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

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

Hello everyone! It is the dreaded Black Friday. I always post a black outfit on Black Friday because it amuses me. My outfit today was worn to a local corset-maker's fashion show. It was kind of disappointing because I ended up getting off work late, doing a rather poor job of my hair and makeup, and getting to the venue about half an hour late. I had also thought that the fashion show was scheduled later in the evening so I thought I was doing ok for time, but it turns out it was the first part of the show (they also had burlesque performers) so I missed the entire fashion show by like 30 seconds!!! It was finishing right as I walked in!!! ARGH. WORK.  Anyway, I decided to do pink makeup for some reason, I didn't really like the overall effect.

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: Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll.

LIPS: MAC Rebel.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: MAC Brash and Bold Pigment, My Pretty Zombie Mng #1 and My Pretty Zombie, Fyrinnae Princess of Darkness, and Sugarpill Magnetric & Bulletproof.
Liners: Maybelline Black Liquid Liner, UD Woodstock and Perversion.
Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.
False Lashes: Ardell Bat Those Lashes.

THE EQUIPMENT

 
THE LIPS
 
 
THE EYES

 
THE LOOK

 
THE OUTFIT

 
Synthetic Dreads: Made by me.
Spike Headband: Made by my "husband".
Necklace: Le Chateau.
Shrug: Local corset store.
Corset: Sweet Carousel Corsetry
Skirt: (I got this while shopping in Montreal earlier this year, it is great for curvier figures!)
Tights: Ebay
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
 
When we got home, the cats were very crabby that we had left them home alone. They do not like when we go out for the evening!!
 

We actually got a half-decent picture of the two of us when we were out. Usually, one or both of us has our eyes closed or something like that. The other half's suit and shirt is from Calvin Klein, and the circuit board print tie is from Cyberoptix Tie Lab. I found out about them from the blog This is Corpgoth. Their printed ties are great for adding a bit of alternative flair to an otherwise formal outfit (and ladies can rock them, too!). They also have awesome printed pashminas.


Is anyone braving the shopping malls today? I did some online sale shopping, it's much safer!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Random Swatches: Morgana Cryptoria and Revlon

Hello everyone! Here are some random swatches that I never posted! Let's start with some Morgana Cryptoria.

 
STUFF
 
Top: Sexy Spellcaster lip gloss. Left: Ethereal Veil. Right: Gravely Blush.

SWATCHES
 
From left to right: Ethereal Veil, Gravely Blush, Sexy Spellcaster lip gloss.
 
I really enjoy the mauve-grey blush! The veil is meant to be used as an all-over face powder but it is very sparkly and rather blue so it does not work on my skintone for this purpose. I use it as a highlighter or eyeshadow.
 
STUFF
 
From left to right: Borghild, Darkwave, Mistress of Diamonds, Lady Grey.
 
SWATCHES
 
From left to right: Borghild, Lady Grey, Mistress of Diamonds, Darkwave.
 
Aw yeah.........grey and purple lipstick. Morgana Cryptoria lipstick is awesome! I find that I like the lipsticks a lot better than the glosses.
 
I have also jumped on the Revlon Lip Butter bandwagon. I avoided the product previously as I cannot stand any cosmetic with the word "butter" in it; to me that just sounds gross. However, they are a great drugstore item, I use them at work all the time. They wear very nicely for work; they have great colour payoff yet they are quite forgiving at the same time. I would highly recommend these. I would not particularly recommend Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm. I never enjoy marker-like packaging for lip stains. I find that the colours go on harsh and uneven; they are also extremely drying even with the added balm.
 
STUFF
 
 From left to right: Peach Parfait, Lollipop, Red Velvet.
 
I also have Sugar Frosting which is a frosty light pink, it didn't make it into the pictures as it was in my drawer at work.

 
Below: Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Gothic.
 
 
SWATCHES

From left to right: Gothic, Peach Parfait, Lollipop, Red Velvet.
 
What are your favourite drugstore lip products?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Clubbing with my Sister

Hello! My sister and her boyfriend are coming to visit this weekend! We are going to see Nine Inch Nails!!!!!! Also, they just bought their first house so I can't wait to go visit them to see it! Since I never get around to posting anything, here is an old look from last year when she came to visit. (You can tell it is from last year as I still have short hair.) We went out and then I ended up falling on my driveway. Good times. I wore one of my favourite lipsticks: MAC Rebel. It is actually one of their bestsellers. I can see why, I think it would look good on a wide variety of people. Also, pink lipstick usually looks horrible on me but I feel that Rebel is quite flattering.
 
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: MAC Rebel.
 
EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: UD Naked: Creep, Gunmetal. UD Naked2: Foxy, Pistol, Verve, Blackout.
Liner: UD Uzi and Perversion, Maybelline Liquid Black Eyeliner.
Mascara: Rimmel Scandaleyes (TERRIBLE!)
False Lashes: Sephora Mink.
 
THE EQUIPMENT
 
 

 
THE LIPS
 
 
THE EYES
 
 
THE LOOK



 THE OUTFITS

 
Sister's Dress: Le Chateau
My Dress and Bracelet: Also Le Chateau
Necklace and Tights: H & M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Horrible faux leather plastic boned bent out of shape waist corset: Allure Lingerie
I can't remember where my sister's shoes are from
 
I would like to add a new leather or faux leather waist cincher to my wardrobe as the one you see above has seen better days. It had plastic boning and I am rather curvy....these two things do not go well with one another. Bent boning corset = NOT FLATTERING. I currently have my eye on this one. AW YEAH can you tell I like spikes?
 
Has anyone else seen NIN on their current tour? What did you think of their live show?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Big-Ass Mascara Review

 Recently, I have become fed up with drugstore mascara. I had been using Maybelline The Falsies for several years with half-decent results. I have never really been a big mascara junkie, but since I have had to tone down my makeup for work in recent years, I find that mascara actually makes a big difference. When wearing less eyeliner and more neutral makeup, a good mascara actually has a pretty big impact on one's look. So, I set out to find a decent high-end mascara. I decided to start by getting an Eye Studio Sampler from the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique (Canada only). It is a good deal because you get 7 generous samples of mascara for the price of a full size high-end mascara (approx. $30) and it comes with a coupon that you redeem for the full-sized product that you liked the best out of all the samples.  You get to try before you buy and the samples are great for throwing in your purse/travel bag or keeping at work.
 
 
 
 
I have also included a couple of free samples and a couple of full sized products that I got for free using my Shoppers Optimum Points. Hopefully this can be somewhat helpful for people when looking for a mascara; however, everyone's lashes are different so keep in mind that what works for me may or may not work for you. Also, I have not made any comments about whether or not any of these are waterproof as I do not get randomly splashed with large volumes of water on a routine basis so this is not particularly pertinent to me.
 
FYI: My eyelashes are fairly dark, not really full but not particularly sparse either, and rather short.
 
THE REVIEWS
 
BENEFIT BADgal LASH
 
THE GOOD: Separates lashes well. Gives decent length and volume while still keeping lashes natural looking. Large brush is shaped to catch all lashes easily.
 
THE BAD: Needs several coats if more volume is desired (ain't nobody got time for that!)
 
THE VERDICT: A good mascara for a natural, daytime look. Disappointed that this did not have more impact but I would overall say I like it. Also, I am pretty sure it is exactly the same as Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (see below). ($26 CAD for full size)
 
 
 
BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL!
 
THE GOOD: Separates lashes really well with good volume. Gives lashes a bit of a spiky, edgy look. The brush has tiny spikes which help with separation and there are long spikes on the top of the brush (see photo) to help space out and separate lashes precisely.
 
THE BAD: Mascara dries out a fair bit and becomes difficult to work with after being used daily for a couple of weeks. Texture should stay consistent for much longer than that for this price. Mascara clumps in the spikes at the top of the brush, making them unusable (See photo). Spikes on side of brush do not apply the mascara well once it loses its original texture. (Note that tubes were stored with cap tightly closed, this has happened to me with both a full size and a sample tube.)
 
THE UGLY: Once mascara has lost its original texture, it becomes FLAKY AS ALL HELL. BLACK FLAKES ON MY FACE. OH HELL NO.
 
THE VERDICT: Awesome mascara for the first couple of weeks, edgy volume and lash separation look great! Loss of original consistency after a couple of weeks of being open in unacceptable. Also, flakiness is unacceptable. ($29 CAD for full size)


 
CLARINS INSTANT DEFINITION MASCARA
 
THE GOOD: I find this mascara to be pretty "meh". It does not clump or flake but doesn't really give great volume to my lashes. It is a very natural looking mascara.
 
THE BAD: The brush on this mascara is pretty whack. It gets smaller near the end. This is supposed to help get at smaller inner lashes but I find it misses mine completely then I poke myself in the eye when I need to turn in the brush. Mascara would be a lot easier to apply with a different brush.
 
THE VERDICT: A half-decent mascara that is nothing to write home about with a difficult to use brush. Nothing special. ($27 CAD for full size.)


 
 DIORSHOW CATWALK BLACK MASCARA
 
THE GOOD: Gives pretty decent volume. Easy to use brush.
 
THE BAD: Doesn't give very good length. Also, it is not very BLACK. It seems rather brown-ish which I do not like. It also gets a bit clumpy here and there and you have to apply several coats.
 
THE VERDICT: I have heard good things about this one, but I feel it's overrated. Doesn't really do too much for me. ($31 for full size, thankfully I did not pay for this, I got it using reward points.)

 
 
ELIZABETH ARDEN CERAMIDE LASH EXTENDING TREATMENT MASCARA
 
THE GOOD: Really nice volume and lash separation. Gives good length as well as a bit of curl. Brush is very easy to use. No clumping or flaking. Very good overall.
 
THE BAD: I feel kind of old buying it as Elizabeth Arden has a reputation for being a "mature" woman's brand.
 
THE VERDICT: Probably the best mascara I've ever used. It performs well when it comes to volume, length, curl, and lash separation. Nothing weird about the brush, just simple and straightforward. It makes my lashes look really nice. ($28 CAD for full size)

 
 
LANCOME HYPNOSE DOLL LASHES
 
THE GOOD: Gives pretty good length but leaves lashes a bit spindly.

