Friday, November 6, 2015

Sephora Friends & Family Haul!!! Stila!! Buxom!! Benefit!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Follow me on YouTube

Hi yall!

I've been posting some videos on my YouTube channel. Would love for you to drop by.

I'm also really active on Instagram @elizabeth_bethezda
And snapchat: elizabeth_bethezda 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Maybelline 100 Years

What do you guys think of the Maybelline 100 years LE goodies?

So far these are the only two things I've picked up.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Testing... testing.... is this thing on?

Howdy! Long time no see.

I think I'm going to start blogging again..????....

I dunno- I'm on instagram @elizabeth_bethezda
I've just been posting pictures of makeup and that's probably all I'll do on here if I get to blogging again. It's been almost three years. Since then I've gotten my Master's degree in American history. I'm now in the Ph.D program and am studying for my comps. Hopefully I will begin my dissertation research next year if all goes well.

A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same.

I let my eyebrows grow in. That's a thing.

Um, I also think my makeup skills have gotten waaaay better. I was looking through some old posts and man- did I know how to friggin blend?!?!? Yikes. LOL

Anyhoo...... that's it for now. Here's some makeup porn for ya! ;)


Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial

Fist paint your face white.

 I used cheap white face paint that I bought at the drugstore in the Halloween section. I did a base layer using a foundation sponge and then did a second thicker layer with my fingers. I patted a thick layer of MAC Shimmering White powder over that. You could use white baby powder if you don't have a true white foundation powder. You just need something to "set" the cake makeup.

Next I used a flat eyeshadow brush and a semi-matte eyeshadow in a bright color to fill in the hollows of my eyes. Make sure to really layer on the shadow to get a thick and even coat. You can make these circles as big or as small as you'd like.

Now add in your detail work. I used a thin pointy eyeliner brush and my Studio Gear cake eyeliner to paint on the black outlines. You can make this simple or intricate, depending on how much detail you want to mess with.

Lastly I added a bright accent color to the empty spaces. I also used a black eyeshadow on the nose over the eyeliner to darken and smooth the color out a bit. I added some liquid eyeliner and fake lashes to my eyelids.

This is such a fun look to play around with and experiment with. I actually put a spider web on my forehead and first and it was a COMPLETE fail!

Wanna see?

DERP!!!! Makeup FAIL!!! LOL

This was easy to fix. I just wet a washcloth, removed the areas that were messed up, added white paint back on and started over. That's what's nice about working with these cheap Halloween-grade makeups - it comes off with soap and water.

Here's another look I did like this last year.

Thanks for reading!
Also, thanks for all the kind words on my last post. <3

Monday, October 15, 2012



I made a nail polish with an old bottle of clear polish and some mineral eyeshadow. This is just a simple two step process. From here I can add glitter if I'd like but for now I'm going to leave it alone. The color came out perfect and super opaque.

This is a mini bottle of clear essence polish .16 fl. oz. I added a generous 1/8 tsp of mineral eyeshadow.

Next time I'll probably purchase a small funnel. It got a bit messy but I was working over a sheet of paper so I just tapped the excess onto the paper, folded it and used the sharp edge to pour the eyshadow into the bottle.

I gave the bottle a really really really good shake.

Then I pulled the sticker off of the sample baggie and put it on the polish bottle so that I can remember the color.

I'm really happy with the result. This was my first time frankening. I think I may be addicted as I'm already plotting out my next colors.

Here I added some snowflake stamps and Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor glitter top coat.

Have you frankened your own polish? Any advice?

So..... is this blog becoming a nail blog? The short answer is no. I have been organizing my polishes lately and have caught the polish bug, HARD. Not that I didn't already have it but I'm a bit obsessed lately. Luckily I've been earning a TON of swagbucks so I have been using them to buy amazon gift cards and I buy polish with those.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Glitter Nails

I wanted to show you a mani I did using loose glitter. I can't believe I've never done this before because it came out so pretty. Pictures never do glitter justice so just imagine the awesomeness here multiplied by 100.

This was so easy to do.

First I painted one coat of Kleancolor Charcoal over each nail.

Now to put glitter on, I worked on each nail indivually. I painted a second coat of Charcoal on one nail and then poured a small, light grade glitter over the wet polish. Work over a sheet of paper to catch the glitter fallout.

Let it set for about a minute and then gently brush away the excess glitter with a soft bristled brush.

I decided not to put a top coat over this because I liked the textured look that the glitter made. Plus I was worried a top coat would dull the glitter a bit. The thick glitter look lasted about 6-8 hours until the excess rubbed off. I was still left with a glitter mani but not as WOW as when first done. This would be a fun look for a special party or something. Possibly a coat of Gelous would work to make it last longer.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Random Nail Polish

I have been organizing my nail polish. I finally got the mess under (semi) control and into color order. I'm now trying to go through and use all of my colors. Green starts it out so here's what I've had on my nails this week.

