Raven: Officially an IT Girl!

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As you all know from following my posts and checking out the Skinned page of my site, that I find makeup to be an every day necessity but also a form of art. A way to express oneself right on their face :) infomercial-as-seen-on-tv-funnyAlso from past my Raven Review Skin Regimen post you also know that I classify myself as having pale, dry, sensitive skin.  So when it comes to makeup I tend to get picky. Well I am happy to say I have a new line of makeup I decided to give a try after falling for an infomercial (guilty pleasures) and I am quite pleased that I did.

So when I saw the infomercial for the IT Cosmetics Beautiful You Collection I was drawn in. The Bye Bye Foundation which was their main selling point appeared to be a tinted moisturizer with a decent amount of coverage. Now I don’t get mass break outs. I have pretty decent skin and actually get complimented on it a lot (not rubbing it in just giving you an idea on the coverage I need). I do however have pale Irish skin with Italian under eye circles and occasional break outs. So without makeup they ic-kit-5-piece-psstand out like a sore thumb. The fact that I have dry skin and this was an actual moisturizer with SPF and that I didn’t need a ton of coverage I thought why not give it a try. I signed up for the 5 piece trial size kit to see if I would like it. Let’s just say I already called them to renew the subscription in full size products (you customize the kit to your liking and can choose 3 – 8 products depending on what you can afford and need) and they automatically ship it to you based on how often you want them to. Now you can have department store quality products without the annoying snooty bitches behind the counter. They also break the cost of your kit into monthly payments. I wanted them all but I went with the 3 piece set due to my budget and figure when I run out of other things I will go back to them for other full size products and purchase them separately.

Here is my 3 piece kit broken down and why I chose them….

Bye Bye Concealer:
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I never in a million years thought I could find a concealer that would match up to my Physicians Formula Conceal Fx (which I still love) but I have. This stuff covers and stays put! Perfect for my under eye circles and occasional blemishes. I of course get it in the lightest shade called Light. A little goes a long way so don’t be discouraged at how small the tube looks if you order it.

 

Bye Bye Foundation:
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Pretty much the holy grail of the kit and the reason I tried it. This stuff foundn-use-apply-1blends like butter. So smooth and it feels like you don’t have anything on.The bottle design alone is superb. It’s in a tube and when you take the lid off it has a push down top that squirts out the exact amount you need. I use this right after I wash my face in replace of my CeraVe Renewing Lotion step (which I still use this lotion on my face at night after I wash my makeup off and all over my body cause its a miracle in a bottle) squirt it right on to the Heavenly Luxe Brush that came free with my kit (best brush I have ever used and now want all of their brushes). Dab it all over my face and then blend. If I need more coverage I repeat that step. It blends right over the concealer with no problem. Now keep in mind this is a tinted moisturizer. That means its gonna go on dewey (use powder to set it like I do if you want a more matte finish – see powder below). It also means you can build the coverage you need. My face feels amazing the minute it touches my skin. Soft to the touch and genuinely feels moisturized. I feel as though through out the day my face is reaping the benefits of it and soaking it in. The first time I have experienced having makeup that actually looks even better and more natural the longer its on your face. I put this on in the morning and it lasts ALL day! No re-applying! I of course get it in the lightest shade called Light.

Celebration Foundation Powder Compact:

face-celebration-foundationI was highly impressed by everything in the kit except the Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder. Don’t get me wrong it’s not terrible. It just doesn’t work for me. I received the lightest color and it was way too dark for me. Since there was a satisfaction guarantee I called and told them. They were awesome enough to send me the translucent shade for free to try. However, I found my dry skin didn’t like it too much. I am thinking it would be great for someone with more oilier skin or maybe even in the summer months. I contacted them again and they suggested I try the compact version instead. Which I did and LOVE! I prefer a less dewey finish so I use my Bare Minerals Powder Brush (which I plan to eventually replace with one from IT Cosmetics when I can afford it) and dab it into the compact and then do a light dusting all over my face to set the Bye Bye Foundation and take away the shine. It pretty much stands the test of my previous Gabriel Cosmetic’s Powder Foundation which I was using prior to this (and still love) as my stand alone foundation. I feel I could definitely use this alone as foundation the same way if I wanted to or was in a hurry. I also prefer it to the loose powder as I can take it with me. Gives you a flawless finish. I get this in the shade fair.

