Thursday, 10 April 2014

40 Beauty Questions

Hi everyone! How are you? I came back from London and Enchanted on Friday so I've been recovering from that haha! I'll do a follow-up post soon with outfit shots of Saturday and Sunday! Right now I found a fun beauty question meme thing so I thought I'd do that as it's simple and fun! Feel free to answer the same questions with your own opinions and products; leave a link in the comments so I can read it! ^_~


-How many times do you wash your face daily?:
I wash my face twice a day - once with just plain water in the morning and once at night starting with makeup removal by olive oil, baby/face wipes and a foaming cleanser.

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo):
I have very dry skin. It gets dry on my forehead, nose and chin as well as my cheeks, which constitutes very dry skin by many cosmetic brands and dermatologists. It's not suuuuuper bad though, like severe eczema or psoriasis (holy shit I spelled that right first try).

-What is your current facial wash?:
I currently use Nature Republic Blemish Lab Sebum Clear+ Acne Cleanser. Even though it's for acne-prone skin, it's quite gentle and I got it free with my first Koreadepart order (full size and I'm still using it!) It's a foaming cleanser you lather up in your hands with water.


-Do you exfoliate?:
I do! Two or three times a week normally.

-What brand do you use?:
At the moment I'm using St Ives Apricot Scrub but I'm almost out. I've heard the walnut shells in the St Ives scrub is bad for you as they are too sharp, can cause microtears in the skin and let all sort of nasty bacteria and stuff in but it hasn't been too bad for me. However, I'll be moving onto Caolion No Scratch! It's Real Water Scrub next up that I won from my Peach and Lily giveaway.



-What moisturiser do you use?:
I'm currently using Coreana Senite Polynesian Intensive Cream with Tiare Flower but again, I'm almost out of that! I need a massive Korean cosmetics haul I want to go back to my Secret Key Snail & EGF Repairing Cream and try the whole Snail & EGF line.



-Do you have freckles?:
No, not really. Maybe a couple if I stay out in the sun but hey, why would I do that?

-Do you use eye cream?:
No...I don't really believe in the whole eye cream fad...I know the eye skin is 10 times thinner than the rest of our face skin but I think as long as your normal face cream is hydrating you enough and you have sun protection, you shouldn't need it. I may look into them in the future though, who knows?

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?:
No. I'm quite glad, I never suffered from teenage acne when younger, phew...

-Did you ever have to use Pro-active?:
I think that's an acne treatment? Again, no - I have never had any problems with acne.


-What foundation do you use?:
At the moment I'm using Makeup For Ever Mat Velvet HD Foundation in Alabaster but I'm not sure if it's a bit drying for me...I've mixed a bit up with my Caolion Multi Soothing Booster Gel for a bit of extra hydration and it seems to be fine now.


-How about concealer?:
I use Etude House Surprise Concealer Kit, the one with the two mixable shades. I use both the dark circle and blemish type but I use the dark circle one more.



-Do you know your undertone color?:
I know I'm a cool tone rather than warm...and I think I'm just plain old neutral in terms of colour...I wouldn't say I'm particularly pinky or gold/yellowish.

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?:
I love them! I wish I had the motivation to wear them everyday but I can't be bothered. I love wearing them for meets, events and special occasions though.

-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months?:
I sort of knew but I don't change it until I run out. What's the point when I use it every day anyway?

-What brand of mascara do you use?:
At the moment I'm using a deluxe sample of Chanel's Volume de Chanel Mascara in black. It's not bad but not amazing either...I will be moving onto my long-awaited Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara when it runs out!



-Sephora or MAC?:
...MAC? I don't really know much about Sephora and MAC seem like a covetable brand.

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?:
*pout* I wish. Their Pro palettes of concealer and lip colours seem amazing *0*

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?:
For face I've recently changed to an Eco Tools foundation brush, then a small Eco Tools travel kabuki brush to buff any brush strokes out. I use a regular Estee Lauder powder brush for powder, a smaller Estee Lauder one for blush, a fluffy Estee Lauder brush for base eyeshadow, an unbranded smaller one for contour and precise shadow and a fluffier one for blending out but I tend to find I only need to use the Estee Lauder one for my whole eyes. I use a Bodycare concealer brush for both under-eyes and blemishes and either an Estee Lauder or unbranded lip brush...if I use one at all. I use the Estee Lauder one in my makeup brush stand if I apply lipstick with all my other makeup and, if I can be bothered, I use a smaller travel sized unbranded one in my makeup bag when applying lipstick on the go.

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-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?:
I do when I can remember or when it's for a long event, meet, etc! I use a homemade one made from cornstarch, foundation and lip balm!


