what are you hiding?

 THE best concealer i've ever used (not including under-eye concealers). literally glides onto my skin and matches my skin tone perfectly. sometimes i miss blending spots because it matches so well. embarrassing or amazing?
 i've used this for a while, and love the formula. it's heavy enough to cover my disgraceful dark circles, but light enough that it doesn't look like i've caked anything on my face. the best part - it's so cheap!
i recently decided to try this under eye concealer, and to my surprise, i wasn't 100% wowed. perhaps i haven't given it a long enough run? it looks good on, but there is no significant difference between this and the clinique  concealer - except the price.

also in my arsenal (because i literally have an arsenal of concealer that costs more than my winter coat):

 and this is just what i carry with my every day - i obviously don't use them all every day. i have a concealer-buying problem.

(sephora, mac)


the end to something that never began

is it completely, utterly cliche to idolize marilyn monroe? i've long had this obsession - well, unwavering love and devotion - for classics. my favorite movies as a child were shirley temple movies, and, also in my youth, i fast fell in love with all things judy garland. i spent countless hours studying vivienne leigh in "a street car named desire", and much preferred "bye, bye birdie" and "the sound of music" to any olson twins movie.

the love grew to be all-consuming, and at times i've found that i've become unrelatable because i've succumbed to a world of hollywood glamour when glamour wasn't just a thing of the past. i suppose it was this obsession with "old hollywood" that led to my dreams of being an actress. or, perhaps it was my love of acting that sparked such a keen interest in the films of hollywood's heyday. maybe both are mutually exclusive in my case.

to be as enchanting as marilyn is something a girl can only dream of. i've never seen anything like it since.