Friday, July 31, 2015

The Hunger Dames: Proud to be an Ameriqueen

In the United States, July is a month for feeling proud: proud to be an American, proud to be an LGBTQ person, proud to be a devout ice cream name it, we're proud of it! And on this episode of The Hunger Dames, Scarlet Fairweather and special guests Miguel and Thai Me-Up talk about why they're proud to be Ameriqueens.

"Hail to the Chief":
Scarlet Fairweather:Facebook

As a side note: we finally have an "official" email address for this blog (BadOutfitGreatLipstick at gmail dot com)! It's now listed in the blog sidebar.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Try This: Lipliner as Lipstick

After numerous purges and "shrink that stash" missions, I've somehow managed to get rid of every blue-based red lipstick I own. I'm going to guess that this happened because warm reds are just so damn appealing (MAC Lady Danger, c'mon) and because most of my cool-toned reds were in formulas that didn't wow me. Regardless, I've been in a bit of a tizzy this past month, fretting over whether or not I should spend my non-existent money on ye olde favorite MAC Dubonnet.

I decided that, before I pulled the trigger, I should get re-acquainted with the lipliner I always used with Dubonnet, NYX Auburn. I swatched it on my hand, and wow, how did I forget how damn pretty that color is? So I smeared it all over my lips. Boom! Instant blue-based red lipstick!

"Use your lipliner like lipstick" is old hat, but we often forget to try it. I think it's because lipliner can be very polarizing, especially in this era of Apocalypse-proof liquid lipsticks and tattooed makeup. We think of it as an unnecessary "extra step." It's the stuff of the 90s. It's too "obvious."

The truth is that lipliner isn't necessary, especially if you like a super-natural or slap-dash look. But no makeup is necessary. And if you want something that'll make your lipstick last longer or your gloss look bolder? You can't beat lipliner. No lip primer I've tried has ever compared to liner's tenacity.

Using lipliner all over your lips instead of a "traditional" lip color has several advantages:

1. It's cheap-ish. Most companies are aware that lipliners don't inspire awe in the average consumer, so they rarely pop up in limited edition collections and don't receive the same coverage as lipstick or eyeshadow. It's also kind of hard to make a pencil's packaging attractive. Hence, lipliners are often some of the cheapest color cosmetics companies produce. It doesn't always hold true--MAC charges the same for a lipstick and a lipliner because they know they can--but I know I can get 2 NYX lip pencils for the price of 1 NYX matte lipstick.

2. They're generally travel-friendly. I've been lucky enough to dodge most makeup quibbles, but I have had a few lipstick caps pop off in my purse, and I've definitely experienced a gloss tube leaking/breaking at inopportune moments. Lids come off of pencils, too, but for the most part, I find that their caps stick a little better. I think it may be because most lip pencils are made of wood, and that has more texture than a metal lipstick tube. (PSEUDO-SCIENCE!) Lip pencils are also light, thin, and don't count as a liquid during air travel. Last, but not least, most pencils have a harder formula that makes them less prone to melting than a traditional lipstick.

3. It's easy to alter the finish. Applied straight to your lips, most pencils will have a matte finish. You can apply them over a thin layer of balm for a more satin finish. If I want a glossy finish, I dab some of my trusty Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Gloss on top. Voila!

4. Care is easy. To get that precise point back, just refridgerate your pencils for 10-15 minutes, then sharpen them. (If the pencil is very soft, strive for 30 minutes in the fridge.) Sharpening pencils helps to sanitize them as well.

5. You can get a precise lip line with little effort. MAC lipliners are especially good for this because they have a hard formula. If you prefer a softer line, you can put a bit of balm on your fingertip and use that to blend a harder liner out. Or, you can use a softer lipliner, like Colourpop's offerings. I prefer a formula that's in the middle: hard enough to sharpen to a good point and get a great line, but not too terribly difficult to smear out. Call in the NYX pencils!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Post-Purge Blogsale -- new stuff added and prices lowered 7/24

 **NOTE:** looking for MAC empties that qualify for Back2MAC. Feel free to contact me if you have some!

I have attempted to show usage/condition via photos. Please Google swatches or ask for more information if you are curious about any of these products, the exact color, etc. Please be forewarned that I keep my makeup in bags and drawers, so the outer packaging may be banged up. If you want more pictures or information, please contact me and request it.

