Creature Feature: Sixth Annual Vampire’s Day Soiree

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So it’s time once again for the Annual Vampire Day Soiree.. a celebration of all things vampy and shared amongst us bloggers on Valentine’s Day! So in celebration here is a collage showing some of my vampire inspired creations amongst photos of meeting some of my favorite vampy celebs! Comment letting me know what photo sticks out most to you and why you like it best!


Now don’t forget to go over to the event page so you can hop along the rest of the blogs participating in today’s soiree! Go show them some blog comment love this Valentine’s Day!

See more of my work at www.artworkbylivingdeadgirlnicole.com and purchase my creepy creations at www.etsy.com/shop/livingdeadgirlnicole

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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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

Skinned: Howdy Folks! It’s Halloween 2016

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So this is my last post of the night. I told you the weekend was eventful ha ha. The best for last of course is Halloween day! Not only our favorite holiday but also our wedding anniversary. So of course we took the day off of work to celebrate.

Started off the day by heading over to my brother’s house and adding our decorations to his already awesome yard. This of course included Frankenhearse 🙂 which he wanted to be parked right in the middle of all the action.

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You can kindof see Elsa there in the driver seat of Frankenhearse. She made her debut yesterday and was a big hit. Her main man Frankenstein was chillin in the back like he usually does. This time complete with strobe lights and smoke machines.

After getting the yard ready we headed back home so I could get myself ready. I had a wig to style and a whole face of makeup to do on myself. Goal = Lady Captain Spaulding! I had planned out this costume before all the stupid fear of clown crap started this year and I was not about to back out because people are idiots . Not only cause when I want to do something I do it, but because I love Sid and have always wanted to do this costume as a fun tribute to him. This was the year ….and I was not backing out.

I have to admit (pats self on back) that it came out exactly how I wanted it to. I also had a blast taking selfies in my best Sid expression to show people how the makeup came out…….

I had some added special items in my costume which included my Top Secret Clown Business button and Hot Dog Asshole shirt from Sid. It really made the costume complete as if Spaulding himself helped put it together and was with me rockin’ it!

As soon as we got back to my brother’s house I had to take a photo with Frankenhearse while showing off my entire costume. Frank came up with a great idea to take the photo next to my website decal that is on the back window. Genius!

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After our Halloween wedding in 2009, we donated our gothic wedding arch to my brother’s Halloween stash. He always does a cool cemetery scene and I knew it would make for an awesome gate. With living in a town home we don’t have much for a yard to decorate or a lot of storage space and I wanted it to go somewhere special. Since giving it to my brother we started a tradition. Every year Frank and I stand under or in front of it and my brother snaps a photo of us. This is our 7 year wedding arch photo…………

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As you can see Frank dressed up as well and his goal was to find a bizarre scary mask and bust out the chainsaw to scare everyone. He got one for my brother too. A lot of people made reference to the pig faces reminding them of the new season of American Horror Story. Frank wasn’t even going for that when he bought them but loved the added fact that it made people freak out even more ha ha.

As it got darker out the yard looked even more amazing. Between the lights in the yard, the smoke machines, the lights in and out of Frankenhearse etc. cars were constantly stopping by to see everything.

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Last but not least this is a photo that ended up happening because my brother had fried chicken in his fridge and we could not resist it ha ha.

We call it “EAT MORE CHICKEN!” ha ha ha ha

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I hope everyone else had a fun and memorable Halloween! See more of my makeup art on the Skinned page of my website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Skinned: Transformed Myself Into A Creepy Killer Doll

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So over the weekend we helped my brother set up for Trick or Treaters on Halloween. This included using our hearse parked in his driveway for added effect and my husband chasing kids with a chainsaw ha ha. His yard looked amazing before we got there and then with our added props and the hearse it was awesome.

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I have always wanted to attempt a creepy killer doll makeup and costume for Halloween. So I went for it this year. Everything I already had at home except the dress and white eyeliner. So it was not only fun but affordable. he greatest thing is that after I was done doing my makeup I sent my photo to no one recognized me. Even my brother and my Dad asked who it was ha ha! One group of kids was afraid to come up to the porch and get candy from me. Mission accomplished! The funny thing is I am so pale I didn’t have to use a ton of white makeup to lighten the base of my face ha ha. It did work wonders for highlighting though. I guess that is why I get compared to a porcelain doll all the time ha ha. I was really happy with the way it came out and the reactions I received. I think I look like Annabelle’s cuter younger sister ha ha.

Here are the photos that I shared with them via text and on instagram….

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I captioned the first one “hot date with Jigsaw tonight, eat your heart out Chucky!” and the 2nd one “what happens when you tell a girl too many times that she looks like a porcelain doll”

And here are a few my husband took of me in my brothers yard and in front of our Frankenhearse for fun….

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(On the left is before the rain stopped. We had a canopy over the back of the hearse so it could be open but stay dry but could still be open and on display)

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And it being a tradition my brother took a a photo of Frank and I under the wedding arch we got married under 6 years ago (for those new to my art blog, our wedding anniversary is also on Halloween). We donated the arch to my brother’s Halloween decor stash a few years ago and every time he sets it up we try to make it a point to take a photo under it for fun!

