I’ve been experimenting with makeup and documenting it via the terrible Photobooth because I am too lazy to get out my camera. It hardly captures the colours, like, at all but it serves as a personal reminder.

Top left to right: pink eyeshadow w/ black eyeliner and red lipstick, red red red (lipstick used as eyeliner, does the trick when layered with eyeshadow!), orange lipstick and eyeshadow w/ yellow eyeliner (it is so terrible, like it comes off in chunks ugh but for cheap eyeliner the best thing you can do to make it work is warm it up before use), orange orange orange, red yeliner (lipstick) w/ a base of my shitty yellow eyeliner layered with orange lipstick, pink eyeshadow orange lipstick, ALL OF THE RED GLITTER with redish pink eyeshadow as a base, a little black eyeliner on the outside of my eyes and orange lipstick.

Please give me all of the cheap make up tips.

I am really into the wearing red on my eyes, especially with glitter, because it makes me look ill and reminds me of Luisa Casati, who looks like a ghost, and also of the Victorian beauty ideal that sexualised sick women. But wearing it today, when that kind of ideal has long gone, with a glitter update makes me feel weirdly great and perfectly glittery. Because obviously that’s just makeup and I don’t want to look good; my makeup is not about flattering my face shape any more. It is about feeling fabulous and queenly and perfect and fancy and good and scary and weird.

It makes me sad that I cannot pursue my new passion as I want to because I personally can’t afford nor justify a lot of makeup prices and it sucks so, as always, I find my salvation in DIY recipes. Here is a great lipstick recipe that seems pretty easy and cheap, made with crayons. I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds good. Get at me if you have more recipes or have any tips for using terrible but cheap makeup or where to find it!

And as a preview for my next DIY face recipes and tips post I will say now that I use coconut oil as a makeup remover: just rub it all over your face and in nooks and cranes, then just wipe it off with a cloth. Others also use olive oil and I reckon you could try many oils, except essential oils. I prefer coconut oil because it is very light.


  • Your makeup looks awesome! I’m kind of in love with the lipstick as eyeliner idea, and red looks so good on you!
    I saw the crayon lipstick DIY the other day, very interesting idea, I love the fact that you can actually make you own colours.

  • Omg, I haven’t been on your blog for ages, glad to be back here. Red eyeshadow and glitter is such a weird and wonderful combination, love it! You should so do a Luisa Casati make-up tutorial (and strutt around with some pet cheetahs afterwards). I don’t ever wear much make-up (too lazy for it, plus yeah, it’s expensive) apart from lipstick, but I have so much fun with it occassionaly, especially when glitter eyeshadow is around. I think i’m going to try some of that crayon lipstick, so cool!

  • queenly! Yes!
    If you’re ever in london/uk sleek make up (superdrug) is not very expensive and really good and pigmented.
    The only obvious thing I can offer is lipstick a blusher but that’s hardly worth mentioning!
    I love the orange look.

  • This was such an inspiring post. I have to admit that I mainly just skimmed over it, and looked at the pics, but it’s nice to read a fashion/makeup blog which emphasises cheap/diy as opposed to buying all the flashy expensive brands. Sometimes you (I) just have to buy the cheap makeup and hope that it doesn’t make your eyes/lips/skin swell up!
    I also like the ‘sick’ makeup. I recently bought some purple eye crayon thing, and like how it makes me look like I have two black eyes/am a heroin addict. It kind of makes me feel like a gaunt off-the-rails celebrity (ie. Lindsay Lohan). Beauty can be found in the creepiest/bizarrest places. šŸ™‚

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