Estēe Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick- Shameless Violet #410 & Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion- Savage Garden#440

Estēe Lauder Liquid Lip Potion(.2oz/$30) - Bitter Sweet #130

Estēe Lauder Envy Lipstick(.12oz/$30)- Shameless Violet #410
Rescue Beauty Lounge- Lulu on nails

Savage Garden Lip Potion
Shameless Violet lipstick
Shameless Violet lipstick + Savage Garden Lip Potion 

Eeeeek! Yes, I know my lips are purple. Let me explain. It all started with an article I read about supermodel Joan Smalls' Estēe Lauder lipstick collaboration (read it here). Then there was a trip to Bloomingdale's where after some intense swatching, "Shameless Violet" emerged as the winner of the one way ticket to my Muji drawers. "Savage Garden" was all the saleslady's idea. The way she pitched it leaving Savage Garden behind would be like taking only one sibling from the orphanage, and leaving his brother to fend for himself.  So, I did what any decent human being would do and took them both. 

The Savage Garden lip potion applies very pigmented from the first swipe and you can increase the drama by applying several coats. Liquid lip products are generally not my fave. It takes too much time for me to apply them just right and to keep them off my teeth. This one was no different, but that's just my poor technique. I found the Shameless Violet lipstick to be very creamy so I would not consider it a matte lipstick in the traditional sense. Both products have a very faint sweet scent and lasted fairly well up to lunch. The lip potion leaves a nice stain as it wears off. 

I've worn the shades separately and layered as pictured above. So far layered has been my favorite.  How do you feel about purple lipstick? Have you tried any of the twelve lip colors that were a part of the collaboration between Smalls and Estēe Lauder? 


Tulum, Mexico: 20.2147° N, 87.4289° W

Tulum Ruins

Nohoch Mul- Cobá Mayan Ruins
Tankach-Ha cenote

Tulum is an older, pretty cousin of Cancun. She is into yoga and juicing and is very laid back. They live about an hour and a half away from each other if you drive like a local. Tulum is reportedly the only Mayan city built on a coast, and was a seaport where goods were traded.

Although my goal was to move as little as possible I did make it to the Tulum ruins, Cobá and the ceynote pictured above. I also slept a lot, did seaside yoga and ate my weight in guacamole. So to recap, it was a good trip and I will definitely be back.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!


The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson- Book Review

When your book matches your nail polish!

I flew the coup for some much needed rest and relaxation recently. My goal once I arrived at my destination was to move just enough so that no one thought I was dead. I brought The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson with me for some poolside reading.

The Star Side of Bird Hill is set mostly on the island of Barbados. It tells the story of the trials and triumphs of the women in a family from the point of view of the matriarch, her daughter, and the grandchildren.  In 304 pages Ms. Jackson poetically addresses mental illness, sexuality, religion, and the bonds of family.

I liked the book a lot and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read. This is the author's first novel, but hopefully not her last. You can check out her website here.

What are you guys reading now?


What's In The Bag?

From left to right:

1. Guerlain Rouge L'Extrait Luxure M27  Reviewed here
2. Estee Lauder- Sumptuous Extreme Mascara here
3. Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish- Ah, Oui 
4. Tarte Lip Surgence- Fiery here
5. Shiling Oil here
6. Clean Warm Cotton Lotion here
7. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner here
8. Diptyqye 'Do Son' solid perfume here
9. Lipstick Queen- Berry Sinner here

Purse- Coach Turnlock Tie Bucket Bag { here}
Clutch- Truffle Small Clarity Clutch in blush { here }

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish in Ah, Oui

Hi there! I really like those what's in my bag posts like these by my friends here , here  and here.
I love to see what people schlep around on a day to day basis. I think you can tell a lot about a person by what is in their bag. Those people that leave home with just their phone, keys and a wallet fascinate me. Where do they work? Do they eat out every day? Where do they keep their chapstick?  Those people are not my tribe. I my friends am a bag lady.

For my first post of this sort I decided to focus on the beauty items in my bag because quite frankly, I didn't think you'd be interested in the gum or the receipts. I'm a lipstick and nail polish kind of girl so my make up bag will usually have the polish that I'm wearing for the week, one, or two, or three lipsticks plus some type of lip balm (#thisisajudgementfreezone). I think solid perfumes are the best things ever and this Diptique one I picked up in Tokyo last year is still going strong. The mascara and the hand lotion just happened to be what I grabbed for the week, and last but definitely not least is my shiling oil. Shout out to my peeps that can appreciate a good strong bottle of shiling oil. You know who you are.

 What's in your bag this week?