Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vampire Makeup: The Dark Shadows Victoria Winters

I've been always a fan of dark, mysterious gothic concept of Tim Burton's movies,
from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Alice in Wonderland.
He's a genius director and his creativity has no limitations.

He's known for making quirky movies and for collaborating with his bestfriend, 
Johnny Depp, musician David Elfman and his domestic partner Helena Bonham Carter.
I'm looking forward to see 3 of Tim Burton's new film.
The Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie and The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D.
3 movies for 2012!

I've been constantly telling my boyfriend that I really want to see the Dark Shadows.
Well at first he doesn't like it, but then, I had few conflicts at home,
had been in a bad mood and been constantly crying and not eating that weekend
and he seems to be so bothered and told me we're gonna see the last full show of that movie.
 Of course it made me happy!!!!!
My weekend, after having too much drama finally ended in a good way.
**It's because I told my mom I wanna work in Singapore with my 2 bestfriends.
 As soon as my plans started to get better
my mom backed out and told me to stay.**

The movie's good, not as fantastic as the Corpse Bride or Edward Scissorhands,
 but the twist and the story itself is fresh and unique.
 It's a famous opera now made into a movie.
Johnny Depp portrayed the role of Barnabas Collins,
who was born in Liverpool in 1700s, got cursed due to being a playboy,
became a vampire and imprisoned for almost 200 years inside his casket.

 The way he speaks using old English is quite funny and amusing.
I can't tell if he' already cursing or just giving his speech.
The movie's fun and I was laughing my heart out.
I learned how to say "kiss my ass" without saying it rudely.

  I posted in my personal social networking site that
I wanted to get Nyx's latest palette which is inspired from the movie itself.
 The next day my best friend gave me 3 lipsticks and shades that
are perfect for achieving a vampire look!! Now I don't want this palette anymore.
 Lippies are from Kirkland Borghese.  Shades are Ruby Red, Maple and Plum

The makeups used in the movie are really good.
 I always wanted to become a professional makeup artist,
but not for runways or fashion shows.
Instead, I want to work for special effects for films and movies.
I tried to search for makeup schools for it, but unfortunately
it's only available in America.


 I want to try Barnabas Collins' makeup to see if I can really do the same effects
but unfortunately it's not wearable and I will look like a freak walking around like this.
For the makeups used on him, I found out that this look is created by a makeup artist 
named Joel Harlow and it involves paling the skin, creating and applying a prosthetic bridge 
to the nose, pointed ear pieces, hollowing the eyes, vampire teeth,
 creating a wig with odd strands for a fringe and creating false nails and longer fingers.
 This is such a big accomplishment for an artist.
Makeup can change everything. I can even make myself look sick or healthy if I want to.


Spoiler Alert: At the end of the movie Victoria Winters did the same thing
that Barnabas Collins' ex-girlfriend did. Since they are cursed, she jumped off
the same cliff where Barnabas and his ex jumped 2 centuries ago.
This time, Victoria lived but she turned into a vampire.
  I fell in love with her vampire makeup look.
Pale skin, dark hollow eyes, dark cyanotic lips.

I think my take for Victoria's makeup is kinda fail.
Mine's wearable and not dark enough, no major cheek contouring and
hollowing of eyes coz I wore it and walked around the office looking like this. ^^
I even scare my student Bloom through my video class with her.^^
You can also say that it's more on Bella Cullen look..
At least it's still vampy. :)

Products Used:


Nyx HD Primer
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in 200 Nude
Clinique Dermawhite Spot Concealer
Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation in CO2 Rose White
Origins Maquillage Compact in Sesame 02

Elf Eyebrow Kit in Dark Brown
 mixed with
Costco Black Mineral Eyeshadow in Truffle

Sugar Skull Cosmetics 88 earth palette
Victoria's Secret Eyeshadow Quad in Sultry
dabbed Kirkland Borhese Lipstick in Rare Ruby
Costco Black Mineral Eyeshadow in Truffle
Costco Dark Brown Eyeshadow in Velvet
Etude House Code B Gel Eyeliner in Strong Black
Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara
Christian Dior Eyeliner in Noir/Black

heavily countoured with a taupe eyeshadow

Kirkland Borhese Lipliner in Rare Ruby
Kirkland Borhese Lipstick in Rare Ruby mixed with
Kirkland Borhese Lipstick in Maple

If I will add a photo effect like decreasing the temperature and
make it cooler just like what you see from any vampy movies and series,
it will turn out to be like this:


According to Psychology, if a person is into anything dark and gothic,
admires withered trees and moonlight,
he or she is most likely suffering from sadness or depression.

