Shady Shadows

If fashion is my first love, makeup is my second. This will always be first and foremost a fashion blog, but I do also enjoy blogging about beauty-related things (read about my foray into lipstick here). I love watching beauty videos on YouTube, there are some really great channels out there. My favorites are Missglamorazzi, FleurDeForce, Pixi2woo, AllThatGlitters21, and Juicystar07. Since I’m fairly certain that my only male viewers are my dad, occasionally my grandfather, and maybe my friend Steven, I hope the rest of you enjoy this post.

For the past few months I’ve been pretty lazy/uncreative with my eyeshadow. I’ll blame it on my new-found fascination with lip products. I’m very loyal to my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze.

Long name, I know. But it’s great, a sweep or two gives me beautiful bronze lids that last all day. It’s low maintenance, and it’s relatively inexpensive. But the other day I was watching this video of Missglamorazzi’s and thought that the eyeshadow palette she was using was really pretty. It was Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells.

And get this, the palette is $3 for all three shadows. Three dollars. I’ve never tried any of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s products before so I had no idea what I was getting quality wise, but I figured it was worth a shot considering how pretty the colors are. I also bought a fancy eye primer from Sephora just in case the colors lasted, like, five minutes. Since you can’t swatch makeup in drugstores, I had no idea what the colors actually looked like on me. By the time I got home, I was curious that I opened it up and put some on- sans primer- before heading out to hot yoga class. I had assumed that I would simply sweat it all off in yoga, I just wanted to see the colors on my skin.

What really sold me on this product is that after an hour and a half of Sun Salutations in a crowded room heated to 90 degrees, my eyeshadow looked just as good as when I had first applied it. I had no idea that $1 eyeshadow could have such amazing staying power without a primer. In fact, when I got home from yoga class, my sister asked me what eyeshadow I was wearing and said it was pretty. Basically this palette is just so crazily amazing and cheap that I couldn’t not share it with all of you. So go forth and shadow shop!

On a completely unrelated note: you may have noticed that the blog looks different. I’m going to be playing around with some different themes until I find one that I like. I didn’t like the last one because once you scrolled to the bottom of the page, it automatically loads more posts and I want a theme that lets you click an “older posts” button so that you get multiple pages of posts. I think it’s just neater that way. But I don’t like this one because it puts my blogroll at the very bottom of the page, and I quite like my blogroll and want all of you to be able to see it. So if there’s a particular theme that I test out that you like, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

Or maybe not, it depends on how emotionally invested you are in things having to do with my prom dress. But I’ve been told that I’ve created quite the buildup, so…

Readers, meet my prom dress. Prom dress, readers.

And also my friend Steven, who was not my prom date.

This is Emmett, he was my prom date.

He gave me a corsage and everything

Steven, again

This is the closest thing I have to a shot of the back of my dress. That’s my friend Hannah admiring the front of it.

I had to throw this shot in here, I love the depth of it with the two boys looking the same way, and the action of it with my hair flipping.

And of course you know my shoes. I wore Tart Deco by Essie on my toes.

My shoes are way cooler than Emmett’s. And far less comfortable.

The clutch and rings are my mom’s. I wore Van D’go by Essie on my nails.

And since I know that you want to meet more of my friends…

From left to right: Miral, Taylor, Steven, Danica, me, and Emmett

From left to right: Thomas, me, Margot, Emmett, Miral, and Talia

These six amazing people are my closest group of friends. From left to right: Lucia, Hannah, Olivia, Sasha, Steven, Genevieve, and me

…Where’d Lucia go?

So about the dress. It’s vintage, as I hinted at before. It’s from the 60’s and was made by this guy:

I was so mesmerized by the design at the top, I took a picture of it in the in the store’s dressing room

Some people were surprised that I went with a short dress since it’s not the “princess” look I said I wanted, and all the other prom dresses that I mentioned on this blog (here, here, and here) are long. But in the end I’m glad I went with something different. Nearly every prom dress I saw, either in stores or in people’s pictures on Facebook (especially Facebook), was long, strapless, and pastel. Honestly, if I had worn a prom dress that looked like everyone else’s prom dress, I wouldn’t be staying true to my personal style. That’s why it’s called personal style. I like to take sartorial risks, seek out a one-of-a-kind dress, and fall head over heels in love with a short, black, velvet dress with a beaded silver and gold (together? gasp!) top, and wear it to prom.

When my sister saw the pictures, she immediately asked me what I was wearing on my lips and asked to borrow it. Just in case you’re wondering the same thing, I was wearing my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never. It’s amazing.

Now for the last burning question: where have I been for the last two months? Well, an island in the Caribbean, mostly. I tried to write this post before I left, I swear, but I have been having technical issues with WordPress. When I write a post, WordPress is supposed to automatically save it as I go. But occasionally it gets temperamental or something and decides not to save it. The problem is that I can’t tell that WordPress decided not to save it until I’ve already lost everything I’ve been working on. So my break from the blog was out of frustration. Then I went on vacation to a beautiful place with a lot of beaches. The downside is that it is a place devoid of fashion inspiration. And, at times, internet connection. But now I am back in New York and ready to blog. Speaking of inspiration, Fashion Week is just around the corner…

It’s good to be back.