Happy Thanksgiving!

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Although I’m currently across the pond in England, and my family doesn’t even make a big deal out of it, I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving anyway! Albert and I will be having his friends over on Saturday to celebrate. We will be attempting a roast turkey with stuffing, and a pumpkin pie (neither of which I, as an American, to my great shame, have ever tried to make before). Wish us luck!

Also, a little video about Thanksgiving:

Lastly, good luck to anyone who will be shopping on Black Friday! You are a braver soul than I am, by far.

Mani Monday: OPI Vampsterdam

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Found this mani of OPI Vampsterdam hiding on a memory card, but it’s the last one, I swear.

I bought this a number of years ago, but I’ve only worn it a couple of times. In fact, it took me almost a year to even put it on after I bought it. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. To me, Vampsterdam is a brownish plum color, and none too flattering on me. OPI describes it as “a deep purple for a divine diva,” while The PolishAholic describes it as “a deep plum with silver running through it.”

I’ve left it behind in Hawaii, and most likely I’ll end up giving it away when I go through my polishes again.

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But I suppose that’s the beauty of having this blog. At least I’ll have documented it, and it’s okay if I let it go now. “Take a picture, it’ll last longer.”

However, if this color is up your alley, you can still buy it. The swatch on the OPI website looks absolutely nothing like the one I have. I’m not sure if they’ve re-vamped (ha) the formula? Additionally, it’s also available as a gel color.

FOTD: All Matte Eye

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Another FOTD from my backlog folder. I wanted to challenge myself with matte eye shadows, since shimmery shades are by far more forgiving, and easier to blend.

Obviously, it’s been a minute since I actually wore this, and while I took a picture of the products I used, it’s not a complete gathering, and I’m a little confused as to why?? For example, I’m not sure which black gel eyeliner I used, e.l.f.’s or Inglot’s. I also have no idea what I used for foundation. But well. Here you go.

fotd all matte products


I know I used both concealer and foundation. I’m going to assume I used my usuals for concealer (Pixi and BECCA).
Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 215 Coconuts About You (as a contour. It’s the gross looking loose powder thing in a jar. I tried to depot it, and chunks of it came loose. It actually ended up shattering into a million pieces, at which point I threw it away and bought a new one. Needless to say, I won’t be depotting this one. /endtangent)
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Korres Cheek Butter – Philia Rose
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – ??? This product picture makes no sense.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner – Empire
Too Faced matte eyeshadow palette – Tufted Suede, Fresh Linen, Vintage Violet, Midnight
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner – Midnight Cowboy
either e.l.f.’s cream eyeliner in black or Inglot’s AMC cream eyeliner in 77
Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer
The Body Shop Divide and Multiply mascara
Urban Decay Perversion mascara


Jouer lip gloss – Sunset? I have no idea. I only have two, but I can’t remember the name of the other one.

I really liked the way this turned out. When I first got into makeup, I was all about the dramatic eyeshadow. It took me awhile to gather the courage to try brighter lip colors. Nowadays, I usually go for color on the lips and cheeks, and something basic on the eyes. It’s nice to switch it up every once in a while, don’t you think?

NOTD: Essie Petal Pushers and Essie Penny Talk

notd essie petal pushers penny talk

I know it’s not #manimonday, but IDGAF. I’m posting this now, today, because I actually still have this mani on my fingers. If you know me even a little bit, you’ll know how very rare that is.

I painted this on Monday and now it’s Thursday and predictably it has already come to the end of its life. In fact, I just peeled off my pinky finger polish before starting to write this. The rest will undoubtedly follow.

I picked up Essie’s Petal Pushers in New York. It was part of the Spring 2015 collection, but I think the dusty gray nature of the polish makes it more suited for fall/winter. It had been out of stores for awhile by the time I came across it, and I hemmed and hawed over it before deciding to put it back. Then, I changed my mind and because I couldn’t find it at any other store that usually stocks Essie, I dragged my sister and Albert all the way back to that one specific store (Hudson Square Pharmacy, if you’re curious). I know, I’m a gem of a person.

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Paired it with Essie’s Penny Talk (one of my all-time favorite colors), but I’m still not convinced of their compatibility. I think the colors play nicely together, but not as single nail colors. Maybe if the rose gold were polka dots, or stripes, or some other accent pattern.

What do you think? How would you improve upon this color pairing? Or do you think I’m color blind and these colors don’t belong together at all?

Incidentally, Alli over at The Daily Varnish recently used Essie’s Petal Pushers as well, and paired it with OPI’s Pink Yet Lavender. I only brought a handful of polishes with me to London, and now I’m really regretting not bringing any glitters. :C

Red Lips District: Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint Fiery

tarte lipsurgence matte fiery

Ha, remember this? Yeah, I still have a few to go! I only brought a couple red lipsticks with me to London, though, so this series will be wrapping up soon.

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint Fiery was actually one of the first red lipsticks I ever owned. This one came in a 500 point Sephora Beauty Insider reward (one of the best they’ve ever done, in my opinion!).

I’m not sure why they call this a “lip tint” though, as it’s quite pigmented and you can easily get full coverage with this. The more you layer it on, the deeper red it becomes. Alternatively, you could brush it on lightly for more of a “tint” effect.

However, I find the formula to be on the drier side, although it could be because my stick is getting old. It takes a while for it to warm up enough to glide onto the lips smoothly. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful, easy to wear red. Due to its dry formula, it hangs onto the lips like a champion.

tarte lipsurgence matte fiery swatch

However, the biggest issue I have with this product is the packaging. I love that it’s a twist up crayon, so there’s no need to sharpen. The stick itself, though, is made of the same rubberized material that NARS is so fond of. It’s definitely nice in the beginning, when it still feels smooth and luxe. But give it a couple months in hot, humid weather, and the rubber starts to break down and become sticky.

After a few years, my stick was really disgusting to hold. If you notice in the first picture I’m very precariously holding it with just the tips of my fingers, with my fingernails if possible. The packaging had become so sticky that every tiny piece of hair, lint, and dust stuck to it. As a result, I rarely used it, and if I did, there was no way I was going to bring it along for touch ups.

And so, sadly, during my semi-purge of my makeup stash, I let this one go. It’s a shame because the product itself was still fine. I briefly debated melting the stick down into a pot or a pan, and continuing to use it that way. But I know that I would never take the time nor effort to get out a lip brush and painstakingly paint my lips out of a pot, when a lipstick bullet would do the job in half the time.

tarte lipsurgence matte fiery fotd

It’s such a pretty color, too. But well, I have other reds. I’d still recommend this one, as long as you don’t live somewhere hot and humid. Or maybe if your makeup is in a climate controlled room, ha.

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