Secret Vacation Behavior 

you know what I’m talking about

As you all know from my steady stream of pictures from the past few days, I’m in Mongolia and I’m on vacation. While I don’t quite have the time nor the desktop for a full holiday/travel post, I would like to share a short list of of “secret” behaviors I engage in while on vacation. 

1. I try not to wear make-up because chances are you’re traveling with people you’re not trying to impress and the people at your destination have no idea that you could look better. So my skin gets a break, I feel stupidly feminist AND I don’t have to pack all them products. And for that last fancy dinner when I do put make-up on, I can always count on a few “Ooh, you look so good,” and that’s always nice. 

2. Whenever free/ when confronted with good lighting I engage in hair removal. Let’s face it, when on vacay there’s always some free time. Instead of spending it on my phone or reading (because really, who needs that), I choose to wax and pluck whatever hairs have gone astray. Waxing is especially good to do when you’re visiting cold places (Let the hair grow baby! And then when you’re back home you’re all booty short ready) and tweezing is great to do on beach vacations when you’re chilling on your villa patio (or whatever) and the great lighting allows you to pick up ALL the stray hairs.

3. I try to workout. Vacations are funny, amazing, rejuvenating adventures which can, whether we like to admit it or not, throw our bodies out of whack. Whether it’s the under sleeping, overeating or constant imbibing – sometimes it can leave a person worse for the wear. I like to get a couple of yoga sessions in (save the sessions on my tablet and practice wherever) and walk a lot and uphill (upwards of 10,000 steps), if running isn’t an option. I’ve heard of people who run through the cities they are visiting as some kind of workout/sightseeing combo. One day I hope to be as hip and European as them.

And I of course eat all the chocolate and carbs I can find. But I think that might not be such a big secret.


I am obsessed with make-up.

I haven’t talked about it on my blog, yet, because when I first started this blog I thought that that part of my life was long over.

But I also started this blog circa mid 2013. When I thought I could embrace minimalism.

Well. We all know how that turned out.

I am a Sephora Black Card member. And not the kind that got it that one time I spent 250 dollars. No, no. I spend enough to get a 10% voucher every single time I buy stuff from Sephora.

Now this is nothing to really brag about, I’m just trying to make a point that I like make-up and that it’s going to be a feature on this blog.

I’m going to start with this photograph of my whole make-up stash. Now I know it’s not a lot, but it’s carefully curated and kick-ass.

If I do say so myself.

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Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer – 0 Neutral (I have two of these, as one is running out)
Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refiner primer (not pictured)
Benefit The POREfessional (travel size)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation – NC35 and NC40
Burberry Velvet Foundation Trench – No. 204

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC 35 (I have two of these, since one is running out)
TheBalm Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer – Honey (I have three of these, since it’s been discontinued I stock up whenever I find it)
Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer – Medium

Jurlique Loose Powder – Lavender Silk Dust 
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder – Medium Dark (I have two of these, one I keep at work)
Artistry Shimmer Loose Powder

Nars Blush in LoveJoy
Burberry Light Glow Blush – Blossom No. 05
Givenchy Le Prisme Blush – Vintage Pink
Bobbi Brown Blush – Nectar (not pictured)

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss – Sparkplug
Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl – Sweet Escape
MAC Lipglass – Nymphette
MAC Lipglass – Viva Glam V
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte – 30 Corail Lingot

MAC Lip Pencil – Boldly Bare (I have only one, and it’s a lipliner and lipstick all in one!)

MAC Satin Lipstick – Captive
MAC Satin Lipstick – Rebel
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick – Modesty

Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner – Carbon Black
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil – Engraved (I have two, one stubby, one not)
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Black
The Body Shop Eye Definer – Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Intense Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Midnight
Revlon Mascara Photoready 3D Volume – Black (I have three of these, two I keep at work)
Calvin Kline Megavolume Mascara – Black
Sephora Natural Mascara

Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad – Amber Honey
Urban Decay Ammo Eye Palette
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color – Rosegold

Sephora must have precision lip brush 110 – no link available
MAC Blush Brush – 116
MAC Eye Shader Brush – 239
MAC Pencil Brush – 219
MAC Blending Brush – 217
EcoTools Kabuki Brush (Travel Size)
EcoTools Concealer Brush (Travel Size)
EcoTools Blush Brush (Travel Size)
Clinique Foundation Brush
Shu Uemura – Eyelash Curler
Ardell Glamour Lashes – 106
Ardell Fashion Lashes – 104

I’m not going to do reviews of beauty products because I have already reviewed about half of them over at Makeup Alley – a lot of these are products I used to have and have given/thrown away – and you can follow that link if you want to see my reviews. I also have a running list of more make-up I want to get, I just added a Pinterest board for it so I can keep track of it!

The nice thing about Makeup Alley is that you can search for products based on your skin tone and type so the reviews you read are likely to be better suited to you than something I recommend.

What I’m gonna talk about, over here, on my blog is make-up skin care for oily/acne-prone girls. Believe me I have YEARS of wisdom that you need, make-up resources, face of the day shots (maybe) and sometimes the very conflicted feeling one can sometimes have towards make-up as a woman and feminist.

So this is going to be a new Wednesday column when the Oily Girl aka me, dishes on make-up!



GUYSSSS. I feel ILL. And so sorry for myself.

But I better stop whining because, to borrow a quote from Orange Is the New Black (which I binge-watched last weekend), “Problems are always boring, until they’re yours.” Or something like that.

An inspiring interview with Jill Abramson, The New York Times editor who was just fired for her “brusque management style.”

I made those blondies (pictured above) two days ago. While sick. But I needed something sweet and easy and these were definitely that. Pro tip: reduce the sugar amount to 3/4 cup.

There’s a bunch of cooked rice in my freezer right now and I’m gonna turn it into rice pudding y’all. It’s gonna be gooood.

By the way, I’ve started bolding all my links after I rediscovered one of my favorite beauty blogs, Mouldy Fruit. She does it and it’s easier to find where the links are. She’s also really just making me want to spend all my monehhhh.

Ok I need a nap now.