Boo! Happy Halloween! My last look was inspired by the amazingly gorgeous jeweled skeletons of saints found throughout catacombs in Europe. Look them up and sob over their beauty and bling. I created the headpiece, face pieces, hand piece and chest piece pretty much out of scratch (thread, wire, beads, gems, ribbons, fabric, etc.) It was very draining and time consuming and I'm sure I lost my mind a few times (hence the dull photos of late and lack of posts) but I usually don't finish most of my beading projects so I'm glad I did this time. It was even more rewarding with the creepy and nearly unrecognizable photos I took of myself. It's actually just as creepy in person, from what I could see through the eye pieces.

The rest of the looks are rather simple in comparison. I've been obsessed with making my skin look as flawless as possible with a few new products I've been trying by Hourglass. I had a few other makeup looks in mind but decided to save those for other shoots. To tie up this shoot, I incorporated stuff layered on my face that's not makeup. I do wish I would've had more far away/outfit shots and that my boots were more visible, they're wonderful.

Other inspirations for this shoot include roses, the color red, the movie Jigoku, photographs by Kishin Shinoyama, and various shows by Raf Simons for Christian Dior.

FIRST LOOK: vinyl jacket thrifted/vintage | thigh high boots off brand/thrifted | bra American Apparel | rabbit fur collar (worn around face) off brand/thrifted
SECOND LOOK: sheer spotted bonnet (worn over face) off brand/secondhand
LAST LOOK: headpiece, face pieces, hand piece, chest piece handmade by me | shirt Forever 21 | bolero vintage Frederick's of Hollywood/thrifted

SIMPLE FACE: eyes Urban Decay Primer Potion | Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Kokomo Cafe and Ash Grey | Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof | L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
CRITTER EYE: red spotted lantern fly from Oracle - Fine Curosities
GLITTER MOUTH: red craft glitter | Mehron creme makeup in red
SKELETON FACE: eyes, lips, and face Urban Decay Primer Potion | Mehron creme makeup in white and yellow | Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof and Tako
NAILS: OPI in Skyfall and Revlon top coat, then a coat of OPI in Goldeneye for the skeleton look

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I haven't posted just a simple, daily look in a long time! Yesterday, I wanted to try something different with my eyes since I usually do variations of the same cut crease look. I decided not to use anything on most of my eyelids except for a little primer so they weren't too shiny. I like the veins showing against the dainty cat eye and soft eyeshadow on my lower eyelid. As for my lips, I've been going through my lipsticks lately trying to wear a different one each day and I was really feeling Portland Black Lipstick Company's Black Lagoon. It's so gorgeous and I forgot how amazing the formula is.

I did a shoot this last Sunday but it was really boring and basic with no variety, hence no shoot post on Monday. I feel like I've had a bit of a slump lately, which is okay. I just wish it was in another month than October because October is amazing and I had all these Halloween inspired ideas in mind during September but they've mostly fallen apart or I've felt uninspired to execute them, except for my main one which I'm still working on. Now hopefully that will turn out!

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Kokomo Cafe and Ash Grey
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof
Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Perversion
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Portland Black Lipstick Company lipstick in Black Lagoon

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turtleneck Forever 21 | pants vintage/thrifted | blazer vintage/thrifted | shoes thrifted

This shoot was dud. I felt 'meh' while shooting and now I feel 'meh' about the photos. Oh well. There will always be a dud shoot once in a while. I didn't set out for anything special so I'm not too disappointed. My mind is on my Halloween shoot, which requires a lot of work that I'm already starting on. Not saying anything else about it! *wink*

I found the leather pants for only $3.50 after 50% off. They fit nicely on my waist but wonky on my legs. Most of the shoes I've tried with them make them scrunch up and look super baggy, but these ones make them look flattering. The blazer is 100% wool and cost only a few dollars. It's huge on me which is partly why I bought it. I'm obsessed with oversized outerwear right now.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone and Burnished Brunette
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

MAC Lipstick in RiRi Woo

Revlon base coat
NYX in The Taupe
Zoya in Daul
Revlon top coat


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