CAUTION











jacket vintage/thrifted | bra American Apparel | skirt vintage/thrifted | tights Target | boots Maison Martin Margiela

I think this is the first time I've ever successfully executed a concept almost exactly how I wanted. I always have ideas for shoots but am never completely happy with how they turn out in comparison to how I planned them to look. This one didn't have too much planning, I had no idea what I was doing until I walked onto the location. I keep fragments of ideas in mind for everything and I guess a few just clicked together and I went for it. It's nice, kind of relieving. It needs to happen more often.

The styling was inspired by Miu Miu Spring 2013 Ready to Wear with a little Margiela. The only minor detail I do wish I could've added was a fur stole but I don't have anything nice enough to be used as an alternative to the actual Miu Miu ones (which cost nearly 4.5k each by the way.) The jacket is from a thrift store, it was around $5-8 and fits me perfectly. It's not something I'd think would go with my style but it was the first item I felt like wearing today. And shirts, who needs 'em anyway?

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone, Ash Grey, and Chamois Nude
Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 4E
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

Lips
Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito

BIRD OF PARADISE









Bad hair day. Shooting with sunlight at my back doesn't help. Fortunately, a flower and some eyeliner can make everything a little better. Bonus points for a bird of paradise plant. I wasn't planning on two flower shoots in a row, but I've been wanting to shoot with one of these forever. It's right next to me now in that FRESH milk glass I used for a shoot last month. It's a good thing I didn't actually lick it because I just found out it's poisonous. I doubt that could've seriously harmed me, but still - how fun.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

Lips
OCC lip tar in Zhora

SPECKLES












More hands and nails, it's becoming an obsession. Okay, it used to be just long nails, now it's hands in general. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is what originally interested me in long nails, you know those people with the really, really long nails they featured? They were inspirational people to me in middle school when I decided to stop tending to the length of my nails. My nails will never be that extreme since they usually break after a while, but it's still fun. I've heard nearly everything that could be said about them, it was one of the main (and pettiest) things people bullied me over in school. It's funny how something so natural (even on someone else's body) can disgust people so much, ha!

My fingernails were supposed to be similar to the print on composition notebooks. It didn't turn out since I used too much black, so I added Hard Candy's Black Tie Optional which is a mix of black and white glitters. I've been waiting for a non-indie and inexpensive dupe to Lynnderella's Connect the Dots. It's not an exact dupe, this one has a less variety of glitter, but it's awesome. My toenails haven't been painted in months and since spring is almost here, I thought I'd do something with them. They're inspired by the prints at the Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 show. I realize Madeline Poole and Jen Brill did a version for Into the Gloss, too, and I think theirs is perfect for fingernails and mine is perfect for toenails.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone, Tuscany, Maroon Berry, Ash Grey, and Chamois Nude
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pots and Pans
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

Lips
OCC lip tar in Zhora
Smashbox lipgloss in Crystal

Nails
Hands
American Apparel in Hassid
NYX in White
Hard Candy in Black Tie Optional
Revlon top coat

Right foot
American Apparel in Hassid
So Easy Stripe Rite in White
Revlon top coat

Left foot
NYX in White
So Easy Stripe Rite in Black
Revlon top coat

THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT)












The new David Bowie album, The Next Day, and the music video for The Stars (Are Out Tonight) are flawless. Tilda Swinton (goddess), Saskia de Brauw and Iselin Steiro (two of my favorite models), and Andrej Pejic in a David Bowie music video directed by one of my favorite music video directors and photographers Floria Sigismondi? Excuse me while I go die over this perfection. So beautiful and bizarre. Ah, I wish I could be as androgynous as them.

In the video, Tilda has this amazing light blue eyeliner and of course I had to buy some the very next day. I could have used eyeshadow but I thought I'd avoid all the powdery pastels and try something new. Inglot's AMC Eyeliner Gel in 88 is close enough to might even be the same one. This is the first time I've ordered anything from Inglot, though I've wanted to try them for a long time. Their products are decently priced, the eyeliner was only $12. However, the shipping was quite high at $7. I didn't mind paying it much since the eyeliner was inexpensive, but it took longer for them to ship out and me to receive it than they listed on their website. The box was the smallest thing I've ever had UPS deliver to me, it's hardly the size of my hand and I'm surprised it wasn't lost, haha. Sure didn't seem like $7 shipping, but at least the eyeliner is in my possession.

