – Try facial mists like MAC Fix + or Evian Spray Brumisateur Mineral Water. Spray throughout the day, it feels good and gives your skin a mini moisture boost.


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Beauty 101: Bold Lips

As we are quickly approaching September, and with it Autum/Fall and then of course Winter, it’s the time of year where bold lips tend to start popping up.

I feel this may be because many women think these seasons are easier to get a away with a bold lip, or that cooler weather gives a chance to not only layer up and accessorize your outfits, but also your makeup. Plus, there is that whole issue of not having to worry about your bold lip melting away in the summer heat.

Personally, I wear a bold lip whenever I want – no matter the season, with the only thing changing maybe the technique of application and the shade I choose.

So, first things first, you CAN wear red lipstick – no matter your skin tone, undertone – AND you can wear both COOL and WARM based reds. The key is to choosing the right shade for your LIPS and having the confidence! BOLD LIPS both inspire and require confidence.

When in doubt choose a cool toned (blue based) true red – this color flatters most. Bonus: Cool toned reds counteract any yellowness in your teeth. Warning: Some warm toned reds can enhance the yellow in teeth.

The only people I would say should avoid bold lip color would be those with very thin lips. Remember that you are drawing major attention to your mouth, so if your lips are quite thin, you will only be accentuating how thin they are. I would recommend that you draw attention to a more prominent feature, maybe your eyes or bone structure, choosing a nude/natural color for your lip.

Another group of people that should be wary of a bold lip are those with quite noticeable asymmetrical lips. Again, the bold color will only accentuate this, though, you can attempt to even out your lips (long-wearing liner is a must) – but this will require a conscious mind throughout the day/night while wearing your bold lips.

I grabbed this photo line up courtesy of The Beauty Department. SEE? Everyone can wear COOL and WARM lips!

PORCELAIN: This ultra-light skin tone with cool undertones looks best with a cool red with hints of plum, but looks daring with a warm red.

FAIR: This light skin tone with cool undertones also is most harmonious with a cool red, while a warm red is bold.

BISQUE: This pink under-toned skin color looks best with a cool red, but can also pull off the warm red.

BEIGE: This skin color with yellow undertones is most harmonious with a warm red, but can wear a cool red too.

OLIVE: Warm reds look best on this skin color with green undertones, but as you can see, cool reds look pretty too.

TAWNY: Again, warm reds are the way to go for this gorgeous skin tone, but don’t let anyone tell you you can’t wear cool reds too.

CARAMEL: Cool reds are wearable but warm reds are gorgeous on this skin tone.

ALMOND: Warm reds are pretty but cool reds are meant for you.

My Ultimate Application for Long Lasting Bold Lips:

  1. PRIME – Prior to applying any make-up, apply a thin layer of lip primer (or a non-tacky, completely transparent, non-greasy lip balm or eye cream), at the same time as your moisturizer.  Ever-s0-slightly OVER-LINE your natural lip line with the primer – this will prevent the lips color from bleeding outside your your natural lip line. Let your lips be the last step in your make-up.
  2. BLOT – When your other make-up/hair is finished, grab a tissue and blot your lips once. This will absorb and unnecessary primer left on your lips.
  3. LINER – Now this can be optional, but it is recommended for a long-lasting bold lip. With a light grip and stroke, line your natural lip line with a lip liner in a shade as close to your lipstick color as possible, unless you are looking to create more dimension with two lip liners one darker and one lighter (perhaps I should do another quick post on this topic?). Then FILL IN your lips with the pencil. Look for a long-wearing 24/7 lip line if possible. Why? This way as your lipstick wears away when your eating/drinking/talking, the color of the liner is still in place – or should be – and you won’t have to worry about so many touch-ups. TIP: Take a step back and look at your lips to ensure your lip shape is accurate and what you want.
  4. APPLY – Using a lip bush, if possible, apply a layer of your desired lipstick shade over your liner. A lip brush ensures precision and precision is key with such a bold lip.
  5. BLOT – Take a tissue and blot your lips once.
  6. APPLY AGAIN – Apply a second layer of  your lip color and you are almost done!
  7. USE A FINGER – Okay – that sounded a bit dirty, but still, take your finger into the center of your lips/mouth and lightly close your lips around. Pull your finger out, this trick known by many, ensures that bit of lipstick at the inside center of your lips doesn’t end up on your teeth.
  8. BALANCE CHECK – When wearing bold lips, remember that you need to balance your face with your other make-up. Lightly define your brows, if needed. Add a coat of mascara and a bit of color to your cheeks.

EXTRAS:

  • GLOSS – If you want a bit of shine after the above steps. Add a dab of gloss in the same shade or a shade lighter to the center of the lip and press (don’t smush or slide) your lips together lightly and few times to distribute.
  • MATTE – If your lipstick is not matte but you want a matte lip, after the above steps, take a small flat eye shadow brush and dip it into an eye shadow or blush the color of your lipstick or a shade lighter. Then most importantly tap off the excess and press the brush to your lips, but not quite to the edge. Should you need to apply more powder, use a clean brush or the other side of the flat brush you used. You do not want to get lipstick in your eye shadow/blush.

Things to Remember:

  1. You can always break into the bold lip look/trend with a sheer gloss or balm, before jumping into lipstick. Gloss and balm are more forgiving. You can also blot a sheer application of lipstick, rather than applying a full layer of the color, and it can act as more of a stain.
  2. The same bold color can look dramatically different from day to night.
  3. Again, CHEEK BALANCE is important. A bold lip with bare cheeks can wash you out.
  4. EXFOLIATE your lips with a warm and slightly damp wash cloth and sugar prior to applying anything. A bold lip will draw attention to you and you don’t want that attention being on crusty, chapped and dried out lips.

Finally, have fun and get ready to be noticed!! xoxo