Thursday, March 31, 2011

Opening Day!!

Today is Opening Day! And it's no ordinary opening day, either.

Today is our first opening day as WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS. There is a buzz going on in the bay area that has never existed before. There is possibility, there is hope, there is celebration. There is a brand new rookie IN THE STARTING LINE UP. There are things to be excited about. Opening Day is all about possibilities and potential.

For me, it's also about signaling the approach of summer - of warmer weather, of a long vacation, of FINALLY having something GOOD to watch on TV (games) instead of whatever drivel is currently popular. My life always feels a little bit emptier when it's not baseball season. It's like, all of a sudden, my day has purpose if I know there's a game I can come home to watch. Also, oddly, baseball means more KNITTING - I usually knit the most during baseball season because I knit during games :)

And I'm really glad that today, because the Giants are World Champs and they're getting national sports coverage, the game starts at 5 instead of 1 in the afternoon like it usually does every year. It means that I get to watch it live instead of following along on my computer at work :)

Dangerous palette, day 4: Softly Dangerous

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Dangerous Palette this week, which comes with Greed Primer Potion, Rockstar eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, and Gunmetal.


Here's Day 4: Softly Dangerous


- UDPP in Greed
- Virgin on the inner half, and on the browbone
- Haight on the outer half
- Gunmetal applied lightly in the crease
- Rockstar eye pencil in a thin line along the upper lash line
- Supercurl mascara

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dangerous palette, day 3: Dark Corners for Doing Dark Deeds

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Dangerous Palette this week, which comes with Greed Primer Potion, Rockstar eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, and Gunmetal.


Here's Day 3: Dark Corners for Doing Dark Deeds


- UDPP in Greed
- Gunmetal on the lid
- Virgin on the brow, and blending the line
- Oil Slick in the crease, not too blended out
- Oil Slick, applied wet, along the upper lash line as eyeliner
- Rockstar eyeshadow applied lightly on the outer half of the lower lash line
- Supercurl mascara

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First impressions: BeneFit's b.right! Radiant Skincare

I'm a Sephora VIB (Very Important Beauty insider), which means only one thing... that I spend entirely too much money on makeup. Okay, what it also means is that Sephora rewards me handsomely for my loyalty.

Recently, VIBs received an email for a gift-with-purchase consisting of trial sizes of products from BeneFit Cosmetics' new line, b.right! Radiant Skincare, which I was really excited about when I first heard of it, so I was eager to get my hands on the samples. (No, I'm not cool enough to be sent samples for consideration - we beginner bloggers have to pay our own way.)


The trial set came with a face wash (Foamingly Clean, a one-step cleanser, meaning that it also removes makeup), a moisturizer (Triple Performing Facial Emulsion), and an eye cream (It's Potent!, supposed to fade dark circles and reduce fine lines, things I do care about.) I'm a sucker for product packaging, and BeneFit usually never disappoints, so I was not surprised that I totally fell in love with these, even in their small sizes:


Foamingly Clean:
I didn't get to test its full power as a makeup remover, as I'm a big fan of Clinique's Take The Day Off, but the mascara/eyeliner residue that was left was totally removed easily. The face wash is a cream consistency and lathers up really, really easily (which I like - Purity Made Simple does not lather up well at all, for me). My skin did not feel too tight afterwards.

Triple Performing Facial Emulsion:
I'm not gonna lie: as cute as the glass bottle is, it is kind of a PITA to get lotion out of. The lotion is not liquidy, which I like, but I had to do some ketchup-bottle smacking to get the lotion out onto my palm. Immediately after applying, the lotion felt greasy (though not heavy) on my face, which is not surprising, considering that it contains SPF 15 (so it felt a bit like applying greasy sunscreen, though it claims to be oil-free). The greasy feeling went away after a few minutes though, and my skin actually ended up feeling really smooth and soft and hydrated. However, I did apply before bedtime, so I have yet to see how this stands up to the day and how it feels under makeup. (The instructions leaflet that came with my samples said that it is good for morning and night.) We will see tomorrow. PS - The FAQ on BeneFit's site says that the difference between this lotion and the other one (Total Moisture Facial Cream) is that this is a lightweight lotion and the other one is a "rich, emollient cream," so if you want something lighter rather than heavier, go with this one.

