Sunday, March 27, 2011

Seven Questions - Kat Von Pire

This Seven Questions mini interview features makeup artist Kat Von Pire. You can also find Kat on IMDB.com as Kat Crisp. I'd like to thank her for taking the time to talk to me!

All images courtesy Kat Von Pire.
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1) Tell me some of the events you've worked on

First and foremost, I've only been doing make-up professionally for a bit over a year. I'm practically a baby in the industry, and because I'm a non-union artist and not with an agency, there's no big name productions in my list, YET. I'm also not one for name dropping, but I'll give you guys the gist of what's been keeping me busy this past year.

I've done several fashion shows for IMAGO Zine, Toronto's Alternative Arts & Fashion week, ArtofFashion.org for Nuit Blanche and more. Several commercials, music videos (one was for a collaboration with DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill) and local TV gigs. I've worked with Miss Canada Universe and Miss Teen Canada contestants. But my passion is film! I did about 10 shorts and one feature film in 2010. Several of the shorts have been submitted to festivals, so keep your fingers crossed for us! As well there's The Dark Side series of original shorts on FrightFlicks.com. Corporate videos, photoshoots, print ads, even charity events. I keep busy!

A lot of work went into this zombie. I sculpted and moulded a full face appliance out of foam latex. His upper teeth are a full denture that I sculpted and made out of dental acrylic. He's chomping on a set of fingers I made out of gelatin, cast from my own hand.
Zombie!

A Buffy inspired vampire. I sculpted and cast her forehead appliance out of gelatin, and made the fangs out of dental acrylic.
Buffy Vamp

Chamber's Gate crew member Jason McKendry


Actor Darren Divnich on the set of Chamber's Gate.
On the set of "Chamber's Gate"

Actor Dan Park on the set of SD: Series 1
SD: Series 1

He's actually blond, blue eyed and pale. I also hand sculpted the latex horns.
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Applying a gas mask to an actor on the set of "Orders."
On the set of "Orders"


2) What is your ultimate goal?

One of the massively talented people who trained me was Candice Ornstein, and I was hugely inspired by the goals she set for herself when she was beginning her career, as I am now. She set herself a 10 year goal to have worked within both film unions here in Toronto (NABET & IATSE) and to key a multi-million dollar feature film (Saw IV). My goals are quite similar. But ultimately my goal is to be happy and continuing to love what I do, where ever it may take me!

3) Where have you been all my life?

Wandering about lost and aimless! I didn't come into my own and figure out my career path until I was about 25. I successfully pursued a BA in psychology, which I knew I would never take further. Those were 4 soul sucking years in which I felt every creative ounce of me disappear. Looking back, I'm thankful for the state of limbo I was in and glad to have a background in psychology. It all helped prepare me for who I am now. Pursuing a career in the film & television industry isn't easy and isn't passive. You have to want it and be able to sell yourself as an artist. Work doesn't always come to you. But I feel that coming into it a bit later in life, and not fresh out of high school or college has better prepared me for all I've had & will have to face.

4) Tell me about your personal style.

This is oddly a tough question for me to answer. I've never really thought of myself as having style, it's more accidental than anything. I'm told I have a signature hair style, long black hair with Bettie Page bangs. The secret, I've had the bangs pretty much since birth, but lucky me they keep coming back in fashion! I was admittedly hardcore goth in my teens, and am still a big horror nerd. I've ditched the velvet, and most of the vinyl, but still favour the dark side. Unfortunately I have to be more about functionality and comfort when at a shoot or on set for 12+ hour days.


5) You recently became engaged. Congrats!

Thank you!

We're a match made in hell. We met over 5 years ago at a horror convention and we started seeing each other on Halloween that year. It doesn't get anymore perfect than that! He's a TV producer by day, and is working on getting his first indie feature film out to the world (see the trailer here: www.androidre-enactment.com ), and he's always happy to let me practice make-up on him. :P

No wedding plans yet, but rumour has it we'll run away to Vegas for an ultra cheesy but memorable union. A traditional wedding has never been a dream of mine. I'm always happy to do make-up for weddings, but I really don't want to have one for myself.

6) You're a professional - which means you've got makeup us mere mortals only dream about. Tell me the FIVE products you can't be without.

