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

Friday, December 31, 2010

Toys for Big Girls: A Review of the Ed Hardy Love Kills Slowly Palette

Recently, while out on an errand, I spotted some Ed Hardy makeup palettes on sale for approximately $18 at London Drugs. There was a blue one called "Cool Blues" and one called "Warm Pinks". As you can see, I chose the pink one! I know this palette is not brand new or anything, but I thought I might do a review of it. The palette is a large box that opens up with a mirror and little lights on the sides. It comes with 6 eyeshadow shades, 6 lip shades, two solid perfume tins, a double-ended eyeshadow brush, a double-ended lip brush, a powder brush, and a bronzer. The solid perfume Love and Luck (women's) is described by the company as having notes of bergamot, blood orange, red sake accord, cherry blossom, black currant, pink peppercorn, nectarine, jasmine, forbidden plum, sensual musk, cedarwood, sandalwood, and patchouli. The Love Kill Slowly fragrance has notes of freesia, watery muget, linden blossom, apple, tropical mango, wild strawberry, ruby red grapefruit, warm amber, sensual musks, tonka bean, and vanilla. I don't even know what half of that is to be honest with you, but that is how the company describes the scents.

The Good: For $18, this palette was a great value for all you get in it. Please note that this is the sale price in Canadian dollars, I am not sure what it sold for when at full price. I love the packaging; I think it is quite nice to look at and I think that the lights and mirror are kind of fun! The eyeshadow colours and lip colours are nothing special but they are nice and they coordinate well with one another. The bronzer is a colour that I feel would work on various skintones and applies nicely. I don't wear bronzer but I think it works well as a blush. What I absolutely love about this palette are the things I didn't even think about when I bought it: the solid perfumes. They are great for throwing in your purse for scent touch-ups or to have in your bag to put on if you go out after work and can't go home to put on your perfume (you can't wear perfume to work in my particular occupation). I enjoy both scents as well. The one on the left with the skull on the tin is Love Kills Slowly, which is my favourite of the two. The one on the right with the Geisha on the tin is Love and Luck. I just LOVE the tins, they are super cute! Just a thought: the scents are nice, but nowhere near as complex as their descriptions made them sound. However, I am not really a perfume connoisseur, so take my opinion as you will.

The Bad: The main problem with this palette is that it is not portable. The lip colours are not very long wearing but you can't exactly throw this big f***er in your purse for lip touch-ups. Well, you could but you'd look like an idiot stick pulling this out at the dinner table on a date. Another bad thing is that the eyeshadows are quite chalky and are somewhat difficult to blend because of their texture. The double ended eyeshadow brush's bristles are fairly soft but don't work very well for eyeshadow application. The lip brush I kind of like because it has pointy tips so it can kind of be used for delicate work but it is also not of good enough quality to be particularly useful.

The UGLY: The worst thing about this palette is the messiness of the bronzer. While it applies very nicely with a blush or bronzer brush, it gets really dusty really easy and makes a HUGE mess. It seems like it would break apart really easily and you have to be careful when you pick some up with your brush. The other awful thing is the powder brush. IT IS USELESS! The bristles are synthetic and scratchy and the shape is ridiculous! It looks like a large eyeshadow blender brush or something! You certainly cannot apply powder/bronzer/blush with it! The brush is pretty with the Ed Hardy logo printed on it in silver writing but what you would ever do with it, I have no idea.

The Verdict: For $18, this palette was a great value and is a fun grown-up toy to play with! I enjoyed messing around with it and I love the solid perfumes! The brushes are pretty much crap but most brushes that come with palettes aren't useful so I am not surprised. I was able to make a pretty nice look with the products in it, but you can't take it along with you for lip touch-ups. It's a fun toy for make-up addicts to play with but it's not really that practical or high quality.


Aren't the lights fun?

I swatched the eye shadows and the lip glosses in order from lightest to darkest. The numbers on the swatches correspond to the numbers on this picture of the palette. The eyeshadows are going across the top and the lip glosses are on the bottom. The bronzer is in the middle and the tins of solid perfume are on either side of the bronzer.


Here are some lip swatches. I have medium pigmented lips.

Lip Colour 1

Lip Colour 2

Lip Colour 3

Lip Colour 4

Lip Colour 5

Lip Colour 6

Lip Colour Swatches

Without Flash:

With Flash:

Eyeshadow and Bronzer Swatches:

Without Flash:

With Flash:

Here is a look I did using this palette as well as some other products.

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC15.

CHEEKS: The bronzer from the palette was used in the hollows of the cheeks and Benefit Thrrrob blush was used on the apples of the cheeks.

LIPS: Lip colour 3 was used.

BROWS: Annabelle eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown.

