Archive | October, 2012

This is Halloween!

31 Oct

I couldn’t think of a better day to debut Chanel’s Sick & Pretty Parlour than on my favorite spooky holiday, Halloween!  My family was not big into Halloween growing up.  I remember dressing up and going Trick or Treating only once, and my mom wouldn’t let me eat any of the candy (fear of kid poisoners I suppose).  So now that I am an adult I am all about Halloween.  It’s my favorite commercial holiday.  I love dressing up and decorating.  More importantly, I am a big fan of doing it on a budget.  I don’t really like to repeat my costumes, so I don’t want to go out and blow $500 on one.

This year I wanted to be a zombie nurse.  I scored a vinyl nurse dress from Lip Service for $15 via Candie Land Goodies (a steal since these costumes run $50+).  Sadly, it didn’t fit me the way I had hoped and I had to kill the sexy undead nurse idea.

So I figured I’d check out my local Goodwill for a plain white dress that could maybe double as a nurse dress. Instead I found a prairie girl style white lacy frock.  I walked around the store feeling totally uninspired and disappointed with my costume idea.  Then I saw it:

A big straw hat hanging on the wall.

Right away I could envision it, I’d be a farm girl turned vampire.  I walked over to the shoe section and found a great pair of BCBG cowboy boots for $5.  I got out with a whole new costume for under $20. I brought my goodies home and destroyed the pretty white dress with fake blood. I used an aerosol spray you can get at any Halloween store for about $6, and also a  jug of fake blood (about $4) that I splattered on by hand and used to wipe hand prints on the dress.  This may have been the funnest (albeit messiest) part.

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I dug out my vampire fangs that I used 2 years ago for a Victorian Vampire costume, but much to my dismay they hurt too much and I couldn’t bear to wear them.  I was running out of time and wouldn’t be able to get a new pair and mold them, so I had to make a quick change for the third time. I decided I’d be a zombie farm girl.  Finally the fun could begin!

I ordered the special edition Alchemy collection from Lime Crime Cosmetics.  If you haven’t used their products yet, you are missing out.  They have excellent color payoff and it’ll stay on your face for hours.  For this look I used their eyeshadow primer (the best in the biz in my opinion), followed by the delicious green “Lucky Charm” from the Alchemy palette. I used the shadow all around my eyes, on my cheeks and around my lips to create a yummy rotting effect.

In the Limited Edition collection, there is also an amazing green lipstick called “Serpentina” which I used with a black eyeliner to line my undead lips. The lipstick and the shadow stayed on all night and I didn’t have to reapply once.  I also used “Lucky Charm” mixed with a black eyeshadow to create the shadows on my chest and arms. The great thing is that even though I invested in this collection for Halloween (and mostly for the amazing green lipstick), I can use all of these colors throughout the year for more glamorous looks.  Incidentally, I am in no way affiliated with Lime Crime, other than loving their products. It’s such awesome stuff, I just want everyone else to know about it!

My costume was a hit.  And, let’s face it, most of the fun of Halloween is dressing up and getting made up and taking a million photos…or is that just me? What did you guys dress up as?

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