Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Dare You to Wear This Look # 2



After posting my first dare to wear challenge (a challenge in which I dare my subscribers to recreate looks I post on my blog), I honestly could not believe the number of subscribers that took the challenge and posted pictures on their blogs. A lot of these subscribers said they couldn't wait for the next challenge, so, without further ado, here it is. 

I dare you to wear this look from the 2009 Dior Haute Couture show during Paris's Fashion Week. There are a few different versions of this look (different colours) and I have posted as many pictures as I could find below. Remember it doesn't have to be an exact copy of the look but rather a look that is inspired by the pictures. 

Those that have blogs can post their looks for all of their subscribers to see. Those that don't have blogs can just do it for fun! 

If you do decide to take the challenge and create a look be sure to post the link in the comment section below (be sure to post a link so I can show everyone your work). If you don't have a blog, you can email pictures of your look to funnyfacebeauty@gmail.com. 

You have 2 weeks to take this challenge and I will be posting everyone's looks on September 14th in an updated post.

Goodluck, have fun and thank you for making this challenge so much fun. 

Thanks
Alicia


















Monday, August 30, 2010

Experimental Makeup Look # 8



Yesterday I did an experimental makeup look on my sister Krista. I decided to do a 5 minute face because we were in a rush, and its not always feasible to spend 30 minutes creating a look. 
I wanted to keep the look simple but still fun and colourful, perfect for the last few weeks of summer.



For Krista's eyes I started with MAC's 'Orb' eyeshadow (a matte beige) as a way to create an even-toned base. I then used a golden shimmering eyeshadow (MAC's 'Nylon') to highlight under her brow bone and in the inner corner of her eyes. To add a pop of colour to Krista's eyes, I combined two purple eyeshadows (MAC's 'Beautiful Iris' and MAC's 'Parfait Amour') and applied them to Krista's eyelids being sure to stay below the crease. I also applied these same eyeshadows to Krista's lower lash line. To add some definition to Krista's eyes, I added Urban Decay's eyeliner in Zero (a creamy black)to Krista's lower waterline and the outer half of her upper lash line. Finally, I added Dior's Dior Show Iconic mascara in black to her lashes. 




For Krista's cheeks I started with Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge (A cream based blush/lipstick) in 'Calypso Coral' ( a bright pink toned coral). Using a cream based blush is helpful in the summer because it blends nicely into skin creating the look of a glow from within and can act as a great base for powder blushes that come off more easily in the summer. I then added MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish in 'Stereo Rose' (a shimmering coral colour) to the top of Krista's cheeks to add colour and to highlight her cheekbones.




I wanted the entire look to be very colorful so I added a bold pop of colour to Krista's lips. I started by applying a hot pink lipstick (Joe Fresh's 'Strawberry') to her entire lips followed by a light application of hot pink lipgloss (Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in 'Pink Pop'.




I think this look is great for summer, but also believe it could be worn in the fall by applying a lighter coloured lipstick or gloss to the lips. This also works for night by applying more black eyeliner to create a smokier effect. 


Let me know what you think of this 5 minute makeup look look in the comment section below. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Results of Dare to Wear Challenge #1 (Updated)









When I first had the idea to do a "Dare to Wear Challenge" I wasn't sure anyone would actually want to do it. Luckily, I was wrong. Thanks to everyone who let me know they liked an idea and everyone who took part in the challenge. Below are the picture of the 17 girls who recreated the look from the Derek Lam  fashion show. I was honestly blown away by everyone's skills. 
I will be posting a new challenge next week and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. 

If for some reason I didn't add your picture or you still want to try this look out, please let me know and I will update this post or do a second one.

Thanks again to the girls who took the challenge. You can click on their names to see more pictures of the looks they created. 
Alicia. 




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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FunnyFace Question of the Week #4





I'm in the middle of doing a makeup swap with another beauty blogger who lives in the UK. So, here is my question of the week:


Q: What product, that you can't get where you live, would you love to get your hands on?


A: I really want to try out the new Sleek 'Circus Palette' and I would love to get some more Illamasqua products. Why oh why is shipping so expensive?!


Let me know what you would love to try in the comment section below.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Product Review:The Balm's "Balms Away" Eye Makeup Remover




What:
The Balm's "Balms Away Eye Makeup Break-up" is a moisturizing eye makeup remover. Fortified with Vitamins A, E and C and a blend of plant-derived sterols and lipids that help to hydrate and restore the skin around your eyes. This eye makeup remover is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic dyes and fragrances.


