It’s Over For Another Year…Lent 2012 Conclusion and Considerations

Well another year has passed, and that means another Lent and a challenge to embark on.  Six weeks ago, I revealed my plan to you for this year’s Lent, which was MUCH tamer than last year (giving up buying cosmetics cold turkey – gah!  What was I thinking!?):

1) Write a blog post every single day, with the exception of Sundays
2) Wear every single makeup item in my stash at least once
3) Post regular FOTD pictures with the evidence

It was a pretty easy year, I have to say, which is why you didn’t get many updates from me as the weeks passed. I started strong with the FOTD pics (though failed at making them look good!), but as time wore on I found myself still mostly wearing the same old looks and products I always do.  It was an unsuccessful Lent in that respect, but not entirely a waste – I did learn a few lessons!First, I came to some conclusions about blogging and how I plan to proceed with writing posts.  While I almost always have a plethora of things I’d like to write about, near the end of the 6 weeks I found that I was feeling less enthused about blogging – working on a computer all day to come home to work for another few hours, every single day, started to get to me. Could have been year-end as well, but in order for me to maintain my blogging integrity and the quality of posts I want to produce, I think every second day or so is more reasonable for where I’m at right now. I really want to engage with more people, either our in the community making myself present, or through my own posts, and I’m barely finding the time to write a post, take good quality (as I’m able) photos, respond to comments, read others blogs and comment….it’s a lot of time and as I’m no night-owl…it gets pretty strained.  So while I tried and mostly succeeded to write every day, it’s just not feasible for me if I want to still enjoy blogging as much as I do.  I hope you all understand! :)

Second, and much more entertaining, I did experiment with makeup more than normal, working with shades that I had deemed unwearable and pairing them with different products to ‘figure them out.’  With the exception of a handful of shades, I’m pleased to say I did wear everything in my stash at least once.  I had some particular successes:

- Wore MUFE Aqua Liner #5 (an aqua), a bold shade I was hesitant to wear, on the top lash line with minimal other makeup, and actually ADORED how it looked – and how wearable it turned out to be!  A perfect look for Summer!

- Paired MAC’s Shimmermoss, another aqua shade, with MAC’s Petrol Blue liner (smudged at the lash line) to create a deeper, more intense teal shade which looked much better on my darker skin tone.

- Wore UD’s Kush (kelly green) from the BoSIII palette on Saint Paddy’s Day, along with Lise Watier’s Folie de Pomme loose shadow (golden green), and it looks absolutely amazing!

As to be expected, I also had some failures:

- I struggled to find ways to wear MAC’s Madly Magenta Cream Color Base, a deeply saturated violet pink (tried it on lips as well as cheeks, and I’m not too sure…*see below*).

- Several shades from the UD BoSIII palette continued to be completely unworn: Perversion (matte black), Uzi (glittering white), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (glittering champagne), and Money (pale aqua-blue with a touch of glitter)…can you see a trend here?  The shades with glitter (hello, fall-out!) are just so tough to pull off!

- Still haven’t taken the time to figure out NARS Habanera…I feel like the lack of effort I’m putting into it might be indicative of it’s fate.

Overall, while there were some shades I discovered new uses for, or learned how to wear them properly, there were also shades that just aren’t going to and won’t work for me.  A lot of the more cool-toned, blue-based shades I own I think will have to go – I just don’t feel comfortable wearing them.  The UD palette also is a bit of a thorn in my side, because while half the shades I love, the other half are essentially useless to me.  It’s a bit frustrating!  However, there are still some items that are a work in progress, and I’m going to continue to investigate whether or not I should hang on to them, such as Tarte’s Blushing Bride Cheek Stain (I think I’m too dark to make this work, as it’s quite sheer); Smashbox On Trend Cream Eye Liner, a deep khaki (I’m bringing it to Jamaica to try smudging it out a ton, as that feels like the just right look for the trip); and Clinique’s Salt & Pepper Lid Smoothie (a shimmering silver-grey that would be a great base for certain looks).

Lastly, I did improve my photography skills a bit when it comes to taking FOTD’s, though I still have a LONG way to go!!  Here are a couple looks I shot over the last few weeks:

Wearing: Lise Watier Folie de Pomme loose shadow, theBalm Down Boy blush, MAC Madly Magenta CCB on lips

Wearing: MUFE #2 Yellow Eyeshadow, MUFE #0L Aqua Eyes, Benefit Bella Bamba blush, and MUFE S4 Star Gloss

So.  While Lent this year wasn’t much of a big hoopla as it has always been for me in years past, nonetheless I still took something away from the experience, and it wasn’t for naught!  I plan to continue to go through my stash regularly to weed out products that just aren’t right for me and could use a better home, and I’m definitely going to keep trying to experiment – with both products and photos.  Blogging as a whole is a constant learning experience for me, and one that I relish and take great pleasure in.  There will never be a shortage of things to discover and write about!

Oh, one last thing before I go – here was my Easter mani for the week:

Wearing (thumb to pinky): Zoya Cho, MAC Mischievous Mint, China Glaze Sea Spray, Zoya Marley, RBL Poco a Poco

(Tee hee!!)  Happy Easter/Long Weekend everyone!! :D

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  1. #1 by Amy on April 5, 2012 - 10:59 pm

    Happy end of Lent! It sounds like you learned a lot, which is great :) I’m also finding I don’t have time to do as much for my blog as I would like, but I’m trying to remind myself that blogging is supposed to be fun, not stressful!
    I *love* your easter mani––so cute! I want to try one myself, but I don’t really have pastels or creams, so…
    Also, your FOTDs are amazing! I especially love the last one, you look so elegant.
    Ok that’s all (finally).

