Before and Afters-Getting Over Some Fears

Today is going to be a quick one. I just wanted to talk really fast about how I am overcoming a fear of mine! When I first got into the business of makeup I didn't realize that learning a bit about photography would come with it. I have always stayed away from anything too complex when it came to photos or videos and had no interest in learning anything about it. But I have discovered that makeup and photography go hand and hand and that I was going to have to get over it. I have been dabbling in simple picture editing (making the image brighter and things like that) but I was still scared of video. I didn't want to post anything on YouTube and then get mean comments. I have had my fair share of being bullied and I didnt see why I would volunterrily open myself up to the potential of it happening again. But then I thought...I'M GROWN! I will not let the potential of someone being mean stop me from exploring all the things in all the land. So! With that being said...here are some fun before and after videos that I did! Hope you enjoy them!

These are simple and super fun and I will probably be doing a ton of them! Is there any videos you would like to see me do? Any topics you are interested in? Let me know in the comment section below and don't forget to subscribe and follow to see everything as I post it!

 

Purple Days

I have been very heavy into using purple AGAIN lately. I keep going through these waves of purple! Oh well...It's pretty and I like it and you can't make me stop!

Anyway, here are a billion pictures (and product details at the bottom):

Product Details

FACE

  • Skin: No primer today...(scary stuff), just some oil free moisturizer from Trader Joes, and Ben Nye's Banana Powder (love this product)
  • Contour: Sexspresso from the Too Faced Natural Matte Palette
  • Highlight: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator
  • Blush: the Balm-blush/bronzer-Balm Desert
  • Brushes: Mostly Sephora, E.L.F., and Morphe Brushes.

EYES

  • Eyebrows: Morphe Brushes medium brown shade from their eyebrow palette and Sugarpill Poison Plum
  • Eyeballs: E.L.F. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
  • Eyeshadow:  Risque from the Too Faced Natural Matte Palette, Sugarpill's Poison Plum, Flamepoint (under the bottom lash line), and Bulletproof, a hint of Coronation from the Smashbox On The Rocks palette, and Painted Purple from Maybelline's Color Tattoo 24hr cream shadows
  • Eyeliner: Tattoo Liner in Trooper by Kat Von D, and Forever Noir kohl eyeliner
  • Eyelashes: Some random clothing store eyelashes with CoverGirl LashBlash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black!

LIPS

  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm in Shameless
  • A little Mayebelline 14hr Super Stay in Beige Forgood in the center

What is your favorite color to wear on your eyeballs!?

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Antha Designs Vlog-Guess Work P2

Can you figure out who I am before the reveal!?

This day was so much for me! Every year one of my friends from highschool (YUP, I am still friends with someone from highschool) throws a post Halloween party. It's perfect for me because Halloween (and all holidays) are for the kids. With her party, I get to take my kids out trick-or-treating, and then a week later do Halloween again! PERFECT! My sister has been joining me the last few years and this year we decided to collaborate with our costume for the theme.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this look! I did! I want to wear it again!

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Antha Designs Vlog- Guess Work P1

Can you figure out who I am before the end of the video!? I will be doing these every time I have any sort of character makeup. I think they are fun and I hope you do too!
I have another one coming soon!
 

To see more on our Halloween check out my "Guide to the Perfect Halloween" on my personal channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjL7... or here!

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Antha Designs Vlog-The Phoenix

So it looks like I have decided to dive into the world of YouTube. I am waaay hesitant about it because it is yet another thing to add to my plate...but at the same time I am excited about it! I will able to learn what goes into video editing and lighting and all that stuff! Below I have posted my very fist edited video. Already going from this one to the other two I did, I can see the improvements in some areas. I have a long way to go but that's okay! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this video on my phoenix look I did right before Halloween!

 

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Halloween Part 3-Mystical Creatures (Phoenix)

Halloween is T-minus 4 days away! Last night was the end of the House of Lashes mystical creatures HOLoween2015 contest on Instagram. I won't know until tomorrow if either one of my looks qualify me as a finalist. Crossing my fingers! I have such a hard time with contests because I have such a hard time with failure. I can do contests. That's not a problem. The problem is when I actually try and win. I used to make a funny face when someone wanted to take my picture because that way when the picture came out ugly it was obvious I meant for it to be. If I actually tried to look nice and then the picture came out crazy looking I wouldn't have any excuse to fall back on for why I look like a crazy person. I act the same way with competition. I tend to act very "whatever" about them in order to not get my hopes up. Funny thing is the fact that I take on an "I don't care" attitude shows in my work and it becomes very "whatever" work. The few times I actually decided that I was going to work hard on something competitive I actually placed. Usually second place but I was just happy to place.

Lately I have been trying to take on a new attitude about competition. Ive been trying to be okay with not being the best and just focusing on being my best. I do eventually want to be THE BEST though. Haha...