 Send requests to IdiotBird at Gmail dot com. I will invoice you (no gift payments, please) and will hold items for up to 24 hours after that invoice has been sent. If you have not paid for your items within 24 hours (or if you never respond to my e-mails), I will open them back up for sale. Items are only  officially "yours" after you've paid. These prices are already extremely low, so I do not haggle.

Payment must be done through PayPal. $10 minimum purchase. I charge the actual cost of shipping + $1.50 to cover materials and PayPal fees; this generally amounts to $3 -$5 per package unless you've bought a ton and/or you've gotten heavy items.

US ONLY SALE: I do not ship outside of the US because of issues with customs. I apologize for the inconvenience. Payment must clear before shipping.

I use PayPal ship, which comes with a built-in tracking system. :) I package as carefully as I possibly can, but I am not responsible for packages once they leave my hands. With that being said, if you receive your items and feel that you have been mislead about their condition/usage, please contact me and I'll see what I can do to rectify the situation. I'm a very honest person, and the last thing I want to do is appear dishonest!

Also, I clean my entire collection about once a month with an alcohol spritz. However, I will not sanitize these items before shipping them out unless you ask me to, because I know some people are very particular about how they sanitize their products. Be forewarned that some of the cream products may have very tiny brush hairs in them, as creams are wont to get, but again, I have kept them quite clean; I'm very, very fussy. If you ask me to sanitize items, I will sharpen pencils and spritz blushes, lipsticks, and foundations with alcohol. I always wipe down the outer packaging with alcohol before sending.

Added 7/24

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse, at least 75% full -- $5

Lipstick Queen Pink Sinner -- $5

Lipstick Queen Pinky Nude Saint -- $5

Paula's Choice Sheer Matte Tint in Level 1 Fair/Light, only opened to check color -- $7

Marc Jacobs Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner, DS, used 2-3x, --$2

Lip Stuff

MAC Lipsticks:
Party Parrot - $15
Sushi Kiss - $10
Petals & Peacocks - Best Offer

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Cake, used 2x - $2

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, DS, never used, in Cruella - $2

Base Products

Kjaer Weis Cream Highlighter in Radiance, REFILL PAN, SIB - $12

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer - $12 *PEND*

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless in 110 Porcelain, at least 95% remains - $0.50 *PEND*

Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray, at least 95% remains - $10

Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50, purchased last year from Adam Beauty, conservatively saying 50% remains - $1

Makeup Forever Uplight #11 - $10

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in N5, used 1x, SIB, includes puff - $10


RBR eyeshadow pans, $6 each:
Delicate Hummingbird *PEND*
Eclipse Eagle
Bohemian Waxwing

Urban Decay eyeshadow pans, old formula, $2 each:

NYX black eyeshadow - $0.50

Flower Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Good as Mari-Gold - $0.50

Wet n' Wild Night Elf palette (LE from a few years ago) - $10

Black Radiance Downtown Browns palette - $1


Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek oil in Limitless Pink, DS size - $2

Korres Cheek Butter in Eros Coral - $5

Kiss Me Touch Me Lip&Cheek in 02 Peach and 03 Mango - $2 each

Colourpop Blushes, SIB, in Holiday and Thumper - $5 each

Fragrance Vials, $0.50 each

Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache and Yesterday Haze

Aquolina Pink Sugar

Thierry Mugler Angel Innocent

Bond No. 9 Coney Island

Parfum d' Empire Wazamba

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lipstick Diaries #3: Hourglass Riviera and NARS Rikugien

It's time for the next edition of Lipstick Diaries...and for a change, I like both shades, even though they are totally different!

First up is Hourglass Riviera (obvs the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick formula). This is the only orange lipstick I've ever loved. It's not too orange, not too yellow, just straight up orange. True, it makes my teeth look a bit yellow when I smile, and if I don't conceal the sallow spots on my face, it can exacerbate them. But it's so face-brightening, I just can't help but love it. I wear this when I want something bold, but don't want the traditional red or the runway-ready hot pink.

Next, NARS Rikugien. I got this little Satin Lip Pencil in the 2015 Sephora Birthday Gift, and initially, I kinda wrote it off. The formula still doesn't wow me--I definitely wiped it all off of my mouth halfway through a tub of popcorn and 30 minutes in to Ant-Man. It's a great every day shade for work, though, because it's so close to my natural lip color, just with more brown and plum tones to it. I could smear it on my mouth sans a mirror and still look presentable.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

All About That Base: My "Try-Hard" Routine

I don't talk about my base routine steps too often because I think it's really...kinda boring. But I've received a few comments asking me how I do my base makeup on a day-to-day basis (ie, when I'm not trying out a new foundation), and I've been blathering about lipstick and horror movies a lot lately, so it seemed like a good time to switch gears.

