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

Friday, July 29, 2011


OH BLOGGER! YOU DRIVE ME NUTS!!! I am out in the middle of nowhere for my stupid job and I am trying to use this new laptop and the internet service in the middle of nowhere is CRAP and blogger is not letting me upload any photos for some reason and I AM CRABBY!!! I WANT TO GO HOME TO MY OWN COMPUTER SO I CAN CATCH UP ON READING EVERYONE'S BLOGS AND ACTUALLY POST SOMETHING FOR ONCE!!!
I just had to get that out there. Sorry for my "fashionably late to the party" comments on everyone's blogs, but I am working a lot and stuck in hotels in small towns where the internet sucks so I'm horribly behind on all things blogging. I am frustrated as I have TONS of posts and I want to read everyone's stuff! BLARGH!

On a happier note, I actually have this weekend off! Thusly, I shall be visiting both the goth club and the new wave club so I should have some sweet makeup looks to take pictures of! I shall also hopefully get caught up on my dashboard!

Until next time (a.k.a. when Blogger lets me upload photos again), live long and prosper and slap on boatloads of makeup,


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mission Impossible: Decent Nails

Nice nails.....I've never had them. I must confess that I've been a nail-biter for as long as I can remember. I apologize for mentioning this as it is not polite to mention such a disgusting habit! Anyway, I used to perform this awful habit most often when studying. I vowed that when I was done university I would attempt to try to take care of my nails and take pride in their appearance. Therein lies the problem: I know nothing about nail care or nail polish. Sure, I paint my nails and toenails for special occasions, but most of the time I just slapped on a couple of coats of whatever and was done with it. I am not knowledgeable about brands, how to care for cuticles, how to file one's nails into shape, what types of base and top coats to use, or anything else for that matter. I've always been obsessed with makeup, but nail polish was never a huge interest of mine. I've been trying out some brands and I thought I'd share my nail progress and show some of the colours that I've tried.


2 coats with no base coat. Top coat: Nicole By OPI Topcoat Plus.

These pictures are from when I first started my nail quest. I found this Sinful Colours polish in Let's Talk on sale for $3.00 at Rexall. I love how bright this blue-based purple is. I found that I experienced a lot of tip wear in the first few days of wearing this one.


2 coats with no base coat and Nicole By OPI Topcoat Plus on top.

This polish was given to me as a gift so I am not sure about the pricing on this one.  It is a dark, gunmetal grey colour that is ALMOST black with lots of tiny silver sparkles in it to give it a nice sheen. I experienced a fair bit of chipping within 2 orr 3 days with this one.


3 coats with no base coat and Nicole By OPI Topcoat Plus on top.
 I REALLY love the colour of this one, it's kind of a blackened wine type of a colour. I really didn't like this nail polish at all. I found that it applied unevenly, which you can see in the picture. This may be due to my own inexperience, however. I also found that it chipped within 2 days.


2 coats, no base coat, and Nicole By OPI Topcoat Plus.

Well OF COURSE I have this one! The name is just fantastic and the colour is, too! It is a blackened purple with large copper "flakies" in it which the picture does not show very well. This is one of my all-time favourites! This one is not my favourite to apply, but it held up a lot better than any of the other three above.

I have also found a product that helps me to do a better job of my nails. In the past when I did my nails, I often wrecked them before they were dry due to my own impatience. I found these things called "Nicole Drying Drops" and I thought I'd try them out. They claim to dry your nail polish completely within 5 minutes after applying one drop. I have to say that these work very well for me! I didn't know such a product existed until now and I'm quite pleased!

My nails are currently the longest I have ever had them, which is just sad, really. Even so, I'm not used to them and I'm having trouble typing!

If anyone has any "tips" in regards to nail filing, nail care, cuticle care, top coats, base coats, or anything else nail related, please share in the comments. I have already had some helpful suggestions regarding good brands from ladies who do awesome nails in my comments. This is one of the things I love about makeup blogging: if you don't know how to do something, there is always someone out there who does!

