Best Halloween YouTube Tutorial Videos

Halloween is a fun time for any beauty lover! You get to dress up as whatever you want and wear crazy makeup as well as have a great excuse to eat lots of candy. It’s a time to experiment with products and colors that you would usually never wear and just have fun.

Over the years, I’ve turned to YouTube for many costume inspirations as well as makeup tutorials for looks I am trying to do. YouTube is a fantastic resource for everything Halloween from costumes to party ideas, house decor and spooky nail art – there is something for everyone!

Here’s some of my favorite Halloween costume and makeup tutorials from YouTube. Some are easy, others are a lot more intense. Some of these tutorials may not help you out this year if you are like me and don’t decide on your costume until the very last minute but I have included some last-minute costume ideas and makeup tutorials as well!

Happy Halloween!


Comic Book Makeup by Madeyewlook

Lex (Madeyewlook) is one of my all time favorite makeup artists on YouTube. She specializes in body painting and creates some amazing, intense, and scary looks! She puts up dramatic tutorials all year round but during Halloween she kicks it up a notch and delivers some amazing looks. These comic book makeup looks are great last minute ideas that are easy to do and customizable to the products you already have. Later down in this post we’ll see some more looks by Lex that show how talented she really is.


Greek Goddess by Nicole Guerriero

I’ve been some version of a Greek goddess for the past three years. This is one of the tutorials I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from because it’s bold and bronzy but easy to tone down into something more natural as well. The lip part of this tutorial is definitely my favorite and is a trick I’ve used over and over again!


Elsa from Frozen by Angela Lanter

Frozen was one of the biggest movies of the year and Elsa one of the most popular costumes this Halloween. With that purple eyeshadow, big lashes, and blonde hair, who wouldn’t want to be Elsa for Halloween! This is a pretty easy, fun tutorial that will definitely make you the best Elsa at that Halloween party!


Sugar Skull by Dulce Candy

There are so many variations of sugar skull tutorials on YouTube but I really like this simple black and white one. It’s understated but still awesome. Dulce does a great job of explaining what you need to do so the look is very easy! This face look would be a great last-minute idea!


Zombie by Tess Christine

Zombies are so in right now. This zombie tutorial is pretty cool but does require some special products so it may not make a great last-minute costume idea. However, you could always tone down the gore and make do with products you already have. Then just rip up some old clothes and walk around like you are ready to eat some braaaaains!


Rainbow Dash by From Head to Toe

Who doesn’t love My Little Ponies? Rainbow Dash is definitely my favorite one and Jen does a great job of adapting the style of Rainbow Dash into a makeup look! And you don’t need any special face paints to complete this look! Just some colorful eyeshadow!


Frankenstein Makeup by Madeyewlook

Another great tutorial by Lex! This one is a lot more intense than the last one we saw from her and definitely requires some planning and skill. Isn’t she amazingly talented? I love watching her videos and seeing her transformations. Definitely go subscribe to her channel to see more of her amazing creations!


Mystical Gypsy by Dulce Candy

This kind of tutorial could be adapted to fit all sorts of costume ideas (or just be worn as a dramatic night eye look). Gypsy costumes are always popular and this is a great makeup look to go with your costume!


Vampire Bite by Christina Rose

If you don’t want to do a full face of makeup or worry about buying a costume, a simple vampire bite is a great subtle Halloween look! Just wear jeans and a black top and let the vampire bite speak for itself. I really love Christina’s version because it looks so cool and is still really easy to put together.


What are you going to be for Halloween? Get any ideas from this list?

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October Birchbox Review!

My October Birchbox came a few weeks ago and I’m finally ready to share my review of the box I received with you! Sorry it has taken so long but this is more of a review and less of an “unboxing” because I have actually been using these products for the past two weeks in order to tell you all what I really think of them. I think knowing exactly how the products one gets in their monthly subscription box perform helps you to make a more informed decision on what subscription services to try out or what products to purchase for yourself! Overall, I was pretty happy with my box this month. I received a few products that I’ve really been liking so far and one that I really hate. Check out below to see what I got in my October Birchbox!

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You can subscribe to get your own Birchbox for $10/month here!


1. Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

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What Birchbox says: “The hardworking formula helps lift sagging skin, brighten under eye circles, and smooth away fine lines using 99% natural ingredients…This lightweight cream absorbs quickly into skin and has a lovely lavender-herb scent…Twice a day, dab a pea-sized amount onto under eye area, gently tapping with ring finger until fully absorbed.”

My thoughts: So far I’ve really been enjoying this eye cream. I use it at night only because I already have a great day eye cream (check out my 6 Products I Use Everyday post to find out what it is!) and have been searching for a night eye cream. I have very sensitive eyes that cannot handle most heavy night creams. As Birchbox says, this eye cream is very lightweight, absorbs quickly into my skin and does a great job moisturizing my under eyes. Despite the kind of strong scent of the cream (smells like ginger to me, not lavender) it does not irritate my eyes which is a major plus for me.

Product details: Full size is 0.5 fl oz and retails for $38 on birchbox.com


2. Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette Eyeshadow Sampler

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What Birchbox says: “We sometimes (okay, always) have trouble selecting just one single shade of eye shadow to buy. So we’re tickled pink about this new palette from Coastal Scents. A follow-up to their popular Revealed palette, its 20 shadows keep things rosy—from barely-there pastel pink to rich violet, dusty rose to pink champagne…Apply to lids using included brushes. Blend as needed to achieve your desired look.”

My thoughts: I hate getting these little eye shadow sampler things in my subscription boxes. The packaging sucks and the quality in these samplers is usually worse than the normal sized product. Getting a sampler like this does not influence whether or not I want to buy the full size product it just makes me wish I had gotten something else in my Birchbox. I’m sure the Revealed 2 palette is good (it has a lot of great reviews on Birchbox’s website) but I don’t need any more neutral palettes so I won’t be purchasing it. There’s not much more to say other than I’m not going to use this little sampler and it’s probably going to go into the trash.

Product details: Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Set on the Birchbox website comes with the palette (20 colors) and 3 brushes for $34 or you can currently get the palette by itself from the Coastal Scents website for $20


3. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

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What Birchbox says: “Beauty Protector’s leave-in mist is about as versatile as they come. It conditions, shields from heat and sun damage, and–of course–detangles, among other things. Plus, it’s 100% vegan and suitable for all hair types…Shampoo, condition, and towel dry hair. Hold the Protect & Detangle bottle four to six inches away from your scalp, and spray a few times. Comb through hair to ensure that the product is evenly diffused, and style as desired.”

My thoughts: This is a great spray in product for your hair. It smells nice and doesn’t make my hair feel weird, which is always good. I prefer spray leave in treatments as opposed to creams or serums because my hands don’t get all sticky or oily so this product is right up my alley! I think I need to use it more to decide if I like it more than my current favorite, the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product, but so far it has been a good alternative that I have enjoyed using.

Product details: Full size is 8 oz and retails for $21.95 on birchbox.com


4. ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Kitty

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What Birchbox says: “This hydrating, semi-matte lip color lives up to its cheeky moniker. Whether you’re heading to a backyard BBQ or a black tie gala, it’s guaranteed to stay put through plates of baby back ribs, champagne toasts, and beyond…Dab on for a casual look, or use a lip brush for a more precise finish. Blot with a tissue for a super-matte finish.”

My thoughts: This color is a pretty perfect “my lips but better” color for me! The formula is really nice and smooth and it looks good on the lips. However, I don’t think this lipstick is as long-wearing as the company claims it is. It only lasts a few hours on me before I need to reapply. This isn’t a problem for me as I usually need to reapply my lipstick throughout the day, but if a company claims something about their product, you would expect it to live up to that claim. And in the case, this lipstick does not live up to the “party proof” long-wearing claim (at least on me). But overall I do really like this lipstick and know I will get a lot of use out of it!

Product details: Kitty is sold as part of the Neutrals Trio on birchbox.com for $24 or can be purchased individually on the ModelCo website for $16.95 (lipsticks in trio are 0.13 oz but I’m not sure if that is the full size)


5. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Blackhead Extractor

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What Birchbox says: “A gentle face mask that draws out dirt and oil like a magnet, clearing blackheads and tightening pores…Two to three times a week, apply a thin layer of the mask to affected areas after cleansing. Let dry 5–10 minutes—or until it turns white. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.”

My thoughts: This is a pretty cool mask. I’ve used it a few times and have definitely noticed a difference in the appearance of blackheads on my nose. You also do not need to apply a lot of this product to get results. Therefore, I think this sample will last a long time! The mask goes on clear and then slowly turns a blueish-white, which is pretty cool to watch. However, this product is pretty expensive and I think blackhead removing pore strips are a lot more effective in getting rid of blackheads. If you prefer masks to strips there are also a tons of other masks that are less expensive and just as effective. Therefore, I probably won’t be purchasing the full size of this product but I will definitely use up the sample that I received.

Product details: Can be purchased on birchbox.com as a part of the Dr. Brandt Exclusive Clean Up Nice Kit for $45 (Note: this is a really good deal because the kit contains a the full size of the Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner which retails for $45 individually as well as sample sizes of the Pores No More cleanser, anti-aging mattifying lotion, BB cream, and a small canvas zippered bag!)