I have two basic base makeup routines: my "try-hard" routine, which I do for special occasions or when I have a ton of time to spare, and my "every day" routine, which I do when I've just rolled out of bed and I have 20 minutes to get ready for work. This is the Try-Hard Routine, so it involves more steps and more work for a slightly glowier effect.

Before we get started, a few important notes:

  • While I use a good number of products in this routine, I use very small amounts of everything and work in thin layers. For the most part, I prefer that my skin looks like skin. On the rare occasions when I want heavy coverage, I usually whip out my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer--check the Kevyn Aucoin brand tag for more on that product.
  • I'm used to being photographed with an HD camera, which can be unforgiving--see the naked face picture coming up. Remember that skin is not meant to be flawless, poreless, etc., and most of your imperfections will not be as visible to the naked eye as you think they are.
  • I am very pale. Do not let the back of my neck (which is always darker than the rest of me) and my surface redness/discoloration fool you. Trust and believe that these super-pale products are the right shade for me.
  • I am mostly dry-skinned and am generally too lazy to faff around with brushes. Hence, almost everything I use is a liquid or a cream.

First off, my naked face! My skin is especially well-behaved right now, which is kind of hilarious, considering I'm being a bit mean to it lately. (Have eaten lots of bad food, traveled a lot, am super-sad about missing my partner, etc.) Regardless, my HD camera kindly picked up on the imperfections that are here: my regular discoloration and sallowness, a blemish on my cheek, some clogs, and a few acne scars.

Also, enjoy my mega-wonky brow today. This is the problem with sleeping on your side.

On try-hard days, I reach for MAC Face & Body foundation. It's great for special occasions because it evens out my skin and looks slightly glowy without looking fake or slimy. It also has pretty impressive staying power; even when I get oil breakthrough on my nose, the coverage stays.

I use a 50/50 mix of N1 and White on most days, which creates a roughly N10 shade. I also use 1-2 layers, depending on how uneven my skin is; this was a one layer day.

Here's a full layer of MAC F&B all over my face and down the very top of my neck. Again, it evens everything out without looking fake or overdone. Definitely worth the extra work for special occasions!

Just a note: I didn't put any F&B under my eyes today, but because it's so thin, I can usually spread it over that area without creating problems for my concealer.

(For more tips on how to apply MAC Face & Body, please check out this post.)

Now concealer! If I'm really spotty and need intense coverage, I go for the aforementioned KA SSE. But I'm having a good skin day here, so I'm using NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for discoloration and Maybelline Dream Lumi Pen in Radiant for extra undereye correction.

The picture on the left is me covering up blemishes and spots. Note the lines around my lips: the edges are where I tend to be most sallow, and I have a small red patch on my cupid's bow. So if I'm putting in the extra effort and/or I'm going to be photographed, I want those spots to blend in with my skin. This is also really important if I want to wear a bright lipstick (and I did this day). I have a sallow spot on one side of the bridge of my nose, but my glasses cover it, so I don't bother to use concealer in that area.

For my undereyes, I apply a thin layer of the NARS first, then add a few swipes of the Maybelline. It looks like I put a ton of product there, but I think that's because the light shades look stark against my dark circles until they're blended. Rest assured, it's another thin layer!

Here's the, base! Foundation and concealer, carefully blended. I could stop here, but if it's winter and I'm extra dry, or I want to look especially glowy, I go a few steps further and add powder and spray.

Here's my completed skin, plus my eyebrows done because I like to finish my eyebrows before I use setting spray. I used a small amount of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light over most of my face for a softened look, then set everything with Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray. Again, the powder and spray aren't entirely necessary, but they make everything look even softer and glowier, so if I'm already trying hard...

I normally go for pink blushes, but because I planned on wearing an orange lipstick, I chose Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow in Tansoleil instead. The highlighter is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. I don't even think I used HALF a pump of the stuff--it's that intense.

Last, but not least, the super-creepy macro shot of the finished face:

Feel free to click on any of these pictures for even bigger versions. Enjoy the view of my nose hairs! :D

And that's it for my "Try Hard Routine"! If this was at all helpful, let me know and I'll try to create a similar post for my "every day" routine.

