Saturday, 18 April 2015

Safety Wardens, Old Boyfriends and the Dior Eye Reviver Palette

review swatch Dior Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals nude eyeshadow palette

There's nothing safer than a slightly shimmery nude palette. Nude palettes, like brown shadows, are a safety warden in the makeup world; a pleasant smile, a quick hand across the street, and you're good to go. Nude palettes, giving guidance for non-offensive eye looks since Day 1.

Testing new products can be a gamble. Eyeliners can smudge and foundation can disappear or be the wrong shade (nothing builds confidence quite like suffering a day of Oompha-loompha skin tone), And during a week of important work and personal meetings, I knew I wanted to be 'safe'. I also really wanted to dive into the Dior VIP goodie bag so I made the zero risk choice to test the Dior Eye Reviver Palette ($63CDN). Safety can be a good thing especially when one of my personal meetings was with an ex-partner I hadn't seen in 4.5 years.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Getting Jigae With It


I'm not Korean but Korean food is a staple in my single-basement-suite-hold. It's easy to make, very flavorful and with a few staple ingredients you can, pretty much, make most items. One of my most often made dishes is an non-authentic, but close enough, version of Kimchi Jigae (Kimchi Stew)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Koan #3: Changes and the "Help Jenn" Survey


It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.
- Zen Proverb

Hey dude,

Lately, a few things have been bothering me about ABZ. I'm not entirely pleased with all the posts I generate and I seem to be engaging less with other bloggers. My stats have been steadily decreasing and though that is not of major importance, I think its a symptom of some problem I have yet to diagnosis.

Trying to post daily has resulted in less time reading other blogs and doing the part of blogging that is most enjoyable, connecting with other bloggers. Yet there are obvious benefits to continually posting and in some ways I may need to continue this habit for a little while since I have the unfortunate #firstworldproblem backlog of semi-obligatory posts to get through. In the coming months, there will be few important things I need to devote my time to in order to successfully transition to a new location in July. Because of this and some general dissatisfactions, my current blogging habits seem unsustainable and I'm wondering if I need to slow down.

To try and figure out what's going on, would you please consider filling out this survey?
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z9FRQ22 

I'd truly appreciate your help in improving and moving ABZ along to a new happy medium. I'm hoping not only my consistent commenters, but also my silent readers, will give me a hand.

Help a girl out?
Thank you.
Jenn

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Tiffany Earings and Brown Eyeshadows


I am not persuaded by the iconic Tiffany's blue box. Though "classic", "timeless" and "luxurious", I'm almost persuaded to dislike its WASP-y, privileged aesthetic. My heart is definitely not set on a Tiffany's wedding band (how conservative, how "wait while I put on my jodhpurs for the equestrian club") and some of their more affordable items seem very dull. But when my aunt gifted me the Elsa Peretti Bean earnings, I changed my mind just little and was also reminded of how my makeup tastes have also changed over time.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

PSA: Blue Lips


Look, we all can't live like the little pixies we hope and dream we will be. Makeup artists live up their creations in magazine editorials but those magical green eyebrows and neon glossy pink lids will just bring ruin to society. What? People wearing non-natural colors in non-natural places? Let's just all paint our nipples purple and dip dye our faces  while we're at it. I'm sure we'd fit right into The Capitol and we know how that society turned out didn't we.