Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wrapping up the Year: Favorites, Lightbulb Moments, and More

I wasn't going to write a post for the end of the year, because I didn't really think anyone wanted me to get all reflecty and shit.

But then I decided, too bad. Ha!

The post is a mish-mash of things; I'll showcase category favorites, brands I love, revelations throughout the year, and some beauty (and personal) goals and resolutions for the new year. And there will be some reflecty shit. (For a greater, much more eloquently themed post, read the wrap-up at NST).

First, I'd like to say thank you to all of my blogger friends and readers. This is only fun because you guys make it fun, so many happy returns to all of you.

Now, beauty!

Favorites first. I did some exploring of brands and products this year, but at the same time, I stuck to items that I knew I loved. For example: for lip gloss and nail polish, Dior is king. This isn't to say that I won't buy other brands (although I have sworn off drugstore polish - formulas are never consistent and nothing lasts on my nails, so that's over and done with), but since I've used up a Dior gloss in the past, I think it's safe to say that I actually get great use out of these, and I refuse to feel guilty.
L-R: Paradise, Bed of Roses, Bal d'été, Étoilée.
L-R: Lucky, Spring Ball, Exquis, Silver Lake, Shadow, St. Tropez, Galaxie, Electric Blue (not shown is Tuxedo).

Other brand favorites include Shiseido for eyes (their eyeshadows are exquisite and never look over the top; find reviews of YE406 here, BE231 here)
The BE231 trio and the Color Bar palette. Review on that soon, perhaps - it's still available in some places.

I also like Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks for eyes - they make great bases, and I haven't bought a primer since I picked one of these up. (My review for Sandglow is here).
These mini caviar sticks came in a little set; unfortunately, I think the set has sold out at most retailers, although you might be able to find one in stock at an actual physical store. The set has Sugar Frost, Pink Opal, Amethyst, and Rose Gold. I believe all of these shades are permanent.

It's also been a year of cream/liquid blushes and pretty neutrals.
Guerlain Sun Shimmer in Sunny Pink (about 2/3 full now, actually!), Illamasqua Zygomatic cream blusher, and Dior Capri
Neutrals for a natural face. Illamasqua Zygomatic, Shiseido BE231, Dior Garçonne, MAC Whisper of Gilt.

And I also explored perfume; I returned to scents that I initially wrote off (like Prada Candy and Infusion d'Iris), discovered that I like Prada scents quite a bit, and also just got braver, all around. I tried perfumes that I would have ignored in the past due to their list of notes. I didn't like them all, but at least I tried them. I think I'm getting better at identifying fragrances that I will like, as well.
Prada Infusion d'Iris and Candy.

Speaking of being braver, I finally went ahead and dyed my hair for the first time - and dyed it red. I have always wanted to be a redhead, and you know, I quite like it.
Gone red.

Other lightbulb moments include: tubing mascara and the realization that what I've wanted all along was a curling mascara rather than a volumizing one, Solstice Scents Burnishing Glacé, facial masks, learning how to really multi-task products, and a new-to-me way to wear eye liner.
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara is a tubing mascara - other High Impact versions aren't.

Finally, some goals and personal thoughts. 2013 was a pretty fantastic year, actually. S. and I completed our respective doctorates in chemistry, I started a new job (which, while temporary, is still pretty cool), we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, I attended my best friend's wedding, we moved, and many more fabulous things. I'm excited to see what the new year will bring.

And I'm also trying to better myself. Personal goals:
1. Try to stay positive and be less critical, and above all, think before I speak.
2. Learn to take it easy and go with the flow, sometimes. I can't control everything in life.
3. But there are some things I can manage, and I can't be afraid to take action.

And then there are all the usual things: stay on the fitness ball, try new fun activities and foods and hobbies, don't get caught up in ALL THE THINGS, explore my city, and make plans for the future - fun plans that include travel.

Well. For a post that I didn't intend to write, this has turned out to be quite the extensive monologue. Thanks for reading, and have a happy new year! Feel free to share your favorite things or future goals with me, as well!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics: Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm

[Product was purchased by me.]

First thing: when they say "eye balm," they do mean "balm." It resembles lip balm more than a traditional eye cream. In the cold Seattle weather, it's very hard, and even running my finger in the jar doesn't warm up a lot of product. This is actually a bit of frustration for me; if you get a little bit on your finger (or under your fingernail) it actually ends up being a lot of product. But when it's really cold, I can barely get any residue on my finger to use under my eyes. I wouldn't mind seeing this product in a flatter jar with a wider mouth, or something else entirely. Would it hold up as a stick, I wonder? I'm not sure, but this jar is beyond frustrating to me.

Anyway, packaging issues aside, I really am liking this as an undereye treatment. I was using it only in the mornings for a while, but then I ran out of my night eye cream, so I started using it at night, as well (the product packaging advises a little in the morning, and a more generous amount at night). I love how hydrated it keeps the undereye area; makeup applies seamlessly over it, and it is easy to pat into skin. It smells very strongly of lavender, so if you are sensitive, this probably isn't the product for you.

The product claims that it has "A powerful blend of vitamins and anti-oxidants, this luxurious, intensely hydrating waterless eye balm melts into skin to restore radiance to the delicate eye area. Pomegranate, eyebright and ginseng naturally lift and plump while providing continuous hydration throughout the day." I have seen a difference in my eye bags lately, actually, and it definitely keeps the eye area hydrated throughout the day.
However, if you are traveling through Hawaii, be warned - it melts. Hahaha. (Photo modified with the Line Camera App).




I think I'm going to go back to using a different eye cream at night, but I do like this one for daily morning use. If you don't mind the smell of lavender and are looking for an extremely hydrating eye treatment, this is one to try.

[I'm still on vacation! I'll be back to blog reading and commenting after the new year. Happy holidays, everyone!]

Active ingredients: raw organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, punica granatum (pomegranate) sterois, polyhydroxystearic acid, tocopherol (vitamin e), raw virgin rubus iddaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, organic euphrasia officinalis (eyebright) extract, organic panax quinquefolius (american ginseng) extract, organic glycrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, organic lavendula angustifolia (bulgarian lavender) essential oil, organic foeniculum vulgare dulce (fennel) oil


Monday, December 16, 2013

Inglot Teal Squeal

Tracy sent me a goodie box (HUGS, TRACY) that included this little duo of Inglot shadows. I've never tried anything from the brand, and the colors are gorgeous, so I had to try it out right away.

(Also, the palette mechanism is genius. The swivel cover with the magnets is so handy!)
Inglot shadows AMC Shine 32 and Matte 340.
Testing out L'Oreal Magic Nude foundation in Light Ivory, which might be too pale for me. I feel very vampiric in this photo.
I thought it might be fun to do something over the top colorful. I wasn't sure if the teal would clash horribly with my red hair, but I figured I might as well just go for it. I used Shiseido's Shimmering Eye Cream in Ice* as a base (I actually don't love this cream shadow formula - doesn't stay very well and by the end of the day my makeup is a mess) and then gently patted the two shades from the Inglot duo on top of that - AMC Shine 32 on the inner lid, and Matte 340 in the crease. 

I lined my eyes in black from the middle outward, and then added Bloom glitter liner* (thanks, Vita!) on top of that for some sparkle. And then I added mascara. 
Dior Angélique Beige on lips.

Of course, now that I've seen how pretty the Inglot shadows are in person, I want to make my own palette, but, well, we'll save that discussion for another day. 

Do you have an Inglot palette? What shades do you have?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Travel Bag: Hawaii Edition

[Products marked with a * were gifts; all others were purchased by me.]

This year we're going back to Hawaii for Christmas (and a wedding!) so it's time to pack again.

I hate packing.

And unpacking.

Ugh.

I'm not even going to delve into the clothing situation (hopefully the swimsuit that I ordered fits!). Let's just talk about makeup.

When I travel, I like to keep things minimal and simple (read: not heavy). I also don't like to bring new things that I haven't tested (read: no new and alarming skin reactions, if I can help it). I usually throw my cosmetics and brushes in this Clinique GWP bag that I got a long time ago. Since I do have to be in a wedding, I have to make sure that I have a little bit of glam here, but usually I am not so picky (I wouldn't normally bring the NARS setting powder, for example). We're off for ten days, so I want to have some variety, but I don't want to carry everything I own.

