Friday, October 31, 2014

6 Reasons The Nightmare Before Christmas Is The Best Halloween Movie

When you're as big of a movie freak as I am, Halloween is all about the movies. My favorite Halloween movie is a classic that everyone loved as a kid and still secretly loves as adults: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Today's post: Why The Nightmare Before Christmas tops every other Halloween movie out there.

1. The producer
This movie was produced by my favorite director, Tim Burton, and it has a flair to it that I've come to call Tim Burtonesque. The dark, monotonous tone gives his work a beautiful finish. Even his more gory work, such as Sweeny Todd, has a certain beauty behind the gruesome story. 
2. How it was shot
One amazing thing about this movie is how it was shot. It wasn't drawn like most animated films but actually shot using action figures. They placed the figures on a stage with model buildings and moved the characters slightly every time a shot was taken. Each second of the film composed of 24 frames, making the entire 74 minute long film take up 106,560 altogether. 
Tim Burton (right) and Henry Selick (left) on the Nightmare Before Christmas Set
Just a few of Jack's faces used in the making of The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The clothes
My two favorite Halloween articles of clothing are both Nightmare Before Christmas themed, and both come from Hot Topic (of course). The first is this reversible Jack and Sally jacket that has Jack's pinstripe suit on the front but can be turned inside-out to become Sally's patched-up dress.

The second is a pullover with an amazing Nightmare Before Christmas shot that carries over from the front onto the back. It features Jack and the other characters on a stormy night, and is absolutely fantastic,

4. Sally's character
Sally represents the classic girl wanting the boy out of her league. Here she is, the makeshift companion of an overbearing doctor, and she's in love with the king of Halloween. She's the character every woman can relate to since we've all liked that one guy that that was so far out of our league he didn't even know your name. But Sally shows how you should go after what you want, even when it's hopeless, because chances are, it isn't.
5. The soundtrack
The Nightmare Before Christmas' soundtrack is a perfect match to the movie in every way. The notes have a lively feel that somehow have a menacing feel to them. Everyone knows the classic This is Halloween (I love Panic! At The Disco's cover of this as well), then there's Jack's Obsession, To The Rescue, What's This, and so many others that are all perfectly coordinated with the film. 
You can listen to the soundtrack on Spotify here!

6. Jack has a cologne
How many animated characters have their own cologne? Jack. Hot Topic sells his signature scent, Bone Daddy, here.
Can you give me a movie that is better than this? I think not. I hope all of you have an awesome (and safe) Halloween tonight!

For my final #MallorysMacabreMakeup artist of this October, I'd like to refeature artist Pris from @p_mlp with this beautiful sugar skull look! The jewels look amazing, and the makeup is perfectly applied. This is my last artist feature of this year, and I'd like to thank every single one of the amazing artists that submitted their makeup! I've adored looking through them! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hot Topic and Heroes

This previous Sunday, I FINALLY took my long-awaited Hot Topic trip! It's been WAY too long since I've had a good old shopping trip, and I had an awesome time trying on now clothes (as usual). Today's OOTD centers around one of my favorite pieces I picked up, a Batman pullover!
I've been crushing on these comic book printed shirts recently, and when I saw this, I fell in love. The bright colors are eye-catching, and the material is lightweight, making it ideal for the cool fall weather we've been having in Alabama. I paired it with some of my favorite skinny jeans and always wonderful black Vans. I was complimented on my outfit all day, and even my picky little brother managed to comment on it.
 It's SO comfortable. I could seriously sleep in this top.

You can find this top in your local Hot Topic store or order online here. I'll probably have several Hot Topic posts in store for the coming weeks to show you all of the goodies from my shopping adventure this past weekend, so watch out!

To top off today's post, I have my daily #MallorysMacabreMakeup artist here to share another fantastic look with you! Today's artist is Pris from @p_mlp, and she does a fantastic take on the comic book makeup look! (Comic makeup, comic OOTD... See what I did there?) This whole look was spot-on from the daring eyebrows to the cartoon tear running down her cheek. I did a tutorial on a similar look using white dots on my face rather than red here if you're interested in seeing the basis of how she achieved this spectacular look! Awesome job, Pris!

Monday, October 27, 2014

October Glam Bag 2

This month has been SO busy for me, and it was honestly such a relief when my Ipsy bag for this month came in since getting these in the mail every month always seems to lighten my mood a bit :) This month's bag was called Beauty Candy, and it contained all kinds of goodies that I absolutely loved!
The first product in this bag was Skyn Iceland's Mini Glacial Cleaning Cloths. I'm not really the biggest fan of cleaning wipes, but they are really useful on nights when you're just too exhausted from a busy day to worry about washing your face. One reason I don't really like cleaning wipes is because they never fully get off my mascara and eyeshadow, but I didn't have this problem with these! My eye makeup came off really quickly, a first time for my face wipes experiences. These are definitely the best face wipes I've ever used.
 Next up is a ECRU New York's Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair. I was sort of confused when I saw that this was for your hair when I pulled it out of my bag. Isn't BB cream for your face? Nevertheless, this is a pretty amazing product. I've been using this over the past week, and it never ceases to amaze me at how well my hair responds to it. It makes it easy to blow dry straight, and it leave my hair feeling silky smooth. The scent is really clean and fresh, exactly how I like my hair to smell. Definitely a high point in this bag!
On to another high point in this bag: MicaBeauty Cometics' Mineral Eyeshadow in the shade Harlequin. This powder shadow has a gorgeous green tint- yes, I said green! I've never seen green as a really attractive eyeshadow color until this shade! The emerald tint looked amazing on my eyes, and it lasts well all day. A little goes a long way with this, so the color will last me a long time. This was by far my favorite part of this bag!

