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

Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm In Space! An 80's-esque Nebula Inspired Look

Not far from where I live, there is a convenience store that I often visit. Quite some time ago, a very pleasant young man worked at the cash register. Unfortunately, the poor gentleman had Tourette's Syndrome. On one particular occasion, while ringing in my purchases, he exclaimed, "I'M IN SPACE!!!".....after which he proceeded to resume what he was doing as though nothing had happened and was still extremely pleasant to boot. I thought that this young man dealt with his condition with such grace. For some reason, I always remembered his random space comment and it tends to pop into my head at weird times.....such as when I was shopping and saw a shirt with a star/nebula/space print on it. I thought of the gentleman and smiled and purchased the shirt. Then I looked at the shirt and thought about a makeup look.......yeah, that's about how my train of thought is going these days.

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15, Cover FX Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer in X-Light for some skin issues.

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Love Bites.....what a nice, bright orangey-peach colour!

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

LIPS: MAC lipstick in Red Full Stop with MAC Lipglass in Spring Bean over top.

EYES: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot. MAC Pigment in Neo-Orange was used on the inner lid. MAN DID I HAVE A HELL OF A TIME WORKING WITH THIS ONE!!! It is a matte and it was just a pain in the ass to apply nicely with my brush. After farting around with it for quite some time, it didn't really turn out that well. I EVEN RESORTED TO A DISPOSABLE SPONGE APPLICATOR! It's a great colour though. Anyway, on the middle of the lid, Evil Shades eyeshadow in Cranberry Champagne was blended into NARS Night breed in the outer V. The waterline was lined with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero and the lower lashline was lined with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Oil Slick. Maybelline Line Stiletto was used on the upper lashline. Maybelline The Colossal mascara in black was used on the upper and lower lashes.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES











THE LOOK

There is a nebula on my shirt. This pleases me. Space is freakin' cool.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sketchin' Around With Sugarpill

The other day, when I got home from the gym, I took off my makeup and my Sugarpill Chromalusts glinted at me in my peripheral vision........I thought, "I must try these on.....NOW!!!!" I decided to try and use ALL of them in a look, and it turned out pretty nice! The pictures didn't turn out that well though, and my post-gym hair looks super SKETCHY! Oh well, here's the look anyway.

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

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Skon. This one is really neat, it kind of goes on a deep plum-ish colour, but if you rub it in, it turns a bit more rosy. SWEET!

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

EYES: Eyes were prepared with UDPP and MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot. Paperdoll was used in the inner corner of the eye. Absinthe was used on the inner lid and blended into Darling in the middle of the lid. Weekender was blended into the crease and Magpie was used in the outer V. Magnetric was dusted along the lower lid. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero was used along the waterline. Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara was used on upper lashes only. Maybelline Line Stilletto liquid eyeliner in Black was used on the upper lashline.

LIPS: MAC Dazzleglass in Funtabulous.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES











THE LOOK



Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow Review And Swatches

Here's a quick review of the Chromalust eyeshadows that I got for Xmas...

THE GOOD: The packaging is just excellent. The boxes are all very detailed and cute and I love how each of the eyeshadows get their own little symbol on the label on the bottom of the jars. The lids of the jars are pretty, too. I also love the texture of these as they are all smooth and blendable. I also find that they pick up really easily on my brushes and deposit nicely onto my lids with minimal fallout. When I use certain other brands of loose eyeshadows, they fall off of my brushes and get all over my face. I'm not sure if it's just the kind of brushes that I use, but these seem to work really well for me! The colours are awesome and the shadows are highly pigmented. I also enjoy the sparkles and shifts that they all have. I find that the prices of these are reasonable as well; they are $12 US for 5 grams of shadow which is quite a large amount! Another nice thing is that a free sample was sent with the order, and even the sample had cute packaging!

THE BAD: I really can't think of anything negative to say about these. I had slight glitter fallout onto my face after wearing the shadows for a few hours but it was fairly insignificant compared to other loose eyeshadows that I have tried.

THE VERDICT: These are a makeup lover's DREAM! I will definiately be adding more of these to my collection....I may even get them all!

THE PACKAGING




THE JARS



THE SAMPLE




Before we look at the swatches, I am going to list my own colour descriptions as there are none listed on the website.

Absinthe: Bright spring green with gold sparkles.

Darling: Jewel-toned teal with blue sparkles.

Magnetric: Bright fuschia with blue sparkles.

Magpie: Navy blue with blue and silver sparkles.

Paperdoll: Lavendar with pink sparkles.

Weekender: A purple-ish blue with pink and blue sparkles.

