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The Dance of Death, 1919, Attributed to Josef Fenneker


Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial


https://www.tumblr.com/search/The+Cabinet+of+Dr+Caligari

I had the idea of making a Cabinet of Dr. Caligari inspired photo shoot for a while.
I absolutely love the film and it has been a great source of inspiration for years now.
You can really tell that this is also the case for many other artists such as Tim Burton.
It is a cinematic master piece which should be watched by everyone.
Since I wanted to make a simple tutorial for Halloween this year, I thought Cesare would be suitable since it doesn’t require too many items and is also a look that shouldn’t be perfect.
That is an important factor if you attempt creating a look on Johnny Clyde, the wobbliest person on earth.
Since he is so wobbly, there is no way I can draw a straight line on him or make anything even at all. There were even some steps I had to skip since he thought they were unbearable. One of them was to draw on the waterline since he couldn't take the feeling of his eyeball being drawn on (not that I was drawing on his eyeball, but no use convincing him of that fact).

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
Scheming applicational disruptions!
First up, prep your skin as well as possible!
I skipped this step (don’t ask me why!) and the make up didn’t apply as evenly as I’d liked.
Exfoliation, a good moisturizer and possible a primer should definitely be used depending on the white paint you choose.
I used the face paint that came in my Halloween Memebox (unboxing coming soon), and since I wanted to test it out I didn’t use a primer.
I applied the paint to the entire face using a little egg shaped sponge dabbing the product on in thin layers until it built up to a more opaque shade of white.

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial

If you are a man, this can be done on a 3 day beard, but it is hard to get the color through the hairs, so a shaved face might be easier to work with.
Next, I contoured the cheeks a bit to make the face look more gaunt.
You can either do that or contour around your lips for the signature Cesare look.
I did not do this since Johnny has facial hair and it would just look like a goatee.
I recommend powdering the whole face with translucent powder since it makes the next steps easier.
I didn't (for testing purposes) and it made it more difficult for the color to be added evenly without smudging.

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
The contouring looks a little uneven since his cheeks are unpowdered
Afterwards I added a thin black line above the upper lash line to give the eyes some definition.
I drew it further out to the side in a little tail.
I then marked the middle of the eye with a dot to be able to add lines on each side to create a triangle underneath the eye.
I used a regular black eye pencil for this.
I recommend using a waterproof one that doesn’t smudge too much.
Mine was pretty crappy so it started creasing and moving around pretty fast.
I then painted a little half moon on the inner corner of the eye to create a hollow look.
I smudged it a little for it to blend in better.

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
First add bigger dots and then make a line following the little dots
The eyebrows were filled with the same dark pencil with squared off corners which were then brushed with a spooly to look a little less like fake pieces of fur and more like eyebrows.

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
You can see my crappy pencil smudged after 5 minutes of application already
The lips were completely covered with foundation as well.
Cesares lips a relatively thin so I had to hide Johnnys thicker lips to create that look.
I then filled in the lips in the same shape only thinner, making them look a little wider than they originally were without looking too artificial.

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
You can see his lips end just underneath the moustache
I decided to adapt Cesares look to Johnnys face instead of doing it just as it was on screen.
I feel like makeup can either work with someones face or try to change the face and I always belonged to the work with the facial features type of person.
I tried to convince Johnny to go scare some people on the street but that seems to be on schedule for next week instead.

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
Practically twins!
And that is it little Batlings!
I hope you liked the tutorial.
Is there any looks that you always wanted to recreate?
P.s: We actually live right next to where The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was filmed. There is a little plaque and everything!

Cesare the Somnambulist Makeup Tutorial
This is going to haunt my nightmares!

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review

http://www.yesstyle.com/en/ladykin-vanpir-dark-repair-cream-50ml/info.html/pid.1032997928

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream (50ml)
Fast-absorbing face cream boosts the natural metabolic process, promoting cellular turnover to lighten dark spots, smooth out lines and wrinkles and create a brighter, fairer complexion. The star ingredient of Dragon Blood Resin extract restores elasticity level while repairing skin damage. After cleansing and toning, spread an ample amount of cream all over face and neck lightly tapping into skin to hasten absorption.

