I’m sure if you have a social media account, watch YouTube tutorials or follow fashion/beauty trends in general, you’ve seen the glossy eye trend. If not, here’s a good example.
It’s essentially like lip gloss but for your eyelids. As soon as I saw this, I was seriously hooked. I needed to know how it could be done. How would I achieve such bad-assery? How could I look as cool and relaxed as all the girls in all the instagram photos? (Spoiler alert: you technically can as long as you NEVER blink, take a picture IMMEDIATELY after applying, and remove ASAP. But more on that later)
I set out to get my products. What to use?? There are so many beauty products in the world. The options are literally endless. So I thought, clearly the look is called “glossy” so maybe a beauty store, clear gloss will work. Something like this BOY was I wrong. It works for like 2.5 seconds. I applied it over a matte burgandy colored shadow for the maximum amount of rebel chic. Think a cooler Taylor Momsen… Cause what she’s missing is gloss over those sultry smoky eyes, duh. So I was feeling fly with my gorgeous eyes. I got to work (I’m a hairstylist) and started on my first guest. I could feel a tackiness on my eyes that was a bit uncomfortable, but not unbearable. Finish my first guest which was only about 30 minutes long and went to admire my handy work, a la, my sexier than Jenny Humphrey glossy eyes. Enter depression mode. Allllllll of my burgandy eyeshadow had settled not so dedicately into the crease of my eyes. Not to worry, I’ll just wipe away the excess and try a different approach.
After more research I found a product by Milk Makeup called “Eye Vinyl”
Which boasts “Get high-shine shadow for the ultimate runway look in one easy click pen. This high-tech gloss formula glides on with ease and is infused with natural oils for hydration, high shine, and a non-sticky feel. Designed for women on the go, it can carry you from day to night in an instant.” Click. Boom. Purchased. I knew this was the answer. It was gonna get shit done. After it arrived, I hastily unboxed and smeared it on my lids. It felt lightweight enough. It wasn’t heavy or sticky. I could handle this. But to be on the safe side (which clearly most bad asses always try to stay on) I wouldn’t pair this with a dark eye. I would go with a light, vanilla shadow. Feel the vibe. I was armed and ready. After applying my shadow, I clicked the Eye Vinyl pen and applied it to my lids. In true Killlerkween fashion, more is more, so I didn’t stop at a light coat. I slathered that shit on. Coat after coat. (Which is most likely where I went wrong)
How my awful glossy eyed day went
It started ok. Me boasting about how I found the answer to my problems. How I went wrong. Showing off my guts for taking on a cool, new trend. Everything seemed to be working out for me. I felt cute, and KNEW I looked cute. I was just waiting for everyone else to notice. I decided once more to admire the amazing job I did (yes, I can be equal parts THAT vain and somewhat self conscious) So I checked. The gloss seemed to collect in the same places that the other product had but this time it was not as bad mostly because the shadow was lighter and the product had stuck better to my lids. Ok, I can deal with this. Hours later I noticed my eyes were feeling kinda….. how do I put it…. goopy? Like a film had settled over them. Now, I live in the allergy capital of the country. Middle Tennessee is known for it’s allergy problems, so I wrote it off as nothing more than that. Another hour later and I was having to blink more intensely and heavily to see through the haze. I checked my eyes and the gloss had run down the sides of my eyes and down towards my cheeks. Not only that but clearly into my eyes causing the film as mentioned previously. I decided enough was enough. I love you glossy eye, but at what cost? The look of a rad, super cool glossy eye was not enough to make me take on the added “bonus” of looking like I was suffering from an eye infection. (Insert awkward winking at everyone in an attempt to clear my eyes) I wiped my eyes as best I could, (This is where working in a salon equipped with makeup products reeeeeeallllly comes in handy) tidied myself up and moved TF on. Let this be a lesson to you. I will gladly be your cautionary tale. Do not attempt unless for a few pics. And if you HAVE figured out how to make the glossy eye a wearable, everyday look, you go Glen Coco!!!! Also, help a sister out! Moral of the story, no matter how cute you think it is, test drive it at a short lived, small event. And if it impairs your vision, abort the mission! (That rhymed!!!)
I’ve seen a lot about wigs lately. On my Instagram, Pinterest and on Lookbook.nu. My first thoughts were that they were a little dated… I mean my grandmother (who was a classy and chic lady don’t get me wrong) had them. Wigs for me kind of had a stigma, unfortunately. But seeing so many mega stylish people don them gave me courage. Maybe they aren’t that bad! Maybe they could be a fun, easy way of changing your style without the fuss and headache heading to the salon for a major overhaul can bring. I love getting my hair done, which as a hairstylist doesn’t happen as often as I wish. It can be refreshing and definitely some much needed pampening. But doing a major change can result in damage, not only to your hair but to your bank account. I love love love change. It gives me life. I like not being bound to a particular look. I love mixing it up, whether it’s with my hair, makeup or clothes.
So after realizing that a wig might not be as bad as I once thought I went about researching different wigs, websites, styles and types. I’m absolutely not the final word on wigs and not an expert but I will say that I’ve learned a few things. Wigs come in all styles, lengths and prices. Most seem to have ways to adjust them to you. A lot of them you can do your own thermal styling to. And almost all of them seem so fun! Some of the websites I’ve found are http://www.powderroomd.com and http://www.voguewigs.com
Both have amazing selections. For my first wig experience I went with http://www.voguewigs.com. I cannot be happier with my decision. The style is indie waves in the lightest (platinum) blonde color. I got mine when it was on sale and it seemed like a steal. It’s synthetic but you can style it with hot tools on lower settings. I’ve worn it around my house and took some pictures in it and then decided to wear it to work as well. My coworkers of course knew that it wasn’t my hair, but my “guests” (that’s what we call our salon clients) thought I just colored my hair! Which isn’t uncommon. I am so happy I ordered mine. It really is fun and easy to change up my look. It’s lightweight and looks very natural. It might not be practical for everyday but to throw it on every once in a while is perfect.
Lip color: https://www.limecrime.com/lipsticks/velvetines-matte-lipstick/beet-it-berry-red
Hello! My name is Tori aka KilllerKween.
I figured with the start of the new year I’d go after a dream of mine and start the blog I’ve been talking about for a couple of years now but have been too scared/lazy af to go for. It’s funny how fear and sheer laziness can make you put something off that has been on your radar for quite some time. I guess it’s never too late to try! I figured I’d type my posts the way I talk so people can get a better idea of who I am. So if they’re not super grammatically correct or the flow is strange, I apologize. I’m definitely not a professional writer. I guess I will just launch right into it! I am a hairstylist from middle Tennessee (Nashville area). I have lived here my entire life. I absolutely love living in the south and I’m so happy that it is beginning to change in the best way. It’s not been the easiest to be here, especially being from a slightly small southern town, and be “different.” By “different” I mean I have an ever changing hair color
I’ve collected quite a few tattoos and my style can be edgy, quirky and a little eccentric.
Middle Tennessee is growing so much and with that brings more unique types of people. Which is great for me because being stared at for having pink hair and a sleeve isn’t exactly the most fun I’ve ever had. Lol.
I love makeup and hair! Actually, love is an understatement. I am obsessed. I wish I could say that I practice self control when it comes to beauty products but that would be a lie. I love learning new ways to do my hair and makeup and new products out there. Which is one of the reasons I wanted to start doing this. So I can buy more things and have an excuse! 😀
A lot has changed for me last year. I went from living by myself to moving in with the love of my life, then we were married this past September at Arrington Vineyards outside of Nashville.
To say that day was perfect is an understatement. I’m so blessed to have him. And one exciting thing about him is that he loves my forever changing hair color, tattoos (he has quite a few as well) and my style.
My hope for this blog is to have a place for a creative outlet, maybe share some beauty tips and tricks, and inspire anyone to be who they are. I hope to bring an honest, positive and exciting look into my world and the things I love. Thank you so much for taking the time to read a little bit more about me and hopefully this will be a fun, exciting and not super awkward journey. (Anyone who knows me, knows that I can definitely deliver the awkward. Haha) Thank you again. Xoxo, BBs.-KK