EYES: Eyeshadow 1 (white) was used on the inner corners of the lids. In the middle of the lid, Eyeshadow 3 (light pink) and Eyeshadow 4 (medium pink) were blended towards the outer lid. In the outer V and above the crease, Eyeshadow 5 (light purple) was used. Eyeshadow 6 (sparkly black) was lightly applied to the outer V to give more dimension. Eyeshadow 1 was also used under the brows. On the waterline, Annabelle eye kohl in white was used. Maybelline liquid eyeliner in black was used on the upper lashline. Maybelline The Falsies mascara in black was used on the upper lashes. Medusa's makeup mascara in Majestic was used on the lower lashes.




Primary Colours

This was the look I wore for Christmas Eve. It was inspired by a vintage 80's sweater dress that I got off of ebay a long time ago that has red, blue, and yellow circles on it. I thought it would be fun to put together a look using the primary colours.

I used some Lime Crime products on my eyes and I am aware that there is some controversy surrounding this brand. I think their Magic Dusts are actually quite a nice product to use as they are soft, very pigmented, and blendable; however, they are highly overpriced for a smaller, non-high end brand that likely re-packages their shadows rather than creating new ones. Also, if you read makeup blogs (which if you're looking at this I assume you do) you have probably heard about how the company threatened people who gave their products negative reviews or who voiced their thoughts about the re-packaging issue. A particularly good summary of the Lime Crime controversy can be read on this blog. I enjoy the products I bought from them originally but would likely not purchase anything again due to their questionable conduct and prices.

Face: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC15.

Cheeks: Nars Blush in Orgasm was lightly applied.....BORING!! Man, I really need to branch out on my blushes! I hardly ever buy blushes for some reason.

Eyes: Medusa's Makeup eye dust in Big Bird was used on the inner lid. It was blended into Lime Crime Magic Dust in Cleopatra in the middle of the lid. I actually REALLY love this colour. It is a shiny, oragnge-ish gold. This was then blended in to Siren Magic Dust on the outer part of the lid. This looks like a red colour in the pot but shows up as more of an orange-y red on my eye. For a bit more redness in the outer V, Manic Panic's powder blush in Vampire Red was applied. I actually have never tried this as a blush, I only use it as a matte red eyeshadow. For eyeliner, Maybelline black liquid eyeliner was used on the upper lash and Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero was used on the waterline. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Eldorado was used on the inner corner of the eye and blended into Annabelle eye kohl in Lapis in the middle of the lower lashline. On the outer lower lashline, Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Binge was blended into Lapis. A thin line of Geisha Ink black liquid liner was also used on the lower lashline. Maybelline The Falsies mascara in black was used on the upper lashes and Medusa's Makeup mascara in Blue Blood was used on the bottom lashes.

Brows: Annabelle eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown.

Lips: Nars Moon Fleet lipgloss was used. I. LOVE. NARS. LIPGLOSS. It has the nicest texture of any lipgloss you'll find in my opinion. It's hard to see the golden sparkles in the picture but they're pretty in real life!




Some of these pictures are way too bright but they show off some of the colours in a different light so I thought I would put them on anyway.


THE INSPIRATION: My vintage 80's sweater dress! It looks weird without shoes....

Thursday, December 30, 2010

He Said/She Said: Red and Purple Eyeshadow

A tip from the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: "Avoid eye shadows with red and purple undertones if you have redness around the eyes, as these colours will make your eyes look tired. Stick with neutral, brown, or gray colours, but beware that some browns and grays have so much red in them that they should not be used."

From the introduction to Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces: "First of all, let me say that I believe there are no rules when it comes to makeup....Experts seem to be popping up everywhere with strict dictates and "philosophies" that frighten people into thinking there is only one way to wear (and do) makeup that is "acceptable" and "normal" (two words I hate!) "Never wear black lipstick," "Makeup should never take more than five minutes," and "Never touch up your makeup in public" are just a few of the oppressive and, frankly, ridiculous "words of wisdom" frequently handed down by these self-appointed cosmetic police. In a world of constant change, with ethnicities blending together, I feel the goal should be to expand our definition of what we consider "acceptable," "normal" and "beautiful." The future will belong to those with open minds and open hearts, who can appreciate beauty in all its forms."

What makeup philosophy do YOU live by?

Face: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC15.

Cheeks: Nars blush in good old Orgasm was applied to the hollows of the cheeks.

Brows: The Annabelle Medium Brown pencil was used.