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review
The cuteness!!!
It has been a long journey until I finally reached this point, but the wait was so worth it!
For you to fully understand how I got here and why I am so happy about it you need to know a few background facts.
As you may already have read (like on every post I write) my skin is dry.
Very very dry.
So dry I ran out of metaphors to describe it.
I have been trying to find a moisturizer that suits my skin.
That soothes and hydrates it without being too thick or breaking me out.
One that hydrates and moisturizer at the same time.
One that works as a stand alone product and not only because I slathered a gazillion types of items on before or after.

I would love it if creams actually would be as hydrating as they promise!
My skin is also sort of sensitive with tiny pores.
The problem with tiny pores is that nothing can come through them.
Which means that if I use a product that clogs my pores I get a bunch of tiny bumps.
Sometimes skin colored, sometimes red, and they stay forever!
There is no way for me to get rid of them other than to wait, since touching them means really red spots that are more noticeable than the bumps since my skin is also very reactive.

So I have been searching for THE perfect product that fulfills all my wishes without any side effects and a reasonable price for years now.
Working as a skincare consultant made me able to try a lot of products, even very high end ones.
I found some wonderful ones, mostly way out of my price range of course, but it was never the perfect moisturizer.

If you know of a skincare wishing well please let me know!
I knew it was going to be Asian skin care though!
I have had such amazing success with it and the fail rates are just so much lower than other skincare I have tried.

I just didn’t expect it to come inside a mysterious black jar with adorable little fangs!
I tried one Ladykin product before which left me very unimpressed, I read reviews on a few of their items which were not only rare but also a little bland.
I still decided to purchase this cream since I was in need of a moisturizer and simply could not resist the packaging.

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review
It came sealed and with a very sturdy spatula
I mean look at it!
Seldom have I seen such a simple design that has so successfully incorporated dark themes in a sophisticated way without being plain black.
When it arrived I was soo ecstatic!
I already planned in testing time for this product and was able to use it immediately.

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review
I apologize for my inability of photographing this very reflective box
My first impression was overjoyed by the very beautiful and expensive looking packaging and thrown aback by the smell of the cream.
I am very sensitive to smells, and prefer my skincare to be scentless.
I don’t use perfumes at all since they usually give me a headache.
This cream smells just like Juicy Couture.
I was confused and a little worried if the scent was going to give me a headache.
Thank all the followers of Lilith that it didn’t!
The scent is not as strong when applied as it is in the jar, and it fades very fast after being applied.
It is not even as scented as perfumed body lotions and a lot less scented than the Face shop Mango seed butter ( I seem to be one of the very few people who even got bothered by the strong scent anyway).
So unless you are very scentsitive (hehe) you have nothing to worry about!

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review
Looks like Buttercream
The texture is delightful.
It is very luxurious and buttery, not in a thick and heavy way, though.
Despite its texture it sinks in fast and is quite lightweight.
Of course you can not expect this to be as thin as a watery gel or cream, but it is as light as a cream gets.

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review
Partially rubbed in to show the buttery texture
I am seriously impressed by the quality/price ratio of this product.
The Vanpir cream is very expensive looking.
The jar is heavy and made out of thick black glass with embossed writing.
The quality of the cream is also excellent and it rivals some high end products I have used.
I would love to know how Ladykin managed to make such a fantastic product for this price without skimping on the packaging!

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream review

I know this post has gotten really long but what can I say, after all, this is my first Holy Grail cream.
I am so ecstatic about this find!
It does everything I wished for and more!
Finally a cream that moisturizes and hydrates equally well that makes my skin feel like it is in skincare heaven!
My face has never been this happy.
This cream works fantastically with a very long routine or a very short one.
I haven't had pain from too dry skin since I started using it and my face has been super smooth and glowy as well!
I want to try every product of this line and never be without this miracle cream again!

no make up skin
My happy face one hour after my morning routine without any makeup products

Ingredients: Here
PH: 5.5

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha
Suitable for combo, normal to very dry skin types. Especially suited for wintertime. Very moisturizing yet not too thick of a cream with some serious magic powers!


