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Massive Link Round-Up — 65 — Awesome Makeup Tutorials!

Jul 28 2014

Color Me By Numbers - Awesome Makeup Tutorials Round-Up!

Here is a round-up of some of the best makeup tutorials I’ve come across! From the sensible “daytime” looks, to the wild looks you’ve been dying to try. Search by my face!

1.) Eyebrows

How to Tweeze, Trim and Shape Eyebrows (for girls and guys!)
Basics: Pencil or Powder? All about BROWS!
How To: Colored Ombre Eyebrow Tutorial
How to Colour Eyebrows ^_^ ….. (even on thick dark brows)
Filling in brows (natural and fun colours)
How to Choose the Right Eyebrow Color
Makeup 101 Series: My Ombre Brows

2.) Eyes

How to Wear Red Eyeshadow
How to Use Scotch Tape to Perfect Your Liquid Liner (Cat Eye!)
Glitter Cat Eye Tutorial
Perfect Ombre Rainbow Eyeliner
Quick Tip: How to Prevent Eyeliner From Smudging
How to stop Eyeliner from Smudging!
Simple/natural but eye-catching eye makeup look (casual, great for the office. Just change the blue to match your eye color)
Nine Different Eyeliner Looks
Cut Crease Eyeshadow Tutorial
How to Apply Mascara Like a Pro
Trick to Make Your Bottom Lashes Look WAY Fuller
Get BIG lashes – even if you have little ones like me :)
Spring Doll Eye Makeup – Cute and soft eye shadow look with wild lashes.
Full Proof Method for Applying False Eyelashes
Summer Smokey Eye Tutorial for Smaller/Hooded Eyes
Smokey Eye for Beginners
Black Smokey Eye Tutorial (very sultry!)
Blue Smokey Eyes (very pretty!)
Easy Natural Eyeshadow Tutorial
Simple Golden Brown and Turquoise Eyeshadow Tutorial (one of my all time favorite looks)

3.) Under-Eye Area

Bye Bye Dark Circles!
Makeup Artist Trick for Hiding the Bags Under Your Eyes
Affordable Concealer Tutorial for Dark Circles/Deep Set Eyes
Getting Rid of Under Eye Circles

4.) Cheeks/Face

Acne Coverage Foundation Routine
Concealer 101: Tips for a Flawless Face
Best & Worst Drugstore Concealers
How to Apply Liquid Foundation
Quick Tips: Foundation Application
How to Apply Cream Blush
Best Way to Apply Foundation Out Of 3 Popular Methods
How to Apply Blush & Highlighter
How to Apply Blush Like a Pro
How I Contour & Highlight
Contour and Highlight Face,Cheeks,Nose & Eyes

5.) Lips

The Perfect Red Lips Tutorial
How To: Make Your Lips Look Fuller
How to Apply Lipstick Like a PRO
How to Make Lip Gloss Last Longer
How To Make Lipstick Last Longer! 6 Tips
The Best Lip Stains
How To Line Your Lips Perfectly
Red Velvet Lips
How to: Glitter Lips like a PRO Tips Trick & Tutorial

6.) Nails

How to: Remove Nail Polish From Your Cuticles
How To: Fix Streaky Nail Polish!
Tea Bag Nail Repair by The Crafty Ninja
How to Get Long Lasting Nail Polish
10 Ways to Create French Tip Manicures
How to Get Long Lasting Nail Polish
Perfect At Home Manicure Tutorial
Ombre Nail Art Tutorial
Printed Paper Nail Art
Rainbow Water Marble <-- Really cool!
How To Make Your Own Nail Art Tools At Home
Valentine’s Day Heart Nail Art Tutorial (perfect little ombre hearts)
Acid Leopard Nail Art Tutorial
Zebra Nail Art Design
Geometric Nail Art Tutorial

On Finding Out What You Really Want, and Great Things on the Horizon

Jul 27 2014

lighter collage by Angie at This Muse is Taken

I had to take some time from October of last year to about a month or so ago. I didn’t write any posts on this blog, or my business blog, just lots of client work and living my life. The past 6 months in particular have been pretty eventful, and most of it has been tough and full of lessons on getting my shit together.

I feel like this past year has been a transformational journey, just not in the physical sense. It all took place on the inside. I won’t go into the details because they’re just too personal, although I might later on when I’m ready. Sorry for being so vague, but I’m getting to the next part!

I feel like a phoenix that’s rising from the ashes, different and stronger than I was before. The biggest difference now, is I know exactly what I want.

Two years ago, I was very scattered and lost. One day I thought I wanted to start a handmade jewelry business and sell it on Etsy, and a week later I wanted to start a magazine. My resources and know-how were limited, and worse of all, I didn’t believe in myself enough to do anything like that.

