|get your party face on|
virtually year-round, you can find day of the dead curios, colourful skeletons engaged in profoundly ordinary activities, at markets and craft shops. contrary to the images of horror one associates with halloween, these guys tend to be adorable- festive, cheerful, cute and, although it seems odd, lively. the message here is that death does not rob us of what has gone before. those who have touched our lives and passed remain with us because of their influence- they continue to live through us.
MEET SOME OF MY DEAD FRIENDS...
in the end, of course, we know we must say goodbye and be content with our memories. and our digital photographs. here's a look i did with some seasonal treats that have passed on to the other side. [note, this being the time of year when the veil that separates the living world from that of the dead, it's worth noting that items can occasionally pass back via ebay or sites like www.allcosmeticswholesale.com.]
|who's head is that in the freezer again?|
described by chanel as "eggplant black", i'd actually say that the colour leans a bit blue to be called "eggplant". it's a very deep blue-purple that edges on black. it has a very faint dark blue shimmer, but it's just barely visible. being a rouge allure, it's not 100% opaque, but it still gives you a lot of colour for your money. it does pull into lip lines and imperfections a little more than less intense rouge allure shades. it's very deep and dramatic and requires very little else in the way of makeup. i have to say that i couldn't really come up with a currently-available match for this one. it's most similar to another limited edition mac shade that came out around the same time, "faultlessly f/w". in terms of what's available now in the world of dramatically dark purples, mac's "cyber" is lighter and redder. makeup forever's rouge artiste intense #49 is redder and [i believe, since i'm going from memory on this one] a touch lighter. yves st. laurent "noir laque" is browner. with some shades, the differences don't show up that much in use, but because of the blue tones in "hysteria", which are strikingly different from anyone's natural lip colour [unless you're choking, in which case you should probably just bookmark this post and call 911], the differences between it and other dark shades are, if anything, more apparent on application.
|i miss those guys. they were tasty.|
|ah yes... the bernaise sauce incident...|
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
lush colour supplement "jackie oates" [used as a concealer under the eyes, where it performed admirably]
mac e/s "vanilla" [peachy off-white]
mac e/s "creamy bisque"* [soft white]
mac e/s "all races"* [light cool mauve-grey]
mac paint pot "dangerous cuvee"* [glittery slate grey]
mac powerpoint eye pencil "black swan"* [black with silver glitter]
mac eye kohl "smolder" [black]
benefit they're real mascara
mac mineralize skinfinish "pink power"* [shimmery light beige/ matte neutral light brown/ warm rose]
chanel rouge allure "hysteria"* [blackened blue-purple]
opi "give me moor" [almost black eggplant purple- very frustrating formula on this particular one, i could not get an even application]
*suggested alternates :: creamy bisque = dazzlelight; all races = mac quarry [warmer and a bit darker]; vintage selection = mac paint pot "for effect", also limited but currently available with their "glitter & ice" holiday collection; black swan = urban decay 24/7 eye liner oil slick; pink power = mac soft & gentle + mac blushbaby + benefit hoola; hysteria = makeup forever rouge artiste intense #50 + #15