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I've Moved!

Posted by strawberryfingernails on December 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (1)

Or at least, I'm moving. Read the whole story on my new blog, http://strawberryfingernails.blogspot.com/

Love you!

Polyvore Set featuring Lime Crime's D'Lilac Lipstick

Posted by strawberryfingernails on November 11, 2009 at 7:58 PM Comments comments (0)
I had started making this set a while ago and semi-forgotten about it, but when I got the notice for the current polyvore contest centered around Lime Crime Candyfuture lipsticks, I had to finish it. I'm really proud of it, and it even appeared in the most recent Team Candyfuture email!
Enjoy!

My Beautiful Rocket from Lime Crime

Posted by strawberryfingernails on November 11, 2009 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (1)

 

WEARING:

 

Barry M kohl pencil in Orange

Lime Crime Candyfuture lipstick in My Beautiful Rocket

Clinique Long Pretty Lashes Mascara in black

Covergirl Liquid Foundation

Clinique Coverup

Silica Powder from Coastal Scents

 

Earrings from Forever21

Shirt is thrifted

Wand was a gift from a friend

Hair Wreath from Knott's Berry Farm

 

Joie de Vivre,

My Beautiful Rocket Quickshoot

Posted by strawberryfingernails on November 5, 2009 at 11:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are just a few super-quick-and-dirty shots of me messing around with and in my new "my beautiful rocket" lipstick from Lime Crime's new line which arrived tonight--real pictures to come soon, Io prometo.

Vavavavoom!

Giselle: A Dead Girl Doll

Posted by strawberryfingernails on November 2, 2009 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)

It was recently the birthday of my dear friend Emma Dahling--though it is not her actual date of birth, she has always wanted to have a Halloween birthday, and this year she had that chance. I have not shown them to you, but I draw a series of Dead Girls, all who have a basic story-- their lover murdered them, their corpse murdered/will murder him in return. I have drawn Girls who have been hung, stabbed, chopped to pieces, and so forth, and Emma Dahling requested one of my drawings for her Halloween Birthday. I had originally planned to do just that, until the idea hit me to make a doll of one of my Dead Girls. This particular doll is not based off of a picture, and I don't think I will ever do any girl both as a drawing and a doll, because they morph into who they are so differently. This particular doll is named Giselle.

Her head, button eyes, neck and shoulders, arm, bone arm, acid bottle and torso are all made entirely of uncolored polymer clay (Sculpey), with the exception of the torso which has some tin foil filler in the middle. The head, neck and shoulders and torso were all baked on separate bamboo skewers and eventually transferred to the head's skewer after baking, some painting, and glossing. The only paint I used was black on the button eyes and the acid bottle, cream on the acid bottle's label, and two different reds for the blood and her lips. With the exception of the blood, all painting was done before I glossed them (I used a special gloss by Sculpey for polymer clay-- satin finish for Giselle and gloss finish for the bottle and button eyes).

I actually sewed her skirt and corset top out of a thin probably polyester satin and hot glued it to the body. Her arms were attached to her neck and shoulders with liquid nails glue, and the acid bottle was attached to her hand with superglue. Her cape is black velvet, and I hot glued a stretchy black lace to the dress's neckline and sewed it to the cape's border. I also used a black opalescent rhinestone on the cloak (although it was self adhesive, I used hot glue anyway) and a purple rhinestone on the top hat. The hat is cardstock with black satin, black satin ribbon, and a black feather of some sort. Her hair is a special, fuzzy-lumpy yarn from Michael's.

 

Here are some pics of the box and certificate I made for her:

There are plenty more pics of her in my case files, so go take a look if you want!

 

Telehugs and Telesmooches,

Happy Halloween!

Posted by strawberryfingernails on November 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry I haven't written in a while, I've been hard at work on a project which, although finished yesterday at 2am, will have a blog post tomorrow-- at the moment, Halloween costumes are much too exciting!

 

As it turns out, teeny-tiny-3.4-square-miles-South Pasadena goes INSANE on Halloween--I guess it's probably the most exciting thing that happens in this town all year, as people need an outlet.

Down in the flats, entire blocks (specifically Milan street and the surrounding area--and we pronounce it "My-lan" here, don't ask) transform throughout the week preceding Halloween and the day of into cemeteries, haunted opera houses, stony mansions, and run-down shacks--this year one family proudly boasted with a large sign of their "13th Annual Haunted Yard", made crazy by several large camping tents hanging from trees (don't ask) and on the ground, plenty of scarily made-up people some of whom were real people and some of whom were automata, and none of whom you could tell which until they moved.

