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Affordable Christmas Makeup Look



What I used for this look:

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Elf eye primer will work for the inexpensive primers [$1] but I don’t own any other primer at the moment.)

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in color Charcoal ($3)

NYX  Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in color Light Purple ($3)

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in color Yellow Gold ($3)

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in color Pale Gold ($3)

Elf Shimmering Facial Whip in color Spotlight ($1)

Elf Liquid Eyeliner in color Black ($1)

Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in color Black ($6)

-Side note: Maybelline The Falsies is an awesome mascara. If you’re into youtube makeup tutorials you’ll see a lot of makeup artists raving about it!

Elf Eyelash Curler ($1)

Mary Kay Signiture Lip Liner in color Dark Red ($12)


Prime your eyes all the way to your brow bone. Next, Apply the NYX Yellow Gold all over your lids.


What’s great about the NYX Loose Eyeshadows is that when you wet them, it’s like they turn into a different color. Take a tiny bit of pigment and a damp brush, mix together, and put the NYX Yellow Gold onto the center of your eyelid. This will add shine and bring more light to your eyes.



Take the NYX Light Purple and apply it on your crease and a little above your crease. I put the purple in my inner corners too, but you can skip that if you’d like.


Blend it out and make the colors smooth.


Next I put NYX Charcoal on my botton lash line and blended it into the purple that was in my inner corner.


I used Elf Liquid Liner to line my eyes and flick it out.



(Before mascara.)


Have fun and have a happy holiday!


I like using lip liner as my “lipstick” because I feel it stays on longer and isn’t quite so messy. Dark Red by Mary Kay Signature Collection.


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How To “Press” Loose Eyeshadow Pigments

How To “Press” Your Loose Eyeshadow Pigments Conveniently and Cheaply!


Has this ever happened to you? You’re getting ready to go out and decide to use a loose eyeshadow pigment and then when you open it everything spills out! I am going to show you how to solve this problem by also saving you money and stop wasting product!



What you will need:

                1. Empty eyeshadow pans (any shape you like)

                2. Loose eyeshadow pigment

                3. Rubbing alcohol

                4. Glycerin

                5. Needle or small tool for mixing

                6. Paper towels

                7. Heavy book

                8. Time/Patience 🙂

You cannot press GLITTER or fully MATTE colors because they won’t bind together.

If you have NYX Loose Pearl Mania pigments then you will need the glycerin AND rubbing alcohol. If you are using regular eyeshadow pigments you will only need rubbing alcohol.


First you need to squirt a little bit of rubbing alcohol into your eyeshadow pan, then start filling it with your loose pigment.


Start to mix the pigment and rubbing alcohol together with your small tool, adding more pigment and more alcohol until it gets wet.


When you feel the pan is full enough add 3-4 drops of glycerin to the mixture. Mix well until it all seems to be consistent. (The glycerin is needed for NYX loose eyeshadow pigments! You can skip this step if you are pressing a different pigment!)


Lift the pan and tap it against your countertop to assure there are no air bubbles remaining in the pan. (It also helps make sure the pigment stays compact in the pan).


Let your pigment try 4-5 hours before you press them! I suggest pressing them when the eyeshadow in the pan is moist and no longer extremely shiny.

Now you will want to “press” your eyeshadow ensuring the loose pigment stays in the pan and not flake out!



Find something small that will push the eyeshadow down into the pan. I’m using Styrofoam pieces.

Place a paper towel onto the eyeshadow pan, then put your pressing object on top of the paper towel. Now place your heavy object over all of that making sure it stays put. Wait over-night or 7-8 hours to look at your eyeshadow.



Doing this does not change the color of your eyeshadow. It ensures portability and saves you money by not spilling anymore loose eyeshadows! Also, the rubbing alcohol evaporates completely and will NOT hurt your eyes!

Pop these bad boys into your “CD Palette”! 🙂 Enjoy!

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How To Fix Your Broken Eyeshadows!

How to fix broken eyeshadows or blushes easily!

