Thursday, May 2, 2013

High Maintenance Bloggin': The Woes of Apple Pie

Why is it so hard keeping up with the blogging thing? Ya know I felt so overwhelmed trying to follow other blogs/getting new followers that I lost interest in doing it what I started it for.

Writing whatever came to mind, no effs given what others may think. I mean, I appreciate all the feedback to those who do keep up, but I need to do it for me. Me. Me. Me. ME. me.
In reference to Joan Didion,
"Why I Write. There you have three short unambiguous words that share a sound, and the sound they share is this:
In many ways writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other
people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind. It’s an aggressive, even a hostile act."

Let me impose myself upon you and unburden these thoughts yet written.
I hate Apple Pie. Not really apple pie, but something along the lines of  being defined as "paid position of regular employment." *cough cough* I don't want to diss Apple Pie outright so I reworded it with something I actually love. Mmmm Apple Pie....Aren't you craving some now? ;D

So yes. Apple Pie can suck it. Made with rotten apples, no amount of sugar you keep adding to it can save the damn pie. The once perfect, flaky crust is no longer chilled, and as you overwork the darn thing and try to reshape it, the pie crust begins to crack and crumble. The poor pie crust which once held it altogether has decided it wants to be more than some damn crust. It wants to become a cake. And not just any cake. It wants to become some "Is It Really Better Than Sex? Cake", made by yours truly Paula Deen. I mean who doesn't want to be a cake with a name like that? I'm pretty sure it's just a fancy name for Yellow Cake, but it still beats being a crumbling crust, right?

While the Apple Pie hasn't been dandy in my life, everything else has been. For the most part at least. I really think I've matured quite a bit (coming from the girl comparing "work" to Apple Pie). I've grown up in so many ways but I'm still me. I'm still trying to figure out what I want but I'm not struggling to do so. Whatever happens, happens. So it goes.

Oh what else is going on. All I ever do is Apple Pie and read.

Some books I'm reading at the moment... Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey & American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Once I finish those two I shall pick up Rant by Chuck Palahniuk and the upcoming, Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (The final installment in The Sookie Stackhouse Series!) 

So much reading to do this summer, so little time! And I need to make time for blogging. Gah I'll do an actual beauty post soon. When it strikes my fancy...



P.S. Who is excited for The Great Gatsby? This girl is!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Haul and Update

Hi guys sorry I've been lagging on the posts! I've been crazy busy the past couple months. I picked up a second job and shit has been crazy! Ya know, the weather, holidays, and I've recently become addicted to Korean dramas (it's bad, like real bad) so yeah! Otherwise life has been dandy and I have picked up a few goodies the past two months as you can see below! Is anyone else having difficulty finding good lighting due to the crap weather?

Back Row L to R: Hourglass Veil + No. 28 / YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in B30 / Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Front Row: Chanel Ombre Contraste in Notorious / NARS Blush in Outlaw / MAC Lipstick in Darkside/ MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20

Quick Thoughts: Like it, Love it, or Meh?

Hourglass: Veil Primer: Love it 
Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum: Meh
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat: Like it
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: Love it (Second time repurchasing)
Chanel Ombre Contraste in Notorious: Love it!!!! (Review soon!)
NARS Blush in Outlaw: Like it
MAC Lipstick in Darkside: Like it
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: Love it

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Face Routine: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Deauville

Hi lovelies! I have been sick on and off this week which of course blows. However last week, I filmed an updated foundation routine using NARS Sheer Matte foundation which I reviewed recently. I finished the look using Bobbi Brown's lipstick in Hollywood Red, another beau I've been loving. Enjoy! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red

I've always had mad respect for Bobbi Brown. One of her books, Bobbi Brown: Teenage Beauty, really helped me appreciate understated makeup when I was an angst teenager who was all about the brightest and boldest with glitter and glam. 

There is a lot from her makeup line on my wishlist from her foundation stick to her concealers. So when a good ol' friend gave me a couple of gift cards to Dillards I thought this would be a great way to try their lipsticks.

Retailing at $24, this lipstick is a tad bit more than I usually spend on lipsticks with the majority I own being drugstore or Mac. I decided if I were to to spend that much I would want something a little bold but still something I could wear everyday. I decided to go with Hollywood Red, a bright red with the slightest of blue undertones. To all those who speak in mac lipstick lingo, I would classify this as a Cremesheen.

The formula is long lasting (I know, how vagues does that sound?) and only needed to be re-applied after drinking/eating. And when it did fade after eating, it still left a lovely stain. You can apply the color lightly and blot it to have a sheer color or you can pack it on to have a more opaque color.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Quick Thoughts: Sephora Make Up Artist Brush Set

I have been eyeing this brush set for a couple of years now! Originally priced well over $200, I could never find any means of justifying purchasing it until I saw Sephora's End Of Summer Sale. This brush set which has 15 brushes was on sale for $99! That was $6.60 per brush! With that being said it was while supplies lasted and they sold out like hotcakes! (Sadly!) They still have other brushes on sale so be sure to check it out here!

If you saw in my previous post I got a new camera and my first use for it should  be a vid doing a mini review for the brushes! It would mean a lot if you could give me feedback whether good or bad (though maybe not be  too mean for the bad hahaha)!

*Note the photos below were taken with my iPhone

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Morning

You came in with the breeeeeeeze on Sunday morning. You sure have changed since yesterday, without any warning.

Can anyone guess those lyrics?

