February 24, 2010

FOTD Fail & Nail Polish I've Been Hearting

 We beauty bloggers are masters of the at home photo shoot.  On the occasions our husbands, boyfriends, or tri-pods are not accessible, we snap our own pictures.  Sure, we sometimes need to crop out what appears to be a Stretch Armstrong arm every once in awhile, but that comes with the self portrait territory.  Ha!

Yesterday, I spent hours painting my face and creating a 'do that would have made my perfectly coiffed pal, Tiffany (Big Hair Bigger Lashes), do the slow clap and rise.  I was especially proud of my locks; they were curled, teased, and a force to be reckoned with.  Yet, somehow my HOTD found a way to ruin my FOTD.

I took NINETY-TWO pictures of my mug and mane, confident that at least a few would be worthy of posting.  Upon uploading the photos, I noticed my hair appeared horrifically frizzy.  Nick Nolte's mugshot looked sexier than what I had going on.  So, instead of a FOTD, you get EOTD (plus one cheek)!  XD

[Click to enlarge.  I had to significantly lighten this picture up because it was too dark.  I also airbrushed everything except my eyes and lashes as my skin looked strange after I messed with the photograph's exposure.  Blech...]

EOTD Products:

♥ NYX Black Eye Shadow
♥ NYX Cherry Eye Shadow
♥ Christian Dior Beige Eye Shadow
♥ GOSH Extreme Art Eye Liner in 07 (Liner courtesy of my wonderful follower, Dominique!)  :)
♥ L'oreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black
♥ Ardell Wispies

On my cheeks, I am rocking NARS Crazed.  The stunning Miss Natty recently reviewed this blush.  Check out her post here.  I agree 100% with what she had to say!

On to my latest nail polish obsession: OPI's "Do You Lilac It".  I have been wearing this for quite some time now, and love it!  Two coats are all you need to achieve this pretty shade.  Wearing it definitely puts me in a Spring type of mood!


What are y'all sporting on your nails?

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51 comments:

J-ezzy said...

Yay!!! EOTD and one cheek, I'll take it!!! How in the world did you get all that color from the NYX shadows, I swear I must have a super light hand.

I love your nail polish, it's such a Spring color and I can't wait for Spring!!

Crazed IS pigmented, woowssersss
Where did you get it?
So sad I didn't see HOTD :( :( :( :(

Great post, hun!!!

Jen said...

ur so funny, girl! i love ur eotd and cotd (cheek of the day)! ha! :) i'm sure ur pictures look gorgeous and you're just trippin! :)

Fifi said...

Ha ha! I think the EOTD and one cheek color still look very gorgeous! I love the color combo =)

Miss P said...

We are always our own worst critic! I'm sure you were beautiful...frizzy hair and all! Your eyes looked great! So sultry!

Laura Rae-Lynn said...

LOVE that polish colour, and the eyes look fab!

I wonder if I would be able to pull off the lilac nails... hmmm....

Irene said...

Your eyes still look fantastic! I still would've loved to see the hair...I don't have your lush locks though, so hair is always unfortunately on the backburner for me...*sigh*

I'm always on the lookout for a new blush -- I love the look of crazed!!! NARS blushes are seriously some of the BEST! ♥

My nails are sporting some kind of pink-tinted MISSHA brand polish :)

Sharlene Kay said...

im glad ur back and with such gorgeouss eyes!! i love the wayy u did it shimmery w/o being over glittered (is that a word??) thanks for *shout* i love you kate like a fat kid love cake! but not in a gay way cus u already have a husband lol

<33 Sharlene

tenxx said...

i love this look your eyes look absolutely stunning darling xx

Hollywood said...

HAHA you sucha drama queen I know you had some gorgeous pictures to show US but I like the EOTD I mean I love it it's gorgeous the COTD is cute too lool ...I also take like 90 pictures before findind the only one who will make it lol

You have Gorgeous NAILS !

Makeup by Kim Porter said...

Love this look & color combo's. I will teach you how to cut the crease. lol

The nail polish reminds me of one i have from the south beach collection. Done out in Deco or something. It looks good on you

Makeup by Kim Porter

PetiteAsianGirl said...

Lol...self photography is soo hard without a tripod/remote! I'm amazed that you got 92 pics in. The eyes look fab!! Dumbest question of the day - was gonna ask what NYX is but just googled it and spared myself. It seems to be a beauty blogger fave, but I've never seen it sold in stores.

Tsahi - The Makeup Artist said...

I am absolutely in love with any smokey eyes and you definitely nailed this one! great work!!

Ashley Elaine said...

Your makeup looks great, I love that blush!

My self-photo shoots always end up stressful and not really worth all the work, lol, cause in the end, I'm so frustrated, I just delete everything and wash my face haha

Kiss N' Makeup Designz said...

I love this look hun! Your eyes be poppin. :D

Beautygirl24 said...

I know exactly how you feel about photographing a face of the day! Mine never ever turn out, which is why i don't bother posting them anymore. But yours looks great! And the polish is perfect for spring! I want it.

giang said...

love the FOTD, doll! looks gorgeouss! do more of these, i love reading and looking at em!

Nikosmommy said...

Great application, your eyes are gorgeous. Why is it always so damn hard to get a good self-pic that represents what we really look like??? I always have to take 359 shots before I can get a decent one! Thank God for digital cameras!

PiinkCupcakez said...

i hate having to take over 50 pics just to get 1 good one.. or none at all lol

love the eyes!
and that nail color is pretty

Crystal said...

LOL yeahh right! i'm sure all your 92 pictures were gorgeous!!
my hair totally does not co-operate when i take my fotd pics! but i'll get lucky in 1-2 pics, and ill post them! lol it's the worst! looove the eyes! so sexyyy!
xoxo!

Fintia said...

Love the look and nails!

For The Fierce said...

I hate when that happens, take a bunch of photos & they come out bad! ughhh they eyes are so prettiful hun! I'm sure you looked great though!!

<3

NV Beauty said...

Great EOTD and cute cheek too! I'm shocked that you use NYX for this look---so much pigmentation!! Woah! Looks great. I'm sure your other pictures looked fine, we are always our own worst critic! You're gorgeous!

Don't forget to enter my NARS give-a-way!

TKOmulatta said...

the EOTD are beautiful! I love the lashes....

Dani M said...

Kate. You are hilarious! I love the 18347 picture day! lol
Your EOTD looks bangin!
xo

bowsnhearts said...

I really like your eyeshadows! They are so vibrant and well blended!

I love "Do you Lilac it" as well! I love the Brights collection from OPI!

Kate Gene said...

J - Ha ha ha! Whenever I do FOTDs, I think about you! I wouldn't be posting them if I didn't get words of encouragement from you and a couple other bloggers. I have had excellent luck with NYX shadows! I really load my brush up; maybe that's why? I prefer NYX over any other drugstore brand! I got Crazed from drugstore.com. That blush is hardcore. You have to use the lightest hand ever with it! I think it'll be easier for me to work with when I get darker this summer! Hey, guess what my Captcha was earlier today... fecess. Feces?! Really?!

Jen - LMBO! COTD! I'm stealing that! Ha ha ha! I am kicking myself for not airbrushing over my eyes... I see excess eyelash glue on my left lid! Lame! LOL! Man, we are always our worst critics, aren't we?

Fifi - Aw, thanks! I love wearing this smokey eye look. I kept my lips a nude pink color since the rest of my face was so intense. Too bad my HOTD ruined my photos! I would have loved to have shown y'all the complete look!

Miss P - You are SO right! Women are so bad about that... The other day, my best friend told me she liked my make-up. I said, "Thanks, but I didn't do a great job. I rushed to put it on." A simple "Thank you!" would have sufficed. LOL! Thank you for your kind words!

Laura Rae-Lynn - I'm sure you can pull the color off! I saw a girl with a skin tone that was lighter than mine sporting it, and it looked great! My little sister tried it on and didn't like it, but to each his own!

Irene - Thank you! Ha ha... My hair really was looking a mess. I tried to smooth it out using photo editing software and it didn't work. You have a great 'do! You should post some pictures! I will when my hair isn't being difficult. LOL!

Kate Gene said...

Sharlene - HA HA HA HA HA HA! Your comment made both my husband and I crack up! Thank you for loving me in a non-gay way. LMBO! And you are more than welcome for the shout out. Please... It's the least I could do! I will definitely be sending you something once I have some extra moolah! :)

tenxx - Thank you, girlie! I'm so glad that you're back and blogging again! I feel like you've been gone forever! (In the Blogger world, two days is like a month. LOL!)

