Friday, February 24, 2012

Onwards and upwards

January and February are traditionally lousy for me in terms of health and anxiety, and this year has been no exception:

- I injured my glute, which forced me to take off a full week with no activity
- Then I got sick
- Then final exams hit, and I was super stressed out and tired from staying up late to get my grading done and I had a lot of anxiety about starting the new semester
- In the meantime, I was (and still am) having all these weird issues with my eyes swelling and getting irritated and turning red. They're itchy ALL THE TIME, even though I'm using Visine by the bucketload. This happens whether I wear makeup or not.
- And this is a separate issue, even though it also involves my eyes, but apparently the only painkiller I can take these days is acetominaphen, because if I take ibuprofen or naproxin, my EYELIDS swell up. I did not used to have this before.
- Then I got REALLY sick, like, dizzy, nauseous, congested, and on the verge of losing my voice completely. I missed three days of work in a period of two weeks.

But I'm finally starting to feel better. I feel much less hazy, and I'm not blowing my nose for a full twenty minutes every morning. My body feels fine and uninjured, though weak from not having used it much. I went to Crossfit twice this week and went to practice once. Though my eyes continue to irritate me tons.

Having heard about all my various "conditions" through my Facebook whinings, a concerned friend noted, "You always have something going on, don't you?" And yes, I do! And I'm sick of it (pun intended)! I'm tired of feeling like crap all the time. I'm tired of feeling TIRED all the time.

Does it help that I make crappy diet choices? Nope. Does it help that I haven't been consistently exercising? Nope. Does it help that I stay up late all the time (like I am right now, uh, typing this blog post)? Definitely not. Obviously, some changes need to be made.

First of all, I need to stop skipping practice and Crossfit and running. I am in a position to EASILY work out tons, but the combination of bad health and bad motivation has had me down for the count. The truth is, I actually really ENJOY working out. (I do, I swear!) The problem is inertia. The problem is getting me to go in the first place. Once I'm there, I'm in, but first I need to GO.

Second of all, I need to make better diet choices. I've been talking to a good friend about her experiences on the Paleo diet, and though she hasn't been on it long, she's feeling great and getting good results - not just in terms of weight loss, but in terms of her day-to-day health. And I want that too - I want to stop feeling like crap all the time, like I said. So I've been doing a lot of reading about it. And I think I want to try it, for a month at least.

It's not going to be easy for me - a lot of the things that I love are things that are not allowed on the Paleo diet - rice, pho, soda, cupcakes, ice cream, cheese, cookies, hot chocolate, mac & cheese out of the blue box. (No more salted caramels - ouch!) I'm the carb and dairy QUEEN. I am also the processed foods queen, considering how I'm a lousy cook, and half my meals come from a box, a can, or a drive-thru. So why would I suddenly want to give that all up?

Because I'm THAT TIRED of feeling ill all the time. And I think I am just reaching that breaking point of total desperation where I just might be willing to cut all that crap out of my life so I can start feeling better. And I really don't know if I can just eat LESS of all that stuff - if I had the self-control to do that in the first place, I wouldn't be having this problem. So maybe I just need to NOT eat it for a while. Take some time off and detox. (Without having to drink that weird lemon juice/chili powder sh**.) And it's ALWAYS a good idea not to eat processed foods.

So I'll try it. I know some derby skaters and Crossfitters who do Paleo, and they are some awesome specimens of physicality. It's gotten really popular, and there are a lot of good (free!) resources online, and the best part is that I don't really have to buy anything weird or expensive or out of the ordinary (in terms of foods or tools) to do it. It's basically lean meat, veggies, some good fats - four times a day. I can do it. I will try.

Right now, I'm in the research phase. I'm doing a lot of reading, bookmarking sites, writing down recipes and tips, and basically gearing up for it. I'm ready to try something new in hopes that it will help me live a better life. It may not be a panacea, but it's a step in the right direction.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Swatches: Morgana Cryptoria and Fyrinnae

Some shadow samples that I wanted to swatch

Morgana Cryptoria: Shifting Sky (blue), Axe to Grind (purple), Evil Eye Candy (red), Pumpkin Eye Patch (orange)

Swatched on top of Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Fyrinnae: (L to R) Meerkat, Rapunzel Had Extensions, Polar Bear, Herbivore,
Faerie Glamour (Arcane Magic), Cuddlefish, Catrina Cabaret, Shinigami

Swatched on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Sunday, February 19, 2012

DIY lipstick organizer

In reorganizing my makeup collection last night, I realized that I really need to get my lipstick situation under control! They were just sitting loose in a drawer (a couple drawers), and especially when you have lots from the same brand, it's hard to easily tell which one is which without picking up every single one to read the bottom.

