Obviously I haven't blogged in ages and I haven't even shown you my latest and biggest Everyday Minerals haul which arrived more than two weeks ago (Heavens, has it really been two weeks???) even though I've been dying to.
Which can only mean one thing.
Yup, I've finally got a job! Yaaaaaay!!!
I work as an English teacher for a language school which sends out teachers to companies. I teach both plain and business English, but I only have 9 classes so far (each being one and a half hours long). I'd need at least twenty a week in order to be able to make a decent living and move out, but both client managers I work with promised to give me more classes soon so that's okay.
Oh and guess what: it's 20 °C degrees here in Hungary (= 68 Fahrenheit degrees) and on Sunday my Mum and I made a small trip to your summer cottage where I actually acquired a tan! For the first time since fall I don't look like a wraith...
In other news: I'm now listening to my favorite songs with my brand new Sennheiser HD 555 headphones. The old one (a Panasonic) finally broke about two months ago and I've been planning to get Sennheiser headphones for ages to eventually replace the Panasonic so I'm really happy my parents bought it for me for my B-Day. It's comfortable, its sound quality is amazing and it doesn't intensify the bass range so much as to dim the singer's voice. I love it! This is what it looks like in real life: the HD 555 on Wiki. It has a slight golden coloring instead of being completely steel gray (or black) which I also love: it's very elegant and unique.
Now, onto the fun stuff!
Here's a reminder of what I ordered from Everyday Minerals about three weeks ago. (By the way, I was very happy with EM's packaging time: they sent my package out mere hours after I had placed my order.)
I got my makeup in a small box, most of which was filled with squiggly paper stripes: that's a good thing as it means that all the stuff at the bottom was kept secure and didn't roll around the box during its way here. The jars were rolled up in paper as usual, and of course some of them had leaked during the journey and my first job was to secure the lids and clean up any spilled dust that had found its way out of the jars. (Again, as usual...)
Altogether I can say that I'm very happy with the stuff I got, although there were some surprises (both kinds, I guess) most of which are probably my fault.
Also, I didn't take shots of the foundations because they're the same colors (Olive Fair and Light Olive) as before.
Oh, by the way, I'm very disappointed that Chit Chat has been discontinued by Everyday Minerals. It's a truly beautiful blush and I was actually planning to order a 2.5 g size jar of it next.
My previous Everyday Minerals posts with swatches:
Everyday Minerals Swatches (First)
My Second EM Haul
My Third EM Haul
And now, without further ado:
I so knew I would love this! :-) It's soft and smooth, glides on easily and moisturizes my lips very nicely. Color-wise I still think it's a bit pale for me (or maybe it's just that this particular shade doesn't go well with olive skin), leaning slightly to the pink side and somewhat covering the natural color of my lips, but I enjoy using it every day and prefer it to my colorless Alverde lip-balm. Yes, I'm comparing it to my lip-balm because that's what it really is: a balm instead of real lip-gloss. It can be glossy if you apply it very thickly and thoroughly, but I don't really like doing that as I like to keep things sheer and make them work with my own natural tones. (= The color of my lips in this case.)
You might want to be careful about where you apply it to though: this will probably emphasize the cracks and creases if your lips are very chapped.
Next time I think will try Copper and Girl's Day.
"A deeper bronze color with a fine hint of sparkle.
Ideal for light to tan complexions." /EM/
Everyday Minerals offers three bronzers, a very light matte shade (Soft Bronzer), a medium shade (Everyday Bronzer, also matte), and this one, Sparkle Bronzer, a dark, and let's face it, very sparkly, bronzer. I think I could actually use this as an eye-shadow, what with all the iridescent shimmery bits it contains. When I first tried this (that was when I was still as pale as a ghost) I thought I wouldn't be able to use this: it seemed so dark and shimmery. Things have changed since then, however, and now I'm pretty sure that this will look great in the summer when I have a much darker tan (or have a tan at all) and if I apply it with a light hand. You see, it's really amazing how big a difference a slight change in my skintone makes. :-)
(About the pictures: they're quite big when you click on them, and I also decided to take an unfocused shot of each that contains shimmer because that way you can see much better what color the shimmer is and how much there is in the product.)
'COOKIE SHEET' BLUSH
"An irresistible pale plum with delicate silver sparkle and russet sheen.
Wonderful for day and evening wear." /EM/
This blush is somewhat similar to Photo Album in that it's a cool mauvey shade too, but while PA has slight raspberry-ish tones and looks as if it has a teensy-weensy bit of red in it, this looks purely mauve in the jar.