Monday, July 13, 2015

My NYC Purchase: Jo Malone Orange Blossom

Going to NYC and not buying everything I saw at the gigantic Macy's was pretty darn tough. I ooed and awed over the MAC lipsticks, circled around the Chanel eyeshadows, and even did my fair share of swatching. But when it came time to purchase color cosmetics, I resisted. I've decided that I need to consider my purchases very, very carefully from now on, especially when it comes to personal weaknesses like lipstick.

But I knew I needed a summer fragrance. Because I'm generally attracted to heavier notes (leather, oud, vanilla, etc.) and find the usual citrus-and-soap summer fair insanely boring, I decided to think of florals that I like. Thierry Mugler Alien is a gorgeous jasmine-and-amber mix, but it's a bit too thick and heady for a humid, hot New York morning. My go-to summer floral is, in fact, orange blossom...with little else. Add more notes, and suddenly, it's too much for summer. So I went for the Jo Malone counter.

The sale's associate tried to talk me in to the larger bottle of perfume, which is $120 for 3.4oz. That's a relatively fair price, but I know my budget and my fragrance needs, so I stuck with the 1oz bottle, which costs $60.

 Jo Malone's bottles appeal to me: they're clear, square glass with simple labels. The only difference between the scents is the tiny title at the bottom of the label. If you stumble around your fragrance cabinet all bleary-eyed in the morning, this could make Jo Malone bottles slightly less attractive to you. I wait until I'm fully awake to agonize over my fragrance decisions, however, so I'm totally fine with this design choice.

For the most part, Jo Malone's scent is just what it says on the label: sweet, soft orange blossom. It manages to be floral without feeling old, powdery, or heavy. There are also some added citrus notes, however, which ups the "orange" factor; Fragrantica says it's clementine and citron, which I can definitely detect. I don't pick up too much of the mentioned lilac note, however, unless it's adding more flowery goodness to the orange blossom and smoothing out the edges. Overall, it reminds me a bit of The Body Shop's Satsuma scent, but with a gentle blanket of white florals on top. It's what I wanted By Kilian Sweet Redemption to be.

It's worth noting that my mother really likes this one. Mom usually has two reactions to my perfumes: "You smell clean!" (meaning she likes it), or "Ugh, I can smell your hairspray!" (meaning she hates it). When she sniffed Jo Malone Orange Blossom, she turned to me and said, "Ooooh, I really like that. That's pretty. You should wear that more often."

Now, this scent isn't particularly strong or long-lasting. I'd say it gives me medium to soft projection, and it lasts 4-6 hours on my skin and hair depending on the weather. Light and simple scents are actually something Jo Malone is known for, so I'm certainly not going to downgrade it for that. Just be aware that you're not going to get anything beastly out of this 'fume.

And can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautifully Jo Malone NYC packages things? This photo I posted on Instagram was comparatively popular, and it's obvious why. Watching the sales associate calmly cut several ribbons to wrap my box and tie up the top of the bag was strangely hypnotic.

Orange Blossom is like most of Jo Malone's scents: simple, no-fuss, and wearable. I'm generally a fan of much more complex and potent scents, but Orange Blossom still manages to warm the cockles of my heart.

RATING: 4 out of 5

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lipstick Diaries #2: Lipstick Queen Pinky Nude Saint and Bright Rose Sinner

It's a dilemma as old as time itself: do I keep a lipstick that flatters me, but doesn't make my heart beat faster? Or do I keep a lipstick that doesn't flatter me, but warms the cockles of my heart?

On the left, we have Lipstick Queen Pinky Nude Saint. In a purely objective sense, this one works for me: it's not too brown or too warm, it works with my complexion, and it's easy to wear. Unfortunately, I don't feel excited or energized when I wear it. The problem is that it's pretty much the exact same color as my lips. No, I don't mean it's "My Lips But Better" (MLBB), I mean it's the actual color of my lips, just a bit smoother and glossier. Yeah, it works for me, but there has to be a nude pink lipstick out there that will work for me AND thrill me when I wear it.

On the right, we have Lipstick Queen Bright Rose Sinner, which was a gift from my mother. (So, y'know, there's immediate sentimental value.) This is a very versatile lipstick because you can apply it full-on (as seen here), blot it for a softer look, or use a tiny amount under balm to create a rosey stain. It's gorgeous, and I love looking at it in all of its saturated goodness. But it just doesn't seem to look right on me. I having nothing wrong with a color "popping," but it needs to make me look better in the process. Bright Rose Sinner just seems...completely disconnected from my face. *sigh*

Side note: how do we feel about the rest of what's going on here? I've got extra glow and stronger brows on the left, and less glow and softer brows on the right. Preferences? I'm in an experimental phase.