Thursday, November 29, 2012

Midnight Absinthe

Played around with my Sugarpill pigments and this is what I got! I might make a video tutorial for this, but for now a summary!

-GloMinerals Brow Powder Duo

-Sugarpill loose shadows in Absinthe, Paperdoll, Magpie, Birthday Girl, and Lumi
-Rimmel Day2Night mascara
-Starry gel eyeliner in black

I wet a brush and foiled Absinthe onto my lid. Next, I blended a bit of Paperdoll into my outer corner. I then used an angled brush to cut my crease with Magpie (still working on that!). I blended that out with Birthday Girl, then put more BG under my lid. Next, I put Lumi along the edge of the Magpie with a small liner brush. I also put that in my inner corner and as a highlight. I finished it off with winged gel liner and mascara and voila! :)

Bye dolls!
-<3 Angie

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Backlash on new Illamasqua Christmas ads

Illamasqua released this set of ads over a month ago as their "I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas" promotion. Some blogs have been deeming it "racist and gross" as they believe it is depicting a woman in blackface. Some have gone as far as to say the pale lip color on the black-painted picture suggests that of a black woman's.

Illamasqua has issued a statement via blogger Phyrra that the ad was focusing on color "ON the skin and not OF the skin," which I have to say I also found. The definition of blackface includes trying deliberately to imitate a black person as well, which I do not see the model doing in either picture.

What it comes down to for me is this. First of all, I see it as special effects makeup. It's an obvious solid black tar color, and, for that matter, the white picture is obvious paint as well. (Not to mention, why isn't the white picture considered to be imitating whites?) Secondly, look at the products that are being promoted;

As you probably noticed, they are all, yes, extremely colorful or dark and dramatic! In fact, the lip colors offered in tubes are the ones on the model in the two ads. I gathered that it was meant that Christmas was not to be white, boring, and plain, but bright, exciting, and dramatic, which is what Illamasqua's products are all about! So don't be a scrooge over a simple ad (which happens to include the blushes and lip colors it's advertising), get in the holly jolly spirit and pick up some beautiful products!

And no, I'm not dreaming of a white Christmas either.

-<3 Angie

Monday, November 26, 2012

Makeup Wishlist

(I love this cover and it came on while I was at dinner tonight, shush.)

Everyone's got a few things they keep on a wishlist, at least in their heads, right? You can never stop wanting... And it's fun to make lists even if you can't fulfill them yourself! Therefore, here's a list of products I've tried and want or products I want to try!

  • MAC lipstick in Russian Red
  • MAC pigment in Rose, Old Gold, Hi-Def Cyan
  • MAC eyeshadow in Nocturnelle, Parfait Amour, Contrast, Deep Truth
  • MAC Dazzleglass in Funtabulous
  • OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia, Lydia, Pretty Boy, NSFW, Triptych
  • OCC Loose Colour Concentrates in Cavu Blue, Foxfire, Static
  • Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in 91 Apple Green
  • Make Up For Ever Pure Pigments in Violet
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof,  Acidberry, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake
  • Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Stella, Lumi, Royal Sugar, & Weekender
  • Urban Decay Vice Palette
  • Urban Decay pressed eyeshadow in Bender, Zephyr, Evidence
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tint in Fetish
  • NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rated R
  • Lime Crime Carousel Gloss in Golden Ticket
  • Lime Crime Palette D’Antoinette
  • Sleek Makeup I-Divine Palette in Acid
  • Inglot 4 pan palette
  • Lip brush
  • New foundation!

What have y'all been eyeing this holiday season? :)

PS: Hail Satan and all that...

-<3 Angie

MAC Cyber Monday

You read it right - even MAC is taking part in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend deals! There's only about an hour and a half left in my time zone, but hurry on over to MAC and get free overnight shipping on any order!

Now, if I didn't spend all my money on darned Black Friday makeup...

-<3 Angie

The Urban Decay/L'Oreal controversy

Urban Decay has just released information on a new palette; the Naked Basics. This includes 6 matte shades from the Naked/Naked 2 palettes that are perfect for the neutral lover in your life. However, they're being noticed for a different reason as of late.

Because of the new palette, attention has flocked to the brand and their Facebook page. And you've probably noticed the uproar over the company being bought out by L'Oreal. Quoted from MSN:

PARIS (Reuters) - French cosmetics maker L'Oreal acquired U.S. make-up brand Urban Decay from private equity firm Castanea Partners as part of an effort to reach more upscale young consumers.

L'Oreal did not say how much it paid for California-based Urban Decay, which was created in 1996 by make-up expert Wende Zomnir and had sales of $130 million in its fiscal year ended June 2012.
Liberum Capital analyst Pablo Zuanic welcomed the deal, which he pegged at about $250-300 million or slightly more than 2 times sales.

Urban Decay is "exactly the type of brand L'Oreal needs to beef up its make-up portfolio in the prestige channel," he said in a note.
The market for specialist make-up brands represents 44 percent of the luxury cosmetics market in the United States.

This is a big deal to some, because UD is noted for being one of the most prominent companies to join the vegan makeup movement, not testing on animals or using them for their products. However, L'Oreal is known for their not-so-stellar treatment of animals.

(Pictures from Temptalia. As you can see, the back of the packaging even includes the message, "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?")

However, if you do your research, L'Oreal has donated to animal welfare groups in the past, so... Who's to say what they're even doing now?

What do you think? Do you think UD would sacrifice their beliefs just for money? Or do you think they'll retain themselves in the deal? Let me know!

-<3 Angie

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Hey there! That lady up there is Angie, also known as... Me! This is my blog, and it's about exactly what the title states, two of my great loves; metal and makeup!

Have you ever come across a beauty blog and found it... Well, too girly? The goth/punk/etc. subcultures that surround metal music are usually the ones associated with the heaviest makeup and most high-maintenance hairstyles, like mohawks and colorful dyes. In fact, many beauty industry professionals identify with the respective scenes. And it's no wonder, really; the beauty industry is one of the only jobs you can hold that celebrates body "decoration" (isn't "modification" such a strong word?) including tattoos, piercings, bright hair colors, and more associated with these subcultures.

However, the art of these looks is not often noticed because of the offputting stereotypes society has associated these people with. But when you really look at it, the dramatic neon green and black eye, full sleeve tattoo, or blue and purple mohawk has just as much artistry to it as the average neutral eye, small ankle piece, and blonde highlights do. So where do they fit on your average beauty blog? They don't. And that's where my blog comes in.

I will always favor smoky eyes and vibrant colors on my eyes and hair over the norm. And you know what? That's just fine. 

So, once again, hey, I'm Angie! This blog was created to highlight alternative beauty and music. I'm going to review products just the same, but I'll add them into a look that's more my style and add in badass music like Cannibal Corpse, Carnifex, Alkaline Trio, and Man Overboard in between! (I do like other types of music!) You're not supposed to feel out of place if you don't have the same style as me, because it's beauty all the same, but that's just what I favor :)

So welcome! I've got a big shipment of makeup coming in to review, and I'll make some blog posts out of things I've reviewed on Beautylish. In the meantime, here's the link to my other makeup pages:

And here's the lovely song I'm listening to as I type this:

Enjoy, my dears!
<3 Angie

PS: I also really like cats. And coffee. So hey, maybe those will make an appearance too. ;)