The Queen of Hearts

 

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Queen of Hearts- Inspiration

The final day of April, Final Beauty look of the month! I’m pretty sure at least part of this look was influenced by the cold medicine I took earlier and all the white paint I used painting my dresser. Truly though it is a fun look. Next to Alice , the Queen of Hearts is a major character in Alice in Wonderland and due a look re-creation! Here is an “everyday look” for the Queen of Hearts.

Starting with a light base I used L’Oréal’s Infallible foundation and Sephora gel concealer. For a bit more lightness I highlighted with Wet n Wild cream Highlighter. Setting it all with Make up Forever HD powder. Its not the very white face of the queen but this is more an ‘Everyday” look.

The shadows used were all from the Walmart generic palette. Three shades of blue. Starting with the lightest shade Chic, I brushed it on from lid to just above the crease. Next I applied the shade Amour from crease to just above the brow bone. The third shade is Sunny. The queen loves her blue shadow so this was applied just above the crease all the way to the brow and blended in the outer corner of the eye.

To separate the blue I went the liquid liner Illamasqua from the inner corner to the outer corner with a slight wing into the blue shadow. For the lower line I used L’Oréal extra intense gel liner along the water line. Then taking a bit of Amour and Sunny on a tapered brush I applied the shadows below the liner on the lash line. To give the brows the high definition I shaped and filled them in with Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow extending the line so far down almost level with the outer corner of my eyes. Finishing off with some Maybelline Pumped up mascara.

Using the Benefit hoola-lite I lightly contoured my cheekbones. The queen doesn’t have high def contouring so this worked perfectly. Then along the cheekbone very lightly I applied Benefits dandelion just to give the flushed look.

Because she is the Queen of hearts the lips reflect that. Using Rimmels red dynamite lip pencil I drew a heart from my cupids bow to just below the lips and filled it in. Adding more dimension I applied MAC crème sheen in brave red to fill in the heart. And that is all! Now bow to the queen! LOL!  With that April Beauty month is over. But behold it is now May and there are many more surprise’s in store! Remember to be creative and have fun! I love you!

May I Present Alice

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Alice Kingsleigh-Inspiration

Yesterday I explained the GYPSY part of this blogs name and gave my interpretation of gypsy style. Today is all abought Alice. As I’m sure you can see from the picture above GYPSY Alice’s Alice is inspired by Alice Kingsleigh from Alice in Wonderland. I believe in life to keep balance otherwise you spiral. The light, calming shades of Alice’s world are in direct contrast to the vibrant wonderland. That’s what I love. I have rooms in my home that are calming, my bedroom for instance, because I like it to be a relaxing place to escape too. My living room however is meant to have bold colors. Its a lively place where everyone assembles. I don’t want people afraid to stain a fabric or rug. Todays Alice look is a very calming, natural look with very little product. Especially compared to yesterdays Gypsy look. Was it 6 or 7 shadows? I lost count. LOL!

One difference in todays look from all the other looks I did this month, I needed to me a little paler. so to achieve this I used the Nars foundation but instead of shape tape I used the light Sephora gel concealer liberally under my eyes and along my cheekbones as well as the brow bone. For my eye lids I generously applied Urban Decays primer potion. Then using Makeup Forever’s HD micro finishing powder I dusted it all over my face blending it in so it looked natural.  There was no liquid highlighter used in this look! Shocking I know!

The three shadows I use are all from the Lorac propalette. The transition shade is cream, applied from lash line to brow line. The second shade is light bronze. Yes it is a shimmer however it is only applied lightly on the lower lid from corner to corner. The last shadow is taupe. Since Lorac’s colors are highly pigmented this requires only a light dusting along the crease.

To line the eyes I used a combo of the light bronze and taupe and just very lightly brushed it along my lash line. Alice’s face is not highly contoured so I used Benefits hoola lite buffed into the hollows of my cheeks. For blush, Alice’s face has that light healthy peachy tone. Using Benefits rockateur I did a light dusting along my cheekbone and followed with a dusting a trail from one cheekbone over the top bridge of my nose and over the other cheekbone. For my brows I didn’t want drama so I shaped and filled them in with Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz pencil.

The last step is the lips.  Alice keeps a natural, peachy, non-lipstick look. For this I used a combo of Victoria Secret glossy lip tint crayon lining my lips as well as using it to fill them in. In the center I dabbed a bit of the LAQA creamy highlighter in peachers daughter.

