I did it! I posted another video! This is a Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff video. This one I’m quite proud of because I’m finally getting to a place where i’m pretty pleased with my lighting setup. Now I just have to get a proper 40mm or 50mm lens to work with and I’m pretty good.
In this video I do a very much missed brown smoky eye using eyeshadow which feels like a throwback because I haven’t touched eyeshadow in so long. ZOEVA’s amazing new makeup palettes made me do it! I’ll have a separate blog post for those right after this.
I just realized what a fuzz I was for not posting my second HD YouTube video on the blog last week which was my daily makeup tutorial. I blasted this one on social media to smithereens but didn’t post a single thing here.
PRODUCTS USED: PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige) http://blessmybag.com/2015/03/02/pond…, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Medium (matches MAC NC30-35) Revlon Photoready Bronzer (matte) Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara in Dark Brown (with MAKE UP FOR EVER angled Eyebrow brush) Pixi Endless Silky Eye Duo Pencil Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara in Dark Brown (with MAKE UP FOR EVER angled Eyebrow brush) MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara (waterproof) Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Box Blush Shiseido Maquillage (Japan) Dramatic Mood Veil Blush PK200 http://blessmybag.com/2015/06/04/shis… Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Rose http://blessmybag.com/2015/02/24/revl… Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Balm in “Caramel”
In this tutorial I demonstrate how I do my daily makeup with a bit of simple pencil eyeliner. I also thoroughly demonstrate how I curl my lashes, a lot of people sometimes think I have lash extensions on when it’s really just lash curling and mascara. Click on the photo above to watch the video on YouTube or watch via the embedded player below.
Finally, auggggghhh (as Charlie Brown says) finally, I got a MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVES video up. There were several attempts but the first few were of poor quality or too dark and the final attempt wasn’t perfect either LOL, but I didn’t want to let that one stop me from posting, I’ve figured out how to test whether I’m in focus for next time (forgive me, i’m also near sighted and sometimes when I wear contacts I still can’t tell from the itty bitty camera screen). I told myself if I don’t post ANY imperfect attempt up just to get me rolling again I’ll never get started. So I’ve begun. In the video I also show my current method of brow application.
I discovered after that this video was shot mildly out of focus (sooo sorry, next video will be sharper!!!) but the products I hold up are clear naman, with the exception of the Safeguard wash and towards the middle and end of the video I get closer to the camera. Here are my MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVORITES, click here to watch the videoor play it from the embed below :).
A lot of us like to read about beauty in blogs and magazines but let’s face it, when it comes to learning about the latest tips, tricks, and products nothing beats seeing it all presented on video. YouTube, for example, is teeming with beauty information and a whole lot of it really useful. This is a beautiful artwork of top YouTuber Michelle Phan who was one of the if not the most major video pioneer in YouTube beauty with now nearly 7.4 million subscribers. Art is by user sheepskeleton on Deviant Art. She was my first video inspiration when it came to makeup and I don’t care what others say about her starting off as an amateur, she created a brand for herself, she is where she is because of her innovation and awesome talent and her videos eventually led me to real professionals online.
I’ve placed here in this video selection a blend of professional experts and vloggers and most of them are their best of 2014 videos. I’ve also thrown in a couple that aren’t Best of Videos. I’m still trying to create a gallery where you can see the videos embedded here. While I’m still trying to fix that just click on any video’s plain YouTube links listed at the bottom.
I’ve been sleeping a lot, recuperating a lot since Christmas passed. I haven’t allowed my consciousness to slip away like this in years come to think of it. I’ve never been fond of naps. I always thought naps were a waste of time and daylight, that is ’til I realized naps provide a comforting albeit temporary escape from a constantly haphazard world. So slowly I am picking up the pieces before 2015 rolls in and have been screening film trailers online for the sake of it, something I used to do a lot but put away for awhile. This isn’t a movie review because I haven’t seen this movie yet. According to a very particular writer friend Still Alice is excellent and for being in a drama genre he claims it’s done tastefully and that acting isn’t overtly melodramatic (he mentioned “no slapping….”). It is based on the book by NY Times bestselling author Lisa Genova. The trailer moved me so much I just had to say something about it before we try to watch later on. It made me realize there is just so much to be thankful for. After getting that preview I went down to hug my mother.
