Thursday rambles: folders that shouldn’t exist, lilac eyeshadows (revisited), and human potatoes

A quick catch-up post for today — everything I’ve had kicking around that falls just short of a post on their own. Each of the subject headings were taken from folder names on my desktop (or from folders which sit on the desktop rather than in my documents), and there are… rather a lot of urgent-looking exclamation points. File this one away in “behind the non-pro beauty blogging scenes.”

Somehow, despite the aforementioned exclamation points, theNotice’s backlog is still thousands of photographs deep. The system appears to be irreparably broken, which is probably why I found a folder labelled “!! look at your life look at your choices,” a few weeks back.

November is totally an acceptable month for hot chocolate.

Because hot chocolate is delicious.

The recipe for the perfect hot chocolate: warm (but don’t boil) 2% milk on the medium heat. Add in a heaping spoonful of cocoa, 2-3 large marshmallows, and 1-2 drops peppermint oil. Squish the marshmallows with a spoon if they’re not melting down fast enough (because who needs patience when you could have hot chocolate), and whisk until smooth and steaming.

Alternately, add a heaping spoonful of cocoa into a cup of eggnogg and whisk thoroughly. Easy & almost impossible to mess up!

(Lucerne does the best eggnogg that I’ve found, at least in Canada — nothing else is really worth drinking.)

Lavender/lilac/violet eyeshadow swatches

Swatched from left to right, dry over primer: Rimmel Royal Violet, Senna Fantasy, MAC Lovely Lily, Marcelle Dimensional Mauve (x2), Lancome Angora, Annabelle Hawaïan Hues.

Who needs breaks when you could have insomnia instead

In the past few days, I’ve photographed and swatched twenty-ish different products. It’s kind of exhausting, and always a race against the clock.

Just some of what’s to come in the next few weeks…

Fun fact: the sun in Edmonton sets around 4:30 pm at this time of year, but is rather on the weak side until one or two. The golden hour starts around four, which gives you… I’d say two hours of good sunlight a day, if the sky’s completely clear. (Gorgeous sunlight while it lasts, though — much brighter & more diffuse than what we get in the summer!)

Red/vampy lip product swatches

Hover for shade names and combinations!

Swatched in the photo above: Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Amour, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable, Korres Raspberry Liquid Lipstain in Berry, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in True Vintage, Rimmel Kiss & Stay Lipgloss in Eternal Kiss, theBalm Plump Your Pucker in Boyz’n My Berry, Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten.

Mixing German Nivea with Vaseline is also totally acceptable.

I live in Alberta and I have ridiculously dry skin; stop with your judge-y face.

Need a nighttime moisture fix? Smoosh* a half-serving of moisturizer together with a half-serving of Vaseline on your fingertips, work it into the skin, and hope to god you won’t still be dry & flakey in the morning.

*Smoosh: super-serious technical term. Yep.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette

Smells kind of extremely weird, but depots easily with an art knife and comes with a few rather pretty matte shades. The shimmer duo, however, is apparently an exploding glitterbomb whose life mission is to get on everything you own and never wash out.

Pass on this one — despite the half-off price tag (find it here), Sephora has much more exciting things coming up for the holidays. There are better finds within the Sephora + Pantone line itself, too.

Why yes, I did take this giant toilet-box and turn it into a lightbox today

Technically, they’re not lightboxes (see: this DIY infinity background tutorial), and there’s two of them, but the intent was definitely there. The new backdrops are larger and corner-free, so it should make shooting with them easier in the long run. The size makes them rather more cumbersome, though!

Classy with a capital K. But only a figurative one, because we’re not Kardashians or anything equally ill-advised.

And one last folder name…


This post has been brought to you by Rae Chen the Beauty Blogging Potato™, with the help of the old man-thermals (I will never understand underwear flaps) that her mother decided she should wear.

For future reference, when wearing thermals around the house, it helps if you aren’t wearing a t-shirt, a winter sweater, and a pair of pyjama bottoms underneath.

It helps kind of a lot.

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  • seriously, only you can pull off stream-of-consciousness posting like that and still keep it relevant and exciting. Also your HAIR and cheekbones!!!! I knew I was in love with you for a reason :)
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  • So many reds! you had a real swatching and taking pictures marathon, I never could do that :P that hot chocolate makes me want a cup of hot chocolate now. and also: it seems you have some nice pictures on your laptop *wants all the reviews now*
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    • This week has been ridiculous; nothing but swatches and photos! Equal parts overwhelming and exciting — I hope the reviews don't disappoint ;)

  • Winni

    Hilarious. I’ve been a lurker for a while, love your writing and your excellent photographs. Cheers!

    • Aww, thanks Winni! Nice to finally have the chance to "meet" you :p

  • You have gorgeous hair. And that "lightbox" box? Totally awesome. Yeah!

    PS: how are you liking the Rebel so far?
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    • Haha, thanks lovely!

      If we're talking about the new T3i — so far, so good! Well, sort of :/ I'm keeping it, but the LCD runs through battery like crazy, and the new charger annoys the hell out of me. (Makes a high-pitched squealing as it charges, and has an awkward cord instead of a flip-out plug.) Heavier than I'd like and harder to hold, too.

      That said, though, it does do what I wanted it to, and the price right now is pretty good. :)