Fun with Halloween Makeup! Scary Stories Trilogy Inspired...


So with Halloween right around the corner, you might be scrambling for some last minute costume ideas. Might I suggest the following. An fx look inspired by the very creepy Stephen Gammell illustration from the story "The Dream", a story featured in every 80s and 90s baby's favorite childhood memory, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy.

Seriously, I had nightmares about this woman slithering out from my closet at night.

The makeup artist in this video is awesome and I just might be trying out this look for one of the Halloween week podcast episodes!

The look is actually quite simple to do and I look forward to scaring the crap out of you by sporting it in an episode next week. Which episode will it be, you ask? Well, you'll have to wait for it... :D


PRODUCT UNBOXING: Besame Cosmetics and Young Living Essential Oils

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I know it's been a solid minute since I last posted here. I've been getting my podcast episodes done and uploaded, and also there is a lot going on at the music front along with other projects. I've been wanting to make my next post about creating a look out of Besame's 1937 Snow White and 1946 Agent Carter lines, but that isn't something I wanted to 'fake my way' through.

Now with the Halloween season now upon us, it would be a perfect time to do something like that, so I will later in the month (perhaps I will create the looks for future podcast episodes). But today's posting will be an unboxing.

If you want to see the video version of the unboxing, visit my Instagram (I did it at 2am after coming in from hanging out with friends :D ). Otherwise, here is my most recent order from Besame Cosmetics and Young Living Essential Oils.

 opening the boxes....Young Living is on the left and Besame is on the right

Beginning with Besame Cosmetics:

PRODUCT REVIEW: Eddie Funkhouser's LuxLight Glow Drops and Revitalizing Foundation

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Time for another makeup product review! I am returning with two more Eddie Funkhouser products. This time it's the LuxLight Glow Drops (which I was SO excited about trying) and the Revitalizing Foundation.

First I will start with the Glow Drops.

When packaged, the Luxlight Glow Drops come in liquid form in a tube and the product is meant to give the user (according to the website) a lit-from within glow, illuminate facial features, and act as a diffuser and create a brighter and more even skin tone.
There are many ways it can be used, including using alone, or mixing into a moisturizer, liquid foundation or body lotion. Basically, it's supposed to help you achieve that "JLo Glow".

One nice thing about Eddie's website is that tutorials on how to use the makeup is included. Here is one on different ways of using the Glow Drops. This is a great video where Eddie demonstrates and explains the product. :)

I LOVE this product. I was excited to try it and wa…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Besame Cosmetics (An Introduction to Vintage Cosmetics)

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Most who follow my blog and social media and maybe even have been to my website probably have an idea that one of my greatest inspirations is history and much of the vintage style, along with home decor, comes with it. A few years ago, I had a strong desire to seek out makeup that was inspired by the days of old. I don't recall what exactly I typed into the search engine (probably "vintage makeup" is a safe guess, though), Besame Cosmetics was the first to pop up. Upon clicking on the website, I was hooked.

Besame is the brain child of artist, cosmetic historian and designer Gabriela Hernandez. She founded the business in 2004 with the intent of creating a line of cosmetics to bring back a fun, luxurious, and elegant experience in applying makeup. Which is something I'm all for. Besame translates from Spanish to English as kiss me , which is befitting because the line started out with their historically inspired lipsticks before growing from there.
To my de…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Grandma's Soap and Stuff Shampoo Bar

Many that follow my social media and read my blog posts know by now that I am a bit of a history nerd. Among the history subjects I enjoy studying are the cosmetics and beauty rituals, some of which I have tried and will say do work quite well. Yes, some are on the questionable side and you might have to substitute some of their old ingredients with some modern ones that are similar or have a similar effect. But I always say don't knock it til you've tried it. I have a few 18th century cosmetic recipe books, including a new one called The New London Toilet that I purchased at Fort Frederick back in April. I will be trying some more old recipes and reporting to you how they worked (or didn't work).
Since there are so many cosmetic, health and beauty manuals from that era, they apparently cared a lot more about hygiene than people tend to think. Now of course as it is with anything else, just how well they kept up with it varied with circumstance, culture, region, etc, but …

PRODUCT REVIEW: Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

I recently came across the world of "Eddie's Angels" through a mutual friend and fellow actress/filmmaker. As I've stated before, I love makeup and beauty products, and it is a large part of what I do. On Memorial Day Weekend, Eddie had a blowout sale and I took full advantage, of course.

Items pictured above are as followed:
- three tubes of Quattro Variable Lash Mascara
- Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus
- Graffiti Creme Eye Pencil
- Luxlight Luminator
- Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss in "Girl Gone Bad"
- Hyperreal Nourishing Lipcolor in "Rumor"

First, I want to say that the price for everything was right to begin with, but Eddie was also having a blowout sale, adding to the fact that I also had a coupon code. As an added bonus, there's free shipping if you live in the U.S. and your purchase is over $25.00. Because of this, I ended up getting a $75 value for just under $36! Score.

So I did two different looks with the makeup, and here were …

PRODUCT REVIEW: Young Living ART Beauty Mask

One thing that is prevalent in my line of work is cosmetics, cosmetics, and more cosmetics. And no, I'm not complaining. Makeup is fun! But it can also wreak havoc. Thankfully, skincare products are a weakness of mine. One beauty item that seems to be increasing in popularity is the sheet mask. Basically a mask that, instead of coming in a clay or lotion form encased a tube or jar, it is actually a sheet and the beneficial emollients are infused into the mask. After hearing quite a bit about these sheet masks, I decided to try one out for myself and ended up buying the Young Living ART Sheet Beauty Mask. I do love the Young Living products, particularly their ART skincare line and I was looking forward to seeing how their sheet mask would work for me.
ART Beauty Mask Packaging
I typically do a facial mask once a week, usually on Sunday. I find it's nice way to rejuvenate and get myself ready for the week. The ART mask comes in a pack of four, so if you use it once a week, you&…