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

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pretending to be a Fancy Lady

Here is another old look. I really need to get my ass in gear and post some of my stuff! Anyway, this is something I wore to go out for a nice dinner. I used my Armani Eyes to Kill shadow and some Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque so I could pretend I was very fancy. Then, I ended up screwing up my hairdo, abruptly bringing myself back to the real world in which I am actually somewhat of a mess.

The Armani eyeshadow is a dark reddish black colour when applied with a heavier hand, but if you blend it out it actually can be used as a nice complement to neutral shades.  Thankfully it is at least somewhat versatile considering the price of the damned thing!

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: Smashbox Double Take Fusion Cheek palette.

LIPS: Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Lacque. (Can't go wrong with this one!)

EYES: Base: UDPP, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Lid: Mac Pigment in Sunnydaze.
Crease/Outer V: Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #2 Lust Red.
Upper Lashline: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner.
Waterline:  UD Perversion.
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Flared (It sucks! I was attracted to the cute wings on the packaging.)

THE EQUIPMENT

 
THE LIPS

 
THE EYES
 





THE LOOK


Something's gone wrong here. I hate when I screw up my hair, ARGH! That's what you get when you try to be all fancy-like.
 
Do you have any products that make you feel fancy?
 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Product Comparison: Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows vs. L'Oreal Colour Infallible

I had been eyeballing the very pretty looking Armani Eyes to Kill shadows for quite some time and I eventually caved and bought one. My first thought was HOLY BALLS THESE ARE EXPENSIVE!!!!! Shortly afterward, I was definitely kicking myslef for buying it because the L'Oreal Colour Infallible eyeshadows came out. These are the only "pressed pigment" types of shadows availabe from a drugstore brand that I know of and they are really nice!! Read on for a product
comparison........

Armani Eyes To Kill

PROS: The quality of these pressed pigments is very high, they have excellent pigmentation and andherence and are very smooth to apply. There are also some unique colours within the range. The packaging is very sturdy and feels high-end.

CONS: THESE ARE FRIGHTENINGLY EXPENSIVE ($42 Canadian)!!! They are nice, but not THAT nice, JEEZ. If you pay the money, you are getting the brand identity (if you care about that sort of thing) and a few unique shades but I don't really think it's worth it overall.

L'Oreal Colour Infallible

PROS: These pressed pigments apply very nicely and have fairly decent adhesion and slip. They are also very pigmented. The packaging is nothing special but it is nice. There is a fairly wide range of colours to choose from ranging from neutrals to brights to darker colours. I think they are a good price as well (when they are on sale, you can get these for $8 Canadian, give or take.)

CONS: As I mentioned above, these shadows have decent adhesion and slip, but I think it could be a bit better. They don't stick to my eye as well as I would like them to so I have to layer them on a bit. While the colours that are available are very pretty, there aren't really any super unique shades available, in my opinion.

TIME FOR A GUESSING GAME!
 

I bought Eyes to Kill #2 Lust Red . Then I noticed 13 Burning Black from L'Oreal. They look different in the pots but.....


...see if you can tell the difference by looking at the swatches! They're not EXACTLY the same, but for the price difference, I don't think it matters! Which one do you think is the Armani one?


Anyway, I like to buy things from high-end brands every now and then as a treat and to pretend that I am fancy. However, I try to pick things that are unique or not available from less expensive brands or things that are really high quality. In this case, I wish I would have picked one of the more unique shades that is available from the Eyes to Kill line rather than something that I found an almost exact dupe for. (In my opinion, the more unique shades of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows are #20 Obsidian Black, #4 Pulp Fiction, #3 Purpura, and # 1 Blast of Blue).

Here are a few more swatches of some L'Oreal Colour Infallible shadows:

14 Eternal Black


 
From left to right: 2 Hourglass Beige, 5 Purple Obsession, and 21 Sahara Treasure.
 


 
I've been seeing a lot of ladies rocking many different shades of these L'Oreal shadows in looks lately and from what I can see there are a lot of awesome colours available! I'd definitely recommend trying these out. If you're a fancy lady and want to try one of the Eyes To Kill shadows, perhaps stick with the more unique shades.

Disclaimer: Products were purchased by me.

***Also, in the comparison picture, the L'Oreal shadow is on the right and the Armani shadow is on the left!***

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nails

It's time for another nail post! I'll start off with my usual nail disclaimer: I don't do anything groundbreaking in the way of nail art, my application technique is horrible, my cuticles are frightening (because I hate lotions/oils or anything like that on my hands), and half the time I forget to take a picture right away so when I remember my polish is all chipped to sh*t. I chewed my nails to nothing for most of my life up until about a year ago so I still really blow at nails. This post is more to show what different polishes look like on. I've been using LeChat Undercover Ultrabond Base Coat and Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat.

