Halloween Costume Ideas for the Procrastinators

Halloween; a time when the leaves have all changed color, the air is crisper and stores are already shoving Christmas down customers’ throats. Halloween is a big deal for a lot of people- bigger than most major holidays. And, what’s not to love? Halloween is the one night where you can be somebody entirely different, or, finally be yourself. In many ways, Halloween is a night of ‘anything goes’.

If you’re like me, the moment November 1st hits, you’re right back to counting down the days until the next Halloween. You’ve got your costume ideas down to a select few. By the time summer rolls around, you’re stuck eagerly staring at your finished product in the closet for four months.

Not being overly prepared for the night of sweets, horror and the year’s most popular movie characters doesn’t make you any less of a fan. In fact, most people wait until last minute to even consider the possibilities of their potential Halloween costumes. The last minute decision can leave your gas tank on ‘E’ as you try desperately to sort through the leftovers at costumes stores.

So, in the spirit of creativity and being eco-friendly, here are some tips for all you last minute party-goers.

1. Paper Bag Princess

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Arguably the easiest and cheapest costume to throw together, is the “Paper Bag Princess.” It is the ultimate last minute assemble for story book fans or those with simple but creative taste. To execute, go to your local grocery store for a few large paper bags, or a few packs of paper lunch packs. Wallah! You’re a “Paper Bag Princess”!

2. Zombie Barbie

Putting a sick twist to a universal child’s toy, the “Zombie Barbie” is perfect for those who know how to work their magic with a few makeup brushes. Cheap alternatives to the most expensive of professional makeup to make this costume are toilet paper and eye-lash adhesive. You can grab a cheap wig at your local discount store, or go natural. Either way, you’re guaranteed to make a big impression on the general public if you walk out of your home looking equal parts Barbie-beautiful and cringe-worthy.

3. Lara Croft

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If you’re into films or video games, or just have a general appreciation for all things ‘badass’ then Lara Croft from “Tomb Raider” is the costume for you. Played by Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft is one of the most iconic female movie characters. She has the strength and attitude of her male peers and the sexiness to back up all that sass. Her costume is a lot easier than her personality, though. Most of her costume consists of clothing and accessories you probably already have lying around the house. The smaller pieces, like gun holsters and weapons can be bought at your local dollar store or Halloween supply shop. If you’re feeling super nifty, you can even use your own belts to create a more vintage look for the costume’s straps.

4. Solar System

With a couple quick picks at your local craft store, nothing too fancy and nothing too expensive, you can show off your astral-love by sticking the solar system to your body. Your costume will be out of this world. Yes, I went there. What’s more? It’s the perfect costume for perfectly bad puns and unsuccessful but admirable pick-up lines. Use it to your advantage, because you’ll have the world wrapped around your finger (pun #2, you’re welcome).

 

5. #Basic

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When you can catch the scent of pumpkin spice coming from your local coffee shop before the first leaf of autumn falls, this costume has your name all over it. Beware, this costume is an invite for some of the harshest critics but you definitely get kudos for being creative and crafty. So if you’re brave, or dedicated enough to your favorite caffeinated beverage, go for it! You won’t get another chance for another 364 days.

 

6. Video Game Characters

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Mario and Luigi. The dynamic duo. You’d no doubt struggle to find a person who doesn’t have child memories that include the red-clad and green-clad brothers of Nintendo. This costume idea can extend to a fellow procrastinator and the final product is both cute and significant to majority of your peers.

 

7. Old School

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Do you remember the days when grabbing a broom and a witch hat was all the rage? Or, maybe you were more of a plaid shirt wearing, hay stuffing kind of trick-or-treater. Those were the days of simplicity and the single-minded purpose of getting as many sweets packed into your pillow case. There’s nothing wrong with kicking it old school, either. Find ways to spice up an ordinary costume and make it more original.

Remember, anything goes. Judgement is like a whisper in the wind for this one night, so don’t waste it. With so many DIY tutorials, it’s easy to make the most rudimentary costume, or the most intricate, without scraping your pennies together and regretting it the morning after. Nothing is impossible with the power of internet and your own imagination.

