July 18, 2016

Monica: Life Update.

Hey guys. It's been a while, as you can tell by the date of my last post. Sorry about that - I've just been focusing on personal things a tad more than I have my blog. But don't worry, I'm still here and so is Strange And Pretty.

While life hasn't been all strawberries and roses 100% of the time, I've gotten the chance to do some cool things as of late. One being this:

Yeah. That's Lex from Madeyewlook. It was my first meet and greet, and my first time ever visiting the only Ulta we have in New York City. She was so cute and sweet and nice to be around. Ugh. The whole experience just made me love her more. Next up, I have to meet Mykie from Glam And Gore. She's my other Youtube Queen.

I went to a class for bike riding. Yes, I'm 27 (damn near 28) and I do not know how to ride a bike. I still don't, even after that bike lesson. But I did learn a few things, and it was a fun experience. There was even a bike expo going on right near the park we were riding at. If I was really into biking, I would have been so ecstatic about the whole place. It was pretty cool.

Went to see a few movies. And by "few" I mean just two. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Purge Election Year. I fucking love The Purge series. I've already picked out my Halloween costume based off it. I can't wait until October.

Yeah so, that's me in a nutshell - as far as the past few weeks go, at least. Expect new posts this week too.

Oh and....I'm into Pokemon Go. I'm Team Mystic.

Don't you dare judge me.

June 22, 2016

Laquer Love: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark.

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

This color is a cult favorite, I know. But I didn't purchase it until about six months ago. Only because I figured I had all the dark purple/almost black shades of nail polishes I ever needed in my collection already. Which was kind of true - it's just that a lot of those polishes were getting old and goopy so I had to chuck them. So I went for this.

It's really nothing new to the game - it's a very deep purple that would be mistaken for black if you didn't look closely enough. That is my perfect kind of nail color. I'm actually on my second bottle of this stuff and I expect to keep buying them whenever I run out. This is two coats, with a regular top coat over it.

June 20, 2016

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I know, I know. I'm one of the last people to get on the beauty blender/beauty sponge bandwagon. But that's just because...I love my brushes. But instead of spending $20+ on the original Beauty Blender, I opted to a cheaper, yet still reliable option. So here I am with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

On the Ulta website, the sponge is described as:

"It's a 3-in-1 multi-functional makeup sponge by Real Techniques. The rounded side blends larger areas of the face. The precision tip covers blemishes/imperfections and the flat edge contours around the eyes and the nose, leaving you with a complexion that's smooth, enhanced and gorgeous!"

I'm brand new to this whole "wet a sponge and put foundation on your face with it" thing. So I was a bit weirded out/confused by it. But I ran it under water, squeezed out the excess, and went to work. The application was...nice, I guess. It did make my face look airbrushed afterwards. But I kind of felt like it let too much product onto my skin - I was actually expecting the damp sponge to soak up a bit more of the product. But that's probably my error, next time I'll just use less product.

What I was dreading before I even purchased this thing was the cleanup. I didn't invest in one of those cleaner specifically made for the sponge, so I used....shampoo. Probably not the best choice, but it's what I had. It took off a decent amount of my foundation, but left it stained. This grossed me out. I knew this would probably happen, but still..eww. I'll look into a better way of cleaning it in the future.

Also, I got a pack of two from Ulta for a bit of a steal, so just in case I really get tired of looking at brown spots on my sponge, I have one to fall back on.

Overall, I like it. It's nice. It's not my go-to way to apply my foundation, though. It's too much work for me. But when I'm in the mood and I have the time, I'll use it and enjoy it.

Have you dipped your feet into the makeup sponge trend? Which ones do you prefer?

June 15, 2016

No Regrets, Just Love: Grey/Greige Lip Colors.

NYX, L.A. Girl, and Nicka K Lipsticks.

This has been the year of the liquid lipstick. I was hesitant to go along with the trend, but I saw so many beautiful and different colors being made in this form. I had to dive in somehow. After pondering over which to give a try and invest in, I've come to realize this: I freaking love grey lipstick.

It's so unconventional, and makes you stand out in a way no bright pink will ever do. Also, it's damn close to black - and you know how Monica loves black.

Poetic, Stone Fox, and Outer Space

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick in Poetic
Okay I'm cheating with this one a bit - it's a regular lipstick, not liquid. But whatever, it's grey and gorgeous. This is the first of these that I picked up. I was planning on buying the MAC shade in Halsey, but found this, realized it looks exactly the same, and was about a quarter of the price. This is a "regular" grey - not too light and not too dark. Also, it feels wonderful on the lips - it's a matte but it stays creamy for a decent amount of hours.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Stone Fox
Stone Fox is darker than Poetic, and that's how I justify having both. Also, different formulas, obvy. This is an actual liquid lipstick, and it feels good on the lips. It's not thick and paint-like (I'm looking at you, Sangre Azul), and it stays comfy throughout the day.

Nicka K True Matte in Outer Space
After I was good enough with my full on grey kick, I wanted a grey with a tinge of purple. I've seen a few of these from multiple companies, but I wasn't a fan of the price tag and (in some cases) the company. So I randomly walked into a beauty supply store, saw this, and said "That's it, that's the exact color I want". And it is. It's precisely as if you'd mixed one of the other shades I mentioned with a little bit of mauvy purple. I haven't worn this one on my lips yet though, so as far as what it feels like I'll have to update you guys on that.