I have bought a lot of stuff this week – damn I didn’t mean to. But most of the things I am loving are actually previous purchases.
First up has to be this fragrance:
TokyoMilk Dark #17 “Absinthe”
I bought my first TokyoMilk Dark fragrance last spring, in Tainted Love, from a gift set/mini thing at Sephora. I loved it, and I wanted to try the other scents, because their on-site descriptions were lovely, but I don’t like to buy things scent-unsmelt. So I waited. Eventually they came in at my local Sephora and I immediately got Bulletproof. Love love love that stuff. Then I bought Arsenic a little before Valentine’s Day when they had either double or triple points for fragrance purchases. Well, long story is that I was deciding what to buy and I had “Crushed” on one wrist and “Absinthe” on the other, and just as I was deciding which to buy a salesperson walked up and asked me if I needed any help, and I set the wrong one down. I came home with Crushed, which I don’t like at all AND the bottle was leaking. Then I had to go back and return it for Absinthe, and when I got Absinthe home the bottle was misprinted. The front and back of the bottle were printed on the same side. Observe.
But, even after all that mess and fuss, I have been reaching for this scent every single day since. They state the fragrance notes as: Absinthe, Vanilla Salt, Cut Greens, Crushed Fennel. To me it smells like broken Christmas. I absolutely love it. I wish Tokyo Milk things went on sale more frequently, but I think I will be stocking up in the (fingers crossed) April VIB sale at Sephora.
Next thing I am loving is the “Desperation” 24/7 Eye Pencil from Urban Decay. ($20)
I got mine (travel size) as part of the Black Market holiday kit, which as of this writing is still available for $24 on Urban Decay’s site.
I love all of the liners in that kit, it was a great purchase, but I have been surprised at how much I’ve been reaching for Desperation for workday looks. I pair it with the Tough as Taupe Color Tattoo from Maybelline, and it just gives a softly smokey/pretty eye color. Hey, want a shitty picture of it? Here you go!
It looks way better in person, obv. It’s just soft and pretty while having some degree of intensity and not being a nude eye. Cuz I love a nude eye but I can only take so much of them.
Anyway, I’ve just been liking it a lot. Great basic, love how it morphs from gray to taupe and back, and is defining without being as harsh as black or as warm as brown.
Related! I love this video from Pixiwoo, which is meant to mimic a Kat Dennings makeup look. I love me some Kat Dennings, I think she’s just the most lush, sexy voiced, smart ass lady in the acting world, and I wish she was my friend. I actually did this makeup look today wearing Tough as Taupe with the warm brown from the Lorac Pro to Go Palette and “West” from the Urban Decay Black Market pencil set for my liner. I love the cool to warm blend, it’s a look I never would have thought of for myself.
Don’t be fooled by her wearing a Lip Tar though, Lip Tars are still the devil.
Next up we’ve got a Rimmel Lipstick from the Kate Moss line, in 08
I’ve been wearing this a lot, it’s quite a nice neutral on me. I don’t know if I will love it always and always, since it’s not super long lasting or anything, but for the price (around $5.50?) it’s nice. The only thing I don’t like about it is the smell. It’s not offensive, but I can’t figure out what it smells like. It just doesn’t smell natural. It smells like chemicals at a discount store, overlayed with Play-Doh, maybe. That sounds worse than it really is, but it’s strange.
And for my fuckity fuck this, I have to give it to L’OREAL COLOUR RICHE GOLD DUST NAIL COLOR IN HIDDEN GEMS.
No just no. I was so excited when I bought this, because it looked so pretty in the bottle. This is what I get for impulse buying without checking swatches.
It’s so pretty, with a green-blue base and a purple/brown color shift, plus silver starry flecks, right? No. NO.
The first coat has the brown/purple color shift going on, but it goes on streaky. The second coat flattens the color into a plain jade green lumpy silver disco ball mess. NO.
Lumpy! OMG I wasn’t going to waste more than one coat of Seche Vite trying to get this stuff flattened out. I wanted to take it off as soon as I had it on, but I was too tired. Bleeeeeeccchhhh. So tacky. This could possibly look nice layered over a brown or purple, so you’d only have to use one coat of it, but I am not going to try it. FAIL. L’OREAL. FAIL.
That’s it for me this week – tell me, what have you been trying and loving?