Beginner’s Guide to Makeup

Okay, this post will be something I wish I had read 14 years ago- what do you actually need to get started with makeup?  I learned from the worst person ever- my grandmother.  She believed in everything heavy and dark, and that was completely awful for a 13 year old.  I had heavy rose lipliner and lipstick, thick foundation, blush placed like I was living in the 1980’s…. shudder.  So I decided to help get start people who are just stepping into the vast and overwhelming world that is makeup.

The first and most important step- sunscreen.  This is especially more important if you’re on a strong acne medication or taking Vitamin A as part of your daily regiment, because your face becomes more sensitive to the UV rays.  Even if you’re not- your future self will thank you for this.

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Lips I’m Rocking for Fall

Long time, no post!  Anyway, fall is upon us, and it’s time to adjust your makeup for the season.  While I love my corals and other bright colors, I prefer more muted shades right now, like berries and nudes.  Let’s go ahead and see what are my picks- I’m starting from drugstore to high range, so there are choices for any price!

Cover Girl Lip Perfection in shades Delish (left) and Heavenly (right).  These are pretty underrated- I’ve heard little to no PR with them and I held off from purchasing, but they are a great quality for a drugstore lipstick.  They have a nice range of colors to choose from, and if you pay attention to sales, you can get these for a good deal.  I have three other shades from the line (Fairytale, Hot, and Spellbound), but these two colors are great for fall.  They are on the creamy side, so they’re not amazing at lasting long, but they do leave a nice tint of color after wearing off.  Regardless, I highly do recommend these if you’re looking for a good lipstick.

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Movie Review: Casa de Mi Padre

What do you get when you mix Anchorman with telenovelas, with sprinkles of SNL and Grindhouse?  You get Casa de Mi Padre (literal translation is “house of my father” but it’s easier to say “my father’s house”), produced by an  Anchorman… producer along with Well Ferrell, and directed by a former SNL writer.  The film’s budget was $6 million (really low budget compared to recent blockbusters) and only made $8 million in the box office.  So removing the lack of financial success, I’ll try to answer the most important question- is this movie good?

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Makeup Wishlist

I like to keep lists on thing I’d love to either test or purchase when I financially feel able to (unfortunately, I lost my job earlier this month, so no frivolous spending for a good while); I find lists a great way to cut down on impulsive spending, and keep track on items you’re interested in. Most of the time I write my lists on index cards so they’re easy to take with me, but I’ve run out of cards, so I thought this would be a neat post to make.

Before I start, this is not a pity post (oh woe is me, I’m unemployed and I want stuff whah) because I honestly would be embarrassed if even a family member would purchase anything for me, especially for makeup or related items.  I think I have too much as it is, and I do need to be using some of it up before I purchase more.  This post is to show my viewpoint of what I’m interested in and why, because these items I’ve already tried via samples or purchased them in a different shade.

(Pictures were taken from the Sephora and Ulta websites)

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Recent-ish Makeup Purchases (from May-July)

I’ve become more of a hoard with two more MAC lipsticks- Faux (L) and Fire Sign (R, LE).  Faux is another ‘my lips but better’ color, but with more of a mauve tint to it, and Fire Sign is a nice sheer red-berry color from the Heavenly Creatures collection.  Word to the wise, never online order lipstick during a major heat wave, because despite the best intentions and care from the packaging company, your lipstick WILL melt.  Luckily, my lipsticks only slightly melted, hence the light spotty texture (obvious in the Fire Sign color).

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Movie Review: Melancholia


On December 21, 2012, it’s been widely depicted that the Mayans predicted the end of the world.  Whether you believe it or not is debatable, but it leaves one burning question that probably everyone has thought of at one point- what would you do if the world is going to end?

Well, Lars von Trier’s movie, Melancholia, proposes just that.  While the beginning of the movie focuses on the wedding of Justine and Michael, you don’t get the real plot of the movie until about halfway, when a newly discovered rogue planet known as Melancholia has a chance to hit the Earth.

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Review: Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick (Frost)

ImageSo CVS was saving a beauty sale- some of Revlon’s Moon Drops lipsticks in the Frost finish were 75% off, so I picked up a few shades (I found out later one wasn’t on sale, but I liked it anyway).  Here are some swatches, and my opinions of the lipsticks.

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