Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Five Minute Face

I am the sort of person who finds makeup relaxing. Even though I rarely do anything complex or unique, my weekend makeup takes a good half hour to apply, and I allot a full 15 minutes for the very bare bones routine I use for work. I just don't enjoy rushing the process; if I'm just going to the grocery store and I'm truly short on time, I would rather go with a naked face than hastily smear on products.

That being said, there are absolutely times when I need to look presentable for a special occasion or a meeting, and...I sleep in. (What can I say? I'm human!) When that happens, I have a simple but effective five minute routine that I follow.

As with my previous base makeup routine (the Try Hard version), I have a few notes:

  • 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.

PICTURE #1: Before -- This is my naked face. My skin is relatively clear and well-behaved, but as much as I wish I could be a "put on some concealer and call it good" person, the stark color difference between my face and my neck/chest drives me bananas. So that's usually my main focus when I'm in a hurry.

PICTURE #2: 0:00 - 1:30 -- I start by rubbing a thin layer of Buxom Show Some Skin foundation in Tickle the Ivory all over my face and slightly down my neck. This gives me a more even complexion, and it helps my face better match my neck. I also mix a small amount of Maybelline Dream Lumi Pen in Radiant in to whatever foundation is left on the back of my hand, then dab it under my eyes for a bit of a brightening effect.

PICTURE #3: 1:30 - 4:00 -- I have no eyebrows to speak of, so I have to brush some on, even if they aren't my most stylish or well-shaped effort. Usually I go for the Shu Uemura Hard Formula pencil in Seal Brown. I also pretty much need blush; in fact, I'd say that the one part of this routine that truly helps me look alive and ready is the blush. My dumb reach for "OMG I'M IN A RUSH" moments is the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape.

PICTURE #4: 4:00 - 5:00 and beyond -- I have skin like the Sahara, so I almost always spray on a huge amount of Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray. I fan my face with a folder for about 30 seconds to help it dry more quickly, then pat in the excess. My last step before I head out the door is to slap on a quick layer of mascara; today, I went for Tarte Lights Camera Lashes. I keep lip balms and tints in every bag I own, so I'll usually apply a bit of color before I get to my final destination. In this photo, I'm wearing the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in PK001 Strawberry. I also keep a perfume roll-on or sample in my briefcase, so I'm rarely fragrance-free!

And that's it! Feel free to click the pictures for close-ups of my delightful nose hairs, and let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fair-to-Light Concealer Swatch Fest

In the spirit of this blog and my endless desire to try ALL TEH PALE-ISH THINGS!, I have swatched almost every concealer I currently own. The one exception is my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, because I've swatched it a zillion times already and I didn't have enough room on my hand.

The back of my hand ranges from N10-15, depending on the time of year and what I've been up to. I think I'm closer to N10 at the moment.

Direct sunlight on top, indirect sunlight in middle, flash on bottom. From left to right: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral, By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 1 Porcelain, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 1 Chantilly, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant, NARS stick concealer in Chantilly, Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Fair.

Friday, November 20, 2015


I have a weakness for 80s and 90s films about misfits, it's true, but The Craft had an especially huge influence on me. Not the way it influenced hundreds of others--it seems like this movie inspired many young people to dabble in Wicca, which is fascinating in and of itself--but in a fashion sense. All of the thigh-high socks and clunky heels! All of the dark matte lipsticks and chunky hair accessories! All of the black! These are my people.

To be fair, I'm not quite sure if this movie has aged well. It's sometimes clear that the effects budget was tight and spent primarily on a few choice scenes, for instance. But every time I watch it, I fall a little more in love with it. It's just such a fascinating take on the pressures young women face.

It is really, really hard not to make this post all about Fairuza Balk, who has been a fashion icon of mine for two full decades. And of course, she plays the most famous character in the film: Nancy Downs, the de facto leader of the coven. Everything looks cooler and edgier on Balk because of her striking features, but I also think the makeup suits the character's personality: smoky and messy and darker than what the other girls wear, a sort of "goth light" approach to beauty.

Robin Tunney, who plays Sarah, actually wears a wig in this film because she had shaved her head for Empire Records, another 90s favorite of mine. The wig can sometimes look downright atrocious, so let's ignore it and focus on her makeup instead, especially the way it contrasts Nancy's in the first half of the film. It's like they embody two huge 90s trends: barely-there neutrals on Sarah, deep browns, burgundies, and plums on Nancy.

The clothing designs were meant to start out frumpy and unpolished, then develop in to trendier, more put-together looks as the film progressed. Weirdly enough, I like a lot of the messiness seen here: the untucked shirts, the oversized coat, and the awkwardly-placed red barrette. I also like that t-shirt dress Sarah is wearing in the top right corner (although Tunney supposedly hated it), as well as some of the fashions worn by Lirio, an ethereal and experienced witch played by Assumpta Serna. See how the sheer, flowy fabrics and crochet she wears in the bottom right contrast to what the coven wears?

