Clockwise from the top: MAC Russian Red, a dramatic and perfectly applying matte red lippy I picked up after a day raging internally over the obstinance of its rude and high maintenance sister, Ruby Woo (comparison post HERE). I've worn this a LOT this month and it's currently tied with Maybelline Vivids Infra-red as my favorite red.
Naked Basics eyeshadow palette-- I've been loving my Naked 1 palette and now I've got in my head that I must own ALL THE NAKEDS but I have some reservations about 3 now that I've had some time to roll that lemming over in my mind a bit (it is finally back in stock at my Ulta but I've held off). Since trying to school myself in the art of blending, I've become enamored with matte finish shadows and those middle three colors on this palette have gotten a lot of wear time this month. I really want to do a writeup but my skillz aren't at a point where I'm comfortable posting an actual eye look on here just yet. Maybe I'll do some arm swatches just because. At any rate, I'm REALLY enjoying this palette, and bonus that it's half the price of 1, 2, and 3. If you're interested in dipping your toes into the Naked pool (lololol XD), Naked Basics is a GREAT choice.
Prescriptives False Eyelashes mascara-- This was my holy grail mascara for a good two years, from my point of discovery to the end of my stockpile when I learned Prescriptives was going out of business. Well, they're back, and I'm reunited with my true mascara love. The plush brush that's just the right length and width for my eye shape, that smooth, non flaking formula... Nothing I tried in the interim came close but it doesn't matter now ♥♥
Cult Nails-- This is a new to me brand and one I really wanted to try this year. I know some of you are already big fans of the line and I can totally see why-- beside the fact that the polishes are fantastic, creator Maria is one of the kindest souls you'll ever hope to meet. Without going on about it, I'll just say that she's earned a fan for life. Right now I'm wearing that gold and pink flakie on the left, Feedback, over LVX Orchid. Here it is, if you're curious-- I LOVE this duo.
How do you feel about arm swatches? As I become more versed in application and more confident in my color matching skills, I'm warming up to them. I like seeing a completed look on someone, so I can judge how the color(s) will look against my own complexion, but I'm warming up to the comparative objectivity of arm swatches.
What's your favorite sweet treat? Red velvet cake. And my recipe is awesome. I always make too much cream cheese frosting so it sits in the fridge and I eat spoonfuls of it until it's gone, lol. It's also a great topper to just about anything.
Flakie topper or glitter topper? FLAKIE!!! And if it's LE, buy it. Immediately.
In your music listening experience, who is the best vocalist of all time? I'm going to pick two-- Andrea Boccelli and Freddie Mercury.
Whatcha reading right now? Game of Thrones. I've never seen the show but I'm really enjoying the books.
Today's C's birthday (and also the 40th anniversary of Rush's first album release \m/) so we're having a little family party. He wants rice krispy treats (should that be capitalized?) so I get off super easy on this one, lol. We're supposed to leave for his parents' house in two hours, though, so I'd best get off my duff and get something accomplished. Have a fun weekend and thank you for reading!! ♥