Year: 2013

Glowy winter makeup (selfie)

Well, I suppose I kind of failed at BEDN–I skipped out yesterday because I was way too tired from work to even check my e-mail, let alone sit down and compose a post. Today’s prompt is supposed to be writing about something outside of your comfort zone, but sadly today I am again drawing a blank on a proper post!

However, I do have something that kind of counts–a selfie from our movie date night last week. I feel weird posting selfies either on the blog or social media, probably just because I am not used to it. So here you go! (Sorry for the grainy quality, I didn’t have time to dig out the real camera for a snapshot.)

It was a chilly, snowy day, so I went with a knit hat and fluffy scarf to keep me warm. To get a low-makeup look that was rosy and bright, I used a tinted moisturizer all over to subtly warm up my skin tone, then used a blend of peach and wine blushes to warm up my cheeks. A generous amount of highlighter on cheek and brow bones and in the inner corner of the eyes adds more glow. I used  waterproof mascara (to avoid smudging in the damp) and a trace of creamy pencil on the waterline to brighten my eyes. A slick of lip balm and light pink gloss finished it all off.

Kitty spam!

Today’s BEDN prompt is supposed to be “A day in the life”, but to be honest I’ve done so many similar posts on this blog over the past year I think you’d all gag if I gave you another. Instead, as any day in my life involves lots of Max and Jiao, please enjoy some recent kitty spam.

Random Thursday: I can’t resist buying…

Well, I have a weakness for a lot of things. But I have to be good and rein myself in, since we try to stick to a budget and I’m trying to save money for fewer large purchases as opposed to tons and tons of small purchases. In the end I find a trip home or something big like that more satisfying than lots of little things scattered around the house.

That said, when I do have money to spend, these are the things that always get my wallet out:

1. Books. Our local Goodwill store has a huge wall of paperbacks priced for a buck each. Yep, $1. I do get most of my books from the library but I like to keep some books on hand for the dry spells when none of my holds are available. And when I’m done reading them, I can pass them on to someone else so they’ll be loved thrice-over–it’s a win-win all around. Recently I managed to snag Shutter Island, Anna Karenina, and a bunch of others all in practically new condition.

2. Nail polish. In my defense I almost always wait until there’s a sale. I can’t go really wild with makeup at work but I can paint my nails any shade I please, so I hoard more nail polish than any other makeup item.

3. Coffee/tea. There is always room for coffee and tea in Martha’s Monthly Budget, especially once the limited edition holiday flavors hit the shelf!

4. Chocolate. Little things make life sunnier I think, so I can almost always justify buying chocolate as a sort of low-cost mental health item.

5. Things with cute animals on them. Whether it’s a penguin coffee mug or a wallet with a fox on it, I manage to find all sorts of reasons not to pass up an item with some cute animal on it. I’m partial to cats (obviously), penguins, foxes, polar bears and birds, especially owls.

So what are some of the things you can never resist buying? Tell me in the comments!

Polish swatch: Essence Chic Reloaded

The other day when I was checking out Christine’s weekly polish picks over at MakeUp Guinea Pig, I saw she’d swatched a polish that looked quite familiar–Chic Reloaded from Essence, which I actually managed to pick up a few months ago and then never remembered to test out! So I thought I would swatch it to see what it looks like in person.

Chic Reloaded is a metallic steel grey with a purple/green shift. Depending on the lighting, it may appear to be a very dark grey, a deep shimmery jade green, or a smoky purple. Unfortunately the color shift is not very strong and if you’re not looking for it, it will probably just look like a dark grey polish. Here in natural light you can see a small amount of the color shift, but once you’re in artificial light I feel like you have to really look for the duochrome to see it. Altogether, though, it is a nice autumn/winter polish, and super-cheap too–I think it’s about $2.

I tore a nail at work this week and ended up cutting them all down to nubbins (I hate having long nails and one shortie in the mix!), but I’ll give myself points for being more faithful to my cuticle cream, so at least my knuckles and cuticles don’t look so ragged this week!

Ten on Tuesday: new job, new snacks and new books

1. Yesterday’s scheduled post accidentally went up a day early (on Sunday), so I guess I missed a day in the Blog Every Day in November challenge. But so far I’ve had something original to post each day instead of using the calendar prompts, so I guess that’s a good thing, right?

2. I finally got a hold of this book. The fact that it features a gun-toting panda is enough to make me want to read it, but I also have a slight preoccupation with grammar (I can’t listen to Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally” without clenching my teeth and hissing “Lie! Lie!”) so this should be an entertaining read.


3. The first week on the new job went pretty splendidly, if I do say so myself.

4. Terrible confession time: Part of the training for this new spot involves learning to run the wickedly temperamental electric jack in the receiving bay. It’s about as sturdy as a shopping cart with a bad wheel and has an engine that will knock you off your feet if you aren’t careful, so of course the whole first night involved plenty of sweating on my part and plenty of cries of “Look out! Newbie on the jack!” from anyone passing through, since it’s pretty much a given you’ll smash something and/or cause bodily harm to someone who gets in the way when you first learn to run this thing.

So anyway, shortly after I came back from lunch–and after, I might add, a successfully spill-free night–I got a panicked call on the radio from my fellow manager/trainer to find a mop and come to receiving immediately. As it turns out, after all of his warnings about making a mess, he smashed a pallet of juice and turned the receiving dock into a mango-scented hazard. I won’t lie and say I didn’t find this slightly, selfishly hilarious.

5. We had our first snowfall today!

6. I’m not loving Daylight Savings Time. Not only is it hella weird when you work overnights, since the time clock rolls back automatically and messes up all the lunch punches, and no can figure out if they’re supposed to be on or off the clock…but now my limited exposure to daylight feels even more brief. I just want to hibernate now.

7. My friend Katrin pointed me over to the blog My Subscription Addiction, which is devoted entirely to subscription boxes of every kind, and now I’ve been having fun looking at all the different types of subbie boxes you can get. Who knew there were so many? Recently there was a post featuring an invite code for the Graze snack boxes (see that post here), so of course since the first box was free I thought I’d give it a whirl. And then when I got to the site and started my sign-up process, I realized that they actually have a way to customize your subscription to fit a nut allergy, a gluten-free diet, or a vegan diet! Genius! The inclusion of non-vegan items has always been a major factor in steering me away from snack boxes, so I’m really curious to see whether my first box will indeed be vegan-friendly or not. (If you’re a vegan, you know how that goes.)

8. This is a sure sign of how book-obsessed and people-avoiding I’ve become: I figured out how to access the local library’s card catalog from the internet, so now I can log in from home, browse and place holds on books, and get an e-mail alert when they’re ready for pick-up. No more wandering through the library trying to remember what I’m looking for; I can do it all in my pajamas. When you use so much of something that you have to streamline the process by which you obtain it, it’s probably a bona fide addiction!

9. My kitty also loves books, apparently: she’s taken to hiding in the bookshelf and then exploding out in a shower of books when I walk by. It’s a good thing the shelves are full of lightweight paperbacks!

10. This has been a very wordy Ten on Tuesday. I guess I’m just in a rambling mood today! :P