This is what made the cut:
Face: RMS "Un"cover Up 11, Annabelle BB Compact Makeup, MAC Whisper of Gilt, NARS Setting powder.
Eyes: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in SandglowShiseido BR231, Smashbox Limitless liner, Clinique Lash Power mascara, Bloom glitter liquid liner*, MAC Strut brow pencil*
Cheeks: Senna Cosmetics Trés Jolie,* Clarity*; Dior Aurora bronzer
Rouge d'Armani 400, Laura Mercier Mink, Dior Garçonne.

Lips: Rouge d'Armani 400, Dior Garçonne, Laura Mercier Mink, plain balm.

Tools: Shiseido lash curler, RT blush brush, eye shadow brush, brow brush, buffing brush, Ecotools blush brush (one that came in a kit - the single brush is tapered; I use this one for highlighter), Sonia Kashuk spoolie brush.

Skincare: Clinique Super City Block SPF 40, Josie Maran Argan Oil mini (gifted from a friend), Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Eye Balm (review soon), Boscia cleansing oil, mini Clinique facial soap.

Skincare is the worst, man. The worst.

I usually paint my nails (and toes!) with something long-lasting and gorgeous (this time Lippmann's Through the Fire on nails, and MAC Soirée* on toes) so I don't pay attention to anything nails during a trip.

I travel with a messenger bag (this one was a present from my parents and is amazing) as my carry-on and S. and I are cramming all the things in a suitcase and a carry-on duffel. My Kindle is loaded with things to read, my laptop is coming with me, and I have made sure to pack a change of clothing, my phone charger, and glasses in my carry-on (my luggage got sent to a different state once - with my winter coat and my phone charger in it. Yeah, that only happens once. Live and learn!). I don't usually travel with anything on my face besides moisturizer + serum and eye cream.

What are your travel necessities? Are you traveling for the holidays?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Liquid Lipstick Love: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge BR616

[Product was a gift from the supremely awesome Liz.]

Truth be told, I kind of like brown lipstick (see here). If it's not your sort of thing, though, I get that. But as a last ditch effort, lemme show you something.
Left: Shiseido BR616 Lacquer Rouge; Right: L'Oreal Everlasting Caramel Color Caresse Stain

Isn't it pretty? It's a reddish brown with a glorious copper shimmer. Like my hair, without the "glorious copper shimmer" bit.
Wearing Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in BR616 over some balm (my lips are terrible this winter)It's a reddish brown with a glorious copper-gold shimmer.
This is Shiseido's Lacquer Rouge in BR616. It was a gift from a lovely person, and it is part of Shiseido's Fall/Winter 2013 collection. It is brown. But it is AWESOME.
Layered over Osmia's Lip Repair here, because it's winter and it's FREEZING and my lips need some love. But it goes on smoothly on its own (I've worn it that way as well - I just put on lip balm first thing in the morning nowadays).
At least, I think so. The texture is not as fluid as I expected - or well, it's not as loose. It reminds of of Becca's lip glosses, actually, but the texture on lips is not tacky or sticky. It does take a little bit of care to apply them evenly with the doe foot applicator, but again, that reminds me exactly of Becca's more opaque lip gloss colors.

Um, I'm kind of in love. And there are more for spring!
Other makeup: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Annabelle BB Compact Makeup (set concealer), Chanel Mirifique, Tarte Gold, Shiseido BE231 middle shade, MAC Early Morning, MAC Whisper of Gilt.
It's the perfect cold weather lip, I think, all warm and toasty. It's beautiful. I haven't tried other liquid lipsticks, but you know, at this point, I don't think I need to. I also want to try layering it over a red lipliner...more on that later.

Have you tried these? How do you feel about liquid lipsticks?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

That Smoky Eye Thing Again: Inspired by Han Hyo Joo

[Most of the products used in this post were purchased by me, except * which were gifts].
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I've been feeling pretty lame about makeup lately, so I've been scrolling through my Pinterest inspiration boards for things to try (last time I did Karen Gillan). I love the above image of Han Hyo Joo (Korean actress, I think?), with the smoky eyes and peachy tones on lips and cheeks. I always feel the need to plaster DISCLAIMERS everywhere - I think it's quite obvious that I'm no makeup artist (and don't have these FACES), so my versions are loose interpretations, based on what I take away from the image about color and style.
Smoky eyes seem like the thing to do if you dabble in makeup, but actually, I suck at it...and rarely do it, ha.
For eyes, I used Tarte Gold as a base, a shade from Shiseido's BR231 palette, and then layered Chanel Mirifique and a black sparkly shade from theBalm's Shady Lady Vol. 3 palette over that. I used a fluffy brush and MAC Moleskin* to blend it all to hell, and then dabbed Fyrinnae Polar Bear in the center of the lid and under the eyes for a bit of glow. I probably should have added mascara, but eh. *lazy*

Cheeks are MAC Early Morning + Fresh Honey, and I used MAC Whisper of Gilt all over to highlight. Lips are Dior Angélique Beige. Brows are Shameless Shana from theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1, and I used Bobbi Brown's corrector in Peach and Annabelle BB Compact Makeup under eyes.