Eyes: UDPP and MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre were used to prepare the lids. Remember MAC's Red She Said collection from 2008? Two of the mineralize eyshadow trios were used. Interestingly, when reading other makeup blogs, I have noted that many people HATE MAC's mineralize eyeshadows and find them difficult to work with. Personally, I LOVE THEM!!! The red shade from Danger Zone (the red and black trio) was applied to the inner corner and inner lid. The burgundy shade from Outspoken (the burgundy and purple trio) was blended from the red into the middle of the lid. The black shade from Danger Zone was blended outward into the outer V. On the lower outer lash, a thick line of the purple shade from outspoken was applied. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero was used on the waterline and Maybelline liquid eyeliner in black was used on the upper lashline. Geisha Ink liquid liner pen was also used thinly on the lower lashline. Maybelline The Falsies mascara in black was used on upper lashes and Medusa's Makeup mascara in Majestic was used on the lower lashes.

Lips: Viva Glam Cyndi was applied all by itself to the lips.

The earrings and necklace were constructed by yours truly.





I look super "special" in this picture. Do you think I need a few more chains?

I look like I was not ready for this picture. How could I not be ready when it was ME who was taking the f#$%ing picture???

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Feelin' The Teal

Here is the look I put together for Christmas Day that involves neutrals with a pop of teal. I had put on a new teal shirt that I received as a Christmas gift and I suppose I was.......feelin' the teal. I can't believe I just said that. I think I may have had too much "Christmas cheer" if you know what I mean......

Face: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC15.

Blush: Hard Candy blush in Pinup was applied to the apples of the cheeks. What a nice neutral with a touch of shimmer!

Eyebrows: That awful Annabelle eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown was used to crappily define the brows.

Eyes: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre. MAC pigment in Sunnydaze was applied to the inner corner and inner upper lid. It was blended into MAC Teal pigment in the middle of the lid which was blended into MAC Dark Soul pigment in the outer V. Dark Soul was then blended back inwards a bit higher up than the crease. MAC pigment in Naked was dusted along the browbone. The lower waterline was lined with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero and the lower lashline was thinly lined with Geisha Ink black liquid eyeliner pen. The upper lashline was lined with Maybelline liquid eyeliner in Black. Maybelline The Falsies mascara in black was used on the upper lashes and Medusa's makeup mascara in Envy (a greenish teal colour) was used on the bottom lashes.

Lips: MAC's Pet Me Please lipstick was used.




LOOKs like someone's been into the Christmas cheer......

Have a good holiday everyone!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Classic Look for Going Out

A while ago, I went out for some appetizers and drinks for a friend of mine's birthday. My personal style often incorporates elements of punk, goth, or 80's but when one is going to somewhere that is a bit nicer, one must "tone it down", so to speak. So, I thought I would play it boring and classic: a nice and simple shimmery smokey eye with a neutral blush and red lips. I decided to share my outfit as well as my clothes and accessories are often my inspiration for my makeup looks. Once again, the look was pretty boring and toned down with a floral print halter style dress with a 50's-ish retro looking collar, a shiny studded bracelet, a rose cocktail ring, satin black peep toe high heels, and a ruffly purse that looks like a skirt that my fiance picked out for me years ago. Even though my fiance is the LEAST effeminate person EVER, (he likes tools and fixing things and cars, etc) he is actually quite good at picking out accessories, clothes, shoes, and makeup for me. I always found that to be super weird and funny so I just thought I'd throw that out there. Now that I am looking at the picture of my "equipment" again, I realize he picked out the Lise Watier eyeshadow duo for me as well! Too funny.

Face: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Powder in NC15.

Eyes: UDPP and MAC Paint pot in Soft Ochre were applied first. Watier Savanna Dream eyeshadow duo in Golden Khaki was used to create the smokey eye. The lighter side of it was used on the inner lid, and the darker side of it was used on the outer lid and blended inwards and into the crease. I love the packaging on this duo and I use it to create a quick and easy smokey eye all the time! Maybelline liquid eyeliner in black was used on the upper lashline (what else is new?) and Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero was used on the waterline (it really doesn't stay on that well as you can see). On the lower lashline, Lise Watier glitter eyeliner in Black Diamond was used. I just love Lise Watier's glitter eyeliners; this particular one is black with black and sliver sparkles. They stay in place all night long but are VERY difficult to remove! Yay for waking up with glitter in your eye! Maybelline The Falsies mascara was applied to both the upper and lower lashes.

Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon was used. Despite the use of Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Ozone, I find this one ALWAYS bleeds a bit on me. This is visible in the picture only minutes after it was applied.

Cheeks: Hard Candy Blush in Pin Up was used. For approximately $7, what a nice shimmery neutral!

Brows: I have run out of MAC eyebrow pencil in Stud. I have an Annabelle eyebrow pencil that is too light and reddish of a brown that I use when I have red hair that filled in for the evening. It's really waxy and awful and I HATE it.