My personal & kit make-up must haves:

Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion: It works! I use this every day on myself in Eden, the matte tawny shade with a hint of yellow that helps tone down my always sleep deprived eyes. And I keep the Original sheer shade in my kit. Anything that makes my job easier is a major plus, and not having to worry about eyeshadow moving around on set is wonderful.

Make-Up For Ever Aqua Liners:
- Aqua Lip in Red 8C: My favourite red lip liner by far! It's waterproof, you have to scrub it off! That equals awesome in my books. If you don't wear true or bright reds, but like your reds a bit darker, just go up a shade to 9C. I've been known to wear 8C as an eyebrow colour...call me crazy!
- Aqua Eyes in Black 0L: My favourite black eye liner! Again, waterproof, smudge proof, awesome.


NARS Orgasm Illuminator: Forget the powder blush! And seriously PLEASE throw away the Super Orgasm, blush should never have chunks of glitter in it! And replace it all with NARS Orgasm Illuminator. Dab it on your cheeks and sweep upwards towards your temples -after- applying foundation but -before- you very lightly powder set your face. You'll glow. And I don't mean just went to the gym sweat glow, but a beautiful natural healthy glow that even pastey psuedo goth gals like me can get into.


MAC Eyeshadows: I consider these kit essentials for two reasons. One, they're affordable. MAC offers great professional discounts, and even for non-pros they won't break the bank. Two, the colour range is endless (my all time fave: Ploof!). Make Up For Ever also offers a great pro discount, and has amazing shadows. They're a bit more expensive than MAC, but you actually get twice the amount of product.


Make Up For Ever HD Elixir: If you're a make-up artist, get this for your kit! It's quite simply a super instant hydrater, which doesn't sound spectacular but it is. I come across a lot of skin types, and 75% of them are dry. Dry from sun exposure, Canadian winters, baked from tanning, over washing, over treating, acne medications, aging, etc etc. I've got 20 minutes to make this skin camera ready and that 20 minutes doesn't involve a moisturizing spa facial. HD Elixir to the rescue! All you need is a couple drops and a couple minutes to soak in and you're good to go. It's a quick fix, but not a replacement for proper skin care.


I know I'm supposed to stop at 5, but I have one more product I want to talk about. Mascara. There are 90375235 brands and formulations out there. Each drugstore brand has a dozen or more formulations, and then there's the big name brands. Do you want waterproof, lengthening, separating, volumizing, vibrating (!?!?!), millionizing, curling? How do you choose? Well whatever you choose, get yourself a Shu Uemura eyelash curler and a lash comb with -metal- teeth (the Sephora Professional brush line has one). Curl your lashes before applying mascara and comb them before the mascara dries. A metal comb will get rid of clumps, excess and lashes sticking together.

And just for fun, here's my SPFX must haves for those who are experimenting with gore and/or just starting out:

Skin Illustrator FX palette: Skin Illustrator palettes are an alcohol based make-up that's water & smudge proof. They're dry palettes that are activated by 99% alcohol, and are removed with 99% alcohol. The FX palette gives you all the colours you need to create injuries and illness, while not budging even a bit all day. A must must have for creating bruising and aging/weathering an actor. Start with the FX palette, and believe me you'll be wanting more (Fleshtone & Dark Fleshtone are also mucho handy to have!). Great for fake tattoos too!


Fleet Street Blood: I love blood! And this is the best blood you can buy. A bit on the pricey side, but the -perfect- colour, not too red and not to orange. They come in both fresh & dark colours. I favour dark personally! And they dry wonderfully, without flaking off. If you want to play around with buckets of blood, get the cheap stuff. But keep a small bottle of this on hand for realistic close ups of abrasions, small wounds, bloody noses, etc. Or just have the best looking blood on Halloween!


3rd Degree Silicone Modeling Compound: Throw out your mortician's wax, and get this! It's a two part silicone product that you mix in equal parts and sculpt almost like you would wax. You have about 10 minutes of working time before it's dry, which is just enough time for small wounds & injuries. Don't have to worry about wax peeling, melting, moving, none of that. 3rd Degree stays on until you take it off. It comes in a variety of colours, I keep 2oz. kits of medium and dark in my fx kit. A little goes a long way!


Pros Aide Adhesive: Pros Aide is a medical grade adhesive that is non-toxic, waterproof, skin safe and strong. This will replace spirit gum in your kit. It can be used to apply small & big appliances, facial hair, anything! Use it in beauty make-up to apply feathers, lace, rhinestones, etc. Just don't apply your eyelashes with it!


