november 2014 favorites

07 December 2014

november favorites, beauty, skincare, bespectacled, Lush Celestial Facial Mositurizer, Makeup Forever Artist Shadows, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Bisque, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight

Hi guys! I know I've fallen off the radar a little here on the blog, but the motivation hasn't been quite where it was with this blog. But I'm trying to get my writing juices flowing again with a little late November favorites post. I feel like November was a bit of indulgence for me because it was my birthday month and I'm definitely one of those obnoxious people who celebrates for the entire month. Overall I think it was a good month and now that it's over the joy hasn't really left because it's now holiday season! But first, onto the favorites!

A lot of my favorites are a few of those new things that I showed in my last new in post, but were some real standouts this month. Like the Makeup Forver Artist Shadows. Oh Makeup Forever Artist Shadows you guys are truly a feat. I'm honestly tempted to buy more because these shadows are amazing: pigmentation, formula, and a wide range of colors to pick from? Check, check, and check. A bit on the pricier side but honestly I think they're worth it. Another fave was the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I feel like my cold has lasted for a month and I've just about accept that I'll be sniffling and sneezing until spring, but I hate the chapped lips. But this lip mask has been so lovely. I can't give up wearing lipstick even when I'm sick so slathering this on before bed helps me wake up with my lips looking like I'm at my 100%. Highly recommended for this season!

I was a little apprehensive about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer at first but now I can't imagine what my collection would be without it. This definitely doesn't feel like other tinted moisturizers because it actually feels like it's moisturizing and not just putting some tint on my skin. Mine is the original version and I have nothing but praise for it if you're into tinted moisturizers! And my last makeup piece is a bit of a surprise for me. I wasn't a highlighter girl until the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector came into my life. This gives a beautiful glow without the glitter, which I adore! It looks so amazing and if you can get your hands on the minis (because the full sized version is as expensive as some foundations) you should totally snatch them up.

And lastly, skincare. I'm dry year round, but I feel like everyone gets a bit drier this time of the year so these picks are pretty relevant. I feel a little bad putting the LUSH Celestial Moisturizer up here because I technically bought it the 29th but it was love at first try. At first I thought there was such little product but a little bit goes a long way with this moisturizer. It doesn't immediately skin in I feel, it stays for a little on top of the skin and really nourishes. Plus there's a really light cocoa butter scent to it as well. I highly recommend this and I feel like this is quickly becoming my favorite moisturizer of all time! The same goes for the Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream. The Kiehl's Creamy Avacado Treatment was literally doing nothing for me. It wasn't hydrating and it stung the skin around my eyes sometimes. This feels a whole lot more nourishing and hydrating and it isn't irritating either even when my skin is at it's worst.

For this month I'm trying to curb some of my personal spending to make more room for my family, but we'll see how that turns out (I just placed an order at Sephora so...) But, what were some of your favorites for last month? Are you looking forward to the holidays?

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new in: the I bought way too many things edition

24 November 2014

bespectacled, beauty, new in, haul, Sephora VIB Sale, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Bisque, Clinique All About Eyes Concealer 05 Medium Beige, Makeup Forever Artist Eyeshadow Palette M636, I634, M608, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Clinique Chubby Stick, Formula X Alchemy, fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Cherry, NARS Audacious Lipstick Jane, Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain 45 New York Scene, Clinique Cheek Pop 03 Berry Pop

I don't normally get this many products all at once but the whole "it's for my birthday" mentality combined with the infamous Sephora VIB 20% off sale and some bad work days really made me want to treat myself. A lot, I guess. Oops? There's something about this season that really gets you shopping, doesn't it? Other than an eye cream that I'm waiting for I don't have any major beauty purchases planned for the rest of the month so this will be it for now. Here's hoping next month won't be as bad!

But anyway, on to the stuff:

makeup addict tag

18 November 2014

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So, I was tagged by Tasha of Shiwashful a while back to do the Makeup Addict Tag and have finally done it! I don't know if I'd call myself a makeup addict. I can quit any time, I tell myself as I obsessively check the status of my Sephora VIB Sale order. I have to admit, I've been in a bit of a blogging rut lately - hopefully this will get the creative juices flowing and get me inspired to write again!

