Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paganfest III Makeup

Sorry, none for you guys again! Why?


Turisas, Alestorm, Arkona, Huntress, Aversed, & The Flooding at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

For the record, this show was Friday and I'm exhausted and ready to pass out at the drop of the hat. Epically good times, my friends!

The Flooding - Local metal band with their drummer doing vocals! The Flooding was fantastic and really brought the energy. It was too bad that their set was only about twenty minutes long but that's what happens with local opening acts. I really liked these guys and am hoping to see them again on the 21st because I clearly need more metal in my life. We actually wound up hanging out with the drummer/singer and the bassist for a while. Very cool guys!

Aversed - Another local act. They weren't bad but they didn't quite hit the spot for me. However, I will admit that it was pretty cool to see an Asian metal singer. You go, little dude!

Huntress - I have an immense hatred of female vocals in English and this is no different. The music itself isn't bad but the shrill vocals just annoy me. Naturally, I hit the bar and scoped out the hot metal heads (there are always TONS at folk metal shows) in the pit. Fun Fact: I ran into Huntress' singer in the bathroom. She's mega pretty and very nice.

Alestorm - Pirate metal! These guys were a little gimmicky but still a lot of fun. I was pleasantly surprised by how hard they rocked and would totally see them again.

Arkona - Second time seeing this fabulous Russian band and, as before, they did not disappoint. I wish I knew Russian so I could tell them how much ass they kick but buying a shirt will have to do.

Turisas - First US headlining tour! Also, my first time getting to see them! It was absolutely INSANE! They played a long set and even gave us an encore (BATTLE METAL!). They went above and beyond my expectations. I mean, I knew they were good but DAMN did they put on a show! I don't think I've ever seen such crazy moshing in my entire life. I got to meet Olli randomly early on in the night and he was a total sweetheart. For those of you who don't know, Olli's is their awesome violinist. He'll play your fucking face off and you'll like it.

Achievement Unlocked:

- We made so many new friends it was ridiculous. I can't wait to see them all again!
- I got the numbers of a few cute guys. One was a hottie I'd seen fucking shit up in the pit at the Korpiklaani show in December!
- We hit Denny's with a bunch of the fans and took the place over!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

GWAR, Municipal Waste, Ghoul, & Legacy of Disorder at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA

Okay so due to being in a ridiculous hurry, I didn't take any pictures of my make up for the night. It would have been washed away anyway so no big deal!

On with the review!

This was my first trip to the Wilbur Theatre and although it's been my smallest venue to date, it made for a wonderfully intimate show. I'm also glad I got my tickets early as the show completely sold out.

Legacy of Disorder - Apparently these guys are from New Zealand, pretty cool! They were a magnificent opening act and really got the crowd going. It isn't every day that I'm this impressed by some random band no one's ever heard of.

Ghoul - I had seen them once before, back in October, so I knew to expect GWAR Jr. Not that it's a bad thing, no, far from it! I love these guys, they make you wanna fuck shit up. Also, their bassist is hilarious.

Municipal Waste - I had no idea what to expect as I had never heard any of their music and I have to say, MW did not disappoint. I thought I couldn't love RVA more than I already do and it just keeps shoving great music down my throat. I would gladly see them again.

And last but not least, our lords and masters, GWAR! This was my seventh time seeing the RVA legends and I wasn't really sure what to expect with the passing of Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus but they just keep getting better and better. The set list included a great mix of tracks some newer albums and old favorites - Salaminizer, anyone? Actually, we all pretty much lost our shit as soon as that riff hit. However, the most power part of the show took place during the encore when every last soul in the building joined Dave Brockie in belting out The Road Behind in honor of our fallen Scumdog. It was not uncommon to see bohabs around you with tears in their eyes and I'm not ashamed to say that I was one of them.

All in all, this was one of the best shows I have ever been to. Everything was perfect, from the sound system, to the fans, to the set lists. I don't have a single complaint, even our parking was only $10 which is completely unheard of in Boston.

Now to look forward to April when I catch them all over again in Hampton, NH with Kylesa replacing Municipal Waste.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Makeup - Wine & Roses

1. Apply primer and/or foundation as usual.

2. Apply a shimmery, translucent white shadow on your brow bone and along the inner side of your eye.

3. Apply a black shimmery shadow all over your lid and crease - I'm using a cream based shadow. Extend it beyond your eye as far as you are comfortable with.

