I have a thing for buying blush. For a long time my favourite everyday blush was NARS Deep Throat, and that should have been that. Why mess with perfection? Well, what if there is even better perfection out there?
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I… need to stop buying makeup. It is a problem. Not a problem as in ‘I can’t pay my rent and we’re going to get evicted but at least my face looks nice’, but more ‘I am not putting enough money into savings each week and I probably should be smarter with my money’.
I’m going to do Project 10 Pan, kind of. I’ve gone through my collection and pulled out a couple of things I could use more, or use up (if appropriate). It is cheating if I’m using deluxe samples?
Having punished you about our favourite makeup products for several months now, we thought it would only be fair if we gave you guys a chance to try them out! We’ve been collecting our favourites, including things we’ve reviewed and loved, into one big giveaway prize. Harriet and I are actually really excited about giving all this away to someone, because we genuinely love everything that’s included.
It has taken a good couple of years with an increasing interest in makeup (culminating in my alarmingly large collection and a complete lack of perspective over how reasonable it is to be obsessed with cosmetics) for me to even attempt contouring. My first plan of attack: know your enemy. I’ve collected five of the internet makeup world’s favourite matte bronzing & contouring products, from NARS, Benefit, Too Faced, NYX and Bourjois. I think I’m really only lacking Illamasqua Hollow and Chanel’s Tan de Soleil de Mousse de Expensive (which I once had a dream about). When you look at them side by side it’s much easier to tell which will be best for your needs.
I finished uni a couple of weeks ago, and that also meant leaving my part time job at the cafe I’ve worked at for two years. It is probably a little weird how much I loved and hated it there. I didn’t really enjoy being on my feet all day, and always being in a hurry, and spending more time caked in milk and coffee than I did clean. But I loved the team and the customers, and making coffee. I loved being good at something that not everyone can do, and while it’s not even two weeks since I had my last shift, I already miss it. Coffee’s a helluva drug, man. I decided to channel this into makeup because that’s what kind of a guy I am. Today I’ve got three looks for you: coffee vibes, what I actually wore to work, and what I wore to work when I gave myself more than 4 minutes to get ready.
I don’t know if this is a trend at the moment or if it’s just me, but I’ve become obsessed with orangey brown, muddy eye makeup. There’s something a bit more low key about a blown out, imperfect eye rather than a really precise winged liner, and I’m really into it. Especially with my orangey brown hair and semi green eyes, and moving into summer, this is the colour combination I’m reaching for most at the moment. Depending on the time of day and the situation, I vary the intensity, but I generally start with MAC’s Painterly all over my lid. This paint pot is described as a nude beige, and it’s almost exactly the same colour as the skin around my eyes. I find my eye makeup lasts way better with this as a base, and colours show up better on top of it.
It’s getting sunny and Harriet and I don’t know how to deal with it. Hyacinth Girl is venturing into the realm of the unknown: in her last post Harriet talked about experimenting with fake tan and now I’m discovering the nightmare that is understanding facial sunscreen. I knew SPF is a thing that I need; that’s about where it stopped until I did a bit of reading. When you start getting into the specifics of what it is and how it works you need to get your science on, and it’s definitely not something you can afford to ignore unless you want to be a) burned and b) cancerous.
A razor’s a razor, right? (I’ll tell you now, the answer is WRONG).
I’ve never really paid much attention to what razor I use. There are about three floating around (heh) in my bathroom right now and I have a bag of disposables under my sink from when I was in a hurry on holiday.
We hit a little milestone a few weeks ago when Argania sent us their new fake tan to try. Me and Morgan were both embarrassingly excited about this and there was a lot of talk about how our blog is real now and we are bloggers. The products themselves were a little terrifying to me though, because I have literally never used fake tan. I wear jeans nearly year round so my legs are typically so pale they’re a little purple. It’s frightening.
Here’s the tan extender (RRP $24.99) pictured with an excellent bottle of lotion which smells like a fancy drink in a coconut with a tiny umbrella.
Clear acrylic drawers from MUJI are the Youtube Guru standard for storing and displaying makeup (that and the IKEA Alex drawers!). MUJI is kind of like a Japanese IKEA – lots of minimal, sensible home goods with cute bits and pieces thrown in.
Last month I took the plunge and bought my first pieces of MUJI storage. In this post I’ll outline exactly what I got and what it cost, and if you stay to the end you’ll find a code for 20% off at MUJI.