We spent a decent portion of yesterday at ValleyCon.
Its a fairly small, local convention; I described it to someone yesterday as a costumed swapmeet. It was super fun, some of the vendors even remembered us from other events!
I went as Ariel:
I could not find a decent mermaid outfit for my little one, so she was Snow White instead:
Hey, at least we rocked the princess theme.
My kid is super sociable (so, the opposite of her mama) and she had a great time getting to talk to everyone at the con.
I lucked into a bunch of Kamen Rider toys:
The vendor didn’t know or care what the were and just wanted rid of them so I got them for cheap. So, all and all a super fun day.
Occasionally I get asked about my makeup, so I decided to put together a post on how I do my everyday makeup.
Ok, here’s me without any makeup on. Yes, I know I look like I don’t get enough sleep, or don’t look “ok” (as my boss would say). I’m fine, I promise.
So, we’ll start with foundation:
I’ve always kind of just put it in a cross shape on my face and the rub it in. I’m using Covergirl ivory, because even after forcing myself outside all summer, I’m still super pale. I can’t actually recommend a brand of foundation, because it really just depends on your skin tone. For example ivory in a different brand doesn’t work for me.
I found this bronzer I really like; I apply a light coat of it over top of my foundation to help blend it in. I actually don’t wear blush unless it a special occasion (cosplay, office holiday parties, getting photos done), but this even helps blend that in. You can skip this part if you don’t want two layers of gunk on your face, or just use this instead of foundation.
Now that I’ve made my face all one color, time to add some more back in:
Today I’m wearing white eyeliner ( I wear black to work all week). Apply it to both top eyelids; now for the bottom, I’m filling it in all the way, half way looks pretty nice too. If you want a thicker line, Blackheart (carried at Hot Topic)has some pretty decent eye crayons in very fun colors. Works a little better than trying to color it all in with a pencil.
Now that you have your eyeliner on:
Choose 3 eye shadow colors:
If you’re really not sure what colors would go together nicely brands like Covergirl and E.L.F. or Hard Candy have pre-done sets that work pretty well (I went on an E.L.F. beauty book binge after last Halloween…easiest way to get cheap black eye shadow), but if you are looking for colors that really “pop” I have a few recommendations. If you’re a loose powder type of person I recommend Espionage Cosmetics: http://espionagecosmetics.com/
Ok, so its makeup marketed to nerds….
If you don’t want that kind of mess, Blackheart its pretty fun: http://www.blackheartlingerie.com/blackheart/Accessories/ShopbyStyle/Beauty.jsp
Once you’ve chosen:
Color #1 goes from your eyeliner all the way to your eyebrow. I recommend a light color: pink, tan, white, etc.
Apply color #2 over top of the first from your eyeliner to roughly the crease of your eye, little more little less all good.
Color #3 goes over color #2 along your eyeliner, just enough to add a little extra color.
Once you’re happy with you’re eye shadow, add a little mascara.
Miss Manga is my current favorite….it gives you “anime eyes” lol. A smaller brush may work better for your lower lashes, but eh…I’ve only poked myself in the eye once or twice.
Now apply some lipstick:
Again, Blackheart is a personal favorite, their lipstick lasts a good part of the day and it comes in fun colors. Good Goth also carries some unique colors: http://www.goodgoth.com/Lip-Colors-c29/
Now you’re done:
If you wear glasses, don’t worry this still looks amazing with them on:
This whole process takes me roughly 5 minutes in the morning. It also works amazingly with “work appropriate” colors. So, bright colors, dark colors, SFW colors this works with any thing.
Um, this the first “how to” anything I’ve done. If you liked it, have questions, or requests let me know. I can do another: formal, cosplay, rainbow eyes, leopard print etc.
As always thanks for reading.
It marked the 2 year anniversary of my game group being together, so I made cupcakes:
We kind of had a small group last night, but we had fun:
I got to try Mag Blast:
Its pretty fun and if you’re a sci-fi nerd you’re going to get a giggle out of the cards in this game.
It seems to be a TableTop Day tradition for me to teach people how to play Munchkin:
We played Munchkin Pathfinder. Our guests were a little confused by the fact that you’re allowed to cheat and back stab, but they had fun.
And of course this was requested:
You can tell a lot about people by what they find funny in this game.
For the most part I’d say TableTop Day went really well, considering the very first year we only had 4 people and way too much pizza. What annoys me, though, is not only did the person who was supposed to help me plan the event not do anything he promised he would, he shows up to the room we reserved for TableTop Day with his Pathfinder group. None of the say so much as hello to me, but they take up most of the room and eat all the snacks I bought/made. I guess they made it pretty clear that I’m not wanted around just my food and my games. Silly me thinking that people actually wanted me around, eventually I’ll learn.
So if you missed out on TableTop Day’s events or just want more, you should really check out this weeks Humble Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
They have a bunch of digital versions of popular Tabletop games.
I’m excited because this means I finally get to play board games with my bestie. >.<
As always thanks for reading my rants and ramblings.
So the hubby’s alarm went of at 6 this morning and woke me up so, I spent a good part of my day watching My Little Pony (Like it was a marathon of various MLP series). It didn’t affect me at all….
I was impressed with the season premier of Friendship is Magic, they managed to do a kid friendly Orwellian distopia. Not going to spoil it for anyone who is actually wanting to watch it, but all ponies are equal, but some ponies are more equal than others.
So, I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m 25 and the hubby is 29. We’re old enough to remember not being constantly connected to the rest of the world. My first game system was an NES and I had a hand me down GameBoy from my uncle. My first experience with the internet was my grandpa buying us WebTv.
I think the thing that is fascinating me the most right now is how easy its been to share pictures of my daughter with everyone. I can remember when I was a kid my parents had to make copies of photos or VHS tapes to mail to our family and that was pretty much left up to the grandparents to share with anyone else who wanted to see us. And to talk to anyone you had to call the land line and hope they were home.
My daughter has been alive for 10 days now and thanks to smart phones and the internet I’ve been able to share her with relatives I probably haven’t spoken to in almost 10 years. We were able to share with family and friends that she was born moments after with out having to make a single phone call. My mother in law has taken gigs of photos of her already, could you imagine trying to do that with film cameras like from when we were kids? Its so much easier to capture and share what’s going on with her than when we were younger:
^Even she wants to get online already.
I’ll stop rambling for now, but this really was something the hubby and I were marveling at.