I’m married to an Englishman. (Never a better way to start a blog post than by laying down a dry fact.) This is relevant because he has memories and cultural food favorites that are not readily available here, or are not a part of our cultural collective. I’ve always tried to incorporate his favorites into my repertoire (with the exception of Supernoodles mixed with baked beans and tuna), but I spent many years afraid to tackle the full roast dinner because the bar is set quite high. I’m not entirely sure it’s possible to compete with years of skill and nostalgia, but every once and a while, I’ll be brave and give it a go.
In my last Sephora order, I decided to burn some points and ordered a blue eyeliner pencil. When it arrived, I thought “when will I ever wear this?” so of course, I had to test it out to see how I could use it, lest it be permanently lost in the hoard of other colorful eyeliners I own that never get used.
I’m in full denial about the snow outside my door. It’s frigid, snow is everywhere (not as bad as the East Coast- sorry Boston) and I’m over it. In order to fool myself into thinking it will be warm soon, I decided to put on some Spring/Summer makeup. This is the makeup I go for when I know I’m going to live in sunglasses- minimal eye makeup, maximum lips.
So. I briefly introduced the tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette when I first got it weeks ago. I was really excited to use it, but hadn’t played around with it much at that point. Fast forward to now and I’m here to tell you that I use this palette almost every day. I don’t know how I lived without it. It’s beautiful and practical. I love me some practical makeup…
I remember our food wake-up call very clearly. It was 2008 and Ross and I were living with my parents- we hadn’t been back from England very long. I was working full-time and Ross wasn’t as his visa hadn’t been approved yet. We had very few expenses. No rent, utilities, or anything much more than some food costs and gas. I thought we’d be raking in the money. I thought we’d be saving lots, quickly saving money so we could move out as soon as Ross had his visa and a job. But that’s not what was happening. We were saving some, but not enough in comparison to what I was making (which at that time wasn’t much). We sat down one night and started to add up our expenses from our bank account, and I was gobsmacked to see we were spending $600+ on groceries a month. I believe I cried. Mainly because we were living at my parents house and we’d been spending this much for about 6 months. When I added it up, I was overwhelmed at how much we could have saved or spent in other areas. We were only cooking for ourselves a night or two a week. My parents were so generous and they’d been feeding us since we moved in, trying to help us get on our feet. We were leaking money at the grocery store, and we needed it to stop.
I don’t have a MAC counter nearby. The nearest one is over an hour away, so I don’t have a whole lot of their products in my collection (well, with the exception of lipstick, because if it’s hot pink, red, or coral and they make it- I own it.) Since I tend to online shop for their products, I’m nervous to buy too many things without seeing them in person. However, I’ve had my eye on a few things, and when the new Miley Cyrus Viva Glam lipstick was released, it gave me an excuse to pull the trigger on a few other items I’d been coveting.