Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lovely me:ex - Peach Cushion Blusher

Lovely me:ex blushes
Recently, I got two more 'Lovely me:ex' blushes from the Face Shop because I loved the first one so much.  The location in Koreatown, when I went at least, did not have any more of the ones with the girls on them!  The newest addition is the peach color (No. 5) because this summer I want to get as much coral-orange on my face as possible.  I love warm-hued blushes.  They instantly make me feel cheerful and it always feels like the finishing touch, along with some lip gloss.  I think they also subtly direct attention to the eyes.  This is the original one that I first tried - a very pale matte pink with zero shimmer.  Loved it!  After I hit pan, I decided to pick out the vivid pink with shimmer particles, which I've found requires a much lighter hand.

Lovely me:ex blushes







Lovely me:ex blushes



The bright pink on the far right is way more pigmented compared to the other two.  I can't even use the included powder puff with it - must use a brush, or else it's too vivid.  The newest addition for spring/summer is this matte peachy-coral.  Again, zero shimmer.  It's a little more subtle than I had hoped, but it does add a very natural flush to the face, and similar to the light pink, creates a soft, downy look:

Lovely me:ex blushes




Whenever I sit down to try and write something after a long period away, I either do a series of rapid mental edits that reduces everything I wanted to say to 2 sentences or develop a emotional narrative in my head that has a "wisdom of the ages" feel to it and which I know will not translate well from my brain to the screen.  I have been on the lookout for signs that I am becoming more 'adult-like'.  For instance, I recently took up reading a Zen book in the genuine hope that it would bring inner peace and a better understanding of life and myself.  Another sign might be referring to certain experiences as "humbling".  I've finished with the first year of grad school!  This past semester was a bit of a shock and not what I imagined at all.  It is very hard to be the best at something, or anything.  I don't think that is a good goal for certain personality types.  Instead of that, it might be more fitting to have as a goal - doing something right away --- or being completely okay with not being busy and not doing things because you've done those other things right away.  The worst feeling and the best way to ruin a day is when there's something that I ignore or just cannot mentally accept and therefore don't deal with.  This is different from procrastination I think.

Blogging is so calming.  These past few days, due to the sudden absence of the extreme structure and busy-ness needed in balancing school and work, I've been feeling adrift and unsure of what to focus on.  Writing and organizing my thoughts here is the most calm I have felt in days.  More so than journaling, because (for me) that is such a stream of consciousness activity.  At times that just makes things worse.  Here I try to slow down and think more, to be structured, cohesive, & clear.  It's comforting because so often when I feel stressed about something, reading someone else's writing about it helps.  A recent example is this interview with Emma Watson, and similarly in terms of figuring things out, here where someone talks about why she left the acting profession.  I really liked her piece on the freedom to have a big zit.  The thing I am never sure about is how much I should share.  I mean, when I read others' writings, I love the details.  But then again, those things I am reading are usually from people who are famous in some degree for being 'entertainers' so it makes sense that it's all so interesting.  I've been watching a lot of the original Star Trek episodes (with Shatner and Nimoy) and the Mindy Project.

BEFORE & AFTER

1. No blush, just a little bit of foundation and concealer (Laura Mercier, L'oreal True Match) and setting powder (L'oreal True Match).

2. Addition of peach blush (Lovely me:ex #5) and lip gloss (L'oreal in Coral Tattoo).  

3. Added glasses, which I wear all the time, and another layer of blush.  






Haha, had a bit of fun with this last photo.  I slipped on something more colorful to see if the pinks and yellows would bring out the makeup colors more since they are in the same color family.  It seems to have just made the makeup pale in comparison.  The little bag came with the dress - it held a spare button and some thread.  If you are interested, here is the last time I posted about one of these blushes, the pale pink one, which is the first one I tried.


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