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Finallllly a new shoot. I've been busy lately with all kinds of stuff, like I shot backstage at the West 18th Street Fashion Show recently, and I'm starting several other projects. My birthday was on the 25th. I didn't do much other than go thrifting and vintage clothes shopping, but my mom did buy me the Lonely Lingerie bra above. I guess I just exhausted myself every single day I shot this by gluing each and every one of those goddamn eyelashes on individually. I don't even want to think about it. The whole month of June is just a blur to me.

Main references and inspiration: 1960s-1970s, Aquirax Uno, Amanda Lear, David Bowie, the cover art for Bram Stoker's Heavy Rock Spectacular, Tina Aumont, John Kacere, the film Belladonna of Sadness, various giallo and Euro-horror movies, various art published in Oz Magazine, etc.

Clothing: lip print underwear American Apparel, rose print dress vintage from Vintage Vogue, black and silver jumpsuit vintage/thrifted, metal shoes vintage Pleaser, floral pants vintage from Vintage Vogue, muscle tank Forever 21, polyurethane overall dress vintage/thrifted, bodysuit Forever 21, bra Lonely Lingerie from Birdies

NYX MACARON LIPPIES REVIEW + COLOR COMPARISON



The NYX Macaron Lippies were one of my most anticipated makeup products this year and they're finally out! I remember when drugstores regularly sold silver and iridescent lipstick in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They were the only products I was interested in! I still own (but don't use) a few of them by Naturistics, Revlon Street Wear, etc. It's cool to see a drugstore brand make lip products in untraditional colors again. I want nearly all of the shades but I settled on only five for now. I have Citron (yellow), Pistachio (mint), Earl Grey (powder blue), Lavender (lavender), and Black Sesame (grey).






top to bottom: Citron | Pistachio | Earl Grey | Lavender | Black Sesame

Gorgeous, right? The formula is creamy and a little slippery at first, but they dry down a bit (still creamy) and slightly even out after about 15 minutes. For best results, I exfoliate and apply over completely dry lips, nothing underneath. They feel comfortable and lightweight. I had slight fading after a few hours but nothing too bad. As shown in the photos, they don't stick too well to the areas nearest to the opening of my mouth, but when the product settles more, it looks fine after I pat my lips together. Citron is the sheerest and streakiest, then Lavender is the second most streaky (not sure how it ended up looking so good in the photo). Pistachio and Powder Blue are pretty decent. Black Sesame is the most opaque and easiest to apply. It's a completely neutral grey, by the way!

The packaging seems looser and feels cheaper than the NYX Matte Lipsticks. The lipstick tube twists back down as I apply. If I hold the tube by the clear part where the window is, it doesn't do this. However, I found application with a brush to look better and have less streaks.

You can't go too wrong with them for $6 (or cheaper, NYX is coupon friendly). Black Sesame, Earl Grey, and Pistachio stand out of the most for me. I wasn't too big on Earl Grey until I wore it yesterday and ended up loving it. I prefer lip products in untraditional colors to be semi-matte or matte finishes but I think I'll still wear these a lot because the colors are so vibrant and unlike anything else I have.


NYX in Lavender | Illamasqua in Posture | NYX in Black Sesame | Limnit Lipsticks in Goodness Graycious | OCC in Sebastian | NYX in Citron | OCC in Traffic


NYX in Pistachio | Portland Black Lipstick Company in Difficult Island | Limnit Lipsticks in League of My Own | Illamasqua in Apocalips | NYX in Earl Grey | OCC in Rx

When I first swatched them, I was pleasantly surprised at how much the colors didn't look too close to anything I already own, except for Citron which is pretty close to OCC lip tar in Traffic. Citron is slightly lighter and much sheerer although they still look very close in color on the lips anyway. I recommend Traffic over Citron if you're serious about yellow lipstick and want the best quality, but Citron isn't too bad if you want something for less or to play around with. Other than that, I thought it would be helpful to include colors that seem vaguely similar to show how much they actually differ in shade, tone, and vibrancy. Also, OCC lip tars dry down to a semi-matte finish, they are still wet and freshly applied here.

SEE MORE LIP COLOR COMPARISONS:
BERRY
FUCHSIA, VIOLET
LAVENDER, TAUPE, GREY, TEAL
MELON, CORAL, ORANGE, RED-ORANGE
METALLIC
RED
SIMPLE, GO TO & ON THE GO
TEAL, BLUE
YSL GLOSSY STAIN, OCC STAINED GLOSS, L'OREAL WET SHINE STAIN

FLORAL



dress vintage | boots Maison Martin Margiela

Another item from the 1970s, purchased at a vintage shop. It was one of my first finds but I didn't purchase it at the time because while the cut is perfect, I felt I could find another dress with a print closer to what I originally wanted (referring to my last post on 1970s clothing). I didn't, so I went back for it. At first I was iffy about the color palette but now I really like it. I'd still love to find more dresses in the same cut.

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