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See more of my Halloween makeup looks I have done on myself and others on the Skinned page of my official website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Raven: Skin Regimen Products

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So it comes at rather perfect timing to do my first raven review post. I just got an email from a friend who told me how grateful she was that I shared my skin regimen with her. Not only is her skin softer but the dry flakey skin and redness is already starting to get better after only 3 days of doing what I do.

So for my Freaky Fanatics I am going to let you in on my secret for dry sensitive skin!

As you all already know I am a pale white girl ha ha. Some have even referred to me as looking like a porcelain doll cause of my skin and big eyes. I consider it a compliment but it also means taking care of my skin to keep getting those compliments. Some of you may or may not know that with pale skin often comes sensitive skin. I got that along with mine as well as these fun dry patches that like to make fun random appearances at the wrong times.

Well after many years of trial and error I have found a regimen that seems to be working for me. It also seems to be working for my friend after only 3 days so it might be worth sharing with all of you. You might be pleasantly surprised that these products are also easy to come by and won’t break your bank!

Facial Wash: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
This stuff is great and is by far the best facial cleanser I have ever used. It cleans your face without leaving you with that feeling of someone stretching your skin back like a Cenobite and sucking the life out of what little moisture you have left.

Body Soap: Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap
I read about this soap a while ago and decided to give it a try. Well I ended up switching to it permantly and ever since I did my body no longer get random skin rashes on my sensitive skin. I even use it to shave. Which means no more harsh chemical soaps and shaving creams for this girl anymore!

Facial Moisturizer/Body Lotion: CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion
I originally purchased this lotion by CeraVe for my body and when I realized the miracle it was doing (to the point my husband told me “wow babe your skin is like extra soft” I thought why not try it on my face. So glad I did and won’t be looking back. I literally wash my face, dry it off and then put a layer of this on. Then I move on to my makeup. Simple, easy and it works! I apply it all over my body after I shower too.


Foundation: Gabriel Organic Dual Powder Foundation
I love this stuff! I went from liquid foundation, concealer and powder to just concealer and this dual powder foundation. I literally wash my face, lotion up, put on some Physician’s Formula Conceal RX concealer (best concealer ever!) and then cover my face in this amazing powder foundation. Of course I do blush, eye makeup and lipstick but for my all over foundation this is my go to! It’s not only organic but it’s also cruelty and gluten free!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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Raven!

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So I have decided to start a new category of sorts for my blog posts. As you all know from following my posts that the subject lines of my posts usually start with a category that coincides with my website. For instance if I post a new portrait I will start the subject with “Spitting Image”. If I post about using my art to give back I will start with “Back Bone”. Well there is a new category to the coffin and it does not quite coincide with my website categories so I wanted to introduce and explain it to everyone.

I was inspired by 2 things.

1.) Everyone always coming to me asking me where I get things, how I do this to my hair, how do I do this to my makeup, etc.
2.) I am a review-aholic. Meaning 2 things. I read a lot of reviews before I buy. I give back online by contributing reviews. This mainly is on Amazon for the time being and I just recently started a Makeup Alley account. I also enjoy blog and vlog reviews.

So I got to thinking why not help my Freaky Fanatics out. First off I am all about supporting ways to express yourself, saving money and finding good products that work! With people constantly coming to me asking me where I get things I thought maybe this might be a good fit for me to add to my blog here. Sort of something similar to the Artist Shout Out posts I already do from time to time.

So from now on if you see a post that starts with Raven then it will be a post from me about a product I fell in love with! Raven because it fits into my fun dark categories with a second meaning like the rest of them. Raven as in the black bird associated with lost souls and raving about how much I love something. So that also means no negative reviews will be posted on my page. I want to keep my site positive and inspiring like it has always been.I will keep my negative feedback to Amazon ha ha.

Some may ask me how does this have to do with art? Well it actually has a lot to do with it. One as you all know from my Skinned posts that I love makeup and find it to be a tool that can be used to create and express oneself. For me this also goes for other things like clothes, hair dye, jewelry and tattoos. I enjoy being different and whatever tools that I find that make me happy to be who I am are good tools in my book!

So stay tuned Freaky Fanatics! I will be posting my first Raven post soon about my skin care routine that is super affordable!

If anyone has a product that they would like me to try and possibly be featured on my blog please contact me via my website for more information. If the product is good and up my alley it will get featured. If I am not happy with the product I will contact you directly with my issues about the product instead.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Skinned: Living Dead Girl Nicole transforms into Marceline The Vampire Queen

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Last night my husband Frank and I attended a Halloween party. I used my makeup skills and transformed myself into Marceline the Vampire Queen and Frank was my Finn. We won best couples costume! Here are some photos from last night of our costumes and my makeup (and yes that is Hambo in my pocket)!

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What are you going as this year?

Stay Spooky!
Living Dead Girl Nicole