Until then I will leave you with me doing my best first attempt at a Phoenix. There are things that I would do differently if I did this look again but I still like the way it came out. So enough rambling on...here is the look and product details:

Product Details

FACE

  • Skin (face and neck): Ulta skin primer and Trader Joe's oil free face moisturizer
  • All the colors from the Sugarpill Burning Heart palette
  • Red, yellow, and orange from a Halloween cream facepaint palette that has no name on it
  • Turquoise liquid Shimmer Eyeliner from Nicka K
  • Brushes: Mostly Sephora, E.L.F., and Morphe Brushes.

EYES

  • Eyebrows: Sugarpill Bulletproof
  • Eyeballs: E.L.F. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
  • Eyeshadow: Chocolate Cookie from the Too Faced Natural Matte palette, Nutmeg from the Smashbox On The Rocks palette, and Sugarpill's Bulletproof
  • Eyeliner: Tattoo Liner in Trooper by Kat Von D, and a random black pencil with the name rubbed off....
  • Eyelashes: Some random no name lashes with CoverGirl LashBlash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black! (MY ALL TIME FAVORITE)

LIPS

  • The red from the cream facepaint palette
  • Topped with Amor from Glitter Injections

Hope you liked this look. It isn't as dark and mysterious as I would have liked it to be but maybe that's okay. Maybe it's okay to have a slightly more innocent looking Phoenix. Maybe this is a young Phoenix and I do another older more mysterious looking one later...?

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Normal People Makeup

The longer you stick with me the more you will start to see that I tend to prefer the makeup that requires more time. I like the stuff that looks complicated and different. The reason I like it is because it requires creativity. It isn't something you can just bang out in a hurry. You have to give it some effort. With that being said...Here is a look of me just banging something out and not being complicated or creative. Haha.

I do these normal people makeup looks for two reasons:

  1. I can do it fast and run out of the door so that I am only 5 minutes late instead of 20!
  2. Because my husband prefers the natural look and sometimes I like to do nice things for him. It's like a gift I give to him sometimes.
Also...BATS AND SPIDERS! Fact of the day: I think bats are adorable!

Also...BATS AND SPIDERS! Fact of the day: I think bats are adorable!

Product Details

FACE

  • Skin: NYX Shine Killer all over the face
  • Contour: Morphe Brush eyebrow powder in their eyebrow palette (LOVE THAT PALETTE)
  • Highlight: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator (I love all things True Match)
  • Brushes: Mostly Sephora, E.L.F., and Morphe Brushes.

EYES

  • Eyebrows: Morphe Brushes medium brown shade from their eyebrow palette
  • Eyeballs: E.L.F. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
  • Eyeshadow: Almost all the shades from the Too Faced Natural Matte Palette (MY FAVORITE NORMAL PEOPLE PALETTE)
  • Eyeliner: Tattoo Liner in Trooper by Kat Von D, and a random black pencil with the name rubbed off....
  • Eyelashes: CoverGirl LashBlash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black! (MY ALL TIME FAVORITE)

LIPS

  • Jeffree Star Costmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix
  • Ruby Kisses matte lipstick in Brown Sugar (this is my favorite color to layer on top of other colors)

 

What type of looks do you prefer? Natural or creative!?

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Curly Heads Unite

I have curly hair, but I haven't always liked it. In fact, I used to hate it. The popular girls in school all had straight hair.  The people on the cover of magazines all had straight hair. Yet here I was with this big, fuzzy hair that no one knew what to do with other than braid it or just let it be dry and wild.  

I loved when I could have it straightened because I thought it made me pretty. I walked tall afterward, and I was so sad when I had to wash it and return to a frizzy, curly head.

I saw the way girls with straight hair would style their hair, and I would try to style my hair the same way. I came across a tutorial once about how to get perfect bangs with a barrel brush. *Let me just tell those of you with straight hair that a barrel brush is a curly head's worst nightmare.* Getting ready for school one day and feeling fed up with my hair I searched for a barrel brush in my aunt’s bathroom (I imagine she had it for times when her hair was straight) and I attempted to brush the front of my hair to create the "perfect bangs." Did I get the perfect bangs? Of course not... IT GOT STUCK! It was stuck so bad that my aunt had to cut it out. I had to go to school that day with freshly cut crazy curly bangs. I was so embarrassed and mad. Why couldn't I do the same thing that all the other girls could? I was beginning to get a concept of beauty that was definitely something other than what I was. And this would continue. All throughout elementary and middle school I always felt prettiest with straight hair. It wasn't until high school that my opinion started changing. I was given the option to get a relaxer (chemical straightener) and I had to really decide if I wanted to say goodbye to my curly hair for a long period of time. I chose not to get it. I began listening to the people saying things like "I wish I could get my hair to be curly like yours", or "you're lucky that your hair is so big and not just flat". I started to see the advantage I had over others because I could have either curly hair or straight hair whenever I wanted. Others could only have straight hair or curling iron curls but not truly curly hair. I began feeling special and privileged as opposed to burdened.  As I got older that idea of privilege stayed with me.

I continue to straighten my hair but I now see it as another side of my personality. When my hair is straight I am a girl who follows the rules. She dresses safely and wears elegant makeup.  She is professional and sexy in a mom sort of way.  When my hair is curly that girl is more closely reflective of me. She has a wild soul.  She wears a lot of black and pushes the "rules" of fashion and makeup. She can also be professional  but she is sexy in an exotic sort of way!

