FOTD: Panda Eyes

No clever product-name-as-post-title today. A couple weeks ago, I decided to do a full-on panda smokey eye, just for fun.

I very rarely line my waterline, as it makes my already tiny eyes look extra beady. But it does make my eyes look chocolate-y brown.

Also, I blended out the black with a bit of bronzer. This is a trick I picked up from Viola of Killer Colours. It prevents the black from blending out to a weird grayish blue, and instead makes the black look extra black.

I added some faux freckles to keep the vibe casual and a little undone.

Wearing a full-blown smokey eye like this definitely makes me feel sexy, so here is a gratuitous, try-hard model pose:



The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
BECCA Dual Coverage – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
NARS Laguna/Deep Throat
Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
NYX Eye and Eyebrow pencil – Taupe, Brown (for freckles)


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown


KIKO Long Lasting Stick – 20
Viseart Neutral Matte – 9
Benefit Hoola
Too Faced Vanilla Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara


tarteist lip paint – Birthday Suit

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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May 2016 empties

may 2016 empties

Time for some trash talk!

Some things I managed to finish last month:

Nature Republic Green Tea Real Nature Aqua Gel mask – I’m very skeptical of products labeled as “all natural”, and “real nature” is no exception. Still, it was a nice, relaxing mask. No idea if it did anything other than add extra moisture, but I didn’t expect it to anyway.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz – I used this after powder makeup, and it worked well when I was in London, However, when I used it here, it made my face oily and sticky. It did have a nice smell, though, like freshly cut carrots. Overall, it didn’t wow me so I won’t be repurchasing.

The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter – I finally used this all up after years of sitting in my fridge. It worked well to soothe and rehydrate angry, sunburnt skin.

e.l.f. fan brush – This brush is too floppy and the bristles are too long to be useful. It doesn’t flick away powder fallout well, and it barely applies anything when used for highlighter. Skip.

e.l.f. Shine Eraser oil blotting sheets – On the other hand, these work well and are super cheap. I’ve gone through multiple packs of this. I won’t be including them in future empties posts.

KISS Looks So Natural lashes in Hot – These were just okay. I cut them in half to make them easier to apply and I’m sure I could reuse them a few more times, but I’ve since bought other lashes that are easier to work with and I had to make room for them. So, out these go!

may 2016 makeup empties

e.l.f. Eyeshadow & Eyeliner in Beauty, Beast – I bought these limited edition shades with the promise to myself that I’d write about them on the blog. Well, here they are! Womp womp. The formula was pretty good, albeit a bit melty. Last summer was a scorcher though, so that probably was a factor. I really liked Beast, the taupe color. So why am I throwing these out? They started to smell rancid.

Laura Geller Off With It makeup remover – This is a sort of empty. My sister left it behind in the bathroom’s medicine cabinet and there was less than a fourth of it left. I used it up for her so we could clear out some space.

Shiro Cosmetics tinted lip balm in Why Not Zoidberg? – I love this color so much! Unfortunately, the formula got weird and melty, with odd little bumps. As a result, it was quite difficult to apply without a lip brush and I never reached for it. I hope to find something similar one day.

tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Exposed – This was given to me by a friend. The color was just okay, and the packaging was starting to get sticky. Since it was technically free, and I have other nude lipsticks that I like better, this one got the boot.

Prestige Waterproof Lipliner in Diva – One of the first lipliners I ever bought. Also one that I never, ever used. It started to smell like crayons, so I cleared it out.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil – Another lipliner that I never reached for.

Julie G nail polish in Canary Islands – The formula got thick and sticky, even after I added nail polish thinner, several times. The color isn’t as flattering on me as I’d like.

Sephora by OPI in Already Famous – One of my favorites. The mini bottle is more than half empty, and I’ve since found Sinful Colors in Supernova, which I like better.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 2 Cool Medium – I know, I bought this not too long ago. However, it oxidizes like crazy and looks straight up peachy. Not a great color match. I wish this line had a better range of colors, because the coverage on this was seriously impressive.

NARS blush in Deep Throat – Just as I predicted, the entire blush cake fell out of the pan. I’m still hemming and hawing over whether to buy a replacement duo with Laguna off eBay, but given the size of my blush stash, I never need another blush again for the rest of my life.

VS Beauty Rush Wet/Dry shadow in Gold Rush – I grabbed this from my sister when she was going to get rid of it. It’s a very pretty color if not unique, but it’s not very pigmented. I kept forgetting that I even had this.

I haven’t been doing very well in sticking to my no-buy. I keep breaking it to buy little things here and there. However, I am getting ready to do my very first blog sale, to get rid of some gently used, neglected items that I think deserve some love. If anyone has any tips, especially how to price, what to charge for shipping, shipping supplies, and PayPal procedures, please let me know!

FOTD: Suede

fotd suede

I thought I’d sneak in a FOTD between the inventory posts and upcoming empties post. Also, I’m scheduling this to go up on Valentine’s Day, so a little inspiration?

I used my magazine sample of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for this look. I really loved the formula. It was lightweight, yet covered beautifully without looking like a mask. However, I don’t think Chanel is considered cruelty-free*, so unfortunately I won’t be buying a full size of this foundation.

*I am not a super strict, cruelty-free only blogger. I try as much as I can to buy only cruelty-free, but if I happen to purchase and/or already own something from a company that lies in the gray area, or outright NOT CF, I don’t beat myself up about it.

fotd suede face products

fotd suede eye products


Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – 30 Beige
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
BECCA Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder – Dream
tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Finishing Powder
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 220 Chocolate Linger (as a contour)
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Sleek MakeUP blush – Suede


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
e.l.f. Lash & Brow clear mascara


Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose
Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Matte
Smashbox Muse palette – biscuit
Urban Decay Perversion mascara


Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Gavi

fotd suede CU

It’s quite a tonal look, almost matchy-matchy between the eyes, cheeks, and lips. I really like how it came out, though. Also, I skipped eyeliner, which I think adds to the overall softness of it.

Just realized that this is the first FOTD I’ve posted that I’ve actually done while here in London. The others were backlogged pictures. Hooray! And I go home in a month! Womp womp.