Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Quest for the Perfect Contour

I've been in search of a perfect contour color. For quite awhile now. My beloved Dainty Doll Money Talks blush broke a few months ago and ever since then I've been trying to find a dupe for that perfect pinky-taupe shade, but to no avail. But since then, I've been using a few different bronzers and blushes as a replacement for it until I find the holy grail. I thought since contouring is all the fucking rage these days, I'd share my favorite products that I use for contouring this pale face.
Left to right: Benefit Dallas Blush, Bobbi Brown Natural Bronzer, NARS Douceur Blush
Now I'm probably going to get a lot of people commenting on here like I have in previous videos - "try Hoola bronzer! It works great!" Not for everyone my friends. I've swatched Hoola, and damn that shit looks yellow on my skin. Dallas is darker, and definitely reads as a bronzer on my skin, but it has way more pink and plum in it for it to be still flattering on my skin tone. Anything too yellow on my skin just ends up looking dirty, and that's how Hoola looks on me. Dallas, on the other hand, has a natural satin finish and while it's not the perfect contour shade, it's a pretty decent bronzer for me.
Here is another bronzer that I thought would work like a contour on me - well I was wrong again! I will wear this in the summer as a contour, since I do have a little bit of sun. And I saw little liberally. I stay pale. I ain't about that fake tan life, or that melanoma life. Bobbi Brown's Natural Bronzer is a great bronzer for a couple of reasons. 1. It's matte, but not chalky. 2. It's super blend-able. But it is quite pigmented, so you either need a very light hand or a wispy brush. It's easy to overdo this thing with a densely packed brush.
Now to one of my favorite blushes in my collection - NARS Douceur. This thing has been in my collection since I basically started buying high-end makeup. It's the second NARS blush I ever bought, after Deep Throat, and it's always a fail safe. It looks natural on my skin as a blush, or a contour. Though it does read a bit pink as a contour if I am on the pale side. But out of the three, it does look the most natural on my skin in the hollows of my cheeks. It's another matte product, so it doesn't have any shimmer, which is good if you're going for a natural look.
These all look weirdly alike in this lighting. Not sure why.
Left to right: Benefit Dallas, BB Natural Bronzer, NARS Douceur.What are your favorite contour and bronzers? And what is your skin tone? I've been on the hunt for a perfectly taupe/grey/rose/brown shade for my cheekbones that isn't discontinued *coughMACSTRADANYXTAUPEILLAMASQUAPRIMALcough*

Seriously why are all the good contour colors for cool-toned gals discontinued? AHHHH.

Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 2, 2015


Here's another edition of my Instagram month in review!
Some shows, puppies, babies, and lots of selfies. As you can see, I got a haircut, so I've been rocking the selfies ever since the hair change. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cat Fancy

It's still February, but it's been feeling like Spring in Seattle. Guess what that means? Shorts! Well, it's not quite warm enough for shorts alone, so these sheer mock thigh-high kitty tights will have to do for now. 
Also hello haircut!
I found this sweater at H&M the other day, and I can't help by think of Liv Tyler in Empire Records.
Can we appreciate the cute little cat tails on the back of the tights?
My sister managed to get a smile out of me while taking these photos.
Sweater: H&M  //  Shorts: DIY  //  Tights: Hot Topic // Boots: Thrifted  //  Necklace: Gift 

I dunno, I was just feeling the Spring mood today. And I've never been one to rock the baby blue, but I guess it works on me!
Today's post title comes to you courtesy of local band Tacocat. It's a ridiculous song that's literally about the magazine Cat Fancy. Because why not?

Are you feeling the Spring vibes lately? Or is it still freezing where you are?

Friday, February 20, 2015


If you haven't gotten sick of my posts about Lush haircare, then you're in luck - because we came out with new shampoo bars! So excited!
Look at these beauties! But these aren't the only new ones we have - there are 5 brand new shampoo bars in stores now! Copperhead, Honey I Washed My Hair, Montalbano, Brazilliant, and Lullaby are the new babies on the shelves.
I'm excited to try all of them, but the ones I picked up the other day are Brazilliant and Lullaby.
Brazilliant smells as bright as it looks. There are whole fresh organic oranges in the formula, as well as this funky oil from the Brazillian rainforest called andiroba for conditioning and strengthening. It's a citrus shampoo for people with dry hair. HELLO LOVELY!