What are your favorite eye shadows for THE SMOKY EYE? Do you stick with traditional black, or do you go for browns or colors?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Palette Tag

There are a lot of tags going around, lately! I was tagged by Lily of ChloeAsh. I use most of these pretty often, with the exception of the "regret," so I don't feel that bad, I guess. I find palettes convenient for the most part, so I use my palettes more than single eye shadows.

1. Best Packaging
2. Best Color Payoff
3. Most Versatile
4. Best for Traveling
5. Biggest Regret 
6. Best Color Names
7. Least Used
8. Most Used
9. Most Loved
10. Desert Island

Here are my picks!

1. Best PackagingBurberry Pink Taupe. Burberry packaging often hits it out of the park. I love the hefty metallic square palette and its patterns.




2. Best Color Payoff and 4. Best for Traveling: 
Tarina Tarantino Wonderful. I love the pigmentation of TT shadows and wish they had different palettes with more mixtures of colors rather than the monochrome sort of themes that they do well. This is the palette I usually travel with, although now that I use theBalm Shady Lady Vol.1 for brows as well, I'll probably take that one on my trip with me instead.

3. Most Versatile: 
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1. Especially now, since I use one of the shadows as a brow shade. I love the mix of dark colors that I actually use (dark green, dark blue) and the pale gold is one of my favorites.


5. Biggest Regret, 6. Best Color Names:, and 7. Least Used: TT Emerald City. It's not that that palette is of poor quality or anything, but I rarely use the colors in this palette together, so if I want to use one of them, I also have to take out another eye shadow single or palette, and the bulky packaging of this one just means I rarely do that. I should de-pot it, but I don't have a Z palette or anything, and I'm lazy.
Best color names because I love shades inspired by characters and literature.



8. Most Used: Clinique Teddy Bear quad (old version). It's all matte, which makes it so easy for days when I want really tame, neutral eyes. The lightest color is my favorite browbone highlight shade, as well. (You can see the dip in the third color - my favorite neutral, matte wash of color).

9. Most Loved:  Shiseido palettes (specifically, BE231).

YE406 and BE231. Shiseido shadows aren't the most pigmented, but I absolutely love the buttery texture and the multi-dimensional quality of them. They're really easy to wear and never look excessive, even the bright shades in the YE406 palette. If I could only use one brand's shadows, it'd be Shiseido's.

10. Desert Island: This is silly. Like Lily said, there are a billion other things I'd be more worried about, ha. I think the intention behind this question goes with "best for traveling," so I'll leave it at that.


It's been fun doing tags, lately. Now, I want to see your palettes. Take 'em out. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Perfume Tag

I've seen this floating around (like on sleep and water's blog and also Liber Vix) and have been wanting to do it, so I finally sat down to think about it.

1. What is the first perfume you purchased?
YSL Parisienne. S and I picked it out after a sniff session in Sephora - its opening smells like riesling to me. I still like it, but the patchouli can be a bit much on some days. And the fruity blackberry. It's odd, because I actually abhor fruity berry notes and patchouli and avoid them in other concoctions, but something about this one...just suits. I only wear it in colder weather, though, because otherwise it overwhelms.

2. What's your signature perfume?
I don't have one - I change tastes with seasons and moods. But I have a few go-tos: Prada Candy, Sweet Anthem Lizie and Edith, and Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise.

3. What's your most recent perfume purchase?
Sweet Anthem Fox. However. I've been into perfume in a big way lately; I haven't bought anything, but I've been filling up my Pinterest board obsessively.

4. What perfume would you wear at night time/ date night?
Yeah, so, as much as I'd like to be able to pull off those smoky, femme fatale, gun-in-my-pocket scents, my nose is a fluffy sugar plum fairy enthusiast (traitor!). For date night, it's a toss up. Sometimes I'll choose something I know S. likes (see: Parisienne), and sometimes I'll go for something that makes me feel as Nikita as possible (like TF Violet Blonde, because...I don't know. It brings to mind leggy models with leather dresses. Or something.)
5. What's your favorite spring/summer perfume?
Hmmm. I think this changes a lot. This year I wore a lot of white florals - Kai, and Philosophy's Amazing Grace. I need a mini bottle of Amazing Grace for next summer - it's perfect, watery, and light.

6. What's your favorite fall/winter perfume?
This year, it's Prada Candy. And I always bring out Solstice Scents Snowshoe Pass for cozy winter evenings. Pajamas perfumes are very important in the winter! The other one I've liked for night time in cold weather is Haus of Gloi's Earl Grey.

7. What's your favorite scent category (fruity, floral, fresh, oriental, woody)?
I don't know that I really subscribe to the idea of distinct, separate categories, but I usually run away from anything labeled "oriental" or "fruity." I like gourmands (but abhor chocolate and cocoa notes), love medicinal and herbal concoctions, and most of my tastes probably lean toward "fresh" and "floral" fragrances.

8. What perfume are you currently lusting after?
I really want to try some Serge Lutens (Jeux de Peau, Un Bois Vanille, Gris Clair, Fleur de Citronnier) and Frederic Malle, to expand my horizons la di da, but to own? Prada Infusion d'Iris, Atelier Orange Sanguine, and Tocca Margaux.

9. What perfume do you really dislike?
I hate, hate, hate Givenchy Very Irrésistible and all of its friends, neighbors, and second cousins twice removed (what the hell does that mean, actually?). Something about that scent combination puts my teeth on edge, even though it has notes that I don't mind in other perfumes. Also can't stand Burberry Body - it's like neon disco synthetic peach on me, and oh my god I wanted to take five showers after spritzing that on. Oh, oh. And finally: oud. No can do.

10. What fragrance/cologne do you like on your significant other?
Oh, fun! This merits its own post in the future, I think. S. has taken an interest in scents (I often sneakily leave samples on his dresser, and if left to his own devices, he'll spritz them on out of curiosity. Although! He refuses to try anything that can't be spritzed on. So there's that.) since acquiring his first bottle of smells (this was another Sephora session, but this time S. and my brother wore their noses out together, haha! So fun). I like all of the ones he owns, but my favorites are probably Ralph Lauren Polo Double Black (despite the ridiculous name) and Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb, which he has almost finished a sample of. Oh, and YSL La Nuit de l'Homme, which he wore on our wedding day.

YOUR TURN! Do the tag!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cirque: New Polish Love

Last time I organized my polish, I swore off round bottles because they're so damn hard to store. I'm proud to say that I have stuck to that.
Cirque Stella, Galinda, Cypress, Planet Caravan, Bejeweled, Lichen.



See? These are square. SQUARE. Which means it's okay that I bought six of them. Erm. It was my birthday...sales...something...

Yeah, I was bad. But I do not regret it. These colors are gorgeous; the brushes are normal-sized (as in, not huge and flat like Dior's), but they cover the nail easily and the formula for the ones I've worn so far have been fabulous. Fluid, easy to layer, not goopy. And they last! I like to wear my manicures out for a week or so, and I have not had any problems with these. Minor tip wear and maybe a chip or two when I'm especially hard on them (lots of baking = lots of pan scrubbing), but that's on par with my other favorite formulas (Dior, Lippmann). These are also 3-free.

I have photos of three today. I'm torn, because I like to wear my manis out for a week, but I also want to try all the colors as soon as possible, ha!
Cirque Lichen; two coats over base coat, with Butter London Hard Wear top coat.
Has this amazing gold-copper shift. Ugh. UGH. I love this one so much.
I've been big into shimmers and glitters this season (my usual favorites are creams), and these are phenomenal. They do not disappoint. They are a bit pricey ($13-15 on average for the normal polishes), but actually, that puts them on par with Butter London, and I prefer the Cirque formula.
I tried to do a reverse glitter gradient with Stella over Cypress; Cypress has this AMAZEBALLS holo though, so it doesn't look great in photos. Need to try Stella over other things. ROSE GOLD GLITTER. My heart.

