Hi all! As stated above (derp) I’m moving this content to Blogger so I can keep my current blogs in one place that is easily accessed/managed through my preferred email service. I’ve enjoyed my experience with WordPress but I haven’t been as pleased with the recent changes to the WP dashboard. I am a simple (wo)man and just prefer the Blogger dash. It’s not you, WP. It’s me. And also kind of you. But. You know.
If you’re interested in checking things out feel free to wander over to cleverendeavormakeup.blogspot.com!
OH HEEEEEY! I haven’t posted in almost a year, and it’s been a huge year for me. I’m now a parent and haven’t had the inclination or time to do fun makeup as much as I used to, so I’ve slowly transitioned to focusing on skin and lips to compensate for a lack of time to do fancy pants eyeshadow and liner.
AND NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF
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This was done last Friday; I finally took a day off from work because I had been feeling tired and awful all week. This was an awesome way to cheer up, much like the fantastical song for which it was named.
Lid: GC Companion Cube topped with AL fanclub
Crease: TANF Earl Grey
Lower lash line, from outer edge to inner corner: SM Shocking, AL Almost Midnight, Fyr Bite Me, AL agentorange, GC Continuum, ES Wyvern, WnW silver glitter liner (just in the very innermost part)
I loved wearing this and I’m hoping I’ll keep ballsing my way back to this sort of makeup. I really miss it!
This was a super lazy semi-smoky eye for a day of grocery shopping and reading. Awesome day, I wish I could have those more often.
Lid/upper lash line: Sassy Minerals Vendetta
Lid and crease: Sassy Minerals Psych
Crease: matte caramel brown from the Wet n Wild Vanity palette
Lower lash line: Evil Shades Wyvern, something else
Glasses: only for driving! Or when I’m trying to cover really dark circles under my eyes.
**EDIT** When I took these photos they looked SO NICE, all crisp and clear and stuff, and then they turned craptacular. This makes me miss my old phone. Samsung GSIII, you have failed me.
Ambition is being reserved for painting future BabyMango’s room; a lion driving a yacht is involved. Instead of doing eyeball makeup I pulled out a sheer red lipstick and called it good enough.
Lips: Jordana Easy Shine lipstick in Sweet Strawberry
Back in March or so I decided to try out the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara. I was feeling frisky and I’ve had pretty good luck with Maybelline mascaras in the past so it seemed like a safe bet.
The thing that surprised me about this product was the brush; I knew it was going to be small and kind of funky-looking but I didn’t realize how small until I pulled it out of the packaging and started playing with it. Look at those tiny nubs!
I found the formula to be rather wet (tends to stick lashes together) but very dark and easily workable; it doesn’t keep pulling product off when swiping the brush through already-coated lashes, nor did it blob ALL OVER the eye. I only applied two coats and I didn’t notice significant clumping.
It doesn’t really lengthen lashes much, but makes the natural length more noticeable–that is, it coated the entire length of each lash and emphasized it rather than leaving the tips slightly bare, which is something that I’ve experienced in other mascaras. This may be due to the slightly thinner/wetter formula. It holds curl nicely.
My thoughts: I dislike the brush. Fo sho dislike it. The narrow inner portion made the lashes along the inner corner of my eye stick together something fierce, probably because the ‘bristles’ are so short that they deposit too much product without combing through the lashes . The thicker outer portion provides much better separation to the outer half, and the overall effect is a flared outer corner with stuck together, albeit thicker looking, inner lashes. I love the way the longer bristles separate but I found that getting my lashes to look the way I want them to took much more time than I’m willing to spend on a mascara—doing this swatch took me around three minutes, which is too much time for me to spend on mascara. I’d rather just pull out the eyelash curler and leave it at that. At least the brush isn’t so fat and huge that it stabs my eyeball.
This mascara actually works pretty well on the lower lashes if you’re careful and take your time. I’m usually not into time-taking and I blobbed mascara under my eye when I first tried it, but it was easy to wipe away with a damp Q-tip.
Other pros: washes off pretty easily, good solid BLACK-black instead of a wimpy grayish color
Other cons: maybe it was just my tube, but this thing flaked on me within the first week of opening it. This was enough to turn me off forever.
I just don’t think this was the right product for me. I like thick, dark, dramatic lashes with a NON-waterproof formula that does not flake, and I understand that this can actually be pretty hard to find. If you have full, somewhat straight lashes that take well to curling mascaras, OR like a natural yet defined look, this might work well for you. It’s cheap enough that you don’t have to feel bad if the product makes you want to break a chair, and I’ve found that Maybelline is actually pretty darn good with their mascaras. Some of them might not work as advertised but I rarely have a truly awful tube, just one that doesn’t give me what I want.
These are mostly oooold makeups. The last two are from before I moved out of the apartment three months ago, which in internet time is probably a few centuries. I just wish my eyebrows looked that clean and shapely anymore—I’ve found myself getting lazier with my eyebrow upkeep in the past couple of months, even as I’ve started paying more attention to facial skincare and body/hair products. It’s like forgetting to mow the lawn or water the flowers in front of a gorgeously maintained house. Things just start looking a little shoddy.
For the past month and a half I’ve been extra lax on makeup, altogether skipping it most days. Part of this is due to the heat—somewhere between the triple digit heat, the humidity, and all that schweating skin makeup would just melt right off my face—and the other part is because of some insane breakouts from the respirator I’m required to wear in certain areas of the plant. It looks like a standard half gas mask and it’s almost strictly to prevent exposure to proteins that may cause allergies. That’s about it. It kind of sucks because wearing it caused huge, painful breakouts right along the mask contact areas (chin/smile line area) and there was no way to cover them. I mean, it’s good that they require that because it’s a safety and health thing, but that safety comes at a pimply price.
Afternoon at home and grocery shopping! I wish I could remember what I used for mascara because my eyelashes look smashing.
UD 24/7 liner in Bourbon on the upper lashline, L’Oreal lip caresse thing in Violet Chiffon, conceeeealer
Some random post-work makeup derp. I did one eye and got all kinds of lazy, and I don’t think I remember anything used here.
I am 75% sure that this was done using colors from the Kat von D Gypsy palette for the lid/crease/inner corner and … maybe the NYX eyeliner pencil in Moss for the lower lashline. All I know is that I love that lid color (Frankie from the Gypsy palette) so, so much.
Old makeup is old! This was before graduation, waaaay back in late April this year. I absolutely love the yellow, though. And I know what I used for eyeshadow, so that’s kind of neat! Or something! Exclamation?
Lid: WnW Nutty
Crease: GC Continuum
Highlight: crappy WnW white pink that was discontinued years ago
Mouth (see below): clear lipbalm, possibly Brambleberry Rose lip balm (which smells like everything good in this world)
Awesome pie earrings: made by one of my friends from engineering! Girl be all kinds of crafty.
Yeah, there’s the sexy face we all know and love. And by we I mean maybe my mother.