don’t need no chucky

One of my friends told me yesterday that I am really creepy sometimes. Rude! Or not really. She meant it as a compliment, and I definitely took it as one! I do have some affectations that are mainly meant to unsettle people – partly because so many people have told me that I have a very innocent face, and I love to contrast that with something a bit more sinister. I’m not quite sure what it’s called, but the aesthetic that most appeals to me is one with a lot of pastels, bows and glitter, but also bones, crosses, demonic influences all mixed together – I guess you’d call it creepy cute. I tried to incorporate it a bit more into my life today by doing a look inspired by porcelain dolls.

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Products used:

Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Ben Nye neutral set translucent powder, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Sweet Cream

Eyebrows: Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow

Eyes: Makeup Store eyeshadow in White, Gorgeous Cosmetics eyeshadows, Chanel Stylo Yeux waterproof eyeliner in Noir Intense, White eyeliner from H&M, Mac Zoom Eyes mascara, Eyelure Naturalites lashes (Choppy style), Naturelle black contacts

Lips: MAC lip pencil in Dervish, Gorgeous Cosmetics lipstick in Whimsy, Gorgeous Cosmetics lipstick in Plum

This is the first time I’ve ever worn bottom lashes! I tried to use these once before, but I wasn’t in the mood to fiddle with them so I gave up very quickly. I think it’s a pretty cool look, but I wouldn’t want to do it every day – partly because it wouldn’t always suit what I’m going for, but mostly because I don’t need yet another thing to add to my “essentials” list!

I do think it looks really cool when people use white eyeliner underneath the eye, and add lashes further down to really open up the eye. That’s something I’d love to try next time, and might be something I’m more keen to incorporate into my repertoire.

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Since that’s a pretty cute face, I decided to creep it up a bit with my clothing! I got the top from Sheinside.com a few days ago, and the skirt is really old, from Miss Selfridge. I wasn’t even going to buy the top – the Captain suggested it to me when I was ordering leggings and skirts, and I kind of chucked it in as an afterthought. Best decision I’ve made in a long time! The skirt is my circus tent skirt, and I love it so much. The black and white stripy circus look appeals to me hardcore, which I guess is even more fitting now that I actually do circus tricks!

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sugarpill

I’ve been very curious about Sugarpill Cosmetics for a good while now – everyone on Instagram loves them and their products all seem very high quality. I’ve just never ordered anything because I had deluded myself into thinking I don’t like shopping online (LIES-a Minelli! I just don’t like waiting for my order to arrive). About two weeks ago, however, the Captain and I decided to put in a joint order. The benefit of living with another person who’s as obsessed with makeup as you are, is that if you order a lot, the shipping is exponentially cheaper. And Sugarpill has free international shipping over $100! Somewhat prohibitive if it’s just for one person, piece of cake if there’s two of you.

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As you can see, I went on a bit of an eyelash spree! I think they’re so unique, I’ve never seen anything similar in a store. Maybe at Shu Uemura, but those are 42 cold hard Australian Dollars, and the sugar pill ones are like… nine. Easy choice! I’m really keen on trying all of these out, they’re so gorgeous. I especially love the second ones from the left; they look like a crown, and I’m pretty sure I’ll feel like a princess when wearing them!

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I also got some eyeshadows! I love mint, and I have a lipstick which I’m pretty sure will match this eyeshadow perfectly. The eggplant one is pretty much the darkest I’ll go nowadays with a non-neutral colour – I used to use super dark eyeshadows all the time, but now I prefer brighter colours, and if I want it darker I’ll put some black in the crease, basically. Which is fine, obviously, but it also means that I have loads of dark eyeshadows I’ll probably never use again! Hashtag first world problems.

freckles galore

As I am wont to do on my days off, today I tried a new and exciting idea for what I put on my face.

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Products used:

Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Ben Nye neutral set translucent powder, Ben Nye Final Seal, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Caramel Whip, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Sweet Cream, Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow

Eyebrows: Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow, Cosmetics cheek creme in Caramel Whip

Eyes: half lashes from Daiso, Too Faced Romantic Eye palette (Bouquet toss, I do, Un-Veil and Soulmates), Chanel Stylo Yeux waterproof eyeliner in Noir Intense, Mac Zoom Eyes mascara

Lips: Smashbox lip gloss in Luster

Freckles: I know you can get similar gems from many different makeup brands (Makeup Store being the first to come to mind), but mine are just from a craft store ages ago, and I applied them with Duo eyelash glue

I wasn’t sure what to do today, but I don’t like to waste a face like this, so I went for a stroll and a coffee. Loads of people came up to compliment me and ask if my hair is real, which is always a good metric of success. Another metric of success would be the fact that Illamasqua featured me on their Instagram again! I swear I peed a little when I saw it.

