I remember having a long and heated argument with an ex-boyfriend about whether wearing fake glasses for fashion purposes was stupid or not (I said it was, he said it wasn’t). That argument isn’t relevant today because although these glasses don’t have my prescription in them, they will very shortly, and I need that prescription to be able to see properly. You don’t see me wearing glasses on my blog that often because it’s hard to take photos without getting reflections in the lenses, but I wear them every day of my life.
The glasses I’m showing off in this post are the Marc Jacobs Havana frames*, a very cool and slightly outside of my comfort zone pair of glasses that have newly come into my life as a gift from Smart Buy Glasses. They’re blue! The longer I’ve worn glasses, the braver I’ve become with the style I wear—I started out with quite a conservative Carter Bond pair before my current default frames from Bailey Nelson.
Despite intending to write this blog post years ago, I’ve never written about how I change my makeup for glasses, so I’m going to do that today!
Last post was a bit heavy so I’ll give you this makeup look to lighten the mood slightly before another Depression Haul. I had been saving lots of my new products to photograph so after I took photos I put them all on my face. This look centres around MAC Plumage eyeshadow, the great teal-blue shadow from my last post. It has shit pigmentation (no really, it’s awful) but I layered and layered it until it looked decent. I tried it with a couple of different lip colours, both of which I’ve shown here, and one of which is the grey-blue Halsey one which is damn awesome.
On a particularly bad day last month I arrived home to find a box containing the Sigma Fall 2015 collection on my doorstep (short of the lipsticks, which I haven’t swatched yet, sorry ’bout it). I’ve never used Sigma makeup before – or their brushes, really, aside from feeling them when I visited the Beauty Bliss pop-up store and then immediately coveting them. I know people are hesitant to buy makeup from brands that are primarily sold online, because the experience of seeing the product in person is so important to making the decision to buy. With that in mind, here is a swatch-heavy post with thorough reviews of each product, so hopefully you can make an informed decision. I’m no Temptalia, but this was fun to put together, so whatever. The range launches properly in a couple of days!
I’m feeling unusually positive towards New Year’s resolutions this year, and the circumstances call for drastic measures. There’s just one resolution, but it’s a big one: no buying makeup. I’ve tried this twice before, with no luck, so I’m calling on some community support and a good old fashioned star chart to get me through.
Christel and Camille have started a series on their blog called Everyday Face, and today it’s my turn to share mine. Over on Makeupper I’m talking skincare, and here on Hyacinth Girl I’ll be sharing the products I used in the finished look, which is also the look above, and is also the look I’m wearing at work nine times out of ten lately.
You know how people hate rollercoasters? I’m like that, but more… I have been known to cry on a ferris wheel before. Usually on a plane I can handle it because most of the time I can pretend I’m just sitting in a weirdly shaped, loud room.
I’ve always thought I was pretty down with flying, but lately it seems that’s not actually the case. When I flew to Adelaide and back last month I was fine, but the planes were big and I was travelling as my grandmother’s guide, so I had more important things to think about than my own fear. My flights to and from Christchurch for the MUO meetup were significantly more scary. The smaller propeller planes on the Wellington-Christchurch route are apparently safer in case of emergency, but they bump around a lot more in flight.
Nothing’s going to distract me completely from scary flights, but one thing that makes me slightly more comfortable is knowing I’m prepared. Here’s what I always make sure to keep with me in my carry on, for flights big or small.
What you’re looking at here is my face with more than $2000 worth of makeup on it. It’s about the same value as my car. That is, in theoretical terms, if I were to buy every product used.
I got my makeup done at Mecca Cosmetica in Kirkcaldie and Stains in Wellington for my birthday, and because it was a special occasion I asked Kate, the makeup artist working on me, to use the fanciest products they had. She certainly delivered! I couldn’t help but itemise everything she used, to try to remember them all, but also to figure out exactly how fancy and expensive of a face it was.