TIS’ THE SEASON…TO BUY A SHIT LOAD OF EYE SHADOW PALETTES….

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Nomad cosmetics shadow singles, Urban Decay Distortion, Juvia’s Place Douce, and Too Faced Chocolate Gold

I have done most of my Christmas shopping by now. All I have left is my younger nieces and nephews, plus my parents and in-laws. Considering how lengthy my Christmas list is, that is an achievement. In the mix, I bought myself some things as well. I got a bunch of new shoes over Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and donated the old ones. It was time for an upgrade. I guess I’m getting old, because I splurged and got some quality pairs, instead of the ones I usually pick up from Forever 21 or Target. I mean, I’m not going to pass up a cute pair of shoes from either of those stores, but I want to pretend I’m an adult. 

Since it’s the holidays, a lot of new eye shadow palettes have been released. I was eyeing the Urban Decay Distortion palette, Too Faced Chocolate Gold, and the Juvia’s Place Douce.  There was some shipping drama with my Urban Decay palette though. Since I’m a Rouge member with Sephora, I got early access to it. So I ordered one for myself. Then I remembered one of my friends wanted one too, so I placed another order for her. Another friend also wanted it too, so I placed a third order. 

Unfortunately, Sephora uses Lasership and they tend to not deliver my packages before 10pm, which is problematic. I usually am asleep, or forget to check the porch before bed by the time it gets delivered. One of the orders actually got to me on time. The other got delivered at 10pm and sat on my porch until morning. The last order was “mis-sorted” and ended up someplace in East Who Cares New Jersey. I waited a few days before contacting Sephora. They said the package was lost and issued me a refund. But the eye shadow was sold out, so I couldn’t place another order. GAH! 

Thankfully, the shadow was re-released the following day. So I ordered another one, and opted to have it ship USPS. Through some odd stroke of luck, the order that was “lost”, got found. It was delivered on Saturday at 11:30PM. I grabbed later that night from the porch when I got home from the bar. I also did end up getting the 4th order yesterday. So lest Sephora charge me for the one that was refunded, I have returned one of the units. OMG, so much drama! But at least now my friends Christmas gift is in my hands. I have used basically all of these palettes at this point. But I need to get back into doing reviews. I think I’m going to upgrade my DSLR camera over Christmas, so I can take some nice pictures of swatches and things for reviews. Stay tuned!

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COMPLIMENTARY HOT WAX?

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I met Lou Ferrigno, Joonas Suotamo, and Joey Fatone at their booths, and chatted with them for a bit.

I just got back from an intense Comic Con weekend in Rhode Island with Erin. A couple other friends were there as well like Fiona & Emily.  This Con was held in two adjacent buildings, unlike Boston Comic Con which was all within the convention center. Honestly, the arena building was a NIGHTMARE. But it was the area you needed to be in if you booked a photo op with a celeb guest, also some of the celeb guest booths were located there for autographs. The area was poorly laid out, you were forced to go into one direction only, and this was at the main entrance. There was also only ONE set of stairs for up and down along the concourse. It caused a crazy bottleneck! 

Unfortunately, that area remained extremely crazy all weekend. I also don’t understand why they wouldn’t allow people to use the tickets they printed at home, to use for their photo ops. I was able to do this at Boston Comic Con. Instead, we were forced to stand in this crazy long line to redeem our photo op tickets on Friday. Thankfully we did it all at once, and managed to not miss our session with Elijah Wood. 

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Clearly I was not excited AT ALL to meet Christopher Lloyd

Saturday was also extremely busy. But we tried to limit the amount of time we needed to spend in the Circle of Hell area (that’s what we nicknamed the arena part). Thankfully Fiona let us use her hotel passes to get into the Con from the inside entrance, so we didn’t have to stand in the cold all weekend. I think if I go next year, I’ll stay at the hotel and limit the photo ops to Sunday only.

Other than the nightmare photo op area, the convention center was great! I was able to meet some celeb guests at their booths and chat with them. On Saturday, I dressed as a Discoball Deathstar. I had to remake my Deathstar costume from a few years ago. I guess you consider it Deathstar II, except this one looks finished. Haha, there is some nerd humor for you Star Wars fans.

Joey Fatone, Theo Rossi, Samantha Newark (voice of original Jem & the Holograms), and Brian O’Halloran all loved my costume! *swoon* We totally quoted Camp Nowhere to Christopher Lloyd when we met him, we got a laugh out of him. We were probably the only people that would quote Camp Nowhere to him out of that man’s extensive film history. I always replay the carwash scene of that movie, it’s my favorite.

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Deathstar Discoball, the dish part lights up! I didn’t have time to make the rest of the skirt light up.

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Deathstar I

 

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READY RED ONE!

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I was an X-wing for Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s my favorite holiday. Since I’ve moved back to where I don’t have to deal with annoying college kids and have wonderful things like ample parking, this means we’ll actually have trick or treaters. Not sure how to deal with it though, as my dog loses his mind every time the doorbell rings. We plan to go out for dinner and drinks tonight, so we could just hold him back when the doorbell rings until we head out for the night. But I don’t know if I want to deal with it. It’s easier just to eat the bags of candy ourselves, haha. 

