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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Korean Skincare: Momomango

Hello THAR. Today I am posting about some Korean skincare products that I have tried. A couple of years ago, I came across the website momomango.com. I have ordered from the website several times and have always had a good experience.  They package all of your stuff with a personal note in the box and include candies and samples which are nice little details. 


One of the things I had been wanting to try was BB cream. I have been looking for YEARS for a tinted moisturizer with SPF or something that I can just throw on for the rare days that I don't wear full makeup.


The first one I tried was Skinfood's Good Afternoon Peach Green Tea. It has a nice scent to it which I thought might irritate my skin but it was fine. In fact, it felt very nice on my face, had a great texture, and made my skin seem nicer after I removed it. It even played well with my oily skin. The most glaring problem with it was the tone; it was just not right for my skin colour, it is much too pink. I used it as a facial sunscreen for doing yardwork as it does not clog my pores like a lot of sunscreens do. I would purchase this again if it came in a tone that would work with my skin.


I also tried some Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No 21. I did not like it at all. It was too thick and almost goopy in texture and did not seem to work with my oily skin. It also was the wrong colour, which seems to be my issue with BB creams; it made my skin look very grey. It also smelled bad so I got rid of it. I also tried out some mini BB creams from Skin79. All of them had irridescent/shimmery ingredients in them so I use them routinely as cream highlighters for my more involved makeup looks (they work very well for this purpose!)


I also tried a few more products from Skin Food. I really liked the Tomato Jelly Lip Tint. It resides in my drawer at work because it is sheer and helps me out when I have dry as hell lips in the winter at work.  I also tried the Fermented Pomegranate Whitening Sleeping Mask. I cannot comment on the whitening aspect as I was not using it for that purpose but it makes a lovely overnight cream for when it is super dry out in the winter. My favourite product that I tried was the Black Sugar cleansing oil. I always thought that a cleansing oil would be bad for someone with mostly oily but sometimes peely-dry skin; however, I find that it removes my makeup really well and does not leave any oily residue. LOVE IT. I would definitely highly recommend trying skincare stuff from Skin Food. The quality you get for the price is AWESOME!

What are your favourite Korean skincare products? Can you recommend a good BB cream or tinted moisturizer with SPF?

*DISCLAIMER: All products purchased by me, all opinions are my own. I linked to the momomango website as I had a good experience with them, not because this is a sponsored review*

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pink Latex

Since it is the weekend, I shall post a clubbing look! It is from awhile back.....I was off this weekend but was feeling slightly under the weather so I did not go out anywhere. I did get some yard work done though!  For this look, I went with the monochromatic approach and matched my eye and lip makeup to my raspberry pink dress. The only time I can get away with pink-toned eyeshadows is when I am doing something more extreme for clubbing as it does not really complement my eye colour. I always love how neat pink eyeshadow looks on people with blue eyes!

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: MAC Mineralize Blush in Sakura.
LIPS: MAC Dare to Wear Lipglass in Ban This!
EYES: Base: UDPP, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and NYX JEP in Black Bean.
Shadows: MAC Pigment in Pink Opal and Brash and Bold, Sugarpill Dollipop.
Liners: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, UD Perversion, Lise Watier Eye Glitter Liner in Black Orchid.
Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex.
False Lashes: Sugarpill Dewdrop Kisses.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYE


THE LOOK


THE OUTFIT


Feather hair piece: Made by me
Synthetic Dreads: Made by me
Dress: Polymorphe
Necklace: From the craft store
Sleeves: Nimues Latex
Tights: Ebay
Corset: Ooh La Latex
Garter: Artwithlatex
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

How was your weekend? I am off to watch Formula 1 and Game of Thrones before I go to bed!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tokyomilk Dark

Tokyomilk Dark is a brand that I have come to love. The packaging is beautiful and everything is of high quality. I have acquired a couple of sample packs from Sephora as well as some of the lip elixers and a rollerball perfume. 

Can anyone tell me what "provocative spices" are?
Their Tainted Love scent has notes of dark vanilla bean, sensuous sandalwood, white tea, citrus, tonka bean, provocative spices, and sweet orchid*.  When I wear it, the vanilla bean and tea notes come through the strongest. Since I am not much of a perfume reviewer and suck at describing scents, I am going to keep it simple: IT SMELLS REAL GOOD.