1. Which product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
I'd have to say that concealer and lipsticks are my biggest beauty weaknesses and probably make up the bulk of my collection. I'm on the hunt for my perfect brightening, non-creasing, hydrating but long wearing under eye concealer and nothing has really hit all of those points so I think I've amassed quite a collection. And I just like to try out different formulas of lipstick, because I actually do need that many sheer lipsticks. Really.

2. What's the one product you can't live without?
Before I actually started getting into serious(ish) beauty blogging, I would have said concealer, but I'm going to switch my answer and say lipstick. Nowadays, I feel naked without some kind of lipstick on. The concealers that I typically use are pretty weightless so I don't really notice them throughout the day, but I know if I still have some lipstick on. The glasses do a pretty decent job at hiding most of my dark circles, but it's really hard to get around the zombie lips without some kind of lipstick or balm over top. A little bit of color to your lips can do wonders!

3. Favourite makeup brand?
This is a bit of a toughie because I feel like I haven't tried out too many brands as a whole, I usually stick to one or two kinds of products from a brand because I'm definitely the type to try things out. But if I had to pick, I really enjoy NARS. Most things I've tried from NARS were really lovely and I think it's definitely a brand that I own the most of. From their blushes to their lipsticks, I've been pretty impressed by what I've tried from the brand.

4. How big is your makeup collection?
For a beauty blogger it's definitely on the smaller side: all of the beauty things I own can fit in one little container annd it doesn't even go halfway up. I've actually gone through a good purge so what you see in the photo up top isn't 100% accurate as well, I've probably cut half of those. I definitely do like to try out new things but I also don't like having too many products at once. Having too much makeup makes me anxious for some reason. Things just get way too cluttered and I never really use anything up which makes me think of how wasteful I've been, and it's just not fun. I think for my lifestyle, my collection could use a bit more trimming, but otherwise is a good size! If we were talking about clothes, well, that would be a different story.

5. And how do you store it?
I got this little plastic container from Target and I keep it one of the shelves of my bookcase. It's definitely not the most organized, I would really like to get all of my lipsticks better sorted out, but for now this is okay. I go through my stash every week and take things out and put them into my makeup bag for the week.

6. How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment? makeup-addict-tag3
Two NARS blushes, two concealers, and an obscene amount of lipsticks. That doesn't even include all of the lip balms I somehow managed to store in my bag. I do my makeup on the go so there's always some kind of makeup somewhere. I do go through rotations, so this always changes up. And of course if it's not in my bag, it's in my pockets. I once had a bit of scare when I found my Lipstick Queen Stoked Lipstick at the bottom of a freshly washed laundry - I swear my heart almost stopped. I was amazed that this thing managed to stay sealed and nothing was ruined. Remember to check your pockets before doing laundry people!

7. If you could raid another blogger's stash, who would it be?
I would say I would definitely raid Ashley of makeupTIA's stash. She has such an interesting mix of brands and products and I always find myself lusting after products that she mentions in her videos! I think we have a similar taste in makeup as well. But I wouldn't say no to having a rummage through Anna of ViviannaDoesMakeup's stash as well.

8. How long does your usual makeup routine take and how many products do you use? makeup-addict-tag2
My makeup routine takes me 5 or 10 minutes, most days I really can't be bothered to do very much other than to make myself look presentable. I'm very much a practitioner of the no-makeup makeup look, but every once and a while I add color. Lately, it's been a bit more simple though. I use the Revlon Photoready BB Cream as a base, but not always. I have good skin most days, but I do like to cover up the redness I get around my cheeks and just even out the complexion. I rotate through my concealers, but at the moment I'm using the Diorskin Nude Concealer. The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is something I always have in my bag, along with the ecotools Eye Enhancing Duo Eye Set of Brushes on those days wear I want to wear eyeshadow (with the Urban Decay Primer Potion as my primer of choice). But most days I just stick with the Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner for smudgy eyeliner on the top and bottom outer corners of my eyes. Again, I like to rotate through my collection, but the MUFE HD Blush has been getting some extra love from me. As for lips, I'm pretty fickle. I'm back on the sheer, moisturizing lip phase and my Clinique Chubby Stick has been getting a ton of use lately!

