The Quest for VIB Rouge #3 (Product List)

There is a long list coming up my friends. This is stuff that has been bought over time since the last VIB Rouge update. A whole score of new stuff is coming out soon and I think the next set will be the last set before I hit Rouge status. Some things I am so glad I bought because they do actually help with the look I am going for and other things I quickly returned because they just didn’t want to cooperate. There is a third mysterious set of makeup that, while available at Sephora, has been sold out for a month now and I just bought through someone else. That set and a review of samples will be additional posts. But tonight, you and I are going to delve deep in the chasm of cosmetics and find out what shoud be in a goth’s make up kit. Links are in bold. Product descriptions, if mentioned, are in italics, and quotes from other reviews are in quotes. Strap in.

OCC After Dark- Stained Gloss Set $10

OCC lip glos

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From top to bottom: Little Black Dress, Jealous, New Wave and Hedonist

If you’re looking to buy this product for the black lip gloss, it’s not as pigmented as you think. It’s really more of top coat to darken other lipsticks or be mixed with the lip gloss included. The other three shades are definitely rich in color. So much so that it seems wrong to think of them as gloss and more slightly sheer lip tar. These lip glosses I find work best to introduce a little pop of color to a matte lip. Transfer with this product seems to be the least I have ever seen with a gloss and it didn’t start to wear off noticeably until well into the evening after applying that morning. At the sale price of $10, it seems like a great bargain if you’re not into gloss but want something to test out without a lot of commitment.

Thierry Mugler- Alien Spray $28

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Product Description: Discover Alien, radiant and mysterious, the elixir of absolute femininity. Be seduced by the soothing solar energy of this extraordinary fragrance from elsewhere. Luminous like a brilliant solar flower, the fragrance exudes a positive energy, charged with mystery. Evoking the scent of wood warmed by intense sunlight, Alien is sensual and intriguing, yet as soft and rich as the caress of cashmere. Notes: Solar Accord, Jasmine Sambac, Green Notes, Cashmeran, Vanilla, Transparent Amber. Style: Mysterious. Soothing. Magnetic

It smells just like how it reads. I love this perfume almost as much as I love Poetica from Kat Von D and John Galliano’s namesake perfume. It makes me feel powerful and awake, ready to take on the day and the night. I feel most people would wear this as an evening scent because it can be a little overwhelming in the day time. For me of course this is a every day scent and I may find myself buying a full size bottle. Get it if you look for surreal encounters in cafes and libraries, in the rain and the brisk winter mornings.

Boscia- Black Charcoal Blotting Linens $10

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This product does mention using it while wearing make up and it certainly does feel like it would work best for that. Using it on my bare face I got the impression it wasn’t designed as preparation product but more for touch ups. These linens are certainly thicker that the Lavender paper from Sephora but a little difficult to find. These ones were tucked away in the very back of shelf and underneath other products in the front of the store where I visited. I feel, while it works wonders while I’m wearing make up, I rarely have to touch up because of sweat or oil. (Super crazy matte prep and make up and setting spray….) Their design is easier to work with then simply having you wrestle to pull out one, as in instead of an envelope with all of the paper pressed together, you have more of a tissue box effect, where you can easily pull out one without several following behind it. I see myself using this product more in the summer because…the sun…and me still without a decent parasol.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain- Polished Purple $13

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I feel like this is a $13 product. Matte finish, a decent opaque coverage that doesn’t require you to dip the brush several times, works well with other products (tested it with OCC’s Lip Gloss for a touch of pink) and minimal transfer. It is a rich purple, not like a plum or so dark it’s impossible to tell if it is in fact purple. It’s a lovely lip cream that just can’t seem to stay in stock.

Kat Von D- Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette $46

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From left to right: Lifelike (matte cream), Lunar Lights (pearl gray), Lucid (sparkle rose) , Hybrid Moments (matte deep purple), Mezzanine (sparkle violet), Transition (pearl mauve), Glasswing (matte caramel), Melancholia (pearl silver), Black Milk (matte gray), Graphic Nature (pearl charcoal), Entombed (pearl blue), Tornay (matte navy)

