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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Pretty Zombie Husbandry Affliction Trio

Here's a look using the MPZ Husbandry Affliction Trio!

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: MAC Coygirl Blush.

LIPS: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipgloss in 803 Shimmering Violet (or Midnight Butterfly or something).

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Lid: MPZ Mad Cow
Crease: MPZ Anthrax
Outer V: MPZ Hoof and Mouth
Waterline: UD Perversion.
Lower Lashline: UD Asphyxia (IT GOES PERFECTLY WITH THESE SHADOWS!)
Upper Lashline: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner.
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE EYES







THE LIPS


THE LOOK


Monday, November 21, 2011

Do I Look Pretty? Review and Swatches of My Pretty Zombie Eyeshadows

Quite some time ago, I placed my first order with My Pretty Zombie, an independent makeup company. Read on for a review and swatches!

THE WEBSITE/STORE:

-MPZ is availabe through an Etsy store which is very easy to navigate

-Product photos are clear and well done

-Swatches are somewhat inconsistent (not really a problem, see below); most shadows have a photo of the product spilled out and a finger swatch but some shadows have no swatches at all, some have arm/hand swatches, and a few have pictures of the eyeshadow on the eye modeled by fellow blogger Manda of Toxid Lotus

-I found the photos to be mostly colour accurate compared to the colours of eyeshadow that I received (i.e. you can easily pick colours and know what you're getting so the swatch photos posted are useful)

-The eyeshadows offered are not lip safe or vegan; this information is clearly listed in her shop announcement

-Product descriptions are accurate in my opinion, and many are quite humourous (like the one for the WTF trio)


THE ORDERING:

-Shipping was fast and well within the stated TAT (clearly shown at the top of the store page)

-Customer service was excellent; mrsevils, the shop owner, contacted me via Etsy conversation to let me know that I could bundle a couple more eye shadows together to save money and then refunded me (she did this with the second order I placed as well!)

THE PACKAGING:

-Products arrived securely packed in a box with a cute dead Barbie sticker sealing it (great attention to detail!)

-A clear invoice,lovely business card, fun fangs, and 3 free sample baggies were included with my order

-Shadows were packed in pretty pink bags with Easter grass to cushion them (did I mention that I am loving the attention to detail here?)
-The jars that the shadows come in are tall and square and really cute! They are labelled with the name of the eyeshadow and "Do I Look Pretty?" around the base of the jars; this looks fantastic in my opionion! Ingredients and the name of the shadow is also listed on a non-water resistant sticker on the bottom of the jars.

-All jars arrived shrink-wrapped, which is very professional. Despite this, there was a small amount of spillage from one of the eyeshadows when I received them.

THE PRICING:


-Full-size eyeshadow: $5 US
-Sample eyeshadow set of 3: $3 US
-Full-size blush: $8 US
-OMG YOU PICK 5 Eyeshadows: $20 US (save $5)
-All 5 Full-size blushes: $32 US (save $8)
-I feel that the shipping costs and prices are reasonable.


THE PRODUCT: EYESHADOWS

THE GOOD: I love the look of the jars and the attention to detail in labelling them. The names of the shadows are awesome and the owner clearly has an excellent sense of humour. There are some really unique and gorgeous colours available and they work well with UDPP and MAC Paint Pot as well as Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and NYX JEP's.  They have passed my Weekday and Goth Club tests and I have had no problems with wear or creasing. They are easy to blend and there are a variety of finishes (matte, shimmery, sparkly) to choose from.

THE BAD: Despite my love for the look of the jars, the tall lip of them is a bit hard to work with. Also, there are some colours with awesome glitter in them that unfortunately gets lost to fall-out if not used over a stickier base like PE.

THE VERDICT: Overall, I really, really love the shadows that I got! I have been using them a lot and have found them useful for colourful looks, work-safe looks, and especially goth club and Halloween looks! I also enjoy using things that have nice packaging and fun names. I would highly recommend these eyeshadows!

THE HAUL




LOVE the attention to detail!
THE (DRY) SWATCHES


The Husbandry Affliction Trio: Mad Cow, Hoof and Mouth, Anthrax.



The WTF Trio: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.



996, Agonys Decay, Amacyst, Black Eye, Coffin Critters.


Epistaxis, EJP Creations, Gangrenous, Mary Jane, Miasma.

Monstrous Industry, My Pretty Zombie, New Age Dolls, New Bruise, Pink Eye.



Rabies, Somnambulant, TaraYvonne, Thundernuts, Vanity.


THE LITERAL SWATCHES

Do I  look pretty?
One day I was stuck at home feeling rather ill and I didn't do my hair or anything and I was quite bored. To amuse myself and because I am an idiot, I decided to do some "literal" swatches of Black Eye, Pink Eye, New Bruise, and Epistaxis. Please telll me that I am not crazy and that someone else out there thinks this is funny....anyone?

FAVOURITES:

Agonys Decay: This is a really neat golden-green shade with large silver flakey sparkles. I love the huge silver sparkles!

Amacyst: It looks either purple or blue depending on how you use it, a really neat colour!

Epistaxis: An awesome, blackened, matte red. I have used up my entire sample already!