Purchased on Yesstyle
Available on Memebox
Available on Koreanqueens


Johnny wanted to get in on the action of admiring my newly moisturized skin

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http://scoptophilia.blogspot.de/2012/08/various-witches-sabbat-in-paris.html?zx=d6f9622dad3d055d
Postcard, 1910 Paris


Essence Vampire's Love Lipstain in 01 Bloody Mary review

http://sunny189.blogspot.de/2011/10/essence-trend-edition-vampires-love.html

Essence Vampire's Love Lipstain (8,5ml)
Blutrote Lippen – Bis zum Ende der Nacht! Der neue lipstain hüllt die Lippen in wunderschöne Rot- und Rosétöne und ist dabei besonders langanhaltend. Er ist absolut wischfest und lässt das Make-up allzeit perfekt aussehen – für die ultimative Vampir-Verführung! 


Before there was lip tints I was completely obsessed with finding a purple lipstick.
At the time, I was working as a skincare consultant and makeup artist and the only "purple" lipstick we had was from Shiseido. A lovely one at that, but sadly quite pink.
I even made it a sport to sell this outrageous looking shade to older ladies and people who don’t dare use bright colors on their faces with great success.

Not as purple as I like but still pretty
Then,  lip tints came out and unfortunately the early versions were pretty sad performance wise.
They were either super sheer and natural like Benetint or pigmented and very hard to apply and blotchy with bad staying time.
I gave up on tints and thought I was never going to find a pigmented product I could apply to my lips that lasts and doesn’t make my hair stick to it.
In comes Korean lip tints and my view on them has changed completely!
I am not saying all Korean tints are great, because they aren’t. I have used a few that just didn’t cut it quality wise, but the vast majority is about a trillion light years ahead of the early western counterparts.
After finding the perfect red and burgundy tints, I knew it was time for me to find a purple one.
The good news is that Lavender is a very popular color at the moment so I quickly snatched a few Lavender tints up.
The bad news is that they are quite pink and no where as purple as I would like.

A few weeks ago I started doing research for this creepily themed blogging month in search for some weird skincare and makeup when I discovered Essences Vampire Liptint.
I scoured the internet to buy this lip tint immediately.
The online swatches promised this tint to be purpleish and I thought I would risk it possibly being crap since the color and the packaging seemed perfect.
Also it was cheap!

It looks more purple in real life
When I received this tint I put it on so fast after I noticed that the wand was completely purple!
Oh my, oh my, this is it! This is THE purple tint I was looking for!
The first layer applies as a very purpley purple.
It is dark and sheer which translates into a vampy but not overpowering look.
The tint is very layerable.
You can go from sheer stain to full on super duper dark burgundy purple. The more you layer it the less purple it becomes since it gets so dark but it is still a visible purple color.

I have a wound and a scar on my lips. The wound soaks up more pigment and the scar less. They are next to each other and make some colors look uneven.
The application is just like any other watery tint. You just need to be careful were you put it since it stains a lot!
The tint lasts forever!
It really does, when you apply it at night and don't remove it there will be some stain left on your lips the next day.
I put some on my hand and left it on for 24 hours.
Several hand washes and application of hand cream later, it looked like this:

If you let the tint dry without blotting the color it is even stronger
The best part is that you can apply lip balm on this tint without smudging it.
It fades evenly, unless you have a wound (which I currently have), and doesn’t dry the lips out.
It smells quite lovely but I really can not describe what it smells like, it disappears as soon as it is on the lips though. 
The packaging is very practical and yet not ugly at all.
I love love love this tint.
I wish they would have made more shades.
I am very impressed by Essence and if they release any more tints I will definitely pick them up.

Etude House Mint and Peach cushion, Dior Eyeshadow, Sleek Contour, Essence Lip tint 

 

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha
This is such a gorgeous purple shade that is very wearable, and I like the cheeky name as well.



