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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Bronzer and Benefit Rockateur

Hello! I am going through things that I have bought prior to the start of my NO BUY and posting swatches to remind myself that I have lots of makeup. Here are a couple of nice things for the cheeks!

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Bronzer

WOW, that is a long name for a product! Let's face it, I bought this because the packaging features fishnets and a high-heeled shoe and the powder looks like a little corset. It's one of those things that you leave out on your makeup table because it's pretty. The compact has a mirror on the back and comes with a little brush which actually works quite well.


This comes in two shades: bronzer and light bronzer. I picked the light bronzer. I use it as a neutral blush. If you don't like shimmery blushes or bronzer, you won't like this. It applies rather shiny. The powder has a fairly strong vanilla scent to it; if you are sensitive to scented products I would avoid this. 


This product definitely makes some interesting claims. It is supposed to be like "lingerie for your face". (WTF?) Also, it is infused with cocoa extract, which is supposedly "the love chemical" and horny goatweed which is supposedly an "ancient aphrodisiac". Please tell me I am not the only one who finds it hilarious that there is an "ancient aphrodisiac" called HORNY goatweed. I did not experience any aphrodisiac effects while wearing this powder.


Ridiculous ingredients and overpowering scent aside, this is a very nicely packaged bronzer and I have quite enjoyed using it.

Benefit Rockateur Famously Provocative Cheek Powder


Once again, I may or may not have bought this because it looks pretty and has lace and little studs on the box. I do not care for most of Benefit's products but I do love the little boxes of powder. They come with a nice little brush and have a mirror inside.


This one has a cool imprint to the powder. I may or may not have used it prior to photographing it. (Fail!) Once again, this blush/bronzer is shimmery and it is quite heavily scented. Why do they add scent to face powders? Scent can be very irritating for some people (though neither of these powders bothered my skin).


Ummmm, so yeah, it appears that I didn't actually SWATCH either of these. That's really helpful! I have been using both a fair bit lately, you will see what they look like in upcoming looks. 

What are your favourite neutral blushes or bronzers?

All products purchased by me and before my NO BUY.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Worksafe Monday: Purple and Lavender for Spring

It is FINALLY starting to look more like spring outside! Purple is my favourite makeup colour for spring as I find that it looks nice with my eye colour. Lately I have been digging through my stash for some nice spring-y colours to make non-neutral worksafe looks. I found some lovely Silk Naturals shadows, a MAC eyeliner that I had forgotten about, and my old Dior palette.

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 Blush in Azalea Blossom.

LIPS: Gosh Lipgloss in 0022.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. 
Shadows: Silk Naturals Eerie and Wired, purple and lavender shadows from the Dior Night Butterfly palette.
Eyeliners: MAC Pearlglide liner in Rave, UD Ransom.
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYES


THE LIPS


THE LOOK


What makeup colours have you been wearing to work lately?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Art Gallery Party

Usually, when I go out, I attend either a goth/industrial dance night, and alternative/indie dance night, or an 80's dance night. Recently, something new was brought to my attention: parties at the art gallery. The gallery in my city holds events where you go to the gallery, look at art, do art-related activities, drink, and dance. They have  DJ's that play various types of music and local musical artists. Apparently, they are trying to entice a younger crowd to appreciate art. These parties are themed; the one I went to was called "Cloud Nine" and you were supposed to incorporate pastels, clouds, the ethereal, and metallics into your outfit. When I heard the theme, I thought, "F**k." None of those words really pertain to anything in my mainstream or alternative wardrobes. However, I went into the abyss of my closet and found a galaxy-print dress my mother had got me for my birthday previously. It has lovely nebula clouds on it. To incorporate metallics, I wore shoes with a metallic tube on them, some flashy earrings that were a present from my friend, and false 
lashes with little silver bits on them. For pastels, I shopped my stash and found an old sparkly pastel pink gloss and pastel pink blush. For eyeshadow I used the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry palette as these shades are metallic and ALMOST a bit pastel if one uses them lightly.

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: Benefit Thrrob face powder.