And with that we have a brunette Alice. And with that I also give you the explanation to my blog name. GYPSY Alice is both sides of me, The vibrant colorful and the natural calm. It is my even balance. I hope you enjoyed this weeks looks. There’s one more day in Beauty Month of April on Gypsy Alice and its gonna be a big one! Until then enjoy your weekend, have fun and be creative!

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GYPSY Loving!

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I have been asked many times how I came to name my blog GYPSYAlice and not after my actual name. OK, so… as much as I love my name, I felt it was too boring. I gave it a lot of thought and decided to combine two topics that have always defined my style. The first part is GYPSY. I love the gypsy style whether your talking gypsy/boho or gypsy/fortune teller. The color, richness and depth of the gypsy style feeds my creativity. So I bring to you today my interpretation of gypsy richness.

After moisturizing liberally I applied the MAC strobe cream because I want some shimmer but I don’t want to over do it for this look. This is why I didn’t mix in any liquid highlighter with my foundation today. I applied a lighter amount of Nars foundation but it still gave a perfect full coverage. Since I wasn’t going for an overly shimmer look I used the Tarte shape tape for my under eyes. Then applied the Urban Decay primer potion on my lids and brow bone. This gave me an even canvas to start coloring.

All my eyeshadows today came from the Lorac propalette except the glitter. YES I SAID GLITTER!!!!!! The transition shade I used is the shade cream. Its a matte shade and I applied it from lash line to brow line. For the crease I buffed in the shade taupe, also a matte shade. I started to blend it up to the brow bone but not over it. The third shade I was excited to use. It starts the layering of not just shimmer but also rich shades. On my lid I applied the light bronze and blended it upwards to the crease. The fourth shade was gold. This shade also went over my lid and up to the crease but just below the light bronze. I also started buffing it out beyond my outer corner slightly with the gold.

Moving right along to shade number five, garnet. Another shimmery shade, was applied from my lash line up just below the gold and then buffed just beyond the outer corner. This is such a rich shimmery red and very pigmented so a little goes a long way. Another highly pigment color is shade number 6! I could not wait to try this color. Deep purple, a very deep shimmery purple! Applied on the lid and buffed just beyond the outer corner. Such a gorgeous color!!

I’m so proud of myself with the next step. I used liquid liner again and I got it almost completely straight!!! Starting on the inner corner of my eyes using the Illamasqua liquid liner, I went along the upper lash line to a slight wisp of a wing and back along my water line to the inner corner of my eyes. I was so confident I went full circle. With that conquered it was time for the brows. Using the Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow I carefully lined my brows, over drawing them a bit to give that bold look. I also extended the tail out just a slightly too. for a bit of  a smoky look I took my tapered brush and applied the garnet then the deep purple just below the liquid liner on the lash line.

Before finishing up my eyes I wanted to lighten up under my eyes a bit more and clean it up a bit. For that I used the Sephora gel concealer. Using a darker gel concealer from Sephora I contoured the hollows of my cheeks. Blending them in I then used my fingers and blended in the Makeup Revolution strobe highlighter just along the top of my cheek bone, down the bridge of my nose. Along the brow line I applied a little NOMAD highlighter. My sister gave me her MANNA Kadar shadow stick in s’more that she received in her ipsy package. Its a metallic dark gold/bronzy shade. To add a little more definition to my eyes I drew a line along the crease and buffed it in. Its a wonderful creamy shadow stick and it blended in very well.

Today I actually used the Tarte Amazonian clay blush as a blush not a contour shade! It is such a versatile color. Blending upwards I applied it along the cheekbone. OK I used it to contour a little. I blended a little along the side of my nose and on the jawline. Re-using the luxe Eylure lashes from yesterday I used the DUO glue. Yesterday I used the glue it came with and as much as I love Eylure lashes, I don’t love their glue. Then it was time for glitter!! Well what I thought was a glitter shadow. I bought the Wet n Wild nudecomer, It looked like a dry glitter shade before I used it. As soon as I dipped my brush in it turned out to be a creamy shadow. Still it was extra shimmery so I continued. Only dabbing it on the center of my lids by the lash line into the inner corner of my eyes. I did have to touch up the eyeliner a little but over all the creamy shadow was easy to manipulate.

Now I ask you, what kind of lip shade would you use for this look?  A dark rich shade that’s what. Using the NYX matte lipstick in dark era I applied it to my lips keeping it very neat. Then , well, I’m telling you glitter is addictive! Hi, My name is Melinda and I have a glitter addiction. I went back to the NYX gold face and body glitter. I dabbed on a bit just to the center of my upper and lower lip to give the deep, rich, luxurious red a pop! Then , well, I went a bit further and added some along my cheekbone and up towards my temples and slightly up on my forehead. I’m telling you I cant stop! But I think its tasteful and suits the look.

