Make-Up Post: Everyday Eyes

A lot of people ask me how I do my make-up, specifically, my eye make-up.  I decided to do a quick tutorial for you all.  It is pretty simple and will take you about 5 minutes to apply.

Here is a picture of the products I use:

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  • White eye pencil by NYX
  • Black glitter eye liner pencil by NYX
  • Double Stacked mascara by NYX

Get NYX products here.

  • Elf brow pencil
  • Elf brushes

Get Elf products here.

  • Maybelline City Mini Palette
  • Revlon Photoready Palette
  • Cosmetic cotton swab

Get those products at Ulta.

Here is a picture of me with only my tinted moisturizer/sunscreen on:

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First step is to apply the base eye shadow.  I use a ballet pink color over the whole lid:

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Then I apply the white pencil on the water line and fill in my brows with brow pencil.  Then I look like this:

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Next, I apply a blue shadow from the lash line to the crease, which looks like this:

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Then I apply a silver shadow over the blue.  Then I use the liner on the top and bottom lids.  Followed by mascara, which looks like this.

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I follow that with a smudge clean-up with the cotton swab and then I’m done!

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Leave any questions you have in the comments.  Also, post pictures of your favorite go-to everyday make-up look.  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Scarlet Witch Dress from Her Universe

For our next outfit of the day, we are featuring the Scarlet Witch Dress from Her Universe.  The dress is available in standard and plus sizes.

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Because the decorations are out and it seemed appropriate, we shot pictures of the dress at Michaels.

The dress is a nice cotton with tons of stretch.  I love the classic comic book logo on the dress!

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The cut is a cold shoulder cut, which is nice because you can wear color coordinated camis or bras with it to enhance the look.  I also love the details at the waist that creates a nice line to nip you in at the waist.

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Get your own dress at Her Universe.  I’m wearing a 3xl.  I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  The witch hat was borrowed in Michaels.  The boots and gloves are from Amazon.  Necklaces are replica Civil War necklaces from Little Wolf Cosplay on Etsy.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

Witch Kits

*Update: Pinrose will no longer be offering this kit, but I feel the discussion should still be had.

There has been a lot of talk recently about Sephora‘s latest offering.  In October, cosmetic company, Pinrose, will be offering a Beginner’s Witch Kit.  The kit includes tarot cards, rose quartz, sage and a variety of essential oils.  The link above is to Sephora’s website, the kit isn’t up on the site just yet.  Just do a search for Pinrose in October to get your own online.

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Pic: quartzy.com

When this was announced, my fellow witches (I’m an ecclectic urban witch, fyi) had a collective fit about it.  While I respect their opinions, I don’t understand the ire.  I think, and this is just my assumption, is that they feel the practice of the craft is not being taken seriously by this company.  I can see where that assumption could be made.  However, I think we are getting into “fake witch” shaming territory here, which could take us into a very negative direction.  I’m reminded of all the times I’ve been accused of being a “fake geek girl” because I didn’t know the minute detail that this particular person was talking to me about.  I feel shamed everytime this happens, and I don’t want to be “that witch” that shames someone for reaching out and exploring the craft for themselves.

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Spell Kits from Psychic Eye Bookstore

Hear me out.  If someone is alone in their desire to learn more about the metaphysical or magick or whatever spirituality, they may not know where to start.  Perhaps they feel comfortable shopping at Sephora.  They see the kit.  They want to know more.  They buy the kit, take it home and then once they feel more comfortable, then they go to their local metaphysical store to ask questions.  Now they know what questions to ask!  They buy books and become more schooled in things.  Their friends notice a positive change in their energy.  They ask about that change.  This new witch passes on her knowledge and so on.

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Kit available on Amazon

Now, I realize that the preceeding paragraph was a “best case” scenario.  Will there be people just embracing this as a fad?  Absolutely!  You have people jumping on bandwagons for pretty much everything.  There’s no stopping that.  I just hope that my fellow witches don’t throw out beginners that really want to explore and learn magick for themselves.  I don’t think anyone can say that there is only one right way to get started.  Just get started.  After all, there are beginning witch kits available everywhere from metaphysical stores like Psychic Eye to Etsy and Amazon.

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Kit from Etsy

I do have a recommendation for those of you that are interested in the craft and how to practice it.  This wonderful book.  It is available on Amazon.

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Photo: Amazon

“Wiccapedia” has tips from everything from setting up your altar, minerals and their uses, oils and herbs and their uses, basic casting and a history of Wicca and Paganism as a religious practice.  This book is something I revisit on the regular to get answers to questions or to just reconnect with the practice.

So, if you see someone purusing the shelves at Sephora and pick up a kit, don’t give them a hard time.  Don’t be a gatekeeper.  It might have been really hard for them to do that.  Encourage their curiosity and embrace them as your sister/brother in magick.  So mote it be!

Love, Kim and Scout

Ashley Eckstein’s New Book

At last month’s SDCC, we attended the Her Universe Fashion Show, as always.  The goody bags at that show are always amazing!  This year was no different.  We all got a free copy of Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein’s, new book, “It’s Your Universe”.

