Glossier Skywash Review

Hello everyone!

Glossier is one of those brands that when they do a drop, people take note and are instantly obsessed. Now, I had not ordered from them before, but when they announced their release of the Skywash liquid eyeshadow in February and saw the color range, I knew I had to make the plunge and see what everyone has been talking about!

As a retail worker (at the time, pre-Covid) who wasn’t earning much, I needed to be conscious of how I was spending my money. So when I saw the price tag of $18 per tube, it gave me pause. However, I talked myself into buying two. They’ll be so easy to use, I said to myself. As a “girl-on-the-go,” as it were, the makeup I use on the daily are usually products I can slap on quickly before I run out the door. I chose the colors “Terra” and “Pool” because between the two, I figured I could use these colors all year round. “Pool” for summer and spring, and “Terra” for fall and winter.

So, $36 dollars (plus shipping fees and taxes) later, my Skywash eyeshadows arrived. I did what every girl does when she gets new makeup in the mail. I swatched them first, then tried them on. First, I noticed that while I couldn’t really see into the tube itself, I got the impression that there wasn’t much product to speak of inside. Annoying, but something we all experience with much-hyped products.

Then, I tried them on. Fresh faced, after applying my usual skincare products, I slicked a coat or two of each color on each bare eyelid. Let me tell you, I was initially very disappointed. The colors are super sheer at first, and while they are buildable, the difference between the pigmentation of each color is surprising. “Pool,” the light blue, was super sheer at first and a little chalky-looking if I patted it down to blend with my fingertip. Then, with the darker “Terra” color, the sheerness of the first coat turned into an uncontrollable dark blob with the second coat. Even when I tried to blend it out and pat it down with my fingers, the “Terra” color didn’t look right, and was all kinds of patchy. I’ll confide in you guys, too… I found this out right before I started a shift at my job on the bookfloor of Barnes & Noble. I had taken to doing my makeup quickly in the car before running into work, which meant that when I did this, I couldn’t just swipe it off with some miscellar water. I did my best to fix the blotchy mess, and after wiping some of the product away with a napkin I looked somewhat normal, but let’s just say my makeup was not up to snuff that day.

Worst of all? Each time I tried to wear these eyeshadows, they creased after a couple of hours of wear. After a week or two, I gave up. I resigned myself to the fact that I had been duped, and the Skywash eyeshadows were nearly forgotten in my makeup bag.

That is, until Covid-19.

Once the pandemic reared it’s ugly head I found myself laid off from my job. Like everyone else, days turned into months of just me sitting at home with nothing to do. This lead to some experimentation with different makeup looks. Come spring and the beginning of summer, I wanted to play around with blue eyeshadows again. So I dug “Pool” out from the depths. And, in playing around, I discovered something! If I used a primer before I applied the eyeshadow, it was almost like working with an entirely different product! The color spread on my primed eyelids nicely, and though still somewhat sheer, was buildable without seeming chalky. The other secret? Not using my fingers, but using a makeup brush to pat the shadow down once applied.

But I’ll tell you something else. I don’t just use any old eyeshadow primer. I use the super hero of all drugstore primers. A primer that has blown all its high-end counterparts out of the water!

Now, you may think I’m being dramatic. But I stand by what I said. I use the Wet N Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer. It is a dream to use, and here’s why. I use it on my eyelids and brows, and it makes the colors of the makeup seem richer. My eyeshadow never creases when I use it, and it lasts all day long. The best part? It’s only $5 at Walmart, and only a few cents more at Ulta! And it turned a dud-seeming product like the Skywash eyeshadow into a favorite that I use nearly every day.

Do you have any unexpected makeup favorites, or maybe a new makeup look you discovered during quarantine? Let us know in the comments!

Until next time.

Summer Beach Reads!

Hello everyone!

There was a little bit of confusion last week when this post went up when I had scheduled to write and post it for the next week. WordPress gliched and posted this without any text (eep!), but here I am! Back again! I’m sorry about that, everyone!

My goal every summer is to find the best, quickest beach read. As a literature major, I spend all school year reading classic novels and poetry. So, when I’m on vacation, I want a breezy read I can chomp through in one day on the beach. I’ve found a few titles I’ve been loving, so I thought I would share them with you!