Monday, July 18, 2011


I have been having some crappy days at work lately but something awesome that I ordered came in the mail the other day to make me feel better.......THE AWESOMEST SHOES EVER!!! Well, the awesomest shoes ever in my own mind, anyway.

These are called Eifel platform pumps and they are made by Metropolis Shoes. They are a brand who makes steampunk-inspired footwear. (I really need to get on putting together a good steampunk/goth look for the club.) These shoes are SHINY and they have METAL and BOLTS and SPIKES and BUTTERFLIES and GEARS on them. What more could a closeted goth girl want?? These also come in red and a nude shade.

As I said above, what more could a closeted goth girl want? Um, well.....how about some of these?

http://www.metropolisalternative.com/   GO THERE RIGHT NOW AND LOOK AT THE SHOES!!!

(Click on Products for some sweet shoe eye candy!)

Also, be sure to turn the sound on for the full goth experience. You can scroll through the pretty shoes with an instrumental version of NIN's Reptile playing in the background. I DIE!!!!!!!!!!

I think I may pick up a pair of the Ripley pumps, perhaps in red or silver to change things up!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Look With The Glamour Doll Eyes Chelsey Tower

Here's a look I did awhile back using the Glamour Doll Eyes Chelsey Tower. I'm quite sad that I had trouble blending and applying these because the colours are just fantastic. If you look at the pictures of my eyes, you can see the variation of Tatooed on my lids. It looks more purple in certain places and more blue in others due to unblended blue chunks. On the bright side, Hot Mess (an Eyelight, which means it's a glitter) looks nice when mixed with a sealant to use as an eyeliner, as does Ladies Night. Ladies Night is black with blue sparkles but it was really difficult to capture the blue sparkles in the pictures.

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

CHEEKS: MAC Mineralize Blush in Sakura.

LIPS: Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Ghostly Voice. Too bad you can't get these anymore because they are FANTASTIC. Look at all of the pictures where you can see my lips, it looks different under different lighting conditions. I can't even describe the colour.

BROWS: Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown.

EYES: Base - UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Lid - GDE Tattooed.
Crease - GDE Aqua Foil.
Outer V - GDE Pistol Pistol.
Browbone - GDE Family Secret.
Waterline - UD 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Perversion.
Upper Lashline - Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner along lashes, GDE Ladies Night mixed with random eyeliner seal for thick, winged line and fishtail line.
Lower Lashline - Hot Mess mixed with random eyeliner seal.
Upper and Lower Lashes - Maybelline The Falsies Mascara.



My cat Twiggy Ramirez really likes the smell of the Lip Lustres for some reason!



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Glamour Doll Eyes Review and Swatches

A couple of months ago, I placed an order with Glamour Doll Eyes as I had read many excellent reviews of their products on several different blogs. I tried out some eyeshadows and two of their Glamour Glosses. Read on to see what I thought of them.


The Glamour Doll Eyes website looks awesome! It's colourful and I personally enjoy the style in which it was designed. The website has changed since I placed this order and it looks re-vamped and professional. It's pretty easy to navigate the site and find what you're looking for. The colour descriptions for the eyeshadows are pretty accurate, and I really like how they show a picture of the eyeshadow, swatches of the eyeshadow, and often even a picture of someone WEARING the eyeshadow. As for the Glamour Glosses, I feel that the product descriptions and photos are not very accurate at all. Pictures of the glosses make them appear more opaque when in real life they are very sheer. They DO have swatch pictures of the glosses, but even these were rather misleading in my opinion. The swatches of the two glosses that I purchased (Haute and Fashionista) seem a lot more pigmented than the gloss that I received. The picture shown for Haute was REALLY off, it looked like a semi-opaque bright red gloss with an orange sheen when in real life it is a sheer, bright orange. Haute has not been listed for sale on the website since I ordered so I am not sure if it will be available again. A good point about the website is that ingredients, vegan info, and lip safety info are all listed clearly under each product. One thing to note about GDE is that some of their eyeshadows are unblended which means that the colours were not created by the company. If you would prefer to not purchase unblended colours, it is easy to avoid them as this information is listed under the product description for each eyeshadow. Also, unblended colours have a * next to them for easy identification. I appreciate the honesty of this company as everything is very clear on their website. They even have a page of the bloggers that they "sponsor" so you know who they are affiliated with. Ordering from their website is easy and since you make an account with them, they know which eyeshadows and samples you have received so you will never get doubles, which is nice. I had no problems with ordering or customer service. My order was mailed promptly and shipping was fast.


