31 Oct 2010

Halloween Bloopers

Just thought I'd show you some of my bloopers and outtakes from this year's Halloween videos. Just because the final result looks good, doesn't always mean the road getting there was a smooth ride. Hope you enjoy watching this, it's pretty funny!

By the way, a lot of people have been uploading their Halloween makeup recreations and costume pictures to my Facebook page! Please feel free to do the same if you'd like to share.

If you missed any of these looks and would like to watch the full video, check out my Halloween Playlist where you can find links to all the videos shown here and more from previous years.

Twitter Giveaway

I'm giving away the final random prize for my Myths and Legends contest through Twitter! Here's what you can win with a little luck.

Contained in this prize pack are four pigments from Facefront Cosmetics in the shades Corporal Green, Voom Voom Volt, Glam Star, and Acrylic Apple Torte. Also included is one nailpolish from Models Own in Green Tea. All products are brand new and never used. Retail value of the combined products is $50 USD (35 Euros).


This contest is now closed! The winner was @dinogak! Feel free to follow me on Twitter for future giveaways. Thanks for entering and retweeting.

27 Oct 2010

Spider Queen Look for Halloween

Here's a creative design I came up with surrounding spiders, perfect for a Halloween look! I'll call this my Spider Queen Black Widow look. I had this in mind for weeks and even ordered the spiderweb false lashes especially for it in advance, but they ended up being the biggest disappointment - just way too fragile and not dramatic enough for my taste. Nonetheless I love how this turned out! I hope you do too :)

Revlon Colorstay foundation in Ivory, MAC Studio Fix powder, black plastic spiders from a craft store

Ben Nye Greystone e/s, Ben Nye Cosmic Violet e/s, Illamasqua Intrique blush

Generic gel eyeliner in black and navy blue (from eBay), Ben Nye black cake eyeliner (for spiderwebs), Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Alluvium, MAC Carbon e/s, Red Cherry Spiderweb lashes, Duo lash glue, MAC Reflects Transparent Teal glitter

Ben Nye black pencil eyeliner, Illamasqua Lipstick in Disciple, Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Alluvium

Models Own Magenta Pearl

Link to the video tutorial on Youtube

22 Oct 2010

Black Widow Spider Nails for Halloween

Another nail design I came up with for Halloween, this time featuring a black widow spider and cobweb design. I thought this would be very fitting for the occasion.

Nailpolish I used:

Illamasqua DWS (grey)
Essence Tip Painter (white)
Essence Fashion Victim (silver shimmer)
Rimmel 60 Seconds (black)
Eyeko Saucy Polish (red)

20 Oct 2010

Facebook Giveaway! Win a 42-piece makeup palette

As part of my ongoing Myths & Legends 200,000+ Subscriber contest, I'm doing a few giveaways through my social networking sites. Last time it was here on Blogger, the next giveaway is happening on Facebook!

I'm giving away a 42-piece double stacked makeup palette (one tray has eyeshadows, the other blushes) to one lucky winner who I will draw randomly using random.org in a few days time.

How to enter:

1. You must "Like" my official Facebook page (hit the Like button beside my name to become a follower.)
2. Head to the Discussions tab up top and enter on the official thread I have created there. You will find detailed instructions in the thread.
3. ONE entry per person only. The contest is open worldwide. I will draw a winner randomly in a few days time and announce it through Facebook.

All contests will end October 31, 2010 and the prizes will be sent out then. For more information about my contest and what else I'm giving away in prizes and how you can participate, check out the complete rules here.

Good luck!

19 Oct 2010

Craquelure Manicure

This is one of those weird manicures that looks much better from afar, if that makes sense. On a recent trip to Germany I picked up the P2 Crackling Topcoat in Black Explosion because I'd seen the effect on other blogs and thought it was kind of cool.

How it works:

You first apply your base color of choice, here I'm sporting Models Own Pink Punch (a highlighter neon pink). Then you apply the black topcoat; you have to work very quickly and use a good amount of product if you have long nails like mine because this stuff starts cracking and drying up almost instantaneously. It must be some kind of chemical reaction that reacts with air because when you paint it on it just looks like black polish, but once it start drying it begins to crack and pull together, leaving a very edgy texture. When you zoom in really close like in the picture, it looks a bit odd, but when you just see your nails as you normally would, it does look really cool! The only thing is that it leaves the top of the nail feeling a bit bumpy, so I followed it with a coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out.