Next up is some Figs & Rogue Hand Cream in the scent Mango Mandarin. I really liked the fruity scent, and the formula worked great on my hands. It didn't take a lot to fully moisturize my hands, and they smelled amazing afterwards! It also came in a container sort of like a paint tube, which struck me as a really unique feature.
Last but not least is some Starlooks Lip Gloss in the shade Guilty Pleasure. All of you know that I already have an obsession with this brand, and I'm happy to say that this lip gloss didn't disappoint me! The flirty color blended with my lips perfectly, and it's great paired with a daytime or nighttime eye look! It lasts all day and keeps my lips moisturized, which means I don't have to carry around several tubes of chapstick all day! Love this product!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you're interested in signing up for your own monthly $10 bag, head over to ipsy.com! See you with my next Ipsy bag next month!

For my featured #MallorysMacabreMakeup artist today, we have Trisha Mcgowan from @basicbeauty, who is also an aspiring YouTuber! She just released her first makeup tutorial and would love for you to check it out! Click here to watch her first video! As for her makeup, she did a gorgeous silver smokey eye that she paired with an awesome dress! She does a great job tying the whole look together. Thanks for sharing, Trisha! I'm featuring looks all through October, so tweet your Halloween makeup photos with the tag #MallorysMacabreMakeup for a feature!



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Macabre Makeup Artists

Hey guys! I've had such an amazing reaction from my Macabre Makeup series, and as this is the last post in this year's series, I want to feature YOUR creations. I've been getting together my favorite Halloween makeup creations that you've tweeted to me in the past week, and I'm giving them the spotlight in today's post. I'm still going to have daily makeup artist features on the bottom of my regular posts, so remember to tag your tweeted look with #MallorysMacabreMakeup. Now, on to the features.

Each artist is answering these five questions:

  1. When did you first start experimenting with Halloween makeup and why?
  2. What inspires your makeup creations?
  3. If you could describe your personal style in three words, what would they be?
  4. What is your favorite part of Halloween?
I had such a great time seeing their answers, and I hope you do too! Get ready to be spooked by their amazing looks!

First is Jenna Malin from @jenna_ellamena, a makeup-lover with an edgy side!
  1. About three years ago. I'm an artist, so I just figured my face is my greatest canvas, and I decided to go all out!
  2. I basically get an idea and then try to find some similar image/video references to help me get it right.
  3. Wannabe punk rock XD
  4. Probably decorating everything with bats and lights and dressing up!
I was so amazed at the stitched mouth in this look! It really looks like there are indentions in her face where the threads enter her mouth. So. Amazing.

Next up is Mandy Paavola from @mpmakeupart, makeup artist at mpmakeupartistry.webs.com!
  1. I've always done makeup, but I've been doing makeup professionally for ten years, and Halloween is the time I get to really express my creativity and show what I can do. The film industry prepped me for the chaos that can ensue on Halloween Day.
  2. I'm inspired by many things, client costumes, colors, theme parties, other artists, and my children. I have a pretty vivid imagination.
  3. Bright, classic, and fun.
  4. Makeup! ;) Creating a character is my favorite part.
Mandy does tons of creative looks that require such a delicate hand. The detail in these looks leaves me in awe.

Next on the list is Emerald from @emmersonsxx, a makeup artist at Ulta that takes makeup to the next level!
  1. I started getting interested in Halloween makeup when I was sixteen before beauty school. My father is an artist and would always paint my face as a young kid for Halloween, and I wanted to mimic him.
  2. After being in this industry for seven years, I feel like it's just my surroundings and my love of Halloween art in general. There's always something to learn or something new to create. I've never done the same thing twice, which keeps it exciting.  
  3. Versatile, convenient, and embellished.
  4. My favorite part of Halloween has to be dressing up and picking out what to be because you can literally be anything you've ever wanted to be.
I adore this beautifully done cracked face look. The precision in her lines is flawless, and it looks so realistic!
Last but not least is Bailey from @Bailey101s, a high-school special effects master!
  1. I started last year because makup and cosmetology really grabbed my attention, and I always watch Halloween makeup tutorials. I also like putting my own spin on it.
  2. Anything I see, really! Pictures... It might just pop up. I get inspiration from many things, pretty much everything around me.
  3. Creative, spontaneous, and laid-back.
  4. My favorite part of Halloween is getting into character, and of course, doing people's makeup!
It was a refreshing change to see a costume along with Bailey's gruesome makeup. The costume tied it all together, and the makeup is flawless. I mean, look at those eyes and the precisely defined lips!

Thanks so much to these lovely ladies for sharing their beautiful creations with us! I loved hearing your answers and seeing your beautiful painted faces. 

This concludes my first Macabre Makeup series! I had an amazing time with this series, whether it was coming up with the makeup or shooting the photos! I'm already itching for next October, and this one isn't even over! Remember, I'm still featuring a daily makeup artist at the bottom of my daily posts for the rest of October, so be sure to tweet all of your Halloween photos with the tag #MallorysMacabreMakeup!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Macabre Makeup Spiderweb Eyes

Everyone knows that spiders are a huge part of Halloween. They're creepy, crawly, and scare the daylights out of you. For today's tutorial, your face will become the lair of this creature: the web. This is a really easy look for a last minute costume, and pairing it with a black dress would give you a look that takes a few minutes but draws everyone's eyes. Remember to tweet your makeup creations with the tag #MallorysMacabreMakeup for a retweet and a chance to become a featured makeup artist here on ChromoBeauty!




  1. Create a dark smokey eye with tons of dark eyeliner. This is the center of your web.
  2. Draw the lines that will make the web. They don't have to be perfect!
  3. Create the curves between the lines to give it the look of a real web.
  4. Fill in the spaces in the web with black shadow.

That's it for the spiderweb look! This looks really cool without all the hassle of a detailed look (which is why I love it so much!).

Today's featured #MallorysMacabreMakeup artist is Mitch from #MITCHALLIDAY. He uses some fantastic blending techniques to create a seamless look that will catch anyone's eye. Nice work, Mitch! To have your work featured, tag your Halloween makeup creations with #MallorysMacabreMakeup!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Macabre Makeup Sugar Skull Tutorial

Today's Macabre Makeup tutorial is my absolute favorite of this series. I've been obsessed with the sugar skull look for a while with the beautifully done colors and unique design. It's a simple but gorgeous way to achieve an amazing Halloween look. It can be changed to fit anyone's style since you can change what portion of the face is painted and what colors and designs you use.









  1. First, take black eyeshadow and make a line down the center of your face. This doesn't have to be perfect since we'll be going over it later.
  2. Now, take your white face paint and apply it to the side of your face you want painted. Blend this in well and set it with a translucent powder. 
  3. Grab your black eyeliner and draw your flower. Start with a circle using your eyebrow as a guide, then add the petals.
  4. Go in and fill in your flower. I filled in the circle with a fuchsia color and the petals with teal.
  5. Now, apply a lot of black eyeshadow to your crease. Cake this on really well to get a darker look. I actually ended up filling it in partially with a black eyeliner to make it even darker. You'll also want to line your bottom lashline with black eyeliner and add mascara.
  6. Now for the spiderweb. It's difficult to get these perfectly straight, and it won't be really noticeable once you're finished if they're not perfect. I also filled in the cracks in the web with that fuchsia color I used earlier.
  7. Now, take your eyeliner and outline your nose. This will look like a half spade. Go in and fill this in with black face paint.
  8. Draw your mouth with black eyeliner and add the stitches. Try and keep this as straight as you can.
  9. Go through and outline all of your lines in black liquid eyeliner to make them more defined. If you used liquid initially, you can skip this step.
That's the look! This look is a little more involved than most of the ones I've posted, but the end result is definitely worth it.

Today's featured #MallorysMacabreMakeup artist is Rachel from @rachel_o2l. She shared her Halloween costume as well as you makeup, which was white spiderwebs on the eyes and bright white lips made to compliment her stunning dress. So unique!To get your look featured, remember to tweet your Halloween makeup looks and tag them with #MallorysMacabreMakeup!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Macabre Makeup Pumpkin Face Tutorial

It's time for my newest Macabre Makeup tutorial! Today's tutorial is the pumpkin face, and instead of going full pumpkin on my whole face, I only did a portion of my face. If you try this, remember to post your results to Twitter tagged #MallorysMacabreMakeup for a retweet and a chance to be one of my daily makeup artist features!







  1. To begin this look, do your regular face routine and outline your pumpkin section in black eyeshadow. This will be gone over with black face paint later on, so there's no pressure to be perfect!
  2. Next, outline your jagged eye and mouth. You want this to look raggedly carved, so keep your points defined and make it look a little messy.
  3. Now, fill in your face with orange face paint, going around the eye and mouth you just outlined. Make sure to really cake this on, and fill it in completely. 
  4. Now, fill in your eye and mouth with black face paint. As with the orange, you want this to be filled in extremely well.
  5. Now, use the same black face paint on an eyeliner brush to go over your line used to outline the pumpkin section of your face. You could also use black eyeliner for this.
  6. Take a white eyeliner pencil or white face paint and outline parts of your look. This well help it stand out and keep the look from blending together.
That's the whole look! This is a good look for those of you who don't want to dress up for Halloween but still want to get into the spirit with your appearance. I mean, what screams Halloween more than pumpkins?

Today's featured #MallorysMacabreMakeup artist is @StormNixon26 with her gory face look! She uses fake blood to her advantage to create a terrifying, grotesque look that I loved! Amazing job! To have your skills featured on ChromoBeauty, tweet your photos tagged #MallorysMacabreMakeup so I can find them!