The Everything and Nothing scent has notes of rose, mandarin, tangerine, white jasmine, peony, muguet, amber, and white musk*. In summary, IT SMELLS PRETTY NICE!!



I always enjoy when a perfume comes with a shower gel and/or a body cream. I use these things for daytime outings and reserve heavy perfume application for evenings out.


Can I say I LOVE the lip products? The Get Lucky Lip Tint that came in the little perfume sample tin is SO nice. It is kind of a brownish-neutral colour that I thought I would hate until I saw it on. It is a lovely MLBB type of thing that wears weightlessly and endlessly. It smells and tastes just like old school Trident cinnamon gum. I usually HATE flavoured lip products but I am lovin' them here!

I also am hopelessly hooked on the Lip Elixirs. Upon opening the little tins, I discovered to my initial horror that they are PETROLATUM BASED, just like gross old vaseline for your lips....NOOOO!!! I ended up being pleasantly surprised to find that they are not sticky or greasy, the wear is just lovely. They also smell and taste awesome; the ones I have are No 77 Cherry Bourbon, No 36 Salted Caramel, and my favourite No 18 Clove Cigarette. There is also an Absinthe one which I would like to get my hands on. I actually use these A LOT, they are a lifesaver for me as I get horribly dry lips in the winter and these work wonders! My only complaints are that the tins are hard to open and they are also rather unsanitary as you need to put your fingers or something in there to get product out. 


Do you like my whimsical perfume photo? It was taken by accident, I have no idea how it came out like this lol!!
I also have the rollerball (I LOVE ROLLERBALLS!!!) of  the Fate and Fortune Collection Destiny No 79.  It purportedly has notes of midnight jasmine, fresh-cut honeysuckle, rose, and davana*, whatever that is. I feel that IT SMELLS VERY FRESH.

Have you ever tried anything from Tokyomilk Dark? What do you think of their products?

*Perfume descriptions were taken from the Sephora website*

-All items purchased by me or were given to me as gifts. All opinions are my own-

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pastel Makeup

When I first tried out my Galaxy Chic palette, my eyes were initially drawn to the bright colours. After staring at the shiny shadows for awhile, I eventually decided to try out a pastel look for a change. Spring flowers were starting to appear everywhere so it just felt right. 

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: MAC Mineralize Blush in Sakura.
LIPS: BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Lipgloss.
EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: From the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette: Milky Way, Cosmic, Meteor, Comet, Moon, and Eclipse. 
Liners: Geisha Ink, UD Asphyxia.
Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYE


THE LOOK


On this particular day, I had some boring errands to run and wasn't in the mood for getting too dressed up. However, I HATE looking casual and I HATE wearing sweat pants/yoga pants, etc. in public when I am feeling lazy. I have found a solution to this problem, it is one that my mother has named "the sweat skirt." Simply find a long, flowing, comfortable, preferably elastic-waisted skirt (this sort of thing is in style right now!!) and pair it with a comfortable top other than a t-shirt and you look like you kind of tried but you are just as comfortable as you would be in sweat pants and a t-shirt. For some reason, I find that wearing a skirt tends to make one look dressed up regardless of how comfy it is. AW YEAH. For this look, I wore at tulip skirt from Target and a nice tunic with a keyhole cutout in the back and chiffon cowl by Plastik Wrap. Once again, the tunic is just as comfortable as a t-shirt, but the print and cowl and such give it a bit of style.

THE OUTFIT


Earrings: Le Chateau
Top: Plastik Wrap
Skirt: Target
Boots: Brown's Shoes

What is your go-to look when you are feeling casual?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette

My friend gave me the Galaxy Chic eyeshadow palette as one of my Xmas presents along with the Galaxy Chic lipgloss. The palette is full of frosty pastels to play with - perfect for spring! I have also been able to use this palette for work safe looks as well. Here are some swatches!