A long time ago, I saw this tutorial from makeup artist EnKore, about how to make your own organizer using cardboard boxes. I've always wanted to make one, but never got around to it because it's kind of tedious, time-consuming work. But finding myself with some spare time yesterday, I finally decided to bite the bullet and make one. Mine isn't nearly as neat or tidy as his is (can you tell that I colored outside the lines in art class?), but it works well enough for me.

As you can see, I've saved a ton of space, and I can easily find exactly what shade I'm looking for.

(My only problem is that Urban Decay's stupid - but awesome! - lipsticks are too tall to fit in my drawer standing up, and that they have their tubes inverted to begin with, so I can't put them in my holder. GRRR.)

Gratuitous eyeliner!!!!!

Urban Decay's pencils (regular and shadow) are my holy grail product. If I ever lost everything in my makeup collection, I would be most heartbroken about losing these. They're creamy, budgeproof, and for the most part extremely well-pigmented, and they come in a huuuuuge range of colors, as you can see above.

Having little else to do on a Saturday night, I decided to swatch them all. This collection includes some limited edition shades and some discontinued ones as well. They were swatched on bare skin (no primer).

(Shadow pencils are denoted; otherwise, they are the regular eye pencil shades)

Midnight Cowboy, Sin shadow pencil, Midnight Cowboy shadow pencil, Lit shadow pencil, Honey, Eldorado, Baked, Lucky

Woodstock, Asphyxia, Morphine shadow pencil, Delinquent shadow pencil, Ransom, Lust, 1999, Crash, Rockstar, Empire

Clash shadow pencil, Electric, Flipside, Radium, Deviant, Binge

Junkie, Clinic shadow pencil, Covet, Graffiti, Narc shadow pencil, Mildew, Stash

Juju shadow pencil, Stray Dog, Rehab shadow pencil, Underground, Bourbon, Whiskey, Corrupt, Wasteland shadow pencil, Demolition

Perversion, Zero, Oil Slick, Barracuda shadow pencil, Mercury shadow pencil, Uzi, Gunmetal, Dime, Yeyo

Friday, February 17, 2012

Five ways that roller derby has ruined my life

Credit: Eric Baker
As popular as it has gotten, roller derby is still considered "alt." We are just outside of the mainstream sports world, and we're definitely fighting to get in, but there are still so many people who hang on to misconceptions and stereotypes, and people who just plain don't know anything about it.

And so, there exists a sort of "roller derby bubble." We're a subculture. We spend a lot of time together, we have our own jokes, our own lingo, and when we meet derby girls from other leagues, there's an instant connection because we're in this together, man. And when it's time to leave the bubble to go back to our normal lives, our jobs, our mundane tasks... well, let's just say: Roller derby, you're a life-ruiner. And here's how:

1. It's not acceptable to hip-check people in real life.

In roller derby, I can hit people to get them out of my way and to get them out of my jammer's way. I can get RIGHT UP ON THEIR BACKS and kind of juke around to pressure them to go faster. One hard slam with my hips, and they're sprawled out on the track. And it's totally acceptable. Heck, it's even encouraged.

I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to do this in real life. In a crowded mall? One quick twist of my hips, and I'd have a clear path. But that would be considered rude. Walking across campus to get to my classroom before the next period starts? It would be GREAT to just dart through a group of students blocking my way. But, I'd probably have a lawsuit on my hands. In traffic, when I'm running late for practice? Um, yeah, definitely NOT a great place to apply derby strategy. (Although, I do kinda... uh... follow too closely.) In the real world, roller derby behavior is unsafe, and I totally get that... but dude, my life would be so much easier.

PS - It's also not really acceptable to push a person into another person in real life. Just sayin'. 