Used-Up-Worn-Out-Near-Death Make-Up Brushes: Keep them, you can use them on the FX side of make-up. So when your fave MAC brush has bristles in every direction that just can't be tamed anymore, make it an FX brush. I've been known to sit around watching TV while smashing & cutting up brushes. Tooth brushes (new ones of course!) make great brushes for flicking Skin Illustrator products. Flat top bronzer & cream blush type brushes, like MAC's 187 & 188, make fantastic brushes for mottling or bruising skin with Skin Illustrator palettes (really, I can't get enough of these palettes!). Dollar store paint brushes are also your friend! Alcohol, adhesives, blood and cream products are all hard on your brushes, so don't stress having Sephora's latest brush line for FX work.

Myself & Make Up For Ever's regional manager, Jacquie Jeffery. We were promoting MUFE's new Aqua Cream line at various Sephora locations.
Make Up For Ever

7) Are you on a first name basis with all the sales associates at your local Sephora?

Kinda, sorta...ya... But only because I do some occasional work in the various Sephora's around here! I've been a guest artist for various brands (most recently one of my fave brands, Make Up For Ever), helping them do in store events for product launches. Otherwise, I'm not in Sephora very often these days. I have a closet full of unopened products, unless I've run out of a product or need something specific, I steer clear. A gal can get lost in a Sephora, and when the last thing she needs is a 37th shade of red lipstick the best thing to do is AVOID!

Lately I've been excessively buying SPFX products, not because I need them, just because I want them. I'm a blood junkie and easily get suckered in by new fancy blood products.

Working on a Miss Canada Universe '09 contestant at their official photoshoot.
Miss Canada Universe 2009 photoshoot

Miss Canada 2009 contestant
Miss Canada Universe 2009 photoshoot


I did make-up for IMAGO zine's runway show at this years [FAT] Toronto's Alternative Arts & Fashion week 2010. Working with them always allows me to do some crazier makeups. Their shows are definitely not for the faint of heart!

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And some lovely ladies

A 20's inspired look for Rhiannon
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Megan
Megan

Charmayne
Charmayne

Kat, again, thank you so much for the interview. I know we'll see big things from you in the future....and best of luck with your wedding!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

6 More Morgana Cryptoria Lipstick swatches

Finally, the last 6 of the lipsticks.

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Morgana's color descriptions:


Plumeria - red-plum with a shifting blue-green sheen

Guilded Ballerina - light pink with an intense gold sheen

Love Lies Bleeding (not a 2011 shade) - deep red.


Clay Bakin' (I labeled this one Clay Baked, sorry!!!) - peachy-brown

Plum Crazy - muted plum with a slight metallic finish, gold & pink shifting sheen

Lust After Midnight - blackened red with a brown undertone and a slightly metallic sheen

I do intend to be consistent in my swatch labeling, it just never seems to work out. But I figure I might as well go ahead and post, because waiting for perfection means they'll never get posted!

Hope you've found them helpful. Thanks for looking.

5 More Morgana Cryptoria Lipstick swatches

Here's the next five lipsticks I purchased from Morgana. All are from the 2011 lip shades. I got a full size of Shifting Violet, knowing I'd love it!

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Morgana's color descriptions:

Blackberry - blackened plum with a hint of red undertone

Mocha Blast - brown with hints of red sparks

Amethyst - eggplant shade

Platinum Chocolate - dark brown with grey undertone, silver sheen, and hints of silver sparkle.

Shifting Violet - bright purple with a red undertone and a shifting sheen of blue-green to silver.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Morgana Cryptoria Lipstick swatches

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I ordered 16 lipstick samples and one full size recently. Most of them are 2011 shades, but a few older ones are mixed in. I'll swatch them a handful at a time for you. Lipsticks are best swatched on lips - but with so many to do, it'll take me forever. I've done them on my arm to simplify it. You can easily see my skin and hopefully that will allow you to determine how the lipstick will look on you.

If you haven't already, please read Melissa's info about her lipsticks here. It seems a few shades that are marked vegan are not, which she found out about from her supplier. There are also some blue lipstick shades that she is recalling due to an ingredient not being approved by the FDA as lip safe in the US. I appreciate her posting this information so anyone who has purchased these few affected shades can exchange them.


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Morgana's color descriptions:

Azalea Blue - azalea with a blue sheen (not a 2011 shade)

Sangria - cool toned rose with a hint of purple (not a 2011 shade)

Dianthus - pink with a sheen that shifts pink to silvery green

Very Strawberry - pinkish red with subtle metallic highlights. Strawberry scented.

Roses & Violets - light pink with a violet sheen

Guilded Cerise - vivid red-pink with a gold sheen

I love the samples packed in clamshells. I'm not a fan of them for shadows, but they work well for lipsticks. I was able to easily get the product on a brush and sweep it on. Love this!

Hope you've found these swatches helpful. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Detrivore Swatches - pinks & purples

More Detrivore swatches, this time pink & purple shades.

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Detrivore's color descriptions, my thoughts underneath in italics

Sordid - pale pink with violet and red highlights.
Sort of a dusty rose color, nice finish.


Swine - pale pink shadow. This eye shadow is one of our few pinks that does not contain carmine.
Like a baby pink piglet!

Malady - soft light pink shimmery satin
This is my favorite of the pinks I ordered. It's very shimmery in person, the pics don't do it justice.


Weaponry - pinkish purple color. This color has been reformulated because it contained pops micas. Now the color is richer and has much more shimmer.This eye shadow does contain carmine.
This seems warmer on me than the other shades, but really pretty.

Sexualis - bright pink color.
Vivid, nice shimmer, almost metallic on me.

And now the purples! They look much more purple without the flash, more berry/purple with it on. This is why I do multiple photos - these pics were not altered (other than cropping/shrinking/adding text, I mean. I didn't change the color on any of them) but you can see how different they can look in different lighting.
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Dagon - bright purple eye shadow. It is also a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. This color was reformulated to remove the pop color within it. The shade is almost the same, but the texture is improved and it is a bit darker.
Gorgeous color, intense.

Harpy - metallic pinkish purple color.
It's hard to tell in the pic, but it really is a much more metallic finish than the ones on either side of it.


Faithless - pinkish purple blend that has red and violet shimmer.
My favorite of the purples I ordered. Great purple shade, love the red/violet shimmer.

Dwarf Star - light purple with blue, pink, and white shimmer.
Much less "berry" looking than the others, this could work well in a purple or cornflower/blue look.

I hope you've found these swatches helpful. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Detrivore swatches

My small Detrivore order arrived mid week. I finally had a little time and sunshine this afternoon to get some swatches done. I'll post the first 8 shades here.

All of these shades can be found under the Original Collection option (under eyeshadows) on their site.

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Detrivore's color descriptions, and my thoughts underneath in italics.

Contamination - a light brown shade.
This reminds me of a light cinnamon. A bit outside my normal range, but good for a neutral look paired with some of my favorites.

Shroud - sparkly silver glitter color
This looks incredible sparkly in person, really great color. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this one.

Cremains - dark silver glitter color
Shroud's darker sister perhaps, but not too many shades darker, great for a smokey eye.

Livor Mortis
- dark purple black shade
This is much prettier in person. Looks more black inside but super dark plum outside.

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Saprophyte - Saprophyte is a light purplish-blue shade with pink, blue, and purple shimmer. This color has been reformulated to improve the texture and color. This color now contains carmine.
I'm not a blue girl but this is a really pretty shade. Light but not wimpy.

Lifeless - Lifeless is a bright blue eye shadow. This color has been reformulated to be brighter and more shimmery.
If this shade doesn't have Phyrra written all over it, I don't know what does.

Dormant
- Dormant is a deep blueish purple with heavy pink shimmer
Again, I'm not a blue girl but I'd wear this paired up with something to bring out the purple side of it. Nice shimmer to it. I don't see this under any of the eyeshadow categories. But if you google it, it'll show up.

Ancient - Ancient is a dark purple color, because you can never have enough purple.
I totally agree with that. And it's a fantastic shade of purple too!!

I have 9 more shades to follow, all pinks & purples. I'll have those posted for you tomorrow night, I hope.