I purchased: 2 Glamour Glosses, 2 full size eyeshadows, and one 6 colour eyeshadow tower: the Chelsey tower.


Hmmmm, how shall I put this, um.........I LOVE THE PACKAGING!!! The labels look professional and stylish and I love the look of them! Even the free samples have cute packaging....you've got to love that kind of attention to detail! The labels on the TOP of the eyeshadows and on the glosses are water-resistant (shiny, not just paper) which is good for me as I tend to wreck labels. The labels on the bottom of the eyeshadows are not so water resistant but they contain the name of the eyeshadow as well as vegan and lip safety information. They do not contain any ingredient information. I enjoy the fact that on the website, you can choose whether or not you want sifter jars when ordering as some people prefer these and others do not. You can also order eyeshadow towers containing 3 to 6 colours. ****EDIT: It seems that the towers are no longer available on the Glamour Doll Eyes website.**** My orders were packaged securely in bubble mailers and I had no issues with leakage of product. One thing to note is that if you order lip gloss and eyeshadows, they will be mailed separately. I received several pretty business cards as well as a pretty pamphlet with information and tutorials along with my order.






The following prices are in USD. Full size eyeshadows are $6.00 (sifter jars: 1.5-2 g of product; non-sifter jars: 2-2.5 g of product). Sample baggies (0.5g of product) are $1.25 and sample jars (1g of product in a 5g jar) are $2.50. Glamour Glosses are $6.00 and shipping is free worldwide on orders over $30. I feel that the pricing for their products is reasonable.


Let's start with the glamour glosses!

THE GOOD: I love the smell and texture, and taste of these! They are not sticky and apply smoothly. You can detect a slight sweet flavour when wearing them which is something I like but I do know that not everyone does so keep this in mind. The packaging is very nice and I like the colours that I picked. Also, Fashionista (the pink one) glows under UV-light! Sweet!

THE BAD: These glosses were a lot more sheer than I was expecting. They look nice on and have sparkles in them, but being that they are so sheer, the colour is quite subtle. The sparkles also don't really jump out at you. Judging by the pictures on the website, I was expecting these colours to be a lot more "in your face", if you will.  The gloss wore off fairly quickly as well (I got approximately 2 to 3 hours of wear before they were mostly worn off). I suppose that is not BAD per se, but I've had better.

THE VERDICT: If you are looking for a nice, sheer, flavoured gloss,  these are pretty good. If you're looking for dramatic, opaque, or unique colours, you should probably look somewhere else.


LEFT: Fashionista RIGHT: Haute


LEFT: Fashionista RIGHT: Haute


On to the eyeshadows!

THE GOOD: I really enjoy the colours of all of the eyeshadows I picked. They are GORGEOUS!! I also enjoy how there are a variety of different "finishes" available; some are metallic, some are shiny, some are sparkly, and some are matte. I also loved the packaging and the naming! Some notable favourites are Tattooed, Hot Mess (OH YES!), Bruised, and Graves in May (I DIE FOR THAT NAME!!!) Ladies Night has blue sparkles in it and it's texture makes it an excellent choice for mixing with an eyeliner seal/foiling medium and using it as an opaque, black, sparkly eyeliner. The textures of Aqua Foil, Dirty Jeans, and Jailbreak were very nice and they applied smoothly. The pigmentation and adhesion of the eyeshadows were all excellent.

