May 30, 2010

Review: Lipstick Queen ChinaTown Glossy Pencils

I'm a Lip Girl. I'd much rather wear a bold lipcolor than bright eyeshadows. That is why I love the concept behind the brand Lipstick Queen. Created by Poppy King, this brand focuses solely on the Lips. There's a lipstick or gloss for everyone in her line. The "Saints" feature sheer wearable formulas, while "Sinners" is made up of 90% opaque matte shades. I've been trying to get my hands on Red Sinner, a classic matte 1940's red, for ages now and it's always sold out! LG also offers a gorgeous selection of glosses & lipliners.

The Chinatown Collection, is made up of 5 super glossy, super sheer, super moisturizing, "draw on" glosses. The chubby pencils ($20) also come with their own jumbo size sharpener. If you're new to bright shades or afraid of them, these are for you. They allow you get a taste of bright lips, with out being overpowering.

I chose "Crime", a sheer hot pink and "Thriller" a sheer scarlet red. The pencil form makes these fool proof to apply, you just draw on and fill in the lines like you would a coloring book. The sheer formula is a great way to ease yourself in to wearing a bolder lip color. I thought these wouldn't show up on my pigmented lips, but they're surprisingly buildable. They give you a sheer pop of color, and cut your lip products down to only one.

You can purchase Lipstick Queen at Lipstickqueen.com or at Barney's locations and other select stores listed on the site.

sample provided for  review consideration.

May 28, 2010

Review: Illamasqua - Make-Up for your alter ego

Illamasqua is the product of a heavy mix of influences. Its roots stem from the dark and illicit 1920s club scene and combines a rich heritage in the manufacture of make-up for film and theatre. It also takes inspiration from members of the ‘alternative scenes’ for whom self-expression is paramount. Alternative cultures have always dared to be dramatic. They have an emotional attachment to making up. It’s an expression of their darker side, a release for their alter ego.

Illamasqua is for the bolder person hiding inside all of us. It is an act and an attitude. A symbol of tolerance. A celebration of idiosyncracies. A confident statement of self-ownership.


Their Slogan? "Make-Up for your Alter Ego". Sick right?

(THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN IN SEPT. 09, but re-posted )

I've been scoping out Illamasqua through the UK website for MONTHS now, so I was stoked when Alex contacted me to check out this line before it hit the U.S.Illamasqua represents what Makeup ART really is about. Now that I've had quite some time to play with the line I can do a proper review. The swatches on the site can be a bit difficult to decipher, so I've photographed & swatched my items in hopes of helping those of you who are looking to order!

 Liquid Metal "Solstice" ($24) is the stand out product from the Sirens Collection. It's the most crazy fierce gold highlighter you will EVER find. This goes on like pure 24k ladies and gents. It's marketed as a highlighting cream for the body, but it also looks amazing on the eyes and dabbed in the center of the lips. It's quite slick and doesn't "set" so it tends to crease easily on the eyes, but otherwise it's a very multi-purpose product, it's perfect for more avant garde/theatrical looks.

I'm very faithful to my MAC lippie's, but they're getting some stiff competition from Illamasqua ($20). Matte in formula, these go on VERY opaque and wear for hours. I noticed they're a little more drying than MAC, so a balm/exfoliation beforehand would be wise, but their shade selection makes up for it. Obey is the perfect milky nude peachy pink. Howl is a vampy red with a brown/blue undertone.


When they say Intense, they're not kidding! Intense Lipgloss in 'Temper' ($19) is an extremely saturated bright Tomato Orange Red. The glosses come in a squeeze type plastic tube, the shape of the tip makes it very easy to apply. I love how pigmented these are without being sticky or heavy. They also have a yummy taste to them.

'Slay' Illuminator ($18) is a stunning liquid highlighter, the perfect 'vampire' glow. A shimmery pearlescent white, with a high-shine reflective finish.
The Medium pencils (£12.00) come in a variety of colors and are suitable for eyes, lips, face, & body. These pencils are creamy, pigmented, and glide on like a dream. 'Feisty' is a matte cherry red that looks ridiculously hot paired with a classic red lipstick. 'Sophie' is a sooty matte black. I chose the medium pencil in Sophie not because I needed another black liner, but because of the story behind it. £3 from every purchase goes to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. You can read about their support of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation HERE. An effort to help stamp out prejudice, hatred, and intolerance everywhere.
Illamasqua's Eye Shadows ($20) are predominately mattes. I was less than impressed with these. They don't offer much pigmentation, and take quite a lot of effort to build up. I chose dark-gothic inspired colors for Fall. 'Lestat' is a charcoal black, but not as black as I had originally hoped for. 'Daemon' is a great matte red, not too pink or orangey. 'Fallen' is an understated mid-tone purple. While the colors look beautiful in the pan, they don't offer a lot of payoff. I expected them to compare to the quality of MAC or Make Up Forever, but they fall short. Maybe I got a bad batch?
Powder blush in "Lover' ($23) is a true matte apricot peach. I tend to gravitate more towards pink blushes, so I wanted to give peach a twist. These are CRAZY pigmented! They definitely rival NARS blushes. The high pigmentation means they will work on both light & dark skintones. They apply smooth and are not the least bit powdery. I liked how this didn't turn orange on me, but gave that 'peaches n cream' look. Just gorgeous!



  I didn't love the Volumizing Mascara ($23), mainly because I didn't find it 'volumizing' at all. The brush is great for separating, but it just didn't give me the va-va-voom lashes I had anticipated.




Illamasqua's False Eyelashes ($16) in #13 are dramatic and have such a funky flare style to them. If you're looking for lashes like I used in my Christina Aguilera look, get the #20's from the Sirens collection, they're spot on for that look.

Black is my favorite nailpolish color. It goes with everything, suits my personality, and if it chips? it's rock n f'n roll! Nail Varnish in Boosh ($14) goes on like sexy black PVC in just one coat. Dare is the exact color of a yellow highlighter pen. It's a shade I'd been wanting to try ever since I saw Rihanna's fierce manicure last year. A very in your face color, perfect for a club night. The formula's of these polishes are top notch.




Purchase Illamasqua at ILLAMASQUA.com and Shop NOW! on Sephora.com.

May 25, 2010

MonroeMisfitMakeup Video Music Playlist

Here is the Master List to all of the Music I've used in my Youtube Video's thus far! Some of them youtube audioswapped and are unknown, so I've listed my original music selections for the video instead.

My Many Made up Faces: Ultravioletsound - Dead on the Dancefloor , The Sounds - Painted by Numbers
Ruby Red Glitter Lips Tutorial: Garbage - Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go) Roger Sanchez remix
Fake Eyelash Application Tutorial: Starkillers - Scream
Yellow & Black Eyes Tutorial: Was: Gwen Stefani - Dangerzone Now: Evanesence - Going Under
Neutral Color Splash Tutorial: Was: Blaqk Audio -Semiotic Love, Now: Unknown
BubbleGum Pink Tutorial: Horrorpops - Dotted with Hearts
Chola Inspired Makeup Tutorial: Carmen- Lean Like a Chola, Uffie - Pop The Glock, Gwen Stefani- Luxurious
Dotted Blush Tutorial: Marilyn Manson - Tained Love
My Everyday Look - Red Lips in the Daytime: Was: No Doubt - Just a Girl, Now: Unknown
Leopard Print Lips Tutorial: Was: Kill Hannah - Lips Like Morphine, Now: Unknown
Electro Sping Purple & Green Tutorial: Ultravioletsound - Spin Like a DJ
How To Make Clip-in Color Extensions: New Years Day - Sunrise Sunset, Amanda LePore - My Hair Looks Fierce (craig dice remix)

Rainbow Eyes ft. FaceFront Cosmetics: Ultravioletsound - O.C.D., Electrovamp - D&R remix
Coastal Scents Product Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts (peaches remix)
Glittery Gold Eyes & Red Lips Tutorial: Horrorpops -Ink Injection
Beauty From the Earth Review & Looks: 30 seconds to mars - Beautiful Lie, Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl, Guns & Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine, Kylie Minogue - Speakerphone, Paramore - CrushCrushCrush Remix
Tagged 6 Men I would Date: Britney Spears - Boys (co-ed remix)
Hollywood Icon: Marilyn Monroe Inspired Pin Up look: Was: Madonna - Hollywood, Now: Unknown
Soft Smokey Eyes & Glossy Nude Lips Tutorial: Was: Blaqk Audio - Black Electric, Now: Unknown
Rasta Girl Makeup Tutorial: M.I.A. - Paper Planes, Santigold - Creator (remix), The Creepshow - Cherryhill
Bitchslap! Video Music MIX
Intro: Britney Spears - Break the Ice
Dave McCullen - Bitch
Electro Kiss - The Teacher (paintwheel)
Minus the Makeup/Tha Insomniacts - NYC Bitch (paints)
Christina Aguilera - It Keeps Gettin Better (Jody Club Mix)
Felix da Housecat - Shower Scene (thin white duke mix) (silver & blue look)
Yelle - A Cause Des Garcons (Sta Remix) - (cut crease looks)
Kidney Thieves - Crazy (kabuki look)
Ultravioletsound - Tiger Heat Carnage Remix (80's look)


NEW Many Made Up Faces 2011
Intro-Living Dead Girl subliminal minds/monroemisfit remix
Intro Pt.2- Christina Aguilera - Let's Get Glam - Silver Screen Sequin/Pin Up look
Ultraviolet Sound - Dead on the Dancefloor - Mettalic/nightlife/blondie looks
Lady Gaga - Telephone Doctore Rosen Rosen Rx Remix - Telephone video Look
GAGA - Schiebe (mugler remix) - Born This Way Cover
Gaga Electrofreek remix - Dior Runway MOD/Colorblocked/20's style
Xtina - Not myself tonight - Black/white Dior robot look
La Roux- Bulletproof hyper crush remix - MAC love lace face chart
Klever & Kill the Noise - Tuff as Nails (ultravioletsound remix) - J. Campbell/Cole "tick" stud cat eyes
Richard Vission - I Like that (circuit breakerz) - Compilation of "EYE" looks
Hyper Crush ft. Kevin Rudolph - I made it - Electro Neon/Rock/Pop looks
Tomcraft- Overdose (d'azoo at night remix)-  Warhol Marilyn Electro Blonde l& Lichtenstein Crying Girl
Ultravioletsound - babyz - Doll Parts & Disney
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit electro remix - Yellow Black & Glossy Grunge black eyes
NIN - The day the world went away (salvation remix)- Terminatrix
AFI - Prelude 12/21 (dubstep remix)- Bling Mag REPO! The Genetic Opera 
Die Antwoord - Enter the Ninja (floyd remix) - Mark Ryden BLOOD
Marilyn Manson - MOBscene - MonroeMISFITmonster Final look. The death of glamour. The END.

Halloween Looks Video
Intro: The Creepshow - Halloween
Orange & Black Lips & Pop Art Pin up - Hyper Crush -Candy Store
Nicki Minaj - Check it out (liam keegan remix)
A Clockwork Orange - Movie Theme (dubstep remix)
Freddy Kruegirl - A nightmare on Elm street theme dance remix
Chucky Doll & Angel - Hyper Crush - Send me An Angel mixtape vol. 2
D-faced Decayed Marilyn Pop Tart - Aiden (seattle boys!) - Die Die My Darling (Misfits cover)


Get the Music on: