Well, well. Quelle surprise!
I really did not expect the cool-toned plum, pink, gray and white shadows in the new Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette to get along at all with warm-toned skin like mine, but then what do I know? I also didn’t think that watching Bravo every day for a month would turn my brain to curdled cheese, which it has, haha!
I guess if there’s a lesson here, it’s that you just never know when it comes to eye quads or reality television.
That is, unless we’re talking about The Millionaire Matchmaker, in which case you pretty much do know what’s going to go down, but you (I) keep watching anyway because you (I) can’t look away.
(Incidentally, does anyone else miss Dustin and Rachel? I think the show is pretty lame without them…)
Vibrant Light. One of 14 pieces in the new Opalescent spring 2014 collection. Cool-toned, fo’ sho’, but surprisingly wearable, even on warm-toned skin.
Par for the Clarins course, these shadows perform exceptionally well, blending without a hitch and lasting a full 8-hour day without exhibiting any fallout, and only the slightest fading. They can be worn wet or dry, too (I’m wearing them dry).
I just love how these look on lids — gorgeous! — and the finish glows ever-so-softly.
Expect to do some layering, though, especially if you want something dramatic. I used about three layers of each of the colors here, building up the pink, purple and gray until I was happy with the intensity, but for everyday looks, you should be cool with just pat-pat-swipe-swiping one.
Good stuff, this quad. I feel very Audrey Hepburn in a ball gown with it on my lids.
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Books — the old-fashioned kind
It feels weird to say this, but I haven’t read a real book, like one with paper and covers and pages, in — I can’t even remember how long. The hardback version of A Hundred Summer was the first one in ages, and ya know what? I realized how much I miss reading good ol’-fashioned books.
I’ve grown deeply enamored with my Kindle over the past couple years. It’s convenient and stores a zillion books — books that don’t end up stacked in piles everywhere or cluttering up the floor.
But there’s still something wonderful about real books — maybe it’s the act of physically turning actual pages, the sound of paper touching paper or the smell (am I the only one who digs the way books smell?!) — that I miss.
Oh, and I think I sleep a lot better when I don’t stare at a bright screen right before bed.
Do you still read real books, or have you transitioned fully to digital? Anyone else like to feel an actual book in their hands?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Congratulations! We’re over the hump.