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

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Cabaret Goth

Recently, I attended a corset fashion show for a local designer. It was held in a large nightclub with a stage and in addition to the fashion show, there were burlesque performers as well. The event was really well organized and I had a great time! I might also be getting a corset from the company for my birthday ;) For my attire for the evening, I decided to dig through my clothes and try my hand at a "cabaret goth" style outfit. When dressing in this style, one combines dark elements with burlesque elements such as garters, stockings, and corsets. For my makeup, I wanted to try out my new MAC Runaway Red lipstick (which I missed the first time they released it and I was crabby) and some of my Silk Naturals pretties.

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: Silk Naturals Galaxy blush.

LIPS: MAC Runaway Red.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Lid: Fyrinnae Purgatory
Crease/Inner V: Fyrinnae Steampunk
Upper Crease/Inner Corner: Silk Naturals Sinner
Outer V: Silk Naturals Torn Fishnets
Waterline: UD Perversion
Lower Lashline: Annabelle Glitterama Eyeliner in Atomic Red
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies
False Lashes: Ardell Fashion Lashes "London"


THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES




THE LOOK



THE OUTFIT


Hair clip: Made by me
Necklace: Moon Maiden Jewelry (made by a blogger!)
Top: Le Chateau
Fan: Art of Adornment
Silk Dupioni Underbust Corset: Louise Black Designs
Gauntlets: OrdoAtraSerpentis (Etsy, also made by a blogger!)
Skirt: Lip Service
Stockings: Leg Avenue
Leather Thigh Garter: friend had it made for me
Shoes: Metropolis Shoes

Are there any other ladies out there who rock the cabaret goth style? Do share your style tips or links to where you get your clothes, shoes, etc!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Silk Naturals Lip and Cheek Review and Swatches

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Silk Naturals to see if I would be interested in reviewing any of their products. I asked to try some lip and cheek products as I had only tried their eyeshadows in the past. I was sent three blush samples and three full-sized lip products. I was quite pleased to find that I really love all of the colours of everything they sent me even though it was a surprise!!

THE PRODUCTS


THE SWATCHES




From left to right: Shrieking Violet Liquid Lip Gloss, Doll Lip Stain, Electra Amplifying Lip Glaze, Cosmic Blush, Tart Blush, Galaxy Blush.

REVIEWS:

BLUSH:

THE GOOD:  These blushes have nice pigmentation and apply very smoothly. Silk Naturals has a great variety of pretty colours to choose from on their website. I really like the three colours that they sent me, the two pink shades are perfect colours for spring and summer, and Galaxy turned out to be my surprise favourite. It looked very brown in the pot but I ended up loving it; it was very flattering on me and I didn't have any blushes like it. I would highly recommend checking this one out!

THE BAD: I find I really need to be careful with Cosmic. When I apply it at the start of the day it looks like a perky wash of pink but it tends to darken quite a bit as my face gets oilier through the day. I know that this happens with many powder products but it is particularly an issue in my case with Cosmic.

THE VERDICT: Silk Naturals has a great selection of pretty blushes. I'll definitely be purchasing a full size of Galaxy and a few more colours as well!

LIP STAIN:

THE GOOD: This is definitely an excellent stain in my books. It lasts all day, yet it is easy to remove and I don't have any residual colour the next day! I like the fact that I can play around with it in order to make the colour deeper or lighter and  you can also easily layer other products over it such as a gloss to change the finish without disrupting the colour underneath.

THE BAD: It's fairly drying, though this is the case with most lip stains. One could easily layer a balm over top of it if you have this problem, however.

THE VERDICT: This stain is easy to apply with a doe-foot applicator. It is very versatile; The colour is buildable and it works well for layering (I really love the colour that I got as well!).  It is a bit drying to my lips, but it lasts all throughout my workday, including lunch and drinking a bunch of coffee.

AMPLIFYING LIP GLAZE:

THE GOOD: This product has a really neat texture, it is almost like a gel. It applies very smoothly and gave an excellent sheen to my lips. It provides a sheer layer of colour that is easy to wear and flattering, there is also a nice sparkle to the colour that I got. I felt that this particular product was also moisturizing to my lips and very comfortable to wear.

THE BAD: This product is supposed to be a lip plumper. It gives a bit of a tingle to my lips but I don't see a noticeable plumping effect. It is also not particularly long-wearing.

THE VERDICT: I think these are a great product to carry in your purse or bring to work for when you want to throw on a moisturizing and wearable lip colour. I carry this with me and use it all the time when I need to add something extra to my makeup as it provides sheer colour that goes with everything. I don't really think it works well as lip plumper, however.

LIQUID LIP GLOSS:

THE GOOD: I really like this product. The texture is just excellent; it's smooth and not sticky and applies evenly for a lovely shine. This is one of the best indie gloss formulations that I have tried!

THE BAD: It isn't particularly long-wearing. It is a gloss, however, and most glosses will need touchups throughout the day.

THE VERDICT: If you like indie glosses, I think you'll like these! The texture is lovely.


LIP AND FULL FACE SWATCHES

DOLL LIP STAIN





This is my "Oh, crap I really need a coffee/OH CRAP I put on too much makeup to go to work again" face. I look like I could use a few more hours of "beauty sleep" lol!
 
ELECTRA AMPLIFYING LIP GLAZE



This colour shows up a bit more purple-y in real life (see arm swatch above for a more true representation of the colour). It looks more sheer in these photos than it looks in real life and it has a lot more sparkle and shine to it than I was able to capture on camera. I really like this colour!!


COSMIC BLUSH


SHREKING VIOLET LIQUID LIP GLOSS

This one has a lot more colour to it in real life.
If you're wanting to try out a Silk Naturals lip gloss, I would recommend this colour. It is a gorgeous pink with a bit of a violet sheen and can be worn both brightly or more sheerly. I think it would be flattering on a wide range of people.

TART BLUSH WITH SHREIKING VIOLET LIP GLOSS



GALAXY BLUSH



OVERALL THOUGHTS:

In my opinon, Silk Naturals is an indie company that is very professional and offers great customer service. They have a well-laid out website and a large variety of  nicely-packaged products to choose from. Overall, I have been very happy with the products that I have tried. They offer vegan options and it is easy to find ingredient information on their site which is great for people who avoid certain things in cosmetics. This is definitely a company that I would feel comfortable recommending to others. Please feel free to share your opinions/thoughts in the comments.

Availability: Silk Naturals website

DISCLAIMER: Products in this post were sent for review and were NOT purchased by me. I believe that my reviews are honest and I have also given this company a positive review (click here) prior to them sending me samples. I have tested all of these products by actually wearing them in my daily activities, not just swatching them. I was free to review these products as I saw fit. For more information, please see my BORING CRAP ALERT page.