However, after I've buffed it into my skin, it changes color a bit and gives my cheeks a very nice and natural tint which doesn't look artificial or lilac at all. I think I can safely say that I made a good choice when I ordered Cookie Sheet.
"Soft autumn pink and rose shade.
Matte to pearl finish.
Ideal for fair to medium complexions." /EM/
It does have a tiny amount of fine shimmer in it ("pearl finish"), just enough for it to light your face up and make it glow a bit.
By the way, do check out Grayburn's post on her Everyday Minerals stuff if you want to read more about this color, Cookie Sheet and several other great products.
"A warm rosy blush and face color
that adds just the right amount of natural color to your complexion.
Ideal for fair to medium skintones." /EM/
No regrets here at all. In fact, this has turned out to be one of my favorite blushes from EM. It has much less terracotta (if any) than Deep Wine, it's lighter too, and gives my cheeks a bit of that healthy farm girl look mentioned above without making them look fake. (Fake in the sense that Apple does not look natural on me!)
It's warm and it's rosy, so basically it's everything I want from a blush! :-)
Note to self: order a 2.5 g size just in case it disappears!
"Perfect for the under-eye area.
Reduces the appearance of dark under-eye circles and puffiness." /EM/
I'm not impressed with this concealer. For a couple of hours after application this does cover up dark circles under my eyes but then it just turns cakey and it's not very difficult to spot that I'm wearing concealer instead of sleeping enough.
Maybe I'll use it as an eye shadow: it's sheer but lightens up my eyes.
'WILD FLOWERS' EYE SHADOW
"An elegant medium taupe color with a silky matte finish." /EM/
I've been wanting a true matte taupe eye shadow for ages so after I got to know EM I jumped at the opportunity and ordered myself one. It's nice, but you should use it with a light hand otherwise it'll end up being too dark and having more pink/rose/orange/terracotta (Pick one.) than you'd expect a true taupe to possess. Still, it's the obvious choice on days when you don't want any flashy sparkles and just want to look professional.
I guess I could say that my quest for the perfect taupe eye shadow continues. (Any tips where I could find one? :-)
'DIARY' EYE SHADOW
"A timeless soft lavender with a smooth hint of shimmer
that goes well with all skin types as well as moods." /EM/
I ordered this because:
- I have greenish brown eyes and purples, lilacs and violets are the best if you want to bring out the green in your eyes,
- I wanted a lighter such shade beside Starry Eyed and Shopping Spree (mentioned below, both having purple undertones),
- I've never had a lavender colored eye shadow before and I was in a very daring mood at the time I placed my order.
Most likely Diary shall remain my one and only lavender colored eye shadow, not because it's so amazing (it's very pretty though), but because I now know why I've never purchased one until now. Diary itself is actually a beautiful shade with tons of golden sparkles but I just don't think this particular shade does anything for me (or my eyes). Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing it during the summer. (It doesn't make me look worse after all.) Again, you see, this would look so much better on tanned skin.
"A rich dark brown with a beautiful collection of silver sparkle
that makes for a wonderful eye shadow
for those extra special days or
a night out with friends or family." /EM/
Starry Eyed is, in my opinion, for dark skinned women as it is a very dark brown with bluish shimmer that would look stunning on women of color or tan eyelids. Even darker than In The Garden so I can only use this sparingly even as an eyeliner.
'SHOPPING SPREE' EYE SHADOW
"A deeper plum rose shade with an enchanting emerald sheen." /EM/
The only reason I hadn't ordered this until three weeks ago was that every time I was about to add it to my shopping cart I chickened out thinking it would be too dark/too flashy/too bold/to weird/too whatever.
When I first opened the jar, sprinkled some on the lid and applied it to my lids I was like: "So it is flashy, weird, sparkly and lots of other things too. So it's officially only meant to be worn on nights out or parties. Right... So WHO THE HELL CARES???? I want the biggest jar EM can offer and I want it now!!!"
Yeah, I loved it that much and I still do. :-) It's one of the most intriguing shades I've ever come across, one that definitely cannot be found at makeup counters. In the pot, it looks gray and matte, but once you sprinkle some onto the lid of the jar you notice the sparkles, and when finally you apply it to your skin it is in full glory and becomes the eye shadow Everyday Minerals promised to send you: a beautiful dark "plum-rose shade with emerald sheen". You can actually distinguish lots of plum-rose colored particles if you look close enough, and it's even visible on the third picture below.
On my eyelids it looks like a plummy taupe with those lovely emerald sparkles to top it all off.
I simply couldn't capture its beauty on photos and I'm sorry about that but I urge anyone who is planning to order from Everyday Minerals to give it a go.
Check out all my Everyday Minerals related posts too to see more swatches and read about them.