Monday, November 18, 2013

September and October Empties

Finally getting off my lazy butt and posting these critters! You may notice that I did not actually use up all of these "empties." Very astute! I did, however, do a fairly major clean out of my skin products regardless of empty status. Have you ever gone on one of those YouTube death spirals where you lose hours of your life clicking through links? I did that with the zit popping videos and eventually ended up watching people draining abscesses and it was suddenly VERY important to me that I get rid of all my gross old skin stuff. Anything over a year old just had to go.

So, from left to right on the top row:
1. Organix Extra Strength Moroccan Argan Oil - This seemed pretty helpful for keeping my ultradry bleached hair from totally falling off into cotton candy, but since I'm not a bleach blonde right now I don't need it. I will keep it in mind for possible future dry hair needs, though.
2. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream - acceptable but definitely not a preferred product. It largely did the job, but often left me looking shiny, and was too yellow for my winter skin. Won't be repurchasing.
3. Maybelline FitMe Concealer - Worked well enough, didn't cake up under my eyes when I tried to cover my pandabags. I've moved away from concealers, actually, so I won't be repurchasing only because I no longer use the product category at all.
4. Guerlain l'Or Primer - this stuff made me feel like the fanciest bitch of all time because I was rubbing in freakin' gold flakes on my face. Awesome! I can't say it did much for foundation longevity, but it did add a glow to the skin. No shimmer or shine, just magical luminescence. I might repurchase this once I have Fancy Bitch levels of money and am ok with spending nearly $100 on a bottle of gold face goo.
5. Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly BB Cream - I actually loved this stuff. Matte, buildable, good coverage and a fun jello texture. I am only getting rid of this because it is old and ZITS YOU GUYS.
6. Maybelline FitMe Foundation - a good enough foundation but never my go to. No repurchase.

Left to right, bottom row:
7. Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express mascara - Did the job, I suppose, but always felt a little wetter than I like my mascaras. No repurchase.
8. Revlon Ultimate Colorstay liquid lipstick - I bought this because a friend of mine uses it as her "Through Hell and High Water" lipstick. She wears it to multi hour boxing classes and it stays on. While it does stay on pretty darn well, it is sticky, drab, and just does not feel nice on. Throwing it away in a fit of rage.
9. Lioele Mix Concealer - decent enough but a bit thick and probably a bit too yellow for my skin tone. Again, since I am no longer using concealers, I have no need for this.
10. L'oreal lipgloss in Peach Fuzz - was a very lovely lip gloss but separated into a weird oil with strings of pigment in it, which I think means it is time for it to never touch my face again. When your makeup looks weird, it's gone bad, kiddos. Throw it out. I'd get the gloss again though, because it was a good product.
11. Origins Ginzing! eye cream - depuffs like a miracle, but it's only caffeine. I already bought a new pot.
12. Lioele Diamond Pearl BB Cream - this BB cream was mega glittery and gave me a super shiny face in a way that crossed the line from "pretty" into my mom asking me when she saw me if I was sick. It will never touch my face again.

12 for the last two months brings me to a running total of 23/50, or nearly halfway! Though I have to say, I'm questioning if I should allow myself to even get a little reward once I finish the 50. I counted the other day and discovered I have 42 lipsticks... I may have a hoarding problem. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Daily Outfit - October 28

Another successful day of business casual! 

Hat, thrifted; Scarf, J.C. Penny; Jacket, thrifted; Dress, thrifted; Tights, H&M; Shoes, Worthington.

Earrings, Target; Shirt, found in a bag on the side of the road marked "FREE"
Complete with spooooky nighttime pictures, largely because when I came home from work I took a nap and missed the daylight. I love the schoolmarm aspect of this dress - layered over a long sleeved shirt it takes on this very uniformed aspect. The hat keeps things a touch edgy and androgynous. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Daily Outfit - October 26

I'm gradually trying to develop my style so that people think I'm a witch. Pointy nails and fabric that whips around in the wind, dramatic makeup, and a tendency to stare through people while chanting spells - that sort of thing. An everyday sort of urban witch is a bit harder to manage, but I think I managed a fairly good "Witch goes thrift shopping" look.

Hat, thrifted; Shirt, bought at a Presets concert; Cardigan, got in a trade with an old roommate; Skirt, H&M; Tights, H&M; Shoes, Dr Marten; Purse, Target.

Black lipstick is Pagan Angel from the Fergie x Wet n Wild collaboration.
I'm determined to make black lipstick an acceptable choice for everyday. I picked this up at Walgreens, and not even in the Halloween section, and that means it's easy to get, if not easy to master. When working with any dark color of lipstick, attention to the shape of the lip and constant touchups are required. This is not a color to wear if you want to put something on once and forget about it. This is a lip color that you check after every drink, fry you eat, and every hour you spend not touching your mouth. But I think it's worth the effort.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

3 Things

Time for a roundup of cool things! 