It's Potent! Eye Cream:
It's supposed to fade dark circles, which is not something I'd be able to see after just one use, but I can feel that my undereye area is softer, more hydrated after applying this eye cream, which I like, because some eye creams I've tried before are either so light that they do nothing, or so heavy that they just sit on top of my undereye skin and don't absorb. Like the lotion, the eye cream felt a little greasy going on, but absorbed quickly. I'll know how well it fades anything after a couple of weeks.

In general:
The products have this floral scent that I find really pretty and refreshing, but my boyfriend swears he could smell it from the down the hallway, and he doesn't like it. *shrug* So to each his own.

These are all just first impressions, of course - the true effectiveness of skincare products won't become apparent until they've been used for a while, which is why I appreciate having these trial sizes, because nothing is more frustrating than shelling out tons of money on skincare and finding out that they either don't work for your skin or, worse, that they irritate your skin. Upon first use, my skin seemed to absorb the products just fine, so I was glad for that. I will continue to use these until I run out - I think I will run out of the facial cleanser first, since the amount in a single use is more than, say, the eye cream - and give some further thoughts down the line.

All in all, my interest is piqued and I definitely want to keep using them. Kudos to BeneFit!



Dangerous palette, day 2: Poisonous Berry

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Dangerous Palette this week, which comes with Greed Primer Potion, Rockstar eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, and Gunmetal.


Here's Day 1: Poisonous Berry


- UDPP in Greed
- Rockstar on the lid
- Virgin blending the line and on the brow
- Oil Slick applied in the crease with a pencil brush, then blended out with a fluffy crease brush
- Rockstar eye pencil along the upper lash line
- Supercurl mascara

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dangerous palette, day 1: Deadly Mildew

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Dangerous Palette this week, which comes with Greed Primer Potion, Rockstar eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Haight, Mildew, Virgin, Oil Slick, Rockstar, and Gunmetal.


Here's Day 1: Deadly Mildew


- UDPP in Greed
- Mildew on the lid
- Virgin on the brow
- Gunmetal in the crease
- Rockstar eye pencil along the upper lash line
- Supercurl mascara

Friday, March 25, 2011

Purple power!

Today is Trojan Olympics day, and it's no ordinary Trojan Olympics day - it is my last one, for a very long time, because this year my kids are SENIORS and pretty soon, I will no longer be an advisor :(

Trojan Olympics day is THE day to sport class colors, and ours is purple, so here is my power purple eye look that I'm wearing today to support my seniors.

Did you know? Sugarpill founder Amy is an MHS alumna :)
- UDPP
- Sugarpill Weekender, applied wet to the lid
- Sugarpill Stella applied to the crease and outer third of eyelid (on top of Weekender)
- Sugarpill Paperdoll applied just above the crease, to blend
- Sugarpill Lumi on the brow
- Tarte emphasEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in Plum, along the upper lash line
- Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara in Blackest Black

Not shown, but I'm also wearing Tokidoki Prisma lip gloss in Diamante.

Feminine palette, day 5: Smoky Soft

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Feminine Palette this week, which comes with Eden Primer Potion, Zero eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, and Ecstasy.


Here's Day 5: Smoky Soft

- UDPP in Eden
- Darkhorse on the lid
- Aquarius in the crease, to blend the line
- Midnight Cowboy on the brow and on the tear duct
- Stray Dog along the lower lash line
- Zero eye pencil along the upper lashline
- Supercurl mascara

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review: Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun palettes from Urban Decay

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So I'm finally getting around to writing up some thoughts about these palettes, which I posted about a waaaay long time ago when UD first previewed them on their Facebook. Now that I've had some time to work with them, I can review them.