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I know what you’re thinking, didn’t I return this product? Yes, but I found myself repurchasing it for its versatility as also a contour palette. With the help of a lovely girl at Sephora who was also well versed in the Kat Von D line, I tried the Shade + Light palette. Of that palette only two maybe three shades would have worked for me, and maybe 3 does not a purchase make up. I noticed that Lucid was available in both sets and asked if the eyeshadow could also be used for the contour and highlight. She said yes, and demonstrated it for me with the Chrysalis Palette. I love the dark burgundy and navy for contouring, instead of just an array of brown and I figured I would use the eyeshadows at some point. Welcome back to the goth kit, Chrysalis.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow- Bender $18

Bender on the far left and assorted greens from Coastal Scents' 252 palette

Bender on the far left and assorted greens from Coastal Scents’ 252 palette

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This green is so pretty with gold micro glitter. Soft, blendable, and long lasting color. It’s almost comparable to the greens in my 252 Coastal Scents palette, but it kind of stands on its own. I feel like it’s worth the $18 and inspires me to have an adventure.

Stila- Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner in Umber $22

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Rich in pigment, could be used as an eyeliner, but on primer I have my sincerest doubts. Not when there’s other stuff on the market specifically designed for that. I think the best way to use this product is to use a light color as a highlight and a darker color in the crease. Using that darker color as the primer all over the lid, use another dark shade from the lashes to just below the crease and blend out to create a smoky eye effect. Umber is a lovely crease color for dark muted colors, like Bender or to darken a soft romantic look. I think this product might be discontinued soon, so get it while you can.

Kat Von D- Studded Kiss Lipstick in Prayer $21

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As a dramatic goth child with a collection of strange colored lipsticks in shades that do not occur on their own in nature, having at least a couple normal looking (is subdued a better word?) shades. Prayer is a dark, seductive merlot color with no glitter. It works for early morning errands to work to dinner date to the club. It’s not a dramatic color but there’s plenty of that from Kat Von D’s line. I dig it.

Boscia- Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal $15

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It’s nice to have a sponge to help get a deeper cleanse than just using your hands, but I didn’t know a significant improvement. I expected there to be more exfoliation to this sponge but it is super soft. Crazy soft, it’s like washing your face with a little black cloud. If you need an assistant in your skin care routine this isn’t a bad choice.

Make Up For Ever- Small Precision Smudger Brush $22

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Yes, you read that number correctly. $22 for a tiny little smudger brush, but oh so worth it. It definitely helps to blend out just a hint of color in the crease, to perfectly round out or sharpen looks, and to define eyebrows, if you’ve shaved them off like I have. I love this brush. Probably the one time I was like yes I will spend that much money on such a product, because it works damn it.

Smashbox- 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer $20

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When it works it really does work, except it doesn’t work at all on oily eyelids. With the use of an oil blotting paper, such as the ones I’ve tested on this list, this eyeshadow primer will work perfectly. I would say it’s just a little bit better than the Sonia Kashuk primer available at Target. While I do enjoy using this product, I don’t think this one is up for repurchase.

Earth’s Nectar- Green Olive and Lavender Scalp Oil $18.50

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Product Description: This multitasking product combats hair loss, supports natural, healthy hair growth, controls itchy scalp, and calms the senses. Great for all hair types including thinning and oily, the gentle, quick-absorbing formula removes excess buildup, strengthens, and retains moisture and shine. It leaves hair looking and feeling healthier and more manageable.

I saw less breakage when I straightened my hair which used to be a serious problem. My hair seems to be getting longer but I don’t know if I want to promote this as a hair growth product. I think it’s really just helping the keratin treatment I use normally to last longer, so my hair doesn’t get crazy as fast. If you really want to track the growth, you can follow me on Instagram, as I won’t be bleaching my hair anytime soon. Smells wonderful, I wonder why the reviews mentioned another scent that wasn’t even really a part of the product. There’s only one problem, the whole day after I use this product, my scalp is itchier than ever and it is the product. I love it and will keep using it, it’s just unfortunate that part didn’t help… Maybe it’s because it’s quick drying, and my scalp is kind of dry, so the combination is making it extra dry, I’m not sure. Get it if you need lightweight product with no build up that nourishes your lovely locks.

So far I’m very pleased with a lot of the stuff I have been getting. So far with every batch there’s been like one singular product that doesn’t quite fit what I’m looking for. I’ll try to finish this up this weekend or early next week as I just picked up a batch of face products. To see it the second it comes out, please take a moment to Join the Exploration Party at the top of this post. To see this and other strange spooky products in action, follow me on FacebookYoutubeTumblr, Instagram.

Until next time,

Don’t be hungry for life. Be ravenous.

Z.e.D.

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