I’m 29 now, and almost at the end of my Saturn return. This actually explains a lot, but that’s a whole other post! This Muse is Taken is turning 2 this year, and I’m really happy with how it’s going. I have an awesome content plan in the works and a lot of great stuff lined up. I just hope you guys are still with me!

A couple new developments that you might have noticed already:

  • Some new categories, but the same content (Inner Beauty and Outer Beauty, Star Stuff for stuff like astrology, and Writing for all the posts on blogging).
  • Daily Horoscopes! Zen Zodiac is awesome.
  • I’m now sending out a weekly email update for the latest blog posts. It goes out every Thursday. If you want to subscribe, click here!
  • There’s also a handy dandy site map, where you can track down all the categories and every post published here.

The thing that never changed was my love for writing and blogging. I took a sabbatical, but it was necessary for me to get my head together this past year. My creativity took a nap, but it was still alive for me to do my client work, and to learn more and more about blogging and writing for for business websites.

I also know exactly how I want my career to go. I gained a ton of confidence in my ability to blog for small businesses, but what I really want to do now is help creative small businesses get more exposure. This takes my love for art of all kinds, handmade things, style and beauty products and combines them with my love for social media.

Nothing would make me happier now, than to write for creative people and small businesses to help them succeed. It might sound cheesy, but it’s true! I want to use my talents to help someone make money with their own talents.

buzzcopy.net - my business blog!

That’s where my business blog, BuzzCopy.net comes in! It serves as my writing portfolio, a blog to give advice and help to small businesses and freelancers, and others who want to blog for a living.

I’m also in the process of finishing up my ebook on the subject! I made it so creative small businesses can help themselves with social media, too. It’s almost done, so keep an eye out!

I seriously feel like a late bloomer when it comes to figuring out what I really want, but it’s happening and it’s for real.

It often takes some serious inner turmoil to find out what you really want in life. Tweet: It often takes some serious inner turmoil to find out what you really want in life.(click to tweet)

Sometimes some time off is what you need to help you figure it out.

Nail Polish Color Associations and a Shopping Guide!

Jul 17 2014

Nail Polish Color Associations and a Shopping Guide! #bbloggers

In the past, I wrote a post and made an infographic all about color associations (color therapy, chromotherapy) and nail polish colors. That infographic got kinda popular on Pinterest — as of right now, it’s been pinned over 200 times! It seems a lot of you really like this idea of painting your nails to subconsciously tap into the good vibes of a certain color. I mean, all you have to do is look down at your hands.

What is color therapy, exactly?

Color therapy (chromotherapy) is a pseudoscience practiced by alternative healers, which is believed to alter a person’s mental, emotional and even physical health with colors. It’s a pseudoscience because it hasn’t been scientifically proven (astrology is another pseudoscience), so it’s very subjective. Regardless, these ideas are used in things like marketing, graphic design and interior decorating to set a certain mood. It’s all about making suggestions to your subconscious with associations.

Of course, you should always go by what a certain color means to you, personally.

If you love wearing nail polish (I do!), why not pick a color associated with something you want? Here are the colors with their basic associations:



Red is widely associated with luck, asserting yourself, power and passion. Wear it to help you get into a go-getter sort of mood. It’s linked with the base chakra (located at the base of your spine), which is associated with our basic instincts and survival.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red

Essie Really Red

Deborah Lippmann Crème Nail Lacquer, Lady Is A Tramp

Zoya Natural Nail Polish in Red Door Red



Orange is often linked with stimulating change and will help you attract what you really want. It can also help get you motivated. This color is the second chakra (located right below the belly button), which is associated with our creativity and emotions.

Orly Baked Summer Nail Color Collection in Tropical Pop

Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Jaffa

Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Orange Fix

Orly Nail Polish in Truly Tangerine



Yellow is usually associated with happiness, optimism and mental stimulation. It goes with the solar plexus chakra (located at the base of your ribs), which is thought to be your center for self-expression, self-confidence and mental power.

OPI Nail Polish in I just can’t Cope-acabana

Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cheeky Chops

Ciate Paint Pots in Loop the loop

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in I Wanna Be Sedated



Popularly associated with money, abundance and things that grow (your finances, and plants!). It’s linked with the heart chakra, which is the center for balance and your relationships with the rest of the world.

Essie Nail Polish in Going Incognito

Deborah Lippmann Crème Nail Lacquer in Spring Buds

Opi Nail Polish in You’re so Outta Lime!

Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Two Fingered Salute



Shades of blue can be calming and soothing, as well as promote clear communication. It’s associated with the throat chakra, which is also linked with communication.

deborah lippmann Crème Nail Lacquer, Blue Orchid

Essie Lots of Lux Nail Lacquer

Opi Nail Lacquer, Dining Al Frisco, 0.5 Fluid Ounce

Essie Neon Collection 2014: I’m Addicted



Indigo often gets left out of the popular rainbow design, but it’s important! It’s widely associated with wisdom and intuition. Need to read between the lines? Wear indigo. It goes along with the “third eye” chakra, located between and slightly above your physical eyes.

deborah lippmann Glitter Nail Lacquer, Ray of Light

butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Indigo Punk

OPI Nail Lacquer, Russian Navy

Orly, Saturated



Purple/Violet is associated with imagination and spirituality — your connection to the divine or your higher self. Wear it to feel more in-tune with your life. Violet is associated with the crown chakra, located at the top of your head.

deborah lippmann 80′s Rewind Nail Lacquer, Maniac

OPI Nail Lacquer Anti Bleak

Essie Play Date Nail Polish

Anna Sui Nail Color N – Color – Allure Purple



Wear magenta and pink to feel more loving in every sense of the word, as well as balanced and soothed. Wear it to get you in a friendly mood. Pink is also linked to the heart chakra, and unconditional love.

Revlon Nail Enamel: Pink Chiffon

Orly Mani Mini Collection, Passion Fruit

OPI Neon 2014 Hotter Than You Pink

New Essie Spring 2013 Collection Madison Ave-Hue

Black, Silver, Gold & Brown

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Black protects your boundaries, while making you feel sovereign and powerful.

Silver feels otherworldly, but also cheery. It gets me in a party-ish mood and reminds me of the stars.

Gold feels luxurious and is widely associated with wealth.

Brown is comforting and stable. Wear it when you need to feel safe and grounded.

OPI Nail Polish in Black Onyx

essie Encrusted Treasures Nail Polish – Belugaria

OPI Nail Polish Happy Anniversary

NCLA Nail Lacquer in Rock Solid

NARS Sheer Nail Polish, Versailles

butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in The Full Monty

Essie Nail Polish in Chocolate Cakes

REVLON Colorstay Nail Enamel in French Roast

I go through what I like to call “color phases”, where I’m attracted to a certain color over others. Are you all about a specific color at the moment? What do you think about color therapy?

7 of the Most Beautiful and Fascinating Women in the World

Jul 13 2014

You know those “Most Beautiful/Fascinating People” lists in magazines? Well here’s mine, not in any particular order!

These women have a beauty that shines out from the inside as well, and that’s even more beautiful!

Erykah Badu


A musical goddess. She’s always fascinated me! I love her independent stance on politics (you can admire some’s independent thinking, and not entirely agree with them), and her views on spirituality:

“Personally, I don’t choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That’s between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.”

Dame Hellen Mirren


Hellen Mirren is one bad ass Dame. I didn’t know her until I watched RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) I love her no-nonsense outlook and her strength.

“The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.”

Michelle Rodriguez


I love that she does most of her own stunts. I look up to people who take on their fears. I’m trying to do the same!

“People forget we come from an embryo and we’re part sperm and part ovary. We have both sides in us.”

Tina Turner


I watched her bio-pic “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (portrayed brilliantly by Angela Bassett) and I fell in love with her fiery spirit and her music. “A Fool in Love” is one of my all time favorites.

“I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you.”

Tavi Gevinson


Tavi is now 18 and already a media mogul, but enough about her age! Her writing, style, entrepreneurial spirit and zines are enough to make you feel inspired.

“I have a problem with people saying feminine means anti-feminist, and I think it’s counter-productive to immediately associate anything ‘girly’ with vanity or stupidity.”

Marina Diamandis


I love how outspoken she is, and the way she questions a lot of issues in show biz and society (she flips sexism in music videos on its head in the video for “How to be a Heartbreaker”). Also, her fashion sense is super cute.

“Nothing is provocative, anymore even for kids

no room for imagining

cause everyone’s seen everything

question what the tv tells you

question what a pop star sells you

question mom and question dad

Question good and question bad.”

Yoko Ono


I’m pretty sure she didn’t put John Lennon under a spell or cause the actual break up of The Beatles. Those four men, John included, could think for themselves. People just needed a scapegoat, and she was the easiest one to blame. She DOES carry on John’s legacy for promoting peace and unity. I had a hard time picking just one great quote from her, so here are two.

“Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think.”

“The cynicism that you have is not your real soul.”

This is just my list, of course! You’re more than welcome to add to it in the comments with your own thoughts, or make your own “most beauitiful/fascinating” list on your blog, and link it back here in a comment!

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