I'm never really sure about my swatches. I don't know if you really need or want 4 of each, but I think they can look different inside versus out. The flash sometimes washes out the color a bit, but shows off the shimmer better than without. I hope you've found them helpful.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Seven Questions - Goth Auctions

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Goth Auctions is an auction site that started in 2001, offering free listings with complementary image hosting. While many of the items are of a darker nature, there's clothing, accessories, music, books, and a variety of items that could appeal to anyone. Forums are informative, fun, and of course, packed with the usual insanity that ensues whenever you put a bunch of goths together.

I'm not sure how long I've been involved there - my first purchase was in May 2002, but I lurked for a bit before creating my account and purchasing anything. Having been involved for that long, I can also say that there is a strong sense of community within the forums. Members are quick to look out for one another, helping out whenever they can, whether it be a shoulder to cry on, share a laugh, or give an online slap and reality check as needed.

Forum readers know creator Dave as CodeVore93, or simply Code. Music fans know him as the keyboard player from death/Euro style black metal band Infernaeon. He's taken some time out of a very hectic schedule to give us a brief history:

It's pretty funny how screen names tend to stick to people. I made up the name codeVore93 just as a screen name to test on the site and somehow it became the one I used for everything. You can call me Dave.

Hm... Let's see... Well GothAuctions.com was really born out of a past relationship I had with a goth chick named Noctivagant (I won't give her real name for obvious reasons) who LOVED a certain now defunct site I won't mention and who fell to pieces when its owner threatened on one too many occasions to close up shop because he wasn't getting the attention he deserved (as a site owner I guess...I dunno...?)

In any event, one of his online tirades was one too many and, during one of her more tearful episodes, I promised her I'd make a site just as good if not better than his and she could continue selling and buying her jewelry, hair falls, corsets, and other goth stuff that she so dearly loved even if his site went down (a promise he would eventually make good...)

Needless to say, 10 years later (our site's anniversary is this year) she's long gone and I'm still here with the gift I made for her and that she ended up leaving me with in the end. I honestly don't have any regrets at all about it and I'm glad that it has grown into what it is today.


Dave has also graciously answered my seven questions.

1. You work a regular job, are in Infernaeon, have a busy touring schedule, and run Goth Auctions. How do you manage to fit all this in?

I started as a computer programmer when I was 13 years old and have worked in the computer field all of my adult life.

Nowadays, every day I'm on my computer working on one project or another, so I really don't have any days off at all. Sometimes I'm working at 5:30am and other times I'm sleeping until 12... It changes from day to day.

I do make time though frequently for myself and friends/family/etc but my schedule is more dynamic than anything else.

Luckily with 3G, etc. I can work from the road when I'm on tour with my band...so it all works out.

The recent tour I did with GWAR was a bit rough as we had 60 shows in 60 days with 6 of the shows in Canada so I had to get a pre-paid wireless, and certain parts of the country are just plain "out in the middle of nowhere" so working from the road became difficult at times.

Driving through blizzards in the mountains just east of Vancouver, B.C. wasn't much fun either. GWAR got turned back on one huge mountain pass because their bus needed snow chains. We were on our 6th vehicle due to breakdowns.

All in all, it was like being in a hurricane and having to entertain people during the disaster. But I did get to play with one of my favorite bands though and see them more times than probably most...so it was a great ride for me...


2. Let's get this out of the way - for many years, there was a whole "Gothic Auctions vs Goth Auctions." How do/did you feel about it, or was it really a non-issue?

It was never an issue for us. It was the inspiration for us. :)

3. Metalhead trapped in a world of crazy goth girls or is it a whole new level of entertainment?

Hahaha that's really funny. Yes sometimes it's like that.

I've never been a goth but can relate with the "dark" side so to speak playing in death/black/dark metal bands all my life.

I'm also an active occultist as are many of our visitors... So I guess I can relate with some people that way.

I learned a lot by going out with a goth girl for 6 years (why you pluck your eyebrows only to draw them back on is beyond me and yeah it sucks not being able to kiss you for fear of ruining your lipstick) so I know the pain and trouble you all go through to look good. I don't understand it but I know about it. (insert chuckle here)

As far as intra-member fighting, at times it can get catty between members and often times it's more entertaining than anything else. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff I've had to deal with... It is like the girls club at times and I try to stay out of it because having a male involved in girly goth drama usually doesn't work well. I like to keep the site organic and let the members decide how things should be resolved. I think that's the best way to handle it.


