Nutcracker Week – Arabian and Waltz of the Flowers Makeup!

Good afternoon Leaps readers!

My performance weekend is already over! I can’t even believe how fast it went! I am so excited to be able to look back on this weekend with joy and fond memories! I was SO happy with the way my makeup turned out yesterday, and it was tricky figuring out what kind of makeup to do because I had to have a face that fit the Arabian variation and Waltz of the Flowers. My director told us to have our makeup be more fitting for Flowers, so this is what I came up with! Of course, I used my TooFaced Sugar Plum Fun palette!! This was the best time and way to use it!

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I used Ballerinas in my crease, and buffed it into the outer and inner v as well! This shade is a beautiful transition shade. I then used Land of Sweets to deepen my crease, and darken the outer and inner v slightly. I tried to make sure the Ballerinas crease color was still visible when adding the darker color. I pat onto my lid Magic Touch so the center of my eyelid would glisten as it caught the stage lights! I also highlighted my inner corner, and lower lash line with Magic Touch. I used Purple Peppermint to darken the outer v and dusted what was left of it into my inner v as well.

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To complete the eye look, I lined the outer portion of my lower lash line with Land of Sweets! I used e.l.f. Cosmetics Expert Liner to create an upper and lower wing! These double wings are appropriate for both Arabian and Flowers roles. I highlighted my brow bone with Tutus and Tiaras. I used my Essence Princess Lash mascara to lengthen and define my eyelashes, and e.l.f./Chella brow products to fill and define my brows!

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Here is what the makeup looked like with my Arabian costume on! I wore my favorite stage lip – Colourpop UltraMatte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Mama.

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This makeup turned out great! The eyeshadows lasted all day (through two shows), and never creased! The colors were PERFECT for both roles I played, and the Sugar Plum Fun palette was the perfect complement to my costumes! What do you think of this makeup? Did you use the same palette for character performance roles?

I will be writing one last Nutcracker post to show you some photographs from the shows! I hope you enjoyed this post, and took away some makeup combination ideas for your own shows or everyday makeup looks!

Let me know what you think of it! Happy Nutcracker Season, and Happy Holidays!

xoxoxo

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Nutcracker Week – Performance Essentials!

Hello beautiful readers of the internet!

As promised, here is the third installment of my Nutcracker performance posts! Today, I am sharing with you my favorite products (old and new) for this season’s performances. I use these products not just for ballet productions, but also for contemporary and modern productions, in addition to class and rehearsal!

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Of course, I had to feature my FAVORITE pointe shoes by Bloch – the Sonata (SO1030). These pointe shoes fit my feet like a glove and stay on so well! The Bloch Elastorib I sewed onto them helps ease tension on my Achilles (read about them here: Bloch Sonata Pointe Shoes and Elastoribbon!). All around, these pointe shoes are the best! In addition to my favorite pointe shoes, I wanted to display my favorite and never failing gel toe pads. The Eurotard Feather Lites are so comfortable. They cushion and protect my toes, while never taking up too much room in the box of the shoe. I highly recommend these if you are looking for a thin, light toe protection option.

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I picked up a new pair of seamed tights for this weekend’s performances. I decided on Body Wrappers Seamed Transition Tights in the color light pink after the woman at the dance store recommended a few brands to me. They are not mesh, however, they are the perfect shade of pink, and the waistband is wide and soft-knit. For this reason, the tights don’t cut into my sides, and I am very happy with my choice.

I purchased Capezio 2.5 inch thick u-pins to keep my bun secure and on my head! I’ve been using the thicker u-pins from Goody, but they are still not strong enough to hold my curly hair in place. Hopefully the Capezio ones work well for my hair!

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I needed new ballet shoes, so of course I re-purchased my SoDanca SD16s! They are the COMFIEST ballet slipper ever (read more about them here: National Dance Day & National Lipstick Day!). Anyway, I also picked up the beautiful champagne colored pointe shoe bag all of these products are resting on! I’ve been wanting a pointe shoe bag for some time now because I keep all of my dance shoes in a trundle box in the trunk of my car, and this bag will help me keep my shoes and toe pads together with my ballet slippers so I don’t have to dig around my trunk when I am running into rehearsal or teaching.

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More important than what I have to wear with my costume is what I have to wear under it! I wanted to show you all a supportive dance bra I’ve used for a few years now. The bra shown is Capezio brand, and although there is no underwire, it is full coverage. I wear this bra under the nude leotard (I forget what brand it is!), and my chest is almost fully supported. The woman at the store gave me new straps for the nude leotard for free, and I am thankful she did so because the thicker straps make the leotard secure.

All of the products mentioned above are HIGHLY recommended. I have found these products to be repeat buys, to be durable, and to be long-lasting. I am so excited for my shows this weekend I can’t take it! What are your performance essentials? Let me know!

Happy Holidays! xoxo

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Nutcracker Week – History of the Nutcracker

Hello ladies and gents!

Today I wanted to give a short but sweer history of the Nutcracker ballet! As you’ve probably seen or read, this week includes my Nutcracker performances and since I am so excited for them, I wanted to write posts based off of this theme.

Anyway, if you didn’t know this already, the story of the Nutcracker was originally written in 1816 by a German writer named E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story was originally titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and was  a darker, creepier tale then the one embodied on stage during the ballet. By the 1850s, a man named Alexander Dumas revised the original Nutcracker tale, and cheered it up to be a happier, more magical story.

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The cheerier version of the story is what inspired Marius Petipa to choreograph the first Nutcracker ballet in 1892 (he also choreographed La Bayadere, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty). When Petipa became sick while setting the piece, he handed over the choreographic resonsibilities to Lev Ivanov. Petipa and Ivanov partnered with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky who composed the score for the show. The musical score was a large part of the ballet’s original success.

The ballet didn’t make it to the U.S.A. until 1940 when the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo toured to America and brought the Nutcracker with them. By 1954, George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet choreographed the Nutcracker on his company and first performed it in February of that year. Balanchine is credited as being the first choregographer to recognize the holiday appeal of the Nutcracker ballet, and in 1955, the New York City Ballet performed the Nutcracker in December. Since then, the Nutcracker has been a holiday classic for dance and ballet companies everywhere.

It is crazy to think the Nutcracker was originally written in the beginning of the 1800s, and now in 2017 companies are still performing this work countless times between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don’t think E.T.A. Hoffmann ever expected his creepy story to EVER gain as much popularity as it has, but it is incredible how this century old story is brought to life every year to celebrate Christmas! It is such a deep part of American holiday culture, and it all began with a story written 201 years ago!

I hope you enjoyed this piece of dance history, and tune in for more of my Nutcracker related posts! Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

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TooFaced SugarPlum Fairy Makeup Set

OMG YOU GUYS! THIS IS THE BEST HOLIDAY PALETTE RELEASE EVER!!!

As we all know, each year TooFaced comes out with a gift set that is their special gift set for the holiday season! Most years the gift sets are available to buy via Home Shopping Network (HSN) and specialty suppliers like Ulta and Sephora. Well this year – TooFaced created the cutest holiday gift set that is specific only to HSN! On the release day, November 2nd, I flipped on the HSN to see what the TooFaced special deal was. And the deal of the day happened to be the TooFaced holiday set!

This year, the set is inspired by the Nutcracker!! Specifically, the Sugar Plum Fairy! This set includes the Sugar Plum Fun palette, which has shades with names inspired by the ballet/land of sweets! Not only does it include this special edition and ADORABLE palette, it includes 3 full-sized extras! Here’s what you get!

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  1.  Sugar Plum Fun Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Full-size Better than Sex Mascara
  3.  Full-size 24-hour Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer
  4.  Full-size La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick – Sugar Fairy (warm peachy nude)

Because the 2nd was it’s launch day with HSN, the price was $49 with FREE SHIPPING!! The deal was so amazing, and because I am dancing in my first Nutcracker ever this year, I decided to buy it for myself to celebrate all of my hard work! The day of the launch, HSN also had a 4 payment flex-pay option to pay $12.25 a month for four months for the set. So with tax and the flex pay, I spent about $15 and change to get this home to me so I can play with it! I AM SO EXCITED TO GET THIS IN THE MAIL THIS WEEK!

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I cannot forget to mention the adorable packaging! The gift box and palette have this adorable Supar Plum Fairy ballerina on it, and inside the mirror is bordered by a stage curtain, a Nutcracker, and another fairy.  Tell me your inner dance child is not screaming!! The shades look perfect for everyday wear, and it will be nice to have a neutral palette to work with since most palettes I own have really warm red and orange color schemes.

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After the launch day, this set increased in price to $60, and is still available for purchase! The HSN website says that this set is worth over $115, so $60 for everything you get is still an amazing deal! Again, this is an HSN exclusive, so you can only order it on HSN.com! If you want to purchase it, you can do so at this www.hsn.com/products/too-faced-hsn-exclusive-sugar-plum-fun-makeup. (This is not an affiliate link!).

I really hope you all can get your hands on this amazing holiday exclusive like me! If you also ordered it please let me know so we can obssess over it together!

Did you order this palette? Are you going to? What is on your holiday makeup wishlist?

xoxo Happy Nutcracker Season!! ❤

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Discount Dance Fall Order

Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to share with you my recent purchase from DiscountDance.com! Discount Dance is an online store that has literally everything and anything you need as a dancer. Leotards, tights, Therabands, accessories, costumes, rosin – you name it and they probably have it! I’ve written about Discount Dance before on my blog (see Dance Christmas Wishlist), so if you are a dancer and you haven’t visited their online store, I suggest you do so! They have great prices for quality dancewear.

This past week, they had a super awesome promotional code for free shipping and 15% off of your order, so I ordered some new tights and a new leotard! As I’ve raved before, I LOVE Natalie Dancewear. For real if I could be an affiliate for Natalie I would! Their leotards are EXTREMELY well made, long lasting, and super comfortable. Not to mention, they are great for dancers who have boobs. Their leotards compliment, support, and shape bigger breasts as opposed to making them look squished or not being supportive enough.

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I actually own this leotard in a different two-toned color scheme (it is two different purple colors), and I love it so much that I bought it in Navy and Light Pink. This picture doesn’t do it justice – the colors POP and look so nice together! I bought my first one of this style leotard at the beginning of sophomore year of college, and it still works as well and looks brand new today which is over two years later!

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Next, I wanted to try the new Theatricals tights. First of all, I’ve LOVED Theatricals tights since I discovered them freshman year of college. They had this INCREDIBLE elastic waistband that did not dig into your sides and were super flattering to wear. Unfortunately, Theatricals is no longer making them that way, and instead have released a new version of their convertible tights that I wanted to try. They rid of the elastic waistband, and replaced it with a knit waistband similar to Body Wrappers tights.

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Unfortunately, I tried these tights with the new waistband on and I do NOT like them. They are super soft like the old style, but the waist band digs into my sides and is not flattering to wear over or under my leotard. I bought a pink and a black pair thinking I’d like them, and unfortunately I do not see myself wearing them often.

If you are looking for a new leotard to purchase, I highly suggest Natalie dancewear. They are incredible and super cute/stylish for class and rehearsal. As for the Theatricals new tights, I’d say pass if you loved the old style like I did!

xoxo

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