Here are the items that were in my trial kit that I will buy individually when I run out and the reasons why:

Vitality Face Disc:

facediskThis should be called Bye Bye Blush because this will be replacing my blush for sure. This disc can be used for people who like contouring. I don’t really like the look of contouring. Or should I say the overly contouring that some woman do. I like a much more natural look. I use it more less to add touches of color here and there to my face after my foundation/powder is done. The pink tone is so perfect as blush. Makes my pale face look like Snow White with the perfect tint to my cheeks. Sometimes if i am looking for a less pink look I mix the bronzer and the pink together. That is pretty much the extent I go with bronzer. I use the illuminating powder like fairy dust to add a touch of sparkle to my cheek bones, forehead and chin as hi light. It also works great as a base for eyeshadow.

Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi:

vlipWhere has this miracle in a tube been all my life?  With dry skin comes dry lips. Which is also a pet peeve of mine and causes me to be very picky about lipsticks. It adds moisture to your lips with out having to reapply due to over usage (chapstick addicts rejoice) through out the day. This is the perfect go to when you want just a natural everyday look. The crazy thing is that even though its like this translucent pink color in the tube it has this magical way of bringing color and life to your lips! More like makes your natural lip color look amazing. I now keep this on me in my purse at all times. Anxious to try the other colors.

Hello Lashes Mascara:

hellolashWas I looking for a magic wand that makes my lashes bigger and thicker. No. You know why.. because NO mascara really can do that. All mascara has to do to make me happy is go on with the best precision, not clump like you have bat poop on your lashes and not flake off all over my face. This mascara passed all these tests for me. I was mainly impressed with the wand brush and the way I can use the end to separate my lashes if needed. I also am not experiencing any of that annoying excess clumping of product on the edges of the trial bottle either. So far it’s a winner in my book and I have nothing negative to really say about it except that this is the only product in their line that they claim has gluten in it.

And to show you just how great these products are. mealiceThis photo of me was taken around 6:00pm. I know this because it was in our hotel room right before we were going to get in line to meet Alice Cooper at Days of the Dead. This face makeup was applied at around 9:00am. The only thing I had to reapply was my lipstick which was not a part of this line.

Other parts of my makeup that were not apart of this line were my eyeshadow and eyeliner. Seeing all of their products are cruelty free, I also plan to try their No Tug Eyeliner once I run out of my favorite NYX Glide On Pencil (hooked on Gunmetal). I also would like to see where their Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Trio in Pretty In Plum compares to my favorite (and getting harder to find) Ulta Plum Gorgeous Eyeshadow Duo as well as my back up choice  e.l.f Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavendar Love. If I can switch all my every day use makeup products over to one brand that would be amazing! Now mind you I have a drawer of various makeups but having a go to for all of your everyday products is always a plus! It makes it less stressful when you run  out of something.

Have a product you think will impress me enough to make it to my Raven ReviewsContact me to discuss details. Please note I only post positive reviews of products here. This Eulogy Blog is mainly for my art and I keep these special posts strictly for products I feel are worth sharing and that I actually will use and buy. If the product does not impress me and does not make it to be featured don’t worry….. I will still send you detailed direct feedback of your item so that nothing negative is posted online and you can use it to improve your product.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Cosmic Booknews

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From time to time I check my WordPress referral links to see how my blog is doing and to also check where my readers are coming from. Well go to find out I got a bunch of new hits and readers last week thanks to Cosmic Booknews.

Go to find out…. they did an article on Chandler Riggs and if his Carl character will be leaving the Walking Dead. Well my Carl Zombie head (that I gifted to Chandler Riggs) must have inspired them because they used it as part of the cover photo of their article (with full credits of course). I had to laugh when I saw it because so many young girls in line to meet Chandler when I gave it to him were asking me if I knew something they didn’t know since I made him into a zombie. I don’t of course. I just thought it was a cool concept. Needless to say those young girls did not share my enthusiasm ha ha ha. They loved the art piece but didn’t want to think of the dream boy as a rotten corpse.

