A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Friday, October 10, 2014

Colourful Cabaret Goth

Sometimes, I fall into makeup ruts. I do not feel very creative sometimes so I end up doing the same things over and over again. For example, If I am going out, I end up defaulting to black/silver/gunmetal eye makeup, false lashes + dark lipstick. While this is great and always works with club outfits, it gets a little OLD sometimes and stifles my creativity in the makeup department. You don't get any better at makeup if you don't try new things! 

Anyway, a while ago, I got a new huge necklace from a local corset shop. 


It has beads on it that sort of have an "oil slick" kind of effect where they shine purple, gold or blue depending on how the light hits them. I thought I would try something a bit more colourful than usual with my makeup; I tried to use the colours of the beads and go for a bit of a duochrome effect. It was definitely not something that I would usually do but I ended up liking it and it felt different and fresh!

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15.
BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.
CHEEKS: Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, NARS The Multiple in Malibu.
LIPS: MAC Smoked Purple.
EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Sugarpill Asylum, Persephone Minerals Crucify and Kore, Spellbound By Jynx Athena, and Fyrinnae Steampunk.
Liners: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, MUFE Aqua liner 11 Diamond Burgundy, Silk Naturals Paranormal with Lise Watier Metamorfix, UD Perversion.
Mascara: Diorshow something or other.
False Lashes: Sonia Kashuk.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS

OMG shoddy work! Let's see some lip liner next time!!!! Damn you, close up photos!
THE EYES




THE LOOK


THE OUTFIT


Hair Flower: Random gift shop
Necklace and Shrug: Local corset store
Bra: Freya
Corset: Burlesk from Camden Market
Skirt: Lip Service
Stockings: Ebay
Leather Garter: Gift from friend
Shoes: United Nude

Do you ever get stuck in a makeup rut? What sort of looks do you default to when you aren't feeling creative?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trendsetting in Tokyo

WOOO-HOOO!! Fall weather is here! It is time for scarves and tights and nice clothes and jackets and boots.....well, not boots at the moment since I broke my damn toe, but still!! Here is the last summer look I will post. When shopping my stash, I found my Stila Travel Girl Trendsetting in Tokyo palette. I just LOVE the colours in this one because I wouldn't have thought to put them together myself and the bright colours are very summer-y! Also, I love pink but find it hard to make pink makeup look good on me; the pink in this palette seems to serve me well! For this fall, I am loving dark navy and cobalt blue so I might be cracking out this palette for some fall makeup as well.

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15.

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

LIPS + CHEEKS: Blush/Lip colour from Stila Trendsetting in Tokyo Palette.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: From Stila Trendsetting in Tokyo Palette.
Liners: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, UD Perversion, and Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in Wonderchild.
Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYES


THE LOOK


My full-face pictures didn't really turn out, my hair was going all weird because it was humid that day (this look was from the summer). I posted a picture anyway because I like how the blue eye shadow and liner look with my eye colour! I think the blue makes my brown eyes look a lot richer and deeper...or something.

What colours are you loving for fall?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Ode to High Heels

Two weeks ago, I broke my toe by tripping over a piece of furniture in my bedroom like an idiot. It looked pretty gross; it was sticking out to the side and everything! It was quite painful at the time and has been causing me some issues with walking and at my job at which I stand all day. The biggest issue, however, is that I CANNOT WEAR ANYTHING EXCEPT RUNNING SHOES RIGHT NOW. Which means NO HIGH HEELS. I was told that I could not wear high heels for 4 to 6 weeks and my toe hurts so much that the only shoe I can get my foot into and walk around semi-comfortably in is a pair of old gym runners. 

I look pretty silly going to work in my professional clothing (dresses and skirts) and wearing runners on my feet. At first I figured it wasn't that big of a deal because you do what you have to sometimes and appearance isn't EVERYTHING but now it is REALLY starting to get me down!

High heels make me feel GREAT. I stand straighter and taller, I have confidence, and I feel like I am put together. I enjoy clothing, makeup and fashion and I feel 100% better when I get up in the morning, shower, do my hair, do my makeup and put on a nice dress, jacket, and pair of high-heeled boots. When I feel put together, my mood is better and I feel like I can take on the day! My clothing and makeup style are also a form of self-expression and creativity for me. It was irritating enough when I had to tone down my style for the dress code in my line of work, and it is really driving me nuts to not be able to wear the shoes that I like. Also, I don't care if other people see me wearing runners with a dress and think I look ridiculous. At this point in my life, I dress in a way that makes ME feel good about myself, and I DO NOT feel very good about myself walking around wearing shoes that I would usually wear to exercise or dig up crap in the yard. 

