Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Spotlight: Mac Russian Red Lipstick

Drumroll, please... say "hello" to the only Mac lipstick I own!

This is not purposeful, although I am sometimes put off by the cultish following of Mac Cosmetics.  But this, my friend, is a good lipstick.  Not too blue, not too orange.  JUST RED.  Anyone can wear this.  The matte formulation can be a little drying, but the problem can be diminished if you apply a good balm underneath.  (I suggest Smith's Rosebud Balm.)  I wore this makeup while taking my youth group Christmas-caroling.  Seventh-graders listen better if you wear red lipstick.
I took these pictures whilst trimming my bangs.  Always logical, I am.  

Color: Matte rich red.  
Price: $15.00 
Packaging: Sturdy, sleek, black bullet-shaped container.
Scent:  Some say Mac lipsticks smell like vanilla, but mine has no scent.
Of note:  Don't be like me; use a lipliner.  Also, here are other pictures and reviews.
Where to buyMac Cosmetics
Would I repurchase? Honestly, probably not.  I love experimenting with different brands too much.  

Any Mac lipsticks you love?  Please share!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Hem Your Pants

... or at least cuff them!  Ah, the perils of short legs and online shopping. 

Hat: Gap
Dress: Target
Peter Pan Necklace: Shoplately
Jeans: American Eagle High Rise Skinny
Pumps: Bronx

Do you agree that the necklace makes this otherwise boring outfit?  I am mildly obsessed with the flash sale site Shoplately, especially the seller Glint&Gleam.  Good quality, fast shipping, attentive customer service, and CHEAP.  I got this sturdy yet beautiful necklace for twelve bucks.  If you order, check RetailMeNot for coupon codes to get things even cheaper.  Highly, highly recommended.  I don't purchase jewelry anywhere else anymore!  (I swear they are not paying me to say this.)

Happy Christmas Eve!  I am over the moon right now because my house is cleaner than it has ever been, no exaggeration. Darin and I did the deed (cleaning, not that deed) yesterday while blasting Christmas music and eating tamales.  Now I am off to bake these cookies with my truly nice children.  I can't express how contented I am right now.  I can't express how deciding to be contented has changed my life this past month.  Joy is so much better than happiness.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Spotlight: TheBalm 'Cabana Boy' Blush

Here is the makeup from my last post.  It was simple, pretty quick, and perfect for any time of the year.  More subtle than I usually go for, but I've been forgoing the colorful eyeshadow lately for time's sake.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Sand Beige 
Maybelline Age Rewind under-eye concealer and brightener
TheBalm blush in Cabana Boy
Tarte bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
Benefit Highbeam

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe
Urban Decay Naked in crease
Urban Decay Foxy up to brow
TheBalm Envious Erin in inner corner
Almay Get up and Grow Mascara

NYX Round Lipstick in Tea Rose

On to the blush!  TheBalm's powder products are great.  You really can't go wrong with their blendable, pigmented eyeshadow and blush formulas.  Cabana Boy wasn't as pigmented as my other TheBalm blushes, but it is buildable without getting chalky.  Despite the sexist tagline, I recommend this blush.  Pardon the chipped polish!
Color: Warm plummy-pink with a faint sheen.
Price: $21.00 for a whopping 8.5 grams.  I got mine off Hautelook for $10.50.  TheBalm shows up on the flash sale site every two months or so.  
Packaging: Sturdy cardboard with a mirror.  Strong enough to inadvertently use as a coaster.
Scent: None.
Of note:  No parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan.
Where to buy:
Would I repurchase? For $10.50, yes!  I find that it is a subdued version of Sleek's Pomegranate, which I actually prefer for its crazy pigmentation and shimmer.

Tried it?  Loved it?  Loathed it?  Share!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hazelnut Fest-ing

Mount Angel recently had its first annual Hazelnut Festival, so naturally I had to cough up the exorbitant $5 cover charge and attend.  It was worth every penny.  There was an old-fashioned radio show, good music, Santa Claus, a children's craft table, local beer, hot mulled wine for beer-loathers like myself, and hazelnuts in every form.  The weather was nice enough to forgo the car and just walk.
Beret: Forever 21
Pin: my grandmother's
Dress: Target
Cardigan, Necklace: Gap
Shoes: Seychelles
In true Oregonian fashion, the weather is currently freezing, but not cold enough to snow.  If I write this, it will blizzard tonight.  Hear that, Murphy?

Be cozy!
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