HAIR PORN! I don't care what anybody says, I loved the hair in this movie. I always want to do that braid-with-strands-falling-loose look, but I just don't have enough volume in my hair to pull it off. Also, Rachel True's skin, wow.

One of my favorite subtle contrasts is the jewelry the girls wear, which is readily exemplified by Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk). Even though they both wear plenty of pieces, Nancy's looks heavier and Rochelle's looks lighter due to the choice of materials. I also love that image on the bottom left, where three of the girls are in relatively comfy clothing and Nancy is wearing those tight leather. It seems to emphasize that Nancy was more focused and "serious" about getting what she wanted via witchcraft, while the others initially viewed it as something fun and meaningful that brought them together.

Obligatory Bonnie (played by Neve Campbell) photos! She honestly didn't inspire me as much as the others, but she's still a lovely, lovely woman. And hooooooly shit, those outfits on the bottom left! I would sell a kidney for that shirt-and-pants combo.

Why I can't I find leather jackets that cool at the thrift store?! Also, I'm in love with that gauzy blue shirt.

On the DVD director's commentary, Andrew Fleming points out that they darkened up the makeup for each of the girls as the film progressed. The top three images--all from the last quarter of the film--emphasize this. Rochelle appears makeup-less for the first half of the film, but she's clearly wearing lipstick and eyeshadow in this shot. (It's still less makeup than the other lead characters, of course, but it's the change that matters.) Nancy's makeup starts with the eyeliner and matte browns seen earlier in this post, then shifts in to the mixture of burgundy and plum seen in the top shot, and eventually settles on to the especially dark, almost black eggplant colors pictured at the bottom. Sarah starts wearing more eye makeup.

And that's it for The Craft!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

REVIEW: Glossier Boy Brow

I am not the ideal Into the Gloss girl. I don't live in a city, I'm not an effortlessly chic beauty insider, and I was not wowed by most of the Byredo fragrance line. My Instagram has near zero photos of cool beach vacations or stylish outfits and is instead populated with awkward selfies, cat pictures, sloppy piles of makeup, and food glorious food. I own more than three lipsticks and will never be a size 2 again. I've accepted this. Different strokes for different folks and whatnot.

And for a while, I accepted that Glossier's products would not be My Thing, either, especially Boy Brow--because if you watch the commercial they created, every freaking model has decently full brows. I do not. I have some wisps above my eyes that pretend to be brow hairs, and that's about it. Stick me under a bright light and the outer half of my brows will outright disappear, almost like they're frightened little vampire brows who can't suffer the sun.

But somehow, some way, I got sucked in to it. Maybe it was the cute packaging. Maybe it was the YouTube raves. Maybe it was my desperate desire for a brow product that I could slap on in less than 3 minutes. Honestly, though? I think I just wanted to prove myself wrong. I wanted to prove that something designed for cool, full-browed, no-makeup-makeup beauties could work for me, too!

I proved nothing, my friends, except that my wimpy brows need pencil.

Let's start with the price and packaging. For $16, you get 3.12 grams of product in a cute, tiny, matte white tube. I actually like simple packaging like this, and because the tube is so small, it's great for tossing in your purse or traveling. The brush on this is also one of the tiniest I've ever seen on a brow gel, and I appreciate that--I have no idea why some brow gels insist on giving you the biggest, derpiest wands when our brows are kind of a small part of our face.

Despite the incredibly small size of the wand, I found it a smidge difficult to control the gel. The wand picks up a ton of product, so I have to wipe it off on the rim of the tube multiple times before applying. When applying Boy Brow, I often get small smudges of product on the skin above and below my brows, no matter how careful I am. It's easily removed with a fingertip, but it still annoys the shit out of me.

My biggest problem with this product is that it just doesn't work well on sparse brows. Now, if you see the photos above, you'll notice that the front half of my brows look okay: it looks fuller and well-groomed without looking overdone. This is partially because that part of my brow is slightly fuller to begin with, with coarser and more numerous hairs. But as soon as I get to my arches, where my brow hairs are finer and fewer, things get a bit rocky. The gel doesn't coat these thin hairs quite as well, and if it hits bare skin, it leaves flakes all over the place. Even after careful application, I'm left with brows that are slightly patchy.

I also tried sweeping a tiny amount of Boy Brow over brow pencil to see if I liked that look. This is slightly better--it adds a bit of texture to the look--but I have to use a very, very tiny amount. Otherwise, Boy Brow will pull off much of the pencil; even in the above photo, where I was as gentle with the gel as I could be, you'll see a few spots with less color on them.

I'll also note that I'm kind of "eh" about the shade range. I got the shade Brown, and while it isn't the warmest brow product I've ever tested, it's not as ashy as I'd like. I also think three shades (Blonde, Brown, Black) leaves a chunk of the population unrepresented, namely folks with white or gray hair who need a gray or taupe product.

