Saturday, February 22, 2014

Easy 3-color gal makeup

This is an easy 3 color gal makeup tutorial! For this, I'm using the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette along with the dual-ended Good Karma brush that came with it, Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Perversion, LORAC liquid liner pen, and lashes.

First thing you want to do is prime your lid so that your shadow stays.

Then, taking shadow A (in my case it's Chopper) and the fluffy side of the brush, blend it into your crease. Then take shadow B (bootycall) and pat it on your lid with the flat side of the brush, being careful to blend it in with the crease color but not to completely erase it.

Draw your liner on in the shape you prefer. I like to extend it out a few millimeters and end in a cat eye. I use my LORAC liquid liner pen for my lid, and my UD 24/7 pencil for the inner corner. Then, taking a flat brush, I take shadow C (Snakebite), I "join" the top and bottom lashlines.

I then put mascara on my top lashes, and the inner half of my lower lashes. Once that dries, I apply my top false lashes, and half strip of bottom lashes.

See? Super easy! I even do it without bottom lashes sometimes, if I don't feel like wearing them or am in a hurry.

If you find this tutorial helpful, let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, Melissa

elf haul

(Pardon me real quick, I'm about to pump out like 3 blog posts. I have a lot to talk about but don't want to overload everyone in one post!! Sincerely - Management)

Do you love elf cosmetics? I do! I mean, where else can you get good quality makeup for $1-$6? I always check and see if there's anything I need from elf while I'm at Target. This last week, I was running errands and decided to pick up a few things.

I grabbed from elf's Studio line ($3-$6 each) Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths, Concealer in "Fair," Makeup Mist & Set, and Blush in Candid Coral.

I love elf's blush compacts, they look just like NARS!

And from their regular $1 line, I got the Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal.

It's a pretty pinkish shimmer. I like to mix it in with my foundation primer for a glowy, "lit from within" look. I also apply it to my cheekbones after putting on my foundation as a base for my Stila Kitten shimmering powder, because I like my cheeks to look like shimmery beacons of light.

Here's an artistic shot of me wearing all my stuff. I have this thing where if I buy something, I immediately am compelled to try it on once I get home. See how glowy I am?? It's awesome!

Leave any questions or comments below and I'll try my best to respond to everyone in a timely matter!

xoxo, Melissa

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review: CS-426 Corset in Brocade and Black Cotton by Orchard Corset

This picture of me is like 6 months old :0

I first ordered my brocade CS426 in the beginning of May of this year. I had been waiting for a little bit and procrastinating on ordering just because I didn't like the selection of fabrics. Pinstripe really isn't me and poly-satin and I just don't get along (post coming soon on that!). When they announced the arrival of the brocade line, I jumped at the chance and ordered one with a 20" closed waist for myself.

It took only two days for it to arrive in the mail (because I had gotten priority shipping ohohoho~), and when it arrived, I nearly took the mailman's arms off, I snatched it from him so fast xD

My first time seasoning it~

The corset itself is ~13 inches on the front, and 11 inches on the sides. The center point comes up a bit too far for my liking, I much prefer the aesthetics of a more gentle point, or a rounded top. Being that I'm 5'2" tall and have a 10 inch torso, the 426 model is a bit too long on me. Not uncomfortably so, but their CS411 model is better suited to me length-wise. The underbust is 8 inches larger than the waist measurement, and the full hip is 12" larger than the waist measurement, making this corset most suited to those who have a natural hourglass figure. Pears will either have to add hip gores or lace looser at the hips to close the waist, and those with broader ribcage will either have to add rib gores, or lace unevenly as well.  The rib shape is conical (or wasp) waisted, so over time it will "train" your floating ribs into a more tapered shape.

After the two week breaking in period, it really starts to show its shape more beautifully. Once it's seasoned to your curves, the laces just ease right into place, wherever you're comfortable at.