Honestly I think this look could be an everyday sort of look with out the glitter but why go without! LOL! I hope you enjoyed this look as much as I loved creating it. This is why the first part of the blog name is GYPSY. The colors and glitter are so luxurious. Tomorrow is Friday and I will share with you the meaning behind the second part to my blogs name. As always be creative and have fun!!!

 

 

So Choice, Bodacious

80sThere’s no denying the 1980’s were the decade of color and hair..lots and lots of hair! It was the decade of colorful creative expression. It wasn’t until the mid to late 80’s when I was allowed to start wearing makeup, however I served as my oldest sisters makeup doll before that. I love 80’s music, tv shows and movies so it was only natural I recreate the make up! One of the best things about recreating the 80’s, its all inexpensive! All the drugstores carry the colors no matter what’s in fashion.

Starting with an even canvas using Nars Foundation and Tarte shape tape, I used the Tarte Amazonian clay blush in feisty to give a slight contour. The key to 80’s cheeks is colorful blush so I didn’t want the contour color to show. For blush I generously applied the NYX ombre blush in code breaker. This color is so pigmented and gorgeous.

For my lids I combined the shades white and light pink from the Lorac propalette and applied it from the lid crease to the brow bone. Next is Maybelline’s shadow in teal. Careful to keep it from my brow bone I applied it from the crease to partially down my lid.

To accentuate the teal I applied the shade sunny from the Walmart generic palette only to the crease of my lids.

Separating my lid into 2 sections I applied NYX shade volatile on my lid from the center to the outer lid and around to my lash line to the same center point. From the center of my lid inward and around to the same center point I used the NYX ombre blush I used on my cheeks. Then using the Kat Von D eye contouring brush I buffed the colors so there were no harsh lines.

For a bit of drama I applied the Urban Decay 24/7 glide on pencil along the upper lash line and water line. Giving it a slight buffing on the outer corner and lid softened the drama. Using the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow I shaped my brows y over drawing slightly and filling them in a little more than normal to give them the thick look. To highlight the brow bone and along the inner part of the brow line I used the little applicator that came with the Maybelline teal shadow and applied the nomad highlighter in midnight sun. With that finished I applied several coats of Maybelline pumped up mascara on my upper lashes and a light coat along my lower lashes.

I had purchased the NYX color mascara in blue to use for this look but preferred the dark dramatic look today. The blue is definitely an option though. For my lips I turnt it up more than a notch with the NYX Turnt Up! lipstick in privileged. This lipstick is so creamy and pigmented. The shade just bursts with good vibes!

It was fun going back in time with these shades. I can see myself using them in other looks. With my hair curled into spirals and teased up, I was a little disappointed in myself in my lack of height, The only thing missing was a hot colored scrunchy! I hope you enjoyed this moment of time travel and will see you tomorrow for a 24 karat day. As always remember to be creative and have fun!!!

The final look:

Under the Big Top

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Belladelune-Inspiration

ITS MONDAY FUN DAY!!!  I’ve seen many versions of this but to recreate its best to go to the original creator.  Belladelune created this look because of the hurtful names she’s been called. Its her way of showing what a real clown looks like. I love it. I used all cream make up except my eyeshadow/liner/mascara and brows. I started with foundation already on and a little shape tape. Not sure if that’s what I was supposed to do but I wanted an even canvas to start.

First I added the highlighter. For this I used two different cream highlighters. Originally I tried the Maybelline brightening cream but it was too dark for this look. I used the Wet N Wild highlighter under the eyes and down my cheek in a triangle pattern, and along the bridge of my nose with a separate square on the tip of my nose. For my forehead I used Sephora bright future gel serum concealer in buttercream. I also applied this on my chin, jaw line, and above and below the brow bone.

Next is contouring. I may have chosen too dark of a concealer for this but we will make it work. To contour I used Sephora bright future concealer in toffee. This was applied to the hollows of my cheeks, along my hairline on my forehead, along the side of the bridge of my nose with a little line across the tip and lastly a square around the highlighter on my chin. Next to cover and darkness around my eye I applied Wet N Wild yellow cover cream on my lids and as a triangle from my lower lash line down to my cheeks. I sorta feel like I’m doing makeup for the Lion King.

Ok so no more lion, for now, Time for some color. For my lips and surrounding area I applied the Wet N Wild purple Normalizing cream. You know that’s a sexy pucker! Next up is the cheeks. For that I chose Revlon Instablush in berry kiss. In hind site I think I would have chosen a more shimmer blush. This shade is a matte. Beautiful color though. Using a flat detail brush I dabbed the blush on to create a circle on each cheek. Because I wanted a little shimmer I applied a large dot of Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter in starlight to the center of my forehead and little dots along the cream highlighter on my upper cheek. Using the Cover FX liquid highlighter in moon light and the end of a brush I applied dots along the dark contour lines.

