…On Becoming More Well-Rounded (?)

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that it’s rare that I’m at a loss for words.  Even those posts in which I say I’m going to keep it short and sweet, usually end up longer than planned – what can I say?  I’m a chatty kind of gal.

Lately though, my capacity for wordiness has really left me, which poses a problem when you’re try to say, oh I don’t know, WRITE SOMETHING.  May has clearly been a slow month on Beauty Obsessed, which is largely due to getting a new roommate, standing in my friend’s wedding and all it’s required prep, training for the Ottawa Half Marathon which I ran this past Sunday (which, if you’re interested – I ROCKED :D  Finish time was 1:40:16, and since my goal was around 1 hour 40 mins., I was SUPER STOKED!), and then – my 31st birthday, which was yesterday (which included lots of long-lost sun, meals out with friends and family, and a ton of lovely birthday wishes)!  Yea, that all happened in one month.  It’s been a tad bit busy.

NARS Boys Don't Cry Blush (4)NARS Boys Don’t Cry blush

However, it’s not just my lack of time that’s been keeping me from posting, but a shift in thought process that is screwing with my makeup mojo.  The past month has seen me only purchase two makeup items: the NARS Boys Don’t Cry blush, pictured above (which I am terribly delinquent on posting about, my bad) and a little birthday treat I picked up yesterday – another L’Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain, which was on sale and was inspired by this photo:

Doutzen Kroes
I needed to have that lip color badly, and I couldn’t wait.  I know Doutzen Kroes is one of the faces of L’Oreal so I took my chances and picked up Endless Red, which is a juicy cranberry red.  It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for shade-wise, as well as formula-wise as I knew the qualities of the stain were what I needed – you can see above its not a fully saturated look but more like she was sucking on a popsicle.  SUCCESS!  I’m not head over heels for the packaging of these, but nor am I for the 3 times as expensive YSL Glossy Stains, so I’ll take my grumbling on this front and shove it.

L'Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red L'Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red swatch (2)

Anyway, moral of the story – I’ve been downgrading my cosmetics purchases big-time, which means I have a lot less NEW stuff to talk about.  That’s not a terrible thing, as I could stand to spend more time using what I have rather than expanding the collection, and I hope once I start getting on track again that I’ll be bringing forth some original and interesting posts for your reading pleasure.  However, what its translated to this month and probably into part of the next is that I cannot think of a single thing to write about!  Which is frustrating because it’s not as if I’ve not been wearing makeup and experimenting all this time – today, for example, I wore Endless Red with bad-ass black liner, flicked out on both top and bottom lashes, to compliment my faux leather skirt and ankle-strap peep-toe croc leather heels.  It was GREAT.  Obviously I still love to create a whole ‘theme’ from head to toe, and playing with makeup is always a huge part of that process!

Sephora Angled Blush BrushAlso part of the process is using good makeup tools – like this nice brush from Sephora that I just purchased!  It follows the contours of my cheekbones so easily :)

But lately, not the main part.  Before, I used to decide on my makeup look the night before, and then choose my clothing accordingly.  In the past two months however, I have been more engaged in my fashion choices, and creating a look now seems to lean more toward the clothing first and then the makeup.  Somewhere along the line, my focus shifted from makeup to clothes, and now I’m spending all my free cash beefing up my wardrobe instead of adding another lippie/blush/eyeshadow to my typically burgeoning stash.  I feel good about the change – great, even, as I feel more confident than ever in my fashion choices – but (SUPER long story short) it leaves this blog confused about where it wants and needs to go.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille CocoAnother area I’ve been focusing more on is fragrance – I finally caved and purchased the Comptoir Sud Pacifique rollerball in Vanille Coco that I have been eyeing trying on over and over for ages.  SO my kind of scent!

I still adore and obsessed over any and all cosmetics, don’t you worry.  It’s just that you might see some other topics creep in here and there as I grow and expand my horizons of interest (which was long overdue).  I’m off work on Friday, and it’s supposed to be sunny, so I’m hoping to pump out a massive number of posts to make up for my frequent absences over the past month or so.  Expect a variety of images of things I’m head over heels for these days, both in beauty and fashion (as well as one monster empties post that is long overdue!).  Hopefully you’ll still stick around!

Near EmptiesStraggler near-finished products…once these are gone, there will be an epic empties post forthcoming!

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  1. #1 by Sarah on May 29, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday!! And congratulations on a stellar finish time. That’s fantastic!

    I’d love to see clothing posts. The outfit you described sounds pretty boss.

    • #2 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 6:47 am

      I really feel like doing OOTD posts now, it’s true. Perhaps I’ll recreate and take a few pics, and try to do that more often moving forward. I’m not a fashionista by any means but I am loving playing dress up! :)

      And thanks for the birthday wishes and congrats Sarah – I was really pleased! But like, 1:40 is pretty fast as it is, it freaks me out a bit to think that to keep improving my time I’m going to really have to step it into high gear.

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Denise on May 29, 2013 - 11:19 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!! And congrats on your marathon! The THOUGHT of a marathon is daunting to me, so it is doubly impressive that you made good time. :)

    Wow, only two beauty products this month?! Such self-control! But you made it count — that NARS blush is stunning, and the lip stain is a gorgeous shade!

    I think the problem with running a beauty blog is that you have to continually buy new products to keep up with it. That, and you also have to give it a lot of time — time for testing products, photos, swatches, reviews, whatever. The most successful beauty blogs are run by people who treat it like a full-time job, ya know? That’s why, despite the fact that I love cosmetics, I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to run a blog that was solely about beauty. On that note, I think your love of clothing and fashion can definitely play a huge role in this blog. :)

    • #4 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 6:51 am

      Thanks Denise :) You make a great point, and it’s so true. When I started the blog, as it got going I had big dreams, but I realize now I’m too much of a social butterfly to ever be able to dedicate the time to the blog for it to be really successful. But more and more I realize I just really want to have an avenue to share my love of beauty, so I can certainly do that on my own time, right?

      And thanks on the congrats/wishes!! The race time was a pretty nice birthday gift :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by amanda p on May 29, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    Easy! Write about fashion! :-) I agree with what Denise said above. And I suspect I’m not in the minority of people who read blogs to get to know interesting people. You’re a good writer, so I would read your blog regardless of the topics you were writing about!

    • #6 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 6:59 am

      Aww thanks Amanda, that’s really lovely of you to say, and very encouraging!!! :D I truly started the blog for two reasons – to write, and to have an outlet to gush about beauty with like minded people. I suppose it’s natural to have other interests leak into my writing, so I’ll just go with it and hope you guys like it, too!

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Elin The Cupcake Cat on May 30, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Congratulations on the marathon!! And happy birthday:)

    • #8 by Latoya on June 2, 2013 - 8:47 am

      Thank you so much!!! :D :D

  5. #9 by Lili on May 30, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Happy belated birthday!
    Look forward to reading new topics, many of us love blogs that touch on a bit of everything to be honest so I am sure the new direction you plan to take will be worthwhile. What is important is that you write what makes YOU happy, the rest is kind of secondary.

    Now you simply must post a pic of those shoes, I need a visual!! lol

    • #10 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 8:50 pm

      Haha ok will do – they certainly deserve the attention :) I’m glad to hear that expanding my range of topics would be well-received, thanks Lili!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by Liz (@Reductionista) on May 30, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Happy birthday! Glad to hear things are well! You kicked ass on that run. :)

    It’s funny because I turned to beauty after exhausting fashion – jewellery, shoes and hand bags can become just as addicting as buying lipsticks. I was debating whether to create a book blog, fashion blog or a beauty blog, and beauty seemed easier to keep up. To me blogs that showcase the whole person is a lot more interesting than just product review after review, so I don’t think you should shy away from “rounding out.” Summer is a great time to save money on fashionable flyaway pieces. Have fun and show us what you’re buying, haha.

    • #12 by Latoya on May 31, 2013 - 8:23 am

      Haha yes, I think I will Liz!! I have so many pieces that I’m excited about, I’ll have to show them off :) I know you specifically like to get more breadth out of a blog so thank you for your support!

      And thanks for the birthday wishes, it was great – and the run was awesome too!! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on May 31, 2013 - 5:03 am

    First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Toya!!! I really hope that you had a wonderful day filled with lots of love and laughter! On a side note, you sound really, really happy and I couldn’t be happier for you! Things seem to really be going your way now :)

    And good for you for working on your wardrobe and limited your beauty purchases! I have been saying for a LONG time that I really need to work on my wardrobe as well but it’s hard when I have no money because I keep buying makeup!! I dress like a college freshman still–lots of ripped jeans, flip flops, converses, and tank tops/plain t-shirts. :P I think I will hit that point where clothing becomes more of a priority quite soon!…hopefully :P haha

    • #14 by Latoya on May 31, 2013 - 8:28 am

      LOL We all have our things Becca, and beauty is just so fun! I still love makeup but I think I’ve reached a point where I have most of the shades I could possibly (want to) own so I had to find something else to spend my money on haha.

      Thank you for the sweet wishes, and you know what? I AM really happy!! I’m so glad the gloom cloud has passed and I’m feeling like myself again. And hello, summer is right around the corner, how can I not be happy!?!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by Kiss & Make-up on May 31, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Hey, I am all for broading horizons and being well rounded :-) I am obsessed with all things beauty too, but that’s not all I am. X

    • #16 by Latoya on May 31, 2013 - 9:38 am

      Thanks Melissa :) It’s so reassuring to know you ‘get it’! xx

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by refinedandpolished on May 31, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Happy belated birthday doll! Looking forward to the fashion related posts!

    • #18 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:51 pm

      Aw, thanks doll!! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  10. #19 by My Lucite Dreams on May 31, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    Show us some fashion girl! Show me what to wear with that ensemble! I go back between the 2 as well. I feel they go hand in hand. Congrats on the marathon.. I hope that one day I will be able to do one as well.you should share with up your preparations! xx

    • #20 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:47 pm

      Certainly if you’re interested Taylor, I’d love to! You do learn a few things after doing a few, I pick up new tricks each time :) And I’d love to share my fashion pick-ups, I’m having great fun!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by My Lucite Dreams on May 31, 2013 - 11:26 pm


    • #22 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:47 pm

      THANK YOU!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone

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