Sunday, December 14, 2014

mac python and the holy grail

Mac Face&Body N1 in natural light.
The top swatch and has dried and oxidized some, the bottom swatch is fresh.
Foundation, for me, has to be one of the worst makeup things on the planet, but probably not for the reasons you think.

I am not really a "face" junkie. I'm a lipstick junkie, nail polish junkie, eyeshadow junkie in training. I love colors, and by extension, putting them on my face. Before my nails reached a state of ruin the likes of the Parthenon, I changed my polish weekly, sometimes less. I like changing colors and putting on new ones based on mood and season and fashion trends and whatever other influences come up.

My skin, however, kinda usually stays the same.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

with visions of golden doodles

The Golden Doodle fullsize shadow, complete with Mr. Grizz sticker!

Sometimes the things we love most in the world have to leave us.

For me, it's been almost a year, but that thing was my beloved buddy Mr. Grizz. (His real name is Grizz, but for some reason I got stuck calling him with the Mister part, and I will insist upon calling him that until the end of ages.) He was a very sweet, loving boy who we'd adopted when he was about a year old from someone who was moving and couldn't take him with them. We had him for six years, and in his seventh year we noticed one day he was drinking a lot more water than normal, and it turned out his soft, fluffy body wasn't doing so well. He passed from lymphoma about 4 days before Christmas last year.

Even now I talk about him a lot, not just because I loved him but because I still love him, in present tense. Even if he's gone the fluffy and warm joy, understanding and caring he gave me still settles very deep in my heart. I love him so much that even though he's physically left me, I'm determined to keep his spirit with me.

And, as it turns out, sometimes thanks to a small windfall, the things that leave us come back to us in unexpected ways too.

L to R: Skittles, Golden Doodle, Al'thor

Friday, December 5, 2014

darling clandestine, full of grace, the oud is with thee

Darling Clandestine's Grace
(It came fuller than this, I decanted two samples for friends.)

Grace is a tiny perfume with a grand personality.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

witch claws

Essie Gold as It Gets over Essie Wicked

I know, I didn't clean the edges up yet. Sue me.

My nails are, for all intents and purposes, absolutely awful at this time. Having and immune system that likes to attack its own commander from the inside out will do that. As such, I've turned to applying falsies occasionally to make my broken nails and arthritic fingers better able to wear nail polish, which is one of my biggest and favorite vices after lipstick.

Fake nails are way too expensive for me to just enjoy being able to buy once a few months without some sort of conscience guilt, so I bought some nice oval ones off of eBay for a few bucks. They came and were too long for my taste, so I cut and filed them until I felt like they were short enough but still long and pointy enough to make me feel like an appropriate witchy badass or something.

They do make it a bit challenging to type though. I feel like one of those cats wearing shoes you always see on Youtube.

se on sunnuntai

Fyrinnae shadows in Rapunzel Had Extensions, Koala, Work Safe Blue, Agenda, Serendipity.
It is Sunday. My skin is a mess and for breakfast I had leftover spagetti noodles with butter and curry paste and like 3 cups of coffee. I wore snow boots without socks over my pajamas to the grocer up the street to buy milk.

Can't have coffee without maito.

It is very much Sunday.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

vast improvement

Mars! Sorta...

V-chan! Or well more like...B-chan.

This isn't really an actual important or exciting blog post to anyone who isn't me, but the other day we were cleaning and my gf found some bootleg Sailor Moon stickers she had, so I used them to vastly improve my NARS blush palette and Motorola. I mean, that NARS palette was like 50 bucks man. For that much it deserves the sticker treatment.

There is really nothing that holographic knock-off magical girl stickers can't improve, except maybe dogs. Dogs are good enough that they don't really need improvement.

Does anyone else get the DIY urge when they get a blank palette or notebook or phone and they just have to customize it?

Monday, November 24, 2014

a crime of passion (performance colors swatch & review)

The face of a notorious lipstick smuggler.

I swear, I did it for the good of mankind. Or mekind. That's the same thing, right? Maybe. I'd heard so so many good things about Performance Colors that I couldn't resist any longer. I was really in the market for an orange-red since the beginning of October, and they had what needed to be mine: inexpensive, pigmented, and just plain good.

Or so I'd been told my numerous IMAM reviews, and I'd trust IMAM with my baby even if it was a dingo, so...

When I needed to import a [redacted] from [redacted] for my girlfriend for Christmas, I also may have used the opportunity to shoot my darling mother an email asking her to bundle both my orders up and ship them over here to me in the not-so-deep north.

Needless to say, I have a wonderful mother. (She also sent us some packets of Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate mix, bless you mom.)