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Halloween & Day of the Dead Looks

Snow White makeup and hair

Should I take a bite?

There’s two kinds of people: Halloween people and Christmas people. I am definitely a Halloween person. I love it! Every year at the library, we all dress up in costumes according to a certain theme and give away candy to the students. We’ve done book characters, movie characters (Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction), TV characters (Joan Collins’ Dynasty character), and music stars (Amy Winehouse). This year we all decided to be fairy tale characters. I just knew I HAD to be Snow White. Continue reading


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Two (Belated) Halloween Looks

I haven’t posted much recently. I take all my blog photos in natural light, and we are just having the ickiest, greyest, rainiest, darkest fall here in eastern Canada. On top of that we are in daylight savings time now, and it starts getting dark at about 4:30 pm! By the time I get home from work its completely dark, making photo-shoots pretty much impossible. I have gotten some great new stuff lately, so I’ve decided to just get cracking and share it with you guys and do my best with whatever lighting this Canadian gal has been given 🙂

So today, I wanted to share two looks I did last week for Halloween and for the Day of the Dead, November 1-2. We threw our second annual Day of the Dead party (you can checkout my look from last year) and had collected lots of great Día de Muertos decorations over the past year while traveling, so this year’s party was even better than last year’s I think, complete with Mexican-inspired food and lots of tequila.

This was our ofrenda:


La Ofrenda, or altar honouring the memory of loved ones who have passed away

This year I felt like doing pink sugar skull makeup. I absolutely loved this skull fascinator I found at Bonnie & Clyde’s while I was in BC.

day of the dead makeup

Pink sugar skull makeup for our 2nd annual Day of the Dead Party

Here’s what I used:pink sugar skull makeup

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance (I used it all around and under my eyes)
  • MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Shadow “Inked in Pink”
  • Wet n Wild “Spoiled Brat” eyeshadow trio (just the pink shade)
  • MAC Da Bling
  • MAC Expensive Pink


  • MAC Blackground paintpot
  • NYX eyeshadow single 01 “Black”


  • NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil
  • MAC Soar Lip Pencil
  • MAC Smolder Eye Kohl

I used some of my very tiny Real Techniques brushes – the Detailer brush from the Core Collection, the Accent brush from the Starter Set, and the Fine Liner brush. And of course, don’t forget to set  all of that with a setting spray. I used UD All Nighter.

For Halloween, at the library where I work we all dress up every year according to a theme we’ve picked, like characters from our favourite book or movie. This year we were all characters from TV shows. I had just watched Sam from Pixiwoo’s Joan Collins tutorial and knew I wanted to try to recreate the over the top 80s look!

Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby makeup

Halloween Costume: Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby

Here’s what I used for my version of Alexis:joan collins / alexis makeup

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance (not pictured)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in “Wisteria” and “Duchess”
  • “Venus” from the UD Naked Basics palette for that frosty 80s brow highlight
  • NARS Albatross for even more brow highlight!
  • Maybelline Waterproof Black Liquid Liner
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara (full review)


  • Sleek Blush By 3 palette 364 “Sugar”. I used the dark reddish shade “Turbinado”
  • NARS Albatross


  • MAC Spice Lip Pencil (as Sam said “if you can’t see the lip liner, you’ve failed” lol)
  • NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in “New Lover”
  • MAC “Angel” Lip Gloss

This look was really fun to do. I love Halloween! Its such a great excuse to play with makeup looks that you don’t normally wear everyday.

Thanks for stopping by ❤


Nerdy Librarian Girl

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“Day of the Dead” Make-up Look

Day of the Dead Makeup

For my Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead” party, I did a sugar-skull inspired make-up look. Here’s a quick look at the products I used:

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  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
  • MAC blackground paint pot
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • MAC greensmoke eyeshadow (not pictured)
  • NYX black eyeshadow single
  • Milani Color Statement lip liner in true red
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk
  • Ardell false lashes
  • any small, pointed brush

I actually didn’t use anything to make my skin paler – I just skipped any bronzer or blush and this is how pale I look (lol). I used eyeshadow primer all around and under my eyes where I painted the black circles. For all of the black areas, I used MAC blackground paint pot and MAC smolder eye kohl, and I set it with NYX black eyeshadow (any matte black shadow would do).

I used MAC greensmoke eyeshadow on my lid to give my eyes a bit more dimension. For the red scallop pattern and dots  I used the red lip liner outlined with the black eye kohl.

On my lips I used the milk Jumbo Eye Pencil and the MAC smolder eye kohl. I was surprised how well this stayed in place all night.

I made the flower headpiece myself using a headband, some Dollar Store fake flowers and a hot glue gun. It was super simple.

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Amy Winehouse Halloween Look


An idea for a fun and easy Halloween or costume-party look. Amy Winehouse is all about the hair. Luckily, I had the right hair colour to start with. I picked up a “hair donut” from Claire’s for $9.00 CND and some extensions to wrap around it and to clip in the back of my hair for $18.50 CND.

Hair Donut from Claire's

Hair Donut from Claire’s

To get the 1960s beehive look without back-combing, I followed this youtube video tutorial.

The make-up products I used were:

  • MAC brule eyeshadow
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • Ardell 118 false lashes
  • MAC omega eyeshadow (for my crease and my Amy brows)
  • Benefit Hoola (cheek contour)
  • MAC teddy eye kohl (for the Amy beauty mark)
  • MAC angel lipstick

While I was at Claire’s I also picked up a faux flower hair pin and a faux gold chain to complete the look.

For Amy’s tattoos, I found a website TattooFun.com, that specializes in celebrity temporary tattoos. They were $19.95 CND plus shipping, but were so worth it as it really made the costume!

Amy Winehouse Temporary Tattoos from TattooFun.com

Amy Winehouse Temporary Tattoos from TattooFun.com



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