Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nails of the Week

I'm currently wearing Four Leaf Clover from China Glaze's Up & Away Collection.  It's a very pretty neon teal color.  Not exactly the shade of a four leaf clover, but an interesting color nonetheless.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

De-Poting Series: Lip Products

Depoting your lipsticks is not only a great way to condense all those bulky tubes into one flat palette, but you also get to capitalize on the extra hidden product inside your lipstick tube. I’ve seen plenty a Tanty using a matchstick to dig into their favourite lipstick after the bullet has been worn down. It seems a bit crude, but they’ve got the right idea!

Here’s the link to my tutorial on how to depot your lipsticks:

*If you want to get fancy, you can actually order an empty palette from website that will look more professional.

I actually prefer my pill box for a number of reasons:
• Its ability to hold an entire tube of new lipstick. A tin can only hold the amount inside the tube, rather than the entire bullet.
• Its ability to keep the product away from air. The individual covers allows for a more sanitary environment, with a lower chance of the lipstick drying out.
• Its ability to come apart. I can take a quad with me rather than the entire thing, if I know beforehand exactly which colour lipstick I’m going to be using on-site.

Have you ever reached the end of your lip gloss, where there’s just a bit of product left at the bottom that your lip wand just can’t reach it? Before you get to this stage, when you’re about ¾’s of the way through your tube of gloss, try this trick to get every last drop!

1. Heat up some water (on the stove or microwave) and place in a cup.
2. Grab those ¾ empty tubes of lip gloss and plop them in.
3. Walk away for about 10 minutes. When you come back the extra products on the side will have melted down.
4. Take of the wiper on your lip gloss tube with a dull knife.
5. Pour product into an empty contact lens case and cover OR store in original tube in an upright position. The removal of the wiper will allow you to now reach the bottom of the tube!

This allows you to get every last drop of that lip gloss out AND if you use a contact lens case, you can store two colours in one case, saving you lots of room in your make-up kit!

* Don’t forget to label your lipsticks and lip glosses. There are a # of ways you can go about it:

• Use the label your lipstick came with. Peel it off with your finger nail or try steaming it off the same way you’d steam an envelope to loosen the glue. Place a piece of clear tape over it to protect it from coming off.
• Hand write or type and print the lip product brand and name. Place a piece of clear tape over it to protect it from coming off.
• Buy pre-cut blank white stickers and write in the lip products brand and name.
• Use a label maker. Still place a clear piece of tape over it to protect it from coming off.
*Make sure you save those lipgloss tubes to store homemade glosses! but alas, that's another blog.. stay tuned!

Remember—waste not, want not my Glories!

De-Poting Series

De-poting products is a good way to get your money’s worth! A lot of times, you may thing something is done completely unaware that there’s a ton of product still in there. I’m sure in the simplest of ways you already practice de-poting, without even realizing it. For example, when your lotion pump no longer pumps lotion, what do you do? Toss the pump and turn it upside down, of course. There’s so much lotion still in the bottle, it would be a waste to throw it away simply because the pump isn’t pumping the product anymore. Even with toothpaste, we squeeze the life out of that tube, sometimes rolling it from the bottom up to get every bit out. When my Neutragena Deep Clean can’t be squeezed out anymore, I cut open the tube and scoop it out that way. There are so many common sense ways to ensure that no product gets left behind!

My depoting series is going to cover a few items, such as:
• Lip products (lip sticks, lip glosses, etc.)
• Urban Decay Primer Potion
• NYX Jumbo Pencils
• MAC eye shadows
• Repairing broken eye shadows/ turning loose pigments into solid eye shadows

All of the above will help you to save $$ by allowing you to utilize every last bit of your precious beauty products.

Waste not, want not my Glories!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Prince Of Persia: Princess Tamina Make-up Look

Hello my Glories!

