Popping in to Update


Long time no blog, right? Well, I have some good and slightly not-good news. Good news: Life has been beautiful these past few silent weeks. I took a week long vacation to the mountains with my family and got the much needed break I was dying for, I’m absolutely loving my all-time-consuming-job at the library (we can’t WAIT for Halloween), and I’ve been on a reading/Netflix streak trying to catch up. My creativity is running on overdrive these days with my job and home life (y’all wouldn’t believe how much stuff and how many things I’ve made lately). Life is so good.

Then there’s the slightly not good news: Bluehost has notified me that a deletion will start on my blog unless I re-up to their new premium plan.. aka more cost. I’m not sure what I’m going to do at this point other than simply go back to a free hosting webpage such as blogger. I’ve been talking a lot over this with my closest blogger friends and while we’ve tried pretty much every option to switch over painlessly (or free), the option so far doesn’t seem possible. However, I am okay with that. Dressed in Mascara doesn’t seem like a good fit anymore. I feel like I’ve changed once again.. this time I’m embracing my inner bookworm all while still staying true to my peppy kawaii obsessed self. The thing is, I thought I was ready to leave blogging totally. Truth is, I don’t think I can. It’s been a part of my life since 2009 and it just comes naturally to me.. to basically “live like a blogger”. The biggest thing I realized that I love about blogging is that it truly is the best way to track my memories throughout my life. My memory is unsettlingly patchy, which is to be expected from my previous condition, but when I write about my memories that day- even if it’s on a notepad crammed in my purse then transferred to my blog, I can easily relive them. So, for now, my plan is to find a free blog hosting site (probably blogger again) and write about my life, book reviews, library work, some beauty, and definitely my style. The name for it? I have no idea. But once I come up with something, I will post on my social media (Instagram, pretty much). I’m excited to see where I go from here, which is always a good sign.

We Are Pirates Review + Outfit | The BBRBF Book Club

We Are Pirates Review + Outfit | The BBRBF Book Club
Today I’m reviewing We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler. This review is short and not so sweet. I loathed this book. The way that Phil Needle talked in 3rd person with first AND last name🙄, the way Gwen was a whiny, rebellious kid, half of it was I like.. is this really happening or is everyone just on drugs😕? I got to the 6th chapter, skipped the rest, read the ending -which blew my mind in a not good way- and…here I am. This book was terrible. If you’d like to read more in depth about how bad this book was- be my guest to this Goodreads review. She nailed the whole thing. All I can say is what I’ve already said.👎🏻
We Are Pirates Review + Outfit | The BBRBF Book ClubWe Are Pirates Review + Outfit | The BBRBF Book Club
I could have easily thrown on a black blue dress I have in my closet and been done, but I wanted to really test my remix skills because I felt like I haven’t really “tried” in a while. Summer makes me reach for all my “easy-to-style” clothes because hot, humid weather sucks. Too bad my outfit is SO cute and the book is crap, right? I feel like I got Alice in Wonderland vibes going on in all sorts of ways. Mainly because I mixed the black, white, and blue color scheme. And the scarf added just a touch of whimsy. Either way I totally love it!
We Are Pirates Review + Outfit | The BBRBF Book Club
We Are Pirates Review + Outfit | The BBRBF Book Club
I am SO that I have been reading up a STORM lately! My little bookworm self has finally blossomed to my full potential. Right now I have been seriously enjoying the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Lawd, I love me some angels. I’m on Passion. Have y’all read that series yet? SO. GOOD.😍 Keep up with me on my Goodreads! I have a little widget on my sidebar that I constantly update on what I’m reading next. Currently have 7 on my list.. oh boy🙈.

OUTFIT DETAILS:
Gifted aztec print dress from Hannah
Thrifted knit cardigan and polkadot headscarf
Payless white eyelet flats
Ross belt
Gifted gold rings from hubby

Lip color: Milani matte lipstick “Rose Femme”

Milani Matte Lipstick Fall Hues Haul + Swatches!

Milani Matte Lipstick Fall Hues Haul | Dressed in Mascara Blog
This past week I decided to hit up Walmart’s rollback on Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick. It was $4.37 this week with the original price being $4.99, so it wasn’t that big of a difference, but just enough for me to go on a lipstick binge!! I can’t wait for the matte lip cremes to go on sale.. my poor wallet 😅.
Milani Matte Lipstick Fall Hues Haul | Dressed in Mascara Blog
Milani Matte Lipstick Fall Hues Haul | Dressed in Mascara Blog
Here I’m showing all of them swatched on the lips compared on my porcelain fair skin (on my lips and arm). I am not medium fair or light fair- I am light/porcelain fair. Like, Snow White fair. So basically I’m helping out the fairest of them all out there!! Disney puns definitely intended.
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Matte Blissful" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog

Swatched: 62 Matte Blissful
Tidbit: The first I swatched was Matte Blissful. I wasn’t too into this shade because it makes my teeth look a little yellowed, but I can deal. It was also the most drying of all the lipsticks I tried.
Conclusion: Drying, a bit patchy, color yellows my teeth
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Pretty Natural" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog
Swatched: 43 Pretty Natural
Tidbit: The color is supremely gorgeous and makes my skin lightly flushed, which I love! It was moisturizing and very flattering.
Conclusion: Moisturizing, very flattering, long wear-time
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Bronze Beauty" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog
Swatched: 31 Bronze Beauty
Tidbit: I am ALL ABOUT some copper lips in the Fall, so when I came across this Bronze shade I instantly scooped it up! The color is SO pigmented and gorgeously sparkly- which is confusing since it’s also matte? I am IN LOVE with this one!
Conclusion: Beautifully pigmented/sparkly, wears about 4 hours, glitter residue lasts all day.
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Rose Femme" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog
Swatched: 42 Rose Femme
Tidbit: The color is sooooo gorgeous! It’s more of a brownish hue than my naturally rosy lips, but I do enjoy it.
Conclusion: Moisturizing, feminine, long wear-time
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Sangria" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog
Swatched: 21 Sangria
Tidbit: This color is such a beautiful berry. It’s moisturizing and instantly glams up a simple makeup look!
Conclusion: Moisturizing, a little patchy, medium wear-time.
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Matte Flirty" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog
Swatched: 71 Matte Flirty
Tidbit: I LOVED this color so much. I recently wore this to work and I found the wear time to be around 4 hours. It was drying towards the end of me wearing my first application, and it also bled outside the lips a little.
Conclusion: Moisturizing at first but a little drying after long wear-time, needs a lip-liner
Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick "Brandy Berry" lip swatch by Dressed in Mascara Blog
Swatched: 49 Brandy Berry
Tidbit: I didn’t enjoy this color when I first bought it, and actually complained about it on Snapchat! However it is growing on me. It’s more of a Cranberry hue than I expected it to be. The shimmer also doesn’t shine through as much as it does in the copper lipstick.
Conclusion: Patchy, needs lipliner, not as sparkly as it could’ve been.

Have you tried Milani’s matte lipstick yet?! What colors (or other lip products) would you recommend? XOXO!