Happy Halloween! + Preview~

    I thought this pumpkin was so cool - it was on PostSecret (the first thing I check on Sunday mornings)~ Also check out this yummy looking Halloween Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecakes at Tasty Kitchen.

    Lastly, I was not able to get my last (and actual) Halloween look in time (nooooooooo) but here's a teaserrrrr!!!!

    Yeah, that's me. Photoshopped into a screenshot of Alice 2. With a (real) butcher knife....or should I say Vorpal blade ;) YEAH.

    I had so so so much fun doing this.  Love the game, love the dark version of Alice...so I got really into character and just went crazy with pictures (in case you couldn't tell ehhe)   So, yeah :)  I'll get the actual makeup tutorial for this look sometime Sunday night-ish?  I just need to finish editing the vid and watermarking pictures. And probably taking more pictures because I have to put everything back on again this evening for Halloween.

    Have a wonderful, safe and
    Happy Halloween!

Moto Jewelry Peacocked Earrings

    Finally....the long-delayed continuation from the Lemon Cheesecake earrings post :P  I actually had this post done for ages but I just got around to posting it now, which is why my hair is so much curlier ^_^

    This is one of my favorite earrings~ It is made with rhodium and Swarovski crystals, the heart in Vitrial Medium (I think).When I first saw these on Moto Jewelry, I knew I had to have them because I liked them so much. And this is combined with my usual reluctance to buy any Swarovksi jewelry with a "foiled" backing because it is very prone to scratches and nicks, even more so than the crystal itself.   When the foiled backing is scratched it shows through the crystal itself so that even when the crystal itself is perfect, it will look like it is all scratched up.

    LT: from Moto Jewelry RT: My crap-macro photo ><
    Buuuuttt....the color combo was just too tempting. LOVE the blue bicones playing off the yellow and greens, it's just so...peacock-y ^_^  And the heart...it just reflects so many colors and in the sun little specks of light bounce off the walls!   The earrings arrived in perfect condition with no scratches etc. I don't have much to say about this otherwise other than...I just really, really love these.

    The ends of my braids have gone insane.
    Gahhh...so pretty. The crystal reflects shades of orange, green, yellow, blue, and red so I like to pair it with pastel and/or basic colors to play up the rainbow colors.  At first I thought of these as "glamorous" earrings that should be worn with a LBD or something but it's remarkably versatile. I have no complaints about these, no beads coming off, no tarnishing etc.  So yeah, these earrings = love ^_^!

    Closing with some SNSD-Genie-ish salutes :}

Rock n Republic Restocks Again!

    I feel like I've typed the words "Rock n Republic" 200x in the past few weeks O_x Anyway, blushes restocked! Thanks to Charming Vanity who tipped me off~

    Promo code ROCKCOSMETICS was still working when I last checked too and .99 shipping is still available (as usual).  Lots of juicy blush colors are available :D Tease, Foreplay, Bedroom, Lust, Tease, X-rated etc.  Of course, as usual Call Me is OOS but it's all good :)  Also the R&R lip glosses were just re-stocked too (Accidental Beauty did a couple nice looking swatches) and I've heard great things about 'em so go check those out too.  I haven't tried the glosses myself but it's on my list to purchase when I am no longer broke ;)

    And of course, here's my breakdown on getting blushes for $8. Otherwise, FRIDAY TOMORROW :D!

Stila + Cherry Culture Sale and Rave

    Hey peeps, I'm sure you guys have noticed by now I'm a sale-stalker -_- eheh Neway, this is part Sale alert part Cherry Culture = amazing customer service rave. But first things first (though I already twittered these):

    TODAY ONLY (10/28/2010) Stila is having a FREE shipping w/ NO MINIMUM (it's usually a $50+ minimum for free shipping)! Use code holiday10.

    And remember I was talking about the 10% Moving Sale Cherry Culture was having from Oct 21-26?  Well, now they're having another (better) sale:

    This offer popped up the day after I placed my order on the Oct 26 and with the Moving Sale coupon I saved $5.10.  But as you guys prolly guessed, I was so dismayed to see a 20% sale so soon and being the cheapstake I am - I called and (shamelessly) asked if I could just get a refund since they were still 'Processing' my order (aka it hadn't shipped out yet, prolly b/c they're still in the midst of moving).  I plotted that if it worked I could sneakily repurchase and save another $5 *sigh* I'm so ridiculous but it didn't stop me from trying >_> But really, I didn't expect anything to come out of it (and if if nothing did, I would've been fine and still love CC) but I was bit curious how they'd respond.

