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

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?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Worksafe Monday

I haven't posted a work safe makeup look in quite awhile! I have not been doing anything very interesting with my work makeup lately; however, my months of not buying new makeup has got me digging through my stash. I am re-discovering lots of nice things!  Recently I pulled out some shadows from Silk Naturals that have lip-gloss like packaging.  I used them to make a wearable work look that had a bit of colour in it. Often I just end up using taupe, grey, brown, or colours similar to my skin tone for work because I find it hard to use colours for neutral makeup. I think I succeeded in making a work-safe look with a bit of lavender and pale yellowish gold. 

THE EQUIPMENT

Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in Piaf, Tokyomilk Dark Get Lucky Lip Tint, Silk Naturals Angelic, Dainty, and Deviant.
THE COLOURS



I ended up using the lavender colour (Dainty) on my lid, blending out the dark taupe (Deviant) into the crease, and using the pale yellow (Angelic) in the corner of my eye. I used Piaf eyeliner on my lower lashline but left my waterline alone. I used a Tokyomilk Dark lip tint for my lip colour as it is an MLBB sort of shade. It was nice to wear makeup with a bit of colour and shimmer to work for once.

THE EYES

THE LIPS



When you get bored of your everyday makeup, how do you spice things up?


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Green Makeup and Gardening

Summer will soon be over, and while fall is my favourite season of the year, I am always sad at the end of summer because gardening season is over. I find that working in the garden is very relaxing and I like to work on projects that add colourful flowers and foliage to my yard. I currently have a full sun perennial garden, a shade perennial garden and I also plant several containers. Container garden design is one of my favourite hobbies (I'm going to be the best old lady ever, lol!) This year, I planted several shrubs, some Virginia creepers, and various perennial plants. I also grew some fresh herbs in my kitchen. Next year, I will add a few more shrubs, work on improving my shade garden, and I hope to add a prickly pear cactus to my full sun perennial bed. I will also hopefully be adding a vegetable garden to my back yard which will I am super excited about!

Anyway, here are some fun green makeup products and a few pictures of some of my plants!

GREEN MAKEUP


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Freak, MAC Lipglass in Spring Bean, Sugarpill Chromalust in Absinthe, and Aromaleigh Cricket.

GREEN SUMMER EYE LOOK


GRATUITOUS PLANT PHOTOS

Succulents and Cacti

Cobweb Hens and Chicks
Oriental Lilies and Bee Balm/Bergamot
Angelica Sedum and "Black" Calla Lilies
Coleus, Sweet Potato Vine, Irish Moss, and Ornamental Millet

Oxalis, Coleus, and Canna Lilies
Any other gardeners out there? What are you growing this year?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Makeup and Outfit

WOW it has been hot outside lately!!! It has been said before but I will say it again: it's hard to dress in an alternative fashion in the summer!! I may not have posted about this much before, but I do really enjoy the retro/pinup sort of style. I also really love to wear dresses; I find that retro style dresses are perfect for looking something resembling put together in the heat.

 I wore this outfit to an outdoor festival where you taste food from a bunch of different restaurants. I kept my makeup simple with plain neutral eyeshadows from Inglot with some demi false lashes just to keep things interesting. I also wore a bit of Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess as my shoulders and arms are rather tan as I have not been vigilant about wearing sunscreen this year (BAD!) I wore my new MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint which was perfect for eating as it stays on pretty well and is sheer enough that it doesn't look messed up after you eat.

THE LIPS


THE EYES


THE LOOK


To do my hair, I set it in hot rollers and then put it in a loose ponytail. Used a twisty hair scarf from American Apparel as an accessory.

THE OUTFIT


Hair scarf: American Apparel
Dress: Pinup Couture Daisy Dress
Bolero: Pinup Couture
Shoes: Clarkes (My work shoes, not very stylin' but good for walking around)

The dress I wore is super comfortable is great for hot weather! Since I was at the event until the sun went down, I brought along a bolero for when it cooled off. It is small enough that I can fold it up and bring it along in my purse. I have been really enjoying dresses from Pinup Girl clothing lately, I have my eye on a few more dresses to possibly add to my collection.

Do you like vintage/retro style?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

MAC Nail Transformations and Moody Blooms

NO BUY UPDATE: I have officially gone 6 months without buying new makeup!!!!

Thankfully, my friend got me some makeup for my birthday so I have had a couple of fixes here and there! She got me some things from MAC Moody Blooms and Nail Transformations. First off, can I say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the promotional imagery for Moody Blooms!! I am a gardening and weird plant enthusiast so I am totally into these pictures (image taken from MAC website obviously).


