Monday, October 22, 2012

Manic Panic Collection Lipsticks Review + Swatches

Hey guys and dolls! The lovely people over at Manic Panic were kind enough to send me some goodies once again. This time I got some lipsticks (and a gloss) from their cosmetics collection to try out, and I was so anxious to receive them in the mail. I was really excited to try their lipsticks out because I've seen many YouTube gurus and bloggers use them in tutorials and they all look so gorgeous.

About MANIC PANIC: One of the best things about MANIC PANIC besides their affordable prices, is that they are Vegan and Cruelty-Free! The company was founded on 7/7/77 by sisters Tish and Snooky (who were in the original Blondie lineup!) in NYC. Their edgy store catered to the punk rock and alternative crowd and was a hit with people from all over the world. Tish and Snooky introduced their customers to MANIC PANIC hair dyes in every color of the rainbow with matching wild colors for lips, nails, and eyes. MANIC PANIC hair color and cosmetics’ popularity soared in the late 80’s and the sisters began distributing their line on a small scale right out of the little store. The rest is history!

I chose three lipsticks; Tainted Love, Hot Hot Pink and Deadly Night. Is the packaging adorable? They also threw in a lip gloss for me named Radioactive. Woop!

From Manic Panic's website"Lip locked and loaded Manic Panic’s smoldering shades of lipstick make a dramatic impact! Leaving no shade unturned, Manic Panic’s assortment of colors and textures tempt you to stray from an otherwise predicable palette. The luxuriously creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with vitamins A, C and E. 

Pretty, fun and cool Manic Panic’s lip locked lipstick offers bold, vibrant colors from a matte to shimmer finish. The silky smooth formula diminishes fine lines and creases while moisturizing your perfect pout. One application is all you need to deliver the perfect amount of color pay off. Ensure complete versatility and total confidence with this vitamin rich lipstick. Packed with antioxidants it’s the perfect accessory to create your total look. Keeping in perfect Manic Panic integrity, these enigmatic colors are 100% vegan and cruelty free. So don’t wait a minute longer, unlock the color and prove that lips form a powerful message!!"


Deadly Night: A deep royal purple with blue shimmer. This color is so vampy and magical! It has swirls of blue shimmer in the bullet that resembles a midnight sky. It's creamy but it applies a bit uneven, so more than one coat was required for complete opacity. This lipstick along with the other two have no noticeable scent.This shade wore for a about 3 hours without having to re-apply.

  Pigmentation: 4/5
Application: 3/5
Longevity: 3/5

Tainted Love: bright strawberry red with a satin finish. This shade of red is all sorts of amazing! It's so bright, it's basically almost neon! It leans a bit orange, but that just makes it a little extra special and sets it apart from other red lipsticks I own. I love how extremely creamy and buttery it is too. It nourishes my lips almost as good as a lip balm! One swipe will give you a good amount of color, but two coats will give you an intense color pay-off. This shade wore for a solid 5 hours! Definitely a new favorite in my collection. 

Pigmentation: 5/5
Application: 5/5
Longevity: 4/5


Hot Hot Pink: A bright pink with a satin finish. This lipstick must be Barbie's go-to shade! It's super intense, pigmented, and hydrating. This is more of a blue based pink, so it would look best on people with neutral/cool undertones. Not a shade I typically go for, but it's lovely nonetheless. The consistency, finish and longevity is just like Tainted Love. 

Pigmentation: 5/5
Application: 5/5
Longevity: 4/5

Overall, these lipsticks are spectacular, and for only $8 USD a pop. they're a hit! Manic Panic offers free US shipping on orders over $25. Check out the entire collection, plus ingredient lists over at /www.manicpaniccollection.com.
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Radioactive: true cherry red with gold shimmer and cupcake flavor. To save myself from being repetitive, you can check out my MANIC PANIC High Voltage Lip Gloss review HERE. My thoughts are pretty much the same as the other glosses I already own, but this one blows the other two out of the water! This gloss is so pigmented and intense, it's pretty much more like a liquid lipstick. It's non-sticky, smells like cupcakes, and lasts for hours upon hours. The lip swatch is just ONE COAT. Insane. And of course, the star of the show is the illuminated wand! Available for $12 USD over at www.manicpaniccollection.com.
Pigmentation: 5/5
Application: 5/5
Longevity: 4/5

*DISCLAIMER*: Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.
 I hope you guys found this review helpful! I really try my best to be as informative and thorough with my reviews. If there is anything else you'd like me to include in my reviews, please let me 
know!

 Take care, and I'll see you all again soon <3

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Phantom of the Opera - Halloween Look

Halloween is right around the corner and every year around this time, I struggle with costume ideas. I like my costumes and makeup to be unique and creative. But sometimes, that can be a struggle because pretty much everything under the sun has already been done. So I decided to re-create a classic and beloved character, The Phantom of the Opera, and give it a Bows & Curtseys twist! This is definitely going to be my costume this year, and I'm stoked about it!

I didn't do an exact recreation for various reasons. The Phantom, also known as Erik, has been depicted many times in many ways in films, plays and adaptations. In Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, his unmasked face is described as hideously deformed, like a rotting corpse...or a zombie. We all know he wore the infamous white mask to hide his deformities. He was a mentally-disturbed charismatic genius, with the voice of an angel, and a powerful love for a beautiful girl named Christine. I based my creation mostly on the book description of the Phantom.

Of course, this is a male character, but that doesn't mean a thing! It's Halloween, you can be whatever or whoever you want to be. For the costume, I am wearing a knee length black dress with a black cape. All I needed was a black top hat. Have fun, and make it your own!


