March 23, 2014

Naked Week Update!!


Hi lovelies! 

How are you all!? I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Well, surprise, surprise, I have failed...again. 

Yup, I'm sure that was a life-changing moment for you, as it is SO out of my character. :( 

I'm actually really sad. I failed to bring you post after post of NAKED-themed beauty stuff...last week. I could make excuses, or say that I do have other things to focus on, but at the end of the day...there is no excuse and my blog IS a priority (other than what I'm sure it seems). Anyways, getting off of the sad train and hopping onto my usual, positive train, I PROMISE you will see 5 new naked themed beauty reviews this week, Monday March 24 - 28. I know, I say things like this all the time, but this time, I'm going to see it through, even it means getting no sleep. I'm serious, I will. I feel like this is the point where you all roll your eyes and I do something drastic to make you believe me, like sign it in blood or something, but maybe that's just the sad, procrastinator in me being over-dramatic. 

I won't make this post long, BUTTTTTTT, I will see you tomorrow for a new (and exciting) #NakedWeek post! Hint, hint: it might even be an Urban Decay product! ;) *cue the ooohhsss and the ahhhhhs* :P

I won't let you down (this time), friend! :)  

Talk soon, 
S

March 18, 2014

Face of the Day: It IS easy being green...



Throwback to my early childhood with that title! Kermit the Frog had it alllll wrong, and I'm about to show you why. 

But first...yesterday didn't go quite as planned... big surprise! My dad & I didn't get home from work until much later than planned (thank you rush hour traffic!), so I rushed upstairs to take photos of my makeup and such so that I could write this post. Fine, that was cool, I still had the rest of the evening to get down to business, so I got changed and literally 5 minutes after I sat down at the table to eat a quick dinner, the doorbell rings. Folks, do you remember that I had a package coming from Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog that I was expecting yesterday? IT ARRIVED!!!!!! :D 


Mind = blown :O
Sooooo, I spent the next 2 hours playing with my new makeup (and watching How I Met Your Mother), like some sort of toddler, and then I realized that it was bedtime. I'm so sorry, but I'm going to show you what I was wearing on mah face right now!

Actually, first I have to say thank you again to Karen, I am so grateful! She packed all of my winnings in a really cute Space NK bag (not shown above), and opening it was honestly like Christmas morning in March! I will be doing a haul shortly on my YouTube channel, so you'll be able to see exactly what I won! When it is up, it will be linked right here. 

Moving back to the POINT of this post, my makeup yesterday was pretty cool, in my humble opinion! Like I have mentioned before, I get really into St. Patrick's Day, even though the only thing Irish about me is my first name. I was working yesterday, so I couldn't go as "all out" as I usually do, although my cubicle neighbour did wear bright green eyeshadow all over her eyes, so I probably could have gotten away with something more bold. However, that's not really my style, I believe the office/workplace should be a more reserved setting, therefore, one shouldn't make any statements that are too bold. So, I went with neutral eyeshadow on my lids, and a VERY subtle green/brown in my crease. From afar, it looks like your average dark, red-toned brown, but up close, you can see that there are hints of green in it. This is one of the main reasons why I love MAC Club eyeshadow (which is what I wore), because it works for so many different looks on so many different occasions; it's the ultimate ninja of eyeshadows (when you expect it pull one way, it does the opposite!). 

Also, I should mention that all of the products that I am wearing are long-wearing, which is perfect for a workday. I get up at about 4 am when I go to work, because my dad likes to leave the house at 5:15 (I know, he's crazy). We don't leave work until about 3:15 - 4 pm, and I don't have the time to retouch throughout the day (apart from lip products), so I try to pull out things that will last a long time! And, as you can see from the pictures, they deliver! The only thing that I fixed before taking these photos was my hair, because I had my hair in a side braid all day, and when I pulled the braid apart, I only had curls on one side of my head! Not a good look. So, I fixed my curls, added a headband and re-applied my lipstick and gloss. I didn't even need to touch anything else on my face, so this look is office approved, in more ways than one! Wooo!






See? In certain lights and different angles, my crease looks brown, but in others, it looks green. I love colours like this, why don't makeup companies make more of these awesome colours?! Anyway, for the rest of my makeup, I kept things pretty simple, with light pink cheeks and a nude lip. I wanted the eyes to be the focal point of the look, and even still, I didn't want them to stand out too much. I love the way that MAC's Vanilla pigment looks with Club; the copper-y bronze looks stellar against the dark, murky green. I also think that my green blouse really pulls out the green in my crease, but I've worn similar looks with black and grey shirts, and it's still really pretty. Multi-purpose look? Check! 


Derp! ;)

I wanted at least ONE photo in flash, but in all of them, I look really weird, so this was the best I could do. LOL. Don't mind my weird faces...

