Friday, October 24, 2014

My Mighty Team of Bellycorn Rides! And Friday

As promised earlier, I drew five additional losers from my last Tom Ford Nude Dip giveaway and will be sending out to each an actual Bellycorn, in shrinky art form.

Do you know that there are all sort of interesting names for groups of specific animals.  Why isn't there a listing for unicorns?  Check out this interesting listing (here).  For a group of horses (not Bellycorn, but close enough): team, harras, rag, and stud.

I send my Bellycorn stud, out into the wooooorrrrlllld!
The recipents of the consolation prizes are:
  • Claire L.
  • Yukari N.
  • Rocaille
  • Annamaria Q.
  • Elle M.
I've sent you all emails!  Please respond to claim your shrinky dinks.  All unclaimed prizes will be baked and then hung up on the Belly family Christmas Tree.
These surprisingly took a lot of work to make! >:(

Beauty Related Things I am Excited About:

  • SURRATT is launching the brush collection next week at Barney's (not sure of the launch in the UK or SG).  Aren't they lovely?  I hope to check these out in person next week.  I actually personally own too many brushes.  One of the reasons't that hold me back from buying additional Chikuhodo ones (though I have been steadily amassing the adorably stubby Artist reds) is I'm overly saturated.  However, I am a true sucker for quality with function that suits me.  I also see what looks like Canadian squirrel (the mottled looking hair) in the eye brushes, so I'd like to really take a look at those.
Image from Surrat Instagram

  • Beauty Blogger Jane C. from Life's Entropy has a new makeup line!  Check out her shop here.  I've purchased the Particle Contouring Stick in Proton (here) as well as samples of the rest of the shade range of this item.  I am also really excited once her reformulated foundation mixers are launched later in the year.  A yellow!  A white!  eeeeee!  Jane Jane!  May I suggest a green for the olive among us?
    Image borrowed from the shop site (here)
  • I've revamped the blog with some jazzy *jazz hands* new template from Carries Loves Design Studio with a quick download from etsy.  I'm going to keep on tinkering a bit, but so far I like it!  I hope you also will enjoy the new sleek me.  I hope my html tinkering don't break anything.
I've been really behind on taking pictures, editing, writing.  I don't foresee much improvement in this regard if I can be frank.  (Hello, Frank)  You know, holidays approaching, friends and family visiting, soccer season happening.  :)  I'm doing well and I hope you are, too.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Happens When I Walk Outside - Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury, a little CHANEL

I rang up Berfgorf Goodman earlier in the week to reserve the Tom Ford cream eye shadow in Platinum.  This is a repromote from a few seasons back and now offered as a Holiday limited edition item.  If you have many regrets about missing out last time, it would be a good idea to pick one up quickly.
The folks at the counter confirm this is not exactly identical to the original one.  I ended up getting rid of my old pot because it was slightly too cool toned for my skin and this one appears to be slightly warmer (and I think better suited for my skin).  They still have these in stock at this moment, so you can give them a ring (Natalie or Clif can help you 212-872-2813).  By the way, Clif was recently featured in a New York Times article regarding beauty counters offering more and more personalized services offered by brands.  I am unaffiliated with them of course, except for the fact that I spent a lot of money there!

More Tom Ford here, folks.  Clif steered me over to the new matte lipsticks and I thought you might want a good peek at the limited edition shade: First Time (L) and Black Dahlia (R).
  • First time is a white based, opaque and light pink (with coral tones). 
  • Black Dahlia!  Ah!  Too bad Tom Ford lipsticks freak my lips the heck out.  Reminds me a good bit of the now discontinued Black Orchid.  Black Dahlia appears more red and berry, while I recall Black Orchid being more blackended and purple in comparison.
Helen from lolassecretbeautyblog swatched all the shades, so do check it out! Here.

I now pit the Tom Ford against the Charlotte Tilbury!  (Cage FIGHT TO THE DEATH).
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was keen on purchasing two of the blushes, First Love and Sex on Fire (swatched them all here).  I was thinking that Tom Ford Ravish (original post here), which is one of my all time most versatile blushes reminded  me of Sex on Fire.  So I put them next to each other.
Tom Ford Ravish is on the left, Charlotte Tilbury Sex on Fire on the right.  Pretty close, even though Sex on Fire is pinker and duskier.  I bet lightly applied on the face I wouldn't see that much of a difference.  Right?  Right?