I got the Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint in Blushing Berry. She made a good choice because it looks quite flattering on me if I do say so myself! It is a really nicely textured product; it's not runny but not too sticky either. It has a twist bottom and dispenses product onto a lip brush. The lip brush is nicely textured and smooth. Be careful not to twist it too much! I cranked the sucker (as you need to do on other products such as this) and wasted a bunch :( 


I enjoy this as it is buildable; I can wear a sheer coat for work or wear lots of it to go out. I find that it is also a great product to wear for going out to eat, it is quite forgiving and doesn't end up looking messed up afterwards.


I also got a Liquid Pigment Topcoat from Nail Transformations. This little beauty is Green Pearl, it is intended to be worn over other colours to make them look different, thus transforming one's nails.


I actually think it looks quite nice on its own as a sheer colour. I often wear sheer colours on my nails to work as I always chip my nails at work and sheer colours are a lot more forgiving.


It makes your nails look nice and shiny and when it catches the light it shines an almost metallic green with a bit of an orange shift.


I decided to try this over top of a matte neon green polish (China Glaze something or other, it doesn't say on the bottle). The matte texture really emphasizes how much I suck at evenly painting my nails so I thought this topcoat would disguise that somewhat. I liked how it gave a nice metallic finish, but then realized that in order to really transform my nails, I should not paint Green Pearl over GREEN. DUH.


I tried it as a topcoat over red (OPI All The Berry Best To You) and black (OPI Black Onyx) and it looks pretty cool! I especially like it over black.


Did you try anything from Moody Blooms or Nail Transformations? 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fun in Mexico!

Here are some pictures of my trip to Mexico (other than wedding pictures).

I am obsessed with plants and gardening so I had a great time looking at all of the tropical plants and flowers!! It was beautiful.


The beach was beautiful as well. I got to swim in the ocean for the first time in my life, and it was awesome!


My friend and I drank some dirty martinis (shaken, not stirred!) James Bond, we are not.....they were super gross!


There were a lot of iguanas everywhere. We decided we would bask in the sun with them. They were not particularly impressed.


My friend had a sweet underwater camera so she got cool pictures of the stuff we saw when we were snorkeling! This is a picture of her underwater, if I ever say that my friend made something for my outfit pictures, this is the lady!


My brother and I tried scuba diving......in the pool. Apparently we aren't the most adventurous people.


Me and my sister.


We went on a day trip that involved snorkeling in the ocean, snorkeling in a cenote, and there was a place with a zipline and a platform to jump off of. Despite being scared to death of heights, I did the zipline and jumped off the bloody platform (it scared the piss out of me as you can see by my less than graceful form in the air). It doesn't look that high but it FEELS like it is high!


Snorkeling in an ocean inlet.


We saw a stingray when we were snorkeling! My friend took this with her underwater camera. At first I was all like, "WOOOO let's go swim with the stingray!!!!" then I remembered it was a STINGRAY, and was like, "AAHHHHH get the f*** away from the stingray!!!!!"


My husband snorkeling underwater.


In the cenote, which is an underground cave. The water was cold (or as the tour guides say, "refreshing!")


I didn't spend much time in the pool because the ocean is way better, but we did have to visit the swim-up bar.


OOOooh look, a starfish!!! (Maybe I shouldn't be touching this thing.....)


Dancing to Gagnam Style after too much sun and adult beverages. I am in the red bathing suit, my friend is in the blue top.


All in all, it was a pretty fun trip! My husband, my friend, and her boyfriend are planning a trip for next year!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wedding

 So yeah, I got married! The wedding took place on the 12th of Never, when I always said I was going to get married (aka the end of February). We had a small wedding in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.  One of the things that I was having a hard time figuring out prior to the wedding was how I was going to do my makeup. Makeup is one of my favourite things and at weddings there is a lot of photography going on so I wanted my makeup to look TIGHT. At first I had this idea in my head of doing some big, sparkly, dramatic thing, but then I reigned myself in. Since my dress was not exactly subtle, I decided that doing too much makeup might be distracting. I also figured I would probably screw it up if it was too elaborate. I finally decided on a fancier version of an everyday look for me so that I would look like myself and not too overdone.