Packaging:
'Balms Away' comes in a in a 'hockey puck-sized' container, giving you a lot of product for your money. The downside to this size is that the product is not as easy to travel with as some of the other smaller containers.  The Balm is known for their super cute packaging consisting of bright colours and pictures of women from the 1940s or 50s. Unfortunately the packaging of this product does not follow suit. The colours are fairly muted and would not attract my attention if sitting on the shelf at a store.


Cost: 
The Balm is priced at $20 USD which I think is a good price for the amount and quality of product you get.


Pros:
1) The product works extremely well. You just add a small amount to the eyelid, rub it in for a few seconds and then wipe it off with a tissue or cotton ball. For me, this is enough to take off all of my eye-makeup and I never have to reapply the product.

2) The product is great for sensitive eyes. I have used a number of liquid eyemakeup removers in the past and I have always found that eventually they irritate my eyes. With most liquid makeup removers you need to firmly wipe at the eye with a product soaked tissue or cotton pad, which always makes my eyes sting and leaves the skin around my eyes red. I have been using this product for at least 6 months and have never once had any problems with stinging,  redness or sensitivity.


3) The product is incredibly moisturizing: One of the coolest things about this product is that is is fortified with so many vitamins. This helps hydrate your eyes, especially if you are using this product before you go to bed at night.


4) The texture of the product is similar to vaseline, but it is not as greasy and when rubbed into the skin completely dissappears without leaving any product behind. The texture is soothing and feels great on the eyes.


5) The product has absolutely no smell: This product is perfect for individuals who have sensitivities to smells.

Cons:
1) The product is not great for little mistakes:  Although this product is amazing for removing an eyeful of makeup, it is not always the best product to use if you just want to fix a mistake or take away a small portion of your eye makeup. Because of its consistency, it tends to spread around the eye and ends up removing more product than you want to.


Overall Thoughts:
As I said, I have been using this products for over 6 months and I love it. The container is so big that the product will probably last me at least another year. It is by far the best makeup remover I have ever used because of how effective and moisturizing it is. If you get a chance, check this product out especially if you have sensitivities to most eye makeup removers. You will be glad you did!


Rating: 
I give this product 9/10 funny faces.




Have you tried this eye makeup remover before? If so, how did you like it? If not, what is your favourite eye makeup remover? Comment below. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Experimental Makeup Look # 7


I am a huge fan of country music. Recently, I saw Sugarland's new video for their song 'Stuck Like Glue'.  In it, Jennifer Nettles (the lead singer), looks amazing. Her hair is short and wavy, her makeup makes her look 10 years younger.  I decided to use her look in this video as my inspiration for this week's experimental makeup look. (I will post the Sugarland video at the bottom of this post so you can check out her amazing look).




In the video Jennifer Nettles has light shadow, thick black eyeliner on her top lashes and black liner on her bottom lashes. Krista's eyes are quite small so I chose not to use much eyeliner on her bottom lash line as it would make her eyes appear even smaller. I wanted to keep Krista's eye shadow extremely light and soft, as the focus for this look is more on the thick black eyeliner. I started with MAC's 'Orb' (a matte beige eyeshadow) and dusted it over Krista's entire eyelid to create a smooth and even base. I then took MAC's 'Malt' (a very light brown with a hint of grey) and blended it into Krista's crease to create some definition. Finally I used Urban Decay's 'Virgin' eyeshadow (a shimmering white-pink) and added it under Krista's brow bone, as well as in the inner corner of her eyes. To create the thick line on Krista's upperlash line, I used three different products. First, I used Maybelline's 'Eyestudio Gel Liner' in blackest black to create the thick line. I then used a black eyeliner marker (L.A Girl's 'Make my Eyes Long Lasting Bold Liner') to fill in any of the gaps or uneven areas left by the gel liner. Finally, I used Urban Decay's 'Jaberwocky' eyeshadow (a matte black with silver glitter) to set the eyeliner and add a little sparkle to the look. For Krista's eyelashes I used Elizabeth Arden's 'Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment ' macara and applied Ardell's false lashes in number 110. 




As usual, I added Chanel's 'Tan de Soleil' cream bronzer to add some colour to Krista's face. In keeping with the look from the Sugarland video, I wanted to make Krista's cheeks pink and shimmering. I started off by applying two Ulta blushes, 'Afternoon Delight' (a shimmering pink) and 'Heartbreaker' (a matte pink), to the apples of Krista's cheeks. Wanting to create a more youthful look, I only applied blush on the apples Krista's cheeks to give them a round and childlike feel. I then took MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish in 'Blonde' (3 shades of shimmering pink) and applied it on top of the blush, also focusing only on the apples of her cheeks.




I wanted to keep Krista's lips light and glossy because of her bold eye. I added a thin coat of MAC's 'Lady Gaga' lipstick (a bright baby pink) to her lips, followed by a light blue-toned pink gloss (MAC's 'Icescapes' lipglass).




