FOTD: Grey and Night

I’m in my first full week of work after being unemployed for a year and a half! It’s taking me some time to get used to waking up early and doing things all day long (vs. waking up when it gets too bright in my room and watching Netflix for hours).

Unfortunately, this means I’ll have less time to do looks and prepare posts for the blog. Which kind of sucks because I’m finally seeing an increase in traffic after plodding away at this self-hosted thing for years. *womp womp*

Anyway, I wanted to give this Bourjois quad a go, even though I knew I probably wouldn’t like it much. I was right. Gray eyeshadow doesn’t particularly flatter my coloring. I don’t think it looks terrible, but overall the whole look is kinda meh.

Bourjois Glamour Look Kit (Superdrug GWP)

This was a gift with purchase at Superdrug when I bought a couple Bourjois foundations. Honestly, I had half a mind to tell them to just keep it, but I didn’t want to be rude. Luckily for me (and her, I hope!), my friend who has a completely different coloring, likes the way gray eyeshadows look on her, so I’ll be passing along this entire set to her.


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Sephora Birthday Gift 2017

sephora birthday gift 2017

Let’s take a look at the Sephora birthday gift 2017: a mini tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and a tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit!

First things first: can I get a pat on the back for posting about this in a timely manner? Last year, I finally got around to posting swatches in December. This year, it’s only been one month since my birthday! At least some things have improved in 2017, right? ;)

Sephora gives you three choices for your birthday gift this year. This one, a Caudalie skin care set, or a Jack Black cleanser and moisturizer duo. Obviously I chose the makeup one. It comes with a mini blush and a mini matte liquid lipstick.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 – tarte

So weeny and cute! The blush weighs in at 0.05 oz or 1.5g, compared to its full-sized counterpart at 0.2 oz or 5.6g. I pulled out my one full-sized tarte blush for comparison:

1.5g is about the size of an eyeshadow. I find it pretty generous! Personally, I don’t see myself ever finishing this entire mini pan of blush (even though I really love this shade). However, if you aren’t crazy like me and own a normal number of blushes, then maybe you might. Should you find yourself unable to live without this color, you can purchase the full-size. Same goes for the liquid lipstick.

tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit – Swatches

sephora birthday gift 2017 swatches

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Red Lips District – Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary

smashbox be legendary lipstick legendary

My fever for hunting down all the red lipsticks has died down considerably. However, I received a deluxe sample of this Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary in a recent Sephora order. I still have a number of red lipsticks I haven’t featured on the blog yet, so here we go.

Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary swatch

smashbox be legendary lipstick legendary swatch

The lipstick bullet looks deceptively opaque. Imagine my surprise when it swatched quite sheerly. This swatch is several passes with the bullet. It builds up quite nicely. It has a slippy, almost lip balm texture.

I actually prefer the transparent quality, though! It makes it much easier to wear. The result is a casual, everyday red. It doesn’t wear you; you wear it. It’s the ultimate jeans-and-a-tshirt red lipstick.

On my face

I used a sample card of the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation and concealer. There was barely enough foundation to even do a color match. Incidentally, neither 1.1 nor 3.1 were a good match; even mixing the two gave me an iffy result. Since there was so little of it, I just spread it around very thinly and blended it with a beautyblender. The result is hyper-natural skin. It looks like I barely have foundation on, because I don’t.

The concealer samples were the same story: fair was way too light and pink, and light/medium was almost orange. Mixing the two was barely passable. Also, I noticed that the concealer sets almost immediately. I had a hard time blending it out.

Needless to say, the sample card was next to useless for me. None of the colors remotely matched me, and there was only enough product to maybe give me an idea of where I’d fall in their color spectrum. However, I’m on a renewed “use all the things!” kick, so I just wanted to use it up and throw it away.

Products used

Kept it very simple and minimal!


Smashbox Studio Skin foundation – 1.1, 3.1
Smashbox Studio Skin concealer – Fair, Light/Medium
The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base – 04
The Body Shop Shimmer Waves – 02 Blush
Smashbox Blush Rush – Masterpiece


Soap & Glory Brow Archery – Hot Chocolate


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara


Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick – Legendary

I’m back from the (walking) dead!

Please excuse the awful pun in the post title.

I took an unexpected hiatus when I decided to start watching The Walking Dead on Netflix one day. Two weeks later, I had fully caught up to the current season and am now (im)patiently waiting for each week’s Sunday broadcast. That’s a lot of zombies!

Binge-watching a post-apocalyptic zombie show does weird things to your mental state. Nevertheless, I am slowly disengaging myself from that and rejoining reality. Thank God society hasn’t collapsed in the real world. Err, yet.

Anyway, I got a job as an emergency hire office assistant for the next three months. Hopefully it will keep me busy. At the very least, I’ll be earning some money again. Being unemployed for a year and a half, especially while you’re willing and able to work, is just awful. I miss the day-to-day drudgery.

Since February was a quiet month on the blog, I will be more active here in March. I did a fair bit of hauling for my birthday, but I’m currently back on a no-buy until April. What kind of posts do you guys want to see, by the way?

FOTD: Potion

This is a look I did and photographed a couple weeks ago, when I was feeling more motivated and ambitious than I felt this week. Last week, I took pictures of my makeup for the blog two days in a row. In contrast, this week I’ve skipped makeup two days in a row. Sigh.

Anyway. I used a Sephora 100-point perk deluxe sample, an Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss. It is highly pigmented and therefore not advisable to apply/touch-up on the go. Dark lip colors like this are hard to work with, and I really have to put time and effort into perfecting it, lest it end up looking sloppy.

A couple quick tips: 1) Use a clear lip liner outside the natural lip line. I forgot to here, and with a dark gloss, that meant bleeding. Not cute. 2) Use a dark lip liner to define and fill in the shape of the lips first before going in with the gloss.

To balance the strong lips, I went very minimal on the eyes. Winged eyeliner and lots of lashes felt like the obvious choice, so I skipped it. Instead, I used the KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 25, which subtly brightens the area. Did a bit of tightlining, and a couple coats of mascara, then called it a day.

This look probably would look better with a fuller coverage base, but I kind of like the rock-n-roll vibe. I don’t mind some skin imperfections showing through. It makes it feel more effortless and devil-may-care.


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
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
ColourPop SuperShock Cheek – Monster
Sephora Collection Midnight Magic – 03 Holographic
theBalm InStain blush – Pinstripe
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder – Medium


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow – 25
Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral Matte – 2, 3, 10
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara


ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss – Potion