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Anyway, I went to another Halloween party over the weekend. Fiona always does an A+ job with the decorations, this year was no exception. Andy made me into an X-Wing from Star Wars. I went with Red One so I could dress as R2D2, of course! The party was zombie-themed and my friend Emily did an awesome job with gory makeup. I’m sure her face is probably still stained red though. I had a hard time navigating the asteroid belt (party goers) in my giant costume. So I had to stay put for a couple hours until I took the X-Wing part off. I felt like Jabba the Hutt sitting around taking up 2 chairs in my giant costume. Maybe I could be Jabba next year? haha!

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DOESN’T ANYBODY EVER KNOW (HOW GA TICKETS WORK)?

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Some pictures from the Our Lady Peace show, yes I did take a picture of the giant guy I was stuck behind. 

I went with a couple of friends to see Our Lady Peace this week. It was a good show, I saw them before. I just don’t like this particular venue. I’ve been to shows there dozens of times, and I concluded I can’t pretend to like it anymore. The acoustics are off, and the layout is terrible. They also lack good temperature regulation, it’s always sweltering. Also, the women’s restroom on the first floor is usually disgusting, the one on the mezzanine area is okay enough at least. But good luck trying to get to the mezzanine from the ground though. 

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Much better view after we moved spots!

I think the venue needs to be remodeled as they have these GIANT posts next to the stage which impairs people from being able to see the whole stage from the sides, which is very limiting for a sold out show. It is also general admission, there is no seating in the venue.Anyway, we spent the first half of the show in our obstructed view area. Not only was there a post in our way, I  got stuck behind Andre the Giant. The band had a brief intermission. We used this moment to move spots,  only seeing the guitarist was annoying.

The band came back on, and we liked our new spot much better. Then a crowd of people from Buffalo plowed through the area and bumped into my friend Ginny a few times. She called out “what the hell” or something to that sense, since nobody said “excuse me” as they shoved through. They came back around and one of them complained to my other friend Fiona that we “stole their spot, but it’s fine”. To which she retorted,  “yes, it is fine!”

That shut them right up. I don’t think people really understand how general admission tickets work. If I leave my spot for any amount of time, I don’t expect it will still be there when I return. Also, if you go to a show with a huge group of people, you best choose a venue with assigned seating. You honestly can’t expect your large group will remain together. But apparently this is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Despite the annoying people and sweltering heat, we enjoyed the show. We grabbed a night cap afterwards and I got a ride home. 

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I MIGHT HAVE A BAG FUNERAL

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My new “go to” bag

Guys, a tragic thing happened last night. The zipper broke on my favorite “going out” bag. It was a Coach bag I bought probably close to 5 years ago at this point. I only used it when I was going out, as it is smaller than my everyday bag. I kept spare eyeglasses, a makeup bag, and phone charger in it. That way when I go out, I just drop my keys and ID with cash into the Coach bag and go on my way. While I have lots of other bags I should probably branch out and use, this one was always my go-to. It didn’t involve thought or much work to switch back between my everyday bag. Now it’s dead and I am sad. Unfortunately, since it’s so old I can’t find anything similar on the Coach outlet site. I was able to find something comparable though. I ordered a new Marc Jacobs bag. Hopefully I’ll grow to love it as much as  ol’ reliable. 

Up next on the blog, Our Lady Peace show and idiot kids from Buffalo

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REVIEW: FENTY BEAUTY GALAXY COLLECTION

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I just realized I haven’t done a beauty review in FOREVER. So I thought I’d select one of my recent Sephora hauls to discuss. I already bought some Fenty Beauty pieces before, so I knew I liked the quality (I’m kinda fighting with the highlighters, but we’re working things out). So I thought I’d check out the limited edition holiday 2017 collection. I’m so glad I did!

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I tend to panic-purchase when things are “limited edition” and “limited quantity.” So it’s no surprise I opted to try a few things from the collection. I had to get the Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette ($59). I haven’t fully played around with it, but using a “glitter glue” eyeshadow primer is recommended. I personally use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue. I believe ELF and NYX make a more affordable version, but I haven’t tried them. I really hate spending more than $40-$50 on an eyeshadow palette, but it got good reviews. The colors are so pretty in person, the pictures from my phone do this zero justice. They are so much more vibrant in person! I will post pictures of an eye look when I have a chance, I will probably use it for Halloween.

In addition to the eyeshadow, I picked up all three colors of the 2-in-1 Glitter Release eyeliner. I thought the “Nepturnt” and “Alien Bae” colors looked very similar when I first swatched them. But when they are dry, you rub them to reveal the glitter. Once I did that, you can see the colors are different. Not sure I will use “Later, Crater” as an eyeliner, as I don’t like using light colors as eyeliner. But it is so pretty, I will try it out as an eyeshadow on the inner corners. 

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MAGICAL UNICORN HAIR!

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In addition to a Halloween party, I got magical unicorn hair over the weekend. I gave  my hair stylist 6 months notice that I wanted to do this. She has never done rainbow hair before, so she researched it before I hit the chair. It was a great success. I love it! Who doesn’t want to look like a unicorn?

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My stylist used Joico Intensity hair color for the job. 

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