SHIRO

Dear Internets,

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When the last drop of foundation falls on my face, I begin my treck to Mordor. A little bit of an exaggeration, but I am very picky with my makeup. With warm undertones and a dark complexion, I wear very little of it on a daily basis and will go to great lengths to replenish my favorites. Typically this means relying on the big brands like MAC and Bobbi Brown but there’s a little player that is winning me over with ethics and geekery.

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“Substance over style” they say, but the ambiguous “they” never had to say no to fancy pink frosting flavored dusty rose colored lip gloss called Nic Cage Nibbling Petit Fours in a Posh Victorian TearoomSure it’s a mouthful but at least it’s a super glossy pink one from Shiro cosmetics. This small business run by two women out of Oregon, supported possibly by 2 otters (judging by the images) produce hand crafted, vegan, cruelty free makeup with a sense of humor. The price point, with most of their products running under $10 is pretty phenomenal too.

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If you aren’t into the concept of wearing Nic Cage through time on your lips, why not be swayed by a pouty 90’s Justin Timeberlake from the battle of the boy bands collection? For the more obvious nerds (like me) there’s polyjuice gloss and constant vigilance eye shadow. I urge you however, not to read the scent descriptions on an empty stomach. They may make you want a Christmas themed beverage no longer easily accessible to you.

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The colour options are bold and diverse and with collections including Miyazaki liptints, the fullmetal eyeshadow collection, and the complete hobbit collection, you’re sure to find something fun to slap on your face/nails. If the previous sentence sounds like a collection of words that do not belong together, you are clearly not geeky enough to appreciate the packaging but should manage to enjoy the product regardless.

LONG TIME

Dear Internets,

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I have been lax in our friendship over the past few…months. I could say Christmas is a busy time of year or that I was in Hawaii which makes blogging more challenging but there is really only one simple truth. I was busy, the entire time, trying not to throw up on you . Now that the first trimester nausea has died down a little, I can hopefully return you to your regular irregular viewing.

Happy 2016 everyone!