LIPS: Gosh Lipgloss in 0022.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Sugarpill Cold Chemistry: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, and Elemental Chaos. Foxy from UD Naked2.
Liners: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, UD Perversion, Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Liner in Violet Venus, and Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil in Piaf.
Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.
False Lashes: Sephora Paparazzi.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES



THE LOOK


HOW DID MY HAIR GET SO LONG, you ask? I have a full set of human hair extensions. I actually think they look very natural. I was worried that they might look a bit sketchy, however I was quite pleasantly surprised by the effect. I can't wait until my own hair is this long!

THE OUTFIT


Hair Extensions: I Kick Shins.
Earrings: Gift.
Dress: Le Chateau
Tights: H&M.


Shoes: Gold Dot.

I had a great time at the party, the gallery is a gorgeous venue. Looking at the art exhibits was a great novelty for me as I am not into art and that sort of thing so I quite enjoyed myself.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NO BUY......and a Comparison of MAC Dark Lipsticks

Recently I have decided that my makeup habit is becoming a bit.....ridiculous. I am completely in love with, obsessed with, and addicted to MAKEUP. I know I am not the only one; I am sure many of my fellow makeup and beauty bloggers feel the same way. However, I have decided that there is something to be said for appreciating and enjoying what I have, rather than always sniffing out the latest thing in cosmetics. I decided to go on a no-buy for 2014......and then I failed miserably and bought whole bunch of stuff in January. FAIL. I decided to start fresh at the beginning of February.

My goal is to make it ONE WHOLE YEAR without buying new makeup. 

I will be allowed to replace ONLY the following items that I use daily: primer, foundation, powder, eye primer and base, and eyebrow pencil. I AM NOT ALLOWED to try new types of any of these things, just replace them with what I already had. I actually use up all of these things at least 5 times per year. I am also NOT ALLOWED to buy new mascara until I have used up all that I have; I have various travel size/sample size tubes in my stash as well as a few full-sized ones.

At this time, I have not bought ANY makeup for 2 months. It is sad, I am actually having a hard time with this! I have found that the best cure for makeup temptation is to shop one's stash. I have built up a lovely stash of makeup over the years and I am always pleasantly surprised to find something I haven't used in a long time whenever I root around in it. Something old can become new once more!

One of my biggest makeup temptations is DARK LIPSTICK. I am VERY ATTRACTED TO IT. I especially love MAC lipsticks. Here are some swatches to remind me that I DO NOT NEED another dark lipstick. 

MAC DARK LIPSTICK COLLECTION


From left to right: (the colour descriptions are how I see them, not official ones)
Hautecore: Black (Matte)
Firm Form: Blackish brown with a hint of plum and gold sparkles (Matte)
Black Knight: Black (Satin)
Potent Fig: Blue-toned purple (Mattene)
Instigator: Red-toned purple (Matte)
Smoked Purple: Red-toned purple that leans a bit brown-ish (Matte)
Cyber: Blackened red-toned purple (Satin)
Faultlessly FW: Blackened blue-toned purple (Amplified Creme)
Hipster: Frosty burgundy (Frost)
Prince Noir: Blackened burgundy (Matte)
Night Violet: Red toned purple leaning towards fuschia (Mattene)
Studded Kiss: (Matte)
Dubonnet: Dark red with brown tones (Amplified Creme)
Media: Dark reddish purpleish burgundy (Satin)
Rocker: Sparkly dark fuschia (Matte?)


CLOSE UP

From L to R: Hautecore, Firm Form, Black Knight, Potent Fig, Instigator, Smoked Purple, Cyber.
From L to R: Cyber, Faultlessly FW, Hipster, Prince Noir, Night Violet, Studded Kiss, Dubonnet, Media, Rocker.

Frighteningly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have a bunch of other dark lipsticks in various other brands as well. I have a problem.

What are your favourite dark lipsticks or favourite MAC lipsticks?

P.S. If you see any swatches on my blog after this post, they were all items that were purchased prior to February 1st/2014.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nails

Hello, here are some nail polishes that I have been trying out. I will now say my usual disclaimer about nail posts: this is not a nail blog/my nails suck/some pictures have chipped nail polish or visible cuticles/sorry for that/blah blah. These pictures are just to show the different colours and make comments about the formula of certain brands. 

