De-funk your life

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For the month of may I have been in a funk. It all started when I got sick. The head and sinus cold that would never leave. Taking so many meds, drinking so much tea and hardly sleeping. Of course the weather here hasn’t helped. We have gray cloudy and rainy days every day! Plus high winds that are frickin cold! Alaska spring time, what can I say. So once I was finally done with my cold and didn’t feel like a plague on society I sat on my couch …..and just stayed there. All I had planned for my blog for May was ruined. So I figured I needed to start digging myself out. Mothers day was the start of that.

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I love my boy!

My son came home from Virginia for a week. On Mothers Day my sister came over and with my son and husband we did an at home se pa day. Facials, manicures, pedicures but NO WAXING!

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It was a fun day. First we did our foot soak. My poor husband and son had to do 1 foot at a time since they have big feet. We soaked our feet in a mix of hot water, Listerine and applie cider vinegar. Next we scrubbed our feet with a peppermint scrub I made with sugar, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. With are feet clean and polished we softened them up a bit more with gold bond medicated lotion.

 

Next up were the facials. We started with Micellar water to make sure our skin was clean. Then we used a tea tree scrub I made with coconut oil. Only a little sugar and some tea tree essential oil. In slow circular motions we sloughed away the dead skin cells. After rinsing off the scrub we applied a warm cloth over our faces and relaxed for a few moments. When that cooled it was time to apply face masks. I seem to collect those so I had a nice assortment. We had a choice of assorted Glamglow mud masks, Glamglow bubble sheet mask, ELF bubble liquid mask and some Sephora sheet masks. My son chose the Sephora tea tree mask, My husband chose the Glamglow mud mask and my sister and I chose the Glamglow bubble mask.

 

My son was so kind he shared his sheet mask. LOL!

After the mask we toned with an apple cider water mix. Then massaged in some Nip+Fab plumping treatment and some Este Lauder daily moisturizer. Our feet and faces felt so fresh! We took a break for some tacos and sweet tea.

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oh sweet TACOS!!!

Bellies full we finished with our manicures. Using the peppermint scrub we scrubbed all the dead skin off and applied Sally Hanson cuticle oil to our nails and cuticles. Trimmed the cuticle and moisturized our hands. Time for polish. We each chose our favorites and had fun trying to apply to our right hands evenly but we got it. With a spray of the quick dry we were done!

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Time for cake. The main thing I wanted for mothers day was this tuxedo chocolate mousse cake from Costco! We had to go to both Costco’s in town but we found it! It is quite possibly the best cake ever.

 

I couldn’t ask for a better mothers day. So many laughs and good food. So happy my boys love being pampered too. So this started getting me out of my funky depression. I noticed my skin from head to toe was starting to look how I felt. Time for a change.

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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!

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!!!

 

 

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!