It is finally boot weather where I live and I have a lovely new pair of boots for work sitting in the closet along with a gorgeous new pair of leather and suede ankle boots for fall outfit-making.  I also have a new pair of black and iridescent green 6 inch heels for clubbing purposes. I cannot wear them. OH, THE SORROW!!! *SOBS while scrolling through the Solestruck website*

Anyway, here is a beautiful pair of high heels that my friend gave me. She bought a pair of black heels and artfully added spikes, studs, and chains to the back. I wear them with my alternative wardrobe as well as with my more mainstream clothing to spice things up a bit. (I can't get my foot into them now, *sob*)

BEAUTIFUL SPIKY HEELS


I wore the following outfit to dinner with a group of friends at a nice French restaurant. I like this dress because it is super comfortable and light-weight for when it is HOT in the summer. Thankfully, the cooler weather has blown in and it is time for FALL clothes!


Dress: Le Chateau
Necklace: Bunny Paige (Learned of this company on Phyrra)
Shoes: Embellished by my friend

Necklace

*Also, just to clarify, I know I am being over-dramatic and that this is a silly first world problem.*

Do you have an element of your style that you would have a hard time living without?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Worksafe Monday: Clinique

Happy Monday!!! 

When I go to work, I always coat myself with as much makeup as I possibly can without risking being fired as it helps me get through the day. However, I am often negligent about wearing lip products; many lip products are unforgiving and require touch-ups and some days I barely have 2 seconds to run to the bathroom so this doesn't really work for me. However, I have found a shining, lovely, wonderful Holy Grail worksafe lip product. May I present to you:

CLINIQUE ALMOST LIPSTICK IN BLACK HONEY

Sorry for the anti-climactic crappy quality photo!!
It is just super! It won't get me fired!! It is sheer and doesn't bleed! It fades naturally and even stains a bit to keep my lips visible when I am super washed out at 6:30 am!!! It has BLACK in the name!!!! ***angels sing***

AHEM. Anyway,I have a double-ended version of the product that has both the lipstick and the gloss. I love how the lipstick, while being very sheer and natural looking on, looks BLACK in the tube! It makes me feel like I am super cool instead of a boring employed responsible adult.

OOOOOH BLACK!!!
Apparently, this is one of Clinique's best-selling products and I can see why. I think this would look great on a wide variety of people and it is just one of those things that perks up your look if you be lookin' like s**t ran over twice (we all have those days!)

Since I was shopping at the Clinique counter, I thought I would try out some of their Chubby Sticks. The only reason I wanted to try them is because of their egregious names. (I initially read about them in this blog post. I enjoyed the polite reference to "chili that has already been consumed.") I picked the following two because I thought they had the most terrible names. May I present to you:

CHUNKIEST CHILI AND HEFTIEST HIBISCUS


Now I know this has been said before but WTF is with these names???? (Some other real winners are Two Ton Tomato, Woppin Watermelon, Oversized Orange, Pudgy Peony, Portly Plum, Fuller Fudge, Oversized Orchid.....GOOD LORD!!!) 

When I put on makeup, I want to feel AWESOME. I know the name has nothing to do with how a product makes one look, but being that I am a makeup addict, the packaging and nomenclature of products is a big deal to me. That's why I like wearing lipsticks such as MAC Lady Danger, Strong Woman, and Rebel....these names make one feel confident and mysterious and bad-ass (even when you are super boring and watch Judge Judy for fun like me.) When I wear my Clinique Chubby sticks, am I supposed to feel like an oversized, portly, hefty, chunky ol' bowl o' chili!?!? GAH!!! NO!!! NOT that there's anything wrong with being a less than petite woman, as I am not exactly svelte myself, but the word choice here is less than flattering.

OLD PICTURE: WEARING HEFTIEST HIBISCUS


Crappy names aside, Heftiest Hibiscus is a nice, bright shade to spice up my work makeup. I find it is quite long-wearing as well. Chunkiest Chili has a softer formula and bleeds and slips around a lot more so it isn't my favourite for work.

Have you tried these? What do you think of the names?

PLEASE NOTE THAT I BOUGHT ALL OF THIS STUFF LAST YEAR. AT THIS TIME, I HAVE NOT BOUGHT MAKEUP FOR 8 MONTHS!!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blue and Gold

Hello there! Here is a look I did to go out dancing when it was really hot out this summer. I wore one of my dresses from Pinup Girl Clothing. I did blue and gold eye makeup which is not something I usually wear but I ended up liking it. I put black hair extensions in as well as some blue and turquoise accents just for fun. 