Have you ever dropped an eyeshadow and watched it crumble onto the floor? Well you’re not the only one. Not only have I dropped more than a few eyeshadows, I used to throw them away thinking they were ruined forever. Not anymore! I can show you how to FIX your crumbled eyeshadow or blush! It won’t look perfect but this will save you money and time from having to go to the store to re-buy your broken makeup!

What you’ll need:

Rubbing Alcohol (The higher the alcohol content the better this will work, this helps bind the makeup together WITHOUT “sealing” your makeup. Pouring just water on your eyeshadow will ruin it forever and you will have to scrape at your eyeshadow to get anything out each time. Big pain.)

Small metal tool like a needle or small spatula (Helps mix the eyeshadow when it’s liquidy)

Paper Towels/Tissues/Small towel (To press down the eyeshadow and soak up some of the alcohol)

Coin or a small flat metal/plastic object (You can also just use your finger if you want, this also helps push down the eyeshadow to keep it in place)


Okay so your eyeshadow is broken and you’re very sad. If you can manage to get all or most of it back into the metal pan then you already did the hardest part. It’s crucial to get most or all of the pigment back inside the pan or this technique will be difficult because you might end up bending the metal pan.

First, you want to pour the rubbing alcohol into the broken eyeshadow and mix it up with a small tool until it looks mildly soup-like and wet. (Don’t pour too much in, just enough to make it easy to mix)


When it’s all mixed up (making sure the pigment is inside the pan) put your paper towel onto the mixture and press down gently at first. After a few seconds place the coin or metal piece on top of the paper towel and press down HARD. The reason you want a coin or flat metal/plastic piece is because it helps the eyeshadow to mold back into the pan and keep it all in place.

(See my finger? I’m pressing down hard!)

Leave the eyeshadow alone and let it dry for a good hour.

After an hour pull off the towel and see how it looks.

(Blue Flame- MAC)

If it looks uneven or messy then you can re-try the steps. It won’t look 100% but the eyeshadow stays put and works!

Use this technique on blushes too!

(Pour in alcohol, mix it up a bit)

(Press down, let it dry for an hour)

(Like I said, not perfect but the color still works really well)


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Babydoll Sucker Punch Makeup Tutorial

Babydoll Sucker Punch Makeup Look

Sucker Punch was an amazing movie visually and artistically! The makeup will look different on screen obviously because of all the effects they use, but I thought this was a great look to recreate using some low and a higher end brand. I didn’t use false eyelashes for this look because I wanted to try to make this cheaper.

Apply foundation and powder. (For those who worry about eyeshadow falling down put your foundation on after your eye makeup. I am choosing to do it before my eyeshadow.)

Items Used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow White

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow Grey (It looks green in the pictures unfortunately)

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow Black Pearl

Nyx Loose Eyeshadow Mocha

Tokidoki Palette Bulletto

Wet N’ Wild White Kohl Liner

Sonia Kashuk brushes

Maybelline Brush

Sephora Black Liquid Eyeliner

Mary Kay Eye Lash Curler

Sephora Advanced Lash Booster

Maybelline Lash Stiletto


Apply eye primer to your eyelid and all the way up to your brow bone.


Apply white eyeshadow all over the lid, don’t go past the crease.


Apply a brown (I used Mocha by Nyx) to your crease, try to make a “furrowed” look with your eyebrows to help you draw the dramatic “worried” shape. Babydoll has this constant “innocent worry” to her eye makeup.

Apply a darker brown (I used Bulletto by Tokidoki) to give more depth to the crease.

 Blend your crease lightly with your brush so the line doesn’t look too sharp.



Put a white or lighter shade to your brow bone to make it “pop”/ “highlight” and draw light to your eyes.

For the tricky part you will need to line your upper lashline and wing it out to make a cat-eye effect. I wet the Nyx Black Pearl color to draw my line before I used the liquid liner. I find it gives me a good guide for my liquid liner. (Or you could just stop there and not even apply a liquid eyeliner — Works just as well!)


Apply grey to your lower lashline to darken the look.


Line your waterline with a white kohl liner.


Apply liquid liner (if you decided to do so) to your upper lash line.


Curl and coat your lashes!



You’re done! 🙂