MAC Selena Lipstick in Dreaming of You

I relented to my urges and bought Dreaming of You lipstick from Nordstrom on the very last day of the final sale.

I know some may think blogging about it so late is pointless because the merchandise is gone for good, but I wanted to do some comparison swatches later on.

So, here is Dreaming of You (coincidentally my favorite Selena song).


MAC describes it as “deep wine with a Matte finish”. This is accurate.

Here is the swatch.



I found it to be well pigmented and easy to apply. The opacity can be built up, although it is not what I would call  sheer. It appears darker the more you apply it.

It lasted for 4 hours on me without  a touch up. With food and beverage consumption it came off completely. This wasn’t distressing for me as it is not promoted as a long-lasting or smudgeproof lip product.

I will search through my stash for potential dupes. I am slightly astonished to realize that I cannot think of an exact shade at the moment. This seems like a that would be overrepresented in my collection.

Did you buy anything from the Selena collection?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 30

We made it to 30! Amazing!

This week I tried to do what I could for self care.  (CN: Suicide ideation)…….. My suicide ideation has been pretty high, so this week was challenging.

I did a few things for myself, nonetheless.

1) I bought the two MAC Selena items I wanted on the last day of the Nordstrom sale. I’ll be posting swatches soon.


2) I almost own all of the Lush Valentine’s Day bath bombs, plus the two bubble bars. I love the Rose bath bomb, and I’m stocking up on them.


3) I started making lists of things I need to get eventually. It feels good for my autistic brain to get organized, and I feel less stressed out because everything is on paper now.

4) I ordered two pairs of pajamas from eBay. A few of my T-shirts and lounge pants are torn and in poor shape. It feels good to replace old clothing. It sounds really simple but it has this effect of raising my self-esteem.

5) I painted my nails with Essie Bold and the Beautiful. My hands look great with color on the nails.

I hope your week was better than mine, friends. What did you do for self-care?

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Bronze Sheen

Maybelline released a liquid version of their famous Color Tattoo eye paints. I bought one to swatch.


The applicator is doe footed and precise.


The swatch went on nice and smooth and pigmented. On my lids it can be blended for a few seconds, then it dries down and refuses to budge. You can blend, but don’t take your time about it. Work fast.


The color is advertised as bronze, but there is a distinct green tint to it. It’s a darker, very metallic bronze.

It stays put all day. I’ve only tried this during winter so far, but it seems like it’s a durable product for my oily, multi-folds eyelids.

The color dries in place fairly well, so I couldn’t mix it with other shadows. I think this is good for those who want just one eyeshadow or minimal makeup.

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What Would Your Perfect Makeup Product Look Like?

Okay, so let’s pretend you have a fairy godmother who grants you a wish.

And she says “You may have absolutely any makeup product you want, just say what it is”.

(If it were me, I’d grab her wand, run away and live happily ever after in a mansion filled with books and pets).

But let’s say you’re more well behaved than I am, what perfect product would you ask for?

I’d ask for that one undereye concealer that corrects, conceals, fills out the hollows, mattifies, doesn’t crease, lasts all day, and still looks great at 10pm.

What would you ask for?

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Current Nighttime Skincare Routine for Winter 2016

I’ve been very inspired by Anne’s Instagram posts which feature all her skincare products for every routine. There is something so satisfying about seeing bottles, tubes and vials all crowded into one photo.

I’m talking about my nighttime routine today because I’ve been very diligent about maintaining it. I think it’s worth discussing. 🙂


Step 1: I take off my makeup at the end of the day so the French Girl Cleansing Wash comes after the L’Occitane Deep Cleansing Oil. The oil breaks down a day’s worth of city pollution, grime and face products. Then I wash a second time using FG Cleansing Wash.

Step 2: After patting my face dry, I apply a thin layer of Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum. I wait about two minutes for it to take a chance to sink in, then I apply Nuxe Crème Fraiche Light. I use a heavier moisturizer at night because I dislike using heavy creams under makeup.

Step 3: Eye care! You all know I am serious about the eye area. I use Boots Botanics Triple Age Renewal Eye Serum, then seal the serum with Nivea Crème. I want the double action of an eye serum with the intense hydration of the Nivea Crème.

What does your current nighttime regimen look like?

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Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Berry Much

During a trip to London, Janna brought back two lip colors only available in the UK. Berry Much is one of them.

The Intense Velvet Lip pencils aren’t available in the U.S. at all. I was thrilled when she told me she managed to find the exact shade I asked for.


Here is the swatch:


The color is darker in person, and it builds up.

Berry Much is a rich dark berry with strong vampy tones. It reminds me a lot of Tarte Hangry in color. It has a plush velvet finish to it. It’s not satin and definitely not matte.

It fades after 3 hours, especially in the center. It mostly comes off after eating or drinking. It feels comfortable on my lips and doesn’t dry out the skin or feel too sticky. There is little “slip” as I rub my lips together, but it doesn’t feel especially greasy or creamy.

I like this. I don’t mind reapplying it so I will keep it.

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Review: MAC Fluidline in Siahi

This is from my Arlington shopping haul. I missed out on Siahi when it first came onto the scene in 2011, so I was pleased they re-released it.


It comes in the usual glass pot and tight black cap all Fluidlines are housed in.

Here is the beautiful deep teal swatch. MAC describes it as “deep ocean blue”.


It lasted on me for 8 hours straight. It didn’t transfer or smudge, but I did test this during winter and not during the hot summer months.

It came off once I washed my face, leaving some traces of bluish color.

The color is a beautiful teal-blue on my skintone. It loses its darker tone on my complexion but the shade is still beautiful.

The consistency is soft, pliable and easy to manipulate. My brush dipped in easily and picked up product without a fight.

Pros: Pliable product, glass pot and tight lid, decent pigmentation
Cons: Somewhat pricey ($17), only sold at MAC counters and stores, not waterproof.

Grade: B+

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Swatches Part 1

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are a quiet favorite of mine. They’re affordable, easy to apply, wear well, and come in an impressive array of shades.

If only I could teach them to walk the dog, they would be perfect.

So, I have five shades to swatch for you.


L-R: Monte Carlo, Budapest, Copenhagen, Prague, Transylvania.

Same order for the swatches.


I’m really loving most of these. Some wear better than others, but I don’t regret buying any of them.

I will have to update this post with my thoughts at a later date. Stay tuned, friends!

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 25

January is almost over, so let’s talk about the things we’ve enjoyed this month.

1) Morphe 35 Color Taupe Eyeshadow Palette 35T: I bought this gently used from another blogger. The hype surrounding Morphe products is well deserved. The eyeshadows blend well, are smooth and well pigmentated, and come in a great range of neutrals and browns.

2) Nachos:  It’s been years since I indulged in this salty, gooey snack. I make mine the simple way, with jarred queso spooned over tortilla chips and nuked in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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3) Orange Carnelian and Garnet earrings:  I bought these on Etsy last year. I like the color contrast of red and orange, and they are lightweight and just the right length.

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4) Stella D’Oro Lady Stella cookies: These are excellent tea cookies for winding down evening sessions (the time I take to relax before bed). Some are frosted, some are plain vanilla or chocolate. All are delicious.

5) My Gift from Another Blogger: Sense It Eve sent me a generous gift! I’m really excited to try all these new products.


What have you been loving lately?

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LOTD: Ciate Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up

Here is Pin Up, on mine luscious pout.


It is more berry and less soft pink in person.

What do you think of it?

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