Monday, November 25, 2013

nars 'sin' blush review

The moment I receive my Ebates check, I purchase more makeup.  This time, I thought I would splurge on a NARS blush.  I already own the iconic 'Orgasm' from a Sephora sampler, but I wanted to branch out a little. 

Dad, I know you're reading this.  Yes, there is an actual blush called 'Orgasm.'  Yes, I do know what that word means.  On behalf of makeup-loving daughters everywhere, I apologize.  

NARS 'Sin' was at the top of my list, as I've been searching for my perfect plum blush.  The NARS website describes it as 'berry tone with gold shimmer.'  In the pan, it looks quite neutral:
"Mama, please take a picture of me with the blush."
On the cheeks, it's quite flushed and pretty:
 Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work to blend out this formula.  I also had to keep layering it on for some actual color, as the product in the pan was stiff and not buttery at all.  Hmph.  For me, NARS blushes don't hold a candle to Tarte Amazonian Clay blush, which is my favorite formula.  I don't find it worth the $29 price tag.

Does anyone have a plummy blush recommendation for me?  
 Also, don't tell my dad about other scandalous NARS names.  He might keel over.

UPDATE: I have given this blush an unfair shake.
Please see my updated review!

Friday, November 22, 2013

bare arms no more

Oregon hung on to summer as long as she could.  Now the we're into full-fledged fall, I thought I'd halfheartedly reminisce about those gorgeous warm fall days.  This outfit is from a gorgeous day we had a few weeks ago before the rain and frosty mornings officially began.
Blouse: Old Navy
Purse: Goodwill, no brand
Belt, skirt: Gap
Heels: Seychelles
Lipstick: Maybelline "Fuschia Flash"

Saturday, November 9, 2013

downtown abbey

Fall in Mount Angel demands frequent walk to the Abbey.  The air on the hill is chillier, the view overlooking the valley is spectacular, and it never hurts to expose my children to the beauty and solitude of monastic life. 
Coat: J. Crew via Salvation Army
Scarf: Gap
Burgundy ponte leggings: Target
 Shirt dress thing: ASOS
Shoes: Seychelles
Ever since I joined the Abbey's Renaissance choir, I've spent a lot more time here and have been able to further appreciate the fact that I live so close to this wonderful place.  Sometimes I steal some time away to read in the graveyard or sip tea in the newly refurbished bookstore.  Then once I get all that twee out of the way, I don't clean my nasty kitchen while reading crappy dystopian teen novels on the toilet.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

two of my favorite things

"I think amethysts are just sweet. They are what I used to think diamonds were like. Long ago, before I had ever seen a diamond, I read about them, and I tried to imagine what they would be like. I thought they would be lovely glimmering purple stones. When I saw a real diamond in a lady's ring one day I was so disappointed I cried. Of course, it was very lovely, but it wasn't my idea of a diamond." 
-Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

I'm not a jewelry person.  Well, I'm not an expensive jewelry person.  My wedding ring is the most expensive piece (and most treasured, of course) until last month, when I received a gorgeous diamond eternity ring from Anjolee.  I love it.  It's a tad dainty with a touch of masculinity, just the way I like it.  

I've worn this ring almost daily since I've received it.  It's withstood hours of dishwashing, diaper-changes, showers, and workouts.  It's exceeded my expectations, and I am convinced that I need more amethysts in my life.  Anne, as usual, was right.

 If you or someone you know needs some beautiful quality jewelry, I completely recommend Anjolee.  Fast shipping, good communication, quality product, easy-to-navigate website.  Me very happy. 

My other favorite thing, you ask?  That olive-gilded confection that's constantly been on my nails this fall.  Butter London Wallis.  If you purchase one overpriced Butter London polish in your life, make it Wallis.  

Ah, the winning autumnal combination of my beloved amethyst ring and my goldeny-green nails.  Perfection. 
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