    • #2 by Latoya on April 7, 2012 - 2:21 pm

      That’s exactly what I’m saying Amy! I want to make sure I’m having fun blogging, and I think that to do so, having a rule that I *have* to post every day takes that feeling away. It might happen that I post consecutively – I just don’t want to be a slave to it :)

      And thank you for the compliment about the FOTD’s *blush* and the mani, I’m glad you liked it – it was fun and I actually left it on far longer than I normally would!!

  2. #3 by judit1661 on April 6, 2012 - 12:32 am

    I gave up buying any new nail polish for lent. Oddly enough I have about 15-20 new bottles of polish that we’re giving to me by friends, one came in a Birch Box, I did a swap with a friend in Ireland, etc…. So even though I didn’t buy any, I didn’t miss out on any either, and No I didn’t shoplift any, although I thought about it!
    Love your Easter mani, I’m probably stealing the idea from you, well not probably, I will steal it, but I will give you credit for It!
    Happy Easter
    XoXo– Judi

    • #4 by Latoya on April 7, 2012 - 2:24 pm

      Ooh, giving up buying polish for Lent, good for you Judi! Gotta love swaps to alleviate the hardship haha. I’m glad you liked the mani, I hope you DO try it out – I’d love to see how it looks on you!! Happy Easter! :)

  3. #5 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on April 6, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Toya-your FOTD shots there-GORGEOUS.
    I’m with you about blogging-I’m feeling the need to slow down a bit too. It’s getting too much for me at the moment and I’ll be posting a bit less myself too. I need to find some balance!
    LOVE that easter mani! So fun!

    • #6 by Latoya on April 7, 2012 - 3:38 pm

      Ah, thank you Tracy!! *double blush* I’m glad you enjoy the mani too :)

      Sometimes it justs gets busy and you can only do so much. Doesn’t mean anything more than that right? Sometimes a break is needed/well-deserved!

  4. #7 by Saji Connor on April 6, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Love the Easter Mani!!!! And Bella Bamba is so gorgeous!! I love it! And it’s so pretty on you!!

    • #8 by Latoya on April 7, 2012 - 2:36 pm

      Thanks Saji!! I’m so glad you liked the mani, it was really fun to look at :) And Bella Bamba is super pretty, such a gorgeous slowing pink! Thank you for all the nice words :)

  5. #9 by Larie on April 6, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    I’m with you on blogging! I am slowing myself down because I want to have something to say, you know? And it should only be fun.

    I think the MAC CCB works on you! And I think I’ve decided that palettes like UDBoS don’t work, unless it is the ONLY palette you plan on ever buying. In my case, hell no, hahaha, so…no more palettes like that for me, I think.

    • #10 by Latoya on April 7, 2012 - 4:25 pm

      Seems a few of us are feeling the strain lately Larie – I think we’re all due to slow down a bit and take a breath. Its been a busy few months!

      Thanks for the vote for the MAC CCB. I’m not ready to give up on it just yet! As for palettes, honestly the idea sounds great but it never works in my favor – something always goes to waste, and I’d just rather have the full-size in the end! So I’m with you Larie – down with palettes!!!

  6. #11 by Eugenia on April 7, 2012 - 12:46 am

    Toya, congrats on completing your Lent challenges and let me say that your face of the day pics are fabulous; you look stunning, but I think it would be hard for you to NOT look good :) I wanted to mention that Habanera is one of my all-time favourite NARS duos and I’ve found that you can get the most amazingly original shade by combining the 2 colours (I’ve tried with both the taupe under and over) – maybe that’ll help you figure out what to do with it!
    As to slowing down with the blog, you don’t need to explain yourself; you do what feels right. After all, if you’re not having fun with it, then there’s no real point, right? It shouldn’t feel like a race to put stuff out there nor are you in competition with anyone – we’ll love you and be loyal no matter what! That Easter mani is the cutest – so happy looking! By the way, your skin is looking radiant – bravo!
    Happy Easter to you too, my friend (my Easter is next weekend…I get to buy all my Easter chocolates on sale, lol!)

    • #12 by Latoya on April 14, 2012 - 8:45 pm

      Awww!! Thanks Eugenia, that’s too kind of you to say!! Ohhhh, I never thought to layer them – GREAT idea! I am totally going to try that out and see how that looks, I’d love to make Habanera work if I can!

      I’m definitely having loads of fun writing the blog, but I just found that it was taking up more time than is probably healthy LOL, and I really want to ensure that I’m 100% enjoying writing as well as reading others blogs, which means slowing down on the output. I appreciate your friendship and of course you know I’m one of your biggest fans, so the feelings are very much mutual!

      And I’m so glad you loved the mani, it was one of my faves as of late! :D

  7. #13 by aliciab on April 7, 2012 - 6:57 am

    You are gorgeous! Also, I love the Easter mani (:

    • #14 by Latoya on April 14, 2012 - 8:46 pm

      Oh wow, Thanks Alicia, that’s a really nice compliment!! *blushes* And I’m really pleased you liked the mani, it was super-cute :)

  8. #15 by Liz (@Reductionista) on April 8, 2012 - 11:18 am

    Girl, you make me proud. Told you you should have done FOTDs long ago!

    #2 is a monumental achievement as well. I may do something like that once I downsize the stash considerably. :) Happy Easter!

    • #16 by Latoya on April 14, 2012 - 8:48 pm

      Ahh, I know! You were right Liz ;) Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement you always share, it means a lot! I hope you had a good Easter yourself, xo!

    • #17 by Latoya on April 17, 2012 - 7:32 am

      Ahh, thanks Liz!! It wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped, but even small achievements are better than none!! I’m still working thru a few more items that I haven’t worn to decide whether or not to keep – I’m gonna keep whittling away at it!!

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