So I just filmed my FIRST make-up tutorial and what an experience that was! The camera I record with can’t auto-focus. So if I move in or out of the initial spot I focused my camera on, the shot gets BLURRY! To add to the madness, there’s not screen for me to flip out to see if I’m even in the shot, as blurry as it might be! But of course I’m not gonna let that stop me!! I’m still learning out to stay in focus (there’s a lot of pausing, refocusing, unpausing involved), because this particular tutorial was blurry in certain instances (o.k., in MOST instances!), but we learn with time and I know what to avoid for the next tutorial.

It was also another feat to actually do the make-up while making sure I was in the shot and actually seeing what I was doing! Not only that, but I had to place ANOTHER mirror behind m camera in order to see the camera display to ensure I’m in the shot! Have I fully confused you yet? Here’s a ROUGH diagram:

So, as for the movie, I’ve been preaching all over the place how much I LOVED IT! First and foremost, Jake Gyllenhal as Dasan is SUPER hawttttt!! I love the costuming, the mythological theme, and did I mention how HOT Jake is?! I won’t get into more details, because I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s a definite go see in my book.

On to the look: Princess Tamina is rumoured to be “a beauty with no equal” (we have a lot in common). Her character has flawless skin and wears minimal make-up except for the kohl rimmed eyes that are characteristic of her locale and time period. There was one scene where she got all dolled up. Her lids were splashed with deep gold pigment, which is simple enough, but the eye liner brought drama and exoticism to the look.

Upon revision of the look, I would have opted for lighter foundation coverage; possibly a dewy look, with an iridescent feel to it. Something sheer, since Princess Tamina looked as though she had nothing on her face (unfortunately, we’re not all blessed with perfect skin), but the medium coverage I used was a bit harsh in retrospect.

I do hope you decide to try out this look! Good luck!

the original look:
my version:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to Aesthetic Glory

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Welcome, welcome my Glories!

If you’ve watched my “Welcome to AG” Vlog, you already know who I am and what I’m all about (for the most part). If you haven’t watched it yet, please do so, I’m quite enjoyable! (lol, jk) ;)

Check it out on YouTube:

I’ve had quite an adventure getting my Intro Vlog recorded, edited, and uploaded. On a number of occasions, I did a make-up look (because I didn’t wanna scare anyone away with my real face) and attempted to record the vlog. The make-up look would take sooo long that I never had the time afterwards to record the intro.

Finally one day, determined, I set up a little studio in the corner of my room. With my burgundy paisley curtain as my background, I piled some books on top of a stool, placed my camera on top, added my reading light in the corner to illuminate “the set”, and recorded it! After what seemed like a million takes, a lot of stuttering, a couple of “um’s” and “uh’s” later, I had enough footage to edit. I opened up Pinnacle Studio 14 and edited the life out of that baby. Time to save it onto my computer, so I could upload it on YouTube and ::womp-womp:: the video wouldn’t save!! Hours of painstaking editing gone to waste—to say the least, it was disheartening =[

Then, I got caught up in this somewhat important thing called “my education.” My professors were assigning papers left and right (like I’m ever gonna need to know how to write an MLA format research paper in real life!) ::rolls eyes:: A few papers and finals later, here I am in Trinidad on my summer vacay with a whole lot of nothing to do while Boyfriend is at work. After a bit of procrastinating (the one talent that I’ve mastered in my life thus far), I finally got it done!

Just to reiterate a few things I covered in my vlog, because clearly everyone just loves having things repeated to them twice:
• Aesthetic Glory is a name that encompasses what I do and my YouTube channel will be a forum for my art. AG is about the glorification of ALL things beautiful, including self!
• I will focus on make-up tutorials, nail art tutorials, product reviews, DIY projects, photography, etc.
• Remember to SUBSCRIBE to my channel on YouTube, because that’s where most of the action is gonna take place (i.e. video uploads, competition updates and eligability, etc.).

If you have any make-up requests, tutorial requests, product review requests, etc. feel free to drop me a line in the comments below, on my Facebook page, on my YouTube page, or e-mail me at

I hope you all enjoy my work and stick around for the bumpy ride, I promise you won’t be disappointed!! ::crosses fingers::