 Elianto polish in Shimmer Green with green, white and silver glitter nail art polish

 Sinful Colors Professional in Mint Apple with Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond on ring finger nail

Sinful Colors Professional in San Francisco

I'm hoping to eventually make a spread-sheet of all of my nail polishes just for my own enjoyment. Some people collect comics, some collect shoes, I collect nail polish and eyeshadow. 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Madd Style Cosmetics WIN

Wow! I've had some clamshells of Madd Style Cosmetics (MSC) for a while but hadn't gotten around to playing with them. Ermehgerd I was floored when I started opening them up. Some made me literally gasp because they are just so pretty.
This is a look I did with three of the more neutrals.

xRay Spex on browbone, Atomic Dreamland inner lid, Final Fantasy outer lid and crease

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Trollop

What's your favorite MSC?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Club Night Makeup

My makeup from Friday night.

I wore Detrivore's lip gloss in Coralline over MAC's Cyber. Cyber is a dark purple, almost black color. I like it but it's really dry. Coralline is a bright purple gloss that is pretty opaque. I loved the combo of the two and it lasted really well.

One way I get my lipstick to stay on longer is to use my lipliner then put on my base layer of lipstick. I get a tissue and blot this really well then I pat my face powder on over my lips. Next I repeat the process of lipliner, lipstick then gloss. This little trick really helps to keep lipstick on longer.

MAC StudioFix liquid NC15
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder
MAC Beauty Powder in Briar Rose on cheeks

Physicians Formula black gel liner for brows
Kryolan CEL sealer over brows
Detrivore Cosmetics black eyelid primer
Studio Gear Cosmetics eyeshadow in Heather over lid and under eye
Ben Nye eyeshadow in Toast on browbone
Dawn Eyes Cosmetics eyeshadow in Holographic White on inner lids
Wet N Wild liquid liner in black for all eyeliner
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on lower water line and into inner corner
Red Cherry lashes (lost the box, not sure what number)
CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion mascara

NYX Plum lipliner
MAC Cyber lipstick
Detrivore Cosmetics lip gloss in Coralline

Thanks so much for reading!
Cheers!!! <3

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Aspirin and Pepto Bismol.....

Last night was our city's monthly goth/industrial night. I didn't go last month because I was still trying to get my grad school application done (which it is now, just waiting for a yes or no). So, I made it a point to go to last nights event since I haven't gone out in about four weeks!

I am attempting to take more outfit pics but I'll say it again, MY CAMERA SUX!!!! These are taken by my three year old. LOL

These were taken by my friend in better lighting.

Everything I'm wearing is thrifted or traded for except the tights. The jacket is Living Dead Souls and I got it at a clothing swap with a friend of mine. My boots are Demonia second hand from ebay. I actually broke the zipper on them last night. It's kinda a good/bad thing. I've been running and doing a lot of spin classes for the past few months and my calves have gotten noticably bigger. I didn't adjust the buckles on the boots when I was zipping them up and I pulled the tab off one of the zippers. Now I gotta find a shoes hospital and *fingers crossed* they can fix it. I'm sure the fact that I downed a shameful amount of tequila before going out had NOTHING to do with me breaking the zipper either. Derp!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Clover

As Tante Fledermaus noted a few days ago, I'm in a green phase. Green nails, green eyes.... no on the green clothes. *wink

This is Kleancolor Chunky Holo Clover over Confetti Wedding White. I loved how this turned out, it reminded me a lot of the new pastel Lime Crime nail colors that are so bright.

This is Kleancolor Chunky Holo Clover over black gel polish- using my Red Carpet Gel Manicure set.

I absolutely love holo colors. Unfortunately my camera does not pick up the shifting colors very well.

What holos do you suggest?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

KB Shimmer: Cotton Candy... or as I like to call it, Barbie Puke

KB Shimmer in Cotton Candy.

Barbie Pink with a TON of glitter! Looks like Barbie Puke to me, in a good way of course. :)

I really love the formula of all of my KB Shimmer polishes. They are gelly based and the glitter stays suspended really well so that you are not fishing for glitter too much. She has some new Fall based colors out now that I can't wait to get my hands on.

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Black Rose Minerals EOTD

Elf Eye Primer
Black Rose Minerals Noxious on inner lid
Black Rose Minerals Sirius on outer lid and into crease, applied wet to lower lash line
Ben Nye in Toast on upper browbone
Wet N Wild liquid liner
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara