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My St. Patrick’s Day Look

I’ve been asked about my ethnicity a lot. I tend to just say, I’m an American mutt. The way I was told, my birth mother’s mother was an Irish Catholic woman who converted to Judaism to marry my birth mother’s father, who was Orthodox Jew. My birth mother and her siblings were all raised in a strict Jewish household. My birth mother left her home at a young age and started going to a Free Methodist church, which is where she met my father and married him. My father has told me that his family is primarily Swiss, but also German and English. My parents raised me in a Free Methodist household, which I thoroughly hated. I’ve had people tell me I’m American, I’m part Irish, and that I’m Jewish. I don’t really know what to consider myself other than that I’m me. When I’ve traveled outside of the USA, people always ask me if I’m Irish. I’m guessing it’s something about my facial structure.

Anyway, this is my St. Patrick’s Day look. St. Patty’s is always a favorite holiday of mine. When I’m feeling well, I tend to like to hit an Irish pub and have some Strongbow if it’s on tap, or some Woodchuck Dark & Dry if not.

Please excuse my skin. With my allergies going crazy, my skin has been no exception. No matter how much I moisturize or exfoliate, I’m having icky flakies :( The Clarisonic Mia and Angels on Bare Skin are only able to do so much.

Shade Descriptions:
Detox – seafoam green with silver sparkle
Cloudburst – true black with subtle green pearl
Mood Ring – aqua
Hoppin’ – clean pastel peach
Vapour – soft pale peachy-pink duochrome flecked with violet shimmer (velvet)
Greenplay – clean yellow/green with pearl
Graffiti – medium bright green with silver sparkle
Midori – vibrant green with a slight pearl sheen

I really wish someone would make a mineral version of Vapour! It’s such a friggin’ gorgeous highlighter!

Concrete Detox – inner v and lid
MAC Cloudburst – crease, later used to fill in brows
MAC Mood Ring – applied with fiber opic brush to upper crease, blending down on top of Cloudburst
MAC Hoppin’ – on browbone to highlight
MAC Vapour – on top of Hoppin’ to highlight
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Graffiti – lower lash line
Sugarpill Midori – on top of Graffiti along lower lash line
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Yeyo – lower water line
Raven Gel Eyeliner – upper lash line
Greenplay – 3 leaf clover on right eye
Aromaleigh Lash Primer
Covergirl LashBlast Luxe in Black Platinum

beige blush – to contour
MAC Full Fuschia – as blush

Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 in Translucent Light

Aromaleigh Minty Cocoa Chip Lipbalm
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink About It
Soap n’ Glory Sexy MotherPucker in Clear

I REALLY love the effect of the lipstick with the plumping lip gloss on top. I think those two together look pretty awesome on me.

Phaedra has, of course, been my constant companion through everything. She’s only been away from me the few hours that I’ve been at work. She’s absolutely wonderful at cuddling and comforting me. If only I could train her to pick up a box of tissues and bring them to me. Hrm. Bet I could.

Ok, the Step By Step.
1. Apply Eden all over eye area (yay for reverse panda eyes!)

2. Apply Detox to lid. I used a small taklon eye shadow brush from Aromaleigh, which allowed me to get the inner v area.

3. Apply Cloudburst in crease. I used an angled ecoTools crease brush and blended upwards with the color, onto my browbone. I left only a little bit of open space between my eyebrows and Cloudburst.

4. Apply Mood Ring in crease. I used an Aromaleigh fiber optic pointed crease brush and I blended downward with it, so that the crease looked aqua/green and black.

5. Apply Hoppin’ right under eyebrows. I used an ecoTools highlighter brush and applied the color only under the eyebrows. I did blend a bit at the edge where Hoppin’ and Mood Ring / Cloudburst meet.

6. Darken the outer v with Cloudburst. I used an ecoTools shader brush to darken the outer v area and a bit of the lower crease.

7. Put Graffiti along lower lash line.

8. Put Midori along lower lash line. I used a smudge brush to apply it on top of Graffiti.

9. Put Yeyo on lower water line.

10. Put Raven on upper lash line. I used a Fyrinnae bent eyeliner brush.

11. Curl Eyelashes. I used a Revlon heated eye lash curler.

12. Put lash primer on.

13. Put on Lashblast Luxe Mascara.

14. Draw a 3 leaf clover at the outer edge of one eye. I did this with MAC’s Liquidlast liquid liner in Greenplay.

15. Groom brows into place

16. Use a touch of brow wax on eyebrows. I used the wax that came with my Urban Decay Brunette Bombshell pencil.

17. Define brows with Cloudburst. I used a Sephora angled eyebrow brush.

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    Phyrra is an award-winning cruelty-free beauty blogger. She is hair obsessed, into alternative fashion, an avid urban fantasy reader, and a standard poodle fan.
    • Krista

      Wow…very pretty!!! I love it!!!

    • EvilAngel

      I think it looks great and I love your little clover!

    • Heather / Eyeconic

      You don't look sick at all, you look gorgeous! I love this look, I have not been a fan of the whole mint green trend, but I think this is really pretty. Maybe because of the shades you paired it with. I love how your lips look, I need to try a clear gloss over my Pink About It now!

    • Julissa

      Aw, that looks very nice! :)

    • kayeffjay

      Gorgeous! The clover is great! And I love that lip with the eyes.

    • KittenMittens

      I love it! It pairs with your hair colour quite well!

    • @booopers

      I love the clover! Wish I had thought to do something like that. I did do a green eye look though too :)

    • PayapaBunny

      Graffiti is the one 24/7 that I own and I love it! I feel you on the not knowing how to explain what you are. I'm five or six different nationalities, none of which is prevalent enough for me to actually care about them, but my ex boyfriend was extremely Polish (Parents came over from Poland while his mother was pregnant with him, they spoke it in their house, etc) and the current one is 100% italian, just not as culturally strong. I don't have a problem not embracing any specific culture other than American, and it seems odd to me that there's so much focus on it from others!

    • Taryn

      Aah! It's Phaedra! I can't get enough of that sweet pooch. Beautiful look, as always. Love the little shamrock! Regarding heritage, I get frustrated about it. My husband's Jewish and at least he knows what his background is – 100% Jewish, although he doesn't practice the faith or customs. I was told I was French, Polish, Italian and Irish, but come to find out that my grandma, who was born in France, is actually 100% Polish! Here I was digging being part French and then comes this news. My grandma has always been a little spacey, so we really don't know all the facts. I guess it doesn't matter though. The only traditions my family follows are Catholic ones. :)

    • PurpleSaila

      Gorgeous! Detox looks lovely on you! I know I'm repeating myself but I'm a bit jealous that this is how you look when you're feeling unwell. I look like Gollum :P

    • BLIX

      You look stunning! I didn't even notice the flakies until I read this. If you haven't tried Skin MD shielding lotion, you should give it a try. I've been using it the past couple weeks and it has cleared up my acne and my psoriasis (which sucks to have on my face!). So dryness is practically gone and red splotches from my psoriasis are hardly noticeable, even without makeup. I found it on eBay for cheap so if you want the link, lemme know! I like the little shamrock (3 leaf clover) on the corner! So cute! I didn't have a chance to do a St. Patty's Day look. Dammit!

    • Phyrra

      What is Skin MD shielding lotion? Right now I'm using: The Body Shop's Vitamin C Skin Boost (gel moisturizer) and The Body Shop's Mattifying Seaweed SPF 15 moisturizer I put those on and let them sink in, then do my eye makeup, then do my foundation. I don't tend to have zits on a daily basis, but right now I've got zits on my chin and around my mouth and the skin peeled, which I've never had happen before. I'm guessing it's because of my allergies, because they've been bad everywhere else (like I get itchy all over, congested, eyes itch, can't breathe and have to use my inhaler, etc). And you can always do a St. Patty's look any time you want <3

    • Phyrra

      Thank you lady :) Trust me, this is only after I put on makeup, and took several pix, trying to get one where I didn't frighten little children.

    • Phyrra

      Phaedra has been velcro'd to my hip ;) Yeah the Jewish part adds another level of complexity because my mother's father considered himself 100% jewish, and since it's ethnic as well as a religion, I'm unclear on that. I've been told by a rabbi that I'm Jewish because my mother was Jewish, even though I don't practice the faith. It gets confusing. My husband Ray is actually 100% polish! His parents speak Polish, even, and they're Catholics, too. It's interesting that your Grandma is Polish! So what do you end up telling people? I just find 'American Mutt' makes people smile.

    • Phyrra

      Yay glad you like Graffiti! Ray (my husband) is 100% polish! His parents speak it. His entire family is very Catholic, but they're really nice about it. I think because I always notice people focussing on it, I feel a bit left out, so I know what you mean!

    • Phyrra

      Pretty :)

    • Phyrra

      Thank you :) Speaking of, I need to touch up my dye :)

    • Phyrra

      Thank you!

    • Phyrra

      Thank you!

    • Phyrra

      Oh trust me, I felt miserable >.< Throwing up + dizzy + nausea = sucky time. Do you like mint green on nails? Glad you like it :) And definitely try a clear gloss over Pink About It. I was so shocked at how pretty it looked.

    • Phyrra

      Thank you! I figured a clover would be cute but not too over the top :)

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    • pwrlftrchick

      Absolutely GORGEOUS! You should be a model! And if this is what you look like sick…well, I'm never leaving the house again! LOL

    • Chicky

      Love this look! The lips look stunning too. Bootiful!

    • @raeraemakeup

      Love the shamrock! My green liquid liner is dead, I miss it so… It was Avon so obviously discontinued. :( As for ethnicity, my granny did some research and reckons we have a Romany gypsy background… Mind you, her maiden name was Jones so probably Welsh too. All English people are mongrels, too. I like to think the Romany thing makes sense though (yes I have romanticised it) because on my dad's side there's a definite olive tone to the skin.

    • Phyrra

      Awww thank you. I'm quite flattered you said that! I don't think I have the skills required to do modeling well though, because they have to be able to give you all kinds of emotion at a moment's notice, and I tend to only be able to smile :P

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    • Phyrra

      Check out Milani! They may have a good liquid liner. I think I remember reading about it. That's very cool about your ethnicity!

    • @mrsivan2004

      Phyrra, you make being sick look damn pretty!! I dig the little clover as the other posters have raved, and I don't know why, but Electric on your lower lash line looks waaaaaaay better on you than it does on me. Could I be applying it wrong?? Dunno……however, I have been taken a page from your playbook & applying E/S over either cream eyeshadows or like these chubby creamy eye liner pencils. Wow ~ I never realized how vibrant my colors were until I did that. I said it before, but I'll say it again ~ thank you so much for inspiring me & bringing my creativity to a whole other level.

    • Phyrra

      Hi there! I'm wearing Graffiti 24/7 liner with Midori eye shadow on top of it in this look. Electric is normally quite vibrant on me! However, if you feel like an eye liner isn't bright enough, make sure you put eye shadow primer along your lower lash line / lower eye area and see if that helps.

    • Teaspoon

      I'm actually surprised that no one mentioned it… nice shirt xD And Phaedra is adorable as usual <3 This is a really nice green look. It's kinda smokey. As my boyfriend said once, really bright and colorful makeup is cool, but not necessarily flattering, just nice to look at. This is really flattering I think :D

    • Jessie

      Love the look and the little shamrock!

    • Silhouettex

      Whoa, that mix of religions is really confusing! Though it is quite late here so that could be my tired brain refusing to comprehend things ;] I would think you were Scandinavian or Irish, based solely on how pale you are, haha. Love the green look, it's green without being like HOLY BATMAN GREEEEEEEEEN

    • Phyrra

      Hehe yeah, I loved Queen of Wands. I also have one somewhere that says 'Bites When Provoked.' Thank you :) Yeah it did turn out smoky! I didn't plan for it, but after I put Cloudburst in the crease, it just looked like it needed something else, so that's why I applied the other color on top of it with a fiber optic brush.

    • Phyrra

      Thank you <3

    • Phyrra

      Yep! Probably explains why I'm not very religious, too confusing! I'm one of those 'lucky' people that burn in less than 5 minutes outside, and never tan, which is why I wear sunblock religiously. My arms, after living here in florida for 6 years and actually going outside on a regular basis, have a slight tint of color to them now, but most of me doesn't at all. Thank you :) It was a fun and different kind of green look.

    • sakuradesu

      This look is very lovely! now that you say it, you reminded me to a London friend. Her dad's from Scottland. I'm from the north of Spain, and many ppl there has pale skin and blue or grey eyes due to Celtic legacy. I have that look and I'm usually told I look from North of Europe instead of Spain. Most of ppl in Spain have tan skin and brown eyes. I love pale skin.

    • Phyrra

      I've actually been to La Manga, Spain and Barcelona, Spain, on vacation. It was pretty nice to visit, though the people in La Manga were much nicer than the people in Barcelona. Spain is a lovely country to visit!

    • sakuradesu

      I've never been to La Manga, well, in fact, I've never been to the south of Spain hehe. I'm from ASturias, but now I live in a city very near to Barcelona, I came here to study a few years ago, and people here is nice too, but more quiet than in the South. The problem with Barcelona is that is a big city where everyone is always busy and late lol but if you get to know them, they're very nice people :)

    • Phyrra

      Well we had problems in Barcelona with the people who worked at restaurants being rude. The hotel people and people walking around were nice.

    • sakuradesu

      I don't use to go to restaurants in Barcelona except Japanese ones :D I'm glad hotel ppl and street ppl were nice to you :) If you come back to Spain you should visit Asturias and Galicia. :D Cheap, awesome food, very nice people, amazing landscapes! Looks like some parts of Ireland and UK.

    • Phyrra

      We went to some tappas place and had a shitty waiter. I couldn't get him to come over and refill my drink, so I went up to the bar to buy a drink. He came back and started screaming at me and threw a chair (not at me, but in anger). Then to top it off, I got sick off the shrimp and was in the room throwing up all night :P That's why I didn't like Barcelona. Asturias and Galicia sound wonderful!

    • sakuradesu

      Oh it was a silly waiter indeed. I'm sorry to hear you got sick! I hope if you ever come to Spain again you have a nice time :) I can recommend you some nice places!

    • Phyrra

      Definitely! I want to go back to Spain, because La Manga was really fantastic. We got to see some archaeological ruins there, lots of beautiful weather, beautiful people, and wonderful food.