I can't wait to try this out with various base colors. I wish they made this crackling polish in lots of different colors too. P2 one has the black and a grey one as well. The black actually dries down to a matte finish without clear topcoat.

What do you think - love it or hate it? I think I'll try this with white next!

18 Oct 2010

Sexy Cat Halloween Makeup

This is my interpretation of a cute and sexy cat makeup for Halloween. Hope you enjoy!

MAC e/s in Smut, All That Glitters, Copperplate, Carbon, MAC Feline kohl pencil, MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, Revlon Colorstay liquid liner in black, Illamasqua Precision Ink in Alchemy, MAC lashes Nr. 42

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Barry M Natural Dazzle Bronzer

Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss

Essence black eyeliner, Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in NSFW

Models Own Raspberry Crush

Link to the video tutorial

13 Oct 2010

Luuux: A place where Thieves get ahead

So I'm sure a lot of you have heard of this website Luuux, which offers bloggers compensation in the form of Luuux points, which then can redeem for prizes such as Louis Vuitton purses or iPads. Several Youtube Beauty gurus and other bloggers have promoted the site heavily, as they stand the most to gain from it. It's essentially a pyramid scheme site, where members get points for recruiting new members, blog comments, etc. I'm not too familiar with the exact ins and outs of how it works to be honest as I'm not interested in joining such a site.

However, it's come to my attention that Luuux is also allowing so-called bloggers to profit from stolen content, in some cases these users are copying and pasting word-for-word the pictures and information from prominent bloggers such as Scrangie, Temptalia, VampyVarnish, and I'm sure many others. From what I can make out, Luuux does have some policies in place against copyright infringement, yet is slow to act on these. There seems to be no monitoring of new posts to see if users indeed upload original content, or if they have just stolen their content from other websites.

The site seemingly disregards the hard work that bloggers put into their work. Real bloggers put in countless hours of meticulous research and some invest in expensive photography equipment to enhance their content. It's no surprise that copyright theft would happen on a site where members gain compensation for every post they make. These "bloggers" only have their eye on the prize, and don't think twice about stealing content from other people. What good can come from such a website?

You can read how tough a time Kelly from Vampy Varnish has had to have her stolen images removed from the site. She is but one of the bloggers affected. So far I haven't seen any of my own content on the site, but it still makes me mad that a website would do so little to protect the copyrights of those people who actually put in the hard work, and reward thieves.

I am hoping that Luuux puts in some more stringent measures to protect bloggers from copyright theft, and that members are forced to post original, meaningful content instead of spending 3 seconds on Google and copying and pasting someone else's hard work.

Real bloggers don't blog on Luuux.

What is your take on this?

11 Oct 2010

Creepy Dead Doll Halloween Makeup


I wanted to create a creepy looking dead doll makeup for Halloween and this is what I came up with. I was going for bruised and blood-shot looking eyes with some veining showing through, a skull-like looking face, yet still retaining some classic doll features: big wide eyes, long lashes, and a heart shaped mouth. You could even darken up the eyes if you want more contrast!

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation in 15, MAC Airbrush foundation in White

MAC Copperplate e/s, Ben Nye Greystone e/s, Illamasqua Intrigue blush

42 piece Double Stack Matte Palette available on ebay, Ben Nye Greystone e/s, La Femme cake eyeliner in Blue, generic eyelashes from ebay, Red Cherry lashes Nr. 501, Maybelline white kohl pencil,

Ben Nye concealer wheel SK-II, Nivea Bedtime Plum lipstick

Orly It's Not Rocket Science

Link to the video tutorial on Youtube. What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

10 Oct 2010

Giveaway Winner

I've selected a winner for the palette giveaway using random.org and it generated the number 10!

And the tenth comment on that post was by Luna LaCroix! Congratulations Luna, you have won the palette and I will be sending it to you at the end of this month when the other giveaways are also over. Please contact me with your shipping details! julia.youtube (at) gmail.com

Thanks to everyone who entered! Remember I'll also be doing giveaways on Facebook and Twitter, so follow me there for another chance to win something. Find out more details about my ongoing Myths & Legends contest here.

