Jelly

Today’s mood is me being irrationally jelly. Of people in the mall who walk around with Sephora bags.

No doubt they are happy with scoring something from the store. Or maybe they finally got the chance to get a gift for someone else. There will always be that air of mystery surrounding those black-and-white striped bags that strangers around me tote around.

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Breather.

Hello, Beautiful Blossoms. Yes, it’s me. And no, the site is not dead. It’s just that so much has happened these past few months that it would be much simpler to list them in bullet points:

  • New place but no steady Internet.
  • Fender bender that’s costing me quite the pretty penny.
  • New job has me tired whenever I finish my shift.
  • Burnout from the beauty scene.

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Life Update Part 2

So I decided to give the good ol’ site a browse from an outside perspective and I noticed that I wrote an entry that had Part 1. I remember writing that title because there was going to be Part 2. And I intended to write Part 2 but when life sent me on a tide, I forgot about # 2, since Part 1 didn’t tell the whole story.

So what’s the rest of the story?

If you don’t keep tabs on the BBA Insta, I posted some tidbits about going back to school and the resulting diploma from it. I took a course to become a Pharmacy Technician and I’m set to take the certification exam at the end of this month. Doing so would allow me to work as a pharmacy tech anywhere, though I know hospitals prefer the PtCB, which is the more difficult version of the exam. Continue reading “Life Update Part 2”

Cubicle Makeup.

Or the frustration of wearing eyeshadows with them not being noticed. 

At one point or another, you’ve heard about it or noticed that every brand’s got that one palette with safe colors. 
Cubicle makeup. Sometimes called “professional setting makeup, “office makeup,” “work-safe,” or something along that line. There’s always a new term used to describe the same thing. And Shapeskeare is an underrated genius. 

They are mainly neutral – shades of brown and black, matte or shimmer but never bold or daring like a rainbow. Unless the workplace is that chillax, the most you can pull off is either smoky or no-makeup. 

It can be frustrating. Even more so if you like wearing eyeshadows and you wanna showcase your handiwork because:

A. You work in a cubicle. Your computer is your main audience. 

B. The eyeshadow blends right into your skin. Which is usually the case for me. 

C. You wanna be colorful but you can’t. Unless you don’t mind washing your whole face and going the whole nine yards of making your face. Again.

My workplace puts me in a cubicle corner. That’s it. I have to spin my chair around to interact with my coworkers and when I do step outside to walk off the hours that I have to spend sitting down, I wear my sunglasses. Which hide my handiwork. 

I don’t know if that’s for better or worse. Considering my handiwork from Day 3 with the Vice 4, it’s probably better that way. But shit, it would be nice to wear makeup that doesn’t fade into my skin color. 

Arm Swatches: Good for Pigmentation.

That’s it.

That’s all they’re good for. They’re not an accurate representation of what the product is going to look like on its designated body part. So when people do those arm swatches of lip products? Yeah, they look nice and swanky, but you won’t really know if they’ll end up in every crack or crevice of your lips when you wear that baby for the first time.

I learned this lesson when I took a chance on the new e.l.f. High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Naked Nude. That shit went straight into the cracks in my lips and stayed there. The fact that the shade is actually lighter on my skin than in the container does not help.

Or you won’t know if it’ll highlight the craters or bumps on your face if it’s a highlighter. And no, this isn’t negativity: this is being realistic. Just look at how many guys can’t tell a woman is wearing makeup and cite women who have a “natural” appearance, but are really rolling with the “no makeup makeup” look.

I can’t tell you how many swatches I’ve done on my arm with product testers, thinking they’re gonna be hot shit when I wear them. Only to find out that they weren’t so hot when I wore them as they were supposed to.

I’m looking at you, swatches-in-true-color-on-my-arm-but-not-on-my-lips red lipsticl.

Happy Birthday… to me.

I sang those words once, in front of my cheating ex and in tears. The clock had just gone past midnight.

I can still remember that night a year ago. I fully believed that my life was over. Yet, here I am. Still able to wish myself a happy birthday, my first one without him. 

All I got going for me since then is a planned beauty birthday haul. And that’s pretty much how the rest of my birthdays will be – just doing a yearly makeup haul in my moments alone, when I’m not in the company of others. 

Whether I’ll still cry like I did last time is up in the air. 

I’m Over Matte Lips. 

Yep. I’m over it. I tried it because it was a trend that seemed interesting, but I couldn’t deal with the dry lips that came with it. Lip balm is a temporary fix but it also makes the stuff bleed faster, even with a lip liner.

But I’m not over the moon with the glossy lip look (I’m looking at you, Revlon Ultra Lip Lacquer!) either. Isn’t that the point of lip gloss? Shiny lips without the full lipstick coverage?

I’ll still wear my matte liquid lipsticks – paid a pretty penny for them after all. And I like the colors. I just wish they were a little more forgiving when the time to retouch them comes up. 

Peeps can still rock the matte lip. I’m cool with it. But it’s just something that I need to get off my chest.