Shimmering Metallics

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are doing well :-)

I just wanted to say a very special THANK YOU for all the support and appreciation I've been getting over my last post, "Makeup For Each Decade".  Honestly, thank you so much. It was a blast to do, and it took me quite some time to put together with my hectic schedule.
Your words mean everything to me!

So let's get back to "glam makeup" (yay!).
For this look, I wanted to dip into some of my favorite shades. Sultry metallic tones :-)  (YAY!)
I have always loved gold, bronze, and copper shades. They are gorgeous on everyone!

Also, I'm going to start doing looks without foundation.  As you know I live in Arizona and it's about 314 degrees right now.  So I really don't want to hassle with foundation. Not so much.
I'm only wearing concealer and powder unless otherwise mentioned.

Concealer: Maybelline Instant Rewind
Powder: L'Oreal True Match Pressed Powder

I hope you enjoy!

For this look, I used a gorgeous Nyx Palette that is no longer available. :-(  
(I tried to search for one on Ebay and found one for $26!! SERIOUSLY!?!)

Don't fret!! Just find your fave metallic shadows and substitute!
Make it your own :-)


♥ Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha
♥ Ulta Shadow in Naked from brow to crease
♥ Shade 1 (copper red) to crease
♥ Shade 2 (brassy orange) to diffuse shade 1, up and out towards brow bone
♥ Shade 3 (bright gold) to inner corner, top and bottom
♥ Shade 4 (bronze) and Nyx Glitter Powder in Salmon to lid, for some added dazzle
♥ Sugarpill's Bulletproof shadow (black) to outer V, crease, and lower lash line
♥ Black liner to lash and water line 
♥ Black mascara
♥ Red Cherry Lashes in 43's

♥ Nyx Pressed Blush in Amber


♥ Nyx Round Lipstick in Peach
(Which is not peach at all, ironically. It's more of a pink/red/sparkly/awesome)
♥ Nyx Round Gloss in Whipped

I love how it turned out, and I adore how flirty copper shades can be ;-)

I hope this inspires you! Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly love it when you do!

I need to mention that you might not see me around for a bit.  
I have a bit of a family medical emergency that needs my focus.  I will do everything I can to respond or stop in and visit blogs when I can, but my attention is needed somewhere very important right now.  
I know you all understand, and I appreciate you so much for that.

You can always tweet me: @VanityandVodka
Or find me on Instagram: @theVanityandVodka
I plan to stop in a bit more often there :-) 

Blessings to you!!

1920 to 2000: Makeup For Each Decade

Hey Everyone! :-)

It has been a fun goal of mine to compose a post filled with makeup looks from each decade.  This has taken me quite some time to complete, and I'm very excited to FINALLY put this all together.  I can't tell you how much fun I've had :-)

For this post, I'm stepping back a moment from the usual "beauty makeup", and exploring makeup throughout the ages.  I have selected an icon from each decade, and created a look inspired by that icon. You'll see that I've selected some unexpected icons (or maybe not) for this project :-)

It's been a blast.

Oh! And I realize I don't share the same facial structure of each of my icons. :-(  However, I worked with my own features and created something truly inspired by the era.

Image Sources: Google Images and Wikipedia

1920's Inspired Makeup:  Louise Brooks - Film Star

"I have a gift for enraging people, If I ever bore you, it will be with a knife."
~ Louise Brooks

1930's Inspired Makeup: Joan Crawford - Film Star

 "I never go outside unless I'm dressed like Joan Crawford the movie star. 
If you want to see the girl next door, go next door."
~ Joan Crawford

I was a bit surprised to learn that my next icon was quite a glam girl of the 40's! 
May I present to you:

1940's Inspired Makeup: Lucille Ball - Film & TV Star

"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead"
~ Luicille Ball

1950's Inspired Makeup: Brigitte Bardot -  Model -Actress


"I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness.
I can't do without them." ~ Brigitte Bardot 

1960's Inspired Makeup:  Ann Margret - Film Star

"I've always tried to do my very best, 
and I want to be the best age, whatever age I am." 
~ Ann Margret

1970's Inspired Makeup: Donna Summer - Queen of Disco

"I can't be sure if you're the one for me
All I ask is that you dance with me"
~ Donna Summer

1980's Inspired Makeup: Boy George

"Beethoven had a great look. It was very much about the drama of appearance"
~ Boy George

1990's Inspired Makeup: Madonna

"If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, 
you're always going to be disappointed." ~ Madonna

For this last one, I was very excited to find this pic of my icon. It's very edgy and haphazard 
and I love it!

2000's Inspired Makeup: Emma Watson

"I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about."
-Emma Watson

Thank you so much for taking this journey with me! I
I hope you had as much fun as I did!

I hope you have a wonderful week!  Best wishes to you.

If you would like to see the slideshow for this project, you can find it here:
Thank you, Lily for the suggestion!  Please watch in HD :-)


Hey Everyone!

For this week's look I was inspired by a very talented man and his creations.  If you have not had a chance to visit the wonder that is, please do!! Eric Ducharme is an incredibly talented man who creates mermaid tails for those of us who weren't born with one, and lucky for me, my friend Robbie has promised to get me one for my birthday!! Ahhhh!!! (Unless she already has it and is just waiting to surprise me!!) ;-)  (I'm pretty sure she's going to kill me now.)

After going through his gallery of amazing photos a million times, I've learned that mermaids come in every color combination you can imagine.  And while it was difficult to pick which colors I wanted to use for this look, I ended up going with these.  Check it out!

Photo property of Eric Ducharme of and Chris Crumley Photography
Amazing, isn't she?? It takes my breath away every time I see her!

Here are the tools used:


♥ Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk to lid
♥ Ulta Shadow in Naked from brow bone to crease
♥ Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania loose shadow in Lime Pearl to inner corner
♥ Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania loose shadow in Grass Pearl to center of lid
♥ Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania loose shadow in Turquoise Pearl to center edge of lid
♥ Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania loose shadow in Ocean Blue Pearl to outer corner
♥ Urban Decay Moondust Shadow in Zodiac to outer V and lower lash line
This is really multidimensional and sparkly!
♥ Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania loose shadow in Yellow Pearl to inner corner of lower lash line
♥ Black eyeliner applied to lash and water line
♥ Black mascara
♥ My fave pair of Red Cherry lashes: 523's


♥ Nyx blush in Amber


♥ Nyx Round Lipstick in Milan
♥ Nyx Round Lip Gloss in Kiss

I am thrilled that I've been able to live out my mermaid fantasy through makeup, and now I've just got to get me one of those tails!! :-)

Thanks so much for visiting! I truly love it when you do! :-) 

I hope you have a wonderful and blessed week :-) 

Colleen Watkins