C. Tillbury’s Hollywood Lips

Last Friday, August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey touched down in the Texas Coast and lay waste in its wake. Many South Texas cities, including Houston are submerged under feet of water. People have lost their lives, become separated from family and loved ones, and helpless animals have been left behind. Billions of dollars of destruction has been done to people’s homes and businesses, but the simple silver lining to all of this has been the goodness of people willing to help other people. Actress and Philanthropist, Sandra Bullock said of the situation, “There are no politics in 8 feet of water. There are human beings in 8 feet of water.” With such turmoil in the past few months where politics and racism have ruled the media airwaves; it is refreshing to see members of the HUMAN race help one another simply because we are all blood and bone at the end of the day.

For the first time in a while I am proud to be a human being. Not just a vessel capable of love and compassion but a real person who can act on those emotions in the face of adversity and in times of rejoicing.  If you feel so inclined please donate anything you have (even if it is not monetary) to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Even if you cannot today, in the coming weeks let’s not forget about them. The road to recovery is going to be a long one. I myself plan to donate to the Red Cross next Wednesday when I get my next paycheck. Let’s keep being human and fighting for one another!

I will now step down from my soapbox…with all seriousness I haven’t felt much like blogging about anything because I’ve been down lately. It started before the hurricane for me because my health has been an issue. My migraines have gotten worse, but in light of other’s current situation I am thankful to have a bed to lie in when one comes on. Beauty may not be the most important topic in the world right now since we have half a state under water, pain and suffering, Korea bombings, and a Cheeto for a President to worry about, but it is how some of us keep our sanity!

Charlotte TIllbury recently launched her new line of liquid lipsticks. From what I understand, she has used these products on her celebrity clients for years but is finally letting us regular consumers in on them. At the moment I believe they can only be purchased at Nordstrom and Beautylish. I purchased mine from Nordie’s and selected two colors I felt would look medium-deep skin appropriate: Showgirl and Too Bad I’m Bad. Beautylish has photo swatches of both light and deep skin tones for each shade so you can get a good idea of how they will look.

Wearing Showgirl
Wearing Too Bad I’m Bad











The lipsticks come in 10 shades total at the moment and I feel it’s a good variety of pinks, nudes, and reds to start. My favorite thing about these liquid lips is the wand! It has such a strange shape and at first I will admit I was put off by it. Then I figured out it helps hug the lips for the perfect application. The formula has a creamy mousse like texture, very similar to how the Ofra Cosmetics liquid lips feel but more hydrating. These lipsticks also do not dry down to a crunchy matte finish. They don’t have any sheen or shine to them but they don’t emphasize cracks in the lips either.

Packaging says “Hollywood Lips”











They are very comfortable to wear and I found that they do leave a slight bit of tackiness to the lips behind but it isn’t unbearable, and it is mostly felt if you press your lips together.  I have not had any longevity issues with the product so far. Each color lasts about 6-8 hours depending on how much eating or drinking you do. I did find that one color, Showgirl, was slightly more opaque in application than the other, Too Bad I’m Bad. Keep in mind though that my lips are very pigmented and sometimes their pigmentation pops through no matter the color. Overall, I genuinely like these lipsticks and would purchase them in more colors. Not to mention the Rose Gold packaging is so cute and looks super classy! Have you tried them yet?



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Nordie’s Anniversary Sale

Last week was more than hectic. It was downright depressing. A few things hit me all at once and “real talk” I just wasn’t in a good headspace to write. If you know me (IRL) then you know I’m an open book with writing on every page and in the margins so I’ll share a couple of the conclusions I came to about where I am at this point. 1) I am not doing enough of what makes me happy. 2) I am not currently challenging myself to change my situation.

Those may not seem like much to some, but at the moment they are the center of my world. With that said, next week’s post will likely be one where I share what steps I’ve started to take to move forward on  rectifying the aforementioned. Today’s post is one I’ve wanted to share with you guys though because I feel it’s a must. Without further delay…here is what I purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!



















I have this exact blazer in a maroon/oxblood shade that I purchased from The Rack at a fraction of the cost. I love that thing so much that I didn’t mind paying triple of the clearance price to get this season’s version in black. It fits like a glove and the knitted material doesn’t suffocate my (newly acquired) fat arms.



















It wouldn’t even be one of my posts if it didn’t include a beauty product right? I saw a review of this set on Temptalia’s blog and the colors looked too good to pass up. Hey, I may work at Sephora but that hasn’t slowed down my shopping for cosmetics from all brands.



















Girl! (Or Boy) When I tell you that I had to wait a day and refresh my browser like 50 million times to get this top in the size (Medium) and color (Chili) that I wanted I am not kidding. When I finally managed it I didn’t even care that it was a separate order but the good news is…it is out for delivery today with my first order!





























Needless to say I did the fool by signing up to become a Nordie’s card holder after the sale began so I missed out on early access which also means I missed out on first dibs on the good stuff. There is always, next year now that I do have a card. I pretty much live in my local Nordstrom Rack since it’s around the corner from my office job. Despite the fact that I shopped the anniversary sale I still ended up there last Wednesday (payday) after work.

I picked up two tops from Pleione and RO & DE which are two brands that are quickly beginning to fill up my closet. The Pleione top is more of a light sweatshirt material and will be perfect going into autumn.















Sleeve Detail
















The RO & DE top is chiffon and flowy which is still perfect for this time of year. It will be wearable at least until late October. Dallas is always boiling hot until at least then, sometimes clear until December! I hope you enjoyed seeing my purchases. I enjoyed sharing them with you. What did you buy at the Nordie’s sale this year or did you skip it?

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