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

This was the first book I picked up for the summer. A sequel to The Notebook, it is narrated by Allie and Noah’s son in law,Wilson. The book chronicles Wilson’s efforts to romance his wife, Jane, again after forgetting his 29th anniversary. I thought it was a sweet read. In my opinion, it was exactly what you would expect a Sparks novel to be: sappy, dramatic, with a happy ending. Overall? I thought it was a delightful story for the plane ride to California.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

This book was fascinating. I picked this up at the beach after all the ladies on The Sassy Club’s Facebook page were raving about it. They were so right. I couldn’t put this book down. The main character, Alice, suffers from amnesia, and loses ten years of memory. She goes from being a married 29 year old pregnant woman to a soon-to-be-divorced 39 year old mom of three. As she discovers the realities of the past ten years, I was completely sucked into her story. I feel like everyone has been raving about Liane Moriarty lately, but there is good reason for the buzz. Her writing style is completely engrossing. I think I’m going to pick up Big Little Lies next!

Any book by Elin Hilderbrand 

I found her book Beautiful Day for free at a public library when I visited California, and read most of it on the plane back home. I’ve since picked up a couple more of her books at the library near my house, and I’ve enjoyed each one I’ve read so far. She has written so many novels, and with no end in sight, she always has a new release you can pick up and read.

A Cat in the Stacks mystery series by Miranda James

I started the first novel, Murder Past Due, and though I’m not too far, I think that the story so far is gripping! The main character is a librarian, and so of course, as the daughter of two librarians, this is an interesting pick. Both of my parents have actually been reading this series this summer, and introduced me to the books. I know they have been enjoying these books, so they’re librarian recommended as well haha 🙂 If you like a good mystery to read on the beach, as opposed to a romance, I would recommend this series!

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These are three of my recommendations, but I have been posting on Instagram a lot of my picks, as well! I try to take bi-weekly trips to my public library, and I’ve been finding lots of good stuff there as well. As the daughter of librarians, I feel I must also say… Remember, save your money and visit your local library for your next beach read!

XOXO

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Feast Your Eyes & Ears #3

Hello everyone!

It’s that time again! So much has been going on this summer as I’ve been traveling, that I’ve been finding more media to love/watch/listen to. Since it’s been a minute since I’ve shared my faves, I wanted to share my new finds with you!

Influencer I Want to be Friends With: Lydia Elise Millen

I found Lydia’s vlogs recently, and I love how she always posts long videos. They’re perfect to work out to on the elliptical when I’m wanting to just watch one video but I’m not necessarily in the mood for Netflix. Plus I think she’s super personable, and gorgeous, of course! She has the sweetest personality, and it’s nice to see that someone who has gotten as much exposure has managed to stay grounded and positive.

Podcast I Listen to When I Drive: Girls’ Night with Stephanie May Wilson

I wanted to find a Christian themed podcast, and I couldn’t have found a more perfect fit in Girls Night! The host, Stephanie May Wilson, is so super sweet, and in addition to being hosting this podcast, is a writer and a public speaker. She has friends or colleagues over to talk about any girly subject from owning your own business to depression and anxiety. The episodes are always engrossing and perfect for a long drive, and it really is like chatting with some girlfriends.

Tunes I Can’t Wait to Get Ahold Of: Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener”

I have been so obsessed with Ariana’s music for years, but I don’t think I have ever been so hype for one of her albums to drop. As I’ve been anticipating “Sweetener” to be released on the 20th, I’ve been listening to “the light is coming” and “no tears left to cry” over and over. In the meantime, I’ll just keep listening to “Dangerous Woman” over again.

Concert I can’t wait to attend: Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour!

Tomorrow I am going to the Reputation Stadium Tour with one of my best friends, and I can’t wait to see what Taylor has in store for us! When we went to the 1989 tour three years ago we had a blast, and of course, the show was incredible. Of course, I’ll be chronicling our adventures, so make sure you’re following the TGI insta @thegingerintrovert. As for seeing Taylor in concert again? I’m totally “ready for it” 😉

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What have been some of your favorites online this summer? Leave any podcasts, Instagram accounts, YouTubers, or music in the comments, I would love to see them!

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Introductions

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Hello! My Name is Lizzie Rose, and I am starting anew on this new blog! I am planning on posting new content once a week, on a day that is to be determined. I plan on writing about thinks that I am passionate about, such as books, fashion, fitness, things like that. Maybe a little DIY here and there, but whenever I try to do something Pinterest-y it backfires on me. I have also been thinking about posting cooking/baking tutorials since I love to cook, but since I’m at college that might prove to be a little difficult, unless I write them at home. I also love it when bloggers post about what they did over their weekends, so I think I’ll try that as well! Really, this is going to be a little bit of everything. I want this blog to be a fun little project for me, but fun for you to read, as well!

Have a beautiful night!

L