THE PALETTE


IT APPEARS THAT URANUS IS BROKEN
(sorry, I just wanted an excuse to not only write that sentence but say it out loud to myself)

A pretty neat looking palette if I do say so myself!
SWATCHES

From left to right: Eclipse, Sun, Jupiter, Prometheus, Aphrodite, Milky Way, Cosmic, Saturn, Venus, Meteor, Comet, Earth, Neptune, Mercury, Mars, Asteroid, Uranus, Moon.
From left to right: Eclipse, Sun, Jupiter, Prometheus, Aphrodite, Milky Way, Cosmic, Saturn, Venus.

From Left to right: Meteor, Comet, Earth, Neptune, Mercury, Mars, Asteroid, Uranus, Moon.
I think I will have a lot of fun with this palette!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NAIL STUFF

Hello there, today I thought I would post about some nail stuff that I have been using. Please ignore my dry hands and cuticles, I refuse to wear hand lotion because it feels gross!!! When my hands get really dry in the winter, I will put some cream on them under moisture gloves over night but I CANNOT STAND the feel of lotion on my hands during the day.

OPI EXCUSE MOI!


FINGER PAINTS GEL POLISH in ROCOCO ORANGE 


For this I used a gel polish with one of those little at home curing lights (I will talk about that in a post later). I also tried to use nail striping tape. I have no fine motor skills so it was HARD! 

CIATE VERY COLOURFOIL MANICURE


My friend gave me this kit as a birthday present and I LOVE IT. It is actually very easy to do (I suck at doing nails despite my best efforts!) and it looks really neat; it has a really neat "under glass" sort of look when you put a clear top coat over it. 

Base nail polishes are OPI Black Onyx and Sally Hansen Canary Diamond Chrome.
CIATE CAVIAR MANICURE


I REALLY love the textured effect of the caviar manicure. Unfortunately it does not last very long. Below is a picture of my nails a couple days later. I would recommend doing something like this for a special event because it looks so cool but not for everyday wear.

Blue nail polish is Revlon Chroma Chameleon Cobalt.
GEL NAILS


For my wedding last year, I got gel nails. I had them for about 3 months and had them done twice. My second manicure was a french manicure with white tips and a black tip on the ring finger. I really loved them, they never broke or chipped despite me not being careful AT ALL with them. I thought it would be hard to adjust to having them but I actually barely noticed them. You can also get clear ones done so that you can use different nail polishes like on your natural nails. They recommend that you get them filled in every 4 to 6 weeks as they grow out (I would say you could get away with 6 to 8 weeks depending on the person). There are a few bad things about them as well.  First of all, they are EXPENSIVE. It is not as bad to get them filled in, but if you want to change the colour and keep them up it gets rather pricey every 4 to 6 weeks. Also, I HATE going to the spa/getting my hair done/any sort of appointment for beauty-related things because it is SO TIME CONSUMING. Some people like the whole hair appointment/getting your nails done thing, but I just find it to be rather tedious. Also, it is true what they say about it ruining your natural nails. They file them RIGHT DOWN to get the gel to stick. It was pricey to get them removed so I did it myself and accidentally ripped chunks of a couple of my nails off in the process. It took me about 6 months to fully re-grow my nails again. My nails aren't that great to begin with so having thin, brittle nails for 6 months was less than ideal.

Have you ever had gel nails/acrylic nails/fake nails? What did you think of them?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Brain Lapse - I Cannot for the Life of Me Think of a Name for this Post

It is Saturday so it is time for a clubbing look! I am unfortunately stuck at work today BLARGH. For this look I used a lovely Catrice Liquid Metal eyeshadow sent to me by SparklingLuna. I wanted some teal in my makeup to go with the teal in my dress from Plastik Wrap. 

THE EQUIPMENT

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: Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder and NARS New Order.
LIPS: Inglot AMC Lip Gloss 541.
EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Aromaleigh Not So Silent Night, Sephora Starry Sky #07, Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow in 060 Petrol Pan, Sugarpill Lumi.
Liners: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Binge and Perversion.
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex.
False Lashes: Ardell Fashion Lashes in London.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES


THE LOOK


THE OUTFIT


Dreads: Made by me
Hair Flower: Made by my friend
Top: Le Chateau
Dress: Plastik Wrap
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

What are you up to this weekend?