“I’m not suffering, I’m struggling…”
Another good friend said the book was great, too. The film’s lead cast includes the incomparable Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth all given roles that seem to fit like gloves. At least that’s what I can pick up from the trailer alone. Very simply put it’s a movie about an intelligent woman with the onset symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the feared degenerative illness where you slowly and literally lose your mind. It supposedly isn’t a light movie, but I don’t mind heavy screen plots as long as what is meaningful is placed at the heart of the story. I guess I was also looking to be stoked for gratefulness, something that’s really important to me towards the end of the year. Looking forward to watching this one, it comes highly recommended so I’m told, here’s the trailer.
Hi, yes I know a bit of a huge setback there huh, but yes I am still here. For those of you who haven’t been following my social media updates on the FB page and Instagram my father had his third hospital confinement since I arrived from New York in April. He was confined in April, in May overnight for something different, and this June for another stroke. While I was in New York he had already suffered from a handful of minor acute strokes and my mother was updating me via mobile while I was abroad. When I came back I found that my father had quite significantly changed from how I remember him before I left for New York City, he was kind of mentally grasping sometimes to complete statements he wanted to make, or he wanted to make a joke but would lose the thought and become sad, and my heart would melt with empathy. God has been faithful because Dad is still well enough to walk around and play golf with assistance, but sadly his memory has been somewhat affected. Right now he has a bunch of medications, follow-up checkups, and a restricted diet we all have to be hawks about since he has no caregiver so I’ve been having to adjust and I’ll admit I haven’t been 100% a saint about it half the time. I’ve been having to deal. Thank you for being understanding in this time of the blog being somewhat blank momentarily but please believe me when I say I really do not intend for it to stay this way for much longer, I want to be back AS IN BACK and with a bang. In fact, I wanted to share something today. While I was looking for some other older music by Regina Spektor I came upon one of her music videos, and while I might be the last person on the planet to see the art direction of her 2012 video release “How” (which is like a modern female rendition of Unchained Melody in my head lol) I was absolutely delighted by the art direction and how beautifully styled Regina was that it has inspired me to blog again and create future features for the blog despite the circumstances.
I like how porcelain skin was made the brief but done in a way that was somewhat vintage but not too dated. I like that the makeup is present, noticeable, but applied in a restrained manner so that it doesn’t clash with the quirky yet effective art direction.
There’s something muted yet simultaneously vibrant at the same time about this video. I love how they made her coral lips the key vibrance in the art direction. A current lipstick favorite right now in the blog community that people are raving about and that I’ve seen look similar online is Clinique’s Matte Mandarin from their new generation Long Last Soft Matte range (which isn’t a dead matte) lipstick and it is not yet available here on counters, I inquired at the Clinique Boutique (don’t you love how that rhymes) at SM Aura. MAC Lady Danger would probably be close but a little more intense orange-y red, but Clinique Matte Mandarin which I saw Ruth of AModelRecommends wear and apply over here on YouTube looks to be somewhat of a better softer match. Embedded below is Regina Spektor’s quirky yet wistful music video for her song “How”.
I always liked to believe that makeup, despite the notion of petty shallowness that surrounds it, is a tool for ministry. Makeup can be brought forward in many more meaningful ways. It is a medium that weaves all sorts of good magic in its own way. Watch the video by the MIMI Foundation in a project entitled “If Only For a Second” here via this link or watch it embedded below. The MIMI Foundation is a French cancer and well-being group. Twenty cancer patients with eyes with their eyes closed make their way into one studio only to reap a moment that will strongly impact their lives. Thank you, Mom, for sharing.
“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – KEVYN AUCOIN, America’s legendary MUA, 1962-2002
I thought this video tutorial would be perfect for many Filipino women this season, especially those with medium toned polynesian or medium toned oriental ethnicity. It was just uploaded by team CT two hours ago. Watch Charlotte Tilbury’s Party Angel tutorial video here at this link or here embedded below!