12/26/2011










I got my order from Sugarpill Cosmetics a while ago and I was so happy with everything! I ordered two pressed and two loose eye-shadows. I ordered this mainly because I wanted nice red eye-shadows and I wanted to own some of their products so I could compare them with what I already had, and find out if it was worth buying more! Also I caught the Black Friday sale in which they were having a 30% off promotion for all the products. I thought this was a good excuse to go ahead and finally buy something from Sugarpill.
As you can see, I got a hand-written thank-you note from Amy herself (founder of SP), which I really appreciated, especially taking into account how busy she must have been at the time with all the orders from the sale.
The colours I got were Darling, Midori, Asylum and Love+. I love them all though I'd say my unexpected favourite is Darling. Whenever I use it I can't resist spreading it too far up (and not caring). I also really love the reds and as for Midori, I feel like I need to wear it more to really form an opinion. I think I applied it too sheer when I wore it.
Darling is also the one that gets me more compliments, people did like Midori too, of course not as many people are happy to see me wear red eye-shadow, but I really love the way it looks and how it brings out the chestnut brown in my eyes that has some red tones in it. I got asked if I was trying to look like a zombie when I wore Asylum (though the person caught me before I applied eye-liner). Again, I like it and sometimes I do enjoy having a bit of a gothy look too (but don't tell anyone).

The reason I took so long to make this post is that I wanted to have pictures of every eye-shadow worn. I wore all of these with Urban Decay's eye-shadow primer in Sin, which is my favourite. It provides a little shimmery base and brightens up the colours. So this is not going to be 100% true colour I guess. I believe this doesn't do any good for Midori, since it's already such a light colour, it ended up being a little too sheer with Sin as a primer.
I figured you would benefit from seeing both a complete look and seeing the eye-shadow on its own as well.
The result was a very pleasant minty green, but I really wanted something brighter which is why I bought these eye-shadows in the first place.
For the rest of this look I used "Vanilla" and "Blackout" from the Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette. I love that palette so much - it was a great purchase!
(okay, back to SP!)


I don't think I had any fallout at all with this, but I think even if I did I wouldn't notice because the colour isn't too strong. This is only one layer that I applied with a flat brush. Since I wanted to try out the eye-shadows and get the full effect of the colours, in all four cases I didn't hesitate to bring them up all the way to my eye-brows and under my eye too.
The good think about working in telemarketing is that nobody bothers me for wearing overly bold make-up (okay but lets face it, if they were going to bother me about anything on my style, especially on my face, make-up is probably not the biggest issue as far as work-place dress-codes go).
Moving on to the second pressed shadow: Love+! I really wanted a strong red eye-shadow. Something I found out was flattering for my eye colour during my crazy goth and cybergoth days. Actually, that period of my life granted me a lot of crazy make-up skills, I'd love to do runway make-up so I could use that knowledge again. But I digress!
I really like this shade of red and how Sin makes it so shimmery when it's blended out. I like the mate to shimmery effect I got on this. I used another shadow from the anniversary palette but I don't remember whichone it was anymore.
I really think this brings out the reds in the brown of my eyes. Or am I just imagining things? I've learned to love my brown eyes over time, although most people in Portugal are fascinated with how beautiful blue or green eyes are (obviously because those are less common here), and I used to feel like that too, but now I wouldn't trade my brown eyes for any other shade. I like the way this mixes into my skin-tone too, and I didn't have too much fallout, although there was a little bit, and it took a little more effort than I'm used to to pick up the colour and get it to be as strong as I want it. But it's good to have the option to go lighter or brighter with eye-shadows, I guess. Urban Decay and Make-up Forever are still my favourite brands, but it's not fair to compare SP and MUFE/UD.




Asylum is absolutely amaaaah-zing! I love red and I love copper, and this is the perfect meeting point between those two, I think. Metallic colours are also really trendy at the moment so if you care about that sort of thing this is a good bet. Even if it's red I say you should give it a try, you don't have to use it as dramatically as I show in the first picture (as I said before I wanted to get a good idea of the colours so I wanted to have them all over my eye), you can do something like what I did for the finished look with this and apply a black over it, using Asylum to add a little something to what could be another plain boring smokey eye. In this case it doesn't even really look red. I just did this to try it out and show you a possibility for toning down this shade that many people might find intimidating.
A little off-topic: I know my eye-brow looks terrible in this picture, since they always end up being covered by my bangs I will sometimes forget to properly groom them.
The black I used to this was again Blackout from the UD 15th anniversary palette.
In this case, I think the Sin primer is a great choice because it brings out the already shimmery metallic nature of this loose eyeshadow. Speaking of loose: I had crazy fallout with this! it's natural because it's loose and it's a strong colour, it was easier to get on the brush, but I advise you to use a paper towel under your eye when applying it.

And so finally we come to Darling. I think it's lovely, it's the perfect shade of blue and I really can't help spreading it all over my eyes. I used it more than once and I always end up with a huge spot of blue around my eyes. It's not a really big deal since I have a long fringe anyway that sort of takes the focus away from my eyes anyway.
You also get to laugh at my ridiculous eye-brow without a tail. I shave the rest off on purpose because my natural tail grows too low and I don't like it, it makes my eyes look droopy and closes down my face. Sometimes I wonder if I should just go back to shaving the whole thing off, but I do like the little hairs there and it looks a littl more natural and flattering for me.
I don't have a picture of the complete look for this because I did it before leaving for work and ended up being late. The other eye-shadows on this are (yup, you guessed it) from the UD palette. I didn't like it though, I like wearing the blue. By the way! This Darling eye-shadow is actually like a lighter version of Deep End on the Anniversary palette. I found out because I tried to mix the two and couldn't really tell the difference.



Finally, I'd like to talk about the sample I got with my order. The colour is Goldilux, which I was really happy about because I almost bought it, but didn't because I thought it might be too similar to the Metal Powder I have from MUFE. And I was right!
Here is a picture of both: MUFE's on top and SP's on the bottom. The only difference is that Goldilux has some small glitters in it, and the Metal Powder is just a plain strong metallic pigment. There is no comparing the two, of course MUFE's is endlessly better, there is no fallout and it goes on super-smooth, whereas Goldilux has considerable fallout and needs a bit of layering for a solid colour. But of course the price difference is huge, with the Metal Powder costing almost twice as much for a smaller amount of product. But having said that, I will not be purchasing Goldilux.





Phew! That took FOREVER but I hope you find this helpful and do go buy you Sugarpill Cosmetics' shadows!

12/25/2011

Winter Meet-up

We had a little winter Meet-up here before Christmas, it was a national meet-up so we had some girls (and boys!) who came over from other cities too.
I felt like wearing my Queen's Coach, I also chose this instead of my typical sweet style because a girl asked me if I'd be willing to model for her, and she said this was the dress she liked best. We set the date of the shoot to be the same as the date of the meet-up. It actually turned out that this girl never said anything to me around the time, and I didn't say anything myself because I wasn't enjoying her approach to begin with but decided to give her a shot anyway just to make sure I wasn't misinterpreting her, but I guess by not talking to me before the date to check up on our arrangement, she proved me right. The worst part is, that this girl is among my Facebook friends, so even if she forgot at the time, maybe by seeing the pictures on Facebook or something, she could have been reminded to talk to me and maybe say she was sorry for forgetting out appointment which was a request from her in the first place.
As much as I like having my picture taken, I don't like to run around after photographers and feeling like I'm pressuring them into anything they're not excited about. Especially if the photographer is the one who approaches me, I am obviously not going to be the one organizing everything because if you ask someone for a shoot, you should have an idea in mind. This was the first thing that set me off with this person, the fact that she came to me and when I asked what she had in mind, she said "Oh I don't know, whatever you think is best." - I tried to figure out what she wanted, I asked for a location - "I have no idea, what do you think?" - For the outfit I had to link my closet album on Facebook which she should have already bothered to look through if she wanted to do a lolita shoot... So here's a pro tip for anyone who wants to request a photoshoot (be it a model to the photographer or vice-versa): Don't ask if you have no clue about what you want.
Okaaay... So I totally went another way there. Back to the subject!
I was not happy at all with my make-up or hair for this occasion. I think my eyes don't look quite as they should, although I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong. Maybe I should have skipped the cut-crease look? I don't know, I just think I look too heavy and dark. Perhaps it's the lipstick paired with the dark eyes. I don't think it suits me at all.
You can see in this photo that I used some gold pigment to create a highlight on my lipstick, I got the idea from some runway photos from Dior in which the models had strange metallic highlights in odd areas of their faces. I didn't apply any blush, instead I just contoured my cheek bones for a more gothy look and slimmer face. In this case I think all I succeeded in doing was looking even less attractive. I am not a fan of this make-up at all as you can tell haha.



If you're wondering why my friend's face has a star over it, it's because of all the nasty people trashing her on the internet and so I am not giving them any material to keep doing it.


Overall it was great to wear lolita and hang out with my lolita friends, I didn't feel so comfortable around the new people I barely knew or some people I just don't connect with as much. Being as over-worked as I am right now makes me even less tolerant in these situations, I am really sad at this point because between work and college and health issues, I am becoming a really grumpy and moody person. I'll try to fix this by taking a make-up course and quitting this job so I can work free-lance as a make-up artist instead of this stressful demanding job where I get yelled at and threatened and generally disrespected on a regular basis for a ridiculous salary...

I do have a make-up post coming up, which I am really excited about! I am waiting to get paid so I can go ahead and buy a big brush set from Sigma, which I really recommend for their great price/quality. If you buy through this link I am providing you with bellow, you'll get a free gift with your purchase :3 yay!


Oh and I hope you all had a great Christmas! What gifts did you get and what was your favourite present? :D SHARE SHARE SHARE! I love Christmas!