Credit: Derby by beakertehmuppet

2. You get used to falling all the time wearing pads in derby, so when you fall in real life... you can really get hurt.

I know that lots of serious injuries have happened because of roller derby, so please don't think I'm being disrespectful of those individuals when I say that I get hurt way more often off the track than on.

Protective gear - helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads, and mouth guard - are required for roller derby because obviously, it's an aggressive, full-contact sport. We get hit and fall a lot. One of the first things you learn how to do in roller derby is to rely on your gear, to trust that it will protect you when you hit the ground.

But, um, I fall a lot in my real life too. And I don't walk around in full protective gear, although I'm starting to feel convinced that I should. Case in point: about a year and a half ago, I was walking back to my classroom from another building when out of nowhere, I tripped (over absolutely nothing - over FLAT STABLE GROUND). Out of total muscle memory, I did a perfect knee fall, dropping my right knee to the ground to stabilize myself and to absorb the impact. I honestly think my coach would've been proud. Only, I wasn't wearing knee pads. The impact and slight skidding ripped open a hole in the knee of my jeans and, indeed, in my knee itself. I limped back to my classroom, blood dripping down my shin.

In roller derby? This fall would've been NOTHING. Just a quick tap on the ground, and then a quick up. At work? BLOODY MESS. And I'm such a baby when I get hurt too - I can take a pounding on the track, but slamming my finger in a car door? I cried for hours. (Okay, technically, that's nothing safety gear would've saved me from. But still.)

Credit: Sara Grafil
3. Not all your coworkers in real life will hit and take hits for you.

Roller derby is often compared to having a second job, and extending that metaphor, I would say that teammates are like your coworkers.

This isn't a strike against the people I work with (whom I adore and think are wonderful), but I would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would subject themselves to physical violence for each other the way that my teammates would.

Derby sisterhood is a unique sort of relationship. We spend a LOT of time together, a lot of sweaty, close-contact time. We experience each other's highs and lows, whether it's a bad practice, a derby breakthrough, a bad breakup, or the birth of new children. I'm fairly sure that most of us cycle together as well, which leads to some intense practices a couple times a month. We do actually WORK together, planning events and deciding policy and doing a lot of what a brand-new company would do to get off the ground... but what it all really boils down to is that we've got each other's backs. Like, literally - I throw myself in the path of other skaters to help us win. I knock other full-grown adults to the ground to try to keep them from picking on my jammer. And when I get trapped at the back of the pack by the other team, I know that my teammates will do the same for me. And the funny thing is, whether I'm playing in a bout with my own leaguemates or I'm skating in a mixed scrimmage or tournament with skaters from all over the place, I know that I can depend on this to happen. Because that's derby. We risk injury trying to help and protect each other. That's derby love.

And I have a hard time finding friendships quite like that outside of derby. (Trust me - I've tried to get friends and coworkers to join PRG, and they won't do it.)

Credit: Jim Cottingham
4. Not everything in real life gets better purely through hard work.

This is a big one for me. Roller derby is awesome because nowhere else have I found it to be more true, that if you're willing to put in the effort, you will get results. Sure, having a talent for skating helps, but the truth is that SO MANY skaters began roller derby without having spent so much as a minute on wheels previous to strapping on their gear for their first practice.As Coach Pandamonium once told me, "everyone's path to roller derby is different," but it is absolutely true that if you work hard enough and if you want it badly enough, you can be successful at this sport.

It doesn't matter if you're not built like an athlete. In derby, you can be successful if you're tall, short, skinny, fat, muscular, any shape, any size, any ethnicity. I might throw in "any income level," but the truth is that gear, uniforms, and dues are expensive. But I know girls who can make that work too, and leagues who help them, because we take care of each other.

The real world just isn't like that. Even if you did want it badly enough and even if you did work hard enough, there are other things that get in the way of you achieving success - other people's prejudices, glass ceilings, lack of opportunities, lack of privilege.

In derby, I know that - for example - I could probably be a jammer if I really wanted to. I would need to work really hard, seize the opportunities to jam when I can, and just really push at it, and I think I could do it. (I just don't want to at this particular moment.) But in real life, I can't achieve x because I'm a woman. I can't do y because I'm fat. I'll never be z because I'm Asian. The Horatio Alger American Dream -type story is a farce.

