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

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Beautiful Zombie Challenge: Eating the Brains of those Who Bleed Glitter



Quite awhile ago, The Makeup Zombie posted the Beautiful Zombie challenge and invited people to make up a beautiful zombie themed look and send it in! A couple weeks ago on a Sunday, I was getting ready for work and I decided to go zombie......just kidding! I wasn't going anywhere and I was bored so I cracked open the old traincases to see what zombie-ish look I could come up with. I decided to be a glam goth zombie who eats the brains of people who bleed glitter. Speaking of which, here is a comment from someone named ChaosButterrfly on the Makeup Zombie's post that made me laugh: "And I feel like bleeding glitter would be painful....can you imagine trying to squeeze glitter through the tiny capillaries like the ones in your eyes? Oww. :("

Yes, that would hurt indeed. Anyway, here's what I used for this look.


FACE: MAC Prep and Prime and MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NC15 were applied first. I then applied Manic Panic's Goth White Cream Powder over top of the foundation to give a bit of a mottled appearance (I am supposed to be dead, you know.) I was then going to apply some Manic Panic Virgin Pressed Powder (it's bright white) but I couldn't find it. I swear I had some somewhere, perhaps it got lost at a goth club? Anyway, that Goth White stuff won't stay in place without powder, so I had to powder lightly with MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC15 which toned down the whiteness but further added to the mottled dead skin effect.


BROWS: I used a mangey old Annabelle eyebrow pencil I dredged up from the bottom of the traincase in Black.


CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Brazen was used. WOW, this one is BRIGHT! It can be applied much more lightly for a wearable look but that is not what I was going for here!


LIPS: Lips were lined using Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Liner in Perversion and an old Annabelle lip liner in Cherry. Morgana Cryptoria's Twinkling Rubies was applied to the middle of the lips and MAC Lipmix in Black was blended from the outer lips inwards with a MAC retractable lip brush.


EYES: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. I dusted Sugarpill's Love + over my eyelids and under my eyes and blended outwards up to the forehead and temples. NARS Night Fever eyeshadow was smudged below the eye for that dead kind of look. For the upper lid, I simply overloaded the crap out of my brush with Evil Shades Wiggle dress (black with red glitter). I applied my eyeshadow and let the excess fallout go all over my face and then just smudged it around with my finger. I used Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous to lightly coat the upper and lower lashes before appling false eyelashes. I always use Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark Tone. The lower lashes were some random ones I bought for Halloween and the upper lashes are by a brand called Elise. The waterline was lined with Annabelle lip liner in Cherry.


BLOOD: My chest area was dusted with Medusa's Makeup Body Shimmer in Ghostly using the super cute Medusa's Makeup pink kabuki brush! I applied Avon Perfect Wear Extralasting Lipgloss in Infinite Berry to the areas where I wanted the blood to be dripping. Then I mixed some TKB Trading red glitter with some generic eyeliner seal and painted it overtop.


DREADFALLS: I made these a long time ago, so they are a bit ratty. I like to make my own because I have bought a few very well made pairs and they were quite expensive. Mine aren't quite as perfect as the ones I have bought, but they are still wearable.


THE EQUIPMENT


THE NECKLACE: RIBCAGE NECKLACE IN BLACK BY MISS X JEWELRY

THE COLLAR: I GOT IT FROM A STORE CALLED DEADLY COUTURE IN VANCOUVER


THE EYES



THE LIPS


THE LOOK




Friday, February 25, 2011

Getting in $#!t at Work for Wearing Too Much Eyeshadow:The Avon Midnight Lustre Trio

