Category: ‘Cosmetics’

Holiday Sparkle Photoset and Otaku Gifts From Jlist

December 17, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

Happy Holidays! First off, can I just start out with a tip for everyone? It’s a no brainer, really, but when you’re getting ready to travel, whether it be around the holidays or not, by all means make a list. And even after you do make a list of everything you need, go back and make sure you indeed did pack what you thought, and your eyes did not deceive you.

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I bring this up because I’ll go right ahead and admit that this photoset was supposed to look different. No major issue–I’m happy with the end result, but I did this shoot over the Thanksgiving holiday, and as I packed the outfit I put together right before traveling, not only did I forget a piece of it, I grabbed the wrong wig as well (“major fail” I hear you thinking to yourself). Apparently I’m partially colorblind, and think a purple wig is a blue wig, or else my apartment has worse lighting than I realize. Either way, lesson learned, figured I’d pass that painfully obvious yet crucial advice to double check your luggage (I see you rolling your eyes, thinking “well DUH”).

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The shoot ended up a bit more cutesy Lolita than expected, but hey, I rolled with it.

The wig is from Gothic Lolita Wigs, the dress is vintage, and the hairbow is from Rakuen. The shrug is offbrand, my apron is handmade, and “Maybelline Color Show Nail Falsies” (seemingly no longer available, according to Maybelline’s site) allowed me to pretend I had lovely nails for the day. (more…)

What Do Steampunks Smell Like? Steam Bath Factory Deodorant Review

February 19, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

When you hear of steampunk scents, what are the first things that come to mind?

Does one of them smell like a typewriter wearing a monocle and spats? Or how ’bout a locomotive using a telegraph to send a message to a raven wearing a waistcoat?” (Thanks to Johnny B. for those guesses)

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Exactly. When you think of a scent catering to a particular subculture, your mind initially goes to the most ridiculous thing possible–a punk scent must smell like anarchy and a goth perfume would of course smell like clove cigarettes and Robert Smith’s tears. So first let’s get all the silly guesses out of the way–no, Steam Bath Factory products do not smell like goggles, or rayguns, or airships (or at least not the ones I’ve tried). So what do they smell like?

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Product Review: Serpentina Lipstick by Lime Crime

January 27, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

I’d like to dub green as the new black–can I do that? It has all the dark edge of black lipstick, without the dangerous chance that you’ll end up looking like a kid playing vampire dress up on Halloween. That being said, I finally got a chance to test drive “Serpentina,” the metallic forest green shade by Lime Crime. I’d been searching for the perfect shade of green to go with my complexion for about a year. After a huge let down by Graftobian and discovering that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics no longer carries their garden green shade of Lip Tar, thank goodness for Doe Deere and her wonderful glittering unicorns for delivering a much-needed product.

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Like all Lime Crime lipsticks, Serpentina is easy to apply, smells like cake (man, I love that), and once applied, it’s on for hours. But amidst all of the pros, the one problem I faced was feathering. Feathering isn’t that uncommon, and it’s not a big enough problem to turn me away from a lipcolor I’d otherwise love, but the thing to remember in this case is, the lipstick is GREEN, and if feathering occurs, there’s no hiding it. But all is not lost–the key and absolute lifesaver in this case is lip liner.

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Fashion Vandals Facebook Giveaway

September 9, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Recently I stopped and realized that not one, but two year anniversaries have passed since I started this blog (that is, if I consider the strange Tumblr days as the official start), and there has never been one word about it from me. It’s time to fix that, and so in honor of my belated two-year anniversary, and to thank you lovely people for your continued interest and support, I’m doing a giveaway.

HERE’S WHAT YOU GET:

- Pair of “Supreme” false lashes by Sugarpill

-  Pack of silver conical studs from Item Factory (Get your DIY on)

- Teacup connector rings from Strange Days Jewelry

-  Skull cameo connector rings from Strange Days Jewelry

-  One bottle of the deep-blue shade, “Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue,” from Opi’s new Germany line (no, sorry, you don’t get the entire line)

That will all come wrapped up in some cute and creepy packaging, along with some Fashion Vandals pins and a handwritten Thank You note.

HOW DO YOU ENTER:

- Head over to the Fashion Vandals Facebook Page and click “Like.”

It’s as simple as that–no jumping through hoops. Once you’re a fan of the page, you’re officially entered. The winner will be announced on Facebook one week from today. Good luck!

 

I’m Back! Now It’s Time for Some Lime Crime

March 26, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

This weekend I was finally able to emerge from my cave and step back in front of the camera (yay!)–and it’s about time. I’d been hanging on to my Lime Crime Carousel lip glosses for quite a while, and I’d been dying to show them in action.

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The Great Muppet Makeover

November 10, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

So not only is there a new Muppets movie to be totally psyched about…

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But there’s also the new Miss Piggy makeup collection from MAC….

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Check out Lime Crime’s Bright and Shimmering Carousel Collection

November 7, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

Did you get to see the new product line Lime Crime is releasing for the holidays? I was really hoping they’d eventually take a break from lipsticks to create a shockingly-bright lip gloss, and here it is!

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Nude N’ Rude

November 3, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

Check out these images from Nude N’ Rude–a Japanese clothing label and punk-rock boutique.You absolutely have to love a shop where you can find Betsey Johnson, Lime Crime cosmetics, and vampire teeth pasties all under one roof.

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Bright-Eyed With KN Cosmetics

October 18, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

My latest makeup mission was to find more bright shadows with a matte finish, and to branch off from my usual go-to–Sugarpill Cosmetics–to see if I could find any lesser-known brands that offered impressive results.  

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Dark and Uncommon Lipstick Shades by Providence and Grace

September 21, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

I’ve had a lot of positive responses to my previous outfit and makeup posts that featured black lipstick, with a few people saying that they didn’t realize such dark lipstick could be pulled off stylishly (I guess as opposed to clownishly). That being said, I’ve been seeking out other dark lipstick shades to utilize this Fall.

Providence and Grace offers a number of lipsticks on the darker side of the spectrum, and they sent me a few colors to try out. The makeup comes in a tube most often used for chapstick or lip balm, which is appropriate, since the consistency is a lot smoother and moisture-rich than most lipsticks. (more…)

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