Now we pray to the beauty gods, “please don’t let me look like my face was swirled in paint. Amen” In hind sight, again, I would have used my foundation brush along my cheekbone for the blush and contour. But in my excitement I used my beauty blender. This kinda created a mess. The beauty blender works great for around the eyes, nose, forehead and jawline. There was just so much cream on my cheeks so it all sorta blended together creating a darker skin tone. Learning experience. I think its time for a new brush and blender.

BUT WE ARENT DONE YET!!!! To finish off the look we need to do the brows, eyes and lips. First the brows. I wanted a more understated brow so instead of the dipbrow pot I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I followed my natural arch and then filled in my brows. For my eyes I applied the Tarte Amazonian clay blush in feisty , because we are feisty today! I applied this on my lids and buffed it into the crease. Next using the L’Oréal infallible shadow in amber rush I dabbed the shimmer shadow on my lids. To give my brow bone and inner eye I a little light shimmer I used Nomad Illuminating highlighter in midnight sun. Just along the water line I applied a thick coat of Lorac propalletes shade sable and dabbed a bit on the outer corner of my eye buffing it into the feisty and amber rush. No falsies today. I applied a few thick coats of Maybelline pumped up mascara on my upper lashes and a light coat on my lower lashes. To complete the look I lined my lips with the MAC cremestick liner in pink treat and filled in my lips with Ofra liquid lipstick. I’m not sure of the shade, its not on the package. It came in my latest IPSY package. It is a matte lipstick so to add a little shimmer I dabbed on a dot of the Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter in the center of my lips and patted it in with my fingers.

This was so much fun, it was difficult to apply because I was laughing! So if you ever have a day that just wont let you smile do this look. It is a definite mood booster!! I hope you enjoyed my attempt at clown contouring. I sure did. Join me tomorrow for even brighter colors! A definite blast from the past! I love you and remember to be fierce and be creative!

 

SHIMMER SHIMMER!!

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Gemma Louise Miles-Inspiration

The final vlogger recreation should have been posted yesterday. Family time interrupted that. I do have to say my day ended with seeing the new Amy Schumer movie “I Feel Pretty”. That is the perfect movie for the GYPSYAlice beauty month. Its all about realizing your own beauty, not what society thinks it should be. That is why I love todays vlogger. Gemma Louise Miles is a vlogger that keeps everything real. She’s honest about insecurities and building up self confidence. Whether you like to keep your look all natural or you like the dramatic look, its all about what you like! So lets get started. This is a very quick and easy look that shimmers to perfection!

I started with my current prep products since my skin has been dry. First the NIP+FAB plumping serum and DR.brandt NO MORE BAGGAGE for around my eyes. Next I used L’Oréal cell renewal. Once all that is absorbed I primed with MAC strobe cream and for eye priming Urban Decay primer potion. For foundation and concealer I used the Nars foundation and Tarte shape tape. Before getting started with Gemma’s tutorial I also completed my brows first using the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow. Gemma has some high arches so for this look I tried to arch them as much as I could but still keep it natural. Yeah, they look more like hills. LOL!

I wanted to keep the contouring light but noticeable for this look so I used the Tarte Amazonian clay blush from the hollows of my cheeks up the temples along the hairline. I also used it for a little bronzing along my forehead and jawline. Since I had been up for a long time and still had a few hours to go I needed to brighten up under my eyes. So using the Maybelline brightening cream generously under my eyes. To highlight I combined the Cover FX enhancer and the Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter. The Cover FX has a bronzy tint and the Makeup Revolution has a more pearlier color. I applied them both only on my upper cheekbone and blotted it in with my beauty blender. I also applied both along the top of my nose and on my cupids bow blending it in really well to give a soft glow.

To keep the shimmer going I applied the Lorac propalette shade champagne on the inner corner of my eyes to cover the fact I was exhausted and lighten up my eyes. I also applied it over my lids up to the brow bone. The next shade is a color that is probably my favorite shade ever! Its L’Oréal infallible in amber rush. It is an amber-pinky metallic and it is a powder but it goes on so creamy and beautiful. I applied it over my lids and blended it to the outer corner. I love this color!