I'm not in denial coz most of the time I'm happy, I'm loud and noisy,
but whenever I see something like withered trees on Tumblr
I feel really calm and I'm astonished.
I really want to experience autumn to see how beautiful falling leaves are,
 and I really admire the beauty of moonlight. 
Once, my aunt and I have tried what we call as "moon bathing"
and it's such an awesome experience.
It happened right after an eclipse in 2004 and we brought our blankets outside.
 They don't have much neighbors that time, and you will just see trees and streets.
It's so bright and everything around you is bluish and peaceful.

Enough for this depressing dark story!!!
 We gotta support two 3D movies from Burton this October!
I'm soooo looking forward to it and I want my younger cousins to see
it as well. My boyfriend's been a fan of Jack Skellington since he was little.
I'm gonna take him out for a treat.

Another remake of Tim Burton's 1984 short film,
a dog that comes alive named Frankenweenie.

Soon I will also try a wearable version of Emily's look in Corpse Bride.
Blue Eyeshadow, eye contouring, pink lips.
Again, it's gonna be wearable coz it's going to be "inspired look" only.

Monday, May 14, 2012

SHINee Limited Edition: Etude House Shini Star Lip Balm

This collection really drives me nuts!
I want all five colors and I'm willing to spend my hard earned money.
I never thought Etude House will really make a product line out of them.
I only believe in Mac Cosmetics collaborating with Barbie and Hello Kitty,
but I never thought my second favorite makeup brand will do something
12345678 times better than Mac.
SHINee "Shini Star" Limited Edition Collection

It includes a special edition Blemish Balm cream, clear pact
and five lipbalms in aqua blue color and the group's name written on each product.

  The official fanclub color of SHINee is pearlescent sky blue, but according to SMent's website, it's aqua blue.It's confusing, but it's still blue.

The thing that I hate the most when a great product is being launched is
seeing "LIMITED EDITION". I don't have any idea how limited it is,
or what's the specific time frame that it's gonna be available.
To avoid stressing myself, I just ignored it thinking it will be available for
good, just like Dara's Miss Tangerine collection.
Now I found out that LIMITED EDITION means that
"If you don't hurry up the rabid and rich fangirls will hoard all of it
leaving you with nothing and just accept that fact
that there's nothing left for you".
What a sad fact.
So having that fear, I tried to pay a visit to the nearest
 Etude House store which is located near to my former university.
When I saw the store I immediately saw their display of Shini Star lipbalms,
 perfectly arranged with huge and colorful SHINee photos.
It's right in front of me and my eyes are ready to pop out from that awesome eyecandy.
 I was so engrossed and amused and I totally forgot the people inside the store.

 I think they noticed that I had an evil plan which is to
take pictures of that wonderful display of both cosmetics
and cute boys.

 I immediately tried to take out my smartphone from my pocket..
I adjusted my camera settings, zooming in and out and determining the perfect angle
in which the result is gonna be awesome and epic.
As soon as I pressed the cam's button......

 the guard startled me!!

I think he tiptoed his way towards my direction and without any warning
he appeared from nowhere and
told me taking pictures inside their store is strictly prohibited.
I swear I had a mini heart attack!

To my horror, here's what I got:


I gave him a mad look but I'm still thankful that I had
a chance to get just one unsteady shot and he let it pass.
When I posted this on my personal social networking site
some of my friends told me that they were able to capture some pictures
and nobody told them that it's not allowed.
Even my college professor told me she had a couple of beautiful shots too.
That is so unfair!!!
I decided to go out and didn't buy any from the store.
The guard is just doing his duty and I understand him,
But I'm so close minded and I hate it when somewhat interrupts my moment.
 I also knew that time that some lippies are sold out already,
 and I have a very little chance of getting my bias' shade but since
my pride is greater than my desire to get a lippie,
I immediately went out of the store with my cousins.

