Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July Birch Box


Birchbox July 2011 - 3

Birchbox July 2011

Birchbox July 2011 - 2

Sunday, July 10, 2011

If You Don’t Like It, You Can Bite Me–Tarte’s True Blood Palette

If you were following me on twitter this time last year, you’ll already know that I’m a little obsessed with True Blood. There’s really no question about what I’m doing Sunday evenings. So when Tarte released their new True Blood themed palette – with colors that the lead makeup artist from the show helped choose – my interest was definitely piqued. I managed to hold myself back for a few days, but we all knew how this would end…

Really, I have almost no self control when it comes to some things.


Firstly, can we talk about this packaging?

From initial promotional photos, I thought the laces and texture were just images printed on the packaging, but no! There are legit laces and varying textures on this.



This obviously has no bearing on the quality of the products inside, but still – how cool is that?! I guess I’m easily entertained : P

But onto what we care about – the shadows. Bring on the photo overload!








And the swatches…


the light, fairy, dusk



dawn, werewolf, waitress, nocturnal



charmer, glamour me, stake



bayou, telepath, the true death, immortal



moss, legend, “V”

All of the shadows are very smooth and soft, however I don’t think they’re the most pigmented I’ve ever tried. A few of them – namely ‘the light’ and ‘fairy’ seem to be more about the sheen they create rather than the actual color in the pan. Most of the others needed two swipes to get solid color, but still – they can obviously be built well. And as a side note, ‘dusk’ is actually more pigmented than it appears in the photo – it’s closeness in tone to my skin did it no favors!

My personal favorites are ‘waitress’, ‘moss’, and ‘V’. But I do have to warn you, I learned today that there is major glitter fallout potential with ‘waitress’!


This also comes with a black liner, mini primer, and mascara that are stored in this little drawer.


It’s not the most practical way to package it as far as space goes, but it seems pretty typical of these sorts of palettes. It’s meant to be cute, not practical! Duh, Caitlin. I haven’t tried any of these yet, though, since I’m already working my way through some other things.


This set is my first experience with Tarte products, and so far I’m pretty pleased. It costs $52, and if you divvy that up just among the 17 shadows, it breaks down to only $3.06 per shade. I’d say pretty good value for money if you’re interested in trying out the brand. I think I still prefer some other brands for shadows to them so Tarte won’t become one of my go-to’s, but I am still glad I got this to try them out.


Is anyone else watching True Blood this season? Team Bill or Team Eric? Personally, I don’t trust either one of them!


*This is limited edition, so if you’re interested then you’d better get on top of it!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Upcoming Changes and Some New Stuffs

Putting yourself on the net requires a sort of strange balance. You want to share enough to get to know and form friendships with other people but not enough to be a safety hazard (or enough to bore people to death). Just like in everyday life, we pick and choose which bits to share and which ones to omit. Well, dear readers, over the past few months, there has been a huge omission on my part.

In most cases this would not be a bother; in fact it would be expected. However, results of this omission are affecting my performance on this blog and will probably continue to do so. Though I know that I have a very small number of consistent readers, I value each one of you and would hate for any of you to think that I am losing interest in this blogging process or worse, already have.

If you’ve followed me on twitter for the past few months, you know that I’ve had to go out of town a few times recently and have seen a few stressed out tweets. If you only stay with me on here, then you still know that I’ll be moving soon. The source of the stress and reason for moving has been taking up most of my time, and soon you’ll understand why.

So what’s the change?

Graduate school.

Between studying for tests, working on applications, and going on interviews I have been a ball of stress since the end of last year. Luckily though, as you can tell from the moving, the stresses were not in vain. I will officially be a hardcore studying, paper writing, group project(ing?) student again starting next month.

My most recent trip was to visit with my academic advisor to sort out my classes (already getting stressed over them!) and to find an apartment (thankfully that went smoothly so I officially have somewhere to live!).

I still have a lot of preparation to do for the move and I have no idea what my schedule will be like once classes begin (anyone remember how much time homework takes?), so this blog will probably continue to be updated less often than I would like for awhile. But at least now you all know that I haven’t forgotten you : )


And now for a few things I’ve accumulated over the past couple of weeks – this is a beauty blog after all.

polishes 1

polishes 2

Current nails – Blue It


Sally Hansen Blue It

Both Wet n Wild polishes are from recently released collections – not the core set of shades.

polishes 3

polishes 4

New Milani Baked Blushes

blushes open

blushes closed

I hope all of you have a happy and safe 4th!

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