Products Used:

FACE

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer
Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 4
NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (EP05)
MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in Weekend Getaway (not pictured, oops, sorry!)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep (to set everything)

EYES

NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
MAC Pigment in Vanilla (on lids)
MAC Powder Eyeshadow in Cork (inner crease, to blend everything together)
MAC Powder Eyeshadow in Club (crease)
MAC Powder Eyeshadow in Era (on browbone and inner corner)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Benefit They're Real Mascara

LIPS

Maybelline Dr. Rescue Baby Lips Lip Balm in #35: Too Cool
MAC Lipstick in Touch
Benefit Ultra Plush Gloss in Hoola

So, there you have it. That's what I was wearing yesterday to celebrate good ol' St. Patrick's Day! I love the versatilely of this look, I can see me wearing it anywhere; school, going out, or in between. In terms of the day itself, I wore me some green, so I avoided getting pinched, but were you so lucky? If not, it's okay, because the day is over and the hangovers are being worked through! ;) Now you know for next year, it's not so hard to pull off green! :) 

I guess you could say it was a lucky day for me, because my giveaway winnings arrived, but what about for you? Did you have a good day? Did you celebrate in any way? Was it just another manic Monday for ya (see what I did there!? ;P)? Let me know down below!

Alright, I'm out of steam, I need some lunch, but I'll be back shortly to bring you today's #NakedWeek post! YAY!!! Talk to you in a jffy! :D 

Much love, 
S

March 17, 2014

Monday Poll, Vol. 1

I'm in a very spontaneous mood today. Hence why I am going to do something that I've wanted to join in on for a while, but always felt out of place doing...


Please forgive my graphics, I'm still getting used to the program I'm using and I've never been an artsy person... 
So, as most of you know, a daily read of mine is Makeup & Beauty Blog. About a year ago, I discovered Karen's blog and I haven't turned back since. She's funny, witty and provides good reviews on many of today's latest beauty products (and a few "older" products, too!). Well, since I've started reading, Karen's done a thing called the Makeup & Beauty Blog Monday Poll, and it is exactly what it sounds like; she gathers 10 of her readers' random questions and answers them every Monday, in poll format. In each of these posts, she leaves the questions below her own answers and urges the reader to join in, and while I find it amusing, I'm not sure if anyone else will. Well, I realized on the weekend that Beauty Bylaws is, after all, my blog and if I want to do something on here, I should. Life is too short to wonder and delay, right? Thus, I bring you my first personal version of the Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll. I hope you enjoy! :D


  1. Do you have a lucky charm? 
    No, but I suppose you could say that my ring that I wear daily on my right hand has sort of become one. I received the ring, which is monogrammed with an "S," as a baby, and I have taken it back to the jewellers a couple of times in my life every so often to get re-sized. I feel naked without it, as I literally NEVER take it off! I think the only times it comes off is the odd time I have an MRI test and, of course, when I had the bypass surgery in my brain. 
  2. Do you ever wear strapless dresses?
    Not often. I carry the majority of my weight on my upper body, specifically my stomach and my chest, so I find that most strapless dresses look weird on me and cut me funny. It's a shame, though, there's nothing like a pretty strapless dress in the spring or summer!
  3. Do you know how to sew or otherwise make clothes?
    Yes, and it's awesome! I went through a sewing program when I was about 13 until I was 16, because my mom wanted me to know how to do those things if I should ever need them. Though I don't take "lessons" per se anymore, I still remember the basics and can hem my own clothes (which comes in handy and saves me money)! There was a point, though, that I was good enough at it and enjoyed it enough that I made my own clothes! Oh, yeah, I was THAT kid on Civvies Day in Grade 9...no wonder I was bullied a little! ;) :P 
  4. Are you wearing anything green today?
    But, of course, mon chérie! My blouse is green, and I love it because it has pretty gold/brass detailing on the collar. I also am wearing a deep green/brown duochrome colour (MAC Club, to be specific) in my crease. I would typically have gone more intense, but I am working today, so you know...not the right occasion!
  5. Favourite green nail polish, eyeshadow, liner, etc?
    My favourite green polish at the moment is China Glaze Budding Romance, which has to be one of my favourite polishes of all time. It's a weird, kind of bile-y looking green, but on the nail...WOO! PERFECTION. My favourite shadow is MAC Humid, so pretty, and my favourite green liner is the Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick in Emerald, which, ha! Funny story...I don't actually own (yet; I ironically won it in the MBB International Giveaway in January, and I'm expecting my winnings today! :D Exciting!), but I've swatched it in store and it's oh so gorgeous!
  6. What does your wallet look like?
    I change my wallet often, but for the last several months it has been a light gold, rather-large-but-it-is-perfect-because-it-holds-all-of-my-cards-and-crap wallet from Kate Spade. I got it on sale for $40...score! :D
  7. Did you ever get detention in school?
    Hell to the no. I was the angel child in school, hence why the *ahem* how shall we say, more vocally active/class clowny students HATED.MY.GUTS. Hmmph, oh well, I'm a nerd and I don't care! *insert satisfied emoji here*
  8. Have you ever done (or would you ever do) nail art on your toes?
    Let the record show...I suck at painting my toes (I'm not the most flexible person you'll ever meet...hehe) and I suck even more at nail art! Thus, I've only ever gotten nail art on my toes once or twice when I'm getting a mani/pedi for a special occasion and therefore I'm splashin' out a little. :) I would totally do it again, though, it's so pretty and fun to look at! 
  9. Are you planting a garden this year? 
    Nature + Siobhan = cannot compute, so that's going to be a big, fat no. I'm not an outdoorsy person, so the most gardening or admiring of said subject that I do is from the top of a roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland (I must admit, they keep their gardens WELL, they're gorg!), my dad's garden (both my parents have green thumbs, but they were kind enough not to pass the trait down ;)), or outside of the mall or on a high street. I'm really not a garden/nature lover, guys...sorry :S
  10. Have you ever done anything crafty before, like scrapbooking or making candles?
    Surprise, surprise, I'm also not an artsy person. Actually, that's a lie. I AM artsy, but my art of choice is drama (I love acting and if someone could guarantee me success in the field, I would drop everything and do it this very second), and I also love music (I've been playing piano since I was 4, in case you didn't know :D). However, when it comes to the visual arts...let's just say, "I suck" would be the biggest understatement of the year. Not kidding, I struggle to make decent looking stick people. Therefore, no, I've never done anything crafty, haha! 
Okay, so that's it, my first ever Monday Poll! YAY! If you'd like to participate in this poll, feel free to answer the questions below on your own blog or tumblr page and tweet me and/or Karen, that would be so much fun! :D 


