My lipsticks are so colorful they could easily be mistaken for cream.eyeshadow swatches haha
Back in the lipstick game with Milani Flamingo Pose, though I had to remove it within the hour because it dried out my lips so badly, even over a layer of balm. Do I have some sort of extreme chemical sensitivity? There are only a few lipstick formulas that leave my lips feeling healthy. (I’m thinking of doing a post on those formulas, inspired by this post from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Kate of Drivel about Frivol. But not until I finish a seminar application and two conference abstracts, ugh kill me.)
(Seriously, why do I have more work after the end of the semester than I did when school was in session?)
I said yesterday that I’m going through a phase of makeup apathy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a wishlist:
1. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #45. I ordered this a year ago, thinking it would be the perfect blue-based red of my dreams, but its pink undertones turned out to be stronger than I expected. I regret returning it, though, and since the regret has persisted for a year, it might be time to rebuy.
2. Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in
Whomping Whopping Willow and Massive Midnight. I’ve been searching for gold-green and navy eyeshadows for some time now, and these look perfect. (The only eyeshadows I own at the moment are the neutral ones in theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude palette.) I’m also shit at applying eye makeup, and the Clinique chubby sticks seem particularly user-friendly.
3. Urban Decay 24/7 Liners in LSD and Stash. Absurd ~edgy~ names aside, these eyeliners are beautiful: navy with teal sparkle and shimmery greeny-gold (one senses a theme here). Too bad they’re crazy overpriced.
4. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze. I’ve heard great things about these cream eyeshadows, and Bad to the Bronze looks like a nice balance of neutral and metallic.
5. Butter London Yummy Mummy nail polish. I have a beautiful nude-taupe cream polish (Revlon Elegant) and have been looking for a similar color with shimmer.
6. Zoya Storm nail polish. Black with rainbow holographic glitter. Yes.
Now back to writing abstracts for conference papers.
After two years of bright lipsticks in the spring and summer and dark lipsticks in the fall and winter, I suddenly can’t be bothered with more than NARS Dolce Vita, a sheer pinky my-lips-but-better color as moisturizing and ephemeral as a balm. Sometimes I put on a vivid coral or fuchsia, squint at myself in the mirror, then wipe it off and reach for the Dolce Vita. Don’t get me started on eye makeup; I’ve never had the skill or patience for more than mascara and one neutral shade of eyeshadow, and now it’s a chore just to apply those. I’ve never actually worn much makeup; I’ve just thought a lot about the makeup I did wear (and even more, perhaps, about the makeup I admired but didn’t buy). Wearing bright lipstick in grad school, especially at events sponsored by my male-dominated subfield, is often about daring people not to take me seriously. But now school is out and I don’t have the energy to be defiantly girly; sometimes I just want normalcy and simplicity, and maybe that’s not a sin.
Thom Browne Fall/Winter 2013 backstage
Du Juan by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for Giorgio Armani Fall 2008-09
Sun Fei Fei at Paris Fashion Week