I washed my hair with it the other night and I absolutely loved it. My hair was so shiny and light without being dry at all.
The next bar, which I have yet to try is Lullaby, an oat milk, lavender, and jojoba oil shampoo bar for the most sensitive of scalps. If you've ever tried Ibiza Party liquid shampoo, this bar includes so many of the same ingredients - so if you love Ibiza Party you'll love Lullaby.

Once I pick up the other shampoo bars, I'll definitely be back with an update. Which ones are you excited to try? Are you like me and want to try ALL OF THEM? If you're curious about which one is best for your hair type, leave a comment!

Friday, February 13, 2015

I Cut My Hair

Guess what guys? My mermaid hair is gone! Well, not all gone - I've still got a little bit of green in my hair, but I cut approximately 9 inches off last week. Whoa. WHOA.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Winterize Your Nails

I own a lot of nail polish. Like more than I actually need. So recently I decided that I was going to start paying attention to them and keep them looking nice. I'm a grownup damnit, so I'm not about to have my nails looking like an angsty 14-year-old. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Put Honey On Your Face! | winter skincare routine

Even though it was 60 degrees the last two days in Seattle, it's still winter. And my skin still knows that. My skin is already dry, so in the winter - the thirst is real. To help combat that, I've welcomed a new addition to my skincare routine. 

Monday, January 26, 2015


The first month of 2015 was a pretty busy one. But busy in the way that I want it to be busy. Not busy in the way December was busy. This was full of me time and adventures and good times with friends. This is the kind of month I want to be having on the regular. 

I haven't been as active on this blog, but I've been plenty active on Instagram, which you can follow me here if you feel so inclined. I thought I'd share a bit of my month with you via my Instagram photos. As you can see, there were plenty of shows (including one huge one with Death Cab for Cutie at the Crocodile), and plenty of selfies. But also lots of this lovely weather we've been having. I took a day trip to Snoqualmie for a Twin Peaks day, I did a mini photoshoot with my friend Laurel the day of the NFC Championships, and spent many a day at Cupcake Royale in Ballard.

I'm making myself be more productive, even if being productive means just blogging. I've had lots of free time lately because of the after-Christmas lull when it comes to getting hours at work, so I have no excuse. No excuses!

See you next month!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Adventures In Your Own Backyard

And outfit post? What? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!

I know, I know. I haven't done one of these in months. Months I tell you! But I have returned. My friend Laurel and I went for a walk earlier and took some photos for this here blog, and a little video for my YouTube channel.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Day In Twin Peaks | Explore

You know how I said this year I was gonna go on more day trips? Well I've already held up my end of the bargain, world!

My friend Holly invited me out to take photos in Snoqualmie Falls and North Bend on our day off and I instantly responded with "HELL YEAH." 
So we took the 45-minute drive Thursday morning out to the Falls with coffee in hand, and went on a hike. It was clear in Seattle that morning, but once we got into Snoqualmie, the rain started coming - as did the fog.
This was the best shot I could get of the Great Northern (or the Salish Lodge in real life), and the fog completely washed over the Falls.
To get a better view of the Falls, we took the hike down the trail to the boardwalk over the river.
But once we got to the bottom of the hill, the boardwalk was closed. So no Falls for us that day, but I did get to find out that I'm not in shape. So that was fun.

After taking the long hike back up the hill, we drove into downtown North Bend, or the fictional town of Twin Peaks.
More fog, but this time it made for some eerie goodness. Laura Palmer, nooooo!

We even stepped into the Double R to see how much they'd kept it intact, but there were no commemorative mugs to take home. Now that I think of it, we should have ordered a damn fine cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie. Oh well, maybe next time.

Are you a fan of Twin Peaks? I've been watching the show on Netflix this last month and I'm loving it. I need to do an Audrey-inspired outfit one of these days.