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Fall Makeup 2016

Here comes another Fall season post! As most of you glamorous people can probably tell, Fall is my all-time favorite season. It’s the time where you notice on how the season changes quite dramatically. The weather gets cooler, we switch from our tank tops to coats, and we start to get ready for the upcoming holidays for the last three months of the year. Makeup is no stranger during the transitions to cooler weather. Women often have to change their whole makeup routine and products in order for their skin to adjust appropriately to colder climate. I know it really depends on the skin type on which products to switch out from. But these are a few makeup products I recommend for the fall season:

                            

Face:

For fall season, the focus is to create a flawless canvas while giving a warm glow to your face. The hardest part: finding a foundation that will give you exactly that without drying out the face. Choosing a liquid, matte foundation is usually the most recommended way to go. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, is an option that will minimize pores and give a natural finish to the face. I also recommend Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. The formula is light-weight, provides good coverage, and can be build-able if needed. It’s no wonder that it’s Make Up For Ever’s best-selling foundation in the market.

To give the skin more of a glowy or dewy finish, use blush, bronzers, and highlighters! They will add definition and more warmth to the face. During the fall, blushes such as NARS Blush in  Deep Throat or tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Charisma with add a just-pinched look. I recommend using a matte bronzer such as Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer for a natural definition to the face. For highlighters, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder will give the face a natural glow and a light shimmer.

    

Eyes:

Choosing neutral (browns, greys, blacks) and earthy tones (burgundy, maroon, taupe, navy blue, evergreen, etc.) will enhance the warmth in your eyes. (And will coordinate with the fall theme!!)  The original Urban Decay Naked Palette and the Smokey Eye Palette has a collection of both neutral and earthy eyeshadows. For a more edgy eye look, Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette features a collection of matte neutrals that a lot of makeup-nistas would love to experiment.

    

Lips:

The darker the color, the better. Choosing a berry to a red wine lip color will provide not only more definition to the lips, but will emphasize the warm, matte theme to your makeup look. Colors like Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge (Matte) Lipstick in Brick Red, Wine Violet, and Raspberry Pink will complement the neutral and earthy eye makeup. Bite Beauty also provides a collection of lipsticks with that classic, satin finish with colors such as Whisky, Verbana, and Maple.

All the featured makeup brands and products in this article are available at www.sephora.com.

Are you glamorous people ready to fall for these makeup trends for this season? Comment below if you have any fall makeup favorites and other makeup tips you want to share! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper us a selfie of your favorite Fall makeup look! Let us see what you guys are struttin’!

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Beauty Hacks Put to the Test

DIY hacks to make your beauty routine transition into Fall painlessly:

Fall is coming, or so says the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and dark-colored lipsticks. It’s time to pack away the swimsuits and pull out the sweaters as we buckle down for the back-to-school season. One way to cope with the sudden changes are some good ol’ beauty hacks. If you’re a full-time student, working long hours, raising kids or just like to find the shortcuts to all things in life, hacks are the perfect thing for you. They save money and time, not to mention energy, but do they really work?

Oil as a Makeup Remover…

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Waterproof and sweat-proof makeup are a must-have no matter what the season. They stay put so we aren’t constantly swiping under our eyes, hoping we haven’t started to take on the dark-circled features of a raccoon. Many products claim to remove even the toughest of makeup, but they always leave something behind; a smudge of stubborn eyeliner or dirt deep down in your pores. I struggled with this issue for years until a friend of mine suggested extra virgin olive oil for makeup removal. Oil? Near my acne-prone skin? Much to my surprise, it worked and without the dreaded side effects I anticipated. The oil acts as any liquid makeup remover would- all you have to do is massage the oil onto your skin with your fingertips and wipe it away with a clean towelette.

Don’t let the word ‘oil’ freak you out. As of recently, beauty oils have been rising in the ranks of skincare. Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are just two of many that not only remove all the dirt and makeup from your face but moisturize your skin, as well. Both have been proven to promote hair growth and improve skin but which is better? Depends on what you need it for actually! Coconut oil is the lighter and more absorbable of the two, while extra virgin olive oil is best for a heavy-duty cleaning, like waterproof mascara. Overall, this beauty hack is, by FAR, my favorite.

The Lipstick Saver…

Finding the perfect lipstick is like finding the perfect life partner- this could take a while. You’ve got to do some in-depth explorations and soul searching. But even when you’ve found the perfect match for your skin tone, its durability has no guarantees. Layering and priming can help improve the lifespan of your lip color, but is there really a hack that helps prevent lipstick from getting onto teeth and smudging, too? Some say that all it takes is a bit of tissue paper and your favorite translucent finishing powder to accomplish the impossible. Apply the translucent powder to already lipsticked lips and pat on with tissue!

The hack definitely works, but it has got a few quirks to look out for. Beware of powdering the already matte lipstick. While the hack worked for all the lip colors I tried, it did tend to make matte lipsticks duller and my lips drier. If you can find a hack for this hack (layer those hacks, y’all), have at it and rock those matte lips! Otherwise, this was a decent hack, especially for the glossy lip colors that will slip and slide all over your face, if given the chance.

Bye, Bye, Dry Skin…

So, I’m sure you’ve heard of wonders of exfoliation. In a nutshell, exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Now, there are countless exfoliating products in both drugstores and department stores, but finding the right one for your skin isn’t easy. If you have sensitive skin, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you. Have no fear, we’ve got another beauty hack could save you from some trouble.

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That wonderfully rich smell that drags you out of bed in the morning called coffee? Well, coffee just upped its game and got a little more amazing. (Get that oil back out, it’s not finished yet!) Take coconut or extra virgin olive and pair it with your coffee grinds for gentle but effective skin exfoliator. But this beauty hacks does its double duty. You can use this same recipe to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite by rubbing it on the backs of legs or any part of your body that needs extra pep! Live in fear of shorty-shorts and crop-tops no more!

Change Your Eye Makeup Game…

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Lining your eyes has become something of an art form, one we aren’t all cut out for, myself included. I dread the mornings where my shaky hands can only manage the less attractive and unintentional sister of the smoky eye. We all know that look: my wings look like a backdrop of a Rocky Mountain view but the clock tells me that that will have to do. To combat those shaky lines, use tape to get that perfectly flicked line and mess-free eye shadow. Especially if you’re still finding your way in the makeup world. Just apply a small piece of tape to the outside of the eye, where you’d like the wing to “wing itself” and line away. Think of it like painters taping for crisp paint lines, but with your eyeliner.

However, I think it goes without saying that this is a process you should treated with caution. Be careful with this because the tape does tug at the sensitive skin around the eyes. This tugging could, in the long run, impact saving the youthfulness of your skin. While I can’t comment on the long-term effects of the ‘tape hack’, it is not something I would recommend using on a day-to-day basis. While flawless-looking makeup is an achievement to be proud of, good skincare is a top priority.

Lipstick VS. Dark Under Eyes …

Sleep doesn’t come easy for most. In fact, the recommended eight hours of sleep is a rare occurrence at best. So, if you’re like me and surviving off a few hours of shuteye, you’ll probably do just about anything to lessen the monstrosity of those dark and puffy under eyes.

Red lipstick as a concealer base for dark circles is a remarkably effective hack. The idea seemed a little whacky to me, why paste over my dark circles with even darker lip color? The concept is similar to many color correctors used for face discolorations, though. Green, orange and red cancel out most imperfections and gives you a great canvas for the rest of your makeup.

Despite being a good hack, I am not a fan of the red lipstick trick. It requires heavier makeup, and layering with both liquid concealer and foundation or doubling up on the concealer. The makeup looked a bit cakey and my skin was all but suffocating under the heaviness I’d burdened it with. I would reserve this hack for special events and shorter periods of wear, if only to avoid the discomfort it caused. Then again, beauty is pain, right? Wrong. As an alternative, use some cool (the cool bit is imperative) green tea bags for your under eyes before bed and first thing in the morning. It’ll work wonders on a day-to-day or long-term basis.

Now that you’ve saved some time and some money for the fast-approaching season, bring on those Pumpkin Spice Lattes, oversized sweaters and buy yourself that perfect fall product you’ve had your eye on!

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