Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I went to my best friends wedding, and it was the best thing! She loves honeybees, so there were bee decorations everywhere, and their cake was a beehive. You have to zoom, but the frosting on the cake is in a hexagonal pattern-- just like a honeycomb! She had bees on her hairpiece and everyone's corsage also had a bee on it. The entire wedding was perfect and had such a ridiculous attention to detail. It was such a beautiful day in northern Washington!

It's so rare that we ever get to leave a city, whether it's SF or Seattle, so that was an extra treat as well!

 I wish I got some better snaps of my outfit, but I guess these will do!

With my hubby <3

I took a couple quick snaps of my hair and makeup. I like how I still have a drag queen's mentality when I try to look formal! 

I love this fascinator. It's formal with a rose and netting and feathers, but also looks spiky and deadly. 

After the wedding we headed to the casino, where my boo got to gamble for the first time!

I'm not sure why I look so nervous here-- probably just lost some money, ha!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Photoshoot: Julianna Cordy

Julianna Cordy is a fierce hairdresser and nightclub darling who I'm sure you'll run into if you ever go out in Seattle. She is downright gorgeous with her pastel milk skin, huge doe eyes, thick lashes, and pouty lips. She reminds me of Krysten Ritter, and in fact, I sometimes feel that I need to do a double take when she's rocking just winged black liner and red lips. I had so much fun shooting in her backyard and doing her makeup.

I didn't put ANY foundation on her, how sick is that? Some people are just perfect.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vegan Pie at High Five Pie!

My friend Kay Larose and I went to High 5 Pie, a super cute mint green vintage themed pie shop. They have all sorts of pies, and offer one vegan selection. I don't know if they rotate flavours, but this one was cherry almond-- two of my favourite things! I don't really know pie terminology, but it was a small "single serving" type pie, although we couldn't finish it between the two of us! It was such a treat though-- I think I can count on one hand how many times I've had pie since I've been vegan, and I'm been vegan for about 8 years now! I will have to go again the next time I'm in Seattle. You Seattelites have no idea how good you have it!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Off to Seattle!

Hey everyone! I'm jetting back home to Seattle for a week-- can't wait to see everyone! Make sure you come hang out and be fabulous with me at Pony this Saturday-- I'll be there after 10!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Real life Badgirl

I get told all the time that I look like Bei Badgirl's paintings... in fact, Bei even told me that herself! It was extremely flattering to hear that directly from the artist.

Anyway, I decided to emulate the makeup look she has on her girls. I was initially worried that the unique shape of the exaggerated eyeshadow was going to be unflattering, but I was pleasantly surprised! I decided to forgo the bottom lashes (either drawn or falsies) because I wanted to keep it more realistic, and also to not detract from the upper eye makeup. 

I would definitely wear a more subtle version of this on the daily, and maybe be a real badgirl all the time!
The lighting in my apartment is terrible and my camera was dying so I only got one non-blurry shot from my real camera. But at least here you can see my makeup clearly-- wearing sheered out pink lolipop blush and gloss from my line, Swagger Cosmetics!

I tried to emulate the poses and, uhm, "wardrobe" of her girls.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Best Vegan/Synthetic Makeup Brushes

I need to confess that I'm a complete brush fiend. I love makeup brushes. I have so many-- I probably don't need more, but as a freelancer and makeup addict, you really can't have enough brushes unless you're literally swimming in them. I think my hoarding goes back to the scarcity of synthetic brushes prior to a few years ago-- Sure, Urban Decay, Too Faced and The Body Shop always had synthetic brushes, they can be quite costly: Too faced five piece set retails for $65, while Urban Decay's brushes cost as much as $40 each! While the market had decent animal hair brushes for cheap, unless you were willing to shell out a pretty penny you were pretty much out of luck as a vegan.

I remember when I was in college I only had about 4-5 brushes, one of which eventually literally fell apart (yes, one day the bristles completely popped right out of the ferrule).They were old and of extremely cheap quality, but I didn't have the money to spend on synthetic brushes and didn't want to buy an animal brush. I bought synthetic brushes from art stores, which usually had great things for eyeliner or shadow, but not so great for powder or blush.

Now, it's a completely different story! There are many, many brands of synthetic brushes to choose from, and many which are great quality and extremely affordable. Here are some of my favourites:

Eyes Lips Face

Eyes Lips Face, or E.L.F. is a completely vegan (except their "essentials" line brushes which include animal hair... but they're terrible anyway) brand that never tests on animals. While they started out as a completely joke line with dollar store prices and quality, they've put out some extremely great products in the last couple years. Actually, I haven't tried any of their cosmetics in years (although I've heard good things) I absolutely LOVE their Studio brushes. They come in sleek all black, and have long, pro length handles. I have three sets, one for personal use, one for freelancing, and one as back up because I just love it so much! They only cost $30 for the 11 piece set, or you can buy each brush separately for $3 each. They also have other brushes that are not available in the kit.

Eco Tools

This is the first brand, at least that I'm aware of, that brought synthetic brushes to the drugstore market. I remember being SO excited when these came out, and I guess everyone else was too because they were out of stock everywhere I checked for weeks! That, or, the stores around me only received extremely limited quantities. This was back when I had only old goat hair and art store brushes. I eventually paid one of my friends who lived across the country to purchase the 5 piece set for me, as well as any brushes in the line that were not part of the set. These brushes are very soft, especially their kabukis. The only downside is that their eye brushes tend to be a bit larger than I'd like, especially for detailed work, but they're still very solid brushes. The handles are made out of bamboo, which is a highly renewable and lightweight resource.

Everyday Minerals

Everyday Minerals is an online indie brand, which has tons of great products, especially foundations and blushes. I don't typically wear mineral makeup, but I do like mixing it into my liquid foundation for higher coverage or to customize the shade for my skin. I highly recommend their foundations, and they have different formulas for different skin types, as well as a wide range of undertones. I'm extremely oily, so I prefer the matte and intensive lines, but I know that they are all great! Anyway, like Eco Tools, their brushes also have a bamboo handle, but what's best about Everyday Minerals brushes is that they come in very unique and uncommon shapes/forms, such as a long handled kabuki or itahake brush. Also, they offer 25% off when you buy products in bundles of 3, so what's not to love?

And now, my absolute favourite brush:
I'm not sure how I discovered this brand, but I've had this brush for probably about five years now. It's by Purely Pro Cosmetics, and it's the brown faux small all over brush. It's great quality-- I mean, it's as silky soft as when i first bought it! it picks up pigment and deposits it beautifully, is extremely easy to clean, and is the absolutely perfect size for applying eye shadow for me. I would probably cry if I ever lost it or if it ever broke, but the good thing about makeup is that there is always more.

What do you think? And what are your favourite synthetic brushes?