12/11/2011

Haul post (sort of)

I've decided to make a sort of lolita haul post with my purchases since about September, because I'm so happy with all of them!
What I got:

- Royal Poodle skirt in blue;
- Lyrical Bunny rucksack in pink;
- Holy Night Story majorette hat in black;
- Starry Night Theater strapless JSK in black;
- Starry Night Theater Headbow;
- Throbbing Ribbon Bangle in white;
- Pastel Ribbon trench-coat in black.

All from Angelic Pretty of course! I seem to have stopped buying things from other brands altogether. Oh well :'D
Of course I took some pictures of my own of most items. I will also proceed to writing small reviews/opinions on the items, mostly things I was surprised to find out and would have liked to know before the purchase, because it might have changed my mind one way or the other.
There isn't much to be said about the skirt, I think. It's a high-waist half-corset skirt, which is nice and gives it that more elegant look. I think it's a good skirt to attempt Hime-lolita with. At least that is my plan!
The print itself is very cute, I love the combination of soft pinks and blues, and how it's a pattern, which is good variety when compared with all the border prints in my closet. The brooch is detachable (which is why it's so often missing when people sell this skirt), and finding this skirt still with the bow played a big part in my decision to buy it. I would actually love to have the OP version of this or even the JSK, but being able to fit into lolita skirts is a lucky thing I shouldn't waste, since you can create a larger variety of coordinates and dress them up or down more easily.
The bunny is beyond adorable, I was so happy when I got him and loved all the details. As you can see, he has a little ice-cream cone! Of course the biggest down size to this bag is the space, it has very little space inside, I can maybe fit a small wallet and cell-phone in there. But I didn't buy it expecting it to be practical and super-useful. Again, I'm a sucker for the pink and blue combination, it looks adorable and it means this will match both blue and pink-based outfits. And other colours of course. I discovered I don't really have a lot of dresses that match this, since I have a couple of red or black items, which I suppose is a good excuse to go for more pink or blue dresses in the future.
Okay so on to the star of the show! This dress is wonderful and even better than I expected. The little tulle brooches it has on the waist are detachable, that was a big plus for me since those were a big turn-off for me regarding this dress. If I knew that I would have been more eager to buy it, but I think that lack of enthusiasm showed and helped me lower the price more effectively (I always try to get the sellers to go at least a little lower, I figure it's usually worth it). I was also initially planning to buy it in the blue colour-way, but since I already had that Holy Night Story hat in black, I figured this would be a perfect match (I don't really like the HNS print). I can't wait to create a really OTT outfit with this!
I really lik that it's strapless, I think it suits me very well because I have skinny arms and shoulders where you can see all the nice collar bones. I do need a black long-sleeved blouse to
wear this in the colder months though.
The trench-coat was a big surprise! As you can see in the picture, it's totally wearable without a big dress under it without looking awkward. So not only did I get a nice black lolita coat, but I also got I really gorgeous black coat for everyday wear!
The reason for this is that most of the extra fabric used to accommodate the big lolita skirts with all the petticoats and "poof", is hidden in folds on the sides of this coat, so they don't create an awkward shape when you don't have the volume underneath.
In this case, I was wearing my pink Holle Kitty pajamas underneath, because when the mail-man arrived I was in bed being a lazy bum. You can also see on of my cat's tails, because she wanted attention and I was too busy being euphorical about my new burando.



Behold the wonders of the hidden fabric!

Clearly this can accommodate even the most insane amount of volume with no problems. Angelic Pretty coats always seem to take that into consideration.
The big bow on the neck opens up in the middle to allow you to easily take the coat off and such, the bow in the middle detaches on one side of the same purpose, and the bows on the sleeves are removable. No other bows are removable or partially so, you either want a sweet bow-filled coat or you shouldn't be looking for Angelic Pretty coats at all haha.
This is warm enough for the sort of cold we have in Portugal, I already wore it around casually and it was warm enough for the 9ยบ weather with rain and wind we're having here at the moment (I am currently in Braga and not in Porto, which is a bit colder).
This is the back of the coat. You can't see it because this isn't the best quality photograph ever, but it has "Angelic Pretty" embroided on the area between the shoulders, which is a nice detail. In my opinion, the coat itself already screams "ANGELIC PRETTY" to those of us who are at least somewhat familiar with the main brand-names.
I adore the bow on the back, it's very lush and well done, with the pearl details and the angled edges.
Here I am also showing you the full fabric versus the hidden fabric part. You can also see if you understand a little about garment construction, that this is very well done as you can easily and comfortably move your arms about without the entire coat moving together with them.
The lace on the bottom has little crowns on it which I think doesn't make much sense, but the rest of the lace used has bows which is cuter. The lace is synthetic as usual.
Angelic Pretty always seems to make everything just right for my size. I can understand that sucks for everybody else who isn't 1.60m and weights 47kg, but it's good for me nonetheless! And it's my favourite brand so it's fair, haha.

I also want to do a make-up haul, but this is already getting too long as it is, so that will happen another time!
I hope you enjoyed this!