Once I got to a place where I not only accepted my hair but LOVE my hair I began trying to figure out why I had such an issue with it in the first place. And the answer was easy.  I just didn't see enough curly hair. the amount of people with curly hair but you wouldn’t even know it is very large. I know for some people it is out of convenience. It's just easier to deal with hair if it's straight. For me that was not the case.  For me it was because I thought I wasn't pretty with curly hair.

Chris Rock created an entire documentary (Good Hair) because of this exact topic and the idea that has been pushed on us that straight hair is prettiest. Even the black barbies have straight hair! I was watching The Princess Diaries and I was turned off by the makeover scene.  Before her transformation she is supposed to be "ugly" or rough looking. The reveal of a now "pretty" Mia, fit to be a pretty princess, showed her curly frizzy hair straightened.  Why couldn't she just get some anti frizz product in it? Why couldn't she just get some moisturizer of some sort and wear pretty natural curls!?

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I was looking on Pinterest one time to find new products to use on my hair. Soooooo many pins kept popping up of how to to care of your natural curls but every single picture was of girls with curling iron curls in their hair! Why wasn't there actual naturally curly haired girls on those pins? Can we not find them?

**edit: More recent searches of the same thing have begun to turn up actual natural curly heads so GO PINTEREST! :)**

I was looking for black makeup artist on Instagram (they are few and far in between). I like seeing products on darker skin so that I have an idea of how colors will look on me. The majority of artists that I found had straight hair in EVERY picture.  I'm not hating on straightening your hair but why not ever show your natural hair? Is it because you are ashamed of it?  Is it because you just don't like it? Is it because you feel prettier  with straight hair? I genuinely want to know.

I had my hair natural the other day at school and I was in the bathroom washing my hands.  The girl standing next to me said she liked my hair. I said thank you and thought that was the end of it.  She kept looking at me and continued with "I don't have enough guts to wear my hair natural like that. I just straighten it." I told her that I think if more girls wore their hair curly she wouldn't feel that way. She went on to say, "When I do wear it curly people tell me its pretty. Then I decide not to straighten it but I just end up putting it in a ponytail." I thought, "here we are in college and this girl is telling me about how she doesn't have guts to wear her HAIR curly."  It should not take guts to wear your hair in it's natural  state.  It should not even be a thing. But it is.  I encouraged her as best I could that curly hair is so pretty and that it's nothing to feel you need to hide over and then I left. This isn't an uncommon thing either. The amount of people like this is astounding.

I dance at my church and lately when there is a performance on stage I have been wearing my hair curly. I have thought back to when I saw people on stages or in a leadership role of any kind. I always felt those girls never looked the same as me. My hope is that if there is a little girl in the audience that may be feeling like she isn't pretty because she doesn't have straight hair she will see girl dancing on a stage who has the same hair as her.  And maybe when she sees that she will begin to reevaluate the idea that straight hair is best and maybe she will begin to see the advantage she has.  I know it's very possible that had I seen way more curly hair growing up I would have come to that conclusion a lot sooner.

I know this entire post was about hair, and I know to some it seems very silly. But for a girl who grew up with a very large amount of insecurities, hair was not silly. Hair was a HUGE deal. With that being said I am going to leave you with a (very long) perfect picture description of life as a curly head!

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Photo by Monica Briano www.monicabriano.com

Photo by Monica Briano www.monicabriano.com

Halloween Part 2 -Mystical Creatures (Unicorn)

I will be doing a few of these looks because of the competition that House of Lashes is having on Instagram. I chose to do a unicorn for my first look because that is my daughter's favorite mystic creature. My unicorn has a slightly darker soul than most with a fire burning inside AND she has a glass horn filled with magic!

I had fun experimenting with this one. There was glitter everywhere and lots of trial and error. I want to create at least 2 or 3 more creatures. Stay tuned to see which I choose or comment below with a suggestion! The contest ends on the 26th.

Products

Face

  • Bulletproof from Sugarpill

  • Oil Slick from the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box

  • Flash from the same Urban Decay palette

  • Mulberry pencil liner from Marcelle

  • Turquoise liquid Shimmer Eyeliner from Nicka K

  • Pure Goddess glitter from Glitter Injections on the forehead.

  • Morphe Brushes and Sephora brushes mainly

Lips

  • black face paint

  • sealed with Bulletproof from Sugarpill

  • Black Diamond glitter from Glitter Injections on top

  • Silver from All Over Sparkle Sheets (that's the only name on the packaging)for the cupids arrow

Eyes

  • white facepaint

  • sealed with Tako from Sugarpill,

  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

  • The same Nicka K turquoise liquid liner

  • Flash from Urban Decay (also on my forehead)

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Halloween Part 1

Halloween is upon us! I am going to try and do as many looks as I can before the season is officially over...which by the way will NOT be October 31st! The Halloween season isn't over until my friend's Post Halloween Party in November! This year the theme is.......VIDEO GAMES! Stay tuned for that!

Anyway Bane (take 1...there will be another attempt) is posted on my Instagram and Twitter. Click the links at the very bottom to see how it came out!

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