Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blackbird Cosmetics Matte shadow swatches (alternate title: prepare to open your wallet and heart)

Samples from Blackbird Cosmetics.
Fall is the perfect matte shadow season for me. They're nice and toned down enough to go with all the big cozy sweaters you pull out of the attic, and they're a welcome change right before the disco-ball glitter fest that every makeup company bursts into at the mere mention of "holidays". Lately I realized that I don't have nearly enough basics in my collection, and I had my eye on Blackbird. I was debating between their company and another, but their more reasonable shipping was what sealed the deal for me, and damn. I think I chose right.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cruel Cruel Summer

Celebration cake!
How is your summer going? Has it been well?

Mine has been so busy and tiring and full of sweat and immigration paperwork--it's a chore to think about it. I clearly haven't had much time to write, I also sadly haven't been wearing much makeup. Something about the heat makes me want to put practically nothing on my face, since I end up plastered in sweat anyway just going to the grocer.

On my eyes are my beloved Darling Girl Barabarella and Fyrinnae Rapunzel!

Thursday I put on a full face of makeup for the first time in weeks, since I had an interview for my residence permit application. They gave me good marks and said I should get a permit just fine, so I'm very happy. I can now melt into a careless puddle for a few weeks.

I hope your summer is finding you equally carefree and worry-free!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

it's raining, it's pouring

Ruby Woo makes everything better.
Yesterday we ended up having a little outing, got dressed up and went out to eat for lunch. The place we ended up going was a cute, kitschy Italian restauraunt called Mama Maria. My favorite part was that on the last page of the menu they listed all their staff and what languages each of them spoke. At least three of them spoke five languages each!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Smell Your Darlings: Darling Clandestine order & review!

Cretaceous lip balm, Small Saga bitsy vial, Harpy solid perfume.

Ugggggghhhhh I smell amazing.

My Darling Clandestine was waiting for me today when I got back from a haircut and visiting my favorite cafe. I let out a little squeal of delight and ripped it right open. Out came a waterfall of delicious candy and, at the bottom, neatly wrapped, were my items.

I ordered a solid I'd been eyeing, a bitsy vial, and a lip balm, because I cannot resist a good lip balm.

Friday, May 23, 2014

I'm blue over you, Laura Mercier Crème Liner in Cobalt!

Laura Mercier Crème Liner in Cobalt with its partner in crime, my MUFE 250 Extra Fine Liner Brush.

Actually wait, that's not right...because I'm over the moon about this little pot. What's the color for happy? Yellow? Hm, that just doesn't quite sound the same...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Such Makeup. Much Haul. Shiro Anniversary swatches and review. Wow.

 Post ahead. Such eyeshadow contained within. Much sparkle. Very pics.

Friday, April 11, 2014

sakura viewing party.

Sephora Formula X Cherry Blossom topcoat over L'oreal Privee Nude in Doutzen's Nude.
What's that? Can't have your own cherry blossom viewing party this year? Get one on your nails instead!

Sephora released a Cherry Blossom topcoat in their Formula X line this year and I couldn't resist, especially with the 15% off Beauty Insider coupon code being tossed into the mix. I was wary, given that usually topcoats with special shaped glitter never go well, but this was a surprising exception.

The topcoat has love pastel pink matte glitter in 4 sizes, the largest of which is, of course, flower shaped. I expected to have to fish and toss and turn my bottle for the flowers, but I actually didn't. The bottle I received is super chock full of them, and I found getting them is easy with a few well-placed brush dips, no real fishing or effort required.

I am not kidding about the chock full of flowers thing.
The topcoat dries fast, looks lovely and spreads well. The only real downside is that the flowers don't always lay flat, but that's to be expected with large glitter and curvy or small nails, so I can't really consider it a flaw.

Even with six million coats of Polishield, still bumpy. Whoops.

Topcoat is thicker than the glass at Seaworld.
Overall, if you're into cute matte glitter toppers and don't mind some topcoat fussing, this is def a good buy. Especially if you can't get to Japan in time to have your own sakura viewing party.

Where to buy: Sephora, $12.00