    I dunno if they are just used to dealing with cheapstakes like me or what but they just:
    1.) said they were so sorry for the delay in shipping
    2.) no, I can't get a refund since I confirmed the order
    3.) but for the inconvenience they would apply another 10% off my order "to match the current promotion."  How did they read my mind like that O_O!?

    Then they promptly refunded $5.10 as Store Credit into my account minutes later.   I actually felt bad because they didn't need to apologize for delayed shipping because they said it would be delayed ahead of time.  Furthermore, they actually refunded me more than necessary: If I bought everything with the 20% Halloween discount, I'd save $10.19.  But not only did I save $5.10, they refunded me $5.10 = $10.20.  Given, it's only 1 cent, but I appreciate that they prefer to be the generous side rather than stingy.  Needless to say, I am just completely won over....  And for those who want a peek at my order:

    Yes, I got a Beauty Blender!  When I think about how many Single eyeshadows and Round Lipsticks that could've been, I kinda cringe but I couldn't resist the temptation to try it out.  Plus it's either that, buy a stippling brush or forever have slightly splotchy blush.  Fyi, this would be a good time to snag the Beauty Blender if you want to try it: $19.99 is the lowest retail price you're going to see for this product and if you spend $40+ to get free shipping and apply the 10% off ---- As you can see in my receipt, I got it for $17.95 (actually, even less than $17.95 b/c that receipt is just with the 10% off) wheeeeeee~

Get the UB Naked Palette for $44 flat at Beauty.com

    From Temptalia.
    If there's one palette that's been a hit this year it's been the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($44).  It's been OOS on Urban Decay's Official website and Sephora for weeks and buying it at other places like Ulta is irritating because they charge $5.95 for shipping unless you spend $50+.   Needless to say, Ebay and Amazon sellers are even worse, some are charging upwards of $100 -_____- Seriously, it's friggin' shameless. Anyway, the point is, Beauty.com just re-stocked the UB Naked Palette today!  It's $44 (the basic retail price, you won't find it any lower anywhere) and qualifies for free shipping (Free Shipping on $25+).  So basically...if you've been wanting the Naked Palette - you can get it now :D!

    I don't have this palette myself but people have been raving about it for months due to it's sleek design, wearable colors and good value.  Here are Temptalia's amazing swatches and closeups if you want a closer look.  I'm debating if I should get it myself but >.< I dunno, I've been buying too much makeup lately.  In the meantime, I thought I'd let you guys know that it's available since I know a lot of people want it.

    Speaking of, Beauty.com is actually a new discovery for me ^^ and they carry a lot brand names like Stila, Smashbox, Too Faced, Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, NARS, Cargo Philosophy.... I have yet to make a purchase but they do seem promising.  Interestingly, it's a part of drugstore.com, I guess they're diversifying ^_~

    UPDATE: Sold out on Beauty.com as of 9:30PM....basically less than 2 hours later :P 

    BUT the Naked Palette is now in-stock at Ulta.com - Siwing did a quick breakdown of the coupon code and shipping info in her post :D So if you're really lemming for this product, go check her post out~

Trend Predictions: Spring/Summer 2011

    One of my favorite ways of bargain shopping is figuring out what the major trends for the following year will be then spending a whole year keeping an eye out for soon-to-be trendy stuff that I can buy before it becomes expensive.  Not to mention out-of-season clothes/colors are always marked down significantly :} So~ of course I was excited to see Sephora's Top Spring/Summer 2011 Trends from Our Favorite Beauty Editors post!  My own commentary is in blue.

    Spring/Summer 2011 Trend Predictions
    Makeup Trends

    - Reddish eyelids
    Uh what?  This will interesting to work with and I do like their example picture: a soft red with bronze touches and nude lips.

    - Orange-red lipstick
    Not a fan of this color, I look horrid in anything with an orange flash and I swear orange-under tints make teeth look yellow.