4. Apply a dark red/wine colored shadow to the outer half of your eye lid, angling it towards the inside of your eye.

5. Using an angle brush, line your eye staring about a quarter of the way in away from your inner eye with a bright red shadow. Extend it beyond your eye as far as you extended the black shadow earlier.

6. Line your eyes, upper and lower lashes, with black eye liner and apply mascara.

Final Product:

Eyes Open

Eyes Closed

Backstage Bar & Grille Makeup - Humming Bird

1. Apply primer and/or foundation as usual.

2. Using a rich, goldenrod kind of yellow, apply shadow to your lid starting about a third of an eye length away from your inner corner. Angle it out and up into the crease, then extend it beyond your eye. Feel free to go as far as you like.

3. OPTIONAL: This may be difficult to see in the picture, but I also applied a very light, shimmery yellow to my lid because I feel the yellow was a bit too dark and could use some sparkle.

4. Grab some light purple shadow (mine has a hint of blue in it) and apply it to the third of the eye lid that was left bare. Angle it out like you did with the yellow shadow and form a half circle shape. Apply some shadow to the crease as well.

5. Using some purple eye liner, line your top lash line and extend it beyond your eye for a cat eye effect.

6. Apply mascara - I always do two coats. You can line your lower lashes in black as well.

Final Product:

Eyes Open:

Eyes Closed:

Taken, Circadian Rhythm, Derailer, Til We Die, and Knightstorm at Backstage Bar & Grille in Nashua, NH

So this is roughly three weeks old because I am a horrible person and I apologize.

This was my first visit to Backstage and I have to say, I had a GREAT time! The bartenders were fantastic and that may have been the coolest Jager girl I've ever met. Also, you can't beat a $3 cover charge.

On to the music:

Taken - Female fronted metal band. I lost interested pretty quickly. They were simply nothing new and sounded just like any other female fronted metal band. So what did I do? I had some vodka, whipped cream and Swedish Fish flavored and got the party going.

Circadian Rhythm - I was genuinely impressed by these guys. They had a bit of a Sevendust feel to them and anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Sevendust. I would definitely go see them again.

Derailer - Some older rockers who know how to bring it! They were hilarious, adorable, and really awesome guys to spend time and do some shots with. My second favorite act of the night <3

Til We Die - I had never heard of this group before but they played an insanely long set which was pretty sweet. Their frontman was really into it and wound up jumping on top of the bar at one point.

Bonus: While I was entranced by the UFC fight, he walked by, smiled at me, and poked my nose. He was very cute.

Bonus #2: After they finished, he came back and had my friends and I do Jager shots with him. Win!

Knightstorm - This was my second time seeing this band and the only reason I had wanted to go out that night anyway. They didn't wear their costumes for the show but they still rocked just as hard as ever. There's something to be said about older musicians - they've had the time to really master their instruments and it always shows without fail. Hell, I didn't bother to even leave the bar until they came on. Respect!

Bonus: We got an encore!

All in all, it was a good night.

Bonus: Revlon Photo Ready Foundation Review

So I never planned on posting reviews on this blog since I wanted it to be all about music and the looks that I wear to them but last week I found myself in the midst of a crisis. I was supposed to grab dinner and drinks with a male friend I hadn't seen in years and his friends and I had been running around/working since 5am.

I had none of my usual tools on me so I ran into Target to at least try to find some foundation I could use to try and not look like I had crawled out of a gutter. I soon found myself looking through Revlon cosmetics. I had actually never used one of their foundations before but I had heard some good things about their Photo Ready line so I decided to snag myself a bottle.

Basically...I'm tossing my old foundation out the window. You see, my previous one (I won't name it so as not to slam the company) always dried out my skin no matter what I did, even though it wasn't supposed to. Revlon's Photo Ready foundation made my face flawless and dewy, not dried out and itchy. It also lasted hours beyond what I had ever experienced otherwise. I also love that it's such a light weight mousse instead of a liquid. It's sooooo easy to blend! You don't need to slather it on your face for great coverage either, a little goes a long way.

I won't lie, it was more expensive than my old one (a little over $10) but well worth the price. Hurray for happy accidents!

Note: I wasn't paid to write any of this. I purchased Revlon's foundation with my own money.