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

I have always been a fan of these. They are great for wearing on special occasions and superb if you have no fine motor skills and are thus unable to do nail art freehand (like me!) The fact that they are made out of real nail polish is CRUCIAL; they are stretchy and have some "give" to them, thus it is easy to make them fit the shape of your nail and to file the edges off smoothly. I tried a similar product by Maybelline Colour Show (because they were cheaper) and they were terrible! However, they are nail STICKERS and not made of real nail polish. Therefore, they crinkle and do not stick well and it is VERY difficult to get them to match the shape of your nail. I had to remove the set that I tried as they looked terrible. However, I am bad at nail-related things, if you are good at it you could probably make them work.

Full Plume
Stud-io Time
Spun For You
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat

These come in a variety of colours and are supposed to make the nail look "fuzzy". They do not have a texture to them, they just have matte "glitter" particles in them.

Essie Camera and Sally Hansen Peach Fuzz
Hard Candy Black Tie Optional

LOVE this nail polish! You can do so many neat things with it! It looks awesome over any colour.

Black Tie Optional over China Glaze Celtic Sun
Black Tie Optional and L'Oreal New Money

Black Tie Optional over Bourjois So Laque! Bleu Violet and Maybelline Colour Show in Fuschia Fever.

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Lacquer

These nail polishes kind of suck. They are inexpensive and come in some awesome colours, but the formula is terrible. They are very thin and need many coats to become opaque and they chip very easily. The exception to this are some of the glitter topcoats that they make, they are not bad.

Maybellin Colour Show Lacquer in Green with Envy,  Nicole By OPI Black Texture, and China Glaze Crinkled Chrome.

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colour

These work just as well as the more expensive brands, in my opinion.

Red-y Response
Nails, Inc. Neons and Nudes

I bought this set on sale at Sephora. I never buy any of those cute little Nails, Inc. kits unless they are on sale as they are rather pricey otherwise. Also, they have nice nail polish but it isn't THAT great so as to justify the price, in my opinion. 

Porchester Square and Westbourne Grove
Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy

These double sided polish sets looked intriguing to me. I love the colour of the grey polish but the formula is just meh. The topcoat actually has a neat broken glass kind of effect. You have to apply more than one coat for it to look even however. You also have to kind of "place" the glitter particles with your brush to get an even look.

Supernova
WATER MARBLING

Quite some time ago, I was watching water marbling nail art tutorials on YouTube and decided to try it for myself. It is harder than it looks! I cannot make a specific design in the nail polish in the water like the people in the videos (thus I only made random designs). Also, when I tried using more than two colours it did not work. Thirdly, many types of nail polish do not work for this sort of thing (they don't float on the water properly) so there is a lot of trial and error involved.

OPI Alpine Snow and Black Onyx

OPI All the Berry Best! and Black Onyx

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Lightening and OPI Black Onyx.

I shall be doing more nail posts soon as I have a few new things to try out!

What have you been doing with your nails lately? Ever tried water marbling? Let me know if you have any tips!

Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid

 ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! PANTONE HAS SPOKEN!!! THE COLOUR OF THE YEAR IS OFFICIALLY "RADIANT ORCHID"!!!! 

Ummmm....is it just me or who in the f**k is this entity called "Pantone"? Why do they get to tell us which colour is trendy? I don't really get it. However, I am not above pretending that I am VERY on trend. This makeup look and clubbing outfit is PERHAPS from April 2013 (as we all know that I never get around to posting anything that I take pictures of) but let us pretend, if only for a moment, that I am very "with it" and "hip" and that I just did this recently in the spirit of bowing down to the colour and trend gods. If orchid tones are trendy, then I am fine with it as they are flattering on me and complement my eye colour. BUT WHAT IS ONE TO DO IF THIS COLOUR DOES NOT LOOK GOOD ON THEM??? THE HORROR. 

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: Benefit Throb Face Powder, My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush in THC.

LIPS: MAC Lipstick in Strong Woman.