9. Have you ever bought makeup knowing you wouldn't use it?
MASCARA. I don't think mascara looks good on me and I hate when my lashes feel heavy, but knowing that it just doesn't work out for me I still continue to buy mascara on the hopes that maybe this next one is different. But I know now, it's not just a phase, mascara just isn't my thing.

10. Tag a few other makeup addicts to do the tag!
I'm going to be very diplomatic and say that if you're a self-proclaimed makeup addict you can do this tag. I was always the kid who was no one's first choice so I hate picking people to do something like this and leaving someone out. If you want to do it, or have done it, leave your link or leave your answers below! I would love to read about your makeup collection!

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lately #13

10 November 2014

bespectacled, lately, life, new in, Madewell Henri Oxford, Charles by Charles David Baha Calf Hair and Leather Loafer,

1. Sorry I've been AWOL on the blog this last week. I think I needed a good break to kind of revitalize myself. I think putting myself on a schedule the last month wasn't the best thing to do on top of my already full plate. Like Neon Love's Tenneil had a really good post on The Business of Blogging amongst other topics, and it really struck a cord with me. Blogging is my hobby - I like to share these things with you guys and when I start turning it into a job with deadlines and quotas, it just adds stress to myself with the way things are in my life now. Maybe that'll change in the future, but for now, I really just want to focus on creating content that I like and when I like to. I hope you guys understand! I'll still try to blog often, just not so much on a schedule.

2. As you can see in the photo I picked up two new pairs of shoes in the last month or so and both are unusual picks for me. The one with the leopard print is Charles by Charles David 'Baha' Calf Hair and Leather Loafer and the oxblood pair is Madewell Henri Oxford. My shoes are normally in two categories: black or nude; I'm not really one for color even on my feet but I think these have really changed my mind. They make such a nice contrast to darker colors that I normally wear. And the quality on both of them is really nice - the shoes feel nice and substantial - so even though they were both a little pricey I am rather happy with both pairs!

3. Oh the Sephora VIB Sale - it's been a highly spoken about topic here in blogger land and I am eagerly waiting on my online order! I don't want to write down what I had gotten and I might even pick up a few more things because it's my birthday month. But I just want my things to get to me soon!

4. Speaking of birthdays, I'm really considering pre-ordering this Alexander Wang Scuba Sweatshirt with Reflective Stripes ,from his 2015 Resort Collection, for mine. I know, it's super pricey, but I'm hoping to get some birthday money and have some money saved up for just an occasion. Plus, I'll be charged when it actually ships out giving me a little over a month to get all the funds ready. I just really dig the piece and I feel like I'd wear something like that quite a lot.

5. I finished The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo last month, woot! Highly recommended, especially if you're interested in the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment or the social psychology of evil. It's very interesting stuff. I've finally picked up some fiction novels and am in between reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski & The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Though I think I'll try and read a little more of Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene on the side as well. But that has taken me quite some time to get through because I have to stop every once and a while and just contemplate what I've read. Physics was never one of my strong suits or something well-read in so I learn quite a lot of new stuff and it's absolutely fascinating. Really, I'm liking everything I'm reading so far. House of Leaves is definitely a unique type of book and I've just been eating it up; and with my ipad out of commission (something about the battery, ugh) I've been reading a lot more nowadays anyway.

6. Also, I watched Big Hero 6 and wow that was such a great movie. I always feel weird watching Disney movies in theaters as a single adult without any children and it was absolutely packed with them when I went to watch the matinee. But I loved the movie, and it's something I definitely recommend!

So how have you guys been lately? Did you partake in the Sephora VIB sale - I'd love to know what you picked up! Or have you watched any new movies or read any new books lately?

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and some not so typical fall picks

03 November 2014

not-so-typical-fall-picks, bespectacled, beauty, style, Forever 21, Lipstick Queen Stoked, Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish Hip Hop, Dior Rouge Lipstick Trafalgar, Revlon HD Lip Lacquer HD Garnet, Milani Baked Blush 11 Bella Rosa

A while back I did a post on my typical fall picks, and as a follow up I wanted to add some of my not-so typical picks for this season. The trend in beauty and style is to go dark and to go for deep berry and red shades. And while I do enjoy that about that season I also like to go back to some brights as well. It's very easy to stick to an all black outfit, I'm pretty guilty of that I'd have to admit. So I like to add color through my makeup and through small accents. Gray is another one of those colors that I have a ton in my wardrobe, but I really like the stripe of blue in the neck band (as well as the sleeve and hem band!) of this Forever 21 Varsity-Striped Raglan Sweater. I really like varsity stripes because they're sporty without me having to be sporty.