-For the face?:
Again, if I need a bit of extra staying power, coverage and for an important meet or event. For primer I use The Face Shop Face It Moisture Pore Balm and for base I use Etude House Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in Berry Choux. I also use a makeup setter/fixer when I can remember: Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Make-up Fixer.




-What is your favourite eye shadow (colour or shade)?:
Hmmm, that's a tricky one! I'd say for myself, pinks are my favourite eyeshadow colour! I can make them super cute and doll-like for Lolita and fresh looks, rock chick-esque paired with black blending, a sultry pink and purple blended look I've been using lately, etc! I know some people think pink eyeshadow can look sickly or infected but I think I can pull them off. ^_~

-Do you use pencil or liquid eye liner?:
I use liquid eyeliner for my top lid (Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Liner in Smooth Black) and a pencil/creamy stick formulation for my bottom lid and waterline, currently Avon Glimmerstick in Black Diamond.



How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?:
To be honest, not a lot! Maybe once every two or three months? I poke myself with the mascara wand more often haha...

-What do you think of pigment eye shadows?:
Like, loose eyeshadow? To be honest, I'm not a fan of them because of too much fallout. It's easier to 'make' your own 'loose eyeshadow' simply by swirling a pressed eyeshadow until you get lots of powder on the brush.

-Do you use mineral makeup?:
Not really, no...I don't think any of my makeup has minerals in it. I haven't really had much experience with them but I always think mineral foundation doesn't have great coverage.

-What is your favourite lipstick?:
At the moment, my favourite lipstick is Etude House Dear my Jelly Lips-talk in JPK003 paired with a Rimmel Royal Jelly Lipgloss in Jelly Bean...they make my lips looks like juicy jellybeans! I'm also liking Avon Color Rich Lipstick in pout for a baby pink shade that finally suits me.




-How about lip gloss?:
Oh, I kind of already covered that in the last question...other lipglosses I'm a fan of are Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Raspberry, Miko Cat Clear Lipgloss and Modelco Shine Ultra Lipgloss in Berry Pink - the latter smells like strawberry milkshakes!



-What is your favourite blush to use?:
I use Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Strawberry Mousse which is really nice! I also like the Clinique Cheek Pops in Berry or Plum Pop!


-Do you buy your make up on eBay?:
I do if the product is discontinued or I can't find it anywhere else. However, I try to be careful of fakes - I would only ever buy Asian cosmetics from certified eBay sellers (but I don't because I use Koreadepart) and to be honest, a fake of a random Avon lipstick is unlikely.

-Do you like drug store makeup?:
Meh, it's okay. Korean and Japanese drugstore makeup is better quality than ours. However, there are some Collection 2000 lipsticks and other items I'm partial to.

-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets): we have those in the UK? I've been to designer outlet malls but I generally buy online or in regular stores.

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?:
Hmm, not really. There's no real reason I'd take makeup classes and there's not much extra I'd want/need to know that I couldn't online, using YouTube, working at Clinique, etc.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?:
Not really...sometimes I can accidentally smudge eyeliner or poke myself in the eye with my mascara wand but I wouldn't say I'm clumsier or more expert in application than most people.

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?:
Only wearing eyeliner on your lower lids...extra points for it being over 1cm thick and in the waterline just looks far too harsh on everyone and is very unflattering. Other makeup crimes include foundation too dark, lipliner darker than lipstick and harsh contouring.

-Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eye shadow) or neutral ones?:
Yes, if it's complimenting and looks right! Like, colourful shades of lipstick might not work with colourful eyeshadow and be too clashing. However, I love colourful lipsticks; mostly pinks, browns and wine/plums. Colourful eyeshadow shades I favour include pinks, purples, blues and golds.


-Which celebrity always has great make up?:
Hmm...I don't really follow celebrities or their makeup but from the top of my head, I really love Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's, Fan Bingbing's and Nana Kitade's for their flawless, porcelain and cute look.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?:
I guess it'd have to be mascara. It's hard to pick between just a bit of concealer or eyeliner but eyeliner looks unfinished without mascara so it'll have to be mascara and I'll have to put up with crappy skin haha.

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?:
I can and do, even though I don't like it...I just don't see the point in putting on makeup for all of 10 minutes when going to the shop or post office.

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?:
Hmm...nope. I wish I did haha...I just look a lot better with it on and it's the way I want to represent myself to the world!

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?:
Christ, the best? Hmm...from personal experience, Rimmel do generally good products, not many are particularly awful. Avon can be hit or miss and so can Missha. Clio is a nice makeup line with nice products!

-What do you think of Makeup?:
I love makeup! It's a lovely way of expressing yourself, making yourself feel better, showing the side of you you want to convey to the world and having fun. Anyone who thinks wearing makeup sucks or is a chore is doing something wrong.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Review: Avon Colour Rich Lipstick in Pout

Hi everyone! I'm a little busy with work but I recently bought a new lipstick and thought I should kick things off with a lipstick review! This should hopefully be the first of many! Lipstick reviews are as useful as any other reviews and they're easy to photograph - partly because I cropped out everywhere except my lips for this one so I didn't have to wear any other makeup on my day off! Mwahaha!

Brand: Avon
Name: Colour Rich Lipstick
Shade: Pout
Price: £3.75
Where to buy: eBay

I bought this after my friend gave me a sample. I used it a while back and thought 'Meh' but I recently used it with a black and pink Lolita outfit and thought it looked lovely as a baby pink to give a hint of sweetness and freshness. Also it's the only baby pink I've yet to find that doesn't make me ill or washed out!

I find the packaging really pretty with the simple black bullet and pretty pink swirls! The same design is on the gel pencil eyeliner I have. The lipstick came factory packaged in Avon's standard plastic wrap where you peel off a perforated white strip and the rest of the packaging peels off. It's sooo much easier than chewing off the wrap and denting the actual packaging (so can't tell I've done that before)...

However, once you remove the plastic wrap, there's no trace of the name/line of the lipstick...there's the shade 'Pout' on the bottom and Avon's company info/name but nothing mentioned whatsoever about 'Colour Rich Lipstick'. The rest of the bullet past the pink design is blank. This is pretty sucky for if I finish this two years down the line and can't remember what it's called.


I'd say the coverage of this lipstick is sheer to moderate coverage without any sort of lip concealer or product underneath. On my hand it gives a sheer, glossy finish with on swipe of the bullet and a more moderate coverage with two. The colour is creamy, moist and rich, just like the name! It's not at all drying, matte or inconsistent.
The colour is a lovely, light pink with a sliiiiiight brownish tinge to it...I think that's why it suits my lip colour more than other baby pink lipsticks; it matches and compliments my lips rather than washes me out.

The bullet is pretty much true to colour. The 'Avon' imprinted in it makes it look a little more high class!

So here are my bare lips without anything on them...

...and the lipstick applied to one half of my lips. When applying lipstick normally, I swipe the bullet back and forth maybe three or four times? Like, back, forth, back, forth, then I maybe finish with touching up the edges, corners and kind of surrounding the tip of the lipstick with my lips to make sure my lips are covered in lipstick up to the wet, shiny part where colour doesn't hold...that whole sentence sounds wrong.

Here's the lipstick applied all over, same method as above. The lipstick gives a really nice glossy shine without any lipgloss needed - however, for a more 'juicy' look, I apply a clear or similar coloured lipgloss over the top.
Without a lipliner or any lipgloss on this lipstick, I'd say the colour payoff is around 2-3 hours without eating and drinking? I might rub my lips a couple of times during this time without any lipgloss on. With a lipliner on, the colour payoff is more 3-4 hours but the lipliner I'm currently using compromises the colour a little so I don't tend to pair it with a lipliner. I'd say the colour tends to stay around 3 hours when paired with a lipgloss for me - I don't tend to lick my lips when wearing lipgloss since it keeps them moist-feeling so the colour stays a little longer than just applied on its own. After eating, I'd have to apply this lipstick all over again. It only removes a little of the product if I'm just drinking though.
This is a really lovely, natural baby pink lipstick best for skin tones that struggle to find nice baby pink lipsticks. It gives a moist, glossy finish with a creamy feel and has a relatively good colour payoff. I love this lipstick for sweeter Lolita looks, fresh and pretty makeup. It's a good all-round pink lipstick that could be paired with pretty much all makeup looks for natural wear. 4/5 stars for me, only due to the packaging not having any product information on it, which is highly unuseful! If I can find this lipstick again when I run out, I'll definitely repurchase!

Monday, 10 March 2014

My Goth Life: What Makes Someone a Goth?

Today I'm going to start a new line of posts inspired by The Everyday Goth's post '50 Goth Blog Post Prompts', which is fifty nifty (hey that rhymed) topics that are fun to write about when you're a bit stuck on what to blog, to spark discussion and show your own tastes and opinions. Today I have picked the one that makes the most sense to start on - what makes someone a Goth? Everyone has different opinions on whether or not 'Goth' is a lifestyle, just a fashion, entire community, etc. so here's my fifty cents...I feel I should say pence to keep patriotic haha. (P.S. This may get a little long and rambly and is only my opinion so I hope you are interested in hearing my opinion and discussing but if not, feel free to skip this post!)