Kim - I'm still giddy over the YT shout out! Thank you! And thanks for re-creating that look! Gawd... Cutting the crease is going to be the end of me. I have the tools to do it; I need to watch your video and practice, practice, practice! I actually almost got "Done Out In Deco"! It is SO close to the shade I got!

Chloe - LMBO! Remember how I said that today's FOTD was dedicated to you? LOL! Well, it might have only been an EOTD, but it was done in your honor. Oh, and a COTD. LOL! You're lucky that you have a tripod. You got such a good deal! I need to get one!

PetiteAsianGirl - Do you use a tripod? A remote would be awesome! I used the counter top and our camera timer to take some of the 92 pictures. They looked terrible though! NYX is amazing! I get all of mine from cherryculture.com and Ulta. Their shadows are very pigmented. You should check 'em out! :)

Kate Gene said...

Tsahi - Aw, thanks! That means a lot coming from a make-up artist! I was checking out your blog... I love all the colorful looks you have created! Bright colors are something I have yet to really experiment with.

Ashley Elaine - OMG... I feel your pain! I tried recording a video twice to announce my 100 follower giveaway and failed both times. Someone was trying to tell me to stick with writing! LOL!

Kiss - LOL! That sounded cute! It made me think of that one song... "My lip gloss be poppin', my lip gloss be cool!" Ha ha ha! Thank you so much!

Beautygirl24 - Isn't it annoying when you have a "bad camera day"? LOL! You should post more pictures though! You always look purty!

giang - Thank you so much! I'm so funny when it comes to posting pictures of myself. I'm working on my make-up skills and plan to definitely post more in the future!

Nikosmommy - You are so sweet! Ugh... I don't know what I'd do without a digital camera. Can you imagine having to take a roll of film to the drugstore? LOL! I haven't done that in years!

PiinkCupcakez - LMBO! Oh, the things we beauty bloggers go through. You always look fierce in your pictures! What is your secret?

Crystal - Thanks, girlie! OMG... No, the pictures were baaaad. Even my sweet little husband was like, "Oh! Yeah, your hair looks a little crazy!" LOL! He didn't say it in a mean way... I was like, "Eff yeah it does!" Ha ha ha! Your hair always looks fabulous... And your make-up is amazing!

Fintia - Thank you! That nail color is fun! I think it looks nice with the eye shadow colors. I like to match! LOL!

For The Fierce - Thanks! BTW, I love your blog! You take awesome pictures! Do you take them yourself or have someone else do it?

NV Beauty - You are so sweet! Thank you for your kind words! I liked how the eyes turned out, but oy vay... The hair! LOL! I entered your contest. I'm glad you gave me a heads up! It's a great giveaway!

TKOmulatta - Thanks! Those lashes are one of my favorites! They look especially pretty when you're looking down. I would love to have lashes like that IRL!

Dani M - Thank you! Ugh... Seriously... This was one of two pictures that I thought turned out okay. Congrats again on being a runner up in the Sigma contest! That is SO cool!

DSK Steph said...

Do You Lilac It is such a gorgeous shade! I've heard great things about the beautiful color a few months ago but never found a bottle. (Or maybe I didn't look hard enough LOL).

I LOVEEE the purple theme! :)
Your EOTD look so beautiful! Your smokey eyes are amazing (and your signature!)

LOL @ stretch arm strong! It's so true! Haha and we are all guilty of it :)

Now you are just being a tease..all those photos and you give us 2?! Katie...stop hoarding all your photos! :P

P.S. I'm starting to miss Seattle..I hear the cherry blossoms are blooming without me!

I'll be back soon ^_^ I have some goodies to send your way! Thanks for the new address :)

xoxo!

Your friend,

Steph ^_~

MinnieRunner said...

Love your nails!

Arezu said...

Ooh, I've been there before, I know how you feel!

But this is a really pretty look! I wish I could see the hair.

And I LOVE 'Do You Lilac It' it's such a pretty spring colour.

Stephie said...

girl I know how you feel! i end up taking a million pics and only a few come out okay.. i love the eotd, very sultry and sexy!

Kate Gene said...

