FOTD: Oh, Put It On

I’m still not on board with liquid lipsticks. Nevertheless, I had to pick up this one when I saw it at Target. It’s hard to find new color releases here.  So, fellow Hawaii makeup addicts, Target has quite an impressive selection of NYX products, including the new NYX Liquid Suede colors. ;)

Oh, Put It On is a deep, almost-black purple. I think it makes enough of a statement on its own, as all dark lips do, so here is my go-to pairing: almost nada on the eyes and face.

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Palette (The Sculpting Powder – Medium, Celestial Powder – Starlight, Matte Bronzing Veil – Desert Nights, Pure Powder Glow – Aurora)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Peppered
Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
NYX Liquid Suede – Oh, Put It On

beautyblender Size Comparisons

A quickie post comparing the different sizes of the beautyblender sponges! There’s a US quarter for scale, as well as a £1 coin for my UK readers. ;) The Sharpie is for anyone/everyone else. :P

beautyblenders dry

My old beautyblender is almost a year old now. The neon pink pigment bled a little each time I washed it, and now it looks like the new “bubble” shade they’ve just released.  It’s worth noting that I didn’t wash it after every use as suggested. In my defense, I use a brush to apply my foundation, then I go over it all with a beautyblender to make it all melt into my skin.

When dry, the new beautyblenders felt bouncier and softer than the old one. This makes sense, as the same hardening happens to regular cleaning sponges.

beautyblenders wet

Here you can see how they’ve expanded when wet/dampened. I’ve been using the blusher and the micro mini with cream/liquid blush and concealer, respectively. I like the blusher size, but I don’t think it applies and blends cream blush any better than my fingers do.

The micro mini, while awfully cute and weeny, is quite fiddly to hold and manipulate. I don’t really understand the reason for creating such a small sponge, especially when the original’s pointed tip works just fine for getting into the corners of the face.

beautyblender all.about.face Kit

Right now, Sephora has this all.about.face set that includes these three sponges, plus a mini beautyblender soap solid. I think it’s a great way to try out their different sizes and see which one works for you. Incidentally, I bought mine from Beauty Bridge and had no problems whatsoever. But, Sephora should be having their April 15% off sale soon, so… ;)

February/March 2017 empties

Yay, empties!

In February, I only used up a mascara. I didn’t think it was worth writing an entire post on one item, so I grouped it in with March’s empties.

There was a lot this month, but I still have plenty to get through!

Makeup empties

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation & Concealer sampler card – There was only enough product for a jawline swatch for color-matching purposes. None of the colors matched me. I’m not even remotely interested in learning more about this foundation or trying a larger sample. Sorry, Smashbox.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara – I finished this in February. I really like this mascara. It smudged a bit in the beginning, but as the formula dried out a bit, it became perfect. I’d consider repurchasing this. I’ve seen it at the Keeamoku Walgreens and Salt Lake Target, for any Oahu readers who are curious about the UK brand.

Innisfree Natural Oil Control paper – Picked this up in Korea over the summer. I had run out of my e.l.f. ones. These are pretty decent, and I like the dispenser. However, all blotting papers perform are more or less equal in my eyes, so I’ll just use whatever’s available.

Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale – I really liked this fragrance. It was juicy and fresh. It’s spicier than the company’s other citrus offering, Orange Sanguine. I wouldn’t mind a mini of this one day. Here’s the Fragrantica page on Mandarine Glaciale.

Skincare empties

The Body Shop tea tree oil – I’ve been using this for years. Although I said I wouldn’t be including it in future empties, this was a jumbo size and it feels like a bigger accomplishment? Plus, I’m trying to get rid of as many extras and backups as possible before the big move. I still have way too much stuff.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash (And the longest product name in the world goes to…) – I’ve had this bottle for years. It’s supposed to be a deep clean product: you slather it on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes before washing off. It did a good job of bringing any gunk in my pores to the surface, and it also worked well for any flakiness. However, when I say deep clean, I mean DEEP. My skin felt squeaky after this — too clean. It definitely strips everything off and I had to moisturize almost immediately after stepping out of the shower. The consistency of the product was weird too, kind of goopy and runny at the same time. I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – I love this makeup remover. It gets off every last bit of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, you name it. The only gripe I have with it is the packaging. The pump leaks, and it gets messy. I actually prefer the solid cleansing balm, because the results are the same but the product is neater. Still, I’d repurchase this if the balm happens to be sold out (which is why I bought this one in the first place).

Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – This is a pretty standard bi-phase makeup remover. It does its job and doesn’t leave a film around the eyes.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil – I really like this oil. This was a gratis when I was still working there. I’ve already bought another one. First, I spray a face mist, which helps this oil to spread better. Then, after it absorbs, I pat on some moisturizer.

Bodycare empties

This is kind of a creepy picture. I also used up a jumbo shower gel, and a body butter, both from The Body Shop. Not sure why I only decided to include this one? Whatever.

Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Peeling Foot Mask – The first time I used this, a lot of dead skin peeled off. It was both gross and satisfying. But the past few times I’ve used this, I didn’t get as much peeling. So, it was mostly gross but less satisfying. I want to try the Baby Foot one next.

What have you used up last month?

Coffee Sundays, 04.02.17

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Hello, internet friends! How is your Sunday going? I realize it’s quite late for almost everyone else in the world except Hawaii. Time management is not something I excel at.

I haven’t done a non-makeup post in awhile, so I thought I’d show you some cool stuff I found around the interwebz.

McMansion Hell

Fellow architecture nerds, this one’s for you! McMansion Hell is a great website that explains why big, ugly houses are so ugly, using the language of design and architecture. Complete with pictures, thorough explanations, and hilarious captions! If you care at all about design, interior or exterior, you must give her a read.

Image via mcmansionhell.com

Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling is new only to me, apparently. Their catchy tagline is “The analog system for the digital age.” Basically, it’s a journaling system that keeps all your information together, for those of us who suck and coming up with an organizational system on our own.

I’ve been journaling since February. Mostly I use it to keep track of makeup related things, both blog-related and personal. Other areas of my life are overwhelmingly uninteresting, so the daily log mostly consists of inane thoughts and how much Netflix I’ve watched that day. Ha.

However, I can’t get behind its acroname, BuJo. To me, It just looks and sounds too much like the slang term for, um, fellatio. Maybe I have a dirty mind.

Learning the Dvorak keyboard

On Friday, I had run out of things to do at work, so I decided to take a typing test to figure out my wpm. Verdict: average 75 wpm. Not too shabby, tabby! I learned touch typing in school, around 5th grade, on the QWERTY keyboard.

After clicking around a bit (like you do) I ended up on this website that trains you to use the Dvorak keyboard. The Dvorak keyboard is an alternative alphabet layout that’s supposed to increase speed and reduce errors and finger fatigue. It was patented in the 30s, but never really took off. However, most computer operating systems gives you the option to change the input if you’re so inclined.

Image via tvnz.co.nz

What I like about the learn.dvorak.nl website is that it includes keyboard mapping, so you don’t have to change your input on your computer until you’re ready and comfortable with the new layout. So far I’ve finished lesson 1 and am working my way through lesson 2. I think I’ll continue Dvorak training at work, whenever I run out of things to do. Which almost never, ever happens. ;)

What are you watching on TV tonight? Do you like architecture? Do you keep a journal? Are you a touch-typist?

Red Lips District: Urban Decay Vice lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd

I have such a brain block when it comes to trying to write this post. Red lipsticks may never go out of fashion, but my enthusiasm and energy for writing about them is certainly waning. Let’s just get straight to it.

This is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714. It’s a holdover shade from the Revolution + Gwen Stefani line. Incidentally, I recently saw this very shade on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for $9. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714 swatch

urban decay vice lipstick 714 swatch

714 is a bright, intense red. To my eye, it leans a little orange, which is super flattering on my skin tone. Unlike the previous red I wrote about, Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary, I definitely feel like I need to dress up somewhat for this red. The day I wore this, I actually changed out of my sweat pants to walk my dog, because I thought the disparity between my face and my clothes would be too great otherwise.

The look

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Instead of the predictable sharp winged liner, I opted for a soft bronze-y haze. The orange tones in the eyeshadow complement the warmth of the lipstick, don’t you think? I added some trio clusters to balance the eyes with the strong lips, and kept the rest of the face minimal.

This was my first time trying the new matte Vice formula, and I really think they knocked it out of the park! It’s comfortable to wear, and it stayed put throughout a meal with very minimum fading. I used a clear lip liner around the outside edges and didn’t experience any bleeding. If and when I ever run out of this lipstick sample, I may consider buying a full-size. I’m glad there is a long-wearing option for those of us who dislike liquid lipsticks!

Face

The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
Soap & Glory Glow All Out
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Sphinx
Makeup Geek – Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean
Too Faced – Coffee Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil – Demolition
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara
KISS Trio Lashes – X Short, Short

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd products used