Accidentally fell upon a Korean marketplace in Anaheim while looking for a record store. Apparently, all of them are seriously gone, by the way. We tried to get to two different record stores and both were no more. In this market, I found a cosmetic counter that carried this brand that I personally have never heard of called Peripera. Honestly, I chose this based on the cute packaging. I’m kind of an easy sell on cute stuff.
The tint is very watery, and it’s kind of annoying because in my case, it seeped into my mouth and feathered a bit on my upper lip. It tastes icky, but not enough to never wear it again. However, the tint dries quickly and stays on well. It also shows up great, as you can see in the photo above. The lower left is without any product on my lips, and the lower right is with just the stain on.
I like a more bold lip, so I intend to use this stain under some red liner and lipstick for a cherry red lip. I do like how the stain sets and brings a nice, soft red color to my lips. Underneath a balm, it looks like I have naturally rose-colored lips, like so much Snow White.
I found this product for $10. You can get it on eBay from $7-$12.
If you ever need a bold and opaque lipstick in outrageous yet splendidly playful colors, Lime Crime. You will need make-up remover and a few cotton balls to get it off your face, but totally worth the bold look. I would suggest a lip primer underneath it though! Nothing worse than chapped colorful lips. This remarkably sinister Serpentina is perfect for any and all Medusas, Poison Ivys or anyone who wants a sparkly green accent to their holiday outfit. Unfortunately, it’s sold out on the website, but thankfully Amazon has three available (at the time of this draft).
The website also claims to have a lip stain that not only dries to a matte. velvet finish, but is kiss- proof! I would love to test this theory, however the Velvetines collection is not currently available on their site. There is a silver lining; The latest color is set to release on November 29th.
Last Friday night it was Dark Shadows’ Beetlejuice themed night. Obviously I had to tease my hair into a giant rat’s nest for the occasion. I had learned this practically painless (well, until you brush it out the next morning/afternoon) procedure from a YouTube tutorial. Basically, put half of your hair into a ponytail and the very top and center of your head. Then douse it in AquaNet hairspray before teasing every bit of it with a thin toothed comb. It’s really that simple. I also add another coat of AquaNet at the end, to ensure the volume of tease. Bow is optional.
And I’m back! I guess my physical vacation became an internet vacation as well. I’m sad to report that I didn’t experience any hauntings or spooky happenings aboard the Queen Mary upon my stay. Though I say that with disappointment now, if something supernatural had happened, I’d be reacting with sheer terror and absolutely no excitement.
But enough about awesome and old British ships! Let’s talk Disney.
E.l.f Cosmetics released their Disney Villains Collection exclusively at Walgreen’s recently, and I am fully confident in telling you all that it’s more than worth the $10 for a palette look-book set! I have three of the four (Maleficent, Evil Queen and Ursula… sorry, Cruella), and my favorite thing about the shades is that they’re not too costume-like. I don’t feel like an actual cartoon character when I wear them, but instead like a sophisticated and sultry adult. Well done! And the primer is the best I’ve used since Urban Decay’s! I’m not even exaggerating!
And on the topic of Disney, I leave you with a picture I recently took there with my friend and co-writer on [meepzine], Peter Girard. I would like to note that I am wearing poison apple Mickey ears that were of a 400 limited quantity from Disneyland’s Friday the 13th celebration. Just sayin’!
You too can look this dark and sinister on a bright and beautiful day!
What I used: A mineral based foundation in powder format (which is messy and I HATE IT but it has nice coverage and doesn’t ruin my skin). This specific one is L’Oreal’s True Match Naturale gentle mineral make-up. Has some SPF in there too. The blush is a MAC limited color called “Giggle” but if I had to redo this face, I would use their “Coygirl” blush instead as it has less pink and more purple tone. This would compliment the eyeshadows better. The eyeshadows are all in the same palette: Maybelline Eyestudio Limited Edition in “Autumn Dream”. I used the cream color from the crease to browline, the navy color for the lid and the pinkish-purple for the crease. As a base for the eyeshadow, I used one of MAC’s paints in “Untitled”. I applied it with my finger to blend it evenly and it holds the shadows in place like a primer would, but evens out the color of the eyelid skin to make a nice, clean canvas. I used a slim angled brush and MAC’s “Print” shadow to fill in my eyebrows. Black mascara on top and bottom lashes (Covergirl Lash Blast Length). Black eyeliner (MAC) only on the bottom of the eye. And the lip color is “Chic” by Sephora.
Now I’m going to go marry a King and torment his daughter into my own personal slave out of sheer envy. Or go to class, whatever.
Remember that night I had to rush into Walgreen’s and grab make-up in a flash? I would have just settled on no eyeshadow at all (desperate times, people) but this Fall Fashion Week Limited Edition palette from Maybelline in Autumn Dream caught my eye.
Can you say, “Maleficent”? Seriously, the green, the purple, the navy? This is the color scheme Disney villains dream of. The shimmer isn’t too sparkly, and the shade are very creamy. You don’t need to overly-apply either: They have great coverage. I suggest a primer, because without it looks like a grey mess by the end of the day. If you’re uncertain how to use all four colors at once, I suggest the light gold from right above your eye’s crease to the bottom of your eyebrow, followed by the purple for the entire lid. Use the green for the eye’s crease, and the navy for the corners of the eye.
A few days ago I had to grab make-up in a flash because I was lazy and didn’t wear any to work, but then was suddenly invited to an event that night. I left work at 9:30, the event was at 10 – you see how there was no time to rush home, get ready and then leave? I rushed into Walgreens where I spent $44 on the basic essentials for my face. Most of it was cheap Wet N’ Wild crap, a little bit of Maybelline, and L’Oreal’s mineral make-up foundation. You would be shocked what ended up being the best item of the purchase.
First off, someone please suggest to me a mineral make-up that isn’t powder. Seriously. It gets all over my (obviously) black clothes and I honestly feel like I’m inhaling most of it. Regardless of the great coverage the L’Oreal True Match Naturale mineral make-up has, it gets everywhere and essentially pisses me off most the time. If you have time and patience, and are constantly putting make-up on over a sink, you might really like it! As for me, I need something less messy. Seriously.
Moving on, the biggest unexpected hit was the Wet N’ Wild Fergie edition lipstick. It stayed on all night, and I was eating a lot of garlic knots. It will get all over your chin when your lips folds down as you eat though, so be aware of that. The color “Fuschianista” has a translucent blue shimmer over it, and it’s super hot with black, smoky eyes and minimal blush.
I know, goths are “supposed” to love black and rich purples, but this hot pink made such a statement with my all black attire. Think Siouxsie: