CAKE-ON MAKE-UP










gold shirt thrifted/vintage | silk and sequin jacket thrifted/vintage | bra American Apparel | pants thrifted/off brand

Look! I learned how to wear color, contour my face, and use blush all at the same time! I feel just like everyone else now! Okay, I'm only half-way kidding. I was actually inspired by the makeup in Fellini's Satyricon. The movie overall is a gaudy, colorful visual fest but I especially loved the heavily applied blush and eerie pastel colors caked onto character's faces. I was also inspired by this painting, although the colors look more vivid and green-ish than the other photos I've seen of it so it might be edited.

For my look, I wanted it to look like caked on makeup with pores and hair being accentuated and for only my face to have color, so it'd look like makeup and not a crappy attempt at coloring my face to look realistic. Plus, I can't be assed to paint my body again. Or edit it. Speaking of editing, I did edit a bit of color around my hairline and some areas I had to keep touching to get hair out of my face. Other than that, it's makeup. I think it could've been cakier and messier but I wanted to play with contouring and blush since I've only done so a few times before, not including chrome blush. I think it looks pretty good for one of my first attempts. I'll continue being a contour and blush hater in my own daily looks though. But for shoots? Definitely a possibility for future looks.

The gold shirt was thrifted years ago and I've tried to get the nasty smell of cigarettes out once every few months but it's still stuck in the freaking football player sized shoulder pads. Sigh. The sequin jacket was thrifted a few weeks ago. I think it was around $8? It's really ugly but I like it for some reason. It's probably the sequins that save it. I have no idea what images the beads are supposed make up, maybe they're just some random design, but they kind of look like vomit and creep me out. I love the white sequin lapels, which aren't the most visible here (oops.) The pants are polyurethane (not leather *gasp*) and were thrifted for only $3.50 after 50% off. A nice, basic addition to my closet.

Face
Holika Holika Essential Petit BB Cream SPF 30 PA++
Mehron creme makeup in white, red, blue, and yellow
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 88
SweetPea & Fay Strangely Wearable mineral blush in Chromagraphic *

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Holika Holika Essential Petit BB Cream SPF 30 PA++
Mehron creme makeup in white, red, blue, and yellow
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 88
Sleek Supreme palette in Wah Wah White, Commodore's Cream, Blue Suede, R&B, and Bronx Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Lips
NYX lip pencil in Natural
OCC lip tar in NSFW

Nails
Revlon base coat
Illamasqua in Monogamous


Press Sample

RED LIP COLOR COMPARISON



OCC Lip Tar in Stalker | NYX Round Lipstick in Chaos | Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Stoplight Red | Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in On Fire Red | MAC Lipstick in Russian Red | MAC Lipstick in RiRi Woo | MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo | OCC Lip Tar in NSFW

The word "lipstick" automatically makes me think of red lipstick. Lots and lots of red lipstick, caked on and smeared around like the lipstick scene in Wild at Heart and a million other things because HELLO RED LIPS (they're everywhere.) It's about time I do a red lip color comparison post, although it makes sense that it's taken me so long since I've relied on the same few for so long. Yesterday, I stopped by MAC for two Back to MAC lipsticks, but ended up with three since I wanted RiRi Woo and it can only be purchased because it has different packaging. I had a hard time choosing because the majority of their lipsticks are quite unappealing to me but I decided on two other matte red lipsticks, Ruby Woo and Russian Red.

I could've done a much better job at arranging the shades for swatching, so I'll describe them as best as I can for better reference. Generally, these products have great wear and are comfortable but I personally need lots of balm underneath the matte ones.

OCC Lip Tar in Stalker is a vivid blue-based red with an opaque semi-matte finish. NYX Round Lipstick in Chaos is a shimmery medium bright blue-based red with a creamy finish and buildable opacity. Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Stoplight Red is a vivid blue-based red with an opaque semi-matte to matte finish. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in On Fire Red is a vivid blue-based red with a cream finish and semi-sheer opacity. These are all very close in color, however Chaos is slightly duller, pinker, and darker at the fullest opacity. The biggest differences come down to the formula. Stalker and On Fire Red are almost exact dupes, but the latter is slightly more matte.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red is a medium blue-based red with an opaque matte finish. MAC Lipsticks in RiRi Woo and Ruby Woo are both bright blue-based reds with an opaque matte finish. OCC Lip Tar in NSFW is a medium bright true red with an opaque semi-matte finish. The MAC ones aren't as close as I thought. Color-wise, RiRi Woo is cooler and slightly darker than Ruby Woo. RiRi Woo is also creamier and easier to apply than Ruby Woo. Compared to the other products, they look somewhat duller, but are still very rich colors. OCC Lip Tar in NSFW is surprisingly the only true *red* I have, but I think Russian Red is similar, albeit slightly cooler and matte.



Dior Extreme Lipstick in Sunset Boulevard | Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne (RD 607) | OCC Lip Tar in Strutter | OCC Lip Tar in Vintage

As I was going through reds, I picked these out and didn't realize how dark they were until I was swatching the others. They're not terribly similar and the image shows enough of the differences (at least more than the set above), but I felt compelled to include them in the post anyway. Also, can I say how much I appreciate the current OCC packaging? Those last two nearly exploded on me so it looks like my arm hair is drowning in red mud.

Dior Extreme Lipstick in Sunset Boulevard is a medium brick red with a shiny finish and semi-sheer opacity. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne (RD 607) is a shimmery deep red with a glossy finish and semi-sheer opacity. OCC Lip Tar in Strutter (discontinued, but using for reference with Vintage and it's one of my favorite lip tars - definitely pick it up if you come across it) is an opaque slightly dull deep red with a semi-matte finish. OCC Lip Tar in Vintage is an opaque browned deep red with a semi-matte finish.

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

WATER DROPS














vinyl jacket thrifted/vintage | tank top Forever 21 | jeans (first look) BDG | pants (second look) Express | shoes thrifted/off brand/modified

100% vinyl coat thrifted for $7.99. Not leather, I know. I'm surprised I like it. Or maybe not because I like anything shiny and with padded shoulders. Yes, it even has padded shoulders. The pants in the second part aren't leather, either. I've had them for years and I'll probably only ever wear them for this because I didn't care if they were ruined from the water (they weren't) and they're too big and long on me. Plus, they make my thighs squeak loudly together while walking.

The second part with the water was my mom's idea, but maybe she just wanted to spray me down with a hose. It was nowhere near as cold as I thought it would be, but I was sweaty from being in the sun and crawling around on the ground in the first part. I was disappointed with my photos during the first viewing, thinking they were too basic since I didn't do anything that special with the styling or makeup, so I edited out my irises. Fun. I think I should start doing more than one shoot a week, too. I've been too lazy with photos lately.

OH YEAH and I finally have a proper url: www.thdpplgngr.com!

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone, Burnished Brunette, Ash Grey, and Chamois Nude
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Lips
Wet 'n' Wild Megalast Lipstick in Stoplight Red

Nails
Revlon base coat
China Glaze in Westside Warrior
Revlon top coat

THE ULTIMATE EYELASHES








tank top Forever 21 | silk jacket Forever 21/secondhand | jeans BDG

Thirteen and a half inches of horse hair, eyelash glue, a plastic surface, tweezers, scissors, and a hair straightener to make the ultimate eyelashes. They're so long that they fade into my hair. With my eyes open, I could see through them as much as with my hair in front of my face, which is not that bad actually. It's just that my eyelid muscles had a bit of a work out trying to keep themselves up, like I was super drowsy. I shot with my eyes closed most of the time anyway. I had them on for at least two hours and it was fun for a while, but I've never been so happy to see clearly after I took them off.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone, Burnished Brunette, and Chamois Nude
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
Revlon eyelash glue in Black
Handmade horsehair eyelashes

Lips
NYX lip pencil in 1000 years
Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito

Nails
Revlon base coat
Orly in You're Blushing
American Apparel Matte Top Coat *


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PHANTASMAGORIA











leather top Wilson's Leather/thrifted | jeans BDG | fur coat Wilson's Leather/thrifted

Super happy this shoot turned out exactly how I wanted. Scratch that - better than I wanted. I really liked the setup of my monobrow photos but didn't want to rely on that style too heavily for these. I ended up scrawled on the floor taking some of these handheld. The colors turned out really lovely.

The leather top was thrifted for around $8 in pristine condition. It's pretty big on me but I wore it backwards and it looked much better. I did have to edit some parts sticking out, though. The beetle is a rhino beetle I won on eBay forever ago. It's not actually on my tongue, I would've put it on there bare but hairy beetle belly doesn't sound good on my tongue. It was sitting on my lips though. Beetle kisses are okay.

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

Lips
Illamasqua lipstick in Apocalips

Nails
Revlon base coat
Zoya in Rekha
Revlon top coat

FALL FOR NAILS, NAILS FOR FALL | FAVORITE SHADES FOR FALL 2013


Sinful Colors in Most Sinful | Yves Saint Laurent in Bleu Majorelle | Orly in Frolic | Orly in You're Blushing | Revlon in Stormy

Fall is near. It actually seems hotter than it was all summer right now so fall might not happen on time but I can pretend. I definitely have vibes for what my nail game will be like since I always go through phases with the seasons. Along with the following shades, I'm feeling matte nails. N.Y.C. in Matte Me Crazy! and American Apparel's matte top coat are my favorite matte top coats.

Vivid blues were nice for summer but for some reason, I really like them for fall. I've posted about the Yves Saint Laurent shade before and I recently picked up Sinful Colors in Most Sinful. It's slightly lighter and brighter with an awesome formula that doesn't budge throughout wear. The only negative against it when compared to Bleu Majorelle is the brush. The other bright shade, Orly in Frolic, is nearly Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Hoochie lip tar in nail polish form. Another nice bright color for fall, I think I may have to be a little matchy-matchy and wear the nail polish and lip tar together. The last two colors are muddy, taupe shades. Fall staples, pretty much.


Illamasqua in Creator | Zoya in Rekha | American Apparel in Downtown L.A. | American Apparel in Mannequin | Illamasqua in Monogamous

Breaking out the big guns with Illamasqua's Creator (past review here.) Looks boring in the above swatch, but trust me, it's super gorgeous. The remaining colors are what I consider classic, glamorous shades that would be perfect to wear while scratching someone's eyes out or something fun and gory you'd see in a giallo movie. Ah, blood reds and mannequin nails. The last two are nearly identical, but Illamasqua in Monogamous is slightly lighter and has a matte finish. Honestly, I'd recommend American Apparel in Mannequin over it.


Jordana in Silver Jewel | Jordana in Funky Gold Town | OPI in A Taupe the Space Needle | China Glaze in Westside Warrior | OPI in Get in the Espresso Lane

These glitters polishes remind me of confetti and I think I'd like bare or sheer colored nails with a confetti look. The other shades literally look like shit and I guess I like shit colored nails for fall. Most of the polishes I have by China Glaze and OPI are actually quite poopy looking. They'd look good worn with lots of leather or fur.


I'm currently wearing Zoya in Rekha with Revlon base and top coats. It makes my nails look a bit like Twizzlers, especially since they're twisting.

MONOBROW













1st look leather jacket thrifted/off-brand | bra American Apparel | shorts Forever 21 | 2nd look fur coat Wilson's Leather/thrifted | fur scarf off brand/thrifted

For the past two or so months, I tried growing out my unibrow for a shoot. I could easily edit the hairs out in other photos until then. It didn't end up that cool looking and there were probably only slightly over a dozen hairs, so I thought makeup could give me a fuller look and I could use the hair I did grow as a guideline. The combination turned out better and more realistic looking than I thought. I used the same products for my eyebrows (Hourglass Mineral Veil, NARS eyeshadow in Coconut Grove, Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Brownstone) with some light filling in and small hairlike strokes with one of my nail art brushes. I wish my unibrow could've grown out as fiercely, I would keep it for a while. No joke.

It was really fun shooting this. I'm obsessed with wearing that damn $4.50 leather jacket. This time I tried a Margiela or Viktor & Rolf inspired kind of look and played with the proportions. The last look with the furs was a few hours after I originally shot and I wanted to take more. It looks like a fur hoodie but it's a combination of a coat and scarf for a fur ball monster-ish look. I like how the scarf looks merged to my hair.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Hourglass Mineral Veil
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone and Chamois Nude
NARS eyeshadow in Coconut Grove
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Lips
Wet 'n' Wild Megalast Lipstick in Stoplight Red (1st look)
Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito (2nd look)

Nails
Sinful Colors in Most Sinful
American Apparel Matte Top Coat *


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