I tried to be fancy. It didn't really work. I'm not really a nail art kind of girl. I try. Stella is amazing - it's just the right consistency for layering; it's not opaque on its own, so it's great for dressing up other polishes, or that accent nail stuff, or whatever charms your heart. Reverse gradient with Lichen, maybe? (Starry eyes!)

Cirque polishes are available here; they're having a sale until December 5th...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Embiggening the Eyes: Inspired By Karen Gillan

I have the biggest girl crush on Karen Gillan. Because - come on. How can you not?
Karen Gillan.
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Unfortunately, I don't have her face. (Is that creepy? Ok. Let's try not to be creepy).

I don't have her bone structure or - her face (creeper status, certified) - so I just took the color palette and a vague inkling of the product placements, and ran with it. That copper eye shadow is gorgeous, and I was really struck by the shaping of the eye makeup; it seems darker only around the outer edges.
Products  used: Racy Kacy (theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3), Tarte Gold, Tarte liquid liner, Clinique Lash Power mascara, Clinique Teddy Bear quad (old version).

So I did something I don't usually do (but I know a lot of people do it successfully all the time! I don't know what took me so long): I started my liner at the inner 2/3 mark, instead of at the tear duct. 
This has the effect of, erm, "embiggening" eyes. Probably because now you can actually see the inner corner of my eyes. Or something. I don't know. People do this all the time, I know, but I've never tried it because (1. I'm an idiot) I didn't think I could get the line to meld nicely into my eye if I didn't start at the inner corner.
All the eye bags are mine!!! *sobs*
Well. Now I know.
Wearing Laura Mercier Mink over Osmia's lip repair here, because for once I didn't want a matte finish.

Full eye makeup breakdown: Smudge Tarte Gold all over lid and bottom outer half as a base; then take theBalm Racy Kacy and pat lightly over the same places you just put Gold. Line the outer 2/3 of the top lid with Tarte liquid liner, and then just the bottom outer third (confused, yet???). Finish with Clinique Lash Power mascara, and the ivory shade in the Teddy Bear quad (this is the old version - the new one is shimmery) as a browbone highlight.

For the rest of the face:
Illamasqua Zygomatic, Tarte Stellar, Laura Mercier Mink.

So that's that. I love the colors in this look and I think I'm gonna repeat this look many more times. 

Also, guys. We're finally catching up on Series 7 of Doctor Who, and we get to watch the anniversary special (finally!) tonight. I'm so excited. SO EXCITED.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Overload: Green and Gold FOTD

Aka, how much makeup can I wear today? I felt like being colorful today. And I miss wearing green eye shadow.
See how many products you can use when you put your mind to it? Ha. Opposite of this.
I tried to keep the greens minimal, because the average person probably only has one or two (or zero, erm) green eye shadows. To do something like this, you just need a light one (I used Bare Minerals Envy - I don't use BM shadows that often, but damn, they're pretty), a dark one (L'Oreal Golden Emerald), and a non-green shade (BM Kiko).
Tarte Gold as a base; Kiko on the inner third, Envy in the middle, Golden Emerald on the outer bit. Smashbox Limitless Liner for an exaggerated cat eye, and Clinique Lash Power mascara.

This is the palette. I like oranges and greens.
theBalm Shameless Shana (brows), Smashbox Limitless Liner, Tarte Gold, BM Envy, BM Kiko, L'Oreal Golden Emerald, MAC Honey Jasmine, Illamasqua Libido, Dior Garçonne, Dior Délice.

I've had a bit of a cold, so my skin was blotchy today. I used my trusty Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach under eyes, and then spritzed some MAC Fix+ on my face before blending on some NARS TM (Finland), to keep coverage lighter and thinner. For cheeks, I stippled a little bit of Libido lightly on cheeks, and layered Honey Jasmine over it. Dior Délice was a little too orange, so I only used a little bit of it, and then layered Garçonne over it. I think the overall lip color was still too pink. 

 Ah, well. I'm happy to have dabbled with color a little bit again.

But I'm still in love with neutrals for now, ha. (And uh, glittery nail polish. Holy cow. More on that later.)

Did you have a great holiday (my US readers)? Shopped any sales? I only shop from home, but damn, my email inbox is overflowing with emails and sales and sales and I'm already exhausted. Still a few more gifts to grab, and then I'm staying away from the internet for a good long while.

Or, erm, until next week. Thanks for reading!