THE SWATCHES

As always, presented in different lighting conditions. From left to right: Absinthe, Darling, Magnetric, Magpie, Paperdoll, Weekender.





*EDIT: I have failed at life....as a matter of fact, the website DOES list the colour descriptions. However, mine were close enough so I'm just leaving them the way they are.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Graphic Colourblocked Look With Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadows

It's Saturday....Day 2 of my self-declared Sugarpill weekend. Here is a graphic colour-block-ish kind of look that I put together after looking at the packaging from MAC's Alice and Olivia collection. I just loved the boxes with the pink and yellow and black and white!


FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15, and Cover FX Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer in X-Light to cover a small blemish....GROSS! FYI: X-Light is a bit too light for me.

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Backtalk. Backtalk is a very bright pink colour and I have found out that a little goes a long way! I put a bit too much of it on and kind of looked like I was dying of carbon monoxide poisoning or something! It can certainly work on lighter skin tones if you build up the colour instead of slapping lots of it on like I usually do! In the pictures it doesn't look that bright but in real life it was IN YOUR FACE!

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

LIPS: MAC lipstick in Big Bow from the Hello Kitty collection with MAC Dazzleglass Creme in I. Want. Candy from Alice and Olivia over top.

EYES: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. Sugarpill Tako was applied underneath the browbone. Sugarpill Buttercupcake was applied to the lid and Dollipop was blended upwards toward the browbone. NARS Night Breed was applied into the crease without blending. Annabelle Eye Kohl in White was applied to the lower lashline. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero was applied to the waterline. On the upper lashline, Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner in Black was applied as I ran out of my regular old Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner and they didn't have any at the store. Line Stilletto is kind of neat.....it is SHINY! Maybelline The Colossal Mascara in Black was applied to the upper and lower lashes.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYES







THE LIPS



THE LOOK
I look like an idiot stick in these pictures but they showed off the makeup the best so whatev.




Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

It's Friday! Part one of my Sugarpill Weekend posts will be a review and some swatches of the pressed eyeshadows. Firstly though, I shall comment on some general customer service types of things.

The Sugarpill products that I have were purchased for me as Xmas presents and they were purchased on Pink/Black Friday which is a peak ordering/shipping time. I am located in Canada
so the packages took several weeks to arrive. When my friend contacted the company to inquire about her package, she always got a prompt response. The customer service is great but if you are ordering during peak times and are located in Canada, you will have to wait a bit for your packages.

The makeup arrives in a cute mailing box which is a nice touch. The invoices are all personally signed with a cute little kitty sticker; this shows the company's attention to detail. Speaking of attention to detail, the box contains nice pink tissue paper and a professionally printed business card, promo card, and a super awesome glittery sticker! I enjoy the fact that Sugarpill Cosmetics even takes the time to make opening the package exciting!

THE BOX






Now, on to the eyeshadows! Sugarpill Cosmetics has shown amazing attention to detail in their packaging! The boxes for the pressed eyeshadow compacts are absolutely gorgeous! Addicted to pretty indeed!




The compacts are very nicely done as well. On the back of the compacts, the colour names are shown along with a super cute picture of a kitten clutching a pill. Too cute!



THE GOOD: The eyeshadows are HUGE! Also, the price is nice at $34 US for 4 huge eyeshadows in a nicely packaged, large mirrored compact. The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and blendable. The colours bright and bold and fun! They show up extremely well upon application.

THE BAD: These feel very chalky to me. This I do not like. However, when I applied them, they somehow applied smoothly and blended like butter. WTF? How can they have such an awful texture and yet still apply well? It boggles my mind but I can't stand touching them with a finger or scraping my brush across them, it's like nails down a chalkboard. The matte shades are the worst for this (Midori and Afterparty seem a bit shimmery to me).


THE UGLY: The red-toned shadows (Love + and Dollipop) STAIN MY EYES. I cannot stand waking up the next day, ready to apply a fresh coat of makeup and MY EYES ARE STAINED PINK! ARGH!


THE VERDICT: Overall, I like these a lot and am very impressed with how they apply and blend. I do not like the texture all that much and the fact that some of them stain my eyes does not particularly please me. I have all of them except Bulletproof and despite the things I don't like, I think I'll probably go for that one too!

NOTE: If you want to collect them all, the cheapest way to do it is to get the Burning Heart Palette, The Sweet Heart Palette, and the Bulletproof single eyeshadow. I am sure you have already figured that out though!

THE COMPACTS

On the left: Burning Heart

On the right: Sweet Heart



THE SWATCHES

Presented in various lighting conditions for your convenience.

From left to right: Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love +, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori, Tako.