After a few days I decided to go back to the same store, and I was ready to buy the lip balms. Unfortunately, the sales girl told me that they only have the testers,
and the lip balms were sold like pancakes and they won't be getting any supplies from South Korea. She said the next collection "Kiss Note" will arrive soon  and I should look forward to it but, I was so sad.
They're gone. :'( awww...

But, just like my favorite saying
  "I'm too positive to be doubtful,
too optimistic to be fearful
and too determined to be defeated"

 I had to look for more boutiques to see if they still have the collection. 
I only want one. Just one. Don't give up easily. I asked my friends whom I met way back in 2009 after watching SHINee's mini concert if they have any idea where I can still possibly buy the stuffs,
 and Jazzie told me that there's a small stall of Etude House to this mall near my hometown and she saw the lip balms there a week ago.Before watching The Avengers movie a few weeks ago with my boyfriend, I checked out that said stall.
They still have it!! 4 out of 5 lippies are there!

I asked for the particular shade that I want but there's a little problem, the shade's name is written in Korean. All you can see are Korean characters, a number, and a letter.
The colors are almost similar to each other except for the cherry flavor
which is obviously red and if you're not familiar who SHINee is
 it will be hard to distinguish the shades.
I asked for the best seller shade and the pink shade, 
and she really hard a hard time looking for it.
She opened five boxes I think...
and she said she can't find it and it's really confusing.
I therefore believed that the salesgirl is not a fan at all. ^^
She doesn't even know who the hell they are! :)

So I tried to help her. Coz if I waited longer she'll consume my time.
I told her that she just need to read the numbers and letters,
and look for # 5 "T" and #3 K.

Here's why:
#1 O stands for Onew. His flavor is Peach.
#2 J stands for Jonghyun. His flavor is Grapefruit.
#3 K stands for Key. His flavor is Fashoin Fruit.
#4 M stands for Minho. His flavor is Peach.
#5 T stands for Taemin. His flavor is Guava.

What if the customer is not really a fan and the salesgirls are confused?
I guess they will definitely get the wrong shade...
Finally!!!! here's the best seller shade of all!
it's not the best seller coz it smells nice or the colors are pigmented.
It's simply because Taemin is endorsing it.
He's the most popular member, I guess..
and he's my friggin, f*ckin, freakin' favorite of all!!!

And the bonus is,
once you hit the can
(coz it's not a pan but a small tin can),
you'll see his signature at the bottom just like this.^^

so freaking childish of me!!!! yey!

After picking out Taemin's lipbalm, I wanted to get another one.
Guava is not that tinted or pigmented and I chose Key's.
He's not the second person that I like in SHINee. It's Onew the leader.
but I want another one which has gorgeous color that
I can use everyday. Of course I won't use Taemin's,
I'll save it and preserve it. :)

Key is endorsing the shade Fashoin Fruit
 and it's pink and glittery unlike the others.

Key's signature
It's a wrong idea that I didn't get the rest, but I'm happy nonetheless. 
I don't want to buy all five lippies at once coz aside from the fact
that it is not practical, my mom will definitely kill me.
When I went back to that small stall the stocks are now pulled out...
I must be thankful I still got two. ^_^

If you have these lippies you really have to dip your finger deeper and you have to empty the balm to see their signatures.
Cosmetics of any sort and origin are too important for me, 
so I won't dig and dunk my fingers and ruin the balm
 just to see their signatures peeking.

Besides, I'm too lucky to have a signed CD & photo already!!!

You see, they stay scratch/swatch free!! 

Good News! I received a message from my friend Gen,
SHINee World Philippines Admin that Etude House Philippines
will be re-stocking the whole SHINee collection
due to popular demand, and it won't be limited anymore.
 The thrill of getting them is now.. gone. :(
But I'll be getting more soon!!!!

Etude House Philippines has released the
Kiss Note Collection. There are several lipstick shades that
I really like and I'm saving moolahs again for it.

 Etude House Korea will soon release their Sun BB Cream.
Summer is about to approach in their country by July.

 Makeup inventions, promotions, 

creations and collaborations
never end!!!