The fabric and construction:
The fabric is a nice, texture-y blue and gold poly-brocade on a black background. It's a very unique fabric, and I receive compliments on it whenever I leave the house. It is a tad shiny, so if that's not your thing, then maybe this isn't the right fabric for you. The strength layer and liner are made with cotton twill. There is a waist tape in the construction and it is a 6-pAnel per side corset with a total of 24 bones, a mixture of spiral and flat steels. It features a flexible steel busk with 5 loop and pin pairs, and the long line length is great for lower tummy and hip control. The binding and lacing panels are both made with black satin, and it comes with an attached, unboned modesty panel. I personally find their modesty panels a pain in the ass, so I removed it. 

Another thing worth noting: while the construction is sound, the fact that they use poly-satin as opposed to cotton satin means that it is a tad weaker at any stress spots. I would recommend embroidering some decorative flossing over the lacing panels for extra protection. 

My black cotton 426 I received on behalf of Orchard Corset themselves, who sent it to me for review back in the beginning of September. I submitted my review to them personally and just hadn't had the chance to type the whole thing up. The construction is the same as the brocade and their other 426s', but this one is made entirely of black cotton twill. It's a very sturdy corset, more so than my brocade I think. This one took me closer to a month to fully break in. I got this one with an 18" internal measurement, and I probably won't be able to close it fully because the underbust measurement is 2" smaller than mine, but that's okay, I'm a fan of showing a lacing gap in the back. 

In this comparison shot, they're laced around the same. The 18" corset gives me a more dramatic shape, and the 20" corset gives more of a gentle curve.

All in all, I'd give Orchard Corset a 3.8 out of 5 stars. The product is good and inexpensive, but there needs to be more of a variety as far as length goes. Maybe they can take a suggestion from Isabella Corsetry who just recently released a "petite" version of their bestselling Josephine OTR corset, which is a full inch shorter than the standard. The modesty panel, I think, should be at least boned, if not both boned *and* floating, because if you're lacing yourself in, it has a tendency to become kind of a nuisance and flop around.  

That's all for now, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review of the Orchard Corset CS-426 in Brocade and Black Cotton! My next corset reviews will be of their CS-411 model in Midnight Brocade, and MystiC City Corsets MCC38 in red satin with black lace overlay, so stay tuned!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ten Hollywood Hairstyles

Here's some scans of a little book called 10 Hollywood Hairstyles and How to Do Them Yourself by Arlene Dahl. I frequently use the patterns for Hedy Lamarr's hairstyle as well as a modified Gene Tierney's since my hair is much longer than hers.

Hope you enjoy!

These are very easy and quick to do. I do mine with hot rollers to save time, however they're not as long lasting as a wet set would be.

I'm actually thinking of cutting my hair a couple inches shorter to accommodate these types of hairstyles better. What do you think?

xo Melissa

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Changed up the layout a teensy bit

As you can see, I made a few changes to my layout, namely a new banner made by my close friend Ashley, and I compressed some things together to kind of streamline things a bit. I hope you enjoy it!

Here's my OOTD from work today. I don't usually post these because I just wear all black and it gets boring but I thought "why not?" today.

I set my hair in hot rollers tonight. I think I'm going to make a tutorial of that soon. It's very easy but not too long-wearing so it's good for short events like work or school or when you don't have a lot of time in the morning.

That's all for tonight, I'll see you dolls later~

xo Melissa

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thor: The Dark World & OOTD

Hey everyone! Tonight, I went out on a date with my fiancé
(and his best friendto see the new Thor movie, The Dark World.

I wore my VooDoo Vixens Pilot Dress for the first time since buying it and I spilled a soda and a ton of popcorn on it and it didn't stain or leave any marks so I'm pretty pleased with that! I have a few qualms about the button placement, though. Most of the buttons down the front are only decorative. There's like 5 or 6 actual functioning buttons, but they're placed fairly far apart from one another resulting in a (among other areas) gaping bust, which is no fun. They run small too, so I have to purchase mediums instead of smalls, and I would probably not recommend this dress to someone with a large bust.

The theater that we went to is right next to a comic book store, so I ducked in there to buy two comics for my mister that he had been wanting.

While checking out, the owner of the store and a customer told me that I looked like I should be a character in a comic book~
I was flattered, of course, and thanked them for the compliment. Our movie was starting soon, so we left the store, grabbed some snacks from concessions and found our seats.