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Needless to say… go check out it all out at Cosmic Booknews and give them some love for helping spread the word about my work instead of using a typical istock image!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Creature Feature: Nights With Alice Cooper

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Thank you Nights With Alice Cooper for featuring my Days of the Dead Eulogy (Blog) post across your social media channels! Much appreciated and totally made my day when I saw it! Glad you liked what shirt I HAD to wear when I met Alice😉

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Scary Sparkly Ornaments!

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Getting ready for Christmas but still can’t let go of Halloween. I got you covered! New for 2016….these limited edition ornaments are perfect at adding scare and sparkle to your holidays. Nightmare before or during Christmas these Santa Claws Skeleton Hand Ornaments each have a glittery ornament base surrounded by flower petals and a sparkly fun accent.

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RED: This ornament is inspired by the color of candy canes. It has frost bitten (more like a touch of silver glitter) skeleton hands, red and white flower petals and a sparkly upcycled metal poinsetta brooch piece in the front.

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GREEN: This ornament is inspired by the traditional colors of Christmas. It has frost bitten (more like a touch of silver glitter) skeleton hands, red and green flower petals and a sparkly upcycled vintage rhinestone brooch piece in the front.

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GOLD: This ornament is inspired by those who like a non traditional colored Christmas tree. It has frost bitten (more like a touch of silver glitter) skeleton hands, purple and gold flower petals and a sparkly upcycled vintage rhinestone brooch piece in the front.

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SILVER: This ornament is inspired by Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. It has frost bitten (more like a touch of silver glitter) skeleton hands, black and white flower petals and a sparkly black bat on the top.

Buy one or collect them all! Now available in the Remains section of my Etsy Shop!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Slasher Sale Starts Black Friday!

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I just wanted to let my Freaky Fanatics know that I will be running a sale that starts on Black Friday and ends with Cyber Monday.
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Just use coupon code SLASHER16 during check out in my Etsy shop between 11/25 – 11/28 and get $5 slashed off any order of $30 or more! 

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Days Of The Dead 2016

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Well the anticipation is over. This past weekend was mine and Frank’s belated anniversary celebration. We decided to hold off doing something for our anniversary (Halloween) and splurge for Days of The Dead since it was only a few weeks after! It worked out perfectly. We got a hotel room and had a blast.

The hi light of the trip was giving Alice Cooper my Zombie Alice head prop. I prepared like I did for Chandler Riggs and made a special box to put Zombie Alice in. I decided that “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” was the perfect song title to use on the outside. I then just painted the box in the colors that are used on the shirt her wears on stage/on his album cover.

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Due to the fan chaos of him being there we decided to only stand through one long line for the photo op and not do the autograph line. We were smart to do it on Friday because as expected Saturday was absolutely insane. Another reason it was smart to just get the hotel for the whole weekend and not stress. This was me in our hotel room just moments before going to get in line for the photo op. I was stoked!

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We stood in line for quite a while because it was a bit of a cluster at first. The staff working were a little bombarded on what to do with all of us. Once they got the hang of things and Alice arrived things moved a lot more quickly. When Frank and I walked up to him and I handed him Zombie Alice. His first reaction was “Wow! You made this!” and then he shook my hand. Then I told him I made it for HIM he said “It’s gonna be so fun getting this on the plane when I fly home” ha ha. He was making little jokes with everyone that walked up to meet him and was so laid back and easy going. It really was a “nightmare” come true. We have never been able to afford the meet and greets at his concert so even though we only got a brief moment with him it was an incredible experience.

This is a scanned copy of our professional photo op…. EEK!

