Monday, April 9, 2018

On hold indefinitely

I had high hopes to continue beauty blogging, but to be honest, I'm just not as interested in it as I used to be. I still love makeup, but as I now work from home and don't leave the house nearly as much, makeup (and therefore beauty blogging) has been put on the backburner.

Thank you for reading. These posts will stay up for posterity/research purposes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fenty Beauty! I'm foundation shade 240 :)

Took me long enough, but I just wanted to throw up some quick thoughts and photos on Rihanna's makeup line, Fenty Beauty.

At this point, there are probably thousands of review posts and videos about Fenty products, so why am I still posting this anyway? Basically because you can never get enough photos of foundation on a real person, in different types of lighting. It never hurts to have multiple examples of people wearing various shades of foundation (if you are someone shopping for foundation), so I wanted to throw my post out there into the aether so that someone else who is considering Fenty can at least see what shade I'm wearing and how the shade looks :)

So without further ado, here are some pictures I took while testing out a few of the products:

So here is my very first try-on of the following products:

  • the Pro Filt'r face primer
  • the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte foundation in 240
  • the Matchstix trio in Medium, which is comprised of Matte Skinsticks in Bamboo (lighter shade) and Mocha (darker shade), and a Shimmer Skinstick in Trippin. I essentially used Bamboo as a sort of highlighting concealer, Mocha to contour, and Trippin as a cream blush
I used UD's Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder in Medium Light to set everything, and MAC Fix+ spray. I should note, by the way, that I buffed the foundation on using my ELF Ultimate Blending Brush, and it went on a little heavier than I thought it would, so this is pretty heavy-medium coverage.

Looks PRETTY DARN GOOD. It felt good on, too. Despite the heavier-than-I-planned foundation application, everything felt light and not too cakey, and it stayed on soooooo well.

Caveats, though: 
1) I'd been told that this foundation oxidizes 1-2 shades darker, so I was curious to see how much it would change after a long wait, and whether I could still wear it. (I know, shame on me for buying sight unseen!)
2) I was trying this all on at night, so I wanted to give it a go during the daytime too. The above photo was taken in front of my Ottlite mirror.

Here's a picture of me about an hour or so later, in bathroom lighting:

So, I felt like it got yellower, but that could've also been the lighting? But I didn't think it looked significantly darker.

The next day, I applied the primer and foundation on right half of my face (left side of the photo):
<----- Makeup side

I went for a more light-to-medium application this time, and I'm also not wearing any of the Skinsticks or any setting powder or spray. Just primer and the same foundation. Looks like a pretty good match, huh? My friends (whom I asked for opinions) all said it gave me that much-sought-after "Your skin but better" look.

And even after several hours, it still looked perfect and stayed ON. This foundation has pretty good wear time, even without setting powder! I was impressed. 

So, yeah... I'm glad I didn't have to go exchange for a new a color, and I'm glad that in general the products ended up being pretty good. I want very much to support Fenty Beauty, since diversity is a major selling point for them, and I like everything that I've seen about the company so far. I'm excited to see them grow.

I hope this post helps someone out there :) See you next time!

Face by Fenty! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wet n Wild Halloween 2017 Loose Pigments and more!

My favorite time of year for makeup is RIGHT NOW, because not only are holiday releases about to drop, but also, HALLOWEEN IS COMING! And Halloween always means awesome makeup products by Wet n Wild, who release a line of Fantasy Makers products every year.

Usually they release some Halloween staples like cream face/body paint, glitter palettes that have a jelly texture, as well as stencils and lipsticks/mascaras/etc. in all manner of colors. (Although, in recent years, blue and black lipstick have become way more common for everyday wear.)

So, this year, I noticed a few things that I don't generally see in their Fantasy Makers collections, such as the Loose Pigment jars, and since one of the example costume ideas was unicorn makeup, I absolutely had to pick up iridescent lipstick that went with it. I also got something from their Mermaid collection, so it's unicorns and mermaids all up in here :)

Here are some swatches and example looks for you. (By the way, my local Fred's had a BOGO 50% off coupon for makeup, as well as the same deal specifically for WNW, so whichever one works... I didn't have to pay full price for this.)

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Hey. Hey there.

It's been a while, huh?

I decided last winter that I would take a break from beauty blogging. At first it was just because I had found myself not wearing as much makeup as I used to (and consequently, not buying as much either), but as time went on, I realized some things about how I feel about beauty and the industry. (You can read those thoughts in detail over here on my personal blog.)

To make a long story short: I didn't feel like there was a place for me in beauty blogging. I've been doing it for years and years, but here I am, on the verge of turning 35, and it's quite apparent that the beauty industry (or at least, beauty social media) doesn't give too many hoots about fat people of color who are no longer in their twenties. (I'm not saying they don't give ANY hoots, because they do throw us a bone every now and then. But we kinda have to fight for those scraps.)

But since writing the above blog post and hearing from my friends, many of whom share at least one of those physical attributes with me (race, body type, or age group), I've been thinking maybe that this is WHY I shouldn't stop blogging. That maybe I SHOULD stick around on the interwebs, because there might be someone out there who JUST wants to find some inspiration from someone who looks just like them.

I mean, that's why I started beauty blogging in the first place. I'm not here trying to be the trendiest in styles, the most up-to-date on releases, or even remotely the prettiest face. I'm simply here because I love makeup and I just don't feel represented by any major brand or beauty media outlet: I'm too old, I'm too fat, I'm too plain, and I'm just not that interested in highlighter that can send signals across an ocean.

But I do love makeup and what it can do for an average person like me, so I'm going to keep this space for me and for other people like me.

So, I will keep posting. This blog is coming back. Not with a bang, or anything, and definitely not with a whimper, but with a joyous little shout that says, "Hey! I belong here too!"

I hope you will join me (here and on Instagram) as I keep exploring beauty products. I really appreciate your readership.


Me: plain, simple, and actually LOVING the ABH Subculture palette!

Monday, January 2, 2017

On hiatus


As I have been updating a lot less frequently lately, I'm going to officially take a hiatus from updating this blog for a while. I don't know for how long. This blog will stay up, of course, so my posts aren't going anywhere. But I probably won't be posting any new content for a while.

Thank you for visiting! I appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog.

- T

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Swatches - Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette

I didn't even know what this was when it was first previewed on KVD's Instagram but I knew I had to have it. Unique packaging? Iridescent colors? SIGN ME UP.

The Alchemist Holographic palette is a multi-use palette, meaning you can pretty much wear it however you want - on your eyes, on your cheeks, or even your lips. The iridescent/duochrome nature of the colors means that they will change depending on the base colors you use, which makes them super fun to play around with, and very striking every time you do wear them.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Swatches - Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set (Holiday 2016)

I know this set has been out a while already, but I knew that Sephora would eventually do their BI/VIB/Rouge Loyalty Reward, so I ended up getting this for $25 off, which is pretty sweet :)

I've been a big fan of KVD's liquid lipsticks for a while, and I especially love picking up the mini sizes because it allows me to try a range of colors without committing to a full-sized tube (and the full-sized price). This particular set is a great sampler set of the color range, and also includes two brand-new exclusive shades. (I have no idea if they will eventually be permanent or not.)

In general, these lipsticks are highly pigmented, long-lasting (but not uncomfortable to remove, unless you're trying on eight at a time like I did), and are more of a "soft matte" than a total cracked-scorched-earth dry matte. I know I've said before that ColourPop's Ultra Matte Lips are my favorite for the price, but if price were no issue, I would totally go with KVD.

Some swatches for you:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tutorial - Cranberry-inspired daytime holiday face

I'm headed out to a daytime event today, and it's the holiday season, so I wanted to look a bit festive. But not festive, like, with my face screaming CHRISTMAS - just kind of gently festive :) And I really like the color of the sweater I'm wearing. So here's how I did my face:

On my face:
- I'm only wearing a light dusting of Kat Von D's Lock-It Powder Foundation - no liquid foundation, not even any concealer. (I'm going to a rather casual event, so full-face makeup would make me feel out of place.)
- UD's blush in Easy (from the Gwen Stefani face palette)
- Beached Bronzer in Bronzed as contour
- ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek highlighter in Over the Moon is dabbed and blended along my orbital bone
- Brows were done with BeneFit's Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

On my lips: 
UD Vice lipstick in Amulet (applied with a lip brush, because I have their Blackmail lip palette, not the actual tube)

On my eyes:
- UD Primer Potion in Original
- From Naked Ultimate Basics: Nudie as an all over base color; Instinct in the crease as a transition shade; Pre-Game as a browbone highlight
- From KVD's Metal Matte palette: Volt all over the upper lid, topped with Glitz
- From UD's Full Spectrum palette: Alchemy in the crease (because I didn't want it to look too smoky - it's a daytime event)
- Two colors of UD's Razor Sharp liquid eyeliner: a thin line of Deep End along the upper lashline, with a slightly thicker line and wing of Zodiac on top. (This actually began as a mistake - I meant to only apply Zodiac. But I think they look awesome together.
- Lancome's Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black.

Christmassy, but not TOO Christmassy :) Have a good one!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette + tutorial

Finally! I had decided to hold off on ordering this palette until Sephora's VIB Rouge sale instead of ordering it right on release day, so even though everyone else has already given their two cents about it, now it's my turn :) (20% off was worth the wait though!)

This palette seems to be in line with their previous Urban Spectrum palette and 15th Anniversary palette - the narrow pans, the plastic palette casing, and the rainbow of colors - except that this time, there are 21 shadows (which makes it more similar to the previous Vice palettes and Book of Shadows palettes, which each had 20) and this time, there really is a rainbow (like, with a yellow and everything!), as opposed to a range of jewel-toned purples, blues, and greens. What is also really cool is that, not only do you have a rainbow, but you also have a nice gradient of smoky/blackened shades, vivid brights, and lighter/pastel-ish shades, so your rainbow can take on some different tonalities as well.

Let's take a look closer:

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 2016 Sephora PLAY! - The Cool Cut

I have been taking a break from beauty boxes for a while, but when spots opened up for Sephora's PLAY! box (yes, I'm always going to write that in all-caps with an exclamation point), I decided to sign up.

It's $10 per month, and you get a bunch of deluxe samples that would normally cost you 100 Beauty Insider points each. For those of you who don't know, every time Beauty Insiders spend a dollar at Sephora, they get one point, and you can save up the points to redeem for samples, beauty sets, etc., so essentially, it's as if each item in this box is the result of $100 spent. An entire box for $10? Okay, I'll bite.

This was my first box, so I was excited to see what I would get. In case you haven't noticed, I've been buying/using less makeup as of late, so this is a good way for me to try new stuff (high end stuff!) for really cheap.

This month's theme was "The Cool Cut," which is about up-and-coming awesomeness, and there was a nice variety of products. I've only tried out one thing so far, but here's what I got.

Let's go: