Character Creator: Aela the Huntress (Skyrim)

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Skyrim has an endless lineup of side characters and one of the ones who truly managed to stand out is Aela the Huntress. She’s a Nord and a core member of The Companions, a brotherhood of warriors that the player character encounters early on in the game. If you play your cards right, Aela can become your companion or even spouse. She’s highly skilled in Archery and is mechanically in the Thief class. Aela is a strong and honourable character who clings to her beliefs no matter what. In that regard one should perhaps say that her honourable side is subject to debate.

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Review: Colour Pop – Dr. M

Brand: Colour Pop
Product: Ultra Matte Lips (Liquid lipstick)
Shade: Dr. M
Price: 6 USD
Available at: Colour Pop Website 

Pros: Cheap, pigmented, unique colour.
Cons: Tricky to apply, reacts to water, highlights flaws.

First Impression: It’s good to get this out from the start. I don’t like liquid lipsticks. I’ve yet to find one I truly like. Knowing ColourPop is famous for their liquid lipsticks, I decided to try one and the choice fell on a dark colour somewhere in the spectrum between blue and green. Not gonna lie, picked this up because of the name. My last name begins with M and I thought “Dr. M” would be a nice and funny way to motivate myself to study.
The product is very pigmented, something you don’t often get with crazier colours. It takes a while to apply since this is not the kind of colour that’s easy to remove if you paint outside the lines. The formula is smooth when wet, goes on easily, but refuses to go on any area of the lip that’s moist. This becomes a problem because your skin tends to show in the inner parts of your lips, especially when you talk. It dries pretty quickly. This is the part I don’t like about liquid lipsticks, it feels like a layer of dry skin on your lips. This product is a lot better than some I’ve tried, but it’s still mildly uncomfortable.

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Halloween Month: Vintage Themed Costumes

No matter if you’re hosting the party or going to one, you’ll need a costume. Going to a Halloween party without making the effort to dress for it is lazy at best and rude at worst. Even if it’s a very simple costume or just doing your makeup differently, do make the effort.

Firstly, we’ll step through the themes we discussed when doing the first step of the party planning. After that, we’ll go through a few different ideas.

Murder Mystery
The Murder Mystery theme is really easy to dress for. Usually, the Cluedo characters are based on colours and you can create new combinations to suit the number of guests and the genders of the participants. If you’re the host, pick an era to set it in so that people look like they’re all in the same decade. I’d recommend using Agatha Christie as an inspiration, so Murder on the Orient Express might be a good place to start, Miss Marple another. Cluedo itself is set in the 1920’s, I believe. So for this setting I’d go for 1920’s or 1930’s costumes. The colours used for the pieces in the game are red, purple, blue, green, yellow, and white. You can of course expand on that selection.

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Character Creator: Harley Quinn

I wore the completely wrong shirt for this look and thus I look like a fucking mime.

wpid-20151006_200615.jpgHarley needs no introduction. If you haven’t heard of Harley Quinn then you haven’t lived. So given her iconic status and that everyone and their aunt seem to have done a variation of Harley, what was left to do? See, almost everyone decides to portray her as this sexy sultry but kinda cutesy character. I wanted to bring out Harley’s grim side. The side that has no patience for your shit, the crazy part of her that doesn’t hesitate to kill. Playtime is over.

This is the Harley who doesn’t have time to spend on drawing perfect diamond patterns all over her cheeks, or care about symmetry.

I was heavily inspired by the Joker’s look from The Dark Knight, especially in regards to the roughness. There’s something that’s a little bit off of every component of this look and that is intentional.wpid-20151006_200605.jpg

It is a very simple take on the look compared to most that’s out there. Add a white crayon all over your face (I used NYX’s Milk) and blend it out so that you still have the look of a mask. There needs to be a marked difference between this colour and your skin colour. I decided to use a lipstick with an orange undertone to brighten this thing up  just a little bit. I did my lips the way I usually did and then took the winged eyeliner approach to the edges. Since my mouth is distorted in these photos it’s difficult to tell but if you know how to do a winged eye, you’re covered.

In regards to the left eye, which is the one seen in these photos, I drew a very rough diamond shape over pretty much 40% of my face. Distort the edges and keep it looking uneven and borderline unfinished. This requires a bit of work with building up the shadow to look really black but with a good product it becomes a whole lot easier. I just used a black eyeshadow on top of the white crayon.

For my right eye, I simply closed my eye and drew a straight line from the inner corner of the eye and right across my eyelid wpid-20151006_200556.jpgtowards the temple. Then I filled in the part below the eye itself. For a bit of variation to this look, I covered the eyelid and parts of the lower lash line in red metallic shadow. It goes on like a metallic film over your eye once you build it up enough. It can also be used as a regular eyeshadow.

