The Thirst.

I feel like I've been missing out on so many great products lately, namely:

  • Nars Audacious Lipsticks, which is only sold in limited shades in stores I've been to (none of the available shades spoke to me), or is sold as part of that Php22k (wow) box set which I don't think I will ever have.  I wanted to own Vivienne, a beautiful plum, a shade which actually reminds me so much of Wet n Wild's Sugar Plum Fairy, only in better consistency. Vivienne was sold out, both in Glorietta, ATC and The Beauty Bar in that new mall at the Fort.
  • Bobbi Brown's Creamy  Matte Lipsticks which I've been lusting over since I read rave reviews from both Shari and Rae, two ladies whose opinions on lipsticks I always take serious account of. The shade I was drooling over is called Crushed Plum--a tad darker than Nars' Vivienne. Again, sold out.  My second choice, at least from my online 'research', a shade called Razzberry, was not there as well.
  • And so I saw another lipstick in the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color line. This time it was a shade called Plum Rose. Also sold out.

Why did I wait so long to finally decide to get these? You can imagine my frustration, finally ready to commit, but finding out they're gone. If you know of any branches around the Makati or even better, the Paranaque/Southern area that has any of these, please let me know?

But anyway, there I was in the mall, killing time before dinner with the husband (omg, using this term for the first time), frustrated by cosmetic gods. I remembered one thing that I always had to get, and two other things that seemed really interesting the first time I spotted them, but never got around to getting.

The book, How to be Parisian Wherever You Are, I already mentioned a couple of days ago. I am really surprised that I am enjoying it as much as I am.

The other two:

Mac's Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork is the one I always had to have. My muses have always been the types like Jessa (of Girls, haha) who always look so beautiful but never seem to wear too much makeup but you know something's going on there. And so I feel like Groundwork will be a staple from hereon.

Etude House's Play 101 Pencil range caught my eye a few months back but I never really went for any before, despite the range of colors and their corresponding variety of applications. My frustration with those plum berry lipsticks made me buy shade 24, which I thought looked plum-berry-ish in the store.

Turns out it's a deeper red, similar to Nars' Cruella, off the bat.  I am not complaining, though, because look at the two purchases swatched together! They look beautiful together, I think. Also, can I just say that Etude House's lip liners are underrated. I've been using their older versions, 150 bucks a piece (a nude one and a berry one), if my memory serves me right, and they are good lip liners. Try them out if you are looking for really affordable good ones. Also, they don't require sharpening! Yay.