Wet N Wild Black Creme with Nerd Lacquer Hyperspace Bypass overtop.

A few people told me that my nails looked quite frightening. I rather like this combo! Perhaps it is best not worn to work.


Bourjois So Laque! in Bleu Violet with Nicole by OPI Gone Wishin' over top.


Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Prep's Cool.

These stay on very well if you apply them properly. Many say they are easy to use. I must disagree as I am nail-challenged. I pretty much FUBARed the application here.


Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Take the Stage.

Application went a little better this time. This had an awesome sparkle to it!


Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Terracotta. Essie Camera on the accent nail.

I LOVE THE NEON + NUDE TREND!!!!! Camera is awesome, it is a neon pink with just a hint of orange to it. YES.


 Zoya Indigo. Zoya Trixie on accent nail.

Notice the lack of frightening cuticles? That's because I got my nails *did* for a wedding. It was my first ever manicure. My sister got a pedicure with Zoya Trixie which looked awesome as a toenail colour.


Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish in Trafalgar Square.

I LOVE MAGNETIC POLISH! I used one the China Glaze magnet to make the star pattern on the accent nail.


 This dog's breakfast was the result of me not being able to decide what the hell to do with my nails and having too much spare time on my hands.

Thumb: OPI Atomic Orange with Essie Shine of the Times on top. Pointer: Maybelline Colour Show in Orange Fix with Shine of the Times. Middle: Maybelline Colour Show Sweet Clementine with Shine of the Times. Ring: Orange Fix with Kiss Nail Art sticker. Pinky: Orange Fix with NYC Matte Me Crazy top coat (go get it, it's only $1).


Ring: Orange Fix with Nicole By OPI Black Texture Coat.


Hits No Olimpo Dionisio. Accent: Boujois So Laque! Bleu Violet with flake glitter on top.

The flake glitter may look neat but it didn't sit flat on my nail so chunks of it got caught on stuff and got ripped off fairly easily, even under the topcoat. I'll just go back to glueing it on my face. Oooh and aaaah over the holographic polish.



Ozotic 506 over OPI Russian Navy

I had a hard time capturing this one, the bottle in the picture shows the HUGE colour shift a bit better.  I wish the Ozotic polishes were more opaque (considering the price of them), you almost HAVE to wear them over something else.


Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 370 Black Out with Sally Hansen Gem Crush in 08 Glitz Gal overtop. Accent nail has American Apparel Glitter in Light Year overtop.

I would highly recommend getting some of those Gem Crush polishes! They are inexpensive and super sparkly! Both of the glitter polishes I used here have an awesome holographic sparkle to them, this mani looked really awesome in sunlight (not that I would know, I took this picture outdoors whilst underneath a huge black umbrella, lol!)


What are you rocking on your nails today?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Hot Tropical Mess

Ever take pictures of a makeup look and then never end up posting them? This is one of those looks. I found it in a folder entitled "A Hot Tropical Mess" and it is from over a year ago!  I think I named it as such because after I looked at the pictures I wasn't too fond of the colour combination because it reminded me of a tropical sort of theme. Now that I look at it again, I think it's kind of neat. I did this look out of boredom in the spring of 2011 when I was stuck at home studying for my licensing exam for my job (I can tell because it looks like I haven't had a hair cut for like 3 months in the picture lol!) These colours remind me of summer, so I figure that now is a good time to post this old forgotten look before summer comes to an end and we can get into fall!

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

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Burlesque.

BROWS: Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil (Brown).

LIPS: Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Romantique.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Inner Lid: Persephone Minerals Seahorse.
Inner V: Persephone Minerals Mars Crystal Power.
Outer V and Lower Lashline: Ben Nye Eyeshadow in Turquoise.
Upper Crease: Persephone Minerals Apricot Lush.
Upper Lashline: Mabyelline Liquid Black Eyeliner.
Waterline: UD Perversion.
Mascara: Maybelline One By One.


THE EQUIPMENT



THE LIPS


THE EYES







THE LOOK

 

I can't wait for fall!!! I hate hot weather and I love boots and coats and vampy fall makeup collections!

Also, is Persephone Minerals no longer a company? I can't find their online shop anymore. If anyone has a link to their current shop or knows if they are still in business, please let me know!