Enamored with Makeup
Urban Decay vs. Sugarpill 
Products used: Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box, Sugarpill Sweetheart Palette
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I figured that I should do a side-by-side comparison since their eyeshadows are very pigmented, Urban Decay on the left and Sugarpill on the right. When placed beside each other, their pigmentation looks about the same. I guess the shimmery finishes of UD makes it look less pigmented. Anyway, I hope this helps for those of you that already own Urban Decay shadows!

Urban Decay vs. Sugarpill 

Products used: Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box, Sugarpill Sweetheart Palette

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I figured that I should do a side-by-side comparison since their eyeshadows are very pigmented, Urban Decay on the left and Sugarpill on the right. When placed beside each other, their pigmentation looks about the same. I guess the shimmery finishes of UD makes it look less pigmented. Anyway, I hope this helps for those of you that already own Urban Decay shadows!

Sugarpill

My absolute, all-time favorite love! This indie brand does not have a lot of products out yet, but their eyeshadows are vibrantly bright and stand out like no other! And I used to think Urban Decay was bright! Boy, was I in for a new treat.

My first run-in with this product was at Fanime 2010, where I saw an Artist Alley dealer sport this makeup like it’s the shizz. I had always wanted to purchase Sugarpill after that, but wasn’t reminded of it until I read posts written by Temptalia.com. 

http://www.sugarpillshop.com/collections/shop?page=1

So, I have the Sweetheart Palette, which consists of colors: Afterparty (Blue), Tako (White), Dollipop (Pink), and Midori (Green). I considered this palette easier to wear and work with, unlike the alternative, which is Burning Heart. Even with this said, I intend to pick up Burning Heart in the future. I also have Love+ (Red Pressed Eyeshadow) and Goldilux (Gold Loose Eyeshadow). Both of these are as pigmented as the pressed eyeshadow palette. And since I’m convinced all the shadows are as pigmented, I’m going to pick up Bulletproof, their pressed matte-black single eyeshadow. 

The line has solid colors, pressed matte eyeshadows that do not hint warm or cool tones, which means it should work for all faces! However, unlike my bright eyeshadow brand substitute, Urban Decay, Sugarpill doesn’t have tons of shades yet. But they’re awesome enough and I’m sure they’ll get there one day! Speaking of Urban Decay, I find their shadows to go well with Sugarpill’s. 

Anywho, some bad quality pics for you to see! They don’t do the eyeshadow brightness-ness justice, but since I’m going to be posting more pics later anyway, I figured you can look at these bad quality ones and compare them to the good ones later!

AfterLumiTakoParty

AfterpartyDollipop1

AfterpartyDollipop2

GoldiMidoriLove

Lazlya
Origin: Dungeons & Dragons - The Friendly Bouncers
Note to re-create look as character would: Lazlya is a poor adventurer, so she would be more likely to use less pigmented shadows and doll-like blushes. She prefers shimmers and satin finishes, but doesn’t mind matte as well. No chunks of glitter! Also, she only uses powder to line her eyes. In terms of color, she prefers less bright colors and gravitates towards those earth tones. Any dusty rose lipstick will be to her liking. She loves reds as well but abhors light pinks, anything purple, and deep browns.
Links to Products Used:
(Lolita) (Exclusive Red Brown, Glamazon, Stiletto) (YDK) (Graffiti)
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Traditions vining solely Nocturnelle, 
a distant pebble now, once kicked down a different road. 
Her hands vowed to nurture all kind, 
by sharing her love of tupperwares around the world.

Lazlya

Origin: Dungeons & Dragons - The Friendly Bouncers

Note to re-create look as character would: Lazlya is a poor adventurer, so she would be more likely to use less pigmented shadows and doll-like blushes. She prefers shimmers and satin finishes, but doesn’t mind matte as well. No chunks of glitter! Also, she only uses powder to line her eyes. In terms of color, she prefers less bright colors and gravitates towards those earth tones. Any dusty rose lipstick will be to her liking. She loves reds as well but abhors light pinks, anything purple, and deep browns.

