Tuesday, October 29, 2013

fairly tame eyeshadow experiments

Thought I'd start off with a makeup look- this one isn't actually that old, it's from about a month ago when I was visiting my dad in Shanghai. I was experimenting with using pencil eyeliner (something I'd long disliked) in eyeshadow looks and, though I definitely need to find a pencil liner that's easier to work with for this purpose, I really liked it! Definitely going to try and buy some good pencil liners that don't immediately set and go patchy when I try to blend them out.

I wasn't actually going anywhere and this was spur of the moment, so it's not a totally finished look- I haven't put on mascara, concealer, or filled in my eyebrows properly, but the basics are there.

-Paul & Joe Eye Gloss duo in Nice 
-Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner in Brown
-Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette

-Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in 51 Vanille Claire
-Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Androgen

-Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

I apologise for my facial expression, though it's fairly appropriate considering this blog's title.
 The brow gel I'm using is actually too light/warm-toned for me, so it tends to tone down my almost-black eyebrows. It's passable now that I'm blond, but if I go back to my natural hair colour I don't think it'll work as well. Also, note about the lip butter: weirdly, it's the closest match I've ever found to the colour of my..inner lip? Not sure of the exact term, but the place where you're supposed to match your 'mlbb' lipstick colour to. All this time I've been wondering why you could always SEE that I was wearing something, turns out I just needed a sheer warm red lipstick. If I dab it on, it's like the colour my lips would have been had they not been cruelly deprived of pigment..genetically.

look at the pretty sparkles! ignore my weird skin!
I'm kind of in love with the Paul & Joe Eye Gloss in Nice, to be honest. It's such a gorgeous colour- lilac but it has rose-gold and sparkles that make it look so complex and pretty. Plus, the formula is good; it didn't crease at all and I didn't notice any fall out throughout the day. I'll swatch the duo properly in another post, but Drivel about Frivol has swatches of it (her post prompted me to buy it, actually).

Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of makeup look-centric posts. I prefer focusing on products and the looks you can create with certain things rather than miscellaneous FOTDs so there probably won't be many of these. I just wanted to share the prettiness of Nice and also show my face on the blog for the first time!


starting anew

I have restarted my makeup blog yet again!

To be honest, I need a distraction from the impending doom of AS-levels and my terrifying history teacher. So, lipstick armour has been reborn as vapid and vacant. I figured since that's how everyone views my makeup obsession, I might as well use it for my blog.

The header is slightly terrifying, but it's a pretty good representation of how my lips look most of the time (sans the smeared cheapo lipstick and coconut oil, obviously) and I've always liked the process of makeup removal. I have a whole photo series dedicated to it for my Art coursework, in fact. It's kind of beautiful how it all ends in the destruction of the 'face' we've created, I guess- that probably sounds incredibly pretentious, but I have a lot of feelings about makeup.

Like, it's not frivolous or vapid at all really. The most interesting thing about makeup to me, beyond the beautifying/prettifying aspects of it, is the emotional side. I mean, it can get pretty dark. Compulsion and instability and ritual in relation to beauty. It can be used to express emotion in a really visceral way and it can be important in the establishment of identity and still people dismiss it as something shallow and feminine, as if that was inherently bad. I guess what I'm trying to say is, makeup (for me personally) is about more than just making myself feel prettier. It's about creating an identity, a sense of self, an image of a person that I want to be. It helps ground me when I feel like I'm floating away or drowning and the act of applying makeup can help prepare me for things I have to do. The process of it is just as important as the final outcome.

Anyway, I've probably written a long, rambly post on tumblr along the same lines so I'll stop now. Suffice to say, I really like makeup and I will argue with you if you trivialise it*.

My first few posts will probably reuse photos from my old, deleted blogs with new text and opinions. Hopefully I'll be able to take some new photos of my makeup things at some point though.


*Although I mean, obviously only if you do it with malicious intent. Like, to mock people who love makeup. I fully admit that makeup is fairly frivolous on its own and I understand some people don't understand its appeal or impact.