Miasma: Yellow with a pink shift? YES PLEASE!

TaraYvonne: My swatch of this does it no justice. It is a dark blue with red glitter and it is FABULOUS when used with PE.

The Husbandry Affliction Trio: These colours go so well together! They all have really neat shifts.


Captain James T. Kirk, one of my cats, also has a favourite. He loves Coffin Critters. He loves it so much that he attacked the open jar of it while I was swatching. He ended up wearing some of it. (He has also tried on Amacyst as he attacked my makeup brush whilst I was applying it).


James modeling Coffin Critters: a lovely matte black that is perfect for crease blending and outer V darkening.
OVERALL, I would highly recommend this company. I experienced excellent customer service and am impressed with the attention to detail and quality of their products. I have already ordered from them a second time.

AVAILABILITY: My Pretty Zombie

DISCLAIMER: All products in this review were purchased by me and my opinions are my own. I received samples free with my order which were NOT for review/promotional purposes. I am not affiliated with this company in any way. Please see the "Boring Crap Alert" page if you have further questions or concerns.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Makeup for the Beach

Where I live, it gets COLD in the winter. This year, the weather had actually been quite nice until recently. It is unheard of to not have any snow in November but for some reason it hadn't snowed and the weather was decent. For the last few days, it has been just ugly and cold with blowing snow and slippery roads. I don't mind snow or cold weather but when it first hits it always sucks and there is much swearing as I try to dig my car out of a snowdrift in a skirt and heels so I can get to work. To distract myself from the cold weather, I thought I'd post about the makeup that I like to wear to the beach. In the summer, my semi-husband and I like to spend the odd Sunday at a beach just sitting around and relaxing. I am kind of a pain in the ass to go to the beach with as I often like to put on makeup first and then sit under a large golf umbrella such that I do not get a suntan as I do not prefer how it looks on me. Anyway, here's my simple beach makeup look!

BODY: SPF 30 SUNSCREEN!!!! SUNSCREEN IS VERY IMPORTANT!!! I use SPF 30 because protection increases quite minimally with SPF strengths over 30 so it isn't really worth paying more for them as they are often more expensive. I like Ombrelle by L'Oreal and Vichy Captial Soleil as they are not greasy and rub nicely into the skin. Ombrelle also has a sunscreen meant for the face that is nice and doesn't cause any irritation or breakouts when I use it.  It also can be worn under makeup.

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime (this product is available with SPF 15 as well)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15 in NC15 (I had avoided the sun enough this summer that I didn't even need to crack out my NC20!)
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15

BROWS: Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown.

CHEEKS: A generous amount of Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Pinup to give me at least SOME colour.

LIPS: GOSH Soft 'n Shine Lip Balm with SPF 15 in 41 Kiss.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Lid: Stila Kitten eyeshadow.
Liner: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner.
Lower Lashline: UD 24/7 Liner in Midnight Cowboy.
Mascara: Maybelline One By One.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES


THE LOOK


My bathing suit of the day was a one-piece, vintage-inspired (it has a little skirt at the bottom) cherry print number from Pin Up Girl Clothing.

Keep warm out there! How's the weather where you are?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cyber Green

I am SOOOOOOO behind in posting anything, I have about 60 folders worth of looks on my computer that I haven't gotten around to! Many of them are goth club looks since I've been able to go fairly often lately. Some of them, like the one I shall be posting today, are a bit, shall we say, experimental. Being that I previously only got to dress up on rare occasions, I am a bit rusty in the goth/cyber makeup department. Also, it's taken me awhile to get used to the lighting where I now live so some of my pictures haven't been turning out all that well. I wasn't all that happy with how this look or the photos turned out, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway. I kind of like what I was going for, but it could have been executed a lot better. That's what I love about makeup, you can screw around, mess it up, and in the end it all washes off so you can try something new and better next time!

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

BROWS: Annabelle Brow Pencil in Soft Black.

CHEEKS: MAC Mineralize Blush in Miss Behave.

LIPS: Morgana Cryptoria Absinthe lipstick.

EYES: Base: UDPP, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, and NYX JEP in Black Bean on the eyelid, outer V, and crease areas.
Lid: Spellbound By Jynx Wizard of Oz with Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Midori.
Crease: Sugarpill Chromalust loose eyeshadow in Absinthe.
Outer V: Green colour from MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in She Who Dares with NARS Night Breed.
Browbone: Stargazer Florescent Pressed Powder in Forest.
Upper and Lower Lashlines, Wings, etc: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner and UD 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Graffiti.
Mascara of some type was worn but I can't remember what kind.
Waterline: UD 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion.
False Eyelashes: Elise brand applied with DUO Lash Adhesive in Dark Tone.

THE EQUIPMENT

THE EYES



THE LIPS


THE LOOK


THE OUTFIT

I wonder what the hell I was looking at in this picture....

Cyberlox Falls: I Kick Shins
Dreadband (can't really see it in the pictures): MTCoffinz on Ebay
PVC Collar: I forget where I got this.
Top: Lip Service
Wait Cincher: Lip Service
Skirt: Gift from friend.
Garter Belt: My friend Tash made it.
Stockings: Some goth store.
Boots: Demonia