Derby has me believing that anyone can achieve greatness starting completely from scratch, but in real life, it's just not that way.

5. Last but not least... I am never as cool or glamorous or badass or heroic in real life as I am when I'm playing roller derby.

Credit: JAM Photography
I was invited to be a part of a photo project called "Day and Night." Pretty self-explanatory - the photos show the contrast between the subject's day job and nighttime hobby.

I'm a high school English teacher, and while it is satisfying and rewarding, it is also stressful and unglamorous. I don't go to bars or clubs - I knit and read and blog and hang out with my family. I'm exactly the photo on the left (except my normal, everyday lighting is not nearly so flattering). I'm Thu, and I'm quiet and shy. I'm laid-back. I'm introverted.

Except for the two nights out of the week when I'm the photo on the right. When I'm Viva Glam.

And then I'm intense. And I'm aggressive. I've been told by other jammers that they feel a little wary when they see me line up in front of them.

Credit: Jim Cottingham

I don't feel like that in my normal life, ever. I don't even LOOK like that in my normal life. (Nor do I even have many photos of my normal life - since joining derby, the amount of pictures that I have of myself has increased, like, tenfold. And I'm not the most photographed skater that I know, either.)

When I skate, I feel like a superhero. Literally, being on skates makes me feel like I'm flying. I feel invincible because, as the song goes, "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down." I feel like a proud, beautiful warrior.

And it's HARD to shake off that feeling when I get home, and then do the laundry. It's hard to put away the superhero alter-ego and then grill chicken for dinner. I want to be badass ALL THE TIME!

Roller derby, you have ruined normal life for me forever. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sugarpill Chromalust Brights

These colors are actually NOT the brightest shades Sugarpill has by far - and that's not a statement against the colors I used, but rather, a statement in favor of the other eye shadows. (Dude, have you SEEN Dollipop? I once heard it described as "retina-burning," and I have to say, that's quite apt.)

The clincher is the crease color I used, Royal Sugar - it's a BEAUTIFUL shade of blue, but I've had trouble figuring out how to incorporate it into a wearable look. (That is, wearable in the normal world. I don't "club" and I'm not in high fashion.) So far, I've only been able to wear it in small bits (never just "all over the lid"), and I have to mute it/blend SUPER well.

- Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Paperdoll on the inner half of the lid
- Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Darling on the outer half of the lid
- Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Royal Sugar in the crease; then I muted it with Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Tako; blended the line with Urban Decay matte eyeshadow in Naked; and then reapplied Royal Sugar with a pencil brush just into the deepest part of my crease. Yes, it took a while.
- UD 24/7 eye pencil in Perversion along the upper lash line
- BeneFit They're Real mascara

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You know what IS just like Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (the original one)?

Essie "Shine of the Times" Luxeffects topcoat :) Dude, I even bought a spare bottle.

On top of:
(L to R, all by Sally Hansen)
- Complete Salon Manicure in 120 Polar Bare
- Complete Salon Manicure in 670 Midnight in NY (this one is pretty on its own too - black with tiny sparkles)
- Hi-Definition Nail Color in 02 Blu
- Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 340 Mint Sorbet

As you can see, it does that cool abalone-shell effect :) I have all different colors on my right hand as well (from Sally Hansen and Urban Decay). I really wanted to see how they look with the topcoat.

Essie's Luxeffects were new for the holidays, so you MIGHT still be able to find them right now at your local drugstore. I called, like, three Walgreen's and a Rite Aid before I gave up... and then found three bottles at CVS.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (version 2) isn't really a hidden treasure.

I was really excited when I saw this at Walgreen's:

When Sally Hansen released the first Hidden Treasure polish, it was a HUGE DEAL and I couldn't find it ANYWHERE except for on Ebay for a ridiculous amount of money. It was this amazing thing that transformed your nail polish into this awesome abalone-shell-iridescent effect (eh, google it), and it was nowhere to be found, thanks to the blogosphere.

So this is the new Hidden Treasure - it's also iridescent, with a purple sheen. But it noticeably lacks the flakes of glitter that made the first one so magical. Does it measure up?

Here's two coats of it alone:

And here's one coat of it over one coat of a dark gray polish I had:

In both cases, it's beautiful, but it's just not the same. Yeah, it does duochrome-y things, but  it's just not the same.