If you guessed No Doubt you are correct! Hands down my fav song from them and that's kind of a hard choice since they're all so damn good. Anyone excited for their new album like I am!? Hell yeah!

Anyhoo I am sitting on my sofa curled up under blankets because it is pretty darn cold! Well at least for September.  Jeezus!

Oh I got a new "toy" will which encourage me to take prettier pictures for my blog and try to do more Youtube vids as well. So be prepared! ;D

Isn't she purrrtyyy? :D

In theme of all my ramblings of this morning, I have been tagged numerous times in Liebster/Versatile Blog awards and recently was tagged by Plumi and decided to do this again. Cuz I'm bored. Ya know. LOL.  You can read my last post about this here.

Here are Plumi's questions:

1. If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you do?
oh boy (no pun intended), I would....I honestly don't know. It doesn't appeal to me to do anything that makes guys stand apart  from women ( i.e pee standing up with their junk hanging out, have sex with a woman, etc etc). So I'd probably do the same shit I do as a woman LOL.

2. If you could have any super power, what would it be? 
Flying. Or telekinesis cuz I'm lazy haha. (Remember Prue from Charmed? So badass)

3. Would you rather be too hot, or too cold? 
Too hot. Then I could go swimming! ^__^

4. Who is your role model? And why?
I would say my dad first off. And then Audrey. I like thinking in the way of "What would Audrey do?"

5. If you could invite any 3 people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would they be?
hmmm. All the crazy dead artists/writers from the 20s. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Salvador Dali. It would be a cohesive group of people and I'm sure it would be a rockin' dinner party!

6. Are you a morning person, or a night person?
Night for sure

7. If you could go back, to one moment in your life, what would it be?
I can't say. I try to keep moving forward. Probably with a deceased relative. Grandma, grandpa, etc.

8. What is your current favourite song? 
Refer to title...jk. Ummmm currently, I would say Isabella of Castile by Starfucker.

9. Would you rather eat poo flavoured chocolate, or chocolate flavoured poo? (courtesy of my lovely brother >_<) 
Poo flavored chocolate. It's just the flavor right so it doesn't actually have poo right?? LOL

10. What part of you do you find the most attractive?
Uhhh. My bum. I have a pretty decent bum, LOL.

11. What is your ringtone?
Standard iPhone ringtone that I am too lazy to change...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

You know that feeling you get when you buy a foundation and you're like OMG, this is some Holy Frackin' Grail Shizzit right here?? Well yeah... I am TOTALLY infatuated borderline obsessed with this beau.

I have a love/hate thing with finding THE perfect foundation. The first obstacle when you're on the hunt for something new is finding the perfect shade. I can be lucky with this part, being both neutral and light, as most shades will cater to my skin whether be it more pink or more yellow. However some of the "neutral" shades never are quite neutral enough for me. Deauville is just that for me. It has a balance of pink and yellow... leaning a little more yellow (which I like) and matching my skin tone perfectly.

Once you find a close to perfect shade, you next try to find the right amount of coverage... Is it light enough? Is it buildable? Is it going to make my skin look like actual skin still? You know what I mean. The title for this foundation is self explanatory, it has sheer coverageIt's what I want from a tinted moisturizer but never quite get, that light airy feeling without caking up when my skin gets oily later through the day. Sheer Matte is also buildable. While it's not going to cover my acne perfectly, it does a damn good job with the acne scars. But hey a little concealer for that and I am good. It dries matte but still looks like my skin. I do get a bit of shine throughout the day but the foundation itself doesn't separate like others have. 

 For the time being, this is the closest foundation to perfection. Perfect match, perfect feeling, perfect coverage.... oh and did I mention, this stuff will stick to your face for all you oily gals who hate when your makeup melts off? Yeah it's perfect for that too. 

My ONLY drawback? It doesn't come with a pump! Forreals NARS? I just shucked out $42 on this and you're gonna make me pay an extra $6 for a pump (which I have yet to get because Sephora doesn't carry it....GO FIGURE). In the meantime I have been divvying it out with a q-tip. *sigh* 

*(Another detail which I'm not sure where to insert): I haven't tried the Sheer Glow foundation, so I have no idea what that one is like or how it compares to Sheer Matte ^_^;

Here it is compared to some concealers and foundations that I own. As you can see the shade is very different compared to the two Makeup Forever foundations and looking at swatches of other shades from both MUFE lines, I find this NARS shade to be very unique.

Have you guys found any new "HG" foundations? Lemme know in a comment below :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sephora Haul!

OK, so the actual haul isn't that big, I technically purchased 4 things and got some freebies. With that being said.... the star of the show, the main event, the cherry on frackin' top is a little big and I'll save that one item for an upcoming post! Without further ado here is what I got!

Can you guess which bad boy I am saving for my next post??
If you guessed the Sephora Makeup Artist Starter Set guessed correctly! This bad boy needs its own dedicated post!

 sample size of Makeup Forever's lipstick in N45 (a shiny red)

Buxom Cream Lipgloss in White Russian

This lipgloss does have a tingling effect like their lip plumpers but I honestly don't see a difference in "plumpness" of my lips.

I got this Contouring brush on sale for $5! What a steal!

Compared to my other contour brushes: Top: Mac 165 (LE) / Middle: Real Techniques Contouring Brush / Bottom: Sephora's Contouring Brush

***So I began writing an essay on the NARS Sheer Matte foundation pictured above in the box....but I think I'll write an entire review separately from this post, so keep an eye out for it!***