Purchased on Kleiderkreisel
Available on Ebay

This is the lip tint with two layers, it is already quite dark but not as dark as with 3 Layers

Dewytree Ginseng Nutritious Black Sheet Mask review

http://www.dewytree.com/shop/shopdetail.html?branduid=196936
Dewytree Ginseng Nutritious Black Sheet Mask (30g)
A nutritious facial mask containing medicinal ginseng root extract for dark and dry skin
Nourishes skin with ingredients for resilience and vitality, soothes and brightens skin, removes impurities and dead cells, strengthens skin elasticity
Ginseng root extract, Ginkgo Bioba Leaf extract, Betaine, Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Collagen 


Look at that gorgeous lady!
I am not a huge fan of sheet masks, but that doesn’t mean I don't enjoy trying them out.
I have simply decided not to purchase them anymore and finish the ones I get sent by Memebox and friends.
When I opened my Memebox 10, this sheet mask caught my attention immediately.
The illustration was super pretty and I couldn't resist that gorgeous redheaded girl with the black mask on!
Upon closer inspection, I noticed that this is actually a black sheet mask, and you know, I love black skincare!
This sheet mask promises resilience, nutrition and bright skin with the bonus of scaring anyone around a little more than your regular sheet mask.
When I opened it a little bit of liquid splattered on my hand.
This is by far the wettest sheet mask I have ever seen.

So much essence!
It doesn’t really drip since the essence isn’t liquid enough but it is very very moist.
In the bottom of the package there was enough liquid left for another use!

It smells very medicinal.
When you put your nose close to the packaging it smells strongly like a herbal store, this is not that noticeable when the mask is put on the face.
It is cooling and soothing, and yes it looks ultra creepy!

Feeling ghouly!
Since it was so soaked I left it on longer than the advised 20 minutes.
Afterwards my face was very moist and plump.
The brightness that I had was from a boost of hydration and not whitening.
My face soaked in the left over essence very fast and it left no sticky residue at all.

I felt very moisturized afterwards!
The next day, I used it again with the same result.
I am not sure if this would have some lasting effects with regular use, but it is definitely a nice mask for a special pampering day.

PH: 5
Ingredients: Here



I think this is a solid sheet mask that does what it promises and makes my face feel and look good!
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

Available at Memebox

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Not sure what this is from, if you do please let me know



How to look (pretty) dead Tutorial

We are both wearing a variation of this tutorial (yes men can wear it too!)
It is October and Halloween is looming over us.
I thought this might be a great opportunity to share this tutorial with you since it might be a nice alternative for some of you to look spooky if you are not too much into theatrical make up.
I have to be honest here, I wear this look often, and not just in October.
I think I actually took these photos in March.
So, yeah, I have been wanting to post this look for quite a while.

It is no lie that I like the disheveled and slightly sickly look.
I started loving it when I was actually quite sick myself. I was practically bedridden for a year and looked quite ill. I felt awful during that time but for some strange reason my face looked great (at least for me).  I stopped using make-up completely during that period and have not really used any since. I do for looks, for fun or special occasions, but even then I usually don’t follow the rules and take a lot of short cuts. I guess what I like about this look is that it is very basic and simple, and many variations can be added depending on what level of corpsey you want to achieve.

These are the steps I used, but as I said you can add or take away which ever step you like.
Depending on my mood I mix it up to achieve a variety of pretty dead looks.

First off I applied a green primer. 

This is a great way to take away all the redness (aka blood, aka what makes you look alive) out of your face.
Since I am tan this is not something that looks natural at all.
It makes me one to two shades lighter depending on the season.
In this particular photo it was still Wintertime so my skin was super patchy and was at its lightest.

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
I used the Face Shop Lovely Meex primer in Green and applied it only to half of the face for shade comparison
If you would like to make this look more natural, simply don't use green or lightening primer and match your foundation to your skin tone.
I didn’t use any foundation since I didn’t think it was necessary (and I don’t like using any), but it can be used if that is what you usually do.
This would also be the step to add concealer. I didn’t do that either since I wanted to keep any dark circles I had naturally. They are quite visible when the primer is added since the contrast becomes much bigger.

I topped off the primer with my trusted Tonymoly Cats Wink powder. 
It diminishes the appearance of my pores with some kind of blur magic and doesn’t make my skin look too dry.
This look can definitely be done on dewy skin, but dewiness is a sign of health so I usually go for the matte look.

