A New Year
I said that the last blog post wasn’t going to open some floodgates to blog posting and I was right. There were times over the past few months where I was going to write but then some pretty terrible things happened. Actually some pretty terrible things happened to a lot of people in 2016. This is without a doubt a very vindictive year it seems.
But before 2016 passes the baton to 2017 I wanted to update. I needed to reflect on this past year and especially the past few months since August.
This past summer had been one of the best summers of my life. I’m usually all for autumn but this year I mourned summer ending. I thrashed into autumn with a feeling of loss and dread. Now it’s the last day of 2016 and I can honestly say I don’t know how 2017 is going to be but I’m ready to stare it down cold.
I’ll end it here with 9 photos top left being from Christmas Day 2016 and bottom right being from last January 2016. Followed by 2 videos of my little bunny, Gally, who passed away this year. I still miss him terribly.
How I Wear Colourpop
I was asked on instagram if I could post about the Colourpop makeup I use. I currently have 6 eyeshadows, 3 lipsticks, and 3 liquid lipsticks from Colourpop. The first thing I ever bought from them was the KathleenLights quad collection and it turned into my favorite go-to eyeshadows when in a hurry. The “glow” color from the collection is pretty much my actual skin tone so I like to use it alone sometimes for a natural bright eye look.
I decided to record the most common looks I do with my Colourpop collection. There are 4 major looks I consistently go for with them. A single tone in brown and a smudgy rock look which both feel very 90’s. Then a fresh bright pink look followed by what I typically wear when attending a Capitals hockey game.
Colourpop Super Shock eyeshadows are spongy, velvety in texture and apply easiest with fingertips. I’ll go over it with a fluffy blending brush to blur the edges when needed. Their Lippie Stix are comfortable and the matte versions last a long time even with eating and drinking. Their Ultra Matte Lips last even longer with 0 transfer. I find they last on my lips about 6 hours with continuous eating and drinking before needing a touch-up.
In the video you might notice that “beeper” dries down to a dark dusty brown. “Clueless” looks similar in the tube but it dries to a more dusty pink shade.
I doubled up my two red lippie stix for a grunge style gradient lip.
Straight Trippin from the throwback collection is a bit of a miss for me. It just doesn’t blend as well as the others. So I only use it for messy, undone looks.
I wear a liquid lipstick to games because touch-ups usually mean missing gameplay and with all the food and constant soda sipping even my matte lipsticks were failing me. I always wear a red lip there so I got Creeper specifically for wearing to games and it lasts the entire night.
I usually wear a primer under the shadows but I’ve worn “glow” and “cornelious” without primer a bunch of times and never noticed any creasing (and shadows usually crease badly on my lids.)
I find the texture of the shadows really easy for hooded eye application too. Where powder shadows can be a bit tricky, especially without the right brush, these shadows can be swept over the fold without dragging. This is a huge benefit for me because I have very hooded and plump lids and sometimes getting color to extend past the crease takes so much effort with powder shadows.
Colourpop has just been my go-to splurge for whenever I’m feeling like I want a new eye or lip color. It’s affordable, cruelty-free, LA made, and the quality is good for the price.