Tuesday, October 18, 2011


In my previous post I mentioned that I would be doing two Halloween tutorials for Shape.com. I already shared GoldieSwan and now I present ZombieStarling. I wanted to do an easy Zombie look using products that you could find anywhere. No prosthetics needed. I also learned an amazing Zombie Hair trick from the mega talented Sokolum79. She used conditioner in her hair to make it look like dirty well lived in hair. I highly recommend her channel and you can find it here
Now onto products used:
I paled out my face using grease paints. I bought a stack of four from Party City and supplemented the rest from the Makeup Forever Flash Palette.
I then set my face using Ben Nye's Neutral Set Powder. Any translucent powder will work.
For the open wounds I used eyelash glue. Liquid latex would also work. And then filled them in with red and black grease paints.
To finish off the look I mixed up a bit of fake blood using corn syrup and food coloring. This got extremely sticky and dripped all over my shirt. I think it really added to the look though.
For my costume I cut up an old t-shirt and sprinkled baby powder all over. I had a total blast filming this one... BRAINS!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Hey guys! Goldieswan here. In between filming a bunch of Halloween tutorials for Youtube I have also been busy filming a few videos for Shape.com. They asked me to film two videos for their site, namely a Black Swan tutorial and a Zombie tutorial inspired by AMC's Walking Dead. I am super excited to share these videos and they should be up on their site next week. I'll update this post when they're live and ready to go. I also will be on my local Fox tv station doing a live version of the Black Swan makeup next Monday. They want to do a little piece on my work and cut in and out during the broadcast as I do makeup. I am super excited and nervous at the same time. I've never done anything for tv, hopefully it will be an awesome experience! In the meantime I wanted to do a quick post on the products I used in my Black Swan tutorial. So here we go!

For the pale foundation I mixed a white foundation with my regular foundation.
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in RF100
Revlon Colorstay in 110 Ivory
I did use a bit of concealer to cover up any dark circles.
It! Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye in Light
I set everything with Ben Nye's Neutral Set Powder which left my skin looking like porcelain.
On to contour, I applied Clinique's New Clover blush into the hollows of my cheeks and layered Makeup Forever's #33 Eyeshadow over it.
For the eyes I used a super black gel liner, eye drops and a silver pigment.
Inglot Matter Gel Eyeliner in #77
Sugarpill's Chromadust in Tiara
Clear Eyes Eyedrops
Black Mascara
Under the black wing shape I lightly applied a red grease paint. In the pictures I saw there seems to be a hint of red.
The lips were a bit tricky. I outlined my lips with a black eyeliner then applied Mac's Diva lipstick and patted a purple eyeshadow over the outer corners.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

How to Make a Black Lace Hat ala Pam from True Blood

Hey guys! Today I'm gonna post a little how to on my black lace hat from my Halloween tutorial "I've Got the Rots." If you've seen the video and are curious to see how I made the hat keep on reading. It's super simple. Promise!

First step: Grab a witch hat, flip it over and push the pointy tip inside out. This will create a nice little pocket for your noggin.
Step Number Two: Trace the hat's shape onto a piece of foam poster board. This will make it super sturdy.
Step Three: Get to cutting guys! I used an Exacto knife.

Step Four: Trace another circle in the center. Make sure it will fit your head. In this case I found a bowl that fit my head and used it as a stencil.
Step Five: Place your huge foam donut onto the hat and glue that badboy onto the witch hat. Pay special attention to the inner and outer rim.
Step Six: I draped black lace on top and began hot gluing it to the inner rim. Be careful, hot glue burns HURT!
Step I don't know I lost count: Trim the excess lace from the perimeter. Try to make it as even as possible.
Last Step... phew finally: Twist the excess lace and glue it around the inner rim. And ta-da! You have your very own black lace hat ala Pam. See you guys? That was easy. : )

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Katy Perry E.T. Alien Make-up Tutorial

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Prestige Eyeshadow in White
Make-up Forever Eyeshadow in #72
Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Dollipop
Glamour Doll Eyes Shadow in Skin of a Killer
Wet N' Wild Megaliner in Black
Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette
Mutant Eyelashes (a pair I cut up and painted the tips pink)
NYX Eye Pencil in Electric Blue
OCC Lip Tar in Rx
Mac Eyeshadow in Meet the Fleet

Thursday, March 24, 2011

NARS Copacabana Illuminator Review

I was browsing Sephora as I often do out of boredom and came across this product from NARS. A liquid illuminator. Hmm ok I'll bite.