4. Care to share a little about your personal life?

I own a house in the country in Northeast PA on a little over an acre of land with my new girlfriend and our dogs and cats.

It's beautiful here but a bit harsh in the winter... She wants to move to Florida.


5. Personal style, and no, that's not a girly question. It's always fascinating to peek into a man's mind!


Well, I'm probably not what you would call fashionable at all.

I dress all in black every day but mainly because I think colors look awful on me. They look good on other people but not on me. I also like to blend in with the darkness instead of standing out like a target.

I either wear plain black shirts or black concert shirts and jeans I buy from Walmart along with combat boots and other military stuff (black military ECWCS jacket for winter, black stealth under armor cap, etc.)

I tend to look like a S.W.A.T. team member in the winter time, and a long haired guy dressed in black in the summer.

My fashion choices are purely based on two things. It must be black and must be functional/durable. Black military/tactical clothing comes closest to what I like to wear.


6. Tell us about the financial aspect.

I work at one of the largest datacenters in Northeast PA so I have a lot of resources at my disposal.

We do get a number of donations and it helps a great deal. Our advertisers are also a great help.

Anything that doesn't come from donations or ads comes from my own pocket. Expenses are in the form of hardware costs and domain registrations.


**note from cin** There is a "click to donate" right on the home page. From time to time members hold "Donation Auctions", where proceeds are donated to the site. With major auction sites' ever increasing fees, members really do appreciate the free listings.


7. What does the future hold for Goth Auctions?

I'm working on redesigning the site in my spare time and offering new free services to members. It's taking a long time because of my busy schedule but I'm hoping to have some progress made with it soon.

Cin, I appreciate all of the hard work you and everyone else on the site do to keep the community alive and going.

Without our hardcore dedicated members we would be nothing. I sincerely mean that.


**blushes** Awww, thanks. I am proud to say I'm a member of Goth Auctions!

Goth Auctions t shirts are also available. They're $20, I pick up the shipping charges, and all $20 goes to the site. There are several styles (babydoll, regular t shirt, ribbed tank) available. Please contact me if you're interested in one.

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If you're on Facebook, check out the Goth Auctions company page.

Once again, thanks to Dave for his time and all the hard work he puts into the site.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Black Roses - the Killing of Sophie Lancaster

You've seen the banner to the right. You've seen me wearing shirts with the S.O.P.H.I.E. logo. I've mentioned the foundation on several occasions, included links for you to find out more. I'd like to ask everyone to take a few minutes and listen to this.

Black Roses - the Killing of Sophie Lancaster

You can download this from BBC for the next week.

I'm not going to lie to you - I started to cry as soon as the Cure's "All Cats are Grey" started playing in the beginning. But it's worth it to take a few minutes, sit and listen.

Thanks.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SoBe Botanicals swatches

Here's seven SoBe Botanical eye shadow swatches. I must apologize - some of the sparkles from U Rock! ended up all over the place.

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SoBe's color descriptions, with my thoughts after in italics

Center Stage - White shine, metallic finish (from Party like a Rock Star collection). Great shade, nice & bright white.


Girls dem Shuga - White with shifting gold sparkle. I'm not big on gold but it's just enough to give it a sort of ivory feel without being ivory. Hope that makes sense.

Crushed Linen - Linen highlight color. Finish-Matte Satin. I think this will be a great go-to shade to use with just about any color combo.

Orchid - Light Lavender, matte satin finish. You know I love this one, super pretty color!


Edgy - Bright purple shine, metallic finish (Party like Rock Star). Next to the Orchid it looks a tad more blue, but it's really a solid purple.


Leather Pants - Rich black shine, metallic finish (Party like Rock Star). Everyone needs a metallic black.

U Rock! - A Rockin black with hints of glittery silver, gold, blue & more. Finish-Shimmery & Sparkly. I love sparkly blacks, this will go right into the rotation!


Here's two of the shades I got from the GothLips Stix collection.


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Vamptress - Ready to suck your “Deep red” blood (Super pigmented). It looks more orange-brown on me than deep red, but if you look closely you can see bits of the red in there. I'll use this mostly to darken up some lip shades.

Monster Mash - One eyed Bright “Purple” people eater (Medium pigmented) I put this one right in my purse. You know I can't resist a purple lippy. I think this would look incredible with a black gloss over it!

Hope you've found the swatches helpful. Thanks for looking.