onsdag 30 mars 2016

Gothy goth

Lately, I've been wearing almost exclusively dark, gothic smokey eyes combined with dark lips. Although I'm very versatile in the way I wear makeup, those kinds of looks have always been my favorite and the kinds of looks I feel most comfortable wearing.  



I feel like I could write a whole blogpost about this amazing lipstick, which is called "Labradorable" and comes from the Haute Dogs collection by MAC. It is a Mineralize lipstick which means it is extra creamy and moisturizing, hence the gorgeous, glossy finish. It is a lot lighter on it's own, but here I've put it on top of Feline eye kohl to make it really dark and gothy (yeah, I know that is not a real word...). 



A blackberry/plum toned eyeshadow is a perfect way to add just a little bit of more dimension to an otherwise colorless smokey eye. 

Base: Pro Longwear concealer mixed with a few drops of Careblend Essential oil, Mineralize skin finish Light, Cozy grey eyeshadow as contour
Eyebrows: Carbon
Brow highlight:  Pick me up
Liner: Smolder eye kohl as a base and liner, Retro black Fluid line pen (upper lash line)
Eyelid: Silver fog, Pearled earth
Crease: Cozy grey, Blackberry and Black tied

Lips: Prep + prime lip primer, Feline eye kohl, Labradorable Mineralize lipstick 

All of the products used are MAC and the eyeshadows are all from the cool/neutral x15 palette.


I hope all of you had a lovely Easter holiday! :) 
Love,
Madam Noire 

onsdag 23 mars 2016

Green, green, green

This is actually a spur of the moment look that I created for St Patrick's day, but I've never really came around to post it before now.







Foundation: Studio fix fluid NW10
Concealer: Pro Longwear NC15

Eyebrows: Carbon
Brow highlight: Nylon
Eyelid: Humid, Kelly, Bitter
Crease: Humid, Kelly
Inner corner: Nylon
Lashes: Haute & Naughty Waterproof

Lips: Prep + prime lip, Mineralize lipstick Pure Pout

All products used are by MAC.


I'll be back soon with a new look for you guys! :) By the way, what kinds of looks would you like to see? 

Thank you for reading!

Love,
Madam Noire

onsdag 16 mars 2016

Colorful Contrasts

Did any of you guys have the opportunity to purchase the Edward Scissorhands palette from Sugarpill before it sold out? Being a hopeless makeup hoarder and, of course, since this palette is a tribute to one of my favorite movies, I had been eyeing this little gem for a while, and finally ending up getting it as a Valentine's day gift from my fiancé.

Most of the colors in the palette are very easy-to-use goth-friendly colors but there are also two crazy bright pieces with an 80's vibe that probably make the shy ones cringe. It took quite awhile for me to get inspiration for looks featuring these colors, but now I get new ideas every other day. :)

Here's a look for those of you who like a bit of crazy color!


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I think this combo is hideous and supercool at the same time! 


Luckily I had a lipstick in almost the same coral color as one of the eyeshadows. It is a liquid lipstick so maybe I should try and use it as an eyeliner? 



Foundation: Pro Longwear concealer NC15 mixed with Careblend Essential oil (MAC)
Concealer: Pro Longwear NC15
Blush: Suburbia (Sugarpill)

Eyebrows: Brun (MAC)
Brow highlight: Mylar (MAC)
Eyelid: Suburbia, Home sweet home, Heartshaped cookie (Sugarpill)
Crease: Suburbia
Inner corner: Ice Angel (Sugarpill)
Lashes: Extended Play lash + #43 lashes (MAC)

Lips: Prep + prime lip, Retro matte liquid lipcolor Rich & Restless (MAC)


Would you ever wear these colors? 

Thank you for reading!
Love,
Madam Noire


onsdag 9 mars 2016

Taupe

Hello dear readers!

Neutral looks are the hardest. Maybe not hardest to do, but the hardest to make an interesting blog post about. :3

I also have a new (well, it's a year old but I haven't used it much) camera which I am trying to figure out. The most frequent problem I encounter when photographing makeup is that eyeshadows often look a bit "blotchy" on the photos, even though they're perfectly blended in real life. I had this problem when using my old camera as well, but after a while I learned what settings and lighting to use to catch the smooth gradients. I suppose I will have to give it some practice.




Combine this neutral (but dramatic) smokey eye with a taupe lipstick and you have a perfect everyday goth look. 

Skin: Pro-Longwear concealer in NC15 mixed with Careblend Essential oil, Mineralize skin finish Light (MAC)
Eyes: Blanc type, Wedge, Copperplate, Carbon (MAC)
Eyebrows: Brun (MAC)
Lashes: Haute & Naughty Waterproof mascara, #7 lashes (MAC)
Lips: Stone lipstick and lip pencil (MAC)

What looks do you like best? Neutral colors or more colorful looks? Wearable or crazy?

Hope you like the look. :) Take care everyone!

Love,
Madam Noire


måndag 7 mars 2016

Collectif Dolores Doll Dress

Hello dear readers!

After being disappointed several times when trying on retro dresses from various alternative brands, I was very happy to find a UK brand called Collectif. To me it was completely unknown until about a month ago (I realize that it is quite a well-known brand though...) when I by chance walked into my local Beyond Retro store, just to discover they had gotten in this line of beautiful, high-quality garments.




One of my favorite purchases from this brand is the Dolores Doll dress, which is made of nice, stretchy cotton and available in several different colors and patterns. Being the all-black-type I, of course, got the plain black one. 




The shoes I found in a secondhand store in Dublin. They are by the brand Sixtyseven. 

Picture found here


Have you ever tried this brand? What are your opinions?

Thank you for reading! Take care!

Love, 
Madam Noire 


tisdag 1 mars 2016

Endometriosis Awareness

Today it is the first day of March, the month where winter is finally drawing towards its end and metamorphose into early spring. It is also, however, the month of endometriosis awareness. Endo... what? some of you might ask, and I don't blame you. This disease is as common as diabetes but still so few people know about it. Why? Probably because it is considered a "women's disease". 

So what is endometriosis? Most of us people who are born with a uterus experience period cramps sometimes in our lives. For people suffering from endometriosis these cramps are extreme and in many cases occurring every day or most days of the month instead of being solely related to the period. This pain is not reduced by ordinary painkillers and is often interfering with everyday activities such as work and social life. 




As you can imagine it is not easy leading a normal life when you're afflicted by this disease. Yet the people suffering from endometriosis are very often subjected to distrust from doctors, employers and family members. It usually takes several years to get a diagnosis, and even after that there is not much to do about it. No cure, only the hope for relief through strong painkillers. 




So what can you do about this? I think that the main thing all of us can do is show some understanding. Understanding towards a colleague, friend or family member who is often complaining about serious cramps. Because now you know that what can so easily be dismissed as "normal period cramps" might as well be quite a serious disease. A disease called endometriosis. 



The color adopted by the endometriosis awareness movement is yellow, and therefore I have created a yellow eye look to honor the cause. Hope you like it! 

Base: Pro longwear concealer NC15, Studio Waterweight foundation NW13, Mineralize skin finish Light (all by MAC)

Eyeshadows: Bright sunshine, Nylon, Era, Blanc type, Carbon (MAC), Buttercupcake (Sugarpill) 

Liner: Smolder, Blacktrack (MAC)

Lashes: Haute & naughty Waterproof mascara, #7 false lashes (MAC)

Lips: Mineralize lipstick Pure Pout (MAC)

Thank you so much for taking you time reading this looong post! See 
you around! 
Take care!

Love, 
Madam Noire