In Disney’s made-for-TV The Girl Who Spelled Freedom, a young Cambodian refugee beats all odds to become a national spelling bee champion just four years after arriving in the U.S.
I vividly remember that movie even though it aired in 1986 because of an idea it gave my mom…
Because of that movie, my mom decided to turn me into America’s Next Asian Spelling Bee Champ (LOL!).
Even though she grilled me every night with word lists, the plan still failed because it suffered from one fatal flaw: I can’t spell.
I never won a spelling bee, but I did become pretty good at busting out of makeup ruts. Case in point: I was stuck in a serious neutral eye makeup phase for about a week until today’s brush with the MAC Give Me Liberty of London collection.
Here are swatches of 13 of the 17 makeup goodies. I’ll post an update with the remaining Beauty Powders, Lipglasses and MAC Lipsticks soon.
MAC Liberty of London swatches
For reference, I’m an NC35. Clockwise from upper left: Eyeshadows in Dame’s Desire, Bough Grey, Give Me Liberty of London, Free To Be, Birds & Berries ($14.50 each)
From left: Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl ($25), Powder Blush in Prim & Proper ($18.50), Powder Blush in Dirty Plum ($18.50)
From left: Lipglass in English Accents ($14), Lipglass in Frankly Fresh ($14), Lipstick in Blooming Lovely ($10), Lipstick in Ever Hip ($14), Lipstick in Petals & Peacocks ($14)
Today, thanks to Liberty of London’s blues, greens, purples, pinks and corals, I declared my freedom from brown and beige!
Eyes: Dame’s Desire Eyeshadow on the outer corner (a shimmery reddish purple); Free to Be Eyeshadow in the crease (a matte coral); Birds & Berries Eyeshadow on the lid (a dark, shimmery greenish blue); Give Me Liberty of London Eyeshadow on the browbone (a matte light pink); Shell Pearl Beauty Powder on the linner corner (a pale, shimmery peachy gold); MAC Technakohl Liner in Brownborder along the lash and water lines (a dark brown); MAC Studio Fix Lash in Black on upper and lower lashes
Clockwise from upper left: Eyeshadows in Dame’s Desire, Free to Be, Birds & Berries, Give Me Liberty of London ($14.50 each)
Cheeks: Shell Pearl Beauty Powder on the upper cheekbones (a pale, shimmery peachy gold); Prim & Proper Blush on the apples (a matte peachy brown). Lips: Boldly Bare Lip Pencil (a creamy warm brown from the MAC Too Fabulous collection); Ever Hip Lipstick (a creamy light coral); Frankly Fresh Lipglass (a shimmery light pink)
Clockwise from upper left: Powder Blush in Prim & Proper ($18.50), Lipstick in Ever Hip ($14), Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl ($25) and Lipglasses in English Accents and Frankly Fresh ($14 each)
If you get a chance, take a look at the Birds & Berries Eyeshadow and Shell Pearl Beauty Powder… I’m crushing HARD on both!
As for Shell Pearl, I love its fine texture and subtle golden shimmer; like a lighter, peachier, less disco version of NARS Orgasm. If you’re a pale beauty who finds NARS Orgasm a tad too dark, you might be able to use Shell Pearl as a blush. On most skin tones, I’m guessing it’ll make a fantastic peachy highlighter for spring and summer.
Water for Elephants — LOVED IT!
Last night I stayed up late to finish Water for Elephants, and I’m happy to report that I didn’t feel the urge to toss the book across the room when it ended (ahem, Her Fearful Symmetry).
One thing I adore about the book is how the author includes old circus pictures at the start of every chapter.
You can never go wrong with circus pictures…
It brings back memories of when I was a little girl before I could read. Even then I loved books and would always beg to go to the library to pick out books based on the pictures, ha ha! Did you ever do that?
Anyhoo, it’s a fast read and an interesting glimpse into circus life during the Great Depression.
My next book… okay, don’t laugh, but it’s gonna be Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy. Yes, I’m really gonna go there!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,