I’m really happy with this look! It actually came out even better than I had dared hope for. I want to try it with glitter, as well; I wasn’t sure which one to do first, but I think glitter might give more of a subtle, “natural” look to it. This one’s very like “I’ve drawn freckles on my face to pretend I’m  from the country” whereas I’m hoping that if I do it with one glitter in particular that I’m eagerly waiting to receive, it might trick people into thinking I’ve actually got freckles until the light catches on it and they realise it was all a lie (I love breaking dreams, you see).

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use spirit gum or eyelash glue to apply the gems, but I opted for eyelash glue this time because it was closer at hand, and I know from experience that it works well for small bits like this. If I was going out at night or needed it to look good for hours on end, I probably would prefer to use spirit gum, though.

makeup sale

Let me tell you a fictitious story, very loosely based upon my own life: Once upon a time, there was a girl who said “I’m just not going to buy anymore makeup… I feel like I have enough.”

Yeah, not so much. I do feel like I absolutely own enough makeup, but apparently not even that was enough to deter me from going out and getting some more. This morning, the Captain woke me up and started talking about a sale at Melbourne Central, and I was only half listening to her, readying my comeback: I’m not interested in getting more makeup, I’m not interested in getting makeup at 20% off, we are not going shopping. Sit down.

And she made me hear her out anyway and it turned out that it was way better than I could have imagined; if you bought makeup for $50, you got makeup for another $100 for free.

SOLD!

So yeah. I bought even more makeup! I wasn’t meant to but I was very pleased nonetheless.

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I got two lipsticks that were not quiiiite like anything I had already, two cream blushes which were also not exactly like anything I had, and a loose pigment that was genuinely not very similar to anything I already owned. I just feel like I have so much makeup now that there’s probably nothing I could get that would be entirely unique.

Out of this haul, I’m really keen to try the pink blush, especially; it’s pink and lovely like a Smashbox blush I already own, but with the same kind of beautiful golden sheen that Nars’ orgasm blush is so famous for. It’s like the best of both worlds! And we all know that’s what I like.

finishing makeup

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I am, at times, very aware that I have a lot of makeup. I am very happy, about it, to be honest! I love buying makeup, I love using it, I love having it just so I can open pots and smell it and look at the colours and if I wasn’t afraid of damaging it, I’d probably put it all on the floor and roll around in it.

I bought loads of makeup recently, and I have absolutely no regrets about it, but I do want to finish some products off. I also, and more importantly, want to use everything I own. I believe that if buying something for 100 dollars makes you happier than having those 100 dollars in the bank, it’s worth it! One thing that’s absolutely not worth it, though, is to get something and just never use it. So this week, I am challenging myself to use makeup I never use! It’s a bit like shop my wardrobe, except shop my makeup drawer, instead.

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The first thing I’d love to use more is my Romantic Eye palette, from Too Faced (on the left). To be honest, I don’t think it’s an amazing palette. At least half of the colours are a bit weird, especially in the suggested combinations. The other half are really nice, though, and the top left is an amazing highlight colour. Another thing I’d like to use more is my Insurance policy palette, also from Too Faced (on the right). It’s got some gorgeous colours in it, and it was actually one of the first makeup items I bought from a good brand. I love the pink in particular, so I’m not sure why I never use it!

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Something I want to finish completely and let go from my life is my Pure Diamond Powder from Nivea (bottom right). It’s an okay product, but I’ve seen it done better from other brands – I have at least five other products that do roughly the same thing, but better. Both my iridescent highlight on the top, and the very finely milled glitter do very similar things depending on how you use them, and I prefer them both to the diamond powder. I’ve had it for years, just because it’s something that I only ever use if I can’t find the other ones. I know it will make me feel better if I just finish it so I can then use my good highlighters without sparing a thought to the mediocre one!

I think the reason why I use pretty much the same products all the time is because I don’t plan my looks in advance enough. Unless there’s a specific item I’ve been wanting to use, I pretty much just start doing it and then go with what my heart tells me. I usually have some kind of idea of what I want to do, but I still end up using the same products all the time. Trying to use others will take a bit more planning, but I’m hoping it will be worth it!

cruella de ville

When I was late night shopping on eBay the other day, I didn’t just get the one wig; I saw this Cruella De Ville looking hot mama and I knew at once that had to have it. I had to cut the fringe on this one as well – I suspect that’s just how they make them, to suit a larger range of people. Which is pretty nice of them!

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Products used:

Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Ben Nye neutral set colourless powder, Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow, MAC pearlmatte face powder in pink buttercream, Too Faced candlelight glow, Smashbox blush rush flush

Eyes: Mac fluidline in Dipdown for the brows, Gorgeous eyeshadows, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Blackout, Kryolan compact eye shadow in Iridescent Highlight G, Rimmel eyeliner, Kardashian Beauty Scintillate lashes

Lips: MAC lip pencil Cherry, Natural Collection lipstick in Cherry Red, Gorgeous colour flash glitter in Ruby

So this look is kind of like if Cruella De Ville was younger, sexier and more obsessed with Lana Del Rey. I like this wig a lot! It’s a bit more natural looking than the other one – not so much in terms of colouring, but more in the quality of the wig. I’m liking it! I can see myself wearing this a lot more than the other one, actually. I even had someone ask to take my photo when I was out and about! I felt like such a celebrity.

stared into the abyss // abyss stared back

I’ve been wearing contacts for the past few years, once I finally got over my fear of getting an eye infection and going blind. I was not actually that vain when I was younger (I know, considering how vain I am now, that’s a real shocker!), so I was never as bothered by wearing glasses as many of my peers seemed to be. I didn’t really see the point until I started wearing more elaborate makeup, but now they’re a must.