Let me start out here by giving you some background about myself. Ever since highschool (which was quite some time ago for me), I always enjoyed screwing around with my appearance and trying different things. I liked to dress in a "unique" manner, you might say. I used to dye my hair various unnatural colours, I have a lot of piercings, and I wore clothes that would fit into the goth/punk kind of style. This continued until I went away to university. I worked on an honours degree in microbiology and biochemistry for four years and worked in various labs along the way. When one works in a lab, one does not work with the public so one can dress however one wants, so I continued to dress as I always had. It also worked to my advantage in a way as I did well in school and my professors remembered me. Anyway, I had always flirted with the idea of applying to a certain "professional" college that would allow me to get a degree in a certain health care field in which you would be required to work with the public. I was never much of a people person, but I found that working alone in labs was not fulfilling and I didn't think I would get in to this particular college if I applied. I finally did apply four years ago and got in! This victory was bittersweet, however. It meant that I had to grow my ass up, wash out the hair dye, wear NEUTRAL makeup (I nearly died), scrape off the black eyeliner, wear proper clothing, and try to hide the piercings/tattoos (these things are all FROWNED upon in my particular field). The people I go to school with are all rather conservative and even when I started and had toned it WAYYYYYYY down I still stuck out like a sore thumb. I cut my hair shorter to hide my earrings and overall I have now found a style that incorporates some elements of punk/goth while being professional and sophisticated. (I still wear my gothy punky stuff when I'm not at work/school to concerts/goth clubs, etc.) ANYWAY, the company for which I will be working when I am done is fine with my slightly different style as they feel I am professional. At my unpaid internship (we must do several of these in order to become licensed), my "boss" made me take out my labret piercing as it is "unprofessional" and told me I was wearing "WAY TOO MUCH EYESHADOW." Check out my "WAY TOO MUCH EYESHADOW" look below. I thought it was quite a nice look for my first day.........

For this look, I used the Avon Midnight Lustre trio which is on the right.

See review here for my general thoughts on these trios.



THE SWATCHES




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

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

CHEEKS: "Old Faithful" (Smashbox Double Take Colour Kit Fusion Cheek Colour)

LIPS: Smashbox Double Take Lipgloss in Fabulous (the darker one).

EYES: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. The lightest to the darkest shadows were blended across the eye. Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion was used on the waterline (it's my new waterline go-to, it's MUCH better than Zero!) and Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Baked was used on the lower lashline. On the upper lashline, Maybelline Liquid Black Eyeliner was used. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara was used on upper and lower lashes.

THE EQUIPMENT

THE EYES





THE LIPS


THE LOOK



MY FROWNING FACE AFTER BEING TOLD THAT I HAVE TOO MUCH EYESHADOW ON:


THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH EYESHADOW! BLASPHEMY!

Argh, I really love what I will soon be licensed to do, but sometimes I wish I didn't have such a safe, conservative, boring person's job so I could express myself through my looks. I am a very conservative person in many ways myself, and my clothes and makeup were always kind of my outlet. Good thing I have this blog where I can screw around with makeup and no one from my profession can see me!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Avon Onyx Lustre Collection: Onyx Quartz Eyeshadow Trio and Night Violet Lipgloss

Today we shall look at some of the few things that caught my eye while looking through a recent Avon catalogue.........eyeshadow trios and tri-colour lipgloss from the Onyx Lustre collection! This post will have swatches of the Night Violet lipgloss and the Onyx Quartz eyeshadow trio.

THE GOOD: These were on for a great price when I got them, the eyeshadow trios were about $6 Canadian and the lipgloss was about $4 Canadian. You really can't go wrong with those prices!I love the colours in bothe of the trios as they are quite conducive to making both a smokey eye for an evening out or a more neutral daytime look. The colours were buildable so you could use them for a more sheer wash of colour or darken them to your taste. I like the compacts as they are portable and the little sponge compartment is quite convenient! (Makeup blasphemy and technique heresy alert!! I often use sponges to apply my eyeshadow rather than brushes because my brush technique is atrocious! Don't tell anyone!)

THE BAD: I found that the shadow in the Onyx Quartz trio had a fairly nice texture but that it did not blend particularly well, even when I used a proper blending brush! This is very odd since the other trio (Midnight Lustre trio which shall be swatched in my next post) seemed to have a better texture and blended very nicely. Odd.