1. Keratin Garden is a Youtube horror channel set in the Slenderverse that starts out as an innocent nail art series but quickly spirals into madness. It's produced by a woman, and for the majority of the series if only has female characters, including women of color, which is sadly rare in the horror genre. My friend introduced me to it and I binge watched the whole thing. It is terrifying and great and I cannot recommend it enough. 

2. Chelsea Wolfe is rapidly becoming one of my favorite artists. She makes beautiful, haunting music that makes anything I do while it's playing feel mystical. Her album, Pain is Beauty, has been in heavy rotation in the Copycat household as of late.

3. Horror movies. I've been on a total horror binge, because it is the Month of Halloween and how better to celebrate. My movie-expert friend Andreas has put together a list of 100 horror movie recommendations. They know what they are talking about, so take a stab at the list. I especially recommend Pontypool, Dumplings, and White. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

No Longer Quiet on the Midwestern Front

Hi everyone! I know, I know. I've been awful at posting lately. But then this article came out in the New York Times and now my pet project of a blog is getting hits at levels that are making me panic a little, to be honest, and I think maybe I owe some of these new friends some new content. (Hi new friends! My Twitter and Instagram links are on the sidebar if you'd like to follow me around a bit more.)

Let's jump right in, shall we? 

Shirt, Xhileration; Skirt, thrifted; Tights, H&M; Shoes, Worthington.

This was my office outfit today! I don't know if this has been the case for anyone else playing the Fresh Out of College game, but adjusting to office work and business casual has been incredibly difficult for me. After a lifetime of being able to wear whatever nonsense I felt like, I suddenly had to follow rules and look professional. I've been doing office work for a year now and I'm finally getting to a point where I feel like I can have a personal style instead of having to wear a uniform of awkwardly fitting polyester trousers and slightly too small button downs left over from when I had to wear them at my first job at a Perkins. The issue is that I am one of the only younger people in my office, so it wasn't a situation where I could look around and imitate my peers - elastic waist jeans and cardigans with built in shirt fronts are not where my style is at right now. Instead I've been searching tumblr for inspiration, checking out street style blogs, and keeping an eye on the fabulous women I see walking around downtown. I think it's working out, non? Being a real grown up is not as restrictive as I thought.

Has anyone else seriously struggled with having to adjust to a uniform or dress code? Tips and tricks for work clothes with personality? Throw me some comments!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

August Empties

Can you believe it's already September? It sneaked up on me in the night and then suddenly it became fall. I've had to get out an actual comforter for my bed and I feel much more inclined to drink tea than usual. I love fall. But summer can be good too, even if only because of the satisfaction of a bumper crop of empties. 

Look at all those things I finished! Clockwise, they are...

  • Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50: I only bought this because of the high SPF and a recent skin cancer scare in the family. It made me look all kinds of shiny and greasy and it balled up under my makeup. Would not repurchase. 
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover: repurchase forever until I die. Gets off all the gross I need it to for very few dollars.
  • Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturizer: this made my skin very very happy indeed. I got it in a swap with my lovely friend Neena, so I won't be repurchasing, but I will keep an eye out. Apparently it can be found stateside in some health food types of stores. 
  • Sephora by OPI nail polish: I hated this so hard. The color was splotchy and uneven and sheer even after 3 coats and did not look even a little bit good on me. 
  • Estee Lauder nail polish in Frozen Fantasy: I actually really liked this nail polish, but the bottle cracked and I no longer trust it. 
  • Wet N Wild Mega Liner liquid eyeliner: Holy grail liquid liner. Everything else can go home. 
  • Calvin Klein Euphoria: one of my favorite perfumes of all time. It's a very sexy floral and I got tons of complements wearing it. However, it isn't the perfect signature scent I keep hoping for, so I won't be buying a new bottle anytime soon. I love it but it is not the essence of my soul in fragrance form like I want a perfume to be.
This brings my Project 50 Pan total to a rather surprising 11/50, or 22%. Woo! Maybe when I finish the 50 I'll let myself buy that Marc Jacob's nail polish I'm drooling over... 

Finished anything fun lately? Got a better reward than the Marc Jacobs polish? 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cool Girls Buy Art

You probably know that artists are an amazing bunch of people. Hell, some of you probably even are artists yourselves. I lack any artistic skill whatsoever - I can't draw and I get too nervous about putting my ideas into the world anyway. However, I am lucky enough to know some amazing, talented people, and Skuds McKinley is among them. 

He draws grotesque, visually dense portraits and comics, filled with detail and gore. He focuses on a sort of body horror that I find especially appealing. His characters often sport animal noses or piles of boils bursting from their skin, especially jarring when put in context with his naturalistic storytelling. 

 I have three of his prints that I have hung up on my walls - they are the first things I put up when I move and they make a place feel like my own. Any time someone comes over, they are one of the first things they comment on. Now, he's put up a Kickstarter to fund his second comic book, Rumble Moon Volume 1. If it's anything like the first one, I'll Take You to the Moon and Leave You There, it's not to be missed. I already backed it, and I can't suggest enough that you do too. You get the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting an amazing artist, and you get some incredible art to surround yourself with, which will only add to your street cred. After all, cool girls might buy art, but extremely cool girls support indie comic books too.