Retail Therapy

My therapist gave me permission to shop (yes, she’s the best), so I have been doing my best to stem the tide of shattering grief by buying things. I suppose it’s working, considering I’m not crying my face off right now?

Here’s what I bought:


Two black tees. I’m taking a little vacation from that denim-shirts-as-performance-art thing I’ve been doing for a while now, and have decided that my summer look is going to be a tight t-shirt tucked into a denim skirt. I wasn’t planning on all black tees–one is linen, the other is a cotton/ modal blend–but so far haven’t seen a v-neck in the right grey. V-necks don’t seem to be in at the moment?

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn in Lady Grey. I’m normally not a fan of superwash yarns due to the texture, but this stuff is lovely–really nice feel, soft halo, gorgeous colour. I’m also not normally a sock knitter, so this will end up as a scarf. I’m even hand-winding the ball, just to maximize the textural pleasures.

Papa Recipe Bombee Ginseng Red Honey Oil sheet mask. No idea if I’ll like this mask or not, but I’ve heard good things about Papa Recipe, so my hopes are high(ish).

Missha Shower Towel. This promises “Best Quality & High Life” on the package, and you know I love the high life. I use an epilator, which requires an on-point exfoliation game. I’m hoping this scratchy thing–it has the texture of a pot-scrubber–will do the trick.

Atelier Cologne in Figuier Ardent. This perfume blends fig leaf from Provence, bergamot from Calabria, and tonka bean from Brazil. Fuck knows what a goddamn tonka bean is (this? [actually this is kind of interesting]) but this perfume is a favourite of mine–green and fresh, yet sultry at the same time. It is gorgeous and interesting. (I do not know how to talk about smells.) This is actually a re-purchase; my first 7.5mL travel spray lasted about a year and a half (I rotate between 4 or 5 different scents). I do think the full size is worth it, but in the context of this weekend’s shopping-for-happiness thing, I decided that 100mL would not make me happer than 7.5 mL, so here we are.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Black. Using that handy Wayne Goss technique, I’ve been using a black eyeshadow to line my eyes, and generally managing to not make a total hash of it. But the shadow does not stay put–especially if I’ve been dancing and getting sweaty–so I’m hoping to use the Goss technique with this Tarte liner for smudge-free fun times. The Tarte liner was recommended by Tamara at the Robson Sephora, and she seemed like a trusty little gal. Also I love the gold lid–so shiny!

That Time I Didn’t Buy A Lipstick

So. The other day I watched all of the Makeup Breakup videos on YouTube because I was bored with Netflix and also these ladies are funny and remind me so much of the fun Aussie babes I used to work with on Tasmania.

And of course I fell in love with the lipstick worn by Kat (the brunette) in one of the videos.


So I made a little plan to head downtown to the MAC shop and get this lippie, because it just seems like the perfect summer colour, and wouldn’t wearing it just show that I am a fun pretty summer person who has fun and looks pretty while wearing the perfect summer lipstick and doing summer things.

Except that… Before I made it downtown, I read this anti-haul post on Faceonomics, and this anti-haul post on Bad Outfit Great Lipstick, and then poked through the BOGL archives, and I started to think about the emotional roots of my desire for the MAC Darling Clementine lipstick, and I managed to decide against buying it. I am a fun person all the time regardless of what is or isn’t on my lips, you know? And if I’m not feeling fun, it has nothing to do with lipstick or the lack thereof.

Not only did I not buy the MAC lipstick, I was even inspired to clean my bathroom and reorganize my makeup… which… just… Mad props to Bad Outfit Great Lipstick. Not that my bathroom was gross, but I don’t usually dig into that task with that much enthusiasm, shall we say.

So I took my (somewhat dusty, I’ll admit) over-flowing jar of lip products, and divided them into summer colours and winter colours. The winter colours got tucked into the linen closet to await their day, and the summer colours got prettily organized in a little bamboo bin.

Look at all of those summery aren’t-I-a-fun-summer-person-who-has-summer-fun colours! At left: a couple of Sephora lip glosses which I received as a gift. From top to bottom: Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Grapefruit (highly recommended); Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg; Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi; Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (ugh that name) Balm Stain in Rendezvous; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart Valentine.

Lining all that up was so great, I actually [poured myself a gin and then] tidied up my shelf of skincare products, and dug into the linen closet to tidy up the makeup and random junk lurking there. So satisfying! I will admit to throwing out some old products–things that I just never used and were likely long past their use-by dates. And chucking out products–even just deluxe samples from Sephora–really reinforced that I do NOT need to buy more makeup. I just do not get a lot of wear out of this stuff, and already have plenty of fun things that just need to be enjoyed more often.

tl/dr: Don’t buy more shit; just use the nice things you already own!

Filing This One Away For Later: Eyeliner

I almost never wear makeup because feminism (okay, because lazy). But this technique looks like it would work for my eyes and be easy to do. Just maybe not with any of the expired palettes lurking guiltily in my linen closet.

Plus I love how the dude only does one of his eyes in his tutorials. It reminds me of that character from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil who wears make up on half his face, and scuttles around hiding it from his boss.