Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Flashback: Expensive Pink

To utter that the last couple of weeks for me have been super saturated with work would be a gross understatement.  Besides my normal, everyday tasks, I've been inundated with an ever changing list of "to-do's" that have even sabotaged my free time.  You guys, I haven't even had a chance to play in my makeup!  *gasp*  Perish the thought, right?  So, needless to say, I'm long overdue.  And while I still haven't gotten my full Picasso on (yet!), I did take a moment to traipse down memory lane to find some inspiration.  It's an oldie, but goodie.  It's a true beauty.  It's Expensive Pink from MAC.

Expensive Pink is a duochrome eyeshadow that offers plenty of flash in its pan.  A colorful marriage of blush pink and a sunburst gold, it is a favorite amongst MAC aficionados and with good reason: it's not only potently pigmented, but buttery smooth to the touch and lends a gorgeous lustre to the lid via its high pearl finish, which - in MAC-speak - is considered a Veluxe Pearl.

Yes, yes, yes, y'all... I can already feel it!  With my creative hand heavily encouraged by this pretty, polished pearl, I feel fairly confident in saying that Expensive Pink will probably be my next indulgence as far as lid painting goes.  It's a staple that has earned its position in the ranks of "must-haves" from MAC - a solid winner in my book - and I'm so glad to have it in my cosmetic collection!

MAC Expensive Pink is available at Macy's and MAC boutiques, and retails for $10/pan; $16/pot.  

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Kiss Goodbye

Hey, guys!  How was everyone's holiday?  Mine was pretty darn good!  I took some much needed time off and spent it doing some things I wanted to do with some people I wanted to do it with.  I also, in between all the merrymaking, took some time out to reflect, recharge and renew.  I remember feeling a touch of ambivalence when 2015 rolled around because I knew that since I was still trying to figure a few things out that I would have to devote a good portion of my time to carefully planting seeds - seeds that were dormant for quite a while due to a lack of fertile ground in which to sow them.  Now, just to be clear, I don't mind hard work - that doesn't bother me at all.  I'm just used to having more details to work off of and I simply didn't have that this time around.  I had the WHAT, but not the WHERE nor the HOW, which gave me considerable pause and allowed my once viable soil to be sabotaged and grow dry.  And so I worked.  Boy, did I work!  I got on my hands and knees, pulled up those weeds of doubt and apprehension and tilled the soil until it was ready.  And then I planted.  I spent my 2015 pushing through all my prior misgivings and planted seeds both big and small.  I planted and cultivated and watered and tilled...

And now I'm ready to reap!

Goodbye, 2015!  My year of toil now over, I humbly gave it a wet, juicy kiss goodbye - along with a couple of pats on its behind for good measure - and sent it on its way.  Hello, 2016!  With much anticipation and wide open arms, I welcome this new year as I am now ready for my harvest!  Although all my crops are not going to peak all at the same time, this is my season to witness some of the fruits of my labor.   And I can already see the first class of buds slowly appearing before the bloom...