Hey, guys! Guess what? I'm still alive! My master's program did try to kill me in November, but it failed! I won! I submitted my final paper (for the semester) last Friday. Since then, when I haven't been sleeping or working, I've been revelling in the sweet, sweet wonder of FREEDOM. I keep having to shake off the feeling that I need to get up and be productive like now. It's odd.
In addition to work and school, I also took a little photography course this fall. So my poor little blog has been a little neglected. I'm sorry—I'll make it up to you!
If you're interested, have a peek at some of the photos I took.
Use the arrows to scroll through the gallery. Vancouverites, what do you recognize?
There was also a whole lot of this going on while I was incommunicado:
Thanks to my faithful and handsome research assistant, though, it wasn't half-bad.
I also engaged in a fair bit of retail therapy (oops). There was the Illamasqua clearance at the Bay (again), Sephora's VIB sale, Sephora's Black Friday sale, Sephora's $20 coupon for VIBs…it hurts just typing it. My collection keeps…ahem…blooming. Time to go on a buying ban, maybe? But I digress. I'll do a haul post soon, but for now, here are some highlights:
- Armani Maestro Foundation (Because the new Sephora on Robson carries Armani! YES! This stuff is an overpriced miracle!)
- Armani Master Corrector (FINALLY, I believe I have found a replacement for my eye-wateringly wonderful but pricey Chanel Eclat Lumiere)
- Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Morale (A plummy, shimmery blush that's glowy and beautiful when applied with a light hand)
- NARS Audacious Lipstick in Fanny (Overpriced….but an AH-mazing, luxe, silky-soft berry for the holidays)
In other news, I may have lost a memory card with some recent product photography on it (*sob*). So for today, I've dug into some old, forgotten photos to show you a product that I think will be fabulous for Christmas parties if you're not quite feeling the bold red lip: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never. It first grabbed me because it's a beautiful, rich fuschia, but it's muted and matte. It's totally wearable—even in a conservative work environment. Here's a peek:
I have to say, I have mixed feelings about the packaging. The pencil form makes it easy to apply and eliminates the need for liner, but I hate the idea of sharpening a lipstick—especially a $31 lipstick. Waste makes my heart hurt. Also, the cap tends to pop off, so it's not a good purse pencil.
If you can get past those things, and you can handle the dryness (you DEFINITELY want to begin with a balm or a primer with this baby), the colour is gorgeous. I love it, and I'll definitely be adding it back into my regular rotation this season.
What do you think, friends? Is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never Chrstmas-party worthy?
The verdict: Drying with fussy packaging, but worth it for the colour. Love.
Rating: Three and a half stars out of five. I'd like better packaging and more product for money, but that's NARS for you. #firstworldproblems
Available: Anywhere NARS products are sold for $31 Canadian (you get 2.4 grams).
What colours have you been enjoying this season? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. This post contains affiliate links.