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15.
BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.
CHEEKS: Tarte Park Avenue Princess.
LIPS: Avon Everlasting Lip Gloss in Always Apple.
EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Inglot Matte 353, Sugarpill Hellatronic, Afterparty, and Velocity, Aromaleigh Regifted foiled with Lise Watier Metamorfix.
Liners:Geisha Ink and UD Perversion.
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex.
False Lashes: Some random ones I found in my drawer.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES


THE OUTFIT


Hair extensions: I Kick Shins
Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing (Garden Party Dress by Dixiefried)
Belt + Bracelet: Random accessory store
Shoes: Aldo

I really love this dress because I love anything that's black with a brightly coloured print. It is super comfortable and I love how the straps cross in the front. It's also a light enough material that you can wear it in the heat of summer. Please ignore the fact that I cannot pose whatsoever and have a weird look on my face and the dress is kind of bunched up as I did not fix it before taking my outfit picture; it is a great dress, I swear!

So are you ready for cooler weather and fall trends or are you going to miss the heat?


Thursday, August 28, 2014

My First Pop Music Concert: BSB

A few months ago, a friend from work asked me if I would like to attend the Backstreet Boys concert with her. "ABSOLUTELY NOT," said I. Then, like an hour later, I got a text from my sister saying she is coming to the city where I live to go to the Backstreet Boys concert and would I like to come with her. I begrudgingly consented to do so after I thought about it for awhile. I realized that I had NEVER attended a pop music concert in my entire life before! As the people who are way younger than me say these days: YOLO. I figure I might as well fill my life with various types of experiences. I brought along my camera to document this strange event. 

THE EQUIPMENT


For my makeup I decided to go with a pink theme. I used MAC Superglass in Fab Frenzy, Evil Shades Eyeshadows in Danger Sox and Zombie, UD 24/7 Liner in Woodstock, Lise Watier Eye Glitter Liner in Black Orchid, and Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder.

ME AND MY SISTER


I had NO IDEA what in the world to wear to this sort of thing. I went with a one-sleeved shirt that I hadn't worn for a long time and a faux leather skirt from H&M that I found in the depths of my closet. My sister's shirt is Material Girl, I believe.

THE CONCERT


 I took various pictures of their dance moves because grown men in matching suits doing silly choreography looks hilarious. I am told by other people who have expertise/previous experience in the area of BSB concerts that their moves and singing voices are not as tight as they used to be.


Jam on 'cause Backstreet's got it

Out of all of the members of BSB, I had to say that Kevin looked the best, danced the best, and had the best singing voice; he is also the oldest member of the band. Well played, Kevin. Well played.

Just look at Kevin go. He even plays the keyboard. Great job!
I enjoyed the fact that they did not take themselves too seriously. They made jokes about how the crowd was old and we should have fun like we are teenagers again and stuff. 


Lighting up the place with cellphones. BACK IN MY DAY, WE USED LIGHTERS AT CONCERTS ***shakes cane***


Some fans got to go on stage with them. None were teenage girls.


Just look at those moves......


Full disclosure: I actually knew ALL the words to 90% of their songs. Sad how your brain retains crap that you haven't listened to since you were 10 years old but when I need to remember something important at work my mind goes blank. I actually had a pretty fun time with my sister and my friend from work, it's nice to do something that is completely not your thing every now and then!

When I was a 10 year old BSB fangirl my favourite was BRIAN. If you used to be (or still are) a BSB fangirl who was YOUR favourite?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Fashions!

Summer will soon be over and it will be time for fall fashions and makeup.....my favourite! It is still really hot and humid here so I've been trying to find ways to dress nicely while staying relatively cool. I like to add some bright colours to my blacks in summer if I can; one of my favourite colours to wear in the summer is orange! Speaking of orange, I got MAC's Lady Danger lipstick last summer and forgot about it......good thing I'm on a year long no-buy! I found this orange-red beauty in my stash and now I see why all the bloggers rave about it....it is AWESOME! Try it on, you'll feel amazing!

SUMMER OUTFITS


Sunglasses: Le Chateau
Lipstick: MAC Lady Danger
Peplum Top and Bag: Zara
Skirt: Buffalo
Watch: Nixon
Shoes: Clarks

I don't usually like strappy, sandal-like shoes but sometimes it's so hot out they are kind of  necessary! I found some black and orange ones on sale at Spring that I couldn't resist. I like to wear them with my long tulip skirt (it kind of has two flaps that come together in the front like a tulip but it is long in the back, you can't really see it with me standing sideways in the picture.) I wanted a pair of orange earrings to go with them and I found some neat vintage ones on Etsy. I wanted them to have black on them as well, so I added a couple of black spikes. Spikes make everything better!


Earrings: MrsFinder on Etsy with added black spikes
Top: Guess
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Spring

I like wearing my orange accessories and shoes with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in Androgyne. It is a lot more wearable than it looks!


What colours do you like to wear in the summer?