INSPIRATION PICS
*images found on Google

FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in #200
  • Urban Eyeshadow in Buck to contour cheeks, nose and jawline
  • For wounds on cheek, nose and forehead, I used scar wax and a Halloween face paint palette that I purchased at Party City

EYES:
  • Left Eye: BFTE Eye & Lip Primer
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum all over lid and lower lid
  • Glamour Doll Eyes Eye Lights Glitter over Poison Plum (applied with GDE Foil Me)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt in crease and lower lash line
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Love+ blended around crease and lower lid
  • Kiss My Sass Eyeshadow in Coma White on tear duct and brow bone
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Ardell Double Up Lashes in #203 Black
  • Right Eye: Glue stick method to cover up eyebrow(s)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck along crease and lower lid
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum and Love+ blended with buck around crease and lid
  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow in Brulee on lid and brow bone
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt as eyeliner
  • Lens Village Contact Lenses in Gothic 3-Tone Turquoise

CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow in Brulee as a highlight

LIPS:
  • For the gross part of my lips, I made my own prosthetic with liquid latex and toilet paper. Here is a great tutorial by GoldieStarling: CLICK HERE.
  • I then blended out and smoothed the edges of the prosthetic into my own skin using scar wax
  • I colored the prosthetic using a Halloween face paint palette
  • I then topped everything off using Manic Panic Lip Gloss in Radioactive
WIG:
  • Wavy brunette wig from Target last year, but you can easily find a similar one at Party City, eBay, or anywhere else that sells wigs

I really hope you guys enjoyed this Halloween look! The scars and lips were a bit of a challenge for me, but I am quite satisfied with the turnout. Have you decided on your costume yet? If so, what are you going to be? I'm going to try to post a couple of more Halloween looks for you guys if all goes well!

 Take care, and I will leave you guys with this:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lens Village Contact Lenses Review

Hi everyone! I have a bit of a different review for you all today. A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Lens Village, and they asked me if I was interested in trying out a couple of pairs of lenses. I went ahead and said yes, because what other way can you drastically transform your look without any commitment? Contact lenses are super fun and affordable!
I had a really hard time choosing which lenses I wanted to try, because there are so many to choose from! Like, hundreds! I obviously wanted something totally different from my natural eyes, so I chose the G-307 Gothic 3 Tone Turquoise Lenses, -0.00 (Plano) and the Geo Tri Color Violet Lens CM-905 (Berry Berry Chessy), -0.00 (Plano). Both of my pairs do not have a prescription, but they do offer prescription lenses, too! All you need to do is enter your prescription number when ordering your lenses.

About Lens Village: First off, they have excellent customer service and great communication! That's always a huge plus for me. Based in Korea, Lens Village offers 100% authentic brands, and loads of different colors and styles to choose from. They offer a plentiful stock on most of their lenses as well. They ship internationally, and offer free standard shipping on orders over $50 USD. 

Oh, and you also get these super adorable animal cases that are included with every pair purchase. Please be aware that this excludes promotional items. If you purchase a promotional item, you will not receive the cute case(s)!

The lenses come in glass vials that are sealed tight with foil wrapping.
Be very careful while opening; the edges are pretty sharp!
The model number and prescription numbers are printed on the lids.
The lenses swim in a saline solution.
Seal of authenticity! 
Always remember to make sure your hands are clean before applying lenses!
These violet lenses are so pretty! I love that they're a color that isn't considered very natural, but for some reason, these are very wearable even though they're purple. The tri-color also helps with the wearability. It gives the contacts some much needed dimension. The warm honey shade in the center helps with the transition into your natural irises. There is plenty of room for the pupils for when they dilate, and these are about the same size as my natural irises. The pixels are printed a little larger than I'm used to, but it isn't as noticeable in person and from afar. My eyes tend to get dry when I wear contact lenses, but I had no problem with these. Since I have worn contact lenses in the past many times, I have experience with them and my eyes are sort of used to having lenses on. For someone who's never worn lenses before, it might take you a while to get the hang of it and be able to wear them comfortably  I wore them for hours before having to hydrate them with contact-lens safe eye drops. I almost forgot I had them on! Available for $19.50 USD, HERE.

 
How gorgeous are these babies?! I instantly fell in love when I saw these in the vials, and I swooned when I put them on. As you can see, these make my eyes look HUGE! They are considerably larger than my natural irises, resulting in a doll-eyed effect. I wore these out shopping the other day, and I got loads of compliments. Usually people are nervous about getting light-colored lenses if their eyes are naturally dark, but these were pretty opaque and covered my naturally warm irises up very well. Like the violet lenses, they have a honey colored center that helps transition into your natural eye color, and plenty of room for your pupils. But unlike the violet lenses, these weren't as comfortable. They are by no means unbearable, but I believe it's because of the larger lens size. A few drops of hydrating eye drops, and I was good to go. Available for $22.50 USD, HERE.

If you are interested in purchasing a pair, enter the code 10BNC at checkout for 10% off your order! WEE!

Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of the lenses. I have used many different brands and styles in the past, and these are among some of the better ones I have used. The prices are reasonable as well. I have paid almost $50 a pair in the past, and they weren't as pretty as these. If you have sensitive eyes, I don't recommend contact lenses. But if you want to change up your look and style, are comfortable wearing lenses, and you don't mind touching your eyeballs, then you should totally check them out over at LensVillage.com!

*DISCLAIMER*: Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.
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Oh, and just for fun, here are some oh, so lovely (yeah, right) photos of me from high school wearing colored lenses. I loved wearing them, and I thought I was a bad ass (ppffftt)!
These are from ten years ago. TEN. I feel so old. ;__;

I hope this review was helpful to you, and I hope that I didn't scar you with my teenage photos, haha. If you do decide to try them out, let me know what you got...I want to make a purchase soon and try out something crazy :)

Take care, and I'll see you next time!