LIFE | Last minute prep for a big life change

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Today is the first day of March, and tomorrow is my first day of makeup school. I went to my orientation day last week and it sounds like the course is going to be really, really fun. I’m essentially leaving my job to do this, and based on what I heard at orientation, I won’t regret it, but I am kind of nervous and still don’t really know what to expect.

I’ve been trying to get Hyacinth Girl ready, as I don’t want the blog to lapse while I focus on school. I will be reducing my posting schedule ever so slightly – I think I’ll switch from posting every three days to twice a week.

The other thing I got from orientation is how intense the course will be, in all sorts of ways. I’m a little nervous, so I’m taking some time out now (Sunday evening) to get ready: washing my hair, removing all the unwanted body hair I’m usually super lazy with, painting my nails.

LIFE | What I got for my birthday

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I turned twenty-five last week. People are asking me what it feels like, whether I feel older. I don’t know? I just feel like regular old Morgan. I think people also expected me to get a bunch of makeup for my birthday, but the thing is, when writing about makeup is kind of your job, it loses its appeal as a gift. I’ve also reached the age where I don’t really expect big gifts, but I got some all the same.

My aunt, uncle and cousins sent me a Lotto ticket, which is a sign that I have truly escaped the age of “better send the kid a present” and transitioned into the age of “we didn’t forget it was your birthday but you’re an adult now”. No shade, by the way. Checking the ticket was kind of fun. I didn’t win anything.

FACE | Ballerina bun & Heroine FOTD

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Purple lipstick is my jam. I crowned MAC Heroine as my favourite when I was interviewed for FishHead Magazine, and I think it still holds true. So rarely are purple lipsticks a) actually purple, rather than simply a purple-toned pink, and b) somehow still acceptable enough for you to wear them all day without everyone commenting on your lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I like when people comment on my lipstick, but sometimes it’s more of an ‘oh, your lipstick is …interesting, rather than a genuine ‘I really like your lipstick’. (I’ve swatched some of my other favourite purple lipsticks further down this post.)

Second note: My hair is finally long enough to do a ballerina bun! I figured I should try the bun donut I bought, seeing as how it didn’t get used in my xoVain hair tutorial.

BODY | Orange legs and body butter

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I’ve been thinking about my summer legs vibes. Summer legs vibes? Leg vibes? Singular? Whatever. Legs. It’s summer. I’ve been getting my legs out as much as possible, because I quite like them, and it is hot. I feel like I go all year wondering when it is ever warm enough to have bare arms and legs, and then when it’s hot in summer I don’t take advantage of it. I guess legs have (optional) maintenance needs. I tend to grow my leg hair all year round, but I do like to take it off in the summer. And slather them with coconut-scented body butter. And then there’s the question of tan…

LIFE | Caring for your tattoo (and yourself)

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I may or may not have mentioned that I got my second tattoo late last year. It’s a cat on my left thigh, and it’s a memorial piece for my (really rad) aunt who passed away five years ago in December. The line work is finished, and it needs shading and colouring, but I’m not in a huge hurry to get it done. That’s the thing about tattoos. There’s no rush. They’re not going to go away.

Tattoo aftercare is specific to your artist, and I would never suggest anyone take my advice over a professional’s. I did want to write a bit about caring for your tattoo, though. And how to survive getting a tattoo, although I may not be the best source of advice for this. I fainted after this piece was finished.

FACE | Milani Bella Eyes eyeshadow FOTD

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I liked this photo so much that I made it my sidebar profile photo, even though my hand looks weird as hell. Callum says it makes my eyes look swollen, and maybe it does, but if you look close enough you’ll see that’s metallic copper eyeshadow underneath my eyes, and definitely not swelling. This look was mostly to test out the Milani Bella Eyes gel powder eyeshadows – I’ve got Bella Copper and Bella Espresso. I’ve paired it with a couple of new lipsticks, as well as finding that Bella Copper is a dupe for an old MAC favourite.

LIPS | Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats vs MAC lip pencils

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I, like the rest of the world, am really into lip liners at the moment. I’ve actually kinda always been into lip liner. I find that, on the whole, they’re easier to control and have better pigmentation and wear time than most lipsticks. I’ve been gradually building my MAC Lip Pencil collection, because there are tons of them and they’re always great, and of course all those neutral-warm-mauve ones are popular at the moment. I also grabbed two Charlotte Tilbury ones as part of my haul last month, so I thought, why not compare them?