Unfortunately, the eyeliner is less than average. The formula is similar to greasepaint when applying, not gel-like or as thick as I'd imagined. The color is beautiful, it's the reason why I bought it, but it takes layers to achieve a rich opacity. I had to go over my eyeliner twice and for touch ups, not the one application as claimed in the website description. The dried down texture after a few coats is like waterproof mascara, except it slowly crumbles away on the skin (over primer) if you barely even touch it after it's fully dry. I usually end up with eyeliner on the tops of my eyelashes and clean it up with makeup remover before I apply mascara, but this stuff will not come off. I've tried applying mascara and eyeshadow over it to conceal the blue and it only makes it look cakier. I edited most of it out of my photos. For actual removal, I've tried makeup remover and water several times to remove the bits from my eyelashes and there's still a little blue.

For a tricky to find, pastel blue eyeliner, it does the job and looks alright, but with a few formula and removal problems. For a gel eyeliner, I haven't used many, but I assume there are way better ones out there.

Today, I also played with long exposures for the first time in what feels like forever. I forgot how much fun it is, it's so hit or miss. I rewatched David Lynch's Lost Highway last night and was inspired by a scene at the end where one of the characters' movements are blurry and kind of the same effect, hard to explain. It's an interesting movie with fun casting and one of my favorite soundtracks. I kept staring at Patricia Arquette's characters' nail polish choices throughout the movie, her nails always stood out in scenes. I want to find modern dupes for them soon.

On my nails, I'm wearing one coat of Them Bones by Pretty & Polished over Hassid by American Apparel. It's a grainy black jelly polish with white hex, bar, and shred glitters from their old Halloween 2012 collection. Awesome, though it might actually look cooler over a lighter base so the grain is more visible.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Oatmeal Tan, Ash Grey, and Chamois Nude
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 88
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

Lips
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola

Nails
American Apparel in Hassid
Pretty & Polished in Them Bones
Revlon top coat

TAPE STRIPS




Another electrical tape manicure. I used a glossy top coat this time and it ended up peeling off strips the next day. However, they still seem secure a few days in. I also set the tape on my nails before they were fully dry and was able to carefully press it into the polish which might have helped. Even if the tape does lift, it's easy to set it back with glue or a top coat.

Nails
American Apparel in Factory Grey
Revlon top coat

SIMPLE, GO TO & ON THE GO LIPS



Wet N Wild Mega Last lipstick in Bare It All | Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito | NARS Lipstick in Belle de Jour | Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #22 | Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola | Smashbox lipgloss in Crystal

These are my favorite lipsticks for more of a natural look. Nudes, peaches, and mauves. I also included my go-to clear lipgloss, it's perfect for adding over anything but I like wearing it on its own, too. These aren't all the colors I have in these shades, but I wanted to focus on the ones that I always reach for and throw in my bag, ready to apply or re-apply on the go with effortless application. I've never understood the fuss over certain lip colors' ability to withstand eating or drinking, of course it's probably going to come off or create a ring around the lips. I just take off whatever lip product I have on unless it's one of these, they're easy to touch up and even if I don't fix them, they don't look bad. I wear these a lot so lip swatches can be found throughout other posts.

Wet N Wild Mega Last lipstick in Bare It All | A matte, neutral medium mauve. Looks lighter on the lips. Not overly drying for a matte product, also lasts longer than most others. I've been looking into drugstore products more and I actually quite like the shades I've tried from line so far.

Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito | A sheer, neutral/slightly cool light mauve. Looks less pink on the lips. Feels moisturizing like a balm and looks pigmented like a sheer lipstick. One of my favorite lip products ever.

NARS Lipstick in Belle de Jour | A sheer, peach color. Looks less orange on the lips. Feels slightly greasy at first but dries down into a more comfortable finish and isn't too drying.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #22 | An opaque, light peachy nude. Looks lighter on the lips. Feels similar to the NARS lipstick formula above but thicker. It has a very concealer lips type look when worn opaque with light skin. I prefer to sheer it down a little.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola | A sheer, glossy pink peach with a slightly orange peach stain. Comfortable, gummy feel. This needs a little more time to set without pressing my lips together than my other glossy stain. Not a color I would usually buy since it's so pink, but I really like it. I'm wearing it in the photos below.

Smashbox Lipgloss in Crystal | A clear gloss. Comfortable, long wearing formula. I prefer my lip glosses to have a little more stick to them and this one is sticky, but not 'hair stuck in my gloss' sticky.


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola


SEE MORE LIP COLOR COMPARISONS:
BERRY
FUCHSIA, VIOLET
LAVENDER, TAUPE, GREY, TEAL
MELON, CORAL, ORANGE, RED-ORANGE
METALLIC
NYX MACARON LIPPIES + OTHER UNTRADITIONAL COLORS
RED
TEAL, BLUE
YSL GLOSSY STAIN, OCC STAINED GLOSS, L'OREAL WET SHINE STAIN

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