What it is:
A multifunctional face product that gives skin a refreshed luminosity.
What it does:
This light reflecting liquid glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion, creating a shimmering incandescence. Wear it alone, or pair it with makeup to transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.
Price: $29
Where: Sephora.com
Size: 1.2 oz

Do I like it: Yes
Would I buy it again: Yes but I doubt I will need to for a long time considering the size
-Easy to work with and blend into the skin
-Leaves a pearly finish
-Only takes a little
-Price, like most NARS products it's a bit expensive and I'm not convinced that I couldn't find an equal illuminator for less
-In outdoor/natural lighting it can look a bit glittery

Friday, March 18, 2011

FaceFront Cosmetics Ouro Fino Collection

I recently received a package of goodies to review from Facefront Cosmetics. I have heard a lot about the company and was excited to see what they are all about. They sent some items from the Spring/Summer Ouro Fino collection and a few of their Artistic Pigments.

Let's start with the "Fine Gold" collection shall we?

Facefront's description of the collection:"Ouro Fino is Portugese for "Fine Gold." This delicate collection is finely milled and infused with small 24 K gold nano-particles, imported from Peru. The set consists of 5 Artistic Pigments, 1 Blush, 4 Bronzers and 2 Lipglosses. These products are never tested on animals and are cruelty free."

Blush and Bronzer
From left to right: Rewrite Pink, Third Kiss and Loco Cocoa
Re-write Pink ($15.00) is a mineralized blush. It looks beautiful on the skin and gives the cheek a natural healthy glow. It's pigmented so a light hand will go a long way with this product.
Third Kiss and Loco Cocoa are rocket bronzers($17.50.) Facefront describes Third Kiss as a steel finish (to me it's finish is similar to a satin eyeshadow.) Loco Cocoa is a warm matte bronzer. For my skin tone I prefer the Loco Cocoa, once blended out it gives a healthy glow. Third kiss doesn't look so good on my skin but I can imagine it working for skin tones that aren't so melanin challenged.

Artistic Pigments
From left to right: Amarela, Retro-Robotic Violeta, Octopus Ink, Shadow Keeper and Nylon Garden (All of these were swatched over a primer)
Amarela ($15.50) is a steel finish pigment. The color is a little sheer for me but the yellow really showcases the gold particles beautifully. It will need a base/primer to achieve the color in the jar.
Retro-Robotic Violeta ($15.50) is also a steel finish. This one was hard to photograph correctly but it's a nice mauvy purple that sparkles on the lid.
Octopus Ink ($10.50) is a semi-matte. This black is super black with a multi-colored glitter living happily among the darkness. Again my camera couldn't do justice to this one. I found it a little hard to work with as is the case with most mattes. With the proper base I think it would look amazing.
Shadow Keeper ($15.50) is another steel finish and is one of my favorites from this collection. I would describe it as a dirty purple that reflects a light pink. BEAUTIFUL!
Nylon Garden ($15.50) is, yes you guessed it, also a steel finish pigment. It's similar to MAC's Sumptuous Olive but a tad bit more green. I love this one too.

Artistic Pigments
From Left to Right: Rabid Volcano, Tigresa Morpheta and Early Spring
Rabid Volcano ($10.50) is a pewter finish pigment. It's lovely in the jar and lovely on the eye. It's not incredibly unique color.
Tigresa Morpheta ($10.50) is AMAZING! This color is a steel finish and would KILL on blue eyes. This is my number one favorite out of the whole bunch.
Early Spring ($10.50) is a pretty unique color. It's a steel finish and looks like a muted turquoise. You will definitely need a base with it because it can come off sheer.

