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favorite freestyle palettes

I rearranged all my freestyle palettes. These are my two favorites.

Hi everyone. Wow, it’s been a while – apparently, I needed a break. And it seems that it’s not just me; I’ve been reading a lot of posts from other bloggers who are kind of burned out and/or shifting what they are choosing to blog about.

My makeup-purchasing habits have changed significantly in the last few months of not-blogging. I have stopped buying makeup just because it’s new, and drastically cut down on my purchases overall. I’m trying to downsize my makeup stash, albeit not very successfully – I keep putting things in a box to give away or sell, then taking them out a week later.  I like this change. I don’t think I’ll ever be a makeup minimalist, but that’s okay – and there’s a lot of space between “minimalist” and “buy ALL the things!”.

KGD Aqua foundation - empty

I used up a whole bottle of foundation!


I am not really sure how often I’ll be blogging, or what I’ll be writing about. I do have some favorite items from the last few months that I hope to post about soon (but no promises).  In the meantime, here are a few recent(ish) pictures.

Maybelline Deep Forest Color Tattoo

I’ve been using this Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in my brows recently. I really like it; it has just the right amount of pigment for my (fairly full) eyebrows, and despite being greenish, it somehow looks very natural.

Maybelline Deep Forest Color Tattoo swatch

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Deep Forest – left swatch is blended, right swatches are applied with an angled eyebrow brush.

Gucci Tuscan Storm eyeshadow palette

I bought one item from the recent launch of Gucci Beauty – this is Tuscan Storm eyeshadow quad.

Gucci Tuscan Storm eyeshadow palette swatches

Tuscan Storm swatched, no primer.

MUA Makeup Academy CVS

I was SO EXCITED to see MUA Makeup Academy brand items at CVS, and very disappointed to learn that they’re a completely different line than the same-name UK brand, despite having the same logo. I believe CVS licensed the brand name from the original company.

How have you been lately?

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State of the Blog

Hi all! I haven’t been posting much lately, so I wanted to update you all as to what’s going on and what you can expect over the next few weeks.

There are a two things preventing me from posting more regularly at the moment. One is a that I’ve been quite busy at work, leaving me without much energy to blog. This is hopefully changing soon, so I’ll have more time to post!  Second – and more significant – is that my relationship to makeup is changing.  I no longer want to buy ALL THE NEW THINGS! – instead, I am more selective about what I buy and what I keep. This means that even when I have more time/energy to post, there will be a different balance of reviews vs. other types of posts.

Thank you for bearing with me, and in the meantime please follow me on Instagram if you want to see nails, mini-reviews, purchases, cats, and more!

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Weekly Loves #6

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Weekly Loves

A newly purchased product I am loving

This has been a week of many purchases for me, but I haven’t had a chance to properly play with everything yet.  I’m especially excited about the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty palette (which I haven’t even swatched yet), the Dior Addict Fluid Stick (which I really like so far), and the Tom Ford eyeshadow brushes.

Of the items I have reviewed recently, my recent favorite is definitely L’oreal gel eyeliner in Dark Slate. Check out the review here. Continue reading

DIY Sheer Tints Nail Polish

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diy sheer tint polish

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of hype around the OPI Sheer Tints polishes and Sally Hansen Palm Beach [super sheer] Jellies.  If you haven’t seen swatches, Frazzle and Aniploish has excellent comparisons of both here.  However, I have heard bad things about the OPI formula and the sheerness of the Sally Hansens, so I though I’d experiment with making my own sheer tints.

DIY Sheer Polish-2-2

The Ingredients

They were very, very simple to make. I used red, yellow, and blue NYC polishes I already had (swatched here).  You can use cremes or jellies, but make sure that they don’t have a strong white base – that won’t work as well.

I wanted to make small bottles, so I bought inexpensive Sally Girl clear polish (you can use any clear polish or top coat, or use suspension base).  I simply poured out enough clear polish so that I could fit 3-4 drops of colored polish in the bottles, added the colored polish drops, shook the bottles, and voilà! Sheer tints!

DIY Sheer Polish-3

DIY Sheer Polishes

They are a touch streaky (which could probably be fixed by mixing them more thoroughly), but work beautifully for nail art, which is why I wanted them in the first place.

DIY Sheer Tint Polish

One coat of each; the red is a little bit more opaque than I intended, and you can see that they’re a bit streaky.

DIY Sheer Polish

Super easy nail art!

Do you ever franken (mix) your own nail polishes?

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Weekly Loves #5

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Weekly Loves

My Weekly Loves series is a every Sunday(ish) post on some of my loves from the week.

A newly purchased product I am loving

updated vanity

Not makeup, but makeup storage! Yesterday, I bought the acrylic drawers you see in the photo above to hold my brushes, which were previously in unattractive plastic drawers. I like this so much better – much cleaner, aesthetically speaking.  I would actually love to have my brushes standing up in cups, but my cats make that a bad idea.

A long-time or rediscovered favorite I am loving

dollywink swatch-2  I’ve had my Dollywink liquid eyeliner for a couple years now, and it’s still going strong – not dried out! I haven’t used it consistently the whole time, but I keep coming back to it for it’s fine, precise lines.  The swatch above is a little blurry, but you can still see how thin the lines are. It’s available online at Amazon (around $22) or on eBay (around $15; AlphaBeautyUK is a reliable seller).

My most-wanted wishlist item

dior fluid stick

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have a terrible name, but have been getting rave reviews. They’re supposed to be similar to YSL’s Glossy Stains which I love. Both products sell for $35.

A blog post I especially enjoyed reading

Instead of a blog post, how about a whole blog? I recently discovered Beauty Redefined by Pang – which is not a new blog, just new to me – and I am loving her gorgeous photos and honest reviews.   Lots of drugstore makeup is featured, too!

What are you loving right now?

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Current Discounts & Deals: Nordstrom,, Dermstore

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nordstrom gwpGood morning! I’ll have a real post up later today, but I wanted to post about some excellent deals that are going on right now. Nordstrom has over 80 gift-with-purchase deals right now.  Their ebates is at 6%, which I believe is as high as it goes. They have a lot of the new spring items up, including exclusive access to YSL’s new Babydoll Kiss & Blush for lips and cheeks. periodically has these designer gift bags filled with samples, and this one seems especially nice – it includes a BareMinerals Ready Bronzer and an Urban Decay 24/7 lip pencil in Naked,

I received my Target Beauty Box a couple days ago, and it included a card with a code for 20% off + free shipping at Dermstore / Blush / Hairenvy(they are a three sites/ one checkout store). The code is Beauty4U – since it’s obviously not an individualized code, I thought I’d share it! I am not sure when it expires. It looks like Dermstore & Hairenvy are also having a 20% off Friends & Family sale right now, code is SpringSavings and it expires on 3/26.

Also of note: Sephora should be having their yearly spring 15% off sale (Chic Week) some time in the next few weeks; so you may want to hold off on any Sephora purchases for now!

Happy shopping!

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