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Now that the dust has settled from SDCC, I picked up my copy and gave it a quick read.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is not only a memoir of sorts, but also a workbook so you can get to work on your own story.

At the end of each section, there is a section for you to work on your own thoughts, ideas, dreams, whatever.  There are exercises such as make an action plan to reach your goals and jot down those little ideas that pop into your head that can turn into big ideas and dreams for your future.  Eckstein encourages you to write in the book and make it your own kind of dream journal.

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The illustrations by Ashley Taylor are really beautiful as well.  I would love to have several of these in a frameable format!

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That is one thing that I’ve always liked about Eckstein.  She likes to not only share her journey, but guide you on a journey of your own.  The fashion show being a prime example.  The winners of that show get to design a line not only for Her Universe, but the line is sold in Hot Topic and Torrid stores worldwide!  Yes, it helps her company for sure, but makes new fashion stars in their own right.

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The book inspired me to put pen to paper and write down my ideas so that I can expand on them later on.  I now have a ton of projects that I’d like to tackle!  I have this on my desk now for inspiration, actually.

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The book is a very quick read, which I really liked.  I also liked the “all ages” aspect of it.  This is a great book to give to a child to encourage them to dream and make things happen.  The book takes a very relaxed approach to new ideas and projects you’d like to accomplish.  Let them flow.  Break ideas down into milestones.  Big ideas are a journey.  By teaching our kids to break down things into manageable goals, big ideas seem less daunting and achievable.

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Pick up your own copy of the book here.  Happy reading!

Love, Kim and Scout

*All photos from “It’s Your Universe” by Ashley Eckstein and Illustrations by Ashley Taylor.  Published by Disney Editions

 

Brite Organix “Make Me Pastel Purple” Shampoo

As you all know, I love being a platinum blonde!  Since discovering the platinum assymetrical pixie cut, I’m hooked for life.  Finding your ‘do is kind of a big deal.  We all use our hair, or lack thereof, to enhance our look.  Hair is an important accessory, so like make-up, it is a lot of fun to play with it and try new things.  Also like make-up, your look is temporary because hair magically grows back and colors fade over time.  So, if you don’t like how something looks, change it!

To cut the brassiness of my bleach-blondeness, I use a purple-hued shampoo recommended by my stylist.  If I used it enough, I would get a slight pastel purple hue to my hair, which I liked, but I also like going back to blonde as well.

Recently the kiddo and I went to Ulta to get some supplies, like ya do, and saw this shampoo and conditioner by Brite Organix…

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Photo: briteorganix.com

I was intrigued.  Since it does not require a commitment, I thought, “Why the heck not?” So, I gave it a go.  Here are some pics, not filtered, after one wash…

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As you can see, it really gave it a nice silvery pastel purple hue.  I really like it!  Also, it will fade with each wash of my regular cleansing conditioner by WEN, so no committment.  Just a fun thing.  Also cuts the brassiness right out, so win-win.

I did a little research on Brite Organix.  Their products are vegan, which is great.  They also have a variety of different products, hair colors, shampoos, etc.  Check out their website here.  They are an Australian company, but if you want to check out their products in person, just visit your local Ulta store.

Happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

SDCC Recap: Her Universe Fashion Show

Our last SDCC recap is the Her Universe Fashion Show, which took place at the Regency Grand Hyatt on Thursday evening.  This year’s show marked the fifth anniversary of the show.  We’ve attended every year.  This year brought some wonderful designs, as always, inspired by all kinds of fandoms from Godzilla:

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To Space Mountain:

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Ashley’s dress was also an incredible creation inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” using over 500 Funko Pops!  The dress weighed in at 40 pounds, almost double that of her Lego dress from two years ago.

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There was an incredible surprise in the middle of the show, the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker herself, walked the runway in her new costume.  Whittaker stated on the runway that she had input in the design which needed, “To be comfortable, of course.” and also, “Anyone can cosplay this.  You aren’t cosplaying a woman.  You aren’t cosplaying a man.  You are cosplaying The Doctor.”  Her Universe released their own 13th Doctor coat at SDCC, so we can all cosplay The Doctor.

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Her Universe also released a special Clone Wars collection to celebrate the return of “Clone Wars” with 12 more episodes!

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It was an incredible show, and as always, the designs did not disappoint.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

 

 

SDCC Recap- Thor and Loki Who Lunch

Our new cosplay, a mash-up of 50’s style and Thor and Loki, which we named “Thor and Loki Who Lunch” was a big hit at SDCC this year.  All photos by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.

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The dresses are from Pinup Girl ClothingHats and gloves from Amazon.  Thor purse and Loki Tesaract bag from Wish.  The led lights for the Tesaract purse from Amazon.  Hammer from Amazon.  Click the links to buy.  I’m wearing a 3X  and Scout is wearing a Medium dress.  I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  Scout is 12 years old and tends to wear an 8 in most things.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout