Monday, October 13, 2014

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Halloween

Hello, friends! Over at the Beauty & Fashion Blog Community, we're excited about Halloween, and we wanted to take the time to share our ideas with you guys. I know I'm personally a Scrooge (you can call me Sammi Scrooge), so I'm always out for how to get a festive look without spending a ton of money. Really, I aim to not spend money at all--it's more fun to taking on the challenge to use what I already have. Plus, I usually wind up having to work on Halloween, so I typically have about 15 minutes to change into my costume and get ready before hurrying off to whatever plans my friends and I have made.


Just because you usually wear something one way, doesn't mean it always has to be like that. Do you still have that lab coat hanging around from your freshman year science lab? Throw on some heels and some red lipstick, add some accessories, and you could be a scientist (or even a doctor! No doctorate required!) Last year, I borrowed a long-sleeved white button-down shirt from my mom and tied the ends together, and it looked like a totally different shirt. I put on some black pants, black boots, and bought myself an eye patch for $3, and I was a pirate! You'd be surprised what you'll find in the depths of your closet. Especially look through the pile of clothes that you put aside because you'll "wear it someday" but haven't actually worn it in a year. That's where the gold is. If anything, just wear something out of your comfort zone, so it looks like you tried.

Right: Me as a pirate, holding a plastic sword and pretending to stab my friend (on the left)
Left: My friend (Doctor Who) who is indifferent about it. 


You won't see me with a dark, smoldering smokey eye unless I'm going to a party, so I like to whip it out on Halloween if my costume allows it. I'll use the smudgiest, darkest black eyeliner in my collection (right now it's Urban Decay's 24/7 Pencil in Zero--see full review) and draw it all over my eyelid. Just get a dense, dome-shaped brush and blend away! Really go to town--a good smokey eye (in my opinion) goes from being very pigmented in on the lid to blending out into nothingness. I like to set everything with black eyeshadow so it doesn't smudge anymore than I intended it to, but you could also use a translucent powder to lighten it up a bit.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero ($20)


Do you have a costume that just needs a manicure to go with it? Or are you just really blah about the whole holiday and just need to do something to appease your friends? When in doubt, do your nails. If you're really good at nail art, you can draw little pumpkins! If you're not good at nail art, that's okay, just do something else! If anything, you can slap on some black nail polish. Or orange. Or both! Using two colors will tell your friends that you're twice as creative. (Brownie points if you wear a different color on all ten fingers. Your friends will say, "Damn, that girl is creative!")

Shown: Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Fox Hunt ($10)


Once you have your costume on, you're going to want to add a finishing touch to complete the look, right? Or if you didn't even try, at least people can't say you smell bad!

I've been a huge fan of this season's Fortune Cookie Soap Box, "Witch, Please!" (review) for all of my fragrance needs. This season's box focused primarily around pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, and other delicious and notably-fall scents. I recommend "No Good Deed," "Flying Monkeys," "No Place Like Home," and "Swankified." The first one is my favorite, because it smells like pie. If anything, at least your fragrance will be in the Halloween spirit.


If all else fails, don't forget to put the Werewolf Bar Mitzvah on your iPod. It's like the Monster Mash but better. 'Tis the season, everyone.

Looking for more Halloween tips and tricks? Check out these wonderful bloggers! 

Stay spoopy,

Disclaimer; All products mentioned were purchased by me. I am not affiliated with, nor sponsored by, any mentioned brands. Yes, I actually meant to write "spoopy."

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