Another thing I considered in choosing my makeup was the fact that I would be outside in sunlight and that flash photography would be used. Since I am not experienced in makeup artistry and have no idea about photos/lighting conditions, I consulted my Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. I don't care for her bronzy-natural style of makeup artistry but there was a section on bridal makeup and I figured that since she's been in the makeup business for a hundred years she probably knows what she's talking about.

Tips from her book that I found useful:

-do your makeup in natural light if possible
-use two shades of blush (flash photography can wash a person out)
-do not wear sunblock/sunscreen (can reflect flash from camera)
-use MATTE EYESHADOWS as sparkly/shiny ones can reflect light back at the camera (I was very tempted to do something sparkly and shiny but I'm glad I resisted)
-don't wear false eyelashes if you are not 200 percent confident that they will stay on
-do not wax/tweeze brows on the wedding day as they will be red and swollen

The thing I found hardest to choose was what to do with my lips. Unfortunately, many photographers make you kiss a hundred times so this causes difficulty in the makeup department. I wanted either a red lipstick or gloss initially but gloss is high maintenance and gets on other people. Lipstick has to be perfect to look good so I was worried it would get messed up. I also didn't want to have TOO strong of a lip as I usually do heavier makeup on my eyes. I went with an old standby of mine that looks good with everything and gives my lips just enough colour but still looks natural: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.

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 Bronzer, Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder, Illamasqua Sophie Blush.

LIPS: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey with Black Honey lip gloss over top.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Annabelle Eyeshadow in So Foxy, Vanilla Chilla, Ebony, and Buff Naked. Inglot Shadows in Matte 342, 349, and 353.
Eyeliners: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, Geisha Ink Eyeliner, UD 24/7 liners in Perversion and Midnight Cowboy.
Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.

THE EQUIPMENT


HAIR ACCESSORY:


This was a DIY. The lady who made my dress gave me one of the sequined appliques and I glued a bunch of crystals and feathers to it that I bought on ebay and stuck it in my hair.

THE SHOES


I wanted to wear some super cool shoes with my dress; however, things did not go as planned. These lovely Hades Amina shoes would be perfect....or so I thought. They were a bit snug to begin with, and for some reason my feet were kind of swollen while we were in Mexico and I COULD NOT get my feet into them! Also, the main jewel on the back fell off and they were getting caught in my skirt....fail! Thankfully, I brought my "plan B" shoes as I call them. They are a plain, black, comfortable, peep toe pump that goes with EVERYTHING. I have had them for years and I crack them out when I just don't have the right shoes because these almost always work. We also had to climb on a bunch of rocks to take photos, so it was probably for the best in the end that I didn't end up wearing these.

THE WEDDING



Years ago, a complete stranger came up to me out of the blue upon seeing my tattoo and said, "You're certainly going to regret that when it's hanging out of your wedding dress!!!" I don't know why, but that just really pissed me off and stuck with me all these years. Mind your own business, people! (Also, thanks for making the incredibly sexist assumption that it is every women's dream to get married someday.) Just so you know, random lady, my tattoo hung out of my wedding dress and EVERYONE SURVIVED THE EVENT. Sorry, I just needed to get that off my chest.


OMG A TATTOO


In the picture below you can see some of the neat details on the dress.


Hair accessory: DIY
Dress: Sweet Carousel Corsetry
Necklace: quintessentialbling (ebay)
Shoes: Steve Madden


The photographer managed to capture me and my sister's true colours. I loved her orange dress, it went perfectly with the tropical bouquets. I had always envisioned black roses or something, but I figured we're by the ocean, why not throw in some tropical colours!

DERRRRRRRRR


I was quite irritated that the photographer made us kiss a thousand times, we are not really PDA kind of people. I only included the below picture because you can see my makeup in it.


I was happy with how my makeup turned out. I was glad that I wore natural-looking false lashes, wore more than one blush, used matte shadows, and skipped the sunscreen. I was also very glad that I didn't do any makeup that I hadn't done before or used any products that I hadn't used a hundred times before; this made doing my makeup stress-free and I didn't screw it up. I wish I would have brought some of my lip colour with me for touch ups after all the bloody kissing but I am glad I wore a low-maintenance shade as it didn't get messed-up looking for the photos.

Overall, the wedding turned out excellent! We had a great time in Mexico with our families and friends. I was super nervous about the whole thing as I am not really a "wedding person" but thankfully it all went well!


If you go over to the lovely blog Stay Beautiful, she has been sharing some great tips about wedding makeup here and there. I can't wait to see how she does her makeup for her wedding! Do you have any tips/words of wisdom about doing bridal makeup? Do share!