Lipstick Adventures of The Crazy Bookworm

Hi.

You probably wonder what I do when I’m not drowning in feels while reading books, and honestly the answer to that is not much. My social life is still a bit sparse and wanting, but work is cool because I get to watch Jessica Jones when I’m not answering email inquiries.

But another thing that I obsess over aside from books would be… lipsticks.

I am a big fan of bold shades, which thankfully work for my yellow-tinged Asian skin. I’m in no way a make-up expert but I love being adventurous when it comes to lip colour.

Today, I’ll show you two of my recent purchases which I’m really happy about! I’ve been wearing these two shades alternatingly (is there such a word? I’m not sure) since I bought them, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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NYX Butter Lipstick in Moonlit Night shade

I’ve never bought any NYX products before this one, mostly because I bought exclusively local brands before deciding to try out this particular shade (which was not available in my local brand, Ever Bilena, at that time). Needless to say, it’s quite surprising how it worked with my skin tone. I never thought it would match that well!

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PROOF.

Know what I mean? Okay.

Not only is it a good match with my skin tone, it’s also very creamy and has a velvety matte finish. The colour stayed put until the end of my shift, and though I had to re-apply after eating, all it took was two swipes to get the colour back to the intensity I wanted (which was very intense). It also didn’t dry my lips at all, which is a pretty great bonus!

Moving on, my next happy purchase was actually just inspired by the last one, but also by this BuzzFeed article that I’ve read which mentioned this product and swore by it. It’s allegedly long-lasting and comes in pretty colours. At first, I didn’t know how to get ahold of it since I’ve no idea if they sell it here in the PH, but then I found that they have an official distributor here! So I bought it for the reasonable price of PHP320.oo.

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Tada! Wet N Wild Megaslicks balm stain in Lady and The Vamp.

Surprisingly enough, it worked well with my skin tone too:

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Such pout. Very lips.

Not only that. It’s very easy to apply and the colour spreads evenly without me having to put on an obscene amount. It also feels a little tingly on the first application. Almost like minty? And then it wears out eventually and I get this really creamy finish. It’s a little shiny at first, but not like gloss. I’ve been drinking apple juice since I’ve put it on but it hasn’t faded at all, which I think is a good sign.

Overall, I’m very happy with these purchases and I’m so glad I’ve made them! Lipstick has always been a key ingredient in my confidence with going out and talking to people so good ones are worthy investments to me, not to mention that these particular brands aren’t even that expensive, so all the more reason to be happy!

I think I’ll buy more shades from these two brands in the future, and maybe try out other brands as well. I personally like matte and long-lasting tints, and varying shades of RED (because it makes me feel powerful and ready to take on the world).

How about you? What colours do you love? I would love, love, love to hear about your make-up adventures, or any kind of adventure for that matter! Adventures of any kind are generally great, in my opinion.

Thank you so much for dropping by this post about me and my love for lipstick! Leave me a comment, if you wish, and happy reading loves!

Life updates from The Crazy Bookworm

Hey, hey, hey!

Such a long time has passed since I last posted in this blog, and I feel like I’ve missed so much! I have been creeping on Goodreads for the most part though, rearranging my shelves and writing short reviews of books that I’ve read. But life has gotten so busy lately that I’ve neglected this blog…again.

So I kinda want to give a short update about how my life has been for the last two months! First of all, I’m doing really well at work. I’m not employee of the year or anything, but I also expected to mess up a lot, which fortunately didn’t happen. I guess that’s my anxiety speaking, and I can’t help but be reminded of that viral Tumblr post that went around few months back about crying but doing the thing anyway, because it felt exactly like that a lot of the time. Somehow, I manage to make it through everyday even though I have to give myself pep talks every time I have to call clients (you’re fine, you’re going to be okay, it’s just a phone call). As a proof of me doing okay at work and my employers noticing my astronomical effort not to fall apart, here’s this:

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See? Aren’t you proud of me? I’m definitely proud of myself.

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I also have really funny workmates!!!

But aside from that, I also did a THG reread to honor the end of the movie franchise. It was a wild ride from start to finish because it felt so good to reconnect with all the characters I’ve grown to love and/or despise, but also achingly painful due to all the deaths I had to relive and all the tragedy that trailed during and after the games. I cried sooo many times, it’s unbelievable. I think I cried more this time around than the first time I’ve read the books. There’s simply no getting used to saying goodbye to fictional characters you have come to love.

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I’m still betting on you, girl on fire.

Not only did I reread a much loved book series, I also bought new books! I discovered this really rad bookstore in a mall just a few blocks away from my apartment and I’ve basically been there every chance I get. It’s called Right Reads which is a book store/cafe. They have quite a selection of both brand new and secondhand books, all of which are reasonably priced. I bought a copy of And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini just last week and I must say that I’m so glad I’ve made the purchase. I’ve been a fan of Hosseini ever since reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, which was simply remarkable. If I could have it my way, his books would have to be require reading for grades 10 and up.

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I wouldn’t spoil if for you by saying anything about the plot, but in the beginning it reminded me strongly of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It deviates from that along the way though, and starts to grown on it’s own and adopt a unique style. Hosseini’s books have always resounded to me in that he paints the struggle of a culture that’s been hugely misconstrued in the media. I think we’ve all known in the back of our minds how much the war in those parts of the world weighed in the inhabitants of all the affected nations, but rarely do we get an up close and personal view of those struggles, and not all the attempt permeated the mainstream. Which is why Hosseini’s works are so important. I think humanity in general would do well to read his books or other similar works because a little mind-opening could go a long, long way.

Lastly, I want to share this selfie of me working right now (or pretending to, since what I’m actually doing is writing this post. But to be fair, there hasn’t been any emails to answer for over an hour now so…) I’m really happy to be posting for the first time in two months!

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There is a break in my glasses, I know. I accidentally stepped on it and well… I guess it happens even to the best of us. But yes, that’s everything that’s been going on with me of late! How about you? Please feel free to leave me comments and update me about what you’ve been doing or getting into lately!

Thanks for dropping by and happy reading!

Much love,
Eena