Day 4: I Quit This Challenge.

Yep. I am officially throwing in the towel on my self-imposed challenge. The more I tried to get myself to be enthusiastic about cracking open my Vice 4 palette, the more frustrated I became with using it. And no brush I owned in my arsenal could transfer the damn eyeshadow from pan to palette the way I felt like it should have.

Then there’s the fact that I work 5 bloody days a week in a cubicle. At most, I’d be wearing my Vice 4 colors for a couple of hours before I have to take them off eventually for bed. I didn’t see the point of struggling with meh eyeshadow quality for a 2 hour wear (and don’t even get me started on the attempt of taking pictures to show my handiwork).

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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. 

Day 3 of 30: Frustration Outlet

Heylo, Beautiful Blossoms. I felt well enough to make an entry from this year’s flu (very, very contagious) which had me tossing and turning in bed because my joints were achy – something that I’ve never had happen to me in all my years of having the flu.

I also needed to let out some frustration and this challenge was part of what contributed to it. The more I look at my Vice 4, the less it speaks to me. I really, really want to make the palette work out for me but the color scheme does not suit warm skin tones (at least, for me). The pigmentation could be better – I feel like I really need to pack on a good amount of eyeshadow just to make it visible in a picture.

Even if I use a primer. And no, I’m, not gonna be using the NYX Milk pencil – I want the product to perform with just a primer because it’s a standard in eyeshadow application and I’m already using the UD PP.

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Day 2 of 30: Decisions, Decisions…

While I’m waiting for the Urban Decay Primer Potion to dry a bit, I managed to find my Vice 4. And I learned that I am rather shitty when it comes to keeping my palette brushes clean: I haven’t washed the double ended brush that came in the Vice 4.

But that’s minor compared to the moment I cracked the palette open. When I did a vlog review on the YouTube channel, I claimed that the palette wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be: there are colors that encourage experimenting and, as one redditor pointed out, are jewel toned. If you wanted to rock an 80s eyeshadow look, Vice 4 got you covered.

The thing is, when I looked at this palette a third time, I finally realized why it didn’t appeal to me: the color selection was all over the place. I could see 2 shades working together since once was matte and another was shimmer, but the rest?

How the fuck was I gonna make them work somehow?

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30 Days with my Vice 4

During another period of boredom / mind off to the great beyond at work, I surfed the Internet for what’s new in makeup. And then I find myself remembering the eyeshadow palettes that I already have (enough to cover nearly every color available). 

And rather than get frustrated with seeing pics of eyeshadows being showcased on Instagram (and getting more sick of genericness), I decided to do a self-imposed challenge and reach foe one of my most neglected makeup palettes: the Urban Decay Vice 4. 

I did a vlog review on this bugger some time ago and I still struggle to convince myself to use it more. Honestly, the colors aren’t wearable for work and the fallout is enough to annoy me to the point where I couldn’t be bothered to use it. 

But my eyeshadow style is too much safe and not enough color or boldness. So, for 30 days after work (starting today), I’m going to play with my Vice 4. I’m debating whether I should post pics on Insta for progress, since I’m not doing this for views or anyone but myself. 

I wonder how flexible the Vice 4 can really be. 

What Went Wrong: WnW Reserve Your Cabana

What’s up, Beautiful Blossoms? My chronic depression did not win today so here I am with a blog entry! And it’s been a while since I posted a product disappointment to me, so I figured I’d post one – and it’s about a hyped product to boot!

And yep, another new series: What Went Wrong. I swear, I just don[‘t come up with these on the fly. I thought about putting this entry under the “My Neglected Makeup” category, but I realized that I barely even touched the damn thing to consider it as neglected. To me, a neglected makeup means that I use it more than one time but it’s not something I consistently turn to when I do my makeup.

Plus, there are so many rave reviews about Reserve Your Cabana being a sent-from-the-makeup-heavens product. So what was I doing wrong? And that’s when it hit me: the product isn’t necessarily bad – it just didn’t work out for me. I’m sure it works wonders for other people, though, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Plus, it does challenge me to really assess the product from a more objective view than the simple “it just didn’t work out!” or “I just didn’t like it!”

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