Unicorn Pumpkin DIY

I haven't done a DIY project in forever. Since this year is flooded with unicorns, I decided to make a cute pumpkin unicorn decor for fall. I've seen this on Pinterest and YouTube and it's by no means my idea. This is just my version with the things that I could gather together and I think it looks really cute. You can make it for fall in general, not just for Halloween. 

For this you'll need:
white, gold and red acrylic paint
modeling clay
wooden skewer
white and pink felt
hot glue gun
fake plastic flowers
old fake eyelashes

I started by painting my green pumpkin to a white color. First I applied most of my white acrylic color with a brush and then I used sponge to make it look more textured and evenly blended. You can do it just with the brush, if you don't have a sponge, but I like this textured look. I pained two coats to cover it all.

For unicorn horn I used white modeling clay and made two cone shapes. Then I swirled them together to make a unicorn horn shape. I let it dry for a while, but you can also bake it, if the clay is for baking. Before you leave it to dry, also take a wooden skewer and put it on that. This will make it easier for you to stick it in the pumpkin later. Then I applied gold metallic acrylic color over it. For this I used a brush only. 

I cut out two bigger ears in a nude color and two smaller ears, for the inside part of the ear, from pink colored felt. Then I hot glued them together. You can also pinch them together at the bottom and use hot glue gun to stick together and make it look more 3D. 

I bough one stem of plastic fake flowers in a darker purple shade. The flowers are made in a way that you can actually just pull them off. I decided to also add the leaves and small green accents, so I cut these off to. You can use whatever you have at home - butterflies, flowers, leaves...maybe even real flowers. 

Once everything is dried and colored you can start to assemble it together. I started by pushing that horn we made on the center upper pumpkin part. Then I hot glued fake flowers on the top of the pumpkin to make a flower crown in a way. I also used green leaves as a base and those green accents here and there. I also hot glued on the ears. After that I took some old and used fake eyelashes and also glued these on in a downward position to make it seem like the unicorn is looking down with closed eyes. I took a bit of that white acrylic paint and mixed it with another red color to make a soft pink hue. With that color I took small piece of sponge and stippled it on to make it seem like the unicorn is blushing. It's super cute and easy to make.

I really like how it turned out. It looks like a shy baby unicorn. It's a fun project to do, if you have some time on your hands and would like to get into that fall feel. I'm sure your guests will love seeing it at the front door. It's also a less creepy version for those that prefer prettier things. 

Review: Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation - 45 Warm Almond

I can't remember if I ever had Max Factor foundation, but I do remember this brand being one of the first that I saw in our drugstores when I was younger and getting into that makeup wearing feel. I got a chance to test out their new Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation and since I rarely get foundations for testing, I was excited. Foundation is one of the base makeup products that if you get it right, everything else just looks that much better. So I love testing out and trying new foundation. 

It comes in a transparent glass bottle with a transparent plastic top. Top is a bit flimsy and I already broke mine. Pumps is made out of black plastic and it works fine. You can control the amount and I usually use two pumps for my whole face. 

In it is 30 ml of product and the price is 13.99€

Here is the ingredients list. This foundation comes with some really bold statements. Max Factor says that  this foundation is better for your skin than no foundation. The formula should provide you with 24 hour hydration, SPF of 20 and contains particles for shine control. It should give you a semi matte finish, medium coverage and fresh looking skin that is going to fight against stress factors from the environment. 

It has a creamy texture that is firm, but very lightweight in a way. It has a good slip to it, which makes it seem slightly greasy or emollient in a way. It spreads with ease and you have time to blend it our properly. I prefer to apply it with a makeup sponge for that flawless really blended look, but it works just as fine with a foundation brush too. 

It stays slightly tacky, so you'll need to powder over it to prevent transfer. It can grab onto dry patches and accentuate them. This is not the most natural looking foundation, but it also doesn't look or feel heavy either. It doesn't emphasize my pores and doesn't look cakey even if I apply powder over it. I feel like it gets better looking as the day goes on. From afar, it really gives you that natural perfected look. 

The shade 45 Warm Almond looks medium warm yellow toned with an orange tint to it. It comes out a lot lighter than it dries down. I wouldn't say it oxidizes, but it needs a few minutes to completely dry down and in that time it changes the color. It becomes darker and even more redish orange based. I notice change in the color more on my swatches than I do on the face. 

But to be honest, I have been mixing it with NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White Blanc anyway, so I got it to the lightness that suits me well. Once I mix it with that white color, that btw doesn't change the texture of foundation at all, it actually blends into my skin really well. It's so odd, because on the swatches it looks different toned, but on my skin it looks enough yellow based which blends well with my natural warm to olive undertone. I would still advise you to ask for a sample before buying it, because I have a feeling it might look orange on some skin tones.

