Gerard Cosmetics: First impressions + Swatches

Despite being super hot and icky, I got one of my recent hauls delivered today.  I’m really pleased, but at the same time, I will have to update the story later on.

I ordered 10 lipsticks from Gerard Cosmetics and a matte liquid lippie. Well, they came and upon inspection of the colors, I discovered that the color I looked forward to the most — Underground— Was broken at the bottom and was falling out of the tube.  I made several attempts to fix it, but I doubt it’ll work very well. I contacted GC by both phone and email to make sure they have my complaint on file, so I’ll followup on that for you guys and let you know how it turns out. I want to buy more lipsticks from them because they are just …UGH–Amazing, but I’d like the resolve my issue first.


I think you can totally tell which one is Underground since the tip is also already been clipped off as well.  But the rest of the colors are just stunning! Highly pigmented, they glide on really easily and buildup color fast for intense looks.


Swatch of the long lasting-matte liquid in Serenity. (Shown at the top in the back, frosted tube.)


From left to right: Tequila Sunrise, Fire Engine, Nude, Vintage Rose, Dragon Berry


Left to right: 1995, Rodeo Drive, French Toast, Underground, Cherry Cordial.

Every single shade I picked managed to be extremely attractive for medium tones. Underground and 1995 are definitely going to be favorites with Tequila Sunrise, Rodeo drive and Vintage Rose following behind closely. The Nude color almost matched my skin tone but I have a lighter face than I do arms, so it might be ok. 

Bonus pic from this past weekend cause it’s been too hot to really wear makeup except at night w/ the AC on. 


UPDATE: They sent me a brand new Underground lippie due to the first one being broken. :) I am happy as can be.

Smile Sciences

I had been ordering so much lately that I forgot I finally ordered my Smile Sciences tooth whitening kit. It retails for $299, but if you use one of their instagram promo codes, you can get it for $29 (+tax/shipping). For a while I had been wanting to whiten my teeth, but I don’t have the time, nor do I want to spend the money (on multiple sessions) to spend an hour in a chair with essentially the same set up in my mouth.  This was waaay more economic. 


The box was tinier than I expected and at first, I thought, “Well that was a waste.” because there were no inserts and I couldn’t turn on the little UV light. After a little more snooping, I found the instructions on the box, and a list of do’s/don’ts. 


Got it working! It feels silly holding it my mouth for 30 minutes, but at the same time, I did notice a difference in shades afterward. The kit comes with a shade guide so you can track your progress. I must not have filled the tray correctly though since most of the shade change is on the inner half of my teeth. (Top = bottom potion, bottom = top portion) So, next time I’ll add a teensy bit more gel. I was trying to be conservative with it since the box said a little went a long way? I guess, too little is a thing. 

Take a gold bullet

Since my last blog, my whole life has been a wild ride of ups & downs. My job was everything I wanted it to be and more. I learned so many things about my profession; many things I’m not so sure I was happy to learn but in retrospect, it’s better that I learn now than leave it disillusioned. 

I am pretty exhausted these days, but I do the best I can to keep moving when I am off work. Daily living isn’t really a chore, but it’s sure hard not to want to sleep past 3:00pm most days. 


Got this little peek-a-boo kitty as a treat for doing so well lately. Well, to be honest, I should say–“Doing better”. I had a patient, who usually was ok with my routine, completely take a shit on me in front of 8 other patients. Had I known she preferred to be given her meds first, I would have but she chose to make me feel like a complete jackass Which, not knowing what sort of way to react to her, I burst out into tears and ran to the bathroom after calling my supervisor about stress-induced panic attack.  In the end, I felt worse and embarrassed for reacting that way, even though I can’t help such an attack. Normally, I am pretty reserved and able to manage my attacks until I get home, but this job is going to create a new control curve for me. 

Any who, I’ve been on a TREAT YO SELF spiff.  I really have too.


$210 worth of golden bullets (Gerard Cosmetics packages their lippies in such an amazing way)


More makeup from BH Cosmetics’ labor day sale and their new Carli Bybel palette. Did I really need more brushes? (tbh, yes.)


New Too Faced palette, collabed with Vegas Nay on Instagram.


Uh, yikes. This isn’t even the total of it. I have been working on my office more and more, which meant buying new display cases for my books and figures. It’s still not done, but I’ll post up the progress photos as soon as I take some that aren’t super shoddy. 

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