I was going to let it pass by without remark, as I'm really rather bad at remembering things like anniversaries and dates of note (it took me till I was 21 or so to remember my parents' wedding anniversary, and my partner and I rather famously don't know when our anniversary is. We have a general idea. We do not typically celebrate it), but a few weeks ago, I decided, no, I was going to mark this day with something and promptly went to look it up.
Extra reasons for cake are always good.
The cake I got yesterday was just a slice and has already been eaten. So here's the Oreo Blizzard ice cream cake from my 21st birthday, when I could still eat things like this. It's beautiful.
I've learned a lot this past year about beauty and my own tastes. I've still not purchased a new camera, but I've gotten a little better using what I do have. (Guys, I have like $115 in Shoppers Optimum points. I'm just waiting for a spend your points event right now, okay?) I've become more thoughtful about my beauty purchases. I've also, somewhat annoyingly, developed a bit of a taste for high-end. I've realized that I'm way more picky about makeup than I thought I was. I've tried to balance my collector's habits with the reality of my space and finances (successfully and unsuccessfully at times). I've come to realize that I love perfume far more than I have ever loved makeup - which was my first beauty love, but perfume speaks to me far more.
Personally, professionally, emotionally, any other adverbs that encompass areas of my life that I can't think of right now, this past year has been chaotic. It's been a year of change for me, and change is something that I'm not very good at most of the time. This blog has been a touchstone for me through the good (best internship ever), the bad (chronic vision issues rearing its head again), the ugly (drinking too much wine while writing papers late at night), the victorious (graduation!), and the minutiae (dishes don't wash themselves).
In honour of this day, I've decided to list some of my favourite discoveries from the past year.
I think it's safe to say that Arcana has shot to the top of my favourite brand list. I think, if you're lucky, you can find a perfumer who really just clicks with your tastes. I have found mine. Arcana scents just work on me and for me.
2. Haus of Gloi Zazz
Zazz all the things. I'm crazy about this scent. It's fruity and fizzy and somehow even better this year than it was last year, when I fell head over heels for it.
3. Performance Colors lipsticks
This one is a little bittersweet, since PC closed permanently and there are hundreds of people who weep quietly into their lipstick stash whenever it's brought up. So I love these. But I also hate loving them because they are finite.
4. Femme Fatale Hundred Years Winter
I'm going to review this at some point, but seriously, just look at this nail polish. LOOK AT IT. It's beautiful. And opaque with one coat. I love it.
5. Darling Clandestine Hug of Death
The name is cute. The bottle is cute. There's apples in it. Enough said.
6. This clutch from Misala
I'm cheating a bit, because I got this yesterday - I'm starting to get an outfit together for my SIL's wedding. Or at least I know what I'll be carrying my phone in - and haven't really used it. But it is so cute and so well-constructed that I am in love.
7. Dawn Eyes
Top is primer, bottom is Pixie Epoxy. L-R: Lugia, Tesla, Big Stupid Jellyfish, Northern Lights
Dawn Eyes has one of the best eyeshadow formulas I've come across, and they're super cheap to boot. The website is a nightmare, but the shadows are worth the temporary pain.
8. HelloWaffle lip glosses
Shiro lip glosses may be the ones that overcame my lip gloss hatred, but I think I've come to love my HelloWaffle lip glosses just a tad more, because they don't feel like a traditional gloss, being thinner and not sticky. I like them a lot and find them more practical for my use.
Oh, Haunt. I love Haunt so much. I just wish she wasn't closed. These scents and the great balm and skin glossing oil.
10. RSS Feeds
This one is kind of ridiculous, because I always knew about RSS feeds but haven't really used them since I stopped using my Rogers e-mail and therefore stopped having my built in RSS page when I signed in. Oh, Rogers. I don't like you, but that page was great. Anyway, after a presentation in my info lit class in the fall, I decided to start using them again to follow my favourite blogs. I currently use Inoreader. It's great.
And here's to the next set of blogging adventures, whatever they may be.