1/30/2012

B&W Meet Up


We had a theemed Meet-Up recently, the theme was Black and White but most of us ignored it, especailly me because of reasons.
My boyfriend was nice enough to come along and keep me company, we went to the usual café which provides you with pretty cakes that taste like foam and over-priced. I must admit I'm tired of this set-up, and I think I'm not the only ones because the meet-ups are getting shorter and shorter.
We were supposed to go watch a B&W movie at one of the girl's houses but that fell through. This really makes me want to stop going to these meet-ups because I spend more time getting ready and getting there and back than the time I spend there, and then it's not even as much fun as it should. For me.
I've also been feeling very bored with lolita in general, it's always the same and I don't like seeing myself in pictures as much as I used to. I know in the near future I won't have as much money to maintain lolita the way I'd like to, so I don't know what will happen. I seem to go through a stage every year where I'm not paying any attention to lolita at all and then I go back to it. I guess when I go a year without wearing it, it will be the time to start cutting down on the items I own. Maybe it's time to stop wearing sweet lolita and try something different? Maybe I'm maturing in lolita and growing tired of what I have in my closet and not the style itself.
As far as make-up I used the Face and Body foundation from Make-Up Forever (which is too oily for me) and the HD Powder, my blush is Sleek's "Flamingo" which is a very bright pink (but it does fade A LOT), the lipstick is a combo of Urban Decay's lipgloss in "Peroxide" (my favourite) and MAC's Saint Germain (love the colour, don't think the lipstick is worth the price tag).
The wig is by MintyMix.com, I think they have the best price/quality ratio, the wig isn't too shiny, it's super comfortable and there is so much variety in colour and styles.
My opinion on split wigs is that you're already going a bit far with the two colours, so I wouldn't purchase these in overly fake colours because it just takes it from being edgy to being costume-like (in my opinion).
I think it takes a lot of skill to wear a pink/blue/whatevs wig with lolita and make it look put together and not like you're wearing a Halloween costume, which is REALLY not what you want with lolita, and you don't need to add any more elements that make people think it's a costume more than they already do, I think. There is also a problem with a lot of lolitas who wear pink/whateverz wigs that buy low quality pierces and it really doesn't help. At all.
My nail polish is LCN's 310 which is a metalic silvery blue. I love it. I almost always wear LCN polishes because that's the brand my mother works with, I can't really review nail polishes because I have a layer of acrylic over my nails and no nail polish will crack on that, no matter how crappy it is. But LCN is very good.

Super-shiny flashy self. I wasn't a fan of the socks in the outfit or the huge bow with this wig, I should have made the wig poofier to make up for the huge bow.

1/25/2012

Sigma review






I needed to replace or have doubles of a lot of basic brushes (when I had rats they chewed on the wood parts of some brushes and I wanted to throw those out, for example). I also wanted to have more than one of the same brush because I can use the same for more than one thing in one go and I like to have that possibility. Such as angle brushes and eye-brow brushes.
So I decided to invest in the Mr Bunny Black Essential Kit from Sigma. As I was going to order a bunch of new brushes and I was looking for a good method of drying them, I also bough the Dry N' Shape for this, and because it's probably going to be good for travelling too.

In general I love the kit, it's very good value since you're not only paying for good quality brushes, but you're also getting a great box for storage/travel that is super simple and super practical. Of course they are not the absolute best brushes, but they didn't shed a single hair, there was no dye coming out of them when washing them and the fibres are very soft.
My favourites are the E55 Eye Shading Brush and the E30 Pencil Brush. The eye brushes in general seem better, the large powder brush is also perfect. I would buy this again, I'm very happy with this kit.


As for the Dry n' Shape, it does work and it made my brushes dry MUCH faster than they would without it (I kept one brush out of it to compare it). After 6 hours they were dry enough to be used but the fibres of bigger brushes (like the powder brush) were still wet in the centre. Which still doesn't compare to the other brush still being most all over 10 hours after washing. This was totally worth it, you can clip it together with the inside facing out and keep your brushes drying upside down, it keeps the bristles in place and you know they'll be safe even if the cats happen to go crazy and throw it on the ground (unlike my previous set up).

These products are vegan which is very important for me, I would feel like an evil witch if I knew animals were suffering for my cosmetics. Really, it's like being a modern version of the Countess Bathory.

I should say that I cheated, I had some free spaces for big brushes that I didn't need, and I just used those for several eye brushes. Improvising like a boss~




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1/07/2012

Piercing camouflage~

Ever since I've started looking for a job with all these facial piercings, I also started looking for the perfect retainers.
I tried a couple of options, but I never really came across anything that really made my piercings become subtle enough and that I could put on myself at home.
It's not very practical to have something that always requires somebody's help if you want to change it frequently or at least change it whenever you feel like it.
Recently I decided to try again with these bioflex internally threaded labret things from Crazy-factory.com.
First, I was really surprised with how easy it was to put them on myself. After having no trouble getting the tip on (I'd like to remind you I have huge nails which makes something like this even harder) - then, I was surprised to see this really stays in. Sometimes the back of the jewllery will get caught on a tooth, and so far these have been able to handle all the things my regular jewellery did. I'm very happy with the comfort, they make it seem like I have nothing on most of the time and they're very practical. When I smile these do pop out a little and you can tell there is something there, but I think in a work-place where I'm not allowed facial piercings these might be acceptable if the boss isn't an idiot.

You can see them in this picture. It's pretty subtle and you can't really see them unless you're looking for them (you probably need to see this full-size, so go ahead and click the pictures!). I've been using them lately because I feel like it, currently I'm still working in telemarketing and nobody bothers me about having facial piercings, but I'm looking for something better and that motivates me more, so I need options.


Here you can see what I mean when I say they're visible when I smile, you can also see my boyfriend playing League of Legends in bed in the background. LIFE IS HARD ISN'T IT BRUNO?
I'm also wearing clothes instead of pajamas.


And here is one more picture for the sake of having my whole face in a phot instead of those phantom of the opera style photographs. PAJAMAS BABY!


So overall I would totally recommend these if you need to hide your piercings and don't want to give up on them altogether.
It's very easy to order from Crazy Factory, they have a lot of options and variety so I end up ordering from them very often (with all the modifications I have and keep developing, I need new supplies all the time, and the fast shipping + low prices + variety I get from them keeps me coming back).

Tell me if you'd like me to keep doing more posts like these, covering different subjects and not having this be a blog strictly for when I wear lolita :D