Date Night for 180 Days of Sober

My lover took me to a lovely fancy restaurant for my big day. I got all dressed up in a black and white dress, opaque black tights, and dark red pointy low heels. With an hour of makeup and a spritz of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, I was ready to go. 🙂

I kept my eye makeup neutral but my lashes long, and I used a more springy orange blush by NYX. On the lips, I used a recent favorite of mine: Marc Jacobs lip creme in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I even got a compliment on my lips when we went to a bookstore after our date!

My sober face. 🙂

I did not feel comfortable taking my phone out at the restaurant to snap pictures of our plates. They were beautiful, though! I had the grilled swordfish in a green tea honey glaze with bok choy and butternut squash orzo, and for dessert I had a green tea honey creme brûlée. Everything was amazing. The swordfish, which I had never had before, was so sweet and perfectly cooked. Lover had a steak and sorbet and the bill. 😉

I felt positively glowing the whole time. I’m so proud of myself for my six months, the clarity I have found, the stability I have created. And I have such amazing support.


February Favorites

Wow, I’ve been blogging for three months! So WordPress is a favorite. But here are my makeup/skincare/fashion favs of last month:

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation

This has gotten me so many skin compliments, even though life had my skin acting crazy in February. It worked perfectly over my usually heavy moisturizer with SPF and mix of primers. The shade 01 was perfect for me and left me looking glowy without a highlighter. Blush and bronzer blended perfectly over it, and whatever I put on my face lasted all day (even if I wore a winter hat!). Awesome coverage, not at all drying, and super quick to work with. Looks like skin. I’ll repurchase it when I run out for sure.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

I used this almost every day in February. It adds the perfect amount of dimension back to your face after a fuller coverage foundation, and it has a soft sheen, so you can skip a highlight. It fades well with bronzer or looks fine without it. It has awesome staying power, especially with the drugstore price tag! In March, I have a feeling I’ll be reaching for more pinks and corals, but Luminoso will always be my standby.

Nude Lipstick

I was tired of bold winter shades by the middle of February. I wanted a pale as pale can be nude, and I bought several (oops) at the drugstore. I don’t have a single favorite, but I love the Maybelline mattes and Wet n Wild lippies. I also enjoyed pairing pale nudes with NARS Orgasm lip gloss. When I wasn’t wearing that, I was combining…

Buxom White Russian & Rimmel Eastend Snob

This is a my lips but pinker and not-too-glossier but oh-so-plumper combo. It just looks so… fertile. Something sexual about how lush my lips look right after I draw them on with these two. They are both new to me, but I think they will definitely be year-round repurchases.


These days, I don’t leave the house without tightlining. It was torture the first few times, but I’ve found a much easier and peaceful way to do it that I’ll soon share on here. Tightlining, whether you are only wearing a shimmery nude shade and mascara or a full blown smokey eye, makes the eyes and lashes stand out that much more. It makes one look so much more awake and doe-eyed. Now that it’s easier, I actually look forward to it!

Aquaphor and Lanolin

I actually layer these if my skin is flaking no matter how much exfoliating and moisturizing I do. I use the mix like a spot treatment overnight and in the morning before I wash my face. When I take it off, what was rough is all of a sudden baby soft and supple. I have been using it on my lips, around my nostrils, and between my eyebrows all of the time with fantastic results. 

My New Handbag

(mine is the blue one)

This was a great deal, it goes with everything, it’s perfect for spring, and it has tons of pockets! I adore it. It is made out of a very soft but durable feeling vegan faux leather.

Pukka Three Ginger Tea

Isn’t the box so pretty? I bought it to help the pains from my advanced acid reflux, but it is surprisingly sweet and delicious! It really warms you up from the inside. Ginger and licorice are good for digestion while turmeric is an anti-inflamitory. So it does me loads of good with every sip, and it looks great on my countertop. I found mine at Vitamin Shoppe.

There are my month’s favorites. My least favorites would be mascara drying up and this nasty cold damp weather in Virginia. But spring is coming, and opportunities abound.

What are some of your transitional favorites?

Snow Day Face + Things I’m Loving This Month

Today I had lots of time to get ready, so I went full-face today. 🙂 I went shopping, bought a new great purse and hat, some pet necessities, and a baby knitting book for some friends of mine who are expecting.

(my new vegan faux leather purse/backpack with lots of pockets!)

For the look I used the new-to-me technique, tight lining, with light bronze and taupe eye makeup, and several of this month’s makeup favorites.

FACE- smashbox powder foundation, nars laguna bronzer, milani luminoso blush

BROWS- anastasia beverly hills dipbrow in dark brown, sonia kashuk clear brow gel

EYES- tarte golden days and sultry days amazonian clay palette, nyx black liner in bottom and upper lashline, tarte gifted mascara, clinique bottom lash mascara

LIPS- rimmel east end snob lip liner, buxom white russian lip gloss

Things I’m Loving This Month

-smashbox powder foundation. It works great over my moisturizer and primers, and it isn’t drying at all. The coverage is great, and it is super quick to apply with my real techniques powder and buffing face brushes. I’ve been getting compliments ever since I started using this this month.

-rimmel lip liner in east end snob. It is the perfect pinky nude, and I hear it is a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s liner in pillow talk, which is a splurge. It works very well for my fair skin tone and lasts a while, even though it is creamy to apply.

-milani baked blush in luminoso. This will travel with me into spring. It seems perfect for all seasons, and it brings such dimension and glow to the face! I haven’t touched another blush in weeks.

-tight lining. This new trick is a little uncomfortable, but it is so brightening and makes my lashes seem to go on for days! A new favorite, for sure.

Well, I hope you enjoy your snow day if you have one!



smoke gets in your eyeballs (tight lining)

I decided to break out of my shell and give tight lining a go yesterday, and to debut it out and about today. I don’t usually do something so smokey since I wear dark frames, but I think it looked fine.

For this look I played with Naked 3 palette, some matte shades by tarte and Sonia Kashuk, and black liner to tightline by NYX. I threw a thin liquid liner by Physician’s Formula to bring the smoked out shadow together. My mascaras were Urban Decay Perversion on the top and Clinique bottom lash on the bottom.

For the rest of the face, I’m wearing Revlon Colorstay Whipped, NARS laguna bronzer, and Milani Luminoso blush. Also brows: Dipbrow by Anastasia Beverly Hills. And my lips are Rimmel east end snob with some Buxom White Russian over the top.



I had fun with today’s look. Something different for me when I’ve been in a slump lately. I’ll definitely be tightlining more often, it’s a great effect!

Tomorrow I’ll probably be fresh faced all day because there’s supposed to be a little blizzard overnight. I hope I get to spend the day with my lover and pets watching Green Acres (current obsession– just realized it’s on Hulu and I LOVED it as a kid).

Stay warm! Veg out in your warm houses and look out your windows at the bitter cold! Try daring new lipsticks inside! 🙂 Take care.

7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I’ve seen this tag everywhere on WordPress so I thought I’d go ahead and take the plunge rather than mope about like I have been, here goes!

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

cheapest: I got several Wet n Wild things for free via couponing/CVS extrabucks in January, and they’re already dirt cheap. Several lippies, the rose champagne highlight, and the comfort zone palette. All free. 🙂 But I also have a number of e.l.f. $1 and $3 brushes for eyes/face that I use all of the time. And cotton balls. Those are cheap.

most expensive: hm… Urban Decay Naked3 Palette? That was about $50 but I’ve been using the hell out of it and I wanted it for months before I took the plunge! I have a very expensive (full sized) Hermes perfume that you’d have to pry from my cold, dead hands before I gave it up, as well. Not sure if that counts as a beauty product, but it was pricey!!

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Eye shadow primers. They make shadow last so well and look so vivid but they make blending so much harder!!! I think I’ve found one that is not so cement-like though (by Sonia Kashuk).

3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

There’s a Too Faced plumping lip gloss that is so minty and fresh tasting and it’s on my mouth anyway so… lick. I’d also be able to eat any Lush bath product in a perfect world. They smell so good!!

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Brightening eye shadow on the inner corners. I always forget. But when I don’t forget I am so delighted with how it turns out. I really should tie a ribbon around my finger for that one.

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

Lipstick!! Anything dark and vampy or bright or so nude it’s shocking or RED. I don’t leave the house without something on my lips.

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Smile, laugh, eyes, laugh lines. Ankles in a suit. I’m pretty sure that’s a fetish. Not the feet though, just the ankles if he’s wearing nice socks. Maybe it’s the socks I’m into.

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

Jewelry! And I am so lucky because my lover gifted me a beautiful prasiolite necklace for Christmas and a Virginia Woolf necklace for Valentine’s Day. I was wearing the prasiolite (green amethyst) daily but now I have to choose!!


So now that I’ve slept all day and felt glum about my surgery pain and job loss, after doing that survey I feel a little spoiled with my makeup obsession. So I’m going to get all dolled up with it and use some of the Lush products I bought yesterday, as well.

I hope all of you are doing well.

on a lighter note, makeup magic

from surgery slum queen to normal looking person…. drumroll please…



less than 24 hours later, makeup by yours truly



also, my 1 year old dog got to play in the snow for the first time this week! he was in a daycare/kennel that he loves with a bunch of big dogs like him, and he got to play all day every day while I had nasty surgery. 🙂 Mine is the spotted one with the shark mouth. Biting everyone. Because he is bad when he is not snuggling me.





Sorry for my bleak-ass posts for the past week, I’m trying to stay cheery.

first day of twerk and beauty hack

scrub selfie coming tomorrow, don’t worry (I got my XS navy blue scrubs today). 🙂

I woke up at 5:15, managed to shower, moisturize, get dressed, feed myself (omg shocker! green juice + half serving of greek yogurt mixed in), and have two cups of tea before I left at 6:30. Of course I put on a touch of makeup… 🙂 just BB cream, powder, blush/bronzer/highlight, brows, mascara, and a neutral lip+gloss. And the lover isn’t waiting on the bathroom at that ungodly hour so it’s all mine.

Everything was wonderful! My job is mostly making sure animals are happy, fed, and pooped. I also have to make sure everything is very clean and that anything smelly is outside in the trash (or if it is living, in the tub). And there is a ton of laundry to keep up with, and lots of dishes and litter pans to wash. So it is busy but very manageable.

Right now I’ll be training at 7am every weekday for about 3 weeks. I’m already loving the new productive feeling. I’m out before noon so I still have plenty of time for my music, my writing, my own animals and friends, my doctors appointments, and whatever else I do with my life.

Highlight of the day: bathing two cats, hahaha. They really didn’t seem to hate it quite as much as I anticipated. Of course they would’ve rather been napping on their towels but alas, I was just following orders.

I also cleaned up chihuahua diarrhea, but I will be doing a lot of that! I’m glad the Great Dane across the hall didn’t have a similar accident!! Can’t wait to walk him. 🙂

So it was a grand day! I can’t wait to go back tomorrow. My dog loved sniffing all of my new smells when I got home today.

~~~and now for the beauty hack~~~




(this is not the color I wore to work)

Use nipple cream as a safe and hydrating and very glossy alternative to gloss! I used it on top of a Wet n Wild lipstick that tends to be quite drying. It didn’t move the color around at all, but it made it super shiny (which I was going for). I might switch my pocket standby (aquaphor)!

I know it’s not the most glam beauty tip of all time but I love it!