Urban Decay and NYX Burnin’ Down The House

Okay, three guesses where that title came from and if you don’t know we’re not friends.

I’m kidding.  Really.  Donthatemeplzokaybai.

I remember when I came to Bozeman at the tender age of 17 years old that, while the town is mostly accessible for all ages, the one thing I couldn’t do is go to the myriads of awesome shows flyer’d up on the boards across campus.  It also didn’t help that our proclaimed “meeting spot” for orientation outside my second home in school (aka the Visual Communications Building) was a giant reminder that as much as I thought I was doing really cool awesome “adult” things…I really wasn’t.  So, when I vowed that when I turned 21, I would go to all the awesome local shows all the venus provided.

Yeah, I think I’ve been to three since I turned 21 on December 18, 2012?  Hashtag fail.

The one band I’ve always wanted to see was This Must Be The Band, the Talking Heads tribute band that has come into town every March the past few years.  I remember my Dad seeing the flyer and even wanting to go, but nope, his little daughter still couldn’t because she still wasn’t old enough to go to the “cool” hangouts in town.

So, what better excuse to do some fun 80’s inspired makeup then to go sweat it off to some quirked out music?

Featuring Urban Decay and NYX

I’ve been in a little bit of a makeup rut lately, which I’ve copiously compensated for by buying more lipsticks than I ever thought I’d own in my life (more on that at another time).  I also forgot just how much fun I had with colored eyeliner.  But I finally gave in and bought Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Sabbath, a beautifully dark blue matte, though my skin tends to pull a slight tinge of indigo from it.

I also apologize for any of you that followed me on pinterest for a massive pin-fest of as many 80’s looks I could find at 2 am the night before.  Sry.

Took my inspiration from two different The Beauty Department tutorials, The Sparkle Smudge and The Cat Eye Stylized.  Obviously I underestimated how deliciously creamy Sabbath is, and ended up turning the smudge more into a full eyeshadow look.  Don’t care, still loved doing it.


MaryKay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser

MaryKay TimeWise 3-in-1 Moisturizer

Lorac’s “I’m So Sensitive” Soothing Face Primer

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Liquid Foundation in Shade 1.0

NYX Cream Rouge in Tea Rose

Benefit’s Rockateur Box O’ Powder


Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Sabbath

Urban Decay Naked 1 – Gunmetal (patted on top of Sabbath smudged)

Urban Decay Naked 3 – Factory (patted into crease)

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Taupe

NYX Lush Lashes Mascara in XXL

NYX Brow Duo in Blonde


Burt’s Bees Ulta Moisturizing Lip Balm

NYX Butter Lips in Snow Cap

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Of course, This Must Be The Band was nothing short of expectations and certainly took me to the river and basically drowned me in their infectious David Byrne dance beats.  Also, NOT having my entire face slide off by the end of the night (whether due to the guitar or dancing or beer) was definitely more than an A+ in my book.

Now I just have to actually fulfill my promise to 17-year-old me and take advantage of as many cool concerts as I can in Bozeman.  ‘Til next time!


The Bechdel Test and Box Office – Being More Than Infographics and Sensationalist Headlines

I can’t be the only person that cheered when Cate Blanchett cradled her Oscar,  proclaiming “those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences wanna see them, and, in fact, they make money.  The world is round, people!”

(Sidenote: I have not seen Blue Jasmine as of yet, and I’m also very unsettled with the Woody Allen accusations, but that is for another post).

I don’t know how to describe how I felt – validated, maybe a bit rewarded, that I’m at an age where there are many women filmmakers speaking out about the continued repression of incredible female roles, and am even finding a cool little niche in the twitter-verse where we discuss how these roles affect us as artists.

As I scrolled my Facebook feed today, the catchy Huffington Post linked to the even more catchy Upworthy with this description and title: “Cate Blanchett is right — films with women at the center make money. In fact, lots more money than films without women at the center” and the title “Why The Standard Hollywood Narrative About Female Roles Is Bunk.”  And of course I clicked because it combines my two favorite “F”-word topics – filmmaking and feminism.

Found on Upworthy 03/11/14

This image was originally found on Vocativ and The Mary Sue. The Bechdel test was created by illustrator and cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

While this is originally found at Vocativ, I’m linking to the Upworthy post as that is what I saw first.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Bechdel test, it’s basically a measure of the roles of females relegated to the following guidelines.

A movie passes the Bechdel test if:

  1. It has two or more female characters …
  2. …who talk to each other …
  3. … about something other than a man

And it fails the Bechdel test if:

  1. There are fewer than two women;
  2. There are two or more women, but they don’t talk to each other; or
  3. There are two or more women, but they only talk to each other about a man.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is great correlation news.  As I looked into it more, I became pretty quickly frustrated.  The problem is only a handful of those have females as the actual carrying leads of the movie, those being Hunger Games, The Heat, and Frozen.  Many of the movies on this list are still fairly male dominated, and are still marketed towards a pretty strictly male audience, including some of the children movies (with exceptions being Despicable Me 2 and Smurfs 2).

And…sorry, Upworthy, but the majority of the films that pass the Bechdel test are still pretty standard Hollywood narrative.  I wouldn’t call any of them revolutionary in terms of making over what it means to be a female lead, other than the three aforementioned movies, and even then, the Hunger Games SIGNIFICANTLY toned down the “omg do I like Peeta do I like Gale omg omg” (emphasis mine but that was the one part that almost made me stop reading the books entirely).

However, one thing that is not included on this, nor any subsequent links besides the source at Vocativ state that out of 50 movies, only .5 are directed by females (that being Jennifer Lee, who was co-director of Frozen).  That, to me, is so indicative of where we are at as an industry right now.

Where are my ladies at?!

But if you think about it, what is more important – to pass the Bechdel test or to have women behind camera?  As much as I love Scandal, and the fact that it employs so many talented women in top positions, I wouldn’t necessarily say it passes the Bechdel test because almost every interaction between Mellie and Olivia surround our favorite misogynistic president.  But yet, I think the show is stellar with the amount of strong, relatively rounded female roles.

So can we have our cake and eat it too?  Can we pass the Bechdel test AND have women behind the camera?  I’d love to say yes, but  as with all things in film, it will take time.  But that’s where I do have some hope – if we assume these movies were put into play 2-3 years ago, maybe in 2-3 years we will have a balance with women behind the camera and in front passing the Bechdel test.

The fact that monetarily, movies with female roles is growing, is significant.  But please, don’t be swayed by sensationalist headlines and pretty infographics, because we still have a ways to go.  As much as I think the Bechdel test is a great start to examining these issues, that’s what it is – a start.


Hi, I’m Vanessa Naive.  Yes, this is another 20 something blog, and my headline basically says everything you need to know about me.  Oh, except that I’m based out of beautiful Bozeman, MT.  I have a thing for not-quite-alliteration as you can tell.

I’m 22 years old, almost a year graduated from Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography, and currently work as a production coordinator for upcoming documentary feature, Unbranded.  As I solidify myself more and more in the real world, I’m starting to explore the nuances of myself through honing my skills as a filmmaker, exploring feminist viewpoints, expressing myself through fashion/makeup, and attempting to cook (because I can’t be the only person that attempts food-blog worthy recipes and end up freaking my boyfriend out or burning parchment paper in the oven…right?  …Right?)

Oh, there’s also always a lyric for everything.