8 months worth of trash, part 2

Let’s power through in our time machine and maybe by the end of this post we’ll catch up to February.

Almost immediately after moving to London, I landed a really great job with a furniture company called Adventures in Furniture (shameless plug!) Predictably, settling into a new job took up all of my time. Instead of documenting my empties each month, I just kept throwing all my trash into a bag in the hopes that I’d get around to it “someday.”

Here we are!

September – December 2017 empties

COLab dry shampoo in Rio – I think Superdrug stopped carrying this? This brand was my favorite so far… I’m currently using a (gigantic) Batiste one, but I find it’s *too* drying and I don’t like the way it makes my hair feel. The COLab one was so nice… Apparently it’s still available at Boots, yay!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – Started using this more frequently as winter moved in and heaters came on. I’d probably die without this, no joke.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – Jumbo sized! This works well on any zits I have, and they usually dry up by the next day.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream – I liked this, used it as a night cream. I wish it came in a more hygienic packaging, though.

Pixi Glow Tonic – Also liked this. This was my first foray into chemical exfoliants. It stung at first and my skin felt quite sensitive the day after. But I loved how soft my face felt after using this. I’m currently using the Glow Serum, and then I have to use up the Drunk Elephant AHA. But I might come back to this one.

Simple Micellar Water – Still my favorite micellar water, and the cheapest too.

Makeup (and one lone perfume) empties

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle in Almond Milk Parfait – I bought this off Hautelook and took a guess at the color match. It wasn’t great, to be honest. It was a bit too pale and yellow. The formula also looked chalky on my skin, so I had to mix it with a liquid highlighter and a liquid bronzer to make it work for me.

I ended up making a DIY cushion foundation to use this up. I mixed this, The Body Shop’s Oils of Life facial oil, LUSH’s Feeling Young Skin Tint, and The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Drops of Sun. I put it in this empty cushion foundation container that I found on Amazon.

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye primer – This was a decent primer. It’s really old and started to separate towards the end. Also, my eyeshadow would still crease by the end of the day, but I have oily eyelids and a hooded eye.

Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ By the Fireplace – Lovely winter scent. Warm, woody, and vanilla-y. I just wish they’d release smaller bottles and price them accordingly! Here’s the Fragrantica page on it.

Etude House My Lash Serum – I bought this in Seoul on a whim. It’s supposed to condition your eyelashes. Not sure if it promises thicker and longer hairs, but it was cheap and I thought I’d give it a try.

However, if you know anything at all about me, it’s that I am horrible at establishing new routines. I tried to use this whenever I remembered, but the tube has gone off and smells weird now. Definitely don’t want to be putting spoiled product near my eyes, so out this goes!

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FOTD: Changeling

I haven’t posted a makeup look in ages. In fact, I haven’t created one worth documenting in ages either. I did this waaaay back in April. Whoops.

This look started out with the intent of using TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling, but the name of the shadow and its incredible color shift kind of took over and it evolved into this.

Aaaand I just realized that I never did post pics of that gorgeous eyeshadow! So, here you go:

TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling

topshop chameleon glow changeling

Looks mildly interesting in the pan. Reddish with a green shift. Okay, what makes it special?

Feast your eyes:

topshop chameleon glow changeling swatch

How pretty is this?? It has such a delicious, delicate iridescent sheen, and that color shift! I don’t have anything else like this in my stash. It is utterly unique.

Come a little closer:

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FOTD: Espresso

Because we could all use some espresso on a Monday morning, amirite?

I did this look last week, so for once it’s not terribly old. Yay, timeliness.

Pulled out my oft-neglected LORAC Pro Palette for this look. While I love the colors and the even mix of mattes vs. shimmers, I find the shadows to be too powdery. They puff everywhere upon brush pickup, and I have to carefully pat them on to avoid too much fallout. Yes, they blend easily — but they’re also prone to over blending into muddy nothingness.

Still, I really liked the way this look turned out. The halo eyeshadow placement really suits my eye shape.

I also experimented with a ring light I bought for my DSLR. It took a bit of finagling, but it’s pretty easy to set up and start shooting. However, I use a Canon, and for some reason it’s programmed to not fire the external flash (ring light in this case), when the live view option is on.

I always use live view with the monitor turned around so I can see my goofy face before I take a picture. But now, I have to frame up, turn off the live view, then hope for the best. I’ve been taking way more pictures now because of this.

The first picture is with natural light only. This one is with the ring light, turned down low:

It made my skin look yellower, so I fiddled around with the color balance on both photos so they look about the same-ish. It does pick up the eyeshadow color better, though. And in some pictures, my highlight was POPPIN’.

I’ll keep playing around with both the ring light and Photoshop for color correcting. If you have any tips and tricks for me, do tell! I’m currently taking an intro to Photoshop class online and so far I’m really enjoying it!


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
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry
Hard Candy So Baked bronzer – Tiki (as highlight)


Freedom Makeup eyebrow pomade – Ebony


LORAC Pro – Espresso, Taupe, Mauve, Cream, Pewter, Nude
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara


Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Gavi

The ring light works really well for product pictures, though! The only thing is, I have to shoot at an angle so it doesn’t flash back on the cheese board that I use as a background. Haha!

Inventory, London 2015/2016 – Eyeshadows

inventory london 2015 eyeshadow palettes


Pixi Shades of Taupe quad


Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral mattes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Smoke and Melrose

Sonia Kashuk duo 25 Bite the Dust

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in 01 Bronze (doubles as a bronzer)

inventory london 2015 eyeshadow singles


Smashbox Muse Biscuit

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing
Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird

Kat Von D Lucifer
Kat Von D Leather

The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow in 220 Chocolate Linger (I use this more as a contour than an eyeshadow.)

inventory london 2015 eyeshadow pencils

Eyeshadow pencils

Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 03 Grey
Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 04 Taupe
Sephora Jumbo liner 12HR wear in 05 Beige

I very foolishly bought ALLLLLL the Sephora jumbo crayons one year during their Friends & Family sale. These are the only three that I really use.

inventory london 2015 loose eyeshadows

Loose shadows

Shiro Cosmetics I Survived the Apocalypse (And All I Got Was This Awesome Eyeshadow)
Shiro Cosmetics Cheshire Cat
Shiro Cosmetics I Tried

Shiro Cosmetics Moon Prism Power
Shiro Cosmetics Doge
Shiro Cosmetics F Bomb!

Shiro Cosmetics Nightfury
Shiro Cosmetics Aurora Borealis

Barry M Dazzle Dust in 51 Mushroom

Shiro Cosmetics Baker’s Boy
Shiro Cosmetics Remake
Shiro Cosmetics Mockingjay
Shiro Cosmetics Beyond the Fence
Shiro Cosmetics Star-Crossed

Shiro Cosmetics Lingered in Twilight
Shiro Cosmetics Riddles in the Dark
Shiro Cosmetics Alkahestry
Shiro Cosmetics Mother of Dragons
Shiro Cosmetics He Loves His Hammer

I really ought to branch out to other indie brands. I’ve had my eye on Aromaleigh, Hello Waffle, Phee’s Makeup Shop… But that’s rather counterproductive to DOWNSIZING. Ahem.

inventory london 2015 loose eyeshadow samples

Loose shadows samples

Shiro Cosmetics Gift of Toadstool
Shiro Cosmetics It’s Mine. I Licked It.
Shiro Cosmetics Hodor

Shiro Cosmetics Extermination
Shiro Cosmetics Rebellion
Shiro Cosmetics Dammit Moon Moon

Shiro Cosmetics Shinigami (Haha, I realized I misspelled the label.)
Shiro Cosmetics TARDIS
Shiro Cosmetics Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon

Shiro Cosmetics Farewell, Wherever You Fare
Shiro Cosmetics When the Thrush Knocks
Shiro Cosmetics King Under the Mountain

FOTD: Cherry Bomb

I have a confession to make: I only recently got into watching YouTube makeup videos.

I know, right? Where the hell have I been for the past five years?

The thing is (and I’m going to sound like a stuck-up bitch), most of the time I can’t stand to watch YouTubers, vloggers, whatever. I get super bored of hearing someone talk on and on. To me, it feels like a very one-sided conversation, and there are very, very few people on YouTube whom I enjoy watching makeup videos from. And even then, I might click away or at the very least, let my attention wander.

And the snobbiest blogger award goes to…

ANYWAY. One YouTuber I ADORE watching is Linda Hallberg. She’s a Swedish makeup artist, and no doubt you’ve seen her various makeup looks all over Pinterest. She’s such a chameleon, and once I found her videos, I was hooked. The looks she does are so creative, and yet she keeps the product list short, and her explanations succinct. She has more talent in her pinky than I do in my whole body.

Earlier this month, after having bought yet another palette that I don’t need, I saw this video and decided to do something similar, but with products I already own.

Most of her videos are in Swedish, but they all have subtitles. She does have a couple videos in English, but I actually prefer her Swedish ones. I don’t mind reading subtitles at all, and after watching pretty much all of her videos, I’ve even picked up a few Swedish words. ;)

If you’re watching on a laptop, click the CC button to activate the subs. On an iPad or tablet, there should be a button with three dots in the upper corner. Click that to turn on the subtitles.

fotd cherry bomb

Instead of a light pinky nude color she went with in the video, I chose a dark vampy red, which matched my hair perfectly. I hadn’t washed my hair in three days when I did this look, and it was super dirty by this point. I think it suited this look so well! Such rockstar. Much messy. Wow makeup.

fotd cherry bomb 2

One of the benefits of very dirty hair is that it holds a shape very well. I mussed it up and it stayed that way. I had curled/waved it with a 1¼” curling iron about two days prior, and by this time it had a nice texture, especially for my slightly long bob. My s-lob. *ba-dum TISH*

fotd cherry bomb eye

Whenever I take pictures of my eye makeup, my camera will wash the colors out. Any tips and tricks, fellow beauty bloggers? Both my point and shoot and DSLR do this. Should I lower the exposure, use flash, what? In this picture here, you really can’t see the darker color I put in the outer corner, and believe you me, I piled it on.

fotd cherry bomb face products


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation – Chestnut Milk Parfait
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
BECCA Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder – Dream
NYX blush – Taupe
theBalm blush – Cabana Boy
Wet n Wild ColorIcon bronzer – Reserve Your Cabana
Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous

fotd cherry bomb products


NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes palette 07 – 3 Argyle Pink and 4 Rich Bronze
LORAC Pro palette – Deep Purple, Mauve, Espresso, Cream
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eyeliner – Perversion
Urban Decay mascara primer – Subversion
Urban Decay mascara – Perversion


Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick – Cherry Bomb

Who is your favorite YouTube makeup person? (I ABHOR the term “beauty guru,” btw. I can’t stand it.) I’ve noticed the majority of the people I follow aren’t American, which I suppose is telling, since they make up a big chunk of the market. What does that say about me?? Am I unpatriotic?!

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