Strange as it may seem, this is the first year that I have EVER gotten pictures of the actual trick-or-treating process (as a senior in high school, it was getting urgent), as previously I have only ever taken pictures before going out. This year my dear friend Princess Boom Shaka Laka Laka and I took pictures of each other, and recruited one other wonderfully cooperative trick-or-treater to take a picture of us together.

I did both our makeup, though you can't see it very well in these pictures-- we were slightly rushed getting out of the house as we were trying to make it to Emma Dahling's birthday party (next post for her prezzie!) before the night was out.

You can sort of see one of the flying tents in the upper right of the pic I'm in, but everything was crazily insane.

 

The great thing about living in the hills of South Pas is that nobody else goes trick-or-treating there--only about half the houses up here are actually trick-or-treat-able, but the hosts of the ones that are are SO happy to see any trick-or-treater at their door that they give you crazy amounts of candy just for showing up in costume, and most of them want you to wait so the entire household can see your costume, and some of them want to take your picture, and they're all squealing! So Princess Boom Shaka Laka Laka and I trick-or-treated around my house on the hill and got lots of candy, then she drove us down to the flats, where they usually give less candy because they get so many people coming to their crazy houses but they gave us more than they usually give (or at least better-- one woman had us wait while she dug out her last two pieces of chocolate candy) since they enjoyed our costumes so much! Finally, Boom drove us to Emma Dahling's house, we trick or treated in the surrounding area (which is similar to my hill--mostly empty, but everyone who IS there is overjoyed to see you) and then finally made it into the party around 8:30.

Emma Dahling and Princess Boom Shaka Laka Laka dearly love each other but can never seem to get in contact with each other, so Emma was ecstatic to see that I had brought Her Highness along with me. While the party was possibly the best I have ever been to in my life, I will leave it at that--it's all about the people you gather, really.

 

Hope you all enjoy this!

Happy Halloween (and Samhain!),

More Makeup Looks in Yellowstone

Posted by strawberryfingernails on October 25, 2009 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Added note: TODAY is Princess Boom Shaka Laka Laka's birthday! (Her mother, Princess Naked As A Jaybird and myself kidnapped her to Las Vegas--pictures soon, hopefully!)

 

Here are two more makeup looks from Yellowstone!

 

 

WEARING:

 

Clinique Lipstick in Vintage Wine

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Neon Pink (wet)

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Yellow (wet and dry)

I am not wearing any orange- I just wet blended the pink and yellow and applied some dry yellow on top.

I was probably wearing blush, but I don't remember--it would have been Clinique.

 

 

WEARING:

 

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Parrot Green

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Lime

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Yellow

Clinique Long Pretty Lashes Mascara in Black

Glitter Liquid Eyeliner (don't know brand) in Teal Blue

Parrot applied wet, lime wet blended and applied dry over, yellow wet at outer corner and dry under lid.

 

Lalalalove and Lalalaluck,

Various Makeup Looks In Yellowstone 1

Posted by strawberryfingernails on October 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM Comments comments (0)

I am going to be quite busy working on a secret project for the next week, so I have set up these Yellowstone posts to go automatically during this time. Hope you enjoy!

 

WEARING:

 

Clinique Lipstick in Vintage Wine

Clinique Long Pretty Lashes Mascara in Black

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Yellow (dry)

 

 

WEARING:

 

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Lilac (wet and dry)

Barry M Dazzledust Eyeshadow in Neon Pink (dry)

Black Liquid Eyeliner (can't remember maker)

Clinique Long Pretty Lashes Mascara in Black

Purple Glitter Liquid Eyeliner (lower only) (don't know brand)

 

Lalalalove and Lalalaluck,

Rose and Orange Makeup

Posted by strawberryfingernails on October 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (3)

 

I'm not too proud of the pictures I took, but I'm very happy with how the makeup looks on my face. I used my new gel liner in white on this one, also, so thought you might want to see how that came out.

 

This was very quick and dirty, I'm actually going to clean up the fallout after I write this (!).

 

I applied clinique youth surge spf 15 moisturizer, covergirl liquid foundation, clinique powder foundation, and clinique blush in cupid. I brushed on some dry Barry M light orange dazzledust all over my lid up to the browbone and then used a slightly damp brush to apply some Barry M yellow dazzledust just on the lid. Then, I used my coastal scents angled liner brush to brush on some white gel liner with a medium-long tail just on the top, and brushed on some liquid chartreuse glitter liner and lime crime love spell glitter just on the very edge of the top lashline. Ooh! I just realized I haven't applied mascara yet! Okay, I'm also wearing covergirl outlast lipcolor in rose pearl with the included clear gloss. (All that shimmer around the eyes is from the yellow shadow).

