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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Marilyn Manson

Earlier this year (in February) I went to see Marilyn Manson. I never got to see him live when I was younger and more into the whole MM thing (though Mechanical Animals is still one of my favourite albums) so I felt the need to go. Unfortunately, his performance was a bit disappointing as he was sick (or dealing with other "issues"). It would have been awesome to see him back in 2002 on the God, Guns, and Government tour. I have the DVD of this and the live show used to be AWESOME. The live show was still pretty decent with lots of visual effects and costume changes, etc. but good old Mr. Manson just doesn't seem to be all that with it any more. I was happy to see Twiggy Ramirez as part of the live band as he is the namesake of my tiny, polydactyl, female cat. As usual, I used this occasion as an opportunity to wear obnoxious makeup and take pictures of it.

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

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

CHEEKS: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine.

LIPS: MAC Lipstick in Strong Woman.

EYES: Base: UDPP, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Sugarpill Midori, 2AM, and Bulletproof; Inglot AMC 58 and 74.
Eyeliners: UD Woodstock, Graffiti, and Perversion. Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Liner in Violet Venus, Maybelline Black Liquid Liner.
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Star.
False Lashes: Ardell Double up 203 Black.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES




THE LOOK


HAIR


This was when my hair was still growing out of its short haircut and looking a bit awkward so I wasn't sure what to do with it. I was going through my hair-related things and found these lovely clip-in extensions that my friend hand-dyed for me. I decided to crimp and back-comb my hair and add a bit of colour. I ended up doing my makeup in a similar colour theme! I don't know why but I really love crimped hair.

THE OUTFIT


Hair extensions: Hand-dyed by my friend.
Collar: Gift from friend.
Dress: Switchblade Stiletto (Saw it hangin' on the clearance rack for $30 (1/2 price)........AND IT FIT PERFECTLY!)
Belt: Semi-diy...added rings to an old studded belt.
Armwarmers: DIY made from an old shirt.
Boots: New Rock.

OPENING BAND: THE BUTCHER BABIES



MANSON






TWIGGY RAMIREZ





MY CAT TWIGGY RAMIREZ

Can't you see the resemblance??!?!?
After the concert, we went out to the club. It was a pretty fun night overall! I had been sick for like, WEEKS leading up to this, it was nice to get out of the house for something other than work for once!

Seen any good concerts lately? 
I'm looking forward to NIN this November!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Worksafe Monday: Animal Print

For lovers of alternative fashion, dress codes for work can be a real downer depending on where you are employed. Some of us are fortunate enough to work in an environment where differences in appearance are not a big deal, while some of us must conform to very strict rules. When I was in university, I used to work in labs. Since you do not work with the public unless you are doing a presentation, the only dress code in place has to do with wearing proper safety gear when doing certain tasks. When working at this job I could wear pretty much whatever I wanted and since I was a good employee nobody really cared and my appearance did not affect me in a negative way.

OLD SCHOOL PICTURE FROM WHEN I WAS 21
 

 
Job instability and other things eventually led me to the decision to pursue a different career. Unfortunately, this meant that I would have to get used to a dress code. Where I work, the dress code is "professional" (skirts/dresses/dress pants; no jeans or t-shirts, etc) and one must dress somewhat conservatively. Thankfully, where I work the dress code is not QUITE as strict as it is at other places where I could work and I am a good employee so I get away with wearing my earrings and facial piercings and having some of my back tattoo somewhat visible. (Even though I am not heavily pierced or tattooed AT ALL, some people still have a big problem with these sorts of things). It was hard for me to adjust to dressing "properly" at first, but as an adult you just have to suck it up and deal with this sort of thing sometimes. I have come to realize that regardless of what I am wearing I am still the same person and can have the same interests, I just have to behave myself in the appearance department when I am working.
 
 
Even when dressing for work, I still try to have a bit of fun with it and add some slightly "alternative" touches to keep things interesting. One thing I like to do is crack out the animal print! Animal print is fun but can still be worn in a work- appropriate manner. I also like to wear mainstream-looking black boots for fall and winter.
 
 
Sweater and belt: Le Chateau, Tights: H & M, Leopard print dress, Suzy Sheir, Boots: Brown's Shoes.
 
Snake-print dress and belt: Le Chateau, Boots: Aldo.
Top, skirt and bracelet: Le Chateau.
Do you have to follow a dress code at work? What do you do to keep from getting too bored with your work wear?




Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Neon Sunset Makeup for The Birthday Massacre

Awhile ago, I got to go see The Birthday Massacre in concert. The concert was made even more awesome by the fact that Aesthetic Perfection was opening for them! I had seen them last year and they are great live. I had a lot of fun! I had a hard time figuring out what to wear but I was feeling colourful so I thought I would break out some brights!! I did my makeup in somewhat of a sunset-inspired theme. 

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: Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral.

LIPS: Lime Crime Centrifuschia with Kat Von D Lightning Lipgloss in Party Animal over top.

EYES: Base: UDPP, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, NYX JEP in Milk.
Shadows: Sugarpill Buttercupcake, Bulletproof and Flamepoint, Too Faced Mess in a Dress, MAC Pigment in Brash and Bold, My Pretty Zombie eyeshadow in My Pretty Zombie.
Liners: Lime Crime Uniliner in 6th Element, Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Candy Glitter Liner in Hot Candy, Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques in Temptation.
Mascara: Janet UV Fluor Mascara.
False Eyelashes: Ardell Halloween ones.

THE EQUIPMENT


SH*TTILY DONE NAILS


I used Essie Shine of the Times over Essie Camera, which is pink. Shine of the Times turned it orange.

THE LIPS


THE EYES





THE LOOK



THE OUTFIT


Goggles: I Kick Shins.
Synth Dreads: Self-made.
Necklace: Artwith Latex
Dress: OohLaLatex
Boots: Demonia

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE


Orange is one of my favourite bright summer colours! I had to make myself resist that MAC orange collection that came out recently as I am trying not to buy any makeup. What is your favourite bright colour to wear?