Fierce Nerditude

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet

I wish I could explain why I'm just so darned comfortable in purple lipstick, but I can't. I just love it. Do I really need an excuse?

Smashbox's Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet is a lovely iteration of a shade I find myself reaching for again and again.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Foundation Quest: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Sand, Golden, Honey, Caramel)

Using the utterly non-scientific 'this internet swatch looks like a swatch for other foundations that match me' method, I got a deluxe sample of Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Sand. I figured from the start it wouldn't be perfect (only 3 shades were available for the sample, and the other two were very light), but I didn't expect it to be so light on me.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Teavana Stainless Steel Tumbler

I love tea. Love it! And over the years I've bought and tried a lot of different vessels for steeping some on the go--for me an infuser is an absolute must, as I'm terrible at planning ahead of the exact moment I'm running out the door in the morning.

I bought this tumbler (with a built-in infuser!) one at some point last year at my local Teavana on clearance (over a third off, if I recall correctly) and for the last year (possibly a bit more) this has been my go-to running-to-work/class/romantic picnic for two mug.

Monday, July 6, 2015

All Hail The Queen by Butter London

Are there any products you like despite knowing that they have a humongous objective flaw?

That's what All Hail The Queen is for me. It's such a beautiful shimmery beige, and I think it looks wonderful on my skin tone. My sister said it was, "like nude, only not at all."

It's one of the few polishes I wear often--every few weeks, in fact! The only (huge!) problem is that the formula is really thin.

It Was Time For A Change! What Do You Think Of The New Look?

Hey guys!

Just a quick heads up that I created a new background image (getting it to tile like that was WEIRDLY hard) and did a new banner and changed up the color scheme.

I'm going to miss my old banner and background image, but I was itching for a new aesthetic. The old color scheme just started feeling too a little too familiar.

The artwork took forever, so obviously I'm hoping all that work paid off. I also increased the width of the blog to 1200 pixels, as there was a lot of empty margin space on my own current display, but obviously if this looks too wide, please let me know and I'll shrink it down a bit as soon as I can!

Finally, I'm having some issues with blogger screwing up my header, so I manually entered the HTML for my banner image into the template. This has the unfortunate side-effect of making the mobile site look AWFUL, so I'm updating the settings to show the desktop site on mobile devices.

I might re-do the banner again, as I'm not totally happy with the way the orchid (could you tell it was an orchid?) came out, and my sister says my first font 'doesn't go' (I have to agree!)

Hope all of you had a happy Independence Day and a good weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Macarons, Honey Rose Rainbow and Spicy Cumin Seitan at Taste Asia!


One of the best things about living in a city like New York is the cultural diversity--not to mention diversity of food (yum!). Last Friday and Saturday there was an Asian food and culture and food festival spanning about a street in length in Times Square called Taste Asia.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Butterfly Kissed--Practicing

I mentioned when I restarted blogging that I hadn't worn makeup very much during my blogging break. Another thing I didn't do much of was take close up pictures of my eyes. The other day I tried to do something a little more intricate with a green duochrome shadow, and when I took the closeups... the shadow was just not quite right. So now, I'm starting to re-practice everything I know, and I'd thought I'd share from the process a little.

This particular eye came from this shirt I love--I bought it in Berksha when I visited Barcelona a while ago! I wish I had thought to take more pictures, but this was early morning on a work day, so you'll just have to make do with my face. It was really simple to do!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kafka on the Shore (Review)

See how that guy took his shoe off? THIS IS A PLACE OF EATING, SIR.
I've been MIA for the last week or so because I've had to take care of some immigration paperwork and also because I was creating a watermark for my images (because, unfortunately, someone stole a few of them for less than honest purposes). I also had a very important date with my boyfriend this weekend. And then I got sick. Apologies for the silence!

So, as I let on in my post about Modern Romance, I'd recently been reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I have to say, it was a real page-turner and certainly distinct from some of the other books I've read by Murakami. I've been told that it's really a book you have to read twice, and I'd have to say (while I've only just started my second read) it is actually very revealing.
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