I’m equal parts enthralled and dismayed that there’s a TV show called America’s Worst Tattoos.
My mind wanders when it’s on…drifting like an asteroid in the Kuiper belt, but then I start to feel guilty for watching it, because I know that I should probably be doing something productive instead, maybe reading something more substantial, like The Grapes of Wrath or For Whom the Bell Tolls or Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret.
But I have learned one or two things from the show, like that there is A LOT of tattoo regret out there, and that because of my fickle nature, I should restrict myself to tattoos of the temporary Cracker Jack variety.
I’m way, waaaaaay too fickle for permanent ink.
Even if I went with something safe, like a picture of Tabs, how would I decide which one?? A single pic of Tabs to stare at for all eternity? But…he has so many good looks.
As an example of my fickleness, I can’t decide whether I prefer the powder eye shadows in the new Smashbox Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette more when they’re applied wet or when they’re applied dry.
I like both ways for different reasons.
Flexible like WHOA!
Smashbox designed this palette of 10 warm and neutral summer shades to be worn wet or dry. A big WHOOP-WHOOP for that, right?
When I wear ’em wet, I like to spray my brush head with water or a setting spray like MAC Fix+, which cranks up the colors and shimmer. The soft powders blend and spread on my lids like butter on toast.
Wearing them wet also prevents fallout, which can get pretty gnarly with these when I wear them dry, especially when I don’t remember to unload the excess from my brush first before applying.
If it slips my mind, little specks and flecks of powder appear on my cheeks, in my hair (yup!), my lashes, and sometimes even in my brows.
Dry me a river
I also like the softer effect I get from wearing them dry.
Say, for instance, someone we know cried at the dentist today (let’s call her Karen). The tears streaming from her eyes didn’t completely ruin her makeup because of how forgiving the semi-transparent shadows were/are.
The same should hold true for blending mistakes, too.
You’re wearing me out!
Either way, applied wet or dry, these shadows stick around for a decent amount of time. I start to see some creasing, and maybe a bit of fading, about six hours in.
I like this palette.
I do. I dig the mix of warm and neutral colors and how they go with one another, but fallout like this from a $48 palette?
I don’t think so.
A flexible feline. Someone looking for a flexible eye shadow palette with classic summer shades in warm and neutral colors who doesn’t mind having to deal with fallout.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, available now at Sephora stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Well, shoot. Found out today that I have “deep pockets,” and unfortunately, it’s not the kind that involves dolla-dolla-bills-y’all.
My dental appointment this afternoon involved some intense scraping, tears (I’m such a baby, but what else is new?) and antibiotics.
Now I have to stay away from sticky and crunchy foods for a week, so no caramel, popcorn, Rice Crispy treats…
On the bright side, I didn’t have any cavities. So I celebrated by stopping by See’s on the way home to get a Milk Chocolate Buttercream.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,