I AM DISAPPOINT :( I mean, it's a gorgeous color regardless, but it shouldn't be called Hidden Treasure.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

MAC's Shop & Drop palette

I'm a sucker for purple palettes, and decided to check this one out after seeing the positive review of it on

- Power Boosted (the purple shadow) all over the lid and all around the eye
- Shop & Drop (the navy blue shadow) in the crease
- Sugar Snack (the baby pink shadow) to blend the crease
- UD eye pencil in Empire along the upper and lower lash lines
- BeneFit They're Real mascara

30 Things Before I'm 30, Item 6: Learn Steeking

Finally!!! My Little Birds cardigan is done!!!

This sweater was a learning experience. I set out to learn stranded knitting and steeking, and of course, I could've chosen a smaller, simpler project, but this pattern has had be bewitched since I first saw it. Of course, even though I bought the pattern, I lived in fear of it for a couple of years before I finally decided to take the plunge and buy the yarn.

I decided to knit it with Knit Picks Chroma, which is a fingering weight, single-ply color-changing yarn. (Well, "Bare" is not color-changing - it's just plain white.) The colorway I chose for the bird/leaves motifs is called Regency, which as you can see transitions between gray, magenta, and purple - all colors that I love. I was too chicken to try a brighter colorway, so I picked one that was safely within my comfort zone :)

The knitting part took forever - it was months before I finally finished even the beaded ribbing portion of the body, and then getting started on the color motif took a while because I was several rows through before I realized I had the wrong stitch count and had to rip it all back. Ugh. (And then, of course, I kept putting it off to work on other things.)

Most of the rest of it came together within the last couple of months - the sleeves knit up quickly, and I finally joined them with the rest of the body a couple weeks ago. And these past two weeks alone I've been really absorbed in finishing up the rest of the knitting portion so I could get to the whole point of this project - cutting the steek!

So here's the steek - it's the column of checkered stitches in the middle, which is where the sweater will be cut open to create the front of the cardigan.

Of course, as anyone can tell you, cutting open your knitting means unraveling! And I think only the fuzziest of wools might stick together well enough not to require reinforcement, which Chroma is not, as evidenced by how little trouble I had ripping it back. So I decided to go with a crochet reinforcement, using Eunny Jang's tutorial to help me.

Close-up on the reinforced steek & center line that will be cut
First cut, oh my god.
 (My heart was pounding this ENTIRE TIME that I was cutting. I'm not kidding.)


Seamed up the shoulders

Cutting successful!

Buttons sewn, edging added
Yay!!! Done!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More reds

It's been a while since I did a red lips post, and I've amassed some new ones since then. Here's what I have currently (and I totally have more on the way - Morgana Cryptoria!!!). I didn't test any of these for wear and longevity - I just wanted to show how they look on me.

Urban Decay's Super-Saturated High Gloss pencil in F-Bomb
I LOVE this. It's lightweight, soft, not too shiny. The pencil format makes it easy to maneuver. This shade of red fits its name perfectly.

Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple
Apparently these are the hot drugstore item right now, and I totally understand why - they're glossy, moisturizing, and named after sweet treats :) This one is sheer and (I thought) a little more on the orangey side, but just a teensy bit. It's like a super-pigmented lip balm.

Cover Girl Lip Perfection lipstick - Hot Passion
It's a nice, bright red. The formula is nice and smooth, and it's quite pigmented; however, I wasn't a fan of the scent. It's something I could live with, but it's not the nicest smelling lipstick I've ever worn.

Cover Girl Lip Perfection lipstick - Everlasting
This one's a little darker than Hot Passion, and has a metallic shimmer to it, which I felt really emphasized the lines in my lips :( It's a lovely color though - I would probably just need to super-moisturize my lips and, like, NOT try on three other lipsticks prior to putting this one on.

MAC Pro Longwear - Extended Play
Slightly on the brown side, this one applied nicely - felt nice and slick. This one is supposed to be long-lasting, but I haven't had a chance to test that yet.

OCC Lip Tar - Strutter
This is a discontinued color from OCC, so I had to order it from Suite 7 Beauty. Everything they tell you about OCC lip tar is true - it is SUPER pigmented, it takes just a TINY amount to cover almost all of your mouth, and it feels GREAT on. Strutter is a lovely shade, and I'm glad I was able to find it.

