Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira (Also Hello, it's Been a While)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

 Good morning!

It's been a while since I blogged with any regularity. My good friend Gaby gave me some great advice. I'm paraphrasing here, but she told me to do what bring me joy, and to cease that activity when it stopped being a source of enjoyment in my life. I had been blogging for a very, very long time (actually, I think it's my 6 year bloggaversary if I'm not mistaken) and simply put, the joy had all dried out. A break did me good. But now I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan 3.0 Collection

Friday, October 23, 2015
 Good morning!

I'm pleased to share with you the Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3.0!
Introducing The Fan Collection 3.0 How do we collectively convey our passionate fixation for nail polish? By dreaming up fantastical colors, knitting compelling stories, and obsessively entering our infamous fan collection submissions. This nail polish color love-a- thon is an absolute dream-catcher. Here they are, the seven winners from across the world—it’s my true privilege to create these treasured colors and to share this extraordinary journey with all of you." - Ji Baek

Review: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Professional Brushes

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I was incredibly fortunate to win a set of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics brushes last month through Fan Fridays on FB courtesy of Glossybox. The whole set! Brushes! I'm reduced to ecstatic shouting.

Now, while most makeup lovers have undoubtedly heard of or tried OCC's most famous product - the Lip Tar, I have to say there aren't many opinions floating around the blog world concerning the brushes. I can't recall ever reading a single review on any of the OCC brushes.

ESQIDO Collection Oh So Sweet Lashes Make Me Look Much Sweeter Than I Actually Am

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Good morning!

Today I have my first mink lashes to show you. I was contacted by ESQIDO to see of one their naturally shed mink lashes would float my boat, and Oh So Sweet was just the style that I happen to like.

I've really, really tested these ESQIDO false lashes out. I mean completely, to the end of its lifespan where it simply no longer could be used.

My Time with the T3 Micro Twirl 360 Motion Sensing Iron was Rather Brief

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello folks!

When this T3 Micro Twirl 360 Motion Sensing Curling Iron first popped up in my email, I was all sorts of excited. I love new hair tools and I love anything that will ease wrist strain. I'm not the only one who is fascinated by smart tools that move on their own, right? So I looked forward to the iron's arrival in anticipation.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bloggers' 3.0 Collection

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Good morning!

I have been bursting to tell you about this Rescue Beauty Lounge collection. Bursting, I tell you.

Why? It has a MakeupWithdrawal polish! Yes! As one of RBL's newest bloggers, I was able to turn my dream polish into reality. It's been a full year since we started working on this shade and it's been through numerous tweakings, but it's finally ready and well worth the wait. I'm honored to unveil this shade today alongside four other blogger shades.

EOTD With Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hi folks!

A friend of mine went to IMATS earlier this year and snagged me one of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palettes. Since it's sold out now (but you can find it on eBay for $50-70), I thought it'd be a bit cruel to review and swatch it. So here's just a look I did with it and a rather hurried description of the palette itself.

Beauty Related Goodies From Asia

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hey! This is a "haul" post of sorts. While I'll do individual posts for the color cosmetics that I bought, I thought I'd combine some of these beauty products that I can't write a full post about into one giant post.

Revisit: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Remember this post here when I talked about that pretty awful Kat Von D Lolita that turned out to be a bad batch? You guys convinced me to return it and I finally got a new one last month after it was out of stock for weeks.

Kanebo KATE Eyebrow Pencil Makes Brows Pretty Hard To Mess Up

Monday, May 11, 2015

One of the brands that I hauled a bit from was Kanebo KATE - perhaps most well known for their brow and eyeliner products. I think every female relative I visited in China within the 20s age range had a little KATE brow palette on the bathroom vanity. Since I normally use brow powder, I thought I'd switch it up for something a bit more different and grab a Kanebo KATE Eyebrow Pencil in BR-5, the coolest brown in the five available colors.

Mundane Monday, Vol. XXIII: China Trip

Monday, May 4, 2015

 Hello readers!

It's been a while, hasn't it? I spent the last few weeks in Shanghai and Ningbo. It's been seven years since I was last in China and the skyline has changed dramatically. Suddenly, skyscrapers surround my grandmother's apartments - this quiet little residential neighborhood is now encroached by luxury shopping centers.

Inside My Beauty Travel Bag

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Good afternoon!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was entertaining the idea of traveling to China this spring. Well now it's finalized; I booked my ticket and I'll be in Shanghai, Ningbo and possibly Hangzhou for the next three weeks.

What to bring, what to bring? Three weeks is a lot longer than my typical sojourn, yet I wanted to avoid the crucial mistake of over packing. As I have yet to do a "full" face routine on a trip (time better spent snarfing down street food, from my viewpoint) I decided to skip liquid foundation and blush, but to give myself a nice range of eye and lip colors to suit any occasion.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Je t'aime! Je t'aime! Collection

Monday, March 23, 2015
Good day!

I hope it is shaping up to be a warm and pleasant spring for you, my northern hemisphere friends. Today I and my fellow beauty bloggers unveil the newest spring collection from Ji Baek of Rescue Beauty Lounge. To read the full blog post in its entirety, click here. The following is an excerpt, the descriptions of the colors will have you convinced you were magically just transplanted in Paris.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird

Friday, March 20, 2015
Rouge Bunny Rouge was recently on HauteLook again (for the second time I believe) and I made good on my word: I bought more of those excellent shadows. Delicate Hummingbird was not available as a single cased shadow, so I bought a refill pan with the intention of buying a trio shadow keeper in the future.

BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You know what is crazy? I've been using the same concealer for the last four years. I'd occasionally mess around with another product, but I always come back to the same palette of Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme. This time I went hunting for something new altogether and came home with BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme.

EOTD - Matte Blue

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Good afternoon!

Hope you've had a great few weeks!

I thought I'd share an eotd that I did last week, using black and black matte shadows (or is it white and gold, hah).

TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Good morning!

The weeks have just slipped on by since I last blogged. Since the last time I touched upon skincare, I have added a new product to my routine: TATCHA Gold Camellia Beauty Oil. Each time I try out a new TATCHA product, I feel as though I am unlocking a new aspect of skincare Nirvana. Will the wonders never cease?

Pictorial: Mauve Look with Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good afternoon!

Yesterday afternoon, I was fooling around some of my new Femme Fatale Cosmetics shades when I created a look that I really liked. Even though I only used two eyeshadow shades, I felt like they worked very well together to show off a whole range of hues in the pinky-mauve-purple family. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita Was Not At All What I Expected

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Good morning, folks!
I woke up this morning at the usual six o'clock and started my daily weekday routine (tea, cat petting, yoga, more cat petting) before I realized that it was Saturday. Naturally, going back to sleep is impossible, so I thought I'd blog. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks were recently reformulated, so I hear, which is why a lot of people found KVD products at their local Marshalls. I wanted the shade Lolita, which had been out of stock at Sephora for quite a while now. I had stopped in store one time and swatched it one time, and had liked the sort of mauvey rose color. Or so I thought. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

So remember when I said I'd try to schedule posts while I was away? I lied. It didn't happen. I had a really great time in Puerto Rico though, so maybe pictures next Monday once I sort through them (between my cell, DSLR and underwater camera, I have two thousand something pictures, it's ridiculous). When I got back, it was all cloudy and "cold" (and I use the term very loosely in Californian terms) so instead of blogging or doing anything productive, I hunkered down to marathon Downton Abby. Post vacation blues, man.

Review: BECCA Beach Tint in Papaya

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I hope that your new year is going great so far. So I wanted a little sumpin' sumpin' new to bring on vacation next week; a product both long-wearing and multipurpose to help me pack light. I thought of my summertime favorite color product - BECCA Beach Tints - and how I always promising myself to buy more shades at a later date. I ended up picking up BECCA Beach Tint in Papaya


Sunday, January 4, 2015
I couldn't decide between using teal or using neutral colors today so, compromise. I went with both. 

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Duo in Granite
Eyes: Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, Urban Decay Smog, Stila Wheat, MUFE 164, MUFE 125, Urban Decay Perversion, Benefit They're Real mascara, false lashes

Hope you had a great weekend!