Friday, February 27, 2015
I'm sure all my fellow makeup addicts have seen photos and swatches of the new Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes by now. Seems like they've been a pretty major fail across the board, with an unfortunate texture that's just inexcusable in such a high-end brand.
But, on a happier note, I wanted to take a look at two of their earlier releases, from which much of their caché has come.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is everything I dreamed it would be. Two of the shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light, can be purchased separately, but Incandescent Light is exclusive this this palette. They're really all lovely and I've been enjoying the palette both for its variety and compactness. Incandescent Light is my favorite, though, it works perfectly as a highlight and also manages to give my makeup a glow without looking oily when used lightly all over the face.
Now, when I was making my Christmas list, that was the palette I had in mind, but one of Sephora's elves accidentally gave Santa the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. I was aware that these blushes were pretty universally loved, and once I had it in my greedy little hands, I just couldn't part with it. Like the first palette, the middle shade, Incandescent Electra, is exclusive. The most interesting shade for me, though is Mood Exposure, a dusty plum mixed with the powder shade Mood Light. It gives my cheeks the most perfect, luminous color and the application seems to be pretty much foolproof.
I highly recommend either of these palettes, if you can snag them. The packaging is pretty damn fly, too, which shouldn't matter, but we all know it does. They're a pretty penny, but they've been a standout addition to my makeup collection.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Over the past year, most of the major drugstore brands have really stepped up their game in the quality department. I've been making the effort to find some eyeshadows that stand up to their pricier counterparts, and it's been a pretty good ride. Sure though, there's been a bump in the road, too...
Wet 'n' Wild makeup is so inexpensive that it makes you a little wary. I finally took the plunge, though, and picked up their 8-pan eyeshadow palette in Comfort Zone and It. Is. Awesome. The left column has four more neutral shades, while the right side is a little more vibrant, including one of the most interesting shades I've ever seen. The definer shade on that side is pretty much what I always want MAC Club to be and never is. The pigmentation on almost every shade in this palette is outrageous, and at $4 for eight shadows, it's a damn steal.
Another drugstore win is the Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige. I already loved Bad to the Bronze from this line, but this matte shade is pretty much perfect as both an eyeshadow base and an all over the lid color for a simple makeup day. It's so easy to apply, I just swipe it across my eyelid with my finger and blend it out a little in the crease, sometimes with a brush if I feel like it, but I usually just use a different finger. This has been going on my eyes pretty much every day, either by itself or underneath the Comfort Zone Palette
Unfortunately, I also managed to come across one of the worst eyeshadows I've ever encountered. I heard and read so many good things about the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows, and when I spied Smoldering Plum, I thought I'd give it a try. I love wearing plum shades because they make the green in my eyes pop, but this just did not live up to my expectations. In addition to reading as more of a black-gray color when I swatched it, the patchiness almost made me want to give up there. I didn't though, I persevered and discovered that the longevity was basically nonexistent. Not sure if this color was just a dud, or what, but I was seriously bummed out.
Monday, February 23, 2015
But I can't predict the future, all I can do is keep painting my nails. I've been doing so slightly less often lately because my cuticles are busted and my nails are dried out. Anyone have any solutions? Mostly, I've just resorted to compulsive moisturizing with Soap and Glory's Hand Food, my favorite hand cream.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
My Valentine's gift to myself was one of the books I was actually looking forward to reading, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.
I picked up a volume that has all three novels in the trilogy, and I've actually already finished the first one and the second, Authority. I think anyone who likes books or thinking should read these books. Probably also you should give it a go if your human. And if you're another literate being outside of that, you should give it a go, too. Vandermeer's writing is so well-crafted, and the story so creepily captivating, that reading it feels a little bit like having it worm into your mind and drive you a little insane.
It's centered around something called Area X, a mostly impenetrable area that popped up in an otherwise unremarkable section of coast about thirty years prior to the start of the first novel. That's all I'm going to say, this is one of those times when going in blind makes it that much more enjoyable.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Since I was looking forward to spring when I made my choices, the set I chose definitely has a sort of spring garden-y bent. The palest pink is Madison, a translucent pale pink I'm hoping will look great with a traditional French manicure or on a less flashy nail day. The green is Neely; I got it because it reminds me a great deal of Essie's Absolutely Sure, an old favorite. I'm hoping it improves on the formula of that color, in addition to being slightly brighter. Last, we have Mia, an opaque creme dusty rose that I've given a test run and am very pleased with.
The minis are, from left to right, Charlotte, Severine, and Anais. Charlotte is greige with a distinct yellow undertone that I fear may look a bit sickly against my skin tone. Severine appears to be a truly divine gold that's a cross between a shimmer and a metallic. Fingers crossed it doesn't show brushstrokes. Anais is a nearly black grey-brown with a slight silver shimmer. I'm eager to see if any of that reads on the nail, as this is not a color that I would normally have chosen and thus for which I have no dupes in my collection.
Overall, I'm real pleased, and I can't wait to give them all a good try. Did any of you take advantage of this offer?
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I started and finished Holly Black's Black Heart, whatever, judge me if you want. I'm afraid that I'm finally an adult because the star-crossed love stories in these teen lit books look an awful lot like hormone driven stupidity to me. C'mon y'all, there's nothing wrong with getting you all sorted before you go on hitching your life and all your choices to another human being. You can still date each other in the meantime.
I bet the really good ones wouldn't make me feel that way. But I'm not reading any of those right now because they're ALWAYS ON HOLD. And I've run out of hold spaces. Sigh.
Can't even lie, I'm really off pace right now and it's only February. I got on a knitting jag, and I cannot, in fact, read and knit at the same time. The blanket I'm knitting is turning out great, though, so there's that. Whatever, I'm not getting graded on any of this.
Monday, February 9, 2015
What shades do you like to wear at this time of the year?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Still reading A Voyage Long and Strange. Not surprising.
My mom came into town on Saturday, so I haven't been reading as much, but I did manage to start the third book in that series by Holly Black, which shall remain nameless. Also borrowed Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire from the library, and it seems like it could be an interesting endeavor.
I impulse purchased Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but I haven't started it yet. Have any of you read this? Did I make a mistake?
Monday, February 2, 2015
I guess it can't be non-stop hits all the time, but I do wish this had lived up to its potential, as it could have been a winter mainstay for me.