I am really disappointed with the shade range in our drugstores. 45 Warm Almond is actually the lightest shade in our drugstores and obviously this is more suited for medium skin tones. Light skin tones have been left out yet again. Max Factor actually has 6 lighter shades going down from 45 Warm Almond. Why aren't we getting these shades in Slovenia? I will never understand that. So if you have light skin tone and want to buy this foundation, I advise you to buy in foreign countries. I searched a bit online and found Light Ivory in Bipa (Austria), I'm sure Austrian DM's also have lighter shades. There are some lighter shades also available on Feelunique.

The finish is semi matte. It looks matte in a way, but it also gives your skin that natural sheen and doesn't look too flat. I notice that I get shiny around my problematic areas, which is nose and chin, after about two hours of wear. So I need to powder it through the day to keep it shine free. 

It has a medium buildable coverage. It evens out skin tone well and covers certain imperfections, but doesn't cover red patches or blemishes. 

If you have very dry skin with a lot of texture, I think this won't be for you, because it can accentuate texture on the skin. The same goes with very oily skin. It's going to be too emollient and slik for you. This is more for normal to combination skin with fairly nice skin in general

I would say it has a good lasting power. I still see it on my skin at the end of the day, although it does of course wears off a bit. But is not uneven and it still looks natural. 

Here you can see freshly pumped out foundation next to the swatch that has dried down. I think you notice the difference in color and darkness.

Here is a comparison of the Max Factor shade with some other foundations that I own.

Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation in 45 Warm Almond is a medium warm yellow and a bit orange toned shade. EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation in 2.0 is light very yellow warm shade. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Light Vanilla is light warm yellow and a bit peach based shade. L.O.V. EXTRAordinary Perfecting Fluid Foundation in 025 Sand Sophistication is medium warm yellow and orange based shade. It's very similar to Max Factor, but looks darker. Although once they both dry down, they look very similar in tone and darkness, Max Factor actually dries down a tad darker. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in 010 Light Beige is light warm yellow leaning towards neutral shade. Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination/Oily Skin in 150 Buff is light warm yellow shade leaning on a more neutral base. The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation in 1.1N is light warm yellow shade.

Once they dry down, Max Factor actually looks the darkest and the most orange redish toned out of all of these. L.O.V. is similar, but slightly lighter in shade and has more of orange base instead of redish tint to it.

Here you can also see how it looks like on my skin. I mixed it with NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White Blanc to get it to a wearable shade that I can pull off. I am tanner on my body, so I still try to match my face to that, although the tan is definitely fading faster now. 

I also got Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder in 05 Translucent as a gift with foundation. I was expecting it to be a very white based shade, but it looks intimidatingly dark for something that is named transparent and should fit all skin tones. 

It comes in a gold plastic packaging with a cheap plastic puff. In doesn't say how much product is in it (I assume around 15 grams), but you can buy it separately for 8.79€.

It has slightly wet texture that applies smoothly and gives you a matte finish. It looks fairly natural and makes the foundation look very soft fokus like and perfected

It has a very strong floral powdery scent, so I you're sensitive to scents you won't like it. I am not too keen on that floral scent. It smells oddly old and granny like to me. 

Shade 05 Translucent is not translucent. If you have fair or very light skin tone, this will show up on your skin as a slightly warm red based shade. I can get away with it, if I apply it really lightly and even then I notice that warm red tint on my face that doesn't really match my natural yellow undertone. It's more for medium skin tones with that red base in them. 

It's a descent powder. I don't notice it keeping my skin matte for any longer than my other powders, but it also doesn't look cakey, so it's fine. The shade is just too dark for me. I prefer white based transparent powders in general and lately I have been using loose powders more than those pressed. 

If we had lighter shades in our drugstores and if those have a more neutral undertone (which I don't know), I would probably buy it in a lighter shade, because I liked it. It's a lightweight foundation with medium coverage, semi matte finish and it wears nice on the skin. It doesn't look obvious, stays on the skin well and doesn't get too greasy through the day. It's more for those with normal to combination skin with fairly even skin texture. I am not liking orange base to this color, but am hoping that lighter shades have a more neutral undertone. It's a damn shame that we don't have lighter shades in our drugstores.

 As far as the bold claim goes about being better for you than no foundation at all, I can't say. I think incorporating skin care ingredients into foundations is nothing new, but more of a standard nowadays. Hopefully, it does make my skin look nicer, but it might just be a good marketing strategy to get those costumers that still think modern foundations are bad for your skin to buy it.

*Product was sent to me.

Brown Gold Skull Halloween Makeup

Skull is one of those typical Halloween makeup looks that you can do. Everyone gets it, everyone knows what it is and it's fairly challenging to draw. Since I never posted any skull Halloween looks, I decided to give it a go this year. Part of this inspiration for a different skull look - a brown one - is also Mariah Leonard's Instagram skull post. I took inspiration from her to do a more subtle brown version of the typical skull. I also paired it with a metallic gold shadow for some added sparkle. 

