Tuesday, April 15, 2014

blue is the warmest color

Wearing Laura Mercier Creme Liner in Cobalt

The bigger the wings, the higher you fly.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

17 Days Left In The United States of America

A perfect pack of mini Haribo. No green.

In 17 days I am moving abroad for an indefinite and perhaps infinite amount of time. It is a strange feeling, I've packed suitcases before but I've never packed one with the intent of cramming my entire life into it. I both know what to take but also don't.

I think this sort of thing is very impossible to prepare for.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Saving MAC Heroine

MAC Heroine is my favorite MAC lipstick, not just that I own, but my favorite of all of them. There's a reason for that, not just the beautiful bright purple color, but also because Heroine was nearly my first MAC lipstick and first MAC product altogether. I say nearly because what had happened was my family had gone on a shopping trip in mid April on a Wednesday, and I was incredibly excited because the new MAC collections at the time, MAC Tres Cheek and Reel Sexy, were releasing.

What I didn't realize until I got to the MAC counter was that I'd gotten the date wrong and was a day early. I ended up leaving with Viva Glam Nicki but was incredibly crushed that I wouldn't be able to purchase the blush I wanted, Full of Joy.

Where I live to get to a MAC counter it's at least a good hour, and that involves a long and complicated drive through the city. It ended up the next day my mother needed to go close to the city to get some things at Costco, and with a little bit of hinting she drove all the way to the mall and the MAC counter.

My heart exploded, I purchased both Full of Joy from Tres Cheek and Heroine from Reel Sexy.

Heroine is still special to me to this day because I remember the intense joy I felt both buying it and wearing it, the happiness that my mother went through such trouble to let me purchase the makeup I wanted.

Then in August, tragedy struck. I wore Heroine out for the day and stuck it in my denim vest pocket. The vest was washed, Heroine with it. It was a sad, melted mess.

Nonetheless, I kept the bullet and held onto it, either in hopes maybe I could use it with a lip brush (which I never did) or in hopes it'd be re-released (which it has been, but I missed out on it with the Fashion Sets and did not get around to buying it when it went permanent earlier this year).

It remained fairly untouched until now, since I've been cleaning out some of my make-up drawer, as I am moving shortly. Tonight I was in the process of cleaning a MAC foundation sample from one of their cute little sample jars, when inspiration struck. The jar was adorable, and I loved the little MAC logo on the lid, but I wanted to put something MAC-related in it if I was going to keep it.

But what?

And that is when I decided that tonight I would save my tube of Heroine after over a year and a half of mourning.

Under the cut is the photo essay of my clumsy but heartfelt project.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


There it is.
There it is, do you see it there in the front? That deep reddish copper? That's Fyrinnae's Serendipity. I know, I know. It doesn't look impressive here. But please believe me. No words can describe it. It's smooth, easy to blend and apply...and a color-shifting dream.

Magic, damn.

Really magic.
Like I said, no words needed.

Get it now: Fyrinnae, $6.25 for a full-size jar

Thursday, March 13, 2014

say hello to gorgeous shadows from Hello Waffles

Hello Waffles samples, de-bagged and potted by me.
I'm quite tired for a long review today, so I'll make this quick: Tangled, Frozen, and Alice in Wonderland? In gorgeous loose shadow form? Shop owner is super sweet? Yep. Hello Waffles has it. They got it all. They even make some super-cute tinted lip balms!

My order consisted of 5 shadows, three from her Frozen-inspired collection and two from her Tangled-inspired one. She also threw in a sample of her shadow in Olaf for free, which I also adore. I have a full size of Magic Hair on the way, but it will be very tempting to go back and order some other full sizes of these as well.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

swatches & samples from shiro cosmetics!

My two shadows I ordered, plus samples!!
Recently I've been browsing Reddit a little too much, mostly in the indie make-up section. I'd heard of Shiro Cosmetics before but hadn't ever taken the indie plunge to buy from them, or any indie company. I'm not quite sure what my bias was, or why it existed, but I'm extremely pleased I overcame it. I ordered two full-size shadows from Shiro and couldn't be happier.