 

Alright, going to clean up fallout and apply mascara!

Hope this was of some use to you. Next time you may or may not get to hear about my first Rocky Horror Picture Show experience last night (or, really, this morning!).

 

Ciao,

COLOR DAY!!!!!!!!

Posted by strawberryfingernails on October 16, 2009 at 8:18 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I think I mentioned before that Color Day is a tradition at my high school where on the day of the first league game of football season EVERY SINGLE PERSON comes to school in crazy insane orange and black regalia (we are the Tigers). It is perhaps my favorite day of the entire school year because it is the only day when I feel like everyone else is as crazy as I am! Last year some of my classmates dressed up as a living room set (a grandfather clock, table and TV, easy chair, sofa (2 people), and even a bear rug!) and came to school a half-hour early to set up in the middle of campus; the guy who was the table and TV gave a morning news and weather report as everyone arrived!

 

While I've never done anything THAT insanely awesome (I was a princess freshman year, then Where's Waldo?, and then in my junior year I was one of the Madeline girls-- all three in groups of friends), I still have a ton of fun getting ready. I spent yesterday after school bringing Izzy to my house to lend her costume pieces for a pirate costume, going to probeauty for eyelash glue and sewing my tutu, and I woke up at 4:30 this morning to start curling my hair and doing my makeup to be ready in time for school (which starts at 8:00, but on Color Day you should always be early).

 

This year some of the best costumes were a chess yet (I think Seniors and Sophomores against each other) who set up a giant chessboard on the Tiger Patio at the front of the school and stood there for about half an hour before class started (it would have been really cool if they'd played a game!), an Aladdin Group (hardcore costumes for Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Sultan, Carpet, and Raja), some Roller Derby girls who skated around campus all day, a huge group of friends who dressed up as rock stars, some pirates and ninjas, and even some giant cardboard legos!

 

I wore a homemade/handmade orange tulle and organza orange tutu, a strapless black sequined top bought at a thrift shop in Hollywood, my prom shoes (rhinestone stripper shoes from downtown L.A.), orange and black striped tights with black dance short over, elbow-length black lace fingerless mittens, and my Primark comb hat with net and feathers, PLUS super fabulous makeup as shown above.

 

 For the makeup, I...

1) applied clinique youth surge moisturizer spf 15 all over my face and upper chest

2) applied covergirl liquid foundation in my color (ivory? very light...) all over my face.

3) applied blush to cheekbones.

4) used FantasyMaker's face-painting pigments and super-cheap plastic brush to apply white paint to my nose, eyelids, brows, and lower forehead, fading out up into my middle forehead.

5) used Barry M kohl pencil in orange to cover eyelid and surrounding area as shown.

6) used FantasyMaker's face-painting pigments and super-cheap plastic brush to apply black paint (very carefully, I would use eyeliner first if I did this again) to the bottom of my nose, NOT as the spots up the nose, lipstick, or the stripes on the eyes!

7) used Barry M dazzledust eyeshadow in light orange (brush on with soft shadow brush, dry) all over the area I colored orange with the kohl pencil. I blended any fallout with a small amount of liquid foundation and rubbed it in rather than get rid of it--I was going for as much color as possible!

8) used clinique black liquid eyeliner first to line upper lids with long tails and then to get crazy with stripes on the orange area. Then I used it to give dots above the black part of the nose extending up to right above the eyebrow, making them more scarce as I moved up.

9) applied professional eyelash glue to orange lashes (after trimming), waited thirty seconds, applied to lid, waiting a little longer, and reapplied eyeliner over them. The glue was clear, I only needed to redo eyeliner because the lashes weren't black.

10) dabbed on holographic glitter to black part of nose with finger.

11) applied clinique black liquid eyeliner to line lips and then applied FantasyMaker's black lipstick in outlined area.

12) dabbed on ripe orange glitter from coastal scents to my lips.

13) applied clinique lash-doubling mascara to lower lashes only.

 

That's all! I carried the lipstick and orange glitter with me all day because I had to eat lunch at school, and also a mirror so that if I forgot and touched my face, I could fix it immediately.

The makeup was a huge hit, as you might imagine, and I must admit I'm still wearing it (and the full costume)!

 

Joie de Vivre,


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