I have four lip picks, because you know me, I can't pick just one. I'm not a gloss person but I do like the new Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in HD Garnet, this shade is a brighter fuschia-berry if that makes any sense? Again, it's all about brighter colors and this one is really nice if you want a gloss that still is berry-toned but also bright. Orange is a color I didn't imagine I would pick for the season, but I think a bright bold lip is a good contrast to dark outfits. My orange picks have been the Dior Rouge Lipstick in 844 Trafalgar if I want a bright pop of color and the Lipstick Queen Stoked Lipstick for something not as bold. And if I want red I pick up my favorite, the Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry (not pictured here) or the flower beauty Sheer Up Lip Tint in Dewy Rose.

I did a recent makeup purge and found the Milani Baked Blush in 11 Bella Rosa sitting in the back of makeup storage. The shade is a lovely matte pinky-red shade and really perks up the complexion, in my opinion. But if brighter makeup isn't your thing I think nails are the easy way to add more color to your wardrobe with little effort. It's no secret that I really like the Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish line. This shade, 317 Hip Hop, is bright red-orange shade. I also quite like the shade 702 Simply Sizzling, which is a bright Barbie pink shade. I guess the whole point of this post is that I like to wear brighter shades when I wear darker shades and blacks. Do you guys do that too - coordinate your makeup to what your wearing?

So what colors are you wearing this season?

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october 2014 favorites

31 October 2014

october 2014 favorites, beauty, skincare, bespectacled, Makeup Forever HD Blush, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Primer Potion, Dior Lip Glow, Addict Lipstick 797 Stiletto, Rouge Lipstick Trafalgar

I for one am glad that October is over because as I'm writing this I'm sitting in my room in the dark because we have no candy this year and don't want people to think we're home. I feel like this entire month I've been ridiculously sick and also super busy at work - not exactly the ideal situation. I'm hoping that in November, things will ease up a bit.

I'm planning on doing a separate favorite list for some clothing-pieces as well because I do have a lot, but for skincare and beauty I've really been going for things that are a bit more "basic" with the a luxury item to add to the mix. I've fallen back in love with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, especially now that I have a really good eye primer to add to the mix, the original Urban Decay Primer Potion. This is such a workhorse duo and I find myself always carrying this around with me nowadays. I was finally brave enough to use the matte black in this palette as well.

As for the lips, I've been opting for more luxurious picks, all from Dior. It's become an unhealthy obsession really, but I adore the Dior Lip Glow. I've been consciously telling myself not to wear this because I feel like I've used so much of it already and it's only been a month! The Dior Addict Lipstick in 797 Stiletto & the Dior Rouge Lipstick in Trafalgar round out my lip picks and I do think this trio covers my basics! Very pleased with these purchases even if my wallet wasn't.

And last of my beauty pieces: the Makeup Forever HD Blush in 420. I like cream blushes and this is the best cream blush I've ever tried. Long-lasting, easy to apply, with such a natural finish I'm honestly tempted to pick up another shade. And with that Sephora VIB sale popping up next week I think I just might indulge myself!

And lastly, skincare. The Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream has been such a life-saver. When I'm sick, my skin always feel and looks drier, and this in combination with the Ceramidin Liquid have really helped keep my skin soft and hydrated. I thought I would get a bad reaction out of this because the herbal scent is stronger than in the Ceramidin Liquid, but I was pleasantly surprised that this didn't cause any irritation at all for me. And lastly I finally made my way into my local The Body Shop where they were having their 40% sale. The sales lady was super convincing and I picked up the Body Shop Olive Body Butter. The scent is pretty inoffensive, it smells very clean, and the texture is really nice. This is definitely one of those blogger-influenced purchases because I would've never looked twice at The Body Shop if it weren't for other bloggers. But I'm pretty pleased with this product so I guess it was a good thing!

So those were my favorites, what were some of yours for this month? Are you looking forward to November like I am?

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october five: how did I do?

