SUNDOWN













1st look dress off brand/vintage | 2nd look gown off brand/vintage | 3rd look vest off brand/thrifted | bra off brand | pants Gap | boots thrifted/modified | wig off brand

A fun little shoot for the end of summer at my favorite location. Nothing too fancy since I played around with styling and ideas a few hours beforehand, unlike how I usually have everything laid out days in advance. Also, no more shooting here for a long time, I swear. I had two shoots here of other people, but a summer self portrait session that lasts until sundown feels like a tradition.

It grew dark so suddenly and the last photos look much brighter than it was by that time. I ended up shooting somewhat in reverse for the lighting, since I made the first photos darker. It was perfect to test some ideas with lightness/darkness and overall exposure in camera and post production. Sometimes I feel like I'm too picky about making the exposure *perfect* or exactly how it was in person, so I wanted to try something different. I really like the darkness in the first one and the grain in the ones I brightened up.

For wardrobe, I finally broke out my vintage sequin gown. I should've played with sequins in the sunlight now that I think about it, but I'm happy I finally shot in it. The bridge piercing is fake, made up of glass beads and strong eyelash glue. They never came off on their own, although at one point I accidentally picked one off. Eyelash glue does not fuck around. I actually really like how I'd look with a bridge piercing, only for temporary looks. Another temporary look is with that fabulous wig, which wasn't even a dollar, haha. It's weird seeing myself in it.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
Eyelash glue and glass beads (fake bridge piercing)

Lips
Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito

Nails
American Apparel in Hassid
American Apparel Matte Top Coat *


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CHROME & HOLOGRAPHIC OMBRÉ NAILS




Nails with chrome, holographic, and ombré effects sound like a bit much, but I was up for the challenge. The end result looks awesome since at certain angles, it just looks like a chrome polish but then the holographic effect catches the light at other angles. The Sally Hansen chrome polish is at least ten years old and worked relatively well, but with a little air bubbles (mostly edited out.) For the holo ombré, I used a makeup sponge with just that polish and the actual brush. I was afraid of wasting too much but I barely used any on the sponge.

I've been a little lazy with photos lately, although I did have a small failed shoot today which is okay because I want to reuse part of my look from it anyway. More importantly, I was featured on Beautylish for their member spotlight! Read the article here.

Nails
Revlon base coat
Sally Hansen in Black Pearl Chrome
Layla in Mercury Twilight

SUNBURN SITUATIONS






swimsuit vintage/thrifted | shoes thrifted

This is probably the most makeup I've worn in my life. I should've used blush since it makes everything look sunburnt anyway but I don't own any other than my chrome one. It's a mixture of eyeshadow and lotion (sunscreen, ironically) applied with a medium sized paintbrush, plus some evening out and touching up in Photoshop. The skin peeking through my scalp on my part and around my hair were colored in Photoshop, as well as the skin showing through the mesh part of the bathing suit. Everything else was nearly stained on. It took forever, but looks somewhat realistic. I haven't been sunburnt in a long time, except for on my scalp, so I had fun going through ones online and was most inspired by Kim Kardashian's sunburn.

Concept-wise, I wanted to show the marks that can be left behind after being sunburnt and maybe how they look while wearing other stuff. I was going to do one look with full shots but I had a few ideas so I split it up into different scenarios: sunglasses, a tank top, bikini bottoms, capris or a dress, flip flops, a ring, and a bracelet. I think the feet and legs turned out the coolest. I could've created more complex shapes and lines, but I kept it simple.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone and Hot Tamale
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black
Vaseline

Skin
Neutrogena sunscreen lotion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Hot Tamale

Lips
Smashbox lipgloss in Crystal

Nails
Hands
Revlon base coat
American Apparel in Downtown L.A.
It's So Easy Stripe Rite in White
Revlon top coat

Feet
American Apparel in Mannequin
Revlon top coat

GRAYSCALE LEOPARD PRINT





Oh, it's been so long since I've posted! I've been super busy lately and this has been my mani for over a week now. It still looks good, although I did clean it up a bit in Photoshop. I wanted leopard print since I was going to the zoo, which was exactly a week ago, I think. The past week has been a quick blur! The print was really easy since it's just a bunch of blobs and squiggles. I was even shaking badly but it helps the effect, haha.

Summer has been slipping by. I had all kinds of photoshoot plans but most of that hasn't happened. Maybe I'll try to do something before it's too late. Also, I've decided to start using nail polish base coats and biotin! It's about time. I'm going to be disappointed if I don't become Lady Deathstrike with floor length hair by next month~

Nails
OPI in My Boyfriend Scales Walls
American Apparel in Factory Grey
It's So Easy Stripe Rite in Black
Revlon top coat

HOOCHIE QUEEN | BRIGHT OMBRÉ LIPS





Two colors I never would've thought I'd want but love now, plus they look even more beautiful together. I've had Queen for a few months (I've posted about it before as well) and received Hoochie from my mom for my birthday in June. I obsess over online swatches and these never appealed to me until I tried them in person at Sephora.

Lips
OCC lip tar in Queen and Hoochie

STRAIGHT HAIR & FORMALDEHYDE NAILS















top Forever 21 | pants BDG | leather jacket thrifted/off-brand | perfume (untitled) by Maison Martin Margiela

This was supposed to be a simple test shoot to play with the lighting at a certain time against my new black backdrop but I got carried away by posing and messing with props. Obviously I'm pretty happy with the setup, haha. I'm always trying to work on natural poses, well, not holding and trying to shoot one pose a bunch of times, but creating a rhythm and working into poses. I used to compare posing to acting or dancing with the movements, which I still do sometimes, but now I just like to flop around and see what I can come up with. It's not as calculated.

As for my look, I wanted straight hair which I haven't had in months. It looked pretty smooth! Sometimes my hair can look red, but it's just an iridescence, which is really apparent in the last shot against the rest of my hair. My nails have Neon Green by American Apparel on them, a shade which actually does have formaldehyde in it. They're usually 3-free but this one isn't and it even has a warning label on it, which I thought was cool even if it's bad there's formaldehyde in it, haha. One manicure won't kill me.

The leather jacket was thrifted for only $4.50. It's too big on me but I can't pass up inexpensive genuine leather and I ended up liking the oversized look after this shoot. When I found it, I thought I was going to have to fight off this woman who wanted it after she saw it in my hands. I assume she was on meth or something since she had that type of demeanor and was a little grabby at it. It was an odd encounter.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone and Chamois Nude
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black
Vaseline

Lips
Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito

Nails
American Apparel in Neon Green
Revlon top coat


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