Links to Products Used:

(Lolita) (Exclusive Red Brown, Glamazon, Stiletto) (YDK) (Graffiti)

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Traditions vining solely Nocturnelle, 

a distant pebble now, once kicked down a different road. 

Her hands vowed to nurture all kind, 

by sharing her love of tupperwares around the world.

Alydegund 
Origin: Dungeons & Dragons - The Barley Farmers
Note to re-create look as character would: Alydegund prefers cream-based shadows for her patterns, but also will settle for matte finishes. The only shimmery powder permitted is the gold covering the upper half of her face around her eyes. The more dangerous and threatening the name of a product sounds, the more likely she is to pick it up and use it. This look was used to show her status when she resided in the Giftig Plains, prior cult invasion.
Links to Products Used:
(Honey) (Flash) (Crash, Zero) (Hellbent)
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A running memory that forgets how to feel
the eyes that plague her past leers,
false secrets entertains out of her lips:
Drugging out a forest grants immortal strength.

Alydegund 

Origin: Dungeons & Dragons - The Barley Farmers

Note to re-create look as character would: Alydegund prefers cream-based shadows for her patterns, but also will settle for matte finishes. The only shimmery powder permitted is the gold covering the upper half of her face around her eyes. The more dangerous and threatening the name of a product sounds, the more likely she is to pick it up and use it. This look was used to show her status when she resided in the Giftig Plains, prior cult invasion.

Links to Products Used:

(Honey) (Flash) (Crash, Zero) (Hellbent)

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A running memory that forgets how to feel

the eyes that plague her past leers,

false secrets entertains out of her lips:

Drugging out a forest grants immortal strength.

Chaotic Rainbow
Worn: November 11, 2010
Links to Products Used:
(Honey) (Personal Style) (Speed Blue) (Last Call) (Grifter)
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This is a very subtle rainbow look inspired by my friend’s Dungeons & Dragons character: a troubled transexual-looking male turned homosexual by choice. Even the hair color of this model is exactly the same as his! 
Nothing too complicated here, guys. From the upper left corner to the upper outer corner, apply the first three colors and blend into a gradient. Pat Last Call onto your crease and extend as far as you desire, after you brush Grifter onto the area above your crease. Finish off by lining the outer corners with your favorite eyeliner.
Based off the past makeup sketches, you all can probably tell that I like using Grifter above the crease. I don’t know but there’s something about Grifter’s color that makes it perfect to be used in that area.
And for the record, Personal Style isn’t as light blue as the picture on Sephora. It actually is more like a blue with a tinge of sea green, making it a perfect shadow for mermaid looks.

Chaotic Rainbow

Worn: November 11, 2010

Links to Products Used:

(Honey) (Personal Style) (Speed Blue) (Last Call) (Grifter)

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This is a very subtle rainbow look inspired by my friend’s Dungeons & Dragons character: a troubled transexual-looking male turned homosexual by choice. Even the hair color of this model is exactly the same as his! 

Nothing too complicated here, guys. From the upper left corner to the upper outer corner, apply the first three colors and blend into a gradient. Pat Last Call onto your crease and extend as far as you desire, after you brush Grifter onto the area above your crease. Finish off by lining the outer corners with your favorite eyeliner.

Based off the past makeup sketches, you all can probably tell that I like using Grifter above the crease. I don’t know but there’s something about Grifter’s color that makes it perfect to be used in that area.

And for the record, Personal Style isn’t as light blue as the picture on Sephora. It actually is more like a blue with a tinge of sea green, making it a perfect shadow for mermaid looks.

lichgod asked: How do you come up with some of the looks you have? Are you inspired by anyone or anything in particular?

Most of my looks are inspired by a Sephora sales associate member at the San Francisco mall. When I saw the look on her, I thought to myself that was exactly the kind of look I would want on myself. 

My looks can be pulled off with most eyeshadows, but the ones I find easier to use are from the Urban Decay line. When I try to come up with a new look, I initially think of the theme I want to create or the colors I want to use. From there, I start brainstorming colors that come to mind with that theme or with that color selection. I hope this answer helps your understanding!

lichgod asked: What is your favorite non-eye shadow product we've picked up so far?