EYES: Base: UDPP, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Inner Madness, Evil Shades Nightshade, Sugarpill Chromalust in Hysteric, Fyrinnae Cuddlefish, Bourjois 04 and 12, and Lise Watier Midnight Pearls eyeshadow in Orchid.
Liners: Lime Crime Uniliner in Orchidaceous, Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Eyeliners in Violet Venus, MAC Chromaline in Rich Purple,Geisha Ink, UD Perversion.
False Lashes: Sephora Mink.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES


THE LOOK

Do ignore my awkward hair length; I have been growing out my old short haircut for quite some time now. I either like my hair freshly cut in a short style or really long so the in-between period rather sucks. It is a fair bit longer now. Also, I had some of those fusion i-tip extensions in. They look pretty cool and last for quite awhile.


 THE OUTFIT


Dress: Westward Bound
Belt + Bracelet: Le Chateau
Tights: Ebay
Shoes: Hades Predator (%$*# they are uncomfortable!) 


What do you think of this "colour of the year" business? Can someone explain this "Pantone" thing to me? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

MAC Punk Couture

Hello! At the start of this year, I decided I have too much makeup. I was going to stop buying makeup starting January 1st but I slipped big time when I saw the MAC Punk Couture collection. Dark lipsticks and neon pigments......I couldn't resist! (in my defense, I already had Neo Orange). Anyway, here are some swatches and my thoughts on the collection!

THE GOODS



From left to right: Cremesheen Glasses: Jet Boy, No Apologies, Dark Outsider. Pigments: Neo Orange, True Chartreuse. Lipsticks: Instigator, Hautecore, Studded Kiss.

THE SWATCHES


Above: Indoor light. Below: Natural Light.


From left to right: Neo Orange, True Chartreuse, Instigator, Studded Kiss, Hautecore, Jet Boy, Dark Outsider, No Apologies.

THE LIPSTICKS

The lipsticks are of the Matte formulation. They are smooth and velvet-y with minimal shine. I was unable to get my hands on Punk Couture lipstick as it sold out quite quickly; also, I am told it is VERY similar to Potent Fig (a Mattene) which I already have. By looking at pictures on various blogs, I would say that Potent Fig is shinier and more blue-toned but VERY similar. I am a bit disappointed with the colour of Instigator as it looks very similar to other colours which I already have (NARS Train Bleu, MAC Smoked Purple, Night Violet, and Cyber). Studded Kiss is really nice, it is blood-red sort of shade. It looks rather brown-toned in indoor light but in natural light it is more wine/berry-ish. I will get a lot of use out of this one! Finally, there is Hautecore, which I got to add to my black lipstick collection. I like it a lot better than Black Knight (Cremesheen from Style Black) as a matte black is a lot more forgiving than a sheer, creamy formulation.


Instigator, Studded Kiss, and Hautecore. Above: Indoor light. Below: Natural light.


THE LIPGLASSES

If you are like me and you freaked out with joy when Style Black came out back in 2009, you will notice the similarities to these three Cremesheen glasses with the Glimmerglasses from Style Black. In my opinion, they are the exact same colours in a slightly different formulation. Jet Boy is a greenish-gold colour with a creamy grey base, Dark Outsidser is just the creamy grey base, and No Apologies has pink/purple sparkles in the grey base. If you have the ones from Style Black, there would be no point in getting these. I have Blackfire from Style black and it looks almost the same as No Apologies; Blackfire has more sparkles and a darker base colour but they look quite similar on the lips (see photo below). At first, I was somewhat disappointed in these as I thought they would be more in your face. However, their wearability is somewhat of a blessing since I am stuck in "work makeup" most of the time. These give lips a nice grey tone with a bit of sparkle which is something a bit different for work but not so much that one cannot get away with it. They also look super fabulous over lipstick.


Jet Boy, Dark Outsider, and No Apologies.

NO APOLOGIES (TOP) VS. BLACKFIRE (BOTTOM)


THE PIGMENTS

I already had Neo-Orange but picked up True Chartreuse as I had been looking for a colour like this. These are smooth and packed with colour; however, they are rather hard to use. Their adherence is poor and I find I get a "balding" effect when I blend them. Blargh. 


True Chartreuse, Neo Orange.

Did any of you try anything from this colletion? What do you think of MAC pigments? Does anyone else remember Style Black?