THE VERDICT: These little compacts are convenient, portable, filled with pretty colours, and were a great price! I can see myself using these quite frequently as they can be used to create both professional daytime looks for work and evening looks as well.

THE PACKAGING


Right: Onyx Quartz trio.
Left: Midnight Lustre trio.


As mentioned above, I also tried out the Night Violet tri-colour lipgloss.

THE GOOD: I love the colour of this gloss! It applied evenly and tri-colour glosses look COOL and please me greatly! It isn't really long wearing per se, but I felt that it wore quite well for a lipgloss.

THE BAD: The texture of the gloss is a little bit sticky which can be slightly annoying.

THE VERDICT: Overall, I love the colour, the gloss looks pretty, and it was a great price!

Night Violet Lipgloss


THE SWATCHES:
From left to right: Night Violet lipgloss, and the three eyeshadows from the Onyx Quartz trio.



Here's a look I put together using my the Onyx Quartz trio and Night Violet lipgloss.

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

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

CHEEKS: MAC blush in Coygirl.

LIPS: Avon Night Violet Lipgloss.

EYES: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. The three shadows from the Onyx Quartz trio were blended from lightest to darkest from the inner lid to the outer V. The lightest shade was also used under the brow. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero was used on the waterline and Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner was used on the upper lashline. Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara was used on upper and lower lashes.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYES







THE LIPS


THE LOOK

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mark Industria Cream Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Review, Swatches, and Look

Usually I am bored to death by the makeup in the Mark/Avon catalogues and thus I ignore both companies and spend my makeup budget elsewhere. Howver, about a month ago, I did decide to try a couple of things for the hell of it. Here is one of the things that I bought: a Mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner and Shadow duo. The reason I bought it is kind of silly......I was ordering some things from the Avon catologue so I thought I would try something from Mark while I was at it so I decided to try this duo as it is named Industria and this pleases me because I am an industrial music connoisseur in my own mind. Wow, I really don't make a lot of sense anymore these days. MOVING ON......to a quick reveiw.

THE GOOD: I really like the compact that this comes in. It's portable and cute. I also enjoy the colours in this duo.

THE BAD: You don't really get that much product for the price, it was $12 Canadian for the compact. It seemed like I had to apply a lot to get the colours to show up and it seems like they would get used up fairly quickly. I applied these to the eyelid with a concealer brush (my makeup application techniques are rather SKETCHY to say the least) as I thought the product would be stiffer......wrong! It is very creamy in texture but really hard to blend and build the colour. On the lower lashline, I applied it as an eyeliner with an angled brush which went a lot better, but it seemed to smudge quite a bit.

THE UGLY: This product is named "KEEP IT GOING" which indicates to me that it is supposed to be long wearing. I am not a huge fan of cream eyeshadows to begin with as my oily skin is not kind to them, but this one started creasing right after I took my pictures. Applied as eyeliner, it did a little better but still smudged super easily.

THE INDIFFERENCE: This product is nicely packaged and named so I was attracted to it. The colours are....meh. It wears and blends poorly as an eyeshadow (though the poor blending is also perhaps related to poor technique). It wears a little bit better as an eyeliner but it might work better for creating a smudged line rather than a precise one. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed.

THE PACKAGING


THE SWATCHES




Here is a look I put together to try the Industria shadows/liners out. It really didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. The application is $h!t, the blending is $#!t, and the lipstick I picked was not the colour I thought it was......I thought it was more purple-ish but it is actually rather brown based or something and it kind of doesn't go. BLAH.

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

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Vixen.......this is a dark, vampy shade which I am loving!

LIPS: MAC Lipstick in Hipster.

EYES: Eyes were prepped with UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. A thousand layers of the purple shade were used on the inner lid and the grey shade was blended (I use the term loosely) into the purple shade and into the outer V. The purple shade was used as an eyeliner on the lower inner lashline and the grey shade was used on the outer lower lashline. Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero was used on the waterline. Maybelline Line Stiletto was used on the upper lashline. Maybelline the Falsies Mascara was used on the upper and lower lashes.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS

THE EYES




THE LOOK