This is a very tough question! In terms of usage, the High Beam and the LipFusion XL gets used almost everyday because of its practicality. It’s honestly a tie between the Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Day Lily and Urban Decay Jackpot 24/7, because those are the non-necessary products I find ways of using. Though, since I have more fun with the latter product, I’m going to say that’s my favorite. Can’t go wrong with items that allow versatility.

Whimsical Irrelevance
Worn: November 10, 2010
Link to Products Used:
(Half Baked, YDK, Flash, Kiddie Pool, Flipside)
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This look was thrown together while I was bathing last night, along with 10 other looks I’ve yet to share with you all. I had very little confidence it was a wearable look, but today’s application proved me wrong! It’s a very vibrant fun look that will not stand out too much with medium to dark skin! 
First, start with Half Baked at the upper inner corner and pat it until you reach the end of the 1/3rd section of your lid. Apply the same color at the lower inner corner to make your eyes pop. Then, take YDK and spread that color on your bottom lid as if you were to with an eyeliner. 
Take Flash (starting from the corner of your upper lid) and apply it on the rest of your upper lid, but don’t connect the color to Half Baked. Leave a centimeter of space. With Kiddie Pool, blend into the space with Half Baked and Flash, dragging it further above Flash, above the crease. Then with Flipside, darken your crease. Blend everything.
Line the bottom outer corner with your eyeliner color of choice. I used Oil Slick for mine! Have fun!

Whimsical Irrelevance

Worn: November 10, 2010

Link to Products Used:

(Half Baked, YDK, Flash, Kiddie Pool, Flipside)

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This look was thrown together while I was bathing last night, along with 10 other looks I’ve yet to share with you all. I had very little confidence it was a wearable look, but today’s application proved me wrong! It’s a very vibrant fun look that will not stand out too much with medium to dark skin! 

First, start with Half Baked at the upper inner corner and pat it until you reach the end of the 1/3rd section of your lid. Apply the same color at the lower inner corner to make your eyes pop. Then, take YDK and spread that color on your bottom lid as if you were to with an eyeliner. 

Take Flash (starting from the corner of your upper lid) and apply it on the rest of your upper lid, but don’t connect the color to Half Baked. Leave a centimeter of space. With Kiddie Pool, blend into the space with Half Baked and Flash, dragging it further above Flash, above the crease. Then with Flipside, darken your crease. Blend everything.

Line the bottom outer corner with your eyeliner color of choice. I used Oil Slick for mine! Have fun!

One frost finish, two veluxe-pearls, and a satin. I’m lacking a lot of powder highlighters so this would be a good customization palette. Another eyeshadow I’m really itching to get is Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless (taupe shimmer). I have so many bright colors! I need neutrals, pronto!
Name inspired by the silly Heavy Armor knight in Bahamut Lagoon, whose armor consist of these shades, and who also loved it when the shallow princess called him “Matty.”

One frost finish, two veluxe-pearls, and a satin. I’m lacking a lot of powder highlighters so this would be a good customization palette. Another eyeshadow I’m really itching to get is Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless (taupe shimmer). I have so many bright colors! I need neutrals, pronto!

Name inspired by the silly Heavy Armor knight in Bahamut Lagoon, whose armor consist of these shades, and who also loved it when the shallow princess called him “Matty.”

Anonymous asked: What is your favorite brand of makeup so far?

After a decent amount of experimentation and visitations to Sephora and other make-up stores, I will admit that I am a fervent supporter of Urban Decay for the following reasons: the various vibrant colors, pigmentation, and affordability of palettes. The amount of shimmer shades are numerous in this line, are most beautiful and by far are my favorite finish. 

I know this is not a part of your question, but I will have to say that I can imagine myself venturing and becoming a supporter of other brands, because I have learned that using different finishes on the eye will create a more beautiful and wearable look. I have this notion that I will pursue MAC for their matte finishes.