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The next thing on our list was to play catch up with my dear friend and favorite “clown” Sid Haig. We waited until his line died down for a little bit on Saturday to stop by and shoot the shit with him. Of course I had to get a picture to add to my millions of Sid moment photos. sid-haig-9
It was so nice to see him once again and catch up. He said he really liked my Halloween costume and I of course thanked him for my hot dog shirt. It went by too quickly as the line started to build again from us chit chatting and we didn’t want to hold up all the people looking forward to meeting him (and some for the first time). A girl who was buying something at a vending table later on in the day went on to me about what a class act Sid was and how some others were not so kind. I didn’t bother to tell her how many wonderful memories I have had with him since 2004 and how I now consider him and Suzie friends. Instead I let her ramble and agreed 110% with her. I remember how it felt to meet him for the first time and I remember feeling the exact same way about him. It’s so great to see people getting that same feeling from him all these years later. There are some celebs you meet at these things that just seem to go through the motions and some who you know really care about their fans. Sid cares and always has. He is a rare gem!

While visiting him we had him sign us a mini bucket of Captain Spaulding chicken. He had them for sale at his table and are replicas of the ones used in the Rob Zombie Pin Ball machine. One of the most meaningful things we got all weekend.

Another meaningful piece was this statue we saw that immediately drew our attention because it made us think of our departed Sabbath (Sabby Girl). See she liked to spill things just for fun. This included always trying to knock over my cup of water/brushes when I would paint. She also had a bad habit of knocking her water bowl across the kitchen or spilling cups we left out over night. She would tip them over, watch it spill and literally walk away. She was crazy but we loved her.

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We bought a lot of other really cool things. I won’t bore you by listing them here but if you really want to know leave a comment and I can fill you in. I know some of my fellow horror fanatics might find them amusing! The vendors there had a great variety. We got life like props, t-shirts, limited edition collectibles etc. Here are just a few pics we posted on Instagram during our con venturing showing off a few.

Overall this past weekend at Days of the Dead was the perfect little getaway to celebrate our belated 7 year wedding anniversary. So memorable!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Artist Shout Out: Six Gables

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As you all know, I do Artist Shout Out posts when I come across a handmade creation or art piece that blows me away. It allows me to share with my customers and followers my appreciation for other artists I have discovered. Well my recent purchase from Deana of Six Gables made me turn on the laptop and start typing!

All I had to do was search Etsy for monsters (of course) and before I knew it I was looking for monster bags. In the feed I noticed furry faces and immediately contacted Deana about doing a custom order for me. See I love my scary horror monsters but as most of you already know I have a total Jim Henson and Muppet obsession. I also love me some colorful fun fur and her shop was full of it. Just like her bags, Deana is imaginative and fun to work with. You tell her what colors you like and the attitude you want your monster to have and anything your into and she goes to work. My requests were for the monster to be a boy, to have purple fur, lime green horns/eyes, and of course my love for the macabre incorporated for the inside fabric. She was awesome enough to send me a photo when my Nom Nom Monster bag was done. The turn around was insanely quick!

As soon as I saw the package had arrived in the mail I tore it open. To my surprise there was an adorable note inside that told me all about my new monster friend… Arturo!

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I of course was a total cheese ball the minute I saw him. He was perfect. Just looking at him screamed “Hi Nicole, I was made for you! Love me!” and I could not be happier.

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One of the things I noticed right away was how the craftsmanship was on point! For how quick the turn around was it is still durable, made of high quality materials and you can tell Deana is a master at her trade.

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The inside of Arturo has this awesome sugar skull fabric as well as the pockets made of dancing skeleton material to satisfy my love for the macabre by still keeping it cute. Not to mention the adorable red leather tongue and white teeth! The bag I chose was the larger bag and as you can see it holds all of my stuff including my medications, glasses case and all the rest of my junk perfectly.


I have already started to use the bag regularly and have gotten a ton of compliments on it. I even refer to digging something out of my purse as “let’s see if Arturo ate it” ha ha. I can’t express how all around fun this bag is and how awesome Deana is to work with. I highly recommend contacting her if you want a monster of your own or are looking for a Christmas gift for that unique person in your life! She has plenty of items available in her shop that are ready to ship. She does them in various sizes including large bags like Arturo, medium size bags, and sporran hip bags! You can even have a girl monster made with a cute little bow on her head!

Contact Deana at Six Gables and adopt your own monster friend today! Make sure to tell her Living Dead Girl Nicole sent you! You can also find her on Facebook!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole