KVD Haul

I have one week till my new program begins and I venture into the murky waters of doctoral studies. It's a very exciting and very nerve-wracking time. So I thought I would engage in a little casual blogging.

This week I went to Sephora and treated myself to some new Kat Von D products that turned out to be better than anything she's put out before. Her eye shadows have always been pigmented, but never as finely milled as in the Metal Crush Shadows. And her lipsticks have always been innovative and fun because of the fact that she engineers colors that are outside your typical nude, pink, red range. One of the best new releases is KVD's "Piaf", named after her adorable hairless cat. Piaf is a rich taupe with a purple duo-chrome finish. "Mercy" is the perfect burgundy for fall (or just in general).

Le Haul.

This Bite Cosmetics 250 Pt. Perk at Sephora is the best perk they've ever offered. Bite's lip products use natural pigments from flowers and fruits to create long-lasting, richly-pigmented color. Also, their lipsticks are incredibly moisturizing. The shade seen here, "Bellini", is the only shade available. But it looks fantastic on everyone. 

(L) Lovecraft sample (M) Mercy (R) Piaf

KVD's "Mercy" and wearing her eyeliner in "Mad Max". 

Some of my roots and grays were showing. Thanks hair!

Ugh. So glad I colored my roots today.

Crushed Metal Shadow in "Synergy". 
While this new shadow line is amazingly pigmented, it's also incredibly blendable- as evidenced by the fact that I don't look like a Greek bronze of Zeus in the above photos. 

Other wins this week: Fyrinnae's "Sexy Nerd" Lip Lustre. 
Fyrinnae is probably one of the best independent beauty companies out there. It's vegan, cruelty-free and also posts detailed lists of its ingredients for buyers. But that doesn't mean their products have less pigmentation or decreased wear-time. Sexy Nerd is a great example. It's a rich fuchsia with gold undertones. It stayed put for about 5 hours- even after I had a root beer (you can tell where my priorities lie). 


These are a few of my favorite things....

Cold season is upon us and what could be better than feeling like your skin is not slowly becoming a raisin? Lately my normally dry skin has been freaking out because it's so cold and snowy (there was an actual blizzard). So, I decided to pick up a few things that both remind me of spring and can tide me over until moisture once again returns to the Midwest. First of all, Organix's Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco lotion smells like paradise and keeps my skin hydrated for an entire work day. I thought I liked the shampoo and conditioner, but now I like the lotion even more!

I am a huge fan of the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Lipsticks. The color seen at right is INTENSE and should not be worn before exfoliating and hydrating lips. This shade is "Aphrodite's Kiss". I just couldn't resist the classical reference.  Also, if you haven't tried any of the colorful mascaras currently popping up in time for spring, you're missing out. YSL made a HUGE deal out of it last year and Tom Ford's NYFW make up for this year will also supposedly feature mascara in brilliant shades of blue and green. L'Oreal Manga mascara comes in turquoise (as above), purple and royal blue. 

Then there's this tiny tube of bliss by Burt's Bees. It legitimately smells like both blueberry and rich dark chocolate- very much worth paying $3 for!

If you haven't yet tried Rimmel's Provocalips long wear lip colors, you should. Surprisingly, the formula does not dry out your lips as most long lasting lip formulas have done in the past. I grabbed this shade, "Little Minx", at Walgreens. These are really well pigmented and come with a moisturizing gloss (which I am wearing). 

This week I experimented with new ways to wear my hair. I saw a look similar to this worn by Miley Cyrus- let's all quirk our eyebrows- a couple of years ago and thought it was a really sophisticated way to do an "updo" for short hair. My hair isn't quite long enough yet, but it still seemed to work. Oh Miley, this was your glamourpunk phase... please don't wear anything too crazy to New York Fashion Week...