Lastly, I had a real problem with this product yanking out my brow hairs. I'd apply it to my brows, pull the wand back, and notice several of my delicate hairs stuck in the product. This isn't the end-all, be-all, because my brow hairs are quite wimpy and are more easily yoinked than most people's. But it's still worth mentioning.

I do think Boy Brow will work well for people with moderately thick to very thick brows who like an effortless look and hate faffing about with pencil. The fact that it has a clear customer and some efficacy prompts me to rate it a 3 instead of a 2. But overall, I don't think it's worth the mad hype it's getting on YouTube and the blogosphere. It often flakes, sometimes applies patchy, is easily smeared despite the small wand, has a limited shade range, and doesn't have the hold of, say, the Anastasia brow gel. It will suit a certain market, but fine-browed folks like myself should give this a pass.

With all of this said, if you're interested in purchasing this product (or any others) from Glossier, feel free to use my affiliate links in this post--everybody with an account gets one, so this isn't a paid post, I swear. You'll get 20% off your order, I'll get $10 in credit, and who knows? Maybe they'll produce something I can actually use. If that's not your thang, just go to to get your products, no affiliation required.

RATING: 3 out of 5
Affiliate Link: Glossier

Saturday, November 14, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Pack o' Korean Beauty

It's time for another giveaway, and in honor of the increasing popularity of Korean beauty products stateside, I figured it'd be awesome to give away some highly-rated products and personal favorites! The winner will receive all of the samples shown above. The assortment includes:

Entering is, as always, super-simple: comment on this blog post and tell me which product you're most interested in trying! Make sure your name is on the comment, because that's how I'll announce the winner. (I don't recommend just typing up your e-mail; you're asking for spam.)

Please be aware that there are some rules for this contest:

  • You must be at least 18 years old and located in the US to enter.
  • You must be prepared to provide me with your full name and address if you win.
  • You may only enter once.
  • Entries will be finalized on January 8th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. I will use to pick a winner.
  • You do NOT have to be subscribed to this blog to enter, but I will announce the winner in a blog post, so it might help to bookmark BOGL for the next two months if you've entered. If you do not respond to that blog post within a week, I will draw a new winner.

Also, I want to remind everyone that I pay for these giveaways out of my own pocket. That's not me trying to guilt you, that's just me saying that I have to have the money available to send the products out. Hence, it may take me a week or two to get the goodies sent to you after you win. But they will be sent! :)

Best of luck, and thank you for supporting Bad Outfit, Great Lipstick!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lipstick Diaries #9: Dior Fluid Sticks in Pandore and Kiss Me

When I reviewed these "frankenlip" sticks last year, I noted that the formula is amazing, but not entirely to my personal tastes. That review stands, even with a gorgeous shade like Pandore. It's a warm red that, in terms of color alone, works well on my skintone. But the Dior Fluid Sticks have a jelly-like formula, and I have to admit that the glossiness makes them feel especially formal and "done-up" to me. I don't wear this often, and I don't really enjoy it as much as some of my other reds. I'll probably finish this tube, but I won't repurchase.

My opinions on Kiss Me have changed a bit, however. I still think the formula for this milky pink is slightly different from the brights: it still gums up a bit at the corners and center of my lips, so I have to pat it out with my finger every few hours. But the tube I have now seems slightly cooler-toned, and it doesn't reek of perfume the way my previous tube did. I like this shade a lot for soft, tonal looks, and my mother absolutely loves it. Again, I'm not sure if I'd repurchase it because of the glossy formula, but I'll definitely use up the tube.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bad Outfit #25: Fall Drag Show

Are we all aware that I haven't done an actual "bad outfit" post since I created the new header image last year? Look, I can explain myself: I wear a lot of cheap thrifted stuff (so if you liked it, you wouldn't really be able to find it for yourself in a store), and I am not that fashionable. I haven't worn jewelry in years, I will likely wear the same three pairs of boots until I'm in my grave, and if I'm not going to work or heading out on a rare excursion, I tend to laze about in my pajamas or some leggings. It renders most breakdowns damn near pointless.

But, y'know, I was going to a drag show, so I got dressed. And I love this hideous turtleneck, I love these boots, and I haven't worn velvet in a while. So here we go.

The tacky turtleneck (which I lurv) and the full-length velvet skirt were both purchased at thrift stores for less than $5 each. Ridiculous turtle necks like that are a rare find, in my opinion, but I find velvet skirts a-plenty every time I thrift.

The boots are my favorites by Vince Camuto, and while this specific style (Bollo) is no longer available, I can recommend Camuto boots in general. The only problem with them is that if you have wide feet like me, you will want to take them to a cobbler to get them widened in the toe box.

Going out to a drag show, by the way, is my time to wear two things: House of Matriarch Blackbird and Chanel Illusion d'Ombre shadows. I went for Epatant on this night, because why not? And the lipstick is the Dior Fluid Stick in Kiss Me.