THE BAD: I have read so many great things about this company so I am surprised to say that I did not really like the texture of some of the eyeshadows, especially those in the Chelsey tower. (Please note that as far as I can see, the eyeshadow towers are not available any more on their website.) I found that some of the more sparkly eyeshadows such as Bruised, Pistol Pistol, Graves in May and Tattooed were rather gritty and I experience "drag" rather than "slip" when I try to apply and blend them. They tend to "bald" quite a bit when blending on the eyelid. I am not a fan of the texture of Ladies Night either; it is one of those chunky, almost moist black shades and it tends to be very messy.

THE UGLY: I found unblended chunks of colour in a couple of the shades. I am usually not to picky about this with independent companies unless it interferes with product application but in two cases, it did. Graves in May can be seen below in my swatch pictures. When I swatched it the first time, it came out rather matte and pinkish. It didn't look the way I was expecting it to so I swatched it again. This time I got a lot of sparkles as there was a chunk of sparkley stuff and the colour looked a lot more purple as there were chunks of purple. It's not a huge difference, but it's definitely noticeable in my swatches below. I don't like when a colour doesn't apply consistently between uses. Tattooed also had visible unblended chunks in it. When I used it as the main colour for a look, it appeared much more blue on one of my eyes due to small chunks of an unblended blue ingredient. Also, these shadows do not even come close to passing my Weekday Test (please see my disclaimer/Boring Crap Alert page for more info about my tests). When I use these on my lids over UDPP and MAC Paint pot, they crease in about 3 to 4 hours. I have very few eyeshadows that crease quickly on me so this is disappointing. Please note that this issue may be due to the eyeshadows not being compatible with the primer and base that I use.

THE VERDICT: The eyeshadows have excellent pigmentation and adhesion and I love the names and colours. However, I do not enjoy the texture of many of them and they crease rather quickly on me.

Presented in different lighting conditions for your discerning eyes. All swatches are done on bare skin.


From left to right: Jailbreak, Dirty Jeans, Bruised, Graves in May, Graves in May again. Note the difference in appearance between the two Graves in May swatches.


From left to right: Family Secret, Aqua Foil, Pistol Pistol, Ladies Night, Tattooed. Hot Mess.

Please note that Hot Mess is an Eyelight (glitter), not an eyeshadow. It ws swatched over UDPP so it would stick to my arm.

Closeup of Bruised to show how pretty and sparkly it is!

Would I repurchase from Glamour Doll Eyes again? I'm kind of on the fence. I see a lot of eyeshadows that I really like under their "Collections" section. However, I am kind of disappointed in the products I got. I enjoy the glosses, but they aren't anything too special. The eyeshadows crease on me so quickly that I don't wear them that often as I don't want to look like a hot mess. They seem to work well for others, but I simply had no luck with them.

DISCLAIMER: All reviewed products were purchased by me. Any questions? Click on the tab that says Boring Crap Alert to view my full disclaimer.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Red and Black Makeup for the Goth Club

Since I have moved, I've been so busy with starting work, unpacking, etc. that I haven't even had time to visit the goth club! This makes me rather crabby. Since I'm not going tonight, I thought I'd post a goth makeup look from when I was visiting the goth club in the city where I now live before I used to live there a couple months ago. Confused? So am I. Some of the photos are a bit crappy as the lighting in the hotel room was not the best. Here's the look:

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

BROWS: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Oil Slick (ARGH I forgot my black eyeliner/lipliner pencil!!!)

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Brazen.

LIPS: MAC Lipmix in Black blended into Morgana Cryptoria Twinkling Rubies.
EYES: Base - UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Lid/Lower Lashline - Red eyeshadow in MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Trio in Danger Zone.
Crease/Outer-V - NARS Night Breed.
Crease- Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Love +
Lower Lashline - Avon Daring Definition Gel Eyeliner in Black.
Upper Lashline - Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
Waterline -UD 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion.

LASHES: Random Halloween ones applied with DUO Lash Adhesive in Dark Tone.