I started my skull makeup with a basic foundation, concealer and powder routine. Then I took a white eye pencil and sketched out the basic skull shape. It's easier to do with a white pencil, since you can erase it really quickly. 

After that I started with a light warm brown eyeshadow and I shaded the parts that are usually black and represent a hole in the skull. Then I took a darker brown and just built up the intensity by applying lighter shades in the center of each hole and using darker brown shades at the edges. This will give you the illusion of a hollow and depth. I used about three different colors of brown, because I didn't want it to look too dark. You can go further and use even darker shades. 

After I shaded inside those hollow parts, I took a brown liquid eyeliner and outlined everything that I have drawn on before with a white pencil. This will give you a more precise and defined look. I also sketched out my teeth with an eyeliner. 

After that I took a metallic liquid gold eyeshadow and colored out my teeth with it. I also used it as a winged eyeliner to give me more sparkle around the eyes. I am always up for more glam even with a more scary look. 

To further define teeth, I took matte brown eyeshadow and went around teeth with it to make them stand out more. I also took that brown eyeliner and defined them a bit more. My advise to make teeth more realistic is to shade upper parts and make dents in the lower part with eyeshadow. No one has perfect teeth and they are not all tear shaped. I also decided to add gold metallic eyeshadow as a nose highlight. It really brigs the light back to the face and makes it dimensional. For more of a 3D effect I added a few lines around my eyes and mouth area. I used a thin pencil brush to draw a base with an eyeshadow and then went over it with brown liquid liner. That way the eyeshadow casts a shadow for that liner line. 

Since I skipped on a black liner, I put on false eyelashes. Nothing too dramatic, just something with a nice volume and length. I also applied white eye pencil on the lower rim of my eye to make it look brighter. In the inner corner I added the same gold metallic eyeshadow. You can also draw on a few cracks in the skull on the forehead and around the chin. 

I found it very difficult to draw a line on the sides of my face, because I have a problem with my eye vision in general and it was harder to draw from the sides. Just keeping it real. If you have someone by your side, you may ask them to help you with the cheekbones. 

I won't say that this is an easy look. It's definitely time consuming, but I think it will look really nice once you go out and everyone complements your effort. I like this brown version more, because it looks subtle and prettier in a way. Black is a lot more intense and scary looking. I also love gold metallic details that bring light to the face and add something different to a usual black and white skull look.  Would you wear it or do you prefer a classic black skull makeup?

Products used

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation 010
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 1
Paese Rice Powder
NYX Eye And Eyebrow Pencil - White Blanc
Zoeva Caramel Melange - Universal Delight
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer - Bronzer
Zoeva Caramel Melange - Finish Sensual
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette - Truffled
ItStyle Eyeliner - 03 Brown
Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow - 01 Solar Explosion

Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow - 01 Solar Explosion
NYX Eye And Eyebrow Pencil - White Blanc
L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara
Born Pretty Store False Eyelashes
Duo Adhesive White-Claer

Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor - 645 Forever

I already have one shade of Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor and it's Devotion. This is definitely the most comfortable matte liquid lipstick formula I have ever tried. So it's no wonder I decided to pick another shade. 

It has a plastic matte transparent packaging with silver top. The edges are rounded, which I like. In it is 5.9 ml of product and it costs 12.23€. This is definitely one of the more pricier products and I probably wouldn't buy it, if it weren't 40% off in one of our drugstores, so it cost me only 7.34€. 

The applicator is fairly flat, but looks like a cone from the side. It's soft and just fluffy enough. Application is easy and you can get a very precise line with the applicator. There isn't too much product on the applicator, which I prefer, but I do usually go in another time to get it really opaque and thicker on the lips. It's just my preference.  

645 HD Forever is a perfect my-lips-but-better kind of shade. I would describe it as a muddy nude pink. It has pink and brown undertones in it, but is more of a muddy shade and sometimes almost looks mauve like. I feel like this color looks different paired with different colored makeup. If I have something more neutral, it's more brown and if I have something with purple tones, it makes the lipstick look more mauve. This is that perfect every day shade that isn't too brown nor too pink. Just perfection.

I have a few similar shades to Forever, but no dupes. Avon Mark Plump It Lipstick in shade In The Buff is that muddy pink toned nude. It's lighter and more pink with kind of brown undertone. Avon True Supreme Noursihing Lipstick in shade Nurturing Nude is again lighter and has a bit more of that peachiness to it, although it's very much that mix of peach and pink neutral. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in shade Stockholm it's also a bit more pink toned and lighter.

Formula is creamy, very pigmented and feels ultra soothing on the lips. It almost feels like a lip balm and lipstick hybrid. It's definitely a thicker cream, but that gives it that opacity in one coat. It's one of the most comfortable formulas on the lips. This won't dry out your lips at all. It almost feels a bit soothing and nourishing. It's the perfect matte liquid lipstick formula for those that have naturally dry lips.