All in all I'm impressed with the quality of Facefront products. I like the Artistic Pigments. I think the eyeshadows are the real star of the show.

What would I recommend and why?
Tigresa Morphesa- It's a beautiful metallic orange that makes blue eyes pop
Shadow Keeper- I love that it looks like a dark purple but reflects a light pink
Nylon Garden- Olive greens always capture my my attention
Loco Cocoa- It's a matte bronzer that works on my pasty skin... YES!
Re-write Pink- This one is pigmented but if used lightly will give a natural result.

Facefront can be found at select retailers and online at facefrontcosmetics.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adele Inspired Make-up

I love Adele. Her voice, her style... her MAKE-UP! I consider her look to be a mix of Mod/Twiggy lashes with classic pin-up liner and a light coral lip. It's simple, elegant and timeless.

Product List-

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory
Make-up Forever HD Powder
Milani HD Concealer in Light

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
Mac Eyeshadows in Blanc Type, Dark Edge and Shroom
Raving Beauty Eyeshadows in Gentle Brown and Sparkle Beige
Wet N' Wild Megaliner in Black
Laura Mercier Full Blown Mascara in Black
Salon Perfect Eyelashes in Demi-Whispies

Rimmel Lipliner in Addiction
Wet N' Wild Lipstick in 903C
Mac Dazzleglass in Smile

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Smoldering Embers

Heys guys! Today I have a grunge-ish kinda look. If you follow me on twitter you may recognize this look from my avatar pic. I also posted this look on Facebook and asked for you guys to help me name it. The winner was Roxanne and she brilliantly suggested Smoldering Embers. Thanks for all the suggestions. Now onto the goodies... the products of course!

Products used:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory
Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC 21
Milani HD Concealer in Light

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Raving Beauty Eyeshadows in Carmine and Carbon
Mac Pigment in Blue Brown
Mac Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Stila Smudgeproof Eyeliner in Stingray
Sugarpill Chromalust in Lumi
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
Mac Lipglass in Soft Wave

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Drugstore Favorites Give-away!!!

Who sits in the parking lot of Walgreens to film a give-away video?
Anyway I want to offer you guys a chance to win some of my favorite drugstore products. Give-aways are fun and I want to do them as often as I can. Hope you enjoy and enter... cause you never know! ; )

Updates and looks on my Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goldiestarling/110393895647738
Chat on my Twitter: http://twitter.com/goldiestarling

Be a subscriber
Be 18 or have permission from a parent or guardian
Leave a comment on Youtube under this video telling me your favorite band, musician, song etc.
Please only ONE comment per user (keep it fair!)
Give-away is open to everyone, including my international subscribers
There will be two winners
I will announce the winners on facebook and twitter (I won't be making a video)
I will contact the winners through Youtube
Contest ends March 19, 2011 at 11:59 EST

BTW this give-away was not sponsored by Walgreens in any way. They probably would have kicked me out of the parking lot if they knew I was filming this.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow Review

Up on the plate today we have a review of Sugarpill's pressed eyeshadows. I've been using these lovelies since last year and they continue to impress me each and every time. Anytime I want color I reach for these. I've read some reviews comparing these eyeshadows to Make-up Forever's shadows. They are similar in size and quality. There is a price difference. Make-up Forever singles are $19 a piece and Sugarpill are $12. Unlike Make-up Forever, Sugarpill offers three different palettes of four eyeshadows for $34. To me that's a steal... these shadows are awesome and will last a long time. If you love color you'll adore these badboys.

On their site Sugarpill describes them as:
"Richly pigmented, velvety smooth, luxury pressed eyeshadows for all-night party wear."

Richly pigmented- Check
Velvety smooth- Check
Luxury pressed- Check
All-night wear- Check
I applaud Sugarpill for living up to their descriptions.