Now, as I said above I did this to see if I could do something new with the character. I feel that it was an unusual take but it’s not the way I would do this character’s look if I were to dress up as her for an occasion.

The second to last #30DaysOfLipstick post

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September 14th
This was the day when I finally wore my good old Guerlain lipstick in Garconne. After going for a few weird ones and neutral ones, it felt nice to return to a very classic red. It’s just a product I feel I can trust, I know it’s good and I know it won’t require frequent work throughout the day.wpid-20150915_102441.jpg
Day 23
September 15th
This is the only nude lipstick I own. It’s from Maybelline and is one of their Superstar 14h lipsticks. It’s a fairly dark nude with a hint of sparkle to it. It’s one of the very few nudes that looks alright on me. Almost every other colour I’ve tried just looks a lot lighter than my natural lips and not in a good way. I think it’s called Never Ending Nude or something along those lines. It’s pretty good in terms of quality and value for money, but it’s nothing mindblowing or truly extraordinary. A solid product in a colour I’ve been hoping to find for a long time.Read More »

Retro Essentials: Style Mash – Gothic Vintage

wpid-20150912_114639.jpgIt seems like it will be a rainy day, I wanted to wear something comfortable, and needed to find a lipstick I hadn’t used for #30DaysOfLipstick yet. Somehow this resulted in me thinking it would be a great idea to put a gothic twist on my usual style.

Clothing wise I’m wearing a black midi skirt that is fantastic for casual wear and one of the most comfortable items I own. I usually combine it with a brighter shirt and a blazer to offset the dark look it gives. I’ll need to do a fair amount of moving and cleaning today, so comfort was important.

The shirt I’m wearing is one I picked up at the red cross. It’s quite warm without being bulky, the white stripes on it makes it look a bit nautical and gives it a bit of character. I’d typically wear it with a pencil skirt, a colourful maxi, or just with jeans. See that weird blip in the pattern on my hip? That’s actually because this is a wrap shirt and between that blip and the white stripes coming down my chest is a row of buttons.

I’ve combined all this with a pair of black ballet flats. This full outfit would have cost about dollars. Skirt 10, flats 15, and the shirt was in a bundle of clothes where I got 4 for 16.

Here’s my face. You’ve probably seen it before.
wpid-20150912_114504.jpgI opted for one of my lighter foundations (Etude House Cushion), used concealer (Urban Decay Naked) on a few spots, used some very mild highlighting on the cheekbones (Laneige cushion highlighter), and used a translucent setting powder from the Balm. This is already more makeup than I usually wear on a daily basis.

The lips are a dark wine coloured lipstick from NYX (you’ll see the specific name in the next lipstick post). wpid-20150912_114512.jpg

Once again the light and my phone catches any redness that is even near my face. Fear not, it looks like regular skin in real life.

What the picture on my right is showing is meant to be my eye look. The eyeliner (look who attempted wings!) is from Stila and I bought it for an eyeliner comparison post and realised I actually needed to try it to be able to comment on it. Beyond that, I’ve used the NYX Wicked Dreams palette on my eyes. I used a natural shimmery beige over the entire lid and up to the brow bone as a base, in the outer third or so of the eye I lightly used a dark purple shadow to bring back the colour scheme from the lips. I then used a salmon coloured shimmery shadow on the rest of the lid to blend it out a bit. I used a black shadow from the same palette to set the eyeliner along the upper and lower lashes. For those of you with hooded eyes, this is a good option to using a lot of eyeliner on your eyelids as the transfer to your crease will be lighter and not as obvious. As for mascara, I ventured away from my usual Clio one to one from the Balm called Tall, Dark, and Handsome. I didn’t do anything to my brows, this look is dramatic enough as it is and my brows tend to behave pretty well.

In regards to my hair, I’ve just pinned some of it back to keep it out of my face, attached it with bobby pins and added a dark red velvet rose as my hair flower of the day to keep the gothic theme going. I didn’t wash my hair this morning since I know I’ll be doing a lot of cleaning and moving and sweaty stuff in general, so this is a decent way of hiding that my hair isn’t 100% clean.

Retro Essentials: Expanding Makeup Options

I truly do love classic red lips, smokey eyes, and winged eyeliner. However, it is my firm belief that the pinup and vintage community could benefit from expanding its horizons. Our collection of styles that form this subculture is one that emphasises the ability to express yourself with clothes and hair, yet we often fall into the trap of emphasising one particular way of doing your makeup.
This post is meant to highlight some options to this classic style that still work well with the elegant eccentricity of the retro subcultures.

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For a decadent option to red lips, lipsticks that are the colour of rich metals can provide perfect event makeup. I combined golden lips with gold eyeshadow and black eyeliner to still keep some of the classic pinup elements in this makeup. Although it can’t be seen in this picture, I’m wearing a white/beige/soft pink hair flower to enhance the colour theme. This is a great option for an event where you dress up in full vintage garb, due to the light colours it works well with day time fancy events.

A more casual option is seen to the right. This is another daytimewpid-20150623_112835.jpg look
that I created when I used Western brands to create a look inspired by Korean makeup trends. When we look back at images from vintage eras, we often forget that people tended to take photos on days when they dressed up. We seldom see casual images of people from the 1930’s because it was more rare to have access to a good quality camera in those days and thus it was saved for special occasions or celebrity photo shoots. This doesn’t mean that more casual looks didn’t exist. This is one step up from No Makeup Makeup but is a look that enhances features that exist naturally as opposed to creating a radically different look (such as dark red lips).

wpid-20150910_110116.jpgThis is what I’m wearing today. I’ve opted for classic pinup/vintage features but have changed the colour palette and didn’t do a full wing. My lipstick is a frosty pink colour, the eyeliner is a dark navy blue and the liner along my upper lashes is a mint green metallic colour. This is a great way to experiment with colours without having to use elaborate eyeshadow designs. And I still haven’t gotten the hang of the ‘only take photos of your face when you’re not nearly dead’ thing.

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A more extreme variation of switching up colours is seen on the right. Yes, that is blue lipstick. I’m a firm believer in trying new things and so I did. This is the same concept as with the golden look above, if you have an event where you can go all out, go all out.

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What’s the idea behind the one on the left? The idea is to allow one feature to stand out (in this case lips) rather than always opting for a look that is a full face of makeup. This is a very time saving trick as it only requires foundation + feature. This is pretty much my go-to makeup for days when I want to be out of the house 15 min after I get out of bed.

On the right, we see a design where I’ve flipped that around.

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This time it’s the eyes I’ve  spent time on and then just applied a lip balm. I mainly use heavy eye makeup at night and would wear this kind of thing if I attended an event where I would be eating and drinking a lot, especially foods that are not lipstick friendly. It’s quite practical in that it still features a classical pinup element (I avoid wings because it looks weird with hooded eyes and thus this is another way of doing a heavy smoky eye) but takes into account the fact that you might not be able to reapply lipstick or have access to a mirror to check for bleeding.

Character Creator: Domino (Marvel Universe)

Domino isn’t one of Marvel’s best known characters and has mainly had low-medium roles. She’s a mutant born out of a government experiment, an excellent marksman, often mercenary, and has the ability to influence probability fields. Meaning she’s one lucky lady.

wpid-20150909_133933.jpgShe has mainly been a part of the X-men story lines but has also been associated with SHIELD and Deadpool. You’ll usually find her operating under some form of alias. In popular media, wpid-20150909_133949.jpgshe’s had cameos in some of the Marvel Cartoons and have made appearances in some of the video games related to the universe. I’m really hoping this character at least gets a cameo in one of the Marvel movies, but nothing to that effect has been announced.

Random pieces of information about Domino: she’s afraid of chickens, is extremely fit but not superhuman, is multilingual, and the black mark around her eye is not a tattoo but rather a part of her mutation.

This is one of the few characters I’d consider cosplaying as. Tight black outfit, guns, corpse paint. I could do that.

Her typical trademarks are her pale skin, jet black hair, and the black mark around her eye. I decided my skin was pale enough as it is, so I stuck to the eye makeup. In terms of lips, I’ve seen her portrayed with black, blue, and red lips so I went for red since that was the colour I was already wearing. It is surprisingly difficult to turn large parts of your skin into opaque blocks of colour, which was the same problem I ran into with Liara. This time I outlined the area with a pencil eyeliner, sketched it over until I had medium coverage and then used a black matte eyeshadow to build it up to full darkness. The outline isn’t perfect, but one of the problems with Domino as she’s portrayed by Marvel is the fact that the shape of her dark patch tends to change. So I wasn’t entirely certain which version to go for and thus ended up with a hybrid. I did a simplified cat eye on my other eye and added on mascara on both eyes. I actually really enjoyed creating this look, it’s like a classical vintage makeup style but with an obvious added twist. I’d definitely consider recreating Domino’s look for a Halloween costume or cosplay event.

I’m really really happy with the fact that I was able to create such a solid black area around the left eye, if I were to wear this to an event or something, I’d clean the edges up with a q-tip. I’d also do foundation afterwards because man does that eyeliner and eyeshadow for some reason stick to your fingers (despite me using a pencil liner and a brush for the eyeshadow), so there’s a lot of fallout. I’m also happy because I didn’t know a lot about Domino before I started Character Creator and it turns out she’s actually a really cool character that I’d like to see more of.