    - Hot pink lipstick
    Interesting and I actually do agree that this color works with just about any skin tone. It's a little Barbie-esque for my taste but I adore pink lipsticks so I may give this a try.

    - Matte lipstick
    Even Sephora's article mentions how it will be hard for the younger crowd to work this finish. I definitely prefer creamy or glossy finishes and I think matte lipsticks age a face... Nonetheless, I suppose it'll look nice with smoky eyes. The thing is though, this really looks more like a winter look than a spring/summer one.

    - Flawless skin with a dewy finish/radiant complexion
    This is a pet peeve of mine because...uhm...when has great skin not been in? Flawless skin is ALWAYS in :\  But as for the dewy finish, I am all for that.  It's my favorite kind of finish and I happen to think highlighting is one of the most under-rated steps in makeup application so I totally dig this :D

    Hair Trends

    - High-set buns/updos
    Love. Mostly because my hair is pretty much always in a bun (contrary to my vids eheh).

    - Dyed hair
    I'll pass, especially seeing the way they think the color should be applied. 

    - Pinstraight long hair with blunt bangs
    I  am really liking this sleek look but for someone with ridiculously wavy, thick hair, I think this hair would be pretty high maintenance, especially at that length.  I think I shall get my bangs cut like this though, looks very chic to me~

    - Loose locks
    Another pet peeve....cuz when have bedroom hair/loose locks not been in?  It's timeless.  They literally mention this every year >_> Plus doesn't this kinda contradict the whole "high-set bun" trend?  Given braids and bob cuts have really made a comeback lately but I think the most fashionable cut is ultimately, just one that looks good on you.

    - Longer, soft edged bob cuts
    They mention flipped out ends and I always think that's charming. I'm seriously considering chopping off my hair and I think a cut just below the shoulders with flipped out ends might be really cute.

    Keeping up with makeup and hair trends is a little new to me but I've been a long stalker of Fashionising (love how they include example pics AND Men's fashion) and keeping tabs on New York Fashion Week (was back in September).  NYFW is pretty much the most reliable indicator of upcoming trends basically 6 months to a year in advance *w00t* and here's a quick summer of what I think will be the 'in' for spring/summer.

    Women Clothes Trends
    Spring is that perfect season we all wait for impatiently. As for spring/summer 2011 fashion season, it seems this will come with a whole new feeling of optimism, colors, romantism, and flirty, cheerful fashion trends.  - Fashion-Style

    - Biker style (aka motorcycle jackets, quilting, leather, studs, leather pants, buckle detailing etc)
    Hmmm...I heard that motorcycle jackets will be in again in 2012 too...maybe I should invest....

    - Sheer Maxi dress
    The example they used here looks awful to me :\ and I'm not a big fan of sheers nor maxi dresses.  It certainly does look comfy for summer though.

    - Lace
    Hmm...I have yet to jump on the lace bandwagon.  I tend to feel that most lace tops look like doilies and lace is just one of those things I feel are either totally 'in' or 'out' aka it's not timeless or classic.  I swear just yesterday lace was associated with grandmothers and tea cozies. Nonetheless, I really like it when lace is incorporated into clothes in non-ruffled ways - like when the back of a shirt is cut out and replaced with a just lace - sexy! Lace skirts are also very pretty.

    - Cat-eye/retro sunglasses
    Mmm, I rarely buy into sunglasses trends and the cat-eye shape is very much not my style.

    - 60s
    Sheath dress = love.  Totally and utterly classic and ladylike. Also with the emphasis on curves, there are lots of full skirts coming out, which are super flattering on girls who are top heavy like myself :)

    - 70s boho chic
    Aka thigh highs (yes!), high-waisted pants (yah!), and chunky, exotic jewelry (yah!).  I like all this stuff as this happens to be the style of dressing I really like...I'm all about extending the leg line :}  It took me awhile to get used to all the chunky, big jewelry but nowadays I'm really liking the large pearl twisted necklaces and cluster rings~

    - Tassels
    ....seems fussy looking, I prolly won't be buying into this trend xD but then again, I said that about studded clothing.

    - Clogs
    To me, clogs are uncomfortably winter-y since they are close-toed (my feet sweat a lot eheh), yet summer-y because you can't wear a backless shoe in the snow.  It's confusing.

    - White tights/leggings
    Only for the twiggy legged or the 8 & Under girls...:\ Especially on camera. Seems a little much to wear tights when when it's warm outside too.

    - Kitten heels
    Hmm, I'm biased but I like my heels to be heels - aka no lower than 3 inches.   If I don't want heels, I'll wear sneakers or flip-flops. Also I find high heels more comfortable because I have a very arched foot :P Flats kill me, I feel so...flat-footed and they have even less padding on the sole than heels.  Same for kitten heels, the way kitten heels are are shaped are really unstable and uncomfortable for me.

    But honestly, high~ heels have been in for awhile so I'm not surprised kitten heels are making a comeback.  Women can take tottering around on stilettos only so long xD and they are a decent alternative to flats, which I think are downright unflattering on anyone who doesn't have very skinny legs. 

    Key Street Trend

    Interfiliere, a fashion industry body dedicated to lingerie and beachwear correctly peg Spring 2011's fashion trends as....'lingerie as outerwear' or loungerie, a mixture between lingerie, swimwear and streetwear (which they group as loungewear), and lingerie. The new Loungerie takes a leaf out of, and gets the best of, lingerie for an alternative, parallel wardrobe; [one that is] light, intimate, and impossible to "classify." Well, I guess that means more floaty, lacy, chiffon-y clothes made out of silky polyester.....

    Another roundabout way I like to buy fashionable stuffs in advance is to know what colors will be 'in' next season. The best place to get a compilation of all the hottest colors of the upcoming season is definitely Fashion Trendsetter.  This is honestly one the best ways to get fashionable clothes before prices go up imho.  Not to mention if you know what color palette is going to be 'in' for the season, you can play around with colors and not be restricted so much by specific items of clothing.

    Anyway, the Pantone Fashion Color Report, is one of the places that track which colors will be in for the season.  They make lovely palettes and put together outfit examples for each color which makes it one of my favorite websites to go to.

    Color Trends

    Basically, we're seeing lots of yellows, shades of blue, oranges and unusual light greens.  I'm reminded of a pastel peacock when I look at these colors. I love that the Pantone Fashion Color Report also includes sketches of clothes that have been dominating runways and will likely be hitting the racks next season.  I'm super excited with the oranges, wistful blues and greens and bright yellows.  Reportedly, these colors were inspired by "overseas travel" and I can totally see it - gorgeous sunsets, endless oceans and tropical flowers.

    Lenzing, a textile company, also regularly puts out a color report; as you can see it closely relates to the PFCR, no surprise really. 

    Anyway, I hope this helps you all get a head start on shopping for Spring/Summer 2011 ^_^!

Wild Flower Fairy Makeup Tutorial

    First off, I want to say thank to everyone who commented/watched my Rea-l Mayer video ^_^!  It was my first makeup tutorial and I wasn't sure how it'd turn out but you guys made every second worth it.

    This was the "nature inspired" Halloween look I alluded to a few posts ago before Ergo Proxy bounced into my life.   It's actually one of the more tame looks I had in mind, before I wanted to do something totally psycho...like an insect or something just to see if I could do it xD   I prolly still will if I can cram it in before Halloween....aka in 8 days omg.

    I forgot to mention in the video that I'm using a wet brush to intensify the color.  I like to just wet a paper towel and wipe my brush between colors and this both cleans and re-wets the brush for the next color.  Also to intensify the colors even more, use some kind of colored eyeshadow base before you apply the UD eyeshadows - my recommended eye shadow base would be the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the appropriate colors (very affordable + tons of colors). I didn't do it in the vid though because I find the UD shadows to be pretty vibrant as is.

    This look is essentially an UD Book of Shadows III look. I'm trying to use this palette as much as possible, mostly because it's my first legit palette ^^;; and I want maximize my purchase per se ;) So far I'm really liking the colors, they're super pigmented with minimal fallout (except Midnight Cowboy, which I now never use and is pretty much universally regarded as a bad eyeshadow even by UD-lovers).