At first it has a creamy sheen, but then it dries down to a complete matte finish. Drying down depends on how thick coat you have on, but it can take up to half to one hour to completely dry down. If that bothers you, you can blot it down with a paper for a quicker matte look.

I find it very long lasting, once it actually dries to a matte finish. But if you'll be eating a lot, you'll definitely need to reapply it. It wears off very evenly too, but is not transfers proof.

The scent is the same as with Devotion, a pleasant sweetness. As I've said before it somehow reminds me of cookies and strawberry ice cream. 

I absolutely adore this formula since I have naturally dry lips. I can wear this matte liquid lipstick without worrying of drying out my lips. It has very comfortable thicker creamy formula that needs a lot of time to dry down to a proper matte finish, but it wears lovely. It has good staying power and it wears off even too. The shade is the perfect neutral nude shade for every day wear. I would love to get more shades of these. I especially like Seduction and maybe some more bold darker colors. 

If you like proper extremely long lasting, budge proof lipsticks with an instant matte finish, you probably won't like these.

Cute Bat Halloween Makeup

Have you seen animated movie Hotel Transylvania? Ever since I saw that cute baby bat in that movie, I look at bats differently. Sure, some can look scary (just try googling them), but some are even really cute with their big black eyes. This year I decided to do a more pretty Halloween makeup, since I am not always keen on gruesome bloody looks (props to those that do it, because it's an art!). Here is my cute bat Halloween makeup look that is actually pretty easy to create with little makeup needed.  

I did my eye makeup as I do it most days...a warm crease with a warm redish shimmery shade on the lid. Nothing too complicated, just a nice warm haze on the lids. Then I did my usual winged liner with extended line in the inner corners for a more feline look. 

I created a horizontal line going into my crease and two dots diagonally down from it. Then I used these points to outline bat wings shape. I filled it in and made it a bit more batman like shaped. 

I used the same matte warm shades around my lower lash line. In the inner corner I used a very reflective highlighter shade. On the center of my lower lash line, I also applied a small black stud from my nail studs collection to make it a bit more interesting. I also applied a mascara and false eyelashes. For this I chose a style of lashes that have a very spiky look as I felt these look the most alike to that pointy bat wing. I did my brows with a darker brow gel. Then I took a transparent brow gel and brushed them up to make them look bushy and mimic a more furry look.

I did my base as per usual with foundation, concealer and powder. Then I used a warm toned bronzer to compliment my warm eyeshadow. I also went a bit heavier with a powder contour around my cheeks and down the nose to make it stand out more. For a highlighter I chose a very reflective white based shade that really stands out from my pale skin tone. I also applied a peachy shimmer blush to make the look cuter and girlish. 

I used black pencil to outline small button nose and went over with a liquid pen liner to make it darker. On the lips I used black lip liner and went over it with a black lipstick. Since most of regular black lipsticks have a shine to them, I used matte black eyeshadow to set it down and make it look less shiny. This will also make it last longer on the lips. But before I applied black lip products, I used regular Halloween water activated white color that you can get in most drugstores and drew two pointy teeth on the sides of my lips. Where the teeth went over the lip, I used a contour shade to give them shadow and define the edges a bit more. 

I paired the look with a black choker and I used my previously used black bunny ears and molded them into a shorter and spikier ears. Because of the thicker band it actually looks more like a Minnie Mouse bow, but if you have thicker hair than me, you can easily disguise it. If you don't have ears, you can make them out of thicker black paper and attach them to one of those regular plastic head bands. 

Fairly easy to recreate and I think it looks kind of cute. I may do some more Halloween makeup looks in the next week, but I don't promise anything. Sometimes it comes out good and sometimes I'm just not satisfied with the results. Will you be wearing any costume this Halloween?

Products used

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation 010 + EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 2.0
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 010
Paese Rice Powder
Misslyn Beach Please! Holiday Hooray Bronzer
Essence Eyeshadow 15 Hazel Me Not!
Milani Baked Blush Luminoso
Makeup Revolution Unicorn Hearts Rainbow Highlighter

Etude House Proof 10 Eyeshadow Primer
Zoeva Caramel Melange - Universal Delight + Aftertaste
Zoeva Cocoa Blend - Warm Notes
Clio Kill Black Pen Liner
La Roche-Posay Respectissime Mascara Extension
Kik Beauty Line Eyelash Set
Duo Adhesive White-Clear
Beyu Soft Liner For Eyes And More 700 Deep Black
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar - Truffled

Beyu Soft Liner For Lips And More 500 Dark King
Beyu Pure Colour And Stay Lipstick 150 
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar - Truffled
Jofrika Theater Schminke White