To complete the overall look, I used a hair waver to give Krista some funky waves and curls. If I had to change one thing I would have winged Krista's liner, but in the end we both really loved the look.Too bad we ended up at the drugstore looking for new shampoo rather than at some fancy celebrity party!




Let me know what you think of the look and of the Sugarland video (if you can't see the video below, click here)
Alicia


August Giveaway Winner



Thank you to everyone who entered my August giveaway. You have given me a lot of great suggestions for new nailpolishes to try. Don't forget I will be posting my September giveaway in a couple of weeks. I will also be giving away an Urban Decay Naked Palette once I reach 300 subscribers.

After listing all of the people who entered my August giveaway (including extra entries for people who put my giveaway in their sidebar) in order, I ended up with 43 entries. I used random.org to generate a number between 1 and 43. The number generated was 2.



The second person to enter my contest, is GemWoody! Congratulations to Gem!!! I will be sending you an email to get your mailing information so I can send you your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Don't forget to check back for my next giveaways.

Alicia

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Update: Posts and Giveaways





I know I haven't blogged as much as usual this week. I really do want to post at least 5 times a week and will be working harder to reach that goal. I just wanted to let you know about some of the up coming posts and giveaways I have planned for FunnyFace Beauty. 

Giveaways:

My August giveaway ends tonight. If you haven't already entered the giveaway, please check it out in my sidebar. I will be announcing the winner tomorrow afternoon.

I already have the goodies for Septmeber's giveaway. I will be giving away two of my favourite Revlon lipsticks and a ring from my homemade ring collection. I will probably be starting the giveaway around the second week in September. Let me know if you have a preference of how long the giveaway should last. This month I had it up for 10 days but let me know if you would like the period to enter to be shorter or longer. 

Originally I had planned to have my big giveaway for the Urban Decay naked palette once I hit 500 subscribers, but because the palette is going to be released permanently I thought it would be a more exciting to do the giveaway at 300 subscribers. Hopefully I can give away a Naked Palette soon!!

Posts:

During my first giveaway, a lot of you requested that I start doing product reviews. Before I started doing these, I wanted to come up with a standard format to use when reviewing so that all of my reviews are fair and all products are judged in the same way. This is the format I have come up with:



What: (What the product is, who is it by, what it claims to do)
Packaging: (My opinions on the packaging, what I like or dislike about it)
Cost: (price)
Pros: (what I like about the product)
Cons: (what I dislike, feel could be changed about the product)
Overall Thoughts : (what I ultimately think about the product, whether I recommend it)
Rating: ( what the product rates out of 1-10 funny faces)

I have a few planned reviews, but would really like your suggestions in terms of what products you would like to see a review on. I can't guarantee I will have or be able to buy the products but I will certainly try to do reviews on the products you suggest.

Thank you to everyone who took my ' I Dare You to Wear This Look' challenge. All of the pictures I have seen so far are amazing! I will be posting all of the photos later this week. If you haven't already sent me the link to your photos, please do so I can post them for everyone to see. A lot of you said you would like more of these challenges. I already have another look and will be posting the next challenge next week. 

Finally, I have plans for a favourite drugstore products post, some more experimental makeup looks, some top 5 products (ie, lipsticks, brushes, etc) posts and some more hauls.Let me know if you have any other ideas or requests for upcoming posts. I am always looking for suggestions. 

Thanks to everyone who is subscribed to my blog and comments on my posts. It means more to be than you could know. 

Thanks
Alicia :)




Beauty Quote of the Week #9




"The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw"
- Havelock Ellis


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Grey Hair Still Trendy ?!




Grey hair is in and not just for those over the age of 50. After first showing up on the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 runways, celebrities like Kate Moss, Kelly Osbourne and Pink began sporting grey manes. Most recent to jump on the grey haired bandwagon? Lady Gaga, who sports long grey locks on the September 2010 cover of Vanity Fair magazine. 




Having lasted almost a year, it seems that this trend is far from over. As Toronto Star reporter Susan Pigg reports, more and more 'regular' people are are requesting stylists help them turn their hair grey.




"Rosedale hair stylist Rita Renouf, 55, finds all this quite amusing, having spent decades fighting back grey before letting her own wavy locks return to their natural silver a few years ago. "It used to be that young girls hated my hair – I looked old. Now all of a sudden I'm finding that a lot of girls are very envious of my colour. I've never had 20- to 25-year-olds go crazy over my hair. But it's quite beautiful, I have to admit."



What do you think of this new trend? Would you consider highlighting or dying your hair grey? How long do you think this trend will last? Let me know in the comment section below.