27 October 2014

october five, bespectacled, antonym quattro noisette palette, nudestix Lip & Cheek Pencil Ripe, Dior Lip Glow, Dior Addict Lipstick 797 Stiletto, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow 16 Beach Bronze,

Sorry for the break there guys, but things have been super busy with work and I really needed a break somewhere in my life to keep my stress levels down, and that break was in blogging. Sorry about that! Anyway, today I'm asking myself how did my attempt to stick to this month's five product-limit go?

In short: bad. Budgeting is hard, and although I try and limit my purchases it just hasn't worked out. I definitely need to regroup and come up with a better strategy for this stuff. I'm not going to beat myself up over this, what's done is done. But I'm curious to know how you guys budget your beauty purchases?

Anyway, I've already introduced two out of my five but when I look at my purchases as a whole these two are the ones I regret the most. The Nudestix on the lips for me is not flattering at all and doesn't last very long and clings to every line and dry patch and applies patchy. As a blush it doesn't last very long either. While I do really like the packaging of it, I'd say skip on the lip and cheek pencil. The Bobbi Brown's Art Stick is a much better choice if you want a lip & cheek pencil that actually works well on both cheeks and lips. And the Antonym Quattro Palette is exactly why I fear palettes: I don't love every shade in it. When I use it, which isn't actually very often, I find myself reaching for the bottom two shades only. I'm sure this would work for someone else but I think I'm passing this one on.

If you've read some of my previous posts you've probably seen me gush about Dior Lip Glow and the Dior Addict Liptick in 797 Stiletto so I'll skip over writing more about these to the last of the my alotted five: the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in 16 Beach Bronze. This feels like the next level up from the Maybelline Color Tattoos. The texture for this so lovely - it's smooth but blendable and I do feel like it does last for the entire day. The shade I picked is a lovely bronze with small flecks of gold shimmer and is absolutely lovely.

As you've probably guessed, I've picked some other things outside of my five.

in rotation #5

22 October 2014

in rotation, beauty, bespectacled, Revlon Photoready BB Cream, Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, Dior Lip Glow, Dior Addict Lipstick 797 Stiletto, NARS Sin Blush, e.l.f. blush brush, Sephora Collection Retractable Eyeliner 10 Matte Brown

Despite having a pretty decent collection of makeup, sometimes I find myself obsessing over certain products and end up using them a lot more than any other of my stuff. For example, the Revlon Photoready BB Cream has stuck in my bag for quite a while now. I really like the consistency of this - it is very creamy, but not runny and I think that texture works well for me and I quite like the coverage of it - enough to even out my skin and cover some redness - while still being light feeling. Other than concealer, I'm not really much of a base makeup type of gal and once I've found something I like, I stick to it.

Which can also be said about the two lip products that I've gotten the most use out of lately, both Dior offerings. The Dior Addict Lipstick in 797 Stiletto & the Dior Lip Glow are both very easy to wear lip picks which I've been so drawn to lately. They're the kind of lipstick you don't have to worry about - the Dior Addict lipstick wears well while giving a comfortable semi-sheer tint to your lips. I'm trying to branch out a bit because I feel like I've been wearing these almost non-stop lately and I don't want them to run out so soon! As for blush, I feel like I rotate around from the three NARS ones I own the most; this time it happens to have landed on the NARS Blush in Sin applied with my trusty e.l.f. Blush Brush.

As for new things, I have a new eyeliner. I actually did lose the Urban Decay pencil - I was so disappointed! It's just lost in the bowels of my room somewhere and I'll probably randomly find it in like a month or so when I try and find something else. It's always how it's like for me: I lose something and then find something else that had been missing for like a month. But I do like the Sephora Collection Retractable Eyeliner in 10 Matte Brown. While not as smooth as the UD offering, it's a lot better than the Revlon one I was using before and I can't really complain at the price: $13! I'm tempted to get a second color because they have so many out. I also have a new mascara that I've been testing out - the Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. Mini's don't count as part of my five, right? As someone who doesn't wear mascara too often this size is actually good. I've never used up a mascara, I always have had to chuck them because they're past their use by dates. The formula is slightly thickening and it doesn't give my lashes that awful crunchy feeling even after two or three coats. It's very lightweight and gives subtle definition. My lashes still can't hold a curl for it's life, but I don't blame the mascara.

So what has your makeup rotation been like? More exciting than mine, I hope!

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