Makeup

Indie goodies: Shiro Cosmetics, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale

By on September 6, 2016
Eye, lips, cheek, and nail colors from Shiro Cosmetics, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale
Eye, lips, cheek, and nail colors from Shiro Cosmetics, Detrivore Cosmetics, and Femme Fatale

I have one more batch of purchases to share, and this time it’s indie cosmetics from three different brands: Shiro, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale. This was really all one order from Shiro Cosmetics, though, as they sell what seems to be a growing collection of other small brands, and I love that I can combine the different brands in one order and only worry about reaching one shipping threshold. I bought highlights, blushes, eyeshadows, a nail polish, and a tinted lip balm.

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Formula X nail polish in Alchemy II

By on January 16, 2016
Formula X Alchemy II ($14)
Formula X Alchemy II ($14)

Alchemy II is a limited edition holiday-time shade from Sephora’s Formula X line, and as the name suggests, it’s the second such release that they’ve created. Last year’s Alchemy came across as more of a white gold, I believe, that looked quite pretty but didn’t seem quite special enough for me to purchase. This year it’s a beautiful bronzed copper that I fell for when I first saw it in the store back in December.

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Revisiting my 2015 beauty resolutions + goals for 2016

By on January 10, 2016
View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal
View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal

For the last couple of years I’ve set five beauty-related resolutions to pursue (see also: resolutions for 2014, resolutions for 2015). All of these goals have generally been good ones for me to work on, and they tend to be oriented toward long-term progress and development. And so, I definitely didn’t “finish” them over the past year. In fact, there are a couple resolutions that didn’t get addressed much at all. Instead of coming up with a whole new set of resolutions for 2016, I wanted to revisit my resolutions for 2015 and just take a minute to chat about where I’m at with them thus far.

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Formula X nail polish in Monumental

By on November 6, 2015
Formula X nail polish in Monumental ($10.50)
Formula X nail polish in Monumental ($10.50)

I tend to be really attracted to color, and so as my wedding was coming up I thought it was as good a time as any to find myself a good nude nail polish for myself. I spent a lot of time playing around with the Formula X polishes at Sephora since they have testers, are affordable, and I’ve had good luck with them in the past, and I walked away with a shade called Monumental (a shade name that seems fitting for the occasion).

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Formula X Sheer Strength in Tenacious

By on April 15, 2015
Formula X Sheer Strength nail polish in Tenacious ($12.50)
Formula X Sheer Strength nail polish in Tenacious ($12.50)

Formula X recently released some new nail strengthening polishes that give a sheer tint to nails. There are 10 shades in the Sheer Strength line including, nudes, creams, taupes, pinks, and a purple, and they’re formulated to strengthen, nourish, and hydrate nails with keratin and botanicals. I grabbed the shade called Tenacious, which is described as a sheer linen porcelain.

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Five beauty resolutions for 2015

By on January 21, 2015
Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year
Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year. Swan and koi in Chengdu, China.

I’ve taken my time gathering my thoughts about resolutions for 2015, and though it’s late in the month we’re still early in the new year, with plenty of time to work on personal changes. Like last year, I was able to come up with five beauty-related goals that I’d like to pursue. These also sort of build on my goals I set forward for 2014, so I’ll quickly revisit those first.

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Urban Decay nail colors in Addiction and Vice

By on November 27, 2014
Urban Decay nail colors in Addiction and Vice
Urban Decay nail colors in Addiction and Vice

I recently posted that I had found a handful of Urban Decay nail polishes marked down to $5 at Nordstrom Rack (different shades are found on Urban Decay’s website), and had come home with two shades, Addiction and Vice. I’ve been wearing them on my nails for the past couple of weeks, and I really like them! The two I grabbed are striking fall shades, and they apply and wear really nicely.

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Urban Decay nail colors marked down to $5 at Nordstrom Rack

By on November 12, 2014
Urban Decay Nail Colors in Addiction and Vice (discounted to $5/ea)
Urban Decay Nail Colors in Addiction and Vice (discounted to $5/ea)

I just wanted to quickly note that I found a handful of Urban Decay’s nail colors marked down from $15 to $5 at Nordstrom Rack this weekend, and I picked up two shades that looked really lovely, Addiction and Vice. This was a fun deal to find, and I wanted to just take a moment to compare the deal with pricing and availability online.

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Currently wearing: Sonia Kashuk nail color in Golden Ticket

By on October 4, 2014
Sonia Kashuk nail color in Golden Ticket ($4.79)
Sonia Kashuk nail color in Golden Ticket ($4.79)

As the very tail end of our travels and our deadline for returning to the US, my boyfriend and I had a special wedding to attend. We had been on the road/in the air for months and so as the date neared we had to collect a few things: clothes for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding, appropriate shoes, and some cheap accessories. I also browsed Target for a cheap nail polish, and decided to try Sonia Kashuk’s nail color in Golden Ticket for a festive touch.

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