Spring Beauty Buys


Over the past month (especially with the actual sunshine we’ve been getting in Washington!) I’ve been gravitating towards certain colors for spring – I’ve added a bit to my collection, or pulled out items I haven’t been using. Here’s what I’ve been loving for spring this year:

NARS Blush in Gaiety (here).

OPI Nail Lacquer in You’re Such a Budapest (here).

Zoya Nail Lacquer in Dot (here).

Sephora Collection Luminizer in Stardust (here).

Clinique All About Shadow Quad containing On Safari, Lemongrass, and Buttered Toast (duo) (here).

MAC Eyeshadows in Sketch Velvet, Vibrant Grape Satin, and Expensive Pink Veluxe Pearl (here).

MAC Cream Color Base in Improper Copper (here).

NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita (here).



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March 2014 Subscription Box Reviews

At this point in time I am subscribed to 3 subscription box services: Birchbox, Ipsy, and Wantable Intimates. I have been subscribed to Birchbox since December 2013, Ipsy since January 2014, and Wantable’s Intimates Box since February 2014.

Birchbox, $10/month:


Birchbox seems to think I need a lot of moisturizers. They sent me two this month, and I received one last month as well. I really really can’t use that many different moisturizers without absolutely destroying my skin (I would be able to tell which products were hindering/helping at the rate I’m going). However, I do feel like this was a better month for me than February. I’ve giving Birchbox a 4/6 this month.

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Red Lipstick Addiction

Red Lipstick Collection

I’ve always loved the look of a classic red lip. When browsing lipsticks in any drug store, I am inevitably drawn to shades of red. Bright red.

Of course, love of color cannot entirely overcome fear of color – while I am automatically pulled towards these shades,  I am terrified of wearing them out in public. A pale redhead wearing red lipstick might seem a bit like overkill, you think? In addition to that, I was worried about looking like a clown. So for years, I have been hunting for the perfect red. The red I will not be afraid to wear in public.

Here are swatches of each color on my inner arm:

Red Lipstick Swatches

From left to right: MAC’s Russian Red; MAC’s Ruby Woo; MAC’s Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick; MAC’s Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass; Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery; L’oreal Colour Riche #179 Cherry Tulle; L’oreal Colour Riche #315 True Red; and Revlon’s Just Bitten Lipstain & Balm in Gothique/Gothic.

I apologize in advance for the strained smiles/crazy eyes – after awhile of taking pictures, you just want to hurry up and get a good one to go try the next color! Without further ado, here’s how all these reds stack up against each other on thin lips and very pale skin:

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