BY TIFFANY JOHNSON
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Have you ever had that moment when you find a cool item through Instagram? It's like you know that you don't need it, but it could definitely be your style if you gave it a try. Then, because of how our cookies are set up, advertisements of that product keep popping up on your feed, paired with a discount code then you're sold on making the purchase?! Yeah, so that might have happened to me with the Hipdot x Spongebob eyeshadow palette. This collaboration released around the same time as the Kyrie x Spongebob shoe collaboration and I got all excited thinking of ways that I could pair them together.
Did I need it . . . well, who really needs make-up? It's a want that I fell for mainly because of the ten shimmery colors in the palette and the fact that all 15 of the colors have cool names that relate to the happenings of Bikini Bottom. I'm the last person to immediately gravitate towards teal and blue eyeshadow, but in the name of Spongebob and a beautifully executed palette, I decided to give it a try and be a bit more bold. I typically stick to rose like colors for my eyes, because I love a bold red/magenta lip. For my Halloween glam, I still gravitated close to my norm and used rosey colors. The golden yellow tones in the palette blended like a dream with the rose tones and had me feeling like I was a part of the Bikini Bottom crew! The deep shimmery blue caught my attention for a hot minute, but for the sake of my amateur blending skills, I quickly aborted that mission.
Hipdot x Spongebob Eyeshadow Colors Used:
Ohhhh and thennnnn, I gravitated further from my norm and put on fake eyelashes. Whew. The last time I tried this in high school, I struggled through the application process and may have almost glued my eyes shut. Fast forward to over a half decade later, mistakes were still made. Maybe some of the same . . . maybe. Okay, I STRUGGLED. I got my lashes from Party City and they were self adhesive, but seemed to fall off quickly. So, I then used eyelash glue to finish the job but I should have allowed the glue to dry down some before I applied it to my eyes. It would've also helped if both of my eyes were open during application. If my right eye looks heavy in my pictures, now you know why. PROGRESS IS A PROCESS, OKAY?! Haha.
The blush applied is from Black Radiance in the shade Toasted Almond and it was super pigmented. The first application picked up radiant color, though I added a few more coats since Spongebob's cheeks are an obvious pink when he blushes on screen. To give the effect of his cheek freckles, I used a deep red lip liner from NYX. I forgot to mention that I successfully applied liquid eyeliner to my lids!! The last time that I tried liquid eyeliner it somehow flaked and landed in my eyes and I had a whole moment of crisis. Look at growth!
I finished the look with some of the go to make-up items in my collection:
Well, this was my first time wearing the Cruella shade of lipstick from Colourpop and it honestly wasn't my favorite color. I'm used to wearing red lipstick that has more of a blue undertone vs. a yellow undertone. The yellow undertone in this lipstick shade gave it more of an orange vibe of which I'm not accustomed. I prefer the blue undertone with my skin complexion, but may still wear this shade since I paid for it with my coins.
I quickly painted my nails yellow in the color, Wild Tigress by Wave Gel. I used their regular polish, because I couldn't locate my UV Nail Lamp to cure the gel polish in the same color. I knew painting myself yellow was not in the cards, so nail polish was the next best thing!
This look was so much fun! Eyelashes tried to steal my joy for a second, but were unable. My eyes have since recovered from the stress, though I'm giving my lashes a break for a while and plan to stick with my own lashes and mascara for the near future. I am somewhat glad that I have more lash application experience under my belt . . . or felt. Haha. You would understand the reference if you read my sneaker/DIY costume blog post. Check it out if you haven't already gotten the inside scoop!
In retrospect, the false lash line was thicker due to it being self adhesive which may have added to the struggle that I encountered. Afterwards, I watched a very thorough review on Instagram from Shantel Jackson, and noted my mistakes. Stay tuned for when I get the courage to give it another try, because the execution will reflect more growth!!
Have you ever struggled with the application of a beauty product?
Let me know in the comments below!
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