Monday, October 22, 2012

Tutorial: Everyday Smokey Eye with Urban Decay Naked 2

Wow, so I haven't filmed a tutorial in a long time.  Looking back at my old tutorial videos, I've improved a lot with my makeup application techniques.  I think I've also found a style of editing that I really like now and a better spot to film.  Lighting is really everything!  This video is definitely more polished, and I hope you all like it.  I also just want to say, thank goodness for voiceover or else tutorials would be completely impossible.  I should have saved a blooper clip for the end.  In the background you can hear my son shoving his toys around, babbling, and making all sorts of noises.  


This tutorial will show you how to do an easy everyday smokey eye using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.  If you want a night look, simply intensify the color to make it darker.  This is one of my favorite looks using this palette, and YDK is one of my all time favorite eyeshadows.

Here are the products I used:

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Foundation in 4.0
Maybelline Dream Lumi Illuminating Concealer in Nude
MAKEUP FOREVER Full Cover Concealer in 7
Stila Brow Powder in Dark (discontinued)
Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette - YDK, Busted, Bootycall
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Bone
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero
Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara
Chanel Notorious Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks
MAC blush in Fleet Fast (limited edition - Hey Sailor! collection from Summer 2012)
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked

I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  Please leave any comments and/or suggestions in the comment box in the video.

Oh!  I also want to give special thanks to my husband for the music in this video.  He wrote it and played it on the spot.  I know it's not the best of quality, but I think we will try to improve it because I like how it turned out, and it also makes the video more special.   

<3x Tina

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tom Ford Smoke Red Lipstick

Hey everyone! Long time, no post, I know. Life got busy and left barely enough time to get through the usual daily stuff so my blog and YouTube channel took a backseat for a little while. I'm hoping to get back into things and get posting regularly.
To bring us back, I have Tom Ford's Smoke Red lipstick. This is the "old" formula housed in the white lacquer packaging before Mr.Ford launched his full makeup line. I also own Blush Nude and Pink Dusk from the original line.
The original line of lipsticks was originally limited edition. They became even more limited as they were phased out to be reformulated and repackaged into Tom Ford's current line of cosmetics. I found this beauty, and quite a few of the others, at my local Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO).
Because this isn't widely available anymore, I just took a quick shot of the product and me wearing it. The original
lipstick formula is creamy, well-pigmented, fairly moisturizing, and lasts about 4 hours on me. It's a very comfortable lipstick to wear. I've been obsessed with reds and vampy lipsticks lately, and I have fallen in love with this color. It's a slightly blue-based red with the slightest bit of micro shimmer so that, on the lips, it looks mostly matte but has a slight bit of sheen and dimension to it.
The original retail price for Mr.Fords's lipstick was $45. The CCO's price for this was $33.75. If your local CCO carries these lipsticks, I recommend grabbing one. At $33.75, it's a much more reasonable and expectable price for a high-end lipstick and worth it for the formula.