Because I constantly use Urban Decay, I'm not going to comment about the quality of the eyeshadows or swatch them. I've probably used all of these colors at some point, and it's probably obvious that I think UD has the best eyeshadows ever. If you're new to Urban Decay, it probably won't bother you that there are no new or exclusive colors in these palettes. My favorite UD products are their eyeshadows, eye pencils, and primer potion, so any (or all) of these palettes are a sweet treat. Overall, I think they're a great sampling of UD's best, in collections that will suit different color personalities. These are great palettes all around

What I have been thinking about in regards to these palettes, as someone who is a pretty seasoned UD veteran, are the way they are put together, and it is in that regard that I have a couple nitpicks.

Here are close-ups of the palettes, courtesy of UD's website:

Feminine palette, day 4: Cotton Candy Cavities

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Feminine Palette this week, which comes with Eden Primer Potion, Zero eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, and Ecstasy.


Here's Day 4: Cotton Candy Cavities

- UDPP in Eden
- SWF on the inner half of lid/tear duct and undereye
- Ecstasy on the outer half of lid and undereye
- Stray Dog in the crease and outer V
- Zero eye pencil along upper lash line and lower waterline
- Supercurl mascara

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Feminine palette, day 3: Cutie Pink

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Feminine Palette this week, which comes with Eden Primer Potion, Zero eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, and Ecstasy.


Here's Day 3: Cutie Pink

- UDPP in Eden
- SWF all over the lid and brow
- Stray Dog in the crease
- Darkhorse applied wet as an eyeliner on the upper and lower lashlines
- Supercurl mascara

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Feminine palette, day 2: Minty Sweet

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Feminine Palette this week, which comes with Eden Primer Potion, Zero eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, and Ecstasy.


Here's Day 2: Minty Sweet

- UDPP in Eden
- Aquarius all over the lid
- Midnight Cowboy on the brow, on the tear ducts, and blending the line
- Darkhorse in the crease and winged out at the outer corner
- Zero eye pencil along the upper lash line
- Supercurl mascara on the upper lashes

Monday, March 21, 2011

Feminine palette, day 1: Nicely Neutral

Introducing a new series, designed to help you get some mileage out of your palettes!

To celebrate UD's new spring palettes (Feminine, Dangerous, and Fun), I am posting five days of  looks using only the shadows in the palette and the pencils and primers they come with. (And UD's Supercurl mascara.)


I'm using the Feminine Palette this week, which comes with Eden Primer Potion, Zero eye pencil, and eyeshadows in Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, and Ecstasy.


Here's Look 1: Nicely Neutral



- UDPP in Eden
- Stray Dog all over the lid
- Midnight Cowboy blending the line and on the brow
- Darkhorse in the crease
- Zero eye pencil along the upper lash line, a thin line
- Supercurl mascara on the upper lashes

NYX's Nude on Nude palette

Haven't had a chance to swatch it yet, but here are some photos. 10 lipglosses and 20 eyeshadows for $25 - if you can't afford the Naked palette (or just haven't been able to get your hands on it), then this might be a good alternative. One of the reasons why the Naked palette is so popular is because of the value - 12 full-sized eyeshadows and a full-sized eyeshadow brush for $48 - and it's all neutrals (not-crazy colors), and UD is well-known for the quality of their shadows. Nude on Nude is also a great value for a huge range of neutrals, of great quality, for very little money.


The lipgloss is in a drawer that pulls out

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sugarpill super swatching!!!

Ta-da!

To see the colors individually swatched, please follow my daily eyeshadow blog, I Shadow Every Day. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting up all the Chromalusts, except the three I've already previously posted (Goldilux, Paperdoll, and Hysteric).

And now you know why my eyeshadow collection deserves its own blog :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Springtime with Sugarpill

Nothing like fun colors on this gray, rainy day!

First up: St. Patrick's Day. I know it's late; shut up. I'm not even Irish, and I don't drink.


- UD PP
- Sugarpill Tipsy on the inner half of the lid
- Sugarpill Junebug on the outer half of the lid
- Sugarpill Stella in the crease
- Sugarpill Goldilux on the browbone
- UD eye pencil in Graffiti along the lower lash line
- UD eye pencil in Zero along the upper lash line and lower waterline
- Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara on the upper lashes
- Clinique Bottom Lash mascara on the lower lashes



Look 2: Easter? Mardi Gras? I don't know, but it's a lot of pretty colors! :)


- UD PP
- Sugarpill Birthday Girl on the inner third of lid
- Sugarpill Darling on the middle third of lid
- Sugarpill Weekender on the outer third of lid
- Sugarpill Magpie in the crease
- Sugarpill Lumi on the browbone
- UD eye pencil in Electric along the lower lash line
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black on the upper lashes
- Clinique Bottom Lash mascara on the bottom lashes

Friday, March 18, 2011

I got the blues

I got the Even-though-it's-Friday-I'm-miserable-because-I'm-now-getting-sick-after-staying-home-to-take-care-of-my-sick-family-and-I-hate-my-job-but-I-don't-know-what-else-to-do-with-my-life blues.


Eyes:
- UDPP
- UD eyeshadow in Mary Jane (silvery blue) all over the lid
- UD matte eyeshadow in Naked on the browbone
- UD eyeshadow in Goddess (sheer navy blue) in the crease and along the lower lash line
- UD eye pencil in Binge (navy blue) along the upper lash line
- Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara in Blackest Black

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Smoky mattes


- UD Primer Potion
- UD matte eyeshadows: Heist all over the lid; Shakedown in the crease, and Naked on the brow
- UD eye pencil in Oil Slick along the upper lash line
- Cargo Lash Activator mascara (I got a sample tube in my March Birchbox!)

And you can't see it, but I'm wearing UD's Razor HD powder all over my face, and Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia.

New UD site!

I was on Urban Decay's site, and then I left for a bit, and then I came back, and then it was ALL different!!

Urban Decay Oil Slick vs. Sugarpill Stella

 I am a woman of many burning questions, and here's one I can answer for myself: How does Sugarpill Stella compare to Urban Decay Oil Slick?

As you can see by the swatches, Stella is a lot darker, more pigmented with roughly the same amount of product. And as you can't see by the swatches, Oil Slick is coarser in texture, and has comparatively large glitter. (To be technical, Oil Slick has glitter, but Stella has sparkle. They're two different things, I guess.) I didn't really pay attention to fallout, but I imagine they would be similar, what with Stella being a loose shadow and Oil Slick being a typical UD glitter shadow (lots of glitter all over your face).

The winner here? Well, I've never been especially fond of Oil Slick anyway. Stella is a lot smoother and darker. And the sparkles are multicolored, whereas Oil Slick's glitter is all silver. Plus, Sugarpill gives you a full 5 grams of product for $12, whereas Urban Decay gives you 0.05 grams for $17, so you can't beat that, right? Not to mention the fact that if you already own a few UD palettes, you probably have Oil Slick in SPADES.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lumi is lovely!

Not a very complicated look - mostly I just wanted to show off how beautiful this color is :)


- UD Primer Potion
- Sugarpill Chromalust loose eyeshadow in Lumi
- UD eye pencil in Ransom
- Tarte Lights! Camera! Lashes! mascara

Monday, March 14, 2011

Plummy!

Sorry, I did not have my good camera on me today, so I had to use my iPhone. But still, you kinda get the idea.


Face:
- UD Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer in Bodyguard
- NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow

Eyes:
- UD Primer Potion in Original
- UD eyeshadow in Virgin on the inner half of the eyelid (available in the Naked Palette and the new Dangerous Palette)
- UD eyeshadow in Sidecar on the outer half of the eyelid (available in the Naked Palette and one of the previous BOSes - can't remember which off the top of my head)
- UD eyeshadow in Rockstar in the crease (available in the BOS Vol. 3, and the new Dangerous Palette, and also as a loose pigment)
- UD eyeliner in Rockstar along the upper lash line
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black

Lips:
- Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Yummy Plummy (which I'm told is a dupe for MAC's Plumful?)

No, seriously

I know I tend to blog mostly about makeup, and that makeup is considered by most people to be pretty frivolous. (Let me save my makeup manifesto for another day, but I definitely have thoughts on that.)

The truth is, in the world outside of my blog, I've had lots of heavy thoughts weighing on my mind lately. Not the least of which is the huge tragedy that is going on right now in Japan. I've been reading a lot, watching a lot, thinking a lot about the nature of humanity and where we're all headed, and whether we are the solution or the plague, and so far I've refrained from discussing it much (or at all) in my blog because the truth is that I don't have anything coherent to say.

What is this life? What is this world we live in? I am confronted every day both by people who inspire me to be a better person and by people who leave me disappointed that we are the same species. For most (dare I say all?) of my adult life, I have lived under a government whom I feel does not have our best interests at heart, and what's worse than that is that I don't think it's any different from any administrations that came before it or that will follow it. When I check my email and see the news headlines in the little box, at least half of them involve murder.

I don't know how to handle stuff like that. I grew up a sheltered little nerdy Asian kid. I have a large family who lives close by and whom I see all the time. My parents are still happily married. My brother and I have always gotten along. I can say unequivocally that I am a very lucky person. So I don't know how to process all of the ugly that exists in this world. I can't handle it. It's not that I want to turn a blind eye, because I don't. I want to fight. But I have no idea what my place is in all of this. Sometimes I feel like a mere spec of dust in the universe, too small to even cast a shadow. How do I even begin to start making this world the kind of place that my daughter could be happy and safe in?

This weekend, Jimmy played a song for me from Jarvis Cocker (former lead singer of one of our favorite bands, Pulp), and one of the lines from the song really helped put things into perspective for me:

You can't set the world to rights,
But you can stop being wrong tonight.


It seems fairly obvious, yes, but it's something I need to be reminded of every now and then: maybe I'M not going to singlehandedly make the world a better place, but I could do my part to stop making it worse. We ALL could. Maybe we can't all be revolutionaries and heroes, but we could all be a little less jerky, a little less selfish in our everyday lives. And that's a tall enough order as is. But we can do it. We could try.

*ETA*
Just as I finished typing this post in which I talk about how sad I am about the world and about how we all need to be better people, a TA just brought me a gift from one of the ladies who works in the main office. It's a beautiful crocheted baby sweater. The TA could not remember the woman's name who was sending it to me, so I don't know whom to thank. But it was completely unexpected, and lovely!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dolce Vita

A sweet, minimal-makeup look for an easygoing Sunday with the family


Face:
- Just plain moisturizer (I'm wearing Philosophy's Hope in a Jar on this particular day)
- NYX's Rouge Cream Blush in Natural

Eyes:
- UD Primer Potion in Original
- UD Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless all over the lid
- NYX's Super Skinny Marker along the upper lashline
- L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black

Lips:
- NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita

Friday, March 11, 2011

Urban Decay shadow brushes - old and new

Urban Decay recently started including their new Good Karma shadow brush with their Naked palettes instead of the double-ended liner, and having recently acquired a back-up Naked palette for myself, I've decided to take a look at the new shadow brush as compared to their "vintage" one (that's what they call it now) that I bought a couple years ago.

All of Urban Decay's brushes, old and new, have Taklon bristles (so they're vegan-friendly) and lightweight aluminum handles.


They are pretty much the same thing - flat, stiff brushes meant to pat shadows onto the lid, not swipe - except for two miniscule differences.

One: the new one is tiniest bit narrower than the old one (I'd say, by a couple millimeters):

And two: the new one is thicker (more bristles) than the old one:

The difference in the widths of the ferrules is probably too small to make a great difference, but the thickness allows the newer brush to pick up more product - it's not just that there are more bristles, but as you can see, the tip is tapered - there are more bristles that are shorter in length, meaning that there are more tips to pick up eyeshadow with.

In general, I tend to prefer slightly fluffier, narrow brushes to apply my shadows (my lid is small, so I need more precision), but UD's brush definitely gets the job done. Using a flat, stiff brush like this to apply means that you'll need separate brushes to blend and smudge (and they definitely sell those too), but if you're lazy like me, and like to take short cuts, then you might pass on this one for a small fluffy eyeshadow brush that can multi-task. (I haven't yet seen UD's Multi Tasker brush in person, so I can't comment on that one.)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Calling all fashionistas

One of the reasons why I'm trying to lose a significant amount of weight is because it is hard to find clothes that fit me. I am short, and I am plus-sized, and the fashion industry in general seems to think that if you're short, you're also thin, and if you're plus-sized, then you're tall. I always see an abundance of 6-petite and 14-tall when I go pants shopping.

But honestly? I can't say that I would dress much better if I were a size 6, because the truth is that I'm not sure what my style is at all. I have no style. Or, rather, I am attracted to so many different styles that I have no clue where to put my focus, and my closet is a huge mishmash of all these things. (Not unlike my hobbies and interests and the rest of my life.)

Anthropologie's Wispy Cirrus blouse
My favorite store is Anthropologie. I love soft, romantic looks and intricate, feminine details - the clothing equivalent of English countryside or French shabby chic. Mind you, I can't afford to shop here, but I tend to be drawn to things that are "Anthropologie-ish." My knitting queue is full of things that are similar to what you would find at Anthropologie, as I figure that it'll be cheaper for me to make these items than to buy them (and I'm more likely to be able "find my size" by knitting than by buying). This is the part of me that loves Romantic poetry and Victorian novels:
Cathy Carron's Drop Stitch Pleated Tank
Other times, I totally want to be retro pinup girl, and wear curve-hugging pencil skirts and cute dresses, and I find myself scouring the racks at Torrid or something like that:
I do actually have this dress,
from pinupgirlclothing.com
Sometimes (but not often), I feel like I want to dress up in smart-looking business attire for work, although that doesn't last very long, because the reality is that I'm just way too tired to get my s*** together most mornings:

Ann Taylor
When I'm deep into derby or yoga or training for races, I suddenly want to be sporty too:

From Lucy, whom I used to work for
When I was in college, and trying very hard to fit in with the intellectuals, the music snobs, the indie hipsters, the coffee-shop crowd, I wanted very much to achieve this look, complete with messenger bag full of British literature, a laptop, and a Nalgene bottle, though I never quite got it right:

Old Navy calls this "Boho Chic"
Most of the time, I kind of just end up defaulting to a tshirt (or sweatshirt, if it's cold) and jeans:
Threadless Tees
You get the idea. In short, I don't know what my style is because I don't know who I am. Or rather, I am ALL of these things, and I don't know how to put them all together. I also have no clue how to accessorize. Like, zero. I'm NOT one of those women with a huge collection of jewelry, because I don't know how to wear jewelry. I only own a lot of scarves because I like to knit.

So, take the fact that I have no sense of my own style or how to shop for myself, plus the fact that my body size and height make it difficult for me to shop in the first place, and... what you get is a very crazy closet and me standing there in a towel saying, "I have nothing to wear!!!"

So, if you would like to help me out... I'd greatly appreciate it. Either helping me shop or helping me figure out who the hell I am. Because I am one confused woman.

More pretty purples

So, in case you couldn't tell, purple is my favorite color, especially when it comes to makeup. It's pretty, comes in a variety of tones, and complements brown eyes quite well.

Today's look comes courtesy of Sweet Libertine Cosmetics, an indie mineral makeup company run by a fellow Raveler. I like to promote and support them whenever possible :) I do believe these three colors are permanent shades, so you can buy them if you like them.


- UD Primer Potion in Original
- SL shadow in Camisole all over the lid
- SL shadow in Raisin Girl in the crease
- SL shadow in Striptease on the browbone
- UD eye pencil in Rockstar along upper lash line
- BeneFit Bad Gal Lash mascara