If you liked what you saw, you can subscribe to Birchbox for $10/month at birchbox.com!

What did you get in your October Birchbox? Do you dislike getting eyeshadow samplers as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About How Awesome My September Ipsy Bag Was!

It’s been a while since I’ve been signed up for Ipsy (previously known as Glam Bag) but last month I thought I would sign up again and see how I liked it now that the company has had time to grow and improve their system. My first bag back was the September “Street Style” bag and I must say, I am very pleased! I may ever go as far to say that I’m ecstatic!

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For those of you not familiar with Ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription box (or in this case, bag) where for $10/month you receive approximately 5 deluxe samples or full size makeup and beauty products to try out. Each bag is a different combination of products available that month and depending on what you bag contains that month, this is a great value service that allows you to try new and different products that you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to try.

That being said, some month’s bags are awesome, some are okay, and some suck. It all depends on your personal preferences toward products and pure luck. This month I happened to luck out but there have been months that I’ve been extremely disappointed with the boxes I get from subscription services like this. It’s not a sure thing that you will be completely satisfied but in my opinion it’s worth it. I love getting something fun in the mail every month and appreciate the exposure to new brands and products.

Like I said, this month I think I got really lucky!  So take a look inside my bag below and if you like what you see you can get your own Ipsy bag for $10/mo here!


Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the bag itself but it is a metallic grey square zippered bag with studs along the top. When I first saw it I will admit that I wasn’t super impressed because it isn’t really my style but the bag feels nice and seems well made. And the more I look at the bag sitting on my desk, the more the design is growing on me. I mostly use these Ipsy bags for when I go on vacation to store makeup or jewelry so I’m sure I will end up getting a lot of use out of this bag for that purpose since it is slightly bigger than some of the previous bags.

Inside I received 5 items – 3 full size products and 2 deluxe samples. Here is an overview of what I received:

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The first product I received was the Nourish Organics Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser.

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Full size product retails for $13.99 on their website. Get 30% off with code IPSY30!

What Ipsy says about the product: “This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.”

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My feelings: I like this cleanser. Not love. But like. It’s a gentle milky cleanser that smells organic (if that is even a smell) and makes my face feel clean and smooth. When you’re rinsing the cleanser off, it does have that squeaky “too clean” feeling that I’m not a huge fan of, but after you dry your face the feeling goes away. I’ve used it a few times and haven’t noticed any adverse reactions and like the way my skin looks after using it. It would definitely be on my list to repurchase after I finish this sample and get through some of my other cleansers.


The next product was a full size Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in “Make a Mauve”:

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This product retails for $8.99 at Ulta and they always have BOGO 50% off sales on Maybelline products as well as coupons for $3.50 off purchases of $10 or more!

What Ipsy says about this product: “Now cheeks glisten with the sheerest color glaze. Cheeks go dewy and gently glazed with this portable, creamy blush stick. Glazed pearls + a shea butter glide provide blendable, natural color and smooth, even application. Fragrance Free. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types.”

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Top is the blush blended out and bottom is the full color of the product.

My feelings: I’ve been considering trying these Blush Sticks from Maybelline for a while now but since I’ve never had much luck with cream blushes, I never took the plunge and bought one. That is why I am so happy that I received this one in “Make a Mauve” in my Ipsy bag! I really like this product! The color is great for fall – it’s a brighter plum shade – and the product itself is awesome. I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it and I love the results. I first apply the product to two fingers and then pat the color onto the apples of my cheek, blending it out until it is even. I then like to top the cream with a powder blush in a similar shade to extend the wear of it. I use the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flush (which was limited edition but Blushing Bride is similar) for this and the color lasts all day on me. Overall, I am very happy with the product and think I may go pick out a few more shades!


Next up we have a deluxe sample of the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask:

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The full size of this mask retails for $26. Use the code IPSYSEPT14 to get free shipping on Briogeo’s website!

What Ipsy says about this product: “Repair and treat dry, damaged and breaking hair with Don’t Despair, Repair!™ deep conditioning mask…This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength…In lab studies, the use of Don’t Despair, Repair!™ resulted in 81% less hair breakage after just three uses. Safe for color-treated, chemically-treated, and keratin-treated hair. For those with fine or thin hair, we recommend focusing the treatment on the mid-length to the ends of the hair only, and rinsing thoroughly.”

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My feelings: I’ve used this once so far. You don’t need very much of it, which means you should get more than a few uses out of the 1 fl oz sample. It made my hair feel soft and moisturized but not greasy so that is a plus. I don’t know if I would repurchase it because it is expensive and didn’t do anything amazing that my $3 Aussie 3 Minute Miracle can’t do, but I do like it and I will be happy to use all of this sample!


Next we have the Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine:

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This product retails for $9.00. Use the code FallBeauty on their website to get 20% your entire purchase!

What Ipsy says about this product: “Our new 7 Free Nail Polish is long lasting and void of many chemicals that one would find in traditional nail polish. Amazing vibrant colors that go on smooth and stay put. Plus we have added a custom wide 100% vegan brush for easier application. 7 Free is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animal byproducts.”

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My feelings: This is a nice nail polish! After taking the above pictures I painted all of my nails with it and have gotten many compliments on the color so far. It is a much deeper wine red color than the pictures above show it as (the stock photo is much closer to the actual color). It is not a very unique color, but it is a universally appealing and flattering color. That’s only one coat on my thumb nail in the picture above so you can see that the color is pretty opaque. It only took two coats to get perfect coverage and the resulting look is not streaky at all. I’ve only had it on for a few hours so I don’t know how long the polish lasts before chipping. Usually polishes only last 2-3 days on me before they begin to chip so if this Pacifica polish can go at least that long I will be happy.


Last but not least we have a full size  Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Smooth Criminal Powder:

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The Smooth Criminal Powder retails for $12. Use the coupon code IPSY30 on Be a Bombshell Cosmetic’s website to receive 30% off your purchase + a free Coco Delight Lip Gloss!

What Ipsy says about this product: “This lightweight, ultra-fine, silky formula softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores while leaving you with a beautiful glow. This finishing powder can be worn alone or to set your foundation. The translucent formula works for all skin tones. It is made from 100% silica and leaves your skin with a matte finish without drying it out.”

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My feelings: I’ve saved the best for last. This powder is amazing! My new holy grail product! I was unsure of how I would use this at first and put it to the side for a few days but after checking out the reviews of the product on the Be a Bombshell Cosmetics website and hearing how much others loved the product I gave it a try. And I am glad I did! This powder is translucent, silky, lightweight and makes my face look flawless. It fills in/blurs pours and makes your face feel and look wonderful. I even use this under the eyes to set my concealer and I find that is all I need for the day! What a great product. When I run out of this  I will definitely be buying more!


Do you get Ipsy? What did you think of your bag this month? Do you think monthly beauty subscription services like Ipsy or Birchbox are worth it? What is your favorite beauty subscription service?

The Evolution of Jia’s Hair [Miss A]

Korean pop group Miss A’s Jia has been through many hair transformations. With every new single, Jia’s hair changes dramatically. From pink to blond to brown, Jia has shown herself to be a true hair chameleon rocking each and every one of her many hair looks!

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Who could forget Jia’s bright pink hair from when Miss A first debuted back in 2010. Her “Good Girl Bad Girl” locks were stunning and so badass! I remember watching Miss A’s first music video and gushing with my friend about how awesome “the pink haired girl” was. This look is definitely one of Jia’s most iconic!

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When Miss A debuted their next hit, Breathe, the lead single from their second single album “Step Up,” Jia also debuted her new hair! Rocking a platinum blonde bob (with some remnants of her previous pink do at the ends) Jia was fierce!

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For a short time around the release of “Love Alone,” Jia gave her hair a slightly more natural tone with this light brown short hair cut. It was a cute look but didn’t make her stand out from her fellow members as much as her bright, wild hair choices did. However, like many of her hairstyles, it didn’t last too long!

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Miss A’s next big hit was 2011’s “Good Bye Baby” where Jia donned these fiery red locks! This look is one of my personal favorites! She looks beautiful in the “Good Bye Baby” music video and truly stands out during their live performances. Jia’s hair definitely matched the kickass vibe of the song!

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With the highly anticipated release of “Touch,” Miss A’s 4th studio project, Jia made a complete 180 with her hair opting for this black hair style that matching the haunting tone of the song. How is it possible that this woman can rock edgy black hair just as well as fluorescent pink?

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For “I Don’t Need a Man,” the first single off their “Independent Women Part. III” EP, Jia’s hair remained largely the same but looked more sleek and put together. She certainly looked like she didn’t need a man to be awesome!

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Sleek, cool, and sophisticated! That is what I thought of when Jia debuted this look with the group’s most recent project “Hush.” The video is super cool and sexy and so is Jia’s hair. With this look, Jia proved that she can still stand out in the group with more traditional colored hair especially when it is so sleekly styled.

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Most recently, Jia has been rocking some long brown and blonde locks. I think she’s looking just as stunning as ever! Especially with that lip color and military inspired jacket in the second picture above! And look! There’s some pink tips! Is Jia missing her bright pink hair?

Miss A is due for a comeback soon and I for one cannot wait to see what transformation Jia will make this time!

What is your favorite Jia hair color/style? Do you miss her pink hair too? What other Miss A member’s hair are you lusting after?