If this isn’t a match made in high-low heaven, I don’t know what is.
While I was looking up swatches of Deborah Lippmann’s Let It Bleed (and therefore creating a lemming) , I found this gorgeous mani on Pinterest. She paired it with OPI DS Indulgence, which I don’t own. I thought it looked similar to Hard Candy’s Beetle, so after I painted my claws with Let It Bleed, this happened:
Hard Candy’s Beetle is quite sheer on its own, and I have to use at least 3-4 coats to achieve full opacity. However, when layered over a dark color like this, two coats and it absolutely GLOWS. Seriously, this combination was ridiculously pretty, especially in the sun.
A blurry picture that captured Beetle’s beautiful duo-chrome shift.
And to think I was seriously considering throwing Beetle away!
Unfortunately, Hard Candy has (sorta) recently reformulated their entire nail polish line, and Beetle is now discontinued. You could search for a dupe, or take your chances on eBay.
I’ve been rewatching HBO’s True Blood here and there, whenever I want to be entertained by something absolutely ridiculous. It’s not a very good show, but it’s so effin’ campy, it’s hilarious.
Because I’m so behind on popular shows, I only just discovered Deborah Lippmann True Blood Let It Bleed, even though the collection came out like, eleventy billion years ago. It was released in a duo set with a sheer berry colored lipstick. Since I was only interested in the nail polish, I found and bought the polish alone on eBay for a paltry $8.
This color stands out in the collection because it’s scented when dry. Not like blood, though! It’s the HSN’s True Blood fragrance in Forsaken. I’ve never smelled the actual fragrance in the bottle, and a quick look on Google tells me that nail bloggers have said that the fragrance of the polish differs from the eau de parfum.
It’s such a lovely, moody color. Elegant and edgy. LIKE PAM. I love Pam so much, omfg.
I realize that it’s probably completely “inappropriate” for the spring/summer season we’re in now, but let’s just pretend that I either a) live in the Southern Hemisphere (I don’t), or b) I don’t give a fuck about seasonally appropriate colors and I wear whatever I want (yep).
My swatches aren’t the best, but colors like these are actually hard to work with, for me. I’m crap at painting up to the cuticle neatly, and something this dark just emphasizes my less-than-stellar skills.
Also, I think I waited until the next morning to take pictures, so you can see the tell-tale bed sheets smudges!
Howdy. I’m in the middle of an 11-days-in-a-row + 8-days-in-a-row work stretch, so I probably won’t be posting much until I get a day off. However, since I don’t start until late today, I’m able to squeeze in a bit of time for a frivolous post! (Although, let’s be honest, beauty blogging as a whole is pretty frivolous.)
As if I need another red lipstick. This one is described as “deep red with tonal shimmer.” I’m not into shimmery lipsticks, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to give this one a try. It’s an urbandecay.com exclusive. I think that’s probably the only reason I want it.
This mug needs to be in my life. I originally saw this on keikolynn.com, and I immediately went looking for it. I was all set to order it, but it turns out it’s one of those websites that refuses to acknowledge that Alaska and Hawaii are part of the United States. I understand that a lot of companies don’t want to ship outside of the contiguous US, or even charge extra because it has to be shipped via air vs. ground. But I can’t even enter my billing information. I can’t order and pay for it, and send it to somewhere in the lucky 48 states. I’M SO ANNOYED.
However, they do have a brick-and-mortar store in Brooklyn. I’ll be in New York in September for a cousin’s wedding, so I will hunt it down then. MUST. OWN.
These are pure fragrance oils designed to be mixed together to create a new fragrance. I came across this a couple days ago in my local Sephora. It comes with a little “recipe” book with suggestions on different mixes, or you could create your own. It’s expensive, $150, but considering how many different perfumes I have, I doubt I’d burn through these very quickly. But I have no room to store more perfumes, so this one will probably remain on my wish list forever, with no intention to buy it. Sigh.
5. Bésame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet 1946
I can actually check this one off the list, though. I started writing this post last week, and since then I’ve already ordered and received this beauty from Sephora. Hayley Atwell’s tweet caused quite a flurry in the beauty world, and I was so excited when I saw Bésame’s lipsticks were finally available at Sephora, along with a couple of their brightening powders.
And now a question I’ll pose to my army of probably two readers: what’s currently on your most wanted list?
Next stop on our tour of the Red Lips District: theBalm The Balm Girls lipstick in Mia Moore!
People seem to either love or hate theBalm’s cheeky and cheesy packaging. I, for one, love it. Puns and all.
Once you get the bullet out of the packaging, though, it’s pretty nondescript.
In fact, it looks like a silver version of the easily recognizable MAC lipsticks. Here’s the one MAC lipstick I own, for reference.
It’s a bright, orange-y red on me. It was a bit dry when I first applied it, but I hadn’t touched the tube in awhile. In fact, I don’t think I ever wore it until I finally got around to preparing this post!
In any case, it wore well and held its own after a meal of ramen noodles. It did fade a bit unevenly in the middle, but that’s to be expected. It was also drying, but nothing a slick of lip balm won’t fix.
I’m wearing a bunch of other theBalm things on my face. Just to keep it consistent, you know.
theBalm Nude ‘Tude palette – Selfish, Silly, Sleek
theBalm Overshadow – Work is Overrated
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner – Corrupt
Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay smart mascara
theBalm The Balm Girls lipstick – Mia Moore
A note: I myself bought Mia Moore (and pretty much ALL of my theBalm products) from Hautelook. The last time I ordered, some items arrived damaged. Cindy-Lou Manizer was shattered (I pressed it back together with alcohol), a concealer jar was cracked, and this lipstick was oddly melted.
To be fair, when I received the box, it felt really warm, like it had been sitting in the delivery truck in the hot sun all day long. Still, Hautelook has great customer service, and when I emailed them about this, they actually refunded me (well, gave me Hautelook credit) on all the damaged products. So essentially, they were all free.
I’ve ordered makeup from Hautelook many, many times, and in my experience, this was NOT the norm. I was just unlucky. However, I have read several stories that Cindy-Lou Manizer arrived cracked (not just Hautelook, but in general), so I think it’s an overall fragile product.
theBalm is on sale on Hautelook until Tuesday, May 4th, 8 AM PST. Please feel free to use my invite link, if you want.
It’s been ages since I wrote a Red Lips District post. If you’re new here, it’s pretty straight-forward: over the years, I (mysteriously) amassed a lot of red lipsticks. I’m going through them one by one in this series, cheesily titled Red Lips District.
Today: The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick 115 Enraptured Red. There are several reds in this new Colour Crush line, but this one is by far the boldest. It’s blue-based and very punchy.
It’s quite a classy red and I had wanted it for ages. I finally bought it during the holidays last year.
However, because it’s so bright and bold, this color (most reds, really) drains the rest of my face. I always apply the lipstick first, then take a step back to see exactly how much blush/bronzer I need to bring color and balance back to my face.
By the way, if this FOTD seems seasonally out of place, it’s because I already used this look in my New Year’s Eve post. If you want, you can read that post by clicking on my mug.