One step I didn’t see in the video was under eye color. So I applied the Lorac propalette sable on the lower lash line and buffed a little in the outer corner to give depth. I hoped to use false lashes for this look. I went to Sephora and found a pair of HudaBeauty lashes. They are great quality and very sturdy but the set I bought are a bit too full for my eyes. I’m not giving up but for this look I stayed with mascara. I did apply several coats to give a fuller look. The last step was my lips. Gemma does a neutral look so I applied my trusty Rimmel 1000 kisses liner in wild clover. I wanted to use this as my primary color so I filled my lips in completely. Then to give a little shimmer I used Trust Fund Beauty highlighter that Glo tho. I applied it with my finger and tapped it in the center. And with that my shimmer shimmer is done! So light and shimmery I looked awake! Another reason I love watching her videos, aside from her talent and personality, Gemma uses reasonably priced products and when she does a clothing haul more often than not they are reasonably priced outfits as well. She is very relatable.

Final Look:

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I hope you enjoyed this week of influential vlogger recreations. Beauty month is almost over but before we go, next week is a fun week. We go to the circus, go back in time, a 24 karat look and 2 looks that explain the GYPSYAlice name! OH ITS GONNA BE A COLORFUL WEEK!!!! Until then be creative and have fun!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!

Every Day Needs Glam

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Jamie Genevieve-Inspiration

I could not wait to try a Jamie Genevieve look! She is an amazing make up artist and her vlogs are addictive to watch! New to recreating her looks I chose one of her easier ones to start with and thankfully it didn’t require false lashes. At the time of this post I haven’t made it to get new eyelashes after the KISS lash fiasco in the last two posts. So what are we waiting for…LETS GO!!!…

 

My skin is still pretty dry today so after cleansing my skin I applied NIP+FAB plumping serum all over then Dr. brandt no more baggage around my eyes. Once those were absorbed I applied L’Oréal cell renewal to my complete face. To prime I chose MAC strobe cream. With all that complete and absorbed it was time to create an even canvas. First step was to apply the Urban Decay primer potion to my lids next came the NARS foundation and finally the Tarte shape tape in the usual spots.

Contour/highlight and blush were three easy steps. First Contour using Benefits Hoola bronzer. This shade has really worked best for contouring this week. I slacked on the self tanning sessions. SHAME ON ME! I did blend it in really well from my cheek hollows up to the cheek bones. Next on the top of my cheeks I brushed on the Makeup Revolution strobe highlighter. I also applied it along my forehead, above my brows and along the top of my nose. Using the Benefit gold rush blush I blended it in with the contour and highlighter along the apples of my cheeks and blending upwards towards my temples.

On my eyes I started with Tarte Amazonian clay blush in feisty to apply in the crease and brush outward. For my lids I used the Lorac propalette champagne and blended upwards to the Tarte blush shade. The clay blush is a matte tone giving depth to the shimmery champagne and allowing it to pop!

To add more depth I turned to the generic Walmart palette for the floral rain. I lightly dabbed a bit of floral rain on the outer corner of my lid. It is very pigmented so a light touch was needed. With that buffed in I went back to the Lorac propalette for the shade garnet. Again this color is very pigmented but so beautiful. I applied the garnet beginning on the outer corner to blend with the floral rain and brushed it along the crease and only slightly touching the lids.

To add more glitz to my eyes I used my finger and tapped on some Makeup Revolution strobe highlighter on the middle to the inner corner of my lid and a little tap on the corner to give that glowy punch! The final step for shadow was using the Lorac propalette shade sable from the outer corner buffed into the floral rain and garnet. Then used along the water line rather heavy to give a deep smoky look.

No falsies today! Only mascara. To make sure you get that full look without fake lashes be sure to curl your lashes first. Then I applied a few coats of the Maybelline pumped up mascara to the upper lashes and lightly brushed my lower lashes, making sure there are no clumps. Since today is an everyday look I didn’t want very bold brows. Using the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow and an angled brush I followed the natural lines on my brows and lightly filled them in. Easy-Peasy!

For my lips I lightly lined with my absolute favorite liner , Rimmel 1000 kisses in wild clover. Then I applied the NYX lingerie matte liquid lipstick completely over my lips and with my fingers I blended it in to the liner. And with that the look is complete!

Jamie Genevieve is very inspiring. Her spirit and her talent are what influenced me to start my blogs. If I’m feeling at a loss of motivation I watch a video or 2 of Jamie and they often include her fiancée Jack and their beautiful pup Drogba. Their enthusiasm is infectious and motivational. I hope you enjoyed this look as much as I enjoyed recreating it. Please check out her YouTube channel, you will not be disappointed! Until tomorrow wonderful people remember to have fun and be creative!

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