DSKSteph - Aw, thanks, Steph! I found mine at Ulta in Northgate! They have a huge selection of OPI polishes. If I see it again, I'll pick you up a bottle. I love it! (And I know you're a purple lover like I am! I am looking for "Mod About You" now. LMBO @ the hoarder comment. Have you seen that show? OMG... So sad. Every time our house is messy, my husband is like, "We're turning into hoarders!" HA! WA and our blooming cherry blossoms are waiting for you with open arms! LOL! I can't wait to get my goodies... You are SO nice, Steph!!!! Hurry back! (Safely, of course!) Lots of x's and o's!

MinnieRunner - Thanks! I think that shade of purple is super cute! I am now wearing OPI's Black Cherry Chutney, which looks black, but is actually dark purple! I love it!

Arezu - I'm telling ya, we bloggers all need to hire a hair stylist, make-up artist, and photographer. LOL! We also need to hire someone like Chloe (Hollywood Heels) to touch our pictures up. LOL! "Do You Lilac It" has become one of my favorite colors!

Stephie - Aw, thank you! I don't know how you make videos. I tried to make one to announce my 100 Follower Giveaway, and it was horrible! I started stuttering like crazy. LOL! It's so hard! I guess I should quit whining about pictures; tutorials would be waaaay harder!

MW said...

nice!!!! and i love the nail polish ,i love all of o.p.i polishes

xo mw

Cyd said...

OMG, can't believe I havent follow you yet to your blog....I love that nail polish color its so pretty & i love the look its so prettttttty

Kate Gene said...

MW - Me, too! My little sister got me two OPI polishes for Christmas. I think they were BOGO or BOGO 50% off? She got me colors that I absolutely love! I need to stock up the next time there's a sale going on like that.

Cyd - LOL! Well, I'm still somewhat of a newbie to Blogger. :) Thank you for your kind words! I am a purple addict!

Dutchess Roz said...

Oeh I love that lilac nail polish!
I agree taking good blog photos is so hard, I am always taking about 50x shots before I am happy with one.........:P

kimber doll said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, eyes Kate!!! Your eyelashes looka amazing and OMG I love that color, perfect belnd between pink and purple.
Hve a great weekend, Beauty!!

charmed-chick said...

love the colors you look lovely :)

tiff said...

Curled & teased hair would definitely get a rising slow clap from me. I do reserve screaming and tears of adoration for tightly curled mullets though.

I HATE when I think my hair or makeup looks really nice only to see the photos telling me otherwise. I try to convince myself that the mirror tells the truth and the photos are nothing but lies =D. I love the lilac polish and especially love your EOTD...very beautiful.

Meya said...

i love purple! the nail polish is so pretty and the eyes gawd, gorgeous =)

Shilka said...

The eyes look awesome! :D It looks like you used a dozen of different shadows to create the effect :D

My nails are bare naked now... giving them a break from polish.

Saimese said...

Omg, I hate when I take so many pictures, but only end up liking a few out of them.. it truly sucks!

I like Do You Lilac It on you, but I've been leaning toward getting Done Out in Deco instead. The shade is a dustier lavender version of DYLI, but I think it suits me better!

Cyd said...

Thanks for your comment. I truely mean it...I'll try my best to stay strong which I don't think I can...im just still in this huge shock right now

nee said...

I see you really like your purples :D It look really good on you! I wanted to see a FOTD though... I'm sure the pictures were stunning and that you were too harsh of a critic on your hair! :P

Oh well, I shouldn't complain.. I got one cheek after all ^_^

Anita (*swtexcape*) said...

what a lovely lilac colour! it looks gorgeous on you <3 i'm itching to pick up a lilac polish too! haha :D xx

Sara said...

Hey doll! You did a fabuloussss job with the eyes, def. sexayyy! LOVING that nail polish too, need to pick one up when I get some extra money! Hope all is well for you & yours :] ♥ best wishes*

UrbanMermaid said...

You've been tagged :P

http://alwayssummerontheinside.blogspot.com/2010/03/tag-sunshine-blog-award.html

xoxo!

Allison Green said...

I really, really want to try Do You Lilac It! It looks gorgeous :)

Irenelim said...

Wah, nice lilac nails! Love it... really nice.

Janine said...

That lavender is absolutely gorgeous! It's so fresh and pretty! I also love the make-up!

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