The Questions:


1. Do you have a lucky charm?

2. Do you ever wear strapless dresses?

3. Do you know how to sew or otherwise make clothes?

4. Are you wearing anything green today?

5. Favorite green nail polish, eyeshadow, liner, etc?

6. What does your wallet look like?
7. Did you ever get detention in school?
8. Have you ever done (or would you ever do) nail art on your toes?
9. Are you planting a garden this year?

10. Have you ever done anything crafty before, like scrapbooking or making candles? 

Also, if you'd like me to continue doing these, let me know what you'd like to see; I could continue doing my own version of Karen's poll, or you could send me in your questions that you'd like me to answer, or I could do a combo of both! Let me know in the comments down below or feel free to email me at siobhan@beautybylaws.com. Thanks so much, friend! :D

That's all for now, but we'll talk soon, k? 

Much love, 
S

Get Naked with Me!

Girl, get your mind out of the gutter! ;) I'm talking about makeup, of course!
Hey hey hey!

What's crackalackin'!? Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! The funny thing is, the only Irish thing about me is my first name, but I always get very enthusiastic about this particular holiday. I always wear green, do my makeup festively (which, fate willing, you will see later today :)), and go around pinching people who fail to be in green, even in some small way (socks & underwear count!). So, that being said, I hope you have a wonderful, happy and lucky St. Paddy's day (or at least one good enough to forget that it's Monday...bleh)!! So...long time, no speak...I know, mea culpa, mea culpa...but let's not focus on the bad, let's replace it with the good, shall we? I'm back, and you are guaranteed to hear from me for the next 4 days. 


FYI: this isn't my cat, Lucky, but this cat is a calico like Lucky is and it looks ALOT like she does! #twinsies
Photo from here.


How come!? 'Cause I'm gettin' naaaakeeeeeddd. Okay, I really need to stop making this sound so sensual and shady, haha. 

Welcome to #NakedWeek, which is essentially a cool name for the week that I attempt to make up for my absence by posting a review on a couple of "Naked"-themed beauty products every single day of the work week, aka this week (though, I know it will take more than that to make up for my absence, hence the word attempt :/)! I thought that today would be a good day to start because it's St. Paddy's day and who knows how the day will end for a lot of people. Personally, I'm not a drinker, so admiring my Urban Decay Naked palettes will be as bare as I get, but I won't judge anyone who takes it one step further. After all, there's a reason that this holiday is associated with luck, right? #getlucky

Okay, I honestly do not know what's wrong with me! I'm not usually this perverted or x-rated, I promise. *ahem* Getting back to the (family-friendly) point...are you excited!? I sure am! Think reviews on coveted products, some basics (because it's always nice to get back to basics) and maybe a random one that I'm sure you won't see coming! 

Alright, to stop myself from doing what I usually do (BLAB FOREVER), I'm going to cut this post short, but stick around, things are about to get interesting... ;) 

Much love, 
S

ps - If you are as excited as I am, tweet me @siobhanchloex0x with the hashtag #NakedWeek! Come chat, I'll be waiting! :) ♥