August 14, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in 601 Nude Ballet | Review

Made in the effortlessly chic, faraway land of France, drugstore mogul L'Oreal Paris extends it's affordable luxury Colour Riche line with Extraordinaire, a smooth liquid lipstick available in sixteen rich, wearable shades. Nude Ballet is a a subtle dusty rose color with warm undertones and a silky, pillow soft sheen. It is most known for being the shade Kim Kardashian wore on her May wedding day in Florence, Italy which says a lot about the quality of the product and also the queen of extravagance and ultra glamorous makeup.

Most comparable to both the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains as well as the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color, the Extraordinaire is formulated with five micro-oils that resurface and smooth the lips for a very supple, luxurious effect. It feels slightly tacky and has a thick texture similar to a creamy lip gloss with some shine. The applicator is a flat and wide version of a typical doe foot with lots of fluffy fibers that apply the product well and allow for quick and easy swiping. Not all the shades in the collection are super pigmented, but I prefer the more muted look and find it makes for dimensional layering especially on top of actual lipstick and lip pencils. It's lasting power is decent for such a glossy texture and stays on the lips for a solid three hours, but does transfer when eating or drinking and tends to pool a bit after an hour or so of wear.

I absolutely love Nude Ballet not only for the beautiful color that it is but also for the luscious formula that keeps my lips hydrated all day long. I am a consistent powder user so reapplying every few hours isn't a big deal when I make a routine trip to the mirror anyway, however that would be this product's only downfall. If you love the milky, pouty effect similar to the NYX Butter Glosses then these would be right up your alley.

What is your favorite liquid lipstick product?
August 06, 2014

You've Got To Love Yourself

And kid, you've got to love yourself. 
You've got wake up at four in the morning, brew black coffee, and stare at the birds drowning in the darkness of the dawn.
You've got to sit next to the man at the train station who's reading your favorite book and start a conversation.
You've got to come home after a bad day and burn your skin from a shower.
Then you've got to wash all your sheets until they smell of lemon detergent you bought for four dollars at the local grocery store.
You've got to stop taking everything so goddamn personally.
You are not the moon kissing the black sky.
You've got to compliment someone's crooked brows at an art fair and tell them that their eyes remind you of green swimming pools in mid July.
You've got to stop letting yourself get upset about things that won't matter in two years.
Sleep in on Saturday mornings and wake yourself up early on Sunday.
You've got to stop worrying about what you're going to tell her when she finds out.
You've got to stop over thinking why he stopped caring about you over six months ago.
You've got to stop asking everyone for their opinions. Fuck it. Love yourself, kiddo.
You've got to love yourself.

July 31, 2014

Simple Ways To Live Organically in the Modern World

I say most empathically that being a lost 20-something in the midst of an arguably arduous time to be alive in this world stretches our instinctual roots to a far back place in our minds to remain distant and forgotten. I myself often become too tangled up in the advances and stresses of modern life where it's easy to gloss over the natural beauty in each and every day and neglect my true purpose. I feel so spiritually fulfilled and refocused on my ever-winding path when I reconnect myself with the Earth and practice living more organically to appreciate and bask in the balance of indulging in innovation and submerging in simplicity.

Jordan / 22 / Virgo ♍ / Michigan
This blog is an expression of my love for beauty, style, art, and all things bohemian, kawaii, or topped with a bow. I adore succulent gardens, fairy tales, thrifting, travel, and regularly feed an addiction to iced coffee, YouTube, nude lipstick, and my pink 3DS XL ♡

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