My wee Chanel haul, even though I never do well with Chanel nail polish.  This is the Fashion Night Out polish Sweet Star.  She's a beauty.

Annnnnnnnd, I very lightly blotted on some Tom Ford matte Black Dahlia which less than an hour into wear is already making me feel dry.  :(  So sad.  Do you notice a stronger brow?  Lovely Natalie in at the Tom Ford counter passed on some strong brow game tips.  Game on, brows!
Happy Friday, everybody!  What new makeup bits have you been looking at?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You Asked and Winner of the Bellycorn Giveaway Announced!

Hrrrrrrrpppmmmmph.  Is it odd, or is it to be expected that the majority of your questions centered around food?  And lots of "best of" or "most favorite" type of questions.  Why do you ask such difficult questions?  Why not ask me what time I wake up in the morning or how I like my steak cooked?

Surprised at the hard questions!
I'll try my best to seriously answer your questions. 

Q:I've clumped the: "your favoritest makeup/brand/purchase ever in the whole world" questions together:
Can you spot the Chanel Narcisse JC, SUQQU Ginbudou and Addiction Soda Lunch? 
I think I have Addiction Revenge in there, too.  Maybe even a grey squirrel brush from SUQQU
A: Dontcha know?  I may put on the veneer of the picky and the fickle and of a connoisseur.  In actuality, I LOVE so many things!  I have a bias for the SUQQUs and THREEs and other Japanese high end brands, but at the heart of the matter, I am an all-consuming consumer.  It's very hard to pick a favorite.  And you can't make me.  HRRRMMPPPH!
Q: Amalia asks what makeup I would wear in a romantic sunset in Santorini.
 A: Amalia seems like a lovely human being, even offering to babysit the Belly Offspring, but IT'S A TRAP.  Sending a snow woman to Santorini would only mean heartache and a cup of Snow Water.  She's trying to kill me.
Q: What motivates me to keep at blogging, asks Angela.
A: Angela, I have no simple answer.  Partly: Fame, Fortune, Lifetime Supply of Bacon.  Ego.  Mass Destruction.  OCD.  I tried to stop many times.  Many more times than I've ever reported on the blog.  Yet here I am making Microsoft Paint doodles on the blog.  Obviously, I have problems.  This is like when I dated my dope of an ex-boyfriend for a few years longer than I should have.  Seriously.  I can't stop.  Help.
Q: A related question was how I come up with blog material.
A: Easy way is to keep on buying and keep on swatching.  Thinking about buying nothing and doing swatches via Microsoft Paint.  What do you think?
Q: Several of you asked what I am reading, my favorite authors, etc.
Dom Belly in shiny pleather.  This is a pretty accurate representation of my body.
 A: Would this be a weird moment to mention that I've read Fifty Shade of Grey something like three times?  Ok, well, that's just BRAIN TRASH.  I've become less of a voracious reader than I used to be, but my library notified me yesterday that my copy of Haruki Murakami's new novel is waiting for me!  Whee!  I have been disillusioned with his recent works (After Dark left me cold, 1Q84 was so bleck), but I remain ever hopeful that his new work remains faithful to the old magic of his earlier works.  I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  Can you imagine?  I've never read this before.  Also last week I finished two Gillian Flynn books: Gone Girl and Dark Places.  All fun reads.  Also last week (I like reading multiple books simultaneously), I finally finished the last of the Margaret Atwood Trilogy MaddAddam.  I like post apocalyptic genre of everything (movies, book, nightmares).
Q: So who won this ridiculous Bellycorn?
A:  I would like to congratulate TAMMY L. who is the proud winner of the Bellycorn, a.k.a. Tom Ford Nude Dip.  She is also receiving a little token of my slobbering affection, a shrinky dink of the Bellycorn. 
Q: What about the rest of us losers?
A: I will randomly draw five (additional) winners (or losers) from the rest valid entries and also will offer them a conciliatory prize of the Bellycorn Shrinky Dink.  Yes, not exactly Tom Ford.  :(  But ... ridiculous, kind of like this blog.  Winners (losers) to be announced soon.
Congratulations to Tammy.  And special thanks to each of you that entered, asked all your bizarro questions to provide excellent fodder for my doodles.

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