I love her boots, tights, skirt - everything! *__*

I fully believe 100% that Goth is a way of thinking and being. I would go as far as to say a lifestyle but you don't necessarily have to do 'Gothic' things in your lifestyle to have the mindset of a Goth. I was having a hard time trying to express this until I watched the BBC's rather good 'Seven Ages of Rock'. I only watched the indie/alternative rock episode but it showcased when independent bands began to become a circuit and community, began to be recognised and eventually were signed onto well known labels and entered the mainstream music industry. It showed different genres of the independent bands and whilst it didn't show Gothic bands (probably since the real independent movement began in the 90s and Gothic music was more prominent in the 80s), it included, amongst others, grunge, punk, post hardcore and general indie (e.g. The Smiths) acts.

It got me thinking that the way you take in the world around you, how it affects you and what you do about it shows what kind of you person you are and what scene or community you most relate to.

Siouxsie Sioux

Think about the punk and/or post hardcore scene - their general outlook and response to the world is outspoken, usually angry and/or loud and the way they write and play music shows they have an opinion, want it to be heard and want to do something about the things they feel strongly about. Bands like Black Flag, Therapy?, Against Me! and Offspring all write outspoken songs about their opinions on love, betrayal, politics, the way the world works, etc.

Now I feel if someone is a true 'Goth' or even relates partly to the Gothic scene, their outlook and opinions are far more inward-pointing, calm and quiet, usually even melancholic. We just can't help ourselves. We see the world the way it truly is, have little hope for the majority of it and unless we meet people with similar views and opinions on something that needs to be changed, there's not much we feel we can do about it. The way we cope and deal with things is to take our feelings inside ourselves, work them out if we can and let them fester or lock them up if we can't and emerge the same, quiet selves we always are. There's no shouting, blaming, screaming or uprising unless we really can't cope and have one of those mini explosions everyone gets every few years or so.

Gorgeous Gothic hair! I need more hair inspirations!

Gothic music focuses more on our inner feelings and is more about writing music for ourselves rather than for anyone else. It's another way to deal with the world, our feelings, what is happening, etc. Our humour can be different too - everyone is different, obviously but I know many Goths have a dark sense of humour that can be hard to share with other 'norms'...I know I've wanted to say things at work that me and my boyfriend would find hilarious but my colleagues would just look at me weird so I've kept my mouth shut. However, that's not to say we don't find other stuff funny! For some reason silly humour, especially involving food, really gets to me and when I start giggling, I can't stop until I just can't breathe. As an example, I found How To Basic's videos hilarious when I first watched them and I still can't watch Ketchupbot + 20th Century Fox without laughing.

Generally Goths have felt misunderstood, lonely or isolated most of their life. We find catharsis in music, reading, writing, literature, films, etc. Because of this, there was a study conducted (I can't find it but I'm sure it was featured on the BBC news website around 6-7 years ago.) that showed Goths are generally more intelligent, thoughtful, artistic and introverted than the general population, which can only be a good thing. In the 80s and 90s, even in the millennium, the TV & film industry finally caught on what many teenagers felt and began to make films many of us related to, such as Lost Boys, The Breakfast Club, Ginger Snaps and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And of course, we can't talk about being a Goth without talking about the clothing. Most Goths tend to prefer darker colours and elements such as fishnet, platform shoes, studs or eyelets, lace, etc. The clothing is usually the most thought of element of being a Goth, both by Goths and others who view them, as it is the most visual and easily identified part of a Goth. However, just because you dress in a Gothic way doesn't make you Gothic, in my eyes. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't, it all depends on the person. I've met a few people in my life who, whilst weren't Gothic, dressed in an alternative way but nothing else they did was alternative - their hobbies, music taste, lifestyle, what they did on a weekend night, etc. so I'm not sure why they dressed alternatively. These people are what me and my boyfriend call 'faux alternative' as they usually revert back to 'normal' clothing after a few years. Alternatively, just because you don't dress in a Gothic way doesn't mean you aren't a Goth. If you relate to some of the viewpoints I mentioned above and generally have a darker outlook on life, you're more than likely a Goth. Many people can't dress the way they'd like to for a multitude of reasons, such as money constrictions, living with parents, even silly reasons like their partner hating the fashion and making the person feel like they can't dress the way they like for fear of losing their partner.

Super cute Gothy buns!

We all have our own hobbies, interests, tastes and things that are 100% not Goth (more on that later) and it all melds to make us the unique individuals we are but I feel 'true Goths' have a certain outlook on life that affects many things we think, feel or do; it's the same reason many of us swarm around Poundlands and decoration stores when Halloween rolls around! This has been fun to write but a little hard for me to convey...I guess that is another thing that solidifies the reasoning that generally Goths find it hard to express themselves even though they may feel something very strongly. Anyway, I've rambled enough now so I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on what makes someone a Goth! I'd love to hear your thoughts (I hope I don't have to say this but in a civil manner, please) and thanks to Mary Rose @ The Everyday Goth for the inspiration!