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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Makeup Adventures, pt. 1

I generally consider myself to be a pretty low-key tomboy. Some of it is natural inclination, some of it is lack of experience with mysterious rituals like 'contouring,' and some of it is possibly (probably) a result of dating at least one guy who hated when I wore makeup. However, I've learned something important about myself--particularly after being sick for a week and a half and feeling like a lump dump every time I look in the mirror: I like how I look when I wear makeup. I like it a lot. It makes me feel more beautiful and confident.

Like many of us, I grew up under the impression that, as a girl, I could like pink, or I could like dirt. I chose dirt. But in the past few years, I've realized that I kind of like pink. Yeah, I almost exclusively wear jeans and I still get into who-can-punch-harder fights with my brothers, but I also love Justin Timberlake and Covergirl's Lash Blast mascara. I used to view my occasionally well-manicured nails as a sign of fragility (and not going climbing enough), but now I like the fresh look and feeling of painting my nails every few days. I've discovered the world of color theory as it relates to clothing and accessories (finally. You'd think that for someone who likes art, I would have understood this long ago). I've made the jump into looking for a fancy perfume to wear when I want people to drool over me. It's nice. I like it. I'm sad that it took me so many years to understand that I'm allowed to like whatever I like because ANYONE is allowed to like whatever they like.* I know a lot of people that like a variety of funky + mainstream things, and I don't judge them for it, so why do I judge myself?

This is all of my makeup** (forgive the photo quality--why did I decide to do this at night?):

Maybe I'll do a post about it sometime, but I really like it!*** I did research on some beauty blogs I dig--like XO Vain--and also spent a lot of 15-minute post-meeting breaks scrutinizing the goods at Boots. Three of these were purchased in the states over the summer: the Almay black-brown eyeliner, Covergirl Lash Blast, and NYX Indie Flick lipstick. I'm hoping to expand my collection more when I move back.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I'll probably do a post reviewing all of my goods once I've decided on a nice perfume. Notes on the hunt: I'm increasingly fond of Gucci Guilty as a winter/fall/nighttime scent (it's lasted about 8 hours, it's not overly invasive, and it mellows real nice--I keep sniffing my wrist happily) and I think Honey by Marc Jacobs is the nicest spring/summer scent I've tried. Touch by Burberry smells terrible on me, and Cool Water by Davidoff wasn't great with the top notes, but the base is surprisingly nice. I should be getting a sample of Eau de Protection by Etat Libre d'Orange in the mail, and I am really excited about it because some person on the internet said it would deffos be the signature scent of Claire Underwood, and I was like IT IS IMPERATIVE TO MY SURVIVAL THAT I SMELL LIKE CLAIRE UNDERWOOD.

*not including hurting themselves/others in a nonconsensual or dangerous fashion, obviously
**and my glasses?
***I actually don't know how I like the three Maybelline eyeliners, bc I just bought them today. I tested them on my hand, and they are awesome, so as long as the liquid liners don't make my eyes itch, I think we're good!