8 Oct 2010

Win an Eyeshadow & Blush palette

As part of my ongoing Myths and Legends Contest, I promised you all some random giveaways for those people who do not want to do a video response. This will be the first giveaway for my Contest, this time it will be a brand new 26-piece eyeshadow and blush palette. (It still has the protective plastic on in this picture so it is reflecting weirdly.)

This is a generic palette (like the 88 palette, 120 palette) but it has some great colors for fall! If you'd like to win this, here's what you need to do:

Follow my blog

  • Hit the Follow button on the right side of my blog or be subscribed to my feed by e-mail
  • Leave one comment to this entry (must be using your Blogger or Google account so I can see if you are indeed a Follower) If you are reading this in Google Reader, you will need to visit my website to participate.

This is open worldwide! The prize will be shipped out at the end of October as I will be doing a few more giveaways on Facebook and Twitter as well. One entry per person only please. The winner will be announced in a couple of days (contest will end at my discretion.) The winner will be selected using random.org.

Click here for more details about my Myths & Legends contest and how to win even more prizes.

Good luck!

This contest is now closed. See my next entry to see who won.

7 Oct 2010

Cleo Magazine Feature

Thanks to two of my Twitter followers for tweeting me pictures of a small feature I had this month in a Malaysian magazine called Cleo, along with other Youtubers. The feature is about vampire-esque makeup videos and three different looks were selected, including mine. They featured my Evan Rachel Wood recreation from her character in True Blood.

If you missed out on that particular video and would like to see it, you can click here to check back on that entry.

6 Oct 2010

Good vs. Evil: Angel Halloween Look

Josh (Petrilude) and I wanted to do a video collaboration for Halloween and we decided to go for a classic good versus evil theme. What could be more classic than an Angel and a Devil? This would be a great look for a couple for Halloween if you want to do a corresponding look - the man as the devil, the woman as the angel. If you want to check out Petrilude's devil look, click here.


Nars Cheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, MAC White pigment, MAC Pink Pearl pigment, Naked Cosmetics Cotton Candy pigment, MAC Bright Fuchsia pigment, generic brand cosmetic glitter, Leni Lash Nr. 302 white feather lashes, Duo glue, Max Factor mascara, Ardell Lash Tite glue, white feathers and rhinestones from the craft store, Max Factor white kohl pencil

Nars Desire blush, Illamasqua Intrigue blush

MAC Angel, Margaret Astor Pastel Pink Lipgloss

Sally Hansen - Whirlwind White

4 Oct 2010

Vampire Nail Art

Eyeko Vampira (base)
Essence White Tip Painter (fangs)
Eyeko Saucy (blood)
Seche Vite Topcoat

These nails are so perfect for Halloween! They would also go well if you're dressing up as a vampire. They feature fangs on a glittery black and red background, dripping in blood of course. If you want to see my Halloween Vampire makeup tutorial from 2 years ago, click here to watch that as well.

1 Oct 2010

Cirque du Soleil Fantasy Look

I filmed this look a while back on my old camera, just a random spur of the moment look I came up with. When I showed the finished look to my boyfriend, he said it reminded him of Cirque du Soleil! I hadn't planned on that, but I had to admit it did remind me of it too a bit. For whatever reason I decided to look up Cirque du Soleil online and see what shows they were doing currently, and saw with great surprise that Varekai was coming to Zurich! Without further ado, I bought tickets, and we'll be attending the show on October 9th!

I'm so excited! I've always wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show, but never had the opportunity. They now have shows and tour all over the world, with several shows permanently in Las Vegas.


White Eyeliner pencil, Ben Nye Grande Lumier eyeshadow palette, Ben Nye Red e/s, MAC Blue Flame e/s, MAC Orange e/s, MAC Firespot e/s, Makeup Forever Nr. 92 e/s, cosmetic glitter, Ben Nye Glitter Glue, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, MAC Feline kohl pencil, MAC Beet lipliner, Lime Crime Centrifuchsia and Countessa Fluorescent lipstick, MAC Reflects Transparent Teal glitter, false lashes from ebay

Catrice - Blue's Brother

Link to the tutorial on Youtube