    Products Used:
    * = in the UD BoSIII

    * UD Primer Potion in Original
    * UD Snatch eyeshadow
    * UD Kush eyeshadow
    * UD Psychedelic Sister eyeshadow
    UD 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Yeyo
    * UD 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Ransom
    MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
    Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Liner in Black
    UD Heavy Metal Eyeliner in Distortion (I said Pyrotechnic in the video...no idea why I said that -_-)
    Missha Shining Style Stick Eyes in White
    (yes I forgot to apply mascara X_X)
    Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in Brown
    Lioele Silky Highlighter BB Touch
    Rock & Republic Pressed Blush in Tease
    NYX Round Lipstick in Circe
    C.O. Bigelow Menthe Lip Gloss
    G&G GBT Violet Circle Lens (LOVE THESE. Review coming soon.)

    Not shown in video:
    Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation (sorry ^^ I said in the video it had no SPF :P)
    L'oreal True Match Concealer in Cool (light/medium)
    Neutrogena Oil Free Makeup Remover (is what I use on the Q-tip)

    Ideas to enhance the look: I really recommend getting latex elf ears if you can (something really big and crazy would be cool ^^).  If you can get cuffed earrings too I think that would just take this look to a whole new level.  Also if you want a "wilder" looking fairy you could put a streak of dark lipstick on the center of you lower lip and use a black gel liner to trace more designs.  I didn't use setting powder because I wanted to look dewy but it made it a bit it hard to draw on my face with pencil because there was so much slip.  For the vid it was fine because I only wanted faint design but for a darker line, I'd say use a gel or a grease stick if you have one.  Also if you have your hands on a nice pair of lashes, use them.  I think one that wings out and is thicker on the outer ends would be particularly nice since they would enhance the exotic look.  Fyi, the lashes shouldn't be too dramatic or you'll overwhelm the eye shadow colors. This look can be adapted to be makeup for different colored flowers or an elf/pixie look... ^_^!

    I had a little trouble editing this - I had an insane 45 minutes of footage.  I decided to try filming more "freestyle" - usually I film in little bits with each step on separate clips.  This time I just left the camera running and filmed it straight through.  Bad idea.   Anyway, the light was gorgeous today so I spent a lot of time hugging my mom's potted plants xD She has a thing for alien looking plants in case you haven't noticed :}

    Here's a closeup of the eye makeup.  The top pic is too yellow and if you're wondering why my eye makeup looks a little different for each eye it's because my eyes are wonky; one has a double fold and the other is a hidden fold :P

    For peeps curious about the flower crown, it's almost embarrassingly simple x.x I cover the tape in the back by flipping my hair over it after clipping the crown into my hair.

    Anyway, if all goes well I'll be cranking out a few more of these :D  I hope you guys like!

Get RnR Blushes for $8! + Cherry Culture Sale + Sephora Annual FnF Sale

    Geez, I have to keep adding to this post...so many sales right now - but Rock and Republic restocked their blushes! AND their 50% off all cosmetics with the code rockcosmetics and .99 S&H is still going on!  I know a lot of you were disappointed how the colors went out so fast a few days ago but now's your chance to snag your favorite colors.  I've received my R&R blushes in All Nighter, Tease, Foreplay and Kinky a few days ago and I can say firsthand that these blushes are amazing.  I recommend Tease and Foreplay particularly.

    Read this post about how to get the best deal on RnR blushes.  If you need a $25 off your first-purchase Friend Invite, just email me at insideoutelle@gmail.com.

    First off, Sephora's Annual Friends & Family Sale Code is apparently working already even though it has not yet been officially announced.  Get 20% off with the code FF2010!


    Cherry Culture is having this oddly understated sale going on.  I found out about it accidentally when I was going through my 'Wishlist.'  Then after I added the coupon code being advertised only on the Checkout page - the little coupon ad disappeared.  But being a great lover to taking screen caps - I got this for you :D

    It's pretty obvious they're trying to keep it on the downlow cuz they're offering 10% on your whole order just because they can't process orders for a week.  The nice thing is that this discount includes all Sale items AND the regular $40+ free shipping deal.  Needless to say, despite earlier promises to myself, I've just placed another NYX haul *sigh*

    For first time buyers, I really recommend the NYX Round Lipsticks and Single Shadows.  The Mosaic Blush is very nice too (reviews of these products here).

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