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200,000 follower milestone: BIG THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!!
I’ve just gotten back to “regular life” after my first extended vacation in - oh, 4 years? - and look, we’ve crossed the 200,000 mark!
The number looks a little unreal, but I know it’s each and every one of you guys who have hung in there with me the past 1.5 years who have commented, reblogged, given me your feedback, and taken the time to tune in and share this “obsession” with me.
Whether you’re a makeup artist, a beauty-addict, or just have general concerns, I love having you here and hope you’ll be here for a good long while yet!
(Photo source: styleite.com)
We all have that thing in our lives that brings out the child in us, who is relentlessly hungry to learn and try more, sometimes to the point of obsession. For some it’s cooking, fragrance, books, games, art, or movies. Makeup has been that for me since my first hand-me-down lip palette.
This blog has been an outlet for ideas, a place to escape, and a place to feel connected to other people as well. It’s almost become a secondary job for me (except that I pay to do this job…); aside from my 2 week honeymoon, I haven’t missed a day of posting since I began! Sure - it’s not going to solve world hunger or correct all the wrongs in the world, but neither is it all about shallow self-absorption and vanity.
Nobody NEEDS makeup. I’ll be the first to say that. But we already deal with responsibilities, stresses, real problems and serious issues on a regular basis regardless. Makeup and any other hobby or interest isn’t a way to avoid all that.
If you, like me, simply believe simple things like a lipstick or an invisible cloud of scent have the ability to make someone stand taller and smile bigger, reinforce their sense of self, challenge their own boundaries, and walk out to face the world, then you’ve come to the right place.
(Marc jacobs. Photo source: fashionarchitect.net)
Back to the other important thing - the prizes!
I’ll be looking through the scores of comments to the contest application post and will update with the winners (and contact you via your Tumblr message box so make sure that is activated!) as soon as possible. Stay posted!
On my way to NYC and only have intermittent internet access, so apologies in advance if my posts suddenly stop for a couple of days in the coming 2 weeks! I have some tutorials queued already, but for those who just sent me Halloween look requests, SORRY I simply don’t have the time to prepare more of them in the coming weeks!
P.S. If any of you NYC afficionados or residents have any suggestions of lesser-known things to see, do, eat, and buy in New York, drop them my way! (I think I’ve got most of the “Tourist-y” things covered in my checklist.)
What beauty products are in my bag?
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TAG: What would you wear if you were…
I was inspired by a funny tag in the perfume blogosphere and decided to adapt it a little and ask all of you for submissions for me to put up here.
Side note: It took me 2 days to really think it through and come up with my choices, and while the makeup I chose was VERY varied, 3 out of the 4 scents I picked came (completely unintentionally) from the Thierry Mugler line.
Simply start with a short intro of yourself, then list the questions with your answers below!
What makeup (and/or perfume) would you wear if you were:
1. At your coronation as Queen of the World
C: Honestly, I would probably douse myself in graphic black and gold ALL OVER, a la Patricia Valesquez in The Mummy. Gold is primal, and alluring, but too much of it can kill you.
Of course, I might need to work out for months for that physique. (Then again, if I’m Queen of the World, the world will just need to bl$#@y put up with me as I am, won’t it?)
Scent: Thierry Mugler Alien. This is not my favorite perfume, but it’s certainly my most complimented one. It smells like a dark, rich hybrid-jasmine fused with some strange alien bloom from another planet. There’s a reason Christopher Sheldrake describes jasmine as a flower with “cleavage”. It’s enveloping, and trails behind you in a quiet but absolutely REGAL fashion. (Beware if you don’t like jasmine.)
Photo from: tutorialchip.com
2. An evil mermaid or siren, pulling men to their deaths in the ocean’s depths
C: Super-simple barely-there makeup with dark brows, full dark lashes, and flushed lips (all the better to contrast oh-so-beautiful against that slight gleam of ivory fangs). I might coat my body with translucent micro-glitter as well; just for my own viewing pleasure more than for anything else.
Scent: Womanity by Thierry Mugler. This scent has been likened to many things (including feminine “secretions”), which probably adds to its alien-ness and seductive edge. What I love is that it mixes a semblance of sweet normality (juicy figs) with a ozonic, sea-salt accord which smells electric and vaguely dangerous.
3. A revered witch or priestess
C: I would dearly love to surround myself with black feathers (barring any harm caused to poor Ravens of course) like the magnificent Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. As an aside, I think she completely stole the show, and poor Kristen Stewart looked woefully inadequate beside her as a wan, frowny, gawky princess. (But that’s just my opinion.)
I would definitely go with dark, smoky eyes AND dark lips just for dramatic effect. Smoky eyes pull people in, but remind them that you’re still slightly dangerous.
Scent: Something dark, slightly odd, and seductive as a vampire. Vintage Hypnotic Poison, with its buttery, woody, metallic tang.
4. A post-apocalyptic heroine/survivor (You’ve lost family, friends, home, everything you love, and soon you might lose your life as well. What would you wear at this point as a reminder of all the best moments in your life?)
c: I would probably only wear lipstick. What better makeup item to epitomise feminine pride and defiance? Eye makeup is very much designed to draw people in and capture their gaze and attention. Strong lipstick on the other hand, is a dramatic prop that holds people at arms’ length and says “look, but don’t get close”.
I’m wavering between a classic true red and an electric hot pink. (Maybe I’ll wear one on each side of my mouth. Who’s there to laugh anyway?)
Scent: Angel. One of the first scents I really splurged on as a poor student almost a decade ago. Plus, it’s the ONLY long-time favorite of mine that has not be reformulated in the last decade. I consider it a “beautiful monstrosity” that fills rooms, trails for miles, and strikes ALL the wrong nerves for tons of people.
But that’s why it appeals to my rebellious side. (Trust me, if you grew up in Asia, you’ll know “normal” people don’t wear Thierry Mugler’s Angel. They wear Bvlgari au The Blanc, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Clinique Happy, and all the watery, cottony “L’eau”s and “Eau”s from Issey Miyake.)
If I need to go out with a bang (or gas a roomful of Alien invaders), what better with than Angel?
Photo from thierrymugler.com
Let me know what your choices are; the shades, brands, colors, smells that you would choose. I’d love to know!
Just for Kicks: Happy International Chocolate Day!
This probably comes as a strange thing if you know me, but I’m not dreaming of eating dusty bitter-sweet truffles or bathing in Nutella today. I’m dreaming of the Nemo Chocolate Lamp.
[Lamp image: trendir.com]
But since I have no room - or need - for something like this at this point (if I even knew where to locate one of these) I shall just content myself with a liberal dose of Angel perfume the moment I get home.
Anyone doing anything “chocolate-y” today?