THE BAD: The brush is tapered which I find difficult to use. Also, the brush fibres make it difficult to build up any volume in the lashes.

THE VERDICT: Skinny lashes, weird brush. Not so great, though not bad if you like wispy, long lashes and weird, tapered brushes. ($31 CAD for full size).


 
LANCOME HYPNOSE STAR
 
THE GOOD: Sparkly shiny packaging. Gives okay volume and length. The weird brush can be used to curl lashes upward somewhat.
 
THE BAD: Doesn't separate my lashes that well, clumps a bit. The brush is weird, it is tapered and flat (see photos) which I find difficult to use. I also wish it was a bit blacker.
 
THE VERDICT: I think this mascara would be quite good without the weird brush. My sister said she really likes it. It has grown on me, I just have issues with the brush. ($33 for full size)
 


 


 LISE WATIER 24 HRS GLAM
 
THE GOOD: Great lash separation, pretty good lengthening and volume. Gives that "spiky" lash kind of look. It is also cheaper than a lot of the mascaras listed here.
 
THE BAD: I like the little spikes on the brush are good for separating lashes, but I don't like how the spikes get smaller near the end. I find any tapering on mascara brushes seems to make it difficult to grab my small inner lashes without poking myself in the eye or getting mascara all up in my face.
 
THE UGLY: Same problem as Benefit They're Real (see above). After the tube has been in use for a couple of weeks, the texture goes to sh*t and I have flakes all over my face and in my eye. NOT GOOD.
 
THE VERDICT: Would be a pretty good mascara if the texture lasted longer ($23 CAD for full size).


 
SHISEIDO PERFECT MASCARA FULL DEFINITION

THE GOOD: Overall, a pretty nice daytime mascara. Gives decent volume, lash separation and length are just ok. The brush is straight forward and easy to use.

THE BAD: Clumps up a bit upon application.

THE VERDICT: Wasn't bad, wasn't that good either. Meh. For the price, I would expect to be wowed. ($30 CAD for full size).



 
SMASHBOX FULL EXPOSURE MASCARA

THE GOOD: Gives good length, separation, and volume. I like the shape of the brush, I find it easy to use.

THE BAD: Needs a few coats to build it up which I really don't care for when I'm up at 5:30 am getting ready for work.

THE VERDICT: A really good mascara for daytime wear but doesn't have as much impact as I would like. I am pretty sure it is the exact same mascara as Benefit Badgal Lash down to the brush (see above). ($22 CAD for full size)

 
 
BOURJOIS VOLUME GLAMOUR MAX HOLIDAYS

THE GOOD: Gives ok volume and length. I find that it does curl my lashes a fair bit when most other mascaras do not.
 
THE BAD: Clumps a little bit. I am also slightly confused by the name of the product.
 
THE VERDICT: This mascara is just okay, nothing special. However, it does curl my lashes a bit which is a good thing as I am terrified of eyelash curlers. ($24 CAD for full size).

 
 
 
CLINIQUE HIGH IMPACT MASCARA
 
THE GOOD:  Separates lashes really well, I really like the brush on this one.  Gives pretty decent length and volume as well. Gives lashes that "spiky" and shiny kind of look. Also, it's quite inexpensive relative to other brands.

THE BAD: It's one of those mascaras that is difficult to remove at the end of the day (though at least it stays on!)

THE VERDICT: I have been liking this mascara a lot. Overall, it works quite well for me ($19 CAD for full size)
 


 
THE WINNER
 
After giving a pretty good trial to each of these mascaras, I would have to say the one that overall worked the best for me was Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara. I get volume, length and separation and I just feel like my lashes look really good when I put this on. There is nothing weird about the brush, either. I would highly recommend trying this out if you are having trouble finding a good mascara. I am glad I tried it out in the sampler because I would NEVER have tried anything from Elizabeth Arden (it is stereotyped as an "old lady" brand and they do not sell anything all that interesting in the way of colour cosmetics).
 

 
SUMMARY OF OTHER MASCARAS
 
Other recommended mascaras: Benefit BADgal Lash, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, and Clinique High Impact Mascara (my second favourite, I will definitely purchase a full size of this one as well).
 
Mascaras that are decent but just didn't work that well for me: Clarins Instant Definition Mascara, Diorshow Catwalk Black Mascara, Lancôme Hypnose Star, Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes, Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition, Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Holidays.
 
Mascaras that I would NOT recommend: Benefit They're Real, Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam.
 
FINAL NOTE:
 
 One thing that I realized about mascara is that sometimes the brush can make or break the mascara, there are definitely a few in here that I think would work better for me with a different brush. That being said, I have no fine motor skills to begin with so makeup is hard enough for me to do already; brush shape may or may not be a huge issue for you.
 
What's your favourite mascara? Did any of the ones that didn't work for me work for you? Do you have a preference for certain types of brushes for your mascara?

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned here. All mascaras were either purchased by me, obtained through points programs, or given as free samples. None were provided for review. All products were tested by me. All my opinions are honest and my own.