Color Breakdown:
Love +: The perfect matte red.
Flamepoint: An warm matte orange.
Buttercupcake: A rich golden bright matte yellow.
Midori: A slightly shimmery green with a dash of yellow.
Afterparty: A medium bright blue shimmer.
Poison Plum: A purple matte with a dash of red.
Dollipop: A matte Barbie pink.
Bulletproof: A solid matte black.

From Left to right
Top Row: Love +, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Midori
Bottom Row: Afterparty, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Bulletproof

Overall I highly recommend these. The color payoff is superb. The texture is smooth. They blend well. The packaging is adorable. The price is worth every penny.
You can find Sugarpill here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

E.L.F. Studio Blush in Gotta Glow

I picked up this blush when E.L.F. was having a 50% sale on their studio line. I'd read great reviews on it and thought... hmm $1.50... OKAY! My order came pretty fast and I was super impressed with the way it was packed. Also it's worth mentioning that when companies have sales it often takes two to three weeks to receive the order... That was not the case for E.L.F. I had the products I ordered within five days. Thanks for that E.L.F.

Now onto the blush. On their site E.L.F. lists this as a description for their blushes.
"The soft sheer texture blends into the skin for a silky finish. Designed to be worn alone or layered for more depth. Highlight your complexion with a subtle healthy glow!"

I do have a bit of a problem with that description. The texture is soft... too soft for my tastes. When I swipe my finger through this product it feels like I pick up a ton. It is a bit flaky as well. However when you blend it out it does create a nice light gold highlight. I wouldn't label it subtle but it does work. Besides the softness the only other problem I have with it is longevity. It doesn't seem to last on me. Layering it over a cream product would fix that problem but when I'm in a hurry the less products the better.

Overall I would not buy it again. I think it's a steal for the price but I have eyeshadows that would give me the same effect.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 Make-up Look

Hey guys! I wanted to post this look in time for the week-end. I know a lot of you guys will want to wear red eyebrows to the club... Right? Crickets.... All kidding aside a lovely subscriber requested a tutorial for this look and I found the make-up very intriguing. Check out the tutorial below.
Also I wanted to mention the feather hair clip I'm wearing in the photo. I've been collaborating with The Truth About Lucy (A super awesome Etsy store and website.) The owner Myriah handmakes these intricate one of a kind accessories and she was kind enough to design this piece for my tutorial. Click here to see more of her beautiful pieces:

Now onto products used:
Gluestick to cover eyebrows
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory
Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC 20
Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer in Light
Wet N Wild Pride Palette (Matte White Eyeshadow)
Wet N Wild Night Elf Palette (Sparkly Black Eyeshadow, a Matte Finish would work as well)
Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Red Rhinestones from a Nail Wheel
Make-up Forever Eyeshadow in No. 33
Rimmel Blush in Berry
LIPS (I opted for a Matte finish):
Revlon Colorstay Lipcolor in Top Tomato
Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner Definer in Red Diva

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sweethearts Giveaway

Cupid has come and gone BUT you still have a chance to win some Sugarpill! Check out my giveaway on Youtube, leave me a comment on the video telling me something sweet you have done for someone and you're entered! Simple as a dimple.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Pixar UP! Inspired Mask

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a look that I'm entering into Tsunimee's BFF (Bird, Flower or Fruit Inspired) Contest. I was inspired by Kevin from Pixar's movie UP! and this picture of a parrot I found on Google.

Products used:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory
MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC 20
NYX Blush in Taupe

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Buttercupcake, Poison Plum, Flamepoint and Love +
Ben Nye Eyeshadows in Cosmic Blue
Wet 'N Wild Creme Eyeliner in Black
Wet 'N Wild Mega Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Rimmel Eye Kohl in White
Rhinestones in various sizes
For the eyelashes I glued several pair together

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Liptar in Safety Orange
Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Buttercupcake patted on center of the lips
Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Love + added to the outer corners of the lips
Clear lipgloss

Monday, January 31, 2011

Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer

I was out shopping with my mom on Saturday and ran across this new nail buffer from Revlon. Since I was in the market for a new buffer I decided to pick this up for a mere $2.99.

What does Revlon say about this product?:
"The secret to the 10 second manicure. Creates 400% more shine than bare nails. Unique, comfortable shape for easy use. Green side smoothes and evens out nail surface. White side polishes to an outrageous shine. Creates topcoat in minutes."

Does it live up to these claims? Yes. In my opinion it is a fantastic nail buffer. I've never had such shine to my bare nails before. It does remind me of a topcoat. The egg shape is quite fun and ergonomic. My hands didn't get tired holding it like they do with the rectangular shaped buffers. With that being said I do have to mention that you can only use the outer edges of the green side. The middle of the buffer is useless unless you want to scratch up your cuticles. I think it would have been better to line the edges with the green buffer material and have both sides be covered in the white polish finish.

Now on to the most important question... Would I buy it again?: Probably. But I think I'll stick to the buffers I buy at Sally's due to the fact that I can use the entire surface on my nails.

My results:

Monday, January 24, 2011

A P!nk Look!

P!nk F**kin' Perfect Make-up tutorial

Last Sunday I decided to recreate the look Pink was wearing in her newest music video. This is a great copper smoky eye and it would look great on anyone, but especially nice on blue eyed lads and lasses. Hope you enjoy! Oh and how was everyone's weekend? It was freeezing in North Carolina!

xo Goldie



Mac Paint Pot in Painterly

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean

Sedona Lace 88 Metal Palette

Mac Eyeshadow in Tempting

Mac Eyeshadow in Blanc Type

Stila Smudgeproof Eyeliner in Stingray

L'oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Revlon Lash Flares Individual False Eyelashes


Wet N' Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink

Elf Blush in Gotta Glow


Stila Lipglaze in Kitten

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bright Blue Smoky Eye of the Day

Hey guys! I loved my color combination yesterday and wanted to share a quick little post about it. Not sure if a tutorial will follow but if you like I can film one. I would file this one under a bright smoky eye.


Prep: Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
Base: Mehron Paradise Tropical Palette- I used the blue on my lid
Ben Nye Cosmic Blue (lid)
MAC Meet the Fleet (crease)
Ben Nye Azalea (blended into the crease about Meet the Fleet)
Ben Nye Cosmic Violet (transition color above the Azalea)
MAC Blanc Type (browbone and inner corner highlight)
Stila Smudgeproof Eyeliner in Stingray
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hot for Houndstooth Nails

"Introducing the hottest invention in nail color. Sally Hansen Salon Nail Effects Real Nail Polish strips creates an instant fashion manicure you can't get from a bottle. Real nail polish with no dry time and lasts up to ten days. Get a salon effect anytime, any place. Designs include neon, metallic and high-shine patterns and will cost just under ten dollars for a set containing sixteen strips, a cuticle stick and a mini file-buffer."

Last week was my birthday week so I decided to treat myself to a set of these Sally Hansen nail effects. At $8.50 a pop my inner skeptic said no, but my love for Houndstooth said YES! I have recorded a video of my initial reaction and application which I will attach below. Also you will see pictures of the nails throughout the week.
Day two: My memory card decided to eat my initial pictures but here we have a picture of day two. I thought it was super easy to put these on and by day two I was surprised there was no chipping. I expected the strips to wear down on the edges of my nails but I didn't notice anything.
Day four: Manicure is still going strong. I have noticed tiny chips on the thumb nail and slight peeling around the cuticle of my middle and ring fingers. I'm impressed considering I have been pretty tough on my hands the past few days (ie. dyed my hair, drawing, typing, washing dishes etc.)
Day seven: Day seven and my nails look like day four. Day Nine: I am super happy that I tried these because they have staying power. I was worried that these babies would peel off by day three, but much to my surprise these strips delivered on their promise. Overall I would definitely recommend them. I do think they are a bit pricey however they would look amazing for a special occasion (prom, date, valentine's day etc.)