Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Haul! Ulta and Walmart

Since it's been so long since I've (posted) hauled, I thought I'd show y'all some pretty new items I picked up.

Is it just me, or do the oddest people frequent Walmart? Obviously much of their clientele is perfectly ¨normal,¨ but I always see... hm... peculiar outfits and, uh, other things.



Look at the pretties. I love Pure Ice (2$ at Walmart). These are in:

And a quick, horrible swatch of the beautiful blue. Like, ugh. Look at the amazing dustiness.

My nails are so short right now! #thestruggle

I can't even begin to explain how flipping excited I am for this. I've wanted it for nigh on a year now, but Ulta has NEVER HAD IT IN STOCK, until I randomly noticed one hanging out in the bottom of the display. First impressions are awesome. Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder, 4$ at Ulta.

Oh look, more pretty sparkly things. Surprising. No, I am a proud magpie. Here sits the beauty of Hard Candy Glitter Topper  and the NYC Gold Topper . So sparkly.

And then, a product entirely new to me, the Jane Cream Eyeshadow. It's really easy to apply and doesn't crease, but it's also depressingly and ridiculously sheer. Sad day. It does, however, give a nice metallic finish to things already colourful.

I can't believe I've never owned the Maybelline Master Precise Liner, given that it's probably the most popular drugstore eyeliner out there. At first swatch it's delightfully black with easy control, hopefully this is a continuing trend!

Since I love my Almay Color + Care Liquid Balm so much in pink, when I saw two Almay coupons and a sale at Ulta I rushed to pick up the nude. Grand total? Free. Yay for bargains! It's a perfect, everyday glossy nude tone.

(Not really) last, and (certainly not) least, the NYC Jumbo Pencil in. That's right kids, now absolutely every brand has one of these. This one is sure nice swatched, creamy and pigmented, but I haven't had a chance to try it on my lips yet. We'll see!

Ok, so I also bought another Jane product, an eyeliner in a teal colour, but I seem to have already lost it. Awh. At any rate, I do like those eyeliners. I have one in chartreuse and I wear it far more frequently than one should wear chartreuse eyeliners.

What have you picked up recently? Any of these interesting enough for a review?


Elizabeth Rose

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer, Language, and Indila

Hello all! I am here to announce a triumphant return for summer, just as promised last year. I've got lots of great plans for posts that will expand on the world of beauty, hopefully stretching into some of my other interests, as well.

On the topic of other interests, there have been more than a few hints recently of my language obsession. I've been learning three. I'm taking French in school, German outside, and my friends and I use Esperanto as a secret language (that has so many cognates it can be understood by a non-speaker). Recently, too, I've discovered the marvelous use of Skype as a tool for speaking to native Germans. There's rather a dearth of them here, and thusly my speaking abilities are quite limited. How I only now realized this exists is beyond me, but better late than never, no?

As a result of my new appreciation for linguistics, I've been playing with the idea of a YouTube channel for English learners. I have no formal training in ESL, obviously, but my grammar is excellent and I love words more than anything. Good idea?

I haven't listened to any music in English for a while now, sole exception being Lily Allen's new album, Sheezus. Her sass gets me through each day, I swear. For foreign language music that non-speakers would appreciate, I urge more people to look up Indila. This pretty French woman has a strong, lovely voice, and irresistibly catchy songs. Hit singles Dernière Danse or Tourner Dans Le Vide would be great places to start, but my personal favorite song must be Boîte en Argent, a twinkling ballad.

My, it's gotten rather late here, hasn't it? I suppose I ought to tend to my homework now.

With love,

Elizabeth Rose