I ordered online this time, which I’ve never done before since I’m a good girl and I always follow the recommendation of going to the optometrist to get your eyes checked once a year, and it only makes sense to get my contacts there. However, I really can’t be bothered finding one here and going through the whole process from start to finish when I know I’ll be leaving Australia soon anyway. Is that really lazy? It’s also partly because I think it’d be really expensive for me as a non-citizen, and I’d prefer to wait until I got back home.

Anyway, I decided to try something new! I got black contacts. My eyes are pretty dark anyway, but I’ve been meaning to try coloured contacts for a long time now.

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There you have it! It’s not really a huge difference, but I can definitely tell that there’s something going on there. I probably wouldn’t re-purchase the ones I got this time (they’re really flimsy! I’m sure daily contacts were never this flimsy the last time I used them), but I’m definitely curious about what other kinds I could get. I’d love to start out with a pair that’s proper black, first of all!

the bearded lady

I love doing crazy things with my face. I’m obsessed with makeup, and though I think a well done neutral face certainly has its place, the things that make me live are as far from neutral as possible. Though I think makeup often is and should be about beauty, I think it’s also really important not to be afraid of being ugly. Sometimes, courting ugly will only elevate your look to a higher plane of beauty! I certainly don’t think this look was ugly, but for me it took some courage, and a willingness to let go of my hope for beauty.

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Products used:

Face: Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Ben Nye neutral set colourless powder, Illamasqua powder blusher in Ambition

Eyes: Mac fluidline in Dipdown for the brows, Illamasqua powder eye shadow in Burst, Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (Blackout), Illamasqua medium pencil in Vow, Nivea pure diamond powder

Lips: Smashbox lip enhanching gloss in Lustre

Moustache: Moustache from Hub applied with Spirit Gum

In honour of miss Conchita Wurst, I decided that yesterday was the day to premiere my moustache! I’ve sported facial hair before, but only drawn on. There was something special about actually glueing it to my face – I was actually really scared before I walked out the door! I was scared that someone might become verbally abusive, if not physically. That’s not something that I normally think about – street harassment is absolutely a part of my life, but never in a way where I feel threatened for being ugly. Objectification, yes. Hatred, no.

I actually had nothing to worry about – the worst thing that happened was that some people did double takes, and turned around to see if they actually saw what they thought they did. And in the grand scheme of things, that’s not so bad! The people who did say something were very complementary, and one lady told me I looked like a drag queen, which is all I ever wanted from life.

candy floss hair

I’ve been getting along all right for the past few months with my pink hair, but recently I’ve been feeling like if one pastel colour is good, surely loads are better. I bought some hair colour the other day, and while I normally go for Crazy Color, mostly because it’s so easy to find around here, this time I decided to try something new.

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I will be completely honest – I decided to try Dare mostly because of the packaging. I am so easy when it comes to pretty things! I can’t deal with things that I have no use for, but if it’s something that I need, and it’s also pretty, wild sharks couldn’t keep me away. As you can see, I also decided to branch out a bit from the pink. I don’t want to stray from my pastel hair, but I’ll allow some colours other than pink.

I decided to use the pink, the lavender and the silver this time – I thought it would just be way too much with every single colour in my hair. Maybe next time! I layered the pink and the lavender from top to bottom, and just put some of the silver in the front.

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I feel like the grey came out really well! Next time I’ll probably want to use more of it. I kind of wish I’d put more of the purple towards the front, because the little I can see of it looks really nice with the pink, but since it’s all in the back I can barely see it. I thought the pink was way too bright, at first, but that means it probably won’t wash out in two washes like it normally does, and the more I look at it, the more I like it.

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cupcake unicorn princess

About four weeks ago, I was surfing Ebay in the middle of the night, as you do, and I was lamenting the fact that I don’t own any wigs, as you do, and all of a sudden it struck me that the solution to my dilemma was right in front of me. I’ve always been pretty reluctant to order stuff online because I like to know what it actually looks like before committing… but it was so cheap! And so pretty! So I finally ordered myself a wig.

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I love it! It’s even longer than I thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting it to be way shorter than it looked in the picture… I don’t trust easily. I had to cut the fringe quite a bit as it was halfway down my nose and I couldn’t function as a person until I’d fixed it. I’m pretty pleased with the results!

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Here’s the back as well. My only (slight) complaint is that I’d have loved the yellow part to be blonde instead, as it looked in the pictures, but it’s a small enough detail that I can’t find it in myself to really care.