We arrived back in Hawaii on Friday night. As usual, my plans to either schedule posts while I was gone, or work on posts while in London didn’t happen. I am probably the laziest blogger in the world. Sigh.
Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick and dirty post of the beauty things I brought back. It’s always fun to look at the stuff we can’t get easily in the States!
Stopped by KIKO and picked up a clear lip liner to replace the Urban Decay one that dried out. Also bought two more of their Long-lasting Eyeshadow sticks, in a matte black and a matte greige taupe.
My mom and I both bought a Bourjois foundation. I picked up the Healthy Mix in the shade 53, to mix with the Healthy Mix Serum I have in 52, which is currently too light for me. Since we spent over £12 on Bourjois, Superdrug was having a promotion and gave me a free GWP. I don’t normally wear gray smoky shades, but I’ll give it a try anyway.
As you can see, I kept the number of items to a minimum. However, that doesn’t mean I kept the spending to a minimum, because…
Yep. I bought the unicorn Suqqu Cheek Brush. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the brush Lisa Eldridge uses in practically every single video. It’s stupid expensive and hard to get a hold of. I can’t even really afford it right now. I was content to put it on my wish list and buy it eventually, one day… But since the pound is so weak (sorry guys), and I’m still eligible to claim back the VAT, I took the plunge. I almost bought two, but told myself I was being crazy (still not entirely convinced that was the right decision).
I’ve used it a few times, unwashed, and it is so wonderfully soft. It picks up and blends color effortlessly. I washed it tonight, and put a brush guard on it, so I’m hoping it’ll fluff out a bit, but not too much. Much excite!
Last, but not least, something rather exciting happened on the plane ride back from London. I spotted one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Linda Hallberg, on the same flight! I had read on her blog and her Instagram that she was heading to Hawaii, but imagine my surprise when I saw her walk by on the plane during boarding!
I thought at most she’d post pictures of places I’d recognize in Honolulu and Oahu, but instead, at baggage claim, after two very long flights, I went up to say hi to her. She was very humble and sweet and agreed to take a quick selfie with me.
I had first heard of TopShop Chameleon Glow – Shuffle the Cards from this Into The Gloss post. At the time, TopShop was only just starting to expand into the US market through Nordstrom, so I didn’t have the chance to really look at it until this year when I was in the UK.
It’s £9, which is a teeny bit spendy for a single eyeshadow, especially from a range I had never tried before. Although I went into TopShop several times while I was in the UK, and I always had a look at it while there (because why not?), I didn’t buy it until one fine day when I was walking along Oxford Street and buying (almost) all the things my heart desired in a frenzied shopping spree.
TopShop Chameleon Glow Shuffle the Cards certainly lives up to its name as a chameleon. The color changes and shifts depending on the light and the angle, and it’s well-known among beauty bloggers for being impossible to photograph accurately. I’m going to join the chorus here and say that you really need to see this one in person to appreciate its beauty.
It shifts from gold, to amber, to pink. The effect is mesmerizing.
Here are some poor attempts at swatches and photography:
Not a huge collection of lipsticks. As I mentioned before, I was more a lip gloss person a few years ago.
Now, however, I have inexplicably collected a lot of red lipsticks. I’ve been slowly making my way through them in my Red Lips District series, but still. A lot.
The Body Shop Colourglide lipstick in 22 Garnet The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in 201 Red Hot Raspberry The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in 115 Enraptured Red The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine lipstick in 18 Sunset Romance
Smashbox Photo Finish lipstick in Flirty
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Revolution lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace
Topshop lipstick in Hazard
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Créme lipstick in Tangerine Tango Cream
Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in 910D Red Velvet Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in 970 Purty Persimmon Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in 911D Spotlight Red Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in 908C Sugar Plum Fairy
MAC Venomous Villains lipstick in Dark Deed
theBalm theBalm Girls lipstick in Mia Moore
Elizabeth Arden Anniversary lipstick in Red Door Red Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect lipstick in Perfect Scarlet
I also have a few mini lipsticks. One was a gift, and two were free from Sephora.
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Violet and Palomino
Make Up For Ever Rogue Artist Natural in N9
Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Bachelorette
Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
A separate picture of the lip tars set I got last year, because I forgot about it when I was taking the pictures of the bullet lipsticks.
OCC Lip Tars in Memento, NSFW, Anime, and Black Dahlia
I really like this mini set. However, I squeezed a couple tubes so there’d be less air in them, and they ended up cracking on the sides. I used a piece of tape, and I hope that’s enough to keep them from drying out.
I have no idea where this week went. I really didn’t want to let an entire week go by, then bore you all with red lipstick again on the weekend, but it happened. I’m sorry.
This next lipstick, I picked up in London last year. The packaging is so cute. I love the typography.
I don’t know what it is about this lipstick, but it makes me feel young and chic and quite the urbanite. The lines on the packaging are unpolished and the kind of girl who’d have this lipstick in her bag would be similarly effortlessly undone; a little bit messy, but ultra cool. She’d roll out of bed in the morning, throw her hair up in a messy bun, toss on a boyfriend shirt, jeans, and a pair of sunnies. #noteventrying
It swatches quite a bit brighter than the bullet would lead you to believe. For some reason, I think of this as more of a “daytime” red.
Here’s how it looks on me:
I took this picture this afternoon, trying to catch the last of the natural light that comes through the window. I don’t have foundation on. So, I guess I’m a little undone as well, but definitely not like the girl I described previously. In fact, this is the only picture I took in which I didn’t look absolutely miserable.
I’ll be honest with you guys: I’ve been having a really rough couple of days. A guy I know called me on Tuesday night and asked if I wanted to help out on a TV special that’s filming this week, so of course I said yes. The days are really long, with an early call time (I’ve been waking up at 4 am). Today I had the day off and I slept. so. much.
But it’s not just the physical exhaustion. I’m in a really awful place right now, mentally and emotionally. I thought I’d have news for the audit results by the end of this week, but I kept checking my email all day yesterday and nothing. There are now two weeks until the start of term, and I really don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m heartbroken.
Because of this, I know I haven’t been approaching this film job with the right attitude or mindset. It’s causing a bit of an emotional crisis for me. I don’t know if I should even continue pursuing a career in the film industry after all. I’m finding it hard to muster enthusiasm for just about anything.
What makes it worse is that the one person I want to talk to, who makes me feel marginally better, is halfway across the world, and it looks like it’s going to continue this way for an unspecified amount of time. Situation Normal: All Fucked Up.