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
Applying Make-up in a onesie is a must in my household!
After I powder my face, I contour it.
If you use cream contour you would do this step before the powder.
Since my face is long and oval without much bones I use contouring to make my face look more bony and gaunt.
I make a straight line from my ears towards my nose to make my cheekbones stand out more.
If you want your face to be longer looking you would angle that line slightly towards your jaw.
I then simply follow my jaw line starting at my ear diffusing it all when I am done.
If you want you can now add a highlighter.
I think a matte lighter shade than your skin would be more suitable here than a shimmery shade.
Once again, only healthy alive people are glowy.
I skipped that step since I am lazy!

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
Now I have cheek bones, sort of...
This is very simple eye make up.
You can add more or even skip some if you want.
In my case I skipped the mascara. I have been quite lazy with mascara recently, and skip it often when I do darker eye make up since they aren’t really visible then. I always curl them though and sometimes add some Vaseline to make them look darker and shiny.
Apply brown pencil around you eyes.
You can do it in whichever shape suits your eyes.
I did it with a tiny bit of a flick on the end to make my eyes look more catish.
Smudge it a tiny little bit. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
You can add more or less than I did.
I kept this pretty simple since I wanted to show you a less over the top look today.
Tightline your upper lash line with a black pencil and also add some to your waterline.

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
Brown pencil above, added black pencil below
Fill in your eyebrows as usual.
If you use mascara this would be the moment to do so.

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
Pondering if this version is too corpsey...
Now you have a few options on how to finish this look.
You can go for the completely corpsey look and add concealer to your lips, or instead add some nude lipstick for a just slightly dead look.

I decided to go with a dark lip tint instead to make this a little more vampiric.

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
When in doubt you can always go as a vampire bunny
As a last option you could add some blush. 
The thing is though, if you want to look dead blush is not the way to go.
If you aren’t comfortable without blush a lavender shade is the perfect color.
Lavender is perfect for putting some color on sickly faces without making them look happy and fresh. It is a very toned down color that can make people look even paler!
I love my Lavender blushes, they can be used for a wide variety of looks and are fun to use.

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
I am pointing to my Lavendered cheeks, quite subtle but it makes a difference
So this is it dear Batlings.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.
Do you like wearing pretty dead make up?
Is it just a dress up look for you or a daily occurrence?
What are your tricks to make you look gaunt and sickly?

How to look (pretty) dead tutorial
This is the full look wearing vintage clothes and "new shoes"

Which movie am I gonna watch tonight?

http://wildhunt.org/2014/06/review-disneys-maleficent.html/maleficent-poster

Maleficent
2014
Directed by Robert Stromberg
Staring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

I really wanted to like this film. I really did.
Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney film and Maleficent is my favorite villain.
I like Angeline Jolie and Ellen Fanning as actresses and thought the casting choices were spot on, but in the end I thought this film was no good at all.

http://geektyrant.com/news/tv-spot-for-maleficent-evil-is-complicated

It could have been good, it could have been really good!
It was lacking so much though, floating somewhere just below average.
I blame the character development.

The film is nice to look at, no surprise considering that the director is also a production designer.
I was afraid that with all the CGI it was going to look like Alice in Wonderland or OZ, but it looked much better than that.

http://cherishmarasigan.blogspot.de/2014_06_01_archive.html

The costumes were great and the story wasn't completely bad either, but the character development is practically non existent.
It feels like someone is rehashing the most important points in a story without interest or feeling, rattling it down as fast as possible.
When something happens to the characters I feel nothing, since the non existent character development makes me feel nothing for them.
Just because someone sits in a room yelling, huffing around and people say "oh no he has gone mad" doesn’t mean I feel that he has indeed gone mad.

I don’t even blame the performances.
I am not sure if it is the writing or the editing.
I also read that they cut around 15 minutes of the beginning which might account for that issue of missing background story.

http://giphy.com/search/maleficent/6

The film has no heart and that is exactly what I expect from a Disney film.
I think Disney needs to step it up, because it has been a long time since they created a movie that actually made me fell anything.

http://www.designbolts.com/2014/05/08/maleficent-movie-2014-hd-ipad-iphone-wallpapers/