Saturday, May 17, 2014

Themed Manicure: Godzilla

My latest themed manicure was for opening night of the new Godzilla movie.  The thumbnail is a homemade decal (I didn't create the image, though, many thanks to whoever did).   At first I tried drawing him by hand, but my attempts ranged anywhere from snake to Spiderman, so I went this route instead.  Drawing on a thumbnail is hard, okay?  I'm pretty excited about how the green nails turned out.  Very scaly.  In a super pretty way.

Polishes used are OPI "Here Today... Aragorn Tomorrow" under OPI "Just Spotted the Lizard" shatter (how appropriate, I know), with OPI "Alpine Snow" on the thumb.

I also did themed makeup, because why not?

Shadows used are MAC pigment "Golden Olive", MAC "Humid", MAC pigment "Black Black", MAC "Orb" as the upper highlight and MAC pigment "Basic Red" under the eye.  Liner is Urban Decay "Perversion".  Lipstick is my own mix.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils

MAC's recent Playland collection includes three of their gorgeous, brightly coloured chromagraphic pencils: Genuine Orange, Hi-Def Cyan, and Process Magenta.  Even as these beauties were selling out, I managed to track down an orange in stores (which is awesome, because it's the one I wanted most).  But while doing so, the helpful folks at the counter told me these were actually only part of an entire LINE of outrageous pencils, which are available year-round at Pro stores.  As a complete sucker for wild eyeliner colours, I was both thrilled and disappointed in myself for not already knowing about these.

I threw out the orange box because I don't think things through.

Since I just so happened to be in the area this week (I swear), I made a stop at the MAC Pro store in Toronto, specifically to give myself access to the full line of chromagraphs.  Which was probably a mistake, since these suckers are $19 a pop and I lack willpower, but I have rainbow eyeliner on right now so there are no regrets.

Sadly, I was able to resist buying the entire line.  This time.  I limited myself to colours I didn't already have and haven't seen anywhere else (yellow eyeliner, amirite?).  I'll update this post in the future when I purchase the remaining colours, which we all know I will.  In the meantime, here are some swatches of the boldest and brightest colours offered in this line.

Genuine Orange

This is the gem of the line for me.  (The yellow is a close second).

I can't help it, it's in my blood.

It's such a perfect bright orange, and I couldn't resist using it (more than once) before even writing this post. 

Primary Yellow

Yellow.  Eyeliner.  I know.

I have had mixed experiences with the payoff of yellow eye colours (which may or may not be related to the base I'm using, further experimentation will tell), but I adore the idea and keep trying to make it work.  This pencil did NOT let me down.

Just look at this swatch.  Be still, my heart.


Process Magenta

I seriously only bought this one because I couldn't think of a reason not to.  I'll work it into a few looks somehow to justify having it, because it's pretty.

Hi-Def Cyan

Despite the fact that we all own approximately 28,458 blue eyeliners (don't try to deny it), none of us own one quite like this.  This colour is neon bright and creamy matte at the same time.

Basic Red

I have a thing about red eye makeup.  I fucking love it.  I think it is one of those colours that shouldn't look good on anybody, but when it works, it really works.  The pigments that turn makeup red are not approved for eye-area use, which means that on top of being gorgeous, it is nearly impossible to find.  As such, I live in a perpetual state of "find the next kickass red eyeshadow", so finding this pencil was a huge slice of happiness for me.

Landscape Green

One thing I don't need in my collection is more green eye makeup.  But the reason I don't need more is that I keep buying it anyway.  Because look at this shit:

Nobody can judge me for buying that.

Overall, these pencils went on smooth, had great colour payoff, and lasted all day.  And as an added bonus, they are not technically eyeliners, and can be used anywhere you want.  (Except not really, because technically speaking almost none of them are approved for eye and/or lip area use, but let's be realists here).  I'm going to try using the yellow as a base for my yellow eyeshadow, and the red as an all-over colour and see what happens, because why not?  Even if that doesn't work out, I'll always have this in my arsenal:

PS: These pencils are not all I escaped from Playland with.  See my last post for a review of the loose pigment "Golden Olive".

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In Which V Attempts to Justify Yet Another Green Shadow

I tried to ignore the MAC Playland collection, I really did.  I told myself I didn't really need an orange eyeliner.  (See how that turned out in my next post).  I also doubly-told myself I definitely didn't need another green eyeshadow.


So I'm writing this post as a rationalization for why it was totally not crazy for me to buy something I already have too much of.  I intended to do this by convincing anyone reading how absolutely pretty this colour is.  Unfortunately, this will be difficult to do, because this bitch just will not photograph properly.  Why does my makeup hate me?

This is MAC's pigment "Golden Olive".  It's a green/gold shift (hence its poor reaction to still photography) that I had only had on for two whole hours before someone had already asked me where to get some for themselves.  That's how insanely pretty this colour is.


The pigment applies beautifully smooth, and builds really well.  It starts as a lighter wash of gold, but the green really starts to intensify as you build up the colour.  For people who aren't me, this means they can wear it to work or somewhere respectable, but still get the benefits of the unexpected gorgeousness, AND they can build it up for date night afterward.  Bam.  I am all about intensity though, I don't know if I'll personally ever wear it subtly.  (In another life, I'd be a drag queen).

Built up / One swipe (both over NARS eyeshadow base)

For anyone who was hoping I was downplaying the whole "this shit won't photograph" thing to create suspense, prepare to be disappointed.

I know this is good, but IRL it's even better

Told you.  You'll just have to trust me on this one.