OCC Lip Tar - Vintage
More of a burgundy than a red, Vintage was purchased specifically to mix with other lip tars, but I couldn't resist trying out the color by itself anyway :) The photo isn't quite accurate - it looks brownish here, but IRL it's really dark and vampy. (Can you tell my lips were getting tired of trying on lipstick?)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Magical unicorns

Okay, there's no real reason why I called this post "Magical Unicorns." *shrug*

I haven't played with my Sugarpill Chromalusts in a while, and I'm so in love with my Empire/Uzi pencil that I wanted to wear MORE PURPLE! MORE MORE PURPLE!

- Weekender on the outer 2/3 of the lid
- Paperdoll on the inner 1/3 of the lid
- Starling in the crease
- Lumi on the browbone
- UD (double-ended) eye pencil - Uzi along the lower lash line; Empire thickly along the upper lashline, and then I tapped a little more Weekender and Paperdoll on top of the line
- Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay mascara
(And on the lips - UD Pocket Rocket lip gloss in Rashad)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Urban Decay Spring 2012: Go pink!!!

As much as I am on a constant search for red lipsticks and glosses, I must confess that I have a MUCH harder time finding the perfect pink - not just finding the right undertone, but also just finding the right shade for my skin tone. I can wear a bright fuschia pink just fine (I LOVE Urban Decay's Jilted lipstick), but when it comes to the lighter, paler pinks, it's hard to find one that doesn't look too chalky. So far, I've found some MAC that works, and I like them a lot. But when I saw these two new releases from Urban Decay, I had to give them a try.

New for spring are the Pocket Rocket lip gloss in Rashad (available from UD's website) and the Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color pencil in Lovechild (available exclusively at Sephora; there's also a lipstick of the same name). I have both the Pocket Rocket and the gloss pencil in other shades, so I'm a big fan of the formulas, and I was pleased about how both looked on me.

This is the gloss pencil. It's kind of a candy pink on me, not bright but not too pale either. It's got a bit of a shine to it (but not like a liquid gloss). I chose to apply lightly, but I think this could be opaque if I wanted it to. (I think that would look weird on me though.) I have this in F-bomb as well, and it's a GREAT red.

This is the Pocket Rocket. As you can see, though it looks bright in the tube, it goes on sheer. Just a touch of pink. I think I could totally wear this every day - it's subtle enough to go with a lot of different eye looks. As you can also see, it's super-shiny.

I used to HATE the Pocket Rockets, because I couldn't stand the scent. I'm not sure why or how... but now I kinda like it. In some weird way. The thing is, I love the brush applicator, and I love the formula - it TOTALLY makes my lips soft and smooth, without fail. I guess I just learned to love it, because this is my third one.

I haven't tested either for wear time, but I'm not a great judge of that. I'm not sure how people can eat with lip color on - I start getting paranoid about getting it all over my food, and in the end, I just wipe it ALL off before I eat, and then reapply later. And I'm kind of ALWAYS eating. *shrug*

But anyway, I'm totally in love with both of these! They look great and they feel great on. Hooray for pink Urban Decay stuff! :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Infallible violet

I've had the new L'Oreal Infallible shadows for a week or so now, but until now I haven't had a chance to really dig in and try them. They're supposed to be the drugstore dupe for Armani's Eyes to Kill shadows (I still haven't been able to allow myself to spend over $30 on one eye shadow, no matter how much they are raved about!), so I scooped up a few, along with a few of the new Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadows that I ended up reviewing for Painted Ladies.

So here's a purple-y look using those shadows, as well as the BRAND NEW Urban Decay eye pencil color, Empire:

- Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Painted Purple all over the lid
- L'Oreal Infallible eye shadow in Perpetual Purple on the outer half of the lid
- L'Oreal Infallible eye shadow in All Night Blue in the crease
- UD eye pencil in Empire along the upper lash line
- UD eye pencil in Uzi along the lower lash line (they're two ends of the same pencil)
- Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay mascara (which I LOVE)

Pause and reflect

I haven't written a blog post in almost a year. I've had a lot of stuff happen, some good and some bad, and I could've written a...