Halloween Bonus! Lizard Queen Vibes with Grande Cosmetics

Hello Friends!

Grande Cosmetics and I spoke during IPSY Generation Beauty NYC a few weeks ago - gushing about their Grande Lips Hydra Plump liquid lipsticks.

If you’ve been following any of the Swatch Parties here at BackPorchPoet, you already know I’m a little bit of a fan.

Together with these refreshing, pigmented, uniquely formulated lipsticks - a Queen was born!

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Products Used:

Grande Cosmetics HydraPlump Liquid Lipstick - River Clay

Grande Cosmetics Hydra Plump Liquid Lipstick - Smoked Sherry

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundaton

Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer

Tarte Pro Glow Palette

Maybelline City Mini Palette Urban Jungle

Tarte Maneater Liquid Liner

Smolder Cosmetics Dazzle Dust Jade

ELF Cosmetics Gel Liner Black

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Medium Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Shop Miss A AOA Studio Lashes Chloe

Elf Cosmetics Glitter Liner Sea Foam

Urban Decay 24-7 Glide on Pencil Zero

Inspired Makeup Monday: Scarlett O'Hara

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

The first step was to block out my eyebrows. This was my first attempt at doing so, but I felt it necessary to achieve the iconic side-eye arch to my brow. After layering numerous coats of Elmer’s Glue and loose powder, I color corrected the remaining brow hairs with a peach color corrector to brighten.

I applied my foundation to the rest of my face, being careful to dab over the covered brows rather than my usual buffing motion. Once the base was complete I took to mapping out my new brow shape – first creating the outline that I wanted and then filling them in.  

The rest of the look is quite simple, using my NYX Taupe blush to contour, adding bronzer to my crease, and fluffing a red-toned blush over the apples of my cheeks. Throw on some mascara, lashes, and an orange-red lip and the look is complete. (I wasn’t able to find a red-orange I was happy with so I settled for mixing two liquid lips to create the color I wanted.)

 

The Inspiration

Gone with the Wind is a cinematic power house. It was the most expensive movie ever made, for its time, and won 8 of the 13 Oscars it was nominated. What is most interesting about this, is that many considered it (including Clark Gable) to be a “woman’s picture” as if it were beneath any real serious participation. Well…a “woman’s picture” has since made around 400 million dollars in theater sales (which could be equated to around 5 Billion in today’s dollars). 

Gone with the Wind is also attributed to the first African American to be nominated for, and win, an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to attend the Academy Awards as a guest, in spite of the fact that none of the black actors were allowed to attend the premier of the film. I want to note that the first Oscar won by an African American actor was also a woman in a “woman’s film”. The irony of this compared to much of the resistance in modern Hollywood is not lost on me and I could die of eye-rolling as of typing.

Thus, here at BackPorchPoet, we have decided to end this series with Vivian Leigh and the brows the rocked a nation. She, and the numerous other women involved in production of one of America’s most well-known films, prove that nothing is more powerful than a woman determined to rise.


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The Products:  

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

                        LA Girl: Pro Concealer: Peach Corrector

                        Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara

                        Kiss: Looks So Natural Lashes: Shy

            Lips:

                        Beauty Bakerie: Lip Whip: Hibiscus Mango Tea

                        Beauty Bakerie: Lip Whip: Mon Cheri

                       

            Face:

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        Coty Airspun Translucent Powder

                        BH Cosmetics: HD Blush Palette: Glamourous

                        Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

Swatch Party Friday! | Kleancolor Along the Lines Liquid Eyeliner

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Kleancolor

Now…I’ll be honest and say I might have gone a little overboard with the $1 USD Along the Lines eyeliners…But with so many colors to choose from, can you blame me?

These eyeliners have an interesting latex-like finish where (if you wanted to) you could peel off the color once it’s dried to remove. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is the sour apple candy smell to the product that gets stuck in your nose. It’s not hindering me from using them, because I quite like them for the price, but it is something to be aware of.

Additionally, the liners do not have the names written on the bottle which I find irritating from both a blogging and consumer standpoint (being it might be difficult to figure out exactly what shade to re-purchase).

However, overall I have very few complaints about this $1 liner. It feeds a special place in my crazy makeup “collect it all” spirit that I just can’t seem to deny.

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Inspired Makeup Monday: Glinda the Good Witch

Silver Screen Queens

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

The Creation:

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The Process:

To begin, I totally changed up my brow routine. As opposed to the angular style that is popular today, I noticed Glinda (from the 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie) had a softer brow shape. I began by curving the front of my brow and continued the soft rounded shape through to the tail. I also made my brows as thin as possible without having to block them out. Additionally, Glinda has a reddish/auburn tone to her hair which is why I went with this particular brow color.

The eye makeup is fairly simple, taking Sugarpill’s Frostine all over the lid and buffing the edges out with the Shop Miss A baked eyeshadow in Gravel. I took a liquid liner to line the upper lash line, popped my face highlighter in the inner corner and threw on mascara to finish the eye look.

For the face, I knew that the style of the 30s and 40s was matte, matte, and more matte…but I couldn’t stay away from a little highlight! (We’ll just say it’s bringing Glinda into 2018…) After applying my base and setting it with powder, I used a red-toned blush from the BH Cosmetics Glamourous palette to rose up the apples of my cheeks, a touch across the nose, chin, and a bit on my temples. This was meant to mimic Glinda’s rosy/flushed appearance in the movie. I went over the high points of my face with BH Cosmetic’s Blacklight Highlighter palette because…I had to!

The lips were a tad tricky but I finally decided on mixing my Grande Cosmetics Liquid Lip in Smoked Sherry and Live Glam’s liquid lip in Butterfly.

 

The Inspiration

I assume most people are aware of the world’s first color film. It was a marvel of innovation at the time and was led by a female star, Judy Garland. Additionally, two of the most powerful characters in the film were also women. Billie Burk played Glinda the good witch and Margaret Hamilton the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s amazing to me, as I continue this series, how many bomb ladies have graced the silver screen with powerful roles and yet there is still a stigma that female led movies are not profitable. (As written about here and here) Granted, the movie was considered a flop at premiere but only because it lost out to Gone with the Wind, another female driven movie about a woman’s growth and survival during America’s Civil War south.

Burke was 54 when she took on the iconic role of Glinda (rocking her fabulous glitter ensemble) busting another myth that women have to be a certain age to be in a major role (that’s not someone’s mother, grandmother, wizened old woman, etc.)

Therefore, here at BackPorchPoet, we’ve decided to give a nod to Glinda our Good Witch and feeling fabulous doing so.   

Swatch Party Friday! | Black Opal Eyeshadows

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Black Opal

Black Opal is a black owned beauty brand who specialize in cosmetics geared towards people of color. Now, as you can see, I am decidedly NOT a woman of color…however, I’ve found cosmetic brands that have melanin on the mind kick up the pigment to such jaw dropping levels in order to show up on deeper skin. Let’s face it, we love ourselves some bold pigment here at BackPorchPoet. Good makeup is good makeup, regardless of the target audience.

I received these shades at a makeup convention earlier in the year so they are not available individually, however, if you search for the names of these shades you will be able to find the respective palettes they belong to!

Eyeshadow Palettes range from $4-$9USD on the Black Opal Website.

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