An accurate picture of me at the movies, courtesy of Bitstrips

I thought it was very good although there were a lot of inconsistencies between the movie and the comic books, so I have been told. I haven't gotten to read the Thor series yet, and I plan on starting it soon. I love Norse mythology, being part Norwegian myself, and my ancestry really interests me. I've been told that the comic series has a lot of tie ins with the old legends and that makes me excited to start reading them! Plus, I love to read and haven't read anything new (to me) in a while.

I also tracked down the Bésame Cosmetics Signature Compact and ordered it from one of their online retailers, along with their Classic Color Lipstick in Bésame Red, and they should be delivered either Monday or Tuesday. I'm waiting incredibly impatiently, and obsessively checking the tracking information
(It's currently at a sorting facility in Chatanooga, Tennessee ^u^).

Alrighty dames and gents, that's my update for the evening! Don't forget to subscribe and follow me on Instagram (@opheliadanger) and Twitter (@greenlikejuly_) for more frequent updates!

'Til next time,
xo Melissa

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Introducing Bésame Cosmetics!!

Hey everyone!

I was having a very good hair day yesterday and want to share these two pictures with you before I continue on to my article~

Okay, that's over with! Enjoy my article about a (not so) new company I found out about recently!

I may work in the beauty industry, but I'm finding it increasingly hard to find makeup products that I love. I know, that sounds crazy. I mean, I love makeup, and I love buying makeup, but I'm also huge on visual representation as well as the quality of the product, and frankly, I'm bored.

Sure, the black compacts of high end brands look sleek and professional, but they're boring. The drugstore brand makeup packaging is blah as well.

When I carry something around with me in my handbag, I want it to look as beautiful as I feel while wearing it. Something to stand apart from the sea of black compacts and black lipstick tubes. Something that says "Hey! I believe in glamour, even in my makeup bag!"

I thought all hope was lost...until I discovered Bésame Cosmetics!

Bésame Cosmetics is the child of Gabriela Hernandez, an Argentenian-American makeup artist, cosmetic historian, and a degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Art Center in Pasadena, California, and (most importantly) and a passion for vintage glamour and historical accuracy!

Her inspiration for the cosmetics line, launched in 2004, was a combination of her love for art and design, feminine detail, and "fond memories of her own glamorous grandmother."

(Pictured is Violet Brightening Loose Powder)

The packaging takes cues from vintage makeup and the Art Deco movement, giving an elegant feel to the compacts and lipsticks.

Bésame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick - $22

Speaking of lipsticks, they come in 1940's inspired gold tubes, and the color formulations are divine~ they contain lip conditioners like aloe, green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E for comfortability as well as all-day wear, and promise opaque, semi-matte, feather proof application.

Bésame Cosmetics Signature Powder - $42

The Signature Powder comes in a gorgeous refillable compact that I need to get my hands on! Sadly, it's currently sold out in every shade :( I need this in my life so badly!

Bésame Cosmetics Crimson Cream Rouge - $22

The Crimson Cream Rouge comes (like everything else) in a vintage reproduction tin, and is sheer and blendable enough to wear for every day looks, or you can build it for a more dramatic color. It can also be used as a lip balm/stain!

This. This is probably my favorite thing from the line, and it's not even released yet! It's a reproduction of Bésame's original 1930's Mascara, but they took it up a notch and reformulated it to a cake mascara!!! If you don't know, mascaras used to be applied with a small brush from a cake just like this one. Liquid mascaras didn't come around until later. My grandmother used to tell me about this when I was younger, and I am SO excited that this is going to be a thing once again and can't wait to try it out!

This makeup line! It's put it this way, it's the bees knees! This is the stuff that my dreams are made of! I am so incredibly thrilled that it exists and I want to own everything from the collection! They have a store in Burbank, CA, which I am hoping to visit soon, and when I do I am going to buy everything! And take pictures of everything, with everything, and post them everywhere!

Until then, however, I will be obsessively checking my email, Bésame's Facebook and Twitter pages for any word of when their signature compact is going to come back in stock ;u;

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter (@greenlikejuly_) and Instagram (@opheliadanger) for random updates usually including pictures and I'll talk to you later!